Marvin "Knife" Sotelo
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|Alter Ego||"Knife" Sotelo|
|Foes||The evil that men do|
|Symbol||Cross of St. Peter|
|Equipment||Guns and stabbing weapons|
|Abilities||Mixed Martial Artist and proficient with firearms|
Priest is a Real Life Superhero. Based off Father Michael O'Bannon of the Priest comics. Priest is Marvin "Knife" Sotelo, vigilante protector of East Los Angeles. He is a great martial artist and political scientist, a gospel rapper in his civilian identity. The costume he wears is his actual uniform from the church he is ordained from. Sotelo is driven by a deep personal quest for philosophical meaning, which has taken him through both Occult and Zen; he is portrayed as a paranoid conspiracy theorist. Sotelo has made it his mission to save the people of East Los Angeles from the evil that men do.
Priest is a thirty-something Asian-Hispanic male who dresses entirely in a ministers uniform. He suffers from Aspergers, the syndrome, while at the 'high-functioning' end of the autism spectrum, explains why he always looks stoned. As a result he hides his eyes behind thick, dark Loc sunglasses. Because of the brutality of his upbringing and the harm visited upon him by his own friends, Sotelo's mind is fractured, and appears to have developed into two distinctive - though perhaps not entirely separate - personalities. 'Knifer' is his alter-ego, a kind but troubled man who lives a quiet and modest life alongside a small community of friends in Los Angeles. He shows kindness to those who deserve it, and has no problems dealing with both women and children.
However, in times of stress, or when evil must be combated, he becomes Priest. This personality has full access to his magickal abilities, including the power to slow down time and space via his Marijuana use, but he is also abrasive, venomously misogynistic and psychopathically dangerous towards anyone whom he perceives to be evil. He also shows an enormous amount of Roman Catholic zeal, something not displayed by his 'Knifer' persona.
An inactive soldier in the California State Militia (later changed to the SoCal State Militia), Marvin "Knife" Sotelo was chosen for a secret government meeting. This meeting involved respective companies who had invested in a very profitable industry which could become even more rewarding with his active involvement. These representatives explained that the companies they work for had invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that Sotelo's positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact the profitability of these investments. He was told that these prisons were built by privately owned companies who received funding from the government based on the number of inmates.
The more inmates, the more money the government would pay these prisons. It was also made clear to Sotelo that since these prisons are privately owned, as they become publicly traded, he’d be able to buy shares. They told him that since their employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled.
Marvin's job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. They assured him that this would be a great situation for the government because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, Sotelo would also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons.. After many years and many deaths at his hands as well as serving time in these prisons, Marvin chose God over death and continued to serve as a chaplain.
After his duty was done, Marvin became a priest of the Universal Life Church Ministries in Modesto. Living among the gangs and violence of the neighborhood, Marvin takes the law into his own hands as Priest - a vigilante on a mission from God but detractors say he's on a mission from Satan. Sotelo who has devoted most his life to hunting down and destroying evil - although what he constitutes 'evil' may be arguable.
Much recently he has been known for his fighting efforts offering First Amendment protection to support children who may be at risk for being subjected to mental or physical abuse in school by teachers and administrators through the use of solitary confinement, restraints, and corporal punishment. His non-profit organization, the Protect Children Project campaign website is an avenue of donation through charity drives and merchandise sales as well as providing resources and tools for victims of mental or physical abuse in school by teachers and administrators. The Protect Children Project works directly with another non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, The Satanic Temple, which facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty.. Unfortunately, Sotelo didn't leave behind his violent past as the bible thumping vigilante.
Powers & Abilities Edit
- Close Quarter Combat (Advanced): Sotelo is an intermediate combatant, he received training from Victoria Secrets. Though not keen on using firearms, he is adept at using them at close range and is a capable marksman at long range.
- Magick: Teleport block, fire ball, Storm of Armadyl, Second jump, blink, flight, meteor shower, instant kill anything, Summon Joint, art of Weed casting.
Jeet Kune Do
- Genius Level Intellect: Sotelo has been described as "tactically brilliant", and excelled in religious education, political science and literature in his schooling days. He is also able to string weapons out of anything, like a cooking fat spray can and a match.
- Great Strategist: Even with pressure, lack of time and preparation, Sotelo can think of a strategy to defeat his enemies in a fight, letting him outwit everyone and striking fear into them. He's a master tactician and strategist and he can plan a strategy on the go. Although his IQ is never stated he is known to possess great intellect. Sotelo has fought against many of the most powerful; people and great intellectual minds alike. His achievements stand amongst gods.
- Marijuana use
- Social Situation