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Posted: Dec 26 2015, 04:09 PM
No good deed goes unpunished.
Ezra Scott Oberlin
ALTERNATIVE NAMES: Ez
Impatient, self-involved and sharp-tongued. It can be easy to miss Ezra’s positive traits due to his guarded and sarcastic demeanor. But behind the chip on his shoulder, lies an intelligent, tenacious and intuitive young man.
An individualist first and foremost, Ezra always ensures his own whims are looked after, as quick and as fleeting as they may be. He’s a restless soul, with a nature to under-appreciate the cards he’s been dealt, while envying what he perceives others have. This can lead to him feeling resentful and begrudging - even hateful. This is no more obvious than in the ill-will he feels for Whitelighters and Elders - guardians that Ez blames for failing him, in contrast to ODIO, who saved him from damnation.
Quick-witted, deeply curious and opportunistic, Ezra is well versed in making the most of his luck. Yet he can get ahead of himself and isn’t always realistic when it comes to considering potential consequences. The Darklighter can’t stand authority, nor being controlled in any way. However, loyalty is one thing he does hold dear.
Ez is a complex blend of introvert and extrovert. He craves to be accepted by his peers, yet pushes them away at the same time. As he did in life, Mr Oberlin internalizes everything, always putting on a brave face, even when it kills him inside. Yet fragments of the old Ezra remain. He’s kinder than he chooses to believe, though his views of himself are anything but kind.
Ezra was born an only child, although never met his father. He was raised by a single mother, Katrina Oberlin, with the help of her parents George and Edith. However, both died of natural causes in Ezra’s early teens. During his childhood he and his mother were close, but over the years their relationship became increasingly strained. Since Ezra’s death and subsequent reincarnation, he has had no contact with his mother, nor intends to.
As a Darklighter, Ezra possesses an empathic sixth sense that allows him to sense his human charge’s emotional state and exact location, as well as the presence of non-charges in his immediate vicinity. More importantly, Ez can sense and determine the location of Whitelighters nearby. Within his arsenal of inherent powers, Ezra can also conjure or banish a specially crafted crossbow, which fires poison tipped arrows that are extremely fatal to Whitelighters. Additionally, the man is gifted with the power to orb anywhere on earth, the Astral Plane, the Otherworld, and the Underworld.
Ezra underwent extensive training in the Underworld to become a demonic assassin. This enabled him to hone abilities in combat and espionage, amongst other skills. In his human life, Ez was a capable artist and swimmer.
Ezra came screaming into the world as a mortal, in Madison, Wisconsin, on a wet spring afternoon. And although his father took off long before his arrival, his childhood was a happy one. He lived in a small but comfortable apartment with his mother Katrina, who worked long and hard to keep a roof over their heads, while Ez’s grandparents played an active role in caring for him when she couldn’t.
In school, Ezra found it hard to fit in. He was quiet and awkward and loved to learn. However this meant that it wasn’t long before the boy became a target for bullies. It affected Ezra, but he soon found an escape in extracurricular activities - staying late for art club and the student newspaper. It was through these clubs that he made a small but strong circle of friends. And furthermore, discovered a talent he didn’t know he possessed - helping people.
Deeply perceptive, the teenager was not only able to pick up on issues his classmates were struggling with, but helped them overcome them too. He was a good listener, but an even better friend and it was not long before his innate kindness caught the attention of the higher powers - marking him as a Future Whitelighter. But evil would intervene - twisting circumstance and filing his mind with dark thoughts.
Ezra had dreams of going to college and becoming an Art Therapist. However, when his friends were receiving acceptance letters from their chosen universities, Mr Oberlin received only rejections. It was crushing for the young man, who after working tirelessly to exceed academically, was left with an uncertain future.
The next few years of Ezra’s life were not like anything he had expected. It was as if the world was out to get him. Ez failed to gain any experience in the field he wished to work in, was at a loss financially, struggled to maintain relationships and found himself fired from one dead end job after the other. And in a world of constant connectedness and social media, all the while Ezra could see his old group of friends succeeding. He knew he should be happy for them, but he wasn’t. To Ezra, it was a vast injustice and it twisted him inside.
Ez became cold, angry and resentful. He was not the boy he once was. But the distance he put between himself and others did not help. Behind his sharp words and brave smiles, Ezra was lost in a deep depression. The young man felt empty and alone - a failure in every sense of the word. His future seemed hopeless and at the age of 22, he made the decision to end his life.
Slit wrists damned Ezra to Purgatory for all eternity, but a demon would intervene. ODIO found the man and made an offer the spirit couldn’t refuse, to not only live again, but to take all the pain and hate Ezra had developed for the world and aim it at something tangible - the angels which failed him. Upon acceptance, Ezra was reborn as a Darklighter and sent to the Underworld to train as a demonic assassin. Now fresh out of training, Ez is eager to return to earth and take some payback out upon the world.