>Accessing Enforcer database…
>File corrupted. Hyperlinks severed. Partial recovery possible.
>Recovery 7% complete.
>Remaining data corrupted. Please contact district overseer for assistance.
Personal Records of Firen Eltair, Sealed Second Year Post-Appearance
Powers: As the first successful subject of an Enforcer project, Firen has been modified extensively from his original existence. These alterations were, primarily, to the nervous system, resulting in several changes.
-Elemental Power; Data: The first synthetic element, Firen has the capability to manipulate and control electronics, primarily by manipulating the mechanisms that would operate them. This is most evident with regard to digital electronics; Computers and similar devices are child’s play to access and manipulate, and as such, significant amounts of information is accessible to him that would otherwise be barred. Even transmissions and data from the Upper City are accessible, though doing so is more difficult than the telecommunications of the Undercity. More mundanely, he can influence devices such as street lights and vehicles, though his influence over such is quite limited.
-Enhanced Neural Response: The implants designed to allow the subject to access, interface, and properly interpret digital signals resulted in an unexpected benefit. The modified individual’s mind works at a much more rapid rate than an unmodified individual, increasing reaction times and allowing the subject to process information at an incredibly rapid rate. The latter is most useful in making rapid assessments, and the former for acting upon those assessments, as well as reacting in a combat situation.
-Mental Resistance: Another boon, though more expected, is a side effect of the changes to the subject’s mind. Due to the enhanced neural responses, the subject’s brain not only works much faster than that of a normal individual, but rather differently. As a result, the subject has demonstrated an increased resistance to Kanohi that affect the mind, and a significantly boosted resistance to active mental intrusion; Intruders, be they Ce-Toa or acting with a Kanohi such as the Komau, seem unable to process the responses made by the subject’s mind, allowing highly decreased vulnerability.
-Visor; Computerized display, used to project the information Firen is accessing for easier viewing. Not strictly necessary, but helpful.
-Coat; Woven with anti-ballistic material within it, the garment provides a degree of protection from firearms. Highly ineffective against high-power projectiles.
-Dual pistols; Decent power, easy to draw and fire.
-Simple, unadorned straight sword, sheathed on the back.
Skills: Firstly, of course, Firen is a highly skilled hacker and computer repair technician. The latter is his more known skillset, the former the force behind his nocturnal activities. Unbeknownst to most of his colleagues, he is also a skilled combatant; Due to his enhancements, he can respond faster than unenhanced combatants, giving him an edge in melee combat as well as ranged. One could not accuse him, however, of fighting fair; Indeed, fighting dirty is one of the primary reasons he occasionally to overcome those who are technically more skilled than him. Decent at hand to hand combat, a much better swordsman than a melee combatant.
Weaknesses: For all the benefits of Firen’s modifications, several downsides have been noted. Firstly, the use of Data as an element has few combat applications, barring certain circumstances. It is primarily useful as a surveillance or information gathering technique. In the few times that it is useful as a combat ability, it is most often indirectly, by influencing the environment rather than influencing events directly. Additionally, the procedure has left the subject without access to his Kanohi powers.
Secondly, and most notably, the subject is increasingly susceptible to magnetism. Concentrated magnetic fields can disrupt the operation of his implants, rendering his powers inaccessible to him until they can compensate. An electromagnetic pulse, if one knew to generate it, would knock them out entirely for several minutes, once again, until they could compensate. During that timespan, his abilities would be brought down to that of an athletic individual.
Appearance: Much of the time, Firen’s appearance is truly… Average. Nondescript. Though mildly handsome, he’s not very far out of the ordinary for his species. By all appearances, he’s merely a run-of-the-mill Toa of Iron, with naturally gunmetal gray armor coupled with black highlights here and there. Of slightly over average height, he wears a silver Kanohi Hau, behind which a pair of dark green eyes peer inquisitively. More often than note, he has a battered and rugged old computer tucked under one arm, and an eclectic collection of related repair tools clipped to his waist, alongside his police identification. He’s reasonably athletic, after all, the people that aren’t don’t usually last long in the Undercity.
