History (Submitted by Oracle)
William Great Eagle: 1972 - 1998
William's father, Chief Edward Great Eagle, had a Lakota Sioux father and a Menominee mother. William's mother was Dakota Sioux and Miagani, who also said to have had Quontauka heritage. The two met at a First Nations Aboriginal Conference. After a brief courtship, the two elected to marry and raise their children at Pine-Peak-Shadow, a First Nations reserve not far from Maple City.
William was raised to respect the traditions of his ancestors but also to embrace the modern world. As a young man who was equally intelligent, spiritual, and adventurous, William had no trouble finding young lovers. Desiring to become a doctor, William Great Eagle left the reserve to attend college, on the military's dime.
William Great Eagle: 1998 - 2008
Obligated to work as a military doctor to work off his medical school debts, Dr. Great Eagle volunteered to be deployed to many conflicts around the globe, including Bialya, Qurac, and Khandaq. He hated having a debt over his head and chose any assignment that would balance his debts the fastest. But that came with another cost. Bill lost many close friends and saw more death than he ever imagined was possible.
Where there is death, demons are often nearby. Bill met his own demons at the bottom of a bottle. The drink consumed him. Needing a stiff drink after losing a close friend on his operating table, Bill strolled off base. When he woke up with a hangover, Bill found himself elsewhere.
Captured by desperate civilians and taken to a village, Bill found himself in their makeshift clinic. The villagers struggled to nurse their loved ones' gunshot wounds and shrapnel injuries - casualties of being bystanders in a violent conflict. Feeling for these people, Bill got to work.
Many of the injuries had been caused by a local warlord's gang who raided the village regularly. During one such raid, the soldiers threatened to shoot a young boy. Seeing this threat, Bill Great Eagle stepped out of his hiding spot that the villagers had prepared for him, grabbed one of the assailants' guns, and killed the four raiders.
Realizing that more soldiers would come looking, Bill decided the best thing he could do was to leave. In the dead of night, he slipped away with the four bodies, dragging the corpses across the desert wilderness, far from the village. That is when their friends found Bill. Without fear, Bill walked forward with a smile as he ignored the gunmen's protests to surrender. At least now he would die knowing that the village would not be punished for what he did. He would die a hero. Better than a drunk.
That's when the bullets flew. When it fell silent, Bill was surprised to find he was still standing... nor was he alone. Standing over the unconscious soldiers was an iconic figure Bill recognized at once: The Batman.
Bill did not have time to contemplate what Batman was doing standing before him as the dark knight clutched his side and fell to his knees. Blood seeped between the fingers of his gloves. Letting out a weak gasp, Batman collapsed at Bill's feet.
Batman had saved Bill's life and Bill hated having a debt unpaid. Rushing to Batman's side, Bill scavenged various tools and gadgets from the hero's utility belt to improvise surgical instruments.
Chief Man-of-Bats: 2008 - Present
- (Submitted by Four-Eyes) Bill took the name "Man-of-Bats" from Miagani legend, which was a story that his mother often told him. The legendary "Man-of-Bats" was a figure prophesied to be born from the blood of the Miagani who would protect the weak and comfort the sick. Do not confuse "Man-of-Bats" for the bat demon which infiltrated the Miagani and posed as the "Man-of-Bats."
- (Submitted by Wunderkind) Trivial Insights:
- Bill Great Eagle is a vocal activist against the liquor trade on First Nation reserves. He has been arrested for his protests no less than seven times.
- Bill charges $15 for tours of "secret" headquarters, "The Bat's Cave" - (actually his garage). All profits go to the Red Cloud School.
- The "Man-of-Batsmobile" is a '54 pickup truck, with a custom paint job.
- Bill donates about 80% of his earnings back into his community.
- Master Medical Doctor
- Expert Surgeon
- Master Martial Artist
- Master Negotiator
- Expert All-Around Athlete
- Expert Archer and Weaponsmaster
- Expert Driver and Equestrian
- Expert Investigator and Strategist
- Expert Tracker
- Exceptional Leadership Skills
- Remarkable Intuition
- Sacred Ghost Shirt
- Alcoholic (In Recovery)
- Devoted to his Community
- Difficult Relationship with Charles Great Eagle
- Physicality: 4 - Expert / Enhanced
- Occult: 4 - Expert / Enhanced
- Weaponry: 5 - Master / Remarkable
- Expertise: 5 - Master / Remarkable
- Range: 4 - Expert / Enhanced
- Strategy: 4 - Expert / Enhanced
Trivia and Notes
- Bill has a Threat Assessment ranking of 70, marking him as a Moderate Threat.
- He and his son have different opinions on crimefighting. Will prefers to build up his local community, engage in political activism, and bust drug dealers. Charlie is more about investigating murders and beating down violent criminals.
- The 6ix mug in his civilian portrait refers to the telephone area code of Toronto, Canada. The nickname was popularized by Canadian rapper Drake.
- His wife might be Nataly Lakota, who's known as Redbird of International Operations in Wildstorm.
- In the comics, the Miagani tribe is connected to Gotham City and Quontauka is Arak Red-Hand's tribe.