Notes: A Lifetime of Training
|10||Defense Maneuver I-IV|
|2||WF: Common Melee Weapons|
|2||WF: Common Martial Arts Melee Weapons|
|1||WF: Hook Sword|
|3||AK: Planar Lore (INT-based) 13-|
1) KS: Arcane and Occult Lore (2 Active Points) 11-
2) KS: Chinese Healing (2 Active Points) 11-
3) KS: Chinese Philosophy (2 Active Points) 11-
4) KS: Demon Lore (2 Active Points) 11-
5) KS: History of the Jade Knights (2 Active Points) 11-
6) KS: Legendary Magic Items and Artifacts (2 Active Points) 11-
7) KS: Magic Item Crafting (2 Active Points) 11-
8) KS: Magical Research (2 Active Points) 11-
9) KS: Occult History (2 Active Points) 11-
10) KS: Shaolin Kung Fu (2 Active Points) 11-
11) KS: Taoist Theurgy (2 Active Points) 11-
12) KS: The Martial World (2 Active Points) 11-
13) KS: The Mystic World (2 Active Points) 11-
14) KS: The Superhuman World (2 Active Points) 11-
|3||Analyze: Style 13-|
|3||Analyze: Magic 13-|
|3||Language: Cantonese (completely fluent)|
|1||Language: Japanese (basic conversation)|
|0||Language: Mandarin (idiomatic; literate) (5 Active Points)|
|4||Language: English (completely fluent; literate)|
|100||Total Skills Cost|
Notes: Spirit Granted Wealth
Notes: Eight Dominated Lackeys, most with very impressive non-combat skills and excellent contacts in the Legal, Military, Criminal, and Mystic world.
|30||Vehicles & Bases
Notes: Four well equipped hide-aways around the world
|85||Total Perks Cost|
|15||Hunted: The New Circle 8- (Mo Pow, Capture)|
|20||Hunted: UNTIL and Associated Superhumans 8- (Mo Pow, NCI, Harshly Punish)|
|10||Hunted: Occult Supervillains 8- (As Pow, Harshly Punish)|
|20||Hunted: Watched by Agents of the Dragon 11- (Mo Pow, NCI, PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find, Watching)|
|10||Distinctive Features: Corrupted Magical Aura, Tainted By The Dragon (Not Concealable; Always Noticed and Causes Major Reaction; Detectable Only By Unusual Senses)|
|10||Enraged: When Frustrated, Mocked (Common), go 8-, recover 14-|
|10||Psychological Limitation: Twisted Code of the Jade Knights (Common, Moderate)|
|20||Psychological Limitation: Vengeful, Vindictive, Malicious (Very Common, Strong)|
|20||Psychological Limitation: Greedy, Ambitious, Hedonistic (Very Common, Strong)|
|15||Psychological Limitation: Casual Killer (Common, Strong)|
|150||Total Disadvantages Cost|
|Height: 5' 10"||Hair: Brown|
|Weight: 220 lbs||Eyes: Brown|
|Appearance: Chang is a relatively handsome, muscular Chinese man in his late twenties. In battle he wears a distinctive yellow silk fighting costume and wields both an enchanted staff and an enchanted sword.|
|Personality: Even had he never been touched by the Dragon, Chang Kar-Wai would have been a dangerous and driven man. With the Dragon feeding his rage and ambition, he has become deadly. The prize for which he suffered all his life has been denied him, leaving him empty, enraged, and without hope. He seeks to fill that emptiness with pleasure and power, but with each new conquest the emptiness demands more. Magical artifacts in particular attract him. Chang still clings to the last twisted echoes of the code with which he was raised. He sees himself as the foe of Evil (though not as a protector of the innocent), and if faced with supernatural monsters or occult villains he will try to slay them, and capture their spirits in his jars. He also feels loyalty to “his” people, and will struggle to keep his word or at least not to be seen breaking it. Even so, nothing stands in the way of his ambition, and killing those that fail to show him proper respect is often his first choice.|
|Quote:"I will take what is mine!"|
|Background: Hong Kong, China, 2002
22 dead, 20 injured in Hong Kong bus metahuman attack
Hong Kong: At least 22 people were killed and 20 injured Thursday when a double-decker bus was forced off a highway and plunged down a steep slope in one of Hong Kong’s worst ever metahuman attacks.
Taipei, Taiwan, 1980
“Jump.” The command was delivered coldly.
The boy, no more than seven, body muscled far beyond his years, shivered before the apparatus. He jumped, and he fell.
“I can not!”
The switch came down hard across his back. His uncle’s voice was absolutely calm. “You are the defender of your people. You are their light in darkest night. Jump!”
The switch came down again. The boy jumped.
Beijing, China, 2003
12 dead, 208 injured in China Airlines crash
Beijing -- A China Airlines MD-11 carrying 315 people crashed Sunday at Hong Kong's new Chek Lap Kok airport, killing twelve people and injuring 208. Passengers reported a door torn away following the appearance of an apparent metahuman.
Flight CI642 from Bangkok, Thailand was unbalanced by "the door being forcibly torn away by a man in yellow robes," said Scott Shih, a spokesman for Taiwan's national airline. The plane crashed during a freak storm, which had forced airport officials to delay or cancel many flights due to high winds and rain.
The names of the dead passengers were not released.
Taipei, Taiwan, 1984
The boy, eleven, stood on his hands and recited. His baby sister looked on with wonder, and he felt pride. “And then over Nanjing the Jade Knight descended, his heart pure and power blazing from his crown!”
