And, I'd like to throw my modified OC hat into the ring!
The SamaritanOrigin Story:
Avery Laine is a bit of a relic, existing in a time before the Justice League, when superheroes were beginning to come into their own and making an impact on the worlds around them. If you ask her: shes not a hero, shes just doing her duty, sir or mam. As a teenager, her mutant power, control over an organism's lifeforce on touch, manifested when she drained the remaining lifeforce of her date after a horrendous car crash. From there, Avery pushed herself in the military and became a medic during the Vietnam War. She used her power and her limited knowledge of how it worked to help ease the passing of wounded soldiers into the next world, eventually earning the nickname Samaritan, given to her by a dying member of her unit. After the United States withdrew from the war in Vietnam, Avery was assigned duty at the Walter Reed Medical Center where she performed well as a trauma surgeon and was invited to be one of the first women to graduate from OCS which she did, at the top of her class.
Hounded by an unknown organization looking to collect Metahumans and Mutants, Avery reached out to Metropolis resident superhero for help exploring the potentials of her powers. Unsure what to do with the ageless Mutant, Superman dog-eared her for the project that would be pulling together a team of young heroes and spoke with the president on her behalf to make sure she would be able to step away from her military service when superhero service called this outed her as Mutant, but one clearly protected by some big names, and so she was allowed to continue serving. Home City:
Buffalo, New YorkCivilian Appearance/Style Description: Height:
Blonde, curly hair when in uniform, back in regulation bun.Eyes:
Large, rounded blue eyes (Avery also wears glasses both on and off duty).Detailed Physical Description:
Avery is 59 and 140 lbs of lean and particularly curvy muscle. Her skin is an even shade of white, or tan, depending where shes been deployed lately and her skin is uncharacteristically freckle-free which is very odd, given her Irish heritage. She keeps her hair long and curly, letting it down as soon as she hits the door to her off-base apartment, but keeps it tight when in uniform. She has long, toned legs that speak to numberless hours standing at a surgery table, and indicates that she takes care of herself. Her midsection is nothing to note, aside from the scarring left from shrapnel insertion from a grenade thrown outside of a medical tent that she was working in. Averys chest is modestly-sized, fitting with her frame, and is not often on direct display.Typical Clothing:
Since Avery is active duty military, her dress code tends to be very drab. When deployed, she spends her off-time in camos and green t-shirts. When stateside, her wardrobe varies wildly when she isnt on-duty.Costume Description:
While on a 48 hour pass, Avery ventured into Paris, France, with her brother, and commissioned a white, sleeveless dress to be made. The dress goes down to her knees and is trimmed with dulled gold frill. She leaves her hair down and slides a white half-mask over her face to hide her identity. White gloves cover her hands, but leave her fingertips exposed, so that she is able to employ her special mutation. She wears white boots and stockings to complete. Personality:
Despite her age, and good luck getting her to tell you how old she really is without the help of alcohol, and the terrible things she has seen the world be capable of, Avery believes that there is good still in it. Over all, she is an even, affectionate, and patient person who is always willing to listen to someone's problems - it's part of the wonderful bedside manner she's worked up during her tenure at Walter Reed. On the battlefield, she tends to be the one who remains calm and cool, focused on the mission and how best to execute it with the minimum amount of damage being done on all sides. Powers/Weapons:Trained Weapons:
M16A4 (Expert Qualification), M11 (Sharpshooter Qualification)Mutation Effects:
As far as Avery has been able to tell, when she touches an organic lifeform, she is able to pull the lifeforce from them - initially, she had no control over this and would find reasons to constantly wear gloves. As the years passed, she has learned that it feels more like tugging on a string and she can choose to tug if she wants to. That being said, the only thing she has been able to note as side effects is that she appears to be permanently twenty-four and that the lifeforce of one organism can be used to heal another.
The use of her power to heal other life forms is seen in the presence of her cat, Kibbles, a Tuxedo-patterned cat that Avery adopted when she was stationed stateside and has been her companion since. She hopes that The Cove is cat proof - where she goes, so goes Kibbles. Weaknesses:The Healer:
Avery helps people since the accident in 1954, Avery believes that it is her job to help people. It is her single, most-defining weakness and strength she does not see battle lines like her brothers and sisters do when there are wounded that need tending to. This can translate into a young (in appearance, at least) woman who is manipulated and whose best intentions often get her into trouble. The FNG:
While Avery has a lot of time under her belt as a solider and a doctor, she is not at acquainted with the Superhero scene.Lack of Knowledge:
Although she has lived with her mutant abilities since she was sixteen, Avery has been perfectly happy not testing them - so, really, she has no idea what she is truly capable of.