|Religion||Nymeia, the Spinner|
|Nameday||18th Sun of the 2nd Umbral Moon|
|Height/Weight||5 fulms 2 ilms, 106 ponz|
Kotori Birdsong is an unusual young woman who hails from the Far East. Soft-spoken and inquisitive, she maintains a high interest in matters of the arcane. Much like the birds she cherishes, she is simultaneously elegant, fragile, and distant by all appearances; though, as is often the case in this great, wide world, appearances alone betray very little of the truth.
- Given Name: Kotori Birdsong [KOH-toh-RHEE|BIRD - song]: So far as anyone is aware, this is her true name and not some sobriquet. If she is part of a noble family, it is not one that is recognized. The only affiliation that can be made between herself and an influential group in the east is told in the markings on her back which she is reluctant to share with strangers.
- Title(s): Lady; Seeress.
- Bluebird: An old nickname she claims from her childhood, but one that is rarely used now.
- Current Residence: Near Ul'dah
- Marital Status: Single
- Sexuality: Asexual (Assumably)
- Romance: Aromantic (Assumably)
- Religion: Follows the philosophies of Nymeia, the Spinner.
- Height: 5 fulms, 2 ilms -Nearly the shortest of her kind, not altogether unusual for those of her clan from the East.
- Weight: 106 ponz - An extremely lean body bears only hints of feminine curves made possible by her waspish waistline and broader ribcage. She is thin and easily mistaken for frail.
- Body: Only close inspection, which Kotori does not seem inclined to permit, would reveal that her body type is actually not so fragile as it appears at first glance. Her body language aids in the deception of others' perception, perpetually demure with sloped shoulders and minimal motions. Rarely does she wear scant enough attire that her musculature can be examined; more rare are the occasions where her body is tense enough to make out the definition therein.
- A skilled eye, however, may be able to identify a certain unusual grace in her motions that is too well practiced to be natural. Her shoulders gently curve, but are not naturally sloped, leading to a broader ribcage and a thin waist that, even at rest, is faintly defined with muscle. While ankles, wrists, shins, and forearms are long and slender enough to obscure the strength of her limbs, her thighs and forearms belie power in their taut, shapely forms. Hers is a body that most closely resembles that of an acrobat; someone with more agility and flexibility than many would suspect.
- She seems inclined to hide the level of fitness she holds while in public, tightening her gait and keeping her arms close to her body. While the motions are not so fluid as Westerners may idolize, with short steps and tucked arms, they are precise and graceful in their own way; movements more befitting to a higher-born lady of the East.
- Complexion: The young woman's skin is more unusual, perhaps, than the rest of her. Conscious efforts are made not to draw too much attention to herself for long periods of time for this reason. One of the first characteristics one might notice is her skin and how utterly unblemished it is. Beyond most, it is as milk, smooth without traces of lines or sun-kiss, as though she had never seen the sun in the whole of her life.
- There is not a single pock, mole, scar, or freckle on the whole of her pale canvas, only the faint linings of blue veins beneath thin skin here and there. If not for the naturally reddened cheeks, she might be the same hue from head to toe. Her coloration overall is cool in nature, meant to be soothing but quite possibly disconcerting. Together with the paints she favors, smudges of sky blue to match the assumably artificial dye in her hair and her slender form, the Hyur's pallor resembles that of one in the first stages of hypothermia.
- Whether this is a coincidence based on aesthetic preference or intentional has never been asked and would doubtlessly never be answered.
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- She does bear markings, although they are not natural by any means. Though the occasions where they would be exposed to strangers are negligible in number, she bears extensive patterns that range from the base of her neck to the upper curve of her buttocks and from one shoulder to the other. The decoration is mostly done in shades of blue with traces of red and rarer instances of violet along with thin black lines for contrast.
- Atop the river of whorls made from shimmering scales that provides the background, a flight of birds and blossoms surround a long-nosed Tengu dancing in their midst. The creature is oddly feminine in nature, casting a net with one hand and grasping an elegant, arced blade in the other. It would be difficult to discern whether the background is meant to be clouds or water, though with the presence of crows and red-breasted bluebirds awash in the spirals of ink, it seems to favor the sky.
