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The Unknown Order:
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affluence helping to establish an underground authoritative influence which, much to the dismay of the Catholic church, superseded that of the Templars in many ways.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.
As a child of substantial privilege, Quintus' educational and philosophical upbringing granted him an almost esoteric like foundation of artistic and intellectual fortitude. Born with an unnatural epiphany of martial arts perception which was meticulously cultivated and manicured through only the finest techniques of perfected combat. Under the explicit tutelage of the clandestine Order of Sancta Camisa like his father and his father before him, the future Knightfall Crusader was indoctrinated in the ways of the Ninjustu. Building the child's combat platform from an unconventional standpoint of innovative survivalist techniques predicated upon stealth, speed, agility, misdirection, and concealment.
Seishinteki kyōyō - Spiritual refinement aiding in the complete control over emotions and feelings
Taijutsu - Rudimentary empty hand combat system of martial art using body movements that are described as an empty-hand combat skill or system
Shurikenjutsu - Developed methods of adapting everyday objects into throwing weapons. The art itself is typically quite secretive, as shurikenjutsu gains its tactical advantage by using stealth and surprise. Shuriken are small and easily concealed, yet they have the versatility of being used as a stabbing weapon at close range (called shoken if used in this manner), as well as a longer range thrown weapon
Kayakujutsu - The use of firearms, gunpowder and explosives especially by Ninja. The history and mythology surrounding ninjutsu and kayakujutsu are similar to the history of chemistry and the mythology surrounding Alchemy. Thus kayakujutsu mysticism refers to elements like the Earth (Chi) to develop Fire (Kaji) just as alchemy referred to elements just as air, earth, fire and water.
Shichi Hō De - The ability mimic a person perfectly or play a role much like an actor does through impersonation. A ninja had to appear either as a priest, samurai, merchant, craftsman, performer, puppeteer, or farmer. To accomplish this, the ninja was a well studied sociologist, observing people in other towns for long periods of time until, just like actors, ninjas could blend into the crowd.
Shinobi-iri - Crafted form of entering rooms and stealth.
Intonjutsu - Artistry of escapology and concealmen
Aikido - Carried out by using the forces and motion of an opponent and redirecting them, instead of opposing them. Joint locks are common within the range of techniques, using momentum to defeat ones adversary. Which allows for a level of reserving energy as very little physical strength or force is needed. The non-resistance Martial Arts technique is defensive in nature. It teaches its practitioners how to react to any kind of attack, usually by throwing or subduing the attacker through the application of pressure to vital bodily joints or points
Skills and Abilities
- Photographic Reflexes -
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 Crusader 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."
The Martial Arts Polymath:
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 Quintus 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.
Basic Abilities: Mind-control, Illusion projection, Reading and Projecting thoughts over long distances, controlling and suppressing others powers, projecting himself & others into the astral plane
Psychic Scanning: Grants the Quintus the able to psychically scan vast distances to learn the status, condition, and or intentions of others.
Psi-Blast: Using a unique customized ability all his own, Quintus can manifest a focused beam of telepathic energy at an opponent harming them physically while attacking them mentally. These bolts of pure psychic energy can stun, injure or kill.
Precognitive Powers: There are times in which the Knightfall Polymath is able to randomly and infrequently perceive visions of future events.
Psychic Knife/Katana - Funneling all of his telepathic concentration and powers into his hand ("the focused totality of his telepathic might") the Marquee Martial Artist is able to manifest a pure telepathic blade of illuminated energy. Which can excite the pain receptors in his adversaries and while not actually damaging tissue, the knife can cause his victims to become stunned, or even killed depending on the amount of power he uses. When stabbed in the head of an enemy (or a friend), the knife allows Quintus access to thoughts and in some cases become connected to them.
After emerging from the Cardinal Pit as the undisputed Dominus of the Shadow Cardinals, Quintus, having been deprived of any source of substantial light for an extended period of time, began displaying a limited ability to control the shadows around him. It is now believed that the Knightfall Polymath's body esoterically adapted to the Pits harsh condition by absorbing the darkness and storing it within his cell. And when activated, granting him a plethora of versatile capabilities. In its truest form Quintus can transform his body into a vessel of pure darkness absent any light capable of absorbing the shadows around him to feed his power with prime proficiency. It is unknown how long the young Knightfall can sustain this deadly ability as is the amount of darkness he can consume at any one time.
