Superhero/villain Name: Velocity
Civilian Name: Verra Valinova
Origin city/Planet: Central City, Earth
Hometown: Central City
Birth Date: May 20 2003 AD
Icon: The Flash Lightning Bolt
A bright ray of sunshine no matter the weather, her attitude has always been one of uncompromising optimism and joy. Since she was a small child she had always been that way, never letting anything get to her and supporting her many friends. As she has gotten older, her style has barely changed, though now what was once simply cutesy and adorable has shifted to take on a sometimes flirty attitude as she matures.Verra certainly knows what she's doing, finding it fun and thinking it brightens the mood of the people around her, though on more than one occasion she's had to sweet-talk her way out of a flirt taken the wrong way.
Almost unchanged from her out of costume personality, Velocity is regarded by some as a bit of a Girl Scout in her ideals, always doing her best to do the just thing. Even the more murderous of her foes have found a cell in Iron Heights Prison, where she lets the justice system handle punishment. Her optimism is the one thing the people of Central City find most remarkable about her, in that she has never broken faith in her own abilities and the belief that everything will be okay in the end. That said, the life of a superhero does weigh on her, and she leans on her own optimism and the life of Verra Valinova to get her through the darkest times.
Polyglot - Due primarily to her "Speed Mind" abilities, Verra is conversationally fluent in multiple languages, and is easily capable of learning others. At the current moment(2026) she speaks English and Russian natively, and is fluent in French, Latin, Atlantean, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Speed Force Conduit -
Much like homo magi, the source of Verra's powers is something beyond herself, a dimension full of energy that seems to be the very fundamental force behind space and time. This dimension has gone by many names throughout time, though it is universally known as the Speed Force. People like Verra don't just have a connection to this realm as the magisters do, they rely on the leylines to channel their arcane powers and without them magic would simply continue on as normal. Speed Force Conduits on the other hand, serve a mutually beneficial purpose. Their powers are both a gift to the user, and a very necessary action for the Speed Force itself, serving as a release valve for the indescribably vast energies within the dimension. This is why there is always at least one speedster somewhere in the multiverse, running as fast as they can.
Superhuman Speed -
The primary power of a Speed Force Conduit, incredible speed. Because of the vast energies suffusing their body a speedster, as they are often called, is able to move at speeds beyond normal human ability. While at first she was able to achieve the speed of a mere
mach 35 in the first few months of discovering her powers, she has since seen a steady growth after the events of the One Week War. Feats that require the use of special structures to channel her speed are now just for convenience, as with enough space she can punch holes through reality and time itself making her among the fastest in the entire multiverse.
Superhuman Stamina -
Along with superspeed, comes the ability to sustain it for long periods of time. Verra's superhuman stamina means that what would normally exhaust normal humans, is as easy as rolling out of bed. It takes excessive use of her powers to break a sweat, and pushing the limits to even come close to tiring her.
Superhuman Reflexes -
Another ability that comes paired with being a speed force conduit, is that of being able to perceive and react to things at superhuman levels. In an instant everything seems to slow down just for her, and she can easily dodge and redirect most direct attacks. No one is flawless though, and Verra's reflexes are only as good as her sense of awareness.
Accelerated Healing -
Down to the cellular level, Verra's body is in tune with the speed force and infused with its energies. Among the many other benefits and abilities, is that of greatly enhanced healing. What would take weeks for normal humans to heal from, she can do in mere hours if not minutes, and even some of the mortal wounds are just a setback. Accelerated healing can be a double-edged sword however, in that she has to be extra careful when dealing with broken bones and making sure to set them correctly as fast as possible before new bone growth occurs. Otherwise the bone would have to be broken again.
Lightning. She can throw lightning from her hands. Well, it's not actually lightning, more like the electrostatic build up of energy bleeding off her body from the speed force when she's running at high speeds. With a little bit of effort she can directionalize the current that surrounds her, usually towards something that needs zapped.
