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Quote1.png I'm doing this because I know what happens when people think they're above the law. And if I die trying... I suppose that's justice too. Quote2.png
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Jace Fox is Batman. The formerly estranged eldest son of Lucius Fox born under the name of Tim Fox, Jace was a mercenary who targeted various international criminals, serving as the protégé to the Japanese vigilante Katana. During the rise of the Magistrate, a corrupt privatized law enforcement initiative that was granted jurisdiction over Gotham City, Jace returned to Gotham and adopted the mantle of the Dark Knight to combat their ultra-authoritarian regime, soon after moving with his family to New York as their protector.

Early Life

Timothy Fox was born to prominent businessman Lucius Fox and his wife Tanya. Lucius' position as the C.O.O. of Wayne Enterprises resulted in his lack of presence at home, though Tim didn't mind, as Lucius provided for him. As the oldest child, where Luke focused on his studies and Tiffany was a small kid, Tim's best friend was his younger sister Tamara who he used to do everything together with growing up. During his teenaged years, Tim rapidly developed into a hedonistic playboy, indulging in a jet set life of non-stop partying and promiscuous affairs.

On the night before his seventeenth birthday, an angry Tim stormed out of his party after a failed attempt to seduce a girl who had caught his eye. While driving on the phone with another girl he'd previously hooked up with, Tim failed to notice a man crossing the street, ramming into him with his car. Tim got out of his vehicle to check on the man, who was heavily injured from the collision. Though despite his pleas, Tim ran away in a panic, instead turning to his father Lucius for assistance. In order to protect Tim from the severe legal consequences of his act of vehicular manslaughter, Lucius summoned a team of personal lawyers and private investigators to dig up as much information surrounding the events of the hit-and-run that can be leaked to the media in order to create a favorable narrative for Tim. [1] [2]

Through the team's investigation, it was quickly discovered that the victim, Enrique Acevedo, was a notorious domestic abuser who's blood alcohol level was three times above the legally allowed limit at the time of the killing, enabling them to make a case that Enrique was a drunk who failed to notice the traffic light changed and wandered onto the street. Tim attempted to confront Lucius over his father's attempts to suppress his culpability in the killing, strongly disapproving of Lucius' victim blaming of Enrique when he himself was in the wrong. But Lucius, refusing to argue with Tim over the matter, decided to ship his son off to the Sanford Military Academy -- an international boarding school notoriously known as a dumping ground for problem children from affluent backgrounds. It's there, Tim became acquaintances with two of his fellow students: Vol and Hadiyah.

Joker War

After the Fox family acquired the Wayne Family fortune, Tanya urged Lucius to call Timothy home.[3]

Second Son

Jace training with Katana

After his graduation from the Academy and an unknown period of time refining his skills under various mentors, Tim Fox, now going by Jace, spent the remaining years of his exile from Gotham as a covert operative who targeted various figures within the criminal underworld who were untouched by the law. With Vol acting as his handler while he operated in the field, Jace attempted a mission in Vietnam to take down Tyler Arkadine, an affluent billionaire secretly running an international trafficking ring. After the mission went awry, Jace returned home only to find Grifter, there to return him to Gotham on Lucius Fox's behalf.[4]

Jace returned to Gotham only to discover that much hasn't changed with his family. His father Lucius is still emotionally distant and struggling to cope with the stress of inheriting the Wayne Family Fortune on top of the psychological trauma he's suffered as Punchline's captive. His mother Tanya sees him as a disappointment and had developed a severe distain for costumed vigilantism as a whole. His younger brother Luke still despised him, utterly refusing to forgive Jace for any of his past actions. And while Jace's younger sisters Tamara and Tiffany tried their best to keep the Fox family together, the former's compromised health from being poisoned by Ratcatcher declines to a point where she relapses into a coma. [5] [6]

After discovering that Tyler Arkadine's personal courier had just landed in Gotham, Jace reluctantly began working at FoxTech under Lucius in order to secretly supply Vol with the technology he needs to gain more intel on Arkadine's operations within the city, all while simultaneously preparing to face his legal deposition in which he truthfully testified. Afterwards, Jace would eventually come to blows with Eabha O'Roark, an Irish Mercenary under Arkadine's employ who was hired to guard his personal courier. With surprise assistance from his old mentor Tatsu Yamashiro, Jace succeeded in obtaining the courier's bag while O'Roark narrowly evaded capture.[7] [8]

Returning to Wayne Enterprises in the Tricorner Yards, Jace reviewed the contents of the courier's bag with Vol while the former recovered from his stab wound. It's there the duo learned that the courier was transporting six identification cards that belong to people on government watch lists, specifically left-leaning radicals who were all apparently untraceable. While pondering what this could all mean, Vol alerts Jace that he had also discovered something heavily encrypted within the source codes Jace had previously stolen from Lucius to help hack into Arkadine's hard drives. One of the encrypted files, "The Clade of Chiroptera", made reference to a third subbasement in the building, something that Jace noted shouldn't even exist.