Even the boy’s uncle, always so strict, smiled his approval of the recitation. Sweat dripped onto the hard wood floor, and for a moment the boy felt unbalanced, but he carried on. “The Jade Knight cried out ‘Monsters! Unrighteous men! I see what you have done! In the name of China I shall strike you down!’ The Jade Crown blazed with glory, and a hundred soldiers fell!”
His sister laughed and clapped, and the boy knew joy. He was getting it right! Very slightly, his left hand slipped.
“The Jade Knight sensed the Japanese sorcerer, a coward cloaked in darkness, for no evil could escape his sight! He moved to attack, but the Japanese was faster. The Japanese struck first, and the Jade Knight’s shields were broken, but the Knight was not afraid! He knew that the Crown would pass to a worthy Chang, and the Knights of the Jade Lantern would go on!”
The little girl clapped again, and the boy sagged with relief, momentarily losing the perfect form of his hand stand. He had done it! He had recited the death of the 122nd Jade Knight, and he had left nothing out!
His uncle scowled.
“You slipped twice, and your form was poor. Stay in position until I return.”
The boy nearly wept as the old man swept up the little girl and departed. There would be no food tonight.
But he did not weep, for he would be the next Jade Knight, and a Jade Knight is not afraid.
Oslo, Norway, 2004
2 Dead, 17 Injured In Daylight Museum Robbery
This morning in Oslo, Norway an Asian man in yellow robes stole an irreplaceable collection of Chinese artifacts at sword point. The daring robbery occurred during the museum’s business hours in full view of patrons and employees. Two guards were killed attempting to stop the robbery, and seventeen patrons were reported injured.
Taipei, Taiwan, 2002
The young man shook with shame, with grief, with rage as his uncle spoke. “She is the new Jade Knight. The Crown has chosen her, and she is worthy. I had thought it would be you, but I was foolish. Now, you must do all you can to help and support your sister, and you must wait, and train, as I did when my own brother took the crown. That is our role. Perhaps, one day, should she fall before a truly worthy Chang is born, the Crown may need you.”
The Crown had chosen Mei. After his lifetime of training, after his work, after his pain and his hunger and his struggle, the Crown had chosen Mei. A voice whispered in his soul, a Dragon’s voice.
Screaming, the young man struck his uncle in the throat. The old teacher fell without a sound.
The voice of the Dragon spoke once more, and the young man danced on puppet’s strings. His sister Mei, who never trained, had been chosen. He pulled his most honored ancestor’s Demon Slaying Sword from the Family Alter and clove through his uncle’s neck. His sister Mei, who had abandoned him and fled to America, had been chosen. The madman, covered in familial blood, shoved sacred Spirit Jars into a garbage bag. His sister Mei, whom the Crown had chosen over him, had gone to the Japanese who had slain their great uncle, and had taken that beast as her master!
The blood covered man looked down at his uncle’s headless corpse, and spat. The Dragon in his heart snarled. Chang Kar-Wai would never wear the robes of green, nor would he wear the Crown of Jade. His robes would be of yellow silk, and one day, he knew, he would forge a Crown of Amber.
|Powers/Tactics: Chang trained all his life to become a Jade Knight, learning how to channel magic to enhance his skill as a martial artist, how to work traditional Chinese folk magic, and how to lead and inspire. Most importantly, Chang is able to “see” magic and the human Aura, analyze and track it, making him an amazing hunter of men and magical beasts. Even without the equipment he has gathered since the Dragon first spoke to him Chang would be deadly. Chang has also taken up the sword of his ancestor, a terrible weapon that can enslave the spirits of his enemies and bind those spirits into prepared Spirit Jars. Since his madness Chang has also created a magical yellow silk fighting costume, and has obtained an enchanted staff that provides rapid transportation and greatly enhances his power.
Despite his power Chang is not overconfident, and will not willingly go one-on-one with foes that are more powerful. He will normally fight using his staff, switching to his sword to finish foes and fleeing if overwhelmed. He prefers to send minions to do his dirty work, following behind to harvest the spirits of powerful foes.
|Campaign Use: The Sinister Chang Kar-Wai is primarily meant as a foe of the New Circle, but could certainly prove a grave threat to any hero group. He will attempt to claim magical artifacts of significant power for his own use, and is entirely willing to kill anyone, hero or villain, who gets in his way, cramming their spirits into a jar for later use. His power is best adjusted up and down by adjusting how many spirits he has under his command at a given time, from a single powerful but near mindless monster to a small army of flexible and deadly slaves.
An attack is launched against a Demon Nest in the city, perhaps while the heroes are in desperate need of aid. The attackers appear to be a group of demons under the command of a man in yellow silk robes. The new “hero” absconds with most of the nest’s more powerful artifacts. Weeks later, a group of Demon Brothers and Morbanes attack a powerful and heroic mystic in broad daylight, seemingly careless of their own lives, in order to steal his mystic equipment, and they are led by that same man in yellow.
A group of heroes, one of whom is a mage of great power, vanished for nearly a month. Witnesses report that the heroes had been attacked by a Chinese man with a glowing sword. Now the heroes have retuned, yet any players who knew them quickly realize that there is something terribly wrong.
The Dragon is finally ready for Chang to forge the Crown of Amber, and teaches him its secrets. Chang must gather the power and ingredients he needs, including the Crowns of Krym. What will the heroes do when the battle to capture the Crowns starts to cost innocent lives, or when they themselves are manipulated into helping to forge a new evil?