Bast, she of the flamboyance
Everyone upon meeting Bast understand why she’s the team face: very few people can stand up to the withering assault of charm and friendliness, the out-going personality that isn’t self-conscious. Plus her flashy clothes, small frame, anthropomorphic housecat features help make her distinctly non-threatening.
This also means many people underestimate her. Which can be annoying, but Bast finds it’s also useful when a villain gets a sun flare right in the face. Behind that unassuming body is a magic powerhouse that can control sun-strength light and flame and backs it up with protective magic just as potent. And she’s not as lacking in strength and toughness as she looks: in her normal form she can stand up with some of the best mid-range powerhouses. When even that isn’t enough she can transform into a ripplingly muscled paragonic leonine form comparable to some of the top supers on the planet, though she considers it “a bit too exciting” and so prefers to save it for emergencies. Bast once tried wearing an Egyptian-themed costume back in the early Golden Age, but it was just “stylistically stupid” and at that time there wasn’t anyone who could make white linen and costume jewelry that could stand up to her heat and transforming. These days she just uses standard superhero suits in her colors of red, green, and white, though looser fit to account for her fur, and magic jeweled bangles on each wrist and ankle.
Bast is actually quite the mother personality despite what her intense out-goingness and ferocity in battle may make her appear. While she has no children of her own she is the brood mom of all the children of the Travelers team. No villain ever has to learn more than once not to mess with her children, or indeed any children when she’s around.
For fun she likes to drag her husband Anubis to furry conventions on Lost Earth.
Anubis, Bast’s diametric opposite and significant other
It’s quite a puzzle to many people how Bast ended up with someone like Anubis: She’s outgoing, he’s shy. She likes being around a lot of people at once, he doesn’t like crowds. She likes to be noticed, he doesn’t. She’s confident, he’s awkward……except when it comes to mysteries. Then Anubis changes completely, becoming all focus. He’s still not really the brooding dark sort of costumed detective, though, which combined with his usual personality -- and black anthrophomorphic black jackal body -- makes him a lot more huggable than most.
That focus is Anubis’s special ability: while he has magic and physical power he prefers not to have to use them. Careful detective work and a brilliant mind (with special emphasis on the processes of life and death) solve most of his problems, and if he does need to incapacitate someone his vast medical knowledge allows him to do so with minimal harm by martial art or substance. Like other costumed detectives he carries a variety of tools for all occasions in the pockets of his super suit, done in the same style as Bast but in colors of blue, green, and yellow. He used to have something more Egyptian-themed in the Golden Age, but that was Bast’s idea and he dropped it enthusiastically as soon as she discarded hers.
Most of the time Anubis acts like he wished the entire multiverse would calm down so he could spend a day “being bored for once”. Whatever time he gets free is usual devoted to some slow, careful activity like a science experiment, restoring some old artifact like a book, or studying the latest research, alone for preference. With the running gag being someone always interrupts him. It might seem odd that these two very different individuals could find enough reason to be a couple, but who’ve been around Anubis long enough realize he has god-like patience, which may be just the thing one needs when married to a force of nature like Bast.
His greatest professed problem is that since he’s become a sexual icon for the furry community on Lost Earth Bast insists on dressing him in something minimal and dragging him to conventions so fangirls (and fanboys, Anubis doesn’t care about the gender part) can squeal and blush over him.
A Final Note on Bast & Anubis
Despite their names and connectable traits Bast and Anubis do not have anything to do with the Egyptian gods of the same name. This fact can be easily confirmed by getting in contact with the Unimaginable Bureaucracy (and by “easily” I mean “if you’re not a mythical figure and/or it’s not important for you to know in the grand scheme of things, well, here’s some good luck, it’s what the waiting room vending machines take, don’t try the phone or you’ll turn into a hilarious corpse before you get through, and the website’s a maze”). Not that this has stopped some people, such as themed villains, from making that assumption. Or fan fic writers.
Of course one wrinkle that gives fuel to the fire is the two’s lack of origin. They hung out for several centuries in various dimensions, mostly the Lands of Adventure and ET space (mostly the federation known as the Alliance), but back beyond the normal haze of memory there is a wall, with them emerging already who they are with only less experience, maturity, and power. No one (who’s saying anything, at any rate) has any idea where they came from or the source of their powers and longevity. And frankly neither of the two care: Bast and Anubis prefer to live for the present and plan for the future, not wallow in an unknown past that has no meaning to their current lives.