Quiverwing Duck

@drakemallard "I'm the perfect height. And before you ask 'for what', obviously the answer is 'for everything'."

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Age: early 30s
Species: Mallard
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Disastrous
Marital Status: Improbable
With: Ariana McCawber
Occupation: Masked Vigilante / Private Investigator
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Drake Mallard, P.I. - Quiverwing Duck's (arguably) mild-mannered alter ego


 

Origin Story:

"I am the terror that haunts your nightmares..."

In an alternate universe there is a St. Canard where things are a little more shadowy and the Dark Deco aesthetics are more strongly embraced. For the most part, this means a population that wears fedoras unironically and tends to prefer Streamline Moderne styling on everything up to and including their smartphones.

In this world, Darkwing Duck delivered two-fisted justice to the criminals of St. Canard, swooping in with gas guns akimbo and a flip kick to the head. He was steadfast (some might say 'stubborn') about working alone, but eventually relented and took on a sidekick. His daughter, Gosalyn, grew up knowing her father was a masked crime fighter and was determined to follow in his footsteps.

Realizing that Gosalyn was going to do this whether he condoned it or not, Darkwing decided it was better to keep her where he could see her and protect her.  As a daring dynamic duo doling out drubbings to disorderly dastards, Darkwing Duck and Quiverwing Quack made an excellent team. Except when it got too late on school nights, of course; bedtime was non-negotiable.

This routine became the ultimate in father-daughter bonding activities, and everything was great--until, suddenly, it was not. Quiverwing Quack made the ultimate sacrifice to save her father and all of St. Canard. For Drake Mallard, Darkwing Duck died on that night as well. For Drake Mallard, Darkwing Duck was responsible for his daughter's death.

Although he fell into deep despair, Drake knew that Gosalyn would have given him a severe dope slap for giving up under any circumstances. Clinging to the memory of her fiery spirit and his love for her, Drake returned to crime fighting. Unwilling to resume his prior masked persona, he instead decided to honor his fallen hero and took on the mantle of Quiverwing Duck.

This time, however, he really is determined to work alone.

 

UPDATE: The 'working alone' thing is really not going to plan.

UPDATE II: A lot of stuff happened. That will be properly written... later. A brief, non-comprehensive summary follows:

Despite putting up resistance, Quiverwing Duck/Drake Mallard ended up with friends and loved ones. He adopted NegaGosalyn. He cheered up enough to smile again. While in costume he tried to avoid media attention so he could lurk around as a crime fighting urban cryptid, but that only encouraged them; his playing hard to get, along with his politesse and charm, also earned him a fan following.

Granted, his fan demographic tends to be 'ladies', or at least 'people who appreciate looking at a short yet comely fellow', particularly after he was featured (with gratuitous shirtlessness) in Heroes Monthly (and, more recently, as the cover feature for Fit & Feather). Finally, recognition for working out three hours a day and maintaining 11% body fat and justifying how that isn't obsessive at all. Some guys theorize that 'Arrow Guy' isn't really a hero, and is just some actor pretending at it for attention. It's fine. Quiverwing is happy to let others underestimate him.


Note: Although this character is adapted from the comics, other than the backstory provided for him for his own world, I'm not otherwise following the 'Crisis' story canon. I mean, can you imagine?

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    • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
      Queen Malicia of St. Canard

      @Quiverwing "Oh yes, you can polish them and then use a special wax to get them beautiful and shiny. Go to any store that caters to the pachyderm population and they sell it."

      Then there was a long pause.

      "We are still talking about myself, of course, right?"

      • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
        Queen Malicia of St. Canard

        Bleep bloop, another text late in the evening!

        As follows: "Is it true you might have.... photos of Negaduck. Asking for a friend who is also me because I'm my own best friend."

        • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
          Queen Malicia of St. Canard

          Return text: "My my, you're fascinated by my beautiful features aren't you? Well, learning not to cut your mouth just comes with time, I was fine by early childhood. But it takes a bit longer for kissing especially with you Normals... but the pain is part of the fun you know."

          "If you need more advice, I could always show you in person..."

          • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
            Queen Malicia of St. Canard

            Text back: "MY tail?? Well, yes, it does have a mind of its own sometimes. Especially loves to wrap itself around things it is particularly drawn to...

            Why do you ask? You know, there's plenty of other body parts of mine you can ask about too..."

            • Drake Mallard
              Drake Mallard

              "Not always." Drake frowned.

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                Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog The Proof is in the Presentation
                "Dr. Gearloose, no one who puts on a mask to fight crime is a reasonable person." Quiverwing glanced over at Gyro and smiled at him, then returned his attention to the road. "Anyway. I'd tell you more about how the Knighthawk works, but I suspect...
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                  Quiverwing Duck posted to the wire

                  @drakemallard "I'm the perfect height. And before you ask 'for what', obviously the answer is 'for everything'."

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                    Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Battle of the Dads
                    The younger Mallard was just getting up from the floor when he found himself catching the drake of the house, which put them both back onto the floor. By the time they were starting to rise, the jay had magically charged the silverware and other...
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                      Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Gogol is a Terrible Search Engine
                      "I'm good at some things, but hopeless with most things. I don't know how to make cooking work, just as an example," said Drake, giving a slight wave of his hand when Della praised his abilities. "Well, not just an example, it's also a warning. If...
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                        Quiverwing Duck posted to the wire

                        @drakemallard "You are kinda short, though."

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                          Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog RP: Get Bent
                          "It looks pretty similar, ma'am, but I wouldn't recommend using it. If there are any differences in printing patterns, paper, or if the serial numbers are already used, you might get in trouble for counterfeiting," Quiverwing explained. From the way...
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                            Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog The Proof is in the Presentation
                            "I also shoot arrows at them, don't forget that part," Quiverwing prompted Gyro. He was being pretty jaunty for someone who had been curled up as if he were on the slow train to Deadsville only a few hours ago. "Anyhow, I've never used any of my...
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                              Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog The Proof is in the Presentation
                              "I promise I don't have malevolent ulterior motives. Although I suppose you'll have to take my word on that." Quiverwing sounded a little amused as he tossed his bow and quiver full of arrows into the back seat, although when he sat down he sucked...