|Abilities||Skulblakan Crystal Manipulation|
Jace Ferran is the son of Clara and Caden Ferran, born in 2329. He is also the younger sibling of Keryn Renner. While Jace comes from a line of powerful Force users, he was born without the skill. However, he was born a Skulblakan-Hybrid, developing other powers. He later became the new leader of Zeta Wing, a commando squad named for the revered but ancient fighter group that was disbanded decades earlier.
Jace, the second child of Caden and Clara Ferran, was born three years after his sister Keryn and the galaxy wide Hybrid Riots. His parents immediately felt the lack of connection to the Force and knew he would grow up differently than his sister. As Clara took a deep interest in Keryn, Caden quickly joined Jace's corner. A bond immediately formed between the two, much stronger than normal paternal ones. This caused Jace to be very close to his father throughout his life, while he felt slightly more distant from his mother.
As a child, Jace did not attend any formal schooling, instead being allowed to study on his own accord. He skipped many of the advanced topics that would be covered in formal schooling, as he predicted they wouldn't be needed later in his life. Instead, he began studying history, politics, and like every Ferran, combat. Both Clara and Caden saw his natural ability for quick thinking and combat, but since Clara was already training Keryn for most of the day, Caden was needed to become Jace's mentor. At the age of 12, Jace had already begun training with guns, blasters, knives, and hand-to-hand. However, Jace was unhappy with just this due to seeing so much of his immediate family be artisans with a lightsaber. Caden allowed Jace to design his own blade, which Caden then built for him. After showing promise as a swordsman, Caden built a second one for him as well. By the age of 14, Jace had also began using a double-bladed saber and had passed Jedi students of the same age in skill level.
However, also at the age pf 14, other abilities began to manifest themselves. It was seen that Jace had developed Skulblakan powers, meaning that he was a Hybrid, just like the ones his father fought years before. Jace, knowing of Caden's history with hybrids, was heartbroken at first. Even though his father had been working on integration efforts for the Skulblakan Hybrids for the last 16 years, the thought of disapproval haunted Jace. To Jace's glee though, Caden embraced his son and his new found powers, encouraging him to master them just as he had with all of his other endeavours. By the time he turned 15, Jace had a strong handle on his limited Skulblakan powers. Now, Jace simply itched for new tests for his abilities and skills to be tested.
His father Caden quickly granted that wish. For six months, Caden and Jace stayed in the Intergalactic Republic, guests of their military leaders. There, Jace was able to study and practice nearly every tactic and method in history, including training with the Uthre Order, a collection of the most powerful Jedi, Sith, and Imperial Knights in the Republic. Also in this excursion was a one month long survival trip to the uninhabited planet of Karaxis, labeled as the 'deadliest place in the galaxy.'
Upon the duos return, Jace began renewing his friendships with other Skulblakan Hybrids throughout the base. The most notable of them was Rhett Progmer, a hybrid that helped open the door to his father's acceptance of them. These friendships continued to strengthen to the point that minus his family, Jace spent more time with the group of Hybrids than normal people.
Upon the start of the Aryoril crisis, Jace was furious he could not accompany the task force. With many of his family and friends going to war, Jace once again immersed himself in his combat and tactic studies. This study continued for a time, with even another trip to the Republic with Rhett thrown in.
When the Reaper War began, it was Jace's first true taste of battle. He quickly volunteered for front line operations, which took him away from his family for long periods of time. He just escaped death when the Reapers caused the Romulus System's star to supernova, leaving on a refugee ship only a few hours before the system's destruction.
A few months later, Jace was in command of forces on a medium sized colony world being assaulted by Reaper forces. After four months of holding out, the Reapers finally blockaded the planet and the Coalition forces folded. After another two weeks the planet was lost, save for a few small outposts. One of these outposts, where Jace was stationed, came under massive Reaper attack. As the outpost fell, Jace himself was overrun by Reaper forces and was designated Missing in Action.
However, Jace was beyond fortunate. He was transported by a Rift Storm and thrown forward ten years. Here, the Reapers were on the verge of winning the war and the majority of resistance had been wiped out. There, he met the future version of his mother, Clara Renner, who had survived up until then. She explained what had happened over the last ten years and concluded that a Rift Storm was indeed what had saved him. Jace, intent on finding a way back in order to continue the fight when there was still hope, was told by his mother of a prototype Rift Storm Generator which was under construction during the war. However, the space station it was on fell and was currently deep within Reaper controlled space.
Clara and Jace, along with Clara's current second-in-command, Julian Gray, devised a plan top rally a group of specialists to infiltrate the station and use the device. Clara spared a ship for Jace, and he, along with Julian, went in search of the other needed individuals.
