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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Monolith » 21 Jan 2019, 14:51

Try to be more specific, Doc. I'll guess what instances you're talking about, though.

Magneto has occasionally demonstrated the ability to influence people's behavior, explained as manipulating the iron content of their blood as he did in Avengers #110-111. More advanced mind control was revealed to be an aspect of his helmet, using hidden circuitry shown in X-Men vs the Avengers #1-4.

In Avengers Disassembled and Excalibur volume 3, Magneto retrieved Wanda and brought her back to Genosha using a wormhole. This was an expansion of his power set where he used electromagnetic forces to bend space-time, reportedly an augmentation caused by Wanda's ever-growing powers at the time.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Dr House » 25 Jan 2019, 16:06

Is there a PD on Cameron Hodge, including his tech from the RIght?
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Monolith » 25 Jan 2019, 20:22

The Right employed all-encompassing body armor, which provided their soldiers with exoskeletal-augmented strength, a resistance to physical injury, boot rockets for flight, and offensive capabilities. Primarily they used submachine guns on shoulder mounts, but micro-rockets and concussive blasters also rotated into use. Cameron Hodge made use of these standard armor or his personal Right Commander armor, which was presumably augmented further. he also wore a special armor for fighting Cyclops, a ruby quartz crystal suit immune to Scott's optic blasts that refracted his blast harmlessly away.

Cameron Hodge made a pact for immortality with Nastir'h prior to Inferno, which seems to have remained active all these years. He was decapitated by Archangel back in the day, but that head remained alive and animated. He grafted it onto a cyborg scorpion exo-frame during the X-Tinction Agenda. This body was enormous, possessing great strength and a series of tentacles to grab, manipulate, or restrain targets. A phasing circuit allowed his bulk to become intangible, passing through walls and floors or untouchable to physical attack. It employed different weapon systems deployed from the tail stinger or elsewhere on the cybernetics, including bolt casters, force beams, and electrical attacks.

For a time, Hodge was exposed to the transmode virus and assimilated into the Phalanx collective. He possessed all the traditional powers of the Phalanx during this time period, along with a level of independence greater than the average drone.

Bastion and Eli Bard revived him with a new variant of the T-O Virus, restoring his original human body. However, during Second Coming he severed his own head in order to attach it to a reconstructed version of his cyborg scorpion body.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by LimboMaster » 30 Jan 2019, 23:47

Hey Mono,
I 'think' this qualifies as a powers question. At some point after Pixie had her soul corrupted and created her soul dagger, she was 'taught' a teleportation spell by Magik. But, my understanding is that Magik's teleportation ability is part of her mutant ability and has nothing to do with her magical training (though her teleportation stepping discs are inextricably linked to Limbo for unexplained reasons IIRC). To my knowledge Illyana has never teleported via spell casting (only via her stepping discs). Has this apparent discrepancy between Illyana's mutant ability and a teleportation spell ever been explained in a sensible way? I'm just wondering if we're meant to assume there is a teleportation spell we had just not heard about before she taught it to Pixie or might this just reflect the writer's misunderstanding of Illyana's abilities?

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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Dr House » 31 Jan 2019, 12:48

Thanks, Mono. Can you provide a PD on Lucifer (the one who crippled Xavier initially)?
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Monolith » 31 Jan 2019, 15:29

@LimboMaster: I don't see any discrepancy. Illyana having a mutant teleporting power does nothing to preclude her from also knowing a teleporting spell she could teach to Pixie. It's redundant knowledge, perhaps, but hardly contradictory of anything.

@DrHouse: The source of Lucifer's powers is unknown. No other Quist or members of the Arcane have appeared enough for us to determine what is natural for their race, and whether Lucifer's powers are unique to him. Furthermore, some of his mental powers may merely have been through the direction of advanced technology, either Dominus itself or similar equipment.

The Dominus device was designed by the Arcane to sap the willpower of other races. Once properly calibrated to a specific species, it can weaken their resistance to outside "domination", making them a helpless race of slaves. Lucifer applied the device to a city once as an early test of Dominus's power. He also used Dominus to plant suggestions in the minds of other people at a distance, guiding their actions rather than totally controlling them, or produce a form of psychic feedback that attacked Charles Xavier when he attempted to telepathic probe for Lucifer. Lucifer seemed to have some telepathic power himself, but he also seemed to direct Dominus's actions mentally, so separating out what he accomplished personally and what he merely instructed Dominus to accomplish is difficult.

