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Legion Gerasene

World-weary (but classy) former General of the Satanic forces. After an unfortunate encounter with the Son of God (Mark 5:1-17) Legion found himself dishonored, disillusioned, and without a job. What's an ex-demon to do?

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

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Appearance: Legion strikes a distinguished figure; smartly dressed in a single-breasted Armani suit, filling out the lines of the cut expertly. The ex-demon takes a great deal of pride in this human disguise, considering how much time was spent tailoring the appearance of the body. After all, fingernails and toes are tricky things to master in the art of Illusion Magic.

The only thing that impervious to cloaking seem to be Legion's eyes. They will always remain demonic; burning fiercely with a garnet light. To avoid startling people while in public, Legion has taken to wearing pitch-black Oakley shades at all hours.

All of this makes the former General look like an extra from Men in Black, as Liesha Kennicot so fondly observes. Whether or not this is true (it isn't), this gentlemanly human form helps Legion not look out of place at the Broadway shows and high-class restaurants he so enjoys.

Personality: Legion is inescapably polite and well-spoken, charming and friendly to a fault. Though his grasp of English is remarkable, he still stumbles through the odd idiom or reference to pop culture.

The ex-demon's sense of humor is quite broad, and he considers himself sensitive to life's subtle ironies -- the greatest of which, he feels, is within himself. While a collected and mature individual on the outside, he is often childlike and innocent when it comes to the Earthly realm, and the reasoning of humans.

Abilities: He's given to 'saving the day' as the humans call it, simply doing what he feels is 'right.' Legion deals primarily in elemental manipulation (fire being his usual weapon of choice) but over the years, friendships with various mages and casters of different caliber have left him with bits of more .. involved magic added to his arsenal.

Before the Event, Legion thrived in chaos and bloodshed. These days, he would rather talk it out with the high-strung slayers bounding over to vanquish him. Dutifully, he explains that he is merely a demon by race and not by career. If that doesn't work, then sparks might fly.

History

"The Disciples went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. ..

.. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.

"What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won't torture me!" He shouted at the top of his voice, for Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you evil spirit!"

Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"

"My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many."

And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them." He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region." (Mark 5: 1-17)


After his troops were flung into a herd of pigs, Legion knew he would be expecting a rather nasty employee evaluation the next month. More than that, the encounter with the Son of God shattered his worldview, leaving him quite alone and in need of a priority change. The ex-demon found himself painfully contemplating the words 'violent grace.'

Now that he had been 'dressed' and put in his 'right mind', Legion began to forge his own path. He had been thrust out of the norm and past the reasoning of any normal demon. Humans were no longer just objects to be tormented, they were objects to be envied. His attempts to 'do good' after the Event were timid. Could a demon achieve salvation?

Of course not.

Still, Legion was determined to make the best of what had happened to him. In the end, he feels he is better of for it. His prestige was traded for perspective -- and strolling around the human cities enjoying their foot and their entertainment, Legion realizes that it is here -- not in the Lower Berth -- where clarity is truly clear.

Legion struck up a friendship with Liesha Kennicot in her Victim Assistance years -- and with that friendship came a few consultation jobs. Though he could not become an SCD agent by reasons of birth (not that he'd ever become one) he has remained Liesha's close confidant over the years, watching curiously and with no small confusion as she proceeded to fall in 'love' with him.

He will do what he can, and when the FInal Trumpet sounds -- Legion has a feeling that his story will draw to a close.

So begins...

Legion Gerasene's Story

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Legion Gerasene "The magicks of brushstrokes; charms and spells woven into ink are beyond me." Legion stared as the ink still simmered away at his human guise, "I could remove it, of course. The bodily harm would be nothing."

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Legion Gerasene "Then again--I would be without a human hand. And that could be troubling."

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Legion Gerasene 's eyebrows knitted together. The horrors of the village were getting closer to the lady as she cowered in the corner of her painting.

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Legion Gerasene "Ah. That is...interesting." Legion tilted his head to the side again. He had seen strange things, of course, and this careless removal of limbs did nothing but remind him how common the uncommon was, these days. He took the hand, stared closely at the painting.

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Legion Gerasene "I do not understand why you did this in the first place." The ex-demon sighed, and he wiped away the most ink he could. Some had dried quickly, leaving a sort of void series of smears. Legion would have advised the woman not to go near them, but she was probably smarter than that. For the most part the danger was gone.

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Legion Gerasene "Such a shame. It was a charming scene. Perhaps our friend here would be so kind as to repaint you a new--much less startling--one?" Legion passed her her hand.

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Legion Gerasene "Fun, I suppose." Legion kept the frost out of his voice. He was generally in a state of contemplation and kindness, but his scales felt a bit rubbed the wrong way. The ex-demon tried to let it go, though, "I believe I might keep this hand in exchange for that brush. I will not allow you to experiment further."

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Legion Gerasene "If it were a normal painting, then I would have no qualms. But I was about to speak with the lady. And it is, of course, a bit rude to intrude so suddenly on her surroundings. In fact, she will need a new canvas entirely." Legion narrowed his eyes and inspected the heavy smears.

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Legion Gerasene handed the hand [lol] back, reluctantly, "I suppose it would be inconsiderate of me to hold one of your body parts hostage."

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Legion Gerasene turned back to the lady, "I will see to it that you get a new canvas--either that or you will be freed, if you are captive. Of course you could have been the passive creation of some artist. Which is it, Lady?"

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Legion Gerasene "I'm not sure. You rushed over so quickly, no one here ever got to introduce themselves."

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Legion Gerasene "I am no innocent!" Legion told the woman seated across from him. He looked regretfully to the lady in the painting, "Is there anything that I can do for you?"

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Legion Gerasene "May I know your name?" Legion asked gently.

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Legion Gerasene "I am Legion Gerasene." The ex-demon nodded. He appreciated the confidence in the young woman, who in the midst of all the clamor still had the presence of mind to flip her hair, "And I do so apologize that your home has been ruined."

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Legion Gerasene tapped his chin, "I have a friend who may be able to do something for you. It would not, of course, be a new canvas. As you said you are a unique piece of art. But he could at least get rid of the dead spots. And please--" He waved his hand, "--call me Legion."

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Legion Gerasene After the wave, the hand went back down to clench the empty glass. He needed another drink.

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Legion Gerasene "SCotch on the rocks, please?"

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Legion Gerasene "Ah. A rather weak argument. Yet I sense you are not someone who will be made to feel sorry." Legion turned to the woman, tilting his head to the side, "May I know your name, as well?"

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Legion Gerasene Again--a simple "Thank you." before the ex-demon took a musing sip.

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Legion Gerasene "Right." Legion leaned back, taking another sip, "I think I shall just call you Namira."