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Where Black Dahlia fits in the Skullgirls Universe

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BLACK DAHLIA

Real name: Unknown
Age: 50-60 years
Classification: Cybernetically-Enhanced Human (Cyborg)
Affiliation: Medici Mafia

Canon Info Thread Data

  • She is an ex-member of the Anti-Skullgirls Labs and her body was modified with weapons from there. Like Big Band, she was part of the Labs before they worked with synthetic parasites therefore her body doesn't have them.
  • She is the trainer of the Medici's legion of female assassins who specialise in hidden weapons such as the footblade that we see Cerebella uses.
  • Black Dahlia's time in the Labs drove her mad, she used to be a lot different and had a different name before becoming an assassin
  • Dahlia was the first ASG; essentially a prototype. She was gravely wounded in a Skullgirl attack and Geiger put her back together.
  • She is around 50 to 60
  • Dahlia doesn't have any true loyalty to the Medici. She is powerful enough to be the second-in-command of the Medici and loves to be their due to her deranged, violent nature, as being with them gives her a constant excuse to be violent
  • Black Dahlia is NOT Elven. She is human. Alex said the idea that she was elven sprung from the misinterpretation of a piece of art where her ears were stylistically more pointed, but never meant to indicate she was anything but human.
  • She was always “rough around the edges”.
  • Tom (the Dagonian pilot of Ottomo) maintains Black Dahlia's mechanism. Despite Dahlia's mechanism being from a much older generation of ASG tech, he can still work with it using his engineering skills

Friends & Enemies

How do you think Black Dahlia will be perceived by the cast? How I see it:

HATED
Ms. Fortune - murdered Fortune and her "family", the Fishbone Gang
Peacock - all Medici goons deserve death
Marie - ditto ^
Squigly - murdered Squigly and many Contiello friends and family

DISLIKED
Annie
Big Band
Eliza
Filia
Painwheel
Parasoul
Umbrella
Valentine

NEUTRAL
Beowulf - probably unaware of Dahlia's existence
Fukua - doesn't care
Robo-Fortune -Brain Drain said to watch out, but who listens to that guy?

LIKED
Cerebella - perhaps feared-admired, like a master/trainer respect
Double - appreciates any source of chaos and mayhem

LOVED
lol no one

Conspiracy Theory - The Vitale Medici Coup

Without the Life Gem, Lorenzo Medici's supernaturally-extended health has taken a severe decline. He's practically disintegrating while his son, Vitale, is taking advantage of the Skullgirl panic to clean house. With his henchman Ottomo, Vitale went to the suburbs to kill his brother's family (despite their refusal to participate in the criminal syndicate). Filia's parents (Marcus and Amelia) were murdered, and Filia was left for dead but managed to survive thanks to Samson. Later, Vitale orders Cerebella to retrieve the Life Gem.

The conspiracy: what if Black Dahlia let the Fishbone Gang steal the Life Gem?

One would think something so important to the head of the strongest criminal organization in the country would be a closely-guarded secret. How did a small group of thieves find out about it? Perhaps Vitale, with Black Dahlia's cooperation, are behind these series of events.

What do you think will happen in Black Dahlia's story mode?
 

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Conspiracy Theory - The Vitale Medici Coup
Without the Life Gem, Lorenzo Medici's supernaturally-extended health has taken a severe decline. He's practically disintegrating while his son, Vitale, is taking advantage of the Skullgirl panic to clean house. With his henchman Ottomo, Vitale went to the suburbs to kill his brother's family (despite their refusal to participate in the criminal syndicate). Filia's parents (Marcus and Amelia) were murdered, and Filia was left for dead but managed to survive thanks to Samson. Later, Vitale orders Cerebella to retrieve the Life Gem.

The conspiracy: what if Black Dahlia let the Fishbone Gang steal the Life Gem?

One would think something so important to the head of the strongest criminal organization in the country would be a closely-guarded secret. How did a small group of thieves find out about it? Perhaps Vitale, with Black Dahlia's cooperation, are behind these series of events.
Hmm. The theory is interesting. I don't see what Dahlia has to gain from letting the Fishbone Gang steal the Life Gem but maybe we haven't seen everything yet.

My own much more boring theory about the Fortune stealing the Life Gem is that Lorenzo simply keeps it on him. Maybe he was just at a party or something and Fortune was just pickpocketing random guests at the party, and she took the Gem without knowing exactly what it is.

What do you think will happen in Black Dahlia's story mode?
My best guess is it will probably start around Marie's attack on the Medici Tower. After Lorenzo escapes in his airship, maybe he sends her out to go hunt down the Skullgirl while she is weakened. Then things and stuff happens that will probably distract her from her main mission. Definitely gonna involve running into Ms. Fortune and Squigly.
 
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I suppose, the Circus would appear too, considering Dahlia's connection to it. I would like to see more of this storyline. Who knows, maybe Regina is secretly Irvin in drag was Dahlia's "bunny" in the past.
And, of course, some Labs lore would be deeply appreciated. We need to know who the heck Geiger is, what happened to him, and what exactly made Dahlia into who she is.
 

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I'm hard-pressed to imagine a Dahlia story that wouldn't seem like a rehash of Eliza's.
However, there's some points that might be interesting to touch upon and work in the context of Dahlia's story
-Getting a good grasp on Dahlia's personality, how insane she may or may not be, who she was like before getting augmented and maybe a taste of the role she'll play if the game's plot moves forward
-How Minette got kidnapped
-How Carol ended up in the hands of the Medici
-Identity of Lorenzo's third son
-Exact relationship Lorenzo (who stands a good chance of getting a new VA :x ) has with everyone, Vitale and Dahlia especially
-Geiger and how the ASG labs used to be
-Get to see a bit of Ottomo, Tom and perhaps the Cirque Du Cartes crew

I would really like to know what kind of stage Black Dahlia will come with. Maybe a circus stage?
 
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I'm hard-pressed to imagine a Dahlia story that wouldn't seem like a rehash of Eliza's.
Well, at least Black Dahlia actually has a chance to become the Skullgirl.
Maybe that was the reason to make her a must-have character to be involved in the canon story mode. Originally.

How Minette got kidnapped
Irvin confirmed. Yay!

-Get to see a bit of Ottomo, Tom
To think about, there were probably way more ASG Labs' workers to join the Medicis...

I would really like to know what kind of stage Black Dahlia will come with. Maybe a circus stage?
Deadly Airport will do just fine.
 

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Maybe that was the reason to make her a must-have character to be involved in the canon story mode. Originally.
I think a big part of that reason was just that the Medici are supposed to be a major antagonist faction and for them to play much of a significant role in the story you kind of need to be able to actually fight a high-ranking and genuinely evil member of theirs. Which is also why I suspect they're adding Dahlia before Marie.
 

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I think a big part of that reason was just that the Medici are supposed to be a major antagonist faction and for them to play much of a significant role in the story you kind of need to be able to actually fight a high-ranking and genuinely evil member of theirs. Which is also why I suspect they're adding Dahlia before Marie.
Yeah so far the Medici have been cast as almost a comedic villain (looking at you, SGM). Even in Squigly's story, they are just shown to be ruthless, rather than being smart. I think if Dahlia's story can show the Medici leadership as being competent and Lorenzo as actually an effective and cunning leader, that would go a long way to establish the Medici as a genuine threat, rather than a joke.