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Velocity of Cyberforce (Top Cow | Image Comics)

Velocity

(Carin Taylor)


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

Context

Cyberforce was one of the early series when Image Comics launched in 1992, and was still intending to have an unified super-hero universe.

Though the art had clear appeal, the series was heavily grounded in stuff that was nerd-cool circa 1990. So it ended up feeling dated, generic and directionless within but years. Cyberforce also soon split off Image as part of the Top Cow imprint.

Our Cyberforce profiles are quite old, and usually based on my small collection of books. They are in no small part adaptations of the Top Cow sourcebooks for the setting.


Background

  • Real Name: Carin Taylor.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Cassandra Taylor (aka Ballistic, sister).
  • Group Affiliation: Cyberforce.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 115lbs
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

Velocity is a mutant whose body and brain have been enhanced to allow her to run at extremely high speeds.

A cybernetic chip in her head allow her to navigate and manoeuvre at high speeds. Her skin is toughened with Kevlar in order to prevent friction damage when running, which also makes her resilient to impacts.


History

Velocity’s origin is unclear. This is largely because she lacks most of her early memories since Cyberdata operated on her.

Since she’s now known to be Ballistic’s sister, it could be theorized that she’s a gamma 2 Reinbeck mutant (for details on Reinbeck mutants, see Stryker’s profile). However this is probably false, as she seems to lack the natural accuracy of a gamma 2. It is thus more reasonable to postulate that she is a special strain of Reinbeck mutant (perhaps gamma 5).

Carin was born to an abusive family, and harassed because of her peculiar looks. But her mutant abilities surfaced early. So instead of constantly wishing that she could run away from it all, she actually could do it. She ran from all foster families and institutions she was committed to. In fact, she always managed to run away until Cyberdata got her.

SHOC

Despite her youth, the nefarious corporation was interested in using her. Carin could join their death squads, the SHOCs (Special Hazardous Operations Cyborgs). They started the necessary medical and cybernetic procedures. But at that point, a Cyberdata researcher broke the cybernetic and mental conditioning of a small group of SHOC.

He fled the evil corporation along with them. These people would become the super-heroic Cyberforce. They fought against Cyberdata to atone for the terrible evil they had done while brainwashed by the corp.

Carin managed to flee from Cyberdata and join them in their early days. She escaped from Cyberdata in time to avoid receiving SHOC conditioning.


Description

Carin’s skin is ivory-white. She also has a strange, pine green birthmark in the shape of a thunderbolt over her right eye. Her red hair goes to her shoulders.

Her Velocity costume is skintight pine green spandex with dull orange trim in the shape of zig-zags and thunderbolts. In her civvies, she dresses like a normal teenager.


Personality

Velocity is about 13. She’s a nice but scared and soft-hearted kid thrust into a very dangerous situation. Cyberforce is her only family, even if they scare her a bit.

She’s afraid of her own fears, and lacks confidence and assertiveness. She’s also too caught up in her own problems to notice that other people have their own problems and lives.

However, she’s gradually managing to gain self-confidence. As her teen angst recedes she may become a competent fighter and more assertive young woman.


DC Universe History

Replace Cyberdata with Lexcorp, and here you go ! The SHOC become variations on the Team Luthor theme, and the Kraken (for those of you who read Cyberforce) would have been a master weapon intended against Superman.

The Cyberdata mess in the last few months of 1996 would be replaced by the seeming death of Luthor and the appearance of Luthor II, so you ’ll have to position Cyberforce in the early 90s.

In the DCU, Carin does not know how to use the Speed Force yet, but there is no reason a DCU Velocity could not develop into a full Speed Force character later on.


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Velocity

Dex: 05 Str: 02 Bod: 05 Motivation: Unwanted power
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Cyberforce member
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources: 001
Init: 022 HP: 035

Powers:
Invulnerability*: 05, Super-speed: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:
Velocity does not have enough combat skill to substitute her Superspeed for her AV or EV, unless she uses a big enough object as a weapon (-1).

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 05

Advantages:
Rich Friend (Cyberforce).

Connections:
Cyberforce (High).

Drawbacks:
Age (Young), Innocent, MIF of danger.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): Wouter Vlemming’s site (defunct).

Source of Character: Cyberforce comics (Top Cow).

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