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Actor: Thomas DekkerAffiliation:
JoshPlace of birth:
18Time at the Institute:
Father – Howard Foley (40)
Mother – Grace Foley (39)
Brother – Liam Foley (20)
Brother – Benjamin Foley (deceased) Base of Operations:
Xavier’s Institute for Gifted ChildrenSexual Orientation:
Height – 5’10”
Weight – 155 lbs.
Eyes – blue
Hair – blonde
Ethnicity – Caucasian, U.S.
Standing at just over 5’10” tall and weighing 155 pounds, Elixir is just like any other kid with a somewhat fast metabolism and an active lifestyle – he has a very low body mass index, despite the fact that he eats whatever he wants whenever he wants. He makes up for it with his skateboarding, starting tailback for his highschool football team, and playing basketball for the same school. He can hardly ever bother to work out, so while he continues to look slightly toned, he’s a little on the slender side, but it’s never bothered him.
A shaggy mane of blond hair covers his neck, hangs over his ears, and barely hangs to his eyes, and he can often be seen swiping it out of the way with a swift, unconscious move of his hand. Piercing blue eyes almost always communicate how he is really feeling and it makes it almost impossible for him to lie.Distinguishing Marks:
Golden skinClothing style:
Josh tends to wear clothes that are comfortable on him. This includes baggy skater jeans, flares, baggy T-shirts, a T-shirt or an A-shirt with a something collared over it left unbuttoned, and hoodies. He usually wears a leather cord with a cross on it around his neck, given to him by his girlfriend and a large leather strap around his wrist – a birthday present from his brother.Uniform:
Black leather pants and shirt that zips up in the front. He often wears a white or black A-shirt underneath and will either leave it open or zipped up, depending on how he feels. He’s had the sleeves removed as he finds it less restricting. That’s about as much as he’s been allowed to get away with.Powers:
Elixer is capable of controlling the biological structure of any organic matter including his own body. He is still inexperienced in the use of his powers, and the limits of his abilities are unknown.
When he has mastered his powers, his capabilities will only be limited by his imagination, but for the time being, he is only capable of healing the human body right now. With practice and increased knowledge of biology and anatomy, he will be able to heal all kinds of minor wounds like cuts and broken bones to regrowing damaged or removed tissue. As time goes on he will become more efficient in healing. It is possible for him one day to even regrow limbs and entire organs.
His ability to manipulate biology works just as well in reverse. What he can heal through touch and intent, he can also damage. Elixir is completely unaware of that fact at the moment, seeing as he just learned he’s a mutant and doesn’t even have a grasp on how to heal, let alone hurt.
In the comics, he has displayed healing capability to regrow organs that have been completely removed and possibly extremities such as wings. This suggests that he may even be able to regrow severed limbs. It has also been confirmed that he can manipulate genetics, as he restored Wolfsbane’s mutant abilities simply by kissing her. He has also demonstrated the ability to heal himself, but it is a conscious action. He has also demonstrated the ability to heal wounds caused by unorthodox means, such as Wither’s death touch.
He demonstrates the darker side of his abilities in many examples, causing sores and boils and even taking the life of a human merely by touching him. Using his abilities in this way has yet to be explored very much, but it does seem to have an affect on his physical appearance and emotional state. When he has caused damage with his abilities, his skin will take on a metallic black appearance while his mood becomes significantly darker.NOTE: A lot of Elixir’s powers have been unexplored, so the limits aren’t very well-known. I’ll be playing them so that he has just discovered them when he comes on board. He’ll barely know anything about them and as the game progresses, so will his skill in using abilities.Weakness:
Josh must be within close proximity to affect his target… usually physical contact. However, he can heal through clothing.
He must also be conscious and aware in order to affect his target or himself. If he were knocked unconscious, he would be completely ineffective, unable to even heal himself from his own personal injuries.Personality:
Josh is a genuinely nice guy. He treats people with respect and only wants to be treated the same way. He doesn’t like to judge anyone and is slow to give his opinion on lots of things, preferring others to make decisions when he doesn’t have to. He is non-confrontational, which is another reason why he keeps his opinions to himself. However, when he must be confrontational, he will often become defensive and emotional.
