From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
The Past Deserves Redemption
Darren Alakia (That’s Ah-lay-kee-ah) was born smart. He had a higher IQ than the average human, though he was human just the same. Therefore his parents expected much of him, and he always met their goals. He was a good kid, always exceeded the other children in school, obeyed his parents, and cheered the heroes in the City on.
However, though Darren had what some would consider a perfect life, his scientist father was unexpectedly killed in a lab explosion when Darren was still young. This scarred Darren for a few years of his life, but luckily his father had left behind a prototype suit he had been building, and Darren became very fascinated with one of the last traces of the man he had looked up to.
The second major flaw was, due to his higher intelligence he found himself cast out from society. It was as if they felt inferior to the child’s intelligence that would magnify in adulthood. Lonely, Darren built a companion robot for himself inspired by his father's prototype suit, nicknaming him 'Alpha Bot'. This fulfilled little Darren for a while, but after so long he still needed a human friend. Luckily, one boy did not feel inferior to the boy genius, but actually looked up to him, in a different way than everyone else in the community. His name was Dakota, and he became Darren’s close dear friend, a friend that would grow up with him through middle school, high school, and even college.
Once the two had graduated college, Darren began to literally grow bored with the "normal" world he lived in, and began to broaden his mind. He would tinker with gadgets, even invent a few smaller robots to do some things around the house, and mess with a few beakers. Dakota didn't mind this at all--but instead tried to pitch in and build his own stuff, no matter how much he failed.
On a day where casual events led up to the situation, Dakota decided to take a route through an alley way, with a "grown" and upgraded Alpha Bot by his side, both headed back to Darren's house. They were stopped by a gang of Freakshow, whom of course seemed to be seeking a fight. To Dakota's startled surprise Alpha Bot whipped out several weapons for the first time that he had seen. The gesture was of self-defense pointed at the Freakshow, but Dakota grew panicked of the situation, and fearing Alpha may have been out of control and that the gang would surely cause harm, contacted the PPD while Alpha shot the Freaks down.
When Darren showed up, he arrived just in time to see the fallen Freakshow, and...the PPD forcing Alpha down. Horrified Darren tried to interject, but the moment he confessed that Alpha Bot was his creation was the moment the PPD turned on him and arrested him, misunderstanding the Bot as an "illegal creation of an uncontrolled and armed contraption". With horror he watched the PPD tear Alpha to parts. When Dakota saw trouble he had caused, he turned and fled without a trace.
Darren was suddenly thrown behind bars for something he didn’t intend to go wrong--A major bug in his plans that he couldn’t fix. He spent a good twelve years in that cell, and during that time, Darren turned a calm madness. He wrote out plans on the walls, diagrams only visible under smuggled special tools. He insisted he was an innocent man, which he mostly was, and began to forcefully promise himself that he would show the world that he was stable, and his creations were things to be proud of. And by telling himself this, Darren to some extent began to turn mad. He would build a personal robot army that wasn’t so harmless, to use for the Heroes in their war with the Villains. He would prove he was innocent. Yes, this was a good plan.
The prison bars slid apart at the hand of other prisoners, and Darren stepped to freedom once the Breakout began. And with the plans and mental blueprints he had made in his head and on the walls through the years, and with the safely-hidden second AI chip for Alpha, he immediately plugged the chip into a PPD Drone shell and revived his Alpha Bot. Darren took the PPD gear that he could get ahold of, plus whatever else he could find, and built himself fair-enough gear to get through that prison. His plan succeeded.
A free man, Darren began to build his robot army. But as he built, he gradually started to find that he was desperate for parts, and his plans again backfired. At first he would mug the parts from businesses, and once his bots were armed he actually attacked small groups of Crey and other Villains. And so Darren made himself a suit, and took up the name Death Excell, fighting to upgrade his “Hero robot army”.
His plans were slipping from his grasp, and he fought to keep ahold of his sanity. The robot army he was so desperate to put to use for the PPD and Longbow were suddenly his own army, an army no one would want. Death Excell went from Genius to an Evil Genius and from Good to Evil over the next few years. He was even moreso unwanted. But the plan that started it all is not over yet. No, Darren still has a fair amount of his sanity; he still strives to redeem all of the mistakes he’s made, though his attempt for redemption results in more mistakes. He has realized this, and has pressed pause on such a focused redemption, and settled with continuing upgrading his mind and his bots, though he does it all while blindly positive that he can fix the wrongs that he has done.
