Requiem

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Requiem
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Leader of the 5th Column and resentful member of the Council
Details
Real Name Ridolfo Uzzano (Human host), Dirge of Entropy (Nictus)
Gender Male
Archetype Unknown
Affiliation 5th Column (Former)
Council (Currently)
Age Over 100 years old
Romantic Associations Unknown. Suspected relationship with the villain Arakhn
Known Family None
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Overview

Requiem is an Archvillain from the Council. He was originally the leader of the 5th Column and seems to have resumed his post as of late.


Heroes can face him:


Villains find him:

Background

The being known as Requiem is the unholy union of a Nictus, a being of living darkness, and a human host.

Of the Nictus part, only the name is known: Dirge of Entropy, and is described as a strong being. But other than this, nothing is known about it.(1)

The human part has much more info available. The human host of Requiem was once called Ridolfo Uzzano. Ridolfo Uzzano had dreams of being a priest, and thanks to this he could investigate the Vatican records and learn about a sinister sect called the Path of the Dark.(2) But despite what he found in the Vatican, it seems that it was the villain Arakhn, who somehow already had the information back in those days, who showed him where to look to find the Path. (3) Apparently, Ridolfo already had plans for the future when he met her, including the assasination of The Center (1), but it seems Arakhn had even bigger plans, eventually forcing Requiem to change his own.

Requiem, as seen in the Blue King CoH comic book.

Armed with this knowledge, and now as a functionary in Mussolini's government, he prepared an expedition to explore a system of caverns near Ravenna with the intention of contacting the Path. His success came on April 22, 1926, when his expedition went underground with the purpose of finding the sect. What he didn't know was that a group of adventurers had learned of the evil sect and Uzzano's goals and had followed him to ruin his mad schemes. There was a terrible gunfight in the caverns between the adventurers on one side and the sect and the expedition on another. It was during that fight when Uzzano seen for the last time, screaming as the darkness writhed around him, moving him like an ocean wave dragging a man out to the sea. That was the last day Ridolfo Uzzano was seen alive.(1)

Apparently, Requiem was first seen at some point in early May, 1926. (1) The creature presented himself before Il Duce and offered his services (3). Apparently, Mussolini accepted, as it seems he had some sort of charge in the Italian government in those days.(1) Requiem would not waste time, and the first thing he did was to have revenge on the adventurers who had troubled him so much. He pursued them relentlessly all over Italy, and finally battled them in late June of the same year, killing one of them and forcing the rest to flee the country.(1)

Though it seems clear that Requiem and Arakhn's ultimate plan was to turn Earth into a new homeworld for the Nictus race (7), very little is known about what he did in the following years, other than the fact that he recruited Othman Doul, the man who would become the villain Vandal, for his cause. (4) At some point, the villain Nosferatu joined the organization as well. Probably the Fifth Column was formed in these years. Though other powerful villains such as Colonel Burkholder and Maestro would eventually join as well, it seems that Requiem, Vandal and Nosferatu are old-time comrades and friends (as much as a Nictus can befriend anyone), which doesen't mean Requiem wouldn't kill them if it would fit his plans. (7)

After decades of plots and battles, the Fifth Column fell (or was reabsorbed, depending on who you ask) at the hands of the Center and his Council, partially thanks to exterior help, (6) and then Requiem was left in his current situation: as a mere lieutenant within the Council, no longer able to do as he pleased. Some believe he's still plotting his revenge against the Center. (5)

Requiem's Triumph: Lambda Rho 57-20

Still, it seems Requiem had foretold this outcome and planned ahead about it. No one can say for sure how many of his plots are still to be uncovered... or need to be stopped.

As a final note, Portal Corporation has found a world which deserves to be mentioned. Lambda Rho 57-20 is also called Werewolf World. This is a world in perpetual night, ruled by the Requiem of that dimension. This is an alternate world where the plot of A Path into Darkness succeeded and the planet seems to have suffered a major invasion of Nictus, to the point of having no more daylight, only darkness. Requiem and that dimension's War Wolves remain as the only witnesses of what was once an alternate Earth. Perhaps this place is the best warning of the dangers that Requiem, his allies, and his plans pose even for the planet as a whole.


Sources

1 - CoH Story Arc: The Final Darkness, Invetsigate Nictus Base mission from Shadowstar or Sunstorm
2 - CoH Story Arc: A Path Into Darkness: Rescue Bentley Berkeley mission form Colleen Nelson
3 - CoH Story Arc: The Final Darkness: Investigate the cargo ship mission from Shadowstar or Sunstorm
4 - Vandal bio
5 - CoH Souvenir: Letter from Requiem
6 - Mender Lazarus Task Force
7 - CoH Story Arc: The Nictus Insurrection from Shadowstar or Sunstorm

Description

As 5th Column leader:

Ridolfo Uzzano has come a long way from his humble beginning as one of Mussolini's lapdogs. The primary cause of his success was his fusion with a Nictus, a being of utter darkness. The Nictus gave Ridolfo the ability to scorch his foes with an infernal fire. Though he is now over 100 years old, Requiem remains a fearsome foe in battle.


As Council member:

Ridolfo Uzzano has come a long way from his humble beginning as one of Mussolini's lapdogs. The primary cause of his success was his fusion with a Nictus, a being of utter darkness. The Nictus gave Ridolfo the ability to scorch his foes with an infernal fire. Though he is now over 100 years old, Requiem remains a fearsome foe in battle. Before The Center arrived to spoil his fun, Requiem ruled over the massive military organization that was subsumed by the Council. His closest attendants suspect that Requiem is still smarting from his loss of power, and plotting his revenge.

Quotes

During the mission Defeat Requiem:

Before combat: Hero comes for me. In a way, I am glad.

Combat start:


During the mission Remove the 5th Column leaders he will address his soldiers:


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Requiem delivers a rousing speech to the 5th Column faithful
Requiem:
You, my most loyal of subjects, are to be privy to a secret.
Even though the 5th Column may fall this day, our time in the sun is NOT over.
We WILL return. I have seen to this personally.
Lie in wait within the ranks of the Council. Wait for the sign.
Never despair...
the time WILL come.


And then during combat:

Combat start: The 5th Column shall persist.
At 75% Life: 5th Column! To ME!
At 50% Life: 5th Column! To ME!
At 25% Life: Even if I fall...
The Column never shall.
Defeated: Nooooooooo!

See Also

  • Requiem's 5th Column profile for a list of his powers
  • Requiem's Council profile for a list of his powers