Sake Runners: A Samurai Prohibition RP (Recruitment Thread)

Terratina.

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@CrazyGirl17: Apologies for any similarities, I have been working on this sheet on and off since Monday. >.>;

Name: Caprice ?Foxface? Tachibana
Age & Gender: 23, Female

Appearance: There?s a reason why she?s called Foxface: that unsettling, perpetual grin she wears in combination with her almond-shaped eyes and red lipstick makes one think of a kitsune mask. Not that the one she wears when the mood strikes her is of any importance. Caprice?s hair is jet black has been cut into a sharp bob. But that?s the only tame aspect of her fashion choices. Unlike most women, she has taken the trend of the ?boyish? look to the extreme and wears a pinstripe suit, not a skirt, not a chemise dress, but a man?s suit. Of course, she keeps that hidden under a large wrap-over coat with a fur collar. And, of course, she wears a cloche hat - why any woman couldn?t call herself fashionable without one. While on the job, however, the coat and silly hat come off, in exchange for a pair of black leather gloves. She stands at 5?4? and weighs around 115 lbs.

Personality: Caprice, to put it mildly, is a person of impulse. She does whatever her current mood dictates, whether it is buying some candy floss, shopping, swimming, or playing little games with her kaiken. She is lively, upbeat, and cheerful in most situations, for example, she will still smile even when surrounded by bloody corpses. Nevertheless, she thoroughly enjoys her work. In fact, one could say that she is a model employee - diligent and always a pleasure to work with. As well as the fact that she never fails to show a bit of initiative in her line of work, though the results of said initiative have always had a mixed reception. Caprice likes people, to her every stranger is but a friend she hasn?t gotten to know yet. Additionally, while she isn?t a violent person per se, she does enjoy the adrenaline rush.

History: Caprice?s history, in short, is the result of East meeting West.

Her mother was no-one special, just a person who lived on the Amakusa islands. However, there was a key difference between her and the majority of Japan - she was Christian. Regardless, one day, a bunch of strange men cornered her and told her that she was going to be taken to a strange land, whether she or her family liked it or not. Of course, she didn?t have any means of fighting back so off she went. Some said the city was called Kurokuu, while others said that its name was Temperance. But that didn?t matter to the bewildered Japanese woman, nor did she have the time to worry about it. She had been given orders - orders to serve the Irezumi Yakuza with her body. A brothel called as The Pleasure Garden became her new home, the other courtesans became her new sisters, and she was given a new name to match her new status: Bijozakura.

Nevertheless, she grew used to it. Even though she was hardly ever let outside of the brothel, even though she had to entertain a complete stranger every night, even though she would probably live, sleep, eat and have sex in that brothel for the rest of her life. However, the men always treated her gently. But, as a consequence of her work, Bijozakura fell pregnant. Then again, it turned out to be a girl, so her baby got to live. Baby boys were killed as soon as they left the womb, the reason being they were more trouble than they were worth. Baby girls, at least, would grow into young ladies and then could become other ?employees? of the brothel. No, that was their fate. Her daughter was called Tachibana, after the fruit.

Her first name, however, was a gift from the father himself - Natanaele Nasato. He was one of her regulars, and an owner of a pasta shop. As far as the crime families were concerned, he was a nobody. Just someone who managed to keep off their radar with plenty of payments. But how did Bijozakura know? The nose, little Tachi had inherited his aquiline nose. Natanaele noticed the same thing and christened her Caprice, for such a thing had caused her birth. As for the matter of a surname, a daughter of a whore didn?t need one. Her only purpose was to serve the Irezumi by serving the patrons of The Pleasure Garden until death. The Irezumi Yakuza keep a firm grip on their whores.

The twice-named girl didn?t see much of the twice-named city during her childhood - she was too busy being groomed for her future as a prostitute. Caprice was taught all sort of things that could entertain a client in addition to manners and so forth. However, Caprice didn?t like the look of her future one bit. She enjoyed the company of the gruff itamae and his anecdotes about the outside world more than the gossiping courtesans or her strict Irezumi masters. Despite their efforts, she grew into a loudmouthed, rude teenager - so much so that a few started to call her a kitsunetsuki. Her mother, on the other hand, understood Caprice?s plight and tried to make a deal with the Irezumi. They refused, after all, the mother and the child both belonged to them - Caprice?s and Bijozakura?s lives were not their own.

