■ INFORMAL TITLES: Lulu, Lu
■ RACE: Lalafell
■ GENDER: Female
■ AGE & NAMEDAY: 17; 23rd Sun of the 6th Astral Moon
■ ORIENTATION: Heterosexual with some bisexual inclinations
■ MARITAL STATUS: Married
■ CLAN: Plainsfolk
■ CURRENT RESIDENCE: The Goblet, Ward 3, Apartment 4
■ OCCUPATION: Adventurer in training
■ PATRON DEITY: Nald'thal, the Traders
■ HEIGHT & WEIGHT: 2'10" Fulm; ~25 ponz
■ ALIGNMENT: Neutral Good, .
Her name speaks for itself that she is a Plainsfolk [] with an Ul'dahn origin, being that her name is a mixture of Plainsfolk and Dunesfolk [] naming. Both of her parents have thematic names, so they decided to continue that legacy with Lulu's name having an abundance of letter L's.
Her name bares the meaning of a protected treasure, a self-fulfilling prophecy that in a way started her story.
Lulu's hair is ginger, a very distinct feature of hers, as well as her green eyes. Her left eye is of brighter colour and she can't see with it since some recent events. She also has a heart shaped scar on her right cheek, which she covered with a heart shaped tattoo. She wears her hair in either twintails or a single tail. She usually wears light clothing because her light body doesn't support heavy armour. Her favourite colour is dalamud red, so she will usually wear something red and white. She used to wear an eye patch to cover her left eye, but disgarded it after she started trusting people again.
What follows is a recollection of Lulu's past, from her birth up until this point in her story.
★Reiko Takahashi: Adopted sister, Lulu loves Reiko and occasionally pulls her into her escapades and more often than not, trouble.
★Bexy Amalaryssia: Adoptive mother, mentor, and role model, Lulu sees in Bexy a person she would one day like to become as.
★Maximilen Amalaryssia: Adoptive father, Lulu feels like she can trust this person when it comes to any trouble the young girl has.
★Nicole Desborough: Reiko's lover, a intriguing girl who appears to have trouble with even the bare concept of aether. Lulu likes her mostly because of Reiko and hopes that she will be kind to Reiko after she was dumped twice already.
♠Linala Lina: Lulu's mother who she hasn't seen since she was four years old. She doesn't remember her, but knows that she isn't in jail anymore. She finally met her due to a series of events that led Lina in contact with Lulu's free company during The Voidal Bride story arc and led the group who rescued Lulu from Scally.
♠Nananomi Nomi: One of the first people she met when she first entered Goblet. For a while she had a slight crush on him, but then she met Penny. She calls him a sandpirate because he dresses like a pirate even while he's in the middle of a desert.
♦Lalalo Hululo: Otherwise known as Hulu, a Sultansworn who became quite the enemy of the girl even before her adventure began. She avoids him. Hulu achieved a bad ending during the Voidal Bride story arc in which his member was cut off by Lina during interrogation. He hasn't been seen since then.
♦Dadanpa Darenpa: A Lalafell who she met on her 16th Nameday. He claimed she is his betrothed, but even if that may have been true, Lulu had the support of her new family and managed to fight her way to be able to choose who she marries. He later admitted that he was really after Scally's eye. Lulu doesn't really like him. Dadanpa later manage to free himself from his father's influence and is now working at the Golden Bazaar as a merchant.
♦Chachatao Cocotao: Dadanpa's father, who has ties to the Syndicate and is in league with a group called The Red Eye Order. Although most of the Order's members are either dead due to the Voidal Bride story arc, he is one of the still surviving members. His present location is unknown.
○Chichamu Chamu: Her first best friend, who died during the Calamity. Lulu and Chamu were inseparable, and Chamu followed Lulu everywhere. They were a duo like no other. She was there when Lulu encountered the Voidsent in the Thaumaturges Guild.
○Scally the Ahriman: An Ahriman Lulu accidentally summoned and finished a several years old spell. The Ahriman came through weakened at first, but later grew in power and was an important part of the Voidseed Arc, and was the main enemy in The Voidal Bride story arc. Now deceased, but Lulu still shudders at the mention of him and doesn't like to talk about him.
♠Mistress Koko: A Lalafell witch who cleansed Lulu from the Voidseed. She looked up to her, but lately feels as if she can't trust her anymore.
A DAY IN THE SUN
The paint was fresh. Lulu sat as she watched her father's newest painting being dried in the afternoon sun. The canvas was fairly small, but so was the commission. "What do you think?", she heard her father's voice.
