Gruekiller in his second incarnation.
|First appearance||DYOS 11|
|Last appearance||At Plot's End|
|Date of birth||6 November 1991|
|Date of death||12 August 2010 (regenerated)|
|Family||Unnamed mother (deceased)|
Gruekiller is an adventurer from the former United States, who battles evil throughout the universe in the name of justice and cheap thrills. Although he has some chaotic proclivities, he usually has good intentions, acting in the name of justice, or at least his own notion of it. Of late, he has been traveling in the company of his bosom buddy Master Shake and an assassin named Valerie.
First incarnation (Before DYOS 11)
Gruekiller's first form was dark-haired, unlike his current form, with a messy, short coif that featured a trademark "cow lick" at the back. This form was shorter, and had to wear glasses to correct his vision. Gruekiller, it can only be assumed, had this appearance through his early life until his fateful showdown with Bowie on Avalon.
Details of Gruekiller's childhood and early years (or generally anything prior to DRAW Your Own Story 11) are fuzzy, but can largely be extrapolated from what few facts have been revealed about him in the story thus far, both from himself and others. Gruekiller was born in the United States of America some time before the Enclave toppled that nation's government during the events of Plans Within Plans. He was left behind by his mother at an unknown location to remain safe during the chaos transpiring then. Some time later, while he was still rather young, he was taken under the wing of Bowie, the dictator of Transatlasia, who taught him everything he knows. THe two later had a falling-out when Gruekiller stole a suit of power armor from him, worried over Bowie's plans for world domination using the suit's power. Ever since, the two have been bitter enemies.
He seems to have befriended Master Shake while caught up in some shenanigans in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the two traveled together for at least a few years before the start of DYOS 11. Also during this period, Gruekiller laid waste to large portions of the capital of Myanmar, Naypyidaw, presumably just for kicks. The Burmese government has consequentially placed a bounty on his head of 64 million American dollars. At some point prior to DYOS 11, he seems to have known a woman named Mary, whom he has been avoiding.
First incarnation (DYOS 11)
Early in the events of DYOS 11, Gruekiller's Internet stopped working, seemingly hampered by tampering from some outside party. This prompted him and Master Shake to voyage to Ethiopia, in an attempt to find a way to fix it. What, if any, reason Gruekiller had for believing that such a far-flung journey would help him fix the Internet is unclear, aside from a vague remark about Ethiopia having lots of ancient artifacts.
In an airport before boarding his Transatlantic flight, a masked assassin tried to kill Gruekiller for the Burmese bounty, but failed. When unmasked, the assassin was revealed to be a young woman named Valerie. Gruekiller drafted the assassin onto his crew as official "team medic", seeking to leverage a life debt against her for sparing her life. Their Republic Airlines flight to Ethiopia was accosted along the way by an unmarked Eurofighter flown by a German-speaking pilot, which demanded the surrender of Gruekiller. After a brief confrontation, Gruekiller destroyed the fighter plane, surprising Valerie with the strength of his power armor.
However, upon their arrival in Ethiopia, he was met with disappointment. First accosted by wayward Space Nazis who apparently sent the Eurofighter, he learned that there was no Internet-curing artifact, and in reality, the Hacker had attacked Gruekiller's Internet and lured him out to the Ethiopian highlands in an attempt to kill him. The Hacker was scared off after a couple of crossbow bolts from Gruekiller and the two never crossed paths again.
That adventure thus a bust, Gruekiller decided to commandeer a shuttlecraft from Addis Abbaba Spaceport and headed for space instead. He and his comrades were stopped in orbit by the Transatlasian cruiser Dauntless, under the command of Bowie. He demanded that Gruekiller return the suit of armor to him, a demand to which Gruekiller refused to comply. Devising a risky, last-minute plan, Gruekiller disabled some of the Dauntless's turrets and escaped, infuriating Bowie. The shuttlecraft jumped through Hyperspace off to some hastily-calculated coordinates in space, leading ultimately to the backwater planet of Avalon. Running afoul of a Crinoor fleet blockading that planet, he, Valerie, and Shake crash-landed there, encountering its human inhabitants. He soon discovered that their home was a lucrative source of Ununpentium, the 115th element, which inspired his sudden interest. Thought by the locals to be some kind of chosen one, the so-called "Sacred Warrior", he agreed to fend off the Crinoor in exchange for mineral rights, suddenly obsessed with the idea of the money he could make off of the place.
Upon successfully destroying the Crinoor fleet with the aid of his power armor and sending its admiral packing, Gruekiller returned to the surface. Though initially riding high off of his victory, Gruekiller soon came to regret his greed and dishonesty towards the Avalonians, and wandered up to the surface to question himself.
While contemplating his actions, Gruekiller was accosted again by Bowie, who had somehow followed Gruekiller's trail to Avalon on the Dauntless. Once again refusing to surrender the power armor, Gruekiller found himself locked in a sword duel to the death with Bowie. Completely outclassed, Gruekiller gave ground until his right hand was eventually severed, and, sent reeling, he was impaled. Taking time to gloat over his former pupil's bleeding body, Bowie then took the power armor and left Gruekiller on the hillside, apparently dead.
Soon, however, as a distraught Valerie watched, Gruekiller's wounds healed, and his missing hand regrew. He was overtaken in an explosion of golden light as his body regenerated on a cellular level in a fashion suggesting that he wasn't entirely human after all.
Second Incarnation (DYOS 12)
Upon his near-death and defeat at the hands of Bowie, Gruekiller lapsed into unconsciousness for a short period of time, awakening in a hospital bed in New Damascus with a totally different appearance. A relieved but annoyed Val's first greeting for his new incarnation was to offer him a firm slug in the face. Despite this, the two remained on good terms and chose to continue to work together to stop Bowie and his pursuit of power. They wandered into the lockers under the hospital, where Gruekiller scrounged up a new outfit for himself to suit his new proportions. This included an old military coat, which he clearly intended to make part of his new "signature" look. An unimpressed Val let slip that he had been in a coma for three days, which threw him into an anxious panic. She settled him down with the news that the Dauntless had been stopped by an EMP (with her help) and would not be escaping the system with the power armor any time soon.
Gruekiller proceeded to tell her of the dark history of the Archaean power armor, confiding in her his anxieties over the havoc Bowie could wreak with such terrible technology in his hands. He was determined to pursue the Dauntless and board it to retrieve the armor once more, by any means necessary.
- The striking resemblance between Gruekiller's first incarnation and CFCMAN has been noted on numerous occasions, due to their plain shirts, dark hair, and square-rimmed glasses. This has come up both in and out of character. Most recently, in one of Thorvald's comics, CFCMAN pretended to be "Grad Cooler" and claimed his accomplishments (albeit misstating most of them) in the hopes of impressing a babe, to little success.
- Per word of God, Gruekiller is gay.
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