From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|Security footage of Burning-Star taken shortly after her arrival in the Rogue Isles|
|Player: @The New Black|
|Known Aliases:||Burning-Star, Bright Star, Crazy Star, the psycho blonde|
|Eye Color:||Glowing green as Burning-Star, standard blue as Bright Star|
|Occupation:||None known As Burning-Star. Bright Star is a novice superhero.|
|Place of Birth:||Confidential|
|Base of Operations:||Confidential|
|Known Relatives:||None known|
|Radiation Emission / Radiation Blast / Flight / Teleportation / Fitness|
|A non-stable molecule costume that changes form to adapt to her powers.|
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Months ago, Bright Star was a super-hero based near Paragon City. Her popularity with both the public and local officials rose quickly due to her attractive appearance, positive attitude, and her dedication to the cause of justice. The nature of her powers brought her to the attention of the Scientific Experimentation Research and Application to Paranormal Humans group.
S.E.R.A.P.H. offered Bright Star the chance to work with them for the greater good, and she welcomed the opportunity. As time passed, the partnership between Bright Star and S.E.R.A.P.H. proved highly beneficial for all parties involved, as well as the public.
Bright Star as seen on patrol.
The Space Incident
Shortly after S.E.R.A.P.H. agents and Bright Star joined forces, S.E.R.A.P.H. scientists discovered odd energy readings from space. The scientists were able to determine that the readings were coming from an area just beyond Pluto. As Bright Star proved she was capable of unaided space travel (at a mere fraction of the time it would take to send a ship) S.E.R.A.P.H. sent her to space to inspect and monitor the energy first hand.
After training for extended time in space and to have a chance to be familiar with the recording, monitoring, and communication equipment she’d be given during the trip, Bright Star left for her distant destination.
Her progress was set to be monitored during the entire journey. However, as Bright Star reached the vicinity of Pluto, the equipment started to short. (S.E.R.A.P.H. made sure they were using top of the line equipment, as the data would potentially be incredibly valuable. The equipment really was fully tested, top of the line, and should have worked during the entire trip.) Communication with Bright Star was completely lost soon after it started breaking up.
As time passed, hours turned into days, and days turned into weeks, and the scientists were still unable to contact Bright Star. S.E.R.A.P.H. scientists kept track of her last known position out of her memory, but most at S.E.R.A.P.H. believed she perished on the trip due to some unforeseen factor.
Return to Earth
A month to the day of her departure, a small meteorite heading towards earth was detected from Bright Star’s last known position. As word spread through S.E.R.A.P.H.’s labs of the meteorite, it was determined that it would hit the earth in approximately 24 hours. S.E.R.A.P.H. officials were hopeful at the prospect.
As the meteorite slowed incredibly outside of Mars, S.E.R.A.P.H. scientists determined that the “meteorite” was in fact Bright Star, as it matched her energy signature exactly. Preparations were started for a homecoming celebration. Many agents were still skeptical of her return, however, as they had no evidence or testing to back up Bright Star’s power being able to sustain her for extended periods of time. How would she have slept or consumed sustenance during the month she disappeared? By all their accounts, she should be dead.
Bright Star’s decrease in speed maintained until she reached the Earths atmosphere, delaying her return another 48 hours. As such, this gave S.E.R.A.P.H. the opportunity to send an “escort” ship to help her, as she must have been exhausted from her trip.
The ship meeting Bright Star was monitored by S.E.R.A.P.H. as well as Longbow. Things appeared to be going well, until the cameras caught Bright Star for the first time. Her costume was badly damaged, her cape was shredded, and her normally “perfect” hair was a mess. She did not appear to be physically wounded though. The most disturbing thing that the cameras picked up, however, was her eyes, which were no longer covered by her trademark mask.
Bright Star’s previously normal eyes were now spewing green energy, and she had a look of madness to her. S.E.R.A.P.H. scientists watched in horror as Bright Star screamed at the incoming ship and fired an energy blast at it, sending the resulting wreckage plummeting to the ground. S.E.R.A.P.H. immediately dispatched Longbow to take down Bright Star, and there was a call to send any other airborne heroes after her.
Bright Star followed the wreckage of her escort ship to the ground, just outside of Faultline. At about the half-way point, she was hit from the side by an energy blast, which came from the leader of a super-powered Longbow Strikeforce.
Amidst the ensuing aerial battle that the Longbow operatives were trying to work towards the ground, the operatives attempted to talk sense into Bright Star to calm her down. During the brawl, she screamed at the heroes that she’s not Bright Star, she’s Burning Star as she knocked several of them out with a massive attack. (Bright Star’s odd response prompted S.E.R.A.P.H. scientist to question their psyche tests, which gave no indication of Bright Star being anything but a model citizen.) Burning Star clearly over-exerted herself to take out the Longbow, and she lowered herself to the ground to recover. After she landed, Positron himself flew into the area with Longbow reinforcements.
Eventually, Positron and the Longbow forces combined quickly put Burning Star on the defensive. Burning Star attempted to teleport away, but she was knocked unconscious after a sudden flash in front of her. As Burning Star fell to the ground, Synapse appeared behind her, having dealt the knockout blow.
