Mass Effect – Delilah Spruce Shephard

Delilah Spruce Shepherd

Delilah Spruce Shephard is a character from a game known as Mass Effect which in all honesty I have never played. However if you like strong women, Sci-Fi and Femslash then the fan-fiction stories written by Melaradark is definitely a good place to start. I have provided links but if they do not work let me know since her stories can be found on Fanfiction.net. I think she is also doing some Original ficton on Fiction Press but I leave that to the more intrepid souls to find.

In the first instalment Dark Energy we are introduced to Shephard who can best be described as a cigar chomping renegade who is overly fond of whiskey, dirty dives with a penchant for flying in fists first and asking questions later. All through the story she battles with controlling her aggression and and anger management issues.

She is made Spectre, the first human Spectre of the Interplanetary Alliance. Her love interest is Dr Liara T’soni and friends Kaidan Alenko, Ashley Williams and Wrex. If like me you become hooked you can read up the rest of the Dark Energy series here.

Dark Energy 2 Trail of Shadows 

Dark Energy 3 End of Days

So happy reading and let me know what you think of our Space Cowgirl.

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Emma Frost aka The White Queen

The White Queen

Female Villains are somehow just hotter than thier do gooder counterparts. Today’s female super villain is Emma Frost whom I came to appreciate in a fan fiction written by Princess Alexandria called Not Myself and the Follow up 500 Miles.

This is an amazing Fan Fiction piece especially when considering the way Emma Frost is usually treated in the comic verse.

Emma Grace Frost appears in the Marvel Comicverse, usually  in association with the X-Men. She first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #129 (January 1980), and was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne. Emma Frost, also known as the White Queen, has evolved from a supervillain and foe of the X-Men, to becoming a superhero and one of the X-Men’s most central members and leaders until the events of Inhumans vs. X-Men.

Frost belongs to a subspecies of humanity called mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. She is an urbane telepath with a well-noted, dry wit.

The character appears in many adaptations of the X-Men properties, such as video games, animated programs, and live-action films. January Jones portrayed Emma Frost in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class. Other portrayals of the character include actress Finola Hughes in the 1996 film Generation X.

 Background

Emma Frost was born in west newbury , Massachusetts, to the wealthy Winston and Hazel Frost; she is the third of four children, which include her older brother, Christian Frost, her older sister Adrienne Frost and her younger sister Cordelia Frost. Winston is cold, ruthless, and domineering, often imposing impossibly high standards on his children, while Hazel abuses prescription drugs to cope with the tensions of her household. Thus, Frost obtains no emotional support from her parents or her sisters, but gets along with her brother Christian.

At her school, Frost is ruthlessly bullied by her peers but finds support in teacher, Ian Kendall. When her telepathic powers manifest, Frost is able to read the minds of others and glean information. Frost becomes a tutor to the other students and Ian recommends her to be a teacher, something Frost’s father refuses. On her way home from school one day, Frost’s car breaks down and Ian gives her a ride home. After reading his thoughts and learning that he thinks she is beautiful and intelligent, Frost kisses him. Her sister Adrienne records it and her father uses the evidence to get Ian fired. Frost begins to fight back by blackmailing her father. Intrigued by her actions, Winston offers her the family fortune but Frost rejects his offer and decides to make her own way in life.[7]

After a period of homelessness, Frost meets and falls in love with a young man named Troy, who agrees to let her live with him. She learns that he owes a large amount of money to a local mobster named Lucien. In order to save Troy’s life, Frost agrees to participate in a fake kidnapping scheme in an attempt to extort the remainder of Troy’s debt from her father. However, this soon turns into a real kidnapping and Troy is killed while valiantly attempting to save Frost from an enraged Lucien. Using her powers, Frost turns the thugs against one another and then forces the remaining henchman to free her.

Frost takes the ransom money and enrolls in Empire State University.[8] There, she begins to learn about mutants for the first time and meets fellow telepath Astrid Bloom, who becomes her friend and mentor. Frost later learns that Astrid has been secretly manipulating events. Furious, she attacks Astrid telepathically and leaves her comatose. Frost is later invited to the Hellfire Club,[9][10] an underground elite society. Frost discovers the plans of Edward Buckman and Steven Lang to destroy all mutants. Alongside Sebastian Shaw, Lourdes Chantel, and Harry Leland, Frost battles Lang’s Sentinels. Frost kills Buckman and the Council of the Chosen, then – along with Shaw – takes control of the Hellfire Club, setting themselves up as Lords Cardinal of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club.

White Queen of the Hell Fire Club

As White Queen of the Hellfire Club, Frost held many titles, one of which was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Frost International, which helps to fund the activities of the Lords Cardinal. Frost also becomes the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and headmistress of the Massachusetts Academy, a school for mutants which serves as a counterpoint to Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Frost and the Club’s agents later attempted to recruit Kitty Pryde for the Massachusetts Academy, and capture (and personally torture) several members of the X-Men, including Storm, Colossus, Wolverine, and Phoenix. Frost engages Phoenix in a psychic battle in which she is overpowered and on the verge of being killed. Frost launches a last-minute attack that led the X-Men to believe she had committed suicide,[12] though in truth, she was comatose and recovering from Phoenix’s attack under the care of Sebastian Shaw.[13] In another encounter with the Hellfire Club, Frost telepathically forces Kitty Pryde‘s parents to transfer her from Xavier’s to the Massachusetts Academy. She then switches minds with Storm in order to defeat the X-Men from within their own ranks, however, the process is soon reversed and the two are restored to their respective bodies.[14] She was later temporarily rendered comatose by Mastermind.[15]

The Hellions

During her time with the Hellfire Club, Frost continues to run the Massachusetts Academy and mentors the mutant team known as the Hellions. Frost attempts to recruit several gifted youngsters to her cause: Firestar,[16] Doug Ramsey and again Kitty Pryde, all of which result in altercations.[17] Alongside the Hellions, Frost encounters the Hellions’ rival team, Xavier’s New Mutants, several times.[18] When the New Mutants are later killed and resurrected by the Beyonder, they are left traumatized and withdrawn. Frost offers her assistance in telepathically restoring them to their former selves. She then coerces their headmaster Magneto into allowing them to join the Massachusetts Academy.[19] With Shaw and Selene, Frost invites Magneto to join the Hellfire Club…[20] Alongside the Hellfire Club, Frost battles the High Evolutionary‘s forces to rescue Magma,[21] helps Magneto search for the New Mutants when they had gone missing, encounters the effects of the Inferno, and eventually forms an alliance with Selene and Magneto to oust Shaw from the inner circle.[22]

