- Who Am I...
Leon Knightus, fiendslayer paladin!
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- My Story Is...
Leon Knightus was a simple page. A boy who dreamed of becoming a knight-errant throughout the countless hours he spent shining the boots of heroes. He worked diligently, convinced that the meticulous work he put into ensuring their floors were spotless, and their meals hot and ready would one day earn his place at their side. But it was not destined to be this way, for his family were indentured into a poverty that would hang over their heads far until the days of Leon’s grandson.
For years, ever since he was a young boy, he worked tirelessly for the thankless men-at-arms as their subordinate. No one was convinced he had any potential to be a knight-errant one day. All except for the local priest. The priest saw great potential in him, as Leon had demonstrated such great conviction to their goddess that none had seen before.
Their goddess they worshipped to was an archangel. A motherly figure who was omni-benevolent, and used her magic to grant blessings to the populace. Her blessings she gave to the knights granted them aid when they fought the forces of darkness to keep the people safe. She brought rains to the farmers in times of drought. She healed the sick where all other methods had failed. She prophesied the future for prospective mothers and businessmen alike, her predictions carrying a greater accuracy than any seer before her. The whole populace loved and worshiped her with undying loyalty.
But then one day the goddess became very sick. The one being that had ensured the people could live in peace was dying, and soon her blessings would be lost forever. No one knew how or why the goddess became sick, but surely her time on earth was fading fast. When all hope seemed lost and the populace was stricken with grief, the goddess summoned the priest. She told the priest to give her a champion. Someone who had a true heart, and could do no evil. Someone who loved their home very much, and would happily spend eternity helping those in need. She asked this of the priest, and the goddess expected the priest to bring her a stalwart knight.
Instead he brought her Leon.
Leon was kindest and most hardworking young man, only the age of 14 at the time, that the priest knew. In Leon, the priest saw the kind of character that the people deserved as their goddess’ champion. The priest presented Leon to the archangel at her waterfall sanctuary she called home, and told the goddess that this would be the one to carry on the goddess’ legacy.
The goddess, growing weaker by the day, trusted the priest’s judgement. She accepted Leon as the one who would be her champion. It was then that the goddess gifted to Leon her very soul, and with it he obtained an assortment of powers for him to use to fight evil, and help those in need.
The powers Leon obtained from the soul of the goddess gave him the means to take her place. He agreed to use his powers for the good of humanity, for as long as he was able. Leon became eternally youthful, destined to stop aging after the ripe age of 25. He was granted incredible healing miracles, so strong that he could banish sicknesses of all kinds with simple utterances, and fatal wounds mend with his touch. The sky and the clouds bend to his will, which he uses to stop natural disasters and bring the farmers their needed rains. Animals and plants answer to him and follow his commands, no matter how feral or wild they might be. He was granted the use of powerful holy artifacts to use as weaponry, with which he slays man or monster who would threaten the innocent. He also obtained a beautiful set of angel wings. But of all these gifts, none was more precious to him than his dream of becoming a knight coming true.
Immediately after becoming the champion of the angelic goddess, he was inducted into the knight’s academy. This time not as a page, but as a squire. He was truly becoming a knight now! His masters took great care in giving him the very best training that they had to offer. When Leon turned 18, he graduated from the knight’s academy as a fully-fledged paladin. Leon Knightus’ dream has finally been realized, and now he travels across the many worlds upholding the knightly code.
- My Appearance
This is a picture Leon Knightus during a training exercise at the academy. Recklessly flying around without his helmet on. He stands at 6’2, and the wingspan is 5 feet. The wings have a habit of restricting his access to doorways and tight spaces, even when folded up neatly behind him.
This is Leon Knightus wearing his full set of armor. His wings are not shown here, but they still appear through extra large slits as to allow them freedom of movement. It is one of the powerful magical artifacts that he inherited from the goddess. It offers stalwart defense as strong has his noble convictions. Literally. The armor is not made of anything like conventional steel. It is not made of any “thing” at all. It is a physical manifestation of Leon’s faith. It is completely indestructible, as long as his conscience is clear. Those who are evil, be they demons or even the common pickpocket, can not touch the armor or else feel the heat of a stove top upon their skin, and the sight of it will blind them in a brilliant radiance. He can summon it over his body at will, and dismiss it into nothing, therefore he has no need to carry the set around with him or require the aid of another to put it on.
This is a closeup of Leon Knightus’ sword. It too is an artifact inherited from the goddess. It is a unique sword similar to his armor with the power to discern good and evil. It reveals to Leon if someone is telling a lie, if a crime was committed nearby, or if someone is in danger by glowing brightly. The sword is incapable of harming the innocent, but will sear through any person or monster who is guilty with the heat of a thousand suns. Like his armor, he can summon and dismiss it at will.
- My Secrets Are...
Unknown to Leon, he is no longer a human. When he inherited the soul of the goddess he became an angel. He still interacts with humans and behaves like he is. This detail would be important information with regards to scenarios where Leon’s anatomy is important, for example a character who uses poisons or performs surgical procedures.
Leon’s adherence to justice and law is compulsory, a side effect of his inheritance. He is physically incapable of actions of questionable integrity. He can not tell a lie, cheat, steal, etc., no matter the circumstances. He would give shirt off his back to anyone, no matter how wicked or undeserving of his help. He has a disposition to refuse accepting materialistic rewards for heroic actions. This may cause conflict with characters who operate on a different code of conduct.
Speaking to Leon while he wears his full helm will quickly reveal that it comes with compulsory translation of all his speech to an angelic choir of Latin. Characters who do not speak Latin will see a breakdown in communication as a result. Please note that if your character has no business knowing how to speak Latin, do not come up with an excuse to suddenly understand fluent Latin. This is a weakness intentionally implemented by the author. Use OOC tools such as Google Translate or asking myself, the author, for clarification if you would like to see what is being said.
The inscription along the cross guard of Leon’s sword is unknown. It is written in the language of the angels, but even if it was ever translated it’s meaning would likely be lost in translation.
His wings reveal his emotions uncontrollably, similar to a dog’s tail. Sometimes, the wings behave as if they have a mind of their own with no means of predicting when or why. This effect, along with their awkward shape and size, makes concealing the wings underneath clothing or armor impossible. As a result, Leon can’t wear convincing disguises and creates a number of difficulties when selecting clothing to wear. The large gaps needed to accommodate them create weak points in the armor he wears, leaving his wings and backside an attractive target for enemy combatants in the event he would be threatened from behind.
He doesn’t like having his feathers ruffled.
Leon secretly enjoys bird seed, and demonizes squirrels for inviting themselves to use bird feeders not meant for them.
Leon snores when he is asleep, and it comes out in quite adorable “coos” like a dove.
Leon’s poop has the same coloration and texture as bird poop. As if the wings weren’t enough, you would think this would tip Leon off that he’s not a human. Unfortunately, no.
Leon has a secret fear of birds of prey like hawks, falcons, and owls.
Like many knights, Leon rarely wears a pair of underwear. It gets soaked in sweat underneath that hot armor and is quite uncomfortable. Don’t tell anyone, though!