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Fantasy Tales of Tengoku (FULL)

Sub Genres
Action, Adventure, Magical, Supernatural

Orikanyo

Oh god why?
Supporter
Wip
Name: Ziao Chong
Nickname: Little Ziao
Alias: Arrow Struck Tiger
Age: 28 years
Gender: Male.
Race: Human
Role: Privateer
Birthplace: What region did they come from? You can even create your own settlement that we can mark on the map. You can use this section to give a short blurb about it. Anything unique that one can only find in your region? Certain crops, materials, ore, art, or music?
Height: 6' 3"
Weight:
189 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Skin: Tanned hide with scars decorating from his head to his toe. One nasty scar on the side of his neck.
Physique: Strong frame with a belly forming due to time settled in one place, and a appetite that didn't change along side such changes.
Written Appearance: To put it simply, he is the mental image of what a pirate should look like, a heavily salted sea dog the yo and hos with the best of em, well, maybe not the later given not many would pay for him to warm their bed's. Not that he hasn't tried to sell himself to a lucky lady or two. Though from the get go you would see him as a rough and rowdy sort, from the long coat, the bandolier of pistols, hell the sword at his side looks to be the most expensive thing upon his person.

A golden hilted tiger embossed saber that, despite it's war wounds, looks like it could bite through the thickest of armors, well, looks like anyways.

Personality: What do they like, dislike, how are they overall, what are their goals? How are they when it comes to teamwork and combat? Do they have any cultural mannerisms? Do they have an accent? What are their fears? What drives them? These are all examples you can include in your character’s personality.

Background: This is optional. I say this is optional because this can be created as the game goes. Not everyone knows their character right away, and being that this is a one-shot, there is time to develop him, her, or them. If you already know your character’s back story, then go ahead and write it. Include any names of mentors, father/mother figures, siblings, etc. Use your imagination! Take this idea and run with it. You can also collaborate with other writers if you wish to have companions.

Gear: Describe their armor or clothing. This is not the weapons section.

Weapon: What weapons are they known to use? How long are the weapons? How many arrows, darts, bolts, etc. How many weapons? I would like for each character to have their own unique primary weapon, but I understand if you have envisioned for your character to have a specific weapon and it is similar to another character's, then that is fine. I limit similar weapons between player characters to three. No more than three writers can have the same weapon. Those who specialize in one weapon are considered masters in that weapon. The more weapons your characters specialize in, then they sacrifice proficiency. One who uses multiple weapons and who chooses to use a sword in a duel will not beat the swordsman whose only weapon is a sword. Fists and feet are considered weapons.

Magic: If magic is your character’s primary field, then you can have up to five spells. If magic is secondary and supporting to your character’s martial ability, then you are permitted to have only three spells.

Fighting Style: You write here the name of your character’s fighting style. This is not the technique section and this is not where you describe how your character fights. This is where you name the fighting style.

Martial Arts: Characters who specialize primarily in martial arts are allowed five techniques. Techniques can include element-infused or energy strikes not on the level of world-destroying ki blasts such as from anime like Dragon Ball Z so please do not write something like that. You are safe having the energy, element, or whatever support your character’s strikes. The technique section is for armed or unarmed techniques. If Martial Arts is secondary to your character, then they are allowed three techniques.

Guardian Spirit: This only applies to human characters. When in the presence of the young emperor, human characters are able to see their guardian spirits. Their guardian spirits are celestial beasts and can assist them in combat. Starting out, human characters are only allowed to summon their guardian spirit once per battle. You can describe what your guardian spirit looks like here and even give them a name. You are also free to role play them however. Remember though, these guys can only appear when the emperor is in their company.
 

Orikanyo

Oh god why?
Supporter
Cause i'm tired of not talking with ya'll I posted the wip, don't bully plz.

Nonetheless, good lookin folks around here, well done ya'll!!
 

Sushi Muncher

Fyuri's BBCult Zealot
@The Black Knight
It seems that my character concept is non-compatible with this RP by your reply. Pertinent visions for my initial hopes regarding this RP, as well as my impending schedules, will definitely not align in the long run.
Therefore, I must express my withdrawal from this RP. I bid y'all a wonderful day/night, and may your RP fare smoothly! :>
 

Jabu

Pls help I’m tired
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Name: 金火旭 Jīn Huǒxù
Nickname: N/A
Alias: Traitor of Tiāntáng Tī (Paradise Ladder), The Wandering Guard
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Race: Human
Role: Guardian/Escort
Birthplace: The base of the mountain Tiāntáng Tī.
Height: 5'11
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Skin: A fair skin tone without any non-human traits
Physique: Lean and athletic

