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Wow! In Barcelona haben am Wochenende Hunderttausende für die Aufnahme von mehr Flüchtlingen demonstriert. Die Veranstalter sprachen sogar von einer halben Million Menschen, die auf die Straße gegangen sind. Ein tolles Zeichen!

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Glorious truth!

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Seit dem EU-Türkei-Deal ist vielen Flüchtlingen der Weg nach Europa endgültig versperrt. Im Gegenzug sollten Milliarden für ihre Unterstützung vor Ort fließen.

Frontal21 war nun in der Türkei und berichtet über die Lebenssituation für syrische Flüchtlinge. Dabei wurden die Reporter immer wieder von Polizei und Militärs am Filmen gehindert.

??? I've posted my character idea here in 3 different posts now - but all of them seem to have vanished from this group. Any idea what is going on there?

BTW posting my character over on reddit worked just fine.

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(let's hope this post doesn't vanish like my previous posting attempts here...)

Name: Dr. Dr. Konrad Kardinal

Codename: Malmsturm

Age & Appearance (Norm): 31, 5‘8‘‘, chubby, in a wheelchair (electric), wears black and is rarely seen without his Ray Ban sunglasses, shows a certain similarity with John Belushi – if Jake E. Blues had long black hair which he usually braided into a pigtail.

Appearance (Super): 7‘11‘‘, heavily muscled „barbarian warrior“ with bright blue skin. Long silvery-white hair and a full beard, wears black/dark purple leather boots, black fur around his loins, and a wide dark leather belt with metal studs. His leather wrist bands are made in the same stlye as his belt. Wields two short-handled battle axes, one in each hand. The axe blades are partially covered with ice.

Personality: Konrad is usually witty, polite, and calm – sometimes even a bit cold – to a fault. When he appears as Malmsturm, however, he tends to be loud, boastful, short-fused and blood-thirsty – that is when he is not too busy being a hard-drinking lecherous glutton. On the other hand, Konrad and Malmsturm both show an almost compulsive weakness for underdogs and outsiders of all kinds – and both are vindictive sons of bitches. Konrad is just a lot more subtle about it.

Region: Europe/Germany

Breakthrough Powers: a pseudo-transforming Atlas with elemental control abilities. Konrad does not transform into the frostgiant Malmsturm – his own body shuts down, i.e. seems to faint, and Konrad’s consciousness then projects itself into the being known as Malmsturm which forms somewhere within the same timezone as Konrad’s body. Malmsturm may travel through the air as a kind of mini-tornado or blizzard from which his massive body materializes when he touches solid ground. In this solid form Malmsturm cannot fly, but he is immensely strong, a legendary axe fighter and brawler, has a „cold breath“ attack (the „Eissturm“) is immune to cold or electricity, bullet-proof and highly damage-resistant in general. However, his solid form is vulnerable to fire or intense heat sources like powerful lasers, thus he has learned to use his Eissturm breath defensively to act as a kind of shield against such attacks. Malmsturm can also move on ice or snow without any problems – even the thin ice on a small pond will carry his weight and he will never slip or fall on ice. With some effort Malmsturm may also dissolve into a thick fog which allows him to seep through tiny cracks or reduce the overall visibility in his vicinity. As a last resort Malmsturm may transform into an absolutely devastating local ice storm, which lowers the temperature to arctic levels, creates wind speeds above 12 on the Beaufort scale and covers everything under hail and snow. However, this true Malmsturm (which roughly translates from the original German as „grind storm“) is completely beyond Konrad’s control, who will immediatly be forced back into his own boy where the mother of all hangovers awaits him – and where he will be unable to summon Malmsturm for the next 24 hours. Additionally Konrad’s consciousness has no access to his real body as long as Malmsturm exists in any of his forms.


History:
A young german with two Ph.D.s, fluent in English, French, Swedish, Icelandic, Old Norse, Norvegian and Spanish – who spends most of his days playing video games, binge watching tv series or writing short stories and philosophical essays he never publishes. The reason for this is a rare neurological disease – not unlike ALS – he was diagnosed with in his early teens and which forced him into a wheelchair before he turned 21. While he did manage to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology and philosophy by the age of 28, he is now almost completely paralyzed, with the exception of his head and neck, a weak left arm, and an even weaker right hand. He lives alone with his elderly mother who takes care of him. Konrad used to suffer from severe depression until two years ago. Then, during an enormous thunderstorm, an old pine tree was struck by lightning, catched fire and crashed into his room, slowly crushing him under the burning trunk. That’s when Konrad experienced his breakthrough: His body lost consciousness but in the very same moment Konrad regained consciousness in the body of a blue-skinned giant which appeared on the lawn before his house. Without thinking he blew a stream of ice and snow at the flames and extinguished them. The two short axes, also covered in ice, he found in the giant’s belt then made short work of the smoldering remains of the pine tree as he picked them from the rubble of his home, freeing his still unconscious body in the process. During this breakthrough the sight of his lifeless self immediately shocked Konrad back into his real body, leaving only a rapidly dissolving fog where moments ago a frost giant straight from norse myth had stood.

