Mercedes Reale is a character in the world of Champions Online MMO.
She is an ambitious reporter for WCOC.
To say that Mercedes Reale is hungry to make a name for herself would be an understatement.
She is starving for it.
Mercedes was born in Miami, Florida. Her community was the epicenter of the underground racing scene, and her older brother believed it was his destiny to be the king of the race.
Mercedes idolized her brother until his car spun out in a race and he was crippled. Mercedes believed that his car was sabotaged, but nobody would do anything about it. The local police were on the take by the sponsors of the race. Nobody wanted to take down the people behind the races.
So when Mercedes was older, she put on a disguise, dressed in skimpy clothing, and became a "starter girl". It was a position that put her in the middle of the action without any danger. It allowed her to hear all the rumors and know all the secrets, and it allowed her to identify the key people. She was even able to find out who sabotaged her brother's car. With enough information, she was able to take it to the Miami newspapers, and the exposure was enough to force the local police to move against the racers and shut down the whole racing scene.
But fame and exposure came with a price. Even though he could not race anymore, Mercedes's brother hated her for exposing the operation. She also put a price on her head by the racers and everyone associated with it. They had respect for her brother, so they would not act against her family... but she was not safe in Miami anymore.
Thankfully she was given a full communications scholarship at Florida State, which she eagerly accepted after legally changing her last name to Reale. In Tallahassee, she interned at the local TV station and learned the ins-and-outs of the business. After she got her degree, she decided to make her mark in Millennium City. The management of WCOC TV remembered her breakout story and hoped she would bring some fresh air into the stale environment that the studio has become.
It wasn't long before seasoned reporter Victoria Crownstone saw potential in Mercedes and began mentoring her in TV reporting. This turned into a regular position on Victoria's morning program "Good Morning Millennium City" providing the news as a lead-in to Victoria's human interest and interview segments.
The "Real Truth" Scandal
Mercedes was given a tip about a story concerning Battle and a deal that he brokered with the Yavapai Tribal Nation. A deal that reportedly was transformed into an oil fracking site for ARGENT that damaged the land and hurt the people. Mercedes would be the local face behind the story, working with famed reporter Pedro Duarte. She had no idea that the story was fake and that "Pedro Duarte" was longtime fake personality.
When the truth did come out, Mercedes was suspected without pay for running through the story without going through higher-ups.
Powers and Abilities
They say she's quick on her feet. People have no idea just how quick she can be.
Mercedes has two things on her side... youth and determination. She is an aggressive go-getter when it comes to stories, and sometimes she's too quick to get the story out there. That can work against her.
Mercedes Reale first appeared in "Future's Guardian" #15.