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Sif (Thor ally) (Marvel Comics)

Sif

(Profile #1 - the 1960s)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Marvel’s Lady Sif is traditionally Thor’s love interest. She first appeared in 1964, and slowly evolved into a character standing on her own.

This profile covers her vintage appearances during the 1960s. All these, plus her flashback appearances and what is known and hypothesised about her early life. And some wee bits of mythology.


Background

  • Real Name: Sif.
  • Other Aliases: Lady Sif, Sif the Stunning, Dark-Haired Daughter of Asgard.
  • Former Aliases: Sif the Golden-Haired.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Heimdall (older brother). Balder once states that Sif is his sister, but he presumably meant sister-in-arms. A blonde woman who seems to be Sif’s mother is seen once in flashback, but nothing is known about her.
  • Group Affiliation: Gods of Asgard (technically, the Asynjur).
  • Base Of Operations: City of Asgard.
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 425 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Jet black (formerly golden).


Powers & Abilities

As a goddess of Asgard, Sif is physically denser and much stronger (about “Class 20” at this point) and durable than a human being. Asgardian physiology is also famously resistant to all sorts of diseases and poisons.

Sif and Balder fight among rocks

Sif is a fully-trained Asgardian warrior, fighting primarily with a super-tough Asgardian steel one-handed broadsword. She’s also seen using javelins. She seems to be more technically proficient than most, but is not as large and strong as most male Asgardian warriors

In the pecking order she is clearly not as good as the real elite, such as Hogun, Balder or Fandral. The vintage version of Sif can hold her own in ordinary battle, but against major opponents her role is more akin to cheerleading and she’s very unlikely to be depicted as fighting (let alone beating) a man in combat.

She has keen senses, is a good equestrienne, and is renowned for her valour and beauty. She can be quite persuasive, provided that there’s a good argument to be made and that somebody will listen to a woman in the first place.

Say the magic worlds

Sif has the magical power of flying ethereally between dimensions, and can even take other people with her by joining hands. However, it seems to require considerable effort and concentration, as she seldom uses this ability. One also suspects that it might be restricted to the Nine Worlds of Asgardian cosmology.

It seems to be a form of bodily astral projection. Sif (and any “passenger”) dematerialise and rapidly fly as ghosts to their destination, rematerializing when Sif chooses to.

Sif (and Balder) also have a sort of magical intuition, which is chiefly used to facilitate the narration and speed the plot along. This intuition allows them to :

  • Sense magical and unusual powers around them such as being in an area affected by a curse, near a being of great magical power, near a powerful and unusual being such as Adam Warlock, etc.. In practice this is mostly used so that they can make atmosphere-setting comments.
  • Sense whether Thor is in peril, and whether he’s dead. This doesn’t always work, but it allows them to launch relief missions when the plot calls for it — based on their supernatural intuition.

To the days when the nights were young

The version of young Sif seen in flashbacks is a more capable and flexible fighter. She’s been seen fighting with paired shortswords, a single one-handed broadsword, or the heavy hand-and-a-half Asgardian sword.

She’s also a deadly archer and spear maiden, and can throw a mean dagger. Sif seems to be one of the most technical fighters in Asgard, though at this point she is still lacking in experience and strength.

“Flashback Sif” is also more clearly a capable adventurer, and more clearly display a layman’s knowledge of Asgardian magic. She is highly athletic and agile, with keen reflexes. Our game stats section has alternate numbers for this take on Sif.


Woman, myth and magic

Sif is part of a tribe of near-immortal, superhuman beings living in the dimension of Asgard and called “gods”. These have often visited Earth-616, and tales about them formed the core of mythologies common in ancient Norse and Germanic areas of Europe.

These tales do get some things wrong, though – the myths aren’t completely accurate when it comes to depicting the Asgard tribals, and they vary considerably by nation and era.

Sif and Thor fighting against a primitive horde

For instance in the myths Sif and Thor raised the god Ull (or Ullr , either adopted, or from a previous marriage of Sif’s) and the goddess Þrúðr  (Thrúd), which isn’t the case in the Asgard of the Marvel Universe.

Though caution should be used when it comes to mythological material as it pertains to Marvel’s Asgardians, Sif’s case is comparatively easy since she doesn’t get much screen time in the Eddas .

