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== Character Bio ==== Personal Information ==Legal Name:
Khalidah Janneck, not that she’s telling anyone.Alias:
Wildcards Brawler== Physical Description / Clothing ==
Standing 5’ 11” Callisto is a muscular woman, with the build of natural bodybuilder and has next to no bodyfat. She has an old, large scar running from her forehead to her jaw line on the right side of her face that runs through her eye. This eye is blind, and is milky white. Cal also has a series of black, abstract and Japanese style tattoos that cover a large portion of her body – arms, back, neck, buttocks and the outer surfaces of her thighs, like a full Japanese horimono
with less coverage. She has long, thick black hair and although she herself has no problems with her ruined eye or face, she will usually wear a patch over her eye for the convenience of others. Both the tattoos and the injury to her face and eye occurred before her mutation manifested, so they will never heal, but her tattoos will regenerate along with her skin/body if injured.
Her clothing both in and out of the field leans to the practical and masculine side over anything feminine. She prefers military or classically tailored style clothing in leather and practical fabrics, adding Kevlar to mission uniforms. == Personality ==
Cal is a tough, hard assed, rough around the edges woman who knows how to take care of herself and others. She is extremely self-sufficient and doesn’t like to accept help from anyone; but she will be loyal to and feel responsible for a group that has earned her respect and/or needs her protection. She is strong willed, tough and has the ability to be ruthless and to make hard decisions. She is remarkably good at her business, and will not allow her emotions to influence her unduly or prevent her from doing her job. She has a certain amount of charisma and natural leadership abilities despite her appearance, which proved to be useful when she lead a cell of Morlocks under Mikhail Rasputin and has been valuable in her work as a mercenary and arms dealer. She can be charming when she wants to be, if it will get the job done, but more often than not she is all business, never forgetting that she is a woman doing a man’s job in a man’s world – and usually better. She sees violence as a means to an end, and is not afraid to use it to get what she wants, although she has never been one to take particular delight in inflicting pain – not that she won’t do it if necessary, and without hesitation. Get in, do the job, kill if need be and get out.
Cal has a grudge against humans that discriminate against mutants - in particular towards those that look down on physical mutants - and a soft spot in an otherwise unreachable heart for those with obvious mutations, who in her opinion are treated far worse than mutants who are able to pass. She also carries a great deal of guilt for allowing herself to be so gravely injured that she was forced to leave the Morlocks to recover, essentially allowing them to believe she was dead. She sees her injuries as a failure on her part, which forced her to let down those depending on her. The fact that she has not yet returned to them is also a sore spot and one she doesn’t care to discuss. Get in her face about it and you’re likely to see the business end of her abilities.== Key Skills ==Powers:
Callisto’s mutation gives her superhuman strength, agility, reflexes, and sensory perceptions, as well as enhanced regenerative powers. All of these abilities make her an excellent hand-to-hand fighter and soldier, as well as a tracker and infiltrator. Her strength, durability and skeleton have also been genetically enhanced and augmented by Weapon X.
Superhuman Strength –
Callisto’s strength is far above that of an ordinary human. Her enhanced ability allows her to easily pick up and throw objects weighing several tons, crush stone and metal and rip them apart. It also gives her the ability to jump higher than an average human, leap across greater distances and to throw objects further than normal. Her mutant strength level has been significantly enhanced by Weapon X and is further supported by the metal on her bones.
Enhanced Senses –
Callisto possesses superhuman senses. Her sense of smell is close that of a wolf, approximately 100% greater than a normal human. Her sense of taste is roughly 25% greater than human normal and enhanced by her sense of smell, allowing her to detect the presence of poisons and other chemicals in food and liquids. Her hearing and sense of touch are approximately 50% greater than the average human. Though she has only one eye, her vision is superb - comparable to that of a bird of prey, six to eight times greater than a normal human’s, roughly 20/5 rather than 20/20. She is able to see objects in impressive detail at great distances due to the shape of her fovea and she has excellent night vision. Her depth of field is also wider than the average human’s, though reduced by her monocular vision. She sees an incomparable array of colors due to the number of rods and cones in her eye, with a startling variety of shades. These senses allow her to create sensory memory files of individuals and track them with great accuracy, even over long distances and several days.
Enhanced Agility and Reflexes –
Cal’s mutation has given her extraordinary reflexes and agility. She has the skills of a master martial artist and the ability to react in a fraction of the time it would take a normal human to react to an attack. Her agility allows her extreme levels of dexterity and the ability to move with extraordinary ease, quickness and grace.
Tactical Ability –
Cal has an innate ability to able to immediately intuit the solution to any tactical problem, be it a particular circumstance or an opponent. Coupled with decades of training it makes her a formidable opponent.
