Public Persona: Expresso
Secret Identity: Sean Trowers
Affiliation: Emerald City Defenders
Base of Operations: Seattle
Place of Birth: Ballard, Washington
Powers Classification: M:SpBF* Speed 8, Immunities 2, Charm 2, Luck 1
*Mutation: Spatial, Biological, Fortune
Occupation: Professional Superhero/Spokesman for Starbucks Coffee
Favorite Food: Tall Macchiato with one pump of mint, and four extra shots of espresso
Favorite Music (Public): Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack. All of them.
Favorite Music (Private): AC/DC
Favorite Color: Blue
First Appearance: Emerald City Defenders 1.1
The summer day Sean manifested his powers was a day pretty much like any other. Wake up late, grab a coffee, grab his inline skates and then proceed to meet up with is friends and do stupid and possibly dangerous things all day long. What was special today was the fact that one of his idiot buddies had the bright idea of strapping homemade booster rockets to Sean’s rollerblades and setting them off at the top of a hill and filming it. With a camera mounted to his helmet he took his place.
Everything went perfectly. But the speed was greater than anyone anticipated. Sean reached in excess of fifty miles an hour in the first sixty feet. Less than half way down the hill the skates couldn’t take the speed and disintegrated. Sean did the only thing he could do; he tried to run to stay upright. And unlike ninety nine point nine percent of people in a similar situation he succeeded. His abilities manifested causing his legs to blur as they moved at an unreal rate of speed; he somehow managed to make it to the bottom of the hill only to crash through a fence and into someone’s above ground swimming pool. The recording did manage to survive. Although most of the soundtrack had to be bleeped due to the large amount of swearing.
After taking a few weeks to get a handle on his powers he took a job as a bike messenger, abet with no bike. In no time he gained a reputation for speed and friendliness. He came attention to his primary and lifelong sponsor Starbucks after he managed to spend over two hundred dollars across three stores spread all across the city in fifteen minutes. After they tracked him down they offered him a job to wear the logo in addition to free drinks for life. It has been a profitable partnership for both of them, with Expresso making appearances all over the state.
Expresso is known throughout the city for his charity work. When he is not on patrol he often is seen at homeless shelters, volunteering at local hospitals and generally helping out around town. Even those who don’t particularly happy with the idea of a sponsored superhero are generally happy to see him. Without actually advertising it he also fully donates his pay from Starbucks to various charities
Sean is a friendly outgoing almost flamboyant energetic guy. He has a ton of projects going at once, which is not too surprising with his power set. While he seems impulsive he has actually planned and thought about his actions, because at top speed he lives thirty seconds for every second that passes.
He genuinely cares about the people of the city. And the city respects him for it.
Relationships with team mates:
Forever Knight is a bit too laid back for Expresso’s taste. The man just takes so long to think things through. It can be a bit maddening, it must be a southern thing. He is a good leader despite his over cautiousness. And Forever Knight does deserve respect for all the things he has done in the past.
His digital team mate AI-leen is an interesting one. Her constant need to know can be frustrating, but being able to formulate ideas and have conversations at high speed is an amazing thing for him. He likes what is seeming to develop of her personality.
Necessity is a nice girl. Kinda innocent, very smart, very likeable, surprisingly fun when she lets loose. He likes her effort, and the completely odd things her imagination comes up with. And he finds the not quite relationship between her and Harmonic is kinda sweet.
The blue hair, the easy smile, the not quite bad boy image and the gung ho attitude. It is easy to see why Necessity has a thing for Harmonic. And frankly that is what attracts Sean to him too. But that is something that you just don’t tell a guy who pretty obviously doesn’t swing that way and is trying for a girl you both know. Even if Harmonic never notices it, he will be there in the back of the crowd and never miss a show if he can help it.