|Dr. Edward Roivas|
“My name is Dr. Edward Roivas. I am a clinical psychologist.
I am also dead.”
Dr. Edward Roivas comes from a sophisticated and well read background. As a clinical psychologist, he is educated in the studies of the most influential professionals in the field of that time, including Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Burrhus Frederic Skinner. In his studies, Edward found that his profession did not prepare him for what he found later on in his career, upon unearthing the research left behind by his ancestor, Dr. Maximillian Roivas, who described creatures not of this world. Maximillian’s notes further delved into three gods with the power to annihilate humankind. These beings were also known as the Ancients—Chattur’gha, Xel’lotath, and Ulyaoth. Edward used to believe that only science could solve the mystery of his family’s sordid past, which ranged between convicted to hung witches, and committed madmen. Much like Maximillian so long ago, Edward, too, found an interest in seeking out the secrets of his family history.
Science did not provide him with the answers he needed in the end. It was not until he was visited by the ghost of Maximillian Roivas that Edward discovered that the end of humanity was nigh. With nothing more than a cryptic message to set the library grandfather clock “to the thirty-thirty minute of the third hour”, that an unknown passage revealed itself, leading deeper into an unexplored corridor of the house. Within, Edward was visited again by the spirit of Maximillian for the last time, who brought him to the Tome of Eternal Darkness, and beckoned Edward not to let his ancestor’s death be a wasted one.
Once touching the Tome, Edward acquired the knowledge of its previous holders. The memories he gained included: Pious Augustus, a Roman Centurion who sequentially became an enemy of mankind. Ellia, a dancer girl from Cambodia. Anthony, a messenger of the Holy Roman Empire. Karim, a Persian swordsman. Dr. Maximillian Roivas, an ancestor of the Roivas family line, who was later committed into a mental institution after his discovery of Ehn’gha and the Ancients (on the other hand, Maximillian was a nutcase to begin with. Not to mention his astounding sense of logic fail when he went and offed all of his servants he believed to be “bone thieves”, so it’s no wonder he was locked away). Dr. Edwin Lindsey, an American paleontologist. Paul Luther, monk during the times of the inquisition. Roberto Bianchi, an architect who is captured with a handful of other slaves during the Renaissance. And, lastly, Peter Jacob, a journalist covering the gristly scenes of the First World War, in the French Oublie Cathedral. Each crossed paths with Pious Augustus and the Ancients, and played a role in the battle against the Eternal Darkness that had prolonged for two millennia.
Not long after gaining the power of the Tome was Edward visited by one of the Ancient’s agents. A “vampire” began stalking the Roivas mansion, attempting to attack, feed off of, and possess the servants of the household. Needless to say, this bastard went and messed with the wrong Roivas. Fed up with his servants getting picked off by the vampire, Edward pursued it without relent, before forcing it to flee into the basement for safety like a little bitch. He destroyed its source of power, taking the form of a slab of concrete, before slaying the vampire himself like a bamf.
Like any other plot convenience, the slab of concrete that was empowering the vampire revealed a ladder leading into yet another super mysterious unknown passage. Upon descent, Edward discovered that there was a massive city that had been established underneath his house, the ruins of Ehn’gha (as it turned out, Maximillian wasn’t so insane in the membrane after all). It’s beyond anyone’s guess as to why there was such a huge city underneath a house in Rhode Island, but that’s neither here nor there.
Knowing that he had to destroy Ehn’gha as it was enemy territory and that it would cripple Pious and the Ancients’ plans, Edward set out to the nine towers surrounding the city. And just to waste Edward’s time more, he had to go around solving really large puzzles and do a lot of tedious running around business. Eventually he managed to successfully activate each nine fields into one giant circle of power, which generated enough mass of energy to dispel the magick supporting the city. Which also meant that there was going to be a big explosion. Good job. So Edward got the hell out of dodge and made it just in time to enjoy a lovely front seat show of Ehn’gha getting utterly obliterated.
As he witnessed the destruction of Ehn’gha, Edward began to feel a pull, as though something were calling out to him.
And that was when he Awakened.
“Intellectual” has got to be the simplest way to describe Edward Roivas, except that is a pretty big understatement. As a clinical psychologist, he would classify more as a scholar than a fighter, but nevertheless he does not hesitate to take up arms in efforts to defend himself as well as others. In spite of his background in psychiatry, he has also taken an interest in the paranormal. This keen curiosity most likely stemmed from his family’s sordid past that Edward began to delve into his lineage, almost like an ethereal calling reaching out to him.
He is very well spoken, erudite, enjoys reading and is certainly well educated. The library at the Roivas mansion houses a variety of books, which most likely range between clinical documents to information telling the colorful history of his ancestors. Moreover, he takes care with his social graces. In spite of his intelligence, he can be polite and caring rather than intimidating. He is, however, the kind of person that one would not want to cross, as he is also skilled in the use of some weapons. Able to wield a saber as well as having a revolver, a double-barreled shotgun, to something as badass as an elephant gun at his disposal, Edward is not the type to think twice about using them against the forces of darkness and danger. But he is a type of person that would probably kill you in a very polite way without making you feel bad about it.
