Vampires'physical senses are extraordinary, capable of seeing ultraviolet light, and can pick out the smallest of details. His hearing is sensitive enough to be able to hear a car driving down the road from miles away, and his nose is discerning enough to smell the difference between fabrics, and trail an individual from miles away. Vampires do not need to breathe, although they find it uncomfortable to go without, as it deprives them of their sense of smell.
Amongst vampires, Edward is noted for having incredible speed even amongst his own kind, as well as an exceptionally strong sense of self-control, capable of withstanding even the most powerful of temptations. Edward's most impressive power, however, is his telepathy; he is capable of 'hearing' the surface thoughts of those around him. This is something that happens to him by default; normally, he can only drown out extra voices by either concentrating on one specific mind or on environmental details, although it can be stopped by those with some kind of mental defenses. He uses this ability to predict his opponents' actions in combat.
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Born in Chicago in 1901, Edward Anthony Masen lived a life of luxury amongst the upper crust of Chicago's elite. But all that changed with an outbreak of the Spanish Influenza raged through Chicago; his father died early during the outbreak, his mother on the verge of succumbing, and it seemed that he too would perish, were it not for the minstrations of one Dr. Carlisle Cullen. Edward's mother begged him to do everything in his power to save her son, and so Carlisle did the only thing he could; he turned Edward into a vampire.
Edward formed a deep bond with Carlisle, who adopted him as his son, and for the next eighty years, he lived with the man as his adopted son. Despite a rebellious period during the twenties, where he fed off of the worst villians of society, he soon came back to Carlisle's ethics, sustaining himself only off the blood of animals. He spent his time well, earning multiple college degrees, but still, he always felt like there was something missing in his life... perhaps, now that he's found his way onto the Twisted Street, he might have the opportunity to find it.