.Character you wish to portray: Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
.Hero, villain, or walking the line?: Walking the line.
.Powers and physical attributes:
-Master Archer- Oliver has developed his skills so well that he boasts the ability to shoot 29 arrows per minute. It has also been recorded that he can split a drop of water in half while it leaves the tap and fire an arrow down the barrel of a gun.
-Acrobatic- Oliver has displayed he is an expert acrobat and uses these skills to evade fire and move around Star city when more conventional means are not available.
-Martial Artist- He is proficient in several forms of hand-to-hand combat including Judo, Kickboxing and Karate. Proclaimed as a martial arts master, he has shown the ability to take on seven people at once. He spent several months dedicated to making himself a better fighter and trained with many of the world's finest martial arts teachers and even went through training from Natas, the same person who trained Deathstroke.
-Swordsman- Ollie is also very proficient with a sword, though it is not his preferred weapon of choice. He has beaten Jason Todd in a sword-fight and has deflected an incoming arrow with the sword he carries.
-Politics-Ollie ran for office and became the mayor of Star City for a significant amount of time. He has since resigned from being the mayor and has continued to lean on political issues from time to time.
-strength- Ollie can at least lift up to twice his body weight and has benched 390 lbs.
.Origin and backstory (as you see it):
Growing up a spoiled rich kid in Star City to the parents of Henry Queen and Moira Queen, Oliver was constantly trying to get the attention he wanted so bad. In order to do this after he discovered the Robin Hood stories to take up thrill seeking like extreme sports and learning to pick pockets. This led to him doing things as dangerous as base jumping and things that gave him a bad reputation like stealing. Eventually he became good at everything he tried. He developed a sliver tongue to get out of trouble and a nack for getting into fights witch made him a capable street fighter. Eventually he met a man named Tommy Merlin and befriended the boy and together they gained a reputation as the wild kids in Star City.
After high school Oliver went on to M.I.T. and graduated top of his class in business management. Together with Tommy they Rich boy opened up a successful night club. Proving that he could handle the pressure of running his own company Oliver's dad announced that Ollie would be the next man to run Queen industries when Henry stepped down. Soon after Oliver was approached by a man who attempted to pressure him into selling drugs for a dealer named China White at Ollie's club. When Oliver refused the man attacked and injured Oliver. To get revenge on the man that injured him Oliver went threw many illegal sources and contacted Natas. After promising to pay Natas an insane amount of money Natas agreed to teach Oliver how to fight however before he could seek out his revenge Henry took Oliver out on the family boat the Queens Gambit for a surprise party. China White had gotten wind of the departure of Oliver from Star City and decided that if he wouldn't sell her drugs at his club then she would make an example of him. Sending an in-force'r after Oliver shortly after Oliver and his father set sail the assassin gave chase. After one month at sea heading south the assassin boarded The Queens Gambit in the dead of night and planted charges of explosives around the boat and quickly departed from the ship. One day later he set the charges and blew up the Queens Gambit causing the death of Henry Queen and the ship remains to sink to the bottom of the Ocean. Being thrown from the ship by the explosion the injured Oliver drifted for days on a fragment of the ship until he washed up on what he would later learn was starfish Isle.
