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Real Name: William Greystoke
Height: 6' 6" (Human Form) / 7' 10" (Lycan Form)
Weight: 240 lbs. (Human Form) / 800 lbs. (Lycan Form)
Affiliations: British Armed Forces, New Zealand Defense Force, MI6, Sector 13, Wolf Pack
Originating in Scotland around A.D. 800, the Greystoke clan of Lycans was under the leadership of its patriarch, Malcolm Greystoke. The Greystoke clan of Lycans separated itself from most Lycans of the time. In previous ages, Lycan race had depended upon the moon for their survival. Once an individual had transformed into their powerful Lycan form, they would strike. However, it gave them severe limitations. Therefore, the Greystoke line began to concentrate on their human form. Thought to be a point of weakness by many other Lycans, the Greystoke bloodline would prove different. In the end, they would rise above "instincts."
This process included intense combat training in order to enable members of the Greystoke clan to defend themselves without relying solely upon their Lycan abilities. Another step of this transformation included sessions of deep meditation. During these sessions, the individual would work on controlling their Lycan abilities. In doing so, they wished to merge their human and Lycan characteristics. This would give their human form increased strength, agility, speed, senses, and reflexes. Also, their Lycan forms would be granted greater control, resulting in increased intelligence.
Eventually, all of the hard work and dedication of the Greystoke bloodline was rewarded. The human forms possessed many enhanced physical characteristics such as physical strength which enabled them to lift approximately two tons, leap great distances, and reach running speeds of nearly 80mph on foot. Their human senses were greatly improved as well. They could smell an enemy from nearly five miles away, see in total darkness, and hear the heartbeat of a mouse from nearly a mile away.
The Lycan form underwent several amazing changes as well. Foremost, a human could transform into their Lycan form at-will during any time of the day. For some reason though, any area on the globe between 15 degrees North and South of the equator would prohibit the Lycan transformation during the daytime. Nevertheless, this bloodline had its strengths. The Greystoke Lycans possessed strength that was greater than normal Lycans. Usually, it would register between Class 20 and Class 40 on the strength scale. However, some Lycans of the Greystoke bloodline were said to possess strength registering as high as Class 70 or 80. In addition, the Greystoke lineage of Lycans developed their own form of combat which was specifically made to utilize the physical features of the Lycan. While they improved many of the Lycans' strengths, they could not solve its greatest weakness. Despite the Greystokes' attempts to create Lyconic perfection, they still had one particular bane.... silver. They could touch it; but once it entered the heart, it was all over....
In time, the Greystoke's rose in Lycan nobility. Malcolm Greystoke was once and for all declared King of the Lycan Underworld. At the time, it appeared as if the Greystoke Legacy would endure forever. The Lycans had finally united as one group. However, trouble lay on the horizon.
The Greystoke bloodline separated itself from most other Lycan orders in more ways than one. In particularly, the Greystoke lineage made a vow never to spill the blood of the innocent. In many ways, this was the greatest change ever witnessed among the Lycan race. Finally, they had risen above instincts. However, several vampiric sects and a few lycan orders did not embrace the same ideals of the Greystokes. Fearing the lycans would rise in power, the vampiric sects set out to divide the lycans and turn them against the Greystokes.
The result was a war which went on for centuries. The Greystokes managed to form an alliance with a few other Lycan clans. However, none of the vampiric sects sympathized with their cause. Outnumbered and shunned, the Greystoke Clan of Lycans was forced to fight. When Malcolm Greystoke was slain, the lycans were left without a leader. As a result, they became divided and scattered.
With the constant blood wars, the Greystoke bloodline was nearly depleted off the face of the earth. Eventually, the bloodline had been reduced to one male and female, Peter and his wife Elizabeth. With the rest of the Greystoke lineage destroyed, it appeared as if the legacy of noble Lycans would end.....
Born in A.D. 1200, Peter Greystoke was one of the finest Lycan warriors on the planet. He was a master in the ancient form of Lycan combat. In addition to learning the ancient techniques, Peter created new techniques as well. He traveled the globe with his wife, Elizabeth. Peter and Elizabeth traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and even Africa. Wherever he went, Peter would learn new techniques and add them into the steps of Lycan combat. In order to keep her safe, Peter taught Elizabeth everything that he had learned. However, no matter how strong or skilled the Greystokes were, they would never be safe.
