BLOODY ROAR 4
                        CHARACTER STORIES FAQ
                                 by Patrick Coffman

(Revision 1.0)


NOTE ON JAPANESE ROMANIZATION AND PRONOUNCIATION
I write out the "long" vowel sounds.  Some people don't when they put the words
into the Roman alphabet, just because they don't want people to mispronounce the
diphthongs.  However, I've found that it is a little annoying to see things
written out without reference to how long the vowel is, because that does change
the word quite a bit and can easily make it have different meaning, especially
where "kanji" compounds are concerned.  Basically, the sound should be held
longer, is all; when you see "ou" it is a longer version of "o," "aa" is a
longer version of "a," "uu" is a longer version of "u," "ei" is a longer version
of "e," and "ii" is a longer version of "i."  It's like you say the sound
twice smoothly, like the difference between someone going "Ohhhhhh" versus them
just saying "Oh." shortly like that.

In other words, no, it's not "Rye-ow-how," it's "Ryo-hoe-."  If you don't want
to learn any Japanese, then just don't worry about it.  Don't send me mail
about it, tho', unless you really do just want to know how to pronounce the
word in question.


Copyright 2004.  Don't steal this, don't post it without permission, don't
copy it without permission, don't sell it, etc, etc, all that other legalese
that no-one will read through.


>>>INTRODUCTION<<<

This series is not exactly excellent or anything, but it always does seem to
come around just when there are no other fighters on the market and give me
something to waste my time on.  This latest installment, you may notice if
you play the game, has endings that reference a backstory for each characters
that they haven't set up.  Sort of like, "Whoops!--We forgot to make intro's
to the story mode!"  Way to go, Eighting.

Anyway, for the longest time, there were no stories available on the entire
internet.  The Japanese site only had the stories for the new characters.  I
just didn't care enough to pursue it, but then, when I visited the message
boards at GameFAQs for the first time in a while, I saw a topic wherein the
author was lamenting a complete lack of English stories, while the Japanese ones
had finally been all uploaded to the Japanese official web site.

So, being a translator by trade, I decided I'd jot them down quickly.  Perhaps
there will be future updates with endings and possibly some vocals and such,
but more than likely, there won't.  I didn't even do that for Soul Calibur,
and I really did mean to do that, now!

Oh well.  Enough jibber-jabber!


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OFFICIAL BLOODY ROAR 4 CHARACTER BACKGROUND STORIES
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(Translated by yours truly)
[NOTE:]=stuff I perpended

====
YUGO
====

Beast Form:  Wolf
Real Name:  Oogami, Yuugo ("Oo"="Great"; "Kami"="Divine Spirits, God";
     "Yuu"="Bravery"; "Go"="I, myelf, one's self")
Country of Origin:  Japan
Height:  177cm   Weight:  81kg
Occupation:  Leader of the W.O.C. (World Organization for Coexistence?)

Yugo, the leader of the W.O.C., has been racking his brains over the recent
"Beastman Rampage Incident."

One day, when he was still investigating the incident in order to prevent 
the beastmen from doing brutal things, he heard rumors of a "Black Shadow."
Moreover, he heard that the name of this "Black Shadow" was "Nagi."

Nagi...?
He had heard her name somewhere.  He was sure it was a victim of the "Beast
Crest Incident," and was being hospitalized somewhere....

In order to find out if that was true, Yugo embarks on a journey.

[NOTE:  Yugo's organization has been called an "N.G.O." in previous games--a
"Non-Governmental Organization."  Its purpose is to help beastmen and humans
live in harmony.  That's why he's trying to stop the beastmen side from be-
coming wicked or evil.]


=====
ALICE
=====

Beast Form:  Rabbit
Real Name:  Nonomura, Alice ("No"="Fields, wild" [x2]; "Mura"="Village")
Country of Origin:  Japanese (Her father is Japanese, her mother is American)
Height:  158cm   Weight:  52kg
Three-Size:  Breast=86cm, Waist=58cm, Hips=89cm
Occupation:  Originally a nurse, now a translator for the W.O.C.

Alice, who has been living the volunteer life in a Non-Governmental
Organization, has recently been tending to the those injured by the earthquakes
in the area.

