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"Public Enemy" Veno is the captain and shipwright of the Veno Pirates, the de facto ruler of Nassau, and the president and founder of Veno Works. He was formerly a Privateer under the service of his birthplace, Wrusha, for the better part of 20 years before ultimately turning to piracy, and served as "War Technician" Bernard's apprentice under the latter's ship manufacturing company, Bernard Inc., during his childhood.
Veno is an incredibly tall man (peaking at over 10') with amass of musculature clinging to his tan flesh, exhibited most primarily within his wide chest, broad shoulders, thick neck, and otherwise inflated limbs; yet unlike most sea dwellers, he is surprisingly well-proportioned for a man of his stature. Stemming from the bulk of his scalp is a flock of green hair, which has since become a trademark for him and by which he is now commonly identified; it is largely unkempt and for the most part left assorted in a wild manner, with some likening it to the mane of a lion. Furthermore, prior to the global adoption of his "Public Enemy" moniker, and before his actual name in itself was known to the world, Veno's hair led the marines to refer to him by the name of "Aogami" whilst they discussed his various wrongdoings.
Early on in his career in piracy, Veno sported a long, red trench-like-coat that fell down from its elaborate golden grazed shoulder epaulets all the way to his ankles. It was often kept open, exposing Veno's wide chest to the rest of the world. Beneath this, he wore simple trousers, brown in color. However, during his battle with the admiral, Warren D. Ralph, Veno removed his captain's coat in favor of being able to move more freely, tossing it into the ocean. After said confrontation, he was unable to reacquire it, as his crew focused more so on their escape.
During his battle with Alfred Glave, Veno lost his right arm and also gained a permanent scar on his right pectoral from having been slashed by the claws of the late Admiral's Zoan wolf form. Weeks after the battle, whilst he was constructing Nassau by his lonesome, Veno underwent a wardrobe change. In place of his old outfit, he now sports a black captain's coat with golden lining worn over his bare torso; there are also a number of blood-red feathers protruding from the outside, almost entirely masking the coat in appearance. Veno also wears green colored trousers with a checkered design, of which are held in place by an orange sash that is tied around his waist.
A few days or so after constructing the cities of Ayan and Oqia, Veno circumvented his lack of a right arm by attaching a mechanized limb in its place. In completing his advancements as a Cyborg, Veno no longer possesses an anus.
All in all, Veno is a ruthless pirate incapable of bestowing mercy upon any he deems an enemy, not even Sengoku D. Autumn, who is both a woman and by age considered a minor. In fact, he is so very quick tempered that his cruelty essentially knows no bounds; when angered, Veno will even murder members of his own crew without the slightest bit of hesitation, as shown countless times, such as when he killed one of his subordinates for his overconsumption of alcohol (stating it would lead to a lack of overall productivity) and then another who had spoken out against the act. As per the latter incident, he is intolerable of those in particular who in any way question his authority, be they intentional or not. In example, he shot dead a pirate who had attempted to join his crew simply because he had a bounty larger than his own, affirming that one of his crew should not have a higher bounty than he who is the captain. Similarly, Veno was not fond of Wynn Erin, his own navigator, being taller than him, as it in some way challenged his own imposing figure aesthetically.
Likely stemming from his respect for Bernard, Veno appears to have a bit of a fixation toward wolves, if not a direct obsession in trying to reciprocate their behavior. From the time he was but a little boy, he began to howl in the direction of the moon in an attempt to impress Bernard, yet only truly managed to irritate the wolf mink by placing forth a common stereotype. Indeed, in the earliest stages of their creation, the Veno Pirates were once dubbed as the "Wolf Pirates", until the crew adopted the name of their captain to circumvent confusion. However, while the aforementioned may be true, he disapproves of any other person or animal that attempts to do the very same, seen when he kicked the Alfred's pet dog —that just so happened to resemble a wolf— through the walls of their own house. Furthermore, Veno stated his desire to consume a Zoan-type Devil Fruit that would allow him to transform into a wolf in the past. Upon coming across Alfred Glave, who had already consumed the fruit (or one of its models) Veno had his dreams shot down. In a time of desperation, he later consumed the Seki Seki no Mi, ridding him of any further chance of becoming a wolf.
Incredibly savage, Veno is not beyond torturing those whom he has abducted or captured; as a matter of fact, he appears to rather enjoy it, laughing maniacally to himself whilst his victims morn and plead for their lives. During his invasion of Tariland, in which he raided the former residence of the admiral Alfred Glave, Veno battered the latter's grandson before the entirety of the world over a live stream, handing the child a "third" nostril that grew between his nose and causing every last tooth in his upper row to fall out, while also sticking a lit cigar into his daughter-in-law's eye. His style of torture, if such a thing even exists, is one comprised of showing as much disrespect as possible, seen when he literally urinated over the face of the Celestial Dragon, Saint MacGaradh, while the latter was within his hands.
What appears to differentiate Veno from the countless other pirates sailing the seas is that he is, by all accounts, essentially fearless. He does not appear to have any bone in his body capable of feeling the emotion, as he has never opposed the idea of committing a crime despite the potentially large scale consequences that it may uphold. This was seen first and foremost when he idiotically stood before the incoming vessel of Saint MacMharais, which had Menu Merchant, an agent belonging to CP0 on board, denying it entry into his homeland of Wrusha, and again when he deliberately murdered Saint MacGaradh, another Celestial Dragon, before the eyes of Marine Admiral Warren D. Ralph, as if he hadn't even the faintest care in the world. What's more, he openly pursued the destruction of Tariland to gain the wrath of another Marine Admiral in Alfred Glave, and, while being on the brink of death itself, did not shy away nor back down from a bout with Salazar, one of the Seven Warlords.
At his core, Veno is incredibly paranoid, being overly wary of all those whom he has acquainted himself with to secretively be after his head. This is the result of being traumatized by countless betrayals that occurred around him during his childhood, beginning from when his mother began an affair with his father's pupil. That same pupil would go on to stealing everything away from Veno's father, including his business, home, and wife; experiencing all of this firsthand, Veno ended up on the streets alongside his father. Later on, Veno would also be betrayed by his father, the only one person he had left to take care of him at that point in time, who sold him to a pedophile in exchange for cash to start his business anew. Veno does not truly believe in loyalty, always accusing Wynn Erin of being a spy during the latter's tenure with the Veno Pirates, and is quick himself to turn on his own subordinates if the need arises, not showing a hint of hesitation, as seen when he opened fire on both Erin and Worden Luhr without waiting to think things through properly.
Wynn Erin Edit
- "Listen 'ere, Erin. Yer the backbone to this crew. If yer so much as seen by them, it'll really put a dent in my plans. Ye understand that, right?"
- —Veno to Wynn Erin during the midst of battle with Warren D. Ralph.
Wynn Erin was the first person Veno recruited to join the Veno Pirates. At the time of his acceptance into the crew, Erin was required by Veno to undergo the "Pussy Test", which was essentially a test comprised of analyzing the former's ability to follow through with the captain's orders. As apart of the test, Veno had Erin shoot an innocent bartender in cold blood, which the latter completed in succession. However, even so, Veno affirmed the former Marine navigator that it would take much more than a "simple act like that" to gain his trust, and even went as far as to accuse the man as being a potential double agent for the Navy.
