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20 Questions


1. Where is your hero from?

Fulcrum is a Freedonian native. She was born, raised, and educated in Freedom City. The West End is her home turf, and most of her family still lives there.


2. How would your hero physically describe him/herself? Is this different from how others would?

Her obvious descriptors include athletic, muscular, long-haired, and medium complected. Others tend to add statuesque, composed, and tall.

3. Does your hero have distinguishing speech characteristics or recurring mannerisms?

Mona tends to be expressive with her hands, especially when excited. She has a dry sense of humor that creeps into even serious conversations. Physical touch always carries emotional weight with her. Even something as simple as a handshake.


4. What is your hero's motivation?

Her motivation isn't a calling per say. She likes being a hero for better or worse. A better description would be her instinct or drive. It's fundamentally a part of who she is and leaving the hero life isn't really fathomable. Separating Mona and Fulcrum isn't really possible.


5. What are your hero's greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Fulcrum's greatest strengths revolve around her sheer indomitable spirit (or stubbornness) combined with nigh unstoppable powers. She juggernauts through life and will eventually bounce back from most any calamity.


Fulcrum's greatest weakness though is her very human psyche. Fighting until the bitter end she can do. Facing her own failings or whispers of doubt (intrinsic or extrinsic) are much more difficult feats. Facing the banal side of evil, of casual and rationalized cruelty, that is much more difficult.


On a practical level, daka crystals will freeze her into a living, conscious statue.


6. What does your hero love? What does your hero hate?

In the abstract, Mona loves life. Life doesn't have intrinsic meaning. You make the meaning for yourself. So she loves her family and friends, her community, the world, b-movies, sensuality, chocolate, good-hearted people, freedom, justice: things that make the world a better place.


The things that make the world worse: needless cruelty and violence, the hoarding of power, greed, willful ignorance, tribalism, hatred.


7. How would you describe your character's mental and emotional state?

Cut through the manners and quips and you'll find a soft-spoken, contemplative, old soul. She's even keeled and gentle, only really flustering at personal topics. She takes things as them come, considers a course of action, and makes the decision. This has the effect of giving her a composed air, and isn't too far from the truth. Frustrations are a fact of life, however, and she tries her best to knowledge and let them roll off her.


8. What does your hero fear the most?

Mona truly fears two things. One, capture in daka crystals. Two, that she is really a creature of the Terminus.


9. What is your character's greatest ambition?

Her half-formed and impractical ambition was to defeat Omega. She's so very proud of the team that destroyed him, but a little disappointed at missing the shot.


Nowadays her greatest ambition is to do her best as a heroine and a person.


10. How does your hero feel about the state of the world and his/her place in it?

The world is a beautiful and terrible place. There is so much wonder and suffering, beauty and savagery, all in measures. The world is worth the fight. But she looks at people and sometimes wants to despair. Rampaging monsters and cosmic threats are her specialty, but the banal horrors perpetuated by normal people wear on her. There are better ways.


11. Does your hero have any prejudices? How does he/she get along with others?

Just about everyone has a prejudice or two, be they major or minor. A politician is a snake-in-the-grass. There are no victimless billionaires. Until proven otherwise, which she is willing to do. A part of her is leery of authority as authority is easily abused.


12. Where do your heroes loyalties lie? In what order?

Ultimately, Mona's loyalties are to herself. She's just willing to the do right thing, even if it means hurting herself or the ones she loves. Such decisions are not made lightly. Perhaps that is a form of selfishness, perhaps not.


Thankfully, her family, the Interceptors, Viktor, and Freedom City are her tangible loyalties. The line between her team and Viktor blurs at times, and she would prefer not to have to choose.


13. Does your hero have a lover or partner? How do they feel about the hero now?

Mona loves her super scientist, Doktor Viktor Archeville. She adores him and feels so very lucky to have the sweet man in her life. He returns her affections and more. A fierce, romantic, companionable love.


14. Does your hero have a family? What is the relationship there like?

Mona's mother, stepfather, and maternal grandmother live in the the West End. Her baby sister, Fatima, and her boyfriend live in Hanover. Nana and Mona are kindred spirits. Her relationship with Fatima is loving, if a bit distant due to their large age difference (16 years). Mona gets along with her stepfather well enough. He's a kind man that makes her mom happy.


Her only difficult relationship is her mother. The two do not see eye-to-eye on many issues and never really have. Mona is unabashedly secular and epicurean while her mother is more conservative and religious. Mona isn't interested in children and her mom wants grand kids. Mona is an artist to her core. Her mom thinks she needs to get a real job. These disagreements have caused strain over the years. They even had a failing out for two years over Mona attending the Freedom School for the Arts.


15. How would the people closest to your hero describe him or her?

Kind, mellow, funny. Unrepentant geek. Adorable (adorkable?) when flustered.

16. Is your hero a role model

Fulcrum doesn't consider herself a role model. In fact she is apprehensive about the idea. Nonetheless she is a role model to more people (especially girls) than she knows.

17. How spiritual is your hero? Does your hero follow a religious tradition?

Not particularly. Her spirituality is a deep appreciation of the wonders of the world. Mona does not follow a religious tradition and has no interest in them.

18. Is your hero part of a team, or would he/she like to be? Why?

Although she solos a lot, Mona is a proud member of the Interceptors.


Part of her has always wanted to be on the Freedom League. It's the big leagues, for one, and co-founded by her idol, Centurion. She's avoided the organization though due to superpower baggage and doubts about wanting that kind of responsibility.


19. How does your hero feel about the place of metahumans and aliens on Earth?

People of good character are welcome. Are you egalitarian? Believe in a just and verdant world? Democracy, the rule of law, freedom, and personal responsibility?

20. If you could give one piece of advice to your hero, what would it be?

You are a better person than you realize.

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