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Oliver James Phillips

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water."

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a character in “The Elemental Avatars”, as played by raven-erudite-claw

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"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water."
There Shouldn't be a good in Goodbye| Jason Walker




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Name: Oliver James Phillips

Nicknames/Aliases: He's normally called Oliver but some of his close friends call him Ollie.

Age: Oliver is twenty three years old.

Gender: Male

Element: Water

Sexuality: Heterosexual




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"Water is the driving force of all nature."




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Height: 6'2"

Weight: 170 pounds

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Green

Appearance: Oliver is a could be considering quite tall and has a slim figure. He has brown hair that never seems to be even a little out of place. He also has bright green eyes that are set in his rather pale face. He is always dressed impeccably and there never seems to be anything out of place. He dresses in a white, button-up, collared shirt on most occasions. If he isn't wearing black dress pants, he is wearing dark colored jeans. He will normally wear either dark dress shoes or kept-up tennis shoes depending on the occasion. He will also wear a black tie at all times. If he needs to get fancier than usual, he'll wear a tuxedo. Oliver has no piercings or tattoos, but he does have a scar on his left arm near his elbow. This is from an incident when he was a child in which he fell down the stairs and broke his arm quite badly, resulting in the scar he has now from where the bone penetrated the skin.




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"Thousands have lived without love, none have lived without water."




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Personality: The first thing that someone tends to notice about Oliver is the fact that he is a perfectionist. Nothing about him ever seems to be out of place in the slightest bit. If you were to suddenly walk into his apartment and inspect the area and then come back a month later you would find that everything was in the exact same place as before. The only exception to this would be his ever growing collection of books due to his love of reading. His books would be rearranged slightly to accommodate whatever new books he had bought in the past month but they would be ordered in the same way. They would be sectioned off into their respective genera and from there would be organized alphabetically by the last name of the author. On the outside, Oliver is also an incredibly calm person and it would be difficult to make him so angry that he would ever even raise his voice at them, let along attempt to harm them in any way.

The next thing that you're likely to notice about Oliver is that he is a very cold and distant person that doesn't seem to be overly interested in creating a personal relationship with anyone at all. In fact, he doesn't really seem to be interested in much outside of his books and job, which actually makes quite a bit of sense if you know him well. When he gets onto something, he pursues it like there isn't anything else in the world to do. This can make it quite difficult for him to have personal relationships with anyone, or more so anything, other than his work. By the way, if you were wondering by now, Oliver works for the FBI as an anthropology intern there. Well, technically, he works for the museum nearby who are partnered with the FBI when it comes to local cases because his teacher is one of the best forensic anthropologists there are in the field. He studies the bones of dead people that exceed several hundred years but also helps with the identification of recent murder victims. The only time he seems to show any of kind of compassion or sympathy is when you see him working at the job, especially if the victim happened to be a child. He seems to have some kind of soft spot for children, actually.

Outside of those who work with him, Oliver doesn't seem to have many friends at all and tends to bond with people who have the same interests that he does, as most people do. This is probably one of the reasons that he doesn't have very many friends outside of his workplace, actually. He doesn't drink or smoke and doesn't enjoy parties in the least bit so he doesn't really get out much. This is partially because he can be a very paranoid person and worries that he might be called into work late at night. If he were drunk or at a party that could turn out to be a less than satisfactory way to turn up to his job considering they occasionally have to work with dangerous chemicals in order to test certain properties of the bone or to clean them of any insignificant flesh that won't aid in identifying the victim.

Anyone that he isn't friends with will find him to be a very cold and distant person when they first meet him. He can also come off as quite arrogant for a while about his intelligence compared to theirs. They will probably find these behaviors to be consistent for the first few months that they know him until they begin to build up trust with him and find several things in common with him. Most of the time he doesn't find people that are very interested in anthropology but he has built relationships based on different books they've read. He also is very fond of comic books and super hero movies, or super heroes in general to be honest. He doesn't have anything against people that drink or smoke or party or anything like that, he simply asks that they don't expect him to go with them when they take part in these activities. As long as they have reached a mutual agreement that Oliver will not participate in activities he does not enjoy and they have some kind of connection over something they both enjoy, Oliver is able to make some kind of friendship with them, as dysfunctional as it may turn out to be. Also something that should be mentioned is that honesty is a requirement for Oliver to make a connection with someone. He cannot stand dishonesty or being betrayed and he will not put up with it. If you manage to gain his respect and trust, it would be best that you not lie to him because if you do it is highly unlikely you will ever get the same level of respect and trust from him again under any circumstance.

