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Phalanx Michael Harris, AKA Phalanx is a child of the Terminus. Born with spectacular powers due to the effects of the Terminus energies unleashed on the world during the 1993 invasion on him while in utero he takes to the skies and streets of Freedom City defending the innocent and stopping those who would exploit and abuse those weaker than themselves. The fel energies of the terminus have granted him amazing resiliency and might as well as speed, the power of flight and enhanced senses. Despite the dark circumstances at the root of his powers Mike is a kind hearted individual with a deep feeling of responsibility to do what he can to improve the world and help others. History Mike Harris was born mere months after the Terminus Invasion of 1993, this makes him one of the oldest of this generation of Terminus Babies. His parents discovered his powers when he floated himself out of his crib to continue playing after they had put him down for a nap he was not yet willing to take. They kept it secret for a time but with their good friends the Albrights in much the same situation they soon revealed his nature to a select circle none the less they tried to keep the super kids secret trust in the government had improved with the fall of the Moore regime but not been restored in its entirety. Alex Albright the young telepath daughter of the albright family and Mike became fast friends and in these early years formed a tight bond via the young psychics powers their minds joined almost as one. The pair attended a regular preschool together, Alex already clever enough to mask her abilities and help Mike do the same, it seemed that keeping it all secret might just work though both pairs of parents wondered if the government might be able to help understand what was happening with their children. The choice was however made for them when Mike was around four and got in a schoolyard scuffle with another boy. It was a minor altercation over a ball and mike shoved the smaller boy, who flew across the schoolyard. Panic erupted, authorities were called, the child made a full recovery and Aegis saw to it the family was well taken care of to keep it quiet. They however did not inform the Harris' of this, it was all couched in secrecy but the implication was hte boy had been badly injured possibly killed. The agent in charge of the newly formed Terminus Energy Mutation Syndrome Task Force hoped to keep the Mikes Father and his ties to the media quiet with the threat of mike being revealed as some kind of monster. And for a time it worked. The Task Force gathered suspected and confirmed T-babies at a special facility at STAR Labs. There the tests for TEMS were perfected and the children's powers and psyches monitored. Some of the best behavioral psychologists available were on hand to see to it the children were raised as normally as possible, the parents visited regularly and schedules were maintained to allow the children the illusion of freedom they lacked, the more precocious students of course were less fooled but most played along at the least. Due to the close quarters in which they were raised most of this generation, at least those born in and around Freedom, are familiar with one another and some cursory knowledge of one another's powers. Over time the threat of the assorted children being outed grew less of a concern and the parents took legal action to have hte kids returned to their homes. for some the adjustment was difficult though not for Mike. From that point until they reached fourteen years of age the children lived at home and could even vacation if they alerted Aegis of their movements. Mike regularly vacationed with his family at his grandparents farm in the countryside, sometimes joined by Alex and her family sometimes on his own. It was a place of peace and relaxation and a place remote enough he could truly test the bounds of his powers without constant worry. When the TEMS children reached high school age the slow wheels of justice turned another small rotation and they were released if not deemed a high risk case to attend the high school of their parents choice. Both Alex and Mike ended up with invitations to the Claremont Academy which they attended happily. The secret school for supers was an excellent match for the young T-Babies others with similar but different experiences to relate to and adults far more prepared to handle super teens than available elsewhere. Of course it was still high school with all the usual ups and downs, and a few not so regular ones. For the first time Mike really connected and made friends outside of Alex and his family, it was slow going and he had a lot of residual guilt about his youthful loss of control among other issues related to his powers and his fear of them. Erin White a dimensional refugee with some of the same issues though far less angst about them became a friend, helped by her rooming with Alex, as well as the always chipper and good natured Mark Lucas, Mikes own roommate. The four of them as well as several fellow students thwarted a mad scheme at a baseball game field trip and formed Young Freedom who had many assorted adventures, once