The Demon Swordsman
Name: Katana Ashigaru
Alias: The Demon Samurai, Ashi
Height: Six foot
Weight: Two hundred pounds
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Red
Katana, while not Japanese by any stretch of the imagination, has adapted Japanese-style customs and traits, and even the use of the Japanese samurai sword known as katana, from which he took his name. However, past his swordsmanship and his following of the Dark Bushido, he is quite the archetypical guy. His black hair is kept short, though it is often unwashed and unkempt. His face is always covered in dirt and grime, a sign that he showers not so often; which is only further displayed by the patches of dried blood that often adorn his visage. When sweating, it is clear just how dirty he really is; as the wet trails clearly provide a stark contrast to the grime covering him.
His clothing consists of mostly American trends, however, as he seems to favor the look of baggy blue jeans and black t-shirts depicting his favorite classic metal bands; and some newer ones. His weapons, which consist of a sawn-off Shotgun and two katana swords, are always attached to him in one manner or another; often with the swords crossing over his back and the shotgun resting easy between them; though his swords are sometimes placed at his sides, with the shotgun remaining on his back. His feet are covered in metal-esque combat boots, wherein the heel and toe are covered in steel plates capable of causing immense damage to a fleshly body on contact.
For lack of a better term, he's kind of a psychopath. His only aspirations are to cause as much pain and suffering as is humanly possible, and then die a happy old bastard knowing he'd done all that he could to make everyone else around him completely miserable. He does this in various ways, though often he simply prefers the murderous acts of his Dark Bushido; a purely evil form of the samurai Bushido code, which he, himself, altered and invented.
The Dark Bushido: Bushido was the Samurai code of honor, a set of strict behavioral codes and ethics. While Katana has altered that set of codes to fit his own personal style, he has also mutated the code into something else entirely. For him, The Dark Bushido is more than a set of words, memorized and followed as rules governing his life. For him, The Dark Bushido is a powerful ally in his fight against the forces of good. It gives him the power to focus his mind, and concentrate harder; enhancing his natural born abilities much further past their physical peak, and garnering for him a seemingly unparalleled insight into battle. The powers granted thus have earned him the title; "Demon Samurai".
Flight: Katana can do it.
Swordsmanship: Katana is a vastly superior swordsman, using sword arts as a means of full combat Katana is, in essence, the inventor of his own graceful dance each time one - or both - of his swords are drawn.
Psychometry: This is, loosely defined, the capability to touch and intimately understand. When Katana touches the ground in a new location, another person, or even a weapon with his bare flesh he sees the history of it, what it's done and how it did it. This makes him a vastly superior strategist; allowing him to know intimate details about a foreign battlefield simply by being upon it, allowing him to understand and predict opponent's moves, even though he'd never faced them before. The main use for this, though, is that it makes him a jack of all trades when it comes to weapons, making him immediately capable of wielding even the newest of weapons with intimate knowledge of how it works.
Astral Magic: Able to tap into the Astral Network, which is to say the plane of the spirit, Katana can draw upon this world using a series of runes and "weaves", which allow him to cast powerful spells; and even converse with the souls of the dead. Opening portals in and out of this plane of existence are not outside of his reach either, though during combat these portals are often nothing more than one-shot attempts to gain the upper hand.
Reactive Adaptation: Basically Katana can adapt to what's been done to him. If you cut him open once, his body heals and then adapts to the circumstances; making him that much harder to cut the next time around. However, the healing and adapting process are not instant; and depending on the severity of the wound may take anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours to heal and adapt properly.
Weapons & Equipment
Sodom & Gomorrah: Katana's two main weapons, they're katana-style swords fashioned for Katana's specific brand of chaos. Sodom, the oldest of the twins, is imbued with runes and weaves that allow it to siphon the energy used as a hostile means against Ashigaru himself; so long as the blade is bared and the cold metal is touching the air around him. In some cases, the weapon must come into contact with the energy itself, which is often done in conjunction with high-powered, energy-based attacks being used against him. Gomorrah, on the other hand, works just the opposite. As long as the weapon is sheathed - which it most often is - it takes the energy gained by Sodom and re-purposes it. While most of that energy is converted to power that constantly fuels Katana's physical body, the remainder is released back into the air of Katana to enhance Sodom's siphoning field; making it extend further and pull in more energy with each passing moment (turn) that Gomorrah's twin is in action.
Monofilament Wires & Throwing Knives: Attached to a set of twelve (12) throwing knives is a series of monofilament wires which reside attached to Katana's wrist, and are controlled by his mind. These wires are used to trip opponent's up, capture and entrap them, or - as they are most often used - to allow Katana's energy to travel greater distances and spread their influence over a wider range of area.
Loyalty:The sawn-off shotgun previously mentioned is named Loyalty, though the reason for the name is lost even to Katana. Loyalty is, for all intents and purposes, your average double-barreled weapon; and to the casual observer it would seem rather weak. However, when the trigger is pulled Loyalty is anything but weak, unleashing a hellish fury of plasma-like, ionic energy capable of leveling entire cities with a single blow; the longer the hammer is cocked back on Loyalty, the stronger the blast becomes.
Katana isn't much for history, preferring to live in the moment of now rather than the past of old. So his story is his own, and will be shared when and if it's needed.