Thundrax

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THE LIVING THUNDER
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"Don't try to be a hero, try to be a good man. Strive to make each tomorrow better than each yesterday -- that's more important than any glory you might receive or any label people might put on you, like 'hero'." Music-player.png
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•AFFILIATIONS•
Super Group link=http://www.primusdatabase.com/index.php?title=Protectors of the World
Rank Leader
Current Affliations UNITY, PRIMUS, SAS,Starforce, SUNDER, Northern Guard, UNTIL, Circle of Justice (Unofficial Team)
Former Affiliations


•IDENTITY•
Real Name Craig Alexander Carson
Known Aliases Big Guy
Gender Male
Species Human
Birthdate Feb. 20th, 1969
Place of Birth Vancouver British Columbia Canada
Current Location Millennium City, MI
Relatives Jack Carson (brother, deceased/resurrected), Catrina Carson (cousin), John Carson (grandfather, deceased), William Carson (father), Eileen Carson (mother, deceased), Tristan Carson (great great grandfather)


•PHYSICAL TRAITS•
Apparent Age Late twenties
Height 6'7"
Weight 280
Eyes Blue
Hair Blonde
Complexion Fair Complexion
Build Muscular
Notable Features Handsome, Cleft In Chin, Dimples


•OTHER TRAITS•
Identity Public
Citizenship Canadian Citizen
Marital Status Single
Occupation CEO, Flux-Carson
Education High School
Fame

Global


•POWERS, SKILLS & ABILITIES•
Super Human Strength, Flight, Durability/ Invulnerability, Weather Manipulation, Strong Leadership Abilities
•EQUIPMENT•
Experimental Anti-Qlipthotic armor, Comm Implant, HUD implant, GPS Implant


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"I think the world's getting better. There's a lot of statistics that show many of the worst places on earth are improving at a surprisingly rapid pace. And the most advanced societies are making some remarkable technological breakthroughs. But the dark side of human nature renders all progress fragile, and there will always be one hand so frightened of even a benign unknown that it will do all it can to pull us back into the abyss instead.

"My job is to swat that hand and say "Hey! Stop that!""

- Thundrax


"Canada’s also blessed with a number of powerful solo heroes. These include the cosmically-powered superhero Celestar, the armored hero Forceknight, and the powerful Haida shaman Ravenspeaker of Vancouver. Scattered throughout Canada are a number of other retired and semiretired heroes like Thundrax, Edmonton’s Polar Bear, St. John’s Fisher King, Montreal’s Le Astrologue, Halifax’s Surfacer and Fire Maiden, and even marginal heroes like Toronto’s “Mr. Maple”and “Leaf.”

-- Champions Universe, p. 75


Thundrax (born February 20, 1969) is a veteran Canadian superhero who's associated with the RCMP, UNTIL, and a reserve member of Toronto's Starforce team. Formerly a politician, he now runs a large energy and mining corporation, Flux-Carson Enterprises, as well as the Carson Foundation charity. He is a friend and confidante of many superheroes in Canada and Millennium City.



History
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Origins

"If I were half the man Craig is.. then I'd be half the man Craig is. But I'm not." -- Ravenspeaker

Born in 1969, Craig Carson was the youngest of two brothers to a lower middle class family in East Vancouver. His father, a shoe salesman, abandoned the family when Craig was 5, and his mom died of pancreatic cancer when Craig was 12. With no one else to raise him, Craig's brother Jack, seven years his senior, dropped out of school to pull them through. The two boys, didn't have it easy, but despite the tragedy of their childhood, they survived and were generally a happy, very close family. Craig's childhood, regardless of the tragedies, was not the proverbial "unhappy superhero childhood." And despite the changes that were to come, that closeness never changed.

And things were about to change very drastically.

On a cold night in late February 1983, Craig spotted a woman perched on a ledge of a tall building in East Vancouver, with a crowd shouting at her to jump. Her intention was clear. Determined to save her, Craig climbed the building to talk her down; the woman, seeing Craig's courage and compassion, declared "you are worthy of the power of Living Thunder!" and a lightning bolt struck Craig from out of the sky. Craig awoke in a superhuman body, which he dubbed Thundrax.

(For a more detailed version of Thundrax's origin, see Night of the Thunderbolt).


SUNDER

"We belong to a group named SUNDER! The villains blow, and VIPER blunders...Can you see, can you see it's SUNDER? You'd better run, you'd better take cover!" -- The SUNDER Theme Song (parodying Men at Work).

Gifted with the "Living Thunder", Craig was able to transform himself into the mighty Thundrax. As Craig said later: "I was a fourteen year old boy scout in the body of a god. I had two options: I could either pick up girls, or fight crime. I was terribly shy, so I fought crime."

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A few weeks after gaining his powers, Craig encountered Vancouver's SUNDER (Superhuman United Nations Defense Emergency Reserve) super-team, foiling a VIPER and GRAB robbery at a library in downtown Vancouver. SUNDER's leader Shamus, a telepathic detective, liked what he saw in the kid and inducted him into the team (quietly overlooking the fact that Craig was barely in his teens). It was a bit rough balancing high school and super heroing and keeping his identity a secret, especially from his brother.

Craig served with SUNDER for nine years. Their mainstays were Shamus, the semi-reformed vigilante Mark (Avenger) Derringer, the frost-powered mutant Cryo, mining engineer turned superhero Flux, mutated Canadian astronaut Greg (Solar Sentinel) Jenkins, the powerful earth elemental Elemmus, and George, a physicist who refused to accept any codename. Serving under UNTIL's sponsorship, these heroes fought numerous bizarre villains including the would-be messiah Borealis, the chaotic cosmic entity Amok, the would-be conquerer Overlord, the mad geneticist Malachite, the international criminal mastermind known as the Colonel. a group of super thieves called PLUNDER, the superhuman pest Dark Prowler, as well as VIPER.

In 1984 SUNDER first encountered the demon lord Zorasto lieutenant of a demon-god named Asmiak. Zorasto used roleplaying gamers to unwittingly perform a ritual that transformed Vancouver's Stanley Park into a huge pentagram that would serve as a portal to Hell. SUNDER closed the portal, then traveled to the infernal reaches to rescue them, a trip that cost SUNDER the life of their fire elemental ally Inferno. Zorasto would return to plague the team -- especially Thundrax -- on numerous occasions.

The most deadly of SUNDER's enemies were Black Spectre and his Brotherhood of Terror, a team comprised of nearly a dozen villains which also included Avenger's father Master-Mind. In 1985, the Brotherhood effectively conquered Vancouver through their proxy Masquerade (who, as William Donaldson, became Vancouver's mayor) and embarked on a campaign to besmirch their reputation that portrayed Thundrax as destructive, stupid and psychotic. It was Craig's first brush with the power of the press, and one which probably colored most of his reactions to negative publicity to this day.

The plethora of villains made for an intimidating apprenticeship: as Craig later noted, he had literally gone to Hell and back before he was old enough to legally drive a car.

SUNDER also encountered a group of high-tech Western Canadian separatists who were the forerunners of the Hunter-Patriots. The team beat them easily, and figured they were a joke that would never appear again. Thundrax came to deeply regret that assessment.

SUNDER was a small local team which garnered little attention outside of British Columbia. However, despite their relatively low profile, they were powerful and capable, and were a surprisingly effective weapon in UNTIL's arsenal of super humans. There was, however, one incident that would prove especially pivotal for Craig's future.


A Mission in Life

In 1986, SUNDER encountered Borealis once again, this time hijacking a cargo of grain. It seemed like a typical supervillain plan, if a little below Borealis's usual world-conquering standards. The team charged to attack, when Borealis revealed that he was hijacking the grain for an underground network devoted to famine relief in Ethiopia.

"Just what are you doing about that, SUNDER?" Borealis challenged them.

Craig's brother Jack, in Two-Fist gear.

The words haunted Craig. Idealistic teenager that he was, it occurred to him that he had to do more than just punch out the world's problems. The world needed much more, and SUNDER (and superheroes in general) were capable of doing much more. Craig got together with his teammates and set up a private foundation. Using Flux's mining engineering expertise and the earth elemental Elemmus's ability to find deep mineral and petroleum reserves, SUNDER went into business, with the goal of creating a cash stream to found charitable projects. Craig, who was politically liberal, enthusiastic, and a good public face, agreed to front the agency. It was extremely successful. Though Craig only kept a small portion of profits for petty cash, when the price of resources shot through the roof in the 2000s, his fortunes grew exponentially. By 2005, he was an accidental billionaire.

Eventually, the team neutralized most of the major threats in Vancouver, and the team drifted apart. The Brotherhood of Terror dissolved due to internal squabbling. Shamus, the team leader and Thundrax's mentor, walked into a fog and vanished in 1988, disappearing as mysteriously as he had appeared in 1983.

In 1988. Craig graduated from high school and began pursuing a degree in social services at the University of British Columbia. His first year roommate was a young, practical joking First Nations student named Billy Edenshaw, himself secretly the superhuman Ravenspeaker. After the typical "misunderstanding" where they tripped over each other's secrets, they became good friends and Thundrax took Ravenspeaker under his wing and taught him the tricks of the crime fighting trade. However (much to Craig's disappointment), Ravenspeaker refused Craig's invitation to join SUNDER.

After the defeat of Zorasto in 1990, gatherings of SUNDER became rare occurrences. The team gradually drifted apart; Avenger and Cryo retired to raise families, Solar Sentinel joined the Canadian Space Agency. SUNDER broke up in 1992 after a final battle with Borealis.


Jack

Jack Carson, boxer and plumber, didn't realize his brother's identity. He (as well as Craig) also didn't realize he had an enemy. The demon lord Zorasto was, for reasons that remain a mystery to this day, an ancestral enemy of the Carson family. After Jack was crippled by a rampaging sewer monster, Zorasto came to him and offered to restore him to health. Jack agreed, and became the Demon Knight Jaxx, a weapon Zorasto quickly turned against SUNDER. Fortunately the team discovered a ritual to restore Jack to health, and in 1990 trapped Zorasto in a mystic gateway. The demon lord lay bound within the hellgate for twenty years. Still empowered (though no longer demonic) Jack decided to become a superhero and christened himself "Two-Fist". He was assigned to UNTIL's flagship UNITY team, where he served with distinction from 1990-1992.


Destroyer

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"Thundrax, ask history what becomes of those who blindly defend the status quo?" -- Albert Zerstoiten

In 1991, Craig was invited by Henderson Electronics to a gathering of major superheroes in San Francisco. It was a major coup for Craig -- until the conference was interrupted by Dr. Destroyer, who negated the powers of every superhuman on earth! Destroyer claimed that superpowers would destroy the world, and that he alone could save it. Powerless, Craig nonetheless confronted the megalomaniac, helping to delay him long enough for other heroes to locate and destroy Zestoiten's machinery.

