Souther

Souther is a anime/manga character in the Fist of the North Star franchise
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Souther was the sole inheritor of the Nanto Ho'oh-Ken style and born under the Command Star. The man grew up an egotist, devoid of emotions and hungry for power.

Childhood

 
Souther's unnamed parents abandoned him as an infant at the doorstep of the training grounds of the Nanto Ho'oh-Ken, "South Star Phoenix," style. There, he met Ogai - his father figure and adoptive parent and mentor. He grew up in Ogai's shadow, wanting nothing more than Ogai's affection and love. Ogai taught the boy a deadly martial art, but did not dare to speak of the consequences of Souther's learning of the art. Soon, their bonds were severed.
 
One stormy day in Souther's late teenage years, Ogai blindfolded his student and told him to accomplish the final test for a Nanto Ho'oh-Ken practitioner. The rainclouds swirled and blocked most of Souther's reception of the outside world and he leaped without mercy upon the first sound he heard, spilling a copious amount of blood from his victim. When he took off his blindfold to see how Ogai would react to his simple completion of the final test, he was horrified to see that the man he had attacked was his foster father! Ogai told him that the users of Nanto Ho'oh-Ken were fated to kill their masters and that he should not feel ashamed. On that day, with the only person who ever loved him dying in his arms, Souther pledged to live an emotionless life in order to honor Ogai's death.
 

Souther's Adult Years

 
The first time Souther ever met Kenshiro was when the latter had only just begun learning Hokuto Shin Ken as a boy. The two masters of two different Nanto styles, Shuu of the Benevolent Star and Souther of the Command Star, were attending a showing of the Hokuto school's prowess as a martial art program. Raoh also attended to see how his little brother was learning. As Kenshiro continued to slaughter his opponents, Shuu rose to fight him next. Souther took enjoyment in watching Kenshiro fight a hopeless battle against Shuu, but was disappointed to find that Shuu's kind heart could not bear the sadness of killing the boy - as were the rules of the match. Souther reminded Shuu of the punishment for not killing his opponent and made the benevolent man blind himself in exchange for Kenshiro's life.
 
Later, Souther reappeared under a mask and began enslaving children to build his Holy Cross Pyramid, a massive structure that would entomb the Holy Emperor's emotions forever and enable him to dare a glimpse into Heaven. He encountered Kenshiro, now grown and aged into his mainstream image, and promptly defeated him. Kenshiro was not even able to hit a single one of Souther's pressure points, as was his signature killing technique. Souther cut Kenshiro's chest with the shape of a cross, using his hands for this henious act, and left to continue his work as Holy Emperor; but not before ordering Kenshiro's body be dumped into the sewer. Needless to say, Shuu - still a powerful contender in the martial arts business - was not happy upon hearing this news. But he was still skeptical about his strength compared to the Holy Emperor's and decided to continue hiding, not wanting to risk innocent lives.
 
Meanwhile, Souther tracked down Shuu and his troops attacked the blind man. Shuu promptly defeated them and tried to end Souther's life, but Souther evaded his assassination attempt and pointed out that Shuu's people were in danger of being slaughtered by his army. Shuu, hesitating, was then vunerable to a sneak attack from the Holy Emperor. Souther then buckled Shuu with the crown to the Holy Cross Pyramid and forced him to climb the seemingly endless stairway up to the top to place the final stone upon the structure. He also forced the children Shuu protected to stand along the edge of the stairs.
 
But Kenshiro arrived to save the day, albeit somewhat too late. Shuu was imprisoned at the top of the Holy Cross Pyramid with the enormous weight of the stone crushing him. As Kenshiro raced to save him, Souther ordered his archers to fire upon the blind man. Still alive, Shuu begged Kenshiro to hurry as Souther took up a spear and threw it toward Kenshiro's destination. But the target was not the distracted Hokuto Shin Ken user, as it passed by his ear and cut just a few hairs from his head. Shuu's torso collapsed under the spearhead and, just as Kenshiro was able to awkwardly try and make Shuu's final moments worth something, the blind man's eyesight returned! He could finally see Kenshiro for the first time since the latter's boyhood. Content, Shuu dies as the stone crushes him.
 
Souther, laughing, said that Shuu was more of a fool as he thought and took Kenshiro's challenge with a sadistic glee. He walks by one of the children, who tries to kill him by stabbing his thigh with a concealed dagger, and the Holy Emperor curses the boy's assassination attempt as a result of emotion. He goes on to recall his experiences with Ogai before fighting Kenshiro. 
 
Kenshiro manages to impale Souther with both of his hands through either side of the Holy Emperor's body and discovers why Hokuto Shin Ken doesn't work on him: Souther's heart is on the right side of his body! The location of his pressure points are reversed! Taking the opportunity, Souther cuts open Kenshiro's face and sends him plummeting down the stairs. Laughing, he doesn't notice that Kenshiro had pressed one of his points until a spray of blood erupts from his forehead. Shaken, Souther unleashes Tenshou Juuji Ho'oh, the most powerful of his techniques that makes his body so light that it glides above his opponent's attacks.
 
Even though Souther seems to be invincible, Kenshiro hits pressure points that disables his ability to jump into the sky and ultimately defeats him with the Ujou Mushou Ha attack. With only minutes to live, Souther questions Kenshiro as to why he spared him an instant death and especially since Souther had tortured Kenshiro and so many others. Kenshiro says that deep down inside, Souther had the most emotion of anyone. Utterly broken physically and emotionally, Souther retreats to the corpse of his foster father, encased in gold for the glory of the angels, and cries for the first time in years as he, too, dies.
 

Nanto Ho'oh-Ken

 
"South Star Phoenix Fist" is the most powerful of the Nanto styles. It requires no strict stance, as it is nothing more than raw offensive power. Its final technique is Tenshou Juuji Ho'oh, an attack that makes the user's body so light that it glides over his/her opponent. The hands of a Nanto Ho'oh-Ken pratitioner are used for cutting and slicing, as compared to the pressure points of Hokuto Shin Ken, the invisible slicing twine of Nanto Suicho Ken, and the like.
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Name: Souther
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Romanji: Sauzā
Gender: Male
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