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  1. As both an alumi and fellow educator Mike found himself at the Claremont Academy not infrequently. He had at times advised students before. But this mentorship program was a rare visit not in his mild mannered grade school teacher persona but as Phalanx and while his secret identity was by most reckoning the worst kept secret among heroes he at least attempted to draw a firm line between the two. One he hoped his partner for hte mornings event would abide. Though Geckoman was nowhere to be seen yet, not that running late was entirely out of character, and if truth be told Phalanx had arrived slightly early in his efforts not to be late. He kept a wary ear for the sound of the Pitchoo just in case as he waited cape blowing faintly in the low breeze and head just shy of brushing the rafters of the small pavilion adjacent to the gardens where he was to meet his fellow alumni and any students he might offer some measure of comfort and he hoped wisdom.
  2. 11/3/2021 Claremont Academy Sea Devil in her armor and Singularity with her shield, the two heroines sat together by Claremont's outdoor pool and waited patiently for their mentees to arrive. Aquaria was doing her best to avoid agitating Jessie, having done some pleading to get them both to volunteer for this very exciting occasion, so she was sitting legs folded up beneath her by her friend, her iridescent armor gleaming like a statue beneath the wan sun of a Freedom City autumn. "So all of the dogs in all of his pictures are playing poker," she croaked thoughtfully, thinking of Baxter nearby. She was not entirely sure she understood the subject of the man Jessie's thesis was about but she understood he was definitely an artist. "But dogs do not want to play poker, so I should not try and train Baxter." She shifted back and forth where she crouched and said, "I understand why you write about him. His work is a great mystery! What does it mean?"
  3. Thevshi

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    Claremont Academy, Leonard Fox Auditorium Bayview, Freedom City, New Jersey Wednesday November 3, 2021 Inside the front entryway to the large auditorium building on campus waited two members of the Freedom League for the pair of Claremont students they had been paired with. One of the League members was five foot five woman in a recognizable bright yellow form-fitting bodysuit with a this black and white checkered pattern strip running down the side of the arms and legs. Most of her head was covered in a matching yellow mask, with only the lower part of the face exposed. Long brown hair in a ponytail stuck out the back of the mask and a pair of hi-tech, mirrored goggles covered the speedster’s eyes and upper half of her face. Over the last few years, Velocity had actually become much more acquainted with Claremont, if from behind the scenes. Over the last three years she and her husband had been foster parents for a Claremont student. Next year, her own son would be a freshman at the school. But of course, today was not about her connections with the school, it was about what her and her fellow League member might be able to do in terms of assisting a pair of current students.
  4. Claremont Academy Early Afternoon, Wednesday, November 3, 2021 Dr. Ellie Espadas had gotten used to walking the Claremont Academy campus as a visiting mentor rather than a student but she hadn't really been expecting to be asked back to speak with another student. Guess I'll take it as a vote of confidence, she mused to herself, long maroon coat switching about her ankles in the brisk November air. She'd worn a tan turtleneck and black slacks with enough stretch to move about freely; she wasn't expecting that sort of action specifically but around that many kids with powers you never knew when the situation might call for some acrobatics. Waiting outside one of the school's dormitories she mentally reviewed the brief description she'd gotten of Rosalind Sommaripa ahead of time, which hadn't been much more than a photo of an uncomfortable looking teenager and a couple of sentences about extraterrestrial jewelry. Ellie considered the chunky bangle bracelets hanging about her own wrists. Probably not looking for accessorizing advice.
  5. Ouroboros had been more than slightly surprised when the letter of interest from his alma mater arrived inviting, or rather requesting he attend the Mentorship program, a way to give back to the the school. Farcical on it's face he was hardly a year out of the school himself, on the other hand one did not in general choose to say no to the headmistress. The short dossier he received on his matched student was somewhat more intriguing and managed to capture some genuine interest from the jaded beyond his years dhampir. The morning of the appointed day Owain would wake to a raven perched upon his windowsill with a tiny scroll clasped in its beak. It tilted it's head as it watched him stir awake and dropped the scroll as it let out a caw that to the ears of the knight enchanter rang out, Beneath the most storied tower Destiny awaits! Upon the parchment was writ his next clue, A lonely wanderer, wounded with iron, I am smitten with war-blades, sated with strife, Worn with the sword-edge; I have seen many battles, Much hazardous fighting, oft without hope Of comforts or help in the carnage of war Ere I perish and fall in the fighting of men. The leavings of hammers, the handiwork of smiths, Batter and bite me, hard-eged and sharp; The brunt of the battle I am doomed to endure. In all the folk-stead no leech could I find With wort or simple to heal my wounds; But day and night with the deadly blows The marks of the war-blades double and deepen. Let it never be said a Chun-Faretti lacked a flair for the dramatic.
  6. 2021 - 2022 Claremont Academy School Year begins September 6th! Dear Parent, Guardian or Mentor Figure, Congratulations to your child or ward on being admitted to the upcoming school year at Claremont Academy! We couldn't be more excited to welcome them into our proud legacy of academic excellence, practical experience and community service. The semester will begin on Monday, September 6th. Dormitory move-in dates begin one week prior on Monday, August 30th. Below you will find a list of supplies each student will be expected to bring with them, along with a list of those provided by the Academy including toiletries, dormitory furniture and active wear to be used during our award winning physical fitness programs. Financial aid is of course available to students attending on scholarship and we offer meal plans to suit all needs. Our administrative offices will have been in touch by now regarding any dietary restrictions, allergies, atmospheric requirements, etc. See the enclosed contact information for any further inquiries. Claremont Academy has long been home to students of both exceptional ability and exceptional circumstances. While students should be prepared to work hard developing their talents and learning invaluable real world skills they can also look forward to a welcoming community of peers with their own unique perspectives and experiences. Orientation will cover movie nights, extracurricular clubs, our expanded intramural league and other activities. These are the friendships which will last a lifetime. Welcome to Claremont Academy! Beneath of the Headmistress' signature someone has doodled several costume insignia ideas in blue and red ballpoint pen, featuring different combinations of five pointed stars and stripe patterns. The space between them is mostly filled with pointy S designs.
  7. Kord Dormitories, Second Floor Claremont Academy, Freedom City, New Jersey Saturday, September 4, 2021 Like the rest of the dormitories at Claremont Academy, the first floor of the Rita Kord Dormitory was a scene of somewhat controlled chaos. Classes were set to start early next week after Labor Day, so the dorms had opened up this weekend for new and returning students to get moved in. Trying -- with some small amount of success -- to control this chaos was one of the floor's Senior residents, whose towering 6 foot 4 inch height made it easy for him to oversee most everything around him. "Two lines, please, one in, one out... no, no, stay to the right side of the ha- no, your right... Ho! Lift with your knees, not your back! Wait there a moment, I'll- oh, yes, sir, that's right down there, next to last on the left..." Try as he might, there was only so much Heroditus could do to control the Surfacers, but he had grown more accustomed to and accepting of their ways in the past few years.
  8. GM Claremont Academy March 9th, 2020 Afternoon, after class Aside from Casanova and Stinger's grudges, things seemed to have calmed down considerably since the fight between New Young Freedom and the group of young heroes in October. New Young Freedom had resumed their patrols in December and, so far, they seemed to stay on the straight and narrow path. Well, things between the two groups had been mostly calm. A week or so before, Muirne, Luke's girlfriend, had been teamed with Sebastian for a project. Soon after, she had started talking about how maybe Sebastian wasn't that bad, that Luke and the others should try to give him another chance...
