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The original person who played Icarus
CHARACTER INFORMATIONBASIC INFORMATIONCANON OR ORIGINAL:
20DATE OF BIRTH:
September 1st, 1990MARITAL STATUS:
HeterosexualBASE OF OPERATIONS:
Xavier's School for Gifted YoungstersTIME AT INSTITUTE:
April 2009 - Still AttendingHOMETOWN:
Cumberland County, KYKNOWN RELATIVES:
Thomas Guthrie (Father/Deceased), Lucinda Guthrie (Mother), Samuel "Cannonball" Guthrie
(Brother), Paige "Husk" Guthrie
(Sister), Jebediah Guthrie
(Brother), Melody "Aero" Guthrie
(Sister), Lewis Guthrie (Brother), Joelle Guthrie (Sister), Elizabeth Guthrie (sister), two unnamed siblings, Lucas Guthrie (Uncle), Ray Jr. (Adopted Brother).PHYSICAL APPEARANCEHEIGHT:
Slim, but muscular. EYES:
Wavy dark red hair at a medium-long length, with bangs coming down to eye level.DISTINGUISHING MARKS:
Large red feathered wings that come out of his back. He also has a faded scar in the area near his heart. Joshua had wing shaped tattoo on his right arm, which ended up being removed by his healing factor.CLOTHING STYLE:
While in the presence of friendly company, Jay will let his wings show freely, but if in public with normal humans he will conceal them under baggy clothing or jacket depending upon the time of the year. He almost always wears jeans, usually worn out and some with holes and tears from years of wear and tear (because he won't spend the money for someone to tear up clothes when he can do that himself). He owns a variety of shirts, most of which have openings in the back for his wings. The many of the shirts are of different famous bands and singers, rangeing from AC/DC to ZZ Top.UNIFORM:
Icarus in uniform.
Icarus can fly by means of his natural wings. Fully feathered like a birds, the wings flexible skeletal structure enabled him to press them to the back of his torso and legs with only the slightest bulge visible under his clothing. Icarus flies by flapping his wings, like a bird. Icarus can reach a height of 10,000 ft with little effort. With severe strain he could potentially reach the highest recorded altitude of a bird in flight (African geese at 29,000 feet (8840 meters) above sea level), but he could only remain that high for several minutes. Jay's wings are strong enough to where he can carry approximately an additional 200lbs without severely hindering his flight capabilities. He can fly nonstop under his own power for a maximum of approximately 12 hours before he would pass out from exhaustion.
Jay can regenerate and heal hundreds of times faster than a normal human. Thanks to this superhumanly regenerative "healing factor," he is able to completely heal from injuries which would prove fatal to most humans, even with superhuman abilities. However, Icarus has a wound near his heart never fully healed, this is most likely because at the time of the injury his powers were still fresh, though he believes it is because he subconciously doesn't want it to completely heal, to maintain a reminder of past events. His healing factor comes from the natural regenerative enzymes secreted by his wings. Though it is untested, his healing factor can cure him of dieseases. As well, Jay is capable of healing others through blood transfusions but they must be from his blood type which is A+.
Icarus' entire anatomy is naturally adapted to flying. His bones are hollow-like a birds, making him weigh far less than usual for a male of his build (excluding the weight of his wings). His body is virtually devoid of fat and possesses greater proportionate muscle mass than an ordinary human does. His eyes are specially adapted to withstand high-speed winds which would hurt the average eye. He possesses a special membrane in his respiratory system enabling him to extract oxygen from the air at high velocities or altitudes. Icarus's physical adaptations give him incredible protection against damage from falling.
He possesses a set of vocal cords that produce a sonic frequency beyond the range of human capability as well as creating multiple sounds or voices at once. The vocal ability allows for more vocal control, such as adding a hypnotic aspect to his voice (he usually has done this while singing). He can also copy any sound he has ever heared or can imagine.WEAKNESS:
Icarus' powers primarily rely upon his wings, so if they are ever removed he will be incredibly hindered. Naturally he would lose all flight capabilities, in addition Jay would lose his healing ability, which comes from special enzymes produced in his wings. Because of his hollow-like bones, they are less durrable than normal human bones, which can make them easier to break in comparison. Icarus' vocal abilities, while holding great potential use, it is only useful when the intended target hears it, likewise it can unintentially affect allies along with the intended target. Jay holds a smililar weakness to almost all young adventurers, in that he is inexpierenced with both himself and his capabilities, and a lack of mental readiness for what he may encounter. Despite having a very potent regenerative ability, Jay still has a normal level of pain tolerance and can be knocked unconcious just like anyone else. He also can not recover from death itself, though he has demonstrated the ability to recover from a state of near death, as long as his wings, head, and other major organs are still intact. PERSONALITY
Jay is a very complex young man with a depressing past that he has been slowly recovering from. Overall he is a very kind and compassionate individual, usually acting very mature for his age. Generally he is very relaxed and clear headed, and one would rarely find him running off looking for trouble, without just cause. Jay while not being much of a leader, he does seem to be there for anyone who needs a friend and is ready to act as the person to support anyone in trouble or upset. Josh is also very spiritual, and it isn't rare to see him going to church, although he primarily veiws himself as agnostic. The young man is also very musically inclined, having been in a band where he was both doing vocals and playing guitar, music has been one constant in his life that helps him express himself whether he is listening to it or playing it himself.
