Rachel Lynn Rhodes
Place of birth:
Battle Creek, MI, USA
WetWorks operative; communication and coordination
U.S. citizen with no criminal record
Rachel Rhodes was the only federal agent with an extensive paramilitary background in irregular warfare tactics, and was due to her sense of duty and skills transferred to CIA, where she served two years as the contact between U.S. officials and guerilla forces in Cuba and other third world countries. During one particularly sensitive meeting, she was involved in and ambush, where she was severely injured and would have died had Miles Craven not intervened and taken her to a medical facility for cybernetic retro-fitting. The company was a small weapons/cybernetic company named Waering Industries, and Rhodes was equipped with artificial limbs, weapons, neural implants to enhance her reaction time, internal databases and telemetric communications hardware [WetWorks Sourcebook #1].
Not being able to pass for more than partially human, Rhodes was transferred to NSC. She took the callsign Mother-One [WetWorks Sourcebook #1]. This was in the seventies, and for a while she was on a team with Brenda Lewis, codenamed Killjoy, and called herself Mother at the time. The information on the team is sparse as the data files were corrupted, but Killjoy looked human at this point [Ballistic (vol. 1) #3].
Mother-One was lent out to Team 7, and disappeared with the rest of the team following the operation Eternal Sleep in Transylvania, What was supposed to be a biological weapon held by a loosing faction in the Balkan was actually a nanotech alloy which was essentially a non-carbon based life form, and Team 7 was really supposed to retrieve or destroy the alloy before it fell into the hands of the Vampire Nation. The mission didn't go as planned, and Team 7 was exposed to the alloy which bound itself to their skin and acted like a living armor. Realizing something was wrong, Miles Craven ordered the supporting troops to kill Dane and his team, but Mother-One who had herself been exposed to the alloy before the team helped taking out the troops and save Team 7 [WetWorks (vol. 1) #1].
After the Balkan mission, Dane and his team was approached by Armand Waering, who took them back to the States and tried to help them use their new golden armor [WetWorks (vol. 1) #2]. As the symbiote had been developed by Waering industries [WetWorks Sourcebook #1], and Waering himself was connected to the Night Tribe and had his own agenda, the team was shortly after sent out on a mission to prevent the release of a viral agent by the Night Tribe. The mission succeeded in the sense that the virus was stopped, but Flattop and Crossbones were killed, and Grail and Dozer were changed [WetWorks (vol. 1) #3 + 4].
Like the rest of the team, Mother One's symbiote started changing her too. The inherent telepathic ability of the symbiotes was enhanced to the point where she could make telepathic communication possible [WetWorks (vol. 1) #4]. She also started getting controlled by an artificial intelligence called Mother [WetWorks (vol. 1) #6]. The A.I.'s objective was to make the World a more logical place by making new symbiotes and a number of agents like Mother-One to take control. The plan was foiled by WetWorks who destroyed the A.I. and saved Rachel [WetWorks (vol. 1) #24].
In 1998, WetWorks, Grifter and Lynch were attacked by Rostov, a powerful telepath who was believed to have been killed by Team 7 [WetWorks (vol. 1) #42]. Rostov was defeated, but after the fight Dane was tired of always being someone's tool and he decided that the team should go underground for a while to find a new role for WetWorks [WetWorks (vol. 1) #43].
In 2006 when the team was seen next, Rhodes was getting reconstructed with a new artificial body again [WetWorks (vol. 2) #1]. When she woke up with her new body without a symbiote, she joined Dane and his crew in the ongoing fight the U.S. military had with the night tribes [WetWorks (vol. 2) #2]. The resurrection had not been complete, and after a short while Rachel went into a cybernetic coma for a short time. It turned out, that a fraction of her soul was still trapped in the Land of the Dead, and along with Dane and Ab-Death she had to go there to get the last piece or she would die a final time [WetWorks (vol. 2) #10]. She retrieved the part of her soul, and learned that the symbiote she had bonded with was dead, and the symbiotes had not been created by the Night Tribe as they thought [WetWorks (vol. 2) #11].
Mother One was last seen when she was put in a cryogenic pod. The vampire Casus bit her and turned her human remains into a vampire [WetWorks (vol. 2) #14], and after she had freed herself, she went on a killing spree in the vampire caves, before she was caught and subdued by Dane and his soldiers [WetWorks (vol. 2) #15]. In the future, she has been seen without the vampire curse [WetWorks: Armageddon (vol. 1) #1].
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The symbiote Rachel had covering her body acted as a living armor and gave Mother One a telepathic ability towards the other carriers of a similar symbiote. The telepathic ability is inherent in the symbiote, but Mother-One's ability was enhanced to communication.
WildC.A.T.S (Vol. 1) #2 (1992)
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