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- Always a Bigger Fish: While Poena and her followers/allies are quite powerful and capable of fighting various evildoers, and are able to get a popular following with their methods, their tendency to get into disagreements with other forces of good over punishing evil often result in them attacking and/or fighting benevolent deities who are older, more experienced, and more powerful than she is, such as Eiríni, Golden Scepter, and Belyolen, who all wiped the floor with them easily. That also applies to malevolent deities and forces, as while Poena vowed to destroy Temnobog one day just for being evil, it's implicitly shown that neither she nor her allies could actually do it yet. Her allies' complete failure to take out Temnobog and the Four Terrors, which resulted in what is implied to be a most spectacular payback by the gleeful family of evil Deer gods, demonstrated just how outclassed they are.
- Black and White Insanity: Deconstructed. Their collective belief on justice take after Poena - that justice should be pure and unyielding, unsullied by things like mercy and forgiveness. Because of this, they are unable and unwilling to make exceptions for even those who atoned for their crimes, as all crimes must be punished no matter what actions were taken after the fact. They also view people as equally guilty if they are associated with the criminals and evildoers they punish, such as the repentant Sunnytowners who regretted participating in young Ruby Heart's murder or condoning it, as they believe they got off too easy for their crimes. Naturally, this worldview has made the Poenan pantheon very unpopular with benevolent and merciful factions/individuals, who are rightly disgusted with their ruthless, extreme, and borderline cruel methods, to the point where both sides would frequently clash over their moral and ideological differences.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: This tends to happen frequently, as their brazen attempts to punish evildoers, as well as their lack of tact and relative inexperience often leads to confrontations with individuals far older, more powerful, experienced, and skilled than them.
- In one incident, led by Poena herself, they tried to attack Golden Scepter for publicly decrying them as "deluded extremists". They got their collective ass kicked when Golden Scepter revealed himself to be much more powerful, experienced, and skilled than he looked, resulting in a swift defeat. To make matters worse for them, Katharsis would shortly arrive to take photos of the losers and send them to everyone they had targeted in the name of "justice".
- In another incident, a group of Poenan followers tried attacking Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon for being bullies, their reasoning being that they saw a "great evil" waiting to emerge, despite the two of them having atoned for their actions. They would shortly be confronted by a furious Fanged Paw, who claimed Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon as his protectorates, and then thrashed and humiliated those who didn't heed his warnings to back off.
- A group of Poenan deities tried pursuing Mitta, the heroic Guardian of the Everfree Forest, because they wanted to punish her for her connection to Grey Hoof and role in Ruby Heart's murder, not caring at all that she redeemed herself for her sins. They would end up being utterly thrashed when the Alicorn goddess of Self-Love, Amour-De-Soi, teamed up with Prince Steel Barricade to protect Mitta from being punished even more on top of what she had already endured while in Pakak's curse.
- Good Is Not Nice: One of the Poenan pantheon's key traits and increasing appeal among other hotheaded younger gods and heroes: They are frustrated by the apparent inability of their older peers and other forces of Good in defeating Evil and believes in taking a much more unforgiving and forceful stance against them. It's deconstructed in that their extremely rigid views on Good and Evil and collective lack of mercy means they target even those who see the error of their ways and make efforts to atone for them, as in their eyes, every crime must be punished regardless of the perpetrator(s)' actions afterwards. This would make the Poenan pantheon, as well as Poena herself, rather unpopular with more benevolent and forgiving individuals who rightly see them as extremely uncompromising, excessive, and even cruel, to the point where some of said individuals would literally come to blows with Poena on several occasions due to differences in beliefs.
- He Who Fights Monsters: As shown with Temnobog's warning to Poena and the actions they have taken in various entries, many of the Poenan deities/followers are in serious danger of becoming like the criminals and villains they go after. One notable sign is their willingness to go even after children if they think that Justice will be delivered.
- Hot-Blooded: It's mentioned that many of those who sided with Poena and her growing pantheon/followers are hotheaded, which may explain why the Poenan deities/followers are often eager to "punish" even the smallest of infractions, and also get into fights with those who don't agree with them or their methods. This is anathema to true judges, who must remain unbiased and in control of their own emotions so they could judge people fairly
- Horrible Judge of Character: Deconstructed. Their collective Black and White Insanity ensures that they have difficulty understanding, and even don't care about the interchangeable complexity of sapient morality, which means that even repentant criminals and evildoers are victimized under the belief that they're Karma Houdinis who weren't "punished" enough. This would naturally make them rather unpopular with more forgiving and merciful factions and individuals, who are rightly disgusted and angered by their behavior, and cause no end of internecine conflict between them and said individuals.
- Hypocrite: Luminiferous states to Diamond Tiara that this is their deal when it comes to smiting Evil in general - in his words, "[They're] so caught up trying to find evil in others, they ignore it in themselves. They condemn others but see themselves as pure and righteous." Silver Bane, a former Poenan champion, would later call the Poenan deities out on this after they criticize his decision to defect and throw away his potential, pointing out that their hypocritical, extreme, murderous, and self-righteous ways were what nearly led to his death and thus making it necessary for him to leave.
- Knight Templar: Justified. While on the side of Good, Poena and her allies are notably more puristic, ruthless, and merciless than their more benevolent peers; Poena had witnessed horrific miscarriages of Justice since her birth, and her beliefs that spawned from this caused her to gain a following among a lot of hotblooded younger divines who genuinely felt frustrated with the failures and mixed results of their older superiors in opposing Evil. However, it's deconstructed in that they would collectively develop a Black and White Insanity that makes them extremely merciless and uncompromising even towards evildoers who want to atone for their actions, which would naturally make them unpopular among more forgiving and merciful factions and leads to no end of internecine conflict between them and other forces of Good.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In numerous instances, many members/followers of the Poenan pantheon, including Poena herself, often end up being punished by benevolent forces and individuals who are rightly disgusted and angry with their cruel, merciless, and excessive methods of exacting Justice.
- A group of Poenan deities tried assassinating Temnobog under the belief that killing a God of Evil will "save" Equus. Belyolen, Temnobog's kindhearted older twin brother, would quickly defeat the assailants and warn them that while he's willing to forgive them, he won't be as merciful should they try again. Sure enough, the Poenan allies try again, this time going after the Four Terrors as well. As punishment, Belyolen gave the group to a gleeful Temnobog and his family, and let them punish their would-be killers as they saw fit.
- Golden Scepter, ruler of the Terran Empire, would publicly decry the Poenan pantheon as a group of "deluded extremists", offending them so much that Poena led a small group of divine/mortal followers against him. They got their collective ass kicked when Golden Scepter revealed that he is a much more powerful, older, and experienced god than he looked, resulting in a swift defeat. In addition, they're further humiliated when Katharsis showed up to take pictures and sent the photos to everyone the Poenan pantheon had wronged in the name of "Justice".
- A canonized Codexverse drabble reveals that a group of Poenan followers tried attacking Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon for being former bullies because they saw a "greater evil" waiting to emerge, despite the two having atoned for their actions. This would earn them the wrath of Prince Fanged Paw, Golden Scepter's second-oldest son, who proceeded to thrash and humiliate them for trying to go after those he deemed his "protectorates".
- A group of Poenan deities tried pursuing and punishing Mitta, the Guardian of Everfree Forest, because they believed she's a Karma Houdini in regards to her role in Ruby Heart's murder, not caring that she already atoned for it. Mitta's entry notes that the Poenan deities got punished in turn when Amour-De-Soi and Prince Steel Barricade teamed up to protect Mitta and utterly thrashed her divine pursuers with lightning strikes and displays of monstrous reflections of themselves as depicted by Amour-De-Soi's shield-mirror, True Image.
- Not So Different: After a fight where Amour-De-Soi and Prince Steel Barricade protected Mitta from some Poenan deities, Mitta realized that the Poenan deities who tried punishing her were really no different from Grey Hoof and his followers after seeing the same madness in their eyes.
- Rage Against the Reflection: During their clash with Amour-De-Soi and Prince Steel Barricade, the Poenan deities would be devastated with images of their own monstrous reflections as shown by Amour-De-Soi's mirror-shield, True Image.
- Too Dumb to Live: After foiling an attempt to kill Temnobog, Belyolen warns the group of Poenan deities of dire consequences that would follow should they try again. They ignore him and do it anyway, this time going after Temnobog's children, the Four Terrors, as well. This would land them in the hell-realms ruled by Temnobog and the Four Terrors, as Belyolen let his brother and relatives punish their would-be attackers as they saw fit.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Their more aggressive and uncompromising position in the war against Evil has often led to them squabbling with other Good deities and heroes as much as they fight against Evil individuals.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Deconstructed. They are on the side of Good, but their extreme methods and standards makes them almost as antagonistic as the Evil forces they oppose themselves, to the point they risk going too far and becoming no better than what they fight. Some of them, much like Poena herself, are even willing to go after children if it means that justice will be served, which would rightly earn them the horror, disgust, and wrath of those who don't agree with them.
