Haien Okeya

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 Haien Okeya
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Gender Male
Race Au Ra
Clan Raen
Citizenship Unaffiliated
Age 22
Occupation Botanist
Orientation Bisexual
Alignment Lawful Good
Affiliation None

GENERAL INFORMATION

Haien Okeya (Pronunciation: Hi-yen Oh-kay-yuh), is an auri mercenary and bodyguard who sells his spear to those who can afford it. In his spare time he enjoys spearfishing and swimming, and in general prefers areas with water over those with none.


APPEARANCE

Standing at 7'2" tall, Haien is on the strong side even for an Au Ra. As with most Raen, a pattern of lightly-colored scales can be found across much of his body. While on a job, his natural resting expression is a stern one; one cultivated to dissuade fights before they can start. He tends to keep his blonde hair tied back in a loose ponytail with his bangs loose, though due to his lack of concern for looking proper, one can frequently see stray wisps of hair sticking out from the rest. His attire is vaguely reminiscent of the Shisui Palace uniform that he used to wear, though he has adopted the Eorzean custom of wearing pants, as the Kohakama he had worn previously garnered too much attention.


LIKES

Water. Being submerged in water reminds him of the home he will likely never be able to return to.

Protecting people. His life may not have led to being a palace guard as expected, but Haien still finds satisfaction in keeping others safe, considering it his duty and goal in life.

DISLIKES

Unnecessary Bloodshed. While he's not hesitant to fight when needed, any conflict that can be resolved peacefully is preferable to Haien.

STRENGTHS

Close combat. Haien grew up with the spear, training for the majority of his life to reach peak combat performance. Add on to this his strength and his instinct for battle and it can be easy to see how he would excel in such matters.

Attractive. Though he doesn't intentionally cultivate good looks, a side result of his training is that he's physically fit, and genetics have provided him with an extra boost on top of that.

WEAKNESSES

Dedication to those he's protecting. In some ways a strength, this can also be a major weakness for Haien, as he won't hesitate to use himself as a shield for those he's protecting, even if such a thing will prove harmful to his own person.

Ranged Combat. Haien has never varied from the spear, and as such, any opponent quick enough to keep out of his range will find that Haien has few answers from a distance.

Difficulty switching between work and play Haien has a very different mindset when he's on the job compared to off it, and so if he's forced into a leisure or social situation immediately after a job (or worse, during one) it can be very difficult for him to actually relax and be reasonably social.


BACKSTORY

Childhood and Early Life

From a young age, Haien was proud to be the product of a long line of guards. Like many other children of guards, he spent his formative years preparing for his eventual life as a guard -- something he was proud to look forward to.

When he was finally old enough to undertake the formal training, it surprised no one that he was the strongest and fastest of the adolescents gathered. What DID take Haien by surprise was how narrow the margin was between him and the other frontrunner behind him; Rino. While Haien had a clear advantage, Rino was close behind, and the two spent most of their free time together, spurring each other on in a friendly rivalry. Their instructor was quick to notice and encourage this friendship, often assigning them the same duties and responsibilities.

Their ability to spur each other on allowed them to complete training early, and in fact, both Haien and Rino were made fully-fledged guards on the same sun, in the same ceremony -- a full six moons before the rest of the trainees.

Two moons later, the two were on a routine patrol when disaster struck. A giant plesiosaur of monstrous size emerged from the depths, attacking both Haien and Rino. The two fought fiercely with everything they had, but eventually Rino was critically injured. Spurred on by the desperation to save his friend, Haien finally managed to wound the creature, causing it to retreat into the depths from whence it came.

Although Haien rushed Rino back to the palace as quickly as he could, there was little that could be done, and Rino succumbed to his injuries soon after. Haien was devastated, and he fled the palace, swimming away in no particular direction, driven half mad by a combination of grief and shame.

