Mars grew up on an open reservation with a mother and father, always curious and rambunctious; and like all children at the ages of five and up he could never sit still long enough to listen to his school teacher. Which resulted in many a time where he got into trouble or failed a test, but it wasn't all bad. He had his parents, who would always tell him stories about the old gods and their champions before bedtime. Naturally he was awed and amazed by these tales of heroes and gods and monsters. Particularly those of the old lord of lightning and ruler of the skies, Lord Zessus, who ruled a pantheon up on the mighty plains of Aeternia.
However, these happy moments never lasted. On the eve of his seventh birthday, Mars and his parents had started arguing about his slipping grades. How he never set aside fifteen minutes of his time after school to study, which in hindsight was something he should've done. Hurtful things were said, and groundings were issued. However, Mars had thrown a tantrum and bolted out the back door. Sprinting through the woods near his preservation without any real knowledge of where he was going or how much time had passed, only stopping once he reached a small clearing with a lake and a fallen log. The wolf angrily sat on the log and pouted like any other child would do when upset at his or her parents.
He didn't know how much time had passed, but when he finally calmed down he noticed it was starry outside; if there was one thing Mars loved besides running around outside.. It was stargazing, stargazing was one of those things that just did wonders for calming him down whenever he was upset, he could just lie on the grass and marvel at the beauty of all those stars shining at night; his problems and grievances just melting away as calm tranquility took over. He even saw a shooting star.. One that was coming right for him, it was that specific train of thought that resulted in him jumping behind the log in panic as the 'shooting star' collided with the ground just a few feet away from where he had been resting previously; Making the customary loud impact noises that ended up hurting his ears for a few minutes.
After a few minutes of rubbing his ears, Mars peaked out of his hiding spot to see what had landed. He had been expecting something out of the tales his ma and pa told him at bedtime, but what he had been graced with was in all accounts just some sort of dark brown rock, with cracks that partially revealed an even stranger object inside, about the size of the average pumpkin. Now Mars, being the curious child he was at that time, decided it would be a good idea to poke the strange object. This would prove to be a blessing and a curse because just as he was about to touch the object, all the static electricity gathered up in his fur had released itself in a flash visible for just a quick second and the strange rock exploded.
Normally a space rock wouldn't explode when built up static is released via contact. However, this 'rock' was actually a prototype lightning collector droid created by Xavek for the sole purpose of harnessing the naturally occurring electricity in storms to power his facility and slash the power bill in its entirety. But the system couldn't handle the sudden electrical surges and promptly shut down in the Ionosphere, where it promptly fell back to Mobius and in the grove Mars had been resting at. Xavek had deemed the project had failed and when his salvage droids didn't return with the drone he figured that it broke apart before hitting the ground.
Back to Mars, when the mysterious rock exploded. The force behind the explosion had shattered the drone into many pieces big and small, with many pieces piercing through skin and muscle only to embed themselves in various bones in his body. However four glowing shards, having once been the internal power supply for the experimental drone, embedded themselves in his forehead and cheekbones. It was the two glowing shards that had been embedded in his forehead which scrambled parts of the frontal lobe, degrading parts of his mind as he grew older and gave rise to the erratic personality he's known for.
The trouble didn't end there, because in the weeks following the accident Mars had discovered a remarkable control over electricity that he never had before. Naturally, he was overjoyed with this new discovery. This was a gift from the God of Lighting, Zessus himself! Naturally, he went to show his parents. Being parents, they were rightfully scared for their son. His parents, who were worried that Mars may show off his powers to the wrong people, convinced Mars to hide his newfound abilities. Even quoting the moral of Mars' favorite bedtime story in the hopes that they would be able to convince him to hide his powers.
Little did Mars or his parents know at the time, the shards that had been embedded in his bones had begun to fuse with his skeletal structure. Slowly altering and rewriting his DNA over the years, which resulted in further physical mutations that his parents noticed. They, of course, questioned some of these changes but they didn't start to shun or distance themselves from their son. Afterall, Mars may look unnatural in some ways but he is still their son.
