Team: New Luchadoras

Unique: #42 – La Calavera: These Uniques are the strongest, physically, of any Unique Soul. A baseline, D-tier Calavera has the potential to shatter an Earth with little effort, once awakened. Though all Calaveras have immense strength, they also tend to have a secondary ability associated with their name. Zeros that birth a Calavera are compelled to give their child a name that warns of their ability. Calaveras also have several ways to increase their strength. They may align themselves with a Celestial’s court and share the group’s strength. Calaveras may also choose another Calavera to be their rival; this bond works like a mentorship. The strength of the weaker Calavera grows to match its rival the more time they spend around each other.

Tier: S

Name: Turbo

AlterNet Character: Turbo

Race: Human – [Drive to Improve] – Character may master a single Active Ability one grade higher than normal. This Ability cannot be upgraded.

Soul: Cyber – [Synchronicity] – Character is able to optimize every action. Reduces cost of every Ability by a Minor amount.

Class: Engineer  – [Project Lead] – May summon an additional Drone. (2) total.

Spec: Swarm monarch – [Monarch] – Engineer begins with One nano-colony each Half. Nano-colonies are used to interface directly with the nanos that operate the Derby Track. Each interaction consumes a portion of the colony. The colony will regenerate over time as long as at least 10% of the colony remains. This number can be manipulated with skills.

Favorite l.oadout: (can be changed during a pit stop)

Agility: [Jet Dash] – Uses jet thrusters to dash across ⅓ lap. Soul Sync- starts at lvl 2. ½ lap.

Charisma: [Medic Drone] – summons a Drone that gives the team a Minor regeneration Aura. 

Dexterity: [Mist Drone] – Summons a  Drone that Generates a mist visible only to the Opponents. Summons a Drone that reduces the Team’s visibility by a Minor amount.

Intelligence: [Scout Drone] – Summons a Drone that flies alongside the Caster and grants buffs to the team. Can see [Invisible]. Caster is Immune to [Blind].

Stamina: [Shield Drone] – summons a Drone that grants each teammate 3%HP as Armor.

Strength: [Plasma Turret] – character summons a star-channeling turret. Turret remains in place on the track. Turret may be attached to a Drone. Upgrades increase max number of turrets.

Flair: – Garage Key – Character gains access to all storage inventory and crafting surfaces during a pit stop. The character may craft freely during a pit stop. May only be used once per half. This equipment cannot be leveled up.

Physical Description:  Dark straight hair, short for his age, toffee colored skin. His tattoo is a brain with jet thrusters on the bottom of his left foot.

Family: Turbo has two Zero parents. And he’s spending more time away from them once he learned about the updates.

Background: Turbo always felt that he was meant for more. He managed to talk his parents into letting him attend a school for assassins; but, Principal Mundo sent him to the Nexus Academy instead. Once there, he hit it off with Riot and she asked him to join her team. And, he was there when Abby returned to the school after her kidnapping.

While getting into the flow of an AlterNet school, Emily asked Turbo to spice up the Halloween party taking place at the school. He realized he needed a more high-end workspace than he was using, and began looking at different labs. Then, during the event, he decided to quest for CyberRiot’s faction to get some gear and have a chance to work with Roger. His time with Roger helped him finalize the zombie nanos for Emily. While she was there, he invited her to an A.I.’s wedding for a member of CyberRiot.

After finishing the nanos, Turbo started a new project. It took some trial and error, but he finally found compatible parts. However, Chroma informed him that his zombie virus began spreading across universes.

While questing, he met Outbreak; another Calavera who had strong feelings about her name. Then, while helping a stranger, Turbo found someone else that needed urgent help. It took some coordination; but, Turbo was able to help. That’s how he met Chronos.

Even after meeting Chronos, Turbo continued working on his project. After acquiring some more resources from Ozone, he was able to finish it. It turned out to be a gift for Abby. Then, he returned to learning about Chronos. Now he’s started a new, more challenging project.

Timely Upgrade (2-04-22)

Turbo Focus (2-27-22)

Turbo Processing (3-16-22)

Toku-high: AlterNet Class

Jewel of a Memory (8-21-22)

Quiet. Riot.