Inevitably, Caprice tried to sneak away. Inevitably, she was caught, punished and received many lectures about how good the Irezumis were and how she lucky she have them as her guardians. All bullshit to her ears, anyway. Knowing that with her constant escape attempts her guardians would be watching her closely, she decided to ?play nice? for three years just to make them think that her spirit had been broken. First off, they gave her the glorious job of being one of the itamae?s underlings where she spent her days grating ginger and chopping bits of fish and then worked as a serving girl of sorts, serving drinks to the patrons of the Pleasure Garden as well as getting her butt pinched.

The waiting was agony for Caprice, but soon enough, it was over.

One night she executed her escape plan. First off, in order to have something she could defend herself with, she stole a set of knives from the kitchen - the same knives she and the itamae had used while working. Then, she crawled through the laundry chute and got away. However, there was little she could do after that. Caprice had no money and no home - she simply hadn?t planned that far. Thus began her years on the streets. At first, she was afraid and took every step with caution, but gradually, other people became afraid of her. It was so gratifying. Every step of the way, she had been led by the hand, had been groomed for the benefit of someone else. Now she was achieving something on her own, for her sake.

If it wasn?t even that, it was the amount of control a bit of good ol? intimidation gave over situations. For once, she was the one in control of her life, and in some cases, other people?s. In any case, she wasn?t really getting anywhere as a lone operator; not to mention that evading the Irezumi?s goons was getting rather tiresome. She needed to either hide herself away, or find protection within a large group, otherwise the Irezumi would surely overwhelm her sooner or later. Caprice eventually found her answer: sanctuary and employment with the Takahashi family as a hitman, getting rid of whoever she was ordered to. Not the most glamorous of jobs, but that didn?t stop her from either being efficient or enjoying her work.

Notable Skills: It goes without saying that the education she received while at the brothel doesn?t count for nothing. She knows all of the little tricks that can be played to make men swoon over her, just a flash of leg there and an almost-kiss here and they?ll do anything to get more of that. Caprice is also pretty handy with hōchō knives, she has been handling the things since she got stuck chopping up onions in the Pleasure Garden?s kitchen and during her time on the streets, Caprice has gotten quite experienced with cutting up people up into sashimi. Apart from that, she has a rudimentary understanding of Italian and English, but is far better at speaking in her native tongue, Japanese.

Equipment & Property: A variety of Japanese kitchen knives, from the long maguro bōchō to the general purpose santoku bōchō. While they are tools rather than weapons, they can still deal some damage to such unlucky fellow. These are usually concealed within her suit?s jacket. Of course, there?s the aforementioned kitsune mask, but that only comes out on special occasions. Her apartment is not the grandest nor the cleanest, due in part to her low rank in the Takahashi family and the fact that Caprice usually spends most of her money on clothes. The only real weapon she has on her at all times is a little present from the Takahashi family - a kaiken - a small dagger. Caprice doesn?t carry a gun as she has adopted the same disgust the Irezumi has for the damn things.
 

CrazyGirl17

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Terratina. said:
@CrazyGirl17: Apologies for any similarities, I have been working on this sheet on and off since Monday. >.>;

snipy snippy
o_O wow, that's a weird coincidence. Perhaps I should give my character an overhaul?
 

Terratina.

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CrazyGirl17 said:
Terratina. said:
@CrazyGirl17: Apologies for any similarities, I have been working on this sheet on and off since Monday. >.>;

snipy snippy
o_O wow, that's a weird coincidence. Perhaps I should give my character an overhaul?
You can if you want to. Though, despite similarities, the two characters are pretty different.
 

CrazyGirl17

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Terratina. said:
CrazyGirl17 said:
Terratina. said:
@CrazyGirl17: Apologies for any similarities, I have been working on this sheet on and off since Monday. >.>;

snipy snippy
o_O wow, that's a weird coincidence. Perhaps I should give my character an overhaul?
You can if you want to. Though, despite similarities, the two characters are pretty different.
Ah, okay. I think I'll still keep the character, though I added a few things.
 

Captain Anon

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bringing up my post

Name: Johnny Nitti
Age & Gender: 30, male

Appearance: He's big around 6 foot 2, very well build with a very intimidating and cold look in his eyes, very quiet doesn't like to talk much expect about a job, his hair's black, a little short too and it's split right down the middle, wears a black vest with black trousers and black tie, a red shirt with rolled up sleeves.