even stopping their teammate hellion from allowing himself to be used as a gate to bring Hell on Earth. They grew close as a team and dealt with many of hte usual teen issues of romance and break-ups and friendships strained and strengthened by the rigors of school and superheroics. Also the not so usual issues of time displaced offspring, and fighting Anihilists over spring break. After graduation Mike grew apart form his friend slowly, he still clung to a dream of a normal life, of the simpler things. While Alex went and built a multibillion dollar institute, Mike pursued Jr. College and the police academy. While his friends went forth to fight all manner of villains he fought with criminal justice exams and not tipping his hand in physical training exercises. He often questioned if it was the right thing, in many ways he could do more as Phalanx than as Mike the Police officer, or Matt as his AEGIS records from his youth followed him requiring a false identity. His former companions and even his fiance did great things and he strived for a normalcy that he ought have known could never be his. His stint as an active duty officer lasted less than a week, He was outed doing what of course he would stepping in front of bullets to save a crowd. It was all over the news and though his identity was kept mostly out of it the gig was up. With his powers he could not serve the FCPD directly, too much risk and liability of breach of civil rights at the least. Now and adult Phalanx steps onto the stage to greater things perhaps, certainly more honest with himself and those around him. Costume and Appearance Currently Phalanx wears a variation on his Claremont Academy uniform like many of the original Young Freedom did in the past. His is the standard blue and gold skin tight suit high necked with a deep V of yellow on the chest. A yellow belt, Boots, Bracers and cape finish off the high contrast look. This look of course may soon change as he emerges as an adult hero and attempts to differentiate himself. Powers The Terminus energies he was exposed to have wrought many changes upon the young hero granting him many stupendous powers. Phalanx is a physical powerhouse in the main. His titanic strength has outstripped most available methods of testing but is well in excess of a freight train his impervious flesh can accept anti tank fire with out a scratch and even more potent weapons are unlikely to cause him significant harm. He is as well incredibly fast on land or when taking flight able to circumnavigate the globe in under an hour and move at interstellar speeds in vacuum. His senses are enhanced well beyond human norms able to see and hear vast distances and sight that can penetrate even solid surfaces of low enough density. Focusing the energies empowering him allows him as well to project powerful beams of light from his eyes with startling accuracy. Allies Phalanx has been close friends since childhood with Psyche, Alexandra Albright, She has as long as he can remember been a constant presence in his life and his mind and they are now engaged. He also maintains friendships with several of his friends from the Claremont Academy, particularly, Edge, Wander, and Midnight. He has been invited to potentially join them on the revived Liberty League though it has yet to be formalized. Mike has recently undertook a somewhat disastrous career in Law Enforcement with the FCPD and though due to his powers and the legal issues that would spring from them he no longer is an officer he maintains friendships with fellow cadets from the academy and veterans he served with if briefly though the upper echelons are less warm he may be able to call upon his police contacts upon occasion. (Sidekick, HQ, Etc) Phalanx does not maintain such a location on his own though he does have some access to his fiances resources through AEON and is currently if temporarily staying with Trevor and Erin at the Midnight Manor. Playlist Come With Me Now - Kongos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz2GVlQkn4Q Shake it out - Florence and the Machine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbN0nX61rIs I Won't Back Down - Johnny Cash - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8i5NLyXZdc Shut up and Dance - Walk the Moon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JCLY0Rlx6Q (For Mike and Alex) Timeline Placement Tests - Phalanx Arrives at Claremont Academy and his abilities are tested. Take Me Out To The Ballgame - Young Freedoms Inaugural Adventure after which the Team forms! String and Tin Cans - Alex helps Mike through a rough patch with how to be a hero and not be afraid. Some Girls - Mike is manipulated by Daisy Gibbons to believe hte worst about Mark and Alex My Best Friends Girl - Mike and Mark work out most of their differences after Some Girls. Invasion! - Riverside: Gate - Young Freedom Faces one of its greatest challenges yet when one of their own is used to open a Gate to Hell Itself! It's a Jungle Out There - Young Freedom face down the sinister Shadivaan Steelgrave and stop Omegas plans... For Now. Save Tonight - Alex throws a Prom for her friends and classmates and perhaps discovers why Summers does not have an official one... It's Five O'clock Somewhere - Mike recovers from his disastrous try at the simple life with a little help from his friends
