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Kate Waynesboro of SHIELD (Hulk character) (Marvel Comics)

Katherine Waynesboro aka Kate the Oldstrong


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

Context

Kate Waynesboro appeared in 1983-1984 in a series of The Incredible Hulk stories that didn’t necessarily age well. She then improbably returned in 2008 during the World War Hulk event, and most of *those* stories were pretty cool.

Waynesboro is a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist/spy/physician/agent (!) who eventually became a superhuman and joined an alien war party to fight the never-ending battle, as you do.

A campaign based on people like Waynesboro before the change (SHIELD agents who are talented intellectuals with some field training) could be interesting. Especially if your gaming table is made up of grad students or the like. (Edit – I guess that this TV series about S.H.I.E.L.D. agents  that came later did prove that there was at least some potential).


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Background

  • Real Name: Dr. Katherine Waynesboro.
  • Other Aliases: I’m assuming in this profile that Waynesboro has one or more PhDs.
  • Other Aliases: Kate the Oldstrong.
  • Former Aliases: Ms. MODOK.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Warbound. Former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
  • Base Of Operations: “Gammaworld” (formerly Stoneridge, NM). Formerly an undisclosed S.H.I.E.L.D. lab, formerly the Northwind Observatory (in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York), the Baxter Building and Mexico City.
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 134 lbs.
  • Eyes: Hazel Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Dr. Waynesboro is a noted researcher in biophysics. She has remarkable intelligence and scientific skills, and solid people skills.

She apparently never received serious field training. Nevertheless, she’s a fairly good shot with S.H.I.E.L.D. ordnance, knows how to use classic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent gadgets and can keep herself together under pressure. She even received some hand-to-hand combat training, and is a capable MD and EMT as part of her scientific and S.H.I.E.L.D. training and experience.


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Having spent months with Banner (including repeated intimate contact), Waynesboro is slightly gamma-positive even after all those years. Thus, finely-calibrated gamma detectors can pick her up.

By 2008, Dr. Waynesboro has remarkable aplomb, coolness under fire and analytical capabilities. Though she’s not a super-heroine, she’s well within the upper percentile.


History

Katherine Waynesboro’s early career was marked by several noted biophysics monographs on her speciality, the effects of gamma radiation . Apparently, she developed an interest in that area as a graduate student after reading the work of Dr. Bruce Banner, the leading authority on the matter.

S.H.I.E.L.D., who regularly clashed with the Hulk and other gamma-powered monstrosities, secretly recruited her as a scientific consultant. She then joined them full-time. Though she received the basic training in combat and field operation all S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel get, she was not intended to be a field agent.

Waynesboro was on a first name/nickname basis with the top S.H.I.E.L.D. brass (calling Executive Director Fury “Nick” and Special Field Officer Jones “Gabe”). This hints toward a close involvement during one or more undocumented cases early in her career. Perhaps it was something involving the Leader or the Abomination or another gamma mutate.

Doctor Banner I presume

After Bruce Banner gained full, lasting control of his gigantic green form, his actions earned him a pardon. Banner resumed his scientific work in an isolated lab in upstate New York, the Northwind Observatory. This had been arranged by Stark International and S.H.I.E.L.D..

Banner worked alone – in part by inclination, in part because everybody was still afraid of the Hulk, and in part due to a lack of people who could understand his very high-level work.

Kate Waynesboro and Bruce Banner

Seeking to monitor Banner, S.H.I.E.L.D. sent Waynesboro to Northwind. As an agent she had the necessary training and her S.H.I.E.L.D. affiliation was confidential. As a scientist she was one of the few who could understand Banner’s work. And that she was a beautiful and elegant woman didn’t hurt in keeping tabs on the dangerous genius.

Banner and Waynesboro resumed research on the mutagenic effects of micro-exposure to ambient gamma radiation. This was one of Banner’s life works, which he had been forced to set aside whilst his life was dominated by the Hulk.

Banner and Waynesboro worked for weeks, confirming that the dosage of background gamma radiation from space was steadily increasing and that their line of research was of clear medical interest. A definite level of mutual attraction also emerged.

