Half-Bloods (Canon Character)
Name: Leo Valdez
God Parent: Hephaestus
Mortal Family: Esperanza Valdez (mother) deceased
Sammy Valdez (great-grandfather) deceased
Years in Camp: 1
Brief History: Leo was born in Houston, Texas to a mechanic named Esperanza Valdez. When he was little, he had a babysitter named Tia Callida, whom later was discovered to be Hera in disguise. She was watching Leo because she knew of his destiny as one of the seven in the prophecy. She tried to "kill" him by putting him in an active fireplace and by letting him play with knives. She also tried to make him poke a rattlesnake, which he refused to do. This was done to help train Leo to be strong at a young age. He once drew a picture of a flying boat with a bronze dragon head as the masthead in crayon at the age of five and just as Leo was going to sign his name on the picture, it was blown away by the wind. Tia convinced him to use his abilities to start a fire to "warm these old bones," and he ended up burning his fingerprints into the table.
At the age of eight, Leo was visited by Gaea, the Earth goddess, whom intended to break his spirit, after being notified by Medea that he would have a part to play in her downfall. Horrified, Leo tried to use his pyrokinetic abilities as defense to save his mother and himself, but lost control and started a fire, burning the mechanic shop. His mom didn't make it out, and none of his relatives would take him in, thus forcing him to be sent to several foster homes.
The death of his mother haunted Leo for years. The emotional strain caused him to run away from his different foster homes. After running away for the 6th time, Leo was sent to the Wilderness School, where he met Piper McLean, who unbeknownst to him, was a daughter of Aphrodite. When Hera switched Percy Jackson and Jason Grace, she manipulated the Mist so Leo would think Jason was his best friend, although they became real friends later on.
Physical Appearance: Leo is described by Jason to look like a "a Latino Santa's elf," with curly black hair, dark brown eyes, pointy ears, a cheerful, babyish face, a mischievous smile, and being of normal height with a slim build. He is 5' 6. His most notable trait is that he has a look in his eyes that makes him look like he has taken much more caffeine then the normal limit; this could be linked to his ADHD.
Personality: Leo is good-natured, easygoing, upbeat, energetic, funny, and loves to tell jokes, even if they aren't funny. Leo is genuinely intelligent and honest, and cares about his friends and family. He sometimes doesn't think before reacting and he enjoys pulling pranks on people, especially those who he doesn't like. Despite all this, Leo is emotionally scarred from the death of his mother and knowing that he caused the fire that killed her. Leo has been shown to have a serious side, which happens when he is angered by someone or when the situation calls for it. He is also seen building small bits of machinery and equipment and is very skilled and serious about his work.
Fatal Flaw: Leo's fatal flaw is that he shows feelings of inferiority. He thinks he needs to prove himself, and often feels inferior to Jason and later on, Piper.
Pets: Buford - Leo's magical three legged table.
Festus - A Giant bronze dragon Leo repaired in one night. Died protecting Leo, Jason, and Piper from King Midas' laser defense system.
Talents: Mechanical Aptitude: He has amazing mechanical abilities (even for a child of Hephaestus); he can manipulate a megaphone to say "The cow says moo" in a low voice like Darth Vader's and build a working helicopter out of pipe cleaners. He was able to fix the mechanical dragon Festus in one night, even though the rest of the Hephaestus cabin thought it was beyond repair and had to be destroyed. He even added wings to the dragon so it could fly.He can understand and sense machinery and has the ability to expertly operate machines he has had no prior experience with.
Because Leo is a demigod child of Hephaestus, he can instinctively fly or drive any mechanical vehicle expertly, including cars, trains, or helicopters.
Trap Detection: Leo can also sense traps, shown when he saw the hidden trap meant to catch Festus, and when he knew where all the defense mechanisms were in Midas's yard and disarmed them.
Pyrokinesis: He is the first demigod child of Hephaestus in hundreds of years to master their natural ability of pyrokinesis, the ability to generate and control flames and hot temperatures. At low-level ability would probably be moving a candle back and forth; if better, maybe putting out the flame with his mind or making it relight. Pyrokinesis is one of the more practiced skills like telekinesis. It is too, for warming people up or setting objects aflame. His pyrokinesis is supposedly a curse, but he is determined to interpret it as a gift. His pyrokinetic abilities can go as far as to shoot white hot flames high in the air that could burn through a metal chain link. He was able to easily keep the upper hand against the snow goddess Khione for a long time, forcing her to flee. An impressive feat given that fighting a god/goddess is "suicide," this is made even more impressive by the way Leo was close to completely overpowering Khione and this could show Leo's power is comparable to that of a child of the Big Three . However, sometimes he has trouble controlling his pyrokinesis when he gets excited or scared, beginning to heat up and smoke. He can throw fireballs/fire bolts, fire blasts and (if he concentrates hard enough), columns of fire.
Leo can increase the heat of his fire, and can also create walls of fire. This is the main defensive use of his powers.
Fire Immunity: He discovers he is fireproof (he can even survive a kerosene barrel explosion without feeling any pain, unlike Jason who feels the pain of heat but is unharmed by lightning). For example, when he was a small baby, Hera (in the form of Tia Callida, his "insane" babysitter) puts him in a blazing fireplace and he is completely comfortable. However, when he was attacked by Festus' firebreath, it did sting him slightly. Many other things like this follow.
Heat Sensitivity: He can sense heat, flames, and metals.
Weapons: Leo's Primary Weapon is his 3-pound Club Hammer, which he summons from his tool belt from time to time.
Year-Round or Summer: Year-Round
Other: He is also known to frequently fall in love with any beautiful girl as long as she is completely out of his league, such as in the case of Khione and Thalia.