Tobias Ecru Larrikin
48, Born Arashi 9th
Species and Gender:
A black top hat with a yellow band around the base and the top blown open.
Tobias Larrikin is a tall, gangly, man, standing at 6'5, but he weighs 290lbs due to the fact that, as a child, his father, a scientist specialising in bionic limbs, replaced his limbs with mechanical prosthetics, as a result of a medical condition that degraded the myelin sheathes in his peripheral nervous system. Tobias has dull blonde hair with some grey in it, that's kept short and swept back, sharp turquoise eyes, a longer than average nose and remarkable big ears. He has pale skin, with a large tattoo on his back of a pair of wings, the right wing having feathers while the left is skeletal.
For his combat outfit, Tobias dresses himself up in the garb of his daughter's imaginary friend and superhero. He wears a Victorian style suit, with a bright yellow tailcoat with purple lapels, a lime green pair of pressed trousers, a bright pink waistcoat, white socks and gloves, black shoes, turquoise tie and a black hat with a bright yellow ribbon around it. Tobias also wears a white mask to conceal his identity, with holes for eyes and a large red grin crudely painted on. The mask is reinforced to protect his face if his aura goes down. It won't stop a bullet, but it'll take a good few whacks before breaking.
If going incognito, Tobias wears incredibly dulled down clothing compared to his usual outfit, consisting of a dark brown pair of trousers and a hoodie in the same colour, with a grey long sleeved t-shirt and black boots.
Born with a disease that degraded the myelin sheaths in his peripheral nervous system, Tobias' father, who designed prosthetic limbs for Atlas, took matters into his own hands to provide his son with a normal life. Calling in a favour from a colleague in the medical profession, he was able to get Tobias into surgery to have his weak and ineffectual limbs removed. From there, he began to design limbs for Tobias, giving him his first set on his second birthday.
Tobias slowly but surely began to learn how to walk, to hold things, to live like a normal child. As he grew up, he spent hours in his father's lab while his limbs were improved or fixed or changed. He began to desire more freedom, a life where he could move and go where he wanted, and spend his time as he wished, not stuck in a lab listening to engineers and scientists be boring. This led to Tobias' decision to become a Hunter. When he told his father this, the man's hand, in the middle of tuning his left leg, slipped, and Tobias kicked a chair across the room. Tobias soon began to learn how to fight, focusing on hand to hand combat.
On his seventeenth birthday, before he was due to do his entrance exam at Haven, his father presented Tobias with the first model of his combat prosthetics, designed for enhanced durability and a little bit of extra oomph in his attacks. He passed his exam with solid marks, and entered Haven the next term, where he was placed on Team VLLL or Veil, were he was partnered with his future wife's older sister, Vex Claret. Going through Haven with the usual sorts of adventures and shenanigans that a team has, though most don't deal with one member trying to kill another for dating their little sister. But they got through in the end, and a month after graduation, Tobias and Val Claret got married in a subdued ceremony in Atlas, with both families and Team VLLL present. And everything was happy. The newly married moved to a small house in a small village near Mistral, with Tobias taking up a post in the village security team while Val became a teacher at the local primary school. And then Val got pregnant.
Overjoyed at the news, Tobias went crazy preparing for the little girl they were gonna have, buying just about everything they would need a week after they learned the gender, and putting it all together a week after that. Little Aoife Larrikin-Claret was born perfectly healthy, destroying the anxiety Tobias had that she'd inherit his neurological disease and melting his heart at the same time. And for a while, everything was good.
One night, just a night like any other, a group of bandits raided the village. While Tobias went off to fight them, Val took Aoife, now five, and attempted to bring her to the town hall, were all those who couldn't fight were, but she was cornered by some of the bandits, who killed her in cold blood and took Aoife with them into the night, for reasons Tobias never learned. When he found his wife's corpse, Tobias broke down in grief. Struggling through the next few days while the village buried their dead and started rebuilding, Tobias disappeared in the night, leaving a note saying that he was going to try to track down the bandits who'd escaped.
