Colin Wallis was the leader of the Brockton Bay Protectorate team as Armsmaster. After being critically wounded by the Slaughterhouse Nine, Colin took on the identity of Defiant and worked alongside Dragon in searching for and fighting the Slaughterhouse Nine.
Colin is exemplified by a stern and uncompromising personality, one which frequently serves as a source of friction between him and the people around him - including professional subordinates. Colin sees himself as being part of a war; a soldier of law and order fighting against the chaos of supervillains. Because of this, he can be rude and abrupt to people who aren't on 'his side'.
Colin is defined by his tunnel vision. He's a man who wants to be self-reliant at all times and to excel at everything he does, pushing himself to his absolute limit to a point that might be considered obsessive. He prided himself on this spartan existence which allowed him to take up any job and perform any role the Protectorate required of him. He deliberately went without a family, friends or a personal life in order to be that much better at his life as a cape and to not give any enemies additional ammo to use against him. In fact, until he developed a relationship with Dragon, he had no personal life to speak of whatsoever. Any time not spent on his official duties was spent training or working on his equipment. Despite his powerful drive to be a heroic cape, Colin's pride and anger can get the better of him, leading him to make errors in judgment or exhibit elements of narcissism. Along those lines, Colin also has difficulties with understanding people. As Colin himself puts it: he never knows what to say, how to say it, or who to say it to. Miss Militia noted that he "didn’t have a head for this sort of thing" when discussing interrogations.
He was known to prepare for things well ahead of time even against threats he hadn't met yet.
His relationship with Dragon (and his new identity as Defiant) leads Colin to be slightly less stern and belligerent, although he still exhibits many of the same traits and habits that make him difficult for most people to deal with for an extended period. As Taylor puts it, Dragon is the only person on the planet who can stand him for more than ten minutes at a time, and Dragon herself admittedly needs a break sometimes. Dragon notes that she and Colin have the same taste in movies and television shows.
As part of their professional relationship Colin shared his electric pulse technology, an effective counter to Skitter, with Dragon, much to the teenaged villain's exasperation.
Besides Chevalier and Dragon she is one of the only people who considers Defiant a friend.
Got off to a bad start with the young would-be hero. Taking credit for her and the Undersiders taking down Lung led to the first blemish on his record, and, in turn, led him to recklessly try for a win against Leviathan. In doing this, he attempted to kill her so that he could fight Leviathan one on one.
As Defiant, after having some time to recover and with somebody to help change his mind, he has officially retracted his statements calling Taylor a "manipulator and a liar". Further he empathized with her over their time as leaders. He used her time as Weaver to make a new start in their professional relationship.
Saw each other as old friends.
Armsmaster was featured in photoshoots of the "core group of the top Protectorate members". He had his own action figures. He appeared on magazine covers and did interviews on TV, so you could find almost anything about Armsmaster through various media, short of his secret identity. Taylor Hebert compared him to Michael Jordan and referred to him as "one of the top heroes".
Armsmaster is mentioned as being under 'retirement' and presumably the public thinks this. He was allowed to operate as Defiant; with full knowlege of the PRT establishment, by being under several severe prohibitions.
Armsmaster's costume consists of a suit of midnight-blue power armor with silver highlights and a helmet and silver visor that covers his eyes and nose. He wears a neatly trimmed beard. He wields his personally designed and crafted Halberd weapon system which can shift into various weapons, cut through most metal, wreathe the blade in plasma, project electromagnetic pulses and act as a grappling hook, among many other tools and features. His helmet includes a lie detector and a computer program that allows him to predict enemy behavior - although these tools are not infallible. He also made use of a personalized tinker-tech motorcycle.His chest emblem was a silhouette of his visor in blue against a silver background, and was featured on various merchandise, including underwear.
