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Metahumans (sometimes called Deltahumans) are humans that were exposed to the Delta-Point Energy, or a Delta-Crystal, and had undergone a Manifestation Event. These Metahumans have gained abilities that defy the laws of nature, men with super strength, children that can control ice, and women that can teleport are the tip of the iceberg. This manifestation event only occurs after a human being has developed a sufficient amount of Delta-Point energy within their body. The rate which this energy develops depends on how much a person is exposed to (Codenamed their Exposure Event) and if a person touches a crystal for a prolonged amount of time their energy will develop at a much faster rate than somebody who was briefly exposed. In a lot of cases, exposure to this energy will not cause a manifestation to occur, but 15% of humans are compatible with the energy and can manisfest a power. It's unknown what causes a person to manifest as anyone of any sex, of any gender, is capable of manifesting, it's widely believed to be just chance. After many of them were covered, destroyed, or drained of all of their energy, it's fairly difficult to get exposed to the crystals and most are exposed to it by other Metahumans. There are two ways to manifest: Naturally, or Under High-Stress. If manifesting naturally, it can take over years for a Metahuman to manifest their powers. There seems to be a correlation between high-stress situations and the rapid growth of powers as many Metahumans who manifested.

Upon manifesting the Delta-Point Energy will completely flow within a person's being from their skin, all the way to their bones. It is normally invisible to the regular human eye, but when a Metahuman is straining themselves or using their power a great deal, their energy will show. When a Metahuman uses their power on the outside world, a small amount of the meta-human energy gets projected and focused in that area. Such as a Water-Elemental controlling a cup of water will get some of the energy projected into it, allowing them to manipulate the water inside of it until they cease to control and the energy returns to their body. However, this still leaves the energy in the area and can possibly cause others to manifest whom are compatible.

There are four types of Delta-Crystals/Delta-Point Energy that exist in the world: Type-Yellow (for those that have developed physical powers), Type-Red (for those who have gained an ability that pertains to manipulating the environment), Type-Blue (For those who have manifested a mental ability of some kind), Type-Green (for those who can alter the properties of other powers), and Type-White (those that have powers that don't fit the other categories). Depending on what kind of energy somebody is exposed to will dictate which type of power a Metahuman will develop. From either gaining the ability to manipulate the earth when exposed to red energy, read minds with Blue energy and so on. However, it's possible for these categories to blend together as it's also possible to get exposed to multiple different types of energy and will end up with a power that spans multiple categories. This is a rare type of Metahuman but these kinds of Metahumans are known as Type-Chromatic.

There is such a thing as powers being hereditary, but it is very rare within the Metahuman communities. When Metahumans have children, that child has a 95% higher chance to manifest an ability than anybody else. This is because, when a child is in the womb, the child is bathed with the energy and will grow and develop a similar power to their parents. However, the child will always take after the mother power-wise as they will be exposed to maternal energy more than paternal energy. This is why, if only one parent is a Metahuman, it's far more likely that the child will manifest if the mother possesses the powers. Even if the power is hereditary, the power will be different in certain ways, as nobody has the same one power. If the parents of a Metahuman are different types, there is a higher chance that the child will end up being a Type-Chromatic. Metahumans have a very particular effect attached to them: the Black Fall Effect. This has two main effects on the Metahuman population: firstly, all Meta-humans are subconsciously attracted to each other whether they want to or not. So subtly that it's next to impossible to even notice. It causes the shyest people to head out and interact or draws Metahuman to one location. The more Meta-humans that are around, the more intense this "flocking" effect will get.

Metahumans have an interesting relationship with the Delta-Crystals, as when in contact with a Delta-Crystal, a Metahuman receives a boost to their power as long as they remain in contact. This boost depends on which type of crystal a Metahuman is holding - as if they are a Type-Red holding a Type-Yellow, it'd be an incredibly minor boost to their ability. However, if the crystals are compatible, it'd be an insane upgrade to their powers. With one Metahuman being capable of doing city-changing feats while in contact with a crystal. Though, it will be an insane strain on the Metahuman and will increase their risk for ashing.

