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Lieutenant Jones (XIII comics) in evening wear

Major Jones

XIII


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • XIII is a series of Francophone graphic novels, which started in 1984 and ended in 2007. It is one of the classic European adventure comics. XIII has had several English translations, including a good recent one by Cinebook.
  • This profile generally avoids out-and-out S P O I L E R S, but there are strong hint of same. It is best read after reading the entry about XIII, for context.

Background

  • Real Name: Jones’ first name is unrevealed. She actually may not have one.
  • Other Aliases: D. Jones, M.C. Jones, 374.801.4 (military ID number), Shirley, Dorothy Smith
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Marcus (brother, current status unrevealed), parents (names unrevealed, both deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: Former US Army Aviation officer
  • Base Of Operations: Highly mobile
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 132 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Jones is an unusually intelligent and driven soldier and pilot. Her training is much broader than normal – fixed wing aircrafts, rotary wing aircrafts, VTOL aircrafts, chauffeur and combat driver, markswoman, close combat, administration and quite probably elite infantry and/or military intelligence and/or SERE training.

How she managed to qualify for so many training programs is an enigma, but one gets the impression that her boss and mentor, General Carrington, had her trained to be his personal special agent, bodyguard and troubleshooter. Major Jones can be thrown in the general direction of a situation, and be counted on to come up with a clever plan and competently execute on it.

Though she’s not a world-class special agent like XIII, she is redoubtable by the standards of the stories’s genre. Her unusual skillset allow her to handle subterfuge, combat, vehicles, planning, infiltration and deception without missing a beat.

Jones can accurately memorise large quantities of data, and was a brilliant student. Her ability to handle information has often been called computer-like.


History

Major Jones is a cryptic military officer with unusual qualifications. Little information is available about her, and even her first name is unrevealed. Her military dossiers just list initials for a first name, and those initials are different in each document.

Jones in a jet fighter under pouring rain

Jones was born in the Watts ghetto in the late 1950s. As it sometimes occurred back there and then her birth was never officially recorded. Her father vanished after Jones’s birth, and her mother died of alcohol-related damage two years later. Jones and her big brother Marcus were sent to an orphanage, but fled three years later. Nothing else about Jones’s childhood can be documented.

When Jones was about nine, her brother Marcus – who had joined the Black Panthers – was tasked with conducting a terror attack against military officers, meant to protest against the treatment of military veterans of colour. However, Marcus’s kid sister accidentally overheard the cell leader saying that Marcus was but a useful idiot, and that the bomb was set to detonate when planted to eliminate the security risk Marcus posed.

To save her brother, little Jones warned an authoritative-looking man at the site, and then-Colonel Ben Carrington neutralised Marcus and the bomb. Marcus was condemned to fifteen years hard time but Carrington, captivated by the little girl’s calm and intelligence, became her unofficial guardian.

Interlude – a word about General Carrington

Benjamin Carrington’s first attempt at a military career died at West Point, when his affair with the school’s commander’s wife was exposed during his second year. Carrington reupped when war was declared in Korea and proved that he was a brilliant soldier, earning a Medal of Honor. His exploits allowed him to attend officer school, where he qualified as a lieutenant.

Carrington was an excellent officer, but his taste for brawling, alcohol and womanising was a perennial problem. Carrington divorced his first wife and lost his second to pneumonia. He didn’t quite get to raise his daughter Kim, which played a role in his later mentorship of Jones.

Jones and General Carrington in winter uniforms

When the war in Southeast Asia became hot, Carrington – by then a brigadier general – was the one who set up the elite SPAD special warfare units. The SPADs are where one of the possible past identities of XIII, Steve Rowland, served. Carrington went on to get his fourth star, and became the officer in charge of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the behest of President Sheridan.

A hard-nosed patriot, Carrington was – along with Israeli-American intelligence man Colonel Amos – one of the two senior officers who understood the scope of the conspiracy that murdered President Sheridan. He bravely chose to side with an apparent rogue member of the conspiracy, code-named XIII.

The ramifications of the conspiracy forced him to desert as he became marked for death, and he’s since been working with Jones, XIII and their allies.

Back to NFN Jones‘ biography

Carrington had Jones enrolled at a military-style boarding school. She swiftly caught up with the other kids, finished a year in advance, then enrolled in the military and trained as a cadet at Fredericksburg. After three years as a star test pilot, she went on to become a lieutenant in US Army Aviation and then Carrington’s aide, which was apparently the plan all along.

From the skills she demonstrated, we assume that she spent most of her time training in specialised programs throughout the US Army rather than actually acting as an aide.

Jones and XIII relaxing

After the assassination of President Sheridan and Carrington’s encounter with XIII, Jones was detailed to assist XIII — even if that meant breaking the law, as she did when engineering his escape from the maximum security pen of Plain Rock. During the unofficial operations to stop the XX Conspiracy, Jones was wounded by a gunshot to the abdomen, but promoted to Major for exceptional service when the coup was defeated.

