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The Confounding Cubehead

 

It's origins are a mystery, but this humanoid with a multi-colored puzzle cube for a head seemingly appeared out of nowhere a few years ago crashing the national puzzle aficionado convention Enigma-Con.  When it moves the puzzle pieces that form it's head it causes various reactions in onlookers depending on the color/patterns on display.  Fear, joy, anger, confusion, paranoia, dancing the Macarena, chicken impersonations, yodeling etc. It seems more curious than malicious, but no communication with it has been successful. How Viridian Bat convinced Cubehead to join the team or is controlling it is another puzzle that has yet to be solved.

 

New Team Concept

 

The Deadsperados 6 members with Old West undead/horror themed powers or gimmicks.

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Sally Split was once a simple dance hall girl. Sure, she was beautiful. One day, a potential lover decided that if he couldn't have her, nobody could. Binding her to a log, he ran her into a buzzsaw.

 

Eventually, after a long time, Sally rose again as a physical ghost who is able to split apart into two beings and float into the air. She is a unwilling member of the Deadsperados.

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The Dead Man in Black

 

There is a trope that goes that the bad guys wear black. This is certainly true with the bandit that ha been dubbed The Dead Man in Black. He looks like the typical gunslinger in a Western only he wears black. He is not a zombie despite the fact that bullets hit him and seem to have no effect. He can fire back and does often with lethal effect. The theory doing the rounds of law enforcement is that he is a revenant although what can now banish him is unknown. He has been burned 'to death', shot to pieces and thrown off a tall building but in each case he has returned with no loss of faculties. He carries six guns and a ten gallon hat which shows he is a cowboy. He seems to follow the Western code and will duel an enemy even if he is outgunned or beaten. However at other times he will shoot someone in the back. Some claim he is the brains of the group but then again who is going to go against him' 

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Last of His Band

 

In life, he was Comanche, a warrior, proud and free. He sought to drive the settlers from his land, and he expected to die, a free man under the bright sun and the blowing wind.

Instead, he died in a hole, in the dark and the stink, forgotten, in chains.

Rage! Rage!

His people died in droves, confined in the dead lands of the desert, too little food, too little freedom.

Rage! Rage!

The settlers walked his land, mined it's heart, crushed the sacred places, their cities sprouting like diseased mushrooms, pushing up through the poisoned soil.

Rage! Too much rage!

His skeletal hands broke the soil over his corpse. He took back his gun, his knives, his tools from the glass case the settlers placed them in to gawk and point. 

Then the Man in Black who was dead came to him and said, "If you follow me, I will give you revenge." And the Last of His Band knew he did not lie.

 

The Last of His Band is a spirit of revenge made corporeal. A walking skeleton dressed as a Comanche raider, he seeks to bring death and destruction upon those who have despoiled his land and scattered his people, and his sense of blame includes their descendants and heirs. Interestingly, those mystics who have viewed him claim he is not actually evil - whatever force brought him back does not seek solely destruction. This is reinforced by the fact that you can negotiate with Last of His Band - but do not lie, he will know, and he will kill you for it.

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Goat Rider in the Sky

 

Beware oh wise one if you are being cursed let it not be someone who is dyslexic or is prone to making spelling mistakes, Maybe not as bad as the Mysterious Mr Steraica but still. Back to my original line of thought and this is the case, or cause, of Goat Rider in the Sky. Part man and part goat this villain will bleat and then attack. They are renowned as a cattle rustler but many people fear him as they see a goat and instantly think The Devil. This has been exploited several times by group and in truth it is a role that he embraces with some glee and gusto. He is a brick but cannot use guns or knives due to hoof like hands. 

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(Not exactly related to anything but...)

 

The Mysterious Steriaca is a writer of bad period western romance novels, except they never sell. The reason they never sell is because his spelling is atrocious. They say he killed himself, others say he starved to death or died of exposure. His spirit lives on inside a floating pen. Put a blank sheet of writing paper, and whether is written there happens. Well, whatever is written there happens...not necessary what he wanted to write. If driven from the pen, he appears to be a thin shadow of a man in grey western clothing, crying about being misunderstood. He speaks english with an odd accent at these times, the accent can't actually be pinned down. Anyone resourcing him will find out, he is born and raised in the midwest USA, so there should be no reason for the ascent.

 

(Up to the group if he is a member or not...)

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Lobo Stark was a bounty hunter/gunslinger for hire, until he was ambushed, shot and left for dead in the wilderness.  It is unknown exactly what type of undead he is, he looks exactly like he does in life.  He can be physical or not at will,  he is a dual wielders of Colts who can make his guns appear in his hands out of thin air, the bullets can harm the living as well slow down/stop the undead (even the non-corporeal undead react to the injury as a living person would with the same injury, and if "killed" will return to the other plane they came from).  He seems almost like a spirit of unrest and possibly vengeance (he was none too happy, as he left behind a sickly 12-year old daughter, her sickness was the very reason to turned to being a gun for hire.  And desperately would like to know what became of her life.  Also has limited ability to shadow teleport (using 2 non-connecting shadows as a "portal")

 

Mostly quiet and reserved, and barely even intereacts with his allies.  And only changes his demeanor when engaged with his target where he approaches his fight with reluctant but inevitable resolve. Even during the team's engagements, he may or may not participate, battle or otherwise  (unless ordered specifically by the Dead Man, or otherwise motivated by a reason known only to him)  He only follows The Dead Man in Black in hopes of finding out the truth about his daughter's life without him.  