Losing the Hellions

When the time traveling mutant Trevor Fitzroy unleashes the mutant-hunting robots called the Sentinels on Frost and her Hellions, Frost places herself in a psychic coma in order to survive the ordeal. Her students however, are not as lucky and are killed in action.[23][24] Frost later awakens in the Xavier Academy. Disoriented, she switches minds with Iceman and escapes but is overcome with grief when she discovers the deaths of her students. Professor Xavier is able to coax Frost to switch back.[25]

Generation X

Frost later teams up with the X-Men to defeat the Phalanx, and in the process, rescue a select group of teenage mutants who become a superhero team known as Generation X,[26] to whom Frost and Banshee becomes mentors at the reopened Massachusetts Academy. After Frost’s business ventures take a bad turn, she seeks help from her estranged sister Adrienne, who is a psychometrist. Adrienne offers financial assistance but secretly plots against Frost and plants a bomb at the school, resulting in the death of Synch.[27] Frost tracks down and kills Adrienne,[28] but after returning to the Academy, grows increasingly distant from her students in an effort to hide her crime. When the students learn what Frost did, the students become estranged from her, and Generation X disbands.[29]

 As a Super Hero with the X-Men

In dealing with the emotional fallout from the murder of her sister, Frost travels to the mutant haven island of Genosha, where she teaches at a mutant school until a genocidal Sentinel attack kills most of the island’s inhabitants; Frost survives due to the sudden manifestation of her secondary mutation: the power to transform herself into a flexible, near-invulnerable, diamond-like substance. After being rescued Frost joins the X-Men and takes on a teaching position at Xavier Institute.[30] She mentors a group of telepathic quintuplets, the Stepford Cuckoos, who quickly become her prized pupils. Frost and the Cuckoos prove themselves when they help fight and defeat Charles Xavier’s evil twin sister Cassandra Nova. As a member of the X-Men, Frost begins counselling Cyclops over his marriage with Jean however, this soon turns into a psychic, non-physical, sexual relationship.[31][32]

While quelling a riot at the school, one of the Stepford Cuckoos, Sophie, is killed and the others reject Frost’s mentorship, blaming her for the death. They attempt to get revenge by telepathically contacting Jean about Frost’s and Cyclops’ psychic affair.[33] In the aftermath of the riot, Jean catches Frost and Summers in bed together in their minds. In a rage, Jean unleashes her reignited Phoenix powers and psychically humiliates Frost. Afterward, Frost is found physically shattered in her diamond form.[10] As Bishop and Sage investigate the crime, Jean uses her increasingly growing Phoenix powers to reassemble Frost’s body, acknowledging that Frost has genuinely fallen in love with Scott. Revived, Frost is able to name her attempted murderer – Esme of the Stepford Cuckoos, who had mind-controlled fellow student Angel Salvadore into shooting Frost in her single flaw with a diamond bullet, under the direction of Xorn.[34]

Upon Jean’s death, Cyclops moves on with his life with Frost. Despite the criticism from their teammates and family members, Cyclops and Frost become lovers, and the two take over the school after Professor Xavier steps down;[35] Frost becomes co-headmistress with Cyclops and adviser to a new team of Hellions.[36] She develops an antagonistic relationship with fellow teacher Kitty Pryde[37] and the alternate reality daughter of Jean and Cyclops, Rachel Grey, however, a truce is reached when Frost offers to help Rachel hone her telepathic abilities.[38][39]

Powers and abilities

Emma Frost is a mutant of enormous telepathic ability,[99] and is also capable of transforming into an organic diamond state with enhanced strength and durability which suppresses her telepathy. Additionally Frost has been a host to the Phoenix Force and was classified as an Omega-level mutant when she went to shut down the Avengers Academy as one of the Phoenix Five.[100]

Telepathy

Frost has been classified as an “Omega-Class telepath“,[101][102][103][104] capable of extraordinary psionic feats, including the telepathic standards of: broadcasting and receiving thoughts, mind-control, altering perceptions and memories, psychic shielding, astral projection, mind switching, brain engram modification, mental sedation, and induction of mental pain via touch.[38][59][60][62][63][105][106][107][108][109][110] She is also able to boost or activate a mutant’s powers through accessing their brain’s neurological pathways, and can communicate across global distances unaided.[38][59][60][62][63][105][106][107][108][109][110] Her abilities have been stated to rival those of Charles Xavier himself.[60] Additionally, she has also been referred to as a “psi of the highest order,” been ranked among the five most skilled telepaths on the planet,[107] has demonstrated the ability to stalemate Exodus,[111] and overcome telepaths, such as Nate Grey,[105] Kid Omega, and Rachel Summers, through greater power, experience and skill.[38][39][112]

Diamond form

At the moment of the destruction of Genosha, Frost manifested a secondary mutation giving her the ability to transform her body into organic diamond.[10] In this form, Frost is translucent and retains mobility while being nigh invulnerable, and able to support incredible amounts of weight.

Emma’s diamond body is virtually tireless as she does not produce fatigue poisons and has no need for water or food.[113] She is also numbed from emotion, pain and empathy, impervious to cold,[114] and resistant to heat in this form.[115][116][117] Furthermore, in this form she has no need to breathe.[118] Despite this high level of invulnerability, her diamond form has a single molecular flaw, which if exploited – such as being shot with a diamond bullet – can cause her body to shatter.[10]

In this diamond state Frost is unable to access her psychic powers due to suppression by her diamond form’s adamantine luster.[119] As a result, Emma is also granted total telepathic immunity while in diamond form.[115][120] Her diamond form is also stated to emit low-level ultraviolet light, causing it to glow in darkness.[119]

Frost’s diamond form also grants her superhuman strength. She has been shown to manhandle Warpath,[121] and has sent Lady Mastermind flying through a wall with a single punch.[122]

Innate traits and expertise

Frost has a gifted intellect with college degrees in multiple fields, including a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Business Administration from the prominent Marvel Universe’s Empire State University. A superb businesswoman, Emma Frost for many years was founder and CEO of Frost Enterprises, a major multinational conglomerate headquartered in New York City that rivaled Stark Enterprises and Worthington Industries and specialized in shipping, aerospace engineering and new technology R&D.

