Bloodshot – Modern Version (Icons Writeup)

Bloodshot
aka Ray Garrison

Prowess 7
Coordination 7
Strength 7
Intellect 4
Awareness 6
Willpower 6

Stamina 13

Powers
*Nanite Physiology 8 (Extras: Regeneration, Adaptation, Emotion Control [Limit: Can induce a psychedelic high for a few hours only], Fast Attack, Images, Interface; Limit: Must consume massive amounts of protein to provide the energy for his nanites)
*Super Senses 5 (Hearing, Vision, Taste, Touch, Smell)
*Handguns 4
*Heavy Assault Rifles 6
*Gadgets 4

Bloodshot also has a number of latent powers that have been activated in the past by other Harbingers or special nanites. Normally, he is not able to access these abilities:

*Mind Control 5
*Duplication 1
*Body Alteration 6 (Extras: Blast, Extra Body Parts)

Specialties
Drive, Investigation, Leadership, Martial Arts, Mental Resistance, Military, Stealth, Weapons (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*Implanted Memories
*Frequently ends up as a protector of youths on the run
*Unstoppable killing machine

Background

Bloodshot is a super-soldier project created by the secret government organization Project Rising Spirit. Special nanites in his bloodstream give him a variety of powers, including the ability to recover from almost any trauma by consuming protein. The modern incarnation of Bloodshot is Ray Garrison, though to improve his efficiency, he was brainwashed with a number of implanted identities, allowing PRS to give him personal motivations for every mission. His original purpose was to hunt down and capture or assassinate psiots. Eventually he would escape his programming and go on a search for his true identity.

Doctor Spectrum (Icons Writeup)

Doctor Spectrum of Earth-TRN852
aka Joseph Ledger

Prowess 4
Coordination 4
Strength 4
Intellect 4
Awareness 4
Willpower 9

Stamina 13

Powers
*Power Prism 10 (Constructs; Extras: Force Field, Flight, Life Support; Limit: Limited by wielder’s Willpower level)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Military (+1 bonus), Pilot (Expert +2 bonus), Weaponry – Prism Constructs (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*You can thank God and the U.S. President that standing between you and all those alien whack jobs… there’s me. And my Power Prism. And that willingness to do whatever it damn well takes to keep you safe.
*Hardcore patriot.
*Loves to explore space, meet new alien species, and kill them.

Background

Doctor Spectrum is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. While conducting a space walk as an astronaut, he found a Power Prism and became Doctor Spectrum. He was a member of the Squadron Supreme of America, which were the world’s premiere superhero team.  He also went out into outer space and began eliminating aliens to impose the United States’ will upon them and who he felt were a threat to future American space settlers. He often imprisoned those he fought in Knowhere, a cosmic prison he built in the head of a Celestial he once killed.

He once battled the Mad Titan Thanos, witnessing the villain get turned into dust by the Infinity Stones. When a mysterious object began approaching Earth, Doctor Spectrum traveled into outer space to intercept. He was shocked to discover that the object was Thanos, who had returned from the dead and was now using the Infinity Stones in the form of rings. The pair then battled each other. Spectrum defeated Thanos by blasting off his right hand with an energy weapon construct and then imprisoned him in Knowhere.

Spectrum’s actions made him many enemies among the alien races he attacked. So, they hired the bounty hunting duo of Rocket Raccoon and Groot to kill Spectrum before he could inflict any more havoc. Rocket attacked Spectrum after he delivered Thanos to Knowhere. Using a weaponized Groot and space maggots, Rocket tried killing Spectrum, but Spectrum was able to resist Rocket’s attacks and kill Groot. After knocking Rocket around, Rocket unexpectedly received the Star Brand and continued battling Spectrum. The two fought each other using different weapon constructs until Spectrum used Many-Angled Ones he imprisoned in his Power Prism to subdue Rocket. Spectrum then tortured Rocket by plunging him into a supernova to get him to reveal who hired him before Rocket eventually died.

Spectrum and the Squadron Supreme one day met to deal with a new threat: a new team that popped up called the Avengers who planned to restore reality to its proper place. The Squadron Supreme investigated the Avengers and tracked them to Africa where they discovered that the mythical country of Wakanda actually existed, which the Avengers were hiding at. When Wakanda’s cloaking field was disabled, the Avengers confronted the Squadron Supreme.

