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Triax the Terrible (Adam Warlock enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Triax the Terrible


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This obscure enemy of Marvel’s Adam Warlock first appeared in a 1973 storyline.

If you’re not familiar with the Wundagore and New Men corner of the Marvel Universe, it may be better to first parse the High Evolutionary character profile for context.


Background

  • Real Name: Triax the Terrible.
  • Other Aliases: Apollo, Ralph Shaw.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Henchman of the Man-Beast, Man-Beast’s New Men.
  • Base Of Operations: Wundagore-3 and other Man-Beast spaceships, Counter-Earth.
  • Height: 6’ (as Apollo), 6’3” (as Shaw), about three metres but hunched.
    over (as Triax) Weight: Presumably between 1,000 and 1,500 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


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Powers and Abilities

Triax the Terrible is a New Man. Meaning an uplifted  animal given human-level intelligence, the power of speech and a humanoid form. It is possible that he has some animalistic abilities (such as a keen sense of smell), though that was never demonstrated.

In his natural form Triax is huge, superhumanly strong and durable, and a decent hand-to-hand combatant.

Though he’s descended from an animal that can be a powerful fighter, Triax is not a hardened combatant. He’s more like a Saturday brawler. He gets nervous in fights, underestimates his opponents, can be intimidated by persons with a powerful presence (such as Adam Warlock), prefers to rely on vehicles and equipment, etc..

Other assets

His main asset used to be a super-submarine, described in the game stats section.

Triax can somehow take the form of a quasi-human person of more average stature. In this form he calls himself Apollo. This form requires concentration, though. In stressful situations such as combat he’ll likely be unable to assume it.

Triax later demonstrated the ability to look completely human (as Ralph Shaw), though the limits of this shape-changing power are unknown. As Shaw, he could also hide the fact that he was wearing power armour . He seemed to only wear a business suit.


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History

Triax is a super-evolved warthog. He’s an animal uplifted to sapience  and humanoid form using the process designed by the High Evolutionary. Such beings are called New Men.

It is unclear to which generation of New Men Triax belongs to. The two possibilities are :

  1. The second generation of New Men. It was developed from the 1940s to the 1960s by the High Evolutionary using synthetic substance Isotope B. This is not the most likely possibility. But Triax states that his name was given to him by the High Evolutionary, which hints toward the Isotope B generation.
  2. The batch of New Men, developed in 1966 by the Man-Beast using the High Evolutionary’s lab.
    From the dialogue, it seems that these New Men were uplifted using the more powerful Isotope C which the High Evolutionary had just developed. But on a lower power setting since the Man-Beast, himself enhanced by Isotope C, didn’t want his servants to challenge his might.
    Triax is a servant of the Man-Beast, has some crude psionic  powers (which sounds much more like Isotope C than B) and one of the Man-Beast’s New Men in Thor *might* be Triax if you squint hard enough. Therefore, C is the likeliest possibility.

Our suggested No-Prize Hypothesis  is that Triax is an Isotope C Man-Beast servant. But the High Evolutionary called him “terrible” while fighting Man-Beast and Triax renamed himself Triax the Terrible. So he could claim to have been named by the High Evolutionary for religious reasons.

If Triax is indeed an Isotope C New Man, the first few hours of his life were being uplifted by the Man-Beast then fighting the High Evolutionary and his forces in Wundagore. The Man-Beast and his servants were defeated, and the Knights of Wundagore boxed them into a spaceship. The ship was then sent toward the uninhabited Dromisana galaxy.

However, the Man-Beast and his servants were not interested in being settlers. What they wanted was revenge. They watched the High Evolutionary create a new world, Counter-Earth, and then they struck.

Counter-Earth

Man-Beast managed to infiltrate Counter-Earth. He became the serpent in the High Evolutionary’s Eden. He brought henchmen with him, including Triax the Terrible. However, the cosmic hero Adam Warlock embarked on a messianic journey to save and redeem Counter-Earth. He defeated Man-Beast.

Triax the Terrible vs. Adam Warlock

Triax the Terrible, still commanding a super-submarine and a crew of Man-Beast servants decided to make his own attempt at conquering Counter-Earth. Being one of the very few superhumans on Counter-Earth, he assumed that it was just a matter of creating enough shock and awe to cow humans into submission.

Triax attacked Cape Canaveral and as a demonstration of power. His flying submarine destroyed a rocket as it was launched. Though Triax killed one of Warlock’s apostles, his self-confidence rapidly evaporated after he started fighting Adam Warlock one-on-one.

