|Birth Name||Ojene Suinuet|
|Age||52, looks early to mid forties by Hyur standards (but not by Elezen!)|
|Nameday||9th Sun of the 6th Astral Moon|
|Alignment||Lawful Good - [Type 3]|
|Physique||Densely muscular and athletic|
|Hair||Jet black, graying at the temples|
|Skin||Dark blueish-gray, lightly freckled|
|Facial Features||Long, protruding nose and an angular jaw|
|Scars||Numerous, but old.
The most striking:
|Injuries||A bad left hip, shattered in 1564, that never healed quite right again.|
Intense, Calculating, Compassionate, Abrasive, Perseverant, Altruistic, Controlling
Sketching, exercise (sometimes in the form of a game), mentally-stimulating board games, people-watching
|Core Motivator||To further purposes or causes she feels are good and just|
|Fears||Losing everything again|
|Greatest Accomplishment||Still being alive, after all this time, without having to compromise her strong sense of morals|
|Greatest Regret||All the years of lost time|
|Combat Style||Variable, changing based on tactical situations and assessments.|
|Secondary Weapon||Daggers or Longbow|
|Armor||Variable, depending on tactical evaluation and necessity. Favors scale, leather, or chainmail.|
|ABOUT THE PLAYER|
|Time Zone||United States, CST|
|Additional Characters||Bloewilf Swerdhwyzwyn||Jophoix Suinuet|
|RP Preferences||RP is great! Feel free to poke me if you're interested in interacting. I love connecting my characters' backstories with others, so if that idea interests you, just let me know. I don't ERP!|
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"Some people are like a wildfire. They burn fast, they burn hard... and then they burn out. Be careful with her. One of these days... that fire's bound to run out of kindling."
[Last Update: 8/12/16]
- 1 The Basics
- 2 History
- 3 Affiliations
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Rumors
Unusually tall for an Elezen at 7’0”, Ojene makes no attempt to hide her stature unless she feels a pressing need to blend in. As a consequence, she cuts a striking figure in most any crowd through physical presence alone- the unmistakeable tone of her skin nonwithstanding.
There is no confusing Ojene for anything but a Duskwight. Her weathered skin is a deep, blueish gray. And her ice blue eyes fix on their subjects with a breathtaking intensity that reveals the intelligence and cunning within. While her face is free of any scars, her body is a different story. A glimpse at her torso, her legs, or even her arms, reveals a pale network of old marks. Most faded, by now, to near-invisibility. But no matter how far she distances herself from the past, they remain. Relics of the woman she once was. Or perhaps, despite what she says, the woman she still is.
Gone are the long mornings and evenings poured into training. With no pressing need to defend herself, an hour or two a day suffices. Even so, her body is strikingly muscular. Broad shoulders and thick arms like hers are not easily hidden, no matter what shirt she chooses to wear. Yet age has begun to whittle down the chiseled slope of her physique. Softening her at the edges, despite her best efforts to keep it at bay.
Even at a glance, she has clearly long since left youth behind. Wrinkles blossom in the corners of her eyes and the slope of her forehead, a small but steadily growing tribute to years of tension and worry. Offset, perhaps, by the fainter but still present laugh lines forming around her mouth. Gray turns her thick black hair at the temples, displayed in-full by her tight but practical hairstyles. Most times, she ties just enough back to keep out of her eyes, leaving the rest hanging down to her shoulders.
She is no conventional beauty, nor could she ever have been. Between her sharp cheekbones, protruding nose, flat chest, and legs a mite too long for her body, she lacks the graceful femininity her Wildwood cousins might prefer. And unless she has occasion to, she doesn’t clothe herself in a visually striking manner, veering instead for sharp, well-tailored practicality.
But no matter how plainly she dresses, she is, without a doubt, memorable. And probably always will be.
Ojene has been likened to many natural disasters in her time. Wildfires. Whirlwinds. Hurricanes. Not because they thought she was a wreck. But because of the effect she leaves behind. She is a storm of intensity. In her younger days, she charged from one good purpose to the next with all the care of a raging auroch. And if you dared cross her- which wasn’t a difficult feat- you faced her fire and venom full force. With her calculating mind and her way of seeing right to the core of a person, she knew how to dissemble someone with words alone. And she used it, to great effect, to get what she wanted. She brought to bear the sort of energy that either swept you up or bowled you over. Capable of changing the tone of a room simply by stepping in.
