Satoshi Sangi

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Satoshi Sangi
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Species Youkai icon.png
Satori
Gender Male
Born E7-414, Quartema 4
Died Alive (260 years old)
Dimensions 6'1", 150 lbs
Physical traits Pale skin
Black hair with violet accents
Violet eyes
Lithe build
Black third eye


Satoshi Sangi (Youkai-go: 讃岐 俊, also known by his nickname Black-Eye) is the founder and leader of the Youkai Nation. He is also the mayor of Yurai and the leader of Task Force "Mind's Eye", an activist cell acting as the command center for the Youkai Nation; effectively in control of the entire faction.

Bio

Early life

Born on E7-414, Quartema 4 (414/4/4), Satoshi Sangi's birthdate was considered extremely unlucky, for it had four times the number 4 in it. Symbolically, he was given four days to live, but as Sangi was not born with defects or signs of poor health, he lived on.

Mayor of Yurai, pre-Nation days

Sangi was born and raised in the town of Yurai, growing up listening to stories of youkai settlers and adventurers, quickly becoming interested in politics and the condition of youkai across the world. His interest in politics coalesced in 450, when he presented his candidacy to the Yurai mayoral elections, running on a campaign promising the unification and strengthening of the youkai people and communities. Sangi won in a landslide, gaining 77% of the votes, as well as a new nickname: "Black-Eye", after the color of his third eye.

Three important figures, Daiki Haraguchi, Sayu Tawara, and Yuriko Hirota, all became friends of his, eventually becoming his closest staff mates. Together, alongside other unknown friends and acquaintances, they formed what is now known as Task Force "Mind's Eye" (作戦部隊 「心眼」, sakusen butai 「shingan」). The original purpose of this task force was to act as an information-gathering group, designed to centralize and address every problem that the citizens of Yurai were experiencing. However, Sangi had ulterior motives; he wished for the Task Force to be more than that, and he aspired to be far more than just Yurai's mayor.

A year later in 451, it is believed that Sangi met with the mayor of Mippei Yosai, for reasons yet unknown at the time. In Triema of the same year, Mippei Yosai established Task Force "Divine Edge" (作戦部隊 「神刃」, sakusen butai 「kamujin」 and opened a new facility, the Training Center (講習会場, koushuukaiba), intended to be a combat training and recruitment center for youkai fighters. Originally, this facility was believed to be a singular training center for town security and internal law enforcement, as Task Force "Divine Edge" was composed entirely of Mippei Yosai TownSec members.

The birth of the Youkai Nation

On the Day of the New Year 454, a little under three years after the Training Center had been opened, Sangi was about to make history in the Mazes with a televised announcement broadcast across the world. In this announcement, Sangi declared that all communities with a majority youkai population and all roads in between these communities were now part of a new, separate country, known as the Youkai Nation. Their territory encompasses the totality of the Northeastern Zone, as well as the towns of Aosaidan (Northern Zone) and Masatomo (Eastern Zone).

According to Sangi, the time had come for youkai to seek self-determination; therefore, the official mission of the Youkai Nation was to provide a self-sufficient, safe and prosperous country made by youkai, for youkai, with no interference or influence from outside factions and groups; in particular, what Sangi referred to as "human-dominated interests". The televised announcement ended with a warning not to "challenge the independence or the legitimacy of the Youkai Nation, as such acts would be akin to declaring war". The announcement revealed the true purpose of the Training Center in Mippei Yosai - it was the recruitment center of a new defense force of "youkai activists and other volunteers", meant to ensure the Nation's safety and independence.

Youkai across the world cheered the announcement, and over the years that followed, hundreds of caravans and travelers appeared in the towns under the newly declared Youkai Nation, seeking refuge and moving into new homes. In the rest of the world, however, the announcement received much colder reactions. In particular, the Maze Military and the Maze Police each issued official condemnations. Police representatives condemned Sangi's decision that all youkai towns would be independent and reject Standard Law, criticizing what they saw as a measure that would only favor and encourage criminal activity. The Military's reaction, however, was by far the strongest; they viewed the Youkai Nation and especially the activist fighting force as the greatest threat to the safety of the Mazes the Military had ever seen.

