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Seattle is a coastal seaport city and the seat of King County, in the U.S. state of Washington. With an estimated 634,535 residents as of 2012, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of North America and one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. The Seattle metropolitan area of around 3.5 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city is situated on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the 8th largest port in the United States and 9th largest in North America in terms of container handling.

The Seattle area had been inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers. Arthur A. Dennyand his group of travelers, subsequently known as the Denny Party, arrived at Alki Point on November 13, 1851. The settlement was moved to its current site and named "Seattle" in 1853, after Chief Si'ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.

Logging was Seattle's first major industry, but by the late 19th century the city had become a commercial and shipbuilding center as a gateway toAlaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. By 1910, Seattle was one of the 25 largest cities in the country. However, the Great Depression severely damaged the city's economy. Growth returned during and after World War II, due partially to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing. The city developed as a technology center in the 1980s, the stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic revival, which increased the city's population by almost 50,000 between 1990 and 2000. Since then, Seattle has become a hub for "green" industry and a model forsustainable development.

Seattle has a noteworthy musical history. From 1918 to 1951, there were nearly two dozen jazz nightclubs along Jackson Street from the current Chinatown/International District to the Central District. The jazz scene developed the early careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson and others. Seattle is also the birthplace of rock legend Jimi Hendrix and the alternative rock music style known as grunge, which was made famous by local groups Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. Seattle is also famous for its hip hop artists, such as rappers Sir Mix-a-Lot, Blue Scholars, Sadistik, Grieves and Macklemore

Geography

Lake Washington
Lake Washington

With a total area of 83.9 square miles, Seattle lies in the geographical co-ordinates of 47.37 North latitude and 122.20 West longitude. It is the northernmost city with at least 500,000 people in the United States. The topography of Seattle is hilly. Seattle lies on seven hills including Capitol Hill, First Hill, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Magnolia, Denny Hill and Queen Anne. The Kitsap and the Olympic peninsulas along with the Olympic mountains lie to the west of Puget Sound, while the Cascade Range and Lake Sammamish lie to the east of Lake Washington. The lush green forests and the numerous water bodies have provided livelihood for many hunting and gathering communities. Seattle has over 5,540 acres of parkland.

Seattle is located between the saltwater Puget Sound (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) to the west and Lake Washington to the east. The city's chief harbor, Elliott Bay, is part of Puget Sound, which makes the city an oceanic port. To the west, beyond Puget Sound, are the Kitsap Peninsula and Olympic Mountains on the Olympic Peninsula; to the east, beyond Lake Washington and the eastside suburbs, are Lake Sammamish and the Cascade Range. Lake Washington's waters flow to Puget Sound through the Lake Washington Ship Canal (consisting of two man-made canals, Lake Union, and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks at Salmon Bay, ending in Shilshole Bay on Puget Sound).

The sea, rivers, forests, lakes, and fields surrounding Seattle were once rich enough to support one of the world's few sedentary hunter-gatherer societies. The surrounding area lends itself well to sailing, skiing, bicycling, camping, and hiking year-round.

The city itself is hilly, though not uniformly so. Like Rome, the city is said to lie on seven hills; the lists vary, but typically include Capitol Hill, First Hill, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Queen Anne, Magnolia, and the former Denny Hill. The Wallingford, Mount Baker, and Crown Hill neighborhoods are technically located on hills as well. Many of the hilliest areas are near the city center, with Capitol Hill, First Hill, and Beacon Hill collectively constituting something of a ridge along an isthmus between Elliott Bay and Lake Washington. The break in the ridge between First Hill and Beacon Hill is man-made, the result of two of the many regrading projects that reshaped the topography of the city center. The topography of the city center was also changed by the construction of a seawall and the artificial Harbor Island (completed 1909) at the mouth of the city's industrial Duwamish Waterway, the terminus of the Green River. The highest point within city limits is at High Point in West Seattle, which is roughly located near 35th Ave SW and SW Myrtle St. Other notable hills include Crown Hill, View Ridge/Wedgwood/Bryant, Maple Leaf, Phinney Ridge, Mt. Baker Ridge and Highlands/Carkeek/Bitterlake.

