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Defender (AKA Astroguardian)
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Space OddityDavid Bowie
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INFO

 

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John Wescamp

Known

Hero

Yes

mid 30s

Divorced

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Defender, Defensor, Earth (1974)

Astroguardians, Guardians

N/A

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Don "Major Deej" Finger

1974 (as Earth); 3 Jan 2007​

 RELATIONS:

  • Roger Richmond AKA Dauntless I (Great Grandfather, deceased)

  • Carol Richmond (Great Grandmother, deceased)

  • Kevin Richmond (Grandfather, deceased)

  • Pamela Richmond (Great Aunt)

  • William "Billy" Richmond (Great Uncle)

  • Kathy (Paris) Wescamp (Mother)

  • Wescamp, Gayle (Pasrons) (ex-wife, divorced)

History

 

John Wescamp, a former United States Space Command Captain, a former Space Academy football and baseball star, and an Astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has since become one of the most powerful star-faring superheroes of Earth.

John came from a good family with a military history and Washington DC ties.  His mother was a politician for the State of  New York and his father...was unknown and never spoken of.  John grew up in private schools with a quality education.  While in grade school, the Soltan Star Empire had invaded Earth, however, due to his mother's political connections, she and he were taken to Cheyenne Mountain and housed in one of the ten separate facilities in the mountain.  Although the main facility was destroyed, they survived in the #7 facility until the Soltans were chased off Earth several months later.  They both survived, but this pushed John to want to go into space and do what he could to stop the evil aliens.

 

Later, in his teens, he attended the New York Military Academy for his last two years of high school and was then accepted into the newly formed United States Space Command  and its first year with an Academy.  There, he became a star football and baseball player, predominantly known leading the Space Command Academy to a National College Football  League Championship his junior year.  He graduated in the top 10% of the first graduating class of the Academy.  He was smart, focused and had an innate ability to lead.  He was loved and revered by all and was always a fair person and a straight shooter.

In his first few years with Space Command, he was assigned to the new Space Command HQ located in Montana. There, he worked as a liaison between Space Command's Research & Development teams and G.U.A.R.D.'s newly formed ASTROGUARD division in building a new propulsion and weapons technology that was being designed for a secretive starship called Terracer 1.  By this time, his mother was now a New York Senator.  Sadly, she fought against funding for Terracer 1...which obviously affected her son's career and the needed funding Space Command needed to even start to figure out how to stop the next alien invasion. As a result, John was 'let go' from his position. Luckily, a man named Vladimir Vorisch from GUARD came to John with a new job offer.

G.U.A.R.D.'s ASTROGUARD division leader, Vladimir Vorisch, wanted a quality man like John Wescamp to work with ASTROGUARD. He offered the opportunity to train up as a GUARD member who would apply his skills and training to becoming one of their best spacecraft pilots, which they were in short supply of. John agreed to the offer and after months of intensive training and studying, John was flying GUARD shuttles, fighters and still, on the fly, working with and on the Terracer 1 starship.  Sadly, once Terracer 1 was built, politics got in the way and instead turned Terracer 1 from a powerful offensive weapon to a defensive tool to be tethered to Earth, patiently awaiting action against any incoming alien invasions. John knew Terracer 1 was being severely underutilized and was very sad not to have been part of their crew.  He even secretly wanted to join the Terracer 1 crew after hearing rumors that the crew wanted to secretly 'steal' Terracer 1 and go take out the Soltans (who'd since been hiding on the far side of Mars), but John knew that was nothing more than a suicide run...and a waste of good people and a starship. Nonetheless, John became very involved in testing the next generation ion engines, weapons and defenses that ASTROGUARD, NASA and Space Command were all working towards. The US government wasn't too keen on all this 'wasted money on space stuff', and that attitude was initiated by none other than John's mother, the senator, once again. John let her know his unhappiness with her position and told her that 'short of a full blown failure of our testing, ASTROGUARD, NASA and Space Command were going to pave the way to properly start building a better, stronger space defense network than ever before, maybe even one strong enough to get Terracer 1 to 'strip off her barnacles' the ship was amassing sitting around in space dock rather than doing it's designed mission as an offensive weapon'. Nonetheless to say, John and his mother left each other angry.  The repercussions of that conversation would directly affect John from that time forward.

Months later, John was assigned as ASTROGUARD's lead test pilot for their spacecraft and weapons and engine testing group. Life was good. He married Gayle Parsons, a gorgeous blonde model that he took as a 'trophy' wife after a 2-week lustful affair in Las Vegas.  He knew she was a gold digger, but he didn't care...he was living the dream.

