Yanagita “Kirin” Shunji; Kirin; Qilin.
Engineer (only tech powers, 2 weapons).
Yanagita stood 6’ 2” and weighted around one hundred fifty pounds with a muscular frame. He was always told that he looked and sounded like his father according to relatives. He always maintained a healthy body and often worked out despite his prosthetic leg. The prosthetic leg won't be noticeable whenever he is wearing his armor around, but it becomes very oblivious in casual wear. Beside the leg, there wasn't anything "fake" about him.
Besides wearing his armor, you might spot him wearing a professional outfit or the standard Initiative outfit provided to everyone. And he tends to cut his hair short since he spent time with the Alliance (Artist: Lee Yong).
Yanagita Shunji was born a year after the discovery on Mars to Nakagome & Yamaha. They both were scientists who were trying to extract any remaining technologies from the ruins. That was why Yanagita was born on Lowell City. Once the Alliance had no more use for the scientists, they moved back to Japan and began working for them more often. Yamaha became a recruiter for the Alliance's science department to care for her only child while Nakagome directly worked for the Alliance. Nakagome was one of the scientists that studied the Charon Relay when it was discovered to reactive it. However, Yanagita barely remembered his childhood expected on the day that the First Contact happened.
Nakagome had been working with the Alliance to active any deactivated relays that they found. However, they met resistance when reactivating Relay 314. The aliens, which were the turians, opened fire on the fleet and destroyed all but one starship. Unfortunately, Nakagome wasn't on the lone starship and perished. Yanagita and Yamaha did not hear about the attack until the lone ship returned and learned of Nakagome's fate. Heartbroken and angry, she developed a hatred for aliens, especially turians and wanted the Alliance to keep fighting them after Shanxi fell. While, Yanagita was heartbroken over his father's sudden death, but he never truly understood what happened until he was older.
Yanagita struggled without his father during his time in middle and high school while his mother found comfort with Terra Firma, an anti-alien political party. Yamaha soon became a key speaker for the party and attended rallies to spread Terra Firma's message. She often got into arguments about alien influences on humanity with protesters; however, that didn't bother Yanagita until he got into high school. In high school, students quickly learned about his mother and assumed he had the same beliefs. Thus, he had to deal with bullying and mocking from everyone. It wasn't until his last year in high school that he wanted to prove everyone wrong.
In order to do that, he had to confront his own mother while she was giving her usual speech on the ninth anniversary of the First Contract War. Yamaha was stunned and embarrassed that her own son would proclaim his support of aliens and say it on the anniversary of Nakagome's death. As if it wasn't enough, a picture of Yanagita kissing a turian went viral days after the speech. It was such a big scandal that Terra Firma denounced Yamaha and discredited her as a member. She never forgave Yanagita for dishonoring the family name and ruining her only source of happiness. When he turned eighteen and finished school, she kicked him out and told him to never visit.
With nowhere to go, Yanagita went to an Alliance recruiter to join. He got basic training before being placed in a division apart of the Alliance Engineering Corp. His division was responsible for maintaining defenses of colonies located in the Skyllian Verge against pirates and slavers. Whenever he was on military leave, he attended college in Elysium to get a degree in electrical engineering. Thankfully, Yanagita wasn't on Elysium when it came under attack during the Skyllian Blitz. The attack made him angry towards the pirates and wanted to fight back. And when he heard of the upcoming battle on Torfan, he requested transform to the 103rd Marine Division. The chain of command approved the transform and Yanagita left for Torfan.
The Battle of Torfan was a bloodbath for the Alliance while a massacre for the pirates on the moon. Hundreds of Alliance soldiers were killed during the push towards the base. And thousands got injured, including Yanagita, who had shrapnel in his legs due to an explosion. It was his first serious injury that he got during his time in the Alliance. He never regretted the decision to join the Marine Division but it was a wake up call. Once he got his degree, he decided to leave the Alliance and move into the Citadel. However, civilian life was difficult for Yanagita to get back. The Citadel was too peaceful for a military man, like Yanagita, to spend his remaining life. And he didn't have many friends in the Citadel until he met Sertius Quintis. Quintis was a C-Sec officer that met with Yanagita during his break.
