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Diego Cardosa

"Isto e otimo!"

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Mike53210

Description

Real Name Diego Cardosa
Alias(es) Blue Beetle
Age 17
Height 5'10
Weight 165 lbs
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Skin Tone Light brown
Race Human
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status None
Relationship Status Single

Religious Beliefs None
Physical Condition Normal

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Personality

People often find Diego odd because he appears to talk and argue with himself on many occasions, when it is actually the Blue Beetle Scarab interacting with him. He disagrees with its suggestions on most occasions, as it finds lethal courses of action preferable to capture and restraint. Being a host for the Khaji Da, Diego has a strong respect for all nature. Even if the scarab would allow him to, he would not intentionally inflict harm to it.

Diego is defiant and does not like being told what to do or being dismissed. He generally thinks things through and formulates a plans before taking action, unless he is angered; this causes him to act impulsively. The young hero is very stubborn, and most find it incredibly difficult to change his mind once he has it made up. He also takes great delight in the thrill of battle, frequently searching for action to gauge his skill with the Scarab. One of Diego's cardinal traits is that he is a adrenaline junky & thrill-seeker, willing to go to great lengths to get a rush.

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Powers and abilities

Diego Cardosa possesses no known superhuman powers. He relies entirely on the Blue Beetle armor he wears.

Bilingualism: Diego can speak English and Brazilian Portuguese, and mixes elements from both in his speech.


The Scarab has displayed the following abilities since its bond to Cardosa. It can opt to use its powers of its own accord, though it typically defers to Diego. However, if Diego doesn't want the Scarab to use a power, he can override it. Should Diego fall prey to a body-controlling power, the Scarab will take control of the armor.

Some of the Scarab's powers can function regardless of whether the armor is active or not; others, however, only work when the armor is in use. Those powers that depend on the armor are listed under its heading.

According to Diego, the Scarab has a number of 'options' beyond those listed below, some of which are apparently capable of destroying a city.

Artificial Intelligence: Normally, the Reach's command sentience parameters, stored in a Scarab's database, give a Scarab sentience and serve to make it obedient to the Reach. An infusion of magical energies sometime in the distant past altered the Scarab, denying the Reach control. When the Scarab's infiltrator mode was triggered, the Scarab was able to develop its sentience without being in service to the Reach. It also had the opportunity to access the programming of other Scarabs as well. As a result, the Scarab has its own mind, with full access to its own programming,
Symbiotic Synaptic Interface: The Scarab's nervous system is bonded to Diego's, letting the two share their thoughts and emotions. The Scarab communicates with Diego as a voice in his mind. No-one else can hear it.
Scarab Mindlink: The Scarab can mentally communicate with Scarabs that have not integrated with a host. It can also interface with Scarabs which have created full infiltrators, although this requires Diego to breach the infiltrator's armor.

Tracking Systems: The Scarab can track anything which produces energy, be it biological, technological or mystical. It can track anyone Diego met since it bonded with him, from at least seventy miles.
Scarab Sight: The Scarab can scan the people Diego encounters, informing him of any major physical conditions (such as pregnancy). It can identify and scan metahumans. It can identify people related to those it's already encountered via genetic analysis.

The Scarab is able to identify thought-patterns, enabling it to see if something is sentient. It can identify matching energy signatures, letting it see if the energy patterns were developed from the same basis. It can also see extra-dimensional objects. It is continually aware of the electricity in the surrounding environment.

It can perceive magic, see how a magical effect can be dispelled, and see through magical concealment.

The Scarab's scans can cover at least a five mile square. It communicates the information it gleans to Diego in a manner he can understand.

Temporal Flux Detection: The Scarab can detect changes in the timeline affecting the Blue Beetle legacy; to Diego, this manifests as intense static.
Network Connection: The Scarab can establish a connection to communication systems, enabling Diego to speak to the person on the other end.

Clothing Manifestation: The Scarab can create clothes for Diego, apparently from recycled waste and skin, which melt when he takes them off.

