Name: Yamazaki Shiori
Name Meaning: To Demonstrate Strength
Birth Date: May 5th, 1819
Weight: 120 lbs
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Black
A simple instrument made of hard wood for the purpose of training in Japanese swordsmanship; it possesses no special traits.
The iconic weapon of the Japanese warrior; although forged and fashioned thru masterful craftsmanship it also harbors nothing noteworthy.
A keepsake bestowed by her foster mother; it possesses a magical mineral which produces a field around the wearer for 10 feet that attracts and absorbs incoming electrical energy.
Chikara’s clothing is ordinary save for flame-retardant fabric.
Early life was unkind to Shiori and her younger sister, Miaka. The violence-ridden Japan was no stranger to creating orphans and these two were no exceptions to the tragedy; having lost their parents to bandits at age five and four, respectively, they made due thru thievery, cons and taking up residence in farmhouses or otherwise abandoned property.
This changed when their last mark for dishonest deeds, a woman named Kiyomi; wiser than the rest, she saw thru their ploy but did not turn them in. Instead she offered more worthwhile results and a future among her family of fellow orphans. Unbeknownst to them Kiyomi had fostered many children and fashioned them into debatably better individuals.
So the pair was taken in and taught the ways of honor, appropriate speech, writing, the arts and all other things befitting self-reliant people; that is, save for the clandestine operations beneath the roof.
In truth the orphanage was cover for Kiyomi to facilitate her family's organization of professional killers; however their duty was not to take trivial bounties but locate and eradicate the truly despicable from the earth. The two girls quickly embraced this new life and mission but of all members none took the pledge more seriously than Shiori.
Forsaking the simpler fancies, Shiori buried herself in martial arts, meditation and spiritual training; from eight years old she spent the next two decades practicing the sword as her religion, fully dedicated to her duty and ability to protect her family from absolutely any threat. So obsessed was she that no amount of unfavorable weather would disturb her daily rituals and while sword training in a rainstorm she was struck by lightning; ridden by guilt at this near fatal oversight, Kiyomi spared no expense in fashioning various electricity-proof accouterments for all her children.
Nevertheless Shiori didn't miss a beat and the brush with death only steeled her determination. The result is a mind, spirit and sword so strong to award the cherished moniker bestowed by her beloved mother: Chikara.
To this day she continues to pursue increasing altitudes of self-created strength.
Body and Mind
Two decades of physical, mental and spiritual honing have yielded many beneficial results to Chikara’s body and mind; only the most intense exertion will wind or exhaust her and she possesses a high threshold to pain.
Once she has determined to battle she separates emotion from the equation. Instead each thought and action becomes a means toward complete and total victory; even when surprised or incensed temperance keeps her tranquil and cool-headed to ensure response may be as sharp and effective as possible.
With a grounding in practicality and reality she is difficult to deceive by means of illusion or trickery; she always ponders the most plausible possibilities to what she experiences.
The concept of “Mind of No Mind” is not foreign to Chikara and she may operate completely on instinct assuming she is unencumbered by emotion or thought; her body will seemingly act entirely on its own, driven by objective to conquer all opponents.
Sword and Soul
Chikara’s training has afforded her mastery of spirit energy, the energy of the soul.
At the cost of her stamina she may manifest the energy outwardly and the effects are proportional to the amount of spirit put in. Due to the sheer time and experience spent growing and strengthening her spirit the available pool and limit she may use at once without exhaustion is understandably tremendous; she may also summon a large sum in miniscule time, therefore the simplest of efforts may bestow terrific results and gathering it into an object such as a sword will allow Chikara to unleash it at her choosing.
Chikara may use the energy defensively and offensively: it is capable of healing injury (though not restoring lost body parts, blood or stamina), fashioning physical barriers being projected through voice in sonic waves, through her limbs and sword. She retains full control of created energy, in what manner it flourishes as well as timings of reaction or transformation; therefore she may affect lingering energy after a technique is used or eliminate it entirely. In the case of evaporation the energy is lost forever.
The energy is inherently invisible to the natural senses unless bestowed with a color or other visible trait but may be otherwise perceived via wind, environmental interaction, pressure and the heat it generates; as Chikara’s channeling increases so too do its byproducts becoming more intense and dangerous to those nearby. Focus and meditation allow her to sense fluctuations in surrounding energy for a radius of up to 100 feet and further thru concentration; she is intrinsically able to see spirits, spirit-based energy or techniques.
Physical separation from objects used to hold the energy will cause it to evaporate.
Chikara’s drive for improvement never allows her to become content with her current strength and motivates her to destroy every would-be wall toward transcendence; while it is a rare if not lengthy accomplishment to surpass her own limits during training, the sheer will to refuse defeat against a stronger adversary or crush someone threatening those important to her more easily allows a shattering of the perceived peak of power and pursue new plateaus.
When this happens she is given access to a larger reservoir of physical and spiritual prowess for a short period of time; the increase is massive but temporary and evolution has potential to bestow new versions of current techniques or develop new (if not rough and unpolished) techniques entirely.
Once the energy is exhausted Chikara’s body must recover for an appropriate amount of time; she is unable to use spirit energy or take any strenuous physical actions. Therefore to move will result in sluggishness or outright collapse; however she’ll eventually catch a second wind and be able to operate and a diminished capacity.
Although she may again access the former level of power the amount will not reach or exceed the former peak and the exhaustion will be greater; hence Chikara should not be expected to defend herself well if at all.
Only thru training may she truly realize and harness the power gained through this.