Boats gather on Lake Union in preparation for the July 4 fireworks show.

North of the city center, Lake Washington Ship Canal connects Puget Sound to Lake Washington. It incorporates four natural bodies of water: Lake Union, Salmon Bay, Portage Bay and Union Bay.

Due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Seattle is in a major earthquake zone. On February 28, 2001, the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake did significant architectural damage, especially in the Pioneer Square area (built on reclaimed land, as are the Industrial District and part of the city center), but caused no fatalities. Other strong quakes occurred on January 26, 1700 (estimated at 9 magnitude), December 14, 1872 April 13, 1949 and April 29, 1965. The 1965 quake caused three deaths in Seattle directly, and one more by heart failure. Although the Seattle Fault passes just south of the city center, neither it nor the Cascadia subduction zone has caused an earthquake since the city's founding. The Cascadia subduction zone poses the threat of an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 or greater, capable of seriously damaging the city and collapsing many buildings, especially in zones built on fill.

Seattle Cityscape from the Space Needle
Seattle Cityscape from the Space Needle

Tourism

Among Seattle's prominent annual fairs and festivals are the 24-day Seattle International Film Festival, Northwest Folklife over the Memorial Day weekend, numerous Seafair events throughout July and August (ranging from a Bon Odori celebration to the Seafair Cup hydroplane races), the Bite of Seattle, one of the largest Gay Pride festivals in the United States, and the art and music festival Bumbershoot, which programs music as well as other art and entertainment over the Labor Day weekend. All are typically attended by 100,000 people annually, as are the Seattle Hempfest and two separate Independence Day celebrations.

Other significant events include numerous Native American pow-wows, a Greek Festival hosted by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Montlake, and numerous ethnic festivals (many associated with Festál at Seattle Center).

There are other annual events, ranging from the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair & Book Arts Show; an anime convention, Sakura-Con; Penny Arcade Expo, a gaming convention; a two-day, 9,000-rider Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, and specialized film festivals, such as the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival (formerly known as the Northwest Asian American Film Festival), Children's Film Festival Seattle, Translation: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Seattle Polish Film Festival.

The Seattle skyline viewed from Gas Works Park.

The Henry Art Gallery opened in 1927, the first public art museum in Washington.The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) opened in 1933; SAM opened a museum downtown in 1991 (expanded and reopened 2007); since 1991, the 1933 building has been SAM's Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM). SAM also operates the Olympic Sculpture Park (opened 2007) on the waterfront north of the downtown piers. The Frye Art Museum is a free museum on First Hill. Regional history collections are at the Loghouse Museum in Alki, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, the Museum of History and Industry and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Industry collections are at the Center for Wooden Boats and the adjacent Northwest Seaport, the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum, and the Museum of Flight. Regional ethnic collections include the Nordic Heritage Museum, the Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Northwest African American Museum. Seattle has artist-run galleries, including 10-year veteran Soil Art Gallery, and the newer Crawl Space Gallery.

Woodland Park Zoo opened as a private menagerie in 1889, but was sold to the city in 1899. The Seattle Aquarium has been open on the downtown waterfront since 1977 (undergoing a renovation 2006). The Seattle Underground Tour is an exhibit of places that existed before the Great Fire. The Seattle Great Wheel, one of the largest Ferris wheels in the U.S., opened in June 2012 as a new, permanent attraction on the city's waterfront, at Pier 57, next to Downtown Seattle. The city also has many community centers for recreation, including Rainier Beach, Van Asselt, Rainier, and Jefferson south of the Ship Canal and Green Lake, Laurelhurst, Loyal Heights north of the Canal, and Meadowbrook.

Since the middle 1990s, Seattle has experienced significant growth in the cruise industry, especially as a departure point for Alaska cruises. In 2008, a record total of 886,039 cruise passengers passed through the city, surpassing the number for Vancouver, BC, the other major departure point for Alaska cruises.

