"You're not an extraordinary man. Simply the reflection of one"
Real Name: Quintus Knightfall
Alias: The Xsoteric,The Martial Arts Mamba,The Noir Nagas, The Living Weapon, Perennial Polymath, True Arashikage, The Modern-day-Kennedy, Black Mamba
Weight: 249 lbs
Hair Colour: Onyx
Eye Colour: International Klein Blue
Species: Initially a Child of the Atom. Post-Resurrection - Human. Current - Mutant Helix
Relationship Status: Single
Family: (Regards his family as inconsequential. No longer honoring them with title or admission)
Occupation: Kamelot CEO (current status unknown), Multi-Billionaire, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur
Knightfall History (Generations)
History remembers the fall of the legendary Knights Templar, that on Friday the 13th in October of 1307 by order of the financially unstable ruler of France King Philip IV, the once illustrious faith based warriors of the crusades were labeled as heretics, enemies of God, and the almighty Catholic Church, and ultimately sentenced to death. But what history does not remember, or more importantly what it was not permitted to document, was the creation of a surreptitious cabal of assassins hand picked by Pope Clement V from the Templar's hated rivals, the Knights Hospitaller. These assassins would carry out systematic successions of sabotage, espionage, and state sponsored murder. Fraudulently laying the foundation for King Philips betrayal birthing the formation of a league of assassins who would one day become the Order of Sancta Camisa. Elite combat specialist of unorthodox warfare who's stealth based tactics were in stark contrast of honor bound codes of the autocratic Knights and viewed as unsavory though the undeniable success of their cloak and dagger covertness was unparallelled for its time. After the fall of the fabled Knights the entirety of their accumulated wealth was silently bequeathed to the Order of Sancta Camisa permeating their affluence helping to establish an underground authoritative influence which, much to the dismay of the Catholic church, superseded that of the Templars in many ways. Eventually the Order broke free from the bonds of religion and disappeared. Embarking on a commutation across the known World analytically collecting, cataloging, and compressing various veins of knowledge and skill tailoring them into a dogmatic system of philosophy and peerless combat education. Adopting the ways of the Japanese Shinobi and through the forbidden teachings of the Kuji-kiri perpetuating myth like fables of supernatural like abilities. Though do to the Orders enigmatic secrecy substantiation of how, or if, these special talents exist is all but impossible.
1963 - Birth of Bat
Five years into the Vietnam war during a period in which the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States instituted covert assassinations against perceived Left-Wing Communist threats, the military coup of South Vietnamese (and formally U.S. backed) President Ngo Dnh Diem was privately condoned. Presented to the World as having been carried out by Ton That Dinh and his ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) when in truth the CIA, driven by paranoia and an unwillingness to trust such a task to (and I quote) "Slant eyed yellow bush monkey's" employed the services of an up an coming agent who's moral degradation pertaining to ones right to life had successfully guided him through several low key assassinations. Julian Knightfall and a few zealot minded Marine soldiers enamored with the stoic assassin triumphantly executed the removal of Ngo Diem which earned them each a promotion within the now infamous Phoenix Program. Codenamed the Bat for his innovative usage of the Man-Flying-Kite first referenced in the 636 Book of Sui. It is widely known in certain circles that Julian obtained the knowledge and practical application of the "MFK" from teachings handed down from his father and his father before him by way of ancient OsC techniques. The Knightfall Bat would implement the man lifting kites as means of stealth based infiltration into heavily fortified enemy strongholds for camouflaged assassinations. In the early 70's after Congressional hearings closed down the CIA's Phoenix program do to public outrage over wide spread rumors of (as former serviceman K Burton Osborn described it) "A sterile depersonalized murder program of Vietnamese civilians" the personalized army of Julian Knightfall were offered up as sacrificial lambs in order to protect the military's more high ranking conspirators. However, even though they had managed to escape the judicial system of the United States government, within a year each exonerated officer was found dead. Innocent of wrong doing in the eyes of the public, guilty of betrayal in the eyes of an assassin. Financially secure thanks in no small part to his off the books activities during the Vietnam war and blessed with an authenticated collection of antiquities procured through centuries of esteemed family heritage within the OsC coadunation, Julian settled down in the heart of New York city. Establishing a modest historical museum filled with rare artifacts that subtly astonished authenticated archeologists as they lay certified validation to the museums legitimacy. Eventually Julian and the Knightfal Sanctum of Heritage's (KsH) managing curator Carolyn Sands, fell in love and married in the summer of 1973 and shortly there after gave birth to their only child, Jayden Julian Knightfall. Future father of the Dark Knight, Quintus Knightfal
