Friday, November 20, 2015

Nick Fury—Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This is our first fully-fledged agent of the highly secretive organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. Odd bit of trivia: Samuel L. Jackson was cast for the role because in the Ultimates comic line, they based Nick Fury off of SLJ's image, and when Sam saw the similarities, he stated that he was totally okay with that so long as he would be cast for the role if they ever featured him in a movie.

Boy, I bet he wasn't expecting all of this to come about.

Name: Nick Fury
Race: Human
Experience: 140 (Legendary)
Agility d8; Smarts d10; Spirit d8; Strength d6; Vigor d8
Pace 6; Parry 6; Charisma –1; Toughness 8 (2)
Hindrances: Habit (m, very secretive), Loyal, One Eye, Stubborn
Edges: Alertness, Brave, Command, Hard to Kill, Marksman, Steady Hands, Dodge, Connections—S.H.I.E.L.D., Strong Willed, Quick Draw, Nerves of Steel, First Strike
Skills: Driving d8, Fighting d8, Intimidation d6, Knowledge (Battle) d6, Knowledge (Espionage) d10, Notice d6, Persuasion d8, Shooting d10, Stealth d8, Streetwise d8, Taunt d6
Inventory: Eye Patch, Long Coat, Glock 17 (2d6, AP 1, 12/24/48, Semi-Auto, 17 Shots), Kevlar Vest (Armor +2/+4 vs ballistics, negates 4 ballistic AP).

Fury is a no-nonsense and highly efficient tactician and spy. He has led S.H.I.E.L.D. for more than a decade and can disappear whenever the situation requires it. He has deep connections almost everywhere and has an incredibly commanding presence, easily netting him the legendary status of the super spy.

Nick Fury's past is shrouded in mystery. Not much is known about the mysterious director of S.H.I.E.L.D.; perhaps he worked for the military, or maybe the CIA. Either way, he join S.H.I.E.L.D. under the direction of Alexander Pierce. As one of their top agents, he was extremely secretive and efficient in carrying out his missions, even disobeying direct orders if it meant saving civilian lives.

Eventually, Fury became the director of the agency, and began to put together the Avengers Initiative: a special task-force of talented or powered individuals meant to deal with global threats to humanity. Fearing the possibility of one of the Avengers falling, Fury also created Project T.A.H.I.T.I., leaving it in the hand of Agent Coulson. He also rebooted efforts to locate Captain America.

Fury's world spun out of control, however, when he had to juggle not only Tony Stark's incident at the Expo and Banner rampaging back into U.S. territory, but also having to respond to a first contact situation in New Mexico. Nearly a year later, Captain Rogers was found and revived from the ice, and Fury oversaw his recovery and rehabilitation. After so long, however, the Avengers Initiative began to lose traction with the World Security Council and they ordered him to move to Phase 2—re-engineering weapons technology created by HYDRA during WWII using the Tesseract.

This ended up becoming a gateway for Loki to arrive on Earth and begin wreaking havoc, and without Phase 2 making any notable headway Fury fell back onto the Avengers Initiative. He gathered Stark, Banner, Rogers, and Thor together, along with Agent Romanov, and set up a mobile command base on his helicarrier. After bringing in—and subsequently losing—Loki, Fury used the death of Agent Coulson to further push the Avengers into uniting and overcoming Loki's Chitauri invaders.

Years after the Battle of New York, before the launch of Project: Insight, some of the information Fury discovered led him to be the target of an assassination attempt by the Winter Soldier, but with the help of Agent Hill, he faked his death and went into hiding. He assisted Captain Rogers and Agent Romanov to overthrow Project: Insight and HYDRA—destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. in the process. Out of a job and likely on a HYDRA kill list, Fury went underground and stayed there for more than a year, occasionally coming out of the woodwork once or twice to assist Agent Coulson and provide the Avengers with a Helicarrier during the Battle of Sokovia. Fury appears to be working with the New Avengers as an intelligence officer.

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