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Yui-chan

Yui-Chan (The Character)

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~Brief Description~

 

Temae Yui is an Ascendant Mage who has gained the ability to portal from place to place via another realm, called the Shadow Plane. She is immortal and lost track of her age a long time ago, but has probably lived well over 10,000 years. Yui was born human and still appears to be so, a petite woman with long golden-blonde hair and greyish-green eyes. Ever the practical person, she can most often be found wearing fitted trousers, a vest-like garment over a long-sleeved shirt, and an ebon cloak.

 

Yui-chan is well known as a dedicated and responsible individual, taking care of anything and everything she can. She runs a fiefdom in the Pen lands, has a position within the Pen as an Elder, and finds motivation in keeping both her lands and the Pen running smoothly. She is a good person to have on one's side, and perhaps equally as bad to have as an enemy. This mysterious woman has achieved master-level in archery and can send herself or someone else through any shadow not belonging to the person doing the travelling. Yui possesses a bag of enchanted jade arrowheads inside her cloak, her bow, and an unadorned Katana.

 

Disclaimer: This description was written by Katz as part of her quill-quest. Thank you, Katzaniel! :)

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~Personality~

 

Yui-chan and Aegon, her 'partner', hold a position equivalent to medieval nobles in the world's social structure, running a small fiefdom on the borders of the Pen lands. Her efforts there and within the Pen, where she serves as an Elder, have given her a reputation as a dedicated and responsible individual, which she values and appreciates. As a consequence, she spends most of her time taking care of anything and everything she can to keep both her lands and the Pen running smoothly.

 

On average, Yui is a relatively quiet, stern figure who's often waiting with a teasing joke hidden just behind a frown. She finds it amusing to be mysterious, tending to deflect questions about her past and her person for no better reason than to make the asker even more curious. Of course, since she has lived for a very, very long time, she also may have more than her share of secrets. With so much history behind her, she tries very hard to live in the present, finding motivation and means of distraction within the Pen and its people.

 

Though few know all the details of her birth and youth, it is common knowledge that she comes from a culture that is similar in many ways with what we know as Japanese culture; the "chan" suffix that so many of her friends add to her name indicates friendship and familiarity with a female of her nation.

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~Physical Appearance~

 

Yui is a female human and pretty typical for the species. Fair and small, she stands only 5'3" tall, her petite form giving most the mistaken impression that she is a weak, timid woman. That lie is told out by the stubborn set to her jaw and the gleam of defiance in her greyish-green eyes. Though some have labeled her beautiful, she would tell you that her only appealing feature is her long, golden hair.

 

Naturally, the magess wears a variety of clothes and styles depending on the occassion, but she can most often be found in either an ankle-length fitted dress or a more practical everyday outfit that is some combination of fitted trousers, a rather comfy-floppy long-sleeve shirt, and a long vest or jacket-like garment. Whatever the fashion du jour, she is never far from her full-length ebon cloak. In fact, she's been known to be extremely protective of the seemingly-commonplace accessory...

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~History~

 

Temae Yui was an Archmage until a few years ago (Pen time), when she joined the throngs of people that fled from her home world, Terra. At the time, they believed that Terra was in the throes of death, the strange Reincarnation cycle that formed its basis having begun to degrade. Since then, the emigrants have found that Terra still exists... or has somehow been remade, but Yui has chosen her new life over her old, vowing to never go back. Thus, she has the magical knowledge of an Archmage but a severely limited power and mana base from which to use it; it's rare for her to use her magic for more than the most simplistic of tasks.

 

Although she was born (and still is, essentially) human, Yui is also an immortal, granted an extensive lifespan and the promise of eternal rebirth by the nature of her role on Terra. That is the legacy of all Archmagi and a part of the fabric of Terra's reality. Since coming to the Pen's world, she has wondered often whether she will now age and die, but the past few years have yet to answer that question for her.

 

Yui-chan has the nickname of 'Huntress', a moniker that originates from some forgotten moment in the past. One assumes that it was created due to the utility of her archery skills, but it has stuck because it suits her in a lot of little subtle ways.

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~Skills~

 

Yui is skillful in a few different areas: swordplay, archery, magecraft and penmanship. She is only a novice with a katana (though taught by the great Gyrfalcon himself), but is a deft hand with a dagger and a master archer. She also has the nebulous ability to do what she calls 'Shadowwalking', to instantly travel over small distances by stepping 'through' shadows. While she doesn't know much about the exact means and method of her ability, it equates to using shaded surfaces as portals to access the very edges of a polar-opposite plane that exists next to our own, called the Shadow Plane. (Cioden Darkeye knows much more about this phenomenon than Yui does.)

 

There are limits, of course. Temae Yui cannot shadowwalk if the shadows are not dark enough in contrast to the ambient lighting. A shadow cast in an adequately-lit indoor room is a viable portal, but as the lighting situation dims, the shadow becomes more and more difficult to use until it is too low-contrast. Though it might seem counterintuitive, this means that she is unable to shadowwalk in total darkness.

 

With a portal established, Yui can then step through it to skirt the boundary between the two planes and pop back out into the light side at a different shadow. She can't make a shadow except the same way as anyone else, that is by standing in light. Neither can she portal into her own shadow, or force someone else to portal through their own shadows, for the simple fact that the portal disappears as its source moves through to the Shadow Plane. The portal would be forced to snap shut on the poor person. She can, however, send other people and objects through her own shadow and control which shadow they come out from.

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~Items~

 

Yui often carries a bow slung over one shoulder when outside the Pen walls, but has no quiver. Instead, her amunition comes from a bag of enchanted jade arrowheads that she carries in an interior pocket of her cloak. These artifacts materialize wooden shafts when triggered, making them the more compact equivalent to a quiver full of arrows. On occassion, she has been seen with a katan strapped to her hip, its leather-wrapped hilt visible jutting out from an embossed sheath. A small, dull ivory dagger always hangs from her belt as well. Her other constant accessories are a pair of black pearl earrings that were a gift, an enchanted quill, the tattered book in which it writes, and her long, ebony cloak.

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