Parks and Entertainment

Seattle's mild, temperate marine climate allows year-round outdoor recreation, including walking, cycling, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, motor boating, sailing, team sports, and swimming In town, many people walk around Green Lake, through the forests and along the bluffs and beaches of 535-acre Discovery Park (the largest park in the city) in Magnolia, along the shores of Myrtle Edwards Park on the Downtown waterfront, along the shoreline of Lake Washington at Seward Park, along Alki Beach in West Seattle, or along the Burke-Gilman Trail. Also popular are hikes and skiing in the nearby Cascade or Olympic Mountains and kayaking and sailing in the waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia. In 2005, Men's Fitness magazine named Seattle the fittest city in the United States.

In its 2013 ParkScore ranking, The Trust for Public Land, reported that Seattle had the 20th best park system among the 50 most populous U.S. cities. ParkScore ranks city park systems by a formula that analyzes acreage, access, and service and investment.

Discovery Park
Discovery Park

Transportation

The first streetcars appeared in 1889 and were instrumental in the creation of a relatively well-defined downtown and strong neighborhoods at the end of their lines. The advent of the automobile sounded the death knell for rail in Seattle. Tacoma–Seattle railway service ended in 1929 and the Everett–Seattle service came to an end in 1939, replaced by inexpensive automobiles running on the recently developed highway system. Rails on city streets were paved over or removed, and the opening of the Seattle trolleybus system brought the end of streetcars in Seattle in 1941. This left an extensive network of privately owned buses (later public) as the only mass transit within the city and throughout the region.

King County Metro provides frequent stop bus service within the city and surrounding county, as well as a South Lake Union Streetcar line between the South Lake Union neighborhood and Westlake Center in downtown. Seattle is one of the few cities in North America whose bus fleet includes electric trolleybuses. Sound Transit currently provides an express bus service within the metropolitan area; two Sounder commuter rail lines between the suburbs and downtown; its Central Link light rail line, which opened in 2009, between downtown and Sea-Tac Airport gives the city its first rapid transit line that has intermediate stops within the city limits. Washington State Ferries, which manages the largest network of ferries in the United States and third largest in the world, connects Seattle to Bainbridge and Vashon Islands in Puget Sound and to Bremerton and Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Central Link light rail trains in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel under the International District/Chinatown.

The main mode of transportation, however, relies on Seattle's streets, which are laid out in a cardinal directions grid pattern, except in the central business district where early city leaders Arthur Denny and Carson Boren insisted on orienting their plats relative to the shoreline rather than to true North. Only two roads, Interstate 5 and State Route 99 (both limited-access highways), run uninterrupted through the city from north to south. State Route 99 runs through downtown Seattle on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which was built in 1953. However, due to damage sustained during the 2001 Nisqually earthquake the viaduct will be replaced by a tunnel in 2015 at a cost of US$4.25 billion. Seattle has the 8th worst traffic congestion of all American cities, and is 10th among all North American cities.The city has started moving away from the automobile and towards mass transit.

Attractions

Pike Place Market

This historic, beloved downtown public market has been in business since 1907. It’s a year-round farmers market and a visual riot of vegetable, seafood, cheese and flower stalls along with handicrafts and tourist-friendly knickknacks. And, of course, the flying fish. Vendors at Pike Place Fish Market gleefully toss salmon to each other and crack jokes, always drawing a crowd at the fish stall by the market’s main entrance. For less of a crowd, take the stairs to “Down Under,” a wood-floored maze of small shops beneath the main-level market.

Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market

The Space Needle

This vertical icon of the city is so kitschy it’s become cool, and it gives a great view of the city from the top. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it’s 605 feet tall and looks like a spaceship on stilts, towering over Seattle Center, a cultural complex where you could easily spend hours at the Pacific Science Center, Chihuly glass display, food court, theatres or simply watching kids frolic in a giant outdoor fountain.

