What Defines Us-
The two of them couldn't be more different, however there were a few things that united them. They wore masks both literally and figuratively, they had suffered in the past and they were both impossibly alone and broken despite having so much. However they worked on opposite sides of the law. He was a vigilante, one who has suffered and given up nearly everything in his life in his crusade. He expects to die alone, and he doesn't see an end to his mission short of death. She on the other hand is far more amoral, looks out solely for herself. Originally it started out of necessity, but now it has become her nature. She isn't evil however like a lot of criminals, she doesn't want power or anything of that sort, she kills only out of self defense, she isn't a psychotic and she mostly steals or conducts heists. She's operated around the country and has recently come back home to Empire City. The vigilante is still operating but at a far lesser scale due to crime being nowhere as high as it once was. His fight has been very successful, and it is merely the calm before a storm. She figures this is the perfect time to go to work as she's beneath his radar. The two wind up crossing paths however and she gets away, though the two share a mutual attraction and interest in one another. Especially with him discovering her identity through detective work, and finding something of a kindred spirit. He doesn't want to turn her in or anything, but he wants to discover what makes her tick. To that end the two encounter each other frequently, both in costume and out of costume with her having no idea who he really is though she finds herself very drawn to his civilian identity as well as there is a lot to him.
This dance continued until someone new came to town. The man was the single most dangerous mercenary on the planet and he was spoken about in hushed tones. He had been responsible for coups, high level assassinations and had commanded fiercely loyal and well trained operatives. The product of a super soldier experiment, who discovered our lovely thief. She was strong armed into helping him out in his current goals and he revealed the identity of the vigilante to her which was a shock. He wanted this man to trust her, and he wanted her to lead him into a trap. She let on in her costumed identity that the vigilante? Had her at a disadvantage and if he wanted to trust her completely? He had to show he trusted her, which led to him freely revealing his identity. The two were lovers for awhile and although it was initially a ruse on her part? She grew to deeply respect the man and even fell in love with him. The more time she spent with him, the more she tried to encourage him to run away with her. She didn't want to go through the plan, but it wasn't to be and the mercenary was too much of a threat to be denied. So she regretfully led him into the trap when he wanted to confront this new threat and sought her help to do so.
The villain had been responsible for breaking all of the vigilante's enemies out of prison and he had gone nearly sleepless in an effort to round them up over a period of weeks as she watched him kill himself to defend the city. A city she absolutely hated. When the time came, and she led him to the trap? He was woefully unprepared for the savagery he'd encounter and was beaten almost to death and left broken in every sense of the word. However the villain's designs weren't done for him and he had him transported. The public and even the woman believed that he had killed him, and the city was plunged into a violent nightmare afterwards for two years. She would have left, but the ghetto that she had been born and raised in? Would be left unattended to and she still carried a large amount of guilt. So she stayed behind as a loose protector of that area. The situation became more dire and the city was eventually declared a No Man's Land and left to fend for itself. The vigilante spent the two years recovering, and retraining himself. He relearned all he had before and returned stronger than he had ever been. He sought her out, and despite not fully trusting her? He wanted her aid, as he was going to end this reign of terror or die in the process.
[Unrated for intense sequences of violence and action, language, scenes of duress, thematic material, sexual content, and nudity.]
(Influences: The Dark Knight Series, Batman: Hush, Batman: The Long Halloween.)We're The Future
They belonged to a powerful race of godlike beings, world conquerors who claimed entire planets into their galactic empire. Their technology was highly advanced, but it was their racial abilities that made the galaxy kneel before them. They were capable of self propelled flight, of breathing in space unaided, they were almost completely invulnerable, the energy they could project from their eyes could instantly burn through steel and turn living beings to ash, their reaction time made them appear to be blurs, they had heightened senses, could cross vast stretches of space in a short amount of time and they could singlehandedly tear apart ships and buildings or support the weight of either of the two. They struggled with extremely quick tempers that could lead to horrific acts of violence. As infants, they are matched genetically with their future mate. Attempting to mate with any other aside from one's genetic match will often lead to defects or miscarriages. The only ones who are able to side step this are ones with royal blood. They're able to reproduce with any of their race without these problems, the biggest hurdle for their race is that none on the planet currently possess royal blood.
Their beloved former leader was killed by one known as the great betrayer, and it is unknown who his heir was. It is known that he had one however. The race is in danger of dying out, and they have become desperate to find the heir to the throne, as he'd be able to save them by sidestepping their limitation. Since the leader's murder, their most powerful warrior was chosen to be Grand Regent until the heir was discovered and he has led the search for him.
She was a young soldier who was renowned for both her beauty as well as her skill in battle. Despite her young age, she had achieved much and the Grand Regent secretly harbored a deep desire for her which was an alien concept to their people for the most part. They were not a loving race, empathy and affection were seen as weaknesses and the weak were snuffed out, intimacy was only for the purposes of procreation and never for recreation. Early on she had been genetically matched to the child of the man who would become The Great Betrayer who was a famed warrior himself before turning on his people. The betrayer for whatever reason sent his son into space where he eventually wound up on Earth and was raised on the planet, eventually becoming the planet's foremost defender from the numerous superhuman threats on it.