Frost is also a highly capable planner, an electronics expert, and can invent machines that grant various psionic abilities, such as “Multivac”, a mutant locater capable of monitoring the psionic levels of mutants; the “Hallucinator” used to induce hypnotic hallucinations to brainwash others; the gun-like device that enabled her to exchange minds and powers with Storm; and the Mindtap mechanism which enhanced and enabled her Hellfire cohort Mastermind to project his illusions directly into the mind of the Phoenix.[12][119][123][124][125]

Frost is well versed in medical disciplines such as neurology, biochemistry, pathophysiology and genetics. This has allowed her to medically cure Polaris from an array of infectious diseases and examine Iceman‘s brain physiology.[126][127] Additionally, Frost has also been shown to bootstrap her own brain chemistry to counter a neurotoxin.[123]

Telekinetic potential

On occasion, it has been hinted that Frost is also a latent telekinetic. Jean Grey’s displaced psyche was able to use Frost’s brain to generate a telekinetic force field and fly.[128] During the Onslaught Saga, Frost unwittingly levitated several kitchen utensils while having a bad dream.[129] When the mutant Synch “synched” with Frost’s powers, he was able to use them to levitate several objects and individuals in the room. This phenomenon is then referred to as telekinesis and credited to Frost’s psi powers.[130]

Resources and anonymity

Frost possesses vast wealth as the owner of several multibillion-dollar conglomerates; Frost International, Frost Enterprises and Meridian Enterprises.[131][132] Additionally, Frost has also made investments in oil companies, Stark Industries, Wakandan Airways, Ben Nishmura’s gamma research, Reed Richards’ patent for unstable molecules and Cummings Aeronautics helicarrier project.[132][133] Furthermore, as CEO Frost International Frost has access to various technologies either designed by herself,[119] or made through acquisitions of corporations such as LaNeige Industries which specialises in trans-dimensional travel and weaponry.[134]

Frost’s wealth and legal resources (Brooke & Webster esq plc)[135] affords her a degree of anonymity over the digital medium. This has been shown to extend to databases owned by the Avengers,[136] and the Sentinel Bastion.[137] Furthermore, several injunctions have been in place to prevent any discussion or referencing of Frost or her moniker the “White Queen” on any public networks.[135]

As a member of the Phoenix 5, Frost at one point telepathically scanned every single superhuman and human mind on the planet digging for the darkest of secrets and information.[138]

Attire and paraphernalia

Frost regards her revealing attire as battle armour which may give her a psychological edge against any opponent.[139] Additionally, Frost considers high-heeled footwear as vital to her attire,[140] and has demonstrated balance and proficiency with them in hand-to-hand combat.[141] Frost has to maintain a careful balance between her fashion sensibilities and being on the battlefield as this has on one occasion hindered her mobility on mountainous terrain.[142]

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Azutara/Kazula Fanfiction – Avatar the Last Air Bender – Azula/Katara

Katara and Azula are two characters in the comic Avatar the Last Airbender. Katara is a master waterbender which means she has control over water and its healing powers. She lost her mother to the war but her father is the Chief of the Southern Tribes who live at the South Pole.

Azula is a Princess of the fire nation and a Master Fire bender. She is also the sister of Prince Zuko the disgraced Prince and heir to the fire nation throne who is banished by thier father Ozain. Azula was her father’s favourite whilst Zuko was favoured by thier mother Ursa.

Azula and Katara start out as mortal enemies. Azula wanted to capture Aang while Katara wanted to protect him. The two later fought in Ba Sing Se with Azula capturing the city in a coup when she usurped the Dai Li. The two seemed to be on equal footing until Zuko joined her side. Aang then entered the Avatar State but was zapped by Azula while Katara watched in horror.

Katara ended up facing Azula in the final battle during Sozin’s Comet. At first, she simply accompanied Zuko and witnessed them fighting one-on-one in an Agni Kai which is a duel. The fighters can use martial arts or if they have control over the elements may choose to use those powers instead.

During the duel between Azula and Zuko, Azula aimed her lightning at Katara so Zuko jumped in the way to take the shot. Katara was then forced to step in and battle Azula. She managed to freeze her and chain her to a sewage grate.

Katara then healed Zuko and watched in pity as Azula went insane. Years later, Katara went to help Zuko find his mother and found that Azula was released so that she could help him. Katara was bothered by this and found Azula’s reckless behavior to be unbearable, with the two of them sometimes getting into arguments that were oddly enough played for laughs. At the end of this story, Katara agrees with Aang in expressing hope that Azula can change for the better.

Fanon

Azutara aka Kazula is a somewhat popular ship in the Avatar fandom. Many fans like them together because of the “opposites attract” aspect. They are also opposing elements (water and fire) which is a popular theme when it comes to shipping. Some see it as an alternative to Zutara (Zuka Azula’s bros and Katara). It is also attractive among those who are fans of shipping enemies together. Katara is the only bender to ever defeat Azula in battle.

Fan Fiction

Measure each Step to Infinity by Paxbanana is probably one of the best examples of fan fiction on this topic and I hope other people will be inspired by this author to write more or to give her a heads up or some kudos cos the work is epic.

 

 

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She-Ra Princess of Power

Born on planet Eternia to Queen Marlena and King Randor, Princess Adora is kidnapped at birth by Hordak and taken to Etheria. There she serves as a Horde Force Captain, (see) The Secret of the Sword a member of the Evil Horde that rules the planet Etheria.

The Sorceress sends Adam and Cringer to the planet Etheria to give the sword of power the Sorceress gave him to Adora. The Sorceress reveals to Adora that she was kidnapped by The Horde when she was a baby and that she had a twin brother. By repeating “For the honor of Grayskull” she is transformed into She-Ra.

After a battle with the rebellion, He-Man and She-Ra return to Eternia and are reunited with thier parents, Hordak returns to Eternia to try and get her back and we learn that Hordak was in fact Skeletor’s mentor. Skeletor is He-Man’s arch foe. She decides she must return to Etheria so that she can help free the planet from the Horde oppression.[10]

Adora, having been trained by the Horde her entire life, assumes leadership of the Great Rebellion. The epic battle to free Etheria from the grip of the Evil Horde rages on, spreading across the corners of the planet. Through this war, She-Ra calls upon her allies across the globe, using their special talents to battle against Horde creations. Whether or not She-Ra and her forces were ever successful in defeating the Horde was never revealed.

When Adora transforms to She-Ra, two castles are shown in the background. The first is Castle Grayskull. The second is the Crystal Castle. The Crystal Castle is located at the top of Skydancer Mountain and is overseen by an entity called Light Hope, who advises She-Ra in times of crisis. In the Princess of Power toyline, the castle is also protected by two winged crystal horses, Moonbeam and Sun Dancer. It should be noted that the Crystal Castle’s location is known only to Ahgo (King of the Trolls), She-Ra, and He-Man (she brought him there one time); She-Ra has sworn to secrecy its location, thus earning the title of “Defender of the Crystal Castle.”

She-Ra: Princess of Power is an American animated television series produced in 1985 by Filmation. A spin-off of Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series, She-Ra was aimed primarily at a young female audience to counterbalance He-Man’s popularity with young males. Unlike the He-Man cartoon, which was based on the Masters of the Universe toy line by Mattel, the creation of She-Ra was a collaboration between Filmation and Mattel. The initial group of characters and premise were created by Filmation, while the characters introduced later were designed by Mattel. Mattel provided financial backing for the show, as well as an accompanying toyline. The series premiered in 1985 and was cancelled in 1986, after 2 seasons and 93 episodes.

