Laura Kinney, X-23
To start with Laura’s story, it is best to start with her mother, Sarah Kinney. A scientist working for the latest incarnation of Weapon X, she was tasked with creating a clone of their arguably most powerful invention – Wolverine. This time, however, they wanted him controllable. And so she set out to do so. The cloning process failed, over and over again, until Sarah noticed one thing happenening when the clone was attempted – the Y chromosomes were interacting poorly with the process. When that chromosome was removed entirely from the process, it succeeded. That marked her 23rd try. But they needed a human to carry the cloned fetus. Sarah Kinney volunteered, and carried X-23 to term.
Without the Y chromosome, however, the new clone was born a female, named with the designation of ‘X-23’. Her early life was far, far different than most people. She was treated as an animal. By the time she could talk, she was bombarded with languages and schooling, and from the time she could walk, taught how to fight. Most of her martials arts training was under a man known only as ‘Sensei’. When she wasn’t being trained, exercised, or fed, she was kept in a featureless metal room, and those around her were ordered not to interact with her.
That wasn’t to say people didn’t bend the rules somewhat. Sarah, having a bit of conflicting motherly feelings for the girl, would often sneak in and read bedtime stories to the girl, and X-23’s Sensei taught, and spoke to her only in Japanese, and would generally, through language alone, treat her like a human being instead of the cold, impersonal language he was to use.
The Company did not approve. But their disapproval would wait for later. Once X-23 was around eight years of age, in fact, they grew impatient of waiting for their ‘new weapon’. They would bombard her with radition, and see if she did follow in her ‘father’s’ footsteps. Sarah viciously disapproved, but it was done anyways. Luckily for X-23 and Sarah, Laura survived the process, following along with her genetic donor’s powerset to gain regeneration, and claws. The feminine aspect to her genetic manipulation made for an odd setting of claws, however – one in each foot, and only two in each hand. All the while, Weapon X was developing a ‘trigger scent’ to infuriate the girl, using associative psychological techniques to let the scent spark a rage in her.
The first trial of it was on her Sensei. Having known that he was disobeying their orders to treat her like a thing, they had her kill him, then brought in a new trainer/handler. Kimura. An invincible woman, she could not be cut by Laura’s claws. Her training continued.
When she was far too young for such things, about 14 years old, they started sending her upon missions. Her first was the assassination of a high-profile politician. That was just the start. Sending her on increasingly higher and higher risk missions, members of the project started seeing the ability to use X-23 for their own ends. Rice was the name of the person who manipulated her the most. Subjecting her to the adamantium process at the age of thirteen, and being discovered as having a hatred of Wolverine, for killing his father in the initial Weapon X project. He wanted to torment and torture the young girl, and when Sarah realized that Rice was starting to use the trigger scent to send X-23 to kill his higher-ups so that he could take charge of the project, she panicked.
Drafting another ‘mission’ for the young clone, Sarah charges Laura with destroying the facility and killing everyone inside, before meeting her on the snowy fields outside of the facility. X-23 carries out the mission with a certain sense of vengeance, destroying all of the work and people that had been used to create her. When meeting Sarah out in the fields, however, X-23 discovered, too late, that the trigger scent had been used on Sarah – she was the next target. Flying into a rage, she murders her mother figure. Another little piece of her dies.
Searching Sarah’s body, she discovers a letter to her, and a plan to meet up with her sister in San Francisco, and live with her there. Leaving Sarah behind, X-23… taking the name Laura Kinney to honor her mother figure, moves to San Francisco.
She didn’t fit in well. But Laura, introducing herself as Sarah’s daughter, moves in with them, and finds friends with Megan. But those who were in charge of Weapon X didn’t see fit to let their investment go so readily. After only a few weeks of what Laura would describe as ‘living’, commandos attack, led by Kimura. Killing the commandos and disabling Kimura for a few moments, Laura flees with her new family, and abandons them after establishing new names and lives for them.
Hopping from safehouse to safehouse, Laura’s primary goal was to meet the man who made her life possible – and kill him, then herself, taking both of the ‘monsters’ from the world. Something happened, however.
Regeneration: Sharing in her “father’s” ability, Laura has enhanced regeneration. It works fairly fast, with minor cuts clotting and closing up in seconds. More major cuts and flesh wounds heal in minutes, and things like broken bones set and mend themselves likewise in minutes. Her regenerative power can be overloaded, however, perhaps by being shot many, many times in a short period of time. When that happens, she loses consciousness, and drops into a fugue until her body stabilizes itself, and heals any major organ damage that occurs. The drawbacks to this power aren’t too many, but she does tend to eat a heck of a lot more than your average person, particularly if this system was given a workout.
Foreign Chemical Immunity: X-23’s natural healing also gives her the virtual immunity to poisons and most drugs. She can be affected by some drugs, however, such as tranquilizers, if she is exposed to an extremely large dose.
Disease Immunity: Due to her highly efficient immune system, X-23 is immune to all Earthly diseases and infections.
Superhumanly Acute Senses: X-23 possesses superhumanly acute senses that are comparable to those of certain animals. She is able to see at much farther distances, and with near perfect clarity, than an ordinary human. She retains this same level of clarity in almost complete darkness. Her sense of hearing is enhanced in a similar manner, allowing her to both hear sounds that ordinary human’s can’t and to hear sounds that ordinary humans can, but at much greater distances. X-23 is able to use her highly developed sense of smell to track targets by scent with an impressive degree of success, even of the scent has been eroded by natural factors, such as the weather.
Superhuman Stamina: X-23’s muscles produce a considerably less amount of fatigue toxins during physical activity than the muscles of an ordinary human. She can exert herself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue begins to set in.
Superhuman Agility: X-23’s agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the most accomplished human athlete.
Superhuman Reflexes: X-23’s reflexes are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the most accomplished human athlete.
Enhanced Strength: Laura enjoys the blessing of enhanced strength. While not nearly as powerful as Wolverine’s, she is getting stronger and stronger as she grows older. This helps her to jump higher, run a fair bit faster, and lift far more weight than her build and gender would suggest. If she wanted to push the limits of her ability, she could bench press about 600 pounds – but would feel far more comfortable carrying and pushing about 350.
Claws: Tandem claws in each hand, and a third in each foot. The claws are about a eight inches in length in her arms, and about six to seven inches in her feet, curved at one end, and retractable, going back into her arm or foot or out as she needs them. They’ve been coated in Adamantium, something the rest of her skeleton the Weapon X project hadn’t had a chance to do yet. Let’s hope they never get a chance to finish the job. Because of these, getting through metal detectors at airports and the like is a real pain, and each time they cut through her skin when she ‘draws’ them, it does sting a little.
Induced Berserker Rage: She has also been subjected to conditioning in which a specific “trigger scent” has been used to send her into a berserker rage, killing anything in sight. This can be seen as a strength or a weakness, depending on what side of things you’re on.
Can speak English French and Japanese, fluently. May be able to speak others, but with much less mastery.
X-23 is an expert tracker. Because of her enhance sense of smell she can track almost anything and anyone, and has memorized many different scents.
Raised in captivity, Due to her extensive training as a top-secret operative, X-23 has been trained to become a living weapon. She is highly trained in the use of long range weapons and explosives, and is an expert in assassination techniques.
She is excellent at hand to hand combatant, with intensive training in numerous armed and unarmed martial arts techniques.
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