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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Kid Robot)

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Kid Robot

Now we look at the youngest member of the Sentinels: Kid Robot. Young hero, sophisticated android, poster child for sentient AI's, and more. Most supers don't really know what to make of Kid Robot. A machine with the form and temperament of a child, who shows a child like exuberance for just about everything. Many question whether someone so "young" and obviously immature should be allowed to be a super hero on a prominent hero team, but one can't fault his track record.

Its true that in many ways Kid acts like a child, but not when it comes to being a super hero: While Kid enjoys goofing off and playing video games, when it comes down to the crunch he is incredibly serious, and more than willing to sacrifice his life to save his friends. Indeed that has happened a few times; Kid has been destroyed on numerous occasions. Luckily he makes regular backups of his AI, and the Sentinels have access to his design schematics to rebuild him when needed.

Less than five years old, but with the intelligence and personality of a ten year old. Kid enjoys all the things kids his age normally enjoy: Video games, movies, television, hanging out and skate boarding. Kid is an incredibly fast study and can pick up new games and hobbies very quickly. So he is always looking for something new to play with. He is often impulsive and overeager, but always means well; Its also very hard to be mad at Kid. Even when he messes up, his fellow Sentinels rarely have it in them to be mad for long.

Much like Sapphire has become a poster child for metamen, Kid has become a poster child for robots and Sentient AI's, who are still very much second class citizens in America. Even the staunchest anti machine pundits, who claim that sentient machines are just tools that mimic human emotions, are usually left speechless at how human like and emotional Kid can be. Kid, for all of this, seems oblivious to the prejudices of others. Or if not at least pretends as though he is.

While Kid does like hanging out with human children his own age (And he has a lot of human kid friends, I mean what little kid doesn't want to hang out with robots) Kid also looks up to and admires robotic heroes: He has hanged out with and fought alongside such mechanical heroes as The Vision, Atomic Robo, Stargirl, Blitzcrank, Batmech and other robotic heroes who live on the west coast. He is seen as the adorable kid brother to most of the robot community and most of them really like him and are protective of him.

On some level, Kid is aware that he isn't like other little boys his age by virtue of being a robot, and there are some things he can't do as a robot, Kid does not feel left out because of this or upset. Unlike a lot of young robots he does not wish he could be human or organic; Kid loves being a robot and owns that pride. He knows he can't eat food or feel the effects of weather, but he also knows he can download apps directly into his brain and play World of Warcraft anywhere in the world at any time. So he considers the advantages of being a robot far ahead of the drawbacks.

Although a robot and not technically subject to sidekick laws, Kid adheres to them, including going to PS238. Although he has no problem "bending the rules" if he knows his team needs him.

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Dr. Hallemier and Harry Faubry: The closest thing Kid has to actual parents are his creator, Dr. Natalie Hallemier, and his mechanic Harry Faubry. After years of needling, Kid finally got his wish and the pair are dating, which is enough to make Kid start calling Harry "Dad". Both Natalie and Harry love Kid as though he were a real child, although Natalie is much more over protective of Kid than Harry, who knows Kid is a tough little trooper who can handle a lot of tough stuff.

The Sentinels: Kid's team was initially reluctant to let him go on missions, for fear of him getting hurt or messing up, but after Kid has proved himself time and again, the team has warmed up to him considerably. All the Sentinels are very protective of Kid, and anyone who might hurt or exploit him does so at their own peril.

Troy Alexander: If Natalie Hallemier and Harry Faubry are Kid's parents, then Troy would be the wacky uncle. Troy has acted as a "family physician" to Kid on occasions when he has encountered complications which are beyond the ken of his parents to deal with (Such as infection by the alien Phalanx, or Mechanon attempting to corrupt his programming). Troy is one of the few technopaths Kid trusts to check his files in case someone tries to reprogram his systems.

The Cybertribe: Although they are technically outlaws and have fought in the past, Kid is actually good friends with all of the Cybertribe, and often hangs out with them when they aren't engaging in their anarchist cyberterrorist agenda. Most of the Sentinels don't approve of Kid associating with what they see as shady characters, but their friendship has turned out to Kids benefit in the past, like when the Cybertribe showed up in force to rescue the team from Ghostworks.

Steven Universe: One of Kid's many human friends, Steven is a kid who lives on the east coast in Beach City, a small city protected by the Crystal gems, a trio of beautiful fey like women with magical powers, from whom Steven is descended and associated with. Steven shares many qualities with Kid, including his earnestness and his zest for life.

