|Korean Name||우렉 마지노|
|First Appearance||Chapter 29, Vol 2|
- "What fun would it be to become the king of the Tower? Tell Zahard to keep his boring seat. I will get out of the Tower. Outside the Tower, there exists a vast world, rolling skies stretch endlessly, and countless stars illuminate the darkness. A place that is a thousand times -- no, a billion times wider and freer than the tower. Once you imagine that such a world exists, don't you think all those things you want are all so trivial?"
- - Urek Mazino, describing his ambition to return to the outside.
He is considered to be on the same level as Phantaminum by weaker Rankers, however, his true rank is almost impossible to determine in terms of the Top 4 ranks, because the other three Rankers are inactive and thus cannot be compared with Urek.
Personality & AppearanceEdit
Urek is noted to be quite handsome and has an extremely masculine and magnanimous personality, leading him to be respected by all those who dare call themselves men and at the same time seems to be disliked by seemingly every woman he meets.
His trademark speech pattern seems to be calling everyone he deems to be weak as 'babies'.
Although his main Position is Fisherman, he is proficient in almost every other Position and very aggressive when performing any of them. As one of the Top 4 Strongest Rankers in the entire Tower, he excels on all fields of battle, outmatching almost everyone in agility, strength, Shinsoo Control, etc. Once entering the Tower, he was able to pass all of the Floors to become a Ranker the fastest out of anyone in the Tower's history. Those that have become Rankers generally take 500 years to climb the Tower, yet he only took 1/10th of that time (50 years). He is able to kill several Rankers during the Zygaena Test without the slightest of efforts and even in a simultaneous 3-on-1 fight, he was able to dominate them to the point of fodderizing them. He also claims that in order for him to not be embarrassed while talking about it, it has to be at least 1000 other Rankers against him. It is likely that he can take on 1000 with relative ease as well. Urek was also able to evenly match Arie Hon, the strongest of the 10 family heads, in battle and is the 2nd person and most recent person in history to pass his test. Not only did he pass his test, he denied the rules of "enduring" his attacks and instead battled him. Regardless of their even skills, Arie Hon would admit after the fight that Urek was "far better". As such, Urek, an Irregular, is one of the most feared people in the entire Tower and every action he does most definitely affects the status of the Tower. Everyone now compares him to Phantaminum on who would win. Hence, Mazino is very confident in his powers once wondering why he was placed below Phantaminum in rank however he was left shocked when told he would definitely lose to Phantaminum in a fight.
When Shinsoo is controlled by Urek, it takes on a yellow-white hue.
Extraordinary Speed: People who have seen Urek Mazino in combat have evaluated his combat style as "aggressive, ferocious and fast, but very beautiful". He can resist Lighthouses without effort and has claimed that even Opera, the strongest Lighthouse in the entire Tower, can only stop him for a fraction of a second. Mazino has enough raw speed of movement in that he can travel roughly fifty metres from one stance to a mid-air kick in a literal instant.
Shinsoo Mastery: He has been seen creating massive explosions and controlling Shinsoo with minimal effort, as if by pure bodily instincts. Urek possesses the ability to shoot Shinsoo at the speed of light. This seems to be displayed when he fires a massive white Shinsoo beam that obliterates two Rankers before they could even get close.
Flight: Urek appeared to be able to stand on in the mid air as if he is standing on a solid land.
Supreme King's Scorching Fist of Death (패왕열사권, Paewangyeolsagwon, probably 覇王熱死拳): A technique that Urek claims is "legendary". It was powerful enough to take down Viole in a single strike, even when the latter was shielding himself (you have to take into account he might have stopped his shield to protect Miseng so he probably lost his shield and used a lesser defense on his back).
Urek Mazino, while standing on his final Position, had once knocked down a Light Bearer who was also on his final Position. Figuratively speaking, it's similar to a goalkeeper scoring a goal from across the entire field.
It took Urek only 50 years to pass every test and climb all the way up to the top of the Tower. This is one tenth of the average time it takes to climb the Tower (at least 500 years). He is recorded as the fastest person to climb the Inner Tower through an orthodox method and it would probably be accurate to say he scaled the Tower faster than Zahard himself.
Urek's sobriquet is Ray Barracuda (레이 바라쿠다, "Ray Barracuda"). Ray refers to his combat style, in which he fires Shinsoo at the speed of light. Barracuda is the name of the most aggressive and ferocious shinheuh in the Tower. Although his formal sobriquet is Ray Barracuda, just Barracuda can also refer to Urek in the Tower.
As the strongest of the current active Rankers and as one of the founders of the Walhaiksong (Wing Tree), Urek Mazino is one of the most influential people inside the Tower. Moreover, it is not an overstatement to say that his every single move affects the future of the Tower.
