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The New Men

Dubbed by Capes to be the 'the First Family of Superheroes', the New Men are both a family and a superteam. add more


The father of the Numen family and leader of the New Men, Saul is also one of the world's pre-eminent scientists. He had developed numerous advanced equipment (most of which he keeps as proprietary secrets) and has also been transformed during the accident in Turkey into an uberhuman with extremely rapid healing.

New Man (Saul Numen)

Having recently returned from the Reverse Dimension, Saul had set aside his superheroic endeavors for two years to oversee the Numen-Kami Institute and to do research in transdimensional physics. Due to recent events, however, he was reported to have announced his return to action as New Man.

The mother of the Numen family and Leader of the New Men, Chloe is a skilled diplomat and pilot. Her work has brought about much needed social improvements throughout the world. She also has been transformed during the accident in Turkey into an uberhuman with the ability to warp space.

Chloe Numen

Since the disappearance of Saul, Chloe has been a valuable member of the Dawnstars team in Europe. Once again, she was instrumental in bringing her husband back to the world.

The middle sibling of three, Balthasar is both the younger brother and older brother. From the accident which spawned the New Men, he gained generally superior physical ability as well as the ability to communicate with animals.

Jungle Boy (Balthasar Numen)

Balthasar was the first of the Numen children to strike out on his own, joining the original Hero City team upon its inception. Balthasar has also traveled the world independently winding up a recent trip to Japan by helping Saul return to Earth.

The youngest of the Numen children, Jeremy is just entering his teen years. Still a toddler during the accident in Turkey, he quickly became a handful for his parents with his duplicating powers.

Double Dare (Jeremy Numen)

After the accident in which his father went missing, Jeremy was placed under the care of Ines and given some degree of shielding away from the media while he 'grows up'. He attends Argus High School and has been part of an informal team of teen heroes.
In 1992, Saul and Chloe took their families to eastern Turkey on a trip with three purposes. The first purpose and the primary reason for going was to seek out Arshavir Madrian, a mystic who purportedly could turn water into oil. But not being one to overlook secondary purposes, Saul was prepared to do a field survey study of the ubergenes of Armenia. A third purpose was the second field test of the Gene Alteration Ray Projector (a.k.a. the 'Gene Gun') as part of a project, sponsored by the Twist Foundation, to cure the son of a village mayor - a wolf-boy that was terrorizing the region's inhabitants.

As they were flying over Lake Van, Saul went to the minilab in the back of the plane to work on the Gene Gun since it was likely that curing a wolf-boy would be quite complex. It was then that a missile struck the craft and sent it in a twisting fall into the lake. The Gene Gun activated during the tumble and broke free of its lock-down bolts. Saul, the three children, Chloe and his sister Alsana, were struck by the uncontrolled, pulsating beam which altered their genes and inserted ubergene plasmids into the nuclei of their cells.

What resulted defied the assertion made by Saul and his colleagues that claimed a discrete pattern of ubergene inheritance and phenotype expression. Saul, Chloe, Alsana, and the three children came out of the lake each with a different mutant power.

Area of Operations
The New Men have had numerous adventures all over (as well as in) the Earth as well as on other extraterrestrial and extradimensional worlds. Numen family has its primary residence in a penthouse suite of the Sterling Building on 5th Avenue. However, they are seldom there. The residence in Argus City currently gets the most use as Jeremy and Ines are there most of the time while he attends Argus High School. Chloe occasionally uses the homes in Vienna and Barcelona. The homes in Yokohama and Melbourne are used rarely.
Major Adversaries
Maximum Force, CLAW, Elementals, Havoc Masters, Kinder der Zukunft, New Empire, Remus, Time and Life, Witch Doctor

The Numen Family (New Men NPCs):