Quiet, Foley’s not one to easily open up to others, and it takes a bit of prying to actually get him to tell you how he’s feeling. However, Josh doesn’t have anything to hide, therefore he’s completely honest when he does decide to open up. Like with quiet people, he’s a good listener and has commented on the fact that many people seem to open up to him despite his lack of ability to do the same.
He’s also creative, seeming to always find comfort in art. He’s been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and has become quite skilled with it, often drawing at the strangest and most inappropriate of places, including class.
Despite being admired by his friends, loved by his girlfriend, good at sports and art, and making decent grades, often Josh can become depressed due to his home life. He spends most of the time in his room, communicating as little as possible to his constantly-depressed mother and his never-there father. This got even worse when his older brother went off to college, causing Josh to often slip even more into depression. He can often shove it aside when out of the house, but it is always in the back of his mind and leaves a taint on everything he does. He is easily hurt, but is willing to forgive wrongs done to him. It’s much harder for him to forget.History:
Josh Foley is the middle child of Howard and Grace Foley. Born in Portland Maine, he has lived there for his entire life. One of three brothers, he was always the quiet one, never complaining, never making too much noise, always willing to go with whatever was going on around him. His entire life, he idolized his older brother Liam and could often be seen following him around when he was younger, always asking questions, or making up stories. For the most part, Liam tolerated his little shadow, explaining how things worked and what he was doing.
His father worked for Stark International as an financial overseer for the entire New England district. His work often called him away for as much as two or three days at a time, often leaving Grace to run the house and take care of Josh and little Ben, with the occasional help of Liam. Due to Howard’s job, they were really well off as a family and would often take trips to New York to do some shopping, skiing in Vermont, among other things.
Unfortunately, things changed when Josh was eight. While his father was out of town for two days in New York for a quarterly review and Josh and Liam were at school, Grace Foley was caught in an explosion that would later be discovered to be caused by a mutant who had been unable to control his powers. Fortunately, Grace survived the explosion, but it cost her the use of her legs and killed little five-year-old Ben. The family was never the same after that. Before the incident, the family had never taken a stance on the arising mutant phenomenon, but due to the loss of one of the family, both Howard and Grace took on an extreme prejudice toward mutants. Howard has become a staunch supporter of the registration act and the Sentinel program, expressing his feelings that mutants should be shipped out of the country and be sent to some secluded area of the world under constant surveillance from Sentinels. Liam and Josh also fell prey to resentment toward mutants, though the younger brother kept quiet about his feelings toward them as usual.
Stuck in a wheelchair and feeling guilty that she had survived the carnage that had killed her little son, Grace fell into a state of constant depression. The love she had shown for her boys and her husband faded away and was replaced by a faraway and hollow look. The loss of his son hit Howard relatively hard as well, but what really hurt him was the way his wife had turned off her feelings toward him. He dealt with his piling grief the best way he knew how… the way his father had – he buried himself in his job, which distanced himself even more from his wife and his two remaining sons.
Felling like the only two Foleys still alive, Liam and Josh stuck together, eating together, watching movies, and playing video games together. The older brother even helped Josh out with his math homework, since their dad was never around and their mom was either too depressed – staring at the television or computer, drugged up on antidepressants and asleep, or drunk. Seeing that things wouldn’t improve any time soon, Howard hired a full-time maid to clean and cook for the boys. It was a miserable and dreary existence in the Foley house, but Liam and Josh made the best of it.
Highschool changed Josh’s life significantly. Attending the same school that his older brother had gone to, Josh immediately felt as if he were living in his brother’s shadow. Liam had been the star quarterback for the school’s football team as well as an amazing shortstop for the highschool’s baseball. He had been a favorite of the teacher’s and had even been elected Senior President. Apparently, despite his hardships at home, Liam was making the best of his situation. Josh felt that he had a lot to live up to and there would be no way to do it… he wasn’t sure he wanted to go his entire highschool career known as ‘Liam’s brother’.
