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Screener of the Acolytes of Magneto (X-Men / Avengers enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Screener


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Screener is a very minor member of the Acolytes of Magneto. She appeared in 1992.

Though she’s nearly negligible, her powers can make he useful in some scenarios. And it’s not like there’s a tonne of things to say about most Acolytes, anyway.


Background

  • Real Name: Possibly Sarah Ryall.
  • Other Aliases: Possibly Scanner.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Acolytes of Magneto.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 118 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde


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Powers & Abilities

Screener can psionically mask her presence. It doesn’t work if she is directly observed, but it is otherwise difficult to notice that she is nearby.

She can also project a psionic beam from her brow making people forget selected recent memories. This may be limited to making people forget that they have seen her.

She can observe people’s genetic structure by looking at them for a while. For instance she can determine whether they are a mutant, and perhaps what kind.


History

Screener briefly broke into Avengers’ Mansion. Her mission was to analyse the genetic makeup of Luna, the daughter of Quicksilver and Crystal.

To her disappointment, she confirmed that Luna (whom she hoped would be a mutant, being the granddaughter of Magneto) was but human. Screener was then surprised by the arrival of Lockjaw and Marissa. She made them both forget that she had been here, and was teleported away by her master Fabian Cortez.


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Screener and Scanner

Officially, Screener and Scanner are the same person : Sarah Ryall. Factually, it doesn’t make much sense. Both are blonde Acolytes of Magneto, but the similarities end there.

They have clearly different power sets, were not drawn the same way, have (obviously) different code names, Screener didn’t have Scanner’s distinctive warpaint-like facial marks, etc.

Screener makes a mental attack

In Uncanny X-Men #300 and Quicksilver (1997) #1 Scanner does use powers loosely similar to Screener’s. But otherwise it’s always about quasi-astral projection.

We eventually went with two profiles. Besides, tabletop RPG gamemasters would have a different use for somebody with Screener’s power set.

One possible No-Prize Hypothesis  is that Screener is (or was) Scanner’s sister.


Description

Screener seemed to be quite young.


Personality

A standard mutant supremacist militant.

Screener talked tough about purging flatscans from the genetic pool and that sort of thing. Yet one notes that she didn’t just produce a gun and blow Luna’s head off to keep Magneto’s descendants “pure”. This may indicate that she has no stomach for violence despite her genocidal rhetoric.


Quotes

“I have the genetic and biological data on the Maximoff child. She is all too clearly human. A cleansing is definitely required.”


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Screener

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Uphold Magneto
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Acolyte
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 010 HP: 005

Powers:
Detect (Genetic structure): 06, Hypnotism: 08, Obscure: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Detect is Discerning, allowing for full analysis of a subject’s genetic structure, but only has a 0 APs Range.
  • Hypnotism only to make people forget, and is limited to memories originating within APs of time equal to Hypnosis’ APs of power.

Skills:
Thief (Stealth): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:
Thief (Stealth) is a Powered Skill and Contingent Upon her Obscure Power.

Advantages
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Acolytes of Magneto (Low).

Drawbacks:
Mistrust (Mutant).

Equipment:
ACOLYTE BODYSUIT [BODY 06, Radio communications: 08].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Avengers vol. 1 #357 (1992).

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.

Writeup completed on the 11th of March, 2014.

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