From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|Real Name:||Petra Martin|
|Known Aliases:||Pete, Princess|
|Place of Birth:||Mercy Island|
|Base of Operations:||Port Oakes|
|Known Relatives:||Anna Martin (mother, deceased)|
|Magnetism and controlling/manipulating magnetic fields|
|Rudimentary hand-to-hand combat training|
|Suspected by some to be the adopted daughter of Anna Martin, no information available about who her birth parents may be|
Petra is bright, bubbly, outgoing - and quite self-absorbed. She has a hard time remembering names, doesn't consider the feelings of reactions or others, and is often quite insistent that she had an idea first and/or her idea was the best. She's rarely malicious in her self-interest however - what comes across as bluntness is often a well-meaning effort to help someone with their appearance, for example. She is a classic only child who really does mean well, but rarely learns from her mistakes.
Petra often speaks with with a "Valley Girl" accent. However, if you catch her in a rare moment of deadly seriousness, she may abruptly drop the accent.
Despite her humble surroundings, Petra makes a concerted effort to perfect her appearance. Most of the spending money she scrapes together is spent on clothes, and she gathers inspiration for her outfits from her personal library of US fashion magazines most of which are several months to a few years out of date. She barters, buys, and has previously even shoplifted, small cosmetic items, even ones that she'll never use, so she always has some make up item or other available to help out a female friend.
Petra is of average height and weight, with olive skin and shoulder length brown hair that she brags about brushing for 100 strokes every night.
Powers and Abilities
Petra's ability allows her to control magnetism. The easiest way for her to manifest her mutation is upon items containing naturally ferromagnetic materials such as iron, nickel, cobalt and their alloys. With some concentration, Petra can also lift and manipulate non-ferromagnetic objects, due to her control over magnetic fields. The easiest magnetic field for Petra to control, however, is her own, and she has learned to draw energy from her magnetic field and send it out as a blunt force offensive attack.
Petra's control of her magnetic field allows her to hover, by repelling against the earth's natural magnetic field. However, Petra prefers to carry as much metal on her as she can when she knows she'll be in a combat situation, as lifting the metal is easier on her than just relying on her magnetic field.
Most members of the Order at Father Henri's have picked up hand-to-hand combat training, but Petra has been resistant to it, as she believes she'll always have her natural mutation to fall back on.
Unknown to Petra, a psionic wall keeps others from mind reading anything involving the secret of Father Gerard Henri's Home for Wayward Youth from her.
Weaknesses and Limitations
While Petra can control non-ferromagnetic objects, she finds manipulating magnetic fields, even her own, to be quite draining and if she has to rely on this maneuver extensively (such as when faced with an opponent with little to no metal on his or her person), she requires rest and craves iron-rich foods afterwards.
Petra's earliest memories are of living with her mother in a modest home on Mercy Island. Her mother was loving, but often absent, working a job Petra was too young to understand, except that it meant her mother was often away. When her mother was home, however, Petra was the apple of her eye, and showered the girl with affection.
One week after her ninth birthday, Petra hurried home from school. Her mother had promised a belated birthday celebration for that evening - all the cake and ice cream Petra could eat! But when Petra arrived home, her mother wasn't there. The house was a mess - far messier than Mama would have ever permitted - and a masked man stood in the wreckage of the living room. Apparently as surprised to see the little girl as she was to see him, the pair stared at each other for a long minute before the man told Petra she couldn't live here anymore, but if she came with him he would deliver her somewhere safe.
"Somewhere safe" was Father Gerard Henri's Home for Wayward Youth. Petra was immediately marked as an outsider, being one of the few new wards who hadn't suffered under the Family's sweat shop treatment. For most of her first year, Petra considered Father O'Connely her only friend, intimidated by the other wards who had faced much crueler lives than she had. The combination of her mutation manifesting, and more new wards joining the Home while the previous generation aged out of the system, gave Petra a boost of much needed confidence. She now overcompensates somewhat for her previous mild-mannered behavior with a combination of show-boating and aloofness, and a desire to avoid getting her hands dirty - despite all the time she spends in the auto shop.