Friday, March 28, 2014

Jianghu League: The Laughing Man

As some of you know, I have been doing some conversions of DC heroes to celebrate Jadepunk's Digital Release. I have done Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Hawkman. Now that I have laid out some of the big players in my version, I have decided to do some of the Big Bads. I am starting with the one that need teh least introduction. The Joker.

The Laughing Man
A little over a year ago bodies began to show up on the riverfront. They seemed unrelated in all ways, men, women, children, Naramel, Aerish, Kaiyumi, Tuyangan, nothing connected them. Nothing except the method of murder. Every one of the victims had bleached white skin and a terrible smile on their faces.

During the first week seventeen bodies were found. Every week since, has had at least three murders. The pressed dubbed this killer, "The Laughing Man." In the back alleys and along the riverbanks, the stilt walkers and mudskimmers speak of a devil walking the midnight streets. Strange shadows and maddened laughter are often heard, though none have ever seen him face to face. In the last few months, The Laughing Man has begun to taunt the Watch, sending them pieces of the victims and leaving random seeming notes.

If you walk the nighttime streets of the Riverfront, learn to walk in groups. And pray to whatever gods will have you. Pray that you never meat the laughing man.

Portrayal: The Smiling Killer
Background: A Mystery Even To Himself
Inciting Incident: All It Takes Is One. Bad. Day.
Belief: Madness Is The Only Truth
Trouble: Murder On The Mind

Professions: Scoundrel +3, Engineer and Fighting +2, Explorer and Scholar +1, Aristocrat +0

Device: The Smiling Death
His victims are known by their rictus grin. He invented a black jade powder that, when inhaled, causes hallucinations and death. Upon dying victims' faces stretch into a horrible grin and their skin is drained of color.

Function Aspect: Black Jade Death Dust
Features: Harmful 4(does four extra harm on a successful attack)
Flaws: Situational(must be close to The Laughing Man and must breath it in)

Refresh: 5(he is really lucky)

Let me know what you think of my version of the Joker. he is not that different from the source material, but there is only so much to work with when he has no real backstory to speak of. Next i think i will work on Lex Luthor.