How Kakia Met his Father:
Joseph lived in a horrible place, corruption and violence at every turn, but this was well hidden and hard to notice unless you looked for it... which a lot of people did. Joseph was a banker, he usually didn't have any problems, but one night a lady came in (Kakia) who complained that a bank loan she had made wasn't coming through, not knowing the woman, and none of his co-workers said they hadn't ever spoken to her either, he set up a meeting with her later when he wasn't busy. Later that day she met him in his office, and getting down to business he asked her to explain the situation. She admitted that she had made it up as an excuse to meet him. Flattered, he slightly blushed, and the woman advanced closer to him and lightly touched his face. After that night, he felt great, refreshed even. He told his co-workers an excuse to what had happened and went back to work as usual, until 3 months later, he had a knock at his apartment door. He opened it to find a small naked baby boy at the foot of the door, and a note saying "That night might have been a mistake". Filling with a small amount of regret, he took responsibility and cared for the child as his father.
Nicholas was about 6 when his father was surrounded by gang members. He was slowly killed in front of him because of a "debt" to the gang that he had apparently never paid for. The gang members then forced Nicholas to join their gang, and taught him the ways of living on the streets. They taught him to trust no one but yourself and your "brothers" and "sisters" in the gang. He was taught to avoid police, and which police members were corrupt and would work with them, and how to pick locks, and pockets, they would beat him up in big mosh pits so he would learn how to fight and defend himself. Finally when he got a bit older, (12) he learned how to shoot. As a side hobby, he picked up skills on throwing knives, and other thrown weapons, which later became his favorite way of killing civilians who disobeyed, and making money off of dartboard hustling in bars.
He learned more and more about how the gang worked, there was one leader that lived in a different country, and there were 4 branches in the area he was at. His branch was the 3rd one, called Hells Gate. The members were normally called Gatekeepers by anyone outside the gang, and had their own form of power. It went from punks (people who have yet to be initiated), gates (normal recruits) keepers (the top of the group) then the branch leader, the true Gatekeeper. Nicholas was just a punk.
Later Childhood/Learning of his Powers:
The day of the true initiation, (Nicholas is now 13) where he would be put into one of the 4 gang branches and become a gate. he was left alone to fight in a square of two city blocks. The city was normal, and full of civilians. The goal was to be the last, standing, each person wore a blue bandana around their arm to signal that they are part of the fight. Their goal was to collect each bandana, and return to the gang's base with them arcoss your arms. You weren't suppossed to kill, but to beat the enemies until they surrendered, although "accedents" have happened. There was originally about 20 people. Nicholas opted to stay back out of reach and use throwing knives to pierce into arms, legs, and backs. Whatever he knew wasn't fatal, but would surly stop them and make them give up. During the fights, every now and then he felt these sensations. Sometimes there were moshpits between 3-5 people, and it felt almost as if he were the one who caused them... like he was feeding them anger, and aggression. He liked this feeling... at one point he made someone lazy, they stopped running, and just lingered at a stroll, right in front of another enemy. He was quickly struck by a pipe, and dropped unconcious... or perhaps he just fell asleep before he was even struck. Later a girl who was pretending to be a normal civilian got jumped by someone who regognized her. He watched as the girl became very lusty, she unbuttoned her shirt, let it dangle open, and started unbuttoning the guys pants. Imediatly she kicked him in the crotch, and then kneed him in the face. Nicholas laughed at her reaction when she started realizing how she acted, before cutting into her calfs with a pair of knives, and knocking her out with cloroform. Eventually one person found Nicholas. He was chased down the streets and he escapped into an old motel. He lost him in the halls, and stopped to quickly pick a lock. As soon as he got the door open, the enemy caught a glimps of him ducking into the room. He smirked knowing he had cornered him. The enemy walked into the room, spotting Nicholas standing at the far wall, two small knives in his hand. He removed his brass knuckles cockily, and cracked his fingers and neck. "I don't even need these..." He says throwing the brass knuckles to the floor. Suddenly he was grabbed at the shoulder, and flung backwards onto the ground. A large burly guy started wailing on him with intense fury, the sound of his nose breaking, and the squeals of pain coming from his quickly bloodied lips. Nicholas knew this vice could come back and kill him too, but he hopes the mans focus was on the poor guy he is already beating. Damiano takes his knife, and quickly slits open the large guys throat. The large guy grabs Nicholas' arm and throws him over his shoulder before stopping. Nicholas landed on his back, and was winded, his eyes watered as he breathed out, but couldn't breath back in for a short moment. The first smaller guy laid there unconscious, and possibly dead, his face covered in his own blood, and the blood pouring out of the larger guy's throat. He looked at Nicholas wide eyed, trying to stop the bleeding with his hands, but only making him choke and suffocate more. When the large guy fell under as well, Nicholas laughed, and collected the bandanas and went on his way, all 20 of them around his arms as if they were blue sleeves.
