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A modern day gladiator given a choice.
A prodigy given a chance for redemption.
A woman who can touch any mind, given the power to be touched in return.
A man with many hidden places given a way to look outside himself.
These were our unlikely heroes.
These are how, near the eve of a new decade, new Jet City Legends are born.
Dreadnought was little more than a common thug and an underground fight-circuit powerhouse with a taste for high-stakes combat. Doing odd jobs for the scum of Seattle’s underworld was just another way to make money – until the mob went too far. Pushing families out of their homes so a gangster consortium could buy up a section of town was one push too far. Now the Dreadnaught is pushing back, hard.
DREADNAUGHT: “Hey. Nice coat.”
(scenes of the transformation into DREADNAUGHT, bashing a guy underneath the chin so hard he bounces off the ceiling, snapping an uzi in half with his bare hands, throwing a table through a wall to knock a guy down the stairs, then stealing a thug’s jacket with a smile)
Soul Shadow was a man with a gateway to pocket dimensions… to hell who chose a higher path.
FOREMAN: “Look pal, you want this job, you look the other way. Those people can find somwhere else to live, or you can find another job.”
SOUL SHADOW: “Fine. I quit!” (tosses his hardhat on the ground)
(Scenes of Soul Shadow tracking mobsters up the stairs of the tenement, firing his gun and knocking a guy off his feet as it ripped through his knee cap, then pistol whipping him, bandaging him up and sliding two uzis into his pocket dimension seamlessly)
Millie Thomblin had always heard voices inside her head, but they came from the outside. A powerful psychic who is only now learning to listen to those in need throughout Jet City.
MILLIE: “Listen, I know times are hard. This is for you. (offering food to JAMES, living out of his car)
JAMES: “Thank you… you don’t know how much this means to me.”
MILLIE: “Hey, we all gotta work together and we can get through this. Things will turn around.”
(Scenes of character facing down a gunman with a bow and arrow, the thug falls as the arrow whips by the ear of Soul Shadow much to his surprise. Scenes of her touching the surface thoughts of others and flickers of her perceptions)
Mastermind was a mind unparallelled whose mastery of mathematics had once failed to comprehend the geometry of people and now sought redemption. A captain of industry and a mental prodigy, seeking to use his power to change the world.
AIDE: “He’s been intimidated boss. You can tell just by talking to him. He thinks if he sells to you he’ll either have to leave town or wind up with one of those goombahs setting fire to his car.”
Mastermind: “Then we buy the property and zone it ourselves. If they can exploit the property for tax purposes, we can do the same, and keep these people in their homes.”
(scenes of the character entering a SECRET ROOM where his costume is and taking a SECRET ELEVATOR to a DUCATI MOTORCYCLE and speeding off into the distance, cut to scaling the outside of the building, crashing through the window and performing a skilled attack, knocking a thug across the room, cut to leaping seven stories and landing on the back of a thug with a crunch, calling the hospital and throwing away his cell phone after.
Mastermind: “Yes? There’s been a Parahuman incident. You should come at once. Someone’s been terribly injured.”
MONTAGE of MILLIE drawing back an arrow on a bowstring, Mastermind climbing up the side of a building, SOUL SHADOW creating a DARK PORTAL, DREADNAUGHT, cracking his knuckles in an underground fighting ring.
Silver Age Seattle. Legends start here.
DIMITRI: “Screw you, I’m not leaving my home for anything short of a nice affordable apartment over a bookstore!”
MILLIE: “I have one.”
DIMITRI: “Oh. Really? Why didn’t you say so? I’ll be right there.”