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Here's one from Deviantart's custom heroes:
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*has an impulsive idea, realizes its horrible, horrible political flame fuel that would turn the thread into a trainwreck so mentally wads it up and tosses it over his shoulder* :grin:

Gimme a couple of days to get back to the drawing board and I'll see what I can come up. Its an evocative image!
 
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*has an impulsive idea, realizes its horrible, horrible political flame fuel that would turn the thread into a trainwreck so mentally wads it up and tosses it over his shoulder* :grin:

Gmme a couple of days to get back to the drawing board and I'll see what I can come up. Its an evocative image!
I want to do another as well. But I just did one. :hehe:
 

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American Outlaw

AKA:
The Pale Rider
Real name: Russel 'Rusty' Simmons
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 184lbs.
Hair: Black Eyes: Blue
Age: 27
Origin: Training/Master gunfighter

Prowess: 4 (Fair)
Coordination: 6 (Great)
Strength: 4 (Fair)
Intellect: 3 (Average)
Awareness: 4 (Fair)
Willpower: 5 (Good)

Determination: 4
Stamina: 9

Powers:
Weapon: Shooting 6 (Great, Pistol/Rifle)
-Extra: Secondary Effect 4 (Fair, Second pistol)

Specialties:
Athletics Expert
Firearms Master
Martial Arts
Investigation

Qualities:
The World's Fastest Shot
“Justice Flies True”
Intensely Focused

History:
Rusty Simmons grew up with his grandparents until their passing on his 18th birthday. Willard Allen Simmons was a huge fan of westerns, including the old serial Have Gun – Will Travel, and both he and his grandson bonded over that show. Rusty came to idolize the wandering hero, the man with no home, but willing to help others. However, the times being what they are, he quickly realized that he had better follow his second dream: To be a police officer.

Unlike most, he never went to the military, instead he applied straight to the San Antonio police academy. His shooting skills were legendary, as like most Texan's elder Simmons' man was an avid gun nut, teaching his grandson not only how to fire, but to care for and be safe around. Which coupled with his reflexes and diligence to learning everything he can about a topic, meant he was one of the top shootists in America, if not the world.

After graduating and working his way up from beat cop to detective, his attitude and caring got him the nickname of Paladin, something he secretly loved as it harkened to his childhood dream. He also met and fell in love with a local prosecutor, Lola Grace Barnes. The courtship was fast, honest and true. And sadly, not to be.

The case targeted a well known drug kingpin who used illegals, especially children, as mules. And unfortunately, Lola got too close. The fire was clearly arson, but her being dead before the flames started was proof of the murder. However, there was some circumstantial evidence linking it to the case, but given that most of the evidence and any links went up in flames along with her corpse, the police were helpless.

That would break most men, make them turn to drink, or to some other vice. Rusty on the other hand, became focused. The police couldn't do anything because of red tape, laws and regulations that were meant to help the innocent find justice, but often only helped those guilty to manipulate it.

So, taking his savings that were going to go for a house, a life, with the woman he loved, he found an underground tinkerer and smith, put in an order for a costume and some special revolvers, and a ride. A week later, Rusty Simmons was dead and the American Outlaw, the Pale Rider, left his mark. The first was the drug syndicate. Since then, he and his custom motorcycle, Midnight, wander the back streets and towns of America, seeking wrongs to right.
 
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I'm going to concede to Chris Brady on this. His entry is really good and mine won't gel.
 

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I'll keep them coming until someone tells me to stop. LOL You're on a roll @Chris Brady

There are some really cool concept art for “Heroes and Villains”, by Shadow a concept artist for Plan Z Virtual Studio. Here's one of his:
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I'd like to see other people's ideas. I love supers. So this is fun for me, but equally fun is seeing other takes.
 

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I'll keep them coming until someone tells me to stop. LOL You're on a roll @Chris Brady

There are some really cool concept art for “Heroes and Villains”, by Shadow a concept artist for Plan Z Virtual Studio. Here's one of his:
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Cool art! I have a germ of an idea, I'll try to get it post in a day or two. Having a Hell of a week in RL
 

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Ion-Man

AKA: None Known
Real name: Ian Stanford
Height: 5' 9" Weight: 172lbs.
Hair: Chestnut Eyes: Green
Age: 33
Origin: Transformed/Energy Blaster

Prowess: 4 (Fair)
Coordination: 5 (Good)
Strength: 4 (Fair)
Intellect: 4 (Fair)
Awareness: 4 (Fair)
Willpower: 6 (Great)

Determination: 2
Stamina: 10

Powers:
Absorption 7 Radiation (Incredible)
-Extra Blast 7 Radiation (Incredible)
-Extra Force Field 7 Radiation (Incredible)

Specialties:
Science
Power Expert

Qualities:
All The Power at My Command
Constantly 'Leaking'
Half-Assed

History:
There are people who never reach what others claim is their potential. And sadly, Ian was one of these people. It never felt like his choice. He didn't make it to MIT, his scores were just low enough to not be accepted. His life was a series of almost. He almost won every science fair. He almost won every athletics event. And everyone told him that if he just applied himself he'd be better. Never understood what that meant, Ian always did give his all, but never managed to reach those heights.

