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Biography Vasily Maslov was born on October 23, 1978, the third son of Jewish-Russian immigrants Alexi and Raisa Maslov. Life wasn't easy for the Maslovs, who moved to the United States in 1976, but always made sure to instill a strong sense of faith, family, hard work and strong values in their children. Moving to a foreign land with a small infant and only the prospects of a better life, the Maslovs settled into Roxbury and slowly began making a life for themselves.

Personal Life

Facts & ETC Facts
  • Vasily Maslov, born on October 23, 1978 to Jewish-Russian immigrants. He is the third son born to Alexi and Raisa Maslov. The Maslov's moved to the United States in 1976 with their two sons, Isaak and Yakov. They moved to Roxbury and settled into the neighborhood. His father, who previously worked as an university physics professor, found work as a mechanic and his mother, who used to be a grade school teacher, picked up odd jobs and temp work. They raised their three boys in the Jewish faith, making sure to instill a strong sense of faith, family, hard work and strong values.
  • Though Vas grew up in a Jewish household he now only observes major holidays whenever he's "forced to" by his parents. He doesn't resent religion or claim to be an atheist but his skepticism is great and he would rather keep to himself than blindly follow faith.
  • Vasily speaks English and Russian, both of which he considers to be hsi native tongue as he grew up in a bilingual home. speaks fluent Hebrew. In high school he took spanish as a second language. Vas always had an inclination towards different languages and seemingly picks up and learns them quite easily.
  • Vasily wasn't always the brightest student, despite his parents' background in education. He did his best throughout his school years and coasted through with the bare minimum. He managed to get into Boston College and earned himself a Bachelor's degree in Administration. The lack of motivation after college lead him into a new line of work, one of which he immediately fell in love with and couldn't picture himself doing anything else.
  • Becoming a Boston firefighter meant a great deal to Vas, who worked hard and put in more effort into his training than anything else he ever did in his life. The hard work paid off and the rookie quickly made a name for himself in the house he stationed at. Fire Station 17 would become his second home, almost his first.
  • Vasily is a very charming man, one who knows how to get exactly what he wants. He is known for his charm and his way with the ladies, some would label him a lady's man or a heartbreaker but he would beg to differ. In truth, Vas is man who constantly seeks companionship but can't seem to maintain a relationship for too long. His whole life consists of a slew of failed relationships, one after another. A "serial monogamist" with a short attention span would be the best way to describe him as it seems he can't be alone for too long.
  • Vas managed to maintain a relationship long enough to get married, however, just as with all other relationships this one quickly dissolved. Married and divorced in a span of a year and a half... not something to be proud of.
  • Vas has two children, Kevin and Mick Maslov - each son with a different mother. Though he can't seem to maintain a relationship he is more than capable of "spreading his seeds" as his mother would say, in disappointment. He is a very proud father, often boasting about his sons and their accomplishments.
  • Vasily is a hockey enthusiast, a huge fan of the sport. His sons both play in mite and quirt leagues and Vas is your typical hockey Dad. He also plays hockey and participates in a "beer league", getting his time on the ice to play others and boasting of his "skills". Certainly not a pro athlete but he manages to hold his own out there on the ice. He played hockey as a child and throughout his school years as well but never good enough for anything bigger than a local hockey league.
  • Vasily is co-owner of The Warriors Tavern, a proud accomplishment of his despite the many years of ups and downs with the business. He will be the first to boast about the tavern and how it was the best investment he ever made, despite the books indicating otherwise. He loves the Tavern, just as much as he loves his own children. You can find him at the Tavern during most of his free time, either working or having a drink - sometimes both.
  • Proud owner of a mix american bulldog rescue named Loki. He is a lover of animals, cannot see a dog and not pet them. He loves all types of animals and if it were possible he would have more than just Loki to care for.
  • Vas is usually always in good spirits, most of the time the one person to cheer others up. He has a great sense of humor and cannot stand to see his friends feeling down and out. He is extremely loyal and will do just about anything for friends and family.
  • Very social and amicable, his solution for most issues is to share a meal and have a couple drinks. Nothing like getting drunk and stuffing yourself with food to make things better.
Volstagg Volstagg the Valiant
Volstagg's origin beyond being a member of the Asgardian race and a friend of Thor has not been revealed. He first met Thor when the Warriors Three joined Thor's expedition to restore the Odinsword that had become cracked. Volstagg was fairly advanced in age for an Asgardian, and it has been alluded to that he was a highly respected and feared warrior in his prime. He allegedly was named Volstagg the Staggeringly Perfect.

Allegedly, he led the youth Hogun the Good, Fandral the Quite Plain, Thor and Loki in Hel, fighting against all of its hordes for forty days and nights. Eventually Hogun was hurt and forced to retreat, Loki refusing to follow them. Volstagg was stabbed and Thor had to defeat the horde by himself, while Loki cared for the fallen warrior.

After this battle and eighty days without food, Volstagg started eating as soon as he could and never stopped since. This battle was allegedly the one that made Thor worthy of Mjolnir. Due to the battle, Hogun the Good became Hogun the Grim, and for some reason, Fandral the Quite Plain became Fandral the Dashing later.

