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OCTOBER 26th-28th

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  Age: 24 (48 in Soul Years)

Species: Shurokiu (Demigod)

Origin: Shuromij

Affiliations: Formerly Nishin Genma, Mano Labs for Mind body and ESP therapies.

Alignment: Good

First Appearance: Genma Visage Book 1

Powers \ Abilities: Superhuman strength and Agility, Extreme Endurance to Injury and Pain, an arsenal of Arcane Psychic Powers and Ninja Sorcery, Mastery of Telekinetic Blades and Psycholightning, Nishin Genma's War Frenzy, Apophis Form.

Favourite bands: Testament, Judas Priest, Vader, Death, Obituary, Nile, Sarpanitum, Scythian.

The primary protagonist of the Genma Visage series is also one of the most violated guinea pigs of all. The Shurokiu, Ryuken "Orca" Kage was a member of Nishin Genma's assassins before the Genma Visage ritual transformed him into the Psychic mutant Demigod he is today. Born with a rigged destiny to become Nishin Genma's ultimate weapon, Ryuken is the son of LiShen Kage, whose ancestry can be traced back to the dreaded Bakakuma legions, the sworn enemies of the Shurokiu and Nishin Genma. Coupled with being born with the equally despised Therianthropic disease Dragohaemophilia, Ryuken's childhood was fraught with much friction between himself, his kinsmen, Nishin Genma members, the Bakakumas and even his own parents. But the greatest tragedy of all would strike a mortal blow on Ryuken's innocence on his tenth year.

During his first visit to planet Earth, LiShen and Ran Kage had taken the young Ryuken to an isolated wilderness to train him, but of all the ironies, the two were slaughtered before the boy's eyes in a surprise ambush laid by members of a highly-rare relic race that sought to dominate all life on Earth. Known as the Chovmods, these ancient, shapeshifting abominations had sheer contempt towards humans, the Shurokiu and Nishin Genma and they would kill them on sight. They castrated the lifeless body of LiShen and defecated on Ran's. They then pummeled Ryuken, his inexperience was no match for the Chovmod's brute strength. Beaten, broken, tortured and urinated on, Ryuken could do nothing as they finally impaled him with a large spear. Overwhelmed with oceans of mortal pain and the anxiety of his parent's death, the Drago Visage form that Ryuken spent years trying to prevent was finally triggered, transforming him into the uncontrollable Reptilian beast that the Shurokiu fear the most. With the Spear still embedded in his chest, his ferocity overcame the Chovmods, tearing them limb from Limb and devouring their entrails for nourishment. When the carnage was over, the creature took a step into the open at the break of Sunrise, howling its ravaged traumatic birth in the Earth wilderness. The civilised side of Ryuken's mind had been blown away like rotting leaves in the wake of the primordial savagery within.

By the time the agents of Nishin Genma found Ryuken, he had changed back to his Shurokiu form and the spear in his chest had been removed. To their amazement, the wound had fully healed, leaving behind a gaping scar. With their advanced metabolism, Shurokiu rarely develop scars even with the most severe of injuries, and this pace of regeneration within Ryuken was unheard of. The agents knew that whatever caused this symbolic quick recovery must have generated great psychic trauma, and the memories of what happened last night were seeping back into Ryuken's catatonic mind. It's anyone's guess if Ryukens mental wounds would ever truly heal from the experience, yet in time, his compassion for his people, the common folk and his brooding love for lady Usheana helped him develop an unshakable will to survive.

Back on Shuromij, after the funerary services for his parents and the late Jacobi, Ryuken continued his training, this time excelling at Nishin Genma's more advanced and arcane of psychic sorcery. As well as telekinesis, psychic electricity, and various dark arts, Ryuken specialised in training his body's endurance, surviving and shrugging off punishment that would kill a man many times outright. Ryuken made the promise to himself that we would never feel pain again, never realising that fate and future foes would again prove him wrong.

At age 16, Ryuken and a regiment of close companions were sent down to Earth to tame the violent city of Britonum and keep a secret peace between humanity and Shurokiu. There, the young Nishin Genma cadets learned another lesson in humility as everyone save for a resilient Ryuken was systematically slaughtered by the barbarically lobotomised legions of Britonum's civilians. Stranded on Earth, and the lines between good and evil so greyish and blurred, Ryuken felt that solitude and woe once again that he felt 6 years before at the murder of his parents. Eventually, the Britonum city imploded from its own self-destruction, and though Ryuken succeeded in getting a fraction of innocent prisoners out, the experience almost left him a broken man. Nishin Genma then decided that Ryuken's battle-hardened training made him more than ready to undertake the grand finality of their experiments. The Genma Visage as they called it, would rid Ryuken of his dragohaemophilia forever. In dire need of curing himself of his dangerous allergy, Ryuken accepted.