First Monster Attack:
On his way back, walking along the docks, Nicholas heard something splash out of the water behind him. Quickly he turns around to see a seal quickly flopping towards him, he kicked at the seal's head, and the seal seemed to move around his foot quickly and left a long scratch down his leg. Seals didn't have claws did they? The seal seemed to change in front of him, it grew up to stand on two flippers, and had the head of a dog. the creature (telekhine) was holding a bronze looking knife. Nicholas stepped back, the sting in his leg very apparent to him. The Telekhine growled at him, and started to flop towards him, but it slowly stopped running and looked confused, almost uncertain. Nicholas was making it question itself. The telekhine had a saddish looking puppy dog face, and brought the point of the knife up to it's chin. Struggling with itself, it eventually threw the knife to the side, and stumbled away from it, realizing what was happening. Nicholas took this chance to scoop up the knife and stab it into the Telekhine, which started biting at his hand leaving a gash in it. The telekhine jumped away from the blade, and growled, holding the wound in it's stomach. The telekhine grew angrier and angrier now as Nicholas manipulated it's fury. The Telekhine flopped surprisingly quickly at Nicholas, who let the telekhine impale itself into the knife in it's fury. It continued to blindly snap and bite towards Nicholas trying to kill him. Eventually the Telekhine went limp, and dropped to Nicholas' feet. He then reached down and cut along the Alekhine's throat making sure it was dead and not just exhausted. Nicholas checked his hand, it would need a bandages. He took his new reward (the CB knife) and made his way back to the gang base wondering what had just happened, although it wasn't as odd as him being able to manipulate people's emotions...
Leading up to Joining the BC:
Nicholas later became a Keeper at age 15. He had gotten more used to his powers, and knows how to use it to his advantage. He had a plan, to rule the gang. He started out just by causing conflict between his branch, making people turn against each other, and later did the same to other branches. Once he achieved making his branch fall into chaos, he faked his own death. He "hung" himself up on a light post, using a metal collar like brace to prevent the rope from actually tightening around his neck. When he was taken down to be buried by his best friend in the gang, Rick. When Rick had realized he was alive, Nicholas made him swear to secrecy until he came back, he told him he needed to do something important and didn't want the gang on his tail. Rick obliged, and Nicholas stayed undercover. three days later, Nicholas returned to Rick, who was in his house. Nicholas immediately stabbed him in the heart while he slept, and left him there, putting the knife into his hands as if he killed himself of grief of Nicholas. Now Nicholas didn't have to worry about being exposed. Nicholas manipulated people from the shadows, further creating panic and conflict in the branches. Once everyone was stirred up enough, Nicholas killed the Gatekeeper of his former camp, hanging his body out of the window of their base with a note attached and a symbol. He declared himself a nameless, and faceless leader of the branch, and that he requested a new Gatekeeper to work under him, and be the only one to touch his leaders and give the orders in his name. If a Gatekeeper ever gave away the letter, mis-directed the gang, or refused to obey he would also be killed. Eventually Nicholas did the same to the two other branches, he became known as Kyryptos which is what the gang members referred to him as. Kyryptos (Nicholas) eventually became bored with his little gang army, but kept at it for his own amusement. He somewhat wanted people to disobey, talk bad of him, or even try to impersonate him and forge his letters just so that he would be able to punish them and find fun ways to display their corpse as a reminder to the gang.
