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Name: Flynn Black
Species: Human mutant
Nicknames: "Kicks," "Treads"
Occupation: Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations
Allies: The Shogun, the Orochi
Country of Origin: United States of America
Age: 42 Standard Years
Alignment: Mutants, innocents
Origin: Flynn Black was born in the year 1973 in Concordia, Kansas. Being a mutant, he needed to overcome the mistrust and occasional hatred of the other townspeople through strength of character. In order to calm himself and reduce stress, he began learning martial arts as a method of discipline. By the time he had graduated, he had successfully turned the town of Concordia pro-mutant. His unique mutation amplified his body, affecting his feet and legs in particular. Able to casually run at speeds approaching one hundred miles per hour, he was able to move across America easily, while sometimes running afoul of anti-mutant sentiment.
Black studied law in college, but found employment difficult due to his status as a post-human. Unwilling to disguise his condition, he openly organized pro-mutant protests and movements, leading to some marking him as a potential threat to the status quo. Regardless of his being watched, nothing ever came about of this marking. Working as a post-human socio-political analyst, he described the state of mutant affairs in America, while still keeping himself safe from those that would work to harm him.
Following the anti-mutant policies established by presidents Stark and Pierce, Black emigrated to Venezuela, desiring a safer place to live. Growing dissatisfied with the state of human-to-mutant relations in the world, he became more withdrawn, gradually learning to hate those who would prolong genetic conflict. Given his political expertise, as well as diplomatic grace, he was an ideal candidate for the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations, a post he has upheld since its requirement. Due to the volatile nature of the Venezuelan government in relation to other nations, he is often the one tasked with upholding the country's reputation and dealing with other cultures. Additionally, were Venezuela ever in need of defense against foreign invasion, Black would be one of the first to rise to the call, using his evolutionary traits with deadly efficiency should the need arise.
Given his risky position as Venezuelan Ambassador, Black often finds himself embroiled in various mutant and human conflicts across the world, sometimes accidentally, and sometimes intentionally. In order to improve Venezuelan relations with other countries, he's occasionally stopped a public "menace" when visiting a city, dispatching them with brutal efficiency. Whether or not he does so altruistically is up for debate; he does what he needs to do for the good of everyone. Whatever the situation, he prides himself in doing what's right. Usually.
Extraordinarily Enhanced Physique: It would seem that Black's x-gene is all about motion. Every single muscle fiber in his body has been reinforced three times over, enhanced on a cellular level to handle the exertion that comes with constant travel from Point A to Point B. His mitochondria expand themselves to take up more of the cell than normal, producing more energy faster than it can be contained. His arms and muscles are far denser than a normal man's. His evolution particularly favors his legs and feet, providing him with more lifting strength in a single leg than a grown man has in his entire body. He can perform a standing jump that will carry him fifteen meters directly into the air, or lunge forward by springing his legs. His casual kicks have been measured to output approximately 4000 pounds per square inch of pressure, enough to break down doors or crack superhuman bones.
Uncanny Balance and Reaction Time: Black's brain is more advanced than that of a normal human, taking in and responding to information at least four times as fast. He can react to outside stimuli at mind-boggling speeds, thanks to his more advanced spinal system and neurons. His limbs move nearly five times as quickly, affording him enough speed to dodge bullets and catch arrows out of the air. He has an innate sense of balance, knowing the proper way to move across an unstable structure, in addition to pinpointing weak points in any form.
Environment-Adaptable Feet: Black's feet are the most advanced part of his evolution, and are undoubtedly what make him unique in comparison to other mutants. They respond to both external and internal stimuli to alter themselves to fit Black's needs. In nearly all cases, they are "treaded," the bottom covered in a semi-organic biopolymer that provides extreme traction and grip when necessary. When running, Black subconsciously alters the bottoms of his feet in a rhythmic way, providing him with the optimum amounts of grip and push-off. Should he so desire, he can increase the grip so much so as to latch onto walls or objects, holding them as though he had them in his hand. He has demonstrated the ability to run up angled structures in excess of ninety degrees by gripping them with his feet and utilizing his immense strength. Due to the nature of the grips, they latch quite easily to any surface Black chooses, enabling him to stand on ceilings or on walls just as easily as he would the ground. Black never wears shoes because they would cause him discomfort, and mitigate his ability to use his power well.
