Last Friday, David of The Scholarly Scribe, posed a writing prompt that I just couldn’t stay away from. He asked us create our own superhero. I thought about it for a long time and then posted about what I think makes a good superhero.
Now, it’s time for part two, and I get to show off what I came up with following my own rules.
Alias: Aratrix, Netrunner, The Spider
Powers: Aratrix has the ability to access the internet and computer networks wirelessly with her mind. Any information she finds and downloads stays as memories in her brain. She can “see” security networks and can break them with ease. Any device is fair game for her to use as long as she has close proximity to it.
Drawbacks: She must be within twenty feet of a device that is broadcasting a wi-fi signal in order to access the internet and within two feet of a computer or cell phone in order to access the device’s hard drive. Periodically, Aratrix must wipe her memory. Too much binary information causes headaches, nosebleeds and eventually hallucinations and sesiures. The first time Aratrix wiped her memory, she erased too much resulting in a total loss of memory. She is unable to “dump” her memories onto any type of file saving device, meaning that when she wipes her data, it is lost forever.
The Story: Little is known about the girl known as Aratrix. After she wiped her own memory, she doesn’t even know who she is anymore. She appears to be 17-20 years old and is currently living in Boston. Aratrix makes a living by marketing herself as a cyber-security expert, finding flaws in the computer systems of corporations and then fixing them. All interaction with her is done through computer communication; Her clients never meet her in person. Driving Aratrix is a need to know who she was and why she has this extraordinary ability. She has dreams from time to time about a company named “Psynet,” but for all her abilities, can not find out who or what they are.
So, there she is: Aratrix, my superhero. Perhaps I’ll write about her someday, but she kind of sounds like she belongs in a movie, huh?