Katana (version 1)

Submitted by Brian Westcott

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Real Name: Tatsu Yamashiro
Base of Operations: Mobile, sometimes Markovia
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: Human
Advantages: Acute Balance, Allies: The Outsiders, Suicide Squad, Contact: Batman, Courage, Fast Reactions, Speed Draw (Katana)
Disadvantages: Enemies: Force of July, Kobra, Manhunters, Masters of Disaster, Nuclear Family, People’s Heroes, SKULL, Yakuza, Hides Emotions, Obsessive Tendencies, Secret Identity
Reflexes: 5D
Acrobatics 8D, Brawling 8D, Climbing 8D, Dodge 10D, Martial Arts 12D (all maneuvers +2D), Melee Weapons 12D (Katana +3D), Sneak 9D
Coordination: 4D
Catch 6D, Missile Weapons 7D, Thievery 6D, Thrown Weapons 10D
Physique: 3D
Leap 5D, Lifting 4D
Knowledge: 3D
Arcane Lore 5D, Languages (English) 4D, Medicine 4D, Scholar 4D (Japan & Japanese Legend +4D), Security 6D
Perception: 4D
Artist 7D, Hide 6D, Search 8D, Shadowing 5D
Presence: 4D
Command 8D, Disguise 6D, Interrogation 8D, Intimidation 10D, Willpower 12D
PDV: 5
Unarmed BDV: 1D (Martial Arts), 4D (Brawling)
P/l Bonus: + 2
Hero Points: 17 Villain Points: 2 Body Points: 34
Character Points: 167 Powers: None

Equipment: Katana (Soultaker) (BDV: 6D), Special Abilities: combination of Vampirism and Spirit Manipulation 15D (Permanent Spirit Drain/Control over Victims)
Short Sword (BDV: 4D)
4 Shuriken (BDV: 1D)

History: Tatsu Yamashiro grew up in Japan and became proficient in martial arts. She had to choose between Maseo and Takeo Yamashiro, two brothers who both loved her. She chose Maseo, which drove Takeo to sell his services to the Japanese underworld. Tatsu and her husband Maseo led a happy life. She gave birth to twins, Yuki and Reiko. Their life was an idyllic one until Takeo returned. Through General Karnz, Takeo had obtained two swords made by the 14th century Japanese swordsmith Muramasa. The swords, one of them cursed, drove Takeo to face his brother in a battle to the death for his wife. Soultaker, the cursed sword, killed Maseo, trapping his soul within. Tatsu used it to drive Takeo off, but a fire started in the battle that burned her house to the ground, killing her two children. Tatsu, calling herself Katana, went to Markovia to kill General Karnz. She later joined the Outsiders in their fight for Markovia’s freedom. Having nothing else in the world she accepted the Batman’s invitation to return to America. Her husband’s brother Takeo returned once again, and Katana, with the Outsiders help, avenged her family. In the course of the battle she was forced to kill her husband again, as he was possessed by the spell of the Soultaker. She used the Soultaker to kill Takeo and now keeps his soul in the blade as a form of retribution. (Information from the Batman Sourcebook by DC Heroes)

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