Kong

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Introduction

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"Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire."
― Jorge Luis Borges


"You don't see sick animals in the wild. You don't see lame animals in the wild, and its all because of the predator: the lion, the tiger, the leopard, all the cats."
―Tippi Hedren.


"I'm different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man. Dying's for fools, dying's for amateurs."
―Charlie Sheen.

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Stereotypes
The Wan Kuei
Thrashing Dragons Full of life. Full of vigor. Pursue it; live, so that the rest of us do not forget to. Live, so that we don't have to.
Bone Flowers You contemplate the endings with such serenity that I cannot comprehend you. You stay still, accepting, calm, when I would tremble with rage. I want your control. But I'm unwilling to give up the rage to get it.
Resplendent Crane As no other who walks the Five Paths, I cannot comprehend you. There are no words to describe it, accurately. I feel as though I should be able to process, intellectually, how you serve some purpose. But I find that you only obstruct all paths other than your own. Perhaps one day I will meet a Crane I can respect. But that day may not come before this Age ends.
Thousand Whispers In a way, I envy you. Give up everything. Move on. Experience everything. Cling to nothing. But my duty binds me; I admire your balance, but your path is not mine. I have a purpose to serve. You can leave yours behind to follow it; I am bound.
Devil-Tigers My brothers and sisters, ours is a sacred charge. We are teachers. We are cultivators. We are gardeners, and our crop is wisdom and enlightenment. Our thresher is pain. Suffering is our soil. Evil is the sunlight which we must radiate to grow a crop of the righteous. We walk a narrow path, to be a heavenly demon without falling to our impulses, which steer us toward Yomi. To leash the P'o and use it without letting it draw us to damnation. Ours is the most vital path. While others may concern themselves with their own Dharma, with their own honor, their own balance or their own calm or their own energy - we must concern ourselves with others. We are the shepherd and the wolf both. We must sacrifice our holiness, our goodness, our humanity on an altar of duty. We must scourge ourselves clean of the impulse to do good and to show compassion. We must murder within ourselves our weakness without giving up our empathy. We must feel the pain we inflict on others more keenly than they themselves, and bear that pain with grace. In the end, Heaven will turn its back on us. There will be no great reward. Our duty is the same, and it is a truly righteous devil who does it.
The Others
Mortals You are the seed. You are the sheep. I am the gardener, the shepherd. I will tend you, I will guard you. I will prune and shear. And I will harvest and slaughter.
Vampires The kin-jin are a house divided. They will fall. Not because we will it, but because they do. Each wishes the destruction of the other more than they wish the enlightenment of the self; so far as I can tell, their philosophies are nothing but a means to power, an excuse to hate the others. Every one seems a slave while proclaiming themselves freer than all others. Each claims to know Heaven above the rest, but each's Heaven serves only their own agenda. If you served the will of Heaven, you would have goals outside yourselves. If you were free, you would not follow laws set down by those who wish only to keep you at each others' throats until they rise to devour you. And fucking hell, you're all more obsessed with Zao-lot and what he did than I am. How far and wide did the Dragon Tear and the darkest side of our soul arts spread?
Werewolves The Hengeyokai of this land are less rational than those of home. And that's saying something.
Mages You wield lightning. But often, you strike randomly. Serve Heaven, not yourselves.

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Contacts
The Wan Kuei
Meilin - Honored Jina. The only other proper kuei-jin in this god-forsaken court of foreigners.
Min-ji - Korean. Decadent. Ignorant. Perhaps not as unsalvageable as others. Possibilities - explore.
Rin - Japanese. Blind. Likely unsalvageable. Falls easily to her P'o.
Shinjiro - Japanese. Quiet. Polite. Damned by his blood and his Dharma, but so far not as offensive as he could be. Give it time.
Saburo - Japanese. Lacking in etiquette. Damned by blood, Dharma, and action.
The Others
Anezka - The most fascinating of barbarians thusfar. Polite. Capable of negotiation and exchange. Possessed of strange Shintai.
Eden - First barbarian contact. Polite. Capable of conversation. Unafraid. More investigation required.
Arec - A man of god. Everything one would expect from that phrase, applied to the barbarians.
Hel - The giantess. Capable of conversation. Anarchist with rules and structured organization. Less offensive than some.
Sellie - The Fallen Star. Ice is brittle. Let me help you find your truth, you are a part of the axle on which this Wheel turns; I can sense it.

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Kong
This. But in a suit.

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Overview
Race: Kuei-jin
Nationality: Hong Kong Chinese
Full Name: Sun Kong (aka the Crimson Oracle, aka the Seer of Blood, aka the guy with the douchey bluetooth)
Date of Birth: October 9, More Years Ago Than You'd Guess.
Dharma: Howl of the Devil-Tiger
Direction: South
Court: Flame Court of Hong Kong/Autumn Lotus Court
Nature: Sadist
Demeanor: Visionary
P'o Nature: The Demon
Apparent Age: Mid 30's
Height: 5' 11"
Appearance: 3
Awareness: 3
Merits/Flaws to be Aware of: Beacon of the Unholy, Intolerance: The Dirty Horrible Japanese.

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RP Hooks
  • Prophecy: Kong has prophetic dreams almost every night. If you're important in a fate-based way? He can sense it when he comes near you. If you use powers? He might sense it. If you're a spirit or a wraith? He might see you.
  • Kuei-jin: Kong is one. There are ways for us to talk. You know, by hanging out at common Kuei-jin hangouts, mostly. But I guess torture works too.
  • Devil-Tiger: Kong is...not a nice or a good person. This translates into simply enjoying the suffering of others, frequently. Often it is outright causing of that suffering. I don't enjoy making players suffer, only characters. If you like it when terrible things happen, when discomfort is part of RP, or when darkness creeps in? Let me know. If you like to avoid that? Also let me know. My default state is a sort of asshole-based humor that I hope can be laughed off by those who don't want to engage with dark shit fully. If something I've posed bothers you? Please page me and let me know. Your OOC comfort level is important!
  • Intolerance: Kong lived through the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong. He does not like the Japanese. He can work with them, although it will cause friction. He can learn to respect individual Japanese characters, although it will be more work for them than for others. This is a flaw, it's worth points, and I play it as strongly as I play my others. Kong is racist, not just against the Japanese, but against everyone who isn't Chinese...and against people who aren't the right kind of Chinese, too. The player does not hate Japanese people or any other race/ethnicity. If this kind of tension sounds fun to you? Let me know. If it doesn't? Let me know that, too, and we can de-emphasize to your comfort level, so long as it doesn't affect me playing by the rules of the flaw.
  • Business: Kong runs a very successful business telling fortunes and giving self-help advice to the absurdly wealthy. He also dispenses his "wisdom" to the non-wealthy, but he only accepts four kinds of payment: Cash, favors, blood, or jade. If you have one of those in sufficient quantity and quality? You can retain his services as a seer or advisor. Sometimes he even tells the truth and gives good advice.

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