Shadow's Smile

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Shadow's Smile

Information Known by the Nation

Name: Shadows’s Smile {Ulybayas’ Teni in his native Russian} aka: Tenirion Ulibov – Fame {5}

Tribe: Bastet - Khan Breed: Feline Rank: Ilani {Athro} Auspice: Dawn {Galliard}

Sept: Sept of the Shifting Sands Sept Role: Den Parent


World-renowned artist, author and conservationist Tenirion Ulibov is a man on a mission. He tirelessly speaks out on behalf of the animals of the earth in the hopes that people will come to realize that the fate of the animals and of the people on earth are undeniably intertwined. He tries to show people that only by ensuring that the creatures of the wild are able to exist in their natural habitats and by their natural means can any of us have hope for our future generations. His many written works try to show the innate intelligence and nobility possessed by the animal kingdom. At the same time, his frequent appearances and lectures on conservationist causes, given to both academic and government panels around the world, are intended to raise awareness of the need to preserve nature and live responsibly on the planet that we all share.

Unknown to the world at large, Shadow’s Smile was born in one of those wild places he seeks to protect and restore. As one of the great Khan, he is gifted by Gaia the ability to take the form of man so that he may watch over the world and speak out on behalf of the Wyld. Just as the breaking light of Dawn speaks to the earth so it may wake up from the darkness that turned it cold, he tries to speak the message that each new day should be taken with care and compassion for all creatures. As a member of the Beast Courts he observed and manipulated the human world to protect and educate, and spent many years teaching younger members of the Courts in the ways of blending into the modern world.

He grew up near Melnichnoye, in Primorye (the Russian far-east, just north of Vladivostok), and attended school at Dalnevostochny Federalny Universitet (Far Eastern Federal University) where he eventually graduated with a Master’s degree in Classical Literature as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts specializing in drawing. In 1991 he got his literary start in drawing and writing comic books that were published in Europe and Asia, eventually progressing to full length graphic novels that are now published in 19 languages and in 44 countries around the globe. Receiving his Doctorate in Literature from Doshisha University in 2008, he continues to teach and guest-lecture at many of the world’s foremost colleges and institutes of higher learning on the evolving mediums and roles of literature in modern society in the shaping of collective morality and conscience. He is unapologetic about using his celebrity status and academic stature to further the causes of animal rights and conservationism, although in recent years he has been more vocal and less confrontational in his efforts owing to several arrests in Europe after passionate protests and rallies.

Born as a Siberian Tiger, he looks upon humanity as misguided creatures to be taught, so that they may understand the true beauty that can be found by their willful choices in caring for the earth and sharing it with all of the noble creatures that the Splendid Lady has birthed into the world. His ecumenical view of all Fera and of the Garou led him to step away from the Beast Courts and travel to the Western world, where he continues on his Elder Quest to free his fellow felines from their captivity by man, working alongside several rescue organizations to repatriate tigers and other big cats back into the wild.