Artificial jealousy

Their only aide was the “recordasphere”. This was a small utility AI that Banner had built and who had been his sole companion prior to Waynesboro’s arrival. Unexpectedly, Banner’s interest in Waynesboro made the AI very jealous. This jealousy was exacerbated as Katherine helped Banner fit back into society (occasionally with the help of undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agents) and helped him get over the loss of Betty Ross.

Kate started piling up the clues as to her interest, which Banner did not always catch. But the recordasphere, murderously jealous and having discovered that Dr. Waynesboro was some sort of spy, tried to kill her. The ’sphere locked Waynesboro’s steering wheel as she and Bruce were driving at high speed near a ravine. It knew that Banner could easily save himself by becoming the Hulk.

However Banner stayed in the car. He only turned green to extricate his unconscious colleague from the smashed vehicle and rush her toward the Northwind Obervatory’s medical lab. Kate recovered before Bruce reached the lab, and kissed him. The petty plan of the recordasphere had utterly failed.

Doctor Waynesboro, agent of SHIELD

The recordasphere later confronted Dr. Waynesboro while Dr. Banner was asleep. It threatened her with a laser. However the Abomination, tortured into obedience by MODOK, then attacked the observatory. The recordasphere attacked the Abomination to defend Banner, and was smashed.

Kate was forced to break cover and used S.H.I.E.L.D.-issue ordnance to hold the Abomination at bay. The attacker was eventually knocked out by the Hulk. As Kate was more or less convincing Bruce that she hadn’t betrayed him, the Abomination recovered, grabbed Dr. Waynesboro and leapt away. Unsure of his feelings toward the biophysicist, Banner gave chase.

Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, part 1

When the Abomination got back to his masters’s base, it was in disarray. The AIM’s revolt against MODOK had just succeeded, with the blue faction and traitors within the yellow faction emerging as the victors.

Nevertheless the AIM agents identified the Abomination’s captive as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent due to her exposed wrist communicator. Unfortunately, AIM was looking to build an anti-MODOK weapon ASAP, and they decided to use her as the subject. She was thrown into a machine intended to turn into a duplicate of MODOK.

Implanted with posthypnotic suggestions, the terrified Waynesboro was turned into a grotesque mutated form with a mind and desires of its own. At this point the Hulk broke into the base and stared in horror at the scene.

”Ms. MODOK”, a different person from Kate Waynesboro, refused to obey AIM. She dispersed the agents, and MODOK swept in to claim Ms. MODOK as a bride. Ms. MODOK agreed after a brief telepathic contact.

The Hulk stepped in to argue against this strange romance. He claimed that wherever Dr. Waynesboro’s consciousness was, Ms. MODOK couldn’t take decisions in her stead. MODOK angrily lashed out and, to demonstrate his power, seemingly destroyed the cowering Abomination.

Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, part 2

Ms. MODOK rebelled against this cruelty, rejected MODOK. Apparently, she also was fighting against the reemerging consciousness of Kate Waynesboro trying to overcome the Ms. MODOK persona. MODOK hurled her back into the machine that had created her. He then instantly reprogrammed it along parameters only he could have calculated.

Doctor Waynesboro and Gabe Jones

The machine recreated Dr. Waynesboro in her normal body and mindset. Apparently, MODOK did this as a gesture of love toward the now-destroyed Ms. MODOK, perhaps assuming Waynesboro was an imperfect shadow of Ms. MODOK’s mind. Banner recovered the unconscious scientist, hoping to never be separated from her again.

Shocked by the ordeal and wishing to live peacefully with Banner, Waynesboro resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D..

Big science, part 1

Leaving the US, Banner and Waynesboro were recruited by fellow biophysicist Prof. Hernandez. They joined the faculty of the Universidad de la Ciudad de México .

Hernandez was using their early experiments to leverage gamma radiation into multiplying the yield of crops and livestock. He hoped that he could help with Mexico’s chronic undernourishment problems. The couple was a bit uneasy after seeing how few precautions were taken. But Hernandez explained that children were dying every day throughout the country, and that he had to forge onward.

