Screamin' Eagle was a 'hero' local to Millennium city. Having had a long history of past conflict in an infamous series of ambiguous battles in and around the Kansas area, Eagle has seen a lot of conflict in his years, but only recently has taken up mantle as a superhero.
Screamin' Eagle had very humble beginnings. To this day, nobody knows his true identity. Regardless, the first known appearance of Eagle was in 1941, when he applied to sign up and fight in World War II. The recruitment offices rejected his applications time after time, but this did not stop the Eagle. Taking what little money he had, he flew himself over to Germany (actually Poland, but that was a minor detail) and brought a rocket to the face of any person that got in his way. He continued to fight well into 1949, only stopping because he had heard the war had ended by then.
10 years later, Eagle would be offered a contract from a corporation known as Reliable Excavation and Demolition (RED) to use his expertise to keep control of the companies shares, defend resources, and escort explosives on exceedingly heavy carts to sabotage their rival's operations. Teamed with a band of 8 other mercenaries, Eagle became de-facto leader of his troops and repeatedly lead his army to victory.
The sad day occured in 1972, when RED was sold to Public Undertakers of the Real Pinnacle Location (PURPL); a multinational that also bought out RED's rival, Builder's League United (BLU). However, given that nobody involved in PURPL knew what the multinational was even for, the entire establishment soon collapsed. Regardless of the state of PURPL, the fact that RED and BLU were under the same circumstances and on the same side meant that there was scarcely any more fighting to be done. All members of the mercenary forces disbanded, heading their own ways. Having been raised in the spirit of battle, Screamin' Eagle was hit the hardest, and retreated to an underground base beneath RED's former headquarters in Detroit for several decades.
Finally entering the abandoned RED base, Conagher found Eagle, catatonic on the floor. It was unknown whether he was simply starving or suffering from medical complications, but Conagher was able to revive him using medical supplies leftover from the supply cabinets. Regardless of the causes of the complications, Eagle was severely distraught. He could no longer show his face, now that there was nothing left for a soldier to do. He felt himself becoming weaker with his idility, and asked if there was anything for him to do.
Conagher, of course, was still up to date on the happenings outside the base, and informed Eagle of the rising superhero activity in the world. This caught Eagle's attention immediately. He knew what he would become; a soldier of fortune and justice!
The Eagle Rises
Being a good friend of Eagle, Conagher decided to go along with his plan, and immediately started using scrap metal around the base to create a special suit of armor from Eagle's rocket launcher. Combining the design with elements he used in his defense sentries, the Eagle Armor was created, featuring enough firepower to effectively be defensible from any angle. This was not a moment too soon, either, as in the following days, the Battle of Detroit began!
The Screamin' Eagle was notable for being involved in the infamous Battle of Detroit. It not only served as a way to get Eagle famous, but was an excellent stress-test of Conagher's new armor. Along with the myriad heroes that entered Destroyer's lair, Eagle brought the fight directly against the nefarious doctor. However, at the critical moment, Dr. Destroyer activated his orbital cannon, destroying his own base, and any hero he could catch. While the jets on Eagle's armor were able to let him escape with his life, those in the path of destruction were not so fortunate - including Conagher.
Having now lost one of his best friends, Screamin' Eagle held perhaps one of the only proper funerals he would ever attend. For a last time, every member of RED's team came together to reconcile Eagle on the loss of one of their best men. Without the technology within RED's base, Eagle was unable to revive Conagher, nor would he be capable of repairing his armor. He knew, however, that he had no choice but to continue fighting for the security of the ashes of Detroit, and soon returned to the city to stake out a new base.
Most citizens agreed that Eagle's liberal use of explosive force probably caused more problems than it solved. Recently built buildings were often hit by the rockets Eagle fired and would need to be built again. Innocent citizens were often caught in crossfire. Villains seeking redemption saw no mercy from the Eagle. Numerous complaints were filed against Eagle, and he soon had a lawsuit filed against him. Eagle said during the case:
Listen, citizens. You do not know true loss. I have fought in wars that I was not given permission by our just and true law to fight in. I have trained myself to become the pinnacle of combat expertise. I was hired by a corporation to guard property and lost the job to a multinational. I lost contact with a large portion of my unit, I've lost my hometown just like you, and I have lost one of my closest friends that I have had over these years. I am fighting to prevent that from happening to any of you. I am NOT going to let you take from me my right to fight, because that is what I was made to do.
