By the time the year 2010 rolled around, Beth had established herself as a high-end freelance mercenary with a worldwide network of contacts and plentiful resources at her disposal, thanks to lucrative contracts and savvy investments. The vampiress came to set up a base of operations in Millennium City after being called in for a favor by one of her contacts; a large beast of a man, named Rex (aka Dmitri Volker, aka The Mad Dog of Prometheus).
The two had never met face to face prior to that point in time, but it didn't take long for them to discover that they worked quite well together. Agreeing to become business partners, Beth became a more permanent fixture in Millennium City. After a time, it became clear that they had grown to care for one another, and their business relation evolved into a romantic one. Eventually, Rex became her Familiar, thus becoming mentally linked with her and sharing in a measure of her abilities. Once she had helped him with bring down a longtime enemy of his, he returned the favor by giving her aid against an overzealous vampire hunter who called himself Parting Shot.
Their relationship was tested pretty quickly when it became a realization to Rex that Elizabeth would outlive him and that she could not bear children. However, he refused to allow her to turn him. With some misgivings, she began to search for a cure for her vampirism while Rex kept Parting Shot occupied and off of her trail.
After extensive research, investigation, and interrogation; Beth set up another base of operations in Vibora Bay, as it seemed that Vladic Dracul might have had a cure in his possession. Her deep down reluctance to give up her vampirism and her lust for power, however, conspired to paint a very different set of intentions into her mind. Elizabeth began working to undermine Vladic's New Shadows vampires, recruiting many of them over to her own side with promises of power and reward once she overthrew him. Her focus became to steal the cure and use it as a weapon against Vladic Dracul after having it synthesized for use against other vampires should they threaten to try and overthrow her in kind. She would have succeeded, if Rex had no convinced her to abandon the ruthless scheme and reminded her of her original purpose in searching for a cure. While she did resume her search in places that wouldn't escalate the faction war in Vibora, she still took it upon herself to be a thorn in Vladic's side so that she wouldn't appear weak and open to retaliation. It was during this time that she met Zarek Nightwood.
Ironically, Zarek was a hunter of vampires and other supernatural creatures, but unlike Parting Shot, he didn't kill indiscriminately. It took a little time, but he and Beth established something of a friendship over their mutual dislike of Vladic Dracul and Beth's intentions of forsaking her darker nature to become human. Having been to many different dimensions over what amounted to thousands of years, Zarek was familiar with a cure for vampirism, and agreed to make it for Elizabeth. It was never guaranteed to work on a vampire of her age, and unfortunately the elixir drove her to madness, instead of returning her to humanity. As her final act of sanity, she fled to Monster Island so that she would avoid bringing harm to Rex. However, being mentally linked to Beth was torture for him, and he was eventually forced to hunt her down and slay her.
Normally, that would have been the end of things, but such was not to be Beth's case. As it happened, while she had been reduced to a feral existence of madness, she was spiritually tagged by a necromancer named Matthias Trent. When she was slain by Rex's hand, her essence was captured and placed into a magically cloned human body that Matthias had created. Infuriatingly, Elizabeth found herself bound into slavery again after so many years; and even worse, she now lacked the power to free herself from it. Her servitude to the necromancer persisted for two years until she was finally able to make contact with Rex, shocking him with her return to life.
Sadly, Rex had moved on with life after her death and was involved with another woman by the name of Vip; the leader of a mercenary group known as Cerberus Tactical Solutions. Still, Rex was her only contact she trusted enough to help her escape Matthias' clutches; and with the additional assistance of Vip, the mage was hunted down and killed. Free once again, and with Rex intent on remaining with Vip, Beth set out to regain the power she had lost and found herself a new sire to turn her.
While Elizabeth managed to attain what she was after, it produced unforeseen results. From what analysis she's had done, it seemed that somehow there was something of a freak supernatural accident when she was turned a second time; her age from her previous bloodline and the age passed down through her new bloodline combined and catapulted her into a more advanced vampirism. In this new state, Beth discovered that she could now shift her shape into that of a fierce, winged hybrid. The powers she possessed previously were amplified, making them more potent and longer lasting; she even developed an entirely new ability of limited pyrokinesis.
