|Helena Bertinelli (batouttahelena) wrote,|
@ 2014-01-13 19:51:00
FULL NAME: Helena Rose Bertinelli
CODE NAME: The Huntress
AGE/DATE OF BIRTH: 26/November 27, 1985
PLACE OF BIRTH: Gotham City
PERSONAL EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE: Helena was graced with the beauty of her mother and the dangerous scowl of her father. She is 5'9" and 135lbs with dark hair, olive skin, and blue eyes, but her alluring look is hard to see beneath a heavy mask of hatred.
The costume she wears as the Huntress is a dark purple leather with kevlar underlay. A strip of white descends from the high collar disappearing below the waist. The costume is accented by a pointed mask, elbow length gloves, boots, and a utility belt in lighter purple. A long, detachable cape covers the holsters at the back of her costume where both her rapid-fire crossbow, bolts, and collapsible staff are in reach
Helena has many skills, including:
×Bilingual: Fluent in English and Italian.
×Tracking: Living on a farm for most of her life, she was taught how to track and hunt wild game.
×Cosa Nostra Knowledge: Involved with the mob in her entire life and excelling in her studies at university, Helena has an acute understanding of how the mob works.
×Weapons Training: Helena was taught how to use a variety of weapons. She is most skilled with her crossbow, daggers, and the staff.
×Hapkido: The eclectic style of Hapkido has helped Helena disorient her opponents and defend herself against the unknown. The skill has also helped her incorporate the use of her staff.
×Tai Chi: The first form of martial arts that was taught to her, Helena has used this skill for primarily meditation purposes. It is the only way she has found (other than punching something) to calm her intense anger.
×Wing Chun: This aggressive, close-combat Chinese martial arts form is Helena's favorite technique and the most effective.
Helena carries a collapsible staff, throwing knives, and a specially designed, rapid-fire crossbow on her when out as the Huntress. The bolts for her crossbow are made from carbon fiber and were specially designed for her crossbow.
RESIDENCE/SAFE HOUSE: Helena lives in a nice apartment in Uptown Gotham and it is the area she is most familiar with. As Huntress, she patrols all parts of the city, but can most often be found around Midtown and the Narrows.
Filled with passion and rage, fear and vengeance, Helena's an unpredictable force. While she started to vigilante career with the Sicilian attitude of Omertà; never look to the State for justice, do it yourself, she has recently started to simmer down. Rash and unpredictable, the Huntress's violent temper has gotten the best of her time and time again. Her desire to see Gotham eradicated of its villainous plague takes precedence above all else; even her own safety.
Helena keeps all of her emotions trapped inside, refusing to speak about the past that continues to haunt her and her fears of never being good enough at anything she does. She instead reacts strongly to criticism and relies on insults towards others to detach from the sting of defeat.
Helena's headstrong attitude has never stopped her from speaking back to her fellow heroes or disregarding their advice. While she generally respects those around her, her emotions run too deep to heed most advice.
Helena's life has never been easy. As a child she never understood how the world worked and as an adult, she understands all to well that reality is cruel. The first eight years of her life were filled with misunderstandings. The youngest member of the Bertinielli family, all she ever truly understood was that her family was better off than most. They had money, they could afford anything they wanted, anything but love. Her father, Franco, was a ruthless man and her mother, Maria, was his punching bag. She found herself watching their fights nightly with her brother Pino, while planning their future away from the family business..
At the age of eight, Helena became the last of the Bertinelli's. All twenty four members of her family were killed in a single night, three of them right before Helena herself. An unknown man killed her entire family, leaving her alone in a room filled with corpses. Adopted by her Uncle Tomaso Panessa, Helena was sent to Sicily to live with Tomaso's extended family, the Asaro's, for her own safety.
Guarded by her cousin, Sal, the man began to train her against the rules of his family. Helena learned that the Asaro's were a family of assassins, working for the Italian mafia. She learned that "blood cries for blood," and the only way to quell her fears was vengeance. Sal taught her a variety of martial arts fighting styles starting at the age of ten. When she was thirteen, she started weapons training; daggers, the staff, but above all, she favored the crossbow.
Her training came to an abrupt stop when the Italian police began to arrest known mob associates. The entire Asaro family was arrested, and she finally began to understand that in her blood was the blood of the Cosa Nostra. She blamed the mafia for all of her fear and her suffering, and vowed to get revenge on all the Cosa Nostra, starting with whoever was responsible for the death of her family. Attending boarding school in Switzerland, she continued her studies after graduation at the University of Palermo. While she finished at Palermo with a major in European history, she had gone to the university for it's extensive classes in mafia studies.
Helena continued to train in secret while attending classes, and when she graduated, she knew she was ready to seek her revenge. She returned to Gotham in order to seek a long awaited vengeance. She took on the name Huntress and began to track down members of the mob with connections to the murder of her family, leaving a bloody trail along the way. Her actions brought the attention of numerous other vigilantes, including Batman. With his threats to stop her, Helena was left with little choice but to seek alternative routes for revenge. She found herself looking to Gotham's other heroes for assistance, and learned quickly that her killing streak would leave her helpless.
While the Huntress often ostracizes herself from established vigilantes, she has joined forces with those she sees as a means to and end. These actions have escalated her from unhinged vigilante to a passionate protector of her home city. Though she does not always get along with Gotham's saviors, she is slowly beginning to learn the concept of "teamwork."
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