From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Life in the Freakshow
Born on the wrong side of the tracks, Red Carter quickly descended into the life of a street punk.
He was adopted by a gang of youths, known as the Freakshow that used gadgets and technology to "mimic" having super powers. The gang suited Red’s keen intelligence, his knack for understanding technology and his desire to become independently wealthy.
Alas, the politics of the gang got the better of him. He showed up a highly respected individual in the gang known as “Hack and Slash”, a large and surly gang boss. Hack and Slash did not take kindly to a lower-tiered gang member showing him up, so he used his political power to ostracize Red Carter from the gang.
After being rejected by Freakshow, Red Carter went independent and ran afoul of the law, when a super-hero named Dr. North arrested him.
North took pity on Carter, and offered him a real home for him to stay and develop his academic skills. At first Carter was grateful and spent a number of years living with North, learning to read and write and consuming massive volumes on physics.
Because Red Carter was very grateful for Dr. North's charity, he began to look upon him as a father figure and overall North was a very positive influence on Red. However after a while, Red's independent spirit caused friction with the pious and cold disposition of Dr. North.
On his 18th birthday, Red Carter developed his own super-hero costume and jury-rigged crude cryogenic devices to simulate Dr. North’s ice powers. He called himself “Kid North” and went on several crime fighting missions, in a region called the Hallows, where drug trafficking is rampant.
Kid North got in over his head on one mission, and had to be bailed out by Dr. North.
Dr. North did not take kindly to the “Kid North’ project and forbade Carter from using the persona or the technology he developed. A rift began to develop between the two. Then during the height of their personal feud Dr. North mysteriously disappeared.
Red was unable to pay the rent on Dr. North’s luxurious suite and therefore Red would be homeless as soon as the rent had expired.
Creation of Chaos Red
Bitter that he had been abandoned by Dr. North, and eager to make his own living, Red Carter developed new technology in Dr. North’s laboratory before he would be evicted.
These new devices usurped the knowledge he had gained as a member of Freakshow to generate and manipulate electrical fields. He refined the process significantly, not requiring the cumbersome equipment the Freakshow carry to generate the power to operate the electrical fields.
He ditched the old “Kid North” moniker and chose the name: Chaos Red. He applied to Freedom Corps, but was denied due to a previous criminal record, his previous allegiance to Freakshow, and because he was suspected of being involved in Dr. North’s mysterious disappearance.
Angry with Freedom Corps' rejection he destroyed Dr. North’s luxurious apartment and went on a crime spree, stealing more technology to enhance his powers.
Imprisonment & Escape
Chaos Red was caught by Longbow agents, after a botched warehouse raid and sent to prison at the "Zig" in Brickstown. He spent only eight days of his two year sentence there, when Arachnos planned a massive prison break-out. Upon his escape the Arachnos organization attempted to recruit Chaos Red, but he refused. He instead made contact with Matthew Burke to run mercenary work for profit.
Red's electrical powers are still quite weak, but are sufficient enough to run low-level missions for Burke. Red is learning as he goes along though, and continues to refine and improve his electricity technology.
COMIC BOOK COVERS
Update as of: October 3, 2007
As a super-villain living in Mercy Island, Chaos Red quickly developed an unhealthy antipathy towards Arachnos, (the most powerful military force on the islands). He defied their orders and even openly fought with Arachnos soldiers and agents. .
Loca, ("it was almost too easy," Red later confessed), and the two of them began to work for a creepy scientist named Doctor Creed. 
On September 2, 2007, Doctor Creed betrayed Chaos Red. Creed collaborated with Arachnos and planned to recapture Red with an ambush. However, the ambush backfired when his friend Loca anticipated Creed's betrayal and was able to rescue Red. 
