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Old 01-13-2008, 02:41 AM
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:00 AM
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Name: Llyr Something or Other
Age: mid-twenties
Appearance: Llyr doesn't look like a lord at first glance. Blue/black hair is short and cut in sharp edged layers and despite his rough and occasional nearly fatal lifestyle, his face still looks boyish. His blue eyes are intense and lack what innocence his face might otherwise have, especially with the pierced lip. He dresses in casual dark tunics over black breeches and battered boots, further disguising his title for those who don't know better.

Rank: Llyr holds a title he rarely admits to and lands he never mentions. Those who don't think to ask just know him as the Captain of the Emperor's Guard and influential person about the Palace as such. He's quite popular with the Commoners and the guards and assorted hanger on-ers tend to be very devoted to him.

History: Llyr was the nephew and adopted ward/heir of the Emperor's General. The two were said to be as devoted as father and son and it was always assumed Llyr would inherit the mantle. Llyr's early and fast friendship with the Prince (and heir) further cemented this. From the time they were small, the two were inseparable and grew up together with the Emperor smiling on the friendship. It was if not a perfect life, quite close.

One of the Emperor's older children (son of a beloved concubine), the Prince's half-brother was Hayato and he had long been jealous of the Prince and that he had not been named heir himself. Worse, the Prince was becoming popular and proving himself capable. Hayato's quiet plans to take the throne after the Emperor's death were jeopardy. Consulting with the Vizier and a handful of sympathetic others, he began to plan a coup. Word that something was up reached Llyr and the Prince from sympathetic ears, but the Emperor refused to believe that his own son meant to kill him.

Gathering Llyr and a few loyal others, the Prince meet the coup head on. In the resulting battles, the Prince, the General and Hayato all fell, Llyr nearly dying as he struggled to save the Emperor's life. The Emperor was grief stricken and horrified as the truth became known. The Prince was mourned by the Kingdom with honor and Llyr was granted Hayato's title, fortune and lands as well as his current occuption. His first act (to the complete horror of the nobles) was to sell off luxuries and lower taxes on his lands, using the left overs to update the farm equipment and simple sh acks. He continued on in that vein, devoted to the Emperor rather than power or wealth. The common people adore him, but he has many enemies among the nobility and he and the Vizier are known to be at odds.

Cultural Background: Scarlet City Native

Magical Properties (if any): Llyr has speed and agility beyond what seems natural in a man. More than that is the subject of speculation.

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Name: Kiyoshi
Age: 22?
Appearance: Kiyoshi has a feline attractiveness with fine, narrow features, sleek blue /black hair and pale amber eyes. He's petite and not all that tall at 5'7 or so and could be mistaken for younger than he is if not for the more-jaded-than-thou stare and cold eyes.

History: Kiyoshi is the second of twin sons born to a respectable (if not overly notable) noble family. With Shinobu destined to become his father's warrior-heir, Kiyoshi was overlooked and expected to make himself somewhat useful. As his pre-cognitive powers emerged and became notable, he was offered to the palace and entered the Emperor's (Vizier's) service at age 11. He has lived at the palace ever since. When he turned 13, he was officially apprenticed to the Court Seer and is on his way to be one of the more powerful Court Seers in time.

Cultural Background: Scarlet City Native

Magical Properties (if any): It's known Kiyoshi has dreams and visions of the future. How detailed those are or what other powers he might have is unknown to all but a few.


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Old 01-13-2008, 03:02 AM
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Name: Arisu
Age: 18
Appearance: Arisu is exquisitely beautiful by most any standards. He has long black hair as fine as silk, flawless white skin and a face worthy of some fairy tale maiden. Usually dressed in elaborate silk (female) kimono's, he is usually mistaken for a girl.

Occuption: Vizier's slave
History: Who Arisu was or might have been is unknown until his purchase as a young boy by the Vizier. What's publically known is that he has risen in status from one of the Vizier's many servants to his favored slave and plaything, almost always in his Master's company and bed.

What's less known to those not in the Vizier's employ are his notably sadistic tastes. Being favored is far more of a curse than a blessing, Arisu having been consistently tortured and raped from an early age. While deeply scarred (mentally and physically), Ari has somehow retained his sweet nature and is well liked by many of the Vizier's servants and vassals.

He has recently been given into Escher's service and is enjoying his first taste of a life worth having.

Cultural Background: Scarlet City Native?

Magical Properties (if any): Unknown. If he has any, they are likely subtle as Arisu has not given signs of having any.

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Old 01-13-2008, 01:33 PM
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Name: Michi

Age: 17, though he can look older or younger, depending. Usually he tries to look a little older, though he's aware that some people are into younger men, so he doesn't try too hard.

Appearance: Michi is short, not much bigger than 5'4 or so, with dark brown to black hair that falls messily around his face, some pieces long towards his shoulders. He's not perfect or gorgeous, though that's mostly because he's sort of unkempt, though it could also be because he's mixed race, the native of Scarlet City and some other strange race. He runs around in very short robes, at least above the knee, with wide necks and big sleeves that make him look smaller than he really is, and threaten to show off considerably more than he would wish. He has green eyes with catlike pupils. He can also appear as a sort of scruffy looking young cat, black and long haired with a big puffy tail, though as a cat he looks more intelligent than a feline really should.

History: Michi is a servant boy in the guard's barracks and mostly does domestic chores, though he's awfully good at getting out of them and doesn't seem to mind the beatings he gets for avoiding them. He is the son of common slaves, or possibly a bastard child of a slave woman and a noble or something, raised communally with other slaves, but his free spirit just found slavery too difficult to take. His answer to slavery was prostitution, and since he was probably too young for the task, he's been whoring himself in order to pay for his freedom. Right now, his main patron is Ryu, the captain of the Vizier's Guard, who pays him for all kinds of things, including sex and spying, though he does have his eye on a certain guard in the Emperor's employ.

