· Technology Blaster ·
Kendrick Henry Mason
April 4, 1979
New York City, New York USA
United States Citizen
Paragon City, Rhode Island USA
CEO of Synergia Technologies
· Known Relatives ·
Edward Mason (father), Lydia Mason (mother)
32 (physically 25)
6'1" (6'6" in armor)
205 lbs (280 lbs in armor)
Powers & Abilities
· Known Powers ·
Energy generation and manipulation, superhuman physical attributes and mind, flight
· Equipment ·
HAWC advanced powered armor
· Other Abilities ·
Premier engineer and inventor in multiple fields, trained fighter and marksman, pilot
HAWC is a widely recognized and well respected hero specializing in rapid emergency response and counter-terrorism in Paragon City and throughout the world. The pilot of the advanced powered armor is publicly known to be Kendrick Mason, CEO of Synergia Technologies.
Synergia or SynTech is a multi-billion dollar corporation and a leading manufacturer and developer in various technological fields such as robotics, nanotechnology, electronics and a wide range of complex next-generation engineering. Its headquarters is located in New York City but their one of their main manufacturing and R&D facilities are located in Paragon City.
HAWC stands for Heavy Assault War Chassis. It was initially designed and first used during the Rikti War as an all-environment tactical unit capable of reacting to a wide variety of combat situations. The suit is constantly updated and improved upon as new technology is integrated and combat data is analyzed. The original powered armor was a hulking piece of metal, weighing over half a ton. The current model, Cobalt HK011, is a lightweight and flexible marvel of engineering weighing less than one hundred pounds.
The general public mistakenly believes HAWC can be used by anyone but only Kendrick is able to power up the armor. SynTech does develop and manufacture other types of powered armor for law-enforcement and other security agencies but the technology of HAWC is far more advanced and unique.
The outside shell of HAWC is a set of plates consisting of a mixture of titanium, steel, ceramics, plastics and/or impervium, which makes it very resilient to many forms of attack. It is impervious to standard small arms fire and can withstand multiple direct hits from heavy weaponry before being compromised. The ceramic and plastic composition, along with an insulation layer, offers protection against extreme temperatures and other non-conventional weaponry such as radiation. Ironically, all these defensive measures are not designed to protect the pilot (see Metahuman Ability section as to why). They are designed to prevent a breach in the armor and to shield all the delicate instrumentation and circuitry within.
A thin invisible deflection shield surrounds the suit offering additional protection. It is most effective in deflecting and redirecting kinetic energy, which allows HAWC to withstand heavy blunt force or crushing damage. The absorption and redirection of kinetic energy has an added effect that prevents HAWC from being knocked down. The field is also an additional effective counter measure against non-conventional forms of assault.
HAWC is able to project different forms of kinetic force energy. The magnitude and destructive force of the energy blasts can be adjusted from minor concussive blasts that may knock out a foe to something powerful enough to rip a large hole in thick military grade heavy armor plating. He can fire off short rapid bursts or more concentrated blasts. The energy can be adjusted to explode in a wide area or cascade like a wave. He even has a long range sniper energy blast that can take out enemies with one shot.
The energy can also be concentrated around the hands, offering devastating effects in melee combat. Combined with the super strength that the suit affords, HAWC can easily crush opponents with energy enhanced blows.
Underneath the outer shell, HAWC has a unique mesh of polymer fibers that functions similar to the human muscular system. It is highly durable and when energy transferred into the fibers, it gains flexibility and strength. At full power, the suit is capable of lifting 50 tons of weight.
Because the fibers are so flexible and responsive, HAWC lacks the typical bulk and rigidity common among lower tech powered armor. Its movements are graceful and fluid and almost functions like a second skin.
It is fully functional underwater or in a vacuum such as outer space as it is fully sealed and pressurized. HAWC has a limited backup life support because Kendrick generally does not require life support while using the suit (see Metahuman Ability section for more details). The backup life support can be maintained for up to 8 hours.
The mechanized suit is equipped with a vast array of sensory equipment such as radar, motion detection, thermal imaging, radiation detection, multiple targeting locks, range finder, telescopic vision to just name a few. HAWC has advanced secured radio and satellite uplink communication capabilities as well as high definition video and audio recording. The suit’s central computer has the ability to communicate with other complex digital systems which can be used to infiltrate or hack other computer networks.
Along with the standard sensor array and equipment, HAWC also has a cloaking device. It uses light refraction technology giving HAWC a translucent look and makes it invisible to conventional forms of surveillance such as radar or motion detection. Also unique to HAWC is the SynTech Hawk-Eye V3 targeting computer. The combat computer performs data analysis, pinpointing vulnerabilities and weaknesses on the fly.
HAWC is capable of incredible speed and agility. In flight, the suit can attain supersonic cruising speeds and is capable of temporarily generating enough power to achieve orbital velocity to break free from the Earth’s gravitational pull.