Spectrum was confronted by Brandy Selby, the young wielder of the Star Brand. Spectrum didn’t want to fight a child, leaving him vulnerable to Brandy’s assault who wanted revenge on Spectrum for killing Rocket. Brandy eventually used her power to melt Spectrum’s Power Prism, leaving it useless and Spectrum devastated. Reality was restored to normal when the source of the reality warp was destroyed, President Coulson’s Pandemonium Cube, and Spectrum’s memories were transferred to his Earth-616 counterpart. What became of him afterward is unrevealed.

The Strange Tale of… Catalyst!

Catalyst, at least in the form of Nathaniel Caine, is one of my oldest characters. I created him way back in 1985 and he went through several permutations, popping up in various stories, comic book scripts, fanfiction and roleplaying campaigns over the years. When I finally became a professional writer, it was only a matter of time before Nathaniel would enter my Reese Unlimited universe. Why does he still linger, when so many of my other characters from my youth have fallen by the wayside? I’m not sure. He was the first creation of mine that I felt was worthy of saving… plus I always loved his green color scheme. Credit has to go to Cari Reese for taking my original (and very derivative) costume designs and merging them with the Kirby-esque Asgardian and New Gods looks that I desired. Other artists have depicted him since then but all of them have used her costume design.

So who or what is… The Catalyst?

The Gifted is the name given to humans that possess the natural ability to tap into the most primal forces in existence – the stuff that normal humans called Magic. The Catalyst is the High Mage of his era and generally there is only one per century, though their tenure sometimes varied in length and occasionally overlapped. They could be recognized not only by their power but by a peculiar uniform that went along with the responsibility of wielding that much magical ability… an emerald set of clothing that changed appearance with the times but always bore a similar look.

Historically, the first Catalyst that we’ve seen in my universe is actually Andre Thierry, the Catalyst of the 19th century. A creole sorcerer, Thierry’s first recorded activity involved brokering a peace between local farmers and a subterranean race of monsters known as The Shamblers. This treaty took place in 1853 and was mentioned in the story “It Wants To Kill You” that appeared in the eighth volume of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray. In 1903, Thierry died in mystical combat but he used a spell powered by his will to retain his corporeal nature. In this form, he remained on earth, combating evil into the 1930s. In 1937, he journeyed to Sovereign City and aided Lazarus Gray in defeating The Three Sisters (aka Selene, Fiona and Phoebe). These events are shown in “Immortals,” a story that appeared in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 5. In that same volume, he helped make sure that Lazarus and Kelly’s wedding went off without interruption by any of their enemies (“Wedding Bells”). Less than a year later, in 1938, Thierry’s time as Catalyst came to an end, as his spirit was destroyed during the events depicted in the novel Götterdämmerung.

With Thierry dead, the time was right for a new Catalyst to emerge.

Nathaniel Caine was a police officer in England during this time and he’d fallen into a deep depression following the murder of his girlfriend by a killer known as Tweedledum in 1936. Caine distrusted vigilantes due to the fact that Dan Daring had failed to stop the murder. By 1942, he was a frustrated man, ready to call it quits on his career. That was when he met The Peregrine and a young psychic named Rachel Winters, embarking on a bizarre adventure involving a Nazi experiment called The Un-Earth. Nathaniel and Rachel became lovers, he took on the role of Catalyst and Rachel became his partner, known to the public as Esper. All of this was depicted in “Catalyst,” which appears in The Peregrine Omnibus Volume One.

Nathaniel made his first visit to the United States in 1943 when he was contacted by members of Assistance Unlimited. Lazarus Gray was experiencing a spiritual crisis and the team needed Catalyst’s help in returning Gray to the dimension known as Dread Carcosa. After aiding Lazarus in this affair, Catalyst returned to England. These events are depicted in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Twelve.

In 1944, Catalyst and Esper were recruited by The Peregrine into a strikeforce known The Claws of The Peregrine. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, the group initially consisted of Catalyst, Esper, Revenant and Frankenstein’s Monster. As a team, they successfully took part in two adventures during this year – “The Diabolical Mr. Dee” and “A Plague of Wicked Men”, both of which are in The Peregrine Omnibus Volume Two.

