Out of the tragedy of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 came a glimmer of superhero hope! Of course we know of the various special people who develop powers from gamma radiation such as the notorious Hulks. The Japanese Fukushima Disaster created an unprecedented amount of Incredible Hulks that required the government to set forth great effort to cover it up, and suppress media coverage. Most humans develop cancer from radiation but some with the right paranormal genetics develop psychokinetic powers. To a lesser extent various carcinogens, and toxic material that aren’t necessarily radioactive can activate latent powers hidden within our junk DNA. After the destruction of the World Trade Center a toxic dust cloud of materials blanketed New York City, and continued to burn toxins in the air for months afterward. There were numerous cases of various illnesses, and cancer from those near ground zero of the dastardly disaster. Especially in the case of First Responders, and heroes who selflessly risked their own life to save others. In the case of one lucky woman, breathing in the toxic debris netted her some totally awesome powers!
We don’t know her name due to her secretive nature. We only know that she calls herself Patriot Woman in honor of September 11th Patriot Day. Humans with powers, and sapient supernatural creatures generally strive to keep a low profile in order to avoid being the subject of capture, and experimentation by the government, or private rogue organizations. Those who are aware of the Supernatural Secrecy Pact are also quite vigilant to avoid mass public exposure of their abilities for fear of incurring the higher dimensional consequences of their actions. On September 11th, 2001 Patriot Woman was actually a wheel chair bound 82 year old born in 1919. She had bravely served as a nurse in the European battles of World War II against Hitler’s Germany. Unfortunately some stray bullets of cowardice paralyzed her from the waist down while she attempted to single handedly save a soldiers life. She was never able to walk again until 2001.
On the morning of September 11th, 2001 Patriot Woman was doing her usual tooling around in her high tech motorized wheel chair. Despite her decrepit condition she relished in being out in the world, and seeing as much as she could. Her caretaker, daughter, and grandchildren would often worry when she wouldn’t return for hours. There was simply no stopping her nor offering to come with her. She’s a deeply independent strong willed woman. She was near the World Trade Center when the first plane hit, and like many her curiosity got the best of her, and she pushed the petal to the metal racing toward the skyscraper. As she grew closer at 9:59 AM the south tower collapsed sending a massive foreboding dust cloud throughout the city streets. Patriot Woman looked onward in horror as the gray cloud spewed forth straight at her while countless frightened individuals ran past. In the news video footage below you can hear a woman at the end crying out for help as the dust engulfs everyone. That is in fact Patriot Woman herself who was knocked out of her wheel chair by fleeing pedestrians who couldn’t see her in the cloudy cloak.
She was eventually picked up, and taken to the hospital hours later. The doctors said it was only a matter of days before she died due to her old lungs being totally clogged with dust. She fell into a coma, and all hope was lost as the family held a vigil around her hospital bed. Miraculously two days later she arose happy, and full of energy. By weeks end she was released into her wheel chair. She began to have strange dreams of being young, and possessing various powers, and abilities beyond those of mere mortal women. Slowly but surely she noticed herself appearing younger when gazing in the mirror each day. Two weeks later she inexplicably had feeling in her legs for the first time in over 50 years! Her Caretaker, and daughter were shocked when she rose from her wheel chair three weeks after her 9/11 ordeal. Doctors were stumped by her miraculous tissue regeneration that gave her mobility again. As she grew stronger each day her dreams cried out to her to keep her powers a secret as she saw visions of being caged, and experimented upon by unknown sinister figures. Such visions are quite common among those developing powers. It’s said that these are a product of the Supernatural Secrecy Pact spirit sending forth the word sub-consciously to the masses. One month into her transformation she now looked half her age, and was growing supernaturally strong, and amazingly was racing through central park passing up speeding bikers! She pleaded with her family, and caregiver to keep their mouths shut but a few loose lips were about to sink her super powered ship!
At that point she disappeared to get control of the situation! She legally changed her name, and moved away by herself. She would visit family, and friends but they had no idea what her new name was or where she lived. Patriot Woman kept to herself in her secluded woodland home she purchased with all her retirement funds since she was pretty sure she could get a job now. Her new home was close enough to New York City for a reasonable commute but secluded enough to test out her powers in private. For reasons unknown two months into her transmutation she saw that her anti-aging had halted at about the age she became paralyzed. Little did she know that she would now be forever 25! She had acquired super strength that allowed her to easily hoist 500 pounds above her head! She also had super speed, agility, and enhanced senses beyond the average human. There were also limited short term psychic visions that gave her glimpses of bad things about to happen. She shored up her power by taking karate classes as well! After her first superhero moment save she realized it was her destiny to be a super woman hidden among the shadows of looming skyscrapers.
It was nearly Christmas 2001 as she jogged through New York City despite patches of ice on the sidewalks. Her amazing agility, and balance compensated for any icy slippage. Suddenly she had a vision of an old woman being robbed, and raped by a deeply deranged heavy set hulk of a man. She sprinted to the nearby alley in her vision, and found an old woman struggling to keep her purse, and her clothing on as the mad man pawed at her with a sinister smile on his face. Patriot Woman froze for an instant as she saw herself in that old woman. Now however it was time to take action like she never had before! She came up behind the man, and tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around smiling, and growled,”Fresh meat!” Patriot Woman then replied,”No you big bastard! Fresh punch in the face to wipe that smirk off!” She belted that bastard with such force that his neck literally snapped. He was instantly out cold. The old woman was fine, and deeply thankful yet she just wanted to go home without filing a police report. Patriot Woman feared she killed the man not knowing her own strength but she felt a pulse, and anonymously called 911. After checking on the filthy fiend later she discovered she had ironically damned him to a wheel chair. However doctors were amazed he was still alive. She realized she had some manner of healing powers as well since she had felt the mans neck for a bit to see what kind of injury she gave him. Finally utilizing her nursing training once again!
After that incident she donned a mask, created a red, white & blue suit, and gave herself the Patriot Woman name. She also went to college to update her nursing skills, and re-entered the dating pool with a passion! As of 2015 the 96 year old in the body of a 25 year old has been working at a New York City hospital having the time of her life! It’s said she used her position to scrub any records clean of her mysterious 2001 recovery, and the use of her legs again. By day she saves lives in the hospital with her knowledge, and her literal healing hands. By night she beats the ever loving hell out of street punks in her one woman quest for eternal justice! Various stories of her existence have manifested over the years as urban legends. In the real supernatural community her story is documented in the official secret paranormal record which is why we know this much about her. We hope to someday have the honor of meeting Patriot Woman next time we’re in New York City! Mystic Investigations salutes Patriot Woman along with all the brave men, and women who fought to save lives, or lost their lives on September 11th, 2001!