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Atara Orpheus

"So... Anyone else notice the shadow over there?"

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a character in “Tigers' Stripes”, as played by Mineczka

Description

Name: Atara Orpheus

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Spirit/Element:
Black Tiger / Darkness and Shadow

Age:
21

Gender:
Male

Appearance:
Atara usually dresses rather formal-ish. A nice shirt, tie, and so on. Though often he rolls up his sleeves to allow for his arms to be present. With an athletic build, it's most often that his arms have an okay muscle tone. Though he usually wears his hair how it goes, not caring if he comes by with a bed head. Though often you never see him without his dog, Itsuki. (Itsuki is a Akita Inu, very well trained as a note)

Height:
~180 cm

Likes:
+ Most sports
+ Swordplay
+ Drawing
+ Rain
+ Dogs
"I have one of my own!"
+ Looking at the stars

Dislikes:
- Spiders
"Nature's nightmare"
- Ignorance
- Bright light
- Lies
- Bell peppers
"I don't like the texture"

Fears:
// Losing his friends or dog
// Hurting those he cares about
// Overwhelming combat
// Photophobia
(He's adverse to light. It's often a dull pain)

Family:
Atara has only one sibling.

Father: Uleno Orpheus (MISSING)
"He left after my younger sister. I'll never forgive him"

Mother: Yuuki Orpheus. (DECEASED)
"Died when I was 16...."

Younger sister: Aria Orpheus
"She looks like Mum. She's grown so much in five years"

Puppy: Itsuki
"He feels like my true brother. I found him on the street, took him in. And he protects me and Aria."

History:
Growing up in a middle class family, Atara learned quickly how to in a sense fend for himself. That's not to say he was on the streets, scowering for food, but rather, he had to earn money in order to get what he wanted or liked. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked Yet changes occurred, when he was six, his sister came along, and with his mother often working multiple jobs after his father left, Atara no longer had to care for himself, but his infant sister. He was fine with it, and as the years went by, life seemed normal. That is, until fate threw a wrench into that normality. When Atara was sixteen, and his sister all but ten, they got a visit from his neighbour, whom was a police officer, that his mum was dead. This shook the home, and soon, Atara took up a job after school, he'd come home late, but knew he'd be able to support the two. After some time, he thought the normality returned... Or did it?

So begins...

Atara Orpheus's Story

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-Rose-


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"Jace!" Rose's shout was lost under the sounds of music, clapping, and multitudes of voices as she watched her younger brother disappear into the crowd ahead of her. Someone bumped into her as she hurried after him, causing her to stumble a bit as she heard a quick apology without seeing a face. Barely able to catch herself in this getup, she let a frustrated sigh escape her lips. The butterfly patterned Yukata she wore was pretty, but it was so difficult to move around in that she didn't think it was worth donning, even if this was the Obon festival. She didn't get why they had to always participate in these kinds of things anyways when she was only half-Japanese and had lived in America for most of her life. Sure, Bon was something about honoring the spirits of the dead, which was all cool and good, but still. At least it was the last night of the festival.

Once she's regained her balance, Rose made her way through the crowd to try and catch up with him. Really, she was having to maneuver her way around since most people were participating in the Bon Odori ((Bon Dance)). That only made it harder to find Jace, which made her anxious and frustrated despite how beautiful a night it was. The night air was just cool enough to be pleasant, and the sky was clear enough to count the stars. Smiles and sounds of celebration were everywhere. At the moment, Rose found this all to be suffocating and annoying.

She stopped when the crowd thinned a bit to look about a tad frantically in a circle. It was hopeless, though. She'd completely lost sight of him. Taking a deep breath, Rose stilled herself and closed her eyes to focus. The sounds around her became sharper and more clear as she tried to sift through everything she was hearing in her mind. There were so many voices; too many to-

"Rose?"

Her eyes snapped open as Jace's voice hit her ears. She rab in the direction it's come from, and soon, a head of brown hair she recognized all too well came into view. When she was close enough she placed a hand on his shoulder. "Jace! I told you not to run ahead." She paused to catch her breath as her younger brother looked at her with a guilty smile, "Sorry?"

She tried to give him a stern, scolding expression, but failed. She couldn't help but give a relieved smile at him being safe, and the air around her seemed much less suffocating than before. A sigh and laugh her brother knew all too well escaped her. He rolled his eyes at what he knew as her relief response to her overprotective worrying. He didn't comment on it, but rather grabbed her sleeve to pull her along behind him. "Stop being so slow. It's almost time to light the lanterns!"

