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Jade Kamigawa

#09 / Tomoe Gozen

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a character in “Heroes of the past”, as played by skeletalprince

Description

Jade Kamigawa + Tomoe Gozen

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Appearance

Race: Japanese-American
Gender: Cis-Female
Age: 15
Birthday: February 14th, 2010
How long ago did they start the experiment: She's very new to the experiment, only having been there for 1 month.
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Appearance: Jade is a rather lean girl, most of her muscle seen through toned areas. She's not dainty in her stature, but seems more delicate in some aspects like her hands, face, and general shape. Her eyes are a honeyed brown, as her hair is darker chestnut brown. She's beautiful in a sort of traditional sense, a sort of simple beauty and cute charm to her.

Character Concept

Jade is rather mild-mannered, self disciplined and prone to being critical. She's friendly to an extent, known for being reclusive and having her mind on other matters. When one manages to get to know her, she can actually be incredibly playful in a snarky sense. Jade has a rather dry sense of humor, and is a loyal friend. She's quick to action and is mature for a 15 year old. She's traditional, following a lot of her families traditions to heart and keeping a modest air about her. She's got a bit of a quick temper on her, though she rarely holds a grudge. Jade is incredibly anxious and fearful of the future, but acts despite her fears. Her hope is to prove herself useful in the fight and hopes to free the world from the evils that dwell.

Character History


Skills

Skill | Experience in subject | Time in subject |
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Swordsmanship | Novice | 2 weeks |
Mounted Combat | Novice | 1 week |
Archery | Novice | 2 weeks |

Possessions

Jade's hero item is the Gozen Armor. The armor is traditional looking samurai armor, but more ceremonial in appearance. The armor's colors are mostly gold and shades of red, with other colors thinly lining throughout. The armor prevents piercing and slashing damage from any blade, though will not be able to prevent blunt damage or any harm from non-blade weaponry. The armor is unable to break through weaponry, but can be broken. It is certainly pretty as well as a huge boost to any defensive stats. It fits specifically to the user and is, thankfully, not as clunky as the armor used to be back in the day!

Jade is also equipped with a bow, a ko-naginata, a nodachi, quiver full of arrows, and a small dagger. All weaponry is made with sturdier metals, as advancements in blacksmithing have been rapid since the rising of the demons. She has also made traditional, samurai inspired wear to go under her armor.
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Hero description

Tomoe Gozen (巴 御前, c. 1157 – 1247) was a late twelfth-century female samurai warrior (onna-bugeisha), known for her bravery and strength. She fought with Minamoto no Yoshinaka in the Genpei War and was a part of the conflict that led to the first bakufu government in Japan.

Her father Nakahara Kanetō was a strong supporter of Kiso Yoshinaka and her mother was Yoshinaka's wet nurse. She is best known for loyalty and courage at the Battle of Awazu in 1184.

According to one historical account,

“Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors.
— The Tale of the Heike ”

After defeating the Taira and driving them into the western provinces, Minamoto no Yoshinaka (Tomoe's master) took Kyoto and desired to be the leader of the Minamoto clan. His cousin, Yoritomo, was prompted to crush Yoshinaka, and sent his brother, Yoshitsune and Noriyori, to kill him. Yoshinaka fought Yoritomo's forces at the Battle of Awazu on February 21, 1184, where Tomoe Gozen purportedly took at least one head of the enemy. Although Yoshinaka's troops fought bravely, they were outnumbered and overwhelmed. When Yoshinaka was defeated there, with only a few of his soldiers standing, he told Tomoe Gozen to flee because he wanted to die with his foster brother, Imai no Shiro Kanehira, and he said that he would be ashamed if he died with a woman.

There are varied accounts of what followed. At the Battle of Awazu in 1184, she is known for beheading Honda no Moroshige of Musashi. She is also known for having killed Uchida Ieyoshi and for escaping capture by Hatakeyama Shigetada.

So begins...

Jade Kamigawa's Story

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------------ Tomoe ♥ Gozen ------------

Jade Kamigawa got up exactly at 5:00 am, habit and her spirit being the fault of that. She remembered that cleaning only took 10 minutes, while getting dressed simply took 2. With plenty of time left to spare, she would meditate. Sitting on the small mat they have given her, she sat steadily on her knees. Her mind cleared, the simple silence being a comfort to the girl. As Bruce Lee once said, she emptied her mind. It was comforting, the silence.

