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Demetri Thales "The Eclipse"

"No, I don't go out naked. Yes, I've thought about it."

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

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Demetri Thales: The Eclipse
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Name: Demetri Thales: The Eclipse. Nickname would be Dem/Demmy/Dema.
Ethnic Group/Race/Species: Metahuman, Hispanic.
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Date of Birth: On an eclipse?
Height: Tall
Weight: Average
Hair color: Black (samples show a light auburn)
Eye color: Black (tests suggest blue)
Skin tone/color: Black (samples show tanned, olive skin)
Appearance quirks/other: Appears as a pitch black silhouette, no matter the light in the room. Any clothes he wears also turn pitch black.
Personality: A goofball at heart, but finds it difficult to let go of the constant brooding associated with his superhero alter ego. Really an extrovert, and seeks social encounters. Has a dry sense of humour, and very aware of all the usual questions people have about his unique affliction.
Quirks: You guessed it, he has a Darkroom set up in his flat.
Likes/Hobbies: Videogames,TV shows, movies, writing, fashion, photography and scented candles. Likes going out but can find it difficult, appropriately so.
Dislikes/Nopes: Assholes. Being gawked at. Seafood.
Significant Other: I think he might have had a girlfriend
Family: Parents, divorced.
Place of Residence: Wing City.
Education: Passed high school with decent grades across the board. Very good writing/literature/English skills in particular.

Profession/Skills:

Fighter: Under private specialist lessons, Demetri has learnt how to fight both offensively and defensively. Working closely with his tutor, Demetri has even developed his own fighting style which uses traditional martial arts but uses stances that maximise use of his ability.

Shadow: Suitably, Demetri has also trained extensively in stealth to produce as little noise as possible while applying less conspicuous means of dispatching foes.

Abilities/Gadgets:

THE ECLIPSE: Demetri's body organically absorbs 100% of light it comes into contact with. He can also willingly sap the light out of anything he touches, and release this stored up light externally. While this means his body always appears pitch black no matter how lit his surroundings are, this does grant him a number of interesting powers.

Dark Touch: Demetri can sap the light out of anything he touches. Any light that object would normally reflect is instead absorbed by Demetri. The object turns pitch black in the same way Demetri is. This works on other people, as well. Clothes or other items that are constantly in contact with Demetri’s body will naturally have their light absorbed over time regardless of will. As soon as contact is severed, light will continue to reflect normally off the object. This goes for Demetri as well; if a limb of his is severed, natural colour will be restored to it. Open wounds may also be visible, as blood that leaves his body will reflect light.

Light Burst: Demetri can release a large amount of light from his body at once, resulting in a bright explosion firing away from Demetri in all directions.

Light Beam: Demetri can focus continuous beams of light through his body, firing them through a limb (generally his hand(s)). While blinding, these light rays (or projectiles) also burn and apply intense concussive force. With a similar method, Demetri can project a harmless ray of light to act as torch and light up areas.

Eclipsing: A meditative state Demetri enters to slowly but safely release the pent up light. He appears pitch black and eclipsed in light.

Life Goal: Make some friends. Maybe find a way to have light reflect off him.
Crippling weaknesses/Fears: Generalised anxiety disorder. Finds it hard to open up to friends.

Backstory:
Demetri has had a life of traumatic misunderstandings and stunning shows of willpower, but really he’s not all that different from you or I.

While being born, Demetri drained the light out of his mother and seemed to appear to his parents as a black void. When he started crying he started bursting with light, blinding nearby doctors and his father. While colour returned to his mother over time, it seemed to be the case that Demetri was to remain this way permanently. It proved extremely difficult for doctors to figure out his condition, as they were unable to see any specific parts on his body like veins or muscles. Tissue samples could be taken, which could then be analysed and yielded no abnormal results. Being passed around scientists and doctors alike with much discretion, infrared cameras/gel could prove that Demetri was a perfectly healthy boy if only a little undernourished. Photodetector tests showed that as soon as a ray of light hit Demetri’s body it was completely absorbed as opposed to his body only partially absorbing light and reflecting the rest (which would render him properly visible like everyone else).

Demetri’s relationship with his parents was strained to say the least. His father was permanently blinded and was never able to give his son for that. Demetri’s mother guilted herself into believing she was the cause for his peculiar state, a belief no medical test could prove. Dem tended to be more of his mother’s child due to this, causing his father to cast some of his misgivings from him onto her. In one case of domestic abuse Demetri blasted his father back by firing a beam of light from his hands. Ultimately his parents went for a divorce, after which his father disappeared from his life completely.

School life was no easier. Demetri knew exactly how he was different from others, but didn’t expect just how much of a role his condition would play in ostracising him. He learnt to be more expressive to make up for the fact no one could see his facial expressions. This led to him taking up the role of the class clown, tending to act out or perform pranks so that the other kids would like him. This had limited success, and didn’t help with his teachers’ perception despite decent success in his schoolwork. Demetri left primary school with no long lasting friendships.

Secondary school was a slight improvement. While it was still just as hard to make friendships, teachers were more nurturing of Demetri’s academic skills. Through his English teacher he was able to get a part time job writing in a local news comedy column (under a pen name of course, Daniel Thesis). After school sports were out, as his school opted not to let him join any teams to avoid any criticism. During high school he was able to start taking self defence classes, knowing that there were people like his father out there that might try to hurt him or someone he cared about. Weekly group sessions quickly turned into private training when it became apparent Demetri would need a self tailored approach to self defence. Together with his trainer he learns a unique take on martial arts that makes use of his natural ability to appear pitch black. Arguably more amazingly, Demetri is taught mindfulness that unlocks his ability to enter an “eclipsed” state, in which he is able to release all the stored up light he has absorbed. This leads to his control over various light projection abilities that he and his coach practise.

No longer was Demetri merely aware of his body, he had ownership of it. He was developing a level of genuine self confidence he never had, even if his social life stayed at arms length. The idea of superheroics actually came from his personal trainer, when discussing the possible applications for his abilities. At first Demetri was enamoured by the idea of getting to wear a costume in a rare moment of ignorance, but seriously considered vigilantism the more he thought about it. He’d never been a huge fan of superhero pop culture and the like, but couldn’t deny he felt some connection to all the freaks and weirdos in those blockbuster movies who all seem to end up fighting crime. While he may be cursed in his personal life, he had abilities that could only really be used in the defence of others. Besides, it wasn’t like the police force would let him shoot laser beams at criminals.

Finished with high school, Demetri had the grades to go on to college or university. But instead he opted to live a modest life, acquiring a flat and focusing on his writing career to sustain himself. Him and his mother would still support each other and meet monthly. He continued to work with his personal trainer, taking their lead in how Demmy approached the vigilante thing. With combat skills and a reasonable amount of control over his abilities, his trainer enlisted the help of an outsider to hone one more skill: The Art of Stealth. Demetri trained to run silently on nightingale floors, and learnt methods of dispatching opponents efficiently and quietly. Still, it wouldn’t be too hard for someone Demmy came up against to identify his secret identity. This would mean he could only operate at night, or in the dark. At least until he got the kind of help that could stop that being an issue.

Nowadays Demetri still takes private self defence classes to further work on his fighting style and superhuman abilities. He acts as the lone superhero “The Eclipse”, continues to work as a freelance writer (he’s writing a novel!) and goes out clubbing.

So begins...

Demetri Thales "The Eclipse"'s Story