The Menagerie: The Legacy
Hero Name: Whisper
Real Name: Augustus Cole
Shadow Self Powers
The legacy is two fold. Its human halves, the motive force, are recruited by those who make up Justice's Shadow. What gives them the power to do as they do is the Shadow-Self, a living thing of shadow that imprints upon new hosts and subsumes their actual shadow. When they take on their legacy identity, they fuse with their shadow and can use it to manipulate darkness and shadows and the minds of others through the universal Shadow of what people lie to themselves about.
Whisper currently cannot use Shadow Portals or Mind-Clouding.
Moment of Truth
This is the moment when you prove how much the mantle belongs to you. You seize control of all your powers, and you defeat even impossible odds to prove you are worthy of the name you carry. You accomplish feats even your predecessors couldn’t do. Of course, after you prove something like that, you can expect still more responsibilities to be placed on your shoulders...
[ ] Afraid (-2 to Directly Engage a Threat)
[ ] Angry (-2 to Comfort or Support or Pierce the Mask)
[ ] Guilty (-2 to Provoke Someone or Assess the Situation)
[ ] Hopeless (-2 to Unleash Your Powers)
[ x ] Insecure (-2 to Defend Someone or Reject Others' Influence)
When you share a triumphant celebration with someone, tell them whether you see them as an equal. If you do, give them Influence over you and mark potential. If you don’t, shift Superior up and any other Label down.
When you share a vulnerability or weakness with someone, tell them a secret about your legacy (including your own true feelings about it) to clear a condition and give them Influence over you.
Words of the Past
When you seek the guidance of one of your elders or a member of your legacy, tell them a problem you face, and ask them a question about the problem. They will answer it honestly, and tell you what to do. Take +1 ongoing if you listen. If you go your own way, mark potential.
The Legacy Matters
When you take Influence over someone from your legacy (or give them Influence over you), mark potential and take +1 forward. When someone from your legacy causes your Labels to shift, mark potential and take +1 forward.
When did you officially become a part of your legacy?
Augustus had been shortlisted and that's how he picked up on the clues that Silence had put out there. He thought he was solving riddles that would bring him to something interesting, and it did. Silence's Shadow-Self was ready to spawn, and Augustus proved worthy enough. The bonding was about a year ago, but the true entrance into the legacy was a few months ago when Silence accepted Whisper's nom de l'ombre and entered it into the records of the legacy and allowed him to pursue his own course towards justice.
What's the greatest accomplishment of your legacy?
The greatest accomplishment of Justice's Shadow had to do with stopping an attempted coup in the UK conducted by a group of absolute shitbags (who may or may not be a persistent conspiracy). In Halcyon City, Emptiness and Silence took down a conspiracy to mass produce super powered criminals via stolen alien technology. Of course they fail to mention that they recognize the technology via their shadow-selves, which are highly motivated to purge and suppress said technology.
How does the public perceive your legacy?
The public is mixed on the legacy. There's something sinister and unsettling about them, and the cultivated attitude of "smarter than you could ever be" is pretty insufferable. On the other hand, they regularly take out regular corruption that harms the average person. They're more popular with the regular people than authorities.
How does your legacy tie into your reasons for being a hero?
Part of the selection and training is framing being a hero as the ultimate puzzle and challenge, and the only way to safely direct the desires of the Shadow-Self. Augustus followed the puzzles and clues hoping for some sort of government internship or the like. The legacy has redirected him towards heroics, and he definitely agrees about keeping the Shadow-Self in check. It has some disturbing requests after all.
Why do you care about the team?
Despite the tendency for Justice's Shadow to run solo, besides meetings with one another, Augustus thinks this is what makes them all super creepy and weird and figures he should get some outside perspectives on being a hero.
All things considered, we did well and impressed an established hero. Who was it?
We definitely impressed the Haunt. Something about shaking things up or meeting with his secret expectations, he wasn't clear but he was sincere in how impressed he was.
You once got caught doing something that shames your legacy with the Jackal.
You trust Black Cat and told them an important secret of your legacy.
Everyone has Influence on Augustus.
Every time you roll a Miss on a move, mark Potential.
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