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Character notes for "Coming Together Is a Beginning"

These are the character notes for "Coming Together Is a Beginning."

Saul Omar -- He has light brown skin, sherry-brown eyes, and ginger hair with blond roots although his facial and body hair is darker brown. His heritage includes Israeli, Palestinian, Arabic, and American. He speaks Arabic, English, and Hebrew. He is Sunni Muslim. Saul favors gizmotronic or super-gizmotronic weapons; his favorite is a freeze ray. He likes musical games such as Moosiqar.
Origin: When his superpower manifested at puberty, that made him a target in Palestine. Kraken won him over simply by offering to get him out of the country, which is one of the bottom-ten for soups.
Uniform: Kraken uniform of dexflan and capery; the jumpsuits is sensibly designed with sleek fit, plenty of pockets and fasteners for equipment. It provides Expert (+4) Camouflage to a designated user, but if worn by anyone else, turns garish neon colors. The utility belt contains a multitude of small gizmos and other tools.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Spy, Expert (+4) Hand-to-Hand Combat, Good (+2) Gizmology, Good (+2) Languages, Good (+2) Musical Games, Good (+2) Palestinian Folk Music, Good (+2) Politics, Good (+2) Teacher
Poor (-2) Born in a Bottom-Ten Country
Powers: Good (+2) Shapeshifting
Motivation: To make the world safer for soups -- by any means necessary.

Sluice (Madison Dumont) -- She has fair skin, blue eyes, and long straight blonde hair. She is short and slim with little definition of breasts or hips. Her heritage includes American and French. She speaks English and French; she is learning Esperanto. She grew up in Montpelier, Vermont. She is 14 years old when she joins Kraken. Always social, Sluice works hard on developing her abilities in hopes of joining a team. Her background in cotillion clubs has helped shape her personality. Flexible and observant, she fits in easily. She's not dealing with the abuse well, though.
Origin: Madison's stepfather sexually abused her. One day while he was using his mouth on her, she wished that she could melt away through the floor. Instead she turned to water and he drowned. After that, Madison ran away from home and was soon picked up by a Kraken operative.
Uniform: Off duty, she wears fashionable girl clothes.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cotillion Skills, Good (+2) Flexible, Good (+2) Observant
Poor (-2) Sexual Abuse Survivor
Powers: Good (+2) Water Powers
So far she has Drowning and Water Form (including partial transformation) at Good (+2) and Aquatic Adaptation, Healing, Regeneration, Speed Swimming, and Water Attacks at Average (0) level.
Her superpowers are particularly compatible with Dauber's Amorphous Physiology and Jiho's Telempathy.
Vulnerability: Sluice requires plentiful water to stay healthy and comfortable. She loves Kraken for its aquatic orientation. She typically washes or swims at least twice a day, and carries a water bottle wherever she goes, although it's not as essential in humid air. Without that support, she starts to dry out, first becoming uncomfortable and then taking damage.
Motivation: This is MY body, and I decide what happens to it.

Madison's common wardrobe is beige and white accented with blush pink, powder blue, and lavender. She has a set of French T-shirts to go with colored jeans or shorts. Her skirts, spring dresses, and evening dresses are all pastels too. She has shoes to match.

Cotillion skills cover a range of etiquette and life skills. In T-America, the typical progression is Junior Cotillion (5th-6th grade), Middle Cotillion (7th-8th grade), and Senior Cotillion (9th-12th grade). Middle students mentor Junior students, and Senior students mentor Middle students. Senior students typically have college-age mentors who previously completed the program. A debutante ball marks their official entrance into society after graduation from high school.