In the Eddas, she seems to be a goddess of harvest and/or fertility (a bit like Demeter ), there’s the incident about her hair (more about that latter), and her son Ull was apparently important for ancient Norsemen but waned when their culture evolved. And that’s about it for the 101 version, really.


History

Sif is roughly of the same age as Thor and Loki – in human terms she’s 1 or 2 years younger, though of course it’s hard to tell given the immense Asgardian lifespans.

Her parentage is unrevealed, though she’s been established to be Heimdall’s much younger sister – Sif once stated that Heimdall was older than she is by millennia.

Sif has been described as a noble of the realm, though that was never elaborated upon. Sif apparently grew up in the rural areas surrounding the city of Asgard – when he first saw her Thor assumed that she was a kid shepherdess.

Centuries ago, a large pack of hungry wolves grew bolder and bolder and attacked herds in Asgard’s pastoral hinterland. A hunter raised a posse to kill the wolves, but turned down the god Thor’s offer of help, since Thor was in human terms perhaps 13 at that point.

Trying to trick his half-brother into getting himself killed, Loki convinced Thor that they should go hunt for the wolves by themselves, and gave him a sabotaged sword.

When she met Thor and Loki, little Sif was busy fending off attacking wolves with a staff. Thor bravely charged in, and when his sword broke on the first blow Sif threw him her staff since he was more exposed.

The 2 kids were badly outnumbered and would have perished, but Loki shot a flare-like spell to pretend that he was helping. As it happened the posse was close by, and came in in time to save Thor and Sif.

Hair of the god

Thor and Sif admired each other’s courage, and Sif came to live in the city of Asgard in unrevealed circumstances – perhaps with her brother. She grew close to Thor and Balder, but always knew that Loki was a black-hearted menace even though Balder and especially Thor were blind to it.

She trained as a fighter along with the other 2, and noted Hogun the Grim among her instructors. This was highly unusual — in fact Sif was the only girl among the warriors-in-training until the foreigner Brunnhilda enrolled.

Sif, Thor and Balder during a military parade

When Sif was 13-ish, jealous little Loki sneaked into her room with big scissors and cut away her beautiful golden hair. Feeling bad when he saw how devastated Sif was, Loki took the shorn hair to the trolls, who forged new hair for Sif.

However, after Loki placed the hair back on Sif’s head, they turned completely black. Sif resented this, as blonde hair are considered much more attractive in Asgard.

When Sif, Thor and Balder were 15-ish, Odin sent them on a quest to round up ingredients to forge a mighty sword. The kids fought a dragon, met an eagle king, and braved the mines of Jennia. They also fought during an invasion of Asgard by the armies of Nornheim, their early warning about the coming war being instrumental in the successful Asgardian defense.

Though Karnilla, Queen of Nornheim, killed Thor with an arrow, Sif’s tears mixed with a magical sand resurrected him.

After the battle the 3 youths were made warriors of Asgard, though that was apparently just a distinction for their service and they continued to attend warrior school.

Growin’ up

As Sif struggled with her feelings for Thor, Loki and Amora (the future Enchantress) tricked her into stealing a magic mirror to make Thor fall in love with her. As planned, Amora stole the mirror from Sif and used it on Thor.

However, Sif allied with the new girl in school, Brunnhilda, to shatter the mirror and thus the enchantment. At the advice of Frigga — Thor’s adoptive mother — she then started a romance with Thor.

When Sif, Thor and Balder were still teenagers, 3 mighty storm giants attacked the city, routing the garrison and capturing Sif. This was the result of Hela’s jealousy, who hated young Sif ever since she had taken Thor from her by resurrecting him.

Realising that Sif was in peril, Thor unthinkingly lifted Mjolnir — which he had always failed to do before — and came to the rescue. Together, Sif and Thor faced Hela. Hela. Hela. Heh. Heh. Heh.

Thor offered his life for Sif’s since they were clearly outmatched. Hela took the deal but couldn’t bring herself to kill the noble Thor, and the young lovers returned to Asgard. By being willing to sacrifice his life to save Sif’s, Thor had become worthy of wielding the hammer.

A few months later, Sif was with a team that won some kind of arena fighting match in the city. The 3 men on the team went to a bar to celebrate, but they thoughtlessly picked a “gentlemen only” bar (for specific values of “gentlemen”) and she was refused entry.

