Aurora is one of the most powerful humans alive and what makes her so special is that she is not an Alpha Superior but a Bacteria Z hybrid.
CLEA DATA FILE
- Jeanne Haskell
- Bacteria Z hybrid
Special Skills and/or Abilities:
- Has developed Alpha like abilities by having complete mastery over magnetic fields.
- Can “see” the world around her by reading magnetic fields with her mind.
- Has the ability to fly/levitate.
- Channelling magnetic fields increases her physical strength and this she can obtain by drawing energy from electrical cables.
- Her immense power means she cannot stay hidden from her enemies who can find her by tracing the energy spikes she produces.
- Can be effectively trapped in a Faraday cage.
- Channelling massive amounts of power takes a massive toll on her body.
- Unable to use her eyes in daylight due to light sensitivity.
Rap Sheet/Criminal Traits:
A one time leading primatologist, Jeanne Haskell was given the opportunity of a life time when she was contacted by a research group collecting data on Beta island, more commonly known as “Terror Island”, the remains of old Japan.
Jeanne had heard rumours that the island was filled with mutated creatures that had been affected by Bacteria Z and as a scientist was fascinated by the idea. Recognised for her scientific endeavour Dr Haskell was offered a job by the a company known as ISC and was wanted as part of their science team sent to study some of the mutated wildlife in order to understand the effects of Bacteria Z but before any details were given she had to sign a ream of legal paperwork.Though ISC had tried to clear as much red tape as possible but ultimately final access would only be granted at the discretion of the Beta Island Oversight Committee who governed all access to the island.
With a practical dream job handed to her on a silver platter, Jeanne did not need to think twice before filling in the papers and then several weeks later she was given approval by the BIOC after meeting all the security requirements and being assessed as suitable for working in such a dangerous area. Arrangements were then made for her to fly to New Tokyo and transfer to a Task Force Z resupply plane, since only military aircraft well allow inside of the quarantine zone.
Upon arrival at the island Jeanne and the other “civilian” passengers on the plane were taken to a holding facility where she met other new arrivals. Those that had visited the island before were transferred out to their destinations but Jeanne and the other Beta Island “rookies” were given accommodation for they were expected to spend the next month receiving orientation training by various science and military experts.
All this was geared to teach her and the others the dangers of coming into contact with Bacteria Z as well as being taught about some of the islands most dangerous plants and animals. Though the latter was fascinating to her, as the training went be she started to have doubts about whether she had been too keen on filling in the paperwork and coming in the first place since she was given the impression that mortal danger was only ten seconds away.
A normal fun loving person, Jeanne found the training period quite hard, not because she did not understand it, but once the classes finished and she had free time to herself there was nothing to do. The facility was nothing more than a military base which meant she could not leave. There was no contact allowed with the outside world and there was very little to do other than read or watch one of the “censored” television channels. This she found quite a drag so she was thankful when her four weeks were up and the day arrived when she was airlifted to the new ISC research facility located in the heart of a forest. From the inside it looked like any other scientific research facility but from the outside it was a veritable fortress and with good reason.
It was explained to her the creatures she was going to be studying seemed to be a cross between a reptile and a primate. There was also a suspicion that the Bacteria Z had also incorporated a little bit of human DNA in the mix. As species beta they were codenamed “Grunts” and the initial studies had shown they lived in large social groups and were extremely intelligent. Unlike other species beta which sometimes gained animal equivalents of Alpha abilities the only thing the Grunts possessed was an extremely tough hide and incredible strength. They seemed to object human “invasions” of their territory hence the need for the additional security measures.
During her training she had learned that whilst Task Force Z provided all military services and could provide armed security if needed, companies like ISC and several others on the island preferred “local” to use security since a lot of civilians were wary of a military presence which had the effect of creating an unwanted distraction resulting in inefficient working.
For several months Jeanne studied their behaviour with the use of external surveillance aids. Meeting them directly was out of the question since they would have attacked her or a security escort on sight. The more she studied them the more unnerved she became for it appeared the Grunts knew they were being watched. This was the complete opposite of “normal” wild creatures who only reacted if they detected something odd on their territory and were usually oblivious to technological aids. However the Grunts seemed to be acutely aware of the usage of fixed cameras to the point that they seemed to take precautions to evade them. To get around this Jeanne tried using drones to locate the Grunts but each time she found them they would scatter. Though she felt the idea was preposterous she could not help but feel that they were trying to hide something.