The next five years of Oliver's life was a living nightmare, when he washed up on the isle he had no water, no food and no way to get home. Finding a dry safe spot on the beach of the isle Oliver set out to explore the land slowly making marks in trees that he would understand and made a system to navigate the Isle by markings. After finding strong branches and vines deep in the jungle woods of the Island he fashioned the strongest branch into a make shift bow and made very crude arrows. While struggling at first eventually Oliver learned the art of stealth and hunting to find food. Slowly the Island turned him into a self reliant man. While on the Island he gained the skills to track, hunt, fire his bow at master levels and the acrobatic skills needed to navigate the jungle quickly. One night while hunting for food Oliver caught the sound of men talking. Surprised Oliver hid and waited for the men to pass him by. He was amazed to see that they were extremely well armed and prepared for the dangers of the Island. Ollie cautiously began to follow the pair of oblivious men as they led him to a large field of poppies being harvested to make heroin by island natives that were being enslaved. As Oliver started to formulate a plan in his head to help the natives and destroy the heroine he recognized the mark of China White on the labels that marked the heroin "brand". Anger slowly boiled over in Ollie's body and without putting much thought into it Ollie lit an arrow shaft on fire and sent the blazing shaft into the field of poppies causing them to almost instantly set fire. Sinking back into the jungle he could hear a woman shouting commands to the men to salvage what they could and move to the plane. Oliver came back to the camp to find the China White and attacked her in the burning field. After a furious battle Oliver managed to slip his hand into the pocket of China and pull out her gps and key to the plane before tossing her into the fire he had caused and fled to the plane while she screamed in pain as her body set fire. Killing the men under her employment while making his way to the small plane. He boarded the sea plane and after a rocky start managed to get far enough away from the isle to be rescued by fishermen after running out of fuel and landing the plane in the middle of the water close to Florida. The fishermen helped Oliver get home where he was welcomed back by his friends.
Oliver soon found out that the five years he was gone many changes to his home had been made. His mother died due to a heart attack after the news of his disappearance, Tommy had run his club into the ground and his family's company had went under. The Star City he had come home to was not the city he left, it went from a thriving community to a city riddled with crime and corruption. After moving in with Tommy and bringing his club back from the ruin it had came to in his absence, Oliver vowed to never take what he had for granted ever again. Now changed by the Island he grew to hate the corruption that had befallen Star City and began to study politics and at the same time secretly assembled a small army's worth of arrows and various leathers and armors. After two more years the now 29 year old man had become a noted activist for the poor and was moonlighting as what the papers were calling "The hood" Oliver soon started to tell the drug dealers he was crippling that his name was "Green Arrow" and they should tell their bosses that "Arrow" was coming for them. By day Oliver was running for Mayor and by night he was taking the drugs off the streets. Eventually he became the Mayor of Star City and used his power to "hunt" the Green Arrow down while actually gaining more fame and spreading the name around so that he could gain the attention of the more well known heroes...
.The burning question - Why this character?: My first comic was an issue of brave and the bold that had batman and green arrow trying to survive an avalanche on a snow covered mountain. I don't remember the book very well today but I remember instantly becoming enamored by the idea that there was a character out there that was so similar to batman while maintaining his own identity as a character and being able to bring his own set of skills to aid batman in a way other heroes wouldn't.
.What do you believe you can bring to the RPG?: having a vast understanding of the silver age of comics and a love for super heroes in general in addition to the experience of running a three year long game of dungeons and dragons, I feel that I can bring a fresh take to a strong character and help plot moving in all aspects of the game when other players may be stuck and need advice. Im really excited to even get the chance to apply for this character and can honestly say the group as a whole looks like they care about the game and thats refreshing to see.
.Provide a short sample post as your desired character, in three paragraphs or more:
Oliver had been on the island for five years and not once did he hear the sound of any human other than himself. While hunting for the deer that would be the next mornings food deep in the messy jumble of a forest on starfish island he heard the sound of voices echoing around him. Thinking he had finally gone mad the blonde bearded man dropped low to the ground and rolled under a downed tree. Bugs and insects swarmed his body as he lied under the massive mossy log and his eyes scanned the area around him. The moist ground stained his old clothes and the mud that stuck to his body helped mask him under the tree. Catching movement that was not animal like Oliver scrapped up mud and rubbed it on his face for extra camouflage and stayed still. Carefully watching with his green and blood shot eyes he saw two men in black ski masks, standard camouflage jumpsuits, heavy back packs and armed with automatic rifles headed toward his direction. Oliver held his breath as they passed up the tree that he was hiding under. The men were speaking about the natives that they had been watching and making sure were doing the job they had been given. Carefully Oliver remained about one hundred feet behind the men and followed them silently back to the camp they had set up.
To his horror Oliver had found the camp was set up with small shacks and workers all around tables and fields of poppies. It seemed the armed men were making the natives harvest the poppies for heroin making. Oliver's heart sank as he realized he didn't have the skills needed to take down so many men with guns in his weak condition. Taking in the surrounding area his mind raced with a way he could maybe save the natives or distract the guards long enough for them to escape.
