Characters: Dark Fates Foretold
The following are the PCs
and important NPCs
of Dark Fates Foretold
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- Beautiful All Along: Duskor's face beneath the mask is actually scarless and quite handsome, in stark contrast to the rest of his heavily scarred body. Oddly enough, Duskor doesn't seem to agree, saying that his torture via sunlight before the Exaltation should have scarred him.
- Big Damn Heroes: Averted. Duskor tried to be this, again, but Cyrus shut him down and made him take action in getting everyone the hell out of there.
- Brown Note: Duskor seeks the Secret, which is supposedly a statement so incredibly mind-rending that saying the entire thing is supposed to plunge the entire Realm into what amounts to a really, really, REALLY massive riot. Hell, one part of the Secret was enough to land Duskor in prison and get two weeks (with even more had he not escaped) of torture.
- Celibate Hero: He didn't give into Hope's flirtations, clearly stating he wasn't interested. He also seemed rather confused and irritated when Rita shoved his face into her breasts and the irritation was more because he was interrupted from reading a book he found. Weiss even commented on it, wondering if Duskor was a eunuch.
- Clothing Damage: Duskor's cloak got damaged when it was set on fire. As usual, Duskor seems to be taking this in stride.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Duskor went through two solid weeks of this, which included his skin burning from his sunlight allergy.
- Coup de Grāce: Duskor broke the incapacitated bandits' neck to kill them.
- Defrosting Ice King: Rita managed to get Duskor to open up about himself, even if it was only that he was no longer allergic to the sun and Duskor seems to show growing concern and kindness towards Lost and Rita.
- Determinator: Duskor, to a T. Of course, this is becoming less so since the Exaltation, but he was definitely this pre-Exaltation.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Duskor always insists he's fine, even when wounded, and that he doesn't need any of Rita's favors even though she believes she owes him her life. Luckily, Rita is about as stubborn as he is when it comes to helping people.
- Dramatic Unmask: When Lost gave the former assassin a piece of her mind and her fist by punching the mask off of him.
- The Faceless: Duskor is never seen without his mask on and his cloak over his head. To the point where he outright refuses to remove the mask when the suggestion comes up.
- This has since been rectified and he hasn't worn the mask in quite awhile.
- Gargle Blaster: At the Maker's Breath, a bar run by Alchemicals, Duskor chugs three glasses of what is basically ethanol with a bit of strawberry flavoring. It manages to make him doze off for a bit. The barkeep commented that, in all likelihood, Duskor should've been dead after one glass.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: See the Hellish Pupils entry
- Good Old Fisticuffs: His Martial Arts skill isn't so much refined, as it is he's really good at punching you in the face.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Duskor has scars covering nearly all his body from the neck down and in various types. Given his backstory so far, and his interactions with the group, he's one of the more Anti-Villainous of the group.
- Hates Being Touched: He really doesn't, but since he's trying to not let his anger get the best of him, he doesn't do much beyond say "Don't touch me." However, he does get rather defensive when Rita even gets close to him, let alone touch him.
- Hellish Pupils: Duskor, after getting extremely pissed off at Akana for trying to coerce Rita into a Deal with the Devil, had his eyes change to a more literal version of these. His whites and pupils turned red and his eyes turns a glowing green. They also acted as a window into Malfeas's twisted landscape, something that Rita caught a glimpse of.
- Heel Realization: He realizes, thanks to Lost and Rinuko, that he's been letting his rage take over, something he wouldn't normally do when he was an assassin.
- Implacable Man: Nothing will stop Duskor from killing you and completing his mission. Swords? Pah! Buildings on fire? He'll just stroll in there and get what he needs. Firewand shots? That'll just get him to comment on your worthlessness. Bladed Claws? He MAY flinch when you hurt him, then he'll just strangle you.
- In the Hood: Always has it up. Always.
