From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Sea Maiden was designed as yet another attempt at a water/ocean-oriented Heroine; a difficulty in the CoX environment where there is no underwater, despite appearances. Additionally, she was inspired by @Coreth's creative use, with Winter Tornado, of the game's mention of the Order of the Four Winds.
Something of a loner and, perhaps, a little shy, Sea Maiden is seldom in the public eye.
"The sound of the sea in both its aspects: to heal - because we are all of the sea - and to harm - as an unsentimental, unstoppable force of nature." (Empathy healing/ Sonics)
Claims to "sing" to sea mammals and fish, albeit whatever communication links she establishes do not seem to extend to unequivocal control and command.
- Modesty Danzig was a licensed PADI scuba diver, as of her freshman year in college, and a skilled free-diver, having practised with the ama of Mikimoto Pearl Island for most of her childhood. In her current form, those skills seem redundant as her gills make it possible for her to breathe underwater and her enhanced metabolism allows her to survive under the pressures of the deeps.
- Had started but not finished her PhD in whale shark physiology.
Weaknesses and Limitations
- Seems to find normal daylight somewhat bright for comfort and good visibility. Often wears light-dehancing goggles, designed by Night Wonder, as part of her heroic garb.
- Seems to require a significant amount of moisture in the air - or periodic immersion in water, most properly salt water - to be comfortable over extended periods of time on land. Presumably over-exposure to a dessicated environment would debilitate her more quickly than it would a normal human.
- Has an irrational fear of fire which she is trying to overcome.
- Often reverts to using the Polish language of her childhood or the Japanese language of her years of higher education. English is decidedly not her native tongue.
Modesty Danzig was born in the city of Toba, Japan, daughter to Edward Danzig, an American employee of the Mikimoto Pearl Company there, and his Polish-born wife, Marta. Raised largely by a pair of Japanese nannies and a mother who loved her native tongue and was not especially apt in English, Modesty did not become as fluent in her father's language and culture as he might have hoped. Modesty fit into the local culture, and was particularly attracted to its association with the ocean. She did, often, visit the Toba Aquarium, the 26th oldest aquarium in the world, emphasizing the protection and breeding of marine creatures in danger of extinction. Additionally, she developed a fascination with the Mikimoto Island ama - pearl divers, most of whom are, traditionally, women, and became - by the age of 8 - an accomplished free-diver (one who does not use an air tank) herself. Mr. Danzig retired relatively young, and the family moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where Mr. Danzig became a part of the political science department of Oregon State University... and Modesty enrolled as a college student, majoring in Ocean Sciences. Oregon State University is, after all, the first sea grant college in the United States. After one year in Oregon, she entered the foreign exchange program and returned to Japan as an exchange student to Waseda University.
Champions of the Elements
While visiting a small Japanese monastery on the coast, Modesty was presented with a pair of gauntlets decorated as with living sea weed, and told that she had been summoned to become the next Champion of the Sea, part of the Ancient and Secretive Orders of the Elements. The gauntlets were both the symbol of her office and a source of power, as long as they were used to safe guard the sea, the mother of life and major factor in the weather patterns and life-structure of the planet.
She served in this capacity well, albeit unknown to the general world population, for three years. Then in the midst of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, she vanished. In the summer of 2009, a Japanese trawler found a strange girl in their fishnets. She was barely dressed in bits of seaweed and coral, and so blue and still that they thought her dead. But when one of the sailors lit a cigarette and tossed the match overboard, she sat up and utter such a strange and piercing scream, that all around began bleeding from their noses and ears. Seeing this, she modulated her cry to something harmonious and almost inaudible... and a glowing mist pulsed out from her, healing those she had, apparently inadvertently, damaged.
The blue girl, who seemed more comfortable in water than on land, clearly had no memories of how life on land functioned and had to be re-educated, albeit she learned many things quickly. The fact that she now occasionally refers to the time she was missing as when she was "the sea", may be chalked up to her still mastering her various languages along with refamiliarizing herself with their cultures.
The Union Supreme
The captain of the ship turned his unexpected passenger over to the Japanese government who, in turn gave her to ELITE, who - once genetic tests determined her identity, despite the obvious alterations to her physical form - asked the UN organization Union Supreme, which already claimed another member of the Orders in its ranks, to help her re-orient to the surface world and her place as a hero. 090719, Sea Maiden became a member of the US.
In the aftermath of the incident which dealt with the treacherous Obsidian Blade (resulting in the death of its heroic wielder Shadesworn), it was determined that Sea Maiden is not actually a Guardian of the Sea although her human-self used to be. She has returned her gauntlets to that organization and continues her mostly-sea-based patrols with the Union.
|Councillors: Champion Woman • Doctor Spectro • Old Ranger • Raven Moonshadow
|Hero: Amazing Trixie • Arcanist Ica • Blood-Eagle • Captain Midnight • Congressionalist • Diamondskin • Emerald Protect • Gods Speed • Gravijah • Heliodromus • Hero Paragon • Invictar • Moonlight Owl • Ms. Impossible • North Shield • Paradox Theory • Redbird • Shining Centurion • Solairis • Streetlight • Turbohawk • Winter Tornado
|Liberty Rose's Characters
|Afire • Bee Muse • Bright Lady • Ceiba • Coronal Light • Dee Nova • Detective Sanders • Dora Daring • Flitterby • Ghost Wife • Gravity Anomaly • Lady Aid • Lady in Green • Liberty Rose • Medikka • Oceanid • Opal Mind • Psilencer 7 • Sandcast • Sea Maiden • Stellar Beacon • Tesla Teen • Timelass • Web Woman
|Accountant • Mind's Psi • Weyrling
|Korythalia • Mind Dance • Nocturne Falcon
|Bleeding Lily • Wychery