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Cassandra Cain

Cassandra Cain

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Join date : 2013-07-12

PostSubject: Character Profile: Cassandra Cain   Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:54 pm

NAME- Cassandra Cain-Wayne
ALIAS- Black Bat, Batgirl
AGE- 18
RELATIONSHIPS- Bruce Wayne (adoptive father), Lady Shiva (mother), David Cain (father), Barbara Gordon (best friend)
PERSONALITY- Cassandra can come off as harsh in her mannerisms at times and is always constantly on edge due to her training.  Deep down however Cassandra cares very deeply to protect those she considers to be her family and will do whatever it takes to ensure their safety, even at the cost of her own life.

BIO- Cassandra Cain was conceived and trained with the intention of creating the perfect bodyguard for Ra's al Ghul.. After many unsuccessful attempts to train children from birth in the language of martial arts; David Cain, then a member of Ra's League of Assassins, decided that the answer lay not in a child but perhaps in the child’s “genetics”. He planned to create this "One Who Is All". With Ra's permission Cain searched for the perfect mother for this child, and years later he would find her in the Woo-san sisters, Sandra and Carolyn. They resided in Detroit, and practiced martial arts with each other nearly every waking moment of their childhood in a type of ‘sister's language’.

Cain killed Carolyn and wooed the younger sister Sandra into fighting him, building her rage and helping her to see that without her sisters strength and age keeping her down she was the more powerful of the two. Cain then impregnated the woman and led her into the League of Assassins to become Lady Shiva after birthing Cassie she left the child to be part of Cain's insane scheme and went on to lead the League.
As she grew up she was trained by not just David Cain, but Bronze Tiger, Merlyn the archer, and Alpha the Kung fu expert among others. Cain kept her body trained and focused by never teaching her speech or reading, always having her full focus on fighting and training. The parts of her brain normally used for speech were trained so she could read other people's movements and body language and predict , with uncanny accuracy, their next move. This also caused her brain to develop learning functions different from most, in a form of dyslexia that hampered her ability to read and write for years to come. Training her in a variety of secluded locations Cain recorded many of their sessions .

When Cassandra was 5, Cain began taking her along on his hits so she could be cultured to accept death and killing as normal. At age 8 he decided she had progressed far enough to test her abilities in the real world of an assassin. He took her to a hit where she would hand out the killing blow; the target Faizul, would never see it coming. At the time however despite going along with her father's wishes she had no idea what she was doing; she may have even believed it was only a game however after striking the deathblow, she "read" the target as he died and knew in intimate detail what it meant to take a life. This experience left her scarred emotionally and she ran away from her father for what he had caused her to do. Cassandra spent the next nine years homeless as a wandering, mute drifter.

Cassandra spent the next nine years homeless, beating herself up mentally over what she'd done as she traveled the world. Entering Gotham City at 17 Cassandra came to be a student of Oracle's, learning how to read and speak through the therapy Barbara provided. Over time Barbara began to see that Cassie had training and skill but had been abused in some way. Cassandra became involved with the Bat Family after seeing the handy work of her father Cain and realizing what he had planned to do. In the No Man's Land of Gotham City after saving Commissioner Gordon's life from her assassin father, she was given the Batgirl costume with the approval of both Batman and Oracle.

She became Barbara's ward and as the No Man's Land war raged on the new Batgirl was introduced to the rest of the Bat family with varying levels of acceptance. Usually going out under the Batman's watchful eye she was finally allowed to go on a solo mission when a patrol station needed guarding against a local gang. Near the end of No Man's Land Batman noticed her death wish and forced her to make a decision between suicidal actions and self preservation. She opted for self preservation.
Cassandra works as Batgirl with Oracle and they become a team to be reckoned with. On time they were trying to solve a bombing at the diamond exchange that killed several people. Two-Face caused the bombing and took credit for it but the problem was why did six of the bodies disappear. It turned out they were being reanimated and used by a man named Malcolm Greymater (The General) in his crime-syndicate known as the Trio. The machine that brought people back didn't really work on everyone's minds leaving some complete zombies while others with slight memory loss that just got worse as their brains rotted. Good looking women were taken to a strip club where they would perform. Strong men were recruited in his own gang.