As all members of Nishin Genma's inner circle are all resistant to mind reading, Ryuken did not see the real trap. Bound against his will by the vile contraptions of the inner circle of Nishin Genma's machinery, Ryuken was put to the test of an experiment that bound current Psychic mutative technology with ancient sorcery. Ryuken's very soul was baptised in the black fires of hades as the sarcophagus trappings harnessed this power and forged it into his living body, revitalising his cells beyond all recognition. Whereas countless others perished in these experiments, Ryuken survived twice over but did not yield the full transformation that Nishin Genma desired. Disappointed and yet content knowing that they had found another golden goose, Nishin Genmas figured they could learn much from the broken Ryuken before they disposed of him. Deciding to toy with his emotions by revealing the truth, the Superiors told the real tale of Nishin Genmas 9000-year-old history and their ambition to create the ultimate weapon to rule the universe.

The elites revealed to Ryuken that all the Youkai and summoned demons that had tormented the Shurokiu over the years were Nishin Genma's doing, created as test runs for a greater ambition. One of those test runs was on Ryuken's father, LiShen, whose famed strength and combat merit was not thanks to his own worth but to a concocted drug known as the Gilgamesh formula. This formula gave the user superhuman strength, granting LiShen a false, easy victory over the other students in his initiation into Nishin Genma. To add insult to injury, it was Nishin Genmas intention for LiShen to father a son through a selected wife that would not only inherit his father's strengths but vastly improve on them. Instead, the Gilgamesh formula backfired, infecting LiShen's genes, weakening his sperm and contaminating the newborn Ryuken with Dragohaemophilia, rendering Nishin Genma's experiments a complete failure. The Elites of Nishin Genma had planned to have the Kage family eliminated once they could learn all they could from Ryuken's inferior inheritance, waiting until he was aged 10 and arranging a trip for him to Earth. There the Elites found an uneasy arrangement with the Chovmod creatures, another of Nishin Genma's old creations, to have the Kage family assassinated. That Ryuken survived simply renewed Nishin Genma's interest in using the boy in preparation for the run-up to the newest breed of Genma Visage Demigods.

By the time the Elites were finalising the final stages in creating the ultimate weapon, Nishin Genma was making moves in taking power from the Shurokiu people that they feigned an oath to protect. The Britonum war was the perfect excuse to dispose of unwanted operatives of Nishin Genma by sending them on suicide missions to Earth while testing Ryuken's endurance powers as a final preparation for the Genma Visage ritual. In the end, despite all their efforts and all that Ryuken had achieved, he did not ascend into DemiGodhood unlike the very few who did. They concluded the Gilgamesh formula had deemed Ryuken's life a failure and were now interested in their other prize captive, none other than Ryuken's girlfriend, Usheana Mano. Having learned all they could from Ryuken, he was bound and cast into the incinerator. Overwhelmed with the grief of his life being a joke, and of his comrades dying for nothing, it was the sadness he felt for losing Usheana that would finally drive Ryuken over the edge. As the flames consumed his body, the Screaming for Vengeance that his soul emitted unearthed powers that had laid dormant since the Genma Visage ritual. Breaking free from his shackles, the Ryuken sprang forth from the incinerator, landing just before the Nishin Genma elites. The same powers dissolved Ryuken's body into a dungheap pile of ectoplasm across the ground.

A moment of silence that seemed like forever stretched across time. Then suddenly, a taloned hand burst free from the primordial cocoon as a newborn creature emerged. Like the Khepri Beetle of old, the Demigod Ryuken Kage had come into being.

He outstretched the Ectoplasmic wings from his hands as the Nishin Genma Elites were the first to praise Ryuken's succession. They were also the first to die. All their decades of Psychic training and precautionary measures were futile against the deepest powers of a Genma Visage demigod. They were not just up against a raging beast, but a sentient being acting with a conscious thought for justice and compassion for his people, exercising his course through sheer skill. The elites had overlooked one thing; as time had no meaning in the Netherworld, they were not looking at a young man, but an aged creature already bestowed with the wisdom of the veterans of old. Coupled with the amplifying of his powers through the baptism in fire, and the Elites knew they were facing an unbeatable foe.

When it was all over, Ryuken was surrounded by the brutalised corpses of the Nishin Genma's villainous elites and their minions. His first thought was to find Usheana. Breaking down containment after containment, he found her dying in her last moments. Someone had the Nishin Genma elites to it, infecting her and others in their captivity with an impregnable virus of unknown origin. As Ryuken desperately clung on to Usheana, begging fate and all gods of mercy to have pity, she uttered 3 last words "It was Jacobi..." before sinking deep into an invulnerable coma.

All hope was not lost, however; Ryuken attached Usheana to a Cryogenic Life support machine to keep her constantly sustained while he searched for a cure, and the man behind the virus, the manipulative Jacobi Ninjojakal.

In time, various trials and failures in trying to cure Usheana would test Ryuken's spirit to the breaking point, but he would not give up on the only family he had left. And as he stepped out in the Shuromij wilderness, he knew that Nishin Genma's vile legacy had been heaped upon the Shurokiu. The plague of the Youkai and the mad scientists who create them threaten his people, and although the Shurokiu resented Ryuken for being a part of Nishin Genma's history, he knew that there was much work to be done to save them, come Hell, High Water or Planet Earth.

Empowered and mutated, there was one fact that Ryuken took contentment with. He had least cured himself of the Dragohaemophilia and was free to write his own destiny.

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