Theodore Steven ‘Ted’ KordAlias:
The Blue BeetleAge:
Jolly, Analytical, Determined, Insecure, SkepticalPowers: All Natural:
Being a genuine, 100%, grade B human means Ted isn’t weighed down by pesky weaknesses like Kryptonite, the colour yellow or a stray match. Sure, his physique doesn’t let him lift cars (closer to a love seat) or outrun a speeding ticket but he’s done enough physical conditioning to keep up with some of the slower villains out there. Where he really gets extra-ordinary (though not extraordinary by any stretch) is his mind, capable of thinking his way out of most situations or knowing when to make tracks. The Bug:
Ted’s first and longest running magnum opus. A converted ‘50s VW beetle equipped with a slew of gadgets, the most striking one being its ability to fly. Like most of his arsenal, it pales in most aspects when compared to other Leaguer’s gear but it get the job done for Ted and it’s versatility makes up for its short comings. BB Gun:
Ted’s suit has plenty of little doohickies and thingamajigs but his main instrument of justice is his Blue Beetle Gun (patent pending). Capable of firing large bursts of air, a grappling hook or even flash banging potential attackers. Ted’s constantly tinkering with it, adding and removing features though the core three are always there. Weaknesses: Super-Mortal:
Ted’s super heroics go in stark contrast to his genetic disposition to a more sedimentary life style. His decent physique doesn’t come naturally to him and all the muscles in the world won’t stop a stray bullet (that’s what the kevlar’s for) or a nasty trip. Poisons, venoms, curses, you name it, it’ll probably be able to kill Ted. To top it off, Ted has a preexisting heart condition that makes just the stress of super heroics a danger to Ted’s health.Background Hero:
Ted Kord isn’t especially tall, short, bulky or scrawny. Despite his upbringing, Ted is a quintessential everyman sporting light brown hair, dull blue eyes and bit of a gut hiding away his toned muscles. His suit, true to his name, his varying shades of blue aside from the yellow visor adorning his face. Potential Storylines:20,000 Years, Under the Sea:
After a fair bit of sleuthing, Ted finally gets a lead on his mysterious man in gold. Supposedly the super powered criminal is being held in a hyper-secure prison under the sea. Not knowing what his team would think about his less than legal pursuit, Ted uses his powers (ie money) to fake a distress signal coming from the base. Will Ted find what he’s looking for on the ocean floor? Or will the team sink lower than Ted’s expectations.Big Trouble in Little Egypt:
When Black Adam comes for the Scarab, Ted is powerless to stop him. Unsure of what Adam is planning but knowing it can’t be good, Ted and the gang need make their way to Egypt and Kahndaq, fighting Adam’s disciples, now powered up by the scarab. Can the team stop Adam before his plans come to fruition? What will they think when they run into a just as determined and disappointed Dan Garret, using the residual Scarab energy that had rubbed off on him for one last globe trotting adventure? Will Ted ever catch a break? Tune in and find out!BRIEF Bio:
Before taking up the suit, the gun and the sick set of flying wheels, Ted Kord was just a man (an incredibly wealthy man though). His life consisted mostly of being groomed to succeed his father as the owner of KORD Industries and giving to some charities (mostly to get access to the sweet galas that came with). Ted’s simple life was changed one night when he awoke to find a frantic man, adorned in gold in his room. The man spoke like he and Ted were friends but Ted was all but sure they had never met. The man apologized again and again, for what Ted couldn’t figure out. Eventually the man seemed to calm down and before Ted could call the cops the man was gone in a flash of light. Later that night Ted saw that man on the news in cuffs. His fellow socialite, Maxwell Lord, was dead, murdered by the very villain that nearly got Ted that night.
In the coming weeks, Ted’s thoughts would wander to his brush with death though the more his mind wandered, the less content he became with the info on hand. Going online, Ted couldn’t figure out what had happened to the man in gold and any lead the amateur detective followed lead to a dead end. Ted began to delve into some new hobbies (some martial arts) and take up old ones (tinkering with machinery, he had a degree after all). This self improvement eventually lead Ted to an epiphany; who would know more about supers than other supers? Throwing together a rudimentary costume and grabbing a moniker off of a “What’s your Superhero Name?” generator online, the Scarlet Scarab was born.
Ted’s super heroics didn’t take off, making very few contacts in the community and stopping even less crime. That was until he got caught changing into his duds by his next door neighbour, one retired archeologist Dan Garret. The retired superhero took Ted under his wing, sharing his wisdom from years of crime fighting and eventually passing on his own mantle. A pallet swap, new mentor, and some solid advice saw Ted drop the Scarlet Scarab name and bring the Blue Beetle name back onto the scene. This ‘brand recognition’ gave Ted the foot in the door he needed to hopefully get to the bottom of his own white whale of a mystery and maybe do some good along the way.Notes:Sample Post:
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