This began a two month long hunt, where Tobias hunted the bandits, and brutally attacked any of them he came across, searching for their hideout. Upon finding it, Tobias and the leader engaged in a duel where, midway through, a thrown knife was knocked away and landed in Aoife's throat, killing her. Losing his mind at the sight, Tobias lashed out with unrestrained aggression, killing everyone present, before taking Aoife out and burying her a short distance away, under a tree and beside a river. Tobias then walked off into the night, where he began life as a nomad, taking up whatever jobs came his way, no matter how terrible, as the voice of his daughter began whispering in his mind, pushing towards further acts of cruelty and violence as vengeance for what the world did to her and her mother.
After ten years, Tobias now feels ready to begin his campaign for change out in the open. He's returned from wandering to begin committing acts of terror upon the general populaces of the major cities, with the intent to incite a change in the world, no matter the cost. As long as he gets his revolution, Tobias will be satisfied, and he's willing to partner with anyone or any group to get this goal accomplished.
Originally, Tobias was a kid and gentle person, who wanted to do good, help others and raise his daughter to the best of his ability. But after her kidnapping and his wife's death, his sanity started to slip. He began lashing out in anger more often, and used excessive violence to locate his daughter and bring the people who took her to justice. Upon finding her, and the resulting loss of her life, Tobias went off the deep end, butchering the entire group and disappearing into the night for ten years.
Upon his return, it was quite clear that the old Tobias was gone, replaced by a lighthearted jester of a man who believed that his duty in life was to enact a social revolution of sorts, bringing about a change from the world that took his daughter from him. He cares not what dramatic shift in life he causes, only that it occurs by his hand. He is charming and upbeat, yet sinister and violent, casually discussing violence with the indifference of someone taking out the trash, and is constantly making quips and jokes whenever he gets the opportunity to do so. He also enjoys spooking and scaring people, using his semblance to appear behind individuals or groups and giving them a fright before he attacks.
However, Tobias isn't all sunshine and homicide. The loss of his daughter caused serious mental trauma to him, resulting in hallucinations of her appearing to him, usually in the form of him "answering" a phone call from her. It is "her" in fact that leads him to perform most of the terrible crimes he commits, her voice prompting him to violence and acts of terrorism. While she hasn't physically appeared yet, it's only a matter of time before she does, and that'll probably just make him even more destructive.
Aura and Semblance:
Aura is a bright yellow color.
Resulting from his desire to get away from his father when he was modifying his prosthetic limbs, Tobias' semblance allows him to teleport, to a maximum distance of a mile. Teleporting requires a lead up time of 5 seconds, so it has no practical combat usage, bar a first strike. Tobias must also be able to see the area clearly, with either his eyes, a picture or from memory. When teleporting, all the colour bleeds out of Tobias until he is left in various shades of grey, then his body flickers and he's gone. His arrival is more subdued, just a flickering image of him for a second before he appears.
A man of refined cruelty, Tobias uses a purely hand to hand combat style with a focus on attacking his enemies joints and weak points with the aim of taking them out of the fight as quickly and brutally as possible, and making certain they cannot come after him again. Tobias prefers to break bones with well placed strikes then grapples and submission holds, and isn't above using dirty tricks to get the victory. However, he has zero ranged options besides getting in close, putting him at a disadvantage against well trained gunslingers, dust mages or semblance wielders. Speaking of dust, his mechanical prosthetic limps can be temporarily disrupted by electrical dust. Due to his condition as a child, Tobias has a lower than average stamina level than someone with his training and physicality should.
Larrikin Weaponised Prosthesis' MK. VII
A set of mechanical limbs painted metallic black, with enhanced reaction limitations and a reinforced design to allow Tobias to go toe to toe with armed people and the creatures of Grimm. The joints are all fully rotational, allowing Tobias more versatility in combat, having a full 360 degree rotation at every joint.
Crafted for Tobias by his father so he could have a "normal" life, or as normal a life one can have with metal limbs, Tobias' prosthesis' have been improved repeatedly over the years, going from thin, stick like appendages to the fully functioning weapons he has now.