  9. Multi-Girl Power Level: PL 9 (171/178PP) Trade-Offs: -4 Atk/+4 Dam (melee) / -4 Def/+4 Tough Unspent Power Points: 7 In Brief: Teenage duplicating T-Baby Alternate Identity: Bernadette O’Connell Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland Residence: Boston, Massachusetts, Claremont Academy during the school year Base of Operations: Claremont Academy during the school year Occupation: Student Affiliation: Claremont Academy Family: Sean O’Connell (father); Deirdre O’Connell (mother); Liam O’Connell (brother); Brendan O’Connell (brother) Description: Age: 18 (June 2005) Apparent Age: 18 Gender: Female Ethnicity: Caucasian Height: 5’ 9” Weight: 130 lbs Eyes: Green Hair: Red Bernadette is a tall, attractive teenager with an athletic build and bright green eyes. Her thick red hair goes down to the middle of her back. She is rather pale skinned, with slight freckles on her checks and nose, as well on her shoulders and upper back. Her clothing style is generally typical of a teenage girl her age, though she tends to favor outfits that are more form fitting. So far she has not come up with any sort of heroic costume and therefore relies on the standard Claremont uniform. History: Born in Dublin, Ireland, the youngest of three children, Bernadette’s family immigrated to the United States when she was eight years old. For most of her life, Bernadette seemed just your average Irish/Irish-American girl, perhaps a little stronger, faster or tougher than other girls her age, but still nothing too out of the ordinary. As she grew older, the young redhead naturally drifted to sports, first football (soccer) and later focusing on lacrosse. Three years ago, Bernadette accompanied her lacrosse team for a tournament in Freedom City. The team was at a game in Kingston when the 2018 Terminus invasion began. Thankfully, both teams and bystanders were all safely evacuated from the area, but not before being exposed to some of the energy from the Terminus. Unknown to Bernadette, this exposure awoke something that had long been dormant within her. Over a decade before Bernadette was born, her father had been a merchant marine aboard a cargo vessel docked in Freedom City when the 1993 Terminus invasion had occurred. Her father’s exposure to Terminus energy led to Bernadette being born with a latent connection to the Terminus. Her exposure during the 2018 invasion activated that connection. For the next few years, the activation this connection was generally unnoticeable. But toward the end of her Freshman year in high school, Bernadette had an unexpectedly late “growth spurt,” growing several more inches. At the same time, Bernadette continued to get stronger and stronger. Then, right after the end of the school year, Bernadette was out at a mall with several friends. It had seemed just another mall trip when Bernadette’s duplication power inadvertently activated. This caused Bernadette to panic and try to get away from her friends before they saw her with her duplicate. This just led to her activating more duplicates, which generally just created a bit of a chaotic and confusing scene at the mall. Headmistress Summers learned about the incident (generally caught on the mall’s surveillance cameras) and reached out to Bernadette’s family, who were struggling to figure out how to deal with their daughter’s sudden abilities. Now Bernadette is set to start at Claremont Academy in the fall, away from her friends and family, in order to learn more about her powers and how to control them. Personality & Motivation: Growing up with two older brothers, Bernadette learned to stick up for herself. As a result she developed an outgoing and sometimes aggressive personality, which has often served her well in athletics. With those she considers friends, Bernadette is generally good natured. However, since her powers became active, the teen’s world has turned upside down, as she has had to leave behind her friends and family to attend Claremont to learn how to control her powers. Powers & Tactics: Still being relatively new to her powers, Bernadette is still learning to fully control them. It is still not too uncommon for her to accidently summon one or more duplicates when not intending to. She also has not fully adjusted to being much stronger than she used to be. When it comes to combat situations, Bernadette tends to rely on her experiences of scraping with her brothers growing up and the team sports she used to be involved in such as lacrosse. This typically involves working with several duplicates against the same opponent or having her duplicates attack multiple opponents around her at once. Her Strike power is Bernadette and several of her duplicates striking the same target in coordination. Her snare is her and several duplicates grappling a target. Complications: T-Baby: Bernadette’s powers originate from the Terminus incursion of 1993 and 2018, there are those that are frightened or hate so call “T-Babies.” Too Crowded: Bernadette is still rather new to her powers, this can often result in her inadvertently summing one or more duplicates, which can create problems. Abilities 2 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 12 = 30 Strength: 12/28 (+1/+9) Dexterity: 14/22 (+2/+6) Constitution: 14/29 (+2/+9) Intelligence: 14 (+2) Wisdom: 14 (+2) Charisma: 22 (+6) Combat: 10 + 8 = 18 PP Initiative: +2/+6 Attack: +5 BAB, +7 Ranged Defense: +4 BDB, +5 Def (with +1 Dodge Bonus); +2 Flat-Footed Grapple: +14 Knockback: -6 Saving Throws: 2 + 2 + 3 = 7 PP Toughness: +2/+13 Fortitude: +2 (+2/+8 Con, +4/+10) Reflex: +2 (+2/+6 Dex, +4/+8) Will: +3 (+2 Wis, +5) Skills: 52R = 13PP Acrobatics 4 (+7/+10) Skill Mastery Climb 2 (+3/+10)Skill Mastery Bluff 4 (+7/ +11 w/ Attractive) Drive 2 (+4/+8) Kn: History 4 (+6) Kn: Pop Culture 4 (+6) Notice 6 (+8)Skill Mastery Perform (Dance) +4 (+10) Perform (Singing) 14 (+20)Skill Mastery Sense Motive 6 (+8) Swimming 2 (+3/+10) Feats: 5 Attack Focus: Ranged 2 Attractive Dodge Focus Skills Mastery (Acrobatics, Climb, Notice, Perform [Singing]) Powers 46 + 26 + 25 + 5 = 102 PP Container 9.1 (T-Baby physiology) [46 PP] Enhanced Str +16 (feat: subtle) {17 PP} Enhanced Dex +8 {8 PP} Enhanced Con +14 {14 PP} Speed 2 (1 alt power) {3 PP} Alt: Leaping 2 Protection 4 {4 PP} Duplication 8 (PL 9 duplicate with 109PP/120PP; Extras: Heroic; Power Feats: Mental Link, Sacrifice) [26 PP] More Duplicates! 12 (24 PP Array, Feats: Alternate Powers 1) [25 PP] Base Power: Snare 12 (Extra: Engulf (0)) {24/24 PP} Alt 1: Add (Extras: Targeted Area (burst); Selective Attack) to Melee Attacks {24/24 PP} Strike 4 (feat: mighty) (duplicates) [5 PP] Drawbacks Weakness (Daka Crystals; Frequency: Uncommon [-1]; Intensity: Major: cumulative -1 to all stats [-2 Plus -1 effects CON]; Time: every 20 minutes [0]) [-4 PP] Totals Abilities (30) + Combat (18) + Saving Throws (7) + Skills (13) + Feats (5) + Powers (102) - Drawbacks (4) = 171/178 PP Note: Multi Girl’s Heroic Duplicate has identical stats except does not have the More Duplicates! array.
  10. OOC for this. We'll start off with just @Kaede Kimura and @Nerdzul, I'll call in @RedSpine, @Cubismo and @Lone_Star as everyone else gets involved!
