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Xiong Teng
« on: Apr 29, 18, 03:46:43 AM »
The Basics

Character Name: Xiong Teng
Nicknames: None, if you value your life. She has the right to use the title of Tanyuan due to her high placement in exams.
Age and Birth Year: 30 (162)
Race: Short-lived Tacean
Caste: Queen
Birth Territory: Tacea
Home Territory: Tacea

Birthright Jewel: uncut Summer Sky
Offering Jewel: uncut Green

Role: Queen
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Appearance

Play By: Byun Jungha
Distinguishing Features: Xiong's hair is a dark ash brown rather than the sheer black generally seen on Tacean women. She tends to dye it darker.

Personality



Personality:
Xiong, left to her own devices, is an ivory tower academic. She despises the concrete requirements of existence and the messy interlacing of modern life. Friendship does not come easily to her, as she prefers the company of her books and scrolls to the company of other people. She loves people in concept, as long as they don't approach her, or expect to take up her time and emotional reserves. However, the pressures of her Caste and her Jewels have led her to develop a public face which conceals her disinterest and disdain for the people who keep their attention on the material world.

Her expectations for her Court (and for herself) are incredibly high. Xiong takes her responsibilities seriously and therefore everyone around her should as well. She doesn't tolerate mistakes or youthful antics, and has no sympathy or patience for drama. Though she feels deeply about almost every subject brought before her, anyone outside her confidence would have a difficult time telling that she cares. Her displeasure, when earned, is difficult to diffuse. Though she professes to keep personal and private life separate, the opposite is true. Nothing is 'just business' for her. She holds grudges, and if she feels she's been wronged will hold her grudge for years. When she finally acts against someone against whom she's held a grudge, it is with vengeance aforethought and often appears disproportionate to the people around her.

Despite her composure, Xiong is actually quite impatient. She needs to address situations and problems as soon as they come up. Without a plan, she is irritable and anxious. "Wait and see" is not a plan. However, sending family servants or spies to acquire more information is a plan. It calms her to plan for all eventualities, as she is well aware that people are fallible.

Xiong enjoys the privilege and security her caste brings her, but sometimes she struggles with feelings of jealousy and alienation. She often wishes she had been born a witch, who could devote her time to her studies above all else, rather than a Queen who must balance bureaucracy and her responsibility to her people with her own academic ambitions. Though she loves her people, she feels like a stranger come to them from far away more often than not. She has a difficult time empathizing with them, though she feels intensely protective of those who fall into her care. She's very prideful, but she is irritated by the sort of pride that prevents someone from seeking aid in others.

Since the eruption of Mago, Xiong is tormented by the idea that she did not give everything she could have for the people under her care. Though she demonstrably suffered in the eruptions--a malady of the brain that nearly killed her--the fact that she wears both Jewels and appears physically unharmed is a source of strange shame for her. She dearly wants to return to her people, to lend her power to their cause, but remains in the care of a Healer until they can be sure her injury is fully healed. As such, she has had a glut of time to contemplate her failures and the loss of her family and Court (aside from her First Escort, Tae Yeon).

