Darklon is a freelance supervillain with the ability to tap into an extra-dimensional source of “dark energy”
Karl Black’s early life was mostly uneventful; not the most motivated or driven of people, he did enough to get by and not too much else. Firmly in the middle of his classes, he averaged his way through high school and into university. However, it was at this point that his life took a rather dramatic and unexpected turn.
Out partying one night with friends, he wound up drunk and taking ever-increasingly stupid dares, ending with a bet that he wouldn’t break into an occult bookstore, steal one of the so-called “magic books” and read it. Too drunk to know better, he readily went along with them, breaking in and stealing the book in question without any problems. It was when he read it that things went bad.
The book surged open, magical energy flowing out of it and into his body, seemingly drowning him in a field of impenetrable inky blackness. Unconscious for several minutes, he abruptly sat up, seemingly unharmed and certainly acting as if nothing had ever happened. Regaining his composure, he shrugged it off and went on to continue his night of drunken revelry.
It was only afterwards that he discovered the effects of what had happened; his body had been transformed into a conduit for extra-dimensional energy, allowing him to use and manipulate this energy at will. Experimentation showed that he could projects blasts of energy, as well as create fields of utter darkness around himself.
Seeing an opportunity when it presented itself, he turned to a life of crime. Naming himself “Darklon”, he was able to pull off several successful heists. However, as contrasted to his previous slacker existence, he decided to aim bigger. He presented himself to several different groups, offering his services. Building up a reputation, he began to sell himself as a professional supervillain, working for whoever would pay him the most.
Over the course of the next decade, he worked for a number of different agencies and groups, each time showing an impressive degree of professionalism and capability. It was in this role that he met Desolator, a fellow supervillain with a similar attitude. The two got along well, and have worked together in a number of different roles.
Darklon has a mystical connection to some otherwise undocumented other dimension, allowing him to tap and manipulate the “dark energy” of that realm and, in turn, giving him a number of abilities. The best known of these is his ability to fire bolts of this dark energy for destructive effect. However, they are not the limit of his abilities.
Darklon can create barriers of dark energy around himself to protect himself from enemy fire; alternatively, he can create fields of pure darkness around his opponents, effectively blinding them. Finally, and probably most unusually, Darklon has an ability to step between shadows, effectively teleporting from one location to another. This last ability will not work in an area where there is no shadow available.
Due to the nature of his powers, Darklon is somewhat vulnerable to light-based attacks.
Like his sometimes partner Desolator, Darklon sees himself as a “professional” supervillain. He is motivated simply by greed, rather then any ideology or beliefs, and has no real long-term goal beyond “get rich”. However, he has a degree of professionalism; he always does his best in any assignment, and doesn’t desert or abandon an employer without a good reason.
In truth, Darklon really couldn’t consider a life beyond supervillainy; he has very few skills and very little practical experience outside of his chosen role. If he wasn’t working for other villains, he would likely turn to robbing banks or the like to support himself. He has something of a friendly relationship with his fellow mercenary villain, Desolator, the two having worked together numerous times in past.
Karl Black is a largely unremarkable man in his early 30s. He has pale skin, black hair and unusual black eyes that he usually hides behind sunglasses. As Darklon, he wears a black and white costume (Described as “aggressively monotone” by Desolator) with a mask to cover his face and, on occasion, a rather dramatic cape that seems to be made of pure darkness.