Doctor Waynesboro as the Hulk leaves

In Mexico, Kate and Bruce accidentally ran into the Circus of Crime, who hypnotised Banner into becoming the Hulk. Dr. Waynesboro put her S.H.I.E.L.D. training to good use, taking out the Ringmaster and breaking the hypnosis. This allowed Banner to recover his free will but left him shaken over having been briefly turned into a mindless creature again.

Their work in Mexico done, Waynesboro and Banner eventually flew back to New York. Significant results had been achieved on crops-boosting via gamma rays, but not as much as had been hoped.

Big science, part 2

At this point, the Fantastic Four had recently moved out of the Baxter Building to deal with pressing issues. Thus, Reed Richards let Waynesboro and Banner do what most scientists would murder for – live in the Baxter Building with full access to Richards’s labs.

As the couple continued to shore up their relationship, Kate helped Bruce deal with his nightmares of the Hulk. Banner also took some weeks off his research to personally repair some of the damage the rampaging Hulk had done throughout the US.

Eventually coming back to Northwind Observatory, Banner and Waynesboro developed the first prototype of a gamma ray treatment. This procedure could potentially help strengthen the wounded, the sick, the aged and the infirm. This groundbreaking project was likened to endowing patients with a tiny bit of the durability, recuperative capacities and immunities of the Hulk.

Kate and Bruce were wary about potential side effects, though. Animal testing was done on a dying dog named Sirius, at the request of the owners. It seemed successful, opening the door to enormous medical potential.

This is of course the point at which things went wrong.

Things go wrong and green (part 1)

The aged and very ill gangster Max Stryker had long coveted the nascent Banner-Waynesboro treatment. However, Banner refused to experiment on human beings. Stryker had the mercenary Boomerang busted out of prison, and sent him to kidnap Waynesboro to force her lover’s hand.

It worked. Whilst Kate was detained in New York City, Banner reluctantly agreed to irradiate Stryker. He then left to recover Dr. Waynesboro at the location Stryker gave him. However, on the way, he was mesmerised and entered a strange alien structure that had just appeared in Central Park.

Doctor Waynesboro advocates for the Warbound

While he was gone, Kate remained a prisoner. Stryker set up himself as a healer, using the untested Banner-Waynesboro treatment on numerous desperate people who came to Northwind Observatory to be cured. Stryker was unaware that the treatment would inevitably turn the subjects into murderous monsters as a delayed reaction, which was why Waynesboro and Banner had been so painstakingly careful.

When Banner managed to come back from the Beyonder’s Battleworld, at the conclusion of the Secret War, his mentality had been altered. He was now reverting to being the Savage Hulk, and struggled to retain a rapidly-fading human level of intelligence in his large form.

He still vaguely remembered that it was urgent to free Kate, though. The Hulk did find her before he got too stupid and savage. They went back to Northwind, finding a long queue of people waiting to be healed by Stryker. This made Banner furious, especially after his worst fears about the delayed effects of the treatment were confirmed by the fate of Sirius the dog.

Things go wrong and green (part 2)

Though Banner had more or less managed to collect himself in Waynesboro presence, Stryker went berserk. As a consequence, the Hulk finished reverting to his savage state whilst battling this powerful opponent. Desperate and having no way to cure the people irradiated by Stryker, Waynesboro resorted to praying.

At that point the patrolling Rom, the Spaceknight, came in. He had detected the deluge of gamma energy at the Observatory. Waynesboro calmed him and explained what was going on, and Rom used his alien tech to purge the nearby people of gamma energies. Howbeit, that also returned them to their pre-treatment ills.

Doctor Waynesboro and No-Name of the Brood

Kate then had Rom fly to find Hulk battling Stryker and neutralise them both. It didn’t work. The Hulk was far too irradiated for even Rom’s cutting edge Galadorian tech to purge him.

As Dr. Waynesboro arrived on the scene, it was obvious that Banner’s mentality was gone from the Hulk form. The jade giant bashed the Spaceknight, backhanded Banner’s lover, and left in a rage. Emotionally crushed and physically wounded, Waynesboro had to be evacuated by Rom.