A girl came before Alice.  She was wearing the clothes of a Shinto oracle.
A child wearing an oracle's clothes walking over a disaster area seemed out of
place.  Alice called to the girl, her heart aflutter.  She spoke, and requested
that Alice tend to a man named Ryouhou.

Not knowing all the circumstances, alice tried to refuse her.  However,
something she said struck a chord with Alice.

"Those earthquakes recently were our fault...."

Alice followed her in order to look into it more deeply.

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BAKURYU  (BAKURYUU; "Baku"="Explosive"; "Ryuu"="Dragon")
=======
      [NOTE:  The characters used to write "mole" in Japanese are "Earth" and
       "Dragon."]
Beast Form: Mole
Real Name:  Oogami, Kakeru ("Oo"="Great, Large"; "Kami"="Divine Spirits, God";
     "Kakeru"="To Gallop")
Country of Origin:  Japan
Height:  155cm   Weight:  47kg
Occupation:  Student (Ninja)

While investigating the earthquakes and the "Beastman Rampage Incident" that
had occurred once again, Kakeru met a fox in the mountains.  The fox started to
walk before him, looking a bit like a puppy.  The fox was getting in the way of
his investigations, so along the way, he gave it food, and tried to distract it.
However, no matter how many times he did that, it kept coming back, so he just
gave up and let the fox go with him.

"Guess I've got no choice.  Do you keep coming around because you're worried
about me?"  Just as he said that, the fox ran away.

Kakeru followed it.  At the fox's destination, a beastman was going on a ram-
page.

"Oh!  So you were trying to tell me about that!"

Kakeru became wrapped up in a battle with new beastmen....


=====
JENNY
=====

Beast Form:  Bat
Real Name:  Bartley, Jenny
Country of Origin:  Unknown
Height:  170cm   Weight:  52kg
Three-Size:  Breast=90cm, Waist=57cm, Hips=88cm
Occupation:  Model (Freelance Investigator)

Jenny is, in her normal life, a top model who mingles in the world of high
society.  Her true abilities have made her a name as a specialist who infil-
trates and finds information secretly about the world.  Her mission at present
is to find out the truth about the existence of the "Water Dragon" and "Nine-
Tailed Fox" that exist in Japanese legend.  Jenny, who doesn't believe in
legends, figures that it'd be good to get rid of the boredom, and leaves for
Japan.

Although her investigations had gone on for a week, she wasn't finding any
good information.  Just as she thought she should just fabricate an appropriate
report, a fox passed before her.  She was certain she shouldn't overlook it.

Jenny set out to track the white fox.


====
XION
====

Beast Form:  The Unborn
Real Name:  Unknown
Country of Origin:  Sweden
Height:  173cm   Weight:  56kg

Xion reflected upon the incident one year ago....

"I was going to defeat a woman with these hands.  She tried to say something or
other, but I didn't hear it.  She was not a beastman.  What was standing before 
me was the truth.  I had to remove what stood in the way of me accomplishing my
goals.

"It seemed that the other beastmen wanted to live together with the humans, but
that had nothing to do with us, the Unborn.

"I got close to her fallen form, and muttered this:
'Humans, aren't you making a mistake, trying to defeat me?'

"Was what I said at that time really my own words?  I still don't know.  All I
know for sure now is that the beastmen are again coming before me to defeat me.
The battle has already begun...."


=====
URIKO
=====

Beast Form:  Cat (Half-Beast)
Real Name:  Nonomura Uriko ("No"="Fields, wild"; "Mura"="Village"; "U"="Roof,
     outer space"; "Ri"="Reason, truth"; "Ko"="Child, daughter")
Country of Origin:  Japan
Height:  150cm   Weight:  41kg
Three-Size:  Breast=75cm, Waist=56cm, Hips=78cm
Occupation:  Student

When Uriko was walking around town, she came upon the scene of some grade
school students gathered around and prodding at something.  When she got closer
to see what was going on, it looked like what they were poking at was a white
dog.

Uriko shouted, "Hey, hey!!  Don't you pick on animals!!"  The children, shocked
from sudden shouting, scattered off in all directions.  Perhaps out of grat-
itude, the dog lept at Uriko, and licked all over her face.  Then, biting at the
hem of her clothes, the dog pulled at her, and led her off somewhere.