- 'Piercings' : One per earlobe, either side.
- Face: Kotori is undeniably 'pretty' although whether her form of pretty is attractive or uncomfortable would likely vary depending on the individual perceiving her. The porcelain state of her skin creates a lovely canvas upon a slender, ovular face with high cheekbones. Lack of color saturation in the flesh makes almond-shaped blue eyes, fringed with thick indigo lashes more vivid in contrast. Her mouth is small but the lips are plump; their natural shape emphasized with pale blue paints. A pert nose may be just a touch large and aquiline in proportion to the rest of her features, but with no markings or real color, it is easily overlooked.
- She smiles often but rarely with her teeth. Her eyes always seem hazy, as though her thoughts remain ever-distant from the topic or subject at hand. Altogether she closely resembles a doll in appearance, from face to body. Some have complained that there is something discomfortingly 'perfect' about her, as though her appearance were explicitly crafted to fit the appearance of an elegant, young Midlander in an effort to catch the eye but not hold it for an overlong period of time.
- Hair: Her hair is immaculate in its thick, straight composition. While each individual strand is like spider silk, lacking a hint of curl, the sheer volume of her mane gives the illusion of waves that do not exist. Any curls that one or two locks may hold are definitely artificial, present only for the sake of aesthetic and asymmetry.
- The hue is unusual as well. At any given point, it appears a pale shade of blue that ranges without fading or spottling from root to tip. Whether the coloration is magical or synthetic in nature may be difficult to discern, appearing natural as it flawlessly matches her abnormal pallor. Furthermore, the hue seems to change minutely depending on her garb, from similar hues of light teal to sky and pale cornflower. Though her lashes are dark enough to be mistaken for black, the individual strands are, in fact, a very dark blue much like the thin arches of her eyebrows.
- Body hair is scarce, either shaved or naturally absent, difficult to see even upon close inspection. On occasion she will add combs, picks, and other ornaments to the mass of her hair or separate the whole of it into twin tails. While the designs are typically minimalistic in nature, her choice of decoration is Eastern in nature, composed of silver, gold, ivory, sea shells, and intricate carvings of lacquered wood hung with silver horse-hair.
- Fashion: As mentioned, it is not uncommon for the young Midlander to wear make up. The occasions that she is seen without paint at all are far more rare than those where her face goes fully painted with a layer of creamy white base beneath her choice of shadow and lipcolor. While she keeps to blues, silver, black (in the form of kohl), purples, and even crimson are not uncommon. Still, the application is minimal, nowhere rivaling the more intricate layers of color that others from her homeland might prefer.
- Her clothing often remains traditional to her culture; preferring any article from light cotton yukata to heavier, more elaborate furisode befitting her age. All of the accompanying accessories will be found with any given garment, though she prefers one outfit (pictured above) over the rest. In recent days, she has taken to wearing heavier, or more form-fitted Western garb. Anything that leaves her legs fairly unrestricted (i.e. not trousers) is something she is willing to wear, though thick robes with sleeves long enough to engulf her fingertips seem favored. Even in the arid environment of Thanalan, she seems comfortable in layered articles that would be sweltering to others.
[For those with heightened sensory perceptions:]
This information is reserved only for characters who fit the requirements of respective hypersensitivity, through physiological, magical, or practiced means. Anyone else who chooses to read this is requested to keep it as out-of-character knowledge.
- Miqo'te Keeper of the Moon olfactory sense or keener.
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To those with extreme sensitivity to smells, she has an unusual coppery tang beneath the faint scent of jasmine perfume. An individual may be able to tell the jasmine scent is artificial, and her true smell is more earthy and oddly metallic, resembling a reptilian odor.
- Expert archer levels of vision or keener.
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Those with particularly keen vision might notice a lack of animation in her facial muscles themselves that goes beyond her apparent stoicism. She does not seem to sweat, get goosebumps despite temperature changes, or have even small, faded marks from adolescence. When she smiles, the muscles of her face hardly shift at all, as though her skin were thicker than it would appear to be. Other minute abnormalities include the perfect symmetry of her face and the glossy sheen that covers both her eyes; characteristics that others may be subconsciously discomforted by or misinterpret as distance.
