♦ In-Game Brief
The unfortunate reality of the world is that few are able to see the end of their own days with brightness in their gaze and warmth in their hearts. While the circumstances surrounding Kaiten's death are mysterious at best--it's best to not ask after the man's demise lest you truly wish to learn a bit too much. Suffice to say, Kaiten left behind a wife that seems listless and demonstrably different than she was when he was alive; And a brother-in-law that seems equally changed in different measures. Let it never be said that a man can go quietly into the night--for we always leave behind traces of ourselves in ways that are typically unexpected.
--This character is deceased--
Coming from a upper-class merchant family that plummeted into nigh-extinction when the Doman rebellion fell to Garlean might, Kaiten is a man of expensive taste and (seemingly) impressive means of fulfilling those tastes. The hows and whys of these means being available to him are details that are kept close to his chest.
Versed in alchemy and proficient in several martial arts, Kaiten is the poster boy for an educated, upper-class gentleman that never had many expectations placed onto him. He's lucky that the woman he was engaged to at a young age came from a strict family that insisted he be given responsibility and taught both restraint and useful skills, lest he wallow in the self-aggrandizing cycle of rich playboys with too much time and money on their hands.
Kaiten is a stranger in a strange world with little more than a (now empty) coinpurse, his wife, and her brother to remind him of home. Having come across the ocean during the Doman exodus--but only coming ashore in recent moons--he's managed to adapt fairly well to both Eorzean customs and the myriad of people that inhabit the very nearly feral continent now called home. Thankfully, he's also brought his ambition with him. Kaiten always was a dreamer, a cunning individual that yearned for a bout of greatness. Leaving his homeland behind has finally given him a chance to push at the boundaries of a once-regimented life. That which was forbidden from him back home has little in the way of limits in Eorzea.
Old habits die hard, they say. Some old habits have found their way to the bottom of a well where refuse and detritus has been piled high and stacked heavy to ensure that certain habits never return. Kaiten is no conqueror, no. He simply knows what he wishes to have and understands that flexibility is the key to getting certain things done.
There are two things that immediately stand out upon seeing Kaiten. First, he's tall. Very tall. Lanky, too. He's the bearing of someone that's never really going to be overly muscular--though that doesn't stop him from maintaining an athletic, slender physique. Second of all, his skin is a (supposedly unsettling) shade of red. Perhaps lending credence to the thought that Au Ra are descendants of some kind of demon, Kaiten's overall countenance is best described as devilish. Dark red skin is matched with jet black hair both lustrous and flowing, often let free and well-kept along the crests of his horns. Of course, he's known to change it up from time to time. To say he's not vain would be to lie.
Kaiten's been called pretty. Kaiten's been called handsome. He's been called many of these things by many people for the majority of his life. Thankfully his ego hasn't risen to ridiculous proportions because of it. Right?
Capricious, intelligent, charming, bumbling, aloof. The truth of it is, Kaiten's a person. He's rarely defined by acting any one specific way other than trying to seem like he knows exactly what he's doing and why he's doing it at all times. Generally an affable sort--or at the very least he can seem like it--the man can come off as the type of person that you'd enjoy having on your side of a conflict. It's hard to say that someone that fled a country that burned and immediately made a home for he and his own isn't resourceful to a frightening degree.
He's incredibly enthusiastic about aether and magitek. Kaiten is often found juggling small orbs of fire and electricity across his knuckles and fingers, though he doesn't display any outward signs of in-depth knowledge of either magic or magitek. Granted, that just means he's not typically wearing voluminous robes or playing with a Garlean rifle in a public setting.
However. If one were to be more... sensitive to aether, so to speak, Kaiten would seem to be a veritable black hole for the stuff. Meaning, he seems quite able to absorb a seemingly endless supply of aether from a concentrated sources without showing any real signs of immediate aether poisoning. It's not something he seems knowledgeable of, though, nor does he seem to be performing the deed in any sort of dangerous fashion. The simple fact is that any aether he absorbs all but vanishes in an instant. The stranger part is that he doesn't seem to have any trouble casting spells.
