Joined: Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:41 am
Earth (Primary), Lightning
Shang does not look his age – his wrinkled face could easily be mistaken for a sixty year old man, though his relatively hairless face helps retain the look of youth. He is a tall, well built man, with the lean muscle that athletes have. He has brown eyes that stare out sadly from graying eyebrows. He wears a simple green tunic and pants, carries a bo staff that he uses as a walking stick, and ties it together with a simple orange sash. He does not wear sandals, nor footwear of any kind, paying his penance for the lives he has taken.
(Credits to Filby's Place)
(Here, just list a few bulletin points about your character. What do they like, what do they dislike? Do they have any major goals? Are there any values they hold in high esteem? What’s their sexual preference and gender orientation?)
- Likes: Shang paints in his freetime, preferring wide landscape shots, especially of the Jade Dragon.
- He is almost impossible to provoke to anger, and is quickly over it on the rare occasions it happens.
- Once he decides to do something, he commits to it.
- Dislikes: Actual combat, though he adores martial arts. He will not fight unless he truly has to.
- He hates Konohagakure.
- He despises those who cannot make sacrifices.
- He is haunted by the horrors of war.
Story Thus Far:
Shang was born in the mountains of Kumogakure, into a small Buddhist village in 767 A.S. Travelers that came to it referred to it as Little Peaceful, though to anyone that lived there it was simply “The Village.” There were a few families that lived there, and many monks in a nearby monastery. The centerpiece of the village was an ornate shrine to Bishamonten, God of War and he who punished the wicked. The monastery did nothing but good for those in the village – treating wounds, giving spiritual guidance, and this endeared the people to
The monks told him that he was born there, at least. He never had a chance – or the inclination, really – to check it out for himself. Apparently his mother had come seeking aid from the monks, in labor out in the wilderness. She never told them why she had come, or from where. Unfortunately, no one ever learned the truth as she died in childbirth. Shang had no want of love growing up, however, with almost every monk in the monastery pitching in to raise him.
There were two monks in particular who mentored Shang more than the others. Master Kiyako was one of the youngest monks as Shang grew up, only 26 years older than him, and was his primary instructor in the martial arts. Closest to Shang in age, even if by a couple of decades, it was he who Shang brought his frustrations about monastery life to. He did not hate being a monk – but it was not the life he chose, like the rest of the ascetics, and he was often frustrated by some of the contradictions in the Buddhist teaching.
Master Kai was the other, who schooled him in the basics of buddhism and its styles. He was a kindly old man, and he was always patient with Shang even when he failed to understand the more mystical aspects of buddhism. Shang was a diligent student, however – and with little exposure to the outside world, Shang had no reason to question any of the core fundamentals.
It could not last forever, though – in the first month of 784 A.S., when Shang was 17, representatives from the ninja village came to the monastery. They were seeking recruits from the monastery to join their ninja program, to strengthen the ranks of the Kumogakure and overthrow their tyrannical Konoha overlords. Though there tone was pleasant, and they had smiles on their faces, the Monastery knew conscription when they saw it. Shang himself volunteered to go to with the shinobi – he was young, and so curious about the world outside the monastery.
Kai and Kiyako argued for two days about the matter. Kai said that it was clear violation of the Buddha’s teaching. Kiyako argued that right conduct meant nothing if greater suffering was caused – was not life meant to deal with suffering? Was death itself not the end, as the Buddha taught? What finally made Master Kai capitulate was a more personal approach – Kiyako said Shang needed to see the world, and make his own decisions. He was a man now. Kai could not disagree, and it was with a heavy heart he let Shang go with the shinobi.
Thus began Shang’s life in the burgeoning Kemurigakure shinobi first. The leaders of the rebellion knew one thing – more preparation could only help them, and they got to pick the terms of engagement. Shang was placed into a standard shinobi squad, with Takoyaiba Kazu and Mangen Kaiba as his teammates. Their sensei, a kunoichi by the name of Sezu Kaiya, taught them the basics of subterfuge and combat. She was not a monk herself, and knew no buddhism, but was able to advance his knowledge in both tai and bukijutsu.
It was from Kaiya that he picked up his first skills in sensory. She reasoned to him that, as a close range fighter, it would be more difficult to track opponents that weren’t the one he was engaged with. He agreed, and began training to become his group’s sensory personnel, as well as their CQC specialist. After a few short training sessions they began to do “black-market missions”, as their sensei called them. Essentially they would agree to do the jobs cheaper than would be asked for a Konohagakure sanctioned mission.
