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Author Topic: Toranosuke no Akechi  (Read 475 times)

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Toranosuke no Akechi
« on: Jun 24, 18, 04:11:21 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Toranosuke no Akechi
Nicknames: Tora
Age & Birthyear:  18, b. 175 AP
Race:  Short-lived
Caste:  Prince
Birth Territory: Tacea, Terreille
Home Territory: Tacea, Terreille

Birthright Jewel: cut Rose
Offering Jewel: 

Role: Geisha in training
Faction: Ureshi-sa

Appearance




Play By: Jin Dachuan
Distinguishing Features:

Personality



Personality:

When it comes down to it, the core of Toranosuke’s personality is a being who loves intensely and craves to be loved in return. He is eager to be useful, to do well, to be a good boy and fulfill the expectations of those around him. If he’s having trouble getting something, he’ll come in early stay late until practice makes perfect; if he does get something, he’ll probably still come in early and stay late to help anyone else struggling with their own skills. He wants to be the best that he can be and prove Ryuuen was not wrong to take a chance and invest his time and effort in him. More, it makes him happy to see those he cares about succeed as well.

The Prince is not a particularly effusive soul, but he is so open and honest with his communication that he does not need to be. When he’s sad, he cries; when he’s happy, he laughs; it is simply that he does not feel the need to draw extra attention to his own emotions. He would much rather focus on those of others. He’s got a can-do attitude that refuses to be put down for long, bouncing back from failure and disappointment like a dog shaking off water. Tora can hold onto his cheer and optimism long past the point where others throw their hands up in despair; he firmly believes that where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Tora is a steady, clever fighter; without the edge that having darker Jewels would give him, perhaps, but always thinking and adjusting his strategy to meet the situation. He is insatiably curious and thoroughly shameless about playing up his youth and innocence as necessary to get people to underestimate him- or to get out of trouble. It’s amazing how many people who ought to know better will fall for a pair of soulful puppy eyes.

Likes:
  • Dancing in the rain- There’s something cool and purifying about rainfall. Toranosuke loves being out in it whenever he can, whether or not he’s actually dancing, and letting it wash his cares away. His brothers in the okiya still tease him about the time he came back in from meditations with his hair standing on end from a nearby lightning strike, but he insists they were exaggerating.
  • Animals- Tora always had an affinity for the small and furry. And the small and scaly. They offer comfort without judgement. The okiya cats have trained him to cater to their needs almost from his first day there, and he’s got a habit of dragging home strays from time to time. When his Older Brother and Otou-san raised skeptical eyebrows, he rather earnestly sold it to them as an exercise in responsibility. In his defense, he’s only kept the garden snake and one puppy- the rest are rehabilitated, trained, and re-homed (often with one of the Ladies visiting the okiya).
  • His Otou-san- Toranosuke hero-worships the man who saw something in him when no one else did; who salvaged his spirit from an event that had the potential to blot his future forever. It doesn’t matter that he’s not First Son and most favored; he’ll do anything Ryuuen asks of him if it is within his potential, or die trying.
Dislikes:
  • Lying- Lies make him uncomfortable and ashamed. When he absolutely must, he relies entirely on obfuscation instead of outright falsehoods, using smaller truths to distract and redirect the conversation.
  • Thinking too hard on a male’s place- That way lies only unpleasantness. Toranosuke has spent all his life striving to be of service, first to his mother and sister, and then choosing to dedicate his life to the Dragon Mother. To then turn around and insist that he’s too good that service- well, it seems like a waste and betrayal of everything he’s ever worked for. And the fact that gender issues are mixed up with sexual issues just make things worse: Tora will never be on the front lines of male liberation, but he (despite showing no inclinations toward homosexuality himself) had always believed deeply in the importance of love, no matter what form it takes. Just because a male might not adore the female form in one way does not mean he cannot adore her in others.
  • Eeyores- Everyone gets mad or sad once in a while, but Toranosuke strongly dislikes being in the extended company of those eternal pessimists who wallow in the bad things and can never see the good in their lives. They are incredibly energy-draining and damage his chill.
Fears:
  • Being a bad Older Brother- Toranosuke is almost ready to take on a little brother of his own. It’s a lot of responsibility and he fears that he will not be as good at it as his own were for him. That he will miss some crucial aspect of the boy’s education and let both him and the okiya down.
  • Ryuuen’s death- Like many children, Tora fears the loss of his father-figure. He knows it is inevitable someday: death is the natural end of life, and rejoining the Darkness is not something to be feared. But Tora cannot imagine the okiya in the hands of anyone else, even those of the First Son.
  • Becoming a Dagger (and potentially suffering the same fate as those of Ishyo no Izayoi)- Serving the Dragon Mother is the greatest honor and overriding purpose of any geisha, particularly of one with the privilege or training at Ureshi-sa- an okiya with has provided at least one Dagger to the last three Mothers. Tora is no different in his dedication. But though his resolve remains firm, he can’t help but feel a fission of fear go down his spine at the thought of it after what happened at the Territory Court. Ureshi-sa lost a brother that day, and Tora is reminded of his fate every time he passes the shrine set up in the man’s memory. Ishiyo’s Daggers didn’t stand a chance against her, and Tora fears that- both helplessness and death without even being able to fulfill his purpose.
Craft Strengths:
  • Diplomacy- Tora has always had an innate gift for insight and a Prince’s eye toward the subtle clues about the behavior of others. With training, this has become a supernatural ability to discern what his target most wants to hear and to present himself accordingly. In the past, he’s pulled of some truly ingenuous feats of persuasion and ingratiation that can’t be solely put to his general adorability and charm.
  • Exploiting weakness- Toranosuke has proven hopeless at the sort of physical enhancement he will need to keep up with the best of the best, so he has found other ways to compensate. The best tactic he has utilized is to not give his opponent the time to use such Craft against him. He excels at opening himself to the whispers of the Darkness that tell a Prince the weaknesses of his prey, and constructing a master strike in his mind from what he learns; often incapacitating or killing his target with one stroke.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Physical Enhancement- He cannot manage to enhance his sight, hearing or general physical capability in any way. What he has is what he gets- which is pretty damn good, mind you. But if he gets pinned down in a contest of pure strength and speed, he will simply not be able to keep up with a Craft-enhanced opponent.
  • Compulsion Craft- Everything about Tora is designed to tempt or cajole: outright imposing his will on another is abhorrent to him and, frankly, beyond his skill set. Also most of the people he associates with are either his brothers or female, and compelling either group is simply unthinkable.
Life Story

