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ANNE MARIE CORTEZ
Celebrity Claim- Samantha Wright
Ana Maria CortezNicknames/Aliases-
27Date of Birth-
Brotherhood of MutantsOccupation-
Professional puppy-petter and living disasterPersonality-
Perky, peppy, energetic, exuberant, effusive, and REALLY FRIENDLY, Anne Marie could easily be compared to a big affectionate puppy. She seems to always be excited about something, or even just about nothing, and eagerly says hello to people by hugging them—even if they’re strangers! Her bounciness knows no bounds, and she immediately assumes everyone else is a friend…even if they’re less than enthused about the idea than she herself is.
Though she is positive and welcoming, to say the least, the way she comes on so strong can be off-putting and overwhelming to others, to say nothing of her total disregard for personal space (no matter how many times she’s scolded or even hurt for it by those she touches without asking) The fact she’s built like a brick house doesn’t help, and can make her even more intimidating. Anne Marie, however, does not realize this at all, and will heedlessly do things like picking people up to squeeze them.
Heedless, indeed, is a good way to describe Anne Marie. She seems to have no idea how to “read” others in social or emotional terms, and will frequently say or do things that are bizarre or inappropriate in some way, without realizing how strange and even upsetting her behaviors can be to others. She’s also heedless of danger, frequently doing things that anyone with common sense (which she clearly does not have) should realize are risky and downright dumb. The only reason she’s still alive is probably just because her brother is a healer.
Anne Marie loves the world. It makes her sad, unbearably sad, that bad things happen in it. She cannot handle the existence of evil and wrongness and tragedy and injustice. She has to be kept from watching the news lest she be so overwhelmed by something negative happening and end up collapsed in a fetal position all day sobbing. Anne Marie just can’t wrap her head around why this is allowed to exist. She wants it to NOT exist. She wants to stop it. She wants to do the right thing. She wants to make everything GOOD and for nothing bad to ever happen to anyone again. And she will do ANYTHING to make that happen, because she cares about the people in the world.
This is what has led to her being in the Brotherhood. Anne Marie believes that mutants are not just the next step in physical evolution, but moral evolution. They are the next step in God’s plan. Humans messed everything up and they hurt each other and now they’re hurting mutants, but mutants are here to fix it. Mutants are here to make things better. If only humans would let them do it, if only humans would let them be in charge, then everything would be fixed. Any human who tries to stand in their way is bad, and bad people have to be punished. Any mutant who stands in their way is bad too, and also has to be punished. And to Anne Marie, that generally means killed.
Anne Marie is a black-and-white thinker. Anne Marie does not understand nuance. Anne Marie does not understand gray areas. She understands only good and evil. And if Magneto and the Brotherhood are good, which she knows they are, then the X-Men are evil. The X-Men are the bad guys. The X-Men are helping to keep the bad humans safe, and they’re indoctrinating CHILDREN to think like them, to do the same. It horrifies Anne Marie. It sickens her. It keeps her up at night. They have to be stopped, they have to be killed! They all have to die, so everything can be better and no one has to die ever again! Whatever it takes, that has to happen! Magneto has to rule!
Magneto is the center of Anne Marie’s delusions, occupying a sort of Christ figure role in her mind. Her loyalty to him is absolute, as she believes he must know best. She trusts him over her own judgement, and that of anyone else, and will do anything he tells her too. Even if it seems strange or wrong to her, she believes that’s just because she must not be able to understand it, and it’s not her place to question. She’s not important. It’s Magneto’s dream, Magneto’s goal, that is important. It’s other mutants. It’s everybody, everybody else—even the humans. Anne Marie doesn’t hate humans. But they can’t be allowed to run things anymore. Look what they’ve done just to themselves, let alone everyone else. They need mutants in charge, they need Magneto in charge, to protect them from themselves. What Anne Marie wants is a world peacefully ruled by mutants, with humans as a protected under-class, with no more power to hurt anyone, not even each other, but also not persecuted by mutants, who of course should be better. But if it comes down to only one or the other…then it is humans who must die.
Anne Marie hopes it doesn’t come down to that. But if it does, she would personally slaughter each without hesitation. If it brings the world she wants, if it means no more hurting or bigotry or bad things, she would personally slaughter her own teammates, her own brother, herself.
Anne Marie just wants to do the right thing.Likes-
- Animals! Her very special favorites are COWS and PUPPIES! But she'll run up to ANY animal to pet it...which isn't always a good idea.
- She likes to go to crowded places, like the mall, and sit somewhere, and let everybody's emotions just wash over her and fill her up and take her away and she is in them and they are in her and she is nothing but them and their feelings all together in one
- Meeting new people! New friends!
- Pretty ladies! Which, to Anne Marie, is all ladies. No matter what a woman looks like, Anne Marie generally thinks she's beautiful. Boys though, she thinks are only pretty if they are pretty the way girls are pretty!
- Meeting someone who is taller than she is, especially another woman! It's so rare and so amazing and so awesome! It's exciting!
- Playing, wrestling, sparring, lifting things, having fun!
- Not getting to pet every animal she sees (service dogs, police horses, etc.)
- The distinct lack of cows in NYC
- Houses that are blue when they should be white, or vice versa
- Being "tricked" by "bad people" who are "pretending" to be good. Basically, Anne Marie delusionally believes anyone and everyone agrees with her point of view of Magneto's way being the right way and only way, so she thinks everyone she meets is "good" until they reveal they actually DISAGREE with this. Since she can't fathom a truly good person not believing what she thinks is good, she thinks they must really be evil people who are just trying to TRICK her into think they were good! Upon this "betrayal" being "revealed" to her, her general reaction is to FLIP OUT and try to kill the person.
- Mutants who are on the good side (Brotherhood) but aren't being good! They're taking a good and holy cause and perverting it for their own gain or sadism! That's bad! That's bad and they need to stop or die!
- Bad humans. Humans who don't agree with Magneto and the Brotherhood. Mutants who don't agree. Mutants who fight them. Mutants like the X-Men, who make humans and other mutants alike be bad like them and believe bad things and fight the Brotherhood. They're the ones keeping the world bad like this!
- REALLY HECKING BRAVE! Of course, her fearlessness can be as much a flaw as a virtue, but still, she has courage to spare
- Incredible upper body strength, and not just for a woman---she's physically powerful by male standards as well. Her lower body strength is just as impressive, but the upper body is especially worth noting because that's more unusual for women.
- Anne Marie's determination is endless. She can force herself to keep going no matter what, will tirelessly keep getting back up and trying again, and it's nigh-impossible to argue with her or dissuade her or make her doubt what she must do.
- Her seemingly simple way of thinking means many people believe she is easy to manipulate. And it's true, she is----if you understand her. But due to the fact she works in very different ways than the average person, many of the same 'tricks' that work on normal people won't work on her. She's just working on an entirely different mental system, one with its own rules and weak points. Before you can manipulate her, you have to figure out how she works.
- Hopeful and optimistic! Anne Marie truly believes the world can be a better place if we all just do the right thing and work together! So even when the weight of the world gets to her, she can always bounce back!
- Being an unconventional thinker has its upsides; she can come up with solutions and ideas that most people would never arrive at. Some have even worked!
- She can think on her feet in a fight, and is excellent at utilizing her surroundings to her advantage
- She's nuts. She's straight up nuts. Her binarist beliefs are so insane she can't function in normal society, she's a danger to her teammates and everyone around her because she'll turn on them if she thinks they've "betrayed" the cause first, she can't cope with the fact that evil exists and always will, she has bizarre behaviors that are annoying to others at best and harmful to herself at worst, she would be unable to be employed or go to college if she ever wanted to, she frequently needs somebody to monitor her in public or even at the base, the list goes on. There is something DEEPLY wrong with Anne Marie.
- If she gets into a truly stressed state over something, she may have a meltdown and hurt herself by clawing her arms or banging her head against the floor/wall. At these times, the one thing to do with her is for someone to come up behind her, cross their arms over her chest in an X, lock their legs over her, and just apply as much pressure to her entire body as possible until she calms down eventually. Generally it's Fabian who does this, because he's the one who knows her best/has been doing this the longest, and because he's large/strong enough to restrain her and use enough pressure.
