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Jess, known publicly as Genesis, is a member of the Travelers.


Skitter guessed that Jess is lonely based on her expressions [2]. She further noted that Jess did not seem like a very good actor.[3]

With the help of her friends and hobbies, Jess was able to compartmentalize her life, helping her get through the day. However, when she gained her powers, the walls she used to support herself became unstable, the lines between fantasy violence and boring reality were blurred.[4]


Jess is described as an average-looking, wheelchair-bound girl with a mop of auburn hair.[5] Her legs were thin, atrophied as a result of how long she'd been in the wheelchair.[2]

Abilities and Powers[]

Jesse's power is tied to sleep and activity. When she wakes up after being asleep she has no 'charge' with which to summon her construct. She must remain awake for a while to "recharge" her ability.[6][2]

To actually create and summon her construct she has to fall asleep, creating a new body and controlling it while her own body sleeps. The new bodies can take many forms and possess powers of their own, but using her power is easier the more "biologically stable" the body she makes is.[7] Stable in this case means creating a form that could reasonably exist, with functional biological functions and similar,[8] forms outside of real world biology, while more useful, are consequently weaker.[7]

Once she activates her power, she has a set amount of time to visualize the form she wants to use, complete with any organs or mechanisms to allow for special abilities. Failure to include vital organs means her power will drain her reserves, while other forms may lack the ability to move properly if she doesn't pay attention to limbs and the like.[2] It takes her at least two minutes to produce a new form.[9] Her creations faded when she woke up.[2] The time lag from switching over forms means that if the situation changes fast enough she can come to a conflict with the wrong tools, impacting her usefulness at times.[10]

Demonstrated Forms

A "triceratops-bull-cyborg thing" that could charge through doors.[11]

A "lady knight in shining armor" that could handle men with guns.[11]

An eight-foot-tall muscular figure like a gargoyle, demon or dragon, with four talons, pebble-like scales, and a short tail. Flies using broad bat wings sprouting from the shoulders. It could breathe out dark smoke that caused coughing even if invisible traces of it were inhaled.[1]

A normal-looking girl with auburn hair, freckles, and thick glasses.[12]

Lovechild of a scorpian and a stegosaurus, armored with a powerfull metasoma topped with a dangerous thagomizer.[9]

A "blend between a slug and a rabbit." Two bulbous eyes, two tentacles or floppy ears and a body that hugged the ground. Water flowed up and to the sides of the slug, and small mouth jetted streams of it at the fires of a building near her. Used for firefighting.[2]

A "crude rendering of a man" used to carry her real body.[2]

A form similar to Bitch's dogs, used as a mount for Trickster and Regent.[13]

A grotesquely obese, yellow-skinned "caricature of a sumo wrestler", with eyes like black buttons, translucent and oily skin, and no hair, clothes, or other features. Items pressed into the belly or put into the mouth became trapped inside, but can be hauled out.[13]

A griffon/pterodactyl with both arms and wings, capable of hitting Crawler with a car and dropping large pieces of rubble on him. No legs, face is "gargoyle-like".[14]

A ghostly woman wreathed with chains, with white, "smoky" hair that covered her face and talons for hands. She had no lower body extending from the tattered poncho-style cloak she wore, and floated as though she were as light as air. Strong enough to shatter plywood.[15]

A giant woman’s face carved out of bone, surrounded by long, thin, branching tentacles. Tough, good for multitasking.[16]

A creature "like a bison with wings, but her back had a bowl-shaped depression, and she had stubby little legs and antennae." Able to fly and carry Trickster in the basin on her back.[16]

A giant image of Eden.[17]



She was in a wheelchair since she was four.[2] Jess was a member of a professional-level video game team on Earth Aleph. When the Simurgh attacked Madison, WI on Earth Bet, she took several buildings from Earth Aleph - including the building Jess was in - which left her stranded on Earth Bet with her friends. After Francis found a suitcase full of Cauldron superhero serum, they each took one except for Noelle and Oliver who only took half a dose.

Story Start[]

She traveled to Brockton Bay with the rest of the Travelers.

She assisted in the villainous team up agains Lung and the ABB. She was deployed with Trickster and Tattletale. Tattletale was able to intuit her power.[11]


Fought alongside the Undersiders against the Slaughterhouse Nine.

Genesis provided assistance in guarding Skitter's territory but was not able to stop Mannequin's retalitory strike.[9] She later tried to put out the fires when Burnscar showed up to tag in.

Used a specialized form to capture Shatterbird.

Post-Slaughterhouse Nine[]

Dealt with the members of the Dragonflight, though several of her forms were shot by a sub orbital laser model, this was likely the Astaroth-Nidhug.


Returned to Earth Aleph, she did not seem to keep in contact with her former friends.

