"There is always more that I need to learn. It is all about taking it one step at a time."
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- Time Zone: BST/GMT - United Kingdom
- Nationality: British-Welsh
- Server: Omega
- FC: Astral Crusaders
- Lodestone: Leoden Garande
- Additional Characters: Pishrero Junerero
- Last Updated: 20th October 2019
Leoden Garande, or Leo for short, is an Ala Mhigan refugee freed from the clutches of Imperial rule following the reclamation of Gyr Abania.
Having been freed from Imperial rule and the oversight of his elders in secretive hiding, he found himself at a loss on which direction to take in life. In the end, his elders advised him to take to Ul'dah on the next carriage out, and find his future there. As a result, he would find himself learning to work with his fists, having no immediate tools to hand as he would begin training to take on the world around him. Having then found himself in Ul'dah, he came to learn a few things about tending to himself and trying to live a self-sustainable life, though he came to realise that he could not do this alone. This is when he had a chance meeting with Ihrih Nhoyo and Kathir Ragewind, eventually becoming a member of the Astral Crusaders.
Thoughtful and caring, he finds himself rather easy in making friends and allies, though he also judges them on their mistakes and how they learn from them. He is the same with himself, leading to his brooding and overthinking nature that sometimes sets him into a downward emotional spiral if left prolonged. He is slow to move on, and sometimes this causes him to become lost or overwhelmed at too many new things transpiring all at once. This might be why many of his emotions are worn upon his entire body, and he cannot tell a good lie or denial.
None can doubt the heart on this young man, however, and his passion for life and all that comes his way has taken to others being inspired by his deeds.
Leoden is someone who thinks a lot about many things, so his collected and calm nature is a normal for him, processing thoughts and ideas being much like a routine. He does his best not to go distant, being a friendly and open person who is more than willing to hold conversation with anyone willing to strike one up with him.
Many who converse with him may find that he may act wiser than his years would have you believe, the majority of which comes down to his thoughtful nature, but a lot of that comes from how his elders have raised him. Being taught by those many years his superior, he has adopted many of their traits and outlooks on life, and his nature to question and check and converse comes from his formative young years.
He is not without his personality flaws, however. He becomes rather easily flustered by things outside of his knowledge - and still finds certain topics uncomfortable to discuss, which has led to him panic-talking a few times when such a case would come up with someone. He is trying to get better about it with learning and understanding, but it still comes up sometimes when he's not prepared for it.
He is a big supporter of learning, and will gladly engage in conversation or activities that involves some kind of learning aspect to it, be it him learning or being the teacher. His drive to become self-sufficient had been fuelled by his desire to learn, and his training only serves to show that he can teach himself if he is committed enough to the cause he is going for. He always believes there is more to learn, even from other people or from the world itself, and given his history it is easy enough to see why this foundational belief exists.
Leoden is very short for his kind, standing at approximately 185cm. Given his training, he is rather muscular and toned, with a dark skin tone. He is incredibly fit and physically capable, with most of his body honed from the training to use his fists from a rather young age. He has a small patch of blond hair upon the back of his head, the rest being perhaps shaved or no longer present due to the intense training in the past, though he does have a blond beard as well which he keeps to a trim level.
Of his most notable features are, firstly, would be the markings upon his eyes, something he has maintained and kept throughout his time since leaving Ala Mhigo, as a memento of the home he once lived in. Secondly, he also has heterochromia: While one of his eyes is a soft lapis blue, his right eye is a rather radiant emerald green. Being an adventurer, he has his fair share of scars, one being faint across the front of his chest, with another being on his left shoulder, a puncture wound that was healed since.
On clothing, he tends to favour sun-kissed yellows and bright colours, though he is not entirely averse to deeper reds or even blacks, though even he would admit this latter colour palette would be down to the influences of many of the company wearing darker coloured garments. Given his perspective, it is mostly with the idea of practicality that he dresses, giving little thought to appearance for the majority of the time outside the task at hand. He has, however, come to respect casual clothing and has come to see the relevance of it for future endeavours. He has certainly been influenced by Ul'dah, and this shows sometimes in his choice of garments. He often does not have jewelry, though he maintains a set of Ala Mhigan earrings, another memento from his homeland.
- Open or intrigued.
As his elders instructed, he made himself a commitment to Ul'dah, and has thus signed up with the Immortal Flames, to whom he regularly reports to and sometimes conducts operations for. It is through these relations that he also found himself learning leatherwork and cloth garment creation, having progressed further in his own learning beyond repairing his own equipment. So he has come to learn most of his trade through support and interactions with the Immortal Flames, to which he continues working for to this day.
It was under their advice, however, that he was instructed on the prospect of Free Companies, with many of them having bases out in the Goblet. It was this initiative that saw Leoden come into contact with the Astral Crusaders, under whom he has conducted a few operations for and has generally garnered support from the company in his endeavours, having proven his capability and reasoning in many situations in spite of his lacking of knowledge. It is there he has found himself as an adventurer, but he also handles clothing repairs and is there as a cook, something that stems partly from a hobby of his: Fishing.
Though not fully instructed in how and where to fish, he takes to fishing rather well, with water being a rare commodity in Gyr Abania, and has an interest in learning all of the ideal fishing locations across Eorzea, though this is spurred on by his desire to self-sustain, from which he learned how to cook, and although a bit of an amateur in that regard, he is clearly capable and responsible with all things that relate to cooking, particularly meats and fish.
At his most talented, Leoden can rival the Ala Mhigan monks of old, having continuously trained himself in the art of martial arts combat with his own self-guided style of fighting, long ago believing that while one may disarm a man who has a weapon, it is not as simple to remove that which is attached to one's body. This is not to say he is inexperienced with weapons either, having taken to learning how to handle short blades for a time and with an interested look towards other blades. However, when all else falters, he is more than capable enough of relying on his fists and legs to do the work that other weapons may fail upon.
Though meditation and experience, and with finer guidance from his mentor in Helga Mistwalker, he has found himself understanding and even enhancing his capabilities in aether manipulation. He understands that such phenomena occur should his emotions run high in a certain element: He has come to rely on compassion and love to take to a battle with flame, a strength he once had manifest in fierce determination or anger, while his playful nature or cheerful personality brings him closer to the wind, enhancing his steps and movements with immense agility and a restorative boost to his stamina, with his protective nature and his sheer will to stand his ground presents himself with the strength of the earth, making him able to withstand blows far beyond his body's normal limits. He is continuously learning and meditating on these matters, now with a focus to master them each in turn, though recent events have made him more attuned to the element of wind, with earth being a close second and fire a distant third, were his abilities in each to be ranked accordingly.
Being formerly self-taught and learning much from his mentor, he is continuously learning and evolving himself. Evidently, weapon techniques are mostly beyond him, only a few times in the past choosing to resort to short blades but has since neglected training with them, though he still holds a muted interest in learning more of such weapons where he can. And while he may have the potential to control and manifest aether into other talents, he has yet to learn how to do so, though recent experience has given him a mind to try to learn after being initially afraid to do so.
- Friendly/Informative discussions.
- Fruit juices.
- Training and Meditation.
- Thoughtless action.
- Fishing & Cooking.
- Peaceful Meditations.
- Contemplation of complex circumstances.
- Aiding others, even if just by conversation.
- Working and creating.
- An excellent close-range combatant with plenty of agility and stamina.
- Quick of learning and contemplates every circumstance with thought prior to action.
- Determined learner with a goal to become self-sufficient.