Ouroboros Ouroboros was born Jack Huang Faretti jr. in 2010. That he is now a sixteen year old student at the Claremont Academy is one of the many mysteries of his existence. Born of a vampire and the mystically empowered chosen of Heshem Ouroboros is a native of the void, the realm between worlds that is Heshems domain as well as a dhampir with the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses. By whit of his upbringing and tutelage by one of the finest practitioners of the Arcane arts Ouroboros is already a skilled Magus with deep knowledge of the mysteries of both the cosmic coil and the strange world of the arcane. Despite this power however he is still young, a teen that is as yet untested and given to overconfidence. History Strictly speaking Huang is impossible. Really impossible several times over. It should have been impossible for Jack to father a child in the first place, and like as not impossible for Taylor to conceive or at the least carry a child to term. And yet they bore a dhampir child none the less, a dhampir native of the formless void which ought have no native residents in fact. This of course makes Huang a singular entity across the multiverse, at least he ought be. However meddling in time magic flung him years back in time to a time where his infant self already existed. Of course being a singular entity this should have been impossible, his time line could not branch and spawn an alternate world. And yet he does exist. His upbringing was as unusual as his parentage would indicate. Neither parent is particularly in touch with their humanity and young JJ is not, was not, human at all. Add in a haunted mansion with ghostly servants and family working vacations to the far realms and one grows with a different view of the world at large. While his socialization may have been trying his education in matters arcane and the mysteries of the occult and dark places was without peer. Magic was a part of his life from a young age as were his fathers lessons in stealth and misdirection. This was of course tempered with the knowledge that he was very special and that there were those who would wish to use him or abduct him or worse. This however bred more of a supreme confidence in his own worth than the paranoia about his well being that his parents might have preferred. This of course led to less than optimal outcomes when Huang snuck into the forbidden sections of his mothers library to delve into temporal magics. The ritual he attempted should have been simple divination, however he was not a simple creature and the ritual reacted violently with his unique existence and sent him hurtling back in time to his own infancy. Plunged back in time with no certain way to return he quickly adopted a disguise to avoid detection for what he was lest he damage the time line or bring down the wrath of the time keepers. Disguised as an approximation of his father he tried unsuccessfully to regain access to the books of temporal magics. He was thwarted by the hero set to babysit his younger self and escaped with little beyond an old mask of his fathers to further obfuscate his true identity after all what could give him away all he had to do was crouch on roofs and talk in a gravely voice. As one would expect he was discovered by his parents in short order. Deciding to stick with a form of the truth and perhaps manage to find a way home again he spent the next four years feigning being in his twenties as he tried unsuccessfully to access either the texts he had before or something similar. Unfortunately even when able to access his mothers library she either did not have the works yet or had them in a different enough place they could not be easily found. It of course was doomed to come apart eventually and for Huang it was an impromptu attack by a magic eater that broke his enchantment. Revealed as a boy of merely sixteen years of age his parents were suitably displeased. He was barred from the library without supervision and grounded from ritual magic, and when ones mother was The Phantom such rules were backed by spells of binding. That was not even the worst of it. His freedoms were curtailed of course and worse yet he was to attend Claremont academy, which many may find super hogwarts exciting to Huang it was a step back form his education in the arcane and a large amount of effort to be spent on meaningless details like algebra or modern English literature, or worse early american history! He is devoted to make the best of it and has studied up on popular teen culture in the best sources he knows, teen movies and sitcoms. He approaches school devoted to a perhaps skewed view of social hierarchy and a very skewed view of how to climb it backed by years of training at the hands of the masters at aping some semblance of humanity that hte wolf my tread among the sheep unseen. Costume and Appearance Huang is tall for his age though not of a height yet with his father with a relatively slim build but well toned. Thanks to his mothers ancestry he has a light golden tone to his pale skin leaving him