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"Do it," someone said, repeated by a few others. "Ha ha, make him beg!" someone else said. Bryan looked around. Nearly everyone in the STZ had an ax to grind with ARGENT or VIPER. They wanted to see this finished.
"Do it," someone said, repeated by a few others. "Ha ha, make him beg!" someone else said. Bryan looked around. Nearly everyone in the STZ had an ax to grind with ARGENT or VIPER. They wanted to see this finished.
"So what do you expect now, mercy?! This is not a game to me, this is about making you pay for what you did to me, to us!" Bryan raised his hands again and Schubert shifted to his knees in abject supplication.
"So what do you expect now, mercy?! This is not a game to me, this is about making you pay for what you did to me, to us! You were about to blow up the damn ''moon'' just to get at us!" Bryan raised his hands again and Schubert shifted to his knees in abject supplication.
"Wait, wait wait!" Listen, you can turn me over to the authorities! I'll be in prison for years! I... I'll never bother you again!" The fear and panic had returned. "And if you let me go unharmed, I'll tell you why you've never been able to track the Marquise, and how to find her".
"Wait, wait wait!" Get it through your thick head! This whole thing was part of a huge plan to capitalize on disaster relief! Getting you too was just a bonus." If you hadn't been so fixated on getting just me, you might have noticed that. Listen, you can turn me over to the authorities, this was a company plan, not mine. I will tell them everything. I'll be in prison for years! I... I'll never bother you again!" The fear and panic had returned. "And if you let me go unharmed, I'll tell you why you've never been able to track the Marquise, and how to find her".

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The Ultimate
The Cobalt Fist
Better living through science.
Power Armor
Player: @LXD
Super Group
· Other Affiliations ·
Real Name
Bryan Quinn
Logan, Utah
United States of America
Millennium City
Moon Base Zulu
Strike Team eader
Legal Status
No Criminal Record, Legally deceased
Marital Status
· Known Relatives ·
Brother, Norman
Physical Traits
Apparent Age
6' 1"
210 lbs
Body Type
· Distinguishing Features ·
Severely broken nose.
Powers & Abilities
· Known Powers ·
Super scientist,
· Equipment ·
Various Power Suits
· Other Abilities ·
Expert power suit pilot

"The encounter on Monster Island left Bryan drained and scarred. Before this, it had been a bit of a game, a competition to see who had the best tech, but now people had lost their lives, to protect him, and he felt an obligation to repay them."


The Crucible

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Bryan Quinn began his career as a young engineer employed by ARGENT. Even at an early age Bryan realized that he had the uncanny ability to analyze designs and be able to optimize them to their full potential. But when it came to creating his own designs he often was at a loss. At argent he made name for himself by solving design flaws in other engineers work which earned him the nick name "The Finisher" with the top brass. However, his colleagues had other, less flattering names for him when he was assigned to solve problems they could not. Bryan became involved in improving and upgrading the power armor that many of the operatives of ARGENT wore. He saw that ARGENT had really only scratched surface of the potential of the suits and advocated a huge capital investment to improve the technology but was opposed by another research team that wanted to see that money go to their cyborg development.

After a particularly tense meeting in which Bryan pointed out the many flaws in the cyborg systems, he retreated to his lab where his newest prototype was nearing completion. There he was confronted by Dr. Schubert, the lead engineer of the cyborg project. They argued fiercely till Schubert pressed a small remote control and a hulking cyborg came into the lab. As he retreated, Schubert commanded the cyborg to kill Bryan, trash the lab and set it on fire. Bryan tried to flee as the cyborg chased him around the room but was finally struck down and left to perish in the fire.

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Bryan was revived by the searing pain of his flesh beginning to burn and believed all was lost when suddenly the windows to his lab burst inward. Bryan saw a large copper colored power suit begin to spray retardant on the fire. He heard a droning voice somewhere repeating over and over, "halon system engaged, please clear the area." But it quickly became apparent that it was too far along to be stopped and Bryan would not last much longer. The figure picked up Bryan and turned to leave when Bryan cried to save the prototype. His rescuer paused for a second then moved Bryan to one arm and grabbed the suit with the other and then flew out of the inferno in a roar of boot jets. The droning voice still carried on as Bryan again lost consciousness. "Halon system engaged..., Halon system... Halon... halon..." The suit carrying him landed a short distance away from the argent building and Bryan experienced a sudden lessening of pain and a brightness that consumed all else, this must be the end he thought as everything faded to black.

In time though, he did struggle back to consciousness to find himself suspended in some sort of vat of liquid. A sudden languid panic arose in him as he realized he was not wearing any kind of breathing apparatus and his lungs were filled with the liquid. As he tried to find some way out of the vat he saw a figure approach, this time it was golden, and slimmer, but still obviously a power suit of some kind. It touched a few controls and Bryan suddenly fell unconscious again. For a long time he was insensate. Then the dreams began to come, nightmares of fire and burning. "Halon system engaged... Halon system... Halon... HALON". Bryan awoke with a start, he had the sensation that a considerable amount of time had passed. He found himself in a bed this time, surprisingly primitive, in simple room with rustic features and log walls.

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Bryan roused himself from the bed and dressed himself in the clothes he found waiting for him. He moved into the next room and found, to his amazement, his power suit on a table surrounded by various diagnostic equipment and supplies. He moved to the small kitchen and all the cupboards fully stocked and a small note on the fridge which read, "Stay as long as you like, you're safe here for the time being and will not be disturbed." Bryan decided to take the advice of his benefactors and stayed to work on his suit while he planned his next move. As his suit neared completion Bryan's thirst for revenge began to grow along with his determination to show just what his technology could do. But he also realized that his own flaw, a lack of true creativity, prevented him from taking the next steps he knew must be taken if he was to achieve a superior design. He thought again of his rescuer, if only he could examine that magnificent suit! But he realized that there were many places where he might find the technology he needed, much of it in the hands of people completely undeserving of it. Groups like VIPER, the Hunter Patriots, and his own ARGENT. And while this refuge did have the components to finish his design, he would need a place with manufacturing facilities, a place like his old lab had had, in the sub-basements. Bryan thought that they might still be intact after the fire and with the strength of his suit he might be able to scrounge what he needed. As Bryan prepared to leave he realized he had no idea where he was. He had looked around the cabin briefly, enough to see that he was in a remote, and lonely region with no apparent roads to or from his hideout. Which was fine since his suit could fly, but he wasn't sure how far.

The Mission

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As Bryan prepared to leave he was confronted by what he recognized as his copper power suited savior. He was told that he had been rescued for a reason and that the interested parties were willing to help him with his endeavors. Bryan was more than a little suspicious but accepted the help. His benefactors had arranged to demolish the building housing his old lab but saved the foundries below while ARGENT was led to believe the entire facility had been lost. Bryan was able to create a "production" model of his blue power suit which he dubbed Cobalt, after the deep blue coloring it had. Bryan thought that would make a decent code name for himself, but what if in the future he changed the color of the suit? It wouldn't do to run around with a name like Cobalt if you were in fact orange or gold. The dreams came back to him, that word had stuck with him from the fire, Halon. Bryan thought he liked the sound of it and it would always keep the purpose of his mission fresh in his mind. He would call himself Halon. After that he began to raid ARGENT facilities to gain the technology and raw materials needed to continue the improvement of his suit, and to learn the location of Dr. Schubert.

