My Other Junk Drawer of Builds.
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René (The Haitian)
Determination: (if used as a hero or pc) 1
Mind Control 7 Extra - Mindwipe, Limit - Close Range (Touch).
Power Nullification 8 Extras - Burst, Suppression.
Often silent, always enigmatic.
“Memory is not an issue for me.”
Follows his own agenda, not just the Company's.
René, commonly called "The Haitian" is a mysterious individual whom the Company recruited from Haiti to aid in the investigation of evolved humans. Precious little is known about his past; however, René is religious and keeps a necklace of the Godsend Symbol:
He is an evolved human with the ability to manipulate people's minds (although he mostly uses it to erase memories) as well as neutralizing the powers of Evos and is considered one of the Company's most valuable resources.
Disclaimer: Image is from the Heroes wiki.
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Origin: Originally Birthright. Later Transformed. (See history below)
Power Expert (Power Mimicry)
Estranged from his family.
Power Mimicry 8 Limits - Close Range (Touch), One Target and Weakness Absorption.
Peter Petrelli is the younger son of Arthur and Angela Petrelli, and Nathan's brother, and worked as a common hospice nurse caring for Charles Deveaux while living in New York City. Peter appeared to his family as a hopeless dreamer, who believed he had a greater place in life than just saving one life at a time. He discovered he was an evolved human who had the ability to absorb and use the powers of other evolved humans near him. Later, after leaving lost his powers because of his father, Peter took a genetically tailored formula that artificially gave people powers. As a result, he received a similar though less potent ability.
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Phantom (Lauren McKay)
Specialities - Athletics, Performance (Acting).
Powers - Phasing 5 Extras - Life Support, Phase Shift.
Qualities - Bad Reputation ( Has been actress, useless teen sidekick and *snicker* recovering alcoholic LOL).
Torn between with doing the right thing and taking center stage again.
Concept: Actress finally gets to act like a superhero...for real.
Lauren McKay was once one of the "beautiful people", the ones who had it all. Born to parents who had spoiled her rotten, Lauren's early childhood years was a whirlwind blur of countless photo shoots, autograph sessions, beauty contests, commercials and guest spots on tv. She delighted in all of the attention but as she entered into her late teens, her star as it were was fading. While attractive, Lauren was regarded as "last year's wet dream for fanboys (and girls)" and the sponsors found other teen heartthrobs to fill in her shoes.
Her parents/agents/managers, becoming too dependent on the income their baby girl was earning, became desperate. They saw how the heroes were capitalizing on their fame and powers and figured that someone as pretty as Lauren would be perfect as a sidekick to a big-time superhero or even a team full of them. At first Lauren was reluctant to do this as there wasn't even a stunt woman to assist her! But she gritted her teeth and took several self defense courses just like mommy and daddy said. A few strings were pulled and Avenger Girl, partner to The Patriot was born...
...Then, Specter Girl, sidekick to Shadower then it was Ninja Girl (Don't ask... since Lauren could not even speak Japanese.), companion to Lady Ronin (who barely spoke English.) and then as Sparky, the electric wonder of Team X-Treme (Ok, so she only carried a taser... once.)
And so on...
The next seven years was hell as Lauren's photogenic good looks did not help her at all. The heroes were tired of saving the "brat hostage" every week from some third rate villain who came out of nowhere. Lauren didn't know what was worse: the constant kidnappings or the constant "transfers" from one team or lone crime fighter to another. The one upside was that she had plenty of movie (the big screen, not the ones made for tv) offers and even starred in a couple of them but those were B-movies, low budget slasher flicks and the like, not the box office mega hits she was expecting. The pressure became too much and she turned to drinking to help ease her stress.
After a badly advised publicity stunt where a drunken Lauren (this time as Trumpcard and her trick deck of explosive playing cards) had blundered into a deathtrap with a bomb containing unstable radioactive isotopes, everything went downhill. She miraculously survived the bombardment of radiation without any kind of damaging after effects but she was charged with public endangerment. The large legal fees kept everything (and everyone involved) quiet in order to avoid a public outcry against superhumans but in the end Lauren was out of the sidekick game for good and was now dead broke. She attempted to find work but word had quickly spread and no one wanted a type casted actress around to scare off the new talents (so the producers and agents had said to her) save for a soft core porn studio which she quickly turned down (even she had standards).
