Identity: Nicolai Krylenko
Popularity 5 / 60 in Russia
Force Reflection: Amazing ability to reflect an attack back at -1CS intensity. This can include Physical and Energy attacks.
Hammer: Incredible blunt damage. Can be thrown up to 3 areas away and then return to his hand. Requires agility FEAT is required to catch.
Sickle: Remarkable edged damage. and can be thrown like the hammer.
If both are used together as a focus for his Force Reflection than this power is at Monstrous rank.
Military, Bilingual: Russian, English, Weaponsmaster
Captain America, Soviet Super-Soldiers, Winter Guard, Exiles / Siberforce, Unknown Champions
Vanguard and his twin sister, Darkstar, were born to the man who would become the immensly powerful Presence. The then-Soviet government took custody of the children to train them to become super soldiers. Vanguard and Darkstar served the Soviet government in many ways as part of the Soveit Super Soldiers, and came into conflict with many American heroes.
Later, the government wanted the threat of the Presence eliminated, and sent his own (unknowing) children out to murder him. They learned that he was their father, and turned against the Soviet regime. Vanguard, Darkstar, and Ursa Major became agents on their own, fighting for the good of the people.
Finally fed up with the system, the three defected to the United States, only to be captured and returned to the Soviet states. There, they were rescued by Blindfaith and his “Exiles,” in order to form an underground team that would fight for the people under a government that hates and fears them.
Later, under mysterious circumstances, Vanguard died, and the Presence believed Quasar somehow responsible. Obviously, the rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated, as Vanguard appeared, very healthy, in the employ of General Tskarov, a communist sympathsizer who wanted to undermine America, starting with its busnesses along the east coast. Vanguard, once again sporting hammer and sickle (and apparently sympathizing with the political movement to return to socialistic government) only agreed to help Tskarov in order that Tskarov would help him find his then-missing sister. When Ursa Major discovered Tskarov was actually hiding Darkstar from them, Vanguard joined with his friends and Daredevil and the Black Widow in defeating Tskarov.
Under circumstances to be revealed, Vanguard agreed to membership in the Commonwealth of Independant States’ newest super team, the Winter Guard. One of the first adventures of the Winter Guard, with the help of Iron Man, included stopping the Mandarin’s giant war machine in the shape of a Chinese dragon.