Wolf Cub
Wolf Cub
Portrayed by <E.g. "Taylor Cole">
Full Name Nicholas Gleason
Age 23
Height 6'2"
Build Tall and Athletic
Eyes Solid Grey
Hair Brown
Factions None
Occupation Medic and Businessman
Alignment Hero

Claim to Fame

The Wolf of Chicago: The city's first and only werewolf firefighter (retired)


To the extent that he has one Nicholas is known as a hardworking, semi-blue collar kind of guy with big dreams and, er, a snout…


Nicholas Gleason was born on a rather snowy night to Jack and Carol Gleason of Cleaveland Ohio. The rise in mutations was definitely a news item at the time, but like so many others they never thought it would be their child. They were wrong. When Nicholas was six his metagene complex activated and over the course of a rapid and painful transformation caused him to sprout short brown fur, pointed ears, alter his eyes and give him short blunt claws on his hands and feet.

The Gleasons were scared, of course, but they were basically decent people. Which made it all the harder when, two years later, they were killed in an auto accident that Nicholas' mutant durability allowed him to survive. Confused and scared, he fled before emergency services arrived at the scene only to blunder into a band of Purifiers. That might have been the end of him had not a recovery team from the Institute located him and brought him back.

It took time and therapy to get Nick back on track but he did join the student population at the Institute. By this time his mutation had progressed to the point of warping him into something even more inhuman. Young Nicholas grew a snout that became a muzzle and adopted ever more lupine aspects. His physical attributes improved as well, everything from raw strength to hand-eye coordination. By the time he was old enough to begin formal training in the use of his mutation, he looked for all the world like a young werewolf. So the school gave him the 'code name' Wolf Cub.

As Wolf Cub entered his final four years of Institute training the school initiated an experiment. There were a number of relatively powerful mutants present and the faculty felt that there might be some benefit to both the students and possibly other organizations (like the X-Men) from having some of the student body put onto permanent teams that school, train and live together. Nicholas was put on a 'squad' called 'The Paragons.'

For three years the Paragons did exactly that. The eight member team grew, as might be expected, quite close. Best of friends. Well, mostly anyway. That was after all the point of the exercise. Then, in the summer of 2010 they went on a 'field exercise'. It was supposed to be simple, if not easy. Simulated 'missions' to see how well they'd learned their lessons in the New York back woods. Sadly, they weren't alone.

Whether bad luck or something more sinister Nicholas never found out but the squad was found in the middle of crossing a river by a large band of Purifiers led by their most dangerous champion: Horror Show. The next six hours were one frantic running battle as the students desperately tried to disengage and signal for help and HorrorShow stalked and cut them off at every turn. By the time the X-Men realized something had gone wrong and came to rescue the Paragons, half the squad was dead. Their bodies were recovered for burial. The following day the Squad Program was canceled.

Nicholas fought (and ran) desperately during the attack, as had they all and he took the losses harder than most. The incident gave him night terrors and nightmares and so affected him that after a couple of weeks of watching and counseling a couple of the school's telepaths resorted to the dangerous expedient of direct mental intervention. It worked… sort of. Even the expert telepaths had been afraid to fiddle too much, lest they unbalance Nicholas' feral nature and make him into an unthinking beast or worse. Still, the sting of the loss was allayed enough to restore Wolf Cub to functionality (even if he did still have some problems) and he managed to finish the year and graduate though it is entirely fair to say he was never the same again.

Though Nick had the power to join the school's eponymous Team, he elected instead to move to Chicago and 'live the dream.' Which is to say, try to live a normal life. And he did, first signing up with search and rescue as a helicopter pilot (leveraging some of the Institute's more… unusual points of study) and then testing out for the Chicago Fire department where he worked his way up from firefighter to Paramedic. Of course, there was his higher education to consider too and after a couple of years on the department Nick had decided that he liked medical work and got himself enrolled in a physicians assistant program.

It was really the 2014 Thanksgiving Day Robberies that changed everything. A team of heavily armed, well organized metahumans hit banks all across Chicago until they were cornered by the police and SRD. The resulting fight went very badly for law enforcement and emergency services proved just as vulnerable, unable in the end to extract many of the wounded until a team of meta heroes arrived to put the criminals down. Working that day, doing his best to get folks out and being unable simply because of the scale of what was happening made Nicholas realize that this was a place where people like him, mutants and metas alike, could really make a difference… but he couldn't do it in the fire department.

It took a few months to really get the idea from just a seed to something ready to go and run with, but with a small start up and some basic equipment and a lot of ideas Nicholas and a few friends moved back to New York to found 'Rescue'. The worlds first medical response for Meta situations.

