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The Freedom Phalanx is a signature hero group led by Statesman.

History

The Freedom Phalanx was founded on July 4, 1932. The founding members included (in order of their appearances in Paragon City) Statesman, the Dark Watcher, Elementar, the team known as Vambrace and Maiden Justice. The name was suggested by James St. John-Smythe (the tech and wheel-chair bound member of the two man team Vambrace) and was quickly ratified by the others.

The group faced it first official combat on the date of Monday, July 11, 1932. This date is otherwise known as "Brass Monday".

In the 1930s, the Statesman became one of the first established heroes in Paragon City. Inspired by his example, other heroes soon emerged as well, including the Dark Watcher, the Dream Doctor, and Maiden Justice. Although each individual hero made some headway against Paragon City's criminal element, they also faced increasingly more dangerous and organized villains. The Statesman soon recognized the need to rally the other heroes into a coordinated fighting force.

In the spring of 1931, the Statesman gathered Paragon City's other heroes in his downtown apartment. "There he issued his fellow heroes a challenge: to make a difference, not only on the streets and in the city, but also around the world. Thus was formed the first worldwide hero organization; dedicated to fighting evil, injustice and tyranny wherever they might hide.

The Statesman, inspired by the shoulder-to-shoulder discipline showed by ancient Greek soldiers in the face of Persian tyranny, called his new team of heroes the Freedom Phalanx. Throughout the 1930's the Phalanx fought the good fight and cleaned up Paragon City. The city council and mayoral elections of 1936 swept a platform of pro-hero candidates that resulted in the passage of the Citizen Crime Fighting Act of 1937. This law made it legal for vigilantes to bring criminals to justice as long as they followed the same restrictions police officers used. Thus in the space of just five years, the Freedom Phalanx went from an ad hoc band of would-be heroes to a legally recognized, nationally praised crime fighting organization.


Despite any public or political pressure, the Freedom Phalanx continues to battle any threat to humankind and remains "the world’s premiere independent hero organization. They still make it a firm policy to have no official ties to any government or law enforcement institution. They are one of the most open organizations in existence, allowing any would-be hero to volunteer for service with the esteemed group. Unlike other groups, the Freedom Phalanx is entirely open about everything, from its membership to its funding and current activities. This frankness carries through on down to the lowest levels, where even beginning heroes must reveal their true identities and pasts to the organization and the world. Statesman takes great pride in these 'sunshine' policies', saying they go a long way towards inspiring confidence in the Freedom Phalanx’s personnel and motives.

Members

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Current Members

Former Members

Enemy types

Heroes

Back Alley Brawler

Back Alley Brawler

Main Article: Back Alley Brawler

One of the most veteran heroes in Paragon City, the Brawler is in semi-retirement, training the next generation of heroes. Though he rarely goes into the field these days, his power and fighting skills are still as potent as ever.

Powers:

Jab Melee, Minor Damage (Smash), Foe Disorient

Punch Melee, Moderate Damage (Smash), Foe Knockback

Hand Clap Point Blank Area of Effect, Smash, Foe Disorient, Knockback

Knockout Blow Melee, Extreme Damage (Smash), Foe Hold

Hurl Ranged, Moderate Damage (Smash), Foe Knockback

Foot Stomp Point Blank Area of Effect Melee, Moderate Damage (Smash), Foe Knockback

Bone Smasher Melee, High Damage (Smash/Energy), Foe Disorient

Total Focus Melee, Extreme Damage (Smash/Energy), Foe Disorient

Back Alley Power Punch Melee, Point Blank Area of Effect, High Damage (Smash/Energy), Foe Knockback

Assault Toggle, Point Blank Area of Effect, Ally +Damage +Resistance: Placate, Taunt

Temp Invulnerability Toggle, Self +Resistances (Smash, Lethal)

Unyielding Toggle, Self +Resistance (Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Slow, Knockback)

Citadel

Citadel

Main Article: Citadel

Citadel was the first android hero. In the initial Rikti onslaught, he took heavy damage and was almost destroyed. With Positron’s help, scientists at D.A.T.A. created a second version of Citadel using the old model’s original memory core and the remnants of a power suit, once worn by the hero Horatio. Citadel does not fully understand human ways, but he is a valiant defender of Paragon City. He has recently undergone a major upgrade to his systems.

