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Cornfed of the Livewires (Marvel Comics)

Cornfed


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Livewires was a 2005 mini-series set in the Marvel Universe. The titular characters are advanced androids and gynoids , optimised for special intelligence and tactical operations.

The series was written and partially drawn by Adam Warren, an American artist who first became known for spin-off sequels of successful manga .


Background

  • Real Name: N.A..
  • Known Relatives: Other Livewires.
  • Group Affiliation: Livewires.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: #‘#” Weight: ##lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Red


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Powers and Abilities

Cornfed is the team’s healer and support. His stomach holds a nano-factory, which provides a supply of Smartware. Cornfed can regurgitate it onto his team-mates to fix damage they’ve taken to their outer Smartware flesh.

(Smartware – this is the substance of which the mechas flesh-like exoderm is composed. It is also used for other internal functions.)

He can also ingest Smartware, to be used as an extra reserve. It is standard operating procedure for him to ingest the Smartware shell of any of his team-mates that are destroyed, so that it doesn’t go to waste. He is capable of connecting to other computer systems via a remote internet connection, and is talented at breaking into secure systems.

Other assets

He is capable of accessing the sensory input of the other Livewires, and processing it faster than they could. He does the heavy processing for the team. Cornfed is able to run multiple, processor-heavy operations at the same time.

All Project Livewire mecha have the same basic design, giving them:

  • A durable body, able to survive significant damage.
  • Increasing their reflexes, strength and other physical abilities to superhuman, but not too superhuman, levels.
  • Allowing them to alter their physical appearance (such as hair colour/style/length, facial features, etc.).
  • Enabling them to run as fast as a jeep, stick to walls, and replay and share their memory files.

They share a group intranet, which allows them to communicate by thought. This is their main method of communication with each other.


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History

Cornfed is a “semi-autonomous, artificially intelligent, limited-nanofunction, humanform mecha construct”, or mecha . The R-word [robot] is considered politically incorrect by the older Livewires. They were created by the top-secret, quasi-governmental R&D program Project Livewire, based on the technologies used to create the Mannites and SHIELD’s LMDs .

Project Livewire built ten mecha. Six were trained and tested at the Project, the other four being left deactivated until they were needed to replace lost members of the team.

Making a list…

The mecha have all been programmed to be absolutely loyal to Project Livewire, and to follow the main goal of seeking out and destroying other top-secret, quasi-governmental R&D program. They have a list stating the priority they are to be given.

When they were programmed, the head programmer was aware of a logical hole in their directives. It meant that as the only ones hard-wired to be absolutely loyal to Project Livewire, the mechas were the only ones that could be fully trusted to fulfil its directives. As a result they killed all the human members of the Project, and set out on the road to fulfil their programming.

Cornfed of the Livewires character study

They performed a number of missions sabotaging other top-secret, quasi-governmental projects. The Livewires remained undetected, either by making things look accidental, or by arranging for other targets to be blamed for their actions.

On one mission they uncovered a link to the “White Whale”, the highest priority target on their list. They stowed away in a container of inert nanofluid that A.I.M. was trading to the White Whale and managed to get on board its rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier.

… checking it twice

The White Whale turned out to be a hive mind. It was commanded by a couple of Nick Fury LMDs infected with a Hydra nanoware attack virus.

They were detected soon after arrival, and found themselves overwhelmed. Cornfed was the first to fall. But while down, he managed to hack into the White Whale’s systems. This lasted long enough to provide covering fire for the others to escape, before his body is destroyed by the White Whale’s drones.

After Stem Cell destroys the White Whale she gathers the remains of Cornfed, and the other Livewires. She intends to rebuild them.


Personality

Cornfed has a calm, detached manner. While not as quiet as Hollowpoint Ninja, Cornfed only talks when he has something to say, and rarely gets excited.

Like all the Livewires, he has been programmed to be completely loyal to the Project directives. He would even have to give up his life if it was required for the mission.

Through overrides to their programmed human personalities, they are capable of suppressing panic and anxieties. This allows them to perform their job without such worries.


Quotes

“You can call me ’Cornfed‘. Something t’do with my husky Midwestern probable-Lutheran cornhusker-offensive-lineman extreme caucasianness.”

“Yes, Ma’am.”

“Hold on, guys. Analyzing 3542 separate olfactory signatures, while cracking the network security of an ultra-secure research laboratory… that’s kinda maxing out my system capacity.”


DC Universe History

The Livewires could be developed from the technologies of Professor Ivo, and the rest of their history could remain more or less intact.


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Cornfed

A 1319 Point Character

Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 08 Motivation: Follow Programming
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 06 Occupation: Saboteur
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 015 HP: 045

Powers:
Analytical Smell: 08, Chameleon: 04, Cling: 06, Damage Transference: 10, Interface: 12, Mind Over Matter: 08, Radio Communications: 12, Recall: 12, Remote Sensing: 12, Running: 06, Self-Link (Gadgetry): 12, Split: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Chameleon: User’s Clothing Does not Change to Match (-1).
  • Damage Transference: Heals BODY Damage, No Risk of Injury (+3), Only works on mecha with smartware exoderms (-0).
  • Remote Sensing: Can only be used via Radio Communications link (-1).
  • Split: Mental tasks only (-2).

Skills:
Thief (Security Systems): 08, Vehicles (Land Vehicles): 06

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Livewires (High).

Drawbacks:
CIA (Follow Project Livewire directives).


Design Notes

Since all the Livewire mechas were created together I’m assuming that some powers, which have been exhibited by multiple members of the team, to be common to all of them (i.e. Running, Cling, Recall).

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Livewires (Marvel Comics) by Adam Warren.

Helper(s): KalEl el Vigilante, Sébastien Andrivet, Dr. Peter S. Piispanen.

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