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Defiant Fist
Legio, AKA Markus Reinhardt, as drawn by Mistress Bolty.
50 Natural Scrapper & 35 Natural Tanker
Broadsword / Willpower & Willpower / Dual Blades
Player: Player: @Langsuir
Activity Level: Frequent
Basic Information
Real Name: Markus Reinhardt
Aliases: Markie, Markus, 'guy', Legs, The Phantom Fencer
Titles: The Phantom Fencer, Maestro Legione
Rank: Defiant Fist
Physical Identifiers
Species: Human
Sub-Type: Italian
Gender: Male
Apparent Age: 25
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 193lbs
Build: Muscular
Complexion: Tanned
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Dark orange
Distinguishing Features
A noticeable scar on his shoulder, circular and clean, the scar tissue still reddened from recent healing. A cybernetic right arm, replacing the one he lost.
Biographical Data
Birthdate: August 16th
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Nationality: Italian
Residence: Rome, Italy
Occupation: Legio, Former Secret Identity being an archaeologist.
Marital Status: Single
Legal Status: Registered Hero
Relatives & Associates
Malcolm Reinhardt, AKA The Phantom Fencer(Father), Alessandra Romano-Reinhardt, AKA the Swordsman(Mother), both heroes in Italy.
Known Powers
None; non-powered individual, save for a superhuman tolerance to pain, caused by training from birth.
Skills & Abilities
Highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat, especially with his Gladius. At the peak of his athletic potential.
Masterwork Steel Gladius laced with Impervium, Talsorian blade, Rikti Sword, various other swords, custom-made body armor by Ancient Cimeroran Smiths.

Legio is a hero belonging to a secretive heroic organisation, also called Legio. He is currently a Defiant Fist in the Reciprocators.


Early History

Markus Reinhardt, born to Malcolm "The Phantom Fencer" Reinhardt and Alessandra "Swordsman" Romano-Reinhardt, was born in Rome, Italy. His father was a hero of Paragon City until he left for Italy to aid in stopping a superpowered villain. He stayed behind, having met his mother, and both were inducted into the secret organisation known as Legio. Their superhero identities were changed to Legio; their former identities all but gone. They have retired for now, but still serve as advisors for younger Legio, like Markus. Markus was raised in a spartan environment in the Legio's secret training area, which also served as a headquarters, fortress, and home; with little contact with technology, where play consisted of wooden swords and playfighting with other children, and entertainment meant weekly storytellers that gathered the children and adults in the centre of the town square. They told ancient tales of bravery and courage from the Classical Greek age, to modern stories such as Cassiopeia saving the world from a wayward comet. The education of the children was rigorous mentally as well as physically; children were taught manners, history, geography, and the sciences. They are by no means Luddites, but the isolation of technology is required in the early years, so that they do not grow complacent and distracted.


Markus himself was more rigorously-trained than others; everyone knew that he had to prove himself, being a son of an outsider. And he rose to the challenge. Having mastered the Gladius faster than the others, and even managing to take his wrestling teacher down in a spar, he was soon put under the direct training of one of the toughest teachers in the Legio: His father. Very soon, he became a warrior in his own right. At the age of eighteen, he was released from the training, and went out in the world, taking on assignments in Italy to watch Arachnos and the Council's movements, as well as the various Families. When Arachnos started to become more active in Paragon City, however, he was ordered to travel there as a liaison for the city, and he brought with him many confidential documents that dealt with Arachnos and the Council. At present, he is learning more about the city itself, having met some locals early in his stay, and has also joined a local superhero group, the Reciprocators. He strives to better himself until he feels that he is ready to go home.


