An inspector sent to watch over Allen Walker.
Howard Link was an orphan who lived on the streets as a boy. He befriended other orphans Towaku, Tokusa, Koushi, Kiredori and Madarao. Eventually these orphans would be found and picked up by the Black Order. They were not born accomodators so rather than become exorcists, they became a unique group of 6 trained fighters capable of high level hand to hand combat and utilizing spell cards. The name of that Group is CROW. Eventually Link became a Detective and was recruited by Malcolm C. Leverrier as his personal subordinate.
Howard Link is a young man of average height and build. He has pale skin and straight blonde hair. He has a slightly furrowed brow and a serious-looking face most of the time.
Link is quite a serious young man. He takes his duty very seriously and has stated that he would turn on Allen Walker if ordered to do so.
Malcolm C. Leverrier - His immediate superior. Howard Link could perhaps be considered Leverrier's right hand man and most trusted subordinate.
Allen Walker - Assigned to watch Allen and virtually all times even if the latter were unaware. Despite the direct intrusion of Allen's personal space and privacy, the relationship between the two became far better than initially foreseen. To at least a fair extent, the two care for one another.
Link was dispatched on a mission with his two most common partners Allen Walker and Yuu Kanda as well as Lenalee Lee to acquire the Innocence fragment inside of a chess piece. But to get it, they would need to beat the chess master who used the set. All 3 of his companions failed to beat the master and Howard Link was last in line to play. Whilst his exorcist comrades kept invading Akuma at bay, Howard Link used his strategic mind to defeat the Chess Master and win the innocence fragment, essentially being the star of the mission. they then returned to headquarters.
Shortly after arriving though, General Cross Marian disappeared during the night, leaving only blood and strong evidence of his apparent death behind. Link met his superior Leverrier who arrived shortly after the incident. They spoke alone, having the extremely upset Allen Walker exit the room. Leverrier confirmed that the attack had been perpetrated by a member inside of the Order and perhaps the building they were in that moment, but hey did not know who it was.
Howard Link accompanied Allen Walker, Noise Marie and Yuu Kanda to Paris, where a strange phenomena of theft had been occurring. An uncanny amount of seemingly unrelated thefts had been occurring and all the apparent culprits claimed innocence. The phenomenon was called. the "Phantom Thief". They decided to investigate the case themselves after speaking to a local inspector, Galmar.
They predicted the next location that the so-called Phantom Thief would strike next, and laid in wait for him along with the Paris Police. Indeed, a masked man arrived, unaware of the trap laid for him and he was immediately caught by Yuu Kanda who brought him to the Police outside the building. But it was this moment that the strange incident began to make sense. All at once, Howard Link was taken over by the Phantom thief like he was possessed. The controlled Howard Link began attacking his fellow Order members. He was eventually stopped when Allen stabbed him with the Sword of Exorcism, which was not fatal to humans. But the Phantom Thief did not know this and suddenly began to cry horrified that Allen would kill Link and he broke the possession. Link of course was just fine but was rather disappointed in himself. But at the very least, they had discovered why the Phantom Thief phenomenon was occurring and additionally, Noise Marie with his hyper-powerful hears, traced the sound of the crying to it's source.
Link is a highly trained and highly formidable combatant. Although not as powerful as an Exorcist or Akuma, let alone a Noah, Link is perhaps the strongest human alive without supernatural powers of his own.
Although not Superhuman by definition, Howard Link has displayed agility and even durability that stretch the limits of human such as shielding Allen's superhuman body within his own when rubble fell on them both or making high leaps into the air.
Howard Link is probably the strongest member within CROW. He can use a variety of defensive and offensive spell cards in orderly sequence, allowing him to fight on par with exorcists, albeit they were only trying to subdue not kill him.
A Golem given to him by Mu Mei Chang. It allows Link to rapidly heal the wound and injuries of others, but it takes a heavy toll on his stamina. How much Howard Link can heal correlates with his physical stamina and condition. The healthier and more energetic he is, the longer he can use the golem. It is summoned by touching the scar on his chest that is coincidentally shaped like a cross.
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