She was devoted to her people, and she knew they were dying out, so she made it her mission with the council's blessing to find the son of the betrayer and to have his children. Despite what his father had done, he was not held guilty for his actions and so she searched and by chance was able to discover that he had been sent to Earth. A planet where the people looked a great deal like her own, but lacked their abilities or their physiology. The wide range of superhumans both amused and intrigued her, even if nearly all of them were weaker than her race. It didn't take long at all for her to encounter the son of the betrayer who was the same age as her, and when they met, she was genuinely confused by him. He defended weaker creatures, he was compassionate, he had no interest in conquering, and he behaved in a manner that was alien to her. Their first encounter turned into a full out brawl that ended in a stalemate. It was his first time encountering someone as powerful as he was, and he had thought that he was alone in the universe. Despite her off-putting ways, he was very much attracted to her, while she respected him as a worthy opponent and did not find him to be unsuitable at a physical level.
The hero did not want to produce offspring, he was unsure of his obligations to his people, and he was very annoyed at her persistence. Regardless of his desires, her duty to her people overruled that and she stated as much. She would remain by his side until he sired children with her. They came to the shaky agreement that if she was to remain on earth, she was going to have to blend in like he did, and work on curtailing her violent ways for the time being. Life as an earthling was offensive to her, but she managed to discover several things in his company that she had never known. Affection, concern for her well being and eventually love. She never imagined that intimacy could be done for any reason other than reproducing and found that she greatly enjoyed it with him. She was profoundly changed through her experiences, and came to cherish their relationship. For awhile she even forgot about their people, at least until it was discovered that her lover was the long missing heir to the royal bloodline and the salvation for their people. The mission to reclaim him became far more dire, and the world conquerors would stop at nothing to get him and to force him to sire as many children as possible with as many different suitable mothers as possible.
[Unrated for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, destruction, language, thematic material, strong sexual content, and nudity.]
(Influences: Man of Steel, Supreme Power, & Squadron Supreme.)Ritual Of Battle-
There existed three worlds essentially. There was the normal world that we all lived in, and then there was the underworld. The underworld was a darker place, filled with criminals from all walks of life. This world often bled into and influenced the normal world, and gangsters and their like were seen as hard men. The most dangerous men who held lives in their palm, and who did as they wished. But there was a third world, and the inhabitants of this world utterly terrified the most hardened criminals who were aware of them. Just as the underworld influenced the normal world, so too did this world influence the underworld. This world had existed for countless centuries in legends and whispers. It was a world of fighters and of assassins. A group of armed gunmen meant very little to those who could walk and kill in shadows. They were seen as legends, their existence spoken in hushed whispers and those that chose to interact with the other worlds were universally feared. He belonged to that world. He'd belonged to that world ever since he was a child and he'd been exposed to the real world. Now as an adult, he used skills that had been cultivated over a lifetime to fight crime, and to show the criminals why they feared the dark. They weren't of any concern to him, it was when the world he'd left bled into his that he became concerned. It could be an assassin brought in by the Yakuza, or some mysterious crime boss from overseas. Those were the battles where he had to truly fight for his life though, and it became obvious he was trying to avoid something.
Their paths became crossed when she encountered him after a near-rape. She lived in one of the roughest neighborhoods, and she was a certifiable genius who unfortunately didn't get to really apply her abilities. She came from a broken family, and she did what she could making ends meet in a dirty bar in an attempt to take care of her younger brother. The bar was frequented by criminals, and one night after a violent dispute a group of men who thought themselves above reproach decided to use her to make an example of to the bar owner. That was when he struck, he brutally incapacitated the men and she found herself consumed with thoughts of him. The way that he fought, his strength and his conviction they were inspirations for her especially after she tragically lost her brother. After that, she wanted nothing but revenge. She sought out the vigilante and was eventually able to find him. While he was somewhat impressed with that, he turned down her pleas to instruct her so that she could get revenge. He said he'd see to the murderers but that revenge didn't change anything, and it never helped. This didn't deter her, and she managed to tail him with great difficulty as he went to deal with the men responsible. He did so in quick order, with her even personally taking down the last one by surprise. The man saw something in her then, and he very reluctantly decided to train her. The man proved a harsh master, but she flourished under his tutelage. She was devastated however when he said that her training had come to an end. He insisted that she use her skills to defend herself, but that she leave this way of life. She refused, believing that bad men should be made to suffer and they shouldn't be allowed to continue to spread their evil. The man then sent her abroad, telling her to seek out 'friends' of his who would continue what he had started. He hoped that he'd find what she was seeking and he took his leave of her.
She found these friends eventually, they were a secretive clan of warriors and although they were initially skeptical of her, they took her in and they trained her. She was forged into a weapon, one fully aware of the war that waged on and the vigilante's reluctance to take part in it. He had a tense relationship with the clan, and she left to the city to force her first instructor to play his part in the war. She hadn't known his identity before leaving, having always thought him much older. In truth however there wasn't a huge gap in age between the two of them, and when their paths crossed once more, he was quite shocked with the woman she'd become.
(Influences: Mortal Kombat Legacy, Daredevil, Batman, The Wolverine, Elektra, and The Raid.)
[Unrated for Brutal Violence and Blood, Strong Language, Sexual Content, Nudity and Drug References.]Agent Under Fire-
She was a highly trained secret agent, that worked for an international peace-keeping agency. The agent was one of the best there was at what she did, a consummate professional who had a murky past. That past came back to haunt her when a burn notice was placed on her in addition to an absolutely huge bounty. She was wanted either dead or alive, and freelancers came from all corners of the globe in an effort to try to claim the bounty. When costumed assassins joined in on the hunt, she decided to make a desperate move and to seek out help with possibly the only person who could help her. An old flame of hers. He was a vigilante, one with a lifetime of ninja training among other disciplines and an arsenal of technology and weapons at his disposal. She showed up at his home, waiting for him and claiming she was looking to reignite their relationship. He was understandably skeptical of this given the way that the two of them had ended. It was almost impossible for her to pick a worse time to come looking for him in aid though. There was a shadow war of sorts being waged in his city that had been keeping him occupied. Two malevolent ninja clans were going to war, and the collateral damage was growing by the night. One of the clans was more mystical in nature, their M.O was to raise fallen warriors that they've slain as weapons who serve them. The other clan had access to tech and weapons that could put armies to shame. Between the ninjas and the assassins, the two former lovers found themselves fighting tooth and nail for survival.
