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Practice of SeditionIn a world built upon a foundation of conflict, the past year has been notably violent. As Crux Fidelis, the Crusaders and ruling faction of Sium, suffer heavy losses from a particularly bloody Aphelion, other factions are emboldened to take action. Despite being allies, Weltschmerz's ambitious and duplicitous nature sees them taking bigger risks which threaten to break their alliance. All the while, Apocrypha continues to gain public sympathy and support while the Black Sun Cabal and Poena Damni continue to wreak havoc. As Sium races towards yet another conflict, it’s evident that a war lurks on the horizon.
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Race: Cambion (Arch-Demon) // Age: 21 // Gender: Male // Orientation: Unsure // Occupation: Detective
Apocrypha, Demon Knight
9'0" (Alt. Form)
??? (Alt. Form)
Akira Kurusu (Persona)
Thanatos (Persona | Alt. Form)
Wears two rings on his left hand on his pinky and ring finger. They’re gold bands with runic inscriptions on them. Having belonged to his parents, they’re illegible to most people but he can decipher the meaning. As such, they hold a large amount of sentimental value to him.
He has a large scar across his body – going from his left shoulder down to his right hip. The scar is also visible from his back. He also has several bite marks on his right shoulder.
His eye color is normally golden, but they turn red when he uses any of his demonic abilities.
An assortment of bladed weapons he himself can create.
Arch-Demon: Anubis – The strongest and most damning of Roux’s demon contracts. After a trip to Alptraum, Roux came into contact with the Arch-Demon Anubis. Once a loyalist to the monarchy, having formed a contract with one of the royal generals, it was defeated and cast down into the Alptraum during Crux Fidelis’s rebellion. Upon learning of Roux’s connection with Apocrypha and their goal to resurrect the monarchy, they formed a contract that would allow Anubis to continue to serve the remnants of the monarchy as well as allowing Roux to return to the surface stronger than he was previously.
As an Arch-Demon whose abilities are centered on life and death, these powers have naturally extended to Roux. As someone whose abilities already revolved around death and rebirth, Roux’s abilities have grown exponentially. He still has his neigh-instantaneous regeneration, but now he can also heal others. Even if someone is on the brink of death, he can typically prevent their deaths if given enough time. In addition to this, he can tell when a person is on the verge of death – be it from natural or external causes. In addition to this, Roux can ‘steal’ people’s life force –essentially draining them with what appears to be a red energy he extracts from people.
At first, this will come off as a growing fatigue before any fatal side effects begin to show. This can easily be stopped by ‘cutting off’ the stream by running behind a thick wall (if it’s a wooden fence, for instance, he’ll still be able drain someone but if they were to go behind a regular tree, it’d be thick enough to stop the drain). Roux typically has to ‘aim’ at people using his hands, allowing him to target up to two people once but he tends to stop moving due to the concentration it requires, making it easy to keep this from happening if there’s multiple opponents. The standard effects (fatigue and exhaustion) lasts for a few minutes, but the effects once it reaches ‘life drain’ can last up to a week or more, manifesting as sickness or extreme tiredness. The effects will naturally become more severe the longer the person is affected by his drain. This naturally requires OOC Permission.
In addition to this, he can summon, control and convene with the dead. Albeit, he would require something that belongs to the deceased or he’d have to visit their grave or the scene of their death. Alongside this, he can also summon undead creatures and people, up to a certain amount depending on how useful they are. He can easily someone some basic bitch skeleton warriors, up to about 20, and constantly reanimating them isn’t challenging but this is because they’re honestly pretty shitty and not very threatening to most people. The strongest creature he can summon is an undead wyvern, though he can also summon ‘parts’ of its body to incorporate into his attacks via magic circles he can summon from various angles.
He can also track anything that's alive, so long as they're within say a mile of him. It's not precise, but so long as he's come into contact with the person or had a good look at them, he can 'see' and track their 'soul'. (I'll get OOC Permission/Inform people before using this on a PC)
Temporarily, Roux can draw power from souls within Alptraum. In this state, he becomes far stronger than he normally would be – extremely increasing the effectiveness of all his abilities for ten minutes. He even takes on the appearance of Anubis. The 6 coffins that hang in the air behind him can be separated from their chains and he can remotely control them with what appears to be telekinesis. The coffins can utilize his Electromaster abilities, allowing him to use them as mobile railgun cannons. After the power-up ends, he becomes extremely exhausted to the point he could fall asleep, meaning if he doesn’t defeat his target within the five minutes he’ll typically be forced to run before fatigue overtakes him. If he’s not able to, he’ll typically be at the mercy of whoever’s around him.
