Born as Alexander Farshine, Chou Lee/Li (力綢 pinyin Lì Chóu), code name Bladedancer/Blade Dancer, is the Handmaid of the Tao and and enrolled as a Whateley student despite technically not being a mutant. She is from Knoxville, Tennessee.
|Mutant Identification Card|
|Ratings||Baseline Human, Tai-Chi, Chinese Martial Arts|
|Techniques||Chinese Sage-Blade, Weapons of Opportunity, Sweeping Strike, Shadowed blade, Stalker-strike|
|Weak vs||Normal human vulnerabilities. No powers of note.|
|Backup / Team Affiliation||Independent/Team Kimba|
Alexander Farshine was an average boy from Knoxville, TN who bought a sword from an old Chinese gentleman at a gun show, and discovered that it was Destiny's Wave, an ancient Chinese blade, weapon of the Handmaid of the Tao. He also found, much to his bemusement, that when he had it out of its box it turned him into a Chinese girl, who was a bit shorter and lighter than he was used to being. The box is destroyed on the way to Whateley by the Demon Lord of the Hell of Fiery Immersion, leaving her permanently female. She chooses the name Chou Lee.
It turns out that having the blade makes her the Handmaiden of Destiny, the Keeper of the Balance, and sometimes the human embodiment of the Tao.
Handmaid of the TaoEdit
The Chinese term is 婢女道 (pinyin bìnǚ dào) with bìnǚ (slave-girl) as verb and Tao as the object, so it literally means something like "[the one who] serves the Tao like a slave girl". Unlike other possible renderings this implies that the Handmaid of the Tao behaves like and has the status of a servant only when interacting with the Tao and might have a much higher status otherwise.
The Handmaid is thought to arise in response to a specific threat to balance, be it large or small, good or evil. People in the know think she is responsible for depopulating the state of Yue in the time of Emperor Liu Bang.
Looks like Zhang Ziyi, of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame except for her verdant jade green eyes. She has straight black longer than shoulder length hair and generally wears a pair of Yoga pants and a long necked sleeveless Mandarin top. Many of the stories involving Chou have pictures of her.
By herself, she's a highly trained baseline with awesome martial arts skills and an awakened Chi sense. She picks up a number of other powers that are mystical in nature, none of which are mutant.
When the Tao fills her, she is essentially unbeatable. However, that only happens when she has to correct something to Maintain the Balance.
There's a reason her initial in-take assessment had put her as Exemplar 3, Esper 2, Wizard 2, Healer 2, Devisor 1. The Tao grants her those abilities, akin to how an avatar is granted abilities by a hosted spirit; she is Imbued by the Tao.
Tai Chi, Wu Dan sword, Lightfoot Gung Fu, Dim Mak (death touch), other styles.
Fairly quiet and reserved, tends to interject ancient pieces of untranslatable Chinese wisdom into the conversation.
Destiny's Wave (命運波 pinyin mìngyùn bō) is an ancient Chinese sword that was forged by an Artificer (see Eldritch) and its fame has been compared to Excalibur. It has the soul of an ancient Chinese sage bound into it. It can cut through anything. The spirit acts as a tutor and also has its own power set. It is later revealed that the spirit has been a previous Handmaid. For Christmas 2007, the Monkey King gave her a talisman that she can use to make the sword and scabbard invisible so she can carry it anywhere.
Robe of MidnightEdit
Given to her by her mentor, this robe seems to allow her to remain unnoticed.
A cloud that she can summon at will and fly upon, like the Monkey King uses in the novel Journey to the West. Her mentor gave her this as a present.
A Christmas gift from the Immortals, this rough silk patchwork bag can hold much more than normally could be expected — in fact, it could hold everything Chou owns, provided that it can fit through the opening.
Nothing idiosyncratic. She's a baseline.
She worked up her schedule with Team Kimba, trying to get into classes with them as much as possible for aid in catching up. The following schedule does not contradict her stories, and every class is with at least one Kimba.
- Costume Shop I This would have Jinn and Ayla and Sara.
- Basic Martial Arts With Toni and Jade, early in the day. Bek's stories put Chaka in a morning BMA section. This is the only mention of Jade in a morning BMA section.
- Empty Period. Or Powers Theory with Tennyo and Ayla.
- Introduction to Basic Mystic Concepts She's taking a magic class, this has Nikki, Toni, and Sara, baring a Fourth Period conflict with something else this should be it.
- Chinese With Jinn.
- English This would place her with Toni.
- Shao-Lin Sword with Sifu Chester Fitzgibbons, in the afternoon. October 10, 2006 through November 11, 2006. To work, this would be after regular classes have ended, but before dinner. It is individual instruction, not as a class with other students.
- Mentoring with Rebecca Stone. Beginning November 20, 2006. Problem: the story acts as though her after lunch activities had all been martial arts related, and that Becca's mentoring replaces them. This is not in line with what came before. She's taking a full load of classes, excepting a free third period, and her BMA section is second period based upon previous information.
- Team Tactics I First & Second Periods.
- Weapons Training and Mentoring from Dyffud Harraz. Fourth Period.
- Special Topics - Martial Arts Sixth Period.
- Mentoring with Rebecca Stone.
- Poe Cottage
- Team Kimba
- Handmaid's Own - new training team
- Rebecca Stone - mentor
- Dr. Bellows - Academic advisor
- Dyffud Harraz - martial arts tutor
- Boston PD SWAT (Deputized auxiliary)
- Destiny's Wave
- To the Mountain
- Have Yourself a Monkey Little Christmas - Or - The Uncanny X-Mas
- Summoning Sweeties
- Five Elements Dancing
- Gong Hai Fat Choy
- Among others.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Poetheather on the Crystal Hall forums
- ↑ Call the Thunder: Chapter 4 - The Beatings will Continue Until Morale Improves
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Tea and Synergy
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Destiny's Wave
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Panty Raid
- ↑ To the Mountain: Part 2
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Blade Dancing
- ↑ To the Mountain: Part 1
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy: Chapter 1 - Ishim
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Five Elements Dancing: Book of the Earth
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Ayla and the Mad Scientist: Chapter 2 - L'Etranger
- ↑ Ayla and the Tests: Chapter 3 - The Ceryneian Hind
- ↑ Vamp (Story)
- ↑ Ayla and the Mad Scientist: Chapter 1 - A la Recherche du Temps Perdu
- ↑ Tea with a Serpent: Chapter 2