Since information about the African base was very limited, Bryan created a new stealth suit, incorporating some of VIPER's camouflage technology, which he called Halon:Tungsten, to scout the base. What he found there unnerved him. VIPER was delving into arcane research and wielding forces Bryan could not comprehend. He began to doubt whether he could handle what lay in the bowels of the installation, and it made him afraid. But he chanced upon the plans for the new "Golden Nest" armor and also discovered that the material they were mining here, called Serpentium, was able to channel and redirect some of these supernatural energies. Bryan renewed his resolve and incorporated both the new armor designs and the Serpentium into a new suit that he called Halon:Iodine. With the Iodine suit, Bryan was able to assault the African Viper nest and bring their plans there to an end, for the time being. But his brush with the supernatural world left a cold dark pit of fear in his mind and he would not willingly faces that power again. Bryan returned to raiding Area 51 in the Iodine suit in an effort to retrieve alien technology and was eventually successful, even though VIPER's defenses became increasingly difficult to penetrate. Bryan found it nearly impossible to integrate the alien bio-technology with human designs, as had everyone else, but he did make more progress than others, and created an experimental prototype called Halon:Carbon but the alien interfaces were ultimately unreliable and he abandoned this design before it saw combat. With this setback it was becoming clear that he was again on the verge of losing his edge over his adversaries.

So he began his search for Dr. Schubert in earnest while he still felt confident of victory. His search lead him to the fabled Monster Island where ARGENT and VIPER were collaborating on several projects. One of which was his eventual elimination, being led by none other than Dr. Schubert. Bryan readied his newest suit Halon:Cobalt 3, and journeyed to the island to meet his destiny.

There he encountered an environment he was completely unprepared for and unwittingly walked into a trap that not only would catch him, but also use him as bait to catch his benefactors. Bryan was repulsed by the raw savagery on Monster Island and the bizarre experiments of Teleios and Dr. Moreau. It goaded him into acting rashly with a simple frontal assault on the base, fighting his way to the lower labs to find his quarry. There he faced something he had never expected, Dr. Schubert was there waiting for him, with a small army of Moreau's poor manimal creatures augmented and controlled with cybernetic implants. Bryan had never faced such foes and they were more than a match for him, even in his latest suit.

The Turning Point


But at his darkest moment, help arrived in a brilliant flash of energy, the Copper power suit appeared in the underground lair and began to battle along side him. Even now it was obvious that the Copper suit was as magnificent as ever and the tide began turn, but then the room began to be flooded by robot troopers of a design that was completely unknown to Bryan. Their weaponry was devastatingly effective, but suddenly 2 more flashes illuminated the room and to Bryan's astonishment, 2 more power suited figures appeared. One Gold, and one Silver. The new suits were not as robust as the copper one, the gold one was a similar design but sleeker, with apparently fewer weapons. The silver suit seemed to be an almost entirely different design, it clung to the human form underneath like liquid metal and was apparently built for extreme speed. Again the tide of battle began to shift but Bryan was losing his momentum. He had always fought in small quick engagements, this was quickly turning into a war.

Then he spied Dr. Schubert watching from a raised viewing room at he far end of the chamber and began to force his way there when he was stopped by a yawning opening appearing in the floor in front him. At that moment he was forced to conclude that he had been an utter fool come here. Rising out of the opening was the massive form of a Mega-Destroid, retro-fitted with ARGENT and VIPER technology. Bryan was so dumbfounded that he almost didn't notice the black power-suited form perched on it's shoulder. All fighting stopped as an amplified feminine voice filled the room with diabolical laughter.

(Dialogue to be filled in later)

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... and then her arm lanced out as she fired a hot red beam from the strange long barreled canon mounted on her left arm. The beam didn't seem strong enough to cause serious harm but as it struck Copper, he cried out in pain and the fighting resumed as the Destroid and the black figure joined the fray. Most of the original foes had been vanquished but the giant robot was more than a match for the 4 heroes and they began to fall. The 3 that had come to Bryan's rescue seemed to be especially susceptible to the black figures arm canon, Copper had continued to fight and it was Gold who was the first to fall to her attack. Then Silver was struck down by the Mega-Deatroid's lightning strike. Copper then faced it head on while Bryan faced the black figure which he now could tell must have belonged to a woman.

The black and blue figures fought back and forth to a stand still but Copper began to weaken against the Destroid. Bryan knew it would be his turn next. As his mind raced trying to figure a way out, he became aware that the entire chamber was rumbling and shaking. Suddenly a massive shaft of energy burst through the ceiling and engulfed the Destroid just as Copper fell for the last time. The head of the giant robot sparked and exploded and the rest of it's body then slowly melted into slag. The black armored figure gave a sudden cry of alarm and stood away from Bryan and then disappeared in her own flash of energy. Bryan slumped to the floor in the sudden silence, he saw that Dr. Schubert had also vanished, he was alone. He felt a strange sensation, one he had felt before, a sudden lessening of feeling and a bright flash and he found himself somewhere else.

Bryan was confronted by Zoar with the truth of his existence and he temporarily agreed to fulfill the role that the three men before him had, to protect the prime progenitors, of which he was one. The men wearing the Gold and Silver power suits were dead, their suits almost completely destroyed. Eric Dahaffabee, the man wearing the Copper suit, survived but would be in the regeneration tank for months. Bryan learned their origins and was allowed to study the ruined suits in order to augment his own.

The encounter on Monster Island left Bryan drained and scarred. Before this it had been a bit of a game, a competition to see who had the best tech, but now people had lost their lives, to protect him, and he felt an obligation repay them. He also learned that the black figure was a woman known as The Marquise, who had dedicated herself to the destruction of the Prime, and was also now the sworn enemy of Halon. Although she was now the primary threat, Bryan would continue to harry ARGENT and VIPER and one day, Dr. Schubert would also pay for his crimes.


The complexity of the Zoar suits daunted Bryan at first. So much so that he was only able to incorporate the most obvious upgrades into his new model, Halon: Cobalt 4. Even after it was completed he was in no rush to don it and begin his work again. He began to wander the streets of Millennium City to reconnect with it's people. He no longer feared that his enemies would recognize him and possibly catch him unawares. One of the best 'perks' of working directly with Zoar was the use of it's matter transportation beam which could deliver and encapsulate Bryan in his armor in a matter of seconds.

