Steven Kessler

 

Codename

SWAT-Spider

Gender

Male

Age

35

Species

Irish Inversion

Status

Unregistered

Physical Traits

Hair

Short somewhat unkempt Dark Ginger w/ facial stubble

Eyes

Green

Height

5’9

Body Type

Muscular

Scars/Tattoos

Small scars under facial hair, miscellaneous across chest, and back

Powers

Energy

 n/a

Alteration

 n/a

Psychic

Astral Manifestation

Physical

Agility
Danger Sense
Enhanced Speed
Enhanced Strength
Wall Crawling

Elemental

 n/a

Other

n/a

Powers
(Guardian Aranea)

Energy

n/a

Alteration

n/a

Psychic

Astral Enhancement

Physical

Blindsight
Web Generation

Elemental

n/a

Other

Burrowing
Gliding

Gear

Khonshu Band

Job

RajTEK Head of Security
Vigilante

Relatives

Elle Hollows Kessler (Ex-Wife)
Gabriel Kessler (Son)
Michael Kessler (Son)
Wendell Hoffman Kessler (Adopted Son)

Before joining RajTEK

Steven Kessler was born and raised in Belfast, Ireland to a family of law enforcers. It was a tradition that went back several generations. Steven was preparing to follow in their footsteps but his plans changed when the Fourth Singularity gave him his powers at the age of 15. He took great enjoyment in learning how to use his powers but felt the place he grew up in wasn’t enough. His family had worked its streets for years but with his powers, he could bring a new brand of Kessler justice. When he was old enough, he moved the United States and continued his work. Eventually becoming not just a police officer but a SWAT officer. Working out in the open as just another officer but behind closed doors worked as the hero, SWAT-Spider.

RajTEK and the Inhibitors

After the birth of his twins, Gabriel and Michael, Steven thought it’d be best to find a less life-threatening job. It was around this time that RajTEK was first growing and becoming a big name company. Seeing an opening, he joined as the Head of Security. Now, he had a more peaceful job. Despite this, his home life was less than ideal and he resumed working as SWAT-Spider at nights to avoid it. When he was discovered by Raja Eishner, he began working with him and Doctor Khonshu as a type of undercover agent. Using his SWAT-Spider persona to deal with rival companies attempt at stealing from them. For Steven, it was easy compared to his old job. When RajTEK went public about its Inversion roots, he was sent to aid the first batch of Inhibitors as a trainer despite his better judgment.

The training started off rocky but over time improved for the most part. While most of the team accepted him as their trainer he was constantly at odds with Mentalist, Fabiana Pererira, and the director of the Cell Sasha Boone. During their first mission to stop the Inversion codenamed Rage in England, he was betrayed by Mentalist and left for dead. Were it not for Guardian Aranea, she would’ve succeeded. Guided by impulse, Guardian Aranea took over Stevens body and tried to get revenge but was forced to flee by the Inhibitors. Stealing one of the VTOLs, he returns to New York.

Return to Silver Plains

Having escaped death, Steven successfully returns to RajTEK. Unsure of who to trust, he keeps his survival secret from all but his son Gabriel. With no leads and being benched by Raja, he restarts he crusade against crime as SWAT-Spider at night and attacks the Starlight Club. For a week his war against crimes goes smoothly. He finally returns to his job at RajTEK when he has to sit in on a meeting between Raja and the heads of Gunma Inc, Rowena Gunma, and head of Acel-Corp, Jason McKellen. During the meeting, Steven notices Jason’s wording that imply he was responsible for several attempts at stealing from RajTEK. That night he investigates Acel-Corp but comes face-to-face with a pyrokinetic Inversion. SWAT-Spider gets the upper hand but when she reveals having activated the silent alarm, he flees the scene. Several days later, he returns to investigate albeit through a different route.

Unfortunately for him, they were waiting for him and he’s knocked unconscious. Now at the mercy of the kingpin, Biohazard. With his identity compromised, SWAT-Spider is held captive for two days being constantly tortured by Forecast. Throughout the entire experience, he pushes himself to the limit and keeps Guardian Aranea active through it all. Unable to get information out of him, despite Guardian Aranea being reduced to only covering his arm and the helmet, Biohazard orders an attack against RajTEK. Leaving SWAT-Spider under the watch of the young Inversion Hornet. In less than an hour after the attack began, Biohazard returns to taunt him but only informs him of the attack’s failure. Beating him through the process until he falls unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in Saint Taliesin’s Hospital with Gabriel by his side.

After having a brief conversation with Gabriel, Steven is visited by Doctor Khonshu. The pair have a brief exchange with Doctor Khonshu stating he’d restart an old plan of his before leaving. When Gabriel returns, he comes with his Elle and Michael. While Elle is concerned for him she refuses to put up with the stress of being associated with him and plans to take custody of Gabriel. Steven defends that this was a freak accident nobody could’ve seen coming. To end the mounting tensions, Steven requests to just let Gabriel stay with him while he’s recovering and they can sort this matter out later. Feeling that all their emotions are high and his injuries too much to deal with all at once. His family leaves him to rest when one of Biohazard’s enforcers, Haze, appears through his illusions. He informs Steven that he’s willing to make a deal with him. Help him foil Pheromaster’s scheme in the near future and he’d erase the memory of Steven’s identity from any who knew it. Protecting him and his family in the process. Having no other choice, Steven agrees and finally rests.

The following day, Steven leaves the hospital to return home with Gabriel. There he comes clean about his past and identity as SWAT-Spider. Gabriel, in turn, informs his father of his identity as Jetstream and that he recently gained powers. After a sharing a story of a past adventure, Steven agrees to let Gabriel be a hero and would train him on three conditions. That they’d only train after school or on his days off, that he doesn’t leave school to go heroing, and to not do anything he couldn’t handle without him there to help.

Rise of the Pheromaster…

The next few days pass calmly until Steven is once more visited by Haze. Haze informs him that RajTEK is under attack and now is his best time to uphold his end of the bargain. With no choice, Steven agrees and travels to RajTEK. By the time he arrives he finds Doctor Khonshu and Raja at the mercy of none other than Haze, Forecast, and Sunspot as well as two new players named Orca & Shifter. SWAT-Spider weighs his options when he’s attacked by Crawler, an Inversion with a Chameleon Astral Manifestation like his own. SWAT-Spider does his best to combat the group alone but is unable to hold off Crawler while Haze, Sunspot, and Forecast leave with Raja.

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