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Rosetta Stone (Fantastic Four character) (Marvel Comics) with her mask

Rosetta Stone


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

Background

  • Real Name: Nefer Neith Sinue
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Partner of Lockdown
  • Base Of Operations: Shadow City
  • Height: 5’4” Weight: 105 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

A trained fighter, Rosetta is a genius inventor, likely responsible for most of the technology used by Lockdown, and was able to create an antidote to nanites which had reprogrammed a number of super-heroes, in a very short space of time, with only what was available in the Night Cruiser (Lockdown’s car).

Her Battle Armor is armed with scanners, psionic bafflers, communications technology, and can be sealed to supply an independent breathing system, protecting her from biotoxins.


History

Rosetta is assistant to Lockdown, the defender of Shadow City, a virtual reality game. Their home planet in the Negative Zone suffered a major disaster long ago, forcing the surviving residents to enter suspended animation within a vast underground complex, with the virtual reality system set up to maintain their mental health.

[Note that the race appears like normal humans, and aspects of their culture are very close to elements of old Egyptian culture, but its unknown how the culture, and possibly the residents, ended up in the Negative Zone]

In her civilian identity, Nefer was heir to the House of Sinue, and one of the richest people on the planet, and Lockdown was her executive assistant, Jomo. In costume, they worked to maintain the peace inside Shadow City, fighting such criminals as the Twisted Sisters, Redjek, Candlemas and Bolero.

They appear aware that they’re in a virtual reality environment, and when trouble occurred within the real complex in which they’re stored that the robotic guards couldn’t handle, the pair were awakened, apparently possessing the same abilities in the real world.

Intruders stumbling on the planet were apprehended by the robots, who placed them into suspended animation where they were written into Shadow City, and this is what happened to the Fantastic Four when they stumbled across the place, becoming the known Shadow City criminals, the Tetrad.

Lockdown and Rosetta soon captured Richard Reed, Grim Ben, and Matchstick Johnny, but they were freed for custody by Stormy Sue, and soon allied with the Twisted Sisters.

Lockdown recaptured the lot of them when they tried to rob the Astra Technis science research facility, with Richards secretly helping him. Richards had reverted to his true personality, but maintained the charade so as not to warn whoever, or whatever, may be watching.

Lockdown personally escorted the lot of them to Bedlam Purgatorium, Shadow City’s prison, despite his doubts about Warden, Dr. Edwina Dantes’, ability to keep them contained.

Rosetta Stone over a white background

His fears were soon realised when Richards arranged a prison riot. Lockdown and Rosetta hurried to the scene, and managed to subdue most of the inmates, but not before Richards had managed to awaken his team mates from the suspended animation.

By the time Lockdown and Rosetta were awakened to deal with the intruders in the real world, they’d escaped back to their own dimension. Considering them a potential threat to the safety of Shadow City, Lockdown set Rosetta to finding a way to follow them back to their dimension, so he could hunt them down.

When Earth’s heroes were kidnapped and coerced into a contest against one another by the Brood, one of the Scarlet Witch’s hexes transported Rosetta, Lockdown, and the Night Cruiser onto the Brood’s ship.

Rosetta quickly identified the nanites in the atmosphere affecting the other heroes, and the pair remain sealed in their suits until she could produce nanite antibodies. Joining forces with Iron Man and Psylocke, they helped restore the heroes’ powers and free will.

While Lockdown and Psylock held off the Brood and their Badoon allies, Rosetta and Shadowcat took over the ship’s command centre and teleported the heroes back to Earth. The Brood Queen finally dealt with, Rosetta and Lockdown were reunited back on Earth.

It’s unknown whether they then found a way to return home, or whether they’re still on Earth.

[During one scene they were near to Johnny Storm, but made no mention of their previous history. He wasn’t aflame at the time, and would have been in a different costume from the time they encountered him, so it’s possible that they just didn’t recognize him. Or maybe, realizing they were on the Fantastic Four’s homeworld, they decided to stay to determine whether it posed any threat to theirs.]


Personality

Less uptight than Lockdown, Rosetta seems to enjoy her job more, although she follows his orders when he usually tells her to stay out of combat, recognizing that she’s more useful for her intellect. She enjoys having the opportunity to engage in combat though.

She’s more likely to be caught off guard than Lockdown when opponents do the unexpected, such as when Richard Reed kissed her while shackled, she missed that he’d purloined a hairpin in the process, which Lockdown noticed.


Quotes

“We’re food for father crocodile if I can’t use all that computing power to pierce the delusion field that keeps us from seeing the wall of this compartment.”


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Rosetta Stone

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 09 Wil: 09 Min: 08 Occupation: Heir to the House of Sinue
Inf: 05 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 020
Init: 022 HP: 050 (100)

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 06, Gadgetry: 10, Martial Artist: 05, Scientist (incl. Computers)*: 09, Thief (Security Systems): 10, Thief (Others)*: 06, Vehicles (Land, Air)*: 06

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Shadow City), Genius, Expansive HQ, Home Ground Advantage (see below)

Connections:
Lockdown (High), Shadow City Authorities (High), Shadowcat (Low)

Drawbacks:
Secret ID

Equipment:
BATTLE ARMOR [/BODY/ 06, Acuity: 05, Mind Field: 05, Radio Communications (Scrambled): 12, Sealed Systems: 11)


Home Ground Advantage

While in the virtual reality of Shadow City, Rosetta has a programmed advantage that stacks the odds in her favour. While in combat with Rosetta, other characters can only spend half as much HPs as they could normally, and Rosetta herself has access to 100 HPs.

By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: Marvel Comics

Helper(s): Frank Murdock

Writeup completed on the 10th of January, 2010.

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