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Author Topic: Xiulan Taishu  (Read 287 times)

Description: Black Widow. Tiger Eye to Summer Sky. Played by Haloriel.

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Xiulan Taishu
« on: Nov 05, 19, 06:12:07 AM »
The Basics

Character Name: Xiulan Taishu
Nicknames: None.
Age and Birth Year: 35 | 159 AP
Race: Short Lived
Caste: Black Widow
Birth Territory: Ito, Tacea
Home Territory: Bidea, Dena Nehele

Birthright Jewel: Uncut Tiger Eye
Offering Jewel: Cut Summer Sky

Role: Trauma Therapist
Faction: Hourglass Coven

Appearance


Play By: Gemma Chan
Distinguishing Features: Clinically inquistive brown eyes. Commonly noted wearing both traditionally "masculine" attire and "feminine" while sometimes blending the two into a non binary wardrobe.

Personality



Personality: Xiulan enjoys people on every level, the subtle sensuality of them even while they often make her feel somewhat prickly. The nature of the Blood is nothing short of fascinating to the Black Widow, even while she'll easily admit the difficulty of the dance it is to move safely among them. Being born to a family living in a large city gave her the ability to temper her feelings before reacting based upon them.

Being middling Jewelled having the practice doesn't mean its easy to avoid making mistakes. After all, just because the desire exists to snap someone's neck does not mean that there is a need or requirement to give in to the expression of death's hand. Instead, she tends to speak sharply or bluntly to those that have not earned her the patience she's learned.

Grief is a familiar companion even though it has become less painful with the passage of years and deep therapy of her own. She is very accustomed to what it takes in some respect to picking the heart back up from the Abyss to piece it back together. Anger and bitterness are common companions that she's learned to wade through and understand rather than suppress.

Compassion is often Xiulan's first offering even if she has an immediate dislike for a person due to experience, and this is despite the sharpness of her speech. The poetic form allows her to gain space from other people and to better understand their needs, dreams and wants. She is a woman that has loved to learn and has lost that love, which is an experience she does not regret even as it makes the next breath difficult to draw from time to time.

Since before her snake tooth was a pleasant surprise to her parents, poetry writing has been a source of excellent discipline. She might need to commit to an hour or more of it to soothe over prickly moods instead of the minutes spent as a pre-teen witch, but it is wonderful all the same. Sensuality is a subtle presence everywhere she goes and looks, while the Black widow particularly loves the exploration of new subjects and items so long as it is not food. While she was once a pair to a beloved and dutiful husband, learning to appreciate all facets of the world around her both without and with imperfections is a constant challenge that Xiulan accepts.

Likes:
  • 1 Poetry: The haiku form is both pleasing and relaxing. She is especially fond of poem monuments, known as kuhi. Xiulan loves to both read, and write poems as a manner to ease her prickly Black Widow tendencies.

  • 2 Calligraphy: Artful writing began as a device to ensure that her penmanship was always readable, however, for Xiulan it is as well a meditative activity. A sweeping method of drawing each character, paired with the sound and feeling of good ink is joyful. The feeling of a finished product upon silk or the finest paper is sensual.

  • 3 Equality: A distant female ancestor was Tang in her maternal family and is who Xiulan is named for. Her surname is one of those that could sound as though it were from the main group of Islands, or not. That such blendings often are considered shameful saddens and surprises Xiulan. While she is from a commoner heritage, she has always carried her Tang name with happiness. This attribute has only felt uplifting and nothing else thanks to a loving and encouraging family.

    Dislikes:
  • 1 Gender Restrictions: While she feels that it is not appropriate for men to rule in the way a Queen does, the manner that males are pushed into a specific mould and sometimes painful in Tacea is hard to watch. More, Xiulan feels that there are times the mind can feel as though it were one gender, and the body was not born this way. While understanding her opinion is a minority one, she is very much one that wonders if people with disparate minds and genders are opposite reincarnations. As one that is ambivalent about her gender and not feeling one way or the other, she worries about the mental trauma and depression of people that do not have the familial love she did growing up despite her family finding her opinions very strange.