This is only how he appears during his time at work. When he ventures out during his… Less-than-approved activities, he tends to don a long gray coat just large enough to obscure the exact size of his frame, as well as conceal any items on his person. A battered green visor covers the upper portion of his face. Bits of information tend to flit across said visor, too obscured to properly be made out by an outside observer, and half-covered by the brim of his hat.
History: Firen Eltair, for the majority of his existence, has been a singularly unlucky individual. Living in abject poverty, even for the Lower City, he was constantly trying to turn enough of a profit to live by through repairs of electronics and their resale. Occasionally, though he hated to do it, he turned to less… Legal means. Without many other options, he did what he could to scrape together enough money for a meal. What he couldn’t buy, he stole. What he couldn’t steal… He traded for, and he didn’t ask too many questions about where it came from. Such an existence does not continue without repercussions, not forever, and he was eventually picked up by an Enforcer. Ironically, the Enforcer’s business in the Lower City didn’t have anything to do with him; He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Rather than lock him up, the Enforcer gave him a choice.
In the Upper City, an experiment had been started, to try, through the use of modifications, to create the perfect law enforcer. In exchange for volunteering to be subjected to the modifications, he would be fed, clothed, and, assuming he survived the procedure, be released back into the Lower City. The project was highly classified, and it wasn’t even expected that he’d survive the procedure. The coordinators of the project assumed, most likely, that even if he did survive to be released, he would be easy to keep tabs on; After all, they had him on file. They knew everything about him. Logically, he should never have been able to hide. So the project went on, and eventually, the day came for the procedure. To say that it was dangerous would be an understatement; The surgeons and engineers were toying with his brain, portions of his physiology not entirely understood, in an attempt to modify one of the most basic components of his nature; His element. At several points during the operation it was believed he would not make it; His pulse flatlined several times, interruptions in brain activity, and even when he awoke, there was a very real chance that the modifications would not take, or would drive him mad.
Indeed, when he regained consciousness, it was believed that they had failed. The Toa was entirely unresponsive for several hours, barring the most basic of cognitive reactions. All of his life signs were normal, so the only conclusion that they could reach was that the implants had affected his mind. However, not long before they were prepared to label the experiment a failure, he awoke. Not only was his mind intact, it seemed enhanced; Subsequent testing would determine the exact effects that the implants had caused, and before long, the Upper City made good on its word and returned him to the Lower levels, a few day’s worth of money in hand. The project should have continued, and monitoring of the subject, as well; Except not long after he was released, every piece of data on him vanished. Name, identity, the procedure; The Enforcers had scarcely cared about what his name was, and now all of the information was gone as if it never existed. Not that it truly mattered; Firen changed his name when he returned, manufactured believable records, and started anew. He purchased a small living space, and offered his services to the police, no one the wiser about his abilities. This simple life continued for a time, but for reasons unknown, he found he could no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the Lower City. This was around the time that he began putting his newfound abilities to use. Less cautious gangs soon found themselves host to an unknown vigilante, one that knew things he shouldn’t, one utterly dedicated to the systematic dismantling of their activities. Attempted muggings, from time to time, were disurpted, assaults, and all manner of aggressive crimes. Neither the criminals, nor the police, could seem to amass any solid information on the perpetrator’s identity. Not that the police much cared.
Though they would never admit it, the Enforcers were at a loss as well. The vast majority of them hadn’t known of the attempted project, and the few that did had no reliable leads on Firen’s new identity. He had become, for all intents and purposes, a ghost in the system, completely unknown to anyone of importance.
Personality: For the most part, Firen is a friendly individual, and about as far from threatening as it gets. Most of his days are spent as the Police’s sole real IT employee, keeping every even remotely electronic device running as best he can. Though visitors to his offices are often treated to a dose of dry (attempted) wit. Less often demonstrated, however, is a singularly strong desire to look after those unable to look after themselves, and punish those who would take advantage of them. While the two usually exist in perfect harmony, there are points during his nocturnal activities that one would almost believe that an entirely different person was in charge; When the situation demands, his actions can be based in shockingly cold, analytical logic, maximized to protect and punish as necessary.