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Sally Sonic (7 Soldiers) (DC Comics)

Sally Sonic


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

“La nostalgie n’est plus ce qu’elle était.”
– Simone Signoret


Context

Seven Soldiers was an epic Grant Morrison metaseries for DC Comics, in 2005-2006. It features a motley ensemble of minor characters who find themselves in a position to save humanity without quite knowing it.

Sally Sonic is one of the minor antagonists in one part of the story. This part focuses on the destructive insanity inherent to super-heroics.

This profile includes S P O I L E R S for the fantastic Seven Soldiers series.


Background

  • Real Name: Sally Smart
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Judge Jonathan Smart (father, deceased), mother (name unrevealed, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: Employee of the Eternal Superteens website
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 5’2” (5’10” as Sally Sonic) Weight: 110 lbs (140 lbs as Sally Sonic)
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

Sally Sonic can “turn [her] whole being to magical, super-sonic vibration.” In practice this means that she’s endowed with “supersonic strength” and attendant superhuman durability.

She can also fly – our game stats assumes a supersonic speed.

Sally Sonic seems to still have some skills from her days as a teenage sleuth.


History

Sally Smart was born in 1930, apparently in the English countryside. During the war, she had a short career as a teenage sleuth. Sally investigated small local mysteries in the style of children’s books of that day – she was a contemporary of the earliest Famous Five  novels by Enid Blyton.

Wrapping up one her cases, Sally brought back a cat kidnapped by other children to his owner. To thank her for finding her cat, the odd and elderly lady gave Sally a magical whistle. Thus was Sally Sonic born.

From 1945 to 1954, Sally had a wonderful career as a popular, magical heroine. She caught robbers in domino masks and stripped shirts, she shared adventures with the aces from the RAF. Her best friend and ally was Barnabus, the Teddy Bear King – quite literally a magical, man-sized animated teddy bear wearing a crown.

Her family doctor determined she would remain eternally 15 or 16, and might be able to live forever.

Back to life, back to reality

In 1954, Sally’s parents died in a car accident – which likely was a disguised assassination. While Sally was 24, the NHS  refused to believe that she wasn’t 15 (one suspects that all official documents about her had been stolen) and she was sent to a ghastly orphanage.

While the upstanding Sally did her best to comply by the rules, the place was a perpetual nightmare of excessive discipline and corporeal punishment. At night, Sally Sonic would fly out to help people, but this often resulted in being punished and locked into a wardrobe for her unexplained absences.

Sally Sonic with Barnabus the Teddy Bear King and the RAF

Sally eventually cracked despite her desire to be a good girl. While locked up in the “wardrobe of solitude”, she just punched through the wall and flew out, fleeing the orphanage. She went to London, where she planned to fight crime and evil like a good super-heroine should.

There, Sally Sonic met and teamed up with fellow superhuman defender Vitaman, with whom she fell in love. However, while he had been hailed as a hero for his deeds during the war, Vitaman was really a criminal and a ruthless opportunist.

He manipulated the naive Sally like pimps do, exploiting her adolescent appearance by selling her to the British underworld for pornographic shoots. During one such session, Sally Sonic was injected with the serum of evil originally developed by Dr. Jekyll.

The serum turned the goody-two-shoes, ingenuous young woman into a depraved psychotic. The triumphant Vitaman then revealed that it was the last step of his decades-long revenge plan against her father. Judge Smart had condemned him and his brother to 10 years in prison before the war.

Sally no longer cared about such things, though.

Super-porn

Knowing how much money her child-like appearance could earn her in the porn industry, Sally left for the more lucrative US market. With the much larger market and superhuman population, she found a position in the fetish industry about superhumans.

Millions of customers were fascinated by the perfect and ageless bodies of superhumans and demonstrations of super-powers by sexually objectified women. Sally looking clearly underage and having very graphic, direct powers, she became a porn star.

Between the evil serum, and a life that had gone from the wonders of an eternal childhood to the manifestly squalid, Sally was warped inside. She wanted to hurt women who had a happy and fulfilling existence.

She developed a pattern of stealing married customers away from their wives through e-mail conversations, cybersex and dates. She leveraged their erotic obsessions with super-women to inflict as much harm as she could.

One of her marks was Professor Lance Harrower, a successful researcher. While his young wife was exceptionally beautiful and gifted with a super-heroine-like physique, Mr. Harrower was obsessed by how she would look when she got older.

He was consumed by his obsessions about eternal youth, power, fame, hard bodies and invulnerability – in short, superhumans like Sally Sonic.

Through hundred of e-mails, Sally leveraged his neuroses and convinced him to try his latest research on himself in utterly unsafe conditions to gain power. Harrower died from exposure to his special compound and infected his wife, who survived and gained superhuman powers.

Girl-on-girl

Sally Sonic’s psychotic hatred focused of Mrs. Harrower. Not only was the young widow a symbol of everything that Sally hated, but as the very reluctant superhuman Bulleteer she was investigating to find the person responsible for the death of her husband.

As “Sara Smart”, supposedly an art student who had just come from Great Britain, Sally became a lodger at Mrs. Harrower’s home. Eventually, she ambushed her and attacked.

Being far more experienced and vicious, Sally Sonic had the upper hand. The Bulleteer was a gentle and sensitive woman and lacked any sort of killer instinct. However, even Sally’s great strength couldn’t genuinely damage the Bulleteer’s chromed, airbrushed metallic body.

