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Your move. Beloved. -Talia al Ghul
TALIA AL GHUL
9 (170 pts) - OPL:
9 ; DPL:
STRENGTH 2, STAMINA 4, AGILITY 4, DEXTERITY 4, FIGHTING 10, INTELLECT 5, AWARENESS 5, PRESENCE 5
Acrobatics 6 (+10), Athletics 8 (+10), Close Combat [Swords] 3 (+13), Deception 8 (+13/+15) [Attractive
], Expertise [Business] 7 (+12), Expertise [Criminal] 8 (+13), Insight 7 (+12), Intimidation 5 (+10), Investigation 8 (+13) [Contacts, Well-Informed
], Perception 6 (+11), Persuasion 8 (+13/+15) [Attractive, Connected, Daze
], Ranged Combat [Guns] 2 (+12), Sleight of Hand 3 (+7), Stealth 7 (+11), Technology 5 (+10), Treatment 3 (+8), Vehicles 4 (+8)
Attractive (1), Benefit (5) (Status, Resources 5 – Daughter of The Demon), Connected, Contacts, Daze (1) (Persuasion), Defensive Roll (2), Equipment (2), Improved Initiative (1), Languages (2) (English, French, Spanish, 2 others, Base: Arabic), Quick Draw, Ranged Attack (6), Set-Up (1), Takedown (1), Well-Informed
Slashing Strength-Based Damage 3, Dangerous; 4 pts
Ranged Ballistic Damage 3; 6 pts
Close Attack +10 [Unarmed +2]
Swords +13 [Sword +5, Critical 19-20]
Ranged Attack +10
Guns +12 [Light Pistol +3]
Dodge +10 [DC20] Parry +12 [DC22]
Toughness +6 (+4 without Defensive Roll), Fortitude +7, Will +11
Talia is often torn between her love for Batman and her responsibilities to her father's cause.
Her relationship with her father, Ra's Al Ghul, is complicated at times. Sometimes she seeks to undermine him, sometimes she is a loyal supporter and sometimes she has designs on replacing him.
Despite her attempts to bring them back her side, or even kill them, she does love Damian and Bruce. In her own twisted way…
She knows that Catwoman holds a special place in Batman's heart and she does not like that at all
Abilities 78 + Skills 49 (98 ranks) + Advantages 26 + Powers 0 + Defenses 17 = 170 / 170
I’ve always been a Talia fan up until recently when I think she kinda jumped the shark with her dealings with Damian and The Heretic. I liked her better when it seemed she had at least a bit of a compassionate side but Morrison wrote her as pretty much a heartless wench that even made Ra’s a bit concerned.
I also think her combat ability gets underrated. Granted, that’s not her forte, but she’s held her own with Catwoman, the Robins and even Batman sometimes.
In her youth, Talia traveled the world with her father learning from his intellect and skills, and she proved to be more competent than any of Ghul's other children. She excelled in managing his criminal and legitimate operations, and she was eventually appointed as Ghul's primary secondary, despite the fact that Ghul considers women to be inherently inferior to men. Ghul is supportive of his daughter, though he has commented that, if possible, he would correct "that sole failing" in his child, suggesting that he fears any possible distortion of her through chemical or biological modifications that might result due to her as gender.
The Story so Far:
Talia first met Batman when he rescued her from Dr. Darkk, the apparent leader of the League of Assassins. It is eventually revealed that the League is just one part of Ra's al Ghul's organization, The Demon, and that Darkk apparently turned against Ra's after failing in a mission. At the end of the story, she shot and killed Darkk to save Batman's life.
Later, Robin, Dick Grayson, is kidnapped. Ra's al Ghul enters the Batcave, revealing to Batman that he knows Batman's secret identity and saying that Talia was also kidnapped along with Dick. Batman then goes with Ra's to search for Dick and Talia; in the end, it is revealed that Talia loves Batman and that the entire kidnapping is a setup designed by Ra's as a final test of Batman's suitability as an heir. Though Batman rejects Ra's offer, he returns Talia's feelings. In the years since Talia met Batman, she is repeatedly torn between loyalty to her father and her love of Batman. However, she has proven an important 'ally' in her way; most prominently when she encouraged Batman to return to Gotham City when it is declared a "No Man's Land" following an earthquake.
