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Posted: Apr 25 2018, 02:01 PM
Member No.: 174
Joined: 25-April 18
SHIMAZU, ELIN of the Shimazu clan
HAIR: Somehow Elin managed to inherit her genes from the Dutch trader who had an affair with her mother, her hair is naturally blonde but she usually dyes it. In the past she used to keep it black but recently she's taken to dying it pink for some nefarious purpose. She keeps it in a short bob, but it has a generally fluffy and voluminous texture to it that usually makes it fall over one of her eyes.
EYES: Again due to her mixed heritage Elin sports blue eyes.
HEIGHT: Tending more toward her Japanese heritage, Elin has managed to grow to a unimpressive stature of about 5'2" in height. She's not prone to reaching any tall shelves anytime soon.
BODY TYPE: It's not bad enough that Elin is short but she also manages to be skinny as well, she tries to keep in shape as much as she can. She does manage to maintain a respectable figure despite her size, however she's still considerably smaller than most of her peers, all of her feminine qualities are smaller and more subdued than most others.
STYLE: Elin likes to run across two main styles of dress, on the one hand she likes tight clothing with a mature feel to it, things that emphasize her body or lack there of. This includes tight fitting suits and dresses, ties, and jackets. Anything to show off her curves and give her a mature and alluring appearance. However she's also known to wear fluffier, oversized clothing such as sweaters and cute dresses and clothing along all sorts of different styles, such as overalls, and printed t-shirts. She's also constantly known to wear a pair of glasses with red frames on her face, these are known to be there due to medical reasons. Overall she seems to prefer pastel color palettes usually in the warmer shades such as pinks and yellows, though she has been known to splash in light blues and greens from time to time to accent other colors and give her a more approachable appearance. She also has a decent stock of makeup that she likes to wear usually in the same spectrum of colors, she likes giving herself rosy cheeks and shimmering pink lips.
OTHER: There is a scar along Elin's right palm.
At the core of her character this girl is cold hearted and calculating; Elin is known to have a brutal lack of compassion when it comes to getting what she wants. She handles everything with a tact and grace, often achieving divisive results over others. Seeing as she had to fight for every scrap of dignity she's obtained she's not above of stepping on others to get to where she's going. She pushes herself to be smarter and more capable than any of her peers and this tenacity has earned her the grudging respect of those that would call her lineage within the clan to question. On the flip-side of this she has started leaning into the cute and soft side of her appearance to get what she wants; she can pull off being adorable with some skill but it's always laced with a certain danger just under the thin veil that she presents. Many who have had dealings with her compare her to a coiled up snake in waiting, unassuming until she lashes out and poisons you.
STRENGTHS: Calculated • Tactical • Willful • Unassuming Appearance
WEAKNESSES: Secretly Cruel • Near Sighted • Greedy • Obsessive
LIKES: Cats • Collecting Foreign Makeups • Shogi and Go • Mature Alluring Clothing
DISLIKES: Being Labeled a Foreigner • Salty Foods • Salty Smells • Sailing
AMBITIONS: From the very beginning of her life Elin has had to fight an uphill battle against her elders questioning whether or not her heritage entitles her a place within the clan. As such she has devoted herself to being seen as the most loyal and capable member of her clan. In the short term she has dedicated herself to her studies, driving herself to become an effective tactician and warrior. Beyond that she looks to make more money for her clan in whatever way that she can, she would even go so far as piracy if she thought she could get away with it. He ultimate ambition though is to become the Daimyo of the Shimazu clan in order to usurp those who would ever call her into question. Elin dreams of sitting upon the throne and rule over her clan with the cruelty and tenacity that they forced her to adopt, she wishes to have them grovel at her feet and lick her boots like the dogs they are as she decides what sick fate they'll have to overcome if they ever hope to get back into her good graces.
WEAPON: A standard Japanese Tanto, contained in pink lacquered wood with a painting of a tree blossoming with white flowers long the sheath of the blade. It also has various cute little charms tied to it. Due to her short stature Elin has determined that she's never going to have the reach necessary to make proper use of a longer weapon. So she's taken to becoming a Tantojutsu practitioner mainly preferring to use her short stature to get in under opponents defenses and attack fast and get out before they can use their own weapons.
RELIC: Maedate no Oni - The crest from a Japanese Helmet depicting a fanged red demon with horns and bushy black eyebrows. It's small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of someones hand and still has it's mounting points to be attached to a helmet if desired. However over time it has been fashioned into a talisman that hangs from a thick black and red chord that is believed to have been salvaged from the original helmet. It also features a few rivets as charms tied along the length of the chord.