An Assassin unlike any Other:
From birth Jayden was thrust into the life of an assassin. CIA officials, as retribution for the past murders of the acquitted Phoenix Program directors, nearly killed the young Jayden when his fathers car exploded irreparably scarring 90% of his body. More devastating however was the mistaken death of his mother in the explosion meant for her husband. Enraged, the former assassin began immersing his son in the ways of the OsC forging him into the ultimate weapon of revenge. To old with a body no longer able to sustain the rigors of the Order's revolutionary training, he was forced to relinquish control of his son. Who was then flown and abandoned in an unknown location somewhere in the mountainous region of the Asiatic where he was molded by the constitutional prestige of the Order. Crafted into the perfected manifestation of a one man killing machine reflective of centuries old combat cultivation. Faster, smarter, and stronger then any normal human Jayden became the crowning achievement of the Order of Sancta Camisa, who was in no great hurry to return him to his father as to fulfill what they perceived to be a limited vision of his true potential. Orchestrating the death of Julian before brainwashing his son, who was now a young man, into forgetting his mothers tragic end. Ultimately Jayden came to believe his father had died in an accidental avalanche and thus he was raised by OsC elders in their sacred mountain temple. By the time the OsC were finished forging their instrument of death and intelligence Jayden was not only ready to take the reigns of his father's museum, but to lead the Osc into the future.
The Return of the Bat:
Purposely coupled with another OsC protegee deemed a genetic match who's more violently apathetic nature would serve as a prerequisite building block for a suitable Knightfall heir, the semi-celebrated philanthropist Jayden Knightfall married the martial arts prodigy Sandra Woosan and together they bore a set of twins, Quintus and (Name Withheld). Both trained and raised in the axiological requisites of the Order they represent the pinnacle of the Knightfall legacy. Arrogant, self-obsessed, and overtly conceited, the self-assured Playboy Prince already surpasses his predecessors in both mental acumen as well as physical attributes and skill. But a recent discovery made well on his annual pilgrimage to the temple of the Order of Sancta Camisa had caused the Knightfall heir to question everything about his families self-promoted reputation. Setting the stage for his eventual revolt against not only the Order, but his father as well.
The Re-branded achievement of excellence now officially known as Kamelot, is a multinational conglomerate striving to set itself apart in an ever growing field of industrial sectors, markets, and technological fields. Replacing the infamous Peak Tower on 58th street near Columbus Circle, the Kamelot headquarters consists of several interconnected skyscrapers bridged by several architecturally avante garde atriums of multi-layered stories. The first of its kind. Kamelot's reach, though in its infancy, extends to an African mining company formerly contracted under the Knightfall Heritage Museum. It also encompasses a shipping yard, oil refinery, and agricultural production plant. Illustrating the various branches of diversity and influential economic structure. However the inspiring would be empire begins and ends with its extraordinary nerve center situated amongst the elite in Midtown Manhattan. A combination of iridescently shaded tints bleeding into a steampunk framed motif of Art Deco. Kamelot's monolithic main lobby is an awe inspiring masterpiece of undeniable attraction which instantly captivates the visiting public's unwavering attention. Fifty-one stories of office buildings, research and testing facilities, hotels, and designer shops. There is also a large memorial statue of Anthony Stark at the base of Kamelot. It is constructed from pure black vibranium and is a one of a kind masterpiece of sculpted remembrance. Countless tourists and inspiring heroes visit the site daily.
Knightfall Aeronautics -Silently successful do in large part to its exclusively small list of clientele, Knightfall Aeronautics' public face is known for its engineering construction of luxury, corporate,and private jets and airliners. Dogmatically dedicated to keeping their state of the art Slipstream corporate jets out of the hands of rock and sports stars in favor of supplying trust worthy corporations. Turning KA's airliner concepts into a cult like item among the rich and famous for its fashionable to have, yet nearly impossible to own, appeal. KA also plays with concepts and military aviation with its own branch. Fabricating experimental research planes uniquely built for the United States government and NASA. Manufactures highly successful jet fighters and helicopters. The more notable models being the W-K NightWraith and the Arrowhead attack helicopter. Kamelot's undisclosed governmental space exploration contracts with NASA not only provide an extremely lucrative flow of income, but also provide the Black Mamba (Quintus Knightfall) with an inside track on potential space based threats.
