|Dinah Lance (Scenesys ID: 463)|
|Name:||Dinah Laurel Lance|
|Apparent Age:||22||Actual Age:||22|
|Date of Birth||10 April 1997||Played By||Herself! (I prefer animated versions.)|
|Hair Color:||Blonde||Eye Color:||Blue|
|Theme Song:||Scream Your Heart Out - Lost Prophets|
Florist by day, crime fighter by night! A martial artist with a superhuman sonic cry, Black Canary fights crime from the Justice League level all the way down to the streets in her signature fishnets and leather. Raised by a hero mom and detective dad, becoming a superhero is all Dinah ever wanted to be.
* 1997 -- Born of Dinah Lance (florist, vigilante) and Larry Lance (cop-turned-P.I.).
* 2007 -- Raised on stories of the Justice Society, Dinah begins learning martial arts, boxing, and other trade skills.
* 2010 -- Dinah's metagene triggers during an argument with her mother. Much glass breakage. Dinah begins training her 'voice' in addition to her normal regimen.
* 2013 -- Dinah begins sneaking out at night to try and fight crime, with mixed results.
* 2015 -- Dinah goes to college. Meets Craig Winslow and falls in love.
* 2016 -- Dinah and Craig divorce. She returns home shortly before her parents take a lengthy vacation, leaving the flower shop in her care. Training accelerates. Dinah officially becomes the new Black Canary.
* 2016 (later) -- Dinah is invited to study with Sensei Otomo in China. Earns the nickname 'siu jerk jai' (little bird) from him.
* 2018 -- Dinah leaves Sensei Otomo's tutelage when she realizes he is holding back with her. She returns to Gotham, the flower shop, and her fishnets.
* 2019 -- Black Canary is recruited by the Justice League.
While she has her share of flaws, Dinah's real strength is in how she embodies the essence of the hero when she puts on the leather and fishnets. She is confident in her abilities, knowing exactly what she can do, and is brave enough to risk doing them for the right reasons.
Once taking on a case, Dinah is as persistent as a bloodhound and doesn't stop until things are resolved to her satisfaction. Perhaps it's her competitive nature. She doesn't like to lose. Ever. At anything. The woman will do anything for those she cares about, and doesn't hesitate to put herself in danger to save another.
Yet for all her confidence and control, Dinah has her moody side. It's a hair-trigger response that can be triggered by seemingly minor and silly things, but once it goes off that's when Dinah goes off as well. At that point, she's quick to jump to conclusions, whether or not there are supporting facts that matter.
Anyone who fights crime wearing fishnets and leather has to have a flair for the dramatic, as well as perhaps the audacious. She's not afraid to attract attention, dress flashy to the point of being brazen, or steer her car towards another to get someone to stop. And she does it all with style and attitude. Dinah isn't afraid to speak her mind, and often does so without thinking about what she's saying or whose feelings she might hurt.
Dinah has a metahuman gene that enables her to project her voice in what has become her signature 'Canary Cry'. She has control over the intensity and aim of her 'cry', being able to do anything from stun a human opponent to inflict serious damage on brick or steel structures. Regardless of the intensity, the sound is deafening to anyone in its path and can be quite debilitating.
It doesn't come without a price, however. The Cry is draining, and Dinah is prone to 'losing her voice' at the most inopportune times. It's based upon any injury she may have received to her throat, how often she uses it, her general level of physical health, and a bunch of other factors that really prevent her from becoming completely dependent upon it.
Another effect of Dinah's meta-human gene is an immunity to the Canary Cry's effects. Sirens, shrill noises, and sonic grenades also have no effect whatsoever on her. Only a sonic effect with sufficient concussive force would affect her. This immunity allows her to scream her fool head off to disable her foes without being hampered by it herself.
Dinah's learned how to leap, tumble, vault, and flip from some of the best in the business. She couldn't make a living on a trapeze, but she's good enough to make effective use of these skills in combat. And she's wonderful at parkour.
Dinah learned how to ride a motorcycle at a very young age from one or two of her adopted 'aunts' and 'uncles'. She's better now than most motor cross racers, capable of dodging between moving cars, screaming down narrow streets, and maneuvering in and out of obstacles at racing speed with remarkable finesse. She's not bad with cars, either, though given her preference she'll always take two wheels over four.
Dinah was raised in a flower shop. She knows how to do everything from simple arrangements to planning a wedding or funeral. In addition to knowing which flowers are most appropriate and most hearty for the occasion, Dinah knows where to get them and how much is a reasonable price to pay. She knows how to run a shop, including balancing the books and keeping her stock fresh.
