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Author Topic: Ryuki Kirijo  (Read 644 times)

Description: witch. White to Rose. Played by Reid.

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Ryuki Kirijo
« on: Dec 27, 18, 04:34:02 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Ryuki [龍輝] Kirijo
Nicknames: Her personal name is Futaba [双葉], but she rarely uses it.
Age and Birth Year: 22 (172AP)
Race: Short-lived Tacean
Caste: Witch (Usually presenting as Warlord)
Birth Territory: Tacea
Home Territory: Tacea

Birthright Jewel: cut White
Offering Jewel: cut Rose (Reduced from the Yellow - Summer Sky on Zhihao An’s sheet)

Role: Sword of the Queen
Faction: Kagen Clan Court

Appearance

Play By: Lin Yun/Jelly Lin
Distinguishing Features: As Ryuki Kirijo, he’s considered quite beautiful in his effeminacy. As Futaba, her beauty is often compared to her loveliest contemporaries.

Personality



Personality:
Ryuki is exactly the person you'd expect a young woman raised as a man to be, if that young woman were also a spy and a trained courtesan/warrior, which is to say she is exactly her fathers' daughter and insufferable about it. From one teacher or another, Ryuki has learned a wide breadth of skills. Her competence makes her confident in her own ability to make great decisions without having to spend a lot of time thinking about it. This is because she's 21, and altogether bratty with it. Her father Zhihao taught her how to be a spy; her father Ryuuen taught her to be a courtesan; she's amalgamated these concepts into an altogether terrifying type of woman.

She's friendly, clever, and good at seeming forthcoming while actually not saying anything of consequence. One could be forgiven for believing that she knows everyone, and she certainly thinks she knows everything (or at least can figure it out with a little bit of fidgeting with it). Her psychic cabinet is a place of wonder and mystery, full of things that look useless on the outside but generally can be put to a myriad of interesting uses. Because of this, Ryuki is pretty useful to have around, but her firm belief that she has all the answers (or knows who does) can make her incredibly annoying. She is constitutionally incapable of just saying, "It's okay. I understand. That really sucks." She has to come up with a solution to the problem, and gets frustrated when people don't act on her suggested solutions. She is definitely a "mom friend" in that she just wants to fix things for the people she loves.

The problem is, of course, that Ryuki is twenty-one. She is competent, she is talented, but she's only barely into her adulthood and starting to get a big head with her success as a spy and popularity as a geisha. She's never really had a challenge that she's had to face down alone. She's constantly had her fathers for backup or to pull her fat out of the fire. Every good-intentioned shit decision she's ever made hasn't been fixed by her alone. Now she's heading out on her first solo assignment, and she won't be able to simply go home at the end of the day and ask Zhihao and Ryuuen what they think. It's a major test of her abilities... and Ryuki doesn't even realize it.