A few years ago, John was assigned as ASTROGUARD's best test pilot to test Space Command's newest ion engines and weapons systems; engines and weapons that, under contract, would eventually be used by ASTROGUARD. Due to the lack of funding (thanks to John's mother) Space Command had to test their new ion weapons and engine drives on an older space shuttle. To add to this, NASA wanted to install and test a new quantum communications antennae they'd been working on (and planned to equip on all the new spaceships and stations) as well also take on several new ASTROGUARD astronaut trainees as a favor to get them some 'space time'.  The new Space Shuttle, named the SS -1 Defender, left ASTROGUARD's space dock (in full view of the unused Terracer 1 starship docked there) to a location several thousand miles beyond the Earth and Moon to conduct the much needed ship, weapons and equipment trials.

Once in position, the first trial was to test the engines. The engines weren't supposed to do more than 0.1 light speed at maximum velocity, but to start with, they just wanted to test them at only 10% power. As Captain Wescamp used the new quantum communications system to live broadcast their trials, the ship accelerated as part of the scripted engineering trials...and then kept going. When the helmsman throttled back on the ship's engines, the engine thrust and power instead increased. In mere seconds, they were already at 0.1 light speed. Systems about the ship started overloading, the navigational computers overloaded and the ship started careening out past Mars, through the asteroid belt and out towards Jupiter. They ship was falling apart as it continued to accelerate, now at 0.4 light speed. It was only seconds before the shuttle would blow itself apart.

John ran to the engineering bay to do what he could. Remembering where the power couplings were for the Ion Engines, he found the manual release to decouple the power source from the engine thrusters. In doing this, it worked; the thrusters (engines) went dead. The ship was no longer accelerating. They were, however, still like a bullet past Saturn now.  Using whatever equipment he could, he attempted to realign the couplings to the negative terminals, potentially allowing the engines to 'reverse' the speed enough to slow or stop the shuttle.

As John recoupled the realigned power source and the engines to help reverse their bullet-like travel, the shuttle came to a neck-snapping slow down and stop. Wescamp immediately disconnected the couplings again.  The ship had definitely stopped.  Sadly, the nightmare wasn't over.

The shuttle's ion engine power source was now continuing to build up. Safety circuits that were supposed to have disengaged the power (in all instances of this engine test failure) were fused and not only creating a circuit bypassing the safety circuits, but was now creating a fluctuation in the ion power generation, preventing any form of shutdown or energy discharge; they had seconds before the ion power supply was about to explode. Thinking quickly, Wescamp ordered the crew to align the shuttle's Ion Cannon weapons that were also to be tested to instead be coupled to the ion power source, potentially allowing an ion energy bleed path through the ion cannon weapon until they could figure out how to stop the cascading ion reaction. Thanks to the crew's fast reactions, the Ion Cannons did just as what was intended, firing powerful stead streams of ion energy blasts through the weapons array, buying John's crew several more minutes...he hoped...to find a solution to stop the ion build up.  As the safety circuits and the power couplings began melting and the power source reaching a super-critical status, Wescamp's crew performed like seasoned pros, trying every possible way to stop the buildup. At one moment, John stopped just for a second and took in the image of the incredible skill and bravery his crew was exhibiting. Sadly, after that second, the safety circuits gave way, causing a cascade of ionic energy to cycle and pulse throughout the shuttle.

 

The shuttle exploded with the power of a star.

The next thing John realized was...the sensation of floating.

John awoke floating in space with several pieces of debris...and two crew member's dead, frozen bodies not far from him. He was in space....and he was alive.  He tried to say something, but quickly realized, in space, no one can hear you scream. He had no idea how long he'd been unconscious, but more to the point - how did he survive that explosion and continue to be alive in the cold of space?

After a couple of seconds of realization, John ascertained that not only was he alive, but he was naked as a jay bird, floating in space...and not frozen or dead.  He tried breathing, but he didn't seem to need to take in a breath of air...or anything for that matter.  He tried to rub his eyes to see if they were still okay, and they were. It seemed like some type of a dream.

 

Unsure what was going on, John actually tried to coax his body to maneuver towards one of the dead crewmen...he had to know who it was or maybe just find something...someone to relate to as reality in what he was starting to believe was a delusional death nightmare. Strangely, as he tried to move in space, which he quickly remembered that he couldn't do without a spacewalk pack...actually DID align himself...and flew to the crew-member's dead body, stopping right in front of the body. Amazed at what he'd done, he maneuvered and flew to the other floating dead crewmember's body.  he was able to fly in space...and he was STILL alive. Something had happened to him...something miraculous.

As John was learning how to 'fly' in space, he collected up the previously discovered two dead crewmember bodies. While doing this, he saw a piece of debris float by that was a chunk of one of the power couplings AND the fused safety circuits. All he thought to himself was, that if he ever wanted to learn what the hell happened to them, he'd need a piece of evidence like that to analyze back on Earth. As such, he grabbed the debris chunk and the two dead crew bodies and tied them all together. He then had to figure out how to get home to Earth.  He looked out across space in front of him, where he saw Saturn...as a small circle with rings in the distance...and then, of course, the Sun.

