Aliases/Nicknames: Since her marriage, she has adopted her husband's last name of Kinkaid.
Height: 5 fulms 3 ilms. Rhisi stands on the taller side for female miqo'te though the last three inches are truthfully more ear than anything else.
Weight: 125 ponze. The miqo'te is built on a slender though muscular frame.
Face: C'rhisi has a heart-shaped face with full cheeks and a pointed chin. Her eyes are large and expressive, feline-shaped with long lashes and dramatically colored with the left a dark olive green and the right a pale spring green. She has natural dark stripes down her forehead and across her cheeks under her eyes. Her brows are naturally arched and thin, a shade of reddish blonde. Her nose is small, her lips are very full to the point of poutiness and naturally a few shades darker than her skin. On her left cheek is a scar, just above her jawline. Over her eyes are strange, twisting red markings that do not correspond to any known tribal meanings.
Hair: Rhisi's hair has gotten long in the last five years, more from lack of time than any fashion sense. It's naturally a shade somewhere between dark blonde and red with red highlights. For now, she prefers to wear it down so that it falls along her cheeks and down her back to her rump, occasionally with the front strands twined back into a simple, loose braid. When she performs, Rhisi draws her hair back with an elaborate barrette so that it is out of her face and falls down her back. She uses her hair as part of the performance, much like a veil. When her hair is wet it reveals a hint of wave.
Body/Build: Though she is slender, Rhisi has clearly led a life with a great deal of physical work and activity. Her body is muscular and toned with lean, predatory lines. She has a full chest, slim waist, and rounded hips leading down to strong, long legs. Training in archery and dance for years has given her arms and back defined musculature and she has calluses on her fingertips from both the bow and the harp string. Her nails are curved even when sheathed; when agitated she can unsheathe them into wickedly sharp talons about an ilm and a half long. Her feet, should they be seen without shoes or in sandals, have small, rounded claws, intended to act almost like cleats when running. Her skin is a natural olive tone and tans easily. There are a few very faded scars on her legs and arms, the marks of an active childhood. On her right ribcage is a scar in a strange shape that looks almost like a comet with it's tail- a circular scar with a long slice coming off of it. Across her back and shoulder blades are ten deep lash marks. On her left ribcage, almost mirroring her right, is a thin scar that encircles her ribs. On the palms of both hands are a series of long, thin scars that are pretty faded, where her claws pierced the skin many times over.
Voice: Speaking: Her voice is pleasant and slightly low for a female, with a musicality and rhythm to it even when she is speaking normally. She is expressive with her tone unless agitated, when she resorts to a calm, modulated tone that reveals nothing of how she is feeling. There is maybe a bit of indefinable accent and she tends towards a more formal and verbose style of speaking, clearly loving language. When deeply angered or enraged, Rhisi's more feral side emerges and her voice is filled with snarls or chest-rumbling growls.
Singing: Rhisi's singing range is between soprano and alto with an excellent range. When she sings her spells, her voice will 'split', becoming a chorus that ranges from mezzo-soprano down to the deepest bass in an eerie, though beautiful, effect.
Demeanor: The miqo'te has always had a public and private face, likely due to her time as a performer and bartender. As time has passed and particularly after the birth of her son, Rhisi has developed a motherly streak a mile wide and though she is occasionally stern, she is still quick to smile, ready with a word of comfort or cheer, and always attentive to the person or people speaking to her. She is quick to lend an ear or a shoulder and has no qualms about spending her time aiding others- often at expense of herself. She is stubborn and possesses a temper that occasionally causes her to flare up and say things she regrets, but is generally good-natured. She is quieter than she once was, not quite so willing to dive into conversation, but any indication that her opinion is sought will find a deeply thought-out response in reply.
Nature: Rhisi's private face is very different from the one she presents to the world. It takes a great deal of time, energy, and demonstrated trust in her for her to show this face to others. Privately, Rhisi is deeply, deeply insecure in herself and her abilities. She grew up with the weight of destiny heavy on her shoulders and in her heart she is convinced she will never measure up to the responsibilities placed on her. She does not believe herself beautiful, clever, or skilled and finds her ability to empathize and talk to people to be more of a result of luck than skill. Since her return from her travels Rhisi finds it difficult to be comfortable around large groups of people and holding up conversation and the skills of a hostess take much more effort than they used to. She is extraordinarily proud and deeply fearful of being a wife, a mother, and a commander in her free company, but has found that carrying this weight has made her into a steadier person.
