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Old 02-12-2006, 03:02 AM   #1
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"I'm not afraid to die
'cause I've seen the devil smile!"

Name: Hasami Kuma
Age: 34
Sex: Male
Height: 6’3”

Character Type: Shinobi

Country/Village: Sound Nomads
Rank: Senshi
Division: ---

Physical Description:

A muscular, tall, rock of a man, Kuma is a product of hard living in a world that didn't make it any easier. His skin is slightly tanned, though still rather light. Gnarled, root-like Muscles developed in fights and working various and usually rather dirty jobs bulge along his body, a number of scars tracing jagged lines along his body. His knuckles show signs of having been broken time and time again and he has a scar on his right cheek that looks like it was once a hole punched through. Crawling its way from the left corner of his mouth is a jagged scar that reaches back to the middle of his cheek, giving him something of an ever-present, jagged, jack-o-lantern smile on that side of his countenance. His face is rough and ragged, his eyes looking akin to fires lit just inside of caverns and uneven stubble always present along his jawline. Kuma's hair is black, slicked back and up with two "horns" dominating each side of his head. On the left side of his neck is emblazoned the dreaded eighth-note of Sound.

Clothing:
Befitting his brute nature, Kuma's clothing is nothing spactacular and really quite crude. Bloodied and tattered bandages wrap their way from his waist to about the middle of his chest and are rather clearly displayed as the loose, sleeveless coat that looks like it was sown from charcoal hangs off his shoulders down to just above his knees, the hem unevenly ripped and tattered. Covering his legs are rather loose black pants made of plain cloth, which, in comparison to the other aspects of his apparel, are in an almost exquisite state with the only defect to speak of being the dried blood from himself and his enemies that can only be seen upon close inspection. Peeking out from the legs of his pants are sturdy black leath boots, the surface somewhat scratched and marred yet still extremely functional. The final touch on his apparel is the somewhat slender chain hanging around his neck, from which the plate of his hitai-ate, or, rather, what is left of it, hangs down between his proudly displayed, muscular chest.

Personality:
The term “magnificent bastard” has often been aptly used to describe Kuma. Brash, unrelenting, and utterly vicious, the man reflects the hard life he experienced in slums and the wilderness, thieving and killing when necessary. Carefully toeing the line between acceptable pride and contemptable arrogance, Kuma is unquestioningly obedient to the order of those he knows to be superior to be him, yet he is known for nearly completely ignoring the existence of those weaker than him. His pride and self-respect, as well as his utterly fearless nature, lead him to accept any challenge that is offered him, no matter whether he is the clear winner before it begins or if he has no chance in hell of even laying a finger on his opponent. Though rather vulgar in both language and behavior among those Kuma know to be his peers, he acts in a completely proper and upright manner when in the presence of someone he knows to be superior to himself unless he knows that they would rather him not. Unwavering in his loyalty to Sound in any of its forms, Kuma has been quoted as saying that he would rather have his body slowly eaten away by dogs with him alive the whole way than betray Sound.

Nindo: "Fear death? You're kidding, right?"

Clan/Bloodline: None.
Primary Archetype:
Daredevil
Special: When taken as Primary Archetype, the character can defy the laws of damage once during each thread.
Primary: Physical
Secondary: Mental
Tertiary: Chakra
Stat Merit: +2 to Stamina, +1 to Willpower
Stat Flaw: -2 to Tactics, -1 to Intelligence

Secondary Archetype:
Human Tank
Stat Merit: +2 to Strength, +1 to Stamina
Stat Flaw: -2 to Speed, -1 to Control


Statistics

Physical (Primary; 60 )
Strength: 1+2+22+5[AP]=30 (+26 Decaying Fist Bonus)
Speed: 1-2+15+3[AP]=17 (+20 Kadou-Ken Taijutsu)
Stamina: 1+2+1+23+8[AP]=35 (+28 Decaying Fist Bonus)

Mental (Secondary; 50 )
Intelligence: 1-1+16=16
Tactics: 1-2+19=18
Willpower: 1+1+15+5(Tournament Reward)=22

Chakra (Tertiary; 40 )
Power: 1+10=11
Control: 1-1+15=15
Reserves: 1+15=16

Jutsus and Techniques














Inventory
-Soldier Pills [6]
-Kunai [2]
-Gas Grenade [3]
-Explosive Tags [4]
-Phantom Dust [1]

Weapon Points Remaining: 4
Additional Weapon Points Gained: 0


Biography:
The rain fell against the glass of the window, sounding more like falling nails than droplets of water. The almost musical sound produced by the falling rain rang throughout the small room as a man and woman stood looking into a crib. The man reached his arm out, pulling the woman closer to him and drawing a pleasant sigh from the woman.

“You know Suzuko, things won’t be easy for this kid,” said the man, his voice deep and steady.

“Things never are, Kubimaro,” replied Suzuko, “but he’ll do fine.”

