Hmm...just submitting! Might edit a little bit but overall hope it is acceptable xD
James works as a chemist for a large pharmaceutical company which is perfect for him because the company offers him access to equipment and supplies he normally would not have access to. Personality:
James has grown much since his transformation, becoming more confident as he has become stronger and faster. He still seems aloof or overly worried to his coworkers at times as his mind wanders with his plots to obtain more DNA to feed his addiction and sustain his life.Backstory:
James grew up as a brilliant but troubled child. He was never the most popular, the strongest, the fastest...the best at anything really. Other then school. He always had a brilliant mind, but unfortunately for him, this only made him more of a target for bullying on top of all his other short comings. This only pushed him further and further into his studies, alienating him from the world for much of his life. He would go on to excel in school and the universities, becoming a brilliant chemist and biological engineer...but none of this would remove his self image issues gained from his childhood.
Much of his work was spent towards his secret goal; making himself into something he was not. James spend long hours working on chemicals that would enhance not human kind...but himself. He longed to be accepted and show the world he was more than just a awkward genius. After nearly 10 years of work...he had yet to have success.
And then it happened... Help him. James heard it. Fate was speaking to him, it had to be. James was in Paris consulting with a pharmaceutical company when the most pivotal battle in history was taking place. As he watched the video feed, he saw the hero Starman broken and bloody, struggling against his arch-nemesis, The Iron General. The Iron General landed a blow against Starman, blood spitting from his mouth as he recovered to block the next attack. The blood! Of course! It was what was missing... and now he had the perfect chance to obtain a sample of the hero's DNA and discover it's secrets. If he were able to obtain some of the hero's genetic material, he would be able to analyze it and discover what made him so much more than a mortal man. James had made his way to the scene of the battle, waiting anxiously for his chance to enter the scene and search for what he hoped would be the missing piece of his puzzle. He waited for the battle to end...watching in awe and jealousy at the new heroes as they battled The Iron General, until finally the day was won...and then he made his move. Wearing a chemical suit, he approached the military blockade, showing his ID and credentials, telling them he needed access immediately to make sure there was no chemical or radioactive residue left to cause further harm...and it worked. Quickly and excitedly, he rushed his way towards the epicenter of the battle...to where Starman had been struck down, where he would have died were it not for the new heroes...and he found what he was looking for.
James returned to his lab, anxious to discover the secrets of Starman's blood. Nearly a year passed and he had yet to unlock the knowledge he desired, and then one day...his life changed forever. With one of the last remaining sample of Starman's blood, he unlocked the secrets of the hero's DNA. Not willing to wait any longer, James plunged syringe with a chemical specially enhanced with Starman's blood into his veins and awaited his transformation. The transformation was not instant...nor was it pleasant. Over the course of a week, his body transformed agonizingly slow, his bones breaking and reforming, his muscles tearing and stretching as the hero's blood worked to enhance his weak frame, making him stronger and faster than any normal man. He was disappointed to find out he did not possess the powers of Starman...but was more than happy with the enhancements he did possess...until he discovered the drawback: The power was addicting...and it was only temporary.
As they days went by, he found that his body was starting to breakdown, to weaken as the chemical started to break down in his body, causing him intense pain. They only thing that caused the pain to go away, was to administer another injection...and he had precious few doses left. He would need to obtain more DNA from the hero's of the world before his supply ran out...thankfully the world seemed to provide him with some new sources of power... Appearance:
Pestilence can produce a noxious cloud of poison fog that surrounds him, outright killing lesser people and even blurring the vision and causing nausea to the more formidable opponents. The cocktail of chemicals and hero's DNA has made his body extremely tolerant to most chemicals and toxins, as well as has made him more resistant to pain, able to ignore blows that would leave normal people writhing in agony and incapacitated. His enhanced body is more efficient and can survive through trauma and immense blood loss, allowing him to function still when others would be on the verge of death. His body also heals at an advanced rate and is able to keep itself going long enough to repair major trauma, but such an effort is extremely painful and draining to him. Due to his continued chemical injections, he still remains quite strong and fast. The more of the chemicals he injects, the stronger and faster he becomes...but at a price. Weakness:
After injecting himself with the chemical cocktail mixed with Starman's blood, his body became extremely dependant on it to stay alive. Without injecting himself every few days, his body starts to fall apart. If he exerts himself strongly, the chemicals burn out faster, making his need to 'refresh' his injections come much sooner. And the only source to make more of the needed chemicals is not always the easiest to obtain. Special Equipment:
Pestilence wears a specially designed suit that protects him from the toxic environment that surrounds him, as well as from a good portion of physical harm directed his way. The suit also further enhances his strength at the cost of movement. Often times he will carry with him a flamethrower or chemical sprayer as well as chemical grenades. Costume: