Flea Mark Virtue
From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Flea Mark Virtue is the younger counterpart of the'Venom' of Virtue, Flea Mark Evil. Originally created by Flea (@Not A Flea Honest via Global or Flea_Mark_Evil on the main CoH boards) he's a young, naieve character heavily inspired by the idea of the gentle giant, as shown by the character of Lenny in John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men.
Affiliations: Teen Squadron
Former Affiliations: Longbow, The Defenders of Paragon
Spines are a natural trait of all the Flea species, even those who choose not to use them as a weapon. Their purpose is as part of the Flea digestive system, acting as delivery systems for a refined anti-coagulant designed to prevent blood clotting, allowing the evolved insects to feast upon the nutritious fluids and survive. Amongst the species there are those who choose to focus on their natural weaponry, specialising and there are those who do not.
Each spine varies in length from between two and four feet long and is covered in hooked barbs. They are designed to crack and shatter upon impact into flesh, delivering the anti-coagulant toxin to the prey and causing it to bleed out in time. They are composed of a forcibly compacted chitin-like substance giving a hardness similar to refined steel making them capable of parrying weapon blows and stabbing through armour in a similar manner to most blades.
Virtue is one such Flea who chose to focus on his natural weapons. Though not as quick, experienced or 'altered' as his half-soul Jake Love, Virtue is still a capable combatant with his spines using them as others would use blades, often putting his abnormal strength behind them, causing them to shatter on more than one occasion. Fortunately, much like a shark's teeth a Flea's spines never stop growing.
As with the spines all Fleas are naturally more agile and quicker than other living creatures. This is a trait shared with their tiny insect ancestors that the world is more familiar with and as a result they are capable of avoiding most attacks with a sort of sixth sense and reacting with increased speed compared to most. As a 'true' Flea Virtue is lacking the inherent chameleonic abilities of the Wraiths but is more durable and resilient in comparison, capable of taking much more punishment than them.
As their species' ancestors, Fleas are incredibly good leapers.