Dinah's learned the basics of investigation from listening to her father (a private detective) and, of course, her mother (the original Black Canary). Since her start in the hero business, however, she's honed her skills even further. While Dinah has a lot to learn, she knows how to conduct a police investigation, how to approach a crime scene, and how to ask the right questions.
Dinah is a master martial artist, considered among the best in the world. She began her studies with her mother's former team-mates in the Justice Society, among whom was a former heavyweight champion boxer. She was invited to study with Sensei Otomo in China, where she focused on Judo. A hard style of holds, strikes, and throws designed to bring opponents down quickly, the style suits her personality, physique, and personality.
Since then, she also learned bits and techniques from a variety of other forms in combat, including Kempo, Aikido, and Tae Kwon Do and she continues to seek knowledge. Dinah trains daily. In combat, she uses everything she knows, regardless of the source or style. While she prefers weaponless combat, Dinah is also skilled with traditional martial arts weaponry.
Dinah is capable of fixing most anything on a bike. Learning primarily out as a skill of necessity, Dinah now works on her own bikes as a matter of pride. In addition to making proper repairs, she can also jury-rig something so she can get going in a hurry.
So much of Dinah's crimefighting work involves being discrete in places where it would be very unhealthy to be compromised. She's learned how to move silently and avoid drawing attention to herself. While she doesn't have the same level of skill as a ninja, Dinah can usually get in and out of someplace without getting caught. She's also taken to concealing various lock picks in her costume, and she's become rather good at picking anything with a keyhole and internal tumblers. A girl never knows when she could find herself in need of opening a locked door or a pair of handcuffs without a key.
It's really all about looking for the obvious little things. Things out of place, such as broken twigs on a bush or droplets of blood that people may not realize they left behind. Things that a good detective, or a skilled hero, notices. Dinah learned what she could from her adopted 'aunts' and 'uncles' in the hero community, and while she's not up to their skill, she has gotten to be pretty good.
Dinah grew up surrounded by 'aunts' and 'uncles' who were part of her mom's hero community. While many are retired or otherwise inactive, Dinah can turn to them for help or advice in a pinch.
Dinah's motorcycle is custom Triumph, loosely based on the classic Bonneville design. She built it herself and has rebuilt it by hand as well. An open design without a cowl, the gray and black bike is set for night riding. Dinah has tuned it for cruising, although it's easily capable of speeds in excess of 120 mph.
Dinah owns a florist shop in Gotham City. It's not big, but it's just the right size for someone to run with an assistant or two. And it's relatively profitable, ensuring that she has a steady income.
More often than not, Dinah will jump to conclusions and react to something she sees before completely understanding it. While it's possible to calm her down and convince her otherwise, she's very prone to overreacting. Note that this is more true in her personal life than professionally.
Why is it that some women are irresistably attracted to jerks? That's a question Dinah often asks herself, right before going out and falling head-over-heels ga-ga for Mr. Wrong. Her marriage was a whirlwind affair that lasted less than a year, and her track record hasn't been much better since then.
Growing up with a retired hero for a mother has its advantages as well as disadvantages. For one, Dinah is always trying to compete with her mom's legacy. She assumed the blonde hair and fishnets, becoming in effect the 'second' Black Canary. Perhaps she's trying to prove that she's not 'second best', just the second one chronologically. It doesn't help that her mom doesn't approve, and in many ways it makes Dinah all the more determined to succeed. Dispite feeling like her mom is always watching.
Dinah Lance has been the Black Canary for some time now, first as mother and then daughter. She has an unlisted phone and address, but anyone who pay attention to details can match up Dinah to her heroine moniker. While she tries to be careful to protect her identity, she isn't perfect.
Sometimes being strong in your focus isn't a very good thing. While Dinah's tenacity can be considered an asset, she is also too stubborn to ask for help, even when she really needs it. And she's too willing to get into dangerous situations, in spite of well-intentioned warnings.
To put is simply, Dinah's afraid of technology. Oh, she may be a wiz of a bike mechanic, but anything more complicated than a pocket calculator scares her to death. And don't even ask about programming her DVR.