Written Appearance: Huǒxù doesn't spend too much time talking about his looks, he'd only get carried away doing so. The young man sports ahead of long raven hair that falls down to his waist. Black eyes with a harmless, mischevious twinkle to match his dark hair. Standing at 5'11, he's accepted that he most likely won't be the tallest man in the room, though he may walk on his toes in an attempt to look a bit taller. The young man often walks with a bounce in his step, the bell on his waist making soft jingles with each bounce. He's fair-skinned with dark brows and lashes. On each ear, he wears a single obsidian earring. He has an overall kind and friendly demeanor, but it can change in an instant if he deems you a threat to what he's guarding.

Personality: On the surface, Huǒxù is rather simple. He's lively and energetic, while also proud and impulsive. But, his heart is always in the right place. Despite his impulsiveness, he's incredibly resourceful as well as dependable when it comes to carrying out a task he's been assigned and just in general seeing as the Jīn were raised to be survivalists. He takes his work seriously but also enjoys to take time to simply enjoy himself. Even if that means causing a bit of (usually) harmless trouble. Huǒxù loves fresh citrus fruits and a good tree to hang out in. They remind him of home, despite how many issues home as caused for him. He doesn't enjoy the cold and takes extra care to dress appropriately for the weather. While sociable, he isn't one for unwarranted physical contact and will make that known should need be.

When working in groups or with a partner, Huǒxù does very well. He works just fine by himself but seems to enjoy teamwork. Maybe it reminds him of working with his brother. Or maybe he just likes being able to show off his martial arts. When engaged in battle, Huǒxù is a close-combat fighter. The closer he is to his opponent, the more deadly his attacks. Though Huǒxù has a somewhat strong personality, he knows his place on the team and won't stray from that position. He can lead, but he excels in a support position rather than leadership.

Huǒxù, while delighting in the attention of others has issues letting others get too close in friendly, nonwork-related relationships. Due to a misunderstanding in his past that he still has yet to completely understand, he keeps himself at an arm's length. Huǒxù has no issues being friendly, but he has no intention of spilling his thoughts and feelings to anyone. He feels those feelings are his to bear alone.

Background: At the base of Tiāntáng tī, the tallest mountain in Huayuan, the Jīn clan guards the mountain. Tiāntáng tī, literally called Paradise Ladder, is considered one of the most sacred places within Huayuan. The Jīn were said to have been chosen by the divine themselves to look after the sacred land many generations ago. Tiāntáng tī is easily the largest burial site in Huayuan. When coming to bury the deceased, the Jīn offer no help as it is the final journey the friends and relatives of the deceased are taking with them. The further up the mountain they travel, the shorter the journey for the dead when it's time to leave their bodies to seek paradise. Out of respect, the Jīn only guide the friends and family back down the mountain. Not only do the Jīn guide people down the mountain, but they maintain the area as well. Whether it's offering prayers or clearing weeds, the deceased must be shown the utmost respect and care. Not everyone feels that way though. Tiāntáng tī is the resting place of many important and rich historic figures, which makes the mountain prone to grave robbers and thieves. The most important job of the Jīn is to ensure that the deceased can rest easy and undisturbed. Tiāntáng tī, with so many bodies buried on its land it is also very fertile. The Jīn use many of the resources on the mountain whether it be the wild fruit or medicinal herbs. The Jīn are known for their survival skills as traversing the mountain can sometimes take days depending on the destination.

Jīn Huǒxù and his twin Jīn Jìngxī were brought into the world and immediately embraced by those around them. Born to the clan's leader, his first and only sons would be next to watch over the mountain. The twins would grow to understand the importance of their jobs as well as having compassion and empathy. Cultivated into well-rounded guardians as those before them they would become a force to be reckoned with. On the south and east sides of the mountain are two Jīn settlements. The north and west sides are steep and hard to traverse, though there are some that will attempt to enter from those sides.

Tiāntáng tī, with so many bodies buried on its land it is also very fertile. The Jīn use many of the resources on the mountain whether it be the wild fruit or medicinal herbs. Whatever isn't on the mountain they travel to nearby villages and towns to get. The Jīn are known for their survival skills as traversing the mountain can take days depending on the destination.