On top of that, Liam had left to go to New York for College. Josh could understand why Liam needed to leave, but he still felt a little resentful at the fact that his older brother had left him to fend for himself in the lonely Foley house. Still… Liam came home to visit as much as he could, and his little brother was grateful for it. Thank God for Calvin, his pal since fourth grade. Had it not been for him taking up the slack his brother had left by frequenting his house – almost daily – and even eating meals there on a regular basis. He was one of the few who really understood what Josh was going through, and the two were almost inseparable.
Highschool turned out to be much better for Josh than he thought. Finding out that he made a pretty decent runner, he made his own name for himself as the best tailback the school had seen in years. He also excelled in basketball. Eventually, Calvin and Josh added a few more good friends to their little group. They weren’t exactly at the top of the social food chain, but neither were they the outcasts. It was comfortable and Josh liked where he was. In his second year, he met Jessica – or ‘Jess’ as she preferred to be called – and the two immediately felt a strong attraction to each other. What had drawn the attention of the redhead to the blonde boy was the fact that he was constantly drawing in the history and math classes that they shared. He would draw fictional characters, pictures of friends, animals, and random designs throughout his notebook, in some of the linings of his books, and even on his assigned desks. He never did it out of spite… sometimes he just started drawing. The tomboyish redhead thought it was cute and actually made the first move, asking him out. After an evening of a movie, pizza, and milkshakes, they new there would be more than just one date. Within a month, they were known all over the school as a couple and she was added to their group of friends, although there was a hint of dislike for Calvin. She felt like he was a bit of a pig. She kept friendly with him and even had a few good laughs with Josh’s best friend, seeing as he had been there for her guy for so long… he couldn’t have been that bad.
Things continued like this for several months, approaching Josh’s sixteenth birthday. Liam had come up and planned on taking his little brother to New York for his birthday, just the two of them for three days. The first day was great… Liam and him spent several hours in one of the biggest arcades the kid had ever seen and then went to an equally massive skate park, both of them being avid skateboarders. They went back to Liam’s apartment that evening and Josh finally got to meet his older brother’s roommate/girlfriend. That evening, they had just popped a movie in the VCR when there was a loud, frantic knock on the door. Liam answered it to find three acquaintances burst into the room, breathless and shouting something about a phone call from a friend regarding a possible mutant sighting down at the bar. It turned out that Liam was actually involved in a mutant hate group, his own disdain festering over the loss of his little brother and what it had done to his family.
After some convincing, Liam and his girlfriend (also a member of the mutant hate group), decided to go… the caller who had cried mutant hadn’t specified how many were there. Reluctantly, and at Josh’s insistence, Liam let him tag along as long as Josh promised to stay in the car. Arriving at a bar frequented by Liam and many at his school, they all hopped out of the car, leaving the nearly sixteen-year-old kid by himself as they headed toward the door, only to see a man with a scarf emerge. Someone came running out just behind him, catching sight of Liam and his friends and shouting that this was the mutant. One of the larger collegiates requested that the man remove his scarf, but when the stranger didn’t comply, they quickly began closing in. A fight ensued, Josh looking on in horror as Liam and all of his friends were seemingly struck down by some kind of yellowish light. It reminded him of the stories he had been told regarding the explosion that killed his little brother and crippled his mom. Enraged at seeing his brother, someone he admired so much struck down and possibly hurt, Josh grabbed a handgun laying on the dash and jumped out of the car, yelling at him about how much he had hurt his family and how this was the last time.
Suddenly, the gun in his hand exploded, many of the fingers on both of Josh’s hands blown off as he was thrown back against the car he had just emerged from. A sharp piece of shrapnel from the handgun’s holster had lodged itself under his chin, intense pain shooting through him. The only thing going through his head was how much he wanted to make the pain in his hands and under his face stop. Without thinking, the kid reached up and grasped the exposed piece of the shard out between a thumb and forefinger that seemed nearly unharmed. He immediately felt the pain start to slowly fade away, and that’s when he noticed that he still miraculously had all ten of his fingers, and they seemed to be healing right before his very eyes. Aside from the fact that he was healing from something that should have killed him, Josh noticed that his hands and arms were taking on a golden tint. He looked up in horror at the scarf-clad man and accused him of doing something to him, but as he took steps toward the stranger, he began to weave on his feet before collapsing to the ground from blood loss and shock. The next time he would wake up, he would be looking at the dark wood paneling of Xavier’s Institute for Gifted Children.
