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Opal Gautier

Name: Opal ?tienne Gautier
Occupation: Adventurer
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.
Eyes: Black
Hair: None

HISTORY:

I 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 literally leaped out in front of me. My only answer to that is what happened in Part Three. Yeah, you'd think I'd notice a lot of things...

PROFILE:

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.

He's 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.

He 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.

POWERS AND ABILITIES:

Just 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.

He's also tough as dirt. That crystal body of his can take all 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.

While his dense crystalline form can deflect most concussive attacks, it also helps defend him from energy attacks by refracting 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? Back to the Cast Page

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