But now, in her early fifties, the mellowing force of age (combined with Sylbfohc’s influence) have dulled her sharp edges. There was a day, once, when she greeted every stranger with standoffishness and scrutiny. Those times are long gone. Despite her still-present swath of insecurities, she’s come to a degree of comfort with herself in her middle-age. And from this positive, growing base, she approaches the world with far more caring warmth than she ever would have let herself show when she was young.
Ojene always cared. Sometimes too much.
After a lifetime of self-sacrifice, she’s ready to start putting her own life first. Or at least- she tries to. But her deep wells of sensitivity and her razor-sharp mind join together to fuel an indomitable force when aimed toward a purpose that moves her. Unstoppable- even by herself. Despite all better judgment, the plights of strangers move her, again and again. And even now, despite the old extensive injuries that prevent her from returning to her life as a career fighter, she longs to pick up a weapon with a just cause at her back.
But she knows, from experience, just how much the all-consuming pursuit of righteousness costs.
If it were just herself at stake, she wouldn’t care. She never did, when it came down to it. Time and time again, she gambled her life on a calculated risk, because she judged the reward to be worth the danger.
But it’s not just her life at stake anymore. She realizes this now, how the lives of the people she cares about are wound irrevocably with hers. And as for calculated risks- with her disabilities, how could she hurt her loved ones, again, by putting herself in danger?
So she tries. She tries hard to keep her distance from dangerous causes so her emotions don’t latch on. There have to be ways she can stay relevant and help others without putting herself in danger… right?
Unlike the vast majority of her Duskwight kin, Ojene decided the only way to make a better life for herself was to leave isolation behind. But everywhere she went, she faced discrimination and strife. At 27, she left the Shroud behind altogether and tried to build a new life in the furthest place in Eorzea she could go- La Noscea. After a couple years of struggle, it began to work. On the western edge of Vylbrand, in the small town of Aleport, she finally found success. Family. Love.
And she gave it all up. She joined the people of Ala Mhigo in their fight for freedom, and she became embroiled in a decades-long struggle against the Garleans that nearly cost her everything.
But now that's at an end. In 1575, the Garlean assassins gave up the chase. And since, Ojene has tried to rebuild her life. Picking up all the pieces of what could have been to try and make a better future.
(1525-1552) Growing up in the Shroud
1525 - Age 0: Born in the North Shroud in a small Duskwight clan to her two adolescent parents.
1537 - Age 12: Famine hits. With no way to feed everyone, her clan decides to send some of their youth away to related clans. They send Ojene to live with relatives in the East Shroud, but unbeknownst to her family, this new clan is full of bandits. Despite Ojene's pleas to come home, her family can't take her back.
1539 - Age 14: Finally back on their feet, Ojene's clan tries to get their youth back. Feeling abandoned, young Ojene refuses. She focuses on learning how to fight, preparing for the day she has to take care of herself.
1545 - Age 20: At last confident in her own abilities, Ojene sets out on her own, determined to find a way to live life without compromising what she feels is right.
1548 - Age 23: After three long years of struggling to survive in the Shroud, Ojene at last gives up. She adopts a new strategy and shows up on the doorstep of the Gridanian Lancer's Guild. After a struggle, they accept her.
1551 - Age 26: Ojene makes a sworn enemy out of one of her fellow Lancers, Efrault Roiveaux. His wealthy and powerful Wildwood family look for ways to get her kicked out of Gridania.
1552 - Age 27: The Roiveaux succeed in getting Ojene ousted from the Lancer's Guild. She decides to leave the Shroud behind altogether and travels to La Noscea in search of better fortunes.
(1552-1557) A new life in La Noscea
1552 - Age 27: Late in the year, Ojene arrives in Limsa Lominsa and fights to join up with the most above board mercenary company she can find.
