Full Name:Keith Mason
Gender:Male
Age:25
Height:5'5"
Weight:166
Blood Type:B+
Nationality:African American
Hometown:Metro City
Eye Color:Brown
Hair Color:Black
Date of Birth:June 13, 1992
Hobbies:Card Games
Personal Treasures:Thieving Tools, Oakley Thumps
Favorite Food:Coconut Battered Shrimp
Likes:Laid back people, Card Games, Fighting, and Freedom of Movement
Dislikes:His Parents, People who would unnecessarily endanger/injure children
Best Sport:World Chase Tag, Gymnastics
Love Interests:n/a
OOC Data
Game:Original Character
Status:Active
Theme Song:The Second Coming - Juelz Santana

Aranha

"He who thinks by the inch and talks by the yard deserves to be kicked by the foot."

Keith Mason, who goes by Aranha in fight circles, has seen more than his share of a rough life and has the broken nose and scars to prove it. He has plenty of stories to go with each scar, not that he would ever talk about it. Instead, he'd rather focus on turning whatever place he is located into a party whether it's hanging out with friends, over a private card game, or even a fight. Every fight he's in becomes a spectacle, utilizing his natural athleticism to dance around attacks and use every area he's in as his own personal jungle gym, combining Capoeira and Parkour into a fighting style that's unique to him. Aranha once used these same abilities as a cat burglar, but now he seeks to prove to himself capable of providing for his little sister without turning to criminal methods. But will the criminal world let go of him?

Style:PK Capoeira
Signature Move:Sky's the Limit -- PHYSICAL
Signature Ability:MANIPULATE -- SHROUD

Background

-Current Timeline-
Family:
Jeff Mason - Father (Alive, Incarcerated)
Katherine Mason - Mother (Alive, Incarcerated)
Karen Mason - Older Sister (Deceased, Drug Overdose)
Kelly Mason - Younger Sister (Alive)

Known Allies:
Kelly Mason
Sound and Fury
Full Moon Society

Known Enemies:
Jedah
Black Lotus
Daniel Little
Fio Tessitore(Deceased)

Keith was an African American who was born the second child of three children, in Metro City. While his parents were poor, they still were still respected members of the community, due to his father's involvement in politics. However the public image hid a darker truth. Both their father and mother were quite abusive to the children, and often the children received curling iron burns or ended having their backs whipped by extension cords. No one was the wiser since their injuries were the type that would remain hidden as long as they were clothed.

Eventually Aranha ended up taking on a beating meant for his older sister guided by a dream. After that day, both Karen and Keith both started developing their individual plans to escape and get the other siblling out along with them. Karen came in from the direction of focusing on a music career. She later would go on to a performing arts school with a promise that she would return for them.

Meanwhile, Keith realized early on in the formulations of his own plans that he would need money to provide food and shelter for her and at his age, he couldn't legally work. He started out as a pick pocket and then he began hearing about parkour and looked at it as an escape method not only from police but also as a metaphor for escaping the house he lived in, plus being able to move through more and more places allowed him to be able to take more valuable things than what most people would keep in their wallets. He began teaching himself the basic movements and then eventually the ground work he put into the basics allowed him to see more possibilities and be able to adapt his movements to a given situation. After he received the money, he put a portion of his ill-gained money into poker games often coming out slightly ahead due to both a knack for card counting and reading most of his opponents' tells.

There was one situation he couldn't adapt to. Unluckily or luckily depending on how you see it, he ended up attempting to rob a Mestre. He didn't get away. However, he wasn't turned in to the police, either. After receiving a sound buttkicking, Keith told the Mestre about his family and the reasons he had turned to crime. After swearing a vow to give up a life of crime he was taught a style of Capoeira that sampled liberally from both Regional and Angola. In the process of learning Capoeira, he found that his ability to read tells had its uses in a fight situations allowing for him to gain more information than most fighters. Eventually the time came for his Batizado and he received the nickname Aranha(Spider). Most of the students thought it was based how he played in the roda, but it was actually an inside joke between Keith and the Mestre about how they first met.

