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Viscountess (City of Heroes character)

Viscountess


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Back in 2004 or 2005, there was a stress test for the City of Villains MMORPG . The character creation tool was fun.

So I doodled a series of handy villains, since I had been endowed with the staggering power of creating models for them. POWER !!


Background

  • Real Name: Thi Minh N’Guyen.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed parents.
  • Group Affiliation: Fenris Fraktion.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 134 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Dyed pink (naturally black).


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Powers and Abilities

The Viscountess lugs around a G8. This is an advanced version of the G3 battle riffle that can function both as an accurate rifle and a light machinegun.

She also wears a jumpsuit of light body armour of her own design, which includes a prototype for a very light, flexible strength-enhancing armature.

She’s also a tinkering technologist (particularly when it comes to explosives, having designed her own kind of web grenades and demolition charges as well as her enhanced jumpsuit) and a confirmed criminal.


History

The daughter of fiercely anti-Communist parents, the rebellious N’Guyen grew up a rabid Communist hardliner in Berlin. She was born a bit too late, however, to join the “glorious” Baader-Meinhoff years. She only managed to catch the tail end of the RAF before it was consigned to the dustbins of history.

Bitterly disappointed, N’Guyen shed her intense but superficial ideological agenda. She simply became a professional criminal in the mid-1990s.

She eventually joined Fenris, the wealthy terrorist organisation led by Andrea and Andreas Strucker. She was made a special agent, along with operatives such as Impferno, the Blonde Blade or Ice Nine.

Splinter

N’Guyen distrusted and disliked the Struckers. And soon the female members of the crew were more loyal toward her than toward the twins. She took the logical next step and broke away from Fenris along with the girls.

This was also facilitated by friction. Most Fenris operatives were racist and misogynistic, but ironically most of the special agents the Strucker twins could get on retainer were women of colour.

Her splinter cell, the Fenris Fraktion, mostly operates throughout the world as a mercenary crew. The Viscountess has been negotiating with Hydra, though. But nothing has come out of it yet.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Tough, authoritarian and direct. She’s a fan of 1980s cartoons, and named herself as a weird wink to the GI Joe’s Baroness.

N’Guyen has become a sort of 1990s neoconservative, with vague and contradictory Libertarian overtones. It’s not really coherent, and Fenris isn’t really an ideological operation. The Strucker twins are too decadent and self-centred to be ideologues, and though the organisation is full of neo-Nazis it’ll work with anybody who’s reliable and competent enough.

Good chunks of Fenris, and particularly the Fenris Fraktion, may have held a political project long ago. But they have since became more of a mob, focused on improving reps and profits and controlling risks.


Quotes

“Whoever moves, he gets perforated, okay ?”


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Viscountess

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Professional criminal
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 016 HP: 015

Skills:
Charisma (Intimidation, interrogation): 04, Gadgetry: 05, Military science (Demolition): 04, Vehicles (Land,; air): 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 06

Advantages:
Familiarity (1980s cartoons, political science), Language (German), Leadership.

Drawbacks:
Minor Rage.

Connections:
Fenris Fraktion (High), Underworld (Low).

Equipment:

  • Heckler & Koch G8 sniper rifle/light machinegun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06, Range: 07, Ammo: 30, Telescopic vision: 03, Advantage: Autofire, Bonus : May use a burst mode increasing Projectile weapons to 07 – each burst costing five Ammo (4pts), May be belt-fed (Ammo: 100), Limitations: Autofire only in burst mode, projectile weapon has No Range and use the Range given instead, R#02, Recommended STR: 02 (03 with bursts)].
  • Web grenades (x4) [BODY 03, Snare: 07, Grenade drawback].
  • Pink shades [BODY 01, Shade: 01].
  • BODY ARMOUR [BODY 07, Enhance (STR): 01 (cap is 05), Skin armour: 02].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: City of Villains stress test character generator. This character is a homemade one intended to be introduced in campaigns set in the Marvel Universe.

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