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Battlecry Samurai

The King of 40 Thieves
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Varies. Frequency of posts depends on how busy my personal life is and what my work schedule is like.
Writing Levels
Intermediate, Adept, Advanced, Prestige, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Modern, post-modern/semi-futuristic, adventure, unconventional/unusual romance, fantasy, realistic.
Character Name: Will Blackwater (name given at birth unknown)
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Age: 34
Occupation: Personal assistant to crime boss
Species: Humanoid/metahuman
Awakened/magical Ability(ies): When Will makes skin to skin contact with a person, he experiences a random memory of theirs as though he is living it at that moment, though only for as long as the physical contact lasts. Once physical contact is severed, he is able to recall the experience, but not as his own and can distinguish that it is someone else's memory.
Will also has the ability to sense emotions/moods.

Strengths
Critical thinker, organized, highly intelligent (book smart), influential/persuasive, leadership skills, calm under pressure.

Weaknesses
Not a people person; does not do well with interpersonal relationships and has little tolerance for communication/connection outside of business, easily annoyed, intimidating (not always in a preferable way), arrogant, know-it-all, manipulative.

General Appearance
6' tall, toned physique, Caucasian (fair skin tone), electric blue eyes, black hair worn short and slicked back neatly, always wearing a tailored suit in public, often has a serious or impassive expression on his face.

Talents
Expert at sleight of hand, enjoys being good at magic tricks.
Incredible negotiator; can talk his way out of almost anything.
Quick wit, has a dry sense of humor that sometimes comes out, the ability to metabolize alcohol quickly (drinks often, but doesn't get drunk).
Natural linguist; learns new languages quickly and easily.

Inabilities
Getting along with most people, relating to people on the same level (has an air of superiority), fully relaxing and taking a break from work, connecting with people personally/emotionally.

Fears
Truly caring about or loving people because they will be taken away somehow, being insignificant/unimportant, appearing foolish.

General Personality
Will is a very direct and business savvy man. He takes himself very seriously and makes little time for messing around, though he occasionally enjoys delighting someone with a magic trick, but this is usually a means of distracting them or gaining their favor. People who know who he is generally give him a wide berth and avoid talking to him, as Will can be very authoritative and intimidating, based on his position in the organization as well as his personality.

Inner Personality
Will constantly feels as though he needs to "keep his eyes on the prize". Though he realizes that the boss has things under control, Will feels like he's part of the glue that holds the organization together. That is what makes him significant, important, and it keeps his distracted from the demons that haunt him. Not literally, but in terms of his past. Past paths that took a turn, past love that was ripped from him and left him feeling cold and empty. He believes that he has an acute view of what the world really is, what people really are. While he sees good in some people, he doesn't allow that to give him hope. It's better to keep himself removed, to keep himself "above" such things. Keeping the cogs turning in such an expansive organization takes a lot of precision focus and attention to detail anyway; it's enough to keep one man burning the candle at both ends and affords him no margin of error.

History
Will was born to Russian emigrants in Boulder, Colorado. Their parents happened to both be from the motherland, but did not know each other until they crossed paths in America. They were a happy family for the most part, though his father always had high expectations for Will. It wasn't until Will's mother passed away when the boy was 12 years old, after a short battle with cancer, that the relationship between father and son took a turn. Will's father not only became more strict, but the pressure to succeed became greater.
Success was expected in all arenas; education, career, and even relationships. The psychological weight of perfection bore down on Will and if he was unable to achieve it, there was punishment. Will retreated into magic as an escape. Real magic ability had become so common across the globe, but young Will had seemingly not been blessed, or cursed depending on who you asked. Instead, he took a shine to parlor tricks; making coins disappear, choosing the right playing card out of the deck, and making object miraculously appear out of thin air. He spent hours perfecting sleight of hand in the absence of the magic that peppered news feeds and kids talked about at school. The Awakened ability that made people special, that he so coveted.
Over time, the weak connection he'd had with his father faded away and Will left home to pursue the perfect life that he'd been guided to follow. Only plans never turn out perfectly. There were bumps in the road, unexpected turns taken. Will's uncanny talent for rolling with the punches and making the most (if not the best) of situations landed him in North Korea. He didn't officially work for the U.S. government, so there was no one to come to his rescue when he was caught attempting to assist in the smuggling of refugees to 'a safer place'. It was the end of the line... until an unlikely person stepped in.
There is much more to the story, but for now we will say that the great dragon Ryumyo was the unexpected hero in this chapter of Will's life. This was when the son of Russian emigrants truly became Will Blackwater.
They say that the eyes are the windows of the soul and on that day, those eyes glowed brighter to light the path that lay ahead.
From that day, Will has worked tirelessly to forge his place in the world, to build an empire, to continue a legacy...and it has not been without sacrifice.
 

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Battlecry Samurai

The King of 40 Thieves
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Invitation Status
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Posting Speed
1-3 posts per day, One post per day, 1-3 posts per week, One post per week, Slow As Molasses
Online Availability
Varies. Frequency of posts depends on how busy my personal life is and what my work schedule is like.
Writing Levels
Intermediate, Adept, Advanced, Prestige, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Modern, post-modern/semi-futuristic, adventure, unconventional/unusual romance, fantasy, realistic.
Character Name: Jay O'Riordan ('The Animal')
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Open/Pansexual/Omnisexual
Age: Appears 30-ish, actual age is 50-60
Occupation: Enforcer, thug, security, assassin, whatever
Species: Humanoid/metahuman
Awakened/magical Ability: Immune to pain, slow aging process, heightened senses (hearing, olfactory, sight, etc)

Strengths
Eager fighter, can drink just about anyone under the table, fluent in Irish Gaelic and English, endurance. He can go until dropping from sheer exhaustion, mostly due to not feeling pain, though not something he makes a point of doing on a daily basis.

Weaknesses
Will fight until exhausted and unable to move, not very graceful, does not pay attention to injury (which could get him into trouble since he doesn't feel pain). The inability to feel pain makes it difficult for Jay to know when he may have sustained physical damage that could be fatal (bleeding out or puncturing internal organs). On the other hand, injury does not slow him down when he’s set on getting a job done or finishing a fight.

General Appearance
Short black messy hair, very bright green eyes, pale skin, scars scattered here and there, dresses punkish, and even wears eyeliner on occasion. Yes, eyeliner. It makes him more intimidating....right? About 5'7, lean/average body type. (Reference: https://dressedtoat.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/mens-body-type-vs-jean-cut.jpg Second from the top.)

Talents
Playing cards (though he doesn't have much patience for it) and he usually gets along with people, though it's his lack of emotional investment that keeps things kosher.
Very good at picking up on body language, facial expression, and other nuances of communication. This works a lot better for him than having a conversation, which in his opinion is just full of extra unnecessary bullshit, most of which he does not understand like feigned pleasantries, gossip, and big talk. Much like animals.
Not really a talent, but for some reason children love him. Probably because he's like a big kid.

Inabilities
Jay is a terrible driver. He knows how to drive and thoroughly enjoys it, but…just don’t let him drive.
Jay is not a warm and fuzzy kind of guy who will tell you that your outfit looks good if it doesn’t. He’s honest to a fault in most situations and doesn’t have the emotional capacity to worry much about other people’s feelings. In fact, ‘friendship’ or ‘love’ isn’t in his vocabulary so much as camaraderie and his own strange brand of loyalty.

Fears
Jay doesn’t really feel fear, but he gets sullen if he knows he’s let down the people he favors most.
He is also creeped out by menses. Anything that makes a person bleed for days and doesn’t kill them is just wrong. Talk of menstrual cycles, etc. gets him squirming.

General Personality
Jay has no shame and will readily say or do whatever he’s thinking, the idea of someone not liking it never crossing his mind. The only thing that really makes him hold his tongue and check himself is known disapproval from the few individuals that he respects and favors. In some RPs he's been played, coaching and setting ground rules worked for keeping him in check.
While Jay doesn’t understand the finer points of human emotion, operating on very basic feelings (humor, anger, disappointment, favoring some people, etc.), he makes up for it in his incredible skill as a bruiser. If Jay actually loves anything, it’s weapons and playing rough. And he doesn’t bother to practice fighting with any refinement. Bare hands or a good weapon, Jay will throw himself into battle without grace and still manage to come out on top. Unless of course an official job requires a smidge of finesse, which is probably about all Jay has.

Inner Personality
I'm not really sure yet. Jay has been a work in progress for years and I would love to develop a move private side to him. So far, he's been a pretty open book.

