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NAME: Connor Marks
NOM DE GUERRE: Planck
SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Straightish. He's a sixteen year old male. If it feels good, he'll probably suck it up and got to therapy.
POSITION/GRADE: Student, Sophomore
ORIGIN: Natural Mutation – Connor was born obnoxiously smart.
RESIDENCE: Inner City Baltimore, Maryland
PARENTS AND RELATIVES OF NOTE: Mother died during a home invasion when Connor was six. His father was physically and sexually abusive, His father was also a police officer, and Connor has little love of authority figures.
POWERS: Powers: Meta-Intelligence. Connor isn't just smart, he's super smart. Given access to appropriate resources and time, he could build just about anything – but given his psychological profile and reputation for causing trouble, his access to resources has been sharply limited. (See personality, below) Minor Power: Mathematical prodigy. Connor can complete nearly any mathematical equation in his head, instantly, including PH.D level mathematics.
EYE COLOR: pale blue
HAIR COLOR: brown
BODY TYPE: Lean athleticism.
APPEARANCE: Tattooed, usually shabbily dressed, prefers to put his hood up on his hoodie whenever possible. A slimmly shaved beard, and small ear gauges.
Beyond the Image
LIKES: Science. Math. Sticking it to the man. Snappy comebacks. People who actually value intelligence. The people on the fringe. Intellectual challenges.
DISLIKES: Bullies. Authority figures. Popularity. Mandatory anything. Nebula High.
TALENTS: antisocial behavior, building stuff, math and sciences, getting beaten up.
CHARACTER TRAITS: Super genius, long term planner, nigh endless energy
PERSONALITY: From the psychological profile of Zhang Yue Zhilan:
“Connor is a very worrisome young man. It has taken me a considerable amount of time to build any kind of bond of trust, and I would describe that bond as extremely fragile. I am doing everything in my power to establish any kind of relationship to minimize his sense of isolation, but I suspect that the routine bullying he experiences at Nebula is countermanding my efforts.”
“Connor shows severe signs of antisocial behavior. He has commented that he 'hates people,' and I have telepathically observed multipe elaborate revenge fantasies against those he views as his tormentors, including acts of humiliation, degradation, and sexual acts. I am entirely convinced that the only thing which prevents him from acting on these fantasies is his extreme hatred for his own father, who physically and sexually abused him very early in his development cycle. In his mind, executing his revenge fantasies others is tantamount to becoming his father. “
“I have mandated continuing counseling sessions, but I must admit I am extremely frustrated. Connor possesses an extraordinary degree of self-awareness, and nearly every attempt I have made to use my telepathy to get closer to him has backfired. Despite this, I do not believe Connor to be a lost cause. His antisocial behavior is reinforced by his sense of helplessness and victimization, not out of true sociopathy or psychopathy. His unwillingness to hurt or abuse others stems from his intense childhood traumas. While Connor is fearless in the face of bullying, he also seems unable to take measures to avoid it. I suspect there is an element of masochism at work, with a shattered self-esteem that believes he deserves punishment. He actively antagonizes those who are bigger and stronger than him, and often continues to provacate them long after he has no more ability to physical resist them.
“In order to ensure Connor's safety, and the school's safety, I am suggesting the following measures be taken. Connor should not be allowed to participate in any field trips outside of the dimensional pocket. His access to resources in the scientific labs should be sharply regulated. He should continue to have to attend mandatory counseling sessions until such time as his behavior has shown marked improvement.”
“Be advised: If Connor ever shows strong signs of conformity, and this change is marked or radical from his normal behavior, I strongly advise the staff to take precautionary measures and consider moving him to a more secure facility, possibly for detainment. In his psychological paradigm, this behavior would be a strong indicator of potentially violent behavior, and the result of a psychotic break from what I currently consider to be his strongest psychological anchors. This may seem paradoxical, but I am referring only to a radical behavioral change in a short period of time.”
When Connor was six, an unknown gunman killed his mother in a home invasion. Connor didn't witness her death, but he did overhear it. His father, a police officer, suffered a slow slide into violently abusive behavior. At seven, Connor elected for a life on the streets of Baltimore overliving with his father, a decision that most likely saved his life.
By nine, Connor was deeply enmeshed in a West Baltimore street gang, dealing hard narcotics to the cities rampant drug users. His promotions were continually stymied by his caucasian ethnicity. He continually managed to advance by virtue of his intelligence, but ultimately his progression was halted by hostilities arising from Connor's perfection of a new, highly addictive drug he was able to manufacture using corn starch and coffee beans, and a territory war ensued.
During the course of the infighting, Connor was shot and nearly killed. In his possessions, the police found a small arsenal of personal weaponry systems, including what appeared to be an operating force field built out of a Nintendo DS and a microwave from the 1970s. They promptly contacted the DSA, and a background search on the boy's father suggested he'd become a victim to a vigilante killing. His police cruiser had exploded upon ignition. No evidence traced to Connor, though he has admitted in private therapy that he doesn't know if he did. Telepathic inquiry suggests the period of time is repressed in his memory.
After he was declared an orphan, he was made a ward of the state and sent to Nebula.