1553 - Age 28: Prospects in Limsa Lominsa turn sour. Ojene follows a lead to a mercenary company in Aleport. There, she meets Sylbfohc Ostulmsyn, a young Yellowjacket, whose influence convinces her to keep trying to make her new life away from the Shroud work. The two of them become sexually, but not romantically, involved. Despite herself, she takes up a role in his family, helping him look after his half-sister Moengeim.
1554 - Age 29: Ojene is finally accepted into her Aleport mercenary company, the Silvercloaks, and she begins to stick around a little more permanently. She and Sylb begin to grow more involved, and she begins to take a more influential role in his family- even though she's not particularly aware of doing it.
1556 - Age 31: She and Sylb officially make their relationship exclusive (even if it had been for all intents and purposes for awhile now). Ojene begins to gain more status and notoriety in the Silvercloaks.
1557 - Age 32: As tales of Theodoric and the plight of Ala Mhigo spread and worsen, Ojene decides to see the tyranny for herself. She leaps on the first job that takes her up that way and leaves La Noscea for what was meant to be just a few weeks.
(1557-1564) Ala Mhigo and its aftershocks
1557 - Age 32: Ojene arrives in Ala Mhigo. She is quickly taken in by the horrors its citizens face, and she lends her support to the resistance movement. They help the Garleans overthrow Theodorac- but within days they realize the true depths of their folly. Horrified, Ojene writes to Sylb and tells him she won't be back for a while. She joins the fight against the Garleans.
1558 - Age 33: After a year spent in Ala Mhigo, Ojene is asked to join a secret mission into Garlemald. The catch being, it's basically suicide. She writes to Sylb knowing it could be the last time she ever does, and she leaves Ala Mhigo.
1561 - Age 36: Three years into the mission, the Garleans capture Ojene. She's thrown into their prisons and treated with all the due kindness they normally give their prisoners.
1562 - Age 37: After months on and off of torture, Ojene is dragged to the executioner's block. But on the way, she's saved! By some of her old Ala Mhigan co-patriots, no less. Once she's spent some time to recover, she rejoins their struggle.
1563 - Age 38: Assassins begin to target Ojene, but she has no posted bounty. It doesn't make sense to her, but still it happens. After a few, she discovers the Garleans weren't the only ones trying to kill her. Some of the assassins were sent by the Roiveaux family.
1564 - Age 39: A near-fatal attack all but destroys Ojene's left hip (amongst other extensive injuries). Unconscious, she's shipped out of Ala Mhigo and into Thanalan. She spends the next ten months recovering, hidden amongst her rebel friends.
(1565-1575) Ojene on the run
1565 - Age 40: Finally recovered, Ojene decides to figure out why assassins are after her. She returns to the Shroud, in search of a way to prove the Roiveaux's involvement with the Garleans.
1567 - Age 42: After two years of fruitless flailing, Ojene hears about the Sahagin's ruthless assaults- particularly, in Western La Noscea. She breaks off her search and returns, for the first time in a decade, to Aleport, and to the man she hasn't written in nine years.
1570 - Age 45: Sylb and Ojene spend three years together until assassins attack. Knowing she was discovered- and believing Sylb dead- Ojene drags herself back to the Shroud. She finds her old Duskwight clan. They take her in, hiding her while she grieves.
1572 - Age 47: As the conflict with the Garleans ramps up, Ojene finally drags her head out of the sand. She fights to help protect her family. Then the Shroud. Then Eorzea. She joins the Order of the Twin Adders at the Battle of Carteneau. There, in the distance, she catches a glimpse of Sylb - alive! But she convinces herself it wasn't really him.
A few months later, an old friend from her mission into Garlemald shows. Ojene learns the true reason assassins were after her. Her friend relays the new proposed mission into Imperial territory. Ojene decides to track down proof that Sylb is actually dead to calm her mind... and she discovers he isn't. He and Ojene renew their relationship, meeting in secret when they can, as Ojene fights to free herself from the Garleans once and for all.
1575 - Age 50: At last, Ojene gets the Garleans to leave her be!