History
Not much is known about Jay's history, even to himself. His mind works in strange ways and could very well be made of Swiss cheese. There are pockets of time that Jay doesn't remember or perhaps the memories are fuzzy and not really worth the time to sit down and make sense of. What he does remember, he doesn't readily share with people, for no other reason than Jay deeming the information inconsequential.
He was born and raised in St. Mary's Park area of Limerick, Ireland to an unattached mother who happened to be a member of the the IRA Resurgence. Jay's mother wasn't very interested in having a child, but kept him around. Her comrades raised Jay for the most part, but he was often left to his own devices, which didn't often work out for him. From day one, it was obvious that he was different. His unusually bright green eyes at birth were a sure sign that he was one of the Awakened. Jay's mother, having a great many troubles of her own, committed suicide in lieu of being captured by law enforcement, leaving Jay an orphan at 11-years-old. The boy was shuffled from one place to another regularly, as he had difficulty fitting in with foster families or even in government facilities. It turned out that he also had a bit of a violent streak and landed himself in trouble more often than not.
When he came of age, he was booted out of the system and went to live on the streets, not really having the wherewithal to support himself. This was when he came into his own; freedom to be himself, no judgement or oppression deciding when and if he had a meal or shelter, no repercussion for choices he made beyond whether or not he would have what he needed to survive, and learning that limitations were self-imposed Jay was an animal and he became wild. Th
As years passed, Jay embraced what and who he is. He believed he had everything needed for survival, often fighting to earn those things, and could go where he pleased. Until one day that something new was offered... Belonging. He had been solitary for so long and though he enjoyed this life, the idea of being part of something was intriguing. Soon enough, he found that being part of something required a huge learning curve and it was a very rough road at first. But in time he found his place among Ryumyo's broad network of employees and even managed to work his way up through the ranks into a position of importance.
 

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Battlecry Samurai

The King of 40 Thieves
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Invitation Status
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Posting Speed
1-3 posts per day, One post per day, 1-3 posts per week, One post per week, Slow As Molasses
Online Availability
Varies. Frequency of posts depends on how busy my personal life is and what my work schedule is like.
Writing Levels
Intermediate, Adept, Advanced, Prestige, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Modern, post-modern/semi-futuristic, adventure, unconventional/unusual romance, fantasy, realistic.
Character Name: Ryumyo
Gender Identity: Fluid (He/Him/His pronouns)
Sexual Orientation: Open/Pansexual/Omnisexual
Age: 3000+
Occupation: Organized crime boss, among other things...
Species: Eastern Great Dragon

Strengths
Numerous magical abilities

Weaknesses
Dark secrets

General Appearance
In his true dragon form, Ryumyo is a bit small compared to other great dragons. He is black with a gold underbelly and shimmery gold highlights on the edges of his scales with a line of long, thick black fur down his back to the tip of his tail. His body/physique is similar to traditional imagery of Asian dragons.
In humanoid form, Ryumyo stands 6'3, his physique is lean/slender, he has long black hair with the sides of his head shaved, and appears very androgynous. His sense of style is also androgynous and he wears what he pleases (clothing, jewelry, make-up, etc), regardless of societal standards or expectations. He is heavily tattooed from the neck down, all of which is text in dozens of different languages, some not known to humankind.
In either form, Ryumyo's eyes are completely metallic gold in color (no distinct pupil, iris, sclera, just look like eyeball-sized gold orbs stuck in his eyesockets.).

Talents
If being mysterious is a talent, that would be Ryumyo's biggest talent. He's also very magically adept, like a prodigy, more so than many other dragons.

Inabilities
Ryumyo is not very good at letting things go; he can hold a grudge...for ages. Literally, ages. He's a bit of a firebrand and often has trouble controlling his mood or staying calm. Many of the higher ups in his organization have witnessed his wrath and have learned to steer clear when the great dragon has one of his fits.

Fears
Ryumyo's fears are unknown to damn near every living being, but they're there, buried so deep and for so long that even he has forgotten them.

General Personality
The great dragon is shrouded in mystery and only those in the upper echelons of his Yakuza empire can truly say what it's like to keep company with him. Though Ryumyo is well-known to the world, he avoids the media and does not go out of his way to make connections with the general public. Based on brief interactions, the average person would describe his personality as a bizarre mix of smooth, generous, inattentive, intense, over-confident, and having a strong presence. He makes it very clear that he favors Awakened beings (including metahumans) over non-Awakened, as he believes that Awakened beings are superior, and he is very protective of his region. When hardship has fallen on his territory (Japan and much of southeast Asia), Ryumyo does not hesitate to step up and offer aid; he has supplied essentials to hospitals and individuals as well as helped fund rebuilding in the wake of natural disasters, provided financial assistance and protection for locally based metahuman operated businesses, and so on. However, that is the extent of his no-strings-attached aid; all else is business and comes with a price.

