Canon Name: Genjo Sanzo / Kouryuu
Work Name: Jiang
Species/Supernatural Qualities: Human / He can see through minor illusions, sense auras, and dispel demonic presences.
Point Total: N/A
Other Notes: I’ll fill that all out after the game has started.
Platonic Physical Contact: Feel free to give it a shot! It’s okay with me, but not with Sanzo/Jiang. He’ll either be extremely irritated or downright violent as a reaction, depending on how much he doesn’t like you already.
Romantic/Sexual Physical Contact: Ahaha YOU CAN TRY. Again, it’s fine with the mun here, but with Sanzo: NOPE. That is, it’s out of the question if he barely knows you (get ready to dodge some bullets- literally, he’s working on getting his gun back). Won’t completely rule this out for the future. Let’s give our characters a chance to know each other and interact before we discuss it.
Violent Physical Contact: Now this is something both Jiang and I can get on board with. Just expect him to respond in kind.
Mindreading: Sanzo is pretty strong willed, so he might not be a completely open book, but feel free to take a look in there and see what you can find.
IC Personal Boundaries/Warnings: Sanzo is a grump. He’s very particular about his personal space and he doesn’t like being told what to do- so as you can imagine, he’ll be extremely irate in-game, particularly near the beginning.
OOC Personal Boundaries/Warnings: None that I can think of.
Other Notes: Breaking the fourth wall is okay, but if you feel uneasy about it or want to know about Sanzo’s canon pull point, don’t be afraid to ask.
Genjo Sanzo | Saiyuki | Not Reserved
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Are you over 17?: Oh yeah, I’m a big ol’ wrinkle. (25)
Characters in Forest Covered: N/A
( CHARACTER INFORMATION )
Name/Work Name: Genjo Sanzo (Buddhist name and title), Kouryou (childhood name) / Jiang
Canon Point: Chapter 35-ish from Saiyuki Reload (sometime after the demon!Hakkai and Seiten Taisei battle. He would have been traveling with Hazel at this point.)
Wiki link: http://saiyuki.wikia.com/wiki/
Personality: Sanzo is an abrasive man. He doesn’t do niceties, doesn’t play well with others, and has a very short fuse on his very volatile temper. Despite being a priest, he’s not the sort to dole out condolences and advice tempered with compassion. Sure, he’ll still give you the truth you need to hear, but you can be sure he won’t sugarcoat it to make it easier to swallow. So while his insights can be profound, they’re not always pleasant.
His view of the world is just as brutally honest: it’s a place where those who kill should expect to be killed in turn, and the only person you can rely on is yourself. He learned the hard way as a child not to have earthly attachments after he witnessed the murder of his teacher/adoptive father. Koumyou Sanzo sacrificed himself for young Genjo, and he ultimately blamed himself for not being strong enough prevent the entire thing from happening. Their close bond got Koumyou killed; therefore, Sanzo sees most emotional attachments (as they pertain to him personally) as a weakness he can’t afford. He has based his way of life around the concept of muichimotsu, or "hold nothing," essentially meaning that everything in life is transient and the only way to avoid suffering is to have no earthly attachments at all.
This hasn’t stopped Sanzo from making some friends and allies though, despite his best efforts to avoid them. There’s the young Son Goku that Sanzo released from a long, solitary imprisonment; there’s Cho Hakkai, who Sanzo took responsibility for after he was charged with a mass murder; and Sha Gojyo, a snarky womanizer that was taking odd jobs from Sanzo for a time. They travel together now under orders from the canon Buddhist powers-that-be, which is one of the few voices of authority that Sanzo will actually respect.
Even though he’ll take orders and quests from the higher-ups, that doesn’t mean that Sanzo is a particularly well-behaved priest in any other aspect. He smokes, drinks, kills when necessary, and is generally ill-behaved. You won't find remorse about any of those from this priest. He has his own brand of Buddhism and his own way of living. He's self-assured and set on his path, and he does not appreciate those who try to lecture him about it.
