Storm Surge
Storm Surge
Portrayed by Chace Crawford
Full Name Rowan
Age 28
Height 6'2"
Build Slight and Lean
Eyes Hazel
Hair Muddy Brown
Factions None
Occupation Dimensional Refugee/Commando
Alignment Hero

Claim to Fame

Rowan isn’t famous among either his people or the surface world on Earth 626, though on Earth 81 he was a military legend. It’s hard to miss a soldier that can transform into a twenty ton lizard and rip apart warships with his bare hands.


Rowan, or Storm Surge as he went by back home, has is at present a relative unknown among the denizens of Earth 626 though he does have this way of, ahem, making a splash.


Earth 81 isn’t hell… but it’s about as close as one gets without upsetting Etrigan. This is no less true under the waves than it is on the land. The support of the Atlanteans for various bands of Homo Magi against the psionic overlords that rule most of the surface has cost the world under the waves dearly as the war has not been confined to the land, nor have the psionic overlords been particularly discriminating in their targets, striking the dwellings of Atlanteans, Lemurians, Blue and Black alike.

It was into this world that Rowan was born with an extremely rare genetic quirk that left him utterly without the hydrokinetic ability common to his people. In better times this would have perhaps been simply unusual and occasionally inconvenient. With matters as they stood though, it was enough for him to be viewed in some ways as a cripple and a curiosity. And, by some, a rare treasure.

The very fact that Rowan lacked his people’s usual psionic powers was itself an opportunity. One of the biggest limiting factors in tech use for the blue was the fact that their brand of cybernetics tended to interfere with their natural psionic ability. This wasn’t a huge disadvantage when the best weapons that hostile land dwellers had to throw at them were submarines and charges dropped from surface ships and the occasional land dwelling metahuman. However, the air breather’s technology became more and more advanced – particularly in their ability to create cybernetic super soldiers that could maneuver and fight effectively in the depths – the inability of the Blue in particular to leverage their own technology became a great problem, one that they were unable to solve as their hydrokinetic heritage was so ingrained in their culture and being that even under extremis the Blue were loath to deprive their people of it for the sake of making warriors.

Rowan, however, had no such limitation. When he came of age he was extended an invitation to serve his people in a unique way, by taking part in an usual collaborative process between Atlanteans, Blues and the reclusive Black that would if successful forge him into a shield for his people and a sword against their enemies. With surfacer attacks intensifying and claiming more lives every day, it was no surprise to anyone who knew him that he accepted.

The project combined Blue technology, Black mastery of genetic tampering and Atlantean magic to alter Rowan’s genetic and metaphysical nature – connecting him very deeply to the memories of ancient titans of sea and sky, allowing him to take on aspects of their nature or, in extremis, assume their forms.

Then they sent young Rowan to war. In the course of ten long years the young Blue fought the enemies of his people on land, in the sea and in the skies. As he matured and learned to master the subtleties of the abilities he’d been given he found himself assigned to ever more desperate tasks. The long war continued to grind on, often going against his people. Victories were few and far between and even then the cost in blood was often high. The losses, regrettable but necessary in the cruel calculus of war, nonetheless weighed heavily on soldier that Rowan had become, making him withdrawn and taciturn when not actively on duty.

The end, or perhaps one could say the beginning, began like every other call for help before. Undersea cyborgs from a hostile surfacer faction had begun to set up unusual equipment in a nearby undersea canyon that was, if the Atlanteans were to be believed, rending the fabric of time and space itself. Why they were doing so did not mattered. It was unlikely to be anything good and had to be stopped. Sadly, the site itself was well guarded when Rowan and his strike team arrived. As the fighting raged the tear grew larger and larger. In desperation, the Blue assumed his most powerful form and attacked the machines maintaining the portal directly. He succeeded, but as the tear collapsed inward a powerful vortex drew Rowan into it… and in moments he had vanished entirely.

Character Details

Back home Rowan was known for being taciturn and withdrawn. He still kind of is, not yet over the long strain of war and the shock of being suddenly ripped from his home and robbed of much of his memory. The confusion this breeds leads him to seeming more worn and tired than purposefully antisocial these days.


