July 7, 2020 at 3:38 am #171100
[This character is where I REALLY started getting better with my poses]
Lydia Chastain/Black Maratia: It’s no secret that superheroes battles tend to destroy their surroundings, and a harsher reality? They can’t save everyone. Sometimes they end up worsening the issues that were already there, and socialite Lydia Chastain is a victim of all three circumstances; the end result is a sadistic control freak who truly believes there aren’t any good people left.
Between growing up surrounded by horrible people, having to rebuild her family’s influence from scratch, and her deep-seated fear of feeling helpless, the only comforts she had was her family and fiancé; losing them and everything she had rebuilt in the Nightlighters’ first battle was just the final straw, and Lydia dedicated her life to getting her revenge; her chance finally came in the form of Project: G.E.M, and they turned her into what she hated, granting her immense power but sterilizing her. Now with her sadistic misanthropy out in full force, Lydia uses charisma, sex, and her beauty to seduce, charm, and bring her victims under her thrall. As more lovestruck men flock to her, she keeps finding new ways to guarantee herself victory; she has used her newfound mind control abilities to force a vampire to bite her, transforming her into a vampire herself; in weaponizing the violent rampages brought on by overdosing on bloodsucking, Lydia Chastain just might end up being one of the most dangerous threats Atlas has ever seen.
Lydia Chastain/Black Maratia is partially inspired by the Jorōgumo, and her original Toolkit abilities give her the physiology of a black widow spider; her senses and strength have been greatly enhanced, she can crawl across walls and ceilings, produce and manipulate copious amounts of silk, and is armed with retractable claws filled with venom. However, her greatest power is her mind control; by maintaining eye contact with a victim for 7 seconds, Maratia will be able to control them with both verbal and nonverbal commands; the power only works on men. She can also telepathically communicate with spiders, using them both as servants and as attack dogs.
Black Maratia later gains vampiric abilities by brainwashing a vampire into biting her; she is thus also incredibly durable and capable of extraordinary feats of strength, agility, speed, and stamina far exceeding what a human is capable of. As a Turned Vampire, Maratia can turn her body into mist and reform at will. As with all vampires, Maratia’s bloodsucking ability is a multi-tool based on her own emotions; she can use it for nourishment, to heal any wounds she sustains, and to sexually gratify herself. The fangs themselves also serve as an effective weapon, as she possesses a bite force equivalent to that of a saltwater crocodile. However, sucking too much blood will reduce her mind to a feral animal state and send her into a mindless berserker rage… something she deliberately weaponizes as a last resort.
Black Maratia’s price for her powers was her fertility; the Teardrop compound rendered her permanently unable to have kids.August 18, 2020 at 10:39 pm #171653
Edited Emmie’s image to include a better pose and more personality.October 19, 2020 at 6:53 pm #172559Roderick Benson/Radioactro:A Paradigm notorious for how thoroughly his injection changed him, Radioactro is a broken man on the wrong side; having lost everything in a screwup-turned-disaster, whatever kindness and selflessness he had has been drowned out by inconsolable cynicism and anger at the world, leaving nothing but an unapologetically brutal Paradigm running on a horribly misguided desire to do something right. Give him a reason to believe you deserve it, and he will tear you apart.Out of all the people forcefully changed and transformed by nefarious experiments, Radioactro is the one who received the worst of it; he has been turned from a human being to a sentient chemical spill, his consciousness and mind contained within a single particle of radioactive sludge. He must rely on a metal containment suit—Fire Glider’s old, newly-modified suit, to be specific—for movement and to contain the radiation he constantly emits. When in the armor, he is quite slow and zombie-like, but he is extraordinarily durable and is strong enough to hit with the force of a bullet train. The suit has also been modified with a number of offensive and defensive weapons such as an arm-mounted radiation cannon, small railguns, and a jetpack that grants him limited flight. Radioactro can also exit the armor at will through a small hatch on the stomach and attack opponents as a tidal wave of raw sludge, and can absorb various types of liquids and radiation into himself to increase his mass and size.Roderick Benson did not lose a part of himself when transformed into a Paradigm.October 19, 2020 at 7:10 pm #172562
Jason Talisman/The Dreamcatcher: Jason Talisman has absolutely nothing to offer in physical strength; he makes up for it with his knowledge of the human subconscious… and what he needs to poke and prod at to completely break someone in mind and spirit. Eloquent, soft-spoken and sadistic, he loves nothing more than to haunt a man’s nightmares and use their bad memories, buried traumas, and insecurities to take them apart, bit by bit…
The Dreamcatcher can enter the minds of others through their dreams and manipulate their subconscious for a variety of effects. He can inflict horrific nightmares on his victims, use their worst fears and insecurities against them, force them to relive repressed, traumatic memories over and over again, and more; if he’s feeling merciful, he’ll just shut their minds down and kill them. The Dreamcatcher’s physical body has a defense mechanism in the form of pheromones; he constantly produces them and will cause anyone who breathes them to fall asleep, trapping them in the dream world with him.
The Dreamcatcher’s price for becoming a Paradigm was his physical strength, leaving him an emaciated husk confined to a bed.October 19, 2020 at 7:27 pm #172563
Markus Petra/Groundpounder: An absolute powerhouse of a beast with a brain the size of a walnut, Groundpounder is perfect for smashing and breaking… and nothing else. With absolutely no intelligence beyond smashing, rage, and eating things, he remains blissfully unaware of his lot in life, and serves as an attack dog for villains to point in a direction and let loose. The big lug may want to help, but that doesn’t mean much when he’s so convinced heroes are the bad ones…
Groundpounder is the biggest and strongest of the Parthenon Mutations, possessing a strength level far exceeding even other heavy hitters like Sgt. Hardshell, Black Maratia, or even Patriarch. He can shake off direct hits from tank artillery, tear train engines apart, punch hard enough to create shockwaves, and more. His TRUE power, however, is his ability to manipulate his own body density; by decreasing his mass, weight and density, he can make himself nearly intangible and float in the air like a balloon… then shift his density to the OPPOSITE end of the spectrum and drop like a stone, causing untold destruction when he lands.
Groundpounder’s price for becoming a Paradigm was his intelligence.October 19, 2020 at 7:56 pm #172564
Ernesto Etienne/Triggerfinger: Ernesto Etienne is a self-made man, and his journey from a kid in the slums to one of the most prominent crime lords of Midnight City wasn’t an easy one. His struggles may have left him with a sense of respect and compassion towards his enemies and innocents, but they also left their marks; he’s a cold and efficient assassin who will carry out his missions with ruthless professionalism, and he’s earned a well-deserved reputation for NEVER missing a target. God help you if the Blossom Needles crime family put a hit on you.
Ernesto Etienne/Triggerfinger blends his natural skill with marksmanship with the powers granted to him. He is blind, but his senses of hearing, smell, and taste have been enhanced to extraordinarily high levels, allowing him to tell where the precise location of a target is. His perceptiveness and intuition also serves him well, and he relies on gut instinct and his hearing to process incoming threats. As a result, Triggerfinger is one of THE top marksmen of Atlas, capable of hitting targets even if they are miles away.
Triggerfinger’s price for his powers was his sight.
November 15, 2020 at 9:07 am #173062
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Loving Triggerfinger, gives off a mafia-mob boss feel but managed to throw in something new with the backstory. Also digging the white suit and flower. Great work!November 29, 2020 at 1:31 pm #176132
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