Accelerated Healing Factor –
Callisto has the ability to regenerate and heal from injuries at a rapid rate, far faster than a normal human, making her extremely difficult to kill. Superficial cuts and scratches heal in a matter of seconds. Deeper ones in minutes. Penetrating wounds and bone breaks in hours. She will begin to recover from drowning the moment she is removed from water. Severed limbs can reattach themselves. She can and has regrown body parts, although this takes a longer period of time. Any exposure to poisons, infectious agents or chemical weapons will only affect her momentarily. This ability has also slowed her aging process, and although she looks to be in her early thirties, she is in fact far older.
Enhanced Durability and Endurance –
Callisto’s ability to withstand blows and attacks that would break bones or crush her body have been dramatically enhanced by Weapon X. Her endurance has also been increased, allowing her to exert herself for much longer periods of time before requiring rest.
Adamantium Skeleton –
Like Wolverine, Callisto’s bones are laced with the indestructible metal. This has increased her durability and made her resistant to crushing force. Skills:
Cal is an exceptional marksman and an expert in demolition and explosives as well as various weapons styles, both guns and traditional martial arts weapons. She has an affinity for bladed weapons of all varieties and always carries both firearms and knives on her person, her favorites being the traditional Gurka tiger knife, the katar and the Japanese katana. But above all, she favors guns, guns and more guns. She has excellent hand-to-hand combat skills and has trained in multiple traditional martial arts and hand to hand combat styles, taking what she needs from each to create her own style uniquely suited to her own needs and body. She is extremely disciplined and trains relentlessly – and she always fights dirty.
Callisto speaks Japanese, Apache and Romani fluently, as well as passable Russian and Arabic, just enough to get by in her business dealings.Weaknesses:
Due to her enhanced senses, Callisto is susceptible to sensory input to a far greater degree than an average human. Loud noises may temporarily deafen and disorient her; exceptionally bright flashes of light could cause temporary blindness; odors may be excessively repugnant and distracting, though she has had mnany years to learn to deal with this type of external stimuli. She is vulnerable to the same sorts of attacks that will damage any normal human – gunshots, fire, drowning, impalement, buildings falling on her, etc. But in all cases, her healing factor kicks in immediately and she will recover quickly. == Character Background ==
(Very little is said about Cal’s past in comic canon, so I’m just going to run with what seems to support her personality).
Callisto is rather secretive about her life, preferring to focus on the present then dwell on the past. She is the only child of military parents, who were both members of elite special ops forces before leaving the service to work as security and weapons consultants (their legitimate day job) and mercenaries, and as such was raised to take care of herself from the get go. She is mixed race – part Romani, part Native American and part Caucasian - and was born in Israel while her parents were on assignment in 1917. Her childhood was an unremarkable one, except that she had the opportunity to live in several foreign countries due to her parent’s careers. Like other officer’s children on several bases, she was given classes in self-defense tactics. Taking to it naturally, she continued training in martial arts throughout her childhood in whatever countries her parents were stationed or working in. Her parents were also avid hunters and outdoorsmen, and because of this and their professions, she was introduced to firearms at an early age; so she is supremely comfortable with them. She knows survival skills, and is entirely at home in the wilderness, both urban and rural. It was her intention to follow in her parents’ footsteps, and join the military when of age.
At the age of sixteen, just prior to her manifestation, she and her parents were in a severe car accident while they were working as consultants in China. Both parents were killed in the crash, and Callisto was severely injured, her once striking face marred forever, the vision in her right eye gone, never to be affected by her ability to heal, which would manifest years later. The driver of the other car was the son of an important Chinese politician, and despite Cal’s desire to see him made accountable for his actions, his father’s position in the government made is possible for him to evade the law. Her parents were merely foreign soldiers/independent contractors. In the Chinese world, their deaths meant little.
Once she recovered from her more severe injuries and an initial facial operation that left her horribly scarred, and with no relatives to return the young girl to, the military released her parent’s pensions and life insurance to Cal, and offered to have her face repaired if she returned to the United States and went into the foster system. They would even try to place her with another military family. But, she viewed the scar as a last tie to her parents, and did not want to be rid of it. Cal saw it as a reminder of what had happened, of how they had been treated, and how she intended to make the men responsible pay for her their deaths. Before the military could make good on their offer or place her in the foster system she disappeared, making her way off base to lose herself in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.
She had money, she had her parent’s contacts, and she had the ability to take care of herself - and the desire to drown her grief. So she traveled - first in Asia, and then later all over the world. In each country, she used her parents’ connections to contact masters of martial arts and paid them to teach her their art; she met with mercenaries and begged them to teach her more about weapons and explosives, all with the goal of continuing the education her parents began and of eventually enacting revenge. She forged contacts with the underworld organizations wherever she went - with the Triads in China, and the Yakuza in Japan, terrorists in the Middle East, and mercenary companies throughout the world. She paid whatever price was asked of her to learn, be it money, serving as a runner for illegal operations or even her body. She hardened her heart. The end goal was all that mattered.