- Would Hurt a Child: One of the hallmarks of their fanaticism - some of the Poenan deities and their followers won't hesitate to go after even children if it'll ensure that Justice will be served, which is a large factor in why the Poenan pantheon as a whole has a bad reputation among more benevolent and heroic factions.
- In one incident, a group of young Poenan followers tried attacking Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon for being bullies because they saw a "greater evil" waiting to emerge from them. This would earn them the wrath of Prince Fanged Paw, Golden Scepter's second-oldest son, who proceeded to thrash and humiliate them for trying to kill his young protectorates. While it remains unclear as to what the foreseen "greater evil" actually is, Fanged Paw argued that whatever it is, it still would never justify the Poenan followers' extreme actions.
- In another incident, they attacked an Abyssinian orphanage because Felicia, a kindhearted, white-furred Abyssinian were-cat, apparently held an "Evil" within her and associated with "Evil" individuals. According to Silver Bane, the Poenans also intended to kill the orphans under Felicia's care so they could "spare" the orphans the agony of becoming monsters in the future. Fortunately, their mission was foiled when Silver Bane intervened and protected Felicia and the orphans, feeling rightly disgusted with their peers' actions.
- One major factor in Silver Bane's decision to defect from the Poenan Pantheon entirely is because his Poenan peers and superiors wanted to kill Friede, his adoptive daughter, for being a "bad influence" on him.
Poena, the Mistress of Punishment
Divine Classification: Ethereal
Portfolio: Justice, Retribution, Punishment
"Justice should be pure, unsullied by mercy or pity!"
Poena (her entry here) is the goddess of Justice, Retribution, and Punishment, and the leader of the Poenan Pantheon, a divine group of moral extremists dedicated to serving justice no matter the cost.
Poena was once a mortal Tulpa, born from the anger, despair, and desperation of downtrodden ponies living in a particularly corrupt kingdom, imprinted upon the background magical field of the region. The nobility and royalty used their power, wealth, and authority to benefit themselves at the expense of their subjects, yet their positions had ensured they would always escaped their rightful comeuppance. The downtrodden populace's resentment and yearning for vindictive justice against their corrupt betters would eventually achieve complexity and self-awareness in the same manner as many other Tulpas, becoming a powerful spirit of retribution.
Poena spent years serving under various deities and pantheons, whereupon she built up a fearsome reputation as a demon-slaying, evil-punishing crusading angel. When Poena would aczhieve godhood, she would return to the 'homeland' of her birth and smite the wicked, criminal rulers and their lackeys and supporters with extreme abhorrence, relentlessly hunting down and meting out brutal sanctions upon any who survive her onslaught with her followers, most notably the oppressed populace who would rise up to unleash gratituous vengeance upon their tormentors, their prayers answered at long last.
Merciless, uncompromising and obsessive, Poena possess an absolutist, black-and-white view of the world and is driven by a desire to bring absolute justice and unfettered punishment upon the wicked no matter the costs, seeing any mercy and forgiveness to the wicked as foolish, weak and dangerous, only serving to let even the smallest Evils a chance to escape become great threats in the future. This abrasiveness would make her clash with the more compassionate deities such as the Alicorn Princesses of Equestria, who worried where this fanaticism would lead her. Nevertheless, despite her relative youth, her influence is growing among both the ranks of the divines and among mortals, and only time will tell where her crusade to exterminate all that is evil will lead, for both good and ill.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Justice, Retribution, and Punishment.
- Birds of a Feather: The reason why she offered support and patronage to the Scourge of Hell in modern times: Like him, she was and still is a uncompromisingly brutal crusader out to destroy all Demons (on top of all Evil in general), so their goals and methods often align. Of course, the Scourge only cared as much as it helps him in his crusade against the diabolic and just rolled with it for the sake of convenience.
- Black and White Insanity: It REALLY shows with her uncompromising views on Evil and Injustice. She doesn't see or care of the intricacies of Good and Evil and the Balance that exists between them on Equus: Even the smallest transgression is unforgivable in her eyes and deserve strict punishment.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She and a small group of her followers tried attacking Golden Scepter for decrying her and her followers as deluded extremists. However, they severely underestimated just how old and powerful their opponent actually is, resulting in their swift defeat. Hilariously, Katharsis would show up shortly after, taking pictures of the losers and sending them to Poena's victims, confusing the hell out of Golden Scepter.
- The Determinator: A partial Deconstruction. She's stated to be utterly relentless in her crusade to destroy Evil of all kinds, but it also led to her becoming a merciless fanatic for justice who couldn't forgive even the slightest transgressions, which often lead to clashes with other forces of good and Disproportionate Retribution against those who committed wrongs.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She personally led a small group of her own divine and mortal followers in an attack against Golden Scepter because he publicly decried them as "deluded extremists". For that, they would get their collective ass kicked and further humiliated when Katharsis took photos of their defeat and showed them to everyone.
- Freudian Excuse: She's obsessed with justice because she's the living magical embodiment of the desires for vindictive justice that came from downtrodden citizens of a Pony kingdom, which was ruled and terrorized by extremely corrupt figures and factions. Seeing the evils other depraved beings had committed throughout history had only worsened her obsession.
- He Who Fights Monsters: After she vowed to punish Temnobog for being a god of Evil, Temnobog warned her that her obsession with justice would eventually make her as evil and depraved as the villains she hunts down. His words are slowly coming true, with the Poenan Pantheon and their mortal followers/champions becoming willing to hunt and kill children in order to serve Justice.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- While she's extremely uncompromising, abrasive, and ruthless, she does have a following of her own, mostly consisting of equally young, hotheaded deities who are incredibly frustrated with the failures and mixed successes of their older predecessors.
- As shown with her folder quote, she thinks that justice should be executed without mercy or pity, and thinks that being merciful to criminals and sinners is akin to giving them a slap on the wrist as punishment for their misdeeds. While she's usually wrong, there are cases where being merciful has backfired, such as when Dikastís refused to kill a young Tirek because the latter had yet to commit the crimes as was predicted by an oracle, only for Tirek to become evil as was predicted.
- Knight Templar: Justified and deconstructed. Even among deities who embody justice and karma, she's rather obsessed with punishing the wicked, no matter how minor their crimes are. While her behavior is understandable, given that she was born from background magic interactions of mortals' resentment and vindictive hatred against depraved evildoers who often went unpunished, her ruthlessness and lack of mercy means that she also targets people who committed even the slightest crimes, as she believes that Evil itself will potentially grow if not snuffed out early. Because of this, according to Temnobog, she is at great risk of becoming as monstrous as the villains she hunts down. She has also tried targeting Ruby Heart for her Chain Sight ability, thinking it'll help her find sinful people faster, then attacked her when Ruby refused to join her and even compared her to Grey Hoof. Midnight Bell would later disgustedly call Poena a "total crack-nut" trying to play goddess with everypony and every-creature. Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor from the Terran Empire, would also publicly condemn Poena's ruthless methods and decry both her and her followers as deluded extremists... because they're showing the same behavior that he once had during his reign over the Imperium of Ponykind.
- Heck, she's even a patron of these guys, with her followers having large numbers of inquisitors, paladins, demon-slayers and the like, all of whom are often at risk of sliding into this if not becoming one already.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She and a few followers tried attacking Golden Scepter for being publicly called "deluded extremists". They ended up having their collective asses handed to them when Golden Scepter revealed just how powerful and experienced he is as a god and a warrior. In addition, Katharsis would shortly show up to take humiliating photos of them and send said photos to their victims.
- Made of Magic: She's categorized as an "Ethereal deity", having been born a Tulpa made from the magic that emanated from the downtrodden citizens from an extremely corrupt and selfish Pony kingdom.
- The Magnificent: Known as "the Mistress of Punishment" due to her extremist beliefs on punishment and justice, and her focus especially on punishing individuals who she believes deserved it, including those who already atoned for their crimes.
- Not So Different: Ruby Heart mentioned to Midnight Bell and Crystal Prism an incident where she told Poena she reminded her of some of her worst neighbors, especially Grey Hoof, because of their extremism. Apparently it got Poena really mad, to the point of trying and failing to attack her, but fortunately Crystal Prism and Twilight Sparkle were there to protect her.
- Red Baron: Known as "the Mistress of Punishment".
- Top God: She's the founder and leader of the Poenan pantheon, which she named after herself.