The Claws of The Peregrine next appear in 1946’s “The Ivory Machine” which is also in The Peregrine Omnibus Volume Two. The group added several new members following this adventure but Catalyst and Esper remained key players in their activities.

It’s unknown how long the group remained active — we do know that by 2006, Rachel was dead but Nathaniel was still operating as Catalyst.

He aided the Ian Morris version of the Peregrine in dealing with the rise and fall of The Black Mass Barrier. He also aided Babylon in dealing with a mystical assault in London in 2011. Shortly after 2012, he finally passed on, leaving the door open for Logan Jenkins to assume the role.

Much of Logan’s past is still unknown but her mother – a Japanese witch named Kyoko – operated as a magical terrorist under the name of Lady Grimdark. While her mother was madly in love with a master villain named Lord Grimdark, she had gotten pregnant with Logan during a one-night stand — not only did this cause problems between the Gimdarks but it led to a lifelong resentment that Kyoko felt towards her daughter.

As Catalyst, Logan moved to Grove’s Folly where she opened a curiosity shop called Jenks (pronounced Jinx). She has become extremely close to the Straw-Man and, alongside him and several others, founded the team known as The Dark Society.

Power Princess (Icons Writeup)

Power Princess of Earth-TRN852
aka Zardan Shelton

Prowess 8
Coordination 7
Strength 8
Intellect 6
Awareness 5
Willpower 6

Stamina 14

Powers
*Flight 7
*Damage Resistance 7
*Sword – Slash 4
*Shield – Damage Resistance 8
*Dampening Necklace – This device lowers her Prowess, Coordination, and Strength to 4, as well as removing her powers. This lowers her Stamina to 10. She only wears the necklace when competing in the boxing ring as she doesn’t want to unfairly defeat her opponents.

Specialties
Athletics (Master +3 bonus), Aerial Combat (Expert +2 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Edged (Expert +2 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*Zarda was programmed to love American beer.
*Zarda is caught in the middle of a romantic triangle involving Nighthawk and Hyperion.
*Agent Coulson wanted Power Princess programmed to be wild and arrogant. He wanted her to be “dangerous. Think Thor, but with boobs. Or Wolverine.”

Background

This version of the Power Princess was a construct created by the demon Mephisto and programmed by the Power Elite in cooperation with a recently-revived Agent Coulson to be a member of the Squadron Supreme of America, a superhero team sponsored by the U.S. Government. Power Princess’s programming had her believe that she was an Utopian who hailed from Utopia Isle, a paradisiac island populated by warrior women. Power Princess came to love America even more, and swore to defend it. Her civilian name was Zarda Shelton, who practiced boxing as a hobby using a dampening necklace to decrease her superhuman durability and strength. Power Princess was additionally programmed to be in a lustful relationship with her teammate, Hyperion.

Power Princess and his team were brought in to meet General Ross in order to be the U.S.’s response to the now-unaligned Avengers.The Squadron Supreme was later put to the test against King Namor and his Defenders of the Deep, countering several attacks against Roxxon in American waters.

Zarda was sparring when a group of Frost Giants from Jotunheim invaded Washington on behalf of Malekith the Accursed during his War of the Realms. As Power Princess, Shelton met up with the rest of the Squadron. They killed some of the Frost Giants and routed the remaining invaders to the Canadian frontier in Lake Erie. Coulson subsequently dispatched the team to Ohio.

Coulson attempted to warp reality using the Pandemonium Cube provided by Mephisto, creating Earth-TRN852, where the Avengers never existed and the Squadron Supreme were the world’s premiere superhero team. Reality was eventually restored by Blade the Vampire Hunter and his team of Avengers. So, Mephisto punished Coulson by trapping him in the Pandemonium Cube. Without Coulson, the Squadron Supreme fell apart, and Zarda was taken into government custody. When reality returned to normal, Zarda possessed her Earth-TRN852 counterpart’s memories. When questioned by government officials, she attacked them.