She-Ra is known for her incredible strength. Many times she has been shown to be able to lift not only full-grown men and robots, but also mountain-like rocks and buildings. She is also depicted as being extremely fast and acrobatic. Her speed allows her to easily deflect multiple incoming energy blasts with her sword. She-Ra also demonstrated a series of other abilities which appear to be more nurturing in nature such as empathic understanding, mental communication with animals and healing. Whether there is a limit to the length of time she can remain in her heroic form before she reverts to her original form of Adora is unknown, however there have been occasions in which she has been forcibly transformed back into Adora, implying that her powers do have limits to them.

She-Ra’s primary weapon is her Sword of Protection. Her sword is apparently almost indestructible and able to deflect bolts of energy, both magical and technological, as well as to project beams of energy from the stone in its center. The stone is also used to turn Spirit into Swift Wind, as the power beam needed to perform the transformation comes from it (as opposed to the Sword of Power, where the energy beam that is used to transform Cringer into Battle Cat is shot from the tip of the sword and requires He-Man to point it directly at Cringer in order for it to work).

However, in one episode, the stone in She-Ra’s sword becomes damaged, causing her to be unable to transform into She-Ra. The sword also had transmutation abilities – upon command, it would instantly change shape into whatever She-Ra required at the time; examples include: a shield, parachute, helmet, rope with grappling hook, and a boomerang.

She-Ra is largely non-violent and usually only resorts to combat as a last resort. She uses cunning and her wits, often preferring to outsmart her adversaries; her most violent actions typically consist of body throws. As per broadcast standards of the period, in the Filmation cartoon, He-Man & She-Ra were not allowed to use their swords as offensive weapons, nor were they allowed to directly punch or kick anyone. She-Ra was only allowed to destroy robotic enemies, which were her primary foes.

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In December 2012, She-Ra appeared in her own DC Comics series as a lead in to her introduction into the “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” comic series.[12] Adora’s introduction is an updated retelling of her classic origin story.[13] Although she was still kidnapped as a baby and raised by the Horde, Adora’s personality and life are made much more violent and tragic when compared to her animated counterpart.

Rather than being a kind woman who has been under the mind-control of Shadow Weaver, Despara (Adora’s Horde name) is a brutal force captain who is fully aware of the Horde’s cruel and evil nature, and although she has some reservations, serves them willingly. Rather than having already taken over the planet of Etheria, instead Despara leads the Horde in taking over Eternia, and driving He-Man, King Randor and the Masters into hiding so as to rebel against the Horde. Due to a connection between her and Teela, Adora begins to break free of the Horde’s will, and has begun her journey into becoming She-Ra.

 So why is she here? Well She-Ra kicks ass although she also has a nurturing side to her nature. Her relationship with Glimmer and Teela is interesting Teela is the daughter of Man at Arms and Prince Adam’s companion, whereas Glimmer is the Princess of Bright Moon and was leader of the rebellion before the arrival of She-Ra in whose favour she stepped down.

Surprisingly She-Ra is also seen as a gay icon. Obviously its a children’s toon from 1985 so if you are writing a fanfiction you have the option of Light Hope and Bow or if you were going to have a same-sex pairing I assume it would be between Glimmer and She-Ra or Sorceress or even Queen Angelia depending on what floats your boat.

Super Heroines

Nyssa al Ghul – Heir to the Demaon

Nyssa Al Ghul Heroine or Villain?

 

 

 

 

She is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul and the half-sister of Talia al Ghul.

In Batman: Death and the Maidens, it is revealed that Ra’s al Ghul had a love child born during his travels in Russia in the 19th century named Nyssa. Enamored by the romantic stories that her mother told her about Ra’s as a child, Nyssa sets out to find Ra’s and eventually locates him at his headquarters in North Africa.

Impressed by her beauty, her warrior skills, and the fact that she was able to locate him, she is promoted to a position similar to that later held by her half-sister, Talia. As a right hand associate, she accompanies him during his adventures. Ra’s is so impressed with her abilities, he even allows Nyssa to use his Lazarus Pits. Like her sister Talia, Nyssa eventually becomes disenchanted with Ra’s genocidal plans to “cleanse the Earth,” and disassociates herself from her father sometime in the early 19th century. Ra’s reluctantly approves this, believing that she will return to him and that she or her children will become his future heirs. To his disappointment, Nyssa refuses to give herself or her family to him, causing him to disown her permanently. He does however allow her to keep a Lazarus Pit for herself and, much to his surprise, she finds a way to reuse it, allowing her to survive until modern times.

During World War II, Nyssa and her family are sent to a concentration camp, where Nyssa’s entire family dies and she is rendered infertile by gruesome Mengele-style experiments. At one point she begs Ra’s for help, but he refuses her, stating that, while he does not agree with Hitler‘s ideas, his cause could only be aided by the millions who will be exterminated by Hitler’s scheme.

Death and the Maidens

Broken by her horrifying experiences during this time, and enraged that Ra’s has abandoned her and her family to die at the hands of the Nazis, Nyssa is finally motivated to act when her great-grandson – her last living descendent – is killed. She plots to kill Ra’s by befriending, kidnapping, and brainwashing Talia and using her to kill Ra’s. To this end, she captures Talia and, using a Lazarus Pit, kills and resurrects her in rapid succession, leaving Talia virtually broken from the trauma of dying again and again in so short a time. Rendered apathetic by her time in the camp, unable to feel anything, Nyssa then attempts to destroy all hope and optimism in the world by assassinating Superman with Kryptonite bullets she steals from the Batcave, hoping that, by uniting the world in one moment of tragedy, she will manage to rouse herself once more.

While Batman is successful in preventing the assassination of Superman, he is unable to stop Ra’s from being killed by Nyssa.[1] This in turn is part of a greater plan by Ra’s to ensure that his daughters, both initially dissatisfied with his plans, will realize that he is right, and that they would come to accept their destinies as his heirs. Realizing and accepting this, both Nyssa and Talia become the heads of the League of Assassins. Talia disavows her love for Bruce Wayne, and both sisters declare Batman to be their enemy, Nyssa promising that she will not fail her father as Batman departs.

Lazarus Pit

Nyssa is in possession of one of the world’s last Lazarus Pits, which has granted her longevity and the ability to heal her wounds; she survives The Holocaust thanks to its powers. She also found the ability to use the pit multiple times. She is also extremely wealthy, especially since she assumes control of Ra’s’ organization and joins forces with Talia. Like her father and sister, she knows Batman’s secret identity and the location of the Batcave.

