Arek Czeslaw EllisAge:
Face Claim: Tom Holland. See picture Orientation:
Preppy Nerd.Power Theme:
Technopath Gadgeteer. Arek Saw something that mortal eyes were not meant to see. He drank deep of Yggdrasil's well. He absorbed the forbidden pages of the necronomicon. Or something. He is not really sure. The upshot of this all is that he somehow gained instinctual knowledge of science and engineering beyond that of the entire human race (or at least, he boasts that he has). His mind is insufficient to process this however, and while he generally Just Knows the answer to questions about science or mathematics, he has no idea how or why he knows, and he cannot explain it. When he is in his normal, everyday state, he can repair, jury-rig, hotwire, troubleshoot, or whatever he needs to do to any technology/machinery he comes across. This just makes him the world's most competent mechanic (well, according to him, at least), and is not the truly extraordinary part of his power.
In order to truly access the Knowledge that he Just Has, he goes into a sort of manic, hyper-focused, zen-like state that, afterwards, he can barely remember what the hell he did to make that, or how someone else can do it. He calls this the Manic Phase. In it, he can build truly extraordinary things, beyond anything that human science yet understands, from death-rays to levitating cars, jetpacks, force fields, fully sapient A.I.s, and tap-dancing poison-spewing laser-firing nuclear-powered self-teleporting chess-playing coffee machines. These devices are sometimes comprehensible if taken apart and studied, but usually use avenues of science that mankind has not yet dreamed of, and trying to reverse-engineer the spawns of his Mania will drive one to madness. Arek himself is not sure what
he does to make these machines. Is he actually an enchanter, making pacts with dark forces to imbue his creations with arcane power? Is he secretly a psion, pouring his mental power into these devices to give them abilities beyond science itself? Or is any Sufficiently Advanced Technology indistinguishable from magic anyway, and those seeking to understand his creations are like ancient Greco-Roman Philosophers confronted with a supercomputer: at such a loss that they are forced to throw up their hands and simply declare Deus Ex Machina
: A God From the Machine?Flaws/Weaknesses:
Despite the above, Arek is but a normal human, body and mind. And a frail one at that. He does not have the mental or physical strength to actually use his ability without harming himself. When he slips into the Manic Phase of building, he will neither sleep nor eat, and will work with utterly inhuman speed, strength, and efficiency. This is because his Manic Phase overrides the human body's self-imposed limits. This means that he can work faster than any other human alive (well, besides dedicated speedsters) but since this is not a power of his, he is actually physically tearing himself apart, as those unconsious limits are there for a good reason. He will work with extraordinary focus on the task until he drops unconscious unless he is babysat by someone less insane. Nor can his mind keep up with the nigh-eldritch knowledges that flow through his brain and manifests itself in his machines, and the longer and more he works, the less sane he becomes. This means that he can build ever more terrifyingly advanced technology, but loses all sense of perspective and realism. If left unchecked, he will build the very problems that the team is trying to stop. If he ever manages to build that Self-Powered Genius Ultra Happy Fun Robot of Joyful Doom, well, the thing is not going to take orders from him
. Thus, the his most epic successes are also inevitably his most spectacular failures. For his power is built of a madness: his knowledge of the innermost scientific workings of the universe is such that mortal minds are not yet able to comprehend, belonging instead perhaps to the next evolutionary level of mankind, or a higher order of creation. Or so he speculates, for he likes to state things in grandiose, cosmic ways.
The upshot is that, if he is to remain sane and useful, instead of building nonsensical, self-destructive artifacts of his madness, he needs occasional supervision. And supplies. And access to really heavy industrial equipment. Uranium-laced gold-plated carbon nanotubes in a titanium shells do not grow on trees: they require a lot of prohibitively expensive materials and specialized machinery. He cannot make grenades from pinecones and bubblegum, after all: they require chemicals, casing, agents, and reagents. In this he is limited to building things that he has the parts for, and the more extraordinary the device, the more expensive in time and resources it tends to be.
He is vulnerable to everything that kills or harms ordinary humans. Although, if he is in the Manic Phase, he will likely be stupidly hard to kill, less because he is tough, and more because he is too busy to die. It is best not to try to attack him in this state. Nuclear Radiation and industrial chemicals of various types might not harm him. Maybe. He certainly handles all sorts of dangerous and toxic items with no regard for personal safety, and does not seem to be suffering. Well, more than the obvious. Perhaps his Mania gives him the focus and skill to avoid the ordinary human errors that makes such items dangerous? Like with the rest of his power, he has no clue.
It seems that contact (social or bodily) with other people, especially those he has more intimate relationships with (physical or
emotional) can keep his power from spinning out of control. In the beginning, merely being around sympathetic souls and able to talk to them can keep him sane and grounded. As time goes by, more extreme measures may be needed.
Personally, his character flaws of a more mundane sort are being somewhat of an obtuse, charismatically unsociable know-it-all. He is fond of quoting the Bible, ancient philosophers and orators, William Shakespeare, and William Shatner (along with authors and pop-cultural sources of a truly dizzying variety), and frequently does not know when to shut up. He means well, but his strongly religious background and personality means that he is often rather judgmental and highly intolerant. He is usually easy to get along with, but his vocal views on a variety of topics do not endear him to people, if the conversation turns to those subjects.
He fancies himself a poet, but is not a good one. His verse is average to poor. He knows that he has no talent, but this still irks him and he does not often acknowledge this fact.Biography:
Oldest of six children, Arek's comes from a large, loving, distressingly functional family. No tragic loner backstory for him! His father, in contrast, was the only child of two now-deceased immigrants from Wales and has no other family in the U.S, making the Ellis portion of the family rather small. His mother more than made up for it by being part of a large clan of Polish immigrants by the name of Sówka who had settled in the U.S. a few generations back. A friendly, rowdy bunch, they remained true to the Eastern Orthodox Church, and brought up Arek and his siblings in that tradition. He is pretty much convinced that this is as it should be, and takes a dim view of 'Modern Decay', with 'Modern' sometimes being understood to mean anything after the Great Schism of 1054. Despite his background: he is an avid consumer of nerd culture.
His mother works as a homemaker, while his father is an engineering professor at a local community college. Both his parents were scholarship students at Malcolm Wheeler High however, and though they live a state away, they thought it important to send him to go to school at the high school they met at and have fond memories of. Now in his senior year, he has a reputation around school as a bit of a prude, but pretty amiable despite personal eccentricities. He has never dated despite his looks, generally because he never notices when women like him, or becomes nervous when they come onto him in such a way that their liking him is unmistakable. He as developed crushes on various girls, but tends to daydream from afar rather than do anything about it.
He went on the ski-trip because his mother told him he simply had to: she had enjoyed the trip when she was in school, and he had to as well! His feelings on the event are mixed. Eh, it could be fun.Miscellaneous:
Arek likes computer games, Dungeons and Dragons, philosophy, poetry, fencing, archery, LARPing, and every other nerdy pastime known to man, apparently. He talks a lot about writing a science-fantasy novel about a tech-wizard exploring Precursor Ruins on a dying planet, but though he has a few hundred pages of setting info, including local political structures and naval designations, he barely has two chapters actually written down. He really likes music, with somewhat odd, and extremely broad, tastes.
He speaks fluent English, Welsh, and Polish, and just enough of Latin, Greek, and Quenya to make him annoying.Theme Song:
Any techno remix of a classical piece. Especially 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'.