Virgil was born and raised in Manhattan, . He was always used to being the center of attention,a joker and an entertainer,specifically in dance.That is, until he discovered he was a mutant when he defended himself after he was jumped by bullies after leaving a dance expo. Soon after, he became the target of many anti-mutant lynch mobs in based in Manhattan. Getting angry for having his life threatened, Norm lost control of his powers, nearly killing the entire mob. The next day, a representatives from the X-Men and the Brotherhood came looking for him. Still weak from the day before, he still tried to fight. The two more experience mutants easily over-powered him, striking him down and proceeding to fight over who would take him. In the confusion,he managed to get up and escape.Feeling scorned. Virgil then finished his senior year of high school completely introverted, and began training himself in martial arts, which with his background in dance he quickly mastered, as well as stealth and rogue-like skills (Lockpicking, safe-cracking, wtc.), not quite sure what for,though he had a feeling he would soon need it.Soon after, after the events of the Cataclysm,He came home to find a meteor fragment in his apartment, and soon after, the symbiote attached to it bonded to him. After living with it for a few months, he developed a mutualistic relationship with it and after a year of criminal activity, joined the Thunderbolts,under the codename Vertabrae.