From an Everlasting Symbol of the Supernatural to an Incorruptible Force of Nature...
by Vengeance Knight
"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before" - Edgar Allan Poe
He stood there in silence, in the darkness of his secret lair, analyzing the alternations he had made on his own suit. Something was wrong. It was physically all that he needed it to be but something didn't feel right. When he put it on he still didn't feel at one with his spirit. Despite the fact it inspired fear for almost all he laid eyes on him he still had reservations about it. The more he thought about it the more he came closer to the reason behind his doubt regarding the design of the suit. It had been altered to reflect something of a "Grim Reaper" like appearance. His logic was the Reaper was a symbolic figure that almost everyone, regardless of who or what they were, connected with it on some level. His problem, however, was that it was of a supernatural nature.
With a frown, he turned away from the suit was secured in the massive vault that contained thousands of versions of other suits he had created since embarking on his mission to be the guardian of mortals against creatures who might prey upon them. As he stood there, he could not help but remember the vow he made to himself as his rebirth of sorts following being sent to Hell and made Lucifer's personal play thing. Following the endeavor involving his former lover Sakkara and Lucifer he understood that he could not fight fire with fire, so to speak. He wasn't a supernatural creature. The more he tried to deny this fact the more pain and agony he brought upon himself. That was one of the many lessons he took from the bittersweet experience with Hell's Princess.
"I'm not one of them. I'm not a Reaper or anything close to it. I need to become more than just another fear inspiring entity. It's about more than fear. It's about being a Protector of those who can't protect themselves..."
He paused for a moment. It hit him like a ton of bricks. He would become a symbol of something that more of a force of nature and not the supernatural. Suddenly, he knew what new symbol he would reflect in the redesigning of the suit. The raven - bird of mystery, magic and omens both good and bad. The Raven's symbolism was rich and plentiful, with a plethora of mythology, lore and superstitions available from a wealth of cultures. Despite it often having a bad press, for being a carrion bird it tends to ultimately be associated with death, and consequently considered a bad omen by many, or a forewarning of war. However, he knew there was much more to this enigmatic and intelligent bird than death, darkness and destruction. Raven has been known as many things, but more importantly to him one of those things was a protector.
Many different religions have many different beliefs regarding the raven. However, having a former mentor who was a Native American Shaman whom he trained with for a few years, he believed much like the Native Americans.
Shamanism and Native American spirituality speak of animal totems. They are known as important nature symbols used by people to get in touch with specific required qualities found within an animal. A person's totem animal will have qualities they need, that they connect with, or feel a deep affinity toward. One could work with more than one totem animal, although most tended to have a main totem that they work with all their life. Coincidentally during the training he received from the shaman, his totem animal was known other than the "keeper of secrets", the raven, as it is known in many native tribes.
As a totem, the raven is the recognized as a teacher of mysticism. Having such a wealth of myth and lore surrounding it throughout many cultures and ages, the raven is the ideal teacher of this subject. The black color of ravens combined with their carrion diet tends to result in people associating them with darkness. This dark void represents the the unconscious. It was said to bring heightened awareness and a deeper understanding of our individual unconsciousness. Some believe it allows us to see into the hearts of others using our newly found perception, helping us to empathize with their feelings. It was his own personal belief after training with the shaman the raven inspired him to experience transformation, so that we can be reunited with the mysteries of the universe, and rid ourselves of our inner demons.
With various design images in his head, he walked over to the area of the lair where his computer was setup so he could begin sketches before he officially submitted the designs to James Cassidy. With any luck he could have the suit redesigned and completely in a couple of days. Until then, he would work on the design for the DWF and watch some footage of his last match with Seth.
With Seth as the best of the best in the DWF, he needed to make the proper adjustments to all of his attacks and skill sets in order to be more efficient. Losing was one thing but not making all of the proper adjustments and preparations was a loss waiting to happen.