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It was during one of his walks that he heard the general alarm about a Mega-Destroid active in the city. Bryan decided it would be a good shake down for his new suit and had it beamed to him. As Halon, Bryan leapt into the fray already in progress, battering away at the giant robots legs trying to get it to fall. The battle touched his recent memories but he was determined to overcome his fear. The gigantic machine was a formidable adversary and heroes began to fall. Bryan noticed an oddly equipped hero flinging lightning bolts, jump in front of the Destroid's own lightning attack and absorb it, saving the already incapacitated catwoman lying on the ground near him. The worst thing about the Mega-Destroid, is it's ability to adapt to it's enemies and it quickly switched to a missile attack that took apart the other hero's suit and laid him out. Bryan acted immediately and fired his own missile launcher in conjunction with his chest beam which tore a large chunk out of the robots head and gained its undivided attention. The damage it was sustaining was making it falter and Bryan and the other heroes finally brought it down. Bryan went over to check on the fallen hero in the odd suit and to congratulate him on his bravery, if he was still alive. Pieces of the odd suit were scattered across the ground, none of them really seemed to match well. Bryan could see the man's helmet had come off and stopped in his tracks when he saw his face. It was none other than his own brother Norman, now known as Sigma. After Bryan got over the initial shock he ordered a transport beam for the both of them back to his hidden labs. Bryan was pleased to discover that Norman was only dazed and quickly recovered. The two brothers exchanged their own incredible stories that led to this encounter. With all that had happened, Bryan had decided to let his family think he was dead, to keep them out of harms way. Now that Bryan and Norman had found one another, they immediately vowed to work together and share their technology with each other. With access to Bryans manufacturing facilities, Norman was able to construct a brand new suit, one that matched and greatly increased his survivability. By studying Norman's designs, Bryan was able to increase the power and efficiency of both suits and together, they began to come up with some radical new designs, including some fully robotic types.

The brothers worked well together and the kernel of an idea began to form in Bryan's mind. Not long after this, Bryan was contacted by the hero known as Quartermoon, and the idea took hold. Bryan decided that working solo would eventually lead to his own defeat, and invited Quartermoon to join he and Norman to destroy Viper and ARGENT. Quartermoon agreed and Strike Team Zulu was born.

Bryan decided to use Quartermoon's social contacts in the hero world to try to find a robotics expert to aid them in their new projects and was delighted when Q introduced him to a retired industrialist, Alexander Hartenau, who in turn would introduce them to another man known as Heron who was an inventor and accomplished roboticist. Mr Hartenau also introduced them to a mighty hero named Count Ubiquitous, who preferred to be called simply, the Count. With Heron's help, Bryan and Norman were able to construct a massive machine they called Sigmalon, in order to battle things like the Mega-Destroid on an even footing. Bryan invited both Heron and The Count to join the strike team and they agreed. During this time Halon saw almost nothing of the Marquise or her minions. Whenever they did appear to threaten him, he soundly defeated them, thus ensuring that their attacks were even fewer and farther between. But Bryan knew she was out there, waiting.

Strike Team Zulu

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The team did well together right from the beginning. There were very few threats put forth by Viper or Argent that they could not deal with handily. With Quartermoon providing intelligence and Heron providing the technical back up, the brute force team of Halon, Sigma, and Count Ubiquitous crushed their foes. They had such an effect that Viper and Argent began to change their operations considerably to reduce their losses. They began to break apart into small cells scattered across the world instead of the large fortresses that had proved to be ineffective against the team. This tactic forced the team to slow their pace, as it took time to track down all the new cells and then decided which ones would actually be worth striking at. Their foes even begins setting up dozens of fake cells designed to divide and waste the efforts of the STZ. And whenever a fake cell was struck, it gave the real cells time to evacuate and hide again. This began to frustrate Bryan immensely. One day, while gazing at the earth from the observation deck of Zoars moon base, he hit upon an idea. His enemies were becoming harder to crush because they were a huge machine with thousands of moving parts, and none of those parts, by themselves, were vital to it's function. In order to beat their enemy, they would have to become more like them. They would have to become bigger, with a larger strike team they could hit multiple targets simultaneously and catch all the little snakes before they could slither away. Heron had already created several new prototypes for combat robots and their newest weapon, Sigmalon, was just about to come online.

Bryan decided that the team should become an organization with each member a leader of a particular unit. He called a meeting of the team and discussed it with them. As he expected, his brother Norman and Quartermoon backed the motion immediately, they would follow any decision he made. Count Ubiquitous expressed considerable concern about the idea, and made many good points. Bryan was realizing what a brilliant strategist the Count was and frankly was beginning to feel a little uneasy about whether he could be fully trusted. Heron was excited for any reason to expand his research and a chance to see some action himself. Bryan had grown quite fond of the old man and felt trepidation at the thought of anything happening to him. But in the end it was an unanimous decision to create this new force which one day might bring peace and safety to the entire planet. Bryan, Norman and Heron immediately retreated to the labs to begin designing and building new weapons, armor and androids that would make up the new Strike Team Zulu. And in the meantime Quartermoon and Count Ubiquitous took their new roles as heads of the newly formed Strike Team Zulu Signal Corps and Strike Team Zulu Battleforce respectively. The Signal Corps was the intelligence and communications arm which would be made up of covert operatives spying on the various targets of the Strike Team. The Battleforce would be the actual combat troops that would be deployed according to Count Ubiquitous's strategies and battle plans. All of this would overseen by Halon with his brother Sigma as second in command, although Norman really couldn't stand being in charge of anything and would usually defer to the Count if Bryan was not available. Heron of course was in charge of Research and Development. Almost immediately Bryan began to find new allies if not outright recruits to join the team. Shortly after this plan was put into motion he was able to convince Eric Dahaffabee, the former hero known as Copper, to join him again and he became the first officer in the Signal Corps, Avenger 1. Not long after that Heron was reunited with a very old friend that had been known as the Sky Marshal during World War 1 but was really a time traveler that had been forced to stop at this place and time and had agreed to help as much as he could.

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Another bold move was to establish a new base and production facilities on Earth. The moon base was more than adequate for their needs but Bryan wanted to make sure he always had a secret and nearly unassailable location to fall back on. Ferrying troops and equipment back and forth between to the moon and the earth was going to attract someone's attention sooner or later so it was decided to choose a new location on Earth. Bryan still wanted a remote and isolated place and so chose Antarctica. From there they set up a transport system across the globe and could tap the untouched resources beneath the icy surface. In the mean time they began to produce the first android soldiers on the moon and began to deploy them in small skirmishes and as workers building the new Antarctic base. In the beginning there were some small set backs, but the the cunning plans of the Count snatched victory from the jaws of defeat every time. Bryan was beginning to feel a great sense of satisfaction at what they had accomplished, what he had accomplished. He began to withdraw from his comrades, even his brother, as directing his growing force began to consume his every thought. From his vantage point on the moon he saw everything. The whole of the Earth, every country, every despot, every empire. He saw what his enemies were doing, and began to think that maybe they had the right idea. Everything down there would be much simpler if he ran everything, for the good of mankind. And if he were to rule, perhaps he should set himself apart. He began working secretly on a new armor. One that was powerful yet regal as well, one that bespoke leadership and control. Rather than being a continuation of the Cobalt series, this one he called "Overlord".

