Registry Number: TL-0793
Subject Name: Mosi
Known Alias(s): The Ghost, FMNH 23970
Classification: Shifts into a Tsavo Lion- specifically, the first of the two Tsavo Man-Eaters (FMNH 23970, AKA “The Ghost,” according to The Man-eaters of Tsavo, a book by Patterson, the man who “killed” Mosi.)
Date of Birth: Estimated to be late November of 1876.
Ethnicity/Skin Tone: Kenyan. Skin is about a 9A on this chart.
Height: 6’5” (humanoid)/ 9’9” long, 3’9” at the shoulder (lion)
Weight: 219lbs (humanoid) / 553lbs (lion)
Eyes: Medium brown
Hair: Bald (humanoid) / Standard tan fur, however, he lacks a mane in his lion form. He does have two small patches of mane-like fur in front of his shoulders, as well as a bit of scraggly, mane-like fur hanging from his cheeks. He has barely any “tuft fur” at the tip of his tail. Rather, it’s just regular length and the last three inches of his tail are dark.
Occupation: None. He kind of lives 'off the grid,' so to speak. He moves around frequently and tries to salvage what he can of his original lifestyle.
Powers/Abilities: His main power/ability is that he is able to shapeshift between the forms of a human and a maneless Tsavo lion. His senses of sight, hearing, and smell are fairly strong, as well. Other than this, he doesn’t really have any special talents.
Strengths(Maximum of 4 strengths):
He has a pretty large, intimidating frame due to muscle mass.
Mosi has fairly decent leadership skills. Of course, he tends to manipulate whoever he “leads” to believe that the best thing for the group is what he wants, but, still.
He’s a damn good survivalist. After all, he’s had over 100 years to develop the skill for it.
Due to him not being a normal lion/man/thing, his strength and speed are a bit enhanced. Nothing extreme to the point of 'super' strength- but just enough to make him a formidable opponent.
Weaknesses(Minimum of 4 weaknesses):
On December 9, 1898, Mosi received a gunshot wound to his right (hind) leg. As medical care really wasn’t available (especially since the railroad workers likely wouldn’t want to nurse one of the two lions that were eating their men) at the time of the wound, and because of the severity of it, he now has a permanent limp. It’s not too noticeable unless he has been overworking the leg. This limp has made him a bit slower than he should be, and sometimes causes a fair amount of pain.
He is very impatient. This causes him to sometimes rush into things, which often results in consequence, whether it’s getting discovered too early on by who/what he is stalking, or a nasty injury.
He’s the most stubborn son of a bitch a lot of people will meet. He doesn’t like to listen to others, because that shit makes you look weak.
Mosi prefers to display strength over anything. He strongly prefers to take the offensive, rather than focusing equally on offense and defense.
He often tends to underestimate his opponents.
Mosi can be a bit too daring sometimes. This habit of his had developed during the killings at Tsavo. He thrived on the fear he struck into the railway workers' hearts, which gave him a bit of a sense of immortality. (Ex. he and his brother would eat their victims right in front of the occupied camps, despite guns being fired to try and scare them off so remains could be salvaged and buried.) He often waits until it's almost too late to retreat, which can get him into some pretty nasty situations.
Background: Mosi was one of the famed Tsavo Man-Eaters- a pair of vicious, maneless Tsavo lions responsible for the deaths of around 130 people (some fully or partially eaten, most not) working on the Kenyan-Ugandan Railway under Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson in 1898. The other was his brother, Zuberi, who unfortunately, had been killed twenty days after the assumed death of Mosi. This is really the only ‘significant’ part of his life, as it’s when he was the most active and causing a lot of trouble.
The construction of the railway was a huge disturbance and disruption to the environment in which the brothers and various other creatures (both animal and supernatural) lived. They knew it was only a matter of time before the area could be completely destroyed. Together, Mosi and Zuberi started to rebel. They took out people as best they could, ranging from injured workers to completely healthy men. They managed to get around several traps, and avoid multiple attempts at killing them.
Other [whatever they ares] started to follow them, including a pack of African Wild Dogs, some more lions, a rhinoceros, and a few others. Some of the followers had been taken out in the duration of the “cause,” as Mosi called it. He made the railway workers and the man that was hunting the attackers out to be “horrible, greedy monsters,” which made it easy to keep what “followers” remained.
As the attacks and humans’ fear went on, Mosi started to become more bold and even began to feel a bit invincible. He and his brother entered the workers’ camp and killed a patient in the camp’s hospital. After this attack, Mosi got through the boma (thick fence built from thorns) and dragged a man out of the camp to his death. Hundreds of the workers fled the camp, which resulted in a halt of the bridge’s construction, giving the lions and their remaining followers a sense of false security.
The feeling of power that he had was what eventually “did him in.” One night, he mistook a goat set out as bait (by Patterson) to be a food or milk animal that the humans depended on. Instead of killing the livestock out of spite like he intended, he was shot in the leg and ran off. Hours later, rather than staying away from the camp to nurse and tend to his wound, he returned, this time, stalking Patterson. He almost had the man, but was instead shot again, this time, in the shoulder. He bolted, intending to come back for a second attempt, but was convinced to stay away by his brother. Another [whatever they are, shifted into a lion] went after Patterson that night, but did not return (this lion was mistaken for Mosi by the workers.).
Twenty days later, Zuberi was killed. He had become sick of the humans’ continued attempts to work and destroy their home, and intended on finishing their leader once and for all. Until his he was ended by a bullet to the head, he continued to try and take Patterson down. The news of his brother’s death was brought to Mosi by Jelani, a [whatever they are, shifts into AWD]. Mosi, still not fully recovered from his severe wounds, was enraged and devastated- especially since there was nothing he could do in his condition.
With the assumption that both of the Tsavo Man-Eaters were dead, the workers returned and the construction on the railway bridge was resumed. Knowing that nothing could be done about the railway and the people it would likely attract, the [creatures] gave up. All but Jelani (who had lost a sister to Patterson or one of his men) abandoned the wounded lion.
Since the Tsavo attacks, Mosi has been trying his hardest to continue to adjust to the changing world. Despite not always being treated too kindly, Jelani (WD-1395) still hangs around with him. As much as Mosi finds him to be “annoying as all fucking hell,” he still tolerates him, as having at least one thing around that doesn’t change brings him some small form of comfort and a connection to his old life.
Despite it totally breaking the Bureau’s rules. Mosi still eats humans once in a while. Of course, he sticks to homeless people (he thinks they don’t matter, anyway.), as they’re less likely to draw attention when they go missing.