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Heather Hudson (Alpha Flight) (Marvel Comics)

Heather Hudson

(Profile #1 - pre-Vindicator, pre-Guardian)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Heather McNeil-Hudson is probably the core character of Marvel’s Canadian super-team Alpha Flight in its classic versions. This profile covers the Byrne issues (Alpha Flight vol. 1 #1-28) plus all flashbacks that took place during that era or before.

Thus, this is Heather before she adopts any super-indentity. At this point she’s still the bespectacled widow of the old boss-man, who takes charge because nobody else will.

We *strongly* recommend that you read our Alpha Flight team profile before your read this entry, heh ?


Background

  • Real Name: Heather McNeil-Hudson
  • Other Aliases: Guardian
  • Marital Status: Married – later widowed
  • Known Relatives: Ramsey McNeil (estranged father), Claire McNeil (estranged mother), James MacDonald Hudson (husband, deceased), six unnamed brothers, David and Yvette McNeil (distant cousins)
  • Group Affiliation: Alpha Flight
  • Base Of Operations: 138 Laurier Drive, in the suburbs of Ottawa
  • Height: 5’5” Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red-orange


Powers & Abilities

Heather McNeil doesn’t have any special skill, education, training or power.

However, she has an odd sort of combination of willpower, subtle charisma and empathic sensitivity. It is difficult to define, but it gives her a unique touch in certain situations. If she works on it, she can blaze her way into most people’s heart and become an important presence in their life. Her intelligence is also obviously above-average.

She’s had very little exposure to violence prior to Mac’s death. Nevertheless, she possesses undeniable courage and will seldom hesitate to take risks to help other people.

Mrs. Hudson seems very near-sighted. She always wears huge glasses, and when deprived of them was squinting hard to look at persons but a few metres away.

She does seem to have firearms training, though. While her shooting Wolverine was described as a very lucky shot, she operated what seemed to be a bolt-action rifle under extreme stress, and was later seen packing a handgun. Beside, she’s from Alberta, eh ?

Equipment

Near the end of this era, as the Alpha Flight leader, Heather carried some distinctive equipment. She had a sort of uniform – red and white clothing suitable for the outdoors and physical situations. It includes a mirrored visor to mask her face, correct her vision and provide protection against glare (such as snow fields).

She was also armed with an unspecified handgun. It might be an Inglis HP, the Canadian-licensed version of the classic Browning High-Power, which has been the standard Canadian military sidearm since 1944.

The pockets of this uniform are filled with useful consumer electronics. The main one was a Dictaphone to log her records of the group’s activities. Since she also carried a pocket thermometer, she likely had other small off-the-shelf sensors in her jacket’s pockets. Compass, barometer, mini-binoculars, this sort of things.

Before that, her only distinctive piece of equipement was the car she drove in Ottawa – a 1960s Volkswagen Beetle named “Schnitzel”.


History

Some very minor continuity conflicts — of such thunderous importance as whether Heather and Mac were married when they found Wolverine — have been brushed under the rug, as were the very minor bits of information from Uncanny X-Men that were retconned away during the early Alpha Flight run.

Born circa 1942, Heather grew up in Calgary – a Canadian city that experienced a huge growth fueled by oil discovery. Between Heather’s childhood and her early 20s, the population quadrupled.

Her parents were probably not from Calgary, though. Heather described her family as stout pioneers who worked their way Westward over the generations. They may have arrived in the area after the 1947 oil discoveries in Leduc – like most Calgarian families did.

(Topically, the story describe the O’Neils living in the Haysboro neighbourhood. In our suggested non-sliding timeline this isn’t possible – the area only becomes available for construction in 1958. But it just means that she grew up in an older area such as Sunalta.)

O time suspend your Flight

The dates used in the History section are NOT official ones — since Marvel has a sliding time scale — and are just used out of convenience. See our Alpha Flight main article for more about this timeline.

Officially Heather was perenially born about 31 years ago, depending on what the current time scale retcons are. So as of this writing she was officially born circa 1980.