Concealment: The Scarab is capable of concealing itself from 21st century technology (though Skeets, from the 25th century, was able to find it). It can shut off cameras and microphones in its vicinity. The Scarab has blocked a magical attempt to probe it, lashing out at the person who tried.

Healing

Host Reconfiguration: The Scarab can modify Diego's body to a certain extent (e.g., offering to give him extra fingers), although just how far the modifications can go is unknown.
Danger Sense: Through the Host Reconfiguration ability of his Scarab, Diego has been gifted with an extrasensory danger sense which warns him of potential immediate danger by the manifestation of a tingling sensation in the back of his skull. He cannot discern the nature of the threat by the sensation. He can, however, discern the severity of the danger by the strength of his response to it.

Blue Beetle Armor: The Scarab can create a distinctive suit of armor in response to Diego's thoughts, or when it deems use of the armor necessary. Once the Scarab dispels the armor, it retracts back into Diego's body.

Superhuman Strength
Superhuman Agility
Superhuman Reflexes

Environmental Protection: The armor allows Diego to survive in a variety of hazardous environments ranging from Earth orbit, to the timestream, to the Bleed. It can survive extreme temperature and pressure. It can survive the heat and impact of atmospheric re-entry without seeming damage, even when the earth around it has been turned to glass. The armor can be completely sealed for operations in vacuum or underwater, providing its own life support, and is shielded against radiation, biological, chemical, corrosive, kinetic, and electrical attacks as well.
Armor Reconfiguration: The armor can reconfigure itself to create a wide array of tools and weapons, including an energy cannon, a sword and shield, a grappling hook, an energy blaster, claws, wings, and a set of large powered blades attached to the hands, over a foot in length, that can shear through tree trunks.
The armor's equipment is mutable to a certain extent, most noticeably in the wings; initially, they were composed of the same solid 'carapace' which comprises the rest of the suit, but later, they began manifesting themselves in the form of a colorless, translucent material. Whether this is because of changes in the suit's capabilities, or because Diego intended the alteration, has not been made clear.
Partial Armor Manifestation: Diego can manifest parts of the armor - like the energy blaster - without needing to manifest the whole suit.
Flight: The armor can typically reach speeds in excess of Mach 10.
Wing Shields: The armor can create a pair of wings, enabling Diego to fly and hover. They can also double as shields, should the need arise.
Jet Propulsion: When in flight, the armor can manifest a 'jet engine', enabling Diego to fly at greater speed, at the expense of close maneuverability.

Energy Manipulation: The Scarab can shape and manipulate the energy it stores for a variety of effects, including energy blasts, energy cocoons, small-scale solid constructs (shields, chains, etc.), and 3-D holograms. Its energy shields can block a Sinestro Corps ring's blasts.
Energy Conversion Power Recharge: The armor is also able to absorb and convert nearby or far away energy sources, such as heat, solar, electrical, magnetic, geo-thermal or kinetic energy or energy from the planet itself into electricity, or even drain energy directly into the batteries for recharge.

Antagonist Adaptation: The armor can tailor its blasts for use against specific opponents (e.g., Kryptonite radiation against a Kryptonian, suppression blast against a mob). The blasts can penetrate a Green Lantern ring's shield. The armor can call up anti-magic effects against magical opponents. By the Scarab's own estimation, it can even develop countermeasures that can take on the Spectre.

Energy Bubble: The armor is able to create a temporary energy bubble around Diego and/or people nearby. The bubble shields those inside from outside attacks, but prevents them from leaving. A Flash who tries to vibrate through it will find themselves blasted by the bubble.

Vibrational Frequency Manipulation: The Scarab can negate the vibrational frequencies of extra-dimensional objects, pulling them into this reality. The area of effect of this latter is unknown; it has been seen to affect objects at least the size of Brother Eye. According to the Reach, this should be impossible.
The Scarab can also shift Diego out of phase with the universe, making him invisible and intangible to anything apart from Reach-tech.

Bleed Diving: Diego can shift into the Bleed, the space that connects the various universes. He can utilize the Bleed's unique properties for various effects, such as instantaneous teleportation, or shifting back in time a few minutes to appear in more than one place simultaneously. At best, he has only enough energy to dive into the Bleed ten times in quick succession.

