From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Friends & Allies
- The Triad(known to mystics as the Azhanti)
- Ms.Mystic(Real name:Taarna,Doctor Arkayn's Disciple)
Arch Villains & Villains
Baron Markhof -- Arch Villain
Personality / History
Far off on a distant world....two warring factions fought for control over thier planet. One...masters of magic...and the other founded in technology, struggled to obtain total supremacy. A select few refused to fight...and were trampled beneath the armies of thier brethren. Zyzygy Arkayn was one of them. Battered,blind,badly burned and left for dead with a severed arm he waited for his death to come.
Then a figure in a red cloak appeared and introduced himself as the Revered Elder and said he was to become his apprentice. Picking up Zyzygy in his arms, he flew off into the stars. Zyzygy slowly slipped into unconsciousness and upon waking found his arm had been replaced with mystic cybernetics and from that point on he trained to ond day replace his mentor and become the next Revered Elder and guardian of the dimensions.
For decades Zyzygy battled many mystic threats to the adopted homeworld known as Terra(earth) in the year 4386 but one threat slipped by him...and all the heroes of earth. An ancient threat from the past that had slumbered for aeons awoke and set in motion plans to destroy the earth. Shielded from all sensory detection it pulled an asteroid to earth and slipping by all defenses slammed into the planet and obliterated it.
In the last few moments before destruction...Zyzygy detected it at last and cast a spell that pulled himself and 6 select heroes from the future and flung them far into the past. Himself, Speed demon, Battalia, Thunderblast and 3 other relatively unknown heroes who happened to be within the spells range found themselves over three thousand years in the past in world with limited technology.
With no home to return to they settled into thier new world as best they could, combating evils as the need arose. Eventually the day came and Arkayn at last achieved nigh total mastery over magick and the mighty Faathim the kind summoned him before him. As the benovlent member of the triad he decreed that Arkayn would be proclaimed the Archmage...or Revered elder and his sole goal would to be to change the future outcome of earths future destruction and right the terrible wrong that took place.
For months the group battle more evils..but at last went thier seperate ways. Arkayn battled alone during these times....fighting mystic threats that no other would combat. Eventually he came to the notice of Captain Amazing who recognized the need for a mystic of his caliber in thier team. Arkayn accepted as he had become lonely with noone to talk to or confide in.
Together with the Justice guard he battled many more evils and attained even more master of magick but then one day he simply just......vanished without a word or trace of where he might have gone. Months passed then one day out of nowhere he reappeared in his small sanctum the guard had provided for him.
Arkayn had changed however....his eyes a milky white and blind...and possessing a rikti monkey as a familiar whom whose eyes he now saw thru, he refused to speak of what surpassed in the months of his absence.
Powers & Abilities
Being the Archmage/Sorcerer Supreme/Magister Maximus of Earth:Paragon gives Arkayn immense control of the mystic arts and nearly all forms of magick. Quite literally he is a jack of all trades and can perform nearly any effect given time and materials necessary. Having the favor of various nigh omnipotent beings also grants him avenues not normally available to other mystics of the world as well.
Doctor Arkayn possesses very little true *equipment* per say....but he does possess several mystic items of power that should be noted.
The Eye of Faathim:This powerful amulet was handed down to him by Faathim and was created by said entity. It possesses immense powers to delve into the minds of others,lock thier minds and various other telepathic disciplines. When in use and eye identical to one of Faathim's rises from it and attaches itself to Zyzygy's forehead.
The Maddening Mask of Lanaru the Mad:This bone mask is a *gift* if one can call it that from Lanaru himself. An entity of unimaginable power he imbued the mask with powers similar to that of Faathim's eye with the exception it will drive any user mad unless he/she possesses a steel will against it.
The Cloak of Al'Khazir:This ancient cloak crafted by its namesake grants the user the power of flight at tremendous speeds.
The Wings of Daedalus:Yes, this is the true wings and accoutrements of the ancient greek hero Daedalus. The wings give flight and some measure of protection to whoever wears them.
BEINGS OF NOTE
Doctor Arkayn casts spells sometimes referred to as theurgy,that is he calls of other higher powers to add energy and momentum to his spells. These various entities will be listed below.
This is Arkayn's familiar, summoned by sympathetic magick where like attracts like his familiar summoned was the closest available alien creature like its alien caster i.e. an alien. The little creature acts as Zyzygy's replacement eyes as Zyzygy is blind and he sees through the psychic link they share.
The Triad/The Azhanti
This being is an amalgamation of the three beings of the Shadow shard, Faathim,Lanaru and Ruladak. At times to a normal observer these three beings seem to be at war/odds with one another and im some aspect they are. However they are also responsible for a balance there...and here as well and will manifest themselves to wizards who implore thier power as a combined being named as noted above. When manifesting as a combined power they assume the form of an enormous 3 faced being(Perhaps he/it influenced the east indian deific mythos?) or that of an impossibly bright mote of light.
Known for his deceptive ways...wizards call on this being to empower thier illusions.
Angelic beings that grant/embody the powers of protection...wizards call upon them to create the legendary shields of the Seraphim.
Nigh omnipotent being reknown for his indestructibilty/immovability...wizards call upon him to cast the legendary binding Crimson Bands of Cyrtaak
Known for his ability bend time and space..wizards call upon him to travel thru time and space.
Master of all things aflame...wizards call on him to empower spells of fire and combustion.
The Lord of the Mists...wizards call upon him to empower mist related spells...including invisibility and like.
The lord of sleep...originally a mortal wizard, he still influences the living world thru wizards who call on his name to empower spells of sleep.
She commands all forms of confinement,she also has command of lightning and all things electrical...wizards call on her to empower binding spells of all kinds.
The Lord of storms...wizards call upon him to empower all forms of weather and wind related magick.
One of the three of the shadow shard, Faathim commands all aspects of light,truth and healing...wizards call on him to empower spells related to that aspect.
One of the three of the shadow shard, Ruladak commands all aspects of hate and rage, few wizards can command his invocations but the few that can command a power to be feared.
The only member of the shadow shard trio to be truly mad..wizards call upon him to inflict madness,confusion and chaos magick upon thier enemies.
The master of all things that fly, originally an arabian magus he became deified when other wizards began to call on his name to empower themselves or artifacts with flight.
The Shades of Danar
This group of entities were once mages of great skill with shadows and darkness. Before thier death they made pacts with greater powers so that if any mage called upon them, said magus could call thier darkness powers and use them for his own and thus return them to life...if only momentarily. The Danar were not inherently evil...just a somber lot who desired to live forever. They got thier wish...in a sad fashion as now nearly all mages call to them to empower spells of darkness.
The lord of vapor, brother to Morpheus he too has the power of mists...but unlike Morpheus his vapors can encompass literally any kind of mist be that any kind of evaporated liquid so long as they are not directly harmful to others.
The *spirit* of vengeance...this ancient spirit has been summoned throughout the ages by various casters to inflict thier own form of vengeance as they see it upon thier enemies. The spirit cares not why it was summoned but only that it must inflict vengeance.
Rularuu the Ravager
The master of the Shadow Shard stands over a hundred feet in height. Rularuu's many powers make him a fearsome opponent, but his greatest weapon is truly his vast knowledge. Having absorbed thousands of dimensions, Rularuu knows all the tricks. There is truly no surprising him.
Having come from another dimension he seeks to add this one to his multitude he rules. Oddly enough..though his name is similar he has nothing to do with Ruladak.