Perks: (1/3) Beast Master - Claimed
Karagata, Shiv "A weapon does not decide whether or not to kill. A weapon is a manifestation of a decision that has already been made."[/center]
Over the years, Shiv's physical description changed drastically. In his early years, he had been quite lanky and thin which was hardly surprising considering his focus on agility rather than strength. However, the years in service of Kirigakure have conditioned him to be close to the epitome of human performance. Something that many never come close to achieving. When you gaze upon Shiv today he doesn't look weak in the slightest. His body looks like that of a statue, but instead of chiseled stone, it is made of toned muscle and flesh. Due to his fame around the village, people have come to accept him as a model for men to aspire to. This has gotten to the point where quite a few married women have pictures stashed away of the famous Kirigakure champion.
The color of Shiv's skin is a pale white almost coming off as greyish. The light tone is mostly due to the fact that Kirgakure is constantly covered in a thick blanket of mist which conveniently blocks out the sun for weeks at a time. Not that he minds really, for the sun has never really been a necessity for the man. Who honestly needs to be an orangey tan?! That just looks ludicrous, especially for one from Kirigakure. Upon his upper torso on his back is a rather large scar. This scar came out of a failed mission years ago. Aside from that, he is rather untouched with just a few notable scars littered almost randomly over the entirety of his body. Many would call having a virtually untouched body luck, but he likes to think that it was due to his skill that he narrowly avoided becoming a grizzled looking veteran. A look far too common around the village...
The most peculiar thing about Shiv is his teeth. Shiv has a set of teeth that are quite distinguishable from most normal people outside of Kirigakure no Sato. This unique trait is that his teeth have been sharpened to a point to achieve a shark-like appearance. It is exotic outside of the village but around the village, it is considered a pretty standard body modification to intimidate those outside of the village. On occasion, he has even found them to be quite effective when eating raw meat!
Moving on to the top portion, we are left with Shiv's head. His hair never changed much throughout the years, as he was always mindful of how it affected him in combat. His dark brown hair is cut short with the top left slightly longer than the sides. The way in which he styles his hair is deceptively fashionable while still being acceptable for one in his line of work. Recently he has taken a liken to a small braid that he has grown out in memory to those he has lost over the years, especially Shizuka, Naoko. This braid is located by his right temple and tied securely with a band of leather.
Ever since Shiv's promotion he has become much more laid back in terms of dress. As an alternate outfit to his jumpsuit, Shiv has come to accept the benefits associated with a lighter more comfortable dressing. With this is mind, he has adopted a rather large gray coat trimmed with wolf fur. The coat is quite comfortable and allows for him to still be combative during times of supposed 'peace'. The coat isn't the only thing he adopted. Shiv also uses bandages around his forearms, groin area, and ankles making for quite the intimidating look! Lastly, we have his striped grey pants which fit loosely while also being perfect for more casual times that don't call for combat or strenuous activity. The comfort they provide is heavenly, while also allowing him to be much more accessible for when he fools around. That probably being the primary reason for him adopting the attire. Either way, these articles of clothing have become staples, especially when paired with a black scarf or shemagh to cover his face.
Shiv is a soldier through and through. Specializing almost exclusively in assassination he had a custom jumpsuit tailored to his body focusing on enhancing maneuverability and mobility. This one piece black jumpsuit is breathable and durable, constructed to withstand abuse from a variety of different environments. Upon the jumpsuit is an interchangeable system for web gear and the like. This web gear includes many black military grade pouches for holding weaponry and the like. In addition he also has a refillable camel pack that holds water to keep him hydrated on duty; it comes attachable to his helmet. Within one of the many pouches on his suit is a folded black and white shemagh which is worn on occasion instead of his helmet. All these traits make this outfit perfect for his preferred method of fighting.
The helmet worn by Shiv is one of a kind. Designed, engineered and manufactured to minimize weight while maximizing performance. The visor is virtually unbreakable as well as polarized to help reduce the effect of glare while active. This helmet is made out of high-performance composite materials, ensuring the ultimate protection. Where does this leave room for his head-protector? Well he usually stores it within a pouch on his waist to better conceal himself in public or on duty. While in Water Country he usually wears it upon his right shoulder, firmly attached to his suit.
