Actually had a...i dunno, is there a word for suddenly remembering a character you barely got to play that you'd like to revisit? Anyways, this is the full write up, copy-pasted, sans numbers 'cause she ws originally done for Heroes Unlimited (modern setting, obviously, from the background). Bit of a Captain America analog without the shield and with a full willingness to use firearms. I don't want to step on Doomsday's concept toes, so please say so if you feel that way, Doomsday, okay?
Anyhoo, here she is, and it's long... Description:
Rachel Keyes is a tall and beautiful woman. While she was beautiful before the experiment that made her super-human, Rachel became truly stunning afterwards, if slightly unusual. The chemicals bleached her out, her sandy blonde hair turning to a delicate shade between cornsilk and platinum and her blue eyes lightening, yet somehow looking even more brilliantly blue than they did before. The most shocking thing, however, is her skin, which lost all pigmentation. If it weren't for her eyes, and that Rachel doesn't look
delicate, people might mistake Rachel for an albino with her stark white skin. Given her enhanced beauty, however, it all just serves to make her look more exotic. As a somewhat mixed blessing, the experiment also left Rachel without body hair. Besides the hair on her head and her eyebrows, there's not one hair anywhere
on her body.
Physically, she's near perfect now, barring specific tastes, of course. But scientifically speaking, Rachel's post-experiment body is almost completely symmetrical, something that keys into everyones sense of beauty. Rachel is tall and athletic, her body toned and lightly muscular in that way of someone who comes by their strength 'honestly', by doing, more than training. Her breasts are high and firm, and Rachel has even gone up a full cup since the experiment. Her bottom is taunt and gently rounded, just small but certainly not rounded. Rachel's legs are gorgeous, perfectly formed and toned, seemingly longer than before as well. It look like the entire three inches of height Rachel gained from the experiment went into her fantastic legs. Height:
142 lbs Measurements:
In the guise most people meet her in, that of the US government sponsored 'super-hero'Athena, Rachel wears the form fitting not-exactly spandex costume designed for her. Designed with ties to the USMC in mind, Rachel's costume uses the marine dress blues colours. The costume is mainly blue, save the
arms, shoulder to gloves, and legs from about mid thigh, all of which are scarlet.
The colour division on the top is triangular, running from the bottom of the collar, which is scarlet, down diagonally over her breasts to underneath her arms. The whole area above that cut is scarlet. covering her shoulers, collarbone and shoulderblades on the back, all the way down her arms to the gloves integrated in the design. Below that cut, the costume is blue over her entire torso, down her back and over her bottom and crotch. At mid-thigh the suit gets another splash of scarlet, a sharp, upwards pointing triangle on
the outer thigh that forms the top of the scarlet 'boots'. The 'boots' are smooth integrated right into the costume, save for that they are rather high-heeled (Rachel protested the high heels, even though they can be effective offensively, but the people in charge want her strong and
Of course, symbols are also important. On the upper arms Rachel wears the eagle, globe and anchor of the Marine Corps, and just below that, the flag of the United States of America. On the collar, which is made like the standing collar of the male dress jacket, Rachel has her rank insgnia, the silver double bars of a captain. Finally, a single, small white star on her upper chest, a couple of inches below the collar.
Rachel wears white ceramic gauntlets/bracers, though the finish makes them look metallic. Her fingers only covered to the first knuckle so as to not interfere with the operation of any weapons or any other fine manual dexterity needs, and the knuckles and back of the hand are desinged to reinforce her punching and protect her from damage. The bracers cover her wrist to elbow, and about 2/3 of the way around her forearms with the solid, high-tech ceramic armour. They are highly suitable for parrying.
Finally, the last pieces of the costume are the white leather holsters and pouches strapped to each of Rachel's thighs. On the right she carries her sidearm, it's silencer, and a couple extra magazines. On the left is more a collection of varrying pouches to carry other small pieces of gear as well a sheathed KA-BAR combat knife.
When she's not dressed up in her super-suit, Rachel is most often found in uniform. Of late, that tends to be dress blues at some function or another, but sometimes when she's tasked to help her 'home' unit and that can find her back in field uniform with camo paint all over face and covered in dirt and dust. The latter is definately what Rachel prefers.