HAWC also “synchronizes” with Kendrick which allows for unparalleled responsive times. The suit is capable of achieving superhuman levels of agility, dexterity and responsive reaction. On the ground, the suit has been clocked at 300mph at full running speed.
Kendrick is not classified as a mutant even though he has innate superpowers. He does not have the mutant genome. It is a technical reason but nonetheless, he is not a mutant.
Kendrick has the ability to generate large amounts of bio-kinetic energy that can be converted into various uses and has caused some permanent effects. He can be best described as a biological nuclear reactor. Even without his armor, he is capable of firing off energy blasts and flying.
The continuous generation and manipulation of the bio energy also caused some permanent changes in the basic structure of his body. His muscles, skeleton and organs are supercharged allowing them to perform at a superhuman level. Kendrick can move at extraordinary speeds and has demonstrated superhuman reflexes and agility. His body has also been altered to be able to withstand greater strain from such activity.
Even more important and profound, are the changes in his brain. His synapses and brain function at a rapid pace. Kendrick is able to process and analyze information at incredible rates. His supercharged brain also seems to retain information at a much greater level than most people allowing Kendrick to excel at multiple fields of study.
When using the HAWC suit, Kendrick generates a great deal of energy. During these times Kendrick converts to pure energy form to generate energy more efficiently. In this state he requires no food, water, rest or even oxygen to breathe which is why HAWC does not come equipped with a life support system; he doesn’t need it. The suit is fully sealed in order to prevent ambient energy from leaking out. While in pure energy form, Kendrick is able to “synchronize” with his suit, offering him better reactive time than a normal manually controlled system. Added to his metahuman speed, HAWC is blindingly fast.
As a side effect, his body repairs itself while transformed into pure energy. Since the first time his body went into energy form seven years ago, Kendrick has not aged and is always completely renewed when returning to his physical state after prolonged status as energy (time required varies depending upon the state of the body). It is theorized that eventually, like all nuclear fusion reactions, he will one day burn out but that day could be hundreds, thousands or even millions of years which makes him effectively immortal.
Even with all his powers, Kendrick has some vulnerability, one of which can be potentially dangerous to those nearby. His powers must be controlled and maintained.
The main reason the suit was created was due to Kendrick’s unstable energy build up. The amount of energy that his body generates constantly accumulates. Without a method of releasing the stored energy in some fashion, he would theoretically release all the energy at once like a nuclear explosion, potentially causing enormous damage to the surrounding area. The suit not only uses him as its primary power source but it also drains him of his stored energy, keeping his body stable. Regular use of the armor will allow Kendrick to live normally without the necessity of an uncontrolled energy discharge.
In energy form, Kendrick can still be harmed. The energy form is highly unstable so it is critical that he remains inside the suit or he risks breaking down and dissipating, or worse, exploding in a nuclear reaction. If the suit is breached or unable to function, Kendrick instinctively returns to human state. The suit is still able to function manually, running on stored energy but its energy effects, onboard equipment are reduced to half efficiency. Supersonic flight will no longer be possible but he can still fly at about 250mph and his running speed tops out at 60mph.
In his natural solid physical form, he has the same weaknesses as any other human being (at top physical condition), although he retains his metahuman energy powers, agility and reflexes. It is important to note that if he is wounded in physical form, getting him into HAWC or a special energy chamber Kendrick created would allow him to shift into energy form allowing him to fully recover over time.
His metahuman ability to retain and process data, as well as augmenting his physical traits, has allowed Kendrick to become an expert in multiple fields. Kendrick holds multiple bachelor and advanced degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and physics. He is considered one of the leading engineers on the planet.
To further his growth as a hero, Kendrick continues to train to improve his combat skills. His training comes from other heroes and instructors, usually from Vanguard or Longbow. As a result, he is a proficient fighter, marksman and tactician. Recently, he has developed a knack at reconnaissance and infiltration using HAWC stealth technology.
Kendrick is also a licensed pilot. Due to his resources and influence, he has access to military level fighter jets which prepared him to engage in aerial combat. This training makes him a dangerous opponent in the air.
Dr. Edward Mason and his wife, Dr. Lydia Mason were the lead scientists in a project trying to develop a cure for cancer. They were hoping to develop a serum that could alter the genetic structure of cancerous cells programming them at a DNA level to stop growing and die. After more than a decade of research and study, they successfully had a prototype. One hundred test subjects were administered the cure, including Dr. Lydia Mason who in a strange twist of fate, developed cervical cancer a few years before.
The experiments had some success but none managed to be a cure. Still, the information and research that was gathered from the project were integrated with other forms of cancer treatment and pioneered current treatments like radiation and chemotherapy.
