Wilk (ウイルク, Uiruku) was Asirpa's father.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Wilk has a scar that runs horizontically across his forehead and down his left eye to the cheek which he received from being in close proximity to an explosion.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Ever since he was a child, Wilk has always loved with wolves, thinking that they were pure and beautiful, and as a result, he was given the Polish name for wolf. His fascination with the wolves was so strong that he wanted to become like them, logical creatures that cut away any excess kindness so that they can survive. This would help to shape much of his future personality.

Wilk can be brutally violent when necessary as seen while interrogating an Okhranka officer. He was also willing to kill his comrades when necessary such as in order to avoid being spotted and survive. In this regards, he was once compared to Toshimichi Okubo, who was described as being cold-blooded due to the fact that he was willing to use any means necessary in pursuit of his goals.

Background[edit | edit source]

Wilk was born in a Karafuto Ainu village, where his mother and maternal grandparents were born as well. He was the son of a Polish father and a Karafuto Ainu mother and raised as a Christian.

Before Wilk was given his name, he had found a weakened wolf in the forest near his village. Wilk would always go to see the wolf every day and observed it howling to its pack. He deduced that the wolf wanted to return to its pack but could not since it may have an illness or defect.  Afterward, Wilk found that the wolf had been killed by its own pack and came to the conclusion that wolves cut away any excess kindness in order to survive, becoming enthralled by their nature. Wilk, deciding that he wanted to become an animal like them, cut off the dead wolf's pelt and began to play with it everywhere he went. His father, seeing the boy with the fur all the time, decided to name his son after the Polish language for "wolf".

In 1875, when the Treaty of Saint Petersburg was signed by both Japan and Russia, Karafuto became a Russian territory but many Ainu in Wilk's village were allowed to leave to become Japanese residents. Since Wilk's father was Polish, Wilk was unable to leave Karafuto as well, and so stayed in the village alongside his parents.

Sometime during his youth, Wilk took down his very first prey, a musk deer, and cut his hohciri off on the spot as a sign of adulthood. Wilk, alongside Kiroranke, wandered all over Karafuto during their younger days and together became known as "muskies". Wilk also shot and killed a reindeer that had belonged to another person, so he joined their wild reindeer hunt party as an apology. Wilk and Kiroranke had also hunted a lynx and they sold the pelt for a lot of money. They cooked its meat in an attempt to eat it, but Wilk did not like the taste of it, making a disgusted face.

As a young man, Wilk was involved with a group in Russia known as the People's Will and became closely acquainted with their leader, Sofia Golden Hand. One day in Saint Petersburg, a teenaged Kiroranke failed to throw a bag of bombs into the Russian emperor, Alexander II's carriage. Wilk hurriedly ran and picked the bag up, managing to throw it into the emperor's carriage as the emperor stared at him in shock. The ensuing explosion killed the emperor and damaged Wilk's face as he was carried away by Kiroranke.

As he spent time with Sofia, Wilk described to her about the Ainu culture and their way of living, stating that if they don't fight to protect them, they will lose them and that the children born in the future will never know about their heritage. He laments that the indigenous people of America lost to the white men because they were in constant conflict and being too busy killing each other. Wilk then tells Sofia about the Ainu in Hokkaido and expresses his dream of creating a far eastern federation that would include both Karafuto and Hokkaido.

One night, the revolutionaries were being chased by the secret police and they fled into a forest, however one of their comrades became seriously injured and fell unconscious, so Wilk and Kiroranke helped carry him to a hiding spot. The man then began to make groaning sounds, which would have given their position away, so Wilk took out a knife and silently kills him, shocking the rest of the revolutionaries. His quick thinking and action had helped them to escape their pursuers and also gained him the trust and respect of Kiroanke and Sofia.

For over ten years since the asssassination of Alexander II, Wilk, Kiroranke, and Sofia led their lives as fugitives until they arrived in Vladivostok and hid in a farmhouse there. There, they went to meet a Japanese man named Kouichi Hasegawa and asked him to teach them Japanese, promising to pay him for the troubles. Wilk and Kiroranke were able to learn Japanese quickly, much to Hasegawa's amazement. The two of them also took Hasegawa out and taught him how to catch some martens with some traps and Hasegawa is pleased that he will be able to sell the pelts to buy a new camera. However, Hasegawa expressed concerns about their background, especially Sofia's and asked them where they came from.

Later, as Hasegawa prepares to take the revolutionaries' picture, he begins to talk about the Three Great Nobles of the Restoration. Afterward, Wilk and Kiroranke discuss crossing over to Japan and Kiroranke mentions that Sofia is feeling conflicted but says that if Wilk tells her to come with them, she will. When they arrived at Hasegawa's store for their lesson, he tells them not to come anymore and that they should leave right away. Just then, they hear a knock at the door, which Hasegawa opens to see a Russian officer. Wilk recognizes the officer as being a part of Okhrana, a secret police force that cracks down on revolutionaries and anti-government elements.

