Name: Nicholas Rubini
Origins: Born in Italy from Italian father and English mother, in a small city on the north-east coast.
Residence: He grew up in Italy since the age of 22, after the university he travelled to the U.K. for work reasons. Actual residence is London, England.
Occupations/Job: Brilliant mind, he knows several languages with a fluent skill: italian, english, german, spanish and in the past 5 years he began to study latin with a particular interest in occult and paranormal activities.
Due to his excellent language skills, he became a professional translator working part-time with a famous London esoteric magazine.
Skills/Traits: Nicholas is an emphatic person, always willingly to help others when he can. His gentle manners makes him a very enjoyable person to talk to. He dislikes arrogant people who want to force others to do their will and sometimes due to this model of behaviour, he might catch up in troubles. Despite this, few things will make him angry, but when the time comes, he could become a very dangerous opponent. He’s a determined and strong willed person, and he almost ever get what he wants. He is rather selective about who can call friends.
He’s also a medieval swordsmanship expert, a passion cultivated since he was a child, started on his birthplace country and improved in the U.K., integrated with some Escrima training and kicking techniques.
Supernatural abilities: Since he reached the age of 5, he acquired the ability to see people auras and when he became 18 he gained the power to shape the air, creating invisible barrier around him allowing him to makes great leaps and to run more fast than normal.
With the experience in training he also learned to use this power to be useful in a more direct manner like lifting and moving very heavy object and channelling gusts of winds, though he could not yet fully control it. In fact it seems that all his special abilities are better working in stressed or dangerous situations.
Appearance: He’s 184 cm tall and weight approximately 80 kilograms, short dark brown hair and grey-blue eyes with carefully treated long sideburns and short beard. The body is athletic thanks to his extensive physical training and he bears some scars around the body due to some extreme training session and professional Escrima tournaments.
Nicholas wears casual clothes for the most of the time, blue jeans, a shirt, sport shoes and a jacket. When he’s at work he wears a more formal dress shirt with a tie.
Major interests: Physical training (escrima, medieval swordsmanship), weapons (in particular swords which he collects), occult, friends, esoteric readings, medieval history and culture.
History: Nicholas lived in Italy since he graduated at the University for Translation and Interpretation of Foreign Languages. Due to his excellent skills, he’s soon been introduced by his mother, who has a well-connection in his country due to his english teaching past, to a London famous esoteric magazine. He started to work on minor articles regarding the occult and paranormal activities in the country: stories of ghosts, strange night sightings, haunting manors and secret cults who are working underground the city hidden from the human eyes.
As the year passed, Nicholas became a respected editor, trying to fit this job with the one as a translator without missing his physical and mental training and also “fighting” to maintain a decent social life.
One day the passion for the occult lead him to a an important trail: after some long researches and after gathering several evidence, he discovered that many news reports were driven off from the public attentions by the media, like someone were trying to hidden something from being discovered. He quickly thought that this could be the scoop who can give a boost to his career.
Recently, things gone bad: too many people are disappearing on the streets at night, the media wasn’t be able to hide the it anymore and the citizens are frightening.
Rumors of cabals and secret cults who operate in the dark, are spreading throughout the city creating clouds of paranoia and suspicions around everyone who leaves home at night.
One of the following nights, when Nicholas was returning home from his usual escrima training, he noticed a slim shadow entering quickly down the back alley of his apartment.
At first he remains in place, but after realising that could be a thief or worse, a burst of adrenaline passed through his veins and Nicholas quickly rushed to chase the shadow.
But no one was there, he cannot realize how would it be possible to escape the alley if there was nothing but a dead end. After a look around the neighbourhood he noticed that the window on the second floor of the study room of his apartment was open, the room have a small balcony. With a charged leap helped by his supernatural ability, he reached the balcony in one jump and carefully entered his home.
As predicted, the working laptop was no longer on the table, someone have stolen it.
There was a letter instead, a letter closed carefully with a particular square sign or logo: a white cross that reminds a gothic one over a black circle with a red background. A name was written in the front: “for Nicholas”.
As he opened the letter he soon realised that from that day, his life was going to be unavoidably changed forever.