While Erin has never explicitly been disloyal to Veno, the Public Enemy remains indifferent with the former's standing within his crew nonetheless, seeing Hazen Yosef, a man who was a far later addition to the Veno Pirates than he, as being a more reliable and capable leader. Naturally, this led him to officially elect Yosef as the First Mate in place of Erin himself, a decision which came as a surprise to many of the other members of the crew. Erin instead was named the Second Mate, and while he did not make any verbal mention of it, his slighting at the hands of his own captain left him to feel helplessly bitter about the situation.
Despite his suspicions, Veno has stressed Erin's importance to the crew in rare occurrences, one example coming in the midst of their confrontation with Marine Admiral Warren D. Ralph. During such an event, Veno referred to Erin as the "backbone" of the crew, stressing the importance of the navigator remaining an enigma to the World Government. Next to being the longest tenured member of the crew, Erin is also one of the most involved, frequently being chosen by his captain to assist him on missions and the like. During their visit to Karakuri Island, Erin aided the crippled Veno in scaling an entire mountain while allowing the latter to lean against him along the way.
Nonetheless, Veno appreciates Erin as a valuable asset to the crew, most primarily because of the fact that he is a former navigator of the Navy; as a result, he has knowledge of several facilitated pathways across the Grand Line that no mere Pirate alone could know, all the while being more advantageous for the Public Enemy. Furthermore, it was Erin's ship, the Nimbus, that ultimately became the Veno Pirates' flagship. Veno has since upgraded the ship to sport wings, allowing it to be flown through the combined prowess of he and Erin (who is able to pilot the ship through the powers of his wind based logia Devil Fruit powers).
However, when the two were confronted by Alfred Glave during their trip to Karakuri Island, in which Veno was unable to walk without Erin's assistance, the marine admiral offered Erin, his former navigator, a chance to reason. He gave Erin the choice to either abandon his captain or to face him in battle. Seeing as though siding with Veno at that point in time would have inevitably led to his death alongside his hobbled captain, and coupled with the fact that Veno had never once expressed his gratitude to Erin in their time spent together, Erin decided to abandon Veno and the Veno Pirates, leaving Glave and Veno to themselves. Following this betrayal, Veno, per usual, was infuriated, and did not hesitate to open fire on his former Second Mate.
Worden Luhr Edit
- "So how's about ya give yer life some meanin' and join my crew? We could use a strong feller like you."
- —Veno recruiting Worden Luhr to join his crew.
Worden Luhr became a member of the Veno Pirates after they helped him escape from a slave auctioning house in Blagh Ait. Unlike the other members, Luhr was recruited by Veno primarily, if not exclusively, for his abilities in combat, as he had a very limited skill-set outside of fighting. Through thick and thin, Luhr emerged as a powerful force for the Veno Pirates, becoming the second member of the crew —alongside Veno himself— to register a bounty issued by the World Government, while also having the second highest bounty among the crew at the time of the revelation.
The relationship between Luhr and Veno, however, is by all accounts complex. While the two have trusted and fought alongside one another in many instances, with Veno even sacrificing his own body to rescue Luhr from meeting his death at the hands of Sengoku D. Autumn, they have also clashed mentally, verbally, and physically. An example that stands out far beyond the rest was when Veno appointed Hazen Yosef as his First Mate while showing Nassau to his crew for the very first time, with which Luhr disagreed completely. This inability to reach a proper consensus ultimately led to a physical altercation between the two, with Veno actually trying to murder Luhr. Were it not for the intervention of Yosef, Veno would have almost certainly killed Luhr with his then recently attained cyborg gun enhancement.
Hazen Yosef Edit
- "Eh? Yer comin' along with us, then? I suppose ye don't got much of a choice now, do ye? Grabababababa!"
- —Veno to Hazen Yosef.
Hazen Yosef is the doctor of the Veno Pirates. During his battle with Warren D. Ralph, Veno was gravely wounded, yet because his crew lacked a doctor at the time, the Veno Pirates were forced to dock their ship at a nearby island. This island, Haevyn, sported a private practicing doctor in Yosef, who tended to the wounds of Veno and his crew out of his own sheer gratitude. Not only this, but while they lay resting, recuperating from the injuries they had sustained from the aforementioned battle, Yosef went the extent of protecting their lives from Salazar, a member of the Shichibukai who had been ordered to kill them.
Sharing a mutual enemy in Salazar at the time of their meeting led Yosef and Veno to ally temporarily. However, due to this temporary alliance, as well as the fact that he had treated their wounds, Yosef became an enemy within the eyes of the World Government, gaining a bounty on his head in the process. With no other choice, Yosef reluctantly agreed to become the doctor of the Veno Pirates.
After joining the crew, Yosef was tasked with the safekeeping of its members. Due to his heavy smoking, Veno contracted severe lung cancer, and eventually his health deteriorated to such an extent that he required Yosef to be at his side at all times. This enabled the two to form enough of a bond for Veno to consider him the most trustworthy member out of the entire crew, despite Yosef actually being the most recent addition to its ranks. Upon their arrival unto Nassau for the first time, Veno named Yosef as his First Mate, choosing him over a hefty list of candidates, all of whom carried more experience alongside Veno in comparison to Yosef himself.
Warren D. Ralph Edit
Alfred Glave Edit
Powers and Abilities Edit
Within the current era of piracy, Veno has established himself as an incredibly notorious menace, to such an extent that he has garnered the wrath, attention, and or respect of some of the world's most influential and reputed entities and organizations, such as the World Government, the admirals of the Navy, the Shichibukai, and even the Yonko, as well as two of the major intelligence gathering divisions of the World Government in the form of CP9 and CP0.
His current bounty of 720,000,000 suggests that the World Government considers him not only a large threat against their own operations, but furthermore, against all of humanity. In fact the World Government views Veno as such an immense threat that Admiral Fuyuki opted to abandon his post at the center of Elbaf's Royal Wedding during a time in which the giant race as a whole was on the brink of facing complete annihilation, all the while being engaged in direct confrontation with the Yonko Daddy L. Legs to instead invest his efforts toward preventing the Public Enemy from so much as stepping foot upon the island of Elbaf despite the fact that he was several miles away at sea.
At the mere sighting of his Jolly Roger, the citizens of Tariland committed suicide in preparation of his arrival, considering the alternative of a quick death at their own hands to be more desirable than what Veno himself could have potentially done to them in the ways of torture. As he was without a ship at the time, his discovery of Nassau consisted of him relentlessly swimming through the Sea King infested waters of the New World's Calm Belt until coming upon land, which, although managing to survive, was apparently an "annoying" experience. Furthermore, he was capable of wrestling the leader of the Akaryū, a species of winged salamanders native to Nassau that prey on Sea Kings, with nothing more than his own two hands.
Physical Abilities Edit
Accredited to his herculean stature, Veno is one of the most physically imposing pirates within the world at large, suffocating the terrors of even the New World with his mere shadow alone. The simple output of his foot in an otherwise humane function so fundamental as walking is enough to invoke tremors across the face of the earth, throwing those whom are present strictly off balance. While suffering from the setbacks of severe lung cancer, Veno was unable to walk properly, and upon losing his balance, his massive frame produced a literal crater in the ground.
His strength is such that he lugged an entire pirate ship by its anchor over his shoulder whilst sailing on another vessel, and caused the ground to cave in and fall, resulting in a large and ominous void, with a simple punch, both without much apparent effort on his part. Lifting an ordinary human to him is child's play, and even whilst holding back considerably, he is strong enough to hurl one off of an island as large as Wrusha.