By the early 1700's, Peter and Elizabeth were the very last of the Greystoke Lycan bloodline. They were constantly hunted. Despite their superior physical traits, the Greystoke lineage was still viewed as an abomination by most vampiric and Lyconic orders. For that reason, the Greystokes refused to produce an heir. The Greystoke's heir would never be safe. Also, while Elizabeth was with child, she would forever be in danger as well. There would be a time to have an heir, but it would have to be later. All the Greystokes could afford to concentrate on at the moment was their immediate survival.
In 1911, the entire world was at war. The Great War had begun. Through that worldwide conflict, Peter and Elizabeth were finally given the chance to fade into obscurity. Staying in the shadows, the Greystokes withdrew back to Scotland. There, they were given sanctuary in an abbey outside of Edinburgh. The priest knew of the noble Greystoke legacy. In addition, that same priest belonged to an order of warrior monks known as the Sacred Guardians. For several years, the two Greystokes were able to live in peace alongside the order. Eventually, Peter and Elizabeth were able to have a child without having to worry of the constant danger. On April 10, 1917, Elizabeth gave birth to a son and they called him William. However, it would be only a matter of time before the Greystokes were found once again.
One cold December night in 1917, Peter and Elizabeth were staying at an abbey outside of Edinburgh under the protection of the Sacred Guardians. In the dead of night, dark figures could be seen leaping over the walls of the abbey. They were vampires. The Greystokes had been found and the blood wars were restarted. Quickly, an alarm was sounded and the order of warrior monks sprang into action. On the grounds of the abbey, a massive battle erupted between the Sacred Guardians and the vampires. Peter Greystoke joined in the fight and slaughtered many vampires, thus furthering the bounty on himself.
Elizabeth and her infant were smuggled out of the abbey by a few Sacred Guardians, then taken to the sea and placed aboard a ship bound for New Zealand. Fighting his way out of the abbey, Peter escaped joined his wife and young William. The family was then taken to New Zealand and set ashore. There was a secret safehouse which the Sacred Guardians had built many years ago. Giving the Greystokes several supplies, the guardians left the Greystokes in New Zealand to start a new life. With the birth of William, the Greystoke legacy had just been given a savior....
With the birth of William, the Greystoke bloodline had been preserved. In so many ways, William was the savior which the Greystoke legacy needed. Through his existence, the Greystoke legacy would never die out. In the wilderness of New Zealand, William Greystoke went under the instruction of his parents. As William grew up, Peter and Elizabeth taught him everything that he needed to know. Human combat, lycan combat, weapons mastery, tracking, and hunting were all taught to William by his father. In addition, his mother and father together instructed him in scholastic studies such as reading, writing, logic, and philosophy. A powerful body would be useless without a keen mind. Most importantly, Peter and Elizabeth taught William about his role in the world. They also taught him about his noble roots and his ties to the Lycan Kingship.
William's Lycan abilities began to manifest around the time of his thirteenth birthday. Right away, he was taught to control his instincts. In doing so, William would be able to best utilize his powers as a Lycan. Throughout his young life, his parents had always told him about the blood wars. However, William had never seen a vampire or another Lycan in his entire life. At the time, he did not realize the true threat which these creatures posed. As time went on, William Greystoke grew into quite a strong young man. His Lycan form was extremely powerful. With sleek muscle toning, rich dark fur, strong solid white fangs, and razor sharp silver talons, young Greystoke represented the perfect specimen of a Lycan.
Return to Scotland
In 1935, the Greystokes left New Zealand and discretely traveled back to Scotland. As a grown man, William was finally able to see the place his ancestors came from. For the first time, he shook the hands of the men who helped his family flee from Scotland in the previous years. Back in New Zealand, William had been acquainted with many locals in the British towns which were there. It had given him some sort of social interaction. However, he was always careful never to reveal too much or to allow himself to get too close to anyone. The dreaded blood wars that had driven his family from Scotland in previous years seemed non-existent. To some, it would make the training from his youth appear to be insignificant. All that William knew then was that he was at peace. His mother, Elizabeth Greystoke felt that way as well. Certainly his father, Peter Greystoke, always felt on-edge. He was the protector of his family for so many years. It was his nature to always be ready for anything. Eventually though, even he found peace.
