Black Orchid

Guardian Of The Veil

Black Orchid
Quotation "Gods say a lot of things. Not all of them are true."
First Appearance Tops Comics #0, 1944
Real Name Soraya Morgan
Identity Secret ID
Player NPC
Origin Zenith
Archetype Mirror
Team Affiliation Westguard
Base Of Operations Boston, MA, USA
Range Of Operations Interplanetary


Age 29 Nationality American
Height 168 cm (5' 6") Hair Brown
Weight 58 kg (128 lbs) Eyes Brown
Gender Cis Female Sexuality Bisexual

Soraya is an attractive Italian American woman with wavy brown hair, brown eyes, and olive skin. She typically dresses fairly simply, but appropriately for the local weather. In Boston, she often wears jeans and cable knit sweaters, while she tends toward jeans and t-shirts in Los Angeles, or possibly shorts and a halter top if the weather is particularly warm. While acting as Black Orchid, she wears a black unitard complemented with purple boots, gloves, corset, and a thigh-length cape.


Agility 3
Brawn 2
Endurance 4
Presence 5
Reason 3
Power Level 9
  • Normal Lift: 55 kg (pony keg of beer)
  • Max Lift: 120 kg (heavy adult)
  • Throws (25 kg): 2 m
  • Max Range: 1 km
  • Max Area: 100 m radius


  • Athletics
  • Culture
  • Diplomacy
  • Mental Combat
  • Perception
  • Ranged Combat
  • Social Sciences


  • Elusive
  • Headquarters
  • Pro From Dover: Occultism


Standard action, Ranged, Normal
Eldtritch Blast
Standard action, Ranged, Alteration
Gaze Of Helios
Dimensional Travel
Move action, Self-only
Odin's Gate
Move action, Self-only
Gift Of Aeolus
Force Field
Quick action, Self-only
Dee's Defensive Veil
Standard action, Hand-to-hand, Alteration
Grace Of Ixtlilton
Mental Resistance
Constant, Self-only
Tower Of Iron Will
Power Drain
Standard action, Hand-to-hand, Alteration
Erlik's Touch
Power Drain Ray
Standard action, Ranged, Alteration
Erlik's Gaze
Move action, Self-only
Move action, Self-only
Eye Of Ptah
Varies, Self-only

Ultra-power: Interdimensional Manipulation

Astral Travel
Move action, Self-only
Area Blast
Standard action, Ranged, Area, Normal
Standard action, Self-only
Mass Dazzle
Standard action, Ranged, Area, Alteration
Detect Occult Influence
Standard action, Self-only
Mass Dimensional Travel
Move action, Self-only, Area
Mass Flight
Move action, Self-only, Area
Standard action, Ranged, Special
Power Suppression
Standard action, Ranged, Area, Alteration
Mass Teleportation
Move action, Self-only, Area


Light Ballistic Vest (PL 1)
Versatex unitard; concealable
Cell Phone (PL 1)


Base Move Double Move All-out Move
Run 7 m 14 m 42 m (25 km/h)
Swim 3 m 6 m 18 m (11 km/h)
Jump 1 m
Fly 7 m 14 m 42 m (25 km/h)
Teleport 130 km 260 km 470,000 km


Soraya is curious and relentlessly upbeat. She has seen the horrors lurking beyond our world, but she persists in the belief that honor, hope, and courage will prevail against them. This can make Soraya seem flighty, or vacuous, but that's a false impression. She works hard to be worthy of the trust which has been placed in her. Her lighthearted manner is evidence of her inexperience: she is still somewhat in awe of the powers at her command, the limits of which she has yet to truly test. She has supreme confidence that she will be able to deal with anything that comes her way, and she never fails to find hope and optimism in even the most dire circumstances. This relentless optimism is part of why Christine Somerset selected Soraya.


The character lives and breathes to solve the world's mysteries.
The character is burdened by the responsibility of their powers.


The legacy of the Black Orchid has made many enemies over the centuries.


Soraya Morgan had always been a little different. While other young girls were reading Cosmopolitan and Judy Blume, Soraya was reading Drawing Down The Moon and Mary Stuart. Soraya worked her way through college by working part-time at Umbra Solis, an occult book store in historic downtown Boston. It was while working at the book store that Soraya met Christine Somerset, one of the more popular authors of occult non-fiction, and, in Soraya's opinion, one of the few who weren't completely full of hot air. Ms. Somerset and Soraya took a liking to each other, and over the next few years Ms. Somerset took Soraya under her wing, teaching her aspects of the Arts which she would never feel safe putting into a popular book. It was under Christine Somerset's tutelage that Soraya was able to work her first real magick, drawing power from one of the many universes which border our own. Soraya's world would never be the same. And yet, the greatest revelation was yet to come.

Thirteen months after Soraya's first "working", Christine revealed that she was more than an author of pop-culture occult books, more than a solitary practitioner of charms and illusions. She was a sorceress who had spent much of her adult life in the endless battle against the dark forces lurking at the edge of the mortal world. She was not only Christine Somerset: she was Black Orchid, the most recent in a line of guardians against the endless gnawing darkness which will eventually claim all. But while Christine's power was at its height, her body was near the end of its life. Soraya became her heir. Christine passed on much of her knowledge and tools to Soraya, and the role of Black Orchid passed on to a new generation, just as Judy Allen had passed it to Christine many years earlier.

A minor side effect of her powers is that Soraya's material needs -- food, clothing, shelter -- are no longer a significant concern. Through judicious use of magic, Soraya can obtain nearly any material good she requires. Her desires are modest, however: the only significant expenditure she has made since being granted the role of Black Orchid has been to purchase Umbra Solis from the previous owner, who wished to retire to Miami but could not afford to do so. Umbra Solis now serves as Black Orchid's sanctum. Few would suspect that upstairs from the book store selling New Age twaddle is one of the most complete occult libraries in the world.

Black Orchid is an associate member of WestGuard, the well known Los Angeles posthuman team. In this capacity, she is generally consulted when the team encounters what appears to be an arcane or supernatural menace. However, Soraya is not always available, having both a "real job" at the book store and other less mundane obligations. Black Orchid is also a member of the New York Institute For Parapsychological Research, a privately funded consulting firm located on the island of Manhattan in New York, New York.

Powers and Abilities

Soraya has the strength and stamina of a young woman who regularly engages in moderate exercise. Black Orchid is capable of doing nearly anything she can imagine, but her inexperience prevents her from making full use of her abilities. In combat, she tends to focus on the occult formulas and arcane artifacts which are most familiar to her. With time and preparation, both the variety and the sheer power of her abilities is greatly improved. The more time she has to consider her options, the more dangerous she becomes.


Character Points Spent: 60
Unspent Experience: 0
Attributes 38 + Skills 7 + Gifts 3 + Powers 12 + Modifiers 0 = 60 / 60