Foley woke up in the school's infirmary to the sounds of his father practically disowning him on the spot and begging Scott Summers to take custody of his son. Thanks to the intervention of Scott and Jean, however, a middle ground was reached – any awareness of Josh's ability was erased from his family's mind so that they would still continue to provide for the youngest living Foley. In exchange, he was enrolled in the school and under the guardianship of Summers and the other members of staff, his parents assuming that it was a boarding school for unnaturally intelligent and gifted teens.
Due to his family's influence and bent toward mutant hatred – not to mention the unsightly golden metallic sheen his skin had taken – Josh had an especially hard time adjusting to who he was, choosing for the first few weeks to keep himself cloistered in his room most of the time. However, thanks to the friendliness of Jason, Billy, Kel, Kimmy, and several others, Josh began to slowly emerge from his shell. The constant encouragement from Cyclops and Phoenix to explore his abilities began to turn the young man's mind, allowing him to begin embracing his own abilities. Avery Doyle practically adopting him as a little brother helped fill the need for family ties.
As time went on, Foley grew further from his blood family, calling and visiting less as the bonds at Xavier's strengthened. A new challenge arose – Josh felt inferior to many of the other students who possessed offensive abilities as opposed to him simply able to heal others. Members of staff began to encourage him to study with Dr. McCoy and explore his potential to heal. However, when Josh's roommate attempted suicide and Foley managed to pull him back from death, Cyclops saw the importance of a more concentrated focus on medicine and allowed Josh to not only take extra classes with Beast, but intern under the resident genius.
Under Beast's tutelage, Avery's gentle guidance, Jean's encouragement, Cyclops' steady watch, and all the other members of staff, Josh began to flourish, becoming more adept at healing wounds, beginning to mend broken bones and fight infections and diseases. As time moved forward, the young healer became more adept at fighting off injury and sickness.
When it was announced that a few of the staff and one or two select students would be making a trek to the Savage Land, Foley was one of the first to sign up. A city boy born and bred, he had mixed feelings about this outing and 'roughing it', but an opportunity to get away with some of the people he respected the most couldn't pass him by. Unfortunately, the young man bit off more than he could chew. After a brief stay, Josh was kidnapped by Sauron, who had taken command of the island himself and used his abilities of hypnotic suggestion to turn the young man to his dominant will. The others on the Savage Land team managed to track Sauron down however, as well as find Havok and Polaris, who had been supposedly killed while trapped on the living island of Krakoa. During a fierce battle where they combined forces to defeat Sauron and his minions, Phoenix managed to break the hypnotic hold over Josh's mind. Dazed, confused, and ashamed at what had happened to him, Foley wanted nothing more than to see Sauron destroyed, but upon Cyclops' command, the young man healed Sauron of his corruption. Impressed with the way Josh had carried himself, Scott promoted the healer to full X-Man status, making him the youngest X-Man on the ranks.
After a bit of therapy, the following winter months went by with very little incident. Josh felt waves of nausea wash over him occasionally, but chalked that up to either adjusting to his growing strength in his power or the fact that he had developed a bit of a crush on Cessily Kincaid. The two hung out quite a bit, playing basketball or watching movies and over time, an understanding developed between them. However, it was interrupted before the relationships could get very far due to the events of Apocalypse.
As Apocalypse emerged and his shadow fell upon the earth, Josh fell into his roll as X-Man with zeal. He studied doggedly and worked his fingers to the bone in hopes of becoming as prepared as possible for the inevitable battles that were to come. As his friends fell and disappeared around him, reemerging as disciples of En Sabah Nur, Josh was reminded of the corruption his own mind had been subjected to. When the confrontations came to a head, Foley stayed at Xavier's – the central hub for the allies against Apocalypse. There, he was able to gain instant access to any wounded teleported back from the front lines, reducing casualties to very few. However, it was here he met his first taste of defeat. Apocalypse had been stopped, but at the cost of Ash Milano-Firth... a patient he could not save.
