Next up, The Union
Blackheart was the ruthless Pirate King of the sea, terrorising every Sovereign State of the Empire of the Free Cities. The day he gave up the life at sea was a bloody one indeed, slaughtering the entire crew of his ship to ensure its safe location remained a secret until he needed her again. He now makes his fortune through Guild Ball, murdering anybody who becomes between him and more wealth, or getting one of his crew to do the deed for him.
There are a number of possible reasons for Blackheart’s name. It could be based upon the pirate Blackbeard as he was previously a pirate before joining The Union. It’s also possible that it is a description of his personality as someone who is black hearted is cruel, wicked or evil.
Coin is a huge snake that Blackheart feeds his fortune to. There is no love for his unorthodox bank, which he daily subjects to the suffering of being forced to swallow indigestible gold. The alien eyes of the snake show no comprehension of Blackheart as anything other than the source of its torment, as he has been for so many years now.
A coin is a piece of hard material used primarily as a medium of exchange or legal tender. This has strong connections with the mercenary ethos of The Union.
The woman known as Decimate is properly known as Svetlana Leonid Volstov III, a princess of Erskirii nobility. Born late in to a wealthy and influential family with no hope of succession, she quickly found a far more exciting life for herself in an organised and well-funded Brewer’s Guild gang. Ever ambitious, she quickly rose to a place on the Guild Ball team, becoming Decimate the duelist to her roaring fans. This all came to an end when a coup was staged within the guild by a rival gang, and Decimate was forced to flee following a failed assassination attempt. She now plays as a free agent for the Union, her flashing blades swirling in a dance of destruction.
Decimate means to kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of something, usually a body of people. The term derives from a form of military discipline used by the Roman Army to kill one in every ten of (a group of people, originally a mutinous Roman legion) as a punishment for the whole group.
Once a princess from the far north, Gutter’s life soon took a dark turn when she was captured by Blackheart. When he realised there was no profit to be made in ransoming her, she became a slave on his ship, living a miserable life below deck. In a strange twist, she fell in love for the ruthless captain, an opportunity he soon exploited by making her first mate, completely loyal in her insane devotion for him. She now plays the game at his side, using her deadly skills with hook and chain to ensnare her victims.
Again there are a number of different possibilities with this name it could derive from the description of one who guts (disembowels), or from the word to make channels or furrows in something (again a description of her usual method of attack) or something that flickers or burns unsteadily as a reflection of her personality after her ordeal on the ship.
Harry ‘The Hat’ Hallahan
A crossover model from Infamy. He has a big hat. Rumour has it that the Hat has powers and has taken possession of Harry (inspired by the Buffy episode ‘Him’ where a jacket makes whoever wears it irresistible to women).
Hemlocke pays fealty to an ancient and primordial divinities, those with shrines overgrown by weeds, and ancient monoliths long since toppled. To most that have dealings with her, she is an eccentric hermit, a deluded outcast that seems an odd fit for the shadowy and sinister Union. She is unusually popular for a Union player, due to the gentle manner with which she administers herbs and potions. This hasn’t stopped her killing dozens of people that have crossed her path, influencing the fate of the universe at the will of her gods.
Hemlock is a highly poisonous flowering plant, previously used as a method of execution. It also is strongly associated with witchcraft in folklore.
Minx is a savage, undomesticated animal. She is kept chained like a dog in the depths of some dungeon by her master, starved and beaten until she bites any soul foolish enough approach her. When a particularly brutal match is scheduled, she will be lead from her hole, blinded by the unfamiliar sunlight and disorientated by the loud cheers of the crowd. Once she is truly rabid, she is unchained, stalking the opposition; no thoughts of the sport, but only an opportunity to hunt, becoming a lethal predator once again, her ample scalps testament to her skill.
A minx is an impudent, cunning, or boldly flirtatious girl or young woman. Minx is a cross over model from Ax Faction where she is a Lycan Hunter.
An elusive and shadowy individual, the only clue about Mist’s origins is his otherworldly link with Siren. His talent lies in deception, disappearing from plain sight, vaulting with acrobatic grace to strike from an exposed flank. Before his victim can react, they have lost the ball, their clumsy strikes no match for his agility.
Mist is a cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that limits visibility, it’s amorphous and impossible to catch. The aesthetics of Mist are based on Vin (who is female) from the Mistborn Trilogy which might explain some of the gender confusion.
Some call him dirty scum, others a vile murderer, but this does not do justice to the man known as Rage. He is a thug for hire, willing to get his hands dirty if it earns him some gold and reinforces his brutal reputation. Underhanded guilds often use this to their advantage, using his fearsome skills with knife and cleaver to settle old grudges on, and off the pitch.
Violent uncontrollable anger. A perfect way to describe him.
Known as The Chameleon by her fans, Snakeskin is a master of disguise. A sinewy and powerfully built young woman, she is the master of the hidden kill, using poisons and venoms to compliment the viperous bite of her blades. She is an invaluable tool in the eternal war between the guilds, her ability to silence a target quietly being put to regular use, all for a price of course…
Snakes shed their skin when they outgrow it, so her name is representative of her constantly changing appearance.
Nobody is quite sure if the ponderous hulk known as Fangtooth is man or monster. He is a hideous sight to behold, covered in pus-filled boils and pox scars, but this is nothing compared to his horrific stench which has people retching if they stray too close…
A fangtooth is a type of deep sea fish. A fang is also a type of tooth so his name is actually toothtooth – weird.
Avarisse & Greede make for an unusual sight on the pitch. Don’t let their comical appearance fool you though…these two are hardened criminals, performing the most underhanded deeds if the right coin is on offer. Greede can be considered the brains behind the operation, but Avarisse is far from just being muscle, his ruthless cunning proving invaluable in their chosen line of work.
Avarisse is a homophone (word that sounds like another) of avarice, meaning an extreme greed for wealth or material gain.
From greed meaning an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.