"Stand down or never rise again!"
User: Onihanta
Campaign: Mystara 4E
Race: Human (Ochalean)
Gender: Male
Role: Striker
Class/Level: Ranger/16
NPC Perspective (Female)

"When I was out walking with my date today, we saw this strange man. He was soo tall! And his hair, so beautiful, flowing down his back, it was almost silver. At first, he looked like one of those farm hands, but he was dressed in armor. I thought that was very strange. Especially since it was foreign style armor at that. I just needed to ask him about his hair though. So, I talked my date into going up to him. And when we got closer, I could see that his eyes were of the loveliest color, flashing like emeralds. They more than made up for the fading scars that could be seen on his face. I couldn’t tell what had made them, but he was still quite handsome, in fact, they only added to his good looks! I was so taken aback by those eyes, though, that I completely forgot to ask how to get my hair to shine like that."

NPC Perspective (Male)

"On the way to the tavern with Sasha for our date, we saw a stranger. He was tall, taller than me. What was strangest was the armor he wore, and how the guards didn't even seem to mind that he was walking about armed. It was a strange plated armor, almost looking like he was wearing a skirt. When we got closer, I noticed that it had a phoenix design on the chest plate. He looked foreign, with some battle scars on his face. That hair was pretty weird too, all long, like a girls, and white. He held himself pretty well, looked as though he knew exactly how to handle the swords he carries."

DM’s Description

‘A tall Man with flowing white hair stands before you. He has green, almond shaped eyes, and well-tanned skin. He's muscular and athletic looking, from years of martial training. Some faint scars can be seen on his face, from old sword slashes. His armor is Ochalean, well shined, if a little worn. On the chest plate, he has a phoenix, wings outstretched to take flight, expertly etched.’

History of Kyobei: Part One

(Shizuka) Kyobei was born to the warrior caste of Ochalea, his parents being Shizuka Isamu and Hamada Chiharu. His father was the inheritor of the Jade Dragon, a group of Wokou who dealt in the importing and exporting of goods in Ochalea. Strangely, Kyobei was born with an unusual birthmark: That of a green Dragon coiled in upon itself. Those within the Jade Dragon viewed his birth as a great omen, with a future of success.

However, the happiness and success was not to last. By the age of 3 Kyobei's young life was upset, with a war brewing between the Jade Dragon and several other groups of Wokou which resulted in the ultimate destruction of the Jade well as the death of Shizuka Isamu.

Area of Birth: Ochalea

Ochalea is a large island, located south of the Known World and west of the Pearl Islands. While its coastal areas are mostly plains, allowing a considerable agricultural development, the interior is mostly composed of rocky badlands, short mountain chains, and deep forests and jungles. Most of the Ochalean population lives either in the coastal plains or along the Chungkiang, a wide, slow-flowing river that cuts the islands in twain.

While Kyobei was born in Ochalea, the formative years of his life were spent with his Mother who raised him in the Northern Reaches of Ostland following the death of Shizuka Isamu.

(As quoted by: Misha Mananov)"Ostland, the kingdom on the northern seas. Bastion of tradition among the realms of the northern reaches. Home of pirates and berserker raiders. Ostland has long held itself free and proud above its neighbours, but is its long tradition finally being forced to accommodate the changes in the world around it?"

Ostland's population spreads itself across four large islands (Noslo, Kalslo, Osterslo, and Kunslo), as well as dozens of smaller ones located off the coasts (in fact, legend holds that at least one such island, the so-called Isle of the Sea Witch, floats at will across the northern Sea of Dawn). The lands are cold but fertile, perhaps the most suited to farming in the entirety of the northern realms. High-sea cliffs make excellent locations for fortifications to defend Ostland's territory from invaders, while providing safe havens for the longships that freely raid and plunder neighbouring lands.

The Ostlanders are organised in clans, much like their landbound cousins. Above all others, though, the Cnute clan has held sway ever since the fifth century AC, when the clan's founder Cnute Bearchest established himself as the strongest and most influential among the neighbouring clans. More recently, however, the Ostman clans of Kalslo island have been at odds with the royal Cnutes. The more traditional Cnutes had been forced to put down two rebellions by the progressive Ostmans (and, it is rumoured, longed to plunder the tombs of the Cnute kings that lay on Kalslo island). Such conflicts are typical of the aggressive and territorial nature of all Ostlanders.