An Excerpt of one of her unsuccessful job interviews:
“Experience? Well sir, i had been performing since i was two. I was in at least a hundred commercials on TV and the ‘Net and i was a guest star of about two dozen episodes of the shows Angst Junior High, Cheerleader Summer Camp, Sunshine Smoothies and Trueheart Park. I was also a regular cast member of Stormfront Heights for three seasons, i was the goth cello player. You can find them mostly in reruns now or maybe On Demand. Yes, i know the first three are teen based comedies.
I also had the lead role of Sienna Winslow, the prom queen in the movie Sorority Slumber Party Slaughter; maybe you remember me from that. I understand it’s on Netflix right now. Other films include Submarine Rally 3000, Family Crash Course, The Picnic Basket Murders, Bloodfury, Bloodfury 2: The Return Of Rabid Jeeves and Invasion Of The Cyborg Scarecrows. No, sir, i didn't play the lead in both Bloodfury films.
Of course, there were the gigs from my career as teen sidekick to several members of the superhero community. Oh, i was Avenger Girl (Yes, Patriot’s “flag girl” No, i was the second Avenger Girl, the first one was killed by Doctor Mantis. The bug loving freak. He always tried to have me killed in order to lead Patriot into yet another of his deathtraps or worse he wanted to breed his insects with me.... Sorry if i made you feel ill, sir.), Specter Girl (Shadower‘s gal pal. Yes, i was the one dressed up like a midget grim reaper and no the scythe was made of only plastic.), Ninja Girl (Yes, about the one with Lady Ronin, i was the pink clad ninja and before you say anything..... The katana and throwing stars i used were also plastic. Oh, i heard about her recent deportment from here and her return to the Philippines. Just awful. She was alright, really nice to me, compared to most of the costumed crowd i worked with... What? No, sir, i wasn't aware she was Filipino. Everyone including myself assumed she was Japanese. I couldn’t speak the language and apparently neither did she. Then again she hardly spoke any English. ), lastly i was Sparky the electric wonder (Yes with those adrenaline junkies, Team X-Treme. No, sir i have no electrical powers whatsoever. I've just used a taser only once. No, i no longer carry it.)
Trumpcard? With all due respect, sir, can we get past that? I have taken full responsibility already and... Thank you for understanding, sir.
Yes, i am aware that i have no marketable skills. No, i can’t sing without a lip sync machine.
Yes, sir, thank you for your time. I’ll wait for your call.”
Once the collection agency repossessed her car and the bank foreclosed on her condo in Malibu, she returned to her parent's house in San Francisco and found that being put on a high pedestal while having feet of clay can lead to a fall in every sense of the word. Her parents, upon losing their cash cow, threw her out onto the street in anger. (She was legally an adult at the time and then they promptly published a tell all biography of Lauren days later which did not sell very well)
Meanwhile, finding some solace in a shelter (and drinking heavily after pawning the last of her jewelry for a couple of bottles of cheap vodka), Lauren couldn't bear the thought of living the rest of her life as either a homeless person or worse, a prostitute.
So she went to a lonely stretch of beach on the coast to drown herself and end it all. But at that moment her irradiated genes kicked in once she started to swim...
Lauren was shocked as the water passed through her body like smoke and she made her way back to shore completely dry. She spent the entire day on the beach, trying out a few things with this freaky new power and discovered she can shift her body into a ghost like form and walk through solid objects! At first she was thrilled as this could be her ticket for a comeback but then she sat on a rock and began pondering.
While walking through walls was cool, even a washed up hack like her knew that it wasn't the kind of flashy power Hollywood cared much for. As for the established superheroes, teams and solos alike, such a power is considered quite minor league compared to those who wield the powers of gods.
Besides at age 22, she was far too old to be a sidekick and as a full time solo hero... forget about it. No one with a pulse will ever take her seriously if she started to play in the big leagues.
Lauren took a long hard look at her life and saw how shallow it had all been. Her few fast friends, fan base and even her own family left her in the dirt once the fame and money was all gone and suddenly the glamour of stardom didn't appeal much to her anymore.
