July 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm #146523
Paige Matthews can become intangible at will. She was part of the cadets as Phase and was the second in command of the team. She was also dating the leader, Kyle Madison.
On the mission where Snowball died, the mad scientist they were fighting hit her with a ray gun. This gun was meant specifically for her and it caused her to phase out of our reality and into a hellscape. The other realm was composed of blood red skies and islands of floating rocks. Monsters inhabited it and Paige had to fight to survive. Time also moves differently there in comparison to our own. By the time she eventually phased back into the real world, a minute had passed among her comrades, but to her, it had been a year. She disappeared in a flash and reappeared, her clothes torn and her once long, blond hair a short jagged white. She had trimmed it with a monster’s claw as long hair was a vulnerability she could not afford in her year of hell. She also came back damaged, afraid of danger at every corner, ready to pounce at a moments notice. This experience, alongside the loss of their friend, caused her to retire from heroics for a while. Her once bright personality had soured into seriousness and roughness.
Kyle remained with her and helped her readapt to a life not in perpetual danger. Years passed and he became Paragon. The two married and she was happy. With her happiness, came a desire to help her husband as a heroine again. She became Spectra, a new name for a changed woman.
July 22, 2017 at 7:56 pm #146742
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Jordan Bell has a superhuman intellect, especially when it comes to mechanics. He was once part of the Cadets as Gadget. He used a jetpack and a special visor which can see several spectra in his heroics.
When snowball died, Jordan retired from heroics and focused on his studies. He now has doctorates in several fields and works for BSH. He helps develop all of the gadgets that help the organization and its heroes catch supervillains.
July 23, 2017 at 2:58 am #146746
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Great background in paige-Hell. Love to see some backgrounds for Gadget.July 23, 2017 at 3:57 pm #146757
I really like Phase/Spectra a lot. You do good work.July 27, 2017 at 11:43 pm #146885
Thank you both for the kind words.
Here is Anthony “Tony” Markos, the former supervillain known as Titan. He is the son of the supervillains Atlas and Selene and has inherited a mix of their powers. From his father, he has minor superstrength and from his mother, he has extreme telekinetic powers. These combine into a form of tactile telekinesis. He uses this to emulate pure superstrength, manipulate his hammer, and to fly. As Titan, he led a team of young supervillains who were the Cadet’s main rivals.
A couple of months before the Cadets disbanded, he was abducted to be part of Hesperus’s alien gladiatorial combat. As a fledgling supervillain, he had never killed anyone, always trying to avoid it as he saw it as unnecessary. In Hesperus’s coliseum, he was forced to kill hundreds of other gladiators. His powers had grown exponentially, with his body now covered in a near invulnerable shield and his “strength” being one of the strongest on the planet. He only got back to Earth because he accomplished the rare feat of winning 100 matches.
This experience left him broken. He had been gone for three years and he had changed in that time. He needed time to sort himself out, so he traveled around Earth for another year before finally coming home. His parents and ex-girlfriend/teammate Pirouette tried to get him back into villainy, but his heart wasn’t in it. He wandered around aimlessly, occasionally picking fights with giant monsters or other supervillains.
One day, he ran into his former enemy, Psyche and almost came to a brawl with him. Thankfully for both of them, Psyche saw the pain Titan was in and recognizing a kindred spirit, offered him a chance to talk and not fight. Both men had seen hell and needed someone to talk to. Psyche had worked for SPARO, the superpowered black ops group and had done some monstrous things. This led to one of the stranger friendships in the cape community. Psyche has helped Titan recover and Titan has stopped his wanderings, now working as a big gun in the case of a colossal threat.
August 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm #146996
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Spectra is particularly good.August 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm #147098
Thank you for the kind words. Here is Adam Callahan, formerly Psych and now Psyche.
As Psych, the telepathic hero was the team clown on the Cadets, his constant jokes lightening the mood of the team in tough situations. He was accompanied in his joviality by his best friend Snowball. When fighting the supervillain that phased Paige out of existence, Snowball perished. The villain’s reactor had overheated and Snowball threw himself on it to cool it down and avoid a catastrophic explosion. Adam stayed with his friend telepathically as he died, comforting him as his body melted and his consciousness drifted away. Feeling his friend’s life slip away resulted in Adam sinking into a depression. The cadets split apart and for a couple months Adam retired from heroics. When he returned, he had changed. He was now filled with anger and he vented his frustrations on criminals. After his mental powers almost left a petty thief catatonic, the government stepped in and offered him a position with SPARO, the superhuman special forces group. He took it figuring that it would give him purpose and allow him to use his rage in a helpful way.
With SPARO, his mental powers grew exponentially. His original mind reading and slight ability to push thoughts grew into the ability to read several minds at once over a vast difference, the ability to control others, the ability to alter perceptions of others to see what he wants them to see, and the ability to read the depths of people’s minds. With these skills, he was a good SPARO operative. He helped take down superhuman despots and terrorists. However, SPARO’s morally questionable tactics alongside their use of deadly force soon got to Adam. He had killed people and using his powers, he had destroyed minds and trapped others in hells of their own making. He had used his powers to push enemies to kill their comrades. He was worried that he had become a monster. This caused him to leave after his four year term was up and he returned to superheroics.
He returned darker and more somber. His prior humor had became pitch black and his optimism turned to cynicism. He was also tired of keeping secrets and he came out after he came back. His old friends all supported him as he did so and he felt better about having one less secret. His new demeanor led him to adopt a new name of Psyche, as he felt Psych was too happy.
While on patrol one night, he ran into his old enemy Titan. Adam was tired and did not want to fight him as he knew it would be difficult for both parties as both had grown stronger in the five years since they had last met. He also recognized something in Titan’s eyes. A feeling that he also didn’t want to fight, that he was tired of this. He saw that Titan had also changed, that he had experienced hell and had become a monster. This kindred feeling caused Adam to ask Titan just to talk. He figured he needed a chance to vent as Adam also needed. So the two went to a seedy cape bar patronized by villains and antiheroes. The two talked and became friends and drinking buddies. Adam helped Tony recover from his depression and convinced him to stop being a supervillain and instead help others. Titan decided to become a big gun, a hero only called when the threat needs someone really powerful to stop it.
Eventually, the friends realized that their friendship had evolved into more romantic feelings. This led to one of the stranger superpowered couples. A hero and a former villain. This relationship took some time for others to get used to, but when the former Cadets saw how Tony brought back some of Adam’s joker side, they accepted it. Anthony’s supervillain parents have also reluctantly accepted it and their son’s refusal to be a villain as their son seems to be happy.
August 20, 2017 at 11:50 pm #147287
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Here is Shrapnel, a member of Electric’s gang who can absorb metal and then expel it at high speeds in shards. He works as one of the gangs enforcers as his abilities make him both bulletproof and a living firearm.
September 30, 2017 at 10:26 pm #147858
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