Name: Austin Barker
Appearance (general and costumed):
Powers: Hyrdo/cryo kinesis - Austin controls the metaphorical sway of life by controlling the physical sway of water. With the ability to change the form of water through the three states, he is almost always with his tools. Ice and water are easy to manipulate, but the challenge comes with attempting to manipulate gasses. His powers offer him a degree of temperature control in order to turn a fine mist into ice. The lightest and least dense state of being is the hardest to control. Another difficult talent he has accomplished with his powers is being able to separate and mix various liquids.
It typically helps Austin if he can see whatever it is he's manipulating, but not required. A certain extra sense allows him to feel water in a metaphysical manner.
hand-eye coordination - Due to his job, Austin has heightened reflexes and excellent hand-eye coordination. his brain works fast to make sure he can juggle everything on his plate when the time is needed.
Alcohol-based knowledge - Being a bartender, Austin knows how to make a good drink. His powers serve him well, though he doesn't show off. Whatever weird, obscure name you throw at him, he will have a drink for that.
hand-to-hand combat - Austin has been in a few fights, and knew how to handle himself even before his meta-gene kicked in. Austin used to attend a karate dojo when he was a young child, but moved out of it in favor of a more practical fighting style. Most of his fighting skills are based off of improvisation, which shows how well those lessons stuck with him over the years.
People knowledge: Austin knows how to work people. He's not a hustler, but he's seen too many to not know how they worked. The smile, the handshake. When you lived in a fake town with fake people, you knew how to become fake just like them. He might not always like putting on the charm, but he can't deny results like a big tip.
Previous occupation: Bartender
Backstory: Austin grew up in Van City, a rapidly growing area that was becoming quite popular with celebrities and people of notable status. As they moved into the city, everyone else flocked to them. Growing up in a tourist city wasn't so bad, especially when you weren't there more than half the time. There was a beach a few minutes away from the main city, a little secret cove he found himself when he was a young teen. There were a lot of memories on that beach, a lot of firsts.
While trying to wow his dazzling darling, Austin swam out to sea one night and was caught in a current. He was shoved far out into the sea, tired, hungry, and thirsty. He found no strength to swim back to shore, and the sun was on the rise. In this moment, he found special awareness of his surroundings. The ocean was in his mind. The way it pushed and pulled fell in sync with his heart. With a rush of inspiration and strength, she started to swim, finding that he was swimming must faster and farther than he had ever known.
His girlfriend had thought that he had drowned, but she waited adamantly in hopes that her worries were false. When he came back from the water, she went to hug him, and he hugged her back.
And the water hugged them both.
Austin was just like those he had seen on the TV, those Metahumans. It explained how he could even get back, how he could bend the water this way and that with only his thoughts and a few simple movements.
from that day on, he practiced his powers at that secret beach. He got a job at a little bar where he could always be working on being more fluid and efficient with his powers. Everything was going fine.
One day, he was relaxing on his day off when there was a knock on his door. Unsure of who it was, he opened the door and looked to see a man in black, then the world went dark.
Personality: Austin is a rather laid back individual, preferring to sit on the sidelines and cheer people on than take the spotlight for himself. When his powers came, there wasn't a call to action. Of course he explored this new facet of himself, but he didn't wear tights and a mask and use water to whip people up. Helping people is important, he won't deny that, but he needs to be able to swim before he can be a lifeguard. Jumping in to help someone when you don't know what you're doing is just making the next guy rescue another person on top of the first.
Likes: Bar tending, pop music, surfing, breakfast in bed, tourists
Dislikes: vaudeville, tourists