Angry to be excluded from the celebrations because of her gender, Sif got into a row until Odin himself came in and all the men at the inn kneel to acknowledge her as one of the champs. Sif was then let in, apparently establishing yet another precedent in the exclusively masculine Asgardian warrior culture.

Interlude – continuity notes

Sif acquiring dark hair is not in the Eddas — “Fair-Haired Goddess” is one of her kennings, and “Hair of Sif” is a kenning for gold — but then what did the Vikings ever do for us ?

For what it’s worth, the account in the Skáldskaparmál reads (using the version at Sacred-Texts.com ) :

Loki Laufeyarson, for mischief’s sake, cut off all Sif’s hair. But when Thor learned of this, he seized Loki, and would have broken every bone in him, had he not sworn to get the Black Elves to make Sif hair of gold, such that it would grow like other hair. After that, Loki went to those dwarves who are called Ívaldi’s Sons; and they made the hair, and Skídbladnir also, and the spear which became Odin’s possession, and was called Gungnir
.

The story goes on about other stuff getting forged, but the manely matter of Sif’s hair seems solved at that point.

Sif and Thor on a rooftop

Past accounts about the Marvel Universe incident state that the hair turn black as night because Loki didn’t properly pay the smiths, who in return sabotaged their creation (“for the price of naught, I shall forge from naught”). This is not described again in the more recent retelling, but is presumably still true.

Past Marvel accounts also state that the hair was forged by dwarven smiths Brokk and Eitri. While the more recent account has the smiths looking like trolls, one suspects this is due to a miscolouring.

In the earliest germane Marvel flashback, Thor and Sif are already young adults when they start their relationship (rather than teenagers) and Sif still has long golden hair when Thor rescues her from Hela. It is only after the rescue, and Thor becoming worthy of Mjolnir, that Loki shears her hair.

In this early version, Sif is depressed by her changed coal-ish capillary colour but Thor finds her more beautiful than ever, lifting her spirits.

Early accounts also feature a dramatically greater age difference between Sif and Thor – in human terms, 15 years or so. For instance, in the version of continuity that existed in 1967, Thor had not seen a 20-something Sif ever since she was a little girl.

However, Asgardians nearly stop ageing when they become adults, so Sif “caught up” with Thor as the age difference became irrelevant given their long lifespan.

Warrior of Asgard

After Thor was judged worthy of wielding Mjolnir thanks to his love for Sif, he gradually developed an hubris problem and drifted away from his friends. Eventually, Odin the All-Father banished Thor to Midgard as crippled physician Don Blake in a successful bid to teach him humility.

Meanwhile, Sif reportedly left the city of Asgard for years for advanced martial training. She may have spent time in far southern Ringsfjord, since she was familiar with these lands.

Sif in white and magenta, with Odin

After Sif returned to Asgard but while Thor was still banished as Blake, her brother warned her that a quest Odin had sent Balder on was probably a trap set by Loki. Heimdall was right – Loki had tricked Balder into carrying some of the golden apples of Idunn into a frost giant ambush.

Sif’s intervention allowed them to escape, but they had to hide in a cave to lose the giants.

There, they stumbled upon a sabotage attempt by an agent of Set, who had released hundreds of rats to gnaw on the roots of the World Tree. Sif had Balder chase the rats away with his magic light while she engaged the Heliopolitan. While she killed him, he mortally wounded her in return.

Balder saved Sif’s life by having her eat one of the golden apples he was carrying.

Set would attack Asgard again after this failure – but not until the late 1980s.

Reignite

By 1967, both Thor and Sif were back in the city of Asgard. During his time in Midgard, Thor had fallen in love with a nurse named Jane Foster, and wanted her to live with him in Asgard. However, Odin heavy-handedly proved that she lacked the mental fortitude, and sent her back to a new life on Earth with another man.

Odin then arranged for Thor to be reunited with Sif, to highlight how much more suited she was to him. Though Thor’s memories of his life in Asgard still seemed a bit hazy after his exile as another person, he did recognise her.

Thor and Sif began dating, but were soon beset by a large horde of trolls sent by King Geirrodur, who managed to capture Sif. This was part of a plan to lure Thor away to Midgard and kill him while he was in his vulnerable human form, while a troll army invaded Asgard.

