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Lydia O'Rourke

Alias: Misery

Eyes: Green
Hair: Red
Height: 5' 10''
Weight: 130 lbs. (as BISEY: 155 lbs.)
Race: Human cyborg (BISEY)

Legal status: U.S. citizen
Marital Status: Single
Known relatives: William O'Rourke (father, deceased)
Group affiliation:CyberData

Story: Lydia Rourke grew up with her father who worked for CyberData. Her mother had died when she was a little girl, killed by her father who found out that she was having an affair with another man. Lydia did not remember this until much later [1].

When Lydia was a teenager her telepatic powers started to manifest in the form of glimpses of deaths. At the time she had an affair with her father's co-worker Jim, and just found out that she was pregnant with his child. This coinsided with her father being ordered to burn down the plant he was managing by his boss Rictoffen. O'Rourke had made several deals with the government and the unions in order to make the plant meet the demands but the deals were now a liability and could only be avoided if the plant was no more. After the fire was started Rictoffen planned to kill O'Rourke, which Lydia with her emerging psionic powers sensed. She set out to save her father and came to the plant hidden in the back of Jim's car. Jim had accidentally overheard O'Rourke's plans and wanted to stop him. While Jim and O'Rourke was fighting in the burning plant Rictoffen came with two BISEYs to kill O'Rourke. The BISEYs found Lydia first and attacket her. The shock made Lydia's powers manifest and she took over control of the BISEYs making them destroy each other. Searching for her father in the fire she found him just as he killed Jim. The sight of her father kill the man she loved, unlocked the memories of her father killing her mother. In the rage following the memories of her father killing her mother, she killed O'Rourke and joined Rictoffen and CyberData [1].

Skills & abilities: Misery is a telepath with the ability to manipulate people's emotions. Her powers work best on men but can also be used on women. Misery can, like normal telepaths, read minds and commmunicate telepathically. She can also psychically attack people.

Continuity: TopCow's part of the original Image Universe.

Publisher(s): Image
First app.: CyberForce (vol. 2) #1 (1993)
Creator(s): Marc Silvestri
Eric Silvestri
Country of origin: USA USA

Related links/characters:
- Top Cow Characters
- Carin Lane/Velocity
- Cassandra Lane/Ballistic
- Dominique Thiebaut/Cyblade
- Morgan Stryker
- Robert Bearclaw/Ripclaw
- Trent Peterson/Buzzcut
- Warblade

References: 1: Misery Special (vol. 1)