Honest Iago

Honest Iago

"When devils will the blackest sins put on,
They do suggest at first with heavenly shows
As I do now."

-Iago, William Shakespeare's Othello

Iago lives to betray. It is the sweetest of pleasures to see the look in the eyes of your victim as he starts to see how perfectly you have led him into a pool of delusion and held his head beneath the surface.

He is responsible for a hundred crimes he did not commit. He likes to destroy heroes, great men, especially outsiders. He likes to see their every joy turn to ash in their mouths and their hopes destroyed before their eyes. He likes to see them driven to acts that they would themselves abhor.

For honest Iago, each subsequent betrayal is as beautiful as his first. He lives for that glorious, perfect instant when a great man look at him with the final realisation that all along Iago has followed him to do his turn upon them. Iago uses and disposes of aliases quite casually, preferring those similar to the Shakespearean character – military men, preferably of a fairly low but trusted rank. He has an uncanny ability to make friends and become trusted. He needs only the slightest in-road to become a close friend – hire him as a butler and within a month you’ll have confided your identity as the Blue Vengeance and have Iago tending your Cerulean Chamber. Within the year you’ll be incarcerated or dead, and loyal Iago will have wormed his way into the service of your arch-enemy. It’s cold comfort to know he’ll betray them too.

When all layers of his present deception are stripped of him, honest Iago confesses to be his namesake, the character of the Shakespeare play. He will occasionally speak fondly of the destruction of the Moor of Venice, and his limbs and chest bear awful scars which he implies were gained in the torture following the events of the play. He appears to be in his late middle-age, wiry and strong with an open, smiling face.

He acts in his “true” identity only very rarely, usually when a victim inevitably realises the extent of Iago’s involvement in their downfall. When he does, he plays the part of Shakespeare’s Iago perfectly, showing the same theatrical coldness, and displaying a dazzling profusion of prejudices, rationalisations and motives for his crimes. His prejudices have a tendency to filter through into his outer disguise. A man seemingly possessed of pure ill-will and intellect unfiltered by morality.

There are many theories about the truth of the matter. Some aver that he is the fictional character, somehow conjured from the play to reality. Others suggest that his talent at deception and his choice of persona stem from a background in acting, but his military skills bely training in combat arts both historical and modern. Most who have seen him as Iago would be content to see him dead and never know his secrets. He has destroyed great men, hero and villain alike, by perverting their desires and virtues.

Aspects (with explanations)

“I am not what I am” (Iago’s true origins are shrouded in mystery)
“In the trade of war I have slain men.” (he’s not the world’s best fighter, but he’s experienced and cunning)
Bigot
“Thus do I ever make a fool my purse.” (an aspect attached to whichever Sucker is playing his ‘Roderigo’ – the ‘fool’ part makes it ripe for Tags)
“Knavery’s plain face is never seen ‘til used.” (Iago always has another false identity up his sleeve – the flipside is that his face shows up on many unfavourable records.)
Paranoid
“Virtue into Pitch” (his ability to turn people’s strengths against them, and his cynicism which can be blindsided by actions of a genuinely selfless nature)
“Do it not with poison.” (Honest Iago’s carefully-crafted moment of final betrayal is sacrosanct to him. He must see the moment of realisation in his victim’s eyes. He will protect his victims unto that point and can be blindsided by spoiling his plan.)
Torture Wounds
“The green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon.” (Iago is consumed and driven by envy)

Skills

Superb: Deceit
Great: Rapport, Empathy
Good: Weapons, Guns, Resolve
Fair: Leadership, Fists, Stealth, Survival
Average: Gambling, Alertness, Intimidation, Burglary, Endurance

Stunts

Rapport:
Best Foot Forward

Empathy:
Hit Them Where It Hurts

Deceit:
Con Man
Sucker (his current ‘Roderigo’)
The Honest Lie

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