Spider-Woman (Icons Writeup)

AKA Jessica Drew

Prowess 5
Coordination 6
Strength 7
Intellect 4
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 11

*Pheromones – Emotion Control 4 (Limit: Close Range; Uncontrolled; Women tend to find Jessica distasteful at first whereas men find her alluring – these effects fade as someone gets to know her)
*Wall-Crawling 5
*Super-Senses – Hearing 1
*Resistance – Poisons, Drugs, Gases, Radiation 8 (Limit: When exposed to a new toxin, Spider-Woman initially takes damage like usual. She quickly builds up an immunity to it until it reaches her natural power level)
*Venom Blast – 7 (Limit: Degrades)
*Damage Resistance 4
*Regeneration 2
*Immortality – Longevity
*Costume – Flight 2 (Limit: Gliding only)

Drive – Motorcycles, Investigation, Linguistics – Russian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and German (Expert +2 bonus), Martial Arts, Sleight of Hand, Stealth (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Guns

*Single Mom
*If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all
*Really confusing backstory

Born in 1924, Jessica Drew traveled with her parents, Jonathan and Miriam, to Mount Wundagore, in the small Balkan nation of Transia. There, Jonathan conducted genetics research with Dr. Herbert Wyndham, who would later become the armored man-god known as the High Evolutionary. At seven years old, Jessica contracted uranium poisoning from her father’s work, but Jonathan and Wyndham saved her life through a spider-derived serum and years of hibernation in a genetic accelerator. Jessica spent decades in stasis, receiving subliminal education via special tapes. When she was finally awakened, she was cured, and had aged only to her early teens. She also discovered that she now possessed super human powers—a result of the combination of the radiation exposure and the spider-serum.

Jessica eventually left Wundagore to start a new life and met a man with whom she fell in love. But by accident, she apparently killed him with her powers. In the aftermath, Jessica was chased by an angry mob before being rescued by Count Otto Vermis, a high-ranking member of Hydra, the worldwide subversive organization devoted to achieving global domination. Hydra trained Jessica as a field agent, and to control her more fully, Vermis subjected her to memory suppression. He also manipulated Jessica into believing herself to be a spider evolved into human form by the High Evolutionary, which devastated her psyche. Further, Vermis gave Hydra agent Jared Kurtz the task of becoming Jessica’s lover. Outfitted with a special gliding uniform and given the codename Arachne, Jessica was assigned to kill S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury. But, during the mission, Jessica learned from Fury the true nature of Hydra and Kurtz, which led her to abandon the organization.

Adopting the name Spider-Woman, and with her true memories eventually restored, Jessica embarked on a journey of both self-discovery and heroism—one that continues to this day.

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