Marigold

Befitting her hot-headed persona, Marigold is a pyromaniac whose hatred for life is matched by her burning passion for all things flammable. She will get the job done as long as she is well paid and gets reduce both life and property to ashes.

Description:

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Marigold is usually at the forefront during SHADOW Company’s fiery purges.

MARIGOLD
Shanelle Cadwalder [Secret identity]

Affiliations:
Solo D10, Buddy D6, Team D8

Distinctions:
Criminal Background
Pyromaniac
Scornful

Power Sets

COMBAT SHROUD
Comms D10, Computer D6, EOD Suit D6, Hazmat Suit D10, Optics D8, Weapons D8, Zombie Jammer D8

SFX: Area Attack. Target multiple opponents. For every additional target, add d6 to your pool and keep +1 effect die.
SFX: Burst. Step up or double a Weapons die against a single target. Remove the highest rolling die and add 3 dice for your total.
SFX: Dangerous. Add d6 to the dice pool for an attack action and step back the highest die by -1. Step up physical stress by +1.
SFX: Protective Gear. Spend 1 PP to ignore stress, trauma, or complications from radiation, chemical, biological and flash-based and sonic attacks
SFX: Special Ammunition. When using Weapons to create assets and complications add D6 and step up effect die by +1.
Limit: Gear. Shutdown a Combat Shroud power and gain 1 PP. Take an action vs. the doom pool to recover.
Limit: Volatile Munitions. Turn Weapons power into a complication and gain 1 PP. Activate an opportunity or remove the complication to recover the power.

EXOFRAME– ASSAULT CLASS (“Titan “)
Flight D6, Grapnel D6, Hydraulics D8, Jumping D6, Running D6, Terrain Spikes D6

SFX: EMP Shielding. Spend 1 PP to ignore stress, trauma, or complications from electrical and magnetic attacks
Limit: Dead Weight. While swimming, change any Exoframe power into a complication and gain 1 PP. Activate an opportunity or remove the complication to recover the power
Limit: Malfunction. Shutdown an Exoframe power and gain 1 PP. Take an action vs. the doom pool to recover.

PYROKINETIC
Flame Control D10, Heat Control D10

SFX: Firestarter. Spend 1PP to ignore all stress and complications from fire or heat
SFX. Multipower: Use two or more Pyrokinetic powers in a single dice pool at -1 step for each additional power.
SFX: Overheat. Step up or double any Pyrokinetic power for one action. If the action fails, add a die to doom pool equal to the normal rating of your power die.
Limit: Exhausted. Shutdown either Pyrokinetic powers to gain 1 PP. Recover power by activating an opportunity or during a Transition Scene.
Limit: Mood Swings. Earn 1 PP and step up emotional stress caused by feelings of anger, doubt, and insecurity

REVENANT
Enhanced Durability D8, Enhanced Reflexes D8, Enhanced Senses D8, Enhanced Strength D8, Mystic Attack D10, Psychic Resistance D10, Superhuman Stamina D10

SFX: Healing Factor. Spend 1 PP to recover your physical stress and step back your physical trauma by -1.
SFX: Immunity. Spend 1 PP to ignore stress, trauma or complications from poison, disease, aging, fatigue, being in a vacuum or extreme temperatures
SFX: Strike Witch. Spend 1 PP or take D6 mental stress to add Mystic Attack to your dice pool until the end of the scene
Limit: Exhausted. Shutdown either Revenant powers to gain 1 PP. Recover power by activating an opportunity or during a Transition Scene.
Limit: Fading Serum. Gain 1PP and take D6 emotional stress, then step down two Revenant powers by -1. Restore by activating an opportunity or during a Transition scene
Limit: Viral Infection. If Superhuman Stamina is shutdown, take d10 physical stress at the beginning and end of every Action Scene.

