Section 2 - Aftermath
Former Italian War Talent turned American Politician
- Name: Dionisio Valenti, AKA Immortale (“The Immortal”)
- Nationality: Italian
- Political Affiliation: None
- Education: Home Schooling
- DOB: 12/24/1927, Orvieto, Italy
- DOD: Immortal
- Known Parahuman Abilities: Valenti is in every sense of the word, immortal. Shot, stabbed, poisoned, burned and even blown to bits without any lasting effect, Valenti is also immune to aging, disease, starvation, thirst and can even cease to breathe if he wishes. Once a concern, the pain of serious injury no longer affects him. His amazing regenerative powers work rapidly only when his brain is left intact from damage (i.e. he isn’t blown to bits or shot through the head). Simple puncture wounds heal almost before the attack that makes them is complete, bullets and fragmentation damage take a few seconds to knit, while burning and explosive damage takes minutes or even hours to heal properly. When his brain is damaged (or even destroyed) by an attack, his power takes much more time to heal, creating an entire new body from “scratch.” Once, when an 88 mm shell incinerated his entire body, it took Valenti almost three days to re-form his body.
History: Valenti was 16 when the Germans took out their aggressions against the people of his hometown. His family did their best to hide their prized possessions (including his little sister Francesca), but Valenti refused to leave the family home. Armed with only an antiquated shotgun and resolve, he tried to take on a unit of German soldiers. Not surprisingly, he lost.
After the manifestation of his Talent, Valenti joined the Italian communists, and fought behind German lines, disrupting the Nazi chain of command. His favorite tactic involved a backpack full of explosives and a hand-activated detonator. Valenti would rush enemy positions, often attacking from behind, fight until cornered, then detonate himself, usually taking dozens of Germans and Italian fascists with him. Days later, he would wake, unharmed, only to start all over again.
During the last months of 1944, Valenti gathered a small group of Italian Custodes (“Keepers”) who wrought havoc on Gustav line and German positions in the mountains. Twice they tangled with the Italian fascist Talent group, Legionari della Patria (“Legionnaires of the Fatherland”) and twice they were victorious. This group of Italian fascist Talents served under the command of the Twenty-ninth Waffen Grenadier Der SS, and was a major threat to Valenti’s forces until their elimination in late 1945.
Valenti testified in German war crime hearings after the war, and at the age of 25 was elected to the Italian parliament. With the Cold War developing in Europe, Valenti lost his taste for communism (as did many in the communist underground), and became a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi.
In the mid-sixties, Valenti, disgusted with government corruption, left Italy to travel the world. He was a popular guest at parties in New York, becoming a fixture in Andy Warhol’s “The Factory” where he was romantically linked to Niko, a member of the Velvet Underground. Valenti acted in several of Warhol’s films, even consenting to be actually decapitated for a scene in Warhol’s flop Dracula.
Valenti’s good looks and charm led him to Hollywood, where he was a fixture on the action scene, hanging out with such popular leading men as Steve McQueen and Lee Marvin. In 1976, Valenti sunk his personal fortune into a movie of his life called Immortal. After six years in production and more than twenty million dollars spent, the movie was released, and closed within a week. Universally panned, it is often found on the “10 worst films of all time” list.
Valenti never tried his hand at filmmaking again and `retired’ to the Hollywood hills, supplementing his income by performing deadly stunts for movies from time to time.
Forever trapped in the body of a 16 year old, Valenti spent his time with his wife and seven children, three of whom appeared twice the age of their father. When the nuclear strike hit Los Angeles, Valenti survived, of course, but his wife and his two youngest children did not. Yama’s apocalypse re-invigorated Valenti’s interest in politics. Disgusted by what he perceived as the government’s utter failure to predict and prevent the catastrophe, Valenti has been an ardent spokesperson for the “States Rights” movement and has announced his candidacy for governor of California in 2010.
(much of the above© Dennis Detwiller, Godlike, p. 218)