After a time, Rex and Elizabeth reconciled their relationship and he decided to try and be with her again. Despite the fact she knew it wouldn't last, she took him back both as lover and Familiar. Within a few months, however, Parting Shot learned of Beth's return and seemed to have found out a disturbing amount about the changes she had undergone. When they faced each other again, Beth was inflicted with a toxin that Parting Shot artificially developed to target vampire blood, nearly destroying her. Rex once again proved to be her saving grace, getting her to sanctuary and donating his blood to her. Shortly thereafter, not wanting to have to rely so heavily upon Rex, Elizabeth made greater efforts towards finding willing donors and alternate suppliers.
Once she recovered from the immediate danger of the toxin, she once again encountered Zarek Nightwood and confronted him about the cure's failure and how it had brought her to almost complete ruin. Intent on atoning for the faulty elixir, he agreed to work more carefully on another cure and also work on cleansing the toxin from her body. In the meantime, Beth noticed that Rex wasn't entirely happy in her company, and decided to let him go and be with Vip, for a number of reasons; not the least of which was the fact she had been conversing with her new sire and had begun to re-evaluate her existence.
Convinced by her new sire, Elizabeth decided to try and put her lust for power behind her and turn over a new leaf by attempting to be more moralistic in her actions. At that point in time, however, she'd grown pretty disillusioned with the entire notion and could just as easily have shifted back towards evil with the right push. Luckily, she found herself drawn closer to Zarek's companionship and had the opportunity to begin exercising her new choice by supporting him through his own personal trials. As they spent more time together, Zarek taught her to read Enochian and the basics of magic theory, and provided her with a spell that she could use to allow herself to sleep, if she so desired. As misfortune would have it, though, Zarek soon vanished mysteriously; and although Beth searched for him, she was soon doing her own thing once again.
For nearly a year, Elizabeth remained on her own in Vibora Bay, once again accepting contracts as Black Corsair and hunting down members of Vladic's gang in her leisure time. She continued to walk the line of neutrality, for the most part; looking out for her own interests and hovering in the grey space between good and evil. It was one night during that period that she crossed paths with a man named Ferik Reshnikov, finding him also bringing grief down on the heads of some New Shadows vampires. The two hit it off pretty quickly, and after a few more encounters they entered into a casual relationship, with Ferik talking Beth into moving back to Millennium City. However, things rapidly came to a head when Ferik adopted a daughter and seemed intent on living a far more mundane life than anything Beth had experienced since before she'd been turned. It didn't take long for her to determine that life wasn't for her, and she quietly slipped away to let them live their lives in peace.
Resuming her operations back in Millennium City, she picked up a familiar scent from over a year ago...that of Zarek Nightwood. Having thought he was possibly dead, she tracked the scent and found him once again, only for it to turn out that Zarek was suffering from amnesia after his disappearance. It was a bit of a blow to her that he didn't recognize her, but his brother, Tristian, figured his memories would return on their own, and with a little time, they did. At this point, Zarek finally used his magic to sever the mental link she still held with Rex.
From what Beth was told by Tristian, Zarek had awakened a being known as The Faceless One, and that it was now hunting him in order to further its own power. With that threat looming in the background, Parting Shot and his band of hunters finally made another move, and managed to track Beth down and capture her. She was brought back to a remote location outside of Vibora Bay where she was tortured for a day until Zarek and The Etoile Wanderer found and rescued her, killing Parting Shot and his men in the process. They brought with them a potion that Tristian had brewed to cleanse the toxin from her body, and at last, she was free of Parting Shot and his machinations against her.
Months later, Beth came across a woman coming out of a magic bookstore in Millennium City, who bore some striking resemblance to herself. As she watched, the woman bent double and clutched at her sides in pain, and Beth picked up the scent of burning flesh. The incident seized her attention, for she had suffered the very same effect while under the control of Matthias Trent. Tailing the woman to an empty house, Elizabeth was only slightly caught off guard when the woman abruptly turned and opened fire on her with a spray of bullets. Mere bullets were not enough to cause much harm to Beth, and she ended the would-be gun fight quickly with a clean shot to the woman's head. A few heroes came to investigate the scene and it was determined that the woman's body wasn't an original, but that her soul had been pulled from somewhere else and put into a copy. The discovery confirmed Beth's concerns that Matthias had returned, and she knew he must have had a phylactery hidden somewhere when Rex and Vip had hunted him down. Bringing the body back to Zarek and Tristian, she allowed them to attempt to recall the soul of the woman and interrogate her about Matthias using a soul trapping amulet. Unfortunately, The Faceless One had anticipated the move, and laid a trap for Zarek. When he used the amulet, he was trapped inside a nightmare and fell into a coma. Tristian and Elizabeth did what they could to try and help him, but after about a week, Zarek managed to save himself.