By Hexema of the same year, the Military announced the mobilization of all of their forces, in preparation for war. Sangi temporarily retired from mayoral duties in Yurai, moving to Mippei Yosai alongside the rest of his Task Force to personally oversee the training of new activist recruits.

Operation Needle Poke

A year later, in 455, the Military completed the mobilization of their forces. The First Company, led by Captain Francis Donahue, began their march towards the Northeastern Zone, reaching Yurai in Prima 16 and commencing what became known as Operation Needle Poke, invading the town and intending to occupy it and root out as many enemy fighters as possible.

Initially successful, the military's progress soon came to a halt; the town's power was cut, and activist fighter reinforcements, pouring through from neighboring towns, appeared with NVGs and weaponlights to repel the forces from behind and retake the town, forcing the human soldiers to retreat to one half of the town, while youkai activists held the other.

A panicked radio call informed Captain Donahue, the Military commanding officer leading the assault, that the expected reinforcements from the other companies were unexpectedly routed by swarms of enemies and that roughly 400 activists are coming to the aid of Yurai. Faced with an impossible situation, Captain Donahue refused to order a retreat, relinquished leadership to one of his lieutenants, and committed suicide. The new commanding officer, Lieutenant Halder, quickly retreated alongside his surviving forces without casualties.

Unbeknownst to the military leadership, the defense of the Nation was overseen in secret by Task Force "Mind's Eye". Sangi himself was said to be the commanding officer in charge of Yurai's defense and eventual liberation, while his colleagues commanded other groups to intercept and stop Military reinforcements from reaching Yurai.

With the failure of Operation Needle Poke, activist fighters got their first taste of combat, and were able to dramatically retake their new capital city; these events confirmed that the Youkai Nation was here to stay. It also proved to the population of the Youkai Nation that Satoshi Sangi, despite being 41 years old (a very young age for an adult youkai) and lacking any kind of combat experience, was a capable leader worthy of commanding their kind.

Operation Blood Banner

In 456, a settling caravan largely composed of humans and halflings attempted to settle a new town in the Northeastern Zone. Upon reaching the area, they were stopped by a group of activist fighters. The exact details of the situation are disputed, but 83 out of the 100 people within the settling party were gunned down by the activists, their caravan looted down to the last bag and article of clothing, and their naked bodies left to rot in the UA. These events are now known as Operation Blood Banner.

The Youkai Nation claimed that the settling party was not innocent and planned to settle a Military-aligned town within their territory. The Military disputed the claims, responding that the settlers were not at all affiliated with them and that this event proves the Youkai Nation are bloodthirsty terrorists with no legitimate claims.

It is believed that Sangi did not have the idea for Operation Blood Banner; being instead an initiative by one of his trusted lieutenants, Sayu Tawara. A female oni matching Tawara's description was said to have been in the area during the events, suggesting that she participated in the killings in some way.

Operation Red Temple

By 531, Sangi, now aged 117, had witnessed the rise of the "Phasma dynasty", seeing three different members of the Phasma family succeed to each other as Military leaders. All continued anti-youkai rhetoric and occasional raids against Youkai Nation assets and communities. In an attempt to soften the Military and force change within the organization, he gathered his Task Force once more and announced Operation Red Temple. It had one objective: To assassinate Colonel Morgan Phasma, his son and heir Captain Gerald Phasma, and send a clear message to the Military; select a more moderate, youkai-friendly leader, or these events will be repeated.

With the aid of human mercenaries providing intelligence to the cell, the activists split into two teams, one for each target, the intended plan was for each team to assassinate their targets at the same time.