- Despite generally being loud and talkative, there are times when her cognitive processing abilities for language simply shut down. She can no longer speak, nor understand what is said to her, and her responses in general to anything become limited. This is rarely random, though it can be, but a lot of times it's caused by being stressed, upset, or confused. There are also lesser degrees where she's not totally non-verbal but does struggle greatly with words. The fact English is her second language doesn't help.
- She can be very slow and frustrating; for instance, if someone is trying to explain something to her, she'll just keep saying "I don't understand" if she doesn't understand something, but not specify what it is that she doesn't understand, so the other person has to keep guessing.
- Anne Marie innately trusts that all her teammates on the Brotherhood are good people. They're on the good side, of course they must be good! It is best that the truth is kept from her. The disruption of what she will try to do to them if she finds out otherwise is simply not worth the detriment to the Brotherhood if she does---namely, she'll try to murder them, and will have to be killed herself. So, lie to her. Unfortunately, this means she assumes the best of people who are...not the best, to put it lightly.
- Anne Marie has a very poor "theory of mind" meaning she can't understand that other people have their own points of view. That's why she can't imagine that the X-Men or anti-mutant bigots have their own reasons and rationales behind what they do, and that they think they're doing good as much as she does. She doesn't understand that, she thinks they must just be evil. By the same token, that's why she can't understand that some people in the Brotherhood might be in it for selfish or cruel reasons, rather than good reasons like herself.
- Honest to a point beyond blunt. For instance, she's the type to blurt out "WOW YOU HAVE BIG BOOBS" or say "yes" when someone asks if she thinks they're ugly. She also really CAN'T lie. She doesn't like to do it, and she's very, very bad at it.
- She seems to have a delayed and/or dulled pain response. It takes her longer than normal to realize she's hurt, or how hurt she is.
- Like her brother, she can't cook or do laundry. Unlike Fabian, most people think it's best she not learn, because no one wants this girl near a stove.
- Poor emotional intelligence. Ironically for an empath, she's very bad at perceiving and understanding the emotions of others without using her powers to do it. She cares about how others are feeling, but she can't pick it up or 'get it' on her own, even when it should be obvious. She's also very poor at managing her own emotions, or expressing them appropriately/normally.
[OOC note: In order to avoid godmoding, permission will ALWAYS be asked when Anne Marie uses her psychic powers, and what she is allowed to make the other character do. If the other character does posses mental resistance, it is up to the other player how much they can resist her control.]Power Name-
Mind Control/Psychic ResistanceDescription-
Anne Marie can control the minds of other people, making them say and do as she desires, up to and including hurting themselves. She can even cause her victims to kill themselves or loved ones, or do any number of other things that they would never do of their own free will. She does not need to give a verbal order for these commands; she can simply transfer the command mentally. Her control is NOT impeded by physical barriers such as walls, nor does she need to see her victim.
Her range in terms of how close a person needs to be for her to get control of their mind is 20 feet and she can control up to five people within that range at a time; with boosting from her brother Fabian, this increases to 50 feet and 12 people. Once she has gotten control of their mind, however, they can move outside this range and she can still maintain control, up to a few hundred feet. After that, however, her hold will begin to wane.
Like many psychics, Anne Marie has a natural resistance to telepathy and other mental powers. A low-level psychic may not be able to get into her head, or she may be able to boot them out if they do. A mid-level one can get in, and may be able to accomplish whatever it is they’re trying to do in there, but she can still make it harder for them than it would be with a normal person. High-level psychics can easily pierce her defenses.
In addition to her natural mental blocks, Anne Marie’s atypical thought patterns and surreal mindscape may be very disconcerting and difficult for a telepath to navigate and deal with once they’re actually in. Her mental reality is basically a mood ring made by Hieronymus Bosch, composed only of emotions and sensations, no images or words or sounds. It can easily be confusing or overwhelming. Limits-
If Anne Marie tries to reach her mental abilities beyond her limits of distance and number of targets, the control becomes significantly lesser, limiting what she can make them do (basically, the more antithetical it is to what they want to do, the harder), and risks breaking altogether.
No matter how few or many people she is controlling, she can only give ONE set of commands. If she's controlling more than one person and only wants one or some of them to do something, she can give that command just to the ones she selects, but she can't make different people do different things at once. Let's say she's controlling three people. She could tell one of them to shoot himself in the head while the others do nothing, or tell all three to shoot themselves in the head, but she can't make one shoot himself in the head, one stand on his hands, and one dance a jig all at the same time.
Using mind control requires total concentration; she needs to focus to activate it, and focus to maintain control of her targets. She cannot be doing anything else, nor be in pain. Things like noise or being upset or otherwise distracted in some way make it difficult for her to keep said focus. This means that it's rare to impossible for her to use this during an active battle, unless she's in a safe spot that is hidden from attack but still within close enough range to use her psychic powers. In other words, she's more likely to be using these powers for something like interrogation of a captive, not during an actual mission.
If uninterrupted, Anne Marie's ability to maintain her focus is about an hour. Her control over her victims only lasts as long as said focus; once that breaks, they are free. The concentration and mental effort required to maintain control for that full hour is intense, and while she will try her best to continue to be useful in other ways if needed, she is mentally exhausted, like a person might be if they just spent twice their usual shift at a difficult desk job----no physical effort expended, yet tired as hell, dulled reflexes, dulled attention span, dulled ability to think and retain information, not to mention just feeling drained. If possible, she should really be allowed to rest and recharge after such a feat, as she will not be able to use her mind control or empathy again for around five hours, perhaps a full day, and even her physical skills suffer. She is working, however, to intensify her endurance. Controlling minds for shorter periods---say, under 45 minutes---does not bother her in any significant way.
She cannot alter their minds permanently in any way, nor leave a command in their minds to enact later after she's lost control. She also cannot read minds; this power controls people like puppets, but it does not make her privy to their thoughts. She can force them to tell her what they are thinking, but she can't use her powers to simply KNOW. She's NOT a telepath. This means she also can't do telepath-type things like changing their memories or opinions or any of that. It's just temporary control, that's it. She can only affect the conscious mind; the parts of the mind that are autonomous, thoughtless processes that simply keep the body running are beyond her. For instance, while it is true the brain sends the signals that keeps the heart beating, she cannot make someone's brain stop sending those signals. If she wanted someone to stop breathing, she'd have to make them consciously "choose" to hold their breath; she could not simply will their brain into not performing the automatic respiratory functions.
Someone who has no natural or trained defense against mental powers is helpless against this control. It does not matter how much they don't want to do something, they cannot fight it, no matter how horrible it is. Those who do have such defense, however, can, be it in part or in whole. An example of "in part" would be, say, if she mentally ordered them to saw off their arm, they would injure themselves but not actually severe the arm. How much mental resistance they can put up, including breaking her control or even keeping her out entirely, depends very much on what degree of natural resistance (like a mutation) and/or training that the person possesses.
Falling under the "natural resistance" category are her fellow psychics. Most people with psychic abilities of any sort will give her some extra trouble; she may have to mentally wrestle with them to gain or maintain control, requiring extra concentration that wears her out in a shorter duration, inability to control additional people, limiting what she can make them do, and/or limiting her range more. If a psychic is powerful enough, she simply can't effect them at all; Emma Frost, Psylocke, Marvel Girl, and Professor X would all be examples of this.
Anne Marie cannot control animals, only humans (this includes other mutants) and things with human-like minds. For instance, gorillas and other great apes have minds close to humans, so she can exert some very simple commands to them, such as 'stop' and 'go away' but she can't make them do anything complex or that goes against their survival instinct. Similarly, if an alien race has a brain that is very human-like in how it works, she will be able to use her powers against them at least somewhat. If they are very un-human in their brain, she can't. Her ability to control a cyborg is dependent on if its brain is machinery or not; for instance, if they're a human brain in a cybernetic body, she can control them. If their brain is partially machine, she might not be able to, and if it's wholly machinery, she definitely can't.
