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Simon's comic bible

Post  SimonJ on Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:12 am

I figured it'd be easier to keep track of details if we talk about our shit in seperate threads, so here's all my shit as i finish it. Put you guys' stuff up!


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Post  SimonJ on Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:22 pm

Fuck it, I'll go first. Here's a small selection of what I've got so far...

CHARACTER PROFILES

Real Name: Richard Lorder
Assumed Identity: Carson Curie
Code Name: Carcinogen


Born of a well off middle class family, Richard developed ‘that in-between organs’ cancer at the age of ten. Undergoing combination chemotherapy (several types of DNA and cell-division inhibiting drugs) and radiation therapy, the cancer appeared to have been beaten and Richard was declared in remission. At the age of 15 the cancer suddenly returned, much more vicious than before. Doctors were baffled by the aggression and seemingly stealth arrival of the cancer in several locations around Richard’s body. He was taken to palliative care, where it was generally agreed they would try and relieve his symptoms until his certain death. But Richard didn’t die. The cancer swept through his body, but instead of killing off his vital functions, it merely replaced them with its own systems. Recovering from the horrible illness he’d felt the whole time, the boy found his strength returning. Doctors wanted to run tests and study him but his parents, relieved their son could finally enjoy life again, insisted on taking him home. If he were to die, so be it, they’d all accepted this earlier. If he lived on, no matter how much longer, then that was even better. Now Richard is experimenting with his strange new body, and discovering he’s no longer a normal boy…

Powers: Richard’s organs are slowly being replaced by a new, strange type of cancer that works in symbiosis with its host. Because his whole body is now one cell type, without a heavy reliance on different types of organs, he is able to re-grow any part of himself and in extreme circumstance, restart his body if there are enough linked cancer cells still bound together. This renders him close to invulnerable to stabbing, shootings, beatings and the like, along with very strong regenerative abilities. Even if he were crushed, chances are, eventually, he would be rebuilt, though heavily consumed by the cancer.

Weaknesses: The process was originally very fast as the cancer spread through his system, but the actual process of simultaneously destroying, replicating and replacing his organs is complex and has slowed the cancer down. This means the parts of him that are still original are susceptible to damage. It is unknown to him whether damage to an original body part means it dies, or is simply replaced easier by the cancer. In truth, it will strengthen the cancer’s spread, though he will suffer pain and possible death if there is severe enough damage. He can be killed by simply vaporising him in a jet engine or a pit of lava etc. He also cannot reproduce, at least not by any conventional methods he’s aware of.

Future: As more parts of him become integrated into the cancer, he’ll experience new minor abilities related to the organ that was replaced. The fear is what will happen once he is completely consumed. It’s also a fear that the more he uses his powers, the sooner they’ll consume him. Eventually, the cancer will take over, and when his skin starts becoming cancerous and horrible, he will start to crack up. Once it’s complete, he will return to how he looked, but will no longer be Richard as we know him. Instead, he will be the first sentient disease/cancer. Whether it is good or evil is unknown, and a great interest will be trying to examine how something that is not human thinks. I think Richard, Carcinogen, will live forever… unless he’s vaporised.

Real Name: Nemarluk
Assumed Identity: -
Code Name: Blink


Born and raised in the Northern Territory around the outskirts of Darwin, Nemarluk (named after a warrior and resistance fighter from the area, during the 1940s) is a young Aboriginal boy, aged 12, who has never needed to sleep. Living with the remnants of his tribe, both in the dirt poor towns and out in the desert, he took very quickly to the traditions of his culture and seemed to have a preternatural ability to find food, water, shelter or anything else needed. His success in the natural way of life lead to his being elevated as a boy with the spirits of past elders inside him. He sought to find more, however, as the repetition of his existence became boring. Whenever in town, he’d find books or other informational material and devour their contents. He could soon speak English as well as his tribe’s language. He quietly wants more, but knows he must tend to his people.

Powers: Nemarluk doesn’t need to, nor does he have the desire to sleep. His body seems to continue its processes without the usual impairment lack of sleep brings on. As it is unknown why exactly the body falls apart after being awake too long, it is difficult to ascertain how Nemarluk’s body works. As a result, he is very intelligent and possesses strong concentration and knowledge absorption. He has a fast understanding of anything he applies his mind to, and because of this some (especially his tribe) claim he has supernatural powers. In truth, he just uses logic, deduction and his ever-extending knowledge base to work out what he needs to know quicker than most people. He tends to speak cryptically, guessing at people’s futures as a sort of game. This sometimes worries people.

