|“||Is this the fate... Of all artists..?||„|
Jean-Pierre Lourdin, more well known by his alias of Malaise, was an insane psychic mutant who was originally an art thief. He was given his sanity back by Sister Psyche' and pledged his life to fighting crime to make-up for his past.
Malaise was originally an art thief, he had been all across Europe stealing high-end artwork by seemingly making it come to life, driving those who tried to stop him into hysterics or just masked his presence to the point where he could simply walk in and out with whatever he pleased. Interpol eventually caught track of Malaise and he was forced into the US and Paragon in his attempts to dodge the law. Once in Paragon Malaise's shattered mind, paired with psychic powers, attracted the attention of the psychic super heroine, Sister Psyche'. When Sister Psyche' encountered him she could sense he was insane and made it her mission to help him. After the two psychics clashed and Psyche' won, she used her powers to restore Malaise's mind by placing a psychic harness around it. Psyche's harness worked and Malaise was able to view the world clearly, he repented for his crimes and pledged to turn over a new leaf. Malaise turned himself in and Sister Psyche' vouched for him, however Malaise had a second personality suspended by the harness, one that was subconsciously tearing it down from within. Sister Psyche's saw Malaise would relapse if left on his own, so the only way to keep Malaise sane was to keep him around and routinely maintain his sanity manually for him. After months of psychic therapy and recuperation Sister Psyche' arranged for Malaise to serve his time as a public defender under her watch. Thus did Malaise become Sister Psyche's side-kick in training. Unfortunately when Sister Psyche' separated herself from Aurora Borealis and manged to return to her own body her connection to Malaise was severed and Malaise's alternate personality took over and fled before Sister Psyche' could reestablish her hold over him.
Ms. Liberty, grand-daughter of Statesman as well as the leader of the Vindicators, The Freedom Phalanx's sidekicks, went on a mission to find Malaise after his return to a life of crime. Ms Liberty defeated Malaise and offered him a chance to be brought back and be treated. Malaise was able to retain just enough sanity to agree to Ms. Liberty's offer and apologized for what he realized he had been doing before passing out.
When Malaise awoke he was among the Vindicators and recognized one of them as Sister Psyche' or rather the person who Sister Psyche' had previously used as a vessel, Aurora Borealis. Just as Malaise had been welcomed into the Vindicators as Sister Psyche's sidekick, Aurora had also wished to keep helping Sister Psyche' and signed up as part of the Vindicators. Malaise received routine psychic therapy from Sister Psyche', so with Aurora fighting as one of his close team-mates Malaise can get temporary treatment to prevent any psychotic flare-ups. While everyone is still wary of Malaise's condition, including Malaise, he tries to use whatever clarity he can to make up for his former life by fighting crime and keeping Paragon City safe.