Leo

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Power, like a desolating pestilence, Pollutes whate'er it touches.
Introduction

xxxxxA striking example of the social construction of crime.

Description

xxxxx5'11", lean, with warm tan skin and a clear complexion. Leo has a thick shock of straight black hair, usually kept trimmed short. Wide deep-set dark eyes, square jaw, sharply defined cheekbones, a bright warm smile.

Reputation

xxxxxIt is next to impossible not to know Leo's name if you are living in America and not under a rock. During the Covid-19 crisis his name and picture both were widely circulated -- first, among government accusations that he was a mutant terrorist who perhaps created or perhaps was working to further the pandemic. It has been equally widely circulated that he is an undocumented immigrant who escaped from ICE custody, has the power to control disease, horrifically murdered a guard in jail. After a heavy manhunt involving several different law enforcement agencies, there was a fresh wave of news about him after Captain America and NYC Mayor Elliott Carruthers publicly attested that he is not a terrorist but was, in fact, working to develop a vaccine for the virus.

Much mainstream media has not come down on one side of this rumor or the other, and in the public eye opinions are heavily split as to whether people believe him to be a dangerous terrorist or a savior. The verifiable facts of the matter, however, are that New York City, once the global hotspot for the pandemic, experienced an abrupt dropoff in cases and is well on its way to an complete end to the crisis, and that numbers have been steadily dropping, concentrated in New York but spreading outward.

History

xxxxxBorn in the Philippines and raised there until middle school, when he emigrated to the US with his mother and two siblings. It wasn't a great change -- at home, they'd had stability, a large and supportive extended family, a comfortable culture that they fit into. His aunt over in the States had gotten quite sick, though, and his family came over on tourist visas and never left again, as his mom struggled to support her sister and her sister's children through his aunt's lingering battle with Huntington's. His cousins were a bright spot in his new life in Los Angeles; shy by nature and struggling with English, it was hard for him to fit in at school but his home life was always vibrant, his cousins and siblings close-knit.

xxxxxStill finding his feet in a new culture, he spent a lot of time focusing on things that made more sense to him than the troubling question of How To Socialize. Schoolwork, sports, music; he spent a lot of energy practicing at things where he could see quantifiable progress. His dedication to schoolwork earned him few friends but a scholarship to Boston University, where he studied marine biology and work at the New England Aquarium, first as a volunteer and then as a science educator. His plan was to continue on to grad school back in California where he would be close to home.

xxxxxICE derailed all that -- after being picked up for what was, in fact, a case of completely mistaken identity by the BPD (they were looking for a Latino man twice his age) he nevertheless got on ICE's radar for his lack of documentation. It was the stress and trauma of the detention facility that he was put in that triggered his mutation to show itself more directly. Manifested years ago but barely noticeable (he'd always thought he just was particularly lucky when it came to not getting hit by bugs that went around), he triggered an extremely virulent strain of chickenpox in the facility he was in. It was only after transferring him to a different facility en route to deportation and the same oddly resistant strain cropping up, immediately followed by a severe measles outbreak, that a doctor sent to the facility took notice. It took a good deal of sleuthing for Prometheus to get to the bottom of what was actually going on, but once they had isolated the culprit it took very little convincing for ICE to turn him over to Prometheus rather than ship him home.

Powers

xxxxxAbsorbs, stores, mutates, and dispenses pathogens.

Skills

xxxxxHighly academically inclined and with an education to back it up, Leo excels particularly at math and biology. He's a great teacher, though sometimes has a hard time switching from Teaching Little Kids mode to Talking To Adults mode -- a large portion of his most recent job centered around education and outreach and this involved a lot of talking at school field trip groups about the sea. He's a great swimmer, a good diver, and adroit on sailboats. He loves tennis, and is quite decent at it. He plays the flute very well, although he's been out of practice since getting into Prometheus. Fluent in Tagalog and Spanish as well as English.

Connections

Smooth Sailing

  • Dawson - Irukandji. Overlook at your own risk.
  • Ion - Portuguese man o' war. Bold. Dangerous. Collectively-minded.
  • Jax - Flower Hat Jelly. Weird, bright, beautiful, a rare find.
  • Lucien - Crystal jelly. Graceful. Easy to miss. Indispensible.
  • Polaris - Lobed Comb Jelly. Striking, gorgeous, handle with care.
  • Ryan - Bloodbelly comb jelly. Transfixing, when it wants to be.
  • Steve - Cannonball jellyish. Gentler than one of his names would suggest, but a fierce protector all the same.
  • Winona - By-the-wind-sailor. Brilliant. Adaptable.