The lanterns were Jace's favorite part of the Obon festival, and the were something Rose actually found to be interesting and quite beautiful. She gave a pleasant smile. Maybe a festival wasn't that bad after all. With a renewed vigor, Rose gladly let Jace lead her towards the river where their parents would be waiting for them. The crowd was starting to migrate that way as well. At the sight of their mother and father waiting near the bank, Jace waved and sped up while Rose's smile disappeared into a neutral expression. In a similar manner, her mother's expression turned cold and hard when her eyes found them.Their father gave a small wave in return to Jace's and handed them each a lantern once they'd stopped beside them. Because they planned to release the lanterns into the middle of the river, their mother was ushering them onto one of the small boats there. When Rose was about to step in, however, something stopped her.

Her mom gave her an irritated sigh and a glare that told her to hurry up, but Rose didn't notice. In that moment she felt something pulling at her, like a soft whisper coaxing her to come closer to hear its words. As if in a trance, she turned away from her family and the boat with lantern in hand to moved farther down the river. After a while, the whispering pull ceased, causing her to blink as she came to a stop. Looking around, she found that the crowd was far thinner here with only a few people lingering around. Reflected on the water's surface in front of her was the full moon, and the way the moonlight danced on the river's surface was enchanting. It was beautiful. A strange, warm peace came over her, and a gentle smile made its way to her lips as she knelt down next to the water. She softly placed her lantern out onto it, and as soon as her hands let it go, a white flame seemed to dance behind her eyes, causing a gasp to pass through her lips. The flashing white flame was gone almost as quickly as it had come, leaving her confused as she felt a strange energy around her.

"...What was that?"

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Jacki looked out at the crowd from his bedroom. He had been there for a few years and still didn't see the entire point to this celebration. His mother still celebrated it back when they lived in America. Father never got into it. His younger siblings were all about it. To them it was like christmas. He looked over at his rock and began to mold it like he always does.

His father was down below selling pots that he had made. Jacki sat his rock blob down and watched it harden. "Honey your father needs help. I have to make dinner so your dad needs someone to translate." His mother called. Jacki rolled his eyes as he walked down the steps

"Whatever you say mom. But why me." He says reaching the bottom of the steps. "Because you are the oldest that still lives here." This comment made him roll his eyes again. "Ok fine. I will go help him"

Outside his dad had a staggering 2 customers. By the time Jacki sat down dad had already gave them what they want. "Mom thinks you need help." "I don't see why its not like its hard to understand that when someone points at something they want it." His father says. Jacki laughed. "So can I go for a walk?" His dad silently nods.

The festival was huge so far. He walked for ages. There were so many people. It almost seemed there was more here this year then there was last. Jacki kept walking until he reached a lessly populated area. He rubbed his golden hair. The water was beautiful. He had thought so ever since he came here. Kneeling by the water and looked in. He just sat there and stared into it. "Man, I wish i could go for a swim." He chuckled. "I don't feel like walking home wet and cold." Then the white flame caught his eye. "What was that? It looked cool." He says to the white haired girl standing next to the lamp.

((for those of you who don't know. whenever I use this he is speaking english)

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Taji never was one for festivals. Sure, back before it all happened, he had pretended to be. He went to them with his friends; smiled, laughed, played games; and they thought it made him happy.

It didn't.

The air smelled fowl of smoke and vomit from drunks; his sense of smell, especially keen, only made it worse, so his stomach always hurt a bit, his lungs felt harsh breathing it. The noise was so intense it made him dizzy. The press of people had always bothered him, but after the cage, it was no longer bearable.

He had to try, though. Who knew? Maybe his family would be here. They always went to Obon, no matter what, every year. So he pressed on, despite his discomfort, hoping to catch a glimpse of their familiar faces. If he didn't see them for the entire night, it meant they probably hadn't moved to live near this place; he could discount a lot of ground in his search. So, he persevered. He talked to people that talked to him, pretended to be joyful, and played their silly little games, just as he always had.

After a while, he decided he had surveyed the inner press of people long enough. He headed for the edge of the festival, away from the dazzling lights and yelling vendors, and into the woods surrounding the fairgrounds. Upwind, of course. The faintest of breezes promised that the smell would remain in the other direction, as well as setting leaves to dancing, creating patterns of shadow and moonlight on the stone path that wound through the brush, slightly overgrown at the edges. Deciding he had traveled far enough, he summoned the winds, letting them take him to hover within the canopy, so he could still see. If any had seen, there would have been an uproar. A wraith, some would have said; visiting those left behind. A God, others would have said; a God of the festival, come to answer their plea to guide the dead.

He carefully edged back closer to the festival, using the dancing patters to hide the way his hair would shine in the moonlight. Stupid, unnatural white color. White was not helpful for blending in. His eyes skimmed the crowd, searching from his vantage point.