Pumps (Funda Nacar) -- She has fair skin with black eyes and short black hair. She is tall and strong with broad beefy shoulders, a flat chest, slim waist, and thick muscular legs. She has a heart-shaped face with a long, hooked nose and a wide smile. Her heritage is Turkish. She speaks Arabic, English, and Turkish; she is learning Esperanto. She is 17 when she joins Kraken. A diligent worker, Pumps applies herself well in academics and in physical training. She has a special fondness for physics, as it helps her accomplish more with her superpowers. As a tomboy, she gets along well with boys and men. Her girl skills are those of a tween, and she has made no effort to advance them, leaving her years behind her peers.
Origin: As a tween, Funda followed her very feminine best friend, trying on fashionable shoes and clothes, which is where she originally got the nickname "Pumps." After her friend died in a car crash, Funda was despondent. Her uncle suggested that physical activity might help, so she threw herself into that and found it a much better fit for her personality, abandoning feminine things. After she developed Super-Strength, her family relationships became strained, and the government began to take an unhealthy interest. Kraken agents helped smuggle her out of the country, and she stuck with them.
Uniform: She wears a lot of athleisure clothes, often in black, gray, and red.
Qualities: Good (+2) Diligent, Good (+2) Physics Student, Good (+2) Tomboy
Poor (-2) Girl Stuff
Powers: Average (0) Super-Strength
Motivation: Empowerment.

Pumps has an athletic capsule wardrobe accented with an athleisure set and workout tanks.

Slither (Craig Oram) -- He has tawny skin, blue-gray eyes, and long prehensile hair that was dark but is now gaining streaks of blue. He is tall and lanky, with high cheekbones and a long pointed chin. His heritage includes American, Japanese, Norse, and Shawnee. He speaks English and Japanese; he is learning Esperanto. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he is 17 when he tentatively joins Kraken. Slither has been in and out of foster care, group homes, gangs, and the street for over a decade and views them all approximately the same. He is an accomplished thief and brawler. Fast and tough, he does well in fights and has no trouble intimidating people. After falling in with Kraken and discovering it a much more reliable source of survival needs, he is trying to learn how to work with other people but is rather bad at it so far.
Origin: Frustrated foster parents kept trying to buzz his hair short instead of actually taking care of it. The older Craig got, the harder he fought, sometimes hitting people and other times just running away. When he was 13, the last bout ended in a bloody battle that left his scalp cut in many places. The next day, the hair had all grown back down to his shoulders -- and could no longer be cut. Frightened by the sudden manifestation, his foster parents fobbed him off on Family Services, who put him in a group home. Craig ran away before dawn, and nobody has had much luck holding onto him since.
Uniform: Off duty, he wears rough-and-ready boy clothes, often in shades of black, gray, and blue. Much of that is denim and jersey, with some flannel in cooler weather.
Qualities: Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) Hoodlum, Good (+2) Intimidation, Good (+2) Tough
Poor (-2) Teamwork
Powers: Good (+2) Prehensile Hair, Average (0) Telekinesis
His powers constantly leak out through his hair, making it stir. It can tie and untie knots in itself, pick up small objects, slap people, and so on. It is Invulnerable to ordinary implements such as scissors or dye.
Motivation: Survival.

Slither has a minimalist wardrobe of black, blue, gray, and white plus a large collection of Ohio T-shirts.

Jiho (Choi Yo-han) -- He has pale skin and a long oval face. His right eye is red and his left eye is cobalt blue. His short hair used to be dark, but is now pink with lavender streaks on the right and blue with lavender streaks on the left. He is slender and graceful. His heritage is North Korean. He speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Munhwaŏ (North Korean); he is studying Esperanto. Jiho is 15 at the time of the team fair. His equanimity and emotional intelligence make him good at teamwork.
Origin: Jiho suspects government experiments. His parents always worried about him and about the government taking him away. One day that happened. Jiho thinks his parents are probably dead, but doesn't know for sure. He was shuttled around to different facilities, and then Kraken rescued him.
Uniform: He tends to wear loose, comfortable clothes in soft shades of blue and gray, along with black and white. Occasionally he dresses it up with a bit of pink or purple.
Qualities: Good (+2) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Equanimity, Good (+2) Graceful, Good (+2) Teamwork
Poor (-2) Wanted by North Korea
Powers: Good (+2) Telempath, Average (0) Crayon Soup
Motivation: Freedom.

Jiho still dresses primarily in Korean fashions. He has plain, patterned, and colored shirts plus pants and shorts.

