Real Name: Lena Fischer
Lena Fischer was raised from literally before conception to be the greatest athlete in the world. When East Germany merged with West, an immediate stop was put to the long known but denied super-science doping programs of the former communist government – and to the careers of all of it’s greatest athletes. One of those athletes was Nora Fischer. Banned at the age of 15 from ever competing in legal sports again, Nora Fischer turned to illegal street fighting and theft to try and fill the void, but the bitterness only grew. Over the years she decided – if she could not claim gold, she would make sure her daughter claimed them ALL.
Decades later, Nora had what she wanted. The perfect recipe of genetics, magic, and scientific manipulation to ensure the birth of the ultimate athlete. 9 months exactly later, she gave birth to Lena. A disgraced Yogi was present at the birth, ready to insure that Lena’s very first breath was the beginning of her training.
Nora’s obcession was successful beyond anyone but her’s most wild dreams. Nora had been very careful that absolutely nothing she had done could be detected or disqualify her daughter, but she knew her own past would inevitably bring her down if their connection was known. At 8, Nora had her daughter legally adopted as an orphan by the strictest, most brutal trainer she could find, a Hungarian ballet instructor living in London. While Nora made sure to stay around as her “nanny”, this was the last time Lena would ever be allowed to call anyone mother.
By 9, Lena was drawing the attention of every athletic trainer in England. Before she was ten, she was being scouted by three countries for 7 sports. At twelve, she became the first person to ever win junior nationals in gymnastics, marathon and figure skating. Her fame, especially among other teenage girls, was unrivaled. And thats where Nora’s plans all fell apart. Nothing Nora had arranged was detectable or even disqualifying in any way – Lena’s human achievements were indisputable. But magic is fickle and cruelly ironic. The 17 year old girl stepped upon her 7th Olympic pedestal before the largest worldwide audience for a sporting event ever. Standing there, Lena reached for the gold the world’s greatest athlete – and stepped down as the Incarnate Archetype of Athleticism.
Those who bear the mantle of greater powers are not permitted to compete against mere mortals. Lena was struck from her remaining competitions, and only the threat of incipient riots stopped the stripping of her previous medals and titles under suspicion of the use of supernatural powers. Lena returned to London to find her mother driven insane and threatening to kill thousands. Fighting her mother upon the steeple of Big Ben and receiving the much quieter but sincere thanks of those saved, Lena felt for the first time a sense of purpose beyond the demands and dreams pushed on her by her mother and trainers. Then and there she determined to become a hero. And there is really only one place to truely become a hero.
She had her emanicipation and a shiny new apartment lined up within the week.
Lena is the Archetype of Athleticism. On the surface this means she is only moderately superhuman – “just” the best athlete in the world. At every sport. In practice, this makes her distinctly inhuman. Lena can match every world record at any athletic accomplishment, even when they are obviously contradictory in the same person. The synergies this creates makes her in practice far outside the range of human achievement. This includes martial arts, but not the esoteric or supernatural kind – she is not capable of catching a bullet in flight or throwing 1000 punches in a second, but she has the skills of the world’s best boxer, the balance of it’s best acrobat, and the strength of it’s best weightlifter. Mundane competition is straight up not a thing for her yet, and she’s just beginning to suspect that exercise won’t actually do her any good. Fortunately, superheroics are there to fill the void of obsessive athletic competition.
While technically not a superpower, Lena is among the most famous people in the world. It’s been only a few weeks since the olympics, and she was already one of the world’s most famous athletes. A literal billion people hero worship her and her achievements. There is quite possibly no one in the world she could not ask to talk to, and it is a constant struggle for her to avoid every word she speaks being heard around the world. This opens doors for her wherever she goes as herself, and she is very well off thanks to the few endorsement deals her mother and managers made before her emancipation. She has no interest in becoming richer, but could easily pull in a few more billion if she was willing to give up the time.
LIke most celebrities, Lena has been forced to learn how to dodge the paparazzi. She’s well practiced at making the small changes to her clothing or appearance she needs to disapear into a crowd. She’s also not .averse to just using her powers to outrun or parkour away from reporters until she can make an escape. A huge advantage of being “out” as a superpowered person is that she never has to hold back or pretend she doesn’t have powers. She still does not like the attention, however, which is why she created the identity of “Efface”, a new hero she can use to escape the constant interest in her life.