Niles Cartouchian

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Niles Cartouchian is the world's leading gem detective, and the secret identity of The Sigil.

By day, Cartouchian is a trusted and prosperous detective specializing in gem-related crimes.

By night, Cartouchian becomes The Sigil -- a symbol of menace to criminals, a sign of hope to citizens.

He is a bitter rival of gem detective and arms dealer Egon Rhodomunde, and has accused Rhodomunde of collaborating with crime lord Baron Zersetzung in a centuries-long enterprise which secretly provides human victims to demons in exchange for life-extension gems.

The family name Cartouchian derives from the word cartouche, a carved tablet or drawing representing a scroll with rolled-up ends, used ornamentally or bearing an inscription.

His father Virgil Cartouchian has been widely praised as the world's greatest Sigil Engineer.

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