One-horned Dragon, Wingless DraconyteRace:
DraconyteGender / Sexuality:
Male / HeteroAge:
Generally, Shane sees the world in different shades of grey. To him, there's nothing as simple as right and wrong, black and white. In his view, what is right and what is wrong depends on the situation one is in and how one interprets it, followed relatively by the best decision one could make. While that makes him seem like a rational person, he also has a reckless side to him where he has a tendency to take unnecessary risks. Somehow, this recklessness was also one of his hallmark traits that made him an extremely capable assassin. He also has a poor sense in planning, typically just going with the flow and see where it leads to before making split second decisions to fix the situation.
With a new lease on life and a better perspective on his priorities, Shane seeks to atone for his past by doing more good. That doesn't mean that he's completely shunning his skillset as an assassin, but would prefer to use his skills in a more beneficial way instead. This leads to a decision to join the Golden Titans.
Despite bearing a dark past and still carrying a burden of guilt, Shane is an extremely confident and cheerful person. He takes everything in his stride with a likeable smile on his face, grinning ever wider in the face of adversity. The young Draconyte is also extremely helpful and would never turn away anyone in need of help. He loves making new friends and is equally easy to befriend, giving most people the impression that he might be too gullible. Shane also likes to flirt, albeit with an extremely low success rate. The pickup lines he believes to be solid and bulletproof are always the cheesiest of them all. The only times he's ever succeeded was if he kept his mouth shut and only spoke when needed.
With his background as an assassin, Shane usually slips back into old habits which might lead him to be accidentally and unnecessarily heavy with his attacks. He realizes this and is trying to work on this by using a shield as a weapon instead of an actual weapon, although many times, even with a shield as a weapon, his ability to subdue his enemies had never suffered in the least. When in the field, Shane is an exceptionally capable soldier, good with taking orders and carrying them out, but delivers abysmal results when put in a position of leadership. He doesn't have much sense for strategy and planning, preferring to take risks and gamble for the best results possible. Even so, Shane doesn't leave any loose ends and would always finish his jobs cleanly. As a general rule of thumb, Shane also does not hold any sort of hesitation when it comes to his enemies, regardless of gender, age or race. As long as the enemy has raised their arms against him, he fights. Furthermore, Shane has no qualms when it comes to taking lives, as long as it's the right thing to do. History:
Born the second son of the Ardere clan, Shane was destined to live in the shadows of his older brother from the moment he was born. Since young, his older brother was the favored child. Their father personally groomed his older brother, training him in the arts of strategy and combat while Shane was sidelined. He was raised by a butler of the family, but with as much love and care as the butler could give him.
When Shane was fourteen, his older brother who was two years older was killed. The news came as a shock to the clan, impacting his father the most. For Shane, he felt nothing, not the slightest sense of loss. His brother and him was completely estranged, the two of them having never shared any sort of brotherly relationship in the slightest. After five days of locking himself in his room and moping, Shane's father would finally open the doors to his study and summon Shane to him. Obediently, the fourteen-year-old would be presented in front of his father and after a silent and scathing review of this son, his father would instruct Shane to follow him and expose him to something that would forever change Shane's world.
His father, Hadeon Ardere, brought Shane into a world of shadows and death. Hadeon Ardere was the commander-in-chief of an assassination group, an organization that only accepted male Draconytes into their ranks. As his father had put it, "There's light and dark to everything. Without darkness, one cannot know light. And that is our purpose." Shane finally knew of the reason for his brother's death; as simple as being killed in action. And how was the young Ardere son to react to all these? Yes. Shane accepted without any questions. He had grown up without the love of his father, and he craved for his father's acceptance so desperately that he would grab at any opportunity he could take if that meant getting his father's attentions.
The two years after that was relentless training after training, brutally beating into him everything he needed to master as an assassin. Like his brother, Shane got the personal grooming of his father. Unlike his brother, the younger son was much more of a disappointment. Shane would always fail at tactics and strategy, but made up for it in his own way with taking risks and unexpected maneuvers. Through this, Shane barely managed to gain his father's confidence in his abilities, always toeing the line where his father would just give up on him. And when he was finally deemed good enough, Shane was given his first job. As far as he knew, his brother, Corentin had gotten his first job at the age of twelve and had carried it out perfectly to a tee.
Shane completed his first job with difficulty, just barely completing it. A nod was all the response he got from his father. By then, the thirst for his father's approval had already consumed him. Shane was unfeeling towards the guilt and weight of his first kill, of taking a life for the first time. At this point, what he wanted approval from his father instead of just barely scraping by, nothing but a shadow of his brother. He wanted to prove to his father that he was more than capable, that he was as good as his brother, if not better. And he would do anything to show that.