Nothing.

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Lucy



Lucy had never really attended a festival before, but this year the cafe she worked at had a booth open, and of course, she had to work it. Not that she minded too much. She had spent the majority of the night serving hot and cold coffee drinks, passing out business cards to curious customers, and helping prepare small treats to sell. Lucy's cat, Taboo, was right alongside her throughout the entire evening, though she couldn't help but feel uneasy, like something was tugging her away from her work, whispering to her and enticing her to follow it. She refused however and decided to work.

Among the crowds she had seen a familiar face, the face of her newest neighbor, Taji. She hadn't known him long, but they had shared in brief chats in the hallway between their abodes. Lucy, being as shy as she was, had not really managed to hold an actual conversation with the man, but Taboo certainly kept his attention. She waved to Taji as he passed by the stand, though he seemed busy, seemingly looking for something, or someone. She brushed it off as she watched him walk away and disappear into the crowd.

When it was about time to release lanterns into the night sky, Lucy got off work. She picked up a lantern and headed down to the water, climbing into a boat, and rowing out to the middle of the lake, passing a strange girl who seemed fixated on the moons reflection in the water on the way. Lucy paid no mind to it. When it was time to release the lanterns, Lucy held onto hers for a moment longer, tying a ribbon with a tiny golden bell to it, onto the bottom of the lantern. As she released it the tiny bell rang out softly as it was blown around by the wind. Taboo batted at the sky, trying to play with the already far away lanterns as they floated higher into the sky. Lucy smiled as the reflection of the lanterns on the water danced and spiraled, deciding festivals weren't so bad. Even if there were way too many people.

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-Rose-


Actually caught a bit off guard by the voice speaking to her, Rose quickly looked over at a golden haired boy and blinked. She smiled a bit realizing and finding it funny for some reason that they'd both asked the same question. She shrugged, "I have no idea," and looked back at her lantern as it slowly lifted into the sky and down towards the rest of the lanterns, "But this is the Obon festival, after all, so maybe it was a spirit." She meant it in more of a joking manner, not guessing that she was actually right and that the small white flame had been an overflow of the guardian spirit inside of her. However, she did notice that something felt different. She suddenly felt that a floodgate of energy had been opened and she felt tingles everywhere. She thought she heard someone call her name, so looked over her shoulder, but no one was there.

Confused, she shrugged it off and looked again at the boy beside her. "I'm Rose, by the way." She looked at his hair, wondering if that was his natural color. Well, her own natural color was even stranger because she wasn't albino or anything. Not that golden blond was a strange color. Plenty of people had naturally golden blond hair in America, just not here in Japan. She thought he looked like he might be a foreigner, but then again she could be wrong.

Her ears picked out a strange pattern in the sound of the wind overhead, but just as she was about to look up, her eyes were drawn back to the moons' reflection in the water as it seemed to be growing wider.

Now that's a little strange... Were her eyes playing tricks on her? Or was the moon's reflection actually expanding?

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~Jacki Newbnurn~


"Yea, spirits. I'm still new to the whole thing about the culture." Jacki smiles and holds out a hand. "I'm Jacki. Its nice to meet you Rose." It was nice to have another acquaintance. He hasn't made any friends really. It has been a few years. The only person he ever talks to is the "bully" at school. He tries so hard but falls a bit short on the whole thing. The poor kid only makes himself look dumb. The girl seemed focused on something completely different. He looked over. There was a slight vibration just before he did though. Jacki stared into the shrubbery. He scowls and lets out a "Hmmmmmmm......."

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Twas a night of nights for Japan, the Bon Odori to be exact. Of course Atara wasn't much for that, being how it was bright and he had no real fun in bright lighs that often, preferring to stay away and play some fetch with Itsuki by the river, with a size 1 tennis ball he'd throw the ball and let Itsuki chase the poor thing, to usually catch it mid-hop since Atara usually sipped it along the ground towards the land, since he didn't want his dog going into the water right now, it wasn't that it was cold, it was more the lanterns, which he sent one out for his family and figured Aria, whom was with her friends. It was nothing abnormal with most festivals, since Aria's friends were en masse currently, he didn't have to worry, then again, one of her friends, Yukari, was with her, and Atara shivered when he thought of how Yukari was. That girl scarred him some days, yeah, Aria's going to be fine. I haven't seen her away from Yuu-chan often, and Yuu-chan is I do believe the captain of the Martial Arts Team... he thought, though as he drew his attention off his dog, Itsuki noticed another, and approached a white haired woman, whom had another near her, of course, Itsuki was sniffing the girl by the time Atara had noticed Itsuki, which his head had started splitting as the he felt a dark feel around him, though he approached the two, and his dog, speaking with a corrective tone,