The Harsh environment and feudal element of the Northern Reaches formed Kyobei into a young warrior with much to prove, he picked up the sword at a young age and began training in the ways of his "people". At the age of 15 his increasing skill and unusual aptitude earned him the attention of the Cnute Clan, who sent him upon long trips to Kalslo Island on a regular basis to hunt indigenous animals and cause general duress in the outlying areas.

By the age of 17, Kyobei had earned himself a great deal of status within the Cnute Clan as a Raider. Dropping the name of his father, Shizuka, Kyobei temporarily adopted the name of the Cnute as he was greatly favored by them. He was accepted by his adopted people and a great warrior among great warriors, Kyobei believed he had found his place in the world. That was until his Mother went missing, a letter left for Kyobei telling him that she was going out into the world and to not look for her.

Kyobei immediately made preparations, left the Cnute behind and ventured off into the world in search of his Mother.
1. What is your Full Name? Shizuka(Cnute) Hamada Kyobei

2. Where and when were you born? Ochalea, 27 years ago.

3. Who are/were your parents? Shizuka Isamu (Father) and Hamada Chiharu (Mother), Father was a importer/exporter and Sailor while Mother was of the Warrior Caste in Ochalea.

4. Do you have any siblings? No Siblings.

5. Where do you live now, and with whom? On the roads, with my fellow Phoenix Watch members. I have no actual residence.

6. What is your occupation? Adventurer by trade, Hero by song and Death to my enemies.

7. Write a full physical description of yourself. 6'3", 220lbs, Long white hair, Green eyes, Tan skin and a solid build. Wears Ochalean warrior style armor, with the symbol of the Phoenix Watch emblazoned upon the chestguard of his armor.

8. To which social class do you belong? The Warrior Class.

9. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses? None.

10. Are you right- or left-handed? Ambidextrous.

11. What does your voice sound like? Even toned, without a trace of any accent.

12. What words and/or phrases do you use very frequently? Quickly, Watch out, It's a Doppelganger and Cut it's head off.

13. What do you have in your pockets? No pockets, I wear a Hakama.

14. Do you have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other defining characteristics? Impatient, right index and middle finger twitch slightly inbetween battles.

Part 2: Growing Up

15. How would you describe your childhood in general? Rough, the Northern Reaches of Ostland can be harsh on a child. But it helped form me into the person I am today and taught me to excel above the expectations that are placed on me.

16. What is your earliest memory? I remember being held by my Mother, looking out into the distance and seeing boats ablaze on the sea at night…the smoke billowing up forming malevolent phantoms in the sky. I’ve been told that was the day my Father died.

17. How much schooling have you had? My Mother taught me much of the basics; Scribing, History, Geography…the rest I was taught by the Barbarians of Ostland: Riding, Bowing, The way of the Sword and Hunting.

18. Did you enjoy school? I didn’t have School in the traditional sense, but yes, I did.

19. Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities? All of the formative skills I learned from either my Mother or from Clan Cnute of Ostland, the rest I learned as I went along my journey. The more advanced tactics and skills I have come through bloodshed, as a slave Gladiator in the rings of the Shadow Elves.

20. While growing up, did you have any role models? If so, describe them. With contrasting ideals between the people of my birth and the people who raised me, I have three of what you might called Role Models: Cnute Bearchest, the founder of Clan Cnute and the man who united Ostland into the kingdom it has become. The second would be my Father, Shizuka Isamu, who my mother had filled my childhood with the stories of his adventures as a Wokou in his youth. The last would be the current King of Ostland, Finn Hordson. He walks the proverbial line of tradition and progression with his own people, allowing the teachings and ideals of those outside of Clan Cnute to be learned and adopted by his people and he was very much a father figure to me during a large portion of my life.

21. While growing up, how did you get along with the other members of your family? The only other member of my Family alive would be my Mother, which she and I had a somewhat silent relationship after I was old enough to hold a sword. She was unhappy to a point that I had been adopted by Clan Cnute, learning in the “Barbarian ways” and the traditions of their people. But under it all, I know she loved me and I her.

22. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? The Greatest Warrior those of Ostland had ever heard of.

23. As a child, what were your favorite activities? Sword fighting with the other children, Bowing, playing with animals and there was a game of my youth taught to me by the children of Ostland called “Goat Ball” which was very fun.

24. As a child, what kinds of personality traits did you display? Tenacity, I suppose. Beyond that I had to earn the trust of those around me, being that I was an outsider. So, I had to be more aggressive and daring than many of the other children to be able to earn any friends.

25. As a child, were you popular? Who were your friends, and what were they like? I was I guess popular to a point in the same sense that I was distrusted: I was an outsider until proven otherwise. But, I had two friends that stuck with me until the time I had to leave Ostland: Tyr Finnson, the son of Finn Hordson and Cecilie Dohtar.

26. When and with whom was your first kiss? My first kiss came upon my leaving of Ostland, from Cecilie, she said it was for good luck and the hope that I would one day return. Now that I am a man, I will soon enough.

27. Are you a virgin? If not, when and with whom did you lose your virginity? Not something I like to admit, but I lost my virginity while a slave of the Shadow Elves. As I was of the warrior caste and used to do battle among the other slaves, there would be those that would look upon our fights in awe or excitement at our prowess. One such watcher, a Shadow Elf by the name of Meliaduel who took me on the day of my Seventeenth birthday to “instruct on the ways of being a man”.

28. If you are a supernatural being (i.e. mage, werewolf, vampire), tell the story of how you became what you are or first learned of your own abilities. If you are just a normal human, describe any influences in your past that led you to do the things you do today. The day that I left Ostland in search of my mother was very hard on me –I was leaving behind all I had ever really known in life, just as I was gaining reputation among in my opinion the greatest warriors of The Known World. Then, under a year after leaving Ostland I was a slave to the Shadow Elves not once, but twice. After all the death that I dealt with my own hands in the service of them, I promised myself that I would battle tyranny at every opportunity.

Part 3: Past Influences

29. What do you consider the most important event of your life so far? My last escape from the slavery of the Shadow Elves – the experience of being a slave again brought my rage to a fever pitch in the Gladiatorial Rings, it reminded me of being home in Ostland but was a shadow unto itself. My bright childhood met the violence of my adulthood, causing me to regain the tenacity of the fight which I had lost somewhere along the way.

30. Who has had the most influence on you? The Shadow Elves and the Phoenix Watch. The Shadow Elves gave me a name, Tayracaagan (Deathseeker), and the Phoenix Watch gave me a purpose.

31. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Striking down the Black Swan and taking his swords, so that I may redeem his taint from the history of the Phoenix Watch.

32. What is your greatest regret? That I haven’t found my Mother, in the ten years of my travels.

33. What is the most evil thing you have ever done? I don’t bother with the concept of Good or Evil, only what is the most appropriate thing to do at the time. Damn the consequences.

34. Do you have a criminal record of any kind? Well yes, I have been wanted in Darokin, Reedle and Thyatis under the name “The Jade Ranger” for crimes which for the most part I didn’t commit.

35. When was the time you were the most frightened? I do not fear.

36. What is the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to you? I cannot recall a time in which I was embarrassed.

37. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why? That I didn’t act on the first impulse I may have had at the time, it’s proven to always be correct in situations that I’m consistently dealing with.

38. What is your best memory? The Winter Festival just before I was to leave in search of my mother, the smell of pork billowing high into the sky on trails of smoke, plentiful ale, dancing and song. I grew full on honey ale and pulled pork, Cecilie falling upon me as I lay on a great oak tree…she kissed me then and buried herself in my arms. We slept there that night, and she was gone in the morning.

39. What is your worst memory? The majority of my time in the slave pens of the Shadow Elves ought to wrap that up.

Part 4: Beliefs And Opinions

40. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic? I would suppose I’m more optimistic than pessimistic, as I never doubt whether I can do something nor fear failure.

