Chapter 1 -“A Fathers Legacy”
A man’s characteristics can be traced throughout his bloodline, starting with his father. Rixon Sole became the Death Angel Assassin which many know as Morte Rapida. The origin of this mysterious warrior began with the violent history of his father; a man named Dorian Cutler. Dorian had a rough life which began at an early age. He came up in the Irish Mob and ended up fleeing the U.S for Japan during the 1950’s after he double crossed his gangster counterparts. He became a marked man.
April 4 1932,
The streets of Boston Massachusetts during the time were a pretty difficult area to raise a family. Violence is a common occurrence which has come to be expected, and the grind to keep your family fed with a roof over their head can be somewhat of a never ending task. It’s pretty hard to make an honest living when the economy is working against you. Both farmers and corporate businessmen alike were affected by the great depression of the 20’s. Factories shut down, businesses closed; no one was making money to be spent. It was the first time the economy showed how much it can affect the country by forcing most Americans to live in poverty. Life had become a struggle in which no one had it easy. It was every man for himself, nothing was given to you. Even through all of the darkest of financial times which caused family instability and damn near starvation there was one aspect of life which was not forgotten, and that was the thrill of two men executing the sweet science which we have come to know as boxing. This was the type of entertainment only a fighter can create. Many of the small towns had their own bare knuckle throw downs and most of the town would gamble or drink away the little money they had while watching. It was the only thing in their lives which helped them escape the dismal daily grind that often proved to be hopeless. There was one fighter in particular that seemed to catch everyone’s eye and was a local celebrity because of his ability in the squared circle, Dorian Cutler. Other than Major League Baseball, boxing was a sport which appealed to the masses, no matter what their situation was. Dorian came up in the streets fighting for money not only for protection but to feed himself as well.
Dorian was born and raised in Boston. His mother passed away when he was 7 years old and his father was an abusive drunk who could care less about him. He was pretty much on his own, so he learned how to survive. The harsh surroundings he came up in molded him into an uncharacteristically tough kid. The young kid had to learn how to stand up for himself; no one showed him any pity. When you get tested, you swing for the fences, that’s how you handled any man who tried to take what’s yours. In the streets your fist earned you respect. Fighting was a daily ritual for Dorian and it became his trade, it was the only thing he was good at. By the age of 13 he became a well rounded street fighter which garnered him a reputation in the neighborhood. He ran the streets in Cambridge and South End Boston. By the time Dorian was 16 most men waved off a confrontation with him. He feared no man nor was he afraid of pain. He wasn’t a polished fighter, but he had a good foundation.
Due to Dorian’s influence within the surrounding neighborhoods he attracted the attention of the local Irish gangsters. Most of the prominent criminals in Boston were Irish immigrants. These men were known to be violent and had no problem displaying the lengths they would go to show why they should be feared. The mentality of a true Irishman was twisted; they expected absolute loyalty and respect, yet they would easily turn on you for the most mundane of reasoning. They often held family close, but wouldn’t think twice about coming after your family in revenge. The law was bought, so these Irish thugs did whatever they wanted. This Irish crime syndicate in Boston later became to be known as the Irish Mob.
One local gangster named Sammy “Tones” Cadwell watched the young up and coming Dorian Cutler shake down a few bookies at a local pub in the inner city. Cutler broke one man’s’ jaw and slammed the other through a bar table before taking their cash deposit. Sammy knew this kid was something special. A few months later Sammy ended up vouching for the young Irish kid and got him into the business. He took Dorian under his wing and treated him like his own. Sammy was the kid’s way into the criminal lifestyle.
Sammy became Dorian’s mentor, he showed him the ropes. Even though Dorian was the muscle and only collected debts, he needed to showcase himself like a true gangster instead of just a common street thug. In most cases appearances and reputation meant everything. Sammy made sure this kid knew how to dress, manage his money, and never let anyone disrespect him and get away with it. They both forged a close relationship, Sammy sort of filled the void of a father figure and the two were inseparable. Dorian was soon learning how to be a mobster. He was very receptive and became well respected by his fellow Mob Affiliates, no one questioned him. Now that he was a “made” man, the fear of Dorian grew because he no longer had any limitations. He was now 22 years old and was living the life of a true mobster. He was untouchable. The grit and griminess which made him such a tough kid kind of grew with him. Dorian was about 6’2 and 232 lbs of an intimidating figure. He kept in shape and still battled in the ring for money.