About this time he was contacted by a powerful sorcerer known as Lord Xanadu. Lord Xanadu had recently learned of the Strike Team and sought allies against another force that threatened to grow like a cancer and engulf the entire planet. Bryan still despised magic and refused to meet with him personally and so Lord Xanadu sent a representative named Captain Arcane. Bryan was immediately intrigued by the Captain since he was clad in a well built and attractive armored suit that seemed more akin to the old destroyed Zoar suits than to anything terrestrial. The Captain was also strangely persuasive and convinced Bryan to ally with Lord Xanadu against this new threat, Karactacus and his techromantic army. Captain Arcane also asked to formally join the Team, which Bryan heartily agreed to when he also offered access to his battle suit which he revealed was in fact of extraterrestrial origin. The suit turned out to have many advances and was the basis for a whole new line of medium armored suits that became the standard battle suit for the entire strike force. Bryan was even inspired to abandon his "Overlord" suit and build a new battle suit of his own, Halon: Cobalt 5. It was lighter and faster than his previous suits without sacrificing any of the durability. Captain Arcane officially joined the Signal Corps as he was a superlative spy. He quickly became a trusted ally who seemed tireless in his pursuit of intelligence.

A Call to Duty

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Just as Bryan was about to turn his attention back to Project Overlord, Captain Arcane informed him that Harmon Labs was preparing to demonstrate an experimental sub-space teleportation device and that Viper was preparing to seize that technology. Technology that could be adapted to interfere with STZ's power transmission systems. Arcane managed to have the core team invited as observers, in their civilian guises, while Quartermoon was invited to appear as "himself" a super hero celebrity. Upon activation of the portal technology, something went awry and a strange visitor appeared begging for help. He claimed to be a member of a resistance force fighting an evil super powered dictator known to both worlds as Shadow Destroyer. Quartermoon made a pretense of "calling for back up" so Halon and the others could make their presence known. Halon was reluctant to proceed but Captain Arcane and James Harmon argued persuasively in favor of intervention. This Shadow Destroyer had already made his own forays into our own dimension and the STZ had faced him once before and narrowly defeated him when he had attempted take up residence on the moon. The team, Halon, Sigma, Count Ubiquitous, Captain Arcane, Quartermoon and the newly joined Sky Marshal followed the stranger through the portal into a world both strange and familiar. The resistance was well organized and had simply lacked anyway to counter the power of Shadow Destroyer himself and his so called "Conquerors". The plan to bring down Shadow Destroyer had been formulated by the leader of the resistance, "the Old Man", who had been recently captured. The first priority was to free him and then to lend their power to the final assault. Halon and his team were cautioned not to do anything overt till they freed the old man, as he was the only one that knew how to counter the army of massive Mega-Destroids that hunted any super powered individuals.

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The team was escorted through the Multifarian underworld by a small group of resistance fighters. One of them was a young man, no more than 18, who seemed somewhat familiar to Halon. When asked his name, the young man replied, Paul Quinn. Bryan was a little taken aback, he could see now, the boy could easily be a younger brother to he and Norman. There was a distinct family resemblance though he was also clearly part Asian. The chances for chit chat were few and far between and so Bryan did not learn much else from him. The team left their escorts behind as they infiltrated the prison holding the Old Man. Inside, Quartermoon, Captain Arcane and Sky Marshal donned disguises and covertly instigated a riot while also freeing some captured resistance heavy-weights. After the prison was subdued by a massive psionic wave, the team was able to assault the maximum security cells. Here they were able to free a few more members of the resistance, though few of them were in any shape to fight. Most of these prisoners had undergone "special treatment". Some would not survive long. Halon wrenched open the last cell to find a man barely clinging to life. That man, was himself. Bryan couldn't believe his eyes. His other self looked at Bryan's armored form blearily and whispered, "Paul?" Halon asked the man who he was, wanting to know what had lead him here. He said that he was Brian Quinn, and that he had been the Shadow Destroyer's chief technologist for years. He had willingly helped build everything around them and subjugate the human race in the name of order and peace. Halon felt a chill as he heard his own words coming from the man's mouth. Describing many of the things he himself had planned on doing on his own Earth. Brian Quinn then said all of that changed after he had a son, Paul, and realized that Shadow Destroyer was going to leave this world in ashes. Brian tapped Halon's armor and said he had made something like it to fight his master but had been discovered before he could use it. Halon promised to get him out of the prison and hoisted him to his feet.

The team succeeded in freeing the Old Man but were shocked to discover that he was none other than the infamous Doctor Destroyer from their own Earth. The team almost abandoned the mission right then and there. Count Ubiquitous had to be restrained from crushing the Old Man's neck after he re-equipped his old armor. Doctor Destroyer reminded them that he was the only one that could deactivate the destroids, leaving Shadow Destroyer open to attack. The team returned to the resistance base but Brian was fading fast. The fighting and flight had been too much for him. He hung on long enough to see his son one last time and told him that he had left a legacy of power and responsibility for him hidden in the ruins of their old home. Halon then asked to speak to Brian and Paul alone. After everyone left he removed his helmet so they would know who he was and swore to them that he would free this world from tyranny, and he would fight to make sure that nothing like this happened on his own Earth. Brian asked Halon to look out for his son, and then quietly passed away. Halon turned to join the battle when Paul suddenly asked to go along. Halon acknowledged that Paul was destined to fight many battles in defense of his world, but not today. Paul hung his head and watched as Halon rejoined his team as they assembled for the final battle.

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True to his word, Doctor Destroyer was able to deactivate all of the automated aspects of Shadow Destroyer's army. The team waded through the hordes of human troopers and defeated Shadow Destroyer in the heart of his on domain. Again Bryan was forced to face unspeakable magical horrors. There were no words to describe how much he despised them. After their triumph, Doctor Destroyer made a few veiled threats but made no move against the STZ before he promptly vanished, just as Count Ubiquitous again lunged at him. The resistance was able to reactivate the portal to Prime Earth but the sub-space interference was increasing by the minute and Halon and the team quickly returned. Just as Halon was passing through the portal he thought he heard the whine of approaching rockets. Once through he turned to look at the collapsing portal. An armored figure burst through at the last possible moment and careened into the far side of the lab. Halon recognized many aspects of the armored suit, they were very reminiscent of his own, though the suit itself was the color of polished Bronze rather than the familiar cobalt blue. Bryan knew right away that it could only be Paul. Before Bryan could say anything, Paul collected himself, shouted "Didn't you see it!? We have to stop it!" and made for the nearest exit faster than anyone could stop him. Bryan had no idea why he had followed them here, or why he had run away, but he was going to find out because there was no way to send the boy back home.