looking fair rather than sickly or corpsen. He's an attractive young man and knows it posing casually to accentuate his features and quick to flash his dimples at the attractive passerby. Raven dark hair in the perpetual bedhead that looks good while screaming I don't care tops his head and offsets his pale blue eyes. Just visible when he smiles and sometimes when he speaks are the elongated canines of his birthright though unlike a true vampire he is as yet unable to retract for further extend them. He enjoys the attention they draw at this point having mastered with some difficulty speaking around them and is happy to flash a glimpse of fang to make a point or unsettle a rival. His toned body is finer boned than his father but long of limb and gracefully athletic with the lines of a swimmer or gymnast. Huang usually dresses like a normal teen or at least what he imagines a normal teen would dress like based on his steady diet of eighties teen movies, assorted sitcoms, and advertisements. This means a rather esoteric take on fashion heavy on the somewhat loose jeans and oversize t-shirts but managing to come off as an intentional kind of vague rebellion rather than just odd. While he doesn't have a traditional costume at this point Huang does favor a large black trench coat for a flare of the dramatic and to conceal some of his workings when in public. Powers Ouroboros' primary powers are his potent skills at sorcery. He is able to conjure a wide array of effects as the situation requires both in combat and to investigate mysteries of the arcane. He casts his magic in the style of the hermetic wizards upon which he has based the bulk of his studies channeling the energies of the cosmos through will, gesture, and word. He has also worked sorcery to specifically interact with his dhampir physiology allowing him to access some of his vampiric nature through spells. As a child of the Void he is immune to it's chill embrace or that of any similar realm be it the empty vastness of deep space or the crushing depths of the seas. Toxins and disease likewise can not seize his unique physiology. He is also able to return to the void at will, as a native of that transitive realm its door is never closed to him. Finally and least developed are the abilities wrought of his vampiric heritage. As a Dhampir Huang may access many of the powers of the vampire while suffering few of the banes of the undead. These lack potency due to youth and inexperience as well as reliance upon magic for much of his life. Though of course Huang suspects it may be a dietary issue as without blood vampires are weakened. He has yet to put his theory to the test though who is to say if it works if it is the act or his belief in it that unlocks his power. Allies Taylor Chun and Jack Faretti are his parents one assumes that should he get in too far over his head he can call upon the aid of at least two of the mightiest heros of the age. Of course who want's to call in mom and dad for help right? In addition to Phantom and Avenger and less problematic other than the possibility of getting back to his parents he can call upon some of their allies though given the duo's somewhat notoriously private lives Huang knows more of their allies than they know of him in most cases. He works part time off and on at Silbermans books due to his parents association with the owner, mostly aiding in the cataloging and safe storage of magical texts and artifacts. Erin White, the hero Wander, in her youth babysat Huang/Jack Jr. and while he remembers and trusts her, she barely knows his older self. As a student at Claremont academy he of course has a sort of ally in the faculty and staff though of course such support is as if not more fraught with hazards than his parents. His greatest Allies would be his fellow students though as they are all new it has yet to be determined who among them will be allies and who acquaintances. As a mystic he can call upon the Master Mage and due to the circumstances of his birth and parentage is privileged enough to know how to do so. Of course one does not become a supreme sorcerous power asking the Master Mage to solve ones problems. Finally after a rousing battle against cultist of the gods former incarnation the Godling Set may owe a boon to the young Magus and he certainly has attracted the chaotic deities attention for all the good or ill that may come of it. Most of these allies are equally likely to call upon his aid as well and with Phantom being often busy it is not unlikely some of the more minor mystical affairs of the underworld may come to him rather than her one way or another. Headquarters - The Unbound Oubliette As the only native son of hte Void that empty realm is somewhat less empty to him. A portion of the shapeless void has been shaped by his nascent will to a pleasing form. An escheresque domain where he stores texts and tools he's acquired and may retreat to for study, recuperation or to avoid his parents if only briefly. It is staffed by extra dimensional entities bound to his service and has a well stocked library of occult works as well as comfortable living space. Being constructed of the chaos of the void shaped by Ouroboros' will the sanctum is unreachable and largely undiscoverable if one is not able to travel the dimensions. Even then those without expansive knowledge of the void may have difficulty finding the hidden retreat. Timeline Ouroboros arrives breaks into the Midnighters manor and is chased off by Erin White. Ouroboros is uncovered by his Father lurking on a roof and unmasked as the the time lost scion of the Faretti line. Ouroboros is uncovered as a youth and gets such a talking too! Back to School shopping! An after school job opportunity! Playing hooky and meeting a god/ess!
