Bannruod, Lord of the Five Darks.
Having completed the pentagram, the wane, sickly man began chanting the horrid words. Words and phrases long forgotten by the world, words that would summon up the darkest powers to him, to give him what he desired. Hours passed as the man continued the chanting, his bones ached, his mind reeled with imagined movements along the walls, in the flickering candle light. Finally the exhausted necromancer slumped over, his energy spent, his body crying out in protest.
“Greetings mortal... I have heard your pleas, I have come. I know who you are.” The tall, miasma shrouded being whispered as he easily stepped out of the pentagram, “I am Bannruod, an elder daemon of immense power. For years I have watched you studying necromancy and the arcane. Power is what you want, and this power I can give you. Do what I ask, and you shall have what you desire. Immortality you say? No problem. I will make you as immortal as I. Power? Easily granted. However there is a price. Your soul will be mine, but that is not important now.
We call ourselves Daemons, demi-gods and the rulers of the hidden realms. In the past we Daemons have given power to mortals and immortals alike. Anything you want to know or have can be yours. But remember, you must tell no one of our meetings or you will die effortlessly. For now that is all you must know.” The sickly form before Bannruod nodded eagerly, his eyes wide, a trickle of spittle sliding down his chin. “Well then, let's get down to business...”chuckled the daemon as he lifted the man to his feet.
Age: Effectively immortal, however resembles a man in his early thirties.
Race: Elder Daemon
Weight: 232 lbs
Body: Athletic, Iron-muscled.
Eyes: Lightning- A slivery-blue streaming mist that swirls from his eyes.
Hair Color/Style: Ash blonde in a braided pony-tail that extends down to the middle of his broad back.
Skin Color: Egg-shell white shrouded with an inky miasma that roils around his form.
Occupation: Elder Daemon, Corrupter of Souls, Destroyer of Dreams.
Rank: Lord of the Five Darks, Sword Knight of the Abyssal Plains.
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Character Tier: High
Character Type: Critical Character
Physical Description: Bannruod is a tall, well chiseled male. His sculpted arms and legs exhibit the physical strength coiled in his body. As with all elder daemons, Bannruod seeks quite and solitude, preferring to contemplate the myriad of mysteries and possibilities that occur in the multiverse giving those who meet him the impression of a brutal, cold and emotionless being. Attired in the blackened mystical plate and chain of the Sword Knights, and with the elder daemon carrying the great sword “Death Kiss” in a thick baldric upon his back, he appears as a relic of aeons lost. Bannruod has a soft voice, one that carries a quiet arrogance, tinged with contempt for those whom he speaks with.
The easy stride which the elder daemon walks is obfuscated by the trailing miasma, creating an ominous cloud that clings to Bannruod like a swirling living thing. As with all elder daemons, Bannruod has wickedly sharp teeth and clawed hands. When he smiles it has been likened to a wolf, the image heightened by the swirling darkness that surrounds the daemon.
Personality Description: Bannruod, like all elder daemons is motivated by the consumption of the soul or energy of living creatures. As such he is a deal maker, shrewd able to read people well enough to know what tempts them. Always calculating an angle to draw forth that energy either through direct confrontation or more subtlety through the offering of the wants of the entity. Bannruod is highly aggressive, self-assured and competitive willing to do battle with other daemons or beings of power.
As an Elder Daemonn, Bannruod enjoys the wanton destruction of entire worlds and civilizations, when tasked to ravage a world the Lord of the Five Darks relishes in the pain and horror of those fleeing before him, consuming the souls as his mighty blade rends their flesh from their bones. Savoring the agony and fear that lingers on the ethereal energies. When he faced the Archangel Samarthus, the holy blessing the Archangel called down upon Bannruod's flesh exploded it in a frenzy of cancerous growth, merging with the armor that kept his body safe, fusing the blackened dark armor to the white flesh on a molecular level becoming a carapace for the daemon. The black miasma that surrounds his form is the resultant emissions from his body, since he needs to expel energies through his pores which are now part of the black armor the miasma is the result. The black cloud is the aura of soul energies that Bannruod has, the darker the cloud the more souls.
Skills, powers and abilities:
Inherent Daemonic Powers: (7) Being an Elder Daemon, Bannruod has some inherent powers. He has preternatural strength able to lift press nearly 10 tonnes. He can move incredibly fast with his enhanced reflexes. Fatigue building poisons are eliminated quickly from his body due to his daemonic stamina allowing him to outpace many opponents in fights by merely not tiring.
Soul Consumption: (7) When Bannruod strikes or kills someone he can consume their soul or energy matrix which can be used to heal the Lord of the Five Darks. The more souls consumed the more damage healed. Being an Elder Daemon he requires the souls to continue extending his life as the souls add to his own life force matrix. When soul consumption begins on a still living entity their strength begins to diminish, leaving them weakened, thus every action becomes more difficult as they slowly are drained and ultimately die.
Soul Pacts: (7) Bannruod creates often times unfair pacts with entities for their souls. By granting them temporary aspects of his own powers or life force that last until the pact is violated and the power and the souls are given to the elder daemon.
