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Misty Knight


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Mercedes “Misty” Knight is a Marvel Comic character who first appeared in 1972. Though she and her best friend Colleen Wing were occasionally more akin to supporting casts and romantics interests for Iron Fist and Luke Cage, they’re plenty tough and became minor heroines in their own right.

Since Ms. Knight is cool we wrote a profile for her early on, during the XXth century, and never managed to revisit it so far. So it’s clearly less sophisticated and more about DC Heroes RPG stats than a modern profile would be.


Background

  • Real Name: Mercedes “Misty” Knight
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Nightwing Restorations
  • Base Of Operations: New York City
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 136lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Knight is a remarkable markswoman, a good athlete and a solid hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist.

Her bionic arm gives her superhuman strength. However the rest of her body is not reinforced – so she cannot use it to lift much more than she otherwise could. She has no problem using her cybernetic strength in crushing and punching motions, though.


History

Misty Knight was the best marksperson in her class at the New York police academy. She graduated at the top of her class. She became a patrolwoman for New York’s Twelfth Precinct.

Her friendship with Colleen Wing began when Officer Knight saved Wing, newly arrived from the Japanese mountains, from criminal gunfire. Later, she saw terrorists throw a bomb into a bank. She seized the bomb, but before she chould throw it into a safe place, it exploded.

Knight’s right arm had to be amputated, though it was later replaced with a bionic steel arm designed at Stark International.

Private investigator

Due to her injury, Knight had to retire from active duty as a policewoman. Rather than accept a desk job with the police department, she resigned. Knight and Wing formed a partnership as private investigators. They called their firm Nightwing Restorations, Ltd.

Due to Wing’s samurai-style training and both partners’ expertise in the Oriental martial arts, they have been dubbed “the Daughters of the Dragon.”

Knight and Wing were frequent allies of Iron Fist and Power Man, and Knight has had a long romantic relationship with Iron Fist.

For the remainder of Misty’s biography, refer to the Nightwing Restorations entry.


Description

50% Tamara Dobson, 40% Pam Grier, 10% Halle Berry. Knight is a dynamic, modern woman, about 28-30, who favors trendy haircuts (thus, she sported an afro in the 70s and much of the 80s). She generally wears good quality street clothes (jeans, boots, leather gloves and jacket).

Her bionic arm looks perfectly ordinary when it has its fake skin covering.


Personality

While she’s strong, Misty is easily confused by sentimental tribulations. In such cases, she becomes bluesy and introverted, and waits for the more level-headed Colleen to cheer her up.

She’s a police vet of the “I always get my man” variety, so she’s not used to backing down.

Knight is proud, both of being Black and of being a cyborg, and is active in those minority movements. In many ways, this is because she misses the sense of belonging from her police days.

While Misty is a crack shot, she usually prefers fighting hand-to-hand if she is working with Colleen. She will only start using her gun at about the same moment Wing unsheathes her sword.

Misty and Colleen extremely close, and the strength of their friendship is a recurrent heme with the two. The 1970s blaxploitation vibe, though, is a distinct secondary theme for Misty, a recurrent motif.

Misty apparently prefers her guns to be from the 1940s and 1950s, and her rides to be from the 1950s and 1960s.


Quotes

“You crazy fool GET DOWN !” (her first words to Colleen Wing)

“Hon, your gift for stating the obvious rivals Danny Rand’s.”

“You boys are too parochial, y‘know ? ‘bout time you learned some down home fightin’ !… say, kung fu, HARLEM STYLE !”

“You ready, Col ?”

“You and your boss owe me an’ Col a lot of grief, buster, a lot of deaths — as as of right now they’re coming due !”

“Hello officers. I’m Misty, I just landed on the roof of your car and I’d like you to drive faster. Eyes on the road, please.”


DC Universe History

Nightwing Restorations remains an independent PI firm. Wing would be a friend of Shado, while Knight would be a friend of the late Oliver Queen, being ex-Seattle PD. Substitute the Green Arrow characters for the Heroes for Hire. They might even have a big sister role toward the new Green Arrow.


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Knight, Misty

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Private investigator
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 017 HP: 040

Powers:
Charisma*: 04, Detective: 06, Martial arts*: 05, Medicine (first aid): 04, Military science (danger recognition): 06, Thief (stealth): 04, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water): 04, Weaponry (firearms): 07

Advantages:
Area knowledge (New York City), Sharp Eye, Misc. (Misty receives a +2CS OV/RV bonus to any roll intended to resist mind control that would mean harming Colleen or letting her down)

Connections:
Heroes for Hire (High), X-Men (Low), NYPD (Low), Street (Low)

Drawbacks:
MIA to Iron Fist

Equipment:

  • BIONIC RIGHT ARM [BODY 06 STR 04, EV 08, Limitation: STR is Fatiguing]
  • Wing initially sported a Colt Official Police .38 revolver [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 06, R#2, Drawback : Long reload time]. She later upgraded to a magnum, apparently alternating between a Colt Python .357 magnum and a S&W M29 .44 magnum revolver [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 05, Rec. STR: 03, Ammo: 06, R#2, Drawback : Long reload time]
  • When expecting a sustained firefight, Knight occasionally equips herself with a DWM Long P08 “Luger” 9mm pistol with a snail drum magazine [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 32 w/snail mag, 08 w/ normal mag, R#02]

Occasional Supporting Cast Syndrome

Misty and Colleen seem to alternate between two modes – as supporting cast for the Heroes for Hire and, more occasionally, for the X-Men – or as adventurers of their own. When they act as supporting cast they are visibly less tough than when they’re the protagonists.

Whenever the GM determines Colleen and Misty appear as supporting cast, they must spend two HPs to have the effect of one HP, even if said HPs are fed to them via Leadership. Knowing this well, they tend not to spend any during such occasions.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Iron Fist and Power Man (Marvel Universe)

Helper(s): Jackson, Roy Cowan ; History section now derived from 1986’s OHOTMU.

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