Captain Gerald Phasma was assassinated in Ovis City, inside of the convenience store. His body was found alongside that of the shop manager, both of which were shot in the head with a powerful, suppressed firearm. The perpetrators were described as a male kappa and a female oni. They were later revealed to be respectively Daiki Haraguchi and Sayu Tawara in person.

Colonel Morgan Phasma was lured out of Fort Cutlass and into Neo Khazrun through a telephone scam. Once the Colonel was at the intended location, the plan was to assassinate him and use the crowd to escape before being noticed. However, the activist fighters were spotted by the Colonel's security detail, and the assassination plot turned into a very brief gun battle in the middle of the town's social square center. The Colonel sustained eight gunshot wounds, and the panic caused the Town Security to open fire on both the youkai assassins (which later turned out to be Satoshi Sangi himself, alongside his third trusted lieutenant, Yuriko Hirota.) Although the Town Security officers failed to hit the Colonel, the brief confusion allowed the youkai activists to flee, and the Colonel to bleed out and die of his wounds.

The Weil Era

Sangi viewed the rise of Colonel Donald Weil, and what became known as the Weil Era, as his greatest strategic failure; the assassination plot had been successful, but it produced the worst-case scenario of embittering the Military even more and ultimately, hurting the Youkai Nation. Weil's strategy was not to launch direct assaults on the Youkai Nation's town, but rather to use harassment patrols just outside of their territory, systematically attacking caravans, traders, travelers, etc.; all with a single intention: to hurt the Nation's economy and break their morale.

Despite the dire situation, his population continued to support him, and Sangi vowed that the Nation would remain strong and united. What ensued was fifty years of difficult decisions, which had profoundly changed Sangi's worldview and strategic approach. Returning to his mayoral duties in Yurai and assisted by his Task Force, Sangi witnessed the aftermath of the military harassment patrols firsthand; trade slowing down, any food and supplies not locally produced effectively stopped coming to the Nation (or were severely reduced). Caravans, adventurers, mercenaries, and all other traveling outfits began charging exorbitant prices to travel to and from the Youkai Nation, afraid of meeting a Military patrol. Life around the Nation's borders had become more dangerous.

Alongside these logistical problems were internal troubles. Increasingly, Sangi's population demanded that he put an end to these patrols and send the activist forces to fight back. However, Sangi refused every time; he knew that if activist forces were sent to protect civilian caravans, it would result in another war, and Sangi was worried that the weakened Nation wouldn't have the strength or the morale to defend itself. To alleviate these issues and attempt to restore trust and morale, the Task Force launched great campaigns of town facility expansions. Sangi wished for the Youkai Nation to be completely self-sufficient, capable of independently producing food, weapons, ammunition, etc., and survive even if the rest of the world were to disappear tomorrow Despite that, the Nation's populace endured rationing, increased prices, and famines, all with the knowledge that trying to leave for another town outside of the territory meant risking being shot by a military patrol.

With the death of Colonel Weil in 581, the Weil Era and its harassment campaign also ended. The new Military leader, Colonel Lembo, was the moderate and originalist that Sangi had hoped would come fifty years earlier; he quickly announced that the patrols would end and the Military would return to its original role of monster hunting and UA cleansing. This was a breath of fresh air for the Youkai Nation, and for Sangi, who had managed to weather one of the worst periods in youkai history.

Post-Weil era

Between E7-581 and until the rise of Thomas Wight, the Youkai Nation managed to stand up again, growing and becoming prosperous once more now that the Military was no longer harassing their trade routes. With increased production capabilities in every domain, from food to ammunition to clothing, the Youkai Nation found itself with a large surplus of supplies to trade and a lot of money to make. Sangi, however, did not believe that this period of relative peace would last forever, much less a long while. He insisted that the Nation needed to be the size of a "true army"; so over the years that followed, the Nation's armed branch grew from approximately 300 fighters (by 581) to an estimated 1500-2000 (today).

