3.0 "Most people have an alias, I have a statement."Player Name:
Thomas 'Tommy' ShepherdMoral Alignment:
Hero (Reformed W.T.L)Affiliation:
SoloCharacter Origin & Backstory:
Thomas was born in New Jersey to his parents Frank and Mary. From a young age he was restless, he wanted to run everywhere and do everything five times faster than anybody else did it. So naturally it aggravated him whenever someone could run faster than him, as he grew older his parents hoped that he would grow out of the impatience and out of the fact he always had to be on the move. He didn't. He started to become disobedient at school, disrespectful. He spent more of his time in the principals office and getting sent home than he spent in actual class. This record would only get worse.
Between the ages of thirteen and fifteen he spent most of his time going in and out of juvenille halls. It was at the age of sixteen where his powers manifested. He had shoplifted (a chocolate bar of all things) and was being chased by the store owner. As he went to run away he shot off at speeds he didn't even know were possible
. He eventually managed to stop himself and looked down at his hands watching them move incredibly fast, he had no idea what was going on. Over time, and with practice, he eventually learned that he could control this ability. He started hitting... bigger targets. He just wanted to make his parents and Lisa happy, that he left the line behind.
He only discovered this when one day he returned home, a huge grin on his face with a bag full of cash and a team of agents waiting for him, before he could do anything they knocked him out cold and the next thing he knew he was in some form of facility. It seemed to be run by the Government, but he never truly found out. They performed tests on him, pushed him to the extreme. It felt like they were tearing him apart and putting him back together again. Little did they know while they were trying to find out how his speed worked they were inadvertently increasing it due to the levels of stress they were causing on his body.
Still in his restraints his whole body started shaking till he simply fell out of the restraints and onto the floor, he wasn't entirely sure but he had passed straight through them (something he has been unable to replicate to this day)! Without further hesitation he began to run, and he left the facility behind. Finding himself out in the cold harsh weather of a Canadian winter. He got to New York in time to see the hero known as Sentry fly overhead. He watched the hero fly past, probably on his way to or from some kind of battle and smiled. There was something he could do with his life, something with purpose
. For the first time in his life he seemed to finally have a direction to run in.
He made himself a costume, and gave himself the name of Speed
. He initially decided to start small, burglaries and car robberies or chases he'd intervene. He wouldn't let himself be seen yet though, in and out in barely a second. He avoided areas that he himself used to rob back when he was younger before he had been taken into captivity, he already heard the slurs being cast at him. He knew the fear, he had a lot to make up for for his past life. In truth it was one of the main reasons he took on an alias, to try and free himself from his past. That's when everything was sucked into a void.
A creature, unlike anything New York had ever seen terrorized the city. Thomas wasn't going to lie it terrified him, he was about to step up and do... something
when a group of heroes jumped forth and started to fight the monster. Tommy just nodded, he ran through so many buildings that day. Moving so many people out of harms way that by the time the monster finally fell Tommy collapsed on the nearest bed he could find.
When he woke up he saw the news, Sentry had fallen in battle against the creature. He couldn't even remember seeing
sentry fight Void
as they were calling it and for all he knew Sentry was the most powerful hero so far, he couldn't believe that these Avengers
managed to team up so quickly to save the day.
The day of Sentrys memorial, was one where the whole of New York mourned. There were ceremonies across the country for their fallen hero. Sentry had been in the spotlight, held on a pedestal. The ideal hero. Heroes from across the country turned up at the unveiling of a statue built in his likeness, most of them in costume though he was sure that some heroes would be among the crowd. Seeing the impact one man, one hero could make only solidified his decision to be the best hero he could be.Powers and Abilities:
Sample Story Arcs:
- Super Speed: Strangely 'Speed' has super speed. Not only that but his body can handle the incredible speeds, and even collisions at these speeds without killing him. He hasn't fully pushed himself to the limit but as of yet he has a maximum speed he has reached (under test conditions) is Mach 4. With this speed he also has the reflexes, durability, agility, stamina and perception with this.
- Molecular Intangibility: He has only done it once, but he has managed to destabilize his molecules once to the point of passing straight through solid matter.
