Arizona

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Jason Stryker

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USA/Hero

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30

Single

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Thunderbird-Man

American Patrol

N/A

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Don "Major Deej" Finger

7 Jan 2007

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History

Dr. Jason Stryker, a professional archaeologist and native Arizonan, worked at the University of Arizona teaching students, until he was released due to cost cutbacks.

Out of work, Dr. Stryker decided to use the time to continue on some of his personal studies on Native American relics at various abandoned native American Indian sites. At one of the Hopi Indian sites that was built into the side of a hill, Dr. Stryker found a secret cave under the stone floor to a head priest's temple (their priests were called cacique (pronounced kah-seek), where Stryker found a unique and ancient turquoise ring in a recessed part of an adobe wall believed to be part of the cacique's quarters.

All around the cacique's temple, Stryker saw Thunderbird symbols decorating the temple's walls pictifying resurrection and fire. In the center of the immense cave was a dais; a dais that had never been recorded or documented to have ever been used by the Hopi Indians.  In two ground out holes on the side of the dais, Dr.Stryker found two large turquoise-colored crystals When the ring and the crystals were placed close together, Dr. Stryker felt a strange sensation and immediately dropped all three items on the dais. That's when Stryker saw a mass of swirling blue, orange, yellow and red energy coalesce around the crystals and the ring.  Worried that he'd initiated some form of combustion by placing the three items close together, he used a stick to try and separate the three items from one another only for the three items to get shifted closer together, creating a larger coalescing energy field that enveloped the dais. Stryker, scared of what was happening attempted to run from the temple, however, he tripped and hit his head on the corner of the dais and was knocked unconscious. When Dr. Stryker awoke hours later, he was a changed man.

When Dr. Stryker awoke, he noticed the turquoise-colored crystals and the ring were now simply smoking, molten blobs on the dais. Dr. Stryker got up, gathered his belongings and rapidly left the site, driving back to his home in his pick-up truck. Once at home, he quickly learned that he could not only generate fire, but could manipulate it.  He fired off blasts of fire from his hands; he created rings of fire around his cacti out behind his home; he was even able to engulf himself in an aura of super-heated flame and not burn himself in the process.  Within another day's time, he learned how to fly with his new powers.  He was now a magically-empowered fire blaster and manipulator...who could also fly.

Knowing that his powers came from the items at the Hopi Indian site, he went back there to collect up the three turquoise items only to find burn stains on the dais where they once were.  He searched throughout the rest of the site, looking for further clues to his new powers, but found nothing else of significance.

Over the next week, while practicing his new powers, he realized his newfound abilities were related to the Firebird myth.  After doing more research on this, he realized that although the Firebird and Thunderbird myths were predominant in other Native American cultures (Phoenix was predominantly Greek), the Hopi only considered the Thunderbird as any direct form of lore to their culture, although it was considered to only be a harbinger of rain, not fire.  Perplexed why the Phoenix-like pictographs were located in the secretive cacique's temple, Stryker decided it was time to get real time information from the source - a modern day Hopi Indian cacique.

After a few days, Stryker found a Hopi cacique on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona.  There, after three hours of discussions, the cacique told Stryker than, with his new powers, he was now a harbinger of a greater disturbance.  The cacique told of a great serpent in the great lake (ocean) that Styker was now destined to fight the serpent to the death to save the world.  Stryker had no idea what the cacique was talking about and received no further help or information about the origin of his powers or for that matter what else to do with them.

Since then, Stryker signed up under the Super-powered Registration Act and has since joined the American Patrol, a super-powered group now based out of Houston, Texas. He's fought several super-villains and organizations, as well as used his powers for mundane actions such as helping put out local fires. He's finally found a job teaching at the Junior and Senior High School as a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) teacher. He now also has a new home off of Main Street in Keams Canyon on the Hopi Reservation.  He is active with the Hopi community and has learned to work more with his hands than ever before helping the Hopi Tribe with many community projects.

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Powers

 

  • Fire Blast

    • Sends an excellent blast of fire at a targeted foe and sets the target on fire for a short period of time.

    • Range: up to 20 yards.

  • Fire Ball

    • Hurls an remarkable exploding Fireball that consumes a targeted foe, and all nearby enemies.

    • Anyone in that explosion is burned and set ablaze. Range: up to 30 yards.

  • Rain of Fire

    • Summons a good Rain of Fire over a targeted location of up to a 50 foot diameter, burning foes and reducing their movement speed within that area.

    • Range to create epicenter of rain: 200 feet max.

  • Blaze

    • A short range (15 foot range), but a remarkably devastating flame attack.

  • Ring of Fire

    • Immobilizes a single target in a Ring of fire. Deals some typical fire damage over time. Useful for keeping villains at bay.

  • Combustion

    • Allows him to violently raise the temperature around himself up to 6 feet away in an attempt to spontaneously combust any nearby foes and set them ablaze, dealing remarkable damage over time.

  • Blazing Aura

    • When activated, he is surrounded by good flames that continuously burn all foes that attempt to enter melee range of within 2 feet.

  • Resistance to Fire

    • Arizona does not get burned by his own powers and has an unearthly level of resistance to any other forms of heat or fire.

  • Flight/Levitation

    • Arizona can fly up to 150mph.  He cannot carry any more than 250 lbs with him, and even then, it gets a bit 'warm' being part of his thermal flying power.

    • Max altitude: 2000 feet.

 

Equipment

  • American Patrol Smartphone

    • Contains the highest powered smartphone capabilities, with an independent self-recharging power source and a range of 25 miles, or via satellite or cellular towers.

  • Magical Port Crystal

    • Square, 2 in x 2 in. Light blue clear crystal

    • Used for summoning teammates to bearer's location or bearer to a summoned location

    • Allows 1 minute response time; bearer can use Latin words to call for help or choose not to be teleported

    • 100,000 mile range

    • Requires magical recharge after 1 year

  • Body Suit/Goggles

    • Tight-weave fire-retardant/hyper-cooled bodysuit

      • Although he is resistant to his own powers, this suit allows his body to cool-down rapidly (room temp within 10 seconds) so he doesn't burn anything he or his body touches.

    • Goggles

      • The goggles aid in him seeing through his own fiery powers so he can focus better on his targets.

      • Without the goggles, his accuracy is diminished by a couple levels when using his own powers.

Talents

 
  • Archaeologist (Doctorate)

  • University Doctorate Studies (Doctorate)

  • Public School Teacher (Professional)

  • Native American culture (Master)

  • Hopi Indians (Professional)

  • Anthropology (Professional)

  • North American Mythology (Proficient)

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