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CHARACTER NAME: Jack, aka Cain
CHARACTER AGE: Old as balls. First son of Adam and Eve levels of old. Looks to be in his 50s.
SERIES: He Never Died
CHRONOLOGY: After the end of the movie
CLASS: Wavering between anti hero and villain. Basically lawful evil, bordering on neutral when behaving himself and going all the way to chaotic evil in his earlier years.
HOUSING: He’ll likely request individual housing because he can’t promise he won’t want to murder and eat anyone he lives with.

I’ll get the links out of the way now, which will cover some of the bare bones of a very, very long (and mostly unknown) background. For a start, Jack is established in his canon as Cain, of Cain and Abel fame, and has therefore been about since the start. Here is a wiki link to the background of the two brothers including their creation and a certain brotherly feud. This link, however, isn’t related directly to Jack’s canon so I will be making some amendments further down about the differences between the two.
This is the wiki page for canon, describing the movie plot, although I’ll contest some of that info by saying the bearded man possibly refers to God rather than Death (as God was the one to curse Jack), although WHO it is isn’t entirely important and seems left open to interpretation, with some even considering it being Satan. Maybe it’s all of them, or none of them.

One of the very first shots we see of Jack shows his bare back, adorned with two long scars starting at his shoulder blades looking very much like a place where wings may once have been. Straight away this gives the suggestion of something divine or biblical in his past, and while they’re never actually explained in canon (beyond ‘he’s Cain’), there can be some assumptions made. It’s said in some traditions and interpretations that Cain wasn’t the son of Adam, but actually the son of Eve and the Devil (or another fallen angel), making him half human, half angelic aka a Nephilim. For the sake of head canon, I’ll be following this idea, assuming that Eve was seduced by Lucifer (as the serpent) and thus Cain was born, while his brother Abel is a pure human of Adam and Eve. Because of this, Abel was always the preferred son and when Cain’s offering to God is rejected in favour of his favoured younger brother, his anger and jealousy cause him to kill his brother and become the first murderer.

For his actions he was cursed, given the Mark of Cain, leaving him to walk the earth forever with a never ending thirst for human flesh. Very little is ever mentioned in canon about the following millennia, but Jack does mention his time murdering innocents in Egypt, impaling thousands in Wallachia (suggesting he may also be Vlad the Impaler and vampire legend Dracula, a nod to his blood drinking tendencies), being in China during the American Civil War, having photographic evidence of himself in the French trenches in WW1, and of course starting life as a crop farmer. It’s likely he’s behind plenty of serial killings, unsolved mysteries and creepy legends throughout history, but that’s just part of his murdery charm. Basically he’s been around, done a whole bunch of shit, created a lot of legends and learnt a whole lot of skills and languages. In fact, his knowledge makes him pretty versatile; a Jack of all trades. See what they did with his name, there?!

The world of He Never Died appears to be relatively ‘normal’, similar in almost every way to the real world beyond the obvious immortality of Jack. Everyone’s reactions to his displays of survival show that it’s entirely unexpected and unusual, not to mention his eagerness to keep his curse unknown to those around him lest word spread to the wrong ears.

Cain was born a nephilim, a half breed spawned of sin and unaccepted from the very start. From a young age he showed an independence that wasn’t displayed in his younger brother, taking on the mantle of responsibility that often comes with being an older sibling while gaining a growing resentment for the apparent golden boy, Abel. Although the older of the two, Cain was by no means mature, he was headstrong and arrogant but a hard worker, putting everything he had into the task of crop farming. When the two brothers gave their sacrifices to God, Abel’s was chosen as the preferred offering, while Cain was left taking the rejection to heart and lashing out at his brother for it. The killing of Abel was inevitably bred from jealousy, an envy at the successes of his sibling, a complete lack of respect for the life of another, as well as a long building anger that came from feeling looked down upon by both his family and God.