The McNeils got themselves a big house – they needed room. Though they had but one daughter, the family would eventually count seven children, and one gets the impression that most of Heather’s brothers are older than she is.

The neighbours

The neighbours were the much smaller family of a highly reputed young physician of Sarcee heritage, Dr. Michael Twoyoungmen. Heather often baby-sat Elizabeth Twoyoungmen, and spent much time at the Twoyoungmen household.

(“Sarcee” — or “Sarsi” for Francophones — was still used back then to call the First Nation folks living in the Calgary area. The preferred term nowadays is their own name for themselves — “Tsuu T‘ina” — rather than “Sarcee”, which is a Blackfoot slang term for their nation.)

Heather Hudson exits her VW Beetle

For a while, Elizabeth Twoyoungmen came to live with the McNeils. After her mother Katheryn died of an incurable disease, the four-year old had flown off her handle and came to irrationally hate her dad for failing to save her mom. The McNeil and their daughter were apparently the caretakers for Elizabeth for several months or years.

It is even possible that Elizabeth never agreed to return to her father. A 1985 scene implied that she was still living with the McNeils during her college studies.

Childhood

Ramsey McNeil’s job was never specified, but he seemed to have a number of contacts among senior functionaries and the Canadian intelligence agencies. He also seemed affluent, though not ostentatiously so. There’s a faint possibility that he also had a number of contacts within the Canadian oil industry, possibly as a result of his intelligence ties.

His only daughter seemed quite confident that her father would fix any problem she couldn’t find a way out of by herself.

As to Claire McNeil, one would assume that raising seven children — eight during the time when Elizabeth Twoyoungmen stayed with them — was at the very least a full-time job.

Heather McNeil dropped out of high school, presumably at 16. She was soon hired by the Am-Can Petroleum Company in Edmonton. She became the assistant of senior executive Jerome Jaxon – indubitably giving Personnel Administration fits over Jaxon’s decision to hire a minor.

Mac

Heather’s career as a private secretary was brief – about one year. During that time, Heather McNeil developed an interest in the brilliant and handsome engineer Dr. James MacDonald Hudson. Deeply buried in his work, Dr. Hudson barely noticed her blatant signals – which the teenager apparently took as a challenge.

She swiftly grew convinced that Hudson, despite being a workaholic with indifferent social skills, was the man of her life.

Heather Hudson reactivates Alpha Flight

When J. Hudson got into a row with J. Jaxon for selling his technology to the American military, McNeil saw an opportunity to impress the man of her dreams. She quit her job, telling her boss that she couldn’t accept their treatment of their best researcher, and confiding about it to Hudson. This youthful gambit didn’t work either, as Dr. Hudson was too agitated to pay attention.

Undeterred, McNeil just bought groceries and showed up at Hudson’s apartment, correctly assuming he had none left. After unloading her groceries, Heather discovered that Hudson was now a criminal. In a fit of anger he had spent the night raiding Am-Can facilities to prevent his inventions from being handed over to the American military. Undaunted, she then proposed as had been her intent all along.

She knows people in Ottawa

Already in serious trouble after his nocturnal raid, Dr. Hudson now found himself with a minor he barely knew from work proposing marriage. Overwhelmed, he let Heather bamboozle him into agreeing to fly with her to Ottawa to meet government officials who would help.

The youth had Hudson meet a number of influential civil servants interested in his work, presumably through familial contacts. These men requalified Hudson’s intellectual property as belonging to the government rather than Am-Can. They then settled the Hudson case out of court.

Hudson and McNeil were then introduced to the Prime Minister. He asked Dr. Hudson to spearhead the creation of Department H, a super-secret R&D facility to develop superhuman assets to defend Canada.

(Topically the scene depicts PM Pierre Trudeau. In our suggested timeline it would have been Diefenbaker instead. See the Alpha Flight main article for more.)

“Mac” Hudson and Heather McNeil were by now an item, and got themselves a large apartment in Ottawa. McNeil handled the administrative and secretarial duties at Hudson’s governmental lab. At that point it was a small department with a half-dozen researchers.