Once you get to know him well, Oliver can be a very kind person. He won't always tell you what you want to hear but you will hear the truth if nothing else. He'll begin to loosen up more and it seems that he has a greater sense of humor. He'll actually seem to be quite happy to be around some people and around certain things and while taking part in some of his favorite hobbies. You'll seem him talk passionately about what he enjoys and what he cares most about and you will see him completely cut himself off from things that he doesn't care about. When it comes down to it, Oliver would do anything for the people that he cares about and for those that he trusts and he can be very kind but it takes a long time for someone to get in a position to where they can see that in him.





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"Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it."




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Strengths:
Intelligence| Oliver is an incredibly intelligent person when it comes to information. However, the same may not be said when it comes to common sense.
Honesty| Oliver believes strongly in being honest no matter what the situation is.
Cautiousness| Oliver is a cautious person and does not trust just anyone he meets.
Non-subjective point of view| Oliver is good at detaching himself from the problem at hand and looking at it from a non-subjective point of view. This can help greatly when it comes to difficult problem solving between several people.

Weaknesses:
Trust| While it is a good thing that Oliver is cautious, it can also be a bad thing. It takes an incredibly long time for Oliver to trust someone, even if he doesn't really have a reason to be cautious of them. Also, if you happen to lose his trust after you've finally earned it, you can forget about ever getting it back under most circumstances.
Closed| Oliver is a very closed up person emotionally and it's difficult for others to see past the coldness of his attitude.
Heights| Oliver has been terrified of heights ever since he was little. It was never caused by one specific event but it's likely to have come from the fact that he was quite accident prone as a child and regularly fell down stairs, something that, at the time, seemed like quite a long fall.
Physically weak| Physically, Oliver is not very muscular at all.

Flaws:
Blunt| Oliver is a very honest person, which can lead to him being very blunt, lacking compassion when he talks to others.
Detached| Oliver tends to detach himself from people almost too easily. He doesn't even attempt to get too close to someone most of the time.
Cold| Oliver lacks very much so when it comes to empathy. He doesn't seem to have much empathy, sympathy, or compassion for most people.
Conceited| Oliver believes himself to be much more intelligent than most people around him and, even if it's true in some cases, is not a very good attribute or mindset to have.




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"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea."




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History: Oliver didn't have an easy childhood but, compared to some, he didn't have it particularly hard either. When he was a baby, Oliver was given to foster care by his mother. His father is unknown and he is not aware that he has any siblings. He was told that at the time he was born his mother could not take care of him because of the financial difficulties she was experiencing. He was told that she had said she wanted to give him his best chance and if that meant that she would have to give up her baby, then she was willing to make that sacrifice. That thought, what she had said before she left him alone, that was what made him certain that someone out there cared about him, even if he didn't know who she was. To him, she was the best super hero in the whole world because she was willing to give him the best chance that he could get.

So, the years went on and he was taken into several foster homes. Some of the parents were kind and some were not but none kept him around or ever adopted him. There always seemed to be some kind of problem with him so that he would push himself away from them or push himself away from the other children there. Because he wanted a family so badly, he would try to conform to however they wanted him to be so maybe, just maybe, someone would adopt him and he would finally be able to go home and feel normal. Even though he knew someone cared about him, it was difficult feeling like he was never going to find them or he was never going to find any kind of home at all that cared for him. He was adopted for some time in a home but it was an abusive home and they were caught abusing him when a counselor came to check up on him for one of her surprise visits after the first week he was there. Luckily, he was only there for a week and he knows that some kids are stuck in that situation much longer than he was. That never changed the fact that he continued to push people away, even more so then than he had before.

When he reached the age of eighteen, he had to leave the foster care and entered college with some funds that he had saved up ever since he was little. When he had been in the fifth grade, they had started talking about what they really wanted to do when they grew up. He knew that what he wanted to be, a scientist (he didn't know what kind at the time), would require him to have a further education past high school. So, he began to do odd jobs wherever he could and some of the foster parents gave him allowance that he saved up. He managed to open up a bank account with some help from the people in his foster home and he had his own bank account where he left the money. He never spent even a cent of this money until he was ready to go to college. With some scholarships that he was given because of his grades and for several other things he had done in high-school and because of the fact he was in the foster care system, he got into a good college and paid for the first few years.