Enhanced Mental Processes -
Moving at superspeed is one thing, reacting another, but being able to understand everything is something that could become quite difficult. Luckily for speedsters, their minds are also accelerated to process information as fast as they receive it. As quickly as she can turn the pages in a book, Verra can read and understand it. While initially unable to retain more than fragments of information attained in such a way, over time speedster minds are capable of speed-learning entire subjects and referencing it later as if they had known it all along. In her years since reintegrating with her natural timeline, she has been able to once more reach these levels, often times having to play down her near photographic memory in order to not draw suspicion.
Enhanced Senses -
Even without immersing herself in the speed force, Verra's senses are vastly enhanced by its energies. This leaves her able to see things unfold as if in slow motion in front of her, hear whispers across the room and detect the subtlest changes in temperature or charge around her.
Molecular Acceleration -
Through practice and a stronger connection to the speed force, she has managed to achieve control over the basic elements of her body, allowing her to be able to vibrate at specific frequencies to phase through objects.
Speed Force Aura -
While running at high speeds the speed force envelops her body in an aura of energy, bleedoff from the buildup of kinetic energy that shrouds her and allows others traveling alongside her to be protected by the intense forces.
Dimensional Travel -
Discovered during the Second Cosmic War in her other life, Velocity has the ability to open breaches between dimensions through running at a specific speed and immersing herself in the speed force. Normally the procedure is done through the use of specific structures meant to channel the excess energy bleeding off her, but in a pinch she can create a vortex to serve the purpose.
Time Travel -
A step above simple dimensional travel, when Velocity reaches certain speeds nearing light-speed, she is able to tap into the time stream and form temporal gateways. Unaided she is limited in terms of scope, able to easily reach times that she was physical present for, but finding it more difficult to go further back or beyond. Her 3176 self discovered that through the use of strange matter, she could stabilize these temporal gates and reach those distances. It has been discovered over the last few years though that the timeline is not quite as fluid as it used to be, and that she is no longer able to travel forward in time beyond a very particular date.
Metalloplastoid-microfibre suit -
While it's not the original she made herself in 2018, this one was painstakingly recreated to be a nearly identical replica down to the skirt and thigh-highs. Comprised of an advanced alloy with plastic properties, the fibres are tightly woven to provide a barrier that is not only bullet-proof, but is also impact resistant and incredibly lightweight. As it is a composite material, it is resistant to extreme temperatures and with proper additions can be air-tight. The biggest improvement over the original however, is the addition of the nanotech mechanism that contains the suit. With just the press of her finger against the icon on her chest, the entire costume collapses into a small heart-shaped locket hanging around her neck, from which it can be deployed again in an instant.
A few years out of school and with light college courses, Verra carefully balances her life of crime-fighting with living on her own and keeping up appearances as just a normal girl out on her own. During the week she primarily still delivers for the local pizzeria, riding her bike around the city and earning herself a decent paycheck with the part-time job. On her off-time and weekends though she keeps up several other activities, such as her vlog on current events and a so-called "Super-watch" where she talks about a few of the rising stars in the world of crime-fighting. A few of her college friends call her "Little Lightning Bolt" as a joke, but the exact reason is quoted as "A girl's secret" and probably isn't a good idea to ask about it.
Even before the dark-matter infused lightning bolt, the woman who would one day become Velocity lived a fast-paced life. As her name suggests, she was born in Russia, in the city of Saint Petersburg and near the shores of the Baltic. Both of her parents were military, and so being on the move was second nature to her before she even came to America. Things only started to slow down when her father passed, and thinking it better for her, her mother decided to stay in Central City to allow her a chance to settle and grow roots. At first it was hard for her, though luckily she was still quite young and was able to learn the language quickly.
From there, everything took a fairly normal course for the young Verra. Grade School started rough, but in time her naturally bright personality made her many friends across the typical cliques. She even took on cheerleading for a while, though stopped before middle school so she could focus more on track and cross country. That was where she found a passion, and when she started running everywhere she went. Only with a pair of running shoes and the open skies could bring her calm as she matured, letting it serve as an anchor of normalcy as the world changed and so did she.
