Statue of Liberty
From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|The Statue of Liberty|
|With Liberty and Justice for All!|
|Player: @USA Steel|
|Real Name:||The Statue of Liberty|
|Known Aliases:||Lady Liberty, Lady of the Harbor, Everybody's Gal, Liberty Enlightening the World, Mother of Freedom|
|Height:||8' (111' when dormant)|
|Weight:||5 tons (225 tons when dormant)|
|Hair Color:||sea foam green|
|Place of Birth:||Paris, France|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Current Residence:||New York City, New York|
|Occupation:||Symbol of Freedom, Hero|
|Marital Status:||Married to the land of the free|
|Legal Status:||Law Abiding Hero|
|Known Relatives and/or Associates|
|All Americans who fight for freedom!|
|Willpower / War Mace|
|Training / Abilities|
|Mind over Body, Indomitable Will, Fast Healing, Taunts, Mace Attacks|
|Torch, Tabula Ansata|
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
“The New Colossus” (1883) by Emma Lazarus.
From across the great harbor, through the ocean sound, a slumbering colossus stirs. Awoken by an ancient magic hidden away within the texts of freedom, the Lady of Liberty is more than just a symbol of justice, hope, and freedom; she is the vessel through which it is enforced. With her torch of justice and wielding the will of all free men, the Mother of Exiles is now a hero fighting for the future of all mankind!
The Evocation Proclamation
The Statue of Liberty was just the ordinary statue we have all come to know and love until one day a historian studying the original texts of the Declaration of Independence found some strange code hidden within the parchment. Unbeknownst to the historian, the code was actually a secret spell of retribution against the enemies of the United States of America and against the enemies of all free men; the spell would create a special golem obeying only the will of the people. The spell required a copper statue of proper size, construction quality, and stature, and that it be cast on the anniversary of the statue’s construction. By rare coincidence [or perhaps blind luck], the historian happened to be reading the strange incantation the very same day of the Statue of Liberty’s completion (May 21st, 1884)!
The New Colossus
Upon accidental invocation, the newly awakened golem sprung to life. Indeed, it was quite a spectacle to see the colossal statue step off her podium to take to the streets of New York. Infused by the power of years of US patriotism, the spirit of liberty had become alive with magic, giving the Statue of Liberty purpose and a soul.
Of course, the awakening of the statue had frightened the citizens of New York near Ellis Island until they realized the colossal Lady of the Harbor had a benevolent mission of purpose. Marching through the streets of New York City, careful not to harm vehicles or civilians, the colossus’s first act of heroism was to stop a van of terrorists as they plotted an attack on the United States. As suddenly as she awoke, she then returned back to her island to become a statue once again.
America Needs Her Help
As news stories go, the awakening of the Statue of Liberty as a crime fighting hero was quite a shocking tale and drew quite a bit of controversy, initially. Until her 2nd awakening, many thought the story to be false or “fake news”. Theories abound from propaganda, to fairy tales, conspiracies, folk tales, and everything in between. Of course, subsequent awakenings proceeded to quiet most doubt. Most still do not understand her exact purpose, but it is known that each time she appears, she stops major crimes against Americans.
Since the awakening spell, the Lady of the Harbor exists in two distinct states: Dormant and Active. In her dormant state, she appears as the normal statue we all know and love and is completely normal to the unassuming eye. In her active state, she springs to life and will either manifest in a colossal form or an avatar form. When manifesting in avatar form, she disappears from her podium and appears in random location in the greater New England area. Upon awakening, any humans or animals are instantly teleported outside to a safe location.
The Statue of Liberty is able to assume two-forms in her active state:
Colossal Form In this form, the Lady of Liberty stands at full size and is a giant to behold. In this form, she stands 111 feet tall and weighs 225 tons.
Avatar Form In this form, the Lady of Liberty stands 8 feet tall and weighs 5 tons. Although not nearly as massive as her colossal form, she is yet an imposing and formidable humanoid golem to behold. Even in this smaller, more agile form, the ground trembles and quakes when she strides upon it due to her mass.