Powers

Barrage Melee, minor damage(Smash/Energy), Foe: Disorient

Energy Punch Melee, moderate damage(Smash/Energy), Foe:Disorient

Bone Smasher Melee, high damage(Smash/Energy), Foe: Disorient

Whirling Hands Point Blank Area of Effect Melee, Moderate damage(Smash/Energy)

Energy Transfer Melee, Extreme Damage (Energy/Smash), Foe: Disorient, Self: -Health

Power Burst Close, High Damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

Explosive Blast Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Moderate Damage(Smash/Energy), Foe: Knockback

Energy Torrent Ranged (Cone), Moderate Damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

Overload Self +Defense(all but Psionics), +Recovery, +Max Health, +Resistance(Defense Debuff), +Special

Nova Point Blank Area of Effect, Extreme Damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback, Self: -Recovery

Entropy Shield Self +Resistance(Knockback, Repel, Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Immobilize, Teleport, Defense Debuff)

Resistance Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)

Flight Self: Fly


Manticore

Manticore

Main Article: Manticore

Justin Sinclair was raised in a huge mansion in the outskirts of Paragon City by his English nanny, Virginia Bowman. The sole beneficiary of a huge trust fund, Manticore received training in all manner of mental and physical pursuits, but excelled in archery. when he turned 18, Miss Bowman revealed to him his true heritage. Manticore's father had once been a costumed vigilante in England, until he and his wife died at the hands of a German villain called Protean. Deeply affected by the story, Manticore took up his father's mantle and vowed to bring the 5th Column down.

Powers

Fistful of Arrows Ranged (Cone), Moderate damage (Lethal)

Blazing Arrow Ranged, high damage (Lethal), Minor Damage over Time (Fire)

Explosive Arrow Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Moderate damage (Lethal/Smash), Knockback

Stunning Shot Ranged Disorient, Minor Damage (Smashing)

Rain of Arrows Ranged (location AoE), extreme DoT (Lethal)

Entangling Arrow Ranged, Target: Immobilize, -Fly

Ice Arrow Ranged, Foe: Hold, -Speed, -Recharge

Poison Gas Arrow Ranged AoE, Foe: -Damage, Sleep

Acid Arrow Ranged AoE Minor DoT (Toxic), Foe: -Resistance(all), -Defense

EMP Arrow Area of Effect, Foe: Hold, Special vs. Robots, Self: -Recovery

Teleport Arrow Ranged, high damage (Lethal), Knockback

Stealth Self: Stealth, +Defense(all)

Maneuvers Point Blank Area of Effect, Team: +Defense(all)

Resistance Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)

Numina

Numina

Main Article: Numina

Numina was born Tammy Arcanus, daughter of Tommy Arcanus of the Midnight Squad. Tommy delved so deeply into the metaphysical that his very being was affected, and Tammy was born with magical powers. In the 1960s, Tammy and the Midnight Squad were sent into a series of caverns surrounding the Earth’s molten core, where a Soviet villain known as the Red Threat intended to destroy the world. To save the Earth, Tammy possessed the body of the Red Threat. Her body was destroyed, but her consciousness survived, trapped within the Red Threat. During the Rikti Invasion, the Red Threat was destroyed, and Tammy’s astral form was at last free. She renamed herself Numina, and threw herself into the war against the Rikti. In the war’s aftermath, Numina uses her abilities to nurture the next generation of heroes.

