Damon Cavalera
Gary Dourdan
Gary Dourdan as Damon Cavalera
Name: Damon Cavalera
Alias: Ghost
Age: 25
Hair & Eyes: Black Hair, Green Eyes
Faction: Marines
Position: Rifleman
Colony: Scorpia
Play Times: M-F 6p-11p, Weekends Scattered
Timezone: PST in spring, MST in Fall

Biographical Info


Twenty-five years old on the day that the Cylon Holocaust occurred, Damon Cavalera was enroute in a small bus belonging to the Highway Patrol. Inside was a police officer named Frank Dobrin and a driver. The police on the opposite side of a locked cage and Damon in the back, handcuffed to the floor, they were enroute to the penitentiary where Damon's execution that evening would be carried out. He was to be hanged.

That was, of course, until a freak accident occurred. Alongside a mountain pass a few kilometers from the Resort and Harkins' Lodge, a loose boulder the size of a semi tire fell loose from a cliff above and began to tumble. It crashed into the front passenger side tire of the bus, sending it spinning off. Out of control, it fell at full speed into a ditch and began to roll. When all was said and done, both of the officer's were dead, and Damon's handcuffs were just loose enough that he could free himself. Taking his chance while he had it, he replace his clothes with Officer Dobrin's and took what supplies he could. Fleeing the scene, he made his way to where the story of the Resistance would begin.

Cut back nearly three years prior. Damon Cavalera was a former gang member turned slowly developing crime kingpin in the mean streets of Scorpia's capital. Selling guns and fenced goods while working laundering through a cooperative agreement with some of the blue collar crime families, Damon was completely anonymous to the press. The cubits flowed in daily and what was once the life of a poor street gamer turned into VIP rooms in nightclubs and fast cars. Between the age of 18 and 22, he'd killed fifteen men in cold blood, but inside of these deaths there was a strange sort of street honor. The people he'd killed were either always in self defense, or were in response to needs of the crime world. He'd kill a man for selling him out or ratting to the police, but he left the innocents out of it. This is what, in a way, protected him.

So imagine his surprise when he goes to purchase a Leonis Storm Carbine from a fellow arms dealer named Carlos Rikken and it ends up being a murder weapon. Carlos Rikken gunned down a pregnant mother with the rifle knowing that Damon would want to test fire it before purchasing. When the police received an anonymous tip and found Damon with the gun in his trunk and gunpowder residue on his hands…that was it. It would have been life in prison had the woman not been pregnant. Rikken went on to take over his organization, and through his treacherous ways and eagerness the body trail was followed directly to the warehouse where Rikken and half of Damon's old crew (many of them friends) were gunned down in a firefight with the police.

After two years of failed appeals…Damon had done little more than work out, and slowly come to accept his death.

Now…he has to accept being alive.

(OOC Information: The news of the woman's death "Mirelle Lios" was largely mourned, sparking a short lived series of protests from the people outside of the courthouse calling for his execution. While not making Colonial news, it was kept local to the capital city and happened three years ago. Largely forgotten by the media save a few newspaper articles near the day of his execution, he was black bagged on his way out of the jail to avoid vigilante threats. It's very old news, given how violent the Scorpia ghettos are, and the reminder of his execution was a byline in the newspaper at best.)

It was hard to hide the "thug" factor from the survivors at first. Some of the more perceptive ones immediately drew concern about his role as an "officer", while others seemed to him to view him as a crooked type cop. Distant, socially brutal, and dark in mood he was surprised to find an old acquaintance from his gunrunning days, Salazar, to have survived as well. To increase tension, she knew he was a murderer. There were many a night of quiet tension as the two of them wondered if one would kill the other to protect their identities, as Damon knew her to be a criminal as well. Finally reaching some sort of agreement, Damon began to trust her.

As the tense weeks at the cabin went by, before long a small band of raiding escaped convicts attacked the survivors. A few of them were actually on Damon's prisoner transport. Gunfire was traded from both sides and Damon didn't fire a single bullet. Instead he carelessly dove into their ranks with a homemade 'shiv' and started cutting them to ribbons. One of the raiders, a female, nearly outed him as Damon Cavalera before he cut her throat. What respect he earned from the survivors that day was matched with a side serving of paranoia. It takes a strong man to kill another in defense, but murdering with a knife is another story.

He managed to make it 71 days without being noticed. That ended abruptly the day the marines and pilots from the Kharon crashed on Scorpia. A new survivor by the name of Dell recognized him from the papers. Much to Damon's surprise, Phaistion defended him as being loyal to the good guys, and with small bits of explanation he was allowed to keep his weapons.

Seems his belief in humanity just got a little brighter.

History (As of PHD 232)

However, Damon's belief in humanity didn't last long. A few days after being outed by Dell, it became apparent that a choice would have to be made: The Resistance was fading and he would have to decide whether or not to retreat to the Kharon. The blow to his view in humanity came when the only logical friend he had, Salazar Nikos threatened to expose him with his police file to the rest of the survivors. Being ousted as a convict was one thing, but having all of the notes on the investigation, thus damning him to being left behind was another. After a fight that left him and Salazar on the floor with their hands around their throats, Damon released her to expose his own secrets to Karim "Spider" Marek. Admitting that he was a convicted murderer and even pointing out that Salazar had the intended file, he offered to take his chances on the Kharon as his only attempt to keep the life he's been granted by his short-lived freedom on Scorpia after the holocaust.