Gold Morning[]

She was requisitioned for the final push and would create a giant image of the Counterpart to break the spirit of The Warrior.[17]

Chapter Appearances[]

Worm Chapter Appearances
1. Hive 5.1 Debut
2. Hive 5.2 Appears
3. Hive 5.3 Absent
4. Hive 5.4 Absent
5. Hive 5.5 Mentioned
6. Hive 5.6 Absent
7. Hive 5.7 Absent
8. Hive 5.8 Absent
9. Hive 5.9 Absent
10. Hive 5.10 Absent
x. Interlude 5 Absent
1. Tangle 6.1 Mentioned
2. Tangle 6.2 Absent
3. Tangle 6.3 Absent
4. Tangle 6.4 Absent
5. Tangle 6.5 Absent
6. Tangle 6.6 Absent
7. Tangle 6.7 Appears
8. Tangle 6.8 Absent
9. Tangle 6.9 Absent
x. Interlude 6 Absent
1. Extermination 8.1 Appears
2. Extermination 8.2 Appears
y. Interlude 8.y Absent
3. Extermination 8.3 Absent
4. Extermination 8.4 Appears
5. Extermination 8.5 Absent
6. Extermination 8.6 Absent
7. Extermination 8.7 Absent
8. Extermination 8.8 Absent
z. Interlude 8.z Absent
1. Sentinel 9.1 Absent
2. Sentinel 9.2 Absent
3. Sentinel 9.3 Appears
4. Sentinel 9.4 Appears
5. Sentinel 9.5 Absent
6. Sentinel 9.6 Absent
1. Plague 12.1 Absent
2. Plague 12.2 Appears
3. Plague 12.3 Appears
4. Plague 12.4 Absent
5. Plague 12.5 Absent
6. Plague 12.6 Absent
7. Plague 12.7 Absent
8. Plague 12.8 Absent
x. Interlude 12 Absent
y. Interlude 12.5 Absent
1. Snare 13.1 Appears
2. Snare 13.2 Mentioned
x. Interlude 13.5 (Donation Bonus) Absent
3. Snare 13.3 Appears
4. Snare 13.4 Appears
5. Snare 13.5 Appears
6. Snare 13.6 Appears
7. Snare 13.7 Mentioned
8. Snare 13.8 Appears
9. Snare 13.9 Absent
10. Snare 13.10 Mentioned
y. Interlude 13 Absent
1. Prey 14.1 Mentioned
2. Prey 14.2 Absent
3. Prey 14.3 Absent
4. Prey 14.4 Appears
5. Prey 14.5 Appears
6. Prey 14.6 Absent
7. Prey 14.7 Absent
8. Prey 14.8 Absent
9. Prey 14.9 Absent
10. Prey 14.10 Absent
11. Prey 14.11 Absent
x. Interlude 14.x Absent
y. Interlude 14.y Absent
1. Colony 15.1 Absent
x. Interlude 15.x Absent
2. Colony 15.2 Absent
3. Colony 15.3 Absent
y. Interlude 15.y Absent
4. Colony 15.4 Appears
5. Colony 15.5 Absent
6. Colony 15.6 Mentioned
7. Colony 15.7 Absent
z. Interlude 15.z Absent
8. Colony 15.8 Appears
9. Colony 15.9 Appears
10. Colony 15.10 Appears
i. Interlude 15 Mentioned
1. Monarch 16.1 Mentioned
2. Monarch 16.2 Mentioned
x. Interlude 16.x Absent
3. Monarch 16.3 Absent
4. Monarch 16.4 Absent
5. Monarch 16.5 Appears
6. Monarch 16.6 Appears
y. Interlude 16.y Absent
7. Monarch 16.7 Absent
8. Monarch 16.8 Absent
9. Monarch 16.9 Absent
10. Monarch 16.10 Appears
z. Interlude 16.z Absent
11. Monarch 16.11 Absent
12. Monarch 16.12 Mentioned
13. Monarch 16.13 Appears
1. Migration 17.1 Appears
2. Migration 17.2 Appears
3. Migration 17.3 Appears
4. Migration 17.4 Absent
5. Migration 17.5 Appears
6. Migration 17.6 Appears
7. Migration 17.7 Appears
8. Migration 17.8 Appears
1. Queen 18.1 Absent
2. Queen 18.2 Absent
x. Interlude 18.x Absent
3. Queen 18.3 Mentioned
4. Queen 18.4 Absent
y. Interlude 18.y Absent
5. Queen 18.5 Absent
6. Queen 18.6 Absent
z. Interlude 18.z Absent
7. Queen 18.7 Absent
8. Queen 18.8 Appears
f. Interlude 18.f Absent
i. Interlude 18 Appears
1. Scourge 19.1 Absent
2. Scourge 19.2 Absent
3. Scourge 19.3 Appears
x. Interlude 19.x Absent
4. Scourge 19.4 Mentioned
5. Scourge 19.5 Absent
6. Scourge 19.6 Absent
7. Scourge 19.7 Appears
y. Interlude 19.y Absent
z. Interlude 19.z Absent
1. Speck 30.1 Absent
2. Speck 30.2 Absent
3. Speck 30.3 Absent
4. Speck 30.4 Appears
5. Speck 30.5 Absent
6. Speck 30.6 Appears
7. Speck 30.7 Absent