Likes:
  • The Sea - Xiong grew up on a spit of land that thrust into the channel of water between Kaesong and Eastern Zhong. The happiest years of her life were spent sailing, diving, and swimming in the cold ocean. The sea provides life-giving food and water for her people. She associates the water with peace, healing, and--perhaps most importantly--safety.
  • Art - Xiong is a sculptor. She has never been particularly good at sitting still, and when she was studying for her exams she would often have a chunk of wood or clay in hand to be formed into pottery or figurines. Her own work has suffered in the aftermath of the volcanoes due to her loss of fine motor skills, but she still has a strong appreciation for the works of others.
  • Planning - Xiong loves planning things. She's a natural micromanager, and has never met a fine detail she didn't like. She makes contingencies and redundancies for her contingencies, just because she likes to do it. There's something incredibly soothing about setting something up and then watching it go.
Dislikes:
  • Change for the sake of change - Xiong is a liberal-leaning moderate. She believes that there are changes that must, and should, be made. Life is short, and Tacea's traditions are meant to guide the people, not restrain them from pursuing their lights. Seeking change for the simple fact that it is new and different really bothers her. She prefers to work towards change that will have concrete results. Not much of a morale-booster, this one.
  • Pity - She sees it in the faces of the novices with whom she trains every day. Xiong knows she's capable of regaining her strength in swordsmanship, but she feels like no one else sees it. When she wins a sparring bout--a rarer event than she would like--she feels like her partner has likely let her win. When she tires easily and has to be helped to a bench or to bed, she doesn't feel like she's being assisted on the road to recovery, she feels like she's proving that her injury has crippled her for life. The worst is when she can't remember a word, and must work her way around it. The looks on the faces of the people around her humiliate her, and she cannot stand being seen as less than she is.
  • Shrill or loud sounds - After the eruption, Xiong has developed a seething hatred of loud noises. Not just the bone-shaking sounds of an erupting volcano, either. Even music played too loudly or the drone of conversation in a dinner hall sets her teeth on edge. Multiple conversations going at once tends to render her incapable of following even one of them, and if the noise is loud enough, to make her physically nauseated.
Fears:
  • Losing Tae - Tae Yeon is incredibly worried for the Hanwa. She has heard the same reports he has, and feels the same worry for them, and for the Tang. Since things seem so dire, and her condition doesn't seem to be improving, she is afraid that he will decide that her recovery is taking too long and his labor is best put to use with his people, who surely could use the assistance of a Blood Opal Prince. The only thing worse than his desertion would be his pity.
  • Never fully recovering - Whatever happened to her in the aftermath of the eruption of Mago, it interferes with Xiong's fine motor skills on her left side--her dominant side--to this day. She can manage gross motor movements with ease, but her delicate movement--handwriting in particular--has suffered, and so has her swordsmanship. While Shizue tells her that she should make a full recovery if she keeps working at it, Xiong sees very little progress in her day-to-day. A Queen who cannot fight is only half a Queen, or so she believes, and Tacean culture backs her up.
  • Volcanoes - One of the first lessons a young Tacean learns is the history of their homeland. For thousands of years, the spells placed upon the 28 volcanoes that ring Tacea held fast. Now the volcanoes have begun to erupt again, destroying Xiong's home. Black Immortal belches smoke into the sky above her, and scattered reports of lava flows beneath the waters of long-quiet calderas have come to the small island where Xiong lives. Tacea has been blessed with a glut of Dark Jewels, but most of them have left the Territory. Even if they had not, the Craft to silence the volcanoes is long lost. She fears that Mago and Itoko were but the opening salvo of a great apocalypse that will be the end of Tacea.
Craft Strengths:
  • Compulsion Craft - Xiong uses compulsion craft as a Queen, never in her daily life. This Craft is something she uses to enforce her judgements upon criminals in her jurisdiction, rather than turning to maiming an individual. Xiong's compulsions are usually carefully worded to have precisely the effect she intends them to have, nothing more or less. Her use of compulsions is quite refined and she can often have one cast in half the time a similarly experienced and Dark Jeweled Queen otherwise would.
  • Memory Crystals - Xiong uses very little psychic power when recording a memory crystal--which she usually does to keep track of conversations--because she has used them for most of her life to record her scholarly lectures. She does not record images, however, focusing only on the sounds she hears.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Reservoir Management - Xiong's Jewels replenish themselves incredibly slowly. A Priestess can assist her in refilling her reservoir, but if she is left to her own devices her reservoir replenishes itself at about half the speed of another person at her Jewel level. Because of this, Xiong has an incredibly difficult time using substantial Craft, like shielding and power bolts. Her Craft tends to be incredibly fine and delicate workings; she can't draw on a lot of power at once without risking emptying her reservoir.
  • Hearth Craft - Xiong is a well-trained scholar and Queen. She's used to having others do the grunt work of her life--cooking, laundry, cleaning--so that she can focus on her academics and rulership. She wouldn't know what to do with a broom or a ball of bread dough beyond the academic.
Life Story

Family:
Grandmother (Maternal): Wutian Teng, White to Rose Queen, deceased 191 in the eruption of Mago
Grandmother (Paternal): Meng Zhu Xiong, White to Yellow Black Widow, deceased 191 in the eruption of Mago
Mother: Lin Teng, Descent Yellow Healer, deceased 191 in the eruption of Mago
Father: An Xiong Teng, Blood male, deceased 188