41. What is your greatest fear? I do not fear.

42. What are your religious views? I send prayers to the Immortals of my people: Zirchev and Odin.

43. What are your political views? Politics are for the corrupt and socially motivated, I am neither.

44. What are your views on sex? Sex Is a wonderful tool and past-time.

45. Are you able to kill? Under what circumstances do you find killing to be acceptable or unacceptable? Killing whether it is an animal, humanoid or monster boils down to circumstance: If they stand in my way with malevolent or violent intent, they shall die.

46. In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any human being could do? This goes back to a previous answer: I don’t believe in the concept of traditional good or evil. It’s all circumstance.

47. Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love? I wouldn’t know, I have never experienced it. However, there is one who I still think about in the darkness before sleep so…

48. What do you believe makes a successful life? Doing anything without the exaltation of success, or the fear of failure.

49. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)? It really depends on the situation at hand, but generally I do not fear stating my thoughts or opinions…but I have always thought of Action speaking louder than words.

50. Do you have any biases or prejudices? To an extent I am biased against Elves of all sorts, that isn’t to say that I am violent or seek harm to all Elves it’s just…They can’t honestly be trusted.

51. Is there anything you absolutely refuse to do under any circumstances? Why do you refuse to do it? I refuse to enslave or see anyone in slavery and do nothing to stop it…I know what it’s like.

52. Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for)? For the Phoenix Watch, for the Human Race and for Ostland.

Part 5: Relationships With Others

53. In general, how do you treat others (politely, rudely, by keeping them at a distance, etc.)? Does your treatment of them change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how? I don’t show it often but I’m generally distant with new companions, as I’ve had to learn the hard way in the past that not all who seek asylum in the Watch seek what I seek. There are a few, however, that have earned my trust and I hold them in great esteem: Borric conDoin, Feravanik Thaon, Gattsu and Kriv Talann,

54. Who is the most important person in your life, and why? At this exact moment, as I have no significant other…Would be myself and my cause.

55. Who is the person you respect the most, and why? In terms of sheer skill with a blade, Sadok Aglavane would have to be the one. I hope in the near future to unseat that respect by besting him in all ways.

56. Who are your friends? Do you have a best friend? Describe these people. My friends are those I trust, which I have already named.

57. Do you have a spouse or significant other? If so, describe this person. No significant other or spouse.

58. Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened. I can’t say that I have as I am still unsure of what it is.

59. What do you look for in a potential lover? Strength of character, a pretty face and a body to match.

60. How close are you to your family? Not at all, as my father Is dead and my mother missing. The only other family I ever had was the Cnute Clan of Ostland…and I haven’t seen them in over ten years.

61. Have you started your own family? If so, describe them. If not, do you want to? Why or why not? I have no intentions of settling down until my journey is truly over…I do not believe that is going to be anytime soon.

62. Who would you turn to if you were in desperate need of help? The King of Ostland, Finn Hordson.

63. Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why? I protect myself, should my companions keep an eye as I do for them then they are truly companions.

64. If you died or went missing, who would miss you? I…I’m not sure.

65. Who is the person you despise the most, and why? A single person, none…but as a people, the Shadow Elves bar none.

66. Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict? I argue when I have to, and avoid when it is proper to do so.

67. Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations? I take on leadership due to the fact that at the moment, I am the senior member of The Phoenix Watch in its current form…I have the most knowledge of the groups history, members and activity…

68. Do you like interacting with large groups of people? Why or why not? Absolutely, especially if they are hostile…all the more fun to tear them apart.

69. Do you care what others think of you? No, so long as they give what is due.

Part 6: Likes And Dislikes

70. What is/are your favorite hobbies and pastimes? Bowery, Hunting, hitting the Tavern and the occasional wench.

71. What is your most treasured possession? My swords: The Twin Mourn Blades.

72. What is your favorite color? Red.

73. What is your favorite food? I’m partial to pulled pork chopped into boiled rice.

74. What, if anything, do you like to read? Strategies and Tactical journals are my personal favorites, followed by history in Warfare.

75. What is your idea of good entertainment (consider music, movies, art, etc.)? A bustling Tavern, endless flowing Ale and pretty bar wenches.

76. Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs? If so, why? Do you want to quit? I hit the pipe now and again, to steady the nerves before battle…and I love Ale. As for quitting, why?