Personality and Reputation
Myers-Briggs Personality Type: ISTJ
(The following synopsis was taken from Verywell Mind.)
People with an ISTJ personality type tend to be reserved, practical and quiet. They enjoy order and organization in all areas of their lives including their home, work, family, and projects. ISTJs value loyalty in themselves and others, and place an emphasis on traditions.
ISTJs are planners; they like to carefully plan things out well in advance. They enjoy an orderly life. They like things to be well-organized and pay a great deal of attention to detail. When things are in disarray, people with this personality type may find themselves unable to rest until they have set everything straight and the work has been completed.
ISTJs are both responsible and realistic. They take a logical approach to achieving goals and completing projects and are able to work at a steady pace toward accomplishing these tasks. They are able to ignore distractions in order to focus on the task at hand and are often described as dependable and trustworthy.
ISTJs also place a great deal of emphasis on traditions and laws. They prefer to follow rules and procedures that have previously been established. In some cases, ISTJs can seem rigid and unyielding in their desire to maintain structure.
ISTJs You Might Know
George Washington, U.S. President
Henry Ford, inventor
Johnny Carson, entertainer
Elizabeth II, Queen of England
Evander Holyfield, boxer
Goals & Motivations
Powers and Abilities
The Will of All Free Men
The power of the American spirit is strong enough to give the Lady of Liberty indomitable fortitude. This spirit courses through her and makes her a mighty hero. Every power and ability exhibited by the Lady directly stems from the American spirit. This also emanates from her as an aura which can be felt as an oppressive feeling by evildoers.
The Hardships She Bares
In active form, the Statue of Liberty is immune to pain in all forms. She may not be tortured or coerced with pain. Additionally, no matter how much damage she has sustained, she will continue as if unhindered. This can be frightening to villains, as she will pursue them relentlessly, even when severely damaged.
Rebuilding the Country
In active form, the Statue of Liberty can quickly regenerate and rebuild herself from any sustained damage - including everything from minor dents and dings to major damage, such as crushed limbs or even nearly complete destruction. This reconstruction occurs rapidly and she does not need to concentrate for it to occur. To on viewers, it appears as though invisible spiritual helpers are rebuilding her.
Through Justice, She Sees All
In active form, the Statue of Liberty can perceive entities in other realms that overlap with our own, including spectral, alien, or ethereal foes. Only beings with powerful concealment abilities may hide from her sight, as she can see through most evil ruses. This also allows her to see dangers otherwise not obvious to most such as chemical or trap hazards. She can “see” the intent of things before they happen. The Lady of Justice cannot be easily fooled.
The Strength of a Nation
In active form, the Statue of Liberty possesses god-like strength. She can lift and hurl ten times her body mass, hold the weight of a collapsing building, and bend hardened steel with ease. Her strength comes from the spirit of the American people, which imbues her with magical vigor far greater than her physical construction would normally allow. So long as the American spirit remains, her power is limitless.
The Heights of Liberty
When activated, the Statue of Liberty can fly when in avatar form. In flight, she can control her airborne movements as if she were on solid ground and this even affords her some additional agility in combat. Her ability to fly appears to have originated from the uplifting American spirit which carries her across the country to fight evil!
The Lady of the Harbor is a golem. While technically not a living thing as humans would understand, she is not unlike a magically sustained, copper automaton. When she moves, she moves with an eerie swiftness, and certain motions can make a soft metal creak or groan. She has no blood, organs, or internal parts, but the hollow structure we’ve come to understand about Lady Liberty is filled with a supernatural energy when she is active. The energy wisps through the hollow structure like a thousands souls of liberty inspired to greatness. It is unknown why, but, when active, fireworks seem to burst in the sky near the Lady of Liberty. These fireworks appear to be magical in nature and have no discernible source; yet, they are always in the colors of red, white, gold, or blue.