Weaknesses: Although intelligent, Nemarluk always has the appearance of being in a dreamy, head-in-the-clouds state. His personality is very forgiving, open and honest, and he has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. This can lead him astray as he tends to take his responsibilities lightly at times, instead searching for truths and answers. This leads to strained relationships with the group, as he can break confidences and trusts absent-mindedly. Physically, he is an average young boy who grew up on the land. He is susceptible to everything a regular human is susceptible to.

Future: Nemarluk is the subject of the first search mission the newly formed team go on. They find him in a shantytown and offer him access to their technology and aid to his tribe in return for his joining the team. Nemarluk accepts the offer almost immediately, seeming to remember his tribe’s needs as an afterthought. He ends up taking a post as their Communication and Ops boy, sitting at a large bank of computers and equipment and staying in constant radio contact with the team. They give him the code name Blink because figuratively, he never does. Because he isn’t registered anywhere on the grid and rarely goes out into the field, no one ever bothers to give him an assumed identity.

Real Name:
Assumed Identity: Wraith (working)


Born with his affliction, Wraith suffered agony as he grew up. His bones went on an extended growth spurt, deforming and growing long, stretching everything around them. By the time the process was complete at age 13, Wraith was a hideous, impossibly thin creature with long, thin arms and legs, a lengthened jaw, a permanently bald head and a tortured existence. His father left early and his mother, horrified and ashamed by her son, kept him locked away, only letting him out at night. Wraith grew up in the poor part of the outskirts of town. His mother would have boyfriends over and force Wraith to stay in his room when they were over. She’d sleep with them, falling into prostitution while Wraith would watch from the shadows. At 15 he was integrated into a special school for the mentally challenged, where his abnormality could go mostly unnoticed by the other students. He flourished away form the eyes of the world and managed to enjoy himself for those few years. There, he discovered a mentally handicapped girl he had a crush on. When he awkwardly tried an advance on her, she panicked, causing Wraith to also panic and severely wound her with his claws. Subdued, he proceeded to have sex with her, unaware he was committing a crime. He was discovered only moments into the act and immediately jumped by the janitor. Wraith, in a sexual and violent frenzy, eviscerated the Janitor with his claws. Realising what he’d done, he fled, taking to the streets.

Powers: His forearms, shins, fingers, toes and spine suffered lengthening the most, with his distal phalanx and phalanges bones actually splitting through the skin and growing into ragged bone-claws. As with most specials, the awful transfiguration of his body was mostly a negative experience, but the advantage Wraith gained was that his bones did not become brittle and weak, but rather grew stronger than a regular human bone. With the heavier bone mass came stronger muscles to be able to move. This gives him powerful claws that can easily tear through flesh, long legs that give him great speed over short distances and incredible leaping skills. He’s sneaky, stealthy and lives in the shadows.

Weaknesses: In order to grew stronger, denser bones Wraith’s body had to draw resources from other parts of his body. The result was the rest of his body functions being generally weaker than a regular human. His immune system struggles and he regularly catches illnesses while his digestive system cannot cope with heavy, fatty foods. He also has very little stamina, and so while he is very strong and fast, he cannot keep up his energy levels for long before having to go to ground.

Future: Wraith is the sad, broken result of both the special phenomenon and a terrible childhood. Whether the two are linked and that a poor childhood would have arisen without his deformity is a question Wraith constantly ponders. He mostly believes if he’d have been a normal person, his parents would not have split, his mother would not have gone bad and he would have lived a relatively normal life. His heart is filled with hatred for both himself and the world, yet he still yearns for human companionship and love. Due to his hideous nature, he knows he cannot have this and has turned to rape and paedophilia. For him, it is the only way to satisfy his heart and his loins and because he is such a tall, massive monster, he’s fixated and has a fetish for the small and angelic. He exists in the backwaters, living in the bush, hunting prey both human and animal. He is the darkest, most hated antagonist of the series, but also my favourite. He hates the heroic specials for their godly powers, while he is cursed with his own demonic ones and is happy to assume that metaphorical role by trying to kill them. Wraith almost thinks he is in fact a demon and that his birth doomed him to exist the way he is, that he could never have been anything different, and as he lives on, he starts believing it is his duty to live out the role of a demon on Earth. He is evil, but he is human nonetheless. He’s evil with a reason.
- A one shot that looks at his time at the Spastic School, where a social worker who finds and takes pity on him arranges the school and the money to pay for it. His friendship with the social worker. His crush on the girl and the resulting horror. His feelings of hopelessness, guilt and angst after destroying the only things in his life he could get pleasure from. The alienation he faces after his social worker turns him away after he escapes.
- A one shot in which he finds, confronts and kills his mother. He actually has an interesting talk with her in which he discovers things about himself, things that challenge his idea of being pure evil.

