Who are the Alpha Sentinels?
The SLJ is a huge organization. This is generally thought to be a good thing- the larger their numbers the more good they're able to do. Unfortunately, organizing this many people effectively requires an administration, which means that, in spite of the best of intentions, there is always going to be bureaucracy at work in the SLJ. To help ease this image, the Alpha Sentinels were formed as a public face of the SLJ- seven diverse, powerful heroes who operate as an autonomous team, with support from the larger organization when they need it.
In practical, story terms, the Alpha Sentinels are like your JLA or Avengers type of group. They're a tool to be used in your stories, either individually or all together, an easy watermark in terms of character and powers that you can use whenever you need to reference an archetype. There's the brick, the magic user, the cosmic dude, the psychic, etc etc. Naturally, they have their own distinct personalities and histories that set them apart from their generic comic book sterotypes, but by and large they're just here for you to use as pieces in your story.
The seven current heroes on the Alpha Sentinels Roster are:Miss March
The longest standing member of the Alpha Sentinels is Miss March- a "classic" hero from the Golden Age who has been around a long time and fought alongside the most legendary heroes of all time. Incredibly in-shape for a woman in her 60's, Irene Ryan is competent, confident, and healthy. Due to her longstanding popularity, she has been given a good deal of political control over team affairs. Every member of the Alpha Sentinels was handpicked by her, except Sage (see below,) and she the team's de facto field leader. She's got a suit of powered armor that lets her fly and houses a number of deadly weapons, but her true deadliness comes from her tactical abilities.Brainchild
During an encounter with the extradimensional superego entity known as The Wishgiver, Miss March's subconscious desire to be a mother expressed itself. Due to her cybernetic implants, Miss March had been sterile for many years, but nevertheless nine months later she gave birth to a biological and technological marvel: Brainchild. Having grown up in the limelight, Allison Ryan is poised, graceful, and just coming into her own as a hero. Being an unexplained miracle of cybernetics and extradimensional magic, she is capable of incredible bursts of speed. She has combined this with a lifetime growing up in the shadow of the SLJ to become a deadly martial artist and brilliant detective. Spectrum
An accident aboard the International Space Station caused Astronaut Spencer Truman to be bombarded with theoretical particles known as axions, destroying his physical form but giving him basic control over the entire electromagnetic energy spectrum. Being composed of pure energy, Spectrum feels distant and detached from humanity, but unlike some of his comic-book contemporaries it is a feeling he actively works to fight- he continues to rediscover his humanity by emotionally investing in missions and his teammates.Dr. Raven
An unparalleled master of the mind, Dr. Raven works diligently to support his teammates even as his own personal life falls to pieces. Once a brash young telekinetic with everything to prove, Luther Blackfeather has mellowed in his middle age. A questionable psychic relationship with the SLJ's resident empath, Karina Edelweiss, tarnished his reputation in the superhero community, although no wrongdoing was ever conclusively proven. Due to his financial and legal troubles as a result of his divorce, he hides behind his status as an Alpha Sentinel, using heroism to escape his day to day worries. Lord Greenwood
A reformed Victorian Era villain and possibly the world's first eco-terrorist, the immortal Lord Greenwood eventually decided to work with humanity rather than against it, and has been a reliable and powerful Sentinel mainstay for decades. A terse, pithy, well-mannered consciousness housed in a living, shifting Xanadu of plants and insects, Lord Greenwood only assumes the shape of a man for the comfort of his allies. His body regenerates continually, and he exhibits complete control over the natural world. Sage
The most recent addition to the Alpha Sentinels, Callum Sage was appointed by SLJ bureaucracy after the death of his mentor, the Ur Wizard, Zephandi. The cocky, privileged twentysomething was prophesied to be the Chosen One, and is mysteriously fated to one day become the world's most powerful practitioner of magic. Fully aware of his destiny, the powerful but egotistical Sage is something of an odd fit for this close-knit team. Steel Will
The orphaned son of former Sentinel Stormriders, William Fairweather was groomed from a young age to become a hero. Demonstrating remarkable strength and durability, the once shy, clumsy youth has grown into a wisecracking young man who uses humor to mask the depths of his codependence on his surrogate family. He's super-strong, invulnerable, and can fly, and while Will's physical qualities are impressive, it is his inherent likeability which may prove to be his greatest power.