: Casey CrawfordAge
: Her skin has a fairly pale complexion, mostly from the fact that since the last six years she spends most of her days inside her garage. Her eyes have a hazelnut color, while her hair, which she keeps around shoulder length, is a color somewhere between dark brown and dark red.
Casey certainly isn't the tallest girl you'll ever come across, standing at a mere 5'5". But what she lacks in length, she amply makes up in bust. Yet strangely enough, she doesn't seem to be aware of that herself.
As for clothing, she really isn't all that picky. You'll always find her wearing miss-matching sets, often too big for her. She'll wear anything, as long as it's practical (practical meaning, having lots of pockets to carry tools around). So shirts, tank tops and 9 out of 10 times cargo jeans.
She's almost always covered in grease stains.Personality
: Casey has a somewhat troubled personality. The past six years have been hard on her, then again, on who hasn't it been? But in Casey's case, she couldn't handle it. Too many bad things happening in a too short time period. Her mind slammed shut and now she's stuck in her own little dream world. She'll still act normal and go around daily business and you can even have a good conversation with her -- if you don't mind listening about all her latest inventions -- but the moment you bring up any major events from the past, she'll get a blank stare in her eyes and she'll either pretend she didn't hear that, or quickly change the subject. She might even just walk away without saying anything.
Thanks to her little dreamworld, she's always in a chipper mood. She's active and quirky and doesn't shy away from helping anybody else. For her, the past 6 years simply haven't happened. She might even be a bit naive and childlike, dangerous traits these days.
She's very huggable, enjoying to express herself in a physical way. She'll even do that to people who don't so much share her joy of hugging.
Also, dont think that just because she lives in her own little world, she doesn't know how to fight. Even her own world knows of conflicts. She's fiercely loyal and would easily give up her life if it meant saving those she loves. "Because that's what a superhero is supposed to do, right?"History
: Casey? Shit son, you had to go stirring up shit like that? Look, if you're really that interested, let me tell you what I know. Don't know the full story, but if if only half the things she whispers in her sleep are true...
Casey was born in the small town of Roslyn, Washington. Yeah, precisely where we are now. Had slightly more citizens back then though, heh, but not that many more. She never left. She lived here with her pa, her mom had died giving birth to her. Her pa said that it was her final gift to Casey, which is why he loved her so much. They were simple folk, you know? Ran a small scrapyard together, not the easiest job, but it paid the bills.
It was pretty clear that little Casey was a mutant, even as an infant she cobbled the weirdest contraptions together. Things no right engineer or mechanic could ever approve of. How Her pa reacted when he found out? Why he felt like the proudest man on the planet, yeah, didn't expect that, did ya? You see, from what I understood, Roslyn's community was pretty forgiving with mutants. Hell, if the stories are true, it could've acted as a example for the entire world! Humans and mutants, living together in... well, near perfect harmony. There were of course a few people who thought mutants had no right to be there, but they were vastly outnumbered by those that didn't care. These 'mutants' were their children, their family.
So Casey had a pretty easy youth -- That might explain why she reacted so heavily towards the later events. She had plenty of friends, both human and mutant. She grew up to be a pretty lady, though she'd rather rummage around in scrap than wear a dress, hehe. She was smart in her own way. At only the tender age of 9 she had already created her first little AI, Lummox. Yeah, that big droid that's always following her. Haha, no, it wasn't always that big. When she made it, it was nothing more than a badly welded together robot, like from the 50's. You know, all square and whatnot. It didn't even have a real AI back then, it only blinked and moved its arms. Her pa would be the one to blame for that name. Heh, poor kid didn't even know what Lummox meant back then.
They had always figured Casey would follow some kind of engineering or mechanic education, you know? I mean, you would probably think the same, right? With a power like her's she could be the best damned engineer this world had ever seen! But they actually found out, that the more she learned about the "laws" of engineering, the less she could actually build. The moment she figured out that logic was essentially her worst enemy, they both gave up their dreams of sending her to college. So she stayed to help her pa with the scrapyard.
One could wonder how the events might have unfolded if she had gone to college. But that's hindsight, and nobody betters from hindsight. At least, that's how I see it. The first attack came when during the time Genosha was founded. What was that man thinking? Holding the world hostage with that goddamn bomb... It did more bad than good. Tensions between humans and mutants were at an all time high, with perhaps an third world war looming over everybody's head. Yet Roslyn prevailed! Sure, it wasn't like the good old days, but there were no riots, no protests, nothing. Doesn't mean the outside world thought the same.
They came in trucks, these 'pro-humanists'. The events are sketchy, but from the few stories I've heard so far it was a slaughter. Men, women and children alike, to them they were all the same. Poor little Casey saw how they butchered her friends, their family. Some tried to fight back, but they were no match for the assailants numbers. Casey ran, back to her pa and the scrapyard, certain that she'd be safe there.