♦ Established Practices
These are precious few as of now, seeing as how many of his spells are the results of reading from musty old tomes or sheer experimentation on his behalf. On his own, Kaiten has gotten a handle on very basic castings such as fire, blizzard and thunder. If you asked him about it, he's likely to ramble on about the theoretical spells he has in mind, or even some of the ones he's attempted recently.
He's not created any magitek wonders of note, though he does seem comfortable handling your standard rank-and-file Garlean equipment. Rifles, medicus tools and stimulants fall under the sort of thing he has little problem handling with confidence.
♦ For Associated People
First and foremost, Kaiten comes from a wealthy family. A clan of Raen once known for their swift and decisive forays into battle as cavalry units settled and brought their expert horse-lore and the vast knowledge of nearby mountain passes and valleys to a small village near the Doman coast. Utilizing this knowledge, the Tobukizu clan rose to mercantile power when their kin decided the more savage and unforgiving lifestyles of the Xaela suited them not.
Born as the last scion of the Tobukizu line, much rested on the boy's shoulders as he was conceived--though an unfortunate event led to the boy becoming a less-than-suitable successor to the prosperous line. Somewhere between his birth and the latter years of his pre-teen youth, the Uranakei clan and the Tobukizu's became intertwined through an arranged marriage between their prospective, compatible children. Kaiten and Chise were thus raised together under the auspices (as divined by the Uranakei's) of a union that would bring both clans to a new height of power.
And then the Garleans attacked.
Life went unchanged for a handful of years, as life is wont to do under conquerors. You never hear the tales of a nation subjugated in such a way that doesn't involve genocide. Stability came for a little while--trade routes being better secured meant the Tobukizu and Uranakei clans prospered further. By the time Kaiten was considered on the edge of his adolescent years, he was drafted into the Garlean military to serve for a handful of years before returning. He's not one to talk overmuch about his time spent serving in the conquering army. One can assume it had the typical trappings of such an affair up until the day he received word that the Domans had begun to rebel. This, he'd find out in short order, prompted a decisive Garlean retaliation. His village was summarily burnt to the ground before he'd even had an opportunity to send warning.
Thinking his family and friends dead, Kaiten lapsed into a period of darkness. Voices tinged his every thought, and it's here that he recalls the least. Inevitably he'd received word that, no, everyone in his village was not put to the sword in retribution for Doman freedom. Rather, they'd been taken prisoner and kept in camps of the least kind nature. While unsure of the exacting details, Kaiten swiftly deserted the Garlean army and fled as a fugitive--hoping against hope that he'd come across the remnants of the Doman freedom fighters that he'd only suns ago spent cursing for their brash actions.
By the time he'd found the freedom fighters, his beloved and his people were amongst them. The specifics of the how and why of their escape is best asked of Chise, though getting an answer from her may not be the simplest of tasks. Fleeing ever towards the coast, eventually Kaiten, Chise, Yorumei and a handful of their people fled across the sea to Eorzea.
♦ For Anyone Else
♦ The Shroud
Having appeared rather suddenly with a sackful of gil, Kaiten swiftly purchased a plot of land in the Lavender Beds district. Rather than simply calling it home, he and Chise quickly turned it into a totally legitimate storefront that specializes in the acquisition of magical artifacts and curios as well as alchemical potions and compounds. Despite being refugees, their store has seemingly done relatively well by them. Totally legitimate business.
Kaiten is occasionally found in the Ul'dahn marketplaces. What he purchases while there tends towards the eclectic side--be it outrageous clothing or alchemical components to keep around the shop. He's not yet indulged in many of the cities finer attractions, though that's likely to change very soon.
♦ More Recently
He purchased a chocobo from Bentbranch Meadows much to Chise's chagrin. Naming it Jagaimo, he's waffling between taking the bird to the Gold Saucer to race or to keep it as a sturdy steed for times of need. It's very exciting, I assure you.
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