An unknown mutant with biochemical flame control burned down several buildings in Naples, prompting Legio to intercept him/her. It culminated in a firefight in Naples, resulting in an explosion that vaporised an area 500 metres in diameter and causing the deaths of five Legio, one of them being Brother Amaranta Reinhardt, Markus' brother. Markus was then put into action, after having heard of the mutant's escape from Italy and his last-known destination: Paragon City. At this moment, the only clues he had were the biochemical nature of his/her powers and the fact that he/she could elude trained Legio stalkers for weeks. He currently is at the very height of his investigations, close on the tracks of this mutant, and he would surmise that it would only be a matter of weeks before he would be able to apprehend him/her.

After being involved in a particularly rough battle in the Shadow Shard, he has received the honour of being named a Hero of the City, and decided that it was time for him to take up his father's name; that of the Phantom Fencer. Practicing his father's trademark ambidexterity, he is quickly becoming on par with his father in terms of technique, and has received his praise in that respect. However, his mother hopes that his fashion sense would improve.

The Road of Trials

'The Carthaginian', the mutant, had eluded him several more times in the following months, once even teasing Markus with a near-capture before catching him off-guard after turning into the form of the person he expected the least; his mother. The Carthaginian left Markus in critical state with a lance of fire right through his shoulder, before he was saved by the Mediport system. Markus only awoke hours later in the Reciprocators' medbay, the AutoDoc patching up his shoulder.

This failure only spurred his efforts onward, growing more intense in his pursuit, even as the shapeshifter disappeared from his sight on the onset of November, due to all the activity during the Halloween invasions. The stage, however, is set for a final confrontation between him and his nemesis, as he draws ever closer to his target.

The Belly of the Whale

The new flame-retardant suit.

The Carthaginian, after a short span of inactivity, suddenly reappears again, and its actions started to turn malicious. It started to stalk Markus openly, making its presence known by attacking and killing police officers who were near where Markus was looking for it. The situation turned even more pressing when the Carthaginian revealed its goal; the apparent death of Markus Reinhardt. The tables have now turned, and Markus is now the hunted instead of the hunter.

Foreseeing the need for protection, he asked for help from one of his fellow Reciprocators and a good friend, Cyberette. He needed a suit of armor that could protect against high temperatures but still allowed him enough freedom to move. The end result, after a failed attack on him by the Carthaginian, fared quite well against its high-powered flame.

Another startling development was discovered when he finally managed to obtain a sample of the creature's blood; The Carthaginian, which he assumed was a mutant, was, as determined by Reciprocator and colleague Pariah Flux some sort of magical creature under the protection of the Mesopotamian God Resheph, who lorded over the domain of Fire and Plague. Markus starts to realise that he might not be able to get out of this situation alive without the help of his fellow Reciprocators, and even then, he'd have to step carefully.

Rescue from Without

While on the trail of the Carthaginian's movements, Markus was captured by the Devouring Earth, who were revealed to have been manipulated by the Carthaginian itself; it tortured him for almost a month, burning his right forearm clean off, while keeping him conscious enough for the taunting he had to endure from the Carthaginian. During his time as a prisoner, he finally managed to glean some sort of idea of what its plan was; to lure his father, Malcolm Reinhardt, to Paragon City, so that he could use both father and son for some sort of magical ritual for its own empowerment.

When the Reciprocators finally realised he was captured, it was because of the Carthaginian's own machinations; he posed as Markus himself again, and finally lead them to the cave where the real Markus was, using their preoccupation with saving their comrade to go after Malcolm. Upon his freedom, the first thing he discovered was his own father's dead body, his throat slit, in an alleyway, making it seem like a botched mugging. The only real clue that made it clear that the Carthaginian did it was a small piece of paper with a smiley face on it, taped to his father's forehead.

The Apotheosis

With the Carthaginian empowered by the ritual, he seems to have no further use for Markus, and seems to have disappeared off the face of the world. Markus, crippled by the loss of his sword arm, takes his father's body home for a proper burial, and stays in Italy for a long while, training with his left arm, and refusing to accept defeat. He finally appears once again in Paragon, months later.

Recently, he has obtained a Vanguard-made cybernetic limb, and has been training with it intensely, hoping that it would be able to replace his lost sword-arm.