So he settled for second best. Went a science college, became an assistant to a nuclear physicist. His mentor/boss managed to land a gig at a Particle Accelerator. Of course, it was a sketchy operation, of course it went wrong, and of course, it was all blamed on him. What no one expected after the explosion was that although he was far enough away, the radiation they were experimenting with -which he never found out, no one ever thought he was important to clue in. After all, his job was to push the buttons the boss told him to- affected him at the cellular level without outright killing him.

Now, constantly expelling low levels of poisonous radiation, and on the run for a crime he doesn't think he committed -he pushed all the buttons when he was told to!- Ian decided to become the one thing everyone wanted him to: The Villain. Turns out being callous and robbing banks was a lot easier than being an honest man. And so Ion-Man was born, not much of a mastermind, he lets others take the lead. One gig gave him a suit to 'contain' him, another set him up with a decent amount of cash. Despite his raw power, he settled for henchman status to more prominent villains, which ironically helped in his favour, as he wasn't pursued quite as ardently.

When Paragon went insane, he hid. Which is why he survived and wasn't part of the 20,000 Post-humans that died trying to stop the world's most powerful man. However, when the Ultimians attacked a mere 8 years later, he joined the fight, realizing that he was effectively immune to their weapons. It's been a year since earth barely repelled them with the help of the supervillainess known only as The Empress of Man, and now, Ion-Man is at a crossroads.


Was gonna sit out, but I wanted to do something.
 
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I'm gonna concede, I don't think I can beat that one.
 

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C'mon guys, I wanna see what y'all got. I'm not competing. I just wanna see people's takes. And seriously, I am NOT that good. The only thing I got is a setting I've been using for almost a decade, that's it. And it's not all that impressive, I'd argue it's rather lame.

Also, I don't have pictures to put up beyond Almost Nightwing. :smile:
 

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Sorry, Internet was out for few days. It was the weed whacker what dun it!

 

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Sorry, Internet was out for few days. It was the weed whacker what dun it!

Gravity Jane
Real name
: Claire Montgomery
Origin: Gadgeteer

Prowess: Fair
Coordination: Good
Strength: Fair
Intellect: Great
Awareness: Good
Willpower: Good

Powers:
Gadgets and gear related to gravity: Grav-board (Hover, fly, fast speeds) and Grav Grenades (float or pinned to ground)
Body armor made from space age polymers
Goggles: Nightvision, shielded, & telescopic.

Specialties:
Physics
Quantum Engineering
Technobabble

Qualities:
Youthful spirit
Stand back! I'm about to do SCIENCE!

History:
Claire was a struggling graduate student working on her PhD in Physics when she volunteered for some brain stimulation by her university's advanced psychology department. The resulting trial run of meds and brain modulation now allows her to excel in certain areas of physics, specifically her understanding of the ways in which to manipulate and harness gravity.
 

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Haywire
Real Name
: Samantha McCain
Height: 5' 5" Weight: 127lbs.
Hair: Naturally Brown, dyed blond Eyes: Green
Age: 31
Origin: Innate and Gadgeteer/Genius Saboteur

Prowess: 3 (Average)
Coordination:
4 (Good)
Strength:
3 (Average)
Intellect:
7 (Incredible)
Awareness:
4 (Fair)
Willpower:
5 (Good)

Determination: 4
Stamina:
8

Powers:
Gadgets 7 (Incredible)
-Extra Arsenal (Hoverboard and X-Ray goggles)
Interface 7 (Incredible)
-Limit: Range Touch only
Machine Control 7 (Incredible)
-Limit: Self-Powered (Must have it's own power source)

Specialties:
Gadgets
Martial Arts
Science
Technology

Qualities
:
"I know what I'm doing!"
Machines can be fixed, people can't
Broken

History:
Sammi McCain was not always a nihilistic broken woman. But the loss of everything she ever loved not once, but twice will change people. Although her mother's race is blessed with an innate understanding of general technological principles, giving them an edge in reaching space. However, being humanoid, but not to the Ultimian standards, they were discovered and hunted to near extinction. The survivors fled to a small, backwater and unimportant planet at the far edge of the arm of the Galaxy, where they hid and merged with the population. A lot of them had children, and Sammi is one of them, and due to her genes, she was blessed with both a high intelligence and ability to 'talk' with machines.

