OOC: Somehow I find myself roped in here once more.
My new profile:
Name: Dante Giordano
Appearance: Dante stands relatively tall at about 6’ 4’’, and has a lean figure to go with it. His skin is an olive color, and he has striking amber eyes that seem to glow whenever he uses magic. He has messy black hair that tends to fall down the length of his forehead and obviously hasn’t seen a comb in a while. In terms of clothing, Dante’s are relatively average, sporting jeans, a simple black jacket, sneakers and whatever T-shirt he decides to hastily throw on.
Skills: Dante is relatively well versed in many mythologies and folklore due to his researching. Dante also tends to be quite adept at thinking on his feet and problem solving on the goal. When faced with puzzles and riddles, Dante can generally solve them with ease, especially when pressured to do so.
Powers: Elemental Contracting: Through a contract Dante made a few years ago, Dante possesses the ability to form contracts with the Four Classical Elements: Air, Water, Earth, and Fire.
To establish a Contract recites an incantation in which he offers up a part of himself as a sacrifice, and recites the power he wishes for in return. For the weaker powers like the Elemental Enhancements, or minor Elemental Manipulation this sacrifice can be merely losing some blood.
However in the event he wishes to draw upon more power, Dante must make greater sacrifices. These can range from the loss of limbs, to the loss of senses, to even things like the loss of his eye. The more power he which to draw upon the greater the sacrifice. These great sacrifices don’t require him to manually cut like he must with blood and take effect after the contracted power finishes.
For example if he offered up his arm as sacrifice for having the Earth swallow up a few men, Dante’s arm would vanish only after the Earth had finished burying the men. Afterwards his body would experience the pain of having it cut off, minus the physical scars. Instead there would merely be nothing where the arm once was. These great sacrifices also have no known way to be healed, not with science or magic.
For the most part these contracts are used for him to gain traits of an element (i.e. Speed from Wind, Endurance from Earth etc.), or grant him the ability to manipulate the elements. These manipulations however are limited by the amount sacrificed.
Dante can only have one contract active at a time, and each one requires a fresh new sacrifice. As such if he was using a contract and then formed a new one he'd have to perform a sacrifice again. The only exception to this rule is his original Contract, the one that gave him his ability.
Weapons/Equipment: Dante carries a knife on his person that he uses less as a weapon and more so to merely make the incisions necessary for his Blood sacrifices. Also due to his sacrifices, Dante always has his backpack which holds Bandages to quickly wrap up his wounds, as well as a standard first aid kit.
Personality: Dante is always upbeat and optimistic despite what his frequent snarking about his luck may imply, or his normally reserved nature. More defining though is his unshakable optimism when it comes to the human spirit and with it comes a stubborn determination in everything he does. Dante always sees the good in people and while he may cuss you out for being a *****, he will never give up on saving you. It should be noted though that despite his optimism Dante is not naïve, he fully realizes the evils people can and will commit, he just doesn’t buy into the **** that people can be beyond redemption. It just might take a few punches to the jaw.
All this however, generally remains hidden, for on the outside he tends to keep to himself, always appearing to be occupied with something, and he usually is. Once you make a friend of him though, he becomes a steadfast ally who’ll probably be cracking quite a few snarks along the journey. Oh and he enjoys his naps, not so much out of laziness but rather escapism from the cruelties of the world, of course there's no way to tell that from the outside. Especially not with his constant desire and attempts to take one.
Biography: Dante never got to have a tragic past, nor did he receive a past in which he was always the hero, awakening one day with the powers to save the world. And that was precisely the problem. For as long as he can remember Dante always wanted to have powers so that he could be the hero, so that he could save people.
Now most kids give up on this dream rather early on, by the time they enter Middle School, most stop fantasizing about it. That was not the case with Dante; in fact his resolve merely grew after entering Middle School. The fact that few still were serious about wanting to be a super hero gnawed at him, especially because they lived in a world where people could get powers.
Unfortunately for Dante he wasn’t a Mutant, powers never magically appeared for him, nor was he a genius who could just build a powerful suit, or a billionaire who could afford one. No, on all accounts Dante remained average, until an idea struck. Magic.
For a normal person the idea would be absurd, after all little evidence of Magic even existed, Dr. Strange may have been a sorcerer but even still people had their doubts. After all if Magic was easy to learn, why wasn’t the world filled with sorcerers? However for Dante, a world filled with Mutants meant that surely Magic might be possible as well.
Thus he turned to the occult, spending the remainder of his Middle School years, and continuing into his High School years, researching. His grades suffering as a result, the former straight-A student became too apathetic to school, devoting his mind to the pursuit of Magic.
Finally, near the end of his freshman year he stumbled upon his first real lead, an odd incantation in the back of a book that seemed to form some sort of contract. A contract with the elements, reciting the incantation and sacrificing some blood, he established his first and only permanent contract. The contract that granted him the ability to form contracts with the Elements.
However the amount of blood needed for this first contract soon took its toll on Dante and he collapsed, awakening sometime later in a hospital. Unfortunately the book he discovered was nowhere to be found, its other secrets lost to him.
Never one to despair, Dante didn’t dwell too much on the matter, instead he decided to put his new found powers to good use, and began experimenting with them. On the side he began performing vigilantism as his favorite heroes once did, of course the large number of other occupations he had didn’t give him much practice. As a result his combat abilities still need quite a bit of work.
Recently Dante’s dad got a job in California and thus Dante is transferring to a school in the area. Alameda to be precise, this suits Dante just fine as a while back when he started his researching, he read about a hidden Library in the area. Said library was supposed to contain a treasure trove of items concerning Sorcery and the Magical Arts. Funny how these coincidences just tend to happen.
Weaknesses: Dante is average on pretty much all fields, his magic is the only real perk he has, and it comes with many drawbacks, such as the sacrifices and the other issues specified in the Powers section. Dante also tends to not think things through and his quick thinking can only get him so far. Finally perhaps the biggest weakness he has, is that he just doesn’t have much of an idea when it comes to combat. When fighting a mutant only his brains can get him out of pickles, as many mutants tend to have stronger powers than his Elemental Enhancements provide.