I have done horrible, horrible things to characters from New Dawn.
: A homeless boy who was born out of wedlock, dropped off on to the street and abandoned, picked up by the BEST DAD EVER
Kyrio, brainwashed into thinking he had been born into a real family, but that his first dad was abusive due to Matthew's mom dying giving birth to him. Then Matthew's fake dad left and Kyrio entered the picture as Matthew's dad. He then vivisected Matthew, put a squirming Eldritch Abomination Evil Weapon
into him for the sake of fighting the Big Bad
. And then Kyrio brainwashes his son again into thinking Kyrio died. Matthew grows up with Borderline Personality Disorder, appropriating his personality from those around him, his only real "friends" being either video games or his instructors, who are working with Kyrio to give Matthew Training from Hell
. And then he gets inducted into the Magical World by being stabbed in the chest, and more horrible psychological things go on, including the reveal he has placed a block on himself which makes him Feel No Pain
. Which is shown by him slicing open his hand while cooking and not noticing until Sorata
noticed for him. And then he gets impaled and sliced by another villain, turned into target practice for Sangou and Kasuga
, abducted, revealed that he has the kriffing Lance Of Longinus in him, that he is endangering his friends just by being there, oh, and that his whole school will probably start trying to kill him. Then his best friend dies horrifically and is revealed to have been a clone the whole time.
Shuuji: Oh, the Yakuza Boss's son, who started the book as a narmy and smarmy little idiot. Why is he like that? His own father abused him and tried to force this Nice Guy
to be a violent and crazy gangster after his own heart, or Shuu would never see his sister again. She might not even exist. And then The Seer
kidnapped him, cloned him, and sent a clone down in his place, resulting in existential problems when The Reveal
happens. And then he dies, only for his real self to wake up from being Brainwashed and Crazy
by that bastard The Seer.
Sorata: Oh, you thought she would be the Only Sane Man
? Nope! She was forced to discard her emotions to fight evil as an Esper, and her last Meister, Kyrio, only communicated to her six times, all of those being him ordering her to kill someone. So now the cyborg has a crisis of identity: Is she a real person, or just a killing machine? The reason she became a Cybernetic Esper? In order to save her kidnapped crush, only to find out he was not kidnapped at all: he was working with the kidnappers the whole time. This pushed her into Stepford Smiler
territory, even worse than Matthew above. Oh, and even though she really loves Matthew, Kyrio says if Matthew goes crazy, then she has to kill him.
Alina: She is FAR Older Than She Looks.
In fact, she is an Artificial Human
Battle Doll made by "The Alchemist" Miria Lishten, a Majitek Vampire Sorceress Scientist Occultist Nun
, to help Sir Galahad find the Holy Grail. He did not know her true origins, only that she could help. Of course, given the Grail is actually The Seer
, Galahad "already ascending to heaven" was something decidedly more sinister and violent. Before this, she fell for him HARD, but then a heartless enemy revealed her true origins, and she never knew if he forgave her for being a Construct. Because The Seer ripped out one of his internal organs by hand, ripped off his arm, smashed him against a wall, put 3rd degree burns on 90% of his body, and then ripped him in half and disintegrated him.
Oh, and she fell in love with Matthew, who looks exactly like Galahad and is on the same exact quest to find the Holy Artifacts. And The Seer has made it abundantly clear to her that he plans on doing the exact same thing again. Now then, can we forgive Alina for being just a little bit Ax-Crazy