  11. GM Claremont Academy October 15th, 2020 5:00 PM Sebastian Shields had not been happy about the events of the day that he had returned to Claremont after the summer. No, the way everyone had acted, like he was not better than him? It was simply not acceptable. He had been busy, since then. If the newly enrolled students wouldn't give him the respect that he deserved, then he would teach them why they should respect him. He would be better than all of them. All he needed was a team. Eddie Fell was the logical choice. Of course Sebastian needed Chump. Any good team needed some muscles, and Eddie was loyal. He wouldn't even need a nudge to help. Charlene Hart had been by Sebastian's side for a while. The two had often been seen together, at least ever since he had convinced her to go to prom with him. He had helped her, he had calmed her down. She was loyal, would never disobey him. Toxin got to be the second member of the team, her mere touch would be enough to stop anyone from messing with him. Sebastian quickly decided that he didn't need more boys for his team. No, Chump was quite enough. Melanie Cutter was a good choice. No powers, but she had extensive training and she was a killer with that bladed whip. He even liked her codename, Stinger, even if the redhead would probably challenge him a bit more than he would like, but that was fine. Sebastian would enjoy convincing her otherwise. Finally, the team needed some legitimacy, so of course he made friends with Cassie Dugan. Having the vice-principal's daughter on the team would open doors, and she filled in the much needed spot of a flier. She didn't really want to do it, but she did like the attention it would get her. Bluebird probably wouldn't cause too much trouble for Sebastian. So, his team had been set, and on October 1st, Sebastian made a big show out of presenting his group to everyone. Of course, no one else needed to do anything anymore. After all, they were the new big team at Claremont: The New Young Freedom. They had been busy in the few weeks after that, breaking curfew, fighting bad guys and punks. Not really any super villains or anything like that, and of course they did it in secret. Not like anyone would tell on them, that would just get others in trouble too. But... there were rumors. Maybe they had beaten up some kids for just causing a bit of trouble. Maybe the kids had not really done anything really bad, at least not something that deserved that? Maybe it was just a rumor. After all, they were heroes, right? Maybe not everyone trusted Casanova.
  12. Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:03 Unlike many private schools Claremont Academy did not bombard its alumni with requests for donations long after their tuition had been paid. It did, however, lean upon the spirit of community service it instilled in its students to ask for a bit of their time toward mentoring the next generation. Considering how many times her brother had agreed to host whole gaggles of teenagers at his dojo - even thought he never even went here - Ellie Espadas would have never heard the end of it had she declined. Besides, the short briefing she'd gotten about Danica Holmes had piqued her interest from a medical standpoint alone. Hopefully she's not disappointed she didn't get a flashier mentor. Or one who's technically younger than her. She'd put together her best business casual, smart-and-successful outfit and done her homework before arriving at one of the Academy's public areas, sitting on a bench that circled around a large planter, to wait.
  13. Kord Dorms, Floor Four, Claremont Academy Saturday, September 5th 2020 In the floors common area a young woman waited for some of the newcomers to arrive and help them get settled into there new rooms. Having only recently arrive here herself, forced here from New York after engaging in activity considered, questionable, the Headmistress had insisted she get settled in before the other arrived to avoid to many questions. In these circumstance it was easy to be bitter and refuse to get involved with the school, but she’d decided instead to be as helpful as she could. A little nervous she tucked a strand of white streaked hair behind her ear. “Hello there I’m Maggie Què, welcome to your dorm floor.”
  14. Nevermore II Kord Dorms, Floor One, Claremont Academy Saturday, September 5th 2020 Charlie had looked all of them up before arriving... All the other students that were going to be on the first floor to, that was. It was a weird bunch, a flying guy, some science experiment, a guy that had trained under Captain Thunder, someone that could control paper, a freaking dragon, and then, him. Not that it was easy to find out much about Charles Gordon Pym. He knew people that would have made sure of that. Entering the floor amidst the chaos of students arriving from all over to Claremont, Charlie had already stashed most of his gear away in his room, and now he was sitting on the couch on the common area, waiting and watching for others to arrive. His phone was out in front of him. He was wearing a pair of jeans, a dark red t-shirt with a big white speech bubble with a black explanation mark on the front, grinning at the black haired in the blue and gold Claremont uniform that was running around and panicking about finding the kids for this floor.
  15. Kord Dormitories, Second Floor Claremont Academy, Freedom City, New Jersey Saturday, September 5th, 2020 Move in day at the Claremont Academy was best described as controlled chaos. New students and usually their parents carried luggage and boxes across the quad while returning students dashed about meeting up with friends and relishing the freedom to let some of the weird out in the relative safety of campus after a long summer of keeping things under wraps. The dorms buzzed with excited and nervous students trying to find rooms or wondering who they might be roomng with this year. While every effort had been made to pass introductory letters on to prospective roomates they were perpetually late arriving as last minute additions required yet again adjusting the assignments. Even with out such delays rare was the modern teen that would reach out in written word or even e-mail if text or similar contact wasn't passed on. Utsuwa Ranaga had avoided the rush of course as his host was also the Headmistress of hte institution in question his meager belongings were already neatly stowed in the wardrobe on his side of the room. He'd spent the prior evening while the Headmistress attended the last minute preparations for arrival day getting his room exactly as he liked it. Which was to say he'd carefully dismantled the bed on his side of the room and neatly stacked the parts in a corner. In it's place lay a simple tatami mat more in keeping with what he was accustomed too in his prior home. His desk was spartan aside from the still new laptop carefully set to the side and his textbooks neatly set along the back shelf. The walls remained bare of distractions his bedding monotone almost institutional and neatly folded at the foot of the sleeping mat. Utsuwa himself stood leaning against the propped open door to his room. The importance of social engagement had been made clear to him both by his host and the friendly former student he's encountered in his wandering the city. Thus he made sure to make himself available and approachable. He leaned casually on the door nodding greeting to passing students and parents. The tight fitting black tank top leaving the intricate tattoos of his forearms visible crossed across his broad chest. The flat grey basketball shorts left well defined calves visible above simple sandals. His hair hung loose, to be approachable, though it mostly left him looking like he was cosplaying his favorite anime villain as he tried to fight his resting scowl and appraising look at each student as they passed.
  16. OOC for this. @HGM, @Heritage, @Spacefurry, @RedSpine, @Nerdzul, @secondling, @Thunder King Everyone give me a DC18 Will Save vs. Mind Control. The effect is Psionic, so anyone with protection against that goes free. And just to note, unless this really escalates we'll just keep to semi-random posting order as we are now.
  17. Kord Dormitories, Third Floor Claremont Academy, Freedom City, New Jersey Saturday, September 5th, 2020 As was typically the case on move-in day at Claremont Academy, the hallway on the third floor of the Kord Dormitories was a rather chaotic scene. Parents and students made their way along the hallway, usually with boxes, suitcases or duffle bags in hand. But one pair moved through the slightly crowded hallway with casual easy, neither laden down with any large bags or boxes. In the lead was Veronica Danger, who was dressed in her typical attire, a tight T-shirt (red today) over which she wore a thin lien Khaki short sleeve shirt that was left unbuttoned, black cargo shorts and a pair of well worn-in hiking boots with thick socks. The attractive teenager did not even have a backpack as she walked along, reluctantly listening to the figure trailing behind her. Veronica's long brunette hair was braided into a ponytail which went down to her waist, a much longer length than it had been just a few a few months ago at the end of the last school year when it had only gone down to her shoulders. Following behind the teenage Danger was a young woman in her mid-to-late twenties, dressed in finely tailored business attire and wearing a pair of round glasses. For those returning students, Veronica and Janus' personal assistant Prudence was a familiar sight, regularly shadowing Danger cousins. As was more often the case, Prudence had a small tablet in one hand which she was studying as she followed Veronica. "I have managed to keep your schedule clear for the rest of the day, but tomorrow morning you have brunch at Danger Manor." "Thank you Prudence." Veronica responded with her slight French accent and the slightest roll of her eyes. She then came to a stop in front of her room, looking at the door for a brief moment. It was going to feel a bit odd not rooming with her cousin as she had over the last two years.
  18. Claremont Academy Dormitories, Third Floor September 5th, 2020 "I'm not actually sure if the markings are magic," Ryder attempted to clarify as he led Utsuwa down the hallway with Cyan perched on his shoulder and the rest of the Robugs following along nearby, "just that they showed up at the same time she got her magic powers. Which I guess means they're qualitatively magic but not necessarily that they're functionally magic in a meaningful way. Y'know?" He looked over to the more taciturn teenager with a grin to check for understanding or at least continued patience. "Plus Tori's from out of the country, too so you guys can talk about that! It'll be good! We'll have you making friends like an experienced friend-maker in no time!" He gave Utsuwa an enthusiastic thumbs up before checking his phone to confirm he had the correct room number.
