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BASIC INFORMATIONCANON OR ORIGINAL:
Dr. Wei Ning Song (Traditional Chinese: Song Wei Ning) (Alternatively, Wei-Ning, depending on romanization preference)CODENAME:
Shaobing (Mandarin for ‘Guard’ ‘Watchman’ or ‘Sentry.’)NICKNAMES:
58DATE OF BIRTH:
June 16th, 1952MARITAL STATUS:
StraightBASE OF OPERATIONS:
Apartment in New York City. Formerly Dandong, China.TIME AT INSTITUTE:
NoneREGISTERED WITH SHIELD?
Hexi, Qinghemen District, Fuxin Prefecture, Liaoning Province, People’s Republic of China. KNOWN RELATIVES:
Song Jia-Ken (Father, Deceased) Song Li (Mother, Deceased) Song Na (sister, deceased) Song Qing (sister, 61), Song Xue (Sister, Deceased) Ou Bi-Mei (Wife, Deceased) Song Jiayi (Son, 33) Song Meilei (Granddaughter, 7) PHYSICAL APPEARANCEHEIGHT:
Surprisingly fit for a man of his age. He works out daily with a vigor that most can’t matchEYES:
Graying facial hair. Has broken the bones in his hands, leaving them look gnarled. CLOTHING STYLE:
His clothing is usually pretty worn, and he has to remind himself to get them laundered regularly. UNIFORM:
Standard red and white uniform for field work. POWERSGENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Superhuman Stamina: Wei Ning can simply go without food and sleep for much longer periods of time than a normal can. Wei Ning has a specialized organ, situated where a normal man’s appendix would be, that uses the food he ingests to catalyze a chemical reaction that produces a paste that provides his nutritional and caloric needs. As it stands, Wei Ning has gone more than 50 days without food without too much ill-effect, though he reported to start feeling hunger around day 30.
Wei Ning’s paste has a minor healing effect. Not to the point that he can walk off broken bones or even heal from a gash or whatever, but it keeps him healthy and rejuvenates the small damage of everyday life, the wear and tear of life, so he can walk miles and miles in a go and not feel tired or worn out. The paste also allows him to go without sleep. Essentially, it gives the brain the same benefit that sleep does. He can go without sleep for roughly the same amount of time that he can go without food. However, he finds that for best results, he still should sleep occasionally. He sleeps about eight hours every twenty days or so.
(To be clear, he does not ever actually see the paste, it is an entirely internal process.)
Peak Conditioning and Mental Training: Not quite his mutation, but a direct effect of his mutation, Wei Ning is at the pinnacle of physical strength and ability for a man his age. He works out constantly. If he has nothing else to do, he works out, and since he has much more time than the average person, he works out a lot. He also is able to focus on something and not get bored with it, doing it day in and day out. WEAKNESS:
Water: Unlike food and sleep, Wei Ning must consume water at a rate about equal, if not a little higher than the average human. This has been the limiting factor on his long-stated desire to swim across an ocean. He is vulnerable to dehydration, and if he goes without water for more than a day, his body can no longer produce his internal paste that fuels him.
Age: Despite his physical training, he is still a man in his late 50s, and his age has caught up to him. He is an extremely fit normal man when it comes to surviving gunfire, knives, etc. PERSONALITY
Song Wei Ning is a tireless perfectionist. Tireless might as well be his name. His powers all but guarantee that he can last longer than anybody else at any given activity. This has led him to basically never be satisfied with what he can do. He’ll spend days trying to master something. If something challenges him, if he comes across something that he’s just plain not good at, he’s spent weeks doing it over and over again. For him, “The Spirit is Willing, but the Flesh is weak” is only half true.
Wei Ning can be overbearing and arrogant, like many surgeons. He has saved lives and he naturally will assume that he knows best. Combined with his powers, and he naturally will assume that he knows more and has studied more than someone else. After all, everyone else spends a third of their lives wasting time sleeping. Compared to everyone else, he has packed in 50% more life in the same time.
Wei-Ning is not very political, especially compared to his son who wishes to join the Party’s upper ring. Still, he was raised in Communist China and views several facets of American life through this lens. He finds a lot of American life to be pampered to the extreme.HISTORY: PRE-APOCALYPSE
Wei-Ning’s father Jia-ken was a coal miner. Wei-Ning was the fourth child and the first son, and Jia-Ken was very grateful to have a son at last. Wei-Ning was born at a tumultuous time in his nation’s history. When he was only 6 years old, China had entered a deep famine. Jia-Ken, not a wealthy man, had great difficulty putting food on the table for his family. The famine lasted for three years. The youngest daughter of the family, Xue, died. It was during this period that Wei-Ning’s powers first manifested, at age 7. He often refused food, and gave it to his sisters when he was forced. Jia-Ken was not happy about this, not wanting to lose his only son. Jia-Ken thought that perhaps the boy was trying to put on a show, looking like he was sacrificing, but stealing food away later. Trying to teach the boy a lesson, he was locked in the small closet of their one-bedroom house. The boy was fine, though he requested water to drink.
