"You play, you pay, you bastard."

Tʜᴇ sᴜɴ ᴡᴇɴᴛ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴘʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴄᴇᴅ ʙʀᴀᴠᴀᴅᴏ. Tᴡɪʟɪɢʜᴛ ᴄʀᴀᴡʟᴇᴅ ᴀᴄʀᴏss ᴛʜᴇ sᴋʏ, ʟᴀᴅᴇɴ ᴡɪᴛʜ ғᴏʀᴇʙᴏᴅɪɴɢ.

I ᴅɪᴅɴ'ᴛ ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴀʏ ᴛʜᴇ sʜᴏᴡ sᴛᴀʀᴛᴇᴅ. Bᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ʜᴀᴅ ɢɪᴠᴇɴ ᴍᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇsᴛ sᴇᴀᴛ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴏᴜsᴇ. Fʀᴏɴᴛ ʀᴏᴡ ᴄᴇɴᴛᴇʀ.

Male | Age: 47 (Born 1969) | Species: Human | Sexuality: Angry | Nationality: American
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 193 lbs | Hair: Brown | Eyes: Light Brown

FBI Agent, New York City Metro Gang Task Force
Former Occupations: Agent, DEA; NYPD Detective

Currently Living: New York City, New York

Bullet Time- Max, in moments of intense stress and concentration, is able to slow down the perception of time for up to thirty seconds, in which he is able to move faster than everyone else around him, but not at full speed. His pulse echoes loudly and his already incredible reaction time is increased. His aim rarely misses in this state, but he is momentarily exhausted after using it. It takes upwards of an hour for him to regain the ability to use this ability again unless he has only used it in small bursts for a second or two at a time.
Healing- Max is, somehow, able to survive incredible amounts of painkillers and alcohol combined. He can take painkillers to aid in his hyper-accelerated (and completely unexplained) healing process. He has proven incapable of ODing on anything other than a special manufactured drug called Valkyr.

Self-Narration- For some unexplained reason, Max's entire life is narrated in monologue in his head. This only comes into play if someone tries to pry into his mind, at which point they are greeted with prose they never wanted to hear. Serves anyone right for trying that, though.

Helen Payne (Mother)
Jack Payne (Father)
Michelle Payne (Wife)
Rose Payne (Daughter)
Alex Balder (Partner)
Valerie Winterson (Partner)
Mona Sax (Love Interest)

Relationship Status: Married (Previously: Widower)

Tʜᴇʏ ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴀʟʟ ᴅᴇᴀᴅ. Tʜᴇ ғɪɴᴀʟ ɢᴜɴsʜᴏᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴀɴ ᴇxᴄʟᴀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴍᴀʀᴋ ᴛᴏ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴀᴅ ʟᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜɪs ᴘᴏɪɴᴛ. I ʀᴇʟᴇᴀsᴇᴅ ᴍʏ ғɪɴɢᴇʀ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʀɪɢɢᴇʀ. Aɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɴ ɪᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴏᴠᴇʀ.

Max grew up in the 1970s. His father, Jack, was a Vietnam War veteran suffering from PTSD and was abusive in an attempt to "toughen" his son up. He often beat Max's mother and cheated on her as well. His mother, Helen, fell to drinking, which led to her death in 1976. Max's father moved on quickly and started dating new women. Max drew a replica revolver on his father to intimidate him and pulled the trigger at his head after making him beg and cry for his life. After that, it was clear Max had been through enough. Jack Payne died in 1979, which left Max an orphan at the age of 10.

Sometime in the late 80s and early 90s, Max trained in the New York Police Academy and was among the best of his class. Upon becoming an officer, he quickly rose up from being a beat cop to being a full-time detective. He met Alex Balder early in his career, the two men becoming partners on the force and best friends. Their drug busts and fight against the Punchinello crime family drew media attention, lauding the two men as heroes.

Balder eventually joined the DEA and urged Max to follow him. Max declined, citing the nature of undercover work keeping him away from his family. Shortly after this, Max met his future wife, a woman named Michelle, who he rescued from two robbers. Six months later, they were married. Nine months later, on February 4th of 1998, the couple's daughter was born- Rose Payne. The family settled into a house in the suburbs of Jersey. The real American Dream.

But it all fell apart so fast that he could barely comprehend it. On August 22, 1998, both his wife and daughter were murdered by men pumped up on the new and thus-far unknown designer drug "V," and Payne returned home mid-invasion. He was too late to save either his infant daughter or his wife. He killed the intruders moments too late. His home destroyed and his loved ones taken from him, all he could do was scream in anguish with Michelle in his arms as sirens built to a wailing crescendo...