The next year, Destroyer contacted Craig and requested a private meeting, at a neutral location in San Francisco. Craig was baffled that the great Destroyer would choose to speak with a second-string Canadian superhero ("that's like the Chicago Bears challenging the CFL Ottawa Rough Riders to a game"), but nonetheless agreed. Zerstoiten, annoyed at Craig's moral stand the previous year, made Thundrax an extraordinary offer -- if Craig believed that superpowers were such a good thing for humanity, Destroyer would give them to every person on the planet! Moreover, Zerstoiten would give Craig the choice. Thundrax was shocked by the offer, but nonetheless considered it -- and refused. The two men parted company amicably, though Craig contemplated fighting and trying to subdue the armored powerhouse.

Unfortunately, tragedy was to result a few months later, when a battle with Destroyer in Detroit resulted in the loss of the city. UNITY was refused permission to enter the city, but Jack Carson defied orders. He arrived too late to stop Destroyer, and was performing assistance for the survivors when his comm went silent. Jack was found, dead, several hours later, impaled through the chest with a giant spike, presumably by a superhuman looter. The identity of his killer has never been found. Craig blamed himself for what happened, wondering what would have been if he'd accepted Zerstoiten's offer.


The Northern Guard

Thundrax helped train Justiciar and served on two teams together. There's an enormous bond of respect and friendship between them.
"Like a bad penny, a decade after their second invasion attempt the Gadroon showed up on Earth again. Most experts believe this “attack” was in fact more in the nature of a scouting or reconnaissance mission (which is one reason some of them think that about the second invasion). This time a dozen Gadroon starships landed in northern Canada and attempted to establish a base of operations. Half a dozen Canadian heroes including Forceknight, Ravenspeaker, Justiciar, and Thundrax responded, defeating the Gadroon personnel on the ground so handily that the entire “invasion force” distracted the heroes with a feint, recovered the injured, and then fled the planet. The heroes, pleased with how well they’d worked together, formed the second incarnation of the Northern Guard team." -- Champions Beyond, p. 15

After a couple of years soloing in Vancouver, Craig received a phone call from one of Canada's most prominent heroes, Forceknight III (Lyle Doerksen) who asked for his help in battling a secret Gadroon invasion. Joining forces with other noteworthy heroes, the Guard tracked down Gadroon technology to the lab of the super villain Cyberlord, where the team freed David Burrell from stasis: he became the superhero Justiciar and joined them. Together they tracked down the Gadroon to their landing site, repulsed the invasion, defeated the Gadroon leader, the Inquisitor, and decided to remain together as a team. This was the start of the second Northern Guard, arguably the finest hero team Canada ever assembled.

(For more on the formation of the Northern Guard, see: We Stand On Guard (Again) For Thee)

In the public eye, Thundrax took a back seat to Forceknight and some of the more prominent members, but (with the exception of his teammate Augury, with whom there was mutual dislike), the team looked up to him as an emotional anchor. While in the Northern Guard, Craig mentored young superheroes (just as he had been mentored by SUNDER's Avenger and Shamus). He helped train Ravenspeaker to become Vancouver's superhuman protector and worked alongside Forceknight III in grooming Justiciar to become a top rank superhero.


Snowblinded

There was one area where Craig was tragically unsuccessful: romance. He had a crush on Ann Eagleton, his teammate Snowblind, who in turn only had eyes for their teammate Voyageur. After numerous misadventures -- including the revelation that she was the daughter of the monstrous Inuit god Kigatilik! -- Craig finally got his girl. Unfortunately, the first night they were together, Craig lost control of his powers and accidentally electrocuted her! Ravenspeaker made a devil's bargain with Tax'et to raise her from the dead, and Craig, having lost his virginity in the most traumatic way possible, retreated into a social shell for nearly fifteen years. Snowblind eventually married the Swedish superhero Seger and left the team; both were murdered by Eurostar in 1997.

The Northern Guard continued successfully until 1998, facing foes like the Ultimates, Mechanon, Magnus Aignur (a technician who'd worked for Albert Zerstoiten who posed as Dr. Destroyer), Magnifique, ARGENT, VIPER and its Dragon Syndicate superteam, the demonic Tilingkoot, as well as extradmensional invasions from the parallel dimensions of Cabotia and Laurentia. They faced powerful extradimensional villains like the Entity, the Song, and Le Seigneur d'Histoires, enduring death and heartbreak as well as experiencing amazing triumphs. For a second time, Craig found a superhuman family to call his own (he remains close to Ravenspeaker, Justiciar, and the now retired Forceknight). In the end, the team was torn apart by prophecies and the machinations of one of its own, Augury, who'd been driven insane after her sojourn in Laurentia. Augury later joined the arch villain Borealis and became one of Canada's most wanted criminals. After 1995, Craig became a part-timer with the team, splitting time between the Guard and an even more famous squad of heroes.

Ravenspeaker, Billy Edenshaw, often made Craig the butt of his jokes, despite this, they share a strong bond of friendship.


UNITY

"I'm not sure you're ready for the big leagues, Mr. Carson, but I like your spirit." -- Archdruid

In 1995, Craig, while still serving in the Guard, was offered part-time membership in UNITY, the same UNTIL superhero team that Jack has served on. Quasar, the reformed Dr. Destroyer commander who had just become team leader, wanted to honor Two-Fist's memory and atone for his part in Destroyer's holocaust. Offering Jack Carson's brother a spot on the team seemed like a good way to do it. Craig accepted the offer.

Unfortunately, public backlash to Quasar's appointment in UNITY caused a panicked reaction among the UNTIL brass, as the press demanded that UNITY be a fully transparent operation. The team's UNTIL coordinator, Captain Nicholas "The Wolf" Silvers threw them a bone by revealing Thundrax's identity, previously a closely guarded secret. Craig was now "outed".


My Ex-Secret Identity

Craig was furious, but his teammates persuaded him not to resign -- or punch Captain Silvers to a bloody pulp. In truth, however, with Jack's death, there wasn't anyone Craig needed to protect. His secret identity had long passed its point of usefulness.

The most telling consequence of Craig's secret identity was the destruction of his old family home in East Vancouver, committed by a coalition of the dregs of his SUNDER enemies: Punk-X, Punk-Z, Dark Talon, Null and Void, Deathclown, and the Scions of Zorasto. They intended to destroy Craig's old neighborhood, but were stopped by the Northern Guard.

Silvers was dismissed, but Craig remained bitter about the loss. Also, he generally felt intimidated within UNITY. He didn't speak some of the members' native languages and found it much harder to make friends than usual. One of his few close friends on the team, the American superhero Wildstar, died in 1996 after he foolishly swallowed a super villainess' power gem. Craig was devastated.


No Mircea

Craig made several powerful enemies during his time in UNITY. The most noteworthy was Vladic Dracul. In an adventure in Romania, UNITY ran afoul of Vladic's eldest son Mircea, who was working with Stephen Bathory and the Army of the Impaled in a plan to prevent anyone on earth from performing sorcery -- except for vampire mages who stood on Wallachian soil, whose own occult powers would be greatly augmented. In the ensuing conflict, an army of Saracen ghosts defeated the Impaled. and UNITY invaded Castle Dracul, which straddled the real world and the world of nightmares. It was Craig who held Mircea when Archdruid impaled him with a stake of white hawthorn, destroying him utterly, and Vladic has not forgotten it.

Thundrax in his seldom worn UNTIL uniform.


The Hand of God

"We have done well, this day, Mr. Carson. Go now, and have few desires. -- Peacekeeper, Guardian of the Nexus of All Realities

In 1996, UNITY had its most dramatic case -- the super villain Dark Seraph had come into possession of a dimension-spanning artifact called the Hand of God. UNITY charged into the Nexus of All Realities, where they joined forced with teams from five other dimensions to defeat his plan to reshape reality in his image. It was the most epic battle of Craig's life. In the end, Darkest Seraph was unmade from the timelines of Creation (though a shadow of his previous self would later return in the so-called Champions Universe) and Peacekeeper, a Buddhist Saint from the Gestalt Universe, assumed the role of keeper of the Nexus.

This high point in Craig's career, however, soon gave way to a decline. Epic wins don't equal longevity. In 1998, due to the treachery of Craig's teammate Augury and a dire warning from the great Land spirit of Canada, the Guard was forced to call it quits. Craig became a full-time UNITY member, but by 2000, he'd burnt out. The stress of globe trotting and a rivalry with his (now deceased) teammate Union finally became too much. He quit to go back to Vancouver, where he occasionally teamed up with his friend and former pupil, Ravenspeaker.


Starforce

"I can think of no finer hero to lead this team than Thundrax. Besides, no other hero seems to want the damn job." -- Lyle Doerksen, Forceknight III

In the post SUNDER-era, with Ravenspeaker and Thundrax protecting it, Vancouver was a much quieter place for super crime than it had been in the 80s: a band of terrorists from Awad, and VIPER were the two major sources of trouble. With relatively little to do, the bored Craig became increasingly interested in politics. In 2001, he was asked to run for mayor. He declined, but admitted he was open to switching careers. "Wherever I can do the most gooc, that's what I'll do."

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In 2002, Craig got another unexpected offer, this time from Celestar. He and the Cosmic Canuck had never been particularly close -- Celestar was at best skeptical of those who had joined the profession after the Mighty Canadians folded -- but over the years Craig had won his respect. He and Forceknight had founded the Toronto-based Starforce superhero team and brought in the European hero Potenstorm to help them, however the Swede had failed to work out. Thundrax was recruited to reinvigorate the team and make them a potent fighting force. Craig agreed to serve for one year. In that year, Starforce fought a new gang of foes called the the Forces of Nature, battled the now-defunct terrorist group Canada First!, and teamed with the New Knights and Ravenspeaker to stop the unlikely alliance of the Haida death god Tax'et and the European pagan demon-god Samhain from releasing Kigatilik.

It was Craig's first stab at actually leading a superhero team, and he didn't enjoy it very much. The roster: Thundrax, Surfacer, Fire Maiden, the CN Tower, and Trumpeter, weren't the most powerful team of Canadian heroes ever assembled, and Craig found his tactical options limited, especially compared with the Guard. The nadir came when the CN Tower was kidnapped by his brother, the insane Dr. Babylon, who had taken over New Bedlam Asylum in Fell's Point and was using at as a nexus point in a plot to drive all of humanity insane. During the rescue attempt, The Tower was killed, and for the first time, Thundrax took a life in battle, as he was driven into a berserk frenzy by Babylon's Insanity Engine. Thanks to Trumpeter, the team survived the encounter and destroyed the Engine. Trumpeter managed to talk Craig out of retiring from the supers business for good. Edmonton's goofball lycanthrope Polar Bear replaced the Tower on the team, who came to be known as "the out o'towners" in Toronto for the lack of a local member on the squad. Craig openly admitted that the team's lack of acceptance among the locals bothered him.