The trolls did not manage to kill Thor but stole his mighty magical mallet, seemingly dooming Asgard.

Sif in magenta, fighting trolls

However, Sif found Thor and returned him to Asgard, where Odin’s enchantment wouldn’t turn him into Donald Blake for lack of a hammer. The pair attacked the trolls, reclaimed Mjolnir, and deprived their enemy of the all-powerful alien backing their offensive, thus saving Asgard.

As Thor returned to his Midgard life for a time, he left Sif behind as he was vaguely considering reuniting with Jane Foster. This did not take place, and Thor and Sif did become an item – though almost all of their relationship occurred off-panel, and Sif did not usually accompany Thor on Midgard.

Whilst Thor was in Midgard, Sif volunteered to accompany Balder in a mission to locate the mighty Enchanters in the far South of Asgard. The duo confronted the Enchanters (the brothers Magnir, Forsung and Brona) and were nearly killed, though Sif saved herself and Balder by using her transdimensional travel power.

She returned to Midgard, where she enlisted the help of Thor. The trio defeated Magnir and Brona after Forsung absorbed all of the Enchanters’ power within himself to wage an unsuccessful duel against Odin.

However, in the wake of this case Odin recalled Sif and Balder but left Thor stranded powerless on Earth for disobeying his orders.

The cunning Loki

Sif and Balder fruitlessly supplicated Odin to recall Thor, then disobeyed him to save Thor’s life from Loki’s machinations.

In the throes of an authoritarian power trip, Odin depowered Sif, Balder and Loki as well as Thor, leaving them all stuck in New York City. This exile lasted but hours, as Sif and Balder were shunted back to Asgard by the Wrecker (Dirk Garthwaite).

Sif and Balder tried to convince Odin that Thor was in grave danger, but the scrying crystal monitoring events on Midgard was stolen. The pair deduced Loki was the culprit, and rode to Nornheim to recover the crystal from his ally Karnilla.

By the time they arrived, Thor had apparently been slain. However, Karnilla offered Sif the chance to take control of the Destroyer armour and rush to his aid.

Sif agreed and used the Destroyer to defeat the Wrecker, but it was a trap. Karnilla and Loki knew that Thor would attack the Destroyer upon reviving, and that Sif would soon be unable to control the Destroyer’s aggressive programming.

And it would have worked, too – if not for these meddling trolls. Ulik and a small army coincidentally invaded Karnilla’s castle, forcing her to free Balder and Sif in return for their help in defending her. They held long enough for Thor to come to the rescue, but during the thunder god’s victorious fight with Ulik, Loki stole Mjolnir.

Sif and Thor pursued, but Sif was nearly killed when she body-blocked a powerful spell intended to fell Thor. As Dr. Donald Blake, Thor saved Sif’s life through surgery.

Mangog, Pluto, Warlock, Loki…

When the Mangog arose, Thor hastened Sif’s recovery and had her stand watch over Odin, who was plunged into his Odinsleep. Thor and Sif were the last line of defense when the Mangog attempted to draw the Odinsword and end the universe, but Odin awoke in the nick of time and dispersed the Mangog.

While Thor was busy fighting Galactus to save Ego, Sif investigated a coming attack on New York City by the Olympian god Hades. She was captured by his army of savage mutates from the atomic future, but Thor came back in time to rescue her.

They fought their way out and, together with Balder and the National Guard, repelled Hades’ invasion in the streets of New York City.

Sif and Balder near the Odinsword

After starring in the big military victory parade, the three Asgardians investigated further and discovered Adam Warlock, who had returned to Earth. Warlock abducted Sif as his mate but, realising that the golden humanoid was just an ignorant child, Sif advocated for a nonviolent solution.

However, Thor descended into warrior madness to free his love, forcing Warlock to retreat into a cocoon. Horrified since going berserk was forbidden by Odin, Balder and Sif took Thor back to Asgard for judgement. As penance, Thor was condemned to leave without his lady or his friends — to look for Galactus anew.

During the next Odinsleep, Loki promptly invaded Asgard with an army of giants, and Sif came to fetch Thor from Midgard. Thor again detailed Sif to guard Odin, but when Loki teleported in the room she was the only one with the common sense to refuse to obey him as a prince of the realm, and the rest of the guard arrested her as Loki took the ring of rulership from the sleeping All-Father.