Sandman The hero known as Sandman is the guardian of dreams. He is empowered by the mystical sands of sleep and charged with defending the dreamlands and waking world from the depredations of creatures of nightmare. His more mundane alter ego is Dr. Elis Sanford, an anesthesiologist at Freedom Medical Center. A recent widower and father of two he plays a careful balance of work, family and the mandate of his powers. History Elis was born to Harold and Maude Sanford of Hanover New Jersey on June 14 1977. Harrold was an ad executive in Freedom city and Maude a homemaker, their suburban home would be joined six years later by his only sibling Grace. The Sanford family lived a delightfully mundane life their moderate wealth and privilege as well as the relative safety of Hanover even amidst the struggles, invasions, and near catastrophes that so often strike Freedom City kept them insulated from the often harsh realities of life in the ever exciting city. Elis worked hard and made good marks in school, though more through thorough effort and strong familial support than native talent. He saw the effort as the cost that must be paid for his eventual dream, becoming a doctor. The quick reactions of a doctor to his grandfathers minor stroke had stoked an admiration for the profession in the young mans heart and he strove to join that respected profession. When he graduated high school, high marks ensured his entry to Freedom City University on the Pre-Med program, his fathers prudent savings ensured that they could afford the program. College in the competitive Pre-Med program at FCU was initially a bit of a shock to Elis who questioned his dedication for a time but resolved to prove to himself he could stick it out. He was aided in this by a woman he met in one of his early Biology courses, Barbara Braska. She was studying clinical psychology and the relationship begun as study partners soon bloomed into more. Barbara was brilliant in Elis' opinion, she ought have been the doctor he oft would say though she did not have his devotion to her studies with part time jobs and frequent family obligations eating up much of her study time. He asked her to marry him nearly a year before they graduated, and to his great joy she said yes. Elis made his way through his pre-med program and into medical school at FCU, with the support of Barbara who went on to graduate studies in psychology, they agreed to hold off on the wedding until they were better established, Elis always felt there was more to her reluctance likely something to do with her family who often needed her for this or that but who he had met only her father a gruff man of militant demeanor. While pursuing their advanced degrees they got an apartment together and the oddities of Barbaras schedule became more obvious to Elis, he feared many things when he'd wake to find her gone or so deeply asleep he couldn't wake her for an hour or more. Eventually she had to reveal her secret. She was a hero, of sorts, a defender of dreams, as she would put it poetically. The Braska line had passed on the legacy and power of the sands of sleep for innumerable generations, defending the lands of dream and waking world from fearsome creatures of nightmare. It was a shock but Elis loved her, and was in no small part relieved it was not something simpler like an affair, addiction, or criminal tendencies. They however did not often discuss her other life. She wanted their time together to be for them after all. He did know she had potent abilities to affect dreams and that her father had trained her (in a major break with tradition) in the many secrets of the lands of dream and creatures of nightmare. She shared tidbits of this knowledge over the years but Elis always considered her sideline as dream hero something akin a hobby he indulged as she indulged his golfing. Elis and Barbara were wed shortly before he began his internship not long after she achieved her masters and became a licensed therapist. They were happy despite his long hours in internship and residency, perhaps because of them as his grueling schedule left plenty of time for his wife's extracurriculars without eating into time available for the both of them in most cases. It was of course more difficult once the children were born, her father came briefly out of retirement when she carried each of the children first hte girl Jenifer, then Gabe their youngest and a boy. Unfortunately a long life in service of the dreamlands finally caught up with the elder Braska when their youngest was just shy of a year of age. A heart attack, in his sleep, Elis hadn't at the time thought twice about that