He hid her in the trunk of a car and made her promise him not to come out, until it was quiet out there. She was not to come out, no matter what. With tears on his face he told her he loved her and closed the trunk. Had he done it a minute later, they might've spotted her. They came into the scrapyard, maybe 6 or 7 of them, demanding the mutant girl. He told them to get off his property. Casey could hear it all, how they beat him, how they stabbed him, how they yelled and hollered. But she remained put, she promised after all.
After about half an hour, the Roslyn law enforcement got the situation under control, thanks to reinforcements from nearby Ronald. They drove the invaders out of town, arresting and even killing many of them. When it finally went quiet, little Casey got out of the trunk, clutching Lummox close against her. She could see and smell what had happened to her little world, buildings burning, people yelling and crying in the background. And in the middle of the scrapyard...Well, I think that's when little Casey snapped. If only that was the end of it, but we all know better do we? It's all going downhill from that point.
Everything happened so quickly after that. The human - mutant war, the cataclysm, the SENTINEL project. Roslyn, despite what was happening to the world, kept it's old morals. Mutants weren't any different, they were still family. Casey was brought under the care of the local church. From what I've heard, she hadn't spoken a word since that attack. They thought her broken. And they were right.
Then of course Death Mold happened, what a glorious fuck-up that was. It was the end of human civilization as we knew it. They hit the Washington state fast and hard, wanting to unseat its power quickly. Casey, together with some others, managed to hide in a nearby abandoned mine. They stayed there for days, until finally bringing up the guts to check the outside world again. Roslyn was gone, a pile of rubble. For a second time Casey's world was destroyed, this time far more literal. Out of the few people living in Roslyn, only a handful survived.
But us humans, even mutants, are a lot like cockroaches, are we not? You think us exterminated, but a handful always survives and a handful is all it takes. The Roslyn survivors started to rebuild, underground in the mines, away from prying eyes. They never would've succeeded if it weren't for Casey, she build all kinds of contraptions to make the underground inhabitable. Air filters, water drains, solar powered electricity. All in all, we ain't got it that bad down here, even got fresh water, directly extracted from the ground.
I got here 3 years after the events, by that time Casey was already talking and cheering, occupying all her free time with building on Lummox. We all knew there was something wrong with her, but what could we do? We're not doctors. And in all honesty, she is perhaps the lucky one, she doesn't have to life in the harsh reality. 3 years passed after that and here we are, Casey is now a beautiful young woman of... eeuhm, 23? No, 24 now. How the Sentinels haven't found us in all those years? Well, that's really something I'd rather not think about, it gives me nightmares and all, but it wouldn't surprise me if Casey is behind that. Maybe an inhibitor of some sort? I don't know.
So stranger, whats your story?Powers
: Casey is what you would call a technopath. Her power is a bit difficult to explain, as the limits have yet to be defined. Casey can create devices and machines, that by all means, should not be working. Yet they do. A prime example are the little helper droids she keeps around herself. If anybody else had build them, they would've been nothing more than scrap metal pieced together to look like something resembling a droid.
There are however certain limitations to what she can and can't create. First off, it has to make sense to her. Logic is probably her worst enemy, as long as the machines she built make sense in her mind, they work. The moment she finds out that it shouldn't actually work, they fall apart like they actually should. her personality shields her against this somewhat.
Secondly, they machines need to stay within at least a 50 yard distance from her. Anything venturing outside this circle will find itself reverting back to the scrap it really is.
And third, there is something of a size limit. The exact size isn't exactly measured, but the maximum amount of "mass" she can control at a time would be that of a small van. So don't be expecting giant, city crushing mega robots rolling out of her sleeves.Power Glove
An over-sized glove which acts as Casey's toolbox. This giant metallic hand is a replicator, Casey can load in blueprints of existing devices and replicate them at any time. However there is a limit to how much it can "rezz", as Casey calls it (she's fascinated by Tron). Lummox for example, would be too much matter for the glove to rezz. If the limit is reached, previous devices will have to be derezzed in order to make room for other devices.
The glove can act as a weapon, in the same sense that a hammer can act as one. It holds no special fighting tricks and simply exists to create matter. Though it can act as a pretty decent blunt weapon.
Current capacity is 6 points. Lummox
- Lummox is a large quadruple droid, that has a lot of similarities with a gorilla. He has large arms, with short legs and walks around on its knuckles. He can lift up to 1 ton. He has a single camera as an eye and has a large protective casing surrounding the important parts. This armor is tough enough to fend off small arms fire, but it's less effective against laser based weaponry. (for a general idea, think DOG
from Half Life 2).
Lummox is the only thing left from her past. He started out as a simple little thing, just a toy really, but over the years she build on him, expanded him, upgraded him. Until he even developed his own personality. Even now, Casey continues to build on him. He's a never ending project.
Lummox is very friendly, loyal, and has an intelligent and excitable personality. When provoked, he can become very dangerous to enemies, using his immense strength and weight to smash enemies to the ground or tear them apart. His behavior changes when around Casey, as he becomes friendly and cautious, but still alert for any imminent danger. His protective nature makes him an excellent bodyguard.