In the following days and weeks Konrad learned to control the summoning – as he calls it – of the frost giant he gave the name Malmsturm. Konrad had always been fascinated with fantasy, barbarian heroes from sword & sorcery, and the real-world northern myths and sagas. In fact he wrote a master thesis about the imagery and symbolism of giants in ancient northern europe and their influence throughout history. Later one of his professors presented him with the gift of a weird runic amulet: It was more of an oddity than a important find since it was made of black obsidian from Central America, showed a single unknown symbol in the form of an angular spiral, and was allegedly found by tourists in an otherwise empty cave in Iceland. However, according to local legend the cave was the grave of a mighty giant, and so the amulet had become known as the Giant’s Heart. Konrad doesn’t really believe in magic or other occult forces, but since his breakthrough he has begun to carry the Giant’s Heart on a leather thong around his neck at all times. While he is pretty sure that the manifestation of the frost giant Malmsturm is just a result of his own psychic powers, he still fears that he might be unable to summon Malmsturm without it.

Since his breakthrough Konrad/Malmsturm has started to appear during more and more large scale desasters and battles between super-powered heroes and villains all over Europe. His own body's vulnerable state during Malmsturm’s activities has made him a bit paranoid and reluctant to join any kind of team or organization. He prefers to scan the media for events where Malmsturm’s help could be useful and then manifests the frost giant wherever he’s needed.

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Name: Dr. Dr. Konrad Kardinal

Codename: Malmsturm

Age & Appearance (Norm): 31, 5‘8‘‘, chubby, in a wheelchair (electric), wears black and is rarely seen without his Ray Ban sunglasses, shows a certain similarity with John Belushi – if Jake E. Blues had long black hair which he usually braided into a pigtail.

Appearance (Super): 7‘11‘‘, heavily muscled „barbarian warrior“ with bright blue skin. Long silvery-white hair and a full beard, wears black/dark purple leather boots, black fur around his loins, and a wide dark leather belt with metal studs. His leather wrist bands are made in the same stlye as his belt. Wields two short-handled battle axes, one in each hand. The axe blades are partially covered with ice.

Personality: Konrad is usually witty, polite, and calm – sometimes even a bit cold – to a fault. When he appears as Malmsturm, however, he tends to be loud, boastful, short-fused and blood-thirsty – that is when he is not too busy being a hard-drinking lecherous glutton. On the other hand, Konrad and Malmsturm both show an almost compulsive weakness for underdogs and outsiders of all kinds – and both are vindictive sons of bitches. Konrad is just a lot more subtle about it.

Region: Europe/Germany

Breakthrough Powers: a pseudo-transforming Atlas with elemental control abilities. Konrad does not transform into the frostgiant Malmsturm – his own body shuts down, i.e. seems to faint, and Konrad’s consciousness then projects itself into the being known as Malmsturm which forms somewhere within the same timezone as Konrad’s body. Malmsturm may travel through the air as a kind of mini-tornado or blizzard from which his massive body materializes when he touches solid ground. In this solid form Malmsturm cannot fly, but he is immensely strong, a legendary axe fighter and brawler, has a „cold breath“ attack (the „Eissturm“) is immune to cold or electricity, bullet-proof and highly damage-resistant in general. However, his solid form is vulnerable to fire or intense heat sources like powerful lasers, thus he has learned to use his Eissturm breath defensively to act as a kind of shield against such attacks. Malmsturm can also move on ice or snow without any problems – even the thin ice on a small pond will carry his weight and he will never slip or fall on ice. With some effort Malmsturm may also dissolve into a thick fog which allows him to seep through tiny cracks or reduce the overall visibility in his vicinity. As a last resort Malmsturm may transform into an absolutely devastating local ice storm, which lowers the temperature to arctic levels, creates wind speeds above 12 on the Beaufort scale and covers everything under hail and snow. However, this true Malmsturm (which roughly translates from the original German as „grind storm“) is completely beyond Konrad’s control, who will immediatly be forced back into his own boy where the mother of all hangovers awaits him – and where he will be unable to summon Malmsturm for the next 24 hours. Additionally Konrad’s consciousness has no access to his real body as long as Malmsturm exists in any of his forms.


