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Mary Turner was a Talon for the Court of Owls, but she went rogue and joined the Birds of Prey instead, under the name Strix.

origins

In 1945 Mary was a 11 years old child living happily in the United States with her family and as they were having a picnic her brother found a Japanese balloon with a bomb attached, her brother carelessly approached it and her family was killed in the blast when they tried to take him away. Left mute and disfigured by the blast Mary startet to work for a travelling circus until the Court of Owls found her and made her a Talon, keeping her in cryo-freeze and waking her only when they needed someone killed.[2]

Night of the Owls

Mary Turner was the assassin sent by the Court of Owls to coerce Commissioner Gordon into letting his police force handle the Night of the Owls ineffectively, and into inadvertently lighting a modified Bat-Signal which filleds the sky with the symbol of the Court of Owls, thereby killing hope that the Batman would save Gotham.[3]

As a child, she was horribly disfigured by a bomb attached to a balloon - an innovative attack by Emperor Hirohito, meant to cause panic in the United States during World War II. As such, her attack on Gotham City as a Talon involved the use of similar devices. On the Night of the Owls, she faced Batgirl, but despite her superior fighting skills, she let Batgirl go, feeling kinship because they both wore masks.[3]

Birds of Prey

Later, Catwoman broke Mary out of Blackgate Penitentiary having been hired by a prominent member of the Court. When she realized his motivations, though, she turned on him, and with Batgirl, they defeated his Talons - including Mary, who turned on her master in the name of friendship with the two women. In order to protect Mary, Catwoman faced the police alone, leaving Batgirl to get Mary out.[4] Batgirl's solution was to find a place for Mary with the Birds of Prey[5], giving her the codename "Strix" - which is Latin for "owl".[6]

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Powers

  • Accelerated Healing: Due to the synthesized electrum in her blood, Mary could recover from bodily injuries at a superhuman rate.

Abilities

Weaknesses

Other Characteristics

  • Dyslexia: Strix has some difficulties in writing and spelling words.[9]
  • Mutism: Mary lost her voice when she was a child.[2]


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Footnotes


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