Still she had to do something, anything to turn her life around rather than wasting it and wallow in the past. Maybe she can try and put her new super power to good use while staying out of the media spotlight. An idea was forming in Lauren's mind as she returned to the city...
Days later, Lauren found a job as a waitress at a diner where the locals cared little about the media except for what's currently on the sport channels and entered a alcohol rehab program. In her days and nights off, Lauren stalks the streets as Phantom.
Lauren McKay has made a comeback but in a different way.
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Arachne (Julia Carpenter)
Specialties - Athletics, Stealth.
Powers - Psychic Webs: Binding 7 (Extras: Burst, Swinging)
Wall Crawling 4
Qualities: Easily manipulated by those in authority.
Inheritor of The Spider Legacy.
Bad reputation (a neglectful mother, government stooge, unlucky etc.).
History: An athletic young single mother, Julia Carpenter was drawn into a covert double life by an old college friend, Val Cooper. Julia needed a better paying job, and Val, who was then serving as government liaison to the super team X-Factor, offered her work for a top secret government commission if she could get way to Washington for a few days.
The job turned out to basically be a guinea pig. After a series of injections and then an 'accidental' mix-up, Julia found herself with superhuman strength and agility. Moreover, she was able to stick to walls and fire a psionic webbing. Julia was offered a regular job with the Commission but, before accepting, she went home to Denver, whereupon the entire city was transported to a distant galaxy during the Beyonder's `Secret Wars'.
To everyone's surprise, Julia held her own with the veteran heroes in that conflict. She performed so well that Val offered a job with Freedom Force - a government-backed group of mutant ex-villains, who Julia was forced to betray when they captured the Avengers. She later joined the West Coast Avengers.
Her super-heroics also took its toll on her personal life, when Julia couldn't explain her activities as Spider-Woman, and the courts gave custody of her daughter to her ex-husband. Eventually, Julia was forced to retire after a crippling attack by the criminal Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter, who temporarily drained away Carpenter's superhuman powers. Julia is currently working in Denver after regaining custody of her daughter.
Last edited by Shadow Mask; 08-09-2018 at 08:11 PM.
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Neutron (Lloyd Edward Price)
Specialties - Athletics, Power (Energy Control).
Powers - Alternate Form 7 (Plasma Energy) Extras - Dazzle ("Neutrino Energy Burst"), Instant and Energy Control (Plasma).
Qualities: Burdened by Fame.
Embodiment of Plasma.
"It's time to be a Hero!"
- Neutron in his plasma energy form.
Lloyd Price never seemed to have all the lucky breaks after high school especially living in a lower class neighborhood despite a promising career in football and winning the state conference as a quarterback. But the talent scouts who sometimes attended the high school football games never bothered with Lloyd. Not affording a college education was one strike against him while holding down menial jobs to barely make ends meet was another. Facing a bitter (and costly) divorce and child custody battle, Lloyd swallowed his pride and took a shady job with no questions asked for a equally shady company called PureTek.
Lloyd was supposed to transport some containers of toxic waste to an illegal dump site. He was led to believe by his employers that it was somewhere at sea, far off the coast of the city. But when he found out the site was actually located at Hawkins Lawn, a public park right near a hospital, he outright refused to continue and go along with the whole damn thing and threatened to go to the police...
...And almost got his body riddled with bullets for his noble though rash defiance as he quickly jumped out the way. There was an sudden explosion, some glowing goo from the ruptured steel drum canisters, intense white-hot energy...then screams as Lloyd suddenly hovered in mid air and then flew straight at the gunmen in rage, his body glowing with the same intense white energies.
To this day, no one not even Lloyd knew how he gained superpowers (was it because of the radiation of the toxic waste, latent mutant genes or something else entirely?) but he knew after talking to his pastor he was given them for a reason. He helped the FBI and the city's district attorney turned states evidence against PureTek and shut down their illegal operations.
Shortly afterwards Lloyd made his first public appearance as Neutron (He had chosen the name at the last minute, based on his misunderstanding on how energy physics actually worked.) when he saved several people from the deadly Blackstar who nearly caused an downtown office building to collapse on them while attempting to steal a prototype portable energy cell. They fought each other to a standstill before Blackstar fled the area when federal agents showed up in force.
