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Spitfire (Jacqueline Falsworth) as an old lady

Spitfire

(Jacqueline Falsworth) (Profile #3 - pre-rejuvenation)


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

Context

Spitfire is one of the foremost British heroines in the Marvel Universe. She keeps appearing in weird corners of the MU rather than in the spotlight, but she’s an elder stateswoman for the British super-folks and adventurers. Her career started during World War Two and is still ongoing.

To facilitate reading, this lengthy career is covered in a series of five profiles. Which, cor blimey, you should read in order.

  1. Spitfire (1942-43) – start here, mate.
  2. .
  3. Spitfire (pre-rejuvenation) – this here writeup.
  4. Spitfire (1992-2008).
  5. Sptfire (2008-2011).

Okay Axis — here we come !


Background

  • Real Name: Jacqueline Falsworth Crichton (Lady Crichton), née Lady Jacqueline Falsworth
  • Marital Status: Widowed
  • Known Relatives: William, Lord Falsworth (grandfather, deceased), Montgomery, Lord Falsworth (aka Union Jack, father, deceased), Jane, Lady Falsworth (mother, deceased), John Falsworth (aka Baron Blood, uncle, deceased), Brian Falsworth (aka Union Jack, aka the Mighty Destroyer, brother, deceased), Cedric, Lord Crichton (husband, deceased), Kenneth Crichton (son, deceased, aka Baron Blood), Katherine Ainsley-Jones (distant cousin, deceased), John Crichton (grandson)
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Invaders, former member of the V-Battalion, former member of the Women’s Voluntary Service, former member of the SOE (the wartime Special Operations Executive). The Falsworths are also traditionally members of the Hellfire Club.
  • Base Of Operations: England. The traditional estate, Falsworth Manor, seems to be in the Home Counties, and the Invaders used to be headquartered within the Big Ben tower.
  • Height: 5’4” Weight: 140 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde then white


Powers & Abilities

The Lady Crichton suffers from the effects of old age. Furthermore, she has experienced severe medical conditions such as paralysed legs and a cancer. Still, she is in remarkably vital condition given her age, antecedents and career as a super-heroine.

It was believed for decades that Jacqueline’s powers faded away after the war. Howbeit, the loss of her superspeed was psychosomatic – she was still physiologically superhuman. Thus, during her mid-60s, she healed from her cancer thanks to her hidden superhuman robustness.

Another oddity of Spitfire’s mutated body is the effect the “blood” of the android Human Torch has on it. Impossibly, a full transfusion will heal all wounds and eliminate all signs of ageing. It will make her a fresh-faced, athletic, unusually healthy 16-year old again.

This is a very thorough, unique process. For instance it burned off all the fat accumulated over the decades to power the transformation. The regeneration closed even recent, major wounds so neatly that no scar tissue was visible.


History

The shocks to the British economy during the 1970s and 1980s were not kind to Falsworth Industries. Though the Lady Crichton and her staff saved the company, it would never truly recover its power. Even during the boom of the early 1990s, Falsworth Industries was not seeing much growth. It remained a large company, though.

In 1980, with Kenneth away in art school, Jacqueline returned to Falsworth Manor. There, she took care of her aged father. Though still in jolly good health and having kept all his mental faculties, the Lord Falsworth was in his 90s — if not a centenarian — and needed the help.

In school, Kenneth Crichton become a close friend of a working class student named Joey Chapman. Social status was not the only difference between the two, as Chapman was very strong and athletic. Though the aristocratic and middle-aged Lady Crichton was not entirely happy to see the Lord Crichton pall around with the lower classes, Chapman eventually won her over.

It’s in the Blood

In 1981, a slasher prowled in the Falsworth Manor area. Lord Falsworth was dead certain that it was a returned Baron Blood. He summoned Captain America (Steve Rogers). Rogers soon confirmed that the staked skeleton of Baron Blood kept at the Tower of London had been replaced by a fake.

The occupants of the Manor, including Kenneth and Joey, rallied around Cap and the very aged Union Jack. Together, they worked to find and destroy Blood. The stubborn Lord Falsworth insisted on wearing his Union Jack costume to provoke Blood into attacking.