After Jason Todd's death at the hands of the Joker, Batman brought his body back to Gotham and buried him with the rest of the Wayne Family. However, several weeks later, out of love for Batman and the desire of making Batman love her again, Talia takes Jason to the Lazarus Pit and throws his body in. Although his body quickly recuperates, Jason's mind is shattered. Talia takes Jason to her father and Jason spends months in the care of the League of Assassins. While Ra’s and his servants restore Jason’s sanity, they planted a seed of hatred and distrust of Batman that they hoped to exploit later.
Livid at the fact that Batman failed to avenge his death by killing the Joker and that Batman had done nothing more than imprison him again, Jason pursues his own brand of justice. In order to stall Jason from killing Batman, Talia agrees to finance Jason and aid him in his training, so that he may then become the second Red Hood
After Bane entered the League of Assassins, Talia's father, Ra's al Ghul, considers Bane a potential heir to his empire and wants his daughter to marry him. However, Talia rejected the international brute, regarding him as merely a cunning animal compared to the more cultured intelligence of his predecessor, and after Batman defeats Bane, Ra's agrees that Bane was unworthy of his "only" daughter.
During his travels in Russia in the 18th century, Ra's al Ghul met a woman with whom he had a daughter named Nyssa. Ra's abandoned Nyssa at a crucial time: She is tortured, and her entire family is killed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Seeking vengeance, Nyssa plans to use her considerable wealth and resources to kill Ra's by befriending, kidnapping, and brainwashing Talia, turning her into a weapon to kill their father. To this end, she captured Talia and, using a Lazarus Pit, killed and resurrected her in rapid succession, leaving Talia virtually broken from the trauma of dying and resurrecting again and again in so short a time. Rendered apathetic by her time in the camp, unable to feel anything, Nyssa also plans to assassinate Superman with kryptonite bullets she stole from the Batcave, hoping that, by uniting the world in one moment of tragedy, she would manage to feel something once more.
While Batman is successful in preventing the assassination of Superman, he is unable to stop Nyssa from killing Ra's. This, in turn, is actually part of a greater plan concocted by Ra's, who wanted to ensure that his daughters would accept their destinies as his heirs, and take up his genocidal campaign. Realizing and accepting this, Nyssa and Talia become the heads of The Demon, with Talia disavowing her love for Bruce Wayne as another result of her torture at Nyssa's hands.
After Nyssa's apparent death due to Talia’s machinations, it is revealed the child of Talia and Batman, Damian has been partially raised by The League of Assassins. Talia gives him back to Batman, as part of a grand scheme involving ninja man-bats and the kidnapping of the British Prime Minister's wife. Batman is unsure whether this is his son, but he attempts to deal with the spoiled, hot-tempered child anyway. Damian, effectively raised to be an assassin, kills a criminal and nearly kills Tim Drake, the newest Robin. Shortly afterwards, father, mother, and son confront each other on a ship which is destroyed by a torpedo. Talia and Damian survived the explosion, although Damian is injured severely and has undergone a transplant of all his major organs.
Talia is prompted to read the history of Ra's al Ghul to her son by a mysterious figure from Ra's past: the White Ghost. Unbeknownst to her, the White Ghost plans to use Damian as a vessel for Ra's return. However, mother and son manage to escape before the plan is completed. After the
the events that lead to the revival of her father and the Final Crisis where her lover and father of her son, Bruce Wayne, "dies", Talia leaves her son Damian in the care of Dick Grayson who eventually becomes the new Batman. Dick appoints Damian as the new Robin whom Talia aids when he is severely injured, most recently replacing her son's entire spine.
After Grayson frees Damian, Talia reveals to her son that she has begun cloning him after realizing that the Boy Wonder has completely sided with his father's circle during their confrontation. She is too much of a perfectionist to love her son after he has defied her in such a manner, and he is no longer welcome in the House of al Ghul.
Although a member of her father’s criminal empire, and one of his closest advisors, Talia is often shown to be not as convinced of the goals of his enterprise as he is. One of the reasons for her doubt was her father's indication that she should choose Batman as a mate. Batman actually had a calming influence on her, and led to a less radical path than her father. Since then she has done other altruistic actions such as coming to Batman’s aid during Hush, or aiding in the resurrection of Jason Todd.
Friends and Foes:
Despite Bruce’s usual refusal of her romantic advances, the two do share an attraction to one another (she often refers to him as "beloved"). The most obvious example of this is the consummation of their love in the form of Damian. However, the two generally recognize that they are opposites to one another but still maintain their love for one another. For instance, during the events of Legacy, when Bane was chosen as Talia’s new mate, she still wanted Batman to beat him in combat.