The pair landed a few miles outside of a prison camp on another world, which was home to one of the needed individuals. The pair sneaked aboard a train transporting new prisoners to the camp. However, they were discovered once inside the camp and captured. The two eventually escaped and fought their way to their target's cell, releasing all other prisoners on the way to create a distraction. They found who they came for, discharged UNSC ODST and later SPARTAN Samantha Jay. Jay informed them that they were not in a prison camp, but rather a slave camp used to create goods for whoever was left to buy them. From there, she led them to the base's command center. After Jace and Julian were able to clear away the guards, Samantha executed the base's commander in an act of revenge and simple decency to the base's prisoners. They left soon after she retrieved her armor and weapons.
Jace, along with the other two, then traveled to a small jungle world where they attempted to find a survival specialist that was supposedly on planet. Instead, they found the specialist dead, along with a large amount of destroyed equipment. However, they followed what they believed to be survivor tracks into the jungle. There, they came under fire by arrows before being attack by a native predator. Before Julian could be killed by the animal, it was killed from an unknown marksman. Jace found the marksman, who now had him in scope. Jace talked the shooter down, and learned that the shooter's name was Vanessa Cado, an eighteen year old girl who had been stranded on the planet for ten years. She agreed to join Jace in exchange for passage off world, which was readily agreed to.
The group then traveled to a hidden Hellcat Squadran-UNSC research station in order to find what they believed was an incredible technical doctor. However, they found the station under attack by Reaper destroyers. Desperate, the group entered the station in a 'smash and grab' mission. They found the doctor, a Sangheili named Ror 'Atuee, fending off Reaper forces. After the Reapers were defeated, Ror engaged Jace in a duel, still feeling like he was fending for his life. Jace defended himself, but broke off their engagement in order to kill oncoming Reaper troops. Jace gained Ror's respect with this and allowed him to speak. Jace explained himself, to which Ror agreed to join them. However, he revealed he was a medical doctor, not one focused on technology. He insisted that he could still do whatever was needed, however. The group went to escape as more Reaper forces began to engage. The station began to fall apart, opening up to the vacuum of space. While most sealed their armor and suits, Jace's began to leak oxygen, as it was damaged in his duel with Ror. Once they stole a new UNSC Prowler, Vanessa revived Jace.
During the ensuing travel, Jace confronted a disgruntled Julian. The two became physical, but Jace left before it escalated further. From here, Jace and the group exited Slipspace near Sanghelios, the Sangheili homeworld and where the research station was located. There, they were surprised to find Clara and what was left of her troops waiting for them. They rendezvoused and went to assault the station together. Their ship collided with a Reaper fighter, causing them to crash land into the side of the station. Jace was ejected from the craft and rendered unconscious for a short time.
When he awoke, he inspected the wreckage to find survivors. He found most alive, however, Julian and Vanessa had gone missing. Jace led the remaining group into the station, where they were ambushed by Reaper troops. Quickly, though, they were dispatched by the newly returned Julian and Vanessa, who had come from farther in the station. Jace and the others followed the pair back into the base. They soon encountered a large Reaper force outside the generator. After taking heavy fire and forcing to split up, they were able to clear the area and begin working on repairing the device. They succeeded, but Reaper vessels began to fire on the station, ripping it open. Most of Clara's troops were sucked out of the station, while Samantha, Julian, and Clara's new second-in-command James were able to get through the generator's portal in time. Quickly, Jace was able to get Clara to use the Force in order to maneuver Vanessa and an injured Ror through the portal. As the station fell apart, Clara also threw Jace into the portal as well, sacrificing herself to save him.
Once on the other side, Jace and his group, minus James, came under fire from a new group of Reaper forces. They were surrounded when Jace's calls for help were answered by a flight of Phantom Legion gunships, led by his father Caden Ferran. Caden informed Jace that he had been missing for nearly six months and was now on the Outer Rim world of Eriadu. Jace and his group assisted Caden and the Legion in repelling the Reaper invasion, saving the planet.
Back on Earth a few weeks later, Jace was given the idea by his friend Rhett Progmer to reform the ancient group Zeta Wing using the others he had recruited. They all agreed, with Rhett joining as Jace's 1st Lieutenant.
After the war, Jace was touring a nearby city on Earth with his parents, his aunt and uncle, as well as his grandfather. While performing charity work in the city's poorer districts. The escapade went south, however, when a sniper took a shot at Ethan, hitting his neck. After a failed pursuit of the terrorist by Caden and Loran, in which Caden was injured, Ethan died before medical help could be administered.