In contrast, while Jay loves his family and wouldn't want anything to happen to them, he does have some resentment towards his older siblings Sam and Paige for leaving home because of their powers, leaving him to be the man of the house. That change caused him to put his musical interests on hold, which he was dissapointed about. Though since becoming a mutant himself, this resentment has slowly faded. Jay also has endured the hardship of love and loss at a very young age, and because of the loss he has become much more distant at times. Jay at times will fall into bouts of depression and has attempted suicide on multiple occasions, though none of the attempts were successful because of his healing ability. During his time at the institute though, his attempts and bouts of depression have dwindled greatly, to where he at times will just become a recluse for a short period of time where he will just not talk to anyone for a few days, but even these moments are slowly stopping and Jay is starting to open up and return to his friendly self. HISTORY
Josh grew up in the same Guthrie fashion, a coal mining family, and he was the 3rd eldest of the Guthrie kids. Even at a young age he showed artistic talent but in multiple directions, often getting caught singing to some random song on the radio when he would be doing chores or drawing various pictures in notebooks that were meant for school. But a lot of that changed when his father died, Josh was 5 years old at the time, and it was very hard on him to the point where he didn't talk or sing for almost a month. This however changed until his mother gave him something on his birthday, his father's old acoustic guitar. From that day on Josh began to learn how to play guitar during his free time, and he had quite a knack for it, he'd end up getting lost in playing for hours even focusing on nothing else. Though his time to play the instrument quickly began to dwindle as money was starting to become tighter, and much like his older siblings, Josh got a job, however because of his age at the time it was something small, a paper route. He actually kept the paper route for several years, deliving the morning paper to everyone in a greater portion of the town all before the first school bell rang. Though Josh gave most of the money he earned to his mother, he did keep a small amount for himself so he could buy one music magazine a month to learn new songs and read up on the latest stuff.
Things changed more for the family when Sam developed his powers, and Paige not too long after him. Josh was actually warry of his own siblings, unsure of either of them, but just as he was growing comfortable around both them, Sam left them and ended up at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and shortly after Paige ended up going as well. Josh at the time just felt abandoned, since he was still fairly young when their father died, Sam had always been sort of a second father figure to him, and he just left them, Sam left him. Looking back now, Josh probably would call him selfish, but at the time he took it personally that Sam and Paige "abandoned" him. He soon channeled those emotions into his music, as he began writing his own songs and became a street preformer for money ontop of a job as a sales associate at the local music store.
Change seemed to be a constant thing in the Guthrie house, as young Josh as one morning he noticed small things on his shoulder blades, small wings that were starting to form. He knew what this meant, he was like his older siblings, he was a mutant. He kept the developing wings a secret from his family and friends as he continued his life. He attempted to act as the father figure for his younger siblings much like Sam had with him, however Josh was strained because he was spreading himself thin trying to do a lot with very little of him. His personal ambitions were to become a musical success, but he also had a sense of duty to stay with his family no matter what, he wouldn't leave them like his brother and sister did. It was about 6 months before his wings were fully grown, and were becoming very difficult to hide, despite their ability to fold up and conceal under baggy clothing. It probably would have been easier to just reveal his wings to his family, just to get it out in the air, but Josh didn't want to be sent off to Xavier's. Though he soon decided to try and embrace his mutation, discovering that his mutation did more than give him wings, his voice itself changed with puberty into something that could "put angels to sleep". Upon this discovery, Josh gathered two of his closest friends, Michael and Caleb who both worked at the music shop, and even though they were older than him, they formed a band with Josh as the lead. All three of them felt they could be big, because like all big bands, they had a gimmick, the band had an "angel" singing for them.
The band had a few preformances, but it wasn't until one night, Josh revealed his wings to the crowd that he really captured their attention. From then on the band was a hit amongst the teenagers of the county. It was about a year of this (Josh being 15 at the time) that he caught the attention of Julia Cabot, a waitress of the same age at the club they were playing at one evening, and the feelings she had were returned by Josh the second time they met. However both knew the bad blood between their families, so they were considerate enough to keep things secret, well as about as secretive as two hormone driven romantics could keep things. The only issue at the time was that Josh's time was stretched even further between family, work, the band, Julia, and school, as well as learning how to better learn how to control his abilities while in secret. The latter didn't last much longer though, because his sister Melody ended up catching him flying about and her distraction caused him to crash land, fearing her brother was hurt, she rushed off and told their mom. The secret was finally out after a year and a half of hiding it. His mother ended up asking him if he wanted to go to Xavier's school like his brother and sister had, and Josh promptly said no, he didn't need to go, and he didn't want to. And for the time, his mother accepted that.
