Jackson “Jack” JonesDescription:
A human-sized hybrid of a homo sapiens
and a puma concolor
. 6'2", 260 lbs. Gold eyes and tan fur. For the ladies who like a lean, muscular, virile man who is (literally) a beast under the sheets. Powers/Skills/Gadgets:Superhuman senses -
Puma is gifted with superhumanly acute senses. His sense of touch is developed to the extent that he is able to feel the impressions of ink on a piece of paper. His vision and hearing are enhanced in a similar manner, enabling him to both see and hear sights and sounds that ordinary humans can't and to see and hear at much greater distances. He can judge within 7 centimeters (3 inches) the location of a sound being made a meter (3 feet) away. Puma also possesses an extraordinarily acute sense of smell that he uses to track a target by scent. His sense of smell allows him to visualize a three-dimensional map of his surroundings. Puma can detect, identify and locate those around him, as well as picking up on their emotions (thanks to their hormones and pheromones) and where they are going, all of it in real time.Superhuman abilities
- Puma possesses low-level superhuman strength, agility, speed and endurance as well as feline-like flexibility, reflexes, coordination and balance. Although the upper limits of his physical traits have not been firmly established, Puma is able to bench-press over 907 kg (2000 lbs), reach running speeds of 80 km/hour (50 miles/hour), leap over 9 meters (30 feet) in a single bound and over 27.5 meters (90 feet) horizontally. The layer of short, fine fur that covers most of his skin protects him from extremes of natural cold and heat. His compact muscle mass and thick bone density make him fairly resistant to physical damage.Natural weapons -
Puma has retractable claws and sharp fangs that are capable of cutting through most conventional materials including flesh, bone, wood, stone, and some types of metals.Mundane abilities -
Puma has studied martial arts extensively during his years in Enclave M in order to learn self-control. He is an efficient hand-to-hand fighter and can handle a combat situation with lethal or nonlethal force.Major Crimes of Note:
“The Cherokee Nation Siege”; Multiple accusations of aggravated assault and attempted murder of law enforcement personnel and military personnel, three counts of murder of law enforcement personnel, multiple accusations of destruction of police, military and state property, resisting and evading arrest.Personality:
Puma is both a man and a beast. He is capable of both deep philosophical queries and immediate, instinctive reactions. Puma enjoys physical sensations; mundane things like listening to music, walking down a street or eating a meal are deep sensorial experiences for him. He lived the worst of both bestial instinct and human impulses during the period known as the “Cherokee Nation Siege”. Since his incarceration, he has turned his attention inward, striving to accept, control and ultimately combine both his animal and human natures. It is a daily struggle and some instincts are more difficult to fight than others. Moderation and self-control are human concepts after all, not animal ones.History:
Puma was born Jackson Jones in an ultra-religious Bible belt household with no prior history of metahuman traits or genetic mutations. “Jack” was seen as the incarnation of the Devil. He was caged outside for the first five years of his life, beaten by his father and tended to in secret by his mother, who counted stories to him of the Puma as a mystic animal in Cherokee beliefs. When he was five years old and already strong enough to bend the bars of his cage, his parents drove him out to the countryside to kill him, to “cast out the demon inside the boy”. Her mother, holding the gun to her child’s head, hesitated for a moment. Jack wailed out in terror and confusion before running off into the night. His parents were found dead three days later; the father was shot dead and the mother committed suicide with the same gun. Puma dislikes firearms since that day.
During the next nine years of his life, Jack lived like an animal, having only his instincts to guide him. He survived in the Rocky Mountains, where rumors of a “wild child” began to surface. When he was fourteen years of age, Jackson was shot with a tranquilizer dart by a park ranger that was attempting to capture a rogue black bear rampaging near a residential area in Colorado. He was brought to the state government, which in turn brought him to the federal government, who then gave him over as a ward to the Department of Extranormal Operations and one of their “orphanages”. There he was taken in, studied, cared for and educated. Jack (who had now chosen his nickname of Puma) earned the equivalent of a high school education but soon grew restless of the strict rules. Why possess such extraordinary powers if you are never allowed to use them? A few weeks later, the staff and the other orphans threw a massive party for a dozen orphans or so who turned 18 that month. He escaped in the middle of the night and was not reported missing until the next day (there were lots of alcohol at the party). By the time search parties went out to find him, he had reached the wilderness and was impossible to track. After a month, the D.E.O. abandoned the search.
