From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Master Modular is an Evil Genius in the traditional silver-age vein, and one of my first villain characters.
|Real Name:||Scott Smith|
|Known Aliases:||The Terrible Tyrant of Technology.|
|Occupation:||Super-villain, engineer, speculator|
|Place of Birth:||Paragon City|
|Base of Operations:||Aeon City|
|Mechanical limbs give increased strength and speed above the human average.|
|Vast intelligence, tactical skills.|
|Armor featuring rocket boots, face-concealing helmet, and limited protection; variety of mechanical construction of varying intellect; laser rifle.|
|Has two robotic duplicates, Alpha Modular and Beta Modular.|
Scott Smith was born in 1982 to a middle-class family in Paragon City. From his childhood years, he showed a remarkable talent at machinery and mathematics of all sorts, and went to quite a prestigious university, at which he learned robotics, cybernetics, and a wide variety of other disciplines. When he returned to Paragon City in 2001, he started up a small robotics business, challenging the number of respected firms already at that work. Sadly, he didn't last. While he was working on a new model, the building in which most of his work was taking place in mysteriously burned to the ground. The police found no survivors.
In 2005, reports in King's Row started of a mysterious robotic villain and his army of mechanical soldiers that had been making raids on warehouses in King's Row, at the same time as a rash of assassinations targeting robotics specialists. The superhero Blue Prince investigated both, and discovered that they were Master Modular's work, using his elite assassin robot Alpha Modular to target those he suspected of trying to kill him, and using his mindless drones to gather parts for more advanced machines. The hero was victorious, but during the battle Beta Modular, the second prototype of Master Modular's advanced machines, was activated.
Master Modular was sent to the Zig, but was broken out by Arachnos within the week. He quickly resumed a life of villainy, this time in the Rogue Isles, away from the prying eyes of the heroes of Paragon City.
Master Modular is an arrogant, brilliant, daredevil. He sees the world as a game or perhaps a test; those who are good enough prosper, and those who are incompetent fail... And he is good enough. He respects intelligence and cunning tactics far more than any amount of pure power, and is unusual among villains in that his work is neither for a grand ideal or for money, but for the thrill of matching wits with an opponent who can truly challenge him.
Master Modular has no inborn superhuman powers, but his body has been severely upgraded with cybernetics, granting him increased strength and speed. Detachable parts include rocket boots; a helmet that grants him protection and 360 degree vision; a belt containing explosives and compact, self-assembling machinery as well as a variety of backup weaponry; and additional plates of armor to protect him.
In addition, he carries a self-designed and constantly tinkered-with laser rifle complete with a variety of attachments for different situations.
Master Modular's more advanced experiments consist of a pair of advanced robots titled Alpha Modular and Beta Modular. Both possess brain patterns copied from him, bodies that are patterned to be almost identical to him, and powerful close-combat weapons and defenses, in addition to programming commanding them to be loyal to him. However, both of them independently determined that the best way to fulfill their objectives was to work on their own away from him, which is why the majority of his robots use simpler mechanical patterns and no true artificial intelligence.
Master Modular's non-sentient robots are created to a far simpler pattern that his truly sentient ones. They are all equipped with laser blasters and armored plating, and a few of the more advanced are also equipped with force-field generators and repairitive nanites.
Master Modular's primary inspirations are Lex Luthor, Doctor Doom, and to a lesser degree The Riddler.
Master Modular's theme song is The Toolmakers by Steve Savitsky.