At sixteen, Shane had proven himself over and over again in a short two years since his first kill. Every kill after that just got easier and easier, to the point that the young man was already no longer batting an eye at taking a life. Every kill was another step towards to getting his father's attention, every perfect kill for his recognition. And he succeeded. Ranked as one of the strongest few in the whole organization, Shane had finally gotten his father's trust. In gaining this trust, he was entrusted with an extremely job of assassination a dignitary of the Demon race.
But Shane fell in love with the daughter of the dignitary instead. Her name was Kyoko, and it was love at first sight, something that struck him when he was scoping out his target and the people around him before going in for the kill. Having known nothing but training to kill and kill and kill, love with the opposite gender was a very foreign concept to him and that concept overpowered him. Giving in to his emotions, Shane temporarily forgot his orders and approached the daughter of the dignitary and eventually befriended her. Within a short time, they had already grown close, with the girl even reciprocating his feelings. For her, it had been love at first sight as well when she met him for the first time.
After two months of giving random excuses on why he hadn't completed his job, Shane finally made up his mind. Getting to know the girl had broadened his horizons, the way he thought and showed him the monstrosity he had become in pursuit of recognition of a man who had never treated him as a son but only as a tool.
Emboldened by his love for the girl, Shane walked up to his father and confronted the man for the first time in his life.
"I want to quit," was all he said before his life was upended again. There were no negotiations at all. His father's face was one of disgust and contempt as Shane was overpowered by the other assassins, struggling to no avail. He was captured and thrown into a holding cell, and at the end of his third day being imprisoned, he was dealt a terrible blow. The dignitary he was supposed to kill, had been completely disposed of along with hi family. No one had been spared. And their deaths had been ordered to be cruel as possible, every single one of them carved up and hanged up to bleed to their death.
For the next two months, Shane was repeatedly tortured. His father still saw the value in him as an assassin, but he no longer needed one with a will. He wanted to break his son, to turn him into a mere shell of his former self, one that would accept orders and do nothing else. The tortures weren't just physical. Shane was also subjected to mental torture. Everything his father could think of to break his will and turn him into a mindless soldier, he did. But no matter what he was subjected to, the burning flame in Shane's eyes as he glared at his captors never died down.
By the end of the two months, Shane was a wreck. When his father had finally accepted the reality that his son wasn't going to concede, he had cruelly ordered for Shane's wings to be clipped, sawed off at the bones, leaving nothing but two stumps on Shane's back. His father made it clear for him. If he didn't want to surrender, then he could just rot in the dungeon forever. Removing the wings was his way of removing Shane's hope, hoping to crush this failure of a son's mind.
But even with no wings and a horn broken, Shane's will remained unbreakable. The hate he held for his father and his corps grew by the day. Clinging onto nothing but the notion of revenge, Shane stubbornly survived every single hellish day until the opportunity to escape finally arrived. His escape was hard-earned, with blood and sweat, but escaped he did.
When he had finally recovered to his full health, Shane finally came out of hiding and walked in the open. He discarded his last name, disgusted by it and took on a new last name instead. He kept his first name, having no intention of hiding his identity. Now known as Shane Stern, the young Draconyte moves around openly as a challenge to his father and his organization, knowing that they were still keeping tabs on him and daring them to make a move on him while he sought to repair what was left of his broken life and also to atone for what he had done. Likes:
- Favorite food: Instant noodles
- Favorite song: Somewhere Over The Rainbow
- Favorite drink: Latte
- Himself and his past
- Eating clean
- Cold weather
Shane's current goal is to live one day at a time, using the time to atone for all his wrongs as best as he could and to one day die knowing that he has made the world a little better. He wants to use his abilities as an assassin to do good (since he doesn't have any other skills anyway). However, he also harbours an ultimate goal of destroying his father's organization, the Obsidian Order. Key Fear/Adversary:
Shane fears not being able to live up to the wishes of Kyoko, which is for him to live a life of his own, to make his own decisions and be responsible for the consequences.
Tall and muscularHair:
Shane's horns are asymmetrical, with the right one being broken while the left horn grows longer with two short spikes branching out from it. Shane also possesses a long tail with 0range-red scales, with white fur lining the top of the tail. The tail is as long as his full height. Instead of wings, Shane is only left with two small bony stumps on his back, his wings sawed off. Shane normally uses transformation magic to hide his tail but leaves his horns out.
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