 

Edit: It is possible, finding out his daughter's story would cause him to return him to his resting place, that is if she had gotten well and had a relatively happy life.  If her life were to have been tragic, he could snap, and become an indiscriminate, and uncontrollable spirit of destruction.   Obviously neither outcome, would be in the Dead Man's best interest, so it is quite possible the Dead Man has no interest in seeing Lobo's desires be fulfilled.  At least not as long as Stark is still needed.

 

Note: No relation to Lobo from comics, despite a common trade and name, and any commonality with Tony Stark is purely coincidental.  Main (and loose) inspiration was Coyote Starrk, the first Espada from Bleach. (maybe a little inspiration from Alucard of Hellsing Ultimate, too)

 

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Oh and for the ghost returning to their plane, permanent or temporary, would be pending (as in how/why the ghost was still in the world of the living in the first place, or maybe they can be summoned back by someone who would care to.  (I suppose demons could be sent back to hell, too.  Dependent on how demons work in the campaign)

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Stupid Cupid

 

Valentine's Day should be a holiday and that is what Stupid Cupid  id trying to do. He shoots people with love arrows, so that they fall in love, but other arrows which could kill to stop them celebrating Christmas.

So shooting a Santa collecting money in the street ? Check !

Launching fire arrows into choirs singing Christmas carols ? Check !

Storming into a mall firing arrows into decorations to ruin them and people dressed up for the season (elves, Santas, Reindeer, trees, snowmen, Wise Men, Shepherds, King Herod) ? Check ! His most notable victim was supermodel Christiana Lyndstrum who was dressed up as a lamb (you know how certain people would get attractive women dressed in what amounts to a lamb costume, well just like that) and she now bears scars on the arms and legs where the arrows went in.

Yes, this sort of behaviour will certainly get people to turn Valentine's Day into a holiday 

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Friday Blackson is Black Friday ,  a man whose very touch encourages greed and shopping.  He was once in retail himself, and wants to elevate Black Friday to an official holiday,  in spite the fact that the 'holiday' singles the fast run to Christmas. 

 

Needless to say, most of the Xmas-Men dislike him because of that fact.

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The Puritan Pilgrim, a man with the strength of ten because of the purity of his heart! Actually, more like a few hundred - he's a pretty good brick. He despises Christmas because of it's associations with idolatry, paganism, and, far worse, people enjoying themselves. He espouses Thanksgiving as the only appropriate American holiday - an appropriately somber and religious celebration, of course.

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20 minutes ago, Sundog said:

The Puritan Pilgrim, a man with the strength of ten because of the purity of his heart! Actually, more like a few hundred - he's a pretty good brick. He despises Christmas because of it's associations with idolatry, paganism, and, far worse, people enjoying themselves. He espouses Thanksgiving as the only appropriate American holiday - an appropriately somber and religious celebration, of course.

Of course,  any meal can be Thanksgiving by simply saying grace before you eat. Even a McDonald's burger.

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All of the Lights

 

This villain hails from India and dislikes Christmas as it is too close to Diwali. She believes that Diwali is unjustly overshadowed by the Christmas holiday. Strangely enough she has no problem with Thanksgiving which is closer to the dates of Diwali as it is mainly an American holiday unlike Christmas which is global. She can blast people with light and blind them with light effects which has led to her name being associated with the Kanye West song.

 

NT: Decagon

Ten villains who have nothing really in common either in terms of powers or backgrounds except they work together. So no siblings and close family. 

Can be men or women or anything else.

However villain one is linked to villain two and villain two is linked to villain three and so on. When detailing the villain the link must be mentioned and it must be the first of the pair. So in villain 1's description the link to villain 2 must be recorded. Likewise in the case of Villain 2, the link to villain 3 must be recorded. Worked together once previously, imprisoned at the same time or in hospital at the same or overlapping times with or without meeting are all viable links. 

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Vile-8

 

Designed as an artificial human supersoldier by the US military, but things went...very, very wrong. It's artificial flesh proved toxic and acidic, and the creature's rot-green skin made infiltration work impossible. worse. it feels an indescribable rush of pleasure as it dissolves it's victims, and it really doesn't care who or what side those victims are on.

The army locked it down in their secure bunker in deepest Nevada, but it escaped when villain number 2...

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...Battlemaster attacked the bunker in a display of the latest upgrades to his power armor that he live streamed via his remote controlled drones in the hopes of attracting mercenary work. The fact that Vile-8 and some other prisoners were freed was just a bonus. However he soon felt the heat from not only the military, but the Iron Cadre whose plans and prototypes he had used for said upgrades. He needed to get out of the country quick and sought the aid of villain 3...

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The Cloak

 

Master of disguise and mental manipulation, The Cloak can hide people from pursuers. He has some martial arts ability but does not register as a powered individual which makes him invaluable to the Underworld. He once saved Travelstar from hunters immune to magic who intended to kill him. The Cloak often worked with 

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she turned to Muchas Armas who can transform into a large being with multiple arms and hands that use guns. He tends to like sprouting just two extra arms so he can use four handguns at the same time. but he is capable of turning into a large immobile mass dotted with machine guns and assault rifles. He prefers movement though as stationary targets are easier to hit. Muchas Armas has also often helped....

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Torpedo Moscow a hard hitting high flying brick who is a Cold War supersoldier turned mercenary. He is starting to slow down a bit as the years and hard living are catching up, but he can still dish out a ton of damage. Realizing the growing collective might need a tactician and planner he reached out to an old cellmate...

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