Ziyou was born in the Earth Republic to Nongnim and Lei, both nonbenders, within Ba Sing Se. His father was a drunk that yelled at Ziyou a lot an would often verbally abused the child, his mother was a kind but timid nurse working at a local hospital. Ziyou grew up being forced into extreme emotions day in and day out, so though very intelligent he had trouble in school socially, and was often verbally and sometimes physically bullied about it, as an escape he dove into his studies become well versed in many fields of knowledge especially philosophy and psychology. Using psychology Ziyou used his intelligence to learn how to interact with others and force the most part this worked.
Around age 14 he encouraged his mother to divorce his father and got a job working at a cabbage stand to save up money to learn martial arts. He took martial arts classes which increased his discipline as well as his physical capabilities and began to use it to help others. To hide his identity while doing his vigilante work he pulled up his hoodie and donned a mask, preferring not to kill others he uses his open hands to fight. During this time he developed an philosophy emphasizing the will of the people to act instead of allowing others to act for them, and thus felt that society was to strict and constraining.
At age 23 he decided to try his trade elsewhere, admiring the Republic City ideals of equality and at the very least being a republic Ziyou bought a train ticket to the city, hoping to be able to cause good there.
After coming to the city Ziyou formed a friendship with Adlar after he helped Ziyou protect a kid from some bullies at a college meet and greet. They where both bored there so they left to go spar, where Adlar quickly took the upperhand, Ziyou did manage to make him bleed. But when Adlar starting making lethal moves without caring if they landed, Ziyou lied to try to escape the situation and Adlar was not buying it, so who knows what their relationship will be in the future.
Ziyou usually operates with a detachment from the world, simply doing what he believes to be logical. He secretly fears his own emotions and suppresses them, knowing that when they surface he can get out of control. He is often blunt and honest towards people he cares about or think should be alive while the ones whom he despises he is often very deceptive to. Ziyou enjoys pursuing academic pursuits as well as athletic ones; doing philosophy, psychology, history, poetry, meditation, reading, writing, etc.
Powers & Abilities
Ziyou prefers to stay mobile and defensive, waiting for an opponent to make a mistake then moving in to punish them with his unarmed strikes.
The user is adept in basic martial arts, allowing them to stay on par with someone who has focused their training on bending.
The user has trained extensively with the use of classical weapons in order to make up for their deficit when it comes to taking on a bender.
The user has received extensive training in their agility in order to increase their raw physical speed. They would easily exceed any person who relied on their bending.
The user has received extensive training with weights and other forms of exercise in order to increase their raw physical strength. They would easily exceed any person who relied on their bending.
The user has received extensive training in physical endurance in order to increase the amount of physical energy they have at any given time. They would easily exceed any person who relied on their bending.
(Note: Once a power is chosen, it cannot be changed.)
The user's reflexes and reaction time are considerably improved, allowing them to respond faster to attacks. (Achieved after 1 week)
The user is knowledgeable in basic medical training using herbs and other medicines to treat minor injuries on themselves and others. (Achieved after 2 weeks)
(Achieved after 1 month)
The user has trained in order to achieve the ability to be as precise as possible in combat. This ranges from striking chi points to firing arrows from a bow. However, in focusing their training in this, the user has lessened the total power behind all of their attacks.
The user is knowledgeable in the art of stealth. The user has received training that allows them to do a multitude of stealth maneuvers; from sneaking silently to achieving quick attacks without making a sound.
Chi-Blocking(Passive; Exclusive to Chi-Blocker)
The user is knowledgeable of the chi points along a person's body and how to strike them in order to temporarily disable an opponent. Possibly causing intense pain, paralysis and negating the target's bending.
Contortionist(Passive; Exclusive to Chi-Blocker)
Chi-Blockers are capable of achieving a greater level of physical flexibility than others, allowing them to dodge attacks and escape restraints more effectively.
(Note: Once an ability is chosen, it cannot be changed. Also, Master level powers can only be achieved after 7 months and require 2 open power slots.)
Smithing and Engineering(Passive)
The user is knowledgeable in crafting weapons, armors and even basic machinery made of metal and even basic composite materials. Metal is more durable but heavy and cumbersome while composites are lighter but more vulnerable.
(Achieved after 2 months)