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Nocturne of the Exiles (TJ Wagner) (Marvel Comics)

Nocturne

(Talia Josephine Wagner)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Nocturne is a member of the Exiles, Marvel Comics’ transdimensional  heroes. On her home version of Earth, she is the daughter of Nightcrawler and the Scarlet Witch.

This is an old profile that was done early in the series’ run (around issue #16, though the biography was later extended). Still, it has S P O I L E R S.


Background

  • Real Name: Talia Josephine “T.J.” Wagner.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Kurt Wagner (aka Nightcrawler, father), Wanda Maximoff Wagner (aka the Scarlet Witch, mother), Raven Darkholme (aka Mystique, grandmother).
  • Group Affiliation: EXiles, former members of the X-Men.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile through dimensions.
  • Height: Around 5’7” Weight: Around 130 lbs.
  • Eyes: Glowing yellow. Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Nocturne inherited formidable acrobatic skill from her father, and is a highly trained hand-to-hand combatant. She can open small apertures to the dimension her father uses as a medium for his teleportations, from which come blasts of energy. While she refers to those as “hex bolts” in homage to her mother, they are not mystical in origin.

Nocturne might have wall-crawling or night-blending abilities from her father, or occult training from her mother, but these were not demonstrated during the observed run.

Possessive

Nocturne can also “jump” into another person’s body, taking possession of them. Her own body disappears inside the target’s body for the duration. Those possessions can last for a long, long time (reportedly a lunar cycle). Neither Nocturne’s nor the target’s mind can be probed or read during a possession.

After possession, the subject stays unconscious for 12 hours. Even Wolverine’s powers did nothing to lessen that duration.

The dialogue regarding the maximum length of her possession ability is unclear, so the lunar cycle maximum duration is debatable. It also has some unclear limitations, as she doesn’t use it often and usually on persons who have been knocked out beforehand.


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History

Nocturne is an X-Woman from an alternate timeline. In her world, Professor X retired and let Wolverine and Nightcrawler become the leaders of the X-Men.

Talia was the daughter of Nightcrawler and his wife and team-mate the Scarlet Witch, and was intensively trained to become a capable super-hero. She became a member of the large set of X-Men teams, comprising both hardened veterans and highly trained second generation mutant heroes such as herself.

However, something reportedly went wrong with a part of the timestream. Information started to propagate, that would erase some anomalies but also some timelines. Furthermore, it would triggers retcons  in numerous realities.

Thus, in Nocturne’s timeline, Nightcrawler would retroactively be killed during an early fight with the Hellfire Club by his own mother, Mystique. Nocturne would thus be erased from the multiverse, since that world made her birth impossible.

Exiles

Nocturne was recruited into a small group of youths from threatened timelines, assembled by a halfling-like being called the Time Broker. The Broker said that he could send them to alternate timelines to rectify anomalies, thus making sure the retcons never propagate to wreck their lives.

The youths agreed to the deal, and started dimension-hopping as the EXiles – accomplishing sometimes cryptic missions on numerous alternate Earths.

Some of those missions were especially hard on Nocturne. Once they had to kill Jean Grey, who in that reality had truly become the Dark Phoenix during the fight with the Imperial Guard and was going to consume the galaxy. ”Aunt Jean” had been one of the main persons who helped raise young T.J.

Nocturne fell in love with John Proudstar, the eXile known as T-Bird. In her native reality she had been the lover of her dimension John’s Proudstar’s brother, James. They kept their romance a secret, but T.J. eventually got pregnant.

During a particularly harrowing adventure, John Proudstar was left in a coma, possibly brain-dead. The shattered Nocturne was forcibly teleported from him when they were sent on a new mission. Nocturne later lost the baby – presumably she had her pregnancy aborted following the loss of John.

On Main Street

Nocturne left the Exiles during a mission on Earth-616, where she traded places with Beak. She had intended to join the X-Men to be with the 616 version of her father, but instead took an opportunity to infiltrate the latest Brotherhood of Mutants established by Black Tom Cassidy.

After a series of misadventures that dragged her through Mojoworld, Nocturne rejoined the X-Men and is currently serving with the latest iteration of the mutant team Excalibur.


Description

T.J. often wears light outfits showing a lot of blue skin. She’s also partial to wearing plain bandannas and will nearly always keep her feet bare. Her way of moving is quite reminiscent of her father’s, including constant acrobatics and gargoyle-like poses, but she stands upright more often than Nightcrawler does.

Nocturne has a tail much like her father’s, though hers is retractable. Whether it is prehensile is unknown, but it’s certainly useful for balance when she performs acrobatics.


Personality

Nocturne is a carefree, well-adjusted young woman in her 20s. She is free, lighthearted, very open, and energetic. Some of this energy is used for the X-Men, some for her private life, some for her rock band, the Butt Monkeys.

Underneath her amusing dialogue and combat skills, however, she has a big heart – she’s as much a lover as a fighter. She tends to feels very strongly about the people she loves (she loved the headstrong James Proudstar very much despite fighting with him all the time), and the loss of family, friends or lovers is devastating for her.


Quotes

“Relax. I rarely ambush people in my underwear.”

“You are a *rock star* ! A massive, hundred thousand seat coliseum, heavyweight fucking rock star ! You knocked out the *Hulk* !”


DC Universe History

Put Nocturne in L.E.G.I.O.N. She is a good fit with the early group, and it has a nifty symmetry with Kurt being originally designed for the Legion of Super-Heroes.


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Nocturne

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Uphold Good
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 020 HP: 050

Powers:
Energy blast: 09, Jumping: 02, Mental Field: 12, Personality transfer: 15

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Jumping is Contingent on Energy blast (-1).
  • Mental Field can only bost her RV against probing and thought reading, but not other forms of mental contact and attacks (-2).
  • Mental Field only while Personality Transfer is active (-1).
  • Attempts to break her Personality transfer can only be done every 24 hours, not every Phase (+2).
  • Maximum duration of Personality Transfer is reportedly one lunar cycle (-1).
  • Subjects stay unconscious for 14 APs of time after Personality transfer is over ; neither Regeneration nor medical care help recover faster (+2).

Skills:
Acrobatics: 09, Artist (Actress, musician): 04, Martial artist*: 07, Thief (Stealth)*: 07, Vehicles (Air, space): 07

Advantages:
Misc.: Nocturne is immune to the detrimental effects of being a passenger of Nightcrawler’s teleportations (1 pt).

Connections:
EXiles (High).

Drawbacks:
Exile (Involuntary), Distinct Appearance.

Design Notes

The stats assume that almost none of the persons encountered in alternate realities had significant HP totals.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Multiverse.

Helper(s): Updates by Roy Cowan.

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