Name: Ebarumashi Ruff
Nicknames: Four Eyes, The Controller
Birthday: 30th August
Hair: short, black, just a chaos there
Eyes: light blue
Outfit: Green or white, unzipped, randomly patterned blouse and baggy shorts(below knee)/jeans (depending on temperature), also white, patterned t-shirts.
Special Features: glasses, tattoo saying: "Control" on right forearm, silver watch
Weapons: 2 ornamented self-made pistols and Akuma no Issei (Devil's Cry), a big sword made of crimson metal, with guard and hilt in shape of crucified skeleton (2nd Greatest Sword, his family heritage), wielded on back
Smells of: sophisticated fragrance
Ruff comes from Taratou (Cod Isle), 2nd island of northern most part of Grand Line. He was always a good child, one of best students at school, respected by villagers. Even as a child he was interested in physics and math. Although high potential, he always wanted to be completely free and dreamed about being pirate, may it be unknown one or most wanted. Some of his friends shared same dream with him. He was also crazed about swordsmanship, he spent long hours training at local dojo, eventually becoming one of best swordsmen in his village.
When he was 14, his village was attacked by pirates. They had no mercy for no one and took everything they could, even people. One of people that had been supposed to be taken was Ruff's best friend, Ora. Seeing that he took his family sword and charged at pirates, getting some kills, just to be easily beaten by crew's 1st mate. After that incident he decided he'll get her back no matter what. He started training his swordsmanship crazily, in addition he picked up marksmanship.
Less then 1 month since pirates' attack, he saw wanted poster of his kidnapped friend. Although being nowhere near to level he desired, he decided to do something you'd call crazy. He decided to find Hawks Eye Mihawk and become his apprentice. Upon hearing that his parents told him he's not allowed, but he just said "Screw you, then", and run from home. For one week he was collecting supplies required to get to another island by boat. He also stole Log Post from local shop, some money and family sword, that came out to be Meitou Akuma Issei. After a week he stole little boat and moved out.
In the Search of the Hawk
Travel to another island took him 6 days. When he got there he decided to find local swordsmen and fight them for money. Here he also got to know that the sword he wields is 2nd world best. With this knowledge he became more self-confident and dared best swordsman on island. After long and exhausting duel he won, winning half million Beli. After 3 days he sailed out again. His journey took him 10 months, during which he didn't lose even one duel. He met Hawks Eye on small island. As he was taking a nap, Ruff waited patiently until he wakes up. It took 1 day. Actually Mihawk refused without 2nd thought, but Ruff was persistent and didn't let his target escape, asked for why he wants it so much he answered shortly: "For friendship and pride" and fell to knees. Seeing this Hawks Eye told him that if he forces him to use Black Sword, he'll teach him.
Duel with Mihawk
Ruff knew he has to give his best, so he took the sword. At the start he was being easily stopped by Mihawk, but the longer he fought the harder he was going forward. But when Mihawk took his necklace dagger Ruff was completely overwhelmed and heavily wounded in few moments. No matter how many times he fell, he got up and went further than before. Seeing his willpower and actual potential Mihawk picked Black Sword and thrust through opponent, missing all vital points. After that he took unconscious Ruff on his boat and took care of his wounds. Regaining consciousness lasted 4 days. When he woke up, 1st thing he did was scolding Mihawk for being thoughtless brute, for what he got thrown into ocean.
Ruff started his training 2 days after regaining consciousness... with lesson of chopping trees with sword, after whole day Mihawk showed him how he does it, and what's the difference between them: Ruff was using sword like a brute, with strength and speed, Mihawk gave it passion and finesse. Training has lasted for 4 years, during which Hawk Eyes taught Ruff how to actually use sword, not fight with it.
The Aim is Near
One day master gave his apprentice precious information on whereabouts of the pirates Ruff was after. Upon hearing that he left immediately. Luckily his target didn't move an inch. Being all angry he jumped on pirates' ship and started to rampage the crew. In no time he was faced with the very same first mate he met nearly 5 years ago, he was greeted with devilish laugh, that was silenced with 1 quick slash. He went to captain's cabin, but there was no one there, although he saw something interesting... the Devil's Fruit, just after he hid it, door opened and cutthroats' captain went in. "Oi remember me, old bitch?" Ruff asked and unsheathed his sword. "You... I've heard of you... you are Mihawk's apprentice, killing you will grant me some fame..." captain yelled. "Well... half right, but still no points for you, as it is you who will die, but before you will tell me whe-", but before Ruff ended sentence he had to block captain's attack. This guy was strong, but he was just a chopper, he had no passion, he was to die. Ruff kicked enemy's belly and calmly said "Demon Stomp" hitting floor with his sword. Beam of red energy flew in captain's direction. To swordsman’s surprise it was dodged. After that fetching show started. "Damn, his not that bad, but I can't loose to shitter like this! I have to win... win using sword!" Ruff thought, and stopped powerful slash countering with quick and light thrust through enemy's neck, blood started pouring covering his face.