Sally Sonic ran out of steam, and the Bulleteer mauled her with an engine block to make her stop. Scared that she may have seriously wounded her self-proclaimed nemesis, Mrs. Harrower drove the unconscious Sally Sonic to the nearest hospital since no ambulance was available.

During the rush to the hospital, Sally Sonic woke up and, consumed by blind hatred, tried to wrestle the wheel away from Mrs. Harrower. This sent the car crashing, and the collision killed Sally despite the Bulleteer’s efforts.

Just like Sally Smart’s life had been wrecked solely for vengeance against her father, Sally Sonic’s death was but an instrument. Her last, enraged action was but one of the many small things that fulfilled a prophecy made several million years before she was born.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

As a kid Sally Sonic had a wonderful, dream-like life. Now she is warped, bitter and neurotic. She wants to destroy the lives of other women who have what will be forever denied to her – a well-adjusted, loving adult life.

Sally blames the entire world for what she has become. She refuses to accept that anybody undergoing the same horrors would not end up as warped as she is. She proves it over and over again by preying on husbands’ weaknesses to destroy wives.

Since she looks like a pretty, innocent 15 or 16-year old she is forever denied all the privileges of adulthood (she cannot even get a beer in most US bars) despite being 75. This is an additional source of senseless dissonance in her life, alienating her further as her eternal youth and seeming innocence are nothing but a curse.


Quotes

“Sounds like bad things happen to people when they put costumes on. It must be horrible to be like that girl Thumbelina. It could make you mad.”

“You’ve never been into a real super-fight, have you, bitch ?” (BOOM) “But *I* have.” (SMASH)

“Not so bloody smart now, are you ? You let me walk right into your precious home !”

“Your beloved husband told me everything about your bland, boring life together. How you refused to dress up as a superhero for him, even at Halloween. I know. Isn’t it pathetic ? Men. They’re all the fucking same. They all want the same stupid things from us ! And women like you drive them straight into the arms of women like me.”

“Did nobody tell you the world’s rotten and evil to the core ? Did nobody tell you good girls have no place in hell ?”

“Did you feel safe ? Did you feel secure in your perfect little world ? Well, that just proves you were the one living in a fantasy world, not me.”

“Girl on girl fight scenes. Bullets bouncing off your chest. Men pay for that stuff. You’ll find out.”

“I didn’t ask for any of this. But this world… this world swallows you whole and changes you whether you want it or not. Until you feel like you’ve gone mad. You’ll see. Would you like some evil serum too ?”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Sally Sonic

Dex: 05 Str: 09 Bod: 09 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Porn star
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 013 HP: 015

Powers:
Flight: 09

Skills:
Artist (Actress): 03, Charisma (Persuasion): 04, Detective (all but Law): 03

Advantages:
Near-Immortal

Connections:
Super-porn industry (Low)

Drawbacks:
Age (Young), MIH of adult women with a successful personal life, MPI, Serious Rage

Equipment:
Whistle of the Wind Kings [BODY 04, Bomb: 03, Insta-change]. Her magic whistle is on a chain around her neck. When she blows it to become Sally Sonic, it can emit a shockwave around her.


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Sally Sonic — Averaged PL 8.4

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
08 08 02 01 05 01 00 01

Powers

Supersonic power ● 31 points (Permanent)
– Supersonic flight — Flight 8
– Unageing — Diehard, Feature 1 (Unageing, possibly immortal)
– Supersonic robustness — Impervious Toughness 6, Impervious Fortitude 6
– Sarah Smart form — Feature 1 (Human form, Move Action to assume)

Combat Advantages

All-Out Attack, Chokehold, Close Attack 2, Defensive roll 3, Diehard, Improved Critical (Unarmed) 1

Other Advantages

None demonstrated

Skills

Athletics 2 (+10), Deception 4 (+5), Insight 4 (+4), Investigation 3 (+4), Perception 3 (+3), Persuasion 1 (+2)

Offense

Initiative +2
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 8, Critical 19-20

Defense

Dodge 7 Fortitude 11
Parry 8 Toughness 11/8*
Will 3

* Without Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Power Loss Must blow her whistle to activate her supersonic power
  • Temper Psychotic rage, evil serum
  • Disability Looks like a teenager and is treated as such
  • Hatred Ruins the life of other women

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack & Effect PL 8, Dodge/Toughness PL 9, Parry/Toughness PL 10, Fort & Will PL 7
  • Point total 112 Abilities 50, Defences 14, Skills 9, Powers 31, Devices 0, Advantages 8. Equiv. PL 8.


Sally Smart — Averaged PL 2

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
00 00 01 01 02 01 00 01

Devices

Magic Whistle ● 1 point
Burst Area Damage 1 (Limited 1 – only when turning into Sally Sonic) ● Descriptor: Sonic boom

Combat Advantages

None demonstrated

Other Advantages

None demonstrated

Skills

Deception 4 (+5), Insight 4 (+4), Investigation 3 (+4), Perception 3 (+3), Persuasion 1 (+2)

Offense

Initiative +1
Unarmed +2, Close, Damage 0

Defense

Dodge 4 Fortitude 1
Parry 4 Toughness 0
Will 3

Complications

  • Temper Psychotic rage, evil serum
  • Disability Looks like a teenager and is treated as such
  • Hatred Ruins the life of other women

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack & Effect PL 1, Dodge/Toughness PL 2, Parry/Toughness PL 2, Fort & Will PL 2
  • Point total 26 Abilities 10, Defences 7, Skills 8, Powers 0, Devices 1, Advantages 0. Equiv. PL 2.


By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Seven Soldiers metaseries (2005) – chiefly Bulleteer 1-4

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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