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Green Lantern - Alan Scott

Origin - Unlike others who bear the name "Green Lantern," Alan Scott's power does not come from the Guardians of the Universe, but from the Starheart, a magical entity once imprisoned by the Guardians. The Starheart found its way to Earth where, in 1939, in the shape of a lantern, it saved Alan from a train wreck. At the lantern's mental direction, Alan fashioned a ring from it that allowed him to tap the Starheart's great power. Alan was a founding member of the Justice Society and was instrumental in many wartime battles. Alan met and quickly married a young woman named Alyx Florin. Alyx disappeared on their wedding night, starting a fire that led Alan to believe she had died. In fact, she survived and discovered that she was pregnant with twins. The children were born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised separately by adoptive families as Jennifer-Lynn Hayden and Todd Rice or Jade and Obsidian as they would later become heroes themselves. At one point the Starheart made Alan appear much younger, and he took on a new costume and name, then calling himself Sentinel. When the Justice Society reformed, Alan was there to anchor the team. One of their first major cases pitted Sentinel against his son, Obsidian, who had been seduced by dark forces. Alan was forced to beat Todd into retreat. It was soon confirmed by Dr. Mid-Nite that Alan had become the living embodiment of the Starheart. Any changes to his age or powers are merely psychosomatic. During the great Crisis created by Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime, Alan and Jade followed Donna Troy into space to investigate a cosmic rift. When Luthor was defeated, the rift began collapsing and Jennie-Lynn was caught in one of the shock waves; killing her. When the rift collapsed for good, Alan and the remaining heroes were sent reeling through space and time. He and several others reemerged a week later on Earth. Alan was among the lucky ones, having only lost an eye. His missing eye was later replaced by a portion of his daughter Jade's mystic green energy. After being put into a comatose state during an attack by the Gentleman Ghost, Jade appeared to him, told him goodbye and granted him another portion of her green energy. His missing eye is currently replaced by a green glowing orb that, due to its mystical origins and connection to Jade, allows him to track astral and mystical energy forms such as ghosts. Soon Alan was approached by the spy organization Checkmate. They invited Alan to become their White King, which he accepted. His time with Checkmate was brief. Another JSA member, Mr. Terrific, succeeded him in the post. Meanwhile, Alan was urged by the Justice League to re-establish the JSA. Alan then decided to resume an active role in the JSA. During the Brightest Day saga Alan is shown in the arms of Obsidian, convulsing and writhing as a green light pours from his body. Alan eventually awakens and his costume transforms into his suit of armor from Kingdom Come, and he tells the assembled heroes that he intends on destroying the world. Jade, who is resurrected by the white light, is finally able to use her power to help Alan regain his senses. After the event of the Brightest Day, Alan and the rest of the JSA travel to the city of Monument Point after it is attacked by a super powered terrorist named Scythe. Just before being defeated, Scythe snaps Alan's neck. The injuries Alan sustained have rendered him paralyzed. Alan now has a suit of armor that he constructed from the Starheart energy which acts as an exoskeleton and has given him back a degree of mobility. Later, the JSA are trying to take down the villain D'arken, but D'arken is too powerful. The JSA tells Alan that unleashing his Starheart is the only way to destroy D'arken. However, Alan's body of Starheart energy begins to become incinerated. Afterwards, a funeral for Alan is held, attended by the JSA who believe Alan is dead.

Powers and Abilities - Alan controls the mystical power of the Starheart, an ancient artifact created by the Guardians of the Universe to contain the predominate amount of magic they had gathered in the universe. After the destruction of his ring by Extant, the long-term proximity to the energy has left him able to direct the green flame and its attendant constructs by sheer willpower alone. Green Lantern has extensive energy manipulation powers able to effect the entire spectrum including gravity, radiation, heat, light. Creating Solid objects allows him to make simple weapons, entrapment devices, common geometric shapes, gigantic hands and simple containers. It has been discovered that Alan's body is composed entirely of green flame. The artifacts mystical properties also imbue Scott with seemingly eternal youth. His appearance of aging is only a magical manifestation of his will. He can fly and is able to use his power to hypnotize. He can project energy blasts as fields of concussive force, flame, water or even ice. Alan can generate enough heat from his heat beams to melt down metal. He can sense and reveal dangerous objects by causing them to glow. He can turn himself invisible by using what he calls the fourth dimension. He can use the power of the Starheart to duplicate the powers of other beings for short times, this allows him to keep up with the Flash, or have the strength of Wonder Woman. He has a permanent personal force-field that protects him from bullets and the like. This life sustaining aura protects him from harm. He can generate a field of life sustaining atmosphere and protection from harmful radiation, even if he is unconscious. He also has the ability to create force fields that he has used to cover and protect a wide rage of distance and the people therein. Before becoming a super hero he took Martial Arts classes, he applies what he learns on almost every adventure and was trained further by Wildcat.

Weaknesses and Limitations - Alan has the same limits and weaknesses as any other man his age and in good physical condition. The Starheart energy is ineffective against wood. Items made of wood cannot be lifted or broken by energy from the ring nor can barriers of emerald energy stop projectiles crafted from wood. By extension, things made of plant-matter could potentially disrupt his power and were not affected by the ring's power as much as other substances were. Apparently, this vulnerability to wood was because the green flame was an incarnation of “green, growing things” and thus could not be turned against them.


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