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Tao Jones of Helix (Infinity, Inc. enemy) (DC Comics)

Tao Jones


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • It is advised, but not necessary, to first read the entry for Mister Bones – which includes the full history of Helix.

Background

  • Real Name: Her actual last name is probably Siong
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Helix
  • Base Of Operations: Formerly the outskirts of L.A. (a ghost town in the desert near Bakersfield), then an abandoned mall in L.A., then Terminal Island (off the L.A. coast)
  • Height: 5’1” Weight: 85 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Tao Jones is a somewhat proficient martial artist, though she is chiefly about speed and accuracy rather than power and strength. She seems to mainly be a soft stylist employing throws, which is not surprising given her modest stature.

She also has weird energy-manipulation powers allowing her to do all sorts of unpredictable things, and revels in the mysterious nature of her abilities. It is quite possible that she is the most powerful member of Helix.

She has successfully manipulated attacks ranging from the classic (Silver Scarab’s solar blasts) to things that are seldom countered that way (such as Obsidian’s dark touch), adapted STR (or rather /STR/) from a power armour suit, and the like. However she has to be aware of an attack to do something about it – if hit from behind she is vulnerable.

She usually says she reflects attacks with twice their original force, though in practice that actually depends on the usual factors for a Reflection/Deflection roll.

Helix group shot from an Infinity, Inc cover

Her Enhanced Initiative comes from the fact that many of the tactics she employs only make sense in game terms if she wins Initiative and can know what her opponents are going to do. Since her powers are mostly reactive in nature, she then will usually wait to be hit or touched by something and immediately counter, reflect, deflect toward another opponent, counter-attack, or anything she thinks is appropriate.

Tao Jones can also levitate, though it is unclear whether she can move around while she’s aloft. It’s useful when she’s doing her toenails, though, and she also uses that ability to make her belt defy gravity and float around in elegant shapes.


History

See Mister Bones’s entry for a full history of Helix.


Description

Tao Jones’ costume is a ’generic Asian’ slit gown (though the red pattern on the front looks more like a very drunk pregnant pleiosaur than a dragon).


Personality

Helix members were raised outside of conventional morality, and until their late teens only knew about the world through television. They entered into contact with the world as rowdy teens, which led to considerable trouble and further sharpened their clan-like mentality.

Tao Jones levitating and doing her nails

Tao behaves like one of the youngest of Helix ; she’s rowdy, immature and tends to feud with Arak. Due to her potent power she tends to be cocky and aggressive. She also comes across as mercurial and easily bored.

Being bored since she’s stuck in a stupid ghost town with her weird ’family‘, and wishing she had a real life, she watches hours of soap operas and cheap televised romance stuff each day. This has led her to become a bit boys-crazy. She also likes expensive gowns and is generally quite vain.

She tends to paint or file her nails – while levitating – whenever she’s bored, meaning she’s taking care of her nails almost all the time. She must have the neatest nails of the West Coast.

Like Arak, she’s irresponsible and unempathetic.


Quotes

(As combat is about to erupt) “I claim first crack !”

“You haven’t heard much about tao, have you ? In my version, you get back what you give — only more so !”

“’sides, I wouldn’t let Bones kill you, lover. You’re too cute.”

“What am I supposed to be — impressed ? I’ve seen sexier outfits on Miss Piggy !”

“Eat your heart out, short-dark-and-handsome. Nobody’s beat Tao Jones yet… and nobody ever will !”


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Tao Jones

Dex: 05 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Helix member
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 029 HP: 025

Powers:
Adaptation: 09, Air-walking: 01, Enhanced initiative: 15, Life sense: 05, Probability manipulation: 03, Reflection/Deflection: 14, Skin armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adaptation has no Range – but note that she has to be in contact with the manifestation of the Power, not its wielder
  • Tao Jones does not have to concentrate for a Phase before she Adapts – in fact she can declare which Power she Adapts at any point of the Phase, irrespective of Initiative (including before anybody has time to act)
  • Defending with an Adapted power is instantaneous. For instance if she has Initiative and Wind-Walker declares he’s going to hit her with Air Control, she can wait, Adapt Air Control as it reaches her and use her newly-acquired Air Control to defend against Wind-Walker’s Air Control before she can take any damage
  • Adapted Powers have APs equal to her Adaptation Power, not to the corresponding Link Attribute
  • Tao Jones cannot Adapt Skills, but she can Adapt Attributes (such as STR)
  • Adapted abilities do not last – they disappear as soon as they are used. Of course, she can re-Adapt and use them over and over again, as long as she is in contact with the Power
  • Life sense is Contingent on Adaptation
  • Reflection/Deflection is effective against hand-to-hand attacks – but this use is Contingent on her Martial Artist Skill
  • Reflection/Deflection also work on Ranged and non-Ranged Mental and Mystic attacks (+4)
  • Skin armour only vs. Energy attacks

Skills:
Martial artist (AV, OV) (including Techniques): 06, Martial artist (EV): 04

Advantages:
Familiarity (soap operas)

Connections:
Helix (High)

Drawbacks:
MIA toward attractive young men (such as Hector Hall), Misc.: body mass is 1 AP


Design Notes

Her Adaptation Power and the Probability Manipulation are unclear (it could all be Reflection/Deflection with funky modifiers) but since she’s more interesting that way, I uncharacteristically went with a generous rather than minimalist take for her powers.


By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: DC Universe

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