2nd Monster Attack:
Every now and then a new monster would venture to Nicholas, tracking down his Demigod sent. One time when he was 15, a small group of Stymphilian Birds, 4 of them, had swarmed him while he was watching gang members from the roof of a church. The birds dive-bombed him, Nicholas trying the best he could to avoid them. At one point one of the birds cut into his shoulder, he got dizzy, and was now slashing at the birds with his CB knife. Confused about what was going on, as he still didn't know about being a demigod. He quickly ran into the building, two of the birds managing to swoop inside with him. Nicholas was inside the top of the building now, where the church bell was at. He got a small, but painful peck at the cheek which caused him to fall back onto the bell. The bell rang out, and one of the birds squawked, and plopped on the ground next to him. Nicholas quickly stabbed at it, seeing it dissolve into golden smoke. the other bird had stopped flying and was waiting on a ceiling rafter above him. Soon enough, the bird regained it's composure and went back to quickly pecking at Nicholas. Nicholas covered his eyes with one arm, and kept swinging at the bird with the other. He kicked at the bell making it ring, and causing him to fall the bird hit a wall, and almost fell to the ground but maintained a sort of hopping off of the ground, and flying a short distance. Nicholas scrambled along the ground trying to stop the bird and kill it. Blood had now gotten into his mouth from the gash on his cheek. Frustrated, he made a sharp whistle just he got behind the bird, confused the bird stopped and glanced back at Nicholas, who quickly grabbed the bird by the neck, and cut into it's chest. Nicholas now opened the door, the two birds swooping in, as if they had been waiting for him the whole time. Nicholas took a small scratch by one of the birds when it swooped past him. Wondering if his powers would work on these birds like they had on the telekhine he slowly works on building up the feeling of sloth in the birds. He could notice a small difference in the two birds flying patterns, as they swooped down slower, and more sluggish. Eventually one bird landed on a rafter, and the other one came to a stop at the ground, now bouncing towards Nicholas, too tired to fly. Nicholas slashed at the bird which flapped it's wings in a frenzy to avoid it. He managed to clip it's wing, causing the bird to squawk. Nicholas now getting tired himself from using his powers on the two different birds. He whistled sharply again, and slashed at the bird killing it. The last bird had ended up dropping from the rafter and landing on Nicholas' shoulder. It got tried pecking a couple times, cutting Nicholas' palm, but Nicholas cut into the bird's stomach killing it as well. he felt lucky that the church was supposed to be locked up for the day, it not being a church day, or else he would have some angry priest yelling at him. Stinging, and bleeding from the various pecks, he made his way back to his little hideout, bandaging up the more serious wounds, and using what antibiotics he managed to steal.
Joining the BC:
One day, a couple days after turning 17, he got his wish for something more interesting to happen. A girl had entered the base requesting to speak with the higher ups. The gang members tried to attack her, but she had easily fought them off, nearly killing most of them. Interested Kyryptos (Nicholas) threw down a letter, with his CB throwing knife indicating it was a letter from Kyryptos, down at her feet, which stabbed into the ground. The letter told her to meet him and where. The gang members seeing the letter and knife looked around but couldn't see him anywhere. Kyryptos had been watching from a rooftop, but quickly left right after throwing the letter. Later on he had met the girl at the docks where he had fought the telekhine. She had handed him back his CB throwing knife, and began explaining why she was there. She had heard rumors of a strong gang organization ruled by some weird person with 'mysterious powers'. She investigated hoping to enslave the gang to worship the demigods, but she had learned that the ruler was already a demigod when she saw the CB knife. She explained everything about being a demigod, and told him about the corrupt and horrible gods. She asked him to join her back at their own organization, BC. The girl also gave him a few more CB throwing knives that she had, recognizing his preference for them, and also let him use a spare sword she carried with her until they would reach the BC headquarters. He agreed to come with her. Before he left, he killed all the current gatekeepers so that they wouldn't leak anything while he was gone, and directed the gang to elect new ones and take orders from them till his return, and kill anyone who tries to impersonate him without his bronze knife. He then followed the girl to the BC headquarters.