Immediately brigged for approximately a month, Damon sat in for a long, hard wait while knowing very well the topic of conversation. The decision that the Kharon had to make was whether or not the Kharon itself would be safe allowing Damon to live. Salazar's datafile included information on crimes that he's committed with only speculative evidence, but a strong hint that he was, in fact, guilty of multiple cases of street-crime related murder and arms dealing. On the positive side, Damon knew that Salazar knew his ethics about harming innocents and there were first hand reports of him saving lives on Scorpia with not one episode of bad behavior. After visits from Poet and a short stint with Castor Leda as a fellow prisoner (at the time suspect for stashing a bomb in his locker), Damon finally came face to face with Sheridan.

The conversation was simple, but filled with honesty. Damon was given one chance to give the Kharon's Commander some insight as to who he truly was. Damon didn't fear the conversation, ready to die for quite some time, but when the smoke cleared he was granted his life. Kicked into the Marines, Damon would be given the rank of private after boot camp and kept on a tight leash. Unable to carry any form of protection (not even a knife) when offduty, he was confined to only be allowed to access the Head, Mess, Gym, Laundry, and his Bunk.

Since then, it could be said that he's made friends, although his mannerisms provide most people with very little emotional acceptance. He's lifted weights with many of his fellow marines, and has begun to form a small circle of friendships amongst a few of the crew who have criminal records. He's gone on combat drop after combat drop and through the fire he's always seemed to come back better off than many.

However, with almost one hundred days passing since he's boarded the Kharon and no sign of his leash being given some more length, Damon is beginning to grow restless. Drop kicked in the face with some of the Kharon's darkest secrets, he's sinking further back into the shadows and watching everyone around him with a keen eye. Saying very little about what he truly does know, he enters a dangerous game as he toes the line with his own criminal status. After all, it would be just as easy to say that they were wrong about letting him live…


Damon never speaks about his family, not even to his closest associates. Those with access to his police file would know that his parents abandoned him as a child and he was raised by an aunt. The aunt died of alcohol related asphyxiation when he was twenty.


Dropped out of high school at 16. Everything else he learned, he learned on the job. The job, of course, being his teenage years as a street ganger that blossomed into his own miniature criminal empire. Later in life, after coming up from the Resistance on Scorpia, he was trained in the art of militarized warfare by Master Sergeant Peri Nikos

Reputation (or Mil. Service)

Both his police file and people that know him would confirm that Damon is a dark spirit indeed. He's a professional, and he's calculating. He never takes unnecessary risks and he's desensitized to death. However, for both functional and perhaps personal reasons, he's allegedly (until Mirelle Lios) never killed anyone who wasn't a criminal themselves. There was no evidence to support this otherwise during his trial, so he was left without a leg to stand on.

Distinguishing Features


  • Hermes with arms extended on his chest (Prince of Thieves)
  • Barbed wire on the back of his neck, with crows on the posts. (Lifer, Death Sentence.)
  • Stars on knees (It means no man will ever force him to his knees or break his will)
  • Roses and thorns down his left arm (Roses=kills(23), Thorns=fights won(30))
  • A portrait of a mother and child on his right shoulder (Started as a child)
  • Stars on knees (It means no man will ever force him to his knees or break his will)
  • αμήν Across his belly (Kalimnos- Let it be. Against the usual So Say We All. Seen as a sign of resistance to the colonial penal colony)
  • Stars And space from under the portrait to wrist on right arm (symbolizes numbers of crimes committed)
  • Gemenese temple With a total of two minarets on his back(Prison time served)
  • Hades, with a dark cloak concealing most of his face. (Murder conviction)
  • Assembled bones in a pile (Arms Dealer)
  • Assembled gang tattoos, the largest of them being a large, scripted "34" on his upper left bicep, signifying the "34th St. Devil Rats"


  • Former member of the Scorpia Resistance
  • Former teenage member of the long destroyed "34th Street Devil Rats"
  • After the Devil Rats were rendered a non existing street gang, formed his own criminal empire.
  • Favorite Pyramid Team: The Scorpia Stingers
  • Has taken a Cylon Raider down with a SAM battery.

Recent Logs With Damon Cavalera

On the Grid

Known Associates

*Ensign Salazar Nikos
*PO3 Tiera Reyn
*Lieutenant JG Nadiv "Poet" Roubani
*Private Cinder Brand
*Corporal Morrigan Barghest


Timeline of Events



"…shoulda stayed on the bus, bitch." To Bunny, an escaped convict attempting to kill friendlies at the Lodge…right before he cut her throat.


  • Fast Cars
  • Rare, expensive assault rifles with multitudes of attachments
  • Expensive Cigars
  • Pyramid Games
  • Pyramid Cheerleaders
  • Women that can dance and fight
  • Spicy Food
  • Sugarcane based alcohol (aka rum)
  • The late evening, when it's quiet and dark.


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