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Shy Stevens

Shy Stevens Alias: ChiSai

Date of birth: September 9, 19 years ago

Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Height: 5' 4''
Weight: 125 lbs.
Other distinguishing features: Shoulder length dreadlocks and full body tribal tattoos
Race: Human

Legal status: U.S. citizen with no criminal record
Marital Status: Engaged
Identity: Secret
Known relatives: Hope Stevens (daughter)
Richard Andrews (fiancée)
Group affiliation: Chicago Police Force
Base of operations: Xanitao Island, South Pacific & Chicago, Illinois, USA

History: As a young girl, Shy Stevens ran away from home along with her friend Lisa. Upon meeting misfortune on the tough Chicago streets, the two girls met the business man Jeno Jacobs who took them in. The girls were introduced to a drastic lifestyle change of parties, alcohol, and drugs that sucked Lisa in and soon killed her, but Shy avoided those. Her only mistake was falling in love with Jeno himself. That relationship ended after shy discovered a large secret concerning Jeno's criminal activities and threatened to take the information to the authorities. This ended with Jeno raping and beating her and finally leaving her for dead [3-5].

She was found and brought to a hospital, and as she discovered she was pregnant shortly after, she stayed off the grid for two years [1,2]. It was also during this time she befriended Julie Chen and Richard Andrews (to be published in ChiSai: Conception). During these two years, Julie arranged for Shy to begin martial arts training with the woman only known as Trainer.

Shy started attacking Jeno's operations two years after her "death" and for a year he though the vigilante that gave him problems was a male, the possibility of Shy still being alive never crossing his or anyone else's mind [1,2]. The final confrontation between Shy and Jeno resolved with them nearly killing each other, which was Shy's goal, but the love of her Richard and Hope gave her the strength to fight her nearly fatal injuries [6].

After getting her revenge, Shy was contacted by Trainer through two young female assassins. With the death of Jeno, Shy expected to put the past 5 years behind her but Trainer was there to collect on their agreement: The training and the uniform in exchange for service to Trainer's organization. The first mission concerns the thought dead Gertrude who has something Trainer wants returned: Shy was last seen chasing Gertrude and the object [7].

Skills & abilities: Shy is skilled in martial arts/hand-to-hand combat.
Equipment: Skintight bulletproof special Kevlar like body armor, black sais, and any weapon or piece of equipment she can get her hands on.

Continuity: Approbation Comics Continuity
Publisher(s): Approbation Comics
First app.: Myriad #1 (2005)
Creator(s): Bart A. Thompson
Country of origin: USA USA

Background notes: ChiSai started out as an idea for Marvel's Epic line. Originally she was supposed to be a part of bringing Spider-Man's black suit back, taking a new approach instead of the usual clone/close friend/close enemy that Marvel has done several times before. Instead of bringing something new to the Spider-Man series however, it became a series of its own. Epic was stopped before it really started, and Bart Thompson changed the story by taking out the ties to the Marvel Universe. Most of the story named Karma has been published in the anthology Myriad. The final chapter has yet to be published.

The origin of the name ChiSai is a combination of the hip-hop name for Chicago, Chi-town and sai, her primary weapon. Also the name means small in Japanese (pronounced chee-sai though).

  1. Myriad #1
    Approbation Comics, 2005
  2. Myriad #2
    Approbation Comics, 2005
  3. Myriad #3
    Approbation Comics, 2005
  4. Myriad #4
    Approbation Comics, 2005
  5. Myriad #5
    Approbation Comics
  6. Myriad #6
    Approbation Comics
  7. ChiSai: Duality #1
    Approbation Comics, 2005

Related links/characters:
- Approbation Comics characters
- Gertrude Wilson
- Hope Stevens
- Jeno Jacobs
- Richard Andrews
- Trainer