Markus as the Phantom Fencer in motion.

Rigorous Training

He has no supernatural powers at all, being a non-powered human being. However, he is very adaptable, and he has an iron will, often shrugging off blows that would've knocked a normal human unconscious. This is due to the rigorous training that he has undergone since his birth. It also enables him to - while not being able to fly, run really fast, or teleport - move across terrain much faster than a normal human. In urban terrain, he has mastered a style of Parkour unique to him, from which he learnt from his training in the canyons and valleys of his home.

The Cimeroran Gladius that he received as a gift.

Offensive Style

His skill with his personal weapon, the Roman Gladius, is unmatched among his peers, despite being only a recently-inducted recruit of Legio. The Gladius is a practical, sturdy and balanced weapon, and his own is laced with impervium, further strengthening its durability. And it will need it, with all the armor, chitin, rock and what-have-you it will have to cut through.

Several thugs see the development of his training firsthand.

Defensive Style

As of late, he has started training in his father's style of fencing. Taking up the name 'The Phantom Fencer', he has started wielding two light blades in a defensive capacity instead of the usual single-blade brute-force strategy that he often employed before. While he does not hope to be as good as his father, it still gives him access to a different, more conservative way of fighting. This style has been put on hold until recently due to the loss of his right arm, but with the cybernetic limb, he has slowly eased himself back into practicing this.

He also has some training in triage, and can serve as a field medic if needed with the healing device he was issued.


He is part of the Organisation called Legio, and has also joined the Reciprocators.


Legio is an ISTJ. "ISTJs are often called inspectors. They have a keen sense of right and wrong, especially in their area of interest and/or responsibility. They are noted for devotion to duty. Punctuality is a watchword of the ISTJ. The secretary, clerk, or business(wo)man by whom others set their clocks is likely to be an ISTJ.

As do other Introverted Thinkers, ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. Effusive expression of emotional warmth is not something that ISTJs do without considerable energy loss.

ISTJs are most at home with "just the facts, Ma'am." They seem to perform at highest efficiency when employing a step-by-step approach. Once a new procedure has proven itself (i.e., has been shown "to work,") the ISTJ can be depended upon to carry it through, even at the expense of their own health.

ISTJs are easily frustrated by the inconsistencies of others, especially when the second parties don't keep their commitments. But they usually keep their feelings to themselves unless they are asked. And when asked, they don't mince words. Truth wins out over tact. The grim determination of the ISTJ vindicates itself in officiation of sports events, judiciary functions, or an other situation which requires making tough calls and sticking to them.

His SJ orientation draws the ISTJ into the service of established institutions. Home, social clubs, government, schools, the military, churches -- these are the bastions of the SJ. "We've always done it this way" is often reason enough for many ISTJs. Threats to time-honored traditions or established organizations (e.g., a "run" on the bank) are the undoing of SJs, and are to be fought at all costs."

He has a straight, no-nonsense approach to crime-fighting; though he is open-minded and has responded to suggestions of improving his technique and effectiveness, he more often than not goes by what he has been taught since birth. This has translated to his personality, being a blunt man of few words. One could compare him to a blank slate; he seems to readily accept new ideas and try them out, but if it does not make much of an impression on him, he just reverts to what had been taught to him.


-He seems to have taken a liking to vodka.

-He lacks any awareness in regards to his own injuries, heedlessly going on despite being hurt.

-He has acquired a Rikti Sword AND a Talsorian Blade. Woe to anyone who comes across him while he wields them.

-He is Gaston.

-The Mantaur is dead. However, he has taken a liking to milk.

OOC notes

He is now Level 50! Tank!Legio is The Phantom Fencer (God yes I got that name first), a WP/DB tank, currently at level 35.

Big OOC note: He uses the flat of his blade to deal with most human enemies to incapacitate them, while the blade is only reserved for robots, droids and mechanical beings.

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