And, we're back. I spent the entire weekend chained to my computer on a work project, but let's try to get back on track.
Today's example of villainy is the Dreadnought. Like Dark Seraph, he is a creation of Barry Wilson, first appearing in Enemies III under the name Juggernaut. Given the likelihood of confusion with a better-known funnybook mutant, he got a name change for Classic Enemies, as well as a bit of a system cleanup. Fortunately, neither took away from the basic charm of the character.
After the war, the suit made its way out of Europe, where it made the rounds of the criminal underground before coming into the possession of Zarathustra, a powerful and mysterious neo-Nazi figure. More recently, it was stolen from Zarathustra by an individual bent on revenge (against whom being an exercise for the GM).
If the picture here doesn't give you ample ideas, here's his description out of the book: "The [Dreadnought] suit is 6'6" tall, and weighs 950 pounds. It was once a shiny grey, but that has been replaced by shining black plates that suggest a cross between plate mail and 1930s Art Deco. Puffs of steam can be seen coming from its joints, but it no longer whistles."
Of course, I happily restored the whistling and the clanking. Why the hell wouldn't I? This thing fairly defines the word contraption. He makes terrific hired muscle, but my most memorable use for him was in a Golden Age campaign, when the armor was a new secret prototype. It was shot into London on a V-2 rocket and the heroes had to fight it before it leveled Buckingham Palace. Jolly good show, that.
Next time, we'll complete our Barry Wilson trifecta and look at another guy with a crown.