While inside Zygaena, Urek took a nap because he felt that it wasn't time to leave yet. He wakes up when he senses Team Tangsooyook coming inside, meeting Teddy and Prince later on. He was about to kill them but upon realizing that they were just Regulars, he decides to let them walk out alive if they gave up on the test. Viole comes in and refuses to give up and challenges Urek. Since he found this amusing, Urek accepts and decides to play a game with Viole, stating that Viole must get the flower before Urek caught and killed him. He gives Team Tangsooyook time to gather and attack him. He easily swats away their attempts and lunges in after Viole. Just as the two of them were about to exchange blows, Miseng jumps in between them since she was attempting to grab the flower on Zygaena child.
Viole protects her, but is severely injured as a result.
Urek is impressed at this and lets them have the extra flower that just grew and decides instead to take Zygaena child. As he leaves, Team Tangsooyook is shocked to learn that he was Urek Mazino (after seeing the tattoo on his back). Urek exits Zygaena to find three Rankers waiting for him. He easily kills two of them and disables Noma. Noma demands to know who he is and Urek replies, "Isn't it on my back? 'Mazino'". He leaves the testing area. He meets up with one of his followers, Yuje, and tells him to tell Yuri that he got what she was looking for. He hands him the pig and discovers that Viole had managed to scratch him. He then tells Yuje to have the new Slayer candidate watched.
His relationships are somewhat dull, partly because of his masculine manner. He has a magnanimous personality, but is very unpopular among women. It is rumored that he has a crush on one of Zahard's Princesses, Garam Zahard, but Garam herself hates Urek Mazino. Of course, this is not actually confirmed.
He is also acquainted with another Princess, Ha Yuri Zahard, and this is because she was present at the planting of "Walhaiksong". Yuri spoke of him and stated, "He's the best man to fight with, but the worst man to live with".
On the other hand, he has great support from men. 'White Sword' Arie Hon praised him as a true warrior after he fought him; this was when he took Arie Hon's test. Urek Mazino's task was to endure all of Arie's attacks for 10 minutes but Urek fought on even ground with Arie, and Arie even stated that Urek was far better. Urek Mazino has become the most famous Ranker in the Tower thanks to this opportunity. The reward from Arie Hon was the transfer of control of one of the Floors to Urek Mazino's possession. After Urek became a Ranker, the 77th Floor became his and he transferred the control of the 77th Floor again to Baek Ryun, who set up the stronghold of the Walhaiksong there.
'Blue Advancer' Koon Eduan picked Urek as 'One of the People I Wish to Battle'.
Urek's best friend Baek Ryun said that Urek is the number one comrade and man. Baek Ryun, who is one of the first members to plant 'Walhaiksong', has a special relationship with Urek and the Two's influence inside the Tower is already equivalent to the heads of the 10 Great Families.
The relationship between Phantaminum and Urek is a very talkative issue, but it seems that Urek tracked Phantaminum and followed him inside the Tower. There was a time when Urek, who had a complaint about his rank being lower than Phantaminum's, broke into the Ranker Administration Office, captured Robert Aisand and threatened him to raise his rank. To Urek, who asked "Have you ever seen me fight Phantaminum?" Aisand answered briefly and without hesitation "You will be the loser". Urek Mazino, shocked, could do nothing but go home bitterly. As a result of this incident a number of jokes about the loser Urek Mazino emerged and nicknames like Urek Ma-Loser and Loser Mazino appeared. This climaxed in production of comic strips featuring the incident which Baek Ryun said would "prove quite useful in the treatment of chronic depression".
It appears that Urek has managed to get over this incident.
It is rumored that Urek is Joochun's drinking buddy, however this is not confirmed.
Urek has taken an interest in the new Slayer candidate Jyu Viole Grace, partly because of Viole's status, partly because Urek is impressed with Viole's character and partly because Viole managed to scratch Urek in the cheek even while he was protecting Miseng.
Notes & TriviaEdit
- Koon Eduan has stated his desire to battle him, because it was Urek who pushed him out of the Top 5 Rankers.
- A mistranslation once stated that Urek can create life using shinsoo. However, it is not Urek, but Enryu, who can do this.
After Yuri gave half a Wingtree symbol to Ship Leesoo, she told him to give it to Baam along with the message that: "Come to the Seventy-Seventh Floor, Urek Mazino is waiting". Urek Mazino may know about or have an interest in Baam.
- Despite his appearance, Urek Mazino is not a good rapper.
"It's written on my back! 'Mazino'. If there's anyone who has a problem with what I do, tell them to come find me. I'm not afraid of anyone." - Urek Mazino to Noma
- (Korean pronunciation) Oo-rehk Mah-ji-no