'Ol'faithful': Heavier than it looks, tricky to wield, guaranteed to last (2 lbs, 20 inches in length, and 4 inches in width). Unique to this chakra sensitive machete is the uncanny ability to withstand intense punishment. A sheath lies across his back, securely attached to his suit, built into this sheath is a mechanism that holds the blade firmly in place, though can be quickly unlocked by pulling at a particular angle. Also unique to this machete is the ability for it to increase in size, becoming both broader and heavier; the increase is three times its original size (60 inches in length, 12 inches in width). The weapon takes on the appearance of a two handed weapon, in essence looking like a giant knife. This increase in interchangeable, changing between regular and big on whim, to activate the ability the user simply pours some chakra into the blade until it either increases or decreases in size.
x2 Windmill Shuriken: The windmill shuriken is unique as it can be collapsed into a dagger looking object for ease of carrying. These shurikens have been slightly modified for use with a length of wire, essentially connecting the two for further use. This is done by having small holes on the shuriken so that wire can be run through it easily. An example of use would be a make shift grappling hook. These are securely fastened upon his machete sheath on his back.
Ninja Wire (20 feet): Standard wire used for a variety of general ninja purposes. Located on the waist, securely latched onto his belt.
x3 Rations: Standard military issue field rations that provide enough for one meal. Typically, the ration contains a meal item (beans and wiener sausages, scalloped potatoes with ham, smoked salmon fillet, macaroni and cheese, cheese omelet with mushrooms, shepherd's pie, etc.), wet-packed (sliced or mashed) fruit in a boxed retort pouch, and depending on the meal a combination of instant soup or cereal, fruit drink crystals, jam or cheese spread, peanut butter, honey, crackers, bread (bun) compressed into a retort pouch, coffee and tea, sugar, commercially available chocolate bars and hard candy, a long plastic spoon, paper towels and wet wipes. Everything is packaged inside a heavy-duty folding paper bag no bigger than that of a regular bowl.
x1 Standard Body Disposal Kit: A basic disposal kit given to each member of HHD. The kit comes with all the essential supplies to dispose of a body completely; in the most standard method. Included within this kit: Canteen worth of flammable oil, flint, and a steel tool.
Military Waist PouchShow
x5 Explosive Kunai: A basic kunai with the addition of an exploding tag being connected to the back of the projectile with a small amount of wire. The tag is clearly visible but makes for a stronger projectile.
x10 Exploding Tags - Kept within the left pouch on his belt.
x1 Ninja Wire (20 feet): Standard wire used for a variety of general ninja purposes. Located on the waist, securely latched onto his belt.
Having been trained to follow orders and accomplish any task given to him, Shiv has become a desensitized killer with an elitist attitude, being utterly rude to those that he deems lesser than himself. This can be seen through his interaction with people as he is quite the remorseless and sarcastic individual. His disregard for those around him can be seen through his logic of comparing people to weapons and their inherent qualities. This ideology of comparing people to weapons has greatly affected the man over the years as he considers those below to be nothing more than a necessity required to provide for those of true worth. In this frame of mind, he actively separates people based on their presumed worth, thus the man is completely fine with slaughtering practically anybody rationalizing it as deserved since they weren't capable weaponry, to begin with. However, everything isn't black and white to the man as there are exceptions that can make trash useful enough to be left alone. For if everyone was expendable than what would be the point of being above everyone?
When not lost in thought, Shiv is quite calculating and ambitious by nature. This nature can be seen through his professionalism in relation to his role and position as a ninja of the village. With that in mind, these traits can also be clearly seen through his demeanor while on duty. Shiv carries himself with distinction revealing complete confidence in himself which expertly hides the demented side of him. Unfortunately, there are times when people don't see this pious individual at his best, instead, witnessing the worst usually due to his obscure judgment on their actual worth. People are only shown his professionalism if deemed worthy of his respect. Due to this, superiors are usually only shown this side, but because of that and in combination with his ability as a ninja, he has had ample opportunity to carve out quite a reputation for himself being an exceptional weapon of the village.
To be honest, that very reputation Shiv earned over the years has gone directly to his head. He has become much more arrogant of his abilities and has taken up a lone wolf attitude, thinking himself above his peers to a point in which he prefers doing things solo instead of relying on people. However, his views don’t stop him from talking to those he comes in contact with. In fact, he is quite the social individual with a flair for the dramatic. Dramatic being that things always seem to have to be edgy. Once people get over his sarcastic demeanor they find he can be quite fun and or interesting to be around, especially if one is looking for something out of the ordinary. Sorry to say, but Shiv has a preference for talking to women over men, making him more of a 'hoes before bros' kind of man.