Sofia attacks the officer with the butt of her rifle, which gave Kiroranke an opportunity to bring him inside for Wilk to interrogate. The officer does not know who they are, and that they only came for the Japanese man, Hasegawa, who is revealed to be a spy for the Japanese army. A gunfight erupts between the revolutionaries and the Okhrana as Wilk held the officer hostage. Kiroranke uses a machine gun that Hasegawa shows to him to mow down the officers, however, one is able to survive. Wilk exclaims that not one of them should be allowed to escape, lest he comes back with reinforcements. In response, Sofia heads out and manages to kill the lone survivor.

The revolutionaries and Hasegawa find that Hasegawa's wife and daughter, Fina and Olga, had been caught up in the battle and upon examining Fina, Hasegawa says that she cannot be saved.  As Wilk notices his own bounty lying on the ground, Hasegawa tells them to hurry up and leave and Wilk takes a crying Sofia by her arm. Wilk analyzes the situation, saying that no port is safe for them, which meant that entering Japan will be difficult. He then suggests that they should head north where they would be able to cross over the drift ice and into Karafuto. As Wilk states they should head to Hokkaido to confirm the special information leak, he notices Sofia hesitating behind him. Sofia professes her love to Wilk but says that she cannot go with him since she cannot get Olga's death out of her mind. She swears that she does not need happiness as a woman and that she will continue to fight as a revolutionary.  Hearing this, Wilk says his farewells to Sofia as he and Kiroranke head over to Japan.

In Hokkaido, Wilk meets Inkarmat, who taught him about the land and Ainu culture. After settling down in Otaru, he married an Ainu woman and they had a daughter, Asirpa. Wilk once told his wife about how he got his name and so she gave him the name "Horkew Oskoni", which means "to catch up to the wolves" in the Ainu language. Wilk's wife died shortly after Asirpa's birth. Wilk taught his daughter to hunt with the hope of preparing her to lead an Ainu independence movement. When Asirpa was a very young child, Wilk gave her his own hohciri and told her that when she gets bigger, they will go on a hunt and until then, she must keep it tied into the front of her hair.

When Asirpa was old enough to hunt, Wilk takes her to hunt some bears and they find a mother bear and her cub. Asirpa expresses concerns about the baby bear and asks if they could bring it back to the kotan with them, but Wilk says that it has gotten too big for them to raise. He asks Asirpa if she thinks it is cruel to kill the baby bear and explains that the mother bear and her cub will become a part of them and live on in them. Wilk finishes by saying that if they hesitate to kill for fear of being cruel, they will end up starving and that misplaced kindness or sympathy can potentially become a weakness, which will lead the weak to lose and become eaten.

Sometime later, when Asirpa became a young girl, sitting at a campfire in a small hut, she asked her father about her mother. Wilk claimed that she was a beautiful woman like her and talked about how they met. He says that Asirpa would be the one to lead the Ainu people and that he has something to tell her which she must never forget. Wilk tells Asirpa about his Ainu name, "Horkew Oskoni", and that she must never tell anyone about it. Wilk once told Asirpa about a meko oyasi, saying that it was a monster cat that would eat a person's shoes, clothes, bags, and carrying ropes. Asirpa found the story to be frightening and asked if it even ate the tobacco case.

Wilk was arrested trying to transport some of the gold that had been stolen from Ainu who were preparing to fight the Japanese. His face was heavily disfigured at the time, so, with his identity being unknown to authorities, he was named "Noppera-Bou". Among the Ainu, he was presumed to be killed among the other men guarding the gold. Wilk would deny being the one who killed the men guarding the gold.

Incarcerated at Abashiri Prison, Wilk tattooed a group of prisoners with a coded map leading to the rest of the stolen gold.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Wilk is killed during Sugimoto's Group's break in into Abashiri Prison.

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Wilk has an associated gallery here.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Wilk means wolf in Polish.
  • The name "Noppera-Bou" derives from a Japanese youkai, a legend of a spirit without a face.
  • In 2018 Golden Kamuy All-Stars popularity poll Wilk ranked 71st, gaining 268 votes. [1]
  • Bronisław Piłsudski was a Polish cultural anthropologist who conducted research on the Ainu, Orork and Nivkh indigenous people of Sakhalin Island and took part in the revolutionary movement. He fell in love with an Ainu woman and married her, with whom had a son and a daughter. His life might've given inspiration for Wilk's origins. However, Ignacy Hryniewiecki's life could've equally given inspiration for Wilk's character.

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