Flaws: Rhisi's temper can be a detriment to her, particularly if she gets angry enough to stop thinking clearly. Her insecurities can lead her to overextend herself to the point of exhaustion or dangerous aetherial depletion in an effort to prove to others and herself that she is worthy of the trust she has been given. She is prone to severe nightmares and has developed minor post-traumatic stress due to her experiences while travelling, making certain sounds and experiences send her into a near-panic. When emotionally agitated, particularly in a crowded or stressful situation, Rhisi will shut down emotionally and present an empty face to the world. The miqo'te is phobic to the point of inaction when forced to encounter large, deep bodies of water. She can stand to look at the ocean, even dip her toe in, but will not willingly use ferries or boats and cannot swim. When her loved ones are in danger Rhisi will 'revert' to a purely feral creature with her only desire to cause as much destruction and bloodshed as possible to anyone and anything in between her and the person she cares about. She clearly remembers what she does during these rampages and will use all of her skills and abilities during such- she simply becomes hyperfocused on her goal.
Intelligence: Though not schooled in any formal kind of way, Rhisi nonetheless underwent extensive teaching in a huge variety of subjects as befitted her eventual position as the religious and medical heir of her tribe. When she left her tribe and began to travel the world, she soaked up knowledge like a sponge, resulting in a young woman that possesses a remarkable breadth of information though in places her depth is lacking. She is literate and as a result of her travels has picked up a smattering of the Far Eastern language along with Eorzean.
Romance/Love: Rhisi believes strongly in love in all it's manifestations. Though she has been hurt and had her trust betrayed, she will passionately and fervently defend love- platonic, familial, and romantic, as one of the most powerful forces on Hydaelen and something that everyone deserves no matter what they have done. Her upbringing was such that love between mates was not expected and romantic gestures such as those sung about in the songs popular in the non-tribal world were simply not done, as such her marriage to Konner Kinkaid is a source of joy in her life that she never expected. Rhisi's love for her husband, her infant son, and her free company have expanded her meaning of love to include far more than she ever expected, and she believes deeply in it's power to change lives.
Style: Rhisi has two main combat styles. She is a very skilled archer, having trained in the art since she was a child in the tribes and polishing her skills with the Gridanians. She prefers to take the high ground and use a sniping style of archery, finding herself easily overwhelmed if trying to use her bow in any kind of melee combat situation. If forced into melee, Rhisi will abandon her bow and go to a modified pugilist style that utilizes her speed, agility, and wickedly sharp claws to end her enemies while taking as little damage as she can. She is a strong believer in ending a fight quickly- whether hunting intelligent prey or beasts, she goes for a merciful kill unless specifically needing to question her prey. Rhisi has been trained in the art of spear fighting in the desert way, with an emphasis on speed, slashing strikes, and dodging, though it has been years since she has touched a spear. She has been studying use of short and long blades with her husband, and though still in the rudimentary phases of fighting with the sword, is a moderately skilled knife/dagger wielder. She is also learning and training extensively with mounted archery.
Strengths: Speed, skilled with the bow, moderately skilled with hand to hand combat, knife-fighting, and the spear. Her combat skills are focused on giving a quick, merciful death and avoiding damage as much as possible. She can use her voice while in combat in a variety of ways, to infuse her arrows with aether, to bolster her allies, to distract her enemies, to heal, to draw in and distribute aether, to create a number of elemental-based attacks, and to create a large and fairly devastating attack- though this takes an enormous amount of time and energy.
Weaknesses: Rhisi is small and not particularly sturdy. A good hit or two can take her out of the fight. She can put herself into combat situations where she will be overwhelmed particularly if those she cares about are in danger. All of her magic is song-based, so silencing techniques or damage to her throat or voice will take away her magical abilities completely.
Rhisi possesses and has always possessed the Echo, bearing the mark of Hydaelen in her mind that allows her to understand language no matter the speaker.
When it comes to aetherial manipulation, Rhisi is not bound by any particular 'style' of magic- White, Black, Arcanima, Astrological, her abilities dip a toe into each of the schools as well as encompassing something that is strangely and, at least so far uniquely, her own. She can hear the vibrations of aether around her as tones, a kind of aetherial music that she, with the use of her voice as a focus (and to a lesser extent, her body and ritual motions through dance), has the capability of affecting by changing the vibrations. Through steady and slow study and the aid of her Company, Rhisi has discovered that she draws on an aetherial source somewhere amongst the sky or stars and she wears a necklace with an enchanted sunset opal set in it to allow her to amplify her voice and her personal aether pool.