The Battle for the Soul of Canada

Shortly after the Tower's death, StarForce embarked on their biggest adventure, "The Battle for the Soul of Canada", which Justiciar dubbed "Craig's Big Time Travel Adventure". An encounter with Captain Chronos at the CN Tower's funeral led to Starforce being catapulted through time to several key dates in Canadian history. In the end, it turned out the Nazi war criminal Baron Nihil, Hitler's designated anti-Canadian super villain, had stolen some of Chronos's time travel technology and had summoned a Time Predator to destroy key points in Canadian history in order to cause Canada to unravel. These points were:

1759, where he planned to reverse the outcome of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

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1812, where he planned to assassinate General Issac Brock at the start of the War of 1812. The incident, ironically, led to the creation of Thundrax's old ally, the Canadian Ghost, a member of the original Northern Guard.

1838, where they stopped the original Hunter-Patriots from burning down what later became the capital city of Ottawa.

1870, where he planned to drive Louis Riel even further into insanity, leading the Red River settlement to commit mass suicide.

1972, where he planned to have the Russians win the Summit Series.

The adventure climaxed in 1960, at a hospital in Dartmouth Nova Scotia where Alice Burrell gave birth to her son David, the future superhero Justiciar. Nihil planned to have the Time Predator infect David's spirit so he would become a living symbol of despair. Things went from bad to worse when Justiiciar, having woken from stasis. was drawn backward through time so the infection could be planted. However, Alice sacrificed her life to save her son, and Chronos regained what Nihil had stolen. With Justiciar back, Craig happily ceded command of the team to his old friend.

Though he didn't realize it at the time, Craig's tenure as leader of Starforce was rewarding. It increased his public profile and he began to be regarded across Canada as a leading national superhero, not the second-stringer he'd been for most of his career. However Borealis's admonishment from 1986 still haunted him, as well as Zerstoiten's accusation that he was afraid of real change. He had now been a superhero for twenty years -- but was dressing up in tights and beating up bad guys all that there was? Was being a second-tier Canadian superhero all he was capable of becoming? Craig decided to take a gamble with his life. In 2004, Thundrax retired from super heroics, and found a new career.


Politics

Vancouver-East elects "The Mullet"
"The honorable member from Vancouver-East needs to remember that some problems cannot be solved by wearing tights and punching them." -- Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

Extremely popular in Vancouver, particularly on the city's east side where he grew up, Craig decided to turn to the political arena, becoming an elected member of the Canadian parliament for the Vancouver East riding. Despite his wealth, Craig deeply identified with working class stiffs, the people he remembered growing up with. Craig ran for the NDP, Canada's leftist party. He was named the NDP's Justice Critic, spending much of his time discussing metahuman issues. As a nationally-known ex-superhero, his political opponents often used that history against him, much to his dismay.

More positively, Craig served as Parliament Hill's unofficial superhuman protector, most notably in 2006, when he and Red Ensign III and Ottawa's COMET team repelled an attack by Baron Nihil. However, Thundrax also found life on the sidelines to be far more difficult than he had anticipated. In 2005, with the help of Craig's former teammate Augury, Borealis escaped Stronghold North. In 2007, he was badly shaken when Red Ensign III was murdered by Baron Nihil, and in 2008, when Vanguard (a Vancouver-based team he'd help to mentor) and Forceknight IV (Alan Hellion) were slaughtered by Necrull. Canada's super villains were becoming increasingly dangerous.

Craig's political career kept him in the spotlight, arguably more than ever before. He lost his Justice Critic portfolio in 2008, when he broke with the party to support Canadian troops in Afghanistan, and while rumors that would jump ship and run for the Liberal leadership were patently false, they were enough to keep Craig from advancing up the party ranks. By 2009, Craig had become tired of politics; as a member of the opposition he felt like he had accomplished nothing, and his personal grudge against Canada's conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper, reached the point where he could barely stomach going into the House. Now he looked for an opportunity to make a graceful exit.


Return to Millennium

"It's about time, Craig. You're finally back doing what you were meant to do." -- Justiciar
Thundrax alongside the Protectors of the World

Later in the year, reports came out that Dr. Destroyer had returned to Millennium City. This reopened serious emotional wounds. Blaming himself for what had happened in Detroit --- especially the death of his brother, Craig effectively abandoned politics to come to Millennium City and search for him.

Craig was determined that Detroit would never happen again. And although his self-confidence has been shaken from time to time, he hasn't wavered from that goal -- find Zerstoiten, and make him answerable for his crimes.


A New Career

Over the last ten years, Thundrax has established himself as an A-level superhero. His old SUNDER teammate Flux transferred control of his company to Craig, founding Flux-Carson Enterprises, a major player in petroleum, mining, and space development. He's stood up for manimal rights, and opposed mandatory metahuman registration, taking advantage of a loophole in Canada's laws to provide asylum for many who wish to avoid signing up with the government. He signed up with the Protectors of the World, but left the team due to personality conflicts.


The Final Days?

In June, 2015, Craig considered an offer to rejoin the Protectors when tragedy struck. On June 29, a category four tornado touched down on the outskirts of Millennium City, Craig battled the cyclone, attempting to push his storm empathy power into full weather control and calm the twister. He succeeded, saving hundreds of lives but at the cost of his own.

(For a more detailed account of Thundrax's demise, see Day of the Tornado).

However, a month and a half later, Craig managed to reform himself and. after considerable effort and the help of friends. he restored himself to his full capacity. This peace did not last long, as Craig's old enemy Invictus returned almost immediately, claiming he was responsible for the weather system that had caused the tornado and blaming him for the deaths of 54 people in the disaster, a claim followed shortly thereafter by a class action suit against the hero. In the end, the Protectors defeated Invictus and exonerated Craig. Invictus attemppted to shift in the timeline and turn Craig into a villain,but it backfired, and the altered timeline diminished Invictus's fortune and status. However, he was not utterly defeated and soon restablished himself into a position of political power.

Craig pursued a normal superheroing career, while expanding his interests in space. However, gradually over time, Craig felt increasingly uneasy about the aftereffects of his resurrection, experiencing a form of PTSD. An incident where he almost fumbled disarming a nuke heading for Moscow led to UNTIL scaling back the hero's duties. Also, recent political changes in the United States have resulted in harassment and controversy, and Craig has been recently subject to increasing government harassment. Nonetheless, despite all these setbacks, Craig perseveres. Thundrax remains one of the most respected superhumans in Canada and Millennium City. He currently serves as temporary leader of the Protectors, in light of Sparrowhawk's recent leave of absence. He was also heavily irradiated during a battle with his clone Jaye; time will tell what side-effects this will have, but this radiation has at least temporarily boosted his already prodigious abilities.


Craig Carson, patrolling near Millennium City's Ren Center.



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POWERS

  • SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH: Yeah, he's strong. Really strong. Thundrax can lift nearly 500 tons (which I'm placing at the upper echelon of the "9" rating on the Reldin scale). He can comfortably hoist much smaller weights (in the 50 ton range) nearly indefinitely. After his fight with Dreadnought in 1986, Craig undertook extensive training in structural engineering. He's a great person to have around when a building is collapsing and people need to quickly evacuate.
  • INVULNERABILITY: Yeah, he's tough. Spent uranium rounds bounce off his skin like rubber. He can withstand *small* tactical nuclear explosions (please note the word "small": if he was at ground zero at a Hiroshima-sized event, he probably would be vaporized) and survive in deep space (provided he holds his breath). He doesn't regenerate instantly, but serious injuries -- except head injuries -- usually heal in 6-8 hours. His body is highly resistant to radiation, and he can hold his breath for about 2-3 days. Cell decay, except for skin and hair, is extremely slow, and Craig's brain cells don't die at the normal rate in his natural body. Were Craig to be killed, or have his soul removed from his body, it would take weeks or possibly months before it reached a state which might be recognized on sight as "dead". Craig can, however, be stunned or beaten under by repeated high power rounds, so while he's invulnerable (ie. not likely to be seriously injured), he's not fully invincible (ie. even a squad of agents or a skilled gunman can take him down). Like a normal human, his body does have weak points that can be exploited by a skilled fighter.
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  • FLIGHT: Craig can fly. He has a maximum flight speed of approximately Mach 2.4 (1800 MPH). He can also supercharge himself to burst flight at much greater speeds for a few seconds. His evil counterpart, Darknolt, was able to transform himself into a thunderbolt and move short distances at the speed of light: Craig has recently learned how to duplicate this, but his control is rudimentary at best.
  • THUNDER POWERS: Craig can summon a thunderclap at will, disorienting those around him. He can also shoot devastating arcs of lightning, though he prefers to punch things. Also, Craig can supercharge his body with electricity, enhancing his strength for short periods of time.
  • IMMORTAL BODY: Craig's physical body hasn't aged in the 30 years he's had it. It's also extremely resistant to high levels of heat, cold, and radiation, and surprisingly resistant to telepathic control (though not on par with a trained telepath). Craig's body is clearly a divine avatar of some kind. The exact deity and pantheon have been left deliberately vague, but Thundrax is most probably related to primal storm deities. The Hittite deity Tarhunt, whom the Hittite Sword-God identified with Thundrax, has its analogs in the proto-Indo-European deity Perkwunas, the Slavic deity Perun, the proto-Germanic deity Thunaraz (better known to us as the Scandinavian Thor), the Celtic deity Tanaris, and the Sanskrit Parjanya. Thundrax could be an avatar of one of those, a related deity from a now-lost culture, or a primal force common to all of those gods (and possibly to North American thunder spirits as well). The identity of the goddess who bestowed the Thundrax body on Craig is another major mystery. Signs point to it being a primal mother goddess, the Hindu Prithvi Mata, herself a derivation of the proto-Indo-European Plithwih, being the most accessible derivative.
  • STORM EMPATHY: Thundrax is the embodiment of the Storm. While the archetype is controlled by Craig, the powers that manifest in Craig's body sometimes have a will of their own, pushing Craig into new, wild experiences (preferably those that require him to use his powers). A side effect of this power is that he can sense oncoming storms and gauge their strength and duration. Another side effect is that Craig tends to get wilder when the weather's raging around him. Finally, when Craig is badly hurt (or powerless), exposure to storms will revive him. Craig has recently developed weather control powers, though his actual control is still rudmentary; also, when he's in a very bad mood, there will sometimes be a roll of thunder, even in a clear sky.
  • QUICK CHANGE: Perhaps Thundrax's oddest power is his ability to change into any sort of clothing in a thunderclap. One of the items in his wardrobe is an anti-Qlipthothic suit, designed to help him survive in the madness of that dimension, which was built by Dr. Wraithe of the Protectors. (The suit, however, will only protect him for a few minutes. You can't thwart primal chaos and anti-life *that* easily.)


EQUIPMENT

In addition to the anti-Q suit, Craig has a micro communicator, operated via electronic impulses, implanted under his skin below the right ear. It contains a chip to simulate his voice on a comm frequency. He also wears a micro camera contact lens which can capture pictures (and transmit them via the comm.)

