Vasily is a young man, approximately 25-30 years old, with sharp eyes, defined eyelashes, and a furrowed brow. He has wavy medium-length hair, bold sideburns, and a short and neat shenandoah.
When Vasily is first introduced, he's seen wearing a tall wool cap, known as a papakha, which shows a low-rank cockade for the Imperial Russian Army. He wears a lightly-colored waistbelt coat, with dark gloves, pants, and boots. He seems to wear his signature bashlyk wrapped around his neck at the time of his introduction. He also carries a Mosin-Nagant (M1891) rifle, binoculars, and a crossbody bag.
After his duel with Ogata where he was shot through the jaw, Vasily wears his bashlyk and keeps the long ends tied around his face in order to hide his disfigurement. Occasionally, he's seen wearing the papakha with the crown unfurled, and the wool valve over his face. His hair also appears to be more unkempt.
The injury that Vasily received from Ogata was so gruesome that it made Yoshitake Shiraishi squirm in disgust. It also impaired his ability to speak, leaving him to mostly rely on his drawings to communicate with others.
Vasily is a highly analytical man as seen when he was able to predict Hyakunosuke Ogata's intentions of slowing his party down and constantly tries to put himself in Ogata's shoes in order to figure out his sniping habit.
Vasily believes that as a sniper he gets to decide whether his prey lives or dies. This can make him appear somewhat cold and uncaring for his comrades. However, Vasily does not allow himself to be motivated by hatred in order to become an excellent cold-blooded sniper.
Vasily seems to dislike arrogant people as seen when Kiroranke willingly step out into the open to save another person, which Vasily interpreted his actions as a dare to shoot him.
Vasily appears to be a person that desires to settle a score with another person that has bested him as he used Kiroranke's wanted posters as papers for his drawings despite Kiroranke being a national criminal in Russia.
Vasily fought in the Russo-Japanese War alongside his comrade, Ilya.
One day, the Russian government received a tip from the 1st Lieutenant of the 7th Division, Tsurumi, that the Russian emperor's assassin, Kiroranke, may attempt to illegally cross the border by hiding among one of the nomadic groups in the near future. As a result, Vasily, Ilya, and two other men were stationed at the Russian border.
True to Tsurumi's information, Vasily sees Asirpa's Group with Kiroranke hiding among the Oroks attempting to crossing the border. Seeing the latest model of rifle used by the Japanese Imperial Army being carried, Vasily shoots its carrier, an elderly Orok man, which causes Asirpa's group to stop as they became alerted to the Russian presence.
Vasily shoots once more when the younger Orok man attempts to help his father who had been shot, but misses when Kiroranke pushes him to the ground. As Asirpa's Group attempts to run away into the forest, Vasily shoots several of their reindeers to slow them down. When Kiroranke steps out into the open to rescue the Orok man, Vasily is surprised and despite Ilya's orders, does not shoot him. However. Ilya is instead shot by Hyakunosuke Ogata which gave Asirpa's Group an opportunity to run into the woods nearby.
Vasily leaves in order to confront Ogata but is stopped by one of his comrades who is worried about Ilya's health. Vasily tells them that Ogata purposely shot Ilya in the stomach so that he would become a burden to and slow them down. After hearing this, Ilya tells them all to go after Asirpa'sGgroup. As the other two men look for them, Vasily hides in the woods in order to find Ogata, using his comrades as bait.
As Vasily ponders about what Ogata would do, he realizes that Ogata's true target was not his comrades, but him himself. He then notices his comrades activating a moloccou trap which kills one of them and injures the other. He recognizes the trap as belonging to Kiroranke but does not head down to tend to his comrades. After some time searching, Vasily eventually finds Ogata's position as his eyes widen up in anticipation.
Having found his prey, Vasily observes Ogata preparing to shoot for a certain kill but then felt that something was odd as Ogata hadn't moved a single inch since he saw him. After over an hour had passed, Vasily realized that there is something wrong and so decided to change position while keeping an eye on Ogata.
As he got closer, he found that Ogata had left behind footprints which he scrubbed and managed to track them all the way to an Orok casket up in a tree. He came to the conclusion that the figure must've been a scarecrow that Ogata set up and that he must be hiding in the casket. Vasily then fired several shots into the casket, however he was blindslided as Ogata was actually the scarecrow all along as he shoots Vasily in the cheek.