With the rise of Colonel Wight, the Military returned to a hardline anti-youkai stance. The effects of the Great Military Reform and the formation of the new Phantom Forces were greeted with anxiety on the youkai side of the world, and these fears were confirmed when the Weil-era harassment campaigns were also reactivated. Sangi's fears had been proven true. Believing that the Military will be the one to strike first, the Nation has once again adopted a defensive protocol; however, unlike during the Weil era, he is no longer shy about sending activist forces to defend caravans and travelers, and it is now common to see activist fighters protect youkai civilians. So far, the decision has not yet led to a full-scale conflict, but in Sangi's mind, it is not a question of if, but when.


Personality

Although he may initially appear disinterested and emotionless, as most satori are stereotyped to be, Sangi is often described by his peers as exuding confidence and charisma, with a natural talent for leadership. Although his orator skills are also praised, Sangi himself often said he prefers Yuriko Hirota to speak for him.

Sangi often self-described as "a very un-satori-like satori"; he was not afraid of others, he is very tall for his species, he believed his natural powers were a blessing that could be used to do good, and above all else, he felt as though others were attracted to him rather than repulsed. Many of the people that worked with him also described him as "naturally attractive", finding it easy to speak with him and easy to forget about his species and the stigmas associated with it.

Sangi's entire worldview and demeanor are imprinted with his role as a leader and a visionary for the Youkai Nation; in an interview with Kitsune News Network, he described his life as being "focused on the cause," allowing himself few distractions or excesses. He frequently tours the Nation's towns and intersections, visiting locals, interviewing them about their day, offering to help personally with issues, and day-to-day problems. In Sangi's opinion, the only way to lead properly is to always have the people in mind, and the only way to have the people in mind is to live in their shoes and understand their problems.

However, during another interview with KNN regarding the Youkai Nation and its status with the other factions in the world, when responding to a journalist's question (which reportedly was: "How far are you willing to go?"), Sangi famously responded; "to make this kind of omelette, more than a few eggs will need to be broken." He appeared to express no regret for his actions during Operation Red Temple, though he did view the Weil Era and its decades of isolation as his "greatest failure to the youkai people".

When asked about his vision for the future, Sangi simply replied: "Independence and unity, so that we may be free". The second half of the sentence, so that we may be free, became famous as a conversation ender between youkai activists (and later, sympathizers), similar to "Stay safe" or "Goodbye".


Task Force Mind's Eye

See: Task Force "Mind's Eye"


Equipment and skills

Clothing and armor

Youkai outfit: (Type S) Activist Combat Outfit (ACO)

Load-bearing equipment

Equipment and inventory

Equipped weapons:

  • Primary 1: M14 ELBR Custom with 30-round magazine (30+1 /30, 31x .260 Remington, Standard AP)
    • Accessories: Reflex sight (EOTech 553), Laser sight (AN/PEQ-5)
  • Eagle battle belt, Handgun holster: Custom 1911DS named 因果応報1 (14+1 /14, 15x .460 Rowland, Standard JHP)
    • Configuration: .460 Rowland, Full size, Ported barrel, Original fire control, Original frame, Iron sights, No stock, Threaded barrel
    • Accessories: Muzzle brake (Pistol, standard, .45)
  • RM21 TARZAN vest, Class 4 pouch: 2x RGD-5 grenade, 1x M84 flashbang grenade, 1x M7A3 tear gas grenade

Inventory:

Stats and skills

This character is a satori. If a stat or skill is unlisted, assume the default for this character's species.

Statistics:

Skills:

  • Combat skills: Expert (All combat skills)
  • Non-combat skills: Skilled (Negotiating), Basic (Evading)

Effects:

Creature traits:

  • Mind reader: This creature has low-level mind reading capabilities. They can detect the disposition and hostility of any creature they see, even if that creature is trying to disguise their true intentions. With enough concentration and exposure, they can also read the surface thoughts of a single creature (the exact effects and implications are left up to the GM's interpretation).


Notes

  • 1: 因果応報 (ingaouhou) is a Youkai-go expression meaning "divine justice" or "just desserts".