Character Details

Generally quiet when left to himself, when a crisis hits Wolf Cub becomes all business. He has that 'get things done' mentality so many first responders do and he can be a bit intimidating, all six foot two of him, when he starts barking out orders. The side most people don't see is the still shattered cub who lost his pack twice and never really recovered from it.


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Character Gallery


Energy Slingers
March 19, 2015: Cars on fires, lots of smoke and some heroes
(log: 20150319-energyslingers | tags: lunair wolf_cub zatanna | posted: 20 Mar 2015 09:14)

Clubbing The Mutant Takedown
March 17, 2015: Nicholas is the target of another anti-mutant attack, Zee throws a drink in someones face and Rant… says she isn't heroic
(log: 20150317-clubbingthemutanttakedown | tags: nyc rant wolf_cub zatanna | posted: 18 Mar 2015 04:49)

Hydra In The Park
March 13, 2015: Eugene contacts Zee with information…. Zee's teleport goes wrong and she brings in more people.
(log: 20150313-hydrainthepark | tags: contingency_c lunair pepper_potts wolf_cub zatanna | posted: 14 Mar 2015 11:00)

Flame Throwing M-Town
March 11, 2015: Wolf Cub, Partisan and Pepper Potts end up dealing with flame throwing fanatics in M-Town.
(log: 20150311-flamethrowingmtown | tags: partisan pepper_potts wolf_cub | posted: 12 Mar 2015 11:13)

Coffee and Clockwork People
March 11 2015: Zee, Nicholas and Wanda all meet for coffee. Wanda reveals her knowledge of some trouble brewing.
(log: 20150311-coffee-and-clockwork-people | tags: scarlet_witch wolf_cub zatanna | posted: 13 Mar 2015 10:42)

Joint Venture Followup
March 3, 2015: Nicholas goes to talk to Pepper about their joint venture.
(log: 20150305-jointventurefollowup | tags: pepper_potts wolf_cub | posted: 12 Mar 2015 10:50)

House Call
March 04, 2015: Columbia stops by Rescue, Inc to ask a few questions.
(log: 20150304-house-call | tags: columbia nyc wolf_cub | posted: 06 Mar 2015 11:11)

State of the Union
March 03 2015: Nicholas goes to visit Pepper to discuss their joint venture and where she sees things.
(log: 20150303-state-of-the-union | tags: pepper_potts wolf_cub | posted: 04 Mar 2015 11:58)

Flashing Wolf Cub
March 1, 2015: Wolf Cub and Hardwire investigate a very fast anomaly
(log: 20150301-flashingwolfcub | tags: flash hardwire wolf_cub | posted: 03 Mar 2015 10:43)

Rescue One: Angel One
February 28th, 2015: Rescue One to the rescue… with help from an intrepid band of heroes… before the SRD Sonic bomb the area!
(log: 20150228-rescueoneangelsone | tags: kitty_pryde marvel-girl nyc shadowcat wolf_cub wonder_man zatanna | posted: 02 Mar 2015 23:23)

Wolf Cub Dreaming
February 27, 2015: Lydia helps Wolf Cub through a bad dream…
(log: 20150227-wolfcubdreaming | tags: hardwire nyc wolf_cub | posted: 03 Mar 2015 12:40)

Mental Defenses
February 19, 2015: Lydia helps Wolf Cub with his mental defenses
(log: 20150219-mentaldefenses | tags: hardwire wolf_cub | posted: 03 Mar 2015 13:06)

Four Doctors and a Bird
February 17 2015: Pepper rounds up a bunch of helpful, well meaning people and sics them on Jim.
(log: 20150217-four-doctors-and-a-bird | tags: corvinus misfit pepper_potts rain seraph spearhead wolf_cub zatanna | posted: 22 Feb 2015 07:41)

Salem Center Meeting
February 16 2015: Nicholas indulges in a bit of nostalgia and runs into Lunair
(log: 20150216-salem-center-meeting | tags: lunair wolf_cub | posted: 17 Feb 2015 10:16)

Joint Venture
February 16 2015: Nicholas and Lydia go to Stark Tower to propose a joint venture
(log: 20150216-joint-venture | tags: falcon hardwire pepper_potts taskmaster wolf_cub | posted: 17 Feb 2015 10:04)

Opening Day
February 15 2015: Nicholas Gleason gets an applicant as he sets up his office in New York
(log: 20150215-opening-day | tags: hardwire wolf_cub | posted: 17 Feb 2015 09:52)

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