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Yukio the wild one

(Part 2)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

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History (part 4)

Amiko was kidnapped again, by a pirate lord. Logan somehow convinced Yukio to let him handle it alone. Amiko was swiftly recovered.

Yet another kidnapping of Amiko to get at Wolverine resulted in Yukio facing Lady Deathstrike (Yuriko Oyama) and Omega Red (Arkady Rossovich). Outmatched, Yukio was crippled by Deathstrike, who carved a kidnapping note in her back.

Yukio requested that Wolverine kill her if it turned out that she would never walk again. But she then made a miraculous full recovery.

Though Yukio was back to her acrobatic self within a year, it would seem that she and Logan broke up during that time.

Storm warning

In 2004, Storm came to Japan to investigate a ring of mutant pit fighters. Yukio helped her locate the organisation underneath a discotheque. Storm decided to take over the organisation through fighting challenges.

As the Wild One suspected it was all a trap. The former Morlock called Masque was in control and nearly broke Storm. Masque brainwashed Storm and wanted her to kill Yukio as a test, but Munroe once again proved indomitable and refused. Masque’s organisation was dismantled.

The secret of Mana

By 2005, Amiko was looking 14 or 15, and in a mysterious-and-aloof-to-get-attention phase. As to Yukio, she stole an invaluable necklace from a heavily guarded Japanese temple.

Yukio vs. the Silver Samurai

When this jewel, the Mark of Mana, telepathically contacted her she got spooked. She asked Wolverine for advice. A conflict with warrior monks serving the evil sorceress Ashurado ensued.

Wolverine took point, as Yukio had to hide Amiko from the monks. But their enemies used magical scrying to capture the pair. They were transported to the Bridge of Six Realms, a mystical locus dimension. A war between two mystical orders was about to take place there.

However, Logan tricked and destroyed the demons guarding Yukio and Amiko.

Amiko then picked up the Sword of Blood. This is the sacred blade of the Shosei sect, who had fought along with Wolverine against Ashurado and the demons. After Amiko-chan told Yukio and Wolverine that the sword was speaking in her mind, the last Shosei priestess determined that Amiko’s biological mother had been a member of the Shosei.

Amiko volunteered to become the miko (shrine maiden)  of the Shosei priestess. This was to honour both her biological mother and her adoptive parents.

2010

In 2010, Wolverine asked Yukio to protect Matsuo Tsurayaba, whom he had been torturing for years to gain revenge for Mariko’s death.

Yukio vs. Fatale

Tsurayaba had manipulated Psylocke (Elizabeth Braddock) and Djinn (Fahd Alireza) into attempting to kill him to put an end to his suffering. Yukio ended up facing Braddock. Despite her dogged attempts Psylocke overcame her, though she slowed her down enough for Wolverine to reach the scene and confront Braddock and Alireza.

A few months later, a demonically-possessed Logan sent by an organisation called the Red Right Hand attacked Yukio and Amiko. The pair couldn’t hurt the demon Wolverine, who gutted Yukio – but they narrowly escaped atop a commuter train.

However, the demon within Wolverine had accomplished his objective – severing Yukio’s spine to break her. Presumably, Amiko got the Wild One to a hospital in time to save her life, but her mother was now crippled.


Description

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Personality

Yukio craves enjoying life to the fullest, and is an adrenaline junkie.

She routinely puts herself in deadly situations, trolls for fights, and enjoys pastimes such as high-end hard liquor, sex with dangerous men, extreme stunts and hardcore partying.

The Quotes section in this entry presents her view of life.

浪人

However, she isn’t just a nutbar. Though she lives outside of society, she has her own moral code. She is hard, cynical and a killer – but not evil. For instance she will never agree to hurt children or teenagers.

Yukio kicks a thug

She also has occasional flashes of common sense.

The Wild One seldom forms close personal bond. But when she does these are very strong – such as her love for Wolverine or her friendship with Storm. On the other hand, she can’t stand Gambit (Remy Lebeau).

Relationships

Traditionally, whether Yukio and Wolverine are lovers is left unsaid. The History section in this entry traces our best guesses.

One gets the impression that their relationship always was hard to define. But that was never explored. It’s not until 2010 there’s a statement they had sex during most of Wolverine’s stays in Japan.

Amiko’s presence changed Yukio’s lifestyle. The Wild One remained a punk mercenary, a reckless party girl and a troubleshooter. But she also became a mother and had to provide some level of stability and responsibility.

The main impact was to have Yukio forego the quasi-suicidal vibe she had in the 1980s and 1990s. Over the 2000s, the Wild One even acted sensible about what Amiko was allowed to do.

Rider on the Storm ?

A non-trivial number of X-Men fans ormed the impression that Storm and Yukio were lovers.

There isn’t, to my knowledge, solid elements to back that interpretation. But it’s not silly either. And back then such a relationship would have had to be signalled in an obstruse manner. Like with the cryptic allusions about Mystique and Destiny.

