Renegade VIPER Soldier

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Renegade VIPER Soldier
Player: @Fuffydud
Biographical Data
Real Name: Enrique "Ricky" Escamilla
Known Aliases: Renegade
Gender: Male
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Latino
Place of Birth: Monterrey, Nuevo León
Base of Operations: UNTIL HQ, Millennium City, Michigan
Relatives: José Escamilla Angeles (father); Laura Walker Escamilla (mother); Paulia Escamilla (sister); Roger Escamilla (brother)
Age: 27
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Complexion: Tan
Physical Build: Medium
Physical Features: Short hair, round face
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Identity: Secret
Years Active: 3
Citizenship: Mexican-American
Occupation: Conservationist
Education: Associate's in biology
Marital Status: Single
Known Powers and Abilities

  • Environmental energy absorption to heal
  • Serpent fire
  • Aura detection
  • Superhuman aim

Equipment and Paraphernalia

  • Standard issue VIPER beam weaponry
  • VIPER footman armor
  • Draysha vials
  • Grappling hook and other gadgets

Physical Attributes
Non-Physical Attributes
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Ricky used to work for VIPER developing a serum which allowed its user to absorb superpowers. The nest was destroyed by a vigilante, though, and all but Ricky were killed in the attack. The VIPER organization had no sympathy for his fallen comrades, only interested in duplicating the serum which saved him. Ricky had an aggressive heel turn to the side of good and swore to make up for all the harm caused while he was on VIPER's payroll.


Ricky absorbed the powers of a serpent mage in an incident which clinched his leaving VIPER and turning to the side of good.

List of Powers

  • Energy absorption from others or the environment to heal self
  • Generates green "serpent fire"
  • Superhuman aim and eyesight
  • Aura detection


Ricky's early life and VIPER career clash when compared, but he has recently returned to his family's traditions of environmental preservation.

Early Life

Ricky Escamilla was born in Mexico, but his siblings were born in Texas. His parents are wildlife researchers who made a living producing documentaries and organizing fundraising and awareness campaigns for wildlife preservation and study. The family traveled all over the country as the children were growing up, and it was in Michigan Ricky first encountered VIPER in person.

Ricky's parents vilified VIPER because of its ecologically damaging research, and even conducted protests against the organization. Ricky, however, didn't participate. He didn't share his parents' convictions, and instead wanted to be a chemist.

Without his parents' knowledge, Ricky applied to VIPER to pay for college and apartment rent. After some time, he intentionally drifted away from his family, enjoying the freedom of forging his own life. He met Isaac Krakowski for the first time as a roommate, and the two became good friends.

VIPER Career

Isaac Krakowski encouraged Ricky to stay with his current job because it gave him more time to work on his biology studies. In the end, though, Ricky chose to drop out of his classes and work for VIPER full-time. The pay was excellent, and he only had to sign a few papers regarding his welfare and VIPER's liability should he contract anything unpleasant while working with unstable materials.

He wasn't prepared for what was waiting for him in the nest, though. After moving out of his Millennium City apartment and relocating to Canada, VIPER greeted him like a friend, then armed him like a footsoldier. He was not only trained as a scientist, but also trained on how to fight superhumans.

He excelled in the scientific elements of his new position. He was put to work in other ways, too. He was a patrol guard, bodyguard for his new Nest Leader, and eventually an advisor for the field researchers. He began to understand why his parents protested against VIPER so vehemently. He tried to be as humane as possible to the wildlife he was testing on, but his orders didn't leave much room for kindness.

Hisskar and Absorption Powers

One very fateful day, Nest Leader James let Ricky accompany him into the inner laboratory underneath the nest, where Ricky finally witnessed what monsters VIPER was building with his samples. What reverence Ricky had for nature was horrified, but he was too far involved with VIPER to turn back now. He had suffered the cold, been exposed to radiation, and made friends among the scientists.

He didn't have to be horrified for long, though, because that was the day Hisskar, a serpent mage, visited the nest. Hisskar demanded faster results on the experiments so he could use them in the summoning of the Serpent Lantern. When Ricky's fellow scientists couldn't fulfill his demands, partially due to Ricky's meddling, Hisskar was enraged, and destroyed the laboratory in a fiery blaze.

Ricky was the only one to make it out alive. His exposure to the serum materials had allowed them to fuse with his DNA, granting him powers of absorption. Instead of being harmed by Hisskar's powers, he took them on himself. Standing atop the rubble of the nest, he swore revenge on both VIPER and Mage Hisskar, and carved an X into the emblem of his chestplate.


Before he worked for VIPER, Ricky completed an Associate's degree in chemistry. After leaving the organization, he went back to school to complete a Bachelor's in biology to become an environmental conservationist, and follow in his parents' footsteps, albeit in a more direct way.


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