"H-hold on--!  Where are you taking me?!"  Unable to resist, she was led off by
the white dog.

Uriko called to the dog.  "Hey, what's your name?  Is it on your collar--?  Oh,
you aren't wearing one.  Well, I'll name you, then!"  

The dog looked at Uriko mysteriously.

"Let's see now...you're white, so maybe 'Haku-chan' would do," she selfishly
suggested.
[NOTE:  "Haku" means "white," "chan" is an affectionate "san."]

"Well, maybe a cuter name would do better!  Let's see...it's been decided!  Your
name is 'Pakupon!'"

And so, the white dog(?) became arbitrarily named "Pakupon" by Uriko.


====
GADO
====

Beast Form:  Lion
Real Name:  Gado, Alain [NOTE:  Gadeau?  Gadeaux?  "Gado" isn't a French name.]
Country of Origin:  France
Height:  194cm   Weight:  105kg
Occupation:  High-ranking U.N. commissioner

The world has once again become wrapped up in an ominous "Beastman Rampage
Incident."

Gado was using all his energy working as a commissioner for the U.N., and
again tasted the frustration of not being able to get involved directly with
the incidents.  Just then, he got news that his daughter, whom he loved dearly,
Jeanne (Marvel), went missing.
[NOTE:  Marvel is called "Shina" in the U.S.]

Unable to just sit there waiting, in order to find out about the whereabouts of
his daughter, Gado threw himself into the beastmen's battle.


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SHENLONG
========

Beast Form:  Tiger
Real Name:  Shen-Long ("Shen"="Deep, intense"; "Long"="Dragon")
Country of Origin:  None
Height:  179cm   Weight:  73kg
Occupation:  Bouncer

Shen-Long was being followed.  His daily activities aren't what you could call
on the up-and-up, but even still, he couldn't guess why he was being targeted
by a beastman.  Thoroughly worn out, he scuttled away to some back alley.  It
was a dead end, and there was a man hanging out there.  Getting a better look at
him, he appeared to be a fortune teller.

"You're being followed by a beastman, aren't you?" the fortune teller asked him.

Shen-Long shouted, "Shut up!  It's a matter of life and death!  What the hell
could you do about it?"

"You are being haunted by an evil soul!  In order to escape from this curse, you
must obtain a blessing from this temple!"  The fortune teller produced a map for
Shen-Long.

"You serious?!  If you're tryin' to cheat me, I'm not gonna let you off the
hook, you know!"

Another beastman came between the fortune teller and his client, and attacked.


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BUSUZIMA [NOTE:  Pronounced "Busujima;" there is no "Zee" sound in Japanese,
========
     normally, and "Zi" is read "Ji" like in "Jeep."]

Beast Form:  Chameleon
Real Name:  Busujima, Hajime  ("Busu"="Poison"; "Shima"="Island"; "Hajime"=
     "First")
Country of Origin:  Japan
Height:  191cm   Weight:  67kg
Occupation:  Mad Scientist

It's been one year since the Crest Incident.  Busujima could not get any good
results in the end, and spends his days in a lonely depression.

When the "Beastman Rampage Incident" started to cause noise around the world,
he stood, newly resolute!

"If I just lie around like this, I'll never catch the legendary animal and make
a new kind of beastman!"

Busujima headed into the mountains, searching for the animal.  There, he met a
white fox.  Not seeing Busujima, the fox got up and left the area.

"There's a legend in Japan about a nine-tailed fox, right?  Alright, then!
Let's go catch that fox and build it up!!"

In the end, will Busujima be able to capture the fox?


====
STUN
====

Beast Form:  Insect
Real Name:  Goldberg, Stephen
Country of Origin:  America
Height:  186cm   Weight:  120kg
Occupation:  Unknown

It's been one year since the "Crest Incident."  As usual, he spent his days
struggling with the intense pain running through his body.  Stun was running out
of patience.  He didn't know how long he would have to have his enhanced body.
He was also gripped with the feeling that if he could have a long life, he would
want to preserve it tomorrow, too.

Stun, wrapped up in this uneasiness, got information that there is a Shinto
oracle who could seal the power of the beast.

There was not much time left.  All that is left for him is to leave this single
ray of hope in the oracle's hands....


