Rathos D'Cannith -- Character Backstory

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What's up, CharDev!

So I had this character idea in mind for a long time. Sadly, I haven't been able to present it since something called "life" keeps harrassing me. It still is, but I managed to at least eke out Part One of my character's backstory! (I'll get Part Two when I have time.) It's basically my ideas coming full throttle. Lots of effort, and I want to see if it paid off.

Tell me what you think! Comments, critique, snide remarks -- all are welcome!

EDIT: Alright, I have part two!!

[spoiler Character Pic]
First up, my character pic!

I made it myself, from pencils all the way through GIMP. It's my first time using GIMP, so be gentle! >.<

[spoiler PART ONE]

I'm a revenant warforged. Many don't believe it when I tell 'em. Even less believe it when I say I'm a blood member of the Cannith house. Kind of contradictory. But it doesn't matter, really – I'm a “professional mercenary contractor”, a spiffy term for killer. It just kind of sucks when you have to kill your father, even if he's just your father in the loosest sense.

I 'spose I should start from the beginning.

Rathos was the name given to me when I was created. I knew I was special right from the start – I open my eyes, and I'm apart from the other freshly created warforged, with a name, even! A guy standing in front of me told me that I was in Cyre, and that there was a war, and I was to fight in it. The only thing was – and this is when I knew I was *really* special – I had to fight alongside this scrawny prince or something named Karn D'Cannith. I had to bodyguard the shrimp, basically. The house leader wanted his kid to fight but not to die, apparently. Something about “honor” and “family name” and whatever.

When I saw the kid, I didn't notice his big nose, biceps the size of grapes, or his commonsense as sharp as a floppy sheet of paper. I noticed something else – this tattoo that glowed bright red. Karn said it was a dragonmark, and said something about a prophecy that I couldn't give two flabbergasts about. I didn't care. I just *felt* it – this dragonmark *called* me, it *pulled* me to it. It was part of me. I knew it then as I know it now. I couldn't tell anyone though, since warforged weren't supposed to have anything to do with dragonmarks and all.

So we marched off to war. Killing, killing, protecting the kid as he utterly failed to do anything of any use, more killing. I personally thought it would never end.

Then one day came. They call it the Mourning, though I called it hell.

Me and Karn were at the edge of Cyre, about to lead a new offensive on those damned Karnnathi skeletons. We were outfitting ourselves in our armor and readying our weapons. I remember the moment vividly – I had just finished wiping my breastplate, and looked up at Karn's onyx katana –

Then the world shook. I knew it wasn't just an earthquake when I looked up and saw a giant cloud, like a mushroom, off in the distance. The cloud curled up as lightning struck across the sky, and fire erupted inside it. As this cloud expanded and started to rush towards us, consuming all in its path, I felt –

Amazing. I had never felt so strongly about anything quite like this. The chaos, the destruction! It beckoned me to its core, its heart. I looked down. My inner workings were glowing. It surprised me. Why was it bright red? Why did it seem to *call* me? I was confused. I looked at Karn –

And then the cloud hit us.

It burned as I screamed. I had never felt such pain before! I writhed, and curled up on the ground as it corroded my metal and wood. I was – scared?

Then I saw him. Karn. He stood in the chaos, *embracing* it. He was laughing, and growing. Literally *growing*. His mass doubled, going from a toothpick to a muscular man in seconds. He said something about power as wings sprouted from his back.

And then he started eroding. His body was vanishing into some sort of essence. He didn't seem concerned, however. What he did do was look at me. And as he started to disappear, he whispered something above the wind that I will never forget:

“Join me, my brother.”

Then Karn's dragonmark exploded into shards. As I withered away, I saw the shards rush towards me, forming a barrier around me. The destructive winds no longer buffeted me. I lay there, curled up in a ball.

And then the shards collapsed on me. Everything went black for a second as I felt myself being crushed, and yet not feeling it at the same time. What the hell?
Then I opened my eyes. Everything around me was like a void, except for one thing a couple feet ahead of me – a balor. He simply stood, staring down at me, his arms crossed.

“Rise,” he said. Instinctively, against my will, I rose.

“You look confused, brother,” the balor said. “You must have forgotten what we promised each other. I feared that would happen when you underwent your reconstruction.”

I stood there, dumbfounded.

“Brother. You truly don't remember, do you?” The balor shook his head. “You made a promise, a promise that we would bring this world together, restore the peace under a central unity. I broke your soul, and harnessed it into a warforged body so that it might be contained until this moment – this moment when the energies of the abyss are unleashed and we might fuse together.” The balor extended a hand.

