Eli was Victor's roommate at Lockland University. He is precocious and charming, but there is something off about him.
|“||He was handsome,with broad shoulders and a firm handshake and eyes that were brown but alive in that glittering, almost drunk sort of way. Sydney had a hard time looking away from him.||”|
|“||...something about Eli was decidedly wrong. He was like one of those pictures full of small errors, the kind you could only pick out by searching the image from every angle, and even then, a few always slipped by. On the surface, Eli looked perfectly normal, but now and then Victor would catch a crack, a sideways glance, a moment when his roommate’s face and his words, his look and his meaning, would not line up.||”|
However, under this charismatic mask, he is also very apathetic, manipulative, calculating and self-righteous. He has characteristics that a psychopath may have.
His father was a minister and he physically abused Eli whenever he believed Eli to have the devil in him, causing him to have various scars on his back. When he is eleven, Eli's mother committed suicide by slitting her wrists in a bathtub. A year later Eli murders his father by pushing him down the stairs, leaving him orphaned.
He is sent to live with the Russo family who dislike like him because they find him strange and he is quickly relocated to another family. Eli is moved from house to house several times, and each time Eli learns to mimic the other children's' behaviors in order to craft and refine the appearance of a perfect child. Six months later, he is adopted by his father's nephew and his wife who are not religious and enroll him in a school. Unfortunately when he is fifteen, they die in a car crash and not wanting to go back into foster care, he arranges to live on his own.
He goes to Haverford where he meets Charlotte in the university's church, and the two soon start dating. Charlotte later brings her to her family's home to meet her parents. However, soon after he arrives, Charlotte's father makes it clear to him that they don't approve of Eli's relationship with her, seeing him as just a pitiable basket case too far below their social class. Her father offers to pay for Eli's tuition at a better college in exchange for breaking up with her. After realizing he has no real attachment to Charlotte, he chooses to go to Lockland.
At Lockland, he becomes Victor's roommate to both of their displeasure. However, they become close friends and Victor introduces Eli to Angie who later becomes Eli's girlfriend. As time goes on, Eli realizes that Victor can see through his facade, and starts letting it fade and allows his true personality to show around him.
Eli believes that God revived him as an EO after he puts his life in God's hands before dying. Victor mocks this saying that Eli actually put himself in Victor's hands. After much tension, Victor asks Angelica to help him become an EO
Believing that God revived him for a greater purpose as well as believing that EOs are souless and should not be alive (excluding himself of course); he tracks down and executes other EOs. This is before he meets Serena who can control people with her voice and she asks him not to kill her. Serena helps him by controlling the entire police department and other people in power to aid Eli in his mission. The police use a matrix to track don EOs and flag them by changing their middle names with one that begins with 'Eli'. Additionally, Eli convinces Serena to let him kill Sydney her sister, he shoots Sydney but she runs away and believing her to be dead, he lets her go.
Eli's last kill is a man named Barry Lynch who Serena persuaded to rob a bank before letting Eli kill him. For this, Eli is celebrated as a local hero in a news paper which is how Victor finds him after escaping prison ten years later. Victor uses Sydney to resurrect Barry so that he can deliver a message to Eli. Disturbed, Eli plans how he is going to kill Victor and Serena insists on being the one to dispatch her sister. Eli's next target is Dominic Rusher whom he waits for in The Three Crowns. However Mitch gets to Dom first, Dom disappears and Mitch heads to the bathroom. Annoyed that Dom got away and recognizing Mitch from when Mitch was following him in the hotel, Eli follows him. Eli attempts to find out where Victor is before shooting him a few times.
After Victor posts his own profile on the police matrix with a time and place, Eli waits for him there having called Serena and the police as backup. He finds Sydney who was searching for Victor and shoots her dog Dol but Dom rescues her before she is also shot. Victor goes in to meet Eli and they stab and shoot each other a few times. Eli gets a lot more injured but Victor collapses since he doesn't have fancy healing powers. Eli ties him with wire to a chair and kills Victor finally. However, Victor previously killed Serena so the police who have just arrived are no longer on Eli's side and arrest him whilst Eli is shouting at them to burn the body.
Eli is held in the new EON facility where Dr Harverty experiments on him by cracking him open and cutting out his organs. Since Eli is immune to anaesthetic, all of this happens whilst he is fully conscious. Stell is the new director of the facility and when he finds out what is happening, he fires Harverty and relocates Eli to a cell. He then gives Eli the choice of continuing to be a science experiment or help him with capturing EOs. Eli chooses the latter but is frustrated with Stell's refusal to exterminate EOs or to put him back into the field.
Eli often has conversations in his head with Victor whilst alone. Still unaware that Victor is no longer dead, he believes this to be Victor's ghost haunting him. Stell gets Eli to work on the project of Hunter X, an unknown EO who is killing other EOs. After a year, Eli finds evidence in the form of Dr Adam Porter who died similar to Angelica. Eli finally recognizes that this is Victor's work and agitated with the news that he is alive, electrocutes himself to get Stell's attention. When he awakens, he lies to Stell saying that he hit a dead end as he realises that he wants to kill Victor himself.
Several plot points later, Sydney finally kills him woohoo.
|“||Turned towards Eli like a face toward a mirror. Like to like. It frightened and thrilled Eli, to be seen, and to see himself relfected. Not all of himself--they were still so different--but there was something vital, a core of the same precious metal glinting through the rock.||”|
–Eli Cardale, Vengeful, 2: Revelation, XXII
After Victor accidentally kills Angie, Eli believes the friend he once knew to be gone, replaced by an irredeemable monster. This incident is part of what drives him to the conclusion that EOs are dangerous and wrong, and must be eliminated. Once he finds out that Victor has broken out of prison, he feels that it's his duty to kill Victor. Ultimately, he is able to accomplish this but when he does, the calm and peace that he usually feels after killing and EO is absent and he is deprived of the closure he thought Victor's death would bring him.
Although Eli is never able to let go of his negative feelings towards Victor, there is still a part of him that misses their friendship, stating at some point that there is no one else that knows and understands him as Victor does.
|“||Stell would rather let the city burn than admit that we are on the same side.||”|
–-Eli Cardale, Vengeful, 2: Ascension, XVIII
|“||The were like magnets, thought Victor, each with their own pull. They showed it around class, and around campus, people always drifting toward them. Even Victor felt the draw. And then when they got close enough to each other… well.||”|
They started dating after being introduced to each other by Victor during their sophomore year. The two are described as being a perfect match not only as a couple but also in intelligence, attractiveness, and ambition. Around Angie, Eli is a caring and attentive boyfriend, all traces of his darker side disappearing in her presence. Eli truly cared for Angie and felt that she had kept him grounded and sane, but despite himself he still felt a certain emptiness.
Powers and Abilities Edit
Eli has the unconscious ability to rapidly heal from any injury he sustains. Since he has not physically aged past his early twenties, despite the fact that ten years had gone by, it can be assumed that his regeneration also prevents him from aging, or at least drastically reduces his rate of aging. It's also revealed that because of his regeneration, he doesn't need to eat or sleep, but he still does so out of habit.
- His body cannot expunge objects such as knives and bullets. If the object is large enough, it will prevent him from healing, if it is smaller, his body will heal around it.
- Dr. Haverty's power suppressor takes away his ability to heal, rendering him mortal and vulnerable to dying.
- He is a Leo.
- He is extremely religious.