Knightfall TR& (Technological Research & Development) - Easily the largest single branch covered under Kamelot's umbrella of companies, its recent expansion skyrocketed as the very real threat of alien invasions and involvement became an unavoidable reality. Even going so far as to secretly acquire alien debris for research & development through reverse engineering. Quiet possibly reviling the pinnacle of futuristic technology enjoyed by the Animus Corporation. This also allows Kamelot the freedom to selectively contribute large advances in medicine, cybernetics, pharmaceuticals and avionics. It also allows Quintus an ability to engage in covert technological espionage and operations. Of which, the knowledge and information gleaned from such off-the-record operations help position the company amongst the apex forerunners in cybernetics and biotechnologies. This also grants the Knightfall Crusader with a direct line to nearly every conceivable piece of technology needed in his war on evil, including super-alloys, nanotech, and biotech. KTR&D provides one of the most important resources of the Knightfall's weaponized deployments. Offering social networking opportunities and a gateway into the highly technology World of the future. Analyzing, fabricating, and producing, gadgets and weapons utilized exclusively by the Martial Arts Polymath alone. As well as contributing to his supplemental income through dozens of patents and manufacturing blueprints.
Knightfall CytoTech - A facility striving towards reasonable healthcare for impoverished citizens through researching and developing new and better medical procedures and systems. Thanks to newly acquired technologies, medical breakthroughs, and determination, CytoTech may become a viable alternative for the countries failed healthcare system. Working side by side with like minded pharmaceuticals companies to develop new medicines for different diseases an incurable cancers.
The Knightfall Cave v2:
After his death at the hands of the mad mutant hater, Charlemagne LeBeau, Quintus' clandestine sanctuary was unceremoniously marauded. Pilfered beyond repair, violated and poached to such a degree that the stain has left an irreversible mark on the Knightfall's psyche. Determined however to rebuild the once legendary cave, the Dark Arashikage has begun construction on a new and improved underground command center beneath Kamelot Enterprises.
For reasons still yet to be verified, President Stark, alongside the murderous villain turned would be mutant messiah, Darkchild; conspired in unison in an attempt to dethrone the self-titled Modern Day Kennedy, Quintus Knightfall. Their deplorable efforts were further strengthened by the Arcani legend, Amaranth. Who's thirst for vengeance over the sacrilegious desecration of his brother's grave at the hand of the former Noir Rose, had elevated the warrior's battle tested mettle in an inaugural deceleration of vendetta. Together this formidable trinity laid waste to the Knightfall's crowning accomplishment, Kamelot. Turning the New York City streets into an urban warzone in an afternoon that would forever be etched in the minds of its citizens. And when the debris filled dust and smoke had finally settled, the Perennial Polymath was presumed dead. There would be no aggrandized ceremony paying tribute to the one time hero. No church bells would be wrong for the fallen family. The Patriotic Iron President had successfully erased the Knightfall legacy in a methodical undertaking that further illustrated his level of masterful public manipulation. And for a time it seemed as though the Knightfall era had been bloodily laid to rest.
Powers, Attributes, and X-Gene Abilities
Photographic,Vestibulo-ocular, Arc Reactionary, & Acrobatic Reflexes
Vestibulo-ocular - In a masterpiece of evolutionary design the self-anointed Monarch of Mambas enjoys the unparallelled benefits of an unnatural Vestibulo-ocular Reflex (or VOR). The primary purpose of the VOR is the stabilization of images on the retina during head movement. In order to accomplish this, the movement of the eyes is opposite the direction of the head and in doing so preserves the image in the in the center of the field of vision. An advanced semicircular canal which is primarily responsible for the reflexes attributed to the responses of acceleration, grant the Arashikage the ability to move and react at superhuman speeds while maintaining near-peerless reactionary timing. Heightened neck muscles and a uniquely developed otolith organ mediate the acrobatic assassins magnificent displays of balance. Complex mutagenic enzymes in the pronounced cellular helices of the Knightfall Polymath's genetic make-up, coupled with a unique series of ultra-flexible joints, have instrumentally engineered an organic foundation of gymnastic hypermobility. Granting the renowned philanthropist a rare infrastructure of exclusively acrobatic reflexes that have been passionately perfected through obsessive training and photographically indexed maps of visually observed physical feats. Quintus' aerobatic mastery is inherently fluent, graceful to the point of being superhuman and habitually reinvented with new and innovative freestyles. Making the Modern-day-Knightfall one of the most elusive combatants the World has ever seen. A recently rededicated pursuit of interminable skill on the mystical island of the Arashikage has once again placed the Living Weapon atop the pyramid of agilic apexes.
