Then the Black Dragoon returned. This Dragoon was even worse than the last one, bent on nothing more than random destruction. Having already destroyed a construction site, burned down an apartment building, and blown up a hospital, this new Dragoon had put the city into a panic. Try as he might, Percival couldn't quite catch up to the fiend.
Finally Percival got a lucky break when he heard of a subway train going out of control. After putting on the armor, Percival boarded the train to find the Black Dragoon wiring the train to become a very large explosive device once it went off the tracks.
Wasting little time, Percival confronted the Dragoon on the roof of the train. The only problem was the tight confines of the subway tunnel made it impossible for Percival to dodge the claws of the Black Dragoon. Percival suffered a terrible wound to his left leg, but in the process he was able to get close enough to chop the Dragoon's head off with the Sword of Justice. Then, on virtually one leg, Percival stopped the train before it could run off the tracks and explode.
Thanks to the protection and healing powers of the magic armor, Percival didn't lose the leg. That didn't mean he went unscathed. He would never be able to walk without a limp again, especially without the armor. As he lay in the hospital, recovering and being ministered to by an attractive young nurse, Percival thought maybe the time had come to retire from his secret vocation and start a family. Not quite fifty years old, he figured he still had a few offspring left in him.
Eventually Percival and his nurse got married and bought a house in the suburb of Parkdale. While Marlin, the Keeper of the Lore for the Order of the Scarlet Knight, was furious about Percival's decision to retire, Percival stood by his decision. Holding his newborn son in his arms, it definitely seemed like the right call.
Alone and miserable in a tiny flat in the Trenches, it was tempting to don the armor again and go down in a blaze of glory. But then while sweeping the floors of the Plaine Museum, Percival met a curious little redheaded girl named Emma with an infectious enthusiasm for science. Percival took an instant shine to the girl and began serving as her tour guide of the museum, using his key to allow her closer access to the artifacts and displays. Seeing the joy this brought her, Percival decided that life could still be worth living.
Even after his estranged son confined him to a nursing home in Parkdale, Percival resigned himself to go on living for as long as the good Lord would allow.
(BTW, a fun fact is that the name of Percival Graves comes from the villain played by John Hurt in "King Ralph," a movie I inexplicably enjoy.)
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