- Underestimating Badassery: When she and a small group of her followers tried attacking Golden Scepter, they severely underestimated how much of a threat he actually was, until they confronted him face-to-face. They were all swiftly defeated.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Despite opposing evil, Poena's abrasiveness and ruthlessness often ended up rubbing other benevolent gods and heroes the wrong way, leading to conflicts over how villains should be dealt with. A dispute over how to punish an Evil Overlord in the Taurus Peninsula after his defeat led to a fight between Poena and the Cyclops deity of Peace, Mercy and Fire Eirini, who advocated a more merciful punishment (trial and imprisonment in an inescapable prison) over Poena's preferred sanction (summary execution by quartering, both body and soul).
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Deconstructed. As she was a Tulpa born from the vindictive yearnings for justice of downtrodden and oppressed Ponies who hailed from a kingdom ruled by extremely corrupt and selfish tyrants, Poena believes that justice as a concept should be delivered without mercy or pity. However, while her end-goal is noble and does end up with a popular following among those frustrated with the "failures" of their older superiors, she also tries punishing even the smallest of crimes out of the belief letting them go leads to even bigger and more heinous acts of evil. This logic influences her to even go after children if she thinks they'll be a huge threat in the future, rightly invoking horror and disgust from those who disagree with her. She also treats those who show mercy and forgiveness to criminals and evildoers with great contempt, believing them to be too "soft", which naturally makes her rather unpopular with many benevolent individuals for being ruthless, aggressive, and borderline cruel. Temnobog warned her that she might eventually become just as evil and depraved as the villains she hunts down, while Midnight Bell, a young Earth pony filly from the Grittish Isles, would call Poena a "crack-nut" out of disgust, seeing her as an insane mare trying to "play goddess" with everypony. Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor, would also publicly decry her and her pantheon's methods as he saw them as no better than how he had acted during the Imperium era; this led to an incident where Poena and her followers/allies tried attacking him in retaliation, only to have their asses quickly handed to them, and were further humiliated when Katharsis showed up to take pictures and send the photos to everyone the Poenan pantheon had wronged.
- Would Hurt a Child: A sign of her fanaticism. According to Ruby Heart and Crystal Prism, there was an incident where Poena tried swaying Ruby Heart to her hardlined views of justice so she could use the young psychopomp's "Chain Sight" ability to condemn sinners quickly. When Ruby Heart refused and even compared her to Grey Hoof and his followers, Poena was so enraged that she tried attacking her, earning the ire of Crystal Prism and Princess Twilight Sparkle who both moved to protect Ruby Heart.
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The Scourge of Hell
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral/Chaotic Good/??
Type: Warrior/Berserker/Eternal Hero/Demon Slayer/Divine Champion
Faction: Unaffiliated/Poenan Pantheon
"He's not trapped there in a hell-realm full of Demons. THEY are all trapped in there with HIM."
— Yarost, the Prince of Murder, on the relentless demon-slayer known as 'The Scourge of Hell'
The dreaded and mysterious 'Scourge of Hell' is a feared demon-slayer who had been waging a relentless war upon the Demonic and Diabolical for aeons, for reasons that remain unclear. Filled with bottomless rage and hatred for Demonkind, equipped with an iconic enchanted armour which obscures his identity, and powerful to the point of being a One-Man Army, the Scourge had laid waste to demonic hordes and hell-realms as early as the 'Second Age', whether on Equus or on other planes and worlds, and in this age, he has found himself in the confidence of Poena, the Mistress of Punishment, who is impressed by his unrelenting crusade against Demonkind and made him her and her pantheon's champion. Whatever happens, however, one thing is certain: He will always be there to stand against Demonkind, to rip and tear, until there are none...
- Ambiguously Human: Or rather, Ambiguously Pony. He's definitely an Equine, but whether or not he's actually related to Ponykind is unclear.
- The Berserker: Is classified as one and shows it with his ultra-violent hyper-aggression on all things Demonic, with little interest for subtlety or strategy in his methods.
- Birds of a Feather: How he ended up allying with the Poenan Pantheon - his completely pitiless and uncompromising crusade against Demonkind, Fallen deities, and other fell individuals/factions greatly impressed Poena, who had done the same thing since her time as an avenging angel and now as a goddess. She would supply him with various divine artifacts, weapons, equipment, and other boons to help exterminate his enemies in exchange for becoming one of her champions, and he has been working for her ever since. Princess Stitching Time speculates that he only agreed to side with the Poenan Pantheon's cause for the sake of convenience, considering how he only goes after demons and doesn't do much else besides it.
- Captain Ersatz: Of the 'Doom Slayer' from the DOOM (2016) reboot, although cues are also taken from other entries of the Doom franchise. His entry has a lot of shout-outs to Doom.
- The Dreaded: Everyone is afraid of him, especially Demonic and Fallen entities which he goes after. Even heroes are wary of him because of his brutal and ruthless character.
- The Determinator: This guy will not stop until he has killed all Demons and Diabolical beings, even if it will take him all of eternity.
- Destructive Saviour: Note to leave behind considerable damage and destruction in all his battle against the Demonic and Diabolical.
- Eternal Hero: It's implied that he's immortal and had been crusading/rampaging against Demonkind since time immemorial, as Golden Scepter claims seeing him fighting demonic allies of the Fallen Alicorn, Morning Star, on occasion. However, people stay clear of him because of his brutal ruthlessness and curt behavior around others.
- Forever War: He had been fighting against the forces of Demonkind since time immemorial, and he's not stopping anytime soon.
- Good Is Not Nice: He is firmly against Demonkind's existence and fights eternally to destroy them all, but he is not nice by any metric. Like the 'Doom Slayer', he is absurdly brutal and aggressive against his foes, has absolutely no social skills, does not communicate beyond a Death Glare and ultra-violence, will forcefully take what he needs to continue his fight, and leaves behind an enormous trail of death and destruction in his wake.
- Hidden Depths: Noted that beneath all the rage he can be introspective, reasonable and even Adorkable. It's just that he's so absolutely pissed off about Demons that it's not easily observable. Goes hand in hand with being based on of the 'Doom Slayer' from DOOM (2016).
- Hopeless War: It had been observed that his Forever War against Demonkind is likely futile: Demonic and Diabolical/Fallen beings appear when either the subconscious mind of sapient beings imprint their dark thoughts and emotions into the background magical field of Equus, which achieves complexity and sapience by chance as Boltzmann Minds, or they are magical/divine beings who became Fallen due to corruption or disillusionment with the world. As Long as There is Evil, there will always be Demons and Diabolical entities. Of course, the Scourge of Hell simply doesn't care.
- Horrifying the Horror: Demons are malignant ethereal entities who are the incarnations of the worst parts of mortals' and gods' nature and had been damning, tormenting and ruining mortals for ages. And yet the only person who manages to make them tremble in fear is "The Scourge of Hell", who has been known for brutally eviscerating their kind since time immemorial.
- Implacable Man: Like his inspiration, the Scourge will not stop, ever, until he had killed absolutely every single Demon and destroyed absolutely every single Hell-Realm in existence. And pretty much nothing the Demons did ever managed to do more than slow him down or stop him temporarily.
- Kill the God: He has slain even lesser Fallen or Evil Gods who commanded Demon Lords and diabolical forces, although because of the mechanics of divinity in this setting, he either requires Divine assistance/weapon provided by a godly ally, or use the Evil/Fallen deity's own Divine weapon against them to do the job.
- The Legions of Hell: Are AFRAID of him, because to him they're ultimately just Cannon Fodder.
- One-Man Army: This guy tore through whole armies of Demons and Diabolical entities without stopping and demolished entire Hell-realms and diabolical empires by himself. Casualties often numbered in the countless thousands on almost every occasion.
- Only in It for the Money: It's speculated in-universe by Princess Stitching Time that when Poena made him his divine champion, he just "rolled with it" for the sake of convenience, since in return he gets a lot of divine weapons and equipment for the purpose of exterminating Demonkind. This is justified as being in a Forever War against demonic and fell entities means that supplies can only last for so long.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He is VERY good at destroying things. Especially anything Demon-related.
- Reality Ensues: Being in a Forever War against Demonkind and other fell entities/factions means that supplies can only last for so long. According to Princess Stitching Time, he "rolled with it" when Poena made him one of her champions since it means that he gets new weapons and equipment to replace the ones that ran out in return.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Had been embarked on one ever since Demonkind screwed him over.
- Tranquil Fury: While definitely a berserker, like the Doom Slayer he doesn't speak or even verbalize his feelings, yet it's very abundantly clear from his presence that he's full of Unstoppable Rage. In the opinion of some like Mentelene, he's likely gone BEYOND furious and into a state of calm and certainty, where his vengeful wrath and rampage against Demons is as natural to him as BREATHING and EATING.