- The equivalent sensitivity of one's lips or keener.
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If one can get close enough to touch her and has a particularly sensitive sense of touch, they may be able to discern a faint patches of roughness that cannot be otherwise identified by the eyes. These are concentrated around her forehead, cheeks, neck, shoulders, hips, back, and so on. An observant individual would note as well that she shows less sensitivity in these areas than others. These patches feel dry and somewhat cooler than the rest of her skin. Otherwise, her skin is unusually static, comfortably warm or comfortably cool depending on the environmental temperature but never fluctuation.
- The equivalent sensitivity of an artisan culinarian's palate or keener.
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Even MORE rare than any of the above, if one with a particularly keen sense of taste manages to somehow bring their tastebuds close enough to her person in an instance where she will not or cannot escape, they might detect notes of metallic flavor on her skin and a stronger taste of salt than her lack of perspiration would suggest. Some areas, near her face, shoulders, etc. are utterly tasteless and somewhat rough on the tongue.
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Her aetheric or aural reading is not at all similar to a Midlander Hyur's. It is warmer and more fiery naturally, erratically fluctuating even at rest. For those skilled at deciphering aetheric alterations, her glamour would be apparent, the effects hiding horns, a tail, and scales across her body. This also appears to alter her scent somewhat, as well as shortening her height by some ilms. Likewise, her natural proficiency with aether would be readable in her aura as the very edges would bleed and alter depending on her environment.
- Voice: In conversation, Kotori is soft-spoken, her volume altering and increasing only enough to be heard. In a quiet place, she speaks just above a murmur. In a crowded place, she will never range even to the lowest points of shouting, instead merely strengthening her emphasis and relying more on her diaphragm to communicate her words. Regardless of how loud she may stray towards, the Hyur never appears to strain; the movements of her lips fairly shallow at any given time.
- In singing, though it only happens on exceedingly rare occasions where she is requested to do so, she boasts a silver soprano that easily holds the warbling tones prized in her homeland. If singing western tunes, she has no issue adapting her voice, but cannot stray far from her natural range lest her voice break. There is a lack of flexibility in this form of expression for her, which she has no issue relaying to a prospective audience beforehand.
- She speaks just as anyone else in the region does, fluent enough in the language that she may never have spoken another. While her accent is difficult to notice, especially with her inherently quiet voice, she does have a mild tendency to turn 'L's into 'R's, add soft 'oos', and sometimes tap her R's. Her S's can also be stretched slightly, as though she were inclined to hiss even in passive speech but makes a conscious effort not to.
- Demeanor: On the surface, the pale woman is respectful and demure to a fault. No matter the circumstance she seems either unwilling or unable to respond with aggression to aggression. While she maintains an air of sincerity that borders at times on hypersensitivity, this is only belied in her speech and minute changes in body language. Her expression can maintain its doll-like calm in the face of even the most uncouth or moving situations. Her levels of facial stoicism often do not match the energy level of the local atmosphere.
- She rarely, if ever, makes large sweeping gestures, never speaking with her hands unless it is in regards to a topic her company cannot understand without miming. Like her manner of speech, the easterner keeps nearly rigid posture even at rest when alone for a long period of time. In a word, she is prim, every word and movement meticulously manicured within a span of seconds to suit a given situation.
- Kotori can, however, range in personality from submissive to authoritative and is hard pressed to do so so blatantly that the shift is not fluid enough to be overlooked. Likewise, she has a tendency towards the enigmatic and avoids physical contact wherever she can. She is approachable to strangers but distant to closer company without making any effort to be more or less of either. Her static personality can be difficult to acclimate to and she seems unwilling to change it more than utterly necessary than a situation requires. Despite how soft-spoken she is, she is clearly confident and not easily riled.
- If ever she becomes truly agitated, rather than typical responses of showing teeth or furrowing brow, she adopts a distant, glaze-eyed expression that lasts until the swell of emotion has passed. Then, Kotori will merely resume the topic at the point it was before the offense was committed. If the offense is too strong, she will politely excuse herself rather than engaging in a fight.
