Intended as the start to a movement of publicly accountable superheroes without secret identities,
New Wave was meant to be much bigger than it ultimately was. The death of Fleur put an end to the groups upwards trajectory and stalled them at the level of a small town super team, supplementry to but independent of the local PRT.
In the field, they run into logistics issues based on the ability of some of their number to fly while others cannot.
New Wave is a team consisting of two related nuclear families, perhaps best known for their advocacy of superheroes without secrets and full accountability. In the past, they received national attention when they unmasked publicly after their take-down of Marquis, taking the name New Wave at the same time. Their movement quickly stalled at its peak with the death of Fleur, who was murdered in her civilian identity. Lightstar left the team and resumed his concealed identity as a result.
In modern day, their roster has expanded, with all four of their children having powers of their own. All members are celebrities of a sort, wearing costumes without masks or helmets, each white with an emblem unique to each the member.
Daughter of Lady Photon and Manpower, with powers similar to her mother. Wears a white bodysuit with a comet motif in a gradient of ruby red and magenta, with a red hairband and a coquettish sweep of blond hair over one side of her face.
Husband to Brandish. Can create bouncing light orbs that detonated with concussive or explosive force. Wears a white costume with a green-yellow icon of an exploding grenade, complete with padding and a helmet. Suffers from depression.
Wife of Flashbang and also a high profile lawyer. Has the ability to create weapons and martial shields out of hard light, and can condense herself into a bouncing sphere of hard light, being effectively invincible and untouchable at the cost of all mobility. Wears a costume of white and orange with a crossed-blade symbol.
17 year old daughter of Flashbang and Brandish. Has flight, invincibility and enhanced strength, combined with aura that makes her allies more inclined to like, respect and look up to her, while making her terrifying and intimidating to her enemies. Was biologically altered by her sister in mind and body, and was placed in an asylum for parahumans.
The adopted daughter of Flashbang and Brandish, the same age as Glory Girl. Has touch-based biokinesis. Biological daughter of Marquis. Incarcerated in the Birdcage. Has the birth name of Amelia Claire Lavere.
Youngest brother of Lady Photon and Brandish, and Fleur's boyfriend. Left both New Wave and Brockton Bay after the death of Fleur. Can create slow moving projectiles that he can detonate with concussive force at will.
The Brockton Bay Brigade was a standard, unofficial superteam founded by the three siblings Lady Photon, Brandish and Lightstar. Each brought their current partners at the time into the team, husbands (Manpower and Flashbang), and Lightstar's girlfriend Fleur. The Brockton Bay Brigade was led by Manpower. They clashed with Marquis and Empire Eighty-Eight among other Brockton Bay villains.
The team was rechristened New Wave and its members unmasked, in an effort to be a new breed of publicly accountable superhero. Leadership of the new team was passed to Lady Photon. For a time they became national celebrities. They even deployed to Boston to deal with an upswing in the criminal community there.
The group's sucess would not last. The wind was taken out of their sails when Fleur was assassinated in her civilian identity by an unpowered street criminal looking to gain influence with Empire Eighty Eight; Lightstar left the team shortly thereafter. With the risks of publicly unmasking now on full display, the driving concept of unmasked heroism failed to gain traction outside of the two founding families of New Wave. Despite their ideological defeat, the team retained some degree of celebrity.
The Pelham and Dallon families are sometimes used as case studies for research into parahumans and the nature or distribution of powers, due to their known family trees, powers and their dedication to free information.
↑ 1.01.11.21.31.4Originally the Brockton Bay Brigade, this group of heroes briefly became the subject of national attention when they unmasked publicly, rechristening themselves New Wave. Advocating superheroes without secrets and full accountability, they attempted to start a movement that stalled when a team member was murdered in her civilian identity. The team consisted of two related nuclear families, who have all become celebrities of a sort, wearing costumes without masks or helmets, each white with an emblem personal to the member.
Disbanded, though many members remain in Brockton Bay, some operating individually while others have retired from a life as a cape. - Cast (In Depth)
↑I had intentionally chosen a less level area. We were on a hill, playing on a bit of a slope, roughly a ten degree decline with taller grass, weeds, and some pebbly dirt covering the area. Some trees and rocks dotted the space between where their group would set up and where we would.
