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Kirin (left), Jack Layzon (right) and Slaver (back)

This is a list of primary groups and characters featured in Kouichi Yotsui's Osman.

TekiEdit

Teki (狄<テキ>) is a mercenary unit said to have inherited the mystic arts from the ninja of the past[1]. Known as the strongest warriors, members of Teki train their physique and agility to perfection, being capable of running up mountains with little effort[2]. They train themselves to a point their bodies can be called "weapons", and sell their profession specifically as "weapons"[1]. The group consists of only four members.[3]

The kanji used in "Teki" (often translated as Barbarian) is a term used during the Zhou Dynasty to refer to tribes living in northern China. This may be tied with Kirin's Chinese origin.

KirinEdit

Main article: Kirin

CannonsEdit

Osman cannons art
Cannons of Teki (狄のカノンス) is the second member of Teki. A tall man wearing a long purple coat, black shades and a red cape, he claims himself to be Kirin's "senior" (兄弟子)[4], although whether this means he's the group leader is unknown. Cannons is a sophisticated man with a preference for modern weaponry who greatly loathes Kirin, considering him an unrefined and stupid young man due to his "barbaric" appearance and insistence on fighting with his bare hands.[5]

Cannons doesn't fight on his own, instead commanding a large, flying green robot with the ability to detach its parts. Depending on the pose Cannons performs, the robot will send its head (which flies up from below), its legs (which comes down from above) or its arms (flying from below and crossing paths) to attack Kirin either by themselves or in pairs. Cannons himself is the actual target (the robot can't be damaged), but he constantly teleports around the area to avoid being attacked.

Cannons and the other Teki later face Kirin together after Slaver ressurected them, having trained and developed a new combined formation in Hell they dub "Da Rudel Taktik".[6]

TianonEdit

Osman tianon art
Tianon of Teki (狄のティアノン) is the third and sole female member of Teki, a blond woman sporting a short ponytail, a purple undershirt, brownish-gold vest and shorts and multi-colored leg protections. She also wears a black cape around her waist as a skirt, which she takes out and uses during battle. Tianon confronts Kirin for the opportunity to have a match to the death with him, proclaiming a long-standing desire for such a confrontation to happen[7]. However, other lines imply she may have feelings for him, referring to him as beautiful, valiant and stating his presence excites her.[8]

Tianon fights bare-handed using a style similar to Kirin's, although unlike him she always generates a blade of energy with each attack. Tianon's blades are longer than Kirin's and she can also create them with her arms, twisting and turning her body around to attack him from any angle. She has two other techniques: she can ensnare Kirin in her cape and kick him upwards as well as generate a chain of explosions in a circular radius around her.

When killed as the last Teki, Tianon expresses a desire to be ressurected atleast once if only to fight Kirin again. Her wish is granted when Slaver ressurects her and the other Teki to fight Kirin in the final stage.

WilfEdit

Osman wilf art
Wilf of Teki (狄のウィルフ) is the fourth member of Teki, a white-haired man with a green and blue armor and a spinning mechanical platform he rides into battle. Wilf is the most aggressive and violent member of Teki, and openly declares he has never liked Kirin[9]. Also an ambitious man, Wilf wants all members of Teki killed so he can claim the title of "Strongest Weapon" for himself.[3]

Wilf fights primarily with his clawed gloves, performing quick slashes and punches in front of him. He also uses his mechanical platform in battle, using it as an improvised shield and to attack, by spinning it over him quickly and throwing it at Kirin. If not approached, Wilf will dare Kirin to come fight him.

Wilf is later ressurected alongside the other Teki by Slaver to confront Kirin during the final stage.

Federal GovernmentEdit

Osman federal flag
The Federal Government (連邦政府) or Federation is the singular entity ruling over the world[1], an overbearing capitalist government who opresses its people and crushes any artistic values while touting false "freedom"[10]. It's capital and center of power is the Federal Capital City of Prague.

Jack LayzonEdit

Osman layzon art
Jack Layzon (ジャック・レイゾン) is the Federal attorney general (連邦法務長官). Tired of the Slaver cultist having invaded one of his cities, he contracts the services of Kirin to get rid of them[1][2][11]. This, however, turns out to be a setup to give Layzon a legal reason to arrest the cultist by taking advantage of all the chaos the cult's fight with Kirin generated[12]. Having no further use for Kirin afterwards, he orders his execution and leaves him to die on a desert, chained to a rock.[13]

Kirin, however, survives and finally arrives at Prague to get revenge on him. Shocked to see Kirin has survived, Layzon backs aways as the Teki approaches for the kill, but when they reach the balcony Slaver's sword suddenly appears and pierces Layzon, obliterating him.

PiratesEdit

Osman pirates

The five men

A group of five men who opposed the Federal Government and were sent to the mining complex under the desert of Bafua (Cabil), a forced labor station for government dissenters, to mine out "Flying Ore" (飛鉱石)[14] used in the processing of Anti-Gravity Crystals. Kirin finds them after defeating the first Teki, in the process of stealing a Federal-branded submarine and a large torpedo. They receive Kirin with open arms and help him cross the Indian Ocean to reach the mainland, and Kirin assists them in taking down a large Federal warship pursuing them.