Spitfire (Jacqueline Falsworth) during the 1940s

Chapman improved on that plan by volunteering to wear the costume. He was far more able to defend himself than the venerable Lord Falsworth. The modified plan worked. Blood was tricked into attacking a man he thought was his elderly brother, and ended up being decapitated by Captain America.

As Baron Blood’s body and head were burned separately, the satisfied Lord Falsworth allowed himself to pass away. As he had hoped, Chapman became the new Union Jack, and Jacqueline took over the corporate responsibilities of her father.

Jack of speed

As Jackie entered her 60s her psychosomatic issues worsened. As a result, she lost the use of her legs. Some years later she also developed a cancer, but her enhanced metabolism destroyed the tumours in early 1990.

The Lady Crichton was still at the sanatorium when, mere hours after she learned that her cancer had vanished, a nurse was attacked. A former lover of this young woman was a superhuman mutant, who assaulted his ex with murderous intent.

Faced with a life or death situation, Jacqueline was suddenly able not just to walk, but to run at a superhuman speed just like in her heydays. She saved the nurse. However, she had to kill the psychotic young man, who already had murdered a security guard.

Saving the nurse lifted the guilt and the psychomatic paralysis from Jacqueline. She finally came to terms with the horrors of the war.

With a little help from my friends

In 1991, Prince Namor and the original Human Torch (Jim Hammond) were captured in Berlin by Axl Nacht’s agents. Their ally Namorita escaped. Namor having told her that his most reliable contact in Europe was the Lady Crichton, ’Nita flew to England.

The respectable dowager attempted to help Namorita round up some support. But the Avengers were not available. Lady Crichton switched to plan B. She took Namorita to a 1945 experimental plane which she had kept on her domain, and called in Union Jack (Joe Chapman). The trio rushed to Berlin and invaded Nacht’s base, with Jackie arming herself with the vintage Lee-Enfield rifle kept in the plane.

During the rescue operation, Lady Crichton was confronted by Freiderich Kraus, a Nazi scientist. To prevent Kraus from foiling the rescue, Crichton produced another burst of super-speed and knocked him down. This accidentally killed the very old since he was only kept alive by fragile equipment.

However, Kraus fatally shot her in return.

Recognising Jackie, the Torch decided to perform a second transfusion to again save her life. He already knew that her organism reacted very strongly to his “blood”.

Even he did not expect what happened, though.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

As an old lady, Jacqueline mostly lived in the past and her memories of being Spitfire. However, she wallowed in the worst moments and in particular the death of the combat medic in 1942 or 1943, rather than her own heroism. She described herself as a “bitter, defeated, self-pitying old woman”, though of course she kept appearances up.

Nearly everybody she had loved had died, and her company was not doing well. This led her to fear that her management might have damaged the familial holdings.


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Jacqueline Falsworth-Crichton (in her old age)

Dex: 02 Str: 01 Bod: 02 Motivation : Thrill/Responsibility
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation : Heroine
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 009
Init: 008 HP: 010

Powers:
Air control: 05, Gravity decrease: 02, Kinetic absorption (Structural only): 02, Superspeed: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Superspeed is Minor Marginal (and thus not counted in her Initiative).
  • All other Powers are Serious Marginal.
  • Air Control is Contingent upon Superspeed and is performed via moving (usually running).
  • Air Control does not allow for flight.
  • Gravity Decrease is Contingent on Air Control – it consists of forming a strong updraft under the target object. Spitfire can also use it on herself through rapid legs movement heating the air below her.
  • Spitfire can only use up to 3 APs of Superspeed to reduce the time for tasks, and this is further limited to purely physical tasks.

Note:
When receiving a full transfusion of the blood of the original Human Torch, Spitfire’s unique physiology grants her Invulnerability: 12 and Regeneration: 12 while the transfusion lasts. Invulnerability counteracts ageing effects, and both Powers will work to erase ageing and wounds suffered since the last time she was physically 16.

Skills:
Acrobatics (Athletics, Dodging): 03, Martial Artist (incl. Techniques): 03, Vehicles (Land, Air): 03, Weaponry (Firearms): 03

Bonuses and Limitations:
Acrobatics is Contingent Upon Superspeed

Advantages:
Connoisseur, Credentials (Falsworth Industries, High), Familiarity (British nobility customs, Business Management), Language (German), Schtick (Fists of Fury), Misc.: Jacqueline is a fairly senior English noble and enjoys some social privileges due to her rank.

