Reborn - Archer
Level 1Current Occupation:
Blacksmith/Engineer, HeroHome World Information:
The Moon Cell was an odd place. A computer on the moon that had the sum of all human knowledge once upon a time. It had brought numerous humans from its world and brought them into itself to play a game. One that mimicked the Grail Wars of old. Magi would gather and summon legendary heroes to fight for the right to make a single wish. One man summoned a Servant with no name. A hero without a legend who had no legend of his own but the power to duplicate the legends of others. With the power of this man only known as Archer he won that war and, in the end, the master faded away as an error in the system leaving his body comatose on their homeworld. Archer broke free of the system, somehow, and returned to that world. Now back to the real world Archer found a planet that had gone to hell and back now under the control of a Dynasty. A world where magic was dying, heroes were long gone, and there was scarcely enough people remaining that were not under the power of the Harway family who had, in turn, acted on behalf of the Dynasty.Appearance/Style Description:
Archer, or rather, this rendition of Archer, dresses and looks much like he did. When he took the power his hair turned white and he understood the garments that his hero had worn. The only things that have been added to the suit is a ruby necklace that the previous Archer had simply kept on hand but the new Archer wears around his neck. Outside of his armor Xander looks like a pretty typical late twenty year old guy (He's 22 for the record).Sexuality
: Heterosexual Personality:
Archer is mostly known for his quiet observation mixed with calculated trades of either sarcasm or jaded wisdom. With the memories of the previous Archer passed on to him he has ained the perspective of a hero who has seen victory and defeat more times than most. It isn't that he isn't friendly but more that he isn't the traditional type of outgoing and friendly. His idea of fun is toying with people to see how they react but he does genuinely care. While the former Archer was a "Hero of Justice" who sacrificed everything to save as many as he could without regard for himself this Archer is a through and through pragmatist. He wants to, and will, save as many lives as he can but some people will die. This is war and sometimes people can't be saved. Archer will use dirty tricks and ignore honor if he has to earning him a bit of a reputation as a scoundrel in certain circles.History:
Xander Kingston was born on one of many ships that the Dynasty military keeps active. He was born and raised by parents who worked tirelessly to engineer the weaponry of that the ship needed. Eventually they were stationed on one world out in what he considered the middle of nowhere. It was a tiresome life that was dull and uneventful. Sure he was handy enough to make what was required but it never challenged him. And he knew what the weapons were used for between putting down revolts or acting as deterrance from yet mroe uprisings. The Dynasty was a hellish place to him but it was the only home he knew. And that was the way it was until he turned eighteen and was shipped off away from his family.
Another backwater world, he thought, until he met him. A man in red who not only overpowered the soldiers but managed to smash up the factory that he worked in. He only caught a glimpse of the man from a distance but it stuck with him. Over his spare time away from work he began silently looking for that man. It took months but he managed to locate him through friends of friends of friends. The man lived alone in a small rundown building and his home was nothing special. But his determination was evident from the first time they met. Conversations were terse at best and he kept changing locations to make sure that Xander wasn't trying to bait him into some sort of trap. Time passed and he started to learn what this man, who only called himself Archer, could do. Using his own magic he could create weapons. Weapons that he used to fight the Dynasty. A way to fight against the power that Xander was growing more and more disillusioned with.
They had about a year to know each other before it happened. Archer struck out against one of the bases outside the city. They were ready this time and though he tried to escape he only managed to leave with fatal wounds. Xander found him bleeding and on the edge of death. The rules of this universe were strange, he had told him, and he knew he could pass his mantle to another. For the Hero with No Name there was no one else he trusted to offer the power to. He gave Xander not only his power but his memories and his knowledge. Everything he needed to take up the mantle of Archer. An unsung hero.
Xander was overwhelmed at first and returned to his home. The Dynasty still didn't suspect him of knowing Archer but they found the body. Xander held the power in for a time until he simply couldn't stand it anymore. He had grown sick of playing along with a destructive and oppressive regime. He was sick of making weapons that killed innocent people. And he was sick of watching as other people fought battles he should be fighting for freedom.
"I am the bone of my sword."
One line and he found himself dressed in Archer's red and black uniform with twin swords in his hand. From there he escaped that world plying his trade as an engineer to hide on pirate vessels or mercenary camps. Always under a psuedonym but when he was need Archer arrived to save whoever he could. The Hero with No Name lived on in a new body. There was simply too much to be done in this universe for a true hero to simply fade away. Current Situation:
Archer has been roaming from planet to planet hitting the Dynasty wherever he can before finding a way off the planet and onto the next world lest he be discovered. He usually goes by some other name besides his own true name or Archer and offers his services as an engineer or blacksmith in exchange for a chance to travel or funding. Fighting a one man guerilla war on the Dynasty for the last few months has been taxing. He knows of, and has heard rumors of, the White Knights but until they reached out to him he fought alone for the most part. He is currently wanted by the Dynasty with a pretty price on his head though no one in the Dynasty really seems to have pieced together that Archer and Xander Kingston are the same person yet.Weapon:
When it comes to weapons it might be easier to ask which ones he doesn't have. With the power inherit to Unlimited Blade Works Archer is capable of, at a glance, creating a near perfect replica of any weapon but, for sanities sake, here are a few of his most commonly used weapons:
-Kanshou and Bakuya
: Twin swords that look similar to Yin and Yang symbols. These swords are durable and perpetually sharp. They have some magical properties that make them stronger when facing monsters but, other than that, they are simply Archer's most commonly used weapons. In addition they are also special in that if they are thrown they will always return to Archer unless something astounding is blocking their path as well as Archer is capable of pooling magical power inside them to create twin greatswords
that he can wield with even greater effectiveness as needed.
