|Julie Laroche is the Black Widow (agentenoire) wrote,|
@ 2011-10-17 15:36:00
Player referred by and line being filled: Filling in "the girl" line for Anton.
Source work, author, and character: Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, Natalia Romanova/Black Widow
Journal name: agentenoire
Name: Julie Laroche
Played By: Marsha BAMF Thomason
How long have they been in the human world?: Depends on what cover you're looking at, but officially? Twenty something years.
Source of income: Uncle Sam.
The Persona: The Julie Laroche the world sees is smart, friendly, and kind. She works as hard as she plays, that is to say, very. She never forgets the big picture, even as she hones in on the details. She has a reputation among co-workers of being sharp and reliable; someone to be counted on in a pinch, or when more creative solutions to problems might be necessary. She is amiable, without being prying, a woman who easily falls in as "one of the guys." She is easy to talk to because she is engaging, and never acts as though she has better things to do than talk you then and there. You never have to question whether or not Julie is listening, because she tends to remember all the small details, such as the upcoming visit to your grandmother you mentioned two months ago, or the fact that your wife and you were considering rescuing a dog from the local shelter. When asked to really think about it, her co-workers will tell you that although she's a great listener, there's very little they actually know about her, or what she does when she's off the clock.
To her friends Julie is sweet, and loyal, but unafraid to tell you what you need to hear. Her girlfriends rely on her to tell them when they're over-thinking things, and her guy friends trust her to tell them when they're being thick-skulled. They see Julie as someone who while not completely blocked off, doesn't exactly go out of her way to spill the innermost workings of her private life. Her friends knew of her serious relationship with Lisa Barret, and even met the up-and-coming attorney on a few occasions, but they never knew what the state of the relationship was on a daily basis. Like her co-workers, Julie's friends found her to be a good listener, and somehow, they never realized that they were the ones who always did the talking.
No matter who from Julie's life in Washington you ask, there's one thing that they will all say - if you have a secret that needs keeping, there's no one better than Julie Laroche to do it for you.
The Woman: Julie Laroche could have been called many things growing up - outgoing, friendly, proud, adventurous - but very few of those seemed to apply to her now, at least as far as the eye could see. Years of conditioning as a covert operative have trained out excesses of emotion, leaving it easier to slip in and out of cover identities, as required. But the difference in the Julie from college and the real Julie from today is more than just an excellent poker face. Like any good agent, she is constantly alert, constantly studying the world around her and filtering the useful information from the frivolous. Survival training is so deeply embedded that it's practically subconscious, noticeable only in the patterns of study her eyes follow when she first enters a room, or the way she positions herself in relation to exits, and that too, only to those who know exactly what they're looking for. As an agent who specializes in counterespionage, Julie's life, as well as those of the agents she works with, depends on never being caught, and so far, her track record is impeccable.
There are some who think Julie is too good at what she does, too good at the deception. There have been times in the past when Julie has toed the line laid out by SHIELD in order to maintain her deep cover, and even though her actions always seem clear in hindsight, her handlers can never quite be sure just how things are going to work out. Although no more a risk than some of the other SHIELD agents she has encountered in her years as an operative, Julie is definitely a wild card. As long as she's on your side, though, she's always worth the risk.
Julie Laroche was born in Musings Santa Fe, and spent the first fifteen years of her life being as normal as she could be. It was obvious from early on that she was one of those doubly-blessed kids who was good at both school and sports, and she used it to her full advantage. Despite crossing over to Humanity halfway through high school (her father had a government job that offered a promotion on the other side; no one ever gave her much detail), she managed to graduate as both the head of her class, as well the captain of the varsity basketball and volleyball teams. Stellar high school credentials led to an early acceptance at MIT, where she majored in Chemical-Biological Engineering with a minor in Linguistics.
Officially, the only notable fact about her four years at school was her friendship with Anton Sparke. Graduation from MIT led to an entry level position at the Department of Energy's Biological Science department and a textbook rise through the ranks to a cushy position and a comfortable life. For all intents and purposes (by which we mean background checks), Julie Laroche led the life you'd expect from a government scientists, the only notable exception being a long-term, live-in relationship with a local attorney gone recently sour, and several victories for her department's intramural basketball team.
The official story, however, is a cover designed specifically for optimal infiltration into the life of Anton Sparke.
In actuality, Julie's performance at university caught the eye of government recruiters, and by her junior year, she had signed the dotted line to go train to be a spy. The day after graduation found her on a flight to a covert training facility in central Europe, and years of slow, meticulous training in everything from martial arts to language immersion to counter-espionage. A knack for languages and accents made her a valuable asset in Europe, and she spent a majority of the next decade and a half on covert operations for the American Government out there.
Despite the unexpected career trajectory, Julie never left her scientific background far behind, and made sure to volunteer to test whatever new biotechnology the government was willing to subject her to. Over the years it has become unclear just how much of what Julie can do is because of her natural talent and how much comes from the science, but suffice it to say, she is one hell of a capable agent.
Ability: Healing factor. Her body has a high resistance to disease and injury.
• Her aging is slowed, but not significantly. If she didn't live a dangerous life, her life expectancy would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 110-120. Physically, she would look about 80.
• She can't grow organs or limbs. Because that's just silly.
• She can heal around foreign objects, but they'll hurt the entire time they're there. The only way for her to completely get over a bullet wound is by pulling it out, and then waiting.
• Her healing factor is a slow one. SHIELD has since provided her with biotech that helps speed it up, but it's still nowhere near Wolverine's.
Alliance: SHIELD. She's going to go work for Anton as a double-agent and infiltrate the avengers. Her allegiances from then on out are up for questioning.
Iron Man: cantstartafire The old friend, and the new job. Julie's assignment is to infiltrate Iron Man's company and personal life as a double agent, hopefully undetected. Things are going to go south really fast if she gets caught.
Nick Fury: Her handler at SHIELD. They're newly thrown together and know nothing about each others' styles, so friction is pretty much guaranteed. Male or Female
Hawkeye: A blast from the past. Hawkeye and Julie have worked a few operations together in the past, so they will instantly recognize her when they see her again. Female preferred. [Held]
Daredevil: The one she still loses sleep over. For one reason or another, Daredevil and Julie's relationship met an abrupt end, bringing her to the front doors of SHIELD. When she originally joined, it was to find her, but Julie has long since given up the search. Female preferred, but I can tweak the line for a guy (and write the romance out of it).