A g e : 21
G e n d e r : Male
B r i e f B i o : Gerard was an orphan, his parents unknown to him and the only family he knew being of the church-run orphanage he lived in. As a child, he always grew faster than his brothers and sisters, an ever-hungry boy who grew prodigiously in size and strength. By the time he was ten, he was taller than the adolescents who had hit their own stride in sudden growth. By the time he was thirteen, he was as tall as a tree and as broad as an ox. God has blessed him with a constitution like no other, and the officials of the Church noticed that fairly quickly.
Europe, indeed, was in need of men like Gerard, strong of body and faith. Bloodsucking monsters lurked in the shadows of civilization, undying beasts who could only be cleansed by the radiance of the sun. Vampires, they were, pitiful lambs transformed into wolves by the blood of the Progenitor from the Far East, Moosan Key-Busgy. Rather than with sun-soaked steel, the members of the Clergy tasked with the funeral rites of a Vampire wielded stakes and hammers, chains and prayers, restraining the monstrous until dawn’s light turned them to ash. It was a gruesome work, but it was one that Gerard was well-suited for. With his god-given might, he would wrestle down these vampires for hours on end, continually breaking their bodies to ensure they could not fully resist, before hoisting them up towards the diamond-bright sunrise that rose at the end of each battle.
This continued eight years.
The vampire plight within Europe stalled, what foul creatures that remained staying elusive. As the necessity of God’s Men diminished, Gerard volunteered to head off to the Far East, to strike at the heart of evil. With correspondence set up with a local sister in that Oriental island-nation, he set off, in search for mercy and salvation for those cursed by the blood of the wicked.
P e r s o n a l i t y
J a c o b ' s L i m b s
S t y l e D e s c r i p t i o n : Through fervent faith, God’s Men can unlock the physical limiters placed upon their bodies, granting them physical prowess on par with the vampires they must contend with. Constant physical conditioning ups the amount of absolute strength they gain, and while immunity to pain and an unshakeable focus are both granted through this self-hypnosis ability as well: many have fought on even after sustaining mortal injuries. With stake and hammer or weighted chain, this style of combat focuses more on turning battles into one of attrition, as there is no way for them to instantly destroy a demon. Gerard, in particular, specializes in unarmed combat and is a wrestler in his core. He grapples, he dropkicks, he suplexes. Like Hercules, like Beowulf, when the chips are down, he goes man-to-man like an absolute madman.
Unlike Breathing Techniques, Jacob’s Limbs don’t truly require any specific movements to be utilized…but Gerard, once his blood starts pumping, still likes to call out random attack names. Below are his favorites.
✟ Form 1 : ULTIMATE DIVE BOMBER – The principle of sudden acceleration is contraction and expansion, and Gerard leverages it in his primary gap-closer move. By bunching himself into a ball and hardening every muscle in his body, he gains an instance of extreme durability, before uncoiling and bursting out with the force of a cannonball, tackling the fool that does not manage to dodge.
✟ Form 2 : GULLOTINE OF GOD – Using the same ‘explosive’ set up as ULTIMATE DIVE BOMBER, GULLOTINE OF GOD launches Gerard into the air instead, before he does a front flip and delivers a crushing axe kick. If he already starts in mid-air, he can kick off an object and accelerate his descent, further empowering this move.
✟ Form 3 : FORTY YEARS WANDERING – Once he’s got their back, it’s all over. With his body of chiselled marble, Gerard hoists his unfortunate target by the waist and suplexes them into the ground. Not once, not twice, but endlessly, slamming them over and over again at an increasing pace, until they’re literally wheeling around the area, creating more demon-head-shaped holes in the ground. His personal best for this technique has been four hours and twenty two minutes, but there are more skilled God’s Men who can do so for nine hours.
O t h e r U n i q u e T r a i t s : Though his physique is certainly overpowering, genetics alone giving him a hell of an advantage, Gerard’s truly unique ability comes from his sense of touch. He can feel the air twist around his body, and when he makes contact with another individual, he can extrapolate every other part of their body from that point of contact. It is said that once Gerard gets a hand on you, one can never break free, and that’s certainly true to an extent. By reading the twitches of your muscles, the flow of your blood beneath your skin, their skeletal structure and so many other factors, he can predict what his opponent will do before they do it, and thus counter them perfectly. With enough analysis, he can even disrupt the flow of their movements while they’re in motion, simply by applying additional pressure with whatever hand he has on them.
Less amazing but probably just as important is that he can give really good massages due to his sense of touch. Knots are found instantly, and even the hardest body melts down underneath his big, warm hands.