- "Some say it was just a kid, Hand comes into his village, kills everyone, almost. Kid pulls the knife from the breast of his dead mother, and goes to work. He cuts down some of the Hand's finest warriors, they're lying dead, kids standing. They give him a name, the Chaste."
"And he's just one kid, alone?"
"Kid grows up, rounds up every warrior he can, men, women, young, old, doesn't matter as long as they kick arse and they do, without mercy."
- ―Stick and Daredevil
Centuries ago, a brutal organization known as the Hand swept across Asia, killing anyone who stood in their way. They slaughtered everyone in a village except a boy, who fought back, using a knife he pulled from his dead mother's body. He was able to defeat the Hand's best warriors. He became known as the Chaste. As he grew, he recruited as many warrior as he could to his side, training them how to fight and passing down his knowledge of the Hand. The Chaste quietly and secretly continued to operate into the present day.
Training a Black Sky
Stick found a young girl whom he called Ellie and brought her into the Chaste, training her to be a fierce fighter. Even as a child, she was ruthless, and had trouble controlling her violent tendencies. On one occasion, Star witnessing her sparring with members of the Chaste, and she nearly killed one of her opponents, stopping only when Stick pulled her away and told her to calm herself.
When the same opponent came looking for her to get his revenge, she killed him, prompting Star to recognize her as a potential Black Sky. Star ordered Stick to kill her, but instead, Stick killed Star.
Training Matt Murdock
Stick was contacted by a nun who was worried about a young orphan, Matt Murdock. He had been blinded in an accident and seemed to be in constant pain. Stick had a reputation for working with special children, and he agreed to help.
Stick began to train Murdock, teaching him how to use his enhanced senses, and also to see his blindness as a gift instead of a disability, since sight was a distraction. He taught him to fight, but put off explaining to him the war between the Chaste and the Hand. He also told him to stay apart from others and not make connections with other people.
When Murdock presented him with a bracelet he made from the wrapper of the ice cream cone he had bought him when they first met, Stick realized that Murdock had formed an emotional attachment to him, and he ended his training.
Spying on Matt Murdock
When Elektra Natchios was a student at Columbia University, Stick contacted her again and asked her to try to bring Matt Murdock back to the Chaste. Natchios seduced Murdock, but did the one thing Stick warned her not to - she fell in love with him. After Murdock refused to kill Roscoe Sweeney after she asked him to, she left him, throwing Murdock into a depression that nearly caused him to flunk out of law school.
Stick traveled to New York City and found his old pupil Matt Murdock, whom he knew was the Man in the Mask. Although Murdock was still bitter at being abandoned by Stick when he was a child, he agreed to help Stick destroy the Black Sky, although Stick only described it as a terrible weapon.
Stick and Murdock hid and waited while Nobu Yoshioka and his men received a shipping container. When the container was opened, Murdock heard the fast and light heartbeat of a young boy. He tried to stop Stick from killing the boy, but Stick shot an arrow through his heart.
In Murdock's apartment, Murdock, furious that Stick had killed a child, attacked his former mentor. After a long physical altercation, he was able to defeat Stick, which impressed him. He ordered him to leave New York City. When he cleaned up the apartment from the remains of the fight, he found the bracelet that he had given Stick as a child.
Kidnapping of Stick
Knowing that the Hand was active in New York City once again, Stick asked Elektra Natchios to once again try to bring Matt Murdock back into the Chaste. Using the excuse that they were investigating her father's investments in the Roxxon Oil Corporation, Natchios and Murdock discovered a large hole, at least 40 stories deep, in Midland Circle, an area that Nobu Yoshioka had asked Wilson Fisk to procure for him. At this location, they were attacked by Hand ninjas, and were only able to escape when Stick arrived to rescue them.
Natchios was badly hurt by a poisoned blade in the battle, but Stick was able to save her. In Murdock's apartment, he finally explained the history of the Chaste and the Hand to a very skeptical Murdock. Murdock convinced Natchios to leave Stick and to fight the Hand with him instead. She agreed, and told Stick to leave.
Later, Murdock was attacked by a lone Hand ninja, and was struck with a poisoned arrow. Murdock was able to defeat him, only to discover that he was just a kid. Natchios slit the young man's throat, horrifying Murdock. Natchios was able to heal Murdock, but when he recovered, he asked her to leave, saying that he couldn't be with someone who loved killing.
Natchios attempted to leave the city, but was met at the airport by Jacques Duchamps, who tried to kill her with twin sai. She was able to take the weapons and kill him. With his dying breath, he said that Stick had sent him to kill her.
At the Wall, Stick's men told him that Duchamps was dead, and Stick sent them to find Murdock. As they left, they were attacked by Natchios, who then found Stick and attacked him. One of Stick's men lived long enough to drive to Murdock's apartment building and tell him that Natchios had come to kill Stick.
Murdock, in his body armor, was able to make it to the Wall in time to stop Natchios from killing Stick. However, they were attacked by Hand ninjas, who escaped with Stick. Murdock tried to convince Natchios to help him rescue Stick, but she insisted that she would kill him if she found him.
Murdock was able to find Stick's location using abandoned railway tunnels. He could not track the Hand by their heartbeats, and when they stopped using weapons, he couldn't use the sound of their swords, either. Stick, being tortured by Hirochi, spoke to Murdock, knowing that he could hear him with his enhanced senses. He told him to track the Hand ninjas by their exhalations, which Murdock did.
Murdock was able to rescue Stick, who bit into Hirochi's neck in order to subdue him. They were interrupted by Natchios, who was still intent on killing her former mentor. They were joined by Nobu Yoshioka, who revealed to Natchios and Murdock what Stick already knew: Natchios was a Black Sky. Natchios, seeing this as the answer to why she always was drawn to violence, was tempted to accept this as her fate. However, Murdock convinced her that only she could define who she was, and in the end, she turned on the Hand and helped Murdock and Stick escape.
|Appearances for Chaste|
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