⦋ 32 (Physically) || German || Male ⦌
APPEARANCE & PERSONALITY
Emmanuel wears the typical crusader armor, with a tabard worn over a chain shirt, fit with metal gauntlets and a square helmet, with only narrow slits for eyes. However as a Nomad, he has a level of invulnerability that grants him some liberties in terms of how much he weighs himself down. He wears brown boots, and only cotton pants underneath his tabard. Emmanuel almost never removes his armor, no matter the circumstances, only removing it to bathe. Even in such circumstances, he never removes his helmet.PERSONALITY TRAITS
According to Emmanuel's own account, he is quite ugly. He is skin is wrinkled and red, his nose is brunt up and round. His chin mishes into his neck, and his teeth are yellow and mishapen, with his hair being few brown tufts. Despite such, Emmanuel wears his helmet at all times not to hide his own insecurity, but because he feel he is better defined by what he has become than what he is as a man.
■ RighteousBACKSTORY & MOTIVATION
Emmanuel was originally born in Germany, only mere decades before the first crusade. He was just the village idiot, too hideous for anyone to meet in person. The only hope he ever had of leaving his existence was when his lord volunteered him to join The Order of God's Hand, which was only because he himself was too cowardly to fulfill the debt he owed them.
Yet, once he joined, Emmanuel's life greatly improved. He learned the way of the Hand of God rather well, a style used by crusaders fighting with nothing more than gauntlets in full armor, adopted after the order had been defeated several years ago by a traveler from the east with nothing more than a flimsy stick. At the age of only 28, Emmanuel had become one of the order's greatest warriors.
Eventually, the Crusades came, and Emmanuel was sent along with the order to persecute the war for Jerusalem. After many battles against the enemy, Emmanuel encountered many enemies, who were skilled in ways just as much as he had been. Eventually, Emmanuel retired without ever returning home. He served as a member of the order, tasked with defending one of several kingdoms.
Unfortunately, Emmanuel was captured by The Templars, along with the rest of his order. They were an organization dedicated to acquiring the treasures of god, including the Hand of God style and technique. To acquire the secrets, they threatened the lives of all members in exchange for knowledge, though Emmanuel remained strong. One by one, his brothers were massacred, yet Emmanuel's lips stayed shut. With no options left,
The Templars threw him into The Tomb of the Saint, a mystical container of which all time had no effect within.
After 200 years or so, with his mind broken by the sheer insanity and isolation, and he would gladly give up the secrets.
But then, the Templars were excommunicated by the pope, with the entire order being scattered and forced to abandon several of their relics, including the Tomb of the Saint, turning Emmanuels sentence from 200 years to much longer.
It was only in the modern day that Emmanunel was released, his sanity hanging by a loose thread. The world he walked through was one entirely different from the one he recognized. Everyone he knew was dead, or had descendants that very little in common with them. With no ties or relations to anything in the modern world, Emmanuel wanders the earth, alone.
FIGHTING STYLE & ABILITIES
Emmanuel’s fighting style is the Hand of God, named after the order of the same name. It focuses heavily on devastating hand to hand combat and the Maneuvers it would enable, and also relies on strong defense, such as a suit of armor. Another lesser requirement is strong willpower and faith in the cause of justice.SPECIAL MOVES & TECHNIQUES
The Style was developed after the Swords of God, an order of knights in Germany, encountered a traveler from the east, who then defeated the entire order with nothing more than a flimsy stick. Amazed by his power, The Order cast asside weapons, changing from The Swords of God to the Hand of God.
Currently, Emmanuel is the only wielder of the Hand of God. Even if none of the order were slaughtered by Templars, the style would’ve died out to history.
By charging up his energy, Emmanuel gives himself a Valiance counter, which improves the quality of his next Special Move, increasing damage, effect, and slightly widens it's hitbox.
■ Divine Haymaker
Emmanuel punches so hard it pulls his entire body forward.
■ Radiant Crossguard
Normally, this functions as a normal block. But if Emmanuel has a Valiance counter, the block pulsates,
sending the opponent several meters backwards.
■ Crusader's Uppercut
Emmanuel punches upwards, launching the opponent into the air and backwards. If charged with a Valiance Counter, the opponent is sent back much farther.
■ Hammer Fist
Emmanuel swings his fist overhead onto his opponent. If charged with a Valiance Counter, it will hit with enough force to partially submerge them.
Emmanuel rams his helmet against the opponent, momentarily stunning them.SUPER MOVES
■ Hand of God
The single most powerful move of Emmanuel. He requires a full meter of Ki to use it, and only has a hitbox slightly larger than a regular punch attack. It also takes several seconds to charge, giving the opponent plenty of time to tell when it's being used. Yet if the attack it hits, it deals a flat 50% damage to the opponent and sends them flying.
■ Crusader Flurry
Emmanuel makes a flurry of 15 basic punches against the opponent.WEAKNESSES & LIMITS
Emmanuel’s weakness is his abysmal Range and Speed. None of his Specials hit very wide, even when his Valiance Counters are active. He’s also easy to Kite, as he can never move much faster than a jogging pace.
Emmanuel also possesses a strong code of honor; If an opponent tries to surrender, given they aren’t horridly evil, he will spare them and let them go. He will also refuse to fight women or children given when his life isn’t on the line. Transversely, he will attempt to actively fight any opponents that are demonic or undead, regardless of actual morality or chance of survival.
Occasionally, Emmanuel suffers nightmares.