Nighthawk (Icons Writeup)

Nighthawk of Earth-TRN852
Kyle Richmond

Prowess 6/7
Coordination 6/7
Strength 5/6
Intellect 6
Awareness 7
Willpower 8

Stamina 13 (day) / 14 (night)

Powers
*Costume – Damage Resistance 3, Flight 3 (Gliding Only), Cowl: Super-Senses 1 (Communication)
*Gadgets 5
*Alchemical Serum – Ability Boost to physical stats (Limit: Only at night)
*The Hawkrod (Vehicle) – Handling 4, Structure 4, Speed 4, Armor 3, Features: Blast (Cannons) 5, Interface 5
*Nightcave – Base 7 (Extras: Concealed, Communications, Computer, Defense System, Infirmary, Security Systems, Sensors)

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Business (+1 bonus), Investigation (Master +3 bonus), Law (Expert +2 bonus), Stealth (Master +3 bonus), Technology (+1 bonus), Weapons (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*Part of a romantic triangle with Hyperion and Power Princess.
*Still haunted by the death of Falcon.
*”I will not stop.. until I’ve shattered the bones of the psychoses that hold these people back. Each and every lunatic in this building. Until every last one of them has been bludgeoned into a state of sanity. Because I believe in the power of people to change. I believe the system can work for even the lowest of us. I believe in this country. That’s how %&$@# crazy I am.”
*The world’s greatest detective.

Background

Nighthawk was a member of the Squadron Supreme of America, which were the world’s premiere superhero team. His parents never wanted him and neglected him when he was a child, leaving him to be raised by their hired help. When they were murdered, Nighthawk used to tell himself that he fought crime to honor their memory, but he eventually fought crime in order to satisfy his own desires. At an unknown period of time, he consumed a serum similar to the one that empowered his Earth-616 counterpart that augmented his physical abilities, which were the greatest at night.

After returned from an experience from Battleworld, he bonded with the Venom symbiote. Nighthawk eventually ditched the symbiote when he realized that it was alive. The symbiote later bonded with the Johann Shmidt, turning him into the Black Skull. When he wasn’t Nighthawk, he represented Washington, D.C. in the U.S. House of Representatives. When he needed to be Nighthawk and Congress was in session, he had a LMD take his place.

He formerly had a partner in the Falcon, but the Falcon was killed by the Goblin. Nighthawk was so shaken by Falcon’s death that he refused to take on Miles Morales as his new sidekick and even threatened to have him arrested. When Captain George Stacy of the DCPD died, Nighthawk trained Stacy’s daughter Gwen and she became the hero Nightbird.

When Nighthawk tried to get legislation passed that would require superheroes to register with the government, this led to a civil war between him and Hyperion. To fight Hyperion, he stole the Eye of Agamotto from the Squadron Supreme’s armory and rebonded with the Venom symbiote. Hyperion felt that Nighthawk was fighting him not just because of the Registration Act but out of spite because of a love triangle between them and Power Princess. After a fight devastated the state of Connecticut, Hyperion overpowered Nighthawk and forced the symbiote off him by exposing Nighthawk to the Sun.

Following the civil war, Nighthawk and Blur formed the Secret Squadron in Europe. Nighthawk used his vast wealth to construct a base for his team beneath the River Thames in London. However, Baron Zemo considered the Secret Squadron an affront to his own goals of Hydra bringing law and order to Europe. So, he founded the Siege Society, a team of criminals of mercenaries assembled to dismantle the Secret Squadron.

By the time Nighthawk and Blur arrived to stop the Siege Society, most of the Secret Squadron members had been killed. After Nighthawk took out Sabretooth with an explosive, he went to confront Baron Zemo alone. During their fight, Nighthawk revealed that he had constructed the Secret Squadron’s base just to lure Zemo out of hiding. Nighthawk then killed Zemo. He later attended the funeral for the fallen Secret Squadron members with the surviving members.

Eventually, Nighthawk returned to the United States. When the Black Skull and a group of Hydra soldiers took members of Congress hostage as part of a coordinated assault by the Masters of Doom, Nighthawk confronted them. As Nighthawk fought the Hydra soldiers, he was aided by Blade the Vampire Hunter who questioned him about how his team changed the world. After the Hydra soldiers were dealt with, Nighthawk attacked the Black Skull, defeated him, and had him locked up in Ravencroft Asylum.