Back to animals, when it comes to mutants with animalistic natures or who can physically become animals, her control again depends on how 'human' their brain is. A good rule of thumb is that even if they have animal instincts or impulses, if they're still human enough to understand language, they're human enough for her to effect.
In regards to her telepathic resistance, she can only keep out low-level psychics, as mentioned. And keeping out a low-level one or fighting a mid-level one can sufficiently impede her concentration to keep her from using her mental powers for anything else. If she has to fight too hard, she might end up entirely consumed by the battle, not able to do anything else, mentally or physically. And, as mentioned, she is easily taken down by high-level types.Power Name-
Sense & Project EmotionsDescription-
Anne Marie can sense the emotions of other people, knowing who is happy or sad or whatever, even if they are completely hiding it. She can also identify people by their emotional patterns if she is familiar enough with them. For instance, she is very familiar with the emotions of her brother, so if he were on the other side of a wall and she was unable to see or hear him, she could know it was him if she used her powers and sensed his feelings. And even if he was't someone she could identify, she would still know that a person was there, which is another useful aspect of this power---scanning for people in the vicinity.
Unlike many empaths, she does NOT suffer from intrusive emotions from other people invading her without her being able to help it; this power is very much within her control, like a light switch she can flick on and off at her leisure.
The next step up after sensing the emotions of others is changing them. Anne Marie can mentally change another person's feelings as she pleases, regardless of how illogical or out-of-character that shift may be for them. Limits-
As with her mind control, this power requires concentration and focus. It also has the same limits with regards to range (20 feet without boosting, 50 feet with), with what sorts of beings can be effected or not (no robots, no animals, etc), other psychics being more resistant, and so on.
However, she can maintain her focus for this ability for much longer than her mind control, around five hours at a time, as it is less exhausting for her. This is because she's only sensing, not controlling. This is also why she can sense the emotions of a great many people more than she control; up to twenty people at a time. However, the more people whose emotions she senses, the more muddled together and less nuanced they become. If she were sensing the feelings of twenty people, she couldn't tell you who was feeling what, or even pick out the individual emotions at all. In terms of distinguishing emotions clearly, her limit is more in the 3 to 5 range before there starts to be a degree of blurring, which gets more severe around ten. Think of it like different colors of paint being mixed---you get some pretty shades at first, but eventually it's just a big brown blob.
If her brother boosts her powers (within a safe range) she can distinguish and identify emotions for up to twenty people, but it becomes a brown blob again if she tries to go further---say, to thirty people within a fifty foot range. A hypercharge could make her able to sense as many as fifty people in range of over a hundred feet, but this would cause her to suffer temporary catatonia or worse.
It is also important to note that while she can tell WHAT a person is feeling, she cannot tell why. So she might be able to tell that someone is sad, and to what degree they are sad, but won't automatically know it's because they're dog died. And as with mind control, it's not telepathy---she can read emotions, not thoughts or memories.
Changing someone's emotions requires concentration and focus. It also has the same limits with regards to range (20 feet without boosting, 50 with boosting), the number of people whose emotions she can influence (5 people without boosting, 12 with boosting), with what sorts of beings can be effected or not (no androids, no animals, etc), other psychics being more resistant, and so on.
If someone has partial resistance to mental powers, or is getting outside her range, or she's trying to control a number in her upper limits, the control will be lesser. For instance, the emotions she induces will be less strong, less pure, and/or she won't be able to make as drastic a shift. For instance, she might be able to make envy into desire, because those are similar/related, but not envy into happiness.
She cannot focus the emotions she induces on to a target. She can make a person angry, but she can't make them angry about something specifically or at someone specifically. They're just angry. She also cannot alter their emotions permanently; their emotions stay this way only so long as she is actively using this power. Once she ceases, they will return to a neutral state, then resume normal emotional reactions momentarily.
Anne Marie's ability to maintain her focus/control for this ability is about two to three hours if nothing is done to interrupt or distract her. Her control over her victims only lasts as long as said focus; once that breaks, they are free. The concentration and mental effort required to maintain control for that full hour is intense, though not as intense as that required for mind control, hence why she can do it for longer. She will require rest and isolation afterwards, however.Skills & Abilities-
- Basic Gun Skills: Anne Marie has received some basic training in how to handle and shoot a firearm with passable ability. Her first lessons were with the radical mutant resistance group she first joined in Spain, then later from her far more experienced. She can use and assemble most single-action semi-automatic pistols, though sometimes her assembly is slow. She can also use a Heckler & Koch MP7 and similar sub-machine guns, but cannot assemble them. Though she is only passable with pistols, she's find that the larger, heavier sub-machine guns are somehow easier for her to handle and use with more effectiveness, but she's still very far from being a sharp-shooter of any sort.
- Low Level Martial Arts: When she joined the mutant resistance, they promoted learning self-defense. Anne Marie took part in this, though the training was often very informal. Her skills are very basic, but her natural Amazonian athleticism and her agility mutation make her more effective than someone with the same level of training who lacks these traits; however, that doesn't make her better than someone who has a higher level. She is actively seeking training to improve in this way, as she finds it very well-suited to her interests and talents, much more so than firearms, and she wants to be the best Brotherhood agent she can be.
- Acrobatics/Gymnastics: She's been in training since she was a preteen, and is extremely nimble foe. Anything she can grab hold of, swing from, scurry up, or bounce off is her toy---and an advantage for her in a fight.
- Horseback Riding: It's probably never going to be useful with the Brotherhood, but she's an exceptional equestrian who is capable of acrobatic feats while on horseback.
- Cow-riding: She can also ride a cow, with or without a saddle
195 lbsEye Colour-
Anne Marie has a hard muscular body with her shoulders being her widest point, and no hips, breasts, or curves of any kind. She has a softly-featured androgynous face, as well as a small, round, button nose. It's easy to mistake her for a man with a soft face til she speaks and her high-pitched, childish voice comes out. The only parts of her body that look truly "feminine" are her hands, and it's only the tops; her palms are as calloused as those of any gymnast. Her naturally sky blue hair is worn in a short, rather trendy asymmetrical cut (longer on her left side). The fact this look is fashionable right now must be total coincidence, since Anne Marie has no understanding of trends. Her eyebrows and body hair are blue as well. Her expressions are either vibrant and obvious or subtle to the point of blank, little normalcy between these two extremes.
Much like a cartoon character, Anne Marie wears the same thing every day: A black sleeveless top and blue jean capris, with black shoes of some sort (slip-ons, sneakers, short boots) She is changing her clothes, as is evident as the small differences between them (for instance, one of her tops has a cherry decal, another has a white Peter Pan collar) but the basic look remains the same. While Anne Marie does understand dressing up in a tux or gown for the fanciest occasions, the variances and nuances of all the different things someone might change for---a date, a party, a job interview, and so on---totally escape her, and she'll wear her general "uniform" to all of these. Even though she doesn't understand changing her outfit for social occasions very well, she does understand it for physical necessity, and since she's so active, it's also pretty common to see her in brightly colored workout gear, sports bras, tank tops, etc. She'll also make concessions to the weather, such as putting on a coat or swapping the capris for actual pants. The sole piece of jewelry she wears is the occasional cross or St. Michael's medallion on a slim chain around her neck. Gear-
She wears gymnastic grip gloves when in combat, useful for how she'll grab anything to swing on in a fight. She MAY carry a firearm into a Brotherhood fight, but this depends on the situation; if it's going to be an up-close encounter where she's going to be relying on her agility and hand-to-hand skills, she's not, she prefers to be as streamlined as possible for maneuverability. If she's going to be outside of the fight, in order to use her mental concentration for her psychic abilities, she will take one, as it prevents anyone from getting close to her and breaking that concentration. Additional Information-
- Anne Marie's intelligence is perfectly normal. She has a great many problems and difficulties, and it is easy to mistake her for being mentally impaired, but her IQ is in fact perfectly average. She's a little dumb, yes, but mostly she's just WEIRD. This means that she can consent to sex and most other things like an adults; the only exceptions are if her delusions interfere. For instance, she would refuse medical treatment from the X-Men, even though she could die without it, because of fear they'll do something like implant a tracking device on her or something else that could endanger the Brotherhood.
