AFTERMATH! - Cities in Dust
Michael "Naz" Nazareth
Michael “Naz” Nazareth is a tall, good-looking young man in his early twenties. He is an imposing figure, somber, silent, and tense. He has been described as a bomb waiting to go off.
Naz was trained to be a killing machine from an early age, equally proficient with blades, bullets, and fists. His favorite tools are his Soviet SVD sniper rifle, a unique throwing weapon he calls his “bladestar”, and a Japanese naginata presented to him by his former trainer, Shinichi Toshido.
Naz is in charge of Pingberra’s defenses. During a crisis, he will use the Pingberra Police station until all of his forces are deployed. He will then personally enter the fray wherever the fighting is thickest.
Changed: The iris pigmentation in Naz’ eyes fluctuate in accordance with his mental and emotional state. He usually wears dark sunglasses for this reason.
Skills: Automobile Driving (48/10), Beast Riding (38/8), Chemistry (48/10), Defuse Explosives (49/10), Demolitions (49/10), Gambling (43/9), Handloading (48/10), Lab Technique (48/10), Literacy (62/12), Motorcycle (55/11), Post-Ruin Culture (36/7), Simple Explosives (78/16), Speak Russian (39/8), Survival (62/12), Tactics (66/13), Tech Use (49/10), Off-Hand Dex (12)
Combat Skills: Brawling (114/23), Knife (100/20), Modern Pistol (115/23), Modern Rifle (53/11), Polearm (119/24), Throwing (73/15)
Weapons: Dragunov Sniper Rifle (BDG 35, AL, Box 10, Flash Suppressor, 4x Scope, Rangefinder, Recoil Compensator, Battery-powered Target Reticule, +3 BCS total), FN Barracuda .357/9mm (BDG 11/5, DA, Cyl 6, Swappable Cylinders With Different Calibers), Balisong (1.1L), Bladestar (1.7L), Bowie Knife (1.5L), Naginata (2.8L), Elbow Spike (1.2L)
Armor: Wide-Brimmed Hat (HL, AV 4, 1), Leather Duster (HL, AV 4, 4-14 & 21-28), Mail Lining (LP-AA, AV 6, 4-9), Gloves (LL, AV 3, 29-30), Pants (HC, AV 2, 10-18), Cup (SY, AV 5, 12), Leather Boots (HL, AV 4, 17-20)
Gear: Survival Kit, Handloading Equipment & Chemicals, Grappling Hook & 10yd Rope, Camper’s Flashlight, Bullet Belt, Zippo Lighter
Michael “Naz” Nazareth has been a thief, a gladiator, and a soldier. He currently serves as the top lawman for the town of Pingberra, a situation he never would have predicted for himself.
Nazareth cannot recall anything of his early life. His first memory is of a beautiful but frightened woman hiding him under a pile of refuse and promising to come back for him once she lured some “bad men” away. Michael stayed put as he was told, but the woman never returned. He was found a day or so later by Lynn the Blade, a member of a tribe of near-feral children fending for themselves in the ruined streets of Sydney. Lynn brought Michael home with her and the two became life-long friends.
Michael’s new “family” survived by scavenging and stealing. At first Naz served as a lookout for the others, but he eventually fell into the role of protector. It wasn’t because he was bigger or stronger than the other children, but because he fought with complete abandon and wouldn’t back down no matter how much punishment he took. As time passed and the older children moved on or died off, Naz became one of the leaders of his tribe (along with Lynn, who was the group’s top thief).
When Naz was around ten years old, the Duke of Sydney ordered his army to round up the young thieves who had been harrying travelers and robbing the smaller settlements. Both Lynn and Naz were caught up in the sweeps and imprisoned at the old Law Courts bordering the Domain. After a couple of weeks, the young prisoners received a visit from an imposing Asian man. He asked them questions about themselves and their backgrounds while prodding at their muscles and assessing their general health. The man was the legendary warrior, Shinichi Toshido, and he was looking for new pupils to groom as the next generation of the Duke’s personal guard. Both Naz and Lynn made the cut and spent the next few years under the tutelage of the martial arts master.
