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Ultima Ratio


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This character is an original creation. We often call these “homemades” or “homebrewed” – think home cooking or craft beer.

Many of these characters were created to take part in tabletop role-playing game sessions. Others were invented as a creative writing exercise, often as part of a community event.

This specific character is a sample European antagonist from a Continental point of view.


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Background

  • Real Name: Docteur Henri Diallo.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Moussa Diallo (father), Jeanne Faubert (mother), Lili Diallo (sister), Docteur Alain Faubert (grand-father).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 180 lbs. Age: 32
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Gray


Powers and Abilities

Ultima Ratio claims power over death itself, and is able to shift at will to the form of a charred corpse shrouded in white flames.

This monstrosity can breath a white, cold fire that can consume matter (in DC Heroes terms, Flame project) or minds (Mind blast).

He can also raise corpses with but a gesture, shrouding them in the same white flame. Ultima Ratio has a knack for finding and raising corpses of superhumans.


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History

Henri Diallo, raised in France from a French mother and a Senegalese father, always wanted to become a doctor like his maternal grand-father.

He spent a serious, studious youth in the sometimes troubles city of Evry, to the south of Paris – keeping clear of any street action and the Zulu Nation, to the relief of his parents.

While in medicine school, he met with Juliette, an older doctor. She worked with several poverty relief organizations and taught a course on exotic diseases, based on her own experiences abroad.

Juliette eventually became Henri’s lover, and played a strong influence in his decision to practice medicine not in France but with one of the numerous French humanitarian relief associations – in his case MSF (Médecins sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders ).

Doctor Diallo was considered an excellent recruit by MSF – calm, serious, compassionate yet able to keep his distances from the suffering he witnessed every day.

He spent most of the following years in various African countries, going from one war to another and one disaster to another, although some missions were conducted in Latin American.

Rwanda

During the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the ever calm and polite doctor Diallo brutally snapped after operating a kid, ranting, yelling and hitting people before he could be subdued. He was sent back to France for 6 months, recovering from depression.

Diallo went back with MSF as soon as he could manage – he was in love with Africa, and besides felt absolutely useless resting while he knew people were dying.

The organization first kept him away from the front lines, but personnel shortage were dire and Diallo soon started doing what he did best. He was as impassible and diplomatic as before, and the Rwanda incident was soon forgotten.

A fellow MSF pedopsychiatrist was pretty certain something was wrong with him, but Diallo’s calm reassurances that had so often convinced soldiers, guerrillas and bandits to allow MSF teams to gain entry into war zones also worked with his superiors.

Ivory Coast

In late 2002, Diallo and several of his colleagues were sent to the Ivory Coast, where they were to operate from the DMZs established by French troops.

Diallo became quite friendly with a squad of French troopers, one of whom he had known when they both were teenagers. The troopers nicknamed him “Ultima ratio” after he told them about the Latin phrase after which one of their high-powered sniper rifle, a PGM Ultima Ratio , was named.

During one intervention in the rebel zone, Diallo’s team and the village they were in came under fire. A foreign mercenary team came in to kill rebel and non-ethnically respectable elements. The mercs had been unaware of the MSF, and it was decided to eliminated those dangerous witnesses.

Diallo and the others where gunned down.

The massacre was halted by the arrival of a detachment of French Marines, alerted by the lack of radio contact with the MSF team. One of the mercenary’s choppers was destroyed on the ground, and the other shot down with a unaccounted for Mistral ATGM.

As usual, the incident went unreported and the ammunition was declared lost during a training exercise.

What is already dead

One of the few survivors of the massacre they found among the piles of bodies was “Ultima ratio”, who was stabilized in a military field hospital and sent back to France for further treatment.

The plane never reached Paris, however – Diallo, now calling himself Ultima Ratio, woke up during the flight with entirely new goals.


Description

Diallo is still dressed like he was when he was executed – beige hiking boots, green military trousers and a white doctor”s coat with a MSF logo and a large red cross, which he wore so he could better be identified as a doctor despite any linguistic difficulties.

The coat is now red with blood and pierced by bullets, and the logo have become illegible. His face is emaciated and his hair prematurely gray. He can at will shift to his corpse form.


Personality

Ultima Ratio is no longer a calm, polite MD used to rough circumstances – he snapped and is now full of insane hatred against those he feels are responsible for the world’s plight.

He hates the Russian government for the puppet dictators, purges and massacres that have been committed and still leave legacies of blood. He hates Europeans for their post-colonial interventions. He hates Americans for more dictators, war and ruthless economic exploitation of nations.

He hates local warlords and drug lords, and corrupt civil servants, perpetuating problems and growing richer on misery. This hatred consumes him like the white fire shrouding his corpse form.

He will strike targets which he feels directly threaten the third world – pharmaceutical, mining or other corporations, intelligence agencies, government figures, local warlords, stock exchanges, etc. He does not attack military bases, feeling soldiers are just pawns.

Ultima Ratio is a global terrorist, but works alone. He can take whatever resources he needs, and his loyal troops rise from the ground. He does not need food or sleep , and is highly motivated and intelligent.

His strikes are meticulously prepared and executed. Although he has no military training, they are good approximations of commando raids.

Ultima Ratio’s undead troops will often be trained soldiers, which he arms well. Against superhumans, he has often equipped his zombies with demolition charges, siccing them to grab their target and detonate themselves.

He has a knack for “recruiting” minor, deceased superhumans. This is due in part to the array of skills he can get from his zombies – one of the most useful is a deceased California hacker and security specialist named Cody “Code” Zeller.


Quotes

“I’m here on behalf of the damned of the Earth.”


Campaign use

Ultima Ratio is more of a Die Hard villain than a Silver Age villain, and is a better fit against a small group of heroes in techno-thriller environment than a straight supervillain. You can use the numerous Marvel obscure villains in writeups.org for his henchmen, or the Suicide Squad members who died in order to raise the opposition to the proper level.

Of course, in many instances Ultima Ratio is doing the right thing with the entirely wrong means, which may lead to complicated situations.


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Ultima Ratio

Dex: 07 Str: 09 Bod: 12 Motivation: Justice
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 07 Occupation: Terrorist
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 019 HP: 060

Powers:
Animate dead: 14, Flame being: 06, Invulnerability*: 12, Flame project: 12, Mind blast: 08, Skin armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Animate dead uses the Stats and Powers of the deceased if they are better than typical zombie stats, with a maximum power equal to Animate dead’s APs (+2).
  • Skin Armour works against heat/light-based energy attacks, but only against those.
  • Flame project and mind blast have reduced range (2 APs).

Skills:
Charisma*: 06, Medicine: 05, Vehicles (sea, land): 04

Advantages:
Insta-change, Iron Nerves, Languages (French, Spanish, bits of various African languages), Life support (full).

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
Strange appearance (only in dead form, 0 pts).

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Homemade.

Helper(s): Kal-El, Sean MacDonald.

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