Translation: The armor can translate Mother Box communication into a form comprehensible to Diego.
Waste Disposal: While wearing the armor, Diego finds that he doesn't need to go to the toilet, though he does still need rest.

Strength level
The Scarab's own strength is minimal. However, its armor grants its hosts enough strength to move small trucks.

Weaknesses
Green Lantern Corps: The Scarab sees the Green Lantern Corps as the 'enemy'. In Diego's first few days as the Beetle, the Scarab did everything in its power to get him away from the Lanterns - up to and including shifting him outside the universe. As Diego's experience with the Scarab's armor has developed, the Scarab has taken a more aggressive approach against the Lanterns, urging Diego to kill them.
The Green Lantern rings, for their part, fear the Scarab, responding in different ways depending on their wielders (e.g. John Stewart's sparks, as if afraid, while Guy Gardner's induced what can only be described as a 'super-migraine', along with an intense desire to kill the Scarab's bearer).

Truce With Nature: The Scarab will not hurt nature, or the magical creatures thereof, of its own volition.

Alien Sentience: The Scarab's sentience is distinctly alien; while it won't hurt nature, it has shown no such reluctance when it comes to humans, being willing to injure or kill them. Fortunately, Diego has so far prevented it from killing anyone.

Reach Tech: The Scarab's armor can be breached by the weapons of other Scarabs. Equally, however, the Scarab is able to breach other Scarabs' armor.
Originally, the Scarab was unable to attack the Reach and their technology. Diego overrode the Scarab's programming, 'reprogramming' it so that it was able to fight the Reach.

Magic: While the Scarab is aware of magic, it doesn't understand it. It's able to perceive, absorb, and disrupt magical energies, but little else. As a result, creatures of magic are often a significant challenge. The Scarab can't analyse certain mystical creatures, and so is unable to develop countermeasures for them. When faced with certain other mystical entities, such as the Spectre, the Scarab panics, offering Diego ever more powerful weapons to take them on.

Magnetic Shielding: Strong magnetic fields block the Scarab's ability to track DNA.

Dispelling The Armor: Dispelling the armor originally caused Diego intense pain. As time has passed, however, Diego has found the process getting easier.

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Diego Cardosa's Story

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Diego Cardosa stepped into the bar wearing his usual attire; which consisted of a dark blue pair of jeans, Rook Mob shirt, a burgundy Enjoi hoodie and matching Vans. The small blue scarab rested in the middle of his back, well hidden under his clothing. His eyes focused on the floating camera that was snapping pictures, and then to the two creatures fighting near him. That's when the Scarab chimed in..

Two Drows, scans show that the two are mates. Lethal force is advised to eliminate both combatants! Diego shook his head at the voice in his head, and made his way over to an empty seat across from Keith. Several non-human entities detected in this establishment announced the Scarab.

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EXTRA-DIMENSIONAL ENTITY DETECTED, ENTITY'S ATTEMPT TO BREACH HOST'S MIND BLOCKED.

"Do you have to shout everything you say? It gets annoying." Diego replied to the Scarab, seemingly talking to himself since only he could hear its voice. He ordered himself a vanilla milkshake and a burger platter with fries before turning to watch the escalating conflict in the bar. Dinner and a show, this is great! Diego thought to himself, loving how there was even an announcer to make things more exciting.

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Diego Cardosa thanked the waitress when his food was brought to him, slipping her a few bills to cover the cost. Afterward he took one of the fries, dipped it in the milkshake, and tossed it into his mouth. He was getting detailed information on this 'Keith' character that confronted the two Drows, mostly physical description and current weapons. They seemed to be taking it quite well that this man came to arrest, or possibly kill Zahvendiel.

Diego shrugged lightly before picking up his burger and taking a bite out of it, which caused his taste-buds to flare. "Caralho this is good.." He said to himself, proceeding to take several more bites followed by a gulp of creamy milkshake to wash it down.
ESCALATING CONFLICT POSES A THREAT TO HOST, LETHAL FORCE IS ADVISED TO ELIMINATE RISK FACTOR. "You know..your willing..ness to kill worries me." said Diego in between chews.

