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|Name: Nathaniel Black |
Height: 5 foot 10 inches
Born in: USA
Ethical alliance: Good
Nathan Black was a typical high-school student. He was smarter than average, and loved hosting parties on his beach-side house in the small town of Bristle-Back.
His intelligence made him enemies, though, as did his trouble interfacing with those he considered dumber. One night, during a bonfire, he was strapped to a few beams and thrown into the fire.
As he fell in, he was impaled by debris and flames ignited inside his wound. He burst into flames and felt the fire coursed through his veins, but he felt no pain. As the onlookers laughed at the spectacle, he managed to escape the fire and fled his tormentors.
He later learned that within his DNA, dormant genes had been ignited by the fire and had released his hidden potential. He had gained pyrokinetic abilities.
He has since used his abilities to protect his town and innocents everywhere under the name Inferno.
Heat generation: Can generate flames hot enough to burn through concrete, stone or steel with ease. With concentration, he can generate heat fields without open flames.
Pyrokinetic: Nathan is capable of generating heat and flame from his body. Once his fires ignite, he controls their size, shape and intensity with great precision, and can mentally manipulate his fire's movements. He sometimes uses hand gestures such as pointing to help direct his flames, but he can manipulate them without physical gestures if necessary.
Inferno can create incredibly complex constructs with his fire, and on one or more occasions, has been shown creating solid constructs from heat alone. He can even ignite and manipulate flames underwater.
Elemental blast: He has the ability to project the flames he generates as powerful blasts of energy.
Energy sensing: He has the ability to sense beings by the heat signature that they give off.
Flight: He can use his powers to create super-heated air currents which push him forward through the air, enabling him to fly. Sometimes this super-heated air is visible as a trail of flame behind Inferno. The upper limit to the speed Inferno can achieve in flight is not yet known.
Force fields: He is protected from the heat and solar radiation he emits by a short-range psionic force field, which automatically comes into being whenever there is air friction, and also prevents excessive amounts of light from the plasma from reaching his eyes so as to blind or damage them. Inferno's body emits a protective field whenever he uses his powers. However, through concentration, Inferno can create a more-strengthened, fire based force field that can melt oncoming projectiles.
Underwater breathing: Inferno automatically generates flames around his nose and mouth when submerged, boiling the water and creating oxygen. Thus, unless depowered, it is impossible for him to drown.
Constructs: Inferno has demonstarted an ability that no other pyrokinetic has ever shown before. By concentrating very hard on a fire construct he has made, and by swirling jets of intense flame around it, he can make an actual creation. For example, by focusing on one of his fire swords, and imbuing it with the energy of additional flame, and through some means kinetic energy, he can create an actual metal sword. It is unknown if this is due to sorcery, or some other means. But due to its effects on his body, he rarely does it. Though, his collection of several dozen swords indicates that he may be becoming better at it.
Weaknesses: Despite all of his abilities, Nathan is still a typical human and can be shot, stabbed, etc. Without his powers, he is completely vulnerable to damage. He also suffers greatly once he is hit by a super-strong foe.