From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Once upon a time there were two brothers. Both of them wanted to be strong and powerful mages in the Circle of Thorns, so both began studying with them. Then one fine afternoon, a beautiful demoness appeared to them. She had the power, and the contract, to make either of them powerful beyond belief. But there could be only one.
Louis Labonte studied, watched, practiced. He went to mages and got extra work. He studied hard and realized that he could get the power he wanted, he could just offer her his soul for a time. Not eternity, just maybe a year and a day...one mage suggested that she use his body every other year. That sounded good, so he had that offer ready. When he presented it, she said she would think about it.
Meanwhile, his brother, Mikey, had a better idea. He knew offering his soul would be child's play, but what about offering his brother's? He found a couple of spells to be able to use his brother's soul temporarily, and be able to present it to the demoness. She accepted his offer, and a contract was presented. Unlimited power, as much as he could handle at a time, for his brother's soul now and his own later.
After watching his brother die at the hands of the demoness, and watching his soul be torn out of its body, Mikey, now called Grimaulkin after the name of his demoness (Grimalkin), accepted the first few fledgling powers offered. As he grew in strength, he also didn't want just the power she would dole out to him; he wanted to have it all. So he began working on how to bind the demoness to do his bidding, to bind her and steal her energy and power - and not the other way around.
Enter Dysio, a demon who chose to accept human flesh in order to please a lover. Unfortunately, the lover scorned him, and Grim found him instead. Grim fell head-over-heels in love with him, and Dysio with Grim as well. Dysio promised Grim that he would teach him all he knew about magic and spell work.
One of the things Dysio was able to teach him was how to bind his demoness. Grim was able to trick Grimalkin into appearing on earth, and then he used some chains that bound Dysio to a physical form and used those to bind the demoness to a crystal dagger. He carefully packed this dagger away and brought it with him to Nerva.
So he thought.
Eventually Grim started going over to the Rogue Isles on the request of a friend. This Circle of Thorns Death Mage was looking for bones to use to make zombies. He gave Grim a special set of gloves and told him he needed the middle finger of everyone he killed. Grim mistakenly killed a lot.
He learned the spell himself, killed the friend, and started making his own zombies. Soon, he was able to perfect his ability as a summoner.
Dysio also helped him develop his ability with "essences", or the residue that people leave behind on items they've used, bodily fluids, their images on photographs. He can use those things for spells that influence the person or his/her environment. Because of this, he does not give up such things of his own very easily.
He was able to make a name for himself in Nerva as a "fix-it" man, someone to call to exact revenge - or just to start something. Then, one day, Grim went looking for the dagger of his demoness. It was gone. After trying to decipher where it could have gone, Dysio and Grim decided it was probably still in Paragon somewhere.
Villains of Paragon City
Grim hooked up with some villains, namely, the Villains of Paragon City. He gained a rapport with Trooper Harris (whose pants he attempted to get into, until Harris punched him across the room). Soon, he rose in the ranks of the group, and was considered one of the chosen few villains. He constantly grated on Operative Valos, and the two men were always at odds with each other, with Trooper Harris often between the two.
Grim was told to have people trust him, so he began working with Raina Sylvir. Raina was accused of treason and locked up, but Grim, Rusted Man, and Operative Valos broke her out. Mindstryker attempted to stop him, but was injured. Grim then avoided Melody but Raina still contacted him. Trooper Harris had the video tapes of Grim assisting Raina, but erased them. Grim was allowed free reign, while Rusted Man was confined to base. Eventually, Operative Valos entered the base, and White Melody ordered Grim and Mindstryker to attack him. They kill him in the tunnels, and Grim gets his finger to make a zombie.
John Starkweather, the leader of the Phalanx of Paragon (a front for Villains of Paragon City), had died the day after Grim joined. Rusted Man, under orders of the new leader White Melody, cloned John and kept him in medbay.
