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Darien Blackdagger

A deal's a deal.

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by LawOfTheLand

Inventory

This simple gold coin seems convenient for carrying around as a store of value.
This simple gold coin seems convenient for carrying around as a store of value.
A decorative gold ring.

Description

(Avatar done by Kitsune Notunai of DeviantArt.)

Darien stands about 5 foot 8 and is unusually light on his feet, even for his compact frame. He prefers a "dressed to kill" approach to his wardrobe, the better to solve potentially sticky problems with his words alone before having to resort to violence.

Personality

Darien tries to carry himself as the sort of guy that one would love to have a drink with, but would rather not piss off. On a job, however, he is sullen, speaks only when necessary, and otherwise does what he has to the get the job done so he can go back to being himself. He takes care to choose his words for the maximum effect on his audience, and to accomplish this he prefers to let the other person make their introductions first.

In the company of those that have already made his acquaintance, he seems to pick up right where the two of them left off every time. Some find it creepy, while others find him useful for reminders of previous conversations. His normally calm demeanor heats up to boiling when he witnesses a woman being exploited by another, so much so that he's unable to do much about the situation.

Equipment

A dizzying array of spy tools come packaged in what appears to be a dildo when stored (an invention of his own design, and with the gear removed, it still is able to perform its "primary" function). More visible is his "locksmith's kit" around his waist for getting into and out of all manner of trouble. A rapier hangs at his waist for when he needs to fight, and a boot dagger of an unusually dark-colored alloy is for those times when he needs a close-range weapon, not to mention that it fits well with his given name. He now makes a point of only carrying poisons when he knows what he's going to use them for after a rather unfortunate accident involving a landslide.

For silent kills from a distance, Darien packs a hand crossbow and typically between 5-10 bolts. Sure, it's got less of a "punch" than the sort one needs to hold in two hands and it's got a shorter effective distance, but it's easier to conceal. His assassin training has taught him not only how to apply poisons without risk of self-exposure, but also to become more resistant to toxins of all sorts should someone try the same trick on him through the old-fashioned but effective method of inoculation. For more straight-up encounters, Darien hides an elven-crafted mithral shirt under his normal clothing. Both harder and lighter than steel, it lets him move just as nimbly as if he was unarmored, but anyone that goes for an unarmed punch to his torso is in for a nasty surprise.

Currently, Darien is interested in the science behind crafting poisons, and can frequently be seen with his nose in a book about herbology, chemistry, or some other related field. Aside from giving him new insights into being able to make toxic substances when the situation calls for it, he's picking up a lot of secondary knowledge that could prove useful should he ever give up the life of a professional killer for some other field of work. This is quickly becoming a more attractive option than he'd care to admit, and has even led to the occasional mishap, but he knows all too well the consequences if the right people learn of his decision. To alleviate this, he's gone into full-time "research and development" for the family, using profits gained through running a brothel to fund his experiments.

The rapier, which Darien affectionately refers to as the "Point of No Return", is a rather specialized weapon in that it does considerable damage against creatures from the lower worlds (demons, devils, and their ilk), but slightly less than normal against everything else. Still, his practice in delivering precise strikes to vital areas tends to mitigate this shortcoming.

Darien has had his blood awakened, and as such has the following abilities:

-Doublespeak: Darien is very good at getting most people to believe in the veracity of his words and actions, partly because his kind is itself bound by laws and partly because he is just that talented at bullshitting. He uses this to his advantage to deceive targets and get them to lower their guard so he has a better chance of hitting home with the one attack he needs. While blatantly self-destructive instructions will break the spell, grossly stupid, Darwin Award-worthy courses of action are totally fine. Usable at will.

-Sphere of Shadow: A personal-range spell that extends out to 20 feet from himself covers the area in supernatural shadow that Darien can see through perfectly, but which is likely to confuse and disorient foes that get in close because mundane lights quickly die out in this range when the ability is active. Should he ever leave the ground, this spell will live up to its name, but since one usually fights on the ground, all most people see is the hemisphere above the surface. Usable once per day.

-Smite: The inherent calculating nature of his ancestors (which he most highly resents) leads him to be able to gain temporary insight into the foe's movements and actions, which manifests itself in increased power and accuracy on the next attack used during the round he activates this ability.

-Blood Freezer: If Darien can survive 2 turns without taking damage and keeping his foe in sight the entire time, he can make a special melee attack once during the next 2 rounds that can hamper the foe's ability to move and react for the rest of the encounter on a hit, whether he's armed or not. If the attack fails, or if he waits more than 2 rounds after the study is complete, the opportunity is wasted and he must begin the process again.

