C a m i l l a Y u m i
Yumi 'Isami' CamillaAge
California, San FranciscoPhysical Description
Camilla is a tall, energetic, and cheery girl, standing at around 5'8 or 9, with dark tan skin, a surprisingly fit and toned physique(gained from many years of having a mother obsessed with healthy eating and a father that is equally obsessed with physical fitness), bright blue eyes, and more purplish-pink hair than she knows what to do with. She also has long, elf-like ears which she is able to wiggle or move at will, and often does so in accordance with her mood. She can be a bit self-conscious about this particular trait, as she finds it beyond embarrassing, and it can also allow those who know her to easily tell what she's feeling or if she's trying to lie(though she's a bad liar anyway without the obvious tell). While her eyes are natural, one of the many traits she shares with her mother, her hair has been dyed just about every color under the sun, and will likely be dyed many more times in the future. A fan of self-expression with her body as a canvas, one will often find a create deal of her body covered in intricate Henna-styled designs, taking advantage of her 'second-skin' to easily cover herself in a number of designs, then get rid of them for the next day. When she goes all out, it often takes her literal hours to get ready because of this.Characterization
Speaking of getting ready, if allowed to her own devices, Camilla will often try to dress lightly, using light, sometimes semi-transparent fabrics in order to better show off her designs, as well as simple jewelry. When it comes to winter wear, she often prefers light colored peacoat jackets, patterned shawls, and cardigans along with boot-cut jeans. She normally brings quite the wardrobe with her where ever she goes, but knowing the type of atmosphere of Ishin, she's only brought her most conservative clothing options. It's a bit of a drag, but she really wants to get into the school her father learned to become a hero in, and just the fact that she's from the states already puts a major uphill battle for her to gain any sort of recognition or acceptance in the school.
Chipper. Ambitious, Playful, Determined, Artistic, Open-minded, HonestPersonal History
Camilla wants to be a hero, just like her dad. It has been her dream for as long as she can remember, even though many in her family didn't feel the same. her mother, while seemingly supportive, often mentioned all the dangers the profession holds, having treated more professional heroes and idealistic vigilantes than she can count at her local hospital, in subtle attempts to dissuade her from it. Her 3 older siblings all respected the profession well enough, but for much of her life, none of them really took her words seriously, and sometimes even mocked her for it as she tried to beat them up with a sparkly pink hand, her quirk barely manifested and as such, nothing special. The other students in her class laughed and made fun, telling her that she was delusional, that she needed to realize that it wasn't going to happen. But through all the teasing and name-calling, one person never doubted her, never mocked, her, and never, ever asked her to give up on her dream.Character Development & Conceptualization
Takeo Yumi, her father, never once told his daughter that she couldn't have what she wanted. instead, he forced her to prove how badly she wanted it. Throughout her childhood, he put her through as intense a training session as he could with her age, pushing her harder and harder, telling her that nothing would get easier, that no one would help her when it was time to help villains. She was the help for the helpless, the savior for the meek, and in order to be that symbol, in order to be a hero, she needed to prove to him that she had the resolve to make her own way in the world. Especially if she wanted to go to the school he had gone as a child.
The training was grueling for her, even if her father allowed her enough time between sessions to let her still have some semblance of a social life, not wanting his daughter to become a complete workaholic like he had been at her age. But she made it through, never once settling, never once letting herself thing "this is enough." She worked to build herself up to his standards, working hard to excel in both school and training, even if it came at the sacrifice of making any truly close friends due to just how busy her schedule could be and how one-track her focus was. Eventually, the day came where she was to take the test to join Ishin, her father pulling some strings and calling in some favors from his time back in Japan's hero industry in order to get her even the slightest chance. She was respectful and courteous, taking every slight hint of disapproval or prejudice against her with complete composure, though if she was honest with herself, her heart had felt like it would explode in that harrowing environment.
What followed was several weeks of mind-bending anxiety, nervousness, and stress eating . . . and a single moment of pride, relief and intense anxious energy as she opened up a letter from Ishin(written in Kanji of course) telling her that she had been accepted. As happy she was, and as hard as her family celebrated the occasion, she didn't let it get to her head. She had yet to truly make it as a hero.
She had only gotten her foot in the door, but the path before filled her with equal parts excitement as they did nervous, stomach dread. Whatever the case was, she would face it head on, as best she could.
The first, and probably most obvious, intent for my character is exploring having a non-native character trying to make her way in such a system that is so intent on either seeing her fail or not even letting her participate in the first place. I like the idea of it being her against the system, and want to play off the differences in cultural norms a bit as well. Playing the stranger in a strange land trope is something I haven't ever gotten the chance to do before, and one of the main reasons I decided to make things harder on my character by making her have such a target on her back, at least when it comes to dealing with the system.