Sammy “Tones” Cadwell was a very talented jazz singer, that’s why the boys just called him “Tones.” He had a fantasy of leaving the east coast and relocating to Vegas to pursue his hopes of being a recording artist and rubbing elbows with the stars out in California. Tones was definitely a dreamer, that’s what made him such a likable guy, everyone needs to extract themselves from reality sometime and Tones did that for the people around him. He was the kind of person you couldn’t bring yourself to hate, he just had that spark and it was natural. However, whenever Sammy mentioned leaving the mob it made the rest of the crew a little uneasy. It sort of gave them the vibe that Sammy wasn’t loyal. With all the illegal activity and what Sammy knew about the upper management he could cause serious damage if he ever decided to turn on them. “Tones” had started to become a liability, a lot of the upper level guys in the Irish Mob wanted him written off.
Sammy was not only trying to make plans for his departure, but he tried to help Dorian find a way out to. Being a gangster was a dead end job, literally. In the summer of 1947 Sammy used his connections to get Dorian to train with the World Heavyweight Champ of the time, Joe Louis. Joe was starting to get past his prime, but maybe he could drop some knowledge into the young Irishman. While in the ring sparring, Dorian was getting hit with everything Joe threw at him. Dorian was a brawler; he hadn’t learned the finesse of using footwork and head movement as a defensive tactic. He still didn’t understand the basics of balance and coordination instead of just raw power and blunt force. He often attempted one punch knockouts and would then tire instead of using flurry’s to target the body intending on slowing your opponent which helped preserve your own endurance. These were just a few of the tools needed to become a complete fighter. Joe had accomplished a lot in his life by mastering the many aspects of boxing. Dorian continued to train and learn to be a balanced fighter. By watching the champ he learned how to jab and set up combinations. The young fighter was soon throwing hooks and uppercuts with precision, instead of wasting energy on throwing haymakers in street fights. They both continued training with one another for several weeks. Joe Louis had an aura of greatness around him; he ushered in a whole new style of boxing. He moved like a lightweight, but hit like a heavyweight. The combination of speed, power, and accuracy was incredible for its time. Once Dorian learned this style, he began to embarrass the legendary Louis in the ring. The surrounding African Americans at the time didn’t like to see their hero get abused like that, so the training ceased. It was a tough time for relations regarding black and whites, both Sammy and Dorian understood.
Dorian became bored with collecting for the mob. He wanted to use his newfound boxing skills and make a name for himself in the professional world. He started in bare knuckle matches around town, easily disposing of any opposition which he was presented. He became a hometown hero, giving the hope to the hopeless so to say. Sammy also pursued his interests and rented a recording studio in South Boston and began working on his music. The Irish Mob didn’t like this at all. The fact that Tones was acting on his inhibitions for singing indicated he wanted to leave the mob. Nobody could leave the family. A hit was put out on them both, an example needed to be made.
The hit squad caught up with Sammy “Tones” Cadwell outside of Cambridge. He was coming out of a movie theatre and they lit him up with a tommy gun. There wasn’t much left of him. His death was all over the news and the crooked police covered it up saying it was a robbery. Dorian became enraged once he learned, 10 years of loyal service and they splattered him all over the sidewalk. He knew it wouldn’t be long before he was next. It was time to lay low; it was time to get the hell out of Boston. After gathering as much money as possible he decided to head up to New York. At the time everybody knew that New York belonged to the Italians, so he wouldn’t be surrounded by any of his old colleagues around there. The Boston Mob hadn’t made its way up north yet.