Connections:
Invaders (Low), Mortigan Goth (Low), British business world (Low), British nobility (Low), Human Torch I (Jim Hammond, High), Roger Aubrey (Low), Scotland Yard (Low)

Drawbacks:
Age (Old), Dependent (Kenneth), Guilt, a very minor case of Public ID, MPR (various effects of age). For a while she suffered from a SPR (Paralysed legs) and a MPR (while her cancer is active – miscellaneous cancer and cancer treatment symptoms). In the closing years of his life, her father became a Dependent for Jacqueline.


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Jacqueline Falsworth-Crichton (in her old age) — Averaged PL 5.6

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
-3 (-1) -2 (00) -3 (-1) -1 (00) -1 (01) 01 -1 01

Powers

Superspeed ● 16 points (Sustained, Tiring)
– Speed 9, Quickness 3, Leaping 4
– Movement 1 (Water-Walking 1)
– Enhanced Agility 2, Enhanced Dodge 2, Enhanced Parry 2
– Improved Initiative 2, Defensive Roll 1, Evasion 2, Instant Up, Quick-draw

Superspeed blows ● 9 points (Sustained, Tiring)
– Close Attack 4, Takedown
– Array :

  • Dozens of punches — Strength-based Multiattack Unarmed Damage 5
  • One big rush — Strength-based Blunt Damage 7

Superspeed wake Array ● 4 points (Sustained, Tiring)

  • Mini-whirlwind — Cone Area Move Object 5, Close, Limited 2 (to gas, vapour, smoke, etc.)
  • Violent gust of wind — Burst Area Move Object 4, Close, Limited 1 (Direction – up and away)
  • Generate a strong updraft — Movement 1 (Burst Area Safe Fall, Affects Others)
  • Kick up dust and debris — Environment 1 (Visibility -5)
  • Crosswinds — Environment 1 (Impede movement 2 ranks))

Unique physiology ● 21 points
– Protection 4 (Limited 2 to Structural Impacts)
– Feature 1 (A full transfusion from the Human Torch (Jim Hammond) will thoroughly heal and rejuvenate Spitfire)
– Feature 1 (Jackie’s blood will set most vampires on fire)
– Enhanced Strength 2, Enhanced Stamina 2, Enhanced Agility 2, Enhanced Dexterity 1, Enhanced Fighting 2

Combat Advantages

Close attack 2 and more from Superspeed and Superspeed Blows in those rare cases where her Powers are active

Other Advantages

Benefit 1 (Senior British nobility), Benefit 2 (Wealth), Benefit 1 (CEO of Falsworth Industry), Language (German)

Skills

Deception 2 (+3), Expertise (British nobility) 5 (+6), Expertise (Military) 3 (+4), Expertise (Business management) 4 (+5), Insight 4 (+3), Perception 3 (+2), Persuasion 1 (+2), Ranged combat (Firearms) 2 (+2), Vehicles 4 (+4) (Limited 1 – to common land and air vehicles).

Offense

Initiative +8
Unarmed +3, Close, Damage -1
Dozens of punches +7, Close, Damage 7 Multiattack Blunt
One big rush +7, Close, Damage 9 Blunt

Defense

Dodge 9*/4 Fortitude 5
Parry 7*/5 Toughness 1*/0
Will 5

* With Superspeed

Complications

  • Motivation Patriotism.
  • Power loss Might be unable to use her powers for psychosomatic reasons.
  • Disability General old age, cancer survivor, lost use of her legs for some years.
  • Obsession Nostalgia, bitterness, guilt, living in the past.
  • Relationship Her son Kenneth.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 8, Dodge/Toughness PL 5, Parry/Toughness PL 4, Fort/Will PL 5
  • Point total 72 Abilities -18, Defences 20, Skills 13, Powers 50, Devices 0, Advantages 7. Equiv. PL 5.

Notes

The Tiring construction means that she seldom can use her powers, as she’ll need Hero Points to withstand the stress. This represents the effort of will necessary to activate her superspeed at this stage.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (Captain America books)

Helper(s): Rpg.net’s Britpack, Jo Beverley’s article on writing about British nobility ; Capita_Senyera, Chaplain Chris, Darci

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