Mindstryker and Raina realized that Melody was dangerous – and so would John be if he was let loose. Grim integrated himself with them and they trusted him. Kalius joined them, also. They chose to begin to subvert the group from the inside. White Melody also found out that Starkweather was a true villain, and ordered Grim to terminate the clone. Instead, he summoned John’s soul and put it in the clone.
John immediately took over, and called Grim a trusted servant. Then, Raina, Mindstryker, and Kalius ran to the base thinking Grim was in trouble, to find him in cahoots with John. They attempted to kill John. Kalius went to kill Grim, he’s that angry, but Raina knocked Grim out and pulled Kalius away.
Grim felt slightly guilty, but assumed that the trust John placed in him would more than make up for it. They composed a manhunt to get Raina, and they found her in Kings Row along with Mind. Raina immediately went for Grim’s throat and was able to make him bleed (which freaks him out). They subdued her, but she got away with help from Matthew Starkweather. Mind was captured, and mindwiped to become John’s servant.
Kalius was next on the list, and Grim chose to be responsible for him. However, Kalius was followed by a spirit, Shadow from the Black Sun Dimension, which was able to offer Redemption for Grim’s past crimes. In accepting this Redemption, Grim was filled with pure power, what he had sought for all these years. This power was peaceful and light, not aggressive and dark.
He released Kalius and Matthew Starkweather, and was able to escape with them. He joined Kalius at Raina’s safe house, with Mind hunting them down. Raina tried to use her telepathic link with Mind to break through the mindwipe, but didn’t have the strength. Then Grim instinctively took her hands and poured power into her. With the added help, she was able to get through to Mind and reverse the mindwipe. Rusted Man joins up with them, and they all choose to leave the Phalanx of Paragon.
Grim had once belonged to a group called Safe Havens, called that because they existed to help people who are in trouble or running away from other group or individuals. He contacted the leader of the group, Timetripper, who offered the neglected base for their use. Now they use this place as a center of their operations, working toward bringing down John Starkweather and the empire he wishes to build.
Since rejoining Safe Havens, he's fallen in love with Kalius; found and reunited Kalius with his long-lost lover Dmitrius; fallen in love with a seraphim, Stefan; had sex with too many satyrs to count. He can't stand technomancers because of their arrogant attitude; he was on the path of an angel for a time until this hatred overwhelmed him. He lost his ability with white magic and regained new ones (although what he uses right now is not pure white or black magic). He became a reaper for Hades, and even that he's in danger of losing.
Mad, bad, and dangerous to know
Grim watched as Jack and Raina distanced themselves from the rest of the group, wrapped up in their own problems. Grim took it upon himself to assist the new people coming in and to be a contact and liaison for them. Jack finally divorced Raina, after being talked into it by Jenna - a "slut" that Grim considered a homewrecker. Grim then asked if he could become co-leader, but Raina refused him. At that, he left Safe Havens, taking Lue Xiong (Jade Naja) with him.
Angered at the treatment of both Raina and Jack, Grim attempted to get Lue to go kill their two children. Lue refused. Grim called him a coward and chased him out. Lue feels he left on his own, and went running back to Havens, saying that yes, Grim was an evil and manipulative bastard, and that Havens was right in kicking him out. Meanwhile, the rest of the group ostracized Grim, and cut off all ties with him, refusing to ever communicate with him again.
The Warehouse Academy/Northern Warehouse
Now even more furious, Grim went to the Isles and set up a place there. With assistance from mysterious benefactors, he attempted to establish a school there for the murky sort. He hopes that people learn everything from philosophy to lock picking, from how to make chicken fried steak to murder. All members are teachers and students. The Academy is in the Isles, the Northern Warehouse is in Kings Row, with a direct teleport to the Academy in the Isles.
In the fall of 2010, Grim gave up on finding students/teachers for the Academy. He hooked up with a large arcane group for a while, meeting Jack Masterson. Masterson disliked homosexuals immensely, and found Grim to be irritating, if not an abomination. Grim took matters into his own hands, kidnapping Jack and sending him to the Isles via his teleport, then torturing him. His boyfriend, Conan, found this out and distanced himself from Grim.