  • 1955 – Born in the last days of autumn outside of the normal cycle of these things, just before dawn.
  • 1961 – Out on a hunt of his own, he encountered humans desperate to find something to eat, and both parties suffered.
  • 1968 – Petitioned to be accepted in the Beast Courts as Tekhmet (Cliath), serving to observe and chronicle the advance of man into his homeland, and seeking to guide them while protecting his own kind.
  • 1975 – Rescues nine tigers from captivity in Rangsit, Thailand; he kills a hideous vampire in the process, earning the enmity of the Nosferatu and earning the rank of Akaa (Fostern).
  • 1984 – Attends his first American film at the San Francisco premier of the movie “Gremlins”.
  • 1984 – Rescues his 99th and 100th tigers from captivity on a movie set in Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1987 – Publishes his first short story, “Brass Tiger”, under the name Tenirion Ulibov (a 20-yr old Russian man from Vladivostok); he uses the payment from the story to enroll at Dalnevostochny Federalny Universitet (called Far Eastern Federal University in English) as a Literature student. While there he befriends a Garou, initially keeping this friendship a secret from the Beast Courts.
  • 1991 – Graduates from FEFU with a degree in Classical Literature as well as a degree in Fine Arts specializing in drawing.
  • 1991 – Publishes his first comic book, “Iron Foxes”, about a pair of robotic foxes protecting the last real fox in an apocalyptic setting. It runs 23 issues over the next 28 months, and is published in Japan, China, Russia, France, Spain, and Brazil. Hidden in the comic are instructions for Garou and Fera fleeing the Iron Curtain to safe locations in the Far East.
  • 1995 – Is arrested in France while protesting animal cruelty in circus acts and variety shows; this is the first time he realizes that his minor celebrity status can be used to aid in conservationist causes.
  • 1996 - Spends time in the northwestern US discouraging hunters in Yellowstone and surrounding areas during the reintroduction of wolves by the Parks Service; he is drawn to Montana when a young Simba named Luke Kriel (played by Michael D.) undergoes his first change there.
  • 1996 - During the storms that followed Hurricane Marco's pass towards the Gulf of Mexico, he rescues 6 big cats, including 2 tigers, from captivity at the Mayaguez Zoo in Puerto Rico.
  • 1998 – Ascends to Tilau (Adren) and begins to accept responsibilities for his people.
  • 1999 – Aids in the Fall of the Shadow Curtain, fighting primarily against the vampire forces that served that dread Methuselah [VIP]
  • 2000 – Publishes his first full length graphic novel, “Wolves in Darkness”, about a pack of Siberian wolves battling against vampires during the reign of Peter the Great. It is published in many countries, and is his first success in the USA.
  • 2001 – Begins to notice trouble with his vision.
  • 2002 – Publishes his third full length graphic novel, “Ursa Lost”, about a bear that is captive in a circus in the Victorian Era. Sells over 500,000 copies.
  • 2003 – Begins publishing the 13-part epic graphic novel series, “The Chronicles of the Kith”, about animals in modern times who must save their families from the predation of man. One novel is released each year on Halloween. It becomes one of the most widely read and published literary series of modern times.
  • 2007-2008 – Teaches Literature at Doshisha in Kyoto, Japan while also aiding the Beast Courts as Ilani (Athro) to many of their artists and tale-spinners.
  • 2009 – Fights at the Siege of Shigalu Monastery [VIP]
  • 2009-2010 – Aids in the Rite of the Still Skies [VIP]. He befriends an Uktena named Tonauac (played by Robert P.), healing him after many wounds. He admires the wolf for his fearlessness (which he mistakes for noble bravery).
  • 2010 – Chooses to step down from his responsibilities to the Beast Courts.
  • 2011 – After arrests in Spain and Italy at animal rights protests, he joins up with a more aggressive group to free laboratory animals from facilities in Europe. His degenerating vision gets him in over his head a few times, and the proud tiger learns an important lesson from his former student, Blinding Snow (played by Vic C.), that help can be valuable and even necessary sometimes.
  • 2012 – Learning from his mistakes, he asks a young Pumonca named Penelope Dawson to travel with him in Europe to temper his impulsivity (mostly by encouraging her to get in trouble on his behalf). He discovers that he likes having others who he can trust around with him.
  • 2014 – Travels from the Sept of Glass and Steel to escort a Caern Seed to the Tri-Cities, WA and lingers to watch it grow.
  • 2015 – Officially joins the Sept. He mentors a Feline Khan named Lines of Light (played by Nathan W.) in the history and lore of the Khan as well as the Bastet as a whole, and in the process he regains some of his own regal pride and renews his focus on his Quest.
  • 2016 – Publishes the final novel of “The Chronicles of the Kith”.


  • He struggles against the first stages of Harano
  • He hates the taste of fish - especially salmon and tuna
  • He loves the snow and cold; he will play in it for hours at a time
  • Insert Your Rumor Here.


  • "Man is a vile creature!...And vile is he who calls him vile for that." Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” Leo Tolstoy
  • "Shadow's Smile is patient, and kind, and these are not the ways most people describe the Khan to me. He has also taken to humanity far more even than I have, for one who was born feline. I have now met a few others of our kind, and I have come to think he is an exception to many rules... but in this time of changing rules, perhaps it is best to be that? And perhaps, even more, there is a lesson there about what it means to be Bastet." - Lines of Light
  • "There are many ways to change the world, the most lasting and impactful is through touching the hearts and minds through stories. I have a sneaking suspicion that when all is said and done, many of our quietest and most numerous victories will be won through the pages of his works." - Oliver "Truth & Consequences" Bishop
  • "I look forward to our conversations. We have several mutual en devours that could profit from our minds." - Priscilla Lamnidae
  • Insert Your Quote Here.

OOC Information

Player: J D Chastain II

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Storyteller: Geoffry Chastain

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Location: Tri-Cities, WA

Approvals: Bastet - USA-NW-WA-1702-037116

Approvals: Fame x5 - USA-NW-WA-1702-037118

Approvals: DPotM - 2017-02-WtA-1129-024