- Whenever she is on a plane, she always orders the chicken, not the fish. Because, in her own words: "Fish is the opposite of air."
- Once, when she was little, one of her cousins used a slingshot to hit her with an egg. Her mother chased the boy, pinned him down, and screamed in his face til he cried and apologized. Anne Marie tells this story whenever Fabian describes their mother as a demure and delicate woman.
- She bites. Not without reason, but yeah, if someone, say, puts their hands on her when she doesn’t want, she’s as likely to bite as anything else.
- Her English is nearly perfect…nearly. But there are still some words she’s confused on. For instance, if she wanted to describe someone as “scaly” she would probably say “exczema” as in the skin condition because the Spanish word for “scales” is similar (”escamas“) Sorry, Seamus.
- Anne Marie cries a lot. Sometimes, it's because she's happy, or because she saw something cute and she just LOVES IT SO MUCH! It's not unusual for her to start bawling her eyes out in the street because she saw a squirrel eating a French fry, for instance. And sometimes she just...cries for no reason at all. It's just something that's happening.
- Sometimes, if something is wrong, she just whines. Not like a person whines, but as in an actual whining sound, like an upset dog.
- She wants to rescue the New Mutants, believing them to be innocent children that Xavier is brainwashing into his evil
- When Anne Marie sleeps, her empathic power subconsciously activates. She may absorb the emotions of others nearby, or project the emotions of her own dreams into theirs. In other words, she can share a nightmare. As a note, it's very curious that she can do this in her sleep, given the amount of concentration it takes when she's awake. Most likely, it's because being asleep means she doesn't have all the extra stimuli distracting her.
- Anne Marie is very heroically inclined; she's totally the type to run into a burning building to save a puppy trapped inside, or swing down on a cable to grab someone off a collapsing bridge. She believes in using her powers only for good! It's just unfortunate that most of the time, her view of what "good" is is so dreadfully skewed in the completely opposite direction of what is ACTUALLY good. But sometimes though, she gets it right! She really wants to get it right.
Fabian Cortez (Twin brother)
Josefa Fidelia "Pepa" Cortez (Mother)
Mariano Cortez (Father)
Sergio Cortez (Older brother)
Lucia Cortez (Younger sister)
Maria Pilar Cortez (One of many cousins, also the Ministerio de Justicia of Spain)Others-
Anne Marie keeps a small and ever-changing menagerie of both real and stuffed animals. Prominent among them are a frog named Megan (despite being a boy frog) and a stuffed cow called Lacey.History-
Ana Maria, called Anne Marie for short, was born alongside her twin Fabian as the middle children in a wealthy family of four in the Castile countryside of Salamanca, Spain. She grew up an immensely privileged child in a manor house, and while other kids might have found it isolating to be the only family for miles due to the sheer size of their estate, Anne Marie had all the friends she needed in the form of animals. She bonded most especially with a calf that she named White Ofelia, and even learned to ride her like a horse; this is the source of her particular love for cows.
Unusually for a mutant, Anne Marie's powers surfaced early, at around nine years of age. After this, her hair began to grow in blue; her parents originally thought that this was just a prank by one of her brothers, but it became clear soon enough that this was natural, and, baffled, they just resigned to dying it so that she wouldn't get in trouble at school.
That, however, soon proved to be the least of their worries. Anne Marie's empathic powers were weak and minor at first, so it didn't matter that they were out of control. It wasn't noticeable to anyone else, and she, with no idea what was happening, had no way to explain what was going on. She had always been somewhat odd and less mature than her brother, so the onset of tantrums and screaming and crying and horrifying fits of laughter were thought to be psychological in nature, not a result of mutant abilities.
Then, she stopped simply receiving the emotions of others...and instead, broadcasting her own into them. And from there, simply messing with their feelings, causing extreme emotions to erupt at random in the minds of others, simply by her presence. People around her would become enraged, despairing, ecstatic, terrified.
This was what happened to Fabian. That was how she brought his powers to the surface nearly as early as her own had come. She had been messing with him, poking at him, doing something harmless and annoying and sisterly, some kind of typical sibling shenanigans---and then he had been overwhelmed by rage and fear and pure holy terror. He was a little boy, and he was in pain, and he responded in kind as any creature would---self-defense. He grabbed her arm by sheer instinct, and his power, sudden and new, surged from inside him and into her. He had just wanted to make her stop...!
She couldn't take it. Her mind split, open like great doors, sucking in the emotion of everyone in the house---family, staff, and the very fear that Fabian had been feeling because of her. It was too much, and she collapsed on the spot into a medically inexplicable coma. It was a good thing that she didn't live in a city or a suburb, which would have more people in her range, or she might never have woken up, at least not as soon as she did. It took a week of her lying in the hospital, and the doctors unable to explain what was causing her condition...and, when no one was looking, Fabian discovering his other power: healing.
He put his hand on hers.
And Anne Marie came back.
Her hair, once merely blue-streaked, now became fully blue, still disguised by her parents. And her parents knew now, something was wrong.
Rather than the coma terrifying Anne Marie, she had experienced it as something sublime, something that fixed her, made her better. She was no longer at the mercy of her powers, projecting and receiving emotions at random. She was beginning to control them----and to control other people. She began able to not just manipulate feelings, but hijack minds. Being a child, she didn't understand it was wrong, and since there were no older mutants around to educate her, she simply used her powers the way a child would---to get extra dessert, to get out of a spanking, to get to stay up late, to mess with her brother. Her parents knew that she wouldn't harm them---but the awareness that she could, if she so desired, make them drown themselves, or cause one of the other children to jump off a ledge, terrified them. They loved her still, but she was a little girl with a great power and no idea how to use it responsibly or ethically. What would happen to her when she used it on someone outside the home? What would happen when she used it at school?
Thus, they did their best to impart to her that she must keep this talent, which she regarded simply as another part of her that she used to explore the world, like her nose or an extra arm, a complete secret.
Her psychic powers weren't the only issue with Anne Marie. As she got older, she didn't seem to mentally mature as much as the other kids, and exhibited strange behaviors. She didn't seem to understand risks to herself or to others, she got in people's spaces repeatedly, she wrestled like a puppy long past the age this was considered appropriate, the list went on. Her hyperactivity presented a challenge as well; she began failing academically and getting in trouble due to her lack of focus and disregard for rules despite constant correction.
While her brother Fabian was put in classes for self-defense, Anne Marie's parents enrolled her in gymnastics, in hopes to give her an outlet for her boundless energy, and something that could motivate her to improve her mental focus. Always an athletic tomboy, she excelled at this, and grew even better with each passing year as her physique developed into the Amazon she became. This would normally be a disadvantage---gymnasts are typically short, as long limbs make it difficult to rotate in the air---yet Anne Marie overcame it in strides, making up for it with incredible agility and an upper body strength that allowed her to perform feats usually reserved only for male gymnasts. Multiple times, her coach tested her for steroids or other enhancers; she was clean every time. Clean, enthusiastic, and still more likely to play on the equipment than do as she was told. She improved, yes, she learned difficult techniques, yes---but only when she wanted to. Only when it was fun for her. Only because she desired to.
No one could tell Anne Marie what to do.
At least, not anyone else. It was becoming more and more clear that Anne Marie had limits. While her brother completed Bachillerato (an additional, optional extra two years of secondary education in Spain, needed to pursue post-secondary education) and a few years post-secondary before going into the Guardia Civil and Action Force, Anne Marie was left behind. She didn't seem cut out for further education, nor vocational training, nor any entry-level job that could be found. Her IQ was repeatedly tested, and repeatedly came up normal, so her family was deeply troubled as to what the problem could be. They tried private tutors but, as with anyone else, no tutor could make Anne Marie do anything she didn't want to.
And sometimes, she did want to. Sometimes, she did try.
But she still failed.
