Captain Cadaver

Captain Cadaver for Champions

''Once again, the fearless Captain Cadaver, undaunted and undead, is free. Join him, boys and girls, in the city of brotherly love, on his bloody shopping spree!'' - Cadaver in Elementals II #3

Real name: Stanley Swartzburg
Other known aliases: Stan
Occupation: Serial killer, former accountant.
Current group affiliation: None.
Past group affiliations: None.
Major enemies: Elementals.
First appearance: Elementals #14 (as Stanley Swartzburg), Elementals #16 (as Captain Cadaver).
Elementals #14 Description: Cadaver is a frightening looking monster of a man with bestial features, claws, fangs, pointed ears and a body covered in grey fur. His eyes glow an earie red. He wears a red hood and cape and has a yellow "have a nice day" symbol on his chest that has small fangs. When Stanley was human he was a short heavy set man with balding brown hair and brown eyes.


   35    STR    25
   14    DEX    12
   20    CON    20
   12    BODY    4
    8    INT    -2
   14    EGO     8
10/20    PRE     0
    0    COM    -5
    8    PD      1
    5    ED      1
    5    SPD    26
   11    REC     0
   40    END     0
   40    STUN    0
Characteristics Cost: 90

Powers and Skills

 2    3/3 Damage Resistance,Not vs. fire and silver.(-1/4)    
15    EC (15),"Vampire"    
12a)  50% Damage Reduction (PD),resistant,Not vs. silver.(-1/4)    
12b)  50% Damage Reduction (ED),resistant,Not vs. fire.(-1/4)    
10c)  Desolid,"Mist form.",cannot pass thru solids,Vulnerability:    
       Holy items.,Concentrate(-1/2),constant concentration,Extra    
       Time(-1/2)                                                  4
12d)  2D6 HKA,"Claws or bite.",vs physical defense,No Knockback    
       (-1/4)                                                      3
14e)  8D6 Mind Control,"Hyptnotize people into standing perfectly    
       still.",telepathic contact,single command only,Reduced    
       Penetration(-1/4),Must make eye contact.(-1/4),Concentrate    
       (-1/2),constant concentration                               5
 9f)  Shape Shift,"Wolf and Bat forms",limited group of shapes,    
       Extra Time(-1/2),Concentrate(-1/4),0 END(+1/2)              0
10    5" Flight,x8 Non-Combat,Linked(-1/2),"to Shape Shift - Bat",    
       Restrainable(-1/2)                                          1
 6    Life Support,immune to disease,immune to aging    
 7    +10 PRE,Negative uses only.(-1/2)    
 8    1 BODY Regen,recovery rate: per minute    
20    2 LVLS Shrinking(0.5m,1.6kg,+4 DCV,+6 KB),Linked(-1/2),"to    
       Shape Shift - Bat",0 END(+1/2)                              0
15    1D6 Transform,"from person into vampire",major,cumulative,    
       Linked(-1/2),"to bite."                                     2
 2    1 Levels: with claws/bite.    
 3    Stealth 12-    
 3    Survival 11-    
Powers Cost: 160


Base Points: 100
15     Distinctive,"Pudgy inhuman bloodsucker.",easily concealable,
15     Hunted,"by various heroes and law enforcement.",as powerful,
        non-combat influence,harsh,appear 8-
 5     Physical Lim,"Cannot speak.",infrequently,slightly
15     Physical Lim,"Cannot enter a building unless invited.",
15     Physical Lim,"Suspended animation if staked or in running
10     Psych Lim,"Vengeful",uncommon,strong
15     Psych Lim,"Casual killer.",common,strong
15     Psych Lim,"Overconfident.",common,strong
20     Rep,"Vampire and serial killer.",occur 14-,extreme
25     Susc,"Holy items, sunlight and holy water.",very common,per
Disadvantages Total: 150

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 250

Explanation of the conversion: The Flight and Shrinking that work Only In Hero ID are only usable in bat form. The value of -1/2 to the Damage Reduction Limitations is because everyone knows to attack him with silver and fire, so to him they are very common attacks. The expendable Focus for his Summon power is a human body that died from a vampire bite.

History: In 1987 Stanley Swartzburg was a lonely accountant living in Bethleheim, Pennsyvania who was unlucky enough to be bitten by a bat which had been hit by a bolt of lightning from the Shadowspear storm. Stan died, but he didn't stay dead. Three days later Swartzburg was reborn as a vampire who called himself Captain Cadaver (Elementals #14).

Cadaver spent the next month killing, draining and dismembering the women who worked for his firm one by one as revenge for not noticing him in life. The government sent the Elementals to Philadelphia to investigate the deaths and quickly traced all the deaths to Swartzburg. The Elementals confronted Cadaver in his apartment, where he was able to wound Morningstar, knockout Monolith and blind Vortex before escaping into the night (Elementals #16).

Elementals #17 Undaunted by their first failure, the Elementals set a trap for Cadaver at the hospital that Morningstar and Vortex were staying in, believing that Cadaver would want to finish them off. Cadaver defeated Monolith again, and although he hypnotized and bit Fathom, he learned she had no blood. Vortex was able to get the upper hand on Cadaver until Fathom recovered and she hit him with a massive blast of running water, turning him to a lifeless skeleton. The Elementals quickly collected the skeleton and placed a stake in the chest to prevent him from regenerating. The staked skeleton was placed in storage at the city morgue (Elementals #17).

In 1989 the new police commissioner of Philadelphia was inspecting the morgue when she discovered the stored skeleton of Cadaver. Not believing in vampires she ordered the body properly disposed of and removed the stake. A few minutes later Captain Cadaver, fully regenerated, broke out of the morgue and drained the night watchman of blood (Elementals II #3).

Cadaver proceeded to attack numerous people over the next few months, this time not dismembering the bodies, so that they would rise as vampires themselves. Philadelphia was onset by a plague of vampires that stalked the streets at night. After the Elementals killed hundreds of vampires he created, he drained and sired the Elementals friend Porter Scott as a vampire.

Elementals: The Vampires Revenge #2 Although Captain Cadaver never resurfaced after that, it was uncovered that a group of ancient vampires called the Dark Circle punished him for violating their laws on vampire reproduction (Elementals: The Vampires Revenge #2).

Powers: Cadaver is a vampire of exceptional power for his age, due to the infusion of power he received from the Shadowspear. He is superhumanly fast and strong, has claws, and can assume the form of a wolf, bat or mist. He has mental powers that allow him to paralyze his prey with his gaze. He has the standard vulnerabilities. He cannot enter a building without being invited by someone inside, he is burned by holy items and sunlight, and he (temporarily) turns into a pile of inanimate bones if staked or placed in moving water. He is most easily damaged by attacking him with fire or silver weapons.

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  • Character created by Comico.
    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash -
    Last Updated - February, 2004

    - Back to Matt's Champions Page.-

    Authored on Amiga.