Cole: Dropped out of college, and got a job as a bike courier. Mostly just to piss off my parents. I was someone you'd never notice. Just a guy delivering packages to folks he'd never know. And then, one day, a package found me. Thousands died. Five square blocks smashed into rubble. And at the center was me. Alive, but changed. But no one could have seen what was coming.
Back then, Empire City was in quarantine. It had gone to hell. Other people with power started showing up, and it was my job to sort through it all. Find out who had given me that package, and why. Hell, even my best friend turned his back on me and tried to get powers of his own. But in the end, I found the man responsible. Kessler. He explained everything through a vision of the future. A beast is coming. A monster only I can defeat, provided that I am strong and ready to face him. A month later, I met Lucy Kuo. She somehow knew all about the Beast, in fact she had come to help me prepare. Claimed a friend, Dr. Wolfe, had worked on the Ray Sphere Prototype. And that he could amplify my powers. All I had to do was go with her down to New Marais. I need those powers. The Beast is coming. And I will be ready.
Zeke: Man, I tell you, Cole, that agent Kuo? She doesn't mess around, huh. First boat out of town? Chick's got some connections.
Cole: This is going to be a short term visit, man. We're just gonna get in. I'm gonna get some new powers, and then we're gonna come right back.
Zeke: Come on, man! You deserve to relax! We're going to New Marais!
Cole: Hey, I need to be back here and ready when it shows up, Zeke.
Lucy: Trust me, Cole, you will be ready when you're done working with Dr. Wolfe.
Zeke: Work? Ha! Easy, Kuo. When we get there, we're going to be about the "Three B's". That's beer--
Lucy: Um Hm.
Zeke: boobs and mechanical bulls.
Lucy: Gentlemen, I don't think that you understand the scope of what is going on here. What is going on?
Cole: No! no, no. No!
Lucy: Uh, MacGrath, we had a deal. This boat is leaving.
Cole: Relax. I've got time for this.
Lucy: It's MacGrath! Over here!
Man: Yes! Justice!
Woman: Run! Run!
Man: Out of my way!
Lucy: Cole, you have to stop him.
Zeke: Yep! Right here, man! Cole! Get up, man!
Cole: The Beast. Kessler told me about you! I'm not going to let it happen!
Zeke: Now! Give him everything you got! Hey, good shot, man! Now get back to the boat. The pier's breaking up!
Lucy: Nice work, MacGrath. That was... impressive.
Zeke: Whoo! Come on, man, jump!
Cole: Come on, come on!
Zeke: Cole! Cole!
Cole: The Beast had drained me. Broken my powers. It felt like the end. I almost wish it was. The Beast had just put itself back together. And now Empire City is dead. Our ship ran for it, fleeing south to New Marais. People kept their distance, whether from respect or fear, I don't know. Either way, I was alone. Others kept busy, acting out their routines, as if it would make the world right again. But, I knew better. I had been given powers to defeat the Beast. I was strong. I was ready. I had fought it with everything I had, and it wasn't enough. That needed to change.
The next day I went to work. I helped Zeke create a device to focus my powers. Hell, he'd do anything to be friends like we used to be. Agent Kuo gathered intelligence on the Beast. Town after town was lost, as it traveled down the coast. She also used her contacts to requisition a smaller boat. New Marais was in lockdown, wouldn't let anyone in. We were going to have to sneak in through the swamp. I don't know if you've ever let someone down, or got your ass kicked, or straight up failed. But those are the moments that define us. They push you further, than you've ever thought possible and force you to make choices. No matter what the cost.