Her family had more than enough money for her to simply live with them, and so she did. She was...content. She continued her acrobatics. She took care of her animal friends. But more and more, she heard about mutants. Mutants besides herself and Fabian...and how dangerous they were. How bad they were. How afraid everyone was of them.
She wanted to meet them.
So she left home, and went out into the wide world of Spain to search for people like her. And she found them. And she found out they weren't scary and bad---she KNEW they couldn't be!---they were the ones who were being hurt! Anne Marie, who came from a sheltered and privileged community, who looked human, who could control her powers, had never experienced prejudice. No one had ever hurt her. No one had ever hated her. But it seemed like every mutant she met had some brush with human bigotry. Sometimes, more than a brush. The deeper she integrated into the local underground mutant community, the more and more tales of tragedy and trauma she encountered.
And she was an empath. She did not just hear their stories with her ears. She felt them from the inside of her own mind. She truly felt them. No, no one had ever hurt Anne Marie----but the pain of others was enough to awaken a madness in her, to break her for the second time in her life since her brother overloaded her powers. She could not cope. She could not deal. This was wrong. This was bad. This couldn't happen. The world had to be better. This had to stop. She had to save them. Had to. She'd do anything. She just needed someone to tell her what, please, God, what could she do?!
The answer came from a Brotherhood broadcast, but to her mind, it was by divine hand. She saw Magneto on the television screen, here to deliver justice from on high against the wicked, here to be the protection their people needed, here to render evil unto evil...and she knew she must follow him. She had been shown the way. Now it was up to her to do what was right, and take that way. To leave everything behind. To never see her family again, perhaps, to even die.
She was ready.
She wanted to do good.
She fell in with the local mutant radicals, and they showed her how to use a gun, how to fight, and gradually got her adjusted to the idea of violence, even lethal violence, in the name of Magneto's dream, in the name of mutantkind's salvation. It was hard, at first. People were more real to Anne Marie than most people could comprehend. Most of us can only understand in theory that others have feelings like we do. But for Anne Marie, it was physical fact. To hurt those people after feeling their feelings, knowing that they had them, to kill them, it was a great hurdle.
But once she was over it, she spiraled downwards rapidly to not only being okay with it, but believing it truly necessary even when it wasn't. She didn't just go off the deep end---she JUMPED. And hasn't stopped falling since.
Around this time, Action Force began investigating the local mutant community in her area, due to the very terrorist attacks she was participating in. This brought her back into contact with her brother Fabian, who had become a member of their ranks. He eventually turned on them, joining his sister in the mutant radical movement. Anne Marie believed that he had seen the light as she had; in reality, he had only seen opportunity. Either way, they decided to journey to the USA together, to join the leading mutant-supremacy movement at Magneto's side.
Her entrance was a dramatic one. She and her brother came to Magneto while they were being pursued by law enforcement. Just as they had reached him and thought it was over, Anne Marie was shot in the back. Her spinal injuries were so severe she nearly died on the spot, but the healing hands of her brother saved her...demonstrating his use to Magneto in the process.
For the past month since, Anne Marie was been isolated in recovery, hence why she did not meet the rest of the Brotherhood as early as Fabian did, beyond passing bedside introductions, and why she missed events prior to April 17, 2017. However, thanks to the continuous healing doses of Fabian's power, what could have been a fatal or crippling injury has now vanished entirely, leaving Anne Marie to fully devote herself to the Brotherhood and what she believes to be the good fight for mutantkind.
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Anne Marie held the man with her mind, her brain making his tell his body to stay still while she slashed his throat. A spray of blood jetted forth from his jugular as it was cleanly cut by her experienced hand, and he fell to her feet, bleeding out fast. She watched impassively until she saw he was dead, and it was only when she stepped back and turned to go that she saw the boy.
The man’s son, ten or less, staring in horror, too stunned to even cry yet, too stunned to run as the monster walked towards him, stood towering over him. She was taller than his father, whose blood she wore on her bodysuit, and she smiled down at him. It was a gentle look: kind, sympathetic, concerned, and reassuring. And most of all, it was sincere. Anne Marie indeed truly felt all these things for the little boy, and not an ounce of malice. After all, why would she want to hurt him?
He was a child
He was an innocent
He could grow up to be a mutant, or a good human at the least
Not like his father
His father, who wrote the op-ed piece condemning the actions of mutant terrorists.
Oh, the poor thing was terrified. Anne Marie didn’t just see that, she sensed it, felt it herself just as he did with her empathy powers. But he didn’t need to be afraid. She would show him that, and she would help him.
As her powers pushed his fear and horror away, she dropped to her knees, smiling at him still. Sweetly. Beautifully. Angelically. Sincerely.
“It’s alright”, she said in a comforting, soft, kind tone as as she wrapped his shaking body in a gentle hug,
“I’m not going to hurt you. You didn’t do anything wrong.”
She put one hand lovingly on side of his face and stared into his eyes, her own eyes warm and hopeful for a better future
“Don’t become a mutant-hater like him, ok?”
She kissed his forehead, and got to her feet to leave. Her work here was done.
Apr 20 2018, 11:13 AM
FABIAN CORTEZ TRACKERMARCH 2017
Title: I ALSO THINK I'M A KING
Date: March 24 at 4 PM
Title: NOT HUMBLE, JUST HUNGRY
Time: March 25 at 7:30 PM
Title: PUPPY LOVE
Date: March 26 at 1:15 PM
Title: SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS (Brood Plot Group Thread)
With: Group thread, interacting specifically with RAPTOR
Date: March 31 at 4 PMAPRIL 2017
Title: DIETARY DIATRIBE
Date: April 3, 3PM
Title: A RUN IN THE PARK
Date: April 7, 9AM
Title: BROOD - ISLAND GETAWAY
With: Brotherhood group thread
Date: April 9 1:38 PM
Title: BROOD- TIME FOR AN EARTH SHATTERING KABOOM
With: Group thread (X-Men & Brotherhood)
Date: April 16, 11 AM
Title: The Eager Eavesdropper
With: SEAMUS MELLENCAMP
Date: April 16, 2:35 PM
Title: Above It All
& ALEX GOYA
Date: April 20, 10:30 PM
Title: Kiss With A Fist
Date: April 22, 4:45 PM
Title: Cowgirl's Come Home
Date: April 28, 8 AM
Title: BROOD- WAY DOWN IN THE UNDERGROUND
With: Group thread with Brotherhood and X-Men
Date: April 30, 10 AM
Apr 19 2018, 10:22 AM
I don’t draw very well, but I do draw a lot. Unfortunately, that means there’s a lot of Fabian.
This is from 2015 so it’s pretty bad, but here is him LYING TO A BIRD
because that happened in canon.
Also from 2015, here is him HANGING OUT WITH LUNA
that time he kidnapped her in Blood Ties.
This is him SLEEPING WITH HIS CAPE
This quote came on Futurama and I thought of him: ALRIGHT FLOOZIES!
Also a Futurama line: I SURRENDER!
The idea of FABIAN AS A HAMSTER
came up in conversation once
Unlike the real Fabian, THE HAMSTER GETS A HAREM
So around the same time as Fabian in the comics, there was another X-villain called Haven…who was really bad at being a villain. Despite being possessed by the demonic entity called The Adversary (hi Forge!), she was just so sweet and kindly that she never managed to do anything actually VILLAINOUS on-panel. She just tried to talk to the heroes, and even HEALED them, and never attacked them even when they attacked her. Obviously, she could learn from Fabian:[PANEL ONE][PANEL TWO]
They never interacted in canon, but Fabian being a huge mama’s boy I personally write him as just running to CRY INTO HER BOSOM
every time he gets his ass justifiably beat. Haven’s the maternal type and he’s very clearly just a large toddler, so she’s one of the few people who tolerates him.
She’s also good to have around in case of cape emergency: [PANEL ONE][PANEL TWO][PANEL THREE]
Get it? Because “sari” sounds like “sorry”? Kind of? HAHA, I AM SO FUNNY!