First Taste of War
In 1939, another war began on the European front. Hitler's blitzkrieg was on the move, and Great Britain was a target. William Greystoke, then twenty-two years old, decided to fight. Peter Greystoke had personally fought in many epic wars and had taken part in many conflicts since that time. Therefore, William was willing to follow in his father's footsteps in hopes of gaining some practical experience in the art of war. No matter what training William would receive, his father told him to never forget his instruction. With the blessing of his father and mother, William left Scotland and went to war.
William joined the British Marines. Already acquainted with wilderness survival, tracking, weaponry, and personal combat, Greystoke excelled as a soldier. However, the entire time, he had to constantly maintain control over himself. Keeping his Lycan abilities in-check, William gave the appearance of a normal human being who just happened to be in top-condition. His fellow soldiers did not know anything about his Lycan roots, and William thought it best if things remained that way. The only one who knew of his lycan ancestry was his close friend, Gen Esis. Like William, Gen was also superhuman and had many unique gifts which aided him in killing.
While in the infantry, William showed great aptitude as a sniper. However, he did not want to just sit back and shoot enemy troops from a distance. Instead, he wanted to be in the thick of battle. It was shown that Greystoke displayed quick thinking skills. He was able to quickly assess a situation and determine a proper course of action. Therefore, he was promoted to squad leader. At times, Greystoke and Esis would both charge into battle to engage in hand-to-hand combat. The whole time, Gen Esis sought to bring out a more animalistic side of William and, at times, he did so.
Whenever it was time to fight, William Greystoke was never afraid to put himself in harm's way. Still, he had to maintain a somewhat low profile whenever possible. There would be no telling who would be able distinguish him as a Lycan. In times of heated battle (especially melee-based engagements), William really had to work on controlling his Lycan abilities. Later on, William would be in countless engagements and would prove himself to be a cunning warrior, time and time again. Peter Greystoke would have been so proud of his son's valiance and prowess in battle.
The End of One War, the Beginning of Another
In 1945, the Second World War was finally over. William Greystoke's ship entered the English Channel and docked in London for a few days. One night, William was in a pub with several of his comrades. From a across the room, a group of women were sitting. They kept glancing over at William, smiling and giggling as they did so. One of the women stood up and made her way over to where William was sitting. Placing her hand on his leg, she leaned in a whispered into his ear. That evening, the two of them conversed over drinks. During the time, the woman would lock eyes with him. Something about the woman was so enticing.
Eventually, the two left the pub. Outside, they just started kissing insanely. Usually, William controlled himself so well. It had to be more than the alcohol which was causing him to let his guard down. Greystoke had never seen that woman before in his entire life, yet he was behaving like that. Pausing for a moment, he looked into the woman's eyes once more. This time, the woman's eyes were gleaming in the moonlight. Opening her mouth, she exposed two large fangs. She was a vampire. By using her ability of seduction, she had lured him in. The entire time, she must have been probing his inner thoughts. William did not know exactly what she saw, but he surmised that it had something to do with his Lyconic origins. In the blink of an eye, the seductive vampire was gone.
He needed to reach his mother and father quickly. There was not telling what kind of danger they would be in. The blood war had begun once again. William took off in a sprint down towards the docks in hopes of finding a boat to take him up to Scotland. As he reached one set of docks, William could not see anyone around. However, his ears picked up the sound of something approaching. He then closed his eyes and began to tap into his Lycan abilities. When he opened his eyes, Greystoke could see into the dark spaces of the dock. At that moment, several vampires appeared all around him.
Instantly, the creatures swarmed. Fighting them off left and right, William allowed his body to change into its Lycan form. The powerful beast rose up and let out a deafening roar towards the vampires. Then, in a display of raw power and speed, he quickly dispatched of the threat. For the first time, he had put his Lycan combat training to the test. For the first time, he had killed a vampire. Now, William had taken his first taste of a blood war. He had taken the lives of several vampires, and now he and his family would be hunted as a result.
Because there would be no ship leaving for Scotland for the next few days, William had to do something else. That night, he transformed into his Lycan form once more and set out on land. In the moonlight, the powerful Lycan made his way up towards Scotland. There would be no telling what danger his mother and father were in. Moving swiftly up through the English countryside over the course of two days, Greystoke finally crossed into Scotland. It would be only a matter of time before he reached the safehouse where his mother and father were being protected.
Becoming the Hunter: Never to Run Again
Eventually, William reached the secluded farmhouse where Peter and Elizabeth Greystoke were residing in their relatively old age. It was nearly dawn by the time he had reached the farmhouse. As he approached the door, the scent of his mother and father were present. However, the scents of several other individuals were in the area as well; but they were not present. They were not vampiric, but human.
