The Chairman

Alias: Graham Pike
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 175 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Grey
Birthplace: Rook City
Power Source: Business connections, criminal underworld, genetic tampering
Group Affiliation: Pike Incorporated
First Appearance: Justice Comics #84

Captain M. Lamb:

I realize I have not been working in this department for very long, but I was going through the case files from the investigation into organized crime in Rook City from two years ago and found some concerning discrepancies. The eventual conclusion of the investigation found that, while some organized crime did exist, it was in no way prevalent or pervasive, and that each criminal group was isolated. Furthermore, the report spoke strongly against the existence of a “Criminal Empire” in any way unifying the organized criminal activities in the city.  

However, I also found several important accounts, including some significant evidence that there could be some sort of controlling figure or group, and that the “isolated criminal activities” were, in fact, all linked to a single entity or organization. Indeed, I could find no evidence to support the conclusion that Rook City organized crime is solely the product of isolated groups. With more evidence coming to light of late, I believe that it is within the best interests of this department to reopen the case. I would be more than willing to head up, or at least be a part of any task force assigned to this case, as I am already very familiar with the evidence and where the last investigation fell short.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to working more with you on this.
Detective Renay

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Detective:

Well done. You have done this department proud with your exemplary investigation into this case. We will look into setting up a task force right away. However, your attention to detail and thorough investigation skills are urgently needed elsewhere at this time. Therefore, you have been reassigned to the research and records division, in order to help maintain more order in the completed case files.  
Thank you again for your work and dedication.

Captain M. Lamb

The Operative

Alias: Sophia Anna Isabel DeLeon
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 125 lbs
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Birthplace: Rook City
Power Source: Business connections, criminal underworld, genetic tampering
Group Affiliation: Pike Incorporated
First Appearance: Mystery Comics #189

 

Sophia Anna Isabel DeLeon’s parents, immigrants from the Philippines, died only a year after she was born. With no other family, Sophia Anna was left to fend for herself in a Rook City orphanage. Little Sophie grew up in the hard streets of Rook City, coming to understand at an early age that being strong was all that mattered. The older orphans took what they wanted from her - fear was power, and power got you everywhere.  

Kids in the orphanage were invited to take classes for free at a local martial arts school; Sophie started when she was 7. By the time she was 9, the school closed when some of the older martial arts students were killed in gang warfare, but Sophie never stopped training on her own. The older kids learned that messing with Little Sophie just ended with her taking what she wanted from them. By the time she was fifteen, she had organized a group of the biggest, toughest street kids and trained them as pickpockets and street thugs. She had a head for numbers, and her crew began racketeering in the busier parts of the city. Then, she got noticed.  

In working her way through rival gangs, taking out their leaders personally to add their crew to her own, she found that most of them had a common contact. Seeking out that contact led her on a chase higher and higher through the organized criminal activities of Rook City. Until she met The Chairman.  He was waiting for her, and knew more about Sophia Anna than she could even remember. He told her everything that had happened up to that point, and then proceeded to explain how things were going to go from them on.

He admired her strength, her leadership qualities, her intelligence, but most of all, her ruthlessness. He needed someone like her to work at his side; someone to be his hand on the streets. In exchange, he offered the power of working at the top, but also offered to halt her aging process, keeping her at her prime indefinitely. She would forever be in her mid-twenties, strong, sharp, fast, and unfading.

Now, Sophia works as the right hand of The Chairman. She is so feared in the underground world that just the mention of The Operative is enough to close deals and end resistance. She doesn’t work “in the field” as much as she used to, but her training with The Chairman has only made her stronger, and their hold on the city grows tighter by the day.