Corvo Attano is the protagonist of Dishonored. Previously the personal bodyguard to the Empress, Jessamine Kaldwin, after she was murdered by the legendary assassin Daud, Corvo was officially convicted of committing the murder himself, stripped of his title of Lord Protector, and imprisoned by the man who'd hired Daud, the usurper, Hiram Burrows, then Royal Spymaster, who subsequently declared himself Lord Regent in the absence of the Empress or her daughter, Princess Emily Kaldwin, who Daud's men had kidnapped. Now, having been sprung from prison by an underground resistance movement known as the Loyalists, Corvo seeks to use his unrivalled athleticism and skill with a sword, combined with newfound supernatural powers granted to him by the mysterious being known as the Outsider, to dismantle the Lord Regent's rule and bring either revenge or justice to those who had wronged him.
Equipment and skills
Corvo was legendary for his efficient combat skills and stealth capabilities, along with his supernatural abilities; which were bestowed upon him by the Outsider.
He possessed the use of unusual gadgetry, which aided him in situations which required stealth, and also in head-on encounters. Corvo was highly proficient with both ranged and melee weapons, such as the sword and the crossbow.
Items unique to him were a supernatural item known as the Heart, his sword, and his mask, of which the latter was created by the inventor, Piero Joplin.
- "Corvo" means "crow" in both Italian and Portuguese. In Portuguese however, it can also be translated as "raven".
- Corvo had a strong bond with both Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, and her daughter, Princess Emily Kaldwin.
- He originally hailed from the Isle of Serkonos, and is the first person to hold the title of Lord Protector in the history of the Empire not to hail from the central isle of Gristol, where Dunwall is located.
- It is speculated amongst some of the citizens of Dunwall (not to mention fans of the game) that he is Emily's father. This is supported by the closeness of his relationship with the unmarried Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, with whom Corvo had been friends since they were both children, and by a picture Emily draws of Corvo in a low chaos run of the game; she draws a picture of Corvo's smiling face, and writes 'Daddy' underneath, showing that whether or not Corvo is Emily's father (or whether or not Emily knows he's her father), she at least thinks of him as such.