Dorian with but a couple thousand dollars successfully escaped Boston and the Irish hit squad. Once he was in New York City, he started monitoring the underground fight scene looking for a way in. It was time he started from square one and made a name for himself once again. He began in Brooklyn, after about a month he amassed a record of 14-0. Taking what he learned from Joe Louis combined with his street experience; he had a skill set that could not be overlooked. Every aspect of his game in the ring was elite level. Heads began to turn, promoters took notice of Dorian and his reputation in New York began to garnish him mainstream attention. It wasn’t long before the boys back in Boston were catching news of their old friend.
While preparing for his first professional fight a man showed up in his dressing room. Before Dorian had a chance to notice him, the stranger opened fire with a hand gun. A bullet ripped through Dorian’s arm as he dove behind a set of lockers. As he lay on the floor he could feel his heart pumping faster forcing the blood to pour out of the gash in his right arm. The man sent to kill him began to walk around the row of lockers looking to finish off his mark. Dorian knew this was a planned hit and the police were bought, the trigger man was moving with no sense of urgency, almost like he was stalking an injured animal. “He probably has a man at the door” thought Dorian as he tried to make his way to his feet. He stood up and took off his robe then hid in the locker room shower. He listened for his gunman, he had his left fist cocked and adjusted his footing. This had to be a one punch shot, Dorian was bleeding profusely and his vision started to blur slightly. He leaned up against the shower wall on the left side of the entrance way, waiting for his target to show. The stranger started to enter the shower room. As soon as he revealed enough of his chin Dorian unleashed an explosive left hand which instantly shattered the assassin’s jaw dropping him on his back. Knowing there was a doorman, Dorian climbed out of the rear window of the gym. It was raining heavily outside and dark clouds blanketed the New York night. While outside, Dorian could barely stand up. By this time, he could hear the commotion from the locker room. He wouldn’t be able to escape in his current condition. Just before passing out, he could see a couple of Japanese men pull up in a Cadillac and run over to him.
As soon as Dorian regained consciousness, he was laying on a floor in an expensive hotel room surrounded by a half dozen Japanese men in suits. One of them spoke English,
“American, you have trouble. I give you two options, you come with us, or I will take you back to where I found you and maybe collect a reward, or………you can come with me and make more money and have more women than you ever could here my friend. What will it be……….”
“I guess I will take option two you fucking genius, where are we going?” - Dorian
“Japan my friend, don’t worry, you will be taken care of.” - Japanese man
Chapter 2 - The Monastery.
Mr. Dorian Cutler now belonged to the Japanese Organization called the Yakuza. The Yakuza were a strictly governed highly disciplined Japanese crime syndicate that in many ways resembled the Italian mafia. However, there are distinct differences between Japanese organized crime and that of the United States. The Yakuza had no need to exist in secrecy; its members flaunted their affiliation with distinctive tattoos which covered a large portion of the body along with a specific style of dress. They often displayed emblems on wooden boards which signified their office locations that showed how unafraid they were of law enforcement. The Yakuza had their hands into everything- stocks, protection rackets, entertainment districts, retail, prostitution, drugs, guns, etc. This organization also specializes in a certain variety of illegal activity. Yakuza frequently engage in a uniquely Japanese form of extortion, known as sōkaiya - a specialized form of protection racket. Instead of harassing small businesses, the Yakuza infiltrate stockholders' meetings of large corporations by purchasing the amount of stock required to grant them attendance. Sōkaiya agents then blackmail these companies with incriminating or embarrassing information about the company's leadership or business practices. Many times, to avoid the threat of public humiliation, the company agrees to pay the Sōkaiya. Some still include payoffs as part of their annual budget. In the beginning of Dorian’s affiliation with the group, this open display of illegal activity was quite surprising.
Dorian learned what his primary role in the organization would be quite quickly. The Kumicho (the overall leader of the Yakuza) wanted Dorian to be their prize fighter. Dorian was very opinionated and stubborn, which often earned him disdain from the elder Yakuza. Japanese culture demands respect and obedience from those of inferior status, unfortunately, Dorian believed otherwise. His abilities in the ring caused him to display overwhelming arrogance toward his Japanese affiliates. He felt he was in a position that labeled him untouchable. However, In the Yakuza…… no one was untouchable.