Spatial Travel: (7) Being a summonable creature the Elder Daemon can be summoned via a ritual to any place or time. He can also travel through space and time as a means of zipping across the mutliverse to collect souls when needed.
The Five Darks:
The Castle of Shrouding Dark: (8) A great darkness descends on the area where Bannruod is blanketing the area for miles, consuming any and all sources of light. Outdoors the land becomes inky black as if it were a moonless night, all light sucked away into nothingness. Indoors all light is devoured leaving a palpable wall of disorienting black. This darkness affects all light sources extinguishing it as if had never existed. While this sudden absence of light can be disorienting, the Lord of Five Darks can still see and sense his opponents contained with in.
The Window of Dim Offerings: (8) A wispy trail of dim smoke swells around the Lord of Five Darks, swirling around him rapidly filling the area. Sweeping away from the daemon in every increasing concentric circles until it takes on a life of its own, similar to the formation of a hurricane. The window of dim offerings once created emits a massive white noise effect, affecting all audible frequencies, making communication nearly impossible as the incessant hissing bores into the minds of those hearing it causing synapse or electrical failure of the auditory system. If communications are re-established in the maelstrom, there is a great chance that lesser beings will be subjected to xenoglossia, speaking and hearing a foreign language and not their own. They are slowly driven insane by the unyielding noises.
The Veil of Sudden Dusk: (8) This power allows the Lord of Five Darks to create dusky, transparent forms of dark matter that can be used as a defensive measure such as erecting walls between he and attackers. Or he can use the veils to herd and direct his foes into a place of his choosing where he can devour their souls more easily. The veils can sustain incredible amounts of damage before crumbling away to nothingness. The veils are equally adept at blunting both mundane and preternatural influences.
The Murky Breath: (8) This power allows the Lord of Five Darks to expel a murky cloud from his mouth. This cloud travels at incredible speeds, expanding outward in a billowing mass. All caught in this cloud will suffer from the corrupting forces of the elder daemon. All inanimate objects within the cloud will begin to crumble and decompose, breaking down into their component parts in a matter of seconds. And all living creatures within the cloud will begin to age at an accelerated pace, advancing years every few seconds until their bodies are twisted with old age, finally dying as their organs give out and bones turn to dust.
The Channeling of Gloom: (8) This power allows the Lord of Five Darks to project bolts of dark energy from his hands to strike at targets. These bolts have the maximum energy impact of 10,000 gigatons of TNT. He can regulate the damage to as little as 10 grams of TNT. At maximum strength these energy bolts can lay waste entire planets in short order, traveling at nearly luminal speeds they can strike their targets quickly unleashing massive shock waves and compression damage, that can radiate out for miles.
Swordsmanship: (7) Bannruod is an expert swordsman using the Daemon Sword Death Kiss. He is also skilled in what would be described as medieval style sword fighting, not to be confused with fencing which is an entirely separate art.
Close Quarter Hand to Hand: (7) Being an Elder Daemon, he is quite adept at fighting with his teeth and claws utilizing them in deadly fashion to rend flesh and disembowel foes.
Negotiation: (8) Being a daemon who enters into unholy pacts, Bannruod has developed the negotiation skills of a corporate attorney. He can use legalese to weasel a daemonic pact into his favor six ways to Sunday.
Black plate of the Abyssal Plains: (7) The ornate plate and chain armor that Knights of the Abyssla Plain wear. This relatively lightweight suit of armor has become infused with the daemons skin after assimilation becoming a hardened carapace around the Lord of Five Darks. The armor is extremely tough and durable, but now by virtue of being an extension of the daemon's skin he can heal and repair the armor when he consumes souls.
The Daemon Sword Death Kiss: (7) This five-foot long sword is made by infusing the life force of a daemon with eldritch metals found in the dark realms. Laced with glowing orange runes and swirling in a hazy gloom, it is relativity light weight and can be wielded one-handed. The blade when striking an opponent can begin the process of draining their life force/soul and storing that energy within the blade itself. The sword can hold a maximum of 10 souls that can be used by Bannruod to heal himself when needed in an emergency. The Daemon sword is capable of slicing through mystical defenses as easily as mundane ones.
In a duel in the dark realms against another elder daemon, the Lord of Five Darks was able to best the daemon and claimed the sword as his own. Now after untold millennium the sword has become his trusted companion. Death Kiss is a sentient weapon and delights in her own consuming of souls, and dislikes relinquishing them to sustain Bannruod.
Character History: Bannruod happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. On a dirt water backward planet that happened to attract the attention of an Archangel who decided to purge the wicked. Concluding a deal with a slimy rotund man who happened to enjoy little girls and wanted to live a long, perverse life. The elder daemon was caught up in the destruction that swept across the planet. Realizing that his client was about to die before he could consume the soul as per the agreement. Subsection h: Any unforeseen or acts of God will accelerate the contract and the user shall return all powers vested in them and their soul immediately.
The Archangel Samarthus happened to land close by and begun laying waste to the area, prompting Bannruod to defend his client and face off against her in battle. When the Archangel fell the ruins of the world lay scattered across the system as debris. It was at this point that the war between the Abyssal Dark and the Eternal Light erupted in full.
Theme music: Underworld Pusificer Underworld-The Undertaker