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Who has power and an internet connection five days ahead of the optimistic estimate? THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE! Yeah, this is [livejournal.com profile] screwyoumarvel here, not even trying to stealth. We're totally fine here in my corner of Alabama, no damage at all, and everyone in my family is okay.

Now, on to the fun stuff: in addition to power and an internet connection, I also have a new character! This infopost would have been up way sooner if I, you know, had had power. Meet Alex Aaron, aka Phobos. It's not just a nifty codename, either. This thirteen-year-old superhero also happens to be Marvel's second incarnation of the Greek god of fear, dread, terror, and battlefield rout.

He may also have accidentally declared himself the god of Xbox. Which means several of you should probably start praying to him.

Canon: Alex hails from the Marvel miniseries Ares: God of War and the ongoing series Secret Warriors. He used to think he was a normal kid with a single dad, but he wasn't, really, he was a demigod. Then, through the events of Ares: God of War, he became a full god and inherited the mantle of Phobos when the first one died. He and his dad moved to New York to seek an adventure, and they found one. Ares became an Avenger and Alex joined Nick Fury's Secret Warriors to fight the Skrull invasion.

Then Norman Osborn took over the Avengers and Ares stayed with them, so Alex wound up fighting against his dad's side, but get this: they still loved each other and refused to fight one another, and Ares helped his son out when he could, even though he didn't understand Alex's choices and Alex didn't understand his. That's right, a pair of Greek gods in Marvel have a functional father/son relationship.

I know, it's crazy. It's also really sweet. Don't let Ares know I said that.

Character: So Alex is thirteen, because I said he is, because here's the thing: when they took him for Secret Warriors, they apparently didn't read Ares: God of War for a while, so Alex got massively retconned, and then they undid the retcon, and at this point no one's sure how old he is and how he's drawn fluctuates from issue to issue. So we're going with thirteen, and a freshman in high school. He's blond, blue-eyed, kind of on the short side for his age, though he's probably due for a growth spurt, slim, strong, and has a profile you could put on a Grecian urn. Naturally. Honor means a lot to him, and he wants to have adventures and be a hero and make some friends. Also, to skip class a lot to have these adventures.

He's also the god of fear. You might find this cheerful, pleasant boy vaguely creepy for no reason you can pin down, or he might slip into a good brood and just be outright creepy and weird. He doesn't fear anything, because he is fear. He has various fear-related powers, including the ability to sense one's greatest fear and induce and intensify fear in others. His eyes glow kind of pink when he's using his powers on a strong scale. He also has exhibited precognition, explaining that since he became a god he just sort of knows what is going to happen sometimes. This is part of why he is so killer at Xbox. As the son of war, he is pretty formidable in combat, and his weapon of choice is the Grasscutter Blade, which can cut anything and was stained red by Ares' blood ("The blood of War does truly run red"), and which Alex sort of treats like other kids might treat their puppy.

As a total brat, Alex has been known to break into Nick Fury's office and rifle around just because.

Timeline: Over with the Avengers, things didn't go so great for Ares once he figured out Norman Osborn was the bad guy (Ares is not the god of war generally known for his morality, and I genuinely don't think anyone told him Osborn was the wrong side anyway), and he wound up, well, dead. He's a Greek god and it's comics anyway, so no worries there. And then Alex wound up battling against an undead Hydra villain wielding his Grasscutter's imperfect twin, Godkiller, and...well. You can see where this is going. But, again, comics, Greek gods: they'll be fine. Especially since Ares told Alex at one point that until he died and returned to life, he wouldn't quite be a full god, even though he wasn't exactly a demigod any more either.

So Alex is coming to FH from after his death and handwavey return to life. He and his dad flipped the pantheon the bird again and went back to New York, but Ares is a canny old warhorse and decided the best thing to do would be to send Alex to a boarding school for unusual teenagers, rather than letting him run around Marvel New York with all its trouble to get into. You can't go truant from boarding school, right?

Alex is not necessarily happy about this, but he'll make do.

