For Alexander, a 13-year old orphan from Titan City, March 21st 1928 was the day that his life - and the world - was changed forever.
A quiet and at first somewhat shy child, he liked to spend as much of his time as possible away from the busy confines of the Adams Orphanage in Silvertown, wandering the streets or exploring the surrounding countryside - and it was while he was walking through the overgrown fields of the abandoned Danner's Farm to the west of the city that he first saw the twin bolts of light hurtling from the sky.
Those two bolts were Senon-Val and Daros-Rhan, the last of the Numenians, an alien race from the Andromeda Galaxy, and a people gifted with incredible powers drawn from the cosmos itself. Once upon a time, their world of Numenion had been a shining beacon of peace and justice among the stars, and the Senturi Guardians, an order of Numenians who wielded the Cosmic Force, were at the forefront of those who helped to keep the peace across many worlds in their galaxy and beyond.
But over time their power began to corrupt some of the Numennians, and they looked on other peoples and worlds as things to be dominated and controlled, not helped and protected, and in the end civil war engulfed Numenion, as the corrupted Numenians. led by Daros-Rhan sought to destroy the Senturi Guardians and their leader Senon-Val, and so claim Numenion for themselves, and open the way to new conquests across the stars.
As the catastrophic conflict neared an end, and with the forces of Daros-Rhan facing defeat, he turned to the use of forbidden weapons in final desperate attempt to ensure that if he was defeated, then Senon-Val and the Senturi Guardians would be destroyed along with his own forces. So powerful were these weapons that not only were the two armies wiped out in seconds, but every living thing on Numenion was also annihilated, and only Daros-Rhan in the protected inner chamber of his fortress had survived, along with Senon-Val, who had arrived there a moment to late to prevent the catastrophe.
Fleeing Numenion, Daros-Rhan made for the Milky Way, pursued by Senon-Val. There on the planet Toliman in the Alpha Centauri system, where the Numenians had long ago established a distant outpost, Daros-Rhan had secretly constructed a cloning facility as a safeguard against his own death, and he now intended to activate them as a final weapon to use against his arch-enemy. But even as he triggered he activation protocols, Senon-Val arrived, and only a handful of clones were able to come to Daros-Rahn's aid, and these his enemy managed to destroy even as the last two Numenians tore the facility apart in their struggle.
Again Daros-Rhan fled, this time with no other goal than to try and escape his relentless pursuer - and again Senon-Val went after him, until wounded and exhausted from their battle across the stars, from galaxy to galaxy and from world to world, they finally came to Earth, and hurtled from the sky like two bolts of light, even as the young orphan Alexander looked on.
Overcoming his surprise and fear, the boy approached the broken and scorched ground that had been created by their final encounter, and found Daros-Rhan dead, and Senon-Val mortally injured. Helping the dying Numenian to a nearby barn, Alexander did all he could to make the alien’s last hours as painless as possible, and moved by this display of bravery and kindness, Senon-Val told the boy the story of his people and the Senturi Guardians, and of the rise and fall of their world. And as he died, the last of the Numenians chose not to follow his people's way of giving up their powers to the cosmos from where they came, and instead gifted them to Alexander, telling him that his courage and compassion was worthy of the Senturi Guardians, and that with the Cosmic Force and the heart and will that he'd shown, he could do great good on Earth and beyond, and so keep alive the ideals of peace, justice, truth, honor and hope that the Numenians had lived by before their fall, and protect Earth from suffering the same fate that had befallen his world.
The powers took some time to completely manifest themselves in Alexander's still-growing body, but by the beginning of 1933 he had mastered the Cosmic Force, giving him incredible strength, speed and endurance among other abilities, and wielding it fully against criminals in Titan City for the first time, he foiled a bank robbery in Phoenix Hill. Taking inspiration for his name and costume from the Senturi Guardians, he quickly became a crime-fighting sensation - the first in a new age of superheroes, and a familiar sight in the skies over Titan City.
As well as being one of the oldest and most powerful heroes in the world, he also founded the Legion in 1956, which quickly grew to become the world’s largest supergroup, and has been at the forefront of the fight against evil for decades, not only in America, but also across the whole world and beyond. All of this has combined to make Centurion an icon of heroism and the ideals of peace, justice, truth, honor and hope, and a formidable force that no supervillain from Earth or anywhere else in the Multiverse can ever afford to ignore.
REAL NAME: Unknown
The first confirmed appearance of Shadow Walker in Titan City was in 1930, although the first alleged sightings date back to at least 1919. Although he usually works alone, he formed the Salem City Sentinels in 1956 to help coordinate the efforts of other heroes who were willing to walk the same path into the shadows.