  19. 2020 - 2021 Claremont Academy School Year begins September 7th! Dear Parent, Guardian or Mentor Figure, Congratulations to your child or ward on being admitted to the upcoming school year at Claremont Academy! We couldn't be more excited to welcome them into our proud legacy of academic excellence, practical experience and community service. The semester will begin on Monday, September 9th. Dormitory move-in dates begin one week prior on Monday, August 31st. Below you will find a list of supplies each student will be expected to bring with them, along with a list of those provided by the Academy including toiletries, dormitory furniture and active wear to be used during our award winning physical fitness programs. Financial aid is of course available to students attending on scholarship and we offer meal plans to suit all needs. Our administrative offices will have been in touch by now regarding any dietary restrictions, allergies, atmospheric requirements, etc. See the enclosed contact information for any further inquiries. Claremont Academy has long been home to students of both exceptional ability and exceptional circumstances. While students should be prepared to work hard developing their talents and learning invaluable real world skills they can also look forward to a welcoming community of peers with their own unique perspectives and experiences. Orientation will cover movie nights, extracurricular clubs, our expanded intramural league and other activities. These are the friendships which will last a lifetime. Welcome to Claremont Academy! Beneath of the Headmistress' signature in glitter gel pen someone has jotted down a list: - order new fall jacket - mini fridge? hotplate? - make improved antigravity belt cuter - Dad's nanaimo bars to make friends!
  20. Olivia Lord Gather Information DC 5: Her full name is Olivia Elizabeth Lord. Her friends call her Liv. DC 10: She’s a Freedom City native currently going to Claremont Academy. People say she comes from old money. DC 15: She used to go to an exclusive prep school in North Bay but was a rather notorious bully while there. Her family, the Lords, are real estate developers that have been a part of Freedom City high society for centuries. They own a manor in North Bay. DC 20: She has won a ton of junior tournaments in archery, cheerleading, gymnastics, and a couple other competitive sports. She ain’t no slouch academically either and has a talent for photography. Rumor has it that her dad got caught up in some weird scandal. DC 25: Do not let the preppy look fool you, she has some serious self-defence training. People say that her father, Robert Lord, got in deep with some crazy hellfire club stuff and had to some do major rehab afterwards. Knowledge [History] DC 10: The Lords are an old money family that has been in Freedom City for centuries, having possibly been around during the city’s founding as a colony. Their influence in the Freedomite high society still looms larger even after all this time. They still compete with their historically old money families rivals, the Summers and the Beaumonts. Knowledge [Pop Culture] DC 10: Rumor has it that the Lord family patriarch, Robert Lord, got involved in a scandal involving some kind of notorious hellfire club or secret society for the rich. He’s either holed up in his mansion in North Bay or gone to an expensive rehab clinic out of state. Knowledge [Business] DC 10: Olivia’s family primarily derives its wealth from its ownership of Lord Industries. The company mostly deals in real estate and land development in Freedom City and the wider United States, but it has smaller business interests and subsidiaries in shipping, textiles, news media, and small arms manufacturing. Arrow IV Gather Information DC 10: Arrow has historically been the codename for the Bowman’s sidekick. DC 15: There hasn’t been an Arrow since the 1980’s, but this new one is likely connected to a Bowman like all the previous ones. She also happens to be the first female Arrow. DC 20: This Arrow uses an assortment of trick arrows and gadgets. We’re talking electro-shock arrows, adhesive arrows, flashbang arrows, and who knows what else. She probably even has a USB arrow! Alright, maybe not that last one. DC 25: Arrow has had run-ins with the notorious House of Usher and seems determined to bring them down. She regularly patrols Lantern Hill and has been known to pick fights with local gangs known to be loyal to the Ushers. Notably, she has also been spotted leaving and entering the North Bay area of North Freedom on her motorcycle, the Bolt. Knowledge [Streetwise] DC 10: There’s a new Arrow in Freedom City and she’s mostly been seen patrolling around West Freedom. She’s gained a rep among the criminals there for being a smart-ass with a habit of using ten-dollar words. DC 15: Apparently the new Arrow has a major beef with some of the local drug-pushing gangs in Lantern Hill and has even had a few run-ins with those freaks in the House of Usher. Chances are her clashes with the former are connected to a larger antipathy for the latter. Knowledge [Tactics] DC 10: Her close combat fighting style is a mix of capoeira and taekwondo. Expect a lot of dodging, kicks, and trips.
  21. Arrow IV Power Level: 8/10 (150/161PP) Unspent Power Points: 11 Trade-Offs: +3 Attack / -3 Damage, +4 Defense / -4 Toughness In Brief: Type A go-getter and semi-reformed mean girl becomes the newest Arrow. Catchphrase: "Easy target." Theme: Go Getter | Royal Deluxe Alternate Identity: Olivia "Liv" Elizabeth Lord (Secret) Birthplace: Freedom City, New Jersey Residence: Claremont Academy (School Year), Lord Manor in North Bay (Holidays/Summer) Base of Operations: Claremont Academy Occupation: Student Affiliations: Claremont Academy, Lord Enterprises, Fletcher Beaumont (Bowman IV) Family: Randall Lord (Father), Cordelia Lord née Leveck (Mother), Garrett Lord (Older Brother), Bryce Lord (Older Brother), Susan Lord (Younger Sister), Warren Lord (Younger Brother), numerous half-siblings from her father's previous marriages along with various other extended family members Description: Age: 16 (DoB: 2004, April 23) Gender: Female Ethnicity: Anglo-American Height: 5'8" Weight: 125 lbs. Eyes: Green Hair: Honey Blonde Physical Appearance: Olivia is a teenage girl who manages to cut an imposing presence despite her youth. Blessed with her mother’s “well-bred” looks as opposed to her father’s, Olivia has intelligent hazel-green eyes, high cheekbones, slim shoulders, and honey blonde hair. Though she changes her hairstyle regularly, she’s currently cropped her hair into a layered pixie cut. While not especially tall, she is rather willowy, making it all the easier for her to look down on people. Years of gymnastics and other competitive sports have made her athletic and nimble, honing her body into a slender wiry figure. When it comes to her moods, she is often seen wearing a bored expression on her face, as if she’s seen it all and is very unimpressed by whatever or whomever is currently trying to get her attention. Olivia shifts her speech depending on who she is talking to, going from modern day teen vernacular to clipped and verbose East Coast elite on the given social situation. Which is more true to herself is up to debate, but even in the former persona she is never insipid and enjoys peppering her speech with ten-dollar words that are either archaic or largely exclusive to the rich circles of the old money elite. This is especially true when in her Arrow alter-ego, wherein she greatly enjoys taunting criminals with her advanced verbiage. While the newest in designer clothes and fashion are always readily available in her considerable wardrobe, Olivia tends not to go with whatever is currently in vague, relying instead on her own favored aesthetics and tastes. Said tastes are decidedly of the high-class preppy look, her attendance in various elite prep schools in the American Northeast having been a major influence. Plaid blazers and skirt combos, along with argyle sweaters and chiffon button-ups with either bow broaches or pearl necklaces as accessories are some of her favorite ensembles. Olivia’s Arrow costume is a sleek black form-fitting unitard streaked with pink stripes. A pair of durable pink kneepads, long nylon gloves, black leather combat boots, and a gadget-filled utility belt complete the costume. It only has a passing resemblance to current Bowman’s own costume or the various Arrows that came before her but does possess an arrowhead insignia on its chest to denote her connection to the storied Bowman legacy. Designed to allow for a greater range of bodily movement over physical protection, the suit is made out of an experimental synthetic fiber over traditional spandex, the former material being even more flexible, and far more durable, than the latter. When it comes to protecting her civilian identity, her costume comes with a classic black domino mask and a black wig to match. History: The prestigious and well-to-do Lord family has had a presence in Freedom City since its earliest days as a British colony. That’s what they claim anyway, and lo to anyone who argues against that historical “fact” to one of Freedom City’s self-proclaimed founding families. Regardless of the truth of their