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Dillon Maxey

A mutant from birth, it rapidly became apparent that he was never going to receive the same opportunities as those who classed themselves as normal. In time, he learned to make his own.

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by AugmentationAudit

Description

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Tending to appear in many forms depending on how he chooses to disguise himself, though, when he is going without costume, he tends to take on one of two distinct forms.

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More human, though still clearly mutant with very dark skin that gives way to an odd harlequin-pattern in red, the marks are located specifically around the eyes and are clearly visible on other parts of his body when he chooses to show them. His eyes are very dark, but his pupils show red in direct light; he wears contact lenses to facilitate this appearance and hides the real colour of his eyes.

Unnaturally slender and frail, he appears stretched and spidery in his less common appearance; he does not take on this look by choice, more by overextension, and although he often looks stronger and far more mutant in this form, and will certainly say that this is the case, it is in fact a sign of him weakening through overuse of his teleportation, rather than some interesting new form. It is simply damage to his body.

His skin becomes red when all of the diamonds join up, secondary diamonds opening like lesions around his eyes and spreading as the condition becomes more severe. His eyes appear to be very red, though this is more because of subconjunctival hemorrhaging than any intimidating power.

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Personality

Mischievous to a fault, he seems to almost completely lack empathy for those unlike himself. In the mutant world, he has shown himself to be naughty, though not actively malicious, though the same cannot be said for his activities around humans. Tired of being classed as different, substandard, he has no compassion for anybody that he classes as better off than he is: humans.
Possibly a kleptomaniac, though his desire to rampant theft could be a continuation of his want for balance between his own situation and the human condition; he classes them to be privileged over himself and seeks to even things up by stealing from them.
He is not chronically aggressive around humans, though those who are arrogant or scathing by nature should beware, as should those who choose to tell him what he can and cannot do, no matter the species. He is rarely hostile towards aggressors, but will torment them mercilessly; sometimes causing physical harm.
He is almost certainly a sociopath.

Profile of a sociopath: (edited from: http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html)

  • Glibness and Superficial Charm: He never seems to stutter or be ill at ease, perfectly comfortable when it comes to communication. He does appear to be charming, though he tends to use his charm to get what he wants and feels like he deserves.
  • Manipulative and Conning: They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviours as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims. -he likes to ‘convince’ people to do his bidding. He’s certainly not above blackmail if the mood suits him. He has some knowledge of the rights of others, but disregards it as irrelevant.
  • Grandiose Sense of Self: He certainly has a highly overinflated ego when he deems to show it, and classes himself as no less than the most important person in existence. His intelligence and skill knows no bounds, as far as he’s concerned.
  • Feels entitled to certain things as "their right." –he will take whatever he wants, and has no sense of guilt in doing so, as he believes he deserves to receive anything taken and holds anyone who refuses to give him what he knows should be his in contempt.
  • Pathological Lying : Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
  • Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt .
  • A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
  • Shallow Emotions: When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
  • Incapacity for Love: In his case, the high-functioning nature of his condition allows him to feign love as he feigns the depth of his emotion.
  • Need for Stimulation : When left to his own devices and allowed to grow bored he tends to seek out new ways to entertain himself; usually at the cost of those around him.
  • Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common. –he doesn’t tend to gamble, but when pushed he has been known to be loud and physically aggressive. It takes some effort on the part of the antagoniser to get such a reaction.
  • Callousness/Lack of Empathy: Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
  • Poor Behavioural Controls/Impulsive Nature: Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, and no concern for their impact on others.
  • Early Behaviour Problems/Juvenile Delinquency: Usually has a history of behavioural and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviours such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc. –it is unclear if this is the case, as very little is honestly known about his younger life.
  • Irresponsibility/Unreliability: Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
  • Promiscuous Sexual Behaviour/Infidelity: Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts. –he has yet to turn any of his attentions onto children, having little interest in them one way or the other at the present. He is, however, sexually promiscuous and doesn’t like to be told know. He has been known to believe that sex is his right if he wants it, regardless of his partner’s desires.
  • Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle: Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
  • Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility: Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily. –his life story is rarely the same twice, and his image changes frequently, though he finds it hard to disguise his the fact that he is carrying the mutated X chromosome.

Equipment

Genetically suited towards teleportation:
This can be triggered manually over a limited distance, and it is possible for him to teleport inside locked buildings if he has at least some idea of the layout inside. It is unclear if he can teleport inside a wall or partially through an object by mistake.
Percussive force to his person or penetrating injury has been known to automatically trigger a teleport, though he never escapes completely unharmed from subconscious space-jump. If he has time to consciously initiate the move it is near-impossible to harm him unless the exact nature of his weakness is discovered.
It is possible to stop him, even when teleporting to avoid detection/attack, but the method of doing so requires trial and error. He knows his own weaknesses, but does not divulge them.