RELIC OWNER: Shimazu Yoshihiro
Shimazu Yoshihiro was a prominent member of the Shimazu clan, the second of four sons he served directly under his older brother Yoshihisa, who became Daimyo of the clan in 1566. When Oda Nobunaga bid the Ito clan to take the Osumi and Satsuma borders in his conquest it was Shimazu Yoshihiro who stood up against them. Beginning his illustrious career by defeating the Ito forces 3000 strong with an army of just 300. His tenacity in battle greatly impressed Toyotomi Hideyoshi who bade him to become a general for his army, making use of him during a seven year war in Korea. Yoshihiro proved to be adept at fielding smaller troops against larger threats, at the battle of Sacheon he defeated an army of 37,000 with his 7,000 troops. However the seven year campaign turned bloody when all the generals were forced to retreat, Yoshihiro's ship was scuttled and he was found clinging to a piece of wood and rescued back to Japan.
Perhaps it was due to his defeat in Korea or the fact that he had a smaller army than most other generals at the Battle of Sekigahara that no one seemed respect Yoshihiro's tactics. He was humiliated when the other generals flat out refused to use any of his plans and as such he refused to take part in the battle. When he was surrounded on all sides by a count of 30,000 troops he made his escape by piercing straight through their lines on horseback. He retired to let his son Tadatsune succeed him and retired to teaching younger generations.
ACTIVATED ABILITY 1: Crimson Kunai -
Range: 15ft (Line) - Activation Time: Immediate - Duration: 1 Action
Drawing blood from her hand Elin is able to form the drops into small needles that she can shoot forth at her enemies in a quick burst. This is usually a burst of one or two or three needles in one action, they don't have any special properties and travel along the same path. They have the approximate weight and piercing potential of kunai thrown at standard human speeds, which means they're only able to cause surface damage to their targets, causing cuts or very small lacerations at the most. As with most abilities of this type the danger comes with being struck multiple times, however the output of damage is generally very low. Upon contact with something the blood kunai liquefy in a matter of seconds. Since the blood is solidified during the attack it can be blocked or parried away, of course due to the nature of the attack it can also be dodged as well. This ability is a one shot ability. (One Turn Cool-down)
ACTIVATED ABILITY 2: Burning Lash -
Range: 30ft (Line) - Activation Time: Immediate - Duration - 1 Action
Drawing more blood from her hand she is able to will the blood to shape into a group of spears that shoot out from her palm in a single direction. Not only is the piercing capability of this power pretty strong, generally able to pierce down to the bone; but it also has the added effect of being able to be set on fire once it hit's it's target causing them to sustain minor burns.This ability has to be connected to Elin's palm for the entirety of the attack in order to maintain it's piercing and burning qualities, if the blood is separated from the source then it will instantly liquefy. This ability is a one shot ability. (Three Turn Cool-down.)
LOCKED ACTIVATED ABILITY 3: Fangs of the Demon -
Range: 30ft (Area) - Activation Time: Immediate - Duration: 1 Action
Much like the Burning Lash ability Elin draws blood from her palm and launches spears from it, however this is able to target multiple people at once. It suffers the same weaknesses as her burning lash attack in that she can only maintain the solid nature of the spears so long as it's connected to her palm. In the instance of this attack however it does cause burning if it connects with it's opponent. Instead if Elin is able to lash into her opponent she can instead draw their blood away from them and into her own body. The piercing potential of the spears is the same as her last attack however it comes with a minor healing effect if she manages to draw upon her opponents blood. This ability is a one shot ability. (Five Turns Cool-down.)
PASSIVE 1: Tools of the Devil -
Range: Self - Activation Time: Immediate - Duration: Concentration
Elin has the ability to shape and control her blood, this of course is used mostly in her activated abilities. However she also displays the ability to be able to shape it into various tools such as keys, or shields, or even weapons on the fly. This grants her the versatility of being able to handle various scenarios with the right tool, however it does not confer the ability to be able to use said tool properly. Just because she can make a key doesn't mean that it will necessarily be in the right shape, nor will she a sword-master if she creates a katana out of her blood. Elin has to be holding the item for it to maintain it's shape, meaning she can't pass it on to someone else or create anything that would have to leave her touch. The blood also isn't terribly durable when it's solidified, meaning as a shield it could probably only take one blow before shattering and liquefying, and as weapons they wouldn't block anything.
