The Pale Jackal
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal as Ambrose Llewellyn Atherton
Name: Ambrose Llewellyn Atherton
Birthdate: 04/30/1880
Faction: Superhero Team
Codename: The Pale Jackal
Position: Lieutenant, Esquire, Master Cat-Burglar
Hometown: None; his is the epitome of wanderlust
Partner(s): None Height: 6'0"
Father: Robert Phillip Atherton, Esq. (Deceased) Weight: 170lb
Mother: Clara Anne Atherton (Deceased) Hair Color: Brown
Siblings: None Eye Color: Blue
Children: None


Born in Britain in 1880 and dragged along by his consulate-bound parents to Basra (modern-day Kuwait), Ambrose spent his days doing his best to be the dutiful son to a father intent on seeing young Atherton, Esq., rise to star-status in the political theater. Ambrose had other ideas and when he wasn't being tutored, he was off running with the children of the city and learning the ways of the streets. At one point, his father had enough of him gadding about and when Ambrose was an older teenager, he was remanded to the local military regiment. 'Whip him into shape,' said the man, and by jove, they did.

Ambrose reached the rank of infantry lieutenant before the first World War put a strain on the local military. Bored and left behind, he and a small group of soldiers turned to tomb-robbing for excitement as well as income. They disturbed a Mesopotamian tomb-site and all were struck with the Bane of Eternal Thirst and Restlessness. It took him several months to realize that he was the reason for people dropping like flies around him and this scared him to his god-fearing soul. He left Basra and family behind to keep them safe and took to the four winds.

The curse came with no manual and Ambrose has no idea that having a male heir will break it. He believes that returning antiques to their original countries of origin will earn him enough 'good karma' to break the curse. World War II was dark fun and he did his damage to Rommel's campaign before slipping into Europe proper and eventually to New York City, where the museums and collections are chock-full of artifacts from foreign nations. So many things to return!!!

IC Events

  • Shanghai, China, 1921-192? : Having established himself as the skulking demon of the black market antiques trade in Shanghai, Ambrose then comes into a questionable partnership with one Kent Allard, known at this time as "Ying Ko" or one Robert Black. Together, they wreak their havoc upon the opposing crime-clans and suffer in turn.


The jackal cannot curl his lip
to snarl or sneer.
As predator he chooses
intricate ways with a smile on his face.
"Morning, stranger," he says,
the eyes blinking with innocence.

You can scare him away
if you think about it,
but no one usually does.
He seems to be tentative;
he looks away, sometimes;
he has a beggar's heart;
he can't think about tomorrow.

He wants you to believe in him.
He compliments you in every way
and wishes you were dead.

- "The Jackal", Ray Skjelbred



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