Lulu slightly inclined her head, putting a finger to her mouth. Her emerald eyes glistened in the sun that hit their balcony. She sat on a red pillow on the ground, her long hair tied into a small bun, leaving only a few strands that fell on her rosy cheeks. At last, she took a deep breath.
"It's pretty.", she said and promptly nodded.
Lumo smiled at his daughter. She was merely nine at this point, but already a handful. Just the day before he found her questioning merchants on where the Silver Bazaar is and how many days would she need to get to it. His daughter was starting to show her mather's traits and he didn't like that. It's been a year since the Calamity, and they only got their lives back in order. Many were still struggling. The mountains of sand that overflowed Ul'dah were dealt with, but that left the jewel city with the damage it caused. Many shops closed when the sandstorm hit and were still that way. Owners dead or missing in the catastrophe, leaving their shops still filled with the goods procured in the days before. The Garlean threat was gone for now, and the war profiteering stopped. But other things started. Refugees started flowing into the city from all over Thanalan. They lost their homes in the Calamity, some lost families. Lumo was grateful that his daughter was alive when he found her, lying in the street just outside the Thaumaturge's Guild. She didn't remember what happened, the girl looked dazed and lost. But she was alive. He wasn't left all alone.
"Is that for the Sultana?", she asked, still staring at the painting.
"No, dear.", he shook his head. "It's for a merchant on the Pearl Lane."
He sat on the floor next to her, putting a hand on her head. She smiled as he combed her hair gently.
"Well, if the Sultana ever sees it, she'll like it and then she'll come here and you can paint her, right?", she blabbered. Lumo nodded. Who was he to shatter her perception of her father? Even though he always did claim he wanted to paint the Sultana, he knew she would probably never be interested in being painted by a poor plainsfolk. This is a dunesfolk city and anyone who is someone is either a dunesfolk or wealthy, or both. And most of them are born into it. A mere plainsfolk that came here from Vylbrand is not going to get in that good grace with the Sultana. But just looking at Lulu being so proud of him made him try harder, search for opportunities, and there actually was a slight hope that one day he might actually succeed. To paint the Sultana… that would be the greatest honor any artist could experience. And so he tried day after day. To continually impress his daughter. The only family member left, the only woman in his life now.
"Papa?", her voice shakes him from his thoughts.
"Hm? Oh, sorry sweetie, papa was just… lost in thought."
He smiled at her and then looked around the balcony. It wasn't big, but it had memoried. They lived here for almost ten years now. In this small apartment above the Gate of Nald. The first few years were a bliss. He had a happy family. A good wife, a newborn daughter, he painted and was doing fairly well. They were new in the city and his art dazzled everyone. Back then, he was so sure that he will soon paint the Sultana and that will lift their social status.But, things suddenly changed. Lina, his wife, started acting differently. She would stay out in the city longer than usual. She would sometimes take Lulu with her, but most of the time she would leave her with him. He knew she was frequenting the Quicksand. That horrible place where she met those adventurers. Soon, she started getting noticed. Lina was a beautiful woman, there's no debating that. And her beauty got noticed by a Sultansworn. A dunesfolk fellow, not that high up in command, but clearly on his way there. One evening, after Lulu was crying for hours for her mother, Lumo went to get Lina home. He entered the Quicksand with a crying child. The place was absolutely rancid. Filled with a heavy aroma, smoke and drunken laughter. No place for a child, and he knew he needed to find Lina fast to get them both home. He made his way through the crowd of people and found his wife… arguing with a Sultansworn. The guy was obviously coming onto her, but she wouldn't have it. Her adventurer friends stood by, but let her handle it. Lumo decided to intervene. He grabbed her by the hand, and without a word started dragging her away. The next thing he felt was a strong punch on the back of his head. His knees gave and he fell to the ground, still holding his daughter. There was a loud gasp.
"Lumo!", he heard, as he looked up, facing his wife, who stood there covering her face. She dared not look at him then, because he knew that she was the one who hit him. She was obviously agitated, and provoked by the Sultansworn.She followed him home without a word that night. But, incidents like that one continued. And it all escalated one evening when she was provoked again, only this time, she punched the Sultansworn.
A life sentence in jail for attacking a Sultansworn. Lumo was devastated. His happy family destroyed. The burden of raising a child fell on him alone. From that moment on, he swore he will not let Lulu become like her mother. But to no avail. Her mother's traits soon started showing in the girl. And try as he might, her curiosity about the world started growing. When she asked about her mother, he realised, she doesn't remember her. He told her the truth. That her mother did something bad and is now being punished. Lulu didn't really understand what he meant, but as the girl was curious about everything, she soon found a new thing to focus on. Lumo was grateful for that. He didn't like talking about Lina. He visited her often in jail, telling her about Lulu. Lina loved him for that. He didn't even realize what's to come. But soon, not long from this moment, something will happen. The Calamity. And the visits will stop. They'll tell him that a lot of the prisoners died that day and that she was one of them. Buried in sand.
