MalePsyn Ability: Temporal Suspension:
Jim possesses a rather unique and unusual ability, one that makes up for its lack of flash with sheer tactical usefulness. Though the name might make one think otherwise, this power does not allow him to freeze the world around him, nor can he halt another man in his tracks. It is an ability based upon the manipulation of time, but nothing so showy as all that. Jimmy's never been much of one for overly complicated technical jibberjabber, preferring to refer to his gift simply as Delay
When a normal man punches someone--and I mean really hauling off and whacking
them upside the head--the laws of physics generally come into play. The weight of the arm, the impact of the fist, the pull of gravity; in the briefest of instants the receiver of the blow is going to be knocked aside, reeling backwards and stumbling for balance. Furthermore, he'll feel the pain of that punch aching in his jaw and ringing about in his skull like a nest of ornery wasps. But Jimmy is no ordinary man, and his punches are no ordinary punches. If he so chooses, he can make the sum total of his attacks amount to absolutely nothing. He'll land a solid blow on an opponent's torso, and the other guy won't so much as budge an inch. To any onlooker it'd be like a common thug attacking Superman. Jimmy can keep raining down on the other man as much as he likes, but it'll do absolutely nothing whatsoever.
That is, until he wants
them to. Once Delay has been disabled, every last one of those attacks will come right back again, simultaneously. Every jab to the gut, every sock to the eye, every kick to the torso. That poor sap is gonna find himself flung every which way as if the Invisible Man just decided to go to town on his ass, all that gravity and weight and momentum returning full force. Suddenly a guy who was feeling pretty damn cocky has a few dozen punches worth of pain to deal with all at once, and chances are he ain't gonna be handling that all too well.
Jimmy is also capable of performing the same thing to himself, delaying the pain and force of the strikes, but largely chooses not to. Understanding one's limits in a fight is important to him, and winning isn't so important that he'd risk the consequences of delaying a fatal blow. Occupation:
Automative MechanicKnown or Not Known:
Jimmy is exactly the sort of rough-and-tumble fella you expect to find out West, sporting a bit of a boxer's physique and the sort of nice even full-body tan a guy who enjoys the sun and his freedom is wont to have. He's got an easy sort of smile and a kind face that lights up at every opportunity, like a dog that's always happy to see everyone it comes across. Jim's no stranger to dust and dirt and oil, and in the middle of the day he's usually slick with all the spoils of laboring under the hood and underside of a junked car. Personality:
Friendly, personable, and deceptively simple would be the best way to describe him. Jimmy always seems to try and find the best in people, even if they don't give him much cause to. Terribly open-minded, there are very few types of people that he takes an active dislike of right off the bat. He's exactly the sort of guy that will pick out the most unassuming person in a crowd and try to break into their little bubble, finding immense enjoyment in meeting new people and experiencing new things. He'll try just about anything once, and if he likes it he won't hesitate to try it again and again.Brief Bio:
Jimmy has no idea exactly what to make of himself, due largely in part to his mother Kelly failing to tell him anything about his origins. Though he'd never describe her as such, she was nothing more than a frightened whore that cowered away from what she was and what she had experienced in that facility. She worked out of Carson City for years, hiding in the very state that she felt they would be the least likeliest to search for her fellow Psyns, who Kelly assumed would spread out through the country.
She never quite settled down, but her pregnancy caused her to rely on a number of increasingly disgusting men for financial support. As such, Jimmy didn't exactly have what anyone would call a typical childhood. Kelly was never much of a mother, but even as young as he was he understood all the sacrifices she made just to keep him from devolving into something just as scummy, despite being as broken as she was.
Jim's powers only began appearing after her death, when he was 19 years old. She left nothing behind but enough money to get by, a frustratingly cryptic message concerning her "special nature", and directions to the city of Refugio where work had apparently already been lined up for him. Without anything left to him but the clothes on his back and money in his pocket, he followed her dying instructions to the letter. He's been working as a mechanic ever since, fixing up cars by day and prowling around for whatever fun there is to be had by night. There's no telling just what he's capable of when push comes to shove, but you can better believe he'll have a blast when that day comes around.