Betty has no super-human powers at all, originally fighting crime with naught to back her up but her martial arts training. For a while, she also had access to a very advanced (for its time) suit of combat armor as well.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Silver Scorpion Armor (i): designed to give U.S. Army troops some protection on the front lines, this experimental armor was nonetheless modeled in prototype for Betty Barstow's body. In addition to offering her intensity 12 (+3) protection from harm, it also has these weapons:
* Scorpion Stingers (a): these devices, mounted on each wrist of the Silver Scorpion armor, project a sort of pinkish energy of an unspecified type. These Stingers work at intensity 12, inflicting like damage against Betty's foes with each potent attack.
Detective / Espionage (i): the secretary of a Private Dick, Betty has sort of picked up this skill by osmosis. This allows her to successfully find clues at a crime scene, operate surveillance equipment, and determine whether or not she's being followed by some interested party or another.
Martial Arts (a): well trained in the arts of jiu jitsu, Betty has several advantages in a fight. Thanks to this training, she can reduce the difficulty of actions to strike in unarmed melee combat, dodge incoming attacks, or catch thrown weapons.
Wrestling (s): furthermore, if she damages a foe, Betty may attempt an average difficulty Strength (strength) action to grapple them as a contingent action. If successful, she can inflict the same damage every subsequent turn she can succeed in this action.
After her adventure with the Invaders, Betty can rely upon them for aid should she need it. Miss America and the Whizzer (and through them, the Liberty Legion) could also be considered contacts, as she helped free one of their number from an ugly demise at the hands of the Battle-Axis.
Protector, occasionally Vengeance: when she first got into heroics, Betty was in it simply to protect innocents from harm - particularly the harm caused by criminals. However, after her boyfriend was slain by the Battle-Axis, Betty was consumed with 'getting' them - at all costs.
Now that those traitorous fiends have been dealt with, it is assumed that Betty has returned to her natural Protector calling.
Betty's primary costume consisted of a tight yellow shirt, skin-tight yellow trousers beneath blue trunks, blue gloves, blue boots, a black and yellow half-mask, a black belt with a silver scorpion on the buckle, and a flowing red cape.
For a time, she wore a silvery, mechanized suit of armor when fighting crime. A form-fitting suit actually built using her body as a model, it fits her remarkably well, and was almost entirely 'chromed' save for black diamond emblems on the arms and legs.
Betty is a rather spunky, freedom-loving hero, willing to put her skin on the line with only her martial arts training to back her up. A true hero with or without powered armor, she fought for what was right, even after her boyfriend was killed by freakish Nazis!
Real Name: Betty Barstow
Occupation: adventurer, former secretary
Legal Status: American citizen with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: none
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
The secretary and girlfriend of Dan Hurley, Private Eye, Betty Barstow went to a costume ball one night as a super-heroine, in a costume she made herself. As chance would have it, she wound up fighting crime for a time in the costume, having a sort of itch to battle the forces of evil.
After a few adventures as the Silver Scorpion, Betty returned to her old job as a secretary. Soon after, her boyfriend Dan was hired to protect the laboratory of Professor Carson, a UCLA scientist that worked on various projects for the United States government.
One of the projects that Carson was working on was a suit of armor that soldiers could use in battle. This armor, which Carson named the Silver Scorpion armor after Betty's adventuring alias, was even molded to fit her in the prototype stage - which was rather unusual, to say the least.
At any rate, Betty eventually received a phone call from the Thin Man, asking her to help the Invaders defeat a plot against America. Still heroic at heart, Betty went to UCLA, where Captain America and Miss America were looking for some Nazi villains, and she got KO'd by the Spider Queen.
When she came to, she found out that the super-humans that knocked her out had killed Professor Carson and her boyfriend Dan, and were in the process of doing the same to the two super heroes she was supposed to meet. Red with rage, she donned the Silver Scorpion armor!
She used it to confront the Battle-Axis, the traitorous American 'heroes' that were the source of her woe, and distracted them long enough to allow Captain America and Miss America to get the drop on them. The Battle-Axis then fled, and the three heroes followed right after.
As the Silver Scorpion, Betty accompanied Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, Miss America, and the Blazing Skull to the secret facility the Germans were using to do their evil deeds, found by following clues the Battle-Axis left while Betty was supposedly 'dead'.
They tore into the place, but were defeated by the Battle-Axis and their unwilling allies, the Golem and the Vision. The heroes eventually escaped, and ultimately derailed their foes' nefarious plot to destroy America's west coast with a combination of an earthquake device and poison gas.
At some point after this, Betty turned her armor over to the American government, but the exact time this occurred is unknown. She presumably fought crime (either with or without it) for the duration of World War II, what with the conflict having become so... personal for her.
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