First attempt at marriage

Heather had caught the fish she wanted. While she knew that Mac was a complete workaholic, she apparently had youthful delusions that she could change him. If so it seldom worked – Mac was perennially buried in engineering work. Heather essentially had to drag him away from his job to do couple-type things.

When she eventually angrily confronted him over this in public, all he could think of to assuage her was to propose.

As often in social matters, Hudson handled this poorly. He opted for a quick ceremony with a judge of peace – triggering the hostility of the very Catholic McNeils, who wanted a full marriage in church for their only daughter. The civil ceremony took place, but without the McNeils – and Heather herself considered that it didn’t count.

As Heather was organising the church ceremony, Mac invited her to a sort of impromptu pre-honeymoon. His bosses wanted him to assess remote spots in the frigid Canadian wilderness to find a site where a much larger lab could be built. Mr. Hudson got a budget for two travellers, and took the wife along.

Things get hairy

While deep within the Buffalo National Park , the Hudsons ran into a half-naked savage who attacked them. The hairy man wrestled Mac to the ground and was about to kill him. Heather shot the aggressor right through the neck with the rifle they had been carrying for protection against bears. Seeing the bullet wound of the still-living savage close before his eyes, Mac secured him to study him.

The radio being useless, Dr. Hudson had to leave on skis to get some help. This left Heather alone to monitor their captive. On the next day a blizzard started, leaving Heather trapped in an isolated cabin with some sort of primitive cannibal.

Heather Hudson and Mac on a couch

The powerful psycho soon broke his restraints, then unsheathed long metallic claws from his knuckles. However the sight of these weapons was scarier for the savage than for Mrs. Hudson. He panicked and tried to remove them from his hands. Realising that he was more disoriented than aggressive, Heather managed to calm him down.

Thus did Heather Hudson bag Wolverine (James Howlett aka Logan) for Canadian intelligence. That was at the expense of the church ceremony, as the date passed while she was still stuck by a blizzard in Buffalo Park.

Logan

After Mac came back to the cabin, he worked to stabilise the worst of Logan’s medical condition. Heather helped Logan regain a hold of himself despite his complete amnesia and rampant psychosis.

Over the following years the Hudsons and particularly Heather played a key role in allowing Wolverine to recover, reaffirm his humanity and rebuild himself as a person. They have sometimes been jokingly called Wolverine’s adoptive parents. While Wolverine was obviously attracted toward Heather, he never made a move out of genuine friendship with Mac.

The Hudsons were never quite rewarded for all their work and care in re-humanising Wolverine – Logan still had decades of growth to undergo to become a good person. But despite all the problems and occasional bouts of physical violence they resolutely stuck by him.

Biggest day in her life

Even with his powerful healing factor , recent Adamantium  implantation had left Logan with severe medical problems. Curing those forced Dr. Hudson to delay the third attempt at a marriage ceremony by months.

On the day scheduled for the ceremony, a critical accident was reported. Hudson had to respond as Weapon Alpha, with Wolverine at his side. Heather spotted them flying out as she was driving to work, and in anger gave chase in her VW Beetle. Adventurer Eugene Judd also responded, as did the retired wartime hero Chinook.

Heather Hudson and Mac on the phone

The accident went bad and cost Chinook his life. Dr. Hudson, Judd and Wolverine would likely have been killed too without Mrs. Hudson’s intervention. Heather stormed on the scene just in time to see everyone getting sucked into an energy vortex. She grabbed Wolverine’s ankle, preventing the three men from going over.

Still furious she returned to the church after an ultimatum to her husband. With Logan’s help, Dr. Hudson narrowly made it in time and the religious marriage finally took place.

Moving on

Though the traditional ceremony Claire McNeil demanded had taken place, Heather’s mother was still incensed over James Hudson’s mediocre people skills. She loudly considered that her daughter had made an idiotic choice for an husband. This resulted in Heather breaking contacts with her parents. They would not speak in more than a decade since Heather knew that Claire would harass her over Mac.