When he graduated, he had to have specialized training and that was when he became Dr. Goodall's, a forensic anthropologist's, intern. He has since been able to pay for his won apartment with the money he receives from his job and continues to learn there. That is, up until three weeks ago when strange things started happening to water around him. It would freeze on touch and seem to move without anyone touching it. This mostly seemed to happen when he was frustrated or agitated about something. Until they could find out what was going on, they could risk damaging the bones so everyone was sent home on paid vacation time until the problem was solved. However, during this past week Oliver received a telepathic message and managed to make the excuse that one of the foster parents he had been close to was sick and he was going to see her immediately. So, now he is meeting up with the group of other avatars in attempt to fix his problem.


Family: Oliver doesn't have any biological family members that he is aware of.




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"I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall."




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Face Claim: Grant Gustin
Color: My favorite color is light blue and my favorite actor is Tom Hiddleston.

So begins...

Oliver James Phillips's Story

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Oliver was driving in his company car. When he had received the message that he was an 'avatar' or something like that, he hadn't been certain if there would be danger involved with whatever that was. So, he assumed that it would involve danger and had requested to use his work vehicle. It was quite large due to the fact that it was used to carry dead bodies back to the lab. Of course, every time they transported a body they would completely clean the vehicle so it was no problem for him to be driving it. He just wouldn't mention the fact that it happened to transport bodies if anyone else happened to ride in the vehicle with him. For the moment, he was driving on his own through the desert so he didn't have to worry about what others would think about his car. It was very apparent from the way it looked that the only reason he was driving it was because of the safety features that came with it, such as the bullet-proof glass that made up the windows.

As he continued down the road, it was fairly silent in the car except for the sound of violin music he had playing, which was quite a relief to Oliver. He had been quite worried that there would be some kind of immediate danger considering the urgency of the message he had received but that didn't seem to be the case at all. He wasn't worried at all that he had gotten lost because he had checked his route to the compound many times before he set out on this little adventure, or whatever it was going to turn out to be. He began to get slightly worried when he checked his route and wondered if he had accidentally passed by the compound or made a wrong turn because of how long he had been driving. However, that soon proved to not be the case when he saw the compound just a little ways down the road. He continued until arriving in the compound and pulling up to it, stepping out of his car. He debated whether of not to bring in his extra supplies or not. He had made sure to be prepared for anything and had brought everything he would need in case he ended up staying where he was for a prolonged amount of time.

He had brought extra clothes, soap, some packaged food, bottled water, and several other necessities. It hadn't been hard to pick the clothes he was going to bring considering that Oliver never had been much for shopping a variety of clothing. In fact, he was currently wearing what he normally would and that was a while, button up shirt with a collar along with some dark dress pants and dress shoes. He also had on a black tie with this. That was also what he packed for the next few days along with a few pairs of sweatpants and a sweatshirt to sleep in if he needed it. In the end, he decided to leave his supplies in the car. If he needed them, he could always come back out and grab them.

With this in mind, he stepped out of the car and walked into the compound, looking around to see if anyone was in the main entrance. While he didn't see anyone there, he did hear the sound of some people down the hall. He walked down the hall until arriving at some kind of training hall where he could see several others training or something like it, anyway.
"Hello?" He called, sounding somewhat hesitant. "I'm Oliver and I think I'm supposed to be here," He said, sounding quite awkward as he spoke. He obviously wasn't used to introducing himself into social situations and seemed to be quite uncomfortable as result.

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"I aim to please. Or be pleased. All depending on my mood." Warren smirked at Briar's comment towards his abilities. He watched as she brought in a bunch of rocks from the outside. "Nightlight's not gonna be happy about his braking stuff." He stated with a grin. "So let's make sure we brake stuff in a grand fashion." He smirked. He stood behind her, and looked at her pile of rocks. "Thanks to my training as a boxer, I'm able to focus on my targets. Not sure how well it'll transfer to rocks. But what hell? Boy, if you could put a phrase to describe my life, it'd be that."

"Alright first things first, get into fighting stance."
Warren ordered. "Keep you're feet wide apart. The length of your shoulders should due. Also keep yourself light on your feet, you need to be able to move quickly. Next, keep your hands up around your face." He said as he demonstrated a basic boxing stance. "Put your dominate hand closer to your face, and keep your other hand out. I'm a righty, so I keep my right fist closer to my face, and my left forward." He continued. "Most important thing is to keep your hands up. I can't stress that enough."