Recently Craig was subject to two protective enchantments. First, his life force is protected from drains: when he's subject to those powers, the surrounding life force of the planet will instantly replenish him. Second, he was given a couatl feather. This provides additional protection from elemental forces and will also resurrect him if he dies -- once.


VEHICLES

Craig doesn't necessarily need vehicles, but he enjoys a good ride. The "Thundercycle" is an experimental air cycle that Craig sometimes rides for fun. It can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hour, even over uneven terrain, and has sufficient armament to take the battle to VIPER's latest generation of heavy tanks and Lemurian invasion craft.


Craig taking a shortcut over the American desert.


Weaknesses
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It's arguable that Craig's big weakness is Conservative politicians. More seriously, however, there is:

  • Claustrophobia: Craig likes big open spaces. Underground spaces, especially labyrinthine caves, drive him crazier than a Qularr being forced to listen to a hundred beacons going off at once.
  • ADHD: Craig has attention deficit issues. He doesn't like being forced to spend too much time on one topic and is perpetually restless. It can be frustrating to have a conversation with him, as he'll often look for an excuse to wander off.
  • "Mythic Blades": As proven in a fight against the Hittite Sword-God in 1995, Craig's invulnerability does not work against "mythic knives", primal blades used by titans and older pantheons to shape heaven and earth in the primordial world. The Hittite Knife of Kuntarra is the most noteworthy example of such a weapon. His enemy Encryptra, an alternate universe version of Miss Servo, found a way to mimic the properties of a mythic blade with technology. The master villain Wraith also found a way to perform similar effects using the Ragnarok Rune, a godslayer artifact that's capable of reducing a god's power to mortal levels.



Hideouts
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Since his return to superheroics, Craig's actively looked for new bases from which to conduct operations. Currently Craig has four main bases, recently completed (or on loan from others).

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His most-frequently used crimefighting lab, Thunder-1, is located in a hidden sub-basement of Carl's gym in Millennium City, which Craig constructed while renovating the gym following a particularly destructive sparring session with Indestructible. Using contractors recommended by James Harmon, Thunder-1 combines state of the art crimefighting facilities with a superhero's home gym (inclding neutronium lined weights that are two thousand times heavier than comparable iron weights) and a shower and laundry (including chemicals designed to sanitize his clothing during Bloodmoon).

  • Thunder-2 is a small cave complex in Northern Canada, not far from the Lynx's Fold. Its primary use is an advance watch base, helping him to keep an eye on Necrull and Kigatilik.
  • Thunder-3 is a small wing of the Verdant Library, located in the boundary between Earth and Faerie. Given to him by the Trismegistus Council to assist hm when he encounters mystical matters.
  • Thunder-4 is located on the mooon, formerly a part of a complex belonging to the 1960s supervillain Revenger (and later Dr. Destroyer). Craig occupies it with permission from the Selenites, who trust Thundrax to keep the moon safe from invaders.

Foe more on this hideout, see To The Moon, Malice!

Craig also has a spacious penthouse in downtown Millennium City to replace the suite that was destroyed at the Barlowe. The current penthouse is Craig's second: the third was destroyed in November 2011. during a fight against aliens who were using Orithian technology in an attempt to seize Craig's friend Astron, the second was destroyed by a herald of the Warmonger.


Trophy Room

In Craig's penthouse, hidden behind a solid concrete barrier lined with lead and recycled destreum steel, is Craig's trophy case, which includes momentos of Thundrax's past. The trophy case mostly contains pictures of Thundrax's old teammates and action shots that span Thundrax's long career, as well as several books of press clippings (which includes Thundrax's "hall of shame", the worst articles ever written about him). Other items in the trophy case include:

  • The Cape of Dr. Destroyer, which actually came from Magnus's Aignur's stolen Destroyer armor, but which is believed to have been originally worn by Albert Zerstoiten in one of his many armors.
  • Professor Alternative's Gay Ray. Created by a socially conscious 90s mad scientist supervillain, this ray gun that rewires a person's orientation for 24-36 hours.
  • The Book. Retrieved from a library in Babylon (the City of Man) by Archdruid, the former UNITY leader gave this to Craig as a Yule present. It's a book that is filled with useful but trivial advice: the perfect recipe for a dinner party of 68, advice on grooming an ocelot, how to set up table settings for creatures from sixteen dimensional space, etc.
  • The Golden Spear of Alrull the Avenger. One of the Cosmic Retinue, if Craig knew how badly certain galactic knightly orders wanted this legendary weapon, he might think twice about holding it. It was a high-tech spear used by the Golden Hunter Alrull to slay the Elder Worm god Zhalnathet during the Malva-Elder Worm war. The spear itself was a gift from the Warmonger, who perceived that an Elder Worm conquest of the galaxy would end strife and conflict.It is believed that even the touch of this spear will instantly slay any Elder Worm. Unfortunately, until awakened by its maker, the power of the spear is mostly dormant. It was stolen from Alrull's crypt many millennia ago and drifted from owner to owner until it fell into the hands of the Gadroon Interrogator, from which Thundrax claimed it in 1994. The spear's life-force was revived by the Warmonger, and currently sits in the Great Arsenal of the cosmic king of conflict.
  • The Dreamcatcher of the Summer Fox. This was given to Craig by Ravenspeaker to help sooth the nightmares that constantly plague his dreams. It has the power to protect people from bad dreams, however Craig found himself becoming addicted to its use, so he stopped using it in 2005. He keeps it in his trophy case, in the event that the nightmares become more than he can stand.


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Friends & Allies
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Thundrax and Mark "Avenger" Derringer, his oldest friend, bonding as they usually do.

CANON NPCs


Craig's oldest friend is Mark Derringer, aka Avenger of SUNDER, one of his original teammates. The two men frequently argue, but no one has been there more for Thundrax's needed him than Avenger, and vice versa. most notably in 1986, when the supervillain Black Dragon kidnapped his pregnant wife and attempted to sacrifice her and mystically take control of his newborn son.

Thundrax was also involved in training both Ravenspeaker and Justiciar and he remains on very good terms with them. He also remains close to the now retired Forceknight III (Lyle Doerksen) and is an honorary uncle to his children Sean and Patricia. Celestar is also a former teammate, though their relationship is much less friendly and they usually keep a respectful distance. An incident where Craig and some friends prevented Celestar from freeing the trapped Mighty Canadians has further estranged the two men.

Craig also served on UNITY and remains on cordial with them. He's on good terms with the Justice Squadron and the Sentinels (New York City's canon teams) and the Bay Guardians. His relations with Chicago's Peacekeepers is far chillier, owing to an old rivalry with the Northern Guard.

Thundrax is a friend of the Champions and works closely with them (and Doc Silverback) on some charity projects. He respects and likes Defender, and gets irritated by some of the criticism Defender receives in the hero community. He knows James Harmon, however as far as Craig is concerned, he's a playboy dillitante whose dangerous experiments in teleportation resulted in the Multifaria debacle: Harmon's work in weapons research is anther bone of contention. He does not know that Harmon and Defender are one and the same.

THE CARSON FOUNDATION


For details on Craig's business and charitable foundation, refer to the article "The Carson Foundation".



Nemeses
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ZORASTO

"The second-born Carson will be destroyed." -- Zorasto the Defiler
Zorasto, heriditary enemy of the Carson family.

Craig's Rogue's Gallery is led by Zorasto, a demon lord with a historic grudge against the Carson family. Originally an Assyrian warlord (born c. 800 BCE), he made a pact with unknown extradimensional agencies, who empowered him as a demon and sent him as their agent in Hell.

Zorasto became involved with the Carson family in 1838, when making a trip to Aberdeen, Scotland, he struck a bargain with Tristan Carson, Craig's great-great-grandfather, granting Tristan immortality and eternal youth in exchange for the lives of his descendents for seven generations. In all likelihood, Zorasto forsaw the 1938 Nazi ritual that made superhumans possible and knew of the potential of his line for superhuman traits.

For more on Zorasto's interactions with the Carson family, refer to That Hellish Thing.

Since making his bargain with Tristan, Zorasto has groomed the Carson family for his purposes. Though Craig does not know it, Zorasto is directly responsible for his father abandoning his family. In 1990, Zorasto assimilated the power of the demon god Asmiak and attempted to launch a demonic invasion of earth. He was stopped by SUNDER, who sealed him in the gateway of the demon gate that he was using to transport his legions to eatth. In 2010, Arthur the Barbarian's archenemy Baskerville O'Brien accidentally freed Zorasto from his mystic gateway. Zorasto redoubled his campaign against the Carson family, but in 2015, he was defeated by the Protectors in a bid to travel back in time and corrupt the process that created superhumans. For his failure, he was dragged to Hell and reverted to the form of a larva to endure torture at the hands of the demon prince Belial.

INVICTUS

"I will crush you as crushed my career!" -- Invictus

Craig's other major nemesis is David Sutherland, the superhero Invictus. Invictus was one of the most popular superheroes in Washington and the American south, but used his powers to cover up debauchery, rape, and murder. Craig was one of several heroes who helped expose him, but Invictus decided that Thundrax should be the sole object of his revenge. Craig sent him away to Stronghold, but Invictus has secretly been recruited by Shadow Destroyer for his "League of Destruction". In July 2011 Invictus engineered the escape -- and the retcon of his criminal record -- using entities from the Briah called the Song. While Craig and a coalition of heroes foiled his attempt to alter America's icons and usher in a dark America under his rule, Invictus remains at large. The two have sparred repeatedly over the years, usually behind the scenes.

Recently, Sutherland has been appointed special liaison on superhuman issues by the Trump administration and a lot of resources have been brought against Craig's American holdings.

GENOCIDE

"Thundrax is an enemy of the human race. His elimination is crucial to our victory over the Devolved Select." -- Genocide Omega

Back in the 80s, with three mutants (Shamus, Avemger, and Cryo) as their mainstays, one of SUNDER's most persistent enemies was the anti-mutant group Genocide. Defeated in that decade by SUNDER sand other hero teams, elements of this organization went on to join the more politically friendly (at least in name) IHA. However, Genocide built an army of robots, and not all of them were destroyed. Recently one of the most powerful robots, Genocide Omega, was reactivated and attempted to kill Thundrax. As it turned out, its reactivation was an elaborate deathtrap set by Invictus, who attempted to seal them inside a cave on Monster Island and persuade UNTIL to nuke it, but thanks to the magic of Tomonari, the heroes escaped. Genocide Omega was captured and dismantled, but other Genocide robot caches undoubtedly remain, awaiting reactivation.

VIPER

"You are very good at delaying your death sentence, Monsieur Carson. But not forever." -- Mechaniste

The Venomous Imperial Party of the Eternal Reptile. VIPER has been an enemy of Craig's since his very first mission, when he helped SUNDER stop VIPER and GRAB from stealing microfilm from a Vancouver library. Craig's role in UNTIL's anti-VIPER Task Force has made him a priority target of the snakes. Over the years, Craig has, like King David, slain (well, pummeled) his tens of thousands, many of them VIPER. Craig's actions have warranted the attention of the highest level of VIPER. While their Serpent Court task force has been inactive for a year, they (or a similar agency) might be activated at any moment.