LOCKED PASSIVE 2: Coagulation -
Range: Self - Activation Time: N/a - Duration - Continuous
Due to her blood controlling abilities, Elin's blood is naturally harder than most peoples. It acts as a sort of armor under her skin making her slightly more resistant to being cut open, and is naturally able to close up any open wounds by causing them to scab over at an accelerated rate. It should be noted that cuts she receives still damage her, but closing up the wounds grants her the advantage of not losing as much stamina due to blood loss.
LOCKED AWAKENED MODE COLOR: Purple and Blue Aurora.
AWAKENED ATTACK: Bloody March to Death -
Range: 30ft (Area) - Activation Time: 2 Turns - Duration: 1 Action
A spray of massive amounts of blood draw from her palm in a literal deluge floating globules in the air around her before forming into various standard sized swords and spears, usually in the range of about 20 separate entities in total. Unlike most her other abilities these do not have to remain connected to her in order to solidify, these hang precariously in the air around her. With a flick of the wrist this all out attack rains literal blood and death upon the battlefield like a siege of artillery, piercing whatever it touches with the speed of a canon-ball. This of course is completely hit or miss, it's not a targeted skill and therefore it's possible to find pockets to dodge to safety in the volley. Plus the weapons are solid meaning that they can be parried away by a skilled individual, though it would be harder to do than other attacks since the weapons speed of attack is about the speed of a canon-ball being launched.
• Henry Klinger (Dutch Bio Father)
• Shimazu, Hideki (Adopted Father)
• Shimazu, Tsuru
• Shimazu, Ryusei (Older Brother)
• Shimazu, Masato (Younger Brother)
• Shimazu, Kayo (Younger Sister)
Bound for hardship before she was even born, Elin's troubles began with her mother. Or rather with the fact that her mother decided to sleep with a debonaire merchant that had landed in port at Kagoshima of the Satsuma Province. She stated it was in a bid for more of his goods but no one could actually be sure of the truth of the matter. It put a strain on the relationship and the resulting pregnancy was looked down upon with frustrated resignation.
Elin was born the second child of four to a particularly wealthy branch of the Shimazu clan. A clan that was known for it's dedication not only to trade with foreigners, but it's swordplay as well. The first thing she learned growing up though was that while her clan had an accepting view of foreigners it went only so far as letting them trade. Her appearance as a halfbreed caused people to constantly look down on her and question her worth within the clan.
She grew up bitter, and resentful. First at her mother for having an affair, then at her father overseas for getting her mother pregnant, then at her adopted father for not accepting her as his own daughter. She very quickly learned though that fuming at her family was useless. The only way to change her fate was climbing over the bodies of those who looked down upon her until she could be at the top.
The clan would not teach her swordplay, they wouldn't so much as supply her with a practice sword. So she gathered whatever documentation she could about knife fighting and started practicing with a kitchen knife. Her clan wouldn't teach her about trading, or life at sea, so she threw herself into studying whatever books she could find about strategy, and games, and manipulating others.
Almost out of nowhere her family started to notice that she was far more capable than her peers. She drove herself to be more relentless and tenacious than the ones who had everything handed to them. This managed to earn her some begrudging respect with her clan and she was afforded some rights as soon as they started to realize just what she was capable of. In fact they even tasked her with balancing the ledgers of some of the incoming ships and taking stock of items that were going in and out.
It was through this break in responsibility that Elin was able to start manipulating the supply of trade so that she could come in contact with many of the clans relics. From the beginning she wanted power, power to crush her enemies within her own clan, and that meant that she had to find a relic that would respond to her. She would always be careful about how she ordered them to show up in the ledgers, they were always marked as show pieces, only one at a time. Elin would constantly keep her ear to the ground to make sure that there was no scrutiny on whatever relic she chose.
It took a while of coming into contact with dozens of relics but she finally managed to get a hold of one that responded to her. The crest of Shimazu Yoshiro, a great general of her clan. Once she had awakened the relic it didn't take long for the Shogunate to respond.
Elin was ready with tea when they arrived, agreeing to join Edo Bugei on the spot.
Elin's life has been a constant uphill battle, and she's grown cold and calloused as a result of that. Her life in the Academy has not been much different, she is constantly looking to step on others to get to where she's going. She'll use whatever tactic she can to brutally and effectively gain more power, and that's sure not going to win her much in the way of friendship.
But who knows, maybe things can change?