Leopold Smashington III
Last Updated: 09/25/2009 by User:Malakili
Human male, muscular, but his build does not reflect his true strength
The Profiteer, ex CEO of CyberAid, and current CEO of Roberts Robotics.
The Smaso family was, and remains, a big player in New York's investment banking scene. When Leopold Smaso III was born, he was born into a world of high rollers, international private flights, and insider trading.
At a young age, he displayed feats of strength that far exceeded his age, and by the time he was only five, he was as strong as ten adults. His parents, however, weary of what the press would do had they found out, kept their son's power hidden from the public view by keeping him insulated from the world outside of the family and their closest friends.
Thus, Leopold grew up knowing almost nothing of the outside world. His extravagant lifestyle was all he ever knew, and he loved it. His parents instilled in him their values: Greed, and Wealth, whatever the cost. At the age of 10, he was given stocks in an experimental cybernetics company named CyberAid for his birthday, worth millions, and growing by the day. He was now a millionaire in his own right, and ripe, his parents thought, to follow in their footsteps. They taught their son the tricks of their trade, all the while proud of his supernatural ability, but unwilling to share it with the world. Leopold understood the importance of keeping his powers to himself, and when he was allowed out, he managed to hide them.
However, it was not meant to stay this way. When Leopold was only 16, he was sent to University. His parents had taught him all they could, and now, they imagined, the only way he would grow into their proper successor was through a full education in economics at the most prestigious school in the country. What they did not plan for, of course, was Leopold's reaction to an unfiltered view of the outside world.
When Leopold arrived at the University, his conception of the world shattered. Poverty was evident around him, even in the same city that he had been gifted untold millions. Evil threatened around every corner, and yet he had spent his entire life idly plotting his own future, and ignoring the possibility of disaster. He soon realized that, given his extraordinary abilities, it was his duty to fight for his new found values.
His decision was not without a cost though. His parents disowned him, swearing that he was betraying his family by choosing to ignore their legacy. In truth, it was Leopold who felt disowned. He gave up his name Smaso, and took on the name Smashington, part homage, and part mockery of his past. Leopold, now the majority stock holder of the cybernetics corporation, set them to work on innovations that could be used to help humanity. Their entertainment sector, which had earned Leopold millions, continued to function, though now he put his profits towards helping his causes.
Soon, the company fashioned Leopold Smashington III's trademark suit. To mock his affluent past, Leopold ordered them to make the suit appear as a casual business suit, complete with bowler hat and monocle. It is actually fashioned from a highly sophisticated material which provides further protection, particularly against the elemental and magical attacks of his foes, which his natural powers were weakest against.
The remarkable advancements in defensive power in such a thin material quickly caught the attention of others, who requested similar suits, though always tailored specifically for each individual hero. The Canadian government paid particular attention to this advancement, and after a tour of the facilities, requested research for implementing the material into the Canadian Crusader's suit, to further enhance its effectiveness.
Leopold met the Crusader when he came to the research facilities himself. Impressed by the man, his story, and his team Zeta Force, he decided that his time working alone was at an end. He asked to join, putting his full resources behind the group, and vowing to fight at their side whenever called upon. The Canadian Crusader agreed graciously, and the preparations began to move a small research and development team from the CyberAid facilities to the Zeta Force headquarters, to more closely work with the team, devoting this new R&D team specifically to the needs of the Force.