While in Japan she became fascinated with the art of irezumi, traditional tattooing that Yakuza members often submitted to mark their ties to their Clans and their Oyabuns. She was intrigued by the formality and the ceremony of it, and saw it as a way to both process her grief and honor her parents. So, she spent a large portion of her remaining funds to undergo the tattooing process, using the hours of pain as a rite of passage, covering her body in stylized tribal and Japanese symbols in midnight black ink across her arms, neck, back and thighs. She wears them proudly.
Callisto’s mutation manifested relatively late at the age of seventeen and progressed in stages, starting with enhanced strength and agility, followed by enhanced senses and lastly her ability to heal. With her money now all but spent and her skills well proven, she began a career as a mercenary with the groups she had been associating with, who found her mutant talents to be extremely useful. But there was one thing left to do before she could embrace this new life.
At the age of twenty-one, now fully empowered as a mutant and well trained in the arts of infiltration and combat, she returned to China and broke into the house of the man that killed her parents and enacted her revenge, killing both him and his father. Without looking back, she left Asia, traveling as a mercenary and assassin for hire. She has even dabbled in selling arms and is known as a woman who can get you what you want. Everywhere she went, although accepted a mercenary of great skill, she was still a mutant, and as such experienced the general racism afforded to people with such genetic status. It was at this time that she first met the woman known as Raven Darkholme*, occasionally working both for and with her, forming a working relationship based on mutual respect. But Callisto was too restless to stay in any one place for any length of time, never finding anything that held her attention or her loyalty for too long.
In New York all that changed when Cal met Mikhail Rasputin. Rasputin led a group of mutants he called the Morlocks, mutants with abilities so severe or so obvious that they were forced to live in the sewers, away from ordinary society. With the charisma of a natural leader, Mikhail convinced Cal to join them, to teach her skills to the others and help fight for mutant supremacy in any way they could, including the use of violence and terrorism to enact their goal of revenge for murdered comrades. In the Morlocks, she found something she could believe in, and a place to be accepted for what she was in addition to what she could do, and she grew to love her role with them, becoming fiercely protective of those who came to depend on her there. It was a place to use her skills for something she believed in, and a natural outlet for her tendency to violence. She was especially close to the young girl called Marrow, with whom she had an almost maternal relationship. Cal felt very protective of Sarah, and saw in her a great potential to be a soldier for their cause of mutant supremacy. Consequently, the two spent a great deal of time together. The older woman trained Sarah hard, pushing her to be the best she could be, as she did all of her charges.
However, their activities weren’t going unnoticed. They had drawn the attention of Nathaniel Essex, who sent his Marauders to eliminate them. After one particularly violent attack which was perpetrated by the Morlocks, the Marauders followed them, tracking and apprehending them in the Alley under Manhatten. In the resulting confusion of the attack, several of the Morlock units were separated, and Callisto was severely injured. She fought hard, but the Marauders had superior numbers and strength, and she couldn’t prevent the wholesale slaughter of her colleagues and charges. Taking multiple wounds from a variety of weapons, she was last seen by any of the other Morlocks falling over the edge of a tunnel and down several stories into the depths of the sewers. Her body was never recovered, and all believed her to be dead. Unknown to her at the time, Marrow was taken by one of the Marauders and given over to the X-Men.
Gravely injured, Callisto woke up several days later, deep in the Morlock tunnels. By the time she made her way back to the main area, everyone was gone, including Mikhail and Marrow. Believing everything and everyone to be lost, she crawled off to lick her wounds and nurse her grief. Once she recovered, she returned to her old trade as a mercenary and arms dealer, using it as a way to avoid thinking about what had happen. Only later would she learn of what had happened to Marrow and the involvement of one of the X-Men in the attack on the Morlocks. It’s something she hasn't forgotten – or forgiven.
It was while she was working for a private mercenary company in the Middle East that Callisto first met Flash Thompson. Assigned as backup to his unit, the two went on several missions together, becoming congenial and reliable colleagues, if not close. Later, when he was discharged and rotated out of service, Callisto had every intention of visiting her now injured friend – until Weapon X intervened. Taking her into the Program, they manipulated her genetics to push her strength, endurance an durability to their utmost potential, in order to make her an ideal candidate for the adamantium bonding process. It took months to make her ready for the procedure. What they didn’t count on was just how well they’d done their job – or Callisto’s tenacity. Within moments of the procedure’s completion, she broke free of the chamber, sending the entire facility into lockdown. Without the assistance of Venom, there on Nick Fury’s behalf to break her free, she would never have made it out alive. Venom later approached her and recruited her after the fall of the Avengers to be part of his new, somewhat unconventional Wildcards. At this point, she has no idea that her rescuer and her old friend Flash are one and the same … though she has some suspicions.== Character Extras ==
Callisto is always armed like a tank. Highly superstitious, she carries a mulengi dori
in her pocket at all times, a Romani ‘dead man’s string,’ the cloth used to measure the length of a coffin for the deceased at a funeral, tied with seven knots. == Face Claim: ==
Claudia BlackTheme Song: Fight Song