“Yeah,” Turbo sighed to himself. “I’m lost.” The boney teenager searched for the front office of his new school for 20 minutes. The school was as large as the only college campus he’d been on, with several satellite buildings. It took him that long to wind his way through the courtyards and crowded halls to get from one end to the other.

The halls were crowded and loud and he had trouble finding anyone that wasn’t already in a conversation to ask for directions.

Turbo ended up in a building that was likely a gym. The waxed wood flooring seemed to emit a soft pale glow. The rows of bleachers on opposite sides were the biggest clue to the building’s purpose.

“Doing better?” Turbo heard a soft voice coming from under the nearest set of bleachers. If the gym wasn’t so quiet he wouldn’t have heard anything at all; it was almost a whisper.

Alright!” he cheered internally. Turbo doubted a whole crowd would be hiding out under the bleachers. He hoped he could finally get some directions. It did occur to him that the person might be up to something they didn’t want to get caught doing. Instead of peeking in, he spoke up from where he was.

“HELLO!??” he shouted. “ANYONE IN HERE!!!??”  

“Shhhhh!!!” a hissing sound came from under the bleachers. A tall, lithe girl with short, light blonde hair dashed out of her hiding spot.

“Sorry,” Turbo smiled at her and lowered his voice to a normal tone. “I’m just looking for-,” she interrupted him again by dashing forward and clapping her small hand over his mouth.

“Shhhh!” she said again. “Whisper.” Before Turbo could react another voice spoke up.

“It’s okay, Nia,” a girl with bright orange hair walked out from under the bleachers. “I’m fine now,” she said. She walked to Turbo as Nia pulled her hand off his mouth.

“I’m Riot,” she said and extended her hand. “This is Nia,” she tilted her head at the blonde.

“Petunia to you,” Petunia glared at Turbo.

“Turbo,” he shook Riot’s hand with a broad grin. His name had plagued him for all of his short life. He loved it, but he always felt out of place going to school with Johns and Janes. But on his first day at Toku-High, he met someone named Riot. He instantly felt more positive about the year ahead.

“Everything okay?” he asked. He needed directions, but that could wait for a moment.

“Yeah,” Riot nodded. “There’s just a lot of noise and excitement in there. “She waved in the general direction of the main building. “I need a quiet place to calm down and Coach Dread said I could use the gym.”

“Oh, okay,” Turbo nodded. “Well, I don’t really get it, but it sounds like everything’s cool. So.. can one of you…,” a quick glance at Petunia’s cold brown eyes told him it wouldn’t be her. “…point me toward the front office. I still kind of need to register.” The girls giggled at him, but Riot nodded.

“Yeah, lemme see your node,” she said.

“Uhh… is that a thing I get when registering?” he asked. Petunia sighed and rolled her eyes, but Riot continued to smile. She reached into her jeans pocket and pulled out a card-sized pane of glass.

“Do you have one of these?” she asked.

“Oh!” Turbo reached into his pocket and produced his own. Riot touched her node to his. When she pulled it away a white arrow appeared on the display pointing to his right side. He turned slightly and the arrow moved like a compass needle. “Awesome,” he said. “Thanks!” He smiled, waved, and turned to follow the arrow.

“Bye-bye,” Petunia waved.

“Hey wait!” Riot said. “You’re a Calavera too, right?”

“Uhh… ?” Turbo shrugged.

“What’s your favorite number?” Riot asked.

“42,” Turbo replied, then paused. “Wow. Didn’t know I had one.” Again, both girls giggled at him. Riot walked a circle around Turbo looking him up and down.

“Turbo, huh?” she wondered aloud. “I wonder what you can do.”

“Do?” he asked. “What do you mean?”

“You’re a Calavera. When you get awakened you’ll be super strong, but you’ll probably also have an ability that fits your name. Coach Dread is a Calavera. She has a sonic scream that can totally be classified as “dreadful”,” Riot chuckled to herself. “Coach Haste can give others super speed. Frost is another Calavera student here. He can…,”

“Make ice?” Turbo asked. Riot wavered her hand in a ‘more or less’ gesture.

“He can coat himself and anything he’s touching in frost. That’s about it, but it makes good armor.”

“And you?” Turbo asked.

“I get stronger and faster from ambient kinetic energy or sonic vibrations. But,.. I can’t really control it yet. So if it gets to be too much I kind of go crazy until I use up the extra energy. I usually go somewhere quiet before it gets to be too much.”

