The Chronicles of the Genma Visage disasters originate from the World of Shuromij. Floating on the Solar System's Asteroid belt, this flat continental world orbits the Sun while rotating to the presence of the Great Wormhole Inanna that opens a path into perilous outer space-dimensions. Maintained by Dark energy matter and spiritual life forces from the wormhole, Shuromij functions like Planet Earth, but exhibits a far more exotic and Alien landscape. Amongs the countless creatures and lifeforms to exist on this world, the most prominent would be the Shurokiu, sentient beings that evolved through millions of years from Hydra dragons into near perfect humans save for webbed ears, other Reptilian features and genetic strengths unheard of in other primates. In their prehistoric age, the Shurokiu had developed potent psychic powers that filled them. Little did they realise in their primitive minds that true mastery of Psychic energy is to have a body conditioned and prepared for such power, which back then the Cave men, women and children had no idea how to muster. Before long, the Shurokiu simply overexerted themselves and save for the minority that did not exhibit any powers, most of Shuromij fell to ESP poisoning. Cancer, Swollen Skulls and Organ failure were the minor symptoms of the resulting fatalities, before the severity shifted to self-combustion and mutation into hopeless monstrosities akin to dying foetuses..
Moving on from these dark times, the Shurokiu race grew to a point of paranoia, having to struggle on with the shame of the misuse of powers beyond their control as well as the constant combat of their Therianthropic maladies, the Drago Visage that they had developed since then. Through injury or sheer stress, the Drago Visage transformed Shurokiu into reptialian monstrosities that slaughter anything in their path, friends and family included. What was worse still were the threats of regular foreign invasion either by Alien competitors and Dimensional travelling beings from the wormhole. But the Shurokiu would not give up their land without a fight. Shurokiu civilisation eventually gathered, having evolved from the primal Tribes of before. Many bodies of governments began to form throughout Shuromij to establish order, and organisations came into being to arm their people with technology and more. One of the most dominant of these organisations was Nishin Genma, the self proclaimed Lightbearers for their race. Little was known about this shady and occult order other than that they had delved into many dark arts surrounding Psychic powers. Although initially shunned for the use of these feared abilities, Nishin Genma offered the most advanced pharmaceuticals, technology, a number of the best especially trained of their Psychic Warriors and finally a cure for the much feared Drago Visage transformation. Providing much, much more, Nishin Genma were hailed as heroes of Shuromij for thousands of years, bringing forth good health and Protection thanks to their army of benevolent and powerful psychic warriors.
Thanks to Nishin Genma and other leading movements, Shuromij eventually blossomed in a self made Nirvana, having conquered past mistakes. Highly advanced in technology and still recovering from near Extinction from many millenia ago, Shurokiu Society measures itself less on material wealth as it does physical health and wellbeing, and to a more modest extent, courtship and family. Whether its finding Soulmates or adapting into a swinger lifestyle, all is fair game amongst the Shurokius so long as it promotes harmony and reproduction. As their Progress has been phenomenal over the past 9000 years, Shurokiu can have an distinct attitude towards other races. Although mostly diplomatic, this often ranges from pompous and full of themselves to outright Xenophobic. Highly ironic, since the Shurokiu know all too well about the definition of monsters and the battles with their own inner demons.
Nevertheless, the Higher Elites of Nishin Genma were not satisfied with either their most prominent of pharmaceuticals nor the most powerful of their custom made Psychic Warriors. Nishin Genma were to make bigger, bolder steps in the name of progress to supersede the successes of the past. In doing so, their true colours inside the Elites began to paint a much clear picture of their darker nature.
Although having concocted the many formulas to suppress and eventually eliminate the dreaded Therianthropic transformation the Shurokiu once had, Nishin Genma had much fascination with this Drago Visage form which they believed could be sentiently controlled. Its potent power had the potential to be expanded to phenomenal levels. Through many errors, Nishin Genma attempted to control the Impossible Drago Visage form through Gene splicing and Psychic mutation. The Latter had disastrous consequences, as it took volunteers and mutated them into the Superdemons known as the Youkai; powerful mishapen demons that wield various powers and develop weapon-like genitalia. Much like the Drago Visage of ancient Shurokiu history, these Psychotic monsters lived only to prey on all, and had to be disposed off quickly before the populance could pick up on this newest threat.
Many of the experiments in creating the Youkai took place on Nishin Genma's "towers of silence" often during the day, where able bodies were purified by the basking gaze of the sun, ironically becoming the opposite to a victory over evil. Still, much was learnt from their many failures. One could say the blood of the dead simply fuelled the progress of the living. The loss of lives were of no consequence to Nishin Genma, so long as their path to victorious supremacy was clear and free from obstacles.
As the grandmasters of practiced ESP powers at the time, the Elites of Nishin Genma were most cunning in sealing off their secrets; covering their tracks by any means. Anyone, including agents of the lower ranks that knew too much of the Elite's inner workings were either instantly slaughtered, or captured and sent to the Towers of Silence for experimentation. Some were even sent on suicide missions or disposed of on planet Earth. Their ensured deaths were often used as (misaligned) Martyrs for the Shurokiu people to worship, which would rally support for Nishin Genma's policies in full. As they continued to write and rewrite history at will, Nishin Genma would begin to fathom their own destiny throughout the ages as they dug through the archaeological ruins of Shuromij and beyond back to the Protodynastic times of the Shurokiu race.