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Diego couldn't help but notice Abramo staring at him from the bar. He sent a gentle wave his way, but didn't do much else.

The rising throne in the corner caught Diego's attention, prompting him to look in that direction to see what it was. Upon seeing the woman seated in the golden seat, the young man froze, his mouth hanging open slightly. "Caramba.. ela e quente." Diego shook his head, hoping the woman hadn't noticed him completely lose his composure. He had completely disregarded the horns the protruded from her skull.

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Diego Cardosa couldn't help but chuckle at CAM's 'Corrupt Bounty Hunter' remark, founding the little automaton amusing. Since the situation seemed to calm itself, Diego decided to provide himself with some entertainment. By extending his index finger and applying a mere thought, the Brazilian-American boy caused a small portion of his Blue Beetle armor to manifest itself around his finger. This was followed by the armor forming a small cannon above his first two knuckle joints, which he then used to destroy a few glass left on tables by previous patrons; this of course causing glass to fly out in random directions.

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"Exoskeletons are cool, you should get one." He replied to Zei while giving a thumbs up, finishing what was left of his milkshake. His attention then turned to Abramo, whose remark caused him to quirk a brow. "I don't think I am." he retorted.

MILDLY AGGRESSIVE TONE DETECTED, SUGGESTED MANEUVER: ERADICATION OF MASKED LIFE-FORM.

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"Sounds like a good idea to me." said the young Diego to Nikodemus as he stepped into the bar. He was wearing his usual Skater attire, which hid the blue scarab attached to the center of his back.

He made his way over to a table to the left of David and took a seat, ordering himself a cold glass of apple juice with the holomenu built into to the table. "I'll do it as well, if the offer is for more than one person." He said.

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"I'm done for the hardest, biggest Gargantua you all have." Diego enjoyed using his suit every chance he got, and he enjoyed prizes even more. Then the older teen bumped into him, causing him to spill some of his orange juice. "No problem man."He replied.

ASSAULT DETECTED, ELIMINATE LIFE-FORM IN QUESTION. The Scarab chimed in, but only Diego could hear it. "Shut up will you." He replied to the sentient device, which made it seem like he was talking to himself.

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Diego Cardosa turned his head to Sinclair when he asked him if he was okay, and quickly nodded his head. "Yeah, it's uh..complicated." He said, "Seems technology doesn't get along with you well, sim? Aqui." Diego leaned over to Sinclair's table and extended a finger. Suddenly, a small portion of his Blue Beetle armor erected itself from the skin on his finger. He touched it to the table, causing a series of blue patterns to spread across the face of the holographic menu before disappearing seconds later. "Should work now." He said.

Diego nodded to Nikodemus once he finished his explanation, "Sounds like a plan then." He decided that he would remain in the bar for a little while, and sip his apple juice.

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"I basically rebooted it." He said as the armor receded back into his skin, "É fácil." He shrugged lightly, and took a few more sips of his apple juice. Though he didn't seem like it, Diego already had a good understanding of technology before the Scarab bonded with him. He probably would have been able to do it without it, but that would have taken longer.

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"I basically rebooted it." He said as the armor receded back into his skin, "É fácil." He shrugged lightly, and took a few more sips of his apple juice. Though he didn't seem like it, Diego already had a good understanding of technology before the Scarab bonded with him. He probably would have been able to do it without it, but that would have taken longer.

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"Diego." He replied, "And yours?" He ordered himself another glass of apple juice, which somehow ended up on his table when he wasn't looking. He always wondered what caused this, probably some form of magic. He wasn't complaining, though.

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"Nice to meet you as well."

He nodded, "Sim, I was about to head over to the ruins now." He was only staying to see the other people who volunteered to compete in the competition, and seeing how Nikodemus just left, there was no need to stay any longer.

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Diego Cardosa stood up, picked up his glass of apple juice, and headed towards the door. While walking, he pushed his palm against his knuckles, producing several audible 'pops'. He then reached forward to open the door, and headed outside.