Chaos Red reacted to the betrayal of Creed by going on a killing spree. He antagonized and fought with any low-level Arachnos he could find. It is estimated over 30 Arachnos soldiers and agents were killed or wounded by Red's rampage. During the rampage, Red discovered Arachnos schematics, that he could use to build electrical fields that would repel gravity and allow him to be able to "fly" (like omany ther super heroes and super villains).
On September 7, 2007 Red traveled to King’s Row via an old teleporter of Dr. North’s. There he met Juvie, a young ex-delinquent. At one moment Juvie and Red were sharing a pleasant conversation, when all of a sudden Juvie punched Red in the nose causing it to bleed. Red used the bleeding as an excuse to use the bathroom of an electronics component store, where he then raided the stock room for electronics components. He used the components to build the electricity field around him that allows him to fly.
On September 11, 2007, Chaos Red was recently lured into a conspiracy that he thought would harm key agents of Arachnos. The conspiracy was really a “front” by Arachnos to capture Chaos Red and then blackmail him into their servitude. However along the way, Red helped Wretch (a prominent agent of Arachnos) escape the clutches of a bizarre gang known as the “Lost”.
On September 20, 2007, Chaos Red became displeased with his flight capabilities. He determined that a cape would aid in the navigation of stability of flying. He ventured to Steel Canyon (via a secret teleport pad linked to North's old apartment), to search for the cape. Through a variety of mishaps he wound up stealing a cape, and fashioned a new costume. The costume makes him look much more like a super-hero than a super-villain, and expresses Red's secret desire to stop his life of crime (although Red will never admit this to anyone). 
On September 23, 2007, Chaos Red took his new costume into action for the first time, by completing his agreement with Marshall Brass. Specifically he was ordered to infiltrate the Zig, and release a super-villain contained within a high-security prison cell. Red was severely wounded in the assault, and required to be bailed out (again) by his friend Loca. In the end the super-villain was "rescued", and Arachnos lived up to their end of the bargain, they agreed to leave Chaos Red alone, (at least for now).
Red October Saga
On October 1, 2007, Chaos Red finally found the courage to take on his haunted past with the Freakshow Gang. Although Red does not like to talk about it, Red’s “falling out” with the Freakshow gang back in 2005 led to him being framed for crimes he did not commit and it also allegedly led to the death of his mother.
During “Red October”, (as Chaos Red has dubbed the month) he has vowed to seek revenge on all that had wronged him. He began by seeking out a Freakshow Boss, by the name of Hack-n-Slash. Failing to find him, he instead stumbled upon a platoon of Freakshow Gang members sent to collect a “dead or alive” bounty on his head, posted by an unknown source.
Red fought those gang members with extreme violence and without prejudice, and his skirmish left several gang members maimed and one member dead.. The battle continues until Chaos Red learns it is Arachnos, who has once again put a bounty of his head. A fact that infuriates him, and he seeks to destroy Hack-n-Slash once and for all to send a message to both the Freakshow and Arachnos that he is not to be trifled with..
Chaos Red finally locates Hack-n-Slash and learns that Loca is pregnant and that Hack-n-Slash intends to kill Loca before she can have her baby. The ensuing rage leads to the murder of Hack-n-Slash, which forces Red to leave Rogue Islands and hide in Steel Canyon where his baby is born..
Chaos Red as a Father
The gang warfare sparked in 2007 became so pervasive, that by January 2008 that Chaos Red had to lay low.
He began to be a "lounge lizard" at a seedy tavern in St. Martial, acting as low grade security for the bartender, and in return given crude shelter and food. He wallowed in alcohol and self-loathing for months.
In June of 2008, Loca broke back into Doctor North's condominium and began to squat there. She teleported Red there to live. Red was finally back home! Then Loca laid down the biggest shock of them all: she was pregnant with Red's child.
Chaos Red agreed to raise the child while squatting in Doctor North's residence.
Doctor North was rescued from a time vortex laid down by the Fifth Column. He was rescued by Cobra Fist. When Doctor North returned to his apartment he found Loca in labor with a breached birth and Chaos Red unsure what to do.