High Seas

  • Ansel - Microplastics. Toxic, pervasive, so deeply embedded it's hard to remove.
  • Mall Goth - Six-pack ring. Ugly, obvious, will choke you; easily neutralized with the right tools.

Uncharted Waters

  • Iolaus - Pufferfish. A lot of pomp but to what end?
  • Matt - Clownfish. Will add cheer to any day spent dabbling in shallow waters.
  • Rachel - Mackerel. Forgettable. Doesn't offer much in the way of substance.
  • Sam - Yellow sponge. Worth further study.
  • Sarah - Blue Tang. With so much energy into being colorful and bright, what's left for anything else?
  • Wendy - Common Cuttlefish. Fascinating, but hard to pin down.
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Leonid Valentino Aquilo Concepcion
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Codename None
Birthdate April 25, 1994
Birthplace Manila, Philippines
Species Mutant
Affiliation Brotherhood of Mutants, Prometheus
Alignment None
Powers Plaguebearer
Occupation Fugitive
Played By Manny Jacinto
RP Hooks
Q Sent Me - Conspiracies and misinformation ABOUND about Leo; it's near impossible just from watching the news to sort fact from fiction, but nearly everyone has SOME kind of opinion prior to meeting him.
Anyone for tennis? - He's eager to take advantage of public courts and get back in the game!
On the Water - A skilled sailor and avid swimmer, he's happiest off of dry land.
Sea monsters - Only too happy to geek out with people about all things weird and wonderful that live under the ocean.
Family Ties - With the Brotherhood as more of a refugee than a committed co-conspirator, he's kind of an uneasy peripheral-terrorist.
Logs
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  • (2022-05-15)
If someone is burdened with the blood of another, let that killer be a fugitive until death; let no one offer assistance.
  • (2022-05-11)
Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who contrive mischief by statute?
  • (2022-04-16)
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
  • (2022-03-16)
For God, who rules over all things, has made this day to be a joy for his chosen people instead of a day of destruction for them.
  • (2022-03-02)
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.
  • (2022-02-14)
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
  • (2022-01-09)
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
  • (2021-12-22)
Those who trouble their households will inherit wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
  • (2021-12-10)
Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds.
  • (2021-12-10)
In overflowing wrath for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer.
  • (2021-10-26)
I will study the way that is blameless. When shall I attain it?
  • (2021-10-19)
I lie awake; I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.
  • (2021-10-15)
Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned
  • (2021-10-15)
And have mercy on some who are wavering; save others by snatching them out of the fire; and have mercy on still others with fear, hating even the tunic defiled by their bodies.
  • (2021-10-06)
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death.
  • (2021-07-17)
And I say, “O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest;
  • (2021-06-27)
Rise up, O judge of the earth; give to the proud what they deserve!
  • (2021-02-14)
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
  • (2021-01-24)
For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.
  • (2020-12-23)
Because their shame was double, and dishonor was proclaimed as their lot, therefore they shall possess a double portion; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
  • (2020-12-10)
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
  • (2020-12-05)
And I will make this city a horror, a thing to be hissed at; everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its disasters.
  • (2020-11-23)
Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.
  • (2020-11-16)
This shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh shall rot while they are still on their feet; their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths.
  • (2020-11-13)
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.
  • (2020-10-28)
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
  • (2020-10-24)
But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer.
  • (2020-10-23)
I am utterly spent and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
  • (2020-10-16)
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail.
  • (2020-10-14)
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
  • (2020-10-13)
From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I
  • (2020-10-13)
But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
  • (2020-10-11)
When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them.
  • (2020-09-25)
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth
  • (2020-09-07)
For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
  • (2020-08-12)
Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.
  • (2020-08-05)
So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
  • (2020-06-18)
And you, O desolate one, what do you mean that you dress in scarlet, that you deck yourself with ornaments of gold, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? In vain you beautify yourself. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life.
  • (2020-06-17)
A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
  • (2020-05-26)
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
  • (2020-05-10)
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.
  • (2020-05-09)
And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; from of old their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction has not been asleep.
  • (2020-04-25)
Vignette - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  • (2020-04-22)
Unfaithful creatures! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
  • (2020-04-16)
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your destruction? Compassion is hid from my eyes.
  • (2020-04-09)
He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
  • (2020-04-08)
Let thy face shine on thy servant; save me in thy steadfast love!
  • (2020-04-02)
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
  • (2020-03-24)
All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.
  • (2020-03-23)
I will throw filth at you and treat you with contempt, and make you a gazingstock.
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