During the 40’s in Japan American Boxing was becoming a popular sport which began to draw attention from the rather reserved Japanese public. So many people started to learn the art of boxing as it grew throughout the east, therefore gambling and the potential for profit followed. Dorian was the token American fighter; he was exactly what the Yakuza wanted.
The young Irishman’s career was illustrious through the years, he boasted an undefeated streak in the Far East which garnered him admiration from the Japanese. He was much larger than his opponents and his skill set still remained superior. He fought for close to four years before the bosses wanted him to try a different type of opponent. He squashed every Asian boxer that climbed into the ring with him; he was just too much to handle in such a restrictive combat style. The many admirers also wanted a different kind of fight from the American. The Yakuza agents in Thailand lured highly skilled Muay Thai Fighters to challenge Dorian in the ring. These fights seemed to heighten the excitement and interests of the fans. Dorian spent the next year fighting nothing but Thai fighters; it took a toll on his body. All of the intense leg kicks, knees, and elbows that barraged his body took away his once agile mobility. He was no longer undefeated; he had lost a few fights due to not being able to defend very well in clinches which left him open for attacks that often cut him open. Dorian wasn’t a commodity anymore and he knew it. Pushing 30, he found that this kind of lifestyle he once loved began to disgust him, he wanted out, he wanted a family. There was one woman in particular he grew attached to. Her name was Silia Nasaki, she was a beautiful Japanese Italian woman who was kidnapped from Italy and forced into prostitution. Dorian paid the resident shateigashira (local Yakuza boss) for Silia’s services exclusively, no one else was to touch her. Dorian planned on leaving the Yakuza with Silia and fleeing back to the United States to live in Cleveland Ohio, he figured it was a low key city and he could open a gym there. Once he found out that he and Silia had a baby on the way, he knew he had to make a decision, his woman and unborn child needed to disappear immediately. If his bosses in the Yakuza found out she was pregnant, they would either kill her, or take the baby and raise it to be a worker for them. The baby could also be used as leverage for Dorian to stay with the Yakuza until they found no further use for him. Any way you look at it, this situation ended badly for the Irishman.
Silia ended up fleeing back to Italy with help from Dorian. She stayed with her sister and hid from the Yakuza agents. She knew that as long as she was with her baby and her family, they were in danger. Silia waited for Dorian to meet her in Italy for a few months. After awhile she knew he was not going to make it and it was a high probability he was dead, her heart was broken. Her assumption was correct. Two days after Silia left Japan, Dorian was called down to the loading docks along the bay, he was found with two rounds from a 9 millimeter in the back of his skull and floating face down in the water. They killed him because he was no longer making them any money.
After Silia gave birth to her baby, she named him Rixon Sole. She got his name after her father Rixon Nasaki who was a seasonal fisherman in Kyoto Japan, and her mother Sole Nasaki who was an Italian seamstress who was rescued by her father when she was on a commercial cargo ship in the Atlantic that hit a forgotten mine field left over from the First World War. She had very fond memories of the two and wanted Rixon to be just as blessed as they were. Eight months after Rixon was born, she left him to a trusted minister at local church, at least that’s what she thought. Silia was just not able to give him the care he deserved and be on the run. She disappeared shortly after.
The minister who promised to take care of Rixon was indeed a man of God, but not in the sense most people would recognize. He was part of an ancient religious based guild called the Death Angels Assassins. His specific purpose was to find infants and young children who were blessed with the gifts to become what the Monks who formed the Death Angels Assassin call a Sheppard. In lamest terms a Sheppard is defined as an assassin who kills in the name of god. The Monks have outposts all over the world, their existence is kept in total secrecy, and no one has broken the code of silence during its existence for over a thousand years. They have been molding civilization by eliminating global threats as well as those whom have caused great pain and suffering throughout the history of man. This minister Silia trusted delivered Rixon when he was 8 months old to a Monk who traveled from Mongolia to retrieve him. He was taking the young infant to an ancient facility known as the Monastery; this place is where the young children are acclimated and where the first phase of training the Monks refers to as “the foundation” take place. All of the Monks within the organization have their own specific duty; most live specifically for the purpose of mastering their task. This specific Monk who took custody of Rixon basically locates gifted bloodlines and helps them understand their talents so they can serve the purpose of cleansing society. Rixon had the physical attributes as well as the mental depth required for the complexity of the training and task of being a Death Angels Assassin. Being able to determine these abilities for a child at such a young age takes an incredible precision focused mind with spiritual awareness. Rixon was on course to fulfill his destiny.
