London Reign
Why yes, I //am// a dual-katana-wielding, black-trenchcoat-wearing goth-punk. Should I ever start caring what you think of that, you'll be the first to know.
Why yes, I am a dual-katana-wielding, black-trenchcoat-wearing goth-punk. Should I ever start caring what you think of that, you'll be the first to know.
London Reign
Player: @Fox Lee
Origin: Magic
Archetype: Brute
Security Level: 28
Personal Data
Real Name: Katherine Elisabeth Lane
Known Aliases: Kate, Night Reign, Astoria
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Age: 20
Height: 6'1" (185.5cm)
Weight: 250lb (113kg)
Hair Colour: Black (not just dark brown)
Eye Colour: Yellow
Biographical Data
Nationality: British-American
Occupation: Technically, a shaman
Place of Birth: London, England
Base of Operations: Mostly hangs around Kings Row
Marital Status: Unattached
Known Relatives: Mother (Marion) living in London, father (Maxwell) deceased
Known Powers
Manipulation of netherworld energy, shamanic connections, flight
Known Abilities
Weapons training
Equipment
Two black katana-style blades
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"London is drowning
And I live by the river"
- The Clash, London Calling

At first glance, Katherine Lane seems just another black-clad psuedo-goth, a cynical anti-hero beset with angst and plagued by some tragic past. Rarely seen without a scowl on her face, her anger is no secret; it's easy to imagine her as an embittered vigilante, perhaps the abused daughter of a villain or a renegade magical weapon.

But there's something different here. Perhaps it's her brusque, no-nonsense manner, or her dry British wit. Maybe it's her bemusingly verbose conversational style, or her seemingly boundless energy, or the sharpness of her eyes as they watch you far too closely. Somehow, you know she's not as apathetic as she might seem.

At the core of London Reign is a power surpassing idealism - a deep, dark, passionate rage. This is a woman who hates with a strength few could stand, who floods with anger at every injustice and burns to leave every lie exposed and withering.

This is a woman who will change the world, or die trying.

Personality

"Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are."
- St. Augustine of Hippo

Above all, Kate gives the impression of being an extremely angry woman. It's not as if she doesn't display a variety of emotions, but none of them are without the tint of bitterness - her humour is sarcastic, her wit is caustic, her happiness is wry and cynical. She is, however, a woman of extraordinary passion - it takes a lot of energy and a lot of caring to fuel the kind of deep resentment she seems to carry. Whilst her attitude - and her taste for angry 70s punk bands - suggest that she's cynical and resentful, her actions show that she is far from apathetic; Kate's anger is precisely what drives her to act, to try to change the way things are, and to have hope for the future.

Kate is quite humourous, though it's sometimes hidden by her attitude - she has a very dry British wit, a sharp mind and a sharp tongue to match. She's quite verbose, but also speaks quickly and leaves little time to respond - in combination with her non-American accent, she often leaves those around her speechless as they try to work out what she's just said. She also doesn't appreciate wasting time, so she usually 'solves' this by simply changing the subject to "shall we get on with it, then?" and going back to the task at hand.

History

"Through the forest and over the sea
I know there's something waiting there for me
I know there's someplace that I'm longing to be
But it's through the forest and over the sea…"
- Captain Tractor, Through the Forest

Kate is close-mouthed about her history, and there has been little in the way of enquiry. She grew up in England, obviously, and has talked somewhat of living in London, as well as mentioning that her mother was that city's shaman.

She has implied that both her parents are deceased, though has not addressed this issue in depth either. It seems likely that her mother is dead, certainly, because she has also implied that she inherited her "codename" of London Reign. If is is true, it's possible that Kate is supposed to be acting as the shaman of London - meaning her presence in Paragon City would take some explaining.

Affiliations

"Oh, the red strokes, passions uncaged
Thundering moments of tenderness rage
Oh, the red strokes, fearlessly drawn
Burning the night like the dawn "
- Garth Brooks, The Red Strokes

Since coming to Kings Row, Kate has spent most of her idle time in the bar Skid Row, or with its other denizens, including in particular its owner Backbeat and her close friend, Fatal Harmonic. Through them, she also has loose affiliations with some Project Corona members, mostly in the process of working as a hero. She's also worked numerous times with The Rose Paladin, though his incredibly lawful and upstanding attitude grinds on her more violent and rebellious manners.

Harm

"Someday… I will wear you down
Someday… you'll let me hang around
And I will not cave in until you shout my name
Then I'll look out upon the rooftops like a lunatic and do the same…"
- Captain Tractor, Someday

Kate has a particularly close relationship with the shaman of the Row, Fatal Harmonic. From the first, she made no secret of her interest in him, though she treated it with the same bitter humour as most opportunities. There seems to have been a breakthrough at some point; it's entirely possible that by this stage, she has simply cut through his wibbling and pinned him to a bed somewhere. Kate doesn't like taking "no" for an answer.


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Kate in action

Powers and Abilities

"There's no better cause for hope than anger. As long as people are angry, we will make things change. When we stop being angry, when we become not happy but content - that's when it's all over."
- London Reign

Not unlike Fatal Harmonic, Kate has shamanic powers relating to certain parts of the world. She claims that these are "residual" powers she inherited from her mother, the shaman of London, but if that's true, it would mean that her connection is phenomenally strong if she can use her powers in Paragon City. Either way, her shamanic magic apparently relates to darkness, in the "underworld" sense of the word rather than the illumination or "negative energy" interpretations.
Outside of her powers, Kate has a smattering of general life-skills with no outstanding focus. She does, as Harlem was surprised to discover, have a very nice singing voice.

Equipment

"They seem well made. Are they authentic, or reproductions?"

"Physical representation of existential teenage angst and shamanic power fuelled by the rage of a dead city, actually."

".."

"That one's always a conversation killer."

- Kate explaining her swords to a teammate

Kate's equipment - if it can be considered as such - is a pair of katana-like swords rendered entirely in what appears to be polished black stone. Kate is quick to dispel any illusion that they might actually be such a substance, however - as she comments, they are unreal items, formed of her shamanic powers. The same can be said for the pair of overtly gothic, bone-framed wings she sprouts when she has the need to fly.

Weaknesses and Limitations

"No. Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise."
- Rorschach, Watchmen

Kate always seems to be in motion, thriving on action in opposition to contemplation. This means that when nothing is going on, she gets frustrated easily - short-tempered at the best of times, she can be genuinely obnoxious when her patience is being tested.

Her combat style also follows this ideal, gaining strength as the battle goes on. In turn, this does mean that when a fight first begins, she's slow off the mark - she needs time to build momentum before she's truly effective. You could say she has a solid top speed, but poor acceleration.

Other Notes

Trivia

  • Kate's yelllow eyes are thanks to one of her themes, The Clash's London Calling.
  • Kate's hero name might be changed at some point, since she isn't connected to London the same way she originally was.
  • Kate has remarked that she was always kind of disappointed that she wasn't lesbian, because that would piss off exactly the kind of people she want to upset.
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