-Sister Ami (By children at the orphanage.)
-Shizu (By her friends.)
-The Saint of Blades (By her colleagues.)
Organization: True Cross
Organization Rank: Field Operative
Shizune is about 5'10 in height and weighs around 140 pounds. Most of her body weight is comprised mainly of muscle which is focused around her thighs, arms and back. She often keeps her weight maintained through scheduled physical conditioning of her body. She has little excess body fat as any fat she does gain is often burned off during her physical training sessions. Her body could be described as athletic as the muscle her body possesses is well defined giving her a slightly intimidating appearance. That along with the frown has found a seemingly permanent home upon her face has succeeded in making her seem quite unapproachable in terms of appearance. In fact due to aspects in how her body is formed such and the size of her chest she is sometimes mistaken as male instead of female.
Shizune's skin is pale possibly due to her distaste for sunlight and because her body is often shrouded from the sun's light by her nuns habit. Shizune's hair is black and her eyes are a rare shade of violet. Her hair is quite long reaching down her back to the bottom of her shoulder blades. She has calluses on her hands and legs from frequent physical labor and physical conditioning. Shizune's face is a bit long and her chin is pointed a fair bit. Her nose is long and narrow and her lips are a bit thin. Her eyes are often seen narrowed though they can be opened wider it is rare for her to do so.
While working around the orphanage Shizune often wears a nun's habit with everything it entails. Although she tends to keep the hood of the habit down whenever she isn't outside possibly due to dislike of wearing it. Shizune's habit also happens to neglect rosaries as most of them are worn around her neck as opposed to on her belt as is custom. This is mainly due to personal preference as Shizune dislikes wearing anything where she can't feel whether or not it is really there.
Beneath her habit Shizune wears a pair of black pantsuit pants and a white compression tank top over her tank top she wears a black leather chest harness that encircles her shoulders and back and act as suspenders as they connect to a web belt which she uses to keep her pants up. Connected to her harness are two leather sheathes for her trench knives and on the straps that connect to her web belt she has 4 nylon sheathes on each side designed to house bo-shuriken.
In the field Shizune's outfit is designed for a more combat oriented purpose. It consists of a black fitted compression shirt which is designed to wick away sweat and minimize odor that may be created from physical exertion. Over her shirt she wears a web harness that is fitted with two leather sheathes designed to hold Shizune's trench knives for quick accessability. She also wears a nylon vest with leather inlays designed to house Shizune's collection of throwing knives. The leather inlays of the vest ensure that the points and edges of the knives don't penetrate the vest and injure Shizune. The Nylon design is made to ensure that the vest remains light and won't impede Shizune's range of movement. The front of the vest is kept closed using two breakaway clips to allow Shizune to reach into the vest and draw the knives held on the inside without allowing the vest to flap around wildly while she moves.
In her lower extremities Shizune wears a pair of black duty pants fitted and designed for comfort and functionality to keep them from sagging or falling Shizune also wears a black web belt. Her outfit also includes a pair of black military grade combat boots. On her belt there are two military grade nylon pouches with leather lining on the inside made to house Shizune's bo-shuriken. Each pouch contains four bo-shuriken the leather lining prevents the points from penetrating the nylon and injuring Shizune. On her hands Shizune wears a pair of black leather fingerless gloves.
In public Shizune often dresses quite professionally often wearing a navy blue pantsuit with a white dress shirt beneath the jacket with a black tie. Beneath her suit jacket she wears a pair black shoulder holsters for small compact firearms. Shizune's pants are kept up using a black leather belt with a silver buckle. She also wears a pair of black dress shoes and often keeps her outfit well kept to maintain a professional appearance.
At times though Shizune may wear more casual clothing usually consisting of a white tanktop and black short sleeve button up shirt along with a pair of black slacks and a pair of sandals.
