Wu (woo) m. Chinese.
Meaning: Means either "army squad", "crow" or "sorcerer" in Chinese.
Symbol: A symbol for battle and military power.
Ranking: One of the four commanding general’s of King Sirus' army. In coordination with Nikostratos, Agrona and Ivor, Wu commands the East.
As a young man, Wu’s father immigrated to Japan to escape the rampaging terror of the Hun’s who were sweeping across Asia. He proved himself to be an honest, hardworking man who gained much respect among the villagers where he settled and soon married the daughter of a prominent village elder. When the joyous time came to name his first born son, he chose the name Wu as a way to honor both his family and the heritage he was forced to abandon. They lived a meager life as poor farmers at a time when the ruling hierarchy was in constant turmoil. Dissension among the people throughout the land started to grow when the Emperor began imposing stiff taxes as a way to cover his amassing debt and subsidize his lavish lifestyle. Sensing his growing unpopularity, the Emperor formed a special band of regional clans as a way to control the rebellion throughout the regions. Some of these clans assumed high-ranking positions and often imposed heavier taxes that resulted in some farmers losing their land and all that they owned.
At an early age Wu became skilled in mounted combat and archery to protect himself and his family from the imperial magistrates that were sent to govern their lands and collect taxes. Disgusted with the Emperor's insatiable greed, Wu brought together local farmers to form their own clan as a way to protect their land. Wu's clan organized many robbery’s against the Emperor’s own magistrates and soon were able to amass their own wealth which they distributed among the people. News of Wu's notoriety and constant escapades were reported to the Emperor and, in a rage, a bounty was placed on Wu's head and anyone else who associated themselves with him. In an effort to keep a watchful eye on the angry Emperor and to protect his family from his wrath, Wu fled to the Imperial City. Using the assumed identity, Ronin, he enlisted in the Emperor’s army to be trained as a revered samurai. The additional training that he received allowed him to work his way up the ranks and it didn't take him long to take an oath and bind himself to the strict code of honor that was practiced among the Samurai's.
Word of Wu’s quick study for combat soon caught the Emperor’s attention. During the Mongols’ first invasion, the Emperor sought out the young prodigy’s counsel to devise a military strategy to defeat the foreign enemy. He developed a plan that all but destroyed the Mongol army during the second typhoon that became known even today, centuries later as “the divine wind” or “kamikaze.” Wu’s “loyalty” to the ruler gained quick favor in the Emperor’s eyes and it wasn’t surprising when a prestigious position was bestowed upon Wu. However, before the Mongol’s defeat, Wu’s true identity was discovered and immediately reported to the Emperor. Enraged by Wu’s cunning deceit, a bounty was issued and an all out manhunt was ordered for Wu, dead or alive. His secret out, Wu was forced to leave the Emperor’s army and, under the cloak of night, he managed to escape.
Fearing his family’s safety, Wu returned home. As he approached the northern ridge, the smell of smoke in the distance reached his nose. Breaking out in a cold sweat, he rushed onward. As he stood on the crest overlooking the small valley, nothing could have prepared him for the sight of complete and utter destruction to the village that lay below. Bodies lay mutilated in the streets and the entire village was engulfed in fire. At that moment Wu swore to avenge his family’s honor and vowed that he would one day seek vengeance and destroy the tyrant Emperor.
With the death of his family and the entire army now in search of him, he sought refuge in a small village and befriended a renowned blacksmith. The blacksmith sensed that things were not what they appeared with Wu but agreed to give him work and shelter. With Wu’s first hand knowledge of the samurai’s inferior weapons, together he and the blacksmith developed a revolutionary structure giving much improved cutting power and endurance. This technique was later recognized as one of the most potent hand weapons of East Asia and soon became one of the country’s top export items.
Impressed by Wu’s extreme loyalty and superior swordsmanship, the blacksmith soon brings Wu into his confidence and divulges his extracurricular black-market exporting activities. Soon after the blacksmith strikes a deal with a prominent client; a dark king from a distant land. The blacksmith has had dealings with many unsavory men but he perceived pure evil from this king when he looked into his cold, black eyes that shook him to the very core. Fearing the consequences of what would happen should anything go wrong with the king’s precious cargo the blacksmith cunningly persuades Wu to travel to Europe to personally oversee the king’s shipment.
The cowardly blacksmith was right to send Wu in his place for unbeknownst to him a band of thieves had obtained knowledge of the valuable cargo and were willing to kill for it. On the night of the exchange Wu sensed that something wasn’t right and was prepared when, out of nowhere, the covetous thugs ambushed him.
From the dark shadows King Sirus witnesses the impending confrontation but before he can intervene, he watches in amazement as Wu single-handedly cuts down the infidels. Intrigued with Wu’s fighting ability that was demonstrated during the controlled slaughter the king, recognizing Wu’s talent as a major asset, requests to meet with him privately. During their exchange King Sirus outlines his master plan. Wu is further intrigued when the king promises him the infinite power he will posses while commanding Sirus’ amassing army. As Wu listened to the king’s proposal, memories of his slain family and the smell of the decimated village came rushing back. He could see the Emperor’s face and soon could feel the hatred that festered with every breath that he took. Wu, longing to quench his insatiable thirst to avenge his family, accepts the king’s offer.
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