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The Way of the Rat

Walking the path of shadows

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Created on 2011-12-22 17:38:46 (#1197172), last updated 2013-08-02 (216 weeks ago)

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Name:Hamato Splinter
Birthdate:Jan 1
HEIGHT: 4' 10"
WEIGHT: 150 lbs.
WEAPON: Any, or none.
COLOR: Purple, or yellow

PERSONAL PROFILE: My origins have been clouded in mystery... some say that I was once a man, known as Hamato Yoshi. Another tale states that I was once merely a humble pet rat of a man named Hamato Yoshi. For the record allow me to state that both are true... and yet, neither is true. Such is the way of Ninjitsu.

I am Ninja, and have been called Master. I have yet to master my skill, however, and I must continue my practice. Ninjitsu is a lethal combination of physical and metaphysical prowess, and it is not mastered easily. Those who claim to master Ninjitsu are many, those who actually do are few... very few, indeed. Ninjitsu is the way of the shadow warrior, and it brings much darkness into the lives of those who practice its art. Some must walk the path of shadows to shelter those who transverse the light. It is balance we seek.

My days as a warrior are reaching their sunset. I spend much time in meditation now, seeking a new path. Life cycles always anew, and we must strive to harness its whirlwind. In this we find peace and contentment. In contentment, we are rich.

I know not what the future holds for my sons and I, but I savor each new day and eagerly await the next. Time passes all too quickly for these old bones, but I welcome its passing as the thirsty oak beckons the oncoming storm.

I bid you peace and contentment upon your journey through this veil. I believe in your ability to harness the whirlwind. Practice with diligence, and you shall.

Splinter is the master and father figure of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In all versions of the story, he is a mutant rat, but his origins often vary depending on the version.

In the original comic (as well as the movies and 2003 animated series), Splinter was the pet rat of a ninja named Hamato Yoshi. Exceptionally intelligent for his species, Splinter was able to learn his master's art by mimicking his movements while he practiced.

Yoshi eventually was embroiled in a dispute with a fellow ninja by the name of Oruku Nagi over the love of a woman named Tang Shen. When the woman favored Yoshi, Nagi grew angry and beat her. Yoshi came across them, and slew Nagi in his rage.

The pair escaped to New York City, but were tracked down and slain by Nagi's younger brother, Saki, who had become The Shredder.

Without a home, Splinter eventually came to live in the city's sewers. One day, he saw a canister of chemicals go flying from a truck. The canister struck a boy in the face after he saved a blind man from being hit by the truck (a reference to the superhero Daredevil), and then struck and shattered a bowl full of four baby turtles carried by a young boy. The now broken canister and turtles fell into the sewers, where Splinter rescued them, also exposing himself to the ooze that had covered the turtles.

In time, the ooze mutated both Splinter and the turtles, increasing their size and intelligence, and making them more humanoid. Eventually, Splinter named the four turtles Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello (after his favorite Renaissance artists) and raised them as his own sons, but also training them in the arts of ninjitsu, so that they may one day avenge the death of Hamato Yoshi and slay the Shredder, who had amassed a powerful organization in the New York underworld.

Splinter comes from the same timeline and canon point as the other Milliways TMNT charcters.

Splinter is from Mirage Studios'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, and is the property of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. He appears here solely for the purpose of role-playing in [info]milliways_bar, from which no profit whatsoever is being made.
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