The savage Hulk

Pulling herself together, Kate contacted S.H.I.E.L.D.. She was picked up by a task force commanded by Gabriel Jones, looking to stop the considerable damage the Hulk had started inflicting anew. Since this crisis happened right as most of S.H.I.E.L.D. resources were busy battling Dire Wraiths, Waynesboro was reinstated as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to second Jones, operating in uniform.

Jones’s attempt to take down the Hulk with an experimental weapon failed. Kate, feeling that she was betraying the man she loved by being part of the operation, tried to talk to the Hulk. Though she managed to have him revert to Banner, it lasted but a few seconds and the Hulk returned and again bashed her away.

Jones and Waynesboro made another attempt in the Lincoln Tunnel  as the Hulk reached Manhattan. However, the jade giant was too crazed to feel the gas attack they tried against him. And the antigamma burst at the maximum setting did not return the Hulk to the Banner state in the least.

Doctor Waynesboro eyes closeup

Waynesboro made a desperate attempt to appeal to him, inhaling some toxic fumes whilst so doing. ut the completely bestial Hulk just cast her aside and a look in his eyes told her that Banner was utterly gone. The battered Jones and Waynesboro were dragged out of the huge fire raging in the tunnel by the rest of the team.

Dr. Waynesboro likely never learned that the frenzy of the Hulk was caused by the mystical entity, Nightmare. Spurred on, the Hulk attacked Manhattan where he was opposed by S.H.I.E.L.D., the NYPD, the National Guard and the Avengers. After enormous damage, Dr. Strange managed to exile the utterly uncontrollable titan to an otherdimensional crossroads.

But by that point, the exhausted agent Waynesboro had retreated from the battle.

Don’t yield – back S.H.I.E.L.D. !

Dr. Waynesboro was not seen again for two decades (though of course she barely aged during that time). Apparently, she spent that time working with S.H.I.E.L.D. after Jones had reinstated her. A remark made by a third party implied that she was or had been in a relationship with Gabe Jones. This may have started after the aforementioned Hulk disaster in Manhattan, but likely was over by 2008.

An obscure, third-hand reference hinted that she may have reverted to being Ms. MODOK at least once, but this is not confirmed. S.H.I.E.L.D. senior brass “Dum-Dum” Dugan said Waynesboro had a proven track record with the subtle approach. This hints at further, more successful ops after the Hulk one.

Being presumably S.H.I.E.L.D.’s foremost gamma radiation specialist after Doc Samson, Dr. Waynesboro was presumably working behind-the-scenes in many S.H.I.E.L.D. cases involving the Hulk and other gamma-mutated creatures.

Doctor Waynesboro and the Warbound

She may also have had experience dealing with extraterrestrials. Dum Dum Dugan specifically picked her to interrogate the captive Miek (formerly of the Warbound). And Waynesboro seemed quite comfortable with space aliens when dealing with Miek and, later, the Warbound.

Dr. Waynesboro survived the various, severe upheavals and destruction that marked S.H.I.E.L.D.’s history. Thus, I would *imagine* that she was attached to a highly-secured lab whose ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. had been thoroughly obscured to prevent anybody from tracking down the gamma research going on there. But this is but a No-Prize Hypothesis .

After World War Hulk

After World War Hulk , S.H.I.E.L.D. mobilised everything it had to deal with the aftermath. If Waynesboro was indeed undercover, she was re-reinstated, and her perennial lab coat once again sported the nifty S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem.

The brass requested that she track down Hulk’s closest allies so they could be arrested. She could do that by using finely calibrated gamma detectors to pick up people who, like her, had spent a long time close to the Hulk.

It worked even better than expected. Waynesboro’s efforts literally put her on top of the Warbound, Hulk’s elite alien cadre, who were hiding in the sewers. When a band of sewer alligators ambushed Waynesboro and her security guy, Warbound members Korg of Krona and No-Name of Broodworld sprang to the rescue and carried the two agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. away.