One of the civilians he had saved was an aspiring fashion designer/advertising consultant named Corrina Cadeau who in gratitude created a new black and white costume for Neutron to replace the drab hooded leather duster and khakis ensemble he was wearing during the fight with Blackstar.
She also made him her first client for her new PR company, CC Promotions, promoting and licensing his name and image for endorsements such as his own comic book series, the Neutronix Wheat Pops™ breakfast cereal and Neutron Energy Drink™ from the Fordham Foods company.
Of course most of the money he makes goes to various charities throughout the country and to his family while saving just enough to support himself.
While Lloyd was not entirely comfortable with all of this somewhat shameless media exposure and knows that other superheroes would (perhaps rightly) accuse him of being a corporate shill, he reluctantly realized that given the present day and age of constant web blogs, one needed all the good press one can get.
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Tachyon (Aileen Baker)
Specialties: Performance (Singing)
Powers: Super Speed 7 Extras- Fast Attack and Surface Speed.
Qualities: The Memphis Belle.
Obnoxious in a nutshell.
Quick to Act, Slow to Change.
One wouldn't blame himself at keeping an wary eye on Aileen Baker despite her occasional good deeds. She grew up in Nashville, the center of country western music and like so many girls with stars in their eyes, she wanted to make it in the big city as a country singer while she was waiting on tables at the local Chili's restaurant.
Until the car accident which made her a paraplegic... So she was driving drunk and texting at the time. It was the other guy who ran that red light and wrecked her daddy's station wagon who was really responsible!
Her good for nothing husband, Leroy, a state trooper left her and their baby daughter for another woman and in desperation to pay the mounting medical bills, Aileen had agreed (against her family's wishes) to be part of an statewide medical experiment sponsored by the Promethean Institute, a private think tank based out in Memphis to help the physically handicapped by surgically implanting cybernetic components directly inside limbs (or so they said).
Of course, in her eagerness to walk again (and getting the money offered to her), Aileen didn't bother to read the fine print...
Roughly 57% of the organs, tissues and bones of both Aileen's arms and legs were replaced by mechanized parts instead merely operating on just her legs which she was initially led to believe but she found that she couldn't do a thing about it as she already signed the legally binding contract allowing the Institute to do what they wished to her body. At least the scientists covered the limbs with a special synthetic polymer which closely resembled human skin and linked to the nerve ends of the few organs (muscles and tendons) still left in her limbs that allowed Aileen to touch and feel things.
While the Institute's board of directors did not anticipate her survival after a few days of wearing the implants due to the high chance that her body might violently reject them, no one not even they realized that not only Aileen had survived with no side effects whatsoever but there was the unexpected things from the implants that happened right after the surgery as well like the time when Aileen was suddenly jogging a bit too fast and almost colliding upon a wall at a very high speed (nearly 100 MPH) in the Institute's gymnasium.
Silas Moore, the Director in charge of the Promethean Institute and its chief scientist found out what was happening and after learning that the experiments could never be repeated with other volunteers (test subjects really; luckily, the Institute had its own morgue complete with incinerators...), decided to expose Aileen to further field testing by having her become a superhero and promoting the Institute's best interests by being its public spokesperson.
Aileen of course was reluctant. She wanted to be famous to be sure but to become a famous freak like those muties she often saw on TV? No way!
But Moore was nothing if not persuasive, stating that as the cybernetic parts were the legal property of the Promethean Institute, they would by all rights have them removed and then have Aileen thrown out onto the streets while at the same time making certain that she will be sued for breach of contract. At least by going along with the plan, she can have free room and board in the Institute premises and financial support for her daughter as well as regular maintenance and repairs on the implants by some of the best technicians in the state if needed.
It took Aileen only one second to think about all this and say: "Deal, but i want a few of those big fancy plasmee tvs fer me and mah family and hooked up with all the cable channels like Netflix."
"That's Plasma, my dear Ms. Baker and of course we at the Institute can provide a entire package. 400+ channels..." began Dr. Moore before Aileen held up a hand to shush him.