Craig's first appearances saw him join with SUNDER to remove Vancouver's VIPER Nest, but over the years, they returned to plague him. In March 1995, Craig was captured by VIPER (after a battle against by the Northern Guard against Tax'et where he was presumed dead). Following two months of torture and indoctrination by then-VIPER leader Lancehead, Craig was made part of VIPER's Dragon Syndicate team, but was freed by the Guard. Craig still has nightmares about the time he spent as their "guest".

In June 2010, Craig was launching a Flux-Carson orbital power station at Cape Canaveral when he was attacked by Viperia and the Serpent's Court, resulting in the death of seventeen NASA employees. Thundrax was placed in a coma for nearly two weeks, until he was restored by his fiancee Sarah and Erik the Red, head of the Mystic Waymeet.

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In Auugust 2011, in an attempt to clear Orbital of the Silver Age Sentinels from an attempted VIPER frame, Craig allowed himself to fall into VIPER's hands. After a week of torture (which he had anticipated), Thundrax was rescued, however he had been replaced with a clone (which he did not anticipate), who proceeded to try to sell Flux-Carson to a VIPER holding company and (failing that thanks to the intervention of Miss Servo), transmitted Flux-Carson secrets to VIPER. Craig is currently trying to keep deposits uncovered by a rare earths mineral survey, potentially worth tens of billions, our of VIPER's hands.

NECRULL

Another of Craig's most powerful enemies is Necrull. The centuries old nercullitic sorcerer-scientist is responsible for the death of Craig's proteges, the Vanguard, as well as Craig's friend Alan Hellion, aka Forceknight IV. Craig's one attempt to confront him in 2008 ended wth Necrull nearly killing Thundrax and absorbing his powers, but he was rescued by the Starforce and Forceknight V. Since then, UNTIL and the RCMP have ordered Craig to not directly confront the necromancer, however it's only a matter of time before some sort of batte takes place, especially after Necrull raised a zombie version of Craig's brother Jack in early 2010 (before Jack's return through time).

ALL THE REST...

Craig has crossed swords with everyone from Firewing to Takofanes to Eurostar to Destroyer, however, his most personal grudges are against:

Lady Lightning (no relation to the golden age heroine of the same name) is Dr. Lydia Brower, a researcher in artificial weather systems whose misguided expeiments resulted in her transformation into a woman of "Living Lightning". Viewing Thundrax's Living Thunder as a natural complement, she attempted to kill Thundrax in the belief that his death would transfer her powers. She was defeated by the combined might of Thundrax and Arthur the Barbarian and now sits in Stronghold.

Craig's current nemesis, Josiah Brimstone, emissary of Belial!

The Black Banner is Hugh Brock, son of the second Red Ensign, Canada's most renowned superhero of the 1960s and 70s. Feeling neglected by his dad, when he took up the Canada Staff after his dad's death, he chose to become a supervillain, but was stopped by Forceknight III; the Canada Staff was stripped from him and given to his cousin Davie, who became the third Red Ensign. In prison, Hugh developed the delusion that he was "king of Canada. In 2010 he escaped from Srronghold North and fixated on Craig as the newest national iconic superhero, but was eventually defeated.

Baron Nihil is a crazed Nazi scientist who manpulates "Nihil energy" and commands a small extradimensional army, the Knights of Sanguanay. Nihil attacked Parliament Hill several times when Craig was an MP, and has not forgotten the impact of his mighty fists. To add fuel to the fire, Nihil killed Craig's close friend Davie Brock, the third Red Ensign, in 2007.

Finally, he has old rivals and enemies from his days with SUNDER and the Northern Guard. These include:

Avenger's sadistic father, Master-Mind, a mutant who's been alive for two centuries, has targeted Thundrax several times for helping his son.

Two of Thundrax's oldest enemies were Xavier Bliztter and Terry Zhao, a pair of Vacouver area anarchists known as Punk-X and Punk-Z. They were witnesses to Thundrax's origin, and picked up "background radiation of the Living Thunder" , which Zorasto later cultivated to transform them into demon knights, granting them power in exchange for an unbreakable oath to kill Thundrax. Both men have the power to sap Thundrax's strength; X is nearly as strong as Thundrax, while Z is an incredibly fast and skilled practitioner of Shaolin dragon style kung-fu, They came very close to killing Thundrax several times in the 1980s, and they led the gang of C-list villains who destroyed the Carson family home in 1995 after Craig's identity was outted. They bequeathed part of their powers to their kids, who tried to kill Craig during a visit to Vancouver in 2010.

SUNDER's nemesis Borealis has always been one of Craig's major nemeses, especially with Augury and the Landsman (whose beat him badly in both of their fights and left him buried alive once) as his servants. Borealis is an incredibly powerful energy manipulator who believes that Canada -- under his control -- is destined to rule the world.

Blackstar of the Ultimates has always had a hate-on for Craig, and continues to try to prove his superior strength.

Craig and Black Paladin have clashed on numerous occasions, and Craig has several times stood between Paladin and mystical sources of his power that the black knight considered his "destiny" to possess. The Knight of the Crows remains perhaps the most dangerous of all of Craig's personal nemeses.

Very recently, the man who created Justiciar's cybernetic systems, Cyberlord, reemerged after being presumed dead for close to twenty years. Craig was among many heroes who helped David Burrell in stopping him from ransacking a crashed Roin'esh ship.

RIVALS

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In addition to those who will trade punches with Craig, Thundrax has more subtle enemies (ie. those who prefer to attack Craig bhind the scenes). The biggest of these is probably PRIMUS, owing to an incident where Craig exposed an illegal PRIMUS research base on Canadian soil, though Craig has never gotten along well with any of the Golden Avengers). PRIMUS brass doesn't want to kill him, but would love to see him humiliated or discredited. However, many PRIMUS officers consider Craig a good friend and capable ally.

Perhaps Craig's most enthusiastic enemies are in the press. Craig has never forgiven the right wing press for their role in keeping UNTIL out of the United States prior to Detroit, or for the hatchet job they did on Celestar in the early 90s. His opinion of the current American media is even more contemptuous. For their part, the feeling is mutual. In Millennium City, the anti-Thundrax charge is led by Curt Curruthers and the Adair Media group (Curruthers is a Millennium City TV commentator who's very far-right wing and anti-superhero -- Thundrax is quickly replacing Witchcraft as the favorite target of his rants), and FOX News, though few media outlets give Craig any sort of favorable coverage, and SNN tends to downplay Craig's involvement in any positive superhero story.

The negative coverage does not extend to Canada, where even the right wing press usually mutes its criticism, given Craig's surging reputation, though Canadian prume minister Stephen Harper is not a fan. Thundrax does have defenders in the American press: most famous of these are Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow, who have done expert dissections of some of the media's anti-Craig stories, though Stewart always mocks the mullet in the process.

Another major rival is Franklin Stone, the head of ACI. Not only is Craig a superhuman who's foiled some of his plans, Stone resents Thundrax's superhuman gifts and sees him as a potential rival to his industrial empire. He's been actively working with the press to destroy Craig's reputation, as well as attempt to subvert Craig's friend Indestructible to his cause, in part to drive a wedge between them.

Finally there's the annoying super villain Dark Prowler, who occasionally surfaces to mock him, or steal things that Craig cares about, just to prove to Thundrax that he's earned the title of "world's greatest thief" (Craig, of course, doesn't give a damn about the title, but Prowler lives under the delusion that it's the most important thing on Earth).


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Personal Interests
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  • Craig loves 70s and 80s music. His very favorite band is Led Zeppelin, but other bands he likes include: AC/DC, Kiss, The Clash, The Kinks, The Who, The Stones, The The, Nick Cave, The Beatles, Elvis Costello, and early U2. He also has an appreciation for folk music (especially Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot) and is a closet Springsteen fan. He has a cursory knowledge of classical music.
Thundrax in his original form. Now you know why he likes the mullet.
  • Craig tends to read books with a spiritual content. He's Christian, but also reads Buddhist and other philosophical tracts. Oddly enough, he tends to shy away from debating religion or philosophy, except with close friends. He reads a number of scientific journals, but is more interested in ideas than minutae. He's written the first volume of his memoirs and is working on the second, with instructions that they not be published until after his death. He's also written a book of poems, also unpublished.
  • Craig usually habitates the Thundrax body, as the Living Thunder dislikes it when Craig goes back to his original. Where the original is stored when he's in Thundrax, no one knows.
  • Craig's favorite foods are Chinese and Italian, though he's recently acquired a taste for East Indian cuisine. He's a decent Italian chef, and is teaching himself to cook Punjabi dishes.
  • Craig is a good guitarist, though he usually needs to switch to Craig form to avoid breaking strings with his superhuman fingers. His singing voice is decent too.
  • Craig enjoys the company of some of Millennium City's francophone community, and has developed ties with some of them. (The player enjoys playing with French players a lot, but wishes he had a better command of their language.)
  • Craig's brother was a plumber as well as a boxer and taught him much of the trade. As well as being a general handyman, Craig's got a background in civil engineering, structural engineering, and architecture. Craig is surprisingly intellectual for a bruiser, though he's also absent-minded and has a very short attention span.
  • Once a year, Craig returns home for a week at Christmas, doing odd jobs for the poor (particularly pensioners who can't perform heavy labor) and working in soup kitchens.



Five Greatest Battles
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"Another fool who will not fall. I will embrace you for your fighting spirit, brother... with fire." -- Firewing


November 2002: Thundrax vs. Firewing


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Craig was the leader of Starforce at the time, though he was already planning to hand over the reins to the recently returned Justiciar. Firewing, aka Ariax Thone, the Malvan super-gladiator Firewing, had humiliated Starforce the previous year, forcing them to flee while he set the CN Tower ablaze, resulting (among other things) in the resignation of Craig's predecessor, Potenstorm. This time, however, Craig and Starforce didn't run. Captured on camera, the other Guard members fell one by one, leaving Thundrax alone with the alien titan.

In the ensuing battle, as captured on camera and beamed live to the nation, Thundrax refused to fall. He was outmatched, but despite enduring terrible burns, he kept fighting until his last strength fell, breaking Firewing's nose and shattering six of his ribs in the process. This was sufficient to earn Firewing's respect, and he left the field without killing anyone. The honor of Starforce was restored, and Craig became much more popular in Canada after the battle, though the rest of the world didn't pay much attention yet.

This battle is also responsible for one of the most embarssing incidents in Craig's life, as Craig's costume was completely burnt off during the fight, resulting in numerous naked pictures of Thundrax flooding the internet. Perhaps not surprisingly, his popularity spiked when they first appeared.

The injuries gave Craig an excuse to temporarily bow out of superheroing, and he handed over the team to David Burrell, who has led it ever since.

