Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book of Stone: Antaean

For April, Stone is celebrating the A to Z Challenge with daily letter-themed entries. A separate page with a list of all these entries, plus Character Profiles and Book Synopses will appear on the right hand side of the page in coming weeks, detailing the people, places and things of the Stone Soldiers universe.

Colonel Mark Alexander Kenslir, call-sign Antaean ("ann-tay-ann"), was born March 20, 1928 and died thirty-four years later, on March 20, 1962. Fortunately for Kenslir, a combination of dark curses resurrected him, turning the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son into the first Stone Soldier. Over the course of the next six decades, Kenslir died five more times battling the forces of darkness.

Unable to die, his cells temporarily petrifying when damaged, Kenslir has an innate resistance/nullification of etheric energy. Prior to his resurrection, he was able to cancel out any magic or psionic ability within 20 feet of his person. After his first resurrection, Kenslir's ability was reduced to touch only, his unique power working to keep him from succumbing to the stare of a basilisk and petrifying.

Kenslir's call-sign, Antaean, was derived from the Greek myth of Antaeus, a giant with super human strength. Originally, the moniker was used for radio communications, but as the decades passed, and more secretive, unconventional methods for long-range communication were developed, the call-sign was used less and less.

Where does Kenslir get his inhuman strength? Bitten by a werewolf in the late 1950s, his immunity to magic protected Kenslir from the curse of lycanthropy. Until he died. Resurrected under a full moon, he began to change, his power fighting to keep him human. Before the werewolf curse could be fully halted, the Army officer faced off against a basilisk and was nearly petrified. His body was frozen in time, the pre-transformation benefits of the werewolf in his veins, his resistance to magic reduced in strength.

With superhuman strength and stamina and over fifty years of practical combat experience and training, Kenslir proves to be a formidable opponent for supernatual threats and a capable leader for America's new super soldiers.

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