Name: Li Long Age: 34 Born: Oct.23 Height: 168 cm (5'5") Weight: 55 kg (121 lb) Blood Type: B Family Structure: Parents deceased, Mimi (sister), Chie (Lover) Weapon: Falcon Style: Matchless Dragon After the death of th great Eirakutei, the Ming Dynasty suffered plundering by Southern Japanese pirates called the "Wakou." The emperor finally took action and sent Li Long to assassinate the leader of the pirates. The secret mission also included an order to retrieve the valiant sword, "SoulEdge." However, the assassin, Li Long, did not care about "SoulEdge." Taking advantage of war-torn Japan, he decided to not only target the Wakou leader, but also the Daimyo feudal lords. This action was, of course, outside the limits of his mission, but he had no doubts as to his success. His iron will would see him through. However, man is not made of iron. His attack on the head of a powerful family in Honshu went awry, leaving him badly wounded. Fortunately for him, he was rescued by a beautiful girl named Chie. Chie was a daughter of the innkeeper Yahei. As a child, she was traumatized by her mother's death and lost her ability to speak. Even without words, Chie is capable of understanding people's sorrow. She devoted herself to the care of the wounded man. Li Long gradually opened his heart to Chie and the two began to love each other. Li Long stayed with Chie even after his injuries healed. But, destiny did not treat him kindly. While he was away, a fight broke out at the inn. In the confusion, his lover was thought to have been killed. "Who! Who did this? Why?" The wounded Yahei told grief-stricken Li Long that a wandering swordsman had started it, then fled. Eyewitnesses thought it might be the lone swordsman, Heishiro Mitsurugi. However, Mitsurugi was not the only swordsman wandering the land. "When I find who did this, I will show no mercy!" Remorse filled Li Long until he had a revelation. "I will not rest until I have hunted down every single swordsman." Li Long discovered that Heishiro Mitsurugi was searching for "SoulEdge," and decided to follow him. If I find "SoulEdge," first, Mitsurugi will come to me and his death. If Mitsurugi is not Chie's murderer, I'll just continue hunting criminal swordsmen. I will also have the sword for Eirakutei. Li Long started to pack up for a journey to trace Mitsurugi hoping to take revenge for his dead lover Chie. The Shrine of Confined Demons This Shrine is surrounded by bamboo. It was built by people with supernatural power to seal off the "Fury-demon" inside. Mitsurugi had plans to exterminate the demon haunting this shrine. Li Long decided ambush Mitsurugi at the shrine. But the samurai did not appear. "Where can he be? Wait!" Suddenly, Li Long realized he wasn't alone! "Someone's coming. Could it be...?" He reached for his nunchaku in anticipation. Rock Age: 35 Born: Dec.14 Weapon: Crescent Ax Style: Own Style A Reckless Commando Rock was possessed by an evil spirit when he entered the shrine, and has now turned into a demon, attacking people indiscriminately. Attack and defeat the supernatural foe! Li Long defeated the demon Rock and seized his weapon. He modified it to make a new weapon, the poisoned "Snake Wind." The Pirate Castle Noto castle, belongs to Noto-Murakami and the Setonai pirates (Mouri sea force) It has naval ports which supply the pirate ships between raids. Valuable weapons, stolen by the pirates, are kept inside the castle. Mitsurugi had already left this place and has gone to the new continent. "I have no business here anymore." Li Long said. Li Long took the weapon "Titan" from the armory. A swordsman in a suit of armor blocked his way. "I saw you take that! Come with me! You are under arrest!" "Never!" Li Long raised his weapon and entered a fighting stance. Siegfried Schtauffen Age: 16 Born: Feb.6 Weapon: Faust Style: Own Style Innocent Darkside He is a young mercenary lookin to avenge his father's death. Because of his great swordsmanship, he was employed as a mercenary captain quarding the castle. Others are coming. Defeat him within the time allowed. Li Long quickly defeated Siegfried and with his "Titan," he left the castle and escaped his pursuers. A few days later, Li Long boarded a ship for his home country in pursuit of Mitsurugi. The Narrow Gorge The gorge, "San Kyo" is located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze, one of China's great rivers. Li Long burned with vengeful thoughts, concluding that Mitsurugi would have to pass this main section of the river on his travels. Li Long had never seen Mitsurugi's face. It was impossible for him to recognize the samurai. But, Li Long with his iron will had not doubts that he could find his enemy. "I'll attack every swordsman traveling on this river!" Seung Mi Na Age: 16 BornL Nov.3 Weapon: Zanbatoh Style: Seung's long blade Taki Age: 22 Born: ? Weapon: Rekkimaru Style: Dream-slashed sword Sophitia Age: 18 Born: Mar.12 Weapon: Gaea Sword Style: Athena Defeat every opponent! Li Long fought several swordsmen, but Mitsurugi did not appear. He crafted