(Influences: Black Widow, 007, Daredevil, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Burn Notice, Mr & Mrs Smith.)
[Unrated for Intense sequences of violence and action, graphic language, sexual content, and nudity.]Touch of Darkness
Their city had long been on the brink of collapse. Crime had run rampant for years, and corruption was prevalent in every aspect of the city. He'd vowed as an adolescent after one too many losses that enough was enough, he would be that gate between the city and anarchy and he spent a lifetime dedicating himself to that ideal. He trained, and he amassed a sizeable fortune for his crusade. When he returned as an adult he began to buy up property, and his public persona was that of an urban developer who looked out for the interests of the common man. He created job opportunities and affordable housing for the citizens of the city where he was able to, and took a very personal stake in the city's wellbeing. He also spent his nights watching over the city in a costume, and beating criminals to a pulp. She on the other hand hadn't always lived in the city, or even the country. Back home she'd gotten involved with a violent political movement as she greatly believed in change. The movement proved to be just as corrupt as the regime that she'd fought against, but she'd learned much in her time with the group. America was a second chance for her, but she had arrived in that very city. She'd managed to meet with the vigilante in his civilian identity, at a diner that he owned. She personally asked him for an opportunity to work, and he was impressed with how forward she was, though he recognized a tattoo that she had as belonging to the militia that she had been part of. This naturally shocked her, most Americans wouldn't be able to spot something like that, and they wouldn't be able to accurately place it. She explained how she'd made mistakes in the past but she was looking to start over and he gave her a job on the spot. He'd take a personal interest in her over time while she found herself enamored with the vigilante. After several occurrences, she quietly deduced her employer and he were one and the same though she kept it to herself. His vendetta with the biggest crime lord in town would continue to grow until eventually spiraling out of control, and this would lead to her not only acknowledging what she knew about him but also offering her aid in the war.
(Influences: Black Panther, Daredevil, The Arkham series, Nolan's Bat Trilogy, Arrow and The Equalizer)
[Unrated for Graphic Bloody Violence and Action, Strong Language, Sexual Content, Nudity and Thematic Elements.]Echoes of Screams-
Her boyfriend had breathtaking anger management issues, but that didn't change how in love with him she was. Their city had a very high crime rate, and they lived in the neighborhood that he grew up in. She was a student, and he was an absolute big help in putting her through school. He own and ran a local gym, specializing in the martial arts, which he was an expert in. His dad had been a fighter and a local legend who had been murdered when he was a boy. That sort of rage had stayed with him. It wasn't yelling and red hot, but cold and always there underneath the surface. It was simmering, and it was all consuming. There was a lot that she didn't know about him, aside from his time in the armed forces. She didn't know about his time spent in Asia, the time as an underground pit-fighter in Brazil, black ops work that he did in Africa, or the fact that he was privately wealthy and did a good job keeping his assets hidden. No matter where he went, he wasn't able to escape that dark specter that hung over his head and that was what brought him back to his hometown. When she was working at nights at the hospital, he'd be going out in a costume and beating the cities' criminals to within an inch of their life. Any bruises or injuries he had were easily explained as fight related. But he wasn't just a dumb violent brute. He was one of the most intelligent men she'd ever met, and seemingly spoke like 8 languages. He loved her, and however angry he was or violent he was capable of being in his fights and his night life, he was utterly gentle with her. He'd hold her closely, he'd watch her fall asleep and he recently proposed to her. She just couldn't help but shake the feeling that there were things that he was hiding from her, and it made her very uncomfortable. His activities in the costume made him very infamous, and the entire city became obsessed with this masked man. They weren't the only ones unfortunately.
(Influences: Batman, Daredevil, Warrior, Taxi Driver and Se7en.)
[Unrated for Intense Bloody Violence and Action, Graphic Language, Sexual Content, Nudity and Drug References.]Power-
In the Marvel Universe, there were different tiers of heroes. You had the icons, those truly special individuals that were members of the Avengers. They were the famous ones, the beloved ones and the ones who other heroes aspired to be. You had S.H.I.E.L.D which did their best to deal with all of the craziness in the world, and which tried to work closely when they were able to with the superhero community and then you had everyone else. For some reason or another, a great deal of the heroes and villains were based out of New York. They were a frequent occurrence. She'd gotten her abilities years ago, and she had decided to have a go at being a superhero. For a time, she was moderately successful. She didn't face off against Doctor Doom, or Magneto or any of the truly terrifying mad men. Her bread and butter had been the innumerable villains out there who were just out to try to get rich. In that span of time, she also managed to establish some lasting friendships with other heroes who were bigger in name and renown but who looked upon her favorably. Nothing could have prepared her for the day where she'd find herself out of her depth. When she'd face him
. He was a boogeyman, one that believed in cruelty for the sake of cruelty. It didn't matter that she had powers, she didn't really have training and she didn't have the mechanisms in place to deal with his brand of evil. Because that was what he was. She tried valiantly to stop him, but instead of killing her, he abducted her. The torture, the experiments and the things that he did to her were utterly ghastly. After a series of battles with an increasing number of heroes, the villain was reluctantly forced to leave her behind but with brainwashing in place that forced her to try to help defend the base against her will as he seemingly died. She was subdued and came to much later in a S.H.I.E.L.D base.
