From the Sentinels of the Multiverse Official Site
Pike Laboratories Barzakh Wing: Compound Testing Log #43
No test subjects remain from the previous shipment from R.C. Penitentiary death row. Due to receive a new test group today.
Test group shipment acknowledged. Subjects Bilancia, Bonin, Donovan, Haarmann, Knowles, Mogale, Mullin, Renczi, Ridgway, and Suff hooked into compound testing conduits.
Beginning with PL Compound 530. Failure. Lost Subjects Knowles and Renczi.
Testing PL Compound 531. Minor success. Lost Subject Bonin, but Subject Donovan survived. PL Compound 531 now designated Upsilon.
500s batch was based on a derivation from a single compound. Moving to 600s batch, a more varied test set.
Beginning with PL Compound 601. Failure. Lost Subject Haarmann. No positive effect in Subject Donovan, but any negative effects seem to be minor.
Testing PL Compound 602. Success. Lost Subjects Mogale and Bilancia, but major positive effect in Subject Donovan. PL Compound 602 now designated Omicron.
Testing PL Compound 603. Failure. Lost Subject Mullin. Other subjects weakened but not lost. Subject Donovan seemingly unaffected.
Testing PL Compound 604. Minor Failure. Lost Subject Suff. Subject Donovan’s vitals increased, but possibly unconnected.
Testing PL Compound 605. Incomplete. Upon administering compound, Subject Donovan’s conduit broke. Patched Subject Donovan into Subject Ridgway’s conduit.
Testing PL Compound 606. Incomplete. Before administering compound, Subject Ridgeway lost and Subject Donovan’s vitals doubled. Error. Unsupported result. Flooding Subject Donovan’s conduit with remainder of 600s batch to end test group. Send notice to R.C. Penitentiary for additional subjects.
Error. Subject Donovan is conscious. Unsupported result. Subject Donovan reacting positively to all Compounds.
He’s looking at me.
[End of Testing Log #43]
Office note: With the destruction of the Barzakh Wing, please destroy this Testing log and all other Testing Logs from that wing. Also, report all subjects from R.C. Penitentiary as “lost, unrecoverable” and stop any additional subject transfer
From the Rook City Official Rulebook
Jonathan "Jack" Donovan was a prolific serial killer, murdering 43 people in Rook City before finally being brought to justice. After being sentenced to execution, he was offered a deal: volunteer as test specimen for a secret project by Pike Industries and have his sentence commuted to life imprisonment. Donovan and a number of other prisoners were subjected to a series of experimental drugs and mutagens, which killed most of the subjects in the first test. Donovan not only survived the tests, he flourished, granted terrible strength and power by the chemicals in his system. He escaped the lab, but was overwhelmed with hunger and need. As Spite, he continues killing more and more victims and breaking into Pike laboratories to ingest corrupting substances.
Variant: Originally received during the 2013 Holiday
The drugs had ravaged Spite’s system, leaving his body a twisted mess. But Donovan’s mind still worked, and it was overflowing with hatred. Hatred towards the weak people who filled Rook City with their filth. Hatred towards those costumed heroes who tried to get in his way. Hatred towards The Wraith as she raised her arm to point at him. Then, he died; killed both by his own system turning against itself and a speeding slice of serrated steel, which left a ragged trail as it passed through his head.
The demon god known as GloomWeaver felt Jack Donovan’s hatred, even from his twisted throne in the Realm of Discord. The lord of despair strained to reach through the veil between worlds, parting it just enough to snatch Donovan’s soul. He made the serial killer an offer to continue his work, but now with a new, infernal purpose.
Once again in his wreckage of a body, Spite: Agent of Gloom now hunts victims to bring about a new era of true gloom. His carcass is held together with eldritch magics and a dark covenant, binding his soul to a thoroughly dead form. If he succeeds as his task, that covenant will preserve him through all manner of atrocities. However, if he fails, his body and soul are forfeit to the dread GloomWeaver, who will have a new form, one way or another!