Slaver cultEdit

Osman cultists
The Ideological Terrorist Group Slaver (思想テロ集団スレイヴァー) is a fanatical cult with terrorist-leaning ideologies that has taken over the Gulf City of Gran[1][2]. Its followers worship a deity of the same name, also known as the "God without Shape" (姿なき神)[1][2]. The cultists profess a belief that humans are vulgar pigs driven by desire who must be "tamed" by their goddess.[15]

HerioEdit

Herio (ヘリオ) is a mysterious fire entity faced inside the cult's temple, being apparently worshipped by the cultists. Not much is known about this being, although it could be the head of the cult or even an embodiment of Slaver or her powers, given its appearance and fire motif.

Herio presents itself as a human-shaped being of fire capable of raining fire over Kirin and summoning two energy hands to float around the circular stage and attempt to grab and damage Kirin. Upon receiving enough damage, Herio's appearance distorts into an angry visage and he starts attacking by turning into a fireball and quickly spinning toward Kirin. He's later ressurected by Slaver in the final stage in an unsuccessful attempt to pacify Kirin's bloodlust.

FakeEdit

Osman fake
Fake or Fake Kirin (偽麒麟) is a clone of Kirin summoned by Slaver to protect herself, created from Kirin's mirror image. Fake appears as an identical copy of a full-powered (black pants) Kirin except for his darker skin. In battle, Fake constantly pursues Kirin and attacks with full-powered standing and jumping kicks. Unlike Kirin, however, he doesn't generate energy doubles of himself and makes no use of any of his other skills.

SlaverEdit

Osman slaver art
Slaver (スレイヴァー) is the central goddess of the cult of the same name. Slaver initially appears in the form of a large golden avatar with pointy ears wearing a long dress, a turban and carrying a blue sword, but her true form is that of a woman with wild, fire-like hair and a similarly-colored dress with an eye symbol. Slaver's true nature and intentions are a mystery, although it's implied she wants to "tame" (or enslave, given her name) humans and that the world at large is under her influence. Slaver possess a host of divine powers including control over energy and matter, levitation and flight, onmipresence, apparent omniscience and the ability to ressurect the dead, an act described as "borrowing life" from her.

Slaver first notices Kirin when he irrupts into her temple. She takes an interest in Kirin and his desire for revenge and murder and eventually appears before him, noticing his desire to kill and giving him her permission to "take away life freely"[16]. Slaver later appears just as Kirin has cornered Layzon and murders him instead, denying Kirin his revenge. Apparently believing she has "tamed" Kirin, she asks him to come with her, "his master"[17], but this finally seals her fate as Kirin's unsatied bloodthirst makes him target her instead[18] and Slaver ends up killed by Kirin in a battle to determine the strongest and the fate of Earth.

Slaver fights in a small area overlooked by a giant image of herself. The background Slaver will zoom in as she takes damage, marking three distinct boss phases. In all phases, she flies around the stage and shoots small laser beams at Kirin.

  • Phase 1: Slaver summons a large number of black orbs which fly off toward Kirin.
  • Phase 2: Slaver generates a ring of projectiles shaped like DNA strands, which spins and spread out.
  • Phase 3: Slaver sends a miniature Earth as a projectile toward Kirin.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Iseneko (October 1, 1988). "Cannon Dancer". Gamest (151). Pg. 242
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Game Area 51 (May 29, 2011). "Utata Kiyoshi Artdot Works" (Japanese). Pg. 16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Wilf of Teki (Stage 4): "Teki are 4 people. Now only 3 remains. Soon two will be death. In any case, I’ll be the one remaining, and I’ll obtain the title of strongest weapon"
  4. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Cannons of Teki (Stage 4): "Fighting your senior? Very well, the path of blood is well-suited for us"
  5. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Cannons of Teki (Stage 3): "You've always been an unrefined and stupid young man, using your own hands."
  6. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Cannons of Teki, Wilf of Teki, Tianon of Teki (Stage 6): "Look at our invincible encirclement formation forged in Hell, Da Rudel Taktik."
  7. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Tianon of Teki (Stage 3): "I’ve been looking forward for the day we’d have a match to the death."
  8. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Tianon of Teki (Stage 4): "Kirin, your beauty alone fuels my fire."
  9. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Wilf of Teki (Stage 3): "All the way, I’ve never liked you, never!"
  10. Robson, Daniel (October 2014). "The Making of...Strider". Edge (271). Pg. 96-99.
  11. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Jack Layzon (Stage 1): "I want you to recapture the city from those detestable Slaver worshipers."
  12. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Jack Layzon (Stage 2): "What is all this disturbance!? Slaver, I should have known! Arrest these fanatics."
  13. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Jack Layzon (Stage 2): "Kirin, you'll be generously rewarded for your troubles."
  14. Twitter post published February 6, 2016 (Japanese). Game Area 51's official twitter.
  15. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Cultist (Stage 2): "We are vulgar pigs driven by desire Slaver has tamed."
  16. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Slaver (Stage 4): "This man, what is he doing? Were you cast away? You want to kill? You may take away life freely. I desire its destruction."
  17. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Slaver (Stage 5): "Come over, Kirin. My beautiful murder weapon. Come over here. I'm your master."
  18. Mitchell Corp. (February 1996). Cannon-Dancer (Japanese). Slaver (Stage 6): "This bloodthirst! You intend to fight me?"

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