: George Roma / Hodo HojoPosition
: 5'5", 145lbs, short light-brown hair, scruffy facial hair, reddish-brown eyes, dark/olive complexion. Normally wears knee-length tan shorts, a blue short-sleeve unbuttoned button-down shirt, moccasin-style loafers, and black sunglasses.Weapon of Choice
: Whole bodyAttack List Theme
: Names of Rokushiki
techniques / modified techniquesTraits
: Disproportionately low confidence in his abilities, to the point of being needlessly humble, yet completely believing that what he says is true.Devil Fruit?
: NoneBasic Bio
: Originally an orphan from a land-locked city, George Roma was very ambitious, and good at sports. Despite his somewhat smaller frame, he was the top athlete in his class all around. When he turned sixteen, he joined the Marines, and found out how big the difference was between school and the real world. He was nowhere near the level of those around him. But he strived and strained, and even though he was a virtual push-over compared to the more muscular, better-built fighters, he excelled in skill, and he quickly gained mastery of the techniques, far ahead of his class.
Soon, the higher-ups took notice of him, and had him indoctrinated into the Rokushiki arts. The training tested his courage, resolve, and sometimes even his life, but as a result, he became exponentially stronger, and in a short number of years, he mastered the Tekkai, Shigan, Soru, and Kami-e. He knew the techniques to perform the other two, but could not master them before he left.
Strife came in the form of the covert jobs that the Marines began to send him on. His first job came when he had only learned two of the six techniques. He was the lowest-ranking of anyone there, and he knew his place. Which is why he didn't say anything when the Team Leader went back on a deal with a rum-runner while "bargaining" for the man's life over information. George found murder reprehensible and cowardly, even though he knew that one day he would eventually have someone's blood on his hands.
Eventually his superiors trusted him enough to go on his first solo assassination job: George was to kill a traitor of the World Government--a former pirate who was allegedly engaging in illegal arms dealing, named Flint. George had reservations, but he agreed, because he knew that if he did not, he would be imprisoned or killed.
As he traveled there, he wondered... why would they send an assassin to take care of this man? Why wouldn't they send a message to the local government and have the leaders deal with it? After all, it was a country, with a king, on favorable terms with the World Government. There would be no reason to act if the king were cooperating. He vowed to investigate a little more thoroughly while he was there.
It was easy enough to find his target; he spotted his target during the daytime, shopping for groceries at the market. George followed Flint back to his apartment on a relatively public street, it had a pigeon coop on the roof, and George discovered from the layout of the town that it was right over a sewer. If someone wanted to smuggle weapons, that would be the place to do it.
After some investigation and finding nothing that he could go off of, the next day he slipped in virtually unnoticed to Flint's apartment and began looking all over for answers. He didn't find any weapons. Instead, he found papers. Notes, research, deductions, and educated guesses about the shadiness of the World Government. He even found classified documents that had probably been leaked to him. And he discovered that Flint was a pen name. Attached to the bottom of one of the papers in Flint's office, signed in Flint's handwriting was "by Flint: A Spark of Knowledge." George now understood. The words themselves were the weapons that were being smuggled. The World Government could not allow him to reveal their inner-most secrets. That was his crime.
And yet, George did not believe that this man deserved to die. A simple journalist, doing his job. If Flint were to blindly praise the World Government, they would have no reaction; but to speak out against them... did that constitute death?
As George brooded over his thoughts, Flint came back earlier than George had expected. Flint confronted him with a gun and fired, but George simply used the Iron Body technique and the bullet flattened against him harmlessly. George then told him, "Your identity has been discovered by the World Government. They want you dead. In ten minutes, I will burn this place to the ground. Use the sewers to escape. Take what you will and leave. Go somewhere, and never use the name Flint again. If you are still here in ten minutes, I will kill you."
George sat in silence in the shadows of the sewer for nearly ten minutes, waiting to make sure Flint left as he had ordered him to do. He couldn't go back. The World Government was too powerful, and if they found out he had disobeyed orders, they would kill him on the spot. He was almost sure that the leaders of the World Government didn't trust anyone 100%. It would be impossible to hide his crime forever. But he would have to try.
George watched the man leave by the sewers from the shadows, and then "found" two corpses that no one would miss, hid them in Flint's old bedroom, then staged a Molotov cocktail bombing, and watched as the fire spread through the whole apartment complex. No one else was killed, and the local authorities reported that Jon Palton--Flint--and one other "unidentified male" was dead in the fire.
George fled, as quickly and as quietly as he could, and dove into the ocean. He began to swim, caring little for where he went, just that he wanted to leave and start a new life under the name Hodo Hojo. He vowed never again to be a puppet of the World Government.
Hodo went from town to town, doing odd jobs and helping out where he could before moving on to the next. He tried not to do anything of real importance and remain as inconspicuous as possible.
Until the day he picked up a copy of the newspaper, and discovered an article that turned his stomach. The Marines were being praised for bringing down a "rogue nation." The picture over the article showed one of his teammates from the Rokushiki accepting an award from some Admiral. As he read further, he realized that this "rogue nation" was a nation of scholars, and they had wiped them out for the same reason that they had wanted Hodo to kill Flint.
But this time, they had killed millions of innocent people. This was not justice! Hodo was furious, and he made a second vow right then and there.
Hodo would dismantle the World Government, brick by brick.Goal
: Total annihilation of the World Government.Heightened Attribute
: Speed, Precision