How one man became known as the Daemon Knight named Gambit...
No one sings of the place called Khera anymore. It was one lone settlement at the very edge of civilization. A harsh and hidden region of the world on the farthest outskirts of Nature herself.
The Dark Prophecy foretold of this place however, and how a child would be found here. Few however, knew where Khera was, and fewer survived the way to Khera. But of the many, you need only one, and one came in the form of an old Hag.
But she was dying, for her trials and ordeals to find the boy were dangerous, and many barred her way or openly attacked her. All wanted the boy. She regretted not being able to fulfill her task, that of returning him to his rightful family.
Through perserverance and courage she managed to traverse to the next village where the Church of Reset stood tall and welcoming.
"Take this child in thy care. But Beware!" she said, and then died.
And so the Priests took the child and named him.
You see, since the day Vyxzen was born, he relied on others, subject to their whims and control. Never was he his own Master, able to meet his demands and wishes. For years, he served Reset, among different company, from one Cleric to another, never himself made a Cleric.
Periodically, Vyxzen felt uncontrollable urges to lash out, to rebel, to plunder, to pillage, to BASK in power, to sow seeds of chaos, of destruction, of strife. But each time these urges came, his Masters restrained him, or defeated him. And so Vyxzen served his time, not realizing the urges weren't quenched as his Masters thought, but silently and slowly building until the irrevocable outlet introduced herself.
Vyxzen's education took him to Halloran, where he befriended a youth named Antler. A friendship developed quickly and they roamed the country together. Though others saw them as equals, in reality, Antler was the leader and Vyxzen his sidekick. This didn't bother Vyxzen much until Stormy arrived. Tall, slender, smooth skin decorated an already jovial personality and it was not long before both boys fell in love.
Stormy would be seen either with Antler or Vyxzen, but in her heart, treated Vyxzen more as a friend. She was attracted to Antler's gusto, and impulsiveness, whereas Vyxzen was quiet and methodical. Vyxzen observed from afar the relationship between Antler and Stormy and realized his love for her would be denied. With no outlet to unleash his anger and desperation, he kept it within, adding to his turmoils.
The anger spurted out on the night before their marriage. Jealous of Antler's life and accolades and deprived of Stormy's affections, Vyxzen went to Stormy's house to kidnap her. As he burst into the house, Stormy disappeared in a white vortex. In rage, Vyxzen killed Stormy's parents and burned the house, leaving smoldering ruins in what once was a place of beauty. However, all this was not unaided. A demon, invisible to Vyxzen, secretly helped, planting thoughts, suggestions and other evil seeds of strife.
Awake early the next morning, Vyxzen was distressed of the preceding nights events. Ashamed, embarassed and saddened by his actions, he quickly left Halloran, anxious to put this part of his life behind him.
To escape from this recent horror, he fled Halloran to an unknown town where he met a man named Goodfit. Unsure of his next destination, he grudgingly accepted to be his lackey. Goodfit proved to be a valuable asset for he knew many men and women in various cities. As a prosperous Adventurer, he also knew many secrets and tricks, which taught Vyxzen much.
Goodfit however, was much too safe, too cautious. Numerous occasions occured where a little risk or daring would have provided more profit but as Vyxzen was only the lackey, his opinions went unheeded. Privately however, Vyxzen made his own side deals, side risks without the knowledge or consent of Goodfit. Under an assumed name, his fortune and prestige grew, thanks mainly to his daring and risk. Vyxzen soon found Goodfit more annoying as his safe, exacting, careful, and meticulous ways became a burden. He scorned Goodfit's practicality.
Vyxzen kept these thoughts to himself, but the day soon arrived where Goodfit had served his use. Deciding to break free of his bond to Goodfit, he stole from Goodfit's treasury. Goodfit caught him, and branded him a thief. And thus Vyxzen lost his good name and fortune. And cast from the Order of Reset.
Vyxzen was dead. And thus was he no more.
Gambit -> a name symbolic of risk, daring, and trickery.
Buntan appreciated the youth's daring, and accepted him to his Guild. There, Gambit spent many of his years, learning the trade of thieving and assassination. Though adept in both Arts, Gambit preferred thieving. He surpassed all tasks appointed to him in this area and soon became so skilled, took over the Guild from Buntan upon his death.
During these years, he met another man, one called Fang. Fang was Gambit's opposite, where Gambit excelled in thievery and trickery, Fang was unsurpassed in the assassination and strategy. Fang had great physical skills and a menacing attitude. Together, they were unstoppable. Their expertise went unmatched and they set a new standard in Mastering the Dark Arts.
But Gambit abhored commitment. Soon after, he vanished, leaving his responsibilites to Fang and incurred the wrath of the Guild, who still hunt him to this day.
Gambit then wandered the world seeking to add more power and knowledge to his command. He became a social predator, who charmed, manipulated and ruthlessly plowed his way through obstacles, leaving broad trails of broken hearts, shattered expectations, and empty wallets. Completely lacking a social conscience, he selfishly took what he wanted and did as he pleased, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest guilt or regret. No longer was he weak and fragile, he found strength in his new look, that of a Master reshaping the World.
He yearned to be a God.
And so he challenged MiJak.
And Failed, and was banished to Hell as a Souless to work the Pits of Hell. Time had no meaning there, but Gambit plotted and schemed. Even in Death he would cheat. An eternity passed but the day came when Gambit, Master Thief, did the unthinkable. He crept to the chamber and stole his own Soul back from AdA.
And returned to Life.
But the steps to Immortality were long and hard, and so Gambit began anew. He must not fail!
But failed he did, and as he lay dying on the steps of Immortality, AdA appeared and offered Power and Knowledge in exchange for the Soul he stole. Not wanting to die, Gambit agreed, thinking he had cheated Death once again.
But AdA laughed and said, "Know this Gambit, you are not God, and never shall you be. But I shall grant thee a God's Life, only I bind you to Me, to Serve Me for Eternity, as I know how thee abhors living to serve another. You shall be my Knight, to guard over Hell and watch over the Souls that come my way. Thus I take your humanity!"
And with these words, AdA infused Gambit with HellFire, replacing his mortal blood. Intense pain spread throughout his body, melting his flesh, especially his face. Gone now were Gambit's long brown hair and handsome looks, to be replaced by a Skull, flaming with HellFire. The conversion took his humanity, and introduced a Hell Spawn, a Daemon.
"MOOOOOTTTTTTHHHHEEEEERRRRRR!!!" were Gambit's last human words.
"I will forever have power over you, and should you ever displease me, your life is forfeit. I shall also tell you this, anger me, and I shall proclaim for All Gods and Mortals to hear, this phrase:"
AdA whispered "XXXXXX, XXX XXXXX XXXXX XX XXXXXXXXX!" to which I could hear, but shall not divulge. This phrase holds dominion over Gambit, for it is his most hated secret.
"Now go, and be my Hell Knight, my Daemon Knight. Fetch me Souls!"
And thus He left Gambit to recover.
And thus Gambit serves AdA willingly and unwillingly.
And so ends this tale for now, how one man became the Daemon
Knight, of how one man cheated Death, and how one man has no Equal.
End of story