Niles Cartouchian (1800s)

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In a timeline spanning approximately the 1800s, time-traveller 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.

He is not to be confused with Niles Cartouchian (1900s). See also Niles Cartouchian.

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