Shade (Alexander Naga)Played By:
Drake Valentine Age:
Thirty (Negotiable) Sex:
Assassin Guild Leader. ('Deceased' Prince)Distinguishing Traits:
Scar crossing over bridge of his nose. Mask and fancy clothes he adorns present day.Likes:
Grace, killing, dance, masquerades, plays, music, wine, sex, and the thrill of taking down his target.Dislikes:
People trying to find out his identity, savages, most fighting styles, ranged users, battlefields, and anything lacking grace or beauty.About:
Alexander was always a sickly child, even at birth many suspected that the babe may pass away as had the woman who delivered him. With the future Naga king having no time to deal with the youth, he allowed a wet nurse to act as the mother figure in his life, whether he lived through it or not. Fortunately he possessed enough fortitude to survive those hardships, though the disease he has still lingers present day.
When he was determined old enough to wield a weapon, he was trained. Though the boy never seemed to be able to handle heavier items. The newest harlot to his father even jested about such, often trying to sway the man to pry the boy away from any warfare and set him on an easier task. To this date Alexander is unsure whether she was trying to do that for his benefit or maybe she had other motives, still the ‘King’ never swayed and inevitably they found a weapon’s master to properly handle the child and teach him the finery of rapiers. Still with his illness, some days he was unfit to train, even his master noticed this whenever the boy became too physically active. On the plus side of events, it was good for Alexander to be taught with techniques for refine grace that may not drain him as others that relied on brute strength to overcome an enemy.
As the years went by, the future rulers were already in their baby making process, Alexander was not allowed much around them, the one day Queen spilled her poison in his father’s ears, warning him that the youth may be contagious, that his disease may infect her children. And just like that he was treated like an outsider, any half brothers or sisters he may have were always kept away from him. His trainer became more of a parent figure than his family ever did.
It was not just rapier training he received, but his master also taught him some of the other finer points in killing an opponent. Things that many may consider cowardly. The best method of sending a group into disarray was to take out their leader. The finery of various assassination techniques were shown to Alexander. Still, despite these teachings, the growing young man had one flaw and that was his sickness. To remedy this, his instructor showed him that various poisons can be just as deadly when applied to the blade and give him some advantage when his aliment hits.
When the war finally hit, he didn’t have as much flexibility as he wanted. His father was too busy praising the other children in their actions than Alexander; plus the man’s condition was taken into account and he could be more of a hinder than a benefit. This would soon change when the idea of faking his death surfaced and with the battlefield, things like this was common to happen.
It was tricky, but he found a body that would serve to resemble his as much as possible. He didn’t need huge details, changing the clothes of the dead with himself. From there he carved the face as precise as possible, leaving a similar scar; maybe not as much in detail, but who ever paid that much attention to him to begin with? The next task was simple enough, he torched the body, burning it to a crisp; this was to insure that none could properly identify the fallen warrior. The final task, was to get his master to lie for him; one that he later regrets.
Even a prince, who was not of a spotlight, is still a prince, responsibility had to be taken and the future king had Alexander’s trainer executed. Maybe this was also his father’s way of fully burying the past. In time, Alexander would inevitably be known only as a whisper to the generation that would take the throne from the Naga; a silent and forgotten one that would in turn benefit the former prince assumed dead.
During the chaotic years of the war, Alexander had been busy. Securing profits, resorting in shady deals, assassinations, using his master’s teachings to earn him a flow of renown and followers. All things started small for someone faceless, since after the day of his rumor death he has always hid behind a mask and went by the aliases of Shade. He sullied his hands for both sides, removing various generals and strategists from play; all to carve a name for himself and his growing guild. The small band he led left promising whispers to the Nagabred and Slayers, the latter harder in persuasion. That would change when he had his apprentices approach his father, they delivered a message that couldn’t be easily shrugged off.
A prince for a prince. They will prove their capabilities with the fall of the Nagabred’s true heir before the rise of the new moon and in turn it was granted. Within a few nights the prince was found dead in a mysterious fashion. Many argue that it was an accident, but this action alone was enough to acknowledge the growing guild and from there, their services had been sought for regularly during and after the war.
Shortly after the conquering of the Nagabred, Shade has turned an eye to stretch his influence to the mainland, starting with Iredale. Through the disguise of traders over the years, he and a few of his men and women have now made a portion of the city’s slums their base of operations. He has been known to sneak into the various balls and masquerades and mingle with nobility behind one of his many, charming masks. Habits:
Remaining silent, even when being asked a question. Speaking low, almost in a whisper when he does verbally address others. Those that may catch glimpses of him and any that accompanies him may catch him delivering various hand signs, a code he has trained those under his wing on. Skills:
-Daggers, and rapier training.Flaws:
-Prideful, he refuses to back down from a target and meets his deadlines always, whether or not the time may call for a tactical retreat.
-Perfectionist to the point that he may ‘freak’ out when things don’t go according to plan from so much detail being put behind them ahead of time.
-Chronic Hemoptysis, this has left him isolated from most of the family house and allowed him to be known more for name than ‘face.’
-His stubbornness in always hiding his face, depending on the renown he may acquire, he may often make himself a target in public. Then again, a ‘dead’ prince may even be a bigger one.
The Shadow Guild is a uniformed an organized guild founded by Shade. He serves as the leader of small band, their dealings range anywhere from spying, delivering information, and more widely known for assassinations. The structuring is a bit complex with four ladders of leadership. Him serving as overseer of the entire group. Five(him being amongst them) individuals that serve as listeners who deliver his written commands down to the messengers and also seek out rumors and various contracts of interest. The messengers are in charge of the regular members of the guild and may make sure the duties are properly performed. With this pattern of complexity, it allows flexibility for Shade to conceal his identity from the various ladders. He has even been known to blend in with the different steps of the group to check on how things may be being handled. The Guild is even known to function properly without his interventions.
I. Upon entering the guild, one is reborn. They have no ties to former family or rulers, other than those within the Guild itself.
II. Do not steal from a fellow brother or sister.
III. Do not bring intentional harm or intent to kill to a fellow member of the guild or that of innocent civilians who are not a part of the contract.
IV. Never reveal one’s identity or that of the Guild itself. In terms of capture and with no escape, one must be prepared to take their own life to ensure the safety of the group as a whole.
V. Members are allowed free will to choose in passing judgment on a target, but be noted similar judgment may be passed onto them if their choice in allowing someone to live proves to be unwise.
There are two types of payment.
Payment in Coin: This is the simplest, money to pay for whatever services one seeks performed. The pricing will vary, given the contract, especially with targets and importance of the individual that may be sought after for assassination.
Payment in Blood: If one is unable to afford what services are required, there is another option. One must submit into becoming a part of the guild or even submit a child or heir of theirs. It depends again on the contract in question, everything has a price and the lost of life is the heaviest to be paid.
Failure to Comply: Not the wisest of choices, the Guild is not shy from making an example in the most horrifying and gruesome of ways to clients that can't meet up with their offer.