"Next, clear your mind. Focus only on your breathing, and your target. Don't worry about anything else. Focus on the matter at hand."
He pointed towards the target directly in front of her. "When your ready to strike, take a breath in through your nose, plant your feet firmly on the ground before you strike, and then exhale out your mouth. During your exhale you strike. And repeat." He demonstrated this by taking a deep breath in, and exhaled through his mouth, and unleashed a jab from his right fist that sent a fireball straight through the target next to the one he pointed out for Briar. "And that's all. Admittedly I'm not the best teacher of this kind of stuff. Uncle Dixon is. Well, he's not really my Uncle, everyone calls him that. Don't know why though."

Warren turned towards the guy who just walked in. "Sup?" Warren greeted. Warren grabbed his shirt off the floor, and put it back on. "Name's Warren." He introduced as he made a fireball in his hand. "What's your name Slim?" He asked. "Oliver, correct?" Danny said as he came up behind the newest arrival. "I'm Danny, the blonde is Briar, and the girl laying down on the cot of rocks is Erin." Danny said, taking care of the introductions. "No need to be nervous Ollie, sorry I mean Oliver. Sometimes I feel like I know all of you." He said, trying reassure him. "I'm sorry I didn't greet you right away. I've been trying to get every thing operational." He looked over at the broken window, and sighed. "As you can tell, it's not a easy task."

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Tsubasa drove down the deserted highway, listening to Coldplay and Imagine Dragons. It had taken him some time to get to the compound: he took a Greyhound bus to the city that felt the closest, before renting a car and heading in the direction that just felt right. It was a little weird, trying to trust his own internal GPS, but weirder things had happened.

He glanced in the rearview mirror at the paper bags in the backseat. He’d filled them with a ton of $1 Burpee seed packets, with as many different types of seeds that he could find. After all, it was a lot easier for him to encourage seeds to grow rather than summon up plants from nothing, although for some reason wherever he went, flowers that reflected his mood seemed to pop up from every place they could--cracks in the sidewalk, flower pots, planter boxes. It never seemed to drain that much energy from him, and trying to wither them was far more exhausting, so he decided to let them grow.

There was a curious thing that happened, though. When he had gone into areas where it would be impossible for any sort of plants to grow, he felt really really sick for some reason, so he’d taken to carrying around either a reusable Starbucks cup full of soil, or some sort of container with earth inside. No matter what quality of soil he put in, the flowers grew anyway. As long as he was carrying those around, he felt fine.

Telling his mom about this entire ‘avatar’ thing had been...interesting. It took several tries and 16 plants before she finally believed him. It was pretty difficult to leave her behind, but in case of this was a trap or something, she was staying behind in the apartment. Besides, she had plenty of friends in the apartment complex, so he wasn’t worried about her.

Too worried, anyway. He’d always worry about his mom, since she was pretty scatterbrained, but at least she was back home and not pulling up to a compound based on a supposedly-telepathic message.

He parked the car and grabbed the paper bag and the duffle bag, slinging his backpack on his shoulder, with the dirt thermos in the mesh cup holder. Out of habit, he locked the car, although he supposed that no one was really around to steal it, and anyone who was here probably wouldn’t be deterred by the rusty lock. There didn’t seem to be anyone around, although there was another car and a few motorbikes in front of the complex. He walked forward, Christmas roses blooming in the cracks of the highway. Probably a reflection of his nervousness.

One of the doors was unlocked, so he carefully opened it, looking both ways before entering and closing the door behind him. Picking a random direction, he kept walking. The compound didn’t seem abandoned, per say, just in a bad shape, like there had been a big fight, like the telepathic message had said.

"...ink I'm supposed to be here," a voice said nearby.

"...As you can tell, it's not a easy task," a voice answered. Tsubasa headed in that direction, and came upon what looked like a training area, with several people there already. Oh, good.

“Hello? I’m Tsubasa Kida. Nice to meet you all,” he said, smiling cheerfully at the gathered people.

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“People!”


Erin just lay there on her sand cot. She listened to Briar and Warren training. Stupid… Shouldn’t have tried doing that… you probably looked like a fool.. She scowled as she stared up at the ceiling.