The Monastery where Rixon was trained during his early years was a vast hidden temple that possessed an honored history by having the most influential figures in this world attain their knowledge within its walls. It is known as the Ji Chu Temple. Ji Chu when translated into English means “Foundation.” The Monastery was given the name by a Chinese General under the notorious warlord Liu Bei during the Eastern Han Dynasty. He had it built and hidden within the mountains for the Monks many centuries ago to train his son to be the greatest emperor of all Asia. He soon died and his son became a celebrated Sheppard within the Death Angels Assassin and is rumored to still be alive due to the regenerative abilities the monks have perfected to prolong their lives. This temple was hidden deep within the Tien Shan Mountain range located in North Western China near the Taklimakan Desert and border region of Kyrgyzstan. There are no roads or trails of any kind leading to the entrance of this training sanctuary. The locations of the temples and various training facilities of the secretive Death Angels Assassins Guild are concealed from civilization. Their existence is also masked from all technological means as well.
The Monks who have operated these temples have advanced greatly in fields such as human physiology, science and technology, philosophy, and most important they have mastered the art of combat in every form possible. They are far more advanced than any civilization on Earth. Through the centuries of human progression, they were a large portion of the driving factor. However, there is a code that no technology or science knowledge of any sort can be shared with any society. The Monks view mankind in general as God’s children, man as a race is irresponsible, arrogant, undisciplined, violent, and do not yet encompass the emotional depth in general to control the types of advancement the Monks have been able to reach through thousands of years of research and devotion. They believe they were blessed with the gift enlightenment. Their beliefs are simplistic in theory: monitor mankind, do not let them destroy themselves, it is in mans nature to do so. So they eliminate any and all threats that would steer humanity harmfully. Kings, dictators, emperors, warlords, even presidents have been marked by the Death Angels Assassins….and they never miss their mark. In their hearts they believe these deaths were for the greater good.
The young children brought to this temple are considered gifts and are treated accordingly. There were precise attributes and characteristics required to become a Death Angel Assassin, only about a dozen babies per generation meet these requirements. Rixon along with the other assassins to be were not trained like privates in a boot camp. The Monks believed every aspect of every training segment was to be learned to precision, so they developed highly involved processes to accomplish this education. All lessons were to become instinct, a second nature, an involuntary reflex brought on by a specific action. No Sheppard would ever be unprepared for any situation. The Ji Chu Monastery had one purpose; this was to build the foundation which would be the first phase and groundwork for becoming a master assassin.
Rixon soon met his mentor and Shidoin (sensei) Master Soonsiet. Shidoin Soonsiet was the most respected, honored, and talented warrior in all the history of the coveted Death Angels Assassins. He had no equal; there was an aura about him that commanded admiration. Young Rixon Sole would soon become Master Soonsiets prize pupil. His training was about to begin……
Prologue - Beneficial Science,
One of the advantages of being raised in the Death Angels Assassin Guild is the scientific advancement and the physical augmentation it provides. The knowledge the Monks have acquired regarding human anatomy and physiology worked its way into the assassins training. It all started at an early age. When the children are able to walk and recognize the important aspects of their own life, the strengthening of the mind begins. These exercises start out simple, the Monks will make slight insignificant changes in the children’s quarters and around the Monastery and track whether or not they can notice. After this exercise catches on they are encouraged to scan and track the subtle changes to increase their memory strength. This becomes a daily ritual for years until it becomes instinct for the children to memorize and form a visual blueprint of every environment they are in. This practice assures a sharp mind prepared for any situation.