Pan: The famous eternal child hero. Pan has taken a marked interest in Kid, who will also be a child forever (At least as far as Pan knows; Unbeknownst to Kid and Pan Natalie and Harry are already working on his birthday gift for when he matures enough: A teenager body), Pan has tried to recruit Kid away from the Sentinels on several occasions. But while Kid has fun hanging out with Pan and fighting her foes, He much prefers being a Sentinels.

Anyways, later tonight I cover some of Kids foes.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Kid Robot Rogues)

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Kid Robot Rogues

Kid Robots foes are usually technology based or enemies of children, sometimes they are both. Among Kid's enemies include rogue AI's and robots, as well those who don't see Kid as a person or rather as a piece of hardware to be exploited. Among Kid's worst enemies are those he once saw as friends and took advantage of his trusting nature.

Dollface: Dollface has a vested interest in the future of Kid, believing him to be a potential ally, she has tried on numerous occasions to gain control over Kid, either by replacing Dr. Hallemier as her mother figure, or by posing as Kid's friend. None of these plans have been successful, but Dollface is undaunted.

FOE: The Big Brain has never forgotten the sting of his first failed attempt to acquire Kid, and he has been trying to get him ever since. Kid's primary defense against Big Brain is his immunity to Psychic powers, which is something Brain has not been able to get around as of yet.

Scion: Probably the only AI in town that doesn't get along with Kid, Scion is utterly pitiless and without humor, and hates the fun loving and free wheeling Kid.

Jack Washington the Third: As mentioned previously, Kesscorp is a shell company for Spartacorp, so Jack Washington III wants to ruin Kid Robot, not because he wants to own the Artificial Adolescent, but because he hates the idea of AI's havin the same rights as people (Actually he hates the idea of people having rights in general, but more on that later). Although Jack has not struck against Kid directly, he has launched numerous smear campaigns in order to get people to think of Kid (and by extension all AI's) as less than people. Its not much, but every little bit hurts.

Toy Boy: The perpetual child, Desmond see's Kid as nothing more than a shiny new toy for him to play with and eventually break. He initially befriended Kid, but Kid broke it off when he realized how insane Desmond was. Now Toy Boy is obsessed with getting Kid for himself.

Bloody Mary: Naturally, no child hero can go long without drawing the ire of Bloody Mary, sworn enemy of all children. Bloody Mary is one of the few villains who can legitimately scare Kid, not only because she's magic (Something Kid always has trouble with), but because she is a legitimately scary, evil creature.

The Foundry: Do I even need to say it? Kid is advanced tech, the Foundry is out to steal tech, so they want Kid.

Bogeyman: Douglas Carmody was a member of the IHA who focused on persecuting children with metahuman powers, in particular young stormers. During one such attack when he donned a mech suit to chase after some Stormer kids, Kid came to their rescue and defeated Carmody. Carmody has hated him ever since, even making a deal with Mr. Infamy himself to gain horrible demonic powers to strike at Kid and his charges.

Tomorrow we cover Mongrel.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Mongrel)

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Okay, the day sorta got away from me today for various reasons (Among them I finally got around to watching Despicable Me 2, something I have been putting off for weeks). So tonight there's just gonna be one write up, I will do the mongrel rogues later. But for now:

Mongrel

Mongrel, the werewolf member of the Sentinels, is a fairly unique individual; One of the few openly lycanthrope super heroes, a sort of unwilling emissary between the humans and the Cryptid Clans of Elysium forest, and one of the most visible supernatural superheroes on the west coast.

The thing to remember about Mongrel first and foremost is that while Mongrel is technically a werewolf, he does not share most of the common werewolf abilities: He is unaffected by silver or wolfsbane, he can't step sideways or sense spirits, and he can only change into his half wolf form. This is due to the fact Micheal had a latent metagene which was activated when he was bitten by the werewolf he tried to rescue from Ashwood Abbey. Giving him unique werewolf like abilities without actually making him a werewolf. In fact, the werewolf who bit him wasn't actually the infectious variety at all; its just the shock of being bit caused his meta gene to express itself by making him a wolf man.

Despite this, Micheal (Or rather Mongrel) does see himself as a werewolf, since they were responsible for his breakout, and Mongrel has done all he can to reach out to the Werewolf community, he is also very active mentoring young stormers who have shapeshifting powers, as well as Lunar exalted native to Emerald.