Roughly two years past, Josh had continued with his band and was still dating Julia and the two of them had gotten much more serious and were mostly still a secret, the only ones who seemed to know were their close friends and a few of Josh's siblings. This remained until one night Julia's father ended up catching him one morning sneaking out of her bedroom window. It was later that day that Josh was attacked by Julia's father who obtained a highly powered suit of armor. The attack was brutal and Josh nearly died because of it, if it was not for a secondary mutation which kept him alive even though he appeared to be dead. Julia eventually found the beaten and unconcious winged teenager, and rather than live without her love, she took his body out into the middle of the lake and the two began sinking. Josh woke up underwater to find Julia in his arms, with her arms limply wrapped around him. He pulled himself and her out of the water and attempted to recesitate her, but she was already gone with the angels. Josh having a similar idea to Julia, took a piece of broken metal from the power armor her father used which seemed to have fallen off or something, he drove it through his chest in his frist attempt at suicide. But it failed.
Over several months, Josh was suicidal and depressed. His band had fallen apart, and he more or less kept to himself. He even wouldn't want anyone to call him Joshua anymore, because that is what Julia called him, so he informally changed his name to "Jay". He had fallen so far from what he once was, which would later inspire his codename. It was soon that his mother decided that he needed to get away from Cumberland County, and aranged for him to start attending Xavier's School for gifted youngsters. Her hope was that the school would be a good influence on him, and being away from the painful memory of loss would help him heal the emotional wounds inside of him. For once, Jay didn't argue with her on the matter, and he left to go to the school, just like his brother and sister had. His younger siblings weren't far behind him in attendance.DURING APOCALYPSE:
During the event with Apocalypse, Jay had only been at the school for little over a month or so, and had little to no combat expierence at the time. He was still very numb emotionally from what had happened to him almost a year ago, but his suicide attempts seemed to have stopped, or maybe no one ever caught him. Jay, like many others who did not participate in the fight against Apocalypse, was scared to say the least. But he was more scared for his family than himself, he just didn't want to expierence the loss of anyone close to him anymore. Unfortuantely at the time there wasn't much he could do that he felt would really help, but he did attempt to help calm down the very young students using his voice to calm them down, it was the least he could do.
Once Apocalypse was defeated, Jay began starting to finally start to move forward in his life. He even began to pick up his old guitar again and would begin to play, and what would start as practice for him would turn into a show for quickly gathering students. Through his music, Jay started meeting people, but he never really made any real friends, they were just people he knew for the moment. But the important thing was that for the first time in a long while, Jay was smiling and singing again, the teen who fell very far was starting to rise up again.
Recently he took a trip back home in Cumberland County KY, to visit his family that were still there, as well as meet up with some old friends who have all moved on. He was even able to get the band back together for a formal farewell show, in which Jay dedicated the show to Julia as well as every person (both human and mutant) who had lost their lives because of the recent events. Jay even visited Julia's grave and told her how sorry he was for what had happened, and made a promise to her that he wouldn't let someone die again because of him. With the visit ending, Jay will be returning to the school with new found resolve. SAMPLE RP POST:
"Josh you're so bad." A young brunette said teasing her red headed boyfriend that just appeared to be sitting in her bedroom window sill. Josh smiled back at her as she closed and locked the door just to make sure no one would walk in to find him. "And good evenin' to you Miss Cabot." The young mutant responded to his human girlfriend as he stepped into the room, his crimson feathered wings folding against his back giving him the appearance of having a feathered cape attached to his body rather than wings at all. Julia ran up to him with quiet steps and wrapped her arms around him and pressed her lips against his. "I told you not to come 'round here anymore Josh, pa nearly caught you the last time." she spoke softly to him as she pulled away from him, though her arms still holding him loosely. Josh sighed, "I promise I won't be long, Julia, I just wanted to see you." he says softly to her before kissing her cheek. "Aw, shucks Josh." Julia smiled and blushed, "but since you're here...maybe we could do something." Julia smirked and pulled away from Josh for a moment and looked out the window. "Oh? And what is it that you want to do?" Josh asks curiously. "Can we go flying?" The girl asked with a bit of a giggle. Josh just smiled. "Sure."
The flight was refreshing, but a bit chilly for Josh, since he didn't have a shirt on. But holding Julia in his arms as he flew through the night sky on crimson wings made up for it. Julia was nothing but smiles about the flying, it was a rare treat for Josh to take her up into the air for this long and she was enjoying every minute, at least up until a certain moment. Josh folded his wings to a certain point that he'd start to descend very quickly, he closed his eyes and went limp except for holding her. "Wait-Josh? JOSH! Were falling!" Julia screamed and held him tightly, she began panicing from the nearing ground before the young man pulled up with a few flaps of his wings, chuckling while he did it. "Sorry, I just couldn't resist." he smiled innocently. The couple continued to fly around for a little while before Julia said she was getting cold and Josh brought her home through her window. The sund was starting to come up soon, they had little time together left.
"I love you, Josh." Julia whispered. "I love you too, Julia." Josh whispered back before they exchanged one last kiss before he flew away from the window. Little did either of them know at the time, that someone had spotted the crimson angel flying away as the last night the young couple had together ended with the rising dawn.