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Author Topic: Mayu no Kagen  (Read 888 times)

Description: Priestess. White to Rose. Played by Caryn

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Mayu no Kagen
« on: Apr 08, 18, 01:30:38 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Mayu no Kagen
Nicknames:
Age & Birthyear:  40, b. 153 AP
Race:  Short-lived
Caste:  Priestess
Birth Territory: Tacea, Terreille
Home Territory: Tacea, Terreille

Birthright Jewel: uncut White
Offering Jewel:  uncut Rose

Role:
Faction: Kagen Clan

Appearance




Play By: Tang Wei
Distinguishing Features:

Personality



Personality:

Perhaps if she’d grown up with the space to find her feet, Mayu would be an entirely different person now. But Mother Night cruelly placed her in a household with too many strong and controlling personalities, and the young Priestess bowed beneath their force. But though she has bent, Mayu is not broken. She has chosen to be the willow that sways with the storm, rather than the oak to dig deep and be torn up by the roots. As a Priestess, Mayu knows rather intimately what lies at the end of everything, and though she acknowledges that it comes for all eventually, she is not ready to rejoin her Mothers in the Darkness yet.

Mayu is quiet and observant, having learned that details can save one’s life, but the wrong words at the wrong time can tear it away. Silence, on the contrary, rarely affords one the same opportunity to get into trouble. Her humor is present, but deeply buried- smoldering embers that require careful coaxing to burst into flame. She has the pragmatic eye and calculating mind that has pushed the Kagen Clan far, and it is both blessing and curse.

She resents her own timidity, but cannot ignore the fact that boldness alone will not free her here. On a level she rarely allows herself to acknowledge, Mayu seethes with the agitation of one who yearns for strength and independence, but has been taught powerlessness all her life and is now too afraid to take it- for some entirely valid reasons. She is instead reliant on the patience and endurance she has developed from her place in the family, gathering wisdom and waiting for the opportunity to make use of it.

Likes:
  • Her Clan- Mayu has a genuine affection for her Aunt Hinata, ruler and unifier of all Tacea. She takes pride in her mother’s accomplishments, in Shiro’s strength, in Toyani’s caste and jewels. She is proud to be a Kagen. It is simply not always easy, to be the figurative runt of the litter.
  • The notion of motherhood- It’s not that she’s looking forward to going into yet another person’s control or raising another child when she’s already done so (and to some respect, failed) with Toyani. But she dimly likes the idea of being someone’s mother in truth, instead of someone else’s poor and unwanted substitute. She hopes to find the respect and affection with a real child of hers that she has not yet found with the rest of her family.
  • Sex- Surprisingly, quiet Mayu has proved an ardent and adept lover if with a partner primed to appreciate it. She loves that sense of connection and heat that has been so absent from her life so long, likes being able to please and serve another without the taint of familial expectation. It makes her feel strong, and feeling powerful like that is a rare and treasured experience in her life.
Dislikes:
  • Her mother- Lady help her, but Mayu resented her honored mother when Aimi had full control of her faculties. Aimi was a great lady, yes, but it came at the expense of those around her. If her Queen sister had difficulty telling Aimi ‘no’, her Priestess daughter never had a chance.
  • Involvement in the Kagen Civil War- No matter which sibling wins, Mayu will still end up under someone’s thumb. Both Shiro and Toyani regard her to be as much threat to them as the furniture- and they may like the furniture more. She has no current incentive to back one horse over the other and prefers to leave them to it.
  • Lack of personal respect- The Clan has always honored her for fulfilling her duty to the family, and but what respect she has is entirely through that and them. Her own name commands nothing… and perhaps she is enough her mother’s daughter after all to resent that fact.
Fears:
  • Toyani no Kagen- Mayu might have resented the burden, but she did her level best to raise her sister fairly, without taking her resentment out on the child. But from the first –and certainly from Toyani’s Birthright- there has been something unnatural about the Queen-who-is-no-Queen; some lack of emotion that normally guides the instincts of the Blood. Her threat is screamingly apparent to an instinct honed by decades at the side of a Black Widow and her equally dangerous crime family, especially after her attack on a Priestess for merely doing her job. Mayu simply does not know what she fears more- a Toyani in full control of her ambitions and impulses, or one whose inexperience and demons goad her.
  • Being a poor mother- Mayu has always known that if Aimi’s branch of the family is to have a future, she was the most likely candidate to be sacrificed for it, her siblings having grander destinies than marriage or pregnancy. But she does fear that whatever happened with Toyani –that inability to really connect with her- was actually her fault instead of some defect in her sister, and will happen again. After all, she and Aimi had a poor maternal bond as well- perhaps it is simply in the blood.
  • For Yumi no Kagen- Her second-cousin is a radiant spirit and a conscientious Queen. Mayu feels she will do better for the Kagen than Toyani is either willing or able to be, and fears what will happen if her sister sees the girl as a threat in need of removal, or if another faction in the brewing unrest sees the demise of the new Kagen Queen as a way to weaken the Clan before war breaks out.
Craft Strengths:
  • Psychic scent masking- Priestess Mayu is adept at maintaining a subtle connection to the Darkness that allows her to bleed off any undesirable emotion from her psychic scent and appear serene and biddable- as her mother most liked her to be.
  • Scrying- Mayu knows far more about her siblings’ affairs than they think she does. With sufficient familiarity or a token connected to her subject, she can spy on anyone not specifically shielding against such Craft. The Priestess has an instinct understanding of this aspect of Craft and a delicacy of touch that makes her scrying difficult for its subject to detect.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Physical Craft- Mayu is such a creature of the mind and spirit that she has trouble manipulating ‘dead’ things with Craft at all.
  • Power bolts- Witches of Tacea are trained with weapon as well as Craft, but Mayu has never been confident enough to get the oomph out of her bolts that she should.
Life Story

