Tenebris - TenguSkills:
- Shapeshifting: Danjiro is a karasu tengu, and his true form is a creature with the body of a man, the head of a raven, clawed hands and feet and large, iridescent black wings. In this form his strength and stamina are above that of an average human, his eyesight is equal to a bird of prey’s. He is also able to take the form of an ordinary man that appears to be in his early thirties, as well as any form of bird – though said bird will always be black, regardless of the species’ natural color. His natural preference is for of members of the corvidae family – ravens, crows, rooks, jackdaws, magpies, nutcrackers, or other naturally black birds and, quite often, owls as they can fly silently. In any of his non-human forms, he has the ability to move instantly over short distances without moving his wings.
- Dreamwalking: With concentration, Danjiro is able to enter the dreams of the living without being invited. He can use this skill to communicate information, shape and manipulate dreams to his will (for deception, to manipulate or influence a person subliminally or for other purposes), to interpret dreams by experiencing them firsthand as the dreamer does or to simply observe them. Part of this ability also allows him to speak without moving his mouth.
- Expert Martial Artist: Danjiro is an exceptional martial artist, with centuries of experience in multiple hand to hand combat forms and techniques, various weapons styles and infiltration techniques. He is also at home in the modern world, equally skilled in the use of firearms. Though he prefers the old ways, which require more finesse, he’s not above using a gun when it would be more expedient. He has taught and served with some of the greatest soldiers and military strategists in Japanese history.
At six foot one, Danjiro is a tall, handsome and athletic man who carries himself with languid, easy confidence and a sense of style. His black hair is on the long side and slightly unruly, often tied back and styled wildly. A hint of facial hair dusts his upper lip and chin and there is always a sense of mischief about his person. In tengu form, his eyes reflect light, much like an owl’s. Danjiro also has a full body horimono (tattoo) that covers his body from his neck to wrists, his back and legs to the ankle, leaving only a strip of bare skin down the center of his chest, done by his sister Miho. Playby:
Jang Dong GunPersonality:
Highly intelligent, with a combination of street smarts, a knowledge gained from centuries of training and an innate natural curiosity, underneath his playful façade Danjiro is a clever, resourceful man who is well-educated and cunning. Charismatic, smooth talking, handsome and confident, Danjiro possesses an easy, natural charm that makes him alluring and captivating. He is articulate, suave, outgoing and able to engage in conversation easily with anyone and draw them in. In short, he’s a player. He likes women and plenty of them. He has a genuine love of life and approaches everything he does with enthusiasm and passion, seizing every moment and wringing out all it has to offer, whether that’s a good meal, a fine wine, a sizable profit or excellent company. Though capable of being serious and knowing when to toe the line, Danjiro’s natural state is quite spirited and full of life. He’s naturally upbeat, playful and his enthusiasm is contagious. He’s also has an innate sense of style. Danjiro takes pride in his appearance and likes to dress well at all times. He has a taste for finely tailored, custom made suits, Italian shoes, silk and Egyptian cotton shirts, designer accessories and his hair is always styled and coiffed. He even makes dressing down look runway ready. Conversely, he also knows how to dress to fit in with a seedier crowd.
With the self-confidence born of centuries and the willingness to take charge whenever necessary, Danjiro isn’t afraid to make his desires known or to issue orders whenever it’s required. He is assertive and not afraid to act or make hard decisions. His morality has become increasingly flexible the ore he has lived in the human world. As he’s watched it become more cynical and jaded, he has found himself increasingly willing to be adaptive to the world around him. Essentially, his morals are far more chaotic and less ordered than they were when he was part of a tengu clan, and he likes it this way. He appreciates the flexibility it offers. Through countless years of service he has proven that he’s a man to be trusted; and once his loyalty has been given it’s ironclad. He is steadfast, highly dedicated and reliable to a fault – until you cross him or prove you no longer deserve his trust, or you harm someone close to him. Centuries of discipline and training have made Danjiro a very patient man and he has the tolerance and persistence of a hawk hunting a mouse. He is never in a hurry and is willing to let a plan or situation work itself out, even if that means years. One cannot push the river.
As an enforcer for the Yamaguchi-guchi, Danjiro is deeply entrenched within the ranks of the yakuza in Osaka and Tokyo. While he has never been convicted of a crime or sent to prison, his association with and status within the criminal organization is not a secret. Unlike the Mafia, the yakuza do not hide themselves and their presence is well known in Japanese society. He has earned his rank and he is well-trusted as a man that can solve problems and get things done.Backstory:
Like his sister Miho, Kuriyama Danjiro was born in the same loation in the Iga mountains of of Japan during the tumultuous Muromachi period, a time rife with political upheaval and intrigue. At this time, Iga had freed itself from its nominal feudal lords, forming its own republic and in retaliation for the crimes committed by the Kamakura shoguns against its Buddhist monasteries, became one of the centers for ninjustu, the birthplace of the Iga-ryu Nijustu clans. It was natural that supernatural creatures were drawn to the ninja clans. They were secretive. They were superstitious, and they were isolated. It was easy for a supernatural creature to move among them, pretend to be one of them, where their powers could be used to advantage. Danjiro and his and sister began their rigorous training in early childhood, to forge them into perfect weapons and agents of espionage. His sister, a formidable Nekomata, had required no training to become a master ninja; but Danjiro had a natural talent for the martial arts, and once his other abilities manifested, he was claimed by a tengu clan and taken deep into the forested mountains to continue his training in the martial arts and swordsmithing with them. With his tengu brethren, he would help to train some of the most formidable warriors in Japan, including Minamoto no Yoshitsune and many of the retainers of the Tokugawa shoguns.
When the shogunate became corrupt, and tengu were hunted as evil creatures, Danjiro made his way out of the mountains and in to Edo, one of a handful of his kind left in Japan. There he formed friendships with the bakuto, tekiya, kabukimono and otokodate, impressed by their loyalty to one another, even above their own families. He found other supernatural creatures among them, and had skills that they could use. By the time his sister was ready to leave Japan, she had completed the full body suit that marks him from neck to ankles and wrists, part of his initiation into the yakuza. Proving his loyalties and abilities dozens of times over, Danjiro rose through the ranks of his Clan over the years to the position of enforcer. He’s always been known as a man that can be trusted to get things done. Like Miho, he has hidden his longevity by faking his death and later reappearing, often as a long lost relative. His loyalty to his Oyabun, who is also a supernatural, is likewise unquestioned.
Danjiro has been many things in his long life and since that first rite of passage: tengu master; otokodate; yakuza enforcer; a mercenary selling his skills to the highest bidder; hermit, recluse; monk; thief; gigolo. All with equal skill and charm. Character Ons/Offs:
Part dangerous recluse part libidinous hedonist capable of knowing the full extent of a partner’s dreams, Danjiro is an generous and sensual partner willing to engage in a variety of sexual activities from rough to light, and is particularly fond of languid, indulgent sexual play. Player’s Ons and Offs