She’s a pretty lady who wears pretty clothes, soI LIKE TO DRAW HER A LOT
even more than Fabian (gasp!)
Fabian thinks she’s great and all, but he thinks she could MANAGE HER TIME BETTER
Haven also has a brother named MONSOON
Fabian teamed up with the Inhuman villain Maximus the Mad once and MY FAVE THING!
Some people are bffs (best friends forever), they're bbfs (best backstabbers forever)
Maximus said this to someone else once, and I was like HE SHOULD HAVE SAID IT TO FABIAN!
Fabian has a son, Malcolm, in one canon universe. We don’t know the mother. But Malcolm is a mechanical genius who tries to kill a king. You know who else is a mechanical genius who tries to kill a king? Maximus. Clearly, the reason we don’t know Malcolm’s mother is because HE HAS TWO DADDIES!
Speaking of daddies, have a SEBASTIAN SHAW
And a SHINOBI SHAW
And ANOTHER SHINOBI
Shinobi’s NOT VERY SMART
And he and Fabian DON'T GET ALONG
I got this line FROM BUFFY
Also from Buffy:[PANEL ONE][PANEL TWO]
And Shinobi’s sexy bodyguard MINDMELD
. She showed up in a single issue of X-Force in the 90s, so she’s not well-known, but she’s heavily implied to be transgender. If she is, I think she’s the first trans mutant in canon (excluding stuff like body-swaps, shapeshifting, etc.) I think she’s really neat!
So here’s ANOTHER MINDMELD
And AND ANOTHER
And YET ANOTHER
I write a Chrome of my own as well, and while he is not as pretty as the Chrome here, THIS IS MY VERSION
In the animated series, Fabian meets his fate as the new vessel for Apocalypse. I always wondered, what if that went wrong, and we just got FABIAN WITH APOC'S POWERS?
This is FABIAN'S BUTCH SISTER ANNE MARIE
looking fantastic in a tux
This is Fabian looking SLEAZY IN A TUX
This is Anne Marie in an AU WITH PROF X
This is Haven and her brother Monsoon with A FRIEND'S OC
This is the ADULT LUNA WHO APPEARED IN "THE CROSSING"
And this is FABIAN IN A THONG
to haunt your nightmares 8)
Apr 16 2018, 09:46 AM
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Lord Cortez is what he WANTS to be called, Fabs is what he ACTUALLY gets calledAge-
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Smug, selfish, and sneaky, Fabian is a lying, scheming, backstabber extraordinaire who will go to any lengths to gain power and followers for himself. He aims to manipulates the fear and frustration of his fellow mutants, preying on their desire for vengeance against humans for their crimes, when in fact he actually couldn't care less about the "human vs mutant" issue beyond how it benefits him. Naturally, of course, this is something he keeps to himself under a good-natured and charismatic mask, instead presenting himself as loyal to Magneto's cause and a proponent of mutant rights above all others.
Fabian believes himself to be descended from royalty, and often speaks in a pompous, elaborate way as he thinks befits such. He tends to sneer at those he deems lesser, which is generally everyone but especially focused on those who display any sort of behavior he deems trashy, as well as the physically mutated (though he takes care not to do that in front of his followers). To make matters worse, he has a strong sexist streak, and his goals include, no kidding, forming a harem for himself (again, something he wisely keeps a secret). This is typical of Fabian's motivations---there is never any nobility or nuance to his purpose, only self-aggrandizing. He may pretend otherwise when trying to sway people to what he wants, but that's all it is, a pretense. There is nothing good about this man.
All that said, he does have a weakness for women he perceives as "pure" mother figures, deferring to them with an uncharacteristically sincere respect. And while he wouldn't hesitate to hurt a child if it suited his interest, he's rather fond of babies, and would like to have a family himself one day. He seems to think he'd make an excellent father. In actuality, he desires a family and a children for the same reason any other narcissist does---as extensions of himself, to adore him and be totally under his control. First though, he'd like to hijack Magneto's cause for himself! Why should that old relic get all the praise and hope and adulation of the mutant community, after all, when Fabian deserves it so much more? As for why he thinks he deserves it, well, he just does. Fabian just deserves things. At least, that's what he thinks.
His other hobbies and interests besides selfish supervillainy include capes, lying to birds, and using a hologram projector to illustrate his fantasies for himself.
While frequently ridiculous and not anywhere near on par with the likes of more prominent and powerful mutants, Fabian Cortez is nonetheless a man of many talents and should not be underestimated...but SHOULD be made of fun of, frequently and at length!Likes-
- Horseback riding
- Dogs, they act like you're the greatest person in the world, of course he loves that
- Vegetable korma, it's his cheat food
- Posing in front of the mirror and thinking about how great he is
- The admiration and adulation and subservience from others that he so richly deserves!
- How people don't just automatically do exactly what he wants all the time instantly
- When any sort of rules apply to him even when they apply to everyone else
- Being asked to get out of the bathroom, do you people UNDERSTAND how much care needed by the perfection that is his ponytail?!
- How many Americans don't seem to realize that being from Spain is NOT the same as Latino
- Why don't women fall at his feet at the sight of him? What's WRONG with them?!
- Strategy, both political and military/battle-oriented
- Making due with what he has; he wasn't born with the biggest or best mutations, but he's found a way to turn the strengths of others against them and to develop non-mutation skills
- Putting on a charismatic or friendly face
- Persuading others to listen to him
- Sucking up to the most powerful person in the room
- Bizarrely, he's actually pretty good with children, especially babies
- Public speaking and making speeches
- Pointing the finger at somebody else
- Flawed moral compass, to say the least
- Maintains human prejudices such as sexism, classism, and covert disgust at the physically mutated
- Cowardice; he'll flee any fight when it seems he can't easily win
- If he has an opportunity to bully someone and get away with it, he will
- He's not as good with women as he seems to think...
Fabian is able to boost the powers of other mutants. He uses this to help his allies, increasing their powers for battle, but he can also use it offensively against his enemies, making their powers amplify beyond their control, sometimes even killing them this way because their bodies can't handle their own abilities. For example, a telepath might become so overloaded with the thoughts of everyone around them that they go catatonic, or a pyrokinetic might burn themselves to a crisp despite normally being immune to their own flames. Depending on the degree of power enhancement, a boost can be classed as a "charge" or "hypercharge", with the hypercharge being the greater of the two. This power emanates from his hands, which glow with golden light/energy when he uses this ability. Limits-
It only works on mutants; no other type of being is affected. He must be touching the person, though skin-to-skin contact isn't required as his abilities can effect someone through most clothing if it's not overly dense or heavy. However, getting close enough to an enemy to do this can be difficult, especially if that enemy is a mutant with powers of their own trying to keep you away. Heck, depending what's happening on a battlefield, it can even be hard to get near an ally who WANTS his charge. There are also mutants simply too powerful for his abilities to effect because they're already at their peak potential (such as Exodus) and mutants for whom it would be an unwise move to overcharge. For instance, if someone's power is to produce flames from their body, then the fact he would have to be touching them when he hypercharges them means he'd be burned too when they overloaded a second later.
The smallest possible charge he can give someone will allow for just *one* enhanced use of that person’s powers within the next five minutes, then it dissipates entirely. A standard charge can last up to five hours, but is generally more around three; mutants with more powerful mutations will have the effects wear off faster. So someone with a small or minor-level mutation will probably be able to get the full five hours, someone with a standard or mid-level mutation will likely be effect for around three, and someone with very strong abilities (ex: Magneto) may only be able to hang on to the enhancement for a single hour. In all cases, the charge will wear out faster the more they use their powers. So if there are two people who would normally both be able to hold a charge for two hours, and one used his power a few times while the other started using her power constantly, the former would be able to keep his full two hour enhancement period, while the latter would burn out faster, perhaps in only thirty minutes.