Space Needle
Space Needle

Olympic Sculpture Park

The outdoor sculpture garden spreads over 9 acres of a seaside bluff north of downtown, transformed from an industrial backwater into the home of artwork such as Alexander Calder’s “Eagle,” six tons of red-painted steel that looks like an abstract soaring bird. Paths wander amid sculpture; for a longer, lovely walk, stroll along the 1.2-mile waterfront path in adjoining Myrtle

Olympic Sculpture Park
Olympic Sculpture Park

Washington State Ferries

Ferries shuttle all around Puget Sound and they’re a key, and the prettiest, part of Washington’s transportation system. You can have a fun, quick and cheap sightseeing boat ride as a walk-on passenger on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry. If it’s clear, you’ll even see Mount Rainier looming to the south on the 35-minute ride. “The Mountain,” as locals call it, really does exist, although it’s often shrouded in clouds.

Board the ferry at Pier 52 on the downtown Seattle waterfront, get off at Bainbridge and walk into the friendly little town of Winslow — its restaurants, cafes and shops are a 10-minute walk from the ferry landing on the main drag of Winslow Way. Back on the ferry, enjoy the spectacular urban skyline view as you approach downtown Seattle.

Washington State Ferry Boat
Washington State Ferry Boat

Downtown Waterfront

Soon the traffic-roaring Alaskan Way Viaduct, which cuts off downtown Seattle from its waterfront, will come tumbling down and be replaced by a tunnel. For now, there’s a broad sidewalk along the harborfront with shops, eateries (fish and chips is always a favorite) and wooden piers jutting out into the bay. Stop at the Seattle Aquarium to see what lives in (and beyond) the local waters. Ride the Seattle Great Wheel, a 175-foot tall Ferris wheel with enclosed gondola-type cabins, for a view from on high of the city, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains to the west.

Downtown Waterfront
Downtown Waterfront

Ballard Locks

See the essence of the Pacific Northwest at the Ballard Locks, where you can watch salmon and boats — from fishing boats and tugs to kayaks and yachts. The locks carry boats up and down, letting them travel between Puget Sound and Seattle’s freshwater waterways. A fish ladder lets salmon swim up past the locks to their freshwater spawning grounds; glass viewing windows let people watch the.

Ballard Locks Canal
Ballard Locks Canal

Rules

CVnU Rules

PM me if you want to do major damage

Police will come to stop the situation if it gets out of hand.

Use proper grammar

Keep Space Core away from the Needle, things got pretty heated last time.

Fight wherever you want too, but depending on the location will lead to the security level. If it's in a back alley expect a simple patrol cop, if it's at a museum expect SWAT.

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#2 Posted by _Sawyer_ (248 posts) - - Show Bio

(Nice I always like Pikes Place Market.)

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#3 Posted by JakeN7 (15180 posts) - - Show Bio

It's my hometown! I'm typing from nearby right now. Nice write up.

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#4 Posted by Joygirl (21036 posts) - - Show Bio

*moves in*

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@joygirl said:

*moves in*

*welcomes with open arms*

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#6 Posted by _Goliath_ (879 posts) - - Show Bio

Neat!

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#7 Posted by Ult_Nerx (1300 posts) - - Show Bio

Applies for community college

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#8 Posted by Turbinail (260 posts) - - Show Bio

Scott had arrived in Seattle after a long flight following a plane. He landed on the top of the Empire State building, where he noticed numerous birds. With a flick of his wrists, he each birds became wrapped in transparent energy chains. He flicked his wrist again, and the spirits of the three birds became part of his Soul Sword. He pulled his Soul Sword from his holster, where small screams came from. He watched as the spirits from the sword tried escaping, one did and began to wonder.

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#10 Posted by Dark_Vengeance_ (15334 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice.

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#11 Posted by Antonia (3278 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm gonna build a hospital here.

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#12 Posted by Antonia (3278 posts) - - Show Bio

@turbinail: Uh....The Empire State Building is in New York. Just to let you know.

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#13 Posted by Pyrogram (46496 posts) - - Show Bio
@antonia said:

I'm gonna build a hospital here.

And I'm gonna blow it up!