claims, the Lords have maintained her influence on the city through the centuries by virtue of their ownership of some of its most profitable estate properties along with a litany of other lucrative ventures. That stranglehold on the fortunes of Freedom City changed extraordinarily little by the time Olivia’s father, Robert Lord, inherited his own father’s billion-dollar fortune when he took over the family business. Like his father before him, Robert was taught the Lord family virtues of hard work, discipline, and ruthless ambition, virtues that, for better or worse, he rigorously installed in his own children as well. Though born and raised in the lap of leisure in Freedom City’s affluent North Bay neighborhood, to say that Olivia strongly took up and internalized these demanding values would be an understatement. The literal middle child in her family, Olivia strove to stand out amongst her siblings, if only to garner her parents hard earned attention if not their love. Even at an exceedingly young age, she willed herself to be the best at whenever new activity she believed would catch her parents’ eye attention. From competitive gymnastics to archery to taekwondo to even linguistics, Olivia excelled, winning various national competitions in those fields and others, and doing so with the same determination that her family’s legacy and expectations demanded of her. It was an endeavor made all the easier by her natural aptitude to almost anything she put her mind to. The fact her parents could afford some of the best trainers and instructors in the country certainly helped in that regard as well. For the Lords family having the best at their disposal and being the best was simply a given. Unfortunately, along her with such success, came an arrogance that only grew as Olivia got older and earned more awards and accolades. While the runners-up at her competitions probably suffered it the most it was those who she went to school who most often had to deal with her less than stellar personality. Using a mix of her own talents, reputation, and force of personality, Olivia reigned supreme in the social jungle that was Freedom City’s finest prep schools, becoming something of a local legend (and terror) in those student bodies. Those who didn’t meet her standards were promptly labeled as beneath her and worry of ridicule. After all, her father never let her forget any one of her mistakes or failures. Why should any of her peers get any slack? That was Olivia’s life for most of the first half of her teens, one she stubbornly kept to even as she grew increasingly unsatisfied and bored with it. Things would only change when Olivia’s father suddenly disappeared from their mansion home in North Bay without a trace. Olivia knew that her father’s “extended business trips” often had very little to do with anything professional, but when he still remained gone after a week it became obvious that something had gone amiss. Olivia’s mother opted to resort to hiring discreet private investigators that could look into the disappearance without the possible scandal and fallout that could come from alerting the police. However, their investigation quickly amounted to little despite the considerable amount of money dropped for it. Exasperated with their lack of progress, and feeling increasingly afraid for her father’s life, Olivia started her own investigation looking into where he could possibly be. Having taken note of her father’s strange absences and behavior even before his disappearance, she was able to roughly discern a few places where he could possibly be in Freedom City. Of course, either her mother or her hired detectives were sold on the investigative skills of a teenager and only paid condescending lip service to her theories while still chasing their own slip leads. Fed up, Olivia took to the search personally, secretly scooping out her list of locations and writing them off one by one until she finally found herself outside a little-known club in Lantern Hill. A sojourn to snag some pictures of the club almost immediately devolved into something more dangerous as she spotted one its bouncers with a diamond ring that strikingly resembled the one her father always wore. Curiosity and pride got the best of her then and she took the less than pragmatic choice of sneaking into the club and verifying her suspicions before alerting her mother. Stupid as it was, she actually managed to infiltrate the place without notice and found a series of occupied cells underneath, one which had her very drugged and very out-of-it father within. There reunion was cut short though by the appearance of several goons suddenly arriving to take stock of their captured clientele. Despite not having brought any weapons, Olivia was able to hold her own against the criminals that tried to bind her for a considerable amount of time. Chances were that good fortune won’t have lasted for that long, but as luck would have it wouldn’t need to. Just as she was about to done in by the crooks, the Bowman himself raided the cells with bow and arrow in hand! In record time, the archer had the bouncers put down but not before Olivia was able to help drop one that nearly got the drop on him. After the club’s victims were successfully released from their cells and the police alerted, Bowman explained that he had been investigating a rash of disappearances amongst Freedom City’s monied elite for months, having finally been able to connect the dots to the club when he realized that the infamous Usher clan was behind them. While he still couldn’t tell her what they had in mind for her father and the others, he did at least tell Olivia that he was impressed by her determination. He was even more impressed though when she correctly guessed at his true identity. Olivia recognized the person behind the mask as Fletcher Beaumont, a man she knew since childhood, having seen him a great many times at the various high-class functions and parties held by her father. What happened next was a series of intense negotiations and arguments that eventually ended in Olivia narrowly convincing an apprehensive Fletcher to take her own as his first sidekick. While the two didn’t exactly have the easiest partnership despite their similar status, Olivia did prove to be an implacable student, picking up the practical points of being the new Arrow with stunning speed even as they trained in secret. Even still, Fletcher saw in her something that reminded him of his own overly self-assured youth. Seeing that his own stay in Claremont Academy helped him mature to be more level-headed, he maneuvered to get his apprentice enrolled in the superhero academy despite her lack of powers. Olivia’s own thoughts on the matters were mixed, but she’s never been one to sleep on an opportunity enhance her skills and make some useful connections, especially when those connections could potentially help her find out more about the House of Usher. Personality & Motivation: Olivia was born to money and privilege and it shows. She can be haughty in a way that is both parts unpleasant and awe-inspiring in its self-confidence. She often comes across as cold and aloof and knows it, leaning into her persona as a dominating Ice Queen who can eviscerate someone with a snide remark. Of course, like all lot of teenagers, much of this need for control is rooted in a seemingly paradoxical inferiority-superiority complex, one formed as a result of her parents’ high expectations. Accordingly, she’s believed for most of her life that there were only two types of people in the world: The haves and have-nots, with her family conveniently being in the former category by virtue of their infamous work ethic and ruthless ambition. Olivia’s desire to stay firmly out of the latter category, along with her other hang-ups, is one of the main reasons for why she is such an obsessive perfectionist and competitor. While her obsessive need to win runs deeper than even she’d care to admit, she does have something approximating a softer side. While not exactly big on admitting when she’s wrong, she is willing to admit her flawed preconceptions and is always willing to give credit and respect to those who earn it by virtue of their actual merit. She’ll still try to one day surpass them, of course, but she’ll never deny their talents. This is especially true when it comes to artistic photography, a hobby and possible future career that she’ll unapologetically geek out over. Much of Olivia’s motivation for becoming Arrow is tied up in less than admirable desires. The first being her vendetta against the villains who wronged her family, and the other her near pathological need to succeed at whatever she puts her mind to. While training under Bowman has mellowed her out somewhat, installing in her a sense of greater responsibility and even mild humility, whether it will actually be the catalyst for greater change is still very much up in the air. Powers & Tactics: Olivia has no powers to speak of (beyond being incredibly wealthy) and relies on years of acrobatics training and her tutelage under Bowman to be a match for the villains she faces as Arrow. As her codename would suggest, Olivia is an archer whose signature weapon is equipped with an assortment of trick arrows that