Cain has always been prideful, a trait he still keeps even to the modern day, but it was his younger years where he truly felt a constant need to prove himself, striving to be seen as something more than the half-breed he was. That high opinion of himself had been what ultimately led him to disappointment and rejection, bringing rise to a seething anger that was never sated, still bubbling to the surface thousands of years to come. It’s taken him a long time to gain maturity, and some might say he’s still never quite managed to find it, but Cain’s always gone at his own speed.

His inability to consider the feelings of others or ever truly care about the consequences of his actions displays a severe selfish streak, one that hasn’t improved even after being cursed with immortality. After all, why worry about consequences when you’ve already been given the worst punishment imaginable? This selfishness continues to grow throughout his life, creating a complete disconnect from those around him to a sociopathic level of indifference. The curse is what inevitably spurs these negative traits on but is by no means the original cause of them, the constant hunger to kill and consume forcing him to disconnect from reality, viewing people as a lower life form of little importance in the grand scheme of it. Like a child stepping on an ant hill, Cain never really worries about a few thousand killed in the name of entertainment, and after living long enough to see what humans are truly capable of he barely considers their lives as much of a loss, even when taking the lives of children. It’s his vengeance that drove him to murder, but it’s the curse that keeps him killing for eternity, encouraging a destructive nature that was there from the very start.

By the time we see Cain in the modern world he appears to have calmed down a bit, weaning himself off murder and cannibalism for the moment by feeding on blood packs, but maintaining a distance from the rest of the world for fear of temptation. It’s never made entirely clear why he’s chosen sobriety, but it may be that old age is making him soft as it becomes quickly apparent there still lives a conscience somewhere deep inside. Even when slowly driven back to murder and flesh eating, Cain, going by Jack in the modern world, picks his victims carefully, finding the sinners amongst humanity and refusing to punish good deeds. Some of his decisions are stretches, but he’s genuinely trying to improve on a lifetime of killing innocents, possibly a decision that’s come from maturity, boredom (even a favourite pastime can grow old after thousands of years of repetition), or just a choice he’s made to try and control his curse rather than let it control him.

Immortality has certainly taken it’s toll on Jack when we catch up with him in 2015, an eternity of living grown wearisome for him. Having seen and done virtually everything life has to offer, apathy has become the main component of his personality, seemingly uninterested in everything and everyone around him to the point where he’s stuck in a never ending slump of boredom. His depression keeps him down, struggling to get enjoyment from life but still forced to go through the motions. While spending much of his time asleep, he still makes the effort to leave the house daily, visiting the same few places day after day, meeting the same few people but never making any attempt at interaction. Jack’s lethargy, mixed with a total disinterest in the world around him only serves to ostracise him more, causing him to live the life of a loner with a self-perpetuating inability to make any human connection, enforcing the feeling of being an outcast that he’s felt since his early life. Those that do attempt to speak with him, namely a waitress by the name of Cara, find their attempts rebuffed and ignored, making Jack appear clueless, rude and just plain odd when compared with societal expectations. The self-enforced sobriety is only partly to blame for his life style choice, living off nothing but blood packs making Jack constantly careful about temptation, keeping his company extremely limited and using minimal energy to ensure he can live off the smallest portions possible.

It’s only after being harassed by low-end goons and meeting his estranged daughter, Andrea, that Jack finally starts to come out of his shell, forced into situations he’d been avoiding for many years, but managing to approach them with a reluctant sort of patience. Even Andrea forcing her way into his life (and his apartment) are merely met with resigned sighs and mumbled agreements like he knows better than to argue. That selfishness and complete disregard for others does still exist though, and is never more apparent when he hears news of his ex-partner being killed and Andrea being kidnapped, his response being to do absolutely nothing and showing no concern whatsoever. In fact, it’s not until the kidnappers seek him out and shoot him that Jack finally chooses to retaliate, going to rescue his daughter and get revenge on the mob boss responsible but still claiming openly that “All this is for me.” We even see some of that famed anger come back into play as Jack storms his way through an apparent stronghold without care, killing any in his path and focusing his rage on the leader of them all. The arrival of a mysterious male (God? Death? Satan?) breaks through Jack’s armour, the meeting a long time coming as he vents his frustrations, angered about his curse and begging for death but still ignored after all this time.

