For seven years, Acacia Oviedo worked almost anonymously at the
hydroelectric power plant. She served under eight supervisors and
two management transitions without even aiming for promotion or
recognition. She hadn't impressed the interviewers when she first
applied but there was a shortage of applicants and so she had been given
the job. She thanked them politely but they weren't listening.
She was a number and she never gave them reason to doubt it.
power plant was taken over by minions serving the Infinite Man in 2002,
Acacia was kept hostage with her co-workers in the hastily erected
communications room where the Infinite Man was able to broadcast his
threats to the world at regular half hour intervals. It was a time
when the arch villain was relatively sane, or at least relatively
stable. He declared that South America would have to be severed
from North America and had decided to use the power plant as his
starting point. It made no sense to the world, and even Acacia
wondered what the real purpose was for taking over her workplace.
the Sentinels arrived a massive battle erupted. The heroes
surrounded the facility and sent in their heavy-hitters. Sitting
in the communications room Acacia watched in horror as the Infinite Man
picked off the heroes one by one with various death traps. The
situation became desperate for the world-class heroes, but their numbers
were reinforced with the arrival of seven members of Sanctity.
the forces of good burst into the communication room, they discovered,
along with the hostages, that the Infinite Man was actually a
body-double created by the real villain who was destroying large tracts
of military land in North America while the heroes flocked to his
diversion. As the heroes realised their mistake a death trap was
sprung in the communications room: bolts of deadly electricity arced
across the room like a lethal electro-spider web. The power plant
itself was feeding the charge.
Many heroes went down, some of them
But when the trap was neutralised and the remaining
heroes staggered to their feet, there was an extra figure amongst them:
a slightly surprised woman with frizzled hair and charcoal on her face.
Electricity seemed to coarse through her and she helped to return the
power plant to its former state.
None of the heroes stopped to
question the newcomer, they were so intent on returning to the United
States to intervene with the Infinite Man.
Acacia wasn't really sure
what had happened, or how it happened; but as she walked out of her
workplace she realised she was walking just a little bit taller.
She could sense the people around her, their fear, their aspirations and
their anxiety. Her mind seemed to be operating at two levels: her
old self as well as a newer, more confident one. And added to that
new awareness was a veritable battery of electricity running through her
body. She saw the energy lap at her fingertips. Her arms
were thicker, too. She was stronger. Bigger.
didn't manage to catch her on that afternoon, but within a few days
Acacia had succumbed to her new fantasy life and donned a cape and
tights. She leapt into action with electricity exploding in front
of purse snatchers, her mind stopping thieves in their tracks, and her
fists knocking down those who managed to avert her other attacks.
Acacia was nervous but the journalists swarmed and she couldn't easily
Among the crowd of eager reporters was Isadora Munoz: famous
evening news hound and darling of the international news set in
Paraguay. Acacia answered Isadora's questions, although she didn't
remember the words or the responses. Somehow she agreed to an
Her origin story was published the next week,
although Isadora kept Acacia's secret identity. A few glasses of
wine and an intimate setting on top of one of the tallest buildings in
Asuncion, and Acacia had told her life story. She trusted the
journalist, recklessly she supposed, but in the end it was the right
thing to do. Isadora proved to be a trustworthy confidant and over
the years, in between rescuing Isadora from Junta and other uberhuman
threats, the two women built up a working relationship which blossomed
into a romantic one.
Now, almost six years after the incident with the
Infinite Man, Acacia Oviedo continues to work at the power plant during
the day and is as anonymous as ever amongst her workmates. But
after hours she and Isadora are daring heroes: Arenadora (or sometimes
Blaster Girl) has become Asuncion's only known super hero, and Isadora
covers the stories with the inside angles only she can uncover.