Manticore

From WestGuard

Manticore

Celebrity super-scientist

Manticore in gold and red, close-up
Manticore in gold and red
Chloe Zhang


Quotation   "We'll give it all we've got!"
First Appearance   Citadel #1, 2011
Real Name   Chloe Zhang (Zhang Qianwei, pronounced JONG-CHYEN-WAY)
Identity   Public ID
Player   Brandon Blackmoor
Team Affiliation   Citadel
Base Of Operations   New York
Range Of Operations   Global

Appearance

Gender   Female Age   28
Height   5' 5" Hair   Black
Weight   106 lbs. Eyes   Brown

Chloe is a photogenic, athletic Chinese woman. She dresses in the most fashionable clothes, yet makes them look effortlessly natural.

Abilities

Prowess
Coordination
Strength
Intellect
Awareness
Willpower

Stamina: 8
Determination: 2
Team Determination: 1

Power Points Spent: 55
Unspent Experience: 0

Powers

Detect Energy
Sensor array
Flight
Jet wing (200 mph)
Invulnerability
Manticore armor
Life Support
(Breathing, Pathogens, Radiation, Toxins) Sealed systems – must be activated
Supersenses
Radar
Wizardry (Gadgets)
Chain guns, mini-rockets (net, fire suppression, gas, smoke), sensors, etc.

Specialties

  • Aerial Combat Specialty (+1)
  • Electronics Specialty (+1)


Aspects

Qualities

  • Catchphrase: "We'll give it all we've got!"
  • Connection: Father, Zhang Ka-shing
  • Connection: Jackie Chan, John Woo, etc.
  • Connection: Professor Mike Kelly, University of Cambridge
  • Epithet: Dragon's Lovely Daughter
  • Identity: Celebrity super-scientist
  • Motivation: Adventurer
  • Motivation: Protector
  • Vice President of R&D, Zhangsun Telecom


Challenges

  • Personal: Feels a responsibility to her father's legacy.
  • Personal: Uncomfortable with the ethics of megacorporations.
  • Social: Internationally famous.
  • Weakness: Powers dependent on Manticore armor


Summary

Abilities 29 + Powers 25 + Specialties 1 = 55 / 55

Background

Zhang Qianwei is the daughter of Zhang Ka-shing, one of the twenty richest people in the world, who emigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1998, and obtained American citizenship for himself and his two children. Over the course of the next few years, he moved the corporate headquarters of his company, Zhangsun Telecom (market value $170 billion, according to Forbes), to Manhattan from Hong Kong. However, the company still has extensive holdings in China, primarily in land development and telecommunications. In the rest of the world, the majority of their holdings are in telecommunications, hotels, and resorts.

Qianwei was educated in the United States, where she is known as Chloe Zhang, but until recently she spent most of her school vacations in Hong Kong, where she is a bona-fide celebrity: she has been on the cover of numerous magazines (the Hong Kong edition of Cosmopolitan over a dozen times in the last ten years), appeared in several films (she is friends with John Woo and Jackie Chan, in addition to a lot of Chinese show-business types that no one in the USA has ever heard of), and has released a few pop albums which have been quite popular in Asia.

She is also an avid skydiver, skier, snowboarder, and surfer. She often has lucrative endorsement deals despite her amateur status, and she spent six months on Wheaties boxes a couple of years ago, which is the first place most people in the USA saw her. Chloe donates all of the proceeds from her endorsements to charities, such as the Special Olympics.

In addition to her artistic and athletic pursuits, Chloe is absolutely brilliant. She has doctorates from Stanford and Georgia Institute of Technology, and she has developed a number of breakthroughs in telecommunications. For example, she invented a nanotechnological process which permits multiple signals to transmit simultaneously on the same antenna without interference (aka MIMO, a technological underpinning of the WiMax standard).

Recently, Chloe's 80-year-old father decided to retire back to Hong Kong, where her older brother runs the Asian divisions of the company, leaving her in New York to run the North American and European divisions (although she is technically Vice President In Charge Of Research And Development).

Controversy

Note the ideograms on the sides of the flag. Originally on such Japanese bandanas, the characters are: 武魂 (Samurai Soul), 忠义 (Royalty), 尊皇 (Emperor Esteem), and 皇国 (Royal Empire). On her dress, the characters are 衛生 (sanitation/hygiene), 平和 (peace), 幸福 (happiness), and 健康 (health).

In July of 2007, just after of the sixtieth anniversary of China's War of Resistance of Japanese Aggression (as the Second Sino-Japanese war is known in China), Chloe appeared in the Chinese edition of Bazaar fashion magazine in a dress with Japan's Rising-Sun War Flag motif. This photo was distributed on the Internet, and was a cause of great outrage in China. For Americans, the situation would be akin to Rihanna posing in a fashion magazine attired in Nazi swastikas.

Radio stations stopped broadcasting her songs, billboards of her were taken down, and demands for an apology were made in print and on television. In one of her live local performances, someone jumped on-stage, pushed her down, and dumped trash on her.

Tensions eased after Chloe made a public apology stating that she hadn't intended to cause offense, and that she would pay more attention to her behaviour and speech.

She has since appeared in several films portraying intelligent, responsible Chinese women, such as the gentle, intelligent Yao Mulan in Moment in Peking, and Hua Mulan, a young martial arts-trained woman of ancient Chinese legend who leaves her home disguised as a man to replace her ailing father in an all-male army in order to help defend her homeland from invaders. These portrayals have done much to repair the damage to her reputation in China.

In John Woo's historical epic Red Cliff (2009), she played warrior princess Sun Shangxiang. She gained positive reviews from the Associated Press: "But the biggest surprise in the cast is Chinese actress Zhang Qianwei, who steals the show with her portrayal of Sun's spunky tomboy sister Sun Shangxiang." For her achievements in film, television, and music, Japanese media dubbed her China's No.1 actress, and UK's The Independent described her as "China's box office darling".

Personality

If one word could be used to describe Chloe Zhang, it would be "active". Nearly every moment of every day is occupied with something, whether it is research into new semiconducting polymers, competing in a snowboarding competition, acting in a film on location in Mongolia, promoting the Special Olympics, or dancing at the newest and most exciting club.

Tabloids have connected Chloe to numerous handsome and/or famous men, and some of these rumours have been true, but she has no interest in marriage at this time. She has stated in interviews that she wants to be a wife and a mother -- but not yet. "I have too much still to do," she explains. "It would not be fair to a husband or a child."

Despite the frenetic pace of her lifestyle, she always seems as ease with the people around her, and she is never too busy to be gracious. She is a genuinely nice person.

Fun fact: In China, Chloe's superhero persona is known as "Dragon's Lovely Daughter", while in Japan, she is known as "Super Demon Rider Girl".


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