Personality: Johnny can be a hard and scary man but he can at times be emotional even depressed and turns to drink his sorrows away usually with some old friends in a bar, He has been known to lighten up from time to time, showing a sense of humor through sarcasm, as well as being very compassionate to people he believes to be good and he does have a 'soft' side; loyal to those he considers friends and willing to stand up to a threat to defend them.

History:John is the son of Frank Nitti who was nicknamed as "The Interrogator", growing up he had a strict but caring upbringing when he was 19 he said want to be an interrogator like his father, so he was trained by his dad and learned everything Frank knew about Interrogate and enforcing he grew to be very strong and the best enforcer next to his dad.

before his father died he got in touch with some old friends in the Takahashi Family and asked for Johnny to be given some trial runs and see if all worked out well needless to say he impressed a few of big names including an made-man who took him for small time jobs for the while, after sometime he himself become a part of the family and a made man and has learned family is the only thing he has left.

Notable Skills: Interrogation and Melee he personally likes a Baseball Bat, wood or metal he doesn't care as long it doesn't break while he fighting someone. An expert Interrogator and Enforcer, he's a very strong fighter, strong enough to hold his own.

Equipment & Property:usually carries a baseball bat for see able fights, he also has two small hidden batons under his selves and a sawed off shotgun for close range with a self made hostler on his belt
 

deathbydeath

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Sheet fixed for posterity.

Name: Richmond Arnold Almano, Jr.

Age & Gender: 33 & Male

Appearance: Richmond is built like a rock. He's tough and hardy, and he looks the part too. At his wife's behest, he remains clean-shaven and keeps his hazel head of hair cut just below his earlobes. Other than those features, almost everything else about Richmond changes depending on what kind of "business" he's on. When he's at home/his workshop, he wears various old and worn shirts he doesn't mind ruining paired with some sort of slops for his legs. When in public, at the request of the Takahashi or otherwise, Richmond wears unassuming working class outfits (usually some variation of collared shirt and trousers). On rare, formal occasions Richmond breaks out one of his two three-piece suits (one black and the other grey), but such occasions are few and far between. In all situations, though, Richmond's head lies unadorned and he keeps eye-protecting goggles and earplugs in his pockets.

Personality: Richmond is jocular and rarely solemn. He's quite the extrovert and likes to socialize with other parts of the Takahashi Clan. One notable influence on his behavior, however, is his wife. He's more than a little smitten with Carolyn, and both parties are aware of this. While Richmond has very little conscious religious thought, Carolyn is a devout and faithful Christian and does her best to keep Richmond on the straight and narrow. This often manifests as threats against Richmond, such as violence if he returns home drunk or leaving him the moment he becomes unfaithful.

History: Richmond Jr's current life is largely an attempt to follow in his father's footsteps, except succeed in every way his father failed. Richmond Sr's career choices weren't that wise, even if the old man was ahead of his time, in a sense. Sr. had a semi-grand vision of founding a small business around tailored specifications and flexibility in the days of massive monolithic empires, commoditization, and the assembly line. Given the scope of what he was aiming for, Sr. decided to pursue less than legal markets and make his success peddling wares to the criminal underworld, who would in turn go on with whatever they were doing, but more efficiently. There was a single hole, though, and that hole was that Richmond Sr. was ahead of his time. These were the decades before Prohibition, decades before crime was organized and groups like the Barcinos or Takahashis were worth forming at all. This lack of cohesion and sense of common alliance made Sr's attempts at business unfeasible and dangerous, culminating in his death. Richmond was twenty years old at the time of his father's death.
Three years later, after spending all of non-education years in low-end and blue collar jobs, Richmond's life finally picked up; he met Carolyn. It wasn't exactly love at first sight and there were some amusing stories I don't have time to get into, but suffice it to say that Carolyn gave Richmond Jr. something to actually work towards in his life. Before, Richmond was an unmotivated bachelor whose two life dreams consisted of "stay comfortable" and "don't die"; now he actively pursued a stable and larger income alongside better living conditions, as he would need this and more if he wanted to marry Carolyn and start a family. This is easier said than done, of course, and Richmond wasn't getting anywhere for the first year. His qualifications made him really only eligible for the "careers" he was trying to escape, and he couldn't find any accessible ways to climb the modern-day cursus honorum.
This problem was alleviated, at least in part, by Richmond's discovery of his father's business records, notes, and journals. Richmond studied them for a time and sought advice on what to do from Carolyn, who approved the idea of a small family business. He began to slowly eke his way into the criminal underworld, and along the way he made no small number of promises to abstain from any vices he was exposed to. He wasn't content to blindly follow his father's decisions though, given how that turned out. When he started, he started small, dealing primarily with individuals and general firearm sales. After a while the Prohibition was legislated, and the roots of crime in the city grew into the forest of organized crime. The smaller weapons manufacturers and merchants were consolidated into the Barceno family, who were clearly aiming for full market power over that trade. Due to pressure from his fiancee, however, Richmond refused their offers, and said offers gradually started to grow more serious and more violent. Richmond relinquished his participation in weapons dealings, yet the threats still escalated. He was forced to join the Takahashi after several months of Barceno harassment, and Richmond was glad in the end that he did. After negotiating for payment he could raise a family in and protection from the Barcinos, Richmond signed on, as loyal as they come. His wedding to Carolyn took place mere hours later, and Richmond had yet to regret a single moment of that day.