Both Quintis and Yanagita were military men at a point in their life and went to the Citadel to retire; but, Quintis joined C-Sec to keep himself busy. After some convincing, Yanagita applied to the C-Sec's Network Division. It wasn't as fun as being part of the Patrol Division, but he knew that his skill would be best suited to deal with E-Crimes. For three years, he did his job for the Network Division to the best of his abilities without question. His superiors were impressed with Yanagita and gave him pay raises. And Quintis became a great friend to Yanagita. Life was comfortable enough for Yanagita until the Citadel was under attack.
Yanagita volunteered his assistance to the Patrol Division given his time in the Alliance. His superiors accepted the request and sent him to temporary join Quintis' unit. Both Yanagita and Quintis were tasked with escorting citizens to one of many safety zones established by C-Sec. The situation was getting better with the arrival of the Alliance fleet and the destruction of the key starship. Until pieces of it began to crash down on the station. One of the pieces from the massive starship crash landed onto the safety zone that Yanagita and Quintis were in. They were trapped under rubble for hours until C-Sec finally got them out and transported to a local hospital. Yanagita' left leg had to be amputated due to it being seriously inflected, while Quintis lost both of his legs. However, both men got free prosthetics because of their actions during the attack.
About a year after the battle, Yanagita learned about the Andromeda Initiative while reading chat logs of a weapons dealer. He found out that the Initiative was planning on leaving for an entirely new galaxy. It sounded more exciting than working at a desk and he missed his time in the Alliance. Then he told Quintis about the Initiative, who was doubtful about the whole thing. He didn't believe that the technology was possible to travel to another galaxy. However, Yanagita applied anywhere despite Quintis' warnings. His Alliance background and engineering skills. Then, he tried to convince Quintis to also apply for the Initiative. The turian couldn't stand leaving behind Yanagita and applied.
Next thing they knew, both men were accepted onto the Initiative and quit their jobs at C-Sec. Quintis got to say goodbye to his family in Palaven while Yanagita went to Earth, hoping to see his mother one last time. Sadly, Yamaha didn't want anything to do with her son; instead, he wrote a letter as a way of moving forward with his new life in a new galaxy. Both friends went on board the Nexus to begin their six hundred rest. Once they were awakened, everything that they had hoped for came crashing down. Then, Quintis was banished for his role in the Nexus Uprising while Yanagita was considering following in his friend's footsteps. That was before the Ark Hyperion arrived and quickly joined the APEX program.
Even known his close friend isn't with him, Yanagita knew that he needed to move forward.
Being in the military has made Yanagita into a mature and strict person. He's the one person that would be honest about any given situation and then provide a plan to deal with it. And with being a military person comes at a cost. Whenever he is in the heat of battle, he gets excited and all of his worried temporary disappear. Even if he isn't in the front lines. Once he is back in the Nexus or anywhere civilized, that excitement is gone and replaced with fear and anxiousness because he can't predict the future. It won't drive him insane, but it does bug him. He would spent time on his omni-tool or sketch to distract his mind.
Drawing was Yanagita's hidden hobbies and produced some decent artworks. He tried to keep it a secret because of a bad experience while in the Alliance. The only people that knew about it were his mother, some squadmates in the Alliance, and Quintis. When he was accepted onto the Initiative, he planned on being more open with his hobby. With the chaos from the Scourge and the Nexus Uprising, he hasn't have the time to draw something without being interrupted to help fix a new problem.
Reason for being awoken from Cryo
The Initiative required engineers to fix problems caused by the Scourge. Yanagita was one of the engineers awaken because of his engineering skills that were highlighted by his time in the Alliance and his electrical engineering degree.
Naginata Sniper Rifle VIII, Hurricane Shotgun IV, Nexus omni-tool VII, and Light Freedom armor VI (in the color and with the golden markings from the picture).
Tactical scan, Sabotage, Flamethrower, Invasion, and Energy Drain.