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Jetstream of the Hellions (Marvel Comics)

Jetstream

(Haroun ibn Sallah al-Rashid)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Jetstream was a member of the Hellions, young mutants who were rivals to Professor Xavier’s New Mutants. We recommend that you first read our Hellions team profile for context.


Background

  • Real Name: Haroun ibn Sallah al-Rashid (in his first appearance his name was Hamahl al-Rahman).
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Hellions.
  • Base Of Operations: Massachusetts Academy.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 145 lbs.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Black


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Powers & Abilities

Jetstream can generate large amounts of “thermo-chemical” energy and release it from his skin. He learned to vectorize it behind him so it could lift and propel him, much like his fellow mutant Cannonball (Sam Guthrie) does.

His speed remains subsonic – though one assumes that he developed his speed and manoeuvrability through training and experience. Jetstream can apparently accelerate to his top speed within seconds. Over the years, Haroun and Sam’s flight performance has remained roughly equal (with Sam being a bit faster, and Haroun a bit more manoeuvrable).

Other assets

Since his accident, he has a number of cybernetic implants to help him control his powers. The main ones are a rocket backpack that can unfold from his back, two smaller nozzles popping out of his thighs and his onboard radio and “compu-scan”.

The latter provides visual magnification, night vision and a slightly extended visual spectrum. It also displays HUD-type information, though in game terms that’s cosmetic. Al-Rashid’s night vision has inexplicably disappeared in New Warriors v1 #09, but it is presumably a continuity mistake.

Jetstream will usually attack using powerful fly-by punches (Charging Attack, in DC Heroes terms).

He appears to be unusually resistant to body-wide, structural impacts such as crashes and collisions. For instance, flying through a large oak only stunned him, without apparent wounds. Whether this is a result of a Cannonball-like force field (albeit in a weaker, invisible version) or cybernetics is unknown. Plus, human beings are generally much more resistant to these impacts in comic books than in reality.


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History

Haroun ibn Sallah al-Rashid is originally from Morocco, from a Berber  area – presumably in the Rif . His mutant powers allowed him to fly like a human rocket, which he greatly enjoyed. But his mutation wasn’t thorough and his body wasn’t quite protected from his own powers.

One day the reaction went haywire and his flesh caught fire. Though in a terrible state, he was still alive and the Hellfire Club eventually found him.

During the early 1980s, the White Queen of the Hellfire Club (Emma Frost) had been assembling a cadre of superhuman mutants. These were essentially her answer to Professor Xavier’s New Mutants. Like the New Mutants, Frost’s Hellions were teenager — al-Rashid was in fact several years younger than his opposite number in the New Mutants, Cannonball (Samuel Guthrie).

Jetstream of the Hellions (Marvel Comics) vs. Cannonball

The Berber teenager received a number of cybernetic implants and reconstructions. The goals were to allow his body to use its power, and to repair the damage. Many of these systems allowed him to better direct the thrust propelling him in the air, and some apparently compensated for lost organs. For instance, it seems likely that at least one of Haroun’s eyes is cybernetic.

For more about the Hellions and the events this team went through, see our team profile.

Jetstream was the de facto field leader of the Hellions when they first clashed, in 1984. He was apparently the one who convinced the rest to have a duel between the two teams, as he thought that psychic manipulation was dishonourable and the New Mutants were entitled to a fair fight to determine their fate.

الموت

Thunderbird (James Proudstar) gradually affirmed himself as the Hellions’ field leader, outshining Jetstream. Jetstream nevertheless remained with the team. Like most Hellions was murdered in 1991 by Trevor Fitzroy.

He and other dead Hellions were reanimated as transmode  revenants in 2009, and joined Selene’s army of the dead. During the war against the X-Men, the Jetstream techno-zombie neutralised Wolverine for a while by flying him up and dropping him. He also duelled Cannonball – though the more powerful Cannonball won.

Danielle Moonstar then cleft Jetstream in two using an automated armoured door, but the zombie could soon be reattached to its legs.

During a later confrontation with the New Mutants, the Jetstream techno-revenant was slain by Danielle Moonstar using her valkyrie death sword. This is thought to have freed his soul from its techno-organic/necromantic prison.


Description

In formal occasions, Haroun will go for a white suit and a “generic Middle Eastern as seen from the US” keffieh. He sleeps in a light djellabah. As usual in super-hero comics, his skin tone varies dramatically from appearance to appearance.


Personality

Jetstream was a good, if brash, young man with a strong sense of honour and competition. He was proud and articulate. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t get along at all with Empath. Had he fallen in with another crowd he could easily have become a hero, albeit a rash one.

As he grew up, Jetstream learned the value of caution – and even of a strategic retreat. But also became more prone to insulting his opponents and underestimating them. Such is presumably the influence of the White Queen.

Haroun tended to trash-talk his opponents, and displayed a lot of old-school contempt toward them. He also had something of a macho streak. Jetstream had a running feud with Cannonball, but it was a sports-like rivalry to determine who was the better flyer. Generally he’d always go after the fastest enemy flyer – when clashing with the New Warriors, he chose Nova (Richard Ryder) as his opponent.


Quotes

“Defeating one Hellion is a far cry from beating us all !” (ZZZOOOMM !)

“We joined the Hellions by choice. Some of us don’t like the idea of you being forced. Also, our initial meeting ended inconclusively. We want to see how good you truly are. And how we’ll stand up against you. We propose a duel — one of you versus one of us. In our combat room. Should you win, you all go free.”

“Clumsy oaf ! You may be more powerful, American, but I can maneuver.”

“I will die before I yield !”

“Work things out between us with a contest ? Splendid !”

“No ! The honour of this victory belongs to Jetstream !” (KRUMP !)


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Jetstream

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill/Honour
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Student
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 012 HP: 020

Powers:
Energy blast: 10, Flight: 08, Radio communications: 05, Skin armour: 02, Telescopic vision: 02, Ultra-vision: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Energy blast has a Range of 0, no AV (use DEX) and can only be used on opponents directly behind or below him.
  • Radio communications, Telescopic vision and Ultra-vision are cybernetic in nature.
  • Skin armour only protects against in-flight structural damage.

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages:
Familiarity (Computers and other high-tech resources of the Mass. Academy), Language (Moroccan Arabic, Berber Arabic), Rich friend (Hellfire Club).

Connections:
Hellions (Low), White Queen (Emma Frost, Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Berber-style honour, MIA toward Competitiveness.

Equipment:
UNIFORM w/PSI-SCREEN [BODY 03, Mind blank: 02, Iron will: 02].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: New Mutants and other Marvel Universe books.

Helper(s): Bil, Chris Cottingham, Pufnstuff.

Writeup completed on the 1st of June, 2013.

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