Most people would describe Shizune as a less than friendly person. The way Shizune behaves it appears that she genuinely does not like people in general. She often speaks with a mocking tone laced with sarcasm. Either that or she is nearly monotone in her interactions with others either choosing to keep her feelings concealed or not feeling any at all as some would be lead to believe. However as cold as Shizune may act she does in fact enjoy the company of others just no interacting with them. She often enjoys and savors the feeling of having others around her and is horrified of being left alone to the point of purposely seeking others out when it occurs.
Shizune's fear of being alone stems from early abandonment issues by her father when she was a child. Although she does not openly show her fear small quirks can give away that she is feeling uncomfortable things such as fidgeting or wandering around in random directions often signify that Shizune is feeling anxiety of being alone. Shizune does however have a method of coping with her Monophobia. One such method being carrying pictures of people she knows or cares about. Looking at pictures of people she knows and cares for reminds her that although she is alone physically she is never truly alone.
The other method of coping with her monophobia is fighting. In battle Shizune is caught up in the heat and adrenaline that comes with battle to the point that loneliness becomes a minuscule matter in her mind. Her mind becomes absorbed into focusing on combat and surviving that it completely shuts out her fear completely. In combat Shizune is very quiet and also very cold and merciless. She doesn't think about the reasons behind why she fights only that she fights because it makes her feel better. The focus she puts towards combat keeps her sharp and alert during battle but also a bit too jumpy as well.
While working at the orphanage although she may maintain her unfriendly facade she genuinely enjoys her work with the children. And the children appear to see through Shizune's act and often swarm to her in attempts to make her smile of laugh. It is those times that Shizune savors most as she believes that the best in her is brought out around the children she works to care for and protect.
In terms of faith Shizune actually isn't extremely religious. She listens to the sermons and has read the bible but her beliefs are shaky to say the least. However this does not mean that Shizune is completely unbelieving in the idea of god. She does believe God exists however she also believes him to be a cruel being that seems to take joy in weaving stories to keep himself interested. One such story being her own so although she prays to god during service and reads his words in the bibles Shizune isn't the most religiously inclined person within True Crosses ranks.
Spiked Trench Knives
Shizune wields a pair of custom forged trench knives with spikes lining the knuckle guard. The knives were forged using S30V steel a steel known for it's hardness and it's ability to retain a sharp edge. The blades are based on the design of the popular bowie knife with a single edge and serrated back edge. The edges of the blades are laced with brushed silver to increase their lethality against supernatural foes and they are also blessed by cardinals of the catholic church. The knuckles built into the blade's grip like the blade are forged from S30V steel giving it a good measure of strength. The inside of each knuckle is cushioned with a small amount of black foam in order to protect the knuckles of the user when the knife is used for punches. The outside of the knuckles are treated with a thin coating of brushed silver and like the blades are blessed as well.
Both knives way about 2 pounds and have been blackened in order to make them more suitable for use during night operations as the basic tone of the metal would reflect light and in general be more visible in nighttime settings. The grips of both blades are designed ergonomically for comfort and better grip and are constructed out of a highly durable plastic known as Kraton. Shizune keeps these blades in a shoulder sheathes attached to her chest harness. Though a bit unorthodox Shizune has trained herself to draw both knives in a reverse grip instead of a forward grip.
Shizune also carries a Bolo-style machete sheathed in a leather sheath slung across her back. The blade is forged out of high quality 5160 steel giving the blade more toughness and durability as well as increased long time endurance to rust and corrosion. Due to the hardness of the metal used in the blade it can also retain an edge better. The metal of the blade is forged a bit thin but thick enough still that the metal is not flimsy but thin enough to keep the blade light enough to be used for fast paced combat. The machete has a total length of about 18 inches. The edge of the machete is laced with silver to add more lethality against unholy foes.
The grips of the machetes are ergonomically designed to fit Shizune's hands well and to maintain a firm grip. The grips are also wrapped it Kraton to maintain a strong non slip surface on the grip. Each machete weighs about 1 1/2 pounds in weight.