Fast forward twenty-seven years later, Mars is thirty-four and he lives on his own. His mind degraded to the point where he is highly erratic and unpredictable in nature, what's more is that over the years his affinity with electricity has grown at an astonishing rate. Something he accredits to the 'blessings of Lord Zessus', and to make matters worse, various organizations and corporations are trying to capture him alive in order to harvest the electricity that his body naturally produces as a source of potentially limitless clean energy; or possibly clone him to make what are essentially living batteries with potentially unlimited energy.
Money is the key to open all doors, and all men seek power. So imagine how powerful, how wealthy one person or group could be if he or she managed to establish a monopoly on what is potentially the only reliable source of unlimited clean energy.
Currently his body generates enough electricity to power a heavily populated city and what's worse is that Mars is not only fully capable of drawing out and harnessing all that power; his capacity to store and generate electricity will only increase as he gets older, one of the results of the power core slowly altering and rewriting his DNA.
Thanks to the accident twenty-seven years ago, Mars was granted with power over electricity, or Electrokinesis in the proper terminology. What this allows him to do is pretty much.. Well harness and control all things electricity for a variety of different tasks, be it offensively, passively, defensively or even supportively. Hell he can even convert his entire body into what is basically living lightning!
Normally an Electrokinetic might be limited to an internal 'power supply' that can be refilled by draining the electricity from other objects, or people if one knows how to harness and absorb the body's natural biolectrical field. Mars however, thanks to his DNA being altered and rewritten, naturally generates his own electrical supply; this supply being large enough to support the electrical infrastructure of a heavily populated city; or he could act as a battery to recharge other electricity users. That isn't to say he can't run out of power if he overuses his electrical abilities; if he does run out than he can still siphon electricity from outside sources, but it's quite rare for him to do so.
Mars is also capable of harnessing all of his generated electricity in the form of a massive Electro Magnetic Pulse capable of causing a city wide blackout, he has a chance of frying electronics that are within a five meter radius of where he's standing. The major downside to causing a blackout using his electrokinesis is the fact that it uses up all of his stored electricity, leaving him vulnerable to attack afterwards.
Another thing Mars can do with his electrical powers is to enhance the physical and mental capabilities of himself or allies. Such as increasing reaction time, reflexes, boosting speed and increasing the processing speed of the brain; however, not all allies will react the same to him assisting them. Some may not be able to handle the increased mental processing or the sudden boost in physical speed and others might be able to.
Mars also has a rarely used ability based on his electrokinesis, the ability to convert his body into what is basically living lightning. This ability not being used much because of the ample drain in his electrical reserves needed in order to keep the form, though it does give Mars benefits like being able to move faster than light or creating a defense that is possibly a challenge to breach without being electrocuted.
In addition, Mars can create a very strong 'static shield' meant to deflect projectiles and zap opponents who get too close. Add in his electricity producing body and you have someone who can create sturdy barriers and feed enough power to keep the barriers from failing, of course there are certain things that the static shield cannot protect against. Like rubber bullets for an example.
Somewhat hand in hand with the Enhanced Physical Prowess and the Somewhat Accelerated Thought Processing; Mars can react almost instantaneously to dodge attacks thrown in his direction, however if one were to catch him by surprise or actually predict his movement patterns then he or she could get around this quite easily.
As a wolf, he already has superior hearing compared to some non-canine mobians; but with his control over electricity he is able to increase the range of sounds his ears can pick up. While this does have its advantages like making it even more difficult to sneak up on him on the grounds of Mars having a greater chance of hearing someone's footsteps, it can also be used against him to inflict pain via high frequency noises or induce sensory overload dependant on how noisy a particular area he's in is.
Enhanced Physical Prowess
By channeling electricity throughout his body at a steady rate, Mars can increase his physical prowess drastically; allowing him to hit harder and move faster without actually converting his entire body into electricity. In addition, Mars has had plenty of time to practice with the charge to the point where it can be done instinctively.
Accelerated Thought Processing
In order to avoid getting tunnel vision when Mars uses his electrical abilities to move around at high speeds, his body subconsciously increases the electrical signals sent throughout his body from the brain. These increased signals allow him to process information at a fast enough rate to allow Mars to react quickly even while moving at the same speed as a lightning strike.