Kubimaro reached down into the crib and pulled the blanket up the boy further, his son fast asleep. “You hear that, Kuma? You’ll do fine.” Turning from his wife and son, he moved towards the door of the room. He stopped and began to say something.

Before a sound could escape his mouth, his wife began to speak. “Go do your duty. We both know what always comes first. You have a job to do. Go kill the enemies of Otogakure.” As she finished that statement, Suzuko turned towards her husband, her face a mixture of happiness and envy. “God knows I would love to be right now.”

Kubimaro smiled to his wife as he exited the room and moved through the house, collecting his gear as he went. As he exited the house, an image of his son standing atop a pile of corpses of the enemies of Sound flashed in his mind and he was ecstatic.

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Time passed and Kuma grew. He wasn’t brilliant and it was fairly clear to those who surrounded him that his avenue of ability would not be ninjutsu or genjutsu. Kubimaro, desiring his son to be the best at whatever path he did, consulted many trusted comrades for advice.

One particular discussion on the subject was between Kubimaro and his brother-in-law, Sizuro. Sizuro was a skilled swordsman who had been in much the same case as Kuma as a child. He had been rather unskilled in the use of chakra for ninjutsu and genjutsu as a child, though he had eventually grown out of it and become an extremely well rounded shinobi.

The two had been sharing a fine bottle of wine when Sizuro offered to take Kuma under his wing as an apprentice, teaching him his sword style as well as developing the boy’s use of chakra. While the idea did have some merit, Kubimaro politely declined. He asked his brother-in-law what he knew of a style called “The Decaying Fist”.

Sizuro off-handedly made a comment on it being a “monstrous style suited only for monsters.” Shocking the swordsman, Kubimaro replied with a statement that would follow Kuma for the rest of his time in Otogakure.

“Good. The world can always use a new monster.”

Sizuro tried to dissuade his brother-in-law from this decision, citing that it was an awful style to train in, the student having to endure horribly cruel tortures to develop the tolerance for pain necessary for the style. Kubimaro admitted to the worried and slightly hurt man that his concern was admirable, but the issue was already settled and Kuma would begin training under a master of The Decaying Fist the next day.

And so Kuma did. The boy became an apprentice to a figure known simply as “The Devil”. His name had long been forgotten and the nickname had been burned into the collective psyche of humanity. A tall, boulder of a man who was well over the age of 40, The Devil was rumored to have fought the gods themselves and made them submit in defeat from mere intimidation and steadfastness.

The experienced warrior was a harsh teacher, unforgiving and steel-fisted. However, his teaching took with Kuma and brought out the best in him. The boy seemed to have an innate knack for the Decaying Fist and progressed quite well. Countless afternoons spent having his body battered to kill the nerve endings and learn to simply deny the existence of pain passed during his years of tutelage under The Devil, who, it was revealed to Kuma, didn’t even remember his own name anymore, nor his country of origin; in fact, the only thing the aged warrior only clearly remembered battles, wounds, and massacres. Many children would be somewhat scared that they would become like their teacher.

Such was not the case with Kuma. The boy admired his teacher and aimed to be like him one day. And it was this attachment that made things slightly difficult when The Devil left Sound to wander, putting his student under the tutelage of another master of the Decaying Fist. But Kuma got over it.

Things went good for a time. Kuma became a genin and had began to garner himself quite the reputation as something of a monster among his peers not only because of his style of fighting, but also because of his build; he was quite a deal taller than his peers and quite a bit more muscular. Kubimaro and Suzuko were quite proud of their child and glad that he would be in the service of Otogakure.

Then, when Kuma was fourteen years of age, the other ninja communities of the world descended upon Sound, razing it and killing many loyal Sound shinobi. Kuma’s parents were among them. Kuma should have stood and fought and died for Sound. But he didn’t do the right thing.

He did the smart thing. The boy, realizing that if he stayed and fought that he would undoubtedly die, ran. Kuma fled deep into the woods and eventually the mountains that surrounded the valley that Sound had once stood. He watched from a cave as the flames danced throughout what had been his home his entire life. Figuring Sound for dead, the hitai-ate came off of its place on his forehead and into a pouch on his belt.

Wandering the wilderness for nearly six months in total isolation, Kuma learned to survive on his own. He was doing decently, attempting to keep his training up in the Decaying Fist while trying, though unsuccessfully, to train himself in various other styles. The boy began to ponder just giving up any shred of the ninja life and heading to a nearby town to try and carve out a living.

Then, out of the blue, The Devil walked back into Kuma’s life. According to the boy’s teacher, he had been too far away from Sound to do anything when the other villages had struck and when he returned to Sound and found it in ashes, he was distraught for the first time in a long time. He swore to have revenge on the guilty one day, whether directly or indirectly. Soon after being reacquainted, Kuma again entered the tutelage of The Devil.