Later, the Goblin engineered a takeover of Ravencroft Asylum, forcing Nighthawk to intervene and take out the inmates. When Nighthawk reached the Goblin, he discovered that the villain had taken Gwen, who was a nurse at Ravencroft, hostage. He exposed her to his Goblin Gas and dropped her from a high place. Nighthawk caught her, but Gwen had driven insane by the gas, forcing Nighthawk to fight her. The Goblin had fell as well after being hit by Nighthawk’s projectiles and was badly injured. Goblin then revealed to Nighthawk that the whole reason for his scheme was to reveal to him his last request: do not let their world be changed as he liked it the way it was.

Nighthawk and Hyperion eventually made up in time to deal with a new threat: a new team that popped up called the Avengers that planned to restore reality to its proper place. The Squadron Supreme investigated the Avengers and tracked them to Africa where they discovered that the mythical country of Wakanda actually existed, which the Avengers were hiding at. When Wakanda’s cloaking field was disabled, the Avengers confronted the Squadron Supreme.

Nighthawk fought Blade and stunned him momentarily with a Hawkarang that delivered a powerful electric shock. As Blade got up, Blade was knocked out by Hyperion. Nighthawk and Hyperion then fought Black Panther until Hyperion was knocked out by Captain America. Nighthawk was the only Squadron Supreme member left standing. He admitted that he knew about the reality warp that changed Earth-616 to Earth-TRN852, but he preferred his reality. Then reality was returned to normal when the source of the reality warp was destroyed, President Coulson’s Pandemonium Cube, and Nighthawk’s memories were transferred to his Earth-616 counterpart. What became of Nighthawk afterward is unrevealed.

The Blur (Icons Writeup)

The Blur of Earth-TRN852
aka Stanley Stewart

Prowess 4
Coordination 6
Strength 4
Intellect 4
Awareness 2
Willpower 5

Stamina 9

Powers
*Super-Speed 10 (Extras: Fast Attack, Air Control, Phasing, Time Travel; Limit: Using Super-Speed to mimic Time Travel is exhausting)

Specialties
Athletics – Running (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*”My name is Stanley Stewart. The Blur. The Fastest Mortal Alive. And I have the attention span of a hummingbird on meth.”
*Loves to race against other speedsters.
*Is always doing dozens of things at once.
*Trained by the Ancient One.

Background

Stanley Stewart, better known by his hero name of Blur, was a member of the Squadron Supreme of America, which were the world’s premiere superhero team on Earth-TRN852. When Blur first obtained his powers, he went to the mystical monastery of Kamar-Taj in order to get control of his powers. His teacher the Ancient One taught him that in order for Blur to gain control over his powers, he needed to focus his attention on a single activity: namely, staring at a flower. Blur eventually accomplished the task after 17 days of attempting it.

Following a civil war between Hyperion and Nighthawk that split the ranks of the Squadron Supreme, Nighthawk and Blur formed the Secret Squadron in Europe. Nighthawk used his vast wealth to construct a base for his team beneath the River Thames in London. However, Baron Zemo considered the Secret Squadron an affront to his own goals of Hydra bringing law and order to Europe. So, he founded the Siege Society, a team of criminals of mercenaries assembled to dismantle the Secret Squadron.

By the time Nighthawk and Blur arrived to stop the Siege Society, most of the Secret Squadron members had been killed. Blur took out Hawkeye and Fire-Ant while running from Silver Witch. Blur eventually knocked Witch out when she let it slip that she was supposed to keep him busy while Baron Zemo fought Nighthawk alone. Blur ran back to the Secret Squadron’s base and confronted Black Widow, but he was knocked out by a shock arrow by Hawkeye. By the time Blur came to, Nighthawk had already defeated Zemo. Blur later attended the funeral for the fallen Secret Squadron members with the surviving members.

