Harriet Wainwright

There are many unanswered questions about the life of Harriet Wainwright (nee Adams), born in 1954 to an MP serving at Ramstein Air Base and his German bride. Her higher education, which included an MA in Political Science, is a matter of record, as is her marriage to Carl Wainwright in 1979. However, the reasons that she left her post as a White House intern, starting in 1981, for a job as a parole officer in Freedom City in 1985, are somewhat opaque. It may or may not have had something to do with the birth of her only child, Carolyn Wainwright, in 1983.

During the early years of her work at the Department of Probation, Harriet Wainwright was peripherally associated with the activities of Project: Cerberus, an initiative by Freedom City's government to offer favorable parole terms to supervillains willing to perform covert operations at the city's behest. From various remarks she made in later years, it seems clear that she was better informed about the activities of this illegal program than she should have been as someone who simply flagged files for potential recruitment. She apparently regarded the operation as a corrupt blight on the department, but was unable to deny the success rate of the operatives.

At the same time, her husband was pursuing his own career as a police officer, and became involved in a murder investigation that turned into an obvious frame up. He received a promotion to detective in exchange for his silence in the matter, but kept a file on what he believed had actually happened on the night Rachel Baldwin was arrested, intending to revisit the matter at a time when it was safer to do so. Unfortunately, he was killed during the Terminus Invasion, preventing the deaths of his wife and a number of other city employees, before he could do so.

Her husband's death gave Wainwright a purpose in life -- she was now obsessed with avenging his death by bringing about the arrest (and eventual execution) of Omega. While exploring Terminus invasion affected properties on the south side of Freedom City, she discovered an undocumented portal to the Terminus. While she was deliberating whether to report this discovery to the proper authorities or use it for her own purposes, Tomen the Archivist passed through the portal and had a brief conversation with her, the substance of which is now known only to Tomen. It resulted in Wainwright being given a glimpse of one page of the Sourcebook, greatly augmenting her intelligence at the cost of robbing her of the ability to feel fear.

With her augmented mentality, it was a trivial task to rise to the position of head of the department of probations in roughly a decade. She also developed a number of unique contacts and connections during this time. In 2005, she began advocating for the creation of an initiative that she dubbed Project Freedom, where criminal superhumans would be given the opportunity to perform super-powered community service in exchange for parole. It took a number of years for this program to be approved, and she had to step down from her job as head of the department in order to personally supervise it. As this was entirely as she planned, this was no trouble at all.

The full story of Project Freedom's activities is too lengthy to go into here. Events somewhat beyond her control forced Wainwright into leading her team into the Terminus before they were truly ready for the conflict. To her credit, on actually confronting Omega, Wainwright realized exactly how far astray her obsession had led her, and apparently sacrificed her own life in order to buy Zalman the time to create the team's escape route. Her armored suit was blasted into particles by Omega.

... however, when Tomen the Archivist attended her funeral, speaking briefly with Rachel Baldwin, he indicated that the page of the Sourcebook which her mind contained had not returned to the book itself at the time of her death. So it may be that she somehow managed to escape that fate. There are always possibilities ...

Harriet Wainwright -- PL 7

Abilities: STR 0 | STA 1 | AGL 0 | DEX 2 | FGT 5 | INT 6/3 | AWE 4 | PRE 3.
Powers: A Page From The Sourcebook (Enhanced Advantages 4 [Eidetic Memory, Fearless, Speed of Thought, Well-Informed]; Enhanced Intellect 3)
Advantages: Connected, Contacts, Defensive Roll 2, Eidetic Memory, Equipment 10, Evasion, Fearless, Luck 3 (Fortune), Ranged Attack 7, Speed of Thought, Ultimate Effort 3 (Deception, Insight, Persuasion), Well-Informed.
Equipment: Blaster (Ranged Damage 5) and 40 other points of equipment as needed.
Skills: Deception 9 (+12), Expertise: Law 8 (+14), Expertise: Politics 8 (+14), Expertise: Streewise 6 (+12), Intimidation 9 (+12), Insight 11 (+15), Investigation 9 (+12), Perception 8 (+12), Persuasion 11 (+14), Stealth 8 (+8), Technology 4 (+10), Vehicles 5 (+7).
Offense: Initiative +6, Unarmed +5 (Close Damage 0), Blaster +9 (Ranged Damage 5).
Defense: Dodge 7, Parry 7, Fortitude 3, Toughness 4/1, Will 11.
Totals: Abilities 36 + Powers 10 + Advantages 28 + Skills 48 + Defense 18 = 140 points.
Complications: Justice--Motivation. Responsibility (Project Freedom). Power Loss (anything that affects her memory also disrupts her powers).