He communicates with a series of clicks and clangs, which Casey pretends to understand. In reality it's just Lummox trying to emulate speech, as he was not build with the ability to speak. Casey never really got down to that.
Droids:Danny or "Firecrackers"
Rezz points: 1
Firecrackers are the main offensive drones Casey uses. They're small, very agile and very fast. They feature 4 spider-like legs with small wheels attached at the ends. This allows them to move at blinding speeds over all sorts of terrain. They're equipped with low caliber machine guns.
They use their superior numbers to surround the enemy, making them good herders and chasers. They're useless against sentinels or other armored enemies.
Background: Danny was a small, energetic kid who used to live in her street. He'd always run around, pretending like he was a sheriff, shooting at the robbers. Danny died during the raid.
Also called Firecrackers because of the distinct sound they make when shooting.Hannah or "Penetrator"
Rezz points: 6
The Penetrator is the biggest and most advanced drone, aside from Lummox, Casey has. The Penetrator features 4 legs, where the back legs look like that of a locust. It is armed with a high powered railgun, aimed specifically to shoot through the toughest armor. Given the power needed to shoot the weapon, it has the biggest body of all drones. It's the slowest drone in Casey's arsenal. It needs to deploy before it can fire.
Casey specifically designed these as an answer to the sentinels. The Penetrator is powerful enough to punch through the sentinel's heavy plating, allowing it to strike at the sensitive machinery inside. Given that it is a slow moving drone, requires set-up time and has a long reload time between shots, it is best used from great distance. Not particularly effective against "squishy" targets, as the slug will simply blast through them, dealing minimal damage.
Background: Hannah's a friend Casey made in class. She always carried around a slingshot and was quite a good shot with it. So good in fact, that some people wondered if perhaps she was a mutant. This was never confirmed nor denied. Hannah died during the raid.
Named Penetrator because of it's high penetrating capabilities.Herbert or "Stalker"
Rezz points: 2
The Stalkers were originally made as excavation drones, to help expand the mine. They're bipedal drones that look a lot like miniature versions of Lummox. They're small (think about the size of a small monkey), fast and very adapt at climbing. They don't have forearms, instead they have blades or picks as arms, much like a praying mantis.
Stalkers prefer to strike from unseen angles, following targets until they drop their guard. They pack a lot of power for such small drones and they can easily punch through armor. They don't posses any ranged weaponry, aside from a lunge attack. Can swarm a sentinel and burrow into it by tearing through it's armor. Very effective against "squishy" targets, literally rending them apart.
background: Herbert was always a creepy kid, he'd follow you around all day, waiting until you started talking about a subject he knew something about. Then he'd jump out of his hiding place and either agree with you completely, or he'd completely crush your argument into the ground. Herbert was taken by sentinels, presumed dead.
Named Stalkers because of their sneaky behavior.Jack or "Bouncers"
Rezz points: 3
The Bouncers are the big brothers of the Stalkers. Where the Stalkers were originally designed for mining, the Bouncers were made to haul heavy equipment around. They're bipedal machine that about the size of a small child. They feature two powerful arms that can lift up to 1800lbs. They're extremely durable, easily shrugging off small arms fire. Not very fast.
Bouncers are the tanks in Casey's arsenal, their durability allows them to get close to the enemy and keep them busy. Their blunt arms can easily knock out most living things, no matter how armored they are. Highly ineffective against sentinels.
Background: Jack was a bully at Casey's school, using his strength to get money out of just about everybody. During the raid he stood up for some kids, buying them valuable time at the cost of his own life. Jack died during the raid.
Named bouncers for their durability.Melissa or "Host"
Ress points: 5
The Host is the creepiest looking drone Casey has. It has 4 long stilts as legs, making it tower over an average person. Underneath it's main chassis hang a sack filled with hundreds of tiny drones, about the size of a bottle cap. The smaller drones are referred to as Bees. The Host can release all these Bees, much like a beehive, to attack it's intended foe. These Bees contain a small EMP charge, making the Host the bane of every electronic device. The Bees will attach themselves to the target and discharge the EMP. The discharge is very localized, making it safe for other electronic devices in the vicinity.
The Host requires some taking care of, as it's not the fastest drone. Nor is it the most durable. Once in range of a target, The Host will release all Bees to attack it's target. The sheer amount of Bees makes it difficult to defend against. If the Host is destroyed, the Bees will shut down.
Background: Melissa was another mutant Casey knew, but as much as Casey tried to become friends with her, she was only interested in her dolls. Melissa had the uncanny ability to grant life to these dolls. They'd still be mindless, but Melissa used this ability to act out intricate plays. Melissa was taken by the sentinels, she's presumed dead.
Named Host because of the amount of Bees it can hold. Bees are named this way because of the buzzing sound they make when they fly.
Other: Theme song
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