"Won't you be my neighbor?"
Name: Laurence Harken
Appearance: Laurence would best be described as "fit." He works out in a general sense, without much of an emphasis on one area over another. His love of sweets prevents him from hitting "sculpted" but he can wear skinny jeans with the best of them. The twenty four year old's wardrobe could best be described as "charmingly fashionable." It's not exactly what one would normally consider cutting edge high fashion but he makes it work. Lots of warm colors, warm sweaters and warm smiles.
Biography: As with many people around the world, Laurence was drawn to Academy City by the Power Curriculum Program. However unlike most it wasn't what it could give him that fascinated the young adult at the time. It was how it worked.
Specifically the psychological sections. How was it that triggering certain reactions in a person's mind could give them the ability to warp reality around them? So after graduating highschool at eighteen he moved to Academy City, enrolling in one of their psychology degrees. Paying through a combination of scholarship money, some help from his middle class parents and a lot of personal hard work. Oh and a significant amount of student loans.
Part in order to help pay for his school and living expenses and partly to see what he could find out about it Laurence joined the PCP shortly after arriving at Academy City. It was an odd experience to say the least. Most everyone else in the program was good bit younger than him and the amount of poking and prodding he went through wasn't what he would consider to be at all pleasant. It payed off in the end though. He got his ESPER powers and a tidy sum to help keep him afloat during his time in Academy city.
There was something he noticed while interacting with other members of the program however. Thousands of kids were being given almost random superpowers. It had an extremely distinct chance of messing them up. Not so much driving them insane or retarding their development. But you give a twelve year old mind control powers and the results will tend to follow a certain theme. That's to say nothing about the kids who given a chance a greatness but were never able to develop their powers. Laurence couldn't help but feel for them. His empathy soon changing his study path from something oriented towards research to one more focused on therapy and that of young ESPERs in particular.
In the six years since then Laurence has gotten his Masters Degree and is about to move onto his Doctorate. To aid with ever increasing amounts of money needed he currently works at a clinic designed specifically for treating ESPERs. Kids dealing with the thousand and one problems of childhood that have only been amplified by superpowers. His training and potent personal powers has resulted in him being called on by Anti-Skill from time to time. Not quite at the level of a formal consultant but there are several officers within the organization who know and respect his ability to talk down or contain criminals capable of blowing out walls with their minds.
What those officers don't
know is that he basically does the same thing in his off time. Wandering the streets of Academy City in attempts to stop events from reaching the point where they require police intervention. Or dealing with it early if such action is needed.
Personality: A sweet guy. Always ready with a friendly word and bits of advice he's picked up over the years. Would probably make you chocolate muffins if you were sick. Laurence also has a strong sense of right and wrong. It's what drives him to wander the streets at night when he could be studying or sleeping.
Esper Power: Guardian Light- Level 4
Laurence recently broke through to level 4, a product of both his not insignificant amount of time working on his abilities and a better understanding than most about the mechanics behind their function. Guardian Light in particular allows him to create and control shapes of pure light. While at first he was limited to simple barriers the complexity and strength of his constructs have risen with time and effort. At Level 4 he is capable of making semi-detailed objects, nothing as complex as a piece of machinery but he can manage a suit of cool looking armor easily enough.
The constructs are powered by Laurence's will. The more effort he puts in the stronger the construct. However using it is physically draining with the creation, manipulation and possible destruction of his objects resulting in mental and physical feedback and stress. In addition while he always has some idea of the position and movement of his constructs he gains no external awareness from them. He needs to be able to see them to move them around an environment properly.
Skills: After six years in Academy City Laurence can speak fluent, if accented, Japanese. In that time he has expanded his basic knowledge of cooking into a genuinely enjoyable repertoire of recipes. In order to avoid gaining too much weight from said food Laurence has taken up a variety of forms of exercise. Most pertinent to the question at hand are his free running and MMA training regimes. And as previously mentioned he has extensive training in the realm of psychology, mostly mixed between the mechanics of the Power Curriculum Program and child/teenage therapy.
Ambition: Learn more about the Power Curriculum Program and how it works. Help the many young ESPERs of Academy City with formative years at least as confusing as those of the rest of the planet. Get his annoyingly expensive Doctorate.
Extra: Laurence has acquired a collection of anti psychic equipment both through his work at the clinic and with Anti-Skill. He usually works a piece into his wardrobe just in case.