Family:
Mother: Aimi no Kagen (Summer Sky to Green Black Widow) Born 124 AP
Father: Shou no Kagen (Rose to Purple Dusk Prince) Deceased*
Siblings:

Shiro no Kagen (Summer Sky to Opal Warlord Prince) Born 145 AP
Hideto no Kagen (Rose to Opal Priest Warlord Prince) Born 160 AP
Akira no Kagen (Rose to Blood Opal Warlord) Born 160 AP
Toyani no Kagen (Sapphire to Red Queen) Born 170 AP

History:

The eldest daughter in a strong, noble Tacean family should have been raised confident and powerful. Perhaps she would have been, had she been permitted the space and peace of growing up in her Aunt’s Court. Aimi no Kagen was her mother, not Hinata, and the Black Widow raised her daughter with all the ruthless practicality that she ran the rest of the family. Mayu was a tool to be used as any other, more than an heir, and if she broke in the forging then she was not worthy in the first place. And if she’d had the will to protest, the Warlord Prince elder brother that Aimi was already training as an enforcer in Mayu’s earliest memories quieted any notion of independence.

Shou’s death was unexpected, but its effect on her mother even more so. For the first time in Mayu’s experience, Aimi no Kagen was tired and vulnerable. The teenager began to entertain hopes that Aimi’s attention would be entirely occupied with the new infant and she could be eloquent enough to persuade the Black Widow to let her pursue her own dream: to go to the Black Immortal and study with the Priestesses there.

Plans altered with Toyani’s birth. Even after Aimi’s collapse, freedom should have been in sight. She was the eldest female child, the rightful Matriarch of the line. But nothing changed. Shiro became her new Aimi, and the infant Toyani her albatross. At a time when Mayu should have been making her Offering and pursuing her own ambitions, her own loves, her mother and brother managed to saddle her with duty once more. She had neither the Jewels nor the caste (nor, truth be told, the skills or inclination) to hold the family in Aimi’s name instead, even if she had wanted to.