Powers

Levitate Ranged, moderate damage (Smash)

Dominate Ranged, Moderate Damage(Psionic), Foe: Hold

Total Domination Ranged (targeted Area of Effect), Foe: Hold

Telekinetic Blast Ranged, Moderate Damage (Smash/Psionic), Foe: Knockback

Will Domination Ranged, High Damage(Psionic), Foe: Sleep

Psionic Tornado Ranged (targeted Area of Effect), Moderate Damage over Time(Psionic), Foe: Knockback

Psychic Wail Close (Area of Effect), Extreme Damage(Psionic), Foe: Disorient -Recharge, Self: -Recovery

Heal Other Ally: Strong Heal, Self: Moderate Damage(Special)

Resurrect Ally: Rez

Fortitude Ally: +Defense(all), +Damage, +Accuracy

Adrenaline Boost Ranged, Ally: +Endurance, +Regeneration, +Recharge, +Resistance(Slow)

Ethereal Self: Stealth

Resistance Self: +Resistance(Psionic and Negative Energy)

Resistance Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)

Fly Self: Flight


Positron

Positron

Main Article: Positron

Dr. Raymond Keyes developed a high-tech battle suit that allowed him to channel bolts of anti-matter into fierce attacks. He used his powers to help defeat the Rikti, but at a terrible cost: Injuries he sustained at that time caused him to lose full control of his powers. Now, to protect others from himself, he remains imprisoned within his battle suit. He is constantly searching for a cure for his condition, but that does not stop him from contributing to the defense of Paragon City and contributing many other technological breakthroughs for the good of all.

Powers

Neutrino Bolt Ranged, Minor damage(Energy), Foe: -Defense

Irradiate Close (Area of Effect), Moderate Damage over Time(Energy), Foe: -Defense

Electron Haze Close, Moderate Cone Damage(Energy), Foe: -Defense, Knockback

Cosmic Burst Close, Extreme Damage(Energy), Foe: Disorient, -Defense

Neutron Bomb Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Moderate damage(Energy), Foe: -Defense

Atomic Blast Area of Effect, Smashing (moderate), Energy (high), Foe: Stun, -Defense

Enervating Field Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Foe: -Damage, -Resistance

Lingering Radiation Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect) Foe: -Speed, -Recharge, -Regeneration
Your attack rate, running speed, and regeneration rate have been reduced by the Lingering Radiation.

Choking Cloud Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Hold

EM Pulse Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Hold, -Endurance, -Regeneration, Special vs. Robots, Self: -Recovery

Overcharge Self: +Defense(All but Psionics), +Recovery, +Max Health, +Resistance(Defense debuff)

Resistance Self: +Resistance(Smashing, Lethal and Energy)

Resistance Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)

Fly Self: Fly
Positron can fly.


Sister Psyche

Sister Psyche

Main Article: Sister Psyche

Even in her childhood, it was obvious that Sister Psyche was blessed. The tremendous scope of her mental powers was far beyond that of any hero, past or present. When the Rikti war descended, Sister Psyche knew she had to make her gift count. She did, but at a price. She exhausted her powers so thoroughly that she fell into a coma. A young heroine named Aurora Borealis offered to play host to Sister Psyche´s projected mental self. Of course, this situation could not last forever. Now back in her own body, Sister Psyche has dedicated herself to shape the tremendous gifts of the young Aurora. It's a responsibility she takes seriously, as well as a consolation for the loss of her former protege, Malaise. When the psychic link between the two women was first disrupted, Sister Psyche lost her mental control over Malaise's dual personalities. The evil Malaise reasserted himself, and quickly made his departure. His present whereabouts are as yet unknown.