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Diego Cardosa stepped into The Ruins shortly after Sinclair arrived and looked around. "This place is..somewhat depressing." He said aloud, moving over to sit on a broken pillar. He looked around for this portal Nikodemus had mentioned, but he didn't see it anywhere.

Picking up on his thoughts, the Scarab chimed in once more.. SHALL I SCAN FOR TELEPORTATION DEVICE? "You have to ask now?" Diego replied. The alien tech proceeded with the scan of the area, but it found nothing.

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Diego nodded, "Now we just wait for him to get here." He held up one finger, and pointed it toward one of many clusters of rocks scattered across the ground. A few seconds later, the same navy blue armor from earlier manifested itself on his finger; which then erected a small laser cannon on the top of his second knuckle joint.

A mere application of will caused the cannon to fire a small beam of energy, dazzlingly blue-ish white and incredibly hot. The beam collided with the rock and completely incinerated it, leaving nothing in its place.

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"Won't have to worry about that with this tech." He replied, looking at the display of power straight faced. The Scarab quickly went to work, attempting to remotely scan the energy that sprang from Sinclair's hand.

When the results came back inconclusive, he knew exactly what it was. The one thing that the Khaji-Da couldn't scan was Magic. "Magic?" He asked just to be sure.

MAGIC USER DETECTED, POSSIBLE THREAT TO SCARAB AND HOST. SPONTANEOUS LETHAL FORCE ADVISED TO ELIMINATE THREAT.

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"Duvido que, I doubt that." He chuckled. Diego had gone up against some real heavy hitters in the magic department, and even they haven't managed to hex his armor. It was especially good when dealing with foreign intrusions. Although it couldn't develop direct countermeasures for magical creatures, it had no problem absorbing and disrupting the actual energy that was magic.

"So what do you think these prizes will consist of? Hope it's something worthwhile."

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"I'd like some higher grade tech to integrate into my system." He said. "Who's the council?" He asked curiously. Whoever they were, they seemed to be giving him a hassle.

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"Yeahhh..no. Not my type of thing." Diego was never really big on rules, at least not strict ones. That was primarily the reason why he never joined one of those hero teams.

Diego turned his head to David and shook his head, "None of us can seem to find it." He took a moment to analyze the armor that he wore. It didn't seem to be practical to him, just a bunch of metal packed on-top of each other. Everyone had there preferences, though.

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"Just told you." Diego retorted before turning around to blast more stones with his finger-cannon. He wondered what was taking Nikodemus so long, he probably was still trying to recruit people in the bar.


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"Someone seems confident despite sporting a piece of shit armor." Diego replied. He had dealt with people like this before. Overconfident in the abilities of their tech, underestimating him because he was a teen.

The truth was, there was very few forms of technology that were more advanced than the Khaji-Da, and none were available to any mortals. Alas, Diego would have the opportunity to show the Scarab off in due time.


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Diego Cardosa picked up on the presence of two other individuals seconds before someone shouted in the distance. He headed in the direction of the sound and stopped when he saw the woman in the blue dress and the man beside her.

"About time." He said, "I was beginning to think we had been lied to." The brown-skinned boy examined the two carefully before sitting down on one of the smoother pillars that decorated The Ruins. He remembered more people saying they were down for the Gargantua Hunt as he coined it, guess they pussied out.

Oh well, more money and prizes for him. "So when do we get started?" He asked.

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Diego nodded at her request, "So it's televised as well, parece legítimo." With a single thought, Diego commanded the entirety of his Blue Beetle armor to manifest itself. The armor covered every inch of his body from the neck down, since he wanted the crowd to see his face. It was a sexy piece, composed of red, navy blue, and baby blue material.

"Diego Cardosa, acting Blue Beetle." He scratched his head and looked around.. only three other contestants. He had partially hoped there would be more, that way he can have fun picking them apart.

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Diego Cardosa stepped into the portal with a smirk on his face. "And it begins.." were the last words that could be heard before he vanished.