Nick Fury was aware of her, she'd been on his radar for awhile and was deeply apologetic of everything she'd had to endure. She underwent months of physical and mental therapy before he made her an offer. He knew she had no interest in being a superhero anymore, but he wanted her to serve as a liaison between S.H.I.E.L.D and the superhero community. She'd need some additional training and that was where she initially met him. Even if she wasn't going to be in the field, it was important that she did get supplemental training and instruction to better assist with her role. Her instructor was a former villain who had been convinced to go straight. He wouldn't join S.H.I.E.L.D but he would do work under contract for them. He'd been an extremely successful attempt to duplicate the Super Soldier project, but they'd succeeded past their wildest dreams with him. The man was physically superior to Captain America, entering into the realm of true superhuman abilities. He'd worked as a mercenary for years, and he'd had numerous conflicts with several heroes over the years. Even then, he'd had a code of conduct in place. But events had happened in his life that changed his way of thinking and now he was mostly on the side of the angels. He knew nothing of the hell she'd been forced to endure, just that she was going to be working with S.H.I.E.L.D and as opposed to having her undergo years and years of training, Fury wanted him to be her combat instructor. She had other training that she did to prepare her for the job, but the combat was an important part. The man was considered to be one of the most dangerous combatants on the planet and he'd be able to give her a good set of tools in a short amount of time.
He was not an easy teacher, but she learned a good bit from him. He was a lot different from the rest of the capes. With no interest in being a superhero, a caustic attitude and a surprisingly down to earth personality. The two got on quite well with one another when he wasn't slapping her around during training. Once she was finished with all of her training, and she got settled into her job their unique relationship still continued. Both lived in NYC, relatively close to one another. Her facilitating cooperation between the two organizations, and him working on contract. Her walls were definitely up, and she was very embittered about everything that had happened. They engaged in an on-off sort of fling. The mutual attraction that existed between them was intense, as was their chemistry but they both absolutely rubbed the other the wrong way and this would lead to frequent arguments and periods of estrangement. Especially when she got drunk, because she was an emotional drunk. One of her Avengers' friends wanted to fix her up with someone in their community, someone who was a legitimate good guy and who wouldn't add drama to the guy. They got on decent enough, but he wasn't her guy. He didn't have that shared bit of darkness, the sex with him was different, it felt harder to relate to him and while he was sweet and definitely into her, he was a bit more of a pushover. This was how things progressed until her tormentor returned.
He was the sort of villain that genuinely unnerved heroes. He had power, but he also had training, he was impossibly cruel but he was very intelligent as well and he had followers. His return put her in a near constant state of panic. Instead of going to her boyfriends', she went to her off-on again guy. He allowed her to crash, unsure of what had her so rattled. The next morning, after some pressing on his end she finally came clean about everything that had been done to her. As it turned out, he had a past with the villain in question. The story however horrified him and as much as she tried to tell him not to feel sorry for her, or pity her, but he couldn't help but to. It was the most emotion she'd ever seen from him, and it served to bring them closer. He told her she wouldn't have to face this alone, that he wanted in. There was one thing she didn't inform him of right away, especially in light of everything. It'd been what had led to her coming to him instead of her boyfriend, but she was pregnant with his child and terrified out of her mind. She needed for the father of her child to be more than he was, there was a good man underneath it all and that was what she needed. So she reluctantly accepted his aid, hoping this would bring about the changes she wanted to see.
[Unrated for sequences of violence and action, strong language, rape, thematic material, strong sexual content, and nudity.]
(Influences: Alias, New Avengers, The Pulse.)The Revolution-
It'd been known as the day when evil won. The Skrulls had taken advantaged of the split in the superhuman community, and they very nearly took over the planet. New York had been the battleground, but the heroes and villains had come together and fought them off. The Skrull queen Veranke was slain publicly by Norman Osborn aka The Green Goblin. Just like that, everything changed. Tony Stark no longer had the keys to SHIELD. It was disbanded and replaced by HAMMER and Norman Osborn was the man to lead it. The last thing Iron Man did was delete the files that had the identities of all of the world's heroes. Norman Osborn cemented alliances with Loki, The Hood, Dr. Doom and a few other mad men and he even created an Avengers team that was made up of murderers and criminals. The American public was eating it up, and the real heroes were forced to go underground in an effort to take the country back. This is where our story begins. She was someone who had been on both sides of the equation. Hero and villain. She'd spent most of her life being used and manipulated for her powers. She'd initially thought she was on the side of the angels and had been a secret weapon of sorts for HYDRA until she discovered she'd been lied to. Captain America and Nick Fury were the ones who had brought her over to the good guys. She'd been a member of Captain America's New Avengers, until she was taken by the Skrulls and replaced with one of them prior to the Civil War. During the Secret Invasion she was kept captive and experimented on, and was freed only with their defeat when she was reunited with her team and learned to her horror that Captain America had been killed. She wasn't the only new player in this conflict. Her Avengers team had consisted of Cap, Iron Man, Spider Woman, Luke Cage, Spider Man, The Sentry, Wolverine and eventually Ms. Marvel. There was one other one on the team however. A mutant Eternal who tapped something dark, and ancient. He was quite powerful, but also very ill-tempered and a borderline antihero at times. Tony Starks had been the one to bring him aboard. Reckoning that while they did have raw power in the form of the Sentry, the Sentry was unstable and didn't know how to properly utilize his power. This guy on the other hand did, he offered them some expertise when it came to mystical threats and they needed a ball buster.