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After some rest and recuperation, Bryan decided to admit to the rest of the core team, including Heron and Avenger, just how far he had been planning to take them in pursuit of victory and how ashamed of that he now felt. He also told them that although they were in a good position to take down Viper or Argent with their current forces, they would not continue with the massive buildup that he had been envisioning. The team, in general, agreed with his change in policy and the reasons behind it. Count Ubiquitous argued that they should however continue to be preemptive in their struggle rather than revert to the reactive approach and Halon and the team agreed with this. Before that could continue, Bryan had work to do. Another unfortunate revelation of the Shadow Destroyer battle was that some of Bryan's technology that he had pilfered from Argent or Viper had in turn been stolen from Doctor Destroyer. When Destroyer had activated a failsafe built into his technology, it had partially deactivated some the Cobalt 5 suit systems. Bryan and Norman had worked feverishly, cannibalizing some of the Sigma systems, to make Bryan's suit combat worthy again. Bryan and Norman consulted Heron who had been exploring some radical new concepts in the interim. They all agreed it was time to focus solely on their own technology, though Heron had to admit that some of his own designs were actually based on 51st century technology brought to him by none other than Sky Marshal. The trio spent several weeks redesigning their systems, the results of which were realized in the designs for Cobalt 6, Iodine 2 and Sigma 7. Bryan finalized and constructed Cobalt 6 while using Iodine 2 as a testbed for new technologies. Norman built Sigma 7 as a much heavier and durable alternative to his Sigma 6 design. In the mean time, Count Ubiquitous had used the time to press the attack on Argent with moderate success. He had learned that Doctor Schubert had resurfaced in the Argent hierarchy and was rebuilding his own power base. While the Marquise might be considered the nemesis of the entire STZ, Dr. Schubert was most definitely Bryan's. With the completion of his completely new suit, Bryan decided it was time to put aside his sociopolitical machinations once and for all and get back to some good old fashioned revenge. The hunt for Dr. Schubert had begun.


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Following the shake down period, Bryan was satisfied that this was his finest suit yet. He liked it so much that he returned to leading missions in the field just to spend more time in it. He began to concentrate his raids on ARGENT primarily. No longer concerned with what technology he could find, his primary goal was information on where to find Schubert. At the same time, the STZ began it's draw down of the battle force and a halt to construction on the Antarctic facility. In order to get that settled quickly he asked most of the team to directly oversee their various departments there. In the mean time Bryan planned his next move. Suddenly, contact was lost with the Antarctic base. There had been no alarm or indication of a problem, but the complete cessation was more than a little unusual. Bryan consulted Zoar, who oddly seemed to have little information as to what was going on, it only suggested that Bryan use the alternate ingress teleport pad if he intended to investigate.

Aside from a few androids, the moon base was completely empty, Bryan had sent everyone down to help organize the base. He went down alone. Finding no one on guard, he made his way quietly down the hall till he met the first door and listened. The surveillance gear in his armor working flawlessly, he overheard someone that was obviously not one of his people, indicating that the base had indeed been raided. Bryan thought ironically that someone was beating them at their own game, they had been untouchable for so long, this kind of attack almost seemed unthinkable. Bryan overrode the door controls and took the two on the other side by surprise. They managed to get a few shots off, electric bolts from their hands, but they went down quickly. Bryan could tell immediately that they were from ARGENT. Their bodies were suffused with subcutaneous capacitors and emitters, they were cyborgs, Dr. Schubert was here. The old anger rose in Bryan and he was tempted to throw caution to the wind and storm the rest of the base, but he remembered that somewhere in here were over 2 dozen men that were depending him.

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He found a few of his android troopers scattered here and there, overwhelmed by the electrical attacks no doubt, something they would have to remedy. He came to the motor-pool and finally found what he was looking for. There were a dozen of Schubert's electro-men with an equal number of his own troops deactivated and his friend Heron lying on the floor, trussed up and struggling to breathe. He was being watched over by someone Bryan had never seen in person before. He knew her from the STZ's known enemies files, she was called the Huntress and Quartermoon had brought her up as someone he had faced a number of times. She was known to be an exceptional marksman but had no real powers. Bryan didn't want to chance hurting Heron so he tried to reactivate several of the troopers in the room remotely to cause a distraction, which they did. He charged into the room and took out the Huntress with one blow. The rest of the Electro-men weren't much harder, their electric blasts didn't get past his force field. Bryan untied Heron and helped him get his rebreather working correctly again. Heron said that the attack had been so sudden, the Electro-men had just appeared out of thin air, and emitted some sort of EM pulses that had disabled much of their technology. They were shielded against those kinds of attacks of course, but it had worked anyway. Heron said that he was well enough to fight, Bryan didn't want him to come along, but there was no telling what he still had to face so the pair, with several rebooted androids along, moved on to the primary robotics lab

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There they found another assailant with several bodyguards, attempting to commandeer their Sigmalon robot. Again, after some consideration, Bryan recognized the armored figure as Baron Luftjaeger, an arch foe of Sky Marshal. Although he had managed to get Sigmalon activated the Baron couldn't command it yet, so Halon and Heron struck before he could. The Baron had a few tricks up his sleeve but still went down fairly quickly, instead of surrender he seemed teleport away. The sound of their combat had raised the alarm with the invaders finally, a group of the Electro-men burst into the room but they were outmatched. Bryan heard laughter coming from the adjacent lab and he and Heron went investigate. There he found something incredible. Count Ubiquitous unconscious and restrained by one of their own force fields. Bryan had thought there was nothing in the world that could bring the Count down. Next to him was one of their recent recruits, his avenger battle suit in tatters, he too was unconscious. Between them stood a VIPER operative. At least it seemed that way but a closer look at the armor he was wearing showed many customizations. The man stood there grinning and threatened to kill both of his captives but Bryan didn't even let him finish. He let fly with both his missile and chest beam and pounded the man into the wall behind him, shattering his chest plate. Heron quickly released the two captives. The Count regained consciousness quickly and identified his captor as his long time foe Duke. He had been caught by surprise by a gas attack but already felt recovered from it. More Electro-men came at them, now that both sides had lost the element of surprise it was a straight up fight. The Count said he believed that Quartermoon and Sky Marshal were up ahead in the barracks and storage areas.

With a handful more reactivated droids the trio made their way down the central corridor. They first went towards the storage area. In a side room they heard muffled shouting and burst in to find Eric Dahaffabee, also known as Avenger 1, armor-less and railing against his captors who appeared to be toying with him using micro-shocks. They didn't know what hit them. Eric quickly made his way to the still sealed armory and suited up in an Avenger armor and joined the rest as they stormed the storage area where they found Quartermoon. There, besides a knot of the electro-men, they found a cyborg none of them recognized, all green and silver, he was extremely fast and took out several of the androids before being brought down himself. Quartermoon said the man had called himself "Green Lion" and like the others, had appeared out of nowhere to take Q by surprise. Now with 4 of them and 20 androids functioning, Bryan figured the rest would be a cake walk, he was wrong. Returning to the central corridor, the team was ambushed by 20 of the Electro-men. They took a few more androids but were vanquished by the core team.