First Escort: Tae Yeon Yang, Purple Dusk to Blood Opal Prince, 35 (b. 158AP)
Healer: Shizue Wakano no Black Immortal, Rose to Summer Sky Healer, 41 (b. 152AP)

History:
Xiong Teng was born in the fishing village of Xinping on the East Zhong island in 162AP. Her mother was a recommended scholar and served as the mayor of the village. Her father was a fisherman who had married his wife for honor. Meng Zhu Xiong had saved the life of Wutian Teng, and her boon in return for this was an honorable marriage and her surname used for the first name of the first child born. She lucked out, and her granddaughter was born a Queen with Meng Zhu's clan surname.

Due to her mother's rank in the bureaucracy which defined Zhong, Xiong grew up fairly privileged for her podunk town. Her Summer Sky birthright and caste brought her into her dragon grandmother Wutian's orbit, and she was raised in the court of East Zhong. While she was incredibly scholarly, Xiong often had a difficult time forming emotional attachments (to people who didn't bond with her) and displayed a perfectionist streak which made her unpopular with other youths in the Court. She spent a great deal of her early years working on her self-control, and always got along better with the young men and women attending her grandmother's Court for polish. She had a difficult time learning Queen's Craft initially, but her stubbornness and drive led her to overcome this challenge. What she couldn't overcome was how slowly her Jewels seemed to refill after use.

In 176AP, Xiong turned fourteen and sat her Children's Examination. She passed with high honors--earning the rank of Anshou, the student with the highest score of her year--and began classes as a bureaucrat and student scholar. While many student scholars with a Caste delayed their testing for the rank of recommended scholar, Xiong did not. She took the recommended examination every year she was qualified to, and finally passed in 181, when she was nineteen. Though she did not place first in the examination, she still acquitted herself well and placed in the top twenty students.

Her Offering in 182 brought a Green Jewel. Compared to mainland Queens bearing the Sapphire Birthright, it was not a remarkable accomplishment. On Zhong, though, the Green was a promise of bounty previously denied, and Xiong's success at her examinations meant that she was invited to join the Court of Cui Guanping, to be considered for an eventual placement at the head of the Tang. However, Xiong's heart wasn't truly with her people; she loved them conceptually, but in practice found them exceedingly difficult to deal with. As a recommended scholar, her attendance at the Territory Court wasn't yet a requirement, and Xiong preferred the villages of east Zhong to the urban sprawl of Chang'an. She chose to remain in her grandmother's Second Circle, to her family's frustration.

In 187, there was a dispute over fishing rights in the coastal areas between East Zhong and the Hanwa island of Kaesong. The Hanwa sent a delegation to negotiate with Xiong's grandmother, and as a gesture to show how little she thought of the Hanwa argument, Wutian told Xiong to take point on the negotiations. In this meeting--and in several meetings thereafter, lasting until 189AP--Xiong acquitted herself well. She met and collaborated with several Hanwa dignitaries, including their Queen Jang Hye Mhin and the legendary Seung Corro. The most important bond she formed was with Tae Yeon Yang, who had come as part of the Hanwa entourage. When negotiations ended, he chose to move from Kaesong to Zhong to serve his bound Queen.

In the spring of 190, Xiong finally agreed to serve in the Court of the Tang Queen, taking a position in the second circle. She knew she wouldn't be able to avoid service forever, but felt her education came first. Xiong used her mediation skills to earn the right to complete her tribute examinations before taking her grandmother's role as Queen of East Zhong. Guanping preferred another for her heiress, which bothered Xiong not at all, so it wasn't as hard a negotation as it might have seemed.

In the spring of 191, Xiong passed her tribute examinations at the age of 29. While it was not a prodigiously young age, it was still young enough that her triumph was considered remarkable. Even more remarkable, her scores put her at first among those tested and earned her the right to use the title of Tanyuan, or flower author. Though she was pleased, and her family was proud, her Caste and her new title bound Xiong into service. There was no way she wouldn't someday have to rule Zhong now, not when Guanping's preferred heiress consistently failed any attempt at the tribute examinations, and her Jewels far outstripped those of the other Tang Queens who equaled her in bureaucratic rank.