The two New Avengers had a somewhat rocky relationship with one another, as she was committed to truly being an Avenger and being a hero, and he was there in large part for the checks. But there was some underlying chemistry there, and there was a mutual attraction. They'd been growing closer when he left for space. You see he wasn't wholly human, and the truth to what he was lied out there in the stars. It'd been a sign he couldn't ignore and he left to pursue it. This was before the Civil War. And unbeknownst to his teammates, he'd gotten those answers and fought in a number of mass extinction level conflicts. The reason he returned to earth was because of the Skrull Invasion and he was there in the battle of NY where he was reunited with his team. Getting caught up on everything was a shock. Their team now consisted of Bucky Barnes who was now Cap, Mockingbird, Clint Barton, Luke Cage, Wolverine, Iron Fist, Ms. Marvel, Spider Man, Spider Woman, and the two of them. They were going to take things back while contending with enemies on all sides. But perhaps more importantly with the two of them, as he'd developed genuine feelings for her but she'd been replaced before the two of them had started growing closer and when she last remembered him? They were not on the best of terms.
[Unrated for Strong Stylized Action and Violence, Graphic Language, Nudity, Sexual Content and Thematic Elements.]Falling To Pieces-
Scarred was putting it mildly. She'd been abducted at a young age, and forced into a slave ring. Everyone involved was sick and monstrous, but there was one man in particular that she considered to be the devil. The leader of the whole thing. That hell had been her life, but she had miraculously been able to escape. Since then she's managed to carve out some semblance of a life for herself, though she doesn't stay in any single given place for too long, and she doesn't get close to people or really form relationships. Now she's in NY and working as a private investigator. Around this time, there was a masked vigilante who spent his nights beating the criminals in the city half to death. She notably kept to herself, though her and a neighbor of hers did frequently notice each other. He ran a gym in the area, and he taught the local kids how to defend themselves. The guy was quite fit, quite attractive and she instinctively knew he had some scars of his own he was wrestling with. The two briefly engaged in a one night fling, but both of them had so many walls up that it made it impossible for them to really connect. The guy was actually the vigilante, and he had deeply personal reasons for hating criminals. There was a new organization in town that was quickly filling a power gap. Eastern European, and former soldiers. These men were exceptionally brutal, and the various gangs of the city were not quite sure what to make of these men or how to contend with them. Their biggest venture was the sex ring that they ran. Both of our protagonists were trying to dig deeper into this in their own times, and to her horror, our P.I discovered this was the very same ring that had enslaved her, and they were led by the very same man from her past. Our vigilante was used to fighting run of the mill gangsters, not soldiers who had slain entire villages and even he was unused to their level of savagery or how well connected they were. He could not go at them half cocked, as he discovered one evening. She'd been chasing a lead, and was set upon by some of the men. They knew exactly who she was, false identity and all. He leapt onto the scene and got into a very violent altercation with them, which he won but wound up quite injured from. Those injuries weren't the sort that just went away and in the days following that event, that was how she discovered who he was. This served to endear him to her quite a lot. Someone who went out there, and was proactive and put others above their own safety. She grilled him as to why he does what he does, and she was in turn grilled as to why they were after her, she only gave him bits and pieces of her story. She asked him to teach her how to fight like him, which he wouldn't be able to do. But he could teach her to defend herself at the very least. Her investigative techniques and brain were beyond impressive to him. She wasn't just good at finding leads, and chasing them down, but she was also a first rate hacker. This was the missing piece he'd been looking for. She was the key to stopping these monsters and so they begrudgingly worked together. Each was as essential to this partnership as the other, and despite herself, she actually felt safe around him. It was a new feeling. The more they learned about each other, the more those walls went down and she was terrified that she'd found someone she could actually see herself having a future with. That closeness was dangerous though, and he'd spent so long convincing himself that he was going to undergo this crusade alone, absent entanglements that he found himself becoming increasingly frustrated with the feelings that he developed for her.
(Influences: Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Batman, The Punisher, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Wire.)
[Unrated for Strong Bloody Violence, Graphic Language, Strong Sexual Content, Nudity, Drug Usage and Thematic Elements.]The Ties That Bind-
She was a costumed vigilante. Previously of the armed forces, she had made Sergeant. All of this was done in an effort to escape the demons of her past. Her family hadn't been white knights. Her father was a former Mobster who tried to go straight and became an informant. As a result, he along with her mother and her older brother were killed by his former associates. She was taken in by her uncle, and she used the inheritance to constantly keep enrolled in Martial Arts growing up. She learned what she could, she saw much of the world and she was quite adept at handling herself before she even enlisted. The rage had always stayed there though and she returned to her city, hellbent on putting an end to the mobster problem. As a costumed vigilante, she spent her nights beating criminals to a pulp and really putting that sense of fear in them. She had dealt with some hired guns and assassins in her time, those were always the worst. Nothing could have prepared her for him.
He wasn't just a mercenary, this guy was the sort of assassin that other assassins feared. He had killed generals, royalty and politicians in his time. The assassin was in town to claim a bounty on a visiting foreign dignitary. She intervened in an attempt to stop him. The two got into a knockdown dragout brawl which ended with him giving her the first definitive loss of her life, even though she gave him a hell of a fight. Surprisingly, he didn't kill her or the target. She didn't know that he tailed her that night, but there was something about her that fascinated him. For her part she gathered as much intelligence on the guy as she could, she was utterly obsessed with beating him. Eventually he would make himself known to her again one night, but it turned out that it'd all been a ruse. The assassination attempt was orchestrated to flush her out as he'd heard a lot of talk about her and he wanted to see for himself. She was like him. A person who was unnaturally adept at and geared towards violence. They were rare, but they could just tell after coming into contact with one another. Usually some sort of incident would happen to them, but they could always tell. He wanted her help, though he was concerned that she didn't fight with lethal intentions. There was someone like them, but far worse who had come to her city. He'd had a deep enmity towards this man, but this target surrounded himself with people like them. She'd channeled that thing of theirs into punishing the wicked and helping innocents, the assassin killed people but he was very selective with his targets and operated by a code of sorts. This third man did whatever he wanted and was a sadistic and chaotic monster who felt zero empathy. She was very reluctant to team up with the assassin but when she saw the crime wave this man embarked on, she knew she had no choice but to agree to a shaky alliance.
