"This Crane is notably different from his previous incarnations, but I had such an interesting idea for him. Particularly given the nature of Batman Villains loving to have some kind of ironic twist to why they picked their epithet. Might be best to start with his backstory, as a lot of his other traits are a bit strange without it."
"Oh, and I didn't figure anyone cared about Sharp... but if I'm wrong, I'll take that part out."Codename: ScarecrowReal Name:
Jonathan Crane, outside of his mask, was once a handsome, dark-haired, grey-eyed man. However, since the accident, his face and arms are disfigured.Skills:
Johnathan has become quite skilled with neurotoxins, particularly things like nerve gases and his own special formula which induces frightened hallucinations. Johnathan is also a skilled machinist, and, after his accident, took up studying psychology.Superhuman traits:
Crane has no particular superhuman traits, though he does seem resistant (but not immune) to his neurotoxins.Personal equipment:
Crane has a makeshift chemical lab set up where a number of different gases and toxins are prepared. He has used his combined skillset to create an intricate setup in the asylum air circulation system that allows him to pump his nerve toxins into select parts of the building.Backstory:
Johnathan Crane studied many subjects during his time in the university; and while he found biology and chemistry intriguing (minoring in chemistry, and never truly giving up his love of it), he was always most at home with machinery. He eventually moved on to work as a machinist, and made a reasonably lucrative career out of it, until his accident. At the age of 26, Crane's life was changed when he was caught in one of his machines. The doctors amputated his useless lower legs, and his arms and face, while fully healed over time, were marred with scars.
Jonathan's life was thrown into a twisted mess, and with no real family to support him, he found himself seeking solace with his mental and physical therapy. However, it was because he hated his various therapists so much, that Crane turned to studying psychology. He wanted to understand the mind, because he knew that despite all the happy thoughts they wanted to instill in him, the only thing he had felt that was real, was fear...
Jonathan Crane was placed in Arkham Asylum after dressing 'like a Scarecrow' and tearing open his current therapist's throat with a sickle. However, Crane was brilliant, dangerous, and careful, and he was not willing to rot in a cell forever. With Gotham being closed off, and the city in chaos, Crane felt it was a perfect chance. While it's not clear who started the revolt, Crane was there to hang Warden Sharp's body from the rafters and declare himself the new Warden of Arkham, letting the worst of the Asylum to run free into the city.
Crane now has a small fixture setup in the Warden's office that looks a bit like a metal 'T', upon which he can use his notable upper body strength to hoist himself up by one or both arms. With the props underneath, this is the closest Crane will ever get to standing again.Territory:
Eleven. Some think Crane helped others escape Arkham in return for allowing him to take over the place. Now, the criminals that remain work under Crane or live under his constant haze of confusion and fear.
(Also, if anyone's interested in playing Zsasz, he'd definitely have a place in the Asylum.)