  • 2 Sloppiness: Crumpled pages. Stains of fabric. Sloppy eaters that aren't children learning, or people missing limbs or injured. Xiulan despises mess and waste and a lack of precision the way her late Princely father did. When angry, she's likely to start cleaning or rearranging to avoid hissing or sharply noting slob tendencies.

  • 3 Poorly Prepared Food: Xiulan grew up in a household where everyone was skilled in some kind of food preparation, so poorly prepared food from a lack of effort, or unwillingness to follow the listed directions is a distinct annoyance. While it isn't entirely true that Xiulan is a food snob because her life has been led distinctly outside of any kind of noble or truly wealthy household, she is adamant that even with common materials that food should taste good and anything else isn't worth even tasting. That three bites rule people like makes her temper boil. She's anxious about trying the food of a completely new place.

    Fears:
  • 1 Effects of Tacea's Isolation: The isolation of Tacea is something Xiulan has been afraid of for most of her life because her appearance is markedly Tang despite being fully immersed in mainlander Tacean culture. She loves her people and is proud of the distinct differences from the rest of Terreille that her people possess, but she frets that being closed off from the world has created a social stagnation, and every time someone points out her name, or how different she looks, that fear digs in just a little deeper. If Taceans struggle with accepting those that are slightly different but look much like them, how will other people of Terreille receive her?

  • 2 Volcanic Fallout: While her family has lived in Ito for hundreds of years, Xiulan felt the sharp pain of the human cost of the volcanic eruptions. She remembered her parents and grandparents being visibly upset and more than most ordinary Taceans, despite not having any specific family left on Zhong. Despite accepting being sent to Dena Nehele for political reasons as far as she understands it, this is a pain and fear that lingers. She still has a very large family that will have to face difficulty and strain if the volcanoes continue to be a threat. Xiulan doesn't want to bury more family earlier than natural causing old-age deaths.

  • 3 Cultural Warfare: As the survivors from the Hanwa and Tang peoples have come into the mainland of Tacea, Xiulan at least has noticed more tension everywhere and she's relatively sure it isn't her imagination. There is a Tang Queen on the Dragon Throne for the first time in living memory, and Tacea is open to the rest of Terreille for the first time in ages; they are trading people with Dena Nehele and other places, even. These are all potentially explosive ingredients, even though she's very much in favour of the change. After all, a land with no change or very little can stagnate or dissolve into violence against each other. She worries that without land, the differences in the Hanwa and Tang will be forced to assimilate, and as a woman with Tang ancestry with precious little understanding of what that means, Xiulan is aware she's practically the poster child for her fright because of her impending relocation to Dena Nehele.

    Craft Strengths:
  • 1 Delicate Mind Healing: Therapeutic mending of the mind due to traumatic events is a specialty of Xiulan's. Depression, anxiety, assistance from assault recovery are all areas in which she's explicitly worked to ease. This skill can be used alongside or after her Chalice Restoration for the care of chronic, life long, or other long term conditions.

  • 2 Chalice Restoration: Sometimes Chalice damage is severe, and other times it is hairline sized cracks in the psyche. Both of these are elements that Xiulan has trained extensively to heal over a long period. Xiulan's restoration focuses upon ensuring that repeated injuries to the mind are less likely. This skill can be used with Delicate Mind Healing to have fewer occurrences of mental trauma.

    Craft Weaknesses:
  • 1 Poison Creation: Xiulan cannot create poisons well at all, despite culinary skills. For some reason, they just do not translate. She has to obtain her poisons and potions elsewhere. Once in a very blue moon out of sheer luck or some pity that Mother Night must have on her, she'll have a great poison or potion run every couple of years.

  • 2 Large Telekinetics: Telekinetics beyond very delicate and small movements exhaust Xiulan's jewels quickly. In moving items above five pounds, she struggles and has been known to just drop them. If it is not something she can lift easily in her hands, her mind can't wrap around picking it up with her Craft.