Even at the base of what was considered to be one of the most sacred places in Huayuan they were not safe from the evil unleashed by the demonic emperor. On Tiāntáng tī, there are many actions considered unfathomable by a Jīn warrior. Some of the worst being defacing graves and digging up the deceased. Jīn Huǒxù had the image burned into his mind of what he saw the day he was accused of dishonoring Tiāntáng tī. Strung from the trees like party decorations were the decaying bodies of many resting on Tiāntáng tī. Severed body parts were strewn across the grounds. The air was suffocating, the spirits were angry. Jīn Huǒxù had been the first to stumble across the scene and by his corrupt his brethren he was accused of causing the scene. He could see the corruption in their eyes and hear it in their voices as the chorus rang out, "Jīn Huǒxù! Traitor of Tiāntáng Tī!"

With little choice and a heavy heart, the leader of the clan banished his son. Without proof of someone else causing the incident, Jīn Huǒxù was forced to leave his homeland. Though, not everyone had turned their back on him. Jīn Jìngxī, knowing his brother wouldn't have caused such a horrific scene, promised to prove the innocence of his sibling and eventually bring him home. While Jīn Jìngxī's faith meant the world, it didn't mend his brother's heart completely. Since leaving, Huǒxù can only imagine that things have gotten worse.

After spending some time wandering from place to place and cursing his very existence after his banishment, Jīn Huǒxù was able to find work as an escort for hire. He'd been trained to guard, so the job felt like the right fit. Though it wasn't the same, it kept him fed and busy. His charm and skill helped him become a rather popular choice for those looking to travel in such dangerous times. He does the work more for himself as it gives him a sense of purpose, though it's usually short-lived.

Gear: Huǒxù isn't one for heavy armor or excessive layers. He wears just enough to keep from getting cold and doesn't mind getting a bit warm. He wears black and/or white like all of the other Jīn members do. Every Jīn member is given a gold bell to wear on their waist and Huǒxù is never without his. Despite the loneliness the jingle reminds him of, he can't bear to part with it. There isn't anything particularly fancy about what he wears and he tends not to stray from his usual fashion. Which is comfortable enough for him to lounge about in as well as mobile enough for him to fight in with no issues. He tends to carry a knife around, but it's never exclusively for combat. Being a survivalist he'll use it for other things like skinning animals or tending to a fire.

Weapon: Jīn Huǒxù excels in hand-to-hand combat. Without having to rely on carrying a weapon around, he's always ready to jump into the fray. At most, he'll carry a knife. Which he uses more as a tool than a weapon.

Magic: While there is no magic that the Jīn can conjure up on their own, the golden bells they carry allow them to call on the spirits. Through the bell and prayer, the Jīn are able to inquire with the spirits for a short amount of time. This is the skill is especially useful on the mountain when looking for a burial party to escort back down. Through the spirits, they are able to receive the relative location of whatever it is they are searching for. The location is hardly ever exact, but it helps to narrow down the placement of the person or thing. There is always the chance that the spirits won't answer though. On the mountain, they always receive an answer, but spirits in other places may be wary or even too hostile to communicate with.

Fighting Style: 青铜狮步 Qīngtóng shī bù - Bronze Lion Step. A style cultivated by the Jīn when they were first assigned to watch over the mountain generations ago. It focuses more on subduing the opponent but certainly has the potential to kill. It uses a lot of moves such as grapples and stun techniques. It isn't the prettiest style and involves getting in the dirt sometimes, but overall it's a mostly defensive style. It was created specifically for bodyguards and escorts during a time when thieves and robbers were especially active on Tiāntáng tī. One of the many philosophies of the style is to have compassion and empathy for the opponent, the same ideals that Jīn practice on the daily whether fighting or not. While taking a life is a big deal to the Jīn, they are capable of doing it through this style.

Martial Arts: Dog Claw Latch: A restrictive technique used to keep an opponent at bay when their cooperation is needed or merely no longer a threat to anyone else. The technique consists of manipulating the opponents’ joints in the shoulders, elbows, and/or wrists until they reach their maximum degree of motion through twisting and bending. The pain caused by the grapple leaves the opponent at the mercy of the martial artist. This move is incapable of causing casualties, but going past the degree of motion allowed by the joint will cause injury.

Three Bulls Push: A technique used to create space between the enemy and the martial artist or someone else. This technique is useful when needing to create a quick escape and secure a path out of harm's way. It’s a strong, forceful pushing strike using the palm of the hand. It’s said that the initial creator of this technique paved the mountain paths using this technique and boulders.

Wind Walking: A breathing technique that heightens the user's focus to increase their speed. It's said that this is the technique used by the Jīn to scale the sacred mountain so quickly.

Eight Rivers: This technique is most useful when cornered by multiple opponents or facing tougher enemies. The martial artist is able to match the enemy's pace and flow to strategically place counters and various other strikes. One of the harder techniques to master as the user must remain calm and focused in the midst of many opponents or someone proving to be quite the challenge.

