Virginia Duncan-Purcell, scion of both the aristocratic oil baron Duncan family and the hotel tycoon Purcell family was the toast of Greystone City's social register, particular among those families that clung to the social forms of bygone eras right into Greystone’s decline as a major city. Her coming out was at the Greystone International Cotillion, once heralded as a major competitor to Empire City's International Debutante Ball but seen as in decline in later years. On the year of Virginia’s coming out, expectations were higher than normal since the Cotillion had traditionally been hosted at the Purcell Regency Hotel in the heart of Greystone’s financial district, which made this particular Cotillion a family affair. The Purcells and Duncans alike spared no expense luring wealthy families and their 17-21 year old daughters to be presented at the event, with an eye to ensuring ‘Ginny’ would be the Belle of the Ball (and thereby help restore the Purcell Regency Hotel’s reputation and prosperity in the process).
Unfortunately, that much money, wealth, glamour, and style was sure to draw untoward attention. In this case, the Lady Velvet, the Seductive Siren of Sin herself, crashed the Ball with her alchemical concoctions and a phalanx of ‘debutantes’ and ‘escorts’ of her own. With her bewitching potions, Lady Velvet sought to take the creme de la creme of the International Social Scene hostage while liberating so many of them of their priceless jewels. Of course, she had no way of knowing that one of the families overseeing the event was the prestigious Montreal family… or that where the Montreals showed up, Nightstick and Cudgel were sure to follow.
The resulting fracas was a grand spectacle, spoken of highly by all, and the charitable donations funded by the Cotillion were easily triple what they had been in previous years. However, in all the excitement… absolutely no one paid the slightest bit of attention to Virginia Duncan-Purcell, and the fight left damages that would close the Purcell Regency for years worth of renovation, meaning the Cotillion was a smashing success, and the hopes of the Duncan and Purcell families were utterly ruined.
However, when Ginny (as with most of the other debutantes) was dosed with the Lady Velvet’s potent potions, she had an unexpected reaction, triggering secondary parahuman expression. In Ginny’s case, she learned she had gained the ability to regenerate from almost any injury even as her age froze at nineteen, leaving her the perfect picture of that grand, disastrous night for all time.
Crashing multiple social events in an effort to reclaim her ‘rightful’ social status led to Ginny’s eventual rejection by the upper crust. Disowned by a disappointed family, Virginia Duncan-Purcell decided that if she were now frozen at the instant of her coming out, then a Debutante she would be… and if she had to bedazzle, connive, and steal the money, trappings, and spotlight rightfully hers? Then so be it. After all, all of Greystone could be her Ball, and she would forever be its Belle.
Thanks to a number of easily swayed (and generally elder) gentlemen of means, the Debutante has amassed a decent fortune of her own. With that money she’s made certain to keep a cadre of henchmen and women on hand to execute her elaborate plans – all of which tend to seek the spotlight while stealing something prestigious in the foreground (and often stealing something lucrative in the background). The Debutante blames Nightstick for her downfall, but (particularly as he got closer to the Debutante’s eternal 19 years of age) found herself increasingly drawn to the handsome Cudgel, with more than one of her plots centering on making the Junior Justice Winger her permanent squire to every event.
Despite her inherent selfishness and staggering ego, the Debutante has little interest in actually hurting anyone. Well, physically, anyhow. And despite her resistance to injury and a natural grace and acrobatic nature, the Debutante rarely engages in anything so common as fisticuffs. She has people for that, after all. Among the other Dark Gods of Greystone she is generally seen as a peer, if something of a lightweight. She and Lady Velvet have something of a rivalry, but despite the circumstances of Ginny’s humiliation, that rivalry seems essentially friendly – and with the well documented ‘interest’ that Nightstick and the Lady Velvet have in one another, and the Debutante’s fixation on Cudgel, the pair of femme fatales have combined their forces more than once in the past.