    Life Story

    Family:
    Mother: Himeko Taishu, Black Widow, Yellow - Tiger Eye 63 | 131 AP
    Father: Gentaro (Miura) Taishu, White - Rose. Prince. Deceased.
    Siblings:

    Ayano Taishu, witch, Rose - Purple Dusk* 42 | 152 AP
    Haruki Taishu, Hearth Witch, White - Rose* 39 | 155 AP
    Naoko Taishu, Healer, Yellow - Summer Sky* 37 | 157 AP

    Husband: Hideyoshi (Yamamoto) Taishu, Prince. Rose - Opal Deceased.


    History: Xiulan has lived a fairly charmed life as one of the Hourglass Coven, and her first interest has been learning for as long as any of her family could recall when she lacked the words for memory. A woman from a commoner family that has known little except for Ito's bustling excitement, the middling Jewelled Black Widow has never ceased to give of herself for the honour of the family.

    She is the youngest of four girls to her parents, though her father, Gentaro, perished five years after she gained her Birthright Tiger Eye from fever. Her mother's persistent grieving put the responsibility to raise four children by herself into a loving, warm home first. Needing to understand her mother's feelings before her snake tooth ever emerged was the first event that caused the young woman to want to learn about therapy, especially considering Lady Himeko's unwillingness to remarry even to ease life for herself and her children.

    For a time before their deaths from increased age, her maternal grandparents helped with her and her sisters when they could, offering the only real reprieve. Xiulan's mother had high expectations of their behaviour and education, particularly because the girls did not have a father at home to allow ease. With the onset of her teen years, Xiulan's giving, warm nature gained the sharpness expected of the Black Widow Caste, which as her mother shared the same Caste was celebrated with excitement. Though Himeko was pleased with all of her children having one to leave her skills was a very different matter. It made a large difference in her mother's and Xiulan's day to day life.

    Lessons in every kind of Black Widow Craft to find precisely what Xiulan's preferred niche would be were attended to by the Hourglass Coven in Ito as well as her mother's assistance particularly because she excelled in understanding the uniqueness of each mind for one of a young age. Until her Offering at which she gained a Summer Sky, she partook in advanced Black Widow Craft lessons that were deemed safe for a young woman that had not attained an appropriate maturity. The Virgin Night that preceded it was notable for its lack of dramatics and mistakes as well as ease.

    Afterward, her mother arranged a marriage for Xiulan two years after that with the advent of her twenty-second birthday. Hideyoshi Yamamoto was the Prince who had ensured the Black Widow's Virgin Night was safe and memorable but was startled by the fact the young woman was interested in marriage, as the arrangement had been very neatly done and nearly clinical in terms of the lack of emotional entanglement and passionate interest. Hideyoshi had been a skilled Escort to Black Widows that needed it and a known trader, he was still a vast step upward for Xiulan. Getting to know her, Xiulan and her mother were delighted when the Yamamoto family - also commoners but somewhat more wealthy than they were, accepted the match. Xiulan was twenty-four when they were wed, and Hideyoshi thirty-two. They established a routine of respect, care, and eventually grew into an easy love match as a result of having more in common with each other than either Xiulan or Hideyoshi had expected.

    The lovely pair would not remain married long, however. It was six years into her marriage that her husband was requested as a second in a duel of honour by a family friend. While he was less inclined to involve himself, Xiulan insisted as the risk of declining could affect his business and their lives to a truly negative degree, and both presumed that as a second, he wouldn't be required to do more than observe. Both Xiulan and her husband ended up being incorrect on the matter. He sadly perished from wounds and fever, despite winning the duel, and received a quiet but very respectful burial. For a long while, her husband's loss Xiulan vastly disrupted her center, sinking her into emotional despair that the Black Widow had to claw herself up from a step at a time. She was lucky to not be among those commoners crippled by money owed to various people after a death in the family. Hideyoshi's trade and Escort talents left more than enough to ensure her having enough to clear his debts.

    It was her training as a Therapist that she had chosen during her marriage that would essentially save her life, giving Xiulan the understanding of when to go to the Coven and ask for help from her sisters (that males were not considered valid in this case for Tacea is another annoyance entirely for Xiulan).

