Name: Atticus Pendragon
Alias: Mr. Backhand, Comrade of Steel.
Place of Birth: Boston
Base of Operations: Miami/Varies
Occupation: Journalist and Activist.
Rebel Without a Cause
Atticus wasn’t born in a mansion with servants and butlers brushing his teeth for him until adulthood or in the urban slums of Grimm city where crime ran rampant. He wasn’t born with abusive parents or parents who would be so casually destined to die, tormenting him for the rest of his life and propelling him to stop injustice from society. Atticus was raised with a rather normal childhood in the suburbs of Miami. Tire swings, 501s, and bottled coke for him until his powers appeared. No one really knows what stressful event triggered his x-gene or if there was one.
At first he could barely lift a penny with his mind, then a lamp, then a table, and within a few months he could lift an entire truck with his mind. That was when he decided it was logically time to start sneaking away at night and fight crime. Soon enough, he encountered Miami’s premier hero at the time Honorbound, the the Crusader of Conviction. It was during a crisis that historians have described as the Mutant Riots of 1965, where beings with the X-gene were protesting the United States for drafting them to Vietnam despite being seen as second class citizens. Atticus (who had not yet invited the Reynard persona) teamed up to stop the riots and maintain the status quo.
It was after this event that he assumed the mantle of Reynard. Honorbound served as a mentor to Reynard until his mid-teens when the Teenage Prodigy begun to drift away from his mentor’s ideals. Around the early 70s he joined up the Danger Club, a gang of teenage superheroes who caused as much damage as they solved. They were heavily into the first wave of punk rock and toured with the bands when they weren’t punching the next bad guy in the face.
The Alpha Telekinetic
Like the vast majority of mutants, Atticus’s x-gene was activated during a stressful moment. That day, his frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes mutated beyond was neurologically possible for humans, granting him formidable abilities including hyper-intelligence, photographic memory, and telekinesis.
The enhancement of the prefrontal cortex has given him the ability to meticulously create imaginative plans in immediate situations and future events, while managing to subtract distractions such as emotion from the equation altogether in a surreal fashion. Furthermore, he gained an inhuman attention span, concentrating on a task without diversions for minutes at the time. Atticus’s short term memory or his capacity to maintain a miniscule amount of information as it is being processed is thirty items and five minutes, dwarfing the peak human capability by five times. Not only did the frontal lobe’s heightening allowed him to expedite the period it takes for the brain to deliver the messages to the body, in order to perform voluntary actions such as running and striking, but due to the abstract brain waves being projected directly into the immediate time space geometry allowing him to interact with the base encompassing universal fabric in a macro-telekinetic form. These powers include being able interact with organic and inorganic matter by levitation, pulling/pushing, crushing, density of an object, adding/subtracting the kinetic energy in an object, and causing a blast type of impact in a surface.
After years of training his telekinetic prowess, Atticus has taught his mind to constantly maintain a barrier of telekinetic energy around his body in order to keep himself safe from most strikes at all times without having to rely on his reflexes to activate shield for protection making bullets bounce off his face without an issue.
Celtic Boxing King
Finding the need for the more ostentatious martial arts to be unnecessary for a being of his capabilities, Atticus has trained in the art of boxing should he need an edge in the event he ever faced an opponent as powerful as he is, or in the scenario that his powers were to be disabled. As an auxiliary boxer, he has adapted a mix of the brawler and a counter punch styles based on his Irish blood, status as a meta-human powerhouse, and natural ability of trickery.
The former allows him to employ strikes with mind-numbing power behind each punch, contrasting the other styles that focus more on landing compact, quick punches. Like most powerhouse Irish brawlers, Atticus is often left open to take more hits than he hands out in combat, requiring him to condition his own body. Through the manipulation of his telekinetic abilities, he makes himself durable than his standard form and enhances the striking power of his punches, while sacrificing the speed and mobility behind them.
Balancing out the brute nature of a brawling fighting style, Atticus mastered the art of the counterpunching allowing him to exercises his vast intellect in the fighting area. Counter-strikers are tactical, defensive fighters who wait for their opponents to make mistakes to exploit them and gain an advantage over opponents who have lost their defensive positions, increasing this impact of the strikes due to being wide open. The psychological damage that enters the minds of his opponents when they miss is another factor that the Flying Fox considered once he pursued this second fighting style, making the people he faces off against doubt themselves and become reluctant to throw strikes.
Atticus has adopted a slightly altered orthodox boxing stance. His chin kept down in the direction of his chest to avoid a critical hit in that area. Rear hand guarding his chin for parrying jabs and as a countermeasure for an enemy’s lead hook. Hands six inches away from his face and aligned underneath, to avoid blocking his vision, yet also putting him able to defend from strikes and deliver some of his own. Elbows tucked in to block against an opponent’s rear hooks to the body. Standing sideways so the opponent has less of a target to strike, limiting the openings to the chest.
Lower body wise, Atticus bends his knees to give his entire body the proper support needed and to deliver maximize power into his punches. Lead foot firmly planted at a ten-degree angle, his rear foot is at forty-five degree and both are spread slightly over the shoulder width. The weight in his legs is evenly spread out between lead and rear to maintain proper balance. When he does intend to strike, he places a bit more pressure on the lead to land punches quickly and on the rear if he intends to back away.
This stance allows Atticus to rapidly get into position to be in an offensive posture and switch into a defensive position when necessary. It enables him to quickly fire punches from this stance and it permits him to send blows at a heavier power scale.
Attacks, Defenses, and Counter Punches
- Jab- Recognized as the most important strike in a boxer’s weaponry due to providing a fair amount of cover and leaving little room for a counter attack from the opposing side. Another advantage that this attack has is the that it has the longest reach. Due to its arguably weak power, Atticus often uses to it to test the defenses of his opponents and assimilate their power class in comparison to his, psychologically and physically wear them down, measure the distance between the opposite fighter or set up a far more powerful punch. After the knuckles make contact, the lead is rapidly withdrawn to the guard position to prevent counter attacks. The jab is a swift, lean punch thrown the with lead hand from the guard. To perform it properly, a compact clockwise movement of the hips and torso should go alongside, while the fist rotates at ninety degrees
Cross- A direct, potent strike launched with the rear hand. The rear hand is thrown from the chin, intersecting and moving in the direction of the desired mark from the guard position. While this is happening, the lead hand is withdrawn and covering the face to shield the chin from another attack. Hips and torso are rotated counter clockwise as a cross is being performed to maximize striking power. Weight from the rear foot to the lead foot get transferred, making the rear heel as a pivot for the weight transfer. A combination of weight transfer and body rotation are the secret behind the cross’s power. The cross is the swiftest way reach an opponent when you are not on the inside, easy to launch and structure beforehand, leaves you in a fine location to follow up with other strikes, and it can deliver a grand amount of force.