Notable Skills: Richmond's job title is 'Gunsmith' because that's what he does; he works on guns. Given the Barceno's preferences of dominating the gun trade, Richmond earns his bread through modifying, repairing, and maintaining firearms. He'll do this sort of work for anybody that offers enough, but the Takahashi fellows comprise most of his business and introduce him to new "clients".
In terms of Richmond's Mad Gun Skillz[sup]TM[/sup], you'll never catch him bragging about how he nailed the wings off of a fly from across the street. If you've worked with him before, though, then you should know that he has decent aim when necessary; a favorite trick of his is to fuck up the opponent's dominant hand which is something he's capable of doing from the other side of a room. His usual modus operandi, however, is one less of quality and more of quantity. At first thought, one might dismiss specialization in fully automatic firearms as 'scrubbish' or 'unimpressive'. Then, when given a demonstration of Richmond firing a BAR on full auto while maintaining both a steady aim and walking pace, the critics will have more than enough reason to stop their bitching.

Equipment/Property: His primary firearm is a Browning Automatic Rifle, which Richmond has given "The Works" in terms of third-party improvements. His secondary is a trusty Colt 1911 which was also Richmond's first attempt at making a fancy handgun worth looking at. While the end result drove away his hopes of ever producing a firearm that would fetch a high price on aesthetics alone, Richmond was content with his attempt at a bayonet (an under-barrel switchblade) and decided to keep it. Like many rational people, Richmond keeps his handgun in a holster worn on his hip, and whenever he heads somewhere with the BAR, he carries it in its travel case: a large cylindrical duffle bag that's five feet long and has a diameter of about ten inches, which holds the BAR, extra magazines/spare rounds, some portable maintenance tools and a first aid kit.
Back at his business, Richmond stores a variety of machines and equipment necessary for what he does but also isn't that portable, things like presses for hand-loading ammunition, raw materials for loading said ammunition, welding torches, and miscellaneous ordinary and non-exploding tools (clamps, saws, pliers, etc.). He's especially proud of a personal drinks cabinet that he constructed himself and stocked with some of the rarest, oldest, and finest spirits he could find. It's a shame his wife won't let him imbibe himself under threat of leaving him, though.

Texas Joker 52 said:
Ok, first I have to point out that your sheet is poorly formatted with what seems to be countless typos or letter errors. Second, the way it's phrased is, quite frankly, atrocious. I'm sorry, but we can't accept this sheet.
Guess what happens when someone has to post a sheet on a phone because that's where they had to type the rest of it, then lost their internet connection from a few minutes after the post until recruitment is over? Dead elephants happen.
 

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Name: Yukiko 'Kamaitachi' Hinata

Age & Gender: 17, Female

Appearance: She has a typical build for a girl of her age, being 5'6", with porcelain white skin and being somewhat skinny; however it is probably more appropriate to call her lithe. Her face is relatively plain, with mostly soft features save for her eyes, which seem almost dead and glassen. She rarely smiles, save for when her face stretches into a malicious grin.

Yukiko's appearance comes across as rather odd when compared to ordinary fashion in Temperance Bay, choosing to eschew regular dress for a red embroidered cheongsam of all things, sometimes accompanied with a pale mink shawl. Aside from her clothes, whilst she somewhat conforms to the social norm of having her dark hair cut short, her own hairstyle is much more 'choppy' than the smooth hairstyles worn by fashionistas, having her bob shaggy and razor-cut.

In more casual surroundings, she opts for a haori worn with a belt over a tunic top, and on the bottom she wears men's breeches with knee-high jikatabi.

