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Rosetta Stone


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Rosetta Stone (Nefer Neith Sinue) mostly appeared in a 1999 Fantastic Four storyline by Chris Claremont, though she had an encore a few months later in Contest of Champions.

But though the material is sparse, she and Lockdown seem to have an interesting potential.


Background

  • Real Name: Nefer Neith Sinue.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Partner of Lockdown.
  • Base Of Operations: Shadow City.
  • Height: 5’4” Weight: 105 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

A trained fighter, Rosetta is also a genius inventor. She is likely responsible for most of the technology used by Lockdown. Stone was able to create an antidote to nanites which had reprogrammed a number of super-heroes, in a very short space of time, with only what was available in the Night Cruiser (Lockdown’s car).

Her Battle Armor is armed with scanners, psionic  bafflers, and communications technology. It can be sealed to supply an independent breathing system, protecting her from biotoxins.


History

Rosetta is assistant to Lockdown, the defender of Shadow City, a virtual reality game. Their home planet in the Negative Zone  suffered a major disaster long ago. That forced the surviving residents to enter suspended animation within a vast underground complex. The virtual reality system was set up to maintain their mental health.

(These persons look human, and aspects of their culture are very close to elements of old Egyptian culture. It is unknown how the culture, and possibly the residents, ended up in the Negative Zone.)

Dynamic Duo

In her civilian identity, Nefer was heir to the House of Sinue. As such, she was one of the richest people on the planet. Lockdown was her executive assistant, Jomo. In costume, they worked to maintain the peace inside Shadow City, fighting such criminals as the Twisted Sisters, Redjek, Candlemas and Bolero.


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They appear aware that they’re in a virtual reality environment. When trouble occurred within the real complex in which they’re stored that the robotic guards couldn’t handle, the pair were awakened. They apparently possessed the same abilities in the real world.

Intruders stumbling on the planet get apprehended by the robots, who placed them into suspended animation. From there they were written into Shadow City. This is what happened to the Fantastic Four when they stumbled across the place. They became the known Shadow City criminals, the Tetrad.

Fantastic Foursome

Lockdown and Rosetta soon captured Richard Reed, Grim Ben, and Matchstick Johnny. But they were freed for custody by Stormy Sue, and soon allied with the Twisted Sisters.

Lockdown recaptured the lot of them when they tried to rob the Astra Technis science research facility. But Richards had secretly helped him. Richards had reverted to his true personality, but maintained the charade so as not to warn whoever, or whatever, may be watching.

Lockdown personally escorted the lot of them to Bedlam Purgatorium, Shadow City’s prison. That was despite his doubts about Warden, Dr. Edwina Dantes’, ability to keep them contained.

His fears were soon realised when Richards arranged a prison riot. Lockdown and Rosetta hurried to the scene, and managed to subdue most of the inmates. But Richards had managed to awaken his team mates from the suspended animation.

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By the time Lockdown and Rosetta were awakened to deal with the intruders in the real world, they’d escaped back to their own dimension. Considering them a potential threat to the safety of Shadow City, Lockdown set Rosetta to finding a way to follow them back to their dimension, so he could hunt them down.

Rosetta Stone over a white background

When Earth’s heroes were kidnapped and coerced into a contest against one another by the Brood, one of the Scarlet Witch’s hexes transported Rosetta, Lockdown, and the Night Cruiser onto the Brood’s ship.

Rosetta quickly identified the nanites in the atmosphere affecting the other heroes. The pair thus remained sealed in their suits until she could produce nanite antibodies. Joining forces with Iron Man (Tony Stark) and Psylocke, they helped restore the heroes’ powers and free will.

While Lockdown and Psylock held off the Brood and their Badoon allies, Rosetta and Shadowcat took over the ship’s command centre. They teleported the heroes back to Earth. The Brood Queen finally dealt with, Rosetta and Lockdown were reunited back on Earth.

It’s unknown whether they then found a way to return home, or whether they’re still on Earth.

(During one scene they were near to Johnny Storm, but made no mention of their previous history. He wasn’t aflame at the time, and would have been in a different costume from the time they encountered him. So it’s possible that they just didn’t recognize him. Or maybe, realizing they were on the Fantastic Four’s homeworld, they decided to stay to determine whether it posed any threat to theirs.)


Personality

Less uptight than Lockdown, Rosetta seems to enjoy her job more. But she follows his orders when he usually tells her to stay out of combat, recognizing that she’s more useful for her intellect. She enjoys having the opportunity to engage in combat though.

She’s more likely to be caught off guard than Lockdown when opponents do the unexpected. Such as when Richard Reed kissed her while shackled. Rosetta missed that he’d purloined a hairpin in the process, which Lockdown noticed.


Quotes

“We’re food for father crocodile if I can’t use all that computing power to pierce the delusion field that keeps us from seeing the wall of this compartment.”


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Rosetta Stone

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 09 Wil: 09 Min: 08 Occupation: Heir to the House of Sinue
Inf: 05 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 020
Init: 022 HP: 050 (100)

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 06, Gadgetry: 10, Martial Artist: 05, Scientist (incl. Computers)*: 09, Thief (Security Systems): 10, Thief (Others)*: 06, Vehicles (Land, Air)*: 06

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Shadow City), Genius, Expansive HQ, Home Ground Advantage (see below).

Connections:
Lockdown (High), Shadow City Authorities (High), Shadowcat (Low).

Drawbacks:
Secret ID.

Equipment:
BATTLE ARMOR [/BODY/ 06, Acuity: 05, Mind Field: 05, Radio Communications (Scrambled): 12, Sealed Systems: 11].


Home Ground Advantage

While in the virtual reality of Shadow City, Rosetta has a programmed advantage that stacks the odds in her favour. While in combat with Rosetta, other characters can only spend half as much Hero Points as they could normally, and Rosetta herself has access to 100 HPs.

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics.

Helper(s): Frank Murdock.

Writeup completed on the 10th of January, 2010.

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