From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
In the Golden age of the 1930’s and into WWII the Freedom Torch heralded by the papers as the Blazing Blue Bulwark fought mad scientists, Nazis, and dark wizards, as well as the KKK and speaking out for civil rights. His first sidekick All American Boy at his side through out the era.
In the 1950’s as the House Un-American Activities Committee wiped up its storm it, he disappeared. The Star Spangled Costume wasn’t seen again until the 1990's. Though He did in a different form march with Doctor King and Malcolm X as Well as having been a Black Panther and Protesting the War in Vietnam, as well as incinerating Russian helicopters in Afghanistan in the 80's.
In 1994 Freedom Torch was a founding member of the Paragons after thwarting an attempt by the 5th Column to establish their new Reich, he took on another young protege the All American Girl, After her death he disappeared again this time fading past even being in the background of history.
During the Rikti War a bolt of lighting again struck lady liberty’s torch and Freedom Torch helped to battle back the unending waves of invaders. After the war ended he went to paragon and has stopped countless threats since.
Torch's powers are to harness the concept of Fire and Freedom giving him a wide range of abilities. in addition to the simple benefits of being a spirit.
At times he has been seen flying, at other times he leaps across the sky. He has hurled balls of fire and been seen wielding a great flaming sword, and healing the wounded. As a spirit he is eternal and has risen up after being "killed" many times Including at least once after being struck by a nuclear device. He is immune to any attempts to control his mind, as they would limit his freedom. Raw Psionic energy he has little defense against.
Also his abundant mystic energy seems to from time to time grant young teens powers, for unknown reasons.
Weakness and Limitations
He is a spirit and has certain bans on what he can and cannot do. He is also vulnerable to intense cold far more then any other form of harm.
He was an original member of the Paragons, helping beat back the fifth column in 1994, and with its refounding has joined again. He has in the past helped the freedom fighter Run Riot with the group Inevitable Evolution
Originally he was just an attempt at playing a fire tanker and I wanted a character with patriotic look. He evolved into what he is now through over a long time drawing inspiration from Wildstorm characters like Rose Tattoo and Jenny Sparks, as well as from various classical characters such as Superman, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), and of course Captain America.