In the Batcave, a Lazarus Pit was created by Batman after he learned that the Pits were necessary to maintain the stability of the world. A third seems to exist high in the Himalayas, used by Black Adam to revive Isis. A fourth Lazarus Pit was revealed to exist in the Australian outback; and a fifth in Tibet.[citation needed]

“Infinite Crisis”

During “Infinite Crisis“, Nyssa and her sister connive to use Talia’s membership in Luthor’s Secret Society of Super Villains in order to take over the planet. Nyssa tries to recruit Batgirl (as Cassandra Cain) to stand at her side as “The One Who Is All”. She attempts to explain why she is working with the villains of the Society to Batgirl:

“Vast stockpiles of food rot, while people starve. Millions die from curable diseases, while drug companies rake in the billions. Our environment chokes on our waste, becoming so toxic that life fails. It’s genocide by greed, apathy, and neglect. These are the real crimes. Something must change.”

“But … they’re evil.”

“The Society’s plans are vast … they will succeed. I can’t stop them. When the world gets a true taste of violent oppression, and their heroes lie dead and broken – apathy will die. That’s when you’ll lead my league to sanction key society members. Leaving Talia and I to lead the revolution. A new world will be born, one of peace and equality. Millions of lives will be saved.”

Batgirl #67, written by Andersen Gabrych

Cassandra refuses, and, along with Mr. Freeze, escapes from Nyssa’s grasp.

In “One Year Later“, Nyssa is seen in Northern Africa, planning an unknown plot with two terrorists. As she gets into her car to leave, it explodes.[2] In the following issue, Lady Shiva reports that Nyssa  is dead, probably killed by the League of Assassins.[3]

 More recently Nyssa appears as a recurring character in the CW series Arrow, portrayed by Katrina Law. Her existence is first hinted at in the episode “League of Assassins”, when a member of the League refers to “the child of Ra’s al Ghul”.

In “Heir to the Demon”, Nyssa appears in Starling City with the intention of bringing Sara Lance, a former League of Assassins member, with whom she had a romantic relationship.

Nyssa’s last name is al Ghul, rather than Raatko (although she uses the latter name as an alias), and she is as skilled an archer as Oliver Queen/The Arrow. Because of her relationship with Nyssa, Sara was many times referred to as the “beloved”, mostly by the members of the League (similarly to Batman being Talia’s “beloved”).

In the end, she releases Sara from her obligation to the League, and disappears. She returned in the season finale episode “Unthinkable” where she and the League assisted Oliver, Sara and Roy Harper against Slade Wilson‘s army in exchange for Sara’s return to the League.

She and Sara left the City with the League.[4] She made an appearance at the ending of the season 3 episode “Corto Maltese” where she attacks Oliver and Roy and angrily asks about Sara, seemingly unaware of Sara’s murder.

She takes a larger role in the following episode, “The Magician”. After learning that Sara is dead, Nyssa seeks out Malcolm Merlyn, who she believes to be Sara’s killer.

Nyssa succeeds in tracking Merlyn down, although he claims that he did not kill Sara, which Nyssa does not believe. After Oliver says that he will defend Malcolm for as long as he is in Starling City, Nyssa leaves, stating that Oliver has made himself an enemy of the League.

I am not sure why there seems to be the urge to murder/kill off Lesbian character in TV see Chicago Fire the message amongst others I can only assume the writers are not empathic enough or maybe they just cannot be bothered to scratch below the surface of titillation value and actually delve into a relationship or character development.

It reminds me of that character in faking it “I wanna fuck a lesbo okay now I’ve got that out of the system nothing else going on here kill her off.” Oh well I guess the Lesbian is going to be taking the role of the black man….the black man always used to get it in the movies dying to save some PYT.

I liked having a female villain I was looking forward to a match up fisticuffs between either Laurel and Nyssa or Sarah and Nyssa and Nyssa with lots of sexual tension thrown in for good measure but they just disappointingly lamed the story (felicity is a nerd a character with a lot of potential hopefully they will take time to develop her as more than Arrow’s love interest) I guess they might recycle Huntress as Laurel Lance’s indomitable foe but I prefer the concept of Huntress as a Meta-Human badass Meta Human and I find it difficult to believe that Laurel will become the Black Canary (the best female martial artist in the DC verse) if its to be believed after picking up Martial arts at a late stage.

I don’t think any of these writers do any physical exercise or understand that someone who’s been doing something for 20 yrs is always going to be better at it than someone who’s been doing it for two years unless off course they download somebody’s brain into her head and give her a new body I think the story’s a dead end which is a shame as the actress playing Laurel Lance is very good and her talents under utilised. Well that’s my two cents for the day.

We will keep an eye out for Arrow Fan Fiction there is definitely room for development of this comic character.

 

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The Continuum – The birth of the New Modern Heroine

Continuum is a Canadian science fiction series produced by Reunion Pictures Inc., Boy Meets Girl Film Company, and GK-TV. The series centers on the conflict between a group of rebels from the year 2077 who time-travel to Vancouver, BC, in 2012, and a police officer who accidentally accompanies them. In spite of being many years early, the rebel group decides to continue its violent campaign to stop corporations of the future from replacing governments, while the police officer endeavours to stop them without revealing to anyone that she and the rebels are from the future. The show premiered on Showcase on May 27, 2012.[2] The first season has 10 episodes.[2] On August 25, 2012, Showcase renewed Continuum for a second season of 13 episodes[3] which premiered on April 21, 2013 (Showcase) in Canada, May 23, 2013 (Syfy) in the UK and on June 7, 2013 (Syfy) in the US.[4] On June 5, 2013, Continuum was officially renewed and will be returning for a third season.[5]

City Protective Services (CPS) law enforcement officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) lives a quiet, normal life with her husband and son in 2077-era Vancouver. Under the corporatocratic and oligarchicdystopia of the North American Union and its “Corporate Congress”, life goes on in apparent freedom under a technologically advanced high-surveillance police state.

When a group of anarcho-socialist self-proclaimed freedom fighters known as “Liber8″ escape execution by fleeing to the year 2012, Kiera is involuntarily transported with them into the past. Joining with Detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster) and the Vancouver Police Department, and enlisting the help of teen computer genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), Kiera works to track down and thwart Edouard Kagame (Tony Amendola) and his followers in the present day while concealing her identity as a time-traveller from the future.

Kagame and the members of Liber8 plot to alter the past to avert the rise of what they see as a dictatorial and Orwellian corporate regime to be stopped at all costs. Meanwhile, Kiera learns that Alec is none other than Alec Sadler, future corporate mogul and head of SadTech, one of the mega-corporations that dominate the world in 2077.

Fighting to return home to her family, Kiera finds that her presence in 2012, and that of the members of Liber8, may be no accident at all.

Rachel Nichols as City Protective Services (CPS) Protector Kiera Cameron, a law enforcement agent from 2077-era Vancouver who was sent back into the past with the members of Liber8 during their escape attempt at their execution. Cut off from her time period, she joins the Vancouver Police Department to pursue Liber8 and thwart their plans to alter the timeline using her new position in the police department and technology she brought with her.

