Cypher

History

Once upon a time there was an all-American boy. The son of two well-heeled
lawyers who made their home in Salem Center, Westchester County, NY, Doug
Ramsey was the kind of kid who never seemed to sit still. Boy scouts, soccer
and baseball, computer club, honor society — Doug was a scholar-athlete who
was headed for big things. Among Doug's father's clients was an extremely
elite school in Salem Center, Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
Some of the students took Doug into their orbit, and he became casual friends
with them. What they hadn't told him was that like them, Doug was a mutant,
and was being observed for his own well-being.

The lid came off the pot when an alien entity crash-landed near the school
after being injured while near the Solar System. The students, realizing they
needed to communicate with the entity before it died, fetched Doug, who by the
nature of his mutant powers, was able to reach the alien, saving its life.
After this, Doug was 'selected' to become a student at the elusive school.
This was a time of tumultous change in Doug's life, as he made new friends and
went on spectacular adventures, but also developed a deep-rooted inferiority
complex based on the subtle nature of his mutant abilities.

Doug's life was sadly cut short when his class chose, against orders, to
launch a rescue-mission for a friend against a mutant hating group. In the
midst of the chaos, one of the mutant-haters attempted to shoot one of
Doug's classmates. He tackled his classmate out of the way, but was shot in
the back and died within minutes.

Discord is a Hydra agent specializing in electronic countermeasures and
intrusion, disruptive terrorism, and threat analysis and response. He has
vague memories of another life, of friendly faces, of believing in other
things. But those are just bad dreams. Now, there's only the mission —
destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. and bringing the world under the heel of HYDRA.
…Hail HYDRA.

Recent Events

  • 01/20/2019 - Discord steals Nth Metal from a Stagg Technologies research lab.
  • 01/21/2019 - Doug Ramsey's grave in Salem Center, NY is bombed.
  • 01/21/2019 - Discord steals an experimental high-capacity battery from Alchemax, confronting S.H.I.E.L.D. agents before escaping.

Personality

Douglas Ramsey is a complex man. He can be pensive, jovial, thoughtful, brash, impulsive, keenly perceptive, blind to the nose in front of his face, hot-headed, shy or flirtatious and charming all as the mood takes him. He's something of a renaissance man, devouring literature, music, movies and television but with a strong STEM skillset. For all the things he's good at (and he is good at just about anything he turns his hand to) he has a deep sense of inferiority, often seeing himself as the least among his peers. Still, he has a deep sense of loyalty and fidelity. He's the sort of man you know will take a bullet for someone he loves, because he has. In the end, Doug was a chivalrous person, with a deep innate sense of wrong and right, ruled by his conscience.

Discord is all of this, inverted. He's a mechanical man, heartless and cruel, quick to use his powers to take someone apart psychologically and physically the way you'd take apart a puzzle. If the joie de vivre and conscience that maked Doug Ramsey are still in there, they're buried deep below HYDRA's conditioning.

RP Hooks

Were you an X-School student around the time of the New Mutants era? Maybe you knew him. Otherwise, maybe he's a photograph or a cautionary tale.

Doug has alluded to receiving combat training as a Hydra operative from Kenuichio Harada, A.K.A. the Silver Samurai, one of the deadliest combatants in the world and a frequent associate of Madame Hydra.

Relationships

{$page} Wade Wilson
This is a butcher's bill I'm going to have to pay later. And this butcher is especially messy.
{$page} Danielle Moonstar
This is starting to go off the rails, isn't it, D? Who knew I'd be so much trouble.
{$page} Kitty Pryde
Can I fix what I've broken? Do I have that much bend left in me?
{$page} Warren Worthington III
It's so WEIRD, finding out I have so much in common with Warren. He's a really cool guy.

Character Sheet

Doug is one of the rarest kinds of mutants — he is a hypercognitive. A hypercognitive is a type of Mutant who may be physically completely normal, but whose brain is hyperdeveloped. Hypercognitives may develop an all-round genius I.Q., or they may specialize in certain cognitive functions. While Doug is very, very smart, his hypercognitition is specialized in the area of pattern recognition. Humans are pattern recognition machines. The human ability to recognize patterns forms the basis of much of human development and advanced functioning.

Doug's hyper-cognitive abilities first manifested with the ability to quickly comprehend languages both written and spoken — this is also one of the things human infants first learn. Doug can develop full written and spoken fluency with any language he hears, within a few moments; he can also read any written language in the same amount of time, even if that language shares no linguistic root in common with any spoken on Earth. This ability also gave Doug tremendous ability with computers, as even the most complex code or encryption reads like plain language to him.

Before he died, Doug's powers had begun to subtly grow; he was beginning to develop the ability to 'cold read', which is to say the ability to interpret people's body language and inflection. Now that he's returned, this power has manifested fully, and while he can't read thoughts, his ability to get nuance off of people is almost telepathic, including non-vocalized responses, whether or not a person is lying or withholding information, the real nuance behind what is being said, and so on. Doug can also read lips, impeccably.

This pattern-recognition hypercognition-response ability also gives Doug the ability to instantly interpret a physical action, such as an attack, and respond appropriately. With Hydra's combat training, this has made him very dangerous, as he can read the movements of the human body and instantly prescribe an appropriate counter.

Doug's powers extend to large scale pattern analysis, including disruption location based upon examining the world around him, predictive analysis of another's actions, and other strategic abilities.

Miscellaneous

"Laissez-moi consulter mes feuilles de calcul pour voir combien de <censuré> il me reste à donner … Désolé, je ne peux pas vous aider."

