Real Name: Francois Vitesse
Height / Weight: 5’9” / 142 lbs.
Hair / Eyes: Blonde / Green
Place of Birth: Paris, France (January 16, 1989)
First Appearance: New Vindicators #13
Physical Description: Francois Vitesse is a skinny, agile young man whose blonde hair is typically slicked back. The tallest of his siblings, Francois stands two inches over the other brothers.
Since turning to a life of crime, the brothers have ceased to wear the uniform of the New Vindicators Academy. They have instead adopted costumes of similar fabric: each brother wears a skin-tight, smoke-grey bodysuit that has two black bands that race up the inner arm, dash over the armpit, down the torso and fall over the legs. These costumes include a full cowl that covers the skull and protects the eyes from the rush of wind as they run.
Relationships: Marceu Vitesse (paternal grandfather), Antoine Vitesse (brother), Stendhal Vitesse (brother), Tristan Vitesse (brother)
Biography: In 1985, the super-sonic jewel thief Marceau Vitesse was brought to justice by two SPBs: the Frenchman’s latest crime had brought him to Holland and pitted him against the Dutch superheroine Bestiary and the Luxembourgish necromancer, Alexander Tharivol. The pair united in bringing the man to justice.
Marceau was taken to the Hague and tried by the International Criminal Court. Due to the difficulty in apprehending him over the course of his criminal career, Marceau was sentenced to life in prison.
While America had been incarcerating super-powered criminals in Alcatraz, those with had committed international crimes found themselves imprisoned in Pandora, a secret prison with an unknown location.
Though Marceau was never heard from again, his family lived on. The middle-aged man had a son almost out of his teens. Ligier Vitesse was in possession of his father’s Neo-Sapien abilities but kept them hidden for fear of disappearing in the manner his father had. Striving to live as normal of a life as possible, Ligier worked as a chef and married Bettina, a claims adjuster for an insurance company.
In 1988, before the couple could celebrate their first anniversary, Bettina found herself with child. Weeks later, her doctor revealed to her that she was actually pregnant with quadruplets.
Not far into the next year, she gave birth to four boys: Francois, Antoine, Stendhal and Tristan.
Francois was always the smartest of the children. Charismatic, he easily coerced his siblings into one plot or another—usually the sort of schemes their parents grounded them for.
When the boys were of age, they were enrolled at the New Vindicators Academy of Europe.
NEW VINDICATORS: sic simper tyrannis—In 2007, Francois was chosen to lead a team through the Trials. It came as no surprise to anyone that he chose his three brothers. Ultimately, Francois was able to steer them to the Final Trial where they were split up in one-on-one matches. Each of the Vitesse brothers lost their respective fight, with Francois losing to Ark.
NEW VINDICATORS: quaere verum—After graduation, Francois led the Vitesse brothers in entering a life of crime that has, so far, won them an estimated $13.7 billion. Their strategy is simply: the Vitesse brothers show up, take what they can carry, and leave the instant the Vindicators show up to stop them. With all four brothers running in separate directions and with several safe houses set up, the Vitesse brothers have continued on a crime spree that no one could have imagined stopping…
- STR 10, DEX 13 (+1), CON 10, INT 15 (+2), WIS 14 (+2), CHA 16 (+3)
SKILLS: Diplomacy 4 (+7), Knowledge (tactics) 6 (+5), Languages 2 (English, French [base], German), Notice 4 (+6), Sense Motive 4 (+6)
FEATS: Assessment, Defensive Roll 2, Elusive Target, Equipment 3, Evasion 2, Inspire 3, Leadership, Master Plan, Move-by Action, Quick Change 1, Set-up, Teamwork 3
POWERS: Enhanced Dodge 8, Super-Speed 8 (Spinning 8; Alternate Powers: Burrowing 8, Spin Attack 5; Power Feats: Moving Feint)
Equipment: cell phone, costume (+2 Toughness); 12 free equipment points
COMBAT: Attack +4, Grapple +4, Damage +0, Defense +12 (+1 flat-footed), Knockback -2 (-0 flat-footed), Initiative +33
SAVES: Toughness +4 (+2 flat-footed), Fortitude +2, Reflex +7, Will +4
COMPLICATIONS: Prejudice (Neo-Sapien), Reputation (Criminal), Responsibility
Abilities 18 + Skills 5 (20 ranks) + Feats 20 + Powers 51 + Combat 16 + Saves 10 = 120 points
Michuru81 wrote:Who likes speedsters? I know I do. In approaching the Vitesse brothers' builds, I did not want to stat one character and present them as four people. I wanted to give them individuality. Francois, the leader, has enough charisma to hit all his brothers with his Inspire. All of his alternate powers deal with spinning. Things like that to set him apart as an individual...