Just when she felt as if she was getting her wind, another person walked into the room. She pointed at him, but even sitting up. “Attractive man approaching port side!” Erin proclaimed, letting out a loud laugh soon afterwards.

By now, Erin had sat up. She carefully stood, testing her weight on either of her feet. After realizing she was fine, she stood up straight, a grin on her face. She gave Ollie a thumbs up as Danny introduced her. “Hiya Ollie! I’m Erin, as you know, and I’m metal.” She waved, the metal snake on her wrist glimmering.

“Hello? I’m Tsubasa Kida. Nice to meet you all.”

“Another person!” Erin proclaimed, bounding over to the new person with a smile on her face. “You just missed the intro. I’m Erin, my element is metal. That’s Briar, she controls earth. Danny’s the telepath who brought us here. Warren AKA Hotshot over there controls, you guessed it, fire. Oliver, who literally walked in thirty seconds before you, controls-” Erin stopped her pointing at the people she was introducing and gazed over at Oliver. “Oh yeah, what do you control, Ollie?” She tilted her head to the side.

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Briar listened intently as Warren spoke and followed his prders as best as she could. They were pretty basic stuff, things she'd already learned from people in the gym. She took on an offensive stance and lifted her right hand close to her face. She paused and debated whether her right hand would be better to use for this kind of task. She decided against it, and lifted her left hand instead. It fit much better. Nodding to herself, she took a deep breath and lifted one of the stones until it encircled her fist. Focusing only on the target before her, Briar released her breath and mimicked Warren's earlier action, sending her rock straight to the target. It wasn't a bull's eye, but it hit and pierced through the target, making a small crater on the wall behind it.

"That was good, right?" she said to Warren before grimacing at the mess on the wall. "I suppose I should fix that, huh? Don't use me as a target," she playfully warned before walking over to the wall. She used the small pieces of the wall that found themselves on the floor and the small rock to patch up the crater and make a small design of a flower filled with thorns. She stepped back to admire her work before returning to the others.

It was then that a new person walked in, followed by Danny. Briar gave an appreciative whistle as she took in the man's form. He was handsome despite the awkward air that surrounded him. Erin seemed fine as well as she stood up when another new person walked in.

Walking next to Erin and placing her arm over the girl's shoulder, Briar nodded to the newcomers. "These lovely people have been nice enough to introduce me," she gestured with her free hand towards the others. "Briar. I control Earth. I'm not sure if you saw the little display earlier, but yeah. Earth." She waved with her hand and the rest of her rocks flew to her, surrounding her free hand and making a makeshift bracelet.

Briar turned her attention to Danny, giving him a small smirk. "You have quite the taste in choosing Avatars, Danny-boy. I mean, we have this gorgeous lady right here," she squeezed Erin a bit and tossed her a playful grin, "Mr. Hotshot over there, emphasis on hot," she tossed a wink towards Warren, "And now these two? My, my."

Releasing her hold on Erin, she took a step closer to Oliver. "What are we missing still? We have fire, earth, metal, light..." Briar snapped her finger. "Air? Water?" she pointed to Oliver and Tsubasa respectively.

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As Oliver had entered the room, he heard a girl speak up and glanced over at her when he heard what she had said. He felt his face get warm and knew that his cheeks and ears would be a light pink, if not bright red, color. He was quite easily embarrassed and it only made him more embarrassed when that resulted in him blushing. Unsure of what to say, he soon turned his attention towards the boy who said he was named Warren. When hearing the question of his name, Oliver began to answer but before he could someone else was answering for him. Listening to what the somewhat older boy had to say, Oliver nodded in understanding, looking at the others as they were introduced. He gave Danny a hesitant smile that seemed more so meant to be polite than an actual smile. "Thank you. It's fine, I understand. It's nice to meet you all," He said simply before turning to see that someone else had also just walked in and then listened as one of the girls, Erin, went through the intro once more for Tsubasa.

He listened as a conversation began and then as Briar began to talk about how attractive everyone was and felt his face begin to heat up once again. He then heard both Erin and Briar question what element he controlled. He also had noticed Briar had taken a step closer to him and he was wondering if he should take one step away but then decided that could be seen as him being rude and not as him being nervous. Besides, he was pretty sure it was already quite apparent how nervous he was. In fact, he was so nervous that he didn't even seem to register what the question was until a moment later and began to answer. However, even as he began to answer he paused for a moment before speaking, as if he wasn't sure exactly how he wanted to work what he was going to say. When he seemed content with what he had come up with just a moment after thinking, he began to speak.