Mongrel also works to keep an eye out for hunters and other groups. Mongrel has had many encounters with hunters, ranging from the downright despicable Ashwood Abbey, the Fanatical Aegis Kai Doru, the self righteous Long Night, and the drug peddling Aescending Ones, all of whom have soured Mongrel on most supernatural hunters, even the ones who don't belong to a larger group Mongrel see's only as a bunch of trigger happy lunatics who are out to kill anything non human (Like that one guy in Texas who owns all the hunting dogs and has a real hatred for Lycanthropes. Micheal still has some bite marks from that one). As a result, Mongrel likes to patrol the Elysium forest, which is a favored hunting ground for hunters looking for a quick kill, in order to discourage them from making trouble. These actions have earned Mongrel the respect of the Cryptid Clans, and he often acts as peacemaker between them and the human world.

Of course, Mongrel isn't stupid. He knows there are some supernatural creatures who do mean humanity ill will, and some hunters who only want to protect humanity from dangerous monsters. Mongrel is actually acquainted with the local chapter of the Union, and has helped them out with some cases (Although both sides keep the relation coolly professional). Mongrel is also disguistingly familiar with the Pure Tribes, the Werewolves who serve the various powers of the Imageria, and often do such despicable things as indulging and genocide and kidnapping humans for breeding stock. (As Mongrel described it to Usako once. "Remember Mansbane? Well imagine an entire militia compound of Mansbanes. That's the Pure tribes in a nutshell.)

With all these enemies and threats, its no surprise that Mongel keeps his human half a carefully guarded secret ID. He loves being Mongrel no doubt, but Micheal Morgan needs the downtime of his human form to relax and decompress. He may go crazy if he had to spend 24/7 as Mongrel.

Lets talk about Micheal Morgan for a second. Micheal has always been a serious, straight laced sort of person. While never one to shy away from danger (Being a paramedic in Emerald City kind of demands bravery, especially in a post silver storm world), Micheal has always been a rather withdrawn person. This is contrasted by Mongrel, who is much more outgoing and passionate than Micheal. Micheal suspects that his wolf form may have a more loosely restrained id, but the truth is simpler than that: Being Mongrel gives him a confidence boost.

Allies of Mongrel

The Sentinels: Mongrel is the straight up melee fighter of the Sentinels. While he lacks the raw physical strength of Rocky or Princess, or the skill of Victor and Rook, he makes up for it in ferocity and tenacity. Once Mongrel sinks his claws into a foe, he doesn't let go till one of them goes down. Among his friends Mongrel is a pretty loose and free wheeling guy, he is thick as thieves with both Rocky and Vortex, and treats Ultramarine like a cool older sister.

Leroy Dutch: Because of his connections to the Werewolf community and his penchant for getting tossed into supernatural fracases, Mongrel is one of the few superhumans in on the fact that ARCADE is a thing. He has worked with Leroy Dutch on several occasions, and the two have a healthy respect for one another.

Usako: The Avengers resident shapeshifter, Usako and Mongrel have worked together both helping train local Lunars and other shapeshifters, and hunting down villains like Ashwood Abbey and the Pure Tribes. They are good friends, although Mongrel sometimes doesn't "get" Usako.

Werewolf by Night: Mongrel's east coast counterpart, Jack Russel is the descendant of a Ruritanian noble cursed with Lycanthropy, turning into a wolf man by the light of the full moon. Mongrel and Werewolf by Night met after they were both kidnapped by Ashwood Abbey to be hunted, and they have been good friends ever since.

Doctor Thirteen: A professional debunker of the supernatural and respected scientist, Doctor Thirteen is a member of the Null Mysteris, a group of "real" scientists (Not like those quacks at the John Smith Society or those lunatics at MERLIN) dedicated to studying and explaining supernatural phenomenon. Doctor Thirteen, despite running into the supernatural many times, and having a daughter who is a practicing Witch, utterly refuses to believe in the paranormal. In spite of this, he and Mongrel are friends, and Mongrel often accompanies Dr. Thirteen on cases, if only to keep him out of harms way.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Kid Robot Rogues)