Some of the abilities afforded Quintus while in his shadow form are:
When his cells are powered by the shadows he has the super human ability to augment his physical strength. The limits of which extend around the 30 ton mark.
As the Shadow King, Quintus can discharge concussive blasts of dark kinetic energy capable of explosive devastation.
With or without his shadow form the Living Weapon is now able to teleport over short distances using shadows as miniature portals.
Superhuman Speed and Reflexes - Welcome to the Speed Force:
Limited Magic Resistance:
Training by the legendary spellcaster, Madam Blossom, has afforded Quintus the luxury of limited resistance to magic. Though rudimentary, this ability comes in handy.
The outlawed technique of the Arashikage was mastered with undeniable precision by the Knightfall patriarch despite the best efforts of the now extinct martial arts clan . The form and style used by a Bloodbender mirrors the movements of a marinate who dictates his puppets maneuvers with choppy rigged hand gestures shaping his opponents body with violent contortions in which the opponents own body fluids are highlighted and manipulated against their host. Its teaching was forbidden due to its extensively evil foundation and focus on unmitigated lack of moral sensibility. With this abolished technique Quintus can cook, freeze, extract, or pressurize any and all liquids inside his opponent, even quelling ones internal organs. As a sub-catagory, Bloodbending does have applications in the field of healing as well. But that knowledge was lost along with its more sinister counterpart
- State of the Art Equipment -
Combat Utility Belt (CUB):
Meticulously engineered by the Knightfall Ninja himself the belt is relatively complex: a Military style Kevlar strap with a Omnium metal buckle, the belt houses twenty cylinders which vertically clip to the outside of the belt. There are pockets between the cylinders, as well as hidden pockets on the inside of the belt used for housing an orchestra of munitions. The cylinders house different tools for various assignments. In cases of extreme measure Quintus tirelessly upgrades the compartments contents. He has an uncanny ability to have exactly what he needs when he needs it through methodical research of not only his enemies, but his allies as well. Quintus employs several prototype belts for specialized missions. The capsules are locked through a unique device that only the Living Weapon knows how to circumvent.
- Shuriken: or boomerang based throwing blades made to resemble a crescent moon. Alternate versions of this weapon explode, emit electrical blasts, and sometimes come with detonators.
- Grappling Hook: Quintus can use this to grapple onto high locations or can grab hold of a criminal by directing it at him, he sometimes uses it to catch run-away street thugs that cannot put up a fight against him.
- Gas Mask: This is used to protect the Perennial Polymath from dangerous fumes and other airborne chemicals. This fits over the bottom half of the mask.
- Re-breather: allows Quintus to breathe underwater or in a vacuum
- Night Vision Goggles: Grants the Knightfall Ninja the ability to see in dark or dim-lit areas. It also grants him the ability to view the infrared spectrum. Now built into his mask
- Sonar: Used in his mask to locate criminals.
- Tracers: Small black circle shaped signal tracers that can adhere to most if not all surfaces.
- Communicators: Communicates with different members of the Knightfall family and also with other allies using closed-circuited signals.
- Lock Picks: uses these to open locked doors.
- Cuffs: Special cuffs that only few enemies and heroes can break out of. The Living Weapon can quickly lock a enemy to a pole or deliver him to the police.
- Bolas: Throwing Bolas for incapacitating an enemy.
- Smoke Grenades and Pellets: Can be used for stealth techniques, distract an enemy, escape a situation, or buy time to plot the next course of action.
- Sonic Grenades: These disrupt electronics and disorient enemy hearing.
- Flash Grenades: This gadget is used to temporarily blind enemies.
- Mini-Mines: Mines that can fit in any small area or used as low-grade explosives during combat.
- Thermite Explosives: Capable of burning through most materials.
- Plastique: Small exploding devices that have a timer or detonator switch to activate.
- Brass Knuckles: Used to engage an enemy with more force behind his blows.
- Tactical Knife: used this to cut through many durable materials.
- Mini-Computer: carries two of these. One is located in his utility belt and another is located in his left arm. It appears as a virtual computer that he can contact other heroes or find out strategic areas in certain places.
- First Aid Kit: Used to aid in treating wounds. Mortimer normally uses this to tend to His Master's wounds.
- Forensics Kit: keeps two of these, one in his utility belt and the other in his vehicles.
The Resurrection & Revolution: (coming soon)