Doctor Waynesboro and Hiroim

Shortly after that encounter, the Warbound and Waynesboro were unexpectedly teleported into the New Mexico desert by a third party.

The Warbound were initially amused by Waynesboro’s futile (but legally impeccable) attempt to arrest them. They treated her as just another treacherous little human with a stupid gun. She surprised them with her aplomb, though, and by unquestioningly providing superb medical care to the Warbound Elloe Kaifi. Kaifi had been badly wounded and laid infected in the sewers before the teleportation took place.

Warbound

The teleportation was the result of a demented plot by the Leader, who had watched the events of World War Hulk with great attention.

He had brought the Warbound to Stoneridge, NM, in order to capture their member Hiroim the Warbound Shadow and Saka priest. After the apparent death of Caiera the Oldstrong, Hiroim had succeeded her as the new Oldstrong. Thus, he had gained control of what the Shadow People call the Old Power.

This direct connection with the very earth was something that the Leader tapped into. He used it to power the erection of a huge dome of destructive gamma radiation around Stoneridge. This inflicted untold casualties and destruction as anything in the path of the expanding dome was disintegrated.

As Dr. Waynesboro quickly established, the background radiation within the dome (an area that the Leader gleefully called “Gamma World”) was very strong and with an awful gamma count. It would likely soon condemn to death 99.9% of those within.

Gamma World

A small National Guard unit in town briefly clashed with the Warbound as Waynesboro was working, but to little avail. When the first gamma mutates started emerging (chiefly insects, who died or mutated within an hour of exposure) the NG allied with Waynesboro, the Warbound and the local police department to protect the population.

Doctor Waynesboro is transformed

Meanwhile, Waynesboro roughly pieced together the Leader’s plan. Based on her deductions, she helped Hiroim the Oldstrong use his powers to set up a complementary wavelength. It wouldn’t power the Leader’s gamma dome but rather open a safe passage.

As the Oldstrong struggled to maintain the exacting concentration to keep the tunnel open as refugees evacuated Gammaworld, Kate kept talking to him to support him and help him stay focused. The attraction between the two became somewhat obvious, though they definitely had other priorities at the moment.

Oldstrong

Thanks to their efforts, most of the known refugees made it to safety outside of the dome. However, Hiroim became aware of hundreds more deeper within the dome. Kate and the Warbound worked to stop the Leader, but Dr. Waynesboro and the Oldstrong silently realised that the only way to depower the dome was for Hiroim to be destroyed. Only that would prevent the Leader from siphoning the Old Power.

Sensing that he would execute on that and moved by his heroism, Kate kissed Hiroim before they split into groups to move against the Leader. After a number of complex plot reversals, the dome was finally destroyed, Hiroim was killed… and Kate received the Old Power from Hiroim as he passed away, which she used to rout the Leader.

Doctor Waynesboro as Kate the Oldstrong

The infusion physically turned Kate Waynesboro into one of the Shadow People, at least physically. Now looking like a space alien, and feeling she owned it to Hiroim the Oldstrong to continue his work, she joined the Warbound.

When Skaar, son of Hulk, came to Earth, the Warbound attempted to mediate between the father and the son. That was largely a failure. Yet, both Skaar and the Hulk did end up helping Kate and the other Warbound in preventing a nuclear power plant, damaged by the Hulk and Skaar, from going critical.

No time like the present

As a loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Dr. Waynesboro was briefly captured by HAMMER and personally interrogated by Norman Osborn for intelligence about Dr. Banner. As Hammer technicians were ordered to drain the Old Power from her even if that killed her, Kate was rescued by Bruce Banner and his son Skaar the Worldbreaker.

Banner, Skaar and later Rick Jones (trapped in his “A-Bomb” form) found refuge in Gammaworld. They briefly joined Kate and the rest of the Warbound. Banner and Waynesboro were finally reunited, and Banner confided to her about his doubts, his relationship with his son and Skaar’s severe psychological problems.