- Quirks: Aside from her odd disposition, the Hyur has few perceivable quirks. One that is noteworthy is her tendency to peer skywards, attention drawn to any movement above. Her readiness to search the empty air for avian life may relay a sense that she is waiting for something or someone at any given time. She is also drawn to the sight of scar tissue and anything that glitters.
- Intelligence: As one may expect, she is extremely sharp witted though her tongue is silken. It can be rightly assumed that she has received some form of higher education, though where from is anyone's guess. She has an extensive understanding of personalities and the nature of individuals; her perception at times approaching extrasensory. She has a creative enough mind to maintain several philosophical viewpoints on the world at large. Despite this she may come across as far more pessimistic in nature for her age, easily explained by her status as a refugee. This does not at all denote cynicism.
- She has a strong interest in aetheric manipulation as well as more advanced aetheric theory. This implies a higher level of comfort with geometric patterns and arithmetic that she rarely shows otherwise. There is some solid connection between this aetheric interest and her respectably-sized knowledge of differing forms of divination. On matters ranging from culture to racial diversity, economy to politics, and aetheric theory to fortune-telling, she remains highly inquisitive to a point that borders on childlike. Petty disputes and gossip will hold some interest for her as well, although Kotori tends not to contribute to arguments.
- Sarcasm is not a means of displaying intelligence that she ever indulges in and she does not approve of others resorting to it. If asked, she will explain that sarcasm is a fool's show of wit. Likewise, profanity and offensive language are not appreciated and may be gently corrected if she feels comfortable enough to make the attempt.
- Religion: While she rarely discusses her religious beliefs at length, Kotori will often reference the Spinner; befitting her role as a fortune teller. The depth of her connection to the deity is obscure at best. One of the few trinkets she keeps on her person at all times is a mark of Nymeia, a well-polished and finely set gemstone bearing Her sigil on a rosary of lapis lazuli beads. This may be an indication that the Hyur is either more devout that she lets on, or perhaps that she may be some form of priestess.
- Romance: Kotori seems uninterested in romance. She will occasionally give compliments intimately enough to be considered flirtatious, but otherwise makes no effort in pursuing individuals of the opposite sex or even her own. Her level of dettachment combined with disinterest and avoidance of physical contact strongly implies asexuality and perhaps an aromantic nature. If she has ever had a relationship of any kind, she avoids mentioning it. If asked about her orientation, she will politely deflect. If approached, thus far, she politely evades.
- Philosophically speaking, the Midlander has great respect for people in love and for love itself. Her opinions on romance and true love are depthy, and ones she quietly maintains unless asked. She holds no strict judgement on matters of monogamy or sexuality and maintains a refreshingly open-mind in regards to all types of love. Unlike other uncouth topics, she has no issue engaging in discussions about copulation; unusually knowledgeable with her advice in the matter, though this may be accumulated information from past conversations.
- Aoi- An eastern bluebird that visits her on occasion. She seems to speak with it normally, while it only responds with a series of chirps and fluttering feathers. The diminutive bird is pleasant to strangers, but only when sent to deliver a message or in the company of Kotori. Away from her, it remains safely outside the reach of even those it recognizes.
- Kuro- A sizeable raven that rarely if ever lands on her person. This companion visits more often than Aoi, and never appears at the same time, typically taking up a place nearby. This bird is also less inquisitive or docile, instead seeming perpetually aggressive. In the event that Kotori is in danger, Kuro will attack with a battering of wings and tearing of talons and beak, not hesitating to tear at the eyes and refusing to relent until it is directed to do so or its keeper is out of harm's way.
- Skills: (See Combat/Magical Proficiency, below) As one may deduce, she is capable of feats of magic. Most of these are used for divination or to exaggerate such acts. Indisputably, however, the youth is capable of succor and defensive magic spells that rival the skill of western Arcanists and is, for all appearance, very similar in nature.