Family:
Mother: Akari no Akechi, blood female, 56.
Father: Kaito no Akechi, blood male, 54.
Siblings: Niko no Akechi, Yellow-Rose Black Widow, 26.
(Aniki) Kanji Dojima (30 - b. 163AP) - Warlord Prince - Yellow to Tiger Eye
History:

Toranosuke was actually born to a loving family, if one with just enough money to secure the basics in life. They had the good fortune to be blessed with a first-born female- Tora was an unexpected but welcome surprise years later. His parents worked hard and loved harder, teaching both of their children to be grateful for life’s gifts. But when his sister turned 13, and Mother Night bestowed upon her the gift of a snake tooth, the little boy quietly learned the heart of a Blood child’s lessons: everything has its price. The truth was, the family couldn’t afford the caste training his sister needed. Their parents would not discuss such matters in front of them, of course, but after overhearing several hushed debates between his parents (including mention of the possibility of consigning his sister to a Court), his sister decided to take action- for the good of the family.

In the unintentionally selfish way of many teenagers, the girl bundled Toranosuke away one night and dropped him off on the steps of an Altar a few towns away. She thanked him for his sacrifice, soberly explaining that the family needed her fully trained and bringing in money more than they needed a boy-child wasting resources- nor could the family could not risk losing their only heir to Court service for the Aristros in exchange for that training. This was the best way for them both to be healthy and happy. Her kiss to his forehead and disappearance into the night was the last time he saw any of his birth family. He never knew what story she spun to explain his absence to their parents and, with time, their memories dimmed as new people came into his life.

Toranosuke grew up as many motherless boys in Tacea, just one more male face among many for the Priestesses to take care of and try to mold into men. And to their credit, the ones at his temple did their best for their charges. He eagerly dove into any lesson they were willing to give him, seizing any opportunity to better himself and make himself of worth to some family someday as he could not be to his own. He drew a lovely Jewel from the Darkness at his Birthright, but the memory was almost overshadowed by his selection for Ureshi-sa a few weeks later. It was really the first time he’d been chosen for anything, thought worthy, and the boy vowed to make Ryueen proud and bring glory to the okiya with everything he did.