Things got better, after Toyani’s Birthright. The young Queen required less nursemaiding from Mayu and could more often be given over to their aunt for training to rule. Mayu was released from her Clan duties to venture to Black Immortal and train with the Priestesses there. It was the best time of her life, talking mysteries and caste secrets with her sisters in spirit, and serving Mother Night as She had intended when giving Mayu her caste instead as a nursemaid.

Indirectly, it was Toyani again who derailed her life. Instead of celebrating a successful descent to adulthood, the Queen she’d raised sulked for the better part of a year before taking off to the land of the savages. So she was not available for the Clan to put forth as a replacement candidate when the Dragon Mother Izayoi raged and danced in the blood of a generation. So the Clans watched one another warily, preparing for war under the watchful gaze of a male who had no business being on the throne- Aunt Hinata’s blessing or no. So when her brother came into conflict with one of the criminal elements of the Shingetsu family, he decided to offer his Priestess sister as a bride to the son of one of the more prominent of these criminal elements in an attempt to forge an alliance or to outright wrest control of those activities from the Shingetsu. Mayu might be getting older, but there was still Craft and herbs that could extend her fertility enough to join the bloodlines as intended.

Again, Mayu bowed her head and resigned herself to the inevitable. But though Toyani was gone from Tacea, she would not let herself be forgotten. The Red Queen had been busy in Dena Nehele and her plans required Mayu, for Shiro wasn’t the only one planning to dominate the criminal underworld and Toyani had her own candidate for alliance in the exile Maseo no Shingetsu.

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Character in Play:

Mayu drank from the chalice and was thrust into the Abyss, opening her eyes to confront the layer of White she had known all her life. So miraculous it had seemed at the time. She’d been so enthralled at the way the power had resonated around her that she’d never even tried to go further. Part of her wondered what might have been, had she tried- the rest remained deadly certain she had gotten it right, no matter her disappointment that the power level did not serve her petty human ambitions. The Abyss spoke to who you were. It did not care that you had overbearing family and needed some power, any power, to match them.

It demanded you find that power within yourself. Those who could not would perish in its depths, unworthy of the dragon blood in their veins.

Mayu might not have the strength, but she had the discipline in spades- forged by years of bowing her head and tucking herself away and willingly giving herself over to the hammer of duty to forge her into what the Kagen needed her to be. She was not afraid to take that downward plunge deeper in the Abyss. What worse could happen? Shiro would not have a pack mule to do his bidding anymore? Young Toyani would not have the caregiver she did not cry for nor appear to want?

More, the Abyss was her place. None of her siblings (save Hideto, who at least understood the sacred as the rest of the family never had, and would respect it) could follow her here. Mayu reveled in the oh-so-rare feeling of power suffusing her spirit, getting stronger with each step: White to Yellow, Yellow to Tiger-eye, Tiger-Eye to the soft hue of the Rose. As far as she could go once she did not let her fear bind her any longer. Once there she sank to her knees and let the power bathe her, heart and soul, hoping some small fragment of this sense-memory remained past the light of dawn.



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Re: Mayu no Kagen
« Reply #1 on: Apr 08, 18, 01:31:58 PM »
Could I get a General Random for her, please?




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Re: Mayu no Kagen
« Reply #2 on: Apr 08, 18, 02:42:27 PM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Rose Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Blood Opal Jewel at your Offering.

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Re: Mayu no Kagen
« Reply #3 on: Apr 15, 18, 02:12:36 PM »
I'm going to have to reduce this to White-Rose, please.




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Re: Mayu no Kagen
« Reply #4 on: Apr 15, 18, 02:29:22 PM »
Can't stand to match all her brothers, I GET IT.

But W-R is super pretty.


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Re: Mayu no Kagen
« Reply #5 on: Apr 15, 18, 02:58:54 PM »
Ready for review.




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« Reply #6 on: Apr 15, 18, 03:14:52 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 15, 18, 03:27:07 PM »
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Re: Mayu no Kagen
« Reply #8 on: Nov 07, 19, 02:10:49 PM »
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