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Background

Face (Strong Role)

What lead to this being your main skill set?

Damian has always been naturally glib and charming. He is very likable and he makes friends easily. He has used these talents to help hide the fact that he is a monster from others. He also uses his talents to get close to his prey.

Did you plan to be good at this, or did you plan for something else and life took a different turn?

Charm comes naturally to Damian.

What one or two key events in your life featured this Role (whether you were good at it then or needed to be but wasn’t)?

In high school, Damian seduced one of his teachers. He then blackmailed her into giving him good grades and doing favors for him. Essentially, he took advantage of a lonely woman and threatened to expose her as a child molester if she didn't do what he wanted.

Damian's first meta-human victim was an aspiring superhero named Nick Selinas. Nick had the power to become invisible. He called himself Nightshade and he wanted to be the next Dark Knight detective. Damian used his job as a crime scene tech to earn Nick's trust. Damian gave Nick inside information which helped him on a few cases. After several months, Damian lured Nick to a secluded location and ambushed him. Damian murdered Nick, stole his power, and buried the body. Nick's body was never found and he is still listed as a missing person. To this day, Nick's family still has no idea what happened to him.

Willpower (Strong Attribute)

What lead to this being important to you?

He has never really cared much what others think. He prides himself on the fact that others have not been able to pressure or control him.

Were you always this good, or did you have to work for it?

Damian was born to follow his own path.

What one or two key events in your life featured this Attribute (whether you were good at it then or needed to be but wasn’t)?

Damian's second victim was a student at the Xavier Academy. Her name was Chloe. She was a member of the Stepford Cuckoos - five twin sisters all gifted with telepathic powers. Damian met her at a mall in Boston. He quickly became her boyfriend. While he was courting her, he had to be careful to keep her from discovering his true nature and intentions. When he killed her, she was truly surprised.

Intelligence (Weak Attribute)

Was this always a weakness, or did something happen in the past to make it a weakness?

Damian was born with good intelligence. He is often, however, too lazy to use it. He has historically been reluctant to study. He only applies himself to topics that interest him.

What situation seems to come up where this gets in the way?

When he applied to work as a crime scene tech, he forged his resume and lied about his experience. He got through his work in the crime lab by either falsifying the results or getting other people to do the more technical work.

Psychopath (Distinction)

When did this Distinction become a part of your life?

In childhood. He was born with a love for murder.

How has it come to help you out, salvage an operation going bad, or even save your life?

Damian has never really had strong emotional ties to anyone in the past. As such, no one has ever been able to use friends or family as leverage against him. He also has no compunctions about doing whatever he needs to do to survive.

How has it complicated your life?

Damian gets bored easily. He likes having the freedom to go where he wants, when he wants. He has been kept in extreme solitary confinement since he was incarcerated. The authorities are afraid to let him socialize with other inmates. Many of Damian's peers want to kill him and the feeling is mutual.

Intoxicating Presence (Distinction)

When did this Distinction become a part of your life?

Damian has the ability to charm anyone. Even people who should know better find it difficult to dislike Damian if they spend any amount of time with him. He has been well liked his entire life.

How has it come to help you out, salvage an operation going bad, or even save your life?

When Damian was first incarcerated, the guards and the other prisoners set out to make his life miserable. Over time, however, he ingratiated himself to several of the guards and some of the other inmates. At least one of the institution's female guards had to be walked out of the institution after it was discovered that she was bringing contraband into Damian in exchange for sex.

How has it complicated your life?

Although he is well liked, Damian has no real significant emotional attachments to others. Sometimes he feels smothered by people who have every right to feel as if he should be as close to them as they are to him.