Post-Shisui

The next few suns were difficult for Haien, as he struggled with both his emotions and his basic needs for survival. He soon learned that his skill with a spear could be used not only for combat, but also for catching the fish he relied upon as his primary source of nourishment. Haien quickly lost track of the passage of time, his every waking moment focused on the refinement of his spearfishing techniques, or on busy work designed to keep his mind off recent events he couldn't quite deal with yet.

The longer he avoided the subject in waking bells, however, the worse his nightmares became. It didn't take long before he could barely close his eyes without seeing Rino's decaying corpse, which in turn drove away Haien's appetite. Starving and delirious from lack of sleep, Haien began to hallucinate. As he neared the brink of death, the hallucinations took the shape of his parents, scolding him for throwing away the inheritance, the legacy they had trusted him with. He tried to turn away, only to run face first into Rino, who urged Haien to forgive himself; to move on and live a life they could both be proud of.

It was this final hallucination that spurred Haien into gear. Despite how weak he had become, he managed to spear several fish, consuming them raw, for he had not the strength to do otherwise. That done, he slept, dreaming of his friends and family urging him to move forward once more.

This encouragement set him on a new path; to kill the giant plesiosaur and avenge Rino. He spent the next few years training further, pushing his every limit, both physically and mentally. Much of his time was spent on isolation, with occasional visits to the Blue Kojin of Tamamizu for trading purposes.

Some time later, word traveled of an event that had been held in Isari, in which many giant plesiosaurs had been slain in the name of preserving a local variety of fish. Haien left for Isari immediately, hoping to gather tips and techniques to kill his own demon. Once there, he was horrified to find that the beast had already been slain; the scar he'd left years prior and its remarkable size left there no question that it was the same creature.

A Return to Form

Left without a purpose, Haien returned once more to isolation, until one day, by chance, he happened upon a young Raen child far outside the boundaries of Sui-no-Sato, who had become lost and disoriented. Haien helped the child back, though he stayed clear of the border himself, only getting the child far enough to ensure they would make it home safely.

Saving the child made Haien realize that, while he would not return to his old life, he could still honor his ancestors and lineage; he could serve as a guard, even if the Palace and Ruby Princess were no longer options. It was with this goal in mind he ventured to Kugane, where he spent his meager savings commissioning a set of uniforms similar to those he had worn as a guard, with a few changes to better fit his new life. Fortunately for Haien, bodyguard services were in high demand, and his skill in combat and dedication to his clients set him apart from the average mercenary adventurer.

Soon enough, Haien found himself nearly swimming with clients, however one in particular bid higher than the rest, hiring Haien on as a protector for an overseas voyage. The trip was mostly uneventful, though Haien found the ship's workings and crew fascinating, and did what he could to help out -- something his wealthy patron encouraged, as she enjoyed watching him work. By the time the ship reached the harbor of Limsa Lominsa, however, Haien had grown weary of his patron's advances, and the two came to the joint decision not to renew his contract.

Eorzea

A stranger in a new land, Haien shoved aside his discomfort to focus on the practicalities of his situation, quickly starting to establish contacts, spread word of his services, and generally market himself in any reasonable way he could.

RELATIONSHIPS


RELATIONSHIP STATUS LEGEND
Romantic Attraction Physical Attraction Platonic Love $ Business Deceased Positive Negative Neutral 🔃 Unsure 🔒 Trust


FAMILY

These are mostly backstory-related relationships, be they blood-related family otherwise.

BLOOD RELATIVES
Sekka Shibunuri, mother. ( )
Haien’s Thoughts: "Thoughts go here."

Mom story.

Keiho Shibunuri, father. ( )
Haien’s Thoughts: "Thoughts go here."

Dad story.

DEAR FRIENDS
Rino. ( 🔒 )
Haien’s Thoughts: "Thoughts go here."

Haien and Rino met during training to become Shisui Palace guards, and soon became fast friends and close rivals. The two spurred each other to ever higher heights, eventually becoming guards together in the same ceremony. While out on a routine patrol, Rino was lethally wounded and soon after succumbed to his injuries.