Although it’s never elaborated on, Edward is a casual drinker. He always keeps a flask on hand, and a swig usually helps calm him down in even the most intense situations. Even while sober Edward has a penchant for keeping his cool; he is probably one of the most level-headed of the chosen to fight the Eternal Darkness. But basically, booze makes everything better. The flask he keeps contains what he calls “liquid courage”, even though we all know that it’s just whiskey or scotch, really, because clearly that’s the most sensible thing to carry around when you’re being chased by zombies.
In his line of work, Edward is naturally familiar in the fields of psychiatry. It was part of his job to read into the studies of famous psychologists, most notably Freud and Jung. Strangely, he is able to accept the strange and unknown, in cases where most people would deem themselves insane. For instance, as much as he tried to disbelieve the appearance of Maximillian’s ghost, he accepted what he saw. He has so much of a sane head on his shoulders that it is extremely difficult to get this man to lose his edge. Pretty much him losing his grip of his own sanity is the equivalent to post-traumatic stress for any normal person.
While he is obviously an expert in his field, Edward never gets bored with learning. He expresses great enthusiasm with delving into his family’s past, in hopes to discover just why he comes from such a long line of nutcases. Never mind the fact that he’s got to be the first of any of them who is legitimately sensible that he’s been able to survive in society for this long (unlike his ancestor, Maximillian, rather than killing all of his servants when they start getting possessed, he makes an effort to actually, you know, protect them from possession in the first place).
Edward plays an active voice over the previous holders of the Tome, as he is the one who narrates their stories. With the exception of Michael Edwards, he holds the knowledge of all the other chosen nine that have made their stand against the Eternal Darkness over the past two millennia. So clearly you would have to be pretty damned well-balanced, because trying to wrap your head around that kind of thing has got to be a headache and a half.
Possessing the power and knowledge of the Tome’s previous holders, Edward has inherited a variety of spells from the memories he’s gained, like all of the other chosen before him. Like every one else, these spells are based on alignments. Chattur’gha (red), Xel’lotath (green), Ulyaoth (blue), and Mantorok (purple).
Casting under different alignments will have different effects. For instance, Recover under Chattur’gha will recover self injuries, Xel’lotath recovers sanity, Ulyaoth recovers magic, and Mantorok recovers all of the above. Additionally, while Reveal Invisible under Chattur’gha, Xel’lotath, and Ulyaoth has the power to make certain objects become seen, casting that spell under Mantorok will allow Edward to become invisible. That said, Mantorok’s alignment has some interesting effects.
When two alignments are opposed (for instance, in case of an enchantment or a Damage Field is raised), the remaining alignments are weaker or stronger in opposition. In this case, red beats green, green beats blue, blue beats red, and purple overthrows all three.
The disadvantage to casting magick is that they are not only time-limited, but they cannot be cast in succession as well. Certain spells will take a large amount of magickal power that cannot be recovered very hastily.
For Edward, the spells include:
- ENCHANT: That which is broken, shall be fixed. That which is dull, will become sharp. Thus is the nature of the Enchant Item magick.
- RECOVER: This spell enables the transfer of magickal power from the environment to the self. Restoration of the body, spirit, and mind is this spell’s purpose.
- REVEAL INVISIBLE: With this enchantment the invisible is rendered visible. Use it wisely, for some things are invisible for a reason, and mortalkind not meant to see them.
- DAMAGE FIELD: This incantation exerts a force of mystical power within the confines of its runes. Nothing may enter till it is dispelled.
- DISPEL MAGICK: For every magick there is a counter. That which is protected, is protected no more. That which is bound is unbound. Be warned that a more powerful magick than this will endure its ravages.
- SUMMON TRAPPER: Evoking this magick brings into existence a creature known as the ‘Trapper’. Trappers possess the unique ability to transcend space and time, and to relocate objects and creatures to their own plane.
- SHIELD: From all manner of magick will you be protected when encased in this geas. The alignments can help but never hinder, for within well-conjured magick comes greater protection.
- SUMMON ZOMBIE: This conjuration summons a shambling corpse from the Planes of Eternal Darkness, where the dead, and all manner of fell things, dwell. This magick should not be undertaken lightly, for its toll on the psyche of mortalkind is not pleasant. To see with the eyes of the dead is to become them…
- MAGICKAL ATTACK: This incantation saturates an area with aligned magickal energy, inflicting massive damage to all enemies within its influence. This magick will affect both large and small—for even the greatest of enemies are made of many small parts.
- SUMMON HORROR: The bestial fury of the ‘Horror’ is unleashed by this magick. The Horror’s abilities are yours—enemies my be crushed or rent apart, wracked by magick. This spell should not be undertaken lightly, for its toll on the psyche of mortalkind is high.