- Time Abyss: His exact origins and existence remains unclear, but Golden Scepter, a surviving antediluvian Alicorn Emperor, claimed that that he had been around to fight the demonic allies/minions of Morning Star and his Fallen Alicorns faction during the "Twilight of the Alicorns", a conflict which took place hundreds of thousands of years before 'Known History' and lasted around 100,000 years by itself.
- To Hell and Back: He had done that, repeatedly, over the aeons. And there's usually not much of a hell-realm left by the time he's done.
- Unstoppable Rage: Like the Doom Slayer, he's full of this against Demonkind, to the point it's been cited as a possible reason for his inexplicable immortality: he's simply too furious to die.
- Why Won't You Die?: The Scourge of Hell had been around for a long time, wiping out Demonkind wherever he found them. Many demons had tried repeatedly to kill him without succeeding. They swarmed him with numbers, sent their greatest champions who could challenge even the gods, dropped whole temples and mountains on him just to slow him down, and nothing worked. Every time they believed they succeeded, he just inexplicably get back up and kill them back, as if he simply refuses to die. In short, this is how they view the Scourge of Hell besides complete and utter terror.
Silver Bane, the Dark Hunter
Alignment: Lawful/Neutral Good
Type: Dhampir/Warrior-Monk/Former Extremist/Protector
Faction: Poenan Pantheon (formerly; defected), Unaffiliated
"To try eradicate all things 'dark' and 'evil' in the name of Justice is folly. A 'true' upholder of Justice looks for the darkness inside themselves first before looking everywhere else."
Silver Bane (his entry here) is a former servant and champion of the Poenan Pantheon who has since defected, becoming a prime example of the dangers and consequences of the Poenans' extremism.
Silver Bane's past was a mystery even to himself - he was found alone by the Poenan Pantheon's followers as a colt, bloodied, traumatized, and malnourished, with no memory of how he ended up in that state. Though quiet and anti-social, he made up for it with his magical and psychic talents, his extreme efficiency, and his burning hatred towards all things "evil", including the "Dark Ones" that he claimed destroyed his hometown. Poena was so impressed that as a reward, she made Silver Bane her champion and gave him his name as well as a custom-made divine sword, whom he called "Mercy". However, he would unexpectedly show his then-unknown vampiric side after a stressful battle with an evil vampire lord caused Silver Bane to turn into a vampiric monster out of stress.
Though many Poenans voted to give Silver Bane a merciful death, Poena let him live in a rare display of mercy, sympathizing with her champion and giving him a chance to take revenge against the "Dark Ones" who turned him. Silver Bane would continue serving the Poenan Pantheon faithfully until he adopted Friede, an orphaned Griffon chick with immense psychic powers and extreme stoicism. Looking after Friede caused Silver Bane to regain the empathy he had repressed for years, making him finally see the ugly side of the Poenans' philosophy of ruthless justice. This culminated in him defying orders to kill Felicia, a kindly Abyssinian orphanage mistress, by protecting her from his peers, who would have gone after the orphans as well to "spare" them from becoming monsters themselves in the future.
Silver Bane was taken to trial for his defiance, and when the more fanatical Poenans tried to kill him, he transformed and went on a rampage, only to go on the run and take Friede with him when Poena confronted him. He would befriend a few people during his travels, such as twin Kirin sisters Rushing Wind and Gentle Wind, a pair of undead monster hunters, but the stress of containing his vampiric side, looking after Friede, and fleeing from his pursuers eventually became too much. While helping Rushing Wind and Gentle Wind hunt down the demon that killed their mother, Silver Bane gave in to his negative emotions and transformed again, only to get seriously injured and would have died had the group not been saved by Prince Night Shade, one of Golden Scepter's demigod sons. Despite his friends' efforts to heal him, Silver Bane fell into a coma that he couldn't wake up from, and had to be taken to a monastery occupied by mortal followers of Satori, the Mother Goddess of Llamakind.
With the help of a kindly Llama monk, Silver Bane's friends discovered that his coma was psychosomatic, caused by a mental entity that spawned from his suppressed vampiric side, and psychically ventured into his mind to save him.[WIP]
- Adaptational Heroism: Donovan Baine was a Knight Templar and Anti-Hero whose obsessive quest to "purge" himself of his vampiric blood by hunting Darkstalkers would eventually lead to him giving in to his darker side and becoming a full vampire, with the implication that Anita, a young psychic girl he adopted, had to give him a Mercy Kill. Here, as Silver Bane, he would start out as a Knight Templar, but would gradually break out of his harmful mindset thanks to the benevolent influence of Friede and the friends he made, resulting in him accepting his vampiric heritage and becoming a balanced individual with a stabler mindset and greater power than he had before.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Even more so than what the Night Warriors: Darkstalker's Revenge OVA had done to Donovan Baine. He was initially a Knight Templar obsessed with smiting Evil and hunting down the "Dark Ones" because he mistakenly believed himself to be "cursed" with vampirism, resulting in a deep grudge against them. The influence of benevolent people like Friede, the Wind sisters, and Prince Night Shade would help him break out of this mindset and accept his vampiric heritage, creating a balanced individual with a stabler mindset and greater power than before, and thus saving his life in the process.
- Amnesiac Hero: Deconstructed. After enduring constant bullying from his neighbors, he eventually snapped and transformed into a vampiric monster for the first time, his rampage leading to his town's utter destruction and his mother's death. He was so traumatized afterwards that he would suffer from Trauma-Induced Amnesia to the point where he forgot even his own name. This made him emotionally and mentally vulnerable to the influence of unsavory groups and individuals such as the Poenan Pantheon, who adopted him and raised him on psychologically harmful extremist teachings to mold him into becoming a Knight Templar utterly devoted to smiting Evil. This meant that most of what Silver Bane were made to believe about himself for years were actually false, such as his vampiric heritage being a "curse" to be suppressed and/or purged (which initially gave him quite a bit of self-loathing) and that an outside force was responsible for destroying his home and killing his mother, not him. Remembering his forgotten memories proved crucial to saving his life once he was put in a coma and dragged into a Battle in the Center of the Mind by his "dark half", as it not only influenced him to accept his "dark half" as his equal rather than outright destroying it, but it also helped him break free from the Poenan Pantheon's toxic influence.
- Amplifier Artifact: His sword, Mercy, enhances the magic of whoever's using it. He would later give it away to Prince Red Blade after leaving the Poenan Pantheon, having recognized the dangers of such a weapon in their hooves, especially after it became sentient. Mentally fusing with his "dark half" and gaining a permanent power boost from having his long-suppressed vampiric heritage manifest himself helped factor in the decision as well.
- Angst Coma: He fell into a feverish coma that he couldn't wake up from because of a combination of stress over fleeing his Poenan pursuers, being severely injured by a powerful demon he and his friends had been chasing down, and the work of his "dark half", which tried to take control of his body out of spite for being constantly suppressed. However, Silver Bane's friends got him out of his coma by journeying into his mind with the help of a kindly Llama monk, and unlocking his forgotten memories, causing an emotional breakdown as he discovered the truth of what really happened to his town and his deceased mother, but also influencing him to accept his "dark half" as his equal and reconcile with him. The resulting mental fusion transformed him in the real world as his half-vampire heritage finally manifested itself, yet also allowed him to wake up.
- Anti-Magic: His former sword, Mercy, had the ability to cut through dark magic spells like they're nothing.
- The Atoner: After leaving the Poenan Pantheon and rediscovering certain truths about himself, he would first study under the mortal disciples of Satori, then travel all over Equus to atone for the various crimes he committed as a Poenan follower. In fact, while he was in a coma, he was able to reconcile with his "dark half" by offering it to start over as his equal so they could both make up for what they had done, leading to him transforming into a Dhampyr in the real world and waking up from his coma after they mentally fused together. One of the locations he was spotted in was Abyssinia, as he wanted to make amends with Felicia, a kindhearted were-cat, for his former Poenan peers attacking her orphanage.
- Braids of Action: His dark-brown mane and tail are so long that he had them tied into singular braids to keep them from getting caught in things. He's also a powerful Poenan follower and later, after leaving the Poenan Pantheon, he would become a powerful Warrior Monk.
- Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting: The Poenan deities and their mortal followers raised him to follow their ruthless philosophy of Justice, and gave him harmful, hypocritical, and self-righteous teachings that would have eventually killed him if his friends and other benevolent individuals hadn't intervened and saved him. After adopting Friede, he would become a much better surrogate parent than the Poenans had ever been, as he genuinely tried to be a good father and role model for his daughter - to the point where Friede started crying openly and loudly for the first time after he got severely injured and fell into a coma that he would later wake up from.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Donovan Baine. Silver Bane's name, appearance, and magical/psychic/combat skills are heavily similar to Donovan's, especially after leaving the Poenan Pantheon, where he starts donning red, blue, and yellow monk robes that follow the same color scheme as Donovan's outfit. He even wielded the same large sword (at first) that Donovan uses as a weapon. They're also both dhampirs, though how they reacted to it differed - Donovan was a Knight Templar who ruthlessly hunted down the Darkstalkers in hopes that he could purge his "cursed" blood from himself, only to fail when he gave in and became a vampire in the end. Furthermore, it's implied that Donovan had to be put down by Anita, a young psychic girl he adopted, in order to end his misery. Silver Bane was taught to suppress his vampiric side by the Poenan Pantheon, as the other option consisted of being put down to prevent him from becoming a monster. This would give him quite a bit of self-loathing, and made him believe that he could only obtain inner peace by smiting Evil and those he called the "Dark Ones". However, he would ultimately be spared Donovan's fate when, after falling into a coma, the efforts of his friends and adoptive daughter to redeem/save him influenced Silver Bane to accept and reconcile with the mental manifestation of his vampiric heritage instead. This not only caused him to physically transform into a true dhampir, but also saved his life, as he and his vampiric side were one and the same.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype:
- Of the Amnesiac Hero. After snapping from his childhood bullying and transforming into a vampiric monster for the first time, Silver Bane went on a rampage that utterly destroyed his town and killed his mother. Both his trauma and guilt were so great that he forgot about almost everything about his early past, including his own name. This unfortunately made him a living "clean slate", which in turn made him vulnerable to extremist factions like the Poenan Pantheon, whose mortal/divine members adopted him and raised him to become a Knight Templar utterly devoted to smiting Evil. This meant that most of what Silver Bane were made to believe about himself for years were actually false, such as his vampiric heritage being a "curse" to be suppressed and/or purged (which initially gave him quite a bit of self-loathing) and that an outside force was responsible for destroying his home and killing his mother, not him. Remembering his forgotten memories proved crucial to saving his life once he was put in a coma and dragged into a Battle in the Center of the Mind by his "dark half", as it not only influenced him to accept his "dark half" as his equal rather than outright destroying it, but it also helped him break free from the Poenan Pantheon's toxic influence.
- Of the Knight Templar. Silver Bane is feared and hated for being a brutal and uncompromising "Dark Hunter" (hence his epithet, "the Dark Hunter"), and unsurprisingly, he has gained a lot of enemies, including Prince Night Shade, Golden Scepter's fifteenth son and a former ally of the Poenans who rejected them out of disgust. However, his entry notes that Silver Bane's beliefs and practices were the result of being raised by the Poenans for much of his life - instead of helping him understand his vampiric side, the Poenans taught him that he could still serve their cause as long as he suppressed his vampirism, because the other option was being killed to prevent him from becoming a monster later on. He was also encouraged to suppress his sense of compassion and empathy for others, even against his better judgement, so he wouldn't sympathize with those deemed "Evil" by the Poenans. Silver Bane's extremist upbringing gave him quite a bit of self-loathing believed he could achieve some measure of inner peace by smiting Evil and suppressing his (unknown to him) heritage, and ultimately, the Poenans' teachings would nearly kill him when suppressing his vampiric heritage and his emotions birthed his "dark half", causing him to fall into a coma as it tried taking over his body out of spite, anger, and desperation to free itself. After his friends helped him remember his forgotten origins, Silver Bane apologized to his "dark half" and reconciled with it by first offering it to start over with him as equals, then mentally fusing with it, creating a balanced individual with a healthier mindset and greater power than he initially possessed. Silver Bane does acknowledge that the Poenan Pantheon raised him, but has absolutely no love for their ruthless teachings as they nearly led to his death, and has made it his duty to oppose them at every turn when he's not atoning for his crimes.
- Of The Stoic as well. His stoicism largely comes from being taught to suppress his emotions by the Poenan Pantheon so he could avoid sympathizing with "Evil" individuals/groups, sometimes against his better judgement. However, it also stems from the severe trauma he experienced as a colt, and it hides the fact that, because of his extremist upbringing, he had No Social Skills to speak of and his good intentions are offset by his social awkwardness. It's deconstructed in that suppressing his emotions, along with his vampiric heritage, gave birth to his "dark half" which tried taking over his body out of spite and desperation, nearly leading to his doom. Only after accepting his "dark half" did he gain his emotions back, making him far more comfortable with expressing himself openly.
- Deity of Human Origin: Because of his devotion to smiting Evil, his extreme efficiency, and magical/psychic talent, both mortal and divine Poenans, including Poena herself, believed that Silver Bane had the potential to Ascend and become a god of Justice, Purity, and Retribution... but the reveal of his vampiric side put a crimp in that. After leaving the Poenan Pantheon and accepting his half-vampiric heritage, Silver Bane would later be told by Luminiferous that because he broke free from the Poenans' harmful teachings and learned the true value of Justice, he gained much more potential to become a god than ever. Luminiferous himself even foresees him as a powerful and mighty god who embodies completely different yet still benevolent concepts through his domain of Potential.
- Dhampyr: He's the hybrid son of a mortal Pony mare and an immortal vampire lord, who is speculated in-universe to be a more heroic Count Dracolt. However, Silver Bane initially looked like a normal unicorn, and would stay that way until sometime after he left the Poenan Pantheon. This is because his mixed heritage invited a lot of bullying as a colt, and thanks to a combination of Trauma-Induced Amnesia and the Poenans' harmful teachings, he falsely believed for years that his vampiric side was merely a "curse" to be eventually purged. This would backfire when years of constant suppression eventually birthed his "dark half", putting him in a coma and dragging him into a Battle in the Center of the Mind as it tried to take over his body out of spite and desperation to free itself. But thanks to his friends, who helped him by unearthing his forgotten memories under the guidance of a Llama monk, Silver Bane remembered what he really is and reconciled with his "dark half" by first apologizing and offering it to start over as equals so they could both make up for what they both did, and then mentally fusing with it. This caused him to transform in the real world as his long-suppressed heritage finally manifested itself, yet allowing him to wake up from his coma, creating a balanced individual with a healthier mindset and greater power.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: After leaving the Poenan Pantheon and accepting his vampiric side, he would get into a heated argument with an angry Poenan deity, who criticized his decision to defect and throw away his potential to become a god of Justice. Silver Bane essentially tells the Poenan deity where to shove it, reminding them that following the Poenan Pantheon's teachings for years nearly killed him.Silver Bane: I would rather save lives as a BLOODSUCKER than Ascend to godhood by being a hypocritical, extreme, and self-righteous murderer like YOU.
- Enemy Within: Years of constant suppressing both his vampiric side, believing it to be a "curse" inflicted by "Dark Ones", and his own emotions caused both of them to manifest in Silver Bane's mind as his "dark half", a powerful yet emotional, hateful, and violent entity that became hellbent on taking control of his body out of spite and desperation to free itself. This caused him to fall into a coma that he was initially unable to wake up from, as he was dragged into a Battle in the Center of the Mind for dominance with his "dark half". But his friends' efforts to save him by uncovering his forgotten memories caused Silver Bane to discover certain truths about himself, including the fact that his vampiric side isn't a "curse" but actually part of his heritage, as he is a Dhampyr born from a mortal Pony mare and an immortal vampire lord (speculated to be a heroic Count Dracolt). This influenced him to apologize to his "dark half" and reconcile with it as equals, causing Silver Bane's long-suppressed heritage to finally manifest itself and transform into a true Dhampyr in the real world, and allow him to wake from his coma.
- Epic Flail: He would start using a meteor hammer called Forgiveness after studying under the mortal monks/disciples of the Llama goddess Satori, and giving his sword, Mercy, away to the Terran Empire's royal family for safekeeping. It is described as being extremely difficult to use, but is a deceptively light and offensive weapon that is able to strike hard and fast enough to even break bones with just a few swings. It is also incredibly versatile, being used to trip, restrain, grab, pull, drag, choke, and ensnare even multiple enemies. Silver Bane has been known to use his meteor hammer as a magical conduit, resulting in many of his opponents being frozen, burnt, and/or electrocuted after they were trapped by its chain. When not in use, it is wrapped around his shoulders, and it is noted that because its chain is made of bronze beads, it resembles simple prayer beads instead.
- Fantastic Racism: Was on the receiving end of this even as a baby; his father, an immortal vampire lord (speculated to be a heroic Count Dracolt) was murdered by prejudiced townsfolk shortly after he was born, while he and his mother lived as outcasts because the latter chose that lifestyle to protect her son from her husband's killers. However, being bullied one time too many for being a dhampir was what caused Silver Bane to transform into a vampiric monster for the first time and go on a rampage that utterly destroyed his town and killed his mother. It left him so traumatized afterwards that he would have Trauma-Induced Amnesia for years, influencing him to believe that his heritage was a "curse". He would later accept his mixed heritage to the point where he sees nothing wrong with displaying his vampiric traits in public, but he respects those who have good reasons to be scared of vampires in general.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: His elemental magic revolves around fire, ice, and lightning. One of his most powerful techniques involves manifesting whatever element he's using as large, powerful spirits that can not only use magic themselves, but use whatever weapons he has on hand to attack. This includes Mercy, the large sword he used to carry around before he left the Poenan Pantheon. After getting a meteor hammer, Silver Bane can either freeze, burn, or shock his enemies by channeling either element through its chains after trapping them.