Everything led them to Arcadia where she and Oracle worked with the Ghost. Two-Face also went to Arcadia on a separate issue of revenge against the General as well. Everything ends with Two-Face and the General killing most of their own men and the base for the General is destroyed as well with him getting away talking about moving to Metropolis and setting up again.

Cassie's desire for a family grows ever stronger as she continues to live with Oracle and watches the dynamics of the Bat Family. Information on her childhood continues to be gathered as she studies her father and his movements, suspicions of her mother's true identity begin to come to light and she decides against Batman's wishes to chase down Lady Shiva and confront her about her true parentage. Having faced Shiva once before the woman had hinted at her role in the child's upbringing trying to get the girl to fight her as Cassie's new training in speech and her telepathy had thrown her off balance, Cassandra barely defeated her with a cheap shot. Later, Cassandra then requested Shiva to retrain her to read people like her. Shiva accepted her offer, only on the condition that in one year, they would fight to the death.

One year later, Cassandra and Shiva fight once more, with Shiva killing her in minutes. Shiva then restarts her heart, and learns that Cassandra had a death wish. After learning this, the two have a real fight, in which Cassandra wins.

Following the trail she heads to the latest home of the League of Assassins, who were lead by Nyssa, Ra's al Ghul's daughter. While making her way into the compound, Cassie drops in upon Lady Shiva's training of the latest assassin recruits. Preparing to attack, she was stunned to see the recruits address her as: "One who is all", the one who defeated Shiva in combat. After Shiva explains why she is in league with The League of Assassins, she attacks Cassie. While Cassie tried to get Shiva to answer if she was her mother, the duel was interrupted when Mr. Freeze appeared and froze Cassie. Somehow, Cassie convinced Mr. Freeze to let her go in exchange, she would help him revive his wife, Nora. When Freeze put his wife into the Lazarus pit, not only did it make her crazy, but it gave her powers to reanimate the dead and called herself Lazara. Cassie convinces Freeze to refreeze his wife by destroying the base of the Assassins with a freeze device. As Cassie made her way out, Shiva tells the students to pick their side, half go to Shiva half to Cassie. A fight breaks out and Cassie is attacked by her brother Mad dog. Mad Dog kills Cassandra.

Taking Cassie down to the Lazarus pit , Shiva threw her in and waited for the girl to be reborn. Shiva told Cassie the story of her birth while the women fought, finally getting the battle she wanted Shiva continued to tell the story as Cassie fought back, telling of Cain's use of her, of how he killed her sister to get a rise out of her. That finally he did Shiva a favor as she was stronger and better than ever, that Cassie could be so as well. Finally, Cassie was able to defeat her once again, stabbing her through a chained hook leaving her to die above the Lazarus pit. Cassie, realizing who she was raised to be, handed the cowl back to Batman and quit being Batgirl.

POWERS/SPECIAL TALENTS- Due to the harsh training she went through as a child, Cassandra is one of the greatest martial artists in the world and is a master assassin. She is skilled in being able to comprehend a person's body movements as if it were language or speech, and thus knows what actions a person will use before they actually do. Some of her feats include shattering brick and stone as well as a sword. She has used nerve strikes and pressure points. dodged bullets at point blank range and even disarmed a gunman before the bullet can hit her. Her ability to comprehend body language enables her to quickly learn new martial arts style,such as learning Escrima from a single sparring session with Oracle.

Cassie wears the costume originally created by Huntress, taken from her by Batman. As Blackbat, she wears her old Batgirl costume with a domino mask. Her cape is torn, and her hands are wrapped in bandages with claws on the fingertips of her gloves.


Cassandra was given some detective training from Tim Drake while they were in Blüdhaven.


Carries an assortment of Batgadgets such as Batarangs, smoke grenades, small explosives, grappling hooks and lines though she rarely uses them.


She is also a master of different kinds of melee and ranged weaponry. Her time with Barbara and the Batman only enhanced her already considerable skills.

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