Danielle 'Sticks' McLellan is a priestess of the goddess Nike, and her intense devotion has allowed her the use of a small portion of her patron's deific might. More recently, she also became a Zen Hell-Kite, gaining minor belief-based psionics in the process.
Believer Psionics (Metapsi Powers):
Invulnerability Aura (a) (s): when she finds herself in combat, Sticks may forego her standard empathic resistance. This is replaced with her so-called 'battle trance', which gives Sticks complete immunity to all empathic assaults entirely!
Resistance Aura (s) (s): when not actively in battle, Sticks nonetheless has significant resistance to empathic powers. This power functions at her intensity 16 (or her Willpower +4, whichever is higher) resistance for this priestly scrapper.
Schooling: Disciple of Clerical Magic (Nike):
Sticks is a priestess of the goddess Nike in good standing. Though she's no longer a part of the Unified Church of Olympus, Sticks nonetheless continues to impress her patron deity with her actions, both alone and with Agency 13. To date, she's been granted these spells:
Glow (u) (i): one of the first spells she mastered, Sticks can use glow to imbue an object with a powerful field of concussive force. When using them against others, such energized items will inflict intensity 12 force damage instead of their usual harm.
Healing / Others (u) (s): one aspect of Sticks' priestly duties is the healing of others, in order to better enable them to act more efficiently. Sticks has the power to safely recover two cards of lost Health per person per day (intensity 10).
Healing / Self (p) (s): in addition to being able to patch up the wounds of others, Sticks can also heal her own injuries. She may do this with intensity 10 ability, which allows her to safely recover two cards of lost Health once per day.
Magic Sense (p) (w): with the aid of this spell, Sticks can perceive the presence and nature of magic within her vicinity quite easily. She may wield this spell with intensity 9 ability, which reveals most magic that is not cloaked within far missile distance distance of her person.
Paralysis (u) (w): when Sticks manages physical contact with a foe (usually in the form of a choke hold), she can paralyze them. This requires that she pass an easy difficulty Paralysis (willpower) action with this intensity 13 spell, rendering them unable to act.
Postcognition (p) (i): a spell Sticks is still developing, she can see into the past with intensity 4 ability. This currently limits her to peering back through small periods of time, but still makes for an incredible boon for the investigative work she is doing of late.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Fighting Sticks (s): her namesake, Sticks carries around two foot-long metallic objects resembling yantok (rattan sticks) at all times. Made from m.s. 13 materials, she can inflict her Strength +2 in blunt trauma damage with them - unless ensorcelled, that is.
Acrobatics (a): a gymnast during high school, Sticks has maintained her trained agility ever since - it comes handy in the most surprising of situations. This skill allows her to reduce the difficulty of actions to dodge attacks and lower falling damage.
Boxing (s): a skilled melee combatant, Sticks does quite well even without her namesake. She may divide her pre-cardplay action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the latter of which will occur as a contingent action.
Skill / Fighting Sticks (s): a competent student of eskrima, Sticks usually brings her fighting sticks to bear in combat - whether bashing someone's head in or throwing them at a foe. She may wield them in melee with a reduced difficulty.
Theology (i): as a priestess of Nike, Sticks naturally knows all about religion. She's well-versed in the tenets of her own faith, as well as those of other gods (both Olympian and otherwise), and her makes related actions at one difficulty level lower than is normally necessary.
Thrown Weapons (a): in addition to her expertise in hand to hand combat, Sticks is also good at flinging things at her opponents. While she typically only does this with her fighting sticks, Sticks can fling any projectile weapons at a reduced difficulty.
Sticks McLellan is affiliated with Agency 13. She's a proven member of this curious investigative agency who, while rocksteady in the support of her teammates, is occasionally at odds with some of the group's goals. The others nonetheless trust her implicitly.
Furthermore, as one of the Zen Hell-Kites, Sticks McLellan can typically make use of the group's Tibetan headquarters whenever she needs to. Assuming she ever finds her way back to Tibet, that is. Other Hell-Kites will usually respect her prowess, if not her motives.
Finally, though she left the Unified Church of Olympus on rather hostile terms, Sticks can rely on many members of that organization for aid should she but ask. They know why she had to leave, after all, so it's not like most of them hold her exit against her.
