From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|Real Name:||Lan Maningzhoue|
|Known Aliases:||Sifu Maningzhoue, G.I. 'Zhoue|
|Place of Birth:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Base of Operations:||Independence Port|
|persuasion, intelligence, medical techniques|
|advanced medical kit|
|No additional information available.|
- 1/18/1972 Born in White Creek Illinois. IQ probably in excess of 220.
- 5/16/1989 Graduates HS early
- 2/ 1/1990 Army Basic Combat training.
- 4/12/1990 AIT for Combat Medic Specialist
- 8/ 2/1990 Assigned Op Desert Shield Combat Support Hospital
- 2/28/1991 Op Desert Storm Ends
- 3/30/1993 Starts Classes at Chicago Pritzker School of medicine, Spring Quarter
- 6/21/1993 Begins Training as Jungian Analyst at C G Jung institute of Chicago
- 3/30/1997 Graduates MD
- 6/21/1997 Certified Jungian Analyst
- 3/29/2000 Completes ER Residency
- 5/ 1/2000 Begins training as swat team hostage negotiations specialist
- 6/ 2/2002 Comes to Paragon city to support heroes battling Rikti
- 1/ 1/2010 After nearly a decade serving as medic, informational contact and therapist for heroes in Paragon City, increasing drawn in by psychological vulnerabilities and power plays of villains, which he feels he can put a stop to himself. Book "Crisis Psychoanalysis" published, bestseller, continues to develop techniques.
For a long while, media and several clandestine organizations, particularly including Malta, have contended that Lan has super-powers, most likely telepathy and prescience. Amazing as he is in action, it has nothing to do with being a "meta-human." ((A Mind/Empathy controller with leadership, superspeed.))
Over the years, more than one foe has described Dr. Maningzhoue as "Captain Talk-Me-To-Death," which may be the best summary of his abilities.
Much has been said about Lan's intelligence; he is in a class with only a handful on the planet. Lan is generally an open book, with a sunny disposition, but he is noticably terse on the subject of his childhood, and even more cryptic when cases involving child abuse come up. When they do, he does not get involved directly-- indeed he somtimes disappears for a week or two. But the cases are invariably resolved with astonishing speed and thoroughness. Aside from his easy charm and upbeat attitude, if one pays attention to how much effort he puts into everything he does, it may seem impossible to imagine how he is so relentless. Clearly Lan Maningzhoue is not just a genius, but one who operates from some powerful inner drive.
Crisis Psychoanalysis is a methodology involving "registering minutiae" (educated guessing with close attention to detail), powerful analytic techniques, that allow someone in crisis, such as a villain, to be completely understood. Combined with this understanding, a range of special techniques are used, including speaking with controlled timber and inflection, producing a form of hypnosis, allowing already unbalanced psyches to be flipped to quiet obedience.
Lan is a master of emergency and combat medicine, carrying a highly specialized medical pack with him and providing support to comrades when necessary.
Intensive Physical Training
Lan is a 4-dan in non-competition Taekwondo, a Yoga Guru, a parkour master, and an ultramarathoner. He keeps his body in peak shape.
Lan always works toward a concise working set of combat signals with allies, and his ability to predict both his friends and foes next moves is legendary. He is a natural battlefront leader.
Lan uses a precisely balanced diet (and can often be seen eating power bars of his own concoction), a sophisticated sleep regimen, breathing control, and a number of exactly-dosed drugs to enhance his physical and mental performance. He is expert in devising similar regimens for others, and usually does when working with a superhero.
Intelligence Analyst, Extensive Planning
Lan has long had the trust of police and special operative organizations city-wide, in part because he is one of the best intelligence analysts in the city, and always shares his complete conclusions, even when he knows they will not be welcome. He spends endless hours creating scenarios A through X and calculating likeliest outcomes, and so rarely or never goes into a situation unprepared himself. Often, he catches his foes proverbially "asleep on the job."
Contacts and Undercover Allies
Lan also seemingly knows everyone, and has long gone out of his way to support and cultivate deep cover plants in various criminal organizations.
Sometimes, like a John Constantine, Lan has to show up in person and be recognized. And once he's present, he never lets his foes forget who he is.
In Plain Sight
Lastly, Lan has the good sense to stay /out/ of the limelight most of the time. He's not easy to spot on the street, and finds his way undercover with various organizations with almost laughable ease.
Dr. Maningzhoue has five different builds, at least.
The first is his "Support" build-- a Mind/Empathy controller with burnout, clear mind, heal other, maneuvers, and resurrect, with Dominate and Mesmerize slotted for control, and much more emphasis on Fortitude, Terrify, and Total Domination, than the second build.
The second, his "Fighting" (solo) build, has Dominate and Mesmerize slotted for damage, as well as the entire fighting pool, and a lot more emphasis on Weaken Resolve, Healing Aura, and Mesmerize the first build.
The third build is his "Sifu" build, currently 22, a Mind Control/Martial Assault Dominator.
Fourth, the "Doctor" build is a Thugs/Empathy Mastermind, currently level 15.
Finally, the "Doc" build is his Empathy/Dual Pistols build, currently level 12.
- Ozymandias, The Watchmen
- John Constantine, Hellblazer
- Paul Atreides, Dune
- Dr Who, BBC
- Batman, DC Comics
Originally, Enantiodromos dreamed he was living a future life as a fiction writer who inhabited an earth-orbit space colony, whose name, in the dream, was "Lan Maningzhoue."