77. How do you spend a typical Saturday night? Traveling with my companions, continuing our journey and camping at the end of the day.

78. What makes you laugh? Stupidity.

79. What, if anything, shocks or offends you? The self-importance of most Elves, it sickens me to hear the lamentations of Elves over things that only affect them as if it were a danger to the entire world.

80. What would you do if you had insomnia and had to find something to do to amuse yourself? I would hunt, were we in the wilderness…or if we were in town I would drink my Insomnia away.

81. How do you deal with stress? Hitting the pipe or doing battle with my enemies.

82. Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan? I’d like to say that I blend the two together.

83. What are your pet peeves? Stupidity, ignorance, Whiny Elves, Doppelgangers and Elitists.

Part 7: Self Images And Etc.

84. Describe the routine of a normal day for you. How do you feel when this routine is disrupted? When I awake every morning, I awake just before the sun rises and tend to my Horse. After tending to him I boil some rice and prepare the rest of my breakfast, then spend a good hour warming up with hand katas before working up to Weaponry practice and full body stretching. After finishing my workout routine, I find some water either in the packs I have or by a local stream and clean myself before donning my clothes and armor. If my routine is upset I tend to feel slightly perturbed throughout the day until I can rectify that break in routine.

85. What is your greatest strength as a person? I suppose it would be a combination of spontaneity, fervor for the fight and my general lack of fear.

86. What is your greatest weakness? The Shadow Elves dubbed me the “Tayracaagan” – Deathseeker – it is my strength and my weakness.

87. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To be honest, I’m not quite sure.

88. Are you generally introverted or extroverted? More extroverted than introverted really, but it really depends on the moment.

89. Are you generally organized or messy? I would say more organized in practice…and I never consider myself “messy”.

90. Name three things you consider yourself to be very good at, and three things you consider yourself to be very bad at. Swords, Riding and Bowing are what I’m good at….as for bad, it would be: Tolerance, Inactivity and Obeying the Law.

91. Do you like yourself? Of course, one cannot like others if they do not like themselves.

92. What are your reasons for being an adventurer (or doing the strange and heroic things that RPG characters do)? Are your real reasons for doing this different than the ones you tell people in public? (If so, detail both sets of reasons…) I was born to do this…In Ostland it is said that the Highfather Odin wove the skein of my life well before I was born, and I believe this to be absolutely true. Until my dying breath I will follow the winds wherever they take me, face whomever I am deemed to face and if the Highfather should call upon me to do so…I will lay down the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of my calling. I am the Deathseeker, Kyobei, and nothing will ever change that.

93. What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime? To become a warrior equal to or exceeding of those whom I idolized as a youth…so that when I finally die I can look them each and the eyes and know that they consider me to be their equal.

94. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? More than likely still taking on the Quest, aiding the Phoenix Watch in their endeavors and further expanding my skills.

95. If you could choose, how would you want to die? In a battle so glorious that the peoples of the world would forever speak of it and that I would strike down all of my enemies before death takes me.

96. If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, name three things you would do in the time you had left. Say goodbye to Cecilie anyway that I could, appropriate my belongings to those most deserving and then bring down as much Death and pain to enemies of the Watch as I could before Death’s embrace.

97. What is the one thing for which you would most like to be remembered after your death? That I was a man who lived without fear, even in the face of Annihilation.

98. What three words best describe your personality? Tenacious, Fearless and Strong.

99. What three words would others probably use to describe you? More than likely it would be Insane, Foolhardy and Violent.

100. If you could, what advice would you, the player, give to your character? (You might even want to speak as if he or she were sitting right here in front of you, and use proper tone so he or she might heed your advice…) Fire and wind come from the sky, from the gods of the sky. But Odin is your god, Odin and he lives in the earth. Once, giants lived in the Earth, Kyobei. And in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Odin, and they took from him the enigma of steel. Odin was angered. And the Earth shook. Fire and wind struck down these giants, and they threw their bodies into the waters, but in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of steel and left it on the battlefield. We who found it are just men. Not gods. Not giants. Just men. The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Kyobei. You must learn its discipline. For no one - no one in this world can you trust. Not men, not women, not beasts. But Steel…This you can trust.
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