Likes:
  • Her double life - Ryuki really enjoys her unique position in the world. Raised as a boy in a geisha house, she’s used to doing things the way men do them. But she can also shed her masculine affectations and go out as Futaba, a beautiful young woman. She gets the best of both worlds in a very real way, and though it can be difficult she wouldn’t trade her existence for the world.
  • Swordfighting - Ryuki has been trained into her skills as a warrior by a Warlord Prince, and accordingly she’s really fucking great at disabling people with swords when she has to be. She loves being active and getting to really show off her skills. Part of her is very, very excited for the selection of the new Dragon Mother; it’ll be the first time she’s old enough to compete, and she intends to win. (Even if her dads don’t want her to.)
  • Pleasing people - Ryuki is really a people-pleaser at heart. Sure, she spies on people and gives Zhihao all their secrets, but she still likes to see them happy. There’s boundaries to how far she’ll go to please someone, but she still gets a little shiver of delight when she manages to make someone smile.
Dislikes:
  • Getting discounted for her apparent gender - It’s really befuddling to Ryuki how, when she wears one outfit and a Widow’s web, everything she suggests is discounted as an idea barely worth considering. If she puts on a dress and doesn’t wear her spelled ring, though, all of her ideas suddenly have merit and should be considered! If her ideas have value in one gender presentation, then they obviously have value in another. Frustrating!
  • Being Futaba, but for business - Being a girl for her own purposes isn’t even a problem. She’s got escorts in her dads or in her onii-chan, Naoji, so it’s not even like she does anything strange. But her feminine alter ego does see use in her job as one of Zhihao’s moths, his spies that are secreted throughout Tacea, and Futaba (Ryuki rarely thinks of Futaba as herself) is prone to doing all kinds of dirty things to find out what Zhihao wants to know. She still does it, because duty, but she doesn’t enjoy it.
  • Unsolvable mysteries - Ryuki doesn’t like things that she can’t know the answers to. Like, who’s been throwing bricks through Ureshi-sa’s windows? Who betrayed the Dragon Queen Ishiyo no Izayoi? Do these questions even have answers, really? Ryuki cannot abide a puzzle that isn’t meant to be solved.
Fears:
  • Ostracization - Ryuki doesn’t actually care if people find out that she’s Ryuki and Futaba both, depending on her needs at the time. But she does care when people turn their backs on her. Ryuki has a terrible fear, not of being alone, but of the people around her turning their backs on her. She’s willing to do some pretty extreme things to keep her friendships.
  • Sleep paralysis - Ever since she was very small, Ryuki has had a persistent problem with… not quite waking all the way up. Sometimes she lays there for what feels like hours, aware but unable to move, hearing awful things or seeing worse. When she has an episode, she can’t even pull herself together enough to thread one of her fathers for help; her Jewels don’t seem to answer her. It is the one secret she keeps from Ryuuen and Zhihao, for fear of being seen as weak.
  • Losing her Widow’s web - So much of Ryuki’s world is being Ryuki. With the Widow’s web given to her by Son Mi Moon when she was very small, Ryuki doesn’t exist. The world Futaba lives in is incredibly circumscribed by her lack of family name, even though Futaba could easily make a name for herself with the skills her dads have given her. Futaba has to have an escort. Futaba doesn’t have a career. Futaba might as well become a shut-in and write sad songs for the pipa all day. Without the web, Ryuki’s world is a shuttered palace, and she will never, ever risk losing her passport to life outside its walls.

    Craft Strengths:
  • Combat Craft - Trained by a Warlord Prince and drilled often in his arts, Ryuki isn’t quite as good as a Warlord Prince of her Jewel rank, but she’s still pretty scary. She uses less Craft than another witch would to achieve the same results.
  • Cosmetic Craft - Ryuki can use her cosmetic Craft to change in an instant. One moment, a beautiful geisha… the next, a beautiful girl! Obviously, it helps if she takes off (or puts on) the web changing her psychic scent first.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Emotion sensing - Just can’t do it. Like being nose blind, but for emotions.
  • Passing through objects - Walls are walls. If Ryuki were meant to go through them, there would be A DOOR. Or a window. or a dumbwaiter. you see her point though.


    Life Story

    Family:
    Mother: Sora Inoue, Blood female, deceased
    Father: Shinobu no Hiraide, Summer Sky to Purple Dusk Prince, 58 (b 136)
    Sister: Seiha Inoue, Purple Dusk to Sapphire Black Widow, 26 (168)
    ---^Ryuki doesn’t know about any of these guys^---
    Uncle/Father figure: Ryuuen Kirijo, Summer Sky to Opal Warlord Prince, 52 (142)
    Uncle/Boss/Second dad figure: Zhihao An, Tiger Eye to Summer Sky Prince, 53 (141)

    History:
    Sora Inoue was a young woman who had made some very terrible life choices. The kind of life choices that meant that she was pretty sure she wouldn’t be breathing for much longer, if she was honest with herself, and as a matter of course she tried to be. When it became clear to her that her ploy to get out of a life of prostitution had failed, she took her younger daughter to her long-estranged brother, Ryuuen Kirijo. As one of the Dragon Queen’s daggers, he would be able to offer the kind of protection to the little witch that Sora hadn’t managed to secure for the older girl. She left the month-old child in Ryuuen’s arms and disappeared, and died shortly after.

