Dirge for Champions (250+140)

"Fear is the element that unites all losers." - Dirge

Real name: Dirge
Other known aliases: None
Occupation: Warrior
Current group affiliation: Decepticons/Seekers
Rank: 5
Past group affiliations: Predacons
Major enemies: Autobots, particularly the Aerialbots and Powerglide.
First appearance: Transformers: Armada #14 (Dreamwave comics), Transformers #17 (Marvel comics), Dinobot Island Part 1 (television series).
Origin: Unrevealed
Description: Dirge is a 24 foot tall light blue, black and tan robot who turns into a modified F-15 jet. Before being reformatted he turned into a Cybertonian jet.


54	STR	14
18	DEX	24
21	CON	22
16	BODY	 0
16	INT	 6
 8	EGO	-4
21	PRE	 6
10	COM	 0
11	PD	 6
10	ED	 6
 4	SPD	12
10	REC	 2
42	END	 0
39	STUN	 0
Characteristics Cost: 94

Powers and Skills

10	EC (10),"Transformer powers"	
26a)	12/12 Armor	
33b)	6 LVLS Growth (stats already included),Always On(-1/2),0 END	
	 Persistent(+1)                                              0
 7c)	Shape Shift,"Jet",Concentrate(-1/4),Cannot change form if he	
	 takes over half BODY.(-1/4),0 END Persistent(+1)            0
14	0" Flight,"Wings",x64 Non-Combat,Only in vehicle form.	
	 (-1/4),OIF(-1/2)                                            0
19	Life Support,doesn't breathe,safe in vacuum/pressure,safe in	
	 heat/cold,immune to aging	
50	MP (50),"Movement"	
 5u	20" Flight,1/2 END(+1/4)                                     2
 1u	15" Gliding	
 4u	20" Running,1/2 END(+1/4)                                    2
65	MP (131),"Weapons",OAF(-1)	
 6u	7D6 RKA (Light),"Lasers",No Knockback(-1/4),17-32 Charges	
	(+1/4)                                                       0
 6u	5 1/2D6 RKA,"Air-To-Air Missiles",vs physical defense,13-16	
	 Charges(0),Explosion(+1/2)                                  0
 6u	4D6+1 RKA,"Automatic Machine Guns",vs physical defense,x5	
	 Autofire(+1/2),33-64 Charges(+1/2)                          0
 3	+5 PRE,Only to frighten people.(-1/2),Victim must be able to	
 3	Radio XMIT/REC,OIF(-1/2)	
13	54 STR,1/2 END(+1/4)                                         0
 3	Combat Piloting 13-	
18	6 Levels: With machine gun, lasers and punch.,tight group	
 3	Navigation 11-	
 1	WF,Rifles	
Powers Cost: 296


Base Points: 250
15	Accidental Chg,"to robot form if stunned.",common,occur 11-
10	Distinctive,"Giant Robot",easily concealable,major
15	Hunted,"By anti-Decepticon forces.",as powerful,harsh,appear
 5	Physical Lim,"No hands in vehicle mode.",infrequently,
10	Physical Lim,"Becomes disoriented if he uses his full
15	Psych Lim,"Cruel",common,strong
15	Psych Lim,"Creepy",common,strong
10	Rep,"Evil alien robot.",occur 8-,extreme reputation
10	Rivalry,"with other Decepticons jets.",professional,PC rival
20	Vuln,"to fear attacks.",common,x2 effect
 5	Unluck,1D6
10	Watched,"By Decepticon leaders.",more powerful,non-combat
	 influence,mild,appear 11-
Disadvantages Total: 140

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 390

Explanation of the conversion: I decided to add a standard laser attack to his other attacks. Although this write-up is meant to represent Dirge in his Generation One form, it also works for him in his Cybertonian form.

History (Dreamwave comics): Dirge was recruited as a Decepticon under the leadership of Megatron in his war against the Autobots on the planet Cybertron. Dirge became a member of the elite Seekers under Aerospace Commander Starscream. He often worked with fellow Seekers Ramjet and Thrust.

Shockwave lead the Decepticon attack on the Autobot capitol of Iacon 8.2 million years ago. Among his troops were Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Bludgeon, Brawl, Chopshop, Dirge, Frenzy, Octane, Onslaught, Ramjet, Tantrum, Venom and Vortex.

After Megatron and Autobot leader Optimus Prime were lost in an accident with a space bridge, the Decepticon forces splintered. Dirge joined the Predacons under the command of Starscream.

After the Great Shutdown ended, Ramjet was reformatted in the form of an Earth-style jet.

After the War between the Autobots and Decepticons ended on Cybertron, Ultra Magnus lead a mission to Earth to arrest the Autobots on Earth for continuing their violent ways. Dirge was among the troops under Ultra Magnus.

Defeated by the Autobots on Cybertron, Shockwave was forced to set up a new secret headquarters in the wastelands of Cybertron, with Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust following him. Shockwave completed work on his new warrior, Sixshot. Megatron returned to Cybertron with three clone warriors and the Predacons and was able to defeat Shockwave. Shockwave was kept alive, but restrained. All Shockwave's warriors except Blitzwing, who was destroyed, joined up with Megatron in his plan to invade the Earth (Transformers: Generation One III #9).

The chilling rumble of Dirge's engines as they approach from a distance is merely a prelude to the petrifying fear they induce in whomever is unlucky enough to hear as they pass overhead, and fear is something with which Dirge is quite familiar. He knows its all-consuming power; he understands how it can defeat even the mightiest of armies. He handles it with the same exacting proficiency that a concert pianist handles his piano's keys. Even his fellow Decepticons are put off a bit by his mournful, silent manner. Ramjet sums up everyone's feelings: "He gives me the creeps."

Trivia: On the Transformers television show, the voice of Dirge is played by actor B.J. Davis. Dirge shouldn't be confused with Dirge II, a Predacon who turns into a jet, a Dirge III, an Insecticon.

Dirge Powers: Dirge is an intelligent, fast and highly skilled warrior. He is capable of turning into a jet which can attain speeds of over Mach 2.7. In jet mode, the sound from Dirge's engines has the uncanny effect of producing spine-tingling (circuit-tingling, in the cases of other robots) fear in nearly everyone who hears it. Apparently, the engines emit a combination of frequencies that has a disorienting, fear-provoking effect on the nervous systems of all those within earshot. He also carries two air-to-air missiles and two automatic machine guns.

Weaknesses: In order to perform well as a warrior, Dirge needs to feel that he's in control of a situation. When things get out of hand, Dirge is prone to suffer from the very weapon he himself wields so effectively - fear. Dirge's usefulness evaporates under these conditions.

Links to other Dirge pages:
  • http://home.no.net/transfor/decepticons/dirge.php
  • http://tfu.info/1985/Decepticon/Dirge/dirge.htm
  • http://www.cobraislandtoys.com/tf/1985/dirge.html
  • http://www.ntfa.net/universe/english/Dirge.htm
  • http://www.seibertron.com/database/character.php?char_id=59

  • Character created by Hasbro.
    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash - mathewignash@comcast.net.
    Last Updated - September, 2005

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