William reverted back into his human form then, with a trembling hand, reached up and placed it on the door. As he touched the door, it opened because the latch had been broken off. When the door swung open, tears flooded William's eyes. On the ground in front of him lay his slain mother and father. From the look of it, Peter Greystoke had gone out fighting. His body was pierced with several large silver bullets. The human scent became clear as to what had happened. Peter and Elizabeth were not killed by vampires, but by humans instead. Another scent was there as well, but William did not know what it was.
For ages, forces of humans gathered to fight the Darkness. They were hunters. However, sometimes the forces of Darkness swayed against these men. Due to their greed, some hunters would give into the wishes of their supposed enemies. Such was the case there. A group of vampire and Lycan hunters had apparently been bribed to go after the Greystokes. The seductive vampiress from before had probed William's mind, thus gaining the information that was needed on Peter and Elizabeth's whereabouts. She had then contacted the hunters who were already in Scotland and had given the information to them. From there, the hunters came and attacked the Greystokes.
With tears in his eyes, William stumbled out of the farmhouse. Remaining in his human form, he fell to his knees and let out a cry of agony. For the first time in his life, he was alone. William Greystoke was now the last of the bloodline of noble Lycans. Early in the morning, William buried his mother and father. It was then that William's life took on a new focus. He was the last of the Greystoke lineage. Therefore, he decided that he would run no more.
Going back into the farmhouse, William gathered many of his father's weapons. Remembering everything that he had learned, William set out with a new direction. No longer would he be hunted by the forces of Darkness. In slaying his family, the vampiric orders awakened something inside of William Greystoke. He then developed a hardened resolve to become his enemies' worst fear. While he was rightfully entitled to take on the role of King of the Lycan Underworld, William did not want that power just yet.
Traveling the world, William Greystoke became began to seek out those who once hunted him. One by one, he brought everyone single one of his enemies down. The manner in which he did this was completely ruthless. He would kill silently and effectively. After that, he would leave no trail. It was as if William was able to become a wraith in the minds of his enemies. With the intelligence of a man, the power of a beast, and the brutality unlike none other, William Greystoke became more than just a Lycan. He had become... the Hunter.....
Over the next several years, William served in a variety of special ops units. Whether he was in special ops or just a mercenary, the job remained the same... killing. Whether he wanted to admit it or not, Greystoke had a knack for killing. He turned death into an art, utilizing what his father had taught him and even adding on a few additions of his own. Over the years, it made him into what he is today: one of the deadliest fighters on the planet.
One day while William was in the forests of Italy, he came across a juvenile Golden Eagle that had been injured. However, instead of leaving the creature to die or putting it out of its misery, he decided to help the young eagle. William had grown up around animals. When he was young, he would sometimes go out into the wild. There, young Greystoke would communicate with the animals. In many ways, he himself was an animal. William's Lycan abilities enabled him to communicate with all the creatures.
Eventually, William nursed the eagle back to health. From that moment on, the eagle joined him as a fellow hunter. As the bird matured, it showed great intelligence and power. Greystoke named the eagle Samson. Throughout time, Samson has remained a faithful companion to William. He serves as a scout when needed. Also, there have been times when William was in danger. Samson risked his own life to protect William in those situations. Samson is William's loyal scout, aid, and friend.
While he is constantly on the move, there is one thing which even William Greystoke can not elude... his destiny. For the time being, the lycans scattered, divided, and leaderless. However, the time would come for William Greystoke to take his rightful place as King of the Lycan Underworld. William knows all too well what he has to do.
Despite his confidence in most areas and his success as a leader, William has not yet taken on the title of kingship. Some say that is is stupidity. However, in William's heart, he truly understands the responsibility of such a task. No matter how much experience he has, William is not yet certain that he possesses the wisdom to rule over the entire Lycan Underworld. Nonetheless, the time will come when a king shall take his throne and lead all lycans towards better lives.
During the events of the Doomsday Crisis, the world was forever changed. At Sector 13, Anderson had reached his limit. Horrible acts of treachery occurred during Apocalypse's massive assault on the mountain fortress of Sector 13. Anderson suspected that the United Nations were behind a greater threat. Since their involvement, the entire operation had been sabotaged.