====
NAGI
====

Beast Form:  The Spurious (Half Beastman)
Real Name:  Kirishima Nagi ("Kiri"="Paulownia [a kind of tree]"; "Shima"=
     "Island"; "Nagi"="A calm, a lull")
Country of Origin:  Japan
Age:  18
Height:  164cm   Weight:  47kg

During the Crest Incident (Bloody Roar 3), Gaea copied "The Unborn (Xion)" and
created the being "The Spurious" in order to weed out The Unborn again, and put
it in her body.

Yuugo and the others dipelled the incident, and so the power stayed dormant.

A year later, in order to kill Xion, who had become The Unborn, the beast power
began to awaken.

In order to find out the secret of her beast form, she searches for Xion.

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REIJI
=====

Beast Form:  Raven
Real Name:  Takigawa Reiji ("Taki"="Waterfall"; "Kawa"="River"; "Rei"="A
     channel of water that can be navigated by boat"; "Ji"="In a certain way,
     thou, thee, thine")
Country of Origin:  Japan
Age:  19
Height:  174cm   Weight:  62kg

In a lone temple deep in the mountains lived a group of four clans of fighting
monks called the "Yatagarasu."  In these clans was passed down the beastman
power, and the power to transform was sealed until the inheritor could be
judged an adult.
[NOTE:  "Yatagarasu," meaning "large ravens," are great ravens mentioned in
Shinto myths and legends--e.g., "The Great Goddess Amaterasu spoke thus,
instructing the Emperor:  'We shall send now a Yatagarasu, and we ask of you
that you make him the one to lead your country's actions properly.'  Sure
enough, there was a Yatagarasu there."--from the Record of Emperor Jinmu,
Before the Coronation]

However, an heir of the families of this building, Reiji, had his seal broken
unfortunately before the coming-of-age ceremony because of the Crest Incident
(Bloody Roar 3).  Because of the suddenness of the incident, Reiji, who deep 
down possessed strong, destructive impulses, killed his father, a member of 
one of the four clans, and fled from the temple.

Reiji, discovering the pleasure of killing a strong person, started to reach out
to any beastman he could in order to gain the power to defeat the white beastman
who watched from the main temple chambers as he fled from there and the remain-
ing Yatagarasu.


============
RYOHO & MANA
============

Beast Forms:  ? / Nine-Tailed Fox (Still not complete, she only has one tail)
Real Names:  Mamurasaki, Rao ("Ma"="True"; "Murasaki"="Purple"; "Ra"="Silk";
     "O"="Chord--specifically, the chord on a Japanese clog [geta]) /
     Kamishiro, Mana ("Kami"="Divine spirits, God"; "Shiro"="Castle, citadel";
     "Ma"="True, just, pure"; "Na"="What, that" [used phonetically])
Buddhist Name:  Ryouhou ("Ryou"="Imperial tomb"; "Hou"="Male phoenix")
Country of Origin:  Japan / Japan
Age:  37 / 9
Height:  191cm/94cm   Weight:  107kg/31kg

There was a temple that fled from the law enacted during the Meiji Restoration
that separated Buddhist and Shinto religious activities, and still practices
them, worshipping in a cave.  At that temple lived a monk named Ryouhou.  For
some reason, when the temple was attacked y the white beastman (Xion), he lost
his memories of the events there.
[NOTE:  This law was really enacted in the late 19th century in Japan, although
Shinto and Buddhist activities in that country were closely related and inter-
mixed for centuries before, in order to produce legitimacy for the purely
Japanese Imperial government and to shun the primarily Buddhist warrior class.
People such as the "Gyouja" or "Shugenja" are known to still combine the wor-
ship of Kami and Bodhisattvah.]

After this incident, he took in a Shinto oracle named Mana who held the power
of the nine-tailed fox.  Those pursuing Mana broke off, and a year later, earth-
quakes and Beastman Rampage Incidents began occurring.

These conditions were the same as the developments of the white beastman's
attack.  Ryouhou sensed a coming battle, and fearing that he would damage the
temple, he led Mana out on a journey....


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LONG
====

Beast Form:  Tiger
Real Name:  Jin-Long ("Jin"="To advance, forward"; "Long"="Dragon")
Country of Origin:  China
Age:  33
Occupation:  None (Teaches children Chinese martial arts)
Height:  179cm   Weight:  70kg

Long was searching through his own archive, gathering information about the
"Beastman Rampage Incidents" that were happening again.

