From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|Player: @C. Nightshade|
|Real Name:||Jada Austen|
|Age:||18 or 21, depending on who you ask|
|Eye Color:||glowing green|
|Hair Color:||blonde originally; usually dyed green, sometimes other colors|
|Place of Birth:||Confidential|
|Base of Operations:||Paragon City|
|Known Relatives:||Father (living, name not given), Mother (deceaced, name not given)|
|Radiation Emission, Radiation Blast|
|No additional information available.|
Jada Austen is the given name of a hero associated with the Templars of the Abbey. Originally Jada’s powers originated from a genetic mutation, but after a meeting with the undead Orcus Aeternitus, she is now dealing with a permanent case of vampirism. Despite her new situation, Jada is attempting to make something of herself by attending Paragon City University, bartending, and continuing with hero work.
Jada was born to a well-to-do family. Her father was an aide to the U.S. ambassador to England. As such from the ages of five to sixteen she lived overseas in London. Jada’s mother died in childbirth, forming a rift between father and daughter. This rift widened further as Jada’s eyes began to change and glow green as her powers over radiation developed. Worried of the potential ramifications of this development, Jada’s father attempted to keep her hidden. This of course resulted in a variety of escape attempts accompanied by a good bit of wild behavior.
In a desperate attempt to get his daughter out of sight and mind, Jada's father sent her to Paragon City to attend the New Porter Institute, hoping she would blend in among the other metahumans and learn to behave more properly. While a student Jada made a few new friends and at least as many enemies. She stuck with the school, though, until the end. When the school closed, Jada’s father insisted she come home, afraid of what she would do unsupervised. She replied with a colorful version of “no, thank you” and was thus cut off from her trust fund. To stay afloat, Jada took a job as a bartender at the The Abbey, and things have been going pretty well.
Originally Jada had a very acerbic personality and could be easily set off, flying into a profane rage. While some of this tendency still remains, overall she has mellowed quite a bit since coming to Paragon. She still has a no-nonsense way of seeing and dealing with the world. She is also quite blunt in most cases. If Jada’s mad at you, you’ll know about it.
Dealing with freedom from her oppressive upbringing and the dawning realization of immortality has left Jada rather flighty and afraid of commitment. Recently though, the idea is beginning to show some appeal.
A genetic mutation causes Jada’s body to generate and store a large amount of radiation. Jada herself is resistant to the harmful effects of such radiation, and thus is not afflicted with radiation poisoning or various types of cancer. The radiation did, however, render her sterile from a young age. A benefit of her radiation powers is the destruction of most pathogens, making it difficult for Jada to get sick. Since her powers are based on radiation, it is possible that those villains she battles will die of radiation poisoning or potentially develop cancer later in life. Jada is well aware of this possibility, and her callous treatment of the subject has raised the ire of her fellow heroes more than once.
Through her transformation into a vampire Jada has gained enhanced physical characteristics and perception. Though not substantially better than the average human, the difference is noticeable (particularly in regeneration). She has also gained some minor telepathic abilities, more akin to empathy in their untrained state than true telepathy.
Like all vampires, Jada requires a certain amount of blood (this can be bottled, bagged, or straight from the source) to survive, and will grow progressively weaker and emaciated without it. She usually gets blood from medical supplies or the stock at the Abbey kept for patrons of her unique persuasion. Prolonged exposure to UV light will make Jada’s skin tingle, then burn, and eventually blister and crack. She honestly doesn’t know if it could kill her; she’s never had the drive to try it. Further, she is particularly susceptible to damage done by fire and takes longer to heal these wounds than most others, even with her mutant healing abilities.
Jada is a member of the Templars of the Abbey and is the general manager of their supergroup base, The Abbey. Jada exalts the building almost more than the group. Making the Abbey a profitable and posh business is the first truly constructive effort Jada has devoted herself to.