Aeirial Lift: One of the few techniques that call on the assistance of the elements. This move allows the user to borrow the wind and take multiple steps within the air. While useful to gain height for other attacks or to reach high objects, it slows down one’s speed and leaves the user vulnerable to projectiles should they not be wary. Much like skipping stones, the more the skill is practiced, the more steps one can take. But, one too many steps can be the martial artist’s downfall.

Guardian Spirit: A large, bronze-colored lion dog by the name of Zhōng. Frightening at first, but a loyal spirit with a strong drive to guard and protect. Throughout the Jīn clan, it is a common guardian spirit. Zhōng is identical to Jīn Jìngxī's guardian spirit.
 
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Jabu

Pls help I’m tired
That took so much longer than I expected lol but I had fun working on him! Hope you like him!
 

Nightliss

Black cat in a world of colors
Guys my CS is taking a bit longer because I have a project to finish (something at home) so I'm working on my character whenever I'm on a break, but since I wanna finish the project ASAP I don't take a lot of breaks xD but I will try to post my CS soon!
 

Ruby Owl

Resident Amedot shipper
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Name: Kokoro (こころ)
Nickname: Ko
Alias: The Heart of the Wilds
Age: Appears late teens/early twenties, actual age: 102.
Gender: Female
Race: Kitsune (Fox Spirit)
Role: Trickster, Shrine Maiden, Mage
Birthplace: Born in a rice field in the southern settlement of Inari. It’s named after the fox spirit who ascended to divinity by Haepi. They’re well known for their shrines to the minor deity as well as their regional sake. After Ichirou took over the land, it is now occupied by the Yako.
Height: 5’1
Weight: 110 lbs
Hair Color: Orangish-brown
Eye Color: Golden

Skin: In human form, Ko has light skin. As a fox, she is covered in soft tawny fur.
Physique: Pear shaped.

Written Appearance: All kitsune are born as foxes. When they hit 100 years of age, they gain the ability to transform into a human. Over time, they can learn to mimic other people's appearances or even change between entirely unique ones. However, Ko only knows one form-- one that she feels represents her the best.

As a fox, Ko weighs about 10lbs and appears to be a normal fox-- albeit one with golden eyes. She keeps herself well groomed, looking more like a noble’s pet rather than a wild beast.

As a human, Ko appears as a young maiden with long hair. When she shifts this form, she also acquires clothing-- typically consisting of red, white, and gold. Her favorite outfit is to appear as a shrine maiden. Despite her unique hair and eyes, there is nothing else that would indicate she is a kitsune.

However, when she uses intense magic, is injured, gets drunk, or in any other way loses focus on keeping a human form-- her true ears and tail pop out. Though kitsune are known to have up to nine tails, Ko only has one.

Personality: Perhaps the best way to describe Ko is ‘chaotic good’. She hates following the rules of establishments and dislikes the civilized world. She is most at home when she is in the wild, but will not actively try to bring down society. Instead, she prefers to follow her heart and live life to the fullest.

This does not mean she is selfish, however. Ko treats everyone she meets as if they are a potential friend and is an ‘eternal optimist’ when it comes to first impressions. She will offer to help out and does her best to follow the righteous and moral path, as it follows the tenets of Inari. However, if someone is actively ‘evil’, she will take action against them.

Trickery is as innate to a fox as eating abuurage or drinking sake, yet the way they choose to use it is what truly defines them. Kokoro can be sly and cunning when the time is right... but as she is just a young kitsune, she isn’t always successful. These plots are always aimed at the malicious and cruel.

Background: Kanoko gave birth to her litter prematurely during a thunderous spring storm. Only one of her kits would survive the night. Kokoro grew up in the gentle summer that followed. Always protected by her mother, she adored the countryside she called home. It was never easy to survive, but the challenge made life sweeter. Ko and her mother lived for many years in relative peace, until one fateful night...

Kanoko woke her daughter in the middle of darkness and ushered her to flee. As they ran, Konoko could feel the presence of something dark, choking the air with its vileness. And then, it struck-- a black fox with white glowing eyes snapped her mother’s neck with its maw before turning its gaze to the kit. She ran and ran until her legs gave out, the last thing she saw being a warming white light.