If anything was truly affected by Shiv’s elitist view, it would probably be his outlook on women. He has taken up a chauvinistic view on women and essentially objectified them for the most part. The only time he acknowledges them as more than just an object is if they can hold their own in combat. Even then he will playfully flirt or harass them, but they are of a higher pedigree than those that can’t fight worth a damn. This particular trait of his isn’t as well known to everybody as the rest of his traits and as such it can come off as surprising when he starts flirting with a woman instead of solely focusing on an objective. Shiv is always seeking to refine his abilities by openly looking for a worthy challenge to test his mettle against, which would explain his view on women. A challenge is a challenge and boy does he take pleasure in taking down a worthy target. He is known throughout the land for his brutality towards those deemed acceptable to kill. The magnitude of this ruthlessness has barely been seen in person but from what people have heard his targets are often mutilated beyond recognition.
Living a militaristic lifestyle Shiv has developed a fondness for the simple things that military organizations offer. These simple things include following orders to the mildly distasteful food rations everyone is served. These things bring him a sense of comfort as they have become second nature to him over the years. In a sense, he can create a home-like atmosphere almost anywhere as long as there is some sort of objective on the agenda. Shiv used to not care about luxurious things, be it material or currency, during the start of his career, but fame has had the effect of blunting that once resolute stance. Now he does have a preference for nicer things, but he hasn't forgotten his roots and can still live with only the basic amenities if required.
Shiv finds comfort in being ready to go at any moment and as such he spends much of his free time maintaining his gear, making sure everything is in tip-top shape and or going through records of his peers or rogue ninja. Those are things he feels are necessary for his daily routine, but are not the only things he does. For fun he likes hooking up with women, partying, and fighting. To relax he likes to hike around the island surrounding the village and or train on the slippery and jagged cliffs atop the mountains. Within the village is another story for there are few places he can go unnoticed, thus he likes to stay home in his condo located in the inner portion of the village. Here he has installed the necessities needed to not venture out into the world; gym, training area, garden, pool, etc.
Even with Shiv’s training and years of experience, it is impossible to completely remove emotion from oneself and as such he does have a soft spot for those that are related to him through blood and or a few individuals outside his family that has grown on him over the years. When he is with these people you can easily tell his change in personality as he becomes much more considerate than at any other time, blatantly going out of his way to keep these people out of harm’s way if he can manage it. Thus, from that one can easily guess what the man fears too. Having emotion and becoming a man instead of a weapon is what keeps the champion of Kirigakure awake at night. This constant struggle of attempting to achieve his goal while also caring for those around him is what nags his being and makes him human enough to keep in sane.
Awhile back a small baby was born. It was a gloomy and cold night; the rain came down hard and heavy. The hard thumps that echoed from the roof made for a somewhat comforting melody compared to that of the screaming coming from within. This was the night Shiv was born. There wasn't much to tell about the newborn, he looked and cried just like any other baby, having no distinguishable features that made him stand out. Rushing back from a patrol the father stormed into the delivery room. What he saw made him cringe slightly. This was his baby? There must have been some mistake. His baby was supposed to be; perfect in every-way. The baby was a bit of a disappointment for the father, who had high expectations for his would-be son who would be tasked with furthering the political influence of their once lowly house. What could the father do with such an average bloke that looked more like a dock worker than a potential ninja? Only time would tell if the boy turned out to be useful.
The Karagata family had a reputation of producing exceptional assassins. They were a family born and raised upon the sea, the majority worked in or around the docks transporting goods and people everywhere around the country. Those that were chosen to become ninja were highly praised within the house as they brought the family more influence and power. It would be troublesome for the father to convince the house to allow such a average child into the academy, but after bothering them enough the father finally got his wish.
There was no doubt before long that Shiv would be forced upon the same path as his father as the man worked tirelessly to forge a weapon of worth out of the boy. The expectations placed on this boy were quite daunting, but the boy met them through blood, sweat, and tears. Shiv's father romanticized combat, known to kill men for simply looking at him wrong, he would speed the boy’s progress forward with a firm hand. These harsh and strict methods conditioned Shiv into violence and combat which ultimately prepared the boy for his future role as a ninja of Kirigakure. It wasn’t long before the boy was accustomed to this brutal way of learning, achieving, and overcoming obstacles. Truth be told, it wasn’t an easy childhood but Shiv made the best of it, coming to enjoy the challenge and thrill of combat.
