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This is an old revision of CharacterKiasu made by BaxilDragon on 2006-12-17 18:01:54.


Characters: Kiasu


  • Creator: BaxilDragon
  • Availability: Limited - See character notes
TTU's mages tell wild stories of a mysterous anthro-unicorn who wanders the earth like a modern-day ronin -- complete with samurai clothing and swords. He appears unexpectedly to willworkers, introduces himself, challenges them to a duel, beats the snot out of them without breaking a sweat, and vanishes again. Who is he? Why does he do this, and how did he get such power? A lot of mages would love to know.

Basic Biography

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Birth Name: Unknown
Species: Unicorn
Physical Description

"Directly in the center of the wide wooden bridge ... was a pure white were-unicorn -- two-legged, standing upright, leaning on the railing, staring at the rushing water below him contemplatively through deep black eyes. He was, as the others had said, dressed in samurai garb -- baggy black coat covering a white kimono and heavy light grey skirt that didn't quite extend all the way down to his knees. A sturdy, pearled horn spiraled above his head through a fine, silky mane that spilled down over his back. The scabbards of a pair of swords poked at the coat from inside, mounted at his belt." --StoryRandomEncounter

Public Backstory

Reports of Kiasu doing anything other than winning magical duels are next to unknown. His history is similarly elusive. He never talks about himself, other than providing his name as he starts the duel.

Hundreds of people have tried to research this odd samurai and find out who he was pre-Changes. These leads inevitably turn into dead ends: Both magical and conventional investigation turns up a blank slate. One of the most notable conspiracy theories points out Kiasu's similarity to a role-playing character named Bao Jian from a pre-Changes online forum, but: a) this similarity is mostly of the "they're both anthro-unicorn samurais" variety, and b) Bao Jian's player, Jay Jones, at first tried to claim he'd changed into Bao; finally publically admitted Bao Jian wasn't real about a week after the Changes; and then committed suicide. Police reports back this up and show nothing suspicious.

Some mages swear that Kiasu's the gatekeeper for a cabal of Secret Masters who rule the world; others insist he's just a very strange and powerful mage looking for his equal. Dozens of other theories abound, and evidence for any of them is tenuous at best.


Level of fame: Legendary among mages worldwide; slight exposure in the broader media. Group affiliation: Unknown
Locations: Unknown - can show up anywhere and everywhere. About the only reliable method that mages have found to attract him is to start bragging about having beaten him in a duel. If you keep that up, he will show up when you least expect it and prove you wrong. Painfully.

TTU Events

Story Appearances
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Besides having unearthly raw power, Kiasu also seems to have unearthly control. Almost every mage that has fought him reports the following: They prepare their defenses; he raises an arm; his attack melts through their wards like a sledgehammer through paper; their world goes white; and they wake up on the ground alone, with no damage to themselves or the surrounding area. If his opponent immediately goes on the offensive, he shrugs it off casually and then takes them down as above.

A very few highly trained and well-prepared mages have managed to deflect his first attack, but no matter what they try in the few seconds they've earned, he never shows signs of fatigue and his defenses never waver.

Once he's beaten a mage, he will generally ignore them, unless they start claiming they won the duel. In which case the second beating is either public or painful. One mage who ignored this warning and kept insisting he won subsequently disappeared in what appeared to be a teleportation accident, although there's no evidence this is anything beyond coincidence.


If you use this character in your story, it should be as a force of nature. He doesn't interact with his targets beyond the formal introduction, and doesn't even seem to notice non-mages. While he is capable of taking on whole groups at once, his usual method is to target mages one by one.

BaxilDragon is writing stories that offer more insight into Kiasu's history, powers, and goals.

The word "Kiasu" is Singlish (Singaporean slang): WikiPedia:Kiasu.


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