North delivers the child, it is a boy and Loca names the child Paco. North demands the child live a legal life. Chaos Red transports the kid back in time 15 years, figuring he can "rescue" the child once he has the financial stability to raise him properly.
Chaos Red Imprisoned
Chaos Red is betrayed by the Fifth Column, losing both his son and the time crystal to the neo-nazi regime. Shortly after the betrayal, he and Loca are captured by Longbow agents and sent to prison for numerous crimes.
Meanwhile the day after he was born, Paco returns from the past and enters Doctor North's apartment demanding to know where his parents are. When he learns they are in prison, he decides to become a super-villain himself and adopts the name Psycho Boy.
Chaos Red has no adventures for a long time and his comics are not published for over a year. Eventually it is revealed Chaos Red has served his sentence but has traveled back to Rogue Isles to seek revenge against Arachnos and Fifth Column, the two organizations he blames most for being imprisoned and losing his son.
Each comic book above, will eventually feature a brief piece of fan fiction that describes what happened in the comic.
Father Figure Short Story
The story of Paco's birth and Chaos Red's imprisonment is documented in the story "Father Figure".
- ↑ Issue 1, Chaos Red First Issue
- ↑ Issue 2, Kill Skulls!
- ↑ Issue 3, Loca Cross Over
- ↑ Issue 4, Chaos Red Defies Arachnos
- ↑ Issue 5, Chaos vs. Geist
- ↑ Issue 6, Ambush!
- ↑ Issue 7, Chaos Red Takes Flight!
- ↑ Issue 8, The Conspiracy Trap
- ↑ Issue 9, To Save a Wretch!
- ↑ Issue 10, The Cape Caper
- ↑ Issue 11, Borstal Breakout!
- ↑ Issue 12, Red October, Part 1
- ↑ Issue 12, Red October, Part 2
- ↑ Issue 13, Red October, Conclusion
- ↑ Issue 14: The Amber Crystal
- ↑ Issue 16: A Father Betrayed
- ↑ Issue 17: A Bold Return, New Allies
Chaos Red has tiny electrical generators embedded inside the tattoos under his skin.
The metallic ink of these tattoos soak in the natural elements of the atmosphere, and use various elements contained in the blood stream. Then with a little bit of power from solar cells embedded in his long leather jacket, he is able to instinctively create powerful electrical fields.
These fields are erratic and hard to control, and Chaos Red has difficulty channeling them correctly, but believes if he can earn more money, he will be able to improve the technology significantly.
Chaos Red is intelligent and inquisitive. He is also vain, self-centered and tends to laugh at his own jokes. He pokes fun of anything, especially anything that tries to demonstrate power.
Chaos Red is quite young (he just turned 20) and is naive like most men his age. However, he hates being under-estimated or treated like he’s inferior, solely because of his young age.
Red is not very good at keeping secrets and should never be trusted with sensitive information.
Red has extreme political opinions, but has no political aspirations, (other than personal wealth and the growth of his own personal power).
Red is wary of large corporations, gangs and any other large autocratic organizations. He’s an anarchist, believing the self is solely responsible for happiness and that political power is an illusion, only personal power is real. He considers all laws as ‘guidelines’, and has no respect for authority.
Other than his belief in anarchy, and his obsession with dangerous technology, Red is not unlike a normal North American young man, in every other respect. He likes fast food, cute girls and contemporary music. He enjoys his iPod, his video games and likes to “party” like most other 20 year-olds.
He currently resides in squalor, (a bug-infested apartment on Mercy Island), and has few possessions other than a dirty sofa (that he also uses as a bed), an X-Box and a 17-inch television about twenty years old with a fading picture tube. His diet usually consists of cheap "starchy" food such as Ramen noodles, Kraft Dinner and the occasional Slim Jim.