NON-FAMILY

Listed here are the non-family PC characters that Haien has interacted with enough or in such a way for him to form a real opinion about them. Please don't take personal offense if your character isn't listed here, or how the interaction or relationship is described. It isn't that I dislike your character or our RP. I just tend to only add these as necessary for those who make a real impact on Haien, and descriptions are purely based upon in character experiences and opinions!

Last Update... March 6th, 2016.

* An asterisks denotes that Haien doesn't know the individual's true name.

LIST OF NON-FAMILY RELATIONS
Haien's Thoughts: "Insert Haien’s quote here.."

During one of his many excursions exploring his home of the Ruby Sea, Haien happened upon a foreigner who'd managed to get themselves entangled in kelp. That foreigner turned out to be S'aya. The two struck up a conversation, which eventually led to them exploring the aether of the seabed -- an exploration that backfired on finding an eddy of extremely strong aether than debilitated S'aya. Haien helped her to recover, and the two parted ways.

Or at least, they parted ways briefly. Not long after, S'aya ran into Haien as he was relaxing in the Shirogane hotsprings. After an awkward encounter, this left Haien questioning how he felt about S'aya, and whether he was attracted to her or not. This uncertainty continued to grow as ran into her once more, this time in Costa Del Sol some time later, and they once more faced a brief period of awkwardness. This encounter proved very important, however, as not only did their friendship continue to grow, but S'aya invited him to join her organization; Lion Order, on hearing how dissatisfied he was with the wealthy client he was currently tasked with guarding.

Chocolate Wine update goes here.

RUMORS


These are rumors, both from NPCs and PCs, that one might overhear in regards to Haien. Feel free to utilize these in your RP hooks, or add your own! Please do note that not all rumours are completely accurate. Some may be exaggerated or flat-out untrue.


◢ Common Rumors - Easily overheard. Use these freely!
  • "He's a sellsword, much as he presents it as a 'guard' -- pretty good at what he does though." -- Mundane Mercenary.

  • "I heard he's good with a spear. Wonder if he's good with his spear though." -- Lewd Lominsan.


◢ Uncommon Rumors - A little more difficult to hear. Use sparingly or ask first!
  • "Apparently his style of dress is inspired by his homeland." -- Fast-talking Fashionista.

  • "He seems to spend his free time around water, especially the ocean." -- Sharp-eyed Sailor.


◢ Rare Rumors - Very rarely overheard. Please ask before using!
  • "Judging by his dress, he used to be a Shisui guard." -- Observant Othardian. (This may be downgraded to Common or Uncommon depending on whether your character has reason to recognize the Shisui Joi)

◢ Near-Impossible Rumors - You really need to know the right people for these, and we’d have to work something out in advance for a reason for you to know.
  • "Rumour." -- Person.

◢ Player Character Rumors - Feel free to add rumors of your own!
  • (Insert rumor here.) -- Rumor Author / Location

  • (If you add a player rumor, please first copy and paste the above line of code to leave behind for the next person! Thanks!)


ROLEPLAY HOOKS

I fully admit to being bad at coming up with ideas. If you can think of something that's not on this list, please, by all means bring it to my attention and we can hammer out the specifics.

  • Botanist: Haien’s built a reputation for himself as a skilled botanist, and frequently receives customers looking for strange requests, or without the coin to pay and a good reason for their job.
  • Adventurer: Though it’s no longer his primary profession, Haien still occasionally takes on requests from those in need. He is generally known to do so for little to no pay, depending on the need of his client and how badly in need of help they are.
  • Wilds Man: Not to be confused with ‘wild man’ which he certainly is not, Haien tends to be comfortable in most wilderness environments – particularly the deserts of Thanalan. He’s significantly less comfortable in the cold climates of Coerthas.
  • Quietness: In large groups, sometimes Haien makes as much of an impression by conspicuously not being as lively as the average person.
  • Armor, or lack thereof: Haien frequently receives comments on his particular choice of armor. It’s also led to a few misunderstandings, though he’s usually quick to head those people off.