In addition to this, he can freely open portals to Alptraum. And while he hates to admit it, he’s slowly being drawn to it. While the contract with Anubis was one that was beneficial for both, it’s clear there was more to it and it’s slowly beginning to turn Roux into more of a demon.
It's also not unusual to see scavengers gravitating towards Roux. From hyenas, to jackals, to vultures or even hawks. His 'soul' carries the scent of death, so it attracts animals that are drawn to death. Although the animals don't attack him; if anything, they seem to be naturally domesticated by him.
Phoenix Demon – A contract with a demon that bound their souls together has resulted in physiological changes in him. Once physically weak, he's become stronger, faster and more durable than most people in general. He can take a hit, and he can certainly dish out far worse than most people can.
The biggest change is honestly his demonic abilities. He can create, control and manipulate metal. In addition to this, the demon he bonded with was a phoenix and it's bestowed upon him with incomprehensible regenerative abilities. He can regrow entire limbs in a matter of seconds, and attacks that would normally be fatal are not so. He can also create wings with pitch black feathers.
The metal he creates is usually used for bladed weapons, and he can weave them together to create all sorts of intricate constructs. In addition to this, he can transmute parts of his own body into blades - allowing him to turn his fingers into razor sharp scissors for instance. He can also create chains and other various things, and he can control the metal he creates with a pseudo-telekinesis.
Human Ability: Electromaster – Having been born with a high affinity to Sillage, Roux's natural magical abilities from his human side has afforded him the ability to generate and manipulate electricity that now manifests as red and black lightning due to his bonding with Anubis. Having spent years in Riparias honing his craft, he's actually quite a skilled mage and his talents in regards to electrokinetic combat are second to none. If someone was to ask him, he'd claim to be the strongest electricity user in all of Sium due to his maximum voltage being able to double that of lightning.
His skills encompassing such effects as altering electrical currents and enticing a wide variety and range of discharges. Roux's body, inside and out, is a quintessential conduit of unnaturally high levels of electrical charge. His ability to manipulate the electrical forces extant within his body enables the prowess of being able to alter internal stimulation of all neural functions.
Being able to create high voltage blasts of electricity, his discharges can range from a harmless jolt to completely vaporizing organic and inorganic matter with electric blasts. In addition to this, he can momentarily become pure electricity, allowing him to cover short distances with great speed. The extent of his powers, due to his transition into becoming an arch-demon, has also increased. He can call down violent lightning strikes on target locations, and his electric discharges can effect an entire town, and when charged, he can increase the range past this. He also has gained the ability to manipulate electrons, allowing him to fire lasers capable of disintegrating objects. Though due to the power of this, he tends to use it sparingly as he inadvertently damages himself as a result. He can also redirect and bend the electricity of others so long as its not being channeled through an object.
In addition to this, his electricity is somewhat demonic in nature, making it slightly more harmful to anything that'd be conventionally considered holy.
Supernatural Physique – Despite his classification as a Cambion, Roux is arguably 80% Demon, 20% Human. As such, his body is extremely durable, strong and agile. His enhanced physique allows him to fight on par with most inhuman beings. He has perfect eyesight (he’ll still wear glasses from time to time when he’s not fighting because they’re nice, though the actual lenses are fake) and enhanced hearing. His most unique trait is his incredibly regenerative abilities, which allow him to heal from anything – even curses as he can rebuild his body from scratch and completely alter his body.
Skilled Detective – Not only was he a talented student at one of the best schools in Riparias, having spent most of his life keeping to himself constantly studying, but past experiences over the years have seen him become a talented detective. With a keen eye, he’s able to notice things most would maybe glance over, and his book smarts gives him knowledge of a broad variety of topics. This typically allows him to figure lots of stuff out when given time to analyze a scene, and he can formulate plans on the fly. (If I’m threading with someone and think Roux may know something about a subject/topic, I’ll clear it OOC before just assuming he knows to avoid coming off as a pretentious smarty pants and ruining any mystery or whatnot.)