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Debriefing Blues
March 26, 2015: Ulani reports to Jerosh on Rowan and Aspen Matthews (emits by Rowan)
(log: 20150326-debriefingblues | tags: rowan trailblazer | posted: 26 Mar 2015 20:19)

Where the Dragon Suns
March 23 2015: Rowan meets with Aspen, Ulani and Mera show up
(log: 20150323-where-the-dragon-suns | tags: aquawoman fathom rowan trailblazer | posted: 05 Apr 2015 11:56)

Follow The Fish
March 18, 2015: Ulani goes looking for "Where The Dragon Suns Itself" and meets more than she anticipated
(log: 20150318-followthefish | tags: aquawoman rowan traiblazer | posted: 21 Mar 2015 10:47)

About That Blue
March 18, 2015: Ulani debriefs her superiors …. (emits by Rowan)
(log: 20150318-aboutthatblue | tags: rowan trailblazer | posted: 19 Mar 2015 12:23)

(Sort of) Friendly Skies
March 17 2015: A group of (mostly) flyers run into one another over Metropolis
(log: 20150317-sort-of-friendly-skies | tags: corvinus misfit oracle rain rowan supergirl | posted: 18 Mar 2015 12:11)

Signalling The Blue
March 14, 2015: Rowan uses the buoys that Babs created to signal the Blue and meets someone new.
(log: 20150314-signallingtheblue | tags: rowan trailblazer | posted: 15 Mar 2015 10:37)

State of Mind Checkup
March 12, 2015: Babs catches up with Rowan to check on his state of mind.
(log: 20150313-stateofmindcheckup | tags: oracle rowan | posted: 14 Mar 2015 11:16)

Above The Clouds
March 7, 2015: Rowan takes Kara and Babs soaring above the clouds
(log: 20150307-abovetheclouds | tags: oracle rowan supergirl | posted: 13 Mar 2015 11:47)

The Tides of Blood: Atlantis Invades
March 6, 2015: The Atlanteans Invade! Can our heroes turn back the tide?
(log: 20150306-atlantisinvades | tags: aquaman aquawoman columbia lunair namor rowan spearhead supergirl zatanna | posted: 08 Mar 2015 03:56)

Echoes of Other Oceans
March 03 2015: Rowan drops by to visit Aspen and DMD. Namor does the same, at the same time.
(log: 20150303-echoes-of-other-oceans | tags: fathom namor rowan | posted: 04 Mar 2015 11:50)

Helping Jim Unwind
March 2, 2015: Pepper decides Jim needs some 'down time' and invites some friends to help
(log: 20150302-helpingjimunwind | tags: corvinus nyc oracle pepper_potts rowan | posted: 03 Mar 2015 11:19)

Have You Considered
February 23, 2015: Rowan drops in to tell Babs about Arthurs' missing body and the conversation goes in an interesting direction
(log: 20150223-haveyouconsidered | tags: gotham oracle rowan | posted: 03 Mar 2015 12:03)

The Tides of Blood: Where's The King
February 22, 2015: Mera lets Rowan and Simon Williams know the Kings body is missing.
(log: 20150222-wherestheking | tags: aquawoman rowan wonder_man | posted: 13 Mar 2015 20:48)

Diplomatic Waves
February 19 2015: The Ambassador of the Blue delivers Mera some bad news.
(log: 20150219-diplomatic-waves | tags: aquawoman rowan | posted: 22 Feb 2015 02:10)

Searching The Blue
February 16, 2015: Babs catches up with Rowan… for various reasons.
(log: 20150216-searchingtheblue | tags: gotham oracle rowan | posted: 19 Feb 2015 06:03)

Deep Blue Sea: Learning to Swim
February 09 2015: Rowan makes good on his promise to teach Aspen about being Blue. Thiiiiiis could take a while.
(log: 20150209-deep-blue-sea:learning-to-swim | tags: fathom rowan | posted: 10 Feb 2015 11:08)

Seafood and Movies
February 08, 2015: Babs and Rowan have dinner and watch movies
(log: 20150208-seafoodandmovies | tags: nyc oracle rowan | posted: 13 Feb 2015 11:21)

Aquatic Barrage Release! Curiosity
February 02, 2015: Namor and Rowan investigate the site of an explosion and some wreckage. A science Explorer is likewise doing the same.
(log: 20150202-aquatic-barrage-release-curiosity | tags: atlanteans fathom namor rowan waterfolk | posted: 03 Feb 2015 03:20)

After The Rooftop
February 2, 2015: Rowan drops in to visit Babs after his sojourn on the Titans HQ building.
(log: 20150202-aftertherooftop | tags: gotham oracle rowan | posted: 04 Feb 2015 03:46)

A Dragon On Titan HQ
February 2, 2015: Rowan perches on the Titans HQ building and has a conversation with Keith and Gar…. and Babs
(log: 20150202-adragonontitanhq | tags: changeling nyc oracle rowan vorpal | posted: 04 Feb 2015 03:32)

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