ANKOKU YAMI Heroic Hopeful / Heroic Hopeless
➤ Organic Tissue Control Magic (Biomancy)
➤ Unintentional Comedy
➤ Favorite food is Shark Fin Soup.
Music Ankoku’s theme- Custom made by a friend of mine
This story begins in the far away world of Glass Heart, an universe considered a scar across existence.
Ankoku’s parents, the eccentric merchant Kage Yami and the taciturn mercenary Shini Goroshi, were not ready for a child: while they cared for him, rarely they displayed outward affection towards him. Chantico, their home, was a land of warriors, and Ankoku was small even for his tender age, thus they began raising him as an assassin. His mother would be teaching him combat, focusing on exploiting his opponent’s strength against them and striking for their weak point; his father would be tutoring him in chemistry and helping him form an above average instruction. The child would grow highly analytical but apathetic and introverted. ”And then I thought…”
It was when he would be assigned to a mock assassination that Ankoku would hesitate, finding no desire to attack his target: life ends in death regardless, and to be paid to kill people to kill more people felt pointless. This sense of dissatisfaction turned into aggression, lashing out against others verbally or physically, closing himself off even further.
Finally at a festival he found an answer to get out of his existential crisis, witnessing the sheer admiration people held towards the legendary figure of Zaffiro Re’Shelia Baranastre, the Exalted Hero who had brought forth the golden age of his world by defeating its greatest evil and revolutionizing the educational system.
”... wouldn’t it be wonderful if I were a hero as well?”
Newfound ambition caused him to steadily improve, but he was incapable of catching up to Zaffiro’s legend, no matter how far he pushed himself. Adventures followed, with their memento being ruinous injuries that would permanently scar both physically and mentally the young man
Eventually at the age of seventeen, after a particularly grievous stay at the hospital, he sought to escape his fears by hiding in a cave. He travelled far and wide… When left the underground system, he was in a new world, Earth: a twisted whim of magic had fulfilled his wish, severing him away from his homeland, in a new universe entirely, his way home secluded. Still afraid to face his failures, Ankoku decided to venture in such new land, with rules and laws so different from the ones he was used to… he hoped that by becoming this world’s hero, he’d be ready to face his own.
He came very close at times to save the world: he helped the circus acrobat Cerebella destroy the Skullgirl, took on the Sorcerous Gunslinger known as “The Black Princess”, unveiled a plan from the malevolent Korean monster Samdugumi, helped the Brigadier General Ramlethal Valentine in taking down the rest of the nebulous organization known as the Conclave and with the Devil Queen in disguise Himejima Akeno stopped the Underworld god Hades from making overflow the underworld river Styx that would submerge the entirety of Japan. However, each and every adventure ended on a bittersweet note, either with Ankoku almost worsening the situation, or having to perform big sacrifices.
Throughout these adventures, he found many friends such as Ramlethal, his sister Elphelt Valentine who had a not so subtle crush on him, the mischievous demon princess Lilith Aensland or the eccentric yet highly competent Kagura Mutsuki. Once he was even able to find love with the ridiculously Abnormal Kurokami Medaka, but he would end up leaving her due to complications in their relationships.
Further, he developed rivalries with the likes of the ever bored talent Izayoi Sakamaki and Negi Springfield, son of the Thousand Spell Mage.
His ambition led him to bond even with high ranking demons and gods, such as the Eternal Chaos Dragon Ji’A or her sister, the gumiho Min Seo, as well as have hostile confrontation with the Queen of the Demon World, Morrigan Aensland, the Demon Lord Azi Dahaka and the Outer God Nyarlathotep.
Much to his charging, he would also have to ally himself with people of dubious morality, even some of his rogues, or the Mutant Overlord Bansheea, the grumpy and hostile half beastkin Kokonoe Mercury. Very few times he was the one holding advantage in his adventures, and he was always a sore loser, grumpily complaining about his defeat, even when they were ultimately beneficial to his goal of being a Hero. ”Let’s save everyone, even those who don't deserve it… what? I did not write the rules!”
Alas, his dreams kept blinding him to some of the inner needs of his friends, causing him not to pick on Elphelt’s depression and core meltdown, which would lead to her self destruction. Horrified by his own negligence, he was found by an Angel known as Lilith who offering him an EVA unit would make him connect to realms in the subconscious, eventually leading him to a Crossway of World present in the Anti-Universe, where imagination and perception supercede matter and logic. Finding remnant of Elphelt wishing to be alive, Ankoku would let go temporarily of his dreams to perform blasphemy against nature and bring her back from the dead.
Nothing, even his friends’ worry over his mental state (or worse, his true self showing after being tainted by the many morally ambiguous people he met) or a goddess he lost his heart for threatening to kill him if he kept pushing, and even pieces of Elphelt’s suppressed rage corrupted by the energy of the Demon world made him stop, eventually bringing her back in a convalescent status she will recover in one thousand years, even successfully factoring and countering how such a plan would almost destroy the higher dimension of the Backyard in the process. Unfortunately, very few would acknowledge his success , and none would come to celebrate his victory, yet he would return stronger with the promise of keeping living.