- The Midlander is also an able diplomat. Given her gentle but respectable nature, she is both non-threatening and convincing. All manners of employment that require socializing are within her realm of comfort, from sales to arbitration.
- Her wealth of physical stamina is far greater than what she should have by the slightness of her form. When in dire need, she can be both swift and agile, running low to the ground and for a length of time that nearly rivals that of miqo'te huntresses. If forced into a physical altercation, Kotori will reveal snatches of combat expertise that seem to be only defensive and evasive in nature, eluding or out-maneuvering her attacker(s) until such a time that escape is possible.
- Like her insensitivity to extreme heat or cold, she has a high tolerance for pain and an even higher tolerance for mental or psychological torture. None of these characteristics seem to fit with her exotic 'noble' persona, yet do not quite resemble characteristics of those who practice ninpō despite bouts of remarkable flexibility; her movements becoming graceful in a serpentine manner rather than feline or vulpine as ninpō resembles. She is as loathe to display these qualities as she is to discuss them, and may at times prefer an acquaintance come to harm before she physically intervenes on their behalf.
- All of her physical skills can be easily explained as necessary skills befitting a combat healer; needing to stay out of harm in order to remain effective for her allies.
- Business: Her familiarity with numbers makes her a capable accountant, though she will employ an abacus through sheer force of habit as opposed to necessity. When it comes to numbers, Kotori has a visible lack of interest, but when it comes to -coin-, her interest is piqued. She also likes to hoard her coins, keeping them someplace safe and off of her person. As she has a visible taste for fineries, it can be assumed that she spares no expense to afford them and thus maintains her interest to continue accumulating enough to maintain her lifestyle.
- She is also capable with all forms of housework, implying some domestic labor in her history. She seems to enjoy cooking, cleaning, patching, and organizing and has a tendency to perform these tasks to the point of a obsessive compulsion to have things arranged in a manner that reduces clutter. While she does not enjoy dirt or sand, she does not complain even if exposed for long periods of time, but will clean herself with just as much fervor as she will any inanimate object or space. For this reason Kotori show interest in employment as a personal assistant, attendant, or housekeeper.
- Combat/Magical Proficiency: Many of her readily displayed skills are not combat-oriented, though a few can be used defensively or for minor and extensive healing. She is a proficient aether-manipulator, capable of weaving aether in a similar manner to Arcanists and Scholars save that instead of a grimoire, she relies on six of her deck of lacquered divination cards; each inscribed beyond the face of the card to hold a character contained within a geometric symbol and to perform limited tasks. The cards act as mediums but an invocation is required to activate each. Each can be used one or more times depending on the power of the respective card (Koutei and Unmei no Rin may only be used once, for example, where Gusha may be used up to four times in succession). Employing these cards does not drain Kotori visibly, but the energy each is able to conduct wanes per use until it is rendered ineffective. How she restores them is a closely guarded secret that involves some manner of intricate ritual.
- Gusha/The Fool: A swift, minor healing spell for a single target for external damage. Depicts a dancing Tengu with a fan.
- Jotei/The Empress: A slow, moderate healing spell for a single target for internal famage. Depicts a beautiful noblewoman wielding a halberd.
- Inja/The Hermit: A defensive spell that creates a physical barrier for a short period of time by coalescing aether in an area into a thin shell. Depicts an elderly man enshrouded in a cloak.
- Koutei/The Emperor: A strong healing spell for a single target that can correct extensive internal or external damage. Depicts a nobleman bearing a sword of light.
- Onna-Kyoukou/The High Priestess: A moderate healing spell that works over time on external wounds. Can be used on multiple targets but is less effective. Depicts a holy woman with a silver staff.
- Unmei no Rin/The Wheel of Fortune: A potentially powerful healing spell that works predominantly on one grievous wound. The major wound may be healed entirely, leaving no trace of a scar while superficial wounds are only mildly corrected. Adversely, the primary wound may only close temporarily while extraneous damage is fully healed. The effects are random. The card depicts a Spinner's wheel with characters for ice, fire, lightning, water, air, earth, light, and darkness beyond each respective spoke, surrounded by four youkai.
