Eric was a federal marshal based in Millennium city. He was a specialist in interstate super villainy. He had become a law enforcement officer through a fierce desire to protect people from danger. He often worked with the federal witness protection program in the course of his main duties. He was picked by the extra-terrestrial entity known as Zoar, to be one of it's agents on Earth for exactly this reason.
Zoar is a computerized observer located at the center of our moon. It was placed there by a pan galactic race of being known as the Lukovians.This extremely advanced an ancient race completely disappeared from our galaxy almost instantly, leaving behind only a few scattered out posts on the fringes of the galaxy, Zoar is one of those outposts. After the disappearance, a secret program was activated in Zoar to cease only observation and to begin manipulating people and events on our planet to accelerate our evolution. This was approximately 4000 years ago. Since that time Zoar has identified and protected humans it calls, "The Prime Progenitors". After some time it became necessary to have an agent it could send to earth to directly intercede in the protection and support of these special human beings. The first agent was a robot it called M.A.C.H. But MACH inadvertently became self aware and rebelled against Zoar, leaving Earth in search of it's own destiny. Next Zoar chose a human brain to place into a cybernetic body the Lukovians had left behind in Zoar's labs. This human would become known as Lord Xanadu, who also defected after a time.
After the defection of Lord Xanadu, Zoar decided that it needed a new system for directing it's minions. It needed an agent capable of creative independent thought but also incapable of absconding with it's valuable technology. It hit on the idea of creating a battle suit that it could bestow or retrieve from it's user at will. And instead of a single agent, it chose 3 so that the humans could retain their original identities and lives and therefore remain connected to humanity. When it chose Eric Dahaffabee as one it's agents, it gave him the Copper power suit which was the heaviest and most durable of the 3 it created as Eric had the greatest dedication to the cause. It was not long after this that Zoar realized that some of the prime progenitors were being specifically targeted by a superhuman menace known as The Marquise. The Marquise was able to hide from Zoar's observation, which was no mean feat, and thus was a serious threat to the entire program. What the Marquise hopes to gain from this opposition is currently unknown.
In 2011, Eric, as Copper, was sent to save the life of one of the Prime named Bryan Quinn. With the aid of Copper and Zoar, Bryan would go on to become the hero known as Halon. And since Bryan continued to place himself in jeopardy, Zoar kept a very close eye on him. When his life was again in danger of being ended, he sent all 3 agents, Gold, Silver and Copper to aid him in a battle against the Marquise and her minions. It was a vicious and costly battle, Both Gold and Silver died and Copper was severely wounded. From that time forward, Bryan Quinn took up the duties of Zoar's earthly agents and began building an even greater organization that could face the threat of the Marquise and her allies on multiple fronts.
If Nothing Else, Vengeance
Following the Monster island battle with the Marquise, Eric spent 6 months recovering in the bacta tanks. After his revival he was gratified to see that Bryan Quinn had survived and saddened to hear that his compatriots had not. Eric did not know quite what to do with himself at this point. Bryan had created a new organization with new allies. One that seemed to have a new mandate beyond what Zoar had charged him with. Zoar had adjusted the federal marshal computer system to make him appear to be on a special assignment so he could return to his old life if he chose to. Instead he decided to continue to recuperate at the secluded cabin he had left Bryan at previously. Eric had agreed to Zoar's mission in order to protect people and to serve mankind. He had never really gotten to know the other 2 men that had also served Zoar. They had rarely been required to work together and in fact they did not even speak the same language, but he missed them just the same. He felt alone now but that loneliness began to kindle a spark of hate in him, hate for the Marquise. But he didn't know if he had any more fight left in him.
It had been nearly a year now since the last battle when Brian came to visit him. As Halon, Bryan was now the leader of an ever expanding force he had initially called Strike Team Zulu. But now that team was expanding even further into a full fledged armed force. Brian explained that he now knew that the Marquise was being backed by one or more organizations like Viper or Argent and that he was building an equal force to combat them. He asked Eric to join him and to bring down those responsible for the deaths of Gold and Silver. At first Eric was reluctant, but Bryan admitted that simply having another experienced battle suit pilot to help test the rapidly progressing designs the STZ were producing would be a great help, so Eric agreed to return with him. They both returned to Zoar's moon base that had been expanded to accommodate this new force and Eric was impressed with what Bryan had accomplished so far.
Bryan explained that at first, the R & D team of Bryan, his brother Norman and the super scientist Heron had concentrated on iterating and perfecting their own individual technologies and tools that were somewhat disparate and unrelated, but now they had begun designing and producing standardized weapons platforms that could be manned or unmanned in the field. The first product of that system was called the Avenger battle suit and was what Eric would be testing. Unlike the large and formidable Copper power suit, this was a light to medium grade suit that relied on force fields for protection and streamlined and compact particle energy weapons for combat. It was able to operate reliably for long periods by utilizing broadcast power from the moon base that was relayed around the planet by satellites. Eric was impressed by the suits capabilities and ease of use and eventually agreed to field trials that involved mostly reconnaissance. As Eric become more comfortable in the field he asked that these duties become his permanent assignment. Brian had indeed hoped that this is what would happen and named Eric the first officer of the Strike Team Zulu Signal Corps. As a code name he simply became known as Avenger 1. Zoar also asked that Eric resume his duty as a protector of the Prime Progenitors, a duty that would supersede his duties in the Signal Corps and both Eric and Bryan agreed to this arrangement. In the cases where Eric is called away Quartermoon is then in charge of the Signal Corps.
The Copper power suit has been damaged beyond repair. It's successor is now in the hands of Halon
Avenger Power Suit
The Avenger power suit is based on Halon:Cobalt 1 and Captain Arcane's medium battle suit which includes many advances in power use and force field technology. It does not rely on heavy armoring for protection or heavy ordnance, instead it uses powerful self regenerating force fields and compact, efficient particle beam weapon systems. The servo system is designed to give the user better endurance rather than tremendous physical strength. Power is primarily provided by a Sub-space transmission system so that it is constantly being replenished. In the event of a complete transmission failure the weapon systems are cut off and the back up battery powers the shields and flight system for a maximum of 4 hours. It is intended to be worn primarily by officers of the STZ in the field and is equipped with sophisticated observation and communication systems as well. The suit is designed for either a human occupant or an android drone. As with the original Copper suit, Eric can have the Avenger suit "beamed" to him and be ready for battle almost instantly.
Support drones models L and R
As Avenger 1, Eric is also supported by 2 recovery drones of the L type for first aid in the field. Only rarely does he deploy the type R drones as his own fire power is normally more than sufficient.
Powers & Abilities
Eric is an olympic level athlete though the damage he sustained in the Monster Island battle has left him with chronic pain in his neck and hands.
Associate of the Rune Lords
Member of The Minions of Zoar
Member of Strike Team Zulu