Peace of Mind: Sticks strives for personal perfection in all things, though knowing she still lacks such is a source of irritation. Seeking without has yet to make her truly happy with herself, which occasionally leads her to introspection and brooding.
Highly acrobatic, Sticks often wears Spandex ™ outfits - whether expecting a fight or not.
Her 'common' field uniform primarily consists of a black stretch fabric body suit, with white leather combat boots, white leather gloves, a white bikini bottom, a white tank top over her body suit, and a white leather bag that holds her fighting sticks.
On occasion, she'll complement this with a black leather jacket as well - even she gets cold, you know!
Sticks is a single-minded perfectionist. She's also got a tendency to act before she thinks - or to make up her mind before she's got all the facts. She's trying to lessen both of these personality flaws, but sometimes hitting things is so much easier than restraint.
At the same time, she's training herself to pay attention to her surroundings more. Mike 013 inexplicably thought she'd make a good investigator, so Sticks finds herself wondering if he actually saw something in her that she herself did not. Or if he just needed muscle.
Real Name: Danielle McLellan
Occupation: investigator of the bizarre, priestess of Nike, former staffer in the United Church of Olympus
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with a minor criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none used more than once
Group Affiliation: Agency 13
Weight: 140 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Sticks typically has a scowling expression on her face, no matter what she's actually feeling at the time.
Before she was known as Sticks to friends and foes alike, Danielle McLellan's life was similar to many American suburbanites. Being something of an obsessive-compulsive perfectionist however, Sticks had a tendency to work very hard at whatever it was she was doing at the time.
It occurred to her very early in life that anything worth doing was worth doing right - otherwise, why bother? Thus, she easily achieved very good grades in the broken American educational system, and even excelled in her chosen extracurricular activity: gymnastics.
Though she attended church with her family, Sticks found the whole experience wanting. It was kind of hard for her to take a religion seriously when its own priests were being caught so regularly violating the basic tenets of their faith in a blatantly obvious fashion, after all.
Eventually getting into college on a free ride thanks to her exceptional efforts in school, Sticks found her original plan to become a doctor derailed during one of her theology courses. It was at this time that she learned of people who venerate the goddess Nike.
Intrigued, Sticks sought out some of them to get to the root of their faith, since she had long since lost her own. This ultimately led to her joining up with the Universal Church of Olympus, a group that most people consider quacks - but not everyone.
In the Church, Sticks found that Nike and her followers were right up her alley - they seemed the only people she'd ever met that cared about doing things the most efficiently. Sticks even met her eventual patron once, and was truly impressed by what she had to say.
While Sticks would have been content at this point to further the Church's aims, this was ultimately not to be. When another Church member tried to take advantage of his position over Sticks, she responded to his heavy-handed sexual advances by breaking his arms. And legs.
When the Church's elders tried to take Sticks to task for this act of brutality, she simply left the organization. A large group of its membership thought its leaders were in the wrong on this issue, though, and still look upon Sticks and all she'd done for them quite fondly.
Furious that she'd wasted her scholarship on a 'useless' degree in theology, and even more so that she'd blown several years working for a group that had ultimately betrayed her, Sticks felt she needed an outlet for her rage - lest she wind up hospitalizing someone undeserving.
So, she began to study the martial arts while looking for a new job. Her search did not go well, thanks to the near-collapse of the global economy recently, which only fueled Sticks' hate. This is why she managed to master the art of eskrima in no time flat!
It was soon after this that Sticks was approached by Mike 013. He was looking for a religious expert to help in his investigations of the various secret societies that littered the world, and having learned of her story Mike 013 thought she'd make a great addition to Agency 13.
Needing the money, Sticks readily joined up with the group, though she wasn't sure how much good she would do for them; she's more of a fighter than an investigator, after all. Nonetheless, refusing to fail due to her own doubts, Sticks threw herself into her work.
It was during this time that she discovered the Zen Hell-Kites. Investigating them at the Agency's direction, Sticks came to admire their combat prowess, and saw in them kindred spirits - minus the political baggage that came with being a member of her former Church.
While Mike 013 didn't like it, Sticks ultimately joined up with the Hell-Kites - though she still works for the Agency too, of course. And her increased fighting prowess has only helped the Agency out - even if it involved her getting a bit too close to the subject of her study.
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