- The nature of her magic is arcane, the hues of her spells ranging from pale teals to vivid blues, blooming from card and target simultaneously. The side effects of all the spells above is a moderate loss of sensation and reduction of pain. This is temporary, and unless the wounds are completely healed by the spells, the pain will return, proportionate to the extent of the damage, within several minutes to half a bell. Stiffness, itching at the site of recently healed wounds, and reduced mobility are also potential side-effects.
Player Character Standings
- ♥ Romantic Interest ♥ Sexual Desire ♥ Platonic/Familial Love ● Good Standing ● Neutral Standing ● Poor Standing
♥ Kaede Leafdancer: The current guardian and 'younger brother' of Kotori. Kaede suffered a very different lifestyle within their clan before their fall. As a child, Kotori discovered the would-be weaponmaster by chance during the trials, and after witnessing the unusual conviction within Kaede, took a liking to him. She brought food and water, even items to be used as weapons against the rival novices, helping to assure his survival. While she never claims to know that his loyalty to her is unshakable, her faith in him is explicit. Though it is likely he is older than her in years, she refers to him as 'younger brother' or 'Otouto' around strangers, denoting his lower status within their previous group. It is rare that the two would spend an extended time apart, being the only real relation that the other has.
● W'Sano Bajihri: A courteous male Miqo'te that Kotori met by chance on the streets of Ul'dah. Since their initial encounter, where he found the time to answer some of her lingering questions about his race, they have arranged to meet again on occasion as both mutually enjoy the other's company. Despite this positive beginning, she has found some cause to discontinue their association for the moment.
♥ Rinye Birdsong: (UC)
● Bricole Fabre: (UC)
● Z'phyr Lakroix: (UC)
- Kotori Birdsong is the only name Kotori has ever known, though it likely was not the name her parents would have given her, if given the chance. In truth, she hails from a clan of Au Ra in Othard who have spent, some say, centuries masquerading as Hyur in order to infiltrate their communities. This began well before Kotori was born, when the first of her clan assassinated the leader of a then up-and-coming group of miscreants. All members of this order were killed and replaced by others of the leader's broken community, through the employment of unrefined glamours. Over the years, the group which referred to themselves as 'Karasu' or 'Karasu-Kai' (Crow/Crow Clan, Gang, or Family) became notorious for their affiliation with criminals and killers. They were, and yet may still be among certain circles, renown for their mysterious natures and strikingly similar appearances; all known members whether male or female seemed remarkably young and androgynous, closely resembling the porcelain dolls popular with noble girls in the age. Likewise, their names were synonymous with acts of cruelty, peddling information, infiltration, and subterfuge. The mark of the crow was a notorious symbol left as a sort of calling card outside sites of mysteriously burned businesses. In at least a portion of Doma, rumors were once abound with the story of these children of youkai who wandered the streets only at night, preying on the men who would prey on them. The mistreatment of children in that area remained at an all time low throughout their existence.
- Kotori's status within the group was not well known even among 'brothers' and 'sisters', as was typical of the secretive organization. After her parents were killed in a skirmish in their small community some distance inland from Othard, she was sent as an infant to her only known relative, the oracle of Karasu. There, she was given her glamour broach, a small item refined by the clan to extend a randomly selected Hyur illusion over her person that deceives all but extrasensory senses and aetheric readings. For years, she remained hidden within the heart of their headquarters, a perpetually rundown temple to some faceless deity. Most of her time was spent learning the intricacies of various cultures in Othard and beyond, usually through scripts. From there, her knowledge of languages, mathematics, tactics, psychology, and philosophy were broadened throughout her childhood, along with the supplement training of minor self-defense and most importantly, escape, that was crucial to their organization.
- Like her aunt, Kotori displayed a proficiency with aetheric manipulation at a young age; able to drain the energies from plant and small-animal life through contact. As had become custom, her skills were urgently refined to prevent internal collapse or aetheric imbalance that might be caused by her abilities going unchecked. Much of the reason she fared so well during this time was the presence of her sibling, Rinye Birdsong, and her adoptive sibling, Kaede Leafdancer. The three have been closely associated since their youth and the two other Au Ra provide the vast majority of her motivation for mastering her aetheric abilities.
