Flash Thompson Jan 5, 2016 9:57:56 GMT
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NAME: Eugene Thompson
ALIAS: Flash, Agent Venom
OCCUPATION: U.S. Army Corporal, Veteran Affairs Event Coordinator (cover for Department of Homeland Security position), Super Soldier
MEMBER GROUP: Superhumans
POWERS AND ABILITIES:
Symbiote: The symbiote gives Flash a myriad of powers, the majority of which stem from its time bonded to Spider-Man – in several cases, the symbiote grants these powers and even improves upon them. The symbiote mimics its first host in abilities and appearance, taking the form of specialized combat armor. With a combination of oral sedatives (a supply of which Flash always has on him) and willpower, Flash is able to suppress the symbiote’s persona, but is still only allowed limited access to it, to prevent it bonding with him as it bonded with Eddie Brock.
Adhesiveness – Even before bonding with Spider-Man, the symbiote was adhesive enough to stick to walls like any number of slugs or snails. Similarly, Flash can stick to walls as long as he’s making physical contact. For the most part, though, Flash sticks to using his hands and feet to stick to surfaces, oftentimes using his feet exclusively so both hands are free to hold weaponry.
Super Strength – The symbiote enhances Flash’s strength, to the point that – while using it – he can lift weights of up to thirteen tons. His leg strength is nearly tripled, allowing him to jump up to the rooftops of some of the shorter buildings in New York. Even taller buildings only take him a matter of seconds to climb, with a combination of wall-running and leaps.
Super Agility – Flash was already a well-balanced human being, having been an athlete for years. With the symbiote, though, Flash is nigh-impossible to get on his back – unless he wants to be there. It certainly helps that he can keep his feet glued to the ground as easily as he would flex a finger, but the symbiote also makes him vastly more flexible – he can do splits like he’d never even dreamed while he’s paired with it.
Super Reflexes/Enhanced Speed – While Flash doesn’t have anything akin to a spidey-sense – much to his disappointment – the enhanced reflexes offered by the symbiote more than make up for it. Flash is capable of dodging multiple rounds from automatic weapons if he really focuses – which, let’s face it, isn’t a skill the Flash-man really possesses.
Durability – Luckily for Flash, he doesn’t really need to make much use of his reflexes. The symbiote is far and away from a spandex spider-suit, and can withstand pretty much any blunt impact, though Flash will still end up with a few bruises. It’s relatively bullet proof, but a high enough caliber or frequent enough fire will easily penetrate the symbiote. And, of course, there is the obvious Achille’s heel to the symbiote – in fact, there are two. Having spent a majority of time in the vacuum of space, the symbiote finds itself weakened by intense flames and intense sounds – even overwhelming gunfire can make the constitution of the symbiote’s armor unstable and vastly more penetrable, in any of its forms. From speakers at a concert, to the ringing of church bells, intense sound waves cause the symbiote to react negatively, to the point where it will even try to separate itself from its host, if only to escape the pain. The flames are less complicated than the sound waves – any flame, be it an inferno or the light on a candle, will cause the symbiote to withdraw. But only the larger or less controlled fires will cause the symbiote to attempt separation.
Healing Factor – In the event that Flash does end up getting seriously injured, he’s not likely to end up in a bad way as long as he’s still in contact with the symbiote. Being that it is dependent on its host for survival, the symbiote is adapted to repair any sort of damage on a cellular level. Cuts and bullet wounds heal within minutes, the symbiote even removing any foreign objects from the wound, and broken bones take mere hours. The lead scientist on Project Rebirth has projected that the symbiote might even be able to heal a certain degree of dismemberment, but for obvious reasons the team hasn’t tested this theory.
“Webbing” – The symbiote doesn’t produce its own webbing, per-say, but it does extend itself in web-like tendrils. This eliminates the limitation of limited web-fluid, and also allows Flash to reel himself in with his webbing, as opposed to climbing up the tendril. These tendrils are also, for the most part, prehensile, allowing Flash to carry tools and strike at enemies with tendrils coming off of his back. The symbiote is able to constantly regenerate itself, and so can separate sections of itself to act as binding in the same way Spider-Man would bind someone with his webbing.