His feet biologically put off a pleasant smell every hour or so, in order to prevent a foul odor, as would be expected of a man who is constantly barefoot. The chemical is biologically composed of several esters, produced by his body as a side effect of his enhanced digestion and regulation. When combined, they smell a little like deodorant. He jokingly refers to this as being his most useful evolution.
Advanced Cardiovascular System: Black's circulatory system is far more efficient than that of a normal man's, providing him with enough oxygen (transferred through the blood) to sustain his strenuous activities. Blood will always move in the most orderly, efficient way, so as to maintain his advanced body structures. The receptors that regulate blood flow cannot be directly overridden, preventing his limbs from falling asleep. Were he to hang upside down, for example, his blood pressure would still remain normal, as though he were standing right-side-up. His unique circulatory system also makes him more resilient to bloodbending, as his heart, arteries, and veins will fight outside interference to maintain the circulation far more than a normal being.
Enhanced Sensory Organs: Black's eyes and ears are more suited to high speed movement, allowing them to take in and process information much more quickly. His eyes are coated in a small, transparent film that protects them from air friction, enabling him to keep his eyes wide open at high speeds without detriment. It also protects them from various chemicals or substances that could damage them. His ears are adapted to high-speed movement as well, letting him pick up precise noises while moving at the rate he does. He subconsciously regulates these functions, granting him ordinary hearing and sight whenever he doesn't need to focus on his environment.
Evolved Respiratory System: Black's lungs have adapted to be able to work with far less air than a normal man would need, while producing roughly 150% more energy. This is so that he is able to breathe when running at high speeds, as any other regular person would be unable to breathe well. He can hold in his breath for a maximum of approximately thirty minutes before his cells begin to die of oxygen starvation.
Heightened Cellular Regeneration: Black's cells rejuvenate energy and repair themselves at an impressive rate. When his adrenaline levels lower, his cells' overclocked mitochondrial energy go to work repairing damaged tissues as opposed to keeping him moving. Therefore, his enhanced healing rate will only manifest if Black is in a completely calmed state, making it only practical for outside combat. Black's regular cells cannot be transferred into another body in order to heal it; they will detect the new being and rebel, becoming malignant cancer cells instead.
Practiced Martial Artist; Master of Savate: Black has practiced the art of fighting since his early childhood, originally as a way to occupy himself and learn discipline. He has focused mostly on savate, a French style of kickboxing that makes heavy use of the legs. In Black's case, this suits him extraordinarily well, as he can make maximum use out of his leg power. A precise kick from Black can shatter concrete, and is extremely dangerous to any foe he may face. The style mixes deadly kicks with short, lethal punches. Black's strength and accuracy turn his blows into high-speed missiles, deadly to behold. He primarily targets limbs and extremities such as the head, going for efficient, fast endings to a fight rather than a drawn-out conflict.
Trained Diplomat and Political Analyst: Black has studied politics and social behavior for a majority of his life. Being the Ambassador to the United Nations, he is well-versed in debate and conversation.
Vibranium-imbued Suits: Being the ambassador of Venezuela, Black has access to vibranium, an impact absorbing metal mined directly from the Earth. As an added security measure, the suits he wears to political events (and just generally around) are laced with the metal. While this would weigh down a normal man, Black's strength enables him to move normally when wearing one. Vibranium is more lightweight than other metals, allowing it to be molded efficiently into the suit. It doesn't get dirty, nor does it stain. Only extreme temperatures will burn through it.