Meifeng eir Gladio
 Meifeng Inugami is borned in Othard, in Nagxia, after the first imperial invasion. The political context of the era led her parents to foreshadow a pessimistic future, clouded by warfare and deadly threats. As a result, they dedicated their lives to forge a clan of warriors, whom they destined to protect their country. Meifeng was thus destined to grow up fearing the Empire's shadows over the South, and was raised with eastern clans rigid codes and traditions.
[1547-1550] Meifeng was 11 when the Empire invaded Othard for the second time. As a child soldier, born from the war and living through it, she joined the resistance and survived three years of guerilla in the jungles of Dalmasca Inferior. As they were losing this battle, survivors of the clan, including young Meifeng, fled to Yanxia and reported the gruesome defeat that befell upon their lands. They seeked refuge and protection within Doman territories and dedicated themselves to the protection of North Othard.
 This time, Garlemald went as far as beyond Doma's shields. Following the Doman in the resistance against the Empire, her relatives met a tragic fate in the hands of the imperial legions. Captured amongst other rebels by Nikolai quo Gladio's unit when Lord Kaien surrendered Doma to the imperial legions, Meifeng was transferred to work in ceruleum camps as a punishment. The prisoners' treatment here was apalling.
[1553-1562] After attempting to escape her lifetime sentence to gruesome work, Meifeng managed to murder two garlean soldiers before she was caught and trialed. After a few minutes of deliberation, her execution seemed inevitable. However, Nikolai quo Gladio chose to delay it and sent her to follow an experimental conditionning training instead. She was conscripted by force, and spent 9 years in military training and foreign conscript (hardcore) "reeducation". She was then known as Meifeng ann Inugami.
 Meifeng is transferred to the Frumentarius to be trained as a foreign operative, and sent in Othard as an imperial spy. Following the Bozja incident, Meifeng starts gathering intels on the whispers of a Far Eastern Resistance. It is her first trial of loyalty, and as the resistance grow in her birth country, her conditionned mind is pushed to its limits. She then spent the next 16 years as a foreign operative and was dispatched in Eorzea when they suspected her allegiance may be fragilised.
[1562 - 0005 7th Umbral Era] Mainly operative tasks in Eorzea, including intel gathering, assassinations, and kidnapping. Reports of her missions were all under the supervision of Nikolai quo Gladio (who was promoted ‘rem’during this period of time). During an (IC) event, she protected a pureblood Decurion and took a bullet to save her, thus considered in high esteem by the latter. The Decurion asked for Meifeng to be dispatched on a mission for her in return, and she was ordered to extract an imperial conscript who was trading information with Eorzea. Securing the target, Nicolai Linnaeus, she uncovered a network of garlean traitors and managed to get their names and status within the army. Her report was transferred to the Frumentarius, and her mission handled by more experienced (and trusted) operatives. The success of the mission led the Decurion, Volcatia Volturcius, to vouch for her citizenship. Nikolai rem Gladio dismissed the request at the time. Other more outstanding events were the kidnapping of an ala mighan priestess while taking advantage of a group of mercenaries, reports of intel gathered while working under cover for an ishgardian noble as a maid (before he was surprisingly murdered), intel gathered within the Syndicate while working under cover with the local assassins they were employing, and the hunting of a pureblood garlean defector and his unit. Now fully recognized as worthy to request her citizenship after 25 years of service, she was rewarded with the eir rank, and a new name as a symbol of her rejection of the East.
[0001 7th Astral Era] Meifeng infiltrated the Doman Liberation Front. Following the commands of the XIIth Legion and the Frumentarius, she acted against the Resistance and took part in the imperial retaliations on Doma. As a trial of loyalty, when prisonners and their families were meant to be executed as an example, she was asked to stain her hands.
[7th Astral Era - Present days] Now part of the XIIth Legion, Meifeng was dispatched on the frontlines as soon as the resistance weakened imperial forces in Othard. She fought at Specula Imperatoris, and nearly died in the collapsing of the tower when the main canons of Castrum Abania fired at it. Saved by survivors of her unit, she spent the next months under medical rehabilitation. Torn apart between her loyalty towards the Optimates, and the rising of the Populares party, she spent time alongside her first commander, Nikolai. After she was declared fit for combat again, she was dispatched to the Ghymlyt Dark on the frontlines.
[Present days - ShB update] Deeply disturbed by the rumours around the crown prince and the experimental Black Rose, Meifeng went through a mental breakdown that ultimately led her to be manipulated by a third-party. As a result, she failed to anticipate a trap layed to get rid of Nikolai, and was taken to Eorzea. Her military status was updated as AWOL, and an investigation was opened to determine whether or not she, as an agent, went rogue, and is responsible or not for Nikolai's gruesome execution. Guilty or not, Meifeng was framed for multiple accounts of murders in Eorzea, and captured in Thanalan as she was attempting to escape. Tortured by the Brass Blades, she was ultimately rescued by the intervention of the Flames, whom somehow identified her as a garlean. After a thorough interrogation, she was sentenced to the Bloodsands for a lifetime.
