Bat-Ler created by Wolfsfang
Bio written by Darth Latveria
For years the village of Durendrin was terrorized by the horrific experiments of Count Marzo. Part of the local aristocracy, Count Marzo controlled the banks and police of Durendrin, allowing him to live a life that was above the law. In truth, no one could ever prove that the occasional missing child or animal had anything to do with Marzo, but the villagers knew the truth and would speak about it in hushed whispers.
Count Marzo had spent years searching for alternative forms of power by performing appalling magical experiments on any creatures he could get his hands on. He hoped that one of his experiments would lead to his finding a way to regain his youth. In his view, the fates of the creatures he experimented on were of no consequence, feeling that in the worst case scenario he would put the animals down, and in the best case he would have either discovered a new source of power or created a monster that would forever be in his control.
Having repeatedly failed in his attempts to restore his youth, Marzo had recently been more interested in creating future minions, considering a potential future attack on the royal palace. It was Marzo’s belief that having control of the royal place would give him the resources necessary to accomplish his goals.
A year earlier, Marzo had had some luck in creating a monster, by evolving a rare Green Eternian tiger. The green tigers were an oddity in Eternia, seldom found in the wild and owned by only the most powerful of aristocrats. Marzo had originally intended to buy a dragon from a black market dealer of rare animals, but was unable to as the dealer had been unable to procure one in time for the transaction. Instead, the dealer offered the green tiger to Marzo, which Marzo reluctantly bought. Over the next few months, Marzo found that the tiger responded very well to the treatments performed on him and evolved into a fiercely loyal warrior, loyal only to Marzo. Seeing his new creation as little more than an object, unworthy of a real name, Marzo named it Tigor.
Tigor resembled a large, bipedal Eternian tiger. At nearly 8 feet in height and weighing over 400 pounds, Tigor was a force to be reckoned with. Although Tigor was a very vicious and bloodthirsty animal, he remained loyal to Marzo and made an excellent guard dog of sorts. Marzo had attempted to repeat his earlier success with Tigor, but all his attempts were in vain. Thinking that animals might not make a good basis for his experiments, Marzo returned to the usage of local children.
In 8 BPA, Derek, the teenage son of a local farmer, was kidnapped by Count Marzo. Looking in his dungeon, Marzo saw he had some bats handy and it occurred to him that he might be able to find a way to magically merge the bat with Derek, creating a hybrid creature. For weeks Marzo toiled with the bats, performing a number of spells on them, killing most in the process. Years ago Marzo had attempted to perform experiments using bats; however some of them had escaped. This time around, Marzo made sure that they would not escape. Satisfied that his bats were ready, he had one of them bite Derek and forced Derek to eat the other, hoping that some of the qualities of the bats would transfer to Derek.
Derek screamed and fell to the ground, writhing in agony. Marzo touched the boy’s skin and it burnt the tips of his fingers. Expecting the boy to be dead by morning, Marzo left the dungeon and headed to his bedroom, deciding to call it any early night.
That night Derek went through a remarkable metamorphosis. Touching his back, he felt large gashes, almost as if something was trying to tear out of him. His skin seemed to be growing coarse fur and his eyesight was steadily getting worse. Rolling around on the cold dungeon floor, he was aware of there being something sticking out of his back, noticing what felt like new limbs. Placing his hand on his back, he felt what seemed to be wings. Derek then became aware of noises he had never heard before. Insects scurrying around, rats running through the cell, Tigor’s heartbeat as he paced back and forth in the hallway; Derek could hear all of these things and more. Derek was also aware that he could envision the shape of the cell and the outer corridor in his mind. He couldn’t explain it, but it was as if he could hear the sounds reflecting off of every surface near to him. But his improved sense of hearing came at the cost of his sight, which was now completely gone.
Standing up, Derek slammed his hand against the cell door, catching the attention of Tigor. Tigor ran towards the cell door and snarled at him, swiping at Derek through the bars. Derek dodged the hand and screamed in fright. To Derek’s amazement, the shriek was shockingly loud, for a split second causing him to “see” everything with his sonar abilities in amazing detail. Tigor screamed in agony, the sound piercing his eardrums. In a frenzy, Tigor burst through the cell door, splintering the wood and attacking Derek. Tigor jumped onto Derek, clawing at his chest. Derek raised his hands to protect his face and slammed his knee upwards, crashing it into Tigor’s groin. Rolling Tigor off of him, Derek let out a prolonged shriek, causing Tigor to fall to the ground in agony. Panicking, Derek ran into the outer corridor and found a way to escape the Marzo estate. Not being used to depending on his sonar abilities to guide himself, Derek ran aimlessly, eventually running right off a nearby precipice. Falling through the air, Derek instinctively flapped his wings, slowing his descent and allowing him to stay aloft in the air. The cool air clearing his mind, Derek remembered his father’s farm was a few miles away. Thinking that is the one place that he would be safe, he turned towards the farm and flew towards it.
Arriving at his father’s house, Derek grabbed at the door handle but it was locked. Panicked and shaky, Derek started banging and rattling the door, causing a tremendous ruckus.
Hearing the noise, his father, a man named Philip, left his bed and ran down towards the door, with a club in hand. Opening the door, he saw a strange brown skinned creature, with coarse fur, wings and blood red eyes. The creature shouted something that sounded vaguely like, “father”, but Philip was too panicked by the monster to care what it was screaming. Philip had recently lost his son and he simply couldn’t handle any more debacles, so acting on instinct he attacked the creature with the club, hitting it across its head and chest. The creature let out a shriek, which hurt Philip’s ears and caused him to fall to the ground, dropping his club. The creature once again said, “father”, but Philip screamed in terror, shouting, “leave me you demon from hell!” With a look that almost seemed sad, the creature turned around and flew off.
After the catastrophe at his father’s house, Derek flew aimlessly, not knowing where to go. Everywhere he went, people screamed and panicked, leading Derek to avoid populated areas, sticking to the forests. Derek learned how to use his shrieking powers, noting that they caused pain for regular humans, while causing unbearable agony for animals that are capable of hearing high frequency sounds. Eventually he came across a creature that had a body that seemed rather similar to his own. The creature introduced itself as a Spelean, saying that it lived in a place called ‘Subternia’. The Spelean hearing the tale of Derek’s woes suggested that he go back to Subternia with him and live with the Speleans.
For the next few years Derek lived with the Speleans, finding a modicum of peace with them. He learnt how to use his powers and adapted to his new life. In 6 APA, after having lived with the Speleans for nearly 14 years, Derek was introduced to King Randor. Randor had come to the Spelean homeland on a diplomatic mission and hearing that there was a surface dweller living among the Speleans, he was interested in meeting him.
Derek felt nervous while walking into the chamber to meet King Randor, not having seen a human in years. Walking into the room, he was aware of there being two people within the room. Focusing his senses, Derek saw that accompanying King Randor was a young boy. The boy ran towards him, letting out an excited giggle saying, “you look so cool!” Randor sternly said, “Adam, I brought you here to see the kind of work I do. Keep your composure.”
Over the next few hours, Randor and Derek discussed the events that had brought Derek to Subternia. Randor told Derek that Marzo had since been discredited and that there was now a bounty on his head for treason. Randor offered to take Derek to his father, hoping for a possible reconciliation, but Derek declined the offer, saying that his father’s son died 14 years earlier. Randor then offered to bring Derek back to the surface, giving him a place in his royal court as a defender of the realm. With some hesitation, Derek agreed and rejoined the surface world. Getting to the surface, Derek told Randor that his name was no longer ‘Derek’, from now on he would be known as Bat-Ler.