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Shadow Stalker is a member of the Brockton Bay Wards.

PersonalityEdit

Sophia is a mean spirited, hot tempered and violent teenager who finds anything but negative consequences as encouragement to continue.[4] She has nothing but disdain for those she perceives as weak and hates anyone she can't beat in a fight. When Taylor was revealed to be Skitter (thereby proving Sophia's philosophy wrong), Sophia was enraged and later tried to convince herself that she was responsible for what Taylor became. Surprisingly, she admitted to Taylor that she was resentful that Taylor had a parent who actually cared for her enough to actually attend the meeting.

A lot of her personality comes from the influence of her shard, as noted by Taylor.[5]

Relationships Edit

AppearanceEdit

Sophia was dark skinned, slender, and athletic,[1] owing to her membership on the track and field team[8] and likely her nighttime activities in the city.[9] Weld described her as pretty.[1] Her eyes were brown. She was about as tall as Taylor.[10]
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Sophia in civilian clothing.

As Shadow Stalker, Sophia wears a heavy black cloak and skintight black bodysuit with metal kneepads, gauntlets. Before joining the Brockton Bay Wards, her mask was a modified hockey mask[11]. After joining the Wards, her mask was made of black-painted metal[2][10] and took the shape of a woman's face with a stern expression.[12] Her costume included a "voluminous" cloak[1][13] in dark gray urban-camouflage, with a hood.[10] She carried two crossbows, and had tranquiliser cartriges for them mounted on the forearm of her costume.[2]

In her Breaker state, she was described as wispy[14] and transparent, as if she was composed of gas.[1] She was described as nearly invisible,[14] and had a distorted, skull-like face hidden by her mask.[15] However, meeting her in daylight, Taylor described her only as "a little smoky, like she was made of sand and not anything solid."[10]

Powers & EquipmentEdit

Sophia was capable of shifting herself into a "shadow state" which allowed her to pass through walls and made her lightweight. She could pass on these attributes onto her equipment, including shots fired by her crossbow bolts.[2] It was unknown exactly what her upper limit was. For example, while she was able to 'shadow' a fold-up chair and launch it through a wall where it would materialize as a projectile, it was unknown just how much effort this cost her.[16] It was stated that her powers affected her personality after she triggered, her behavior becoming more aggressive and violent as a result of her trigger event.[17]

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Early version with hockey mask.

As Shadow Stalker, Sophia carried two crossbows with both lethal and nonlethal bolts.

She was vulnerable to electricity in her shadow form, possibly even more so than in her normal form. As a Ward, she had lenses built into her mask that could detect electricity.[18]

If she "stalled" inside a solid object, she lost forward momentum and suffered excruciating pain. She also suffered as badly as anyone from pepper spray or other aerosols if she changed back while they were still inside her, if not worse.[18]

Weaver speculated that her agent was exceptionally aggressive, and had heavily influenced her personality to make her more violent.[5]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Once a cape with a vigilante bent, Shadow Stalker was caught after having nearly killed a man, pinning him to a wall with her crossbow bolts. When given the option, she chose to join the Wards as a probationary member rather than be sent to juvenile detention. As a condition of her parole, she was given probationary status in the Wards and required to use nonlethal ammunition, a requirement she usually ignored when the Wards weren't looking.

She fought Behemoth in the attack prior to the Battle against Leviathan, although she mostly did search and rescue,[16] presumably alongside the Wards.

In her civilian guise, she was Emma’s best friend and one of Taylor’s tormentors, as well as a member of the high school's track and field team. She wasn't liked by many, beyond Emma and Madison, as she was fairly notorious for being mean spirited. Her brand of bullying tended more towards the physical than any of the other girls – tripping, punching, kicking, shoving, and so on.[12] She told Emma that her friend would be allowed into the Trio if she "laughed more at the pranks and jokes, stood a little straighter instead of cringing like a whipped dog".[19]

Story StartEdit

Sophia helped to bully Taylor as a member of the Trio. She helped Madison pour juice on Taylor, laughing "like it was the funniest thing in the world".[8]

During the curfew necessitated by the ABB's rampage, she was stationed at a shopping mall along with Battery. After seeing the concussed Taylor shove Emma unprovoked, she put her bullying victim in zip-ties and admonished the teen's father to keep a hold on his daughter.