(1575-present) Rebuilding her life
1575 - Age 50: Ojene comes out of hiding and moves in with Sylb in Limsa Lominsa. As she recovers from her physical ordeal, she tries to figure out how to build a normal life after so many years spent fighting and running.
1572 - Age 52: The future unfolds!
Want to tie your character to Ojene's backstory? Check out her history and let me know if something appeals to you! Otherwise, here's some basic places/times/organizations to give you an idea of where she's been in life- and when. Just shoot me a message if you're interested!
- Lancer's Guild (1548-1552) - A young upstart Duskwight trying to make a name for herself.
- Mercenary Groups (1552-1557) - Worked various (above board) jobs with mercenary groups in La Noscea. Collaboration with the Yellowjackets- especially those in Aleport.
- Ala Mhigan Resistance (1557-1558), (1562-1564) - Fighting alongside the resistance in and around Ala Mhigo.
- Secret Anti-Garlean Mission (1558-1561) - Might be known by Garlean soldiers, particularly higher ranking officials who are privy to classified information.
- Weapons Instructor (1575-1577) - Teaching younger would-be warriors and adventurers how to (hopefully) not die.
- Strategic Advisor (present) - Working with the Maelstrom on tactical matters
- The Fall of Ala Mhigo (1557) - Helped fell the Mad King in some small ways, and witnessed the ensuing chaos.
- The Battle of Carteneau (1572) - Fought alongside the Order of the Twin Adders.
(Gaps between dates are times where Ojene didn't stay in one place for long.)
- North Shroud (1525-1537)
- East Shroud (1537-1545)
- Gridania (1548-1552)
- Limsa Lominsa (1552-1554)
- Aleport (1554-1557), (1567-1570)
- North Shroud (1570-1572)
- Limsa Lominsa (1575-present)
- Ojene does not follow any one of the Twelve in particular, but she takes more notice of Azeyma and Nymeia, and their respective celebrations.
- Ojene works with the Maelstrom on strategic and technological matters, and she feels very positively towards the new direction Limsa Lominsa and La Noscea as a whole is moving in. The other city-states, however, do not rank high in her esteem.
If you'd like your character to be added to this list and we've RPed a lot, let me know!
- Jophoix Suinuet - Relation: Brother ♦ Standing: Fair ♦ Status: Alive
The much younger brother Ojene didn't know she had- not until she went back to the Shroud in 1570. Over the two years she spent there, they developed a good relationship. But then she left again and has barely been back since. They have had little to no contact in the preceding years.
- Frankhe Breaux - Relation: Cousin ♦ Standing: Good ♦ Status: Alive
Another relation Ojene has seen little of, she nonetheless appreciates his presence as a family member who doesn't look poorly on her or her life choices. (Or at least if he does, he keeps it to himself.) Circumstance has kept them further apart than she'd like.
- Adeane Suinuet (NPC) - Relation: Mother ♦ Standing: Fair ♦ Status: Deceased
Ojene's relationship with all her clan took a serious dive in the events that led her to decide to leave them all behind. Of them all, her mother was the only one she maintained contact with- as spotty as their communication may have been. But the letters ceased even before Ojene left the Shroud. She discovered, upon her return to her clan in 1570, that her mother had died in childbirth 14 years before. A fact that left her with many mixed feelings.
- Ilvoix Suinuet (NPC) - Relation: Father ♦ Standing: Good ♦ Status: Deceased
While Ojene's relationship with her father took an even deeper nosedive than it had with her mother, he was alive upon her return to the Shroud. And he still loved his daughter. Even though they never saw eye to eye on a great many things, he did everything he could for her to help her get back on her feet. He died in the Calamity, one of many of her relatives to perish in the chaos.
- Sylbfohc Ostulmsyn - Relation: Husband ♦ Standing: Good ♦ Status: Alive
The man Ojene has known (and loved) for over 20 years. If only life could have been so simple. Ojene faults herself for all the years of struggle and separation they faced. But despite everything they went through, they found each other, again and again. And neither wanted to give the other up. Now that Ojene's life has calmed, she can think of no one else she'd rather have at her side.