At age 11, Wei-Ning was sent to a boarding school in the nearby city of Shenyang. It took a while for the secondary aspects of his mutation to kick in. While he was only a slightly above average student before the academy, his newly-found ability to go without sleep allowed him to gain a leg up on the other students. Possessing a brutal work ethic beaten into him by his father, Wei-Ning rose to the top of the class. He entered the top high school in Shenyang, and eventually went to Dalian Medical University. (In China, doctors simply have a 5 year program instead of obtaining a bachelor’s and then a medical degree.) It was during his time in Dalian that his mother and father died. His father died of lung cancer, presumably caused by his years of exposure to coal dust and other toxic chemicals.
During his long nights alone, Wei-Ning was either working out, or teaching himself. He learned Korean, Russian, English and French, studying from books in the library. Once graduating and becoming a licensed physician, Wei-Ning went to Dandong, a city on the Korean border, working at the hospital there. He met a nurse, two years his senior, Ou Bi-Mei, that he was instantly smitten with. They were married within six months of his taking the job. By the time Wei-Ning was 25, his first (and only) child, Jiayi was born.
Wei-Ning worked as a trauma surgeon for many years, learning in the late 80s that his ability to go without sleep or food was not a cause for worry, most likely, rather a mutation. When Jiayi was 13, his mutation manifested. Jiayi could absorb heat and energy to power himself, also forsaking food and sleep for the most part. When Jiayi’s mutation surfaced, Wei-Ning decided to enroll him and himself into a Da Sheng Men class, to help them both have something to do with their long days. They went to lessons during the evening and practiced during the nights. It was practicing this that Wei-Ning broke his hand the first time.
Jiayi, like his father, used the extra time he had from not sleeping to study more. He ended up studying Foreign Languages in Beijeng. Jiayi met his future wife, Li Mingxia. Two years after he graduated, they married, and nine months after that, Wei-Ning became a grandfather. DURING APOCALYPSE (April 2009)
Wei-Ning’s wife was on a plane from Hong Kong when the EMP struck. She died in the crash. Wei-Ning worked for days straight to deal with the victims of the fires. China was relatively unscathed during the Apocalypse, though the weeks after were much more troubling.
During the chaos, (several riots had broken out in China, people afraid they would be next), Wei-Ning had his hand broken again. POST-APOCALYPSE
: China’s big problem was the pestilence near its southwestern border. In the weeks after, many people were infected, including Wei-Ning’s older sister and his daughter-in-law. Both passed away due to the illness. Jiayi and Meilei moved from Beijeng to Dandong. The family was able to handle the ensuing food crisis that was caused by Famine much easier than the average family, due to two-thirds of them not needing food that often.
Wei-Ning remains in Dandong, working a trauma surgeon. Jiayi works as a translator for hire, often traveling by day to Macau or Beijeng. Meilei has had trouble sleeping recently, complaining of a “fire in her belly.” SAMPLE RP POST:Time:
June 4th, 2011
He had been up for 415 hours. It was nearing time for him to go to sleep again. He could hold out even longer if he wished, but it was not so important to him right now that he test his endurance. What was more important to him was his grand-daughter. Mei Lei was only seven years old, but he was around that age when his mutation manifested. He could contact the authorities. In fact, as a doctor and a member of society in good standing, that was to be expected of him. But he had heard stories from colleagues. He didn't want to risk any harm befalling his grandchild.
Her father was worried. Wei Ning was worried too. Jiayi's powers were more advanced and more flashy than his own. Wei Ning had seen Jiayi eat fire, absorbing its energy to supplement his own. They had hiked miles up-river from their home in Dandong. It was to avoid detection. And to protect others from whatever may happen to Mei-Lei. They were both educated and rational men, but they both had a sense of unease about this.
They hiked for a few more hours, the two of them taking turns carrying Mei-Lei. She complained and complained. Wei Ning's father would not have approved, but Wei Ning recognized that she really was in pain.
At noon, they stopped for Mei-Ling's sake. She needed food. Jiali had taken her to the river, just a few minutes away to try to draw some water to drink. Wei Ning started a fire and began to cook some canned beans for his granddaughter.
As he stared at the fire, he heard an unbelievably loud noise. A bang that would put all other bangs to shame. He looked up and saw billowing smoke, rising fast and then and then spreading out. He was knocked to his feet.
An explosion at the river. He got up, his head ringing, his clothes singed. Dust was still whipping away from the site. He saw his son, his arms out wide spread, drawing in more and more energy, a look of desperation on his face. Blood poured from his nose. He was trying to absorb the blast... Mei-Lei's eyes were glowing. She had caused the blast.
It looked like his granddaughter was a mutant as well.