Skilled Combatant – Roux is a skilled fighter, both in hand-to-hand combat and with his supernatural abilities. It’s inarguable that he has a mastery of his magical and supernatural abilities. As he has demon contracts, there’s little to no issue with him adapting to his abilities and they’re almost second nature. And he’s spent his entire life studying, practicing and mastering his Sillage-based abilities.
Aloof and flighty, Roux tends to come off as quite enigmatic. Despite being amicable in most situations, not many people really know him. In some ways he’s your stereotypical loner; while growing up in Riparias, he focused solely on developing his magical abilities and intelligence, but his social skills were grossly neglected. In the past, he tried to socialize and get to know people but he’s honestly just given up. He’s bad at socializing and most people aren’t even worth getting to know. Albeit, he still does have friends and people he’ll interact with such as Radek.
In general, though, he’s not the type to look for people to get to know. If he comes across someone who takes an interest in him, he’ll entertain it. Friends aren’t really something he’s concerning himself with, though. If people wind up gravitating around him, that’s fine. If not, that’s also fine. When you spend your formative years as a recluse, it’s easy to not be bothered by loneliness. This can generally make people think he’s uncaring, cold and dead on the inside - which isn’t exactly true.
Despite his outward demeanor, he doesn’t like to see people suffer. If he can help someone, he will. He carries the mentality of a ‘hero’ in all honesty. Despite his inability to die, he wouldn’t hesitate to sacrifice his life or immortality to save others. Having always compared himself to his sister, family and ancestors, he spent his school years feeling utterly useless. And as such, he sympathizes with the people who have problems that they can’t solve. In some ways, you could describe his mentality as someone who wants to defend the weak – no matter the cost to himself or his soul.
And regardless of how much of a hero he strives to be, he’s grown far more aggressive. Having sold so much of himself to demons in return for power, it’s natural that his personality has begun to change. Roux has always typically been someone who’s hard to anger and arguably something of a pacifist, becoming more and more of a demon has resulted in him growing easily irritable and quite combatant. In all honesty, becoming more and more of a demon has just given him a higher chance of being an asshole, to put it simply.
He is a very determined individual - not one to concede defeat easily but he'll always be respectful when he's been bested. He is confident in his skill due to his upbringing and he's not the type to be jealous.
Beneath the mask he wears is a person marred by his own anxiety, fear and expectations. Coming from a long line of demon hunters, it’s not wrong to say he completely and utterly despises himself and what he has become. And in spite of all his power and skill, he still feels like he’s not good enough – like he’s not strong enough. Any mistake he makes is something that will stick with him for a long time, making him his own harshest critic. It’s also part of why he tends to be so reclusive – it’s hard to disappoint others if you keep to yourself, after all.
Roux feels very isolated and disconnected from most people, even more so now than before. Mentally, he struggles to form connections because of his own fears of being abandoned. Growing up in Riparias was not easy for him, as he spent most of his time in seclusion. He didn't fit in with the rest and it's something that's followed him throughout his life.
- Despite being typically anti-social, it's easy for him to befriend people who have names that start with 'R'.
- While never one to really boast, he'll freely make the claim that he's the strongest and 'best' user of Electricity in all of Sium.
- Tends to say 'Jinkies' when surprised instead of outwardly displaying it.
Coming from a long line of Demon Hunters, Roux had several self-imposed expectations. Yet, as a child, being the youngest of two children, he struggled to keep up with the physical abilities of his older sister, Ariadne. But, what he did excel at was magic - his affinity for silliage far exceeding his sister's. As such, he spent most of his time pushing the limits of his magical ability until the death of his parents.
While his sister was capable of taking care of herself, she chose to send him to a school in Riparias that specialized in the development of magical talent. Spending his formative years in the school, he was constantly pushed to overcome his own ceiling. This resulted in a young man whose only goal in life was to be the 'best', an arrogance forming in him as he began to be viewed as a prodigy by his teachers. This arrogance eventually turned into an indomitable confidence and formed a person who believed in himself above all else.