Having found some curious programs in the Backyard, he would decipher them as a map of the Sephiroth tree from the Kabbalah, believing it’s either a map or a set of instructions to reach higher worlds the Anti Universe is still barred. However he is slowed down by lesser adventures across reality and helping his former roommate Ji’A and her boyfriend Ashura raise their daughter Himawari, believing there is greater trouble waiting for him, either behind the First Gate or somewhere much closer...
Ankoku’s physical prowess is considerably above average for a human but unimpressive by superhuman standards. Intelligence and willpower are his sharpest traits and, although the latter can cloud the former’s judgement, he has grown impressive durability and endurance, taking even what should be fatal damage while still standing.
He has learnt how to fight thanks to his mother’s harsh training, and has been constantly sharpening his combat skills by dealing with otherworldly threats. Ankoku can fight both armed and unarmed, his fighting style is focused on counters and knowledge of the battlefield. Despite his thin frame and short stature, he effortlessly takes down common thugs and has handled small groups of trained soldiers on his own.
However, Ankoku is downright gifted when it comes to piloting, having mastered several kinds of vehicle in a matter of minutes, even those counter-intuitive to humans.
Ankoku has been trying to learn how to reach the zen state of Mind without Mind ([無心の心 -兆, Mushin no Shin). It describes the freedom from mind-attachment that has inspired many other techniques across fiction. Ankoku can only achieve such when completely focused in combat currently only to perform an optimal dodge for what would be an otherwise deadly attack. His mind works at a very high speed, but with no intention, plan or direction, to the point it cannot be interfered with.
Thanks to having found the crossroad of the worlds in the anti-universe, where reality and fiction melds, Ankoku can travel across the multiverse.
Denizens of Glass Heart have unique souls whose transcendental nature has driven some of the greatest sages to madness. While Ankoku’s physiology is human, his aura holds boundless potential to be ‘anything’, only limited by his body and his mind. The only current breakthrough he made is the capacity to use a specific kind of elemental magic.
To Ankoku, magic is a glitch of the ordered system of the world, which people with specific souls may be able to resonate with, rewriting certain laws according to scientific and mathematical formulas. Magic is thus an outer source of power he can tap into and, because of it, there is no theoretical upper limit in terms of output how much someone can manipulate such error. It does, however, present limit in the mental strain it causes on the user because of the high concentration of formulas calculated in their minds, the inability to channel magic without the presence of the element people hold and the magic going out of control by employing wrong equations or datas.
Ankoku’s magic is a form of contact induced control over organic tissue that requires the user to compute specific chemical and physical formulas in their mind. Ankoku mostly uses it to reinforce his clothes or to heal small injuries because of the risks of getting the formulas wrong may end up killing him. Applications include:
➤ Healing Magic: By touching a person (either directly or through non synthetic cloth), the user manipulates and restores organic tissue in what is essentially a tool-less surgery, even performing neural manipulation to stimulate physical reactions. While dead tissues can be restored, it is impossible to bring people back to life. Ankoku can also heal small cuts, heal bruises and stop bleeding.
➤ Durability Negation: Once in contact with an opponent, the user can visualize the physical process required to damage the tissue, hurting them while ignoring any physical resistance.
➤ Healing Factor Negation: Because of their control over someone's physiology, the user can hijack their opponent's healing factor to slow it down,outright halt it completely, or even cause it to destroy their wielders. This effect can persist even without his contact, as long as the order has been properly sent.
Biological Manipulation: The user alters physiology, although they can risk breaking a body in the process. An example being to widen your vision range to 330°
Sensory: Assuming a grass field (or made of other organic material), the user can place his hand on it and use it as an extra sensory field to perceive the weight on it to pinpoint other’s presence
The most difficult form of Pinacuhzoman magic is called Magical Hijacking where the user resonates with another soul to be able to use their magic, Ankoku has developed a form of magic hijack meant to counter magic or anti magic barriers: as long as he is capable of percieving the presence and mechanic anti-magic barriers of any nature Ankoku can 'grab them' and control them to channel his own magic through them. He has recently used it to hijack Ramlethal's aura and use information to perform magic from the Backyard (which he otherwise isn't capable to, even despite having coded a few lesser spells himself).
To better fight off the many perils he faces during his adventures, Ankoku carries a few important weapons and other trinkets we are going to discuss below:
➤ Guns: Despite rarely using them due to their lethal offensive potential, Ankoku is the owner of two long ranged weapons:
➤ EVA unit: A mass produced Eva created by the second Angel Lilith that Ankoku has synchronized to its brainwaves. Due to its piloting talents, even being able to tap into some of its old memories as an Angel. Ankoku crafted an application to his mobile to monitor its parameters, and has occasionally used it for travel in outer space. Because of the Elphelt impact, the EVA core was exposed to its user’s eldritch soul, getting heavily mutated into a tentacled monstrosity with a mask and insect-like wings, powerful enough to survive the destruction of the Backyard, but has been left to rest there until the mutations subside.The monitoring function has been shared with the revived Elphelt.