J O H N S T O R M
SEE THE CAPTAIN'S LOG OR RETURN TO BASE
Helm of the Elizabeth Swann, as the ship is under attack from a CIA missile
John Storm is the progressive thought leader, and Captain of the Elizabeth Swann, solar and hydrogen powered trimaran, as predicted by Jules Verne in 1874. Held to the be fastest zero emission ship on planet earth.
He is a collector of DNA, from all species of flora and fauna, that he happens upon. Sometimes, going out of his way to find rare, even extinct evidence of the development of life on earth.
It all started when John was on a fact finding archaeological dig in Tanzania, held to be the cradle of life, at Olduvai Gorge in South Africa. He found fossilized human remains, that sparked his interest in anthropology, branding him for life as a collector of DNA, in his search for our past, and pointers to the future.
John is obsessive about his collecting. He knows this. It is sometimes amusing, just how dedicated he is, when it comes to anthropology, and his ancestors.
John's other love is architectural history. He is fascinated by the sunning edifices built through the ages, including the Pyramids, Great Wall of China and especially sunken civilizations, such as the mythical Atlantis. He secretly works for and with, Blue Shield and UNESCO, as an agent in the more complicated cases of artifact theft and smuggling.
Blue Shield refer to John as their 'Knight' in shining armour. George Franks, is thought to have ancestral ties to the legendary King Arthur, though just a fable, without any evidence in support. George's office has a Round Table, where high level meetings sometimes take place.
Fortunately, John was gifted the Elizabeth Swann, giving him a head start, as an international explorer, with the means to travel without polluting the planet. Meaning, he could afford to indulge his hobby.
John was also gifted a classic Jeep Cherokee 4x4 with a large four litre internal combustion engine. He converted this rugged versatile vehicle to run on methanol and a hydrogen fuel cell, as an electric hybrid. He also fitted a solar roof, as a range extender. He calls his beloved off road carriage: "Jeepy." And when driving, refers to himself and passengers as "Jeepsters."
Use of the
term goes back to the 70's, where Marc Bolan of T.Rex, explored and popularized the concept in his song "Jeepster" as the metaphor of the Jeep as the dichotomy between automobiles to expresses the predicament of pursuing a person above one's social stature. In the song "Jeepster" is actually a
Jeep, pursuing a
John is helped by George Franks, a good friend and mentor, solicitor-advocate and associate of his uncle, Professor Douglas Storm.
Katie, the Kitty-Cat, is the ship's cat. There are many famous cats that lived on ships. Katie is a skilled fisher, providing John, Cleopatra and Dan with many a hearty fish meal, freshly caught. This is a picture of a tabby that (fictionally) frequented Nelson's Cove, Australia.
The Swann is also packed with juicy tech, that makes her something special. Equipped with the Artificially Intelligent 'Hal' computer, the trimaran is a virtual living thing, more than capable of navigating John to any destination in the world at high speed, with a zero carbon footprint. The ship has an integrated autonomous navigation system called Captain Nemo, that feeds Hal and Merlin.
John's collection of DNA is stored in The Ark, the world's most powerful interactive digital DNA library. The integrated system is loyal to John Storm, coded to recognize and protect him, and authorized members of the crew. Including Katie-Kitty-Cat, the ship's cat.
On one of his adventures, John is accidentally injected with a DNA crafted virus. This changed his genome, making him exceptionally strong, with side effects. Since the virus had not been formulated for him especially. Later, having stumbled across the technology to re-programme his DNA, and using his database, 'The Ark,' John with help from Dan Hawk, is able to re, re-programme his DNA. This time with a virus that is crafted for him personally. John is fascinated by the fact that he has, in effect, created another species of hominid, that he (and his crew) calls, Homo Sapiens Sapiens Superior, or Kanis Rex. Kanis Rex is the file name for the genome formula, that improves on the virus he assimilated accidentally in Manaus.
To make things worse, or better, depending on your point of view, John was persuaded to undergo a procedure whereby Dan, aided by Cleopatra as a nurse, inserted a BioCore™ implant onto the occipital lobe of his brain. This incredible wireless communication apparatus, enables John to communicate with the CyberCore Genetica™ supercomputer, and any other enabled digital device. Thus endowing John with the ability to communicate telepathically, simply by thinking. The BioCore, communicating from the brain directly to (for example) a smart phone, cutting out the need to speak and vocalize a thought.
The Elizabeth Swann is to feature in a trilogy of original stories being developed by the Cleaner Ocean Foundation, by way of ocean and climate awareness campaigns.
The trilogy includes 'KULO-LUNA, 'CLEOPATRA THE MUMMY,' and 'TREASURE ISLAND,'
A second series could begin with 'THE HOLY COMPASS,' a natural follow on from Treasure Island.
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