run the gambit of military-grade armaments. Beyond her bow, Olivia also makes use of a utility belt, which is filled with useful gadgets, like night-vision shades and grappling devices. Given her weapon of choice, Olivia prefers to fight opponents at a long or mid distance. When that optimal situation isn’t readily possible, she’ll either use her natural speed and agility to transition into a better position or jump into the fray herself and rely on her acumen in martial arts to put someone down as quickly as possible. Given how relatively fragile she is though, she tends to avoid getting herself caught in melee or in a location that would impede her ability to get out of a tight spot quick. Power Descriptions: Olivia’s standard arrows are carbon steel tipped broadheads with shafts made out of a hybrid mix of aluminum and carbon fiber. The combination makes it so that her arrows are both lightweight and precise while in flight, making them all the more effective at reaching their target. All her standard arrows tips are fitted to be easily equip-able with an array of diverse add-ons. On account of Olivia being entirely human, all her abilities are either the result of training or a product of her technological devices. Complications: Legacy Hero (Responsibility): Olivia is the newest bearer of the Arrow name and one half of Freedom City’s most respected duo of archer heroes. This also means she has to shoulder the immense expectations and responsibilities that come with such a legacy. GM Suggestion: Give Olivia a Hero Point if she’s put into a tense situation where she has to live up to the Arrow legacy or is specifically targeted by the Bowman’s enemies due to her association with the proud line of superheroes. Blueblood (Reputation): The Lord family name is both parts respected and maligned when it comes to its colored reputation in Freedom City. Many people consider them to be modern day robber barons and upper-class snobs underserving of their considerable wealth and privilege. GM Suggestion: You can give Olivia a Hero Point if her family’s infamy and/or celebrity status somehow impairs her ability to be a superhero or gets her caught up in some kind of old money feud. Mean Girl (Temper): Despite having something of an epiphany, Olivia is still a smart-ass teen who can be rather arrogant and condescending when it comes to addressing those she considers beneath her. Most of the times this antipathy is directed to those who “deserve it,” but other times it's most certainly not. GM Suggestion: Consider giving Olivia a Hero Point when her elitist attitudes get her into trouble that otherwise that could been avoided with a more empathetic and humble attitude. To All the Boys Girls I've Loved Before (Prejudice): Olivia is open a lesbian who has no issues admitting that fact to her yourself and others. Consequences and assholes be damned. GM Suggestion: Consider giving Olivia a Hero Point if her sexuality results in her being accosted, harassed, or otherwise inconvenienced by bigots who are aware of it. Aren’t You… (Secret): Like most heroes Olivia has a civilian identity that she wants to protect. While her costume and altered mannerisms while on patrol help in this regard, it still doesn’t change the fact that her face is recognizable to those familiar with the Freedom City’s old money elite. GM Suggestion: Consider giving Olivia a Hero Point if members of the paparazzi, reporters, or other Freedom City socialites are able to correctly guess at Olivia’s identity. Out of Arrows! (Detriment): Like all the Bowman and Arrows before her, Olivia’s weapon of choice is both her greatest strength and most obvious liability. While her quiver is chock-full of trick arrows, the fact remains that she can only bring a finite supply of them whenever she goes out on patrol, never mind the possibility of having her bow or quiver out of reach in a fight. GM Suggestion: If the GM is a kind sort, they may consider giving Olivia a Hero Point in the event she loses access to her bow or runs out of trick arrows. ABILITIES: 44PP Strength: 14 (+2) Dexterity: 20 (+5) Constitution: 14 (+2) Intelligence: 20 (+5) Wisdom: 16 (+3) Charisma: 20 (+5) COMBAT: 24PP Initiative: +5 Attack: +6 Melee (+6 Base), +11 Ranged (+6 Base, +5 Attack Focus) Grapple: +8 (+6 Melee Attack, +2 Strength) Defense: +12 (+6 Base, +6 Dodge Focus), +3 Flat-Footed Knockback: -2/-1 (Flat-Footed) SAVING THROWS: 8PP Toughness: +4 (+2 Con, +2 Defensive Roll) Fortitude: +4 (+2 Con, +2PP) Reflex: +9 (+5 Dex, +4PP) Will: +5 (+3 Wis, +2PP) SKILLS: 19R = 76PP Acrobatics 10 (+15) Bluff 6 (+11, +15 Attractive) Craft (Artistic) 5 (+10) Diplomacy 6 (+11, +15 Attractive) Drive 5 (+10) Gather Information 5 (+10) Investigate 5 (+10) Knowledge (Business) 2 (+7) Knowledge (Pop Culture) 2 (+7) Knowledge (Streetwise) 2 (+7) Language 4 (English [Native], French, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish) Notice 7 (+10) Search 5 (+10) Sense Motive 7 (+10) Stealth 5 (+10) FEATS: 36PP Acrobatic Bluff Attack Focus (Ranged) 5 Attractive Benefit (Status) Benefit (Wealth) 2 Challenge (Fast Task: Taunt) Defensive Roll Dodge Focus 6 Eidetic Memory Equipment 3 Evasion 2 Quick Draw Jack-Of-All-Trades Luck 2 Power Attack Precise Shot 2 Skill Mastery (Acrobatics, Bluff, Sense Motive, Stealth) Taunt Ultimate Aim Uncanny Dodge (Auditory) Well-Informed Equipment: 15EP The Bolt (Motorcycle/Vehicle) [15EP] Strength: 20 [2PP] Speed: 4 (100 MPH / 1,000 Ft. Per Move Action; Feats: Subtle) [5EP] Toughness: +8 [3EP] Defense: 10 [0PP] Size: Medium [0EP] Features: Alarm 2 (DC 25), Navigation System (+5 Navigation), Remote Control, Tire Inflators [5EP] POWERS: 19P Device 4 ("Compound Bow and Trick Arrows") (20PP Container; Flaw: Easy-to-Lose) [12PP] (Technology, Weapon) Trick Arrows (15PP Array; Feats: Alternate Power 5) [20PP] (Technology, Weapon) Base Power: [15PP] “Standard Arrows" Blast 5 (Feats: Improved Critical 2 [18-20], Improved Range 2, Variable Descriptor [Bludgeoning, Piercing, Slashing]) (Bludgeoning, Piercing, Slashing) Alternative Power: [15PP] “Rapid-Fire Arrows" Blast 5 (Extras: Area [Targeted, Cone: 25 Ft. Radius], Selective Attack; Flaws: Action [Full Action]) (Piercing) Alternative Power: [15PP] “Flashbang Arrows" Dazzle 5 (Affects: Visual; Feats: Improved Critical 2 [18-20], Improved Range 2, Incurable) (Light) Alternative Power: [15PP] "Sticky Arrows" Snare 5 (Feats: Improved Critical 2 [18-20], Improved Range 2, Reversible) (Adhesive) Alternative Power: [15PP] “Taser Arrows" Stun 5 (Extra: Range [Ranged]; Flaws: Unreliable [5 Uses A Day]) (Electricity) Alternative Power: [15PP] “Bow Strike" Strike 6 (Feats: Accurate, Extended Reach [5 Ft.], Improved Critical 2 [18-20], Improved Throw, Improved Trip, Mighty, Takedown Attack 2) (Bludgeoning) Gadgets 1 “Utility Belt” (5PP Variable Pool, Any Power, Multiple Powers At Once, Extras: Action [Move]; Flaw: Easy-To-Lose) (Invention, Technology) [7PP] Example Powers: DRAWBACKS-0PP DC Block ATTACK RANGE SAVING THROW EFFECT Unarmed (+6) Touch DC 17 Toughness Damage (Bludgeoning) Blast 5 (+11) 250 Ft. DC 20 Toughness Damage (Bludgeoning, Piercing, Slashing) Blast 5 (+11) Cone Area: 30 Ft. DC 20 Toughness Damage (Piercing) Dazzle 5 (+11) 250 Ft. DC 15 Fortitude Blinded (Light) Snare 5 (+11) 250 Ft. DC 15 Reflex Entangled/Helpless (Adhesive) Stun 5 (+11) 50 Ft. DC 15 Fortitude Dazed/Stunned/Unconscious (Electricity) Strike 6 (+8) 5 Ft. DC 23 Toughness Damage (Bludgeoning) TOTALS: Abilities (44) + Combat (24) + Saving Throws (8) + Skills (19) + Feats (36) + Powers (19) - Drawbacks (0) = 150/161 Power Points
  22. Nevermore II Gather Information DC 15: Nevermore II is Raven III's sidekick. DC 20: He is obviously not the first Nevermore, who has not been seen for years. He was first seen in March 2020. DC 25: Nevermore II rarely operates on his own, primarily being seen working with Raven III. Knowledge [History] DC 15: The first Nevermore was active between 2014 and 2016. DC 20: This is the second person to take on the Nevermore identity. DC 25: Nevermore is Raven III's first sidekick. Knowledge [Technology] DC 20: Nevermore II is using a highly advanced suit, seemingly a variation on the suit used by Raven III. DC 25: The equipment in his uility belt seems highly specialized and advanced. Charles Arthur Pratten Gather Information DC 05: Charles prefers to go by Charlie. DC 10: Charlie's family includes his father Martin, an accountant, his mother Lily, a lawyer, and his grandfather Thomas, a retired software developer. They all live in Greenville. DC 15: Charlie has lived and worked at the Summers Manor since the summer 2019. He seems to basically help out with whatever he's told to do. Knowledge [Popular Culture] DC 15: Charlie used to compete in gymnastics. He started to do so less starting from 2014, before stopping completely in 2015, citing a lack of interest despite his skills. Charles Gordon Pym Gather Information DC 05: Charles prefers to go by Charlie. DC 10: Charlie is an orphan that used to live on the streets in Southside. DC 15: Charlie's parents died during a robbery gone wrong. DC 20: He has been picked up by a trust fund and sent to attend Claremont Academy. DC 30: Charles Gordon Pym isn't real. He's a fictional identity that has been set up by the Raven family.