- Super Strength: His legs are obviously altered to deal with all the running he does, able to lift a tonne with his legs. However his torso has also been improved with him able to lift 800lbs with his arms.
- Speeds Demons: People still remember the speedster performing a set of robberies around New York and New Jersey and Speed has a lot to make up for, a name to clear. This isn't helped when someone else with super speed starts to terrorize the city.
- Speed isn't everything: Speed learns that he's going to be more than just fast to deal with all the problems he's going to face as a superhero.
- Putting out fires: How far can you push yourself before you need to ask for help?
I have read all the rules. Sample Post:
Now, you'd think someone who had the ability to run faster than Mach 4 was pretty much the fastest person there was on the planet. Tommy had been pretty much subscribing to that philosophy ever since he had first gained his powers. Even before he started the whole hero gig he felt confident in the knowledge that no-one was faster than him (at least not on foot). So you can imagine the frustration at trying to keep up with a teleporter. Speed turned the corner, his hand brushing the back of his target who stepped through one. He almost swore as he scanned the surrounding area for him, he had to be in the line of sight. Spot
as the idiot had named himself needed to see his target to place a spot there, as he went behind them.
Kind of like a less colourful portal gun, if the portal gun was a person, and had just robbed a bank. He turned and looked behind him to see Spot turning a corner. Tommy bolted after him, he had him! Going to grab him by the shoulder his arm passed right through and came out the other side, distended through a portal. Yanking back Tommy spun round to face his adversary. Why couldn't he have someone easy for his first supervillain? Someone that didn't move as fast as him or teleport. Someone like an evil Spider-man. That'd be the perfect opponent, super easy. He turned quickly, everything slowing down for him as he tried to process the information quickly. Nodding as he saw the portal exit he ran straight at it, jumping at the last second with his fist extended.
He passed through in the blink of an eye, fist first straight into the jaw of his foe. Smiling as Spot was knocked over, the bag of cash falling off and skidding along the ground Tommy landed on his feet. "Who are you kid?""Names Speed."
, really?""Better than Spot"
Tommy dashed towards him to try and grab him, but he just slid into the ground. "Oh you have got to be kidding me!"
Tommy scanned the area trying to catch any sight of him. That's when a hole opened right on front of him followed by a fist, knocking him right in the stomach. That one closed and then followed by another one, with another fist. He kept getting punched from different angles, each unpredictable. Concentrate damnit Tommy!
As he saw the hole open in front of him, with all the speed he could muster he grabbed the arm and pulled. There was substantial resistance however eventually the form of Spot came through the hole, Tommy spun on his heel throwing Spot right towards a wall.
Running after him, anticipating Spot to do another disappearing act what he didn't expect was for the massive hole to be placed in his path. There was no way he was going to stop in time, so he settled for slowing down as much as he could. He fell through the hole, and found himself above the water. He was surprised to be honest that Spot had a portal out this far, but then it was one he probably placed earlier. He orientated his feet towards the water and began running in midair. He wasn't quite sure this would work but he had heard stories about an old speedster called 'Whizzer' (Stupid name) during the second world war and well.. if he could do it.
His left foot made contact with the water, for a split second until his right was down and then up... each footfall taking such little time that he began running on the water. He couldn't help but yell in his excitement, kicking it up a notch and increasing speed creating a wake behind him. He took a long curve as he turned to head back to where Spot had dropped the money, he'd undoubtedly go back for it. Increasing speed on the water to him there was a slight boom
as he broke the sound barrier. Running onto the dock, and up some stairs he managed to get some air, slowing down dramatically, before his feet made contact with the ground again and he increased his speed again. Turning the corner of the street he saw the look of defeat on Spots face, he zipped over to a fire hydrant vibrating his hand at high speeds he loosened the bolt before pulling it off, directing the torrent of water at Spot knocking him down.
He tried to compensate, but the force of the water no matter what he did pushed him one way or another. Once he was down Speed smirked and nipped over to him, looking at him on the ground. "Names not so silly now, is it? You barely even saw that coming."