Limited Shapeshifting – Flash can alter the symbiote for several different functions. He can extend his fingers into sharp claws, extend his reach, and even use the symbiote as a sort of lock pick. Of course, Flash being ever the master of subtlety, he prefers to change his arm into something more akin to a battering ram or a serrated blade. This limited shape-changing also allows Flash to take on a larger form, the symbiote becoming much denser while also increasing in size. This form is very similar to Eddie Brock’s Venom, limiting his agility and flexibility in favor of strength and durability, able to resist any rounds short of heavy artillery – barring, of course, the presence of either large flames or intense soundwaves. Of course, Flash idolizes Spider-Man – so if he can help it, he’ll stick to his standard form, and only shapeshift when the situation is desperate. That way, he can mostly feel just like his hero. When he isn't in combat, the symbiote can take the form of civilian clothing for just about any situation, though it lacks the ability to shift away from its black and white coloring.
Multi-gun/Weaponry – A specialized weapon, the multi-gun has the capability to take on several different functions. With the flip of a switch, it switches from a standard automatic to a high-powered sniper rifle. Flash can even separate the gun into a pair of dual pistols as easily as pulling the cap off of a pen, and these pistols collapse to be able to fit in Flash’s pocket. The gun is made of a special, black plastic casing, so that Agent Venom can smuggle it through any metal detectors. Besides the multi-gun, Flash carries several grenades and a combat knife.
Military Training – Being an army man, Flash is trained in hand-to-hand combat and standard military procedure. While his objectives have shifted to a more covert nature, he maintains a lot of his behavior from his time on deployment. His movements, behaviors, and fighting style are relatively the same, just with the added addition of the powers granted to him by the symbiote.
Delivery System – Project Rebirth gave Flash a device that, on the surface, is a beeper for his job at the Veteran Outreach office. However, the beeper is modified to act as a signal for a special delivery system, should Flash find himself in or near a situation in which the symbiote is required. With the flip of a switch, the symbiote is drained from its containment into a much more compact, fiberglass container, which is carried by a high-speed, miniature drone and delivered to Flash’s location like a drop pod. A simple twist-off top, and Agent Venom is suited up. This system is monitored by Project Rebirth, to make sure that Flash doesn’t abuse it in case of developed dependency on the symbiote.
PLAYBY: Chris Zylka
PLAYER NAME: Sam
OTHER CHARACTERS: Ben Grimm, Jackson Kimura, Stephen Strange, Delira Zachariah
Project Rebirth Posterity Records
Cpl. Eugene Thompson Personal Accounts
Authorized by General Brad Dodge
The following records contain transcripts of Cpl. Thompson’s recordings while serving in the Middle East, and include his personal logs for Project Rebirth.
“… This thing on? Uh, okay, so… I decided to make these recordings so that someday, if I ever become a father… Well, this way I have something to help tell my kid stories about his army-dad. Er, his or her… Guess I just never saw myself with a daughter… But, uh, I’m getting off track. The date is, uhm… March Thirtieth, 2015. First tour of duty – didn’t expect to get deployed this quickly, but, well… There you go. It doesn’t seem too bad over here, but that’s probably just because I’m new here. Went on my first patrol around the city, played some b-ball with the other men… Talked for a while with my bunkmate, O’Doyle. Sun’s going down, and I still haven’t seen combat, so… Good first day. Honestly not much to talk about, so this one’s going to be brief… Just figured if I didn’t start this now, I’d probably end up not doing it. So that’s all for now – Private Flash Thompson, signing off. Do I need to do that for a journal…?”
Moving ahead to next relevant recording:
“… Uhm… Christ, what month is it? Uhm, June…. June fifteenth, 2015… O’Doyle… O’Doyle’s down… Alive, but… His patrol got hit hard, and now… I can’t talk about it… But, it’s the sort of thing that makes you think, y’know? Okay, well… No, you wouldn’t know, you’re just a… Box I’m talking into… But, it makes me think back… Try and remind myself why I enlisted… I never thought I’d be the hero – not always. Growing up, dad was a drunk – and he was a violent drunk, too. Me, my mom, Jess… One thing you can say in his favor, he never made any of us feel ignored… mm, dark humor doesn’t work for me… But, yeah – growing up with that, this… Person – if you could even call him that – just in your home. No escape from it… No way to fight back… I was angry growing up, and I found that I could… Vent my frustrations on some of the smaller kids at school. There was one guy, Parker… He was easy pickings, so he usually got the bulk of it, but… Well, we’ll talk about him later.