During a coordinated assault by the Masters of Doom, Blur fought the superpowered mutant the Silver Witch. She attacked him to avenge her fallen brother Quicksilver who died trying to to outrun Blur. Silver Witch had absorbed her brother’s powers upon his death, and with her brother’s speed at her disposal, Silver Witch was able to hit Blur with a high speed hex that separated part of his soul from his body, which would result in his death if he didn’t get it back. Silver Witch then banished Blur to the Dread Dimension. Blur was able to return to Earth by running faster than light and vibrating out of sync with himself, allowing himself to time-travel to the point after Silver Witch banished him. Silver Witch then unleashed another hex that robbed Blur of his super speed. Remembering his training back in Kamar-Taj, Blur focused on his surroundings, allowing him to interact with normally invisible mystical creatures. After riding on the back of a Wraith Whale, Blur took back his soul and sent the Silver Witch to Ravencroft Institute.

Blur and Nighthawk eventually made amends with the Squadron Supreme in time to deal with a new threat: a new team that popped up called the Avengers that planned to restore reality to its proper place. The Squadron Supreme investigated the Avengers and tracked them to Africa where they discovered that the mythical country of Wakanda actually existed, which the Avengers were hiding at. When Wakanda’s cloaking field was disabled, the Avengers confronted the Squadron Supreme.

Blur fought Black Panther, who was able to keep up with his speed. Blur arrogantly thought he would win until T’Challa slashed at his leg ligaments with his claws, leaving Blur unable to run. Undeterred, Blur created a whirlwind to blow T’Challa away. T’Challa returned and knocked Blur out for the rest of the fight. As Blur laid on the ground, he asked his teammates not to let the Avengers change reality. However, the Squadron failed, and reality was returned to normal when the source of the reality warp was destroyed, President Coulson’s Pandemonium Cube. Blur’s memories were transferred to his Earth-616 counterpart. What became of him afterward is unrevealed.

Hyperion (Icons Writeup)

Hyperion of Earth-TRN852
Marcus Milton

Prowess 5
Coordination 5
Strength 10
Intellect 5
Awareness 6
Willpower 5

Stamina 15

Powers
*Damage Resistance 8 (4 vs. Magic)
*Life Support 4 (Cold, Heat, Radiation, Vacuum)
*Flight 8
*Heat-Vision: Blast 8
*Super-Breath: Affliction (Freezing) 6
*Super-Senses 4 (Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Vision, Microscopic Vision, Penetration Vision)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Leadership (Expert +2 bonus), Knowledge: US History (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*Grows weaker in the presence of Vibranium and will eventually die from prolonged exposure.
*Involved in a romantic triangle with Power Princess and Nighthawk.
*The Super-Sentinel of Liberty.
*Banishes enemies to the Negative Zone.
*Diplomatic ties to the Shi’ar Empire’s Imperial Guard.

Background

Hyperion was the only known survivor of an alien world that was consumed by Galactus who came to Earth on a spaceship. His ship arrived in the United States, and he became a committed devotee of America. As a diplomatic gesture, Hyperion as a teenager was sent to train with the Shi’ar Empire’s Imperial Guard and developed a close bond with the team. He considered their leader Gladiator to be a mentor and fell in love with Oracle. After preventing Deathbird from taking over the Shi’ar throne, Hyperion and the Imperial Guard went to investigate Deathbird’s keep located within a bubble dimension. They learned too late, however, that Deathbird has been experimenting with a hive of Brood, which began infecting the Imperial Guard. Hyperion was able to escape but was forced to seal away the Imperial Guard in the bubble dimension.

Hyperion returned to Earth and became the leader of the Squadron Supreme of America, which were the world’s premiere superhero team. When not a hero, he was a 9th-grade American history teacher in Kensington, Maryland. When dealing with threats to America, he either killed them or banished them to the Negative Zone. Those that he banished included the Hulk after his first rampage, Doctor Doom, and his former Brood-infected Imperial Guard teammates.

He and the Squadron Supreme once battled the Canada-based Alpha Flight and was unexpectedly killed by Alpha Flight’s leader Weapon X after his adamantium claws were enhanced with magic. Hyperion later came back to life through unknown means and got revenge on Weapon X two years later after luring Alpha Flight into a trap. Hyperion brutally beat Weapon X and blasted him with his optic beam. He then had Doctor Spectrum send Weapon X to the faraway Black Galaxy to slowly die.

