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-====== Foreshadow II ====== 
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-Erick is a blonde hair blue eyed male of above average height.  His medium length hair used to touch down to his shoulders.  Recently, he has trimmed his hair,​ cutting it short around the sides.  Leaving the back to blend into the top, but left long enough to be swept back with a little hair product.   Erick has a trim muscular build, his physique clearly toned into that of a gymnast'​s body. 
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-As Foreshadow, Erick dons a modified version of the original outfit worn by David Sloane.  Forgoing his mentor'​s cowl for a specially designed domino mask.  Foreshadow'​s long, full body length cape is clasped together with an amulet with Foreshadow'​s all seeing eye symbol.  When draped over his head the hood of the cape can also act as a cloak.  His uniform is also outfitted with a utility belt with multiple compartments to house the equipment he uses while on the job.  Mostly consisting of mundane equipment like handcuffs and burner cell phones.  Lastly Foreshadow'​s multi purpose Escrima Sticks are usually kept holstered on his right leg. 
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-===== Powers & Abilities ===== 
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-When first starting out Foreshadow was more of an acrobat than martial.  Relying more on misdirection than pure combat prowess.  While he is still an acrobat first and foremost, Foreshadow has gradually adapted a more fluid martial arts base to his fighting style.  Favoring mobile fighting styles Erick blends the arts of capoeira,​ escrima,​ karate,​ kalarippayattu,​ tae kwon do, and wushu with traditional stick fighting.  As well as incorporating his studies in ninjutsu and natural skill as a gymnast for a more freeform system that relies on both one's environment and unpredictability to take down opponents.  Essentially,​ Foreshadow'​s fighting style is akin to combat oriented [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Tricking_(martial_arts|tricking]]. 
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-His custom built high polymer Escrima Sticks are lightweight so that he can overwhelm foes without sacrificing power for speed.  At a distance they can also be thrown to take out foes.  The staves are collapsible allowing Foreshadow to store the weapons on his person even out of costume. The separate halves can also combine into a singular bo staff, which Foreshadow uses when in need of supplying his attacks more power.  One half of the weapon can fire a stored swing line made out of airplane cable, whereas the other half can release the shock prods of an electric stun rod. 
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-Last but not least, Erick is able to foresee events before they come to pass.  A secondary effect of this ability is he is actively aware of his surroundings almost intuitively.  As another byproduct of his precognition  Erick is intuitively aware of foreboding danger.  This sensation manifests as a tingling feeling at the base of his skull, alerting Erick to danger in proportion to the severity of whatever the threat is.  
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-===== Biography ===== 
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-==== Early History ==== 
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-Oleg Dorosklov was a loyal agent of the KGB who earned a posting in Science City Eberesko, a top-secret Soviet center for experimentation in human enhancement and advanced weaponry, in particular assigned to their psychic research experiments.  Subjected to many a "​voluntary"​ experiment, it wasn't long before the procedures proved to be a success and Dorosklov gained the gift of Postcognitive vision.  Using this gift he became a hot commodity to the government when it came to questioning others for information. ​ With very few even suspecting as to how he acquired his information. ​ His peers joked that there wasn't a man in Moscow who could keep a secret from Dorosklov. 
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-With the collapse of the Soviet Union Oleg retired from government service. Opening up a small energy company.  Having used his postcognitive gifts to acquire a large amount of assets over his career, further positioning himself to acquire power after the [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Privatization_in_Russia|privatization of Russia]]. ​ As good as the Soviet State was to Oleg, the Post Soviet state was even better.  Oleg founded Surova Energija (Now known as SE Corp).  Which quickly became one of the largest energy conglomerates in Russia.   
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-Oleg became a cutthroat [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Russian_oligarchs|oligarch]] guided with the amazing foreknowledge of his competitors there were few who could keep up with the man.  On a more personal level his nonprofessional life was also at a high point having married and fathered three children. ​ But, the businessman was such a control freak never approving a potential suitor for his children (though basing his judgements off his postcognition). ​ Unfortunately,​ this protectiveness pushed his loved ones away.  His eldest daughter, Natasha Dorosklov secretly moved to the United States eloping with a traveling circus acrobat named Aleksandr Lutrova. ​ A man whom Oleg had already disapproved of. 
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-Alek and Natasha welcomed their child Erick Aleksandrovich Lutrova in February of 1993.  Together they raised Erick with all the love the parents could give.  Giving him all the support in the world.  When Erick was old enough Alek enrolled Erick in a local gymnastics gym.  The circus acrobat expecting the world of his child.  Once the boy showed a natural aptitude to gymnastics both parents became extremely strict with him, scheduling his life around gymnastics.  By the time he was ten, Erick was a well known prodigy among gymnastics circles with sponsorship offers flowing in for his eventual Olympic bid when he was old enough. 
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-So scheduled was his life that Erick too the opportunity,​ when loud explosions and screaming filled the night air, to sneak some tv time while his parents ran downstairs to check the source of the noise.  The commotion was due to the massive fire caused in a fight between Foreshadow and a drugged out assailant.  Worried by the alarmed sounds of screaming coming from outside, Erick left his room to check on his parents.  It was at this point the foundation of the house began to give way and they were crushed below with flames further engulfing them.  Erick barely survived due to the timely intervention of Foreshadow 
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-==== A New Life: ==== 
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-David Sloane, wracked with guilt over failing to prevent what he had foreseen, adopted Erick. ​ An expedited process with the child having no known relatives.  Most of Erick'​s inheritance as actually money stolen from her father as opposed to sponsorship money as he was told (though a number of positive investments with sponsorship money also made up a bulk of his wealth in adulthood).  Erick spent his formative years being raised by David, who took the time to impart the knowledge and training he had acquired over the years unto Erick.   
