== Character Bio ==
== Personal Information ==Legal Name:
Charles Victor SzaszAlias:
Vic Sage, The QuestionAge:
HeterosexualPart of Gotham Residing In:
Repurposed storage unit on Sperry Ave, south east edge of the city.
== Physical Description ==
When not in costume Charles appears to be a rather normal looking guy. Black hair, often messy, with brown eyes and a California jaw line. He stands at an even six feet and often comes with a five o’ clock shadow which is beginning to take steps towards full beard. He can typically be seen wearing simple black t-shirts and jeans as well as thick, torn winter coats in the cold season. Slightly dirty, and with a glint of animal madness in his eyes most mistake him for a homeless man or potentially an Arkham escapee. However when he becomes The Question his posture changes entirely, making him seem taller. He dresses in a simple gray suit and trench coat with a fedora hiding his unkempt hair. His most startling feature being, of course, his mask. A polyurethane blend his mask is made of a skin tight breathable rubber, giving him the appearance of having no face at all save for the slightest hint of features beneath the veil.
== Persona ==
If there was one word that could be used to sum up Charles (and has been used on several psychiatric evaluations) its obsession. He is a man singularly driven by the nagging itch in his head, the itch that tells him there is always another layer deeper to unfold in the world around him. In that goal he is driven, constantly pushing himself past what is safe or sane. After all, what is a broken leg when truth could be around the next corner? Typically distrustful of anyone and everyone he meets he erects a wall of suspicion and paranoia around himself wherever he goes, driving off anyone who may wish to extend a hand of friendship. Although to be honest he prefers it that way. Better to be feared than betrayed. However, despite all this he is, at heart, a crusader. To him finding the hidden truths of the world is not a mental exercise unto itself, but a means to an end. To Charles human evil, at its root, is deception. Not just the big ones, like senators secretly taking bribes from the mob, but the small ones too. White lies, secret handshakes, secret clubs. All of it compounding society in shadows. And as any man who has walked the streets of Gotham knows, evil often dwells in shadows. He seeks to save people, to help them find their truth and to see beyond the limited life they have been told they can lead.
== Key Skills ==
Expert Martial Artist
== Advantages ==
The first, and largest advantage The Question has is that he is on the outskirts of society. Without social obligation or a well-known civilian identity to protect he can throw himself into his cases with a sort of wild abandon.
Second, his paranoia acts as a strong advantage, leading him to always question what others would accept and dig deeper into any matter. Furthermore, it ensures he is seldom surprised.
Third, he has a total disregard for the law most of the time. Some may see this as a disadvantage but that it means is he has no limits. To him, if a law gets in the way of truth then that law must be broken.
== Disadvantages ==
Slight Insanity: Charles is unbalanced, prone to see conspiracy plots where there are none. In truth, the doctors at Arkham would likely have a field day with him.
Unconnected: Charles has removed himself from society, and as such can’t rely on any kind of network of friends or contacts. When he hits the streets he is wholly alone.
== Background ==
To call Charles past troubled would be akin to calling the Hindenburg an auto accident. Born in Hub city to a nineteen year old alcoholic mother and her sixty year old sugar daddy, he was never wanted. Much of Charles childhood was a lonely existence pot marked by instances of extreme violence. His father, whom had only not tossed baby Charles into a dumpster at the mother’s pleas, made it clear from day one that he did not want the boy. He beat him viciously, locking him in closets for hours every day while he discussed business with the other members of a local crime family. His mother, mind lost to self-medication, would watch vacant eyed from the couch of their small, shitty apartment. He grew up in the darkness of the closet, the thin line of light under the door the only inch of truth he had, and it was from in here that he first learned of his calling. He knew his father was a bad man, a bad man who led other bad men. He knew his father was always talking about secret agendas, and secret meetings. Secrets, they were like the darkness in which he lived, cloistering, oppressive. He bid his time listening during those few hours each day, doing what he could to train his body and mind to do what needed to be done.
On his fifteenth birthday he used a coat hanger to pick the closet door and crept out and suffocated his father to death with a pillow. His mother never woke up, too drunk and drugged out to hear the father of her child thrash and gasp as the last inch of his life fled him. Charles hit the streets. There was no idea of justice in his mind then, or truth. The only thing he cared for was revenge. He had killed the old man but not what the old man loved. Not the business. Not his legacy. He knew where the family met, he knew what their operations were, and he knew he was not going to take it all down with his fifteen year old hands. So he did what he had to, and with a lump in his gut he went to the police. He told them everything, and was swept away into a whirlwind of foster homes and shelters, none of whom could handle the growing paranoia in him. At age 17 he was committed to the Mercy Home for the Mentally Afflicted in Hub city. It was there he met Dr. Tyler Rhodes. A good man, but a tired man who had seen the horrors of the world first hand. He took to Charles, seeing in him a potential. He was crazy, yes, but he had the drive to make a change, to do something. He helped Charles come to terms with his history, and the murder he had committed. Then, he told Charles about the men who had killed his daughter and wife. Told Charles about the dirty cops and corrupt judges who let them get away with it. Then, he discharged Charles at the age of 19.
What happened next was predictable. Charles went after those men the doctor had told him about. This time, however, it was not for personal revenge or anger. It was for justice, it was for someone he considered a friend. He wore a cloth mask to hide his identity, and it was merely a week later that the Question was born out of necessity. He found those men, and brought them to proper justice. He exposed their secrets, playing a video tape of the Hub City DA brokering a deal with a known crime head across the city’s public access network. After all, what was a single judge when the entirety of the city was the jury?
Since then he has kept moving. He lives like a vagrant, always on the outskirts, never making any kind of meaningful connections. He upgraded his mask, a nighttime raid on a corrupt R&D company yielding him the breathable rubber that now made up his ‘face’. His quest, however, is the same is was from the night he broke from that closet. To find the secrets that corrupt and degrade society, to help people, to be a crusader for truth.
In recent nights, word came that there was a massive breakout of the criminally insane from some asylum in Gotham. Gotham, a city known for its shadows. A perfect place to ask some questions.
== Character Extras ==
Face Claim: Misha Collins
Ons and Offs:
Ons: Charles likes violent women, and despite himself can’t resist one with a secret or two to hide.
Offs: Bad liars
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