They proceeded to the barracks where they found the rudest surprise of all. Inside they found a mercenary team that they had all heard of, but never met before. The former soviet super team known as Red Winter, all six of them. This was a fierce battle. Heron and Quartermoon went down again. Bryan, the Count and Avenger battled on to victory but it was touch and go for awhile. Inside they were able to activate their reserve forces and they found Sky Marshal captive but more or less unharmed. Sky Marshal said that something was going on in the main control room and that he had seen Dr. Schubert there. With most of the androids now back on line, the Electro-men no longer posed much of a problem and the core team proceeded into the control room. There they found that a lot of damage had been done and the room was not empty.

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Finally, after 5 years, Bryan was face to face with Dr. Schubert again. He was not alone however. Schubert had dozens of his minions and another group of super powered mercenaries with him. The battle that ensued was quite epic. The room itself and the equipment in it was devastated. Dr. Schubert made a pass at fighting but quickly fled when Bryan went after him. In his way stood another armored figure. This one was an ARGENT model, one he was intimately familiar with. He knew it's weak points and disabled it quickly but Schubert was out of sight, headed toward the reactor vault. Bryan rushed after him. He found him standing in the reactor monitoring room waiting.

"Why did you come here Schubert if you're just going to keep running from me?" He asked.

Dr. Schubert chuckled and said, "Oh my dear boy, turnabout is fair play don't you know. You have been hitting us hard this past year. We decided to hit back."

With that, Dr. Schubert held up a small remote control and pressed the button. His body faded from view, a broad smile on his face. Behind where he stood, Bryan now saw a small device counting down. 3... 2... 1... flash. A bright light, the old familiar sense of lightness, and Bryan found himself back in his moon base. He was in the main hangar bay. Everyone was there with him along with a number of the droids. Zoar had beamed them out.

"Zoar, what happened?" he called. "The Antarctic base has been destroyed." it replied coldly. "How the hell did they find it?" he asked. "Insufficient data." it replied. "We have a spy somewhere", Bryan thought to himself. Suddenly it occurred to him that 2 of their members were still missing. His brother Sigma, and Captain Arcane.

Shoot for the Moon

Bryan quickly convened a meeting of the core members to decide the next course of action. During that meeting, Quartermoon began receiving a signal from Captain Arcane on the Signal Corps' secret emergency frequency. It was simply a string of coordinates, on Monster Island. Bryan felt his gut twist. Nothing good ever happened on Monster Island. Bryan decided that this time, he and Quartermoon would reconnoiter the location before they went charging in. Wearing his Tungsten armor, Bryan was able to locate the source of the signal coming from a series of lava tubes on the North-West side of the island. It was clear this was Schubert's base, his Electro-Men were every where, along with the standard hulking ARGENT cyborgs. At this close range they were able to get a directional fix and followed the signal into the volcanic mountain, their stealth fields hiding them from the enemy forces.

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They approached what appeared to be a brig of some sort, cells were built into the rock walls with several minions standing guard. This included an armored individual, the one Bryan had faced in the Antarctic base, or at least some one wearing a similar model. Suddenly the armored figured looked directly at them as if seeing through their stealth fields, and sprang into action. However, it was not against Bryan and Quartermoon, but rather the rest of the guards. The armored image shimmered and in it's place was Captain Arcane, cutting down the enemy with lightning quick strokes of his energy sword. Bryan never ceased to be amazed at the Captain's guile. Once the guards were down, Captain Arcane moved to a cell and opened the door. On the floor lay what appeared to be another Captain Arcane and on the bed, lay Bryan's brother Norman. Captain Arcane reached down and removed a small device from the prone figure and the armored guard reappeared, the Captain had taken his place to watch over Norman till help could arrive. He explained that Norman had been kidnapped several weeks earlier and replaced with a surgically altered imposter. Dr. Schubert had not only captured Norman, but also his technology, the Electro-Men were a direct result of that. Bryan couldn't believe he had been duped so easily, but in retrospect he realized that he and the rest of the STZ had been so busy that they had not noticed how separate the imposter had kept himself. It had been a mistake to interrupt the surveillance duties of the Signal Corps during the draw down, only Captain Arcane had stayed on the case, they would have been lost without him. Arcane went on, describing how he had picked up Schubert's trail when his minions stole an Electro-voltaic Polyturbine from a vault that Norman had been using to store valuable technology. He managed to ride the same teleportation beam to this base and was present to witness Dr. Schubert and his minions return from the destruction of the antarctic base. He then learned that the polyturbine had been stolen to be used as part of a massive pulson array that was aimed directly at the moon. Bryan couldn't believe what he was hearing. The Captain continued to explained that this wasn't just a plot by Schubert to eliminate them, it was part of a larger initiative within ARGENT. They had developed a series of new products and services under the corporate name of Moonstone Inc. designed to take advantage of the global destruction and chaos that would ensue.

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Bryan had heard enough. He called Zoar to send the entire remaining STZ to begin a direct assault on the base. Meanwhile he asked Quartermoon to get Norman out of the tunnels so he could be transported back to base to recover. Bryan and Captain Arcane decided to move ahead and attempt to sabotage the pulson array before it could be fired. On the way, Arcane showed Bryan where the internal transport pads were, but they were heavily guarded. Bryan wanted to change out of his Tungsten armor in order to be ready the battle ahead. Nearby, was an apparently volatile section of the volcanic interior being held in check by force fields. Captain Arcane disabled these force fields causing a sufficient distraction for Bryan to use the pads and have Zoar beam his Cobalt armor to him. With the distraction of the volcanic intrusion, Bryan and Captain Arcane began a direct assault on the interior while the STZ, under the command of Count Ubiquitous, began the outer assault. The base's personnel, pulled in 3 different directions, were in complete disarray. It didn't take long for Bryan and the Captain to find the pulson weapon. Dr. Schubert was personally overseeing the work of a group of technicians feverishly trying to get the array to fire immediately. Bryan was tired of sneaking around. He opened fire on the giant weapon directly.

The room turned as one in his direction, the Electro-Men and guardian cyborgs charged but were simply no match for the pair. Dr. Schubert again made a few salvos of his own and then fled. Bryan ordered Captain Arcane to remain there to ensure the destruction of the array while he pursued Schubert, he was not going to get away this time. He pounded through the corridors after his nemesis, the occasional knot of minions slowing him slightly allowing Dr. Schubert to pull ahead. Suddenly, Bryan burst into a large chamber that contained a great monstrosity. He couldn't quite tell if it was a machine or a beast but it was horrific, and well armed. Dr. Schubert whirled and began firing on Bryan again. The monstrosity came alive and moved toward him. Bryan ducked and weaved, trying to avoid the creature's ponderous attacks while seeking a clear shot at Schubert. He quickly realized that his new suit was more than a match for the beast and destroyed it utterly, but this allowed Dr. Schubert to flee once more. Bryan pursued him doggedly. He emerged into what appeared to be a large hangar. Minions were preparing an aircraft for launch but Schubert was no where to be seen. Suddenly a bolt of electricity caught Bryan from the left, he turned to see that Dr. Schubert had had time to don his brother's own suit, Sigma 7. Bryan felt a moment of grim satisfaction realizing that Schubert was more or less admitting that he and Norman now had the superior technology, by trying to use it against them, turn-about indeed.