"Paaapaa…", he felt tugging at his arm. He looked down at Lulu, who looked at him frowny faced. "That hurts.", she said. He realised that he's been combing her head while lost in thought so much that her bun fell apart.
"Oh! Sorry!", he chuckled, helping her make the bun back. "Say… while we wait for the paint to dry, how about some ice cream?"
Lulu's face lit up as a firebug, and she immediately jumped from her red pillow.
"Lemon flavored!", she jumped around the apartment in joy, as he scrambled onto his feet.
"Lemon, huh? Since when is lemon better than rolanberry?"
She looked at him, grinning. "Since now."Lulu put her hands behind her back and gently twisted her hips, a familiar pose that Lina sometimes made. Another trait. Another step closer to his wife, and further from him. Soon, a day could come when she will want to leave to explore the world. And that means… she would be in great danger. In that moment, Lumo made a decision. He will train her in art, maybe if she becomes more like him, she will want to stay in the safety of these walls.
He smiled at her and then took her hand. "Okay. Ice cream time. Come, let's enjoy this day in the sun properly."
Lulu greeted his decision with a smile.
Darkness. It was all around him. He couldn’t see, not really. His big eye might have been opened, or closed, he didn’t know. Still, he couldn’t see. His sight was gone with a single shot. The last thing he saw before darkness enveloped him was the ginger Lalafell shooting an arrow at him. The one that always escaped. The one that always messed up his plans. He hated her the most. And now… she took his sight. What is an Ahriman without his sight? Without his gaze? Nothing… Maybe death should finally let him rest.
“Nicky!”, he heard someone scream and realized that the battle is still raging around him. He heard his precious Void Queen burst from her cocoon and battle them. If only he could…
Scally managed to find one of the tubes that were laying around him, the tubes that were filled with corrupted aether. The aether that made him strong. His long snake tongue managed to coil itself around an end and he pulled it towards himself. The battle was raging.
“Reiko! Don’t let her escape!”, another voice followed with a booming sound.
The corrupt aether was now flowing into his mouth once more. He tried to not move much, as to not let anyone realize he’s still alive. That’s when he realized it himself. How is he still alive? By all reason, he should be dead. He lost his sight, and… His eye. An Ahriman’s essence is inside it’s eye. If there is no eye… what is he? A husk? Just rotting flesh filled with corrupt aether?
No. He is still alive for a purpose. The Voidseed. It gave him a Void Queen.
“Now Nunu!”, this voice he recognized. It was the ginger Lalafell. Lulu. What followed was the loudest sound and the strongest aether sensation he ever felt. What in the Void?
“We did it! Look! We did it! She’s gone! Hooray!”
No… His Void Queen… the Voidseed… was… gone? It cannot be! How can she? He made sure to provide enough corrupted aether to…
Was it his share that caused this? His wish to become stronger, taking some of the aether from his Queen? Curses! Why was he so careless?
After a while he heard footsteps leaving. All but one. There were a few light feet approaching him.
“Good riddance.”, he heard her. And then he felt a kick to his side. Still playing dead, he didn’t let out any sound. After she left, he was left alone. The sounds of battle replaced by a howling wind. The Shroud was restless. The elementals must have been angry at him. So be it. As if he would be bothered by them. Better for him to just… let go and die here. Defeated, and his Queen gone.
Scally sighed and spit out the tube. All he could see was darkness. And it felt like… home.
“Keep that thing still!”, the lead mage roared.
The hoods all nodded in unison. Some of their owners pressed on the voidsent’s limbs, pressing them to the stone bed in front of them. The voidsent, a mere shadow of it’s former self, squirmed and hissed. It showed it’s sharp teeth and tried to bite some of them. The Ahriman was chained, but still possessed the strength of several men. Although, there was something different about this one particular.
It’s giant eyelid was shut, and a bloody mark left around it, as if something burst there. The hard, rough skin of the creature was dirty, worn out in battle. It’s back spikes were cut and a few mages were dulling them with stones imbued with magic. One would assume that the creature would perish from the state it was in, but this particular one endured. It hissed and cursed, but it was still alive.
Kana approached the Ahriman and observed it. “This… thing is…”
“Blind.”, said another.
“A blind Ahriman? How is that even possible?”, Kana asked.
They found it just outside of Haukke Manor, in what seemed like a battlefield. Many bodies were strung on the floor, and there were tubes filled with corrupted aether, on the brink of crystallization. The Ahriman seemed unresponsive at first, but soon it moved and the mages knew they need to take it. The Order was studying the Void and having an actual living voidsent was as close as they can get to it.