Kiera came through the portal with her standard City Protection Service equipment one of which is a Suit with enabling enhanced strength, bulletproof protection, complete invisibility with color-changing camouflage.

An electric taser system, capable of emitting an energy shield bubble and advanced computer processing capabilities with built-in screens for data access in her wrists. Kiera is cybernetically enhanced with Cybernetic visual implants with functions that include biorhythm detection, heat detection and telescopic vision.

When Kiera’s suit is in proximity, she gains additional functionality, including complete personnel information on targets, and forensic data processing and computing. Kiera also has an electronic Multi-tool: a hand-held device that features wireless frequency generation (capable of matching current model wireless car door locks and other devices), a fingerprint duster that is electronically linked to her visual implants, a magnetic field generator, and a medical injector for various drugs from truth serum to stimulants.

Kiera Cameron is the equivalent of a technological Amazon except that unlike the Amazons and Wonder Woman she has a sex life, ie a husband and son and a love interest which she is able to balance like most normal women without making her out to be an unconscionable slut or an emotionally retarded single woman who just can’t seem to get a man or woman.

She has similar attributes to Wonder Woman, invisibility, truth serum (Wonder Woman has a lasso), bullet proof and enhanced strength and intelligence. She can also sometimes be emotionally disconnected like Wonder Woman but unlike Wonder Woman she is not portrayed as the untouchable virgin princess who is on a pedestal and inaccessible to the average joe.

I like the development of the characters in this series, her sidekick and sometime possible love interest Carlos Fonnegra (played by Victor H. Webster) is suitably handsome and manly (e.g. he can handle himself in a fight) and is not some physically challenged male whose strength significantly reduces in direct proportion with the female character’s strength.  I hope if they do gave Rachel Nicols a love interest it would be a new character rather than Carlos. Nothing against Carlos but it always seems very incestuous when in virtually all the plots about cops the sexual chemistry between two cop partners is a focal point it would be nice to see  a change.

However I would like to see Rachel Nicols in some more action scenes, i.e. taking down the bad guys. If she has a power suit that enhances her strength then it would make sense if she deployed that asset better. I think she moves elegantly and fluidly and makes a believable female action hero, but that’s my personal opinion. Her other character, the geek  sidekick Alec Sadler played by Erik Knudsen is perfectly cast and brings in the dimension of physics and time travel. The show is always asking questions and I believe if handled well it would be and inspiration just like Star Trek inspired Motorola to develop the mobile phone.

I think Kiera Cameron is a strong well rounded female heroine. She has the mental and emotional strength to do her job without being neurotic. She has the cold calculating mind that you would expect from an investigator. She has the physical and mental strength and intelligence to rescue herself and protect others without being affected by the damsel in distress syndrome that seems to affect other supposedly strong female characters who always have to be rescued or who sustain injuries that leave them vulnerable. Her character does not need that, although she appears to suffer from an inordinate amount of wardrobe malfunctions at the most inconvenient times, i.e. her suit but I guess that’s all part of the story.

She is also a character that most people would sympathise, her wanting the world to be a safer place for her son, her loss of her family especially her son her dilemma over whether in pursuing a relationship in 2012 she is being unfaithful to her husband in 2077 whom she might never see, but still understanding that she is human and ultimately will have intimate relationships with other characters in the series.

Why did I choose Kiera Cameron? I believe that outside of Wonder Woman she is probably one of the most well written and well rounded heroines in modern times. I hope she remains so for a long time.

See also Continuum the war files at http://continuum.wikia.com/wiki/The_War_Files Continuum: The War Files is an eight part graphic novel that tells the story of Kiera during the war between the Global Corporate Congress and the Liber8 rebels, setting the precedent for the actual television series that follows. It features stories by Continuum creator Simon Barry and star Rachel Nichols. It is showcased on the game website of the Continuum series, currently available exclusively in Canada.

Fanfiction can already be found for The Continuum at http://www.fanfiction.net

Find out more information about the show here:
Official web site
Official Facebook page
Official Twitter account

You may also wish to follow Rachel Nichols on Twitter – @RachelNichols1

 

 

 

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Grudge Match

Okay so this story was also from Justice League (Season 2 Episode 9). I am not sure if you would say it has Lesbian undertones so much as a bunch of “Wimmin kickin da shizzle out of each other” which in some schools of thought carries its own brand of eroticism.

So the story is that Meta-Brawl entrepreneur Roulette finds herself disappointed that her latest staged matches aren’t earning enough money to even pay the rent in where she’s now staging them, so she turns to Lex Luthor for some financial help. Luthor, himself strapped for cash, gives Roulette an idea in the form of staging all-female Meta-Brawl matches that she named the Glamor Slam, but it wouldn’t feature any of Luthor’s female members from his Secret Society, as he hints.


Huntress, who notices that Black Canary gets easily taken down by a pickpocket, follows her into the city of Blüdhaven, where she enters a secret arena to fight against her fellow Justice League member Fire. Huntress watches the whole thing in her civilian identity as Helena Bertinelli, then tries to confront Black Canary alone to ask why she’s fighting Fire. Black Canary only answers Huntress with her fists until her Justice League communicator falls out of her ear and gets crushed. Black Canary acts as if she just snapped out of a trance, but only long enough for Huntress to knock her out. Soon both heroines are captured and placed in a cell together, where they both discover that Roulette is using the Justice League communicators to brainwash the female members into fighting each other.

Huntress and Black Canary are soon brought into the fighting arena, where they must fight together against Hawkgirl and Vixen. As the battle is engaged, both heroines are successful in removing the Justice League communicators from both Vixen’s and Hawkgirl’s ears. But the fun isn’t over yet: Roulette announces a new star attraction to the mix — Wonder Woman. As Vixen and Hawkgirl try to survive against wrestling with the Amazon Princess, Huntress and Black Canary break out of the arena and make their way into Roulette’s control room, where they force her and Sonar to break the brainwashing signal. Soon, just as Wonder Woman is about to smash her fellow Justice League member’s faces in, she stops and calmly tells them both they have some explaining to do.

As the female Justice League members help each other outside, Huntress is re-offered team membership, but she turns it down, saying she prefers working independently. She does, however, offer Black Canary a two-out-of-three-falls match to work out their anger issues with each other, which she accepts.

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Scandal Savage, Wonder Woman and the Princess of Kasnia

Okay so I am trying to get you some fanfiction wherever I can find it on Scandal Savage. A character that intrigues me mightily. I liked the idea of a Lesbian comic character but then I discover she’s a baddie, the daughter of one of the worst baddies actually (Vandal Savage) and she’s dating a stripper (Knockout). Sigh not someone you want to take home to mom is she. So during my search I got some Fan Fiction and I have posted it and the links below.