Heather continued to work with Department H. Logan continued to have fearsome animalistic rages, but the Hudsons stuck with him and he became a reliable agent for Canadian military intelligence.

In 1974 he was given a distinctive yellow and blue costume and sent on his first mission as Wolverine. He intervened in a fight between the Hulk and a Wendigo. The early 1970s also saw a first version of a Canadian team, the Flight, but it quickly fell apart despite Dr. Hudson and Logan’s efforts.

A kind of magic

On her end, Heather was more successful. Circa 1972 she took her husband to visit Dr. Twoyoungmen, who had retired to live in the wilderness of the Banff National Park.

From the dialogue, one gets the impression that Dr. Hudson was looking to recruit a highly skilled physician for his lab. He thus jumped on the occasion to have Heather arrange a meeting with Dr. Twoyoungmen, who back in the 1950s was reputed as one of the best medical researchers in the country.

Though Heather and Michael Twoyoungmen were happily reunited, Heather was puzzled by numerous details. Dr. Twoyoungmen was wearing traditional Tsuu T‘ina clothing, and then there was the behaviour and origin of the weird young woman who seemed to be his ward. Snooping around at night, she saw the woman running around naked, then turning into a huge Arctic owl to hunt and eat small animals.

On the next morning, the Hudsons demanded to know what was going on. Trusting Heather, Dr. Twoyoungmen admitted that he was now a magician and that the young woman was an orphaned demigoddess of the land. The Hudsons offered them a job with Department H, where they would be codenamed Shaman and Snowbird.

The letters column in Alpha Flight v1 #1 implies that, during most of Alpha Flight’s development, Heather Hudson was doing much of the managerial and the organisational work despite still nominally being the secretary. It seems likely that Mac was letting his wife take over part of his responsibilities so he could spend more time doing engineering and research work.

Another Flight bites the dust

Dr. Hudson had not planned to take a field role with Department H’s superhuman teams. His early outings as Weapon Alpha were the result of being unable to find agents to recruit early on.

The earliest version of the Flight included one Detective Benard, recruited to wear Hudson’s protoype battlesuit under the codename Groundhog. But Benard left in anger over Hudson’s leadership. Wolverine turned down a leadership role, considering himself unsuited to the job.

Heather Hudson calls for a timeout

Thus, in the end Dr. Hudson had to resume being Weapon Alpha, wearing a dramatically improved version of his suit. This resulted in low-key anxiety for Heather. She knew that her husband wasn’t really a fighter and was afraid that he would get himself killed.

Her fears were confirmed in 1979. Wolverine had moodily left the employ of the Canadian government to work for Professor Charles Xavier. Department H couldn’t allow that, and Mac was furious and felt betrayed by his close friend. A rash stealth mission was launched to the US and Dr. Hudson, as Weapon Alpha, engaged Wolverine and other X-Men in an irresponsible attempt to drag him back.

Things went bad and Hudson fought unprofessionally and wounded bystanders – though he avoided capture. He came back to his wife in a sorry state, feeling like a complete failure as a costumed agent. The next confrontation of Alpha Flight with the X-Men was also poorly handled and left Weapon Alpha and his team empty-handed and embarrassed.

H shuts down

Circa 1975, Heather had left Department H to resume working for an oil company, Yukon Oil. This time she was an executive assistant for one Mr. Beresford. She seemed to have delegated authority, rather than being an underage secretary. Heather mentioned that she hadn’t hunted for that job – presumably it was offered to her, in unknown circumstances.

Though little is known about this career move, it would prove a good decision. In 1980, Department H was closed with little warning.

This occurred just as the Department had reached its manpower targets. Between Heather’s departure and 1980 the Department had assembled a Beta Flight as a reserve/training team. It even had just formed a Gamma Flight as a third echelon, with the recruits moving in weeks or even days before the Department was ordered to shut down.

Tundra returns

Though greatly affected by the demise of his work of two decades, Dr. Hudson found it impossible to leave his country without superhuman protectors. He kept his battle suit and an unrevealed amount of equipment, and remained ready to intervene as a volunteer.