He is also surprisingly fast for a man of his size, as seen when he successfully intercepted a lightning bolt crafted from the powers of a Logia Devil Fruit before it could kill one of his subordinates. In another instance, Veno managed to cover a fairly large distance —while not having fully recovered from severe injuries— quickly enough to deflect the sword attack of a Shichibukai-level opponent —who is also specifically reputed for his speed— that was intended to cut down another individual.
As his defining and utmost reputed characteristic, in every facet of the word, Veno is simply a juggernaut. Due in part to his large frame and colossal size, he is able to receive and absorb countless attacks without the slightest indication of having been injured, even when wounds have become physically visible on his body. For the most part, his flesh in itself appears to be impervious to damage, with even cannon fire being unable to corrode it. He was able to go toe-to-toe with Warren D. Ralph, an admiral of the Navy, while suffering innumerable blows —including several of the Rokushiki master's Rokuogan— to his own being, without allowing it to hamper his own ability to fight in return. He was even able to survive being impaled through the chest by what is often described as the "invincible" lightning logia Devil Fruit powers of Sengoku D. Autumn moments later, and launch a successful counterattack of his own to force the woman into retreating. Even while recuperating from the injuries he had sustained from the prior battle, Veno was still able to remain intact after being slashed and sent flying through several buildings by the Shichibukai swordsmen Salazar, though the latter wound worsened his state of being enough to severely restrict his movements from that point onward. He was even capable of surviving countless stomps while in the form of an ant.
War Technician Edit
In battle, Veno utilizes a form of martial arts that goes by the name of "War Technician", which he began learning from Bernard as early as age 10. Now two decades later, he has displayed complete mastery over the style. It incorporates the entire body within its frame of work, with an immediate preference for hand-orientated techniques, with the limb in question being further coated in haki to make for a more devastating effect.
Many of the names coined to each attack allude to Veno's craft as a shipwright, following a very specific name scheme: each technique begins with the prefix of "iron" and is followed by a type of tool or instrument used in carpentry. Coincidentally, this art was initially created by Bernard to replace the necessity of having to carry tools with him, as he could instead reciprocate the very same functions using nothing more than his two hands, however was later developed into a fighting style to punish corrupt business partners.
- Iron Hatchet (アイアンハチェット Aianhachetto?): Raising his arm over his head, Veno imbues the entirety of the limb with haki; swinging it back down with vigorous force, a crescent shaped air blade is invoked, which can very easily slice through several waves of ordinary marines. It was first seen being used by Veno to dispatch a swarm of marines while he aided Worden Luhr in destroying a slave auctioning house. In its later usage, its power was shown to be great enough to split the sea en route to severing a marine battleship like butter.
- Iron Mallet (アイアンマレット Aianmaretto?): Coating his entire arm in haki, Veno further cuffs his fist to take the appearance of a mallet, which he uses for both offensive and defensive purposes. Much like a real mallet, it has a preference toward mauling maneuvers and is most effective for such case scenarios. It is also the pinnacle of Veno's so-called "armament" haki, refining his flesh with such rigid force that lead bullets were reduced to mere fragmentations of dust upon coming into contact with it.
- Iron Helmet (アイアンヘルメット Aianherumetto?): Among the best of all defensive techniques Veno has under his belt, this technique is synonymous of a helmet worn by a typical construction worker, so as to serve as a means of protection from potential danger. Functioning in a similar fashion, while Veno has concentrated haki into the bulk of his skull as that name of the technique would suggest, he has also been seen kneading haki into other areas of his body while still referring to the act by the same name. Its might was more thoroughly displayed in Veno's battle with Warren D. Ralph, where it successfully deflected the admiral's haki shockwave with minimal effort.
- Iron Hammer (アイアンハンマー Aianhanmaa?): A powerful punch infused with the brute might of Veno's cuff coupled with his expertise of haki, it is likened to a hammer by the Public Enemy for its devastating results. Unlike an ordinary punch, Veno flails his arm at an unorthodox angle, rendering it more difficult for his opponent to conceive. Veno was first seen using this attack to clash with Warren D. Ralph's own fist, which brought about a vicious tremor of haki that caused the oceans to tremble under its magnitude.
- Iron Chisel (アイアンちょうこくとう Aianchōkokutō?): With his foot charged and made black with haki, Veno jabs the limb toward his opponent, delivering a resounding kick.
Fire Fist Kenpo Edit
Devil Fruit Edit
- Main article: Seki Seki no Mi
- "You... this was your goal? You have risen in the ranks now. No longer is this a matter of petty vengeance, or your arrest even! This is a matter of the world. This is a national crisis, and I, Admiral of the Marines, will not leave until you are dust!"
- —Alfred Glave addressing the "national crisis" of Veno consuming the Seki Seki no Mi.
During his battle with Marine Admiral Alfred Glave, Veno stole and consumed the Seki Seki no Mi, a Paramecia-class Devil Fruit, becoming an "Oil Human". However, more befitting on part of the wielder of the fruit is the title of "Pollution Human", for it enables the user to contaminate the very atmosphere itself; Veno himself was made immune to the pollution within his lungs —accumulated over a life time of smoking cigarettes— thereby curing him of lung cancer.
In effect, it allows Veno to generate endless constraints of various different types of oils, such as petroleum and kerosine. By heating the oil through the use of his Fire Fist Kenpo, Veno is also able to create napalm or alter the form of his oil from a liquid into a gas, producing a toxic smog that shares properties similar to that of tear gas. One of the fruit's better perks is that it can counter its weakness to water by way of natural phenomena; because oil and water are immiscible, meaning they are unable to mix with one another, Veno is prevented from drowning like so many other Devil Fruit users so long as he is covered in oil. In contrast, he will always be brought back to float at the surface of the water. However, he has also found a way around the aforementioned factor; by covering himself in Haki, and therefore increasing his weight several times over, Veno can bring himself to sink even despite being covered in oil. This in turn enables him to tread upon the ocean floor unhindered, allowing him with a means with which to navigate underwater.
This breed of Haki enables Veno with the capacity to detect other forms of life, so long as they too are composed of the very same spiritual energy. Veno likens this ability to having eyes "on the back of his head", as he is always alert of an incoming attack, no matter how far nor what direction it is coming from. When pitted together with his refined reflexes, it makes for a very potent combination, as Veno is able to skillfully evade the attacks of his opponents and thus, rescue himself from any would be dangers. It is also worthy of noting that Veno's senses appear to be superior to his own reflexes; despite not being physically able to keep up with Salazar's true speed, Veno was still able to track the Shichibukai's movements without much difficulty.
Veno generally makes use of this power before all others, in order to sense out the individual strength of his opponents, which then allows him to deduce whether or not they are truly "worthy" of his time. He was first shown being able to use this variation of Haki when he "felt" the presence of an incoming marine vessel many miles away while residing within a cave of a tropically infested island. From such a distance, he was able to successfully deduce Warren D. Ralph's presence aboard the ship, peering across the ocean and perceiving the admiral by his aura alone. On top of being able to accurately deduce characters over long distances, Veno's prowess in Kenbunshoku Haki is such that he can very easily sense the presence of even those whom are attempting to hide from him, as well as those whom try to deceive him in any way, shape, or form, rendering him a very difficult person to trick. While active, Veno's ordinarily gold irises are highlighted by a flux of red energy.