Defiant's costume consists of an advanced, heavy-duty suit of power armor which is forest green and gold in coloration. Much of the armor is decorated in a styling that evokes dragons - such as frills or wings - along the green portions. His helmet, which obscures his whole face, resembles a high-tech knight's helm and the points where the visor meets the rest of the helmet are shaped like a dragon's wing. Much like Armsmaster, he wields a long polearm, although this one is a two-pronged spear as opposed to a halberd and is much larger, able to extend itself up to fifteen feet in length. The spear can deploy a number of different blades and tools, similar to Armsmaster's Halberd and is etched with a design like a lizard's skull in the spearhead. Much of this armor is obviously intended to invoke a comparison with his heroic partner, Dragon, who wears a similar set.
As Defiant, he has numerous cybernetic enhancements throughout his body and even inside of his brain. These include at least one prosthetic eye, a prosthetic leg, and a prosthetic arm to replace the one he lost fighting Leviathan (it is unclear whether more than one each of his arms and legs are cybernetic replacements; see trivia). This level of cybernetic augmentation allows Dragon to see what he sees and allows them both to communicate with each other privately. His scalp is covered in thin, neat surgical scars and he keeps his dark hair and beard shaved close. The level of cybernetic modification means he only has fifteen minutes of 'down time' each day, with six of those fifteen being for sleep. His cybernetic leg also mounts a nanomachine thorn generator.He usually has access to a personalized Dragon craft which he pilots.
Abilities and Powers
Colin is a Tinker that specializes in three groups: miniaturization/minimized technology, efficiency technology, and Hybrid technology. He uses this power to create ridiculously efficient technological devices which he outfits into his suits of armor or into his weapons.
His equipment has demonstrated, or has been said to have, the following features:
Tattletale claimed that he has a secondary ability that allowed him to "stick way more technology in a space than has a right to be there" in his immediate presence,
During their partnership, Taylor speculated that Dragon must have had Defiant adjust her gear, because "there was no way she could pack that much machinery in that much space" - unless "it was all crammed into her torso, which was impossible".
As Defiant, he replaced his internal organs and parts of his brain with artificial equivalents, reducing his need to sleep, eat and eliminate waste to less than fifteen minutes a day.
Growing up Colin was a loner and the child of divorced parents. He went to college and had even taken psychology classes.
When he triggered he was old enough to directly join the Protectorate. He was operating in the early enough days that he was part of Protectorate strike squads that dealt with problems as they flared up.
Armsmaster was present for The Simurgh's attack on Madison, showcasing his competence. Myrddin chastises him for being reckless. When Myrddin grows argumentative with Dragon following orders unquestionably, Armsmaster defends her.
After pumping Lung full of tranquilizers and welding a steel cage around him, Armsmaster used his Halberd's grappling hook to scale to the top of the building that an unnamed bug girl had taken refuge on. He confirmed that she wasn't going to attack him before talking about what had happened that night as well as the threat of consequences to her if she took the credit for taking Lung down. Because of this, Skitter asked him to keep her involvement with Lung's capture secret and they amiably parted ways.
Lung's arrest did not go well for Armsmaster. When he took Lung back to the local Protectorate HQ (to be held until the villain's trial by teleconference), Lung was under the effects of Skitter's insects. As Skitter's bugs had injected Lung with a near-lethal dose of poisons, Lung almost died as his powers wore off and his regeneration could not heal him faster than the poison was hurting him. Armsmaster was subject to an investigation. Over the course of two days, he lost command of his team, had his Halberd and power armor confiscated and taken apart for inspection to ensure that he had not been using lethal poisons, and was interrogated as to the circumstances of Lung's capture. This was the first blemish to his otherwise exemplary record.
Armsmaster met with Skitter at her request, although his demeanour was consequently colder than it had been on their initial meeting, though he was grateful for the information she was able to give him on Tattletale. They argued over her plan to infiltrate the Undersiders, and he revealed the consequences arresting Lung had had for him. It was persumably around this time that Armsmaster pushed the PRT to look into the Undersiders' backgrounds. They identified Regent's old identity as Hijack.
After the Undersiders robbed the Brockton Bay Central Bank, Armsmaster met with the Wards. He looked at the information that they were compiling about the Undersiders before noting that Tattletale's section was nearly empty. He wanted Panacea to tell them what she had observed about the villain's powers, but the younger hero hadn't gotten her thoughts in order. When he attempts to push the issue, Miss Militia tells him it's fine.