A man of few words, and rarely seen during the day, Shadow Walker uses a combination of unarmed combat and a variety of throwing knives along with almost supernatural senses and agility to hunt down and bring to justice some of the worst villains who lurk in the darkest parts of Titan City, aided by his custom-made motorcycle which has been designed to navigate the narrow and winding streets of the old town district of Salem.
This area, once one of the original settlements that merged into the new Titan City, was built on drained land that had once been part of Blackwater Swamp, and has always had a sinister reputation - and there are some who wonder if its lure, which has called countless criminals to it has summoned Shadow Walker too, as no sane man would commit himself to an endless unwinnable war against the forces of evil that have Salem in their grip.
Others point to his un-natural longevity, and claim that he is drawn to cursed ground because he himself is cursed, either to fight an eternal battle in its dark streets, or until some distant point in time that even he himself may not be able to see.
REAL NAME: Zandra Atlantides
At the end of 1941, when increased Nazi U-boat activity in the Atlantic and America’s entry into World War II finally convinced the hidden undersea realm of Atlantis to end its long millennia of isolation from the rest of the world, Queen Calypso and King Evenor sent their two children, Princess Zandra and her younger brother Prince Hyantes as ambassadors to the surface world to offer the United States and her allies the aid of the Atlanteans in the struggle for freedom.
With their in-born Atlantean abilities that gave them speed, strength and agility far above that of normal humans, Zandra and Hyantes had an instant impact in Titan City, where they fought a number of the most dangerous villains of the time to prove the power and skill of their people to the citizens of America, who were still amazed at the revelation that Atlantis wasn’t a myth.
Centurion quickly invited them to join the recently-formed Legion, and during the following decades Princess Zandra’s warrior training and tactical ability saw her become one of the key members of the world’s largest and oldest supergroup, where her gift for strategy sometimes sees her taking the lead when the Legion is assembled in large numbers for battle.
Although a superb unarmed fighter, her favored weapon is an Atlantean power-sword, a blend of magic and technology that is a hallmark of her culture, and which can be set to deliver a level of force that ranges from a stunning blow to a deadly strike that can shatter stone and steel.
REAL NAME: Unknown
The mysterious Mystic Master has been active in Titan City since 1934, although before then it’s know that he spent many years travelling in Africa, visiting forgotten ruins and studying primal secrets to enhance his own spell craft and discover those who practiced darker magic from another age.
As one of the founding members of the Legion he’s taken part in more of their adventures than just about any other hero alive, and remains the Legion’s foremost expert on all things magical – although to this day, no one is thought to have ever seen his face or heard his true name.
REAL NAME: John Layer
When his older brother Martin was killed in the crossfire during a gang fight in Westside in 1969, the 17 year old John Layer swore to devote his life to reclaiming the streets from the criminals who were seemingly being treated by the police and other heroes as a low level threat that was often ignored.
Using tools and scrap metal from his father’s junkyard, he fashioned himself a suit of bullet-proof steel and bronze armor, and put himself through a punishing daily training routine to build up his strength and endurance.
His relentless one-man crusade drew considerable media attention, and several other heroes began to work with him, leading to him forming the Street Patrol in 1972, who went on to have great success in reducing gang violence in many of the less affluent neighborhoods of Titan City.
Although he’s now in his 60s, his years of training and fighting have left him in superb physical condition.
REAL NAME: Unknown
The woman known as the Celestial Sorceress first arrived in Titan City in1940 from unknown lands, and after encountering Mystic Master while both were investigating the theft of an ancient Egyptian amulet from the city museum, he recommended her to Centurion as a powerful new member for the Legion.
Her powers make use of starlight, channeled through her Moon Staff, and although she lives in one of the world’s great cities, she’s most at home under the open skies where there’s no barrier between her and the cosmos.
REAL NAME: Classified
Agent S is believed to be the head of the shadowy government security agency known as The Directorate, an organization whose motives, methods and goals are shrouded in secrecy.
The number of agents working for The Directorate is thought to be relatively small, and includes powered and non-powered members, chosen for their incredible level of skill and ability.
REAL NAME: Rex Rodgers
Ace USAF pilot Rex Rodgers gained his powers during a test flight of a top-secret supersonic rocket plane in 1944.
As he approached the speed of sound, he encountered a sudden and violent electrical storm, a bolt of lightning striking the plane and short-circuiting the whole cockpit, knocking Rex unconscious.
By a stroke of fortune, the plane came down in a heavily wooded area, softening the impact of the landing and allowing Rex to survive what should have been a fatal crash.
While recovering in a military hospital, he discovered that the accident had left him with the ability to move at supersonic speeds, as well as being able to harness the kinetic energy created by his movement and use it as a powerful weapon.
Deciding to give up his career in the air force to use his new-found abilities to fight crime and injustice, he headed to Titan City, the center of the world’s superpowered activity, where his sensational speed quickly earn him the nickname “The Fastest Man on Earth”, along with an invitation from Centurion to join the Legion.