My write-ups of the Knaves, who served as Professor Purgatory's underlings during the Heroic Earth episode deemed "The Promise of Purgatory" by the Hierophant's official scrivener, Lacklund Workworks (the Hierophant scarcely writes his own journal entries, after all). The first three up: Red Vulture, Typhoid, and Wretched Dragon!
Red Vulture: Though an inveterate coward and liar, Red Vulture is a cunning thief, looter, and criminal strategist; he initially worked as a villain-for-hire in his native India for the crime lord Brahmin, but eventually the Red Vulture's skimming of the loot reached levels which Brahim could not ignore or forgive, despite Red Vulture's usefulness. In Eastern Europe and Asia, he teamed with the Retriever, an armored villain who specialized in bank jobs, stealing prototype technologies, and ransacking the bases of other supervillains, making him a good match for the Red Vulture-even the Retriever grew tired of his partner's greed. In the States, Red Vulture headed up a low-grade team of avian-themed criminals known as 'The Roost", battling Steel Commando and Lady Grayhaven and her Pride. When the Roost turned against him, Red Vulture was desperate enough to sign on with Professor Purgatory. His cloak grants him error-free teleportation (even into places he has never visited before), but no one is sure if the Red Vulture's power to drain and weaken the vigor of others is likewise device-driven or an intrinsic ability.
Typhoid: Back in 1972, Mary was a petty criminal, prostitute, drifter, go-go dancer, and hippie; her world changed when she and the group of dopers Mary was hanging with at the time ecountered an eighteenth century vampire late one night, while smoking pot, making out, and dancing around a bonfire. Mary was the only survivor-though no one was left alive. She became an unusual vampire, one whose bite not only resulted in blood loss but also infected her victims with a supernatural disease that mimicked the effects of typhoid fever. She was resistant to sunlight and could remain awake during the day, but while her regenerative powers were phenomenal, Mary lacked most of the immunities of a traditional vampire. Remaining very much a "bad girl" and thrill-seeker, she became involved in a number of sordid adventures, ranging from the banal (alternately seducing and threatening a hippie couple in an old mansion) to the deadly (a high-speed cross-country car chase involving a psychopathic driver and his career-criminal partner). Mary's escapades came to an end when she encountered Sacred Spear, who left "Typhoid" Mary entombed under a two-ton slab of concrete, where she remained trapped until inadvertantly freed by a construction crew a few years back. Rendered utterly mad, Typhoid Mary has proclaimed repentence for her past deeds, and now preys only on "the guilty"...as her demented mind judges so many to be.
Wretched Dragon: Unnatural and tormented, Wretched Dragon would have been a pitiable figure had he not been so lethal. The result of a misbegotten attempt by Black Dragon to cure his cancer through mysticism, Wretched Dragon was a tumour in human form, with all of the Tricker Ninja's memories, skills, and ruthlessness but none of the Black Dragon's light-heartedness or (meager) scruples. Wretched Dragon killed and maimed casually and without regret. He loathed his own existence, as the sickness Black Dragon felt was magnified ten times over in his malformed twin, but Wretched Dragon regenerated from even a single cell, so all his attempts at ending his own life fell short-though he experienced all the pain of each failed sucide just as any normal man. He took on one mission after another going after superhumans Wretched Dragon hoped could end his torture, and signed on with Prof. Purgatory when promised oblivion in return.
The other Knaves-Elohim II, Dr. Gateway, and Generator Jack-will follow in due course.
All my best.
The Contingent: When all other super teams fail...