: A sword that looks a hell of a lot like a drill. Usually used as a magically infused arrow that is capable of potent magical explosions whose drill-like blade allows it to penetrate armor both mundane and magical.
: The indestructible holy sword. Sharp and practically impossible to break this can serve as a solid offensive or defensive option especially against pure evil where the holy element might boost its power.
-Huntring, Hound of the Red Plains
: Another sword forced to take the shape of an arrow. This arrow moves fast and will follow a target until it hits like a hound tracking its prey.
: A mystical seven layer magical shield that serves as Archer's greatest defense. Powerful enough magic or damage can break it and since it isn't a true weapon it is much more taxing on Archer to project this. Note that breaking any of the seven layers of the shield cause Archer to take damage and feel the pain even if it isn't the full amount.
: A fragment of the ultimate holy sword, Excalibur, Archer draws on a vast source of magic and must have his opponent within her personal realm of Unlimited Blade Works. This sword fires a beam of pure light to destroy a foe with holy might. Using this will leave Archer defenseless and weak as projecting something on the level of Excalibur should be impossible for someone like him and even this fragment of the original's power is devastating. Special Powers: Unlimited Blade Works
: The previous Archer was devoted to being a hero and so attached to the ideal of the sword that he turned his body and mind into a factory for them after a fashion. Within Xander's mind now existed this Unlimited Blade Works and by doing the proper chant he can take a number of foes or allies around him to his personal realm. Within that realm is an endless hill of weapons that both Archer's have duplicated over their lifetimes ready to be used. In this realm Archer need not project any items as they can be instantly summoned with barely a thought. Here Archer can project Excalibur Image and otherwise use any weapon with a much lower cost though the cost of maintaining UBW is high in and of itself. This is a true last ditch effort as using this technique takes a toll on Archer and will likely take him out of any serious fighting after he has ended it. Note that any weapons added to UBW are basically considered weaker than the originals for it is impossible to perfectly replicate anything that he has not effectively lived with and used for all of his life. In addition Archer gains enough combat knowledge with any duplicated weapon to use it effectively ie he could duplicate a weapon he's never used and when he projects it he could use it as if he had trained with it. Xander can create a duplicate of any weapon he sees but it is greatly weakened. The power of the copy goes up directly in proportion to the amount of time Xander has seen the weapon in action in combat allowing him to effectively create more refined copies the longer he watches in it action.
Note: At this moment, as new as Xander is to UBW, he is unable to actively take anyone into that realm except himself acting as a reprieve. While in that realm he can take a moment to breath and decide what weapons he wishes to use but even still doing so is likely more taxing that it is properly worth however it is the extent of his current attributes.
Projection Magic: An extension, of sorts, of UBW is that Archer can summon as many magical weapons as he wishes that he has seen. He can project any close-combat weapon with relative ease while defensive things, like shields, are much much more taxing on him. Any weapon can be modified into an arrow shape and used as a long range magical explosive arrow with power equal to the item used. In addition to this modern technology is unable to be duplicated at this point since Archer's power was focused on the magical weapons of old rather than modern weaponry.
Reinforcement Magic: The last magic that Archer can truly use is reinforcement. By channeling magic through his body he can run faster, strike harder, see further, and otherwise push his body to greater physical heights for as long as he can maintain it. With the memories of the previous Archer and the muscle memory that comes with it Xander is able to do this for an extended period of time even while actively projecting many things.Strengths:
Fighting Prowess: Between Archer's memories and UBW's power Xander is a talented fighter with any number of medieval style weaponry and can pick up just about any weapon and be at least basically profiecient. Thanks to projection his fighting style is easily able to adapt to his opponent as well.
Dynasty Engineering: Xander was a born and bred Dynast Engineer so he has a great working knowledge of their tech from how to build it to how to make it stop working. Sure some things have changed since he left but he has a decent idea how their gadgets work and can at least identify things on sight.
Smithing: Thanks to Archer's magic and his engineering talent Xander is able to allow others to use his projected weapons for a period of time. Such an act is more taxing on him, to be certain, but allows him a level of utility.
Holy Shroud: Archer's red cloak is actually a holy shroud that is designed to protect him against the elements. Not the Earth/Water/Air/Fire kind but rather the worlds. It could be blistering hot or freezing cold and Archer would feel perfectly fine regardless.Weaknesses:
Modern Weapons: Xander may know them pretty well but his magic is mainly designed to have him fight up close with magical items. He might be more durable than the average person by a long shot but magic and tech rarely mix politely.
Limited Magical Prowess: Most mages can learn new magic or new tricks. Archer is excessively limited. In life the previous Archer was a weak mage with only UBW as his power. He honed it to a razor's edge but true magic escapes him and, as a result, Xander cannot learn any new spells. Only modifications to UBW at best.
Anti-Magic: Archer's power hinges on the use of powerful magic and while no power can permanently shut down UBW, as it is Archer's own mind and worldspace, he can be rendered nigh-on useless if he is in a space wherein he cannot utilize his magic leaving him only an above averagely strong and durable man.
Inexperience: While inexperience does not make Archer less effective in a fight on the whole it does come into play with Unlimited Blade Works. UBW is the previous Archer's core beliefs and power manifested in a personal realm, after all, so while Xander has adjusted well to using it this power is still not his own just yet and that, in turn, makes him have to work more consciously with his magic whereas the previous Archer could simply summon what he needed at a moment's notice without even a thought. In addition it is this hurdle which prevents him from bringing anyone else into UBW making it a place only Xander can go at the moment and even then doing so is nigh-on useless.