Dauber (Sam Atteberry) -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short messy brown hair. His heritage is American. He speaks English, and studies Spanish in school although he's not particularly good at it. He is 13 at the time of the team fair. Dauber enjoys sports and has an athletic body. He has trouble sitting still, though. Spontaneous and easygoing, he excels at thinking outside the box. Dauber is genderfluid and likes exploring his identity, including his superpowers. He would like to join a team, but has grown more wary of people after his experiences.
Origin: When Sam was 12, a pileup on the highway trapped him in a burning car, and he melted to flow out of it. After that, though, everyone rejected him, so he ran away. Kraken picked him up off the streets.
Uniform: Teen boy clothes. His neutrals are black, gray, and navy but he also loves bright splashes of color like coral and teal.
Qualities: Good (+2) Athletic, Good (+2) Spontaneous, Good (+2) Thinking Outside the Box
Poor (-2) Sitting Still
Powers: Average (0) Liquid Form
Dauber can melt, flow, and reform into a solid body. His soup mentor thinks he could learn splash teleportation later.
Motivation: Self-discovery.

Amahle (René Cilliërs) -- Ey has café-au-lait skin and brown eyes. Eir nappy hair is buzzed short and tinted different colors with Illusion. Ey is slim and androgynous with little body definition, which makes for a flexible physique. Amahle has four piercings in each ear and one in each nostril. Ey identifies as agender. Ey is 16 years old at the time of the team fair. Amahle comes from Durban, South Africa. Ey speaks Afrikaans, French, Italian, South African English, Portuguese, Xhosa, and Zulu. Ey is studying Esperanto. Eir father is a Francophone scholar who sidelines as a translator in a mixed neighborhood, and Amahle has earned pocket money the same way. Ey likes people and excels at cooperation. However, ey has little grasp of music and less interest in the booming drums so characteristic of African music, which didn't go over well there.
Origin: René was helping eir father to decipher some old notebooks, and then developed superpowers. Unfortunately nefarious people found out, and René had to be smuggled out to avoid being carved up for magical ingredients. Ey was terrified of this possibility due to the 2008 Kei Ripper Killings in Butterworth, only 240 miles (387 kilometers) away, the last of which destroyed most of that town.
Uniform: René wears mostly unisex clothes with some feminine or masculine pieces. Ey favors ivory, tan, brown, and black as neutrals plus pastel accents.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cooperation, Good (+2) Flexible, Good (+2) Languages, Good (+2) Student
Poor (-2) Musical Intelligence
Powers: Good (+2) Illusion
Motivation: Survival.

(These links are gruesome.)
Murder for body parts is a grisly practice in several parts of the world. In Africa, muti murders especially target people believed to have extra power, such as albinos. In Terramagne, this belief extends to people with superpowers, creating extremely dangerous circumstances not only for soups but everyone around them, because some have reflexive defenses. Some victims survive, and a few of these manifest superpowers -- or if already super, gain new abilities.

Monday, November 10, 2008 -- The Kei Ripper Killings in the vicinity of Butterworth, South Africa came to an abrupt end when a victim exploded. The resultant crater (with a radius of 3542.85 meters or about 2.2 miles) took out the entirety of the village eBika -- now a shallow bowl of glassy rock -- where the attack happened, along with northeastern parts of Mchubazaki and Butterworth. The initial blast seemed to gain power, allowing it to expand farther, although it eventually petered out. African theorists speculate that it may have drawn on life force or soul energy, which dissipated as the first to die fully departed the mortal plane. SPOON considers this theory ridiculous, but has not proposed an alternative explanation for why the blast petered out instead of continuing to grow.
The death toll was estimated around 10,500 people but was impossible to determine due to the widespread devastation. The zone of major destruction and injury (with a radius of 5785.93 meters or about 3.6 miles) added most of the village of Zazulwana. About 13,000 people suffered serious injuries, about half of whom died, many from lack of care. The zone of minor destruction and injury (with a radius of 7892.18 meters or 4.9 miles) encompassed the entirety of the village Qora and a small part of northeastern eMzantsi. Another 8,000 or so reported minor injuries. The number of injuries is likely underestimated due to overwhelmed caregivers ignoring minor ones in favor of major ones and some occurring in outlying areas without much access to aid.
What little is left of Butterworth has gone from a small city to a minor town, but it remains a local center of activity because its Umnquma Hospital was fortunately just outside the blast radius and received many upgrades from foreign aid in the aftermath of the incident. It is not known whether the victim survived the explosion. The cause was known because one intended assailant had second thoughts and reported the plans to the Butterworth police, but too late to stop the attack; he died of severe injuries, along with most of the police, when the station collapsed.