However, being cautioned to not use her powers all her out of fear of being discovered -Despite humanity having known and experienced super powered post-humans since 1984- she always made sure that any sort of breakthrough was either done in a group or a fortuitous 'accident'. While working for Vector-Dyne, a technologically advanced corporation with arms in just about everything from vehicles to personal electronics, she fell in love with a Victor Hines, the amazingly young director of R&D and her boss. Freely and willing to give up everything for him, she became his partner in all things. For him, he knew of her gifts and subtly got her to foster them and build trust in humanity.

Then Paragon went insane. In wars, most human armies target technological and manufacturing centers and communication hubs. But when you're so powerful that most weapons don't harm you, and you want to murder, you simply ignore those and attack centers of mass population. Sammi was at work at a remote lab, having both her children with her at the time, due to scheduling conflicts with her husband's family and that saved them. Her man's private plane was disintegrated on live television in mid-air while Pittsburg was reduced to a cinder in minutes shortly after.

Now a single mother with twins, she began using her powers more overtly, to help both discover what made Paragon insane and to prepare against another incident of the same magnitude, not to mention feed her family. And although she succeeded on the latter, she wasn't in time to save her 9 year old boys nor her side of the family who moved to San Francisco, renamed to Bay City after the Paragon Incident. The Ultimians, her mother's greatest fear, implanted by her own mother (And Sammi's gram) came and began to decimate earth not only for harbouring various fugitive humanoid aliens that their purity crusade deemed unworthy of existence, but because Humans had also failed it and must be destroyed.

Although Bay City escaped mostly unscathed, a lot of the suburbs did not. And Grandma McCain and Timothy and Thomas were among the millions dead. That was enough for Samantha, everything she had and cared for, gone and she could do nothing. Now, she no longer cares. If people want her, they can pay for her. Anything, her powers, skills, gadgets, all for sale, because in the end, what does it matter?

Notes:
Her favourite devices are a pair of X-Ray goggles and a hover-board she made for her boys, as a way to try and feel something more than dead inside. Lately, she's taken to thrill seeking. Her costume has an amazing array of tools.
 

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Once again, sorry for the wait. More RL crap. But I have been think about the backgrounds while away. Both of them are excellent. I can tell both entries took allot of thought and work. It was really hard to come up with a definitive winner. But in the end, I felt Picaroon Jack's entry fit the 'mood' of the image a little better. I know that's incredible subjective but I felt it was a notable difference that offered a hair's breadth difference in the two origin's standing the competition. Congratulations, Picaroon Jack!

It anyone is curious, here is the character: Y.T.''s original sheet.

Name: YT
Secret ID: Ashley Greer
Power source: Birthright/Science!
Origin: Birthright/gimmick

Fighting: Fantastic (+)
Agility: Fantastic (+)
Strength: Decent (- -)
Endurance: World Class
Reason: Great (-)
Intuition: World Class
Psyche: Fantastic (+)

Health: 120
Karma: 100/90
Wealth: Bad (part time job, at best, lives at home with parent(s))
Specialties:
Science (chemistry) +1 RS
Acrobatics (+1 RS)
Computers (+1 RS)


Resistance (Physical) (great Body Armor 20/0)
Binding (Goober blast) (great)
Super speed (super plank) (great)
Strike (liquid knuckles) (great)
Wizardry (gadgeteering) (great)
Super Senses (IR goggles) (great)

Ashley Greer, high school honor student, operates as a vigilante in New Sodom. When she first donned her new gear and saved a young couple from a group of gangsters, the obvious question was asked:

“Who are you?” they asked.

She really didn’t have an idea of a superhero name. In truth, she was looking to test out some radically new gear she made from bodging together some heretofore alien technology with her thrashing gear. She thought it would make for an extreme ride she could sell to others (of course she had no way to replicate the power source).

That night, she became so much more.

“Yours Truly,” she said. “Call me YT.”

While her “super plank” (a revved up skateboard) and thrasher suit give her all her powers, her reflexes and agility are all her own. Why she’s this way she has no idea, and doesn’t really have any idea of figuring out how.