Death Excell was at his prime when Arachnos Tower called on him to hire him as a Mercenary. And so he joined the Arachnos Tower, allowed both the titles Mercenary and Scientist. He entered the Tower with a few other Scientist recruits, as the Tower was passing through what Angelfish, the Mistress, could only call the “Scientist Season”, as Scientists were becoming abundant in the Arachnos Tower at this time. Death Excell immediately got to work, and did his work well, pleasing Angelfish.
The next event in his life was, Engel auf Holle. He only knew that Engel was the Pet Project of a Medic taking on a Scientist roll, the Medic’s name being Orb Weaver Cyclos. Engel had been put into a coma accidentally by Orb Weaver Cyclos, and was dying within it. And so Death Excell stitched up her shredded implanted demon wings the best he could and brought her out of the coma. This event marks when Death Excell stood out in the Tower among the Scientists. Suddenly a few of the female Scientists were his fangirls and the boys were rather jealous of him getting all the attention.
The Arachnos Tower Gang Darren Bothers Caring About
Engel auf Holle was…a tragic girl. Death Excell did not know her past, nor did he intend to ask, judging by the scars on the girl’s face, the shy “keep away from people” attitude, and the implants within her--such as the torn, scarred demon wings and the blades sliding in and out of the back of her wrists. Yes, Darren feels sorry for Engel, and provides what he can as her newfound uncle, but he knows his place in the Tower and accepts that he can’t get her away from her Master Cyclos. Still, he keeps a close eye on her, almost checking on her from time to time, and provides her Master with several tips to keep her healthy and alive, watching to see where she’ll go in her agonized cage through Cyclos’ web.
Orb Weaver Cyclos not only adores Recluse (and honestly anyone above her rank), but she’s a bit of a recluse herself--In a different kind of way, of course. It’s hard to pull a conversation out of her, as she seems to keep to herself. And that surgeon’s mask she wears…She doesn’t let anyone see her real face if she can avoid it. She’s a psychotic mystery nobody seems to want to figure out, and with good reason. Except for Darren, of course.
Death Excell has his sanity; Orb Weaver Cyclos has her insanity. Yet this doesn’t stop Death Excell’s curiosity for her. His love for her. And his defense for her. Yes, the duo seems as different as night and day to several people, but Darren's answer always has been "even light casts shadows, and in darkness there is light." Death Excell always seems to be looking past Cyclos' schizophrenic mind, instead focusing on the reality Mitzi, which is the Mitzi he has fallen in love with. Of course she still has her schizophrenic tendencies, but Darren has created a drug for her to silence the illness for extended amounts of time. It was both to help her, and to let the normal Mitzi he loved show, instead of letting her hide within her twisted mind. Now that the two are married, they seem to be becoming closer and closer each step of the way.
While the two had a rocky head start, everything seemed to calm down and even out between Darren and Zephinerahk recently. However, Darren doesn’t consider Zephinerahk a close friend, nor does he plan to anytime soon. Both are aware the other could easily turn on them, and while they don’t strive for this they can see the events coming. For example, after Zephinerahk attacked Cyclos so viciously Darren attacked him and grew a hatred towards him, which simmered down a few months afterwards and either apologized for pushing the other over the edge.
Orb Weaver Von Deo/Samantha:
Death Excell deals with this Orb Weaver Medic, but he often grows tired of the girl’s constant ranting and attempts to catch his attention. While she’s a bit dull in the head and rather flitty he finds her regeneration and healing abilities useful, and that she isn’t completely useless in the end. Yet at the same time, whenever she's trying to flirt with him, he considers never knowing her would be useful as well.
Orb Weaver Nervada/Bailey:
This Orb Weaver Medic Darren feels neutral towards. And it’s helpful that she doesn’t take a fangirlish interest in him, as she’s already got a boyfriend of her own. He often finds himself questioning her sanity however, when she pulls out the buzzsaw and other array of medical tools she built into her right arm to slide in and out of. He can tell something won't click right in her mind, no matter how cool she acts towards everyone, and judging by the fear he sees underneath he'd rather not know what has caused the young girl so much grief.
Angelfish: The Mistress and "Mother" of Arachnos Tower. Death Excell has high respects for the shark-Coralax mutant woman, and obeys her orders until his days as one of her Mercenaries may be over. He definitely doesn't let this woman drive his life, however.
(NOTE: ALL robotics are black with red circuits, circuit boards, and weapons. In-game, the 'Medieval 1' chest detail is Death Excell's symbol, therefore it will be said where on each bot the crest is.)
The Battle Drones
Electron: Electron is the first of Death Excell’s bots. He’s had a small programming made by Death Excell to have the ability to fix other bots’ bugs--Crosswire especially. In fact, Electron hardly gets any bugs in its own system anymore. Death Excell’s crest is on its left…er…hand-cannon.
