was a screw-up. He’d failed at everything and was on the verge of flunking out of junior college (his second attempt), being evicted and losing his part-time job.
He’d run out of his parents money and while a decent hold’em player he gambled too much with money he didn’t have. As he just couldn’t stick to playing online for free, he’d decided to play in bigger cash games off campus and that was his mistake.
Freaked out and scrambling for money (also owning $7,000 due in a week to some less than honest people) he answered a ad in the copy of “The Truth” his junior college’s campus paper. The ad had been placed by Hussgrove Chemical and they were seeking test subjects for a new modified food stablizer.
Hussgrove Chemical was not entirely truthful with what they were testing and subjected Jimmy to a battery of highly experimental drugs followed by massive doses of X-Rays.
Jimmy’s body didn’t take too kindly to this and after a few days of treatment his body reacted by igniting the lab he was in killing the two lab techs and injuring the Hussgrove rep overseeing the testing. The resulting fire (which Jimmy escaped with minor injuries) destroyed any of the records he could of used to go after the company and the injuried rep was quickly spirited away and surrounded by Hussgroves deep and able team of lawyers.
On top of this Jimmy began to change and slowly began to take on a whiter and whiter hue…now he glows in the dark much like a children’s nightlight. In fact Jimmy glows in the daylight…this brought his to the attention of the government who offered Jimmy a limited set of choices. He could work as a contracted hero for the government on-call for various situations or he could spend his days in a high level lead-lined bunker for the protection of the American public.
He chose government work and is a reluctant hero…although the pay was good enough he could pay off his debts, but aside from the work he does now he’s unemployable as most won’t work with a very pale glowing junior college dropout who is somewhat radioactive.
He’s refered too behind his back by his handlers in the government as “Nightlight” and accepts this grudgingly, but introduces himself as Jimmy.