oddity of course, many men his age with hard living suffered worse. Barbara took it harder, he was her last surviving relative, but with Elis help and through no small measure of personal fortitude she pulled out of the dip. Elis felt her even stronger for it, more balanced to be sure. Two years later Elis completed his residency and his parents left Hanover for Boca Raton Florida for their retirement. The lack of grandparents took some adjusting but Elis sister Grace stepped up to help with childcare when both Elis and Barbara were busy becoming a common fixture in the children's lives. Elis began work at Freedom Medical Center as an attending physician and Barbara was able to cut back her time as a therapist converting and updating a small granny unit on the property to an office to see occasional clients. Life had settled into a comfortable routine despite Barbara's continued duties to the world of dream, their eldest was past the age when Barbara had begun her own training though she had yet to begin training her perhaps waiting for the traditional male heir to come of age or perhaps the difficulties of her father's death being too much to bear to begin the training. Elis was quite satisfied with this as the only real concern he had maintained over her heroic moonlighting had been the perceived injustice of foisting such responsibility upon children so young. It was just over a year after the end of his residency that it all came crashing down. Elis had been working a late shift and didn't get home until well after midnight. When he arrived the door to the house was torn from its hinges, rushing inside as he called 911 he found Barbara collapsed at the top of the stairs. He pulled her into his arms as her costume faded back to her nightclothes, her breathing was labored and he tried to calm her keep her from sliding into shock but she was already beyond that. With rattling breath she explained an ancient foe of her family had come for the children, she had protected them but only barely. Her own wounds were too great and she knew it. Pulling Elis to her she shared one final kiss and passed her power to him, telling him he had to care for the children. She was dead by the time the paramedics arrived. Elis was able to ensure the children didn't see her like that but was himself at a loss. For him it was as if the world had come to an end. Of course it hadn't. The kids needed him, and of course there was the media circus and inevitable investigation. The hospital was understanding, his parents came up and stayed with the kids and Grace and her husband were available as well and somehow he made it through. The investigation turned up frustratingly little, the wounds didn't seem to match any known weapons though in freedom city that meant little, three neighbors reported seeing a tall man in a suit very unsettling in the neighborhood that evening though none could recall any details of his appearance beyond that. The perpetrator was never found not that that was a surprise to Elis, she had told him the truth, it had been the boogyman, the monster in the closet or under the bed, humanity's fear of hte unknown and dark places made manifest. When he began to manifest the powers of the sands of sleep he breifly considered hunting the creature down. But his wife in the fullness of her training and powers hadn't been the things equal and he knew he'd only leave his children orphans if he sought it out. As life returned to a semblance of normal Elis tried to forget about the powers he'd gained, and about the promise that had gone with them. Barbara had been taken from them because of this legacy and he wanted none of it. When the kids had nightmares about her however he reached out to still their dreams, they'd lived through waking nightmare they didn't need them in their sleep. He started to forget to sleep himself, never noticed the need and would be caught up in a case study or good book, time just slipped by. Elis had Grace and Frank move into barbaras old office as the kitchenette still worked and the help with the kids was more than worth it to Elis, and their parents felt better knowing someone was on hand to keep an eye on him. Slowly he got back into the swing of work and spent more time home with the kids of course, it wasn't the life he'd have wanted but there was comfort in it and he and the children were moving forward. It was a year later before Elis started to really understand what his wife had charged him with. The full duties of the Braska line, She had said to protect the children and she hadn't meant just thiers. It was slow and creeping, didn't even turn heads outside of a few very esoteric corners of the occult world. The nights seemed a little darker, the dawn a little further. At the hospital he'd heard rumors of children with night terrors so bad they went days sometimes a week or more with little to no sleep afraid to close their eyes. The real wake up call came when they started to go missing. The police suspected a human trafficking ring, or worse a serial. But no bodies turned up giving people hope at least. elis knew he hadn't a choice any longer, the work his wife had done was too important. He cracked open the boxes