- Forged by the Gods: His former sword, Mercy, was a custom-made one forged by Poena's divine allies as a gift/reward for his extreme efficiency and devotion to smiting Evil. As a result, Mercy has magical properties, including enhancing the user's magic, cutting through dark magic spells, and canceling out regenerative abilities, making it a nightmare for those who rely on healing factors. Silver Bane has since decided to leave Mercy in Prince Red Blade's care for safekeeping, having recognized the dangers of a divine sword in the hands of the Poenan Pantheon, especially after it gained sentience and started talking.
- Fusion Dance: A mental variant that combines "Composite" and "Power Booster". After accepting his vampiric heritage and making peace with his "dark half", he mentally fused with it, which not only gave him a stabler, healthier mind, but also transformed him in the real world as his long-suppressed heritage finally manifested itself, giving him traits like tufted ears, feathered bat wings, and sharp upper fangs. He also permanently gained enhanced physical abilities and greater magic, making him more powerful than he was before.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: After reconciling with his "dark half" and mentally fusing with it during his coma, his long-suppressed half-vampire heritage finally manifested itself in the real world, with one trait he gained being a pair of large, feathered bat wings. This symbolizes not only his acceptance of his mixed heritage, but also his final break from the Poenan Pantheon's ruthless brand of Justice, as by siding with his "dark half", he became more balanced, as well as more forgiving and merciful towards those who would normally be deemed "evil" by the Poenans.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: While it's not known what the vampires thought of him, the Ponies of his hometown ostracized and bullied him for being a dhampir, and were also responsible for murdering his vampire father shortly after he was born. The mistreatment later caused Silver Bane to snap and go on a bloody rampage after transforming into a vampiric monster for the first time, and after it ended, he felt so traumatized and guilty that he forgot almost everything about himself, including his own name. And though they were (fortunately) unaware of his vampiric side being part of his heritage, the Poenan Pantheon taught Silver Bane that he could still serve their cause as long as he suppressed and/or cured it, which made him develop quite a bit of self-loathing towards his own existence. He would eventually get over it after defecting from the Poenan Pantheon and accepting his vampiric heritage; once he fused with the mental manifestation of it, Silver Bane's personality became balanced and thus saw nothing wrong with displaying his vampiric traits in public, though he respects those who have good reason to fear vampires.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's a Dhampyr, born to a mortal Pony mare and an immortal Count Dracolt. This would give him a lot of grief as a colt, as he would be ostracized and bullied for his mixed heritage... until Silver Bane snapped and transformed into a vampiric monster for the first time, going on a rampage that both destroyed his town and killed his mother. The sheer trauma and guilt caused him to forget even his own name, and because the Poenans taught him that his vampiric side was a "curse" (based on what they knew), Silver Bane initially believed that the only way to achieve inner peace with himself is to suppress his vampiric side and smite Evil, including the "Dark Ones" that he believed caused the incident that made him lose his memory. Remembering his origins as a hybrid later proved crucial in saving his life; when Silver Bane fell into a coma and was subsequently attacked by his "dark half", his friends helped him by uncovering his forgotten memories, Silver Bane realized his mistakes and apologized to his "dark half", before offering it a chance to start over as equals. They would mentally fuse afterwards, causing Silver Bane's long-suppressed heritage to manifest and transform him in the real world, and also allow him to wake up from his coma, creating a balanced individual with a healthier mindset and greater power.
- Heroic Willpower: Deconstructed and played for drama. Thanks to Trauma-Induced Amnesia regarding his past as well as the Poenan Pantheon's harmful teachings, Silver Bane falsely believed for years that his vampiric side was a "curse", and suppressed it through sheer willpower and the Poenans' divine artifacts, hoping it could be contained or even purged. But his entry makes it clear that the effort of suppressing his vampiric side had been taking a toll on his mind, and after going through a few extremely stressful situations, Silver Bane ended up falling into a coma that he couldn't wake up from no matter what his friends tried. A Llama monk discovered through "mind-walking" that Silver Bane's coma was caused by his "dark half", the manifestation of everything he hated about himself and has become hellbent in taking over his body out of spite and desperation to free itself. Silver Bane fought his "dark half" for a while, but after his friends uncovered his forgotten memories and thus allowed him to remember his origins, he apologized to his "dark half" and reconciled with it by offering a chance to start over as equals so they could make up for what they both did. This led to both of them mentally fusing, transforming Silver Bane into a true Dhampyr world and creating a balanced individual with a stabler mindset and greater power than before. Even more notable is that his situation became a rare, positive inversion where giving in and becoming a monster is a good thing, as it saved his life in the long run.
- Horror Hunger: Averted. As a dhampir, he does need to drink blood in order to survive, but his entry notes that he is capable of eating other foods (such as garlic) and is not affected by the mindless, maddening hunger for blood that plagues (and is assumed of) most vampires. He simply feels hungry in the same way that a mortal sapient needs food.
- Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: His mother was a mortal Pony mare, while his father was an immortal vampire lord who's speculated to be a more heroic Count Dracolt.
- Icy Blue Eyes: He's described as having cold blue eyes. He's a stoic stallion of few words (though he gets better) and one of the magics he specializes in is ice magic.
- Identity Amnesia: His foalhood trauma from destroying his hometown and killing his own mother during his rampage as a vampiric monster was so bad that he forgot the true nature of his vampiric side, and even his own name. After he was adopted by the Poenan Pantheon and proved himself to be an efficient follower with great potential, an impressed Poena would give him his current name, "Silver Bane, the Dark Hunter". However, the fact that he's suffering from amnesia in general made him emotionally and mentally vulnerable to the Poenan Pantheon's extremist and hardlined teachings, warping him into a fanatical and ruthless individual who hunted down those who were actually innocent. When he fell into a coma years later because of his "dark half", his friends helped him uncover his forgotten memories, which directly played a part in accepting and reconciling with his "dark half" as he realized a majority of what he believed about himself turned out to be a lie.
- Interspecies Friendship: He would befriend twin sisters Rushing Wind and Gentle Wind, who are a pair of undead "Dark Hunters" from the Qilin Empire. He would also befriend Prince Night Shade, the fifteenth demi-Alicorn son of Emperor Golden Scepter.
- Ironic Name:
- He used to wield a large, hooked broadsword named Mercy, which was apparently given by him. Prince Red Blade, Golden Scepter' sixteenth-born son, would comment on how ironic this is.Prince Red Blade: Mercy... such a strange and ironic name for a sword.
- The meteor hammer that he would use after giving Mercy away to Prince Red Blade is named Forgiveness. While not immediately fatal as his last weapon, Forgiveness can still strike hard and fast enough to even break and shatter bones.
- He used to wield a large, hooked broadsword named Mercy, which was apparently given by him. Prince Red Blade, Golden Scepter' sixteenth-born son, would comment on how ironic this is.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Played straight; his vampiric blood and traits came from his father, an immortal vampire lord who's speculated in-universe to be a more heroic Count Dracolt.
- The Magnificent: Known as "the Dark Hunter" due to his bitter grudge against "Dark Ones" and his obsessive pursuit in hunting down and killing them. His entry notes that Poena gave him his epithet along with his name because she was very impressed with his deeds, efficiency, and devotion to smiting Evil. After he left the Poenan Pantheon and started becoming a "true" upholder of Justice, his epithet started taking on a new meaning as he started hunting down those who are truly "Dark" - namely, people and groups who are genuinely evil and/or unrepentant.
- Meaningful Name: Twofold.
- The first part of his name, Silver, refers to silver as a holy metal used to kill supernatural monsters such as werewolves, witches, and vampires, preferably in the form of bullets. This is reflected in his Cutie Mark; it initially depicted a silver stake stabbing at a black bat, symbolizing his desire as a Poenan follower to smite all Evil even in himself. But after accepting his vampiric heritage and defecting from the Poenan Pantheon, his Cutie Mark changed to depict the same black bat wielding a silver stake against a multi-eyed wall of darkness, symbolizing the use of silver against truly evil and unrepentant individuals/factions.
