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Colleen Wing (Marvel Comics)

Colleen Wing


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Colleen Wing appeared in 1974 as one of the supporting characters of Iron Fist. She and her BFF Misty Knight grew from there to became a great duo of action detectives and adventurers. They often maintain a grindhouse cinema vibe reflecting their roots in 1970s blaxploitation and cheap kung fu cinema.

Unfortunately our notes are short, old and incomplete. For 15-ish years I’ve intended to radically overhaul Colleen and Misty’s profiles, and there’s *never* time and there’s always some crap that needs to be handled first. This sucks. Also I can’t have a cat because I’m allergic. Everything sucks.


Background

  • Real Name: Colleen Wing
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Professor Lee Wing (father), Unnamed mother (deceased), Kenji Ozawa (grandfather, deceased), Oji Ozawa (uncle, chief of Japan’s secret service), unnamed sons of Kenji Ozama (deceased during WWII), unnamed sons of Oji Ozawa (deceased during WWII)
  • Group Affiliation: Nightwing Restorations
  • Base Of Operations: New York City
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 135lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Dark red


Powers and Abilities

Colleen Wing is highly trained in the various samurai arts. In particular she is a fearsome swordswoman, well able to hold her own against multiple trained opponents. She was further trained in the unarmed martial arts of K’un Lun. To any specialist, her devastating style is immediately recognisable as similar to Iron Fist’s.

She also apparently got in touch with her inner ninja, having demonstrated excellent skill at stealth.

Wing wields the Ozawa honour sword, which was once her grandfather’s katana. This blade, of superb craftsmanship, is both invaluable and extremely deadly.

Wing has occasionally displayed strong mastery of her chi . She once “burned off” an addiction to heroin. However such feats are, and necessitate an abnormal level of concentration.


History

Colleen Wing is the daughter of Professor Lee Wing, a professor of Oriental studies at New York’s Columbia University , and a Japanese woman whose name has not been revealed. (Despite their last name, Professor Wing and to a lesser extent Colleen look primarily Caucasian. Both have mixed racial backgrounds, though Colleen definitely has Irish blood).

Colleen’s mother’s ancestors were the reputed Ozawa samurai clan. Colleen’s late maternal grandfather, Ozawa Kenji (sometimes called Ozawa Kenjiro), was the head of Japan’s secret service. He was succeeded in that position by his brother – to Colleen, uncle Oji.

Colleen grew up in the mountains of northern Honshu, where she was almost entirely raised by Ozawa Kenji himself.Colleen’s mother is known to have been killed, presumably when Colleen was but a toddler. The time and circumstances of this death have not been revealed.

None of the Olawa brother’s children survived World War II except Colleen’s mother, who bore no children other than Colleen>. This left the Ozawa family with but a half-breed female to continue the line. Grandfather Kenji, however, was adamant that Colleen, while half-gaijin, was all-Ozawa.

Colleen was trained in the warrior arts of the samurai, in which she became superbly skilled.

Big in Japan

Ms. Wing eventually joined her father and made her home in New York City. Caught in the midst of a gun battle on Manhattans West Side, she was saved from being killed by police officer Misty Knight, who later became her best friend.

Later, Knight’s right arm was mangled by an explosion and had to be amputated. Colleen encouraged Knight to rise above her depression and return to an active role in life. Knight’s right arm was later replaced with a bionic steel arm.

Colleen Wing and Knight formed a partnership as private investigators and called their firm Nightwing Restorations, Ltd.. Due to Wing’s samurai-style training and both partners’ expertise in the Eastern martial arts, they have been dubbed “the Daughters of the Dragon”. That was during the years when Bruce Lee was most popular.

Professor Wing learned from a monk who had been to the other-dimensional realm of K’un Lun that a young warrior, Iron Fist, would come from that land. The Iron Fist would seek vengeance on his father’s killer, who was now based in New York. Professor Wing calculated when Iron Fist would come to New York and sent Colleen to meet him.

Professor Wing and Colleen befriended Iron Fist, then unfamiliar with the Western world, and Colleen acted as his ally in many of his exploits.

Wing, apparently preferring men of action, has been in relationships with Luke Cage (aka Power Man II, aka Cage) and Robert Diamond (from the Sons of the Tiger group of martial artists)


Description

Wing, an unusual mix of Japanese, Irish and various other ancestries, tends to dress in clothes that have an Asian touch.


Personality

Colleen is a warrior. She fights like a samurai, lives like a samurai, breathes like a samurai. She’s tough, direct and got steel-belted balls. Not only was she raised by a wartime samurai badass but she has that fierce Irish temper.

