If it's still possible I'd like to join as well, the concept seems really interesting.
Character Name: Ryu (Ree-ooh) Valmont (assumed name)
Age: unknown, but at least 65
Accursed Creature: Bengal Tiger
Occupation: Foreign news correspondent
Appearance: Not allowed to link but pic is at ifs.zulufleet.net/ryu.jpg
Personality: Haughty, a little arrogant. But when you get close to him he turns out to be caring and protective. He is a little chauvinistic
History:Ryu's birthday is unknown as he was orphaned at a really young age, when his village was massacred during the Chinese revolution. He was found by a Tibetan family and raised as one of theirs. When Ryu went through adolescence, he found that the changes to his body were not quite like those of the other boys. When his family found out what was happening to him, they thought he was a demon and tried to kill him. He defended himself on instinct awakening to find his family dead at his hands. He fled south into India, where he met a Bodhisattva (a person both striving for enlightenment as well as guiding others toward it) The Bodhisattva, named Ragesh taught Ryu that he was a creature of nature like any other, not a demon. Ryu stayed with Ragesh for years. however his slowed aging meant he had to hide. In 1990 Ragesh passed away, and Ryu ventured into the world on his own. His slow aging forces him to lead a transient lifestyle, changing jobs often, and relationships can never really last. So far he's worked among other things as a muay Thai boxer, truck driver, logger, drugscourier and sailor on a freighter. Now he's working as a foreign correspondent for the British BBC news service.
I hope this is OK