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Crinos wrote:Jack Washington the Third: As mentioned previously, Kesscorp is a shell company for Spartacorp, so Jack Washington III wants to ruin Kid Robot, not because he wants to own the Artificial Adolescent, but because he hates the idea of AI's havin the same rights as people (Actually he hates the idea of people having rights in general, but more on that later). Although Jack has not struck against Kid directly, he has launched numerous smear campaigns in order to get people to think of Kid (and by extension all AI's) as less than people. Its not much, but every little bit hurts.
Bonus hypocrisy points for JWIII being one of General Venom's androids after all, even if he's hidden the secret at the center of the Earth's molten core.
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Mongrel)

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Hey, Malcom isn't out to kill everything non-human. Just the shape changers. He is fine with other things.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Mongrel)

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Yeah, I'm gonna do a post on Jack Washington this month after Sentinels week, but the guy is basically devoted to wiping his ass with the American flag every single day, by using "Patriotism" and "America" as a flimsy justification for betraying and tearing down everything America actually stands for, and turning America into a fascist state under his control.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Mongrel)

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Crios, since you hadn't gotten around to them, it okay if I do the write-ups for the rest of the NPCs in Emerald City knights
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Mongrel)

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Kreuzritter wrote:Crios, since you hadn't gotten around to them, it okay if I do the write-ups for the rest of the NPCs in Emerald City knights
Go for it. Yeah, I keep meaning to take a look at it, but I think Green Ronin dropped the ball when they didn't include artwork of all the NPC's for that one. It really hurts my ability to be interested in a character if they don't have a face attached.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Mongrel)

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Don't most of them get featured in artwork? I know many of the agents of FOE show up in pieces in their respective adventures.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Mongrel)

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SilvercatMoonpaw wrote:Don't most of them get featured in artwork? I know many of the agents of FOE show up in pieces in their respective adventures.
Well maybe, I probably need to look through and look more closely.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Mongrel)

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pictured in ECK

Octaman
Death Magnetic
Mongoose (who is different from BCS' Smilodon/ty-grrl)
Cyberknight
Gargantua (brother of Goliath from BCS)
Cannon
Tempus
Captain Oblivion
Dreadnought
Lord Quake
crux
Chain
Kid Singularity
Commander (while very similar, she and BCS's Cardinal were not meant to be the same character)
ghostlight
tenfold
somebody probably meant to be washout (matches his description, but he's flinging green energy instead of water)
Orizon
Tellax

as for those not pictured, the rest tend to get quick descriptions in their writeups
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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Mongrel)

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So that Bundle of Holding I talk about from time to time has a new one out, and it's Mutants and Masterminds this go-around. I figure even if everyone here has the stuff already, it's for a good cause.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Princess)

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I decided I will do the rogues gallery of Mongrel and the remaining Sentinels at a later date, for now I'm going to focus on doing the Sentinels themselves (And gonna try and get more than one entry done a day since I got more Sentinels than days in the week). So without further ado:

Princess

Easily the most publicly visible and popular member of the Sentinels is Princess, the beautiful, photogenic, super friendly and nice powerhouse. Although she's relatively young, Princess is already building up fast amounts of Popularity and a reputation as one of the best known and most beloved heroes on the west coast.

And why shouldn't she? Princess has an excellent pedigree: One of only a half dozen scions who can claim the parentage of Zeus himself. Like Hercules before her, Jessica Prentiss has inherited incredible superhuman strength and durability from her Godly dad. Unfortunately, she also inherited all of the headaches and drama that come from being a member of one of the most hilariously dysfunctional families in all of history. Rocky and Mongrel sometimes joke that there should be a super powered version of Jerry Springer to deal with the Greek Gods, and Princess is hard pressed to disagree on that front: Even after their recent... "reboot" thanks to their demise at the hands of Xellos and Shuma Gorath, it seems they have learned next to nothing from the ordeal, and are still a bunch of petty, squabbling, horny chunkheads who are at the same time arrogant, judgmental of mortals, and demanding of their constant fawning praise and respect.

And of course Princess isn't having any of that crap! With the exception of Athena and Hercules, Princess has absolutely no tolerance for the crap her family pulls on a daily business, and has no problem getting in their grill whenever they make difficult for her or the people of Emerald. While this has earned her few friends among the Gods, it has gone a long way to make sure the Gods, for the most part, give her a wide berth. Still, there are times when Jessica wishes she still didn't know what the origins of her powers were.