When she regained conciousness, Kokoro was at a peculiar shrine. A large stone statue of a fox with a crystal in its maw stood before her, surrounded by offerings of food and coin. She eagerly began to eat a piece of abura-age when a looming figure appeared before her. It was an elderly man with dark red hair tied back. He peered at her with a gentle, warming gaze as he spoke to her in the language of foxes. His name was Koan, he explained as fox ears and a tail sprouted. He explained to her the truth of her kind--- that those who survived long enough would gain divine power. Some continued on their lives as before, tricking humans to serve their own interest-- these were known as wild Kitsune. Others, like the pure black fox, were tainted by Donshoku-- the Yako. Lastly, there were those who served underneath Inari, the first fox to acquire nine tails and be raised to divinity by Haepi-- the Zenko.

Immediately, Ko knew what she would do. She begged and pleaded with Kouki to let her stay at the shrine and learn the ways of Inari, to become a Divine Fox. He laughed, shifting his form into that of an eight-tailed fox. “Of course.” He said, as if it was foolish for her to even ask.

So for the next hundred years, the little fox trained underneath her mentor’s watchful eye. She learned how to manifest their innate spiritual energy in a multitude of ways. She crafted illusions, manipulating fire, and eventually unlocked the secret to harnessing her raw qi into foxfire. Her final lesson was to use her knowledge of illusions and spirit to change her form. When Ko shifted into a human, Koan beamed bright. Quite literally, as a divine white glow surrounded his body as a final tail was added to his menagerie.

“Little one, you have done well.” He remarked, his voice echoing. “But now it is time for you to embark on your own journey. Good luck.” Before she could reply, he faded away. With her mentor’s whereabouts unknown, the maiden attended to the shrine for the next few months, uncertain what to do... until the forces of Donshoku-sha took over the land.

The foxes of the settlement had their hearts blackened by Oni, turning hundreds of wild kitsune into Yako. She was backed into a corner, the shrine the last place to fall. Though she tried valiantly to defend it, she was outnumbered-- only her faith to Inari and Haepi keeping her soul safe. Now, she’s made her way to the capital, seeking a way to restore peace to the wilds she calls home.

Gear: Kokoro’s shapeshifting powers allows her to dress in any sort of garb she is familiar with. However, it is as protective as fur. She does not own any armor or other items as it would be a burden to carry around as a fox.

Weapon: Kokoro, as a kitsune, can manifest a hoshi-no-tama. A ‘star ball’ is a manifestation of a Kitsune’s spiritual energy. It is a crystalline orb that can be manipulated in size (from the size of a softball to a pearl) and can be manifested at will--- but Ko must be holding it to dematerialize it. Though some rumors claim it contains a kitsune’s soul, it does not-- instead, it must be manifested and near her in order to cast most of her spells.

Additionally, Kokoro knows how to hunt as a fox. Though this helps little in her human form, she is a capable fighter when it comes to catching prey.

Magic: Shapeshift: Kokoro is capable of changing her shape in the blink of an eye. A puff of smoke surrounds her or the affected area. It is not an illusion, but those who can detect spiritual energy will be able to tell hers is not human. She is only capable of changing between one human form, one half-human form, and one fox form. It does not require the presence of her hoshi-no-tama.

Illusioncraft: Ko can use her innate spiritual energy to make illusions. She can make a minor illusion, such as making a small object different to all five senses, or make a large illusion that involves one. For example, she can make a pile of rocks look like shiny gold coins. However, illusions don’t last forever-- and the longer she maintains it, the higher the cost to her energy. A large illusion requires her hoshi-no-tama.

Pyromancy: A self explanatory magic. Kokoro is capable of manipulating fire, with all of the standard benefits and drawbacks. Small displays, such as lighting a candle, do not require her hoshi-no-tama, but most offensive uses do.

Spirit fire: Instead of using oxygen as a fuel for fire, Ko can use her own spiritual energy to manifest foxfire. These white flames often resembles will o’ wisps, appearing as small orbs used as projectiles. It cannot harm Kokoro, but when touched by others it feels like a cold burn. Casting it requires the presence of her hoshi-no-tama.

Hoshi-no-tama: As explained in her weapon section, Kitsune possess the ability to manifest an arcane focus known as a star ball. As well as being used to channel magic, she can also use it to detect the presence of other magic users. However, she cannot tell the specific type.

Fighting Style: “The Path of the Fox” also known as Kitsune no michi キツネの道 is a method centered around creating distance with your opponent and tricking them with feints. Commonly adopted by shinobi who prefer ranged tactics, it originates with its namesake-- the fox.

Martial Arts:

Spirit Bite: This martial move can only be done in her fox form. Kokoro can bite an opponent with her foxfire manifesting in her mouth, weakening the area afflicted. It does not require the presence of her hoshi-no-tama, but is much stronger with it.