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-For the next six years half of their Summers would be spent abroad on training voyages, with the other half Erick was forced to spend socializing like a growing teen.  David had no plans for Erick to become a superhero, in fact he wanted nothing further, however the sense of focus the training provided brought the close.  It also made it hard to say no when Erick graduated from his high school early and revealed his plans to travel the world so that he could help clean up the Southside with Foreshadow under his own heroic identity. 
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-Erick traveled throughout South America, India, Tibet, China, Japan, Russia, and Australia.  Unlike David Sloane, Erick had no precognitive gifts that he knew of.  So his trip was aimed solely to hone his skills in martial arts and criminology.  He even made enough time to compete and medal in the World'​s Gymnastic Championships,​ turning down an Olympic bid.   Unlike David'​s spiritual journey, in a lot of ways Erick treated his voyage like a vacation.  During this time Foreshadow financially supported the efforts of the Alterniteen known as Elite.  Creating a sort of friendly rivalry between the two teens who spent minimal time with one another. 
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-Upon his return to the city Erick took on the heroic identity of Omen where he operated low key for two years occasionally working together with other heroes in the city to oppose the criminal element.  Erick'​s close friend and confidante Alaina Zelichonok acted as his assistant during this time.  Managing his finances and buying the various equipment Omen used to fight crime through untraceable means.  Even going so far as to modify the equipment as his whims as best she could.   
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-==== Present Day ==== 
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-During the Day of Wrath multiple heroes were replaced by robots due to the Curator'​s machinations.  It was through this that Erick came to blows with a robotic duplicate of Foreshadow.  When David returned to the city he thought it best to hang up his cape.  Years of being battered by the criminal element had seemingly taken its told, finding himself powerless to prevent the Curator from taking him captive cementing this thought.  But David also felt Foreshadow'​s duty was not done, passing on his identity to the only person he could trust Erick.  He just had to agree to undergo training with Asano Ranaga, Crimson Katana III, which was done in the form of a private podcast mailed to his home every week. 
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-Erick'​s early foray into crime fighting under the identity as Foreshadow often found him getting more involved with Freedom City's more esoteric elements.  Teaming together with local heroes at the scene he combated threats ranging from a guy with a magical noose to one who made furniture come to life.  Eventually,​ Erick found himself pushed to his limit barely surviving a confrontation with an assassin named L'​esprit hired to take him out.  Barely hobbling home to the Sloane estate, David only survived by virtue of emergency treatment in the middle of the house.  Including an emergency blood transfusion from David which somehow gifted Erick with the gift of Precognitive Foresight. 
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-Forearmed with this new ability, Erick began to rapidly immerse himself into the world of heroics.  Stepping into a far wider stage than just the problem plaguing the Southside due to Big Al.  That'​s not to say, Forehshadow doesn'​t try to keep the less affluent areas of Freedom City safe, but his willingness to trust others in this regard, has allowed him to foresee dangers on a more global scale. 
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-===== Personality & Motivation ===== 
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-Erick is quite relaxed and even when on the job he's known to be chatty and crack a joke. Unlike his mentor, he's more than willing to work with others than David Sloane was.  In fact Erick Sloan is a downright social butterfly.  Relying on his social skills to gather information from local underworld personalities almost as often as his precognitive gifts.  Part of Erick'​s attitude actually has do to his gift of Foresight.  He has taken it to translate into feeling that he is armed with the knowledge that he will always come out on top. 
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-Erick fights the good fight simply because it's the right thing to do. Filled with a passion for life and a desire to make a difference, every time Erick dons the Foreshadow costume he's ready to go to work.  A bit of an adrenaline junkie, Erick loves crime fighting perhaps a bit too much.   His enjoyment of risk taking almost borders on recklessness.  Which is why he keeps himself grounded by remembering why he dons his domino mask in the first place.  More than anything Erick wants to make sure no one else has to go through the pain of losing their family because of the criminals in Freedom City especially those under Al Driogano'​s thumb. 
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-===== Out of Character Trivia ===== 
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-So if not obvious Foreshadow II was created as a blended element of two of my favorite characters.  [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Nightwing|Nightwing]] and [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Daredevil_(Marvel_Comics)|Daredevil]].  The character further appealed to my love of the overly cinematic fight scenes in superhero fiction with an acrobatic fighting style that would have more place in a performance art than an actual fight.  I wasn't originally going to give him actual psionic abilities and instead have him rely on technology for an ESP like all seeing effect.  But, I eventually warmed to the idea of passing that part of the legacy on as well.  I always left room for it as a possibility as to why Foreshadow I wasn't able to prevent the tragedy.  Much like how he and Lady Tarot could not fully predict one another.   
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-But, as much of a symbolic element as the blood transfusion was I didn't think it would make sense for that to be the sole catalyst for why he gained his powers.  The implication was supposed to be that the both the process and the near death experiment awakened a dormant mutation.  Of course, it being possibly tied to his grandfather was more or less of a late retcon that even he wasn't aware of.  Due in pat to the fact that Foreshadow II's adventures in play have made him more globe trotting and as such I wanted more to tie him away from the city. 
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