Colonial

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THE UPSTANDING
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"LET TRUTH BE MY SWORD AND JUSTICE MY SHIELD."
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•AFFILIATIONS•
Super Group N/A
Rank N/A
Current Affliations US Govt., PRIMUS
Former Affiliations Agents of Justice


•IDENTITY•
Real Name Josiah Simmons
Known Aliases N/A
Gender Male
Species Magically Augmented Human
Birthdate March 7th
Place of Birth Philadelphia, PA
Current Location Millennium City, MI and Washington DC
Relatives None living


•PHYSICAL TRAITS•
Apparent Age Looks to be in late 20s
Height 6'2"
Weight 210
Eyes Brown
Hair Black
Complexion Light Tan
Build Muscular
Notable Features Scars on chest


•OTHER TRAITS•
Identity Secret
Citizenship Citizen of the US with no criminal record
Marital Status Single
Occupation Super Hero
Education College Graduate
Fame

National


•POWERS, SKILLS & ABILITIES•
Super Strength, Super Speed, Invulnerability, Flight, Electrical Manipulation, Leadership Skills
•EQUIPMENT•
N/A


•ATTRIBUTES•
 
   Strength
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   Intellect
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   Combat
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   Durability
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   Speed
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   Agility
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   Dexterity
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   Charisma
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   Weaponry
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   Sorcery
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   Energy
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   Psionics
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Josiah Simmons is the hero known as COLONIAL, who was born centuries ago in the earliest days of America's history. A simple man whose actions were always good and just, a series of events led to him being almost killed for his beliefs and desire to do good. When ancient spirits were summoned to save his life, Josiah was effectively resurrected into a new form. He was also blessed with great powers and abilities which he used to help his fellow man. Originally he was active during the Revolutionary War as a masked mystery man and used his powers of electrical manipulation and formidable physical traits to help liberate the colonies. After the war, a great slumber overtook Josiah and he retreated from civilization. Decades later he awoke, once again determined to use his powers to defend his nation in a time of war. This circle continued, with Colonial disappearing mysteriously from the public... only to return again. This has transpired now for centuries, his powers growing every time he reappears. Once more amongst humanity, Colonial strives to continue to be a paragon of good and a source of inspiration for those who believe in the American way of life.



: HISTORY
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Josiah Simmons was born in Philadelphia in 1747 to a wealthy owner of a sugar refinery. Josiah was a relatively quiet child, keeping mostly to himself. He wished to join the ministry, and as such took to his studies in earnest. It was that he enrolled into college, at age 15, where his life took a most interesting turn.

Josiah wished to experience more out of life, realizing that his dream was elsewhere. He had not spent much time away from his home, and as such wanted to fully explore this 'new world' that was opening up around him. Leaving his life in Philadelphia, he traveled with others to what is now known as the Ohio Valley. Setting out with with a fellow scholar, Josiah's wish was to become an interpreter to the natives as well as bring the word of God into their lives.

Meeting with the tribes, particularly the Shawnee, was especially fulfilling for him. Josiah was amazed at their way of life and especially how they were attuned to nature. It was nothing like his upbringing in the busy city of Philadelphia. Within a short amount of time he had earned a mutual respect and trust with the Native Americans. During his second year amongst them he was accepted by most local tribes as someone they admired and called friend. He worked alongside them, ate with them, and even socialized with him... often to the ire of others not so fond of the tribes in the area.

In 1773, a land developer from Maryland assembled a group of volunteers together for an assault upon the Shawnee. A dispute had erupted over the false allegation that they were preparing hostilities. Josiah fortunately caught wind of their plans early and hoped to end this peacefully and with no bloodshed. He set out to the fort where this was transpiring and attempted to find a resolution. Unsuccessful and physically assaulted during the confrontation, Josiah fled from the fort to the Shawnee tribe. He attempted to warn the Native Americans of what was happening and the potential bloodshed that may be approaching. His words came too late. The assembled group of volunteers were on his trail and attacked the tribe. One of their first victims was Josiah, who was shot in the chest while pleading with them to not attack.

It appeared none survived the slaughter. Another tribe of Shawnee came upon the carnage the following day and searched through the bodies for any signs of life. There was only one... Josiah. The tribe knew of him through their past dealings and to them he was a friend. Barely clinging onto life, Josiah was brought before the shaman of the tribe. He hovered in a state between life and death, and the shaman prepared himself to assist the young man on a journey one way or the other.