- The second part of his name, Bane, is usually defined as "a cause of great distress or annoyance", though its archaic definition as the Old English bana is "thing causing death, poison". As a Poenan follower, Silver Bane once lived up to his epithet as "the Dark Hunter" by ruthlessly hunting down those who were deemed "Evil", especially the "Dark Ones" which he had a massive grudge against. But after he finally saw the ugly side of the Poenans' brand of justice and defected from the group, he became a "true" follower of Justice by being the "Bane" of truly evil and unrepentant individuals/factions while sparing those who are truly innocent.
- Metaphorically True: Both he and the Poenan Pantheon that raised him believed for years that "Dark Ones" destroyed his home, killed his mother, and cursed him by turning him into a vampire to amuse themselves with the Sole Survivor. However, due to forgotten memories, it turned out to be technically true - Silver Bane would discover years later during a mental fight with his "dark half" that while he's a vampire, he was actually born from a loving union between a Pony mare and a heroic Count Dracolt, and that he was responsible for his town's destruction and his mother's death. The truth would make him break down, though it would also influence him to apologize to his "dark half" and accept it as his equal, even mentally fusing with it.
- Mind over Matter: He's noted to be a far-reaching telekinetic, being able to psychically manipulate various objects with quick yet careful precision. And before he gave it away to Prince Red Blade, he would carry his large sword, Mercy, with telekinesis as it lacked a fitting sheathe, and has occasionally "surfed" on it with telekinesis.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Twofold. He broke down after discovering, thanks to his friends uncovering his forgotten memories during his Battle in the Center of the Mind, that he was responsible for destroying his town and killing his mother, not the "Dark Ones" as he and the Poenans believed, and that his vampiric side is not a "curse" but a product of his mother's loving relationship with his father, an immortal vampire lord who is speculated to be a heroic Count Dracolt. However, it also influenced him to accept and reconcile with his "dark half" by offering it to start over as equals and mentally fusing with it, transforming him in the real world as his vampiric heritage finally manifested. His entry notes that later on, he reconciled with his parents, especially his mother whom he killed, thanks to Grief's power to temporarily bring back spirits of the dead.
- Papa Wolf: After becoming a much kinder stallion, he became protective of children because he genuinely cared for them.
- In one incident, he prevented his fellow Poenans from killing a kindhearted Abyssinian were-cat and the young orphans under her care. This would bring him to trial with the Poenan Pantheon, whose members were enraged with him for defying orders, though he ended up defecting and going on the run after the situation violently escalated.
- After adopting Friede, he came to see her as his own daughter, and naturally, he became protective of her. One of the factors in his decision to defect from the Poenan Pantheon is his desire to protect Friede from being killed by them in order to get rid of a "bad influence" on him. His entry mentions another incident where Autorists also tried killing her, only to end up provoking his wrath instead.
- After hearing from Prince Fanged Paw what the Poenan Pantheon's mortal followers tried to do with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, he reportedly bristled with fury. Though he does say he's "not surprised" due to having seen how they work up close and foiled a previous attempt to harm children before.
- Parental Abandonment: His biological father, an immortal vampire lord, was killed by prejudiced townsfolk, causing his mother to willingly become an outcast to ensure her hybrid son's safety. Then, after a lifetime of bullying, Silver Bane would snap and transform into a vampiric monster for the first time, destroying his town and killing his mother. He was so traumatized afterwards that he forgot about most of it by the time the Poenan Pantheon found him, only remembering that "Dark Ones" destroyed his home and killed everyone, which became the basis of his beliefs and the harmful teachings his caretakers gave him. Remembering his lineage and what truly happened became a key point in Silver Bane's development arc when, after falling into a coma from a combination of stress, injuries, and the work of his "dark half", both his friends and a kindly Llama monk sought to save him by unearthing his forgotten memories, causing him to remember that his vampiric side was due to being a hybrid, not a curse, and that he was responsible for killing his mother. This directly led to his transformation into a true Dhampyr in the real world when he accepted his vampiric side and offered his "dark half" a chance to start over as equals, mentally fusing with it afterwards.
- Parental Substitute: He became a father figure to Friede after taking her in. Despite his flaws, Silver Bane's influence would allow Friede to rediscover her own long-suppressed emotions, until she cried openly and loudly for the first time after Silver Bane fell into a coma and woke up later. Notably, she didn't care that he's transformed into a true dhampir, as she was more terrified by the idea of losing another parent.
- Primary-Color Champion: He's a heroic unicorn dhampir who wears the robes of a Buddhist monk, with red and blue robes and a outer yellow kesa cloth draped over his left shoulder. This comes from his character inspiration, Donovan Baine, whose clothes have the same color scheme.
- Psychic Powers: Is noted to be a talented psychic with far-reaching Telepathy and telekinesis. After studying under the monks/disciples of Satori, he learned the "telepathic calming" technique, where he can telepathically calm feelings of anxiety and hostility in a person.
- The Quiet One: Justified and later subverted. As a colt, Silver Bane was extremely traumatized by the destruction of his childhood town and death of his mother, so much that he would initially only speak with Telepathy. The fact that he was raised by the Poenan Pantheon didn't really help, leaving him with No Social Skills that made him feel awkward around others, even if he didn't show it openly. While he slowly improved over the years, he was still a stallion of few words, speaking only when necessary. He would get much better after adopting Friede and leaving the Poenan Pantheon, since breaking free from the Poenans' harmful teachings ultimately led to Silver Bane becoming a balanced person who has a healthier mindset and is far more comfortable in expressing himself.
- Scary Teeth: Subverted. As a Dhampyr, he has sharp upper fangs that came from mentally fusing with his "dark half", causing his half-vampire heritage to finally manifest itself in the real world. However, at this point, he had realized how harmful and toxic the Poenan Pantheon's beliefs and methods are, and accepting his vampiric heritage with the help of his friends and adoptive daughter was what led to his final break from the Poenans and him becoming a "true" upholder of Justice.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He defected from the Poenan Pantheon because of an incident where he was taken to trial by the Poenans for interfering with a mission and protecting a target from them, only for it to get out of hand when he transformed into a monster in response to some of the Poenans' attempt to kill him. He barely escaped with his life when Poena and a few divine followers confronted him, taking Friede with him. His entry reveals another reason why he fled - the Poenans intended to kill Friede for being a "bad influence" on him.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the Darkstalkers series, Donovan Bane constantly fought to contain and/or purge his vampiric side by eliminating the Darkstalkers, only to give in and become a vampire, with implications that he was given a Mercy Kill by Anita to end his misery. Here, as Silver Bane, he gradually broke out of this crusading mindset after adopting Friede, Anita's Expy, as his daughter, and befriending a few people is what saved his life twice and influenced him to accept his vampiric side by making peace with his "dark half" and fusing with it, physically transforming him into a true Dhampyr yet giving him both a balanced state of mind and a permanent increase in power.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Nearly had this happen to him. Years of suppressing his vampiric side and his emotions birthed a powerful yet emotional and violent entity hellbent on taking over his body, both out of spite for being constantly suppressed, and because it saw itself as equally deserving as life as he is. This caused Silver Bane to fall into a coma that he couldn't wake up from no matter what was done, on top of suffering from stress over fleeing from his Poenan pursuers and being severely injured from battling a powerful demon took a heavy toll on him. He would fight his "dark half" inside his own mind until his friends, under the guidance of a Llama monk, unlocked his childhood memories, leading to an emotional breakdown as Silver Bane realized that everything he believed about himself was a lie, but also influencing him to apologize and reconcile with his "dark half" by offering it to start over as equals. The mental fusion that followed transformed Silver Bane in the real world as his half-vampire heritiage finally manifested itself, allowing him to wake up from his coma and creating a balanced individual who has a stabler, healthier mindset as well as power far greater than he had before.
- The Stoic: Much like Donovan Baine, he's a stoic and silent individual. Because of this, when he gets angry, the only things he does are emiting a "piercing glare" and showing brutal efficiency in his actions. However, underneath his stoicism, he's a very intelligent, introspective, and well-meaning yet awkward Pony with No Social Skills. It's revealed that much of his stoicism stems from suppressing his emotions to avoid "losing control" over his vampiric side and sympathizing with his targets, both of which were encouraged by the Poenan Pantheon. It's deconstructed as it eventually became his undoing when years of suppression birthed a powerful yet violent "dark half" that sought to take control of his body out of hateful spite and desperation to free itself, causing him to fall into a coma after going through a few high-stress situations. After his friends helped out by uncovering his forgotten memories, he apologized to his "dark half" and reconciled with it as equals, leading to them mentally fusing and causing him to physically transform into a true dhampir in the real world as his long-suppressed heritage finally manifested itself. Afterwards, he becomes a downplayed example; because he is now a balanced individual with a stabler mind and greater power, he's still stoic to a degree, but he's far more comfortable in expressing himself, even with anger. One example would be his reaction to Prince Fanged Paw telling him of the Poenan Pantheon's failed attempt to kill Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon - he reportedly "bristled with fury", but then calmly stated that he's not surprised that the Poenans attempted such a thing.