- Ironic Echo: Duskor seems to be a burgeoning master of doing this, particularly to Rita.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Through the first couple sessions, Duskor seemed to be one of the more callous and more morally ambiguous of the group. However, the third session has shown that he's protective of Lost and even got hit with a puppet spell when he tried to drag her away from the marionette. By the seventh session, he's still kind of a jerk, but his heart of gold is starting to outshine it.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Duskor doesn't really believe in mercy and doesn't really get the moral complications when they're brought up.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: After his descent into mindless hatred, Duskor manages to get out of it, but can't remember what happened after he asked Akana about a master swordsman.
- Living Emotional Crutch: By virtue of being the Blue Oni to... well, just about everyone, Duskor seems to be the one to bring the group back on their feet whenever their spirits get crushed.
- Made of Iron: Duskor has taken firewand shots and a tiger claw swipe, as well as walked into a building on fire. The claw swipe managed to wound him, but that still didn't stop him from strangling the attacker. He also parried one of the firewand shots by catching the fire with his bare hands and throwing it into the air. And if his scars are any indication, he was like this BEFORE the Exaltation.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Even while his cloak was aflame and falling apart, Duskor kept his stoicness and barely reacted to Weiss and Rita when they reacted rather appropriately to Duskor being on fire.
- Marshmallow Hell: Duskor got a dose of this, courtesy of Rita.
- Martyr Without a Cause: Duskor has, on numerous occasions, gotten into the line of fire to protect his allies from danger, even when it would be beneficial for his own well-being and the others aren't really in danger. This has culminated on him insisting on joining Lost on her journey into the Underworld, despite him being told he'd die as soon as he got there. Luckily, Rita managed to stop him.
- Morality Pet: Lost is one to Duskor. Duskor seems rather protective and concerned for her safety, especially during Mitsugi's faux pas and during the scene with the Marionette. However, Duskor doesn't understand WHY he's so protective of Lost, especially since the kid's stronger than he is.
- Mysterious Past: Of the group, Duskor's past is least known, mainly because he almost never opens up. The one time he did, it was because of Rita accidentally stumbling upon Duskor's former sun allergy while trying to bluff a citizen. As of the seventh session, it's been revealed to Rita, at least. Needless to say, she's rather shocked.
- Overprotective Dad: Duskor has a hard time just accepting the fact that Lost doesn't need him with her on her journey to the Underworld.
- Out of the Inferno: Duskor managed to walk out of the burning inferno with a book Rita needed and managed to hand it to her, while still on fire.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Duskor's method of revenge. He was tortured in prison for stumbling upon the Secret, so why not use the Secret upon the Realm.
- People Puppets: Duskor was hit with a spell that turned him into one of these when he was trying to drag Lost away from the marionette. Luckily for everyone involved, it was only used to force Duskor back. Needless to say, Duskor was angry.
- Perpetual Frowner: Duskor has genuinely smiled all of once or twice in the whole campaign and those times it was because he was one step further to killing everyone in the realm.
- Professional Killer: Duskor's former job was an assassin.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Very much the case with Duskor. See the Hellish Pupils entry for details
- Revenge: Duskor's current Motivation.
- Scars Are Forever: Apparently, the Exaltation did not heal the plethora of scars that nearly entirely cover Duskor's arms and his body.
- Stupid Sexy Waves
- Team Dad: Duskor, oddly enough, fits this trope rather well. He's more than willing to get in between the group and the bad guys and take hits for the team and is extremely protective of the others, especially Lost. He is also always talking about how he's getting the group out of trouble all the time. Even more so, he seems to have become the perpetual shoulder to cry on for the group and dispenses motivational advice when the group's down, particular to Rita, Rinuko and Waves.
- The Stoic: He doesn't talk much, and really doesn't emote much either.
- He largely grew out of this long ago.
- Trigger Phrase: The mere mentioning of Yozis is enough to give him a nasty headache and for good reason, it would seem.
