Carl Sterling was an above average child with an unremarkable background. Born of suburban WASP father and Jewish mother,this only child got A's and B's and was socially normal. The only dark spot on the blond haired ,brown eyed youth was a near kleptomania level of theft, developed at an early age. After finally getting caught by his mother at the age of 5, Carl hid this much better. Never again would he be caught, not by anyone.
7 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
When Carl was 12 , at a friends birthday party, Carl engaged in the common party petting / kissing game with Emily Braddoch, the object of his heart's desire. In the middle of the adolescent act, his mutant ability manifested. He looked at her and suddenly, they physically shifted places, teleport style.Both were left dazed and bewildered by this, and Emily never spoke to him or anyone else about it. Unsure about this event, Carl went about his average , theft ridden life.
OUTSIDE 'HAPPY DAVE'S'
At the age of 17, He was under age drinking with some friends and went out back to vomit. While he was retching He spotted a bum laughing at him and starting to tease. Carl glared at him and once again, he switched places with the man sitting 50 feet away from him. This time he understood what was happening. After he was feeling better he consciously tried to switch place with a very drunk woman and he succeeded. From that moment he had a plan.
MILITARY SERVICE IN AFGHANISTAN
Carl joined the Marines as soon as he could, to gain the combat skills he would need for his planned life as a criminal mastermind. He casually (and secretly ) switched places with friend and foe alike, heedless of the deaths he was causing. It wasn't that he was a true sociopath, it him it was learning deadly arts and mastering his mutant ability. Other's death was just a side effect. After serving his single enlistment period , Carl went away and Castle emerged.
LIFE AS A SUPERVILLIAN
Castle has the mutant ability to switch place by merely glancing at an individual.who is left moderately disoriented He has surrounded himself with other villains who can take advantage of this. He switches places with his foes, putting them in terrible position or setting up his friends in advantaged positions. Having a near limitless ability to do this makes his team far more powerful than it would be.He will often start a fight by having a flying compatriot carry him, switching places and then the flyer drops the helpless one.Sticking to heavily populated areas, he also has the ability to rapidly 'jump' away by quickly switching from passer by to further away passer by etc. He is a skilled hand to hand fighter in his own right but avoids melee combat most of the time. He wears non-descriptive clothes to blend in if he needs to make a getaway. He doesn't care who gets hurt and will put helpless bystanders in harms way, often with fatal consequences, employing this tactic vrs heros who he know harming a civilian would be devastating to. He has caused at least 3 super strong bricks to quit the business by having them kill innocents. All just a day at work for him.
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I'm not sure I understand his switching places, is his mind/spirit/anima body hopping, allowing him to possess people and then do what he wants with their body and his skill set? Are they transferred to his body for the duration, or are they repressed while he skin-rides them? Does his body lay comatose if they don't? What are the limits of this ability, and can other resist it?
What is his villainous motivation? What does he want from the world, did it wrong it, or does he merely disprove of it? Does he have a master plan?
On a more basic level, he is incredibly average, brown hair and blue eyes, WASP, marine, and that's all we know about him. I want to know more, I want some sort of insight into Castle to know who he is and what he wants. We don't know what he cares about, what he looks like, if he has any mannerisms, any calling cards or hallmarks that someone on his trail would be able to recognize.
Lots of potential, but lots of questions too.
The way I understood it, the switching places ability is that he can physically switch places with someone else rather than possessing people. But I agree the first mention of the switching places was confusing- I thought it was a teleport ability like that movie where people can hop from place to place via a postcard (?) and there's a religious cult after these people to eliminate them cos they think such an ability is God's domain.
But yeah, this is more a super villain bio in that it concentrates on events as opposed to what most NPC subs here usually contain on motivation and personality.
As I rethink my constant running in and out of here, I realize NPCs subs are prob the worst kind of sub I can work on here.I am a product of my environment. That environment is the gaming bubble I live in, my players would have no appreciation for a lot of elements that might be found in what would be considered a mature game. The short version of this is that I have no need for anything more than 2 dimensional characters. I am basically still running the game as I was from 1981 when my still existing group started.This colors my writing and what I like to read. I in fact do not read NPCs here, They lack the practicality of my needs. What is different about my recent sojourn here is that I am correctly coming to terms with my realities. I need to mesh my basic needs with being a proper member of this group.I have great idea's but far too often I execute them poorly here, not in the way that has become the standard for others.I think with some effort I can blend my short windiness w/ that standard. Prob my last try at an NPC here, but by far not my last sub.
Not bad, though the point I need to understand is how did he cause deaths with his ability? Is he pulling an Agent Smith on people he exchanges places with, or is he like, replacing the guy who is shooting at him, so the guy shoots himself?
I'll make his power a little clearer