|Aliases||Father Squid, Squidface|
|Wild Card Traits||Enhanced strength and amphibious|
|Citizenship||Citizen of the United States|
|Event Participant||1987 WHO Tour|
|Base of Operations||Jokertown|
|Affiliations||Our Lady of Perpetual Misery, Joker Brigade, Twisted Fists|
|Allies||Dr. Tachyon, Father Henry Obst, Quasiman, Leo Storgman, Xavier Desmond, Yeoman|
|First Appearance||Jokers Wild|
|Creator||John J. Miller|
A joker and resident of Jokertown. Founder and pastor of the joker-friendly church of Our Lady of Perpetual Misery, more commonly known as the Church of Jesus Christ, Joker. His staff includes Quasiman, and Mighty Wurlitzer.
From the 1960s to the mid 70s, the United States government pursued a special initiative to recruit or draft jokers into a special Joker Brigade within the US Army. The Joker Brigade was typically sent into the worst battlezones of the Vietnam War with the least supplies and support. Joker rights activists and antiwar protestors decried the Joker Brigade as nothing more than a racist program to kill jokers.
One of the Joker Brigade recruits was a young joker known to his comrades as Squidface. Serving with distinction, Squidface befriended Daniel Brennan, a nat soldier that treated him as an equal rather than an expendable freak. Years later, this friendship would be renewed back in the States, when Brennan decided to pursue his vendetta against Kien Phuc as the vigilante archer Yeoman.
Disillusioned after the end of the war, Squidface wandered the globe, falling in with the violent joker extremists known as the Twisted Fists. He served them with distinction as well, committing acts of terror and violence that would haunt him for the rest of his days. Eventually the joker soldier grew sick of the bloodshed and returned to America, seeking a new path to justice and, hopefully, salvation.
Father Squid as he is now known has been pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Misery, the Church of Jesus Christ, Joker, since 1980. Excommunicated from the Catholic Church, Father Squid preaches his own take upon the holy gospel and embraces some unusual non-canonical iconography flavored by his flock's wild card experiences.
Close friend and confidant of Yeoman, Father Squid has never wavered in his hope that his old friend will renounce a life of violence, though he never judged his friend's pursuit of vengeance. He participated in the 1987 WHO Tour as one of the delegates researching the treatment of wild card victims around the globe. Later, he loaned the services of his handyman, Quasiman, as a bodyguard to Yeoman while the vigilante investigated the death of Chrysalis. During the Shadow Fists' reign of terror, Father Squid used his contacts to enlist the help of a mysterious ace known only as Trace when Yeoman's wife Wraith was rendered comatose by assassins.
A few years later, Father Squid ministered to the survivors of a firebombing at his church. It was eventually learned the anti-wild card cabal known as the Card Sharks was behind the arson attempt and Father Squid gladly provided sanctuary to Hannah Davis, the nat arson investigator who exposed them. During this time, the Church of Jesus Christ, Joker, was moved to its current location, though much work still needs to be complete it.
Wild Card Traits Edit
Father Squid's body makes him amphibious. He is able to stay submerged for up to half an hour before needing to resurface. He is also quite strong and resilient with a strength roughly comparable to three or four men combined, and resistant to harm from minor abrasions.
Father Squid has a bundle of tentacles in place of a nose that hang over his mouth. His skin has a pale complexion, and his eyes are slightly bulging and have nictating membranes. He has long fingers with round, vestigial suckers on his palms and the bottom of his fingers. Father Squid has a slight salty scent the is reminiscent of the sea.
Father Squid is unfailingly kind, gentle and non-judgemental. He gets along with jokers, nats, and aces equally well and has been described as "Pat O'Brien with tentacles". He never speaks of his past.
- His skills listed in the GURPS Wild Cards worldbook indicate military training including small arms, jungle survival, and demolitions.
Selected Reading Edit
- Wild Cards Volume III: Jokers Wild