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Flowery Flag

"Flowery Flag"

"Flowery Flag" (unknown – 1927), was an American killer from Baltimore who worked in China as a henchman of Du Yuesheng, the crimeboss of the Green Gang which operated in Shanghai.

BiographyEdit

During the Shanghai massacre of 1927, Yuesheng tracked down Ruan Lingyu after she stole a box from the Templars that was destined for Chiang Kai-shek. The crimelord eventually traced her back to a Temple where she was hiding with Darius Gift, and sent Flowery Flag after them.[1]

There, announcing his presence with a rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", the killer disarmed Ruan with a knife thrown from a device attached to his forearm and easily subdued the young Gift but was prevented from finishing the job by the arrival of the Black Cross. The two men engaged in hand to hand combat until Flowery Flag pulled out a gun and shot his foe, hitting him in the shoulder.[2]

However, as Flowery Flag moved to kill the Black Cross, Ruan stabbed him in the back. Using the diversion, the Templar quickly wrapped his Templar Cross chain around Flowery Flag's neck before pushing him through a window. Flowery Flag was hanged with the chain, but considering the height, he likely died of a broken neck before having the time to suffocate.[2]

Equipment and skills Edit

Flowery Flag was highly skilled in combat. He easily incapacitated Darius with a kick to the head and being able to fight Black Cross on equal terms if not get the best of him. In terms of equipment he possessed knives, which he kept inside a device attached to his forearm hidden up his sleeve, a gun, and a large knife.

TriviaEdit

  • Flowery Flag's nickname is a reference to the flag of the United States which became known as the "flower flag" in Asia following its first sighting in Canton in the 18th century.[3] He is depicted in one panel with the US flag at the center of his right pupil, suggesting that that eye–if not artistic licence–may have been a prothesis. His mismatched eye colors are a trait that he shares with the Sages.
  • Despite wearing a knife thrower on his wrist which resembled the Hidden Blade, Flowery Flag was not shown to have any ties with the Assassin Brotherhood.

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