Specialties
Combat Master D10, Chemical Master D10, Covert Expert D8, Crime Master D10, Menace Master D10, Tech Expert D8, Vehicle Expert D8

Milestones

Old Habits Die Hard
1 XP When you harm bystanders and/or cause collateral damage in the presence of your enemies or other heroes
3 XP When you succeed or fail in gaining information through torture
10 XP When another hero questions your methods or engages you in combat, and you either win or lose against that hero

Burn Baby Burn!
1 XP When you build a flame or heat-based weapon from common everyday materials
3 XP When you cause physical stress to yourself or physical &/or emotional stress to your allies using your own incendiary devices
10 XP When you modify an existing incendiary device, or create a new one, and then use it in battle successfully, or if it malfunctions, explodes and gives stress to you and everyone around you

SIGNATURE POSSESSIONS:

In addition to access to the extensive set of weapons and equipment from the SHADOW Company armory and the standard Kill Team load-out, Marigold often carries the following items:

  • Handgun (usually Sig Sauer 226 and Glock 17), “Ripley” assault rifle / M200 Flamethrower combo, “Dante’s Inferno” custom heavy flamethrower / heat beam combo, additional WP grenades, fireaxe
Bio:

“Human lives and human memories. Take away all their meanings and they’re just imagined concepts and nothin’ more. If you’re gonna put meanings into their deaths then you won’t get anythin’ worthwhile. They get their true value in what everyone agrees upon. Money. Profit. Material rewards. The rest is just sentimental crap.”

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Marigold during her days as a member of SHADOW’s “Cleaner” unit.

STATUS

Real Name: Shanelle Cadwalder
Current Alias: Shan, Marigold, Pyromaniac, Goldie, Psycho Bitch, Firestarter
Affiliation: SHADOW Company (Kill Team Edelweiss), New Zealand Army, Free Syrian Army, Hydra
Base of Operations: Falcon’s Nest, Zurich, Switzerland; formerly Madripoor, Syria, Iraq
Alignment: Neutral (leaning towards Evil)
Identity: Secret (true name known to SHADOW Company and SHIELD)
Citizenship_: New Zealander
Marital Status
_: Single
Occupation: Mercenary, assassin, terrorist, soldier, bodyguard, smuggler
Theme Song: “Fuck The System” by System of a Down

CHARACTERISTICS

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Shan constantly struggles with the threads of Cruel Fate.

Gender: Female
Height: 5’6”
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Auburn
Universe: Earth-851815
Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Birth: 13 March 1989

History

Shanelle Cadwalder was raised in Auckland in New Zealand by a domineering, abusive, and alcoholic single mother. The elder woman was mentally unstable and extremely resentful towards Shan as she was the result of a past sexual abuse. Shan’s mother was also a fanatical Christian fundamentalist who repeatedly fed threats and lectures towards her daughter about eternal damnation and often physically assaults her.

It was very probably due to her mother’s sermons about “fire and brimstone” that helped put the fascination of fire into the young Shan’s psyche. To avoid her mother’s constant verbal maltreatment and beatings, the then weak and timid auburn-haired teen became a resentful underachiever and spent much of her time on the dangerous streets instead of her own home allowing her to witness even more of the cruelties the world has to offer.

Adding to her troubles, Shanelle’s experiences in school were anything but cheerful since she was often bullied and ridiculed due to her unkempt looks. She was not one to take insults sitting down and got herself into countless fistfights, including an incident when she tore off another student’s ear with her teeth, leading to her expulsion, but not after giving the principal a profane remark.

After quitting her student life, Shan turned to crime, preferring to adapt to the ways of the street rather than stay with her mother. She stole what she needed by breaking into homes and stores, mugged and robbed people, picked fights when she became bored and even worked as a paid drug courier just to provide for herself. Encounters with both criminals and the police failed to deter the young girl from her activities and seemingly ended only when she was caught and jailed.

Shan was bailed out by her mother which was something the young girl had dreaded and with good reason. That night, her mother went on another one of her drunken binges and was attempting to punish Shan with a red hot fireplace poker for her wrongdoings and being supposedly possessed by demons. In that moment of fear and desperation, Shan’s inert Warp powers surfaced and flame from the open stove engulfed her mother, cooking the older woman alive until only ashen bones remained. Soon, the fire powered mostly by Shan’s emotions engulfed her house and half the neighborhood causing even more deaths.