Thus, when threatening streams of energy were reported in Northern Canada, he unthinkingly flew there to investigate. Thankfully, Heather realised that going in alone was stupid. She used some backup equipment installed in their house to summon the discharged members of Alpha Flight.

All assets responded — some with the help of Canadian officials who had not been informed yet that Department H was gone. Though there was a lot of improvisation, the team scrambled by Heather to back her hubbie up met and defeated the Great Beast Tundra, a major mystical menace.

The Flight debriefed at the Hudsons’s apartment in Ottawa, and they decided to remain active as non-governmental super-heroes.

It’s a trap !

However, years of plotting for revenge against Jimmy and Heather Hudson were about to come to fruition.

Heather’s first boss, Jerry Jaxon of Am-Can Oil, had borne the brunt of Dr. Hudson’s decision not to have the American military obtain his technology. Am-Can fired him and went all-out to blacklist him and wreck his life.

After years of hardship, Jaxon saw Guardian on TV, and deduced that it was James McDonald Hudson. He then brewed up a plan to gain revenge against the Hudsons with Roxxon Oil’s help.

Heather Hudson in the rain and cold

Jaxon’s plot started in 1984, with a dream job offer from Roxxon Oil. After Roxxon made a firm offer to hire the then-unemployed Dr. Hudson, the Hudsons left their house in Ottawa to move to Brooklyn. Dr. Hudson moved there first and got the Brooklyn apartment while his wife finished with the logistics in Ottawa.

When she arrived in New York Heather was detained by Delphine Courtney, Jaxon’s accomplice. As she was being held, Jaxon launched his attack against Dr. Hudson, cybernetically controlling a Box robot and assisted by the rogue members of Gamma Flight. After he’d killed Mac, he intended to execute Heather. He mistakenly thought that she had been a part of the plot to steal the Hudson technology.

Mac killed Jaxon via cybernetic feedback through the Box robot, but was left with his Guardian suit critically overheating. While Heather managed to locate her husband in the chaos following Jaxon’s death, all she could do was witness Mac explode and combust right in front of her as the circuitry overloaded.

In shock

Heather was traumatised by Mac’s death.

Her health decayed, she was wracked by nightmares. She also suffered from crushing guilt, thinking that she may have cost her husband his life by distracting him as he was about to shut down his suit. Since there was no body left to bury, she kept having nightmares where her husband was back as an incandescent revenant. She eventually convinced herself that she was responsible for his death.

With Mac’s death Alpha Flight shut down and dispersed. But her closest friend on the team — Dr. Twoyoungmen — took her back to Calgary and became her physician as she dealt with the trauma. Eugene Judd (aka Puck), who was secretly in love with Heather, stuck by her and provided morale support to both Mrs. Hudson and Dr. Twoyoungmen.

Even though Heather forced herself to recover, there were more bad news. Department H was so highly classified that the government couldn’t acknowledge anybody’s career therein. There wouldn’t be any recognition of Dr. Hudson’s sacrifices for Canada. It also meant that Mrs. Hudson couldn’t earn a widow’s pension or Mac’s life insurance.

Game over, man. Game over.

At this point Heather was widowed, homeless, estranged from all her relatives, unemployed and still reeling from trauma. Though she put on a brave front, she wasn’t making much progress in rebooting her life.

After two months, the ever-present Judd convinced her to come with him to the Ontario Place entertainment centre  to change her mind. There they witnessed an attack by an alien Plodex hidden under water.

Seeing that a baby had been taken and knowing that Judd couldn’t swim, Heather immediately dove in to save the infant. But she was too late and was herself attacked. Judd got her out of the water, though the Plodex shredded Hudson’s legs. Luckily, there was no major tissue loss.

Wolverine came to visit Mrs. Hudson some weeks into her hospital stay. As they were discussing, Puck dropped by to pitch the idea that Alpha Flight re-form with Heather as the leader, since she had been the glue holding the early project together. Wolverine supported the idea.

