Title: The Grimdark Paladin
Biography: In friendlier times on Nocturna, Gorrigan was a simple-minded and timid farmhand on one of the fungal farms in Nocturni Legion territory, born into his caste where he would remain for life. Because most life on Nocturna was far too dangerous to hunt, the bio-luminescent fungi on Nocturna was the chief source of food. The Legion held the farmers of Nocturna in high regard and treated them with respect, and Gorrigan often played with the children of Legion soldiers as they passed through his home village, learning basic combat techniques through play.
Gorrigan's life was simple like any other farmhand's, and he enjoyed a surprisingly peaceful existence for a Nocturni. Having grown up alongside Legion soldiers for so long, Gorrigan gradually learned how to use farming equipment as a weapon as he grew older, and it was through his quick decision-making that he managed to help defend his village from a sudden Animus attack. Little did Gorrigan know that this had been his family's doing: Before his birth, his mother and father had performed an Immaculate Pledge before the Dark Gods of the Rift, giving their souls up in exchange for a new destiny for their unborn son. They did not know what his fate would be, only that it would be a different path than the simple farm life of their caste.
It was one afternoon years later that Gorrigan heard that a large-scale battle had broken out on the fringe of Nocturni Legion territory, and that he had been conscripted into the Legion army. Gorrigan felt confident in his abilities, despite never having received any official combat training, and embarked with many of the village's other combat-capable adults onto the battlefield. He was far from prepared for what he would face there: A burning field soaked with Nocturni gore, the roar of the flames drowned out by the screams of the dying. Over the ramparts swarmed a never-ending river of unrecognizable monstrosities, their deformed features warped further by the gloom. They tore apart the Legion without end, stopping in between battles to feed on their own dead and wounded. Upon confronting the first Darkspore on Nocturna, Gorrigan did the only sensible thing: He fled.
What Gorrigan found upon returning to his village brought him to his knees. There was no village left, only devastation. Huts burned to ashes in the gloom, and monsters devoured screaming families alive in the streets. In the course of a few hours, Gorrigan's peaceful life had become an anguished nightmare. His fragile mind couldn't handle such a drastic change, and something crucial within him snapped. As he watched a monstrosity tear a child from her mother's arms and feast upon her, an acute, morbid rage exploded within Gorrigan - something animalistic, something ancient.
It was time for the Dark Gods to collect their payment, and they made their presence in Gorrigan's body known.
Before the Darkspore commander that had killed the girl could react, his spine had been torn out of his back and run through his throat. Roaring at the top of his bleeding lungs, Gorrigan swept through the village with psychotic fury. Within minutes, the rest of the village had been razed, along with everything in it. Something new and terrible emerged from the flames. Clad in the armor once worn by a Legion general and pulsing with ungodly forces, a hellish knight marched forward. Stopping to kneel before what remained of his home and farmland, Gorrigan made a promise in a language he did not know.
He would destroy them all.
The Dark Gods urging him forward, Gorrigan disappeared into the darkness, untold devastation following in his blood soaked wake.
Attacks and Abilities
Basic: Violent Jab____8-16 damage_____1 sec cooldown_____No energy cost____7m range_____Instant: Gorrigan quickly and violently thrusts forward with his lance repeatedly, dealing physical damage to a single target. Enemies directly behind the target within the attack's range will take the same amount of damage as the target. Every five attacks, Gorrigan will roar and charge forward, knocking back a single enemy.
Unique: Soul Shackle______No damage_____10 sec cooldown______8m range_____20 energy____Instant: Gorrigan targets an enemy. For 4 seconds, five enemies within 5m of the target will take 50% of the damage inflicted on the original target regardless of their location.
Alpha: Soul Link
Beta: Soul Siphon
Gamma: Phantom Charge
Delta: Affliction Bolt
Squad: Fury of the Rift____12-25 damage_____8 sec cooldown_____25 energy________Channeled: Writhes in agony for two seconds before expelling 7 demonic spirits. The spirits randomly target a single enemy each and inflict energy damage, as well as Haste and Terror for 3 seconds. If a spirit does not have an enemy to attack, they will follow the hero until a target enters their field of vision. If an enemy isn't sighted within 4 seconds, the spirits will return to the hero's body.
Passive: Unbridled Forces: Gorrigan builds up tremendous force in his body. Every 8 seconds, he will release energy in the form of a shockwave that knocks back enemies within 2m for two seconds. Overdive: Releases power every 2 seconds.