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However, Bryan and Norman had learned a trick from Dr. Destroyer, and included deactivation circuits in their latest suits, he simply turned his brothers stolen suit off. Dr. Schubert sputtered with panic, struggling to extricate himself from the suit when the room was inundated by his Electro-Men retreating from the fighting with the rest of the STZ. Electricity burned the air but the minions fell quickly as Bryan and his team decimated them. As the smoke cleared he found Dr. Schubert trying to crawl away. As he raised his arm to fire, Schubert pleaded for his life, blubbering and trying one last exhortation.

"I give up! You win! You win!" He yelled as he continued to cower on the ground, his terror clearly written across his face.

"You think this is a game?!" Bryan shouted back. His anger at Schubert turing into contempt.

"Of...of course it is!" he replied. "You have been a parasite living off of ARGENT's technology, our creativity, only to turn around and shove your improvements in our faces time after time. You never made any attempt to stop us or to expose us to UNTIL. Just this endless back and forth, over what?!" His fear turning into anger and frustration. "Listen to me, I am sorry, alright? I am sorry that I tried to kill you. We both lost our tempers, but I never wanted this fight. When the brass realized who you were, they insisted that I be the one to take you down." Schubert's face was streaked with tears and his frustration gave way to exhaustion. "The damnable thing about it was that you were right. I knew you were right, even at the beginning. My cyborgs would never stand up to your suit technology in the end. This has been such a waste of time," he said as he sat up and put his head in his hands.

Bryan paused for minute, not sure what to do. The rush of battle was over. Around him, the fighting had died down as the remaining Electro-Men surrendered and the STZ began to gather about them. He wasn't sure he could kill Schubert now, or even if that was what he had ever wanted to do. He had to concede, it had been a game, at first anyway. It wasn't any longer.

"Do it," someone said, repeated by a few others. "Ha ha, make him beg!" someone else said. Bryan looked around. Nearly everyone in the STZ had an ax to grind with ARGENT or VIPER. They wanted to see this finished.

"So what do you expect now, mercy?! This is not a game to me, this is about making you pay for what you did to me, to us! You were about to blow up the damn moon just to get at us!" Bryan raised his hands again and Schubert shifted to his knees in abject supplication.

"Wait, wait wait!" Get it through your thick head! This whole thing was part of a huge plan to capitalize on disaster relief! Getting you too was just a bonus." If you hadn't been so fixated on getting just me, you might have noticed that. Listen, you can turn me over to the authorities, this was a company plan, not mine. I will tell them everything. I'll be in prison for years! I... I'll never bother you again!" The fear and panic had returned. "And if you let me go unharmed, I'll tell you why you've never been able to track the Marquise, and how to find her".

Powers and Equipment

Bryan Quinn is a normal human male in excellent condition. He is exceptionally intelligent with aptitudes in electrical and bio-mechanical engineering however his brilliance has an odd quirk. He appears to be incapable of originating new concepts, only iterating existing technology to the Nth degree. Whether this is a natural state or some sort of psychological block is unknown. He is also adept at comprehending technology previously unknown to him. He is a skilled combatant and experienced power armor pilot. At some point in his youth Bryan severely broke his already largish nose which never healed properly. It is easily his most prominent feature.

The power suit makes the man.

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Halon:Cobalt 1
First combat ready model.
Halon:Cobalt 6
Current model
Experimental Prototype.
The stealth model.
Halon:Iodine 2
The Serpentium based model.
Undersea model based on Zoar Gold
High refraction model based on Zoar Silver
Extra heavy combat model based on Zoar Copper.

Bryan's primary armor, the Cobalt model, is a highly sophisticated device designed to be an all-purpose combat platform. Models 1 through 5 depended on designs and components stolen from ARGENT and VIPER. Model 6 is no longer dependent on stolen technology and uses systems and material designed and created by Bryan and Norman Quinn and their fellow scientist Heron though still based on some designs adapted from future and alien technology. The outer shell and super structure are made of a super-alloy consisting of Questionite, Cobalt, Titanium and Niobium. The inner layer, covering all inner mechanisms, is a polymer-carbonfiber-kevlar composite. This allows Bryan to resist impacts up to light anti-tank shells and explosives without using his force-field. The primary artificial muscles are composed of multi-layer carbon nanotubes which enables Bryan to lift (press) approximately 65 tons. The suit can protect it's wearer from extreme temperatures ranging from near absolute zero to just under 3000 F.

It is designed to be air tight and can survive a hard vacuum or submersion with an internal air supply lasting approximately 6 hours. The armor can survive depths of up to 2000 ft. The power system is electrical with the primary power source being capacitors fed power through a sub-space transmission system developed by Heron. The primary transmission site is the moon with booster satellites orbiting the earth to ensure maximum reception. (Being a sub-space transmission it is not affected by any physical obstacle only distance and sub-space interference) As long as the transmission is uninterrupted, the power supply is inexhaustible. In the event of a loss of transmission, a small fusion reactor can power the suit for several days. There is also a tertiary solar collection system that can recharge the capacitors very slowly. The fully charged capacitors can operate at full power for 6 hours without recharging. The armor is equipped with a flight system that includes anti-gravity and anti-inertia dampeners, making it very fuel efficient. Thrust is provided by a jet pack that can operate both as a solid fuel rocket and a ramjet engine. With the anti-grav/inertia systems fully functional, the armor can fly at mach 1 for 6 hours. In the event those systems are not working, the solid fuel rocket can last for 15 to 45 minutes depending on velocity. There is a tertiary water jet system that is not high speed. With the negation system working, the water jets can achieve a speed of approximately 15 knots.

In addition to it's armor plating, the suit is equipped with a force field capable of repelling projectiles and energy blasts. It is especially good at deflecting energy. Combined, the armors defensive posture allows Bryan to survive a force roughly equal to a 50 kiloton blast. The primary weapon systems are; reticulated force projectors in the gauntlets capable of firing force blasts of varying intensities, a chest mounted plasma beam projecting both force and heat and back to front micro-missile batteries capable of penetrating 5 inches of steel. The latter two systems require Bryan to pause and provide a stable firing position for several seconds. The armor includes a new first aid system designed to provide basic treatment to it's wearer. It has very little in the way of stealth technologies, a highly refractive coating provides good protection against radar and sonar as well as including anti-targeting technology. The suit has its own radar, sonar and laser tracking systems as well as a full broadband communication system including microwave and subspace transmissions. The Cobalt suit represents the most complete integration of all the best technologies the STZ team can create but there have been circumstances requiring specialized technology that have led to the creation of a variety of armors for Bryan to wear.