However, while powers are truly incredible, they come at a price, powers have a toll on the body and mind. Excessive and unrestrained use would cause what could be described as physical overexertion, and the Metahuman body gets strained from overuse. Pushing powers beyond their limits in high-stress situations cause even worse problems, and at it's most extreme, it may cause an effect known as "Ashing". This is basically an extremely deadly ailment where a Meta-human self-destructs, and their powers shut off, and all their cells will die at an alarmingly fast rate. Their cells will literally drop off their body like specs of ash, and this process will continue until there is absolutely nothing left of a Meta-human. This state is extremely deadly, and there's a mere 4% chance of survival - Even if an ashing victim does survive, there are some permanent physical damage (Amputation, Brain damage, loss of powers, etc, etc - Are a few to note) so it's considered a fate worse than death. Ashing is what Meta-humans truly fear, as any meta-human can ash if they are not careful.

It's possible for regular humans to ash if exposed to large amounts of Delta-Point Energy, and they are among the few that don't or can't manifest a power. This will largely occur if a person is in prolonged contact with the Delta-Point energy as it would take a large amount of energy for this to be possible. However, this can occur with the smallest amount of Delta-Point energy, and anyone who's not capable of manifesting can die from ashing.

Through the study of the crystals and the Delta-Point energy, there has been technology developed from them. They were noted to be a very potent energy source, and the energy can be harnessed in different ways. Most notably, by studying the energy, many organizations have created devices that can detect the energy within people and the crystals in the wild. Of course, these devices are considered to be a huge violation of privacy and are rarely employed. Then there are the simple Suppressant-Collars which are metal devices made to be wrapped around somebody's next that completely disables the usage of activation powers - for those whose powers are permanent changes, they have no effect on them. On the more insidious side, the mad scientists of the world have figured out means to give people powers: Serums. These serums are full of a glowing green liquid that infuses a person's body with the Metahuman energy and after the process is complete, they'll gain a superpower that corresponds with the color of the energy. These serums are usually sold to the highest bidder but are only capable of being purchased by those with a hefty chunk of change, but some people are just given the serums. It's unknown where these serums are coming from, or who are making them, but authorities are doing their best to find out.

In the summers of 1963, there was a sudden and abrupt meteor shower that wrought havoc over the skies of Earth, spreading bizarre crystals across the world wherever their debris made landfall. These crystals were infused with strange radiation that would "infect" living beings that either came in contact with the crystals themselves or were in proximity and got infected with the crystal's energy. This gave rise to the "First Generation" of Metahumans as the first of few individuals with such abilities found their place in the world. While this first generation proved to be relative unknowns, rumors or bogeymen to all but a handful of informed figures, their presence in the world would gradually increase over the coming decades, eventually causing mass hysteria as rumors were proven true and sightings impossible to cover up. By the 1980s, this had led to waves of rioting, protests and even mass displays of religious fervor as the public digested the knowledge of their existence in various ways. Eventually, the governments of the world attempted to manage their Metahuman populations through regulation and incorporation into newly established government agencies, but even so great unrest had and still continues to persist even to the modern day. This manifestation of Metahumans would eventually be known as the Delta-Storm and many theorize that it has happened before, and could happen again. After Delta-Storm, almost all the crystals were taken into government custody, but a few remained at large and it is theorized that they're growing in number.