In recent moons, Rhisi has begun realizing that there is slightly more to her skills than she knows, a depth and breadth of possibility that honestly frightens her. She has been hesitant to explore further, though she has always tread previously unwalked paths the idea of walking blind into the dark truly scares her.
- Writing and performing music
- Being challenged to grow
- Spicy food
- People convinced of their superiority
- The smell of cooking vegetables (especially cabbages)
Father: C'tohbei Tia (formerly Nuhn)- Tohbei was a capable, strong hunter and a caring Nuhn that protected his tribe and his family well into his middle age. Recently he lost his position to a younger male and has transitioned gracefully into a position as an older male and mentor in the tribe. C'rhisi was never close to him but respected him as her sire.
Mother: C'rahna Issei- Rahna is the current jali of one of the three villages of Rhisi's tribe and as such is deeply revered, respected, and held in high esteem. She has disowned Rhisi and adopted one of her sister's daughters as her new heir. This action has resulted in Rhisi being declared outcast by her village, a deeply traumatic and painful experience for her. As Rhisi was growing up, she had a complex and complicated relationship with her mother- on the one hand, she lived in awe of her power and loved her very deeply, seeing her as infallible. On the other hand Rahna pushed Rhisi very nearly from birth into being someone great, a worthy heir, someone that could live up to the incredible weight of destiny that came along with her odd-colored eyes and her bloodline. She punished Rhisi severely for failure though was equally effusive with praise, creating many of Rhisi's personality conflicts.
Sibling/extended family: Rhisi's tribal ways are such that her entire tribe is considered family. Tohbei's other mates and their children were closest to her, of course, as were her mother's two sisters, who served as jali to the other two villages. As Rhisi grew up, she started training under the Master Hunter of her village, a middle aged female that Rhisi looked up to a great deal. From Rhisi's stories, the Master Hunter is the one that taught her survival skills and the art of the bow.
Husband: Rhisi is wed to Konner Kinkaid, the samurai and leader of the Sword and Rose Order . He is the father of her first child and her closest and dearest friend.
Children: Rhisi is the proud mother of an infant son: Tohbias Ryo Kinkaid.
- "She's a fantastic dancer! Gaw I miss her."
- "That girl can sing like the Siren herself. It's...a little eerie, honestly."
- "You know, I trained with her for a while in Gridania. She's got a different way about her, but she works damn hard."
- "She's a momma now, you know. Saw her carrying the sweetest baby boy. He's got funny eyes though..."
- "She sings for that Sword and Rose group now. I hear her sometimes when I'm walking around the Goblet."
- "I heard she left Eorzea for a while. Wonder where she went?"
- "She used to have tattoos around her eyes... something happened. That new tattoo on her cheek isn't a good thing."
- "That tattoo just up and vanished! VANISHED! Now she's got these red ones, kinda like the ones she used to have... damn eerie that girl is."
- "I saw her in the Quicksand about three suns ago... when it got busy, she got really pale and ran out. Never saw her do that before."
- "See her all around the cities with that man in the funny helm. Must be together?"
- "I saw her sitting in the Goblet, way off on Raubahn's Salute. She was singing in that Far Eastern language. It was...really pretty."
- "One of my cousins is in the Garlean resistence, he said someone matching her description helped them a while ago."
- "Something happened in Urth's Font a few moons ago. Something that made my hair stand up all the way here in the damned Canopy. Could swear I can still hear singing when I go out that way..."
((Characters I've interacted with free to add))
- "As a sister in some ways, in that we bear an understanding few might ever comprehend. And talent! We must do a duet sometime." - Ciel Wulfe
- "Watch yourself around her... Sharp as a well kept blade, but sheathed often enough you might forget it. Her friends are not the only things you need be careful of." - Quarimar Baenund
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- Character Inspirations: Nancy from Sin City, Rachel Brice and Zoe Jakes and Irina Akulenko as a dancer, and Honda Tohru
- Rhisi's Myer's-Brigg's type is INFJ
- Character dance styles are drawn from a multitude of different cultural sources. Please see Kalinga (part 1), Kalinga (part 2), Bellydance, and Tribal Fusion styles for some examples.