Seriously Important Bit: Alex is also Phobos, god of fear. He can sense people's greatest fear and use their fears against them. He's used his powers against other people very rarely and only in battle situations in canon, but, you never know what will come up. Sooooo, I need to know who he can and can't read/mess with, and if you want to also tell me what your character's afraid of, that would be great. Keep in mind, he's a god, so he's seriously high-powered; in his own universe psychic powers and psychic shielding doesn't really have any effect on him (hey Sentry), but other realities' mileage may vary. Obviously I won't be messing around with characters' heads in such a serious way in specific situations without checking with their players first; this is for reference, mostly. Please comment in the OCD in the thread relevant to your character.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] showmetheproof.livejournal.com
Scully is easily messed with. Although I'm not sure what her greatest fear is; at a guess, having cancer again, and a bloody nosebleed to indicate that it's back... yeah, that's probably right. Other fears would all be about other people getting hurt or dying and not being able to save them.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 05:22 am (UTC)
lockestheway: (peter: a bit unsure)
From: [personal profile] lockestheway
Peter would like to state for the record that Alex is totally stealing his shtick. He's very much fear-able, though, and his greatest fear is being insignificant and unloved foreeever. Ender's also readable - he fears never being anything other than a killer. So's Dolf, who's mostly terrified of people dying on him without him being able to do anything about it.

Cable is readable, too.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 05:22 am (UTC)
glacial_queen: (On the floor looking up)
From: [personal profile] glacial_queen
Since I said yes below...uhh, it's a tie between being abandoned by everyone she loves, especially if it's her fault (say everyone turning their backs on her because of what happened with Warren) or an assault that leaves her incapable of using Craft anymore.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 11:53 am (UTC)
furnaceface: (Fire - GAH)
From: [personal profile] furnaceface
Go for it! All of my boys are readable:

Reno has a laundry list of fears, really, including giant rocks falling from the sky, elevators, and mama's boys with flowing silver hair. But his biggest one is always going to be the fear that something awful is going to happen to his Rookies, and there won't be anything he can do to stop it.

Warren's fears include being bound up in restraints, and, thanks to Fandom, giant freaking hooks swinging toward him. But the big one is going to be losing his wings. He needs those!

Jono's going alum, but he'll be back on the island at every possible opportunity ever, because he is my Jono and nobody can take him away from me dammit, so you get his fear, too. He's absolutely terrified that he'll lose control of his powers and end up hurting somebody he cares for.

And the newbie, Jim Hawkins, is also completely readable. Him and all of his abandonment issues. His biggest fear would have to be watching the people he cares about walk away from him. Because he's a Disney woobie and he needs to be validated, okay.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 12:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wesleynotponcy.livejournal.com
Totally editing this after the boys' conversation yesterday, la! Wesley can absolutely be fear-read, and his fears include: being locked in a closet (thanks, Dad) and messing up and getting people killed somehow. Also, at least through the summer, he's going to be extra antsy because his girlfriend is locked in an arena with a bunch of people who want to kill her, so, you know, that's pretty high on the fear list.

As for the newbie, Topher is super agoraphobic, so you can absolutely play with that.
Edited Date: 2011-05-08 12:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight-fatali.livejournal.com
Seifer really isn't scared of much, just what's in his head. Which is memories of what happened while he was brainwashed; Psycho Sorceress trying to end everything and the stuff she made him do during the war. (Which isn't even shown completely in canon, just that he killed a lot of people and tortured some people he grew up with. Electro-Shock Therapy? Anyone? Squall? We're still fleshing that bit out.) Also, he's kind of got this fear that she's not really gone from his head, but he hasn't told anyone that yet. (She is, he's just still fearing that.)

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] need-no-moon.livejournal.com
Both Jake and Faramir are readable. Jake's greatest fear is becoming a true monster and hurting people he cares about. Faramir's seeing the destruction of Gondor and Middle-earth.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ancientbschamp.livejournal.com
Gabrielle will be so thrilled about this, really she will.

She's absolutely readable, and even though something else really should be higher up her fear-priority list, she doesn't know about it, so losing Xena (again) would be at the top of her list, followed immediately by Xena losing her and going all evil again because of that.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pastmewrong.livejournal.com
Effy and Chuck, both readable and both scaredy-cats in their own way.

Effy's got a fuckload of issues and fears, but going crazy(er) is probably top of her list. Chuck... it would have to be losing Ellie.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dabblinginbitch.livejournal.com
I am gonna say that all of my kids are readable, and Sookie's probably the only one who'd notice being messed with straight off the bat.

Ramona: Her biggest fear probably has to be that everyone she actually cares about figures out what a loser she is, and how awful she is, and leaves her for it. Oh, my multicolored-haired little insecure minx. *pets her*

Puck: Is very typical -- dude's biggest fear is that he'll get stuck in the Midwest and end up turning out like his dad, who walked out on them.