Powers

Mesmerize Ranged, moderate damage(Psionic), Foe: Sleep

Levitate Ranged, moderate damage(Smash)

Dominate Ranged, moderate damage(Psionic), Foe: Hold

Mass Hypnosis Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Foe: Sleep

Total Domination Ranged (targeted Area of Effect), Foe: Hold

Psychic Shockwave Close (Area of Effect, High Damage(Psionic), Foe: Disorient, -Recharge

Force Bolt Ranged, minor damage(Smash), Foe: Knockback

Power Blast Ranged, moderate damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

Energy Torrent Ranged (Cone), Moderate Damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

Power Burst Close, high damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

Explosive Blast Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Moderate damage(Smash/Energy), Foe: Knockback

Force Shield Ally: +Defense(all)

Personal Force Field Self: +Defense, +Resistance(all)

Resistance Self: +Resistance(Negative Energy and Energy, Psionic)

Resistance Self: Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)

Fly Self: Fly
Sister Psyche can fly.

Statesman

Statesman

Main Article: Statesman

Marcus Cole, who would eventually become Statesman, was a rogue and mercenary throughout the early part of the 20th century. During WWI, he became ill after being exposed to mustard gas. While traveling with his childhood friend Stefan Richter, Marcus discovered the Well of the Furies. Both men drank from the well and were granted incredible powers. Marcus went on to become Statesman and Stefan, Lord Recluse.

Powers

Jab Melee, Foe:Disorient
Statesman has disoriented you with his jab.

Punch Melee, moderate Damage(Smash), Knockback

Haymaker Melee, high damage(Smash), Knockback

Hand Clap Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Disorient, Knockback
Statesman has disoriented you with his hand clap.

Knockout Blow Melee, extreme damage (Smash), Foe: Hold
Statesman has hit you with a knockout blow. You are held.

Hurl Ranged, high damage(Smash), Foe: Knockback, -Fly

Foot Stomp Point Blank Area of Effect Melee, moderate damage(Smash), Foe: Knockback

Hammer of Justice Melee Area of Effect, High Damage(Smashing), Foe: Knockback
Statesman calls upon the power of the gods to strike down upon you.

Dull Pain Self: Heal, +Max Health

Unstoppable Self, +Res (Disorient, Sleep, Hold, Immobilize, Knockback, all damage but Psionics)

Zeus’ Lightning Bolt Ranged Area of Effect, High Damage(Energy), Endurance Drain (high)
Statesman can call upon the power of Zeus in time of need.

Resistance Smashing, Lethal, Energy (high), Fire, Cold (moderate), Negative Energy, Psionic, Toxic (low); Resistances to all debuffs (high); Protection against Fear, Stun, Confuse, Knockback, Immobilize, Taunt (high)

Fly Self: Fly
Statesman can fly.


Synapse

Main Article: Synapse

Steven Berry was just an average man, until Crey Industries got hold of him. The Crey scientists were testing a number of radical procedures for inducing super powers. Steven was blasted with high doses of electricity for days. It amplified the electrical energy in his body, giving him the ability to harness it into super speed and electrical blasts. Synapse escaped Crey's clutches by shorting out the lab where he was kept prisoner. To this day, Crey executives deny any knowledge of the project in which Synapse was an unwilling participant.

Powers:
Charged Bolts Ranged, moderate damage (energy), foe -endurance

Lightning Bolt Ranged, high damage (energy), foe -endurance

Ball Lightning Ranged (targeted AoE), moderate DoT (energy), foe -endurance

Thunderous Blast AoE Melee smashing energy (high), endurance drain (high)

Havoc Punch Melee, moderate damage (smash/energy), foe sleep, -endurance

Lightning Clap PBAoE, foe disorient, knockback

Thunder Strike Melee (AoE), high damage (smash/energy), foe disorient, knockback

Synaptic Strike Melee smashing and energy

Whirlwind PBAoE, foe knockback

Resistance Protection against stun, hold, fear, confuse, knockback (high), resistance to all debuffs (high), increased recovery, resistance to endurance drains, taunt, run speed debuffs, immobilize, jump height debuffs, recharge debuffs, defense boost

Associated Badges

Notes


This article uses material from the "Freedom Phalanx" article on the City of Heroes wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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