Craig has locked horns with Firewing on several occasions since then, most notably in 2012, when Firewing attacked an apartment complex in Millennium City in order to draw out battle. Craig was defeated when he was knocked into collapsing wreckage and was buried under a building; other heroes stepped in and drove the Malvan gladiator away, though it cost the life of the veteran superhero, the Paladin.


November 2011: Thundrax vs the Tirithians


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The race of Craig's friend Horizon had invaded earth before, but this time they came loaded for bear, and Craig helped his friends in TASK and GLOBE in a brutal battle that spanned Millennium City. In the end, the Tirithian leader threatened to detonate a nuclear device that was strapped to his back, so Craig grabbed him, forcibly flew him up to low orbit, fighting with him every inch, in a desperate effort to save the city.

After a long, bloody fistfight, Craig knocked the Tirithian commander unconscious and hurled the nuclear weapon out of orbit (it was later retrieved by an UNTIL team from GATEWAY). Thundrax has never directly saved as many lives as he did on that day though (at his request), details on the situation have never been revealed to the general public.


June 1996: Thundrax vs. Seger: The Battle of Thunder Bay


This was not Thundrax's finest hour. Craig had taken a leave of absence on the Northern Guard to serve with UNITY. His replacemment was Anders Erlandsson, a Swedish archeologist who obtained power from a magical amulet that gave him the Strength of Thor, the Cunning of Loki, the Valor of Balder. the Insight of Odin, the (Masculine) Beauty of Freyr, the Vigilance of Heimdell, and the Ferocity of Fenris Wolf. Calling himself Seger (Swedish for "Victory"), Erlandsson established himself as one of Europe's most powerful heroes. though quickly also acquired a reputation for aloofness and arrogance to go with it.

UNTIL suggested Seger as a replacement when Thundrax took a leave of absence, and Forceknight was more than willing to find someone with similar powers to Craig's to fill the power vacuum -- and soon came to deeply regret the decision as Seger's negative traits soon came to the fore. One member of the Northern Guard who wasn't turned off by Seger's charms was Snowblind, Thundrax's ex-girlfriend. The two soon became romantically involved.

In June 1996, while investigating a claim that Snowblind's mother was still alive, Seger was trapped by the recently awakened Necrull and injected with am experimental Necrullitic serum. The Scandanvian titan went insane and began to lay waste to the western Ontario port city of Thunder Bay. The Guard tried to stop him, but all members were put down by the berserk hero except for Snowblind. The effects of the serum began to wear off when Thundrax arrived; seeing his fallen comrades and perceiving Ann in danger, Craig immediately attacked.

The two men seemed to feed off each other's powers, and both men fought with unbridled ferocity. Seger's taunts about Snowblind loving him instead of Thundrax did not help the sitjation. The battle leveled seeveral docks and warehouses in the port district, inflicting several hundred millions of dollars in damage. No one was killed in the conflict; eventually the effects of the serum and the collective results of the battle took their toll on Seger, and he fell. Snowblind blamed Thundrax for the carnage, left the team, and went to Sweden with Seger, where they were soon married.

Craig and Seger met one more time: at Forceknight's 1997 wedding, where (partically because of the effects of super-liquor provided by Ravenspeaker) a drunken Craig and Seger got into another destructive brawl. It looked as though the two men would be enemies for life: sadly this was the case, as Seger and Snowblind were killed in 1998 while intervening in the VIPER-Eurostar War.


August 1999: Thundrax vs. Black Paladin


Every eleven years, a phenomena happens called the Ravenyear, where an Unkindeness of ravens gather to find the choicest battlefield on earth, and strip it clean, magically siphoning bits of the essence of the slain. In this way, the Raven magically elevates its intelligence above all other birds.

Craig confronts Black Paladin on the roof of Millennium City's City Hall in 2012

The existence of the Ravenyear is a carefully guarded secret: which few (even of ravens) have knowledge of, however the Black Paladin's pet raven Cataclsyme discovered it and informed his master. Long a plague upon the world, Sir Gilles de Morphant, the Black Paladin was the blackest of all black knights. He had faced Lancelot in the days of Camelot nearly slaying him and his beloved Elaine before Lancelot dispatched him and sent him to Hell. After making assorted mystic pacts, Sir Gilles returned to the world in the superheroic age, eager to work his malice. Armed with Cataclysme's information, the Black Paladin took counsel with his demonic patrons and devised a way that the Ravenyear's power would come to him instead of the ravens who collected it.

However the Haida superhero Ravenspeaker also foresaw the ravenyear and the Black Paladin's interference. Suspecting that Sir Gilles might be able to use his control of ravens to take control of him during the ritual, the spirit elder sent his old mentor and teammate Thundrax in his stead. Battling in the Cœur de la Cruauté on the border between the real world and the land of ravens, Thundrax was beaten and defeated, but managed to regain consciousness long enough to disrupt the ritual at its crucial moment, revealing Sir Gilles and his scheme to the raven host. The Unkindness turned on Sir Gilles, slaying the traitor Cataclysme, and forced the Black Paladin to retreat, minus the immense power of death that he would have acquired.

This was not Thundrax's final encounter with Black Paladin. In 2005, Paladin teamed with the Scions of Zorasto in an attempt to free the demon lord from the imprisonment that SUNDER had provided for him by substituting Craig in his place, but he was stopped by Thundrax and Starforce. In 2010, Paladin again attempted to evoke the Ravenyear at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, taking advantage of a tragedy to try to enflame feelings of conflict that would have produced a feastground for the Unkindness of the choicest specimens of humabnity (in the hopes that the Unkindness could be persuaded to share its acquired power), but was stopped by Thundrax and Justiciar. In 2012, Black Paladin and his dragon attacked Millennium City's city hall, and Paladin called out Thundrax; Paladin defeated Thundrax, but was kept from finishing him off by Proudclad and Particle Man, while a host of heroes slew Malais. With his dragon at least temporarily killed, Black Paladin retreated.


October 1986: Thundrax vs. Dreadnought


The Black Dragon struck! SUNDER's second in command --the Avenger-- was in a coma, during the 1986 Vancouver election where Mark Derringer had chosen to run against William Donaldson, himself a shapeshifting supervillain

Donaldson, realizing that Avenger was vulnerable, hired the mercenary villain Dr. Meklar to assure he didn't survive to election day. Meklar sent his cyborg assassin Dreadnought, and former Brotherhood member Nightshade to kill him. In his way stood Avenger's teammate Thundrax. Dreadnought threw everything he could at the teenage hero, knocking him through walls, elevators, down staircases -- he even tried to bring a building down on him. However Thundrax was determined to stand between Dreadnought and his teammate at all costs, and in the ensuing battle Dreadnought was killed. Donaldson won the election, but was soon exposed by SUNDER and the veteran local vigilante Acrobat. Avenger survived to remain the scourge of crime on the west coast.

It was Craig's first major battle against a powerhouse without the aid of his teammates and cemented his reputation locally as a hero to be reckoned with, though Dreadnought's accidental death badly shook him. Meklar headed many of the early projects involving what later became the Hunter-Patriots and is responsible for their cyborgs and their teleportation technology. He has never been captured and his current whereabouts is unknown; some suspect that Meklar is an alias of Cyberlord, the villain responsible for Justiciar's cybernetics, though Cyberlord's son Circ has denied the connection.



Merchandising
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Craig owns the trademark to his name and costumes, mostly to avoid having someone else sue him and legally take away his identity. Craig has, however, placed them in Creative Commons to allow anyone to freely use his image and identity "within boundaries of not terrible taste". His early merchandise is quite valuable: posters from his SUNDER days sell for as high as $200, while his UNITY action figure has sold for over $500 on ebay. Thundrax had a bit of merchandising as a UNITY member in the '90s, and appeared in the Northern Guard and Starforce comic books. There's also a few unofficial comic books and even a manga (which portrays Thundrax as an alien from the planet Thundraxia, who becomes Thundrax through an elaboarate transformation.)

In September 2013, a movie version of Craig's early years was released, starring Alexander Skarsgard as Thundrax and Bruce Willis as Shamus. It was a modest success at best, and reviews were mostly scathing. No sequel is planned.



Personal Philosophies
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"If this guy shut his damn trap long enough to actually fight crime, he might be one-tenth the hero that his friends in the liberal media make him out to be." -- Sherman Adair


Here are excerpts from interviews. speeches, and public statements.

