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The Vanguard were the united kingdoms major superteam in the late twentieth century, forming slowly between 1970 and 1980. 

 

Much is known about them, from press cuttings and interviews. Of course, some information is more classified, and known only to those with access to the Ministry of Powers files on these exceptional individuals. 

 

What is not known is how and why they disappeared overnight...

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Code Name: Champion

The Champion was the leader of the team. His identity is a mystery, known only to the Ministry of Powers, and only the top brass.

 

Appearance

The Champion was a good few inches clear of six feet, with a broad, muscular physique. By the time of his disappearance, he had salt and pepper short hair cut and blue eyes,  in many ways the Nazi ideal, although he despised the Nazi’s. He wore a silver, blue and red spandex costume, arranged in a tasteful way to loosely represent the UK flag, and a red eye mask that concealed his identity. He appeared to glow softly, adding to his magnificent appearance.

Known Powers

The Champion was known to possess the power of flight, able to routinely reach speeds of 1000mph. He possessed super human strength, speed, endurance, and agility, able to shrug of bullets and lift massive weights, although the parameters of his strength seemed to vary considerably from occasion to occasion, from lifting car’s to, on one occasion, an entire aircraft carrier with ease. He also appeared to have much superior  hearing and vision to normal humans.

Personality

The Champion was known as the ‘face’ of the team, charming and diplomatic, and was good at it, giving speeches and monologues, and often solving problems just by his mere presence. He displayed some tactical knowledge, leading many to presume he had military experience.

Relationships

The Champion got on well with Y Dderwen, and was protective over Lucy Diamond. He had a frosty relationship with Headcase, admiring his team mates intellect but questioning over his morals. His relationship with the Ministry was somewhat ambigious but generally positive. He appeared to question what he was doing at times, in an evasive manner, but always seemed to ultimately obey his orders. 

 

Classified Files: Ministry of Powers Clearance Only!

Real Name: Adam Woods. Birthplace: Canterbury

Notes: Strength is proportional to psychic support. To clarify: his physical power rises as people around him have confidence and cheer him. With large crowds cheering and believing in him, his strength is incomparable. 

Psychological Profile: Has military training and also been trained to deliver public speaking, in his role as leader of the Taskforce. Whilst his loyalty to the country is beyond question, he has shown signs of resistance to more questionable activities. 

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Code name: Headcase

Headcase was the ‘brains’ of the group, a mutant blessed with superhuman intelligence and psionic powers. He was publically known to be John Crab, born and brought up in London (and in particular many specialist hospitals of the capital).

 

Appearance

Headcase had a withered, stunted body that was barely functional, and needed constant medical supervision, eventually needing a wheelchair and computer interface to perform even basic physical tasks. His head was swollen and also required prostethic devices to stop it lolling on his weak neck – hence his name.

 

Known Powers

Headcase was known to possess immense mental / psionic abilities, and in this regard was the equal of Champion in power. He was able to sense and control minds, cause pain or unconsciousness. He was also able to telepathically communicate with anyone, his range was never determined but could cover most of the earth. He could use his psionic powers through people he was in contact with, allowing him to function despite his physical limitations and lack of mobility.

 

Most interestingly, Headcase was able to absorb the skills and knowledge of another mind, allowing him to gain expertise in a variety of fields. 

 

Personality

Headcase had a reputation as cold and calculating, often looking to the far future. He was a careful and cautious planner, some would say to the point of inactivity or even paranoia.

 

Relationships

Headcase had a difficult but superficially smooth relationship with his counterpart, the Champion, who was clearly his intellectual inferior but was much more popular and charismatic. He appeared to stay away from Lucy Diamond, possibly afraid of her. He had a better but still strained relationship with Y Dderwen, whose long years gave him a similar long term outlook. Although they were not friends, they had a mutual respect for each other, even when (frequently) clashing over issues. Headcase had the best relationship with the Ministry of Powers, who trusted and used his super-intelligent insight.

 

Classified Files: Ministry of Powers Clearance Only!

Real Name: John Crab

Birthplace: London

Notes: Immensely powerful psychic powers. His physical body is rapidly decaying, and he requires round the clock medical aid to survive. Life expectancy critical. Radical medical options including [redacted] may be required. 

Psychological Profile: Has always appeared loyal, but ability to store others psyche's in his own has lead to periods of instability if absorbed minds are strong willed.

