: Cadence Cunningham/MercyMarvel Character
: Jessica Drew/Spider-WomanPlayerName
: 26Power's and Abilities
: Natural PowersStinger:
Cadence has the ability to emit a low pulse of electricity from her hands. Generally speaking this pulse can be produced from any part of her body, but her most effective use of it is from her hands. The electricity can be powerful enough to instantly rendered someone unconscious, especially if she applies her hand to their head. She can't shoot the electricity any further than a foot or two which makes it enhance her natural fighting skills rather than a power that she can rely on completely.Symbiote PowersSymbiote:
The symbiote provides Cadence with extra protection in the form of whatever clothing she chooses. It can only take on a red hue, although the tint can change drastically (bright red, pink, or dark red to near black). The symbiote has bonded with Cadence and has formed a true symbiotic relationship with its host. It's tough when it needs to be, provides her with anonymity, strength, agility, and even a way to easily traverse the rooftops. In return, it has a place to live (Cadence's body) and a constant energy source (Cadence eats a lot.)Camouflage:
The symbiote often takes the form of a bodysuit which looks futuristic for the time. It clings to her body almost like a second skin but provides heavy protection against gunfire, explosions (though the heat messes it up a bit), and bladed attacks. Cadence is learning that she can control the way the symbiote looks, which offers her the ability to form pants, dresses, jackets or other clothing that may come in handy for a little under-cover work.Strength:
The symbiote has weaved itself into Cadence's muscle and bone structure which provides her the ability to lift roughly ten (10) tons above her head. It also allows her to level punches like never before, kick in doors, take hits, jump higher, land from amazing heights, lift cars, etc. Agility:
As with strength, the symbiote has fused with Cadence's brain, muscles, organs, and even her spinal cord. This means that her agility has increased exponentially. She's incredibly flexible and reacts to something happening almost before it happens which makes her look like she's predicting someone's movements.Web-Slinger:
Cadence isn't a webslinger in the strictest sense. The symbiote shoots some of itself out and sticks to a surface. It retracts as soon as Cadence is done with it, and there's no mess left behind. AbilitiesHand-to-Hand Combat:
Cadence has had years of training in hand-to-hand combat techniques. She's traveled the world-over in order to perfect each technique and then pick and choose which forms best fit her style. She likes to use a flowing style of movement that wastes very little movement and delivers high impacts to her foes. She was a vigilante for many years before she found the symbiote (or did the symbiote find her?), and is a force to be reckoned with even without her powers.Detective:
Cadence is an ace reporter over at the Daily Bugle. She works a lot of down and dirty cases, managing to get intel that no other reporter can snag, even the cops have a hard time keeping up with her. She uses a pen name when she writes articles and her picture is never in the paper. She uses the paper to help but the worst of the worst away, though no one quite knows how she gets her information. JJ Jameson hardly cares so long as she keeps making his paper money.Lock Picker:
Over the years, Cadence has become quite adept at breaking into and out of homes, lockers, and really anything that requires a key for entrance. She's beginning to use the symbiote to help her out here too.Occupation
: Nosy investigative reporter/debutante/superheroinePersonality
: Cadence, in a word, is tenacious. She has a strong sense of right and wrong, and will do what she deems necessary to right any wrong. While she respects the law, she doesn't enjoy the way it's set up and often takes it into her own hands. She's stubborn and refuses to let anything go, no matter who tells her that she needs to stay out of it. Most people try to tell her that her place is in the kitchen. She knows different. Joining the police would be a joke as far as she's concerned. Most would argue that she's just
a girl. She would argue that's why she gets things done.Bio
: Cadence was always an ace reporter for the Bugle, even when she started in the mail room and worked her way up. She was always investigating something
and she made sure that she did her homework before taking it to someone. Her first report never made it to the papers, but it impressed J. Jonah Jameson to the point that he immediately promoted her to a reporter status. She was on probation at first, he wanted to see what she could do with a real title and a real story to follow. The first story was simply a corruption in the mail room, she'd outed a man that was stealing from the employees at the paper. It would have gone over like a brick if he'd printed the story. It would have shamed the paper and potentially would have lost readers.
Cadence worked her first official story, then another and another, each published under the name Jacob Jackson. It sounded better coming from a man. While the fact irritated her, she knew that the readership wanted a strong male, making big headlines and generally being a badass. She often used her womanly charms to get information from men too stupid to realize that she was playing them. When times got rough, though, she took her investigations to the next level.
She became a superheroine named Mercy. She wore a form-fitting black dress with a slit up her left leg. The dress showed off her legs in sheer, nylon stockings and heeled shoes. She wore bicep-long opera gloves, a black domino mask and a black fedora. She wanted the men to know that she was a woman and that she was kicking their asses. She stopped petty crimes, but she also performed a few B&E's in order to gain access to files or evidence that she'd not have access to otherwise. She cited anonymous sources and left it at that in the paper.
She kept Mercy out of the papers on purpose. She didn't want anyone knowing that a woman was bringing them in. It wasn't because she thought they should think it was a man, but rather that she wanted to keep her identity a secret.
Even so, she wasn't flawless. She met the unfortunate circumstance of a cloth filled with chloroform more than once and wound up in various bondage positions. She always escaped, though. Always. And she always got her man.
That's when she started to investigate Wilson Fisk. He was the supposed Kingpin, and she'd finally put a name to him. More than that, she'd put a face to the name. She wasn't sure if the police had gotten so far, but she wasn't handing that big of a story over to them either. She investigated him for a good six months. She learned his habits, his routines, and then she moved in to take him down.
He'd seen her coming. Somehow he'd learned of Mercy and just what she was doing. She had been interfering in his business for too long. When she made her move, he made his. He surprised her with a rag full of chloroform and managed to hold her struggling body at bay until she went under. She woke up tied up, but this time was different. He told her that she was the closest of anyone that tried to take him down. He told her that if she were a man, perhaps she would have succeeded. He copped a cheap feel and she spat in his face. He told her that he could unmask her, but ultimately he didn't care who she was. She was another girl in some stupid costume.
He told her to suck the barrel of his gun, as if it were a cock. She told him to go to hell. He told her "You first." And fired a bullet into her heart. Cadence's body slumped, she wasn't dead yet, he'd nicked her heart. He told her that he was going to make an example out of her. He then took to breaking her arms and legs, just to make sure, and took her to the quarry. He placed her fedora over her face and left her there to bleed out and for the morning crew to find. She couldn't move and she was quickly bleeding out, it was only a matter of time.
The morning crew never found her, though. The rocks that Fisk had placed her on were there because there was a meteor just below them. Out of it seeped an alien life form that immediately bonded to Cadence's body. She was dying quickly so it did it's best to mend the hole in her chest, fixed her heart, dislodged the bullet, and mended her broken bones. The alien life-form had to fuse with Cadence in order to make sure she survived as a host. The truth was that the symbiote was dying, too, and that Cadence was a perfect companion.
At first, Cadence wasn't sure how she survived, but she slowly learned of the symbiote and how it was connected to her. She was stronger, more agile, and her mind was clearer. She discovered new powers that lent themselves to a better use as a vigilante. She even grew to love the symbiote as a skin-tight suit, though it could take other forms as well. Now she's fully bonded with the symbiote and is taking the fight to the streets. Ultimately, she'd like to pay Fisk another visit.