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Tens of thousands of children die everyday worldwide; Helena should have been one of them. Like many children in Lima, she was most likely born into a poor family. Her father may have worked at the bottling factory. Statistically, her mother probably sewed pants for a living. And growing up in a large family, it seems likely that no one had time to look after the young girl, Helena. At least, that's the best guess the doctors could offer when she came through their emergency room.

At around age 6, Helena was playing in the streets of her city, as is common of the unattended children there, when she was hit by a city bus. Anyone who had been with her had fled, not wanting to draw attention to themselves. The fact that she survived the ambulance ride to the hospital was miraculous in and of itself. However, when Helena was pronounced dead only to suddenly spring back to life on the operating table exactly three minutes later, the nurses began crossing themselves frantically, claiming that she had been spared from death by the hand of God.

Indeed, once the girl had regained consciousness, she spoke adamantly of visions of Heaven and claimed that God had sent her back for a purpose beyond her understanding. While some remained skeptical, the hospital staff couldn't deny the amazing speed with which she recovered. While she apparently suffered severe nerve damage, which left most of her body entirely numb, she had almost no physical scarring. The only other effect of the accident was total memory loss. She had no idea who she was, and no family ever came to claim her. It was an old nun visiting the hospital who named her Helena.

As the time came near to release the girl from the hospital, she demanded that she be placed under the care of the convent. Over the course of her stay there, she had grown fixated on her vision of the afterlife. The doctors considered her troubled, but they deemed her to be neither a harm to herself nor to others. With few other options, they decided to honor her request, sending her to be raised by the nuns.

Most of her adolescence was spent training to become a nun herself. Helena was a pious girl, heralded as an example to the rest of the convent. When she hit puberty, she was startled to discover that great, angelic wings had begun growing from her back, but was unsurprised - they felt familiar. She kept these hidden from the rest of the world, but their appearance had altered her sense of purpose irrevocably. The wings which had sprouted from her back finally helped to reveal the meaning of the words she had heard in her vision so many years ago. She knew that her role was not meant to be a passive one.

Over the next few years, she began to grow weary of the system of the convent, urging them to be more involved in stopping the evils going on outside their walls. Finally fed up, she decided that she would reveal her secret during the next day's church services. When, after a rousing speech condemning their inaction, she revealed her wings to the congregation and claimed herself to be an angel of the Lord, she was met with only silence and horrified stares. Disgusted, she stormed out of the convent and never returned.

Concerned that she would be pursued once the initial shock wore off, Helena sought refuge in the catacombs under the city. While exploring the tunnels, she stumbled upon an ancient cache of Templar arms and armor. With a determination bordering on fanaticism, she trained herself in the use of it. A year passed in solitude, during which she fasted and claims to have been sustained by faith alone. She awoke one morning morning with her fingertips bloodied and her sword lying nearby. Smelling the acrid scent of smoldering metal, she picked up the sword and found that runes had been carved into its blade. She realized that she could read the angelic runes - they read "Absolution". The sword became a focus for her prayers, manifesting radiant flames along its blade. Taking up "Absolution", she emerged from her tomb. It was time for her to fulfill her purpose: to purge the world of evil.

