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Ex-Russian Mafia hitman turned pacifist spirit medium

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    1. Case: The Frozen Stiff
    2. Case: The Spinster's Ransom Note
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(Character sketch thanks to Frank Miller)

Bio Data

Name Leopold Arkenov
Gender Male
Nationality naturalised Ukrainian
Birth Location Tbilisi, Georgia
Height 6'2"
Weight 210lbs
Age 40
DOB August 8, 1987, 9:18pm
Religion Georgian Orthodox
Western Zodiac Leo
Chinese Zodiac Yin Fire Rabbit
Blood Type B-
Languages spoken Georgian, Russian, Ukrainian (native level);
English (accented)

Character Description

Overview

Since a near-death experience from being hanged, Leopold has gained the ability to see, hear and speak to the spirits of the dead. From seeing the suffering and torment of these souls, particularly the ones he himself had dispatched, Leopold gave up his career as an Organisatsiya hitman in Kyiv and vowed to no longer take human life. Fleeing his former life and arriving in America, he eventually found someone who could employ him for his mediumistic skills and thus now works for Dr Butler and Antecedents PI.

He is of generally a morbid and taciturn nature, although occassionally displays a dark sense of humour. He appears to be haunted by the ghost of his dead partner, Viktor, and spends a lot of time shouting and cursing at him in Surzhyk, a mixture of Russian and Ukrainian widely spoken in the Ukraine since the Soviet era. Most of his darker jokes are made at his partner's expense.


Appearance

Powers

Spirit Ally: Viktor

Cyber and Body Mods

In the summer of 2019, Leopold took a large chunk of cash he'd made on a particularly gruesome job and spent three months in Odessa. He spent the first four weeks in an exclusive clinic on Frantsuzsky Boulevard undergoing muscle grafting and regeneration procedures, then the next eight recuperating in the sun at a luxury resort on the Black Sea. When he returned to the streets of Kyiv, he was twenty pounds heavier, in a lean way, a noticeably harder hitter, and nicely tanned too.

Contrary to popular Western opinion, the healthcare industry in CIS republics is not still some Soviet-era nightmare of drab, green concrete walls, rusty scalpels, bearded vodka-sozzled surgeons, and patients screaming as tank-sized Roentgen machines roughly nuked their child-making organs to shrivelled husks. Indeed, for a customer with money, and the Mafiya has plenty of that, the quality of hospitals and body-mod clinics often outstrips those of Beverly Hills, Shanghai or Nice. It had long been trendy for Bratva boys to head to Odessa to go under the scalpel for professional reasons, and so Leopold took himself down there a second time in '21, this time for a series of injections of growth hormones and a lipoplex-carrier recombinant DNA cocktail into the smooth muscle tissue of his heart, aorta and pulmonary artery. Six weeks in hospital and three months of sun, sea and young devutchka later, the results were less noticeable to a casual observer, but Leopold could definitely feel the difference in his boosted ticker. Three years later he was thanking the blessed St Michael that he had paid the 150,000 hryven for that piece of elective surgery, as often he attributes his survival of being hanged to that extra fluid ounce of blood-pumping capacity.

Skills and Knowledge

Streetwise and Mob Contacts

Religious Learnings

St George in Georgia

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A icon of the Theotokos, the Mother of God, (in Georgian, ღვთისმშობელი translit. Ghvtismshobeli).

Military and Weapons

Leopold started his chequered killing career in the Georgian Army, enlisting straight from school at 19. At the time, Georgia was involved in UN peacekeeping duties in Iraq, so Leopold soon found himself there and completed two extended tours. He was not long in the army, and saw little action while in Iraq, but the military training grounded him in a handful of skills that would get him a trade when he demobbed. Thus he is familiar with handguns and longarms, and roundly-versed in the basics of Russian Sambo, which he still practises.

Background Story

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Horoscope Reading

(from astrology.com)

  • Section 1: How You Approach Life and How You Appear To Others
Forward-looking and progressive, you are a person who supports change, innovation, and human advancement, and you are often strongly committed to a humanitarian cause or social improvement. You are extremely aware of the interconnection and interdependence of all people, and are always relating personal issues to some larger framework. You see the political or social ramifications of personal actions, and you wish to contribute something of value to the world, or at least to your community or group.
  • Section 2: The Inner You: Your Real Motivation
Proud and intensely individual, you really want to stand out, to be the very best you can be, and to be recognized and appreciated for your unique contributions. Doing something well and being respected for it is extremely important to you, and you cannot tolerate being in the background, taking orders from others, or being "just one of the team". You must put your personal stamp on whatever you do, and direct your own course in life. You need to have a place where you can shine, express yourself creatively, and be the one in charge.

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