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#14 Posted by JakeN7 (15180 posts) - - Show Bio

@antonia: He probably meant Space Needle. Lol

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#15 Edited by Leonard_Romero (97 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram said:
@antonia said:

I'm gonna build a hospital here.

And I'm gonna blow it up!

Pyrogram goes rogue O:

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#16 Edited by Pyrogram (46496 posts) - - Show Bio

@leonard_romero: You know original gunslinger Pyro blew up the Statue of Liberty? xD

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#17 Edited by Leonard_Romero (97 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram: And this is our Police commissioner... our tax dollars at work...

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#20 Posted by Pyrogram (46496 posts) - - Show Bio

@leonard_romero: I've killed Pyrogram twice and this is the third iteration of Pyrogram lol

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#21 Posted by Leonard_Romero (97 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram: Wow, so i'm expecting Pyro to die tomorrow? By the way, what the hell is Kurt's last name? Or superhero name for that matter 0_o

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#22 Posted by Pyrogram (46496 posts) - - Show Bio

@leonard_romero: Kurt's not gonna do anytime soon, I've had him for like seven/eight months. His last name is Pendragon and he does not have a superhero name anymore, it used to be "Pyro" though, he was was called "The Paragon of Power".

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#23 Posted by Leonard_Romero (97 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram: Pendragron... that's interesting. So people who know him can unofficially call him Pyro then...

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#24 Posted by Pyrogram (46496 posts) - - Show Bio

@leonard_romero: Nobody calls him Pyro anymore, only Kurt. Pyro was his name months ago when he escaped prison in Venezuela. But he soon lost that name, everybody knows him as Kurt/Gothic Knight/Commissioner now.

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#25 Posted by Leonard_Romero (97 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram: So then his superhero name is Gothic Knight -_-

unofficially of course, sometimes Kurt just doesn't cut it for a paragon archer turned police commissioner gunslinger.

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#26 Edited by Pyrogram (46496 posts) - - Show Bio

@leonard_romero: Well technically, but he does not see it like that! Buuuuut yeah >_>

LMFAO I made the name "Kurt" up in like three minutes. I was RPGing with Kurt for three months before naming him and one day I was like F this! I need a name....Saw Nightcrawler as I was watching X-Men at the time and named him Kurt lol his old team

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#27 Posted by Leonard_Romero (97 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram: Well then what did they call him back then!? LMFAO! How can they talk to someone without saying their name? :P

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#28 Edited by Pyrogram (46496 posts) - - Show Bio

@leonard_romero: I.....Don't actually remember >____> Fk, I don't even KNOW o_0 I can't remember haha

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#29 Posted by Leonard_Romero (97 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram: LOL, must've been awkward and funny...

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#30 Posted by Pyrogram (46496 posts) - - Show Bio

@leonard_romero: I think he only fought back then. I remember writing his "history blog" and only gave him alias' as he never had a name. Kurt was really made with an improvised mind, I planned nothing!

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#31 Posted by Leonard_Romero (97 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram: I've never planned for a character that i've used. I do everything on the fly.

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#33 Posted by Leonard_Romero (97 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram: Nah, I go to top 1000 common names, and I pick whichever one suits xD

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@ult_nerx: *buys the last ticket for .99 cents*

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#42 Posted by _Goliath_ (879 posts) - - Show Bio

*rage quits*

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#45 Posted by Matias_Corazon (187 posts) - - Show Bio

Lake Washington;
High Noon.

"I'm an addict.

Not in the general sense of the word. Not the type that comes to your mind when you think of it - grungy, smelly, beardy and down on their luck. Well, the last part we got in common.

My addiction is different. Something base and immaterial, something that isn't rooted in vile materials. My cravings cannot be objectified. The high I seek is something else altogether: power. I used to be a mutie, y'know? 'Used' being the operative word here. A pyrokinetic repertoire, the usual carnival parlor level of cadence. It was never anything extraordinary but it just... was there, right? Like a limb or air or people. And just like an amputee I feel a phantom pain.

