Modern Samurai

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Modern Samurai
Player: @Kant Lavar
Origin: Natural
Archetype: Scrapper
Security Level: 50
Personal Data
Real Name: James (last name unknown)
Known Aliases: None
Species: Human
Age: 25
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Biographical Data
Nationality: United States
Occupation: Superhero
Place of Birth: Detroit, MI, USA
Base of Operations: Paragon City, RI, USA
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Mother (name unknown) and brother (name unknown) in Detriot, MI, USA. Father (name unknown) deceased Nov. 2006.
Known Powers
Regeneration, fitness, flight (see equipment).
Known Abilities
Skilled in the use of a katana.
Captured Council counter-grav unit (allows flight and enhanced running speed and jump height). Sunglasses interface with belt control computer giving a "heads-up-display"
No additional information available.

Modern Samurai is a katana-wielding superhero, affiliated with The Defenders of Paragon. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, before moving to Paragon City, he gained his regeneration abilities during the initial days of the Rikti Invasion and proved to be an able swordsman during that conflict. Since his move to Paragon City he has become a hero of some small note, though he tends not to see it.





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Modern Samurai was raised in the town of Detroit, Michigan, and from an early age showed an interest in martial arts. He started out with unarmed styles, but quickly moved at his instructor's urging to try the katana. He agreed, partially because he thought he'd enjoy the training, and partially because ever since the first time he saw Star Wars, the young man was in love with the thought of becoming a real-world Jedi Knight - not unreasonable, given the preponderancy of super-powered beings congregating in cities the world over, such as the United States' own Paragon City.

Rikti Invasion

The opening days of the Rikti Invasion, while they did focus on Paragon City, did not leave other cities untouched. A trio of Rikti warships went to the state to target three United States National Guard military facilites - the Detroit Arsenal, which serves as headquarters for the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base and Selfridge Air National Guard Base. A call went out for volunteers ot help defend the bases, and so the young man behind the glasses of the Modern Samurai - 18 and yet to even concieve of his heroic identity - decided to take the full-bladed katana he had been given by his teacher on his birthday and reported to Selfridge.

Selfridge was the closest of the three facilities to the Modern Samurai's house, and it was the first to fall under focused Rikti attack. Selfridge, home to the 171st Airlift Squadron and the 107th Fighter Squadron, had barely gotten a handful of the 107th's F-16s off of the ground before the runway was disabled. The few heroes that called Michigan their home were attempting to hold the line alongside Michigan National Guard units, which included infantry, engineers, MPs, and even an Apache attack helicopter squadron. Eventually, heroes from outside the state arrived to reinforce, as did active duty Marine Corps units and A-10 Warthogs from the 172nd Fighter Sqadron at Battle Creek.

Modern Samurai had been wounded in the battle, and was taken to a combat support hospital unit that had been set up at the airfield. Those heroes whose abilities ran to the healing of their allies than the defeat of their enemies had gone to help, and one such healer, a sorceress by the name of Alenia Morlone, healed him, however, things got a little complicated.

Modern Samurai recovered quickly enough, but something had gone wrong. A portion of the energy that had healed him remained inside of him permanently, and with training, Modern was able to use that energy himself to speed the healing process. At that point, he heard of the desparate need for heroes in Paragon City and began to build his new identity - the Modern Samurai.

Paragon City

Once in Paragon, the newly-minted Modern Samurai began to make the rounds of some of the more popular areas for new heroes to make their names - Atlas Park, King's Row, and others. Within months he had even attracted the notice - albeit somewhat accidentally - of Xanatos, leader of The Defenders of Paragon. Modern had just performed a single-handed raid on Doctor Vahzilok's headquarters to rescue some hostages, and had forced the doctor to retreat. Xanatos, having heard the story, took the young hero aside and recruited him into the Defenders, where the Modern Samurai has prospered and become a valued ally of the group, helping the other members of the Defenders coaliton to deal with multiple threats to the city, from within and without, including handing defeats to almost every single villian group in the city, as well as helping to drive back many of the giant monsters that plague it.

Return to Detroit

Second Rikti Invasion

Ouroboros Organization


Modern Samurai is a fairly outgoing person. What passes for his sense of humor tends to run more twoards the sarcastic and ridiculous (his favorite comedians include the Three Stooges and Mel Brooks), and he is, to a certian extent, a geek. He loves the Star Wars series of movies, and even tried to adapt some of the lightsaber combat movements seen in the prequel movies to his own repetoire.


Modern Samurai in the uniform of The Defenders of Paragon.

In-Character Trivia

Out-of-Character Influences

Out-of-Character Trivia & Notes

"...actually, it's kind of an interesting thought for me. I'd always had this conception in my head of Modern as a 'street-level' hero, i.e. Spider-Man, and in this world with hundreds upon hundreds of superpowered beings, one that just kind of faded into the background. And you know what? He was cool with it. In fact, earlier in his career, if someone called him a superhero, he'd object. 'I'm not a superhero, I'm just a crazy guy with a sword. But I'm the happy kind of crazy, so I help people instead of hurting them.' Now, he'd (grudgingly) accept that maybe he is a 'hero,' but famous? Ha! He'd more likely believe that Roswell was real and that we never landed on the Moon back in the sixties. But this kind of brought it up in my head 'Well, what if, unbeknownst to him, he did have a bit of a following? How would he react?' And personally, I think it'd be something like 'OMGWTFBBQ?' but with less coherency. The thought, honestly, would be somewhat intimidating. 'People know who I am? They admire and look up to me? For the love of god, why?' Because, deep down, he just sees what he does as the natural outgrowth of his abilities and training, not because he made a concious decision to become a hero. And I happen to like that in heroes - 'I do what I do because by doing it, I keep people safe, and nobody else is doing it the way I do.'"


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