From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Growing up in the harsh slums of Galaxy City taught Harvey McNight just how unfair and cruel the world could actually be. Orphaned at age four by the death of his unwed mother, who was murdered by Clockwork drones during one of their rampages, Harvey was abandoned on the streets since there were no known relatives to take him in. He survived by any means necessary, even turning to crime in order to keep himself alive.
Although seemingly an average punk, Harvey was quite gifted with anything mechanical and earned what little money he could by repairing items people would bring to him. This led to an ample supply of spare parts that he used to create his own incredible inventions, which he kept secret for fear that others might try to exploit his genius for their own purposes, so McNight never sought to cash in on his brilliance.
Raised by poverty and despair, life held very little meaning to Harvey McNight... until rumors of a mysterious vigilante only known as ‘The Nitedevil’ began to surface throughout the city! The stories of Nitedevil enthralled McNight and stood as a glimmer of hope that perhaps one man could make a difference against the criminal element Harvey only knew so well. Thus inspired, he set forth a plan to follow in the footsteps that enigmatic hero. After months of rigorous physical self-training and limitless hours designing and building an exo-suit, McNight was ready to test his efforts in the streets!
Met with modest success, McNight was fairly adept in his abilities as a crime fighter and the exo-suit appeared to perform way beyond his expectations in battle. So in an attempt to one day meet his idol, Harvey signed up with The Frontline as Nyte-Owl.
McNight's snide attitude seems to intimidate or offend most who come in contact with him, but in reality he is a mindful and generous person to those who truly know him. Though jaded by a rough childhood, McNight often uses humor to aviod deep depression. Keen survival instincts and logic are the key factors that drive his motivation, so suffering fools or incompetence is not one of McNight's greater strengths and has been known to take command of a situation if leadership seems weak. The only way to earn respect in the eyes of McNight is through determination and self reliance... anything else he views as being "privileged".
Helmet: Contains a multiband communication system, sonar receptacles located in the visor and sonic projection weaponry.
Exo-suit: Constructed of micro-fibers and micro-circuitry that simulate the properties of metal, but still remains flexible. The suit automatically becomes semi-ridged where it senses extreme pressure, thus providing protection from small arms fire and minor energy blasts.
Gauntlets: Cybernetic gloves which emit medical stimulants in the form of energy rays.
Belt: Designed as the main power supply for the entire suit and also emits a defensive force field with limited range.
Wings: Built in antigravity and directional devices which grant the wearer flight capabilities.