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Nzige "Ziggy" Nyenje
Nzige has a lithe build with light brown skin, indicative of her mixed heritage. Her eyes look both inquisitive and confused, and sometimes tired.
Nzige prefers the part of Wakandan fashion that borrows influence from the more modest, North African styles.
Nzige is devoted to her nation, admiring the Dora Milaje for their stalwart loyalty, yet she worries that her heritage will rear its ugly head when she least expects it. Having inherited some genius from her father, Nzige is intelligent but humble, and displays tendencies of mild autism, so is often distracted as she is constantly plagued by sounds most people can't hear. This gives her an exhausted air and makes her unusually compliant under most social circumstances until she reaches the limit of her patience and endurance, at which point she becomes hysterical and obsessive compulsive, often demanding quiet while being the loudest in the room. Ultimately, she is grateful for what she has been given, but worries that one too many emotional outbursts could ruin it all.
A thorn in the side of Wakanda and the Black Panther, Ulysses Klaue, AKA Klaw, was one of the few outsiders who knew about Wakanda before the hyper-advanced African nation revealed itself to the world. A physicist turned villain turned being made of solid sound, obsessed with using vibranium to make sonic super weapons, Klaw has snuck in and out of Wakanda on more than one occasion to steal the precious metal. On one such occasion, he concealed his identity and seduced a woman, Kumbane Nyenje, to provide him with lodging while he schemed. Tricked by the fake sob story that was Klaw's front, the compassionate Kumbane developed feelings for the villain, and Klaw just went along with it to keep up the charade. Klaw's schemes, as per usual, were exposed and resulted in a major conflict between him and the Black Panther, leaving Kumbane heartbroken and secretly pregnant with Klaw's child.
Nzige was born, the half-human child of a sound elemental. The maternity ward was filled with the distorted sounds of Wakandan lullabies that Kumbane had sung to her belly during her pregnancy. This incident was reported to the Wakandan authorities who monitored the child, but gave Nzige the opportunity to grow up as any superpowered child would. Even though she was the daughter of a supervillain, Wakanda knew better than to stigmatize her and create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Still, the people who understood her powers better than anyone besides Klaw himself were the people who fought Klaw: the Black Panther and his close support network, ie. the royal family of Wakanda. The most scientifically adept among them, princess Shuri saw immediately that rather than solid sound projections like Klaw, Nzige's powers involved the mathematical wave properties of sound, and that Nzige would not master or control her powers without a firm knowledge of high-level math and physics. Fortunately, Shuri was already tasked with tutoring Amalia, Tony Stark's daughter, and could easily take on another pupil. besides, Shuri saw Nzige becoming close to the daughter of an Avenger as a positive influence to hopefully counteract any potential tendency towards villainy she may have inherited from her father. Seeking purpose and a resolution to her heritage, it stands to reason that Nzige would strive to become a superhero, and applied to Mobius alongside her freind and fellow pupil, Amalia.
- Father - Ulysses Klaw AKA Klaw
- Mother - Kumbane Nyenje
- Stepfather - Abdel-Malik Mezgouri
- Half-sister - Zahra Mezgouri
- Half-brother - Tareq Mezgouri
Abilities - Sound elemental-human hybrid
Nzige can emit and absorb sonic vibrations from her skin and has a brain specially attuned to analyzing and parsing complex waveforms. She can easily mimic sounds and voices, and make herself completely inaudible. Nzige can hear sounds that are too quiet to be heard by normal humans as well as frequencies outside the audible range. It is possible to tell when someone is lying, but this is not always accurate, less so for trained actors. She can emit powerful sonic blasts, but because sound travels outward in all directions, the intensity diminishes rapidly over distance, and requires something to focus her power in order to have any range. She can dowse for a stiff material's harmonic frequency by either touching the object, touching the object indirectly by tapping it with something, or by pinging it with test frequencies. Her friend Amalia has prototyped a group of small, locust-like piezoelectric drones that Nzige can place in locations of acoustic significance relative to her own position, allowing her to harmonize in a large area and take advantage of cymatics. She also owns a meter-long vibranium rod with a triangular cross-section which she lovingly refers to as her 'cricket bat', that she uses as a tuning fork/bludgeon to channel harmonic frequencies with.
Nzige's mother married after Nzige was born. Nzige's stepfather is the employee of a business firm from Morocco with an office in Wakanda to negotiate trade between Wakanda and the North African economic bloc. Her stepfather is Muslim, her mother converted when they married, and so Nzige was raised Muslim as well along with her step-siblings.Likes:
- Science, technology, engineering, and math
- The distracting sound of music (all genres)
- Food made with beans and legumes
- The distracting sound of human voices
- Water on her face
Nzige is afraid that she is her father's daughter, and that her destiny is villainy. She is also afraid that her lack of social endurance makes her unfit to be a hero, and unfit to be a part of society at large.Hopes:
Nzige hopes to serve her country and prove to herself that she is a force for good.Heroes:
- Her mom
- Prophet Moses
- Ms. Marvel
- Music - making, listening
- Exploring serene, natural places
- Card tricks
- Innate understanding of the physics of sound
- Near-genius-level intellect
- Piloting drones
- Lack of emotional intelligence and discomfort in social interactions
- General lack of caution
Nzige listens to anything and everything, though its unclear if she appreciates music in the same way other people do.Entertainment Preferences:
Nzige prefers comedy shows and stand-up performances since she believes that understanding humor will improve her social skills, but also has a soft spot for old Disney movies.Themes:Physical Drawbacks:
Being half-human, half sound elemental, Nzige is slightly more frail than the normal human, and due to vibranium's ability to absorb vibrations, the metal is dangerous if it enters her body.Eating Habits:
Nzige prefers food with beans and rice with strong flavors. She eats slowly and meticulously, and always cleans her plate, so if being served, she has a tendency to overeat or undereat depending on how much she has been given. She has a hard time sharing food, either giving or receiving, as she prefers each persons meals to be compartmentalized and personal.Hygiene Habits:
Nzige follows a strict routine every morning and night and rarely deviates.