Meanwhile, Matthias had hired a super villain known as Arcanum to capture two of Beth's acquaintances; The Etoile Wanderer and Tarot, in an attempt to use them as bargaining chips to obtain Beth. Matthias confronted Tristian outside the Nightwood mansion in Vibora Bay, but Tristian refused his attempts at negotiation and defeated him. However, from what Matthias had said, Tristian was able to discern that the soul-stealing mage's phylactery was Beth herself; somehow he had cleaved his sould to hers when she had been in his servitude. The Etoile Wanderer and Tarot were freed from Matthias' grasp, although Tarot remained unknowingly tagged. A final confrontation eventually came to pass, and once Tristian had agonizingly severed Matthias' soul from Beth's, the necromancer was greatly weakened by the process. With the help of a mercenary called Caliban, Tristian was able to keep Matthias distracted, and Beth's vampirism allowed her to recover from the ordeal first. Swooping in on the mage, she seized his head in her hands and squeezed with so much supernatural strength, that she painfully forced the blood out from every orifice in his face and crushed his skull, killing him permanently.
Back in Millennium City, a powerful necromantic priestess was wreaking more widespread havoc. Beth had continued her efforts to take only select contracts and align herself with good causes, but it was an uphill battle for one such as her. In contact with the hero network of the city, Elizabeth volunteered to help them take down the priestess. With the way events unfolded, however, she was soon the only one that could get close to the formidable foe by posing as a loyal soldier. Unfortunately, despite the fact Beth had helped in the priestess' defeat, the heroes she'd been assisting took her for a real turncoat and called a witch hunt down on her head. With Zarek's help, she fled to another dimension to live in a medieval fashion for a time, until things cooled off.
Well over a year later, she returned to once again find herself on her own. Some of her first actions were to reconnect with her more recent sire, Red, and to make the acquaintance of one Jason Harper. Sharing some remarkable and fundamental similarities, Beth and Jason quickly warmed to one another, and developed a deep and caring bond. Shortly after meeting Jason, Beth also met Avner Nephar - a fellow vampire and newly risen Prince of Millennium City. The two vampires became fast friends, and unknown to nearly everyone, he took Beth on as his Seneschal (second in command). In addition, she ran into Rex once again, only this time he seemed quite out of his mind and very angry with her. It turned out that when she had had Zarek cut their link, he had nearly been killed when he lost the powers being her Familiar had granted him. Not only that, but it resulted in the death of a young girl he had sworn to protect, and he blamed it on Elizabeth despite the fact she'd had no knowledge of the situation at the time.
Not long after, Beth crossed paths with Zarek and the pair of them reunited as she once again found him dire straits. His immortality seemed to have been stripped from him in his most recent battles on another plane, and she endeavored to help him. This time around, however, it seemed that Tristian was working against him and even attempted to kill Beth. Since then she and Zarek have learned that Tristian has aligned himself with a long time foe of the two brothers, and Zarek's only chance for recovery relies on finding the fabled Fountain of Youth.
Following close on the heels of Tristian's attempt on her life, Rex also tried to assassinate Elizabeth in an ambush, and would have succeeded if not for Jason and Avner. She was not about to let Rex walk away from such an attempt, however, and gathered together a small group of allies to hunt him down and put him to death. It was not the relief that she'd hoped it would be, though, and she actually felt some guilt over his slaying, even if she did regard it as a necessity because he knew far too much if he was going to make an enemy of himself.
For a few months, Avner and his group of vampires were a welcome distraction, but things quickly deteriorated as Beth was incapable of respecting him as a leader. She tried, but failed to form a good opinion of most of his flock, and after an ill-fated mission that resulted in the death of one who she had actually liked, she abandoned her position as Seneschal and set out resolutely to continue on another path under Jason's employment. Giving up freelancing, she chose instead to officially attach herself to Jason's private military company, which takes on contracts with organizations such as the Department of Defense. And, as if she didn't have enough on her plate, Beth met and became deeply involved with a werewolf nearly as old as herself, named Karn.