Howbeit, that lasted for but a very short time. Bruce and Skaar had to keep moving on to deal with their problems, and the Leader told Waynesboro he still intended to capture and dissect her. Furthermore, an incident with one of the Leader’s creations left behind in Gamma World revealed that Banner was still a prisoner of his feelings for Betty Ross-Banner.

Though somewhat hurt by the later event, Waynesboro stole a small kiss from Banner before he and his son resumed their flight.


Description

Waynesboro’s eyes are of an unusual and striking hue of hazel (almost amber). Or rather were, back when she was human. In the 1980s she was often wearing a lab coat, like Real Scientists do (which can admittedly get weird in social sciences).

Since her transformation Kate has mostly been wearing a light grey T-shirt, tight black leather pants and a cool black leather jacket.


Personality

Kate is a warm, caring, serious doctor. She’s a bit stiff and formal in her manner.

Though back then she dressed in respectable, upper middle class 1980s fashion, she also drove an expensive, macho sports car. This was an unusual choice for a woman in the early 1980s. The car hints toward her passionate nature. Though she generally seems proper and collected, Waynesboro has a passionate temper that pervades pretty much everything she does.

She obviously chose science due to her great curiosity toward the world and her wish to discover it. She retains an unusual sense of wonder about her. She throws herself whole-heartedly into her romantic relationships, and signed up with S.H.I.E.L.D. to defend democracy. Though she does so from her lab and not by toting huge guns, three days worth of stubble and an eye patch.

Banner days

Bruce Banner was the big love story of her life. She greatly admired him as a scientist and a man – occasionally to the point of near-worship and a certain blindness toward his faults. She was very supportive of him, to the point of downplaying her own skills and achievements and almost scuttling her S.H.I.E.D. career.

It was a bit hard to discern her personality at that point. She was just the Romantic Interest in a lab coat and spent her last few issues just crying about the terrible hand fate has just dealt her.

After the disastrous end of their relationship, Waynesboro’s idealised view of Banner swung the other way. She vaguely convinced herself that Banner had always been a monster, presumably to deal with her lasting grief. She remained bitter and grumpy about that era of her life.

Modern return

In 2008, Kate is a much more modern character, which can easily be explained by her additional life experience and the societal changes around her. She’s now an experienced, collected professional who can handle difficult situation in a calm and rational manner.

Space aliens (even horrible stuff like the Brood) do not particularly impress or disgust her. Though she makes mistakes she definitely can think under pressure. She has a definite presence and authority, and could help even a Saka priest (a sort of alien super-Shaolin-monk) focus and concentrate via her firm but gentle leadership.

Dr. Waynesboro has an unyielding sense of duty. She is such a dedicated agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Fury himself would be proud. She also apparently has taken an Hippocratic Oath  which she treats with the same seriousness as her S.H.I.E.L.D. duty. Thus Kate will medically treat friends and foes alike under all circumstances, even at personal risk.

A recurrent theme is that Kate’s way more open-minded and less gung-ho than most people around her. Her normal approach is to talk and explore, not to blow stuff up whist yelling expletives. She’ll be OK with killing really awful mass murderers (like the Leader) and will open fire in self-defense. But in her opinion and experience less violent approaches are usually more productive.

She’s no pacifist, but she’s good at listening and talking. Waynesboro does not let anybody’s appearance, no matter how alien, affect her judgement. She’s in fact pretty good at noticing and remembering clues that indicate that a creature is not unconditionally hostile.


Quotes

’I… know how bitter you feel — how distrustful you are of people ! But I’m with you because I *want* to be with you ! Because you’re a brilliant scientist, and a beautiful man, who deserves some happiness after all the horror fate has heaped upon you !”

“Bruce, what’s wrong ? What’s the matter with you ? You’re acting savage — like the old Hulk again ! Where’s the gentle genius that I love ?”

(2008) Waynesboro: “I’m done with this kind of work, Dugan.”
Dum-Dum Dugan: “Yes, well… country calls and all that.”
Waynesboro: “…”
Dugan: “I knew I could count on you.”

