Name: Alexander Preston
Code Name: Pilgrim
City: Phoenix, Arizona
Powers and Abilities
Pilgrim is a mutant who possesses a superhuman intuitive facility for translating languages, spoken or written, human or alien in origin. His superhuman skill is extended to his great facility in deciphering codes and computer languages, and he is also able to read inflection and body language, allowing him to understand the vast subtext of a conversation. His superhuman talent for translating differs from the translating ability that a human who is a genius in this field, yet not a psychic, possesses, even though both people might achieve the same results with any given translation problem. This psychic talent is an intuitive one which works on a subconscious level, and which may in part by related to telepathy or clairvoyance. A non-psychic human, even a genius, would have to work out a translation consciously, step by step. Rather than working the problem out step by step, in his conscious mind, he instead subconsciously solves the problem. Hence, he can reach the correct solution by means that appear to be leaps of logic, and he himself may not be consciously aware of the entire process by which he reaches the right answer.
Since his resurrection by Blueprint's use of a modified techno-organic virus, Pilgrim's powers have evolved to the point where he can read all aspects of "language." He is able to read his opponents' body language and the patterns of their combat moves in order to counter the attacks of several opponents attacking him at once. By considering the exercise of combat skills to be a form of language, he proved a match for the entire Protectors. He is able to "read" architectural structure and integrity in order to ascertain a building's weaknesses. He also appears capable of "speaking" binary; giving verbal commands in machine code that can deactivate electronic devices.
Pilgrim also has the ability to visually perceive mechanical energy during battle. This power allows him to instinctively recognize the potential and functional uses of any machine or technological device in his visual range, a skill that combined with his natural intelligence gives him the ability to conceive, design and build highly-advanced mechanical devices; and operate, modify and disassemble existing technology or create countermeasures for it. Pilgrim's superhuman talent for invention does not mean that he is of a superhuman intellect, even a genius at invention must for the most part consciously work out the theoretical principles behind the invention and then the design of the invention itself through a series of logical steps. In Pilgrim's case, however, many of these logical steps are worked out by his subconsciousness mind. Hence, Pilgrim himself might not be entirely aware of exactly how he figured out how to create an invention of his. Sometimes, he must disassemble a device he has made to even figure out how it works.
Weight: 195 lbs
Hair Colour: Blond
Eye Colour: Blue
Moral Code: High
According to the Arcadian "one of Pilgrim's best personality traits is that emotionally Alexander Preston is like the minds he manipulates -- not cold but transparent. 'He's devastatingly honest. He is very up-front with his emotions and his thoughts all the time".
"Also, he's obviously incredibly brave both in terms of facing external, physical danger as well as facing up to unpleasant situations and admitting his own mistakes."
This emotional honesty can often complicate matters for Alex, especially in matters of love. Pilgrim is sometimes looked at as being too 'mature' by his teammates, as well as outsiders.
- Full name is Alexander "Damian" Preston.
- Birthdate is unknown.
- Pilgrim is a veteran superhero, having served the original Protectors in the 70's.
- Once had feelings for Virtue.
- Received the key to the city.
- Even though he is considered one of the most powerful telepaths on the planet, his telepathic abilities cannot penetrate Arcadian's mind.
- Favorite colour is purple.
- He is confirmed to be the only remaining hero after the Strike (excluding Imperial).