Soon enough it was 6:00 am, Jade rising from her seat and walking to the office, arriving just as the door was open. She sat on the doctor's cot, humming softly. "Good morning, Doctor."

"Good morning, Tomoe! Are you ready?" Jade, now Tomoe, nodded. She would sit still, taking a deep breath and relaxing as the needle slid in effortlessly. Blood was drawn as the female kept Tomoe occupied by talking with her. Tomoe half-heartedly listened, the doctor then excusing her to go to breakfast. Out of the room and down the hall, Tomoe made her way to breakfast. Sure the food was flavorless and mildly concerning to look at, but it was still food!

Sitting in her usual spot, she had collected her tray and dug in. Wukong, of course, took a bit of hers. She didn't mind, but she never forgave him for the prank of slipping ice down her shirt during training. Though this thought triggered something, Tomoe perking a bit. Since she had finished breakfast quickly, having a bad habit of wolfing things down, she could go to the library as she normally did. She sighed a bit, setting her fork down in thought. Maybe she ought to go be social for once.

Setting her mind to it, she stood and put away her dishes. Determined, she walked down towards the game hall. She thought it'd be simple enough, just walk in and say hello! After all, they must be nice people. They must be. She stopped just short of the entrance to the lounge, an anxiety settling in. What if they didn't like her, let alone want to get to know her? Tomoe gently gripped her arms, hugging herself. She wouldn't know until she tried. Stepping through the entrance, she quietly looked around. William and Sun Wukong were there, the two friends chatting as William threw darts. She shuffled timidly by, sitting near the large round table.

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Adrestia laid down in the dark, legs crossed and deadly red eyes focused at the ceiling. Her clasped fingers twitched against her pale, scarred stomach with every sound from outside her dark capsule. Her toes, their nails colored with permanent marker, curled impatiently. After what felt like an eternity, the sound of jingling keys penetrated her ears. The door opened, light flooding in and the shadow of a man being cast over her figure. She slowly uncrossed her legs and lulled her head towards him, lips widening into a thin, devious smile.

The girl didn't rush to get ready. Everything was done with purpose, the speed of familiarity in her actions. She shuffled into tight black asymmetrical pants, clipped the lock onto her belt, zipped her crop top up over her breasts and fastened her hat down over her pigtails in the span of a few minutes. She stared herself down in the mirror as she rolled a ball of pink bubblegum over her tongue and slowly crushed it between her molars. She blew a bubble, shut one eye in an unenthusiastic wink then strode out of the room.

She was led down the halls with a scientist, trudging behind him with a permanent glare. As they arrived at a doctor's office, the door opened and the bright-eyed new girl walked out of it. Adrestia slumped against the wall while the scientist went in to speak with the doctor, gazing after the girl. Tomoe Gozen, she was supposed to be. Seems that she would still have to wait for another dead god to rise from these scientist's hands. The scientist left and the doctor's head peaked out from the room. Her eyes brightened when she saw her.

"Right this way, dear," the female doctor beckoned her. Adrestia blew a small bubble and skipped into the room, jumping onto her seat (her expression never once changing from 'I'm so bored, kill me now'). "How was your social isolation, Adrestia?" The doctor asked as she prepared her needle, her friendly tone taking a stern turn. Adrestia closed her eyes as the needle pierced through her skin, letting out a satisfied sigh.

"Bliss," she uttered.

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Some time later, Adrestia stood in the dining room with her tray. She tried not to look at what was on the tray; she had once cooked rat better than this. Instead, she stared blankly over the tables and the company that inhabited them. Choosing where to sit during meal times had to be the hardest part of each day for her, embarrassingly so. She spotted a seat at the same table as "the three", the three first successfully revived heroes, and made her way over to it. She smacked her tray down, sitting a couple seats away from Hercules without giving him so much as a glance. He wasn't the hero she remembered watching from Mount Olympus, after all, just some... strange Roman impersonator. She rested her chin on her hand and chewed the last of the flavor out of her gum.

Wukong was pinching food ahead of her as always, for whatever reason. Why anyone would find anything worth stealing in it was a mystery to her. Whatever his reasons, she'd just found a lovely place to dispose of her gum. She lent over her meal on her elbows, tilting her head back and spitting it out. It moved in an arc towards the monkey king before being caught by the hood of his jacket.

Adrestia watched Wukong leave the dining room with her gum piece hitching a ride in his hood, biting harshly on her thumb. The reborn goddess smugly dipped down her hat and began picking at her food, oblivious to or just purposefully ignoring the righteous types that had just witnessed her anti-social behavior.