Let's see how this goes... my first Group RP character... sorry but I wrote a novel for the flavoring.
Just a few inches over five feet tall, she is of a small frame and stature, but she's in extremely good shape after an extremely active lifetime of training and honing her mind and body. AppearanceAppearanceStats:
Defense: 3Super Powers:
>Martial Arts- She’s phenomenally talented as a martial artist, with two generally synthesized forms she engages in. The first depends heavily on the grappling and submission arts including Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling, referring to it as her 'Strong Style.' Her second style is based on striking arts, mostly Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu styles and some Western boxing and Savate techniques, focusing on distance and unorthodox striking combinations meant to put her opponents off balance and vulnerable. She refers to this as her 'Sharp Style.'
>Battle Gear: Eleuthera is well equipped with Golden Age equipment, including a durable Ferrous Fiber olive drab jacket and pants. She also has a tendency to carry a hardwood bokken sword or a simple pair of batons to batter her enemies with. She even has her own utility belt with a variety of gadgets. (Utility Gadgets including: Several leather straps, length of nylon rope, a Leatherman Multi-Tool, LED flashlight/strobe, a small lighter, length of insulated chain, grapple hook, a pouch of ground pepper & scented incense, pocket digital camera w/ protective case, replica handgun, Travel First Aid Kit from the Red Cross w/ oxygen face mask.)
>Stealth: She has become exceptionally proficient in hiding in plain sight, as well as a master of using the shadows and darkness to (not literally) ‘disappear. Unlike the common perception of the ninja, her stealth ability relies more on looking anonymous, unobtrusive and not raising attention, through studying body language, line of sight, vision based psychology and using very basic disguises and mannerisms as opposed to actual evasion, sneaking and tricks of light and shadow.
>Chi Magic: She possesses a wide array of mild, low grade chi or ki derived powers including 'seeing' the spiritual auras of people, limited internal temperature control, pain and sensation tolerance (heat & cold for example), and other fairly minor skills that usually derive from a state of intense meditation/ concentration. To a considerably lesser degree, and largely due to the disharmony and conflict within her, she has only the rudimentary skills in channeling and focuses her chi through physical strikes, to the point of pulverizing bricks and small beams of wood with little harm to herself in some cases and other minor and temporary ‘surging’ of her physical capabilities.
>Medical: Eleuthera is a certified medic and also familiar with various traditional Japanese holistic medicine and rejuvenating meditation and other rites.
>Roadster: She likes driving fast and cool vehicles and is fairly good at it. It is one of her materialistic failings.
>Disharmony: Eleuthera has bound herself to never take a life, regardless of circumstance and within reason, to not allow life to be extinguished through inaction. She strives to uphold this and will not try to violate the spirit of her oath by refusing to save those in peril or through other obvious contrivances.
>Cars: She drives fast and cool ones. She's also fairly good at roof hopping.
The youngest child of three, she had two older brothers. Where she grew up, one either had to have the brains, the brawn or the luck to escape. She had a combination of all three. As a white minority in a poor area, they were all bullied, depressed and left to believe that there was going to be nothing more then what they had. Her older brothers unfortunately ended up in juvenile hall and prison, and she ultimately became a ward of the state. But that didn’t sit right with her.
Freedom was a grand theft auto away and after stealing her first car, pursued a foolish dream of being a world famous street racer. It never quite happened, though for a stable source of income, she got oddjobs, one of them ultimately being doing janitorial work for various dojos and monastaries in the area and ultimately turning her on to the study of martial arts at an early age. Eventually the State found her and dumped her into an orphanage when her luck finally kicked in.
One of the monasteries that she had done work for soon adopted her and soon the monks discovered a particular spiritual strength in her soul and due to her immersion in such a virtuous, enlightened and serene surroundings, honed her violent and aggressive tendencies and passions, teaching her to refocus her passions. Realizing her potential, and as she recognized her own restless soul, it was decided to give her a proper schooling in the Buddhist manner and soon she was on a flight to the Far East.
