Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese St. Croix is the eldest daughter of eccentric billionaire Afro-Monegasque diplomat Cartier St. Croix. Known mononymously as 'Monet', she is a mainstay in fashion magazines and tabloid news. Publicly known to be a super-strong telepathic mutant, as M she is an active superheroine and a graduate of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, though she is not directly affiliated with the X-Men -- something about "personality clashes."
Heiress. Socialite. Superheroine.
Alanis Morissette - "Perfect"
I don't mean to sound unsympathetic. Not that I am sympathetic. I'm not. I just wish I hid it better.
Angsty, Comedic, Gritty, Heroic, Romantic, Social
Monet St. Croix was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia, the eldest daughter of Cartier St. Croix, the wealthy and eccentric Afro-French ambassador to Monaco, and his Algerian wife. The middle child between elder brother Marius and young twins Nicole and Claudette, she was her father's favorite -- Marius was moody, and Claudette's severe autism was a struggle for the family. Despite the extremely Catholic surname 'St. Croix', Monet and her siblings were raised in their mother's Muslim faith, though the family was not especially religious. All the children received expensive and thorough international educations.
After their mother's mysterious death, Cartier banished Marius from the family home. Around this time the children began to exhibit mutant powers, and Marius returned as Emplate, a hideous creature with power over the dark arts. He offered Monet the opportunity to rule with him in a demon dimension, but Monet laughed in his face. She was beautiful and powerful, and he was nothing. Enraged, he cast a spell that trapped her in a red crystalline body in which she could not speak. He dubbed her Penance. The twins discovered them, but believed that Marius and the red creature had killed Monet. They used their burgeoning powers over space-time to banish Emplate to another dimension, and Monet leapt in after him in the hopes that he could turn her back to normal.
For the next two years Nicole and Claudette used their gestalt power to impersonate Monet; they felt that while their father would cope with the loss of his twin daughters, the loss of his favorite child would destroy him. As Monet, the twins studied with the mutant sage Gateway, who brought them to Xavier's school, where they enrolled as a student. Meanwhile, in another dimension, Monet suffered in agony as Penance, imprisoned and tortured by Emplate and used to sate his vampiric thirsts. She was eventually rescued by Gateway, who dropped her off with her sisters in the hopes that they might discover a way to turn her back. After an explosion destroyed their gestalt, the twins came clean and managed to free Monet from the Penance body by taking her place. Eventually, with intervention from Charles Xavier, the twins were also freed. The Penance body, strangely, began to display its own independent consciousness. Monet and the twins were reunited with their father, who was delighted to have all three of his daughters back
Relearning the use of her own body, Monet stayed at Xavier's and worked hard to master her varied and complicated mutant powers. She became a star student there, although her prickly personality and intensely competitive nature made it difficult for her to make friends. Eventually, she decided she would leave after graduation and not look back. The offer of a position on the X-Men didn't appeal to her, as she didn't get along with most of her classmates and she wanted to escape the insular world of mutant politics.
Striking out on her own, Monet parlayed her fortune and good looks into becoming a fixture on the beautiful people party circuit. Outing herself as a mutant to the world, she became an instant sensation in the world of fashion and tabloid news, a sort of super-celebutante. At the moment she's acting independently as a superheroine while also upping her fame cache as much as possible -- her ultimate goal? The Justice League. She doesn't want to be a 'mutant superhero', she wants to be THE superhero. Play with the big boys, roll with the A-list crowd: that's what Monet does best.
Monet's extensive training at Xavier's school has made her a proficient and skilled melee combatant. She doesn't have the most finesse in the world, but her superhuman strength makes up for it.
This expression of Monet's latent telekinetic potential allows her to fly at supersonic speeds.
Power:Healing Factor (3)
While not on the level of regenerators like Wolverine or Deadpool, Monet boasts an accelerated healing factor that enables her to recover from injury at 10x the rate of a normal human. She is also extremely resistant to poisons, toxins, and disease.
Monet's mutant body is extremely resilient, and while it is indistinguishable to the touch from regular flesh it is approximately as strong as titanium.
Power:Superhuman Senses (N/A)
Monet's senses are heightened far beyond the normal range of human perception. Even at rest, she rarely misses a thing. She also has two entirely superhuman senses:
Night Vision: Monet is fully capable of seeing in the dark, like a cat.
