Quiverwing Duck

@drakemallard "Because you're an inveterate pessimist?"

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Age: 30-something
Species: Mallard
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Immaterial
Marital Status: Aggressively Single
With: Nobody
Occupation: Solitary masked vigilante / Private Investigator
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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.

 

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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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    • Harmonizer
      Harmonizer

      She moved to hug Quiverwing again. "Just take eet easy. My father used to coddle me a lot, and, well, look at me now," she gestured to herself and laughed a little. "I'm normally not great with kids, but eef you ever need 'elp, just let me know."

      • Quiverwing Duck
        Quiverwing Duck

        Quiverwing snapped his beak shut audibly, and hunched his shoulders as if he was physically fighting down the darkly sarcastic comment he nearly allowed to slip free. Even if it was one directed at himself, Harmonizer did not deserve being exposed to it.

        After a moment, he said in a level and polite tone, "I'm sure it will be fine. Thank you, though."

        • Harmonizer
          Harmonizer

          Harmonizer rolled her eyes. "Well, my statement still stands. I'm sure you're not zat bad. Don't be too 'ard on yourself for... what 'appened een ze past."

          Easier said than done, of course.

          • Quiverwing Duck
            Quiverwing Duck

            Relenting a little bit, Quiverwing eased up on his recalcitrant attitude. "I don't have the luxury to have a mental breakdown right now, if that's what you were wondering. Her needs come first, I can't make it about me."

            He then added, very dryly, "By the way, if you'd known me even a year ago, that statement would make you die of shock where you stand. Honestly, it nearly killed me just now."

            • Harmonizer
              Harmonizer

              Harmonizer looked a little disturbed. "I... see. Poor child. I'm sure she's safe with you, though. I'd love to meet 'er someday."

              There was an awkward pause, and she continued.

              "Ees eet difficult...? I mean..." her voice trailed off and she looked away.

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              • Quiverwing Duck
                By Quiverwing Duck
                @drakemallard "Because you're an inveterate pessimist?"
                • Quiverwing Duck
                  By Quiverwing Duck
                  @drakemallard Quiverwing just snored on the bar room floor, the sound somewhat muffled because his hat had landed perfectly on his beak. Unfortunately, he probably would remember it all.
                  • Quiverwing Duck
                    By Quiverwing Duck
                    @drakemallard Quiverwing just squinted at Darkwing, as if he could not quite focus. "Man, you're the one getting hung up on that, now." He planted his hands on the bar top to steady himself as he stood up, and pointed at his doppleganger. "Self-centered." Then he fell over backwards and hit the floor with a loud thud, unconscious.
                    • Quiverwing Duck
                      By Quiverwing Duck
                      @drakemallard "That... is not the point I was making. The point..." Quiverwing clasped one hand over his forehead as he tried to remember the point he was making. "The point is the libel is the annoying part. Not the allegations. Maybe you're insecure about it. I dunno, everyone thinks I run around in a frickin' dress and I don't even care."

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                      • Quiverwing Duck
                        Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Dangerous Waters
                        Even with a mask on, Quiverwing's expression was clearly one of worry before he turned away from Lexi and Gosalyn. Taking a few steps from the table, he spoke as if nothing were wrong. "Hello. Yes, I was just checking back with Mr. Dulltail as we'd...
                        • Quiverwing Duck
                          Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Flute To The Finish
                          From the expression on the masked mallard's face, he was completely perplexed by the way the situation was developing. His plumed hat got knocked into a more rakish angle when he rubbed the back of his head with one hand. "I'm... not certain I...
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                            Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Flute To The Finish
                            Starting to get faintly baffled at the lack of verbal responses, Quiverwing looked between the woman still hugging him and the one now playing piano. He rallied and cheerfully said, "So we're all in agreement that theft is no longer a goal, here,...
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                              Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Flute To The Finish
                              Quiverwing was taking a dynamic heroic stance, the sort that involved having one's shoulders squared and chest pushed forward with an arm raised in proper declamatory fashion. "I would ask y--" He paused when Mother Goose suddenly embraced him. This...
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                                Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Flute To The Finish
                                "I suppose that's a 'no'," said Quiverwing, putting his hat back on as he kicked away from the pillar in a graceful dive. He took the bow from his back while in mid-air, swiftly nocking a grappling arrow and firing it at the top of the pillar across...
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                                  Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Flute To The Finish
                                  Although Quiverwing Duck had responded to the break-in several minutes earlier, he had not wanted to interrupt the kerfuffle going on between the two would-be burglars. It was interesting, and also kind of entertaining. However, it now looked as if...
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                                    Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Dangerous Waters
                                    "They might be able to," Quiverwing told Lexi, glancing up from his scrutiny of the cuffs. "Are... you prepared to deal with them, right now? It's helpful that we have some pertinent additional information--" He stopped mid-sentence, still staring...
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                                      Quiverwing Duck commented on the blog Dangerous Waters
                                      After his last task, which was to drag the Eggmen further down the alley over to the main heap and to make sure the minions who'd shot each other were not actually dying, Quiverwing came back into the cafe, dusting off his hands. "We'll have...