  • We get a version of Fanatic's bio, although Christopher mentions here that she claimed to be an angel pretty much right away rather than simply knowing that she had a purpose with the "I'm an angel" moment only happening during her confrontation with the convent as an adolescent. Her recovery apparently only took a few days in total, including broken bones. Also, rather than "silence and horrified stares" it sounds like there may have been vocal denial of her status as "angel" at that later point just before she left.
  • Of course the Templars had secret missions in, say, Peru. They're sending people on secret missions all over the place. During her year of solitude with the Templar cache she hadn't been using the sword or armor (which didn't fit anyway). That is, she didn't until she woke up one morning to find that she'd reshaped the armor with her bare hands and carved runes into the blade of the sword with her fingertip. This is slightly at odds with the bio that says she'd been training with them, but this might just be them being fast and loose with their description here (like, she maybe wasn't using the sword in that she wasn't going out to fight evil with the sword or anything, but not precluding the training mentioned in the bio... I dunno).
  • This begins her time out in the world fighting evil. She doesn't have a book of her own at first, but can pop up pretty much anywhere as her movement is kind of a worldwide pilgrimage. Examples given: she helps in a fight in Rook City against Plague Rat, a few Freedom Five stories in fights against major villains, etc. People start calling her "Fanatic", but she doesn't identify as such, nor does she go by the name Helena, but generally refers to herself as an Angel of the Lord. The "Fanatic" moniker got started by her mentor...
  • An early story involved her in a small Midwestern city. She meets a preacher there, the Right Reverend Samuel Humphrey. She apparently travels in disguise, and was impressed by him and his congregation's faith. She reveals herself to him and he immediately recognizes her as the angel she claims to be, offering his service. He teaches her for a while, but she comes to learn over time that he's not as good of a guy as he appeared to be. His whole deal is actually that he's able to siphon off power from his congregation's faith - he's been around since the late 1800s and started his ministry during the Dust Bowl. This cross is a dark artifact that he created in a ritual and is what allows him to draw power from people who are expressing their faith in order to extend his own life. She is furious when she learns this, burns a cross into his face, and burns his church to the ground (see "Brutal Censure" from her deck and the incap art of her base-version foil card). He calls her a Fanatic and she calls him an Idolater during this falling out, giving them the names we'd know them by.
  • In her dealings with heroes, her most regular early ally (pre-Prime Wardens) is Ra, with all of the conflicting theological problems that would involve. They still get along well given their temperaments - they're both very passionate people, there's chemistry between them, and they hit it off pretty quickly. An early major story with both of them is the Baptism by Fire arc around the time of the Ennead event where there's even more of these "gods" around - who she largely brushes off as just "people with artifacts of power".
  • The Seer is a relatively minor villain, but with some story ramifications. He's a mystic/magician who is able to manipulate people's emotions. She finds what he's doing familiar somehow, but is able to defeat him pretty quickly. He can mess with her emotions a little, but that doesn't do much in his immediate encounter with her. What he does manage is to lay some seeds of doubt in her mind that's more of a slow burn and leads into another story...
  • Apostate, her most iconic/notable/dangerous villain. He's a guy with wings and a big sword along with a bunch of demons following him and access to a lot of arcane artifacts. He immediately goes for the "we're the same" shtick because of the whole wings, sword, and power similarities, but he tells her she's not an angel, but something he created. She denies him, he contradicts her, etc. Eventually she runs off and has to "blind herself to him" in order to defeat him [I'm guessing this ties into the Redeemer variant having her eyes covered]. His deal is that he is a deceiver, and all great lies start with a kernel of truth.
  • The real story is itself a very late reveal in the comics, but even then it's not something that changes who she is as a character, so keep that in mind.
  • So, much like there's the Block, the Realm of Discord where Gloomweaver hangs out, and other dimensions adjacent to "reality" without being separate universes in the Multiverse sense, there is a dimension of "emotions" or "states of being" that is home of the Host. Whenever somebody is feeling a particularly strong emotion, it's because they're being influenced by a member of the Host - it's not necessarily the same as being "possessed" by them, but these spirits do actually inhabit the person. When the young girl was hit by a bus and then died, she was inhabited by one of these spirits - one related to Judgement. The young girl didn't return to life three minutes later, this was the spirit of Judgement taking over the body. It's not aware that this is what happened, it's just the fact that it has happened and now we have a largely blank-slate of a being inhabiting the body. She has memories of this ethereal plane and of these other spiritual entities and knows that her existence is tied up with the concept of Judgement, but that's about it.
  • The various religious iconography that she sees and the faith of the people she talks to shapes how she interprets this knowledge and she settles on the Angel of the Lord explanation. In turn, how she thinks about these things winds up shaping the world around her - she thinks that she's an angel and so she grows wings, she feels that the sword should have angelic runes on it and she's able to carve them with her finger, she believed that the sword should manifest holy fire and so it does, etc.
  • Idolator's cross actually works due to his ritual capturing a member of the Host, a spirit of Faith, and the presence of this spirit is what drew her in given their affinities as members of the Host (like calling to like). Even though she didn't know anything about the Host or her relationship to this spirit, this kind of explains the rage she felt when she learned that he was a villain. Similarly, the Seer had made a bargain with a spirit of Domination for his power and that's why she thought his power was "familiar".
  • Apostate is a spirit of Deceit who realized that the spirit of Judgement had left their home realm and was entertained/annoyed by this. He found a dead body to inhabit/shape to his purpose - this isn't the same as with Fanatic as she's a coherent singular being where Apostate knows about his existence separate from the body he's using to mess with her. His pitch is along the lines of "We are spirits, not of the Lord but of ourselves" and that he created her as if she's his child and they should work together to rule the world. This did not go over well with her, but everything fits together enough to make her doubt.
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Variant: Originally revealed during the Infernal Relics Kickstarter as the $34K stretch reward.

After Fanatic was confronted by the deceiver, Apostate, she had to regroup. She spent three entire days sequestered in the bell tower of a monastery in prayer and meditation, not stopping to eat or sleep. Finally, she emerged from her requiescence, refreshed in the knowledge of her steadfast righteousness.

Fanatic has armed herself against the lies and corruption of Apostate. She stands prepared to fight by faith alone - not allowing herself to be distracted by the clamor and deceit of the world and her enemies!

  • She goes off into seclusion in a bell tower for three days (fasting, meditating, etc.), and emerges with a fancy new set of armor that also covers her eyes. She's operating on blind faith now. She's able to defeat him by ignoring his lies and drives him off. Her faith has kind of always been what gives her power, and so focusing just on that is what elevates her here.

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Variant: Originally revealed from Wrath of the Cosmos preorder event for 100 copies preordered.

