Brandon Heat was the human identity of Beyond the Grave. Once a member of a small time street gang, after meeting Bear Walken, he decides to join Millenion with his best friend Harry McDowell, becoming an expert sweeper and friends with the organisation's leader Big Daddy.
Brandon is a calm, kind, loyal man, despite being raised in the streets. He proves to be intelligent, and is even willing to give up his love to protect her. He is also a person of very few words, instead letting his actions speak for themselves. These personality traits would transition in later on when he became Beyond the Grave.
The Early DaysEditAt the age of 19, Brandon was a member of a small street gang, along with Harry McDowell, Jolice, Kenny and Nathan. Early on in the story, Uncle Jester, a man who raised Brandon's love, Maria, comes under attack by an assassin called Mad Dog Ladd. Jester is killed, along with Kenny and Nathan; Jolice was killed earlier by Ladd as a warning of sorts to others. Brandon and Harry are almost murdered also, but are saved by Bear Walken, who kills Ladd. After Jester's funeral, Maria meets Big Daddy, a friend of Jester and head of a mafia organisation. He wishes to keep this secret from Maria though, and becomes her new caretaker. Brandon decides to join the organisation with Harry, hoping to "buy proper graves" for Jolice, Kenny and Nathan. Being at the lowest level of the lower ranks in the organisation, Brandon worked in getting money from those who owe Millenion from loosing bets on the races. Harry makes 2 friends who he introduces to Brandon, Balladbird Lee and Bob Poundmax. Maria introduces Big Daddy to Brandon, who he befriends quickly, taking him on fishing trips and helping him decide on what to do in his life. One day, during a ball held by Daddy, an assassin came to try and kill Big Daddy, but the boss is saved by Brandon, who shoots the assailant, but takes a bullet as well. Big Daddy decides to enlist Brandon as a Sweeper, an assassin and bodyguard in the Syndicate.
Brandon Heat, SweeperEditHaving become a higher ranking offical, Brandon began working with Harry in much higher cases, involving actual killings. He meets Bunji Kugashira, a rogue hit-man matching his skill. Bunji joins the Syndicate after Brandon beats him in hand-to-hand combat, becoming his loyal right-hand man, to the point of calling him "aniki" ("bro" in the English translation). He and Bunji fight against Brad Wong and Cannon Vulcan, leaders of a smaller organization called Lightning, who have created prototypes of "Seed" and the first Orgmen. The Orgmen seem to be resistant to all arms, and all hope seems lost until it is discovered that these Orgmen can only last a week or so before turning to dust. Cannon is killed and Brad Wong takes a sample of Seed, before being shot at by Bear Walken and his team, Overkill. Brandon finishes him with his own customized revolver. Brandon then creates True Grave, his own squad in the Syndicate, lead by him and Bunji. He starts drifting away from Maria, finding it harder to face her every time he kills, not wanting her to know of his work, having been convincing her he was a businessman working with Harry. He soon has no choice but to reveal himself to Maria, telling her of his work as a sweeper, and gives her to Big Daddy, leaving his love to keep her safe. Big Daddy soon falls in love with Maria and Maria gives birth to their daughter Mika.
Final Days/DeathEditAfter revealing himself to Maria, he sat with Harry, talking to him about how much had happen in the past 10 or so years. The two visit Jolice, Kenny and Nathan's graves, Harry having somehow forgotten them. Brandon reminds him, and Harry claims he'll buy them large graves, or even buy the entire cemetery. Brandon instead picks up some rocks around, preferring rather to build them larger himself. The two later go on a lift to see Big Daddy, where Harry reveals a plan to kill him. Brandon is shocked, as Harry explains they could both run the organisation, and that he would have power and Brandon would get Maria, both would win. An angered Brandon suddenly lashes out, punching Harry to the ground. He drew his pistol and aimed it clearly at Harry, showing very clearly he would never betray Big Daddy. But then Brandon drops his gun, unwilling to kill his friend, and looks away. Harry calls out to him, and he turns to meet Harry's own pistol. Brandon is shot at in the chest, hitting the lift window, being shot at many other times. Harry runs up to him and sticks his gun on Brandon's glasses, breaking through the lense before firing through Brandon's left eye. The lift window breaks and he falls out of the window, to his death.
However, that was not the end of the story. Sometime before this confrontation, Brandon went to visit Dr. Tokioka with an unusual request - that in the event of his death, the doctor was to use the necrolization process on him, mainly to prevent Harry from dragging Millenion further down. Tokioka, at first, had no intention of awaking Brandon - who he now named Beyond the Grave. However, when the prototype Orgmen that he and Dr. Laguna Glock produced broke out and went berserk, he awakened Grave to deal with them.