I was in a bad way after the Divus poisoning came. I've visited every kind of -olog in these past few weeks and the only thing I got other than guesses was an ultimatum. The crystals' effects supposedly differ on a case to case basis. The cases where people actually lose their powers are few and far in between, just my luck to be among the handful. I couldn't make as much as a spark afterwards...so I started-- manufacturing my flames. It wasn't the same, like eating one of those tofu burgers, so I needed more and that's when the shrinks stepped in.

Pyromania.

Backyard bonfires. Yeeeeah, boi! That was the shit! Again, 'was'. Now I'm standing here all drugged up from toe to tooth and devoid of euphoria along with pretty much everything. Even this camping place where I met Laura Guzman, my first love (She didn't have the cooties, mind you.), feels like any other depressing hole in the city. The poor tweety birds chirping on the branches fade into white noise in my ears.

God..."

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The young man stands on the rocky lake' shore, sun reflecting off of a red gasoline canister by his foot into vibrant rays. He's determined to end this agony in one last majestic ode to his lost paranormal faculty. Rhythmic breaths that reach down to his very core just like they taught him in therapy. In and out, then pause. Fractured mind still tethered to the system, his clothes lie perfectly folded on the shore's edge as he himself moves closer with the can that showers his bare stature.

In and out, then pause.

His hazel eyes dart towards the Sun one last time and then the curtain closes with the performance of the amazinh human torch. There are no screams as there is nothing in him left to feel the searing agony. Instead he solemnly strides deeper into the baptizing waters of Lake Washington until swallowed whole with hopes on the lethality of a third degree process soothed by the drifting currents of frigid depths.

Is this tragedy over yet?

That was the question. Those hazel eyes open up again to see a body that is not at all a cadaver yet rather the same plume of fire that sought to be suicidal. The waters around him are brewing in heat and those in immediate contact evaporate at the speed of lucid thought and then ascend to the surface.

A smirk so satisfactory curls up his lip for now like a phoenix reborn in flame the young man feels his old extremities again. And those rekindled emotions in him feel oh so devillish, rising from the lake...

Noncanon, I'm not much good at feelsy stuff so I'm reworking the background.

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#46 Posted by Hawkshade (4374 posts) - - Show Bio

On the intersection of 45th and Magnolia AV there had been a K-Mart super center. The sign still hung from the storefront but it had been painted white now and the bay windows boarded up. It was a call center now, they said. Or maybe a shipping company? There were always vans coming in and out late at night but no one gave it much thought. Seattle was a busy city.

It wasn't either one.

At 4:49AM on Saturday eight shaped Semtex charges detonated and blew in the entire store front. Four black shapes came spinning through the dust and smoke before anyone had the time to so much as scream.

Iaculum. They stuck fast into the cheap plaster of the interior walls and two spewed CS gas and two choking black phosphorus smoke.

A man with an AR-15 clutched in his hands came staggering out of the smoke. He was certainly neither a call center employee or a stocker for a shipping company. A boot slammed into his chin as Hawkshade came charging out of the darkness, leaving him slumped unconscious on the rubble in the parking lot while the Son of the Shogun went through the remaining gunmen like a buzzsaw, gunshots and screams filling the space until thirteen gunmen were unconscious upon the ground.

Blinded by the smoke and nearly incapacitated by the duel shock of the explosion and the CS gas they never had a chance against the six foot four master martial artist who moved through the smoke like a shadow, unaffected by the CS gas, thermal mode on his Cowl allowing him to see through the smoke.

When the smoke cleared Hawkshade was kneeling by a set of cages, boltcutters in his hands as he split the padlocks.

The emancipated hands of a starving, terrified crowd pawed him and his ears were assaulted by a babble of a dozen languages. He took all his rations from his belt and handed them out, passing around his water bottle until his Cowl's sound amplification alerted him to the distant sound of sirens.

He stomped in the teeth of one of the unconscious gunmen on his way out, leaving the police the task of arresting the human traffickers and providing for their victims.

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#47 Posted by Beremud (615 posts) - - Show Bio

She had come to Seattle strictly for the coffee.

