Hinami Asakura• Age:
24 (apparent), over 400 (presumed real age)• Appearance:• Personality:
Hinami is normally a calm and collected person. After all, she has seen enough of the world to know that hasty and ill-thought ideas never go forward for long enough. That said, she’s not one to dwell in an endless recursion of schemes and countermeasures as well.
After setting her sights on a goal she’ll work relentlessly towards completing it, though her methods may vary depending on her current physical state. In fact her whole way of being tends to do so as well, becoming more brash when she’s younger and more cold and calculating when she grows older.
She enjoys working on mysteries, reading, and coffee but isn’t too fond of drinking and smoking. If pressed, she would say that she likes cats and dogs in an equal way, but Hinami avoids keeping pets for the same reason that she tends to put on a cold mask to avoid making deeper relationships with other humans. Living a life that’s just too long tends to make you desensitized to the value of bonds that’ll come and go no matter what you do. Though, deep beneath the surface she harbors the desire to have and raise children, which is just about the only thing she was unable to do in her whole life, despite falling in love and getting engaged in relationships multiple times over the years.• Abilities:
Hinami is both skilled and knowledgeable enough to be considered equal to a Magus with the rank of Grand; the apex of modern magecraft. In fact, she could hold such a title if were not for the fact that she’s at odds with the Association. Hinami is experienced in most, if not all, system of magecraft known to the Association, but prefers to use elemental invocation spells whenever possible.
However, what makes her an uncommon individual in the eyes of the Association are her Mystic Eyes, which are a byproduct of being awakened to her Origin, known as Motion. In practice, Hinami’s Origin is connected to circular motion and cycles, making her whole life always go in circles. It’s usually represented by the fact that she grows and then young, always trapped between the early days of elderhood and the late days of childhood. Her Mystic Eyes reflect this, with the ability of reversing the flow things (usually entropy) when she’s on her deaging cycle and speeding the same flow when she’s aging forward.
The fact that Hinami’s Mystic Eyes edge on the territory of Magic is the main source of the problems she has with the Association who would do anything to get their hands on them, including slapping a Sealing Designation on Hinami’s back.• History:
A magus that is old enough to be considered a legend between within the halls of the Mage’s Association. In fact, it is common knowledge that she might as well be older than the Association itself, but after living (existing) for such a long time, even Hinami isn’t sure of it anymore. In fact, she forgot even her real name — if she ever had one to begin with.
Her story began centuries ago, when she was a mere normal girl that happened to be the only survivor of a village decimated by a plague. Her life was spared thanks to the compassion of an alchemist that took her under his wing, teaching her the basics of magecraft. To the great majority of people in the same situation as she, her story would end here, as she lived the rest of her days with her teacher, inherited his talents and passed them forward to her own chosen disciple.
However, that wasn’t the case for Hinami. During the time she lived with her teacher, she got awakened to her Origin and, as befits any who does so, was enthralled by it. The first time she noticed this was shortly after she finished training her own pupil and became a hermit seeking a secluded place to pass the remainder of her days.
Nevertheless, death never came to Hinami. Instead of getting older, she noticed that her complexion became more and more jovial with each passing day and, after a few more decades — when she was just a child once again — her aging process reverted once more and she began to grow older, only to repeat the same cycle anew.
After this point she has been living in the shadows, in a manner not dissimilar to individuals such as the Head of the Makiri clan, seeing the world of mystery grow into the world of technology and finally have the two of them meet up in their search for the Root.
While Hinami usually tried to keep to herself for ages, she couldn’t avoid the pull of her Origin, directing her to Fusang City. In fact, she came to believe that her whole existence was meant to guide her to this place, to see the possibilities that come when two paths to the Swirl mix up together.• Other:
Using her Mystic Eyes accelerates the aging/deaging process in an amount proportional to the amount of energy she manipulates. Because of this, not even Hinami is sure of how old she’s. Furthermore, she’s currently at a deaging cycle, so she can use the “Regression” aspect of her Mystic Eyes. She has about twelve years’ worth of energy to manipulate before she begins to age forward again and is forced to use “Mystic Eyes of Advancement” for the next seven decades or so.