The next few years saw Puma traveling the American continent as a drifter, learning about its people and its history at his own pace. He lived a sensory-based, hedonistic lifestyle. Learning how to make love to a woman by “reading” her body with supernatural senses, adjusting to the slightest physical or chemical indication of pleasure and desire. Being at a concert, detecting and locating thousands of people not as a crowd, but as thousands of single individuals, instinctively knowing where they had all been recently, how they were all feeling, what they were all doing and how they were moving, in real-time. Observing stolen precious gems from under a light, watching myriads of colors running over flawless surfaces. Walking through forbidden Inca ruins, detecting the faintest trace scent of inhabitants that were there centuries before. Hunting wild game by moonlight. Nearly every living moment an exaltation of the senses by wandering and living. Puma participated in illegal fighting tournaments during this time, where he made quite a name for himself thanks to his supernatural abilities and cat-like reflexes. Puma also learned the French and Spanish languages from his travels.
Upon returning to the United States, he happened upon the Cherokee Nation in the state of Oklahoma. Remembering his mother’s tales about how pumas were seen in this native american tribe, he presented himself to the Principal Chief and politely asked if he could stay on the reservation. The Principal Chief immediately held an extraordinary Grand Council reunion to speak of this situation; Puma was allowed to remain on the reserve after the council members unanimously voted in favor of him. Within the Nation, Puma learned to take care of others and be responsible. For the first time, he felt a sense of community and belonging. He quickly became something of a local folk hero. Puma felt a sense of peace he had never felt before. It would not last; a cry for help in the dead of night saw to that. When he arrived at the scene, Puma saw three state troopers on a pretty young Cherokee girl. Apparently, the word “no” did not mean much to them. One of the cops saw Puma and drew his gun.
Puma killed all three men, ripping their throats out. Within twenty-four hours, dozens of state troopers had invaded the Cherokee Nation, armed search parties went through the wildlife around the Nation to find this cop-killing “Walking Puma”. Several of these troopers were badly injured and had to be air-lifted out of the area, with claw marks and fang marks missing vital organs by fractions of inches. Four days after the savage triple murder, a detachment of the National Guard was sent out to occupy the area, complete with automatic weapons, armored transport vehicles and helicopters. Oklahoma was in a state of emergency. This was dubbed the “Cherokee Nation Siege” by the media. As the weeks added up, so too did the damage to military equipment and the number of wounded soldiers being dragged out of the woodworks. Temporary military bases were set up in and around the Nation, its Cherokee people growing with unrest. In desperation, the state government called out to the Department of Extranormal Operations, which in turn mobilized its secret operative group known as Task Force X. It took them nine days to locate and capture Puma. He was approached by Bronze Tiger, the leader of the Force at the time. He listened to Puma's cause and pointed out how his lack of self-control had brought misery and destruction to the Nation Puma wanted to protect, even if his initial action of defending a helpless woman was righteous. Puma surrendered without further incident and the Siege ended.
After his trial and incarceration at Belle Rive, Puma received regular visits from the leader of Task Force X, Bronze Tiger. Tiger had offered to help Puma understand and master his instincts through the practice of martial arts. Puma eagerly accepted and has been training intensively ever since. It focuses his mind and demands intense exertion from his body. After three years in the hellish meta-human prison of Enclave M (a special holding facility located in the Sonora Desert), Puma is being transferred to Belle Rive, Louisiana, in an armored inmate transport vehicle. According to the prison guard, they should arrive shortly...
((Considering his background in the DC universe is “Got captured by Aqualad, sent to Belle Rive, started a prison riot and died because of an explosive implanted in his skull”, I chose to give him a more fleshed-out background.