Why try to explain miracles when you can plant a garden? You may never know what will come of what you sow, but if you do not plant a seed, nothing will grow.
Autumn Rees is the daughter of William and Gweynlillian Rees, a lower-upper-class (or upper-middle class, depending on how you look at it) couple who moved to Chicago explicitly to make use of the Lake Michigan Ark. Formerly of Carmarthenshire (a county in Wales), they found the developing ‘free city’ atmosphere of Chicago to be preferred, and a better place to raise a child then the increasingly alarming environment of nearby Europe. This was before Autumn was born, of course. Consequently, she’s a clone of genetic material from the Lake Michigan Ark; she comes from a stable and happy family. They wanted a child, and were desperate to have one. They (obviously) knew she was a mutant, had no problem with it; her home environment was stable and loving. They themselves were both infertile humans, of course.
Named Autumn after her leafy hair and green skin, her parents did everything they could to shield their child from the harsh world she would someday face; and to prepare her for the flowering of her mutant powers. They were religious, but not proud or ostentatious about it. Her father worked for a megacorp, and her mother taught art. It might seem like they had pointless, ordinary lives – but they tried to practice ordinary acts of kindness, and this was something Autumn absorbed growing up.
As a teenager, she found her connection to the natural world growing. It was obvious, both from the genetic information gleaned from study of the ark and the stored material that spawned her…and a simple glance at her…that she would have some sort of connection; but while she was very young, it seemed to be mostly cosmetic. As she grew into womanhood, it became apparent she had an empathy for the natural world around her. For the plants, the trees, the people. She needed sunlight and exposure to it the way others needed mere food; and when the natural world around her (the plants or the people) became disturbed or upset, her mood suffered as well. And, rarely, vice-versa. Her parents did not understand this, but they did accept it, and they loved her.
As an adult, she did not maintain her parent’s Christian faith; neither did she reject or scorn it. Neither did she turn to any of the other traditional religions, or even new-age superstition. Instead, she found her spirituality in what was around her. The people of the sprawl, whose emotions she felt so keenly. The struggling plants, trees and weeds, whose needs touched her heart and soul. The warmth of the sun upon her, the scene of the breeze. She cares for what is around her, right now in the moment, and how you can live a good life. She doesn’t want wealth, or fame or heroics; but to help nourish and grow what is around her. Yes, she sees the world in gardening metaphors.
She thinks great things must start as little things, as seeds – and it is for the lack of attention to these seeds that so many who wish to do great things fail. So she sticks to the seeds, the simple things. She prefers to try and work with the impoverished, the destitute and the homeless, to set up urban gardens to offer fresh food and produce for those who could not afford it, or might have little to eat at all. She’s not above helping a Megacorp however, if it needs assistance growing a plant faster, or needs some other assistance relating to her powers. She tries to do what good she can, where she can. But she prefers the small things. It is those things upon which the world turns.
Autumn's mutation gives her a connection to the natural world around her. This is both metaphorical and literal; as she's part plant.
Autumn has an empathic connection to the world around her. She can sense the emotions of people and plants; and her emotional state tends to be in harmony with the 'general state of things' around her. She does have independent thoughts and feelings; but the one often influences the other. As a result, she will find that there will be times when her emotional state is not entirely under her control, again, depending on how calm, damaged, serene, harmonious, or upset the people/plants around her are, and how much willpower she has. She can easily become absorbed in the troubles or concerns of others around her.
Autumn spends much of her free time trying to help others; she's filled with compassion, especially for the poor and downtrodden. The more a thing suffers (and it doesn't need to be human or even sentient; she cares for all equally) - the more she wants to help ease its pain.
Power Suite One: Gaian Empathy
Autumn has an intrinsic genetic link to the natural world around her; this is most closely tied in with the ecological health of the plants in her vicinity, but also the people to an extent as well. As a result of this link, she's somewhat more a creature of the natural world then most, manifesting in some obviously plantlike traits; but she can also use it to manipulate the world around her as well, causing plants to grow and move, to sense the emotions of those around her, and to somewhat manipulate them in turn.
- Influence - May roll Rapport vs Will. On success, may give the target a simple, short term command. Named NPCs or PCs opt to take 1 mental stress instead of following the command. No character will follow a command that will lead to obvious self harm.
- Plant Control - Communicate with plants up to 2 zones away. Control actions with Empathy, including animating them.
- Telepathy - Choose one: Read emotions with Empathy, surface thoughts with Notice or deep thoughts and memories with Investigate in your zone or adjacent zone. Targets aware of telepathic capabilities may oppose with Will.
- Area Attack - Attack everyone in a zone
- Inflict Condition - You add an aspect to the target which you can invoke once for free
- Plant Physiology - Autumn has a plantlike physiology. This means that, in addition to all the normal human needs, she needs plenty of sunlight, is vulnerable to herbicides, is potentially vulnerable to Plant Control, needs occasional contact with the dirt on her feet, and is very much an obvious mutant. Regular medicine may (or may not) work on her.
- Rapid Reforestation - It is a Great (+4) obstacle for anyone attempting to enter or leave the zone. Of course, this revenge of nature will tear up anything on the ground.
Autumn calls the local friendly SHIELD agents to impart some information
Autumn and Raquel meet for coffee to discuss a case. They end their conversation with the philosophical.
A new library is being established out in the South Sprawl, and while Autumn tries to give them a warm welcome, others are considerably less welcoming.
Autumn is working on building some hedges to deter drive-by shootings in her community garden in the South Sprawl, when Galena stops by to visit. They chat a bit.
The son of Sebastian Shaw is driving through Chicago when his limousine goes up in a massive explosion, and paramilitary assassins descend from the sky to kill him with plasma weapons. Things go downhill from there.
While searching the Sprawl for people of interest, Raquel comes upon one of Autumn's urban Gardens. They talk- and there is a drive by.
Autumn has assembled volunteers to help her set up a new community garden in the heart of purifier territory. It is a terrifying and uplifting experience. There is also pizza involved.
Kaylee Simmons and Jericho are getting coffee at a gimmicky local coffee shop. They encounter Autumn Rees, and a crazed drug addict briefly interrupts the afternoon.
Raquel Munoz encounters Autumn, whom is giving away free potted vegetable plants in the middle of the Chicago winter.