"A world that was awesome in the truer sense of the word, greater in so many respects. In a metaphorical sense, the peaks were higher, the valleys lower, works of art more artful, extremes more… extreme. It wasn't a good thing. Make the mountains twice as tall and the chasms twice as deep, and things start crumbling." - Jess to her team members.[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sentinel 9.3
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Snare 13.5
  3. Monarch 16.13
  4. Xexilf:Cauldron have been working with this for a long while, and even they only have vague statistics and some hints. If it were as simple as "think of what you want while drinking the vial"....
    Mentality may play a role. But its far from a clear connection.

    Wildbow: There is a connection though.
    Jess was good at compartmentalizing her life, facing reality and entertaining fiction with monsters and superheroes in good measure. Now the lines between reality and dream are blurred, she has everything she secretly wanted for herself, and little else... - Comment by Wildbow on Sufficient Velocity
  5. Genesis slept on one of the bunks I’d set aside for my employees.  Her face was contorted in an expression of concern.  Average looks, if a little round-faced, she had long eyelashes, and her auburn hair was a mop. - Excerpt from Snare 13.4
  6. Snare 13.10
  7. 7.0 7.1 As far as I'm aware, people tend to imagine that Genesis can be anything. In reality, she has a few seconds of half-asleep thinking to form concrete mental pictures, before her (dead; disconnected from outside/Eden resources) passenger steps in and fills in the remainder of the blanks.

    This is why she has a tendency to go for bulkier, simple constructions. Giant crab-men and armored knights, or tentacle-limbed monstrosities. She can do complex things (jelly prison for Shatterbird, water-suction/spitting slug), but these complexities tend to come with a vastly lower/weaker construction and core stats for the creation. - Comment by wildbow on Reddit
  8. If she just go for simpler construct it gets stronger "stats", can't she just go for some very simple construct that has very basic superpowers like invulnerability, super strength and regen and because the base stats would be very high she would be at something like Alexandria level?

    Any powers she gives the creation have to be workable at a physical level. She can't grant superpowers, except in the sense that you could have a given quality by virtue of physical construction. Flight is fine if she has a built in air-jet or aerodynamic frame. Invincibility isn't possible, but a stone skinned exterior is. - Comment by Wildbow on Spacebattles
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 “Genesis here. What?”

    "Mannequin en route to my territory for some kind of revenge against me for our last fight. How fast can you pull a body together?”

    "Two minutes.”

    “He’ll be there in five. Clear people out of the way, and put together a form that can take a beating and hamper him.”

    "On it.”
    Mannequin stood in the center of the road, his back to us. Half a dozen of my people were lying on the road, unconscious or dead. I couldn’t see any blood. There were a couple more people in nearby buildings that had fallen as well. How had he reached them? Why hadn’t Genesis and Sierra been able to get everyone out?

    A quiet horror ran through me like ice water.

    Genesis, too, was on the road, in the process of dissolving. She’d taken on the form of something like a stegosaurus crossed with a scorpion, all brawn and armor plating, with a long, prehensile, wickedly spiked tail. He’d beaten her. - Excerpt from Snare 13.3
  10. “What happened?” I asked Genesis, trying not to look at Grue.

    She glanced between the two of us.  “Realized Mannequin was using a gas, got a form together to fight that and occupy him, like you recommended, but he wasn’t there when I reformed.  Burnscar was.”

    “Mannequin forfeited his turn.  Burnscar went up next,” I explained.


    “You manage to stop her?”  Grue asked.

    “No.  I wasn’t prepared to fight her, but she couldn’t really hurt me either.  She left.”

    “Can you get a body together to fight the fires?” I asked, hugging my arms against my chest.

    “I’ll try.  My reserves are low.”

    “Thank you.”

    “I’m sorry I wasn’t able to stop them.” - Excerpt from Snare 13.4
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Tangle 6.1
  12. Genesis began to appear a short distance away, near Bitch. A blurry, beige and yellow, vaguely human-shaped figure coalesced into being. The shape then sharpened into features and alter in hue until there was the figure of a teenage girl, vaguely cartoonish. By the time we reached her, she looked indistinguishable from a regular girl. She had auburn hair, freckles, and thick glasses. A small smile touched her face as she stretched her arms and legs. - Excerpt from Snare 13.1
  13. 13.0 13.1 Snare 13.6
  14. Prey 14.4
  15. Colony 15.8
  16. 16.0 16.1 Colony 15.10
  17. 17.0 17.1 Speck 30.6
  18. Discussion with Wildbow on RPG.net
  19. Migration 17.8

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