May 8, 2016
128. SIMONE KICKLIGHTER
Hadrina (the ghost living inside of her)
Riverside, CA, USA, Earth (Core Reality); Late 21st Century
Power Rating: 1 – 100
POWERS, ABILITIES, WEAPONS & TOOLS
Simone has a ghost orphan living inside of her which gives her a variety of enhanced physical abilities such as increased speed, strength and agility. The spirit also affords her the power to project ghostly energy from her hands. She is trained in the fine art of fencing as well.
Simone had been a teacher in Platinum City for 10 years. But she wasn’t just any teacher. She was a fighter. She fought for better conditions in schools; more funding; fair teacher wages; she fought for unions; and against abusive union practices; she fought for subsidized funding and against the invasion of for-profit corporations gaining more influence in the education system. She fought for her children. She was known throughout her district and throughout Platinum City for being tenacious and well-informed. She had worked her way into several meetings with Mayor Gemini DeLisi and often successfully convinced him to implement changes or to at least explore policy that would help her cause.
WEIGHT: 138 lbs.
SKIN: Tannish white
EYES: White; no pupils
She was a true fighter. Then, one day she woke up and everything felt different. Her body felt stronger and lighter, her mind felt sharper and she was filled with tons of ancient knowledge that was broad enough to be that of a dozen well-traveled lifetimes. Simone didn’t know it, but an ancient lost soul called a ghost orphan had phantomed-fused with her spirit and was now living inside of her. (Click here to read the complete history of ghost orphans).
The ghost orphan didn’t completely take control of Simone and for the most part the school teacher’s life continued on as it had. However, the power she felt inside made her a more ferocious fighter than ever. She continued to battle against what she believed to be an unfair education system and rallied even more people to her cause. She and her husband, David’s relationship flourished in new and more passionate ways (as he had been phantomed-fused with a ghost orphan as well) and some of the more adventurous hobbies and activities like fencing and kickboxing lead her teenaged son Zane to believe she was the coolest mom on the planet.
But Simone didn’t understand the true nature of her existence and powers until one night when she and David were confronted by a group of evil beings who call themselves reapers. The thing is, for at least 5 centuries ghost orphans had been being hunted by two groups of dangerous agents. The first were descendants of 7 noble bloodlines, collectively known as The Veil, who were purportedly sent to capture ghost orphans and grant them passage to an eternal resting place in heaven. The second were reapers, a merc squad of dark spawns who also offered passage into the afterlife, but to hell.
It was the powerful reaper Alva Devine that showed up in the Kicklighter house and explained this to Simone and David. The hellspawn first attempted to draw the ghost orphans out through a reverse phantom-fusing technique commonly used in these instances. But the spirits clung to their hosts, and honestly Simone and David did not want to relinquish them. And so Alva and her cohorts brandished their ghost-blades and attacked. The working class couple fought back and quickly realized the plethora of powers the ghost orphans afforded them, including enhanced speed and strength, and the ability to blast ghostly energy from their hands. Furthermore, Simone’s fencing lessons (and David’s construction-worker tools) came in handy. And on top of all of that, their son, Zane, though not a ghost orphan himself, also had powers – pyrokinesis to be precise.
Then, just as the fight looked like it couldn’t get any crazier, members of The Veil showed up and joined the fray. Disa Philadelphia along with her son Peter Philadelphia and her daughter Valerie Philadelphia quickly engaged the reapers. However, they also did everything they could to stop Simone and David from escaping. It was an epic three-way smackdown.
Simone fought valiantly, but in the end, she was injured, disarmed and eventually slain by Alva Devine’s ghost-blade. A blast of dark light filled the sky and the ground rumbled as the ghost orphan was pulled out of her body and swept away to a torturous afterlife, leaving her husband David and her son Zane to fend for themselves. And also leaving the children of Platinum City one less advocate to fight on their behalf.