Alsana Numen
(Saul's sister)
currently in Argus City, USA

Ines Escobar (La Cucaracha)
(Jeremy's nanny)
currently in Argus City, USA

Bill van Duijen
(Chloe's Uncle Bill)
seems to be everywhere

Stella Numen
(Saul's mother)
currently in Orlando, USA

Samantha Numen
(Saul's and Chloe's daughter)
currently in Vienna, Austria

May Numen
(Saul's and Chloe's alternate universe daughter)
currently in alternate universe


The Argonauts

The Dawnstars

Hero City

Numen-Kami Institute

Senshudan One

New Men Timeline

July 31, 1952

Saul Numen was born in Long Island, NY, USA

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Alsana Numen was born in Long Island, NY, USA

November 13, 1955

Chloe van Duijen was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

September 18, 1973

Saul Numen begins his undergraduate study at Loyola University

January 19, 1975

Saul Numen and Chloe van Duijen meet for the first time in anthropology class

September 3, 1975

Saul Numen begins his MD/PhD training at the University of Texas in the laboratory of Dr Harold Jackson.

December 12, 1976

Chloe van Duijen enters the US Air Force as a pilot

June 19, 1979

Chloe completes her service in the USAF and begins working with international aid and human rights groups

June 3, 1980

Ines Escobar is born in Acapulco

July 4, 1981

Saul Numen begins his internship at Johns Hopkins University

January 17, 1982

Saul Numen becomes an investigator on the Johns Hopkins University Metagene Expression Study

August 10, 1982

Saul Numen becomes involved with Doctors Without Borders

February 4, 1984

Saul Numen meets up with Chloe again while they are both in Nigeria

November 23, 1984

Saul and Chloe are married by the Dalai Lama in Tibet

September 14, 1985

Samantha Numen was born in ,

January 15, 1987

Saul Numen is a co-author on the five part research publication published as the Johns Hopkins Metagene Expression Study

May 15, 1987

Saul Numen is the co-author on a patent for the Numen-Kami test, the first practical test for metagenes. Over the next three years a combination of further patents, licensing fees, and shrewd investments make the Numens independently wealthy.

June 10, 1987

Chloe graduates from law school. Saul and Chloe decide the settled life isn't for them and go back to travelling the world with their young family.

December 1, 1987

Balthasar Numen was born in Charlotte, NC, USA

April 12, 1988

Saul Numen develops and patents a portable Rothlyn/Dalburg test

September 1, 1990

Jeremy Numen was born in New York City, NY, USA

January 21, 1992

The Numen aircraft is hit by a surface-to-air missile and plummets into Von Golu in Turkey. The family survives but emerges changed, transformed into superheroes.

April 28, 1995

At a reception for King Hussain of Jordan, the Numen family fend off an attack by the super-terrorist group, Fatwa. Chloe and Saul decide that the family needs to learn to work aainst such attacks in an organized fashion. The New Men are born. Saul becomes 'New Man', Chloe becomes 'Blindside', Samantha becomes 'Flare', Balthasar becomes 'Kung Fu Kid' and Jeremy becomes 'Little Legion'.

February 10, 1996

Stella Numen moves to Orlando, Florida after separating from her husband. Jonathan Numen returns to Europe. Their divorce is finalised in August.

April 1, 1998

A terrible earthquake rocks Acapulco. The Gauntlet is spotted on the scene and Inez Escobar, a hotel maid, finds herself transfromed into a giant cockroach.

May 1, 1998

The New Men encounter Inez Escobar (aka La Cucaracha) in Mexico. She joins the group as the children's nanny.

June 17, 1998

The New Men visit Atlantis and Saul helps the Atlanteans develop a new water treatment process. Samantha is courted by a young Atlantean of a family of aristocrats, much to the amusement of her younger brothers.

July 15, 1998

Saul decides to educate his children with a pan-dimensional 'road trip' to the lands of various pantheons of Gods

July 23, 1998

On a trip to Valhalla, the New Men hunt boar with Odin

August 8, 1998

On a trip to Olympus, the New Men dine on fajitas with several of the Greek Gods

August 31, 1998

Upon their return to Earth, the New Men are called upon to rescue Inez's cousin, Salazar Escobar from the clutches of Kinder der Zukunft in Munich.

