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Eric Draven

Eric Draven, also known as The Crow, is an undead vengeful ghost and a vigilante who hunts down evil criminals; especially rapists and murderers.

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

Description

"People once believed, that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest... Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right..."


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Name: Eric Draven
Alias: The Crow
Role: Antihero/Vigilante
Quest: Revenge/Justice
Race: Asian/Dutch
Origin: Lutetia City
Residence: Saint Lemeux Church (Cemetery)
Gender: Male
Age: 28
Height: 72 inches
Weight: 67.1317 kg
Hair: Black Indigo/Chocolate
Eyes: Charcoal
Costume: Black Leather/Ghost Face
Personality: Startling Humour
Parents: Brock J. Draven/Veronica Draven (Adopted)
Spouse: Shelly Webster (Deceased)
Siblings: Chris Draven (Younger Half-Brother)
Sidekicks: Nicole Mitchell (The Razor), Sergeant Darryl Albrecht (LCPD), Sarah Mohr (Child)
Vehicle: The Crow
Weakness:
Spoiler: show
if Azrael gets hurt or killed

Catchphrase: "It can't rain all the time"

Weapons: Draven is an expert at Mixed Martial Arts with Lornaine Forest Marine Corps training and photographic memory which allows him to use any object as a weapon. However, he does have his own special arsenal of weapons:
1.) Black Walnut Electric Guitar
2.) White Phosphorus Grenades
3.) Mossberg 500 Cruiser Shotgun
4.) Smith & Wesson Model 629
5.) Taurus PT92
6.) Church Spire/Weather Vane
7.) Daggers/Throwing Knives

Abilities: Draven is a revengeful ghost similar to an embodied poltergeist only much more powerful, with different weaknesses. Draven has several abilities connected to Azrael, including the ability to turn into a crow and fly, as well as night vision and crowlike senses with catlike reflexes. He is not omnipotent, however, and does have certain limitations, especially in human form. He can also perform internal cleansing and pain transferral by way of psionic inundation. Here are his most noteworthy powers and abilities:
1.) Tactile Empathy/Animal Telepathy
2.) Regeneration/Ageless/Immortality
3.) Immunity to Gas, Poison, Fire, Pain
4.) Healing Touch/Mindblow/Memory Link
5.) Super Strength, Speed, Reflexes, Jump
6.) Guitar Blast/Animal Summon/Stealth
7.) Clairvoyance/Psychometry/Crow Vision

Weaknesses: Draven died a horrible and tragic death. As such, he has certain emotional weaknesses which sometimes distract him or hinder him from staying focused and completing his mission, including feelings of sudden emptiness and loneliness or depression. Here are some of his other more major ghostly weaknesses:
1.) Migraine Headaches/Dizziness
2.) Emotional Instability/Bouts of Despair
3.) Insanity/Self-Inflicted Injury

Backstory/History:

Eric Draven was a former heavy metal guitarist in the band Hangman's Joke, which used to play at the local nightclub of Top Dollar. Eric was engaged to Shelly Webster, with their wedding scheduled for Halloween night. However, on the night before the holiday, known as Devil's Night, a gang led by the violent outlaw T-Bird murdered both Shelley and Eric in their building attic shortly after they got engaged. Shelly Webster was among most of the tenants of the apartment building protesting against Top Dollar's tenant relocation program. This was actually a ruse so Top Dollar could get them out of the building and set it on fire during the yearly acts of arson on Devil's Night, probably to make an insurance claim. This ruse didn't work out as originally planned though, so Top Dollar sent T-Bird, Funboy, Tin Tin and Skank to intimidate Shelly into backing off. T-Bird's clique broke into her room, cut her with a knife, raped her and beat Shelly in order to coerce her. However, when Eric showed up bringing groceries, the already horrible assault quickly turned into devastating murder. Tin Tin threw a knife at Eric before he and Skank restrained him. T-Bird and Funboy then shot him in the chest twice with handguns. It all ended when they threw Draven out of the window to his death from the gothic styled attic before laughing and leaving the scene, with a terrified Shelly Webster laying bloody, wounded and exposed.

