Steve Coops

Beach Patrol


Left-Right: Shark Guy, Wahoo, Gator, Cuda, Tails and Lookout

 

CLEA DATA FILE

Team Identities:

  • Cuda – Bahri “Barrie” Snallfree
  • Shark Guy – Fergal Hagan
  • Gator – Alan Gupton
  • Tails – Tallea “Talia” Mackelar
  • Lookout – Seassan “Susan” Divlar
  • Wahoo – Maalynn “Marlin” Befrishu

Group Association:

CLEA Classification:

  • Species Beta/Hybrids

Special Skills and/or Abilities:

  • Cuda and Wahoo are both member of the Meramin race of “aquatic people”, a species Beta hybrid that have fish and human DNA. They can transform into a half/human, making them quick swimmers and giving them the means to breathe underwater.
  • Shark Guy transforms into a humanoid shark. In the water he can smell blood from several miles away allowing him to home in on an injured casualty.
  • Gator transforms into a humanoid crocodile. He can see in murky waters and gains terrific strength, ideal for separating a casualty tangled up in debris
  • Tails is a member of the Nestrall race of “aquatic people”. They are species Beta with human, fish and frog DNA. Their aquatic form changes their human legs into twin fish tails. This makes here extremely agile in the water and she can get through tighter spaces than Cuda or Wahoo.
  • Lookout is a member of the Nestriad “aquatic people”. They are closely related to the Nestrall, the main difference is that the Nestriads have distinctive ears and neck gills that remain in their human forms. The ears give her acute hearing underwater giving her a sonar like ability. Severe trauma following an accident has meant she cannot change form. To restore some of her underwater abilities she is outfitted with water jets which attach to her artificial legs. These water jets can give her a brief hovering ability above water.

Limitation(s)/Weakness(s):

  • All of them apart from Lookout are vulnerable to “drying” out if they stay out of the water fro too long in their animal forms. Lookout is stuck in her human form so does not have this problem but her cybernetic legs can be prone to malfunction.

Rap Sheet/Criminal Traits:

  • N/A

Notes/History

The Beach Patrol is a loose collection of “heroes” that are dedicated to saving lives, as opposed to fighting crime. Though they act as lifeguards for the Harmony Island Beach Resort their activities are not solely limited to the area. With help from TTR they can assist in saving lives over much greater range. However whilst the guests on the resort island might accept them for what they are, the general public would have problems with some of their aquatic guises. This means that any rescues away from the resort often end up with getting the casualty to safety before the group retreat back into the sea.

Like many of the other “employees” of the Harmony Island Resort, the team have been selected for the fact that they need a safe haven as they have nowhere else to go.

Gator and Shark Guy

Gator and Shark Guy were both originally homeless which made them idea test subjects for Citadel. Since homeless people were not likely to be missed, they like so many other victims had been taken against there will. Due to the actions of the Menagerie they had escaped with others but not before scientists had succeeded in modifying their DNA.

Until coming to the island the pair had never actually met each other but had ended up trying to use their special gifts to help others through saving lives. Gator had been hiding inside Pacifica close to a river that ran through the city and had helped rescue many people who had fallen in. As many of the casualties were drunk, afterwards if they had remembered seeing Alan in his animal form they would have assumed it was the effect of alcohol.

Nevertheless word still got around but most people who had heard of sightings of a human crocodile mistook him for “Rex” (Chimera) or “Snapper” (Beast Warriors). Both were regarded as criminals which created fear in the region. Though safe in a human guise, every time he transformed to try and rescue someone he ran the risk of wannabe trophy hunters trying to bag a criminal.

Fergal found similar problems in Atlantica. Though homeless and hiding on the beach he would not sit idly by if he saw someone in trouble. When wearing his animal guise he was often confused with another of the Beast Warriors, namely Lockjaw despite the fact that his criminal counterpart could not transform. That meant after saving a life, Fergal had to move on and find a new place to hide.

Both Fergal and Alan were identified by “Network” and offered a “job” at the Harmony Island Beach Resort by Lance. In exchange for having everything they ever wanted and a safe place to stay they only needed to continue doing what they had done before.

Maalynn’s story

Maalynn was next to be recruited. She belonged to one of the many races of underwater people. Being exceptionally good at keeping themselves hidden these aquatic hybrids have only been recently discovered but are believed to have been “created” after the first release of Bacteria Z occurred in China thousand years ago.

Maalynn’s race, the Meramin for centuries had been responsible for the legends of mermaids and mermen are secretive in nature. Whilst they would fight with other undersea races they fear the land dwellers. In the past being sighted was never a problem but with advances in technology the Meramin have retreated deeper to avoid being detected.

When it comes to dealing with land dwellers, their many tribes, called Shoals, have one rule and that is to avoid contact.  Whilst some Shoal Chieftain’s could be forgiving in exceptional circumstances, Maalynn’s Shoal was very strict in regards to their unifying law. Whilst the old ways worked for  some younger Meramin had grown tired of hiding in the shadow and chosen to leave. If those that chose to live on the land “Land Fish” ever returned they would face a most severe punishment known as fin stripping. This was  whereby  an individual would have his or her tail flukes cut off. This prevented both changing into a human form or swimming  from the tribe.  Land Fish were regarded as a threat to everything and so all it would take was a single trip on land and the punishment would be guaranteed.