the weapons seized from swordsmen on the river and made "Phoenix," a new nunchaku with shackle attached. Frustrated by Mitsurugi's absence, he left the gorge. The Desert There is a desert area in central Asia. For people who travel across the continent avoiding the dangerous sea route, this desert is the most dangerous part of the overland route. Except for the ruin of an ancient Chinese fortress, the area is barren. "You! What do you want from me?" The man addressed Li Long. His height and size were the same as Mitsurugi's but this was not him. He was no Japanese samurai. "You are not who I thought you were." Li Long readied his nunchaku and stepped closer to the man. "But, I'm not one to turn down a challenge!" Hwang Sung Kyung Age: 25 Born: Aug.8 Weapon:Nippon Blade Style: Seung's long blade The Hero in a Warlike Age Hwang is the swordsman who was ordered to find the "Patriot Sword" to save his country. Having already been ambushed and followed by bandits, Hwang was constantly vigilant. Use an Air-Combination technique to defeat him. Li Long defeated Hwang Sung Kyung, seized his weapon, "Steel Dragon" and a map of the world. The Fighting Arena This is a secret fighting arena which attracts warriors from all over the globe. "A Japanese samurai is fighting furiously at the arena." Li Long heard this and immediately rushed to the arena. At the arena, the following schedule was posted: -------------------------- TODAY's FIGHT SURVIVAL MATCH WINNER RECEIVES A VALUABLE WEAPON! -------------------------- Li Long applied for the match at once. "I will continue fighting until I defeat Mitsurugi!" After a long fight against his lover's attacker, Li Long finally defeated Mitsurugi. He tried to find out about the terrible incident by questioning him. "Confess! You killed the daughter of an innkeeper in Honshu!" Li Long yelled. "...you are mistaken. I would never... kill a woman." Although Li Long wanted justice, he did not think Mitsurugi was lying. The mortal wound to Chie could not have been made by Mitsurugi's sword. "If not him, then who?" That night, Li Long set off for "SoulEdge" taking the prize weapon "White Tiger" with him. The desire for revenge still burned in his heart. "When I get 'SoulEdge' in my own hands..." His anger was his only solice. Secret Treasury In an isolated island, there is the secret storage place where the millionaire Vercci keeps his fortune. It has a 50 meter deep pit and some under water traps to prevent against invasion. This is truly an impregnable vault. Voldo Age: 43 Born: Aug.25 Weapon: Guillotine Style: Own Style The Hell Guardian Carrying out his dead master's wishes, Voldo has been guarding the treasure in this secret storage place. His sight and mind have deteriorated due to his prolonged seclusion in the dark pit. However, thanks to Voldo's great skill, no man has ever lived to see Vercci's treasure. Defeat all who enter! Taki Age: 22 Born: ? Weapon: Jutte Style: Dream-slashed sword Underground Hunter She is a ninja whose specialty is conquering demons. She has been looking for the evil sword hoping to strengthen her own weapon. She trailed Li Long into the vault. In the depths of the pit, Li Long defeated the guard, Voldo, and the ninja, Taki. But, could not find "SoulEdge" among the treasures. Taking information from Vercci's notes, Li Long seized the weapon "Asura" and left the island. The Pirate Ship Li Long traced the location of "SoulEdge" to a port where the pirate, Cervantes once had his base. Li Long looked at the pirate ship, Adrian, at anchor in the port. It was a menacing place with no sign of life. "I have finally found it." Having been unable to find his lover's attacker, Li Long's hopes were now pinned on the heroic sword, "SoulEdge." Li Long climbed on board the Adrian. There stood a man holding two brightly glowing swords. "Come to me! Your soul will be as sweet as that of your lover's!" Cervantes de Leon Age: 43(immortal) BornL Jan.1 WeaponL SoulEdge Style: Possessed The Imoortal Pirate He was the pirate once feared by all shipping on the entire AtlanticOcean. Dozens of years ago, he disappeared while on a mission to find "SoulEdge" as requestd by Vercci, the Italian weapons merchant. Defeat the enemy! Falling to his knees, Li Long saw that the ground was covered in blood. Losing consciousness, he did not know whether the blood was his own or his enemy's. He began to realize that the evil man with "SoulEdge" was lying dead in front of him. With heavy sighs, slowly he tried to reach "SoulEdge," but he was only grabbing the air. "Chie----Chie!!" At a monastery in Honshu, Chie slowly opened her eyes. It was a miracle. There was a large sword scar on her back, but she was going to live! Since Li Long left on his journey of revenge, nearly a month had passed. Chie knew in her heart that Li Long had died. She wept for months. Half a year later, Chie and Li Long's love was producing a new life. Dreaming about her lover, on a continent far away, Chie whispered her first words in years... "Please Li Long, protect our child...."