Personality: Suzuki Tomoko is highly intelligent and capable, to begin with, something she takes a fair amount of pride in. At the same time, she is also incredibly eccentric. She has no doubt in her own capability to solve problems(or create a sufficiently believable explanation for a problem if solving it does not seem like something she can do) for youkai and humans who are involved with youkai. She seems to have little concern for manipulating others in this light, provided it puts their minds at ease if she cannot manage a more concrete solution. Tomoko also has no issue effectively emotionally browbeating others to assist her. She is well aware of danger, and will use the threat of danger to herself in order to get others to assist her. After all, allowing a small girl with only one arm and one leg to walk into danger would be wrong, wouldn't it? At the same time, however, she has an utter lack of concern over danger to herself, cheerfully walking into life-threatening situations with confidence. Perhaps this is because she usually has some kind of plan to tackle a given situation, or perhaps she's just that confident in her ability to think on the fly. Tomoko is fairly energetic and outgoing individual in spite of this manipulative nature, quite friendly to most humans and youkai she comes across. She enjoys being praised, will do things just for the sake of looking cute or what she thinks is impressive(posing like a magical girl when 'summoning' spirits can't possibly be necessary, right? Right?), and is generally rather odd in terms of many of her behaviors. She can also be rather competitive, and clingy if she takes a special liking to someone. She is also rather unconcerned by the loss of her right arm and left leg, deeming it a worthwhile loss for her current position. Finally, Tomoko is also rather blunt when she wants to be, holding back not a single punch when it comes to such matters.
Abilities: Tomoko's position as the Intermediary between Humans and Youkai permits her some different capabilities. To begin with, she is capable of touching and perceiving the intangible. Spirits with no form are like physical objects to her, and she is capable of interacting with them as easily as she can any other object. Additionally, youkai can recognize her instantly on sight, effectively so they know who to talk to. She is also capable of onmoyodo, especially in terms of anti-spirit and anti-youkai spells. This extends to things such as exorcisms and spiritual barriers, as well as some basic invocations. She doesn't really need them to contact spirits, given her nature, but she thinks it looks flashy.
Skills: Tomoko is highly intelligent, excellent at deduction. She is also very capable of spinning "potential truths" as she calls them, based on what information she has. She is also more capable of fighting then some would expect, largely due to her nature as the Intermediary between Humans and Youkai, though someone truly skilled would likely overcome her effectively.
Equipment: Tomoko's right arm no longer exists. The bandages are actually a replacement, inscribed with a variety of spells on the inside. This replacement is far stronger then the rest of her body, capable of harming more powerful youkai much more easily. She cannot feel anything with it, in spite of its supernatural nature. Her left leg, however, is an ordinary prosthetic. It does allow for sufficient movement to walk normally even without a cane, though her family insists she use one. When strained too much, it will come off on its own to avoid Tomoko harming herself. She also carries numerous ofuda in a bag in order to carry out exorcisms when necessary.
Brief Backstory: In most respects, Tomoko was an ordinary girl for most of her life. While her family was from an onmyouji bloodline, they were fairly lax and taught mostly the basics. So in terms of her life experiences, there was little that was out of the ordinary. That is, until she reached ten years old in age. On a day out with her family, Tomoko suddenly disappeared. Four years later, she reappeared, having been granted status as the Intermediary between Humans and Youkai in exchange for her right arm and left leg. Concluding this was a worthwhile trade, she has pursued this duty with gusto for the next six years, even recruiting assistants through dubious means in order to increase her effectiveness.
Name: Shimizu Kaori Age: At least 400 years as one might expect, though she stopped really counting at the end of the Edo period. Gender: Female Race: Yurikumo Jorōgumo Appearance: Kaori often appears as a young girl, having made an effort to appear the appropriate age that is needed to enroll in highschool. Beautiful, elegant, its an effort not to think her beautiful and even then most would be downright lying about it. Dressed in elegant kimono's and other traditional clothing made from her own silk, she often appears a touch more elegant than what is found in modern society - or at least likes to think she does. When attending classes at Tomoko's behest, however, she dresses in a much less showy manner. Personality: In one word, Kaori is a Lonely little spider, and also kinda a huge pervert. The Jorogumo comes off as a playful, affectionate sort with a lascivious side to her - which perhaps, is somewhat expected considering what she is. Jorogumo after all, according to mythology, seduce men in order to eat them. Kaori once again rather adheres to the mythology in this regard...the only difference with her, is well, she prefers 'snacking' on adorable little girls.