- Moengeim Fraefyrwyn - Relation: Sylbfohc's half sister ♦ Standing: Very Poor ♦ Status: Alive
Ojene was something of a mother figure in Moengeim's life... at least, until she left to see the plight of Ala Mhigo. Things were never completely right with them since. And the events that unfolded between them only made matters worse. As far as Ojene is concerned, if Moengeim wants them to have a positive relationship again, it's up to her to make the first move. But even so. Ojene doesn't know if she'll ever be able to forgive Moengeim for the things she did.
- Bex'li Nelhah - Relation: Friend / (Sort of) adopted son ♦ Standing: Good ♦ Status: Alive
While Bex'li is not technically a member of Ojene's family, and he still has his own blood family that is alive and well, Ojene has taken on a rather parental role in Bex'li's life. She has trouble expressing it, but in many ways she cares for him as if he was in fact a child of her own.
- Ostulm Skoenskyfsyn (NPC) - Relation: Sylbfohc's father ♦ Standing: Good ♦ Status: Deceased
During the 3 years of their romantic relationship while she was in Aleport the first time, Sylb and Ojene didn't admit to each other (or to themselves) how close they really became. But Ostulm noticed. From early on, he went out of his way to make Ojene feel welcome and at home- even moreso than he usually did for the women Sylb brought home. Over Ojene's time there, she came to look up to Ostulm as something of a father figure. The fact that he died just days before her return, never knowing she was still alive, is a regret she'll carry for the rest of her life.
- Azrian Thorne - Standing: Good ♦ Status: Alive
Azrian could probably be counted among the ranks of one of Ojene's sort of adopted children (for there are many, as her momliness extends far). Since he is Bex'li's lover, she has made an effort to get to know him- and to make him feel welcome in the "family" as best she can.
- Myvado Chambers - Standing: Awkward ♦ Status: Alive
As her former commander and compatriot for 2 years of her time with the Ala Mhigan Resistance, Myvado is someone who is very close to her... but a little too close. She's since had to draw some distance and things are awkward.
- Elijah Braddock - Standing: Tense♦ Status: Alive
Ojene got sucked into some personal involvements that set her against Braddock - former(?) underground criminal and hired killer. Because of the ways those involvements progressed, she's since tried to set aside any mental energy or effort on the man. But, once she gets ahold of something, it's difficult for her to put it back down...
- Efrault Roiveaux (NPC) - Standing: Very Poor ♦ Status: Missing
Ojene met Efrault in her youth- they were both young upstarts in the Lancer's Guild. Even though he'd been there for a few years, she quickly outshone him. Which was not a fact his wealthy Wildwood upbringing much appreciated. They fell into a vicious rivalry that only ended when the Roiveaux family successfully kicked Ojene out of the Lancer's Guild. Like many of the Roiveaux, he vanished shortly before the Calamity. Ojene hasn't heard a word of him since.
- "She's so obviously connected ta the Ala Mhigans an' the Garleans or somethin', but try ta get her ta say somethin' about it. Like fishin' in an empty sea."
- "She tried to give me advice and tell me what to do, and I didn't even ask for it! That Duskwight is always up in other people's business."
- "Swear I saw her slip that beggar woman some coin, but when I asked her, she denied it. The woman did, too."
- "Ojene Suinuet- isn't she supposed to be dead? I heard she was dead. Ah bugg'rit, who knows."
- "Wasn't she some sort of wanted criminal or somethin'? On the run for years, hidin' from the law and the people she double-crossed."
- "Yeah, she's got the money to spare but she's no easy mark. 'Sides, last thief that went after her, he got strung up by the Maelstrom, he did. Best keep away from 'er."
- "Gone for ten years she was, and the day she showed back up was the day Ostulm died. There’s gotta be something to that. Can’t mention it ‘round his son though- she’s always had that poor man wrapped ‘round her finger." - An Aleport resident
- "Bet you a hundred gil she’s a Garlean spy now. They try to kill her for years, and then they just stop? Doesn’t add up."
- "They called her 'the Raven of Ala Mhigo,' back in the day. Weren't meant as a compliment, but she took it." - An Ala Mhigan rebel
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