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Kanik the Arctic Man by Speedslide Kanik the Arctic Man by Speedslide
Real Name: Kanik

Code Name: The Arctic Man

Occupations: Iņupiat hunter-gatherer, amateur ice sculptor, environmental activist, etc.

Legal Status: Legal citizen of the United States of America.

Identity: Public

Nationality: Iņupiat

Home Town: Barrow, Alaska, USA

Age: Unknown (looks mid-twenties)

Marital Status: Single

Sexual Orientation: Asexual, or at the very least generally uninterested.

Known Relatives: Siku (Adopted brother)

Group Affiliation: None

Base of Operations: None

First Appearance: TBA

Known Superhuman Powers: Kanik's main ability is to generate ice crystals out of moisture with a simple touch or his own breath. To put it simple, he freezes things. He can also shape objects out of frozen moisture such as swords, knives, clubs etc.

Due to his partially cryogenic state, Kanik doesn't age at a normal rate. Nearly 70 years after he first appeared and his looks have barely changed.

Weaknesses: Kanik can't create ice from nothing. He needs moisture from the air, preferably a large body of water. The larger the task, the more moisture he needs.

In especially harsh environments, like a desert, Kanik's ice abilities are at their lowest. That's not to say that he's unable to conjure up any ice, but he has to rely on his internal moisture just to keep himself from drying up.

As an ice elementalist, Kanik's powers can naturally be countered by extreme heat and/or fire.

Abilities/Special Skills: Kanik is a skilled hunter and public speaker.

Languages: Kanik speaks several Inupiatun dialects and English fluently.

Weapons/Equipment: Prefers to use more traditional weapons such as wooden spears or knives, as his ice weapons are far more brittle than good old cold steel.

Personality: Kanik has always been a noble soul. He did get overly caught up in the patriotic spirit during World War 2, but he mellowed out considerably during the Cold War. Not much of a people person in his later years due to his longevity causing him to outlive many of his friends, Kanik is still bound by his own sense of justice to do the right thing and help the less fortunate.

Personal Interests: Kanik is a relatively laid-back person who's first priority is his Inupiat tribe. In his later years, he has also taken up protesting against global warming, using his powers to halt the melting of the Arctic ice.

History: Back in 1940, Siku and his family was wandering across the Arctic plains when they stumbled upon a figure frozen inside of the ice. Upon being thawed out, the blue-skinned man couldn't remember who he was and seemed to only get weaker when near heat. Siku's family gave him a place to stay and nurse him back to health, and they eventually named him "Kanik" (Snow) when discovering his ability to create ice. Kanik became like a brother to Siku and has remained with the tribe since then. In gratitude of their kindness, Kanik naturally decided to use his powers for good.

Over his long career, Kanik accidentally discovered an ability to duplicate his powers and passing them on to other people, leading to a legacy of several other Arctic Men and villainous mishaps like Frigid, Fridge and Coldcut.

In his later years, Kanik took up a sort of mentor role for the younger generations of heroes, right up until his disapperance in 2008.

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Author's notes: I have many, many character that need to get out. This one is a throwback to several relatively obscure Golden Age ice-themed superheroes, like Novelty Press's Sub-Zero, Marvel's Jack Frost etc. Relatively minor, but his mysterious past serves a role for the Virtusverse in a larger sense.

Kanik (c) :iconspeedslide:
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like we've got ourselves a cryomancer here.
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
He's not magic, that much I can reveal. ;)
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconthemoreyouknowplz:
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Gangstah-Teddy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
How old is this guy? xD
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Unknown. He looks 20, but has been around for almost 70 years, until he disappeared.
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Gangstah-Teddy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Oh.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Interesting design - and great to see new art from you.
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks, I was aiming for something with a retro-Golden Age feel, and the name eventually evolved into inspiration for an Alaskan Eskimo take on the design.

There's more like this on the way. ;)
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