Jack Bartleby Age:
Eccentric, impulsive, erratic, unpredictable, manic, obsessive, addictive.Backstory:
Jack was always a studious type, and when he enrolled at King's College London university on a History and Politics degree, he took it very seriously. Too seriously, in fact, and, as all people with an addictive personality, became obsessed with his work. His dissertation on the folklore of London and what effect it had on the Victorian populace ate up his entire life, and soon Jack shunned social activities completely, locking himself away in his room with his books, his papers, and a startling amount of absinthe.
The change didn't happen over one night, more like a period of nights. There wasn't a visible change to Jack's normally tall, lean, heroin-chic look, apart from now he walked with confidence and swagger when he once avoided eye contact. Although still secretive, especially about his room, he was seen more out and about around campus. He became especially interested in various left-wing organisations, universities being breeding grounds for such ideas. After that it was philosophy groups, and next to anything else he could be involved in. It was around this time that Jack took an interest in athletics groups as well, finding that he excelled in the long jump specifically. Freakishly
well, in fact. Jack soon started racking up awards for the sport, that none of his peers nor his tutors could link the cigarette smoking, usually drunk and unsportsman like Jack to the suddenly athletic and dynamically very powerful Jack.
Jack had undergone a transformation, and one of the myths of Dickensian London that Jack had obsessed about for so long had transmogrified into himself. Coming to him in dreams, then absinthe-fuelled late nights, then finally in broad daylight, Jack had become convinced he was the reincarnation of the Spring Heeled Jack legend from the 1800s. He had developed a near-supernatural jumping power, and along with his heightened intake of curries (a well-known British pastime) and absinthe (a well-known student and writer pastime) he had developed a supernatural ability to breathe greenish-yellow flames, another of the infamous Spring Heeled Jack's supposed abilities. After accessing university resources and tools to build himself a helmet, wings and claws, filling out the rest of the SHJ mythos, Jack began to take to the streets in his new guise.
At first for fun, then for real. He lurked corners, waiting for petty criminals, muggers, thieves, rapists, burglars, all of which were aplenty in urban London. He'd spring out on them, attack then with either his metal claws, his firey breath, or both. If the scene turned ugly, or the police turned up, Jack'd just use his uncanny ability and bound away again.
Soon Jack, drunk on his own successes, fell behind in his studies and spent more time out on the streets, but kept up with his political group meetings. He started developing ideas about the world and how it could be better run. To balance out these normal, studenty thoughts, out on the streets, arrogant with his abilities, he took more risks and began attacking anyone he believed looked shady or criminal-esque. Stories began circulating - Spring Heeled Jack was back, after 300 years!
Uncomfortable with the sudden press, Jack moved to a different university, taking up another degree, taking out another loan, and indulging in the same lifestyle, Jack racked up a lot of debt and a lot of interest. It was the TV broadcast of Starman and the Iron General's fateful clash that gave him the wherewithal to make the trip to America. Fleeing his debts and certain men in suits that had come around asking strange questions, Jack tried to make a new life for himself in America, taking out part-time degrees and working with a few minor film companies as a stuntman (a job that he took to quickly and with much passion) to fund his increasingly hectic and expensive lifestyle.
Soon launching out onto the streets again, taking his visceral style of "crimefighting" (often coupled with thievery, extortion, and blackmail all to benefit himself) to the streets of L.A, Jack soon made it known that an old British nightmare had come to haunt the streets of the U.S. Becoming aware that there were far more "costumes" in America, Jack looks to hook up with certain types. He believes, in his slightly skewed view of the world, that there needs to be darkness so that good may come of it. He looks forward to being challenged by so-called "heroes" in order to indirectly give the world something better. He's also more than happy to take a nihilistic, black-humoured view of stealing and extorting everything that comes his way in the meantime, bouncing around and setting fire to things to blow off the tension.
Spring Heeled Jack, SHJ, JackPowers: Springy leap:
As per the myth, Jack has the ability to leap fantastic distances and land without injury to himself, no matter how high up he goes.Firey breath
When Jack blows at a certain pitch, he spew forth a cloud of greeny-yellow flames upto several feet in front of him. These flames are of an undetermined origin, not even Jack knows truly what fuel his body uses to produce them, but they burn hotter than regular fire. He eats curries and spicy foods on a regular basis just in case.Weakness: More then human, less than super
: When in SHJ form, Jack is slightly stronger, slightly tougher, slightly more resilient than your average joe. He however would have a lot of trouble in a fist fight with Starman, or even another combat-based super. Although he's harder than your average, he's not super-level. Skills:
Thanks to a good few years leaping about the place, and after a certain amount of trial and error, Jack can now make near-perfect mid-air manouvres and landings. He almost always knows where he's landing, and can perform complex manouvres whilst on the way up or down (or across). After this and given his career, Jack has an athletic body and even when not in SHJ form, has good stamina and flexibility.Special Equipment:Jack's Helmet
Fashioned almost manically one night after a period of poetry readings, absinthe and free-association, Jack found himself drafting plans for a complex helmet. He has no background in metallurgy or even fashion, but come dawn, Jack had a perfectly fitting, padded half-helm, that covers the top half of his face, and the plexi-glass eyes glow an eerie orange at night.Glider wings
To increase the length of his leaps and controlled falls, Jack fashioned himself polymer "wings" with telescopic steel spines, increasing Jack's air-travel and also making him appear more distinctive and threatening. He often uses them to gesture grandly when on the ground.Metal claws
Fashioned to hold up on his forearm until required, then slip down at the flick of a wrist, Jack has two metal talons at his disposal, again as per what made the original myth so famous.
In progress, pics to come.