Thursday, March 17, 2016

Franklin Nelson—Foggy

With Daredevil Season 2 dropping tomorrow on Netflix, I figured I should put out another character from their gallery. Continuing with our goal of humanizing more of the MCU, we have Foggy.

EDIT: Now that Season 2's dropped, I've worked on some patch notes for existing characters, which you can find here.

Name: Franklin Nelson
Race: Human
Experience: 20 (Seasoned)
Agility d6; Smarts d6; Spirit d8; Strength d6; Vigor d6
Pace 6; Parry 5; Charisma 2; Toughness 5
Hindrances: Code of Honor, Heroic, Loyal, Poverty
Edges: Connections—Hell's Kitchen P.D., Scholar (Law), Charismatic
Skills: Fighting d6, Investigation d6, Knowledge (Law) d8, Notice d6, Persuasion d10, Repair d4, Stealth d4, Streetwise d6, Throwing d6
Inventory: Baseball Bat (Str+d6), Softball (Str+d4, 3/6/12)

Foggy Nelson is Matt Murdock's best friend. While initially coming off as a little bit greedy, Foggy is actually an incredibly sweet guy with a heart of gold. He grew up in Hell's Kitchen, having a rivalry with a young man named Brett Mahoney. He helped his dad work at their hardware store, but he always dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

Foggy met Matt when they were in college, and graduated near the top of their class with him. Shortly afterwards, they secured a successful internship position at the esteemed Landman & Zack firm, and after some time they were offered paid jobs. Matt, however, did not want to take the job, since he didn't believe that they were doing the right thing working for a large soulless company. They solidified their goal of creating their own law firm that night, and began to work and establish Nelson and Murdock.

Their first client was a woman named Karen Page, whose involvement in the Union Allied Construction scandal ended up pulling them into dealings with James Wesley. They defended one of Fisk's hitmen, and then began to help an old woman named Elena Cardenas, whose apartment was left in disrepair due to an angry landlord. As he and Karen were working to help fix things, they were injured in an enormous explosion; a nearby Russian compound was bombed in a gang war, which was pinned on the man in the mask.

However, he was soon convinced that something else was up, and he worked with Matt, Karen, and a journalist named Ben Urich to find out the truth. Mrs. Cardenas was found dead shortly afterwards, however, and after a night of drinking, he stumbled into Matt's apartment to find that his best friend was the man in the mask that Foggy believed to be a terrorist.

They began to work together soon afterwards anyways, though, and Foggy worked to gather leads and tug at the few loose ends of Fisk's empire. This led to the confession of officer Carl Hoffman, and toppled the criminal kingpin.

Nelson & Murdock began to increase in traffic after the incident with Kingpin, but they were still making nearly no money. Matt and Foggy's generosity was too great, and the lawyers were fighting to keep their bills paid. Foggy also helped assist Matt with the investigation of the events surrounding the Punisher, going to investigate an old contact with the biker gang, The Dogs of Hell. He found the information he was looking for, but shortly afterwards began to worry much more about his friend.

A rift began to form between them, and after the Punisher was finally arrested, he vehemently opposed Karen's notion of finding the truth behind him and Matt's idea of representing him in court. Matt, however, was absent for nearly the entire trial of The People v Frank Castle, and his escapades prompted the threatening of a key witness, causing Foggy to try and cut ties with Matt, enraged at the idea that his friend would betray his trust like that.

Foggy is now working for Hogarth, Chao and Benowitz, a high-profile law firm specializing in focusing on exceptional individuals.

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