Chance Claybourne

Chance Claybourne
Name Chance Claybourne
Gender Male
Professional Status
Previous Affiliation The Trinity
Personal Status
Marital Status Single
Education High School
Family Hollis Claybourne
Status Alive
Viral Previously
Chance Claybourne is a complex character. His character evolves as the series continues. In the first book he isn't a main character however he is involved in the main plot of the book and is seen to be a potential threat until the end where he has a mental breakdown and is unlikely to recover. Though cruel in some ways, one sees streaks of mercy brought on by a disgust for his corrupt father and the father's savage and murderous ways, possibly because their relationship is strained. In the second book Chance's character makes another entrance halfway through, this time to help the Virals. We see his relationship with Tory evolve and they seem to understand each other as Chance gives her advice. Also it is evident Tory still holds feelings for her former crush. However, she betrays him by lying and manipulating the truth to protect her friends after he asks her about recent events where he saw their Viral powers in action. It is finally in the third book we see the formal potential threat that was Chance in the first book become an actual threat as he suspects the Virals. In the fourth book he conducts massive amounts of research on the Virals in several ways. He follows them around and spies on them in a black BMW. He also assumes an executive position in Candela Pharmaceuticals, a company formerly run by his father Hollis, and uses his great amount of financial power to restart Karsten's abandoned Parvovirus experiment. At the end of the fourth book he reveals that he himself had been part of those experiments and now had contracted Parvovirus XPB-19, the virus that the Virals caught, and was now also a Viral. It is unknown what abilities he has when flaring, but it is assumed that they are very similar to those of the Morris Island Pack. When flaring, his eyes glow red instead of gold.


In Virals, Chance was involved in stealing the dead body of Katherine Heaton and trying to prevent word of the murder getting out. He and Hannah ended up confronting the Virals at the end of the book where Hannah accidently shoots him.

In Seizure, the Virals rescue him from the asylum so that Chance can show them Anne Bonny's cross which they need to come a step closer to finding her treasure. Chance also lifts Tory up to help her lift the cross to the moonlight. Chance later confronts Tory, who had forced the Virals to flare, about her golden eyes and superhuman strength. Tory, feeling very guilty, convinces him that he imagined it. Chance decides that his time at the asylum isn't over, and turns himself back in.

In Code, Chance returns to his mansion to claim his fortune. When Tory, Ben, Shelton and Hi go to give Chance his part of the treasure (Anne Bonny's, from Seizure), he takes exactly one gold coin, to remind him of Tory. He begins to talk with Madison Dunkle and exchange with her his experiences with Tory and Tory's powers. Later in Code, at the cotillion, Chance helps to try and free the Morris Island Pack and Jason Taylor from a trap set by the Gamemaster.

In Exposure, he is seen multiple times threatening Tory with Karsten's parvovirus experiments. At the end of the book, Tory and her friends read a report written by Chance describing his reopening of Karsten's experiments. Chance discovers them and admits he caught the virus and is now the fifth human Viral.


Chance is extremely rich and one of the most powerful men in Charleston. He uses this power throughout the third and fourth books after claiming his family's fortune. He also uses executive authority in his position as head of Candela Pharmaceuticals to conduct research on the experimental strain of parvovirus that the Virals had caught. It is later revealed that he caught the virus and is now a Viral, but his abilities and experiences when flaring are unknown. His eyes glow red when flaring, not gold.

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