If that’s a view of Storm and Yukio you want to feature in your game, the main two springboards are :

  • Uncanny X-Men #312 has a caption that describes them as “more than friends, less than sisters”.
    It also has a scene where Yukio, relieved to find Storm still alive after an explosion, caresses her hair and snuggles against her as she explains she couldn’t bear losing her.
  • One X-Men Annual has X-Men telepathically made to live their greatest fantasy. Storm’s is to be back in Tōkyō with Yukio to live purely in the moment, enjoy herself and be a thief without any responsibilities.

DC Universe history

DC’s Japan is underpopulated and having Yukio around wouldn’t change much.

Being the foster mum of the big bad man’s adoptive daughter being a significant aspect of the character, she could have a similar relationship with Deathstroke the Terminator.

Yukio would secretly be a former member of the League of Assassins.


Quotes

“Gotcha !” (her signature exclamation)

“I’m a tigress, Logan. But if you think me skilled in the arts of war… wait ’til you see me perform those of love.”

Wolverine: “Are you flamin’ crazy, woman – playin’ chicken with a 200-mile-per-hour bullet train ? D‘you want to die ?!”
Yukio: “Does it matter ? I will eventually. So will you. But until then, Logan, I want to live every moment to the fullest ! And when I die — I wish to die spectacularly !”

“We are two of a kind, soul-mates — born rebels, Logan, who make our own rules in a society where we have no place. And which has no true place for us. I love you Logan-chan – kill me, and kill yourself.”

Yukio hugging Storm

“Life is the ultimate adventure, wind-rider, and death the prize that awaits us all. Since it’s inevitable, why worry about it ?”

Yukio: “Hello. I am called Yukio, and any friend of Wolverine is a friend of mine.”
Jubilee: “…” (beat) “How come he doesn’t know any plain girls with frumpy tastes in clothes —?”

“Let them run for their boring little lives — you and I get to do the fun stuff.”

“You pour me some drinks, Logan-san, and we’ll sing a few songs and tell lies about all the good times we had !”

“I am not your blood mother, Amiko, but you, Logan and I are related in a way few families are. In our lives, we’ve each had to face a life and death question. And now it’s your turn. I need your help, Amiko. So what will it be – victim or victor ?”

(To a pensive Storm) “Earth to goddess. Anybody home ?”

“Logan, Amiko’s a teenager. You should be happy she’s already outgrown that whole rebellious phase she was going through.” (beat, mutters to herself) “God knows where she picked that up.”


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Yukio

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Outlaw
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 017 HP: 020

Powers:
Projectile weapon: 05, Systemic antidote: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Projectile weapons is a Skilled Power.
  • Projectile weapon has Autofire.
  • Projectile weapons requires having efficient small, bladed thrown weapons at hand. Usually various types of shuriken and/or throwing knives.
  • Systemic Antidote only applies against toxins specifically used by ninja organisations such as the Hand.
  • Systemic Antidote applies to Physical, Mental and Spiritual attacks.

Skills:
Accuracy (Projectile weapon): 08, Acrobatics (Athletics, Dodging): 07, Acrobatics (Climbing): 06, Artist (Dancer): 03, Evasion (Ranged only): 07, Martial Artist (EV): 04, Medicine (First aid): 03, Military science (Demolitions): 04, Thief (Stealth): 08, Thief (Concealment): 04, Thief (Escape artist): 05, Vehicles (Land): 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 05, Weaponry (Melee)*: 06

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Japan ; Tōkyō ; Reputed night clubs), Expertise (Japanese martial arts lore and recognition ; the Hand), Headquarters (Confined), Language (Japanese), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Schtick (Blindside adept, Sweeping Autofire (Projectile weapon Power), Goonbane (Projectile weapon Power only), Fall Guy), Familiarity (High-end liquors and sake ; Clubbing fashions).

Connections:
Street (Low), Underworld (Low), Wolverine (James Howlett/Logan, High), Storm (Ororo Munroe Iqadi T’Challa, High).

Drawbacks:
SIA toward Thrill, Dependent (Amiko), MIA toward Wolverine, Eclipsed (this Drawback triggers whenever somebody is trying to kidnap her and/or Amiko as part of a plot against Wolverine).

Equipment:

  • A number of throwing blades (throwing stars, bo-shaken, throwing knives…). These allow her to use her Skilled Power.
  • Yukio’s throwing blades are on rare occasions coated with poison or sedatives [Poison touch: 10, Range: 03, Ammo: 01 – not that this is an independent attack and not Combined with her Projectile Weapons, though she still gets to use the appropriate AV. We further suggest treating this attack as being Minor Marginal.]
  • She will occasionally wield a Katana [BODY 04, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 06), Descriptor: Slashing, piercing].
  • Trendy keitai, obviously.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (chiefly Wolverine and X-Men titles).

Helper(s): Chris Cottingham, Frank Murdock, Pufnstuff, Tom Eilers, Darci.

Writeup updated on the 22nd of December, 2013.

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