The Shadow Network
Thomas Nakamura "Kanji" aka "Oni"
Quote: "I’d say it’s simple, but it really isn’t, so just try and keep up, okay?"
Description: When operating as Oni on behalf of his cabal, he wears a classic Japanese demonic Noh mask made from metal lacquered to a deep maroon. Small horns jut out above his eyebrows, enhancing the devilish appearance of the fanged, rictus grin spread across the mask’s face. For those familiar with western depictions of red horned devils as almost comic in their puckishness, the aspect displayed by this mask is often deeply unnerving.
As far as most mages are concerned however, Kanji is a Japanese American in his mid fifties, Kanji usually wears business suits with suspenders over his dress shirt. He usually takes off his jacket indoors and often has his tie either loosened or doesn’t bother to wear one. His dark hair is cut conservatively short, and he wears oval-shaped, steel-rimmed glasses.
Order: Free Council (Actually Guardians of the Veil)
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 4, Wits 2, Resolve 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 3, Composure 3
Mental Skills: Academics 3 (Research*), Computer 4 (Programming), Crafts 4 (Electronics), Investigation 4, Science 3
Physical Skills: Brawl 3, Drive 1, Firearms 2, Larceny 3, Stealth 4, Weaponry 4
Social Skills: Empathy 1, Intimidation 3, Persuasion 2
Merits: Allies 3 – Programmers; Contacts – Free Council, Hackers, Programmers; Eidetic Memory; Encyclopedic Knowledge – Computers; Fighting Style – Martial Arts 3; High Speech; Interdisciplinary Specialty – Research; Language – Japanese; Resources 3; Status 4 – IT Company
Arcana: Forces 4, Prime 4, Space 3, Time 2
Rotes: Forces - Control Sound (•), Kinetic Blow (••), Influence Electricity (••), Unseen Shield (••), Personal Invisibility (•••), Telekinesis (•••), Levitation (••••), Control Velocity (••••), Control Electricity (••••), Transform Energy (••••); Prime - Dispel Magic (•), Supernal Vision (•), Magic Shield (••), Magic Shield (••), Celestial Fire (•••), Imbue Item (•••), Eyes of the Awakened (••••), Supernal Dispellation (••••), Space – Correspondence (•), Conceal Sympathy (••), Scrying (••), New Threads (•••)
Mana/per turn: 14/5
Background: Thomas Nakamura always loved computers. They certainly made more sense than most people he knew, and were a lot easier to get along with. He also loved to read and had an active imagination as a child, something his parents didn’t particularly encourage. They wanted Thomas to do well in school and in life, not spend his time daydreaming. After earning a bachelor’s in computer science and a master’s degree in computer programming, Thomas found work in the burgeoning high-tech industry. His awakening came on a trip to the country of his parents while watching a traditional Noh play. He took the name Kanji and began working much as he had been without much awareness of Awakened society until the Mage War. When he saw the magical forces being used dangerously throughout the city he knew that he had to take action, adopting the guise of Oni and becoming a vigilante force against the chaos in the city.
It didn’t take long for him to be discovered by Enula, who offered him a place in founding the cabal now known as the Suits and Masks. He accepted, and has spent the last almost thirty years championing the Guardians of the Veil from behind his crimson mask.
As the cabal meets in person only rarely, he is known to most of the Awakened by his other name and role – “Kanji,” an apostate Obrimos who runs his own small IT company in the Eastside of the city.
For the cabal, he serves as their primary eyes and ears in the sleeping world. Though Kanji’s preferred method of research is the Internet, of course, but he’s becoming quite adept at pulling together information from hardcopy sources, particularly as he tries to study what he calls the “root elements” of magical tradition, looking for the scientific truths at their heart.
He is an expert computer programmer and software designer. Given time, he can figure out most software problems or write simple programs to handle various tasks. More complex programs take more time and effort.
Storytelling Hints: Kanji is excited by the new world that has opened up to him. He tends to look at magic as an unexplored vista of science and doesn’t care for a lot of magic’s traditional trappings. His thinks quickly and speaks almost as fast when he’s excited about something. He values intellect above all else and has a tendency to speak down to those he considers his intellectual inferiors.