Kaori loves physical affection and affirmation of any kind, quickly falling into a somewhat listless or broody state and old habits should she be left alone for a bit too long and become lonely. As she's quite aware of this, Kaori eagerly seeks out others and attempts to...well, stealthily taking panty shot with her spiders is affection! Its definitely not Harassment, and neither is anything else she does! Flirting and calling someone's chest adorably small or lusciously big is not harassment!
For the most part, the spider is friendly and loves nothing more than being around, with, on top of, or under a cute girl. That said, it's best not to get on her bad side. While she doesn't like showing that side of her to people she's with, she's no stranger to violence and cold blooded cruelty that would make an Oni pause.
Abilities: Jorogumo posses a number of abilities, most of less than directly combative nature. Like others of her kind, Kaori possesses a cunning intelligence and a natural predisposition to cruelty, though she at least seems to have some restraint when it comes to that. In more supernatural abilities, Kaori has the ability to produce extremely fine, durable silk possessing strength similar to that of fine steel wire. Often used to ensnare, bind, and prevent her prey from escaping. Most of her clothing is made from it, and you'd be hard pressed to find a better fabric for making lightweight, extremely protective clothing from. As well, she can produce a potent, extremely powerful venom from her bite. While short term it works to physically weaken, lead to memory loss and loss of fine motor control, it isn't lethal unless sustained exposure is kept. A number of spiders often follow her around, and she can both communicate and control most arachnids. Want to know what's happening around the city? Well, she can probably tell you. Such an information network was how she was able to evade public eye for quite some time. Skills: Cooking, cleaning, sewing, basic first aid, living as long as she has, she has picked up on a few miscellaneous skills, most notably in the domestic department. She loves spending nights out, practicing her singing. Equipment: Clothing made from her own silk. Durable stuff. Does a legion of spiders count? Brief Backstory: Kaori has lived in the area for a surprisingly short amount of time, moving into the area some five odd years ago. Where she was and what she was doing before then, she doesn't really care for or like talking about. At some point after living so long, sometimes you just really stop caring. She comments sometimes about being from Shizouka Prefecture, but little else.
As one might expect, as soon as she moved in she started to cause mischief, doing her utmost best to hide her shenanigans and preventing from humans catching on. She wasn't greedy, after all, and had a particular method for making sure she didn't get caught.
Two girls a year. Taking them off the streets at night, no one would miss them for some time. A little venom made them not remember much, even if they escaped. She didn't eat or hurt them, no. In fact, she often let them go. Having her darling little spiders take care of evidence and making sure most didn't even recall anything, made for an easy time hiding her tracks. This went on for four years, until she started to get a little more aggressive in her trouble making.
Because of this, eventually someone starting putting what evidence was left behind together and tracked her down to where she lived. She thought it was just going to be a rather boorish onmyouji, but she was in for quite the surprise. Instead of some battle hardened mage or mystic, was what could only be described as the most adorable little girl Kaori had ever seen. Why was she out there hunting Youkai! So dangerous! If it had been any other Jorogumo aside from her, the poor thing probably would have been eaten alive.
After a brief confrontation, Kaori conceded. If the girl wouldn't willingly let her take care of her, then she'd just have to help her. So she let the girls she had abducted go, most in fairly good health and she started helping this Suzuki Tomoko with her duties, whatever they might be. Going to a highschool? After a bit of paperwork, she found herself as a new student in the school.
The only downside is that this isn't an all girls school, tsk~
Appearance:She's definitely on the short side... and the completely flat side. Akari is one of those highschool students (technically) that everyone eagerly mistakes for a middle school student. At best.
Personality: Everyone expects an oni to be brash, confident (at least until defeated), and rowdy. At the very least you expect them to be loud or somehow aggressive. This is all completely untrue of Akari, who is happiest communicating with everyone via technology rather than in person, and would much like to be back in her room undisturbed. Even when you get past the extreme shyness by enough association or shared interests, she's still meek, worried about her own strength, and disturbingly skittish. With an extra irrational fear of samurai, which is definitely a bit odd for a girl who's worn traditional clothing every day of her life until she was forced to start attending school again.
Abilities: Akari is a shockingly powerful oni, for someone that has had no reason to exercise her natural abilities to any extent. Despite her unimposing physique, there are very few people who are going to be winning if it's simply a contest of pitting strength against one another. She's about as difficult to seriously injure; blunt force is mostly useless without some serious strength behind it, and simply cutting her often requires magical assistance or massive force. Plus, like her mother, if it's not cut off entirely it will doubtless heal fine, and losing limbs would be more of a (physical) inconvenience than life-threatening. Although she hasn't any practice at using it, Akari has inherited Ibaraki's affinity for Heat--not just heat in the direct sense, but heat as a driving force for changes. It's this affinity that led Ibaraki-douji so easily to shapeshifting, and allows for just reattaching missing body parts later.
