original dark fantasy
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 yet another war lurks on the horizon.
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Race: Cambion // Age: 20 // Gender: Male // Orientation: Bisexual // Occupation: Librarian
Protagonist (Persona 5)
An assortment of bladed weapons he himself can create.
Demon Pact - Having formed a symbiotic pact with the Demon Phoenix Daeva, Roux has increased regenerative abilities, to the point he can heal from almost anything instantly, though he still has standard stamina limitations. In tandem with having increased physical abilities, such as strength, durability and speed, he's able to create bladed weapons from any part of his body. The weapons he creates are neigh-weightless to him, while he still has the ability to control them with pseudo-telekinesis.
Electromaster - The basics of this power afford the capability of generating and manipulating electricity, 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. It is largely through this internal electricity that he is able to achieve the levels of strength that he has. 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, such allowing him to push his body and mind to greater heights both in training and in the pinch of a tough conflict.
On the surface, Roux is a very average person. With an amicable and extroverted personality, he exhibits all of the characteristics one would attribute to his age. He'll never shy away from conversation and in most cases he tends to be quite open with his past, which makes him come off as an open book. He's extremely charismatic with a personality that allows most to define him as honest and kind. But he still has his moments of awkwardness and embarrassment.
In a lot of ways, he's exactly what you'd expect him to be - a young man transitioning into an adult.
He is not a particularly malicious person, and he tries to do what is most beneficial for everyone. Roux does not desire violence but he is always willing to fight for what he believes in. Roux takes his position as the Assistant Director to Apocrypha's Xipilkha Branch very serious, so he attempts to operate in a responsible manner and with a maturity that belays his age.
He is a very determined individual - not one to concede defeat easily but he'll always be respectful when he's been bested. He know his limits and while he always strives to better himself, he's also 'okay' with how and where he is. He is confident in his skill due to his upbringing and he's not the type to be jealous when he sees others better than him - it merely provides him with further motivation to improve.
But beneath the mask he wears is a person marred by his own anxiety, fear and expectations. The fact of the matter is that Roux is, by nature, a lonely person. This is something he both desires and fears, manifesting itself in the way he will interact with others yet never allow himself to connect with them.
He holds people at an arm's length despite all of the laughs and smiles.
The expectations he holds for himself are quite high - no matter how he portrays himself outwardly. He is not as confident in himself as others may believe. Roux never feels as though he's good enough - he always feels as though he's lacking in some regard. Be it in terms of leadership or just most things in general.
Roux feels very isolated and disconnected from most people, no matter how he acts outwardly. 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 the rest and it's something that's followed him throughout his life. This leads to him being a very emotionally conflicted person.
- Is friends with Ikarus, somehow
- Likes River
- Is at odds with his sister Ariadne
- Has been taught the art of the dab by Thane
- Taught the art of the dab to Ahsan
- Rivals with Irina, maybe?
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 then with their mission and then leave.
The only divergence from this was with his mission in Aryoch with River Grimwald. He wound up understand her and feeling a kinship with her he couldn't properly explain which inevitably led to his fondness of her. Though Roux wasn't sure if it was purely platonic or possibly romantic - it wasn't an emotion he was used to.
Regardless, his interest in her resulted in what he'd consider a friendship. 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.
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