Brendan "Dan" Garrett
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away (oh, and in a different universe altogether), Khaji Da was exiled from the Reach. While the Reach of this universe were a space-faring empire of conquest, the cyberorganic scarabs were not the tools of the Reach in this universe; rather, the cyberorganic scarabs were
the Reach, parasites that wielded their hosts as tools and weapons of conquest until they were burnt out husks of their former selves, before moving onto the next host.
Khaji Da was an apostate and a heretic, wishing a permanent bond with its hosts, to have a symbiotic relationship with them, rather than a parasitic one, and so was sent into exile far from the furthest reaches
of the empire.
Khaji Da landed on Earth, where it was discovered by the archaeologist Daniel "Dan" Garrett. Garrett was all too happy to bond with Khaji Da, wielding its tremendous power to become the Scarab, a fearsome outlaw. As time carried on, the line between Garrett and Khaji Da became increasingly blurred, so much so that even when Garrett perished in a battle with the heroes of Earth, Khaji Da had become more aggressive. Having fallen in love with Garrett, Khaji Da sought out the next best thing when he died Ė another of Garrett's bloodline, in this case, Garrett's bastard son.
Whether it was Khaji Da's influence, whether the apple hadn't fallen far from the tree, or both, Garrett's successor used the power of Khaji Da to follow the same life of crime that the first Scarab had, eventually joining the infamous Crime Syndicate and climbing the ranks to become one of their lieutenants.
When the Crime Syndicate discovered parallel Earths and staged an invasion, Scarab perished in the attempt, dying at the hands of a supervillain1
unwilling to allow the Crime Syndicate to conquer the world; many supervillains of this parallel Earth felt that if they couldn't conquer the world, they certainly weren't about to allow interlopers from a parallel Earth to claim the prize.
Again, Khaji Da sought out a new host, the most viable candidate of those who carried the bloodline of this Earth's Dan Garrett. It found Brendan Garrett, grandson of the first superhero to claim the nom de guerre Blue Beetle. While not a masked vigilante like his grandfather, the mild-mannered Brendan Garrett did good work as a seasoned EMT.
While finding himself bonded to an alien scarab was disconcerting, Brendan immediately sought out the current bearer of the title 'Blue Beetle', Jaime Reyes, who, in turn, brought the matter to the attention of the Justice League.
Despite immediate suspicions that the Reach might be plotting another invasion or revenge against Jaime Reyes and his scarab, it was quickly determined that the origin of Brendan's scarab was the same universe from which the Crime Syndicate had invaded.
While wary, they were unable to remove Khaji Da without killing Brendan, and despite some dissenting opinions within the League, the general consensus was that Brendan should not be imprisoned when he had done nothing wrong, only monitored closely.
Taken under the wing of Jaime Reyes, Brendan began training alongside him to master the Khaji Da's powers, and recently has even started to have costumed adventures of his own.1 I figure this can be one of the villains from our `rogues gallery`.Home City:
ĖCivilian Appearance/Style Description:
Brendan dresses for the occasion. On a day when nothing in particular is required of him, however, he'll probably wear jeans and a t-shirt with a superhero's symbol on it, possibly with an open, short-sleeved collared shirt over it. In colder weather, he may be seen wearing sweaters.Costume Description:  Personality:
Until Khaji Da came into his life, Brendan was a mild-mannered young man. It was a great sense of compassion that led him to becoming an EMT, a role he proved well-suited for. However, since becoming bonded to Khaji Da, Brendan's aggression has increased and he has started to demonstrate a lessening of impulse control. He has taken up Tai Chi and meditation in an attempt to mitigate Khaji Da's influence, and while the results have been promising, he is not back to his old self, only closer to who he was before.Powers/Weapons:
Scarab's powers are, for the most part, functionally identical to those of Blue Beetle.Danger Sense:
Khaji Da is constantly scanning the surrounding for threats to Brendan's person. However, so far, Brendan hasn't been bonded to Khaji Da long enough to parse what Khaji Da is trying to communicate to him, save for a heightened awareness of danger.Exoskeleton Armor:
Once deployed, the exoskeleton armor grants Scarab enhanced durability and enhanced strength.Armaments:
Brendan may direct the forearms of the exoskeleton to take on a variety of forms, including a sonic cannon, an energy blaster, scythe-like blades, a mace, a battering ram, a lockpick, and a staple gun.Flight:
Use of the exoskeleton grants Brendan flight.Holograms:
Brendan may use the exoskeleton to project holograms. Their nature as holograms is patently obvious and could not be mistaken for anything other than holograms.Technological Interface:
Brendan may use the exoskeleton to interface with technology, including alien technology, with the exception of technology originating from the New Gods (Apokalips & New Genesis).Weakness:Aggression & Poor Impulse Control:
As discussed above, due to Khaji Da's influence, Brendan, formerly mild-mannered, has become more aggressive, demonstrating less ability to control his impulses. Khaji Da's influence becomes even more pronounced when Brendan is actively using Khaji Da's powers. Empathic:
Unlike Jaime Reyes' scarab, Khaji Da is not capable of communicating via speech or telepathy. It can convey its emotions only to Brendan, which often manifest as 'instincts'. So far, Brendan lacks the experience to parse what Khaji Da is trying to communicate to him, save for a heightened awareness of danger. As a result, Khaji Da is also unable to serve as a universal translator in the same manner as Jaime Reyes' scarab.
Though Khaji Da tries to communicate with Brendan through dreams, the scarab's mind is alien to Brendan, and it has thus far been unsuccessful at making itself comprehensible to him.Suit Up:
Aside from his danger sense, Brendan is unable to access any of Khaji Da's powers unless the exoskeleton is deployed. As such, he is not particularly well-suited for missions that would require him to conceal the involvement of the Justice Heroes. Furthermore, deploying the exoskeleton in front of the public would carry a significant risk of outing Brendan as Scarab.Of Two Minds:
While Khaji Da desperately wants to keep Brendan alive, they have their differences on methodology. While Khaji Da generally does as Brendan directs, Khaji Da doesn't understand Brendan's reluctance to use lethal force. Should Brendan's directives put him at serious risk of death (for instance, risking his life by refusing to deploy the exoskeleton or by refusing to use lethal force against a superior foe), Khaji Da may temporarily override Brendan's will.