Tall, almost frightfully so, almost reaching six-and-a-half feet tall. His skin, already darker than normal, has darkened and bronzed further under the intensity of Vacuo’s constant sun. His hair is gray and black, shoulder length and shaggy, with the rough beginnings of a beard outlining his strong, square features. His eyes are cool blue, and he has a constant, wide, sharp-toothed grin on his face, his freakishly sharp fangs some of the only evidence of his non-human heritage. Broad-shouldered and well-built, he usually wears clothing that shows these features off, such as sleeveless shirts (should he bother wearing one at all). He usually dresses in black, gold and rust orange, particularly his signature black-and-gold trenchcoat, which he is almost never seen without, no matter the temperature.Nationality:
Atlesian/Mistralese (dual citizenship)Weapon: Kusanagi-no-tsurugi-
Classification: Variable-Response Dust Katana; a Dust-tempered blade with a ballistic scabbard. A specialized magazine slotted into the scabbard can carry charges of up to three varieties of Dust. Pulling the trigger on the scabbard releases Dust into the sheath, empowering the blade for a short time with the elemental properties of the Dust released. Said Dust can also alter the properties of Raye's Semblance.Semblance: Zenith-
Raye absorbs ambient heat and light to empower a battle aura surrounding his body, making him stronger, faster, etc.Aura Color:
“Exuberant” doesn’t even begin to describe this boundless fount of energy. Raye channels his fiery spirit into everything he does, whether it be fighting Grimm, accomplishing stupid dares with his friends and classmates, or even cooking (Don’t eat his curry if you’re unprepared. Just don’t. It’s like eating pepper spray). He basically attacks life head-on, living it exactly how and when he wants to. Seldom seen without his trademark grin, Raye fancies himself an icon, a beacon for those downtrodden and suffering. A hero, even. He’s also prone to flirting shamelessly with anyone attractive in sight- male, female, Faunus, whomever. Despite all of this, however, Raye is no fool- those who talk with him are often surprised at the level of awareness and thoughtfulness that he displays, as well as his strategic prowess. When push comes to shove, spending time with Raye may be chaos, but only of the very best kind. Be warned, however- not every spark is a harbinger of glad tidings. A flame can just as easily be a raging crucible than a warm hearth, and all of that passion can just as easily turn from joy to rage.Background:
Raye Solaire was born the child of Arthur and Nia Solaire, an Atlesian diplomat and Mistrali schoolteacher, respectively. The two met while Arthur was stationed in the Atlas’ embassy in Mistral, and returned to Arthur’s home kingdom shortly after Raye was born. To say that his peers were shocked at him bringing home a Faunus bride and son upon his return would be a gross understatement. While, legally, there could be no reprisals brought against the young politician just for whom he decided to share his life with, there was no doubt that the reception he received from then on was significantly frostier than before.
For Nia and Raye, the situation was significantly worse. Nia found it hard to find work in her favored field, forced to do menial jobs to get by, while Raye was bullied and ostracized by his fellow children for his Faunus heritage. While he was blessed with less-distinctive features than usual, eventually they always found out, whether by his mother coming to pick himself up from school, or even just a particularly sharp-eyed student noticing that his teeth were a little too sharp. Despite all of this, however, the Solaire family was not known for giving up, and endured through their hardships together. Raye was inspired by his parents, seeing that no adversity could silence his father’s laugh, or dim his mother’s smile. He resolved to live his life by their example, tearing in teeth first and cackling all the while.
His exuberance served him well, especially when he reached the age where he could enroll in a combat school. His physical prowess and dexterity, plus his intuitive grasp of tactics put him near the top of the class… despite some “incidents” with his peers, now that he was capable of fighting back. Regardless, at age 16, Raye managed to get accepted to Atlas Academy, to everyone’s shock, as such a thing was relatively uncommon for a Faunus to achieve. Then came the even greater shock, as Raye publically refused the invitation, deciding instead to attend an Academy, “more conducive to my continued education.” With that said, Raye left the icy terrain of Atlas for the desert sands of Vacuo, to attend Shade Academy. And it’s there he intends to make his mark on the world... gladly flipping the double bird at anyone who doubts him.Likes
: Meat (of all kinds, in vast quantities), fruit, fighting Grimm, working on his weapon, a good old-fashioned scrapDislikes
: Vegetables (especially cooked ones), fast/ranged opponents, rain, being alone, bigotryFavors
: Raye is a powerhouse when it comes to wielding his Semblance and weapon in conjunction. Between his parameter boost from Zenith and his knowledge of and skill with Dust, he's a monster in close combat, able to close the gap between him and his opponent and quickly cut them down. He's also skilled at thinking on the fly, quickly adapting to new situations as they come.Disfavors
: While formidable, Raye’s talents are primarily in short-ranged combat, meaning a quick-witted or fast-moving opponent can whittle him down at range, without even having much fear of reprisals. His tendency to rush in also leaves him vulnerable to traps and ambushes, as well as leaving him less capable of long-term planning. Finally, take care not to let him get angry- his usual razor focus and strategy go out the window, and he becomes much less caring of collateral damage, as well.Relationships-
Raye has a strong, healthy relationship with his parents, but not much else, aside from a mutual antagonism with his peers. Perhaps coming to Shade will give him a fresh start...Other
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