Inner Personality
Not known to anyone but Ryumyo, though it could definitely come out in the story over time.

History
Very VERY little is known to any humanoid close to him. Only a select few other great dragons know much about Ryumyo's history. However, it is rumored that Ryumyo has an intense rivalry with the great dragon Lung, though the reasons why are purely speculation.
 

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Battlecry Samurai

The King of 40 Thieves
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Invitation Status
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Posting Speed
1-3 posts per day, One post per day, 1-3 posts per week, One post per week, Slow As Molasses
Online Availability
Varies. Frequency of posts depends on how busy my personal life is and what my work schedule is like.
Writing Levels
Intermediate, Adept, Advanced, Prestige, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Modern, post-modern/semi-futuristic, adventure, unconventional/unusual romance, fantasy, realistic.
Character Name: Anatoli (Toli) Petrov
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Questioning, closeted, very inexperienced
Age: 23
Occupation: Security, thief
Species: Humanoid/metahuman
Awakened/magic Ability: Making himself appear translucent/semi-transparent though his form remains solid. Toli is making an effort on his own to hone the newly manifested ability to see through solid objects. Currently the ability is random and his vision very cloudy when it does happen, it doesn't last for more than 30-ish seconds.

Strengths
Self-sufficient, adaptable, loyal.

Weaknesses
Low self-confidence, unsure of himself/questions himself frequently, doesn't feel like he fits in, often feels uneasy.

General Appearance
5'10, lean/boyish physique, indigo blue eyes, short blonde hair, often has uneasy/unsure expression, prefers jeans/t-shirt/sneakers in darker colors.

Talents
Skateboarding, situational awareness, able to adapt his movements to rapidly changing physical situations, quiet movement.

Inabilities
Cannot handle much alcohol, partial colorblindness (deuteranomoly), not good at learning new languages.

Fears
Worries about fitting in and not being worthy of his elevated position in Ryumyo's organization, finds Ryumyo very intimidating.

General Personality
Anatoli is a nice guy with a soft-spot for animals. Though he seems easy-going and tends to get along with most people, his self-doubt often has him in knots about meshing with his comrades, being capable of stretching his existing skills and exploring what more he can offer to the organization. The kid often seems to set himself apart and lonely as a result. However, there are things that put a smile on his face such as skateboarding, praise, and connecting with an animal.

Inner Personality
Toli's gloominess and self-doubt comes from having been taught that he's a freak. He almost always second-guesses himself, even with things he's knowledgeable in and/or skilled at. He wants very much to fit in and feel welcome, which could be why he likes animals, because they don't judge or reject him for being different.