Once Rixon reached an age to where his mind developed enough to be augmented, the Monks began to increase his natural abilities with their scientific enhancements. The first form of this augmentation began with a procedure called electromyography. The Monks mastered electromyography and modified this procedure to increase the electrical activity within the cells contained throughout the human body. Based upon their research in cognitive neurology specifically targeting the cerebral cortex they found that they can stimulate the body to significantly increase the neural activity and boost a subject’s capacity for energy output. The newfound neurons traveling throughout the brain also increased its velocity within the cerebral cortex. This amplified speed and quantity of neurons ultimately caused the brain to learn and store information at a substantially higher rate. The mind now contained a greater motor sequence memory which the brain stores what it calls a subroutine in the cortex which defined as an action or sequence of actions that the brain memorizes completely. These subroutines were augmented allowing the subject to learn difficult tasks amazingly quick and have the brain store it with such clarity it almost becomes instinctive when accessed. The assassins were able to learn multiple styles of martial arts and weapon forms in incredible short time due to the enhanced motor sequence. Learning and sustaining the many abilities a Death Angels Assassin acquired became quite effortless. The Monks often preached that the mind must remain fine tuned and sharp, in most situations the assassins were thinking on their feet which became a repetitive practice.
One problem with increasing the body’s neural activities well beyond normal range of activity is that it wore down the nervous system and could cause the body to shut down. The monks knew of this consequence and developed a contingency plan to maintain the increased rate of body functions. The Monk’s contingency plan involved biological reengineering. They were able to unlock the complex components of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The intricacy of human DNA provides a wide range of possibilities which can lead to disaster when implemented incorrectly. The Monks began to experiment with the methods of gene sequencing in the late 1800’s, so they had two hundred years of trial and error to work with. They began exploring the DNA for organisms that had regenerative qualities such as amphibians and various reptiles. The human body is already programmed to repair itself, cells and tissues within the body revert back to their natural state when damaged. Depending on the severity of the injury, the human cells can only repair from moderate injury successfully. The Monks were able to reprogram the cells and modify the genetic sequencing with the insertion of regenerative amphibian DNA. This change allowed the body to operate at such a higher velocity, and forced the body to recover completely from serious injury due to the cells being in a constantly regenerative state. This gene sequence modification also allowed the Death Angels Assassins to recover from injury faster than humans are capable of, the healing factor is not instantaneous, adequate recovery time is still needed.
The Monks were also able to increase the physical attributes of their assassins. This was done in the same manner that the brain sensory was conducted. Electromyography was used in a altered form to increase the electrical potential generated by muscle cells. Their procedure increases the motor neurons speed to reach the neuromuscular junction (the area were the nerves reach the muscle tissue). By increasing the motor neurons, it enhances the subject’s reflexes and reaction time to incredible levels. After completing this phase of training and mastering it, the assassins had above peek human speed and reaction time. This procedure is done in a more delicate matter with brain sensory. It increased sight, hearing ability, scent, and makes the equilibrium impervious to unbalance.
The final augmentation by the Monks was the Compressional energy ability. When Rixon was young, his Erythrocyte (red blood cell types) was injected with an element called sipeonalyth. This element was found to be the most powerful and durable medium to carry various types of energy. The monks found a way for the sipeonalyth to bond with human erythrocyte cells with no adverse side effects to the circulatory system. With Rixons red blood cells basically laced with this element, he can manipulate sound energy with only a thought in a concise manner. This ability is a stealth tactic and is often used to cause instant heart irregularities in their targets causing death within 2 minutes by compressional sound waves to disrupt the blood flow and heartbeat. This attack throws the body into a defensive panic. This ability can be augmented when Rixon is in an area which has an abundance of sound waves: concerts, war zones with explosives, thunderstorms etc... When Rixon does not have to create his own compression waves and uses existing ones, he can manipulate was is already there, which can increase his energy output 10 fold depending on how many waves are traveling. However, this ability does have its limitations; he cannot lift objects that he cannot normally lift within his own physical limits which are peak human. When he does focus, he maximizes his effort being precise with his targets. The closer the target the more powerful the affects are. Rixon has been known to kill a mark with this ability at over 150 yards away. This ability takes years to master. The assassins, who master it, are in complete tune with their body.
The blending of these abilities is what makes a Death Angels Assassin unique. Once mastered, these men become a killer unlike any other.