“And I walked in here yelling and screaming,” Turbo shook his head and looked Petunia in the eyes. “I’m sorry,” he apologized to her. He got the impression that he offended her more than Riot.

“It’s fine,” Riot said. “When you get to the office tell them you want to be awakened and they’ll take care of it.”

“Does it hurt?” Turbo asked. Petunia giggled at him, by herself this time.

“You can crack an Earth in two; don’t be a baby,” she said.

“Take it easy, Nia,” Riot said. “He’s new; you didn’t know everything at first.” She turned her attention back to Turbo.

“It usually takes a tattoo or scarring of some kind, but they use nanos to give you a micro tattoo smaller than a bedbug. You won’t feel a thing.”

“Whoa… Nanotechnology? Superpowers? This school is pretty amazing,” Turbo said.

“Wait until you try out roller derby,” Riot smiled. “Think of how much fun you can have with superpowers on the track.”

Turbo Trouble

Turbo’s stomach fluttered with nerves as he followed the principal into her office. It was spacious, larger than his own bedroom, and it reminded him of a nursery. Dozens of potted plants lined the walls and floors around the room. The principal’s dark wood desk sat in the center of the room reminiscent of a forest clearing. The lean, lithe woman walked around the desk and sat in the highback chair; she gestured at the seat in front of her for Turbo.

“Did I do something wrong, ma’am?” he asked as he sat down. She shook her head; it made her emerald curls bounce.

“Please, call me Mundo,” she said. “You haven’t done a thing wrong; however, I’m sorry to say I cannot, and will not let you enroll as a student here.”

“What?!” Turbo straightened up and sat on the edge of his seat. “Why not!?” He didn’t expect any more roadblocks after spending close to a year trying to convince his parents to let him attend. In the back of his mind, he wondered if his mom changed her mind and called the principal.

“Our school has a tradition, a requirement really. Each student is assigned a target for practical experience. More than half of this year’s freshman won’t survive until graduation. It’s meant to a test of their commitment and skills.”

“I’m committed!” Turbo blurted out.

“Oh, I don’t doubt that one bit,” Mundo smiled. “Can you tell me why though?” she asked. “Why are you so interested in attending this school as opposed to something… safer and normal?”

Turbo’s posture deflated slightly as a confused look washed over his face. He never gave it any thought. His parents asked him the same question several times, but he dismissed it as a question designed to talk him out of his decision. Something about the way Mundo asked him actually gave him pause. He thought quietly for a moment and Mundo, for her part, didn’t rush him. She sat still with a patient smile on her face as if she were watching a child attempt something for the first time. Her aqua eyes sparkled with amusement. Finally, he looked up again to meet her eyes.

“My name’s Turbo,” he said. “I’m not John, Eric, Mike, Tom, Harry, Jason, Joe, Fred, Bill, or Pete. I’m not meant for a safe, normal school. That’s boring. I want to meet interesting people with cool names that can do amazing things. I know less than half a class graduates, but those that do are amazing. That’s what I’m meant for,” he said. Mundo smiled.

“You’re right,” she said. “That is what you’re meant for. Luckily, I know of a school where you’ll fit in. Much easier than you ever would here.”

“A different school?” Turbo asked. “You still haven’t told me why I can’t come here.”

“Even if we made you the target for everyone else in your class, there’s no one that could kill you,” she gave a half-shrug. “It’s cheating, basically.”

“What do you mean no one could kill me?” Mundo gave him a melancholy smile that seemed odd.

“I really wish I had time to explain why,” she sighed. “Unfortunately, I need to get back out there to keep monitoring registrations.” Mundo opened a desk drawer, reached in, then placed two cards on her desk. One was made of glass about the size of a playing card and the other was solid black and the size of a business card.

“This is yours now,” she tapped the glass card. “It’s like a smartphone. Play with it and learn how to use it.” Then, she tapped the black card. “On Monday morning throw this at a wall or the floor, then go into the hole. That’s your new school. Just show up at the front office and they’ll help you out.” After her explanation, Mundo stood. “Got all that?” she asked. Turbo nodded and stood to let the Principal walk him out.

“Have fun, Turbo. I think you’ll like Toku-High.”