As Kumogakure wanted to keep these forces hidden, their squad did not participate in the chunin exams, nor were they ranked up, officially or otherwise. They spent years working together, doing the small missions at first, general labor and team building exercises. Then they moved on to the missions reserved for chunin, usually – tracking down rogue genin and chunin, bandit groups and busting organized crime networks. They did this for years until 790 A.S. when Kumogakure officially allowed them – and many other groups like them - to participate in the chunin exams. The youngest member of the squad, Kazu, was eighteen at the time. They were veterans of two dozen missions over the years, an average number for their fellow black-market squads.
Almost black-market team acquitted themselves well enough to be promoted into chunin. They were to make up some of the backbone of the guerilla war that was going to be staged. Shang, Kazu, and Kaiba were assigned to their old sensei once more – this time, Kaiya was acting as a squad lead, not a teacher.
And then they went to war.
Year One of the Liberation War
It was a simple plan, theoretically. Konoha, while on the decline, was still a power to be feared. Kumogakure had not had a strong force of shinobi in nearly a century, and the leadership wanted to play it safe. One of the first battles of the war was over an important Konohagakure supply depot located in the Unraikyo valley. It supplied arms to almost all forces of the garrison stationed in Kumogakure, indirectly or otherwise. If they could take that, it would be the beginning to routing the forces of Konohagakure.
Shang and his team were assigned in the first wave. They were to sneak in, at night, neutralize the guards as they came in, and establish themselves on the walls of the fort. One team for each cardinal direction, each with two other teams in reserve. It was supposed to be clean, quiet, and decisive.
Instead it was a bloodbath.
Kaiya’s team approached from the east, and Shang was running his sensory as usual, alert for hostiles. They neutralized the first patrol with ease, catching the sentry unawares. Shang was still not a killer. He dispatched the sentry by choking him out, breaking his fingers, and leaving him bound and gagged. His teammates were not so magnanimous in their treatment of the resting patrol, killing them as they slept or ate.
What started out clean slowly went to shit. The team from the north had botched the first patrol, and alerted the whole arsenal that something was up. Messages were dispatched to the remaining patrols, and they were ready when Kaiya’s team arrived. A bloody battle ensued, where the shinobi that Shang had incapacitated returned to attack from the rear, having freed and healed themselves.
Shang had no choice during the battle. He sensed the shinobi coming a hundred meters off, and was ready when they arrived. He disengaged from his current fight and struck the shinobi behind him with the mighty Sohei.
They did not survive. After the battle was over, it was determined that Kazu was to wounded to go on, and Kaiba was ordered to return him back to the village. So it was that Shang and Kaiya plunged ahead, undeterred by change in plans. They made it to the wall, but only one other team was there. They mounted an almost disastrous attack that left Shang mortally wounded, and the Kumogakure forces in flight. What might have been a decisive victory, turned destructive, was telling of the long war that was to come.
Year Two Of The Liberation War
This was a relatively minor year of the war – Kaiya’s team was only assigned to three objectives, and otherwise spent most of it training. It was in this time that Shang returned to Little Peaceful to continue his training, and speak to his favorite Master’s about the life that he took. They were both more than sympathetic – he had taken every available opportunity to spare the young man, and did nothing but defend himself. Or so they said. This was the first crack in Shang’s solid buddhist foundation.
Year Three Of The Liberation War
Kaiya and her squad were assigned to an important opponent operation during the war. They were, along with two other similar squads, were set to assault a massive convoy from Konohagakure. It carried a veritable wealth of food and arms, as well as a large contingent of troops sent to reinforce the war-weary Konoha occupant force. The squad’s confidence had slowly been built up over a few missions, and this was an important one. As Shang was still resolved not to kill anyone, he volunteered to attack the supplies directly. Kaiya reluctantly agreed – someone had to do it, and it was unlikely that the small force would defeat the platoon of shinobi in the convoy.
The attack started smoothly – Shang was hugely successful in destroying several of the carts at hand. The fighting quickly changed when an enemy shinobi descended into the fray, far more powerful than anything they had been expecting. They wore the mask of an Anbu, and his first move was to cut Kazu down with his katana. Shang had seen it – his poor squad-mate had never even known he was being attacked. Together, he and Kaiya engaged the opponent. He spent so much time trying to disarm, or incapacitate the man that he eventually slipped through Shang’s defenses, shearing off his left ear and leaving a scar along the side of his head. It was only a few more moments before the masked shinobi overwhelmed Kaiya, slaying her. The retreat was sounded, Shang being carried away by Kaiba, the vision of Kaiya dying replaying over and over in his mind.
