Storm Surge
Storm Surge
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Portrayed by Chace Crawford
Statistics
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.


Reputation

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.


Biography

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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Logs

Ballad of the Fleet: Loyalty
January 30th, 2015: The South Atlantean War Fleet continues it's campaign against HYDRA. Namor and Rowan have an exchange.
(log: 20150130-ballad-of-the-fleet:loyalty | tags: atlanteans namor rowan | posted: 31 Jan 2015 01:30)

The Tides of Blood: Ripples in the Pond
January 29 2015 A shot heard round the seas has serious consequences (emits by Aquaman)
(log: 20150129-the-tides-of-blood:ripples-in-the-pond | tags: aquaman aquawoman rowan wonder_man | posted: 16 Feb 2015 22:21)

Dinner and Fireworks
January 29, 2015: Rowan takes Babs out for Dinner and fireworks
(log: 20150129-dinnerandfireworks | tags: gotham oracle rowan | posted: 04 Feb 2015 06:42)

Another Dragon Flight
24 January, 2015: Another Dragon flight
(log: 20150124-anotherdragonflight | tags: nyc oracle rowan | posted: 04 Feb 2015 06:05)

Ballad of the Fleet: Initiate
January 20th, 2015: Namor and the South Atlantean Fleet declare war on HYDRA, their first target is in the Bahamas. Storm Surge, Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl intervene. (emits by Namor)
(log: 20150120-ballad-of-the-fleet:initiate | tags: hawkgirl hydra namor rowan ww | posted: 21 Jan 2015 03:29)

About The Other Day
January 18, 2015: Babs visits Rowan in New York and the Sea Queen drops in.
(log: 20150118-abouttheotherday | tags: aquawoman nyc oracle rain rowan | posted: 21 Jan 2015 20:22)

The Life (Not So) Aquatic (Part 1)
January 16th, 2015: The conduit in Rain's basement (full of booze) is at it again. But this time, she's got some visitors of note! And they aren't even trying to eat her, bring pamphlets or anything.
(log: 20150116-the-life-not-so-aquatic | tags: aquaman aquawoman rain rowan wonder_man | posted: 17 Jan 2015 09:32)

Sports and Blues
January 16, 2015: Rowan takes Babs to a Sporting event
(log: 20150116-sportsandblues | tags: gotham oracle rowan | posted: 17 Jan 2015 11:39)

Under Da Sea
January 15 2015: Rowan goes looking for seafood. And gets a bit more than he bargained for
(log: 20150115-under-da-sea | tags: aquaman aquawoman eliza nyx rowan | posted: 16 Jan 2015 11:52)

Wardrobe Malfunction!
January 14, 2015: Rowan gets jumped by a mechanical army. Wasp, Lunair, and Scarlet pitch in Cameron's clothes don't fare so well.
(log: 20150114-wardrobe-malfunction | tags: columbia lunair metropolis rowan scarlet_witch wasp | posted: 12 Jan 2015 04:10)

Of Sand And Seagulls
January 11, 2015: An outing to Sandy Point and feeding the sea gulls
(log: 20150111-ofsandandseagulls | tags: gotham oracle rowan | posted: 18 Jan 2015 05:53)

SRD and Tea
January 5, 2015: Rowan tells Babs about a SRD raid he's seen on the the way to visit Babs.
(log: 20150105-srdandtea | tags: gotham oracle rowan | posted: 06 Jan 2015 21:47)

Deep Sea Diplomacy
March 28, 2015: Seeking out Rowan to organise a meet with Blue representative, Ulani catches up with Mera.
(log: 20130328-deepseadiplomacy | tags: aquaman aquawoman rowan trailblazer | posted: 29 Mar 2015 12:53)

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