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Sai (Heroes for Hire enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Sai


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

Context

A painfully obscure foe of the Heroes for Hire. She was seen once in 1998.

Sai’s screen time is negligible, making *everything* in this profile except for the quote and illustration speculative.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Former operative for Lionmane
  • Base Of Operations: Shanghai
  • Height: 5’5” Weight: 115 lbs
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Black (dyed bright red)


Powers and Abilities

Sai seems to be a very accomplished martial artist and acrobat, and is skilled enough to engage a highly trained martial artist such as Colleen Wing.


History

Sai was one of the chief agents for Lionmane, and led his soldiers in a boarding action against a freighter carrying a large, old and very valuable statue of Chinese heroine Mulan.

She later helped defend Lionmane’s secret base against a team of Heroes for Hire, but she whimsically decided to attack Colleen Wing with her own swords ; not being very skilled with swords, she was defeated by Wing.


Description

It’s not very clear, but I think Sai is Chinese, with green eyes (those things happen, especially in comics and in Big trouble in Little China) and with hair dyed an unnatural shade of red, possibly in imitation of some South Korean pop star or another.


Personality

Sai seems to be a whimsical weirdo, and must be really tough to have survived that long if she insists on making weird choices in combat just because the idea sounded neat. She always speaks in English like in the quote – her vocabulary seems OK, but her grammar is creative (and, you’ll note, incoherent).

She comes across as bored and flighty, and wishing her life was a combination Chinese swashbuckling flick and Korean romantic situational comedy.


Quotes

Sai: “Captain ? Be waking now. Your ship is taken over by pirates.”
Captain (waking up): “Huh ? Wha—- ? Pirates ?!”
Sai: “Yes. Myself am one. Myself am Sai. Opening safe for harbor fees now. Also, we require stone warrior woman. Denial… refusal… is death. For you. For all ship. You will come now.”


DC Universe History

Sure. She may have fought Black Canary in an early Birds of Prey adventure.


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Sai

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 017 HP: 015

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 06, Martial artist*: 06, Weaponry (melee): 05, Weaponry (sai): 07

Advantages:
Expertise (South Korean pop scene), Language (Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Korean), Schtick (paired sai)

Connections:
Mercenary scene (Low)

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance (Asian with bright red hair and green eyes), Misc. (very weird grammar, at least in English), SIA toward weird tactics

Equipment:
Bladed sai (x2) [BODY 04, EV 03 (04 w/STR, 07 w/Martial artist), /STR/ 04, Limitations : /STR/ only for the Disarm maneuver (-2) ; Note : when Blocking melee weapons with a sai or jitte, the weapon is considered to be the size of a shield (-1 AP to OV/RV for the Block)]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Heroes for Hire v1 #18-19

Helper(s): Michael Redman

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