Darkbolt, evil Thundrax of another world. How do you know he's evil? No mullet.
  • On Politics: "I am a socialist. I believe that the poor should be lifted up to a certain level of comfort, dignity, happiness, and security, regardless of whether some people view their lives of value or not. Poverty does not denote personal weakness and should not be a stigma, life is hard, misfortune happens, and people's values as human beings are not solely determined by their ability to make money. So I believe society should support the so-called "underclass". Unlike some of my colleagues, however, I believe there are many roads to this goal, and not all of them come at the expense of others."
  • On Heroism: "I am not a hero. I am a man with powers who tries to make the world a better place. It's up to other men to decide whether or not I'm a hero. I'm just trying to be a good man and on most days, that's enough of a challenge for anyone."
  • On Religion and Superheroism: "I'm not the most religious guy on the planet, but I am a Christian --despite the fact that this body is steeped in other mythologies -- and I do look at what I do from a Christian perspective. Jesus was a servant. How can I be any better than Christ? Obviously, I can't. So I serve, happily. I see myself as a "servant", not a "hero". It's a far more honorable title."
  • On Memorials: "I once looked into a city in a parallel dimension where they built giant statues of dozens of superheroes. Gaudiest things I'd ever seen, and the city was littered with them. I'm sure they were honorable men and women, however, I was appalled at the thought that someone might do the same for me when I'm gone. If someone does, I hope VIPER blows the damn thing up."
  • On Role-Models: "I'm flattered if someone looks up to me, but really, they should find a good relative or a teacher and use them as a role-model. A lot of what I do isn't something I want kids to emulate."
  • On Enforcing Compliance With Registration Laws: "Hunting them (registration violators) down is a bad idea for two reasons. First, it deflects superhero attention from violent crime. In cities such as Millennium, Vibora, and Hudson, innocent lives are under continuous assault. When superheroes divert their attention to prosecute those whose sole crime is non-compliance with bureaucracy, it is these innocents who suffer. Second, studies show that metahumans who do not threaten society but who are attacked by authorities are more likely to become villains. Aggressively prosecuted registration acts encourage negative attitudes to authority, and negative attitudes to authority breeds supervillains. The sole practical use of registration is to give the law an additional charge to list against violent metahumans. If a supervillain get off on a technicality, they have additional ways to put them behind bars. Registration offenses can be prosecuted after the fact to put otherwise untouchable superhumans away. This does not require deploying superhuman squads dedicated to hunting them down."
  • On Sapient Rights: "When any creature seeks to contribute to society in good faith, it is our duty to reward that effort unequivocally, taking joy in the correction of injustice, and delight in the empowerment of those once held as weak, in celebration of our shared humanity."
"The most unappreciated job on the planet is the role of the diplomat".
  • On The Use of Lethal Force By Superhumans: "In law enforcement situations -- against your basic street criminal, and even a high tech goon, like some Argent personnel are *alleged* to be, I believe in using the minimum amount of force necessary to get the job done. If you're setting out to take no prisoners, regardless of the situation, you're doing your job wrong. If you use the "I only use lethal force when they do" axiom and you just happen to be bulletproof, you're still doing the job wrong. You subdue when you can do so safely, to yourselves and to the innocents around you, and when it isn't safe, then you use lethal force. Obviously it's a judgment call. A gun is a tool. A superhuman who uses guns and shoots people in the limbs to incapacitate them is no worse than a brickhouse or a martial artist who breaks a limb to incapacitate them. It's not the tool, it's how it's used that counts."
  • On Torture: "Even in a situation where we are forced into a military role... we abide by the Geneva Convention, we don't execute prisoners, we don't torture prisoners, we detain them as efficiently as possible without violating the Convention. It doesn't matter that they won't do the same to us -- I was their (VIPRR's) prisoner for two hellishing months back in the 90s, I know first-hand what they do. It doesn't matter. We have rules of civilized conduct, and they define who we are, our character and convictions. We should be proud to live up to those standards."
  • On His Reputation: "I am blessed to have an extraordinary number of good friends, and many of them have a much higher opinion of my abilities than I do. I have the typical Canadian suspicion of compliments, I'm afraid, and my ego's already too damn big."
  • On Why He Likes To Fight: "Yeah, I get into a lot of friendly fights, sparring and even a few friendly brawls. I don't deny that I enjoy the rush. But that's not the big thing for me. Putting on a pair of trunks and getting in the ring helps honor my brother's memory. More important than that, for types of supers like myself, it's a friendship ritual. I've made friends from all parts of the world and all walks of life, simply by going toe-to-toe with them in a squared circle."
  • On Journalists: "I have a lot of respect for journalists who go after the truth, even times when it doesn't flatter me. I have nothing but contempt for alleged journalists who whore themselves to the service of political machines and who have allowed their professional ethics to be corroded in service of a political agenda. They are to their profession what people like Augury and Invictus are to mine."
  • On Other Types of Superhumans: "In my profession, I meet and team with all sorts of disreputable folks: mercs, vigilantes, hardened killers, weaselly informants, barely reformed villains and more. When I get to know them, however, I learn one thing about myself and the rest of the human race. I am not a better person than they are. I'm just as badly flawed and as capable of evil as they; they're just as capable of attaining greatness and finding redemption as me. All men are created equal. All men are equal. It doesn't mean I like or trust them, especially vampires, half-demons, and other supernaturals. But I *will* respect them, until they lose that respect by their individual actions."


Thundrax, Mr. Indomitable, and Indestructible get ready to bring their brand of religion to a church in Vibora Bay.


Comments & Opinions
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COMMENTS & OPINIONS


"Thud-rax? He's my biggest fan! He needs to cut down on the pork ribs!" -- Foxbat

"Yeah, He's a cool guy."' - Blockade

"This guy is awesome and his a nice mullet, but he cut it. I was really digging it too. Me and my team at UNTIL would totally be happy to trains ton you, even though we'd get pinned in one minute." -Killer Spider

One of the oldest Thundrax comics lines (thanks to Recyclable for the cover!)

Thundrax helped me better define myself as a super. As a Kid, I worshiped the ground he walked on, and wanted to be just like the muscled mullet. Ever since I met the guy in person, however, I find his personal humility and calm strength to be a bit mellowing. It's easy to tell after spending ten minutes with him why he's such a well respected and known hero. I think without knowing him, I would have ended up in a much different place. Our sparring matches are great (Although usually messy) And one thing about him I can say for sure, without hesitation... Thundrax is my favorite scratching post. - Wolvesbane

The world would be a darker place without Thundrax. I don't always see eye to eye with him, but there's never been a disrespectful disagreement between us. I like to think I'm an accepting and loving person but Craig really has a handle on what acceptance means. A good hero, a good fighter, a good friend. If more people could hang up their pride and just do what needed to be done like he does, we'd be a lot better off. He doesn't go out of his way to boast or make himself seem like an amazing person which is why I'll respect him more than any blowhard vigilante with a larger bodycount. I hope the day never comes when Thundrax won't answer the call for help. - Giga Gal

Thundrax is one of the most humble people you'll ever meet, and that's a good thing, because if he advertised himself as the hero he really is, he'd come off as a boaster. The truth is is that Thundrax is one of the greatest assets the world has at its disposal. Whether people see it or not, he's one of the best heroes to grace the Earth. He takes a lot of flak from all sides but he just shrugs it off, smiling all the while... not to mention I have not seen anyone who can break a man's bones with a single clap. - The Peacemaker

Craig Carson...now that is a name I can trust. Although his actions can leave much of the press questioning him for his choices, he always has what is right in his actions. To be honest, that's the way it should be. That what being a hero is all about: doing the right thing, regardless of what others may think. When I was at my lowest, he got me back on my feet, reminding me of that fact. Knowing that he's on the side for not simply the law, but for the sake of life, is more than enough for me to count him as an ally and a friend. - Darius Phen

One day, I hope to have punched as many supervillains as he has. He is a true inspration, and kicks arse. Can I say arse here? - Skadi

Mr. Carson's about the most professional hero I ever met and an amazin' human being. Just being in the same room as him makes me stand up a l'il straighter, a real inspiration to those of us just making our start. I'll always be grateful to him for takin' the time out of his day to talk to myself and so many others. Oh and he has the best hair in the business! -Stargirl

My god. He's literally the nicest old guy I know. I mean seriously, hes sweeter than a glass of Kool-Aid that'd give you diabetes. There will never be a more well rounded hero. I...mean I'm not a hero by any standards. But if I wanted to be one. I'd learn quite a bit from him. And the best thing is...he can always get better. We all can. He treated me well despite my past... I cant say much more outside of that. Hes a real hero. And if someone don't like that, we can take it outside. - Persephone

One of the boldest ones I ever knew of. Strong and fast, kicking me all over. A patriotic hero who bears the colors of his own country and somebody who has made me wear tights. Although I'd say he should change the "business in the front, party in the back" looks, a lot of 80s right there. - Commander US/Captain US

In all my years, I have not met anyone as honourable as Craig. He never fights dirty, and treats the ill with the utmost respect. He treated me with so much kindness during my time of need, in fact, I believe he was truly the only one who ever did. He even offered me a house! A HOUSE! That's like ... offering a bum a house! Oh wait ... ANYWAYS! The sparrings were always fun and very helpful. He has improved a long way, both body and soul. I should know and if anyone says otherwise, well then THEY'RE WRONG! - Protector

I don't think of myself as a "hero". I've met maybe two or three people that I would genuinely call "heroes", in my life. Craig's one of them. - Wolfgirl

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Good vs. Evil! Thundrax and the Champions face the might of the corrupted Kings of Edom in the Gateway Between Worlds.

What can I say about Craig? He's a class act, a sweet guy and humble too. Hell, he's been at this since before I was in junior high! Errr... look, I really shouldn't comment. Suffice to say, he does his thing and does it well without letting it get to his head. Like, he knows where the line between confidence and cockiness is. Erica Nidhogg

Craig is honestly one of the few people I look up to. He makes the ideals I work for everyday actually worth the time. The results and the man speak for themselves. Always glad to help a real hero. Eric Deringer

Thundrax is a bit of a quandary. Not often does a foreigner make America sit up and take notice, but he has done just that. Most of my party would decry him for his actions against the Registration act. I however believe this is a sign that we should, at the very least, re-examine exactly what the current laws do to those it effects. A true hero doesn't just punch villains in the face, but also brings to light the problems of all the downtrodden. Thundrax has done this. Senator Arthur Toye (CA)(R)

Is he that guy with the mullet? What's the deal with that? It's, like, always shiny...Wait, are you writing this down? Dragonfly

He is not just a hero to the people. He's someone you can really count on when things are going rough. Craig is someone who, to me, defines what the idealogy of a hero should be. Not just a hero... but a friend, too." - Cosmic Glory

Y'know, I never thought I would meet one of the big-time heroes, let alone team up with one. It was a bit of a humbling experience, I guess. I mean he's friggin huge, and he's scary strong...but that mullet, ehh. I hope that I get the chance to team up with him some more, though I doubt I could really amount to as much as someone like him. It's like I'm on the hometown baseball team, and he's in the big leagues. But, as they say, one can dream, eh? -Lightwave

By nature and trainin', I'm no hero. I'm a soldier. At the end of the day, while I'll put myself on the line fer others, there's a place above. Goin' from the action, ta the ideal. That's Craig. He IS the super-hero ya wanted ta be when you were a kid. An' it's hard. it weighs on'him. But he can't always show it. He's been doin' this fer years, an' when the goin' gets tough, when ya've lost so much ya wanna give up? There's Craig, wipin' a tear from his eye, diggin' his heels in, an' pressin' on. An' you can't help yerself, you pull yer ass off'a the dirt, spit the blood outta yer mouth, an' take yer place beside'em. THAT is what a hero is. Somebody that speaks ta the greatness in ya ya never knew ya had. An' if after this time, I've made a hero outta myself? It's from his example. -Hunter

Imagine through most of your childhood you keep hearing about this one guy. He's big. No; he's huge. Kids have his face on their lunchboxes. Now imagine when you're finally all grown up, you meet him. He's just as amazing and friendly and intimidating as you expect him to be, and that's alright. Now imagine he takes you to the Moon, fight a baby cosmic being and the two of you blow a part of the Moon up. That was one of my first missions with Thundrax. Guy's every bit as legendary as you'd expect. - Avro

He is a good man. - The Emissary

Dem abs. - Gloria Harper

Powerful, commanding, competent, yet humble and selfless. This man is not just a good hero, but he is a good man and a great asset to humanity. I an honored to have worked alongside him. - Lenora Carver AKA Ice-Heart

I suspect he owns a denim jacket. Take that as you will. Anyway, Craig...irritates me. From time to time. Not on purpose, and I'm sure the feeling is mutual. At the very least, you can trust him as far, if not farther than you can throw him. Which, as it turns out, is pretty far should you know how to do it. Kastor

I look at Craig and I see hope for the future. He is a truly amazing man and I am blessed to know him.Muse (@MallyBurns)

Craig is the real deal. When your public face and private face are the same person, that's the definition of integrity - Caliban

Thundwax is a gweat guy! He is my hero and he's very handsome! - Chocolate Chip Chelsea

Baddrax, the Thundrax of Earth Xtreme!

