Harvey's time as District Attorney has cultivated in him great diplomatic ability; he can influence others with words (his "good" personality favoring diplomacy while his "evil" half excels at intimidation), and he is equally capable at reading behavior to sense someone's motivations and whether or not they are lying. In addition, he has in the past paid a certain renowned mercenary to train him in marksmanship, and is in good physical condition.Personal equipment:
Dent, in keeping with his theme of duality, prefers a pair of semi-automatic handguns to defend himself, though he also has access to other firearms such as rifles and shotguns. His most cherished item, however, is his double-headed silver dollar coin with one side heavily scratched.Backstory:
Harvey Dent was raised by his lower-class father, a mentally disturbed alcoholic who was both loving and physically abusive to the boy. Harvey developed an alternate personality as a coping mechanism for this traumatic childhood, an angry and malicious mindset that took hold during stressful situations. Despite this, his usual demeanor would remain kind and pleasant, if somewhat meek.
Dent grew up with a strong sense of justice which led him to law school, and he would go on to make quite a name for himself as the youngest ever District Attorney at the age of 26. He held a reputation for being charming and extremely competent, though he was known to become overly ruthless and even violent at times. Aside from these seeming mood swings, things were going well for Harvey. This would come to an end when he was betrayed by his Assistant D.A., Vernon Wells, who conspired with the Maroni crime family against him. Wells and the Maronis came to a mutually beneficial arrangement, which would involve deposing Dent permanently. Fortunately (or possibly unfortunately), Harvey survived their assassination attempt, but sustained severe burns to the left side of his body. This experience shattered the D.A.'s already damaged psyche, and his two personalities merged into one.
Dent's coin, once a lucky charm passed down from his father, now became a tool of compromise between his noble side and his hateful urges. When faced with a difficult or moral decision, he would flip the coin and proceed accordingly to the result, as he first demonstrated when he murdered his treacherous former assistant. The second coin toss immediately afterward decided that he would turn himself in to the police for his crime. Dent was sent to Arkham Asylum, where he remained without issue until Gotham was evacuated, whereupon he cut a deal with Jonathan Crane to secure his own escape, resolving to enforce his own, now-twisted form of justice on the lawless city. Through coercion, force, and more than a little luck, Dent managed to form a faction under his command which he refers to as his "police force", made up of opportunistic criminals and former genuine cops (though most of the corrupt and self-serving variety). Territory:
Eight. After the evacuation of the city, Dent quickly seized control of City Hall, the courthouse, and the surrounding areas, claiming it as his base of operations in his effort to "restore order" to the city.