Arc Reactionary Reflex (ARR) - The former Noir Rose's auto-genetic ability to synapse an overwhelming number of sensory neurons directly into his spinal cord (subsequently activating the spinal motor neurons instantly) enables him to react on a superhuman level of execution, post resurrection. The radically accelerated sensory receptors located on the cell membrane of sensory neurons responsible for the conversion of stimuli into electrical impulses hit the Perennial Polymath's C mechano- and metabo- receptors in muscles or joints at a rate exponentially higher then any normal (and most super) humans. Authorizing an extensive repertoire of bullet dodging reactionary reflexes that barely begin to scratch the surface of his impressive index of mesmerizing movements. Evolved with a unique clavicle, flexible backbone, and state of the art vestibular system, Quintus has the stylish ability to redirect the nature of his fall without ever having changed his net angular momentum. Coupled with the ability to contort half his body so that his upper and lower halves rotate on differentiating axises, he can essentially right his body during a fall essentially equipping the Kamelot CEO with a naturally formed Self-Righting system.
Photographic Reflexes - As an authenticated child prodigy and martial arts adept didactically perusing the physical mechanisms and techniques culturally intrinsic to a wide ranging list of international countries, a Darwinian discipline predicated upon the evolution of armed and unarmed combat have always served as the Knightfall's martial arts platform. Gracing the Modern-day-Kennedy with an overwhelming accreditation of martial arts knowledge spanning several generations. Quintus' muscle memory is so profound it can perform a comprehensive action known as Photographic Reflex, allowing the Living Weapon to perfectly copy any physical action he sees. Cataloging a complete list of the Wolds most exquisite techniques to memory, along with an extensive mental archive of some of the most legendary heroes and villains from around the globe, and off it, the Knightfall Polymath has created an unparallelled hybrid amalgamation of variegated martial arts superiority that is impossible to duplicate. Stylistically blending his technique with a theatrical obsession of perfected dedication to unorthodox angles and analytical acrobatics. Breaking down the individual technique of each fighter essentially stripping away the components he has deemed unnecessary before incorporating them into his own illustrious customization. The authors of some of his more famous techniques are unparallelled. For understandable reasons, the night ninja refuses to copy the fighting styles of opponents who would rather tank an attack and allow superhuman durability to absorb it, then to implement elusive dodges. The Here has also implemented the watching of television notably, Kung-Fu and action movies. Utilizing it to study Meta-Humans, Athletes, Stunt-men, Archers, Soldiers, Wrestlers, Mixed Martial Artists, and Parkour. Even expanding his range to include dancing, gymnastic, and painting. Understanding the techniques needed in the movement of a brush stroke are mirror images of the techniques used in the handling of a sword. Even taking time out to study street magicians and escape artists incorporating their slight of hand abilities, which, when combined with his un-natural speed and dexterity, grant him the mesmerizing ability to perform the centuries old "bullet catch."
Senses - Because of the same molecular fabrications that grant the True Arashikage such incredible acrobatic prominence, a natural graduation of reactionary refinement were universally developed. Sharpened senses acutely calibrated to a near precognitive level of early warning exposure, manifesting various degrees of incoming danger as to notify Quintus of not only a potential threat, but also from which direction. Making him nearly impossible to tag for anyone operating below an established level of superhuman speed and skill.
Deprecation Perception - Through his evolutionary extreme physiology, the extensive vanguard of violent versatility is a paradigm of extrasensory proficiency. Which has engineered his ability to perceive stress points, fracture planes, and or weaknesses in objects and/or people. Which, by applying substantial force and pressure through strikes to the weak points or fractal faults, can down enemies far outside his class or break seemingly invincible objects.
Polymathic Martial Arts
"Specialization is for Insects."