Conscript: Meifeng ann Inugami (9 years)
Conscripted at the age of 22 under the command of Nikolai quo Gladio of the IVth Legion. The conscript was sent to Garlemald to follow an experimental conditionning training. Psychological behavioural techniques were used to break her mind and "reeducate" her. Due to her high receptiveness to the method, her criminal record was cleared and she was apt to start the basic military training. The conscript showed outstanding capacities to defend strong garlean ideologies in any circumstances she was put in.Frumentarius Operative MMMDCCCXCIX-XII: Meifeng ann Inugami (16 years)
Conditionning program was stoped and tasks were given to push the limits of her training. Upon successful completion, loyalty was tested by sending the trained agent in her birth country to partake in the retalations against the rebels. The operative never showed doubts nor did she shy away from her duties during the executions of civilians. Apt to serve without being part of a unit, she was sent as a solo operative in Eorzea to gather intels on the ennemies.Frumentarius Veteran: Meifeng eir Gladio (1 years)
Citizenship was granted after 25 years of good service.AWOL: Meifeng eir Gladio (present days)
The corpse of Nikolai rem Gladio was found half burnt in the Ghymlyt Dark war zone. Reports of witnesses mentionned the officer left alongside the Frumentarius operative Meifeng eir Gladio. The agent status was updated AWOL and is considered prime suspect in the murder of Nikolai rem Gladio. Due to the sensitivity of the information she might be in posession as a veteran, she is to be captured and handled to the competent authorities in order to be trialed. In case of evidences of treason, the operative should be executed swiftly.
Campaign against the Doman Liberation Front:
Infiltrated within the Liberation Front, the operative communicated relevant intels and successfully completed her duty by taking action against the rebels. She was rewarded by the honour of delivering death sentences to rebels and any civilians who helped them.The Battle of Secula Imperatoris:
The agent was sent to assist within the XIIth Legion. She was sent in medical rehabilitation after the annihilation of her unit following the defeat of Fordola rem Lupis.Ghymlyt Dark Frontlines:
The operative was sent to assist the frontlines within the XIIth Legion. She was reported AWOL a few months before the civil war and prime suspect of the murder of Nikolai rem Gladio.
- Sword / Gunblade - Sniper Rifle - Magitek devices - Survival - Tracking - 1st aid - Crypto-communication - Field knowledge, unit coordinationAdvanced skills
- Stealth / Reckon - Intel gathering / Infiltration - Deception, disguise, make-up - Pugilism - Daggers - Resistance to physical torture
The number of medical reports over the last twenty five years is probably an impressive display of non-lethal and near-lethal wounds. Reports of her first years within the army clearly shows her training more looked like daily physical and psychological torture.
The first psychological assessments showed emotional instability, signs of morbid depression, and the needs of rituals to overcome feelings of guilt. The following assessments described her as submissive by fear of authorities, yet in constant need of being told what to do. Assessments during her training as an operative showed progression towards a cold-blooded methodological approach. Her emotionnal maturity was reported as binary (extreme decisions without in-between) and a need for an authoritative figure of attachment (usually pureblood officers, higher in commands). The last psychological assessment is positive on her mental stability, describing her as apt to serve, with great improvements on her emotional stability and autonomy. Over the 25 years of service, she was treated multiple times for severe physical wounds. Comatose status after the battle of Castrum Abania/Secula Imperatoris.
Reports on her scars was joined for identification purpose:
- Oasis Hospital, The Goblet (present days) : Patient matching Mei's description was received in comatose status after a terrorist attack in public baths. She was treated for a bullet wound and several other recent injuries. The Flames investigation reported anti-garlean attacks that ultimately led the patient to be targeted. Presence of addictive opioids were found in her medicl analysis. She was transferred back to Ul'dah after treatment to carry out her Bloodsand sentence.
War prisonner (1552): Captured amongst the doman rebels when the eastern scums surrendered Doma. Sentenced to general interest work at the ceruleum camps.
Murder with premeditation (1553): Attempted escape from camp #MMXIII, aggravated assault against soldiers on duty and murder of two conscripted soldiers on guard duty. Execution cancelled by Nikolai quo Gladio. Subject was sent to follow an experimental training program in a secured facility within the capital.
AWOL (present days): Reported missing after the murder of Nikolai rem Gladio. Prime suspect. Should be captured for trial, or upon evidence of treason, executed.
Thanalan, Ul'dah: Murder with premeditation (present days): Arrested for the murder of an adventurer in the Broken Barrel's Inn of Ul'dah, and for the murder of a Brass Blade on duty in an attempt to resist the authorities. Interrogated by the Brass Blades. Transferred for interrogation by the Flames. Sentenced to the Bloodsands. No public mention of her being a spy, however whispers are that she is a garlean criminal. Multiple accounts of anti-garlean actions were taken as a result.
Meifeng is loyal to the core to the Empire's values and doctrines. But she embraces its ideology to a default, as it means leaders that do not fit exactly what the Empire should stand for are likely to be (secretly) considered traitors in her eyes. She is a perfect example of a successful reeducation of "conscripted savages". She is submissive to the higher in command, dutiful, respect the orders even if she feels in conflict, does not share her opinion unless asked or permitted to do so... She only takes personnal decisions when she analyzed all the available variables and usually process situations like a machine. Her personnal emotions are usually repressed behind the face of a meticulous operative. She never shown doubts or guilt when asked to execute targets, as long as the orders are justified by a context of war and necessity. This state of mind was trialed by the revealed existence of Black Rose and the potential mass-slaughter of civilians. Emotionnaly, she is usually calm, collected, distant - but this self-control can be broken in specific situations (use of aether, context involving treachery, discussions around Specula Imperatoris, rumours around the Crown Prince, etc). She knows how to act, deceive and manipulate, she is good as faking emotions when it comes to infiltrate a targeted enemy group and she will feel no remorse stabbing them in the back even after years of bonding. The empire's vision for the future justifies her every exaction, and its propaganda is a way for her to cope with any guilt she should have felt. This makes her a valuable ascet, but it also means that her identity can only exist within Garlemald. Should the Empire falls, Mei would cease to exist entirely. And with the civil war raging, her personnality is starting to be fragmented with feelings of imminent doom.
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