Commander of the Sky Raiders
|Real Name||Virgil Duray|
Heroes may fight him:
Villains may fight him:
- on the mission Destroy Sky Raider sea base and defeat Duray at the end of Silver Mantis' Strike Force: Pirates of the Sky.
The Joint Command Special Threat Response Battalion (JCSTRB), nicknamed Vigilance, was established in 1995 as the brain-child of General Aarons. Although General Aarons was ultimately responsible for the deployment and success of Vigilance, the day-to-day operations were overseen by their field commander, Colonel Virgil Duray. Although many of Duray’s records were classified when he was installed as the commander of the JCSTRB, it is on record that he served his country with distinction for close to two decades as an Army Ranger and then as commander of the elite Vigilance unit. Vigilance’s record was exemplary under Duray, until they were deployed during the Rikti War.
In theory, crises like the Rikti invasion were at the foundation of Vigilance’s mission. They weren’t intended to arrest super-powered bank robbers or high-tech carjackers. Unfortunately, no one was prepared for the scope of the Rikti onslaught, and Vigilance suffered terrible loses. The casualty rate was roughly 85% overall, and their super-powered members were wiped out completely.
Colonel Virgil Duray was a casualty of the Rikti War, in mind and soul if not in body. His courage was never in doubt, but his patriotism turned into something self-destructive when he felt the country slipping away from people like him.
In several classified reports Colonel Duray made it clear to his superiors that he felt the current-day dependence on super-powered heroes was intolerable. He believed it would lead to a super-powered ruling class, where the privileged few would all be super-powered individuals. He clearly resented super-powered civilians who had no allegiance to the military chain. Furthermore, his statements about foreign-born nationals (even those who were naturalized citizens) were nothing more than thinly veiled hate-fuelled polemics.
It was when General Aarons ordered the restructured Vigilance to operate as an arm of the United Nation’s Vanguard when Duray broke. Duray had insulated himself with a cadre of obsessively-loyal men, who would do whatever it was he ordered them to – up to betraying their nation.
But at this point someone else, who somehow knew of Duray's fears, made his move: a file was passed to Duray, containing expertly forged documents laying out a case accusing the Freedom Phalanx of starting the Rikti War, and describing a scenario in which the Freedom Phalanx would attempt to secure power for themselves in a post-war world.
The document was laced with highly classified facts that were accurate, so as to create an environment of verisimilitude. Perhaps Duray was looking for an excuse on a subconscious level, and it made his decision to turn traitor that much easier.
It was then when Colonel Duray asked Irving Katcher, an officer of the Department of Homeland Security, to change the shipping orders to divert a large amount of military supplies assigned to Vigilance to a new destination. He had papers from the Pentagon approving the change, but they later turned out to be forged. He, his men, and millions of dollars worth of experimental high-tech weapons systems just disappeared. Katcher would lose his job for this and General Aarons, charged with the task of finding them, would eventually retire in disgrace after these events as well.
Duray and his men would not stay hidden long, however, and the unit, now known as the mercenary Sky Raiders, made their presence known shortly, flashing through the sky above Paragon on daring raids. Their goals were unclear, but it was confirmed that Duray still led them, and his few public statements crackled with paranoid ramblings and bitter vitriol directed at Paragon’s heroes.
Colonel Virgil Duray had a long time to culture his hatred for the heroes he holds responsible for the Rikti War. In combat with heroes, he won't give an inch.
Spawned ambush: "I won't let you end this, Task Force Name!"
"I won't let my dream die to the likes of you!"
"All I've built in flames, and for what?"
"You stupid punks don't even know ANYTHING!"
75% Health: "You Project: Destiny puppets are all alike."
"Villains dancing to Recluse's tune."
50% Health: "You think you've got me down?"
"You ain't got nothing!"
25% Health: "I've been through worse! I won't let you win!"
Upon defeat: "All that we've done..."
"It can't end like this!"
Defeats a player: "The only thing worse than heroes is villains. Losers."
- Colonel Duray's Sky Raiders profile for a list of his powers