After the initial creation of the STZ Bryan, Norman and Vanth first worked on pooling their resources and building prototype 'light' versions of their suits. These suits first followed Vanth's desire to have a light but protective powered suit. They eschew the hard outer shells and most of the musculature in favor of comfort and mobility eventually evolving into something all members could wear in non-combat situations, but still be ready for an attack. They offer protection up to medium caliber hand guns and low powered energy weapons. The offensive systems vary based on who it is made for from Vanth's having none, to Norman's electro-bolter and Bryan's force pulse projectors. If the accompanying helmets are worn, they can be air tight with an air supply of approximately 30 minutes. This also allows use of the targeting displays and communication systems. Eventually all the early members of the STZ had these light suits made and they became the unofficial uniforms. These suits also led to the development of the standard medium battle suits worn by STZ recruits and androids.

These light suit designs contributed heavily to Bryan's first significant variation, the Tungsten armor, specially designed to accommodate a wider range of stealth technologies sacrificing durability and weaponry. The Tungsten suit is equipped with camouflage screens stolen from VIPER that render it virtually invisible to the naked eye. It also has special coatings that disguise it's heat and pressure signatures. Instead of the rocket jet system, the Tungsten suit combines it's negation system with a much quieter, but much slower and energy consumptive, photon drive system. The artificial musculature is much lighter and about half as strong as the Cobalt model. The defensive system can withstand multiple high powered rifle hits. The surveillance and communications systems are greatly enhanced allowing the wearer to observe and record the actions or conversations of people behinds walls or even sound proof glass. The visual system has an ultra-high resolution camera, able to discern man-sized objects many miles away. The only weapons are low power force projectors in the gauntlets. Conventional weapons may be equipped externally.

The Iodine armor suit is a weapons heavy system and it's outer shell is a different alloy composed of Questionite, Serpentium, molybdenum and chromium. The original model was based largely on the 'Golden Nest' VIPER armored suit. The current model is completely redesigned, incorporating some alien technologies. The outer shell is intended to absorb and/or deflect the so-called 'mystical energies' used by VIPER sorcerers. It is equipped with a kinetic force field designed to react to projectiles rather than energy bursts. The musculature is trimmed down, being approximately 3/4 as effective as the Cobalt armor. In addition to the standard weapons of the Cobalt armor, the Iodine suit has expanded missile batteries tripling the capacity or allowing larger missiles to be loaded. Also included are the helmet and glove mounted particle beam weapons originally developed for the Avenger power suit. The power system has a greater back up capacity with dual miniature fusion reactors providing max power for 12 hours in the event of a loss of power transmission. The original suit depended entirely on the reactors for power.

The Gold, Silver and Copper armor suits were experiments in adapting Zoar's highly advanced armor technology and also in creating specific use armors.

The Gold suit is designed for deep water applications. The outer shell is an exotic alloy that Zoar will not reveal in detail but produces for Bryan in the quantity and form he requests. The pressure tolerances are greatly increased allowing operation at depths of up to 5000 meters. It is equipped with a unique re-breather system capable of recycling the breathing mixture and supplementing with water extracted oxygen for an indefinite submerged operational span. The artificial musculature is enhanced allowing the wearer to lift (press) 80 tons, at sea level. It is equipped with all the standard communications and sensing gear with an omni-directional EX480 sonar multibeam bathymetry system capable of rendering a long distance, virtual display of the surrounding environment almost in real time. The weapon systems are composed of 6 small high-yield torpedoes, an electro-magnetic 'railgun' firing 1 foot long kendrium harpoons, and an omni-directional electrical discharge 'eel' attack. Propulsion underwater is a solid fuel rocket assisted magneto-hydro dynamic water jet system.

The Silver suit is designed for increased mobility and a high degree of energy refraction. The outer layer is not a rigid shell but an electro-active micro-weave of carbon and titanium nano tubes plated with a silver-chromium alloy. The secondary layer is an absorbtive/dissipational material designed to redirect kinetic energy. This system allows protection from medium powered rifle bullets and hand guns. The artificial musculature is more pliable and much more responsive than the Cobalt suit, utilizing a direct brain signal feedback system that does not rely on muscle movement. The suit allows it's wearer to lift (press) approximately 5 tons. The unique force field emitters create a near-surface layer that greatly reduces friction. This, coupled with the anti-grav/inertia system form a highly efficient high speed propulsion system achieving flight speeds of mach 5 or greater. It also has a unique magneto-gravitic glide system allowing the wearer to 'glide' or 'skate' on surfaces at high speed. The refractive nature of the armor make it nearly impervious to projected energy including extreme heat, allowing it to survive temperatures above 15,000 degrees. The suit is entirely dependent on the sub-space energy transmission system for long-term operation, the built in capacitors last for 2 hours at full power before depleting. For offensive weapons, the suit can deploy a 16 inch kendrium blade from each forearm. At high velocities these blades can cut through high tensile steel. There are also twin pulson projectors mounted on the helmet.

The Copper power suit is an extra-heavy combat model designed for maximum durability and increased firepower. The outer shell is a Neutronium, Osmium, Carbon and Iron alloy. This makes the suit extremely heavy and a large portion of the anti-gravity system used for flight in other suits is instead used to shunt a large portion of this suits density making it nearly as mobile as the Cobalt suit. The suit is over-sized, with the limbs being entirely robotic and the pilot occupying the torso and 'head' areas. Again, a great deal of the kinematic system is used just for normal mobility but the suit is able to lift (press) approximately 100 tons, at rest. The suit itself weighs nearly 15 tons. The outer shell is capable of withstanding a 5" projectile at range. Instead of a force field, the suit uses a refractive coating similar to the Silver armor, to redirect energy attacks. For transportation, the armor must engage a 'flight mode' which redirects more power to the anti-grav/inertia system allowing the rocket assist to reach jet speeds leaving very little energy for the majority of the offensive systems. The weapon systems are even greater than the Iodine suit with four times the missile capacity of the Cobalt suit, a micro-munitions system capable of firing on multiple targets at once, a double power chest mounted plasma beam, a small caliber high-density machine gun mounted on the left arm and a electro-magnetic railgun mounted on the right. It has multiple pulson projectors on a back-mounted frame. As a last resort, the Copper suit can be fitted with a low yield (5 kiloton) nuclear missile with a range of approximately 50 miles. Augmenting the energy transmission system, the suit is powered by four fusion reactors with double the number of capacitors allowing 24 hours of on-board full power output. The unique piloting system is different than any of the other suits and is problematic. Making this armor, generally, a weapon of last choice for Bryan to use.

Experimental suits that never saw final production are; the Carbon armor, a design attempting to directly integrate technologies stolen from the Qu'larr, Gadroon, and Sirians. The crossover interfaces never proved to be reliable but analyzing the materials led to improvements in the alloys used in the current suits. The Overlord armor, was more of a stylistic change over the standard Cobalt suit although this marked Bryan's first foray into force-field design prior to having access to Captain Arcane's battle suit to learn from. It also housed several 'placation' technologies that would affect peoples behavior in close proximity, none of which worked reliably.