4960 South Africa (eBika village)
Ground Zero blast radius 2.2 miles
Position: -32.288021,28.213318 Radius: 3542.85 Meters
Total devastation and death

Secondary blast radius 3.6 miles
Position: -32.288311,28.213252 Radius: 5785.93 Meters
Major damage and injuries

Tertiary blast radius 4.9 miles
Position: -32.288311,28.213080 Radius: 7892.18 Meters
Minor damage and injuries

Umnquma Hospital in Butterworth, South Africa
Butterworth, 4960, South Africa
M48Q+WM Butterworth, South Africa

Police Station Msobomvu
ERF No 4781 Butterworth 4960, South Africa
M5GP+FC Butterworth, South Africa

Distance between Butterworth and Durban
Straight line distance: 240.55 miles , 387.13 kilometers (km) , 1270113 feet , 387130 meters
Driving distance: 338.89 miles , 545.39 kilometers (km) , 1789332 feet , 545388 meters
The red path shows the straight line distance, while the blue path shows the driving distance.

South Africa - 10 Largest Cities
Name Population Latitude/Longitude
1 Cape Town , Western Cape
3,433,441 -33.926 / 18.423

2 Durban , KwaZulu-Natal
3,120,282 -29.858 / 31.029

See a map of South African cities.

Amahle has a common wardrobe of tan and ivory for warm and cool weather plus accessories. Ey also has a black and pastel capsule wardrobe consisting of peach, mint, and their accessories. Polo shirts, khakis, and assorted shoes cover the practical side while pastel jeans and sneakers add more fun color.

Mephista (Tullia Lars) -- Most of her skin is covered with short gray to black fur. She has a white stripe on her forehead and the top of her hair is white, going back to a fluffy black-and-white tail. The hair over her ears is long and brown, though. She has brown eyes. Her heritage is American; she speaks English. Mephista is 14 at the time of the team fair in 2015. She used to be popular, serving on the student council and even as a mediator at her old school. Of course, now that she's a skunk, nobody wants to go near her. She just wants to belong again.
Origin: Tullia tried a new perfume that turned out to be zetetic, with lab-made animal ingredients. A bunch of people got sick, some of whom were left with permanent body odor issues, and she developed superpowers.
Uniform: She tends to wear practical clothes, mostly in dark colors, but accented with rainbows.
Qualities: Good (+2) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Rainbow Lover, Good (+2) Student Mediator
Poor (-2) Unpopular
Powers: Good (+2) Skunk Traits
Her Skunk Traits include Scent Glands, Super-Hearing, and Super-Smell.
Motivation: To belong.

Dropdown (Chakan Adler) -- He has tawny skin, almond-shaped brown eyes, and black hair buzzed short. He is muscular with a triangular face. His heritage is American and Thai; he speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Thai. He is 16 years old at the time of the team fair in 2015. Kraken picked him up off the street.
Origin: While trying to burgle a building, he fell through its skylight and gained fragmentation powers that allow him to teleport.
Uniform: He wears athletic boy clothes.
Qualities: Good (+2) Kinesthetic Intelligence, Good (+2) Muay Thai, Good (+2) Thief
Poor (-2) Macho
Powers: Average (0) Teleportation
Motivation: Power.