 

THE SUN.

The Sun was a perfect navigational marker for John to fly towards. Earth was somewhere closer to the Sun that here, so, as if he'd done this for years, he started 'flying off' in the direction of the sun...and hopefully Earth...with the two dead bodies and the large chunk of the broken power coupling debris. If ever there was something he wanted to analyze, it would be that chunk of evidence right there if and when he'd ever get back to Earth.

Weeks later, John got close enough to actually see Earth and her Moon.  He 'felt' where they were supposed to be and without thought, flew his course to Earth without deviation.  Once he got closer to Earth though, Wescamp realized something...he was coming in WAY too fast.  Doing all he could to slow himself down, he realized he was seconds from striking the upper atmosphere and re-enter the atmosphere, most likely, on fire.  He looked off to the distance and saw Space Station Gagarin, but he was too far away to careen towards it.  Instead, he tossed the dead bodies of the star cruiser's crewmembers, and the broken coupling towards the space station, hoping that they get caught in one of the solar panels.  As he did so, he tossed the crewmen and the coupling with a strength he never knew he had.  The bodies struck solar array and tore off the entire series of panels, with the bodies now tangled up in the panel electrical cabling; the coupling piece punched a hole through the space station's lower docking ring and out the other side.

John broke the space station by simply tossing the bodies and the coupling in that direction.  He realized he now had super strength too. Not that it meant anything anyhow...he was now re-entering Earth's atmosphere like a meteor...a meteor now on fire. No one can survive this. 

A couple of minutes later, John crash landed like a meteorite in a cornfield outside of Kansas City, Kansas. He left a 20 foot deep crater with a blast diameter of 120 feet. In the center of the smoldering crate was the undamaged naked body of John Wescamp, more freaked out that anything.

 

Buy the time the authorities arrived, John was already wrapping corn stalks around him to cover his nakedness.  The police, thinking it was a terrorist bombing, upon seeing John with corn stalks wrapped around his (literal) steaming hot body, were dumbstruck...but still had their guns trained on John nonetheless.  When John tried to speak, he had to take a few breaths of air before he could get his voice back; sadly, that's when the heat of John's body popped some of the corn on the ears of corn John had wrapped around his body.  The police thought John was shooting at them.

They shot John 27 times.

John stood there with the flattened bullets falling off his body. Not a single bullet hole.  Yep, John thought; I'm invulnerable too.

Finally, amidst dazed and confused policemen, John finally spoke and asked if he could use someone's cell phone so he could call his wife and tell her he was fine. With little understanding of what John was, they did, and John called...to a disconnected phone.

After about 20 minutes of trying explain what had happened to him (and after being handed some police 'spare' clothes from the trunk of the police cruiser), several black SUVs arrived on scene before John. It was the FBI.  They immediately scooped up John and took him to their field office in Kansas City.

Over the next two days, John was questioned and probed from head to toe by not only the FBI, but by NASA, GUARD, the CIA and of course Space Command.

Finally, in a debrief, John was informed that after analyzing the recorded live feeds from the quantum communications system, the crewmember's dead bodies and the melted coupling piece, they were able to ascertain that the ion core and couplings failed because of shoddy material and cheap parts, all of which were hidden by several manufacturers that created the cheap materials.  Their excuse was the lack of money from proper Quality Assurance testing...money Congress never allowed them to have.  Thus, the shuttle's destruction was deemed as the result of shoddy workmanship.  Captain John Wescamp, who of course was now classified as a 'metahuman' with fantastic super powers, was cleared of any charges for hazarding the ship and was instead provided the Congressional Medal of Honor for doing what he could in the face of death to help save the crew and the ship.

John, after going back home, found his and his wife's home cleared out of all furniture and put up for sale. He later found his wife had been having an affair with a younger NASA Astronaut candidate while John was out on missions. She'd cleaned out their bank accounts and moved herself to Florida...after getting married in Las Vegas to a rich, elderly Astrophysicist who'd once worked for NASA (and was in stage 4 terminal cancer with weeks to live).  John knew she got everything signed over to her in his Will.

John met his mother the next day (for the first time in nearly 7 years), to which John quickly shifted from 'happy to see you' time to 'serious question time' and asked her one hard question, "Why didn't you properly fund Space Command?"  Her answer, with a saddened face, "Politics, John; just, politics".  John then kissed his mother on her forehead, hugged her, and told her he never wanted to see or speak with her again for the rest of his life....and then flew off into the sky like a superhero.

