- "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. After having been rescued by the Black Cross, they exchanged pleasantries,the Black Cross promises to retrieve the absent package for Darius as he was ordered to offer aid directly by the Nine. Later Darius amused himself with drink. While he walked past a theatre he spotted the same woman, Roo, in a movie poster.
Darius arrived at the local movie production studio, seeking out Roo. He managed to sneak his way on to set, where she was performing. He confronted her in her dressing room, he pleaded for the whereabouts of the box, but she informed him that it had already been sold on. At this point, her husband Zhang Damin, entered and knocked Darius out. Later while the Nationalist Army approached Shanghai. Darius was trapped in the boot of a car, but was rescued by Roo herself who knocked out her husband. She revealed that she removed the item inside the box, and that it was now empty.
Durning the riots in Shanghai, Darius and Roo was hiding. They discussed the contents of the box, and discover a letter that revealed that the Nine had ordered the killing of Darius's father, and that the severed finger enclosed was a reminder of what happens to those that defy. Darius realized that he is nothing more than a gift. A gangster arrived and injured them both. But they was saved by The Black Cross, who eliminating the gangster before he could finish the job. Citing vengeance for his father, Darius fired a gun into the back of the Black Cross. After Cross protested that he did it for the order, Darius fired multiple shots into him. The Black Cross stumbled and fell a ledge.