Monkey

Basic Info:

Player: A Random Day

Position: Hitman, Monk

Demeanor: Sun Wukong, AKA Monkey, is quiet. Too quiet. In fact, the Monkey is mute, as a result of some unknown incident in the past that damaged his vocal cords. Whatever the incident was, it seems to have impressed upon him the importance of observation before action. Monkey is a fantastic listener who never spills secrets, but his reticence belies his capability for violence - before becoming a practitioner of Zen Buddhism, the Monkey was a member of Murder. Inc.

Nature: Monkey presents an imposing and intimidating figure but is a gentle giant. He is patient, rare to anger, has a high tolerance for frivolity, and enjoys simply watching and listening. Blinks, winks, and eyebrow raises are the Monkey's favorite means of communication. Although Monkey now considers violence to be a last resort, he fights dirty and he fights to kill.

Description: Monkey is a lean giant, standing six-and-a-half feet tall; his blue eyes and fair skin clash with a mop of jet-black hair on his head. Monkey typically wears combat pants and boots, but avoids wearing shirts whenever possible. There is a nasty scar across his throat.

Stats:

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Health
  • Physical Health: 7
  • Mental Health: 7
Attributes
  • Physical Defense: 4
  • Mental Defense: 4
  • Perception: 4
  • Agility: 6
  • Strength: 4
Skills
  • Intimidation: 1
  • Melee: 6 (4 + 2 STR)
  • Ranged: 5
  • Sneak: 4
Specialties
  • Brass Monkey: +3 to Strength when in unarmed combat against all human opponents. Although Monkey seeks to practice a life of peaceful righteousness, his hands have not forgotten how to wring another man's neck.
  • Monkey House: +2 to Mdef when resisting psychic attack/hallucinations/possessions. Zen Buddhism emphasizes clearing the mind and ridding it of the influence of one's thoughts. This extends to the thoughts of others as well.
  • Monkey Business: +3 to Agility when trying to run/jump/climb/ to otherwise out-of-reach locations. When God closes a door, he opens a window. The trick, then, is reaching the window.
  • Monkey Wrench: (+4) +2 to Ranged and +2 to Sneak when attempting to stealthily attack a target on the first round. A skilled hitman needs only one bullet.

Gear:

List everything your character carries on their person here. Be reasonable.

  • Colt M1911
  • Brass knuckles
  • Model 110 Folding Hunter buck knife
Equipment:

Possessions:

  • Translated copy of the Heart Sutra (1881 critical edition by Müller)
  • Translated copy of Platform Sutra (1930 edition)
  • Translated copy of Journey to the West

Personal History:

The man who would become known as the Monkey was born in 1920 to an Italian family living in the Lower East Side. Although a bright child who excelled academically, he found himself drawn into the shady world of the Italian Mafia as he grew up. He cut his teeth as a preteen delivering alcohol and drugs throughout New York, aided by his ability to scale seemingly any building with ease. Monkey's first taste of violence occurred while making a heroin delivery in 1940 - the buyer refused to pay up and attacked. Monkey bashed the man's brains in with a brick, and within two years he was working as a hitman for the Mafia. Although Monkey enlisted in World War II, he never saw combat and was back to carrying out hits by 1950. His agility, ferocity, and reliability earned him both fame and foes among the Mafia, and in 1952 a hit was placed - on him.

The hit was ultimately unsuccessful, but it left Monkey on the verge of death. He was saved by a passerby named Eido Senzaki, a Zen Buddhist practitioner visiting the United States, who nursed him back to health. Although the wound in Monkey's throat healed, he was left wounded spiritually, questioning the value and morality of his existence and life as a hitman. Eido, however, saw promise in Monkey, and tutored him in both sign language and Zen Buddhism. Monkey renounced Christianity and embraced Buddhism, seeking to atone for his past sins and live a life of peaceful righteousness. Inspired by the deeds of the legendary Chinese hero, he adopted the name Sun Wukong. Eido nicknamed him Monkey.

Monkey traveled throughout the United States with Eido for the next several years, acting as Eido's bodyguard as he spread knowledge of Zen Buddhism. As they did so, a small, clandestine organization approached them, seeking to acquire the skills of an Eastern spiritualist for their operations. Eido declined the offer, believing that his mission was to continue spreading the message of the Buddha, but asserted that Monkey's spiritual knowledge was equal to his own. The Foundation offered Monkey the position instead, and he accepted, believing that like his hero Sun Wukong, he could use his skills for righteousness.

Languages

  • English
  • American Sign Language

Miscellaneous:

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