Personality: Yukiko is a psychopath. There is little more that people tend to know about her, except for the dead look in her eye and the grim smirk on her face as she cuts down the Takahashi Family's enemies on command. Emotionally stunted, she is not the most talkative of people, although not out of the inability to, but rather the fact that she prefers to work alone. Working in a team has not worked out well for her in the past, as though she can vaguely distinguish between 'friend and 'foe', that isn't to say that she would care if you happened to get in her way. She is a bloodhound at the whims of a select few higher-ups in the family, and outside of which few have any control over her

History: Born from a Chinese mother and Japanese father, Yukiko was born with the knowledge that she would immediately be ostracised from both communities. Her mother Mei Ping was Chinese immigrant who had fled to America from the mainland after experiencing financial struggles following the Sino-Japanese War. Despite not knowing a word of neither English or Japanese, she managed to survive working as a cleaner, for both public and private residences. The most impressive place that she worked was as the Golden Sun Hotel in Temperance Bay, working as a housekeeper. It was there that she first met Yukiko's father- Akito Hinata. Despite him already being happily married, Akito and Mei began a sordid affair, with Yukiko's father keeping Mei as his personal mistress.

At first Akito's wife turned a blind-eye to the affair, dismissive that it was a phase that she must endure; but all that changed when Yukiko was born. A bastard child born from a chinese mistress could never hope to earn her father's affections, but for five long years Yukiko held out hope that her father would acknowledge her existence, as she was still has only child due to his wife's apparent infertility. He took care of her and her mother financially, although most likely not out of a sense of responsibility but out of the compulsion to keep his affair unknown to the public; as Akito himself turned out to be the head of a medium-sized company, and any such scandal would surely come out in the press if Mei wanted it to.

The birth of a son from his apparently 'infertile' wife was all the reason he needed to kick them out, no longer caring for the wellbeing of a mistress and her child, as now he had a true heir. He kicked both of them out on the street, under the pretense that she was embezzling funds from his company. They were destitute, and despite her mother's best efforts she was unable to return to her previous job as a housekeeper, the most likely stemming from rumours of her affair.

The stress was too much on her, and even in a time of prohibition, she still managed to find a swill with which to drown her sorrows in, eventually leading to her suicide. Yukiko was without a home, and now without a person who cared for her. She was forced to beg for money on the streets, as well as scrounging for scraps in the dumpsters at the back of restaurants. It was there that a woman named Asako found her, she being the manager of the sushi restaurant that Yukiko was dumpster diving in. Of course that was merely a front for the Takahashi Family, and Asako herself was a renowned recruiter for the family itself. She somehow saw potential in the half-dead child, and took her in to train her in the ways of survival.

Training under Asako was brutal and militaristic, leaving no room for weakness. She trained her in combat, sharpshooting, linguistics, tactics and more. Unfortunately Yukiko's trauma from seeing her mother's descent and suicide, coupled with her malnourishment from poverty had given her an almost permanently unsteady hands, and her training with firearms was discontinued after this realisation meant she was unable to perform to the standard expected of her. Instead Asako gave the girl a more 'traditional' weapon- dual kama. It was not the most conventional choice, but Yukiko took to it well. So well in fact, that she was scheduled to carry out her first 'hit' at the age of just 12.

As she stalked her target, she used all of her faculties that had been honed by Asako's training. When they were at their most vulnerable; she struck. Her sickle catching the man's throat and tearing open his jugular, as his mouth filled with blood he managed to gargle out a small "Help"...alerting his fellow gang members in the next room.

Despite being a trained assassin, Yukiko was still only a teenage girl. At first they were shocked at their assailant, but they quickly overpowered her as they muttered along the lines of "Shit... they get younger every day".

They were not merciful men. They did not care that she was a child.

For an indeterminate amount of time they kept her bound and gagged in a cellar, her only human contact being the 'visits' of the men whom were friends with who she had killed. Beatings were only the start, and sooner or later they begun to torture her for their own amusement. She kept on hoping that Asako would burst down the door and cut each one down with her katana, but every day that passed her hopes grew fainter. One day she managed to slip her restraints by dislocating her arm, before grabbing the nearest sharp implement and slitting each gangster's throat one by one. It was only after she was covered head to toe in their blood, looking like a child that had emerged from hell, that Asako burst through the door of the complex to knock some sense into her as she stood with the knife in her hand.