On what little downtime she is allowed, Rachel tends to dress practically for whatever she is doing, jeans for chores, sweats for working out, that sort of thing. When she's just doing nothing in particular, people are often surprised to learn the tough marine captain dresses pretty girly, favouring skirts and light dresses.Background:
Rachel Keyes grew up very commonly in small town America, oldest of four children. Her parents owned the local pharmacy/'general store', a nice position to have in a small town, prominent but not too much, never struggling but not rich.
Rachel and her siblings had things pretty good, home life was without unfortunate trauma and the little town they lived in was far too small for much crime. Rachel was always athletic, strong, fast and fit, taking her highschool track team (and her school was in the next town) to the state finals all but one year, and also competed on the gymnastics team. She won some trophies here and there, and even had a shot at a couple athletic scholarships, but that wasn't the route Rachel wanted to take.
Rachel wanted to see the world, at least some of it, and decided the best way would be entering the service straight after high-school. She struggled briefly with which branch, eventually narrowing it down to the Air Force or the Marines. Finally, she settled on the Marines since 'Every Marine is a Rifleman'. Even though women weren't allowed in the more exciting combat roles that appealed to Rachel the most, she felt that the fact that Marines teach the ground combat basics to everyone would give her a stong start should Congress ever change their minds and allow women into front line roles.
She did well, going for officer training instead of enlisted. Even though Rachel wasn't the brightest the training officers noticed she didn't lack in the smarts, but almost more importantly for low level officers in the field, she's got decent charmisma which of course translates directly to leadership. Her trainers also noticed her own toughness, both mental and physical and Rachel proved capable of 'tough calls'.
For a little over two years Rachel worked intelligence, and though it wasn't nearly as exciting as she'd wanted her military career to be, it's wasn't all that bad either. Kind of like solving big pieces of big puzzles at her level, but it still carried a sense of accomplishment when something major came of it. Then, shortly after her promotion to 1st Lieutenant, Congress changed it's previous rulings to allow women unrestricted access to all military roles excepting submarine service.
Rachel jumped at the chance, immediately seeking reassignment to a marine infantry company. She got it, and served well as a strong, lead from the front and by example platoon commander. Rachel didn't stay there very long, though, not even a whole year, before she passed her qualifactions and got into selecton for a Marine Force Reconnaissance company. She passed, which makes Rachel officially, and proudly, the first female to serve in the USMC version of a "Special Operations Force".
Things went well and she qualified on every course she took, from sniper training through airborne and SCUBA. Rachel was pretty much the model soldier and company-grade officer. All the operations she was involved in went well, even the ones that went a little sour because of bad intel or simple bad luck.
Then there came a call for human test subjects for something the DoD was cooking up. They were looking at all the US Spec-Ops forces, since they would be the ones given first access to the new tech. In this case it was to be something of a 'regeneration shot', intended to give a brief but incredible boost to the human bodies natural ability to heal. The desired effect would get a badly injured soldier back on his feet at least enough to move and defend himself within five to ten minutes. Animal trials had gone well, but there was a fair bit of DNA technoligies involved, so serious testing on human subjects was needed to get it right. Seeing some good padding for her service record here, Rachel volounteered.
For most subjects the results varied, but more or less successfully for the first human trials. Some people got ill, but no one died. In Rachel's case, and only Rachel's, the test was a complete success, and more. The shot didn't stop
working on her, and even want so far as to completely repair old injuries, wiping away scars and any sign of the few bone breaks she's had. And then the repairs went deeper, altering her DNA slightly, smoothing out her skin, straightening and strengthening her bones, and 'fixing' those odd assymetries everyone has. The result was to make her even more beautiful, though it also 'bleached' her, leaving Rachel with pale blond hair, pale blue eyes, and white, white skin. And the ability to regenerate
First they did more tests. Then they sent her back to her unit where it quickly became apparent that Rachel is physically far superior to most ordinary humans in every way. After some headscratching, the USMC, Department of the Navy and Department of Defence all decided that Rachel represented a great PR opportunity and yanked her from the 'ordinary' chain of command. This brought with it a promotion to Captain (not a big deal, she was almost 'due' as they say) and new standing orders.
Now she operates as almost a free agent, still technically a Captain in a USMC Force Reconnaissance Company, and she still operates closely with the US military as she is still on the payroll as well as still an active marine. But Rachel is out there in a PR capacity, not recruiting, just being a good postergirl for the Marines and to an extent the United States of America proper. She's been at this for a short time, enough that some small taste of fame has reached her. But the program that created her needs more money to continue the research on what exactly happened with her. They need something big and positive, major PR so the politicos in Washington will pony up...