Cultural Background: Scarlet City native.

Magical Properties (if any): Michi can turn into a cat at will. He spends about as much time as a cat as he does as a person. As a cat, he has all the properties of a normal housecat with the benefit of human intelligence. Perhaps because he is uneducated, the laws of physics do not seem to apply to him as he changes forms, and so he can jump about in space a little bit. In more dire situations, he may be able to take on other forms, though this is as of yet unproven.


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Old 01-15-2008, 01:39 AM
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Name: Laine Petersen
Age: 23

Appearance: Laine's a small young man with golden-blond hair and light hazel eyes. He barely clears 5'5, and despite being a touch underweight, he manages somehow to keep a gentle roundness to his face that makes him look faaaar more innocent and naive than he actually is. He dresses in the Vizier's colors, though lighter material than the stiff uniforms of the guards. He always has a white shirt underneath anything else he's wearing, high collared and buttoned up to the top. There's a very calm, gentle aura about him and he's got a smile for nearly everyone. (And more often than not, he's petting or carrying some sort of small creature.)

History: Laine is now the healer for the Vizier in Scarlet City, after coming a long, long way East from a backwards little place called Cagewood. In most cases he refuses to acknowledge the events between the day his tendency toward male lovers got him shooed away from home to the day he finally stumbled on Scarlet City at the age of 18. Unfortunately, they left him scarred physically as well as emotionally, but with a brand new outlook on life and a knack for healing.

Cultural Background: Laine is from a land where most everyone has blond hair and light eyes. A rural farmland, lots of sheep and pretty wooden fences. They all follow the same god, though there have been fights for many years between people who could not compromise on the proper way to pay respect to him. If not for that, it would be a very peaceful and boring place -- but the near civil-war that broke out just before Laine left for good was enough to last a lifetime.

Magical Properties (if any): Very powerful healer thanks to a blessing from his god, which he receives graciously and intends to take full advantage of to benefit all those around him.


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Old 01-15-2008, 09:48 PM
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Name: Matsu
Age: 27

Appearance: Matsu is a very tall man, easily over six feet tall and quietly intimidating to enemies, which makes for an effortlessly dangerous looking guard. He has straight black hair that's pulled back just loosely enough so bits and pieces escape by the end of the day to frame a lightly tanned face. Very serious, all dark eyebrows, strong jaw. He rarely smiles, but despite this he has a generally pleasant demeanor; he comes off as approachable if not outright friendly. He's dressed in the standard uniform for the Emperor's Guard, with the appropriate markings to indicate that he is an officer reporting directly to Captain Llyr.

History: Matsu has the most boring history of all. He was raised in Scarlet City, conditioned all his life to be part of the Emperor's Guard. He has an impeccable record, and has been around for just about all of the shit that went down in the past decade. Because of this he has a great respect for the Emperor and Captain Llyr. He quietly hates the Vizier, but rarely expresses his opinions openly. For the time being, he does his job very well and spends his free time soothing Llyr with alcohol and halfheartedly trying to shoo Michi away from his pants.

Cultural Background: While Matsu was born and raised in Scarlet City, he only goes through the motions to show respect for his culture's beliefs. In reality, he couldn't care less and would rather just take life as it is and not bother with the explanations.

Magical Properties: Matsu is a lot stronger than he looks (which is saying something, because he looks damn strong) and wicked with a blade, but aside from that there is nothing apparent. Though he does seem almost unnaturally good at taking pain.


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Old 01-16-2008, 06:37 PM
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Name: Akio
Age: 22
Occupation: Courtesan slave

Appearance: Dark eyed, fair-skinned, with black hair long and straight and often pinned in some elaborate manner. Slender, androgynous, dresses (and acts) as a female. Graceful and stronger than he appears, due to extensive training in a variety of dances.

History: Akio was, the last he knew, the youngest of 6 children, but knows its perfectly possible that more siblings have been born since he was sold. It was actually his parents who sold him and his next-oldest brother into slavery, unable to support the large family on their small farm. His delicate build and almost effeminate appearance made him a prime choice for the boy-prostitute market. A short series of trades placed him in the southern deserts and under the ownership of Lady Redgold, who trained him in the arts of high-end courtesans - not just bedroom arts, but court proprieties, fine arts, and cultural requirements and expectations. Eventually, Akio's services were hired by the Vizier, and he has been here ever since.

Cultural Background: Native of the countryside around Scarlet City, but trained for proper interaction in a variety of cultures.

Magical Properties: None known.
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Name: Ryu
Age: 24

Appearance: Ryu is not necessarily a small man, though he does look strangely weak and undisciplined for a guard, especially one of such high status. He has wild, bright red hair, light skin and is almost constantly chewing on something or other. He moves silently, with a eerie sort of grace and tends to often bend in ways that look just slightly unnatural.

History: Before coming to work for the Vizier, Ryu spent his time training with a certain Master Suoh who lives just outside Scarlet City. He is most definitely the sort to wander, but he stays in the general area to keep an eye on his little sister -- a mage, also under the Vizier. While his attitude might say otherwise, he -does- take his job quite seriously and just about everything he does is for a reason he's not necessarily explaining. Though lately, his stubborn refusal to complete certain jobs assigned to him are getting him into a bit of trouble.

Cultural Background: He's born and raised in Scarlet City, though he would have you believe otherwise.

Magical Properties: Ryu is very very accurate with his throwing knives, he seems to have a knack for sensing danger and... nonsentient objects occasionally do very strange things when he's around.

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