Busoshoku Haki Edit
Among the various types of Haki Veno is able to employ, he upholds his mastery of Busoshoku Haki as being his greatest. With it, he is able to create an "invisible force" around his body, much like an unseen glass, which further inhibits him to bypass the Devil Fruit abilities of others, next to augmenting the output of his own physical attributes. By concentrating more heavily upon a certain portion of his body, Veno can muster such a high aptitude of power that it quite literally renders the affected area black, further refining his flesh into what is described by him as being on the same level as tempered steel. This variation is most commonly seen within his War Technician style, whereby he utilizes his hands to reciprocate the function of mechanical tools.
In comparison to the various other individuals sailing the oceans, Veno has displayed a degree of creativity in his usage of Busoshoku Haki that is virtually unmatched. By generating a subtle force of Haki beneath the soles of his feet, and therefore adding an invisible "heel" of the sorts beneath him, Veno is able to tread upon the surface of water as if it were a plain solid. Furthermore, when uncovering a shortage of breath due to having been taken into a headlock by the admiral Warren D. Ralph, Veno internally transmitted Haki into his body to coat his lungs themselves within amass of energy, turning them solid so as to make the most out of each individual breath from that point on.
Haoshoku Haki Edit
Veno is able to utilize Haoshoku Haki, a power that is wielded by only one in several million people. He was first shown using this ability during his battle with Marine Admiral Alfred Glave on Karakuri Island in order to escape from his imprisonment within a manhole at the latter's hands. In the process, the shockwave that was produced from the massive output of Haki brought an entire mountain to collapse under the sheer scope of its mangitude. He was seen using it again to conqueror the spirit of The Slender Slayer Fish, a massive Sea King, influencing it to go on a rampage to destroy several Marine vessels that had been apart of a Buster Call, before ultimately relying upon it as a means of transportation to travel from Karakuri back to Nassau.
Quite understated, due to the fact that many consider a pirate with an accent such as Veno to be uneducated, in reality, Veno is actually a sound tactician and strategist, especially around the basis of battle mechanics. Through appropriate planning in advance, he managed to juke out the Navy for several weeks through holding a World Noble hostage and blackmailing them into sending him large sums of money in compensation for the latter's life. It was also in part by his design that Wynn Erin never received a bounty throughout his tenure with the Veno Pirates, suggesting that Veno is very keen at keeping things a secret from even the likes of an organization so large as the World Government.
When he was caught in a choke hold by Marine Admiral Warren D. Ralph, a position in which all air conducting passageways within his body were sealed off, Veno resorted to applying Haki internally to solidify his lungs; this enabled him to remain oxidized long enough to counter the hold and thereby rescued him from passing out. During his battle with Marine Admiral Alfred Glave on Karakuri Island, Veno escaped the scene by using his Devil Fruit powers to cover himself in oil, before diving headfirst into the sea; normally, because oil and water are immiscible, meaning they are unable to mix with one another, Veno should have been brought back up to the surface. However, by coating the entirety of his body with Busoshoku Haki, Veno dramatically increased his weight to a point where he was able to sink to the ocean floor, and, thanks to the properties of the oil, remain unaffected by the effects of the sea, which further allowed him to navigate under water unhindered.
- "Oi lad, all's ye gotta do is dream it, and Oi'll build it for ye."
- —Veno addressing his motto to a client of Veno Works.
Having been the apprentice of Bernard under the practice of his own ship manufacturing company when he was only 10 years of age, it comes as little surprise that Veno has transformed into a master carpenter by late adulthood. It should be noted that while he does indeed specialize most primarily within shipbuilding, Veno's scope of carpentry expands far beyond such premises, seen when he literally built a multiple-story casino for a client in a number of hours. His understanding and comprehension behind the engineering of structures is incredibly praiseworthy, to a point where he may essentially be unrivaled within the field; when the aforementioned client failed to make the payment for his casino in time, Veno caused the entirety of the large scraper to collapse by plucking a single brick from its foundation. He was also able to quickly deduce based on instinct alone that the sudden subside of Karakuri Bridge was without a doubt not pertained to a natural cause. More of his sheer genius for carpentry was seen when he created two whole cities upon the island of Nassau by his lonesome in a matter of 4 week's time, that too without the use of his dominant arm.
Cyborg Enhancements Edit
To combat the effects of lung cancer, which rendered an act so simple as standing upright a true challenge for the once physically profound Public Enemy, Veno sought out an alternate method of fighting that focused less on mobility. And what he ventured upon eventually was to become a Cyborg, a human armed with the powers of a scientifically engineered robot, courtesy of his own engineering expertise as a shipwright.
His first Cyborg enhancement came in the form of converting his right arm into a mechanized weapon; though it still took its usual appearance, Veno was capable of contracting his forearm into his elbow and swapping the limb with a machine gun turret. During his battle with the late Marine Admiral Alfred Glave, however, the arm was severed entirely. Veno has since replaced and improved upon his old invention with another robotic arm, whose blueprints he obtained from Karakuri Island. It is more or less an upgraded version of the weapon that was wielded by former Marine Admiral Zephyr more than 50 years ago, known as the "Battle Smasher".
Early Life Edit
- "No son of mine will be a mess; just give it some time. Hess, my love, Veno just has a harder time paying attention than most other children. Getting him a tutor to learn from home will help him focus more on his studies —and I happen to have just the man for the job."
- —Veno's father, Bogle, speaking of his son's lackluster performance in school.
Veno was born in Wrusha as the only child of Bogle, a wealthy businessman, and Hess, who was afforded the luxury of being a housewife due to the success of her husband. During his childhood, the riches his family harbored took a negative toll on his personality, making him very full of himself; while Veno was enrolled into the best academy within the entire country, because he was to someday inherit the family business, he did not feel inclined to studying nearly as hard as the rest of his peers.
Registering poor marks due to a severe lack of studying, Veno fell far behind in class, until he ultimately failed to advance to the next grade. All of the friends he had made up until that point were quick to turn against him, making a joke out of his failure. Unable to withstand the mockery, Veno pulled out of the academy to be home schooled by Zabaco, an instructor of his father's choosing. Zabaco, who served under Veno's father as his aide, greatly admired Bogle for his successful business and sought to be like him in every way possible.
With Zabaco around to tutor Veno, Hess would often times request the tutor's assistance for various house chores, leaving Veno alone to do his work many a time. When Zabaco's duties began taking longer than usual, Veno's suspicions arouse, and he soon uncovered his mother having an affair with his tutor within the comfort of their own home. However, rather than confront his father about any of it --being mindful of his feelings in the case he were to find out-- Veno opted to take matters into his own hands by convincing his parents that he was confident enough to return to the academy, in an attempt to rid Zabaco's presence within their home.
However, as it would turn out, because Veno's grades alluded to a better performance from home, his request was denied by Bogle. By the time Veno mustered enough courage to inform his father of Hess' affair, it was far too late, as Bogle had not only his company and fortune stolen from him by Zabaco in a grand scheme, but his wife as well. In someway feeling responsible for the events that transpired, Veno elected to live with his father, who was forced to move out from his mansion and into the slums of Wrushia.
Bogle would go on to blame Veno for all the misfortune that had befallen him, including the loss of his business and wife. In order to get money to start his career over again, he sold Veno over to a complete stranger. Veno, however, was able to free himself from the man and pursued his father out of confusion; yet what he encountered was only more misfortune, as he was savagely beaten by Bogle while also being verbally tormented. Amassing several bruises, Veno was unable to resist being taken by the stranger he had been sold to. This was Veno's first and foremost experience with betrayal, and the reason for his later paranoia.