Over the next few weeks, John was 'tested' by GUARD to discover the extent of his powers. After discovering what his powers could do, Vladimir Vorisch once again offered John an opportunity to join ASTROGUARD, but this time not back as an officer in ASTROGUARD, but instead as the new leader of the ASTROGUARD supergroup known as the "Astroguardians", a group that was part of a mega-super-group in GUARD known as "The Guardians". The previous leader of the Astroguardians, a man codenamed "Starfighter" wanted instead to lead a wing of new starfighter space fighter craft for GUARD's ASTROGUARD division, rather than lead 'superheroes'. In this new role, John would lead the Astroguardians in defending Earth from any threats from outer space.

John immediately accepted the offer.

Today, John, as the new leader of the Astroguardians, directs a team of unique superheroes that are responsible for peacekeeping in Earth's upper atmosphere, the Moon and of course, outer space...but only the space near and around Earth, not other planets.  He has faced several powerful super-villains and maniacal alien despots with his team and seems to win in nearly every encounter.  Together, "Astroguardian", as he is now called, and his team of "Astroguardians" continue to protect Earth from the evils that may befall it...from outer space.  He has yet to talk to his mother, even though she has tried to reach out to talk to him of late.

Powers

 
  • Energy Blast

    • Amazing energy discharge with a range of over 500 yards

    • Can fire one shot from either hand once every several seconds

    • Can blast in a cone-like 35-degree arc in front of his hands for incredible damage

    • Can emit an energy burst from his body, affecting all in a full radius from him for remarkable damage, but with a ranked less damage per each several yards thereafter.

  • Enhanced Senses

    • Can see in the infrared, visual and ultraviolet spectrum at 5 times the capability of a normal human

    • Can hear 5 times better than any human; can also hear things even in the vacuum of space (if the noise is loud enough)

  • Flight

    • In Atmosphere - Can fly up to speeds of 6,000 mph (nearly Mach 8), but normally doesn't fly fast in populated areas (600 mph)

    • In Space - Can fly at speeds of 6,710,000,000 mph (0.1 speed of light)

  • Enhanced Physiology

    • Has amazing strength, capable of lifting over 20 tons

    • Endurance and stamina are of a fantastic level, allowing him to survive in the vacuum of space

    • ​Slows down his aging to 1 year for every 4 actual years (ages at 1/4 the rate of normal humans)

    • Can withstand an amazing amount of damage versus all forms of attacks except magic

    • Doesn't need to breath or eat

    • Only needs to rest for several hours in a 75 day cycle

    • Has fantastic resistance to heat, cold, toxins and acids

    • Has an unearthly level of radiation resistance

 

LIMITATION: If Astroguardian doesn't stop to sleep before staying awake for a whole 75 hour cycle (with several hours of normal sleep), his body will go into a coma-like sleep for at least 7 hours.  He cannot be awoken from the coma during this time no matter what, even when his body is placed in danger. After the 7 hours of coma-like sleep, he'll awaken refreshed and completely ignorant of anything that occurred during the coma sleep.

Equipment

 
  • Astro Suit

    • Suit allows for state-changing British Thermal Unit (BTU) thermal changes to prevent icing, fire or liquidation of the costume, regardless of the environment.

    • Allows for wearer to 'shear' through frictional heat and flames during an atmospheric re-entry, as well as heating up the suits surface rapidly after coming in from the deadly cold of space.

    • Based on an alien costume design discovered in a downed Soltan Battlecruiser.

  • Communications Devices

    • Star Belt

      • Provides Satellite communications from anywhere on Earth and on the Earth-facing side of the Moon.

    • Sash

      • If he goes out into the Solar System or Interstellar Space, the alien sash, made of unknown material, can transmit focused thoughts to a maximum range of 1 Billion Miles in several frequency bands at 0.5 light speed)

      • If used on Earth, if saturates several thousand frequencies, causing the wearer to have to sift through the frequencies, normally requiring either an remarkable reasoning or a remarkable psyche.

Talents

 
  • Astronaut (Professional)

  • Stellar Navigation (Professional)

  • Rocket Science/Engineering (Professional)

  • Pilot - Jet (Master)

  • Pilot - Propeller (Professional)

  • Fitness Training (Professional)

  • NASA Operations (Professional)

  • Military (Professional)

  • American Football (Professional)

  • Baseball (Proficient)

  • Astrophysics (Proficient)

  • Computers (Proficient)

MDUverse Note: Astroguardian originally started as a character I'd created that was simply called "Earth" in 1974.  In the 1990s, I renamed him to "Defender".  In Jan 2007, he was renamed to Defensor (due to a name clash on the CoH MMORPG).  The current name, Astroguardian was created in 2012 along with most of the new GUARD supergroups.