-Furious Incarnation: Darien can draw out the full power of his blood, becoming a hulking brute with bat wings, spear-pointed tail, red skin, blood-stained bone horns, the whole nine yards. In this state, his physical and mental attributes are greatly enhanced, but the cost of this is entering a Hulk-like state of rampage.

History

The star-crossed coupling of a noble Erinyes (one Korosatharis, the avenger of sexual violence) and a foolish assassin who summoned her led to Darien's birth after a couple of generations, leading to an early induction into the way of shadow. He had an uncanny knack for hiding the outward signs of his divine heritage with all sorts of disguises, combined with a quick blade and a quicker wit. All these gifts led to him being one of the chief advisors of the clan he was born into despite his young age, but he's none too quick on the uptake...nowadays he restricts himself to "research and development" with a particular emphasis on distractions, though he's more known for his aphrodisiacs.

Also owing to the unusual nature of his genesis, Darien has started attempting to cultivate a reputation as a ladies' man, and while he knows he has all the necessary tools to become quite the gigolo, he had the misfortune of running across a rather insatiable redhead when starting his collection, and their relationship has grown rather complex, to the point of them opening a brothel to act as a cover for all the shenanigans he's found himself getting into now that he's opened the floodgates for other succubi to make their way to the plane. When his co-owner left to "pursue other opportunities", circumstances forced him to sell the brothel to pay off a loan he took from the Demon Lord of Greed, and now he's back to his roots as an operative of the Assassin's Society, though his current mission seems more than a little quixotic at first glance.

Things are starting to look back up, however, as a young necromancer by the name of Antheia Dorrdie has come to view him as a big brother figure, full of book learning and little else.

So begins...

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Darien Blackdagger sees Aimee getting raped...on the floor of the bar? But with three other men standing there with guns drawn, it was beyond his power to be able to get rid of all three before one of them took note and killed her right then and there. Plus, today was supposed to be his off day.

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 Hey, you four. Do you guys really get off to rape? I mean, as beautiful as she is, and as satisfying as it might be to corrupt something that beautiful and pure, wouldn't...

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Darien Blackdagger sees Johnny looking to throw his sword, and with lightning reflexes draws his rapier and parries the near-fatal blow.

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Darien Blackdagger looks on, powerless to stop the men from having their fun, but still able to cuss out the man looking on. "So, you get off to rape, huh? I'm all for a little show with my beer, but the guns out are just killing the mood."

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 (( I thought Jegun was a bouncer, so shouldn't he be trying to stop this? ))

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 (( Fuck this bullshit of Aimee getting raped in the middle of the bar. SHIT JUST GOT REAL, BITCHES. ))

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Darien Blackdagger is finally free of the ice that the thing of snow and ice seemed to launch from his hands. Seeing Aimee--such a beautiful girl, too--in such a state saddened even one who was no stranger to murder.

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Darien Blackdagger walks in with a yellow hoodie and blue jeans. Too many assassins made their profession at least guessable by always dressing totally in black. It took one of true skill to dress in anything and still be able to carry out the job. A black bodysuit helped, but you didn't have to wear it to a bar, sheesh.

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 Hmm...I wonder if there are any hotties around here like there was the other night.

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 (( I've got some minor magical talent. ))

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 Oi, bring on the entertainment! Surely a place like this doesn't just offer...WHAT THE HELL?

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Darien Blackdagger jumps back as Danny walks in while still in his mech.

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 No shit. How are you supposed to have any fun here if you don't shed your armor every so often?

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 About time you got out of your damn shell. You come here often, and if so, where are the fine women?

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Darien Blackdagger whips out his rapier and parries Jak Lamarr's swing.

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 (( There's your IC explanation. :P ))

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Darien Blackdagger ducks to dodge the executioner's chop. "You know, for an elf, you've got a lot to learn about swordplay."

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Darien Blackdagger walks over to Tawanos, blade still trained on Jak. "He may be pitiful, but I guess everyone has to start somewhere, eh?"

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Darien Blackdagger is walking up to the bar when he notices someone aiming a rocket at the bar. As abnormal as the bar was, this probably wasn't in the status quo...

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Darien Blackdagger walks up to Crackbone while applying a knockout poison to his rapier. It just looks like he's polishing it, though. "Excuse me, sir, why are you playing with such a dangerous toy?"