Debt: Shortly before his canon pull point, Sanzo witnessed the near murder of Son Goku by a fellow Sanzo priest. The man’s name is Ukoku, and Sanzo is overtaken with a rare, purely murderous need for revenge on him after holding Goku’s broken body in his arms. The only thing that could convince him to even temporarily give up his identity as a Sanzo priest is information on Ukoku: namely, where to find him and how to kill him.
Suitability: Sanzo is definitely not the subservient type. Not at all. He regularly calls his travelling companions his servants (not only for appearances, but also to annoy them as much as possible), and he is not one to do grunt work if he can avoid it. He’s also not generally respectful of authority. So taking all that into consideration, he would likely be extremely discontent with his situation in Koriko. He’ll grumble and complain and be outright disobedient at times. However, since he’s actually driven to be there by some very strong emotions, he’ll be swallowing his pride a lot more often than he usually would. Not all the time mind you, but he’ll do it.
Previous Game Info: N/A
Inventory: A Sanzo’s traditional garb consists of a robe, metal breastplate, and a crown, so he would be wearing all that over his usual clothing: jeans, a fitted black top, and black arm covers. There are four items he won’t go without if he can help it: a pack of Marlboro red cigarettes, a paper fan (perfect for swatting noisy companions), a Smith & Wesson M-36 revolver, and the Maten Sutra. The latter is of particular importance to him, and it’ll be the first thing he’ll try and get back. With his name gone it will be the only real thing that keeps him tied to his identity as a Sanzo priest.
Abilities, Strengths, and Weaknesses: Physically, Sanzo isn’t the strongest guy. He’s agile, resilient, and can hold his own in a fight, but he lacks stamina and brute strength. His best trait in a combat situation is his marksmanship with a gun. If in possession of his sutra, he can also activate its ability to banish demonic presences with a chant. Being a holy man despite all appearances, he does have the ability to sense strong auras and see through minor illusions (though the latter can also be chalked up to strength of mind).
Mentally, Sanzo’s strongest trait is his sheer stubbornness. It’s half of what keeps him alive most of the time. However, that same stubbornness (along with his pride) has also gotten him close to getting killed more than once. His lack of team spirit is also a weakness. Even when he needs the help of others, he much prefers to try and do things on his own.
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Sanzo lit up the last cigarette in his pack and leaned back in the cheap wooden chair the inn had provided. It was a rare occasion when every member of the Sanzo party could each get their own room, and they had all taken to them enthusiastically. Sanzo was appreciating the silence in particular. No arguing or idiotic banter. Just quiet.
Well, on the surface anyway. But wasn’t that how it always went?
It was like the youkai stalking them waited for this sort of opportunity. Hell, these ones probably had, and they likely thought they were so much more clever than all their comrades who had been taken down out on the road. They would wait until the Sanzo party was separated and then take them down one by one. They probably thought the team would be so weak separately, particularly the single human. Sanzo exhaled a stream of smoke and propped his cigarette against the rim of the ashtray, fully intending to come back to it after he took care of things. Already he could hear them sneaking around just outside the window. What a pain the ass. Would he ever have a peaceful night to himself again?
When the window was smashed in, Sanzo was already on his feet with his firearm in hand. The demon standing amongst the broken glass barely had time to register the gun in his face before it went off. One down, another two or three left to go. Sanzo watched as they poured in, their demeanor going from cocky to unsure to terrified as they fought and he took them down. What, Sanzo wondered, had they been expecting? They knew the stories. Maybe they thought the youkai in his own group did all of the killing. Maybe they thought Sanzo would hesitate before he went for a headshot.
No, Sanzo didn’t hesitate to kill in his own defense, and he hadn’t for a very long time. Sometimes he still remembered that first time: a human man, leering at Sanzo who was still a child then, his intentions clear by the roaming of his eyes and the jeering of his friends. He’d been as much a monster as any maddened youkai. More so, even, because his particular brand of cruelty wasn’t the effect of an external force like that of the Minus Wave. Yet Sanzo had still stared at the man's body after, horrified by the gore and the fact that he had just violated such a great taboo: don’t kill. The gun in his shaking hands had felt simultaneously like salvation and the path to hell. That death, and the weight of every death he caused thereafter, had weighed on Sanzo for years.
