He wasn’t ever meant to be a person, really; he was meant to be a tool.
He was supposed to be a revenue stream. A cure to the ultimate disease; there was no budget for the R&D of his creation because they thought he might have an endless pay out. A salvation for the Company. With Project Elixir, DCI would save the world — at a hefty profit — on their terms.
Josh Foley was a miracle. If records were to be believed, his mastery over life itself was second to none– that potential they sought to exploit to earn their place back within the modern business regime.
Unfortunately, the sample of Josh’s DNA they had was imperfect, and attempts at cloning it was not viable. That is, until they hybridized it with another mutant sample, one with a flexible and adaptive genetic code. A shapeshifter.
Kaiden Cross is not Josh Foley, though. The Company made no attempt to instill in him any part of what made Josh who he was, save his power alone; but for his power to work it required knowledge. He grew up within a Framework reality, where Kai was a prodigy, a genius, where he knew intuitively about medical sciences what others studied with difficulty. His mind and the Frameworks database were linked at a very intimate level, and he grasped biology in a way few others could.
In this reality, he never thought he had any power at all.
He was a star athlete, a star student, a medical researcher, geneticist, and as he learned to cure disease after disease, he was in truth simply learning to know and master his sense of organic matter.
Meanwhile, the Company connected him to patients in the real world, and the Framework integrated their scans with his own biological perception to heal them.
Project Elixir was showing itself to be a success.
But it was the practical part of the testing that proved the failure of the project; Kaiden could not heal without a touch, could not touch but feel what was wrong with someone, and he felt this on a level deeper then the scans of the Project Computers could provide. This created a disconnect: what he knew and what his natural senses told him diverged.
Something was wrong.
The implant, the connection that linked Kaiden into the machine, he became aware of unconsciously. He healed it, he expelled it, he became whole… and awoke in a white room, bleeding lightly from where his body rejected the implant, though already healing even that.
He was thin, weak. He had never been entirely aware of his body while in the framework. He was afraid, and confused. Kaiden may have been weak, but he wasn’t helpless. He rose, he stumbled– knowledge of walking and the reality of walking are different things– but he moved. A nurse came, and he lifted a hand and she fell.
He was shocked, afraid, horrified.
But he walked.
Kaiden escaped, almost entirely on pure instinct, and he left in his wake some hurt in his passing. He shapeshifted for the first time unconsciously, just mimicing people as he tried to fit into this world which was mostly the same– but not– that did not quite make sense.
He grew stronger, faster then he should, as he became truly aware of his own body for the first time, and his ability to manipulate it rushed his healing and strengthening.
He can’t let go of who he was within the dream– the VR psychosis the Company laid on him– but he knows he’s not that person, and this isn’t that world. He doesn’t know who he is, or where he is, truly.
The Healer who Hurts
He is a divided man, a man who can touch and feel the fullness of life, and heal that life; but he is a man who will when put into a position he can not avoid-- at all costs-- lay hands and cause pain, and he does so. It isn't that he's immune to guilt, for he knows as much as those he hurts what that hurt is, but he acts.
The Cure? The Salvation
Those who made him think he is the answer to the Phage, the great sterility plague; but he himself thinks that he is responsible for all pain that he sees around him. They hunt him to capture him and harness his power. He is driven and can't *not* use his power to save.
The Calm Within the Storm
All around him, there are things he doesn't understand, there are things always in motion he can not hold still to measure. But Kaiden is still, steady, and ready.
Power Suite One: Biokinesis
Alchemy, Kaiden, Kai, has the power over life and death. Organic matter, it is his to manipulate, his to control. By laying hands on someone, he can heal or hurt someone: but on himself, its instinctive, and goes beyond simple changes. He can mold his body like sculpted clay. For himself, almost nothing can kill him -- his power manifests all on its own to bring him back.
- Disguise - +2 Deceive when opposing efforts to see through disguise.
- Harm - Deal 2 stress by touch, add 2 stress to all fight attacks using your bare hands.
- Piercing Damage - Your Harm ignores armor ratings and works through clothing.
- Healing - May start physical consequence recovery using Will. May roll Will against Fair (+2) opposition to clear another character's stress track. Characters may only have stress cleared once per scene.
- Fast Healing - When you put another character's consequence into recovery, decrease it's severity by one step if a slot is available. Mild consequences clear immediately.
- Regeneration - Mild consequence clear at the end of a scene or when they start recovery. Other physical consequences downgrade one slot if available when they start recovery.
- Immortal - You cannot die as a result of being taken out in combat.
- Inflict Condition - You add an aspect to the target which you can invoke once for free
- Physical Recovery - You recover from all physical stress
- Must Maintain Physical Contact -Your ability is less than short-range; you Must Maintain Physical Contact to keep someone empowered. -
- “DIE!” - Nameless NPCs are taken out instantly, while named NPCs and PCs must use Will to successfully overcome a Fair (+2) obstacle or take a moderate physical consequence as their own body tears itself apart.