"Quit yer gabbin', Doc. Ya had me at plasmatic."
The next few weeks were like a literary blur (no pun intended) as Aileen was subjected to more tests and was given the codename of Tachyon which to her sounded like a type of vacuum cleaner; she much preferred White Lightning but was overruled. Tachyon was even given a spot in a television commercial endorsing products such as the short lived Tachyonize@ brand of personalized sports gear, all under the aegis of the Promethean Institute.
But her arrogance and crass sense of commercialism made her unpopular with the general public and many "traditional" superheroes where she became "the bad girl" almost everyone loved to hate, especially on internet blogs where she is paradoxically both adored and loathed. More celebrity than a real heroine to many people, Tachyon wasn’t really taken seriously. Not by the public, nor by her sponsors from Promethean, and especially not by her opponents. The recording contracts she was expecting from the Country Western Music Industry never came her way. Worse, Tachyon's impulsive, erratic behavior was scaring her little daughter, Leigh and alienating the rest of her family. Tachyon to her credit had noticed all this and tries to change her attitude with mixed results.
Tachy is a simple country gal with a taste for hot food, cold drinks (a hell of a lot of drinks) and having a grand ole' time. That being said Aileen Baker suffers from what could be charitably called “personality deficit disorder.” In other words, she is a jerk (or more crudely according to her many detractors, "A Real Grade-A B@#%h!"). She has an uncanny ability to rub everyone she encounters the wrong way.
Perversely proud of her trailer park background and southern ways, she is arrogant, impulsive, stubborn, impatient, rude, crude, flirtatious, shallow, greedy, selfish and self centered as well as borderline intolerant toward what she calls the "Miscellaneous Races" (a polite politically correct way of saying she's mildly racist). Since getting her implants, those attitudes had gotten even worse as well as making her more foolhardy and reckless. But despite all her faults, Tachy isn't at heart a cruel or evil person and never willingly wants to hurt anyone (even muties) unless she loses her temper.
While many people don't like her much, just as many people are endeared to her southern belle like charms and brutal honesty. Plus she has a great singing voice though she rarely has a chance to put her talent to good use except in karaoke bars.
Outside her "job", when she gets a chance to spend time with her family, one can be amazed on how much the egotistical Tachyon can be a warm, loving woman toward her kin, especially to her little daughter Leigh. (though those crazy enough to be that nosy to sneak around the Baker residence is going to have to face an angry mob armed to the teeth with pitchforks, torches, rifles and rope and led by a even angrier Tachy which several paparazzi found out to their painful regret.)
"GIT OFFA MAH LAWN, YA DAMN YANKEES!!!"
Leigh is her primary reason that she is doing all this silly cosplaying (that and having to walk again) which fuels Tachyon's two private fears: 1. losing her child and 2. being broke and becoming a cripple again.
Growing up poor has had a profound effect on Tachyon and she has privately promised herself that she and her daughter will never lack for money again.
The hero business is exactly that - a business - to her. She's interested primarily in the potential for financial gain in any enterprise, and is always on the lookout for new ways to cash in on her powers though she is often too naive to follow more complicated plans. Those she leaves up to her sponsors.
Superheroes who are motivated primarily by altruism or a search for justice are oftentimes offended by Tachyon's mercenary approach to heroing.
She doesn't much care. In her mind, many so called "heroes" can afford to be smug altruists when they are not paying their own bills.
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Blackstar (Rojan Lhar)
Origin: Unearthly (Alien)/Gimmick
Determination - Villain.
Specialties: Power (Darkness Control), Technology.
Powers: The Shadow Bands - Device which provides him with the powers of Darkness Control 7 (Extras - Blast, Shadow Constructs and Shadow Shaping.) and Flight 5 (Extra - Space Flight.)
Qualities: Power Mad.
Master of The Shadow Bands.
Rojan Lhar from the planet Aljor was among the chosen few, those worthy of becoming Star Knights, defenders of peace and justice throughout the galaxy. Rojan, although an extremely capable Star Knight, faced ongoing conflicts with the Inner Circle regarding policy and his own actions in the field. Rojan was convinced the Star Knights could accomplish more, much more, if they didn’t allow themselves to be shackled by policies of non-interference, merely keeping watch for illegal activities and stepping in when criminals violated interstellar law. The same was true on primitive worlds where the Star Knights did not put an end to wars, or work to uplift primitive races from superstition and barbarism, preferring to let them “develop naturally on their own.”