Sif was kept prisoner to keep Thor in line, and the Odinson and the Warriors Three were soon also in the gaols. Loki ordered Sif to become his queen, and when she refused had a female troll mercenary attack her – but Sif won the duel and Thor, the Warriors Three and Balder came to defy Loki.

Sea of Eternal Night

Loki had hidden the sleeping Odin in the Sea of Eternal Night so he would never wake – but this broke wards, and the immensely powerful Surtur was now free to attack Asgard.

As Thor rallied Asgard’s defenders, he dispatched Sif and Balder to recover Odin. Sif kept Loki’s traitorous accomplice Igron at swordpoint while he sent Balder to the Sea. Balder nearly perished, but brought the All-Father back and awake. Odin restored his spells and exiled Surtur again.

Loki then switched his and Thor’s appearance. Sensing that their friend was in danger, Sif and Balder came to Midgard. “Loki” narrowly managed to convince them that he was really Thor. Odin did not listen, though, and banished “Loki” to Mephisto’s Realm.

Sif rounded up the Warriors Three for a successful rescue mission, and Thor reversed the change.

During the Infinity crisis, Sif helped defend Asgard against a joint giant and troll invasion. She then ventured to Nornheim with Balder to enlist Karnilla’s help against the cosmic catastrophe.

After “Infinity” was revealed to be an aspect of Odin serving Hela, Thor rounded up those most loyal to Asgard — Sif, her brother, Balder and the Warrior Three — as part of a spell he cast with Karnilla and the Grand Vizier of Asgard. Their determination allowed Odin to refocus, and conquer and absorb Infinity.

However, Odin knew that in defeat Hela would strike back, presumably at the Odinson. As Sif angsted, Odin ordered Thor to hide on Earth – but Hela forced the Odinson to reveal himself by threatening nearby firefighters.

In the end, even Odin had to renounce opposing Hela, and let her take Thor. However Sif pleaded with Hela to slay her instead. Moved by Sif’s love, the lonely Hela resurrected the slain Thor and left.


Description

During this era, Sif’s wardrobe is in silver and magenta, though the magenta will later shift to red. According to Thor, she is “fair beyond measure”, “so beauteous as to stagger even a god”, all these things.

She’s generally clad in a full body suit that might be armour, though by 1970/1971 her outfits suddenly start showing much more skin – it’s closer to peplum film  haremwear.

Vintage Sif speaks with the signature Asgardian declamatory, melodramatic, faux-Shakespearean, long-winded style (or “Stan Lee” for short). This is less conspicuous in modern flashbacks.


Personality

In her late 1960s appearances, Sif is primarily characterised by her competitiveness, her (oft frustrated) desire to be in the thick of the action, and her fearless loyalty toward Asgard. She stands proud in defense of the realm and is ready to die at any moment.

She also spends a fair bit of time telling off overprotective male friends. Odin usually supports her in the latter. The All-Father may not understand much about women, but he knows a fair bit about worthiness.

Sif in white, with Thor, Balder and the Warriors Three

Despite being some sort of noble (the equivalent of a ji-samurai  ?), Sif is the least invested in Asgard’s rigid medieval order. She sees the frequently absurd results of the weighty hierarchies, and how the unquestioning right of blood brings Loki to the throne and other disasters. She never argues against the system, but protests when the consequences of blindly applying it are destructive.

Sif addresses Thor as “my lord” (since he’s the son of Odin) or occasionally “my prince”. Both she and Thor are prone to fiery romantic declarations of death-defying, everlasting love. She will oft lament the most dire perils Thor braveth, and her fears of his death.

Generally she’s firmly a Non-Player Character  – the story is never about her or her point of view.

In her flashback appearances

As a youth, Sif’s passion was for fighting and adventure. However, she felt held back by Asgardian misogyny and craved for the recognition that she was the equal of any male warrior of her age.

She had some adolescent grumpiness to her, but showed excellent maturity in not letting the sexual tension between her and Balder and Thor mess with their friendship. Still, she was worn down by the resentment most boys in her warrior school class showed toward her.

Generally, Sif’s adolescence was lonely. Thor and Balder were close friends of hers, but she felt like an ostracised freak with her raven hair and her choice to be a female warrior – and perhaps because she wasn’t a native of the city. She likewise found it difficult to deal with her feelings for Thor, who was even more clueless about it than she was.