Since the subbasement could only be accessed via a private elevator that had been previously locked up and powered down, Jace ordered Vol to reroute power to the elevator so he could investigate what was down there. It is then that Jace discovered the ruined remains of the Hibernaculum, a massive underground high-tech armory and weapons testing facility that contained a prototype set of Bat Armor in one of its barely functioning vaults. Stricken with shock, Jace quickly realized that this abandoned armory didn't belong to his father, it belonged to the Batman. And that Lucius, Bruce Wayne, and potentially countless others, were actually working for the vigilante in secret. [9]

I Am Batman

In order to prevent himself from attracting any unneeded suspicion, Jace moved out of his family's home and under the false pretense of working a late shift at Wayne Enterprises, sets up shop in the Hibernaculum as his new secret base of operations in order to continue his hunt for Tyler Arkadine. While making his way to the subbasement elevator, Jace ran into his childhood friend Hadiyah along the way, who was there as a representative of her mother's company which was working alongside FoxTech on bringing broadband telecommunications to rural and underserviced communities. While Hadiyah was due to return to New York, she and Jace made plans to catch up on old times before her flight.

Fox contemplates becoming the next Batman

Returning to the Hibernaculum, Vol notified Jace that he was close to unlocking the Bat Armor's activation codes and had also intercepted a location ping from one of the fugitive radicals in Gotham. Tracking the signal all the way back to a warehouse in the Gotham Shipyards, Jace discovers the black-bagged corpses of all six of the radicals and that two hired mercenaries were planting explosives within the warehouse where the radicals' bodies are being stashed. Jace interrogates one of the mercs who confesses that he and his partner didn't know about the bodies and that they were just hired to destroy the warehouse tonight on the heels of a peaceful protest that's taking place in Alleytown. Jace quickly pieces together that Arkadine had been secretly plotting a false flag operation in Gotham by hiring professional hitmen to cause a riot under the guise of the assassinated radicals. Hurrying back to the Hibernaculum, Jace puts on the now operational Bat Armor in hopes that he can prevent a massacre from occurring.

On the day of the protest, Arkadine's men fire upon the already agitated GCPD from within the crowd of civilian protesters. But before the GCPD can return fire on the civilians, Jace crashes the scene wearing the Bat Armor, deploying smoke grenades to obscure the vision of the shooters while dispatching Arkadine's men one by one. However, due to the chaos surrounding the situation, the GCPD assumes that Batman is attacking the civilians and focus their fire on Jace until the Magistrate's remotely piloted combat droids arrive to provide backup. Severely outnumbered and outgunned by both the GCPD and the Magistrate's forces, Jace is forced to abandon the heavily damaged Bat Armor after Vol creates a distraction to enable him to slip away with his life.

Batman takes to the streets

While Jace succeeded in preventing a slaughter, a massive disinformation campaign has already taken to social media to frame Batman as the one who started the riot. Demoralized, Jace meets Hadiyah after the debacle and vents some of the frustrations he's going through without telling her the whole truth about who he really is. When asking for advice on how he can get over his past and represent a better tomorrow, Hadiyah responds that real change for him can start when he stops being a boy who made a mistake and starts being a man who wants to make a difference. His personal drive rekindled, Jace returns to the Hibernaculum and requests Vol's assistance to design something utilizing the underground facility's blueprints and advanced resources: A new Batsuit for himself to don as a proper symbol of revolution against the corrupt institutions leading his city into a dystopian future. [10]

Taking to the streets as the new Batman, Jace made an effort to be more visible to the people of Gotham City than how he perceived his predecessor. After stopping multiple crimes, including that of the Seer's new Moral Authority militia, he returned to the Hibernaculum, only for Vol to inform him of someone with a new connection to Arkadine. [11]

Fear State

After interrogating the man with a connection to Arkadine, Jace became aware that the vigilante Anarky was murdered. Batman then decided to hunt Seer. With the help of Vol, Jace lured the Moral Authority to a secluded spot, catching them off guard and taking them down. Unbeknownst to him, his mother Tanya Fox had taken on Anarky's murderer, a young boy named Morris Caulfield, as her new client. Seer then set the Moral Authority's sights on setting Morris free. [12]

Jace's nights as Batman were catching up to him, disappointing his father. Though Lucius had no idea that he was Batman, his disappointment surprisingly hurt Jace all the same. Later, as his mother was meeting with Morris at the Gotham City Juvenile Detention Center, the Moral Authority began their attack, led by Ezekiel King. Jace intercepted the attack, defeating King and the Moral Authority, though not before Tanya was forced to shoot a man dead in self defense. Meanwhile, despite Tyler Arkadine being transferred to Gotham, an associate of Simon Saint's, Victor, had him killed. [13]