- MAGICK POOL: This magick transfers the innate magickal energy of the environment to the self. The limitless power of the Ancients will be at your disposal for the duration of the magick. Once the magick has waned, you will be bereft of spiritual power, until it naturally seeps back into your being.
More information pertaining to the spells are here.
Alexandra Roivas - (2000 AD) Granddaughter and last living relative. As such, she is the most dear thing in the world for Edward. Unfortunately, he leaves her with a pretty crappy inheritance in the end, but that’s all up in the air considering how all that doesn’t happen until much later in his life.
Pious Augustus - (26 BC) this asshole dared to be stupid and is now working to bring forth the Ancient gods that plan to destroy humanity. He also likes to take on various identities throughout the eons using obvious nicknames (i.e. Paul Augustine). In other words, he’s a pretty swell guy.
Ellia - (1150 AD) A dancer girl from Cambodia. You know the saying, “Be careful what you wish for”? Well, she wished for a greater purpose and, instead, was killed in order to serve as the guardian of the heart of the Corpse God, Mantorok. Mantorok shrouds the temple so that Pious Augustus cannot return to retrieve the heart that Ellia protects. Her spirit gives the heart of Mantorok to Edwin Lindsey nearly a millennia afterwards. (Deceased)
Anthony - (814 AD) A messenger of the Holy Roman Empire who met an unfortunate fate when he was struck with a curse that was intended for the Emperor, Charlemagne the Frank. His endeavors were in vain when he was unable to reach Charlemagne in time. He then suffers the curse as a zombie, before he was eventually put to rest over six centuries later by Paul Luther. (Deceased)
Karim - (565 AD) Talk about having bad luck with women. Karim is a talented Persian swordsman and possibly one of the strongest (if not the strongest) fighters in the game. He uses his skill to recover an ancient artifact from the Ancient Temple for his cheating whore of a girlfriend. After she was killed by the jealous mistress of a nobleman, her spirit visits Karim where he has no other choice but to make a sacrifice and guard the artifact he meant to retrieve. Him and Chandra protect the artifact for over nine centuries until Roberto Bianchi comes along to claim it. (Deceased)
Dr. Maximillian Roivas - (1760 AD) Edward and Alexandra’s ancestor living in colonial Rhode Island. After the death of his wife and the estrangement of his children, bizarre things begin happening within the family’s inherited mansion. If only Maximillian wasn’t so utterly batshit, he might have been on to something when he discovered that there was an entire ancient city underneath the Roivas mansion. His efforts were rendered an unfortunate waste when his children probably had him committed to a mental institution where he lived out the rest of his life, until his spirit visited Edward one hundred ninety-two years later, leading his descendant to the Tome of Eternal Darkness. (Deceased)
Dr. Edwin Lindsey - (1983 AD) An American archeologist who takes an interest in the Temple of Mantorok; he is used by Pious Augustus to locate the hidden temple (while taking on an obvious alias as well as a disguise somewhat akin to the villain of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Hmmm). After Pious betrays him, Edwin Lindsey manages to retrieve the heart of Mantorok from the ghost of Ellia. Unlike most chosen by the Tome, Edwin Lindsey survives the tell the tale, and delivers the heart to Edward Roivas.
Paul Luther - (1485 AD) A Franciscan monk, who becomes a target of the Inquisition after learning about the strange happenings at the Oublié Cathedral. He is at first framed for murder, only to discover that the cathedral houses even darker secrets than just the murder of monks. Paul reaches so far as to the artifact hidden in an area beneath the cathedral, only to be killed by the Black Guardian that protects it. (Deceased)
Roberto Bianchi - (1460 AD) An Italian architect, who is captured and forced to work for Pious Augustus (at the time, he was taking on the guise of a middle-eastern warlord). If he ever wishes to see the light of day again, Roberto has to survey the underground temple. Upon doing so, he encounters the spirit of Karim and Chandra, who discover that Roberto is one of those chosen by the Tome of Eternal Darkness. This doesn’t account for much when Roberto is sacrificed into the Pillar of Flesh as a monument to the temple. (Deceased)
Peter Jacob - (1916 AD) A British journalist covering the First World War. He has the misfortune to wind up at the Oublié Cathedral, turned into a field hospital, when he finds one night a healthy soldier being dragged against his will. During his investigation, Peter discovers the artifact hidden under the cathedral. As well as the Black Guardian that protects it. He does kill it, however, and gives the artifact to Edward Roivas sixty-nine years later, saying that it is probably the cause for his sleeplessness all that time. Poor guy.
Canon: All The Myriad Ways, An Adventurer Is You, And I Must Scream, Artifact Of Doom, Exactly What It Says On The Tin, BFG, Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu, Buffy Speak, The Chosen One, Killed Off For Real, Meaningful Name, Posthumous Narration, Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, Rule Of Cool, So Proud Of You, Squishy Wizard.
Nautilus: (To be added…)