From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|Real Name:||Emma Oubre|
|Place of Birth:||Briskville, Nebraska|
|Known Relatives:|| Hank (father)|
Timothy (brother, deceased)
|Mental Voyager, Watches The Watchers, Parapsychologist|
|Supernatural Detection, Psychometry, Nausea Induction|
Oblique is an elusive weirdo who struggles with brain damage; her mind frequently wrought with constantly shifting hallucinations, visions of the past, and views into strange other worlds. The language part of her brain is fragmented, and her speech can seem non-linear and confusing; like a riddle.
As a personality, Oblique is both spontaneous and fearless yet wise, and deeply compassionate.
Powers & Abilities
Supernatural Detection: Oblique can 'feel', see, and detect any sort of magic (supernatural) energy in her vicinity. This includes spells, beings (such as ghosts and the undead), enchantments, disguises (like glamor or invisibility), most hidden things. Sometimes she will be able to understand the exact nature of the spell or enchantment, but not necessarily. This power is "always on", and unfortunately can amplify her already difficult-to-manage brain functions.
Psychometry: When Oblique uses her hands to touch anything, she will be unwillingly forced to "see" a flash memory associated with that thing. This works on people, clothing, objects, and architecture. On rare occasion, she has been able to target a specific memory she's trying to witness, but mostly these visions are seemingly random. They appear to her within her mind like a short 'cinematic movie' clip--often from the point of view of the object itself.
Induce Nausea: Oblique can induce a powerful, psychic attack that simulates the sensation of nausea in any organic creature with a brain. The result is the overwhelming, intense sensation of wanting to vomit. Most typically victims (those without any particularly strong willpower) will fall to the ground instantly. She can only sustain this 'attack' for only about 60 seconds before she grows tired, and must rest for a short time before preforming this feat again. On the rare occasion that she's extremely stressed out and panicking, this has a radial blast--affecting everyone in all directions for about 200 feet -- this happens involuntarily as a defensive instinct, and she can not intentionally "will" this to happen.
Emma was born as what her parents called 'a deformity': blind, unable to speak, ghostly white skinned, and behaving like an animal. The fact that her isolated, Nebraskan farming family were fanatically religious didn't help matters, and their shame for her would eventually become abuse. Her preteen years were nightmarish, as she would be beaten, and occasionally locked in a cage, given little stimuli to grow. Things got even worse at age thirteen, after a particularly vicious beating from her father, she would swell into a tremendous rage. This anger activated her powers for the first time, and an overwhelming burst of psychically-induced "sickness energy" fill her home, horrifying her family. During this time her sight and voice returned, like a miracle.
Spending the next wary, nine years at home, Emma was watched carefully, doing farm work, being home-schooled, reading massive number of books, and discovering slowly more about her powers. Compensating for her time as a mute, she pushed herself beyond most teenagers to speak well, and expand her vocabulary. Also, Reading was her only escape from her parents.
At age nineteen, Emma discovered a magazine article about Paragon City, and became obsessed. She saw Paragon as a beacon of freaks; a place she'd have at least some chance of a belonging. She immediately began planning to leave home, and did so weeks later. She snuck out in the wee hours of the night, with literally no belongings, and hitchhiked straight to Atlas Park.
After a week of sleeping on rooftops, she stumbled upon a motley assortment of powered-people who allowed her to stay in their base as a guest, and eventually joined their team. This is where she picked up the name 'Oblique', originally used to tease her powers. There, she learned to use her powers more effectively, lived a full-on superhero life, received some positive media attention, and finally fostered some semi-normal social interactions with some peers.
After some time, and with the help of her team, Emma discovered the true origin of the source of her powers: she was the unwitting host body to a semi-dormant, inter-dimensional psychic being, literally living inside of her brain. This began a discovery process, unravel hidden, dark secrets about her family, who'd pledged allegiance to a cult, and had intentionally turned her into this host body.
The experience of becoming aware of the 'entity' led to the effort to eject it; to which she was successful. Unfortunately, its departure left Emma with significant brain damage. Oblique now frequently is interrupted in her day with a series of visual hallucinations, and her ability to speak has been distorted. She now lives with a fragmented view of the world, and most of what she speaks aloud seems scattered and vague. Some might say 'poetic'. While she's come to accept her situation, she still holds a certain shame and embarrassment over her condition.
Emma takes a great passion in nature; a skilled gardener and farmer, she could survive in the wilderness for a long period of time.
Last Updated: 8/16/2019