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Fahrenheit (Stormwatch) (Wildstorm Comics) in her civvies with the PHD

Fahrenheit

(StormWatch) (part #3)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This profile is part of a chronological series, which should be read in order. The parts go :

  1. Fahrenheit profile #1 – agent of StormWatch.
  2. .
  3. Fahrenheit profile #3 – the StormWatch PHD project.

Background

  • Real Name: Lauren Pennington.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Tara (sister, deceased), Peter (father, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: StormWatch PHD New York.
  • Base Of Operations: 18th precinct station house in New York City.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 131 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

During most of this era, Lauren has lost most of her superhuman powers. However, she remains superhumanly resistant to temperature extremes, including many fire and cold attacks.

To compensate, Pennington has stepped up her training in the martial arts, unarmed combat and general operative skills.

After regaining her powers, Fahrenheit made better progress in mastering them than ever before. For instance she learned to create superheated smoke rather than flame (in DC Heroes RPG terms, Chemical attack) to deal with an opponent immune to open flames.


History

During a fight with Lord Defile, Lady Decadence and their mercenaries and servants, Fahrenheit was engaged by the Cooler.The Cooler is a psychotic supervillain with ice powers and a mad-on for her. The two fell from 20 stories high. Fahrenheit slowed their fall with updrafts, so both survived. However, she landed on her head and stayed in a coma for three weeks.

The brain damage was slight, but made her unable to access her more active superhuman powers. No longer a living, flying flamethrower, Fahrenheit was discharged from StormWatch.

Discharged

The battle on First Avenue against Defile and his accomplices and minions had been a catastrophe. It was one of the worst massacres in the history of New York, leaving hundreds dead. Soon after, a clash with Deathtrap left Blademaster and at least four Stormforce soldiers dead. StormWatch came under heavy political fire and its budget was badly cut.

Fahrenheit (StormWatch PHD) (Wildstorm comics) kickboxing

In the meanwhile, Fahrenheit discovered she was shunned by other posthumans since she no longer had powers. Her relationship with Hellstrike also ended at that point. Hellstrike, behaving oddly after having been dead for a while, cheated on her with an version of Fahrenheit from a parallel universe.

Battalion continued to head StormWatch, but he needed to seriously pare operations down. None of the old approaches could fit the new budget, so he went for something new. Battalion assembled a small team of non-powered experts in New York City. Their task was to research inexpensive means to neutralize posthuman, alien, magical, etc. threats.

StormWatch PostHuman Division

He offered Lauren Pennington a job in the unit, along with :

StormWatch Prime continued to operate as a superhuman strike force, though the assets on the SkyWatch satellite had to be toned down. The new team was called StormWatch Post Human Division.

The new team was generally successful. Though they did not attain any big triumph, the techniques they were developing proved effective at repulsing several minor superhuman threats. They even managed to arrest some C-listers.

Predictably, Lauren made a pass at and slept with Paris, the most attractive single male on the team. This almost immediately proved a mistake, however. In a moment of intimacy Paris told her about his monstrous childhood.

Lauren immediately ended their relationship, which led to a awkward atmosphere within the team. Their NYPD liaison and handler, Officer Doran, send Pennington on a night out with Gorgeous and Black Betty. This initiative saved the team’s dynamics.

Tempted

Lauren, however, was contacted by Lord Defile, who proved he could easily give her her powers back. She started faltering and providing information to the Daemonite.

This led to the invasion of Precinct 18, the police station hosting StormWatch PHD. To everyone’s surprise, StormWatch and the cops prevailed during that confrontation, even though it was particularly brutal. Fahrenheit almost fully regained her powers during the crisis.

Crushed by guilt, Lauren confessed to her superiors (Jackson King and John Doran) and asked for punishment. King told her it wasn’t her fault if she had been mind-controled by a powerful mentalist such as Defile, and sent her on her way.

It was, of course, a complete lie. Lauren had actually betrayed the team during her depressive episode on her own free will. But she was all too eager to accept King’s fabrication. What King wanted was to keep her and the team, which had just proved its worth, running. However, he did tell Doran that he had lied, and why.

