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Harlem Heights, the once-great black renaissance city, is now considered a cesspool of political corruption and an underbelly for the Syndicate. CRISIS is the introduction to a shadowy vigilante as he attempts to take down a ruthless Kingpin and the Syndicate.
Harlem Heights' streets are a microcosm of the drug war and of urban gentrification. CRISIS recounts the struggles of the once-great black renaissance city of Harlem Heights via the perspectives of the police, gang members, politicians, journalists, addicts, and regular folks that make up their society. The series depicts a world where the clear-cut boundaries between good and evil, as well as crime and punishment, are always being tested.
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Mechanic during the day...Vigilante at Night! Xavier Djore is Crisis!
Abilities and Powers
Originally from Harlem Heights, Xavier has returned home after serving in an elite special operations unit to run his father's auto repair shop and find his father's killer. Xavier had a high school sweetheart named Tilisha Jordan, much as his dad did. But things with Tilisha fell apart after he followed in his father's footsteps as a proficient sniper and joined the Army.
Xiran is the offspring of Harlem Heights' first auto mechanic, the Great Jackie Xavier Djore. When Xiran was a Sergeant in the Army, he tied the knot with his longtime crush, Misty. Xiran is a savvy strategist and a master negotiator. Having seen battle in Desert Storm, Xiran is also a trained and proficient marksman. Xiran was slain viciously, and his death is still being treated as a cold case.
Smart, brave, and insightful, Misty is the head nurse in the emergency department. She enjoys the fast pace of her work environment and is as loyal as they come to Harlem Heights Hospital. She was overjoyed by the birth of her son, Xavier, and overjoyed that Xiran was her one true love. That night when she discovered her husband in a pool of blood, she was unable to save him. When her son found out that his father had passed away, it was she that broke the news to him.
Inspired by her grandpa, the first African-American police chief in Harlem Heights, Tilisha enrolled in the Police Academy. She quickly advanced through the ranks of the HHPD and found herself working in the Homicide Unit of the 48th Precinct. By working alongside senior detective Neal Sexton, Tilisha was able to increase her impact on several cold cases and became a voice of reason for grieving families. Talisha's relationship with her parents has been described as "frigid" and "not the greatest" since the loss of her brother, Raheem.
Sexton joined the HHPD after being honorably discharged from the Marines following his service in the second Gulf War. He quickly progressed through the ranks, becoming a Senior Detective, the HHPD's equivalent of a Detective Sergeant, with responsibilities including both investigation and supervision. Sexton departed the HHPD for a private investigation firm and stayed there for three years. He went back to work for the HHPD after a stint in the private sector.
Despite lacking any superpowers, Nemiah Jordan, as Mayor of Harlem Heights, makes up for it with his brutality and ingenuity. A rising Kingpin and drug dealer in Harlem Heights, who takes control of city's underbelly and capitalizes on Blue Harlem pandemic, Jordan has been in the core of injustices committed by the citizens of Harlem Heights. For good reason, he's unknown to many as the leader of the Syndicate—he'll stop at nothing to maintain his control of the criminal underworld in Harlem Heights.
Daiysha Jordan, the wife of one of Harlem Heights' most powerful men, is the bank's President and CEO. After graduating from high school and learning that she was carrying Nemiah's son Raheem, she began working as a bank teller. Daiysha, a fierce and competitive scholar, earned various degrees in accounting and finance while attending night school. She has no idea that she is the go-to person for all of the Syndicate's financial needs.
Izabella Sanchez is a skilled defense attorney and has been kept on retainer by Mayor Jordan and ultimately by the Syndicate Organization. She defended Syndicate members accused of everything from drug trafficking and murder to unlawful possession of a weapon and parole violation. She also functioned as the mayor's agent and advisor in his property transactions. Sanchez is a corrupt and duplicitous woman who is delighted to assist her criminal clientele.
After graduating at the top of his class from the police academy, Denton Wood immediately joined the Police Department. Following his successful efforts to eradicate corruption within the department, Wood was promoted to the rank of Captain. After the death of his best friend Kiran, he made a solemn promise to himself to make the neighborhood safer by putting a stop to illegal activity and drug use. As a result, Wood is just as dedicated as CRISIS to clearing the city of crime.
Emily and her best friend Talisha parted ways in Harlem Heights after high-school so that Emily could attend the Heritage Oaks School for Journalism. When Emily goes back to her old neighborhood, she learns the truth about a greusome slaying that has everyone baffled. She develops into a fearless investigative reporter who loves to dig up dirt. As a result, Emily has to face the truth about her father's past and the cesspool of political corruption, drugs, and crime.
Despite being a married father who secretly identifies as gay, Hinton was elected as the next chief of police for the Harlem Heights Police Department (HHPD). The Police Academy rejected him at first, but later gave him a second chance. Hinton is quite astute politically and would like to one day become Police Commissioner. For whatever reason, Hinton is notorious for hiding away unsolved crimes. He masks some of his own insecurities by using a unique method of intimidating others.
The intelligence agency of the United States government came to the conclusion that individuals with Ryker's skill sets and abilities would be able to excel as special operators when attached to an elite special operations unit of the Army. After she finished her tour of duty, she ran into trouble primarily with members of the criminal underworld and unscrupulous politicians. Priya made the decision to operate on her own for a while as a freelance operative until she joined forces with CRISIS in order to take down Harlem Height's Kingpin and the resourceful Syndicate.
Knuckles is the Kingpin's trusted right-hand man who manages the day-to-day operations of his criminal enterprise. He also serves as the Kingpin's confidant. He was given the responsibility of controlling all of the Kingpin's interests and eliminating anyone who represented a threat; this was a job that he took great delight in performing. His robotic hand has been responsible for the deaths of those who have crossed the Kingpin. It is said that before becoming a member of Kingpin's band of henchmen, he had a confrontation with CRISIS. His right hand met one of his blades.
The son of one of the most influential men in Harlem Heights, Raheem Jordan was a remarkable fashion designer. He was known for his sophisticated appearance and charisma. He served as the face of the Syndicate for a significant portion of his adult life and was responsible for managing the organization's relationships with its many partners and affiliates. However, his life was tragically cut short. It is believed that he was killed when a drug transaction went south. It is reported that his body was dumped in the river, and his remains were never found.
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