Like most members of the Direct Action Americans, Randi is a normal human, lacking ascendant powers of any stripe. However, she is a highly skilled individual, having PhDs in computer science and law, and is an accomplished member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Handcuffs (s): as a function of her F.B.I. duties, Randi carries handcuffs on her as well as her piece. These metal implements (she loathes the new-style plastic strip cuffs) are of material strength 10, usually enough to hold even the strongest of mundane criminals at bay.
However, sometimes Randi faces much deadlier foes - those with super powers. As such, she had Mister Matter build her a special set, at great expense, from a strange psychoturgic alloy of m.s. 20, which disrupts the use of spells and psionics with intensity 15 power.
Iridium ™ Satellite Phone (i): to keep in touch with the D.A.A. and avoid being detected / recorded by terrestrial cellular telephone networks, Randi makes use of an Iridium brand wireless phone, which utilizes a custom-built low earth orbit satellite (LEOS) network.
While the phone can be monitored, it has been retrofitted with scrambling technology of complexity 10, which makes the thing even more valuable. This phone can be used anywhere on earth, though it still cannot make a call if its signal is jammed with any serious technology.
Sidearm (a): since she is a federal agent, Randi can readily (and legally) use this weapon to defend herself in a pinch. Nominally, it can fire a single shot that inflicts her Agility +4 damage, or a semi-automatic blanket of fire that causes her Agility +5 damage.
While she doesn't pack heavier hardware like her fellow D.A.A. folk, Randi does wield impressive, high tech ammunition. Her Beretta has been retooled to fit miniature H.E.A.P. (high explosive armor piercing) bullets, which can increase the above damage by 2 (dual armor piercing effects).
Boxing (s): her first fighting form, gained while with the Marines, this skill describes Randi's ability to strike a foe quickly and effectively. It allows her to divide her pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the last of which she can attempt as a contingent action.
Computers (i): after she gained a PhD in law, Randi turned her attentions back to computers, and gained a second PhD in this area. This makes her an expert in computer crime, not to mention the fact that she is able to build and program computers at a reduced difficulty level.
Law (i): Randi is an accomplished expert on legal matters, having gained her first PhD in this area. She gains a reduced difficulty in all legal matters, and her expertise helps her to avoid 'technicality' releases when busting up crime.
Law Enforcement (w): as a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Randi is a card-carrying federal officer, and has all the benefits of such. In addition to decent pay, she can make arrests, and has the legal right to carry firearms on her at all times, pretty much anywhere.
Marksmanship (a): trained in the use of firearms with the military, this skill was honed after Randi joined the F.B.I. As such, she can fire most standard, semi-automatic and fully automatic rifles and pistols, and even oddball weapons like an elephant gun, at a reduced difficulty level.
Martial Arts (a): Randi has learned several martial arts styles over the years, when you consider her career(s). She may use her Strength or Agility to resolve unarmed attack, and may reduce the difficulty of actions meant to lower falling damage or catch thrown weapons by one level.
Military / United States (w): though she only joined to take advantage of the G.I. Bill, Randi is nonetheless a competent combatant thanks to her time with the Marines. She knows military protocols like the back of her hand, and can lead fighting men and women into battle if necessary.
As one of the founders of the Direct Action Americans, Randi can naturally rely upon those patriotic vigilantes for help in a pinch - she recruited half of 'em, after all. She also has innumerable contacts in military, government and computer hacker circles thanks to her interesting past.
Randi has also been 'involved' with Agency 13's Agent Deathmonger, a former F.B.I. Agent and co-worker of hers from time to time. While recruiting him into the D.A.A. has thus far failed, she can easily rely upon his help for just about anything she needed, if only she were to ask.
Protector: having lost her parents and her husband to callous criminals, Randi tries to protect others from her fate. Her wish is that no one else will suffer as she has, and this drives her to constantly push herself to ever-greater levels of perfection to make this happen.
When working for the F.B.I., Randi simply wears a black business suit with red stripes, though she doesn't go for the cheap ones the feds usually use. She complements this with red Oakleys and red leather shoes. When doing business with the D.A.A., she simply changes into a red suit.
Randi is driven by both a thirst for knowledge and a rage against the criminal element. She's constantly working hard to stay on top of her game, spending half her leisure time reading technical manuals, engaging in firing practice, and studying up on the latest changes to the Law.
The former is what caused her to gain two separate PhDs, while the latter is what ultimately prompted her to help form the Direct Action Americans. While she's a part of its engine, Randi is utterly dissatisfied with the government's behavior of late, and acts to save it from itself.
Real Name: Cpl. Randi Cole, Ret.
Occupation: F.B.I. Agent, professional vigilante
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Marital Status: widow
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the F.B.I., the Direct Action Americans
Height: 5' 6"
Hair: auburn, with white streaks at her temples
Weight: 130 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none.
Randi Cole had a tragic childhood, having lost her parents to an armed robber at a very young age. Having no living relatives at this point, she passed from foster home to foster home, and wasn't really given all that much affection. As such, she retreated into herself for the most part.
One of her foster parents fostered introduced her to the world of computers though, which was a considerable turning point for her. Though she hated people in general, computers were easy to understand - you told them to do something, and if you didn't screw it up, they did it.
By the time she was out of high school, Randi was an accomplished computer programmer (and, contrary to all her denials, quite the hacker, too). Despite her mad skills though, she couldn't get a scholarship to school, so she joined the Marines to take advantage of the G.I. Bill.
During this time, Randi came out of her shell some, since the Marines are perpetually in your face, and gained an impressive amount of self confidence. She came out of the armed forces with several new skills, not to mention the drive to succeed in life no matter what gets in her way.
As such, she started going to college immediately after her time in the Marines, and managed to gain not one, but two PhDs in almost record time; this because she took as many credit hours as were physically allowed when working on her doctorates in both law and computer science.
With her military history and twin doctorates in hand, Randi decided to give government work a try, and managed to make her way into the Federal Bureau of Investigation easily enough. There she became an expert on computer crime, since of course she had experience in this area.
While working with the feds, Randi grew close to and married one of her fellow agents, but was devastated when the man was killed on a drug bust. While this was bad enough, Randi had to sit back and watch as the perpetrators managed to get off on a technicality, laughing all the while.
Livid beyond repair, Randi found herself more than receptive to two other people who had seen the system fail them. They were intent on creating an organization dedicated to dealing with those who would act to ruin the rule of law - particularly when the law could not.
This trio then formed the Direct Action Americans, the judge, jury and executioner of threats to American stability, whether they be big or small. These three then became known as Directors Red, White and Blue, with Randi naturally picking red since it matched her hair... more or less.
Since then, these three have built the D.A.A. into an organization that counts about one hundred like-minded individuals within its ranks, all individually selected patriots who feel the need to help their country where it cannot help itself. This tight-knit militia is active to this very day.
Of course, they seem to attempt more than even they can handle. This because, as the team has proceeded in its mission, it has uncovered layer upon layer of duplicitous secret societies vying to take over America and the world itself - so some of their missions wind up going unfulfilled.
But not the little ones. No, as long as Randi is helping to run the D.A.A., it's not about to abandon the little guy, the fellow who needed their help but didn't get it since they were focused on more 'important' matters. She's not about to let people like the men who killed her husband slide.
Not now. Not ever.
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