- Weakened by the Light: Used to be the case for Duskor before his Exaltation. However, having to constantly conceal himself from the light for 27 years and the aforementioned Cold Blooded Torture, he has a mixture of fear and hatred of the Sun and continued wearing his outfit wherever he went until Lost slapped some sense into him.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Duskor seems genuinely confused as to why he cares about what happens to Lost and why he keeps going out of his way to protect her. The concept of "friends" and doing favors for others as repayment for their aid also seems lost on him, as it just makes him comment on how strange Rita is for bringing it up.
- Wreathed in Flames: Duskor, after getting the ledger for Rita.
- Action Survivor / Action Mom / Action Girl: Has to become one after the Immaculate Order take her children away and force her to flee the city. Also she is capable of ripping people in half.
- Bookworm: Very much this as a kid, to the point that she frustrated her teachers since she already knew about the subjects they were trying to teach her from the books she read.
- Cat Girl: Though if her Concept Art is anything to go by, she's closer to Petting Zoo People.
- Cats Are Mean: Subverted.
- Fallen Hero: Rita has explicitly told Duskor that she'd prevent this scenario from happening to him. Given his later actions, she seems to have succeeded somewhat.
- Fastball Special: Rita threw Duskor at the Dancer. It probably would have been successful if the Dancer wasn't obscenely overpowered at that point. And then again with Cyrus when the group arrives at Auto Bot
- Genius Bruiser: In war form. Badass Bookworm otherwise.
- Genki Girl: Sort of. She gets pretty damn loud.
- Hot-Blooded: So much.
- Mama Bear: Rita's Motivation is get revenge on the Immaculate Order for taking her children away and rescue them by any means necessary. Also, screwing with Lost's mind will result in a giant catgirl throwing an equally giant rock at you.
- No Indoor Voice: She gets loud in her warform.
- No Social Skills: A mild case.
- Shapeshifting: A werecat, to be precise.
- The Smart Girl
- Spoiled Brat: Gradually grew out of this until the bandit incident basically made Rita grow out of it altogether.
- Team Mom: Certainly acts the part, what with rescuing villagers, caring enough about Lost to give her own Essence for her and actually trying to get The Stoic of the group to open up. She even bandages his wounds after the pirate fight, citing that she owes him her life. In the Tenth Session, she openly states that she wants to protect everyone from getting hurt. Ironically, it's Team Dad and Martyr Without a Cause Duskor that tells her how utterly impossible it is. This changes her mind... so she wants to protect everyone from getting hurt as much as possible.
Wuyan Fumia, formerly General Blackwood (Lost Daughter of The Black Woods)
- Abusive Parents: Mainly, the "mother", although the father never really did anything to stop her.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Ok, more like a punch, but this was administered quite forcefully to Duskor.
- Badass Army: As Blackwood, Fumia was one of the generals of the Legion Sanguinary.
- Badass Longcoat: A Reinforced Buff Jacket stolen from a rival general, to be specific.
- BFS: Wields it scarily well. Also, while not a sword, she does wield a goddamn ship mast.
- Child Soldier: Raised as such by the Deathlord, First And Forsaken Lion.
- Cigar Chomper
- Cool Hat: A rather snazzy set of berets that she had stolen from Narrator.
- Creepy Child: She's an Abyssal and a child. Not a whole lot more needs to be said.
- Now grown as of the aftermath of the Thorns War.
- Coup de Grāce: Hey, she needed food.
- Enfant Terrible: Granted, she was abused, but she DID kill her parents. And considering that the Deathlords got a hold of her, this is probably the tip of the iceberg.
- Glacier Waif: Prior to the second conquest of Thorns, her sword was several times larger than herself. Now it's only twice as broad.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Oh so much.
- Heroic BSOD: Lost had this happen when she believed she was unsuccessful in convincing Duskor to not take the devil. She then ran off, crying, because she believed that Duskor was making the same mistake she was making.
- Hypocritical Humor: Lost comments that Duskor's always getting into trouble. Duskor and Cyrus immediately fire back that SHE was the one that caused the pirate fight in the first place.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Ate the whole Wyld Hunt. And at the insistence of the party, only one bandit.
- In Harm's Way: She likes to fight.
