Catnap: Alien Earth

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Re: Catnap: Alien Earth

Postby SilvercatMoonpaw » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:20 am

Mystery, the um.....mysterious

Of the original Travelers Bast and Anubis where the heroes. Mystery was their pet-mascot. It was decades before the general public knew he could talk, but anyone with a modicum of sense realized soon after meeting him that he was just as intelligent as anyone else. Really it was just a manifestation of one of the many quirks about the amorphous beast: he’s not good at verbal communication. Facial expression, body language, and non-verbal sounds are how he normally comments, but when nothing else will work he’ll use words, though it may be in broken and erratic speech. His method serves him just fine, however, as he sees many things normal people talk over as kind of silly.

Physically it’s not hard to see why people might mistake what Mystery is: the form he uses in social situations is about the size and shape of a small-medium dog crossed with a bit of cat, sleek and black, a head with long ears and a short face similar to a rabbit but with carnivorous teeth, and large, slitted eyes. He’s been known to assume others on occasion, but as this one is his most common people imagine this must be his true. In reality Mystery is a several-different-colors-of-black……thing. A few too many viewers evoke HP Lovecraft or similar horror, but the best non-horror answer is of uncountable numbers of long, sharp leaves stitched into each other and zig-zag vibrating like something off an EKG readout until it forms....well, okay, it's form keeps changing. Obviously Mystery tones this down into a vaguely generic shadow when he has to be in public like this. The freak show actually serves a purpose, though: Mystery can only utilize his best powers, super-speed and elasticity, in shadow form.

Beyond superheroing Mystery spends his time by sticking his nose into things. He likes to explore new places whenever he gets the chance. And with super-speed he’s got an entire planet to explore at a time. It also extends to investigating mysteries, but without Anubis’s super-focus. This has gotten the Travelers into quite a few of their adventures.

Despite the fact that he really doesn’t like to get involved he’s been the one called on to arbitrate any Bast/Anubis discussion since 1939. Emulating this younger heroes are now also going to Mystery with their conflicts, which he alternatingly finds hilarious and annoying.


Boulder

People who first encounter Boulder as a superhero usually make the mistake of taking her appearance as an indicator of what her super traits are: as a tall, thick anthropomorphic white bovine with a Buddha belly they assume she must be some sort of brick or bulk. While she is indeed strong and tough for a human, neither of these are in the super range. Instead she is a martial artist: a master of muscle-powered weapons, from clubs to polearms to throwing blades. (It’s a situation she shares — though in reverse — with Lotus of the Justice Foundation, and a running joke between them.) Though if things do come down to hand-to-hand she’s not adverse to making use of her bulk. In fact that problem may be that her code name is an abbreviation for a title she was given by her fellow martial artists: Boulder that Falls from the Heavens.

Boulder (real name Nanda Asura) is the newest member of the Travelers and a recent immigrant from one of the Lands of Adventure, fortunately one close enough to American common culture and language that she hasn’t had too many problems adapting when they’re on Earth. Based on the sound of her accent and her taste in food casual observers might mistake that culture for Indian. Boulder prefers to dispense with super suits, wearing normal (retailored) clothes, and likes to dye her hair with a special mixture that leaves it a streaked with red, orange, and yellow. In her non-hero, non-training time she takes up painting with a vigorous, energetic style she’s derived from her weapons expertise. She’s very much a laughing Buddha character, cheerfully encouraging tolerance and generosity among everyone she meets.

She spends a lot of time with Mystery, both because she likes his personality and to nudge him into better expressing himself to others.

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Re: Catnap: Alien Earth

Postby SilvercatMoonpaw » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:21 am

Shell, combining Samus Aran and The Little Mermaid

Being raised in the deadly precise royal politicking of the Alliance’s Star Court region does not prepare one for the indiscriminate brawl that is adventuring with the Travelers. However Princess Yu-Kiang does just fine, probably because the brawl approach always appealed to her, she just never got a chance to exercise it until she joined.

Her species, the má nö, resemble anthropomorphic dolphins, though with a shorter snout with no under-bite and two-toed feet and three-digit hands where the opposable digit has three phalange bones (compared to human two), with enhanced aquatic capabilities compared to humans. Yu-Kiang’s particular skin pattern is similar to that of a common dolphin: a wide stripe of brownish gold along the side of her head and body with dark grey on the back and cream on the front. But most of the public is more familiar with her armor’s unique appearance: the outer surface has been stylized like plate armor made from carefully chosen seashells. And it’s not form-fitting, either, leading to the usual first confusion in male-defaulting societies. Besides the suit’s normal functions in physical and environmental protection and sensors and communication it’s special capability is its “vortex generation”: using electrical fields to agitate liquids and gasses into cyclonic patterns, i.e. making whirlpools and tornadoes. The suit can ride on these and use them as weapons.

As has already been said Yu-Kiang is someone who enjoys the forceful approach to problem-solving but has had to spend most of her life not using it. She has therefore become very adept at switching between the two at-will. Her controlled personality is polite and refined, but definitely not soft or lacking in edge. Her unleashed personality isn’t a maniac either, just prone to bluntness and punching. The latter is still mostly reserved for situations like combat: the Travelers are very much the sort of team that can benefit from someone who can keep their thoughts straight.


B-Movie, the robot alien mad scientist!

Is a 7-foot organic robot green alien insect man cooler than a thing made out of vibrating shadows? Flame wars have actually started over this. Back before the Internet ever existed. And said 7-foot organic robot green alien insect man is continuously astonished that his popularity has held up so well. But then it’s always been preferable to being seen as a giant monster: back when he came to Earth in the 1950s he was subjected to the usual “scary alien, must be invading” before the Travelers rescued him.

B-Movie really does look like he came out of a cheesy sci-fi flick from the 50s and 60s: he’s basically human-shaped, with green chitinous armor that looks a bit more like rubber with a few insect-like flourishes, and a muzzled head with two slitted red eyes that could only be called insectoid because it’s angular and has antennae. The “organic robot” part comes because even though B-Movie’s organs are biological they have a unique self-contained structure that allows them to be put into a dormant state and safely removed or swapped without harming the system as a whole. His whole species is like this (though not always looking like it came out of a b-movie) back among the Alliance.

B-Movie’s construction makes him one of the toughest and strongest of the Travelers, meaning he functions as a powerhouse when needed. But his true talent is in SCIENCE! Making and repairing wonderous devices, puzzling out mysteries that break the laws of life and physics. (Also causing troublesome accidents: it’s why they call it “mad” science.) He’s got a personality to match the all capital letters, which can compliment or compensate for his appearance. He credits both to his mentor, the infamous Doc Hazard.


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