Foxfire Knockback: Kokoro’s hands are charged with spiritual energy before she pushes the opponent backwards. The force is enough to push back smaller units or one large unit. It will feel like a warm gust of air, as if opening up the door to a furnace. Requires her hoshi-no-tama to be manifested.

Leap of Faith: As the name suggests, this is a jump forwards or upwards. It leaves behind a trail of foxfire and requires her hoshi-no-tama.

Fun Facts about Kitsune in Huayuan:

  • Inari was chosen by Haepi to be the patron of fertility, farming, and merchants. Gender neutral, they will manifest as either a young maiden, an old man, or an androgynous figure. White kitsune are their chosen, acting as their messengers.
  • The preferred weapons of human form Kitsune are tama (sickles), kodachi or tanto (short, dagger-like swords), and whips. Weapons specialized for kitsune users often have a slot to store their hoshi-no-tama.
  • A Kitsune’s power is related to how many tails they have. They automatically earns another tail for every hundred years they live after 100. (200 means 2 tails, etc.) When a Kitsune reaches 900 years old, they gain their final tail.
  • Inari can personally give Kitsunes another tail if they are following his path. A nine-tailed fox is the only kind that can be turned white and achieve minor divinity.
  • Yako are Kitsune who have been corrupted by the Black God. They are considered Yokai.
  • A Kitsune’s first act of magic is to manifest a hoshi-no-tama. All Kitsune, whether they be wild, divine, or blackened, must manifest a hoshi-no-tama in order to cast most of their magic.
  • All Kitsune love abura-age (fried tofu skin) and adzuki beans.

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Ruby Owl

Resident Amedot shipper
Hello! My CS is awaiting moderator approval for some reason, but it is complete! I am not sure when it will show up.
 

The Black Knight

Senior Member
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Name: 金火旭 Jīn Huǒxù
Nickname: N/A
Alias: Traitor of Tiāntáng Tī (Paradise Ladder), The Wandering Guard
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Race: Human
Role: Guardian/Escort
Birthplace: The base of the mountain Tiāntáng Tī.
Height: 5'11
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Skin: A fair skin tone without any non-human traits
Physique: Lean and athletic

Written Appearance: Huǒxù doesn't spend too much time talking about his looks, he'd only get carried away doing so. The young man sports ahead of long raven hair that falls down to his waist. Black eyes with a harmless, mischevious twinkle to match his dark hair. Standing at 5'11, he's accepted that he most likely won't be the tallest man in the room, though he may walk on his toes in an attempt to look a bit taller. The young man often walks with a bounce in his step, the bell on his waist making soft jingles with each bounce. He's fair-skinned with dark brows and lashes. On each ear, he wears a single obsidian earring. He has an overall kind and friendly demeanor, but it can change in an instant if he deems you a threat to what he's guarding.

Personality: On the surface, Huǒxù is rather simple. He's lively and energetic, while also proud and impulsive. But, his heart is always in the right place. Despite his impulsiveness, he's incredibly resourceful as well as dependable when it comes to carrying out a task he's been assigned and just in general seeing as the Jīn were raised to be survivalists. He takes his work seriously but also enjoys to take time to simply enjoy himself. Even if that means causing a bit of (usually) harmless trouble. Huǒxù loves fresh citrus fruits and a good tree to hang out in. They remind him of home, despite how many issues home as caused for him. He doesn't enjoy the cold and takes extra care to dress appropriately for the weather. While sociable, he isn't one for unwarranted physical contact and will make that known should need be.

When working in groups or with a partner, Huǒxù does very well. He works just fine by himself but seems to enjoy teamwork. Maybe it reminds him of working with his brother. Or maybe he just likes being able to show off his martial arts. When engaged in battle, Huǒxù is a close-combat fighter. The closer he is to his opponent, the more deadly his attacks. Though Huǒxù has a somewhat strong personality, he knows his place on the team and won't stray from that position. He can lead, but he excels in a support position rather than leadership.

Huǒxù, while delighting in the attention of others has issues letting others get too close in friendly, nonwork-related relationships. Due to a misunderstanding in his past that he still has yet to completely understand, he keeps himself at an arm's length. Huǒxù has no issues being friendly, but he has no intention of spilling his thoughts and feelings to anyone. He feels those feelings are his to bear alone.

