Information and Biographies
WARNING: THIS IS NOT THE REAL START OF THE STORY! PLEASE GO TO THE PROLOGUE FOR THE ACTUAL START OF THE STORY IF YOU DON'T CARE TO READ THIS PART!
Welcome, everyone, to my very first chapter series fan fiction! This is reposted from the initial fiction I wrote and with some help from Sam Fenton, I think I've improved it and I hope you all will review. I've decided to post this part first because it might help you best understand what will come later. This section of "The Jedi League of Duelists" explains the backgrounds of Domino City, USA, and characters who appear but whom I don't wish to go into great detail about in the story itself. This is similar to the appendices in Lord of the Rings , but it's at the beginning of the story so you, dear readers, aren't horribly confused and have to constantly try to figure out what's going on. Besides, my first full chapter is huge, as it explains the backgrounds of the teen characters in depth (well, most of them). I have a feeling that this greatly diverges from the manga and anime, but I've had a lot of fun filling in blanks using my own ideas. I've decided to tie in elements of American history to our heroes as well as the history of Domino itself, since in the dub, YuGiOh takes place in America. This story is © Peach Wookiee Tales, 2007. I own nothing but the plot and my interpretations.
Domino City—Domino City was founded in 1946 shortly after the end of World War II by Japanese Americans who lost their homes and property when they were placed in internment camps in 1942, not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many of the city's founders had sons in the legendary 442nd Infantry of the US Army (an all-Japanese-American infantry that was also the most highly decorated infantry in WWII), and wanted their sons to have homes to come home to. The city grew from a group of 350 people to a bustling small city and thanks to the technology boom of the 1990s, grew prosperous. The city's current favorite sons are Yugi David Muto, Seto James Kaiba and Joseph Aaron Wheeler.
Solomon Isaiah Muto—Born in 1927 to immigrant parents, Solomon Isaiah Muto was very curious about the world around him. At a time when it wasn't fashionable or even encouraged by the community at large, young Solomon gained command of the English language (his homeland's tongue) and the Japanese language (his parent's homeland's tongue). He loved spending time in museums as a young child, and found himself developing a love for archeology. When he was about 15 years old, Solomon and his family were sent to the Minidoka Internment Camp in Idaho as part of America's Japanese relocation program.
After his time in the internment camp, Solomon went to college and majored in archeological studies. In the 1950s, he went to Egypt on an archeological mission to find the tomb of an unknown pharaoh and nearly died when one of his cohorts shot him in the back. When he returned to Domino, Solomon met and married Sophie Miriam Goldsmith, the daughter of a doctor and a rabbi's daughter. In 1962, Solomon and Sophie had their only son, David Saul Muto, and Solomon made a successful gaming business.
In 1985, Solomon and his wife gained a daughter when David, shortly after graduating Harvard Law School and joining Domino City's Law Firm of Thomas, Scalia and Taft, married his longtime girlfriend, Abigail Ruth Rosenbaum. Solomon and his wife were happy to find out shortly before Thanksgiving of 1987 that David and Abby were expecting their first child. Sadly, Sophie died of a sudden massive heart attack two months before her grandson, Yugi David, was born. Solomon devoted his energies to his game shop, his son and daughter-in-law, and then his grandson. He made one last trip to Egypt before Yugi's third birthday, and met fellow archeologist Arthur Charles Hawkins, who gave Solomon one of the four Blue Eyes White Dragon cards in the entire world.
In 1991, Solomon became guardian of little Yugi when David and Abby were killed by a pregnant drunk driver. Solomon grieved for his lost children, but found his greatest joy in the small spiky-haired little boy he was now permanent guardian of. When Yugi was old enough, Solomon taught the little boy how to play the game of Duel Monsters, and later gave his grandson something that he'd picked up on the fateful trip to Egypt where he'd nearly lost his life: a box containing the pieces to an ancient 5000-year-old tridimensional puzzle.
Solomon watched as Yugi struggled and eventually solved the Millennium Puzzle, and found himself affected by strange events that occurred after its completion. At the age of 76, Solomon would reflect that his life was still as exciting as it was when he was a young Turk archeologist.
Gozaburo Kaiba—Gozaburo Kaiba was born in 1944 in the Manzanar internment camp in California. His father had owned a business prior to the Kaiba family's internment, but lost it when the government froze the family's assets after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The young Gozaburo was strongly affected by his father's depression and anger at what had occurred and became determined to take back what the government had stolen from his family. At sixteen years old, Gozaburo began work at a Boeing plant and learned about airplanes that could carry weapons. By the time he was twenty-five, Gozaburo owned a company that sold munitions to the US government. When he was thirty years old, Gozaburo owned a multinational weapons company.
The drive to regain what his father had lost was not the only thing that drove Gozaburo's success. In 1983, Gozaburo married his wife, Charlotte Grace Uzimaki, age 27. Four years later, they were blessed with a son named Noah Gozaburo. In 1999, tragedy struck. While observing a weapons test with the five members of the Kaiba Corp board of directors, Noah was struck by the weapon and driven into an irreversible coma. A few days previously, Gozaburo had gone to an orphanage to give out presents as a public relations stunt, but met a young boy named Seto James Delaney who challenged the chess grand master to a game… and won. Originally, young Seto and his little brother Mokuba would be used to motivate Noah, but now would be used in entirely different ways.
Gozaburo transferred his biological son's consciousness to a supercomputer, turning him into a virtual child, much to Charlotte's horror. She was somewhat wary of adopting the Delaney brothers for Noah's motivation, but placing her biological son into a virtual world was something she absolutely could not condone. She was planning to file for divorce, but died under mysterious circumstances just a few days before Seto and Mokuba moved in. They had no knowledge that Gozaburo had a son about Seto's age, so for the next year, the final year of his life, Gozaburo pretended that Noah had never existed and his wife had left him. And so Gozaburo began the process of breaking young Seto in what the boy and his brother would later refer to as "the year of Hell."
Gozaburo separated the two brothers, not allowing Seto to see his little brother very often, and abusing the older boy in every way possible. But though the twelve-year-old boy was breaking in some ways under Gozaburo's "tutelage," the 55-year-old CEO didn't realize that he was signing his own death warrant. Shortly before Seto's thirteenth birthday, Gozaburo offered the boy and his brother a challenge: turn 10 million dollars into 100 million dollars in one year. Seto, however, made the money in one week by buying a company, then having the owner buy it back at 10 times the value. The senior Kaiba, while impressed at young Seto's ruthlessness, would never praise the boy. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Gozaburo, Seto was plotting his overthrow.
Gozaburo found out about Seto's plot, but didn't realize it was Seto's intention that the CEO find out. Gozaburo, now 56, had found out through a leak that Seto and the board was plotting against him. Seto blamed Mokuba and the smaller boy ran to the only adult he felt he could. Gozaburo liked this development. He could easily manipulate Mokuba into being the perfect CEO… once Seto was out of the way. That boy will never go back to the orphanage, because someone will notice how I taught him. But Seto had other ideas. Mokuba gave his two percent share of Kaiba Corp to his big brother, giving Seto the 51 percent he needed to take over the company. Gozaburo was enraged that a thirteen-year-old could so easily defeat him, so he was prepared to do one of two things: kill Seto or kill himself. He chose the latter, but had his mind placed into virtual storage with his biological son, to be found at a later date.
This concludes a brief appendix of information about Domino and two of the people there that made a great impact on our heroes, for good or ill. I hope you enjoyed this interpretation. And now… The Jedi League of Duelists prologue…