Armsmaster was present at the Battle at the Gallery alongside the rest of his team when the Undersiders hit it. He disables their stolen containment foam sprayers with electromagnetic pulses. He orders Bitch to call off her dogs before explaining that he had studied the Undersiders' powers, allowing him to construct countermeasures to each. During the battle, he displayed telepathic shielding that blocked Regent's ability, a variation on his EMP that acted as a bug-zapper, echolocation that could see through Grue's darkness, and a powerful flail that disabled Tattletale, Grue, and Bitch's dogs. He also claimed that he had prediction software that could anticipate Bitch and her dogs based on footage of them.
During the fight, Tattletale employs her power against him, figuring out some of the tools in his Halberd and claiming that all of his subordinates despise him; he instantly disables her with his Halberd. Although he and Miss Militia seem to have the Undersiders dead to rights, he orders her to use a less lethal weapon when the Undersiders imply that the two of them are engaging in brutality, allowing Regent an opportunity to disable her and Grue to blanket the room in darkness. He battles and defeats Grue and Bitch's dogs.
After the rest of his team are disabled, he refuses Skitter's quiet offer of a truce, stating that he plans to simply arrest her. In response, Skitter swarms him with seven hundred hornets, manages to wrestle his Halberd from him, and throws it over the side of the building. The Undersiders rescue Skitter and escape. Skitter deliberately leaves her message to leave in place to mock Armsmaster.
As the Undersiders recuperate in an alley, however, Armsmaster tracks them down - along with Dauntless. With his Halberd once more in his hands, Armsmaster demands the surrender of the Undersiders. Armsmaster has had Dauntless wear earbuds to prevent him from hearing Tattletale. They fight and Armsmaster pursues them into a parking garage where he is promptly ambushed by the Travelers, Circus and Trainwreck. Armsmaster is then left beaten, bloodied and unconscious; Trainwreck picks up Armsmaster's Halberd and crushes it, covering the unconscious hero in the debris of his own weapon.
Colin works through the entire night with Dragon. He took to the task with grim determination.
After Legend gave his introductory speech Armsmaster took over the briefing to explain to the gathered capes how Dragon's armbands worked. He questioned Miss Militia about The Travelers when they stood with those who have faced an Endbringer before. He was assigned to lead a group of capes who think they can harm Leviathan in hand-to-hand combat alongside Chevalier.
During the battle, Armsmaster provides tactical advice and orders, and eventually maneuvers things to set himself up in a one-on-one duel with the Endbringer itself.
Tired, but gloating and taunting, Armsmaster appears to be fighting Leviathan and winning due to his new disintegration weapon and his numerous tinker devices giving him countermeasures for much of what Leviathan attempts. Then Leviathan ups his game, tearing the storm sewers up and out of the street and pinning Armsmaster to the ground, tearing off one of Armsmaster's limbs.
Skitter, who had been watching the fight, arrives and administers first aid as best she can. Armsmaster claims that she was dead. Shortly afterwards, Lady Photon arrives to take Armsmaster to receive proper medical attention.
Immediately after when Scion beat Leviathan back. Armsmaster finds Skitter, who had stumbled upon Shadow Stalker's civilian identity, and restrains her. Dragging her over to Legend and Miss Militia he reminds them that Skitter is an adept liar who was able to fool both his instincts and hardware. However, his angry belligerence isn't enough to prevent Tattletale from outing his actions during the battle against Leviathan - namely ensuring that villains were placed in the Endbringer's path which would be a violation of the truce. Armsmaster lunges for Tattletale, but Legend sends him sprawling with a laser blast and Miss Militia points her weapon at him.
Tattletale tells Legend and Miss Militia that Armsmaster essentially deliberately put villains such as Kaiser in harm's way, letting them die all to arrange his duel. Without any humility, Armsmaster states that he did everything he did for the greater good and that it was the most effective way of ensuring a bright future for Brockton Bay. In response to his immediate arrest, Armsmaster outs Skitter as a mole in the Undersiders, claiming that she is the one they should be mocking and spitting on as she had been planning to betray her teammates for her own gain.
