From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|Real Name:||Vera Bowen|
|Place of Birth:||'|
|Base of Operations:||Tuscon, AZ|
|archery, traps, flight, leadership|
|Visual-spatial genius, Zen No-Mind, engineering and archery mastery|
|Various munitions and forcefield devices, bow, VR headset|
|No additional information available.|
Vera Bowen, younger sister of Leonard, was brilliant, but suffered from extreme social anxiety and moderate autism. She was accepted at the Fulton School of engineering at age 16, and excelled academically, but her councilors and therapist felt it was important for her to explore other things, and gradually coaxed her into a number of different hobbies and social engagements. Evnetually, she found archery. And became obsessed with it.
This is not to say she was good at it. She was awful. She tried harder and harder to develop a feel for clean aim and good technique, but always fumbled it. A gift at being terrible at shooting a bow.
Quitting school, she travelled to Japan in search of a teacher, and was eventually accepted by an elderly Korean living in Tokyo, who continued her training for nearly a year. Eventually, the Knives of Artemis-- dangerous foes of the old man, came calling, and murdered him and tried to kill Vera, but she escaped. They chased her around the globe, and time and again, she escaped with her life each time. Finally, they cornered her in NYC, and as a new tactic threatened innocents. One died.
In this moment, she heard the old man's oft' repeated admonition: Resist that which resists in yourself. Become yourself.
Taking up her trusty bow, and developing sophisticated gadgets and munitions as she went Vera fought back, and eventually, the Knives stopped coming.
Vera Bowen is a small but athletic woman in her early 20s. She wears a red and black insect-themed costume and carries countless pieces of technology that help her fight crime, including several forcefield applications-- a generator, a personal field enhancer, and an antigrav & propulsion belt module that allows her to fly. She also wears VR goggles that supplement her visual senses to 360 degrees, do sophisticated environmental mapping, and pair with the laser sight on her bow.
From a young age Vera was fascinated by bees, ants, and wasps. Their easy pro-social behaviors were something Vera admired as she herself struggled to understand how to "fit in" with more normal girls her age. In particular she identified with the less gregarious wasps, and even built an elaborate wattle-and-daub treehouse when she was 14.
Vera has always had a keen intuition for distance and movement; she excelled in gymnastics and geometry in school. She also idolized Mary Temple Grandin, even before she was herself diagnosed with autism in her late teens.
Vera remains shy, terse, and philosophical. She will argue questions of ethics vehemently, and like her good friend Lan Maningzhoue, can be heard describing her real superpower as moral clarity; a faculty that allows her to stay one step ahead of those she fights in and around Paragon City.
Possibly the highest visual-spatial IQ on the planet, rigorously trained in electronics, explosives, materials engineering, and similar fields, natural genius in computer assisted design and 3-D lathe technology, master of zen innocent mind, rigorously trained archer, equipment including
- Anti-Gravity and Propulsion Harness
- Fully mobile Deflection Field Projector
- Deflection Amplifier
- Numerous sophisticated arrowhead munitions
- Toxic munitions mortar
- FEDA -- Fast Environmental Digitizer-Analyzer
- Spectrum VR with recognition and AI-assisted web lookup
- Web grenades
- Stingyr Drones