Dark Angel (Icons Writeup)

Dark Angel
aka Shevaun Haldane

Prowess 4
Coordination 4
Strength 3
Intellect 6
Awareness 4
Willpower 7

Stamina 10

Powers
1. Shevaun’s costume is actually part of the Fabric of the Universe. It is bonded to her on a molecular level and may not be removed, however she is able to store it in a pocket dimension and call it to her when needed. The costume has become a part of her and grants her the following powers:
*Flight 8
*Phasing 7
*Telepathy 7 (Extra: Mental Blast)
*Mystic Blasts 8 (Extra: These bolts ignore body armor but not force fields)
*Force Field 7
*Cosmic Awareness 10
*Dimensional Travel 8 (Extra: Thanks to her experience in doing so, she may access the Realm of Dead Superheroes automatically)
*Time Control – Travel 10 (Limit: Tiring)
*Absorption – Magical Energy 7 (Limit: Energy absorbed in this fashion is actually sent through the void which is her costume and arrives in a sub-dimension contained therein. She tries to avoid doing this too often as it can cause harm to the sentient races that live in the sub-dimension)

2. Armor – Comprised of a number of metallic devices which are attached to the Fabric that she wears, the armor provides no additional defensive bonuses. It does, however, help regulate her power flow and prevents her from accidentally using too much energy. Towards the end of the series, Shevaun dispensed with wearing the armor at all, preferring to trust her own instincts when using her powers. Without the armor, all powers gain the Limit: Burnout.

3. Graviton Phase Blaster – Blast 9, Time Control 8 (Can speed up time for a target or slow it down)

4. Gadgets 5

Specialties
Mental Resistance (+1 bonus), Occult – Hi-Tech Mysticism (Expert +2 bonus), Science (+1 bonus), Technology (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Guns (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Hunted by Mys-Tech
Earth’s Mistress of Hi-Tech Mysticism
Can call upon the Realm of Dead Superheroes for help

Background

Daughter of Mys-Tech board member Ranulph Haldane, Shevaun found herself orphaned after her father was killed by the demon Mephisto, who had granted Ranulph and the other Mys-Tech board members immortality in exchange for meeting certain quotas with regards to souls sent to Hell. When Ranulph attempted to circumvent this agreement, Mephisto slew the man while Shevaun watched from afar.

As the Chief Researcher for Mys-Tech, and the most accomplished Techno-Wizard on the board, Ranulph made sure that his daughter’s education in the art of Hi-Tech Mysticism was second to none. Though he kept secret from her the details of Mys-Tech’s connections to Shevaun, she felt responsible for the evil her father and his friends committed and swore that she would see Mys-Tech destroyed.

This vow was made possible by the intervention of a being known as Dark Angel, the Angel of Death. This being appeared before Shevaun and donated a fragment of the Fabric of the Universe, which attached itself to her flesh and became her costume. Contact with such a powerful element of the universe opened her mind to new possibilities and granted her enormous cosmic powers. As Hell’s Angel, Shevaun battled the forces of Mys-Tech for many months, gaining tutelage under Prof. Xavier’s X-Men and forming a close friendship with Betsy Braddock. She frequently adventured alongside a Guide from the spirit realm at this time and spent a good deal going to and from the Realm of Dead Superheroes where she sometimes gained aid.

Eventually, Shevaun came to the conclusion that Dark Angel had manipulated her and not told her certain details of her powers intentionally. As a result, she abandoned the name he had given her (Hell’s Angel) and chose Dark Angel instead. Why she’d choose the Angel of Death’s name as her own when she was, in fact, angry at the being is open to debate – the real life explanation, however is a bit easier to understand: Marvel Comics was threatened with a lawsuit from the Hell’s Angels motorcycle organization and they elected to simply rename Shevaun.

Regardless, Shevaun aided several other heroes in defeating Mys-Tech during the so-called Mys-Tech Wars and then proceeded to aid Death’s Head II in repelling the destruction of Earth. She still lives in her father’s castle in Darkmoor, England and continues to protect the Earth from threats both magical and technological.

Adam Crown (Icons Writeup)

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

Stamina 9

Powers
*Caliburn – Strike 5
*Shield – Damage Resistance 5
*Armor – Damage Resistance 4
*Detect – Presence of the Bane 8

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Knowledge – British History and Folklore (Expert +2 bonus), Leadership (Expert + 2 bonus), Weapons – Caliburn (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*King Arthur Reborn
*Servant of Avalon

Background

Adam Crown was a student of English history when the Lady of the Lake appeared to him in his shower. She told him that “It is time for the king to ride out once more for the sword of the new dawn.” With her guidance, Crown broke into the Museum of Pagan Antiquities and London and stole a “priceless Iron Age sword.” He took the sword to a nearby canal and hurled it in, at which point the Lady of the Lake’s hand lifted it (or another sword in its place) back above the surface.