Aura Perception: Monet can generally tell that someone is a mutant merely by looking at him or her. This is a sort of close-range Cerebro power, limited to 10 feet from her body -- she cannot search for mutants, but if one is before her eyes she'll be able to see it in his or her aura. NOTE: All use of this power requires OOC consent.
Power:Superhuman Strength (N/A)
Monet is extraordinarily strong. She can lift 10 tons effortlessly, but requires some concentration to lift anything heavier than that. She is more than capable of crushing or bending steel with her bare hands.
Monet is a capable telepath, able to do any of the following:
Control minds through psychic suggestion
Mask her presence from other telepaths
Shield herself and others from psychic assault
Unearth repressed or blocked memories
Communicate mentally through thought projection
Disable minds she has studied
Monet's telepathy is, however, extremely limited in range. Her target must be within ten feet of her body for any of her offensive or communicative mental abilities to function.
NOTE: All offensive and communicative uses of telepathy require OOC consent when involving other PCs and NPCs owned by other players. Anyone running a character or governing a scene should discuss the parameters with which they're comfortable before the scene as appropriate.
As part of her 'perfect' intelligence, Monet has complete total recall and remembers everything that has ever happened to her and everything she reads. This can be both a blessing and a curse, as it makes it difficult for her to move past traumatic experiences.
Monet is a minor celebrity, noted as one of the few openly mutant fashion icons along with Dazzler and Sugar Kane. Her beauty, fortune and superpowers have made her a sought-after model, and she has graced the covers of numerous publications and the catwalks of many top fashion houses. Recently she was photographed nude for the cover of Vanity Fair, with a lengthy interview cover story called 'Monet St. Croix Bares Her Soul -- Or At Least Her Body.'
As the heiress to Cartier St. Croix's extensive fortune, Monet stands to inherit billions of dollars. Her personal trust fund gives her access to tens of millions, and her father has never been stingy with the credit card.
Monet is a citizen of Monaco, Algeria, and Bosnia. Her father's job as a diplomat led his children to travel extensively, and Monet has been to most of the countries in the European Union. She is fluent in French and English.
Though she elected not to stay on as a member of the X-Men, Monet graduated from Xavier's school. She has had personality clashes with many of the other former students there, but she knows she could call on them in a pinch, and vice-versa.
Monet's brother Marius is her greatest foe. He killed their mother, imprisoned her in a mute and monstrous body, and tortured her for years. Though she has bested him and managed to escape from that horror, she still keenly recalls every moment she spent as Emplate's walking buffet table. While he has not been seen in some time, fear of his return always lurks in the back of Monet's mind. There's no doubt he wants her dead, and before that he wants her to suffer.
Monet's father Cartier and her young twin sisters Nicole and Claudette are attractive targets for supervillains and for anyone who wanted to extort money or services out of Monet. Claudette is severely autistic, which renders her somewhat more vulnerable to attack by an opportunist. The twins have powers of their own and generally manage to stay out of trouble, but Monet is very conscious of the fact that someone might try to hurt her family to get to her.
Flaw:No Secret Identity
Monet is known the world over to be a mutant. While she publicly expresses pride in her 'perfect' evolution and her status as an evolved being, she faces prejudice from people who hate mutants, and there's nowhere for her to hide. By choosing to be open about her mutant status, she has made herself and her family more vulnerable.
Monet's ordeal at the hands of her brother has left significant scars on her psyche. Her perfect memory means she recalls every second of the torture she experienced as Penance, unable to escape or even to scream. Her post-traumatic stress can lead to anxiety attacks or panic responses when she is triggered. Common triggers for Monet include confinement or restraint (which remind her of being trapped in the Penance body), domestic violence, and -- most integral to her difficulties moving forward -- any kind of emotional intimacy. This isn't just limited to romantic relationships; Monet is uncomfortable with having close friends, and when she feels she's gotten too close to someone it makes her uncomfortable. When she's feeling triggered, any physical contact (even friendly contact) can evoke a flight-or-fight response.
Flaw:Rhymes With Witch
Most people don't find Monet particularly easy to get along with. She's cold, sarcastic, and judgmental, with little empathy for others and severely lacking social graces. Her belief that she's always right makes it difficult for her to take direction or work as part of a team, and this has impacted both her personal relationships and her superheroic career. M leaps before she looks, she punches before she thinks, and she throws herself into dangerous situations with nary a thought of the consequences -- often to her peril or the peril of others. There's no bridge too stable for Monet to burn. She has a quick temper and can be very volatile, and with her superhuman strength this can get her into trouble.