he'd carefully packed her personal Items in, things too personal to donate but too painful to keep around in the open and began to dig through her journals and diaries. Most of it was personal, about him or hte kids or her family. Some however touched on her work and he slowly managed to piece together a shell of her knowledge. He had over the year practiced here and there with what the sands could do they reacted to his will almost instinctively and after a few close calls of revealing himself he at least managed to control them well enough to not out himself. A little more and he learned a few basic uses that might aid him if the creature returned for hte kids as she'd warned. He came for the nest of Boggarts the next night, letting the sand carry him through the dream to the tenement the fear hungry beasties called home. It was not perhaps as shining a moment has he would have hoped. He routed the nightmare creatures only barely and their claws were all too real. He was able to stitch himself back up and more importantly able to free the children. Most too dazed from the experience to recall him beyond knowing something had driven off the monsters and taken them to the candy shop where the patrolmen found them. It was chalked up to childish fancy and trauma in large part but they all seemed to recover over time. Elis' recovery was longer, he couldn't go to another doctor or hospital for treatment so he managed his own care, hiding it from the children and Grace as he did so. He also resolved to better master his powers channeling them into protections for himself as well as others and spending further study on the limited resources left behind by his wife. He now knows how to look for patterns and trail potential breaches. But his inexperience is taking its toll, he knows he can step to the dream realms but not why and they remain for now under-defended whilst he concentrates on the waking world. Costume and Appearance In his civvies Elis dresses the part of the well to do suburbanite dad, Khakis and polos, deck shoes or the cardinal sin of sandals with socks. He wears an expensive Rolex on one wrist, a gift from his late wife upon the completion of his residency and retains a tan line where until recently his wedding band resided, it has now joined his wife's rings on a chain around his neck. He keeps his blonde curls close cropped less he achieve perpetual bed head and is blessed with just enough southern European ancestry to manage a passable tan without resorting to the oompa-loompa factories so common in the region. His face is gentle and kindly with an easy dimpled smile belied only by a quiet sadness in his piercing blue eyes. He cuts a handsome figure in that infuriating unaging way older men manage to look only better as they mature. At work it's business casual, a tie for department meetings quickly jettisoned when dealing with patients, On late nights he'll usually stumble home still in his scrubs to try and beat bedtimes. When adopting his sandman persona he projects a much more ethereal look. The base of hte costume is a white body suit topped with a loose deeply cowled vest in blue. Cuffed mid forearm length gloves and folded calvary boots in a matching blue accent the outfit which is finished with a thick belt in gold and loose gold scarf as well as a classic domino mask in white. On the chest of the suit is an ancient emblem of his position as defender of the dreamlands though he is not certain of its meaning. He tends to plant himself firmly very grounded when engaging enemies though this has more to do with his lack of training in basic hand to hand combat than any particular stylistic choice, he'd just like not to be knocked over mostly. Powers All of Sandmans powers are drawn from the ancient gift to mankind by the dreamlands, the Sands of Sleep. The bring the world of dreams to our reality and allow the user to cross those barriers as well in body and spirit. The most noteable power of the sands is the ability to render nearly any dreamer calm, lethargic, or unconscious. Additionally it can bring dreams to reality in the form of complex and vivid illusions or as the fears of a foe made manifest a vicious attack on the psyche. Manipulation of dreams and entry to the dreamers mind also are possible with care and Sandman may use the dreamscape to travel vast distances nearly instantly should the need arrive. Finally and as a departure form previous wielders of the Sands Sandman will actually channel them into whatever form he may need be it shield or weapon or grasping arm. Allies So far the only other hero Sandman knows is Phantom who has offered her aid though she also terrifies him so for the time being he's on his own. Though inevitably as he does more and more he will make more contacts. Playlist Dream a Little Dream of Me - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRpLb4PXVyQ Last Kiss - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0B-hJ_gotc Dream On - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHRNSeuvzlM Timeline Fall 2015 Nighttime Wanderings: Phantom captures a small nightmare and discovers not only the fate of the last Guardian but the plight of her woefully unprepared replacement.