This failure only whetted Josh's appetite to work harder, and he joined many of the others in the X-Men and worked with X-Corps to help heal those pulled from the devastation. He began sleeping less and less, learning how to manipulate his own body to work at its most efficient. However, those waves of nausea increased in frequency and he began to experience bouts of irritability which began to worry him. Afraid that he was losing control of his abilities somehow, Foley hid these symptoms from anyone else and continued on with everything as normal, including picking up where he left off with Cessily.
Upon another visit to the Savage Land, however, Josh's ailments began plaguing him to the point where it lead him to confess the problems on an outing with Cyclops and Cypher. The following night, however, Josh was kidnapped by the Inhumans along with the mutate natives of the Savage Land. They were held captive on the moon and forced to stand trial, accused of tainting the sacred terrigen crystals the Inhumans revered. Despite Josh's protests that he had no idea what they were talking about, the Inhumans were adamant that the young man had exposed himself to them.
Not allowing one of their own to stay in enemy hands, the X-Men went to the moon to try to retrieve Foley peacefully. However, due to the manipulations of Black Bolt's brother, what was supposed to be a diplomatic meeting turned into a fight – one which ended in the death of an Inhuman at the hands of an unconscious and ebon-skinned Joshua Foley. The Inhumans allowed the X-Men to leave with the boy as well as the mutates, striking an unsteady peace between the two groups.
For months, Josh lay in a coma, it finally decided that during his time under the influence of Sauron, the evil mastermind must have exposed Josh to the terrigen crystals, altering his DNA, which explained Foley's temper and nausea. It was surmised that the exposure had triggered his mutation to evolve or change in some way, but until the boy woke up, there was no way to tell for sure.
Eventually, Foley woke up and discovered to his dismay that not only could he no longer heal, but that he only had the ability to inflict harm. For him, it felt as if he were back to square one, hating his ability once more and feeling like he was a monster – his mind and body both having been corrupted. However, Josh also felt more aggressive and used his already driven personality to reach for even greater heights. He studied more, worked harder, and became more outgoing, getting to know a new troublemaker who soon came to the mansion. Helping Terry escape the mansion just long enough to meet with her uncle, Josh learned of a place referred to as a sanctuary that was obviously the new home of the Brotherhood. It was during this time that he also had flashes – dreams of himself in another life where he was a junior cop in a city comprised completely of mutants. However, the X-Men learned that it was an alternate reality on a collision course with their own through the mouth of a very different Scott Summers. Intrigued by this version of Summers, a very troubled Josh went to him for advice, and was told that 'he didn't have to allow anyone to walk over him... that he should be his own man'. It was advice the boy enjoyed hearing, and took to heart.
Upon fixing the catastrophe, Josh was nearly demoted after getting into a confrontation with Hellion after the telekinetic bludgeoned one of his best friends – Speed – to near death. But instead was put on probation\, giving him time to work through whatever was going on with him. It was a new group of friends coming into his life that saved Josh from going down a bad path – Nori and Laurie. Foley hit it off really well with the pair of girls and even developed strong, deeper feelings for the blond pheromone-based mutant. Obviously into each other, the pair danced around the subject for months, including a trip to Japan in search of Nori's brother who had been kidnapped by Japanese pirates.
Not long after the return to the mansion, Josh invited Laurie to a picnic in the Danger Room, where he presented her with a unicorn he had programed into the system as a present for her. The two declared their feelings for each other and became an item. However, soon after they would face their first two trials... the rise of the Purifiers, and Josh's own graduation and the crossroads before him. With several offers to different colleges and unsure of what to do, Foley took some time off from the school to visit the prospective places, calling often. However, after a lengthy time away from Xavier's, the young man decided that his place was among his people... doing what he loved.SAMPLE RP POST:
“Dude… you got new neighbors,” came from beside the bedroom window.