Then inexplicable, after a few months the group suddenly changed from hiding and started to attack the facility. Though this turn of events made her and a few other scientists nervous, the defences held and on each occasion several creatures were had to be killed by the sentries. Base management decided it was perhaps best not to inform the TF Z of the attacks for fear they in turn might inform the BIOC. The attacks would then be considered a safety concern and Jeanne was told this would not be ignored and meaning the BIOC would have to shut down the facility until the threat from the Grunts was deemed to be minimal. The BIOC simply would not chance that a Grunt might accidentally infect a civilian with Bacteria Z during an attack even though the possibility of that was extremely remote in her bosses opinion.
The attacks continued until a security detail got ambushed outside the perimeter and “vanished” without a trace. For several weeks Jeanne sent drones to search for the missing men but it was to no avail. She was convinced that the Grunts were far more intelligent than anyone was prepared to believe. Though the footage of the attacks on the facility seemed to show the group was simply testing for weak points on the outer walls Jeanne caught a few seconds of footage showing the Alpha directing members of his group to attack highly defended areas, making it seem that they were not all that clever when in fact they seemed to be putting on a show. Jeanne took her concerns to her department head but they were dismissed as “speculation based on unsubstantiated evidence”. This was despite her experience in studying the intelligence of higher primates. Convinced she was right Jeanne went higher up and was then told in no uncertain terms that her actions were breaking the harmony of the work group and if she continued she would be sent home. Again it seemed to her that management placed a higher priority of keeping the BIOC in the dark over the safety of the employees and covering up the fact they had a missing person.
Less than a week after her report had been ignored Jeanne was flying a drone and for the first time sighted a group of Grunts heading towards the facility and for a few seconds thought she saw a human in the lead before the tree cover blocked the view. As it had been suggested her imagination was out of control she was hesitant of informing her superiors of what she had seen, especially as she had not recorded the footage. Unable to locate the group again on the second pass she elected to keep quiet rather than risk losing her job. This would be her downfall for two hours later the Grunts attacked.
Within minutes the group had bypassed the outer defences and were making their way into the facility. The security teams regrouped and as events quickly spiralled out of control, had no choice but to request an evacuation and armed support from the TF Z. Jeanne and several other scientist were on the way to the rooftop helipad when there was an explosion and her world turned black. When she next opened her eyes she found herself on a bed surrounded by people wearing hazmat suits. Despite trying to ask them what was going on it was some time before she got any answers.
Jeanne was told that after the request for help was sent contact was with the facility had been lost. Task Force Z had sent in a fast response team but by the time they arrived the buildings had all but been totally destroyed. Everyone they found was dead apart from her but it was assumed that since she had been buried under rubble the Grunts had ignored her. The military medics had noticed that she had been covered in cuts and stood a chance of being contaminated with bacteria z from one of the grunts so she had been flown to a BIOC secure medical facility in New Tokyo. Jeanne then found out that she had been out cold now four days and during that time tests confirmed she had Bacteria Z in her system. Her cells were mutating and there was nothing the doctors could do about it other than hope her immune system could fight it off.
Over the course of the next few weeks, Jeanne learned of the investigation into the lab “incident”. It soon became apparent that one of the security man that had disappeared a month before the disaster had received a series of large payments from offshore accounts. Initial conclusions by the BIOC investigation suggested that he had been paid to “obtain” samples from a Grunt or even capture a live specimen. This Jeanne thought unlikely since nobody could get close to a Grunt without being killed, unless as she suspected the creatures were more intelligent than anyone had given them credit. She hypothesised that if the security man had found a way to communicate with the creatures then it was possible that he had made some sort of deal with them. Though it was all supposition she could not get her mind off the fact that she had seen a human male lead the group before the fateful attack on the facility. Why someone would lead the Grunts in an attack though she could not work out. Having already had her ideas shunned once before she decided to keep her theories to herself.
The BIOC initial findings went back to the top brass of Task Force Z who accepted the direction the investigation was going since they were aware that there were plenty of unscrupulous arms sellers that wanted to obtain Species Beta to use as potential weapons. This was why the quarantine zone and island were protected so heavily. Incursions were frequent but aircraft and surface craft were either turned back or “neutralised”. Using an employee one of the research teams to obtain a sample was therefore a new tactic to find a way around the island’s military screen.