Taught in the ways of the older generation, Shiv eventually emerged as a splitting image of his father, though smaller and less intimidating. When it came time to enter the academy, Shiv was already well on his way for anything they had to throw at him. The years in the academy seemed to breeze by, Shiv became known as a fierce duelist having faced the best students countless times, coming out on top or equal. His group was even considered one of the strongest for their overall ability to outmatch any other group in fighting prowess. Most of that group went on to pass their final exam and become genin, it was a moment of accomplishment for these younglings and their parents.
Passing the final exam meant being placed into a customary duo group. Upon being placed with another he instantly recognized his rival, a boy by the name of Taka. He was one of the strongest boys in the academy having bested Shiv on more than one occasion; he would make a great rival. Their mentor on the other hand was a drunkard. His name was Ochi; he was a man of small stature measuring only slightly above that of Shiv and Taka, but what he lacked in height he made up in crazy. His training methods were outright dangerous and unorthodox, leaving a long lasting impression on both genin. Throughout the years they grew as a team and came to be known throughout the village for their brutality and dark sense of humor.
Eventually the duo were given the chance at advancement. During the examination to become chuunin, Shiv and Taka excelled and were surprised at the fact that there was actually quite a decent amount of competition still in the village. The duo passed their examination with flying colors, passing along with many other skilled Kirigakure comrades. His father was intensely proud of what he had created yet still maintained his ferocity toward sharpening Shiv into a weapon of worth.
Cast amidst another squad, Shiv eventually left the confines of his parent’s house, moving into an apartment in the merchant ring of Kirigakure. Training and working became the only real things of importance. During the day he did his usual duties and when night fell across the land he took the graveyard shift doing rounds and watching for threats in regards to the safety of Kirigakure. Many would say he became a total workaholic during this period of his life, having nothing better to do then work.
Specializing in close quarter combat Shiv modified his body so that he could be more efficient and effective at close range. By adding a pair of air tubules throughout his body he was able to develop a style of killing that utterly decimated his enemy at close to medium range effectively turning his enemies into a bloody mess of organs, feces, and whatever they ate before combat. This style came to be so effective that he was thought to be easily jounin level, dispatching enemies like nothing while also earning a decent track record of successful missions.
On one mission Shiv even managed to slay a small village worth of people when things went haywire and the village tried to rebel against an important feudal lord in the region. It was during this period in his life that he was approached by his mentor about becoming a jounin. Shiv was confident in his abilities but he knew he was no match for a fully fledged jounin. If he was to be promoted to a higher rank he needed to first make sure he was ready to handle such a burden, because in his opinion, only the strong deserve to be counted among the elite ninja known as jounin.
A couple of years passed and Shiv had become a fine specimen of Kirigakure might. The once blunt tool had been sharpened from constant killing of enemies and by witnessing the brutality of combat. Eventually Shiv was promoted to the rank of jounin. The rank increase came with increased influence with his comrades as he was now counted among the elite in the village and there was the added benefit of having an equally impressive salary. Shiv didn't need much though; he was content with what he had and sent a great deal back to his family.
After a couple years of completing missions and working under Kirigakure, he came face to face with a highly dangerous opponent. This event happened during the night, it was cold and gloomy when the alert came in of a breach in Kirigakure territory. It was rare to get an alert from actually within Kirigakure territory and Shiv was quick to move toward the threat. At the time Shiv thought it might be a bandit raid of some kind or maybe some large creature of the ocean, but drew a blank when he was first on the scene to meet up with one of the most infamous ninja of Kirigakure; Yaku. In just a short amount of time he and the response group were utterly decimated.
When Shiv awoke he was covered in wrappings, having been treated for a great deal of burn injuries. The majority were minor except the one upon his upper back which had been pretty bad when he first arrived. Branded into that wound was the logo of one of the men that Shiv had fought that night. The other thing Shiv found out was that he had failed to protect his homeland, costing Kirigakure a weapon of immeasurable strength. As Shiv recovered he made up his mind to hunt down those men when he was strong enough. Using a machete he carved off the brand that he had received from the one known as Spade. It took awhile before Shiv regained himself and began to take up missions again, vying to replace the weapon that died that night.