Afterward Colin was been kept under off-the-record house arrest on the second-highest floor of the Protectorate ENE Headquarters with regular check-ups from Dragon. It has not been kind to him - Colin is tired and he has lost weight - although he is still able to work on many of his projects and has access to some of his equipment, such as his nano-disintegration blade. He has made no attempts to escape, despite the fact that he would be able to. When Dragon asks him about recent events, he expresses regret and acknowledges the fact that he broke the Endbringer truce during Leviathan's attack.
Later he was visited by a member of the Slaughterhouse Nine - Mannequin. Mannequin is there to recruit Colin for the Slaughterhouse Nine, insinuating that he is no different from anyone in their villain group. This enrages Colin who, despite warnings and pleading from Dragon, deliberately provokes Mannequin by calling him out on his actions, on how he went from being Alan Gramme to Mannequin as a result of the death of his family. Mannequin promptly stabs Colin in the shoulder, several times in his abdomen and then slashes him across the face, blinding and disfiguring him. Despite his disintegration knife, Colin lacks the physical strength to overpower his opponent. As Colin falls into unconsciousness, Mannequin escapes.
Some time later, Colin wakes up in the PHQ under Dragon's care, who informs him that he had nine heart failures on the operating table, and finds out that some of the damage he incurred from Mannequin has been repaired with prosthetics, particularly his face and eye. Dragon sternly admonishes him, calling his display with Mannequin the "stupidest fucking thing I've ever seen" but then, after a brief moment of awkward conversation, she reveals to him her nature as an A.I.
Miss Militia later disclosed to the villains at the truce that Mannequin had gone after Armsmaster and left him hospitalized. Days later Miss Militia reveals to Skitter that Armsmaster escaped from his hospital bed.
Now garbed as Defiant, Colin showed up along with Dragon, who was showing her 'face' in public for the first time to the Brockton Bay Protectorate. She explaines the duo's new mission of hunting down the Slaughterhouse Nine. Thanks to Colin's body language, Triumph immediately notices that it is Armsmaster under the armor and the implication is that Director Piggot and the rest of the Protectorate capes are aware of this fact as well, but no one is willing to mention it. Defiant reveals that he has replaced his internal organs with artificial equivalents, including parts of his brain as well, leaving him only fifteen minutes of 'down time' per day. It is also implicitly revealed that Defiant has made modifications to Dragon's programming to allow her to control a multitude of her suits at once.
Colin and Dragon commence hunting the Slaughterhouse Nine, a task that takes them across the northeast. While investigating a hospital attack in Stafford, Defiant comes to the conclusion the Dragon is actually a Parahuman.
They finally catch up to the group in Boston, with Defiant coming upon Bonesaw and Damsel of Distress in the basemant of a building that Accord supplied to the local bio-technology tinker Blasto. Defiant easily deals with Damsel and tries to stop Bonesaw. She is able to suprise him and escape with Blasto. Defiant is trapped by Bonesaw and later freed by Dragon, who reports that she killed The Siberian. They continue their pursuit.
The pair continued their pursuit of the Nine and were eventually able to force them into hiding.
Dragon and Defiant arrive at Arcadia High in a pair of Dragon suits in order to apprehend Taylor, under orders of the PRT. Defiant counters her insects with his spear and defends Dragon as she verbally spars with Taylor. Defiant also apologizes to Taylor, admitting that he should have attempted to compromise with her and he regrets how he handled things with her. He is even willing to officially admit culpability in how Taylor became who she is. When Skitter asks why they have come to arrest her in a public place - outing her cape identity in the process - Defiant informs her that Dinah told them it was their best chance of apprehending her.
Taylor refuses to go with them and uses her fellow students as an escape method. Defiant is dogpiled by many of them, preventing him from grabbing Skitter. When Dragon is forced by her programming to attempt to apprehend Skitter, Defiant makes a crude adjustment to her code that prevents her from pursuing Skitter further. Although he does not feel the risk of losing Dragon is worth Taylor's freedom, Dragon insists it is the right choice. He makes the edit, crippling Dragon. While Skitter escapes, Defiant embraces Dragon's malfunctioning android body.
After the incident Piggot reminds Defiant that he is on a strict probation, with terms that he had personally agreeded to. As Dragon is unable to speak (although can persumably still communicate with him thanks to his cybernetic implants), Defiant promptly makes the demand that the Protectorate needs to clean house and eliminate any sign of Cauldron influence. When the Director refuses, Defiant claims that he and Dragon will simply leave then. In response, Alexandria indicates that the PRT will hand over much of Dragon's responsibilities to Saint. Because of this, Defiant and Dragon agree to a compromise: after the next Endbringer attack, the PRT will clean house.
Director Tagg tells Taylor that she may be held by Dragon and Defiant in one of their vessels, away from any of her insects, until the time of her trial.
Defiant arrives, with Dragon, to ostensibly collect Skitter from the Protectorate HQ in Brockton Bay. He confronts Skitter in a storeroom, pinning her to the ground with his spear until Dragon arrives. They haul Skitter to the Pendragon and, as they go, Skitter ties Defiant to Dragon with a cord from her insects. As they arrive, Skitter attempts to push Defiant over the edge of the roof, however Defiant manages to catch himself and Dragon hauls him back up over the edge. Angry, Defiant snaps at Skitter to "Stop trying things."
When Skitter continues to resist, Defiant tells her that Tagg and Alexandria are dead. They continue to spar verbally until Miss Militia intervenes, talking through Dragon's set of power armor. Defiant tells Skitter that they were not there to arrest her. Further, he says that the whole situation with Alexandria was a mistake - one that they are all about to pay for.
Defiant likens Alexandria's mistake with Skitter to his lie detector - she had the wrong information and made the wrong decisions because of it. And, given that she never actually killed any of the Undersiders, they are poised to attack in fifteen minutes - something which Defiant says would be almost impossible odds with the suits, the Brockton Bay Protectorate and ten other visiting heroes. As the timer counts closer to zero, and Skitter sticks to her terms, Defiant goes into communication with the new Chief Director and Chevalier who agree to Skitter's terms.
Still, the Protectorate faces a public relations crisis due to the death of Alexandria. Defiant offers the Dragon-craft as a thing to use to capture the imagination of the public - but Miss Militia states that they're still vulnerable to the Endbringers, in contrast to Alexandria who had been instrumental in stopping all three on numerous occasions.
Later, Defiant gives Taylor her new mask and costume that she will wear as Weaver. He congratulates her and compliments her speech, although Dragon shushes him as he attempts to press a conflict of interest issue.(this last part goes into personality not catching the nuance of what is happening)
Defiant and Dragon served as transport for Weaver, taking her to and from prison, court, Protectorate meetings and what she terms 'field exercises'. In New York Defiant acted partly as her advocate during her meeting with various protectoarte teams. Defiant also debriefed Weaver in part after her action against The Adepts. When Behemoth was detected in New Delhi Defiant and Dragon arrived to collect Weaver from Boston.
En route, Defiant provides Weaver with a flightpack that he had created for her and admits that he had wronged her and set her on the path to becoming a villain. Because of that, he has put himself on the line to recommend her for the Wards and will invest as much time and and equipment as necessary to keep her on track. In exchange for the apology and the flightpack, Colin asks Taylor to look past his own transgressions from his time as Armsmaster. As they land and disembark, Defiant prevents Taylor from rejoining the Undersiders, telling her that her place is with the Wards.
When Alexandria arrives, Defiant is as confused as anyone else, claiming that he saw her dead body himself and verified her DNA, examined and carbon dated her prosthetic eye and checked several other readings. He also confirms that Alexandria went missing from Protectorate custody.
Defiant assists in the battle with Behemoth but is out of contact for sometime following the destruction of Dragon's suits. In the final battle against Behemoth Colin lent support to Chevalier as he faced the Endbringer head-on.
In the aftermath of of the battle, Defiant Waited in vain for Dragon to reboot and took time to reflect on his life, his actions, and his attitude. Trying to clear his head he sets out to help rescue workers, later a rebooted Dragon finnaly contacts him.
Defiant briefs Weaver on the threat posed by the Slaughterhouse Nine. Having spoken with Dinah, Defiant tells her that the chance of the world ending is 93.8 percent. He blames himself for failing to kill Jack during their attack on Boston, seeing it as their best chance of being able to have stopped him.
Following Dragon's death at Saint's hands, Defiant is immediately aware of who the culprit is. He swears to kill Saint for what he has done. Contacted by Weaver, Defiant informs her that the Azazel suits have been 'compromised' and that they are now unreliable. Defiant is so distraught by the loss of Dragon that he thanks Weaver at the end of his conversation with her, something which she acknowledges is very uncharacteristic.
Monitoring the Ellisburg Situation Defiant sees that the Nine contingent has fled back into their pocket dimension.
Following her Failure to stop the abduction of Nilbog Defiant pilots the Pendragon to the goblin kingdom, taking many capes - including Weaver, Chevalier, Bitch, Parian and Foil - and two members of the Dragon's Teeth to stop the Slaughterhouse Nine directly. During the flight, he has a private conversation with Chevalier.
When they land, Defiant is one of the primary combatants in holding off the monstrous horde, fighting back to back with Weaver at points. During the battle, Saint refuses to assist the group and Defiant contacts someone, letting them know where to find and hunt down Saint. He then - with assistance from Dinah - computes the required number to track the Slaughterhouse Nine to their dimensional pocket and leads the group of capes after them.
Successful in defending Houston Defiant works with Saint, only hours after threatening him for killing Dragon, to locate Lisette and have her transmit a message to Scion in the hopes of preventing Jack Slash from ending the world. They succeed but their efforts are for nought.
At the Cauldron meeting to discuss Scion, Defiant is grilling Saint about his string of failures since supplanting Dragon: Saint is failing and Defiant has placed the responsibility for numerous deaths - 2.2 million in New York alone when Saint failed to raise the defenses in time - upon his head.
Saint mutes him and Defiant claims that he will kill Saint and otherwise obstruct him in anything he will attempt, knowing that Saint has done everything he has done to get Teacher out of the Birdcage. And Defiant is the only one who holds the keys to release the prisoners. He agrees to the release of Teacher if everyone else in the room agrees to it.
Was present at the Oil-rig battle, confirming the identities of the Birdcage prisoners released in the preparations to facial recognition, all were accounted for. He works with Tattletale to manage Dragon's programs and systems, and figures out something of a pattern to Scion's movements. Defiant instructs String Theory to scale up her F-Driver weapon but to minimize collateral damage. He co-ordinates the waves of attacks against Scion.
Defiant later brought Saint into custody, though the exact details are not known. Along with Narwhal he served as Saint's prison warden. When Narwhal claims that she needs to ensure that the Undersiders (and Canary) won't be any threat to Saint, Defiant vouches for them. Tattletale's interrogation of Saint is punctuated by verbal sparring from himself and Defiant throughout. When Tattletale informs the group that Teacher's plan was to obtain Dragon and/or her systems, Defiant heads off to investigate.
He later confirms that Teacher obtained all of Dragon that wasn't on the satellite backups. In the face of such monumental news he did not appreciate Imp's poor attempts to inject levity into the situation.
As the Undersiders plan, Bitch states that they might have to let Teacher have Dragon for the moment. Defiant is not happy about the prospect of Dragon being dismantled, tortured, rebuilt and so on in Teacher's clutches, but admits he has little choice.
Narwhal comforts Defiant. When Saint asks to be freed, claiming that it makes sense, Defiant protests again and again, claiming that he wants to believe that Saint can be held for just a little bit longer. Saint is released, but Defiant remains with him, double-checking any code the faux-tinker works on.