She dislikes guns, and will of course only draw her sword if she intends to kill. It is not uncommon for her to use sheathed sword as a bludgeon, and only draw it if an opponent draws her blood.

Wing tends to be a formal, somewhat rigid person, very concerned with her duty. She does enjoy some light sarcasm when the situation isn’t too tense, though.

Wing and Knight are extremely close, closer than sisters. Their main theme is their friendship. They are more than ready to die for each other, and cannot bear the thought of letting each other down.


Quotes

Knight: “Damn you, Colleen – I’ve just lost my right arm ! I’m a half-a-woman now, a freak !”
Wing: “Bull ! Half of you is still better than any five other people I know, love. You’re only a freak, pal, if you throw away the life that’s left you.”

“Kiiiii-YAAAAA !”

“I can pass for Chinese, Misty. You can’t.”

“And for the record, kid — when this fight is over — consider yourself lucky to still be alive !”

“My debt is paid, grandfather – honour is satisfied. Now both of us are free.”

“You see, Angar, part of me is samurai… and that part kills.

“Good evening, Mrs. Burke. I am looking for my partner. And you *are* going to tell me where she is.”


DC Universe History

Nightwing Restorations remains an independent PI firm. Wing would be a friend of Shado, while Knight would be a friend of the late Oliver Queen, being ex-Seattle PD. Substitute the Green Arrow characters for the Heroes for Hire.

They might even have had a big sister role toward the new Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) before his father came back to life.


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Wing, Colleen

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Private investigator
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources: 004
Init: 018 HP: 040

Skills:
Detective (legwork): 04, Martial artist*: 06, Medicine (first aid): 04, Military science (danger recognition): 05, Occultism (occult knowledge): 03, Thief (stealth): 05, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water): 05, Weaponry (samurai weapons): 07

Advantages:
Language (Japanese), Expertise (Oriental legends, way of the samurai), Sharp Eye, Schtick (K’un-Lun Chi), Misc. (Colleen receives a +2CS OV/RV bonus to any roll intended to resist mind control that would mean harming Misty or letting her down)

Connections:
Heroes for Hire (High), X-Men (Low), Japanese Intelligence (Low), Sons of the Tiger (Low)

Drawbacks:
Public ID, SIA to honour, Minor Rage, Misc. (Occasional Supporting Cast Syndrome), Minor Rage

Equipment:

  • Ozawa ancestral katana [BODY 12, EV 05 (08 w/Martial Artist), Sharpness (EV): 01, Bonus – this unique blade has silver inlays and is considered a silver weapon against relevant supernatural creatures. It is nearly certain it also sports a variety of Buddhist and Shinto blessings]
  • Daikyu [BODY 04, EV 04, Range: 07, R#3, Ammo: 01, has seven extra arrows handy]
  • Occasionally, when on the warpath, Wing will arm herself with other traditional Ozawa weapons such as a Wakizashi [BODY 05, EV 03 (04 w/STR, 08 w/Martial artist), Bonus : Specially crafted to be balanced for throwing] and Shuriken (x6) [BODY 04, EV 02, Dart Bonus, Grenade drawback]. All Ozawa weapons are blessed and silver-coated, which indicates extensive experience with the supernatural.
  • Hairpins (x2) [BODY 03, EV 01 (04 w/STR), Note : made of pure silver]

Daughter of the Dragon

After her encounter with Master Khan along with Iron Fist, Colleen’s unarmed martial arts techniques distinctly swerve from her original jujitsu to fully embrace K’un Lun forms. She also seemingly acquired the ability to perform some quasi-superhuman feats of chi mastery.

Those are exceedingly rare, though, and Colleen is unable to reliably and consciously reproduce them. The main example is her burning off heroin addiction after she was kidnapped by Vachon. She partially succeeded through a zen trance, but eventually beat heroine while utterly concentrated on a swordfight while wielding the Ozawa blade.

The Schtick allows her to make Trick Powers based on her Martial Artist Skill that have to do with chi energies, at the GM’s discretion.


Occasional Supporting Cast Syndrome

Misty and Colleen seem to alternate between two modes — as supporting cast for the Heroes for Hire and, more occasionally, for the X-Men — or as adventurers of their own. When they act as supporting cast they are easily neutralized and less than impressive ; when they act as adventurers they’re right tough.

Whenever the GM determines Colleen and Misty appear as supporting cast, they must spend two HPs to have the effect of one HP, even if said HPs are fed to them via Leadership. Knowing this well, they tend not to spend any during such occasions.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Power Man and Iron Fist (Marvel Universe)

Helper(s): Jackson, Roy Cowan. History section is now derived from the 1986 OHOTMU’s to hold out until the real rewrite.

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