I had a few reasons for choosing the area. Part of it played off something I had experienced with New Wave. The team had always been split between the fliers and the people on the ground. Me, Aunt Sarah, Crystal and Eric had all been airborne, while my Uncle Neil, Mom, and Dad had all been landbound. It created a dilemma in logistics, and this slightly sloped ground and uneven terrain emphasized that logistics in a way that having to go through and around buildings might in the city. - Excerpt from Glare 3.3
↑“You know Neil and I don’t have that much money. Neil isn’t having luck finding work, and all our funding from the team is going into the New Wave plan, which won’t happen for a few months, and we have two hungry mouths to feed…”
Brandish grasped her sister’s meaning. With a sick feeling in her gut, she spoke the idea aloud. “You want Mark and I to take her.” - Excerpt from Interlude 15.x
↑ 5.05.1Author's note: Lightstar is unlikely to show up in the main story, and will only be featured if I write an arc centered around Glory Girl and Panacea, possibly as bonus content for the published books. As he's unlikely to show up in any meaningful context, I feel it's okay to spoil his power - he could create slow moving projectiles (around half the speed of a thrown basketball) that he could detonate concussively at will. - Lightstar, edit by Wildbow.
↑“Extended family. They passed the fifteen year mark with just donations and small events. I think that counts for something. [...] I spent most of my childhood watching my mom balance the books, I did the events, the photoshoots, the merchandising as a PRT-acknowledged team. I have something of a sense of what you’re probably going for.”
“Ah, the merchandising. I think I have your PRT trading card from that time period in a binder in my office.”
I smiled. “Which one? I had one that was holographic, which you could swipe through the controller for the video game to have me as a polygon-rendered helper, and the higher quality one that had the bio on the back.” - Flare 2.1
↑ 7.07.1Lady Photon, Sarah Pelham – Arguably leader of New Wave, wife of Manpower, mother to Laserdream and Shielder, sister of Brandish. Known to most as ‘Photon Mom’, to her annoyance. Has the powers of flight, the ability to create a personal forcefield bubble, with various lesser applications, and ‘hard light’ blasts from her hands. Wore a white bodysuit with a starburst motif in an indigo-purple gradient, complete with a tiara. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 8.08.18.28.3Manpower, Neil Pelham (Deceased) – Lady Photon’s husband. Had an electromagnetic augmentation allowing for superstrength and durability. Wore a white and yellow costume with a lightning bolt motif, but perished in the Endbringer arc. - Cast (In Depth)
↑Manpower deceased, CD-6. Aegis deceased, CD-6, my armband spoke, at the same moment my bugs reached the area around where Leviathan had been.
↑Laserdream – Eldest child of Lady Photon and Manpower. Has the same powers as her mother, with less facility with forcefields and stronger flight/laser blasts. Wore a white bodysuit with a comet motif in a gradient of ruby red and magenta, with a red hairband and a coquettish sweep of blond hair over one side of her face. - Cast (In Depth)
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↑ 13.013.1Shielder (Deceased) – Youngest child of Lady Photon and Manpower. The inverse of his sister, was a very strong forcefield user, with little to no flight and weak laser blasts. Wore a white costume with a blue shield motif, with blue dyed hair. Slain by Leviathan. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 14.014.114.2Flashbang, Mark Dallon – Husband to Brandish, father to Glory Girl and Panacea. Could create bouncing light orbs that detonated with concussive or explosive force. Suffered long term head injuries in the Endbringer arc, but was cured by his daughter. Wears a white costume with a green-yellow icon of an exploding grenade, complete with padding and a helmet. - Cast (In Depth)
↑Brandish could have mentioned how Mark was tired all the time, how his promise had proved empty. She might have mentioned how he was seeing a psychiatrist now, the tentative possibility of clinical depression. She stayed silent. - Excerpt from Interlude 15.x