Unaffected by the horrific killing of her own mother, Shan vowed that she would never allow herself to be used or abused again, deciding to survive reality on her own terms.

Some time later, Shanelle went on a crime spree aided by her pyrokinesis although she had little control over the newly discovered abilities. During her stay with a local gang, she displayed an affinity for weaponry that allowed her to properly utilize, repair and later even build her portable flamethrower which she used for a number of crimes mostly paid arson or simply burning anyone she hated into crisps of charred meat.

Though she practically made a name for herself during her arsonist career, the police closed in and she was forced to run again. Using false identifications, she was able to enlist into the New Zealand Defense Force under a fake name and three years younger than the required minimum age. Despite her obstinacy and apparent disrespect for authority, she rose through the ranks through stalwart determination and skill.

As Cruel Fate would have it, Shan was assigned to the Royal Regiment of Artillery’s fledgling chemical warfare unit which provided her with expert training in a wide range of combat and technical specialties and allowed her to hone her natural skill with very volatile materials.

It was in the mountainous terrains of Afghanistan where she honed her fighting ability to an uncanny degree. Even then, her demeanor did not change as she spent more time locked away in a stockade than on missions due to numerous instances of insubordination which oftentimes stemmed from her smoking, drinking and slight drug habit. Examples of such cases involved Shan hunting insurgents without proper orders, killing a gang of drug runners (and the entire village they were in) and stealing the drug money, and another scenario saw her break every bone on an officer’s body then badly burning him with brandy after he had blackmailed her for sex.

After spending some time in a military prison, she was released and dishonourably discharged. This newfound freedom allowed Shan to use her military skills for profit. She served with a number of criminal factions, fought as a member of the Free Syrian Army, and even did a stint as a “cleaner” for the terrorist organization Hydra. Even then, many of her (then) fellow criminals found her fluctuating mental state and violent personality as more dangerous than the law-enforcers and costumed heroes they battled against. Soon Shan was often kicked out or left to fend for herself.

It was during a bout of depression resulting from a period of unemployment, she was trapped in a Miasma where she reluctantly teamed up with fellow abductees Marit Vinterwolffe and Sebastien Eunika, the former who was initially put off by Shan’s hostility and stubbornness. Exposure to the Insania Virus greatly increased Shan’s control over her pyrokinesis and along with her combat training, allowed the trio to reach the Starspawn that ruled over the pocket dimension and defeat it. The entire experience brought her very close to Death and yet she only felt aggrieved that Marit saved her, bringing her back to what she referred to as a repulsive existence. She and the others were later rescued (or better yet acquired) by SHADOW Disinfestors.

Realizing the value of her intrinsic killing capacity and her Warp-enhanced pyrokinetic ability, Foxglove ordered Shanelle to be next subject for the Amaranthus serum. After her recovery and transformation, she was given the flower callsign “Marigold” which means “despair” and the hot-blooded girl remained on the payroll of SHADOW Company as part of Kill team Edelweiss ever since.

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Shan developed her killer instincts on the streets before joining the military.

Personality

It still remains a mystery as to how someone described as atrociously pig-headed, hasty and psychotic could have been accepted into a military outfit that demanded discipline and patience. Nevertheless, Foxglove placed Marigold’s aggressiveness and tendency for excessive violence to good use by assigning her the Kill Team’s assault role where her penchant for close-quarters combat and coupled with her flamer specialization would act as a force multiplier.

Because of a financially-deprived and abusive childhood, as well as years spent fighting, Marigold became exceedingly independent, bellicose and assertive. She is bitter, discourteous, sarcastic, quick to speak her mind and easily irked by the slightest (perceived) provocations. Always displaying a scowl and making constant use of profanity, she is the worst choice for any job that requires diplomacy since she sees brute force and verbal threats as the only languages that others can easily understand and ones that she “speaks” very fluently.