Somewhat Accelerated Adaptability
This is mostly centered around the mutations in his DNA as a result of how Mars acquired his powers; it's not instantaneous but it's sure as hell faster than evolution done naturally.
It's no secret that the accident that granted Mars his powers was also altering his DNA, and while the process of altering his genetic structure is a slow process geared towards adapting his body to handle the ever increasing amount of electricity his body naturally produces and stores. But rewriting one's very DNA will most certainly result in mutations of some kind; below are mutations that Mars acquired as a result of his DNA being altered.
Ferrofluid Coated Bones
A ferrofluid is a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. Mars' internal body composition, specifically his bones, have mutated to the point where a liquid solution containing trace amounts of conductive metals like Tungsten or Neodymium coats his bones. This coating, normally in a permeable state, acts as an extra layer of defense when subjected to an electromagnetic field; and Mars' body subconsciously produces an internal electromagnetic field as a response to danger.
When this field is up, the liquid solution rapidly hardens, effectively coating his bones in metal, thus making them quite difficult to break. In addition, Mars can consciously amp up the electromagnetic field his body produces; thus allowing him to use this mutation offensively as a conduit to further harness and control electricity, granting him a greater control over magnetic forces or simply adding more force to his punches and kicks.
Basic Wilderness Survival Skills
Obviously these types are the hardest for him to fight, on the grounds that Electricity doesn't really do shit against ground or rock. The best he could hope for is repeatedly using hit and run tactics to wear a geokinetic down enough to deliver the finishing blow, and that's if he can actually manage to avoid getting hit by one of their attacks.
Insulating materials, like rubber or silicate for example, can severely hamper or even stop the transmission of electricity by 'grounding' it. Hence why materials with similar properties to rubber and silicate in regards to blocking the transmission of electricity are known as insulators. Now, given that Mars is an electrokinetic. It makes sense that materials like rubber or silicate can bypass his static shield, meaning that rubber bullets like the ones used by riot suppression squads are one of the best ways for anyone with no supernatural abilities and such to deal with him.
Mars, being an electrokinetic, and water don't mix. Even more so when you take into account that his body naturally produces enough electricity to sustain an entire city without fail, sure electrical attacks and abilities are quite effective against water manipulators. However, this is a double edged sword; should he be drenched in water the electricity his body has already stored would start going haywire and his body would stop producing electricity until his fur dries up, essentially short circuiting him and leaving him vulnerable to attacks.
It is a well known fact that electricity takes the path of least resistance, and it is also a well known fact that metals are a conductor of electricity. Mix these two facts together and you get the concept for a lightning rod; as the name suggests, lightning rods are meant to attract electricity to them during electrical storms. Having lightning strike these metal rods instead of certain other important objects like power generators and comms equipment and such. Infact, one can apply this principal by using a simple metal sword and a rubber glove to hold the sword with.
Thus, one who is skilled with the blade can easily engage in combat with an electrokinetic like Mars and effectively neutralize nearly any offensive capabilities regarding the use of electricity. I say 'nearly' because a skilled enough electrokinetic can manipulate his opponents bioelectrical field, basically controlling him or her like a marionette but without the strings.
Lack of any Formal Combat Training
Despite Mars' electrical abilities and great athleticism, he has never taken any sort of Martial Arts. Which means that his 'fighting style', if you could actually call it that, is actually nothing more than what you might see in a street brawl; granted it is supplemented by his electrokinetic abilities. But the fact still remains that in a close quartered fight against someone who has proper training in hand to hand combat, as long as the opponent has methods to get around his electrical abilities, Mars would lose quite handily.
Being the element he controls, its no surprise that he would have a borderline immunity to all electrical attacks, as any electrical attack directed at him will be absorbed by his fur; slightly healing him and adding to his power.
Mars has a higher than average tolerance for fire, stemming from the heat produced by electricity when he utilizes his powers in any shape or form.
In lieu with his flame resistance, Mars has a slightly above average resistance to frost attacks thanks to the heat generated by his electric shield; however the real danger to Mars from Ice based attacks is the cold that can seep through the electrical shield. If things get cold enough Mars will start to slow down, eventually tiring out to the point where he couldn't really do much.
- Lord Zessus is literally Zeus with two 's' between the 'e' and the 'u'.