(2008) Kate (performing first aid): “And now if you’ll excuse me, I don’t much like my prisoners dying on me.”
Elloe (being bandaged by Waynesboro): “We’re not your prisoners.”
Kate: “Whatever.”



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Agent Waynesboro (baseline stats)

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Uphold the Good
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Biophysics researcher, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 013 HP: 015

Skills:
Charisma (Persuasion): 05, Gadgetry (Identify Gadget): 04, Martial artist: 03, Medicine (First aid, Medical treatment): 05, Scientist: 06, Thief (Concealment): 03, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Exotic, Firearms): 04

Advantages:
Expertise (Gamma radiation), Familiarity (Gamma-powered Earth beings).

Connections:
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Low) and possibly Gabriel Jones (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Bruce Banner, Secret ID (at some points of her S.H.I.E.L.D. career).

Equipment:
When she was reinstated as an agent, Kate had the usual Beta Cloth uniform and S.H.I.E.L.D. plasma handgun. During the Northwind mission, Waynesboro received at least two pieces of special equipment:

  • Ion Disruptor [BODY 03, AV 06, Paralysis: 20, Ammo: 01, R#03, Drawback: No Reload in the field]. This blaster pistol, apparently a one-shot defensive weapon, projects a ionic field which immobilises its target. It can hold even a “Class 100” opponent for some time, and may have been intended for self-defense against a hostile Hulk, hopefully giving her enough time to flee.
  • Watch Communicator [BODY 02, Radio communications: 09]. The traditional radio hidden into a wristwatch, set to contact the Helicarrier’s bridge.

After World War Hulk, Waynesboro was running around in a Beta Cloth jumpsuit, with a S.H.I.E.L.D lab coat (of course), a big pistol with a triple-sized magazine, handheld scientific sensors, a long-range communicator (with a Bluetooth earpiece) and a S.H.I.E.L.D. field doctor’s bag packed with advanced medical gadgets.


Ms. MODOK

Dr. Waynesboro thankfully spent little time as Ms. MODOK, so estimating her abilities during that time is difficult. She had a sort of hoverchair similar to MODOK’s [BODY 06 and Flight: 07, maybe], could fire force bolts from her headband, just like MODOK (perhaps Mental blast: 12) and perform some basic telepathic feats.

There’s no reason to assume that she didn’t simply have slightly watered-down versions of MODOK’s abilities, though he definitely had her beaten on HPs.

Doctor Waynesboro as Ms. Modok


The Old Power

As of this writingthere is barely any information on the consequences of the transfer of Hiroim the Shamed’s Old Power to Kate. She has mutated to become fairly similar to the Shadow People (with the distinctive eyes and the grey skin colour) and seems to have the strength and durability of a Shadow Person.

She can also produce some of the simplest applications of the Old Power, but her abilities are still rather fuzzy. Possible stats are:

Kate the Oldstrong (tentative stats)

Dex: 06 Str: 12 Bod: 10 Motivation: Uphold the Good
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 019 HP: 025

Powers:
Earth control: 14, Jumping: 02, Vibe: 12

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Earth Control only to move volumes of earth.
  • Jumping is Contingent on STR.

Skills:
Charisma (Persuasion): 05, Gadgetry (Identify Gadget): 05, Martial artist: 03, Medicine (First aid, Medical treatment): 05, Scientist: 06, Scientist (Computers): 04, Thief (Concealment): 03, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Exotic, Firearms): 04

Advantages:
Expertise (Gamma radiation), Familiarity (Gamma-powered beings, Superhuman powers research), Leadership.

Connections:
Warbound (High), S.H.I.E.L.D. (Low) and possibly Gabriel Jones (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward her Hippocratic Oath, MIA toward her sense of duty, Distinct Appearance.

Notes:
Waynesboro is taller and more powerfully built as a Shadow Person than she was as a human. She now might be something like 6’3” and 190 lbs, to hazard conservative estimates. Her eyes are pale blue over a solid black eyeball, her skin is stony grey and her hair is of a slightly more intense black than before.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (Hulk books).

Helper(s): Darci.

Writeup completed on the 14th of December, 2009.

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