Silver Scorpion

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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.

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Silver Scorpion Armor: developed by UCLA's Professor Carson for the government, this armor (molded to Barstow's body in the design process) was picked up by Betty after the Battle-Axis killed Carson and her detective boyfriend, Dan. It is armed with the following systems:

* Body Armor: as a suit of mechanized combat armor, the Silver Scorpion suit provides the wearer (usually Betty Barstow) rank value 40 protection against harm, which provides her the following resistances to the various attack forms:

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* Endurance: though designed for combat, the Silver Scorpion armor isn't built with extremely advanced technology, as was Iron Man's suit. As such, the armor only has Endurance equal to its body armor rank value (40, in this case).

In other words, whenever the Silver Scorpion armor takes any damage, it must pass an Endurance ACT roll against the intensity of the damage taken; if this FEAT fails, each system must pass a second roll all its own, or cease to operate until properly repaired.

* Scorpion Sting: the wrists of the Silver Scorpion armor are both armed with energy emitters. These items emit a beam of pinkish energy of an unknown type, energy that inflicts rank value 40 Force damage with each concussive strike.




Detective / Espionage: as the secretary of a noted private eye, Betty picked up some of the necessary skills and intuitions of detective work, especially since she joined Dan on cases from time to time. She may attempt Intellect and Awareness ACTs for detective work at a +1 RS.

Martial Arts styles A and C: well-versed in the art of jiu jitsu, Betty may inflict Pound or Concuss results on a foe regardless of her comparative Brawn or Fortitude scores, and receives a +1 RS on dodging, escaping, grappling and weaving maneuvers she attempts in battle.


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.


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"
Hair: blond
Eyes: blue
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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