Officer Albrecht was on the scene while Shelly was alive and in total agony wondering where Eric was. Albrecht lied to her about Eric to keep her going, but after 30 hours of intensive care, she succomed to her injuries and died. A year later, Devil's Night was upon them again, and Lutetia City was in even worse condition than it was before. A crow visited Eric and Shelly's grave, bringing Eric back to life. Digging himself out of his own grave, and traumatized over his death, unknowing of the additional powers the crow had given him and driven by the need to go home, Eric entered his loft, which had not been touched for a whole year since him and Shelly died. The attic was still covered with yellow caution tape, and much of the furniture had been covered with tarp during the crime scene investigation. Draven's emphatic abilities kicked into overdrive, when he touched items and picked up his cat Gabriel, causing him to re-live the memories of his death in both his own and Shelly's point of view; the memories caused him great pain and made him jump out the window he had been thrown from, catching himself at the last second off the frame and cutting his hands in the process. When he came back in, Eric discovered he could regenerate, so he declared revenge on the gang. He put on new clothes with a black leather trenchcoat and painted his face white, taking on the persona of the crow in the form of a living ghost with the sole mission of murdering everyone involved in his and Shelly's deaths.

Eric was resurrected by the crow in order to exact revenge on T-Bird and his gang. Draven's first victim was Tin Tin, who tried to throw knives at him, but Draven's new supernatural reflexes allowed him to catch the knives and throw them back, impaling Tin Tin to a crate. Eric used the knives to torture information out of Tin Tin before piercing all of his major organs in alphabetical order, using his blood to draw a symbol of the crow. This symbol later became Eric's trademark as the police started to investigate the mysterious crime spree left in Eric's wake. Draven followed Tin Tin's confession over to the pawn shop where he recovered his engagement ring and his electric guitar before setting the place on fire with gasoline. Next he headed to a place called The Pit to kill the rest of the gang, but on his way he saved the skateboarding young street urchin Sarah from getting hit by a car. At first she was ungrateful, but after she commented that her skating was more like surfing and that she wished the rain would stop just once, Eric Draven replied: "It can't rain all the time," something he frequently told Sarah when he was still alive. Recognizing his voice but not his makeup or costume, Sarah turned and called out to him, but by then he had already vanished.

Slowly but surely, Draven toyed with each and every one of his victims. Funboy was shooting up morphine needles with Sarah's mom Darla when the crow flew in and landed on the TV in their motel room. At first Funboy joked around and tried to call the black squawking bird over to him, but then Draven startled him by entering the window. Funboy pulled a gun on him and threatened him to leave, but Eric just smiled and grabbed the gun barrel. Funboy pulled the trigger, and laughed insanely when Draven pulled his hand back, faking pain, but quickly became fearful as the hole in Draven's hand regenerated right in front of him. He shot at Draven's chest a couple more times before he slapped the gun away, causing Funboy to shoot himself in the leg. Stoned, frightened and thinking she's hallucinating, Darla tried to lock herself in the bathroom. But Draven busted the door down and used his powers to drain the morphine from her veins before giving her a lecture on motherhood. Darla realized the truth in what he had said and left in a haste, deciding to change her life around immediately and become a better mom for her daughter, who she had left in the streets.

Draven proceeded to toy with Funboy next by impaling him with several morphine needles, sticking them all into his chest. The police barely arrived just in time to see Funboy dying as Draven winked before leaving through the window and vanishing without a trace. He then went after T-Bird, hijacking him in his own car and forcing him to drive off the docks before exploding and fusing with his own vehicle in a blaze of glory. Draven then left his mark, drawing the crow emblem with liter fluid and a zippo liter to mark the spot. Finally, he visited Top Dollar's club and demanded to see Skank, the last one on his hit list. But instead, Top Dollar's goons opened fire and shot him up with over a hundred rounds from submachine guns. Draven fell on the other side of the table, and everyone presumed it was over until they looked around the table and couldn't find him. At that moment, Eric Draven cut the lights and proceeded to kill everyone in the room, despite being shot several times in the process. Skank tried to weasel his way out by claiming that he wasn't Skank, but that Eric had just killed Skank, pointing to one of the bodies. This didn't work, however, as Draven then proceeded to throw Skank out of the window in the same exact manner Skank's crew had thrown him to his own death. Needless to say, Skank died as his body landed on top of a cop car, causing the police to give chase to their ghost avenger once again. But once again he escaped before they could catch him, disappearing into the night.