Those that willingly chose to live with the Land People had one problem and that was they needed to return to their natural habit for a few hours after a couple of days or else suffer painful side effects.  It was often when such renegades returned that they were caught by their own shoal. In Maalynn’s case her path to becoming a Land Fish was all down to bad luck.

To limit the chance of detected, most Shoals hunted at night. One night, Maalynn made a mistake and got caught in a trawlers net. Knocked unconscious with the catch she only realised what had happened when the net was starting to be winched in. Using her knife she freed herself but by this time she had been pulled inshore and with dawn breaking she did not want to risk being seen and allowing land people to track her back to her people.

Adopting a human guise she headed for a beach and decided to lay low until evening and keep contact with the land people at a minimum. When darkness fell later that day she headed back out to sea, with the intention of reuniting with her people. En route though she met a friend who told her that scouting parties were searching for her. Since she had not returned the night before the Chieftain had decided she was a Land Fish and needed to be punished. Maalynn protested that she was innocent but her friend warned her that the rule was so rigid in their Shoal that she would not get the chance to state her case. Unable to return home she was forced to become the Land Fish that she had been accused of being.

It took her some time to understand the ways of humans. In the begining most people she met assumed that since she did not understand English she was a foreigner and tried to help her out as best they could. Considering the picture she hand been painted in regards to Land People, most of the ones she met were kind. Using their help, in time she managed to educate herself and fit into human society but would never remain far from the sea.

Every third day though she had to return to the water. This she knew was dangerous but by carefully choosing her swimming areas she managed to get away with transforming in daylight which lessened the risk since she knew her Shoal would not come inshore during the day.

One day she was taking her swim when she caught sight of a small boy drowning. Whilst she knew that she could not been seen by humans her first instinct was to save him. Throwing caution to the wind she acted on her instincts and got him to close to the shore. She hoped she had not been noticed in her natural form but within a few days rumours spread. To avoid anyone linking her to the “fish woman hero” she moved down the coast.

Her desire to repay the kindness to the Land People that had helped her would lead to several other “incidents” of people being saved and it was these that attracted Network’s attention. After tracking her down Maarlynn was offered the chance to carry on helping people but be able to live in a location where she did not have to fear being hunted by her own people or being turned into a media circus. In coming to the Harmony Island Beach Resort, Maarlynn was able to finally swim free once more.

Cuda

Whilst Maarlynn might have been labelled a Land Fish by her own people, Bahri was a different story. He had been swimming one night and encountered a human female, Alissa  McClain, and instantly fell in love with her. Having seen how unforgiving his people could be and the warmth he felt from the female he chose there and then to go with her.

McClain was an actual  beach LifeGuard and though the revelation of Bahri could make her money by selling a story to the press, she felt a connection to him and chose to keep him a secret. In time they got married and since she had no living relatives there was never any issue  of the families meeting or  not meeting. Tragedy though would strike and  Alissa became ill with an incurable disease that took her from him within nine months of being diagnosed.

Bahri was then left with a problem on moving forwards. Alissa had been so full of life and dedicated to her work in helping others that he decided he should try and take her place to carry on her legacy. Ironically those he worked alongside had no idea he was human. They never could figure how he could beat them every time he jumped into the water nor why his shorts came off almost every time.

No matter though how careful he was there was always a chance that his transformations to and from a human would get witnessed. When it finally happened there was something of a media storm and Bahri went on the run to escape the reporters wanting a career building story. Unable to continue the work he had dedicated his life to, he started to fall in depression. That was when Network identified his dedication and talents and he was offered a job at the resort.

Tallea

Tallea’s arrival had somewhat different story. a member of the deep dwelling Nestrall, in the depths her people had competition from several other races. Her people believed in both non-violence and that all life was precious which tended to make them an easy target for more aggressive rivals which was why their numbers were getting as competition from other species for resources increased over the centuries. Normally before things reached a stage of violence her people would simply move on. However her people came up against an aggressive alien race they called the Glissen (the same race that had attacked the people Lir of the Menagerie belonged to).

As before the Nestrall tribes went to move on but the Glissen were so aggressive that they attacked without provocation and decimated most of them before they could get clear. Some of the tribes chose to abandon their non violent way and defend themselves but ultimately most were massacred. The Glissen seemed not to want any evidence of their invasion so they killed rather than took prisoner.

Tallea’s parents wanted to protect her and so they bought her time to escape but they were no match for skilled warriors and were soon after her. They chased her for hundreds of miles before they unexpectedly broke off the chase. Exhausted an close to death, she was actually rescued by Shark Guy and Gator when they found her floating, ten miles south of Harmony Island.