Ever since then, Yukiko trained with renewed vigor, eventually surpassing her mentor who had taught her all she knew. She stayed with the Takahashi Family under the guise of loyalty and gratitude out of taking her in off the streets, but the real reason was she knew that sticking with them would mean more opportunities to show her 'talents'. After all no one else would come near her. She was 'Kamaitachi' now. She wasn't human. And that suited her just fine.

Notable Skills: Yukiko's skills lie with her incredible tenacity as well as her blatant disregard for her own personal well-being. Due to this she is well suited to 'cleanup' operations as well as so called suicide missions, able to take on seemingly insurmountable odds without a care in the world, albeit at great expense to her health. She is extremely agile, as well as highly skilled in her own form of kamajutsu, earning her the nickname of "Kamaitachi" for the feared Yokai of the same name.

She may not have a had a formal education, but she is by no means an idiot, and her reckless tactics belie her actual smarts in combat. Along with her natural ability, she is also fluent in English and Japanese, as well as having a moderate grasp of Mandarin.

Equipment & Property: Her primary weapons are a pair of Kama she uses in tandem, which she sometimes chooses to supplement with a chain and weight to create Kusarigama, as well as a form of impromptu bladed-nunchuks.

In terms of property, Yukiko rents a rundown apartment not far from the Takahashi Mansion itself, but her often erratic and sometimes downright psycho behaviour has made the family discourage her from using it, for purely morale reasons.
 

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Name: Claudia Episcopo

Age & Gender: 27 & Female

Appearance:Despite her rather ordinary appearance for her heritage -black hair, brown eyes, etc - she is strikingly beautiful. Claudia?s hair is always immaculately styled - short with a Marcel wave, topped of course with a cloche hat, for what is a woman in the Roaring Twenties without a cloche hat? Unfashionable and behind the times, that?s what. Though, sometimes she forgoes the cloche hat in favour of headbands and the like. And of course, she often wears flapper dresses. The only unorthodox part of her outfits is a happi - a subtle nod at the Japanese influence on the city and her affiliation with the Takahashi Family - a simple black design, patterned with two butterflies, one going from over the shoulder and the other other going around the waist. Whilst articles of clothing might change from day to day, one accessory she is never without is a jade cigarette holder.

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Personality: Hedonistic, as you would expect from any flapper of the time, she enjoys spending her time at some of the most flamboyant parties around; whoever said Prohibition had to be dull? One must have be one droll individual or just never got invited to such parties. Well, Claudia never had that sort of problem, the best part of her choice of career means she gets to go to said parties as part of her job. She?s a natural party-goer, wild when the guest and gracious when the host. Though, with this, Claudia has become rather prideful. However, if confronted about her pride, she would just tell you that a successful businesswoman deserves to think highly of herself. Also, Claudia sees herself as a kingmaker of sorts, whoever has her favour and her information is bound to win the competition for Temperance City. On the flipside, she absolutely hates failure, as it leads to messy situations and loss of reputation from her clients. But that?s just when she fails. When others disappoint her, she takes a rather unhealthy joy in expressing that disappointment.

History: Unlike some, Claudia wasn?t born into a life of crime, she came from a rather ordinary family of Italians - moving from the homeland to pursue the American Dream. However, there was no such luck. As you might imagine, being fresh faced from Italy, her family was surprised how many americans expected them to be mobsters and criminals. At first they fought back against such accusations, but as their financial situation got worse and worse, Claudia took the burden upon herself. The Episcopo wouldn?t have to shame themselves and join a dirty gang, Claudia would solve their financial woes her own way.

From the tender age of eight, she planned various schemes that would get her family out of trouble and would show her stern father what exactly a woman could do. Even so, because of her young age and low position within the family - she was competing with two twin brothers, after all - they were ignored. Still, she had plenty of time to continue her scheming and planning.

The Episcopo family spent at least a decade in a sort of limbo, not exactly out and down for the count but not exactly up and raring to go either. They paid their bills, including the those imposed by them by the Irezumi Family. In short, their income was barely above their outgoings, but they still managed to scrape by. Claudia felt that just scraping by wasn?t living, it was surviving and by doing so they had become simple scavengers. After at least a decade of that existence, it was finally time for Claudia to enact her plan, well one of them, anyway.