(Influences: The Arkham Series, The Dark Knight, Joker, Deathstroke, Daredevil, Arrow.)
[Unrated for Sexual Content, Nudity, Language, Strong Stylized Action and Violence.]New Gods-
There was an established legacy that came with the cape. Superheroes were a tradition, and mantles were often passed down. There'd been several Green Lanterns, and several Flashes. Some heroes operated absent an established legacy, like her. She had gotten her start early, serving as a member of the Teen Titans shortly after she got her abilities. She deeply enjoyed saving lives though, and she learned to care a lot about her friends and about the community. As far as heroes went, she was doing it for all of the right reasons and she'd grown into an admirable young woman who balanced her personal life with the responsibilities that came with being one of the world's most powerful superhumans and a recent addition to the Justice League. She strongly believed in the traditional ideals, and that would put her directly into conflict with him. There was a very shadowy organization that existed and operated in secret, formed by representatives of different world powers. They'd put together and funded a superhuman strike team that operated without the knowledge of the public or the superhuman community. They were tasked with going after the worst possible threats, and they would eliminate said threats with extreme prejudice. He was a member of this team, powerful enough to go toe to toe with the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman, but who had no qualms about getting blood on his hands. She became aware of him when a cataclysmic event took place and the JLA were seemingly killed. Her and a few other heroes attempted to hold the line when an alternate Justice League known as the Crime Syndicate attempted to invade the planet. His team showed up, and he personally slew the other world Superman known as Ultraman. There were few known beings that powerful, and this stranger was one of them. She had to know more, and so she did some digging. This group was dedicated to ridding the planet of things that didn't need to be there. Extradimensional beings, alien invaders and magical threats. He'd become aware of her during the struggle, and he was interested in learning more.
(Influences: The Authority, Injustice, DC) Merchant of War-
He was a mercenary, one who had lost his way. There'd always been a degree of violence to him, and he'd witnessed a terrible tragedy at a young age. He had trained with a secretive clan of assassins, served in the Military and now he used his considerable skills for personal gain. It wasn't a path he was happy with, but it was the best thing he could think to do with his gifts. He was currently working abroad, throughout Asia. That was where he met her, and that was where everything changed. She was an escort. One who commanded a very high price, and who could afford to be more choosy with her clients, but just like our mercenary, she too was unsatisfied with her life. She was also fearless, and tough as nails. She'd been born into a martial arts family with a fearsome reputation. Her father was a martial artist who was unbeatable, and who had 12 sons all according to the Chinese Zodiac. He took up many wives, and the children that had the misfortune of being born in the wrong year, or were born a girl were put to death. The children were put through absolutely brutal conditioning, Her brothers were some of the most skilled assassins on the planet, and the only thing that saved her was her father was a suspicious man, and before she could be put to death, the midwife was struck with lightning. He took this as a sign that some unseen force wanted her to survive. She was trained, though treated with contempt by her father and her brothers. She retained fearsome martial arts abilities, but she didn't want to be a killer like them. She'd gotten into this life due to an ex-fiance accumulating heavy debt with a crime lord. She'd loved the man terribly, and was distraught when he betrayed her and ran and she was left to try to pay off this debt.
Our two protagonists met at a bar one night, and there was instant chemistry between the two of them. She could tell the man was a warrior, but that he was seeking the same things she was. A purpose. The two became intimate, and a relationship developed between the two of them. He didn't want her to sell her body, and she didn't want him to sell death. He fell so in love with her that he agreed to give it up, if she did. They could leave to the United States and they could be together and start over. The crime lord obviously wasn't happy with this turn of events, but then neither were her brothers upon discovering that she was a prostitute. The commonality was that they wanted our two lovers dead and they'd stop at nothing to see that desire become a reality.
(Influences: Only God Forgives, Birds of Prey, Spectre, Daredevil, The Dark Knight Series, Deadpool, Kill Bill, Payback, The Wolverine.)Triumph & Torment-
They'd both once belonged to the same order. A secretive order of warriors that was locked in war with another clan of assassins. Once, these two clans had been one. But the assassins had lost their way and now they were supremely skilled killers that worked for the highest bidder. The two groups had been fighting for centuries, and only the higher up's were aware of an even more insidious enemy. It was why they looked for youth to start training as soldiers from a young age. The two things they both had in common was a gift for violence and the fact that they were both orphans. His parents had been murdered in front of him, and that rage ate away inside of him. Their master had adopted her as his daughter, and she took extremely well to their arts. The two young people had found love in each other's arms, until the young man walked away from it all. He enlisted to the Armed Forces, and easily made Special Forces. He was good at battle and addicted to conflict, but he didn't want to accept that and he desperately wanted to be a hero. She on the other hand was an adrenaline junkie but she fully believed in their cause and desperately missed her lover. She was instructed to stay away from him however. He would eventually marry, and he would have a family of his own until they were also taken from him. This proved to be the breaking point for him, and he embarked on a murderous rampage where he hunted the truly evil and unrepentant. The order had always stuck to the shadows, but his body count was becoming very public and she ignored orders to reenter his life and try to get him to see reason before it was too late.