Park Do-hyeon -- He has tawny-fair skin, almond-shaped brown eyes, and short wavy hair streaked in shades of teal and blue. He came out of South Korea, but his parents are so secretive and scared that he suspects they may really be North Korean. He speaks English, Japanese, and Korean. He is 14 at the time of the team fair in 2015. Kraken picked him up as a likely target of human trafficking, and Do-hyeon jumped at the chance to go somewhere safer. He is good with people, but tends to be timid.
Origin: Unknown, but his parents' behavior makes him suspect something deliberate rather than natural.
Uniform: He wears casual boy clothes, often in blue and white.
Qualities: Good (+2) Extrovert, Good (+2) Interpersonal Intelligence, Good (+2) Fast
Poor (-2) Timid
Powers: Average (0) Crayon Soup, Average (0) Empathy
Motivation: Safety.

Coburn ab Evan -- He has pale blue skin, black eyes, and black hair buzzed short. His heritage is Welsh. He speaks English and Welsh. He is 16 at the time of the team fair in 2015. Coburn had been in and out of foster care for several years before he developed superpowers and ran away. Kraken picked him up not long after that. His grouchy temperament makes him hard to get along with
Origin: While canoeing in rough water, he fell into a river and went over a waterfall. He surfaced in Water Form, but was so upset by the transformation that he swam away instead of returning to his foster family.
Uniform: He wears athletic boy clothes as necessary, but prefers to wear as little as possible. He often goes topless.
Qualities: Good (+2) Relentless, Good (+2) Stamina, Good (+2) Tough
Poor (-2) Grumpy
Powers: Average (0) Water Powers
Motivation: Looking for a fight.

Shamash (Aharon Meyer) -- He has tinted skin, brown eyes, and short brown hair. His heritage is Israeli; he speaks Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Russian. He is 15 years old at the time of the team fair in 2015.
Origin: He was in a military hospital in Israel when Dr. Infanta came through on August 3, 2014. After she healed him, he developed superpowers. He hid them, but it got harder and harder. A followup team from Kraken found him and helped him escape from Israel. He knows he can never go back, though, which is heartbreaking for a Jew.
Uniform: He wears casual boy clothes, often in fire colors of red or orange, with ivory or khaki as neutrals.
Qualities: Good (+2) Inspiring, Good (+2) Mefazeir, Good (+2) Survivor
Poor (-2) Never Again in Jerusalem
Powers: Good (+2) Fire Powers
Shamash can share his abilities with other people temporarily. A charge lasts about 1 hour, and he can do it 9 times a day. These abilities include Fire Manipulation, Fire Defense, Fire Detection, Fire Immunity, and Firestarting.
Motivation: To help people.

Shamash -- the shamash is the candle that lights the others on a menorah.

Now, [the verse speaks of] the tzadik [i.e., yesod] as "giving generously". The literal meaning of this word [in Hebrew, "mefazeir"] is "spreading", implying that it crumbles the supernal states of chesed into small crumbs, which scatter from the pulverizing blows. This is in order to give [these crumbs] to Nukva, and the crumbs spread throughout Nukva in a manner similar to [how the coins of] tzedaka [a person distributes spread salvation throughout the world].

Read "The Day of Their Calamity" for Dr. Infanta's mayhem in Israel.

Coll McCauley -- He has pale skin, blue eyes, and red hair. His heritage is American and Irish; he speaks English. He is 17 years old at the time of the team fair in 2015. Coll loves the wilderness and had a great time in Activity Scouts. He dislikes cities, though, and doesn't fare as well there. Energetic and friendly, he gets along with most people.
Origin: He got stranded in the wilderness with his Activity Scout troop, and they were running out of firewood. He willed the flames to keep burning, and they did, long enough for help to arrive. After that, though, his stepfather said he was "unnatural" and began beating him. Afraid of losing control, he ran away from home. Crashing at a Triton Teen Center put him in touch with Kraken.
Uniform: He wears rustic boy clothes, often in fire colors of red and yellow. He also likes blue.
Qualities: Good (+2) Energetic, Good (+2) Extrovert, Good (+2) Wilderness Skills
Poor (-2) Not a City Boy
Powers: Average (0) Fire Powers
His abilities include Fire Augmentation, Firestarting, and Firestopping.
Motivation: Acceptance.

