|Gunshin "Gun" Bengosha
Male Human from unkown
Lawful Neutral Monk
Gunshin Bengosha was born to a different name. The records of this name were offered to him at the age of sixteen, when he
was allowed to leave of his own free will. He took the parchment and burned them without ever looking. The name Gunshin
means “hero” in the language of the monastery. It also means “god of war”. During his formative years, the monks were not
sure which personality he would adopt. His surname, Bengosha means defender. This is not a name as much as it is a title.
He is a wandering judge, an impartial opinion giver for parties in need of a resolution to conflict. He has been trained for years
on passing judgment on all kinds of scenarios, including ones too horrible to imagine ever really happening. He has also
been trained with rudimentary martial arts techniques to back up his mandates.
With all of this potential, growing up without any knowledge of his family did affect young Gun. He grew as fast as most of the
boys in the orphanage in height, but filled out to a formidable young man in his early teenage years. This maturity brought
power that the monks believed he sought to abuse. Gun had begun to draw people to him that he deemed worthy. He also
determined that certain boys were to be exiled and punished because they did not fit in his idea of the monastery’s teachings.
The teachers were horrified that he organized the children in this way and secretly separated him from the rest, forcing him to
study alone for two years in a solitary part of the hall. During his separation, the boys that were his victims became
ringleaders in their own right. They also turned chaotic as time passed. When Gun was allowed to rejoin the other boys, the
rival group sought revenge for his past transgressions. They did not have the courage to fight him openly, so they attacked
his friends. Two boys died of mysterious causes before suspicion was aroused in the teachers.
At first, no one could trace the murders back to the bullies who committed them.
Gun knew what was happening, but mistrustful of the authority that had
punished him before, he kept quiet. As fate would have it, his silence would cost
him dearly. One evening after curfew, Gun stepped into a fight where three
bullies had accosted another boy four years their junior. He was a sparring
partner of Gun’s. They had him hanging from the rafter in his room when Gun
stepped in to stop the fight. As he did so, one of the bullies pulled a siangham
he’d stolen from the sparring dojo and stabbed at Gun, piercing his left eye and
scarring his right. Blood streaming from his face, he shut his eyelids tight. He
realized he could feel the boy with the weapon. He lashed out with a ridge hand
strike to the boy’s throat. The attacker’s windpipe was crushed, dooming him to
drown in his own blood.
When the melee was discovered and broken up, Gun was separated again.
Before the morning, he was sent to the mountains to live with a sect of the order
that used no material things and concentrated on meditation and calming of
ones spirit. While he was away, the elder monks reviewed the happenings of the
last two years. Each of Gun’s actions was validated. They determined that the
same boys he’d persecuted at age 13 were the ones that perpetrated the
attacks. If he’d not been removed, the bullies may have been kept in check and
not grown in power enough to endanger the lives of others. The bullies and
teacher who had unwittingly aided them were expelled from the order and an
offer was made for Gun to return. Blinded and not knowing that the teachers
who he blamed for it were gone, he elected to stay in the mountains and learn
the ways of meditation.
Gun spent seven years with the monks in the mountains. The damage to his eyes had
completely blinded his left and the right could only make out blurred images. He
resorted to covering both with a black silk scarf and learning how to function without
them. He learned to feel his way around his surroundings and use his other senses to
see. He spent many days in meditation, seeing things that he’d experienced and some
that he had not. His deep focus on himself had tapped into a latent ability for the Sight,
although since he was no mage, nor did he possess any sorcerer powers, he could
not hold the concentration to read these visions. The monks of the mountain sent him
back the monastery when he turned 23. He was well into manhood and progressing
as well as any could hope, but the leader of their sect did not believe his path lay with
them in isolation. At first resistant, he later obeyed their wishes and returned to the
monks of the monastery.
Gun had trouble with his studies. Although he could get around well in the isolated mountains, without his sight he could not
master several of the arts that the sensei tried to teach him. He was taken to a cleric of St. Cuthbert, who healed the damage
done to his eyes. Although the physical wounds were healed, the lack of use had caused psychosomatic damage to Gun. He
believed at times that he was still blind, refusing to trust his eyesight. Then he developed sensitivity to the sunlight, refusing
to go outside during daylight hours. The eldest of the monks took him in and mentored him. For two more years, Gun studied
alone his combat and mental training. He grew to trust his eyes as with his other senses, but still maintained his aversion to
sunlight. For his final trial, the old monk sent him on a quest to recover a brown crystal from the lair of a dragon without being
seen. In truth, the dragon had perished years ago, but the skills used where the important part of the test. When Gun returned
with the jewel, his sensei shaved two perfectly round sliced from the stone and fashioned them into a protective lenses for
Gun’s eyes. Since the sensitivity is mental, the placebo worked perfectly.
After his graduation into the order as a fully ordained monk, Gun was assigned to be a Bengosha… a traveling defender. He
was to mediate between parties that could find no unbiased judge. He was to intervene on injustice where he saw it, using his
inborn sense of people to read their hearts and judge them accordingly. There were no limits or punishments to follow his
judgments anymore, only his decisions and his ability to enforce the same. He concentrated less on the laws of the lands and
more on morality. A year later, he was sent forth from the temple, his training completed, and never to return. He has no
record or keepsake from his first 28 years of life. He has no journal, no belongings, not even a name. All he has are his scars
and, as he refers to the crystal shards, his “shades”. In his last year, he had the vision of the same image, a crescent moon.
He knew not where he would go, but determined he must find if there was any significance to his Sight if he would ever be
able to rely on it.
Date of Birth:
December 1, 1962
30 years old
Brown Eyes, Bald, Brown Skin
6'0" & 190 lbs.
Gunshin (or "Gun") is an
intimidating figure. He is
careful with his words,
delivering them with a deep,
resonating voice that is
difficult to read. He is tall and
broad shouldered and carries
the presence of a veteran
fighter with him at all times.
Since he does not carry
weapons, his confidence in the
face of danger is unnerving for
his opponents. He is bald and
Gun is a natural leader and if born to royalty, would
have made a great ruler. He always considers all
possibilities; ruling nothing out. When confronted
with an impossible puzzle, he usually says, "If you
rule out all possibilities, then the impossible
becomes the probable." During his training at the
hands of St. Cuthbert's monks in Rimule, he often
interceded in between classmates who could not
resolve a difference without fighting. During one
such intervention, he was blinded by a sai meant
for the other man. Enraged, he killed the man,
breaking his neck. His deadly action was ruled
unjust, so when the elders took him to be healed,
the cleric did not mend his vision completely. His
imperfect sight is meant to remind him to always
seek the perfect solution in a crisis. The condition
makes him sensitive to direct light, but he wears
special lenses to correct the sensitivity.
He was part of an investigation that revealed Prince Malagant Rimule to be a conspirator, and helped a group of banished
heroes to escape the kingdom. He travelled with them to Belfort and lived there for a time. During an encounter with the Ash
Undead, Gun was struck down and nearly killed. He left the town and his allies to meditate on his future. He received a sign
from St. Cuthbert and underwent rigorous re-training at the hands of the elders. He has now returned to Belfort to assist in the
destruction of Dagoth Ur and the ash undead, and then will return to Rimule to depose Prince Malagant.
"There should be no greater
celebration than when oppression is
defeated and life is defended. A hero
is one that fights the battle because
he values the life that he saves. One
that lunges in inviting death is more
fool than hero. We fought together
and defended each other and
prevented those creatures from
claiming other lives. We have served
our gods and each other well. Let us
drink to those who live, and then let
us drink to those did not."