- Made of Iron: Has taken a rocket to the face and attacks from multiple bandits. Only the rocket managed to wound her. Slightly.
- Marshmallow Hell: Lost got a good dose of this, due to Rita wanting to contact Hope. Unlike Duskor, Lost liked the... erm... "contact".
- Parental Neglect: In spades.
- Redemption Earns Life: The result of changing an Abyssal shard into a Solar one.
- Reincarnation Romance: With Rinuko.
- She Is All Grown Up
- Single-Target Sexuality: For Rinuko.
- Soul Jar: Blackwood's giant sword also counts as a container for her parents' souls. It's made of soulsteel, after all.
- Speech Impediment: Caused by her mother knocking out her teeth and then getting them replaced with fangs upon Exaltation. Later fixed by the Bisque Dancer on her request, though due to Meticulous Owl's orders, her new teeth were filled with bombs.
- Super Soldier: Raised to be one and proved herself to be one during the Thorns War.
- Token Mini-Moe
- Grew out of this as of the aftermath of the Thorns War.
- War Is Glorious: So she believes due to her reveling in bloodshed being the only times she feels at peace with herself.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: More like "Well Done, Daughter" Gal, but there was this sort of relationship going on.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Lost has been the one figuring out various things about the various shady folks that the group tends to face.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Being a abused child AND an abyssal, it's practically in her nature.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: How she was feeling towards Rita after the Necrocollege and before making up with her.
Explosive Beauty of Midnight Waves
NPC: Blade Mc Iron
NPC: Love's Last Hope
NPC: The Narrator
NPC: Serupe Jashin
NPC: Nebata Gairan
NPC: Typhon, Wink of the Storm's Eye
NPC: Bisque Dancer to Clockwork's Dirge
- Affably Evil: As it well shows in the Wedding Session.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: On the plus side, it gives you a cool voice.
- Deadly Doctor: Mentioned as an aside.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: Invoked by name.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Apparently Claslat's entire police force is made of copies of him.
- Emotions vs. Stoicism: There's a major difference his behavior depending on who he's around:
Dark Hamon: Gee, thanks~ I'm so nervous, it's tempting to go back into robo-mode.
- Evil Genius: He was apparently in charge of designing and building all of the Deathlords' world-destroying weapons.
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Gamma Bisque isn't a threat to anyone but himself without an Exaltation.
- I Gave My Word: One of the few characters in the setting.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Sorcery, Necromancy, Sidereal Martial Arts, cybernetic enhancements...
- Losing Your Head: Lost tried to decapitate him, but she only revealed him to be a Rock'em Sock'em Robot.
- Marionette Motion: And yet, he's faster than most of the group.
- Me's a Crowd: There were four confirmed Dancers, each with a different Motivation, though Alpha and Beta were killed in a boss fight, Delta was eaten offscreen, and Gamma became a normal human.
- Noble Demon: For a villain, he sure helps the party a lot.
- Ominous Music Box Tune: Bisque's theme song.
- Redemption Earns Life: The irony is that he didn't actually earn it. Instead, all the Dancers lost their Abyssal power (and warped emotions) when Alpha was killed. By virtue of not being killed by the party or devoured by Isidoros, Gamma became an ordinary human.
- Reluctant Monster: Not really, considering he legitimately wants to kill reality, but Bisque isn't very hostile in comparison to other Abyssals:
Bisque Dancer: ALL WILL DIE.
Bisque Dancer: THEY WERE LUCKY.
Bisque Dancer: THE DEATH I BRING IS QUICK.
- Retired Monster: He still wants to destroy something, but without an Exaltation, his options are limited to engineering weapons the old-fashioned way.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Who knew the guy knew Sidereal Martial Arts?
- Unrobotic Reveal: With MAAAAAAGIIIIIIC. He's actually the allegedly dead Nebata Hamon.
NPC: Nebata Akana
NPC: Graceful Balm
- Hello, Nurse!: With an Appearance 4, she's one hell of a good looking Lunar doctor.