Eager to honour Mac’s memory, and though she didn’t quite see how she could lead a super-heroes group, Heather agreed to become Alpha’s new leader.

Rebuilding Alpha

Reassembling the team took a while. Jean-Paul Beaubier snottily turned Heather down. On the other hand two old friends, Michael and Elizabeth Twoyoungmen, agreed to follow her lead.

Heather Hudson sees her husband's death

The Twoyoungmens and Snowbird had just discovered that Elizabeth, whom Heather used to baby-sit, was a prophesied mystical figure of the First Nations, the Talisman. Heather’s legs were still heavily bandaged and she had to walk with a cane but Shaman, Talisman, Snowbird and Puck travelled through time and foiled a plan by mystical enemies of the First Nations, the Great Beasts.

Sasquatch and Aurora also rejoined the team. That was in large part because Sasquatch was worried about his increasingly savage transformations and wished to be examined by Dr. Twoyoungmen.

The Firefountain

When the X-Men came to Canada to investigate disappearances, Heather offered to Professor X to have Alpha Flight accompany them. The Professor readily agreed despite the poor history between the two teams. Northstar also joined the expedition for personal reasons.

The joint teams found a grandiose place of miracles and healing. There, magical light turned Heather into a giant warrior, fixing her very poor eyesight and granting her mystical powers to lead. She took the name Guardian.

However, the two teams eventually discovered that it was all a trick. The boons came at the price of destroying magic and creativity. All rejected their gifts after discovering that they were the work of Loki, god of lies.

New beginnings in Vancouver

The experience in the magical city helped bring Alpha closer together. Though Northstar did not rejoin the team, he left on good terms with Hudson. At this point Heather leased cheap business space in Vancouver, and got some basic equipment such as a police scanner.

The source of equipment may have been personal belongings of James Hudson, but the source of the funds for the lease and other expenses was not mentioned. One gets the impression that an ally of the Flight, Roger Bochs, was instrumental in setting the headquarters up.

For months, Alpha Flight clumsily threaded water, with members leaving and rejoining all the time. The team chiefly focused on solving the various problems afflicting its members.

Sasquatch was killed but his soul was eventually recovered and housed into a Box robot, Roger Bochs joined as a techie, Snowbird announced that she was leaving Earth but secretly remained to be with her human boyfriend, Northstar was revealed to have a shady past involving Québecois terrorist fringes… and Heather spotted her supposedly dead husband in a crowd.

The Mac trick

It was a trick – the same robot once disguised as Delphine Courtney had been reconfigured and disguised as James MacDonald Hudson.

Since the presence of various robotic parts would be detected sooner or later, the fake Mac fed Heather and Alpha an incredible tale. In this story, Mac had not died but had been accidentally teleported to Ganymede. Space aliens saved him and helped him recover for months, rebuilding parts of his destroyed body using his suit’s technology as a template.

This allowed “Mac” to present himself as a cyborg as a cover for its robotic nature. To limit risks, the ruse didn’t go on very long. The robot soon led Alpha Flight into an ambush at the West Edmonton Mall. Alpha Flight prevailed thanks to reinforcements, however.

Chaos continued. After a strange encounter with the Beyonder, much of Alpha attempted a weird plan to procure a new body for Sasquatch without warning Heather. Though she discovered the reckless scheme at the last minute, it was already too late to stop the procedure. Her so-called staff had managed to yank a mindless, furious Hulk from a place of extradimensional  imprisonment.

Oh dear.


Description

Heather usually wears a huge pair of glasses, and cannot quite operate without those. She’s thin – probably underweight. Her hair have a distinctive colour, closer to orange than common shades of red. She’s not comic-book-gorgeous, but she’s undeniably cute and has a lot of charm.

She’s fond of wearing an old pair of cut-off blue jeans as a mini-short when the weather allows it. Her black T-shirt reading “Where The Heck Is High River ?” puzzled fans for decades (it doesn’t seem to be a reference to anything).

