The Crusader Eight™
Born and bred in Las Venganzas™
Upon canning his most recent advisor days before signing a record-breaking contract in Las Venganzas, Jimmy learned the hard way about employees that have blood ties to gypsy clans. A payback, his former agent and several of her nomadic mates paid him a visit at his posh mansion. Catching him and several groupies unaware in his million-dollar hot tub, Jimmy was cursed to take on the form of the water that he sat in. Unfortunately, the five bimbos in the pool with him were cursed to share in his fate, transforming them all into single fluid entity.
Not one to miss a beat, Jimmy immediately hired one of himself as
his own agent, pitched the rights to this mishap for a new reality television series (H2 Oh No You Didn’t!), and re-branded his multi-faceted hero as Aqua Plura. The Las Venganzas heartthrob now is a bona fide crime fighter, at least until the pilot starts filming…
Unable to fulfill his dreams as a professional fighter, Tyson tried to transfer his love of the sport into a career as a sportscaster on WLVI, Las Venganzas’ flagship television station. Sadly, the sports programming was run through former MMA great Earl Hammer, who took an immediate dislike to the charismatic newcomer. Rather than turning Tyson away, though, Earl used his connections to set Tyson up with an ill-fated job in the meteorology group at WLVI just to give the youth false hope at moving up one day…
Tyson’s destiny changed the day he was out on assignment covering a freak
electrical storm that blew through Las Venganzas. Accidentally synching to unstable weather patterns while on camera, Tyson’s physique became an attractor for a large electrical surge. The combined effect of electricity, adrenaline and Tyson’s genetic makeup allowed him to fully unlock the ability to manipulate the elements around him. Thus, the birth of Category Five was witnessed on live television… and a pay-per-view face-off with Mr. Hammer is in the works.
Unbeknownst to Mirage, this artifact was in fact a misplaced relic in a trafficking operation by the Full House gang, bestowed with mystic powers that could be unleashed by its present owner. Thanks to Lucinda’s obsession with Saturday morning cartoons, the ring immediately responded to her wild imagination and granted her the abilities of levitation and mental manipulation.
Modeling a costume after the Loopy Fruitz mascot, Manny the Macaw, Lucinda is now flying high… as Las Venganzas’ own Empathique!
When approached by “unofficial” representatives for the Mayor of Las Venganzas about purchasing partial ownership of her business, Genevieve promptly dismissed them as opportunistic deadbeats that would only result in a large gash in her revenue stream. It did not take long for said associates to pay a return visit and wire up Genevieve and her ladies to the neon sign outside of the building.
In a convenient twist of fate for narrative purposes, Genevieve amazingly survived not only electrocution, but death by the bite of a nest of black widows that had built their home in the parlor sign. The combination of neon, electricity and widow venom predictably had extraordinary effects, turning this scorned madam into the vindictive yet stunning Harlot’s Web.
Despite her attempts to fight off the opposition, Marie was easily overwhelmed by the gang. In order to avoid a premature death at the hands of these thugs, Marie made a spur-of-the-moment pact with the powers that represent the Underworld. She ended up on the losing end of the deal, being reincarnated as a succubus at the beck-and-call of her Underworld masters.
Trying to find an escape from her curse, Marie searches to redeem herself in the eyes of the Heavens above by taking on the identity of Hell Temptress. Using her infernal powers to dispense her own brutal form of justice to the vermin of Las Venganzas, Marie’s extreme height is no longer an afterthought for criminals. Don’t mess with the bull, son… you’ll get the horns!
Unbeknownst to the professor, the events leading to his business dealings were fully orchestrated by the Allvminata themselves. Little is known why the group would have interest in virology given their ties to metallurgical studies, other than they subjected Dr. Mancini to his own experimental specimens in order to secure his services.
Promised the funding necessary to research his own cure, Dr. Mancini is now a walking disease
cocktail split between helping his oppressors and plotting his vengeance. Tailoring himself a state- of-the-art quarantine suit, Dr. Mancini now secretly moonlights as the cunning Phage Mage in hopes of one day turning the tables on the Allvminata…
Kaori Takamitsu was a young transplant from outside of Las Venganzas, searching for her own path having been disowned by her family for her writing too much J-pop fan fiction. With a natural penchant for culinary skills and artistry, Kaori quickly became enamored with S&O upon her arrival. Needing a naïve cover to present the store as legitimate, Kaori was quickly hired as the resident patsy, er, pastry chef.
It was not long before management’s shady dealings became apparent to Kaori. However, tragedy
struck the location before she was able to play whistleblower on her employers. A massive electrical surge at the nearby utility grid triggered a cataclysmic explosion that decimated an entire city block and forced the owners of Scones and Ohms underground to regroup.
Presumed dead from the blast, Kaori survived by keeping herself grounded in some experimental brioche dough that she had been working on. The combination of yeast and electricity granted Kaori amazing new abilities, and she literally rose from the oven as the piping hot Shortbread.
Fast forward twenty years and Klaus found himself a disciplined man and the respected warden of Las Venganzas Federal Penitentiary. Still obsessed with vintage metal rock, Klaus inflicted a special world of hurt on any of the inmates he catches making fun of his hobby. It was one of these moments that sent him on his path to greater things as he chased a group of escaped prisoners into the sewers that made off with his prized Search Warrant autographed poster. Following the punks into an unstable section of tunnels under the nearby toxic landfill, Klaus unwittingly caused a cave-in from his booming footfalls. Trapped under the earth and volatile chemicals, Klaus was subjected to mutation, altering his body into the rocky behemoth now known as the Stalag Knight.