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Akiko Kojima
« on: March 16, 2018, 08:53:50 PM »
Akiko Kojima
Age:  14

Gender:  Female

Primary Occupation:  Swordhand

Secondary Occupation:  General Hand

Requested Ship:  Any

Equipment:  Senbon - thin, long, metal needles. These are commonly used for acupuncture and less commonly used as a throwing weapon. Akiko carries two cases of 12.

Medicinal Herbs & Plant extracts - in a little kit. Common on Greenleaf, used for alternative medicine.

Katana - a sword famous for being used by the samurai on Earth-That-Was Japan (and by Alliance Operatives).

Appearance:  Akiko Kojima is a fresh-faced, exuberant 14 year old. She has blonde hair, most often worn in a ponytail that swings jauntily as she walks. In the ponytail, her hair is about as long as to the base of her skull. She has dark blue eyes that are bright and animated. She has a round face with cute, soft features.

Her overall appearance is one of good health and vitality. She's a little on the short side compared to others but not enough to feel like it’s much of a disadvantage. She isn't finished growing yet anyway!

Her clothing choices favour plainness and simplicity: lots of dark greys and blacks. 

Face Claim:  Chloe Grace Moretz

Initial Personality:  Bold, rash, with a short fuse, and rather shouty when the mood strikes her. You might notice however, that she works hard. She really studied and tried her best all through her short life, with a severe determination that most adults would never even think of. She’s dedicated, competitive, with a killer’s instinct.

She has a great respect for authority. It's kind of automatic: if you've got some kind of title or a badge, she will show you respect because of it. It might come about that she doesn't respect you as a person, but she has been taught to show respect to positions of authority anyway.

Most of all, she is an angry young girl.

Underlying Personality:  Akiko had a dream, a dream that was instilled in her by the traditions of her village from a very early age. Then, all of a sudden, she was told that she could not have that dream. She rebelled against that notion. She is going to hold on to her dream - or at least some new form of it - no matter what.

She desperately wants friends but her angsty, competitive, insecure childishness makes that incredibly difficult for her. She insults people and makes arguments, genuinely believing that she is defending herself but more often than not the slight against her has been imagined. It would really take a very loving, patient, kind person to get past her anger and become a friend.

Akiko is loyal and true. If she tells you she will do something, she will.

She was training to be a ninja. In the traditions of her village this meant being a protector more than anything. However, a ninja may be required to do dark things for the greater good of their village - and Akiko had mentally prepared herself for this already. She has already killed two men in the line of duty. Now, she doesn't have a village leader giving her missions or orders, so it will be interesting to see where her loyalties lie now that she is out on her own.

Known History:  The record for Akiko Kojima holds nothing of interest. She was the only child born to her parents in the secluded village of Ye on Greenleaf.

If you look up Ye on the Cortex you will learn that they are one of a group of five villages/tribes situated in the jungles of Greenleaf. Each village claims lineage back to Earth-That-Was Japan. The land of those five villages are protected (like the Native American lands today).

Other History:  Akiko was born into a village with very special traditions. Almost all children are trained from infancy in the ways of the ninja. Periodically, decisions are made that some children are not cut out to continue this life, and their training ends and they are assigned other roles within the village. Being selected to continue with ninja training is, or at least is supposed to be, a huge honour. The ninjas who make it to 18 then become the protectors of their village. There is great competition between the five villages, which provides plenty of work for these ninjas.

In the case of Akiko, she was set on the path of a ninja and began to dream of one day becoming the greatest ninja of her village. She knew it would take massive work and dedication, but she believed in it. At the age of 13, the handful of children selected to continue their ninja training are allowed to begin participating in real "missions" for their villages. Akiko was selected for four missions over the course of her 13th year.

The first was an assassination of a religious leader in an opposing village. Akiko was supposed to tag along as extra recon, as a learning experience. The mission went haywire when a newly-qualified ninja lost his head and began a fight that shouldn't have happened. The other experienced ninjas on the team had to intervene, and the target was beaten badly. Akiko couldn't handle this. She knew the objective was to kill the target, but it didn't have to be brutal. From her watch-post, she threw a senbon, landing the killing strike on the target and instantly earning her a reputation as a cold killer.