    Zhihao had just been informed that he had impregnated one of Hinata's daughters, and that that daughter considered his bloodline too inferior to be acknowledged in her child. Ryuuen, as a geisha raised in the okiya, was hungry for connection with his birth family and a family of his own. In Ryuki, there was an opportunity for both, if only they could keep her. The life of a Dagger--the life of a geisha--wasn’t one that was conducive to raising little girls. In fact, it would have been expected that Ryuuen give the girl up and find some other responsible party to raise her. Ryuuen didn’t even have a family name to offer the child, or any idea where to start. He could, however, raise her in the okiya... if he raised her as a boy.

    It was a dumb idea, driven by Zhihao's grief and his own selfish hunger, but he committed to it. A Black Widow of his acquaintance, Son Mi Moon, created the pendant that concealed Futaba's natal sex; she knew what it was like to want a family and be denied. Once little Futaba’s psychic scent began to differentiate, she was already well used to wearing a pendant that made it seem like her psychic scent was that of a young boy. She grew up alongside the aristo children in the creche, presented to the world as Ryuuen’s own son. Her early lessons were taken at Ureshi-sa, under the auspices of Ryutaro, the otou-san who still ran the okiya. Ryutaro was totally ignorant of the con being pulled on him by his adopted son; Ryuki, as she was called in public, went home to the Dragon Court every night, and slept in a small room attached to her father’s.

    When the time came, she plucked a White from her Birthright. Ryuuen and Zhihao had planned it carefully, arranging the appointment for a time when they wouldn't be expected to attend Hinata and choosing a far-away, isolated Priestess for the role. They paid the Priestess well for her silence, knowing that their whole charade would crumple if it got around that Ryuki wasn't the boy she appeared to be. It was around this time, out of necessity, that Ryuuen and Zhihao--her otou-san and Uncle Zhi, respectively--let her in on the great secret of her raising. Rather than being angry, Ryuki was thrilled. At that point, it still felt like a great game to her, like she was better and cleverer than the other boys at the okiya. The seriousness with which Ryuuen and Zhihao told her of her situation convinced her that it really was a matter of life and death, though, so she kept her secret to herself.

    By the time she was ten, Ryuki realized that her lessons didn’t quite track with what the other boys were learning. They were struggling through songs on a four-string zither and she was learning to pick locks. While they did pointless, endless drills on sword forms, she was sparring and learning to climb sheer walls. She confronted her Uncle Zhi with this, and he explained further what role he was trying to train her for. Even knowing that it would slow down her progress as a geisha, Zhihao and Ryuuen had agreed that she was too valuable an asset to possibly ignore. Having been caught out, he was willing to let her make the call, but it seemed like another amazing secret to Ryuki, and she agreed to continue on.

    At fifteen, she earned the carved wooden netsuke that all of Zhihao’s operatives carried, as well as the right to call herself a half-Jewel. Her apprenticeship came late, but her netsuke came early, and she was a talented operative. Young women could get many places young men couldn’t, and a half-Jewel was a figure of interest to many powerful people--powerful people who could be easily convinced to over-imbibe by the fluttering of long lashes. Despite her youth and light Jewel, she was a double threat and, she hoped, a more than worthwhile investment.

    Once she was a half-Jewel, she was considered capable of taking on patronage agreements, which meant she was considered capable of doing sex work. While prostitution isn't a major part of the lives of most geisha, it is part of their lives, and the fact that Ryuki wasn't having any was attention-grabbing in and of itself, even apart from her remarkable looks. It drew attention, and Ryuki got very good at reading her contracts (and if she was unsure, bringing them to Zhihao or Ryuuen) before signing them to make sure that nothing obligated her to perform a sexual act with a patron. The fact that her fruit, so to speak, was forbidden only made her more popular, but Ryuki gained more than a little notoriety as a Warlord unwilling to put out. Over her years, she's had to put up with multiple clients who thought being *just* the right side of insistent would get them what they wanted, but to date she has managed to keep herself under wraps without causing major incidents. (With her looks, she can afford to be choosy.)