As a teenager, Sif was also resentful of blonde girls such as Amora, since they are conventionally beautiful by Asgardian standards.


Quotes

“Nay, mighty Thor ! An immortal does not flee ! Whilst the battle doth rage, the blade of Sif shall strike… so long as life endures !”

“What ?!! You think to conquer the goddess Sif thus easily ! Attack, then… one or all… and live to regret it… eternally !”

“First, I am in need of weapon in hand… and even so clumsy a sword as thine will prove most potent when wielded by a high-born Asgardian !” (disarms a troll with her bare hands) “Away with three, troll ! Thou are no longer of use to me ! In yon bottomless pit shalt thou find final rest !” (kicks troll away) “Now back, minions of the dark and fetid depths ! Back to the stygian shadow-world from whence thou comest !” (KRLAK !)

“Let not thy heart be heavy, noble one ! Though Sif is possessed of greater skill, thou art still supreme in naked power !”

“My sword strikes for Asgard ! It shall never be stilled !”

“Thou didst level a dozen, my lord… with but one blow ! But their numbers seem truly endless !”

“Where‘er thou goest, let thy Lady Sif be at thy side ! For life is death — if Sif must live without thee !”

And of course: “I say thee nay !”


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Sif

Dex: 06 Str: 10 Bod: 08 Motivation: Serve Asgard
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 08 Occupation: Warrior
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 020 HP: 025

Powers:
Awareness: 04, Density increase: 02, Dimension travel: 10, Spirit travel: 11, Systemic antidote: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Awareness is limited to two specific applications – see the Powers & Abilities section.
  • Density Increase and Systemic Antidote are Always On and Form Function.
  • Dimension Travel is Serious Marginal, presumably restricted to the Nine Worlds, and Mystic-Linked.
  • Dimension Travel and Spirit Travel have a Range of Touch (she can take other people along with her).
  • Spirit Travel is only useable as part of Dimension Travel, to “fly” within the dimension she just entered until she chooses to rematerialise – thus concluding both Dimension Travel and Spirit Travel.
  • Systemic antidote only vs. disease.

Skills:
Animal handling (Horses): 04, Occultist (Occult knowledge): 03, Weaponry (Melee, Missile): 08

Advantages
Credentials (Asgardian noble), Familiarity (Asgardian History), Iron Nerves, Languages (Germanic languages group (Old Norse, proto-Germanic, English, etc. plus European runic alphabets)), Near-Immortal.

Connections:
The Mighty Thor (High), Balder the Brave (High), Heimdall the Vigilant (High), Odin the All-Father (Low).

Drawbacks:
Public ID, Misc.: As a noble of Asgard, Sif must receive approval from Odin for certain activities, particularly when these involve leaving Asgard.

Equipment:
Asgardian broadsword [BODY 13, EV 05 (11 w/STR)].


“Flashback Sif”

As noted in the Powers & Abilities section, the teenage Sif depicted in flashbacks seems more competent than the older Sif in 1960s stories.

For the flashback version, add 2 APs of DEX and Weaponry, 35 Hero Points, 4 APs of Acrobatics and the following Familiarities – Low-tech infantry tactics, Wilderness survival, Shepherding.


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Sif (profile #1 – 1960s) — Averaged PL 11.4

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
01 (10) 02 (06) 02 03 04 (07) 02 02 02

Powers

Asgardian body ● 30 points ● Descriptor: Asgardian physiology
– Superhuman Strength — Enhanced Strength 9, Enhanced Stamina 4, Close Attack 3
– Disease-resistant — Second chance (Disease)
– Superhuman tissue density — Feature (3 Ranks of body mass (0 pts))
– Near-immortal — Benefit 1 (Nigh-unageing)

Swordsmaiden ● 8 points (Easily removable – must wield a sword) ● Descriptor: Skill
– Enhanced Fighting 3, Enhanced Will 1, Enhanced Dodge 1
– Defensive Roll 2

Magical intuition ● 3 points ● Descriptor: Asgardian magic
– Senses 3 (Magic Awareness, Cosmic Awareness, Divine Awareness)
– Senses 1 (Mental Communication Link w/Thor, Dimensional, Limited 2 to sensing whether he’s still alive and/or in great danger, Uncontrolled)

