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Psi-Borg of SHIELD (Marvel Comics)

Psi-Borg

(Fionna Wyman)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This is the Psi-Borg who worked with S.H.I.E.L.D., not the one involved with Weapon X and related projects. She appeared in 1992-1993 Nick Fury storylines.

This general Super-Agents storyline ended abruptly as the book folded, but its characters remain usable and interesting.


Background

  • Real Name: Fionna Wyman.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: S.H.I.E.L.D. Super-Agents II (formerly), HYDRA (currently).
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 126 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue with artificial, light violet reflections. Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Psi-Borg’s psychotronic  implants give her a variety of psionic  powers. Her telekinetic abilities include :

  • Flight.
  • Invisibility (she can even make several other persons around her invisible – but not inaudible).
  • Mental blasts.
  • And even maintaining an atmosphere and dampening the effects of acceleration for people strapped to a missile shot into space.

She has demonstrated the ability to telekinetically block physical super-powers (for instance, containing and compacting Smokescream’s intelligent smoke form). Howbeit, she rarely does so.

Her telepathy allows her to sense, pinpoint and (to a small extent) analyse life forces. This sense even allowed her to fight living beings while physically blinded by a flare. She can also maintain some level of telepathic communication with allies.

Other assets

She apparently also managed to use psychic persuasion on G.W. Bridge and then erase most traces of it. Howbeit, this demonstration of Hypnosis was part of the explanation for the infiltration of the Super-Agents. Thus, it might be dropped if you do not want them to be HYDRA plants.

Psi-Borg is also a well-trained agent and martial artist. When facing a lone opponent she thinks is martially inferior, she prefers to pummel the person into unconsciousness with her fists and boots. Perhaps this is meant to prove her superiority.


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History

Fionna Wyman is from Latveria. She has political ambitions – which in Latveria necessarily means overthrowing the master of the country, Dr. Victor von Doom. Wyman *might* be a member of the old Latverian nobility. If so she might be related to the Haasen lineage, which once ruled over the tiny country.

To achieve her ambitions she contacted an undisclosed bio-genetic engineer. Wyman had that person enhance her with superhuman powers and psychotronic implants. One secondary source  indicates that this person (the same practitioner who enhanced Smokescream) was Arnim Zola.

Secondary sources, however, state that her goal was to be a servant for Doom. This seems less credible, since Doom tends to distrust living servants and prefers robots and androids. The fate of Otto Kronsteig is a typical example.

It would seem Psi-Borg eventually had to flee Latveria. Perhaps she had been infiltrating Doom’s forces by posing as a superhuman Doom supporter ? This would explain the confusion in the secondary sources.

Back S.H.I.E.L.D. ! (or maybe not)

Senior S.H.I.E.L.D. officer G.W. Bridge recruited Psi-Borg for his Super-Agents project. She took part in several missions with the young Super-Agents. They then personally accompanied Nick Fury in the field for high-stake missions.

Psi-Borg flying over a white background

This volume of Nick Fury, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended weirdly. In the last few issues most of the new characters abruptly turn traitor and/or die. Thus Psi-Borg was revealed to be an infiltrated HYDRA agent, and was apparently killed in a telepathic fight with Network Nina.

Through a deus ex machina, S.H.I.E.L.D. is then suddenly returned to the status quo from before the Deltite conspiracy, with numerous old characters returning from the dead.


Description

The stuff on Psi-Borg’s face and brow appears to be her costume. As opposed to being part of her implants.


Personality

Psi-Borg is one cold, aloof fish. She has an aristocratic air – and may be part of the Latverian nobility. Like the other Super-Agents, she is not very good with accepting authority. In her case, this may be a matter of lineage. Yet compared to Violence and Knockabout she is a model of discipline and foreplanning.

Psi-Borg has a vicious, ambitious, scheming streak. Yet she is not thoroughly hardened. While she will often appear cold and aloof, she can still react emotionally to grave threats. Still, her constant formality can make it difficult to tell whether she is a person or a heartless machine.

She is secretive and private (like most Latverians), as well as proud and extremely serious.


Quotes

“She does have a point, sir. It is unlikely we will survive your latest ‘brainstorm’.”

Psi-Borg II: “You need never concern yourself with my performance.”
Col. Fury: “Touchy lil‘ thing, ain’tcha ?”

“With all nominal respect, colonel Fury — I feel no need to employ my mental abilities on an artificially created race.”

“My psionic sensors indicate marginal life readings coming from this direction.” (Finding the dying person she had sensed) “You will die soon. Speak quickly.”


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Psi-Borg II

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Power
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Super-Agent
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 025

Powers:
Flight: 07, Self-Link (Gadgetry): 12, Hypnosis: 07, Invisibility: 04, Life sense: 12, Mental blast: 07, Neutralise: 12, Sealed systems: 10, Telepathy: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flight, Invisibility, Life sense, Mental blast, Neutralise, Sealed systems are Contingent on Self-link (Gadgetry).
  • Hypnosis is Seriously Marginal and Contingent on Telepathy.
  • Invisibility and Sealed Systems can have a selective Area of Effect (1 AP) (+2).
  • Life sense can substitute for sight even when visibility is zero (+1).
  • Neutralise is Minor Marginal and only works on Powers she can telekinetically ’bottle up‘.
  • Sealed Systems also adds to RV (using linear maths) against acceleration and deceleration.
  • Telepathy is Contingent on Life sense and seems limited to exchanging very short sentences.

Skills:
Acrobatics (climbing): 04, Detective (police procedure): 04, Martial artist*: 04, Military science (demolition): 04, Thief (stealth, security systems): 04, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water): 04, Weaponry (Firearms, Heavy): 04

Advantages:
Credentials (Low with S.H.I.E.L.D., later became Medium with HYDRA), Language (Latverian) and quite possibly an Expertise in Latverian history and nobility.

Connections:
None (except for those derived from Credentials).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward being cold and aloof.

Equipment:
MODIFIED SHIELD ISSUE UNIFORM [BODY 08, Flame immunity: 03, Radio communications: 05, Skin armor: 02, Limitation: Skin armor only vs piercing and edged attacks].


Design notes

I have assumed they all had full S.H.I.E.L.D.agent training and in particular the Skills in the generic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent writeup, even those they did not demonstrate.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): Stephen Schend for Dragon Magazine ; Darci, Adam Fuqua.

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