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Leonard Cushing was an agent of the Company, who was also Thompson Jr.'s partner. He was an evolved human with the ability to generate corrosive fluids.
In Borno Industries building, Cushing is startled when Thompson, Jr., Devin and Gael Cruz arrive and find him standing next to the dead body of Jamie Wu. When they accuse him of the murder, he uses his ability to create a hole in the floor and flee.
Cushing becomes followed by Thompson, Jr., who forces him to fight him. While sparring, Cushing says that he received a note saying that Jamie Wu knew who evsdropr really is, and he came there to meet her. Cushing then gets the better of Thompson, Jr., and is about to kill him when Devin shoots Cushing dead. Cushing's last words are that evsdropr is always watching.
A Company doctor autopsies Cushing's body.
Gael Cruz uses Cushing's remark that Evs Dropper is "always watching" as evidence that Donna Dunlap (who has the ability of telescopic vision) is working for Evs.
A week prior to Cushing's debut in Trust Issues, Part 1, evsdropr sent out a message with a sequence of numbers and symbols, 7-!$-9-*-19-@!-3. When the symbols are matched to their corresponding number on a keyboard and the numbers are changed to letters (1 = A, B = 2, C = 3, etc.), the sequence spells out "G-N-I-H-S-U-C", Cushing spelled backwards.
Cushing's assignment tracker case file (file: C022; password: LCtsn45p) at primatechpaper.com contains a personal history for Cushing:
Cushing was born in Mesa, Arizona, where he was raised by his father. He is not known to have any living siblings. Deviant behaviors noted throughout school records; most incidents may be attributed to lack of stable home life, and early discovery of ability.
As a teenager, Cushing made a name for himself by melting gold ore from rock in local mining towns. Company placed him on investigatory surveillance. After requisite observation period, Cushing was determined to possess the ability of secreting a highly potent acid from the pores of his epidermis.
After a prolonged and difficult recruiting process, Cushing was stationed in Las Vegas for 6 years, and tasked with shadowing persons of interest. Placement with long-term partner difficult due to Cushing's habit of dropping off the grid for months at a time. In 2007, Cushing was effectively paired with Thompson Jr.
Cushing's body was found deceased under highly suspicious circumstances. The matter remains classified as "Under Investigation." Though a formal investigation into the circumstances of his death is pending, Cushing is also suspected of traitorous activities, and may be responsible for the recent unsolved murder of five agents.
The case file also includes a psychological profile:
Cushing is classified as highly unstable. Often utilizes abilities in unpredictable and inappropriate manner. From childhood, overcharged, untrained emotions may impact control index of unique ability. In latest assessment, partner Thompson Jr. has proven to be a stabling influence on Cushing's performance and responsibility.
In light of difficulties in recruitment, sporadic unexplained disappearances, and reluctance to work with a partner, Cushing has been monitored closely throughout his association with the Company. All files now tagged for pending investigation.
Regarding this file, evsdropr said, "The Company is confused; their levels of trust are waning. The problem is with the Company."
Cushing had the ability to generate highly corrosive fluids. When using it, his hand secreted a highly potent acid from the pores of his epidermis that could quickly eat through metal. He seemed to be unaffected by the fluids he created.
According to his assignment tracker
file at primatechpaper.com
, Cushing's control index was 65%. His data analysis shows his biological level at 80, cerebral at 30, elemental at 20, and temporal/spatial at 10.