The Best Good Mornings (Mature) by cidercupcakes for museofspeed
Pairing: Knockout/Scandal Savage
Summary: There’s a certain rhythm to the morning that appeals to Scandal.

A Peacemaking Visit of Sorts (Teen) by milleniumrex for museofspeed
Pairing/Chars: Knockout/Scandal Savage, Knockout, Kon-El, Scandal Savage
Warnings: Underage
Summary: Scandal and Superboy meet, and Knockout gets a very unusual birthday surprise.

Begun in Wine (Teen) by kathryne for bofoddity
Chars: Jeannette, Scandal Savage, Backstory
Summary: Jeannette had already died once. She didn’t want to do it again.

Beelzebub Has A Devil Put Aside for Me (Teen) by harriet_spy (SarahT) for bofoddity
Chars: Deadshot, Scandal Savage
Summary: Secrets, lies, and a truly disgusting Slurpee.

Well as I was searching for info on Scandal, I came across an old Justice League Episode called Maid of Honor with Wonder Woman, Batman, Vandal Savage and the blonde haired blue eyed party princess Audrey of Kasnia. At first we see Wonder Woman flirting with Bruce Wayne and then there is a kidnapping attempt and the story seems to take an interesting turn.

Princess Audrey is the sole heir to the throne of Kasnia and she is engaged to marry Vandal Savage (the super Villain). After a  failed kidnap attempt, there follows a night of serious partying, the two are beleaguered by paparazzi and Wonder Woman carries the Princess off to somewhere romantic, where they have the touching little scene below. The Princess spends the night with Wonder Woman, Vandal poisons the King of Kasnia and Audrey has to take the throne and marry Vandal which she does despite  Wonder Woman’s vehement objections. The marriage takes place in I believe a Greek orthodox church but Vandal gets his comeuppance Audrey and Wonder Woman continue as friends? and one is left wondering.

Whilst I understand the story is for children I believe that after watching it any fan-fiction writers out there could easily get the subtext. Its one of the few times we see Wonder Woman relax around another woman. Her relationship with Shyera (Hawk girl) is very tense and they have a grudging respect for each other. They have the type of respect you show to a rival you respect, only they are not fighting over the same man, could it be territory? I leave you to figure it out.

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Super Heroines Who Swing

Its official she is the only Woman who can match Superman. Feminist Icon from a country of women only, she does not have a father although it is assumed her father is Ares. She is tall, with black hair blue eyes and incredibly strong. Alter Ego Diana Prince. She is currently rumoured to be in a relationship with Superman but she also has feelings for Batman and we think some latent ones for Supergirl.

Widely regarded as the best Martial Artist in the DC world Black Canary sometimes she is credited with a sonic scream. more about that later. She is supposed to be Green Arrow’s Love interest. However she just left Starling City so we shall have to see how that pans out.

The first Superhero to admit she might be gay she, originally started off as a cover for Batman’s gay tendencies with his “partner” Robin. Obviously Batman went off and had a lot of groupies which did not convince anybody so to get a more believable partner a long term relationship with Batwoman was introduced but she went off and became a Lesbian.

She manages to be “Motherly, butch, sensual, and moral, all at the same time.”A promising military student, she was given the choice to either deny her sexuality in writing or be kicked out of the marines due to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Rather than break her oath to never lie, she told the truth and began to seek out an outlet for doing good in the world through superheroics instead.

Renee Montoya is a familiar face for Batman fans.  Originally introduced on Batman: The Animated Series, she made her way into the comic books and soon after came out as a lesbian.  At this point, she was one of the most high profile lesbian comic book characters, and her elevation to superhero status only reinforces her groundbreaking role. I personally feel that this is a role that would suit the actress Janina Gavankar, simply because I liked the way she played the detective Mckenna Hall in Arrow the television series based on the DC comic character Green Arrow but hey what do I know I’m not a casting director and I got no kudos in Hollywood.

Rene Montoya also plays an important part to Batwoman’s backstory, as the two have shared an on-again/off-again romantic entanglement.   The two broke up initially because Renee was unwilling to out herself to her police coworkers.  They struggle to find common ground while they both deal with their busy lives of stopping psychos from destroying the world.

Mystique? A hero or villains? She is as mercurial as her form. She never stays in one spot for too long and quickly gets bored of the people she spends time with.

Except for one person,  Destiny, her long time lover. As far back as the 70′s writers were pretty open about her romantic relationship with another woman. The fact that the pages of Marvel would show off a lesbian comic book character (villain or not) was a big deal.

The two of them lived very happily together for years. While Mystique stayed young and vital due to her superpowers, eventually Destiny grew old and died. Although gone, Destiny’s love and affection still hangs over Mystique and informs her every action.

The Amazons of the (DC World comics) see especially Themyscira.

Yes, the Amazons. As in the group of people Wonder Woman hails from. But, then, what did we really suspect. Their entire culture is based on never, ever allowing themselves to be around men, ever. If you think they haven’t discovered a Sapphic side over the years, you’re out of your mind.!!!. e.g. check out Wonder Woman’s “Suffering Saphho” comments and the courting ritual described in my description of Themyscira.

Of course, recent comic books have really played up the lesbian angle for these iconic comic book characters. In fact, some writers have even implied that Wonder Woman herself is bisexual. Straight out of Greek Mythology, this island of Goddesses beyond the touch of men show what a lesbian community is like, instead of just having a lone character represent an entire sexual orientation.

Scandal Savage

Scandal is the daughter of the immortal super villain Vandal Savage.  Featuring a retarded metabolism herself, she is able to heal from wounds quickly (in hours and days, nothing like Wolverine) and is one of the best melee fighters in the DC universe.

Her homosexuality was not much of a secret. In fact, she was in a very long term relationship with super villain Knockout before the two of them became anti-hero mercenaries in the popular Secret Six title. Unfortunately, Knockout was killed a few years back.  Scandal has started to move on and has begun dating a woman with remarkably similar looks to her deceased partner.

Uncompromising and tough, Scandal is a take-no-BS kinda woman.  However, she does have her softer side and has shown a great paternal affection for her team mate and friend Bane. Yes Bane as in the Dark Knight Rises Bane -more on that later.

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Scandal Savage

Scandal Savage is a fictional character, a supervillainess and antiheroine in the DC Comics Universe . She first appeared in Villains United #1 (July 2005), and was created by Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham. Scandal is a member of the Secret Six and the daughter of supervillain Vandal Savage.

Scandal first appeared as a shrewd businesswoman in Villains United #1 (July 2005) where she was created by author Gail Simone and artist Dale Eaglesham. Within this run her character was developed and revealed by the author to be as deadly a character as any of the others in Secret Six, where she unveiled her trademark “lamentation blades” and battle outfit. In Villains United #6, the character was officially confirmed to be among the few lesbian supervillains in the DC Universe.

