Doctor Kinkaid appears to be a cute, petite fourteen year old girl with a mop of brown hair. She is often seen wearing a lab coat over comfortable casual clothes and sometimes she wears glasses. Not that she has a prescription; she just thinks they make her look older and people might take her more seriously as a result.
In her “Doc Atomica” persona Kinkaid’s costume is black and violet with goggles that help her process the flood of sensory input. She has pouches strapped to her thighs and she keeps a narrow armored pack strapped to her back.
Few heroes have had a more interesting or varied career than Doctor Teresa Kinkaid, also known as Special K and Doc Atomica. Born a genius and earning several degrees by age twelve, she discovered early on she had a rare genetic disorder known as Nevison’s syndrome. She knew that by age sixteen she would likely be a quadriplegic and by age twenty, dead. She developed what she thought was a vaccine and desperate to try it out immediately before waiting two years for the FDA to clear it for human trials, she used herself as a guinea pig. The cure was not a cure at all and instead it activated her metahuman gene. The disease was arrested, and she developed a host of super powers, including incredible agility, super strength, heightened durability and the ability to heal some ten times faster than normal. The cost was her aging was arrested: she would be fourteen forever. The other was she was no longer a genius. Oh, she was still smart, still a member of MENSA in good standing. But that creative spark, that brilliance that allowed her to stave off paralysis and death, that was gone.
Over the years Teresa’s powers changed, she had acquired a clone, had joined the Vindicators, led her own team, Avant Guard. Now her team is long disbanded, The Vindicators retired, her parents dead. At age fifty she had settled down and now practiced medicine at Gateway Memorial, her study of genetics occupying most of her time, although she liked to spend a few shifts in pediatrics and with children with terminal illnesses.
And then Madelena Auger had come into her life and Teresa had found herself in the position of a kind of “aunt” while the teen formed a team of super heroes. This action uncovered a wide ranging conspiracy that involved some hidden group hell bent on stopping anyone in their way.
And so Teresa found herself in the role of hero once more…
POWERS: Teresa has the ability to quickly heal from any injury save one that would kill her outright. She has regenerated fingers (although it does take some weeks for such a recovery to occur), fully recuperated from concussions and even survived exposure to a class IV virus. This power is what holds her Nevison’s Syndrome in check; it still sits in her cells, waiting for release. During those rare times when she has suffered broken bones her body quickly resets them, no matter how much it hurts. It is estimated she heals some ten times faster than a normal healthy person.
Teresa’s is able to control electromagnetic spectrum which affords her a wide range of powers and abilities. This also means that unlike other heroes and villains whose powers focus specifically on some aspect of the EM spectrum her powers aren’t as potent. She is able to generate magnetic fields allowing her to manipulate several tons of ferrous materials and to fly by reacting to the Earth’s magnetic field, and she is able to generate a force field. She can manipulate electricity as well as generate impressive bolts of lightning which she is better able to direct with her “lightning rod”. She can generate microwaves to produce a radar-like sensory effect which makes it difficult to sneak up on her, and can at very short ranges produce intense heat to burn people. As for the visible spectrum Teresa was never able to produce lasers but she can generate bright, blinding light or a disorienting “strobe” effect. Finally, Teresa is able to produce “hard” radiation in small amounts, something she is loathe to do since it is so dangerous to civilians.
Teresa is able to neutralize electromagnetic radiation in her immediate vicinity, although the stronger the source and better shielded it is the more difficult it can be. She is also able to both see and hear various radiation wavelengths and is able to see both in the infra-red and ultraviolet spectrum.
Teresa is highly intelligent and is a licensed medical doctor, with an extensive background in genetics, especially the field of super powers. She is also a talented chess player, a decent singer and can play a mean axe, and she is fluent in French and has extensive knowledge of Latin. She is also a pretty good dancer. Her fifty years of experience have given her an eclectic collection of knowledge.
In the field Teresa often has on her person a well equipped compact first aid/trauma kit, as well as a Swiss Army knife, multi-tool, phone, and zip ties (for tying up perps), as well as extra rubber gloves and evidence bags. Her “lightning rod” is constructed of aluminum with a copper coating, it is six feet long and easily breaks down into two pieces. Her costume is constructed of teflex and duraweave with the torso area comprised of a very lightweight ceramic. The chest piece contains a “body cam” that is not networked so it can’t be hacked.