Coming full circle, the ambitious leaders of Nishin Genma learnt that the 9000 year old foundations of their group was built on the quest to rule all with a brutal fist far stronger than iron, wielding the victorious weapons of conquest. When the ancient recipes for such weapons were unearthed from uncharted ruins of Earth's catacombs and presented by the contusioned hands of slaves, the Elites of Genma knew that their grand plan would now come into fruition. Utilising the apprehended Lost chapters of the Book of the dead, Nishin Genma's scientists could practice a psychic form of mummification, transporting the soul of a host into uncharted lands of the underworld to empower and baptise their spiritual energies within the legendary Black fires of the Duat. Little did they realise that such primordial energies that even Demons and the Devil himself fear above all else would impose a low survival rate on those unfortunate enough to partake in the experiments. Furthermore, for the minor fraction that did survive, the volunteers did not merely rise from the cocooned rubble as Shurokiu. They rose as a beings that strike terror into both Apex predators of the day and the darkest creatures of night, as beings that quake the foundations of any Arms race in existence. Shuromij's Demigods had arrived; Long sought for a cure of past diseases, Created out of Malice, Embellished with the most powerful Psychic magic known, and Carnivorously hungry for war.
Their Minds now swimming with their own psychic corruption and maniacal, megalomaniac ambitions, the Elites were quick to act now that their ultimate weapons were in their grasp. Unleashing their wrath in a surprise attack on Shurokiu governments, they bluntly made attempts on various leaders lives to establish that Nishin Genma were now the whole law of Shuromij. Creating further panic whilst taking omnipotent strides with their demoniac egos, the leaders of Nishin Genma had no shame in letting loose their other experiments to further impede all resistance. Unsettling enough that the Shurokiu would face an enemy like the Youkai across the ages. To discover that those who fought them were in fact those who created them out of trial and error was an impossible truth for the Shurokiu to endure as the abominations seemingly rained down from the sky, ready to cleave and rend all flesh that lay in their path.
Only the intervention of a failed experiment presumed dead, a Demigod by the name of Ryuken Kage, a mutated Shurokiu and ex member of Nishin Genma's warrior branch, would stop such evil from prevailing. This saviour however, was not welcomed by the Shurokiu when they knew how he came into being. For now Shuromij and Planet must endure the legacy of Nishin Genma's vile experiments, and Ryuken has much ground to cover to stop the Youkai, find their creators and track down their penultimate ringmasters, including his former mentor Jacobi Ninjojakal. As it was Jacobi who first found the lost chapters, it is anyone's guess as to where he found them, and what other items of discovery that he kept to himself, but it is more than certain that it was there that he learnt the secrets of total psychic self-nullification, making him a very hard foe to track indeed.
6 years has in fact passed since the Genma Visage experiments. During this time, Ryuken has been hunting down Jacobi, slaying all youkai, demons, former Nishin Genma criminals, mutant experiments and their creators that he may encounter. His newfound appetite for the Soul Energy of dying foes as that expires and relives in mother nature only offer temporal kindling to the relentless woe that weighs down on his emotional shoulders. Caught between the worlds of Earth, Shuromij and the otherworldly Dimensions that follow, Ryuken walks the lands with a Captain Ahab mentality. Monologically obsessed with bringing this vile legacy to an end, he is all too aware of the pitiful journey of his life that has led him to this point. What is more, he knows that his restless quest for vengeance could well be the end of him, but damned if he'll let another innocent suffer under his watch or allow history to repeat itself.
Ryuken himself is a man of many faces, depending on how people interpret him. Some see him as a saviour. Some their god of protection, blood, war or chaos based on the faith. Ryuken's rival Hiero considers him to be an eternal pursuer of Red Herrings. Maud simply calls him an "Onca-Loving Faggot". For the most part, his own race and a majority of humans who know of him call him a monster and resent him, especially when they know that he is a product of Nishin Genma's experiments. Ironically, Ryuken appreciates this resentment, believing this will deter anyone from following in Nishin Genma's footsteps, though he is constantly wary of any hypocritical hostility the finger pointing may hide.
Another way of interpreting Ryuken is by taking note of the emblems he bears on his amulet. He wears Nishin Genma's trademark Insignia with shame; to remind him of the lengths that bad men will go for power and what is now expected of him. Furthermore the Insignia is based on an extension of the totem of the Hydra God Nishin that the Shurokiu worship. The religion of Nishin reflects the Shurokiu's genetic evolutionary routes from the Hydras of the Triassic age of Shuromij's history. That Ryuken wears hydra ear rings and that he was originally created to control the dreaded Drago Visage adds another dimension to interpreting him, that he is simply a distorted and bastardized reflection of the Shurokiu's struggle through time.
Curiously, Ryuken's girlfriend, Usheana frequently referred to him by the nickname "Orca" which he often accepted more than his real name. Usheana gave him this name to boost his spirits after his hardships, as it is a term in her native culture, as legend would have it, given to the strongest warriors who descend into the deepest depths of the ocean into hell and back. Little did anyone realise the irony in those words at the time. One thing is for certain, as Ryuken has survived the black fires of the Duat, he'll go beyond hell for the slimmest chance of saving his beloved Usheana.