March 10, 1999

The New Men chase an other-dimensional version of Baba Natasha to a dimension where World War II was not won by the Allies. They meet May's family, the other dimensional version of the New Men, and help them against invaders. After an explosion the New Men are forced back to their own dimension leaving May and her family behind in dire peril. Saul attempts to return to the dimension but finds it has 'ceased to exist' or at least is very difficult to relocate.

May 6, 1999

Chloe battles the Lost Girls in Charlotte while on a shopping trip with her two sons.

September 17, 1999

Inez takes a vacation from the New Men, and is not there when they face the Fatal Four. She feels abandoned when the New Men don't call her but is unaware that they have all lost their memories.

September 28, 1999

The New Men battle the Fatal Four in Africa. Saul is killed by Ahriman, but recovers - although not before the entire New Men team is brainwashed by Brainwave. They lose the battle and are scattered around the world with no memories.

April 1, 2000

Chloe breaks free from Cerebellum's mental prison and finds herself in a mental asylum. She begins to search for her missing family.

April 20, 2000

Chloe Numen finds her husband, Saul, in New Orleans where he had believed that he was a taxi driver names Sol Nouveau

April 24, 2000

Chloe and Saul find Samantha in a remote Pakistani community

April 26, 2000

Chloe and Saul find Jeremy in an orphanage in Delaware suffering from severe trauma. They find Inez again, back in Mexico, and she tends to Jeremy.

April 29, 2000

Chloe and Saul find Balthasar in the mountains of Congo, living with a family of mountain gorillas

May 9, 2000

The New Men defeat the Fatal Four in New Mexico City after tracking them down over several weeks

August 1, 2000

The New Men split up. Saul and Chloe continue their 'work' but the children are sent to boarding school. Inez is sent back to her family.

August 23, 2000

Samantha Numen begins undergraduate work at the University of Florida

November 19, 2000

Balthasar runs away from boarding school for the first time

December 19, 2000

May Numen arrives in this dimension and eventually finds the New Men. She joins the team as Mobile.

January 18, 2001

The New Men reveal the truth behind the Cult of Green. Inez's cousin Cecilia nearly becomes sacrificed by the cult in the process. Inez rejoins the New Men.

January 26, 2001

Using information gained from the Cult of the Green, The New Men oppose an alien plant in Madagascar as it attempted to overrun the entire island with plantlife. The cities are invaded by fast-growing, carnivorous plants but the New Men in an uneasy alliance with Witch Doctor managed to defeat Abyss although Madagasca remains rather wilder than it previously was.

February 18, 2001

The New Men, including the three children who are visiting, encounter Maurading Tide in Jakarta during an ASEAN meeting

March 9, 2001

The New Men defeat The Living Dead, but Saul is killed for the third time. The team included Saul, Chloe, Inez and May.

October 20, 2001

Saul and Chloe defeat Fauna First in New Orleans as they attempt to slay scientists who use animals to cure human diseases

April 18, 2002

Saul and Chloe meet (the first) Doctor Tomorrow. Together they defeat Clown King and save the kidnapped son of Hollywood Director Rico Guzman. The Clown King vows to seek revenge for their capture and mentions Jeremy as the 'weak link' in the New Men family.

July 7, 2002

The New Men expose five of CLAW's hidden bases, forcing the criminal organization to abandon them. The bases are in Nice, France; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mahalapye, Botswana; Bath, England; and Bucksnort, Tennessee. Samantha rejoins the team briefly and has time to bond with her other-dimensional counterpart, May.

July 3, 2003

Maria Escobar gains metahuman mentalist powers and attempts to make love slaves of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. The New Men stop her and the metahuman mutation virus that transformed her, but don't determine its origin.

