Doctor Elemental

AKA Kumar Singh, UNTIL Superhuman Registry No.: 391673

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Doctor Elemental
The subject stares down a cadre of VIPER agents threatening to detonate a bomb in the heart of New York City

Base of Operations: Millennium City, MI. USA

Group Affiliation: Challengers of Destiny

Alignment: Good

Motivation: Responsibility of Power

Abilities: The subject can wield a variety of so-called elemental forces for offensive and defensive purposes. For instance, he has been seen manipulating the earth to form protective shields, project an omni-directional blast of super-heated plasma, hurl ball lightning and crafting cages of ice to hold foes in place.

Skills: The subject holds advanced degrees in Astrophysics and Engineering. Singh is also a skilled combat pilot and has served as test pilot on a number of experimental and classified aircraft and spacecraft.

Paraphernalia: The subject carries the collapsible Ellison Enterprises spacesuit in a compartment on his belt.

Vulnerabilities: Due to the forces the subject was exposed to during “The Incident”, Singh must spend an hour a day in the experimental spacesuit he wore during the flight or suffer debilitating pain. Although every examination conducted on the suit was negative, it is believed that the nanotechnology incorporated into the spacesuit may have been responsible for him gaining his metahuman abilities. It is also believed that the subject will expire if he does not don the suit within 72 hours.

Threat Level: Beta

Kumar Singh was born in Queens, New York, where his father, Dr. Shah Khan, MD, and his mother, Dr. Dharma Singh, a psychologist, raised him in a loving home alongside his sister, Chahna, and brother, Lagan. Originally from India, his parents made a tidy sum working in hospitals and private practice and the Singh children were well-educated. Not wanting to force his father to pay for his college tuition, the subject joined the Air Force, which paid his way through college. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Physics, the subject continued onto a Doctoral program specializing in Astrophysics while rising through the ranks and becoming a seasoned combat pilot.

By his tenth year in the service, now Captain Singh had obtained a second Master’s degree in Engineering. He was then invited to join NASA and head a mission to the newly-established space station, Gateway, but was forced to relinquish his position on the flight due to the death of his father. On returning home from India, the subject left the service and began consulting for some of the largest aeronautical contractors in the world, including Boeing and Ellison. It was the CEO of the latter who suggested to Dr. Singh to try out for a spot on the crew of his starliner, The E.E. Destiny.

Despite his experience, he was passed up for the position of pilot but was chosen to head up communications and serve as co-pilot aboard the Destiny. The flight was picture perfect until The Destiny suddenly and inexplicably disappeared from every tracking station on the planet. When it mysteriously reappeared twenty-three minutes later, the craft had suffered catastrophic structural damage and nearly all the passengers and all but the subject were dead. Singh miraculously brought the crippled spacecraft back to Earth but the survivors had all been altered during “The Incident”.

Once back on solid ground, Dr. Singh found he had acquired the ability to manipulate a range of so-called elemental forces ranging from plasma to gravity. Doctor Elemental as he now chose to call himself threw his lot in with the remaining survivors of the ill-fated Destiny, who had decided to remain together to use their newfound abilities to protect others from the unknown.

Grace

AKA Beatrice Grace Collins, UNTIL Superhuman Registry No.: 391674

Grace
The subject prepares to heal civilians injured by the VIPER agent known as Ripper.

Base of Operations: Millennium City, MI. USA

Group Affiliation: Challengers of Destiny

Alignment: Good

Motivation: Unwanted power

Abilities: The subject can somehow alter reality locally through unknown means. She typically manifests the ability to speed up or slow down biological and biochemical processes such as accelerating healing or retarding the affects of radioactive contamination. However, our specialists theorize that these abilities are only at the tip of the iceberg.

Skills: Prior to “The Incident”, the subject was a gifted artist.

Paraphernalia: N/A

Vulnerabilities: Due to the traumatic events of “The Incident”, the subject’s perceptions have been altered and her appearance made truly strange. The consequent feelings of alienation and isolation can perhaps be used against her.

Threat Level: Delta

Beatrice Grace Collins was once an up and coming artist who worked in a myriad of mediums, ranging from oil to charcoal, even ink for tattoos. She was pleasantly surprised when she received an invitation to the maiden voyage of Earth’s first commercial spaceliner, The E.E. Destiny.

The flight was picture perfect until The Destiny suddenly and inexplicably disappeared from every tracking station on the planet. When it mysteriously reappeared twenty-three minutes later, the craft had suffered catastrophic structural damage and nearly all the passengers and all but one of the crew were dead. The lone crew member miraculously brought the crippled spacecraft back to Earth but the survivors had all been altered during “The Incident”.

