“Welcome back my friend, to the show that means your end.”
Urban legend suggests that Darcy Macregan’s corruption and eventual rise through the criminal ranks stemmed from a deal with the devil. While this in part may be true, the actual reason is much simpler… imaginary friends have a significant influence on young minds, especially when they are really disembodied spirits with a strange sense of humor.
Darcy had a penchant for frequenting carnivals that would pass through her sleepy village as a young child. Not one with many friends, she would beg her parents to take her whenever possible. While pleased that their daughter took interest to entertainment at first, they soon became distraught when she began striking up conversation with an imaginary clown named Chumley Buckets.
Over those next few years, Darcy became obsessed with the occult to the point that she managed to actually break the plane separating our world with the afterlife. Unfortunately, the combination of clowns, death and mental instability make for a sure-fire recipe for disaster, and the gate of hell surged forward into our world.
Seeing Darcy as their liberator, the minions of the nether realm banded together to give her a rather dark makeover and anoint her as her leader. Remaining true to her passions and harnessing new dark powers bestowed upon her, Darcy reinvented herself as the Ringmatrix.
In reality, Chumley was the spirit of a clown that had been lynched by the traveling carnival that found he had been bleaching the bearded lady’s facial hair in her sleep. Upset at the overzealous punishment administered, Chumley continued to haunt the troupe that Darcy conveniently was in attendance of one fateful afternoon. Chumley immediately saw an impressionable youth struggling to find her path in life like himself, and initiated contact that would unwittingly send Darcy on her dark path.