Taking the blade in hand, Adam was eventually brought to Avalon, where the Lady informed him that he was the reincarnation of King Arthur and Adam received an infusion of powerful Pendragon magic from the Green Knight, making him stronger and more agile than before. Given that he was a typical guy beforehand, the transformation was not enough to make him superhuman – but he’s more capable than most.

Adam came to be a member of the Knights of Pendragon, a group of champions who each held part of the Pendragon power within them. Alongside such heroes as the Union Jack, Albion and Breeze, Adam proved his worth as a hero, eventually sacrificing himself in battle with the evil Red King, lord of the Bane. He has since appeared as a supporting character in a few stories set in England so apparently he was revived under unknown circumstances.

Adam was a favorite of mine from the old Marvel UK days and I think he could be a major player in a campaign set in or around the British Isles. Way back in the past I wrote a whole bunch of fanfiction stories based around the Knights of Pendragons and I used Adam a lot – as such, I retain a lot of fondness for him.

Characters I Love: Dark Angel

dark_angelEvery so often, I focus on a character from adventure fiction (film, comics & prose) that I simply adore.

This week we’re talking about: Dark Angel!

Debuting in Hell’s Angel # 1 (the character was renamed after some threatened legal action), Shevaun Haldane starred in her own series during Marvel-UK’s 1990s heyday and recently returned in a crossover event called Revolutionary War.

According to Marvel.com: Shevaun Haldane was the daughter of Ranulph Haldane, one of the seven members of Mys-Tech which sold their souls to the Hell-Lord, Mephisto for immortality. Ranulph and the others agreed to supply Mephisto with souls for extended lives. While working upstairs in the laboratories of Mys-Tech, Shevaun heard a ruckus coming from downstairs in her father’s secret laboratory. She rushed to her father’s side moments after he was killed by Mephisto. She was approached by the Angel of Death, Dark Angel, guardian of souls who leave the mortal plane via the portal of death. The Dark Angel had arrived too late to claim Ranulph’s soul. He disclosed the truth about her father’s activities and later offered her a shred of the fabric of the universe, thus granting her the great power to oppose the sinister Mys-Tech. The Angel also gave her body armor that would help her command her new powers. Realizing that she now had the power of angels to fight Hell on Earth, she took the name Hell’s Angel. Shevaun would latter change her name to Dark Angel.

I always loved the look of the character, her complex back-story and I felt that she deserved wider play in the Marvel Universe. When I was writing fanfic, I featured her heavily in my Pendragons series. Given the chance, I’d throw myself at any and all Marvel editors to work on a title featuring her.

Given her piercings and general attitude, I actually think she could be more popular now than she was back in the Nineties.

Here are a few more images of her:

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Characters I Love # 6: Spitfire

spitfireEvery Wednesday, I focus on a character from adventure fiction (film, comics & prose) that I simply adore. This week we’re talking about: Spitfire, the super-fast Marvel Comics’ heroine. Spitfire first appeared in Invaders # 7 (July 1976) in her identity as Jacqueline Falsworth before debuting as Spitfire in Invaders # 12 (December 1976). Over the years, she’s been a member of not only the World War II-era Invaders but also of MI-13.

The daughter of the original Union Jack and the sister of the second man to use that identity, Spitfire was exposed to heroism and patriotism her entire life. As a teenager in World War II, she met the Invaders and was injured by the vampiric Baron Blood. Only a blood transfusion from the artificial lifeform that was the original Human Torch saved her, also endowing her with superspeed. After joining the Invaders, Spitfire operated throughout the war as one of England’s primary champions. After the war, she married Lord Crichton and bore him a son, Kenneth. Unfortunately, Kenneth would eventually be swayed to the side of darkness, becoming the second Baron Blood.

Spitfire eventually retired as a hero and focused on running Falsworth Industries, though a later second transfusion from the Torch not only restored her powers but also her youth. After this, she returned to active adventuring, working with both the New Invaders and MI-13. Unfortunately, the curse of vampirism that had claimed the lives of both her father and her son eventually played havoc on Spitfire herself as she manifested several unique abilities. She has vampire fangs that appear when she’s angered but she possesses no blood lust and does not need to drink it to survive.

I’ve always loved this character – not only because of her sleek costume design but because she’s such an old-fashioned hero. She wants to do the right thing so she does it! She’s a golden age hero through and through, with all that entails. I was a huge Invaders fan back in the day but I love seeing her in the modern world, as well — even with the darkening of her character brought about by the vampire business (which I’m not too keen on), she’s still a breath of relatively fresh air in what’s become a pretty seedy Marvel Universe.

Back in my fanfiction days, I wrote a LOT of stories featuring Spitfire, casting her as a member of the heroic Pendragons. Those were the days, eh?

Anyway, I’d love to see somebody treat Spitfire as a legitimate big gun in the Marvel Universe but I’m afraid that they’d just drag her through the mud like they have most of their heroes, so maybe she should just stay in the shadows for now.