Fortunately, the serum also worked for Lydia and her cancer went into remission. More importantly, she was still able to have children even though she had a greater risk of miscarriage. Not willing to lose the opportunity, Edward and Lydia decided to try for a child hoping for a miracle. On April 4, 1979, Kendrick was born.
Edward and Lydia knew early on that their son was special. By age four, little Kendrick was able to perform algebra and read at fifth grade levels. By the time he was ten, he was studying calculus and linear algebra as well has conducting complex engineering experiments. Tests revealed young Kendrick was superpowered. By harnessing his developing energy generation, the child was able to speed up his mental capabilities. But surprisingly, Dr. Edward Mason did not find the mutant genome in his son to classify him as a mutant. Kendrick seemed more like an altered human whose genetic makeup was shifted and restructured.
Edward investigated all the former hundred patients to check if there were other unusual children born to them. Of the hundred, only fourteen had children after the treatment, including Lydia. Other than Kendrick, all the other children showed no signs of gifted ability nor did they have any birth defects; they were all statistically normal children.
It was only when Edward did a more thorough examination of his wife did he find the cause. Lydia was once a witness to an altercation between a superpowered hero and villain. In the process, she was exposed to some radiation which was considered minor at the time. Edward surmised the radiation exposure was in fact quite serious and suggested it played a role in her developing cervical cancer. He concluded the same exposure affected her DNA which she passed to her son. Even though Lydia doesn’t have superpowers, the exposure to radiation in the right conditions with her specific genetic code radically increased the chances of her children to develop superpowers.
That explained why Kendrick did not possess the mutant genome because he wasn’t a mutant. He was altered by his mother as an egg. Edward also concluded that Kendrick was quite unique and it would be impossible to recreate the conditions and situations that led to his birth and powers. This became even truer when they realized Lydia could not have any more children after Kendrick.
By age twelve, Kendrick was attending MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) studying physics and engineering. At age 18, he had multiple advanced degrees in those fields. While in school, Kendrick wanted to start a company but because he was still a minor, he turned to his parents.
At age 16, he and his father began Synergia Technologies. Within four years, SynTech became a well respected and highly sought after technology research company and made Kendrick a multi-millionaire. Kendrick began the Mason Foundation for Cancer Research at age 20, placing his parents as co-directors of the foundation.
When Kendrick turned 21, his father relinquished his power over to his son as they had decided when they first began the company. Edward returned to focusing upon the foundation and continued his research in finding a cure. A year later, Kendrick’s path to destiny took an unexpected turn.
Kendrick’s powers slowly developed beyond heightened intelligence. His energy generation manifest itself by honing his physical abilities followed by the ability to release bio-kinetic blasts with his hands. In addition, he noticed he was steadily leaking small levels of potentially volatile energy but was not an immediate concern. But Kendrick always had contingency plans.
He began design of a massive mechanical suit of armor that could harness the ambient energy and concentrate his energy blasts to be more effective. Cobalt HK000 was built two months before the first Rikti Invasion. The massive powered armor fared decently against the aliens, providing artillery support and performing search and rescue operations. When the war was won, Kendrick began work on a more advanced suit.
After a few years of testing and research, the first true prototype of the current HAWC was developed. Cobalt HK007 shaved off much of the bulk and weight of its predecessors and more or less looked like the current iteration of HAWC. Due to Kendrick’s now very unstable energy release, the 007 model was also the first suit to function as a containment unit. It capitalized on the high energy release of Kendrick’s energy form (first manifest a few months after his 25th birthday).
The Present and Tomorrow
Kendrick is constantly updating and modifying HAWC. With the backing of SynTech, which is now a top 100 company in the world, he has the resources and facilities to improve upon his design. Word is already out that a new 012 model is in the field, with more efficient energy use and the ability to create a very powerful temporary force field.
Other rumors suggest Kendrick may be working on different versions of HAWC to specialize on specific tasks.
Kendrick is an easy person to get along. He has a sharp wit and a great sense of humor. He tends to compartmentalize things and focuses upon whatever task is at hand. When it’s time to work, he works. When it is time to play, he plays. Considering his fortune and his talents, Kendrick is a generally humble individual. He doesn’t boast about his wealth, intellect or his physical skills and abilities.
He expects people to perform according to the gifts and talents that were bestowed upon them. He has great disdain for lazy people and those who abuse their status in life. Kendrick would highly respect the janitor who works hard to keep his family fed over the likes of someone like Paris Hilton and other socialites who never truly earned their lifestyle and offers little of value in return.
A generous man by nature, Kendrick is very good to his friends and employees. SynTech regularly ranks high in various annual lists by magazines as, “The Best Companies to Work For.”
HAWC is a tribute to all the powered armor heroes found in comics, movies and anime. Most of the inspiration came from Iron Man
and Bubblegum Crisi
s (the original, not the inferior remake).