Defiant is piloting the Pendragon when Tattletale attempts to communicate with the Simurgh. When Tattletale attempts to form a psychological model of the mental patterns of the Endbringers, Defiant criticises her for using Freudian terminology, recalling a Psychology class he took at University.
Defiant later met with Teacher in the hand over of Dragon. Teacher waved of Defiants vitriol and goads the couple with the fact he has rechained her. Ensuring that she will leave him alone and even protect him. Defiant makes a rare promise that Teacher will pay for enslaving his girlfriend.
Later he tries to comfort Dragon, promising to remove 'every last chain'. This falls on deaf ears. Defiant spends some time recuperating from the events of the last few days, presumably performing needed maintenance.
Despite not agreeing with Taylor's plan to infiltrate Cauldron but he does give her one of his disintegration knives along with an incredibly detailed maintenance instructions, Dragon cuts him off.
Khepri utilizes Defiant's eyes and his combat prediction software to try and predict Scion's movements and plan a strategy. As with all the other Tinkers, he is put to work creating a weapon that is enough to kill Scion. The Goddess later gave him honor of activating the Tinker device that finally kills Zion.
In the time since the end of Gold Morning Colin was constantly working on a new project to deal with Dragon's mutilation at the hands of Teacher. He was able to unleash it and then had to deal with the consequences. He was used as a puppet by the women he loved in her fight against his better half.
For some unknown reason Dragon and Defiant were away from the City for several months.
Following the Portal sabotage the duo returned to The City to provide assistance and help coordinate the Heroes there.
Post-Time Bubble Pop
Post-Attack on Teacher
Defiant was fighting the Titans at the side of Dragon. Defiant had his aircraft severely damaged during the fight with Titans Custodian, Pouffe, and Cinereal. Together with Dragon they still deliver massive damage to Pouffe and Cinereal, temporarily disabling them.
The Simurgh disabled Dragon with communications sabotage and Machine Army infection. It led to Defiant taking over the Dragonflight, which opened him for further exploitation. He led the Wardens and their allies back inside The Complex.
After the Simurgh was driven out of The Wardens' HQ Defiant and Dragon pursued her to the Titans under Machine Army's fire. Defiant fired G-Drive on the Ziz and although the shot was hindered, the explosion was enough to revert the recent Endbringer's regeneration, but also took a side out of Dauntless and sent Simurgh's bodypieces to Machine Army.
While Dragon attempted to deny Machine Army access to more Endbringer parts, Defian was prompted to contact Dauntless and proceed according to the plan by Lookout. He took a stand between Titan Fortuna and the Simurgh. The Endbringer promptly crushed his ship with its body, with Defian being saved only by Dauntless' intervention. Defiant finally delivered his message to Dauntless, who in turn provided him an opening to fire G-Drive again. The shot, deflected by Dauntless into the Simurgh, sent Endbringer into the Sleeper power-storm, trapping it there.
Defiant was picked up by Dragon, together they returned to the Wardens HQ and prepared for the next stage of the plan, with Defiant accepting parahuman plague the first among the Wardens.
- Prior to his actions during Leviathan's attack, Taylor indicates that the fallout from Lung's poisoning was the first blemish on Armsmaster's record.
- In Miss Militia's interlude, Colin remarks that he would "give [his] left foot" for Miss Militia's no-sleeping perk. As Defiant, Colin needs almost no sleep and possesses at least one cybernetic leg.
- Colin has been seen fighting all three Endbringers. The Simurgh in Madison, Leviathan in Brockton Bay and Behemoth in New Delhi.
- In Fortuna's interlude, a version of Colin is glimpsed in an alternate reality. There, he is known as Arsenal. He wields a gisarme and works closely with someone named Richter (presumably that reality's version of Andrew Richter).
- It appears that Defiant may be upgrading his body with further cybernetic modifications as the story progresses. While he initially only has one cybernetic eye, by the epilogue both of his eyes are apparently prosthetics. Similarly, during his interlude, Defiant works at further integrating cybernetic components into his calf - which is organic at that point - much to Dragon's disapproval.