Jack’s last moment of screen time has him reluctantly agreeing that there’s some things in life that are more important than mass murder, and for once he spares a life in favour of saving another; his daughter. There’s no chance of Jack ever redeeming himself for all that he’s done, but then again he’d never want that anyway. He doesn’t show regret; what’s done is done, but he does display moments of improvement, vague attempts at being something more than a mindless monster that’s cursed to kill for eternity, one that might one day be able to think of someone other than himself. But that may be expecting a little too much…

Mark of Cain
The Mark of Cain, considered a curse by Jack, is a canon power that grants several abilities with it:
- Immortality: Exactly what’s expected from the name, immortality means that Jack can’t be killed by any standard means. Shoot him, stab him, try to drown him, do what you want and he’ll keep going without pause. Although he can still feel pain, thousands of years of it have dulled his reactions, making him used to the feel of things like fists, bullets and knives, and therefore taking most damage without flinching. Magic is an unexplored territory when it comes to this, but one can assume the results will be largely similar.
- Rapid healing: Tied in with the immortality, any wound given to him will heal faster than average. A minor cut or similar injury will take no more than an hour or two to heal, while more major wounds may take up to twelve hours. He’s still able to function normally even with these wounds, for instance a shot to the head wouldn’t cause the usual brain trauma one would expect, but will instead leave Jack with a hole in the head and a bullet lodged in his brain (if it doesn’t go out the other side). If the bullet isn’t removed, his body will heal over it regardless but leave with him a nasty and consistent migraine.
- Enhanced strength: Not superhuman, but certainly inhuman, Jack is able to break through metal, smash through doors, easily crush (and eat) bone and throw other people with ease.
- Enhanced senses: Possibly just attuned from his years of life, his sight, smell and hearing are improved to around double that of a normal human, especially when on the hunt for human snacks.
- Murder/Consuming human flesh: Cain was the first human to murder and probably has the highest kill count of any of them now. Cursed with the need to kill and consume, he finds himself forced to eat human flesh, or at least consume their blood. Although not doing so wouldn’t necessarily kill him, it’s almost entirely impossible to resist the urge much like a starving person presented with a platter of food. When the urge is ignored for too long it begins to take over, bringing out an animalistic (bordering on demonic) side to him which will persist until he eats, and becomes increasingly difficult to control the longer it’s left unchecked to the point where Jack can lose all self-restraint. To fully sustain himself the feeding should happen once a day, although he can go a couple of days without it. When going ‘sober’ aka not murdering and eating people, Jack was able to keep himself going on blood packs while avoiding too much human interaction. Sobriety brings some level of starvation that has to constantly be dealt with, opting for minimum effort in everything he does to avoid too much energy expenditure.

Wing Manifestation
A non canon ability (probably?) that will allow Jack to summon a pair of wings at will. These will have a large enough wing span to carry around twice his own body weight, and will take the form of a pair of black, feathered ‘angel’ wings (much like the promo art). They’ll be strong enough to tear their way through clothing on initial growth, and can be summoned in a matter of seconds. Like a limb, they’ll be susceptible to damage and can be broken or even dismembered, although Jack’s healing ability is able to work on them just like any other body part. While in flight he’ll be able to reach supersonic speeds, slower if laden with extra weight, and thanks to his immortality will have little issue with atmospheric pressure, altitude sickness or g-force, although no extra improvement to his reactions may result in the occasional high speed accident. At least he can survive hitting a wall at mach 5… And of course, it goes without saying that refining flight will take some practice, but he’s got all the time in the world for that.


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