Technician in Training Edit
- "You won't be able to tell just yet for yourself, but this tree has a certain energy emanating from within. It may look smaller than the others, and perhaps to you much less worthy of constructing a hull with; but in actuality, it's far more durable than the others."
- —Bernard stressing the importance of haki to Veno.
At the tender age of 10, Veno was seen sitting on a tree stump pondering upon the happenings of haki. It was later explained to him by Bernard as the energy that composed "all of life", and the wolf mink demonstrated its usage in the form of Kenbunshoku Haki by differentiating a truly powerful tree from the ordinary. Much to Veno's surprise, the tree that Bernard had selected was able to withstand his attack far greater than the others; while the others were severed easily, the aforementioned tree sustained but a single scratch.
Years as a Privateer Edit
In the year of 1573, Veno built a casino for a man, expecting to be paid back once the man amassed greater profit. However, due to never receiving his dues, Veno directly confronted the man in front of the doors of his casino, only to witness a drastic change within the man's persona. By comparison to his past humility, due to the great success of his casino, the man now thought himself superior to Veno. Angered by the man's show of arrogance, and the fact that he refused to pay him, Veno caused the casino he himself had built to collapse by plucking a single brick from its foundation, before hurling the man off of the island with a simple throw.
Veno was later summoned to a meeting with his captain by one of his fellow crewmen. There, he was informed that the island of Wrusha had been bought out by the World Noble, Saint MacMharais, and that the latter was on his way and would be arriving briefly. Angered beyond belief, Veno met the incoming vessel halfway across the ocean and stopped the ship from moving with his bare hands alone. Menu Merchant of CP0, who was tasked with the responsibility of transporting Saint MacMharais safely, questioned Veno's intentions, to which Veno plainly remarked, "I won't let no fuckin' World Noble step foot onto this island ever again!" The two battled briefly, with Merchant very quickly gaining the upper-hand. Following his defeat, Veno was imprisoned by Merchant's Devil Fruit powers and was meant to be transported to Impel Down, while Merchant himself stayed back on Wrusha to ensure the safety of Saint MacMharais. However, as Merchant later explains to Warren D. Ralph, Veno somehow managed to not only escape from his shackles and imprisonment, but furthermore, sink the ship that was meant to transport him.
Following his escape, Veno aimlessly swam about the waters of the Grand Line, reaching the New World by swimming through the Calm Belt. At some point during this time, he discovered Nassau, fought against Kuroyajū, the leader of the Akaryū, and came to good terms with the Hariunagi Clan, a group of elves native to the island.
Embracing Piracy Edit
Forming the Veno Pirates Edit
- "Ye see, I invented the pussy test to sniff out pussies. Separate the weak from the okay-bunch, and the okay-bunch from the better-than-the-okay-bunch. Does that make sense to ya? No damn men of mine are goin' ta be afraid ta do what I tellem' ta do. A captain's order is his decree; there's no turnin' against it, ya got that?"
- —Veno to Wynn Erin
While searching for members to join his crew, Veno made a stop in Diamond Archipelago, specifically within its most reputed tavern, The Tired Elderberry. There he openly declared himself as a pirate and announced his motives, yet after he was approached by another pirate who immediately offered his services to him, Veno shot the latter dead due to the aforementioned pirate possessing a bounty higher than his own. He was later approached by Wynn Erin within the same tavern, who despite having witnessed the events that had unfolded, still placed interest in joining Veno. Being wary of Erin's behavior, deeming it overly suspicious, Veno put him up to what he dubbed the "Pussy Test", making Erin prove himself worthy enough of being considered an ally.
As apart of the test, Veno instructed Erin to shoot the barkeeper, to see whether or not Erin would be capable of following through with his orders as captain, even if it meant taking the life of an innocent. After the deed was completed and Erin had done as he was told, Veno, without much of a reaction, walked out from the tavern, enlisting his very first orders to Erin as his captain, which consisted of getting him "a smoke", though not before expressing irritation in Erin being taller than him. Once outside, Veno examined Erin's ship, The Nimbus, and compared it to his own; deducing that his was in better shape, the two opted to sail it instead. As they made off in The Nimbus, the two conversed briefly, with Veno lugging his own ship by its anchor along the way. Erin informed Veno of his past as both a former marine navigator and pirate, which appeared to confuse him, while Veno shared with Erin his desire to consume a Zoan type Devil Fruit that would enable him to transform into a wolf.
After having acquired more crew members, Veno initially dubbed his crew as the "Wolf Pirates". While sailing somewhere in the Grand Line, Veno awoke to many of his subordinates being drunk, which angered him enough to take their lives with his pistol. Shortly thereafter, Erin reported the sighting of a ship with a Celestial Dragon by the name of Saint MacGaradh on board within the distance, and though the latter suggested his captain turn the ship around, Veno instead told his men to prepare for battle. Many of his subordinates protested either way, causing them too to be slain by his own hand. Removing his coat, Veno instructed Erin to stay put and look after the ship before jumping into the ocean. When he boarded the enemy ship, Veno was displeased as he witnessed many of the passengers be sniped in front of his eyes by Erin. Nonetheless, he assaulted the Celestial Dragon who had been on board and abducted him.
Celestial Dragon Abduction Edit
- Marines: "It's the Public Enemy..! Aogami is on the other line! It's the man who kidnapped the World Noble!"
- Veno: "Shut the fuck up and listen! Ye don't want me to blow his brains right this here minute, do ya? Good, now listen 'ere and listen well: my crew and I have arrived in Blagh Ait, along with yer precious Celestial Dragon. We're willin' to give him over to ya for 300,000,000."
- Marines: "But you asked for 150,000,000 the last time, and we gave it to you! Why should we trust you now after you cheated us twice?! We've already given you more than-"
- Veno: "Shut the fuck up, or the next one goes through his head! Ya 'ear me? 300,000,000, and I want it delivered to me fast. We won't be here for much longer."
- —Veno negotiates with the World Government through Saint MacGaradh's Den Den Mushi while docked in Blagh Ait.
Over the course of the next month, Veno and his crew attacked five separate islands while utilizing the Den Den Mushi they had acquired from Saint MacGaradh to publicize each individual event, while also streaming footage of mishandling the Celestial Dragon himself. Veno also made direct contact with the World Government on multiple occasions, and when the organization offered large sums of money in compensation for Saint MacGaradh's life, Veno agreed to the terms, only to ultimately act against the agreement and take the money for himself without giving up the World Noble in return. One such example of this was when he and his crew were docked within Blagh Ait, Veno telephoned an officer within the World Government and requested they bring him 300,000,000 in exchange for Saint MacGaradh's life, which according to the officer on the line, was twice what he had asked for the last time.
While waiting for the Navy to arrive, Veno heard a ruckus in the distance; arriving upon the scene of a slave auctioning house, Veno found the fishman, Worden Luhr, to have been the cause. Aiding Luhr in his escape, Veno fought off an entire wave of marines together with Luhr and invited the latter to join his crew, which the fishman gladly accepted. During the encounter, the marines had also begun to refer to Veno as the "Public Enemy", due to the highly publicized streams he had produced over the past weeks. Upon sinking the marine ship he had telephoned in himself, Veno and his crew once again made off with the ransom money.
The crew was later seen residing within the cave of a tropically infested island. As Veno urinated on Saint MacGaradh, Luhr came to him with the day's newspaper, stating that they had made the front page and that Veno's bounty had risen to 175,000,000, while his own had gone up to 75,000,000. In issuing the crew updated bounties, the World Government also published Veno's epithet as the "Public Enemy" for the very first time, and referenced his crew after his name; taking after the report, Veno opted to rename his crew the "Veno Pirates" and found amusement in the infamy the World Government had given him and found his moniker to be especially fitting.
