Livewire (Icons Writeup)

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aka Amanda McKee

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

Stamina 11

Powers
*Remote Technomorphing 7 (Extras: Interface, Images, Gadgets)
*X-O Nano Suit – Damage Resistance 3, Flight 5, Blast 7)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Athletics (+1 bonus), Leadership (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Mental Resistance (Expert +2 bonus), Power -Remote Technomorphing (Master +3 bonus), Technology (Master +3 bonus), Weapons (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Lives by a code of honor – bushido, the way of the warrior.
“I have yet to meet a technology I couldn’t understand.”
Willing to question orders.

Background
Much of this comes from Valiant Fandom:

Livewire is Amanda McKee, a powerful Psiot with the ability to control machines. She is a member of the Harbinger Foundation loyal to Toyo Harada, but has also worked against Harada when she believes his power needs to be checked. She has also been a member of the superhero team Unity.

She is a psionic technopath, able to control computers, and micro-circuitry with her mind.

Amanda McKee was orphaned at a young age. Taken in by the billionaire visionary and founder of the Harbinger Foundation, Toyo Harada, Amanda grew up devoted to Harada and his mission assuming. Assuming the name Livewire, she rose to the highest level of the Foundation rank’s. Harada raised her to be his personal samurai and taught her the philosophy of bushido.

All that changed when Peter Stanchek joined the Harbinger Foundation. Confronted by Peter’s sheer power and his rebelliousness, Harada’s façade of control began to fray and his domineering tendencies became clear. Though she still believed in Harada’s vision, Livewire believed she needed to counterbalance Harada’s immense power. Livewire aided Peter in his escape and went into exile.

Months, later when Aric of Dacia claimed Romania and his people’s homeland, Harada asked Livewire to join Unity, the elite strike team he was forming to stop Aric and avert a large scale global conflict. Using her control over machines, Livewire stripped the X-O Manowar armor from Aric, donned it herself and easily subdue his people, ending the conflict.

Bonding with the armor enhanced Livewire’s abilities, permitting her to now access nearly the full extent of the Harbinger Foundation’s records. With Harada’s darkest secrets now exposed to her, Livewire learned the true extent of his evil, and quickly marshaled the Unity team against her former mentor. Leaving the Harbinger Foundation behind completely and committing herself to the path of the ronin (a masterless samurai), Livewire joined Ninjak, The Eternal Warrior, X-O Manowar in the newly formed Unity team.

During the team’s mission to stop Dr. Silk and his hybridized memetic-biological virus capable of completely rewriting an infected individual’s mind, Livewire discovered she alone was immune to the effects of the Silk virus. During the subsequent Armor Hunters invasion, Livewire learned this was a result of bonding with the X-O Manowar Armor. The armor infectious property of slowly replacing portions of the bonded host with herself had altered her physiology. Using her psiot abilities, Livewire suppressed the armor’s urge to replicate, ceasing its infections of both herself and Aric.

Following the Armor Hunters’ invasion, Unity went public, Livewire took on the public role of team leader, and the team secretly adopted the Armor Hunters sentient alien spacecraft GIN-GR’s behalf. After facing threats from the War-Monger and the escaped Armor Hunters called Helix, the Unity team ultimately disbanded. The group was driven apart by the events surrounding the apparent death of their teammate, The Eternal Warrior.

Now working solo, Livewire joined the international effort to stop Toyo Harada in his attempts to declare a psiot nation on the Somali coast. While teamed with Major Charlie Palmer’s H.A.R.D. Corps team to investigate Harada’s hacking of P.R.S.(Project Rising Spirit) satellites, she discovered Harada’s plan to import supplies for his space elevator program under the cover of humanitarian aid. Livewire’s plan now is to turn opinion against her one-time mentor by exposing to the world the high-tech contents of the aid shipments to the Foundation Zone.

Personally, when it comes to the category of “Which Valiant character has been improved the most from VH1 to the current Valiant Universe?”, there’s a clear winner for me: Livewire. She’s got a great visual, she has an awesome personality, she’s easily one of the coolest heroes Valiant has, AND I think that she’d translate well to film or television. As a player character or NPC, she’d be fun, as well, given her connections to Unity, Harada, etc. I mean, she’s worn X-O’s armor… she and Ninjak have been lovers… she was trained by Harada… the storytelling possibilities are endless.