In exile, Lucifer demonstrated new powers of ionic force and possession. Using a dimensional transmitter, he was able to cast his mind from the Nameless Dimension to Earth. Each time he did so, however, the effect worked differently. When he empowered Charlie Grey, Lucifer bestowed his own powers and costume on Grey. He did not physically control Grey's body, however, and served merely as a voice in Charlie's head guiding his actions. On his next crossover, Lucifer physically left the Nameless Dimension for Earth, but found he could not remain indefinitely. He therefore physically merged with Rafe Michel, two bodies inhabiting one space in order to anchor him to the Earth. The body was Michel's, but the costume, powers, and consciousness were Lucifer's. Physically possessing an Earthman was a strain on his host, however, so Lucifer split his consciousness to possess Grover Raymond as well. Now two copies of Lucifer's mind were active simultaneously, animating Michel and Raymond independently. Even this proved too much for them, and both men died trying to support Lucifer's ionic power, sending him back into the Nameless Dimension.

When possessing a single host, Lucifer's ionic power provided superhuman strength and durability, flight, and ionic force blasts channeled from his hands. When he split his consciousness for Rafe Michel and Grover Raymond, though, his two bodies each possessed only ionic strength, and not his full measure of powers.

Most recently, Lucifer has explored splitting his consciousness among multiple bodies. He operated like a hive mind, possessing the entire town of Lago to either actively control all parties, or merely act as a guiding force that influenced their behavior in the background of their minds even when Lucifer was not directly manipulating them. He had a primary host named Heylel who demonstrated Lucifer's full range of ionic powers, but whether this meant Lucifer was physically possessing Heylel while only mentally possessing the others is unknown.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Dr House » 20 Feb 2019, 18:22

Monolith wrote:
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Accounts have gone back and forth on how Jamie survived the Legacy Virus. Some claim that only a dupe died, and the psychic backlash left Jamie temporarily amnesiac (hence Val Cooper's "Jamie sightings" prior to the AoA). Others claim that Jamie-Prime DID die, and that a surviving dupe somehow evolved into a new Jamie-Prime. Both theories have their flaws.
What are the flaws in those theories?
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Post by Monolith » 21 Feb 2019, 14:07

Just based on the facts at hand and the working knowledge we had of Jamie's powers, which admittedly has changed since his return.

The story as it unfolded had Jamie generate a dupe to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a Legacy infected Mutate in Genosha. He then immediately re-absorbed the dupe. Therefore, while it was a dupe who was initially exposed to the virus, Jamie absorbed it as well soon after. Jamie Madrox had the Legacy Virus, not just a dupe, unless you read into the situation that Jamie-Prime was never on Genosha in the first place for that story, which clearly wasn't the original intent.

Later issues showed Jamie settle into becoming a trinity, with three Jamies active at any given time: happy Jamie, angry Jamie, and sick Jamie. This was before random personalities were common for Jamie's dupes, so it was notable that the Jamies were behaving in markedly different ways. At one point, Jamie tried to reabsorb the two squabbling dupes but failed. One of them suggested maybe he didn't really want to be alone right then. In retrospect, I think its possible these two dupes already existed prior to the Genoshan mission, and Jamie never reabsorbed them after being infected with the Legacy virus in order to keep them healthy.

X-Factor #100 ended with the death of Jamie. By this point, the dupes had come to blows with one another. Happy Jamie signed on for Haven's crusade while Angry Jamie stayed with X-Factor, and Sick Jamie could barely stand up. The two dupes' dupes were left fighting in Haven's fortress when the final confrontation had Haven try and fail to cure Sick Jamie with her powers. The issue ended, and so it was never shown how the death of Jamie Madrox affected all the dupes back in the fortress fighting.

A number of changes have been made to Jamie's powers by PAD during the Madrox and X-Factor series since his return, making it difficult to judge what's "allowable" under his powers. For instance, modern Jamie explicitly generates dupes out of a type of proto-matter that he reabsorbs. If they're sick or injured, he doesn't absorb their injuries. All he gets is a brief phantom pain of their injury, feels tipsy for a moment if they were drunk but doesn't actually absorb alcohol into his system, etc. THIS Jamie, therefore, would not have absorbed the Legacy Virus from a dupe. However, classic Jamie would have, as discussed in the Fallen Angels series. Jamie absorbing a dupe with broken ribs would have ended up with ribs halfway towards being healed.

The idea of a new Jamie-Prime asserting itself didn't have precedent in the old days either, but the recent Multiple Man series explicitly said, "This is a thing that happens", so that's not just conjecture anymore. Of course, now there's also statements that only Jamie-Prime can generate dupes, when in the past its always been that any Jamie can create more Jamies. It's right in the name. Multiple. Man. 1 to 2, 2 to 4, 4 to 8, etc.