So yeah, at first I dealt with my anger by letting it out on folks smaller than me… But that didn’t stop my dad from hitting me, and as much steam as I let off, the beatings still hurt… By high school, I needed more than to hit something to feel better – needed to make the pain go away. So, I found my way into dad’s booze – he was always too drunk to notice a few cans missing – and followed in his footsteps, I guess… So now I was a bully, a jock, and a drunk… So no, I never thought I’d be the hero – I just tried not to be the victim…
Things from there just got worse… I must’ve been hitting the drink pretty hard in high school, because at one point, Puny Par- er, I mean… Peter Parker… I dunno what happened, but one day, I was just giving him a hard time like I always did and… It wasn’t going my way. I ended up with all the bones in my hand broken, which meant I couldn’t play football for the rest of the season… I hated Parker for that – but I think I just… Hated myself more… Started thinking how bad I must’ve been to let Parker break me. Still, it wasn’t enough to get me to quit…
That was around the time when Spider-Man first showed up, and oh man… Was that a turning point for me… I’d never really had any role-models until Spidey showed up on the scene. I knew about other heroes, sure, but… Well, Iron Man was rich, the Hulk was… Well, really, who ever thought of the Hulk as a hero until the Battle of New York? Even if I did, none of it seemed like… Like something I could do. But Spidey, man… Something about him just seemed so… Familiar. Sure, he had all these awesome powers, but he acted real human, and seemed so… What’s the word… Attainable? Yeah, that. Like, that could be me, if I tried hard enough.
So yeah, I went on trying to… Well, trying to be more like Spidey… It worked, for a few days, until dad went on a really bad tantrum one night… Reminded me that I’d never be like Spidey – I was too weak, I wasn’t… Wasn’t man enough… So my act didn’t really clean up until after I graduated… Not until I met her… Met Betty…
Betty Brant – my girl back home – man, she changed my life… Don’t know how I got lucky enough to meet her, but I did. She was a secretary at the Bugle – that trash newspaper that ragged on Spidey all the time. Never believed the crap Jameson spewed… But, uh, yeah, Betty… She was the first person in a long time to really… Like me. Which was weird, because no one liked me – I dunno, maybe she saw something I didn’t… And through her, I actually reconnected with my old punchi- I mean, my old pal, Peter… It was… Weird, at first, but I’d been out of the house for a while, and without my dad around… I dunno – I actually kinda liked Parker. I’m not so sure how he feels about me, but we’d always been friends in a… Weird way - and now… Now, I think he’s about the closest thing I’ve got to a best friend.
It got me thinking: If Puny Parker could forgive me, maybe I could forgive myself… I talked to Betty about it, and… She helped me out. Held my hand through treatment so I could get over my alcoholism, and when I decided that I wanted to enlist… She didn’t stop me – she supported me, actually. Finally, I felt like I would be the hero, at least a little bit. And maybe… Maybe I could start to be someone who would ever deserve to be in the same room as Spider-Man…
… This… This helped… I think I’ll keep doing these recordings after all… S’good for me…”
You ever want something more than anything else in the world, and when you finally get it it’s… It’s not what you thought? Well… I got my hero moment – finally got to be the big hero. Even earned myself a promotion – Corporal Eugene Thompson now. Not that it’s worth anything anymore… On the one hand, I got to be the big hero – my patrol got ambushed, and… God, it all went by so fast…. Somehow, we all made it out alive, and… Somehow I was responsible for everyone surviving… I remember my commanding officer getting hit, going down… And I remember dragging him away, then… Then I remember a grenade rolling over to us. I couldn’t pull him away fast enough, so I… I picked him up, tossed him away and dove after him, but… But I dove too late. Grenade went off, and… Next thing I knew I was in a med-tent. Apparently I got hit with a good amount of shrapnel, passed out and….
My legs… Medics couldn’t save my legs… God, I’m never gonna walk again… Never gonna run again... I’ll never play football again, if I ever get to be a father… Oh God, Betty… How am I gonna go home to…. I can’t do this – Not now, I just – how the [redacted] do I shut this thing off?!”
