Last Edited: 10/02/2007
Given Name: Vijei Bannerji
Current Name(s?): Dokeshi, Iyadokeshi, The Locust Plague, Granny, That Whiny Dead Guy, Yaddie
Age: 28 years old- killed at 23.
Birthdate: September 6
Species/Race: Heretic (specifically, an ex-human ghoul)
Occupation/Class: Necromancer, manipulator of spirit, flesh and bone.
Kinsey score: 3
Height: 7'2" when upright, though he stands hunched-over.
Weight: 159 kilograms
Build: Large but gaunt, with very broad shoulders and longer arms than a human.
Skin & Hair Color: Pale green skin, dull purple hair and eyebrows.
Eye Color: Yellow, with amber irises.
The basis of Dokeshi's current form is the (mostly) human body he was born with, but it has undergone some major changes since his death- the most drastic developments are several additional limbs... First, a second pair of arms mounted from underdeveloped shoulder blades of their own, with extremely long fingers that give them a wing-like appearance. He also has four non-functional insectine wings, and a tail. Proportionately, he is also deformed, with a longer neck, torso, and arms than that which you would see on a human. His legs and hooved feet are built for toe-walking, and he rarely stands with a human posture.
He is very emaciated, the contours of his skeleton visible on the surface of his body. His skin is stiff, dry and leathery; it is also riddled with numerous cracks where bone or tissue protrude from underneath- notably, a row of spines that runs from the top of his head and down the length of his neck, and his secondary arms. His hair is currently less than shoulder length, and he usually wears it pinned back. He has flat metal shoes nailed into the bottom surface of his hooves (think horseshoes).
Dokeshi's tail is twice his body length, and has the appearance of a very thick cord. It has at its far end a snake-like head which is capable of independant thought, speech, and of maintaining conciousness even when Dokeshi is asleep or otherwise impaired. It is blind-it has no eyes- but can hear despite its' lack of ears. A ring of runic brands is currently inscribed around the neck of his tail, which seems to have had a dampening effect on its sense of individuality. Obviously, this is intentional- the work of a mage, Dietrich Farkham, who Dokeshi has workes with in the past.
Far from your archetypical bishi vampire, Dokeshi's face has definitely seen better days, and in death he looks much older than he really is. In incident involving his face being burned off has destroyed the tattoos he used to have there, although a new, beautiful crop of scars have appeared to take their place. His teeth and talons have razor edges that easily tear flesh, fitting his carnivorous lifestyle. Another adaptation is his long, sticky tongue, which can ensnare prey in a corrosive grip. Although useless for normal activities, his second pair of arms are modified to function as a feeding tool...
Jewelry/Piercings: Dokeshi has five piercings, four of which are in his ears- the earrings he wears vary from one day to the next, but he never wears anything silver, out of superstition.
Clothing: Varies from one day to the next- even the undead change their clothes! The only constant of Dokeshi's wardrobe is very dark colours. He prefers sleeveless shirts, long skirts, and usually has a shroud on to hide the whole mess from view. Sometimes wears a hood or a wide-brimmed bonnet. When he's 'on duty' for the UNP, as it were, he wears a black denison smock with deep pockets, and a black canvas skirt over grey leggings. In spite of all appearances, Dokeshi isn't specifically a transvestite- his digitigrade walk and akward gait just make regular pants a restrictive affair for him.
Weapons/Accessories: Dokeshi's preferred weapon is his 'Gutting Snare'- a length of fine, strong chain with a hook at one end and a substantial carving blade at the other. The chain was broken during a fight, although the original piece has since been replaced by a more durable, technologically reinforced version, thanks to Caldera Lamell's fabrication shop. A second blade, created from the sound of his wings, is his sidearm as it were. Its only special properties are the humming sound it produces when it cuts through the air, and the ease with which it cuts through Dokeshi's own body. He also carries around any number of trinkets in his pockets- small bottles, bones, herbs, reagents, rocks, jewelry, or animals. More recently, he has aquired some pieces of modern technology: a C-96 semi-automatic pistol, a cel-phone, and a larger arsenel of firearms provided by the UNP, which he only carries on combat/exploration missions.
Pets: Dokeshi had a pet house-cat named 'Meowsy'. Meowsy was the most unlucky cat in the world, despite Dokeshi's efforts to keep him safe, and he was mangled, immolated, exploded, posessed, vivisected, and run over many times. After years of suffering, though, Meowsy's luck finally ran out, and he was disintegrated by a virus. Now, the only thing in the manner of pets that Dokeshi has are small shadow-homunculi that he can conjure for menial tasks or surveillance, and The Unmentionable Thing Underground.
For working sidekicks, Dokeshi is sometimes accompanied by three lesser revenants: A trio of skeletal magi.