Then, the hero known as Kurrent was locked away for the acts of murder and insurrection. All along, Anderson knew of Kurrent's innocence in the matter. Furthermore, he had undeniable proof that would restore the honor to Kurrent's name. However, certain powers did not want an investigation of the United Nations launched.
Because the world had suffered enough trauma with the destruction of New York City, the invasion of Apocalypse, and several other catastrophic events, certain authorities tried to justify their actions. Despite his orders to abandon the subject, Agent Anderson defied his orders. The world was at stake. The time for politics and other niceties had passed and it was time for action. Therefore, Anderson went to a man who lived his life in the shadows..... The Hunter, William Greystoke.
Going under the radar completely, he gave the Hunter the authorization to create an elite team. This would not be just any team. The goal of this team was to dispense with the barriers which held back progress in past times. Instead of merely defending the world, this team would go on the offensive. Sparing no one, this elite group of individuals would do whatever it took to get the job done. At times, they would become just as ruthless and dark as the evil which they hunted. Their motto would be "Relentless, Ferocious, and United."
Thus, they became known as..... Wolf Pack.
An Animal Unleashed
While away, one of William's close lycan brethren known as Thomas Lee Jamison was kidnapped by the group known as Weapon X. Through the use of Lady Nightmare's telepathy, Thomas was located. Immediately, the Hunter and a detachment of his deadliest warriors of Wolf Pack (known as the Death Dealers) were teleported into the Canadian wilderness. There, they each helped to track down their comrade.
Eventually, they reached Thomas' location; but it was a trap. With his pack facing annihilation, William decided to make a deep sacrifice. In order to save his friend and his pack, William Greystoke offered himself up in exchange for Jamison. Because William was an alpha lycan who could call upon his lycan brethren at any time, the director of Weapon X agreed wholeheartedly to the compromise.
In order to allow Greystoke to change freely into his lycan form whenever needed, the Director surgically implanted three adamantium claws into each of William's forearms, then fused to his bone and muscle tissue. In addition, Weapon X proceeded to wipe the Hunter's memory and place him under their total control. At last, his body was taken and changed forever.....
However, something happened which they had not anticipated. William Greystoke's mind could easily be read. Yet, the physiology of it prevented any manipulation. It was one reason why telepathic blocks had never worked on the lycan alpha. It was also the reason why his mind could not be controlled. In excruciating pain, the Hunter found something new inside himself..... something wild and savage.
Instantly, the Hunter began moving about the facility rapidly killing those around him. With his newly-acquired claws extracted, he tore his enemies to shreds. However, he was not alone. The other members of Wolf Pack showed up and helped him escape his captors. Following a brutal battle against Sabretooth which ended in a draw, the Hunter left the burning Weapon X facility more of an animal than when he had arrived.
Shortly after William had attained his adamantium claws, he sought to test them out against one of the most ruthless criminals of all time - Jean-Luc LeBeau, otherwise known as Gambler. After that battle, Talon, one of Wolf Pack's youngest members, was kidnapped by a group known as the Hidden Lotus. At that time, Greystoke thought of young Laura like a daughter and would do anything to get her back. To find Talon, he would need an army of the world's best trackers - the lycans....
Therefore, he decided to take his rightful place as King of the Lycan Underworld. Making his way deep into the Underworld, the Hunter made contact with the lycans of the Corvinus clan. Though he was initially met with resistance, he fought for his crown and eventually asserted his dominance. In doing so, the lycans were finally united under one banner and Wolf Pack had an entire army of immortals forever at their call....
Traveling up to Canada, the Lycan King led his brethren in an assault on the base of Sparda. After a battle of epic proportions, Greystoke discovered that Talon had escaped and was somewhere in the Canadian wilderness. Leaving the main battle, William went alone deep into the wild in search of her.
Eventually, the Hunter found Talon nearly dead. She had been injected with a serum that had suppressed her mutant ability to heal. At last, if seemed as if Greystoke's quest had been in vain as Laura slipped into darkness. Therefore, the Greystoke Legend did the only thing that he could - he bit her. His rich lycan heritage poured into Laura's body as he blessed her with the gift of immortality. Truly, that brought the two closer than ever as their bond strengthened. No longer was William Greystoke the last of his kind, for now he had a daughter....
