- I've always equated "feelings" with "getting caught"...they both get in the way of my money.
- —Garrett, Thief II: The Metal Age (2000)
The Black Blade is the second Nemesis for the character Runelord; where his first one was all rage and brute strength, I wanted the second one to be a finesse fighter-and make sure she wasn't solely dedicated to fighting Runelord; I wanted her to have a "career" beyond "just get the hero".
Black Blade is a deadly serious woman-both in action and at ease. If she isn't working, she's studying up on her next crime. She isn't a natural killer-she will usually fight long enough to either defeat an opponent or to find a way to escape. She sees herself as a thief, not a murderer, and that informs her actions in the field.
Black Blade bears a weapon from which she takes her alias. As far as can be determined, it is an ancestral weapon of some sort which has numerous enchantments upon it. These enchantments allow the Blade to strike for more damage than one would expect from the sword, and may imbue its wielder with superior skill in the weapon's use. Unfortunately, most of this is presently conjecture.
By all appearances, the Black Blade is an extremely skilled swordmaster (but see Equipment, above). Indications are that she is skilled with the traditional "breaking and entering" in the stealthy application (as opposed to "blast the doors off"). She seems to have a preference for going after occult talismans, which indicates some familiarity with the mystic world.
The Blade is served by a number of ninja. Speculation is that they are somehow bound to serve the master of the sword she now wields.
The woman known as Black Blade is a bit of an enigma. She first became known to the authorities when she stole a mystic talisman from a museum in Washington DC. That it was done under the noses of a number of Federal agencies made the feat more impressive. Still, even then she was only known through reputation as opposed to actual contact. It was only after she began to field squads of ninja that she took a more open attitude.
Her first appearance in Millennium City involved an attempt to steal the Tablet of Time, as it was passing through from New York to Los Angeles. Her attempt to steal it was foiled by the activity of the hero Runelord; unfortunately for him, this made him interesting, as the Blade seemed to know of the Book of Runes that he has hidden in his secret sanctum. Her goals seem to be centering now on acquiring this rather potent book of knowledge.
It is uncertain as to what the Black Blade actually does with the items she steals; her acquisition of the weapon she has named herself for was certainly one of her early gains, but it's unknown as to whether or not she sells off in a mystic black market the talismans she steals, or if she keeps them as a growing arsenal.
|Heroes||Asteroid • Gunfighter • Mindblade • Runelord • Shadewalker • Silver Paladin • Ultrawarrior|
|Nemeses||Black Blade • Doctor Whatsisface • Fhtagath • Mind Ripper|
|Supergroups||Paragons of Virtue|