Now for my character. The character sheet will likely receive some updates by the time I've approved some people... But this will give everyone an idea of who I am running - and nothing should change much about that, just some things will be added for everyone's sake.
-Hellions Character Sheet-
Mikhail Crowley Sokolov
Male | Heterosexual
H Standard | 24 | Russian
Brown | 6’2 | 179lbs | Brown
Mikhail was born into what should have been a pretty average life, and if he wasn’t an Outlander, it probably would have been just that. Average. Mundane. Luckily - not not, depending on perspective - for him, he was born an Outlander. His early childhood was pretty quiet. He grew up with an average family, in a pretty average city, in a pretty average neighborhood with pretty average everything else. Right until he was in his early teens and his power manifested at school of all things. Some punk kid got in his face, decided to bully Mikhail and he had enough - a cloud of blackness enveloped them and only horrified screams followed. Moments later the darkness receded and Mikhail stood over his broken victim. That was also the moment that he was taken away from his family and imprisoned in a Kintari Directorate research facility; surprise, this turned out to be code for Kintari Directorate prison facility.
In this facility the Directorate had taken in others of the still only just becoming discovered Outlanders and were doing research on them, trying to identify exactly what they were in the first place. They treated them, sort of, like people. They were educated, clothed, and even fed. Which was nice except the part where they were also subjected to pretty awful testing, beatings and stress in the name of science and security. All in all it was a pretty miserable experience. One that Mikhail ended as he entered his young adult life. He’d been taken in when he was twelve, and by the time he was eighteen he’d pretty much had enough of their shit. During what had become a pretty standard rotation from one place to another, he called up his power, killed the guard and stole his weapon. Sheltered by his darkness Mikhail, along with other freed prisoners, made his way through the facility and ultimately broke out - but only after inflicting terrible vengeance upon his long time captors.
Into the world, with no home that he remembered and all but deleted from society, he had to live a very different way. He became a sell-sword of sorts, offering skills to the highest bidder. Sure the jobs weren’t always nice, or the greatest, but they earned him money and gave him a life. It took three years before Mikhail had actually defined himself as a person again. During this time he discovered that he was good at what he was doing, and that he liked it. He also realized that he could take on bigger fish, and upped his game.
Mikhail is a tall guy with a build fitting of his activities - which means he’s exceptionally well defined. Muscular might be an overstatement of his form, but certainly on that side of well toned. He’s a man with simple tastes, both in clothing and actions and typically prefers the quickest most no bullshit method of getting things done. Plans that require you to jump through hoops, cut corners and are overly convoluted tend to annoy him - especially if it can be as easy as ‘go in, get it done, leave’. Having been shown limited kindness in his life, he’s not what anyone would call a kind man, that said he isn’t one to go out of his way to be cruel either. He’s not fond of liars, and cheats - people who double cross him do not live to regret it. He’s proven that he has a penchant for surviving bad situations, even if it’s not always in the best of shape. He’s a fighter who prefers the up close and personal kill; he’s the mercenary who is driven as much by thrill and challenge as he is by profit and opportunity.
Lastly Mikhail is a lost soul with a lot of demons to fight against. His time in the Directorate facility did a serious number to him, and while he’s learned to cope and put on a good face, the truth is that he’s haunted and tormented by the past - in addition to things that have happened since then. Because of these two things he is fiercely, even savagely, opposed to the Kintari Directorate.
While Mikhail has performed a number of impressive feats, without a doubt the thing that he is most well known for - both publically and by his enemies - is the escape from the Directorate facility. It happened during a time when the public opinion on Outlanders was just forming and they were being painted by Directorate propaganda was making them out to be monsters. Mikhail’s escape and killing of many Directorate officers and scientists was a public affair that only further depicted them as monsters. While his escape has made him a person of extreme interest to the Directorate, and a desperately wanted asset to reclaim, he has not managed to make the most wanted list.
Mikhail can exude an inky blackness, the initial burst can instantly cover nearly ten feet in all directions centered on him. After that he can continue to pump the darkness out and cause his black cloud to expand, and with enough time he could fill a theoretically limitless amount of space with it. This darkness is not like night, but rather like the abyss. It is absolute and can not be seen through by normal means, and within the cloud it is almost as if things don’t exist - things such as sensory equipment and special versions of sight (night vision, infrared, etc) can’t penetrate the outer limits of the cloud. Mikhail, however, is able to see through his cloud as though it weren’t there, while gaining other benefits so long as he remains within the confines of the cloud. He is keenly aware of the location and movements of others within the cloud, able to track the slightest tremble of bodies. Further, so long as he remains within the cloud he is considerably stronger and faster then normal. Mikhail can pull all of his blackness back into himself over a few moments, literally absorbing it back into his body - though if he doesn’t recall it any blackness left after he leaves the area (such as creating the initial cloud and then moving forward enough that his continued production of the blackness is not connected to the original cloud) rapidly dissipates over roughly one minute.