History:
A young german with two Ph.D.s, fluent in English, French, Swedish, Icelandic, Old Norse, Norvegian and Spanish – who spends most of his days playing video games, binge watching tv series or writing short stories and philosophical essays he never publishes. The reason for this is a rare neurological disease – not unlike ALS – he was diagnosed with in his early teens and which forced him into a wheelchair before he turned 21. While he did manage to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology and philosophy by the age of 28, he is now almost completely paralyzed, with the exception of his head and neck, a weak left arm, and an even weaker right hand. He lives alone with his elderly mother who takes care of him. Konrad used to suffer from severe depression until two years ago. Then, during an enormous thunderstorm, an old pine tree was struck by lightning, catched fire and crashed into his room, slowly crushing him under the burning trunk. That’s when Konrad experienced his breakthrough: His body lost consciousness but in the very same moment Konrad regained consciousness in the body of a blue-skinned giant which appeared on the lawn before his house. Without thinking he blew a stream of ice and snow at the flames and extinguished them. The two short axes, also covered in ice, he found in the giant’s belt then made short work of the smoldering remains of the pine tree as he picked them from the rubble of his home, freeing his still unconscious body in the process. During this breakthrough the sight of his lifeless self immediately shocked Konrad back into his real body, leaving only a rapidly dissolving fog where moments ago a frost giant straight from norse myth had stood.

In the following days and weeks Konrad learned to control the summoning – as he calls it – of the frost giant he gave the name Malmsturm. Konrad had always been fascinated with fantasy, barbarian heroes from sword & sorcery, and the real-world northern myths and sagas. In fact he wrote a master thesis about the imagery and symbolism of giants in ancient northern europe and their influence throughout history. Later one of his professors presented him with the gift of a weird runic amulet: It was more of an oddity than a important find since it was made of black obsidian from Central America, showed a single unknown symbol in the form of an angular spiral, and was allegedly found by tourists in an otherwise empty cave in Iceland. However, according to local legend the cave was the grave of a mighty giant, and so the amulet had become known as the Giant’s Heart. Konrad doesn’t really believe in magic or other occult forces, but since his breakthrough he has begun to carry the Giant’s Heart on a leather thong around his neck at all times. While he is pretty sure that the manifestation of the frost giant Malmsturm is just a result of his own psychic powers, he still fears that he might be unable to summon Malmsturm without it.

Since his breakthrough Konrad/Malmsturm has started to appear during more and more large scale desasters and battles between super-powered heroes and villains all over Europe. His own body's vulnerable state during Malmsturm’s activities has made him a bit paranoid and reluctant to join any kind of team or organization. He prefers to scan the media for events where Malmsturm’s help could be useful and then manifests the frost giant wherever he’s needed.

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Name: Dr. Dr. Konrad Kardinal

Codename: Malmsturm

Age & Appearance (Norm): 31, 5‘8‘‘, chubby, in a wheelchair (electric), wears black and is rarely seen without his Ray Ban sunglasses, shows a certain similarity with John Belushi – if Jake E. Blues had long black hair which he usually braided into a pigtail.

Appearance (Super): 7‘11‘‘, heavily muscled „barbarian warrior“ with bright blue skin. Long silvery-white hair and a full beard, wears black/dark purple leather boots, black fur around his loins, and a wide dark leather belt with metal studs. His leather wrist bands are made in the same stlye as his belt. Wields two short-handled battle axes, one in each hand. The axe blades are partially covered with ice.

Personality: Konrad is usually witty, polite, and calm – sometimes even a bit cold – to a fault. When he appears as Malmsturm, however, he tends to be loud, boastful, short-fused and blood-thirsty – that is when he is not too busy being a hard-drinking lecherous glutton. On the other hand, Konrad and Malmsturm both show an almost compulsive weakness for underdogs and outsiders of all kinds – and both are vindictive sons of bitches. Konrad is just a lot more subtle about it.