Rojan thus took it upon himself to demonstrate to the Star Knight Inner Circle the sort of things the Knights could accomplish. He quickly and easily conquered a primitive world in his assigned sector of the galaxy, setting himself up as its supreme ruler and god, then set about creating order and advancing civilization. He intended to present the whole matter to the Inner Circle as a fait accompli, but another Star Knight, A’Lan Koor had discovered Rojan’s activities before he was able to complete his plans. Although Rojan attempted to convince his fellow Star Knight of the rightness of his intentions, A’Lan was aghast at the celebrated knight’s violation of their code.
Desperate to avoid his inevitable punishment, and convinced his plan could still succeed, Rojan infiltrated the Star Knight's Citadel and attempted to seize control of the Star Stone. With its power, he could bring order to the galaxy, eliminating crime, barbarism, and all threats to civilization. Thanks to the warning of A’Lan Koor, he failed, and was forced to flee. A’Lan Koor was appointed the task of bringing the first and only rogue Star Knight to justice.
Rojan Lhar fled to a backwards world known as Earth, in an isolated part of the galaxy, arriving there in the Earth year 1969. His foe A’Lan Koor became known to the people of Earth as Star Knight and joined a group of Earth heroes, the Freedom League. Rojan adopted the name Blackstar, and made several attempts to eliminate his hated rival and acquire the power to storm Citadel and claim the Star Stone’s power. Toward that end, Blackstar worked with various super-criminals on Earth, even joining an incarnation of the Crime League, the Freedom League’s deadliest foes.
Star Knight thwarted Blackstar’s schemes each time, although the rogue always managed to escape to fight another day. Finally, in 1977, Star Knight captured Blackstar and brought him to Citadel for trial. The Inner Circle stripped Blackstar of his armor and sentenced him to imprisonment for life on an asteroid specially modified to hold him, with robotic jailers to care for his needs.
For over twenty years, Rojan Lhar stewed alone in his interstellar prison. What little news he was allowed only deepened his bitterness. He saw his hated enemy A’Lan Koor advance to the Inner Circle of the Star Knights, lauded as a great hero. He even managed to escape on two occasions, although he was always captured not long thereafter and returned to his exile.
Then Blackstar made covert contact with a powerful being, Omega, the Lord of the Terminus. Omega granted Rojan Lhar assistance in the form of a pair of ancient weapons: metallic wristbands that allow Lhar to tap into and channel a powerful “shadow force.” Blackstar arranged the destruction of his asteroid prison, hoping to convince his former jailers he perished in a cosmic disaster. Since then he has rejoined the Crime League on Earth and fought Earth’s new Star Knight and the energy wielding hero Neutron.
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Anvil (Donnie Moore)
Strength 4/8* *- See Power below.
Determination - Villain.
Specialties: Drive (Motorcycles mostly), Wrestling.
Powers: Alternate Form 8 (Solid, Metal) Limit - Permanent (He's stuck in a three foot tall metal, 650 pound body ("But its still the coolest! Check out my pecs, baby!")
Qualities: "I'm a Wrestlemaniac, baby!"
Body of Steel, Brains of Lead.
"But you're a girl, babe!" (Chauvinist)
Donnie Moore has never been interested in anything that didn’t involve drinking, fighting, or riding motorcycles. He’s been kicked out of every gang he’s ever been in, usually for excessive violence, or simply for never letting up on his whole one-upmanship trip. He was riding a “borrowed” bike down to the police station to get his own motorcycle out of impound when he was caught in the mutagenic Silver Storm event. He passed out during his transformation and only regained consciousness as a policeman leaned over him to ask if he was okay. Still groggy, and reacting instinctively to a badge being way too close for comfort, Donnie punched the officer. When he saw the policeman fly across the street and through the display window behind him, Donnie was speechless.