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Non Specials

Post  SimonJ on Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:29 am

Real Name: Unknown
Assumed Identity: Jon Smith
Code Name: The Doctor


The Doctor’s background is purposely hazy and shrouded in shadows. What is certain is he is an actual medical doctor who went into general medicine after graduating and then eventually served as a military doctor. There he was part of research projects and wartime fieldwork. His specific activities in these fields are not known, but as he made he way up the ranks, he made lots of contacts in the military, the government and business sectors. He became involved in pharmaceuticals and made a lot of money. He’s been following the occurrences of specials in international medicine and has developed an expertise on the subject. He is an older man, in his late fifties.

Powers: The Doctor is not a special. He has no super powers. He is a regular human male who is past 55. He went through basic military training and a few specialised courses for MD duty in the field and so knows more about these sorts of things than most of his team. He keeps up a regimen of exercise and work outs and is in very good shape. He has a vast medical knowledge that he uses to aid his team. The doctor also has vast financial resources and a network of contacts from lots of countries in all sorts of useful fields that he can draw on when he needs to.

Weaknesses: Being without powers makes him vulnerable if he is unarmed and out ranged, but still he is a fit and strong man, more so than most his age. The exploration of who exactly this man really is will reveal his weaknesses.

Future: The Doctor, aware of this specials phenomenon and correctly predicting the attitude of his country, decides to bend his financial strength to building an underground facility under a small island outside of Australian waters. He then fills it with the necessary equipment and seeks out specials he can shelter and use to his own aims. Overall these aims are crime fighting, but he also performs research into the phenomenon and shapes the willing for shadier operations.
The biggest thing with this character is his ambiguity. Is he a good guy or a bad one? Is he completely on-side? Why has he formed this team? There’s hints that he certainly has a long term goal for this team, but what it is and when it will eventuate is difficult to ascertain. Throughout he’ll be seen in situations that lead you to believe he’s a good person who is helping the team, then later you’ll see him contradicting that completely, talking with people he shouldn’t be talking to and doing things he shouldn’t be doing. I have no idea yet, but I think I’d like him to end up trying to stage a coup in Australia, and maybe succeeding, but not taking the Prime Minster/Presidency, leaving it for a special? Maybe he ends up annexing Tasmania as its own specials island? At any rate, that would be long, long, long term and would probably divide a lot of people, so would be good as a mini series.


Government
With the advent of recognised status of specials in the country, public and governmental opinion demanded action. In the extreme were calls for direct action against the group as a means of pre-emptive protection, while at the softer end were calls for safeguards and safety measures should such a powerful group ever show volatility against the country. From the frenzy in and out of parliament, two main bodies emerged as a means for monitoring Specials. Both bodies have their own heads that each goes about their charge in different ways.

Name: Hian Tsen
Organisation: Australian Federal Police
Title: Commissioner for Special Duty


The Commissioner feels that monitoring Specials should be undertaken just as the word suggests: keeping a close eye on them. Using anti-terrorist laws, his team discover, catalogue and survey powered individuals. The Commissioner varies from his colleague at ASIO in that when a special shows signs of instability or threat, it is his job to see that such an individual is neutralised and brought in, keeping both the public and the special safe. The Commissioner is sympathetic but strict with specials, seeing them as people with weapons they cannot necessarily control, who are just as prone to the same negative situations in their life that bring about criminals, regardless of power. Be it a super power or a gun, there’s very little difference between the people wielding them. If he has to, he will take any criminal down if they are about to injure his team or the public. The Commissioner believes that it is his job to serve and protect the citizens of Australia and that specials and regular humans are included in that. His job is to protect specials just as much as it is to protect regular citizens.

