Othello possesses a 'mirror self' or 'imaginary friend' that travels in another world, and only has limited interactions with reality. It must move around to gather intelligence, its passage does not disturb anything in the normal world as as someone who is invisible or even intangible might. However it can not walk through walls or similar as it occupies it's own mirror world that reflects wherever Othello is.
He can shunt himself into the mirror world, bringing his other self in from that world at the same time — producing an effect that could be mistaken for teleportation. He can control the nature of the interactions between his 'mirror self' and the world, allowing it to attack while remaining otherwise invisible and intangible, making shallow cuts and similar to targets. This ability required concentration.
The sensory input he receives from his companion is resistant to Imp's power, and may apply to other similar powers as well.
Derives his name from the Shakespearean tragedy of the same name. Which Shakespeare adapted from Cinthio's short story Un Capitano Moro.
In the play Othello is a Moorish (read: dark-skinned) general of Venice betrayed by his junior officer Iago, who is light-skinned. Iago spends much of the story sneaking around behind the scenes, gather information and causing trouble between the other characters.
↑ 1.01.1Othello – A member of the Ambassadors, a man in a black and white suit and mask. Described as a Stranger-class cape. - Cast (spoiler free)
↑ 2.02.1Othello, for his part, was standing by, his hands in his pockets, his two-tone mask expressionless.
Which wasn’t to say he wasn’t contributing. Hemorrhagia was enduring an assault from an invisible, immaterial foe. I could feel him, feel the movement against my bugs, but the bugs didn’t settle on him, simply passed through. He was only partially there, focusing on allowing certain aspects of himself, his weapon, to affect our world.
Shallow cuts appeared on Hemorrhagia’s face, chest and arms as she tried ineffectually to shield herself, and those same cuts exploded violently as she used her power to draw her blood from her body and turn it into hard, physical, cutting weapons. More blood congealed into broad scabs that protected her and reduced the damage of the continuous slashes.
Our two Strangers were doing much of the work in dealing with the back line. That left us to deal with Butcher. - Excerpt from Imago 21.6
↑ 3.03.1“Talk,” he said, after too many long minutes of silence.
“We can take them, sir,” Othello said. “Any one group, we could handle, but not two groups at once.”
“I agree,” Accord said. “Do you think you could handle them if things went sour?”
“With little trouble, sir. The only ones I’d wonder about are Tattletale, Imp, Valefor and Fourteen,” Othello replied.
“Imp and Valefor… your stranger powers against theirs makes for a troublesome fight. Imp is the one I would worry about first. Unpredictable, impossible to track.”
“I’m suspicious my power cancels hers out, sir. My other self saw her get close to Butcher. I think she had a weapon.” - Excerpt from Interlude 20
↑ 4.04.1“Othello’s a stranger,” Tattletale said. “I’d think he has an imaginary friend who can mess around with us, but I didn’t see any sign of anyone invisible walking around.”
“Isn’t that the point?” Regent asked.
“No dust or glass being disturbed, none of that. I might think his ‘friend’ is invisible and intangible, but then what’s the point? Accord tends to have people with good powers. - Excerpt from Imago 21.1
↑Othello – Another of Accord’s ambassadors, Othello wears a black suit and a mask divided between Alabaster and Jet. He is described as having ‘an imaginary friend’ in terms of his power, with no details beyond that. - Cast (in depth)
"He has a mirror self,” she said. “Who walks in a world very similar to this one. This self has a limited ability to affect our world, and can’t be affected by us. Othello can push himself into that other world to bring his other self into ours, and vice versa. One leaves, the other enters. It looks very much like teleportation or invisibility. It isn’t.” - Excerpt from Imago 21.4
↑ 7.07.1“Fighting us? You have only two underlings that survived the attack in Boston. As strong as they are, you’re not equipped to fight. You’ll join us because it’s the fastest route to get what you really want.” - Excerpt from Interlude 20