Looking into the face of the final youkai in his hotel room, Sanzo still remembered how he used to feel about having to murder to survive. He remembered, but there wasn’t a trace of that remorse or doubt left in him as he pulled the trigger one last time.
Then he turned back to the table and reached out for the cigarette. To his disappointment, it had already burned itself to the filter. Sanzo sighed and crushed the filter between his fingers as Hakkai came in, no doubt checking on everyone after doing away with his own band of assassins.
When asked if he was alright, Sanzo dropped the filter back into the ashtray with a look of disgust.
“I’m going to need more cigarettes, damn them.”
Genjo Sanzo || Saiyuki || Reserved
Player name: Ash
Are you over 18: Yes.
Characters in The Box Already: N/A
Character Name: Genjo Sanzo is his official title, but most everyone just calls him "Sanzo."
Canon Point: Between the end of Reload and the beginning of Reload Blast.
Is your character Dead, Undead or Alive: Alive.
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Genjo Sanzo, 31st of China (Official Title- He most often goes by Sanzo.)
WEIGHT: 141 lb
BUILD: He's rather slim with slight amounts of muscle, making him more wiry than built.
MARITAL STATUS: Single.
SEXUALITY: Sanzo expresses zero interest in sex and relationships in canon. All of his closest bonds are with men, and mun here is most comfortable with M/M, so that is what this version of Sanzo will lean towards if the situation arises.
As for in-universe pairings, mun is a multishipper. I'll leave it at that ;DOCCUPATION: He is a Buddhist priest of the highest rank, a title known as "Sanzo." He is one of only four individuals who are granted this title. At the moment, he's on a mission assigned to him by beings called the Three Aspects to stop the resurrection of an ancient demon named Gyumaoh.
CURRENT RESIDENCE: None at the moment, as he is constantly traveling across the land of Shangri-la. When he's not in his band's Jeep, he's at an inn or camping out somewhere for lack of better accommodations.
Rin Toku - father, assumed deceased.
OTHER RELATIVES: None known of.
Son Goku: A demon boy Sanzo found inside of a prison atop a mountain. He sought Goku out after hearing the boy calling out to him in his head for days on end (despite Goku not being aware that he was calling out for anyone). Sanzo ended up taking the boy in and raising him from there. While Sanzo often finds Goku incredibly annoying and berates him constantly, Goku is incredibly important to Sanzo and vice-versa. Despite the fact that Goku is a demon, it's Goku who keeps Sanzo grounded and human in the worst of circumstances.
Cho Hakkai: A healer and a demon Sanzo was first sent to hunt down on charges of mass murder. They now travel together under the orders of the Three Aspects. Hakkai is the most mature of their traveling party and is the one Sanzo trusts most to keep things together, whether they're planning out their course or strategizing in a battle.
Sha Gojyo: A perverted half-demon Sanzo met when first trying to find Hakkai. They now travel together under the orders of the Three Aspects. The two often butt heads, and when left alone it's inevitable that they will begin to argue. During a fight though, they'll cover for one another- to an extent.
Almost every demon in Shangri-La: Well, yeah. The experiments being done to revive the demon Gyumaoh have driven most of the demons in the land mad, leading them to attack any human they can get close to. On top of that, many demons are working under the orders of the man in charge of the revival and are hunting Sanzo down in order to take his sutra, which is vital to the process. The rumors going around demonic circles that the flesh of a Sanzo will grant eternal life when eaten doesn't help at all either.
Kougaiji: The son of Gyumoah. He doesn't really care that much about his father and has his own reasons for helping the revival process along, but that doesn't mean he and his band won't fight Sanzo and his party on occasions that call for it. Really, Kougaiji and Sanzo are more like occasional rivals than actual enemies.
Nii Jianyi/Ukoku Sanzo: A rogue Sanzo priest that is currently running the experiments to revive Gyumoah. He also has some very deep ties to Sanzo's past that Sanzo isn't fully aware of. Out of everyone in the land of Shangri-la, it's Ukoku that is most dangerous to Sanzo, and Sanzo despises him.