Through hard work and dedication to becoming the best, Shiv earned a reputation amongst the village. He was an exceptional ninja and there were few that could equal him in combat. His dominance over his peers and enemies was brought to the attention of the special forces who desired to recruit him into their organization. He was ready for what this opportunity would provide and willingly accepted their offer into the Head Hunter Regiment. With higher standards of performance he improved quickly, becoming feared by the enemies of both Kirigakure and the Karagata house.
This was Shiv's highest point in his career. He was in his prime with a reputation around the village for being one of the best. There were even a couple of offers floating around to sponsor him by the merchant caste! He didn't need to be weighed down by anyone and or made into an action figure for the people of the village. Everything was negligible to what he actually wanted; to become a perfect weapon.
However Shiv's aim shifted when he met the love of his life. Her name was Masami, Naoko. She was also a ninja of the village and before long her affection melted his cold heart. Feelings and emotions once thought impossible became a possibility. For the first time in his life he didn't want to solely be a weapon. That was until she was taken from him. The wound inflicted was severe, but it was quickly filled with a hate and bitterness towards everyone around him. It was at this moment he decided to close off his heart and shift back to becoming a perfect weapon.
The pain Shiv had received from the death of Naoko had not even started healing fully when word reached his ear that his parents were killed by a raiding party in the waters surrounding Lightning Country. The story was that his father fought valiantly but was overwhelmed with numbers. The father had been retired for years now and died protecting his wife who was undoubtedly raped and slaughtered while he was most likely turned in dead at a foreign bounty collection agency. Both were killed like animals. This news tore Shiv apart even further, but what could he do? That was the question that burned within his head. He was powerless to save them just like in the case of Naoko. What he needed was to become a weapon not a person that felt emotions.
That anger pushed Shiv to become even stronger as he slowly forged himself back, mentally, into the weapon he had been during his prime. A combination of his lone wolf antics and skill once again brought him to the attention of the leader of Head Hunter Regiment. Shiv was swiftly promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of The Hunt and Disposal Unit and before long he became the commanding officer of the regiment. A role he had never wanted but reluctantly accepted due to his personal investment in it. As Colonel of the regiment he regrettably brought it into a state of mediocracy during the first few months as acting leader. With no formal experience and or knowledge of managing a regiment he had to work tirelessly at improving himself in that regard. Eventually through hard work he brought it back to par and recruited quite a few exceptionally talented individuals who made the regiment that much stronger.
Another woman came into Shiv's life now. She wasn't one of the many that he fooled around with daily, she was the lost sister of his one true love; Masami Naoko. This was troublesome for him as it conflicted with his aim of being a weapon. With his previous conviction of not allowing himself weakness he attempted to ignore her excessively, but eventually he opened up to the girl as she was quite persistent. That ended up being just another stab in the heart as she also died shortly after. Maybe this was his curse? When he strayed from his true aim, the people who he cared for died. It was proof that opening up again would only rip him apart and thus he became the weapon he is today. A cold individual that cares for his countrymen, but would never admit such for fear they will die as everyone has.
Shiv now does what he has always done; patiently await his next order...
Having devoted their lives to mastering the art of taijutsu, this shinobi is classified as a Taijutsu Specialist. A taijutsu specialist is able to devote a total of 10 concentrations to taijutsu, unlike most people who are capped at 8. However, they are only able to devote a max of 5 concentrations to genjutsu, and a max of 5 concentrations to ninjutsu. As a Taijutsu Specialist, Shiv is able to utilize taijutsu concentrations reserved for specialists. Also he is now able to ascend to God Tier [45+] on the following stats:
[Taijutsu, Control, Speed, and Instinct]
Infiltration and assassination; would be the best words to describe Shiv's particular way of fighting. Instead of directly dealing with his opponent(s), he would rather patiently wait for an opportunity to cause massive amounts of damage with either his elemental powered attacks or martial prowess. That isn’t to say he isn’t skilled at directly dealing with an opponent if it comes to it, but prefers to finish things as quickly as possible due primarily to his low stamina pool. Having a long drawn out skirmish is completely out of the question.
Implanted Chakra Tubules:
Heavenly Body Control: