Now lets dive into the intros and meet two of the most unstoppable warriors to ever grace our consoles.
With only the ghost of the Roman poet Virgil as a guide he made his dark descent into the depths of hell. In the first circle Limbo he fought King Minos, the judge of the dammed, and impaled the serpentine king on his own torture wheel . Entering the Lust the brave crusader took on both the seductress queen Cleopatra and her lover Marc Anthony, who fought as a demonic version of a Roman centurion, killing both of them. Next he entered Gluttony and sliced off the three heads of Cerberus. Entering Greed he comes across a familiar face, that of his father Alighiero who had now been mutated into a morbidly obese demon. After a a duel he defeats and absolves his father, finally ending his influence over him. Descending into Anger he hijacks the demon Phlegyas, and uses him to break through the gates of Dis and into the sixth circle of Heresy. Fighting his way through that he forces his way into violence and comes across two heart wrenching sights. In the forest of suicides he finally learns of how his mother died and absolves her after a brief talk. On the very outskirts of Violence he meets and fights Francesco and his army of crusaders, who blamed Dante for damning them to hell. With great regret he defeats his old friend and comrades and continues on.
In the next circle, Fraud , he finally meets the now demonic and corrupted Beatrice. The now enraged Beatrice makes him go through 10 tests . After the trials, Beatrice yells at Dante even more for trying to save her and for also getting her brother killed aswell. Dante then says "I give up on this journey. I belong here... in Hell". He asks for her forgiveness once more and presents Beatrice her cross. Beatrice surprised by this is then absolved by it making Gabriel the Angel appear. Gabriel tells Dante he has almost redeemed himself and he will see Beatrice again soon, before disappearing.
Now entering the final realm of Treachery, Dante duels the devil and finally defeats him in his winged form. However he then pops out of the belly of the winged beast and duels him in his non winged form. Just as the battle is almost won in the Devil's favor Dante calls upon all the souls of those who he had absolved to help him one last time. Together they seal the devil back into his tomb, preventing him from reaching Heaven again. Dante closed his eyes expecting to be sealed in with the devil, only to find himself in Purgatorio. This is where Dante's story leaves off.
Born in poverty, Alex Mercer had an equally rough childhood as Dante. His parents were crooks, and Alex was raised in foster care for the first nine years of his life until his mom, who had been in prison, took him back in. It would have been better for Alex to have stayed in foster care. Growing up to be a friendless, he trusted no one, and only found solace in work.
After getting a doctorate in genetics at Columbia University he was hired by the top secret Gentek in New York. Alex was described as being years ahead of anyone else, and helped create the Blacklight virus, which was the most virulent disease ever created. However once Gentek came under Congressional scrutiny, the shadowy figures set about destroying all key personnel in order to keep the project a secret. The paranoid Alex soon found out about the plan through his investigative sister Dana. Terrified he attempted to flee the city but was unfortunately caught at Penn Station by Blackwatch, an elite army created just to combat Biological threats . However Alex had bought some insurance before leaving; he had mailed secret documents to Dana and had brought with his a vial of Blacklight. In a fit of rage upon seeing his death at hand he smashed the vial on the floor, starting the infection even as the agents opened fire on him. Alex Mercer was dead...
.....But he didn't stay that way. As he fell to the ground dead , the sentient virus entered him. As Blackwatch was taking him to morgue, the virus was hard at work reconstructing his body; cell by cell. He wakes up quite literally under the scalpel and discovers that the virus had given him near supernatural abilities, but had robbed him of any previous memory. Alex soon finds a way around this by way of a new power called consume, whereupon he absorbs someone and gains the memory, skills and appearance of that person. Through this ability he slowly finds out more and more about his past life and who he truly is, all the while dealing with both the zombie-like infection that he had created and the ever persistent Blackwatch. Led by General Randall, this organization is obsessed with destroying the virus in Manhattan, even calling in the marines to be both their minions and to take the Fallout if the New York infection becomes proves un-containable . Elizabeth Greene escapes from the Gentek facility and becomes the hive mother of the infection, assuming control over it and helping it spread. Once Alex had consumed enough people to surmise how he died, he went on a warpath of revenge. He cornered the director of the Gentek project, who had informed Blackwatch that Alex was going to flee, but the director committed suicide before Alex could absorb him. Through the aid of an informant, later revealed to be Blackwatch special agent Cross, he then chased after Elizabeth Greene, wanting to absorb her as well. He seemingly killed the supreme hunter and then, after some brief cooperation with the military, he forced Greene out of the sewer system after flooding it with Bloodtox, a counter-virus engineered solely to kill the hosts of Blacklight. After an epic battle he absorbed the infected leader, gaining her powers and memories.
It was now time to get revenge on the final two people who had ruined Alex's old life. Karen Parker, his ex-girlfriend who betrayed him to Blackwatch, was cornered and presumably absorbed in a elevator. Now it was Randall's turn. After successfully ruining military operations in Manhattan, he succeeded in consuming a military colonel named Taggart. Together with Cross, he then confronted Randall in his disguise on the Aircraft career U.S.S. Reagan. His vengeance complete there was only one more foe for him to face....Cross, who as it turned out was really the Supreme Hunter who had absorbed agent Cross. After a furious battle he decapitated it. Now he had but one more task to complete...dealing with the Nuclear bomb that the military was going to use on New York. Alex swam it out to see, being within a mere mile of it when it finally detonated.
Though nearly every cell in his body was destroyed by the blast, he was still strong enough to feast on a raven attempting to consume his remains. His reign of terror was not yet over....
While both of these men lived in different time periods and chose different pasts, both have numerous similarities. Both had rough childhoods, both did monstrous things, both had pretty much everything around them seeking to kill them at once, and both had an unrelenting drive to succeed . How will the similarities factor in the battle? How can science and magic be factored in? Who is Deadliest!?!? I cant not yet tell. But this match is going to be both close and fun doing.
I'll end this post with a preview for this battle that I hope you'll enjoy