Moments later, Veno expressed greater excitement upon sensing the presence of an incoming marine vessel and asked Erin whether or not he too was able to "feel" it coming. Moving from the cave to peer out at the ocean, Veno utilized Kenbunshoku Haki to identify the admiral, Warren D. Ralph, on board the incoming ship, and despite the negative reaction of his crew, Veno himself appeared poised to meet the challenge of fighting one of the marine's utmost powerful forces. Using haki to somehow walk on water, Veno met the marine battleship halfway across the ocean, together with Saint MacGaradh in his grasp. Despite the protest of the various marines aboard Ralph's ship, Veno murdered the Celestial Dragon in cold blood, openly declaring war against the World Government.
With Erin and Luhr taking on the Vice Admiral Sengoku D. Autumn, Veno fought Ralph on his own. The two fought on even terms throughout their bout, clashing on several occasions with their haki while causing the ocean itself to tremble under the might of their brute strength. Halfway through the battle, Veno rubbed his hands together and set them ablaze with fire, activating his Fire Fist Kenpo, which allowed him to deal severe damage to the admiral. After a brief altercation, Ralph opted to retreat, suggesting that he had never intended to capture Veno in the first place, only offer him a warning. However, Autumn refused to retreat along with her superior, and instead on her own terms chose to stay behind and finish Luhr after she had defeated him with a single attack of her Logia Devil Fruit. Before she received the chance, however, her attack was intercepted by a grievously wounded Veno, who despite his horrid condition, still managed to harm her and this time force her to retreat. Autumn in return mocked him and stated that the two would meet again someday. After the marine vessel made off into the distance, Veno, leaving all within the hands of Erin, at last lost consciousness.
Gaining Further Notoriety Edit
- "So long as yer one of them Government's puppies, ye'll always be at a disadvantage against a real pirate. 'Cause unlike me, ye can't just whip around yer dick whenever ye want!"
- —Veno taunting Salazar.
Word of Veno's battle with Ralph spread far across the sea, bringing great shame and dishonor upon the name of the World Government. Due to the happenings of the media, Ralph was ridiculed beyond belief, being labeled as the admiral who was defeated by a "rookie", despite having been the victor of the duel, in all technicality. Veno amassed greater notoriety as a result, earning a bounty worth 340,000,000, with his name becoming known to each of the Yonko, as well as CP0.
Despite all that had gone on, Veno regained consciousness by nightfall and was wide awake by the time the Nimbus arrived in the port of Haevyn. When the famed, self-employed doctor, Hazen Yosef, came aboard the ship to treat him and his crew through nothing more than his own sincere generosity, Veno questioned the latter's motives behind aiding wanted pirates, accusing Yosef of wanting the bounties on each of their heads, and expressed disappointment in the lackluster condition of his crew. With nothing to lose with Yosef operating on him —seeing as though the only alternative was death— Veno willingly complied to being treated, though it was his crew mates who ultimately reported the nature of his injuries to Yosef, as Veno himself was much too prideful to admit where he was hurting. Through the power of his devil fruit, Yosef was able to return Veno's health to stable condition, and transferred he and his crew to his clinic.
After further treatment, Yosef left the Veno Pirates within the infirmary to rest while calculating the cost of their expenses. During this time, the Shichibukai, Salazar, appeared inside after hearing word of the Veno Pirates' arrival, and sought to kill them. However, before he could do so, Yosef returned and challenged the Warlord to a battle against his pride, once more placing the Veno Pirates in debt of his services by rescuing them from danger a second time. When Salazar was in the process of delivering a meaningful blow to Yosef, Veno intervened out of nowhere, intercepting Salazar's blade, Coloda, with the use of his haki infused forearm, setting up a battle against he and the Shichibukai.
Veno immediately recognized Salazar as a member of the Shichibukai and openly pondered upon what in the world one of the Warlords was doing in Haevyn, of all places. Knowing he was at a clear disadvantage due to not having recovered from his earlier battle with Ralph, a bandaged Veno sought to gain the upper hand by attacking civilians, forcing Salazar to come to their aid. Taking in a hostage, Veno blackmailed Salazar into allowing him to depart from Haevyn safely, only to ultimately kill that hostage after boarding the Nimbus. Veno's cruel and merciless behavior angered Salazar greatly, and the Shichibukai vowed to bring the Public Enemy to justice. Because he had tainted his reputation by aiding the Veno Pirates, Yosef had no choice but to retreat along with the crew, thereby joining it indirectly.
Establishing Nassau Edit
Destruction of Tariland Edit
- "This is the dawn of a free world... and I I won't let nothin' get in the way of it."
- —Veno upon showcasing Nassau to his crewmates for the very first time.
After departing from Haevyn, the Veno Pirates docked on an island somewhere in the Grand Line, where Veno made repairs and upgrades to the Nimbus, who had suffered accumulated damage over the span of the last few weeks. Veno himself was discovered by Hazen Yosef as having contracted severe lung cancer, due to an excess amount of smoking. Using nothing more than the scraps he found around the island, Veno constructed wings for the ship, rendering it capable of flight when piloted through the use of Wynn Erin's Devil Fruit powers. This later allowed the crew to quite literally fly over the rest of Paradise and enter the New World.
With ease of transportation thanks to their new flying ship, the Veno Pirates traveled to Tariland, the residence of the Navy Admiral, Alfred Glave, with Veno asserting claims that the latter had "something" within his possession that he "wanted". When the citizens of Tariland identified the Nimbus as being Veno's ship due to its Jolly Roger, many of them began to take their own lives, seeing it as a better alternative to being tortured by him. As they had expected, when the Public Enemy made it onto land, he wrecked havoc upon immediately, slaughtering countless people over a live stream he created from the Den Den Mushi of the Celestial Dragon, Saint MacGaradh. In particular, he tortured Glave's family, most notably his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson, to purposefully anger the admiral into tracking him down.
From leaving Tariland in ruination, Veno took his crew to Nassau for the very first time. Once there, he exhibited the plain island, and more officially declared the positions each of his crew members would hold from that point on; in a surprise to many, Veno named Hazen Yosef, who was the newest addition to the crew, as his First Mate, while appointing Wynn Erin, whom most suspected to receive the latter position, instead as the Second Mate. This led to an altercation between he and Third Mate Worden Luhr, who openly refuted Veno's decisions. Angered by the show of disrespect, Veno was quick to attack Luhr, only to see his attack be so easily deflected by the Fishman due to his own rapidly deteriorating health. During the short lived brawl, Veno looked to be a former shell of himself, whereby it became a challenge for him to so much as stand upright. Claiming that he was well aware of his state of being, Veno revealed that he was slowly transforming himself into a Cyborg to adopt a fighting style that required much less movement, before going to unload a massive round of bullets from his transformed left arm with the intention to kill his own subordinate. He was, however, stopped in time by Yosef's Devil Fruit powers, who also went on to break up the fight.
Battle on Karakuri Bridge Edit
- "F-fuck the b-b-blueprints... what I need is my goddamn lungs fixed. I.. I can't carry on... n-not like this."
- —Veno after arriving on Karakuri Island.
