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- "Aaah…I’ve failed you, father…Though, I suppose, in mostly the same way you failed me. We’re even, old boy! Chin-chin!"
- ―Darius talking about his late father while drinking, 1927[src]
Darius Gift was a member of the British Rite of the Templar Order. After the death of his father Thaddeus Gift in 1927, he was sent to Shanghai to make contact with the Templar Rite in the city, soon finding himself mixed up with the mysterious and enigmatic Black Cross.
A member of a British Templar family from Knightsbridge active since the 12th century, Darius was born to Thaddeus Gift. In February 1927, Thaddeus was killed by the Black Cross for stealing from his fellow Templars and using their contacts to embezzle money, although Darius himself did not know the identity of the killer.
Thaddeus' corruption damaged the Gift family's reputation, and it was discovered that he was held many debts, leading to Darius losing a university position and descending into poverty. Darius and his fellow Templar Ferris were the only people present at Thaddeus' funeral at the Temple Church. After the ceremony, Ferris charged Darius with delivering a package to Chiang Kai-shek in the hopes of convincing him to join the Shanghai Rite of the Templar Order, presumably so as to ease tensions between the Templar rites. As a reward, he would be formally inducted into the Templar Order and be given access to whichever university he wanted.
Delivering the packageEdit
While traveling to Shanghai, Darius followed the instructions given by never inspecting the contents of the package once. While waiting for an associate to take him to Chiang in the Zhejiang province, he was seduced by inside a bar by a prostitute who called herself "Roo", only for her to steal the package as he looked away. Following her outside, he was attacked by a group of men, before being rescued by the Black Cross.