Origin Classification: Technology
Rank: Team Leader
Skilled in the use of hi-tech weaponry.
The Beta-1 Rescue suit is a specialized version of
Matthew Strak's famous Beta-1 battle armor. The suit was specially
customized for search and rescue operations. Like all versions of the
suit, it protects the user from harm, as well as allowing him to fly.
This version also features a new, upgraded sensor array, including a
variety of medical and biological scanners; emergency medical equipment,
and a powerful force-field array. Finally, the suit's electrical system
can be channeled and released in a verity of ways, serving both
offensive and defensive purposes.
Other Talents/abilities: Matthew Strak is
brilliant inventor, and one of only a handful of people with an IQ of
Bio: In Paragon City, there are as many
different origin stories are there are heroes. Some do what they do to
avenge an act of evil. Some do it out of a strong sense of nobility.
Some do it to fulfill a family legacy. For Matthew Strak, it started as
a simple case of genius envy. Matthew was a child prodigy with an IQ of
two hundred and eight. At thirteen, he graduated high school. At
seventeen, he graduated with a masters degree in electronics from MIT.
By his twenty-first birthday, he had established himself as the founder
of a multi-billion dollar technology firm.
thousand, he witnessed an amazing display by Positron at a charity air
show. The display, coupled with Matthew's fierce competitive streak,
convinced Matthew to start work on his own suit of powered armor. He
spent four point eight billion dollars developing the first Beta-1 suit,
simply to prove that he could. The suit was completed and began testing
in March of 2002. The test was a complete success, allowing him to fly,
withstand an amazing onslaught of weapon fire, and contained an amazing
array of tactical equipment and energy-based weaponry. Matthew
originally planned to sell the design to Hero Corps, but the price
necessary to build each suit was deemed prohibitive.
In May of
2002, the Rikti Invasion began. Horrified by the devastation surrounding
him, and realizing the threat the Rikti posed, Matthew suited up in the
Beta-1 armor and joined the fight to repel the invaders. By the end of
the invasion, Matthew's life had changed completely. He dedicated
himself to the battle against evil, establishing himself as a
full-fledged super hero.
Matthew was asked to aid in the efforts to reclaim Eastgate, AKA "The
Hollows." Surveying the destruction, he realized two things: first, that
as is usually the case with Paragon City, there was no shortage of
heroes willing to lend a hand. And second, that most of the heroes who
focused on The Hollows badly underestimated how dangerous the zone truly
was. It was this fact that lead him to form The Hollows Search and
Rescue Team. The team is a group of "support heroes" those with
extraordinary gifts and talents better suited to rescue operations than
combat. The team provides support and rescue to the many heroes that
continue the battle to reclaim The Hollows.