    Five years have passed since the death of her husband, Tacea as a whole is recovering from the slaughter of the Izayoi led Territory Court with a new Dragon Queen and the volcanic fallout of the mountains coming to life once more. While the last of these were painful for her family with the loss of distant cousins, Xiulan is poised on the edge of some kind of adventure across the sea to Dena Nehele as a trade that she both dreads and is excited for. She volunteered for service outside of Tacea, and it was Hideyoshi's leftover small fortune that allowed her to travel in middling luxury.

    Show Us What You've Got

    Character in Play: Xiulan lit a candle flame carefully, lips pursing as she did so. The small remembrance altar had a chrysanthemum flower in a pot, a wakizashi that belonged to Hideyoshi's mother, also deceased some years ago from age paired with illness. It was technically a combination between a butsudan and a kamidana. One was an altar, the other a shrine. He had been very attached to it, the sword, while other siblings received pieces from the rest of Hideyoshi's mother's collection. Bowls to signify food rested on a tray below the candle, though they were empty. She only filled them on festival days, not truly having the funds to spare on an archaic tradition that might or might not have anything to do with the Night Mother, and was just wistfulness and the missing of family. Now, she was leaving and it didn't matter as much. Someone else would tend it in his family.

    She offered a bow in silence while sitting in seiza, doing her best not to cry. One would think that five years was enough time, for her to be able to move on with her life, and for the most part, Xiulan had done as much. She remembered declining to have a portrait made, as when living, her husband had not cared for them. It wasn't a manner he would have been delighted to be recalled. As a compromise, she had a memory crystal that she wore around her neck on a golden chain with her wedding ring. The plan was to bury both once six years had passed, which was the amount of time they had been married. It seemed sound, but now that the plan to go across the sea was going to happen, Xiulan was at a loss as to whether she wanted to rid herself of the ring and memory of his face before she departed Tacea or not. Her lips pulled down into a slight scowl, fingers pressing together against each other before she brushed them against her lips, thinking about the matsugo-no-mizu, where the close family brushed Hideyoshi's lips with purified water just as he took his last breath. It had been an honour and emotionally painful to serve as the watcher waiting for his last breath, and standing by as his eldest sibling offered forth the rite. That had been his sister, Ameko.

    The Black Widow was aware however that doing so had been a gift, as many people were not able to have as much say in the last moments of the people they loved. She rose to her feet after making sure the arrangement was neat, straightening the informal yukata he once liked to wear during the summer festivals. Taking three steps forward, then backward, she bowed before the altar to say goodbye for now. The real farewell would be once she touched the soil of her new home. "I'll bury the remains of my heart there," Xiulan decided with a lightness of heart she hadn't felt since her first morning as a new bride.


    Petitions (if any): None.


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Re: Xiulan Taishu
« Reply #1 on: Nov 05, 19, 06:13:18 AM »
Let's go with a General Random and five ally rolls, please and thank you!  8)
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Re: Xiulan Taishu
« Reply #2 on: Nov 05, 19, 08:08:17 AM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Tiger Eye Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with a cut Summer Sky Jewel at your Offering.

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Re: Xiulan Taishu
« Reply #3 on: Dec 16, 19, 11:35:49 AM »
Ready for the first-pass review after a poke from Reid as plot lead of Tacea, and a stamp from Phedre as plot lead of DN, thankies!  ;D
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Re: Xiulan Taishu
« Reply #4 on: Dec 16, 19, 11:40:38 AM »
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Re: Xiulan Taishu
« Reply #5 on: Dec 18, 19, 11:06:52 AM »
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Re: Xiulan Taishu
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sliding through to state that it's a-ok for haloriel to be using gemma chan ~ i am holding the FC for her to use on this character, (:!




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« Reply #7 on: Jan 03, 20, 11:49:51 AM »

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Re: Xiulan Taishu
« Reply #8 on: Jan 03, 20, 01:02:19 PM »
Ready for second-pass review. Changes marked in Summer sky text for easy reading.
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