While people under the influence of a charge will be more energized, they “crash” when the effects wear off. This is not a drawback to Fabian himself, but it is for his allies. They will find themselves tired and weak for twice the amount of time that their charge lasted, more so if they pushed themselves during it, less so if they did not. Going back to the above example of the person who used his power judiciously versus the one who used it constantly, the latter would be in need of rest for five hours to recover while the former would probably only need two hours, despite both of them getting a two-hour charge level that would normally entail a need for a four-hour rest. People with mid-level mutations will be effected the most by this; those with small mutations won’t be as drained by them, and stronger mutants are more used to handling a lot of power. In addition to extra rest, extra nourishment will be needed/craved as well to those effected; they’ve burned through a lot of energy, and calories are energy!
All of this gets even more serious with hypercharges. Hypercharges as his offense move, when things go from “helpful” to “harmful”. They are the charges that take the target’s power into such ranges that they can’t control it or hold it in, and the defenses their own body normally has against it can no longer hold up. Due to intensity of these charges, it cannot last long, as the target simply cannot sustain such output, but it doesn’t take long for the effects to be devastating. With non-physical mutations, such as telepathy or pyrokinesis, the effect is generally three to five minutes—long enough for them to plenty of damage to themselves and those around them. With physical mutations, it takes longer for their body to return to normal, and may be a very painful process, lasting anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. It’s also extremely exhausting to go through, requiring rest ranging from eight hours to a few days, plus whatever extra time is needed to repair whatever injuries resulted. As with the normal charges, stronger mutants can generally recover on the faster end of the spectrum. Power Name-
Fabian can heal the injuries and illnesses of other mutants. There's really not that much more to it than that; as with his Power Enhancement, this power is channeled through his hands, which glow when he uses this ability. Limits-
As with the Power Enhancement, he must be touching someone and they must be a mutant. For serious injuries and ailments, there is only so much a single healing session can do, and he'll have to do several over time for a success, with each session only healing a portion of the damage. That's not very helpful if they don't have that kind of time, are bleeding out rapidly from several serious wounds, etc.
Unlike his enhancement powers, this power draws energy directly from Fabian himself, rather than amping up the energy of others. Therefore, it is not the target that faces consequences for it, but Fabian. Patching up some minor cuts and scratches is no big deal, he probably uses more energy brushing his hair (an admittedly very serious task), but if he’s repairing bones or organs, he’s going to start feeling it. Being a large, strong, and athletic person, he has good endurance, so fixing a single broken arm or other serious injury doesn’t truly slow him down, it’s more like he feels like he went for a long run.
However, the more grievous the wound, and the more he has to do, the more drained he gets. So if it’s, say, the aftermath of a battle, and the whole team has injuries that would normally require hospitalization, he’s going to be looking visibly haggard and probably sleeping any time he isn’t on-call, needing to eat more, be achey and headchey, "hangry", not to mention being increasingly unpleasant to be around. It’s not a good time to come in saying you have a hangnail you want him to help with, he’ll probably start shrieking and throwing things before collapsing dramatically. And no one wants that—what if somebody tripped on him? He also tries to claim he needs to be waited on and massaged by the more comely ladies of the Brotherhood, but this is probably due to, ah, ulterior motives.
Superficial cuts, scrapes, and bruises can be taken care of in a single session, and typically in less than a minute. More serious lacerations and fractures—for instance, something that might ordinarily require a lot stitches—can take more power, and usually one to three sessions, each ranging five to ten minutes, fifteen at most. The same goes for common illnesses such as common colds, a small case of the flu, etc. More severe issues—second degree burns, broken bones, damaged internal organs, head injuries—require at least five sessions of at least fifteen minutes each in order to fully repair. Once you get beyond that, he’s less likely to be able to actually fully fix the problem, just make it less bad or keep it from getting worse. Even if he can’t fix something, his sessions can also help decrease recovery time, such as making an injury that would normally take a year to recover from fully now require only eight months—at least, in cases where recovery is possible at all.
His ability to combat poisons and drugs is…iffy. He can help the body fight something inside it, bolstering whatever it’s already doing, but he’s not actually eliminating the problem like he does with injuries and illnesses, the poison is still in there and it’s going to keep affecting the person until the body has processed or purged it. The more serious the poison, the more effort and energy he has to expend to help fight it, and the less effective the results will be. There’s a big difference between, say, a small dose of a minor party drug, and a spoonful of cyanide.
There is also nothing he can do about allergies, nor about conditions someone is born with (asthma, diabetes, PCOS, etc) There are also some diseases that are just beyond him, namely things where the body is attacking itself, like cancer or the Legacy Virus.Power Name-
He can “read” genetic codes and biological systems of other people, enabling him to determine if someone is human, mutant, or otherwise. Sort of a human Cerebro. He can also detect other anomalies and details in someone's genetic code; for instance, he can tell if someone has been biologically tampered with. This is the one power that he can use on humans and other beings as well as mutants. It is a relatively swift process, something he can usually do in the space of a mere handshake, though it's not quite instant enough that a mere tap is enough.Limits-
As with the Power Enhancement and Healing, he must touch the person. He cannot tell what kind of powers a person has, only whether they're a mutant or not. Likewise, if he detects biological altering, he may not be able to pin down the specifics. For instance, if someone had the aggression centers in their brain biologically altered so that they were more or less prone to aggression than their norm, he would be able to pick up that they had been altered, and maybe that it was in the brain specifically, but he wouldn't be able to tell what was done or what the effects were.Skills & Abilities-
In addition to his mutant powers, he has shown skill with a firearm, martial arts prowess on par with an expert ninja, military strategy and political expertise, and considerable talent for espionage and gathering intel, not to mention good with babies and small children as well as horseback riding.
His training with guns and martial arts began as a child when he was around 11 and anti-mutant sentiment started to seriously begin; his parents knew he was a mutant but that his powers weren't suitable for defending himself if he were ever persecuted, so they enrolled him in classes from a young age so that he could fight back in mundane ways if he ever had to. He took to the classes like a fish to water, and continued pursuing these talents throughout his teen and adult years, pushing himself even further to make up for his lack of an offensive mutation. He honed these skills further during his years with Action Force, during which he was also trained in political/military strategy and intel-gathering.
A privileged child, riding horses was a regular part of his upbringing, and his baby sister Lucia was how he came about his talents with young children. Emphasis on 'young'---the older a kid is, the less adept Fabian is at managing them. He's best with toddlers.
Due to growing up with a psychic sibling, he can generally tell when a telepath is in his mind unless they are taking great pains to be sneaky, but there's not much more he can do about it than your average person.
214 lbsEye Colour-
Fabian is immensely tall and well-built, with a V-shaped "Dorito chip" body that has broad shoulders, a muscular chest and arms, a small waist, and bulky thighs because this man doesn't miss leg day. He wears his red hair in a well-tended ponytail that goes a bit past his shoulderblades. He has a chiseled rectagular face with high cheekbones and a strong jaw/chin.
When it comes to fashion, Fabian sticks to classic and classy, aside from his need for deep V-necks to show off his chest and guide the eye down towards his crotch. Other than this flaw though, he really does do a good look for a timeless, traditional sharp-dressed man and can make even really casual getupslook a cut above the rest because of the quality, cut, and designers he chooses. Just, you know…that one flaw is pretty big. Like “insta-Eurotrash” big. Seriously, Fabian, you are sabotaging yourself here. Get rid of the V-necks.
He sometimes wears a very thin necklace with a small cross or Marian medallion attached. And his Bluetooth is nigh-constant. Gear-
Fabian generally carries a large gun into battle (typically a Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun), and keeps a smaller, concealed one on his person when in civilian guise (a USP 9mm by the same brand). He also frequently uses a Bluetooth headset both on and off the field. Additional Information-
- He remains close to his family and contacts them when he can, but doesn't want them to know of his terrorist activities. This presents something of a conundrum for him, given that he also craves fame.
- He coined the term "flatscan" for humans in reference to how they read as a "flatline" to his genetic scanning power; this word has since gained popularity in the mutant community as an anti-human slur, though he maintains (depending who he is speaking to) that he did not mean it that way
- He is a native Spanish speaker, but took English classes from a young age, so his English is nigh-flawless and lacks an accent. He actually makes a point of using fancier, more flowery language than most native English speakers do!