"Oh, um, I'm the water avatar, I guess," He answered but then frowned, thinking a moment. "Although, I'm not entirely sure you can call it 'controlling'. I'm not very good at it. My lab was shut down for a week because they thought there was some kind of hallucinogenic gas leak that was making people see floating water. They were also checking for leaks because the floor of my boss' office was continually getting random puddles after I left. It's gotten a little better since then, though, it normally only shows up when I'm agitated. I can sort of control it now, I guess," He stated. As he spoke and simply talked about the facts of what had been going on, he seemed to be slightly more at ease. After all, Oliver was better with facts that anything else. He was certainly better with facts that he was with people.

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Danny turned to the latest arrival. It was Tsubasa Kida, the plant avatar. Well, he was glad the more calm avatars are starting to come. "Hello Tsubasa. I'm Danny. Tsubasa here is the plant avatar." Danny greeted. Warren gave him a somewhat confused look. "Plants? That's pretty lame dude." Warren smirked. "And water? Yeah.....not very comforting for a guy who can throw fireballs." Warren stated. "Be nice Hotshot. We all have our strengths and weaknesses." Danny said with a somewhat annoyed look on his face.

"I'm sorry I can't talk right now. I think I've just about to get the computers fully online." Danny said as he started to leave the room. "Need any help?" Warren asked. "I....got it under control." Danny answered with a bit of uncertainty. "Just...uh....don't break anything." Danny said as he left. How was he supposed to get these guys ready to fight monsters if he can't even keep them from tearing the base up? Danny shook his head, he can't think about it. Whether he liked it or not he's responsible for these people, and for whatever happens next.

Danny entered the main command center. The computer system was finally fully operational. "Sweet." He muttered to himself. Suddenly a bunch of lights started flashing on the computer. "What the....?" Danny said as he tried to figure out what was happening. "What in the hell is going on in Mexico?" He said as he found some strange happenings in Mexico. "Hmmm...." He was trying to think of what to do. "Oh! I got it!" He sat down in a chair, and closed his eyes.

In Danny's mind he was soaring past the U.S. and into Mexico. He made it to the Pyramid of the Moon. He could see a aura around it. It made him extremely nervous. He could sense the evil that was inside. Then the aura lashed out at him, forcing him back into his own body. Danny started hyperventilating. He took in quick, panicked breaths. 'Everyone in the control center. NOW!' Danny telepathically ordered the others.

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Character Portrait: Danny Swanson Character Portrait: Warren Lahey Character Portrait: Briar Peyre Character Portrait: Erin Altman Character Portrait: Tsubasa Kida Character Portrait: Oliver James Phillips
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After listening to Erin’s introduction and Briar’s somewhat embarrassing appraisal, Tsubasa was about to introduce himself as the plant avatar when Danny did it for him. He smiled at the dark-skinned man, before turning to Warren.

“Well, I’m not very good at controlling it yet,” he said with a small laugh, “but I think plants might surprise you.” He glanced back at the dirt thermos. It was transparent, so he could see the holly plants sprouting there. Defensiveness, but also domestic happiness. Probably more of the former than the latter. He made a mental note to try and not rub Warren the wrong way. Men (including himself) sometimes got angry about the smallest things, and he had a suspicion that if it came down to a fight, Warren would have the upper hand. He made another note to look up fireproof plants, if there were any.

He glanced at Erin, Briar and Oliver. Erin seemed like a cheerful, friendly person, whom he liked immediately. They would probably be able to get along. Briar, on the other hand, seemed very interesting and a little intimidating. He might have to clear up the minor issue of his sexuality if her comments were an indication of future action. Oliver seemed to be a bit awkward, but judging by his answer he seemed to be really competent. Which was interesting in and of itself. He also wasn’t very good at controlling his powers, which Tsubasa was guiltily thankful for. Maybe they could practice together, later on. Water and plants tended to get along well.

He was just about to talk to Erin or Briar about what had been happening before he had arrived when something that seemed like Danny’s voice burst into his head.

'Everyone in the control center. NOW!'


Tsubasa looked at the others. Although he’d seen which direction Danny had exited, he didn’t know where the control center was at all. He cleared his throat gently.

“Um, does anyone know where the control center is?”he asked, an urgent feeling making his feet itch. Something felt wrong.