Region: Europe/Germany

Breakthrough Powers: a pseudo-transforming Atlas with elemental control abilities. Konrad does not transform into the frostgiant Malmsturm – his own body shuts down, i.e. seems to faint, and Konrad’s consciousness then projects itself into the being known as Malmsturm which forms somewhere within the same timezone as Konrad’s body. Malmsturm may travel through the air as a kind of mini-tornado or blizzard from which his massive body materializes when he touches solid ground. In this solid form Malmsturm cannot fly, but he is immensely strong, a legendary axe fighter and brawler, has a „cold breath“ attack (the „Eissturm“) is immune to cold or electricity, bullet-proof and highly damage-resistant in general. However, his solid form is vulnerable to fire or intense heat sources like powerful lasers, thus he has learned to use his Eissturm breath defensively to act as a kind of shield against such attacks. Malmsturm can also move on ice or snow without any problems – even the thin ice on a small pond will carry his weight and he will never slip or fall on ice. With some effort Malmsturm may also dissolve into a thick fog which allows him to seep through tiny cracks or reduce the overall visibility in his vicinity. As a last resort Malmsturm may transform into an absolutely devastating local ice storm, which lowers the temperature to arctic levels, creates wind speeds above 12 on the Beaufort scale and covers everything under hail and snow. However, this true Malmsturm (which roughly translates from the original German as „grind storm“) is completely beyond Konrad’s control, who will immediatly be forced back into his own boy where the mother of all hangovers awaits him – and where he will be unable to summon Malmsturm for the next 24 hours. Additionally Konrad’s consciousness has no access to his real body as long as Malmsturm exists in any of his forms.


History:
A young german with two Ph.D.s, fluent in English, French, Swedish, Icelandic, Old Norse, Norvegian and Spanish – who spends most of his days playing video games, binge watching tv series or writing short stories and philosophical essays he never publishes. The reason for this is a rare neurological disease – not unlike ALS – he was diagnosed with in his early teens and which forced him into a wheelchair before he turned 21. While he did manage to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology and philosophy by the age of 28, he is now almost completely paralyzed, with the exception of his head and neck, a weak left arm, and an even weaker right hand. He lives alone with his elderly mother who takes care of him. Konrad used to suffer from severe depression until two years ago. Then, during an enormous thunderstorm, an old pine tree was struck by lightning, catched fire and crashed into his room, slowly crushing him under the burning trunk. That’s when Konrad experienced his breakthrough: His body lost consciousness but in the very same moment Konrad regained consciousness in the body of a blue-skinned giant which appeared on the lawn before his house. Without thinking he blew a stream of ice and snow at the flames and extinguished them. The two short axes, also covered in ice, he found in the giant’s belt then made short work of the smoldering remains of the pine tree as he picked them from the rubble of his home, freeing his still unconscious body in the process. During this breakthrough the sight of his lifeless self immediately shocked Konrad back into his real body, leaving only a rapidly dissolving fog where moments ago a frost giant straight from norse myth had stood.

In the following days and weeks Konrad learned to control the summoning – as he calls it – of the frost giant he gave the name Malmsturm. Konrad had always been fascinated with fantasy, barbarian heroes from sword & sorcery, and the real-world northern myths and sagas. In fact he wrote a master thesis about the imagery and symbolism of giants in ancient northern europe and their influence throughout history. Later one of his professors presented him with the gift of a weird runic amulet: It was more of an oddity than a important find since it was made of black obsidian from Central America, showed a single unknown symbol in the form of an angular spiral, and was allegedly found by tourists in an otherwise empty cave in Iceland. However, according to local legend the cave was the grave of a mighty giant, and so the amulet had become known as the Giant’s Heart. Konrad doesn’t really believe in magic or other occult forces, but since his breakthrough he has begun to carry the Giant’s Heart on a leather thong around his neck at all times. While he is pretty sure that the manifestation of the frost giant Malmsturm is just a result of his own psychic powers, he still fears that he might be unable to summon Malmsturm without it.

Since his breakthrough Konrad/Malmsturm has started to appear during more and more large scale desasters and battles between super-powered heroes and villains all over Europe. His own body's vulnerable state during Malmsturm’s activities has made him a bit paranoid and reluctant to join any kind of team or organization. He prefers to scan the media for events where Malmsturm’s help could be useful and then manifests the frost giant wherever he’s needed.


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Die Autorenausgaben sind gedruckt, ent- und gebunden, aufgeschlitzt, beschädelt, gealtert, gesalbt, verpackt, versandt, transportiert und freudig in Empfang genommen worden. Jetzt ist es an der Zeit, einen Kassensturz zu machen – schließlich erinnern wir…
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