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Shire of Black Ops (Image Comics) prepping a grenade


(Svetlana Grozny)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Svetlana Grozny
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Black Ops, formerly IO
  • Base Of Operations: Department PSI
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 135 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde

Powers and Abilities

Her training in the KGB and IO make her an excellent combatant. She’s also fluent in many languages and dialects. She’s a master of disguise.


Until her defection to the US, Svetlana was a KGB agent. As a price for her freedom, National Security Czar Miles Craven forced the young woman to apply her talents as a linguist and deep cover operative in the service of IO. Shire skills made her a good candidate for the code-word secret Black Ops team put together by Lynch.

Amid the confusion resulting from Lynch’s “resignation”, they received an order to bring their mission one step higher. They were to kill the executives of an american corporation, somehow linked with plans to make a coup in ex-USSR.

Shire had already infiltrated the organization by impersonating one of its higher executive assistant, when the order came in. Their field leader died in the operation.

The hitmen of the said corpo retaliated at Black Ops’ HQ. Waiting for IO’s back up that never show up, they had to pull back in a hurry, not before they received an encrypted message. The anonymous message told them to contact former Black Razors’ leader Colonel Crane, as he was likely to help them against Mr Big: former USSR General Markov. And so did he join them, to take the chance of repaying Markov for his wife’s death.

They infiltrated Markov’s research complex, in Estonia. As they were tracked all along by IO, they meet a squad of Black Razors that tried to stop them before they could raise an international incident. This team was led by Crane’s former recruit Fleming.

These were forced to pull back, first because they fell for an EMP grenade that disabled their gear, then because they were ordered so to avoid the issue involved in a US military operation on foreign ground.

Black Ops first met some resistance from the HEATERS, a special Black Razors’ squad, commissioned by IO’s Deputy Director Catherine Kwan (surely directly responding to Craven) as reinforcement in Markov’s defense.

Then, after Craven’s death, as the interim director was close to uncover Kwan’s involvement, she ordered her HEATERS to turn against Markov, thus helping Black Ops in their task of stopping Markov’s scheme to seize control of Russia to bring back the former USSR’s might.

Markov thought that his latest Molot mecha was operational, so he tried one to dispatch both Black Ops and the HEATERS. But he was betrayed by one of his scientist, who destroyed the protoype, with the mad General inside.

Afterward, Crane contacted Giovanni, at Department PSI, to get their sponsorship and protection. They were send on the trail of some nanotechnology, one related to the Gen-Factor. They ran into Ivana Baiul and her DV8, as she was sponsoring the research to use it to boost her Gen-Actives.

They couldn’t prevent her to get away with the good, but they managed to trace them to their hideout. They infiltrated the complex, and won the showdown with DV8, escaping shortly before PSI ordered the sanitation of the area.


Shire is a striking blonde.


She’s dedicated to carry on the mission’s objective. The death of her leader and friend put her in a dificult position as she had to ensure the interim, before Crane joined them. She never really used rank privileges with them, and suddenly, she had to give them sharp orders.


“Until we hear otherwise, we have no choice but to carry on with our mission.”


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Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation : Responsibility of Power
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation : Infiltrator
Inf: 07 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth} : 07
Init: 021 HP: 050

Acrobatics (Climbing, Gymnastics)*: 07, Artist (Actor): 08, Detective*: 06, Military Sciences (Field Command): 07, Scientist: 04, Thief (Stealth, Security Systems, Locks & Safes)*: 07, Weaponry (Firearms): 08

Intensive Training, Language (Russian), Omni-Languages


  • Night-Vision Goggles [BODY 04, Ultra Vision: 05]
  • Communication Gear [BODY 04, Radio Communication: 08]
  • BULLET-PROOF VEST [BODY 04, Invulnerability: 05, Skin armor: 02, Limitation : Invulnerability and Skin armor only vs bullets and slashing and piercing weapons ; Real Armour]
  • Submachine Gun + Silencer [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 06, Telescopic vision: 02, Thief (Stealth – to muffle the shots only): 03, R#02, Advantage : Autofire]
  • Combat Knife [BODY 07, EV 03 (04 w/STR)]
  • EMP Grenade [BODY 02, Neutralize (Gadgets): 15 Area effect, Grenade Drawback]

By Nicolas Lemaçon

Source of Character: Image (Wildstorm Universe), Black Ops miniseries

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