- No Sense of Direction: Apparently, Grace has a problem with getting lost. This is evident when she can't find her patient's house, even though it's right next to her.
- Put on a Bus: She left the party before things began to get extremely dangerous.
- Shrinking Violet: Grace is rather shy and frequently apologizes to others when she thinks she's offended them. She also doesn't like violent situations, since she's doesn't like to fight.
- The Medic: She's serving as one for the team at the current moment.
NPC: Meticulous Owl, Endless-Faced Spite
NPC: Tulinuna Rinuko
NPC: Tulinuna Sami
NPC: Wuyan Kivas
- Bad Ass: While true that he's in a World of Badassery, Kivas stands out for being the one to first Wound Mnemon.
- Badass Family: The Wuyan line certainly looks to be this if Kivas is any example.
- Badass Longcoat: A Reinforced Buff Jacket, standard issue of the Wyld Hunt.
- Belief Makes You Stupid: Ironically subverted, given that he was introduced as Sami's superior officer and is considered a more enlightened being as a Dragonblooded.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Along with Waves.
- Failure Knight: To Sami. He arrived too late to save her from the Immaculates.
- Master Swordsman
- Oh, Crap: Reaction to seeing "Red" at the Wedding. He even fainted out of shock and terror.
- The Hero: How he tries to conduct himself, and what he thinks it means to be a Dragonblooded.
NPC: Angata Rafai'val
NPC: Damon Laplace
Ex-PC: Ishimaru Mitsugi
- Blow You Away: He's rather fond of Razor Wind and the element of air in general. He even admits that he's envious of Cyrus for having a hawk as his Spirit Animal.
- Brutal Honesty: He was not afraid to call a little girl who swings around a giant sword an abomination.
- Cool Mask: In a way, he wears a veil over his mouth and nose and everything above his eyes is covered via head-wrap/turban.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Drifter: Mitsugi has this, as he travels the lands in search of evil to vanquish. Unlike most drifters, though, he's got a house.
- Hitman with a Heart: While yes, his Compassion is
1 2, it doesn't mean he has complete Lack of Empathy. Upon hearing that the Immaculate Order has stolen Rita's children after the party took out the Wyld Hunt, he instantly vowed to help her retrieve them.
- It's Personal: The main reason for his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, below.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He straight up said that Lost was an abomination as the party was killing Zombies, and later gave her a heartfelt apology for it and even offered to give her a piggyback ride.
- Ninja: Even the party calls him one.
- Professional Killer: Mitsugi's a trained assassin and has been since childhood. Unlike Duskor, though, he's less amoral.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one in his backstory after finding his mentor murdered
- Tragic Keepsake: Curiously, the Matsukaze, being the sword that killed his mentor.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Turned into a Tyrant Lizard in the very first encounter, was not and will not be the last time.
- Bound and Gagged: Onto the bow of the ship by Waves' crew under her orders.
- Coup de Grāce: Joining Duskor, Cyrus also killed the incapacitated ones.
- Death Ray: Quite a literal one, as this one literally obliterated the cells in Cyrus's arm/wing.
- Impossible Thief: Cyrus's ultimate goal.
- Knife Nut: Very well versed in the art of throwing knives.
- Mr. Seahorse: Not Cyrus himself, mind, but Luna appeared to him as a pregnant man. One wonders what s/he was pregnant with.
- Nature Hero: More or less.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The nomads and Cyrus stole from the merchants who cheated them. The merchants believed they were doing this when they ambushed the nomads in retaliation.
- Tragic Keepsake: His dagger, which is the only thing he has left of his family.
- Took a Level in Badass: Cyrus has moved up in the group, even managing to garner enough respect from Duskor for the assassin to defend Cyrus when Rita scolds him for his actions.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He never puts on a shirt. Ever.
- Wild Child: Lived in the woods since he was 12, old enough to qualify for this trope, but not young enough to be Raised by Wolves. Regardless, he's actually pretty intelligent, at least, more than you'd expect him to be.
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