  23. Nevermore II Charles Arthur Pratten is the second Nevermore, sidekick to the third Raven. A fan of all iterations of the Raven, the teenaged Charlie spent years investigating and compiling data and finally deduced the identity of the third Raven. Tracking him down to Summers Manor, Charlie presented himself to the Raven. Through trial and error, the Raven eventually accepted him as his sidekick, and Charles officially succeeded him as the second Nevermore. History The Raven legacy stretches back to the Silver Age, when Duncan Summers first put on the mask and cowl and became the Raven. A member of the Freedom League and an accomplished hero in his own right, the Raven fought against threats such as the Red Death, the Conqueror Worm, Alister Usher and many more. Crippled in his final battle against his archenemy Doctor Sin, the Raven finally had to retire. Since then, the Raven legacy has lived on. After the return of Doctor Sin and the death of her mother, Duncan's daughter Callie Summers took up the mantle as Raven II. Fighting against Omega in the 1992 invasion, Callie and Duncan relocated to Freedom City in the years that followed. While Duncan started the Claremont Academy, Callie continued on as Raven II. For a time, she recruited Ashley Tran as her first sidekick, the Copycat. The duo eventually parted ways. As Callie started to feel her age and the wear and tear of the life of a super hero, she was approached by Aleksander Garen Nakani, a young man she had once rescued. He had figured out her identity, and came with a proposition: To train him to become the next Raven. Soon after, he debuted as Nevermore, the Raven's new sidekick. He would spend years training before finally taking on the mantle of Raven III, an identity he holds to this day. The history of the Raven family is a tale of a heroic tradition, one that continues to grow. But Aleksander was not the only one to figure out the identity of the Ravens. One sunny day in the summer 2019, a young man knocked on the door to the Summers Manor, presented himself as Charlie Arthur Pratten, and told him that he knew that Aleksander was the Raven. Born in 2004, Charles Arthur Pratten was a bright you boy. Raised by loving parents, taught the joys of computers and detective work by his grandfather, the young Charlie was a fan of the Ravens from the time he understood what they were. For years, he would compile data and information about sightings, battles, investigations and any snippet of information he could get his hands on. Nevermore debuted when Charlie was 10 years old, and he realized that if someone else could become the Raven's sidekick, then why couldn't he? When Raven III debuted two years later, Charlie was quick to realize that he was the former Nevermore. To the twelve year old Charlie, that just meant that the position as Nevermore had opened up, and he was galvanized in his efforts. He had spent years redoubling his efforts to discover the Raven's identity, to prove that he had what it took to become his sidekick. He worked out, particularly in acrobatics and gymnastics, he visited scenes where the Raven had fought or been seen, he collected and analyzed the data, and finally, he figured it all out. Aleksander saw history repeating itself, but unlike Aleksander, who had wanted to become the Raven, Charlie wanted to become Nevermore. Despite not agreeing with Charlie's plans, Aleksander hired Charlie to help out at the Summers Estate and the Rookery. A short while later, he graduated to becoming Alek's man in the chair, providing support from the Rookery. It didn't last long before Charlie grew dissatisfied, and would often getting into trouble trying to fight crime with whatever equipment he could borrow from the Rookery. He did surprisingly well, but it was as much luck as skill. Alek finally agreed to train Charlie as his sidekick. At the very least, it would mean he could try to channel Charlie's skills into something useful, and that he would be able to keep an eye on the kid. It took 9 months of intense training before Alek would let Charlie out on patrol as Nevermore II, debuting in March 2020. Plans were made that he would attend Claremont Academy in the semester starting in the fall, using the false identity of Charles Gordon Pym, to make sure that no one knew the true identity of a member of the Raven family. As his skills and enthusiasm only continuers to grow, Charlie has fully embraced the role as Nevermore II. He is a sidekick, a hero-in-training and, if he puts in the work, perhaps a future world's greatest detective. Costume and Appearance As Nevermore II, Charlie's costume is as finely engineered as his mentor's, with a multitude of hidden features that one would not suspect from first glance. While the costume has multiple layers underneath, the outer layer appears a seamless black full-body suit, with only a few colors breaking the black. He wears heavy silver gauntlets over his arms for protection, and a silver utility belt with a stylized N on his belt buckle. Two lines in a shiny teal runs from under his arm to under his chest, then down to his belt. The soles of his boots, which are seamlessly connected to the rest of the body suit, is in the same shiny teal. He wears a logo of a raven with spread out wings in the same shiny teal on his chest, as a logo. Charlie wears a full, smooth cowl that only leaves his mouth free. His eyes are covered by what is normally white lenses, which shift to faint green when he activates the built-in night vision. A black cape with dark blue inner side connects directly to the shoulders of the costume. As himself, Charlie tends dress in dress shirts and pants in darker colors, often wearing use ties in lighter colors or with different pattens in a contract. In his alternate identity as Charles Gordon Pym, he generally wears jeans and t-shirts in an effort to stand out, generally tending away from dark color. Skills, Tactics & Equipment Charlie posses no superhuman abilities, or even peak human abilities, ilke his mentor. On the other hand, Charlie is smart, particularly in the fields of computing, detective work and tactics. He has taken to all three fields with surprising ease, quickly learning from the experiences that the Raven family has offered. His analytical and deductive abilities were honed through years of work investigating, cataloging and analyzing data related to the Ravens, until he finally discovered their true identities. Naturally agile, Charlie has honed his acrobatic talents through intensive training. He has received extensive combat training from the Raven family, and while he is still learning, he is a far more accomplished fighter than one would at first suspect, though he prefers to keep his distance. Tactically, Charlie prefers distraction and misdirection to direct confrontations. He will use his agility, stealth and gadgets to stay out of the enemy's way while distracting them with his suite of gadgets, setting them up for further attacks from himself or his allies. He will provoke and taunt his enemies, try to figure out their weaknesses and where and how to strike. When he works with Raven III, he will often work as a decoy to let his mentor attack, letting him take the lead. Working by himself or with others of equal experience level, Charlie tends to fall into a leadership role, whether he wants to or not. Charlie's Nevermore II costume is an ultra modern piece of crime fighting technology. Nano-weaved from a number of high resistance materials, it effectively protects him from any type sharp objects, while the armor plating handles most general types of damage a foe could wish to inflict. The thermal underlayer helps support him in heat or cold, while the night vision lenses lets him see in the dark. A heads up display aids Charlie with information such as the time and GPS, while his built in headset allows him to communicate at a distance of 5 miles. For traversal, the suit boast a grappling gun built into the gauntlets and grapple claws, as well as an electro-reactive glider cape, which lets Charlie soar across the sky. Charlie's utility belt contain a large number of tools, useful for both combat and infiltration. While he tends to keep his distance from most foes, the belt contains a