When Nighthawk tried to get legislation passed that would require superheroes to register with the government, this led to a civil war between him and Hyperion. To fight Hyperion, he stole the Eye of Agamotto from the Squadron Supreme’s armory and rebonded with the Venom symbiote. Hyperion felt that Nighthawk was fighting him not just because of the Registration Act but out of spite because of a love triangle between them and Power Princess. After a fight devastated the state of Connecticut, Hyperion overpowered Nighthawk and forced the symbiote off him by exposing Nighthawk to the Sun.

When Doctor Doom escaped the Negative Zone and empowered himself with the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, becoming Dr. Juggernaut, to attack the White House, Hyperion fought him and managed to defeat him. He then sent Doom back to the Negative Zone. However, this allowed all the other villains he banished to escape, forcing Hyperion to hunt them down so he could send them back. His last foe was the Hulk who ranted about the world not being right. Fearing that the Hulk had become a monster, Hyperion felt he had no choice but to kill the Hulk with his optic beam.

Nighthawk and Hyperion eventually made up in time to deal with a new threat: a new team that popped up called the Avengers who planned to restore reality to its proper place. The Squadron Supreme investigated the Avengers and tracked them to Africa where they discovered that the mythical country of Wakanda actually existed, which the Avengers were hiding at. When Wakanda’s cloaking field was disabled, the Avengers confronted the Squadron Supreme.

Hyperion fought Thor and struggled to defeat the thunder god as Wakanda’s vibranium deposit weakened him. Eventually, Hyperion was able to knock out Thor but injured both of his hands. He then aided Nighthawk against Blade the Vampire Hunter. While Hyperion and Nighthawk held off Black Panther, he was knocked out by Captain America due to the vibranium composition in his shield. Reality returned to normal after the source of the reality warp, President Coulson’s Pandemonium Cube, was destroyed, and Hyperion’s memories were transferred to his Earth-616 counterpart. What became of him afterward is unrevealed.

The Geomancer – Geoff McHenry (Icons Writeup)

Geoff McHenry
aka The Geomancer 

Prowess 2
Coordination 3
Strength 3
Intellect 4
Awareness 8
Willpower 5

Stamina 8

Powers
*Geomancy 6 (Extras: Extrasensory Perception, Healing, Mind Shield, Postcognition, Telepathy)

Specialties
Investigation (+1 bonus), Occult (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Speaker of the Earth
Protected by the Fist and the Steel (Eternal Warrior)
Highly Respected by the Hero Community

Background

Geomancers are a lineage of men and women who, since 3500 BC, have been chosen by the Earth itself to defend it, with one Geomancer operating at a time. In the Viking era, it was a young boy. When a Geomancer dies, his or her chosen successor takes their place. When a Geomancer has reached the end of their life-cycle their power is removed by a suicide ritual called Bagh-Nakh. The main part of their power is that they are able to communicate with nature and their surroundings, receiving information from the trees, the grass, and even inanimate objects (like a photograph that ‘witnessed’ a murder).

Geomancers were instrumental in many pivotal events in the Valiant Universe, including the Unity Conflict, the birth and upbringing of Magnus, Robot Fighter, the struggle against the Darque Power and the Harbinger Wars. Gilad Anni-Padda served as the “Fist and Steel” of the Geomancers for most of his life, failing three times to save a Geomancer.

In 1992, Geomancer Tashi Khatun authored a book entitled The Book of Geomancer, the tome of ultimate knowledge.

The first Geomancer was Khanit, who was chosen in 3500 BC. Later Geomancers included Buck McHenry, Geoff McHenry, Lucinda Mendez, Yuri Pierce, Ana Kawainui, Rokland Tate and Aram Anni-Padda.

Geoff was the Geomancer during Unity and The Chaos Effect. He was a gentle kid who sought nonviolent means of resolving conflict. When Valiant first began and it was running in real time, I figured Geoff would grow into being Valiant’s premiere hero… but it never happened as they replaced him immediately after Chaos Effect. During his time as the Geomancer, Geoff was a trusted ally of Solar and the Eternal Warrior – and when he came looking for assistance, both men would drop everything to aid him. His Geomancy power is a six here because he was very much learning as he went… if we’d seen him as an adult, I’d expect his power to have increased to an 8 or possibly even a 9.