The Lady of Liberty does not breathe or have need of food nor drink. Therefore, toxic gases, sleep spores, or even the vacuum of space, has no effect on her. Additionally, she has no internal organs so, attacks that would injure a persons internals, cause no harm to her. Her physiology affords her high resistance to heat and cold-based attacks. Also, because she is alive by the will of the people, she has high resistance to psionic and other mental attacks and supernatural effects such as possession cannot be used against her.
The Statue of Liberty has uncanny knowledge of the Constitution and Federal laws. She rarely speaks other than in a sort of strange law-speak, whereby she will respond to enquiries by reciting the closest approximate law. For example, if one were to ask her where she is going, she would respond, "Law Enforcement shall have the authority to provide punishment for counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States." In addition to her skill in law and knowledge in the foundation of the United State of America, she is a skilled combatant. She appears to fight in a style not unlike Romans, but also utilizes basic mace-fighting techniques.
The Statue of Liberty’s only weakness is losing the faith of the American People. Therefore, corrupt political villains that turn the people against the ideals of America are far more lethal to this magical hero than any gun, missile, bomb, or laser could be.
The Statue of Liberty wields a torch of liberty as her weapon. The torch acts as a colossal mace capable of inflicting heavy blunt-force trauma on any villain it strikes. Additionally, the energy from this torch, while not fire, burns villains with a sort of supernatural energy. This torch may never be removed from her right hand even by those possessing super-strength. Any form of teleportation or other powers used to attempt removal of the torch will result in the torch immediately appearing back in the lady’s hand. Any attempt to destroy the torch results in it immediately re-materializing.
The Statue of Liberty owns the following attire and items, which are part of her structure:
Goddess Robes - These are the robes of Libertas (the Roman liberty goddess). These robes may never be torn or damaged. Any damage immediately repairs itself.
Tabula Ansata - This tablet of freedom is inscribed JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals): The date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
Crown - The crown of liberty worn by the lady has 7 rays representing the 7 continents of the world. The crown may never be removed. If any were to somehow find a way to remove this crown and don it, they would immediately be judged and perish never to be seen again. The crown would thereby return to the lady’s divine head.
Chains - Broken chains lie around the ankles of the Lady of Liberty. These chains may be used as weapons of confinement against villains, but are rarely used in this manner by the lady. The chains may never be brought back together to confine the lady, even with the most powerful of forces or magic. Any soldering breaks immediately for the will of the people cannot be contained.
Sandals - The Lady of Liberty wears goddess sandals which afford her the ability to walk across lava, water, or flames. These sandals never become worn and cannot be removed from the lady’s personage by any means, magical or otherwise.
Friends & Allies
Enemies and Rivals
The Lady of Liberty views the 5th Column with particular disdain, as they are the embodiment of the all that opposes liberty, freedom, and justice.
So, how did I come up with this character? Well, initially, I was inspired by another character that I saw in a costume contest. The character along similar lines, but not quite fully fleshed out. This inspired me to run with the Lady Liberty idea fully and create the character you see on this page.
As I thought about the character, some other influences came to mind as I pondered a back-story. I wondered how the Lady of Liberty could become a superhero and then I thought about the movie, Ghost Busters 2. This gave me immediate inspiration for a magical origin.
Finally, the tools in City of Heroes gave me inspiration for the rest of the character. For example, the Willpower powerset seemed like a perfect fit for my character concept as being driven by “the will of the people”. And, the war mace secondary set allowed me to give her the torch that she needed.
I must say that since creating this character, the reception I have gotten has inspired me to work harder on the character and play it more. Almost every time I log in to the game and every group I join, I get a comment about this character. It is quite flattering and I am humbled by the amazing feedback I have gotten. At times, this can be overwhelming as I sometimes get spammed with comments while trying to train at Miss Liberty in Atlas Park! But, all in all, this makes me want to play this character more and I really enjoy seeing where I can take her story!
So far, just one costume. Maybe more to come?…
Contact the creator! -- @USA Steel