“Dude… I’m kicking your butt,” said the blonde as he stared at the screen of his own TV, the split display of a Halo multiplayer game. Thumbs sped over the control pad with the accuracy of a well-seasoned player as Josh Foley lightly pressed his teeth and lips over a tongue barely exposed to the air. It was a frequent habit of his – a sign that he was fully concentrating on what he was doing.
“Eh… you win. I don’t really care anymore. Too busy checking out this hottie and her hot mom. You’re getting some hot neighbors.”
“You’ll have to hook me up. That is unless you’re gonna go for it.”
“No thanks. I got one.”
“Jess? When you two gonna get past the making out thing?”
“This is pointless if you aren’t playing anymore,” Josh said, tossing the controller on the neighboring bean bag as he reclined in his own. “Dunno man. I kinda like things where they are. Jess said she’s thinking about waiting till she’s married.”
A brunette head finally tore his gaze from the window, “Seriously?”
Josh reclined even more, tilting back his blond head to lock eyes with his best friend since fourth grade sitting behind him on the twin-sized mattress holding back the curtains of the double-paned window. “Yeah.”
Calvin closed his eyes and shook his head, “You wouldn’t think it the way she’s always plastered to you.” Josh merely shrugged his shoulders before clasping both hands behind his head for support as he continued to make eye contact with his pal. “You won’t hear me complaining about that,” he said with a grin.
“But seriously… marriage?” Cal closed his eyes and shook his head, “Get out now dude. It’s not like you’re gonna marry the girl, and if you aren’t gonna get any from her, what’s the point?”
Josh screwed his face up at the question asked him while watching his friend from his upside-down view, “I’d like to think that a relationship is a little more than just about making out and sex. I really really like her, and she feels the same way. We’re both happy, why mess up a good thing?”
Once again, his friend shook his head, “Whatever dude. You’re gay or something.” He turned back to the window, “Gross. I’m guessing that girl is a friend or something. No way
she can be related to the rest of that family. God… she’s huge
Josh frowned a little as he rolled off the bean bag, the foam inside the black leather announcing his relocation to his distracted friend. He climbed up on his bed, keeping on his knees the entire time, and joined Cal at the window. His blue eyes landed on a rather large looking girl – possibly around seventeen – and another girl with stunning auburn hair and thin, lithe frame giggling with her obese companion. “C’mon dude. You’re being way harsh. She’s not that bad.”
Calvin turned to look at him, an incredulous look painted all over his face, “Are you kidding me!? She could be the Goodyear Blimp.” Josh didn’t return the look but was watching the more attractive of the two girls – impressed by her aesthetic quality – when his brow furrowed and he quirked up one side of his mouth, “That’s original. No… I mean… yeah. She’s a bit heavy, but she looks like she has a pretty face.”
“Fine then, you can have the big one and I’ll take the hot one when we go on a double date,” Cal said, looking back out the window.
“You can have them both dude. I’m taken.”
Josh winced in pain as he rolled around and sat down on the bed, his back to the wall and stared at his bare ankle wrapped in an Ace bandage in quiet contemplation. It was the result of an apparent break during a highschool football game. Eventually noticing the silence, Calvin soon joined him on the bed. “How’s the ankle,” he asked, nodding once at the bandaged foot.
“Doing better than I thought,” Josh said, his eyebrows climbing as his sprits rose slightly. “We went back to the doctor because it didn’t feel right and after taking some more X-Rays, he said he was wrong. Coulda sworn it was a break, but turns out it was just a bad sprain. He said it’s healing really really nicely.”
“Think you might be able to play next week? We need you.”
“I think so,” Josh said, his brow furrowing in contemplation once more. “It still hurts, but the swelling’s already going down some.”
“Sweet dude. Lucky.”
Josh continued staring at the injured ankle. For some reason there was a sickening feeling gnawing at the pit of his stomach and his heart began to race; he swallowed hard. “Yeah,” he finally replied, doing his best to hide the feeling in his gut. “Lucky.”