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PROFILE: LUCY DIAMOND
 
Lucy DIamond was the ‘wild card’ of the team, possessing potentially dangerous but very useful abilities that did not always appear well controlled due to her unstable psychology. 
 
Appearance
Lucy Diamond appears as a young, fresh faced woman with long brown hair and wearing slightly hippy clothes. Her eyes are green and have a tendency to glitter or sparkle. She can transform into a glass like structure of increased weight, strength and resilience, which has an appearance like cut diamond. 
 
Known Powers
Her physical change increases her strength and toughness. In any form, she has the ability to emit light, either to dazzle her opponents or emit powerful laser beams. 
 
Her most dangerous ability is actually psionic. Whatever frazzled her mind has made her mentally toxic to touch, with people becoming confused, or mad when touching her. 
 
Personality
 
Lucy Diamond is a very caring woman who is pacifist at heart. She is clearly erratic, her mind fractured and impulsive. She prefers dancing and singing, art and poetry, to anything else. Whilst capable of holding down a conversation, she is unpredictable and can stray of target, meaning she has rarely given interviews. 
 
Relationships
Lucy Diamond actually gets on well with everybody. She is openly sorry and compassionate about Headcase’s health problems, loved being around Y Dderwen in the outdoors, and possibly was in love with Champion (according to tabloid press speculation). She did, however, refuse to, or was too chaotic to join the team on every mission and adventure. 
 
Classified Files: Ministry of Powers Clearance Only!

Real Name: Lucy Farrow
Birthplace: Little Foxwood (a small village near Liverpool)
Notes: Extreme caution must be exercised. Physical contact can lead to confusion and erratic behaviour. Advised to utilise specially trained minders to make use of her considerable and valuable talents. Promising results from Professor Blackwood in chemically neutralising the effect and [Redacted]
Lucy Diamond appears completely immune to psionic effects. 
Psychological Profile: Shows signs of extreme emotional lability and borderline psychotic symptoms, without any clear mental illness. Resistant to expert psychological or psychiatric testing, suggest further expert analysis when possible. Erratic loyalty and behaviour limits utility despite considerable power.

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DDERWEN

 

Y Dderwen is a old, possibly immortal, little man with some control over nature. He claims to represent the “land†of the United Kingdom.

 

Appearance

 

Y Drerwen is just under five feet tall and slightly on the rotund side, although he displays remarkable (but not superhuman) strength and agility for his shape. He has a green-brown colouration, and a wrinkled complexion, with straw like brown hair and totally green eyes. He is usually dressed in a skirt (or kilt) and barefoot, and carries a thick cudgel of oak and vines.

 

Known Powers

 

Y Dderwen appears to show considerable toughness and regenerative powers, and can control the foliage around him, causing vines to ensnare his opponents, or thick undergrowth to spring forth, slowing the escape of crooks and villains. He is reported to converse with animals and plants, and is seemingly immune to the elements. He does not apparently eat or drink, but roots himself in the earth and puts his face to the sun for sustenance. 

 

His cudgel, which he calls “Woodyâ€, is a fighting weapon he is very proficient in. Alongside its considerable physical power, it ensnares those it touches with a vines.

 

Relationships

 

Y Dderwen is sometimes sullen man, unhappy in the cities, more carefree in the country side. He is fanatically driven to protect “the land†of the United Kingdom, although his definition of that does not always match with official policy. He enjoys the company of Lucy Diamond, whose presence lifts his spirit. His relationship with the Ministry of Powers and their “figure head†(Champion) is often stormy, and he has, on occasion, actively opposed them both (even getting into one famous fight with Champion, which concluded with a draw when Champion refused to continue). 

 

Classified Files: Ministry of Powers Clearance Only!

 

Real Name: Unknown

Birthplace: Unknown, speculated to be Wales. 

Notes: Subject appears to have a plant physiology, with superior physical attributes and a mastery of plant life that defies scientific explanation. Subject is believed to derive from [Heavily Redacted], which has allowed considerable leverage over him. Warrants further analysis in conjunction with [Redacted]

Psychological Profile: Subject is of questionable loyalty, and [redacted] must be used to control him. He displays strong willingness to protect the United Kingdom from threats, but on the other hand views industry and government as potential threats in them selves. Suggest maintain close observation of Dderwen and maximise all possible influence over him. 

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