Once, Wolf Pack's quest to annihilate evil brought them to the planet Ninjeta. While there, they took part in a war to stop the forces of evil from taking over the planet. In an effort to unite the forces of Wolf Pack and Veritas, Inc., Talon was sent to contact them. However, a group of hostile Ninjans quickly pursued her as she went. Therefore, the Hunter had no choice but to intervene. Sending his detachment of lycans after his daughter, William Greystoke engaged the entire group of Ninjans alone; but was eventually brought down in the heat of battle by the overwhelming odds.
During the battle though, his body was secretly rescued and taken to a secret location. As it so happened, Lady Tlieso did not want the noble lycan to die so soon. Therefore, the Queen of Darkness performed a ritual of blood magic in which the Greystoke Legend was resurrected. Because she had saved his life, William would not harm her.
Over time, the two began to understand each other. William discovered that Lady Tlieso was not like other villains of the time. Instead, she retained a code of honor and was a true lady. Likewise, she saw that Greystoke was a true warrior and that he held true nobility. The two began to understand and relate to each other with each passing day. Eventually, a deep passion grew between them and the two became lovers. Certainly, Lady Tlieso was a villain; but William did not care. Some would consider what he was doing to be wrong. However, he thought it would be more wrong to ignore the passion within his heart....
William Greystoke is the descendant of the Greystoke Lycans. This allows him to transform at-will into a lycan. The Greystoke bloodline are a different breed entirely. While in their lycan form, the Greystokes possess complete and total control. In addition, the Greystokes have managed to rise above instincts, thereby refusing to feed on human flesh. William has no need or desire to feed on human flesh. This is what separates him from most other lycans.
Greystoke Lycans are usually able to lift an excess of forty metric tons. However being an exceptional specimen, William can individually lift near sixty tons. On some occasions, he has even been able to lift near seventy. While some of his ancestors were strong enough to lift much larger amounts, William Greystoke has not reached that level yet. In his human form, William can lift nearly four tons. He can also perform powerful jumps if needed. Along with his muscles, his bones are also extremely tough and durable. His claws can slash through chain link fences, his teeth can contort metal, and his bones rarely break.
In his human form, William Greystoke is extremely swift and agile. While running on two legs, he can maintain prolonged sprints of sixty-five miles per hour. When pushed to a limit, he can reach near eighty miles per hour. In prolonged durations of running though, he maintains an average speed of forty-five to fifty miles per hour. However, in his lycan form, William is able to run on all four legs if needed. His lycan form can maintain prolonged sprints of nearly seventy-five miles per hour. The lycan form also possesses more endurance. It can sprint for much longer periods of time. William's average speed as a lycan is around sixty miles per hour.
William Greystoke is also skilled at acrobatics as well. In his human form, William can easily leap nearly thirty feet upwards and nearly one hundred feet in length. In his lycan form, he can leap nearly one hundred feet upwards over five hundred feet in length. When he was young, his father taught him to use the environment to his advantage. No matter what the environment, William is perfectly comfortable in it. His lycan abilities give him superb balance, allowing him to perform amazing feats. When in his lycan form, his claws allow him to latch onto surfaces when needed. He can scale virtually any surface easily.
The Hunter draws much of his strength from his senses. Being a lycan, he can easily sense in ways most can not. First of all, William possesses extraordinary hearing abilities. His hearing is so finely tuned that he can hear his enemy's footsteps, the noise of their equipment, and even the beating of their heart all from over a mile away. Secondly, William has a highly acute sense of smell. He can pick up an individual scent from miles away. This is most useful in tracking. The same can be said of his sense of taste. It is very similar to his sense of smell.
William's eyes are highly enhanced. Due to his lycan genealogy, he can see objects miles away. He can also see in the dark as well. His sight plays a major role whenever he is using a weapon of some sort. Being able to see and focus on his target has made William an excellent marksman. When it comes to touch, the Hunter can easily feel vibrations in the ground. Also, he can feel the heat that a living being gives off whenever they are near. This helps him in locating his target. Whether it be in a clear, wide open field or in a fog-filled forest, the Hunter, William Greystoke can find his prey and know his surroundings quite easily. One thing that his senses have also aided him with is the ability to react. William possesses superior reflexes.
