Name: Joseph "Hakujin Joe" Correia
Appearance: If one were to remove the tattoos hidden under his suits and replace the missing half of his right pinkie finger, one would never know Hakujin Joe is a lifetime member of the worst of society. Joe Correia looks to most like a base foreman or office manager, standing tall and being of average build. His balding rust colored hair and glasses only adds to this image, one that he has cultivated over the years to put his opponents at ease before he strikes.
As if to further the image of an unassuming citizen, he moves at only three speeds outside of immediate action; amble, lope and still. The only threatening thing in the man's appearance is in the piercing green eyes behind those thick glasses. They are the eyes of a predator sizing up their prey, scanning for any weakness to exploit at a later date.
Former Faction: Tokugawa Corporation (Listed under "Security Consultant")
Skills: Pistol Marksmanship, Small Unit Tactics, Underworld Navigation
Fighting Style: ラットの道 Ratto no michi
(Way of the Rat), is a style favored among the Yakuza and those who live in the underbelly of society. While most samurai would refuse to acknowledge it as a legitimate style, it none the less makes for a dangerous opponent. A cornered rat fights as savagely as any wolf or tiger, and this mentality is reflected in the style's practitioners; No quarter is shown to the enemy, attacks coming in quick jabs and kicks directed at the softest parts of the body. Gouging of the eyes and biting off chunks of the ear are not only acceptable but encouraged. Pinning is preferable to throwing, as it allows the fighter to fully take advantage of their opponent's weakness. The style lends it self to unarmed combat or with small weapons such as a tanto or ono, though some richer Yakuza also incorporate wakazashis and, in extremely rare occasions, katanas.
Weapons: ラットの牙 Ratto no kiba (Fang of the Rat) is an unusual weapon to must, but similar to many of the weapons the Yakuza implement in their bloody work. Looking to most like the blade of a tanto knife attached to a pistol grip, there is actually a functional barrel on the right side of the blade, letting the weapon function at both ranged and close quarters combat. Further, there is a mechanism that allows the blade to spin, adding a viscous, almost chainsaw like action to the weapon. This does mean however that the pistol half of the weapon cannot function until the blade is back in its original position. (In other words, Russell Crowe's weapon in The Man with the Iron Fists.)
Motivation: Joe is angry to say the least. Spending a lifetime as an enforcer for the Yakuza, working his way up through the ranks and carving out a niche for his own power, only to see it taken away by a jealous rival's words in the wrong ear, leaving him scraping the bottom of the barrel. He wants to see that bitch pay in blood and tears, and to see all that let it happen rue the day they thought they could fuck with Hakujin Joe. He's going to be the
Oyabun, and he doesn't care how many will die to make that happen.
Backstory: Joseph Correia does not come from any noble family or line or warriors, and holds no title recognized in any legitimate court. Hakujin Joe came from the lowest of society, born in the slums to petty workers in a subsidiary of the Tokugawa Corporation. With meager prospects and a future that held nothing but toiling away under the corporations, Joe took to the streets early in life in desperation to carve out his own future. Supplementing his family's pathetic income with petty crime, he graduated to extortion and armed robbery as he grew older.
This kind of activity of course caught the attention of the Yakuza clan operating in his district, and he was given a simple choice by the local Oyabun; Put his talents to work for the clan, or he would be executed on the spot. He chose the wiser of the two options. From that day onward he set himself to proving himself to his new masters, seeing at long last a purpose in life, and a way out of the dead end that fate had thrown at him, and it didn't take long until he had proven that they had made the right choice in sparing his life. By age 25 he was leading small gangs of enforcers in their duties, by 30 running his own protection and prostitution rackets, and by 36 being the clan's representative to the Tokugawa Corporation.
It seemed that he had reached the peak of his life here, gone from a punk kid on the street to an Isao
(laudable man) with the money and influence to command respect even from the Samurai he cut his backroom deals with. It stayed this way for 8 years until the clan's Wakagashira (second-in-command) grew nervous of Joe's rising power, and saw fit to cut him down to size. Several leaks of classified information spread from Tokugawa Corp's servers, and while there was never proof to definitively tie it to Joe, there as enough circumstance for him to be a prime suspect. The disgrace ended career with the clan and he was forced back to the level of a lowly street enforcer. Humiliated and watching those that had taken what was rightfully his, he's taken to the streets to build a new clan.