She has no reservations about using derogatory terms even towards her own teammates. For instance, she calls Foxglove a “beaker” and an “MILF” despite the older woman being her benefactor, employer and combat commander. She reserves much of her (unwarranted) disdain towards Anemone, calling her “Fucking Four Eyes” believing that the bespectacled girl is trying to portray herself as a modern day fairytale princess. In addition, she refers to Gentian as a “geek” or “Weaboo” due to her obsession with games and anime.

In contrast, Shan shows a surprisingly good deal of respect towards Nightshade whose inherent fondness for slaughter matches (if not exceeds) her own. Even the other Edelweiss members see them as two sides of the same coin. While one is silent and foreboding, the other one is loud and brash.

Among all the members of the Edelweiss, Shanelle is the only one who had dabbled in recreational drugs. Ever since her recruitment into SHADOW, she has come clean but only because her superhuman-level stamina easily suppresses the effects of such chemicals. She tends to drink heavily when going through her mood swings. Along with Foxglove, Marigold is also a cigarette smoker. She initially explains that she enjoys the habit but also claims that it gives her a “bad girl” look and that it serves as a good excuse to bring lighters and extra (flammable) fluid wherever she goes.

Though Marigold portrays herself as physically tough and mentally robust, deep inside she knows that she is just trying to compensate for the insecurities that stemmed from her sad childhood years. So far, she has only admitted such fears and weaknesses to Nightshade as she trusts the latter enough to consider her as the big sister that she never had.

For Marigold, money is equivalent to power and killing is not only her career, but also her way of life, and as long as SHADOW Company gives her all the money she wants and allows her to lash out at the world that had given her so much grief then her loyalty is theirs.

Abilities & Resources

Where her love for killing is concerned, Marigold’s actions are considered both maniacal and foolhardy having scored hundreds of confirmed kills during her tour of duty of Afghanistan, and perhaps hundreds more while serving other factions in various conflicts around the globe. This kill tally does not include the deaths caused by her innumerable acts of arson, many of which were random rather than as paid tasks.

Extremely autonomous and resourceful, she stubbornly prefers to go on solo purge missions, but has since (reluctantly) reacquainted herself to operate within an organized command structure and as part of her elite Kill Team. Like all members of the Edelweiss, she is proficient with various weapons and tactics though she has a particular liking for flame and heat-based weapons that support her powers -— tools of destruction that no military in the world would give, but ones that terrorist organizations like Hydra and the amoral mercenary group SHADOW Company has no qualms in providing.

Despite her well-known recklessness, Marigold is aware of her limitations. To this day, she is still frustrated over her need to rely on actual sources of fire and heat to supplement her power rather than being able to create any on her own, hence her reliance on flame-generating arms during combat. Due to the short ranges of her favored weapons, she is well versed in closing the gaps between her and her targets, taking alternate paths towards her opponents to catch them off-guard and uses hit and run tactics when faced with overwhelming odds.

Being the Kill Team’s flamer specialist, Marigold is often relegated to “cleaning” duties that include the incineration of hazardous biological and chemical agents that could impede a mission and any traces of SHADOW Company’s wrongdoings. The latter includes erasing wayward experiments as well as the occasional living witness or random bystander.

Although she still wields conventional firearms, Marigold never ignores the chance to engage her opponents in close range bloodshed, whether it through blades (such as a fireaxe) and the opportunity to watch enemies horribly burn to death with her custom-built flamers and heat beam guns including a hand-carried heavy flamethrower and assault rifle combination (or nicknamed “combo” or "combi’) weapon built for her by Gentian. Being a trained chemist, Marigold gets to experiment with different forms of flamer fuels including her favorite mix with napalm, thermite and magnesium that is very difficult to extinguish and even burns underwater.

Aside from her military training, her life on the streets as well as her extensive criminal background granted her access to contacts, and therefore, information from shady individuals and organizations.

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To this very day, Marigold still has trouble controlling her very perilous pyrokinetic abilities and those around fear what may happen when she finally loses control.

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