With nothing left to lose, Max accepted Alex Balder's offer and joins the DEA, becoming an undercover agent with the determined plan to seek out this new drug and bring down every producer and trafficker of it in any way possible.

Three and a half years later in October of 2001, Max Payne infiltrated the Punchinello crime family. Until December, he posed as a gangster and rose up through the ranks to learn who is who and uncover the source of the drug, Valkyr, or "V." He maintained contact with only two other DEA agents through this period, Alex Balder and a new man known as B.B. One night that December, the storm of the century blew into New York City, and B.B. called Payne with a frantic message to meet Balder at Roscoe Street Metro Station, in the Bronx. He arrived and found the station overrun with gangsters. Upon meeting up with Balder, who seems as confused as Max as to why they were there, Balder was gunned down by an unknown assailant. Max shot his way out, but was framed for the murder of his friend and an intensive manhunt was put underway to capture him.

Max, realizing he had little time and this would end in either his death or his arrest, set out to destroy the entire criminal food chain, starting at the bottom and climbing all the way to the top. It is on this path he met hitman Mona Sax, who knocked him unconscious with rohypnol in a glass of whiskey.

After discovering Aesir Corporation was behind the creation of Valkyr via a military project, Max survived an overdose of the drug and its hallucinations before making his way to Aesir HQ, where he crushes Horne's helicopter with a radio antennae he shoots down, killing her and preventing the escape. At Aesir headquarters, he saw Mona Sax get shot in the head and assumes she is dead.

Max is taken into custody, but Senator Alfred Woden, a member of the Inner Circle involved with the creation of Valkyr, cleared all charges against Max. Payne is then exonerated and set free.

I ʟɪᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴍʏsᴇʟғ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴏᴠᴇʀ. I ᴡᴀs sᴛɪʟʟ ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ, ᴍʏ ʟᴏᴠᴇᴅ ᴏɴᴇs ᴡᴇʀᴇ sᴛɪʟʟ ᴅᴇᴀᴅ. Iᴛ ᴡᴀsɴ'ᴛ ᴏᴠᴇʀ.

Payne transferred back to the NYPD in 2002 and joined the homicide unit, with a new partner named Valerie Winterson. They made headlines with catching a serial killer.

In 2003, Max intercepted a call about "shots fired" and finds out about a mob war going down between the Russians, led by Vladimir Lem, and the Italians, led by Vinnie Gognitti. Mona Sax, having survived the gunshot wound, called Payne to warn him they both have contracts on their heads. The two barely escape an attack, and Max finds out he has been watched for quite some time. Together, Payne and Sax worked their way up the chain to try and discover what was going on. While Payne fought off the team of hitmen, Mona was arrested by Max's partner. Max was then suspended from the force.

Mona escaped the station, avoiding another attempt to kill her, and Max accepted the help of Vladimir Lem to get back to Mona. This is when sparks finally flew, and the two shared a passionate moment before they were interrupted by the same team of people out to kill them both. Max is forced to kill his Homicide partner and ended up gut-shot in the process. He undergoes surgery at the hospital, but is forced to flee long  before he is ready to when he and Mona have to run for their lives yet again.

Max found out that Vladimir was behind everything, and driven by fury at this revelation, aims to destroy him and bring down Senator Woden, who he now ties to being responsible for the death of his family. Payne is shot by Vladimir, and only rescued from a fire by Mona's bravery.

The two set off together to end things once and for all, but upon arriving at Senator Woden's mansion, Mona reveals that she was hired to kill Max. She could not do it. She droped her weapon and is killed by Vladimir moments later. The Russian then killed Senator Woden. Payne ended the fight by shooting Vladimir and letting him fall to his death. Payne kissed Mona one last time as she died.

I ᴅɪᴅɴ'ᴛ ᴅᴇsᴇʀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴡᴀʟᴋ ᴀᴡᴀʏ. Tʜᴇʀᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ɴᴏ ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ ᴇɴᴅɪɴɢs.

Max left the NYPD and lived on a small penison shortly after and fell into a spiral of of painkiller abuse, depression, and drinking. He lived in a small, dingy apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey. But the future is still being written, and while Payne expects nothing but more heartache, he'll carry on until his final day.

With a new job in the FBI and a surprising romantic interest, the next chapter of Payne's life is unfolding in full color. Only time will tell what happens next...

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