Looking to convert his body into that of a Cyborg —most primarily his lungs to combat the effects of his cancer— Veno embarked on a journey to Karakuri Island, the birthplace of the famous World Government scientist, Vegapunk, bringing Wynn Erin along with him. As they searched the island for Vegapunk's former laboratory, Veno's condition was shown to have worsened to such an extent that he fell and bled out on numerous occasions, going so far as to almost giving up on scaling the large mountain that housed the lab. However, with Erin quite literally filtering out Veno's lungs with the assistance of his Logia based wind Devil Fruit powers, Veno managed to survive the climb while being on severe life support.
When the two of them appeared before a long bridge leading to Vegapunk's former laboratory, they were suddenly approached by a white wolf who blended extremely well with the arctic environment. Veno himself was uncertain of what he had seen, yet the thought of a wolf instantly brought him to recall his days with Bernard. Some time after the wolf had mysteriously vanished, the bridge collapsed, but before Veno could fall down onto the frozen lake, Erin utilized his Devil Fruit powers to safely transport the both of them down. By examining the structure of the bridge thereafter, Veno deduced that it was the pillars that had led to the bridge's destruction; judging by the damage that had been dealt to them, he concluded based on his vast knowledge in architecture that it was not a natural cause.
Much to the surprise of both Veno and Erin, the wolf confronted the two of them for a second time, revealing itself as a transformed Zoan user: Alfred Glave. The aforementioned marine admiral had managed to hunt down Veno after the pirate had killed his family and destroyed his homeland based most likely on the intelligence gathering operations of the World Government; Veno himself was not surprised by the fact that he had been able to find him in a mere number of days. Before Veno's eyes, Erin was reunited with Glave for the first time in years; the two were allies within the marines many years ago, with Erin serving as Glave's navigator aboard his ship at the time. Due to their past relationship, Glave allowed Erin to make his own decision based on two choices: either to fight him and inevitably die alongside his captain —seeing as though Veno was suffering greatly from the effects of lung cancer, there was essentially no chance of survival— or to abandon the Veno Pirates then and there. Erin, based on the events that had transpired on Nassau with Veno selecting Yosef as his First Mate, and overall, for Veno's lack of appreciation of Erin since he had become a member of the crew, Erin opted to turn his back on Veno.
As Erin walked off, Veno attempted to gun him down through the use of the mechanized machine gun in his left arm, only for the bullets to be intercepted by Glave who coated himself in Haki to resist the attack. Glave rushed to attack Veno next, who barely looked as though he could move. However, much to the admiral's surprise, Veno was still more than capable of fighting back, by relying upon a more tactful approach to combat; stomping on the ice, Veno caused it to crack beneath Glave's feet, throwing him off balance and thus, allowing for Veno to establish a hold over him. Throwing the admiral over his back, Veno smashed away the rest of the ice, causing the both of them to plummet into the cold waters that lay beneath. Swimming around with his life on the line, Veno, while Glave was held motionless due to being a Devil Fruit User, ran through the pockets of the admiral's coat, unveiling the Seki Seki no Mi, which he consumed immediately despite being under water, under the assumption that he would be dying regardless.
However, the exact opposite occurred. As the Devil Fruit revolved around the usage of oil, when Veno consumed it, it actually converted him into an Oil Human, rendering him immune to pollution, including the pollution his lungs had faced after years of smoking cigarettes. Cured of his cancer, Veno was brought up to the surface after the water of the sea rejected the oils that were oozing out from his body. Because Glave was within close proximity of Veno at the time, he too was saved by Veno's acquisition of the Seki Seki no Mi. With Veno finally able to fight at full power, a vicious battle ensued between he and Admiral Glave. As the two fought, Erin snuck aboard Glave's marine ship and called forth a Buster Call upon Karakuri Island by activating a Golden Den Den Mushi.
During their battle, Glave battered Veno all the way into the core of a mountain, leaving him buried underground with nothing but his head above the surface. With Veno trapped and unable to move, Glave aimed to torture Veno just as the pirate had tortured his family in Tariland, while also planning to leave him upon the island to die a slow and painful death at the hands of the Buster Call. With desperate times calling for desperate measures, Veno cursed Glave and roared aloud, channeling a massive shockwave through the use of Haoshoku Haki that not only freed him from his imprisonment within the manhole, but furthermore, caused the entire mountain to collapse under its might.
After an impressive bout, Veno is mentally defeated; with due time, he is convinced that if the battle draws on any longer than it already had up until that point, he would be the one to undoubtedly meet his demise. Considering Glave to be his superior in raw combat, Veno sought a way to escape the island, which had surrounded itself in a force field, as per the technological advances of the most futuristic island in all of the world. What he decided upon doing was smashing a hole in the ground and diving into the sea; covering himself in a combination of Haki and oil, he was able to move about under water completely unhindered.
However, Glave refused to let the man who had destroyed everything he had ever known escape so easily; in a final maneuver, Glave destroyed the island's force field and plowed through the island in one fell swoop, dealing incredible damage to Veno and severing the pirate's dominant arm. With the two floating beside one another at the bottom of the ocean, the admiral passed away without ever knowing of Veno's fate. Calling upon the powers of the conqueror within him once more, Veno utilized Haoshoku Haki to influence the behavior of a nearby Sea King (The Slender Slayer Fish) and led it on a rampage, destroying whatever Marine reinforcements that had remained from the Buster Call. He then used the Sea King as a means of transportation to return to Nassau, though not before taking his time to explore the deserted Karakuri Island for what he had initially came for.
Founding Veno Works Edit
Following the events that transpired on Karakuri Island, Veno once again made headlines on the front covers of the newspaper; his bounty was raised to 570,000,000. After the battle, Veno returned home to Nassau, and for the next several weeks, never once stepped foot off of the island, instead devoting his every being to constructing the architecture upon the island. Though he had only a single arm to work with, Veno managed to create an entire city upon the island by his lonesome in a matter of 4 week's time. During this period, he requested his subordinate crew members to run errands for him, which consisted of delivering oil he himself created through his Devil Fruit powers to various customers. Alongside his various other accomplishments, during this time, Veno also created a robotic arm to replace the one he had lost to Glave, renovated the Saint Bernard into a warship, and converted himself into a Cyborg: as a result of the robotic enhancements, his height and weight more than doubled in size.
Later, he was accompanied by Indra as the two traveled from Nassau all the way into South Blue, using the Saint Bernard to power their way through the Calm Belt in order to reach Groot Island in less than a day's worth of time. While aboard the ship, Veno instructed the young boy on how to access its many features. Upon reaching Groot Island, Veno confronted a man who had yet to pay for the oil he had purchased weeks prior for his oil paintings. The man was incredibly surprised to see that Veno had come all the way in person to see him. He admitted to not having enough money to pay off his trade with Veno, greatly angering the Public Enemy.
Infuriated, Veno opened fire upon the man with his robotic arm, drilling him with countless bullets and continuing long after he had died. However, during the midst of the scuffle, Veno heard the sound of fruits splattering in the near distance, leading him to believe someone else was around. Instructing Indra to retreat back to the ship, he threatened to open fire upon the rest of the house, leaving Draco D. Damon with no other choice but to come out of hiding. During their conversation, Draco managed to gain Veno's interest through his flattery and obvious possession of Devil Fruit powers, as well as the fact that he bore the letter "D." in his name. He offered the younger man a means with which to escape the island, after Damon had claimed to have been stranded for a number of days, only for Damon to refuse the offer. A siren eventually sounded off throughout the island, notifying the two pirates of the arrival of the Navy.
