Basics Name: Katherine Elizabeth Bishop Affiliation: Unaffiliated Vigilante (see integration) Aliases/Nicknames: Kate, Katie. No code name yet - nothing seems to fit Age/Date of Birth: 17; June 19, 1997 Place of Birth: New York City Current Residence: New York City Occupation: Senior, Hawthorne Academy
Physicals PB: Crystal Reed Appearance: Average height and build with brown eyes and long brown hair (her friends have gotten blonder over the years but she refuses to bleach, thank you). She typically wears her hair down, only pulling it back for utility’s sake. Kate has an appreciation for fashion and an unlimited budget but her usually flawless style has been changing recently: when she’s not in her school uniform, she’s started sporting a more utilitarian look. Of course Kate’s basic tunics and leggings still cost more than some people on groceries. Her great love is for accessories and Kate loves shopping for jewelry, hats, wild sunglasses, and a truly impressive collection of purses. Her style is pristine, well-styled, and expensive.
Abilities Strengths: Determination, willpower, commitment, hand-eye coordination, aim, trained cellist, inability to take other people’s bullshit, above average memory, leadership, archery. Weaknesses Human, no powers, competitive, spoiled, likes attention, anger issues, impulsive, inability to take other people’s bullshit
Kate’s been described as a princess and it’s not inaccurate. She’s rich and she enjoys it. Sure, she could get by with less or buy cheaper clothes or not spend as much but she’s never really had to and she doesn’t really want to. Having money is nice and it’s the only lifestyle Kate has ever known. To her credit, Kate doesn’t use money as a judge of character. She may be a spoiled princess but she’s not cruel and she’s no bully. Not everyone has what she does and Kate at least tries to understand the ways that makes her life a lot easier than other people’s.
After spending so much time trying to get her father’s attention, Kate’s developed a competitive nature - anything she does, she wants to be the best. She can be impatient and impulsive and blunt. If you’re wrong, she’ll tell you why. She’s not exactly well-adjusted but she’s working on it. Kate doesn’t believe in false modesty, which is mostly a way for girl’s to believe they’re not as awesome as they really are. She’s awesome and she wants to do great big incredible things with her life.
TRIGGER WARNING: ASSAULT
Kate mostly remembers her childhood as a series of lessons: nannies taking her to swim, riding, cello, and karate. She would bring home trophies from them all but no matter at what she excelled, she couldn’t manage to capture the attention of a distracted father. Derek Bishop has money, a dead wife, and a little girl he didn’t know what do with so he solved the latter with the benefits of the former. Kate wanted for nothing and that would have to be good enough.
Her senior year was supposed to be her best ever, one last triumph before she had to figure out college and what she wanted to be when she grew up, whatever that meant. It nearly went that way - probably would have - if she hadn’t gone jogging in Central Park that evening in the late fall. What happened that night is between Kate and her therapist but the fact that she felt she couldn’t report it made her determined to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.
That was when her wardrobe began to simplify and she started taking karate (abandoned when she was 12) again and with intensity. There were plenty of superheroes in the world and she was going to be one of them. Archery, another childhood hobby of a rich girl, became her go-to method after she realized that getting close to drug dealers meant they could see who you were and worse, shoot at you. A distance weapon was the perfect solution. Drawing a bowstring wasn’t so different from drawing a cello’s bow across its strings. These days, Kate spends her free time training in an empty warehouse belonging to her father’s company, Bishop Publishing, and her nights prowling the streets of New York.
Other Did you read the rules? Yes What's the character limit? 7/8 with a villain What would you like to do with the character? I’d like to explore her finding her own identity, a code name, and her evolution from a lone vigilante to a member of a team. How do you think the character can be integrated with the other universe? I see the Hawkeye here already has a teenaged archer to mentor, which opens up the potential for Kate to learn from a DC archer - someone from the Arrow cannon, perhaps? Or maybe she could find a mentor who’s not an archer at all. Kate’s code name comes from Hawkeye, so to throw her in with other heroes let’s her explore her character when removed from Clint Barton. I could see her joining Team Arrow, putting together a Young Avengers team, falling in with the Teen Titans (though they have an archer already so two might be redundant), or even doing something completely out of the box.
Kate tucked her cell phone, which she had been as a flashlight, into her pocket as the warehouse flooded with light. Ha! The power was connected after all. The faded sign on the outside of the building still said “Bishop Publishing” but this place had been empty for a couple years. Something about efficiency.
Kate looked at her new secret headquarters. A bit dusty but the place had potential. On the other hand… dusty warehouse, angry teenager… she was an 80s pop song away from being in a Kevin Bacon movie.
Two weeks later
The music from the bluetooth speakers echoed through the empty space as Kate stared across at the archery target she’d hung.
“I need a hero.”
“I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the end of the night.”
“He’s gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight.”