"Itsuki. Get back here! You know better!" he yelled which had Itsuki coming back to next to Atara, "Sorry about that. Itsuki is rather curious at this time, plenty of scents and all"

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-Rose-


He's new to the culture? Yeah, it was safe for her to guess he was a foreigner. Her eyes left the moon's reflection to look over at Jacki again after a moment. She blinked, a bit confused as he stared with a scowl at the trees and such around them. Had she said or done anything wrong or offensive? No, not that she remembered. Then again, maybe she had. Whatever the case was, she shrugged it off, not really caring, and said, "I've lived in America for most of my life, so I'm not that used to these kinds of things either." She picked at the sleeves of her garment a tad distastefully. She was very uncomfortable in these clothes.

As soon as she finished talking, Rose heard a splash followed by a girl's voice, both seeming much louder to her ears than they really were. Actually, it seemed everything was becoming louder, the swishinf of the water, the rustling of the trees, the wind, people's voices and footsteps... She sighed, knowing this meant she'd somehow lost the grip she had on her abilities to block sound for the moment. Well, at least she was in a very isolated area rather than in a crowd. As long as no one screamed or banged a drum or something close to her it should be fine. After the girl's voice called for "Taboo," Rose saw something that made her face split into a grin. There was a kitty swimming towards them. She tapped Jacki on the wrist, giving a small but excited laugh as she said, "Look!" She watched as the kitty crawled out of the water and started to meow at them, "Isn't he cute?" Then the kitty's apparent owner appeared, apologizing in a quiet manner before shyly asking them about the festival. For someone who seemed so shy, her green hair sure stood out, not that Rose could really say anything with her white. She smiled and gave a small nod and shrug at the girls question, thinking she was as cute as her kitty. As she opened her mouth to answer, though, she froze.

It wasn't the strange sound pattern of the water near the girl that made her freeze, but the thing that had come up behind her and was sniffing at her. Rose's face went pale as she could feel the dog's nose at her hand. Her heart rate sped up as she tried to stay as still as possible with eyes wide.

W-w-why is there a d-dog here! she yelled in her mind, G-Go away! Make it go away!

Someone not to far away from them yelled, causing Rose to flinch, closing her eyes and quickly covering her ears as pain exploded in her head. Her ears were ringing, so as she let her hands fall back to her side, she couldn't really make out the last thing the boy she was now looking at said. What she did gather, though, was that the dog was his. It was still there, but at least it wasn't close to her any more. She was seriously annoyed right now, but of course the guy had no idea about her fear of dogs or her sensitive ears, so she couldn't really blame him. That didn't stop her from giving him a small glare, though.

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Behind them, in the water, the moon's reflection was, in fact, expanding. When it finally reached the edge of the river, it stopped expanding, sprouting a small black dot in the middle of it. That began to expand as well, the vast amount of spiritual energy brought about by the gathering of the six in this one place acting as a sort of key to opening the spirit and demon realm.That wasn't the only reason, though. The first of the six seals was near its breaking point, the demon it held pushing against it and causing an imbalance in the world's spiritual energies, which could cause cracks between the two realities. Once he escaped from his prison, the demon vowed to destroy them. He would release his brothers and sisters from their prisons as well, and once again the world would be thrown into chaos.

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Taji took a silent breath of relief at being unnoticed, carefully peering out as the others talked, making sure to remain close to the tree's trunk so the branches wouldn't creak, and blinked when he saw Lucy approaching, though from the way she spoke, he could feel she didn't know them. Nervousness took over. Both of them in the same place, and then this other girl, who most definitely had some sort of ability, all in the same place... by coincidence? What did that say about the other strange people who seemed to be drifting over towards the gathering, with the far-off expressions?

Becoming weary, he tuned into the conversation a bit, eyes narrowing. It was just small talk, greetings.

Taji was not usually one to be superstitious. He believed everything had an explanation, even things that did not have one that people would accept. So when the lake started glowing, he knew something bad was going to happen. Like, horror movie, unrealistic, movie kind of bad. But then again, a guy with white hair that can fly wasn't exactly normal either... Taji prepared himself, tensing as the light brightened further, raising one hand in preparation to send blades of wind at whatever might be coming.

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Jacki turned to look back into the water. It was odd. the moon was getting bigger. He looked up to see that the moon in the sky was still the same size. "What the fuck?" He had heard of things like this in books and games but not in real life. This was weird. He steped back "Look at this guys this is cool." He says with a slight grin. The moon and the black dots. He reached in to touch a black dot that was close to him. But he stopped and looked back as if to say. 'what should I do?'