HIstory
Toli was born in Omsk, SIberian Federal District, Russia. He has two older brothers and one older sister, thus is the youngest of four. His father is a university literature professor and chess aficionado, and his mother is a librarian and music lover. From a young age, Anatoli has had great interest in skateboarding. He was a good student, though easily distracted from bookwork by his surroundings. Eager to please, he feigned interest in his parents' careers and hobbies, while his brothers pursued popular sports such as ice hockey and football. He was particularly close to his sister, as Toli displayed more sensitive qualities than his brothers, who tended toward more macho/hyper-masculine personas. Also, he was closer to his sister in age.
Much to his parents' dissatisfaction, his dreams of becoming a professional skateboarder began to consume him in his pre-teen years and Anatoli spent more and more time away from home, keeping company of a small handful of other skate enthusiasts around his age. It came to an abrupt stop when, at the age of 14, Toli had an accident while skating and sustained a head injury. He was unconscious for 7 days and when he awoke, the color of his eyes had changed to an unusual hue, indicating the Awakening of dormant 'magical' abilities. Though he made a full recovery from the injury physically, his life changed dramatically, especially when his Awakened ability manifested uncontrollably. Anatoli's parents were unable to accept their youngest son and his brothers completely shunned him. The bond he had with his sister only strengthened, but the rest of his family withdrew to a point at which Toli was no longer welcome in their household. After an incredibly painful two years, Toli left his home at the age of 16, despite his sister's pleas for him to stay.
Striking out on his own, the teen struggled to find stability, secretly crashing with the few friends he had left after the Russian government publicly declared that "mutants" were not considered protected citizens. When that option became too dangerous, he took to the streets and eventually fled his homeland. He had slowly worked his way eastward and decided that if he reached the ocean before finding a way out by land, it would mean a way out of this life. He quickly found that when necessity pushed him, he could be a very good thief, with the help of his Awakened ability once he began to learn how to control it.
It was one year, nearly to the day after he'd left his home, that Anatoli looked out over the Sea of Okhotsk and tried to work up the courage to end his life. He could not feel the bitter cold that the winter wind whipped against his skin, his mind consumed with the thought of those icy waters swallowing him up. The young man had stood for hours, unable to take that last step toward his own demise. Into the night, he watched the harbor, biting back the pain that threatened to boil from his throat and eyes in sobs uncontrollable. In the wee hours of the morning, he saw a small boat with a single light brave through the weather at the worst time of year in this region and tiny group of people waiting at the pier that he had not noticed gather under the shroud of darkness. When the vessel landed, Anatoli realized that this was a clandestine attempt at escape. From what, he did not know, but his heart swelled with panic that he would miss the opportunity to join them.
The waters were choppy and there was little warmth in the cramped quarters filled with Awakened refugees taking a gamble on the opportunity to be free or at least less bound by the oppression of those who did not understand them. Eyes as strange as his explored their unknown companions on this journey, full of hope and fear of the unknown. All Anatoli knew was that this boat was going to Japan. Beyond that was an open road that would either lead to salvation or doom. Terrified and seasick, it took Toli nearly an hour to get off the boat after it had arrived at its destination. When he was finally able to disembark, he was surprised to see a Caucasian man in a gray suit who seemed to be in charge of things. More surprising was the greeting he received in his native Russian tongue. The man in the grey suit introduced himself as Will Blackwater. His entourage set the refugees up in what seemed a large halfway house in Tokyo and over the course in the next few weeks, the people trickled out of the house. Toli was one of the last to leave, but not before answering various questions on a number of occasions.
It had felt strange and not a moment went by during these 'interviews' that Toli wasn't on the edge of his seat, afraid that he would be sent back to Russia or worse. Many of the questions were very personal, almost invasive, though he quickly realized that every person he came across in this bizarre and confusing process had unusual eyes. He was surrounded by Awakened people, like himself. Needless to say, he was dumbstruck when asked about his knowledge of great dragons and if he would consider being in the employ of one...
 

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Battlecry Samurai

The King of 40 Thieves
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Posting Speed
1-3 posts per day, One post per day, 1-3 posts per week, One post per week, Slow As Molasses
Online Availability
Varies. Frequency of posts depends on how busy my personal life is and what my work schedule is like.
Writing Levels
Intermediate, Adept, Advanced, Prestige, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Modern, post-modern/semi-futuristic, adventure, unconventional/unusual romance, fantasy, realistic.
Character Name: Wade Winston Wilson III
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Pansexual/Omnisexual/Open
Age: 35
Occupation: Freelance Mercenary
Species: Humanoid/metahuman
Awakened/Magic Ability: Accelerated healing and cell regeneration, super-human agility, above-average strength, immense amount of energy.

Strengths
Very physically adept, vast experience in his line of work, quick on his feet (agile, responsive, and quick to adapt appropriately to rapidly changing situations), has expansive knowledge of weapons and knows how to use a great many of them.

Weaknesses
Enjoys violence on some level, a little insane, has trouble reasoning and taking the high road (finding peaceful solutions) in certain situations especially under duress, has trouble retaining some information and has a lower than average memory capacity ("Swiss cheese brain") is a bit paranoid and believes that he needs to keep his face obscured when in public for "safety" reasons.

General Appearance
About 6'3-6'4, lean muscular physique, dirty blonde hair in slightly shaggy military haircut, deep ruby eyes, cheek dimples, boyish facial features, and often covers all this up with a form-fitting full body Lycra Spandex and leather tactical suit of black and deep red.

Talents
Killing/hurting people, witty humor and insults, using profanity creatively, and still being likable somehow.

Inabilities
Learning different languages (could be due to memory issues), remembering things (even about himself), getting sick or high or drunk or contracting diseases due to hyper-accelerated cell regeneration (any drugs or alcohol consumed have a very short-lived effect on Wade), sometimes has trouble separating work and regular life (gets very 'in the zone' with his livelihood, sometimes to the point of mistaking regular/leisure situations for 'work' situations)

Fears
Wade doesn't spend much time actively thinking about things that he fears. That being said, he has stopped aging due to hyper-accelerated cell regeneration (not to mention he heals incredibly quickly), so he wonders if he's doomed to live forever with all the pain and suffering life has to offer with no end in sight.