Initially she found peace in study as a nun, in India, but it was in training as a Dob-Dob warrior, she found true fulfillment. Her passion was satiated by the martial arts, her curiosity by the desire to undergo the mind-body transformation and pursue enlightenment. Unfortunately she never was content, as her soul was constantly torn between pursuit of spiritual enlightenment through meditation and reflection and pursuing enlightenment through the egotistical method of practice and execution of principles beyond the monastery itself.
With this internal conflict and disharmony in her soul, she set out to the world beyond the monasteries she had known despite being only a teenager. She traveled to China, where she learned that the journey of the martial artist to perfection is parallel to that of the monk on the path to enlightenment. In Japan, she learned how the pursuit of the martial way can even be superior to that of the monk. Unlike the monk who wishes to achieve enlightenment and benefit humanity, the warrior through his martial training and discipline, actually has the greater freedom of choice to help and greater knowledge of oneself.
The greater the warrior, the greater the freedom, the greater the danger of ego and yet in counterbalance, the greater one can benefit humanity. Much like Musashi, the prototypical ronin, she cast aside her old name and took to calling herself Eleuthera Damashi, free spirit. She traveled the world, learning, training, studying, practicing as she realized egoism and altruism were intertwined. One must become great to effect change and yet, to counterbalance the negative, must never take power over others, deny them their own chance at enlightenment. Mongolia. Russia. France. Great Britain. Brazil. Philippines. Korea. Thailand were all visited by her and learned of the nine virtues she upheld, humanity, courtesy, wisdom, trust, goodness, virtue, loyalty, courage and most importantly, justice. Not all of them took.
Despite her enlightened teachings though, she was still unable to tame the aggression and passion in her soul, finding no teaching beyond the martial arts and no spirit beyond that of the warrior could temper her emotions. She still embraced aspects of materialism, and was still addicted to the freedom and competition that existed in the world and when she returned to her original monastary, depressed and disillusioned, confessing she felt she had learned much of the world, but nothing of the soul. The monks thus suggested she focus her passions, her Western materialist upbringing and warrior spirit into fulfilling the virtue of justice.
She immediately knew how to do just that. She stopped it in front of the house of one person, Frank Carwood Carver. But from information she learned abroad, about a half century ago, Frank was once known as the Nazi bashing superhero Unknown Soldier. She simply walked up to his door one day and asked if he could train her.
He laughed in her face.
But she didn't give up. After a week of refutation, she went to plan B and in complete violation of her teachings, started bugging the hell out of him. When he found a quarter of a metric ton of junkmail outside his mailbox, he was piqued. When telemarketers called from offices in India offering to sell him ED drugs at four in the morning, he was annoyed. His utilities shut off another week after that, but it was only a prelude to the hounding he was getting on the street from the youths. And every day of his torment, she visited him every morning, while also stealing his daily newspaper. He put two and two together and caved in. He'd train the spirited woman. If she could be this annoying to a Nazi smashing hero like herself, one could only imagine what she could unleash upon villainy.
During the day, they dueled in moldy basement boxing gyms and studied from well worn texts and tomes, while at night the city rooftops were their playgrounds. In three months of training that made her time studying abroad and around the world seem like a health spa retreat, she went from a peak trained human, to a superhumanly trained hero. When those three months were up, he knew she was as ready as she'd ever be. The speed with which she learned was incredible, but she seemed to be gripping onto him like a father figure that she never had.
He was getting too old for this kind of stuff though, so one day they stopped in front of a bank that was being knocked off by a group of professionals. He said it would be her first true test as they both moved in to stop the robbery, but when the smoke cleared, the gunfire ended and the last robber hit the marble floor, she glanced over her shoulder and realized her mentor was gone, having left her as soon as she entered the bank. Having taken out all of the evildoers by herself. she discovered she was able to pursue a path that would pursue the virtue of justice, benefit humanity, and effect altruistic change while tempering her ego and ultimately, prove she could pursue enlightenment by following such an egoist and martial path.