I'm trying to develop her as a bit of a counter-point to what you'd expect of a character like her. On the surface, she seems very cute, bubbly, and focused on aesthetics, yet there's a practical side to her as well, a willingness to get her hands dirty with hard work and dedication in order to get what she wants. She feels the style is just as important a feature for being a hero as the deeds that the hero does, because as a hero, one is held up to certain expectations. If you only focus on the actions you take and not on how people take them, then you could unknowingly be setting a bad example for who knows how many people that follow in your footsteps. A big part of BNHA themes has to do with how each of the character's view heroism, and for Camilla, her main reason for wanting to be a hero seems simple("I want to look cool just like my dad!"), but the meaning behind those words are a lot deeper. She wants to be cool like her dad because her dad's coolness inspired her to be a hero, and she wants to inspire others in the same way.
Her quirk, odd as it is, helps in that through it she embraces both her sense of practicality and her sense of style without having to really give up anything between the two. The versatility of the micro-organisms that make up her second skin allows her to form strong, durable materials that can withstand a lot of punishment, while also keeping the flowing henna-inspired designs she works into them with just a thought. Ability-wise, I hope for her to eventually learn to spread the armor over her whole body, and possibly even learn to shape it into different forms, like blades, claws, or tendrils. I think there's a lot of ways I can take this symbiote-like idea for if I push myself creatively, and what is a BNHA rp if not a place to try something different and interesting.
Abilities & Talents
Second SkinOther Talents & Attributes
Camilla's quirk is definitely one of the more odd ones out there. Instead of the normal mess of different germs, organisms, and bacteria that cover every living being, Camilla is covered and protected by a strange strand of micro-organism unique to her and her alone. Mixing her mom's quirk, which also has to do with the control of micro-organisms, and her father's quirk, which is a defensive enhancement quirk, she can form a type of armor around herself that increases both her strength(enough to put a crack in concrete) and durability(could take a bullet mid-caliber bullet)..
As of the now, she can only form this armor on two of her limbs or her entire torso, the armor taking on a flowing organic look, usually matching the color of her hair and whatever Henna design she decided to apply on that given day. As such, while her entire body gets a slight reinforcement, which is needed to handle the strain, the majority of the strength is located where the armor is covering, and in the case of her torso being covered, she can't really exert the increased strength since it's focused entirely on her abdominal muscles. Another drawback and weakness to her quirk are that the micro-organisms that make up her armor react very badly to anti-bacterial agents, causing it to weaken and sometimes fall apart instantly if the chemical is strong enough. Not only that but because her quirk also serves as such a strong defense against many forms of bacteria, when it's down, she tends to get sick pretty easily, as her own immune system is rather under-developed. It's rare for her to stay sick for that long, as the organisms grow back within a day or so and are constantly beating down encroaching bacteria and virus, it still sucks pretty hard. She's had to get a ton of vaccines throughout her life as a result of this, and along with other check-ups to see if there's a way to work around the problem so she doesn't end up catching anything serious or life-threatening. Her current goal for Quirk growth is both spreading the coverage and increasing the durability of her quirk.
Another attribute of her quirk, however, is that she can cause them to change shape and color in more subtle ways, and thus, often uses them as the basis of her Henna work instead of the actual pain, as it can't be as easily ruined, and even if it is, it takes literal seconds to fix it. She's also started trying to use her quirk to give herself more tattoo-like designs, but she's put the cork in that(mostly) upon coming to Ishin.
Thanks to her older brother, Camilla is a cut above most other students she knows in that she's been trained in how to fight, using both the regular self-defense maneuvers, mixed in with her brother's MMA/Boxing style that focuses on landing heavy punches to vital areas to bring an opponent down quick, while using the legs once in a while for trips or kneeing people in the face when given the opportunity. She's also a rather skilled and flexible athlete, having been in both cheerleading and gymnastics("If anyone else tries to tell me cheerleading is not a sport, I swear to god they're going to be in for it.") and doing great in them, but never pursuing them that much due to her main desire to be a Hero. She considers herself a decent artist, focusing on intricate patterns in both henna, regular drawing, and has even taken a crack at knitting and embroidery once or twice, with . . . meh results. She's yet to truly do anything she considers her own yet, most of her work being semi-successfully attempts to copy that of others from tutorials online, but she's gotten pretty confident as of late and might get to making her own stuff soon.