The character subsequently appeared in the Secret Six miniseries later in 2006, as written by Gail Simone which would embellish upon the relationship between the character and her father Vandal Savage. In Simone’s final run on Birds of Prey as part of the “Whitewater” story arc, she saw a crossover between the titular Birds of Prey and the Secret Six. When Tony Bedard assumed control of Birds of Prey, the characters of Knockout and Scandal continued to appear in issue #109 which followed from the conclusion of “Whitewater”. Tying into the upcoming Salvation Run miniseries, the character would appear again immediately following Birds of Prey #109, in Checkmate #18 as part of an emerging build up towards Salvation Run.

Fictional character biography

Scandal Savage is the daughter of immortal villain Vandal Savage and an unknown Brazilian woman, who apparently raised the child in her home country, though trained in combat by her father from childhood on.

In an attempt to destroy an alternate Lex Luthor‘s plans, the real Lex Luthor, under the alias Mockingbird, blackmailed Scandal and five other villains into antagonizing the Secret Society of Super Villains. Despite being severely outnumbered, Scandal and the rest of the Secret Six were able to thwart the Society on a number of occasions. Eventually Luthor granted the Six their freedom, telling them the safeguards placed against their rebellion were lies.

While working with the Six was originally all about saving her mother, Scandal eventually grew to care about her teammates, and is actually in an intimate lesbian relationship with one of the newest members.

During Villains United, Scandal positioned her lover Knockout as a mole in the Society. During one of the attacks by the Society, Knockout revealed her true allegiances by saving Scandal during a fight with Talia al Ghul.[1] Knockout then became an official member of the Six.

While the two were vacationing in Bangkok, Knockout was almost killed when she was shot with a Thanagarian sniper rifle by Pistolera. The shot implanted a bomb in her skin and when Scandal refused to leave her side, Knockout threw herself from the blast range telling her they would meet again in the afterlife. After the bomb went off, Scandal scrambled through the garbage to find Knockout miraculously still alive. Scandal vowed revenge on Pistolera for hurting Knockout, and soon would have it.

The Secret Six managed to capture Pistolera and Scandal took pleasure torturing the hired gun. Ultimately, Scandal could not kill the person who almost took her beloved from her, so her teammate, Deadshot, stepped in and did the deed for her.[2] Knockout regenerated her injuries soon after.

It has recently been revealed that Vandal Savage was responsible for the attacks on Knockout and the rest of the Six, as a warning of what will happen if Scandal doesn’t bear an heir for him. However, Scandal “killed” her father and escaped with the rest of the Six (minus the Mad Hatter).

Following this, the Secret Six were hired for mercenary work by a Russian mobster to protect a Rocket Red suit that was revealed to be occupied by the presumed-dead super-hero Ice.[3] During the battle against the Birds of Prey for the suit and Ice, Spy Smasher made Deadshot accidentally shoot Scandal in the back.[4] She appeared to be fine, but was too weak to continue the fight.

Following Knockout’s murder by an unknown assailant,[5] a drunk and distraught Scandal is kidnapped by Bronze Tiger and Rick Flag on the orders of Amanda Waller. King Faraday offers her a place in a revived Suicide Squad, but she refuses and promises to kill him. Faraday then orders her to be shipped off to an unknown location (see Salvation Run).[6]

She was briefly seen attacking Bolt for groping her. She was also shown to at some point to have gotten another tattoo underneath her left eye.

In the new Secret Six series (September 2008), Scandal was shown to still be drunk and depressed over the loss of Knockout. Catman and Deadshot tried to cheer her up, presenting her with a stripper dressed like Knockout. Scandal declined the woman’s advances, and managed to pull herself together for the Six’s new mission.[7]

During that time, the Six’s new member, Bane developed a fatherlike affection towards Scandal, much to her discomfort. Following the mission’s success, Scandal encountered the stripper at a supermarket. Learning that her name was Liana Kerzner, Scandal entered into a relationship with her.[8] After resurrecting Knockout with Neron‘s “Get Out of Hell Free” card, Scandal proposes a polygamous marriage between all three women, which both her lovers accept. The Secret Six are ultimately defeated and captured by an army of superheroes, with most of the team’s fates (including Scandal’s) left unrevealed due to the September 2011 reboot.[9]

The Darkest Horse

One day, Scandal is overwhelmed with grief because she misses Knockout and she begins to hate the idea that her new girlfriend Liana Kerzner is a substitute for the former New Goddess. Scandal decides that she can’t take the pain anymore so she will use the Get Out of Hell free card for Knockout. But Scandal soon realizes the card has been stolen from its secret hiding place. Ragdoll has stolen the card in order to start his own reign in Hell. The remaining members of the Six go through the portal that Ragdoll used to enter Hell.

The team discover that Ragdoll is the new leader of Hell and he intends to marry Knockout just to spite Scandal. Fortunately, Knockout convinces Scandal that she has a chance at redemption and a happy life with Liana. Knockout also convinces Scandal to take Ragdoll back with them because he is upsetting the balance in the underworld. Scandal reluctantly agrees and the team is reunited back on Earth.

Scandal heads to Liana’s apartment to embrace her with love and compassion but she soon discovers that her apartment has been thrashed. Scandal finds a blood trail which leads out of Liana’s apartment to a nearby park. Apparently, Liana’s ex boyfriend is an unstable born again Christian who wants to pray away Liana’s homosexuality but when that doesn’t work, the boyfriend tortures Liana. Scandal tortures and kills the ex-boyfriend then she takes Liana to a nearby hospital where she waits by Liana’s bed side, hoping for a speedy recovery.

Powers and abilities

The full extent of Scandal’s powers has yet to be revealed, although that it would appear owing to her father’s immortality she is incredibly resilient to harm. She claims to be “damned hard to kill” at the least.[10] In Birds of Prey #107, she took a bullet from Deadshot[11] and was capable of regrowing her damaged organs[12] talking to and carrying Knockout several minutes later, with no apparent ill effects.

In Checkmate #18, it is speculated she may or may not be immortal like her father. She also took several rounds from a machine gun to the chest and legs and still considered herself combat ready (threatening to kill her assailants). She and other people have made comments that imply that her life had been or will be longer than average. She has proven herself to be a vicious fighter, capable of holding her own against the likes of Fatality,[13] Hawkgirl, and Talia al Ghul.[1]

In combat, she often employs a set of wrist-mounted blades, — the Laminas Pesar or “Lamentation Blades”, which Scandal claims have been in the family for a long time. The blades have two settings. One is a pair of long, awl-like blades designed for stabbing. The other is three knife-like blades designed for slashing. She was also seen riding a motorcycle and seemed to be capable of combat while still riding this (though this was never seen).[

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