Elton T. Morrow was completely normal man in every sense of the world, at least until he found himself at ground zero of a bizarre accident. When an gem of alien origin known as the Lifestone exploded within his grasp, millions of its fragments were embedded in his body, causing their unusual properties to rub off on him. In other words, they made him super strong and durable!
Body Armor (s): after an exceptionally large, otherworldly azure stone resembling a diamond detonated in his hands, Elton's body was penetrated by millions of microscopic fragments of the stone. This inexplicably gave him super human Strength, as well as making him nigh-invulnerable to injury. Thanks to this strange turn of events, Elton possesses intensity 20 (+5) body armor!
Transformation / Self (a): for a time Elton was transformed into a humanoid, diamond-like form by his ersatz mate, Shanga the Star-Dancer. In this configuration, Elton's body was much more resilient, and able to survive the rigors of interstellar travel with ease. While so changed, Elton's ordinary body armor score is improved by +2, to intensity 22, and he had this additional power:
* Environmental Independence (s): after his transformation into a crystalline entity by the Star-Dancer, Elton had 'lost' the requirement to eat, drink, breathe, or even sleep. He could function normally regardless of his environment - from the depths of the underground to the far reaches of space. As such, Elton essentially possessed this power at intensity 30.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Bruiser: more of an academic than a brawler, Elton was never well-versed in the use of his physical might. As such, he must rely upon his Agility when making unarmed melee attacks, not his Strength, which puts him at a severe disadvantage against men and women of similar power. While he's not much of a rough-houser, Elton definitely makes up for his lack of skill with determination!
Dulled Sense / Sight: experiencing a slow physical decline even during the Golden Age, Elton was wearing a pair of eye glasses in every one of his appearances (out of costume, at least). This is because his vision isn't what it used to be, and should he find himself without his trademark pair of wire-rimmed glasses, he must make all vision-based actions as if his Willpower were zero (0).
Archaeology / Anthropology 2 (i): Elton is currently one of the world's single greatest authorities in anthropological matters. He knows people and their cultures quite well, as he is simply fascinated by the sheer variety of people out there. He may attempt related knowledge actions at a reduced difficulty, using his Intellect or his Willpower, as he's likely to know all about people and their civilizations.
Boxing (s): though the nature of Elton's super powers literally optimized his body for punching things, the sad truth is that he never really got very good at doing so - at least, until he signed up with the military. Now that he's in the Army, Elton has been properly trained in the fine art of unarmed combat, and may divide his pre-cardplay action score between two such attacks, the last of which occurs as a contingent action.
Guns (a): though he's incredibly strong and pretty much bullet-proof, Elton had been trained in the use of conventional firearms after he enlisted in the Army - mostly because everyone else in his paranormal fighting unit was educated in the same way. As such, he has the ability to wield any standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol at one difficulty level lower than is usually necessary.
Military / United States (w): though he never had any intentions of enlisting in the Army, particularly with his being a long-standing member of the Liberty Legion, Elton nonetheless did so when the government asked him to. Going through Basic training with his fellow Crazy Sues, Elton can be considered an expert on the Army way of doing things, and can readily lead fighting men into battle if necessary.
Teaching (w): as a talented instructor and noted scholar, Elton naturally has this skill. He can and will readily pass his knowledge along others given the desire and opportunity, particularly where anthropology is concerned. After all, he's lived through arguably the most tumultuous century in human history, so he has thousands of stories to tell!
Elton was a member of the Liberty Legion as well as the Army's own Crazy Sues. He can rely on his surviving teammates for assistance should he ever need to. Furthermore, in the present, he's on good terms with the Star-Dancer, who took him as her common-law husband for an indeterminate amount of time, as well as Quasar, who freed him and his love from the Stranger's laboratory world.
Responsibility of Power: Elton didn't want to spend his life as a hero, and even retired for a time after trying it out, but once he received a call for help from Bucky and the Patriot Elton did what he felt he had to. He's not thrilled with the whole super hero lifestyle, but he figures with great power comes great responsibility, and all that hoopla.
As the Blue Diamond, Elton wears a blue stretch fabric uniform, which was complemented by yellow boots, gloves, trunks, and a yellow belt. Elton also wears a mask that covers all of his face, save for his mouth and nose; this mask is blue save for the very top, which has a yellow sort of 'dome' shape on it. He also bears a stylized diamond design on his chest, with a yellow 'glow' around it.