In the winter of 191, Mago erupted. Like many Queens of the Tang, she attempted to remain behind to ensure the survival of as many of her people as she could. Unlike many Queens of the Tang, she had her Tae Yeon, who--when he saw how horribly the ash was affecting the people around her, and how she refused to leave until all of her people were safe or dead--hit her over the head and dragged her onto the Winds. Her male was incredibly talented at navigating the Winds; though they shook and howled, his path was unerring. He took them to Kaesong, but hardly had he landed when Itoko exploded. Again, he traveled on the unsteady Winds, until he found an area where the Winds were stable again.

Xiong and Tae Yeon ended up on one of the minor islands around Black Immortal. It quickly became clear that something about their experience had damaged Xiong; she complained of blurry vision, headaches, weakness in her limbs. A Healer's examination found the cause and repaired it, but judged Xiong as unfit to leave the island to join her people. Though she informed the Territory Court of the Tang Queen's presence, the Healer refused to release Xiong from her care.

And there Xiong has remained.


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Every morning Xiong woke up in the little room she shared with two acolytes of Black Immortal, and every morning she stared at the ceiling until she remembered where she was. Folk knowledge said that anyone could adapt to anything, given enough time, but folk knowledge was often wrong and very much was, in this case. One year and change on from the day the mountain exploded and Xiong often still awoke wondering where the red canopy of her bed at the Court of East Zhong had gone. That, said the sages, was normal too. The words were cold comfort to hands so palsied with infirmity that she often took three tries to pick up her chopsticks.

Every morning, the acolytes were gone by the time Xiong opened her eyes. An invalid was not expected to arise with the sun, though she still woke earlier than she ever had at home. When she sat up, she could feel Tae Yeon bustling outside, joking and laughing with the young Priestesses in training, hale and hearty and whole. As she tended her hair with a boar-hair brush, as she cleaned her teeth and dressed, the smallest things reminded her of how much the year had changed her. The unsteady hands, the poor coordination. The struggle, sometimes, to name the tools she was using, to remember the next step of her morning preparations.

Yet her mind stayed sharp. She knew the concepts of ruling, the laws of her homeland, only sometimes the words slipped from her mind, the stages of enforcement drained away. The incisive intelligence that made her Xiong-tanyuan was still there. It will come back, the Healer promised. You will be all you were again.

But when? Xiong looked at the simple pot she had made from river-clay to hold the herbs she took every morning in her tea. It had been fired in the strength of her Green in a kiln built from flat stones. As a child she had made hundreds of those pinch pots, refined her craft until the sides were smooth as fine sake cups. But this one, this one was crooked, ugly, finger-dimples and gashes from nails. She had fired it from need, not from pride. In the moment that she looked at it, those imperfections enraged her. She snatched up the pot without thinking and threw it at the wall as hard as she could. It shattered, scattering dried leaves and flowers across the wooden floor of the room.

Of course that was the moment an acolyte stepped inside the room. "Lady Teng?" There was a question in her voice, doubt and pity combined into something absolutely sickening. Xiong wanted to cry, but instead she rubbed her hands over her face until the urge faded and she could offer a temperate smile to the young woman. "There's a woman from the Territory Court here to see you," said the acolyte. "Shall I tell her to come back another time?"

"No," said Xiong, "thank you. I am fine. Please tell her I'll be with her presently."

The acolyte scurried off, and Xiong stared at herself in the wavering mirror for a long moment. The Territory Court? Why?

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Re: Xiong Teng
« Reply #1 on: Apr 29, 18, 03:49:33 AM »
May I please have my R-SS-PD-O roll as purchased here and 5 family rolls? TY!




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Re: Xiong Teng
« Reply #2 on: Apr 29, 18, 08:31:37 AM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

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

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 18, 09:09:25 AM »

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Re: Xiong Teng
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 18, 02:11:41 AM »
I am keeping my daughter Xiong




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« Reply #5 on: Jun 08, 18, 03:34:29 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 10, 18, 08:37:18 PM »
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