Meeting After Years
"Shiiiit, and how will I find her now? Eh, she gotta be near, true?" Ruff said, and went to upper deck. As he was always lucky bastard, just on board he found his friend. Staring at each other they didn't say single word. "Oi she got pretty sexy, but she could throw away this cheap hat" Ruff thought after seeing Ora, wearing miniskirt and tight, leather corset and a cowboy hat. Suddenly she slapped him and after that hugged. "You idiot, you risked your life for me... very same life I became pirate to protect". Later she told him whole story, about how her sharpshooting skill let her join pirates to save his life and village.
Few days later they decided to make their childhood dreams come true, and become pirates, giving a promise they'll meet on this island once again after 6 months. As Ruff was lazy and not very sociable, Ora was supposed to get the crewmates, may it be out of old friends or new-met rookies. Meanwhile Ruff was supposed to get them ship and spend some more time with Mihawk "so I can annoy him a little bit longer *wide smile*". For 5 months Ruff was travelling together with Mihawk, learning about his Devil's Fruit, that came out to be Sayuu Sayuu no Mi (control control fruit) and mastering sword skills. Then he spent a week searching for a ship, in the end getting... Marine Battleship, which was later exchanged, as it was too big and ugly for female part of the crew. When he met Ora again, over 2 weeks before appointed time, she’d gathered 7 people. In crew there were 3 childhood friends of Ruff, excluding Ora. Swordman girl-boy siblings, called Johnny and Bravo and village doctor's son Korada. Giving total of 9 members.
Ruff is fun loving, carefree guy, with unusually strong happy-go-lucky attitude. Although he's not very sociable guy, as he says "I've got friends already, if you wanna be one, it's your problem", so at first he may seem arrogant and too serious. Although if you know him for a bit or he liked you, you'll see his true self. What you don't see often is his intelligence, he shows only when really needed, because it's "thinking is tiring". Although he's distanced to himself, he's got high sense of personal pride, high enough not to care about ANY words of people he doesn't find precious. Although his pride is more precious to him than his life, he'll throw it away for his friends.
He's also beautiful girl, good alcohol and good cigarettes lover. "Nothing but the best for me". He's jazz lover, what makes his whole crew mad when he listens to it, as they find it boring and non-lively.
He loves parties and drinking, and so his crew is said to be the loudest in the whole New World. When they are sailing and not drinking he's either reading or sleeping, as he states nothing's better training than real combat. He's mainly woken up by Ora, in rather unpleasant way (e.g. trying to suffocate him with a pillow or spilling hot/cold water on him). As a captain, does nothing except saying where to go, well lazy bum.
Ruff can't be called a warrior type, though he picks up his sword and 2 pistols whenever it's needed, and as he states "It is needed only when I say so", because of what he always starts the fight wounded or out of balance. He doesn't use neither sophisticated tactics nor strategies, he just goes forward and reacts according to situation. Same goes for other problems (he calls it "a flow", other members call it luck though), he sincerely hates and avoids when it is possible, because "why should I make my life harder?"
Ruff is not only great swordsman, he's also well trained in using pistols and his legs. He can slash, shoot and kick with great skill. He usually starts fight with 2 pistols or a sword, depending on his enemy, sometimes he changes between both if situation requires this. Eventually he has to use sword and pistol combo, if it's not enough he starts to use his Devil Fruit much more, it gets really flashy then. Well I said he's also using his legs in fight. Well he uses his kicks as a support... support that made him win 'few' fights. As for early combat Devil Fruit’s usage, he mainly uses it to slow down enemies’ attacks, so they are easier to dodge.
Devil's Cry techniques:
Demon Stomp-leans forward keeping his sword behind, pointing sky, then slashes it down, drawing semicircle (~180*), sending wave of dark green coloured energy, can also perform lots of quicker and weaker slashes like that.
Endless Pain-thrusts enemy multiple times at high speed, after what he usually performs
Fel Charge-thursts enemy with very high speed, usually performed after Endless Pain
Hell Gates-unsheathes his sword, executing series of quick slashes, strong enough to cut far away targets
Devil Spin-spins his sword parallel to his arm at high speed, if enemy comes from above he spins it clockwise, otherwise he spins it counterclockwise
Faella-as 2nd Great Sword, couldn't be normal sword, it's got powerful demon imprisoned in it, demoness that is bound to serve sword's owner. When called she merges with Ruff and changes his aura and appearance (scales here and there anyone?). Overally it increases Ruff's combat capability, but can't be used for too long, as demoness does not like being used.
More to come someday...