As night fell, he heard what sounded like an animal's call from near his home's
entrance.

When he went to the entrance, he found a white fox shivering, huddled up.  He
felt sad for the poor fox, so he gave it some food.  As he looked at the fox as
it ate the food, he noticed that there was a piece of paper wrapped around its
foot.

Taking the paper and unwrapping it, he found that it was a map to a temple.

"Ah, so you've come from this temple, hm?  I see.  I'll see you get to the
temple."

Long left his house with the white fox, and behind him, a beastman who had
become violently dangerous followed them....


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MARVEL  [NOTE:  Marvel is known as Shina in America]
======

Beast form:  Leopard
Real Name:  Gado, Jeanne [NOTE:  Gadeau?  Gadeaux?  "Gado" isn't a French name.]
Country of Origin:  France
Age:  21
Occupation:  Mercenary
Height:  167cm   Weight:  58kg

"Beast Rampage Incidents" are alraedy happening all around the world.  Marvel
received an order from the general staff headquarters of a certain country
regarding the incidents.  It read:

"The investigating unit sent to Japan, where the Beast Rampage Incidents are
occurring, has vanished at a certain temple.  They are provoking us.  Marvel,
you will find out their whereabouts, and then report.  We are prepared to
dispatch our special forces in the worst-case scenario."

When Marvel arrived to Japan, she remembered the days she spent involved in
the "Beast Crest Incident" a year before.  The word "rest" is not in her
vocabulary.


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KOHRYU [NOTE:  Really "Kouryuu"; long "uu."]  ("Kou"="Iron"; "Ryuu"="Dragon)
======
     [NOTE2:  The characters used to write "mole" in Japan are "Earth" and
      "Dragon."]

Beast form:  Iron Mole
Real Name:  None (Production Number Beta-0389)
Country of Origin:  None
Age:  26 days after rolling off the assembly line
Function:  Self-automated weaponry for combat use
Height:  1550mm   Weight:  0.1082t

At one time, there was a man named Ryuuzou Katou who was known as the original
Bakuryuu, an assassin that workd with the Tailong Corporation, which aimed to
gather only the strength of the beastmen.  His body was destroyed by many
useless operations in an attempt to strengthen him, but his remains were passed 
along to someone.

Part of the Tailong Corporation, the "Yun Chi Manufacturing," still existed
after its parent company was destroyed.  Using Bakuryuu I's battle data,
they produced a fighting robot body called the "Iron Mole," and added to it
Bakuryuu I's remains, which held his physical abilities.

However, the prototype went on a rampage.  As if it possessed a will of its own,
it began to attack the beastmen....


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URANUS
======

Beast Form:  Chimaera
Real Name:  Unknown
Country of Origin:  Unknown
Height:  165cm   Weight:  54kg

A shadow appeared before the beastmen who continued their battles from out of
nowhere....

The Tailong Corporation created the ultimate beastman weapon by experimenting
on Uriko, called the "War Chimaera."  However, Uriko has long lost the ability
to turn into that form.  Has something sleeping inside her awakened?  Did they
make a clone?  Or, could it be that the present has somehow become suddenly
linked to the time when Uriko was the "War Chimaera?"

"Uranus" is god of the sky, husband to "Gaea"....

It is the name of a god who gave birth to the god of time, Chronus, and was
fated to be killed by him....
[NOTE:  Technically, they are titans, not gods.]

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RYOHO
=====

Beat Form:  Dragon
Real Name:  Mamurasaki, Rao ("Ma"="True"; "Murasaki"="Purple"; "Ra"="Silk";
     "O"="Chord--specifically, the chord on a Japanese clog [geta])
Buddhist Name:  Ryouhou ("Ryou"="Imperial tomb"; "Hou"="Male phoenix")
Country of Origin:  Japan
Age:  37
Height:  191cm   Weight:  107kg

Ryouhou's dragon form has no official story.  Mana will explain the background
of this character in several endings.


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CREDITS
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ME!  Ha, HAAAH!!!!
Oh yeah, *ahem*, and um, thanks to Eighting, etc.!