Created by: Lawrenz Lano
First appearance: Novel Grey Legacy
First Comic book appearance:
The Return of Gaia Force #5
|Real Name: Nicci |
A.K.A.: The Golden Gatari, Gatari Tan
Height: 5 foot 9 inches
Base of operations: Formerly The Citadel, Moon/Today, E'lah trade routes
Ethical alliance: Good
Nicci is the most enigmatic member of Gaia Force. What little is known is that she arrived at the Citadel some time after Avatar Prime. He has stated that Nicci is serving a sentence for betraying the Guardian at some point in the past but Nicci has no recollection of this betrayal and has no memories of her past life. Her sentence is to serve the Citadel.
Unable to do anything about her situation, Nicci spent much of her time training with Renshi in the hopes that, one day, she may become of some use to the guardians and eventually escape her prison.
Her opportunity arose when the UEF Armstrong made an unscheduled emergency stop at the Citadel. Before the Armstrong had a chance to leave, Nicci snuck on board. Free of her prison, Nicci offered to become a part of the Armstrong's crew.
When the Armstrong's crew became stranded on the Jurassik world of Pal'lasha, Nicci had the opportunity to help and discovered that she had more power than she had previously believed. With this new knowledge, Nicci saw a way to give her life purpose and when the Armstrong was attacked by the Gatari, Nicci actively participated in its defence. After the battle, she made friends and gained the respect of those on board.
The Armstrong 's return to Earth did not go unnoticed by Gaia Force and Nicci was ordered to return to the Citadel. Captain Erikson confronted Silverlance and Avatar Prime and fought for Nicci's release while at the same time, granting her asylum aboard his ship. After consideration, Avatar Prime released her from confinement to the Citadel.
His reasons for doing this were unclear at the time, and Nicci had wondered whether it was a permanent liberation since she was still suffering from her blackouts. As it turned out, Nicci would need to wait another 50 years until Avatar Prime released her for good. Doing so also unbound her power.
In the intervening years, Nicci served aboard the Armstrong and helped Earth against the Gatari threat. While on duty, she befriended Koralia, a young female Gatari-in-training. Nicci took her under her wing and helped her overthrow the Gatari emperor. With Koralia now in control of the Empire, Nicci was given a home amongst them. She was declared an honorary Gatari and given the title of Gatari Tan (female warrior).
Nicci eventually set out on her own. She is Captain of her ship, the Golden Crest, manned entirely by Nahthas. Nahthas are the official citizens of the Gatari Empire. Only those bred to become warriors are called Gatari. The only Gatari aboard her ship is Gornak, her second in command.
Nicci makes a living as a smuggler and pirate.
Energy blast: Nicci can discharge powerful energy blasts vocally.
Super Strength: Her physical strength enables her to lift around 25 tons.
Invulnerability: She has an impervious golden outer skin that slows down aging and gives her high resistance to physical attacks, all forms of energy and enables her to survive in the vacuum of space.
Radiation immunity: Her golden exterior protects her from all forms of radiation.
Extended lifespan: Her golden exterior stops the aging process.
Enhanced vision: Like all members of Gaia Force, can see in various modes and can stare directly at the sun.
Self sustaining: Does not need to eat or drink.
Space travel: She can survive in the vacuum of space and achieve inter-planetary travel. Her speed however is somewhat slower than that of the average member of Gaia Force. Hers maxing out at 0.1 light speed while they can attain 0.5 of light speed.
Omnilinguilism: Like all members of Gaia Force, she can communicate with any intelligent life form.
Flight: Nicci was seen running effortlessly on the surface of the moon with no effects from its low gravity and had been seen "falling" to the surface of a ship in the vacuum of space. She had believed the cause to have been some form of unconscious psionic ability. It actually turned out that it was a side effect of her repressed flying ability.
During her stay at the Citadel, she was trained by Renshi in hand-to-hand combat. She is also skilled with a blade.
Weaknesses: Nicci used to suffer from frequent black outs but ever since Avatar Prime freed her, there have been no new incidents.
Appearance: Nicci's golden exterior cannot be removed and covers her entire body. Since it hides all sexual definitions Nicci has never felt the need to wear clothing. She started doing so when she became a member of the UEF Armstrong and has continued the practice to this day.
Paraphernalia: Nicci wears a small dagger on her wrist. It can transform into a 6 foot sword.