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Isabel Ferguson (Maverick ally) (Marvel Comics)

Isabel Ferguson


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Ms. Ferguson appeared in the late 1990s Maverick series by Marvel. She’s obscure, but she also is a professional gadgeteer  selling her wares, which could make her important in a game. Say, as the armourer of a Player Character .


Background

  • Real Name: Isabel Ferguson.
  • Marital Status: Divorced.
  • Known Relatives: Madeline (daughter), Michel (last name unrevealed, ex-husband), father (first name unrevealed).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: A suburban house in Saint Jean sur Richelieu (about 50km from Montréal).
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 127 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Ferguson is a gifted technologist. Her specialities are :

  1. Weapon systems.
  2. Body armour and assorted tactical gear, including communications.
  3. Special-purpose systems built to take superhumans down.

She built all of Maverick’s gear. Ferguson is also known for her ability to build “special orders” in record time if there is an emergency.


History

Isabel Ferguson is the daughter of the Marvel Universe equivalent of James Bond’s Q – the Head Armourer of the MI-6. A gifted weapons technologist herself, she used familial contacts to become a provider of advanced, custom-built tactical gear for NATO agencies.

Isabel later relocated to Canada and married a man called Michel. While he was rich and influential, he was too high strung. Though she was pregnant, Ferguson soon divorced him.

Isabel retains custody of her very young daughter Madeline, though Michel gets to spend his week ends with the toddler. She lives in the small, provincial town of Saint-Jean. She presumably moved there when she became pregnant.


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A regular customer of hers is Maverick (Christoph Nord), whom she presumably met through NATO intelligence contacts. Ms. Ferguson is the woman behind Maverick’s state-of-the-art gear, which has proven powerful enough to take down X-Men or considerably slow Sabertooth down.

Her ex-husband forbade her to have further contacts with Maverick. He threatened to sue for full custody of Madeline, being afraid that doing business with Maverick put the toddler in danger. Ferguson has since kept her engagements with Maverick brief and discreet. These are usually to craft weapons Maverick needs to solve a particularly deadly situation.

What made Michel freak out was when Isabel’s home was invaded by the thugs of the crimelord Ivan Pushkin. They wrecked her place and took her stuff. Isabel and Madeline only survived by hiding in a cloaked safe room.

After they left, Isabel got out and zapped the gunman left behind to kill anybody coming in. She then did her best to placate Michel as he came in.

Ms. Ferguson went after her stolen gear. This is how she found Elena Ivanovna, who had been captured by Pushkin. Isabel freed and armed Elena so they could work together. Maverick had been brainwashed into being Pushkin’s assassin, but with Ivanovna’s psionic  talent they still managed to find him. Maverick had by then broken his mental conditioning.

What big teeth you have

Some time later Maverick contacted her with a desperate need, requesting specialized weapons that could take Sabertooth down so he could save Elena Ivanovna’s life. Recognizing a life-or-death emergency she accepted to break her promise to Michel and built those weapons.

Although Maverick had underestimated Sabertooth’s durability, those weapons proved essential in his eventual, very narrow victory over Sabertooth and thus Elena’s survival.

Isabel later visited friends of Maverick (the Bradleys) to see him and check on Elena Ivanovna (who at that point was still in a coma) and the medical equipment used to treat her. She rationalized this by noting she was not seeing Maverick for business, and was just on vacation with Madeline.

She left Maverick a gift — a brand new suit of his signature body armour, since his old one had been completely wrecked in the fight with Sabertooth.


Description

Since her daughter Maddie is less than a year old, Isabel tends to have her with her 24/7.


Personality

Isabel is a patient, quietly upbeat and affable woman in her early 30s. She is mostly a young mother and artisan, but seems to operate on strict ethical principles. She always want to make sure her clients are the good guys. Ms. Ferguson will ask for extensive documentation and recommendations from others before she accepts to enter in a commercial relationship with someone.

While she does not looks like an action person, she seems to have some training and will enter the field if necessary.

She seems attracted toward Maverick, or at least very friendly toward him. Isabel will go out of her way to provide support to the veteran intelligence agent.


Quotes

“I’ll need the day to put together the rest of your stuff. It’ll be ready by morning.”

“Stay put, Maddie — I’ll be right back.”

“These customized disruptors are capable of knocking a man down on his back and keeping him down for at least half an hour from as far as 20 feet away. Believe me, we’re not at any disadvantage.”

“Man, I’m such a softie. All right… I’ll help you. But please don’t put me in this position again, Maverick. I mean it ! I really can’t keep doing this. Michel’s playing hardball this time — and I don’t wanna lose custody of Maddie !”


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Isabel

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Uphold the Good
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Technologist
Inf: 03 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 010 HP: 010

Skills:
Gadgetry: 07, Scientist: 06, Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Firearms): 04

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Maverick (High), Elena Ivanovna (Low), her ex-husband Michel (Low), MI-6 (Low), unrevealed customers (low).

Drawbacks:
MPR (nearsighted), Dependent (Madeline).

Equipment:

  • BETA SUIT [BODY 08, Flame immunity: 03, Radio communications: 05, Skin armor: 02, Limitation: Skin armor only vs piercing and edged attacks. Isabel only wears this when she know she’s going on an op, which is seldom] w/Goggles [BODY 02, Ultra-vision: 04, Do Nothing: 08].
  • Neural-Synaptic Disruptor [BODY 03, Energy blast: 06, Range: 02, R#02, Limitation: Energy Blast has no Range, use the listed Range instead].
  • “Chatterbox” [BODY 03, Radio communications (very encrypted): 12, Thief (stealth): 08, R#2, Limitation: Thief (stealth) only against interception/eavesdropping. This Ferguson-built cellphone can piggyback on pretty much any cell station and runs proprietary encryption algorithms. Obviously, encryption is only possible if the other person has a Ferguson-built phone].
  • The basement of her house has a small, hidden room. It is proofed against both electronic and psionic detection (Invisibility: 11, only against those) and includes basic gear and computers. The door is perfectly hidden (behind the fireplace) and silent. Finding the room is a 9/9 Perception Check.
  • All her work in progress is tagged with tracers, which she only removes when handing out or shipping out the goods.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Maverick LS (Marvel Universe).

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