The Ahriman growled like an animal. And then… it spoke. “I… can see…”
Kana frowned and approached it. “What did you just say?”
“I can… see… her…”, it said and then sighed. “My queen…”
“Who is your queen? Speak!”, the lead mage commanded, while Kana moved out of his way.
At that point, the Ahriman raised the lid of it’s eye, revealing a mangled eye. The center of it was missing, a big hole where the iris used to be. Kana's stomach turned. He turned around to face the mountain in the distance. They followed the trail north, knowing some of their brothers went missing there. Influenced by the Void, they became slaves to the one thing they coveted. And there they found it. A ritual burial site, a deep hole filled with bodies. Mangled, their guts missing. Or, maybe not… The courtyard of Haukke Manor was full of tubes filled with corrupt aether. Maybe… His stomach turned again, just at the thought of that. He looked up at the mountain. Dravania. His brothers have been here. And then they died by the hands of this blind monster behind him.
"You will be tried for your crimes, Ahriman. We could just kill you here, but… I think torture is a better sentence.", the mage smirked.
He gave his men a nod and they dragged the creature to the middle of the hole, chaining it there. Kana climbed above the pit, observing, his cloak blowing in the wind. He looked down at the bloodied and defeated creature. The sky grew dark above, and the air smelled of sulphure. The rotting smell was only enhanced by the bodies of his comrades in the pit.
"Blind Ahriman! You will answer for your crimes… in due time. If you wish for leniency… you can get it, if you tell us which queen do you serve!", the lead mage roared.
The Ahriman was silent. It just 'looked' at the ground, motionless, defeated. Kana sighed. The lead mage took his staff and approached the creature. "Silence? So be it…", he said and lifted his staff, while a purple light enveloped the two. Kana knew that he shouldn't meddle into this, the creature murdered his brothers. But still… he wanted to do something. He soon heard ungodly shrieks of the creature from within the purple torture prison."TELL ME! WHO IS YOUR QUEEN!?"
Kana clenched his fists and marched down into the pit. "Niras! Stop this! The Ahriman is no good to us dead!" The lead mage emerged from the light and looked at Kana. "Kana… do you feel sympathy for it?" Kana looked up at him. "No. But… look at it. It's defeated. I'm actually surprised it's still alive. This Ahriman is different, and you know it, Niras."
Niras turned back at the Ahriman. "What do you suggest then?"
Kana approached the creature, who was only barely alive now. "There must be something it could want…"
At that moment, the black skies roared above them. Kana looked up and saw a glow from the mountain.
"Sohm Al! It… erupts!" The mages all gathered and looked at the mountain and sure, the mountain was erupting. There was lava flowing down it's edges and fire spouting out from the top. Soon, there was a shiny object being ejected from the top and into the clouds.
"Gods… that mountain hasn't been active in a long while.", one of them said.
Soon, there was a linkshell call. "They took the eye to destroy it!", he heard the voice of their informer back in Thanalan. "ERA took the eye to destroy it!"
Niras looked at the mountain again. "We… know."
"How is that even possible? Does lava melt voidstuff?", asked one of the mages.
Kana shook his head. "No… it-"
A shriek from the Ahriman. "My precious! It burns!"
Kana approached the creature. "Your precious? You… are the Ahriman the eye belonged to?" The creature screamed.
"The eye… belongs to you?", Kana smirked. "Then we may get you something you want. But you have to do something for us first."
The Ahriman turned towards him, breathing heavy. "Make your claim… man."
Easily heard rumours
"Her father was a great painter. It's a shame what happened to him."
"The ginger Lalafell running around Ul'dah? Yeah, she loves spending time in the Quicksand. Momodi seems to have taken a liking to the lass."
Moderately heard rumours
"She got into some trouble with the law. Her mother was also like that."
Hardly heard rumours
"The lass had some dealings with Voidsent, I heard. No good thing can come from that."
"Her father was overprotective of her, made her elope with a boy!"
"She's the daughter of that bandit adventurer Fury. I dunno her real name, but hear she left the poor lass with her father when the little one was merely a small child."
Rumours by other characters she meets
"If I were to describe what I felt about Lu... I would be here for a while. I love her so much and would never see her in any other light." - Nunupu Nupu
"She's... She's lovely. Her lust for adventure and inquisitive nature is second to none. She... Reminds me of me, in my youth. After... What happened with her father, i couldn't turn her away. I'd not suffer another to be alone,her above all people. I'll look after her... Protect her best i can. She is like a daughter to me." - Bexy Amalaryssia
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