General Personality
Eccentric, raunchy, and often tactless sense of humor. Wisecracking, oversharing (about certain things), very little shame, flirtatious, gender equivocal mannerisms, tactile (touches people and things frequently). He almost always wears his suit or at least the mask/hood with a 'normal' wardrobe. Sarcastic, loves profanity and can be pretty inventive with it, generally carefree, enjoys flourish and attention. He is mentally unstable (some instances more obvious than the rest of the time) and his moral compass kinda spins. The extensive development of his abilities has taken a toll on his mind; he can be forgetful and easily distracted, can be impulsive and have very little (if any) restraint in emotionally charged situations (stress, depression, elation), can become very fixated on things/activities/people/objectives.

Inner Personality
Wade is a bit lonely, unable to connect with people in lasting and substantial ways. He doesn't remember or fully understand that this has a great deal to do with his mental state, difficulty to retain memories for the most part, and his chosen career (which doesn't create a lot of opportunity for those connections. There is also a bit of paranoia about anyone getting close to him being put in harm's way simply by virtue of being connect to a killer for hire.

HIstory
Wade was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. His father was an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and his mother was a housewife. The first 6 years of his life were spent watching his parents fight; his father being controlling and abusive and his mother being stubborn and opposing such authority. Unable to endure such emotional and physical abuse, Wade's mother took him and his infant sister, Allison, and left. She moved her children to Thunder Bay, Ontario and there they lived with a fellow former military wife and her children. Wade's mother, Claire, and her friend Charlotte entered into a romantic relationship. They have been partnered ever since, having raised their children together. Wade grew up in a household full of women; his younger biological sister Allison (5 years younger), his older step-sister Vanessa (two years older), and his older step-sister Jacqueline (four years older).
As Wade entered his teen years, he began hanging out with a rough crowd. Despite having a great relationship with his moms and sisters, he got into fights at school and had trouble with authority outside of his home. At first, it seems simply a rebellious phase and his moms took into account that he had no positive male role models in his life. But Wade's delinquency escalated and they decided to enroll him in military school. Wade was kicked out when his pranks and reluctance to follow the rules became too out of hand. Having no other choice, he went back to live with his family, but isolated himself, spending less and less time at home. In a last ditch effort to help him find his way, his mothers and older sisters staged something of an intervention. They talked about his behavior and their concerns for him. The message seemed to get across to Wade and he promised to shape up. His idea of doing so meant dropping out of high school and joining the Canadian Armed Forces.
He essentially disappeared, his family losing touch with him. Unknown to them, Wade had been accepted into the Special Forces branch. His Awakened status had become apparent and Wade was drafted into a program that conducted experiments on Awakened soldiers. Under the duress of these experiments, which were often brutal and inexhaustibly tested the limits of Awakened soldiers' abilities, Wade's abilities only grew stronger. He was now an undocumented and essentially non-existent agent of the government, carrying out secret missions outside of official channels. All ties with his family were severed.
After a few years, Wade decided against belonging to the government and being used as a tool for their bidding. He defected and became a mercenary, joining an underground collective of soldiers of fortune. Most were like him; former soldiers that had been used as puppets in political games, now carving out a life for themselves and living on their own terms, building a career from the deadly skills they had acquired and the 'mutant' abilities that kept them just a step removed from normal functional society. They were the bastard sons of love and hate.
They used different names than those they had once been known by. Given his sense of humor, Wade's new moniker was based on a mockery of the livelihood that he shared with his colleagues. Bets had been waged against the life expectancy of everyone in his line of work. In time, it was no secret that Wade had an uncanny ability to bounce back after some pretty serious scrapes. Nothing kept him down for very long. Some figured that he was simply very lucky while others realized that his Awakened ability would enable him to become the ultimate winner of the Dead Pool.
Over the past few years, Wade has gone off on his own to do freelance mercenary and assassination work around the world. He took a liking to someone he met rather unexpectedly in Japan. Learning how to build his Awakened abilities in exchange for pro bono jobs has helped forge a solid professional relationship with Ryumyo, not to mention what could be considered friendship. Needless to say, they're on good terms, despite Wade coming and going as he pleases, often being away for long periods of time. Many of Ryumyo's employees consider visits from Deadpool a treat and he is regarded as one of their own, even if the business side of things is contractual rather than Wade committing to permanent induction into their family.
 

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