Then eight years ago, during her sophomore year of high school, something happened which changed her in a far more definitive manner than mere puberty. On one of her many runs along the trails north of the city, Verra had stayed out a bit later than intended, well into the night and past her curfew. Thinking to take a quick shortcut, she used one of the closed off paths in the forest, unaware of the very good reasons they were closed. A storm built fast overhead with little warning, clouds full of rain from the ocean front and bearing down on the national forest. With limited options, Verra decided to push on and keep heading towards home when a strange sensation came over her.
The rain seemed to stop in mid-air, just hovering around her as she came to a stop in a clearing. A flash overhead signaled the lightning bolt coming down, but though it should have been instant, she could see it slowly arcing down to earth where she stood. Mesmerized by it, or perhaps paralyzed by some force she was unable to move in time to avoid it, being struck by the powerful energies and knocked unconscious.
A month later Verra awoke in Central City hospital, finding flower arrangements surrounding her and her mother asleep in the chair next to her bed. Though she had been miraculously unharmed by the lightning, it had put her into a slight coma and on more than one occasion her heart had apparently stopped. Only later would she discover that during that time it wasn't that her heart stopped beating, but that it was beating too fast to be measured. It took a couple days for her to convince the doctors that she was fine, her mother's threats in the background helping. Before long everything was back to normal, and she even caught up on her school work, though the cheer and track coaches had both insisted on her sitting out for a couple weeks to make sure she was ready.
Yet she wasn't quite the same Verra Valinova that she was before the lightning bolt, and as time passed she was finding herself more and more aware of subtle changes. Her reflexes seemed almost superhuman, and she sometimes stumbled over herself when she got in too much of a hurry. Everything slowed down on occasion, as if she was just slightly disconnected with time. Then one night she took a run and found herself a great distance farther than she thought, and scorch marks on her clothes as if from friction burns. That was the night she truly became Velocity, and thinking to test her newfound powers, she ran as fast as she could…
Two strange things happened at that moment, both somewhat contradictory to each other. At the instant that Verra broke the sound barrier, her velocity increased a hundredfold propelling her forward at an exponential rate. Unable to control her speed, she ruptured the barrier between the speed force and real space, causing a massive shockwave of dark matter and submersing herself directly into that other dimension. Mere moments later she emerged again, though in two different places and two different times. In one instance she stopped just outside her home in Central City, disorientated from the dissipating energies of the speed force, but otherwise fine. At the same time she also emerged over a thousand years later, stumbling into a room on board the Legion of Superheroes space station.
Life continued on as normal for the Verra who returned to Central City, well as normal as life could be for a speedster superhero. She made friends, fought increasingly dangerous bad guys, and even made a sweet costume to look like a proper hero.
In the year 3146 however, she looked back on those years and saw the story of a speedster named Celerity who balanced a life as a movie star, and one as a hero. Central City had long since been destroyed in that time, fallen to one of the many cosmic threats that the Legion had been fighting for decades. She was simply the newest speedster recruited by Lady Arcana. For thirty more years they fought a losing battle against an evil so terrible that it had no name. It fed off the powers of every fallen hero and villain alike, forcing more than one unholy alliance in the name of survival, but defeating them all. In time, the Legion became the Remnant and numbered merely a dozen desperately holding the line for the last few vestiges of life. Everything ends eventually though, and Verra Valinova has vowed to defeat this evil in the name of her fallen friends and family, no matter the cost.