Then, he realized he’d become superstrong, punched the air, let out a war cry, and charged through the police and government agents gathering in the area before fleeing the scene (causing a little enjoyable property damage along the way). After that, it just didn’t take Donnie long to come up with a new career that involved punching powerful people for very good money, picking up the handle “Anvil” along the way.
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Ultramarine (Veronica Steeley)
Strength 3*/7 *- Without the suit.
Specialties: Technology, Underwater Combat.
Powers: The Ultramarine Armor - Device 7 (Aquatic, Blast (blasting damage with blue-green lasers), Binding (Netline) and Damage Resistance) as well as Strength Increase and 3 Life Support (Breathing, Pressure, and Cold).
Qualities: Family Issues.
Heart of Steel.
More at home in the sea than on land.
The history of Ultramarine began decades ago with Veronica Steeley’s father, Capt. Gil Steeley. Gil was a Navy diver for years before he retired and began work as a salvage operator and inventor. Both endeavors proved quite successful and he and his family were able to travel the world (on salvage jobs) while still maintaining a permanent home in Seattle. Due to his interest in diving, he began innovating designs for diving suits. It started simply enough, slight adjustments and additions to a standard wetsuit, but then he began developing specialized pieces of equipment that allowed divers to stay under longer, dive deeper, lift more, and on and on. This process took years, during which he and his wife Marcia had a daughter, Veronica. When Veronica was only ten years old, Marcia died in an accident during a salvage operation. Gil and Veronica were devastated, but Gil surprised everyone by marrying Elene Kostas within a year of Gail’s death. Elene’s son Bradford, two years younger than Veronica, happily accepted Gil as his step-father. Veronica never really forgave her father for her mother’s death or for remarrying so quickly. Gil, in turn, had a difficult time showing his feelings for Veronica. He always pushed her with his stories about responsibility; that those with greater capabilities also had a greater duty.
He wanted the best for her. Her step-mother Elene was a weak and dependent woman compared to her mother, even more so after she fell ill and it became Veronica’s responsibility to hold the whole family together and to look after her younger step-brother, Brad. Brad idolized his step-father, but was always being reminded how Veronica was his superior in every way: “Listen to your sister” ... “Why can’t you be more like Veronica” and so on. She was the better swimmer, the better student, the ideal. When Brad’s mother passed away, he tried even harder to win his stepfather’s approval, but Veronica was always there first. The discipline she chaffed under, he craved. As a teenager, Brad acted out and got into trouble to get attention, and Veronica was always the one to bail him out of it. So, when Veronica earned college scholarships in engineering, she couldn’t wait to leave home and finally have a life of her own, out from under her father’s expectations and her step-brother’s screw-ups. Brad enlisted in the Navy to impress Gil and managed to earn nothing more than a dishonorable discharge within two years. Veronica, on the other hand, blossomed in her studies, graduated magna cum laude, and went on to grad school. Her visits home became less and less frequent.
On one such visit, Veronica found her father hard at work on his diving suit design, as always. He’d taken on Brad as an assistant, although he commented that his stepson was nowhere near as capable as Veronica. Her father’s work had taken on an unusual sense of urgency. Veronica learned Gil Steeley’s company was heavily in debt. He needed to show progress on his designs, or he could potentially lose everything. The stress was taking its toll on the older Steeley, who could no longer handle the kind of dives required to test his work.
Veronica offered her help and, together, she and her father were able to make the breakthroughs necessary to get the prototype deep-sea suits functioning. Veronica and Brad tested the suits together, although Veronica understood them better and proved more adept. Veronica was performing a solo test of the newest prototype when Gil Steeley learned that the financial backers Brad brought in were interested in turning the suit into a weapon for covert operations. Now that he knew it worked, Brad intended to hand the designs over. Gil forbid it and they argued. The enraged Brad used his armor’s electrical blaster, intending to intimidate his stepfather into giving him the passcodes to the plans. Instead, he gave Gil a fatal heart attack. Veronica returned to find her father dying and no sign of her step-brother. Gil Steeley lived just long enough to tell his daughter what happened, how proud he was of all her accomplishments, and to make her promise she would keep the Ultramarine suit from falling into the wrong hands. Veronica swore to use the armor to help others, and to bring Brad and his stolen suit to justice.
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