- He doesn't smoke or drink, but he'll sneer at other people's choice in cigars/wine/etc if he thinks it's low-class
- Bodybuilds and works out religiously, and is very smug about it. And he's even smugger about his fabulous hair.
- He's the sort of guy who will call a woman a slut for NOT sleeping with him
- Old photos reveal he once had a rat-tail hairstyle and his left ear pierced and he lives in fear of someone finding out about this
- He's got some pretty severe allergies to several types of tropical plants
- For better or for worse, he's really good at doublethink and cognitive dissonance. This is part of what allows him to be such a huge hypocrite about so many things.
- He doesn't know how to cook his own food or do his own laundry and he refuses to learn. THAT IS BENEATH HIM!
Ana Maria "Anne Marie" Cortez (Twin sister)
Josefa Fidelia "Pepa" Cortez (Mother)
Mariano Cortez (Father)
Sergio Cortez (Older brother)
Lucia Cortez (Younger sister)
Maria Pilar Cortez (One of many cousins, also the Ministerio de Justicia of Spain)Others-
A pet dachshund named Brat. He got him to pick up women at the dog park, but has also become genuinely fond of him too.History-
Fabian was born to a wealthy family of aristocratic descent in the Castile region of Spain, and grew up in a countryside manor with its own private farm.
Prior to his powers appearing, Fabian's life was normal, idyllic even. His twin sister Anne Marie discovered her psychic mutation unusually early, before puberty, and Fabian uncovered his own shortly after via accidentally hypercharging her. This resulted in placing her in a week-long coma; her mind was so overloaded by the emotions of other people that it had shut down.
Anne Marie could control the minds and emotions of other people, and while she wasn't cruel, she was a child and didn't understand that it was wrong to use them in certain ways. For instance, on Fabian. As any kid would, she of course would use her powers on her brother, to make him play with her or stop bother her or just do funny things like dancing with his shoes on his head. These things were harmless, yes, and she didn't mean any harm, but it may have been the start of Fabian's resentment and control issues---being mind-controlled as a child was terrifying for him, and there was nothing anybody could do to make Anne Marie stop.
Anne Marie would also use her power on her parents, to make them do things like give her ice cream for dinner. Thus, they became aware that she was a mutant, and, eventually, that Fabian was as well. They didn't love their children any less for it, but they were afraid of what might happen if other people found out. So they did the best they could to just try to make the children understand---and Anne Marie had such a hard time understanding things--that she had to keep this a secret.
They were not as worried about Fabian; it was unlikely that humans would ever pick up on his powers, since they couldn't be effected by them. But the fact his abilities were so inoffensive meant they also wanted to be sure he could defend himself should he ever need to. To this end, he was enrolled in classes focusing on firearms and martial arts. Fabian, for his part, enjoyed them the same way a child would enjoy any other sport, like soccer, and enjoyed them even more when he discovered he was quite good at them. However, he disliked the reason for why he had to learn these things---to make up for his pitiful, paltry mutant power. He felt he had gotten shortchanged by nature, cheated out of the more powerful mental abilities that his foolish sister possessed. Why did HE get the ability to control minds and emotions like she did? Why did he receive such useless, effeminate gifts? It wasn't fair! They were twins, after all, they should be the same! But he might as well be a flatscan himself!
As Fabian got older, he excelled both in academics and in sports, and he began developing a charisma that drew others to him. It didn't hurt he was the tallest in his year and quite good-looking at that. Slowly, he was beginning to feel he could, if he worked hard enough, hold the kind of sway over people that his sister's mutation allowed her to with so little effort. He wanted that. Speaking of his sister, her powers couldn't make up for the fact that she was academically and socially behind her peers, and lagging further and further with each year. Add to that and her strange behavior, the fact she was clearly mentally awry in some way, and she had become an outcast while he was beloved. It changed what resentment he had towards her into instead a pitying sort of paternalism, and he started to look after her to a degree, more like an older brother than a twin. He liked her a lot more now that she was "less" than he was. He also helped out a lot with his much younger sister, Lucia, finding he also liked caring for the baby. It was perhaps the beginning of him only being happy with others when he was superior to them or had power over them, though at this stage in his life it was not a power he intended to misuse.
Fabian continued to push himself both physically and academically, as well as continued his classes in firearms and self-defense through his teen years and beyond. While the charismatic nature he had evolved with his classmates made him seem destined for a role in politics or PR, his skills attracted the attention of a family member who worked in the Ministry of Justice. Their own daughter, his cousin Maria Pilar, was currently following that path, and Fabian joined her. He thus spent a good deal of his 20s training in Action Force, Spain's covert paramilitary wing of the Civil Guard. This served to enhance his fighting prowess and skill with a gun further, but it also gave him the opportunity to train in the art of politics, negotiation, espionage, and intel-gathering. Action Force had plenty of idiots who could shoot and fight, but Fabian was the one among his team who could use his brain. Action Force and the Ministry of Justice just showed him how, and he was a quick study.
When Action Force began investigating the rising mutant activity in Spain, Fabian met other mutants for the first time. Some disgusted him, but others intrigued him. They were so angry, so desperate, some helpless and vulnerable, some bitter and bloodthirsty. They were longing for a leader, and he saw that they looked to Magneto, which made him jealous of this mutant leader he had never even met. But some also started looking to him when he used his abilities to heal them or improve their powers. He rapidly became addicted to the attention and admiration, and decided he could get more from his own people---though he still did not think of them as such---than from Action Force and humankind. Thus, he turned on them, siding with the local mutant underground and striking back at the Spanish government in a bloody assault.
Now a wanted man, he reconnected with his twin sister, who had erstwhile become sympathetic to such causes, and the pair left Spain together to join The Brotherhood.
28How Can We Contact-
I'd prefer a PM! But my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you need it!Time Zone-
ESTHow did you find us?
Not yet!Role Play Sample-
[Copied from an RP that I did on Tumblr, with the other character's name taken out!]
“Ah, like our noche!” said Fabian, “You may have guessed by our family name, Anne Marie and I hail from Spain originally. You are American, yes? Very poetic choice, in any case.” “
"We don’t have other names,” said Anne Marie, sounding as if she didn’t have an opinion one way or the other on the common mutant practice of taking a codename.
“And if we did, I haven’t the slightest what they’d be,” said Fabian, “Our powers are easy to explain, but a bit hard to find any dignified moniker for. but enough about us—we should be giving you the tour!”
He began pointing out the fixtures and features of Genosha—this square, that street, historic statues, and so on. Anne Marie jumped in with irreverant and irrelevant comments, such as this one tree being a favorite of a squirrel she fed there daily, or how this one cafe had a really cute cashier, or how, charmingly, she’d once seen a grown man pooping in this particular alleyway.
They reached a posh, stylish hotel, one where the Acolytes were clearly familiar with the staff. Fabian explained she’d be staying here for the time being, and that many of Magneto’s “elite forces” maintained permanent residences of this type. As she was given her keys and her bags passed to a porter, he added,
“If you wish to proceed to presidential estate of Lord Magneto immediately, Anne Marie and I can wait outside whilst you take care of anything–a shower, a change of attire, so on—or, if you wish to settle in first, we can come back later in the evening, or another day.”
When [NAME] returned, the two Acolytes would be waiting outside next to a sleek, polished, car. There was a driver at the helm, visibly mutated and wearing a uniform complete with cap. Fabian opened the door and Anne Marie hopped inside the back seat. He made a gesture for [NAME] to follow. Once she had, he joined her and his sister, so that [NAME] was sitting between them
As the car began to drive, Fabian began to speak,
“You’ve doubtlessly realized by now you’re getting special treatment. Genosha is a prosperous country, and we do help all immigrants get set up with housing and a small temporary income while they find a job...but we’re not able to put everyone up in these sorts of lodgings, nor do they all get to see Lord Magneto himself in person. I cannot speak to what his interest is in you, but if I were asked to guess---
“I bet he wants you to join us!” Anne Marie interjected, placing her hands on [NAME]'s and looking quite excited at the prospected, “As an Acolyte!