Of course, underneath the pink sequined t shirt, Princess is Jessica Prentiss, shy and adorkable pre med student and devoted girlfriend. Jessica has always been an avid geek girl, and has an extensive collection of comics and super hero paraphernalia, She also likes to go to cons and cosplay as other super heroines such as Raven and Lady Liberty (And heaven help any jerks who give her a hard time for being a "fake geek girl", because you never know when princess may make a surprise appearance to set some people straight).

Princesses secret identity is maintained by a spell placed on her when she was born by Zeus. When she changes into her "Heroic guise" (Which is basically the first thing she wore when she used her powers publicly, and believe me Princess wishes time and again she knew this ahead of time so she could have picked a better costume), no one, even close friends, will recognize its her. Even if Princess changes right in front of them there will be a mental gap preventing them from connecting A to B. The only way to circumvent this is for Princess to tell them her identity. Fortunately she found this out with her boyfriend Mitchell, who was the first person she ever told her secret. As if this date, the only people who know who she is are Mitchel, her parents, the Sentinels, and her various God and Demigod relatives. And Jessica prefers that keep.

Princess' powers are connected greatly to her confidence: If she loses confidence or becomes upset or distressed, her strength begins to fade. Luckily, Princess is extremely confident so it rarely comes up. The few times she has been afflicted by this weakness, she has brushed it off as "Fatigue" to the media. Princess is secretly afraid that the criminals of Emerald will discover this weakness, and use it to attempt to destroy her. As Princess, Jessica is very visibly proud of her strength, and loves to show off for public events. She is the strongest member of the Sentinels physically (Tied with fellow brick Rocky), and the second most resilient.

Jessica is also the most media savvy member of the Sentinels. She maintains the Sentinels blog and manages the teams facebook and twitter feeds, and also sometimes has Kid Robot do recording of clips from their fights to post online. While she isn't a technical genius like Ultramarine or her husband, she is a pretty handy with a computer.

Allies:

Mitchell Allen: Jessica' boyfriend. Mitchell and Jessica have the sort of sappy puppy dog romance you can only get from two young people in love. The two are always tweeting and calling one another, sometimes to the chagrin to the other Sentinels, and Jessica has brought Mitchell to Emerald Tower on more than one occasion. Its not all wine and roses though: Jessica's job as Princess sometimes forces her to meet dates with Mitchell, due to being on another planet or dimension, or just being worn out or badly injured from a fight. This sometimes leave Mitchell feeling lonely or inadequate, which has led him to try and get powers himself help Jessica out, usually from one of her "family' Members. As you can imagine this rarely ends well. Still, the two love each other dearly and Jessica would do anything to protect Mitchell, and likewise.

The Sentinels: As noted above, Princess is the face of the team and often its public face. She handles press conferences, public appearances, answering fanmail, and other activities that the other Sentinels either don't have time to do or don't care to do. She is also the front line fighter along with Rocky, wading into battle with her brute strength, which is more than enough to overcome nearly any foe.

Cassie Sandsmark: The other daughter of Zeus in Emerald City (To which Jessica responded with a weary "really?"), Cassie may actually be potentially more powerful than her sister, with the ability to fly, and several Olympian artifacts to aid her. Despite this, Cassie is much more experienced as a fighter and hero, so she has taken it on herself to train Cassie and considers her a "Sidekick", much to Cassie's chagrin.

Hercules: The original son of Zeus, Princess is good friends with the Lion of Olympus, although Herc does tend to come on a bit... well a lot strong. The pair are well matched in terms of strength and power, and have fought side by side against the worst their family can toss their way.

Athena: And of course we need to talk about Jessica's third and oldest sibling, aka the only full blooded God Jessica is related to she can actually stand. Athena is a level headed breath of fresh air amidst the self important chunkheads that are the other Greek Gods. Athena loves her little sister and tries to help her out with friendship and advice whenever she is able. And of course the pair have teamed up on several occasions to fight crime.

All American Girl: Yeah, the current co leader of the Super Gang. All American Girl is actually Natalie Prentiss, Jessica' aunt. Of course, due to time travel shenanigans, they are roughly the same age, so the pair of them act more like sisters than aunt and niece.

Okay, later tonight I do Rocky.

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Re: The Crinoverse 3 (Princess)

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yay rocky! I had fun playing him in Arthur's attempt at ECK
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Yeah, Rocky is a personal favorite of mine. I especially liked using him in Avengers, when he and Mongrel played "Overprotective big brother" for Ultramarine to Troy, and when he later gave Troy a pep talk when he was feeling down on himself.

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