Elton really comes across as a reluctant sort of hero, as he tried the job on for a time, and then retired until calamity forced him into action again. He is a worldly, intelligent college instructor and a dependable hero that, while sort of inexperienced, gives it his all. Of course this is all his fellow crime fighters expect of him, being aware of his situation and relative unease with combat in general.
Real Name: Professor Elton T. Morrow, PhD.
Occupation: adventurer, instructor (retired)
Legal Status: U.S. citizen with no known criminal record
Marital Status: widower
Alias(es), if any: none known
Group Affiliation: former member of the Liberty Legion, former member of the Crazy Sues
Height: 6' 2"
Hair: brown, later white
Weight: 495 lbs.
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: for a time Elton was transformed by the Star-Dancer into a form more suitable for interstellar travel. His entire body was made from a diamond-like substance similar to his Lifestone, giving him a bluish, vaguely humanoid, and gem-like appearance.
Way down in Antarctica, while on a scientific expedition of great import, Elton T. Morrow and another scientist discovered an 'azure diamond' of exceptional size - the largest ever, in fact. The two recovered the stone, and proceeded to take it back to America. However, their boat was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, and in the mayhem that resulted, the stone exploded.
His compatriot didn't survive the incident, but Elton himself was besieged by millions of tiny diamond fragments, each of which embedded themselves within his body. He managed to survive this somehow, as well as the frigid waters of the Antarctic, and was eventually picked up by a passing ship - though it quickly became apparent that he had been forever changed.
En route to his home, Elton discovered that the diamond bits in his body had somehow given it the 'hardness of diamond itself, and great super human strength to go along with it. How this was possible has yet to be explained by medical science, but there he is. For a time, Elton decided to use his new powers as the heroic Blue Diamond, but he didn't find the adventuring life very interesting.
Returning to his career as a college instructor, Elton tried to forget his heroic phase, but was forced into action yet again after he was attacked by Nazi thugs on campus. Right afterward, he heard a plea for help from Bucky, the partner of the one and only Captain America, who claimed that the Invaders were in serious trouble. Though he didn't want to, Elton became the Blue Diamond yet again!
Journeying to New York City, Elton met several other heroes who responded to Bucky's call for help, and with them, he formed the Liberty Legion! This band of heroes, though they'd never worked together before, nonetheless fought with a mind-controlled band of Invaders, and managed to free them before the evil Red Skull could use them to kill countless Americans at a ball park.
Elton continued on with the Liberty Legion after this, and he and his teammates were on very good terms with the Invaders, and in time the two groups blurred together into one great strike force. While the Legion worked against threats at home, and the Invaders fought abroad, the two groups would trade members and favors to assist each other when necessary, in order to maximize their overall effectiveness.
While the two groups eventually became the All-Winners Squad, Elton wasn't a part of that enterprise. No, Elton instead enlisted to join up with the Crazy Sues, a team of ascendant humans in the United States military. He served with distinction in this group on every mission he was assigned by the Sues' leader, and apparently continued on as one of the Crazies throughout World War II.
Elton retired from adventuring once and for all at this point, resuming his career as an anthropology instructor and marrying his childhood sweetheart. A happy ending it seemed at the time, but unfortunately time passes, and the years were not kind to Elton. When his wife died Elton was left a broken, lonely man - at least until he encountered the Star-Dancer.
Wielding the power cosmic, Shanga the Star-Dancer was an alien entity from unknown parts of our universe. Upon her arrival on earth, this strange alien woman essentially adopted Elton as her mate, transformed him into some sort of crystalline being, and took him into space with her. Of course, all was not roses for the new couple, for they quickly fell prey to the machinations of the Stranger.
This dangerous cosmic entity captured both Elton and his new bride, and imprisoned both within his bizarre laboratory world, wherein he studied beings of power from across the universe... and beyond. This imprisonment lasted for quite some time, until Quasar, the designated protector of the universe, freed both Elton and the Star-Dancer from their deplorable situation.
After Quasar returned the Stranger's many, many captives to earth, Shanga the Star-Dancer seems to have made for space once more, though she didn't take Elton with her. No, Elton was left on earth alone once again, and he returned to a life of relative obscurity, only recently donning his Blue Diamond costume again - though he did so to attend the funeral of Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch, and not to fight crime.
Whether or not Elton will resume adventuring at some point remains to be seen.
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