'Drax? I've sparred with him a few times. Hes like a punching bag that punches back like a freight train, makes for good practice. Takes care of the "bigger" threats in the world though. While I'm taking a weapons stockpile in Westside he's out beatin' the high hell out of some intergalactic monster. Needless to say we're in good hands with guys like him around. - Suckerpunch

For someone who seems to have it all, I'm so surprised that it hasn't gone to his head. Thundrax is one of the most down to earth and friendliest people in the hero community. He is a good example for all and he makes me feel proud to be Canadian. - Spirit/Winterstar

Sir Thundrax is one of my heroes. If I were like Sir Thundrax, I would not be striving to be the perfect Knight... I already would be. - Chivalry

Sascha see plenty humans, good and bad ever since Sascha end up on Earth. Many things Sascha not understand about how humans work. But Comrade Thundrax Comrade who defend values all good persons understand, no matter how many stars away. -Real Soviet Damage

Craig is one of the most genuine people I have ever met, what you see is what you get. He is friendly and honest, the type of person you can talk to about anything and will never judge you. I have nothing but respect for him and I am proud to call him my friend. Love you buddy! - Lady Liberty

Craigo? Good cat, good fighter...and I can say I've beaten him in a spar. Man's good on his word though, and that brew was much appreciated - Throwdown

I wouldn't want to get on his bad side...Not to say I'm not prepared for that.. - Mr. Blank

What can I say that hasn't been said about Craig? He is the best of us, what all of us should strive to be. If'n you'll pardon my language, fuck Superman, Craig is a real hero. He is my mentor, my friend, my favorite sparring partner, a brother, and my role model. There are very few people that I trust and he is one of them. - Keioseth

He's a good- no...great- no...Super- no...Well- let's just say I'm a huge fan. - Proud Patriot

Craig is a excellent hero and a great representation of what the human superheroes can be. He was probably the first heroes I shook hands with and the first one who has shown great dedication to not only helping the community, but looking out for his fellow hero. - Plasma Beast

Craig a.k.a Thundrax is by far one of the strongest people I've ever come across. His fists pack a wallop! No doubt about it, I could also see him being an iconic image to Canada. They need someone like him. - Dominick

"Even though he represents America's hat, I can't say anything negative about him. The guy is a beast, I wouldn't wanna fight him." - Citizen 13

"Mr. Carson is a good mate, to put it bluntly. I've talked to him a few times, and generally he's been a pretty nice bloke. There really isn't much else I can say about him, although other people have commented that he's a great hero. It would be kind of redundant to repeat what everyone else says about him." - Tomonari

"I've heard about Thundrax several times when I was trained by UNTIL. I could say he's an inspiration to me, but sharing the same power doesn't make us the same. He has his ways and I have mines." - Black Storm

"Craig's definitely a guy I admire. First saw him when he was still a Member of Parliament. After actually meeting the guy, and a few years after that, I consider him on of my closest friends. Even though he's a BC Lions fan." - A.L.I.C.E.

"Craig's been in this game longer than most and he has a wealth of experience to draw upon as well as a strong moral compass. When it comes down to it, I think many would agree he's the hero numerous other heroes aspire to be." - Sparrowhawk

"Thundrax and I never really saw eye-to-eye while he was a Protector. Guy likes to do things the old-fashioned way, and I guess I respect him for that. I also know that, sometimes, the old-fashioned way is old-fashioned for a reason." - All-Star

"Craig's a pretty nice guy for a high-profile hero. I used to look up to him when I was a teenager, he and Defender both. If the two of them went at it, I think he would win." - Netherstrike

"The mullet, eh? Blondie strikes me as a decent, hard-working type, even if he's an ex-politician. But hey! No-one's perfect, right?" - Snowtalon

"Thundrax is a natural born leader, champion, and the very definition of a Hero. I would follow him to the ends of the Earth if he thought it was the right thing to do. And despite all of this, he's extremely humble and would never take advantage of anyone who looked up to him. I hope I can come close to being half of what he is before my heroing days come to an end." - Razira

"Looking at him for who he is and not what his powers can do, Thundrax is the perfect example of what a hero should be. I pray that I might one day be worthy of being anywhere near the hero he is." - Canadian Fist

"At cheerleading practice one time, we were all asking who would date what superhero? I was asked if I would date Thundrax. THUNDRAX?!?!? YEEEEWWWW! He's like....old." - Ebony Shade

"Craig, he is a damn good friend. One of the best friends a man can ask for. That and the fact he can smack me around like a rag doll makes for damn good spars!" - Luke Rogers

"Okay he must eat toxic waste for breakfast lunch and dinner, but at least he's no incubi." - Mars Morand

"Have ran into him plenty of times both off and on duty and I gotta say he is one helluva guy. We both got our own views on how to handle things but I will both respect and back up his decisions most times. Although I will fight him on which brew is better." - SoulStar

"He's a great role model and someone I've always looked up to. As a global hero, it's always comforting to know he's there in case things go south. He is definitely a superhero's hero." - African Violet

"I don't know where to begin, so much has been said about Thundrax. He probably is the first name that comes many people's mind when you ask them to name a hero and if he keeps moving forward like this... the world will start to wonder if he is wearing the Canadian flag on his tights or if Canada choose to use his tights as its national flag. Speaking of which, he looks even greater when he removes his shirt..." - Katerra

"Thundrax is an exemplary superhero and an excellent sparring partner.....he has an absolutely nasty right hook. " - Captain Canada

*tap tap* "This thing on? Oh, uh, Craig's a cool guy, seems pretty mellow and down to earth and stuff, and thunder powers? Suh-weeeet!" - Humungor

"The old geezer is still at it? So he didn't lose all of his strength when they trimmed that mullet then, huh? I always thought that had to be the source of his powers." - Black Ice

"I hope that someday people look at me with the admiration I have for Uncle Craig." - Keioseth II

"It's hard to find anything wrong with Thundrax. He's experienced, level-headed, and constantly striving for the betterment of himself and his fellow man. That's all you can ask for in an ally. His powers are immense. I hope they remain on our side, and under his control." - Captain Adamant

"Ahh, yes. Thundrax. As you might know, my respect for people in tights and capes is... limited. Thundrax is the exception. He is on a different level than the rest of the idiots turning this city... no, this world into a veritable freakshow. And make no mistake, I'm not under the delusion that I am - at the moment - capable of confronting him on any level and I hope that I dont have to. However, the thought of being the... *sighs* ...villain to defeat the great Thundrax certainly has its appeal. I see him as a mystery to solve, a puzzle if you will. Currently I lack several crucial pieces of that puzzle and with some of the other pieces I have no idea where to fit them in. That makes Thundrax a true challenge and it is not often that I get to hand out that label." - The Doctor

"It's really hard to disassociate the man from the myth. I get the feeling that Craig Carson has seen and done more than a lot of people have in, and that's not even counting what he's done -- or rumored to have done -- as Thundrax. Have to wonder what all those experiences have done to him on a person, emotional level, y'know?" - Tesseract

"So much has been said on how great a man Craig is that I don't think I can really add anything original to the mix. But in all honesty he is a good friend, valued peer, inspiring ally and one of the best sparring partners a super like me could ask for." - Astron

"Thundaddy has real style. Thunder beats like a tribal drum to herald his arrival, now that's what you call an entrance! And not many people could pull off those tighty whities (white tights) at his age, ya know?" - Jinn

"Craig Carson's reputation is impressive, and unlike many others of similar standing, he lives up to it. I have yet to perform combat alongside him, but data gathered from various media sources as well as my singular bout against him speaks volumes of his skill and raw physical ability." - Ouros

"I feel more than lucky to be able to call Thundrax a good friend-- even if where being a hero is concerned he's way above my level. I can't imagine who else would ever fill those big red boots of his." - Atomac

"His name is as reputable as it is recognizable. Thundrax could teach aspiring heroes a lesson or two in humility." - Hinomaru

"Thundrax... Or uh Craig... Can I call him Craig? Well, he's a good person and a true hero. I haven't been doing this for very long, but I can say I strive to be like him. Keep thundering on sir... I mean Thundrax... Uh Craig." - Gold Rush

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  • Craig is one of the most respected members of the hero community; he has the ear of many of the higher-ups in UNTIL. If you need to speak to Carl Eckhardt or David Ben-Israel -- Craig has them on speed dial.
  • He's also extremely close to practically every major superhero in Canada. He's one of the few people who's friends with Mark Derringer, and if superheroes ever need something from the RCMP or the Steelheads, Craig's one of the best people to ask.
  • Craig is willing to give sanctuary in Canada for supers willing to work for the Carson Foundation who do not want to register in the United States or France. If you're looking for asylum and don't have a criminal record, call!
  • Is the IHA hounding you because you're a mutant? Do you need some financing to try to run an anti-mutant bigot out of office? Call Thundrax.
  • Flux-Carson Industries and the Carson Foundation are looking for researchers, particularly in the areas of green energy, orbital transportation systems, and self-constructing space-based automatons. If you reject the idea of using science to develop weapons and are interested in these fields, Craig will hire you!



Thundrax Gallery
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THUNDRAX GALLERY

SCREENSHOT GALLERY

Costumes

Craig's worn a number of costumes over the years, including:

Artwork

Comics

Comic books adapting Thundrax's adventures in the Demonflame adventure pack are available online.

https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0BzHmfdC4jXPpYTNkMzY1YmUtMWJlYy00MDY3LWFjY2YtMWI4YjhhZmU2Yzdl&hl=en&authkey=COmCqc4B

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzHmfdC4jXPpZDhjMjNmMGEtOGQxNi00ZmRhLTk0YzItNzI2MDA0NmM4Y2M4&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

Fiction

Short stories featuring Thundrax can be found here.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzHmfdC4jXPpc0ZXbEw1ZUFlSTg/view?usp=sharing

Theme songs

Theme Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw1I-62cTLw&NR=1
Comeback Fight Theme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyUsJWO-7jM&feature=related
Everyday/Introspection Theme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_NeFrQAF1Q&feature=related

RPG Games Stats

Unofficial stats for Thundrax in the paper and pencil RPG game Champions can be found uin the Champions of the North Outtakes file, which can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kZnaR6UPFNBDhLEg_dw8KdFkogGPEzAr/view?usp=sharing


Thundrax Origins OOC
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Thundrax is a greatly expanded version of a canon Paper and Pencil character, who was first listed in Champions of the North, Fifth Edition (2007) (as are many of the other non-PCs mentioned in this article). Thundrax was his player's PC in a paper and pencil campaign that was run in the 1980s by rotating GMs, and was also played in a quasi-UNITY game run in the 90s. I also ran Thundrax at conventions: his Destroyer adventures are based on two convention games run by George MacDonald, while the Darkest Seraph adventure was a crossover set up between five campaigns and run with over twenty players at a convention in the 1990s.

Thundrax has a number of comic book inspirations (two of which should be immediately obvious), however, even back when I first ran him as a PnP character he was never intended to directly copy anyone. The East Vancouver background is pretty much taken from where my mom grew up and where my grandparents lived for many years; as they were old CCFers, Thundrax's political affiliations were lifted from them (I tend to be far more centrist/Red Tory than Craig).



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