Theme Of Mirage
"Usually one is better than the other, and both of me are better than you."
Also known as Mirage, The Holographic Trickster
Elliot is generally an upbeat sort of guy: He cracks jokes, sees the humor in most situations, and even when he's upset it usually comes out as witty remarks towards what's going on. He's always the cool dude, mister popular, loving having the spotlight shine on him and the fans cheer for him. Every choice he makes revolves around an entertainment factor and how much he can wring from a stunt, attempting to pull in the sponsors and rake in the revenue.
However, despite his seemingly huge ego and self-centered nature, he's actually quite the team player. He'll pick you up when you're down, never desert you in a firefight without your consent and he might even share supplies, free of charge if you remember you owe him one. He can be surprisingly compassionate and willing to listen when someone needs it, and for a friend he'll stick his neck out with no hesitation. Just don't get too upset when he gloats about helping you out.
The above mainly dictates the 'Mirage' he uses as a front, however. What he wants people to see. Elliot is quite panicky on the inside, and through stressful situations his composure can crack and show an uncertain side of his personality. When on his own, he tends to act more somber with his peppy demeanor disappearing, quiet and calculating as he has nobody to pretend for. Often these are when he is at his most effective without distractions, but his discomfort and negativity can be impactful to a point where he slips up, no different than from his cocky showoff attitude getting him into trouble. Elliot rarely allows this part of himself out to others, and probably won't let it out to anybody in this mysterious world, unless he truly gets to know them.
Born on the planet of Solace, a planet within a small cluster known as the Outlands on the fringes of the Frontier, Elliot was the youngest of four brothers. Due to this, he always attempted to use tricks and pranks to stand out, mastering the art of fooling others to get attention. Being the baby of the family, he became the tried and true favorite of his mother, and the picked on but endeared runt for his brothers. Growing up, Elliot's brothers partook in the Frontier War while he stayed behind with their mother, becoming an engineer specializing in pilot holo-tech as it was his mother's passion. His brothers never came back, leaving Elliot and his mother alone to work on their devices, which he constantly used to try and cheer her up in the form of practical jokes, but the loss of three sons had obviously taken a huge toll on her.
She slowly but surely began to see progressing signs of alzheimer's, forgetting the names of her sons on occasion, or mixing them up. Talking about the father that hadn't been around like he was there the whole time. As Elliot grew into an adult he became more and more concerned for his mother's mental health, eventually deciding that home care just wasn't enough anymore. His mother was placed into a specialized facility for her own preservation, Elliot paying out of pocket for the expenses. This had made life hard, and while working in one of his part-time bar jobs, he began to hear of the Apex games and the fame that could be made along with fortune. Seeing opportunity, he readied his holo-tech and qualified, competing in the games with enough wins to be granted Legend status, becoming one of the fan favorites in the Outlands.
That being said, Mirage has seen his fair share of drama from within the Games. From discovering a rival in the form of another Legend named Crypto, to seeing the arenas he fought in be blown up, have meltdowns, freeze over, then somehow end up on fire again. This didn't even mention the incidents he has gone through with other legends, such as the blackmail he ended up on the given end of in regard to a certain Loba Andrade joining the games and wanting to hire him for a mission to find some machine parts, which went swimmingly, I assure you. Adding onto this that the next woman to join the games was one Ramya Parekh who became a forced roommate of his and the drama and painful antics never seemed to end. Especially since directly after that, one of the planets he fought on had it's arena blown up. Again.
It happened during a match. Mirage was forced to go solo, having lost both of his teammates. Creeping about, he managed to make it to the last two squads, the bright painful zapping ring closing them all in as Elliot planned to make a final, drastic push to try and find victory. There'd never be a finalized decision to the match however, as a light brighter than the ring could ever hope to be took the contestants, the Kings Canyon arena, the planet of Solace, and the entirety of the Outlands, though Elliot is oblivious to the idea that more than him disappeared during this event.
Mirage is a highly agile mid to long range fighter, using a mixture of fast movement, repositioning and deception to outwitt his opponents on the battlefield while using the weapons at his disposal to actually clear them out.
- Holographic Decoy - Mirage can deploy an identical holographic decoy of himself, which can mimic his movements, display what he's holding, and make audible footsteps. He can also send them on direct forward walking or running paths, even deploy it during a slide to send it forward in a fast sliding motion to fool enemies. Or he can leave them standing or crouching in place to look like a sitting duck.
When shot, they make a horrific static-y "You got Bamboozled!" sound effect. While they can usually endure multiple weaker attacks before dispersing, stronger attacks cause them to fade after one hit. After a decoy fades, or if Mirage simply wishes to dispose of the old decoy for a new on at his position, he has to wait at least fifteen seconds. And obviously, because they're holograms, even if they don't disperse it doesn't mean they absorb bullets, rather they go straight through. It could cause you to waste precious time if you think it's the real one, however...