“Join me. Just take my hand, so that we can be one.”

“But . . . I'm a warforged. I . . . I can't have a brother in blood. I was made.”

“And yet here I stand, son of Cannith, and brother to you, Rathos D'Cannith. Our father doesn't understand us. He believes the power demons and devils offer to be blasphemy, and evil! And yet here I stand. I have turned into a balor. The Abyss has been opened by our Khyber allies. Your soul was shattered, and by my power I reformed it. And now, by my power, we can become invincible! Join me, and we shall rule Khorvaire.

My mind reeled. I was real. I wasn't just a creation. I was something more. This connection I had felt – it was because he was my brother. I could harness his power, my power, we could rule! I felt it coming back. This wasn't a lie. He was indeed Karn D'Cannith, I was Rathos D'Cannith.

And yet – those demonic energies. I could feel it. They were consuming him. He had it under control, but only for now. It was eating him from the inside, until one day it would crack and possess him. But the power! It was undeniable! Maybe together, we could resist it – rule – be kings – unite the world –

I saw his hand in the void. I raised my hand, started to reach towards his . . .


[spoiler PART TWO]

I grasped Karn's hand. I felt a lurch in my stomach as we seemed to start spinning. I couldn't tell, exactly, with the void around us, and a new found pain in my arm... A terrible pounding started in my head, as if someone took a maul and was trying to bash my skull in. I opened my mouth to yell, but nothing came out. Ugh . . . I just wanted to end it. Just wanted to make it stop.

Then something hit me, literally. I felt myself get thrown back, and I expected to hit something like ground, but I didn't. I just kept going – and going – and going through the void –

I opened my eyes. Which was weird, considering how I thought I already had them open. I could feel rationality and sense and stability returning to me. I propped myself up on my elbows, and looked around.

A thick blanket of gray fog was set over everything. The trees and the grass and the landscape was gone, replaced by sand and brush. And the bodies – ugh, the bodies. So many. Easily thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands could be seen from where I was. I didn't bother thinking of how many were spread out across the entire area that was hit by that stream of energy.

I looked down at myself. I was confused for a second. There wasn't metal or wood. Rather, there was flesh. I flexed my hand to make sure it was truly me. It was.

Then I remembered. My brother, the merging. It was real. I could feel it, the power. It was pulsing through me. There was almost like a rumbling chaos inside of me. I felt that, if I were to unleash it . . . Nothing could stop me.

A sword stuck up from the sand a short distance away from me. I grasped it, and pulled. It was my brother's onyx sword. This, too, possessed an inner power. I grabbed it, and it whispered something to me – Odare. I felt a rage building up inside of me. My father brought this upon us. His misunderstanding led my brother to do this. He would pay.

And so, I went to Breland and faced my father. I felt angry, and I was brash. Little did I know that he was 'bout twenty times stronger than he looked. When we fought, all the training in the world couldn't have saved me from his arcane talent and sharp wit. And no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get the energies inside of me to unleash in any form or fashion. It was as if they bubbled fervently right below the surface, but never exited.

So I was defeated. Out of honor, I was kept alive, although everything I owned except for Odare was taken away from me. I was banished. My dream – me and my brother's dream – to unite the land under a single banner was gone.

I want nothing more to destroy my father. No matter how indirectly, he brought about the death of millions and killed my brother. However, to do so, I need to grow more powerful. So I hire myself out for organizations, joining up with the odd adventuring group here and there. And – hopefully – I can learn to unleash my inner demon. Then, I can understand it, control it, and use it. Then the only question will become how far I'm willing to go with it.

I'm thinking I'll go as far as it takes.


[spoiler Afterthoughts]

So there you have it! I wanted to take the wackiest idea -- demon-blooded revenant warforged -- and see if I could make it plausible. I think I did, but I'm obviously kinda biased. >.<  So please, tell me what you think!

And by the way, he's holding a gun in the picture. I completely forgot while I was drawing it . . . Just imagine it as a badass hand crossbow.


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goshdarn they need to fix these potholes

and what's with the random button?

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What does demon-blooded mean mechanically?
What does demon-blooded mean mechanically?

Demon-blooded means nothing mechanically. I'm sure there's something out there (Dragon magazine or whatever) that can accurately represent it, but my port-Essentials library is extremely limited.

I did it entirely for the flavor aspect.

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