Katniss: Isn't around this summer, but will be back in the fall with a boatload of issues. She has severe PTSD related to the arena, and she'll have more come September, so I'm going to say that her biggest fears pretty much center right on watching people she loves die right in front of her. And also being on fire. Despite the username, she isn't a fan.

Sookie: Is scared of her own powers, what they mean, and that she might be going crazy.

Belle: Being also of the Disney woobie sort, I'm going to say she's probably most afraid of having everyone she loves taken away from her, sigh. Also scary wolves!

Robin: Canonically Robin is terrified of Doc. As in the dwarf, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Do with this as you will.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rilla-myrilla.livejournal.com
At the beginning of the summer, Rilla fears not being alone forever and dying an old maid.

And the end of the summer, she becomes slightly more useful and will be fearing her brother Jem and friend Jerry dying in World War I.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-04-30 04:19 pm (UTC)
hurtingzeebo: (I'm going to die)
From: [personal profile] hurtingzeebo
Both my on-island girls would be totally readable. For Claudia, her biggest fear would be losing the people she loves like she lost her parents (and almost her brother). She's also rather leery of heights, underwater places, and dodgeballs.

Sam is . . . not afraid of much. She does have a reoccurring dream about a monster stealing her soup (though she might be over that), and she once dangled from a window-washer's platform 15 stories up with her best friend, so I'd say window-washer platforms (rather than heights, since she's also parachuted into Japan).

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-05-01 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] willbethenight.livejournal.com
Bruce, Dave Nelson, and Dick Grayson are all open to being read.

Bruce's fear is letting his parents down (THANK YOU, CANON).

Dave's fear is complete shunning by everyone.

Dick's fear is... um... I'm going to have to think about that more and get back to you.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-05-01 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shes-got-legs.livejournal.com
All of my characters are readable with two caveats:

1) Shunsui's a Shinigami/Death God, and pretty powerful, too, so I suspect he'll be able to know what's going on and try to fight it. Unless he's feeling lazy, but he doesn't take too kindly to people trying to pull stuff like that.
2) Chrono's a demon, and has had stuff like this happen to him way too often by his brother, so he'd probably also recognize it and fight it, as well.

Okay, then, greatest fears:
Ariel: a complete lack of freedom
Alexander: Manannan, the wizard who enslaved him as an infant, coming back
Chrono: feeling a connection with another human and DESTROYING THEM like the last two (Mary and Rosette)
Jane: Meeting a terrible death somewhere in the depths of the jungle
Shunsui: NO MORE SAKE IN THE WORLD/having to actually do work. Okay, and the people he cares about suffering and being unable to do anything to ease their pain
Butters: Being grounded. Also, gingers

I realized I probably should have put at least Shunsui and Chrono into "It's Complicated," but I'm lazy.
Edited Date: 2011-05-01 05:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-05-03 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squire-hand.livejournal.com
James may pick up on something (his 'bump of trouble' may trigger) but he's readable. Biggest fears: losing loved ones, crocodile-iguanas (rock serpents), zombie death machines, and not being good/quick/prepared enough to stop bad things from other people.

Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-05-10 09:59 pm (UTC)
trigons_child: (Black)
From: [personal profile] trigons_child
Oh hai I didn't fill this out.

Raven: usually shielding, but if he can cut through that, whee! She's terrified of turning evil again and vampires.

Leia: untrained Jedi, so not easy to read, but not impossible by a long shot. She's not really terrified of anything, but she worries about doing something wrong and screwing up the future she's learned about (therefore not bringing down the Empire).

Angelica: scared of losing control of her powers and killing someone.

Jessica: scared she'll get staked if someone finds out she killed someone by accident.

Vida: err...scared of losing her hat collection.

Bel: scared of getting possessed by the Source again and hurting the people he loves.

Wyatt: he'd be a bitch to read since he's part angel, but: scared of losing Isabel or Chris. Or turning evil.


Re: Yes!

Date: 2011-09-30 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chief-cheerio.livejournal.com
Oh hi, I was just randomly clicking around and found this post five months late. ANYHOW all of mine are totally readable and can be messed with.

Tyrion: His father. Any kind of wild animal big enough to eat him.

Quinn: Being unpopular. Being fat. Not being cool anymore.

Tara: That she's secretly a demon. That somebody will die or be hurt and it'll be her fault.

Juliet: Losing Jeremy.

Jack: Being hungry. Being alone. Being turned into a vampire against his will.

Romeo: Having to watch someone else he loves die. That he's damned to hell.

... I have a cheery bunch.


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