Function & Responsibilities
As the world's only sanctioned meta-human military force, the Vanguard is under constant scrutiny, its motivations and machinations questioned at every turn. One way it seeks to defuse this suspicion is through various rehabilitation and reform programs overseen by the Herald, offering "villains" the opportunity to renounce their crimes and, with Vanguard's backing, turn their abilities to the defense of Earth's citizens from threats other than the Rikti.
As a Vanguard Herald Advocate, Michelle Thompson's caseload consists primarily of arranging pardons and clemency agreements for super-powered individuals who came to the Vanguard as fugitives. Her specialty is arranging defections for meta-humans who have previously displayed loyalty to a corrupt or hostile regime. Few of the U.N.'s members are willing to accept such defectors without stringent scrutiny; it is Thompson's job to ensure her clients pass this scrutiny and to negotiate the conditions of defection.
Career & Service
Michelle Thompson served the people of Paragon City as an Assistant District Attorney for the 10 years prior to the First Rikti War. Following her husband's death during the war, Thompson retired from prosecuting to return to law school, specializing in international law. Thompson accepted a job offer from the Vanguard Herald's legal division that saw her working to clarify the policies and procedures that would govern the Vanguard's licensing of convicted or wanted criminals as operatives in the ongoing war against the Rikti's entrenched forces.
In 2007, after the Second Invasion, Thompson moved into the Advocate program, which offered villains who joined the war effort a path to legal redemption, and assisted several high profile villains, including the Sword's Lt. Ani Hess in defecting from the Etoile Islands to operate as heroes in Paragon City. She continued in this role full-time until 2010, and still works with the Advocates in a less active capacity today.
In 2010 she unexpectedly volunteered her services to Helm R&D as a field tester for prototype armor and weaponry intended to be used in bolstering the Vanguard's ranks by raising non-metahumans to a level of combat-readiness suitable for operations against the Rikti. Thompson, without authorization but without violating the terms of her possession, took the bold step of registering the experimental equipment with D.A.T.A. despite its prototype status (and Vanguard's ownership) and applied for a CCFA license in Paragon City.
By mid-year she had accrued enough arrests, field experience, and public renown as the Steel Advocate to not only be promoted to full Vanguard Operative status in addition to her employment as an Advocate, but also to force her superiors to afford her legitimate consideration as an applicant to head the Herald's Orpheus Initiative -- a program originally conceived two years earlier by Thompson herself.
Thompson exhibits a curious kind of moral flexibility that molds around and supports her dedication to the law and common good, rather than conflicting with it. Life, freedom, and choice seem to be her paramount concerns. Where enforcing the law, policy, or procedure would tread on these rights of another who has not invited them to be abridged by their actions, she is not averse to bending the law in order to manipulate loopholes to the greatest benefit of all parties. Nevertheless, she refuses to shirk her duty or forgive complicity merely out of sympathy -- there must be something to gain.
As a Vanguard Operative, Thompson lacks ruthlessness but has nevertheless repeatedly proven herself capable of meeting the Rikti on the battlefield without hesitation. While she has frequently admitted to feeling extreme fear and anxiety in the heat of battle, she executes her objectives with professionalism and determination that outweighs her doubts. Despite her commitment to the Vanguard, and while she has proven herself reliable in the most extreme of circumstances, it should be noted that her preference seems to be using her equipment, training, and experience against Earth's homegrown threats and criminal element.
Thompson's experiences as a prosecutor in Paragon City give her a unique insight into the minds and motivations of super-powered criminals, a boon in her role as coordinator of the Orpheus Initiative. Given her long and successful history of prosecuting such offenders, her fervor for the reform program as an Advocate and her determination to see the Orpheus Initiative implemented under her direct guidance is somewhat surprising.
Introverted · Sensing · Thinking · Judging
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-- Keirsey Temperament Website - Portrait of the Guardian Inspector
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She's too soft! She doesn't tan the supple flesh of her less-than-impressive charges. She needs someone like me to be stiff for her. And she's so tight with the funds! I don't know how she manages to squeeze all she has in.
-- Winterizer, Orpheus Field Commander
Michelle's not only a considerate, caring, and supportive boss, she's the reason I'm in Paragon again at all. She made me feel like redemption was within reach, and helped me try and get my hands on it more than I can even say. On top of all that, she's a great friend, even if she does need to chill out more often... I know you're tapping this call, boss!
-- Wyr3h3d, Orpheus Initiate
Michelle's the best lawyer I could have asked for in pursuing my clemency. When I reneged, she would have been right and justified to wash her hands of me entirely like the rest of the Vanguard did, but when she saw an opportunity to help the Reciprocators bring me home, she latched on like a dog to a bone and didn't let go until I was a hero again.
-- The Androgyne, The Reciprocators
Michelle will work with anyone in order to get the job done.
-- Captain Robin Keyes, Airship Aria
For as long as I have walked God's green Earth, I have only ever once been moved by the grace of a woman. Thompson carries herself with the most desirous gait I have ever seen AND I WILL POUND THAT MILF SO FUCKING HARD YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE BRO