Jones and XIII were attracted toward each other as soon as they met, and their initial sex buddies relationship evolved into a genuine romance.

As XIII, Carrington, Jones and their few allies delved deeper into the ramifications of the XX Conspiracy and XIII’s past, they had to disappear after attempting to expose the truth. Major Jones continues to operate with her allies, but is now wanted for being AWOL.


XIII Mystery – Jones

I wasn’t too impressed by this flashback graphic novel, and as a personal opinion wouldn’t consider it to be canon. Plus, I’d have much preferred for Jones to remain an enigma. So this section will be brief.

Sticking to the elements pertaining to Jones – she is the illegitimate daughter of minister Martin Calvin Wittacker, who is mostly the equivalent of Martin Luther King Jr. with a dash of Malcolm X. Her mother was the pastor’s private secretary. Her husband was furious to discover that Mrs. Jones was pregnant, but she treated Wittacker like a living god and chased her unemployed husband from their home.

Lieutenant Jones face closeup

After she gave birth to her daughter, Mrs. Jones was fired by Wittacker, expelled from the movement and forbidden to approach him.

Broken by this treason, Mrs. Jones died a few years later, leaving her son Marcus and his half-sister to fend for themselves in the ghetto. Marcus never told his kid sister that her first name was Dream, as he feared that she would understand the clue about the identity of her father.


Description

Jones appears to be in her late 20s, with delicate features and an unusual hair style – looking like a sort of afro though her hair has been straightened.

Jones’ looks are reminiscent of Whitney Houston in her 20s, and Carrington looks a bit like Lee Marvin in his 60s.


Personality

Jones is a competent, intelligent, disciplined professional. She keeps her past and personal life in the shadows as much as feasible. She’s witty, whip-smart and very independent.

As a military officer, she came across as almost computer-like in her precision and cold detachment ; when one gets to know her a bit better she adopts a sarcastic, cynical and somewhat pixie-ish style to look charming without ever revealing anything about herself or letting people too close.

Jones sparring with USMC recruits

Jones fell in love with XIII almost immediately. She fell hard, and couldn’t imagine living without him. They’ve been a close-knit item for some years now and live in a perpetual present, being respectively unwilling and unable to talk about the past.

However, Jones is uncomfortable with admitting that she’s having a relationship with all the bells and whistles, and has been reluctant to take each step making XIII her man, preferring to clutch at straws so she could pretend that it was just casual – and feeling hurt whenever XIII acted as if their relationship was casual.

She did not really hesitate when it came to going AWOL to help XIII discover the truth about himself – although knowing that she was marked for death for her role in foiling the XX Conspiracy certainly helped.

Jones keeps calling her lover “Thirteen” or “Number Thirteen”, no matter which name is thought to be the correct one at any point of the story.


Quotes

“See, I had this little home-cooked escape plan, a real beauty… but you decided to be a hairy-chested tough guy and escape on your own. So now I have to improvise, and I hate that.”

XIII: “Fly ? Jones, with everything that’s chasing us a helo won’t cut it.”
Lt. Jones (uncovers a VTOL Harrier jet fighter): “A helo won’t do, yeah. But this bird will.”

“The *problem* is that there is no such thing in the Ross Tanner file, number XIII. So how come that you speak fluent Spanish ?”

(Changing into a nurse uniform) “Looks like Team A is in trouble. So here comes Team B, namely Lieutenant Jones. Who’s now the head nurse of the White House’s medical service.” (beat) “This plan stinks to the high heavens.”

“The best thing about you, XIII, is your ability to deliver lame jokes under any circumstance.”


DC Universe History

Since the XIII story takes place during an alternate version of the 1980s, Carrington and Jones could easily have become agents of the first version of Checkmate, as created right after the Crisis. Carrington would replace your least-favourite Bishop, and Jones would be a Knight. They’d fit in quite well.


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Jones

Genre: Real – the action in XIII is low cinematic at best.

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Uphold XIII
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Fugitive
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 012

Powers:
Recall: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:
Recall is a Skilled Power

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing): 03, Artist (Actress)*: 04, Martial artist: 03, Medicine (First aid): 03, Military science (Camouflage, cartography): 04, Thief (Stealth): 04, Vehicles (Land, Air): 05, Weaponry (Infantry weapons): 04

Advantages:
Familiarity (Military equipment and protocols)

Connections:
XIII (High), General Carrington (High)

Drawbacks:
Mistrust, Misc.: Jones cannot bear children due to a gunshot wound to the belly, Misc.: Jones occasionally runs into problems stemming from racism and/or sexism

By Sébastien Andrivet

Helper(s): Capita_Senyera

Writeup completed on the 13th of April, 2011.

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