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Name: Vegeir Frey / Vladimir Freitag
Height: 6’3” / 7’4” in Jotun “armor”
Weight: 206 lbs. / 433 lbs. in Jotun “armor”
Powers: Like most Asgardians, Vladimir possesses above average strength and durability; Vladimir also being able to achieve flight. Vladimir’s other superpower comes from the Jotun side of his family. Because of his Jotun blood, being part Rock Giant to be exact, Vladimir’s skin is more resistant to injury. Not that injury is impossible, but it takes a harder blow to injure him significantly. Vladimir can also make his skin even more rock-like than it already is, creating a more noticeably rough armor for himself. With this special armor comes a marked increase in height and weight and durability. Due to his skin being more durable and less permeable than usual, he is more resistant to heat, cold and poison than the average person.
Weaknesses: Vladimir is what the tropes would call a “Glacier” fighter. His physical strength is great, but his speed is sorely lacking. His speed is below average normally but when he uses his rock skin, it makes it so easy for a speedier opponent to avoid his attacks that it makes his above average strength seem almost a waste. While his skin makes it easier to avoid some attacks, Vladimir does have some weak spots. His feet, his nose, his eyes, mouth, knees and the groin are all weak spots of his frame. His mouth and eyes in particular are the weakest spots because even in armor, they are still flesh and blood. Though his rock armor does make it easier for him to avoid damage, he has been known to be a hindrance to himself. Aside from smacking into doors and not fitting into tight spaces, if the floor is weak enough, Vladimir will fall right through. While normally Vladimir can fly, his rock armor makes him far too big and heavy to fly. When asleep, unconscious or heavily sedated/drugged/drunk, Vladimir is unable to put up his rock skin. Finally, Vladimir is reluctant to use his rock armor at all… mostly out of vanity. Rock giants are not known for being particularly smart… and they’re certainly not known for their good looks. In his rock armor, Vladimir more or less becomes a big dumb giant and lacks his normal eloquence and brain power… not being able to comprehend complex situations or use common sense very well. Above all, Vladimir’s worst flaw is his sense of pride and vanity; this makes him ridiculously easy to read and control if one knows how to appeal to his pride or insult his vanity.
Bio: Vladimir was born Vegeir Frey, son of an illicit union between a Rock Giant of Jotunheim (home of the Jotun) and an Asgardian woman. And so Vegeir was born in Asgard. Vegeir’s mother raised Vegeir well but Vegeir was… an ugly child. Rock Giants are known for being destructive, clumsy and rather ugly and even with Asgardian blood in him, Vegeir was quite ugly. Vegeir was teased mercilessly by the other children growing up, mostly for his looks and lack of speed. This only served to make Vegeir more competitive, boastful and vain in the long-run. He was bred to be a soldier, as most Asgardians are. The idea of being an Asgardian is to be the best warrior that you can be and if you should die gloriously and achieve great things, you will be brought to Valhalla after death. Because of this, Vladimir was trained in combat and tactical analysis and fought in numerous skirmishes, giving him plenty of experience in battle.
In his first major battle against the Frost Giants, Asgard’s perpetual enemy, Vegeir fought alongside his battalion but when all of the soldiers in the battalion except for him had died, Vegeir retreated to make sure that his mother was safe; instead of fighting to his last breath. His mother was safe, however Vegeir had abandoned his duties. For this action, Vegeir soon found himself exiled to Midgard – the human world. Once in Midgard, Vegeir found himself a job as a weight-lifter… easily winning many competitions. With his natural strength, he quickly became wealthy. However, most people still disliked him for his looks. Vegeir often found himself at odds with Midgard… its customs, its food… and Vegeir eventually adapted himself, though he became somewhat cynical of humans and their world. Vegeir changed his name to Vladimir, something more Midgard-like, and began to study up on culture and history – often not understanding it completely. Vegeir had carried a great amount of disdain against Midgard as being a “backwater” place (due to his being exiled there as a punishment), which was only made worse by how people continued to insult his looks. Finally, Vegeir invested a large sum of money into plastic surgery. Tired of being mocked by the humans of Midgard as he had been all his life, he changed his face completely into something decidedly sexier and something that would fit his Vladimir Freitag image. Now considered “handsome” by many, Vladimir was invited to become a fashion model. Still, this did nothing but make him feel worse, thinking that he was unnatural for being liked by so many for something he changed about himself. Eventually Vladimir quit being a model and after hearing of the numerous crime and violence reports in a certain town, he decided to do something about it. In actuality, Vladimir’s real motivation behind being a hero is the chance that he can prove himself to the other Asgardians and be readmitted into Asgard as a warrior which would restore his sense of honor and end his exile…
Personality: In one word, Vladimir is selfish. The reasoning and motivation behind the majority of his actions are self-motivated. And in that way, he almost fills out the archetypes of being the “hot playboy jock” and “the bitch” at the same time. When Vladimir walks, he does it with confidence and has no problems speaking his mind – knowing that he can squish regular humans with his bare hands has done wonders for his confidence. Vladimir comes across as solemn, cynical and annoyingly vain. He’s always obsessed with how he looks and his face in particular, never seeming very satisfied. He’s quick to patronize others but also protect them from bullies. While Vladimir is somewhat insulting to the people he meets he never goes out of his way to bully anyone and would even protect someone he doesn’t like at all from bullies just because they annoy him so much. Vladimir is proud and quick to anger if someone makes fun of him or insults his pride, though in most situations he is stoic and domineering. To that end, he can become almost insufferable in vain vendettas and grudges until the softie deep inside shows itself and he reluctantly lets it go.
Vladimir has a hard time being motivated for things that don’t directly concern him so he’s not exactly sure how to be a hero correctly, though he acts so serious one might never get that. Though he’s fairly inexperienced in the hero department, he likes the good feeling he gets from helping others and that’s usually enough to keep him from going rogue. More and more, the idea of selflessness and selfishness comes into play for him and he often finds himself wondering if he’s doing things for his own sake or for that of others… he finds himself wanting to help others more but at the same time he has a personal stake in being a hero to return home. When it comes to people, Vladimir tries his best and sometimes he succeeds and other times he fails miserably. He is compatible with people of lower self-esteem and people who are “effortlessly awesome” and Vladimir tends to bristle around people who are vain and intrusive (like himself, basically). Because of his vain attitude, he tends to appear as holier-than-thou and while not openly antagonistic to others, he sometimes acts as if his time and effort is more valuable than anyone else’s. But, when people get past all the vanity, they see Vladimir is highly insecure and does everything not out of simple selfishness but because he loves himself – he loves himself so much that he’d do anything to make things easier for himself.
- Vladimir has little knowledge of the customs of Midgard. For this reason he changed his Asgardian name to a more… Midgard-like name. Due to little understanding on his part, he chose the name Vladimir Freitag and because of it people often think his family is of Slavic and German descent, though it isn’t and people seem surprised that he has no accent.
- Vladimir’s vocabulary is often very flawed, thinking that people still use words like “tubular” and “groovy” and “the bee’s knees”. This is due to Vladimir watching many movies to try and understand social customs… unaware that the movies are from different eras and sometimes the jargon is not always recent.
- Vladimir has a very hard time trying to tell what certain objects on Midgard do, names of countries and cities on Midgard and other things and so he comes across as very ignorant. This is mostly obvious when he refers to Earth as Midgard… Despite this, Vladimir will pretend he knows exactly what he’s doing, not willing to let his pride suffer.