As things stood, Elizabeth had settled somewhat comfortably into her new life choices. While things seemed to be going smoothly, it would be a sure bet that more trouble was on the horizon.
Shapeshifting, Regeneration, and Heightened Senses
Black Corsair has the ability to transform into a chilly mist or a small swarm of bats. She also has a new hybrid appearance with large bat-like wings, claws, and twisted facial features. Being a vampire of considerable age, she possesses powerful regeneration capabilities and heightened senses of sight, smell, and hearing. Her regeneration has increased to the point where she can recover from even the worst wounds within a day, depending on their nature.
Telepathy and Pyrokinesis
Given her nature, Black Corsair has the ability to communicate telepathically over long distances with her Familiar, should she have one, and even see through their eyes. She’s not fond of using hypnosis or mind domination, though she can do it. Eye contact with the subject increases the strength of both.
A highly unusual gift for a vampire, Elizabeth has some limited pyrokinesis and is able to create flames that will engulf a target with the snap of her fingers, or produce a simple candle flame at the tip of her finger. This requires considerable energy, however, and is used relatively sparingly.
Speed, Strength, and Agility
As a vampire, Black Corsair possesses inhuman speed, strength, and agility. However her recent mutation has amplified those abilities. She can move from one spot to another faster than the human eye can follow, almost making it seem like she can teleport. Her strength is great enough that she can lift and throw cars without too much difficulty, and her agility is such that she moves with a fluidity and flexibility that is so flawless as to be obviously supernatural.
Beth is susceptible to holy objects and symbols of faith when wielded against her with belief backing them up, and she cannot tread on holy ground. She must be invited into a private space such as a home in order to enter, though public spaces are fair game. She can only digest normal food in small amounts, but garlic doesn't affect her. Permanent death can be achieved via decapitation and burning, though the latter must render her to naught but ashes. A traditional wooden stake through the heart is also lethal (though not with the immediate result most assume), and silver remains harmful since it shuts down her regeneration and weakens her.
Her sheer age has allowed her to overcome falling dormant during daylight hours and the inability to cross free-running water, but exposure to sunlight will still burn her, and the latter still causes her some discomfort. In addition, the more recently she has fed, the more easily she bleeds when injured. While her regeneration compensates for most of that, if she loses too much blood she will weaken and start to revert into a more corpse-like appearance.
Finally, there are always the slew of signs to look for that will give away her true nature: lack of body heat, pale complexion, not showing up in traditional methods of photography or film, no reflection, no shadow, silent footsteps, avoidance of sun exposure, repulsion from holy objects and symbols brought to bear by the faithful, reluctance to handle silver, and she may occasionally be caught without her heart beating or not drawing breath except to speak.
Cerberus Tactical Solutions - A mercenary group that Beth has worked with a couple of times, but she is not affiliated with them.
Harper Security Solutions - A private military company and her current employer.
Black Corsair largely keeps to herself, but she has had intimate personal relations with Rex, and a more casual relationship with Ferik Reshnikov - both of whom were her Familiars until Zarek magically severed the links in her mind, at her request. Her second sire is a vampire from the Crusades that goes simply by "Red", whom she brokered a deal with to be turned again. Thus far he has been a benevolent sire and is at least partly responsible for Beth's re-evaluation of her existence.
Jason Harper and Zarek Nightwood are both men that she cares for deeply, if for completely different reasons, and both of them hold considerable influence over her. As a result, she's begun trying to push further along the path towards regrowing some of her conscience. Karn is a werewolf who Beth has also come to greatly care for, and who shares in some of what it's like to be a long lived, and often monstrous creature. Their relationship is an unusual one, and the profoundness of it is not lost on them.
Quotes and Comments
"A woman that attracts trouble more than an ice cream truck attracts pervs." - Tarot
"You've a strange way of making people care for you." - Tristian Nightwood
"A path of origin that is unknown, but a will and strength to use her strengths to an uncanny degree. Moralistic when needed or cared about, but calculating otherwise, ready and waiting... You know, like a cat, but with guns and fire." - Avner
"A woman to kill for." - Karn
"All I know is that I felt like gettin' my drink on, and then you waltz in and enhanced said drinkin'." - Killshot