ABOUT THE PLAYER

I am a mid-20’s man living with his cat in the mid-western United States on a sleep schedule that only some sort of crazed psychic would be able to predict. I enjoy music that's older than I am, food that's terrible for me, and games that are far nerdier than I can reliably claim to be. I have a fondness for bad puns, though I’m rarely witty enough to make them myself. My humour tends to be of the self-deprecating variety, though occasionally it’ll flip completely and I’ll joke about how totally amazing I am. Please do understand that I do not take either extreme seriously, and it’s just my (poor) sense of humour.

I also tend to joke around in what I’ve been told is a flirty way, as I have a fairly blue sense of humour. Please know that no matter how many ♥s or winky faces I send you, it’s still just me messing around, and I am not looking for a romantic relationship. If this behavior (or anything else I do, really) makes you uncomfortable, please do let me know, and I’ll endeavor to cease immediately.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND...

Trigger Warnings. I try to provide trigger warnings as liberally as I can, but I apologize if I fail to catch something (within reason). That said, even when a character has a trigger warning associated with them, it’s generally due to their backstory, and not because I actively RP said situations. Specifically in regards to Haien, he has a history of self-harm, reckless behavior, and severe depression. This is not to say that I’m regularly going out and RPing him hurting himself, but if you are sensitive to such topics, please please PLEASE let me know ahead of time so I can be aware of your needs.
I am not a mental health professional. My knowledge of such things comes from experiencing them myself, knowing people who have experienced them, or light research. I do not claim that my information is perfect, but I do try to treat such things with respect, and I would appreciate it if you would as well.
My character(s) sometimes have ties to in-game NPCs. I try to keep relationships between my characters well within bounds of canon. Usually, these are past and/or loose ties, but they are there just the same. That said, unless we’re on the topic of backstories and histories, I don’t suspect they’ll come up all that often, and I am NOT the type to be all, “oh and my character is (NPC)’s waifu but (s)he just doesn’t know it yet/acknowledge it in-game!”
I AFK in-game frequently. I promise I’m not ignoring you; I just have a bad habit of leaving my game on for hours upon hours on end when I’m sleeping or doing other things. If I don’t respond to you, try sending the message again in a few minutes, and if I still don’t respond, please assume that I’m just not around. This is PARTICULARLY true if you see me sitting in the Quicksand on the ramp near the west door leading to the market, as that’s my usual AFK spot.
I also enjoy PVE content. Many of my friends, and even my sister play this game, and I frequently want to spend time with them. If I’m not up for RPing, please don’t take it personally; I promise it’s not something you’ve done – I just also have other aspects of the game I enjoy outside of RPing.
I can be a bit timid when first RPing with someone. This is particularly true if I’ve seen you around frequently or know you OOC, since it’s entirely possible you (unintentionally I’m sure) intimidate me a little. Please be patient if my replies aren’t at light speed, since I’m probably spending time over-analyzing them in a desperate attempt not to humiliate myself.


GUIDELINES

Overall, I'm pretty chill as far as guidelines go. It is very, very hard to offend me, so don’t worry too much about it. Still, for the sake of making sure everyone's on the same page here, let me make a few mentions in particular:

I WILL NOT...

Partake in sexually explicit situations. I’m just not comfortable doing so. If for some reason the situation between our characters calls for it, I prefer to handle it with a fade-to-black.
Partake in detailed violence IC. I have nothing against violence, it’s just not something I personally find enjoyable to go into nitty-gritty details over. If you wish for our characters to fight, I am certainly not opposed to it on principle, but I would prefer to work out how it goes OOC, then briefly skim it IC once we’ve come to an agreement.

I WILL...

Abide by logical headcanons. If the lore abides your headcanon, then I will too. If there's no precedent whatsoever for it, then it's likely to be a hard sell. There are no vampires in Eorzea. There are no werewolves. If I’m unaware of the lore behind your headcanon, please be patient and point me to it, and I’ll be happy to accommodate.
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