Another wedge was later driven in after Void showed Doran the future of the WildStorm Earth. Officer Doran then revealed what he knew to the humans on the team.

Back into the club ?

As soon as Lauren regained her powers, her social life with her StormWatch colleagues magically reappeared. That included her issues with her ex, Hellfire. The two of them were berated by King for their jejune behaviour, however, and ordered to put an end to this.

It is quite possible Lauren will eventually switch back to StormWatch Prime. But this remains unrevealed as of this writing.


Description

After she regained her powers she started wearing her most memorable StormWatch Red costume again – the silvery-white one with the red, triangular shoulder plates.

When wearing civilian clothing, Lauren favoured comfortable pull-overs and jeans, and likes to wear a brown cowgirl hat. She now wears her hair shorter and favors trendier, more flattering clothes.


Personality

As a StormWatch PHD agent, Lauren is a disciplined operative. However, she has been through a lot with the loss of her friends and her powers, and is struggling through those issues. She hit actual depression at one point, but King’s lie helped her bounce back once she recovered her powers.

Lauren now acts in a more aggressive, soldier-like fashion than before. She has no problems with triggering any kind of confrontation whenever she feels it necessary. Which is often.


Quotes

(Whilst sparring) “Do you know my teammates didn’t visit me at the hospital ? I mean, sure, they sent cards, but it’s like I suddenly became a leper, like losing your powers is contagious…” (long beat) […] “Let’s just go back to beating the hell out of each other.”

“I’m fine… just not a big fan of aliens, y’know ?”

“I was a field leader, barking out orders, holding the others together. Now I’m freezing on the battlefield.”

“I fight smarter now. You learn to do that when you lose your powers for a while.”

“Most victims of fires aren’t killed by the flames. They die a suffocation.” (shoots a fine column of heated smoke up the Cooler’s nostrils) “Turns out smoke and fire do nasty things to your lungs. But I guess you found that out for yourself.”


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Fahrenheit — Depowered PHD agent

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 06 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: StormWatch PHD agent
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 018 HP: 050

Powers:
Cold immunity: 06, Flame immunity: 06, Regeneration: 01

Skills:
Martial Artist: 06, Weaponry (exotic): 05

Advantages:
Security Clearance (UN, Low, NYPD (Low)).

Connections:
StormWatchPHD (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA (attractive, rugged-looking guys), MIF (Aliens-like creatures), Uncertainty, Misc.: Although it does not show much, Lauren is clinically depressed by the loss of her powers.

Equipment:
Compact Flamethrower [BODY 04, Flame project: 07, Range: 02, Limitation: Flame Project has No Range, use the listed Range instead, R#03].


Fahrenheit — 2008

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 06 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: StormWatch PHD agent
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 018 HP: 050

Powers:
Chemical attack: 06, Cold immunity: 06, Energy absorption: 07, Flame immunity: 07, Flame Project: 12, Flight: 09, Force shield: 04, Pyrotechnics: 10, Regeneration: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Chemical Attack has No Range.
  • Energy absorption is limited to flames.
  • Force shield only vs. projectiles (-1) with a RV vs. flames/heat of 08 or less (-1).

Skills:
Martial Artist: 06, Weaponry (exotic): 05

Advantages:
Security Clearance (UN, Low, NYPD (Low)).

Connections:
StormWatchPHD (Low), StormWatch (Low), Winter (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA (attractive, rugged-looking guys), MIF (Aliens-like creatures).

Equipment:

  • StormWatch Fetish [BODY 04, Radio communications: 15. Radio Communications is also used by StormWatch to pinpoint team members, notably for teleportation purposes].
  • GOGGLES [BODY 06, Shade: 02, Do nothing: 03].

Powers recovered

Initially, Lauren’s powers were only back “at half-strength” (which I guess would mean 09 APs of Flame project, and 08 APs of Flight and Pyrotechnics) and she lost her fine control. However, she likely started Recovering her full APs over the following weeks.

By Nicolas Lemaçon and Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Wildstorm Universe.

Helper(s): Philip John Mason, Roy Cowan.

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