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.


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.


{$page} Wade Wilson
This is a butcher's bill I'm going to have to pay later. And this butcher is especially messy.
{$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.


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



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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