Balanced throwing knives
Shizune carries a collection of nearly 26 throwing knives in a military grade nylon vest. The vest is designed to place knives in strategic locations to make them quickly accessible. 10 knives are kept along the stomach area while another 10 are kept in inner pockets around the ribs. three are located on the sides of the stomach with the hilts pointed forward to allow the user to quickly draw and throw them. The throwing knives are designed with a single edge and a pronounced point they are also balanced in order to allow for a better spin when thrown. All of the knives are constructed using S5 steel a metal designed to absorb impact better than most metals thus preventing the tips of the blade from denting or bending. The tips of the knives all possess a thin coating of silver to increase lethality toward the undead. Each knife is 200 grams in weight making each one about .4 pounds in weight thus keeping Shizune light.
Shizune carries a collection of 8 Bo Shuriken on her belt in nylon holsters. She keeps four on each side of her body one on the left and the other four on the right. Each one is about 7 inches in length and about 1 1/4 inches in thickness. Each bo shuriken weighs about 1.4 pounds making them quite a bit heavier than her throwing knives. But as they are kept in smaller quantities it balances out well with the rest of the equipment she carries. Each shuriken is forged using S5 steel like her throwing knives thus making them quite durable. Each shuriken during forging was quenched in holy water thus giving it somewhat holy properties. That with being blessed by cardinals of the catholic church make them lethal enough against unholy targets.
The metal of each shuriken is blackened to make them less noticeable and more suited to carry during stealth operations.
Motorola Razr Cellphone
Shizune carries a Motorola Razr mainly due to her tendency to break phones given to her. Thus True Cross requisitions officers have ceased giving Shizune expensive phones and opted to give her a cheap easily replaceable cell phone instead. The phone comes preloaded with contacts such as True Cross mission command and to Shizune's superiors within the organization. It also contains a few simple games for Shizune to play to satisfy boredom.
On her person Shizune also carries a faux leather wallet in which she keeps her identification, money and other odds and ends such as market reward cards and member cards at wholesale stores.
Being one of the methods of combat Shizune had chosen upon her entrance into True Cross, Shizune is quite proficient at throwing knives. She has learned multiple basic and advanced techniques for throwing knives. She has also created techniques of her own for throwing knives. She is accurate with her small knives at ranges up to 30 feet. Her bo-shuriken can be thrown nearly 10-15 feet. She has trained herself through great amounts of repetition to be able to adjust the spin of the knife as she throws it to ensure it will almost always hit point first. She has also trained her reflexes and has trained for a lengthy amount of time to allow herself to be able to utilize her knife throwing skills without lengthy time it takes to calculate the trajectory of throwing her knives.
However this comes at the cost of her calculations sometimes being a bit off thus causing her knives to hit improperly or at times simply bounce off her targets.
Hybrid Martial Arts
Shizune has been trained in concepts and techniques of Systema, Eskrima, Pencak Silat, Judo, Aikido and Wing Chun. Most of the techniques taken from Systema, Eskrima and Pencak Silat are mainly focused around the use of knives and other bladed weapons but she has also taken basic and advanced techniques from these styles as well in order to give her a small arsenal of hand to hand techniques to use should she ever be disarmed. From Judo she learned basic throws and locks mainly to subdue human opponents and also to in some cases parry a supernatural opponent's attack and use their momentum to ground them and give herself an advantage in combat.
From Wing Chun and Aikido the main concepts taken are from each styles defensive systems. Wing-Chun's striking to redirect and Aikido's redirection of momentum and the dodging associated with both. With all of these styles combined together Shizune is left with a fighting that is dependent upon counter attacks rather than exchanging blows. It also focuses heavily on creating openings through strikes in order to deal the maximum amount of damage before defensively retreating.
TACE is a system being developed by True Cross as a method of escaping dangerous situations but also remaining defensive while doing so. It utilizes Parkour which is the act of getting from point A to point B in the least amount of time possible. Although TACE adds to the list of objectives escaping foes and also putting as many obstacles between the TACE Operator and their pursuer as possible. This was designed with the knowledge that vampires can easily outrun an average human being in a foot race quite easily. But in utilizing TACE to traverse rooftops and hard to navigate terrain a human has a higher chance of survival by utilizing the environment to slow down pursuers. TACE also features offensive evasion which involves offensively behaving while making an escape by doing things such as shoving foes who may be impeding the operators path or by striking them as the operator passes in order to debilitate or stun pursuers.