After seeing Taylor Hebert kiss Brian Laborn, Sophia stalked her to a bookstore and violently confronted her. She was then stopped by Brian and fled.[20]

Post-LeviathanEdit

As Shadow Stalker, she mocked and threatened Vista. She met Flechette on patrol, and shocked the other Ward with her violent personality.[2] Taylor lured her into a trap and Regent used his powers to control her. After the mission was over he pretended to release her but instead used his control to destroy her life, sending texts detailing the bullying to the cops, calling Emma and alienating her, and revealing her identity. Regent then set up a suicide scenario, going so far as write a note and leave Sophia in a noose made of electrical cord before stopping and warning the now terrified and humiliated Sophia to leave the city.

She was accused of violating probation shortly after Arc 10 and sent to juvenile detention.[6] When Skitter was revealed to be Taylor, Sophia could only scream in blind rage and shatter the tv.[21]

Gold MorningEdit

She was freed and joined Taylor's group hunting down villains for a time after Golden Morning. She was successfully used as bait to message to the Simurgh due to her particularly active shard. During the voyage in the Firefly, she was consistently a voice of dissent in the group, going so far as getting into a fight with Lung.

She fought in the Cauldron siege, killing multiple Case 53's. When Zion visits the base, she retreats using her power and is picked up afterward.[22]

Post-Gold Morning Edit

Sophia was spotted stalking Imp from the rooftops of a nearby building. Imp confronted her, and she admitted she felt that Taylor doesn't deserve the respect she earned post-Gold Morning due to how she used her powers as Khepri. Imp retorts by saying she'll be remembered more then Sophia ever will, and leaves her to stew in her anger.[23]

QuotesEdit

  • (To Taylor Hebert): "It's not that I feel driven to win, I simply hate losing!"
  • (To Taylor Hebert): “Funny how it all turns out. This, for one thing. That I can’t anticipate you anymore. And… that it’s just you. There’s nobody to mourn me when I'm gone. Family doesn’t really care. No friends left. No teammates, even. I'm left to console myself with the idea that, if I die, I'll at least annoy the depressing, creepy little geek from high school.”

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Sentinel 9.1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sentinel 9.2
  3. Some of that were the sub-classifications, if I remember right. Her breaker power makes her a stranger-class, but that’s a derivative effect. - Comment by Wildbow on Interlude 16 (Donation Bonus 2)
  4. archived conversation on reddit
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Way too passive," Imp murmured.
    "So's Shadow Stalker," Tattletale said.
    "But Shadow Stalker's passenger isn't. If there are any undertones, any way that the passengers influence our actions, then Shadow Stalker was definitely influenced. I dug through her old records, read up on her history."
    "What?" Shadow Stalker asked.
    "She got aggressive after she got her powers. Generally more…" I searched for the way to phrase it.
    "You fucking looked at my records?"
    "…More violent than most people would be, in her shoes. Lashing out, aimlessly at first, and then with a target, channeling the aggression. Except it was the same amount of violence, just concentrated into fewer incidents, alongside a pretty extensive bullying campaign." - Excerpt] from Cockroaches 28.4
  6. 6.0 6.1 Interlude 10
  7. Venom 29.5
  8. 8.0 8.1 Gestation 1.1
  9. Cast (spoiler free)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Hive 5.3
  11. Interlude 19.z
  12. 12.0 12.1 Cast (in depth)
  13. Tangle 6.5
  14. 14.0 14.1 Agitation 3.3
  15. "Think of Shadow Stalker’s metal mask hiding her face, which is distorted and skull-like in breaker state" —BREAKERS, document by Wildbow
  16. 16.0 16.1 Extinction 27.3
  17. Cockroaches 28.4
  18. 18.0 18.1 Sentinel 9.6
  19. Chrysalis 20.3
  20. Buzz 7.6
  21. 20.x (Donation Interlude 1; Stan)
  22. Venom 29.9
  23. Teneral e.2

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