28. May 2021
Added new short story.
The King Tiger was the "triumph" of the German army in WWII, feared and deadly. Turret heads that used to be King Tigers are known for their pride. They are seen as majestic and powerful, sometimes arrogant, and they are well aware of their reputation, rareness and popularity. And then there's Kai. Kai is very different from his kin. Nice, humble, certainly awkward - he is nothing like other King Tigers.
Kai just wants to live a peaceful, pacifist life and tries to avoid conflicts. Often, he is approached by strangers due to his origin, but people's interest in him usually vanishes the moment they actually get to know him. This doesn't particularly bother him, since he would rather not be the center of attention. Those who actually befriend him though value his easygoing nature and loyalty.
He would never intentionally hurt anyone and always tries to help people in every way he can; even though he is usually not able to find the right words to comfort others, he is a great listener. Others sometimes exploit his kindness, but when he catches on he makes sure not to trust them anymore. Despite this, he doesn't hold grudges and generally assumes that people have good intentions.
|Date of Rebirth||13th Aug 2014|
|Languages||German (native), English (poorly)|
The paint on his turret is a bit worn and chipped, since he hasn't completely repainted it even once yet. He only removed the cross and turret number since he doesn't want to be associated with his past.
He is tall and well-built, but usually his physique is hidden by his clothes.
He likes to wear casual clothes such as baggy sweaters and wide shirts - basically whatever somewhat fits him - and wears them until they fall apart. Since he has no fashion sense whatsoever, his outfits tend to be mismatched at best, although he learned by now not to pick the most garish combinations.
Part of an SS unit, the King Tiger was supposed to go to Berlin to fight there in April 1945, but on the way his unit ran into the Allies. After a chaotic battle, his crew was considered dead, their tank supposedly destroyed. But actually, they had survived but simply gotten lost. Their unit marched on without them while they tried to find their way to Berlin on their own but ended up in Dessau instead.
The unit that was stationed there kept them to support them against the allied attacks on the city. The King Tiger and his crew fought there for a half month. During that time, they met a tank they had never seen before - a Super Pershing. They promptly destroyed it. Managing to fight back against the Allies for a couple more days, they were eventually defeated after an airstrike that also destroyed the King Tiger.
He was reborn in 2014 in the same city, but didn't stay there for long as he was made to move to Berlin, where he was provided with temporary housing. Being a popular tank, several associations were interested in taking him in, and he was about to agree to joining one of them when a woman who claimed to be the daughter of his driver contacted him. She offered him to live with her, and he gladly accepted. Things were fine at first, but after a while, his host started getting very affectionate in a way that made Kai quite uncomfortable. He didn't do anything about it until one day she got way too close and he packed his things and got the hell out of there.
Living on the streets for a couple of weeks, he realized how isolated he had been. He didn't have any friends that could have helped him out. Also, he now saw misery that he hadn't known about before. Not knowing what else he should do, he turned to the associations again and joined one of them, which gave him a home and income again, but as the months passed, he started feeling guilty about living a sheltered life while others had to be homeless. It was around this time when he found his new beliefs, mostly by stumbling upon resources on Buddhism by coincidence. He decided to leave the association and started working at a soup kitchen.
Since he doesn't have a lot of money due to only volunteering instead of working a paying job, he can't afford a flat or many possessions, but doesn't mind. He lives with whoever offers him a home at the time and only buys new things when it's really necessary. His priority isn't wealth or success, he just wants to help those who suffer and make the world a better place.