As he came of age, feeling as though he had fully mastered the full extent of his abilities, he had been recommended to join The Cross. While he had no true personal interest in doing so, he considered the opportunities it would provide him with. And, surely it would be a noble goal? Besides, what higher prestige could there be besides becoming a Commander of Crux Fidelis?
Yet, it wasn't something he was comfortable with. The thought of being subject to mind control - to having his agency taken are away was something that terrified him. He wanted to help people but that wasn't a price he was willing to pay. Thus, he chose to create his own path. He wouldn't join The Cross - he couldn't put himself in a situation like that. No, he'd strive to better the world using his own abilities. He was strong, after all. He was the most skilled of his peers, and he had no doubts about his mastery of his magic.
And, for a while, he was more than capable of handling threats on his own, relying purely on his magical talent. But, even a 'magical prodigy' can get in over their head. His own confidence got the better of him and he tackled a task too large for him to handle on his own. The end result being him forming a contract with a demon not only to save his own life, but also for more power.
And with a new power, he continued on his goal of combating any wrongs he came across. Which, inevitably led to him joining Apocrypha. He came across Mikhail Hildebrand and the man took him in, treating him much like a grandson while providing him with a place where he belonged. Eventually, Roux became his assistant, the cambion taking on the moniker 'Blackbird' as he vowed to assist Apocryopha in any way possible.
He spent years as a rebel, further training himself and developing his abilities as he adapted to his new state of being. The contract had changed him biologically and he was no longer just a human - he had become a half-demon. A strange irony for someone who came from a family of demon hunters.
And it was this that deterred him from seeking out his sister, no doubt in his mind that she didn't stray from the course they were both supposed to be following. While she fought to rid the world of demons, he was becoming one.
As time went on, and his exploits as 'Blackbird' became more notorious, he began to shut himself off. He hated the self-imposed pressure he was putting on himself but it was something he couldn't help. The thought of failing others or not being able to meet their expectations resulted in him becoming a recluse. He was used to being alone and it was impossible to disappoint or let anyone down if he was never around... Right?
Eventually, as more people began to join Apocryopha, he was tasked with helping new recruits on their first missions. It was something simple but it also resulted in him becoming something of an enigma. He'd show up, give them pointers based on his own experience, assist them with their mission and then leave.
The only divergence from this was with his mission in Aryoch with River Grimwald. He wound up understanding her and feeling a kinship with her he couldn't properly explain which inevitably led to his fondness of her. In a lot of ways, he views her as a legitimate friend even if they're not that close.
And while he's still mostly enigmatic to most other members of Apocryopha, he can usually be found hanging out with River when he's not on a mission or when he's not working.
He's also been caught talking about opening up his own detective business. While something like that would normally be quite expensive, one of his closest friends just so happens to be an infamous sky pirate who owes him tons of favors.
Lately he's been looking into the truth of his parents' deaths, though he's not sure he'll like what he finds.
Ever since the Aligheri incident, Roux has become even more aloof and flighty than he was initially. Having been missing for almost 2 weeks, when he did show up again he was more withdrawn than ever before. While most escaped relatively unharmed, Roux wound up being sucked into the vortex that connected Sium with Alptraum. There, he was stranded and traveled for days in the hellish landscape until collapsing and falling down a large ravine. At the bottom he found a demon – several wards kept it pinned to the ground, and a conversation revealed the demon to be Anubis, an Arch-Demon that once served the Monarchy.
Being extremely difficult to kill, he was eventually cursed by Crux Fidelis and was forced to live the rest of his days out of sight and out of mind. And with both effectively trapped, time seemed to warp as they spent the entire time talking. For a demon, Anubis was quite amicable, as one would expect of a creature that once willingly served the monarchy. And when it learned of Roux’s affiliation with Apocrypha and their end goal, to restore the monarchy, a deal was struck. Anubis would grant Roux his power, becoming a part of him as it would be the only way to free him from Alptraum, and Roux would continue to fight for Apocrypha and restore the monarchy.
It was honestly a win-win but making a contract with an Arch-Demon has effects, even if they’re not blatant at first.
Once the contract was formed and Roux was back on the surface of Sium, it wasn’t long before he informed a director of his contract with Anubis. And this led to the leaders of Apocrypha, the elusive remnants of the monarchy, designating him as one of the Four Demon Knights of Apocrypha.
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