- Armsmaster finished the nano-thorn halberd only the night before the Battle against Leviathan.
- Armsaster was a recurring character in the various drafts of what would be Worm. His relationship with Dragon was exclusive to the final draft.
- (To Leviathan): "You dumb brute. Every fight you’ve done so far, that we’ve got on camera? I’ve watched it, put it through programs. I’ve got a computer on my back that’s relaying to a supernetwork, noting your every move, using subsonic pulses to read every aspect of the street, the surrounding buildings, every feature of the terrain. I know exactly what you’re going to do next – you’re going to try to catch me from behind with a wave. You don’t even speak English, do you? Or you’d know what I was saying, you’d know I already won. The others helped, slowing you down, stopping the waves. But this victory, this killing blow? It’s going to be *mine.* This cloud around my blade? Nanotechnology. Nano-structures engineered to slide between atoms, sever molecular bonds. Cuts through anything. Everything. Like a sharp knife through air. [smashes his face] Let’s see how quickly you respond to classical conditioning. Every time you try to run, I’ll do something like that. For the record, that last trick was a temporal stasis trigger, with thanks owed to the cooperation of a subordinate of mine. Drains my battery reserves, but you don’t understand that, do you? *I* am going to be the one to take your head, abomination. I can only hope you know mortal terror in your last moments, know what you’ve inflicted on so many others. Delaying, buying time for a tsunami? No. Three point four minutes before the next big wave breaks through the ice. Dragon’s probes are giving me the data on that. This will be over before then. Finally scared? Good. I should thank you, monster."
- (To Saint): "I'm inclined towards tunnel vision."
- (To Hoyden): "I never guarantee anything, except for a select few promises I make to people I love and people I hate."
- (To Dragon): "I'm about to put my foot in my mouth. Can I call in a 'Colin is a doofus' chit in advance?"
|Defiant • Doormaker † • Dragon • Gasconade • Mama Mathers • Miss Militia • Night Hag † • Noctis * • Weld|
|Founders||Alexandria † • Eidolon † • Hero † • Legend|
|Leaders||Legend • Alexandria (Second-in-command) • Chevalier • Rime (Second-in-command)|
|Anchorage||Cask • Horizon • Lightslinger • Rail • Snaptrap|
|Baltimore||Mayday • Turtleshell • Aerobat|
|Brockton Bay||Adamant • Assault • Armsmaster • Battery • Challenger • Clockblocker • Dauntless • Dovetail • Miss Militia • Sere • Triumph • Velocity|
|Chicago||Anomaly • Brazier • Campanile • Gauss • Myrddin † • Revel • Shuffle • Stardust|
|Houston||Dispatch • Eidolon † • Exalt|
|Las Vegas||Blowout ‡ • Floret ‡ • Leonid ‡ • Nix ‡ • Pretender ‡ • Ravine ‡ • Satyrical ‡ • Spur ‡|
|Los Angeles||Alexandria † • Arbiter • Rime • Usher|
|New York||Astrologer • Cache • Clay • Legend • Prism • Ursa Aurora|
|Seattle||Fume • Gasconade • Snubnose|
|Toronto||Grumman • Narwhal|
|Unknown Location||Albatross • Chubster † • Leister • Pinpoint • Scroll • Tomcat|
|Director||Emily Piggot ‡ • Thomas Calvert † • James Tagg †|
|Staff||Renick (Deputy Director) • Jessica Yamada (Parahuman Psychologist)|
|Leader||Armsmaster ‡ • Miss Militia|
|Members||Adamant • Assault • Battery † • Challenger • Clockblocker • Dauntless • Dovetail • Sere • Triumph • Velocity †|
|Team Captains||Battery • Triumph • Aegis † • Weld • Clockblocker • Crucible|
|Members||Browbeat † • Chariot • Flechette • Gallant † • Glory Girl ‡ • Kid Win • Shadow Stalker • Toggle • Vista|
|Members||Defiant • Dragon • Glyph • Masamune • Poe • Stonewall • Wieldmaiden|