Naz became the top pupil of Toshido Sensei. The older man honed Michael’s raw talent and turned him from a feral brawler to an efficient killing machine. He taught Naz how to use a pistol, improved his skill with blades, and introduced him to the naginata, a Japanese polearm whose use Michael would eventually master. During this time, Naz also developed lastingfriendships with Shinichi’s son, Brian, and another of his students, Catalin Donnelly.
Then one day the Duke proclaimed that criminals would no longer get a “free ride” in the Duchy and instead would be forced to battle in gladiatorial combat for the enjoyment of citizens. This announcement worried many in the Duke’s household but none dare challenged the leader, especially after the bouts proved enormously popular. Soon, however, the reserve of prisoners began to run out, and the Duke remembered that many of Shinichi Toshido’s youngest students were convicted thieves. The Duke sent Shin to a remote corner of the Duchy on a false pretense and had his pupils transferred to the arena.
Neither Naz nor Lynn ever talk about their experiences during that time.
When Shinichi returned several months later, he was livid to learn what had gone on in his absence. He swore to free his students and kill the mad Duke. Shinichi formulated a plan with a few other like-minded individuals, Cat’s mentor Chopper Dave and the Duke’s personal physician. The doc would release the children from their cells and Chopper Dave would fly them to freedom. Shin would provide a distraction for the escape by taking on the Duke and his personal guard, sacrificing himself for the safety of his students.
The plan worked flawlessly, up to a point. Dave’s helicopter was shot down on the outskirts of the Duke’s domain and the pilot was killed in the crash. Most of the youngsters survived but fled the crash site in a panic. However, Naz and his friends Lynn, Cat, and Brian resolved to stand by each other. The foursome spent years adventuring across the wasteland together and remain close to this day.
However, Naz would feel the need to drift off on his own every so often. On one such occasion, he was recruited by the leaders of the Red Star Commune to lead a team of “professionals” to track down a stolen nuclear warhead. Naz and Taniya Gredenko, the daughter of the Red Star leader, became involved during the job, and after the mission’s successful completion she convinced him to stay on.
Michael spent over a year at the Commune. Taniya’s father, Captain Makariy Gredenko, took the younger man under his wing and tutored him in military skills. But Naz’s happiness was cut short when Taniya took sick and passed away. Michael stuck with the Commune a short while for the Captain’s sake, but eventually decided to move on. Gredenko gave his protege a Dragunov SVD as a parting gift, and Naz returned to the mainland and his old friends.
About a year ago, the group encountered a merchant caravan being attacked by a raider gang. They drove off the thieves and became friendly with the merchants, who offered them a place in their hidden enclave, a small hill town called Pingberra. The newcomers liked what they saw and quickly settled into the community.
Naz’s reputation had preceded him, and he was recruited to join Pingberra’s police force, the Regulators. The chief Regulator at the time was a bully named “Big” Bill Rowland and it wasn’t long before he and Naz had it out. The brawl was brief but decisive; Rowland abdicated his post and Naz was appointed chief Regulator in his stead.
At first, Naz was very reluctant to take on such responsibility. However, over time he grew very fond of Pingberra and its residents and is beginning to develop roots here. Naz takes his duties as town protector very seriously; only his loyalty to Lynn, Brian, and Cat is more important to him. Despite this, Naz still keeps his saddlebags packed and ready to go. Change has been the one constant in his life.
Naz currently lives in the Pingberra Police Station (though he has whitewashed over the signage identifying it as such). He keeps his motorcycle under a lean-to next to the station.
Michael Nazereth isn’t much for trading. He doesn’t want much and he doesn’t have much to spare. About the only thing that might tempt him is the gunpowder, cartridges, and lead he needs to make ammunition for his Dragunov. As he is a law-abiding citizen these days, all he can offer in return is training in the combat skills he has mastered.