Sunday, February 21, 2016

Character Outline: Artemis Xian

Artemis Xian

Name:  Artemis Xian
Race:  Human

Age:  28
Date of Birth:  6 April 1986
Place of Birth:  Lakeland, Florida, North America
Citizenship:  Artemis is a citizen the United States
Legal Status:  No criminal record
Relatives:  Unnamed parents, Melina Xian (younger sister)

Height:  5’11”
Weight:  130 lbs
Eye Color:  Dark Brown
Hair Color:  Black with red highlights
Religion:  Catholic (not devout)
Intelligence:  Genius
Strength:  Enhanced human
Speed:  Enhanced human
Stamina:  Enhanced human
Durability:  Enhanced human
Agility:  Enhanced human
Reflexes:  Enhanced human

Profession/Rank (Current):  Field agent, Section Alpha (Special Agent)
Profession/Rank (Former):  Call center agent
Current Alias:  None
Former Alias:  N/A
Personal Equipment:  Eskrima sticks (26” long, made of impact resistant polypropylene reinforced with a metal core, covered with a layer of durable spun carbon fiber to provide a non-slip grip), stun gun, belt knife, flashlight, multitool, lock pick tools, first aid kit, cell phone, charger and earbuds, various others as needed
Usual Base of Operations:  Lakeland, Florida

Friends/Allies/Confidants:   Manfred Drake, Grant Haylen, Tristian James, Arlo Boudreaux, Asa McNair
Enemies:  Balthazar, the Tralamafan
Skills:  Artemis is a skilled martial artist, expert in multiple disciplines, especially Eskrima. She carries two Eskrima sticks on her back. She is also a skilled acrobat, tactician and strategist. Artemis is also fluent in French, Russian, Japanese, Greek and Mandarin Chinese
Special Abilities:  Artemis possesses enhanced strength – she is able to bench press 1200 lbs. She possesses enhanced speed, reflexes and durability. She has enhanced senses; Artemis can see finer detail and further distance, can detect people by scent alone and can pick out a single voice out of a crowd. Artemis also has the ability to increase the electrostatic attraction between her body and most any surface, allowing her to climb walls and cling to ceilings, which she refers to simply as “wall climbing.”
Source of Special Abilities:  Genetic mutataion

Favorite quote: I have loved the stars too fondly
                         To be fearful of the night.

                         Sarah Williams, “The Old Astronomer”

Who is Artemis Xian?
In 2011, Artemis Xian was just another citizen, a single twenty-four year old woman, living alone, employed in a call center for an extermination company. Just another citizen living  a live of quiet obscurity…

…until one night when a meteor crashed in the field behind her house.

Being naturally curious, Artemis went to investigate. She found the crater easily. At the bottom was a sphere about six inches across, too smooth to be from space but doesn’t look like a man-made satellite. As she calls the police to report it, the sphere cracks, releasing what looks like smoke or gas. It’s actually the suspension medium for a nanovirus of unknown origin.

When the Police arrive, they found Artemis unconscious, barely showing any life signs. She was in a coma for six months while doctors tried to figure out what was happening to her.

What did the virus do to her? It literally rebuilt her body, adding four inches of height, increased muscle mass, heightened the acuity of her senses and refining the functioning of her brain. Her IQ skyrocketed to genius level (approximately 160).  She developed a knack for languages, learning French, Russian, Greek, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Her sense of balance allows her to become a skilled acrobat. She is nearly superhumanly strong and fast, with heightened reflexes and durability.

Artemis comes to the attention of Section Alpha. They train her to use her strength. (Her trainer is a werewolf.) They also train her in several martial arts though she has a preference for Eskrima. (Manfred: Why Eskrima? Why the sticks? Artemis: Ever read Marvel Comics? Manfred: Enough said but I’m not calling you Mockingbird.) Section Alpha make a pair of Eskrima sticks for her use, provide her with a tactical suit and support. While she isn’t primarily assigned to work on a local level, she is available to local law enforcement if she and her team mates are needed. The team does enjoy a good working relationship with the county sheriff.

The team Artemis is assigned to, based in Lakeland, Florida, is comprised of Supervisory Special Agent Manfred Drake, Senior Special Agent Tristian James, Special Agent Grant Haylen (the werewolf who trained her), Special Agent Arlo Boudreaux and Special Agent Asa McNair.

Though she and Grant are listed as chimeras (humans who have enhanced abilities because of outside factors), there is no mention of their enhancements in the public record. (In the early twenty-second century, Artemis’ records will be the inspiration for the Enhanced Human Program. Many consider Artemis to be the first true Enhanced Human.)