Damon offered to hold the Marines back long enough for Veno to escape unnoticed. Taking him up on the offer, Veno did just that, however as he escaped out onto the ocean, the Saint Bernard was tailed by a Marine ship led by Sengoku D. Autumn. Before the ship could pull away with its speed, Autumn used the powers of her Logia to transform into a single bolt of lightning, enabling her to board the Saint Bernard with very little difficulty. She and Veno exchanged insults with one another, having established a dislike for one another many years ago when they first met along the coast of a tropically infested island, back when Veno had abducted the Celestial Dragon Saint MacGaradh.
Veno and Autumn squared off aboard the Saint Bernard. Using her lightning powers, Autumn managed to quickly gain the upper hand, as it allowed her to disable many features belonging to Veno's robotic figure. However, with the click of some dials, Veno brought an operational sliding roof to close over the top of the ship, morphing it into a submarine. Following this, he caused the ship to plummet into the ocean and plunged a hole through the roof to allow water to pour inside, effectively drowning Autumn and rendering her unable to move due to being a Devil Fruit user. Applying oil over his body as he did during his battle with Admiral Glave, Veno survived in the presence of the water and abducted Autumn, cuffing her with Seastone.
Abandoning Humanity Edit
Operation: Elbaf Edit
Following his departure from Groot Island, Veno visited many more business associates that had yet to pay him in exchange for his oil. Eventually he became so fed up with not being paid that he covered many miles of the sea in his oil, leading to an incident that became known as the "South Blue Oil Spill". For many weeks, it was impossible for ships, namely Marine Vessels, to travel directly between South and West Blue.
When Veno returned to Nassau, he was greatly angered to discover that the explosives he had spent the last 2 years developing had been stolen. Attempting to contact Indra, whom he had left in charge of protecting the factory, Veno demanded answers, only for the call to result in no signal every time. It was also later reported to Veno by Corona that alongside the explosives, Hades too had been stolen. Instructing his artificial intelligence to pinpoint Hades' current whereabouts, the Public Enemy departed from Nassau to track down the stolen ship.
Tracking down Hades' location brought Veno to Elbaf. Yet as he reeled in closer to the island, being several miles away from so much as taking his first step onto land, Veno was attacked by Admiral Fuyuki, who considered the Public Enemy's incoming presence to be more threatening than a battle against the Yonko Daddy L. Legs as well as the destruction of the island as a whole at the hands of Bathory McGhinnis. With his robotic makeup, Veno battled his way through the snowstorm Fuyuki had ripped up, morphing the Saint Bernard into a submarine and entering Elbaf through resurfacing from a lake at the center of the island.
Displeased at the way he was welcomed onto the island, Veno ordered Corona to run a scan over the dying city of Elbaf. With that in mind, he was able to identify the man who had attacked him as Admiral Fuyuki. Directing Hades with the use of dials he had programmed into himself, Veno forced the ship to transform into a humanoid robot, sending it to battle against the Admiral.
Later, Veno confronted Bathory McGhinnis directly after learning that the man was responsible for stealing the equipment from his factory. He intended to attack the War Priest, however was instead transformed into an ant after contacting him, due to the powers of McGhinnis' Han Han no Mi. While an ant, Veno was stomped on many times by McGhinnis; McGhinnis later transformed Veno back into his original form to make an example out of him, yet was honestly appalled to see that the Public Enemy was still in one shape.
Upon being reverted into his true form, Veno stood directly before the King of Elbaf, Frederick Barbarossa, who had appeared to confront McGhinnis for all that he had done to his kingdom. Veno was at point blank range of the massive giant's Haoshoku Haki when he challenged McGhinnis to battle, yet much like the War Priest himself, appeared virtually unfazed. Barbarossa's tremendous output of energy caused the nearby Veno Bombs that had been buried around to detonate sooner than expected, covering the battlefield with an impressive blast. Fearing that all the work he had put in over the last 2 years would go to waste if all the bombs were used up, Veno unleashed a VMP, disabling the bombs, as well as any other means of technological equipment through a large scale electromagnetic pulse.
The giants who had witnessed Veno disable his own bombs ironically raised him up as a hero, much to his displeasure. However, being unable to move, he had no choice but to allow them to carry him around. Following the chaos and McGhinnis' escape, Veno remained in Elbaf for another few days in order to reconstruct all the damage that had been dealt. When Kaldor questioned his motives in doing so, Veno simply replied that it was his "passion" that led him to do so, and that he had no intention of helping the giants. He later met with Daddy L. Legs for the first time and offered her Sengoku D. Autumn in exchange for her aid to kill Sengoku.
|First Bounty: Following his opposition against allowing the vessel of Saint MacMharais to arrive within Wrusha, challenging an agent of CP0 in Menu Merchant to battle, and finally, escaping the crutches of the latter's Devil Fruit powers en route to sinking a ship that was to transport him as a prisoner to Impel Down, Veno gained his very first bounty of 55,000,000, making him a wanted criminal in the eyes of the World Government.
Second Bounty: For abducting a Celestial Dragon and holding him captive for over a month, killing more than 100 marines who came to the latter's aid, looting millions worth in berry from the World Government in exchange for the aforementioned World Noble while failing to uphold his own end of the bargain, and completely annihilating four separate islands along with their entire populations so as not to leave behind a single trace of his crew's tenure, Veno's bounty skyrocketed to 175,000,000.
Third Bounty: Upon killing the Celestial Dragon, Saint MacGaradh, in front of Warren D. Ralph himself, combating the Admiral in a fight in which both parties amounted grievous injuries, and following the battle, surviving a critical blow dealt to him by the Vice Admiral Sengoku D. Autumn in order to allow his crew to escape after she had elected to pursue them further, Veno's bounty once again skyrocketed, reaching 340,000,000.
Fourth Bounty: After confronting the Shichibukai, Salazar, in direct combat, during which he severed the latter swordsman's trust by leaving the village of Haevyn on the brink of ruination whilst taking the lives of innocent bystanders, and for the complete annihilation of Tariland —an island under the protection of the World Government— along with its entire population which included the immediate family of Alfred Glave, Veno's bounty was personally increased to 405,000,000 by the Marine Admiral himself.
Fifth Bounty: For the theft and consumption of one of the most economically powerful Devil Fruits within the entirety of the world in the form of the Seki Seki no Mi, the murder of Marine Admiral Alfred Glave who had been tasked with the safekeeping of the aforementioned fruit, surviving a Buster Call, displaying the ability to utilize Haoshoku Haki, and finally, having Wynn Erin, a former Marine Navigator as a member of his pirate crew and at his immediate expense, and thereby having potential access to the otherwise secretive routes and landmarks known only to the Marines themselves, Veno's bounty was raised to 570,000,000 by the World Government.
Sixth Bounty: The Public Enemy's bounty has risen to a staggering 720,000,000 for his allegiance with the Yonko crew known and feared world-wide as the Black Widow Pirates, reportedly defeating and abducting Vice Admiral Sengoku D. Autumn, instigating the South Blue Oil Spill which rendered it impossible for ships to travel between South Blue and West Blue, possessing the capability in developing weapons of mass destruction great enough to devastate whole cities by their lonesome, surviving an encounter against Admiral Fuyuki, and finally, playing the leading role in distributing so-called "Veno Bombs" across the whole of Elbaf.
- Veno has his name derived from a wine brand of the same name.
- Veno's theme song, as chosen by the author, is "Conflict" by Disturbed.