Goodbye, Gotham

After Scarecrow and the Magistrate's defeat, Batman tracked down Seer, though was ambushed by a revenge squad of Peacekeepers. Defeating them after a brief skirmish, Jace then hunted down Tyler Arkadine's murderer, a corrections officer, though he was unable to prevent him from taking his own life, sending him rushing to save Simon Saint. Batman tracked down the already deceased Saint but was once again ambushed by one of Victor Noonan's T.A.L.O.S. agents, with Victor providing a demonstration to Lucius Fox. [14]

Empire state of mind

Batman's battle with Noonan's squad of T.A.L.O.S. agents proved difficult, with the enhanced tech in their suits giving them the advantage. When Lucius Fox recognized Jace's face underneath his broken faceplate he disabled the T.A.L.O.S. tech, giving Batman the opportunity to dispatch the entire squad. Jace and his father then reconciled, with Jace resolving to move to New York City with his mother, Tiffany, and the newly awoken Tamara in order to define himself as Batman. Heeding his father's words, he ditched his faceplate in order to truly represent as Batman. [15]

Batman's arrival in New York came with public showings of his war on crime, spurring Mayor Villanueva to forcefully deputize him as a member of the Special Crimes Task Force, headed by Detectives Adriana Chubb and Whitaker from Gotham. Meanwhile, much to Jace's chagrin, he began living in Billionares' Row with his mother, Tamara, and Tiffany, with Vol arriving in New York as well. However, a new serial killer began leaving behind victims, notably that of Devlin Rubel, one of New York's biggest philanthropists, much to Chubb's horror upon her discovery of the corpse, attributing it to the presence of the Batman. [16]

Though Batman joined the Special Crimes Unit, coined Strike Force Bat by the media, his initial refusal to search for Rubel's murderer, due to hunting gunrunners causing a gang war, fueled his division with Chubb. After negotiating, Batman agreed to find Rubel's murderer while the Strike Force dealt with the gunrunners, using Vol to track down the head of his security, Tyron Burrows. However, upon confronting Burrows, Devlin Rubel's true nature and illegal activities came to light, propelling Batman into finding the killer. Though he patched up his relationship with Chubb, upon discovering the killer's hideout, he was caught off guard by the masked man. [17]

The masked villain believed that Batman was there to assist him, revealing that he was inspired by his arrival in New York, though Batman's ignored pleas drove him to strike the man. Unable to feel pain from his attacks, the masked man struck back with his own weapon: a deadly iron attached to a chain. The injured Batman chose to flee, making his escape as the masked man only watched. Returning to the Fox family's condo, Jace's subsequent conversation with Lucius left him dejected about his cowardice and questioning if his tenure as Batman was serving as an inspiration to evil. His talk with Tiffany afterwards, who tried to join in on his training ended with her attempting to comfort him. In the middle of a conversation with Vol, who was trying to convince Jace to drop the case, he was contacted by his Strike Force. When Batman arrived on the scene, he was briefed on the serial killer's latest victim: Commissioner Becket. Not only had the masked man murdered Becket, but he'd also leaked proof of his bigoted beliefs, leaving some citizens of New York divided over the killing. [18]

Humiliated after his defeat, Batman became more brutal and demoralized, having to be held back from a criminal by Chubb. Later, she informed him of the other police officers attempting to find the masked man first in order to execute him. After seeking advice from Tam, Jace met up with Hadiyah, who took him to the Museum of Modern Art. Using that, Jace was able to give Vol a profile with which to craft leads for the pursuit of the masked man. Meeting back up with Strike Force Bat, Batman coined the killer Manray and affirmed his devotion to justice, engaging them all in detective work. Eventually, while being tailed by a dirty cop, they found Manray's proof of concept for his next victim: Mayor Villanueva. [19]



Abilities

Equipment

  • Batsuit: The body armor that makes up Jace's Batsuit was created with a specialized layer of Non-Newtonian fluid, making it both lightweight and flexible while still maintaining Level IIIA stopping power according to the NIJ standard. His gauntlets are entirely comprised of graphene, a material that is two-hundred times stronger than steel, and features both metallic blades on the sides along with a twin pair of extendible batons which are loaded into the underside of each respective gauntlet. His cowl is also equipped with an armored face plate that doubles as a military-grade biohazard filter.[22]
  • Utility Belt: Jace's belt contains burner phones.
  • Batcomputer: Upon taking control of the Hibernaculum, Jace has gained access to the Batcomputer and its heavily encrypted data. [23]

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