Known Background: Jake Graystoke was a very successful cat-burglar, first in Great Britain and then, once things started getting a bit hot, the United States. He was making a good haul there until one night when things got weird. Suddenly, he had darkness powers and remembered working for Viper, and then he thought it was I.O.G.W.P. He was very confused as to why he would have joined either one of them, and had some rather large gaps in his memory, but he also didn't really question it and especially didn't want to have anyone asking questions he wasn't able to answer. He tried to continue his life as a thief, but his powers seemed to draw the attention of Spectrum, who became (from his point of view) Midnight's personal pain-in-the-butt. Eventually, the superhero caught him and put him away until he was recruited to join the Hawk.
While his time with the supers had its ups and downs, it did prove to be a positive influence in his life. Through the connections he made there, he had regained partial custody of his daughter. When the group was absorbed into the Champions of Justice, he even briefly served as a member. Having served his time, he was able to return to England for a short time, but eventually moved back to the states when his old Hawk mates formed a new group to watch over the Tri-city area.
Life was going good until the day it was announced that the Viper leader was revealed to be Barry Holiday. As soon as he heard the news, he fell into a coma. With no one able to wake him, T'Zianthra was called in for a consult and, merging with his mind, found the answer:
Jake had broken into the home of Barry Holiday, believing that the multimillionaire would be an easy score. Having bypassed the security with ease, he was gathering his trophies when the man returned home... and unleashed hell itself. he could have easily killed the burglar, but instead took him to his followers at Viper, who were in the process of experimenting with dark energy. They used him as a test subject, fully believing he wouldn't survive the process, and when he did, they knew it would be safe to use on the clones developed to infiltrate the White House. Graystoke was then taken to David "King Cobra" Alexander, Viper's foremost mentalist, to be scrubbed and brainwashed into becoming an agent. When Alexander started, however, Jake activated his shadow-walking powers and escaped. The best Alexander had managed was to confuse his memories, wipe the connection between Holiday and Viper and plant a subconscious command that, if the connection was ever mentioned, Graystoke would go catatonic.
With his memories restored, Midnight continues to work with the Shadow Hawk, free to begin a new relationship with his new teammate, Onyx.
Midnight was created, designed and was played by Jeff Mills. He is now an NPC.© Copyright 1996, 2024 - Jeff Mills
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Last updated on 28 May 2023