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♦ THE VERTHAVEN DISASTER ♦



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LOCATION :| Washington
POPULATION :| 522,920
SIZE :| 110.11mi²
CRIME :| Moderate





Baybridge started out as several smaller towns in close proximity to each other in a seemingly isolated part of Washington state. Due to its unique geography, it was quite difficult to get to the land. Sandwiched between a massive mountain, and a massive lake, seemingly the only way to get to the land was by crossing the lake or going around the lake. After an explorer wanted to find out what was on the other side, he took a team with him, and then discovered a wide track of undisturbed fertile land. He moved in with a group of people and built a settlement. This was the first of Baybridge's founding towns, Prince Ed-Field, as the settler (named Edward) tried to declare that this land belonged to him. However, that became difficult when other people started moving in to claim the new land. Forming the four other towns would eventually become Baybridge, Silver Hills towards the north (closer to the mountain), Hedgemount towards the east, Roseview towards the south, and White Coast to the west - which was built around the lake.

As time passed, a bridge was built over the lake, and then the city began to see much more activity and began to boom during the early 1900s after World War II. The five towns began developing into cities which grew and expanded over time until eventually, they began to overlap a bit, making it incredibly difficult to set boundaries. However, in 1950, it was decided that the five towns would be unified into one city: which was named Baybridge - named after the bridge that caused the city to become a metropolis. Fast forward to central times, Baybridge is a massive metropolis in north-west Washington. Each of the former towns is their own part of the larger city - they can be called different sections of the city. They're somewhat spaced out from each other, being nothing more than a long walk away from each other. The best way to describe them now is "Districts," since they're different communities of the city with their own distinct characteristics. Each of the people in each of these former towns regards themselves as their own communities.

Baybridge is east of Seattle, though the city is much alike it (though some areas can also be compared to Spokane or Bellingham). It's technically much larger than Seattle, but much of Baybridge's acres of land consist of miles and miles of woodland, farmlands, and etc. Not every inch of Baybridge consists of a sprawling concrete jungle. The five towns are where most of the population is. Baybridge isn't that much different from other major cities in the US. It has tall skyscrapers, booming businesses, and whatnot. The city has a little bit of everything. It's not particularly known for its tourist attractions, nor it's large boom of tourists. However, Baybridge is known for its rather diverse population. While Caucasians make up a large majority of the city's population, Baybridge is also known for its relatively large Asian community, which makes up the second largest ethnic group - leading to Asian stores being a common sight. Filipinos have the highest population, followed by Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese coming in dead last. African-Americans are the third main ethic group, followed by Latinos, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Because of this diversity, Baybridge is known for its variety of different stories, and buildings.

Recently, Baybridge received a boom in population as people moved towards it in the aftermath of the Verthaven disaster. Most notably, Baybridge was selected to be the headquarters of the newly formed RAVEN/DOVE branch of the government which drew their Agents, and Metahumans to the city. This increase in population gave Baybridge an economic boost and more or less turned Baybridge into one of the many Metahuman hotspots. Even following the terrorist attacks from the Founding Family several years ago, the city has managed to maintain this status as the 'hub' of Metahuman politics on the West Coast.

Baybridge is also known for it's two unique geographical features. First, the massive lake is known as Lake Fair Cove, which stands on the east of Baybridge. This lake is large enough to separate Baybridge from the outside world, necessitating a bridge to cross to it, or the roads that go around it. This lake isn't directly connected to any major rivers or oceans, so there's little traffic going through it, which makes it great for people to rent boats and go out on it to fish. However, many have found that it's surprisingly deep. The other main feature of Baybridge is the Ever Reaching Mountains. A very tall mountain range that forms a crescent around Baybridge. It's very difficult to get past the mountain - however, there are a few resorts set up on it. Because of these features, the only way to get in and out of Baybridge realistically was by crossing the lake on a boat or going on a long trek around the lake. Now, the Brave Water Bridge provides an easy way in, along with the roads alongside Lake Fair Cove.

The weather in Baybridge is quite fair. It's not known to get hot, but it can get quite cold during the winter months. Baybridge is known to be a very rainy city. During the fall and winter months, Baybridge gets much rain - though it can be rainy in the summer. Baybridge also gets snow, at least eight inches during the winter.


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