He accidently hurt his Older Brother, Kanji Dojima, in a training accident. They had begun to realize Tora’s ineptitude with physical enhancement and his mentor was sparing with him try and find another way to teach him this facet of Craft. Kamji was pressing him hard and calling out suggestions, with Tora increasingly frustrated and desperate to make his brother proud. He instinctively reached for another of his skills. He could almost see the attack he needed to make, and as he moved, it was so easy that he thought he’d finally tapped into the right Craft to boost his senses. Instead he’d found a way past his brother’s guard, right in the spot that Kanji, more focused on his little brother than his own shielding, was not defending. The resulting mess of blood and pain would be vivid in Toranosuke’s memory for years to come.

The event might have driven another into depression, severely inhibited his progress, or even led him to leave the okiya entirely. Fortunately, he had as his Otou-san one of most gifted in the Territory: Ryuuen carefully took the young man in hand, counseled him in the wake of the accident, and helped him learn to work with his Aniki once more. Kanji and Tora both moved on a little wiser, but not ruined for life in either flesh or spirit. Instead of backing away from his greatest skill, Tora doubled down on learning to control his gift for sensing weakness- if he could gauge his strikes more precisely, he would have a better chance of only killing when he meant to. And Kanji learned to watch his shielding a little more- younger did not mean any less potentially deadly. They’d been lucky.

Tora has had other minor incidents and missteps since then- the usual evidence of a healthy young man learning and growing and living. But on the whole, Toranosuke has a bright future ahead of him. He simply needs to make his Offering and become a full Geisha of Ureshi-sa- and to keep his brothers’ spirits up no matter what comes their way.

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“It’s raining!” Toranosuke’s gleeful squeal, somewhat muffled by the way his face was pressed to the glass of the window, still managed to ring through the okiya. The teenager recalled himself and his dignity as an almost-full-geisha moments later and hastily pulled back, calling on his Craft to remove the faint smudges his skin had left on the pane. His brothers worked hard to keep the okiya spotless and shining and it would be disrespectful to ruin their hard work in any way.

But it was raining, and what a glorious downpour is was! No spluttering spring shower or raging thunderstorm, but a quiet, steadying curtain of rain that had puddles forming within minutes and bowed the nearby trees with the weight of its force. Toranosuke darted for the nearest exit with a beaming grin, adeptly skirting past those he encountered on his way out.

The Prince blew out into the rain with his eyes closed and his face upturned, stilling abruptly from his frantic motion of seconds before. For long moments he simply stood motionless, soaked to the skin within heartbeats, and let the water wash over him. Wash away his fears, his hurts, the little disappointments found in everyday life. Let it wash him clean and fill his soul to the brim with good, clean energy. And when he felt purified once more, Toranosuke opened his eyes and began to dance, leaping from puddle to puddle like the child he’d long since ceased to be.

A few of the brothers watching were shaking their heads with frowns of disapproval at such behavior from the puppy who would soon be representing them to the world and carrying the weight of Ureshi-sa’s reputation on his shoulders. But more watched the half-Jewel with small, sneaking smiles or open grins: perhaps enjoying exuberance they themselves were too old or too dignified to display, or possibly recalling past memories of their own recklessness. Tora said nothing to acknowledge them, but inwardly cheered as he continued to twirl in the rain. This was what he lived for: to bring smiles to his brothers’ faces, a moment of lighthearted respite in uncertain and tumultuous times.

Also, this was fun. That was important too.


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Re: Toranosuke no Akechi
« Reply #1 on: Jun 24, 18, 04:12:33 PM »
Light Random, Birthright Only, please.




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Re: Toranosuke no Akechi
« Reply #2 on: Jun 24, 18, 06:16:35 PM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness blessed with a cut Purple Dusk Birthright Jewel.



Congratulations!

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Re: Toranosuke no Akechi
« Reply #3 on: Jul 07, 18, 11:45:45 AM »
Please reduce this to Rose, and then he is ready for review.




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Re: Toranosuke no Akechi
« Reply #4 on: Jul 07, 18, 06:07:34 PM »
approval for this son within ureshi-sa!

(and wanted ad approval as well!)



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Re: Toranosuke no Akechi
« Reply #5 on: Jul 07, 18, 07:16:57 PM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness blessed with a cut Rose Birthright Jewel.



Congratulations!



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Re: Toranosuke no Akechi
« Reply #7 on: Dec 01, 18, 11:22:05 AM »
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