↑ 16.016.1Brandish, Carol Dallon – Flashbang’s wife. Civilian identity is that of a high profile lawyer. Has the ability to create weapons and martial shields out of hard light, and can condense herself into a bouncing sphere of hard light, being effectively invincible and untouchable at the cost of all mobility. Wears a costume of white and orange with a crossed-blade symbol. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 17.017.117.2Glory Girl, Victoria Dallon (Incarcerated; Asylum) – Possessed of flight, invincibility, and capable of deadlifting over a ton. She radiates an energy that makes her allies more inclined to like, respect and look up to her, while making her terrifying and intimidating to her enemies. Following the conclusion of the Slaughterhouse Nine arc, Glory Girl was altered by her sister, in both mind and body, and was placed in an asylum for parahumans, where she currently remains. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 18.018.118.2Panacea, Amy Dallon (Incarcerated; Birdcage) – An adopted member of the family, the daughter of Marquis. She is possessed of complete control over the biology of those she touches, a fact that has led to her incarceration in the Birdcage, where she’s reunited with her father and is coming to terms with what she did. Panacea has freckles and frizzy brown hair, and at least one tattoo, to commemorate her sister. - Cast (In Depth)
↑“What’s holding you back? You’re capable of so much, of changing the world, of destroying it, but you’re so very small, Amelia Claire Lavere.”
His voice was almost mocking as he said her name.
“That’s not my name.”
“It’s the name you were born with. Imagine my surprise when I found out your relation to Marquis. In my last visit to Brockton Bay, I crossed paths with each of the major players. I met the man. I must tell you, Amelia, he was a very interesting character.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
↑ 20.020.1A short time later, the Brockton Bay Brigade unmasked before the public, advocating capes without masks.
A short time after that, Fleur was murdered in her civilian identity, putting an end to that movement. Lightstar (brother to Carol/Brandish and Sarah/Lady Photon) quit the team. - Wildbow on RPG.net
↑“Heroes, like the PRT, and like my family’s team, followed, to try and keep the peace until things settled. My family’s team was Lady Photon, Manpower, Flashbang, Brandish, Lightstar and Fleur.” - Excerpt from Flare 2.5
↑Lady Photon’s daughter and niece were in the air with her. Laserdream and Glory Girl. Mother and daughter shared the same general powers; flight, the ability to raise forcefield bubbles around themselves, and the ability to project lasers from their hands. As a consequence, their fight with Purity was something of a light show. - Excerpt from Buzz 7.9
↑As she targeted Glory Girl, one of Purity’s blasts of light slammed into the edge of a rooftop. Debris showered down, but was deflected by a bright blue forcefield. That would be Shielder’s power at work. He fought alongside Flashbang and Brandish, and I could identify Krieg, Victor, Othala and Alabaster in their immediate vicinity. Further away were Night, Fog, Panacea, Vista and Clockblocker. - Excerpt from Buzz 7.9
↑The kids from New Wave were near the Wards -Glory Girl, Panacea, Laserdream and Shielder- but they weren’t really joining in with the conversation the Wards were having. I could see Glory Girl and Gallant standing together; she was holding his hand. Panacea was sitting backwards on a chair just beside where Glory Girl stood, her arms folded over the chair back, chin resting on her wrists. She glared at the two of us, though the look was mainly directed at Tattletale. Near Panacea, the adults of New Wave had pulled the folding chairs into a rough circle so they could sit while they talked in a bit of a huddle. - Excerpt from Extermination 8.1
↑“New Wave may be disbanding. My mom suggested that if I wanted to keep being a hero, I should consider joining the Wards. So I’m here, checking things out. Your leader and director okayed it.” - Excerpt from Sentinel 9.3
↑He approached the crowd, and he stopped in front of a woman I recognized but couldn’t place.
In the moment she slapped him, I drew the connection.
Lady Photon. Sarah Pelham.
Flashbang and Brandish were with her, looking just as grim.
All around them, people were tensed for a fight.
That stopped when Marquis nodded solemnly. He murmured a few words, then walked away, standing on the same ledge that Acidbath had perched on, a little to the right of Lab Rat and String Theory. - Excerpt from Extinction 27.3