(Influences: Daredevil, The Punisher, The Dark Knight Series.)The Lost Days-
She was an exceptionally formidable vigilante, and a wealthy socialite in her day to day life. Her family had been an infamous mob family that fed off the lifeblood of their city, and were assassinated in front of her eyes when she was a small child. She was raised by extended family, and she spent a good deal of money towards learning how to fight. Not to avenge her family, but to stop monsters like them and the ones that had killed them. Her nights were spent wearing a costume, and using high end technology and gadgets to combat criminals. While she could be brutal, she drew the line at taking lives. That wasn't a sentiment that was shared by her former mentor and lover. He was a mercenary, and he'd first met her when she was a young woman. Something about her had intrigued him and he taught her just about everything she knew. His training was vastly different from the martial arts classes she took growing up. The man would teach his trade to others, but she was his star pupil and he would elaborate on her training through supplemental instructors. An expert in toxins and poisons here, a bomb maker there, until he felt like she was ready to stand by his side. Throughout it all, she had gradually earned his respect and they did become lovers. She had illusions about him that were shattered when it was revealed to her just how murderous he was, and she tearfully parted ways from him. Since then, she's kept tabs on assignments that he would take. He notably kept out of her city, until recently. She didn't know what he was doing in her city, but she wanted him out. It turned out a ghost from their shared past had returned. Another former protege of his, who wanted her dead for an incident that happened in their past. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but he'd linked up with some extremely dangerous people and he commanded a militia. The power they wielded was quite vast, and the entire city was threatened. Her mentor had considered leaving her to her fate but he knew that if they weren't stopped, he would be the next target. So they were forced to work together, with her stressing she didn't want him to kill anyone while being forced to confront her feelings for him.Weapons-
Each day she had to ask herself what she was, and she had to live with the life that they'd left her. The product of a highly illegal experiment, she was a clone of a super soldier. He'd been a secretive government organization's greatest breakthrough. There'd been several attempts at creating superhuman soldiers, with varying degrees of success but he was perfect. There were no defects, he did not need to benefit of cybernetics or anything of the sort. By all accounts he'd been well adjusted before seemingly snapping one day and escaping, in the process he'd left a trail of bodies in his wake and he'd destroyed the facility. Since then he's been out there in the world, becoming a almost mythic figure who operated with an agenda of his own and who had played a large part in numerous conflicts over the years. One of his gifts he'd been granted was vastly reduced aging. He had been active for over 30 years, and in that period of time, he barely aged any. Entire units of special operatives had been lost trying to bring him in, and he made it a priority to terminate other super soldiers, which wasn't hard as they were primarily inferior to him. All except for one. The reason he'd been such a success, and the biggest secret they'd hidden from him, which resulted in his uprising was that he was not the first one. He was the biological son of the original superhuman who'd been active during the Vietnam, that man had snapped and gone AWOL and while his son was somewhat visible in his activities, his father wasn't but he had far more insidious designs. The son's aims were quite clear. To ensure that superhumans could not be used as weapons of mass destruction, and to disrupt the organization's activities.
She was their first real breakthrough since him however, and she was the result of a successful cloning experiment. Using damaged samples of his DNA they'd procured at great cost and reluctantly developing a female embryo with it, she was born naturally through a surrogate mother with his DNA samples just about completely overriding that of her biological father's. The organization didn't want her to have her predecessor's independent streak. So she was not treated as a human, instead as a weapon and she was subjected to countless tortures and atrocities in an effort to mold her into the perfect weapon with the purpose of hunting both the father and the son down, and taking him out. Despite all that she's endured, she still maintains a measure of humanity even with being raised in that controlled environment and conducting several assassinations at an early age. Her mother decides that she needs to live a life of her own choosing, and she also reaches out to the super soldier through great effort on her part. The man launches an assault on the complex, though in the process her handlers kill her mother which leads to the young woman striking back against her makers. She escapes, and tries to find a measure of purpose in life before deciding to fulfill her mission of killing her predecessor as she blames him for all that has happened to her. With her skills, it isn't too difficult to find him. Insisting they both need to die, she relents when he states that maybe he does, but she doesn't need to as she is an innocent of everything. With nowhere else to go, she stays with him and he helps her in learning about and getting in touch with her humanity. While he searches for his father to put an end to everything, she finds a measure of security, and comfort with him and even finds herself growing romantically interested in him though she has no context for what that means. For his part, he develops similar feelings for her and both are left to wonder about the implications. Is he her father? Her brother? Just a genetic donor? Or what? They know they are family because of the circumstances, but there is also no precedent for their particular situation and they are stuck to figure it out.Confidante-
She'd known him her entire life, and they were the best of friends. He was a young man who was heir to a vast fortune. His father was an affluent industrialist who invested a great deal into a city, he wanted to see it rise above the crime that was consuming it, and he was also a Japanophile who frequently took his son to Japan to visit the country. Her father was a close friend of his father's and the two were business partners with her father heading up the company that they ran together in the Japanese market, specifically the technological end of things. She came from a long distinguished bloodline, and could trace her lineage directly to influential samurai clans. The boy's parents would get murdered in front of him when he was a young age, and her family took him in though he was unsurprisingly scarred by the event. Grief gave way to rage and he quietly dedicated his life to fighting injustice. Whether it was because he wanted to ensure that what happened to him never happened to someone else, or because he wanted to punish criminals, it was uncertain. But he'd spend most of his life studying and training, until he was ready to embark on his crusade. She on the other hand was