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Real Name
Ruth Diana Pierceson-Wolfman
Current Alias

The Empyre Princess, the Emprincess, Heartbreaker, Breathtaker, Cupid’s Little Helper



The Maximums, partnership with husband Bluemoon and daughter Honeymoon

Michael Wolfman (Bluemoon, husband), Diana Wolfman (Honeymoon, daughter), Jennifer Wolfman (Shapeshifter, sister-in-law), William Wolfman (The Eagle, father-in-law, deceased), Wendy Wolfman (The Flurry, mother-in-law), Empyre (biological father), Empyress (biological mother), Warren Aesop (adopted father, deceased)


Base Of Operations
The Hero Hood, Queens, New York City, NY






Unusual Features
Hearttaker possesses the features of a vampire, including elongated, razor-sharp fangs, blue skin, ruby-red lips, jet-black hair, pointed ears, and a pair of large, bat-like wings.


Marital Status

Superheroine, love analyst, princess of the Empathic Vampires (Empyres); former sex slave of Warren Aesop

The Hero Hood, Queens, New York City, NY

Empathic vampire.

Place of Birth

Michael Vis and Bradley Dotson

First appearance

The Maximums #1


Hearttaker was once Ruth Pierceson, the daughter of the lords of the Empathic Vampires, Empyre and Empyress, and thus the future princess of the Empathic Vampires. Deciding to make her a spy to infiltrate and explore the human world, they suppressed her empyre physiology as a baby and sent her into the human realm, where she was found by a couple who sent her to a miserable foster home. Beaten abusively everyday, Ruth bottled up her emotions as a child, becoming unable to feel for others. Nearing her adult years, Ruth was kicked out and landed on the streets. Wandering the streets, pick pocketing and robbing from minor places, Ruth was eventually kidnapped by a man named Warren Aesop, a vicious criminal and feminist who used women as his toys. Forcing her into sex slavery, Warren became fond of her and spent every night with her and beating her if she refused.

One particular night, Warren became much more brutal than usual when Ruth refused, nearly killing her in the process. Ruth’s bottled up emotions from childhood eventually found a way out, but not before activating her mutant powers. She began to transform into an empyre and was granted her empathic powers. Her bruises healed, Ruth let out all of her emotions, overwhelming Warren and killing him in the process. Escaping from her cell, Ruth ran off into the night. Spending several months on the streets, inadvertently feeding on the emotions of those around her, she was eventually discovered by one Nick DeCosta, who had sensed her powers. When he told her that he wanted her to come with him, she refused, still frightened of men, and attacked him. However, Nick did not fight back, showing that he meant her no harm.

When she realized this, she asked him what he wanted with her. Telling her he saw the potential in her to become a hero for the entire world. Initially refusing, believing that humanity had done nothing for her, Stryker showed her that just because humanity had not done much for her, that did not mean she could not help humanity in return. Eventually, Ruth accepted and became his first recruit in the Maximums. As she helped him recruit more members, Hearttaker witnessed the team expand and eventually they were deemed sanctioned by the government after they fended off a Kanielian invasion.

Powers and Abilities


  • Empathy: Hearttaker is an empathic vampire princess that possesses complete control over emotions. She can empathically and sympathetically establish an empathic and intimate rapport with another living being, enabling her to see, feel, control, and manipulate the emotions of any living being imaginable. She is able to project control, share, manipulate, and understand the emotions of any living being on a possibly universal scale, including people, animals, and even plants. She can place any living being, including humans, animals, and plants, under any emotional state, and force outside emotions upon them, ranging from glad and joyful, to angry or depressed. She can affect a large group of individual specimens at one time, and can exert varying levels of empathic control over them, ranging from subtle manipulations that others are generally unaware of to a complete negation of emotions that reduces others to a zombie-like state in which she can command with little effort. Her power operates by means of her own brainwaves overriding the parts of the brain that govern emotion in others. As a vampiric being, Hearttaker must feed on the emotions of other living beings in order to sustain nutrients and sustenance. However, unlike her brethren, Hearttaker is able to control how much emotion she consumes so as to not totally destroy or remove emotions from an individual permanently. She has been shown as being able to calm down the Zoologist during a berserker rage.
  • Empathic Shapeshifting: As well as being a empathic vampire, Hearttaker is a shapeshifter able to transform and assume the form of any living creature, even those who only exist in legends. Hearttaker can assume the form of other people as well. Thanks to her empathy, Ruth's body will actually change in response to the emotions around her, becoming beautiful when she feels loved, or hideous when she feels fear or anger. Her shapeshifting powers also cause Hearttaker to change in response to her surroundings, growing fur in extreme cold, or gills when she is submerged underwater.


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Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.


  • Hearttaker has no criminal record in the United States.


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