Quintus is regarded as one of, if not thee, greatest living Martial Arts combatant in the World. Trained and aided by an extensive evolutionary augmented DNA helix which has substantially advanced his mind to the point of which transitioning from a visual-spatial of working memory to other forms of thought, (language, art, mathematics, reflexes, etc) have been accelerated by the unique emotional disposition of his prodigious and cognitive functions of the cerebellum. Raised with an obsessively disciplined regiment of traditional despotic demands, Quintus was baptized in the ways of the Shinobi as well as the Ronin. The sacred Order of Sancta Camisa as well as his father overseeing his inauguration in these two opposing dualities melding systematically opposed ideologies together in order to cultivate the exclusive trademark style of the OsC. Rapid advancement, both mentally and physically, displayed daily by the future Dark Knightfall quickly propelled him through the ranks. As a natural polymath Quintus was easily able to transform his muscle memory into an instantaneously reacting mechanism, allowing the young student to not only mimic any move he witnessed, but remember it forever. Because of this unparallelled ability the Perennial Polymath is constantly creating never before seen styles of unimaginable innovation. Meticulously shedding standardized motions and maneuvers he perceives to be outdated and adopting others. He does so with slow surgical like attention to detail. Often times studying a single style for a year before sculpting it into a piece of combat precision which he then integrates seamlessly into his ever expanding martial arts repertoire. Because he is able to secure immense amounts of knowledge spanning countless areas of expertise, understanding the techniques and combat styles he copies is a paramount precursor in which Quintus religiously follows. At one time in his travels this way of thought led the Noir Nagas to adopt the spiritual philosophies of Internal Alchemy. Its primary principle of esoteric (or nei-tan) Taoists is that man has only a limited amount of vital-force (ch'i), stored. This leaks away through day-to-day activities, and when it's all gone. However through Internal Alchemy it is possible to contain ones chi by funneling it up rather than out and then up the spine to the crown. In ascending, the ch'i progresses through various stations and vital points along the body. Reaching the top of the head, the ch'i then descends down the front of the body, down to the navel, and then around again, forming a complete circuit. This circut is known as "The Circulation of the Light." Though well versed in the Chi based esoteric forms of martial arts it is a method the Living Weapon does not physically partake in. Instead he utilizes his aquired knowledge to better defend himself against the supernatural stylings of others. Even tailoring several Promethium padded micro woven body suits which protect various chakra and vital point rich areas. Quintus has even sought out the enigmatic grandmaster of the esoteric Keijijo Clan who specialize in the Chi based forms of martial arts. Watching, training, and learning, all he could in order to adapt a perfectly revised defensive style against the artistry of the Keijijo should the day arise in which he were confronted by one of its illustrious members. The Dark Knightfall's combat artistry is profoundly aided by an usually skeletal structure granting him a unique, "righting system." This extraordinary ability allows Quintus, in a free falling situation, to first, know up from down, and then the innate nature to rotate in mid air to orient his body to land on his feet. Complete and uncompromisable control over every muscle in his body has facilitated the evolution of his equilibrium granting him a level of near superhuman acrobatic agility which has been indoctrinated into his high flying martial arts techniques. Like any pure polymath, the Black Mamba has cultivated an expansive multi-deminsional sphere of assorted expertise. Melding an eclectic catalog of skills that, when amalgamated into a rarefied combat composition, stylistically fabricated an exclusive martial arts model. Copyrighted by the Knightfall's hereditary photographic muscle memory. A symbiotic technique that continues to evolve over time, granting the Living Weapon the luxury of aggregating new forms and systems. Discarding out-dated abilities and plugging in new, unorthodox innovations, without hesitation. Because of the dogmatically instilled training of the Order of Sancta Camisia, as well as the mystical Arashikage, the Modern-day-Kennedy employs an inherent ability known as Photographic-Reflexes. A capability which allows the Martial Arts Masterpiece to total recall any muscle induced movement he's witnessed, regardless of elapsed time. Perfect imitation and a comprehensive library have positioned the legendary Knightfall at the forefront of martial arts mastery. Mirroring entire martial classifications that would otherwise have taken several life-times to achieve. A true martial arts didactic, Quintus was indeed a child prodigy and martial arts adept. Didactically perusing the physical mechanisms and techniques culturally intrinsic to a wide ranging list on international countries with a Darwinian discipline predicated upon the evolution of armed and unarmed combat. However, because of the overwhelming extent of accredited martial arts knowledge indexed in his martial arts library, it can only be speculated as to the exact number of traditional techniques the Knightfall Polymath possesses.
Telekinesis- As part of the Noir Nagas' complex mutant physiology he has the mental ability to affect physical objects in a plethora of varying degrees. Strenuously trained from birth to master this genetically inherited ability, the Martial Arts Masterpiece has meticulously engineered a fighting system that perfectly compliments the integration of spontaneous thought and instantaneous telekinetic action. Its amplification of martial arts techniques and strikes serving to heighten his unorthodox acrobatic combat applications. Quintus also boats a perfected form of Psychokinesis which in its sub-category of Mirco-TK, granted him a concentrated aptitude over atoms, molecules, and sub-atomic-particles. Otherwise known as Bloodbending. Giving him the ability to break his opponent down on a purely biological level having barely lifted a finger.