While she does, she’ll continue being a hero, leaving tangled up badguys with a little note attached…

“Compliments of Yours Truly.”
 
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American Outlaw

like most Texan's elder Simmons' man was an avid gun nut, teaching his grandson not only how to fire, but to care for and be safe around.
1. Political stereotype of Texans
2. “Gun Nut” is a politically charged term.
3. Someone who teaches their children firearm safety is not a “Gun Nut”. “Gun Nuts” are the guys who show their 90lb girlfriends shooting a .50 cal pistol that recoils so hard it hits them in the face, “Bubbas” who modify pistols to carry loads capable of killing T-Rexes (or themselves) and other such idiocies.

Other than that, great write-up.
 

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Neither did I and I am not Canadian. Don't worry about it, lets just move on.
Nice Job on Haywire.
I will agree with your assessment, looking it over my submission, it feels a little weak.
 

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I will agree with your assessment, looking it over my submission, it feels a little weak.
Its not weak, I rather like it but didn't feel as "four color" as that picture exuded to me. That's really it. I'd readily use the character in a game.
 
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Chilblains

Real name
: Jamal Stone
Height: 5' 8" Weight: 134lbs.
Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Age: 26

Origin: Birthright/Mutant

Prowess: 3 (Average)
Coordination: 4 (Good)
Strength: 3 (Average)
Intellect: 3 (Average)
Awareness: 4 (Fair)
Willpower: 5 (Good)

Determination: 1
Stamina: 9

Powers:
Energy Control: Cold 7 (Incredible)
-Extra Flight 7 (Incredible)
-Extra Element Control: Water 7 (Incredible)
--Extra Blast 7 (Incredible)

Specialties:
Power Control

Qualities:
Energetic
Braver than he thinks
Master of Wind, Ice and Water

History:
Most origin stories happen because of a crisis, a life or death situation, either for yourself of those you love. It's a common story for most heroes and villains, so a lot of foolish young people that decide they want to be super powerful and have more money than sense, throw what are called 'spark parties', to 'spark' the supposed latent gene that no one has ever found, into activating. The worst of these affairs are of course, incredibly illegal and dangerous and often end in tragic deaths. But more often than not they're marked with heavy drinking and drug abuse.

Jamal Stone has always been a slacker at heart, he did OK in school, was a good B grade student but he never really did much outside of his little box. Still he did his little rebellions, to make try and break out. Sometimes it led him to bad places, like shoplifting at 15, others like smoking weed, was a fun diversion.

So when a friend of his invited him to a Spark Party a rich college student was throwing, he decided to go on a whim. Expecting to get blasted out of his mind, get drunk, maybe score with the hostess, things started getting weird as things started to get a little breezier around him, literally. Thinking it was the drugs (never did find out what those were) he started making liquor 'sculptures' in his mug. Most of the other party goers who noticed this thought it was a group hallucination, but didn't seem to clue in either.

When a pretty party goer decided that she was going to try and get some powers by throwing herself off the edge of the penthouse, that's what jolted him into action. Goaded by all the drunk and drugged out of their mind kids, she hopped into the night sky. Jamal knew this was going to end badly. Not sure how, but he knew. So with a strength of action he didn't know was in him, he rush to the side and reached out to catch her.

And every single source of liquid responded. Faucets exploded, tubs emptied, the pool, all the beer and wine and alcohol snaked out and shaped in a pair of ginormous hands caught, slowed and then carried the shivering, frightened twenty something girl back onto the rooftop. Shortly after the cheering stop, the police came and arrested everyone. Jamal himself didn't resist and gave his side of the story, even showing them his new powers and excellent control of them.

While the Detroit police, debated what to do with him, as frankly, the worst they could pin on him was possession and he did save the victim, a well known corporate philanthropist, William Albert Jensen of Ace Industries, came to his rescue, offering a job as part of 'Alpha Team', a registered group of heroes. Using his political pull, he managed to get the new Post-Human into the fold. His drifting University career now over, Jamal begins on Monday. He took the name Chilblains because it sounded cool.

Notes:
Due to his random drug use, he looks a bit older than he seems. Also, evidence suggests that his powers had been slowly manifesting for years, without his knowledge, due to having a Vux'an Grandfather, a now known alien race of that fled the Ultimians back in the late 1940's.
 

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I'm going to bow to Christopher Brady again on this one or anyone else that want to step up. :smile:
 

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I am having the worst writers block right now. I get the seed of an idea and it fizzles. Frustrating as Hell. I need some creative Viagra or something. But I didn't want to hold up the thread. Your background was great. :smile:
 
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