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Sylvia Plath

Lady Lazarus | A brutal woman.

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a character in “Bungou Stray Dogs / Days of the Cats”, as played by bethelit

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twenty-six / f / slender / 152cm / 59kg / united states / #794d5a
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I am I am I am

The daughter of a high-ranking Ability User and an illustrious apiologist, Sylvia Plath is a woman of knives, scissors, and sharp sentences. Complex and insightful, she’s a brilliant conversationalist, and a challenging companion. While the patriarchal tilt of society leans heavily on subservience, Plath refuses to bow to others no matter the social situation. In both personal and social matters, she's assertive, and depending on circumstance, can be incredibly dynamic or charming and amiable. She’s been described as profound and articulate, but never gentle. Her sophisticated, coiled appearance contains a violent inner self.

For all her outward charisma, Sylvia carries a ruthless disposition heightened by manic depression. Her father, Otto Plath, defined success as “power” and “control.” As a young girl, she discovered her talent for writing, and learned that a word after a word after a word is power. From that point forwards--her father monitored her success, and propelled her writing career. His authoritarian attitude shaped young Sylvia’s identity, and his early death greatly affected her poetry, her relationships, and her Ability’s formation. While her mother’s Ability manifested in the form of Pride Empowerment, Sylvia’s manifested in the form of Pain/Suffering Empowerment. Since youth, she wanted to kill herself, to escape from responsibility, and to crawl back abjectly into the womb. For awhile, she explored her anguish through her Ability and her poetry, and joining the only Guild provided more opportunities for self-sabotage.

Originally, Sylvia joined the Guild for its culture, social mobility, and her genuine adoration of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. Before meeting Fitzgerald, Sylvia's life was, in her own words, "Pain, parties, and work." She took hot baths, had her hair done, and rediscovered Vodka every night. Young, beautiful, and on the cusp of a budding career, she was supposed to be having the time of her life. They met during a party, when she was attempting suicide in his bathroom. He stopped her, gently held her, and let her cry. "You will always feel dazed and confused," he had said. "That's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."

Young, intense, and impressionable--Sylvia was drawn to him like a moth to a flame. In Fitzgerald, she found a paternal figure; he saw the best in her with jewel-cut precision, but never taught her how to live.

Sylvia never learned that life is to be lived--not controlled. She is immature at the art of living, and falls victim to self-flagellation and overthinking. Years of emotional neglect in her childhood created dependence and a thirst for pampering. She desires independence and self-respect, but her compulsion to work is driven for a greater desire for external approval. For these reasons, Sylvia works hard to create (and maintain) perfect relationships and becomes disillusioned when her expectations fall short. She harbors few intimate connections, although said relationships tend to only have the appearance of sincerity. Most of these relationships are complicated and almost always short-lived.

As a troubled Ability User, Sylvia does not do well in groups. She was once the Guild’s muscle, but her impulsiveness coupled with her parasitism made her too much of a liability. Fitzgerald’s abandonment of her was, for awhile, completely debilitating. In order to cope with her own condition, Sylvia developed several defense mechanisms. Joining IQ84 was one of them, dating Sir Thomas Malory was another. The two were introduced to each other by Haruki Murakami, who was then trying to convince Plath, an influential American AU, to join his cause. Chivalric and fatherly, Malory was an easy choice for Plath. Her ostensible infatuation with Malory is belied by an unfulfilled desire for a paternal figure. His attraction towards her, however, began with fascination rather than love. There was something mesmerizing about a woman willing to do everything to embrace her fears. However her fearlessness was tempered by the emotional chain mail she donned in order to survive her own brutality. For all their mutual love, an unequal understanding of gender roles strains their relationship.

To IQ84, Sylvia Plath is Sir Thomas Malory's "Morrigan," a ruthless executioner and ticking time bomb. Labeled “neurotic” and “unstable,” she is a reserve operative, only to be used in dire situations. Her impulsive streak and emotional instability have given higher-ups reasons to retire her. Nonetheless, Malory has fought for her inclusion while Hinton has fought for her stability. However, Plath’s lack of self-preservation complicates their efforts. While some authors are confessional writers, Sylvia is a confessional fighter. She uses her Ability to explore the breadth and depth of her pain. Destroy, survive, and conquer--this is the way of Sylvia Plath.

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I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain.

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Ability

Lady Lazarus (ラザラス婦人, Razarasu fujin) allows Plath to feed off the pain of others and her own pain in order to become more powerful. Plath becomes stronger, faster, and more durable from suffering of herself and others. Eventually, she surpasses her own pain tolerance and becomes impervious to all attacks. Empowerment levels are directly proportional to suffering levels that Plath feeds from. However, she can't become the embodiment of pain if her enemy's pain means nothing to them.


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CRACKED BELL JARS, FIRM HANDS OVER TREMBLING ONES, A GENTLE TOUCH BEFORE THE KILLING BLOW, STACCATO HEARTBEATS, A WINE-STAINED SMILE.

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So begins...

Sylvia Plath's Story