Kaiba was promoted to Jounin for his bravery in shaving Shang, and Kumogakure officially disbanded the squad. After the mission briefing, Shang was ordered to return to his village for a period of no less than three months, and then return to duty.
Years 4-7 Of The Liberation War
It was during these dark years Shang learned a new interpretation of right conduct. If he and Kaiya had both been fighting to kill, perhaps they would have succeeded. Instead, he had thrown her life away. There was nothing right about playing with another’s life. That did not alleviate the suffering.
After much discussion with both Master Kiyako and Master Kai, he had to re-interpret the whole of right conduct. Following the way Master Kai taught it had failed. Kiyako was of great help to him in this time – and he assured him that Bashimonten did approve. And if life was suffering, then he could cleanse it from the Konoha.
He practiced to kill as quickly as he could, as painlessly as possible. He did not need to light a man on fire and watch him melt away, as so many shinobi did. A quick strike, placed with either fist or bo staff, and an opponent would be dead before he could even register his suffering.
With this in mind, during these years he developed a rule. He would ask the enemy to surrender – give them their one chance to help reduce the suffering. If they didn’t, he would kill them – it was these kinds of ethics, self-restraint, that was important to right conduct.
With his newfound peace of mind, he joined a squad. Together they completed a number of relatively minor missions while serving together. And while not all of them were rousing successes, Shang managed to avoid the pain of disastrous defeat for awhile. He never bothered to learn much about his new crew.
Years Eight And Nine Of the Liberation War + The Aftermath
Things began to look up. Major victories were won more and more frequently for Kumogakure, and less supply trains moved in from Konohagakure to resupply. It had been a grueling near decade of war, and Konohagakure simply did not have the moral high ground to sustain a long war. Repeated guerrilla raids kept the Konohagakure forces from ever truly threatening the ninja village, and by now even the outskirts of the land had begun to slip from Konohagakure’s control. It was, quite frankly, a very anti-climactic end to a long and bloody war.
It was in 800 A.S., at the age of 33, when Konohagakure officially announced defeat. The celebration in the village lasted a week long, and yet when it was over, Shang still felt hollow. He had killed so many people, survived when he shouldn’t have had, but hadn’t been particularly noteworthy. No songs were sung of him, he was no hero.
For his loyal service he was raised to the rank of Tokubetsu Jonin, and has mostly been training Genin since the end of the war. He likes it – but he hasn’t had many stellar students. What he truly searches for is the Genin that reminds him of himself, so he can help them – and maybe, even, himself.
Then, suddenly, he was promoted to Raikage through a series of incredible coincidences.
Points and Currency:
Active Character Points: 10,000
Unspent Character Points: 0
Total Character Points: 10,000
Might, Will, and Fate:
This is my character's custom item thread.
Buddhism – Major
Sensory – Specialist
Taijutsu – Specialist (One tier to Wisdom, One Tier to Reflexes)
Bukijutsu (Master Of One[Bo Staff]) - Specialist
Ninjutsu - Specialist (Primary Element - Lightning)
This is my character's custom technique thread.
Strength: Proficient (Epic Bukijutsu)
Reflexes: Masterful (Epic Taijutsu)
Coordination: Masterful (Epic Bukijutsu)
Wisdom: Epic (Legendary Taijutsu/Legendary Precog Bukijutsu)
SAs and Flaws:
"Did you know Bob Ross was a sniper in 'Nam?" Shang has mostly spent his 13 years of free time painting, primarily landscapes, and is very skilled in this regard.
Guerrilla Warfare While in The Land of Lightning, Shang moves at squares upon the map at double speed. This bonus may be transferred to those traveling with him.
Konoha Blues When combating Shinobi from Konoha, Shang gains a one tier bonus to strength. This boost is reduced to a major advantage at Legendary, and a minor advantage at Godlike(Cap at Godlike Minor Advantage).
Homebody When Shang is in a Land other than the Land of Lightning, it takes Shang twice as long to move through squares on the map.
”Aw man, Grandpa told me about this guy.” 9 Years of war is a significant amount of time, and many shinobi of Konohagakure came away with stories of their opposition. When fighting Konoha shinobi, the Konoha shinobi gain a tier in wisdom when dealing with Shang in all purposes, including precognition. This boost is reduced to a major advantage at Legendary, and a minor advantage at Godlike (Cap at Godlike Minor Advantage)
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