- Vanishing Act - Mirage cloaks for up to five seconds, moving stealthily across the battlefield while invisible to the naked eye. Using an Item or Attacking causes his cloak to instantly end, but he can interact with objects like doors and levers, or reload his weapons without dispelling his invisibility. If damaged during cloak, he flickers and becomes momentarily visible due to suit damage. He can also be spotted by alternative means, such as thermal vision or other methods of detecting life, as the ability only masks him physically. After Mirage becomes visible, this ability goes on a one-minute cooldown.
- Mobility - Mirage is an agile fighter, sprinting for long periods without running out of breath, easily vaulting over obstacles or climbing short walls and going into long action slides into giant springy jump pads all while keeping his aim true.
- Weapon Proficiency - Mirage is capable of handling firearms of a wide variety, not limited to pistols, assault rifles, sniper rifles, and shotguns. Due to the technological advancements in his own universe, energy variants of these types of weapons are also easily understood. (Think E-Tech guns from Borderlands, or Brute Spikers from Halo)
- You Got Bamboozled! - When a decoy is attacked, the attackers position is relayed to Mirage. This is only the position at the moment of the decoy being shot, and does not track the target afterwards unless the decoy is struck again, to which it will update the location of the attacker.
- Not my pretty face! - Mirage can fight hand-to-hand and will if necessary, but he isn't the most durable, so taking hits isn't in his favor.
- Keep your mouth shut, Witt! - Elliot is great at using his words for mindgames and perhaps even motivation, but he is also really good at pissing people off when he doesn't intend to. Relying on him for negotiate is a terrible idea, especially if he has reason to dislike the individual(s) they're trying to convince. He also stutters a whole lot when scared, which probably doesn't help either.
- I came, I saw... I won! - Elliot tends to act cocky and show overconfidence in front of others to try and impress them. This can lead him into wonders of trouble, though Elliot's still not stupid enough to throw himself into certain death to prove a point. He's also very prone to accepting challenges, especially if someone talks him down about not being able to accomplish the task.
- Claptrap, The Fragtrap - Both are obnoxious butt-monkeys in their own series, often being belittled and made fun of. It was only natural for a bond between the two to flourish, but God help anyone who has to deal with both of these talkative idiots being in the same room.
- Pathfinder - Mirage's closest friend inside and outside of the Apex Games. Despite him trying to repress it, in fear of what he's already lost in his life and not wanting to connect to another person he'd lose. Pathfinder himself is a MRVN unit that woke up in a warehouse on Solace one year, and has been looking to find his own purpose and creator ever since: Joining the Games in hope of becoming famous enough that his creator would notice him.
- Mao - Number one honor student of Maritsu Evil Academy, with an Evil Quotient of three billion. A typical demon in all regards that takes what he wants, treats people as he pleases, and is more than willing to use the victims of his aggression in horrific experimentation. His goal in life is to defeat his father, the Overlord of his Netherworld, and claim the throne as Dean of the Academy for himself. His interest in mechanics and technology could make him find great interest in Mirage's technology, and he wouldn't mind prying open that head and extracting all the information on the tech for himself.
- Wingman - The Wingman is a powerful revolver, capable of dealing heavy damage in singular shots, taking six shots before needing to reload. It uses a standardized ammunition type known as 'Heavy Ammo' which is used across many of the Frontier's firearms.
- Arc Star Grenades x2 - Arc Stars are grenades shaped sort of like ninja throwing stars, that stick on impact before releasing a disruptor explosion after 2.8 seconds, causing heavy damage to shielding devices and machines, and blurs vision along with lesser damage against living targets after exploding.
- Jetpack - A jetpack used in the Apex Games for skydiving into the arena, and preventing damage from long falls. Grants Fall Damage Immunity as long as it's equipped to Elliot.
- Mirage's Duds - Mirage's clothes made specifically for use with holo technology. Though he can fit the equipment onto other suits, it'd take downtime and definitely couldn't happen during a mission. If he loses this or it's destroyed, he will be unable to use any powers/passives that involve his holo-tech.
- Heavy Ammo - 100 standardized Heavy Ammunition. For use with weapons such as his Wingman.
- Pirate's Doubloon - Mirage found this while digging for buried treasure. It's chipped, but still pretty to look at. He assumes it may have some light value.
- Coconut - A coconut Mirage found, fallen from a tree. He figures he can use it if he becomes thirsty, or as a makeshift blunt force object if necessary.
- Scallop Shellx5 - Pretty shells Mirage found in the sand. He hopes to eventually turn them into a necklace as a reminder of his vacation.
- Spotted Egg - Mirage found this egg in a sand mound, though felt conflicted about keeping it. Wanting companionship, he is attempting to care for the egg to see what happens when it hatches.
- Mysterious Fossil- Mirage dug up this heavy beauty while looking for buried treasure. He likes it as a souvenir, but wouldn't mind having another purpose for it one day.