Bio: The Commissioner is unmarried and single. He’s married to the job and that’s how he got to where he is now. He’s in his thirties, a little rough around the edges. He has to play the political game because of his rank, but prefers to be out in the field. He’s often told to settle down and do more deskwork, to let his police operatives do the work, but that’s not his style. He has a sister who married and settled down, but still works as a paramedic. He’s often tired and over worked, has very little interest in anything outside of his work. He’s terrible with kids and has no clue about the world of pop culture. He deals with a lot of shit being of Chinese descent in a mostly white organisation such as the police, but he’s a tough guy who commands respect of those who know him and will always support him. Red necks are arseholes to him, but those who are smart know he’s not a guy to trifle with.

Future: Hian spends so much of his time on the case that he rarely gets involved in an outside life. He obviously makes friends and deals with the team on occasion. He would prefer they stop their activities and if he could, he’d arrest them, but he knows they’re going a good job. At the same time he knows one slip from them and it’s either him or the Director that will have to take them in, so he’d rather it be him. In the meantime he considers himself a bit of a guardian angel, protecting them politically when he can but never putting his neck on the line enough for it to ever get chopped.
I think eventually someone will fuck up in the team and it will launch a race between Hian and the Director to find the rogue, which will of course culminate in a three way where someone has to lose and lose bad.
His nephew, niece or sister should also come in contact with danger at some point too, in a situation that forces Tsen to question how similar specials and normals really are and which of the two really is more dangerous.

Name: Christian St Heiliger
Organisation: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
Title: Director of Special Security


The Director feels that the very existence of Specials on domestic soil is a threat to security, and he will do anything in his power to protect his country and its citizens. Using anti-terrorist laws, his team discover, catalogue and survey powered individuals. The Director differs from his colleague at the AFP in that when a special shows signs of instability or threat, it is his job to neutralise the threat, even if that means destroying the source. If a special can be taken in alive (though not necessarily healthy), then he feels it is his duty to his country to study and learn all that can be learnt from the phenomenon and use it to fight against the special threat as well as provide useful information to the ADF to apply such knowledge for the benefit of Australian defence. Ultimately the Director agrees that specials are different from humans and as such can be viewed in a similar light to animals, which can be studied and examined with no concern for human rights.

Bio: He’s a married man with a young boy. The family are well off in a nice place with a maid who prefers not to be called a maid. The wife works part time as a graphic designer while raising the child. They are a happy little family. He’s a big fan of old rock and grunge but has a weak spot for blockbuster movies. His taste is cold modern and over all he’s a nice guy… except when it comes to specials. The protection of his family is his primary motivator and from that comes a desire to protect other families like his own. Specials are a threat to this and it’s why he’s so determined to control them all. There may even have been an event years before that put his wife’s life in danger because of a rogue special. He would sacrifice himself to save his family.

Future: Christian does his best to be a constant pain in the arse of the team and Hian. He is better funded with higher power and he uses this to simultaneously cause headaches for Hian and round up as many specials as he can get his hands on, doing things that call his morality into question. Eventually someone he loves will be saved by a special, but it won’t change anything. He’ll stay true to his conviction. Eventually his conviction will become his war.
A good mini series could see Christian turn up the heat and really go hard at trying to round up and fuck up specials, where he literally goes to war with them, calling martial law and leading the army like a general.
What would really fuck him up would be to discover his son is a special, then for his son to kill him, but that would be too hard to comprehend and his son would either go nuts or kill himself or both.

Both men come into conflict often. Essentially their jobs are very similar, but they go about them very differently. Both need to find and monitor specials, but because they are both clearly in ideological opposition they do not share information. The result is that both organizations are racing to find specials before the other so that they can handle them the way they would prefer. They clash again when there’s a threat from a source neither has yet discovered and it is grey as to who is supposed to handle the situation. There are still laws and conventions being drawn up in parliament and the opposition of ideology is mirrored in the House, with sides being taken to back both viewpoints.

So both men are really antagonists when it comes to the Team, but over time the AFP can be more helpful towards their cause while ASIO will be acting as a strong bad guy.

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