For the next five years, Kuma trained intensively under the elder warrior, advancing greatly in the Decaying Fist. Every person that crossed their path was declared a test by the man’s master, and every test put before him, Kuma passed. By the end of the five-year tutelage, Kuma was truly a monster: savage, unrelenting, and cruel.

When the five years were over, the man known only as The Devil—a warrior who had survived having spears jabbed through his lungs, limbs nearly severed, and poured gallons of his own blood while ripping his opponents limb from limb—died of a heart attack. Kuma would have laughed if the dead man had not been his only non-violent outlet for human interaction since the Fall of Sound.

With his master dead and his skill progressed far enough that he could teach himself the rest, Kuma made the decision to return to civilization. He didn’t know the name of the city and still doesn’t care to remember it, but it was big and it had plenty of opportunities for a monster like him to make a living. He quickly found a place fighting. Back-alleys, basements, smoke-filled clubs—if there was money to be made bludgeoning people’s heads in, the former Sound-nin could be found there, the blood of both his opponent and himself splattered on him.

Over the ten years he spent in the city, many things changed for Kuma. He became moderately wealthy for his fighting abilities. He fell in love—or what he figured to be love; all the time out in the wilderness had altered his ability to properly define relationships for the worse. He got married. He lived happily in the city with his wife for another six years. Many things changed but one thing remained the same as the day Sound had been razed. Kuma still kept the metal plate of his hitai-ate in his pocket.

When rumors of a marauding bunch of raiders bearing the dreaded mark of Sound reached the man’s ears, Kuma was curious and excited. It had been 15 long years since he had heard neither heads nor tails of Sound. Both pride in knowing that Sound would not die that easily and a longing to reunite with his fellow Sound-nin.

However, not all were so receptive or excited about the news. Kuma’s wife was one of these. Kuma, 29 at this time, told her of the news of Sound. Her response was not as…open as he hoped it would be. She declared Sound to have been sick freaks that deserved nothing short of total annihilation, citing their several known experiments that were abhorrent to the majority of society. Her vehement rhetoric against hurt Kuma, each word like a hook being ripped from his chest. What would he do? Kuma wanted so badly to return to his people yet the woman he loved was adamantly against Sound. He had never told her of his past. He had never told anyone. What would he do?

What did he do?

Kuma broke her. That is the easiest way to describe it. He shattered her petite form, grabbed what he needed, and left the city behind him, hunting for the rumored marauding Sound-nin. Somebody stumbled upon the corpse of his wife the next morning, but by then Kuma was again lost in the wilderness.

It took him four months to catch up to them. Well, more like it took him four months to be caught by them. The only thing that saved Kuma from being killed on the spot was the scratched steel plate with the eighth-note engraved on it and that somebody recognized the name “Hasami”. Before long, the monstrous warrior found himself back among the numbers of the soldiers of Sound, the dreaded icon of Sound burned into his neck. Sound gave him access to those aspects of shinobi he had always had trouble with: ninjutsu and genjutsu. With some assistance from his comrades, Kuma has advanced considerably in these areas, although his biggest benefits are still his pure, brute strength and sturdiness.

Edit Log:
-11/9/06: Added in 4 AP from staff payment and 1 AP donated by Kishin
-3/19/07: Added in clutch of AP from Staff Anniversary Gift
-7/14/07: Added in 8 reward points [5 stat (+5 to willpower); 3 jutsu (Stage 6 decaying fist & Special Technique; Kawarimi no jutsu)] from being the losing finalist in the tournament
-11/17/07: Refit his jutsu due to taijutsu system revisions produced during Lockdown
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:28 PM   #2
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Since it's all finished and moved now and I think I have everything right, here's a bump
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:45 PM   #3
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Carefully toeing the line between acceptable pride and contemptable arrogance, Kuma is unquestioningly obedient to the order of those he knows to be superior to be him, yet he is known for nearly completely ignoring the existence of those weaker than him.
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7. Those who have earned honor are worthy of respect. A man or woman of higher standing or rank must be treated as such. At the same time, it does one no honor to belittle those lower than he or she.
Keeping an eye on him for this should be interesting. Nice touch, Kyzuko. :]
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Intelligence: 1-2+8=7
It's only a -1 to Intelligence, from Daredevil.
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Tactics: 1-1+19=19
And it's a -2 to Tactics from Daredevil. Seems you got that and Intelligence and mixed up. XD
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Control: 1-1+15=14
Should equal 15.
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I thought I had something confused on the archetype flaws. Fixed that and the mistake on control. Everything should be in order.
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Indeed, approved. I really like this guy ^ ^ Welcome to Sound.
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Old 02-19-2006, 04:39 PM   #7
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Just a small thing, not that it matters in the scheme of things. So to keep it a bit more accurate, maybe you should "crop" the picture so that the claws aren't in the picture. I could do it for you if you dont know how.

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