None of that news though helped Jeanne although for quite some time she felt completely normal. Then came the day she awoke and felt intense pain in her head. Doctors rushed to her bedside (after donning protective gear) and it took them a few minutes to realise the Jeanne’s eyes had become intensely sensitive to light. This effect had only ever been seen with Alpha Inferiors not cases involving Bacteria Z. However since Bacteria Z was responsible in the past for creating Alpha humans the doctors concluded she as heading towards a final mutation.
As they had no idea if she would become dangerous the doctors sedated her and made plans to take her to a very secure bunker at another BIOC facility. Jeanne said she was still in control of her wits but it was evident that nobody was going to take her word.
She never remembered the helicopter ride and for the second time in a period of few months found herself waking up in another strange location. Unlike the hospital where she had been taken looked more of a prison. This was confirmed when a scientist met with her and explained that he and his team was going to perform tests on her to see the effects of the changes Bacteria Z had on her system.
At first she believed they were helping her as they kept promising that once they had finished their tests she would be free to leave. However they refused to tell her where exactly she had been taken and with the passage of time Jeanne started to realise they were never going to free her. Finally she lost her patience so after being taken to the main lab for yet more tests she refused to co-operate until the scientists agreed to honour their original “arrangement.” Their response was quick and painful for they turned on all the lights in the laboratory.
Jeanne’s eyes were still sensitive to light and the effect of the bright flash was like stabbing a knife through her head. She reeled around the floor holding onto her heard as if to prevent it exploding. Finally the light levels were reduced and she was told over the PA system that lack of co-operation would be met with the same. Jeanne cursed and shouted “screw you” and the lights came back on.
The pain was nearly unbearable but as she dug deep down inside to fight it her adrenalin began to flow. A “power” surge like a wave engulfed her body and suddenly she began to “feel” things around her like she was touching them only she was not. She tried opening her eyes despite the pain and looked for what she was feeling and the instant she did this the metal door that blocked her exit began to buckle and bend. Other loose metal objects began to move towards her but they did not hit but stopped short and sort of “floated.” Jeanne guessed that she was somehow manipulating magnetic fields. Remembering her high school physics she concentrated on the lights. As they were powered by electricity she thought that if she could remove the magnetic component from the EM field she could shut them down.
Her hunch worked and whether or not the Bacteria Z in her system had given her some sort of “instinct” with her new ability, she was rapidly beginning to master it. With the lights now out of action, she could now see the world around her in her mind as a series of magnetic fields. Aware that the security guards might use bright lights to try and stop her she used her new gift to rip the metal door to shreds and from the metal she shaped and formed it into a mask that covered her eyes.
Jeanne now made her escape. She knew the people viewed her as a danger and though they would kill her at first opportunity part of her knew it was wrong to repay the favour so as she made her way out, she disabled the opposition. Bullets were useless against her since she could deflect their flight and any barriers were easily taken care off if they had any ferrous metal in them. Finally she made it to the surface and discovered she had never left New Tokyo but she chose not to stick around and sight see because half the base was still chasing her.
For a while she chose to simply disappear. She figured that now only was her gift a liability but also if she seen the people that had “experimented” on her might come after her again and she did not want to be forced into a situation where she could hurt someone. However in having to keep her eyes covered there were not that many places she could go without raising suspicion other than to retreat to the Australian wilderness.
Then an incident happened which made her change her mind and return to civilisation. She heard (second hand via people talking) a news report that described an attack on a factory and the description of the assailants resembled Grunts. Having discovered she could fly by inverting magnetic fields and having mastered her specials gift as a means of self-defence in case anyone came looking for her, she decided it was time to come out of exile. This was not an easy choice to make but she figured that perhaps she was the only one who knew how the Grunts thought and acted as a group. If they had indeed found a way off the Terror Islands then she felt it was her duty to stop them.
Trying to find information on the Grunts meant she had to go to non-standard sources and that meant “questioning” criminals. Many mistook her for an Alpha Hero so she decided to use that in her favour an adopted the alias Aurora. She did end up crossing paths were her targets a few times but never managed to stop the Grunts who seemed to have found “work” as mercenaries. In time she found herself concentrating less on them and dealing with other criminals that she encountered and that in turn gave her allies in the “hero community”.
Though she had on occasion “teamed” up with various hero groups and even assisted CLEA, Jeanne prefers to work alone. Able to control and manipulate magnetic fields she can reshape ferrous metal, fly and can increase her strength by absorbing magnetic energy from electrical cables. If she was a true “Alpha” then she would be one of the most powerful on Earth but from a technical point of view she is not actually an Alpha.