The Diary of Dorian Gray

"In every man, there is Heaven and Hell"

Dorian Gray
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This is a character journal for Dorian Gray as he appears in the Livejournal RP Queen's Reign.

Dorian Gray was a member of the aristocracy in London at the turn of the century. At the studio of his friend, the painter Basil Halward, he met an incorrigable gentleman by the name of Henry Wotton, who made him immediately concious of his youth. On that very same day, Basil's latest work of art, a portrait of Dorian, had been finished.

Grieved by the fact that he would grow old and ugly while the portrait remained just as it was forever, Dorian wished that it could be the other way around. As time went by, and Henry led the impressionable young man down a dark road of wickedness and debauchery, Dorian found that his wish had been granted. For over a decade, he remained as beautiful as he ever was, while the portrait bore the truth of his soul; a truth ugly beyond compare...

In Oscar Wilde's original novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian meets his end after many years of wickedness when his conscience finally catches up to him. Wanting to changes his ways, but fearing the consequences of a full confession, he decides that his only option is to live out his life in contemplation as the ugly old man he has become on the inside. But to do that, he must first kill his youth by killing the painting. He stabs the thing through the heart with the very shears that killed Basil Hallward, and the servants awaken to a horrible scream. They find a portait of their master as they had last seen him, and a body on the floor that is old, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage.

For the next year or so, the death of Dorian Gray becomes the stuff of urban legends. Sightings of the "East End Devil" or "Prince Charming" make for chilling pub tales in the lower class, while the upper crust speculates a great many theories on what might have become of him, the most popular of which being that he went to prison and became an opium addict after his release.

The truth was more shocking still. Dorian had actually faked his own death, covering himself with props and makeup while substituting his actual painting for a convincing forgery. He used a Yogi-like breathing technique learned while in India to complete the appearance of death. Having paid off his most trusted butler to secure his "body" in a back room of the manor in advance, he left said butler his entire estate in his will while he continued to reside alone in solitude.

Approximately six months before the story begins, Dorian Gray mysteriously turns up in the Seaside District and announces his hoax to the world as a publicity stunt after the manner of Harry Houdini. Rather than being insulted, the public is enamored, and Dorian becomes an overnight celebrity, re-establishing his place in the social ladder and absolving his foul reputation in the eyes of the masses with a single blow.

Dorian has had innumerable love affairs with countless persons, both male and female, but a few stand out as significant, both to his character development and to his overall character composure.

Sibyl Vane - Dorian's first love, and first true sin. A beautiful and brilliant young actress from London's East End, Sibyl was truly a diamond in the rough. When Dorian saw her perform, he was enchanted with her, but when she returned his love, her acting suffered for it. Heartbroken, Dorian spurned her, and that night she committed suicide, playing out the third act to her own tragedy. If nothing else, this molded Dorian's character by stealing his innocence; he would be at the mercy of his emotions no longer.

Basil Hallward - The relationship between these two never became intimate, but there was romance all the same. Basil, the artist who would lavish compliments upon Dorian. Dorian, the beautiful model that had so dominated the painter and inspired his art. Basil was deeply in love with the boy, and even confessed this to him, but Dorian was too young and too arrogant to really care much for his affections beyond their friendship. One night, many years later, Basil confronted Dorian about the awful things being said against him, and Dorian, in a moment of sadism, decided to show him the warped, terrible thing that his portrait had become. Unfortunately, he had not thought through the consequences, and unable to let Basil leave with his secret, stabbed him to death. It was Basil that created the painting, and so it is (in Dorian's eyes) Basil that is responsible for his "curse" of eternal youth.

Alan Campbell - Though never bluntly stated, the romance between Gray and the chemist Alan Campbell is strongly implied. Dorian first contacts him in the main story after killing Basil Hallward, and blackmails him into helping dispose of the body by threatening to mail a scandalous letter to his wife. Campbell later commits suicide out of guilt.

Wilhemina Harker - Exclusive to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie, the details of this relationship remain somewhat obscure. It is obvious that they had a fiery romance that later cooled, but they are on speaking terms. Most likely, Dorian expended what he assumed to be the culmination of her charms and grew bored all too quickly, but this is purely speculation. In the movie (it is important to note that Dorian does not appear in the LXG graphic novels), Mina learns of his painting and uses it to destroy him after a battle in which both parties appear to know the others' weaknesses quite well, but this battle is obviously non-canon to the rp as Dorian is alive and well.

Dorian Gray appears as a fair-skinned young Englishman with blonde hair and blue eyes. His well-chiseled features have been compared to Adonis.

Dorian typically wears the black suit typical of a 19th century gentleman, and walks with a silver-knobbed cane (ironically, it is inside this cane that he hides a vicious rapier).

Dorian is a man of many talents, some of which are noted in the original book, and some unique to the character in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. These talents (or other notable abilities) are...

* He is a competant pianist, and will play on request.

* In London, he carries a reputation of the foulest sort. It has been said that is it sufficient for Dorian to enter a house to bring shame upon it.

* He is supposed to be a connoisuer of many arts and interests, but this was expected of a gentleman in his day, and given his impressionable nature it is just as likely he can bluff this one.

* His calculating wit. Dorian takes nothing for granted, and sees things from multiple angles (in spite of being extremely self-centered). His ability to scheme and counterscheme (not to mention improvise a quick plot) is shown multiple times in both the book and his appearance in LXG.

* His most obvious "special power" is that he never ages. In the book, this was restricted to eternal youth, but he could easily be harmed. In LXG, the picture actually gives him the power of regeneration to "ensure" that he stays young and beautiful forever. I decided to use both (although Dorian still feels pain). For more on the picture, see WEAKNESSES below.

* Dorian is shown in LXG to be a somewhat competant swordsman. I use this as well.

Like the "vampire" he has become, Dorian possesses a number of weaknesses.

* The most notable weakness for Dorian is ironically his greatest strength. While the portrait grants him eternal youth and indestructibility, it also holds his soul (for you d20 geeks out there, he's basically a non-decaying lich, and the portrait is his phylactery). If the portrait is ever destroyed, Dorian will revert to the horrible creature shown in the picture and die instantly. Dorian keeps the portrait locked away where none can see it, and typically has some countermeasure in mind in case someone tries to steal it.

* Dorian's second great weakness is his faltering emotions. He comes off as very cold and self-centered, and while the second assumption is indeed true, he actually feels many passions, remorse included. Dorian has made a number of stupid mistakes over his career in the name of "redemption", and is bound to make a few more before all is said and done.