It was at that time that Top Dollar, his girlfriend Myca and their accomplice Grange discovered the source of Eric's powers. They managed to capture the crow, and Top Dollar shot its wing, an act which weakened Draven significantly and took away his ability to regenerate. Top Dollar then shot Eric and began to torture him into submission. Grange warned Top Dollar that the crow was still alive, but Top Dollar continued to kick Eric and throw him around. Before he could finish killing the crow, Officer Albrecht suddenly appeared and shot Grange to death, causing Top Dollar to kidnap Sarah, taking her hostage as he escaped to the rooftop. Myca disabled Albrecht and confronted Eric, stating that she planned to take his powers for herself. But before she could, the crow suddenly became hostile and pecked out her eyes with its beak, causing Myca to fall to her death. Draven then chased Top Dollar to the rooftop, offering to exchange himself for Sarah, but Top Dollar instead threw her off the rooftop. Sarah barely hung on by grabbing the eaves and clinging for dear life.

Top Dollar pulled out his cane sword katana and tried to cut Eric down, but he grabbed a weather vane and used it as a makeshift sword to fight back. Top Dollar eventually gained the upper hand by stabbing him in the back, before confessing that it was he who had given the order to kill Eric and Shelly in their loft, saying that nothing happens in Lutetia City without his permission. Eric however, grabbed Top Dollar by the head with his bare hands, administering the memory of Shelly's thirty hour death all at once. This caused Top Dollar's mind to cave in, which in turn caused him to cry blood before stumbling and falling off the church, impaling himself on a gargoyle-shaped eavesdrop. Eric saved Sarah, and took her to the wounded Albrecht, before thanking him for his help. Draven then returned to his grave and disappeared once again before more cops showed up, leaving only the crow behind to watch over Sarah and keep her company. The crow gave Sarah the engagement ring that had once belonged to Shelly, then cawled at her before flying away once its wing had healed. That may seem like the end of the story, but really it's only the beginning. Whatever the crow sees, Eric Draven sees, watching and waiting for the right time and place to come again and leave his mark on the world, as a warning to evil-doers.

Miscellaneous:

Eric Draven was a native of Shintenchi and was adopted by Lt. Col. Brock Draven and his pregnant wife Veronica when he was three. Brock later died in Shintenchi but not before giving Eric his dog tags, which he later gave to his brother Chris. Eric spent time in Lutetia City Juvenile Hall, taking the blame when his brother Chris stole money from their foster mother to buy comics. Shelly first met Eric when she was taking pictures of his band; he stopped a man from harassing her. The two instantly fell in love at first sight, and the rest is history.

Eric and Shelly once visited a fortune teller who showed their tarot cards. Eric picked the Lovers, while Shelly picked Death, an omen of what was to come. Eric and Chris became estranged when Chris stole one of Shelly's cameras. Eric had served in the Lornaine Forest Marine Corps for some time, but planned to marry Shelly when he returned home. The couple got engaged, but right before their wedding on the night of their anniversary, Eric and Shelly were murdered. When he died, Eric was 28, and has remained a ghost ever since.

As the undead, or reborn, Eric does not need to eat or sleep and is incapable of feeling physical pain. His supernatural strength and endurance allows him to overcome any adversary, even those that are otherwise untouchable. He is also able to see through the eyes of the crow. Eric is superhumanly agile with cat-like reflexes and heightened senses, including cat-like night vision and crow-like focus. He is nearly invulnerable to harm due to his ability to quickly regenerate and cannot be harmed by conventional means if sustained in the act of fulfilling his vengeance. He is immune to sickness and decay, and is unaffected by cider, drugs, alcohol or poison. Eric seems to have the power to heal others to some extent; one example is when he purged the morphine in Darla Mohr's body simply by touching her. Eric's powers are tied to the crow avatar that watches over him while he enacts his vengeance; his powers subside if the crow avatar is injured or destroyed. This seems to be his only real weakness, as nothing else can stop him.