From that point on, Grim was a hunted man. StarWyng hunted him knowing he was a murderer, a liar, twisted and needed to be punished. Jasson Striker also hunted him for attempting to kill him. Professor Devestation's "project", Nathan, was in a coma due to a spell of his because the 14 year old refused his advances. Laying low, he locked himself in his Kings Row warehouse.
He was arrested and brought to justice by StarWyng and Jasson, but Grim's lawyers were able to get him out with the promise that he would go straight. He threw himself into developing an arcane detective agency and magical store. He hung out his shingle as a mage for hire, hired some detectives to assist him. He met Shrouded Gesture and had an affair with him.
The Street Fighter
Grim met a young man in Pocket D, where he often trolled looking for company. This young man was drinking too fast, had a blind eye, but was eyeing him carefully. Grim struck up a conversation and offered to buy him dinner. The young man, named Bennett, agreed.
By their next meeting, they were already entangled in the bedsheets. Grim found this man different than Conan and Gesture in some strange way that he couldn't put a finger on. Soon after, Bennett told Grim that if he wanted to have others he could, but Bennett didn't want any one other than Grim. This was different than all of his other boyfriends before, who could have cared less and flirted with others even with Grim around. Bennett had a head on his shoulders, knew what he wanted out of life, and would fight anyone and anything to get it, and to protect his lover.
This was all Grim ever wanted from anyone.
Within a month of his building the detective agency, Ges disappeared, and so did many of the others, claiming that Grim was being not attentive to their leads, and being overly commanding. The landlord locked the doors, after finding out about Grim's past, his using a false name to rent (Jack Whitney, aka [Mindstryker]). He returned to live permanently in the Isles, not without locking down his Warehouse in Kings Row and setting up a trust fund to pay for the taxes.
In their home in St. Martial, Ben and Grim stayed there, happy and content. However, Ben's demon did not think so, and proceeded to make things difficult - the most being that Grim gets a fatal disease - and dies.
A water elemental, who has been watching the proceedings, offers to Grim to return. Hades is on his way to claim him, as well as many other demons that he had bound and contracted. He agreed to whatever the elemental wanted to give him. All the elemental wanted was other people's names to give them whatever -they- wanted.
Healed by water, Ben returned just in time, and Grim awoke, fully healed. However, he went back into doing his old ways - summoning souls and demons for his use. This raised the ire of a specific vampire, [Donovan Riovan] who dragged him into the Umbra which proceeded to blow his mind more than Alice's trip to Wonderland. After that he swore off killing, using others' souls and binding demons. But he's constantly tempted...
Ben's sister, JoAnne, joined PI, but went missing and was later found dead. Her husband remained in the group. Ben disappeared soon after - his demon Rafzekiel claiming him for his own, to do his work. He left for months at a time.
Grim, at first, was fine with it, then started feeling a little lost. He met up with a man named [Kael Marduc], a mercenary from the Near East. He was looking for a place to stay, so Grim let him sleep with him for a couple of nights. He eventually gave over half the warehouse for his use and construction, with the caveat that no one was allowed in the warehouse that was his, and that he knew who was coming in and out. Kael tore down some walls and found some teleports. Grim was able to set them to go out, not in. Other improvements are happening in Warehouse Academy, although it is no longer an Academy.
He is in a complicated relationship, where Ben knows of Kael's existence as just someone to sleep with. Looking for something to do, he made a set of runed blades and uses that to fight crime. However, the blades are far too powerful for anyone, as they will turn on the wielder in having the wielder look for more and more enemies, and not stop until the wielder is dead. Grim, by force, is able to hold this in check and uses them to draw upon the netherworld for power and strength. He is also undergoing training of basic swordsmanship with Kael.
He is at present an assistant in training to the Spirit of the Arcane. (These versions are DA/DB tank and Dark/Dark blaster.)