August 19, 2003

Balthasar, calling himself 'Mouse', battles The 666 Club in Seattle and befriends a group of metahuman teenaers known as the Outsiders. He is rescued from the demonic gang by Goth, who later goes on to join Stroud's Mercs. Balthasar moves to Hong Kong and yet another boarding school.

November 19, 2003

Balthasar studies martial arts under the tutelage of Go while at boarding school in Hong Kong

December 20, 2003

The New Men are transported to the dimension Y-47 to retrieve Inez's nephew, Roderico, from the dimension's anopheline horrors

March 13, 2004

While at yet another boarding school, Balthasar befriends Tara Hemingway, a mouse metamorph. After helping Tara to adjust to a life as a metamorph, Balthasar takes her to his father and Saul uses the second-generation Gene Gauntlet to 'cure' her of her uncontrollable ability until she is old enough to know what she wants to do.

May 1, 2004

Samantha Numen graduates Magna Cum Laude from the Unversity of Florida

May 17, 2004

Saul and Chloe Numen work at an Antarctic research station and have a visit from Balthasar who has just been accepted as part of a corporate superhero team, Hero City. Chloe discusses the idea of reforming the New Men but gets sidetracked with work.

June 6, 2004

The Hero City theme park opens to great fanfare. The Comets create a number of diversion, including magically bringing animatronic figures to life and setting Black Angus on a rampage to distract Hero City's corporate heroes while the Comets steal the frozen body of the company's patriarch. The heroes save the day, however, protecting guests and rescuing the patriarch. Two of the maigcally animated figures remain alive: the new heroic team member, Mini-Doom, and the evil doll Smal Wonder.

October 12, 2004

In dimension 840204var1b, Saul and Chloe Numen encounter tyrannical versions of themselves. The Chloe and Saul of that dimension are known as Time and Life and they are the First Directors of the United Nations, essentially dictators of the world. Their created children, Samantha, Balthasar and Jeremy are their primary enforcers known as Hellfire, the Beast and Horde. Our Saul and Chloe free the other dimension's version of Witch Doctor and Seven Soldiers from Fort Leavenworth. Seven Soldiers proceeded to incite a riot in the Supermax while Witch Doctor helped Saul and Chloe destroy the Time-Life Tower, taking out the MegaGene Facility and the TimeWarp Doorway. With Witch Doctor's help, Saul and Chloe take Time and Life's 'Seat of Power' flying base and return to their own dimension. Saul later renovates the craft and dubs it 'Harmony', the New Men's new home. After seeing the warped other dimensional version of the Numen family and seeing the love shared between the other dimensional Witch Doctor and his son Akela, our Chloe suggested bringing the family back together. Saul agreed.

October 20, 2004

Saul and Chloe are nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

October 22, 2004

Jeremy Numen takes an experimental X-457 aircraft from the Lakota Sioux airbase facility for a 'ride' with his current girlfriend, the daughter of the Chinese Ambassador in Washington. The authorities are furious, but Saul convinces them to let it 'slide' and takes Jeremy home.

October 29, 2004

The New Men arrive in Melbourne, Australia, en route to Sydney where Saul and Chloe will be awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. It is the first time the family has been reunited and the world's media has a frenzy. While in the city the New Men discover that Melbourne's metahumans have all been killed in a mysterious accident several years ago, and find themselves caught up in a conspiracy to bring about a permanent end to metahuman activity in the city. Several organised crime families, sections of a corrupt police force and the metahuman mercenary, Paradise, have all joined together to import alien technology into the Docklands which was to be used to create a permanent anti-metagene field. The entire plan was secretly engineered by The Professor as part of an investigation into the experiment of April 2003. Unfortunately the New Men were caught in the backlash of the Professor's experiment and would have been killed if not for the sacrifice of Saul. The New Men were thrust forward in time by three days, while Saul was lost in the timestream.