 At the time of “The Incident”, the subject recalls viewing space from one of the observation bubbles. Whatever happened during those twenty-three minutes, it changed her on a fundamental level. Her skin was left a grayish-black with some as-yet undetermined inner energy burning through in spots. However, it was the change to her eyes that was the most shocking aspect of her transformation: where once she had pale blue eyes, now burned orbs of energy, one dark and the other bright.

 After The Destiny had landed, the young woman made this ominous statement to the press: “I have stared into the eternal night, and the fires of creation. Nothing can compare. I have gazed into the abyss, and it has stared back.” Any hopes of leading a normal live now made impossible, Grace as she now chose to call herself threw her lot in with the remaining survivors of the ill-fated Destiny, who had decided to remain together to use their newfound abilities to protect others from the unknown.

Solaris

AKA Isabelle “Chama” McIntire, UNTIL Superhuman Registry No.: 391676

Solaris
The subject envelops herself in a sheath of fire, melting oncoming projectiles.

Base of Operations: Millennium City, MI. USA

Group Affiliation: Challengers of Destiny

Alignment: Good

Motivation: Unwanted power

Abilities:

Skills: Prior to “The Incident”, the subject was an accomplished gymnast, martial artist and dancer.

Paraphernalia: N/A

Vulnerabilities: N/A

Threat Level: Gamma

McIntire is the daughter of Ara Cangusso, a Brazilian/Korean business woman, and Lucas McIntire, a Scottish/New Zealander gentleman’s club owner. The couple moved to Las Vegas, where the subject’s father opened a gentletmen’s club called “Seventh Heaven”, which quickly became the most popular such club in Nevada. The following year, the subject was born. By the time she had turned one, her father’s establishment had become so prosperous that the McIntires opened several more locations across the country.

As a child, the subject showed remarkable talent in several forms of dance as well as gymnastics, Tae-Kwon-Do and Capoeira. At this time, she won a number of national and international beauty pageants. As she got older, she began participating in a number of dance, gymnastics and martial arts competitions, never once coming in under fourth place. At 14, the subject took fourth place in Tae-Kwon-Do at the Junior World games and second in gymnastics. In her first outing in the Junior Olympics, she won a gold medal in Tae-Kwon-Do, and the silver in gymnastics.

Although she continued to compete, the subject began pleading to work at her father’s establishment, finally being given the opportunity when she turned seventeen. She excelled in this also, winning the ED Award for ‘Newcomer Entertainer of the Year’. The following year, she won several prestigious awards including ‘International Showgirl of the Year’, ‘Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year’ and ‘Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year’.

By the time the subject had turned twenty, she was a multi-millionaire. When she heard that Ellison Enterprises would launch a commercial spaceliner, she was intrigued. She had always been told that the stars were the limit with her and now was her chance to truly be among the stars. She spent millions to be one of the lucky eighty-nine passengers of Ellison’s spaceliner but she soon discovered that no amount of money could buy her a ticket.

To her surprise, McIntire anonymously received a ticket for the maiden voyage of Earth’s first commercial spaceliner, The Destiny, a few days before the launch. The flight was picture perfect until The Destiny suddenly and inexplicably disappeared from every tracking station on the planet. When it mysteriously reappeared twenty-three minutes later, the craft had suffered catastrophic structural damage and nearly all the passengers and and one had tragically perished, miraculously the sole surviving crew member brought the crippled spacecraft back to Earth but the survivors had all been altered during “The Incident”.

The subject’s body underwent a radical metamorphosis: her skin’s pigmentation took on an almost fiery hue and her eyes now glowed yellow. It was later discovered that she had gained the power to project super-heated plasma and solar radiation. She could also fly while her body became sheathed in a corona of flame. At first, the subject fell into a deep depression but soon came to the conclusion that she had been ‘chosen’ to become a defender of those weaker than herself. Dubbing herself Solaris, she threw her lot in with the remaining survivors of the ill-fated Destiny, who had decided to remain together and to use their newfound abilities to protect others from the unknown.

Pennie Dreadful

AKA Penelope Lane, UNTIL Superhuman Registry No.: 391675

Pennie_Dreadful
The subject in combat with an army of Irradiates in the Southwest Desert

Base of Operations: Millennium City, MI. USA

Group Affiliation: Challengers of Destiny

Alignment: Good

Motivation: Unwanted power

Abilities: The subject’s consciousness is housed in a nearly indestructible robotic shell composed of Ellisite, a questionite-neutronium alloy created by Niles Ellison, while the internal frame consists of neutronium. The actuators are powerful enough to allow the subject to press a maximum of 25,000 tonnes and allow movement over horizontal surfaces at 350 kph. Built-in foot-mounted jets permit flight at 150 knots.