Beseeching the Shawnee spirit Moneto, the great Creator and Supreme Being, the shaman asked the entity to take Josiah's soul and either help him walk to the beyond or return him to the land of the living. The invocations of the tribe's shaman connected with a greater force and Josiah felt his very soul touched. A flash of energy was expulsed from Josiah's form, and in his head he heard 'there are still great things to be done'. Josiah awoke with his body healed and only the vestiges of a scar that remained from the gunshot. His physical form had changed. He was taller, more muscular and broader than before... a living physical specimen of vitality and health.

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Josiah soon came to learn other things after he awoke than just mere aesthetics had changed. His body was much stronger than before and uncannily durable. A knife could barely put a scratch upon his skin. He could run as fast as a horse at full speed and seemingly not tire while exerting himself. The strangest of these new abilities was that he could seemingly control and manipulate lightning, as he could bring it forth from his body just as he saw it descend from the sky. Josiah left the Ohio Valley and once again returning to Philadelphia. He was confused and lacked the ability to find answers for himself. It was his hope that returning home might resolve these issues.

The climate in 1774 Philadelphia had changed greatly in his few years away. Uprisings were everywhere and there was chaos as war was imminent between the young colonies and the British. Josiah wanted to do his part as well and realized that perhaps these new found abilities could help do just that. When war finally broke in 1775, Josiah decided to join in assisting the colonies. Worried about his safety as well as his family's with the use of his talents, however, he chose to disguise himself. Donning a mask he chose to assist in defending the thirteen colonies and fought wherever he was needed, utilizing his powers to turn the tide of numerous battles. The papers of the time picked up on his exploits and dubbed him 'Colonial' in his defense of the lands. The name stuck, and soon news reached the British of a strange masked man with supernatural powers who was fighting against them.

When the war was over, Josiah assisted in minor things here and there before the United States was officially recognized in 1783. As life went on, he noticed that friends and allies were growing older, yet he was not. In addition Josiah began to hear a voice in his head, telling him he needed to return to the place where he almost lost his life years before in the Ohio Valley. Josiah heeded these messages and left those he loved behind with no notice he would be back. Once again in the lands where he spent bonding with the Native Americans, the voice became more clear and direct. It stated to him it was not known as just the spirit Moneto, but was called by numerous names in a plethora of different languages. The voice continued by saying that Josiah was to be appointed guardian of these lands henceforth and would be summoned whenever he was needed.

Josiah seemingly comprehended and understood the words as he heard them. He felt an impulse to go to a cave nearby which reached a winding, long tunnel far down into the Earth. Josiah fell into a slumber of sorts, his body sleeping but his mind in a dreamlike state that kept him on some basic levels aware of the world and its ever- changing environment as he lay dormant. Almost thirty years passed before he again opened his eyes. The year was 1811. Josiah awoke and the voice guided him to return to the colonies which he helped liberate from the English. To some surprise it had grown and developed a great deal in his time away. Also interestingly, Josiah came to realize his powers had grown during his time asleep. The world might have changed but his overall mission had not. The War of 1812 was set to begin and Josiah found himself once again donning the uniform of Colonial, playing a part in it.

It has been since then that Colonial has repeatedly defended America. He slumbers, only to find himself revitalized and more powerful than the last time he has awoken. Each time he realizes that he has a few years to understand, acclimate and digest what every new version of the United States is about before being engaged in some new major threat that is posed against his country. The Civil War and both World Wars were fought with him protecting the American dream. He was last seen in 1974, but has recently returned again... which means that soon, a new threat is set to loom over the sanctity of the place he calls home.



: APPEARANCE
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Josiah is an attractive man presumably in his mid to late twenties. He usually has a smile on his face with a warm and inviting demeanor. His voice is deep and hearty, projecting heartily when he laughs. Some may notice he speaks with an ever so slight accent that might be taken for British. Standing 6'2" and weighing in at 210 pounds, Josiah has the build of someone who is in very good shape and highly muscular. His skin is a rich tan color of someone who enjoys being outdoors a great deal. Josiah has very wide, broad shoulders and an exceptionally large chest. He has shoulder length hair that is a deep rich black color which is usually held back into a ponytail.

In his guise of Colonial, Josiah typically wears a costume that is very much an indication of his actual birth era. In his super heroic identity, Josiah wears standard colonial garb in American based colors (red, white and blue). This includes a long coat, a ruffled neck collar and a vest. Breeches, stockings and black shoes are worn on his legs. A black mask covering the upper part of his face is attached to a white wig, and he often wears a colonial style hat. Black short gloves finish off his costume. From time to time he will wear a slight variation of this costume, usually without the coat and adding domino mask instead of a half face mask.



