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Laura Dean (Alpha Flight) (Marvel Comics)

Laura Dean

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • These are older technical notes, not a full profile.


  • Real Name: Laura Dean
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Goblyn (twin sister), Darby (father), Susan (mother)
  • Group Affiliation: Derangers, Beta Flight
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 1,47m Weight: 29kg
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Laura’s sole ability is that she can create dimensional gateways. At first, she only could switch places between her and her sister, and between Earth and “Paradise” ; she later learned to fully use her abilities, and both became able to coexist on the same dimension.


Laura and Goblyn are mutant twins, but their father was a prominent member of a Canadian anti-mutant organisation. When the echograph revealed that one embryo had an inhuman form, Mr. Dean was devastated, and he and his wife agreed to try an experimental protocol that would destroy the mutant embryo without affecting the normal-looking twin.

However, during the operation, Laura sensed what was going on and moved in the womb to protect her sister. The operation had to be stopped. Yet, when their mother gave birth, only one child emerged ; the mutant one had somehow disappeared. Laura had used her own mutant power to evacuate Goblyn to another dimension while still in utero.

Laura was in a sort of autistic condition during much of her childhood, but was able to psychically sense and communicate to a degree with her sister. At first, Laura and Goblyn could only switch places between the other dimension, which they called “Paradise” (which was later revealed to be the dimension of the Dreamqueen) and Earth, which they called “Hell”. Most observers assumed that Laura was actually a metamorph who transformed into the Goblyn form.

Laura first appeared in the New Life Clinic, the base of Lionel Jeffries (aka Scramble), where she apparently was a captive. She fled along with three fellow prisoners while Alpha Flight was engaging Jeffries. The four became the Derangers under the leadership of Bedlam, an insane creature with mental powers (see his writeups.org entry).

When Bedlam’s team was killed, Laura and Goblyn came in contact with Alpha Flight, and were more or less adopted by Purple Girl, a.k.a. Persuasion, and her mother. Laura was released from her autist-like behavior, and after a big fight with the Dreamqueen, both girls were induced in Beta Flight to learn how to control their powers.

Laura was code-named Pathway, but left along with her sister since what she wanted was a normal life. They would eventually come back to the Flight some years later, but this is not covered in this entry.


Laura is an average Black Canadian 8 years old girl, with a red basketball T-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.


Laura is just a little girl who wants to have a normal life, but she’s very mature for her age and completely devoted to her sister.

DC Universe History

As badly as Canada has fared in the Marvel Universe, it is done even worse in the DCU. Thus, adding the Flight to the DCU would represent few problems, especially if your DCU of the Flight is based on the paranoid, government conspiracy-driven Flight that was seen in the latest series.

One of the cute stunts would be to stunt that Shaman was actually in his youth the mystic called Flying Fox, a member of the Young All-Stars, and retired after the war.

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Laura Dean

Dex: 02 Str: 01 Bod: 02 Motivation: Unwanted power
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Kid
Inf: 01 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 01
Init: 006 HP: 015

Powers: Dimension travel: 11, Empathy: 06, Shrinking: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Empathy is Trans-Dimensional (+2) and has a Special +25 Range Bonus (+5)
  • Empathy only works with Goblyn (-4)
  • Shrinking is Always On (though it will fade as she grow up)

Skills: None yet

Advantages: Area Knowledge (“Paradise”)

Connections: Alpha Flight (Low), Persuasion (High)

Drawbacks: Age (Youth), Arch Enemy (Dream Queen), Dependent (Goblyn, 0 pts), Mistrust

By Sébastien Andrivet

Helper(s): Dave Oak, Kansas Jim, Dwayne MacKinnon

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