Despite his poor diet, he is very fit and exercises a lot. He would very much like to be able to afford a laboratory of his own, he feels he can improve his tattoo-ink technology if he just had more time and money to do so.
Chaos Red likes to sing a lot, and often sings along with his wireless miniature MP3 player that sits behind both his ears.
Loca was a dangerous psychicatric patient of Dr. North, who escaped from his apartment after his disappearance. Loca has extremely powerful psychic abilities, including the ability to bend the will of other people's minds and thoughts.
Both Loca and Chaos Red were captured by Longbow shortly after North's disappearance and both were then freed from the Zig at the exact same time. They have sinced collaborated in several mercenary missions for Matthew Burke, and generally get along and work well together.
Loca has a love interest in Chaos Red, but is wildly schizophrenic and unstable mentally, and has two distinct personalities, both of whom compete for Red's attention.
Chaos Red likes Loca, as she is both cute and charming, but thinks she is a bit "crazy", and hasn't figured out just how many problems Loca has. While Red is brighter than Loca academically and scientifically, he is far more naive emotionally than Loca, and doesn't have the same kind of ambitions that Loca has.
Chaos Red developed quickly while listening to Sham 69, Stiff Little Fingers and the early albums of The Jam.
I’ll draw his influences heavily from the British punk/mod scene of the late 70’s and early 80’s. For example, “Borstal Breakout” by Sham 69 was playing very loudly when Chaos Red was escaping from prison during the tutorial.
The character of Roy Batty played by Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner will also be an influence, (and I must dial up some Vangelis to go with some of the punk, to augment the soundtrack).
- Chaos Red seldom bathes, because contact with water is dangerous to him. The ionized ink in his tattoos reacts uncontrollably if there is a cut in his arms and water seeps into the bloodstream.
- Chaos Red compensates for his lack of hygiene by applying large amounts of Brut 33. The old 70’s catch phrase “The Essence of Man” which was used to advertise Brut 33 - is one of Chaos Red’s favorite slogans.
- His friend Loca finds Brut 33 “madly desirable”, for reasons that are not yet understood. One speculation is that Sandalwood was used frequently by the Incas, and lavender was used frequently by the Spaniards, and Brut 33 actually combines both scents in its cologne. Loca is one-half Spanish colonialist and one-half ancient Inca.
- Chaos Red is broke. He refuses to steal money from victims, and is currently working for Arachnos via extortion. He lives in a squat, a rent-free condemned building on Mercy Island.
- Chaos Red uses industrial glue to keep his Mohawk haircut straight and stiff. Specifically, Chaos Red uses industrial-strength glue that is commonly used in the skateboard community to repair boards (called E6000 Glue).
- The bright red color of his hair is his natural color.
- Despite his preference of hair product, Red does not like “skate punks” and frequently mocks them when he sees them.
- Chaos Red prefers punk from the U.K., rather than American punk. Specifically he hates punk music from California, which he derides as “sunshine skate punk”. He has often threatened out loud to “punch Jello Biafra in the throat, so he never bothers us with his drivel ever again”.
- Chaos Red’s favorite soda is “Mountain Dew” and has contacted the company for an endorsement deal, but to no avail.
CHAOS RED SOUNDTRACK
1. Borstal Breakout – Sham 69
2. Death or Glory – The Clash
3. Strange – Built to Spill
4. Billy Hunt – The Jam
5. Two Million Voices – Angelic Upstarts
6. Roots, Radicals, Rockers and Reggae – Stiff Little Fingers
7. Bankrobber – The Clash
8. Art School – The Jam
9. Hey Ho, Let’s Go – The Ramones
10. Holidays in the Sun – The Sex Pistols
11. Motorhead – Motorhead
12. London Calling – The Clash
13. Hersham Boys – Sham 69
14. The Modern World – The Jam
15. Police on My Back – The Clash
16. Blade Runner (End Titles) – Vangelis
17. Tears in Rain – Vangelis