The Darkness
Biographical Information
Real NameCandace Sessou
AliasesThe Darkness
Wild Card TraitsDarkness projection
Social Information
Place of BirthKinkala, Republic of the Congo
CitizenshipCitizen of the People's Paradise of Africa, Canadian
RelativesMarcel Sessou (brother)
First AppearanceSuicide Kings
CreatorVictor Milán

Candace "The Darkness" Sessou is a fictional character in the Wild Cards series of books.


Candace was from Kinkala, near the former Brazzaville part of the Congo before Dr. Kitengi Nshombo and the Radical conquered it. She was taken and injected with a cultivated strain of the wild card virus, and was one of the lucky few to have drawn an ace. Her new power made her a valuable asset, and Candace became a child soldier for the People's Paradise of Africa.

After numerous military engagements, the Darkness had become a combat veteran aged only thirteen. She was acting in the capacity of bodyguard for President-for-Life Nshombo when the Radical attacked him on his private yacht, and rather than try to fight the powerful ace, she cloaked herself and fled.

Candace later entered the UN refugee-protection program and was relocated to Canada. Five years after her relocation she was watching television and saw the face of her brother Marcel, thought dead in the African conflict and who was now wanted for a terrorist act in Paris. The search for her brother took her to the catacombs beneath Paris, which had become the domain of Mama Evernight following the Parisian wild card outbreak decades earlier. There, she was given an ultimatum to secure her brother's release, and to do that she had to broker a deal with French authorities. The deal turned out to be a setup, however, and Marcel had been part of the plan from the start. Candace found herself embroiled in a conflict that pitted her against her brother and the French secret police in a desperate attempt to protect Mama Evernight's people from eradication.

Wild Card TraitsEdit

The Darkness can cloak a wide area in an inky darkness that has an appearance to the outside observer of inky dark flame. People caught within its reach find themselves completely blinded by its effects. The Darkness herself can see through it, and by touching the eyes of others can confer this trait to them as well for a short time.


Candace is a skinny girl, with close-cropped hair. She wears big round rimmed glasses and matching plastic hoop earrings.

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