S.E.R.A.P.H. quickly took Burning Star into custody. Keeping her incapacitated in a holding cell, they ran tests to find out what happened to her. Her body appeared to be in perfect physical health with no signs of what could have caused the damage to her costume. However, the electrical activity in her brain was markedly different than from when she left. The scientists couldn’t identify any external causes, so they tried bringing her to a still semi-drugged consciousness.
The scientists reasoned she must have seen something, or experienced something that caused her to react in this way. Of course it could just be that she was adrift in space for a month, but that doesn’t explain what kept her alive, or prevented her from returning earlier. What puzzled them the most was that the exhaustive testing they put her through before she left for space gave no indication whatsoever that she couldn’t handle the psychological aspects of the trip. (Which was countered with their testing showing no way that she could have survived a month on her own in space to begin with, regardless of their testing only covering a week in space as an absolute worse case scenario.)
The scientists couldn’t possibly tell what happened to her without actually questioning her. When Burning Star was brought to semi-consciousness, she only responded with random words and phrases. The scientists decided to try and bring her to full consciousness. As soon as she was brought to normal levels, Burning Star got the same wide eyed look, and after freeing herself with an energy burst and screaming something about “You can’t do this!” she was knocked out again by Longbow security agents.
S.E.R.A.P.H. agents instructed Longbow to escort Burning Star to Ziggursky Prison, making sure to prevent her from reaching full consciousness. Burning Star would be kept safe in the prison, and also prevented from harming anyone until S.E.R.A.P.H. could determine exactly what happened to her to cause such a drastic change, and ultimately what they could do to help her.
Burning Star was kept heavily sedated in her cell until Arachnos agents instigated a massive breakout at the prison. Burning Star was believed to have escaped in the ensuing chaos, as eye witness reports state she has been seen in many areas of the Rogue Isles and even Paragon City since the breakout.
The Rogue Isles
During her time in the Rogue Isles, Burning-Star seems to have developed another persona. This third personality wears a black and gray costume, compared to Bright Star’s original blue and white uniform. (S.E.R.A.P.H. provided Bright Star with a non-stable molecule costume that would respond to her powers. The costume now appears to change with Bright Star’s mental state, reflecting whichever personality has manifested at the time.) Security footage can be seen below.
This new personality also answers to the name Burning-Star, but the black clad ‘Star is considerably more coherent than the original Burning-Star, in addition to being more malevolent in nature. As is the case with the original Burning-Star persona, what caused Bright Star to develop this secondary aspect of the Burning-Star personality is not publicly known.
After a recent extended period of feeling that she was being followed, Burning-Star finally encountered the source of her paranoia in Sharkhead Isle. ‘Star disappeared for a short time afterwards, and then reappeared in the Isles, physically none the worse. However, Burning-Star now seems to have developed more thorough memory problems, with a loss of the knowledge of who she met recently or what happened to her prior to her encounter in Sharkhead Isle.
Both Burning-Star and Bright Star have access to a not fully understood energy source, which even the most exhaustive lab testing was barely able to determine as cosmic in nature. This energy can be used at the speed of thought in a variety of ways, primarily among them; to fly, to teleport herself and others, to fire blasts of energy that will weaken her opponents, to accelerate the metabolism of herself and her allies, and to heal herself and her allies.
Bright Star was an operative for S.E.R.A.P.H. and a potential recruit for several heroic supergroups prior to her fateful mission in space.
Before her last disappearance, Burning-Star was known to have been a member of several organizations based in the Rogue Isles. Currently, Burning-Star is allied with the Supreme Society. Discovered by Agonus, who did what he could to salvage her fragile psyche and put the coherent Burning-Star persona to the forefront, 'Star was initially brought in as a recruiter for the Society. This proved problematic, however, as 'Star's work in the field soon lead to the return of her split personalities, and Agonus once again attempted to salvage 'Star's mind. The psychic surgery seemed a success until 'Star slipped into a shock induced coma after she was finally confronted with visual evidence of her condition. Since then, Agonus has kept Burning-Star from active duty in the Society and monitored her condition very closely.
-Burning-Star tends to hear music playing. As a result of hearing said music, Burning-Star has a tendency to start dancing at odd times. If you do not hear this music, do not be alarmed. Burning-Star hears many things that most people do not.
-Unrelated to the music that she dances to, Burning-Star occasionally sings along to the songs of her favorite group, and often wonders why only Hymnal ever joins in with her.
-Burning-Star and Bright Star are natural blondes.
(('Star is a female take on Robert Reyndolds, AKA the Sentry, and his archenemy, the Void. One of the biggest things that interests me about the Sentry and the Void is that they're split personalities of Reynolds. In 'Star's case, there's
-Bright Star, who's the original heroic personality. She believes she's stuck in the Rogue Isles because of a horrible mix-up with Arachnos where they've confused her with some crazy supervillain.
-Burning-Star, who's psychotically insane. She believes Bright Star was killed during the space mission, and is pretty much oblivious to any other aspects of her condition.
-Burning-Star 2.0, AKA "Evil Star," is the, well, the evil personality. She believes she was accidentally bonded to Bright Star after they met in space, so that now their essences share the same body. While not initially part of the plan, Evil Star came about after noticing 'Star's lack of being able to coherently communicate with the more villainous types.))