Genjo Sanzo is a Buddhist priest of the highest order, the holiest in the land- except, he doesn't act like it. Despite being so very holy, Sanzo is also the most sacrilegious monk you are likely to meet. He smokes, drinks, and curses with impunity. On top of that, he won't hesitate to kill if he needs to. Sanzo is also well known for his short-temper and overall foul mood and has little patience for... well, anything that annoys him. At best, he's perpetually bored or disinterested-looking; at worst, he's lethally pissed-off.
But despite all that, Sanzo IS a priest for a reason and can act the part of a professional monk flawlessly if the occasion calls for it. It is his duty to protect the Maten Sutra he wears over his shoulders, and he takes this responsibility very seriously, as the scripture was gifted to him by his late master. He's well-versed in Buddhist scripture and beliefs, and even managed a temple before embarking on his current mission by the orders of the Three Aspects.
Being human, Sanzo's stamina and strength doesn't match up with those of his demonic companions', but he is still more than capable in a fight. He has two weapons at his disposal, the first being his Maten Scripture. If given time to say the appropriate chant, the scripture can be used as an offensive weapon and can do great harm to demons. The second weapon is a Smith & Wesson M-36 revolver, which he uses as a casual threat with his companions. Don't let this fool you though, as he's an expert marksman on the battlefield.
Sanzo is a stoic, rational, and distant individual who is loath to admit he has any personal ties to anyone. Despite this, he does care for his three traveling companions and will go out of his way to protect them. To strangers, he most often seems aloof and distant. Sanzo does however have a sharp eye and a keen mind, making it hard to fool him.
Although he spurns most traditional Buddhist practices, Sanzo is rather wise for a man of his age. He often delivers advice and insight in a straightforward way, and will actually help those who need it on occasion, though he usually only does so when prodded by his party.
PAST LIFE: If we're going to talk about history, then we might as well go all the way back to 500 years ago when a god named Konzen lived in heaven. He was very much like Sanzo, though less jaded and less rough around the edges. When the demon Son Goku (nothing more than a small boy really) was brought in chains to heaven, the golden-eyed demon was made to be Konzen's responsibility. The two, along with Kenren and Tenpou (past lives of both Gojyo and Hakkai respectively) were embroiled in an uprising against heaven and were all killed in the process, excepting Goku. Goku had his memories erased and was locked in a mountaintop prison, where Sanzo would find him 500 years later. Konzen, Tenpou, and Kenren were all sentenced to painful earthly existences in their next lifetime as punishment for their rebellion, which is when we meet them in their reincarnated forms in Saiyuki.
PRESENT LIFE: Sanzo was born to a young woman named Kouran. His father, a government official, went missing sometime during the duration of her pregnancy, leaving Kouran to conceive Sanzo alone. She died soon after.
Her infant son was then found floating downriver in a basket by Koumyou Sanzo, an eccentric but kind Sanzo priest. Koumyou raised the infant, naming him Kouryou, right up until Kouryou was about 13 years old. In that time, Kouryuu came to respect and love Koumyou as his father. Then came the single most devastating moment of Kouryuu's life: a pack of demons infiltrated their temple looking for the holy sutras that Koumyou kept under his protection. Koumyou lost his life protecting Kouryuu, who unfortunately was witness to the extremely bloody and gory murder of his only family.
Kouryuu, who had always been under suspicion from the other monks due to his strangely colored eyes and equally strange attitude, was implicated in having something to do with his master's death. What the monks of the temple saw on Kouryuu after the murder, however, silenced their protests: because Kouryuu now bore the red chakra on his forehead only awarded to Sanzo priests. Just before the demons broke in, Koumyou had granted Kouryuu the position of Sanzo and gifted him with his Buddhist title: Genjo, 31st of China.
Although Sanzo's first instinct is to ignore the voice, it becomes so loud and so insistent that he embarks on a journey to hunt down its source. This leads him to the mountain and the prison housing Son Goku. When Sanzo reaches between the bars of the prison keeping Goku in, Goku's bonds deteriorate, freeing him for the first time in his memory. Sanzo (quite unwillingly at first) takes Goku in, and the two eventually form a close bond.
EXPERIENCE: I'm estimating here, but around 12 years or so. I'm new to DW though, so please forgive any silly mistakes!
TIME ZONE: EST