History

Generally difficult to determine, as any facts given by Max himself should be discounted as partial or often total untruth.
He spent some time with therapists and mental health specialists, and draws on their explanations and techniques in his own endeavours from time to time.
He has watched a great deal of medically-based television, documentaries on psychology, etc.
He spends a great deal of time people-watching.
He studied psychology, though his grade and learning method are unknown.
Most of his pastimes and past occupations have been for the sake of furthering his skills in emulation of emotion and normal social behaviour. He prides himself in his ability to appear normal and has extensively studied human emotional and psychosocial dynamics to make himself believable.

So begins...

Dillon Maxey's Story

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Dillon Maxey quite literally appeared in the room and sat down on the bar counter where he extended long, thin legs onto the surface with little regard for hygiene standards or good manners in general. He settled into a easy lounging position, head tipped back to watch the room with mischievous dark eyes, and waited for someone of interest to catch his attention.

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Dillon Maxey swung a chair around in a single and precise movement, set his hands on its back and leaned in, that same smile still painted across his face. His attention was primarily focussed upon Daemon Zagan and his eyes glittered with a reddish amusement as they swept up and down his person.

"Why yes, you do, as a matter of fact," he stated with perfect calm, apparently unconcerned by the man's insult. "It's your face; you have a very feminine face, so much so that it's positively womanly."

He wagged a finger in the general direction of Umi, voice sing-song bright as he told her not to interrupt him, because he didn't like it one bit. That very same finger then wagged at Hina.

"Careful."

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Dillon Maxey had no intention at all of leaving just yet, not when there was still fun to be had. He didn't glare, or seem upset in the least, despite the hostility that he was being met with. "Well, that's the problem then," he crooned. "You checked, but I didn't! I don't think you can be trusted to check."

With that said, he proceeded to attempt to grope Daemon Zagan between the legs; a sure-fire way of checking gender, while chattering his answer to Hina. "I started at four, so clearly I'm going to be better than you."

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The second he saw Daemon Zagan make a grab for him Max vanished in a waft of smoke, only to reappear with his feet on the table some little way away, wagging his finger.

"Now that wasn't very nice, either of you. Hurting someone like me would be a very stupid move on your parts, and I must say, I wouldn't like it very much."

His smile returned, then, though it was now faintly knowing. "Not that you could hurt me."

When Hina Jaganshi chose to make her move he vanished again, reappeared on the bar counter, and grinned at her.

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Dillon Maxey nodded three times sharply in response to Hina. "Yes. They. Are."

He was glad that she agreed with him because he was right, but that didn't mean that he was going to leave her alone; that wouldn't be any fun.

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Dillon Maxey had apparently been forgotten about save for a flashing, red-eyed stare that was nowhere near enough. He hadn't told them that they could ignore him, so how dare they do just that!

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Dillon Maxey looked from Hina to Daemon and back again, thought that he might force them to acknowledge his presence in the room, but then decided against it; they were too easily distracted and far too grabby.

With that in mind he vanished, materialising before Ireland and making a swipe at her cigarette before reinserting himself near Hina's table so that he could stare at them.

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Dillon Maxey took a long draw from the appropriated cigarette and blew a lung-full of smoke at Hina because she was boring him; he wanted her to do something more interesting than sit and talk about bonding and rubbish. Ireland and Kazen's lack of proper reaction was boring him also, and soon he would feel drawn to find entertainment, probably at the cost of one of the people in the room with him.

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Dillon Maxey continued to stare at Daemon Zagan as he took another long drag and exhaled smoke at the man. Not that he was convinced it actually was a man with that face; he'd get a grab and tell for sure soon. He chose not to actually talk to either of them because he classed them as too stupid to understand, especially when they thought that setting his feet in concrete and throwing into the sea would get rid of him. Silly people.

Once finished with the cigarette, he flicked the still-glowing but at Ireland because it was only fair to give it back now that he was finished with it.

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They were ignoring him, and he couldn't stand to be ignored! Did they not realise who they were not talking to?! With that in mind he picked a new target, the man shredding photographs seemed perfect now that the other one had drawn attention to him and Max popped up at his new "friend's" side.

"Would you like to borrow a paper-shredder? I'm sure it would get the job done faster."

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Dillon Maxey snatched a photograph from the table and took a long look at it before turning it the other way up and looking at it again.

"Ah, so you're feeling destructive. How about you tell me all about it?" he cooed, tone a perfect mimic of the psychiatrist that he'd been taken to see a few months ago. "I'm sure talking about it would make it feel better, and maybe I can help; I've got good fingers for ripping things up." He tore up the contents of a person's wallet once when they'd refused to buy him lunch.

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Dillon Maxey made a show of looking at the picture again before pointing out the younger Johnny. "How about you tell me what he was thinking, and how you're different to him now, hm? I'm sure that will give you somewhere to start, because you do want to talk about it. Everybody wants to talk about it, son, that's why they cry out for help, and I'm here to listen to whatever it is you have to say. I won't judge you for it, no matter what you tell me."