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|Afterword||March 28th, 2021||Dinah and Thomas meet after their capture. Making plans and enjoying junk food.|
|The Cat That Dated the Canary||March 17th, 2021||Not the worst first date ever.|
|Cats and Canaries||March 12th, 2021||Catman goes to meet a contact and ends up meeting Black Canary!|
|Tracking a Wolf||February 22nd, 2021||Black Canary goes hunting a werewolf and finds more than she realizes.|
|The Chikara School of Karate Infringement||October 15th, 2020||Colleen calls Foggy for some legal advance and also gets Kitty and Dinah turning up. It's suddenly a busy Wednesday Afternoon.|
|The day after isn't her birthday||September 24th, 2020||It's the day after Babs birthday. Always bet on Dinah to over sell.|
|Children of the Atom : Black Canary DLC||September 24th, 2020||Spiral and Dinah fight it out atop a truck.|
|=A Night in Nightmare Manor||September 16th, 2020||No description|
|Breakfast in Bed||August 25th, 2020||Julie makes breakfast for Dinah, and they chat a little. Dead mentor is brought up.|
|Beastnapped!||July 31st, 2020||Shanna and a group of random heroes help stop a HELLA ILLEGAL Savage Land animal auction. A dinosaur takes venom and has to get knocked out.|
|Fireside in Gotham||July 30th, 2020||A dance between warriors ends up with a desperate wish...not to dance. It makes sense damnit.|
|A Very Specific Bouquet||July 28th, 2020||A Batling ducks into the flower shop for a specific type of bouquet. Hopefully those thorns won't bite him.|
|Another drug bust||July 27th, 2020||Julie meets Black Canary, becomes something of an apprentice, and they beat up some drug runners. Also flirting.|
|A Ghostly Canary||July 22nd, 2020||Dinah Lance and Robbie Reyes meet. It goes -very- well.|
|Flowers and Sympathy||June 19th, 2020||Dinah quit. Scene is finished. Period.|
|Tech Support||June 17th, 2020||Dinah comes to Ted with a technical problem. He comes through in spades!|
|So, How About A Movie||May 31st, 2020||Danny and Dinah have a movie night. It goes about as well as expected.|
|Stark's Yacht Party||May 28th, 2020||Tony Stark has a birthday party!|
|After the Interview||May 19th, 2020||Dinah and Thor catch up after the interview 'incident'. Their conversation takes a surprising turn.|
|Good Morning America!||May 14th, 2020||Cecily Saves the Avengers!|
|Reunion over Noodles||May 11th, 2020||Shen and Dinah meet for the first time in years. Shen reveals he's been investigating the Black Canary and was delighted to realize it was her. They discuss the moral ambiguities of mercenary work versus vigilante work. The verbal sparring concludes with a mutual agreement and promise for future note comparisons.|
|Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||May 9th, 2020||Danny and Dinah have a spar, things get perhaps a little too personal.|
|Of Rice and Dumplings||May 6th, 2020||Danny and Dinah have dinner together, discussing a little bit about the Defenders and revealing to each other their origins.|
|Meet and Greet||May 1st, 2020||The Defenders welcome Black Canary to the team.|
|Two in the Bush||April 24th, 2020||Colleen helps Dinah with some would-be assailants.|
|Morning Coffee||April 22nd, 2020||Dinah stops for coffee and meets Alice, who is more than she appears.|
|Flowers For One||April 22nd, 2020||Danny Rand finds Dinah Lance in an effort to get a status update from her. They make plans to go out for dinner and discover each other's secret identities.|
|Mistaken Identity||April 20th, 2020||Canary gets pulled over by Falcon!|
|BoP: Singing Canaries and Sparrows||April 14th, 2020||Carrie and Dinah visit Zatanna after one of her shows to discuss the Birds of Prey, Zatanna gives her the run down and passes Dinah on to Oracle.|
|Back at Grant's Gym||April 13th, 2020||Dinah breaks up with Dick|
|Training at Grant's Gym||April 8th, 2020||Dick and Dinah head to Grant's Gym, and meet up with Ted and Carrie. Dick gets Ted's blessing to date Dinah and Carrie owes Dinah a spar later.|
|High Speeds at Rush Hour||April 8th, 2020||Dinah and Dick team up to stop Roxy Rocket!|
|Mistaken Identities||March 31st, 2020||Black Canary and the Iron Fist coincidentally meet after purusing the same target. Surprisingly, Phone numbers are exchanged and perhaps further cooperation in the future is on the horizon.|
|All's Quiet in Coventry!||March 26th, 2020||Black Canary meets one of the Robins!|
|Rooftop Hiatus||March 18th, 2020||Canary was about to give up on Nightwing when he shows up in her life again. And they decide to stop being Canary and Nightwing for a moment.|
|Selling Flowers For Yourself||March 10th, 2020||Dick comes to buy flowers for Black Canary, and he and Dinah flirt around their mutual secret identities.|
|Flowers for a Bird||February 24th, 2020||Dick and Dinah meet on the rooftops for sandwiches and flirting.|
|Practice Makes Perfect||February 21st, 2020||Alexander and Dinah spar at a dojo. Dinah agrees to take a student.|
|The Golden Flamingo||February 20th, 2020||Dinah and Dick team up to bust a human trafficking ring.|
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