The next mission was another assassination, with an added target for rescue. Akiko was selected, this time in full partnership with the experienced ninja. This time, Akiko was determined that no matter what, the target would not die painfully. Akiko came through, stealthily making the kill with a pair of senbon.

The third mission was more usual fare. A delivery from outside was being made to a rival village. Ye wanted to stop that delivery, to mess with their rivals. All they had to do was stop the delivery being made. Of course, the ninja from that village were there to protect the delivery. This was Akiko's first time up against other ninja. They had been briefed that this was strictly a no-kill mission but at one point, Akiko saw no other option. She pulled a senbon, prepared to throw it, when an experienced ninja on her team physically stopped her.

The fourth mission was another rescue operation. A girl had gone missing and Akiko was part of a team to try and track and find her. The girl was found alive but in extreme condition. It took all the ninja on the mission to their limit to keep the girl alive until she could be returned to their village. Akiko learned that it is much easier to kill than it is to protect and save.

Then, at age 14, her mother and father told her that they were removing her from the ninja training program because an offer had been made for Akiko as a wife. Arranged marriages were an uncommon part of the village's tradition. Akiko balked at the idea.

For a while, she simply tried to pretend it wasn't happening, then she tried to convince the boy she was arranged to marry that it was a bad idea. That didn't work: he was pretty excited by the prospect. So, in an extreme move, she has fled her village.

This is a terrible dishonour. She is now a "lost ninja", which means that any ninja from the five villages are honour-bound to kill her if they ever come across her. Thankfully, ninjas rarely leave their village surrounds - but that does mean that she can probably never return to Greenleaf. It's heart-breaking for her to be a "lost ninja" but it was the best choice she could make. It was a better option to her than becoming a child-bride.

And so, her dream of becoming the greatest ninja of her village is gone. She is now trying to build a new dream, somewhere in the big wide 'verse.

Skills and Strengths:  Bladed weaponry. She has trained with her katana since she was six years old with dedication and zeal. She has a knowledge of many if not all other kinds of blades, but it is the katana that she has focused her skills on. In the last three years, she has been working with senbon as a throwing weapon. She is able to throw her senbon with extreme precision. She loves her katana deeply but in her experience it is the senbon that have proved the most effective.

Hand-to-hand combat. She is skilled in this area, but not to an expert level. She is able to use her diminutive size and her high speed to great advantage, and would give even trained fighters a challenge. She's stronger than she looks and knows where and how to hit for the most damage.

Fitness. She is in great shape, with the added bonus that comes with youth of seemingly endless bounds of energy.

Agility, flexibility, dexterity. Again a bonus of youth and a decade of training in athletics and acrobatics, Akiko can climb up, flip over, squeeze under, roll out of practically anything.

Healing and Alternative Medicine. Her knowledge of this is high above average, but would not compare with someone who specifically studied it. Her knowledge has been picked up from watching her mother and other members of her village where modern medicine is almost non-existent. At home, it's second nature to almost everyone how to use the local plantlife for health. She can also perform acupuncture, though... let's just say it's easier for Akiko to hurt someone with a senbon than it is to heal.

Weaknesses:  Guns. "What the heck are these things? Oh, yeah, I've seen them in the movies but... people don't actually use them in real life...? Wait, they do? Uh... But I have a sword. That's much better, surely."

Technology. They didn't have anything but the basic in Akiko's village so she has very little experience with technology in general. She is fascinated by it, however, and wants to learn.

Mechanics/Piloting/Ship-board skills. She'd never been off-world, or even out of her village, until she was fourteen.

Fiery temper. That's an understatement. Anything can make her flip her lid, you just never know. If she thinks for some reason you are making fun of her, or belittling her, or disagreeing with her, she will take it as a personal affront.

Little girl in a big 'verse. She thinks she knows it all. In her village, as a ninja-in-training, she garnered great respect, even from adults (the majority of adults were not ninjas themselves). She has no concept of the fact that she is just a kid.

« Last Edit: March 18, 2018, 02:48:11 PM by PurpleRiver »


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