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Swift of Stormwatch spreads her wings


Chen Li-Min

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • This is a very early writeup – both in that it was done years ago and that it describes Swift before the Authority was launched, as she was still a new StormWatch character. So it should be redone, really, but since I’m allergic to Millar…


  • Real Name: Chen Li-Min
  • Marital Status: Unknown
  • Known Relatives: Mother (left behind in Tibet)
  • Group Affiliation: StormWatch Black
  • Base Of Operations: SkyWatch II
  • Height: 5’5” Weight: 100lbs Age: 23
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Swift’s most obvious power is the set of bird-like wings jutting from her back. She can fly rapidly, and make her hands and feet into talons. She’s also an excellent gunfighter.


When the superhuman members of the StormWatch agency were decimated during the Despot crisis, the UN found itself facing a severe shortage in metahuman manpower and hired or recruited various superhumans from all over the world. Most of these “rookies” didn’t make it after the first few missions, but Swift was accepted over the objections of the Chinese delegation to the United Nations.

Shen “Swift” Li-Min is from Tibet, and was part of the resistance movement against the Chinese occupation. How she was contacted by the UN is unknown. However, when she was confirmed as a UN officer, she asked Synergy, a StormWatch member with control over metahuman powers, to fully “activate” her powers.

After several days of thrashing around and screaming in pain, Shen finally recovered. Her wings are now more powerful, and she gained the ability to morph her hands and/or feet into talons. Swift has proven her worth during several missions.

Swift works for StormWatch Black, a semi-undercover op team working for the UN (along with Jenny Sparks and Hawksmoor). In the Wildstorm universe, the UN is secretly a menacing worldwide conspiracy led by gun-toting, paranoid “Secret Masters”. While they are heroes, the operatives of StormWatch (especially StormWatch Black) are quite ruthless and do not hesitate do violate the rights of a country in order to advance the agenda of the UN.


Swift is 23, and looks mostly Chinese ; she’s 5’5” and 100lbs. She has two Angel-sized wings that look like those from a bird of prey. She dresses with a full body skintight black leather jumpsuit, a brown duster and a pair of goggles. Her hair are styled in a modern way.


Swift believes very strongly in her obligation to help civilians against totalitarian governments or criminals ; while she doesn’t like using violence due to her religious and cultural convictions, she’s quite adept at fighting. Her “pacifism” is limited in that she’ll coldly use violence mostly to prevent more violence.

She has an excellent tactical sense, and her surprise diving talon attacks or ability to move her teammates around makes her quite efficient. While she can have an attitude and certainly has a cause, she’s mostly reserved.

DC Universe History

She could replace Owlwoman in the Global Guardians.


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Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: UN Officer
Inf: 03 Aur: 04 Spi: 06 Resources: 010
Init: 015 HP: 040

Powers: Claws: 08, Flight: 08

Bonuses and Limitations: Flight is Winged (-1)

Skills: Detective*: 04, Thief (stealth): 07, Weaponry (firearms): 07

Advantages: Credentials (UN, Medium), Lightning Reflexes, Language (Chinese), Shtick (paired firearms)

Connections: StormWatch (High), UN (Low – from Credentials)

Drawbacks: Exile (from Tibet)


  • Goggles [BODY 03, Shade: 03, Do nothing: 02]
  • StormWatch Fetish [BODY 04, Radio communications: 15. Radio Communications is also used by StormWatch to pinpoint team members, notably for teleportation purposes]
  • Semi-auto handguns (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 17, R#02]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: StormWatch (Image Comics, Wildstorm universe)

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