She often wears warm colours, with a preference for dark pinks and magentas, and often wears long skirts split high on one side. After becoming Alpha’s leader she added a lot of red and white items of clothing to her wardrobe.

After Mac’s death, Heather was obviously very affected. She looked 15 or even 20 years older and became downright gaunt. She recovered from this over several months.


Personality

Heather’s whole plan for life was simple : a/ catch the best man possible ASAP, b/ have a big marriage, and c/ eventually have and raise children in a big house. She got herself a basic job to meet people and get money, but this seemed intended to last until she’d become a housewife.

After she decided that Mac was The One, he became the central everything in her life. The rest wrote itself. However, Mac’s lack of interest toward things that were not his job occasionally made her life difficult and her spirits low.

Go-getter

Heather’s traditional goals in life should not be interpreted as her being passive. She’s a dynamic problems solver, using her people skills and determination to fix situations around her and have things roll smoothly. She will seldom hesitate to step in and take action, taking charge if nobody else is more qualified to – even if physical danger is involved.

She never made the leap from that to seeing herself as leader material, though. In her head she was just a resourceful secretary and a good wife. When she was pushed into claiming leadership of Alpha Flight, it was a desperate attempt to exorcise Mac’s ghost and serve her country rather than any sort of ambition.

Once Heather was the boss, her sense of responsibility, and the anxiety she’d been living with ever since Mac took on a field role, caused her problems. She couldn’t generally be in the field with the team, and was just left behind to worry and hope nothing catastrophic would happen.

She thus tried to be in the field to assuage her anxiety and do her job, though it wasn’t the most reasonable stance.

Common sense

Mrs. Hudson is responsible, intelligent, has a highly developed horse sense, and actually cares about people. She approaches things in a sensible, organised, pragmatic manner and without flourish.

Heather being something of an everywoman, she has no specific speech patterns. She’s lively and speaks with humour, but it’s everyday stuff and she makes a liberal use of clichés and common turns of phrase like most people do. From one of her remarks she seems to be a PC voter.


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Heather McNeil-Hudson

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Uphold Good
Int: 03 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Former secretary
Inf: 04 Aur: 05 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 009 HP: 015

Skills:
Vehicles (Land): 02, Weaponry (Firearms): 02

Advantages:
Clearance (Canadian gov’t, Low), Language (A bit of French)

Connections:
Alpha Flight (Low), Puck (Eugene Judd) (High), Wolverine (Logan) (High)

Drawbacks:
MPR (Very nearsighted)

Equipment: Near the end of this era an Uniform [BODY 03, Cold immunity: 01], a Visor [BODY 01, Shade: 01] and a Browning HP [BODY 03, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 13, R#03].


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Heather McNeil-Hudson — Averaged PL 1.6

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
00 00 00 01 01 02 00 01

Combat Advantages

Defensive Roll 1

Other Advantages

Connected, Equipment 2, Language 1 (some French)

Skills

Deception 2 (+3), Expertise (Executive assistant) 5 (+7), Insight 3 (+4), Persuasion 2 (+3), Vehicles 2 (+3) (Limited 2 to common land vehicles)

Equipment

Late during this era Heather had Equipment 2 – a Light Pistol, a corrective visor (with Enhanced Fortitude 2, Limited 3 to Bright Lights), cold weather clothing and some minor consumer electronics (Dictaphone, pocket thermometer, etc.)

Offense

Initiative +0
Unarmed +1, Close, Damage 0

Defense

Dodge 0 Fortitude 1
Parry 1 Toughness 1/0*
Will 4

* Without Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Disability Heather is very, very nearsighted
  • Relationship Various subplots and problems re.: her husband and her parent

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 1, Dodge/Toughness PL 1, Parry/Toughness PL 1, Fort/Will PL 3
  • Point total 27 Abilities 10, Defences 5, Skills 7, Powers 0, Devices 0, Advantages 5. Equiv. PL 2.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: The first 28 issues of Marvel’s Alpha Flight plus flashbacks to that time or before.

Helper(s): Darci, Capita_Senyera

Writeup completed on the 10th of October, 2011

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