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Isabel Ferguson (Maverick ally) (Marvel Comics)

Isabel Ferguson


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Isabel Ferguson
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Known Relatives: Madeline (daughter), Michel (last name unrevealed, ex-husband), father (first name unrevealed)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: A suburban house in Saint Jean sur Richelieu (about 50km from Montreal)
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 127 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Ferguson is a gifted technologist, specializing in weapon systems, body armour and assorted tactical gear, including communications and special-purpose systems built to take superhumans down. She built all of Maverick’s gear — see Maverick’s entry — and is known for her ability to build “special orders” very fast if there is an emergency.


History

Isabel Ferguson is, basically, the daughter of James Bond’s Q — the Head Armourer of the MI-6. A gifted weapons technologist herself, she used her familial contacts to become a provider of advanced, custom- built tactical gear for various NATO agencies. At some point, she relocated to Canada and married a man called Michel. While he was rich and influential, he was quite high strung and Maddie soon divorced him.

She was pregnant at that point, though ; she retains custody of her very young daughter Madeline, though Michel gets to spend his week ends with the toddler. Ferguson lives in the small, provincial town of Saint Jean — where she presumably moved when she became pregnant.

A regular customer of hers is Maverick, whom she presumably met through Maverick’s numerous NATO intelligence contacts. She’s the woman behind Maverick’s state-of-the-art gear, which has proven powerful enough to take down X-Men and, one one occasion, to considerably slow Sabertooth down.

Her ex-husband forbade her to have contacts with Maverick anymore, threatening to obtain full custody of Madeline since he had excellent reasons to be afraid that doing business with Maverick posed serious danger to the life of Madeline and Isabel. Ferguson has made several discreet contacts with Maverick since that shouting match, though, usually to craft weapons Maverick ordered to solve a particularly deadly situation.

The incident that led to Michel making his threats was the invasion of Isabel’s home by the thugs of the crimelord Ivan Pushkin, who thoroughly wrecked the place and took her stuff ; Isabel and Madeline only survived by hiding in a cloaked safe room. After they left, Isabel got out of the room, zapped the gunman that had been left to kill anybody coming in and did her best to placate Michel, who arrived shortly after.

Ferguson started working to track down and reclaim her stuff, and that endeavour led her to Elena Ivanovna, who had been captured by Pushkin along with Maverick, she freed her and armed her, and together they took down some goons. Maverick was already brainwashed and sent on an assassination mission, but Elena psionically interrogated the brainwasher and they managed to find Maverick ; by this point, though, he had already broken his conditioning.

Some time later Maverick contacted her with a desperate need, requesting specialized weapons that could take Sabertooth down so he could save Elena Ivanovna’s life. Recognizing a life-or-death emergency she accepted to break her promise to Michel and built those weapons. Although Maverick had underestimated Sabertooth’s durability, those weapons proved essential in his eventual, very narrow victory over Sabertooth and thus Elena’s survival.

Isabel later visited friends of Maverick (the Bradleys) to see him and check on Elena Ivanovna (who at that point was still in a coma) and the medical equipment used to treat her — she rationalized this by noting she was not seeing Maverick for business, and was just on vacation with Madeline. She left Maverick a gift — a brand new suit of his signature body armour, since his old one had been completely wrecked in the fight with Sabertooth.


Description

Since her daughter Maddie is less than a year old, Isabel tends to have her with her 24/7.


Personality

Isabel is a patient, quietly upbeat and affable woman in her early 30s. She is mostly a young mother and artisan, but seems to operate on strict ethical principles — she always want to make sure her clients are the good guys, and will ask for a lot of documentation and recommendations from others before she accepts to enter in a commercial relationship with someone.

While she does not looks like an action person, she seems to have some training and will enter the field if necessary.

She seems attracted toward Maverick, or at least very friendly toward him, and will go out of her way to provide support to the veteran intelligence agent.


Quotes

“ I’ll need the day to put together the rest of your stuff. It’ll be ready by morning.”

“Stay put, Maddie — I’ll be right back.”

“These customized disruptors are capable of knocking a man down on his back and keeping him down for at least half an hour from as far as twenty feet away. Believe me, we’re not at any disadvantage.”

“Man, I’m such a softie. All right… I’ll help you. But please don’t put me in this position again, Maverick. I mean it ! I really can’t keep doing this. Michel’s playing hardball this time — and I don’t wanna lose custody of Maddie !”


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Isabel

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Uphold the Good
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Technologist
Inf: 03 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 010 HP: 010

Skills:
Gadgetry: 07, Scientist: 06, Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Firearms): 04

Advantages:
None

Connections:
Maverick (High), Elena Ivanovna (Low), her ex-husband Michel (Low), MI-6 (Low), unrevealed customers (low)

Drawbacks:
MPR (nearsighted), Dependent (Madeline)

Equipment:

  • BETA SUIT [BODY 08, Flame immunity: 03, Radio communications: 05, Skin armor: 02, Limitation: Skin armor only vs piercing and edged attacks. Isabel only wears this when she know she’s going on an op, which is seldom] w/Goggles [BODY 02, Ultra-vision: 04, Do Nothing: 08]
  • Neural-Synaptic Disruptor [BODY 03, Energy blast: 06, Range: 02, R#02, Limitation: Energy Blast has no Range, use the listed Range instead.]
  • “Chatterbox” [BODY 03, Radio communications (very encrypted): 12, Thief (stealth): 08, R#2, Limitation: Thief (stealth) only against interception/eavesdropping. This Ferguson-built cellphone can piggyback on pretty much any cell station and runs proprietary encryption algorithms. Obviously, encryption is only possible if the other person has a Ferguson-built phone.]
  • The basement of her house has a small, hidden room. It is proofed against both electronic and psionic detection (Invisibility: 11, only against those) and includes basic gear and computers. The door is perfectly hidden (behind the fireplace) and silent — finding the room is a 9/9 Perception Check.
  • All her work in progress is tagged with tracers, which she only removes when handing out or shipping out the goods.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Maverick LS (Marvel Universe)

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