Skills: None of any particular use! She's actually rather clumsy, which is bad because of the strength that comes from being an oni. This also extends to a tendency to trip on things and fall down stairs, though that's more disorienting and worrying for people watching rather than actually dangerous to Akari.
Equipment: "Mum said I should bring an iron club if something dangerous happens..." She also has a phone, "a little spending money" day to day--that is, enough money that anything of interest to a sixteen year old oni is fine--and a perfectly-accurate seeming ID that nevertheless claims Akari to be an adult, because oni and alcohol are inseparable. Obviously, the club is inappropriate for school.
Brief Backstory: As her name attests, Akari is closely related to the Ibaraki-douji. Extremely closely; Ibaraki is her mother and Akari doesn't have the faintest clue who her father is. This, in and of itself, makes her the closest thing a rowdy bunch like oni can have to royalty--and also, with the benefit of being born into an extremely small family that has had a thousand years of practice avoiding danger and past banditry, used to the wealth that implies. Akari spent most of her childhood in a very traditional home, essentially secluded from the non-supernatural world, and told all the supernatural stories one might expect. Of course, the viewpoint was skewed--the role of hero and villain constantly inverted, with the samurai and exorcists vilified for going after oni that were only acting according to their natural desires and compulsions. Given the obvious problems that a supernaturally strong child with some innate drive to prey on humanity could fall into, this also meant a distinct lack of school attendance. They moved to a more modern house, one actually positioned conveniently for school, when it was time for Akari to start middle school. After attending for a few days, she just... stopped, the ease with which she had accidentally hurt someone in sports and the pressure of pretending to be human--on top of her own limited experience with so many people--just overwhelming the young oni. Although she somewhat kept up with the schoolwork, a large amount of Akari's time has instead found itself devoted to popular entertainment--light novels, anime, and so on. Ibaraki is hardly someone one would expect to be an experienced parent... or skilled at addressing this in a manner more appropriate than "fight it out", which would hardly help in this situation, so she mostly left her be until it was time for high school--and made sure to get an exemption from gym classes this time. Akari isn't happy to be in school at all, but she's been roped into a club that seemingly won't let her just stay away... and at least there's no worry about accidentally hurting people in physical activities.
Personality: On the surface, Asahi is a bright, cheerful, encouraging student that greets every situation with a warm, sunny smile and affectionate tone, coming across as the very picture of kindness and purity. What everyone doesn't realise however, is that this radiant gem of a girl is actually a conniving fox in the midst of bewitching the entire school into being her loving subjects and worshippers. Not forany real nefarious purposes or anything, she just really likes the attention. Because of this need to be noticed, Asahi is seen assisting or running all kinds of initiatives or events at school, which helpfully makes her seem that much more radiant to the masses.
Despite her popularity with the students however, Asahi also loves pulling pranks and listening to the speculations as to the perpetrator all around her, seeing it as another form of reverence towards herself. She takes great pride in her ability to remain hidden in plain sight as she makes fools of the faculty, and sometimes fellow students. However, Asahi may be selfish and arrogant, but she certainly isn't malicious. Even if her intentions are far from noble, she isn't looking to seriously ruin any person's life, and would prefer not to get someone injured when she's just having fun.
Abilities: Asahi has an Affinity for illusions, allowing her to conjure both visual and auditory hallucinations. Although useful for creating brief distractions, at present she isn't able to fully manifest images that could withstand the most lackadaisical of examinations. She can also shapeshift between the form of a human, a fox, and a fluffy-tailed girl. Given her relatively young age for a kitsune, she is unable to alter the appearance of her human form as of yet.
Skills: A surprisingly capable person, Asahi is quite skilled at at a variety of tasks, domestic and practical. She has an eye for design, and can recognise someone's particular strengths and weaknesses for any given task quickly, and thus knows how to delegate tasks during class projects. Academically, she's above-average as well, even if her writing is surprisingly atrocious.
Equipment: Nothing you wouldn't find on a totally normal high-schooler.
Brief Backstory: Not long after reaching 100 years of age, the newly-born fox youkai ended up in the care of a middle-aged couple. Much like how one has no memories of when they were a baby, Asahi doesn't fully recall the exact details of how she came to be the couple's 'adopted daughter', but seems to be under the impression that she has hidden her real nature from them. In actuality, her 'parents' know full well she's a kitsune and have simply humoured her whenever she poorly tried to hide it from them. For the past eight years, she's simply been living as a human, steadily placing herself as someone for them to look up to. Her parents are pretty much the only two people she has no apparent disdain for. She's maintained the persona of a kind, wonderful saint of a person for a long time now, her facade completely unbreakable.