Family/Associates: Dokeshi is, obviously, out of touch with his real family; they're still alive, but he hasn't seen them since his death and barely recalls them. The closest thing to parents in his memory is the one who revived him. The only other person from his home realm who he's been reunited with in the dream is Ophiela Tetrag.
Mouche is Dokeshi's adopted daughter, a fledgeling vampire who has been in his care for over a year now. She often travels with him, hidden under his wings.
Finally, Dokeshi has been recruited by General Caine, commander of the UNP, to serve as one of the General's supernatural aides. Dokeshi himself is in a constant state of uncertainty over this; he keeps fearing the General will eject him from the fold as his last master did.
Skills/Abilities: This section is divided into two parts- skills and abilities that Dokeshi has learned, and ones that come naturally with his altered physique.
ESP and Psionics- He can send and recieve telepathic transmissions, and use telekinetic forces to manipulate light inanimate objects. The spectral plane of ghosts and spirits that exists in the same space as our own can be seen plainly by Dokeshi- being a ghoul, it's no great surprise that the veil of life has been lifted from his eyes. He is resistant to deception by illusions and glamours, and has on occasion experienced premonitions. Conjuring a glamour of humanity is also within his power, although he can't mask his aura- or his smell.
Avatar of Darkness- Dokeshi is most comfortable in gloomy places, partly because of the enhancements they allow his personage. In the shadows, he can revert to a transparent form, becoming invisible and etherial- although he cannot attack anyone in this form, much to his chagrin. Using a similar technique, he can become a shadow- a spot on the ground where no light falls- and he exploits this shadow-form to travel unimpeded, and to escape. He is impervious to damage in this form, being a mere shadow, but he can't attack either. More recently, he inadvertantly took in some of Moon-Shadow's essence, which has provided him with some enhancements of his shadow-related abilities.
Shadow Summoner- First and foremost, Dokeshi has been trained as a summoner- predominantly of undead creatures, but to a much lesser extent, of demons. He can channel the wandering souls of the dead into temporary vessels of flesh and bone, creating zombies and animated skeletons to do his bidding... to a certain extent, at least. At this stage in his 'career', creating more advanced forms of undead such as vampire or liche are well beyond him. Being one of the higher undead, he also has the ability to manipulate the motives of lower undead that he comes across- provided that they don't have a stronger preexisting compulsion. Calling upon demons for information, or aid in combat, is a skill that Dokeshi has trained in but rarely uses- obviously, he's kind of leery about summoning creatures that are stronger than he is.
Lapses of focus and low self-esteem can weaken his control over summoned creatures, which may have unpredictable results.
Like the Knife...- The only weapon that Dokeshi has any practice with is his trusty carving knife, and he's pretty solid with it, although his large size makes it hard to defend himself in close-quarters combat. This spurs him to employ a "The best defense is a good offense" style of fighting.
Carrion Eater- There are few things that will turn the stomach of the ravenous undead, and Dokeshi is no exception to this. He can eat almost anything organic with few ill effects. As a result of his diet the ghoul's mouth is a haven for multitudes of highly infectious organisims, and his bite can kill within half an hour, causing a fast-acting spread of morbidities with all the symptoms of the septicemic plague.
Zombie Puke!- (Sorry, Disgaea reference.) To dissolve the fragments of bone, stone, fabric and metal that find their way into their diets, many carnivorous revenants have powerful digestive acids. Dokeshi is also no exception to this generality, and he has expert control over the secretion of his acidic saliva and stomach juices. He can spit and projectile-vomit acid with great accuracy, melting bare flesh almost instantly, and eventually corroding tougher substances as well. Even the residue of these liquids will cause burning pain, particularly on sensitive membranes and eyes.
Walking Nightmare- Against a single close-quarters combatant, Dokeshi is extremely difficult to fend off; even unarmed, he will strike with all of his limbs to their greatest effect. The six-inch fangs of his presenhile tail-symbiote can easily rip out a man's throat or latch onto an opponent's body with a death-grip. The 'fingertips' of his bony peripheral arms are hypodermic needles that strike to penetrate into deeper body tissues and inject the ghoul's poisonous blood- this causes a kind of toxic shock that can result in muscle paralysis, suffocation, and death. Alternately, the 'needles' can draw out a victim's blood to provide Dokeshi with nutrients, although he rarely feeds this way.
Evil Dead- Dokeshi is undead. Furthermore, although unknown to him, he carries demonic blood in his veins- his maternal grandfather was a minion breed of devil. This combines to create a strong elemental presence of "dark/evil" within him, which ties in with his shadow-related abilities. Even his touch can taint things pure and fragile, and he can add a dark-elemental charge to his physical and armed attacks, including ranged weapons. Dark-elemental magic attacks have little effect against him, and "fatal" magic attacks won't work at all- you can only die once.