There does seems to be a limit to his healing ability, however, if self inflicted. Eric once slit his own wrists in a fit of despair. The wounds he inflicted upon himself would not heal normally so he wrapped his arms in electrical tape. Eric has tactile telepathy and empathy, able to feel the emotions and see the memories of others by touching them. He can also absorb and store these memories and emotions to transfer into others, usually as a form of torture; this is shown when he virtually killed Top Dollar by making him feel thirty hours of Shelly's pain, driving him insane and causing him to fall to his death.

Eric has the ability to change his face from his normal form and his face-paint form. The change only occurs when someone pushes him into a rage, or inflicts damage on his crow familiar. Eric once lost his healing ability and his face changed back to his normal form after Top Dollar shot the bird. But eventually his powers returned as the crow healed from its injury. His eyes and painted smile sometimes appear darker and more defined. Eric sometimes uses white phosphorus grenades to exact his revenge, often dropping a grenade into the laps of his restrained victims in order to take away their manhood, especially if they are rapists.

Due to the death of his fiance Shelly, he has a particular hate for rapists and murderers. He is a revengeful ghost, and will stop at nothing to enforce justice and bring punishment to anyone who he deems evil enough. His creativity and methods of execution are quite imaginative and colorful, and he often leaves his mark so that others will know it was him. This makes him a sort of vigilante. But because he is already deceased, detectives have a difficult time with investigations, and because everyone he murders is a diehard criminal hated by the justice department, they usually chalk it up to some internal gang related homicide and don't usually put too much effort into solving the mystery, since nobody cares. That and Officer Albrecht also intentionally trashed his case file so there would be no record of him. Sergeant Darryl Albrecht also took care of Eric's white cat Gabriel for a time, who besides the crow, Draven also seems to share a telepathic and visual connection with. After the death of Sergeant Albrecht, the cat ended up on the streets in the care of the Mohr family. Both the cat and the crow are ageless and virtually immortal unless injured or killed. Draven has a cat-like prowess and likes to toy with his victims, playing games of cat and mouse.

So begins...

Eric Draven's Story

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Character Portrait: Élodie Blanc Character Portrait: Eric Draven Character Portrait: Ninette Segal Character Portrait: Nicole Mitchell Character Portrait: Giovanni Bistreo
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. . . Lutetia City, the rat swamp, as some called it. Some parts of the city were absolutely gorgeous, especially near Saint Lemeux, with its old history and timeless buildings. During the day, the downtown area of Saint Lemeux was absolutely marvelous to behold with its carefully crafted old gothic-styled grey stone architecture and hanging green vines and air plants, large statues and menacing gargoyles, beautiful cherubs and angels, and bright red thorny rose gardens. Here it looked like Paris, with its cobble stone roadways and sidewalks, and the large St. Lemeux Cathedral with its enormous blue church staples, yellow clock tower and vivid multi-colorful stained glass windows. Saint Lemeux made downtown Lutetia look like a peaceful, busy little sanctum. At least during the daylight hours.

. . . But at night, this was a different place. It was dark, shadowy, cold, quiet, a little foggy and spooky. Saint Lemeux seemed like a ghost town at night, with the only real street activity being the presence of the parting monks in their black hooded robes and bone chilling vocals as they sang together in harmony without playing any other music, sounds or instruments. Their angelic voices echoed their Evêquec faith, giving the downtown area an aire of gothic mysticism and sanctified holiness that rivalled even the best gospel singers of the time. All the colors in the city faded to black, and the only light besides the moonlight came from the old black lamp posts on the sidewalks and whatever other hues could be seen cascading from the stained glass windows on to the cobbled streets.