...Up until she met Tomoko and was soundly outsmarted. Now she's a begrudging member of her little club.
Name: Abe Yuuto (安倍 優斗) Age: 16 Gender: Male Race: Human
Appearance: A gentle looking young man, with big ears, and a wide mouth. Thin black eyes, thick eyebrows and short, straight brown hair swept to the side. Fairly lanky looking, but with broad shoulders. Stands at 174cm in height. Big hands.
Personality: A rare sort in that what you see is what you get - Yuuto doesn't have a mean bone in his body. Though not one to seek confrontations, he is not one to back down from them either - or rather, he becomes extremely stubborn about it, seeing them as a challenge for himself.
Happy to lend an ear to someone's troubles, and equally happy to offer his help, Yuuto has a natural inclination to soothing the suffering of others. Still, despite his sympathetic nature, he has a tendency to be a loner. With regards to this, his mindset is basically to help others' but not involve others with his problems. Oftentimes this leads to self-sacrificing tendencies that border on suicidal.
Feels the weight of his bloodline, and the duty that comes with it, acutely. He'd rather not let it define him as a person, however, he cannot deny the amount of influence it's had on his life.
Abilities: As an onmiyoji, he possesses a variety of abilities useful in combating the supernatural world. As a direct exorcist, and fighter, he's not the most proficient of the group, however he's capable of forming strong barriers and seals. Where he truly shines, however, is his techniques in information gathering and detection. Yuuto can see bits of the past, present and future, see into the true nature of people and yokai. He is otherwise able to make use of shikigami that can do battle for him, or act as physical scouts. Depending on the difficulty and magnitude, doing so will take more time and often requires materials for rituals.
Skills: Though not a natural fighter, he is decently athletic, a bit above the average for his age. Observant and intelligent, his is well studied on folklore and history, and is quite good at reading others. A graceful dancer, specializing in ritual dances.
Gohei or Ōnusa, alternatively
Brief Backstory: A direct descendant of the famous Abe no Seimei, Yuuto's spiritual powers became evident at a young age. However, while the duty of the Abe bloodline as exorcists was never truly done, in the modern era, his family were not even aware of their ancestry.
But blood does not lie, and the blood of Seimei would not be denied. Even if he had tried to walk away from the moonlit path, he would be dragged into it. It is fortunate then, that he had decided to embrace it - not the least because his frequently increasing dreams of the memories of Abe no Seimei. It is fortunate that not all of his blood had abandoned their duties, though not were quite as gifted as him. He studied under his uncle, a kannushi of a local shrine that had at least some experience in dealing with the supernatural world.
That he met Suzuki Tomoko was nothing more than the miracle of coincidence, though at times he felt like it was divine providence. He had failed to enter his first choice of school due to sickness, and had instead enrolled in Miyama. It would be the first time he encountered someone like him - though not a true onmyoji, but rather a mediator of the dark side of the world.
Appearance: Mugi looks about her age, maybe slightly younger. Her skin is pale and her hair is white. When she can, she’ll wear her traditional japanese outfits which are fitted with some ice packs in warmer climates since it’s the most comfortable for her. Her school uniform is worn how it is wanted by the institution.
Personality: Mugi is a rather kind, yet naive person for the most part. She’ll tend to drop what she’s doing to help people if they look like they need it. For the most part though, she’s motivated by her “fated one” or moreso finding them. Sometimes she has lapse of judgement when it comes to that particular topic.
Abilities: Mugi, as a Yuki-Onna, has the ability to manipulate the cold and snow and ice. For the most part, she creates a cold breeze with her breath. In addition, to the touch she is rather frigid.
Skills: KINDNESS! Also knows how to cook, surprisingly.
Equipment: Kimono, fan and her school uniform and supplies.
Mugi was raised on a mountaintop Yuki-Onna village. The elder there taught all the children some basic schooling. Most were happy with that and ran off. Mugi, however, was more curious of the world outside the mountain and would ask the elder many questions. Lucky for her, the Elder spent a decent while with humans.
Over the years, the elder taught them more about being a Yuki-Onna and taught them about “Fated Ones”. It was an old tradition and one outdated by even Yuki-Onna standards, but it was said that each Yuki-Onna had a fated person that they would be with. Mugi bought into it and asked the Elder all about it. The Elder mentioned that she had met her Fated One a long time ago in the capitol.
One day though, the elder pulled Mugi aside and asked her if she wanted to go look for her Fated One in civilization. Mugi, of course, emphatically said yes. With a smile, the Elder took care of that...