Ethereal travel ● 28 point ● Descriptor: Asgardian magic
– Ethereal dimension shift — Movement 2 (Dimension Travel to the Asgardian Nine World and perhaps related dimensions), Activation 2, Tiring, Feature (can take along persons she is touching)
– Ethereal flight — Flight 10 (Subtle 2, Tiring) Combined with Invisibility 1 (Visual Concealment 4, Tiring) and Magical Insubstantial 4 (Tiring, Absent Strength) with the Quirk (Only after using Ethereal Dimension Shift)

Combat Advantages

Close Attack 2 (5), Defensive Roll 2 (4 w/Swordsmaiden), Ranged Attack 5.

Other Advantages

Attractive, Benefit 1 (Asgardian noble), Connected, Equipment 1, Languages 2 (Germanic languages group (Old Norse, proto-Germanic, English, etc. plus European runic alphabets)), Second chance (Fear/Intimidation).

Skills

Deception 2 (+4), Expertise (Asgardian history) 5 (+7), Expertise (Asgardian occult lore) 6 (+8), Expertise (Equestrienne) 4 (+6), Insight 5 (+7), Perception 6 (+8), Persuasion 4 (+6), Ranged combat (Asgardian bows and javelins) 4 (+12)

Equipment

Broadsword Strength-based slashing Damage 3, Improved Critical, Feature (Asgardian steel) ● 5 points

Offense

Initiative 2
Unarmed +9, Close, Damage 10
Broadsword +12, Close, Damage 13, Critical 19-20

Defence

Dodge 9**/10 Fortitude 11
Parry 08**/11 Toughness 06*/10
Will 11**/12

* Without Defensive Roll
** Without Swordsmaiden

Complications

  • Duty & Honour Sif is very big on serving and defending Asgard unto death.
  • Famous about town Sif is famous in Asgard, easily recognised, and has a reputation to nurture.
  • The All-Father forbids it! As a noble of Asgard,Sif must receive approval from Odin for certain activities, particularly when these involve leaving Asgard.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 13, Dodge/Toughness PL 10, Parry/Toughness PL 11, Fort/Will PL 12.
  • Points total 164 Abilities 36, Defences 25, Skills 18, Powers 69, Devices 0, Advantages 16. Equiv. PL 11.

Notes

Her Sense (Communication Link) is so limited that I ended up considering it free. As a GM I’d consider that it’s useful to move the plot along so a break is OK (since that’s how it’s always used in the comics).

Swordsmaiden is a “little rubber duck” Power (see our New Rules for M&M discussion), but she certainly seems less adept without a sword in hand. Specifically she is more passive, less capable, and markedly easier to take down and capture when she doesn’t have a sword. Part of the effect is that people facing her have to be more careful and measured in their attacks if she has a sword in hand, rather than just walk up to her and conk her out.

Ethereal Travel looks slightly odd… and it should. From what we see in the comics this is an impressive ability. But she seldom uses it, nobody in the book cares about it, and at this point Sif’s mostly here to look pretty anyway. This is represented by the pile of Tiring Limitations, forcing her to burn too many Hero Points (which she isn’t earning since the story seldom lets her do anything cool) so this neat ability remains languishing and unused.

Likewise she’s low on Combat Advantages since she seldom if ever gets to do something technical or impressive. As usual we stats what’s on the page, not what we think such a character should have.

“Flashback Sif”

As noted in the Powers & Abilities section, the teenage Sif depicted in flashbacks seems more competent than the older Sif in 1960s stories.

For the flashback version:

  • Raise Fighting by 3.
  • Raise Agility by 2.
  • Add 4 Ranks of Acrobatics.
  • Add 6 Ranks with each of the following Expertises – Low-tech infantry tactics, Wilderness survival, Shepherding.
  • Add 1 or 2 points of Equipment for adventuring/combat gear.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel comics from 1967 to 1971, plus the later flashbacks about Sif’s youth. Our arbitrary breakpoint is Thor #191 (cover-dated August 1971) since it’s the next-to-last Stan Lee-penned issue.

Helper(s): Darci, Quintanad, Jackson, Chris Cottingham, Ethan Roe, Pawsplay.

Writeup completed on the 14th of August, 2014.

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