Anyway, my long-winded point is that Jamie's powers are inconsistent, although those inconsistencies do seem to be divided into pre- and post-death periods. PAD always said there was a mystery to why Jamie's powers were different during his run, although he never got around to fully explaining it.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by RingOtaku » 21 Feb 2019, 22:05

Also PAD set forth the theory post-death that the longer a dupe is left unabsorbed the more independent it becomes, which would seem to back up the idea that if the post-Genosha pre-death Jaime stayed as at least three after enough time those dupes could develop enough of a separate personality that the two healthy dupes would have two different ways of coping with watching "myself" die explaining the varying emotional states.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Dr House » 14 Mar 2019, 14:49

Hi, can I get PD's on Shade (Jacob Nash) and Schizoid Man (Chip Martin)?

Also are there PD's on the following Reavers (both Skullbusters, Bonebreaker, Cylla Markham, Cole/Reese/Macon)?
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Post by Dr House » 22 Mar 2019, 14:35

In addition to the above questions, if Mad Jim Jaspers' reality altering power could affect time, space, matter, and energy, then how was he defeated? The void he was sent to was said to have no reality for him to manipulate. He couldn't manipulate empty space?
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Post by Monolith » 23 Mar 2019, 02:52

Shade was the recipient of an incantation which linked him to the astral plane. The burn mark on his neck was a sigil which allowed him to physically travel into the astral plane and return to Earth. On Earth, he could seemingly exchange between a physical and astral state at will. In his astral state, Shade was transparent and intangible, untouchable by any physical attack or obstacle. In order to access his changing form freely, however, Shade needed to use other human beings as fuel. Without them, he was unable to assume a physical state at all while on Earth. In order to harvest energy from people, Shade absorbed them into his form from Earth and into the astral plane. He then had to place them in a specific vessel he maintained on the astral plane. Once he did so, each person provided him with one day of being solid on Earth. He rapidly changed from tangible to intangible fighting Spider-Man, so it was apparently cumulative time. It wasn't explained what would happen to the people once their 24 hours of use was up.

Chip Martin, the Schizoid Man, had various psychic powers due to the drugs used on his mother during his birth. Chip was empathic, sensitive to the presence of heightened emotion in his vicinity and possibly even feeding off of it. He was capable of levitating matter and exerting telekinetic force. Primarily, his power manifested as psychoplasmic constructs forged from his mind -- creatures and objects that appeared real but were actually forged of mental energy. This could include anything from a spray of knives to demons summoned from his imagination.

There's nothing specific to say about the Reavers as a whole. With the exception of Pretty Boy, few of them ever demonstrated unique talents, features, or abilities. They all had superhuman strength, speed, endurance, and durability thanks to their cybernetics, and carried guns.

Mad Jim Jaspers could not manipulate space, only the positioning of objects within space. His teleporting was the moving of objects across the canvass of space, not influencing space itself. And, in the emptiness where Earth-238 once existed, even space itself was not present. The space was not empty -- there was no space at all.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Dr House » 25 Mar 2019, 12:50

Given his origin, it hasn't been made heads or tails to if Schizoid Man's a mutant or not, has it?
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Post by Monolith » 25 Mar 2019, 13:19

It could go either way. The drugs could have triggered an X-gene, or been responsible for an independent mutation.
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Post by P-90 » 15 Apr 2019, 23:44

Hello Mono.

Has as there ever been any confirmation of how America Chavez was born? was she even 'born' in a traditional sense?

Also, Corvus Glaive and Black Dwarf have often called each other 'brother', has it ever been stated that they're actually biological siblings or is it more akin to the 'sister' relationship between Gamora and Nebula in the MCU.
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Post by Monolith » 16 Apr 2019, 18:05

She was conceived and carried to term on the Utopian Parallel universe by her natural mothers, one of whom was a native of the Parallel, the other was an extra-dimensional immigrant.

Corvus and Black Dwarf seem to be literal brothers, per the Black Order limited series.
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Post by P-90 » 16 Apr 2019, 19:26

Monolith wrote:
16 Apr 2019, 18:05
She was conceived and carried to term on the Utopian Parallel universe by her natural mothers, one of whom was a native of the Parallel, the other was an extra-dimensional immigrant.