Not for herself, of course. She was here to put her signature on a contract that would make a small start-up known as Steve's Beans the official beverage of her Metahuman Fighting Association. The deal seemed far more likely to benefit the small coffee company, at least from a fiduciary standpoint: they were about to go from being primarily a local product to being consumed the world over. Her top fighters would plug the product in commercials, it would be served to screaming crowds at every event, and its logo would never be far behind the martial arts business' own.

Elsa had learned, however, that sometimes there were benefits that couldn't be measured in dollars and cents. Her foundation would get a massive PR boost from its apparent willingness to help out the "little guy." If, as she predicted, the partnership would propel Steve's Beans to widespread success and expansion, other business and companies would be lining up to discuss partnerships and sponsorships, in terms that would increasingly favor her.

Her involvement today had been minimal; her people had hashed out the details with Steve's people long before she had set foot in the city. A few signatures and photo ops, and the rest of the day was now her own. She opted to spend it sitting on the balcony of her hotel suite, sampling her first cup of the beverage she'd just agreed to make a worldwide phenomenon (it wasn't too bad, really) and admiring the view of the city.

She found her gaze arrested by the Space Needle, and pursed her lips as she considered what it implied about the people and culture responsible for its creation. Tall buildings always struck her as a symbol of both humanity's unending ambition and a reminder of its limitations: even as they pushed themselves higher into the sky, they remained tethered to the ground, bound by chains of many kinds to one small piece of rock spinning about a tiny speck of fiery plasma in an ever-vaster universe. She wondered what the average person might think if they were privy to even a fraction of the knowledge that she had access to.

It would probably kill them. It would also probably be incredibly entertaining to watch.

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𝕽𝖊𝖆𝖕 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖂𝖍𝖎𝖗𝖑𝖜𝖎𝖓𝖉

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Elsa Beremud, the Beast of Boardroom. The new age Millennial McMahon of the Metahuman Fighting Association. And before the ultimate betrayal of Musa Bashir had replaced her, the cunning nemesis of Ishmael Strix. Her innovative boardroom business acumen matched only by her sociopathic ability to manipulate the media, across all its platforms. MFA was now a globally recognized brand thanks to the Remud Triangle.

He didnt know it at the time, but Ishmael had been blinded by a false sense of entitlement and anger. Believing the Beremud name to be built upon the ashes of his brother's legacy.

A legacy cut short by a confederacy of conspirators and cunningly capitalized upon by that c...

As Ishmael Strix, Last Son of Gothic, he had sought to reaffirm the family's slipping grasp over the political landscape of the city by resurrecting the Ghosts of Gothic. First, be re-marketing and relaunching the once infamous HALO corp and its reputed, Eternal Battery. And then by finding the last living Knightfall, or so he believed at the time, Ashley of Reality M. His plan to bring her back into the public eye, and later into the political arena as his unsuspecting Trojan horse, had only just begun to take shape.

However with his unceremonious involvement in the California Incident, the Phantomshell had inadvertently set fire to all of that. A good thing too. Elsa would have buried the less experienced blueblood in the public eye. After all, she's the face of the MHA. Bitch knows how to cut a promo.

But now? As the Phantomshell...he was free. No longer anchored by the weight of duel personas. No longer mentally fatigued by having to juggle two lives. One was hard enough. Yet Elsa was a slave to protocol. To schedules. Appearances. Her soft targets were exposed. One well placed bomb in a couple Steve Bean's...one or two mass shootings at a PPV event and sponsors would begin to fall. The bottom line would begin to show cracks in Elsa's corporate armor.

These thoughts and more ran through his head as he inconspicuously sat in a parked Ford Explorer within view of the Hotel. Hat pulled low, leaned way back and monitored his phone.

@beremud said:

A few signatures and photo ops,

A few GPS Evolution Vehicle trackers slapped on the caravan of SUVS carrying her highness around...

What were his motives now though? Had Ishmael come all this way for something as petty as murder? Or had he had an epiphany?

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