    She took her final step into the role of a geisha shortly after her Offering in 192. Along with her entry into the official rolls of the geisha, she received the right to use the art name she’d been signing contracts with since she was eight years old. Ryuki Kirijo was no longer just a fiction. He was his own person, a living, breathing being.

    The geisha Ryuki is incredibly popular among the ladies of Ito for his fair, effeminate features, but she knows that she isn’t meant to just bring money to Ureshi-sa. There’s something bigger in the offing: the greatest con of her life. One day soon, Ryuuen and Zhihao are going to tell her what it is… if she doesn’t ferret it out of them first!


    Show Us What You've Got

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    Toshi hurried past her, shoving his finger-picks into their case. "Late again," asked Ryuki, leaning around the screen to watch him go. He skittered to a stop, panting, and clacked back towards her.

    "There you are! Otou-san is looking for you, and Zhihao too," he said, "I think you got a contract! Like, a big one!"

    Ryuki's heart leapt into her throat, made itself a nice little nest there. She tried to look unimpressed, like of course the likes of Ryuki Kirijo no Ureshi-sa ought to expect to get a contract rather than the usual nightly escort jobs that other geisha with her age and experience got. Toshi didn't know about Ryuki's real job, or even her real caste, and probably just thought it was a normal city court contract. It wouldn't do to be all that excited in front of him. "Sure," she said, smiling close-mouthed. "Let me finish up here."

    Toshi finished trying to rearrange the picks, giving it up as a lost cause as he just slammed the thing shut. "No, I think they want you, like, now. Right now. Like maybe five minutes ago. I didn't think you'd be this hard to find and I'm gonna be late for my aniki-san if you don't hurry!"

    She raised her hands, splaying her fingers out. "Sure, sure," she said, apologetic. "Sorry, I didn't realize it couldn't wait. Go catch up with Hatsu, Toshi, I'm going." The half-Jewel zipped off, and she... sat down to put everything away properly. Pre-excursion jitters shivered up her arms, and she dropped her whetstone several times before managing to get it into its pocket. Once the weapon kit was packed away, she got up from her spot seated in the inner garden of Ureshi-sa and dusted dirt off her butt.

    Finally! Finally, she'd figure out what the hell had Zhihao and Ryuuen so on edge. She couldn't fucking wait.

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Ryuki uses masculine pronouns as Ryuki//Ryuki uses feminine pronouns as Futaba

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Re: Ryuki Kirijo
« Reply #1 on: Dec 27, 18, 04:37:12 PM »
I am adopting Zhihao An's Yellow to Summer Sky (as posted here) and reducing it to a White to Rose! Could I get Ryuki's cut/uncut stats and her ally rolls?

With Leez and Em's approval for Zhihao and Ryuuen, Ryuki is ready for review!





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Re: Ryuki Kirijo
« Reply #2 on: Dec 27, 18, 04:38:58 PM »
ryuuen loves ryutaba so very, very much.

aka, EM APPROVAL GO!!




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Re: Ryuki Kirijo
« Reply #3 on: Dec 27, 18, 04:44:13 PM »
Thank you for making this perfect apprentice for Zhihao. She's good from my end!




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Re: Ryuki Kirijo
« Reply #4 on: Dec 27, 18, 05:04:12 PM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with a cut White Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with a cut Rose Jewel at your Offering.

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Congratulations!


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Re: Ryuki Kirijo
« Reply #5 on: Jan 02, 19, 12:21:11 PM »

This application has been reviewed!

Check your private messages for feedback. When you have made the requested changes please reply to this post and let us know you are ready for the next round!

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Re: Ryuki Kirijo
« Reply #6 on: Jan 02, 19, 03:27:04 PM »
Edits made (theyre in pink) think I'm ready for round 2?





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Re: Ryuki Kirijo
« Reply #7 on: Jan 02, 19, 04:55:21 PM »
sliding back in here to also approve son mi references.




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« Reply #8 on: Jan 04, 19, 07:38:32 PM »
Definitely ready with Em's approval :)





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