Tom Hawke was a struggling actor working in Hollywood, California whose life was changed after being struck by the "Jumpstart Effect", a burst of energy from the Entity, the ancient alien spaceship responsible for most of the world's super-beings called Ultras. He gained superhuman strength and durability, Hardcase realized that he wanted more than short term success. He met with Starburst, DJ Blast and Forsa, who had also gained powers. The team decided to help people while bolstering their careers, and together they formed the Squad.
The Squad was active in Los Angeles for several months as heroes and celebrities. They arranged official sanction with the police department, assisting in raids against local gangs and emergency response. The Squad was woefully unprepared for their first Ultra opponent, the Nano-Mechanized Entity or NM-E. The creature tore through the Squad, dismembering Forsa and seriously injuring Starburst, before DJ sacrificed himself in a massive blast that apparently killed him and the creature. Forsa died at the hospital and Starburst remained in a coma, prompting Hardcase to retire from ultra-heroics.
Powers and Abilities
- Nanotech Enhanced Physiology: Hardcase, who was made into an Ultra by the "Jumpstart effect" that changed him, had effectively been converted into a nanotech being. With each cell an independent thinking machine and as such, Tom learned he had many untapped abilities. Such as not needing to sleep and/or breathe for starters.
- Superhuman Strength: Incredibly strong, Hardcase is able to throw a car over 50 yards with little effort. His leg muscles allow him to leap nearly a mile.
- Superhuman Speed: Hardcase is capable of running and moving at speeds much greater than even the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Stamina: Hardcase's musculature generates less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a human being. Hardcase can physically exert himself at peak capacity for several hours before fatigue begins to impair her.
- Superhuman Agility: Hardcase's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Hardcase's reaction time is similarly enhanced, enabling him to react at a level that is beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
- Self-Sustenance: Hardcase would soon come to learn he was for all intents and purposes a self perpetuating nourishment device. Essentially, Tom doesn't require food nor rest or even really need breathable atmosphere to actuate his own survival. Eliminating the need to direct biophysical intake to keep himself in peak physical condition nor health.
- Superhuman Durability: Hardcase's bodily tissues are much harder and more resistant to injury than those of a human. He is capable of withstanding tremendous impact forces, falls from great heights, exposure to temperature and pressure extremes, the vacuum of space, and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury. His body is also specially adapted to withstand the physiologically debilitating effects of moving and running at high rates of speed without sustaining injury.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Hardcase possesses a regenerative healing factor, allowing him to regenerate from what would normally be considered life-threatening wounds in a matter of moments. The process is sped up if he drinks seawater.
- Diverse Nubotech Manipulation: As he developed his powers, Hardcase discovered his abilities were virtually unlimited. He demonstrated the ability to control other sources of organic nanotech, generate intense cold, emit energy blasts, mentally merge with technology, create life, time travel, etc.
A heavily armored RV originally built for a post-apocalyptic movie he was going to star in.
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