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Henry Darlington

An Ex-army doctor who was sentenced to hang for a string of bloody murders under the alias "The Rook"

0 · 208 views · located in 1856, Victorian London

a character in “Check Mate”, as played by XavierDantius32



Name/Nickname: Henry Darlington "The Rook"
Sex: Male
Age: 35
Marital Status:Single
Profession: Doctor


Height: 5'9
Weight: 190lb
Hair: Black, balding
Eyes: Bluey grey, like the sea
Complexion/Skin Tone: Sallow skin with childhood acne pockmarks
Distinguishing Marks/Scars: Small scar on the left cheek.
Appearance (how does your character carry themselves?): Henry walks with a limp due to an old war wound. Since he has taken on the guise of "The Rook" Henry walks with a slump to his shoulders, partly to blend in with the crowds.


Likes: The act of stalking his prey, women
Dislikes: The law
Physical Condition/Health/Disabilities: Overall, henry is in fine health for a man of his age. His only disability is the wound in his left leg, causing him to limp noticably
Family: None know.
Goals/Life’s ambition: To survive and to keep killing till he is caught
Bad Habits?: The act of dismembering of dead bodies. The pathological compulsion to kill
Equipment: A razor sharp scalpel with a two inch blade and a small flintlock dueling pistol.

Henry is a tall and wiry with a haughty demeanour and features to match. The lack of hair on his scalp and the size of his nose make him look very much like a bald eagle. He tends to wear dark inconspicuous clothing, that make him melt into the bustling crowd on the streets in London. He is always wearing a dark brown cape with a wide hood that obscures his face. He walks with a limp due to the fragments of a musket ball in his left leg received in battle.


Henry likes killing and the act of murder. He finds it exhilarating. For him, murder is like taking a drug or drinking. He is simply addicted to it and will keep killing until he himself is killed.


Henry acquired some exceptional knife-skills as a surgeon in the Crimea and thus, carries one around with him at all times. This is normally a scalpel with a short, one to two inch blade, perfect for cutting and slicing flesh.


Henry Darlington was a doctor in the British army during the Crimean War of 1853 and was part of the sacking of Sevastopal in 1855. It was here that he acquired his taste for dismemberment and bloodshed. On his return to England he used the money he earned to set up a back street surgery in the Old Nichol slum in the east end of London.

Here, he misused his position as a surgeon to commit a series of rather gruesome murders under the alias “The Rook”. He slashed the throat and wrists of his victims, who were usually female, then removing the fingers and toes of his victims.

He was apprehended by the police after being caught dumping a collection of knives and dismembered body parts in the Thames. He was convicted and sentenced to hang. As his coach travelled down the packed streets of London to the gallows he used his handcuffs to strangle one of the officers and finished the other with a blow to the side of the head. Henry disappeared into the bustling streets of London, a free man. With every intention of killing again.

So begins...

Henry Darlington's Story