- Talking Weapon: What his sword, Mercy, gradually turned into. His entry notes that constant use and interaction with it somehow caused Mercy to gain sentience and, eventually, the ability to talk. Silver Bane later decided to give his sword to Prince Red Blade for safekeeping, both to further distance himself from the Poenan Pantheon and because he realized the dangers of leaving a talking weapon with the likes of the Poenan Pantheon. Red Blade was surprised a talking weapon even existed, but his feelings increased when, after Silver Bane started leaving, Mercy tried to move on its own while begging its "master" not to leave it behind. Even Silver Bane himself doesn't know how it happened.Prince Red Blade: Great Maker! A talking sword! How on Equus did you end up with one?
Silver Bane: I had Mercy with me for so long that one day it decided to talk. Even now, I am still trying to figure that out.
- Telepathy: He's noted to be a far-reaching telepath, capable of touching hundreds of minds at once. After becoming a student of Satori's mortal disciples, he developed the "telepathic calming" technique, in which he uses telepathy to calm feelings of agitation and hostility in people. His entry also mentions that when he was younger, he had gone through quite a lot of trauma that left him both amnesiac and initially unwilling to talk verbally, only communicating telepathically. He has gotten better since then.
- Tomato in the Mirror: During his mental fight with his "dark half", his friends uncovered his deeply-buried memories under the guidance of a Llama monk, believing them to be the key to getting Silver Bane out of his coma. The memories revealed that while a "Dark One" was responsible for killing his mother and destroying his hometown, he turned out to be the "Dark One" in question, having snapped as a colt from being bullied for his half-vampire heritage and transformed into a monster for the first time. Silver Bane broke down upon remembering this as everything he believed about himself turned out to be a lie, but it also influenced him to finally accept and reconcile with his "dark half" as equals, resulting in his heritage manifesting and transforming him in the real world when he and his "dark half" mentally fused together, and creating a balanced individual with a healthier mindset and greater power.
- Tranquil Fury: His entry notes when angered, he only shows his fury with nothing but a piercing glare and brutal efficiency in his actions. It's justified as the Poenans encouraged him to suppress his own emotions so they wouldn't make him sympathize with those they deemed "Evil" and interfere with his work. It's later downplayed after he accepted mentally fused with his "dark half" - while he's still calm when angry, he's far more comfortable with expressing even his rage.
- Vampires Hate Garlic: Averted. Due to being a dhampir, he's completely unaffected by garlic unlike some full-blooded vampires. His entry goes on to note that he enjoys eating garlic.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His entry notes that he learned limiting shapeshifting abilities while studying under Satori's mortal disciples. Fortunately, it's enough for him to hide the feathered bat wings he gained after transforming into a true Dhampyr during his coma.
- Warrior Monk: Eastern variant. After accepting his vampiric heritage and transforming into a true dhampir, he chose to stay and study with the monks/disciples of the Llama goddess Satori, so he could understand both his new abilities and everything he had learned so far. By the time he left the monastery with Friede, he had become a monk himself, and had learned new tricks since his transformation.
- Winged Unicorn: After accepting his mixed heritage and mentally fusing with his "dark half", Silver Bane became a dhampiric unicorn with large, feathered bat wings. While he usually hides his wings to avoid scaring people, many have commented that he either looks like an Alicorn or actually is one when he reveals them. Twilight Sparkle classified him as a "pseudo-Alicorn" because he resembles an Alicorn yet lacks the divinity and combined magic of all three Pony tribes, though Luminiferous believes that Silver Bane has the potential to become a true Alicorn one day despite his heritage, since he broke free from the Poenan Pantheon's harmful mindset and learned the true value of Justice.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Even during his Knight Templar phase, he refused to hurt children and always spared them during missions. His initial reasoning was pragmatic in that children are generally ignorant of Evil, so by letting them live, they could learn how to oppose Evil. However, after he Took a Level in Kindness and left the Poenan Pantheon, he started sparing and even protecting children because he genuinely cared for them, which led to him fighting off his own Poenan peers to protect a kindhearted Abyssinian were-cat and an orphanage full of innocent children. The only exception to this is the Red Hood, a Poenan filly who is a talented yet brutal and sadistic fighter and complete psychopath. Learning that she murdered an innocent were-Pony family, foals included, was what made him swear to bring the Red Hood to justice himself.
- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: The Poenan deities saw great potential in Silver Bane and tried cultivating it so one day he could become a god of Justice, Purity, and Retribution. His decision to defect from the Poenan Pantheon and transform into a dhampiric unicorn left them all feeling incredibly betrayed and angry that he was willing to throw away his potential. On the other hand, Silver Bane had pretty understandable reasons for leaving the Poenans behind, given how the Poenan Pantheon's hypocritical and self-righteous behavior nearly doomed both him and those he loved. This led to a nasty argument between both parties.Poenan deity: You had SO MUCH POTENTIAL, Silver Bane! You were among THE GREATEST of our mortal champions! We even RAISED you so that one day, ONE DAY, you could become ONE OF US! AND THEN YOU TURNED AND THREW EVERYTHING AWAY!
Silver Bane: If I recall correctly, that same potential nearly KILLED ME. Call me 'ungrateful' if you like, but I would rather save lives as a BLOODSUCKER than Ascend to godhood by being a hypocritical, extreme, and self-righteous murderer like YOU.
A young Griffon chick who is Silver Bane's adoptive daughter.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: When Silver Bane found her, she was an Emotionless Girl who became stoic from suffering extreme trauma. Being adopted and raised by him as his daughter gradually caused her to soften. When Silver Bane later fell into a coma and then woke up transformed into a dhampiric unicorn, she cried openly and loudly for the first time as she hugged him, fearing the possibility of losing him for good.
- Emotionless Girl: Justified; being the Sole Survivor of a monster attack on her town traumatized her so much that she became stoic, which got her bullied by both adults and fellow orphans. Silver Bane adopting her as his daughter and taking care of her gradually defrosted her to the point where, after Silver Bane fell into a coma and later woke up transformed, she cried openly and loudly for the first time as she hugged him, terrified by the thought of losing a parental figure again.
- Expy: Of Anita, being both young orphaned girls with immense Psychic Powers who would be adopted and raised by men working as Dark Hunters. Like Anita, she would become stoic from the trauma of becoming the Sole Survivor of her hometown, but would gradually defrost thanks to her parental figure's influence, even crying openly and loudly for the first time when she thought she was going to lose Silver Bane like she lost her family. Fortunately for her, Silver Bane would survive despite having transformed into a Dhampyr.
- Happily Adopted: By Silver Bane, who took her in out of sympathy for being the Sole Survivor of a monster attack just like he was. His influence caused her to slowly regain her own suppressed emotions, culminating in her crying openly and loudly for the first time after Silver Bane fell into a coma that she and others helped him wake up from, fearing the possibility of losing him.
- Ironic Name: Friede is based on the Germanic frid, which means "peace". She's a young Griffon chick who was so traumatized from being the Sole Survivor of a monster attack on her town that she became an Emotionless Girl, which combined with her immense Psychic Powers got her bullied by both adults and fellow orphans. However, it's not so ironic in that Friede is responsible for influencing Silver Bane to become much kinder and more empathetic in raising her, which ultimately led to him defecting from the Poenan Pantheon.
- Not So Stoic: She cried openly and loudly for the first time when Silver Bane managed to wake up transformed from his coma, and hugged him as she cried, terrified by the thought of losing another parental figure.
- Parental Abandonment: Her birth parents died in a monster attack that left her the Sole Survivor, which became part of the reason why she became an Emotionless Girl in the first place.
- Psychic Powers: Implied; Silver Bane's entry mentions she was bullied partly for her immense psychic powers.
The Red Hood
- Expy: Of Baby Bonnie Hood, being amoral and psychopathic monster hunters who, despite their young ages, delight in killing their targets.
- Red Is Violent: She's called "The Red Hood", and she's a Poenan filly who is a talented yet brutal fighter and complete psychopath. Silver Bane's entry mentions that she partly joined the Poenan Pantheon to give herself an opportunity to satisfy her inner sadism.
- Sadist: Implied; Silver Bane's entry mentions that she joined the Poenan Pantheon because their extremist ways gave her an opportunity to satisfy her sadism.
- Token Evil Teammate: While the Poenan Panthon is a group of fanatical and extreme Knight Templars, she's mentioned to be the worst of the bunch because she's a complete psychopath who joined for money and an opportunity/excuse to indulge in her sadism. Her cruel act of murdering an entire family of were-Ponies earned her the ire of Silver Bane, who vowed to bring her to justice himself.