a gifted young woman who had surpassed even her father in her understanding of the sciences, and she truly was a polymath though she wasn't traditional in the least. Being as intelligent as she was, she deduced quite quickly what her childhood friend was doing as the two of them entered adulthood. She knew that there was no convincing him otherwise, and she'd been hurt by the loss of his parents as well. As opposed to just letting him go out there half cocked, she made a bold decision. To work with him. She'd make sure he would have cutting edge technology, and proved to be the linchpin in his operation. His computer operator, mission specialist, and even sometimes medic. Our girl even functioned as a therapist at times for him. She encouraged him to maintain public appearances, and proved to be his conscience to keep him from going off the deep end. She knew him better than anyone else on the planet, and yet she had feelings for him that she didn't dare explore. She'd truly loved him for years, and she knew deep down that he might have been bent but he wasn't broken. More than anything she wanted to tell him how she felt, and she hated seeing him engage in meaningless flings. She'd been close to telling him in the past, but he'd admitted to her that he'd never be able to commit or share his life with someone, and that the crusade was all there was.Die A Hero-
Superpowers were real, and they were an institution of the United States. Since World War II. What the general public didn't know was that superpowers were all the results of science, and nearly all of them had been produced by a massive corporation that wanted their superhumans to be the forefront of National Defense. This was a very real fear, and one that was actively pushed against. Superheroes raked in a great deal of money, and they were adored by the masses. The corporation spent a lot of money keeping their true nature under wraps. These superhumans were just people, and prone to the same mindset as anyone else who was afforded great power. Their abilities made most of them hedonistic assholes, and the corporation ensured they were happy as the heroes were a lucrative market. They were the world's most significant celebrities, and they did what they wanted while keeping up appearances. Our heroine was a different sort however. Young, a bit naive, with a huge heart who truly believed in altruism. She'd gotten her start on a smaller teenage team, but was eventually called up to join the most powerful and influential team, which was a dream come true for her. To her horror, she learned how terrible they all were, and she was forced to question everything she believed in. One day while having a crisis of faith on a bench in a park, she met a man who seemed just as alone as was and the two struck up a conversation. What she didn't know was that this man was actually a 'villain.' He was a superhuman who hunted down and killed several heroes, but the saddest part was that, this villain was actually one of the good guys. He was a government operative, assigned to a team that monitored, and kept the 'heroes' in check. Examples would have to be made, and he and the team would have to brutalize or kill them. The man greatly preferred the more violent route. He had little interest in managing them, and he had a deeply personal vendetta against the ill-trained heroes and every chance he got to kill them, he would jump at. He knew exactly who she was, and figured she was his team's ticket into getting a straight shot at their main targets as he was growing tired of waiting. His team had no idea of what he was really doing, and she had no idea who or what he was. But he seemed like a genuinely good hearted if hard man, and the two grew closer and eventually began a relationship. Prior to meeting her, he believed that all of the superhumans could do with a bit of killing, but she changed his perspective, even as she lost a good bit of innocence due to her team and from her relationship with him. Before she'd met him, she'd never had alcohol, and she didn't use profanity and had been a virgin. She genuinely grew to love him though, and he very reluctantly came to love her as well even as his team began to head to an inevitable confrontation with hers through his machinations. Guilt ate away at him, as he still very much wanted to end her team, the leader in particular, but he also found he could have a happy life with her and he didn't want her to get hurt or for his team to know he was involved with a supe.Make This Forever-
She was a disillusioned cop in possibly the worst Metropolitan in the country. The crime was rampant, and the police force was corrupted to the core. She'd been one of the few honest cops in the city that wanted to make a difference, having spent her whole life in the city. She recently lost her partner, and was put on suspension when she tried to blow the horn on some of the activities going on in the department. The city aside from the crime, and corruption was also infamous for the vigilante that protected it. He was something of an urban myth, but the police knew he was dangerously real. He operated outside of the law, and he put criminals and corrupt cops in the hospital. The criminals were scared shitless of him, and the cops had a task force that was actively trying to bring him in. She'd actually encountered the vigilante once and it had been a defining moment for her. Her partner and her had been pinned down, when he sprung into action and took down the gang of criminals. His training, his equipment and his methods were unlike anything she'd ever seen, and she'd served in the military before becoming a cop mind you. Inspired by the man, she took to making a makeshift costume and going after criminals while she was suspended. She was quite capable, but they'd encounter each other again where he'd inform her that while her intentions were noble, she was going to get hurt or worse. But she did not relent, and she eventually impressed him enough to where he offered to further train her, and to outfit her to ensure her safety. She wasn't going to stop, just as much as he wasn't and during her training and working with him, the two would eventually become lovers and she'd learn more about him than anyone on the planet.Gravel Pit-
They'd grown up together in the same crime torn Inner City. Both were dirt poor, and they'd witnessed a great deal of tragedy growing up. Both had been extremely close, and they had trained in the same gym as they grew up. The gym was something of a haven in the neighborhood. It'd been started up by a former convict who had been a professional boxer, and he brought in many at risk kids and taught them how to fight, as well as how to live. He was a father figure for many kids who didn't have one growing up. For her part, she'd always been tough as nails and had been proving herself to be an equal to any boy. She was also a great student, and she was afforded many promising opportunities. She stayed in her city however, and she became a police detective. Compared to many of her fellow cops, she was deeply involved in her community. Having grown up there, she knew a lot of the people. They'd talk to her before talking to other cops, her clearance rate was outstanding and she had the ability for upwards mobility even if she was slightly self-sabotaging. Making a difference mattered over trying to play politics. She made good, stro