. . . Nicole Mitchell Shang was sitting on the steeply pitched rooftop of the very tall clock tower as it began to chime, it's loud automatically functioning internal clock bell echoing over the city, signifying that it was now midnight once again. She watched quietly from the shadowy eaves behind a stone statue of a small hooded angel with its outstretched wings, somewhat bearing the likeness of the blessed virgin mother. Nicole wasn't a very religious person herself, having come from Tianshi City in Shintenchi and hailing from a family of mostly Shinto practitioners like her father. She had been buried at her family's ancestral tomb, which was a large stone rectangular sepulchre which sat above ground at the Tianshi Grand Temple, unlike the individually marked crosses and gravestones she saw at the Saint Lemeux Cemetery where her friend Eric Draven had been laid to rest.

. . . Nicole sometimes visited the church's cemetery in order to pay homage to Eric's grave, as well as to Sergeant Darryl Albrecht's grave. Officer Albrecht had been a police officer and a detective of the LCPD who had been killed in action while helping Nicole and Draven to take down a powerful crime syndicate, and Nicole sometimes left red roses by their headstones to pay her respects. Terra in general was a dangerous place to roam about at night, and Lutetia City was no exception. Especially here in Saint Lemeux, where werewolves and vampires like Alec Constantine of the Vankoryth Détente lingered, hunted by people like Marc Favre of the Ardalean Society, and where Lutetia City Police sirens and cruisers echoed throughout the night, followed by rushing firetruck engines and the occasional ambulances originating from Saint Abelard Hospital, usually to clean up the mess.

. . . It was here where pathologists like Ninette Segal worked together with officers like Élodie Blanc to try and solve some of the many cases that came pouring in every single day, some more stranger than others. Luckily for Nicole and Draven, they didn't have that problem. Sergeant Albrecht had taken the liberty of scrambling their case files and deleting all evidence of their existence before he died. The other detectives down at the LCPD were already aware of Officer Albrecht's misconduct and had planned to do an investigation on him after the Van Drake case, but unfortunately he was murdered in the line of duty before they could even put the pressure on or squeeze him for information. Darryl Albrecht had taken his secrets to the grave, which meant that nobody would go looking for Nicole Mitchell, or start suspecting her of anything, especially since she was already dead.

. . . But Nicole was not a vampire, or a revenant of the undead. She didn't bite people, drink blood or perform lycanthropic acts of cannibalism on unsuspecting victims. Nicole was something else entirely, like a ghost, a poltergeist or something beyond the normal happenings throughout the city. She had been summoned, brought back from the dead by a white cat named Gabriel in order to avenge her sad and despairing soul. Was her body possessed by an archangel? Nicole Mitchell Shang wasn't entirely sure what had happened to her, or how it all worked out, but she was absolutely certain that there had been a genuine reason for why she had been risen from the dead. With her father's killer now behind bars at Saint Lemeux Prison, she wondered how long she would be destined to continue roaming the planet, bouncing from city to city, fighting crime and taking out the bad guys until she could finally rest in peace.

. . . Nicole Mitchell gazed ahead at the giant yellow moon on the horizon, overlooking the nightly lit city streets below. The church's clock tower was amazingly tall and gothic, with its yellow clock face appearing almost as large as the moon itself, several tens of stories high where the wind blew evermore intensely with no buildings to obstruct it. Nicole's dark almond colored hair blew wildly behind her as her long black leather trenchcoat flickered and flowed along with the chilly breeze. Most people would have been able to see their own breath as they exhaled from that high up. But since she was already dead, when Nicole sighed heavily, no air came from her lungs. It was as if she had only been reinacting what natural breathing habits she had in life, for the act alone was useless. Nicole didn't need to breathe. She could neither drowned nor suffocate. She could not be harmed by flames, stakes or even silver bullets, for she had become something else entirely, something supernatural which could not be explained so easily. As the white cat Gabriel jumped up on the ledge of the rooftop and laid down beside her, Nicole began to pet him quietly while lost in her own thoughts, or what she could only perceive to be her own memories.