X'tai Tia

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Ul'dah-transparent.png X'tai Tia (Tai Aubade)
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"No-one heals himself by wounding another."
Gender Male
Race Miqo'te Seeker of the Sun
Clan Lynx Tribe (Cieldalaes)
Citizenship Ul'dah
Age (21)
Guardian (Oschon)
Namesday (25th Sun, Sixth Astral Moon)

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Character

♦ General



Not truly of the Lynx tribe, X'tai ('Tai' for short) was the second son born to X'aka Nunh on a small island in the Cieldalaes Isles. His father ran a bootlegging and farming operation with his 25 females and their children, running booze (and infomation) to pirate operations and certain organisations in Limsa Lominsa. When his mother died, Tai was forced to take up her duties in order to earn his keep: catching and killing the various insects that threatened the crops. He discovered early on that the insect parts he gathered could be brewed into alchemical concoctions with the discarded brewers equipment he salvaged, and furthermore, he began a habit of observing and recording the behaviors of the insects. It has been hinted that Tai used a Diremite Pheromone to poison the pirates that were visiting X'aka Nunh in readiness to begin a shipping contract. His father's wrath at being the accused poisoner would be the cause of Tai's expulsion from the island, and exile to Eorzea.

About a year after his arrival in Thanalan, Tai dropped his tribal letter and took on a more descriptive surname, Aubade, meaning Morning Song.

After seeing his brother become injured so often from their shared adventures, the scholar decided he needed a more stable lifestyle and chose to open a free clinic in the Goblet. It supports itself by donations and fundraisers and the generous donations of a man named Worren Tigre. Despite Tai's intentions, life at the clinic has been hectic, and plagues, strange mutations and even bloodcurses have wreaked havoc on the tiny building.


♦ Appearance



Tai is as tall as Seekers can get. He has lightly tanned skin, powder blue eyes and lavender hair. His left hand sports a mass of scars that appear to resemble scales and he often keeps that hand gloved. Tai's smile is lopsided and his ears are slightly shorter than other miqo'te. He is usually seen dressed for travel, and sports a tattoo on one bicep that masks a brand he received in his younger years. He wears a cursed ring on a chain around his throat, and a high allagan choker around his neck. Usually looks as though he is smiling.

A recent addition is a sigil on his left shoulder that appears to have been carved by claws rather than any surgical tool.




♦ Behaviour



Tai's worldview centers around the idea that people aren't inherently bad. His ability to see the best in people, and perhaps his generous nature lends itself to inspire others to be nicer to one another. His outlook does tend to occlude his ability to see the underhand dealings of some members of his Free Company, though. He is quick to forgive, and even quicker to come to someone's rescue, even a possible enemy. He will ramble on for hours when presented with the topics of magic or insects - two subjects at which he is most often found in study.

As Tai was disciplined in arcanistry, he chooses to manipulate aether through variations in vocal pitch and tone, singing his spells rather than using incantations. So unconscious is the effort now in raising magic this way that motes tend to gather around him when he sings casually as well. Lately his grip on arcanic healing has faltered, leading him to seek alternative methods of healing.

Tai is quick to smile, and often masks his troubles with goofy behavior. He is easily embarrassed and often awkward around strangers.

Despite his best intentions, Tai makes bad snap decisions. Whether it is impatience or fear guiding the choices, they often result in unforeseen consequences; see also "bad decision roulette".

Blue moths often follow the scholar around, which seems to raise his brother's stress levels considerably for some reason.



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Combat

Until recently, Tai would hang back, trying to keep out of conflicts and instead support his friends with healing magics. More recently though, his ability to structure and construct arcanic spells was shaken, and as a result he can only tap into a wilder, more dangerous aether. The magic he can reach is elemental, but due to his inexperience the energy is unpredictable in his hands, as likely to heal as cause harm. Because of this Tai refers to it as "wild magic". He still needs to sing to help focus his casting.

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★ Recent RP events ★

Bad Decision Roulette - Among the many bad decisions Tai has made as a result of snap decisions or ham-handed attempts to save people are:

Taking on an almost lethal amount of corruption in order to save and redeem an enemy.
Using enhanced primal magics when confronted with the possibility of being wrongfully arrested, resulting in the deaths of several people
Assisting a friend in infiltrating a beastmen stronghold to rescue a tempered child (intent on experimenting on the child to reverse the process)
Entrusting a known dangerous summoner with a grimoire of forbidden knowledge.
Giving a strong aphrodisiac to the care of a man intending on using it in revenge.


