Director of Research (Dallas Facility)
Ms. Ando is the director of research in charge of the Dallas research facility of the Harbinger Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps people with special abilities and talents by providing them with an environment where they can achieve their full potential.
Keeper of The Gateway
Like a sentry who guards the gates to another world, Ms. Ando examined and assessed all the prospective recruits that contacted the Harbinger Foundation looking for help in understanding their rising powers before they might meet Toyo Harada, the most powerful Harbinger on Earth.
On May 11th 1991, Ando informed Toyo Harada that Pete Stanchek, a psionic of extraordinary power, set off an explosion at the Harbinger Complex in Pittsburgh that killed thirty-two people, including Rachel Hopson, a foundation recruiter, three Eggbreakers, and left over two hundred injured. Troubled, Toyo told Ando to be thankful the event occurred when the building was relatively empty. When Ando accused Pete of being a monster, Toyo told her that Pete was just a confused boy with the power to destroy the world, and, as he revealed that he was in Rachel’s head during the encounter, he said that Pete was completely unaware when Rachel shot him.
Confused, Ando wondered how Pete survived, and Toyo told her that his power saved him and allowed him to incapacitate Eel and Weasel, two Eggbreakers, and escape with his girlfriend, though he doubted he consciously remembered what actually happened. Worried, Ando asked Toyo what they were going to do since Pete’s subconscious mind would prevent him from dying, and he told that they had to probe his and test him, then, when they found a weakness, they would kill him.
All For One…
On March 5th 1992, Ms. Ando alerted Toyo Harada that Robert Muñoz, a Class A Eggbreaker code-named Puff, had lost control of his power and set off an explosion that devastated the building where the Harbinger Foundation maintained its regional office in Dallas, TX. Before the police and firefighters reached the scene, the foundation’s emergency team found Robert and quickly removed him to their research facility, where they secured him in the building’s sub-basement.
That night, Ms. Ando observed from the sidelines as Toyo held Robert aloft to prevent him from causing any more explosions while an executive informed him that the Harbinger Resistance, a loose organization of renegades, breached the facility’s first level and another executive refused to accept a call from someone who claimed that he urgently needed to speak with Toyo.
When Pete Stanchek, Kris Hathaway, Faith Herbert, a plucky fangirl with the power of flight, Charlene Dupré, a fiery Southern Bell, and John Torkelson, a goliath who sought to get even with those that wronged him, broke into the sub-basement, Ms. Ando, Toyo, Ed, Seymour, and the other executives escaped while Li Yan, the Eggbreaker code-named Thumper, dealt with them.