The robot shell is powered by a fragment of pure kelvarite which, in theory, provides an inexhaustible source of energy. The subject can channel excess energy into a plasma energy sword and shield for offensive and defensive purposes. The kelvarite power core also powers a built-in hologram projector, which the subject uses to alter her appearance though the resulting holographic overlay is unconvincing when within two meters.

Skills: Prior to “The Incident”, the subject was a gifted singer, songwriter and musician specializing in acoustic and electric guitar. When the subject’s brain engrams were uploaded to the robotic shell, the subject gained access to its extensive database. The subject can theoretically acquire whatever skill(s) a mission may require by means of a software update although it is unclear how this might affect the subject’s human consciousness.

Paraphernalia: N/A

Vulnerabilities: It is possible that a transient electromagnetic disturbance can disrupt the subject’s electronic systems. If a virus could circumvent the sophisticated firewall protecting the subject’s operating system, it is likely that an attack of this nature could disable the subject.

Threat Level: Gamma

Penelope Lane grew up in a typical working-class family in Calgary, Alberta. Neil, her father, was a long haul trucker while her mother, Mary, was a cook in a local diner. Although the Lanes barely made ends meet each month, they were a happy, closely-knit family. Her mother’s death from leukemia changed everything for the ten year old. Her father had to work harder and harder just to pay the bills, leaving her alone with her grief. Grief soon turned into anger. By thirteen, she had become a problem teen in danger of being swallowed whole by her rage.

While skipping school one day, Penelope met a street musician named Denise Wilson, who changed her life forever. Despite the teen’s initial hostility, Wilson wore her defenses down and gave her a healthy outlet for her feelings: music. Now simply calling herself Pennie, she proved to be extremely gifted. By sixteen, she had established herself as an up-and-comer in the local music community. The following year, she was discovered by Vincent Terranova, the head of Mad Dog Records, who signed her to a three-album deal. Things finally began looking up for Pennie and her father, who had fallen in love with Pennie’s mentor Denise.

Pennie’s EP, Liquid Sky, was met with both commercial and critical success. She began touring across North America, first as an opening act for the Arctic Monkeys but, within a year, as a headliner herself. When Neil and Denise got married a year later, Pennie stopped brooding over the past and began looking towards the future. While in L.A. to headline a show at the Hollywood Bowl, she met teen heartthrob George Roundy, star of the popular “The Vampire’s Diary” film franchise. The two started dating but, as Pennie’s star rose, Roundy’s fell. While at the Teen Choice Awards, Roundy became abusive so she dumped him on live TV but not before knocking out two of the actor’s teeth.

While working on her next album, Pennie received a ticket for the maiden voyage of Earth’s first commercial spaceliner, The Destiny. The flight was picture perfect until The Destiny suddenly and inexplicably disappeared from every tracking station on the planet. When it mysteriously reappeared twenty-three minutes later, the craft had suffered catastrophic structural damage and nearly all the passengers and all but one of the crew were dead. The lone crew member miraculously brought the crippled spacecraft back to Earth but the survivors had all been altered during “The Incident”.

Pennie had suffered the most radical and devastating change of all: her body had apparently been disintegrated during those missing twenty-three minutes yet her brain engrams had somehow been uploaded into a nearly indestructible robotic body. Her career in ruins and any chance for normalcy an impossible dream, Pennie Dreadful as she now chose to call herself threw her lot in with the remaining survivors of the ill-fated Destiny, who had decided to remain together to use their newfound abilities to protect others from the unknown.

Teen Heartthrob Disappears from Local Hospital

George Roundy, star of the popular “The Vampire’s Diary” film franchise, disappeared under mysterious circumstances from the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada early this morning.

By Cassie Sandsmark | Las Vegas Star

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LVPD comb the area surrounding the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for evidence

In a terse press release, the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada reported that George Roundy (21) had disappeared from his tenth floor room at the UMC earlier this morning.

Sherry Fineman (32) discovered that Mr. Roundy, who has been recuperating since the tragic maiden voyage of The E.E. Destiny earlier this month, was missing at approximately 2:30 AM shortly after coming on duty.

“I’d just started reviewing the status of the new patients [on the floor] when all the lights started flickering. Then, [Mr. Roundy’s] ECG indicated that he had flatlined. I mobilized the crash team but, when we arrived, he was gone.”

Roundy was admitted to the UMC in comatose condition after The E.E. Destiny crash-landed on the outskirts of Las Vegas in the early morning hours of January 1. Unlike the remaining survivors, all of whom suffered minor injuries and were released shortly aftewr being treated, Roundy was uninjured. His condition had UMC staff baffled according to Dr. April Wednesday.