Gallery

Appearances

May 04, 2019. Guy Talk

Drake is winding down with some math studying when he meets Doug. The two wile some time away talking about the important things: troubled pasts, life choices, and girls.

Posted On: 05 May 2019 04:27 (Related Tags: cypher volt)


May 02, 2019. I Think I Might Be An Idiot

Doug asks Warlock for something he has no right to demand. Domino tries to talk him out of it. Warlock puts his own twist on things.

Posted On: 03 May 2019 13:14 (Related Tags: cypher domino serpents-voices warlock)


May 01, 2019. Doom

Doug sends an anonymous tip to Peggy about the information he has on Hydra. Things are more pressing than she realized

Posted On: 02 May 2019 16:34 (Related Tags: agent-carter agent-may cypher serpents-voices)


April 28, 2019. Kara gets a phone upgrade

Kara goes to X-mansion to talk, ends up getting a phone upgrade

Posted On: 04 May 2019 22:36 (Related Tags: cypher moonstar supergirl)


April 16, 2019. Ice Cream and Ideologies

A talk at the Institute begins with ice cream and ends with grim ideological debate. That's the effect of registration for you.

Posted On: 26 Apr 2019 04:33 (Related Tags: angel cypher magik nightcrawler shadowcat surge x-23)


April 09, 2019. Three Quarters of a Plan

A few X-Men come up with a potential plan of action regarding the unleashed Sentinels.

Posted On: 12 Apr 2019 04:26 (Related Tags: angel cypher moonstar warlock x-23)


April 05, 2019. Team Supreme

After a long time circling the issue, Warlock and Doug … "Compare Notes."

Posted On: 06 Apr 2019 17:13 (Related Tags: cypher serpents-voices warlock)


March 30, 2019. When They Came for Mutant Town

The Department of Public Safety tries to bring Mutant Town into legal compliance with MRPSA.

Posted On: 31 Mar 2019 03:36 (Related Tags: angel captain-marvel cypher deadpool domino iron-man jane-foster moonstar poison-ivy secret winter-soldier x-23)


March 24, 2019. Sign Me Up For Dinosaur Island

…'Cause it sounds a lot more fun than being arrested for not registering.

Posted On: 29 Mar 2019 14:00 (Related Tags: cypher serpents-voices sunspot)


March 21, 2019. Learning to Live Again (Just Might Kill Them Both)

Doug tries to be the apologetic gallant for being a mooncalf. That's a good word, mooncalf…

Posted On: 25 Mar 2019 12:39 (Related Tags: cypher psylocke)


March 17, 2019. All the Little Fishes

Cypher is introspective. Domino is challenging.

Posted On: 25 Mar 2019 12:18 (Related Tags: cypher domino serpents-voices)


March 17, 2019. Broken Soldiers

Doug and Neena catch up and have a talk.

Posted On: 24 Mar 2019 19:27 (Related Tags: cypher domino)


March 11, 2019. Defying Gravity

Cypher and Shadowcat, part the second. Things are not easy between two stubborn, challenging people, but they are better.

Posted On: 16 Mar 2019 01:41 (Related Tags: cypher serpents-voices shadowcat)


March 10, 2019. The Least Legendary Arm-Wrestling Match

Dani and Doug arm-wrestle. $40 and dignity are on the line.

Posted On: 14 Mar 2019 04:25 (Related Tags: angel cypher domino moonstar)


March 05, 2019. So I Dub Thee... (First Movement)

Kurt comes back to the house and finds Doug.

Posted On: 14 Mar 2019 04:19 (Related Tags: cypher nightcrawler serpents-voices)


March 04, 2019. Where Have You Been?

Moments of connection remind Douglas Ramsey that his life can be rebuilt.

Posted On: 30 Mar 2019 13:30 (Related Tags: cypher serpents-voices warlock)


March 04, 2019. Natural Class

Doug and Warren have a conversation which illuminates a few similarities.

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 15:06 (Related Tags: angel cypher)


March 02, 2019. Tryin' To Find My Way Home

Prodigy encounters Cypher, and lights a fire in his mind.

Posted On: 03 Mar 2019 05:55 (Related Tags: cypher prodigy)


February 28, 2019. "And Baby, I'm The Walking Dead"

Cypher reads books. Illyana is mean to people. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is mean to everyone. There is no laugh track.

Posted On: 01 Mar 2019 22:34 (Related Tags: cypher magik negasonic-teenage-warhead)


February 16, 2019. Road to Knowhere: Part I

Jen Hayden and several SHIELD agents are kidnapped by THE COLLECTOR. Beautiful Dreamer recruits several Earth allies to rescue Jade, and SHIELD's best and brightest answer the calls. Also, Doug Ramsey is there, for Reasons?

Posted On: 21 Feb 2019 01:12 (Related Tags: agent-may beautiful-dreamer cypher jade spider-woman)


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Cypher
Mutant Master of Language
Mutant Master of Language
Full Name: Douglas Aaron Ramsey
Code Name: Cypher
Occupation: Adventurer…?
Aliases: Cypher
Reg. Status: Unregistered
Alignment: Hero
Home Turf: NYC
Affiliations: X-Men (current), Hydra (former)
Physical Information
Gender: Male
Species: Metahuman
Species Detail: Mutant
Age: 23
Height: 5'9"
Build: Athletic
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
OOC Information
Portrayed By: William Moseley
Theme Song: Blondie - "Long Time"
Character Type: FC
Universe: Marvel
Wiki Tag: cypher
Played Since: January 20, 2019

Last Posted Activity: 05 May 2019 04:27

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