After years of going from extreme to extreme, Fanatic finally found some moderation, and her allies in the Prime Wardens had no small part in helping the avenging angel center herself. Now, she stands more resolute than ever - not for vengeance or for zealotry, but for the defense of the innocent and the advancement of the greater good.

The last hero to join the ranks of the Prime Wardens, Fanatic had been witnessed most recently fighting a dark-winged Deceiver. As a result, the Avenging Angel had donned more protective armor and a face-plate that obscured her vision. So, when Fanatic joined the fray against Akash'Bhuta wearing armor that allowed greater mobility and freedom of movement, half her face-plate torn off, and a her sword a jagged shard, the other heroes were as taken aback as they were pleased to see her.

Her faith stronger than ever, Fanatic as a member of the Prime Wardens is a resolute opponent of evil in its many forms. She fought against demons and deceivers, and takes the fight to the Court of Blood against blood mages and vampires. The hero called Fanatic does not fully know her role in this world, but she knows one thing: she is Justice.

  • Some time later, Argent Adept gets defeated by Akash'Bhuta and is putting together a team to defeat her. Fanatic winds up on that team along with Haka, Tempest, and Captain Cosmic. The Prime Wardens weren't formed as an intentional organization, they (along with the other heroes present for that fight) were just there to defeat Akash'Bhuta and happened to keep working together afterward. Their bailiwick tends to be major worldwide threats - ancient magical beings like Gloomweaver, alien threats like Voss, the Ennead, Balarian, and the initial Progeny events.
  • One of these is a fight involving the Citizens of the Sun. Parse is also there and she claims that there's some weakness involving Citizen Truth whose shields nobody can break. She points out to Fanatic that if she attacks the shield something will break - unfortunately, that something is Fanatic's sword rather than the shield (see Parse's "Critical Modifier"). This doesn't put Fanatic too out of sorts - it was a huge sword and even the piece remaining is a serviceable chopping implement like a hand axe. She's got this broken sword from shortly after the formation of the Prime Wardens up through the middle of the OblivAeon event (more on that later).

See Related Stories on the Prime Wardens Story Arc Page

  • The Court of Blood is a weird castle with blood fountains and blood just generally running through the whole structure. The inhabitants are a bunch of vampires led by Countess Elizabeth Báthory - as has been mentioned previously, vampires are a particular kind of blood mage (but not all blood mages are vampires - see Lifeline and Bugbear for examples of non-vampiric blood magic). They make good recurring opponents for Fanatic - all the way back to her original incap art which takes place in the CoB. There isn't a single major "event" involving the Countess and the Court, but they make for a good place that the heroes might need to infiltrate to get some magical MacGuffin for any given story.

See Related Stories on the Court of Blood Story Arc Page

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Variant: Originally revealed during the OblivAeon Kickstarter as the $450k stretch reward.

The XTREME Prime Wardens were first revealed during the ARG Event in the Time vs. Time comic.

  • During OblivAeon, La Comodora shows up with a sword for Fanatic - one from an alternate dimension with a black blade. That Fanatic had apparently allied herself with the Blood Countess - it's not a "blood magic blade", but it is tuned more into that side of things (and which probably won't be a problem later at all). We also see at some point the evil version of her (Hellion) and a good version of Apostate (Seraph) and she teams up with the latter to fight the former. Good times.

See Related Stories on the OblivAeon Story Arc Page

Legacy Wants to Remind You!

This information is from the Miststorm Universe, one of two branching timelines. Products in this timeline are: Sentinel Tactics (and expansions). Prime War (and expansions)

One of the lead-ins to the OblivAeon is the death of Ra, and they had a close relationship - his last words to her was that he "always believed in her." She comes out of that strengthened, finally embraces the name of "Fanatic" herself, and is ready to take the fight to OblivAeon, but once that's done there's a time of mourning. She's realized that there was a reason she didn't get close to people before and it was for the better and goes off on her own.

It's been several years and she's more or less gotten over things and is working with heroes again. She's a bit troubled with there being a new Ra, but it's obviously a different person, but she's able to deal.

Tachyon Speeds By to Remind You!

This information is from the Sentinel Comics Universe, one of two branching universes. Products in this timeline are: Sentinel Comics RPG.

One of the lead-ins to the OblivAeon is the death of Ra, and they had a close relationship - his last words to her was that he "always believed in her." She comes out of that strengthened, finally embraces the name of "Fanatic" herself, and is ready to take the fight to OblivAeon, but once that's done there's a time of mourning. She's realized that there was a reason she didn't get close to people before and it was for the better and goes off on her own.

As things get going she's still reeling from everything she's just been through (fighting an evil version of herself, being helped by a good Apostate, the death of Ra, etc.) and is still grieving, embittered, full of rage about things, becoming reclusive, but as the RPG goes on we're likely to see more about her in terms of her being a spirit of Judgement which should be interesting in the future.