Following the funeral, Caden brought Jace with him to attack a pirate base that was believed to be related to the murder. After engaging a number of pirate mercenaries, Jace forced Caden to leave the combat zone after his father began to fall into a fit or rage and destroy anything in the area, including civilians and buildings.
Jace, while not as obviously boisterous as his sister and father, is still described by many to be 100% Ferran, quickly making it known what his thoughts are at any given time. His personality can change often, usually depending on the surrounding environment. When around those he does not know, his rowdiness takes a back seat to other traits such as humbleness and respect. When around those he is comfortable with, though, humility goes out the window, as he will not be afraid to insult or boast to those that know him. A few traits that never falter though are his protectiveness and caring towards others, especially his father. Also, he is said to be very sarcastic to certain individuals, most notably his sister.
To many, Jace appears similar to his family members in that he quickly rushes to the fight. Unfortunately, this is untrue, as Jace prefers to examine and calculate his options before rushing into battle. His battlefield awareness and lightning-quick thinking make it seem, however, that he does just what his father does. This translates to other areas of his life, as he can easily take things in stride as if he has had hours to contemplate them. It has even been said by others, such as his aunt, that if he were not so young, he would easily be a high ranking general.
Abilities and EquipmentEdit
Unlike the rest of his family, Jace failed to inherit a strong connection with the Force. This is partially made up for with his Skulblakan-Hybrid abilities. Jace is able to fire extremely dense crystal-like objects from his palms at incredibly high speeds, much like an oversized bullet. The crystals also tend to explode soon after being charged with electricity.
Mandalorian Gauntlets and ArmorEdit
Jace's most versatile weapons are not traditional ones, but rather complex, intricately engineered Mandalorian gauntlets that triple as weapon carriers, forearm armor, and a small computer. In order to maximize the potential of his Skulblakan powers, his left gauntlet is equipped with a device that can fire arcs of electricity far distances. In the same gauntlet is housed a miniature wrist rocket that flips up before firing. Also utilized by Jace is a miniature flamethrower mounted in his right gauntlet, as well as a number of poison and tranquilizer darts. Installed directly above the darts and flamethrower is a small wrist computer, which contains a communicator and is connected to a variety of vehicles and other electronic devices. For close combat, four separate blades have been installed. On each gauntlet, a serrated blade is installed between the top armor layer and the various devices. The blades eject when Jace wishes, coming out over the top of his hand and extending about two inches past his knuckles. On the underside of each gauntlet is a blade modelled after those of the Assassins Order. Like the other blades, they extend on Jace's command, but much farther than the top pair.
Jace's armor also includes a jetpack based on traditional Mandalorian versions. Like them, this one is able to keep him airborne for an extended period of time, as well as having a large missile able to be launched when needed. The difference, however, is that there are two channels cut into the backplate. These allow Jace to slide his pair of double-bladed lightsabers onto his back between his armor and jetpack, resting in an 'X' pattern. One last addition to Jace's armor is that he has modified his boots in order to be more helpful in certain situations. They are both magnetized, so that they can stick to metal surfaces when needed, as well as having repulsor generators installed. This allows him to move quickly and enchance his agility while armored.
Jace's primary weapons are a group of four lightsabers, two single and two double, as well as a pair of blaster pistols. While his inability to use the force created a struggle to learn the art of lightsaber combat, Jace's determination overcame an amount of obstacles. This turned him into a strong swordsman, but not to the level of the rest of his family. Much easier to learn was hand-to-hand combat and marksmanship. Jace's abilities as a martial artist quickly overtook that of his father, his main trainer, as well as both his mother and Keryn. With ranged weapons, Jace was a natural. Being ambidextrous, his skill with a pair of pistols became a sight to see.
Keryn Renner: Being his sister, Jace cares for his sister immensely. Early on however, Jace was jealous of his sister and felt he needed to compete with her for attention. Once his own powers began to develop, though, these feelings started to dissipate.
Clara Renner: Unlike many families, the relationship between Jace and Clara is not ideal. To Jace, he feels as if his mother favors Keryn over him. This has caused him to feel distant and disconnected from her, never able to keep a close relationship with her for long.
Caden Ferran: On the other hand, Jace's relationship with his father is the polar opposite. While Clara took to caring for Keryn, Caden began doing the same for Jace. He has an extremely close relationship with his father, seeing him as a strong mentor in his life.
Rhett Progmer: After the Hybrid Crisis, Rhett was around the family a lot due to a newfound friendship with Caden. Because of this, Rhett and Jace spent a good amount of time together. They developed a good amount of respect and friendship for each other, with Rhett becoming Jace's second mentor behind his father.