"Maybe a fire?....."
Oliver muttered to himself and considered setting one of the shacks on fire. Quickly he reached into his pocket and drew two flat small stones and then took an arrow out of his quiver and set it on the muddy earth. Reaching around and pulling up dead grass Oliver placed the grass over the shaft of the arrow and looked up to see the mark of China White, the drug dealer that had sent a man to attempt to force Ollie to sell drugs at his night club years ago before the shipwreck. The anger in his heart grew and Oliver started to strike one stone against the other and set the grass on fire. The kindling quickly caused the shaft of the arrow to set fire as well, notching the flaming arrow quickly he steadied his aim and pulled his bowstring back. After a quick moment of aiming he released the arrow and sent it sailing into the field of poppies. As soon as Ollie saw the flames start to rise and the workers to step back he himself moved deeper into the jungle.
Oliver quickly threw his bow over his left shoulder and expertly climbed a tall tree in a matter of seconds by leaping from branch to branch and using his body's new found strength to pull him up. When he was high in the tree he watched and listened to the chaos going on around him. Already the natives were escaping but he could hear the shouts of a woman telling the men with rifles to pack up what they could and move the heroin to the sea plane. Gazing back down at the camp he saw the figure of an attractive woman in a black body suit with pale skin and fresh snow white hair pointing and giving out commands. Soon only she remained at the camp and was packing up. Oliver assumed she was China White and he started to leap down the tree branches until he was on the ground. Carefully he notched another arrow and held his breath while pulling back on the string building the pressure behind the arrow that would send it sailing at her. He lined up his shot for her heart and slowly exhaled while releasing the bowstring when he felt the shot was lined up perfectly.
The arrow sailed threw the jungle woods and went straight for her chest but before Oliver had time to smile at his work she turned and caught his arrow mid flight stopping it just before it connected with her body. Oliver gasped in amazement and quickly moved at her. He was fully intending to kill the drug dealer and at least keep one person out of his once beloved City. She spotted his movements and gracefully mirrored his movements by charging him while the poppy fields flames spread more wildly around her. Coming face to face she smiled and realized who he was.
"Mr. Queen, my assassin didn't kill you five years ago? I suppose that's good because now I have the chance to do so myself."
Oliver lashed out with a deadly strike at her head from his left hand while holding the bow to use its weight to make his strike more forceful. Quickly she had side stepped his attack and grabbed his bow. Twisting it out of his hand she tossed her right leg up and kneed his body hard driving the air from him while the flames started to surround them. Oliver dropped to his knees and drew deep breaths, he couldn't believe how strong her strike was. As she squared up her attack for his head Oliver reached into his boot and pulled out a knife he had made out of a rock and deer bone. Quickly he slashed the sharp rock across her leg and made her flinch long enough for him to stand and grab her hip with his right hand. China sent her head smashing into Oliver's face and made him fall back in pain but he kept a tight hold on her hip. Oliver stepped behind her using his left foot as a pivot point and then wrapped his arm that had been clasped to her waist around her neck. Lifting hard he slipped his left hand into her pocket and grabbed two items, a small g.p.s. and a key ring with two keys on it. Using all the strength he had Oliver tossed her choking body into the flames and watched as the fire engulfed her and set her ablaze. The following screams were the screams of a woman who knew she would soon die and quickly died away drowning in the flames.
In a hurried manner Oliver moved down the island while scooping up his bow. The g.p.s. was already active and pointing him towards the sea plane she was speaking of before. As he neared the plane and came to the beautiful sand covered beach that the plane was placed on Oliver slid the keys and g.p.s. into his pocket and drew one arrow after the next. He sent each arrow sailing down the beach into the backs of the ten men working to load up the plane with heroin. Each arrow seemed to find its mark with little effort to aim from Ollie. He sent the first arrow at the man closest to the plane and caused the other nine men to look on in horror as the arrows each sunk deep into the necks of the others at what seemed like the same time. By the time Ollie got to the plane all ten men were laying dead on the beach...
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