While his talent in Capoeira and fighting in general was being nurtured through the Mestre drilling move after move into him and further sharpened through underground fighting circuits for more legal means of obtaining money, he didn't let his ability in parkour completely fall by the wayside either. While he didn't practice it as often, he did practice it in the spirit it was supposed practiced in (for self improvement rather than something that would make him more money).

Meanwhile, his sister Karen did manage to get a record deal and because of a song that exposed their parents, and they were imprisoned after. Unfortunately it came too late for Keith who by then was a legal adult and due to his skills in martial arts was unofficially one of Karen's body guards. However while he was able to protect her from others he was still unable to protect her from herself. After her first hit, she soon ended up overdosing on drugs.

Emotionally lashing out, Keith fell into his own old habits and started taking less than legal jobs once more. A notable one being a cat burglary job. However he encountered another burglar while at the scene. This cat burglar triggered the alarms. In spite of that, Keith managed to escape with the item in question and leave the other burglar to take the fall. If it wasn't for eye witness reports of a man bounding from wall to wall as he escaped from the scene of the crime, that story might have ended there. Instead, his Mestre was able to piece together that Keith had violated his vow and turned his back on him.

Keith would soon vanish from the public eye once more. While out of the public eye he became a drifter making money off street fights and dice games here and there, never staying in one place long enough to develop a reputation for his fighting ability. He went all over the United States in a journey of self-exploration.

-Alternate Timeline-
Family:
Jeff Mason - Father (Deceased, Murdered)
Katherine Mason - Mother (Deceased, Murdered)
Karen Mason - Older Sister (Deceased, Suicide)
Kelly Mason - Younger Sister (Alive, in spite of getting kidnapped more times than Princess Peach)

Known Allies:
n/a

Known Enemies:
Blackjack
'R'

How the Alternate Timeline background differs from the current:
This was the timeline that was the source of the dreams Keith initially received that would ultimately change the fate of his family. Because of that, he could not receive the warning that his sister would ultimately receive the beating that would cause her to commit suicide. This in turn ended her music career before it could begin. Another detail that was different was the fact that his parents were never incarcerated because Karen never got the record deal and thus no money for legal representation. Instead, Keith ended up killing them.

Tournament Titles

Recent Logs

NL Season 7 Quarterfinals: Terry vs. Aranha - The Lone Wolf faces The Dancing Spider under the Southtown Overpass. The fight ends up being a brutal slugfest that is much closer than the odds makers had expected. (Winner: Terry) - Log created on 16:01:22 08/20/2021 by Aranha, and last modified on 22:06:24 08/24/2021. Cast: Terry and Aranha.

NL#0198: Velvet Blue vs Aranha - Both Aranha and Velvet Blue receive invites to Neo*Geo Land to put on a show in one of the last fights for the Neo League season. There's acrobatics, a light show, and even some brutality mixed in. (Winner: Aranha) - Log created on 16:30:55 07/20/2021 by Aranha, and last modified on 09:29:08 07/21/2021. Cast: Aranha and Velvet Blue.

NL#0194 - Banyu vs Aranha - Aranha and Banyu come together for a throw down at a fish market in Southtown. The action gets heated, literally, as both fighters are finding their energy acting weird. (Winner: Aranha) - Log created on 14:11:18 06/25/2021 by Aranha, and last modified on 10:05:43 07/01/2021. Cast: Aranha and Banyu.

NL#0178: Jae Hoon vs Aranha - Jae Hoon while on a hot streak comes face to face with consistent top 8 finisher Aranha at the Old Line in Southtown to match taekwondo vs capoeira to see who's kicks reign supreme in the Neo League. - Log created on 18:05:17 05/13/2021 by Aranha, and last modified on 09:54:10 05/15/2021. Cast: Jae Hoon and Aranha.

Allergic Reaction - It's unusual for the winner of the fight to be in worse condition than the loser however Olivia had a severe allergic reaction to her plant based chi outbreak. Aranha ends up being forced to act as a translator while the medics work on his opponent. - Log created on 13:37:18 04/29/2021 by Aranha, and last modified on 08:31:27 04/30/2021. Cast: Aranha and Olivia.

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