Vasily recovers from his wound and in a desire to fight Ogata again, had a drawing made of Ogata in order to look for him. In the town of Shizuka, Vasily finds Ogata's companions, Yoshitake Shiraishi and Asirpa along with Sugimoto's Group and decides to track all of them. He heads to a building quite a distance away from Sugimoto's Group and shoots Shiraishi in the leg, alarming Sugimoto's Group. Vasily continues to fire off shots at them in order to prevent them from moving around or escaping.
As Vasily watches Shiraishi struggle to escape with his leg wound, Vasily recognizes him and waits for Ogata to come out so that they can continue their duel. He continues to shoot at Sugimoto's Group until he feels the presence of another person in the building with him. Vasily begins to sweat, recognizing this presence as something dangerous and shoots at the shōji door when it opened only to realize that it is a mirror of his foe.
When Saichi Sugimoto jumps into the room to attack him, Vasily pulls out his revolver to shoot at him. However, Sugimoto throws his miso box at Vasily, stunning him and knocks his gun away from him as he attempts to stab Vasily with his bayonet rifle. Vasily is able to block the attack and flees in order to create some distance between them. Despite this, Sugimoto is able to grab Vasily through a shōji door and throws him to the ground. Sugimoto attempts to stab Vasily once more until he sees a drawn picture of Ogata tucked under Vasily's coat.
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|Vasily takes out several drawings of Ogata and shows them to Sugimoto who questions if Ogata had sent him to attack them. He takes out a drawing of himself and Ogata, managing to relay to Sugimoto that they had a fight in which Vasily lost. Vasily takes out pictures of Asirpa, Shiraishi, and Kiroranke, pointing to the first two to show that he had seen them with Ogata, but Sugimoto takes their pictures away to state that they have nothing to do with Ogata and smashes Ogata's picture, which Vasily copies. Sugimoto attempts to express his history with Ogata by drawing a picture of him getting shot in the head by Ogata, but Vasily mistakes the drawing for a spider. As Sugimoto and Vasily continues to communicate through their drawing, the rest of Sugimoto's Group comes in and sees them on the floor.
Sugimoto's Group finds out Vasily's connection to Kiroranke and Hajime Tsukishima reveals that Kiroranke has died, that Ogata has gone missing, that their group only came to retrieve Asirpa, and that they have nothing to do with the Russian Emperor's assassination. They head outside to meet Shiraishi who is visibly upset about being shot in the leg. While Shiraishi is yelling at Vasily to speak before shooting, Tsukishima translates Shiraishi's rant to Vasily for him. Vasily then takes his mask off to reveal his injury to Shiraishi, who appears disgusted before jumping on a dog sled, telling him to go back to Russia. As Sugimoto's Group leaves town, Vasily follows after them on a horse in the hopes of fighting Ogata again.
Vasily continues to follow Sugimoto's Group all the way to Toyohara, using his binoculars to search for something when he notices Tsukishima who tells him to go back to Russia.
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After helping Sugimoto, Asirpa, and Shiraishi escape from Lt. Tsurumi and the 7th Division, Vasily follows the rest of the gang to Hokkaido, where they temporarily stay in an Ainu cise. While there, they decide that they’re short on travelling funds and need a way to get some money. After hearing that a man allegedly made 50 yen in a day while gold panning in the Uryu river, they quickly make their way there in hopes of sharing that fortune too. The group made it over just in time to save the life of a falling man, who turned out to be a gold panning master and the man who struck it rich.
While Sugimoto and Shiraishi were taken under the wing of Master Heita, Vasily wandered off into the woods and began to sketch the wildlife around him. He was seen sitting on the trunk of a fallen tree and drawing a Eurasian Wren which perched nearby on a branch. Asirpa tried telling him the Ainu name of the bird (Chackchack-Kamuy), but of course, Vasily does not understand Japanese. After a while of silent drawing, Noriko (a member of Heita’s family), approches him and asks if Vasily would draw her too. She promptly led him into their hunting hut and took off her clothes to get a nude portrait done. Only shortly after they began, Noriko’s husband, Taka, drags her away and begins to scold her, shooting dirty looks at Vasily.
Vasily exits the hut and returns to sitting on his fallen tree trunk to continue drawing. Taka comes up to him and tells him with hand gestures that his binoculars have been taken by Noriko and placed atop a fungus growing off the side of a tree. Oblivious to Taka’s malicious ulterior motives, he makes his way to the tree and sets off an arrow trap that was originally meant for deer. Leaping to save him, Asirpa kicks Vasily to the ground just in time to dodge the arrow. She then points to a trap sign carved into a tree and tells him to learn to recognize them. Again, because Vasily does not understand Japanese, it is unknown if he understood.