Background: At the base of Tiāntáng tī, the tallest mountain in Huayuan, the Jīn clan guards the mountain. Tiāntáng tī, literally called Paradise Ladder, is considered one of the most sacred places within Huayuan. The Jīn were said to have been chosen by the divine themselves to look after the sacred land many generations ago. Tiāntáng tī is easily the largest burial site in Huayuan. When coming to bury the deceased, the Jīn offer no help as it is the final journey the friends and relatives of the deceased are taking with them. The further up the mountain they travel, the shorter the journey for the dead when it's time to leave their bodies to seek paradise. Out of respect, the Jīn only guide the friends and family back down the mountain. Not only do the Jīn guide people down the mountain, but they maintain the area as well. Whether it's offering prayers or clearing weeds, the deceased must be shown the utmost respect and care. Not everyone feels that way though. Tiāntáng tī is the resting place of many important and rich historic figures, which makes the mountain prone to grave robbers and thieves. The most important job of the Jīn is to ensure that the deceased can rest easy and undisturbed. Tiāntáng tī, with so many bodies buried on its land it is also very fertile. The Jīn use many of the resources on the mountain whether it be the wild fruit or medicinal herbs. The Jīn are known for their survival skills as traversing the mountain can sometimes take days depending on the destination.

Jīn Huǒxù and his twin Jīn Jìngxī were brought into the world and immediately embraced by those around them. Born to the clan's leader, his first and only sons would be next to watch over the mountain. The twins would grow to understand the importance of their jobs as well as having compassion and empathy. Cultivated into well-rounded guardians as those before them they would become a force to be reckoned with. On the south and east sides of the mountain are two Jīn settlements. The north and west sides are steep and hard to traverse, though there are some that will attempt to enter from those sides.

Tiāntáng tī, with so many bodies buried on its land it is also very fertile. The Jīn use many of the resources on the mountain whether it be the wild fruit or medicinal herbs. Whatever isn't on the mountain they travel to nearby villages and towns to get. The Jīn are known for their survival skills as traversing the mountain can take days depending on the destination.

Even at the base of what was considered to be one of the most sacred places in Huayuan they were not safe from the evil unleashed by the demonic emperor. On Tiāntáng tī, there are many actions considered unfathomable by a Jīn warrior. Some of the worst being defacing graves and digging up the deceased. Jīn Huǒxù had the image burned into his mind of what he saw the day he was accused of dishonoring Tiāntáng tī. Strung from the trees like party decorations were the decaying bodies of many resting on Tiāntáng tī. Severed body parts were strewn across the grounds. The air was suffocating, the spirits were angry. Jīn Huǒxù had been the first to stumble across the scene and by his corrupt his brethren he was accused of causing the scene. He could see the corruption in their eyes and hear it in their voices as the chorus rang out, "Jīn Huǒxù! Traitor of Tiāntáng Tī!"

With little choice and a heavy heart, the leader of the clan banished his son. Without proof of someone else causing the incident, Jīn Huǒxù was forced to leave his homeland. Though, not everyone had turned their back on him. Jīn Jìngxī, knowing his brother wouldn't have caused such a horrific scene, promised to prove the innocence of his sibling and eventually bring him home. While Jīn Jìngxī's faith meant the world, it didn't mend his brother's heart completely. Since leaving, Huǒxù can only imagine that things have gotten worse.

After spending some time wandering from place to place and cursing his very existence after his banishment, Jīn Huǒxù was able to find work as an escort for hire. He'd been trained to guard, so the job felt like the right fit. Though it wasn't the same, it kept him fed and busy. His charm and skill helped him become a rather popular choice for those looking to travel in such dangerous times. He does the work more for himself as it gives him a sense of purpose, though it's usually short-lived.

Gear: Huǒxù isn't one for heavy armor or excessive layers. He wears just enough to keep from getting cold and doesn't mind getting a bit warm. He wears black and/or white like all of the other Jīn members do. Every Jīn member is given a gold bell to wear on their waist and Huǒxù is never without his. Despite the loneliness the jingle reminds him of, he can't bear to part with it. There isn't anything particularly fancy about what he wears and he tends not to stray from his usual fashion. Which is comfortable enough for him to lounge about in as well as mobile enough for him to fight in with no issues. He tends to carry a knife around, but it's never exclusively for combat. Being a survivalist he'll use it for other things like skinning animals or tending to a fire.

Weapon: Jīn Huǒxù excels in hand-to-hand combat. Without having to rely on carrying a weapon around, he's always ready to jump into the fray. At most, he'll carry a knife. Which he uses more as a tool than a weapon.