“Mr. Roundy was in perfect health. In fact, his vitals were textbook across the board — he didn’t even have a scratch on him — yet he was completely unresponsive when brought in and his condition has remained unchanged ever since.”

Detective Raoul Gonzales, lead investigator in the latest mystery involving The E.E. Destiny, admitted to this reporter that the LVPD have no leads as to who might have been responsible for Roundy’s abduction.

“We have been unable to determine how the perpatrators entered and left the hospital without being caught on CCTV or how they could have removed Mr. Roundy from his room so quickly without being seen. We are hoping that someone in the area might have seen something that will put us on the trail of the kidnappers.”

Roundy’s agent and father, Mr. Thomas Roundy, went on the air coast-to-coast this afternoon, pleading with the kidnappers to return his son unharmed. No demands have been made for Roundy’s return according to a source close to the investigation.

Security Breach at Area II

An unknown number of operatives breached the security of Nellis Air Force Base Area II and made off with a top secret payload the doomed E.E. Destiny was carrying yesterday.

By Alexander Summers | The Las Vegas Chronicle

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The sign posted outside the main entrance to Area II

At approximately 3:14 AM local time, one or more individuals successfully infiltrated Nellis Air Force Base Area II and stole the “classified payload” The E.E. Destiny had been carrying in her hold a spokesperson for the Air Force reported at a press conference earlier today.

Without tripping any alarms or alerting Nellis security detail on duty at the time to the presence of intruders, the culprit or culprits managed to gain access to the hangar currently housing the debris of The E.E. Destiny while investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) attempt to discover what downed the world’s first space liner earlier this month.

A source in the NTSB who wishes to remain anonymous claims that the “payload” in question was not removed from the site but rather that something inside its storage housing had “torn its way out”. This, however, has not been corroborated as yet.

When asked what The Destiny was carrying, the spokesman, Major Nathaniel Adams, declined to comment citing the top secret nature of the payload. Niles Ellison, CEO of Ellison Enterprises, could not be reached for comment.

Nellis Air Force Base Area II is a separate facility about a mile northeast of the main base on the northern outskirts of Las Vegas. Area II is munitions storage facility for both conventional bombs and “non-conventional” munitions which reportedly include 200 nuclear warheads.

Major Adams concluded the brief press conference by saying that the authorities were confident that they would soon apprehend those responsible. When asked whether authorities suspected anyone currently stationed at Nellis, he stated that “[the authorities] will follow the evidence wherever it takes us.”

The Rise and Fall of Destiny

The Destiny crashes to Earth with a handful of survivors after disappearing from the skies.

Henry McCabe | The Reno Bugle

Despite speculation that the December 31 launch of The E.E. Destiny would again be postponed due to technical issues, Ellison Enterprises’ commercial space liner blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:25 PM PST.

The Destiny successfully completed its scheduled three orbits of the Earth. Passengers and crew celebrated New Year’s Eve in orbit above Millennium City before Elliot “E.T.” Greene, pilot of the Destiny, was cleared to engage its ion drive and head to Mars, where it was to orbit the red planet and return. The brainchild of Millennium City whiz kid Niles Ellison, the ion drive would have made the 110 million kilometer round trip from Earth to Mars and back in an unprecedented nine days.

Wreckage of Spaceship Two lying in the Mojave Desert of California
Wreckage of the Destiny

However, disaster struck.

A spokesman for Ellison Enterprises made this statement:

“Captain Greene was cleared to engage the ship’s ion drive at 2:28 AM EST January 1. The Destiny had just flown past the Moon when Earth tracking stations lost all contact with it at approximately 3:35 AM EST for as-yet undetermined reasons. When contact was re-established, the lone surviving member of the crew, co-pilot Dr. Kumar Singh, reported that the ship had suffered severe structural damage and that he would attempt to land the craft. The Destiny crash landed in the Nevada desert at 6:18 local time. Rescue teams from Nellis (Air Force Base) evacuated the survivors.”

A source inside Ellison Enterprises said that the transponder on board The Destiny was functioning perfectly throughout the flight even after its mysterious twenty-three minute disappearance. An official for NASA who requested to remain anonymous claimed that The Destiny “didn’t just stop sending telemetry: it simply disappeared.”

Of the eighty-nine passengers and crew, a handful are known to have survived yet both Ellison Enterprises and NASA have declined to release a list of survivors. There is an unconfirmed report that one of the passengers, Canadian singer-songwriter Pennie, may have been lost during the explosive decompression of the Observation Deck.

It is unknown how this disaster will affect Ellison Enterprises’ plans for regular commercial space flights.