Longevity and Regeneration
Born a lycan, William Greystoke is immortal. Although he is nearly one hundred years old, William maintains the look of a man in his prime. He does not age like those around him. With this profound longevity has come the ability to heal. Whether in his human or lycan form, William's body can heal itself automatically. Lacerations heal in a matter of seconds. Internal injuries heal in a matter of minutes. A broken bone can heal within a matter of days. If shot, William's body can "sweat" the bullets out and heal instantly, even silver ones. However, if a silver bullet enters either his heart or his brain, then he will instantly die. Overall, William is highly durable and can take a lot of damage.
Communication with Animals
Being somewhat of an animal himself, the Hunter knows how to communicate with animals wherever he goes. This is shown greatly his relationship with Samson, his Golden Eagle. By being able to communicate clearly with Samson, William can easily execute tasks efficiently and precisely. In some situations, animals are the only force on which William can rely. Whether it be to carry a message, scout ahead, or give him aid, William's unique understanding of animals and his ability to communicate with them has proven itself time and time again. A man of the wild, he has also learned to respect the creatures of that world. While he kills for food at times, he only kills what he hungers for. Luckily, he can go for prolonged periods without eating.
When he was a young boy, William was taught by his father, Peter Greystoke. In the forests of New Zealand, Peter molded young William into a fine warrior. Peter Greystoke had traveled all over the world learning different forms of combat. Furthermore, he adapted those forms of combat to suit his Lycan physiology. Tuning the movements and techniques, he formed two sets of combat techniques. The first was a sequence of techniques best-suited for the Greystoke human form. It involved smooth movements with circular motions. Utilizing balance was key in creating the ideal form of combat for a lycan. The second set of techniques was made specifically for the lycan form. It utilized the lycan's powerful arms, sharp claws, and strong teeth. However, each set of combative skills stressed one thing above all - the use of one's environment.
Foremost, Peter Greystoke taught William how to use a sword. If used properly, a sword could subdue nearly any foe regardless of the odds. Because Peter was a master swordsman, William learned from the best. In addition, William also learned how to wield a knife efficiently as well. By the time he was fifteen, William was as deadly a swordsman as his father - making his father extremely proud.
Peter Greystoke always thought that a warrior needed to rely more on his wits and less on his strength. In this way of thinking, he emphasized that not all battles could take place in a common melee setting. Ranged weapons would need to be used. Therefore, he taught William the skill of archery. With William's keen eyesight, strength, and balance, he quickly became a deadly archer. Although he quickly mastered all sorts of pistols, rifles, and other firearms, the bow remained his favorite ranged weapon of all.
Stealth and Tracking
Peter Greystoke taught William how to hunt. Peter said that, when approaching an enemy, one must turn them into prey and become the hunter. Once again drawing on the environment, Peter taught young William how to move quickly and silently, utilizing his Lycan abilities to the fullest. Eventually, William was able to pass through an area with absolute silence.
Because of his keen senses, tracking came almost naturally to William. Peter Greystoke taught him what exactly to look for. Together with his abilities of combat, weaponry, marksmanship, and stealth, William was turning into a deadly hunter. Those skills passed down to him and made him who he is today. He utilized them all throughout World War II, his quest to avenge his mother and father's deaths, his first hunt against a vampire sect, and all of his journeys afterward.
- Given a 200lb draw-weight.
- Possesses scope and laser targeting system.
- Fully functional with all standard arrow-types.
- Has custom arrow designs (exploding arrows, arrows filled with Holy Water, etc.)
- Blades can attach to top and bottom limb for melee combat.
- Blade composed of a mixture of adamantium and silver.
- Full-tang blade is four feet long, three inches wide.
- Handle is twelve inches long; ten-inch leather grip, two-inch pommel.
- Blade composed of a mixture of adamantium and silver.
- Full-tang blade is eighteen inches long, one and a half to two inches wide.
- Handle is seven inches long; six-inch wooden grip, one-inch pommel.
- Blade composed entirely out of vibranium.
- Full-tang blade is eighteen inches long, nearly two inches wide.
- Handle is six inches long, leather-wrapped grip.
Wolf Pack Uniform
- Worn on missions involving Wolf Pack.
- Equipped with tracking device for emergencies.
- Embedded nanotechnology which acclimates the suit to Greystoke's needs.
- Has body armor which can be mounted separately.
- Has an inner layer of vibranium-laced fabric.
- Made of solid adamantium.
- Three kept in each forearm.
- Occasionally effects healing factor.
- Blade of Korean origin.
- Blade composed of 16 layers of 1090 carbon steel.
- Handle covered in ray skin, then wrapped with a leather grip.