Strengths: He will heal from any injury with a bit more speed than a live human, and can continue to function even when horribly mangled... if he isn't incapacitated with pain. Indeed, his continued existance as a revenant is the best defense he's got- complete physical anhilation is not enough to destroy him, and with enough time, his maverick soul will be able to reconstitute a body for itself. Soul-stealing weapons, objects, and attacks are ineffective against him. If he were godly in power this could make him a serious threat, but he's barely a neophyte, so it doesn't really make him much to worry about.
Weaknesses: Dokeshi may be effectively indestructable, but he is not at all immune to injury, or pain- and he has a strong aversion to both, even though he is capable of mustering a high pain threshold (he's still a wuss). All manner of attacks will affect him like they would a live person, with the exception of 'dark/evil' or 'poison' magic (negligable effectiveness) and 'light' or 'holy' magic (exceptional effectiveness).
Although it isn't stamped on his forehead or anything, he is completely revolted and terrified by spiders, particularly large ones- this is the product of an incident that occurred when he was a child, although he no longer remembers this. Creatures that resemble spiders give him the willies, but he can deal with them.
He's known to have a weakness for young women and girls, particularly ones with cat ears. This is probably the result of Nyu's kindness. Additionally, Dokeshi is unable to attack babies or children, and may feel compelled to defend them. He isn't entirely sure what the cause of this is, but it seems almost involuntary.
Special Effects: An aura of coldness surrounds him; the temperature of a room drops to grave chill when he walks in. Also noteworthy is his smell- faint most of the time, but overwhelming when he's angry, Dokeshi exudes a scent of patchouli, ashes, and rotten flesh. In dim light and darkness, his eyes glow a dull yellow.
Personality: Insecurity and the miseries of life after death have transformed Dokeshi into someone who is an unholy bitch to be around. He is hostile and passive-agressive, and generally looks down his nose at everybody living. As his 'afterlife' has progressed, he is slowly regaining the sanity he lost with his revival, although he still has a perverse sense of humor and revels in the suffering of others. When he needs to, though, Dokeshi pulls through and shows his (scant) compassion for other people. Generally, though, the revenant is a snivelling grouch and a woman-hater. He often behaves in a catty, feminine manner, and he has a very mean jealous streak.
His voice is whiny and somewhat effeminate, and he speaks with a dialect that recalls your average lower-class British accent. Incidentally, his mother tongue is Sanskrit.
Background Information: Vijei Bannerji was born in the jungle-choked eastern lands of his world (in other words, he is of Indian or Burmese descent); he was killed roughly five years ago, at the age of 23. His father was human, and his mother was, as far as she knew and appeared, human as well.
This was not entirely true. She was actually the result of a demonic deception that only her mother and surrogate-father knew of; a member of a minor devil-kin tribe known as "Carvers" had seduced the woman while under a guise, and although she and her husband feared the worst, the child of this union appeared and acted (and continues to act; she's still alive) completely human. They never told her of her actual lineage, and only one of her quarter-demon children- Vijei- looked at all off, with gentle but feline eyes, and slightly pointed ears; she dismissed this as a symptom of his natural aptitude for magic.
As it was, his heretic blood only began to work on the nature of his body and soul after he was killed. When initially revived, Vijei began to deteriorate, slowly turning from a confused corpse to a shrivelled, mindless husk. It was at this point that he fell dormant into a coccoon, and emerged a gangling monstrousity.
With the help of Ceelin, another avatar, Dokeshi regained some memory of his past life, but he probably would have been better of not knowing about it. Although he mourns his old nature, he has no interest in trying to regain his humanity- since his death, he has seen and committed many horrific acts that no sane human would forgive, and he sees himself as beyond salvation.
Dokeshi is essentially amoral; he doesn't revel in 'good' or 'evil', but rather follows the path of least resistance to the urges of his undead being. And like most creatures of the night, his will is very brutal indeed. He can survive on almost any kind of sustenance, but prefers living flesh, and usually strangles his victims into unconsciousness before he eats them so they are less likely to struggle or die too soon of shock. Although it may simply be his own demented perception of things, he has come to the conclusion that eating people makes him more powerful, physically and magically. As a monster who is always suffering in some way himself, he draws great pleasure from witnessing the misfortune of others, but doesn't have the strength or ambition to actively cause any more misery than he has to for survival.
He shies away from the company of the living and, when sound of mind, doesn't dare to attack groups of travellers. When moving among other people he wears a wide-brimmed bonnet to shield his face from the light and from being seen by others; in spite of everything, he knows he is a monster, and is not eager to call to attention his state or, for fear of punishment, raise suspiscions pertaining to his murderous his lifestyle.
"What is your ambition?": "To follow my Prime Directive..."