During the fight, Triax saw that Man-Beast was among the crowd, disguised as Presidential candidate Rex Carpenter. This destroyed what remained of Triax’s self-confidence, and he was soon defeated by Warlock. Triax attempted to escape and seemed to accidentally fall to his death.

But the still-living Triax managed to drag himself away before the security forces could engage him.

Pigs in space

Triax was reunited with the Man-Beast under unrevealed circumstances. He resumed working as his henchman. In 1992, the Man-Beast launched a new plot against Adam Warlock, who had recently assembled his Infinity Watch.

Triax the Terrible's dark submarine looks like a killer shark

Triax captured Infinity Watch members Pip the troll while the Man-Beast (calling himself “Omega” for secrecy) caught the rest.

Adam Warlock stopped Omega’s attempt at killing a weakened High Evolutionary. He then located Omega’s spaceship and flew toward it. While Warlock easily disposed of the robot defenders, Triax was wearing power armour and proved a much tougher opponent. Still, Adam Warlock knocked him out went on to defeat Man-Beast.

A few years later, Man-Beast attempted to gain revenge by manipulating the United Nations. He also mind-controlled the Avengers into attacking Warlock and the Infinity Watch. Triax posed as his bodyguard, Ralph Shaw.

The plot failed. Warlock came to reveal the subterfuge in front of the UN, defeating Triax and the Man-Beast by himself after forcing them to shed their human disguises.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Triax has dreams of power and conquest. But he can’t walk the walk and remains, at best, a flunkie. His Mental and Spiritual Attributes are far from the best, and it shows.

His morale tends to be all-or-nothing. Either he’s fighting ferociously and efficiently, or he gets nervous, hesitant and cowardly. Which way he’ll go at any given point is difficult to anticipate. Wild pigs can be unpredictable.

He seems afraid of Man- Beast. Therefore, Triax will fight to the bitter end if the Man-Beast can see him – presumably to avoid his wrath.


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Triax the Terrible

Dex: 05 Str: 08 Bod: 07 Motivation: Power
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Would-be conqueror
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 013 HP: 015

Powers:
Chameleon: 02, Growth: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Factored Into the stats above. Not employing APs of Growth means lower STR, Weight and RV vs. Physical Attacks.
  • Growth doesn’t reduce OV vs. Physical and Energy Attacks.
  • Chameleon cannot be maintained — and Growth cannot be suppressed — if Triax is too stressed, afraid, hurt, etc..

Skills:
Martial artist: 06

Advantages:
Insta-Change.

Bonuses and Limitations:
Insta-Change requires that Chameleon be active.

Connections:
Man-Beast (Low).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance (can be eliminated with Chameleon and no Growth).

Equipment:

  • FLIGHT SUIT [BODY 04, Flight: 06]. This was worn on Counter-Earth and destroyed at Cape Canaveral.
  • POWER ARMOUR [/STR/ 10 /BODY/ 09, Flight: 12, Radio communications: 12, Sealed systems: 14, Shade: 03]. The stats for the armour are tentative, since Warlock was recovering his abilities when he fought Triax.

A dark submarine… which bears a striking semblance to a killer shark !

Triax’s chief asset as Apollo was his super-submarine. It was a craft the size of an attack sub, with a crew of maybe a dozen sailors, numerous weapon systems, and flight capabilities. This craft was presumably designed by the Man-Beast. It had the following stats :

DARK SUBMARINE [STR 13 BODY 16, Accuracy (Grappling/Wrestling using Extra Limbs): 06, Bomb: 11, Chemical attack: 08, Energy blast: 12, Extra limbs (x4): 07, Flight: 07, Fog: 08, Ice production: 09, Jumping: 04, Sonar: 12, Swimming: 06, Telescopic vision: 06, Water control: 06, Water freedom: 06, Bonuses & Limitations:

  • Bomb represent actual bombs, which need to be dropped on the target.
  • Energy blast can be used underwater without hindrance.
  • Chemical Attack is Combined with, and Active Throughout, the Fog.
  • Fog and Chemical Attack are only useable underwater – it’s ink with a corrosive effect.
  • Ice production is its own AV (+0 or +1 dep. on house rules) but can only encase. It represents a fast-hardening gel.
  • Jumping can also represent ejecting someone using the launch tubes.

The SUBMARINE could launch two huge (about five metres long) heat-seeking missiles. It seemed to have but two, and they had to be launched in a pair that does a Team Attack. MISSILES [DEX 05 BODY 02, EV 15, Flight: 10, Grenade drawback].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Adam Warlock books (Marvel Universe).

Writeup completed on the 10th of June, 2011.

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