“I was just about ready to call home – the day I was supposed to ship back, I knew… I had to tell Betty, I couldn’t just… Come home to her like this… But wouldn’t you know it, just before I dialed the number… I got an opportunity. This woman showed up – real imposing kinda gal, authoritative. Her name was, uh… Glover, yeah, Katherine Glover. Said she was from the Department of Homeland Security, and she had a proposition for me – I wasn’t sure what the heck they could want with me, especially now. And damn if Glover wasn’t tight-lipped about it. Said it was classified or some… CIA, government bull… But… She said that, if I agreed… It might help me walk again…”
“They call it ‘Project Rebirth.’ Apparently it’s something to try and… Re-create Captain America – or, y’know, make a new one. And yeah, I guess I won’t be sharing this with any kids I ever have, because now that I’ve said that, this recorder is officially property of the United States Government. Team’s pretty small, it’s just me, Glover, General Dodge, and Doc Mackenzie... Oh! And the General’s seeing eye dog, Samson. Nice pup, doesn’t like me so much yet… The Doc’s an egghead, even asked if I wanted to go to some science exhibit with him. Reminds me of Parker – not exactly sure how to feel about that, honestly. Until the project’s done, I’m stuck here in D.C. – Betty still thinks I’m overseas. Hate lying to her, but… Well, government loves its secrets and cloaks and daggers. Agreeing to the project was its own, uh… Non-disclosure agreement – think that’s how Glover put it, at least. As for the project, well… It’s a helluva thing – guess sometime while I was on deployment, the DHS apprehended Eddie Brock; they caught friggen’ Venom. I didn’t see him, and I’m guessing he’s either locked up in some secret prison or… Dropped off in Guatemala with no memory of who he is, I don’t know what these guys do to prisoners who don’t have superpowers … But, the, uh… What’d Mackenzie call it? Oh, yeah, the symbiote – the thing that made Venom… Venom. They still have that… It’s right behind me, in this… Tube thing – like one of those cloning chambers from the old sci-fi movies. I could swear, it’s actually making a face and… Staring at me… They say they want me to wear it – I mean, jeez… Become one of Spidey’s villains? Or… or make it a good guy? Now I see why Glover wouldn’t tell me the specifics. If she had, well… I might’ve taken longer to say yes… ”
“It worked – I don’t believe it, but it worked! Haha, I have my legs back! Well, I mean, obviously it’s not my legs, but… They’re legs! They’re there, and I feel them, and… I don’t have toes, it’s really just like… A block of symbiote, but… I feel like I can move my toes again. This is the most incredible thing ever, I just… Wow. Uh, yeah, so… Project notes, Mackenzie said I needed to… Do that along with, uh, personal analysis… So, yeah – being bonded to the symbiote. S’weird – like, I know these aren’t my legs, but it feels exactly like they are. The drugs are definitely working, because… Well, I’m still me. But I also feel like me times a million! Even when I was in high school, I never felt this good. Only downside is that Mackenzie said I have limited access to the symbiote. I guess it makes sense – I don’t want to become like Brock, but… Man, I feel great! Upside, though? Dodge said he’d set me up with the best prosthetics that government-issue can buy. Says it’ll eliminate the time needed to get used to having legs again when I suit up. Makes sense, and it’ll probably soften the blow a bit when I get home to Betty… Speaking of, once the rest of the project here is wrapped up, Dodge says we’re moving to a secret location in New York. Called the city a ‘nest of superhuman activity,’ so it’s the best place for us… As far as anyone knows – Betty included – I start work in two weeks at an outreach office for Veteran Affairs, as a lead organizer and speaker, given my… Situation. Alright, Miss Brant – give me a few more days, and I’ll be home to sweep you off your feet!”
Most recent recording:
“So, it’s been a couple of days now – after the initial bonding and vital checks, the General wanted me to take some time to run obstacle courses, get used to the strength I have with the symbiote. That way I don’t get a decapitation when I go for a knockout. ‘Least, that’s how Dodge put it – General Dodge, I mean. [Redacted], he’s going to listen to these at some point, isn’t he? He tells me that these are just for posterity, whatever that means… Guess he’s banking on me not living to a ripe old age in this job. Nice vote of confidence, but… I guess I understand. The assignment I was on as a normal soldier cost me my legs – can’t imagine missions are gonna get easier now that I’m a super soldier.
Alright, I’m gonna make a call here that Dodge isn’t listening to these as I record them. This project, all the research that Aaron’s done on the symbiote… It’s too important to give up for something that I think is just… Minor. But it’s probably still worth recording, just for the next guy to wear the suit. The symbiote, when we’re together, it… Well, it talks to me – not like, talk talk, really. It’s just… Another voice inside my head. Like I’m thinking something, but instead of hearing my own voice, it’s all… Distorted. It told me that I should… Should kill them – Dodge, Glover, Mackenzie… Kill them and escape with it. But it didn’t count on the Flash-man’s good old strength of will – no way am I letting this thing get to me. Spidey doesn’t know it, but he’s counting on me to keep this thing under control so he doesn’t have to deal with it anymore. I’d say maybe one day he’d end up thanking me, but… Well, for obvious reasons, of all the people that might find out about this, the team wants me to make damn sure Spidey doesn’t. They say he’d just interfere, but… I dunno – I feel like Spidey’s the kind of guy to give us a chance…
Me – to give me a chance… That was… Weird… Uh, Corporal Thompson, signing off.”