Likes

■ Cake! Usually when accompanied by more cake
■ Having his ears rubbed
■ Listening to others' stories


Dislikes

■ The sight of blood
■ Killing
■ Seeing innocent people hurt


Hobbies/Talents

■ Studying magic, specifically healing and primal magics
■ Singing
■ Reinventing/re-purposing devices or spells


Favorites

■ Food:cakes and pies
■ Place:Hermit's Hovel
■ Flowers:Cherry Blossoms

♦ Related Images


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Relationships


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Friends

S'imba Tia – Though often attempting to kill Tai, S'imba and he have a somewhat amicable relationship. Despite their outwardly-seeming rocky friendship, the pair share the desire to help others where possible. S'imba and Tai consider each other as brothers.


Athrun Coeur - A Summoner Tai employed for his unique alchemical skills; namely distilling and infusing primal components into his concoctions. After several moons working together the two fell into one another's embrace and now spend their time with one another as lovers more than co-workers.


K'ovu Tia – Upon their first meeting when K'ovu was discovered hanging from a trap over Sven Volkorous' fireplace, a drunken, sleep-deprived Tai misunderstood the miniqo'te's shouts and undressed the man instead; laying the garments neatly on a nearby chair. This event prompted K'ovu to implicate Tai after being captured following a high-profile theft.The events the pair subsequently survived in the prisons brought them together as friends.


Chouwa Morrison – Tai's confidante and second in command. Chou took up the job of head of security when the scholar first opened his clinic and has taken the role seriously, often becoming injured to protect her bumbling 'boss'.


Kira Exjeiah - A summoner and close friend to both Athrun and Tai. After meeting Kira, he was then introduced to the man who would become his closest companion. One of Tai's hobbies included setting the keeper up on impromptu dates while wearing hilarious disguises so he doesn't recognise the well-meaning healer.


Naoh'ra Ohndai - A thaumaturge Tai met at the Quicksand. The normally grumpy Keeper became fast friends and are often seen together joking about healing or the antics of Tai's brother K'ovu.
Sven Volkorus – The Legendary Black Mage considers Tai and S'imba as his sons, going to extraordinary lengths for the two, despite his misgivings about miqo'te.



Acquaintances


K'ora Tia – A man whom little is known about. It has been hinted that K'ora exists outside of the timestream, turning up to alter the flow of events when it suits him. The man is curt and abrasive to Tai, drawing often both his ire and admiration when they meet.


Enemies & Rivals

Samantha Goldsmith – Originally a prospective mate to Tai, their relationship became quite rocky very quickly. A series of hilarious events led to the eventual parting of ways, though Tai vehemently defends Sam when confronted with criticisms of the sandy-haired woman.

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Quotes

Quotes about X'tai Tia

"If there was a competition to see who was the world's stupidest miqo'te, you would be the main contender!" - Samantha Goldsmith
"You're so wonderfully kind to me, I thank the twelve everyday for letting me meet you" - Athrun Coeur
"Your lack of better judgment contradicts your raw talent." - Grim Shade
"We're both kind of the Castus brothers legacy. Though like them the end results are complete opposites in our power." - S'imba Tia

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Rumors

"Tai? As in the lavender-haired fellow? Yeah he's always walking around these parts. Sings a lot too. The kids all rush to the windows when he passes and he waves and gives them tiny cakes. Dunno why he's always got cakes on him. Must be going to offer them at the Shrine." -Matron, Ul'dah's Children of Thal Orphanage
"Singin' healer? yeh, there's one comes by once a sennight ta check up on the missus, Make sure the babby's forming up all proper. She's really swellin' up now, the missus is. Come ta think on it, I ain't seen him aroun' in half a moon. You think sommat's happened?" - Gridanian local
"I know of a lavender-haired miqo'te, but he didn't call himself 'Tai'. He said his name was Illiad. He was hanging around a keeper who seemed perpetually frustrated with him too." - Conjurer, Stillglade Fane
"I just wish he'd keep his bloody big dog in the house. A few nights ago the dirty great thing came barreling out the house and et one of me favourite chocos! Ripped her to shreds! he said he'd pay but you can't put no price on somethin' you grown from childhood. Nice guy though. Pleasant voice. Just too damned negligent with his pets by half!" - Housing Caretaker, the Goblet
"That clockwork eye is unsettling. When it looks at you it feels like he can see through your very soul." Ul'dah local

♦ Footnotes

Alignment: Chaotic Good


Theme song: Tai's Theme