- The deck of cards she uses is more than just for show. Due to its engravings, based largely off rare articles from Nym, the cards are capable of retaining energies implanted through meditative focus. These energies, twisted by the geometric shapes, then serve a variety of purposes by reacting to the aether they are exposed to through Kotori, other individuals, or from the environment itself. These can be used to create a thin tether to distant items or individuals, to influence her birds to seek out said items or individuals based on their heightened perception of energies over greater distances, and more visibly, to heal or to protect by instantly conjuring prescribed spells of succor or damage mitigation. There -are- offensive spells in her deck that correspond with their respective face, as with all the similar decks that have been given out to aether-users within her clan; Kotori merely chooses not to employ them unless she is in an incredibly dire circumstance.
- Groomed to replace her aunt in the decades to follow as one of many advisors to the leaders of her clan, Kotori was already well beyond the age when she should have been paired with another Crow for protection when the clan became aware of the intended rebellion. Despite her aunt's foreboding warnings that danger would come, the clan went on as they had, expecting that Doma would take care of itself. They were thus caught unaware, Kotori and several other youths from the clan directed to abandon Doma and seek refuge where ever they could. With no protector, armed only with her broach, tarot, and birds, the young Au'Ra escaped on a merchant vessel to Thanalan. During her journey, her broach was pick-pocketed, leading to a short period where she remained revealed and vulnerable, forced to resort to wearing a heavy cloak to conceal herself. Her Tsuki (Moon) card was used upon reaching Ul'dah to recreate a less expressive version of her previous glamour. By use of her 'divination', she seeks to reclaim her broach for a more lasting effect, having traced it to a residence currently maintained by a number of dubious individuals.
- Beyond her willingness to associate with some others who shared her previous allegiance, Kotori shows no real loyalty to her clan, and in fact, has never been particularly fond of the group. Due to this level of dispassion, she is likewise less concerned about the plight of Doma and its people and more concerned with surviving in Aldenard. She holds no love for many of the different races or cultures, maintaining strong distrust of all individuals on this new continent beneath her facade of interest and calm. Kotori will do nearly anything to achieve financial and physical security, and many acts that appear 'good' in nature, are actually self-serving in some manner or another.
- She is, in fact, heterosexual and heteroromantic, though she has never found an interest in any specific individual. Her lack of visible interest mostly has to do with her being a different species from the majority of those she meets. Her primary attraction is male Au'ra, and to some lesser extent, male Elezen or male Highlanders who are similar in height and musculature to her own kind. If she encounters an individual that she does not want to or cannot evade who makes romantic advances towards her, she will show signs of heightened discomfort and perhaps confusion.
- Kotori does not really speak to birds. When she seems to be speaking to them, she is strengthening their connection through invocations to keep them tamed to her will.
- She is not a ninja or a fighter in general. Her minor melee training was meant only for escaping instances where she might come to harm. Protectors of her clan were given the task of learning advanced combat skills, including expert swordmastery. Compared to others of her species, her natural skills are, perhaps, some of the weakest. Outside her own kind she might rival a miqo'te in speed and dexterity, slightly surpassing a Hyur but not nearly approaching a lalafell. Her level of physical strength is closer to an average female Midlander's.
- Her true appearance can be forcibly revealed through great damage (resulting in unconsciousness) or unraveling magics while she is employing her temporary glamour. The glamour created by her broach requires deactivation of the spell or destruction of the broach itself. Needless to say, her true appearance is more mature and not nearly so unnatural or utterly pristine, complete with horns, scales, and a reptilian tail. She is still above par by the standards of her species, maintaining the elegant features that are prominent among Au'Ra females. Her body is more curvaceous in her natural form, though this concentrates more at the waist and hips than the chest (which is still fairly flat).
- Her apparent clairvoyance is not so much a farce as it is a sensitivity to environmental aether; aetheric skills such as hers are refined and well-practiced, but not immense or especially powerful.
