Thought I'd step and spice things up by telling you all a bit more about the two antagonists we mentioned, to help you all get a feel for the play world. Here's a little history for the reality impaired.
He was born with the unassuming name of Mitchell Brown, but his life was anything but assuming. He wasn't the first metahuman by a long shot but he is the earliest known mutant that was obviously a mutant from birth. Mitchell Brown has been an albino since birth, except instead of the normal red or pink his eyes are a brilliant shade of blue.
His story begins back in World War 2. His mother got the telegram, a piece of paper claiming that her husband had been killed fighting Nazis. Falling into despair and depression, she eventually found conciliation as a moll of the 40's super-villain Dr. Blizzard. Except it was just a clerical error, her husband was actually still alive - and none to happy that his wife was pregnant with a super-villain's son when he got back. He waited until she had given birth, then kicked them both out on the streets.
Times were hard for a divorced woman with a son that was an obvious mutant, especially back before the civil rights movement. His first use of his cold-and-ice powers arose from a mugger that was trying to kill his mother, and with no other alternatives Mitchell had to go into crime just to survive. He'd fall in with a particularly bigoted mob boss that despised mutants and kept him as practically a slave, but it seemed like the only way.
Then the 60's hit, and young Mitchell Brown was recruited by the House of Cards - a super-villain team that sold itself as a metahuman friendly version of a traditional mafia ring. Mitchell betrayed his old boss and joined gladly, forming the first bonds he'd ever have with people he could call friends. Even family. Getting a proper costume, Mitchell Brown spent most of the 60's in a campy parka costume as the superpowered thief and enforcer for the House of Cards known as Mr. Blizzard. He'd frequently clash with the then Cadre, but that was a more innocent time. At least on the surface.
1968 was the year the Cadre was almost disbanded, and Mr. Blizzard was right at the thick of it. No other villain has ever come so close to ending the team, a little ice throwing nobody like Mr. Blizzard. But he had a good reason. Two other members of the House of Cards, Black Puma and Luna Moth, were secretly one of the first only recently legalized interracial married couples. Mitchell Brown was a close friend, the three of them often committed crimes together - Mitchell was the godfather of their children even. Four members of the then Cadre of Guardians - Major Victory, Tiger Man, Red Glare, and the Invisible Kid - found out about this and saw it as a threat to society. The 4 "heroes" hunted down Black Puma, beat him into a coma, then took turns sexually abusing Luna Moth.
You ask Mickey, he'll just tell you that he did what anyone who really considers themselves a friend would do. History shows that he gave up the campy parka for an expensive suit, then he hunted down the 4 offenders and brutally murdered all four of them, one at a time. You won't find records of a trial, he confessed to get the death penalty off the table. It took the legal system decades to acknowledge that Mickey Blue-Eyes was the only justice they were going to get, and Mickey didn't mind spending the time. Each day was an example to the world how horrible, racist, and downright awful so called "Law and Order" really was.
As an extra twist of fate, it was discovered that as a side effect of his powers, the aging of Mickey Blue-Eyes has been dramatically slowed. Chronologically and Mentally he's 70, but Physically he's still in his early-to-mid 20's. They let him out last year, partially just to acknowledge that Life Imprisonment could mean Centuries.
That was a mistake. Mickey Blue-Eyes went right back to his old ways, but bigger then ever. Determined to rebuild the House of Cards, this time however Mickey Blue-Eyes is the Boss. Quickly, he's becoming the most powerful criminal in Peninsula City, and going against him is like going against a Glacier.Powers:
Mickey Blue-Eyes isn't just the head of one of the fastest growing criminal organizations in the country, but he's also one of the most experienced Ice Elementals on the planet. He used to be called 'Mr. Blizzard' for his namesake ability to selectively suck heat out of the local atmosphere to create brief-lived but intense Blizzards. He can, and has, recreated conditions comparable to a Siberian Winter in a Florida Summer. He can also create structures out of ice by selective freezing of water and certain compounds in the air to make objects of incredible detail including Poker Chips, Ashey Cigarettes, Riot Shields, and even a briefly lived working Snow-Mobile.
Most notoriously however, Mickey Blue-Eyes can generate "blasts" of cold so frigid that it can freeze a 240 pound human male completely solid in 1.4 seconds - and the Florida prison system has the footage to prove it. Fortunately, Mickey seems hesitant to do this outside of kill-or-be-killed situations. Usually he uses this to weaken objects like vault doors instead, but the Ice Man has killed before and can be pushed to do it again.
This may come as no surprise, but Blake Dawson's father was a good cop - but a lousy father. Officer Ulrich Dawson took no bribes, did everything by the book, and kept his ear to the ground like all cops should. He also took his frustrations out on his wife and kids whenever anything remotely bad happened to him at work. The man even once got into the secret warehouse where they keep confiscated super-villain weapons and got a heat gun to burn Blake once, just for shoplifting a candy bar! Blake's glad the old man died on the line of duty, but he lived long enough that Blake figured out how the old man got in. Blake's not stupid, and when pressed he can definitely plan a good heist. It took time to get all the pieces together but when he got in Blake knew what he was looking for, letting all his compatriots get caught as he slipped away.
Back in the 80's there was a serial killer supervillain that somehow got his hands on time manipulating technology. So let's be fair here, as the unofficial inheritor of of the Clockstopper's mantel, Downshift could be a LOT worse. He wasn't stupid either, he took his time to learn about what he'd taken. How it worked, how to fix it when it was damaged, how to reconfigure it. Which he did figure it out he made sure to change it so he didn't give off the serial killer vibe quite so much. It used to look a lot worse, trust him on that.
He was finally ready a few years ago, and Blake donned his suit for the first time. Now stealing things is almost too easy, and he can finally live the easy life.
See, that's the thing people don't get about Downshift. He is aware that with his suit he has the power to be an absolute terror, to take over the world and wipe out cities and all that. He knows he can do that, he doesn't want
to. What's the point of all that drama? No, Downshift is all about looking out for number one, maybe getting a little tail in the process.Powers:
Downshift's suit is a reconfigured version of the original gear used by the terrifying time-based killer known as the Clockstopper. Downshift in comparison is mostly just a thief. His suit gives him the ability to "Downshift" time relative to himself. In effect, Downshift can give himself relatively short bursts of an artificial form of superhuman speed via time manipulation. He doesn't have the stamina of a true speedster, but he does have a few other advantages that make up for it. For example, the camouflage systems of his suit combined with the speeds he can move at effectively render him invisible when he's "Downshifted" as long as he keeps moving. He's also far more durable then the average speedster if ever caught standing still as the suit utilizes temporal vibrations for a shielding effect.
Mostly he uses his powers to just steal things and is relatively harmless for a villain, he can even be convinced to help out in some dire situations. It's also horrifyingly easy for him to figure out someone's secret identity, a fact he's aware of but doesn't seem to capitalize on.