- "Flashpoint" -
After thirty years of desperate battle against an unspeakable foe, the Remnants had one last gamble in order to stop the threat that had been consuming the entire multiverse. With the help of Lady Arcana and Tyrant a vortex was created that allowed Velocity to go back over a thousand years to the point where everything started, to destroy their enemy at its conception. They fought a pitched battle on the edge of the last remaining bastion of life, mere hours away from total defeat, all in order to get her through the portal and break the most sacred of laws. She breached time and space in that moment, immersing herself in the speed-force and returning to the time she had nearly forgotten. When she arrived the fight against Eris and the Second Titanomachy had already begun, with the heroes facing off with Chronus in Maryland. She struck with all the force of her arrival, stopping the titan's heart with a crack of thunder that announced for all that she had returned. There was little time to celebrate though, for just as the heroes had realized that minor victory, Eris herself arrived above earth doing battle with Lady Arcana.
Clever thinking and cooperation with her fellow heroes allowed the group to banish her to another Earth, where she has remained since that fateful battle. It would take the better part of that week for them to clean up that mess though, and while she supported them as best she could, Velocity had another mission to attend to. When she had been briefed on her objectives by Tyrant, it was explained to her on the supposed origination of their enemy. As fast as she could she raced to Salt Lake City where her grandfather Raymond von Luneburg lay dying from the battle with the titan Theia. Her interference in the timeline had changed the outcome of the war, Chronus was supposed to kill most of the heroes he faced and the Titanomachy was supposed to be victorious. Raymond in the years that followed had joined the first Justice League under the title "Warlord", but his dark past left skepticism over to what lengths he went to secure the safety of the Earth. There he lay dying from arcane injuries, and she broke from her mission in order to save him.
A year later and that brush with an end to his immortality was forgotten, but for Verra there were yet more issues at hand. Her merging with her original timeline had strange side-effects on her mind and body, foremost the reversal of nearly thirty years of aging. It had been as if she had never left the year 2018, still looking and feeling very much the same as the day she left. That had been disorientating at first, but she adapted through focusing on the battle at hand. With nothing left but cleanup, she had to face the idea that she might not return to 3176. The longer she stayed in the present timeline, the more this was confirmed. One morning in 2021 she awoke and realized she had forgotten the names of a few people who had fought alongside her in the Legion, as well as several other minor facts. She was reintegrating into the timeline, and her memories from that future one were being overwritten. It was akin to recording something over top of something else, the original simply disappeared. Her first reaction was to try to go back.
Countless times she used various natural rings around the US in order to gain the speed to breach the timeline, but every time she found herself unable to go farther than seventeen years in the future. She could go back almost as far as she wanted, even visiting the late-cretaceous period in a particularly daring test of her skills, but no matter what that one single point in time denied her. Science couldn't explain it, and not for lack of trying either. In between writing down everything she could from 3146 to 3176 she had delved into the subjects of physics from the very basic to quantum. She masked her attempts to decipher the timeline by going to college for a physics degree, moving out of home and into college housing in downtown Central City. When everything had finally come up short, she cashed in her last resort and spoke to her grandfather.
Raymond, or Rammon of Akkad as he had started to more openly identify as, was an accomplished magister and holder of the single greatest compendium of arcane knowledge next to the Rock of Eternity itself. Though she didn't like the idea of relying on magic to solve the problem, it was the only option left to her. Together with Raymond and Lady Arcana, who had been briefed on the problem and the reasoning for it, they scryed into the speedforce and attempted to look into the future. The revelation of why the timeline was obscured to them had left all three with an understanding of just what was at stake, and while Raymond redoubled his efforts to impart his knowledge on Lady Arcana, Verra had a new mission.
At home she played the part of a normal college student. She had a part-time job delivering in the downtown area, as well as a vlog and another thing on the downlow. Her studies looked every bit like someone juggling a six-year degree on scholarship, an athletic past-time and just trying to live a normal life. When the need arose, she put on her costume and became Velocity. Her speed put away countless criminals in the Central City area, and in other parts of the world when the Justice League faced off against another major threat. Yet despite it all, her focus was elsewhere.
In between all of that, she had one singular goal. She had to become faster, not just than she had ever been, but faster than any speedster who ever was or will be.
Nemesis: School >:|
Allies: Raymond von Lundgrau
Team: The Justice League