Nut Cannon (Brant Sheridan) -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short wavy brown hair with a scruff of beard. He is tall and sturdy, with good strength and endurance. He is American and speaks English. He is 19 years old at the time of the team fair in 2015. Nut Cannon works well in a team and enjoys having other people around. He's reckless, though.
Origin: Shortly after enlisting in the army, he put a firecracker in his fly and lit it. He gained superpowers, but could only direct them from his crotch, not his hands like most people. Unwilling to endure the scandal that would ensue if it became public, the Army gave him an "other than honorable" discharge. Frustrated by his situation, he took up petty theft, and came into contact with Kraken -- a comfortable fit given its military roots.
Uniform: He wears practical men's clothes, usually in dark colors. He likes camouflage, especially the night camo versions.
Qualities: Good (+2) Constitution, Good (+2) Kinesthetic Intelligence, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Teamwork
Poor (-2) Reckless
Powers: Average (0) Fire Powers
His abilities include Fire Absorption, Fire Ball Projection, Fire Bolt Projection, and Fire Stream Projection.
Motivation: To show off.

Nut Cannon: This is the first of our funny choices, and we wanted to start things off with a laugh, this is one of the more comic terms we've heard.

Altha Layton -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and wavy shoulder-length hair of light brown. Her heritage is American; she speaks English. She is 16 years old at the time of the team fair in 2015. Practical and helpful, Altha cares more about getting things done than what people think. She used to make friends easily, but her experiences have made her more wary, and that makes her lonely.
Origin: In her freshman year of high school, her civic volunteer bus got caught in a massive pile-up. Altha knew plenty of first aid from Activity Scouts, and she had only minor injuries, so she started helping the people nearest to her. But the mass-casualty incident meant that there weren't nearly enough caregivers compared to the number of injuries. She worked faster and faster under pressure, willing the victims to survive, until she felt herself break through some kind of threshold. After that, everything seemed to slow down like she had all the time in the world. She finished treating everyone she could, and then faceplanted from exhaustion. Everyone Altha treated survived, but there was no way to hide what she had done. Not long after that, she was kidnapped and sold to a warlord who wanted her to keep his soldiers alive. She refused, so they beat her and locked her in a cell. Then Kraken rescued her and a number of other enslaved soups.
Uniform: She wears practical girl clothes, mostly black, white, and gray. She likes environmental T-shirts. She doesn't care how she looks.
Qualities: Good (+2) Activity Scout, Good (+2) Helpful, Good (+2) Practical
Poor (-2) Human Trafficking Survivor
Powers: Average (0) Healing, Average (0) Super-Speed
Motivation: To help people.

Dianna Tamaro -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and long straight hair of dark brown. Her heritage is American; she speaks English and French. She is 17 years old at the time of the team fair in 2015. Smart and assertive, Dianna makes a good feminist and hopes to take Gender Studies someday. She is a diligent student and misses school.
Origin: During a spring break college tour, someone tried to rape her. Dianna fled at top speed -- and abruptly found herself clear across town. When people found out about her superpowers, though, suddenly the college offers dried up and nobody would talk to her. That really upsets her.
Uniform: She wears practical girl clothes, mostly in black, white, and blue.
Qualities: Good (+2) Assertive, Good (+2) Feminist, Good (+2) Smart
Poor (-2) Isolated
Powers: Average (0) Super-Speed
Motivation: Education.

Sherwin Dallas -- She has pale skin, brown eyes, and curly brown hair cut very short. Her heritage is American; she speaks English and Spanish. She is 15 years old at the time of the team fair in 2015. Sherwin is a tomboy who enjoys sports and other outdoor activities. She had a hard time sitting still even before she became a speedster, and now it's even worse. Despite her difficulties, she's convinced that life will get better if she keeps moving forward.
Origin: In junior high, she joined track and field, then developed superpowers.
Uniform: She leans toward boyish or unisex clothes in blue, black, gray, or white.
Qualities: Good (+2) Athletic, Good (+2) Outdoor Activities, Good (+2) Tomboy
Poor (-2) Sitting Still
Powers: Good (+2) Super-Speed
Motivation: Forward momentum.
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