From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
|"Why yes, I am a dual-katana-wielding, black-trenchcoat-wearing goth-punk. Should I ever start caring what you think of that, you'll be the first to know."|
|Player: @Fox Lee|
|Real Name:||Katherine Elisabeth Lane|
|Known Aliases:||Kate, London Reign, Knight Reign|
|Hair Color:||Black (not just dark brown)|
|Occupation:||Technically, a shaman|
|Place of Birth:||London, England|
|Base of Operations:||Mostly hangs around Kings Row|
|Known Relatives:||Mother Marion MIA, father Maxwell presumed deceased, siblings unknown.|
|Manipulation of netherworld energy, shamanic connections, flight|
|Two black katana-style blades|
Above all, Kate gives the impression of being an extremely angry woman. It's not as if she doesn't display a variety of emotions, but none of them are without the tint of bitterness - her humour is sarcastic, her wit is caustic, her happiness is wry and cynical. She is, however, a woman of extraordinary passion - it takes a lot of energy and a lot of caring to fuel the kind of deep resentment she seems to carry. Whilst her attitude - and her taste for angry 70s punk bands - suggest that she's cynical and resentful, her actions show that she is far from apathetic; Kate's anger is precisely what drives her to act, to try to change the way things are, and to have hope for the future.
Kate is quite humourous, though it's sometimes hidden by her attitude - she has a very dry British wit, a sharp mind and a sharp tongue to match. She's quite verbose, but also speaks quickly and leaves little time to respond - in combination with her non-American accent, she often leaves those around her speechless as they try to work out what she's just said. She also doesn't appreciate wasting time, so she usually 'solves' this by simply changing the subject to "shall we get on with it, then?" and going back to the task at hand.
Kate is close-mouthed about her history, and there has been little in the way of enquiry. She grew up in England, obviously, and has talked somewhat of living in London, as well as mentioning that her mother was that city's shaman. She believed that her mother was deceased - and that she was required to inherit Marion Lane's shamanic connections, hence her initially adopting the codename of "London Reign".
However, since coming to Paragon City, Kate has realised that this is untrue; the voices that speak to her come not from her homeland, but from Dark Astoria. This means two things to her; firstly, that her father was almost certainly the shaman of Astoria, and is almost certainly dead. Secondly, it means her mother may still be alive somewhere.
Since coming to Kings Row, Kate has spent most of her idle time in the bar Skid Row, or with its other denizens, including in particular its owner Backbeat and her close friend, Wayworn. Through them, she also has loose affiliations with some Project Corona members, mostly in the process of working as a hero. She's also worked numerous times with The Rose Paladin, though his incredibly lawful and upstanding attitude grinds on her more violent and rebellious manners.
Kate has a particularly close relationship with the shaman of the Row, Wayworn. From the first, she made no secret of her interest in him, though she treated it with the same bitter humour as most opportunities. There seems to have been a breakthrough at some point; it's entirely possible that by this stage, she has simply cut through his wibbling and pinned him to a bed somewhere. Kate doesn't like taking "no" for an answer.
Powers and Abilities
Not unlike Harlem, Kate has shamanic powers relating to certain parts of the world. Though she initially believed that these powers were an inheritance of her mother's shamanic powers, it seems now that they are in fact drawn from Dark Astoria, Kate's true shamanic home. As such, her magic relates to darkness, in the "underworld" sense of the word rather than the illumination or "negative energy" interpretations.
Outside of her powers, Kate has a smattering of general life-skills with no outstanding focus. She does, as Harlem was surprised to discover, have a nice singing voice.
Kate's equipment - if it can be considered as such - is a pair of katana-like swords rendered entirely in what appears to be polished black stone. Kate is quick to dispel any illusion that they might actually be such a substance, however - as she comments, they are unreal items, formed of her shamanic powers. The same can be said for the pair of overtly gothic, bone-framed wings she sprouts when she has the need to fly.
Weaknesses and Limitations
Kate always seems to be in motion, thriving on action in opposition to contemplation. This means that when nothing is going on, she gets frustrated easily - short-tempered at the best of times, she can be genuinely obnoxious when her patience is being tested. Her combat style also follows this ideal, gaining strength as the battle goes on. In turn, this does mean that when a fight first begins, she's slow off the mark - she needs time to build momentum before she's truly effective. You could say she has a solid top speed, but poor acceleration.
- Kate's yelllow eyes are thanks to one of her themes, The Clash's London Calling.
- Kate has remarked that she was always kind of disappointed that she wasn't lesbian, because that would piss off exactly the kind of people she want to upset.