Speed
Speed
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Full Name Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd
Age 18
Height 5'8"
Build Lean
Eyes Green
Hair White
Skin Caucasian
Factions None

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A new face in the wide world of superheroics, Speed seems set on standing out from the pack of other speedsters with his grandstanding behaviour and his sweet green and silver costume. Bit of a rep for collateral damage. Though there is something about him that might seem weirdly familiar to some people…

Tommy Shepherd, on the other hand, is a highschool dropout with a juvenile criminal record who attained some minor fame for allegedly demolishing his highschool (by accident). His incarceration as part of a probably very illegal project to refine metahumans into living weapons is probably not well known outside of the kinds of circles that deal with illegal projects to refine metahumans into living weapons.

Biography

At one point, Tommy Shepherd was a normal kid. An only child from a broken home, his parents having divorced when he was still quite young… It's the kind of story that's become uncomfortably familiar. All sorts of kids just like him all over the world. Young and angry and rebelliously searching for something, a few early trips to juvenile detention for petty theft, for vandalism. Could be that would've been his whole life, a small-time crook. Could be that he would've turned it around.

Due to cosmic influences beyond the understanding of most minds, though, nobody will ever really know.

In another life, another reality, another Scarlet Witch had used her vast powers to create the children she wanted so desperately, twin boys. But events took Wanda Maximoff's children from her, stealing even the very memory out of her fractured mind… And when, eventually, she regained the knowledge of the sons she had lost, the effects were unprecitable. Reality itself was warped by a mother's grief, by her fervent wish for her sons to have lived full and happy lives spreading like a shockwave across the multiverse, rewriting the history and existence of Tommy Shepherd - every Tommy Shepherd, in all the realities that were or might be. No longer was he simply some punk kid from a broken home in New Jersey: Now, he was the retroactively reincarnated son of the Scarlet Witch, possessed of powers similar to her own twin brother's.

Awkwardly, the moment of this, the 'big bang' of his existence that rippled forward and back along his personal timestream, was the moment his powers awakened. In a moment, a terrible moment of uncontrolled and wild power set into motion by the Scarlet Witch, the building around him was badly damaged: Random molecules in the structure of the room around instantly accelerated in random directions, causing detonations in sections of the floor and walls, tearing apart desks and books and blackboards, the damage spreading outward while everyone evacuated - except for Tommy himself, incapacitated by what was happening to him and around him, painting him as the obvious culprit.

The fallout of this was not great.

Rather than receiving any sort of constructive aid for his newly awakened metahuman abilities, or even any sort of reasonable punishment for the act of inadvertent destruction, Tommy was instead 'incarcerated' as part of a secret project seeking to refine metahumans into living weapons. The project pushed Tommy's development ahead of where it should have been given his youth, enhancing his speed, his control over his molecular acceleration abilities, but they never really worked out how to make him pliable and cooperative, and when he was eventually freed by a group of young would-be heroes (including one who looked spookily like him and who is secretly his retroactively reincarnated twin brother) he wrecked the place on the way out.

Fortunately, he bounces back from things as quickly as he does everything else. Deciding to give the whole 'hero' gig a try - after all, he'd surely be better at it than any of the dorks already doing the job, right? - he took on the not particularly creative moniker of Speed, and set about chasing thrills, excitement, and girls while not blowing up more things than are strictly necessary.

That part, he's still working on.

Character Details

Tommy Shepherd is kind of a douche sometimes, but he means well. Mostly, anyway. He tends to be arrogant and a bit overbearing, as well as impulsive and impatient due to the nature of his superhuman abilities - at his worst, he becomes overtly dismissive of 'snails' and the normal pace of going through life generally. His parents' divorce and his life in the system have made him somewhat cynical, especially of 'grown ups' and people in positions of authority, which can make him a difficult teammate and infuriating subordinate, particularly given his overconfident view of his own judgment and abilities. His moods can be mercurial, shifting without much in the way of warning, but he always bounces back quickly as well - unlike his twin, Tommy isn't much for introspection; he's never one to stop moving, after all. Despite the violence he's (sometimes gleefully) capable of, Tommy's main interests are fun and freedom, and he'd rather bring other people with him in the pursuit of both. After all, what's the point in being a superhero if you don't enjoy it?

Relationships

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H0maZ4a.png Billy Kaplan Teammate Billy's a hopeless nerd, but he does have crazy magic powers, so that's something at least. Something weirdly familiar about him, though…

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