It was funny what people said in bars and clubs, how easy little secrets slip off the tongue after a few drinks, all you had to do was be patient and listen out for the for the juicier bits of info that might slip out. In exchange for a little bit of time, she got valuable information out of drunk mobsters and yakuza goons. Information she then sold to the highest bidder. Suddenly the Episcopo family found that they always had a little bit of extra money in the pot. For once, things went by rather swimmingly. However, there was trouble over the horizon.

It was inevitable, really. She had no means of defending herself or others, and some people were getting really annoyed with her snitch-for-service job. Unaware of who was selling the information, but all the evidence pointing towards the Episcopo family, the Irezumi targeted the senior members of the family - the men, her brothers and father. Knowing their dislike of the underground elements of Temperance City, the Irezumi chose to dishonour them by forcing them to undergo yubitsume, as if they were part of the yakuza itself.

As expected, they agreed, they would have been killed otherwise. As a result, her brothers and her father?s pinkie fingers were missing a tip - something every yakuza and those with knowledge of their practices would pick up on. Claudia felt ashamed by this, and began to distance herself from her family so that similar things wouldn?t happen again. The first step was getting a bodyguard, someone else with a bone to pick with the Irezumis, the second step? Rebuilding her reputation, of course. And now? Well, she has taken a liking to the Takahashi Family.

Notable Skills: Claudia, without a doubt is very good at getting information and getting it to people want it - that?s her main skill. She isn?t particularly adept with weapons, but can at least shoot a wide target, like a barrel, from a reasonable distance. Not that she would leave such a task to herself. After all, she is a leader, not a fighter. That?s the main thing about Claudia: she oozes cool charisma and is quite persuasive. Her tongue is her weapon. Other than that, she is quite good at dancing and drinking others under the table.

Equipment & Property: Her clothes, purse, and everything days such as that.If worst comes to worst, Claudia carries a Remington Model 95 concealed within her purse, but that?s it when it comes to weapons, as mentioned above, her tongue is her true weapon. She has a small apartment in the nicer, crime-free part of the city. She will often meets her clients close to home in small inconspicuous coffee shops, all of which she know the best exits of. Apart from that, she does have a little network of part-time informants, or rather, barflies.

Note: Foxface is the bodyguard mentioned.
 

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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Before we pick out anyone, first I'm going to let the latest offerings know how they stand in terms of quality, then we'll be making our final decision. Also, we've decided to try and limit ourselves to only accepting 5 characters, to keep the cast small and manageable. If you aren't accepted, please, don't feel bad.

Now, on to the critiques:

Ruedyn said:
First, I'm sorry we didn't get to you earlier. But, a Sun Wukong expy is an... Interesting character, particularly given that Sun Wukong is a Chinese Figure. But, we don't really see any problems with him.

Deu Sex said:
'Jew-Sama'? Well, I'm certainly not going to be calling him that. Regardless, we don't really see anything wrong with him, and a Jewish character is certainly different.

Rogue Trooper said:
Ah, a German, another interesting choice of background. Interesting, though we're not too sure of shell-shocked veterans, the sheet looks good. No problems with him.

WhyBotherToTry said:
As unusual as an Irish Samurai is, we see no problems with your sheet. Most definitely original.

CrazyGirl17 said:
Overall a solid sheet, no problems.

Terratina. said:
Looks pretty good. Like above, it's solid, and we see no problems with her.

deathbydeath said:
Ok, first I have to point out that your sheet is poorly formatted with what seems to be countless typos or letter errors. Second, the way it's phrased is, quite frankly, atrocious. I'm sorry, but we can't accept this sheet.

JokerboyJordan said:
Nothing wrong at all. Looks good, looks solid.

MortifiedPenguin said:
Ah, a full Italian this time, and a flapper at that. Interesting. She looks good, no problems with her.
 

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Well, the Final Five Six have been chosen. After some struggling, we decided to add one more than the original limit. Here they are:

The Hund said:
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MortifiedPenguin said:
Hopefully those of you we picked have Skype, though if not, please PM either me Or @Hiei82, otherwise PM us your Skype name so we can add you. We'll likely be starting up the RP proper during this coming week, and we'll be sure to let you know once it's kicked off.
 

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Ahh, well, you win some and you lose some. Sort of disappointed that at least one Irish character didn't make it xD
Either way, have fun y'all, enjoy legitimately climbing the ladder of this illegitimate business d ^_^ b
 

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Gods damn it. I've been meaning to update the history of my character, but stuff had been getting in the way...

Anyway, hope this will be a fun game for y'all. :)