His mimic really was impressive, and he was intelligent enough to change the words to fit the context he needed.

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Dillon Maxey nodded along to Izumi's words with a neutral-yet-understanding expression on his face that he had practised in front of a mirror after seeing the psychiatrist, he'd watched television shows as well and had noticed that hey all wore the same mask.

"Ahh," he murmured as he pillowed his chin on his hands, elbows on the table, photo set between them on the top. "So this boy was driven by a need and wanted to achieve despite his disadvantage; that really is quite admirable. But something must have changed for him, if he lost the lovely girl he was so very intent on marrying. How about you tell me what happened?"

He was growing increasingly proud of his impression and was certain that the psychiatrist would be proud too; he'd done the man a great honour in pretending to be him!

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Dillon Maxey continued to nod what that very same expression on his face because he saw no point in changing a reaction that was obviously working. The story he was hearing was very interesting and a very good cure for his earlier boredom so he prompted the man to continue.

"That's only natural, of course he wanted to hurt others once he'd been hurt himself. Tell me about some of the people he hurt, and why." He tapped the photographic face of the girl again. "Tell me all about the people that he hurt and you should start to feel better."

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"So he struggled to trust them because he could never be sure what they wanted from them, so instead of taking a chance and risking himself he hurt them. That makes perfect sense, of course. Now, the real question is whether he felt anything for these girls, or whether he started with them to hurt them in the end, don't you think?"

He was really getting into the swing of things, and the current situation fit in so perfectly with the various rants of the psychiatrists he'd looked at; that made it so much easier for him.

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Dillon Maxey took it all in with apparently everlasting interested patience, enjoying the man's little sob-story immensely as it allowed him to practice and prefect his impression. "So," he continued, probing for more information to add to his already-impressive stash of knowledge of the man. "It was really only about one girl, but he got his pleasure from using the others before they could use him, just like he knew they would. Tell me about how and why he wanted to hurt himself."

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Dillon Maxey nodded sagely and answered him with smooth confidence. "Of course I understand, I understand all to well." He had little but a clue but that was unimportant; he was enjoying himself playing the shrink for this man and when he was enjoying himself he wasn't bored at all.

"So, why doesn't he scar himself to force them away from him? They couldn't hurt him then."

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Dillon Maxey showed nothing but understanding as he gently scooped up some of the fragments and tore them into smaller scraps. "So he wants scars that they can see; scars that will make them leave him alone, but he can't quite work out how to scar himself in a way that they'll notice."

He traced the jagged edge of one torn photo with a long finger. "Would he like me to help him make scars that others will notice?"

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Dillon Maxey pulled his chin back to bring his palms together and watched Izumi over his fingers. "But he doesn't need to trust me, he needs to trust himself, and he knows I'm right. He knows what he wants but he doesn't know how to get it. I can show him how."

He was charismatic, certainly, and his expression was entierly honest as was his tone. "He wants me to show him how because he wants a release from his torment, but he's suspicious. I am not a woman, however, nor do I have a romantic interest in him, his organisation is of little concern; he is safe."

He didn't appear to be lying, at all, for all the tell-tale signs of suspicion and untruth were absent from his face; he was honest.

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"He will listen to me even if he doesn't trust me as much as he would like. I will tell him how to stop them coming and they will be stopped. Then he will be free."

He nodded again, sagely, and pointed at the picture once again. "I will show him how to remove this man from himself so that he no longer feels the pain that man attracts."

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Dillon Maxey blinked at him slowly as he analysed the man's expression, he spent a great deal of time looking at expressions and their effects on people. "You are a good looking man, a man who looks young and innocent; that needs to be destroyed if you are to get rid of them. As you are you attract them all too easily."

He traced a long finger along his own strange face. "You need to cut away a little of your good looks, prove to them that there's more to you than innocence and attraction."

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"I can confirm that they would find you attractive." He didn't really have a clue despite being totally convinced that he knew all of the answers. "And yes, a scar. Cut away your good looks and they will stop being drawn to you. Make it large and obvious to show them that you don't want them, and to show them that you're scarred already and don't need them to hurt you any more than you have already been hurt. It makes sense."

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Dillon Maxey nodded again to make his point clear. "Yes, make who you are on the outside match what you are on the inside. That will make you feel better, I promise. You want to hurt yourself and you want to free yourself from them."

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Dillon Maxey didn't have a blade to offer him and wouldn't have offered him one even if he had. He simply nodded once again. "Of course, privacy is important in matters like these when there are people watching. You must not let anyone stop you doing this. Only people that want to hurt you would stop you, you know."

He got up with a flourish. "This is for you, remember, so don't let them take it away."

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Dillon Maxey whispered a soft "good" before he slipped back into the crowd. He knew the man would follow his advice now to save himself the pain of being adored and Max couldn't help but smile.