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Cedric

(Fight for Tomorrow)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • The spoilers are kept to a minimum – the History section is purposefully sketchy and stops early in the series, though it explains something that is made pretty obvious in the first issues but not spelled out before the last few issues.

Background

  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: One of the Chinatowns in what seems to be New York City
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 180 lbs. Age: 19
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Temple of love

During the course of the story, Cedric becomes pretty much affiliated with a Buddhist temple in the Chinatown where he leaves. The Temple is headed by Master Sahn, an older woman of apparently Vietnamese or Cambodian origin – a compassionate and perceptive nun with a number of community contacts among youth hostels, social workers, schools and the like.

Master Sahn is assisted by a young (early 20s ?) Asian-American woman of unspecified descent (Chinese ?), who does the menial tasks at the temple – cooking, cleaning, taking care of the plants, etc.

She also raises her little brother, an undisciplined but well-meaning teenager who is more interested in hanging out with other kids with vague Triad connections than in going to school. The siblings are always called Big Sister and Little Brother by everyone.

Big Sister is a gentle and compassionate Buddhist, and likely a nun-in-training. She has a sympathetic, patient, charitable and open mind, and cares a lot about Little Brother, considering that he is the only thing she has in this world. Though she never mentions those she has secrets of her own, as revealed later in the series.


Powers and Abilities

Cedric seems to be a world-class muay thai prize fighter, who has received intensive training and physical conditioning since an early age. He’s able to beat up three or four street thugs who have good muay thai training, and has been seen kicking a door or even an old telephone pole into splinters with a savage jumping kick.

He’s very athletic, and knows a lot about first aid and bandages – if only because he’s been through so much of it. Looking at him fight is very impressive, and even the jaded spectators of the New York fighting pit had never seen so much power and such a fine technique.


History

Cedric was raised in a Buddhist monastery in the mountains, presumably in Thailand, until he was five. At that point he was captured by a child slavery ring, and raised in the slave pits for 12 years.

The place was a sort of perverted reflection of the temple he originally grew up in – also a place intensively teaching the martial arts, but for the purpose of organising lucrative, violent fights between teenaged boxers.

The slavery ring also had a number of young girls, though they were intended for prostitution and not fighting. The ’section’ in which Cedric was was headed by Sivan, the son of the slavemaster, who regularly beat up younger boys such as Ced during the brutal training sessions, and abused the young girls.

Cedric and a blonde girl named Christy started clinging together early on and grew up together – Christy being about three years older than Ced. They savagely cared for each other, comforted and healed each other, and became so emotionally fused with one another that they were basically one person.

It is likely Christy who taught English to Cedric – so, I assume, they could talk to each other without being understood by most of their jailers.

Cedric wraps his hands before a fight

When he was 17, Ced was bought by Amy Johnson, an American grad student backpacking in the area as she was researching her thesis. Though Cedric was suddenly free, he was also separated from Christy.

Furthermore, the terribly pampered and self-centred Johnson turned him into thesis material, even spinning off it an article about child slavery which she sold to a widely-circulated magazine.

She also made Cedric into her lover, keeping him fed, housed and clothed only as long as he would have sex with her. Unable to stand this new form of slavery but knowing he owed her a lot, Ced spent a large amount of time meditating on the situation at the local Buddhist temple – and eventually did not return to Johnson’s apartment.

All the while, Ced, sundered from his other half, had but one thought on his battered mind – find Christy and free her.


Description

Ced is visibly a fighter, and will often nurse a number of contusions and lacerations after a fight.


Personality

Cedric is a closed, solitary young man who has been through Hell and bears a large number of physical and mental scars. His fighting prowess is all he feels he has – and he doesn’t really like fighting, though once he starts being in the ring he will be flush with irrepressible contentment and a feeling of power and mastery.

He doesn’t like talking about himself, as he hates the look of pity and revulsion he sees in most people when he tells his tale – or if they recognise him from Amy’s article.

The neuroses he has left about everything he hates – bosses, slavery, illegal fighting pits, prostitution, slave drivers, paedophiles, child abduction, etc. drive him to outbursts of frightening rage and potentially murderous violence when he confronts those. He will fight like a man possessed and be barely able to restrain his violence even when dealing with informers.

Cedric is a devout believer in both his religions – Buddhism and Christy. He does his best to be a good Buddhist, pray and the like – though of course the whole bloody violence thing is a problem he’s painfully aware of. As for Christy, he simply cannot live without her and is consumed by very painful thoughts of her and the necessity of being reunited with her.

He has been ripped away from half of his being when he was separated from her and is unable to handle such a massive and traumatic loss.


Quotes

“Christy’s my life. She’s my life and I’ve lost her and don’t know where she is.”

“He’s the boss ? Bosses. Running fighters. Same fucking shit all over again.”

“This is how I learned to fight, Little Brother. I grew up fighting like this. It’s the worst way to live.”

“We go, now. All of us, to Sivan’s. This whole thing is gonna end tonight.”


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Cedric

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Save Christy
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Ex-pit fighter
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 018 HP: 025

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Martial artist: 07, Medicine (First aid): 03, Thief (Stealth): 04, Weaponry (Fighting sticks and likely other martial arts weapons): 07

Advantages:
Familiarity (Buddhism), Language (Thai, I assume)

Connections:
The Temple (High)

Drawbacks:
CIA toward Christy, Dependant (Christy), MIA toward prize fighting, MIH of slavery

Genre:
Gritty

Equipment:
Cedric occasionally uses a thick, hard wooden truncheon – usually when he expects to fight a number of opponents. Baton [BODY 05, EV 03 (05 w/STR, 08 w/Martial Artist), Note: can be thrown with an EV of 03].

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Fight for tomorrow limited series (Vertigo/DC, 2002)

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