: PERSONALITY
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Josiah is a warm, caring if somewhat at times old fashioned individual. He finds himself more often than not wearing his heart on his sleeve and goes out of his way to provide support or even merely a listening ear. Due to the era he was born in, Josiah displays proper manners whenever possible, even while in combat related situations. In terms of romantic liaisons, Josiah prefers to remain single. He fully understands and accepts the fact that he is not awake for typically more than a decade or two, and as such things like marriage and a lifetime commitment become difficult. While this has a tendency to make him feel lonely he also makes up for it in the enduring friendships he builds with others. Josiah is fondly regarded by those he knows and is a close confidante of numerous individuals in the super heroic community. While technically several centuries old, he is used to the ongoing cultural progress that he sees in the world and takes it in stride as positive change. His only slight aversion is to high level technology which gives him a bit of pause though he also sees it as a necessary thing.



: POWERS/SKILLS
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With every awakening, Colonial's power has grown exponentially. Why this is, much like the source of his powers, is a mystery.

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During the Revolutionary War, Colonial possessed the following powers:

  • Enhanced Strength/ Attributes: Colonial had the strength of roughly ten men. He rarely tired.
  • Durability:The ability to withstand a rifle's impact at close range with only a scratch.
  • Electrical Powers: He could project short bursts of electricity from a distance of 20 feet.
  • Running Abilities: Josiah was fast, with a top running speed of about 80 miles per hour.
  • Enhanced Traits: Josiah's eyesight and hearing was about triple a regular person's.

In his most recent awakening, Colonial has displayed the following powers and abilities:

  • Super Strength/ Attributes: Colonial can lift around two hundred tons of weight. He seemingly can continue fighting or engaging in physical activity for great lengths without showing any form of stress to his body.
  • Invulnerability: Colonial has a high degree of durability. He is impervious to most common weaponry and artillery.
  • Electrical Manipulation: The power of the land is channeled right through Colonial in the form of electrical energy. Colonial can utilize these abilities for both offensive and defensive purposes on a massive scale. He can discharge electricity through his hands, erect shields and even harness and control with electrical charges in the weather. He can summon down bolts of lightning from the sky if outdoors.
  • Flight/ Super Speed: This power has grown considerably, now having the ability to actually travel by way of flying. Colonial can reach hypersonic speeds of slightly over mach 5 when pressed. In closed areas he cannot achieve such speeds but is still able to move and react much faster than the norm.
  • Enhanced Traits: Colonial's senses are extremely acute, about 10 times as powerful as a regular human's. He does not need to eat by way of necessity or actually require oxygen to breathe.
  • Magical Resistance: Attacks of a magical nature seem to not be as effective towards Colonial. This is quite possibly to his own existence being supernatural/ mystical in nature.



: WEAKNESSES
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  • Man Out Of Time: Colonial still does not have a good grasp of high level technology. He tends to avoid it, if possible.
  • Mental Attributes: Though he has very strong mental faculties, he has no overt training against telepathic attacks and the like.
  • Powers From The Earth: Colonial's abilities do not function off of Earth as his powers are tied to spirits of the planet. He is forbidden to travel to other planes of existence or dimensions.



: RP HOOKS
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  • You may have heard of Colonial's exploits since the War. While Colonial has never achieved the 'A Lister' status some heroes have, he has been a constant presence in America over the ages in times of war.
  • Josiah strives to know more about the era that he currently lives in. He only remains in the world a few years at a time before once again returning to sleep. Maybe someone can show him the sights?
  • Colonial projects an altruistic personality type and enjoys meeting like minded individuals.
  • If there are other heroes who are also long lived they may have met at some point in history or fought together. This would especially hold true of they were present during the World Wars.
  • Colonial can provide a wide amount of insight into the history of the United States, being as he was alive during its inception.
  • Josiah is a strong motivational speaker. Though he is a team player through and through, Colonial is also a natural leader when situations warrant it.


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: TRIVIA
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  • Josiah has a slight fear of technology. Sure, he'll use it... but it doesn't mean he'll trust it.
  • Enjoys television and thinks it is one of the best inventions ever. Has a soft spot for shows from the 1950s.
  • Can speak French, Spanish and German.
  • Even though his abilities were summoned by Native American invocations, Josiah still holds onto his Christian religion to guide him morally. He always wears a crucifix underneath his tunic as Colonial.
  • Due to his background and desire to be in the ministry, he can quote scripture with amazing accuracy.
  • Enjoys camping and other things involving nature.
  • Has a good understanding of how to make use of the land (ie Josiah can tell you what is edible vs. non edible in the wilderness).
  • Josiah can play the violin expertly.
  • Has been a member of a few super hero teams since the early 1940s, so he's quite familiar with some of the golden age greats.
  • Colonial was originally created for the sole purpose of utilizing the new (at the time) 'Flag Superspeed'.


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: COMMENTS
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: ART GALLERY
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