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Choice (Hardcase ally) (Ultraverse comics)

Choice

Amy Tran Kwitny


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
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Background

  • Real Name: Amy Tran Kwitny
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Partner of Hardcase
  • Base Of Operations: Los Angeles
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Choice has a variety of super-powers (force beams from her eyes, flight, shields, super-strength) that she can activate at will, normally by shouting their name (this limitation is part of her brainwashing). However, once her hour with that power is gone, she must wait two hours for it to be usable again.

Choice has a large number of mental programs preventing her and forcing her to do something ; these are a bit like Robocop’s directives. For some reason, some of the conditioning is neutralized by Hardcase’s presence (presumably due to the special properties of his molecules, which were unknown when he met Choice).


History

Choice’s origin is horrific, even to herself. She was originally Amy Tran Kwitny, a country girl in Việt Nam ; her village was destroyed during the war and, along with her grandmother, she emigrated to America in the late seventies, one of the thousands of Amer-Asian children born during the war. She never did find her American father, and ended up living in a squat as a teenager ; unknown to her she was involved in Mk-Ultra drug experiments by the government.

Years later, the first Prototype appeared as a PR tool for UltraTech ; the rival Choice Corporation decided to invest in their own corporate spokes-model, but wanted a “super-heroine” type. Choice’s CEO, Robert “Bob” Dixon, obtained the help of his fried J.D. Hunt, CEO of NuWare – who had access to early wetware technology.

The technology, back then, was not powerful enough for what Dixon wanted, but in 1991, they struck a deal with the rogue government agency Aladdin, who had obtained the brain of Carlos “Forsa” Jimenez, a heroic member of the Squad, shortly after he had been killed by NM-E.

Dixon located Kwitny, who had the physical attractiveness and history with mind control he looked for, and Aladdin completed the plan stealing the comatose body of Linda “Starburst” Warren and removing the ultra-center of her brain. They used cells from Jimenez’s brain, took out part of Kwitny’s, and replaced it by Warren’s. She thus had powers based on those of Starburst and Forsa, to which were added wetware abilities such as super-strength and enhanced senses.

Kwitny was then brainwashed, and convinced she was a perfect employee of the Choice corporation ; she was named Choice, her past was erased, safeguards were implanted in her powers, and her abilities were extensively tested. She then was released into the care of Bob Dixon. However, Dixon used her not only as a corporate spokesmodel but also as a sex toy – probably inspired by his friend’s J.D. Hunt’s android Candy.

Choice was used in a large marketing campaign for the entire Choice Corporation line of product, from cola to shampoo. She was not seriously presented as an ultra, but the plan was to trigger some kind of crisis after the first year and have her solve it, revealing she was a genuine ultra and having her popularity skyrocket.

See Choice run

Choice, however, started to have her conditioning lapse, remembering conflicting memories, her actual past in Việt Nam and US ghettoes being mixed with Linda Warren’s average white childhood. She started to refuse Dixon’s perverted sexual antics, as well as her role in commercials. Since it was feared she would become dangerously unstable, she was to be reconditioned far away from the US – in Brazil. However, she escaped the Choice Corporation.

Guided by Linda Warren’s ghost feelings, Choice fled to Hardcase while hounded by Interceptors from Choice Corporation. Their efforts became more and more violent as she got closer to L.A., resulting in the death of fifteen innocents in Mexico. When she finally reached Hardcase, he fought off the remaining Interceptors. She became’s Hardcase partner/sidekick.

Although Hardcase was attracted to Choice, and vice versa, he felt he would betray the comatose Linda Warren if he actually fell in love with another woman, and the decent part of him didn’t want to abuse Choice as she was amnesiac and frightened – he promised her instead he would help her to discover who she really was.

Despite some delays as Hardcase wanted to manage his acting career, they did find out the truth after fighting Aladdin and having Tech, from the Solution, hack into Aladdin’s databases. They, however, had fallen in love first, both being haunted by either memories of Linda Warren or Linda Warren’s memories.

Amy had barely overcome the shock about her true origins when she was mystically teleported to the Godwheel, were magicians needed her as a champion against a rogue god. She ultimately managed to defeat him, but learned during that adventure she was pregnant from Hardcase. She briefly met him on the Godwheel when he was teleported there, but he was then suddenly teleported back to Earth.


Description

Choice looks mostly Eurasian, but it is hard to place her heritage due to the various surgical enhancements – for instance her eyes have almost no epicanthic folds.


Personality

Choice is a young woman whose been fleeing for months and whose mind has been messed up and controlled. She has conflicting memories, cannot explain most of the things she does due to mental programming, and is quite lost. Although she’s quite courageous compared to ordinary people, she’s more a ultra victim than a ultra hero.

After meeting Hardcase, she started to slowly grow stronger – as Hardcase was somebody she could talk to, and who matched with her memories from Linda Warren. While at first she was very dependent on Hardcase and stayed very close to him, always supporting him, she started to act on her own and become much more resourceful when she was taken to the Godwheel.

It then became even more obvious she was basically nice, helpful and ready to put her life in dangers to help even strangers.


Quotes

“I need you…” (hesitation) “I need your help. Some people are after me.”


DC Universe History

Choice is closely linked to Hardcase, since a part of her is really Starburst. You could reuse the theme of the brainwashed, tailored super heroine created as a publicity stunt, however.


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Choice

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Unwanted
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Fugitive
Inf: 04 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 013 HP: 035

Powers: Energy blast: 10, Flight: 06, Force field: 06, Power Reserve (STR): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Force field is Self Only (-2) and allows for attacking through (+1)
  • All Powers can only run for one hour, and then have to be Recovered for two hours (-2)

Skills: Charisma (Persuasion): 05

Advantages: Popularity

Connections: Tech (High), Hardcase (High)

Drawbacks: Enemy (Choice Corporation), SIA to shouting the names of the powers she activates (must beat her SIA to activate them silently), SIA to wearing the Choice costume (must be checked every hour), CIF of talking about her past and saying bad things about the Choice corporation (except, for some reason, to Hardcase), CIA to obeying the commands of Bob Dixon.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Ultraverse

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