Corvus and Black Dwarf seem to be literal brothers, per the Black Order limited series.
Hmm... how to put this delicately, was there a sperm donor? was she genetically engineered before being placed in utero? or some sort of cosmic immaculate conception?
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Post by Monolith » 16 Apr 2019, 21:16

She is genetically the daughter of Elena of the Utopian Parallel and Amalia of Planet Fuertona, her mothers. Her conception, coming to term, and birth were not presented as anything artificial or unusual in the life of people from the Utopian Parallel. In that reality, under the guardianship of the Demiurge, the sentient lifeforce and reality-altering entity supreme, two women in love can have a baby. Just can.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Monet » 16 May 2019, 05:09

Hi, can I get PD's on Sapphire Styx, Ayesha/Kismet, Avant Guard (Team) [Painter, Bora, Spark], Volcana, Molecule Man & Will O' The Wisp.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by elixir86 » 16 May 2019, 10:48

Is it possible to get PD's on Manon and Maxime if there is enough?

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Post by Monolith » 17 May 2019, 14:14

Sapphire Styx feeds on spiritual psychic energy. Her touch allows her to absorb energy from victims, draining away their strength and vigor. In exchange, she can speed her own recuperation and has maintained her youth and beauty well past her natural prime. It was suggested that she became supernaturally beautiful after feeding, but whether this was literal or metaphorical isn't exactly clear. Her touch can drain people to the point of death and rapid organic disintegration. Some of her victims' psychic energy remains a part of Sapphire indefinitely.

Her was a cosmically-engineered being, created by the Enclave in the same manner as Him, alias Adam Warlock. She actually began as a male being named Paragon before evolving into a gold-skinned female being, a counterpart to Adam. Her had the same ability to produce a regenerative cocoon around her body as Adam, using the cocoon to heal from fatal injuries or evolve into a different level of power or personality. Because of this, Her's power level and powers have varied over the years. Traditionally, she is a self-sustaining being, organically producing and subsisting on cosmic energy. She can survive in the vacuum of space and needs no outside sustenance. Her had superhuman strength, endurance, and durability, could fly in atmosphere or space at great speeds, and generate cosmic energy as blasts from her hands. She could manipulate molecular structures as well, reconstructing matter into new forms on command.

The Painter of a 1,000 Perils had a set of paints which somehow allowed him to bring into reality anything he painted. Traditionally, this meant he could summon objects out of nowhere by painting them first. The Painter could mentally command the constructs he painted this way. He could also paint changes or alterations to existing reality, transforming matter, binding opponents, opening holes through barriers, etc. The unrealistically fast way he could paint these objects suggested some form of enhancement by the paints themselves to his speed. The origin of the paints is unknown. Originally, it seemed the Painter found a set of paints left behind by demons or space aliens. Later stories, however, suggested the Painter himself wasn't human, but a colony of insects posing as a man. It was weird.

Bora was a mutant able to summon incredibly cold arctic winds, drawing them through a subspatial nexus connected to the frozen north. She could lift herself off the ground with these winds (immune to the cold herself) or direct them as high-velocity air blasts that could rapidly cool and freeze her targets.

Spark was also a mutant. He had the power to absorb electrical energy and convert it into physical power, growing to Hulk-like proportions and demonstrating superhuman strength. The extra electrical power he held in his body could also be released offensively.

Volcana is on page 35.

Molecule Man is on page 4 of the Archives.

Will o the Wisp is on page 18, under the Wild Pack entry.

Manon and Maxime have not used their powers in any way other than creating Ahab's hounds, so they can't be described in full.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Monet » 17 May 2019, 16:52

Thank you, so much for those! Thanks for also pointing out where the other PD's are.

Quick question was it ever stated the length of the Wasp (in both her full size form and 'Wasp' sized form) or the Human Fly or Pixie's wing length, span? Could you estimate if you can't find a length. I know that they their wings aren't as long as Angel or Icarus'.

Also, do you know how fast Pixie flies as on one comic panel she's seen keeping up with a missile. As well as how fast in flight are the Cassidy's (Banshee & Siryn). There flight power is enhanced by the use of their wingsuit costume. How is that so?
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Post by Monolith » 18 May 2019, 16:36

Couldn't give an accurate estimate for wing lengths. Sorry.

Pixie's flight speed has not been measured, more than being subsonic.

Banshee and Siryn traditionally are able to achieve the speed of sound in flight. Although it is occasionally claimed in outside sources that their costume "wings" assist in flying, this has never actually been determined to be the case. Both Cassidys have frequently flown without that costume design.
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Monet » 22 May 2019, 14:27

Thanks, Monolith, for the information. (Do you know exactly what comic it was that Pixie achieved subsonic flight; keeping up with the missile?)
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Re: Monolith's Power Descriptions

Post by Monolith » 22 May 2019, 15:47

Sorry, I only meant that Pixie is definitely slower than the speed of sound. The always vague modern OHOTMU classified her speed as a '3' in their Power Grids, which is a range that covers everything from "above normal" to 700 mph.
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