Offensive Evasion also includes creating obstacles where none are present by doing things such as breaking objects in order to break line of sight and direct foot paths to the operator. Examples of this involve knocking over trash cans, jumping over cars or closing doors behind the operator as they run. In the field TACE has been shown to be effective in some cases allowing human operators to escape from supernatural foes by breaking line of sight and creating distance. Shizune has built upon the main concept of TACE but has also adapted it to serve in actual combat having learned to use her environment to her advantage during a fight. Such things involve gripping onto pipes to swing over an opponent or using objects such as windows or doors to deal more damage through actions such as shutting doors on opponents or diving through open windows and immediately closing them behind her.
Shizune has trained her reflexes through a repertoire of training from tracking moving objects on a screen to avoiding tennis balls fired at her at nearly 30-40 miles per hour. This training was provided in order to increase her survivability in close quarters combat against super natural foes. It is commonly known that vampires are quite fast both in movement and in combat. Shizune's reflexes have been tempered to allow her to react to split instances thus ensuring that she isn't completely outmatched in hand to hand combat. Her reflexes are trained to the point of being able to keep up with a category D vampire in combat but any categories higher can easily outmatch her. Shizune still continues to train herself in hopes of changing that.
Shizune was born on October 31st 1983 in Tokyo Japan to a prestigious Japanese Businessman and his Wife. However due to complications in Shizune's birth Shizune's mother died leaving Shizune's father alone to raise a child he was not prepared to raise. Before Shizune's birth it was agreed between her parents that while her father worked Shizune's mother would care for the child however due to this unexpected change in plans Shizune's father struggled to care and take care of his child. Often he found himself angry at Shizune losing his temper and snapping at her for bothering him or for interrupting his work with what he saw as petty needs such as food or boredom.
In order to give himself brief reprieves from the annoyance he found within his own child Shizune's father often dropped Shizune off at a local church on the outskirts of Tokyo where the priests and nuns of the church offered to care for the children of businessmen and women. For years Shizune found herself raised by nuns and priests instead of her own father. However at the end of the day Shizune would eagerly await the time when her father would get off work and come to pick her up. This would become routine for the next few years. This solution seemed to satisfy both Shizune and her Father but soon the priests of the church began to notice that Shizune's father seemed to come to pick up his daughter later and later in the day often coming to the church reeking of alcohol after a night of drinking with his co-workers.
On one particular night Shizune's father came to the church and instead of simply picking up Shizune as was per normal in a drunken rage he screamed at his daughter blaming her for the death of her mother and also for ruining the life he'd come to enjoy. The priests of the church immediately pulled him aside and scolded him for treating his child in such a way and for blaming her for such misfortunes that had occurred in both of their lives. Angry at the clergies criticisms Shizune's father stormed off leaving Shizune at the church shocked and hurt at her father's admission of hatred for her. At this time Shizune was six years old and at her young age all she could think about is what she'd done to anger her father so.
The next day Shizune's father returned to the church this time sober and in less confrontational spirits. He apologized to the priests for his previous behavior and requested to speak to Shizune personally. The priests allowed this and Shizune's father simply approached his daughter and said goodbye before patting her on the head and leaving the church. After days of waiting it was clear Shizune's father would not be coming back. The priests attempted to contact the company Shizune's father worked for but they were told that he had handed in his resignation and had effectively disappeared from Japan entirely. So for the next few years until the age of 10 Shizune would stay at the church. As she grew she watched days come and go where children would come to the church and be picked up by their smiling parents by the end of the day while she remained.
At age ten Shizune had become somewhat bitter and much more reserved a complete far cry from the innocent child that would wait at the church for her father that she had been 4 years ago.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” -Marie Curie