Magic: While there is no magic that the Jīn can conjure up on their own, the golden bells they carry allow them to call on the spirits. Through the bell and prayer, the Jīn are able to inquire with the spirits for a short amount of time. This is the skill is especially useful on the mountain when looking for a burial party to escort back down. Through the spirits, they are able to receive the relative location of whatever it is they are searching for. The location is hardly ever exact, but it helps to narrow down the placement of the person or thing. There is always the chance that the spirits won't answer though. On the mountain, they always receive an answer, but spirits in other places may be wary or even too hostile to communicate with.

Fighting Style: 青铜狮步 Qīngtóng shī bù - Bronze Lion Step. A style cultivated by the Jīn when they were first assigned to watch over the mountain generations ago. It focuses more on subduing the opponent but certainly has the potential to kill. It uses a lot of moves such as grapples and stun techniques. It isn't the prettiest style and involves getting in the dirt sometimes, but overall it's a mostly defensive style. It was created specifically for bodyguards and escorts during a time when thieves and robbers were especially active on Tiāntáng tī. One of the many philosophies of the style is to have compassion and empathy for the opponent, the same ideals that Jīn practice on the daily whether fighting or not. While taking a life is a big deal to the Jīn, they are capable of doing it through this style.

Martial Arts: Dog Claw Latch: A restrictive technique used to keep an opponent at bay when their cooperation is needed or merely no longer a threat to anyone else.

Three Bulls Push: A technique used to create space between the enemy and the martial artist or someone else. This technique is useful when needing to create a quick escape and secure a path out of harm's way.

Wind Walking: A breathing technique that heightens the user's focus to increase their speed. It's said that this is the technique used by the Jīn to scale the sacred mountain so quickly.

Eight Rivers: This technique is most useful when cornered by multiple opponents or facing tougher enemies. The martial artist is able to match the enemy's pace and flow to strategically place counters and various other strikes. One of the harder techniques to master as the user must remain calm and focused in the midst of many opponents or someone proving to be quite the challenge.

Guardian Spirit: A large, bronze-colored lion dog by the name of Zhōng. Frightening at first, but a loyal spirit with a strong drive to guard and protect. Throughout the Jīn clan, it is a common guardian spirit. Zhōng is identical to Jīn Jìngxī's guardian spirit.
You're allowed five techniques. You need to describe these ones:

Dog Claw Latch: A restrictive technique used to keep an opponent at bay when their cooperation is needed or merely no longer a threat to anyone else.

Three Bulls Push: A technique used to create space between the enemy and the martial artist or someone else. This technique is useful when needing to create a quick escape and secure a path out of harm's way.

You're saying it is a restrictive technique. How so? What is exactly happening. You need to do that for the second technique too. Besides that, he seems good and will be approved pending your corrections.
 

The Black Knight

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@Ruby Owl I only found one not really an issue but a criticism with the CS. You have her wield a kusarigama and none of her techniques involve it. It seems like a pointless weapon. If she wants to carry around a ball for her hoshi no tama like Akari, then she can do that but if you have her wield a kusarigama, I would imagine there would be some techniques using it.
 

The Black Knight

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As for anyone else viewing this, I'm not accepting anymore people. The people who have already expressed interest are good until they send me a CS. If they never do, then it's not a problem.
 

StormWolf

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@The Black Knight
Forgive me for playing devil's advocate if it is out of bounds;
I read @Jabu 's martial arts in question as:
Dog Claw Latch being a manipular grapple, not unlike the grabs and grapples of Eagle Claw style Kung Fu.
Three Bull's Push as a grounded pushing strike. There's loads in various disciplines.

@Ruby Owl 's Fighting style is realtively on point for chain-whip use. I can only assume there's some overlap with techniques. Perhaps Foxfire Knockback and certain spells could be channeled through the weighted end of the chain as well?
 
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Jabu

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@StormWolf totally hit the nail on the head as to what I was going for! I’m going to make my descriptions a bit more explanatory as I do see how they are a bit vague.

I’ll get that done ASAP! I’ll be a bit busy since I just got a tattoo and now I’m bringing a puppy home. Today has been crazy. 😅
 

The Black Knight

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@StormWolf The fact that you are trying to interpret what they mean is the problem. Their descriptions need to clearly say what the techniques do. This is not a point-and-click game.
 

The Black Knight

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Sorry for the delay. I had to deal with some last minute CSes in PMs. I am also going to be staying awake on black tea to cure some insomnia I've been experiencing. I will be getting posts up gradually. I'm just pacing myself due to my lack of sleep.
 

The Black Knight

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Hey all. Just to keep you involved. I made some threads, but I haven't announced that I had because I'm working on the IC and I wanted to present all three links in a neat package. So you'll get all three soon if you don't find them first.
 

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