Originally Posted by DAISHI
Stella Waters, born 1919, died 1934. At one time her blood was conceived as a potential cure for all people with superhuman abilities. At the time of her death, her very prolific cells were harvested for further usage using blood as a suspension and delivery method. Initially these cells were intended to counter the slow rise of mutant gifted people (See: woman pushing a penny with her mind) and the cells were allowed to propagate tens of billions of times, creating a vast reservoir from which to treat the superhuman population. Unfortunately, permanent grafting of the cells into individuals created a crisis in the body, creating numerous side effects. These began as signs of fatigue, lack of awareness, loss of coordination, loss of organ functions and eventually death. The transplating of Stella Cells into a superhuman in the population was considered a death penalty, but the temporary transfusion of Stella blood on a weekly basis suppressed various powers enough to keep the superhuman population operating on normal levels with the general population. This suppression was not always 100%, leading to a number of intellectual geniuses, uncanny politicians and unbelievable sports stars that the population simply thought were amazingly gifted. That they had powers was beyond comprehension. However, the number of reported cases began to multiply. The vast majority of individuals were able to be treated with blood transfusions, but as the numbers grew, so did the intensity of the powers. People were no longer simply slightly stronger or faster, no longer gifted with only genius or the occasional telekinetic or telepathic talent. Powers were now exhibited in individuals at heightened levels. Superhuman strength rose to tremendous proportions, telepathy became a real and projected danger that could see into people's minds from miles away.
Then the really dangerous powers began to manifest, and a classification system became necessary to track those in the population who were dangerous and who were not. A distinction was made between those with lethal and nonlethal powers, nonlethal including low levels of telekinetics, superhuman strength, regenerative capability, invisibility, teleporters, and the muddled concept of absolute charisma. These were called Deltas.
Then the class of lethals came into play in rising classifications of Gammas, Betas and Alphas. Mid level telepaths, telekinetics, and super strengthers typified the bottom tier of lethals. Higher were those with high degrees of telekineses, mind manipulation, and environmental manipulation. These could include those with the ability to manipulate nature and the surrounding environment, or alter their own body composition to some degree. At the highest levels were those rarely seen who could create energy waves, nuclear fission, portals, environment manipulation of extreme degree, total telekinesis or telepathy, and others.
Despite a century of research, EBB, loaded with Stella Cells, remains the one weapon effective 100% of the time across all classifications of super normals.