The suit eventually passed, and Eagle was restricted to using only his turret systems for combat.
Birds of PreyTwilight Storke had been directly rescued by Eagle's heroic actions, and had flown to Millennium City to test her Hawk Armor. In typical Screamin' Eagle fashion, however, he saw Storke as a threat, and opened fire on her. Storke's armor was much more sophisticated than Eagle's however, and she was able to quickly take him out of the sky with a gust of wind. With that one maneuver, Eagle's armor had been finally rendered nonfunctional.
Being a sanctioned superhero by Millennium City customs, Storke was taken into custody, but proceeded to explain her situation in court. Eagle, hearing her plea, decided to let the case go and recruited her as his sidekick. Now the singular Screamin' Eagle had become the Birds of Prey, Eagle being accompanied by the Copper Hawk.
Obviously, Eagle's recruitment of Storke was driven by much more than just mutual respect of ability. Eagle's armor alone was often not enough to challenge the threat of more potent supervillains. Meanwhile, Storke's expertise in power armor design and her clear devotion to Eagle meant that he now had an easy way to get repairs to his armor. So long as he could keep a decent impression on his new sidekick, he would have these benefits.
Copper Hawk, Eagle's Sidekick and largest fan, now takes residence in his former base, as the lone 'Bird of Prey'. Since the passing of Eagle, she has become unusually strident in her patrols around Millennium City.
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To many, Screamin' Eagle is intensely delusional and hostile. He treats everything as a battle, gets many facts about history and science blatantly incorrect, and has little semblance of coherent thought. Where his intelligence seems to truly shine is his intimate knowledge of combat strategy. When it comes to planning a battle, Eagle is thorough, swift to act, and knows how to make an impact on people, whether by intimidation or well-placed taunts. In a sense, Eagle has a sort of savant status towards strategics.
To those few that he has grown to fight alongside, he does feel a true respect, defending his allies with his life. To these people, he is still extremely stoic, and has no patience for those who fool around. He considers himself as superior to everyone, and so his allies must refer to him as 'sir' and deal with his drills if they are to 'survive the battlefield' as Eagle puts it.
Eagle's biggest claim to fame is his unique brand of patriotism. Claiming to be a protector of rights and the law, he is anything but. He seems to have no grasp on what a 'liberty' is and is as intensely violent and unethical on the job as he is on the battlefield.
Eagle is only human by every term of the word. His only claim to fame is his Eagle Armor, a suit of munitions-equipped armor designed by engineer Dell Conagher. Its prime offensive measure is its Rocket Launcher, which extends from a compartment on the armor's back. The launcher has options to fire either a single large rocket, or rapid clusters of them. Either way, the launcher can spread wide waves of destruction across enemy lines and clear out threats easily.
While Eagle's physical capacities for movement are scarcely above average, the Eagle Armor is installed with Jets that enable the armor to both fly and leap great distances. When in flight mode, Eagle can fly through the air at speeds of 128 mph, and while in Jump-jet mode, can leap 125 feet into the air with each bound. The armor also serves to offer a fair amount of protection and padding to Eagle; just enough to make it so that his quick movements via his jets and rockets do not cause any lasting harm.
Trivial OOC Trivia
- Eagle was the 4th 40 Bluhman reached. His build is a complete and utter mess of bizarre Munitions abilities.
- Eagle is the only character whose appearance has not undergone any major changes. What's seen on this page is still almost entirely his first outfit (save for the shoulderpads).
- There was a couple reasons that the guy died, OOC:
- He was a goofy parody character - Because his character design was specifically based off of the TF2 Soldier, this meant that designing new costumes for the guy would be both a hassle and a bit dull, considering the fact that character had a restricted color palette and specific appearance traits (weird build, hidden eyes, etc).
- His trademark skill, Rocket Launcher, is crap. I could of used Rocket-Based power armor, but I already have a character that does that.
- Prior to this, he had only been sitting around in the power house as a live character I could test various stats and power combos on. Ultimately, the character slot wasn't really being put to any full use.