Once more, Vasily resumes sitting on his favored tree and begins to finish the portrait of ‘Noriko’, drawing with a concentrated expression and feverishly fast strokes. Shiraishi rushes over to his side to get him to protect Master Heita with him, but upon seeing Vasily’s art, he stops in shock. Instead of Noriko on the page, Vasily had drawn Heita with his naked body exposed, showing his escaped convict tattoo. It was then revealed that Noriko, Taka, and the rest of his family members were all hallucinations of Heita’s multiple personalities.
Vasily has no idea what’s going on, but follows Shiraishi as he takes the drawing to warn Sugimoto and Asirpa about the tattooed convict. They only manage to make it there after Heita’s final blow had been dealt. From a distance, Vasily watches Shiraishi cry while cradling Heita’s dead body.
Sugimoto, Asirpa, and Shiraishi board a steam boat headed to Ebetsu in hopes of finding a new tattooed prisoner. Vasily decides not to board the passenger boat and instead chooses to ride the storage boat along with the horses and luggage instead. Sugimoto notes that he probably prefers to keep his distance to wait for Ogata, essentially using them as bait.
Shortly after they depart, the passenger boat gets hijacked by Boutarou’s gang of pirates. An armed elderly postman begins shooting at the aggressors wildly, and one by one, the hijackers drop dead with clean headshots. The passengers aboard the ship believed the post man had excellent marksmanship, but it was actually Vasily who fired at the same time who really killed the men.
A passing military ship notices that something wrong is going on aboard the passenger ship, but at that point, Boutarou had seized control of the wheel and rammed the two ships together. The abrupt change in direction and speed had snapped the cord connecting the storage boat to the main ship. With nothing pulling his vessel forward, Vasily is left in a free flowing state. However, Vasily only seems mildly disappointed/inconvenienced and does not seem to be too concerned.
After the main conflict is over, Vasily is seen nonchalantly drifting back towards the passenger ship, where the main gang (plus Boutarou) joins him on the small boat, paddling towards the shore.
Once on the shore, Asirpa cooks everybody a meal using freshly caught sturgeon. Vasily is seen waiting for his portion while sitting in front of the pot alongside Shiraishi and Sugimoto.
Afterwards, they begin to head to Sapporo.
Abilities and Equipments
- Sniping: Vasily is an experienced sniper whose rifle of choice is the Mosin-Nagant.
- Spotting: To help with his sniping, Vasily also has spotting skills which he uses to observe points of interest and to find his targets.
- Drawing: Vasily is talented at drawing as he is able to make quick and accurate sketches of other people.
- Memory: Vasily has demonstrated his near photographic memory skills on multiple occasions. He is able to draw lifelike and accurate drawings of something, even if he has only seen the subject for a short moment, or continue drawing even after the subject is long gone.
- Vasily is likely based on two real life figures:
- Vasily Zaitsev, a sniper of the Red Army who during the 2nd World War killed 225 enemy soldiers, 32 of them with a no-scope standard-issue rifle. The resemblance is further confirmed by Vasily being born in the same village as his real life counterpart.
- Simo Häyhä, a Finnish Army sniper who fought in the Winter War (November 1939-March 1940) and scored 500 kills, although only 259 were confirmed, the highest number of sniper kills in any major war. During the last days of the war an explosive-bullet fired by a Soviet sniper hit Simo in his lower left jaw. That resulted deforming his face with his upper jaw, most of his lower jaw, and most of his left cheek missing.
- Vasily likes green tea, rice, and pelmeni; however, he dislikes squirrels.
- Vasily and Ogata are revealed to be the same age.
- Vasily is shorter than Nihei and taller than Sugimoto, Toni Anji, and Wilk.
- Vasily is lighter than Nihei, same weight as Sugimoto and Tsukishima, and heavier than Tsurumi.
- Vasily's molars were destroyed by Ogata's shot, so now he can only chew with his front teeth.
|Main Group||Asirpa • Saichi Sugimoto • Yoshitake Shiraishi|
|Former Members||Cikapasi • Fusatarou Oosawa † • Genjirou Tanigaki • Inkarmat • Kiroranke † • Retar • Ryu • Vasily|
|Associates||Hajime Tsukishima ☓ • Hyakunosuke Ogata ☓ • Otonoshin Koito ☓ • Tatsuma Ushiyama|