Name: Opal ?tienne Gautier
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Florence (mother), Lawrence (father, deceased), ?tienne (uncle)
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Mount Haven
First Appearance: BOCEFUS PRESENTS: THE FRONT #1
Height: 8' 1"
Weight: 1,500 lbs.
can only imagine Mr. and Mrs. Gautier's surprise when they
had a 75-lbs. bouncing baby boy made of a blue crystalline
substance. You would think that he had one of those awful
childhoods where people shunned him, treated him like a
monster. Turns out he had a natural gift for protecting
others, and became something of a neighborhood celebrity.
No bullies or criminals got away with much in his home town.
He had a brief but distinguished military career, then met
up with Rex during the big
battles seven years ago. Since then he's worked with
Rex to prevent the Sword User's plans from ever coming to
fruition. Apparently he's been watching over me virtually
my whole life. You'd think I'd have noticed him before he
out in front of me. My only answer to that is what happened
Part Three. Yeah, you'd think I'd notice a lot
Knox thinks Opal's a square, even a bit of a "Yes Man" to Rex. I think that's putting a bad spin on his personality. Sure, Opal seems to be a career soldier, not the type to lead. But he definitely has his own convictions and standards; they just happen to be the same as Rex's. I would say Rex treats Opal like a trusted lieutenant. I guess this has something to do with the fact that Opal was there for the old battles and fully understands what they're fighting for. You can tell he and Rex have shared some pretty rotten times.
good natured, but
a bit stiff - he's certainly the most "adult"
of my bodyguards. A lot of the time jokes just fly over
his head. But I like this quality in him. I hold Opal and
Max in the same category -- heroes from a forgotten time.
There's no cynicism in Opal, just a grim determination to
do what's right. This inflexibility in his character probably
could land him in some tight spots where creative rule-bending
may be called for, but I think his perseverance (second
only to his strength) could pull him out of any bad situation.
doesn't have a lot of patience for people who openly
gainsay Rex's authority. I think this is the closest
thing to an Achilles' Heel Opal has -- this attitude doesn't
command a lot of respect from "individualists"
like Gaelin. It's just a good thing that Rex is there to
keep everyone in line.
look at him. Opal is really
freakin' strong. I don't know how much he can lift
or anything, but I'm guessing it's a lot. More than
you're thinking right now. He weighs over half a ton,
yet he's pretty
speedy. It'd take some upper body strength
to move a big frame like his around like that.
also tough as dirt. That crystal body of his can take
sorts of punishment without taking any noticeable
toll on him. This endurance probably means he can lift
even more than his size suggests - I'd be willing to
bet his body could support a small building.
his dense crystalline form can deflect most concussive
attacks, it also helps defend him from energy attacks
them. In fact, I'm not sure he has any physical
weaknesses at all. He doesn't seem to have the kind
of inner workings you or I have, so I don't even know
if he needs to breathe. I really need to ask him about
this some time. I
know he doesn't have to eat, anyway. The only drawbacks
I can think of him having are things like not being
able to ride on elevators, or on city busses. But come
on, what kinds of shortcomings are those?
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