After she had recovered they assumed that she would rejoin her people and fight back. However Tallea had pretty much decided that they were gone. She explained the ways of her people and that if she chose violence it would be an insult to their memory. When their pair explained what their work was she asked to join. They saved lives and did not employ violence which fitted in with her ideals. Though she had been taught from a an early age to fear the Land People she had found them quite interesting. Admittedly some were aggressive and violent and were everything she had been warned about but some seemed capable of great compassion. If her people had gone then she thought that her future would lie with these new Land People but she was still going to embrace the ways of her people. Saving lives seemed a good way to do both.

Seassan

The last addition to the team was Seassan. She was a member of the Nestriad race of aquatic people. These were very similar to Tallea’s race the Nestrall but with rarer. Tallea knew of only one tribe of Netrall. Visually the only difference between her people and the Nestriad’s were that the Nestrall had larger shaped ears and gills on their necks.The gills were an unusual development since almost every other aquatic race of people could absorb oxygen by “breathing” in water like they would air. This function was lost in their human forms but with the Nestriad the water breathing ability was present in both human and animal guises. As a race they were more aggressive than the Nestrall and highly territorial.

Seassan was “discovered” by the Taniwha team while out on a “mission”. They found her close death with severe injuries to her lower limbs. The brought her back to Harmony Island and Doctor Psy set about trying to save her life. Tallea recognised she was a Nestriad and assisted. The doctor was confused as to why the woman showed no underwater “enhancements” other than her ears and gills but Tallea explained that she was in her human guise and many aquatic races were aware that in life threatening injuries the body could  transform at random. Often this was viewed as a mercy since in human form they would drown quickly without pain.

Doctor Psy considered that the actual transformation was triggered by nerve damage sending out faulty signals. In regards to Tallea’s information he doubted the Nestriad would have even been alive if it was not for the quirk of her race that enabled her to breathe underwater as a “human”. From the look of her injuries Doctor Psy concluded that the Nestriad had been struck by a ships propeller and both legs had nearly been severed below the knee area. To save her life he had to amputate the legs below the knee. Tallea had tried to get him to save the legs since in they were gone the Nestriad would have been “locked” in her human form. Without a fully trained surgeon the doctor had limited options and so performed the procedure.

Since Tallea was the closest “race” to the Nestriad and nobody knew what the patient would do when she woke up, the Nestrall volunteered to stay with her.  As predicted when the Nestriad awoke she was filled with mixed emotions of panic and horror and then ultimately shock when she realised her legs were gone. Tallea was a people the woman “recognised” and this allowed her to  calm the Nestriad down since both native languages were similar. It was now for the first time that they would all get to learn that the Nestriad was called Seassan.

Seassan confirmed most of what Dr Psy had speculated. She said that her people were attacked by a race of people they did not recognise. They had fought to retain their territory and during ensuing battle she and several others had gone closer to the surface. So focussed on the fight she had no noticed the ship until it was too late. Though she did not know for sure, she thought her people were winning at the time of her accident.

Since Tallea was the only one able to communicate with Seassan the language barrier made it difficult during her after care and rehabilitation. Eventually Seassan started to learn the human tongue  since she was bored with doing nothing. Mental wounds thought took longer than physical ones and all Seassan wanted to do was return to the environment that she regarded as home. Without her lower legs that seemed an impossibility with her people there was no such thing as disability as that usually meant you were easy pickings for ocean predators. However she soon started to discover that humans did not consider disability a problem. They were masters of the land and had nothing to fear and had found way to adapt.

After learning through the use of media that Libra of Team Zodiac had similar dissabilties to her, Seassan realised that her life did not need to be over, albeit her old life as she knew it was. Showing an interest in prosthetic limb she asked  Doctor Psy about the possibility. He told her that unlike Libra who could not use cybernetic body parts she had no such limitations. However he was equally aware that most aquatic races did not use tech and so had been hesitant to suggest the idea. Seassan told him that her people would reject her anyway for being with humans and having been injured.

After a good deal of research, Doctor Psy and his colleagues on Harmony island came up with a light weight cybernetic limb. His intention was to find some way in which he could get Seassan back into the water, something she still secretely longed for. They eventually came up with a lightened set of waterproof cybernetic legs that they had to graft permanently to her.
Able to move around on land, the plan did not go as well as expected when it came to water. Though she could “swim” she found it difficult. The solution was to add clip on waterjets. Whilst that would mean she wasn’t swimming “naturally” she liked the compromise.
With all the tech, Seassan now had to decide what to do with her life. No longer able to return to her own people as they would reject her, and though she had learned to accept and even appreciate humans she felt more at home with Tallea and her “friends” and so decided to join their “group”.

Beach Patrol

The group’s original purpose was to protect the guests from the Harmony Island Beach Resort from getting themselves in trouble. Despite the fact that each of the visitors to the resort were technically “heroes” the purpose of the area was to give them all time off and so someone else took on the resposibility of keeping them safe.

However over time, with the help of other Resort employees such as Network and TTR the group would often perform rescues well away from the island when things were less hectic. This kept them in training as individuals and as a team. The only thing they would not do was get involved in fighting crime. That was not their purpose.