collapsible staff for use in melee combat. While Charlie is not nearly as skilled in the use of the staff as he is with his other equipment, it can hit harder than his ravenrangs, weapons that have been used by three generations of Ravens. In addition to the standard ravenrangs, Charlie also has access to a number of stun ravenrangs, which emit an electrical shock upon contact with their target. Due to a combination of higher costs and having used the stun ravenrangs for pranks, Charlie is only allowed to bring five at a time. Further offensive tools in Charlie's utility belt includes tripwires and snare lines, which can be used to entangle his foes, or be set up as traps. The high quality of the tools make them difficult to break, allowing Charlie to effectively immobilize a foe, in theory at least. To distract his foes, Charlie utilizes darkness bombs, small grenades that create localized areas of extreme darkness. The playback device, one of his favorite tools, let's him play any recorded sounded through remote control, be it movement or voices, letting him draw attention away from himself. Charlie has even figured out how to use the playback devices offensively, by throwing them at a target and playing extremely loud noises. These noisemakers are even powerful enough to deafen a target. The last piece of Charlie's standard equipment are small remote controlled drones, which transmits images of their recordings directly to Charlie's HUD, aiding him in infiltration and information gathering. The drones are shaped like small dark ravens, small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. Charlie's greatest weakness is his inexperience. While he has received extensive training from Alek, he has spent little time in the field, especially against super powered adversaries. Allies Martin Pratten: Charlie's father, an accountant born in 1980. They have a close and happy relationship. Lily Pratten: Charlie's mother, born 1979. A lawyer that specializes in helping people in need that can't afford a lawyer. While she is usually busy, she still has a close relationship with Charlie. Thomas Pratten: Charlie's paternal grandfather, born 1940. A retired software developer, he sparked Charlie's interest in computers and investigative work. Usually jovial, and much smarter than he pretends to be. Josh Andrews: Friend from gymnastics. Charlie and Josh used to clash, but grew closer since then. Their relationship has detoriated somewhat since Charlie became Nevermore II. Julie Jones: Friend from school, a fellow computer geek. Probably Charlie's closest friend, though most of their interactions have happened online since Charlie became Nevermore II. Aleksander "Alek" Garen Nakani / Raven III: Charlie's mentor, the former Nevermore I. While Charlie respects Alek, he is not above breaking some of the rules set out for him by his mentor, or doing things just to mess with him, such as hitting on the time displaced Madame Raven. While Charlie sometimes gets on Alek's nerves, Alek knows that he can trust him when needed. Calliope “Callie” Sen / Madame Raven: A time displaced teenage version of Callie Summers, the second Raven. Charlie likes her and is overjoyed to not be the only teenage member of the Raven family. Ashley Tran / Watchdog / Copycat: Alek's predecessor as Raven II's sidekick. Charlie has spent little time with her, knowing her more by reputation. He feels that she dismisses him a bit as the new kid. Calliope “Callie” Summers / Raven II: Alek's predecessor as the Raven. While their interaction has been few and far between, Charlie still idolizes Callie as one of his big heroes. Duncan Summers / Raven I: Charlie has yet to meet the first Raven, but would love to do so one day. Enemies While Charlie has not been active as Nevermore for long enough to gain any personal enemies, his affilation with the Raven Family makes him a target for any of their enemies, such as the House of Usher, Dr. Sin, the Conqueror Worm and many others. Given his personality and nature, he is sure to gain enemies of his own, if they can see him as more than just the Raven's sidekick. The Raven Family As a member of the Raven family, Charlie has access to Summers Manor, the Rookery and their tools and vehicles, at least to the degree that Alek allows. At the same time, he is able to draw on the knowledge and aid of other members of the Raven family if necessary, giving him far greater resources than most other heroes at his age. Still, he is very much the little brother of the Raven family, with much more limited access than most of the group. Timeline 2004 Charles Arthur Pratten is born in Freedom City. 2014 With the debut of Nevermore, Charlie decides that he can one day become the Raven's sidekick too. 2016 As Nevermore graduates and debuts as Raven III, Charlie notices the similarities between the two and renews his investigation into the Raven family. Since no one is Nevermore, he resolves that he can become the new Nevermore. Charlie spends the next three years aligning clues, visiting crime scenes and analyzing data until he is finally sure of the Raven's identity. 2019 Summer Charlie arrives at the Summers Manor, where he confronts Alek with his discovery that he is Raven III, and that he wants to join him. After some persuation, Alek relents, agreeing that Charlie can be his "man in the chair". Charlie spends 3 months as the man in the chair, often getting into trouble by trying to fight crime on his own. Finally, Alek relents and agrees to train him to be the second Nevermore, so he can at least keep him out of trouble and make sure he doesn't get hurt. 2020 Winter In March, Charlie makes his public debut as Nevermore II. Spring Meanwhile at the Stately Summers Manor: The time displaced Madame Raven arrives at Summers Manor, meeting the rest of the Raven family, including Charlie. Summer Charlie enrolls at Claremont Academy. Design Notes Raven's Batman needed a Robin. Raven III had been Nevermore before taking on his current identity, which gave me the perfect heroic identity. As a character, I combined traits of Dick Grayson and Tim Drake, with personality traits, abilities and skills from both. Despite appearances, Nevermore II is not supposed to be a cowl: He is not supposed to be grim or brutal, leaning more heavily on the Dick Grayson side of the character in that way. As Raven III's sidekick, Nevermore II's build is designed to compliment his mentor's. Where Raven III is more about direct combat, Nevermore II will distract and confuse his enemies, setting up his mentor to take down his enemies. Development wise, I'm planning on having him develop skills and feats that allows him to take on a leadership role as he starts working with other teenage super heroes at Claremont Academy, forcing him to step out of Raven III's shadow in fights. He will probably be a great hero and leader one day, but he's not there yet. Right now, he's too cocky and too inexperienced. I wanted to have a theme of history repeating, but with a twist: Like Alek before him, Charlie discovered the Raven's identity through hard work and investigation. Unlike Alek, he didn't seek to replace the Raven, but to help him. Like Alek, Charlie will attend Claremont, but while Alek stayed mostly to himself, Charlie will get heavily involved with other students. I have no plans of him ever assuming the Raven identity, though he might graduate from the Nevermore identity at one point, or just make it his own entirely. I also wanted to avoid the tragic backstory: Charlie is not driven to be a hero by trauma, he's driven to be a hero to help others, and, in part at least, to challenge himself. Even if he isn't really aware of it, he is a thrillseeker. Name wise, the middle name Arthur and middle and last names of Charlie's alternate identity combines to Arthur Gordon Pym, the name of the protagonist of Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. The last name Pratten means Trickster, a fitting choice for Charlie's personality. The name Charles was picked as a mirror to Calliope usually going by Callie, and to stick to the emerging trend of Raven family members having first names starting with either A (Ashley, Alek) or C (Callie, Charlie).
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