- Kotori is the equivalent of her mid-thirties in truth, though her glamour presents her as a particularly young adult, ranging in her late teens to early twenties and often assumed to be older only due to the exotic traits of Eastern Midlanders that give them younger appearances combined with her intellect.
- ■ "Kotori, Kotori... Foreign name, innit? Must be an Easterner." - Uncertain Guard
- ■ "If you mean to ask after that blue-haired lass, she likes to keep to the Gold Court though you may happen upon her in the Lane. Even told me my fortune with cards once, said I would meet a mysterious stranger today. What do you think about that?" - Curious Citizen
- ■ "Quiet girl, that one. Always walkin' kinda stiff and smilin' like some kinda wind-up doll." - Attentive Laborer
- ■ "Oh, aye, that one comes by now and again to look over my wares. Rarely buys aught save a bag of seed now and then. Nothing missing, though." - Feed Peddler
- ■ "He may say that, but she comes to me often with coin to spare. Has a taste for fineries, that one; unusual for a refugee." - Aspiring Designer
- ■ "Where does she get all that money? To buy fancy clothes and bird seed, then scattering gil out in the Lane to attract the orphans? Never stops for proper food or drink, that much is certain." - Agitated Shopkeep
- ■ "Keep this quiet but I tell ye, th' witch is a wolf in sheep's clothin'. She gives coin ta th' wee ones in exchange fer them runnin' word fer her and bringin' her little thin's. Some of them never come back-- I try ta tell th' guards but nary a soul'll listen ta an ill word 'bout a pretty face." - Concerned Refugee
- ■ "You ask after the young noblewoman. You wonder what an old wretch like me could see in her? More than you ever will unless you learn to stop looking with your eyes, child." - Blind Hag
- ■ "L-Lady Birdsong? D-did she send you here to ch-che-- J-just tell her I'll have her information about the Duskwight soon. P-please. Th-thank you." - Frightened Youth
- (Under construction)
- I'm perfectly accepting of individuals with supernatural senses to read abnormalities in Kotori so long as they're within reason. Feel free to contact me about any niggling questions you may have.
- As the information on the new races and the Far East in general is limited, I've resorted to using Japanese terminology sparingly and keeping my assumptions about the future content intentionally limited. I believe that Othard contains several different cultural mirrors all across Asia.
- Kotori Birdsong follows the naming convention of Yugiri Mistwalker ("Yugiri" - Evening Mist) and other NPCs assumed to be from Doma. "Kotori" in Japanese means 'Little Bird', attached to Birdsong. The Native American use of Kotori means 'Screech Owl' which is also something I kept in mind.
- Theme Song(s):
- 'Nanatsu no Ko' - Noguchi Ujō/Motoori Nagayo
- "Mother crow, why do you squawk so?
- Because high on the mountain
- I have seven cute children.
- "Cute, cute,"
- This mother crow sings.
- "Cute, cute,"
- Cries the mother crow.
- You should behold the old nest
- On the mountain. And there you'll see such
- Round-eyed, good children."
- "Just as my fingernails are dyed with the pigment from the balsam flowers,
- my heart is dyed with the teachings of my parents.
- The deigo flower has blossomed, and it has called the wind, and the storm has arrived.
- The deigo flowers are in full bloom, and they have called the wind, and the storm has come.
- The repetition of sadness, like the waves that cross the islands.
- I met you in the Uji forest.
- In the Uji forest I bid farewell to Chiyo.
- Island song, ride the wind, with the birds, cross the sea.
- Island song, ride the wind, carry my tears with you.
- The deigo blossoms have fallen, soft ocean waves tremble.
- Fleeting joy, like flowers carried by the waves.
- To my friend who sang in the Uji forest.
- Beneathe the Uji, bid farewell to Yachiyo.
- Island song, ride the wind, with the birds, cross the sea.
- Island song, ride the wind, carry my love with you.
- To the sea, to the universe, to God, to life, carry on this eternal dusk wind.
- Island song, ride the wind, with the birds, cross the sea.
- Island song, ride the wind, carry my tears with you.
- Island Song, ride the wind, with the birds, cross the sea.
- Island song, ride the wind, carry my love with you."