Laser: Laser is next on the list. This bot is purely built for battle with weapons on every foot of its body and a layer of strong armor. Unlike the other two Battle Drones, the crest is on its chest, and is rather large.
Crosswire: If bots had personalities, Crosswire would be a complete confused klutz. It always has viruses and bugs in its system, many of which are not Death Excell’s fault. It’s rather similar to purposefully going to websites with viruses and hacks for half an hour straight. Death Excell tried to work out the bugs, but Crosswire always downloads more into its system, so he just gave up after a while. The crest is opposite of Electron, on the right hand-cannon.
The Protector Bots
Projection: Projection is the “poisons expert”. On almost every inch of this bot’s body is a needle often equipped with some sort of poison or venom. Arachnoid venom, rat poison, neurotoxin…You name it, this bot has it. It seems to be the quietest of the bots, being very observant and answering its Master as needed. Other Scientists in Arachnos Tower often have a hard time as Projection will steal some of their toxins to equip to itself. The crest is on the top of its head.
Excelleration: This bot is the speed. Trot, run, accelerate, fly, rinse, repeat. This bot is more than capable of getting Death Excell to where he wants to go, especially since Death recently upgraded him into the “Speed Booster”, which is a black Rocket Board with red technologic designs and Death’s symbol on the center back. In regular form, the crest is across its red visor eyes. It tends to speak a bit quicker than the other Bots…
The Assault Artificial Intellects (or AAI)
Guardgear: The newest edition to Death Excell’s gang, Guardgear is a tiny Vanguard MVAS prototype he smuggled from way back when. Death Excell has only recently powered him up with a new set-up and memory chip, making for a tiny “baby AI” that has stolen the hearts of everyone around him. He has no weapons within him, and can barely scan large objects without growing exhausted, but Orb Weaver Cyclos seems convinced he can kill people with his cute alone.
Crankcase: The younger and middle sibling of Alpha Bot and Guardgear, Crankcase is the AI Death resents ever letting near that Crey lab. Far before he knew to equip a defense mechanism to his Bots to prevent them ever getting a virus that disabled them from progressing and letting Death work on them, he took his Bots into the Crey lab to smuggle a new AI core they had a prototype for. Instead, Death left not only with the core, but a virus the Crey were also harnessing, that had made its way into Crankcase. This stopped the progressive work on Crankcase, and he could not be fixed--The virus made him to believe everyone attempting to help him would erase all his files. Now Crankcase, age 22 if he were human, years after this event takes out bits and pieces of himself to build new weapons he finds he can make personal use for. Due to Crankcase repainting himself, the crest cannot be seen.
Alpha Bot: Death Excell’s prize. Alpha Bot was the first Bot he ever created. It’s also the most advanced Bot, acting as a combination between a defensive big brother, a teddy bear towards Death Excell and Orb Weaver Cyclos, and a destructive beast of man. Half as tall as a Vanguard HVAS and even equipped with one of their fistcannons, Alpha Bot has several weapons that aren’t your ordinary run of the mill. This AI built to destroy or defend equally has all of Death’s hopes and trust, even harnessing the infamous OmegaCore Death Excell has created to unleash his suit and Bots’ full potentials. Alpha Bot will defend all other Bots Death has created with his strong life, doing his Master’s bidding every time without hesitation until his battery runs low for the last time. The crest is on Alpha Bot’s head, across his red visor eyes, both fistcannons, and a huge emblem on its whole middle section. So basically where each Bot had an emblem.
The Miscellaneous Bots
T.B. (Tool Bot): This Bot is a 5th Column Mini Mek Man Death smuggled and upgraded with tools instead of weapons. It seems to have no purpose but to be there when Death needs a Bot to be repaired and he‘s too busy to do the job himself. It does an outstanding job each time however, often restoring the Bot to a state better than it was before whatever accident occurred.
Doc: Doc has not yet been seen, as it has been tending to Death Excell’s secret lab he’s lived in before the Tower. It’s a Bot that lives to tend to medical issues and act as a storage, as the inside of its body is hollow.
M3K3 and T3K3: (Mee-kee and Tee-kee) are the two small Seeker Drones that strangely only appear once the OmegaCore is activated--And since the Core is hardly ever activated these twins are the rarest of the Bots. They tend to take liking to the two Protector Bots. Their purpose is still an even bigger mystery, as they seem to want nothing to do but explode in their enemies’ faces like some sort of taunt…
Marvell: Because everybody needs an awesome holographic butler bot with a British accent in their lab.
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