Volstagg became a huge, bumbling oaf much given to boasting and bragging, the last into battle and the first to claim victory (usually undeserved). Referring to himself as the "Lion of Asgard," he usually caused more problems than he solved and seemed totally unaware of the chaos that almost always followed in his wake. A drunken Volstagg once incurred the wrath of Odin by spilling the secrets of the first Frost Giants to a younger Thor. Even so, he was considered a trusted and worthy comrade by his closest friends and allies, Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim, and Thor.

Despite usually being cowardly, Volstagg performed various acts of heroism. Volstagg once squared-off with the Hulk (before being dumped contemptuously in a roadside ditch by the green-skinned behemoth). The "Lion of Asgard" also once rushed through a tunnel to battle the demonic Mangog (a creature possessed of the power of a billion' 'billion' beings) but was prevented when the passage proved too narrow to accommodate his considerable girth. Even more spectacular examples of his peerless bravery ensued: during a trip to Hades to rescue his comrade-in-arms Thor, Volstagg offered to battle the Arch-Fiend Mephisto in return for his friend's noble soul (despite being aware that the God of Thunder had already bested the Lord of Hell in fair combat some time previously).

Another example of Volstagg's bravery and heroism was when Thor and the Warriors Three were battling the interstellar parasite Ego-Prime in the streets of New York City: hiding behind a festering heap of garbage, Volstagg saw a group of extraterrestrial monstrosities preparing to devour a little girl, a sight which drove him to a remarkable display of courage and resolution. Despite his obvious terror, the Voluminous One struck the creatures down with his bare hands and carried the child to safety (it would be revealed much later that Volstagg was himself a family man and would never stand to see an innocent child harmed in any way).

When Balder the Brave returned broken and hopeless from the land of the dead, it was the kind-hearted Volstagg who took the fallen warrior under his wing (introducing him to the twin joys of gluttony and drunkenness).

When Thor's actions indirectly deprived two mortal lads (Kevin and Mick) of their parents, he took them to Asgard, and to the Hall of Volstagg, where he knew they would be loved and protected by the largest and kindest of all Odin's warriors. When the boys first mistook Volstagg for Santa Claus, he assured them that while he was not that particular time-honored saint, he was "yet a friend to children everywhere", as indeed he turned out to be.

When the Frost Giants descended upon a plague-ridden Asgard, Volstagg was the only warrior left to defend the ramparts, a role he fulfilled admirably, once he realised he had discovered an enemy even more stupid and cowardly than himself. Saving the day by default as always, the Lion of Asgard accepted the praise and gratitude of his companions with his usual humility, musing on how the poets of later ages will depict his glorious exploits for all time.

Powers & Abilities Powers
  • Asgardian Physiology: Volstagg possesses all of the various superhuman attributes common among the Asgardians.
  • Superhuman Strength: Like all Asgardians, Volstagg has superhuman strength. At one time, Volstagg was capable of lifting about 50 tons. However, his physical strength has decreased substantially due to his advanced age and he can now lift about 35 tons which is still more than most asgardians.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Despite the fact that he is no longer in his physical prime, Volstagg's stamina remains undiminished. His musculature generates considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a human. He can physically exert himself for about 24 hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him.
  • Superhuman Durability: Volstagg's body is much harder and more resistant to damage than the body of a human being. Volstagg can withstand great impact forces, falls from great heights, powerful energy blasts, and exposure to extremes in both temperature and pressures without sustaining injury.
  • Superhumanly Dense Tissue: Like all Asgardians, Volstagg's bodily tissues have about 3 times the density of the bodily tissues of a human. This contributes, somewhat, to Volstagg's superhuman strength and weight.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: If Volstagg is injured, his Asgardian metabolism enables him to repair damages tissue much faster and much more extensively than a human being. However, he can't regenerate severed limbs or missing organs, at least not without the aid of powerful magical assistance.
  • Extended Longevity: Volstagg, like all Asgardians, isn't immortal in the same sense as members of other god pantheons but he does age much slower than a human. He is also immune to all known Earthly diseases and infections.

Abilities Volstagg is a good hand to hand combatant and horseman, though his battle prowess has dwindled considerably over time, not that he will allow anyone to even hint of such an insult. He remains proficient in using a sword or quarterstaff in battle. Additionally, he has mastered the art of using his great size to best advantage on the field of battle and at the dinner table.

  • Allspeak: Thanks to the Allspeak Asgardians can communicate in all of the languages of the Nine Realms, Earth's dialects, and various alien languages.

Strength Level
  • Class 50; Volstagg can press lift 35 tons.

Paraphernalia Transportation
  • Horse
  • Asgardian Starjammer

  • Sword
  • Quarterstaff

Trivia Notes & Trivia
  • Volstagg is not a genuine character from Scandinavian Myth.
  • In his appearance, personality and usual role in combat, Volstagg bears a marked resemblance to Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff, and their names (considering basic sound shifts, f to v, a to o, f to g) are extremely close.
  • Volstagg is a fantastic cook. Or at least so he boasts. It is likely that his wife Gunnhilde does much of the cooking, but for a time he hosted a television show about cooking.
  • Volstagg also has a pet dragon, as shown in Iron Man / Thor Vol 2 1.

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