|ᴄ ʜ ᴀ ʀ ᴀ ᴄ ᴛ ᴇ ʀ ɪ ɴ ғ ᴏ
||Keeper of the Moon
||5th Sun of the 5th Astral Moon, 1558
||Menphina, the Lover
Rakka'sae Kuhn is the fourth son to a warrior/huntress named Rakka, and identical younger brother of Rakka'li Kuhn. He was formerly a selective mute, but came to speak again after five years of silence when a painkilling substance clouded his judgment and caused him to accidentally betray his convictions. He is now the more soft-spoken and reserved of the two twin boys.
His and his brother's birth was thought of as a blessing among their now scattered and largely perished tribe because of the extreme rarity of Miqo'te males--much rarer four entire sons, two of which came as a pair.
Disposition: Rakka'sae is a follower, content to let another take the reigns and steer him. Dependent to a fault, he dislikes loneliness and will go to great lengths to win the company and favor of others. He warms easily to most strangers, though can be easily put off by insults or rudeness. He can be petty and jealous, and sometimes aggressive, especially when it concerns the well-being of a person he cares about. Otherwise, when on his own or in the familiar company of his brother, he is calm and often quiet.
Perceptions: Sae takes a keen interest in other races and cultures, curious to discover what more Eorzea has to offer. He is ignorant to most outsiders' ways, but is quick to catch on and learn, although he is implicitly Keeper-centric. He is unlearned, thus, his open-mindedness isn't necessarily equivalent to worldly knowledge, but his self-education is a work in progress for which he shows some promise. He is especially fascinated by women of other races, not terribly picky about who he shares a bed with.
- The Moon
- Arts & Crafts
- Rude People
- Aggressive People
- Seeing Rakka'li Hurt or Scorned
- Getting Bullied by Rakka'li
- Getting Lost
- Possessive Males
- It's Complicated:
- Life in the Twelveswood
- Life outside the Twelveswood
- Limsa Lominsa
- Extended Family
- City Miqo'te
Rakka'sae was the fourth son born to the esteemed tribal warrior and huntress of their small Keeper tribe, Rakka. Rakka was not the chieftainess, but she was highly respected for her prowess in battle and her expertise hunting in the Twelveswood. Already the mother of seven daughters and two sons, she gave birth to twin boys--a rarity among Keepers. The twins were the only third and fourth males born to their tribe, so they came to be known by simply their suffixes: Li and Sae.
Throughout their childhood, the twins exhibited both incredible empathy and jealousy toward one another. At an early age, Rakka'li began to show an aptitude for leadership. Jealous, Sae often competed with his brother to elevate his standing among their peers and tribe, but he was typically unsuccessful. During one such exhibition, Sae was careless and suffered a terrible wound to his back after plummeting from atop a sycamore.
During his recovery, Sae grew very close to his mother who had kept constant vigil over him. Both boys were very close to Rakka, but Sae's connection to her grew particularly strong during this time. This could be said to be the point in life that Sae accepted his natural inclination towards dependence on others. After his recovery, he no longer tried to compete so openly with his brother, instead deferring to his leadership. However, he formed the habit of complaining when his brother acted in ways he disagreed with, rather than trying to take charge himself as he had before. He was thought of as overly talkative, speaking most when nervous, discontent, or hungry for attention. He was frequently told to hold his tongue, but he rarely listened. This persisted in to his teens, when the Calamity occurred.
At fourteen, the twins had been apart when fiery chaos engulfed the village. Terrified out of his wits, he fled, finding himself alone on the outskirts of the settlement. The Twelveswood was burning. That was when Li appeared, running towards him and snatching his hand, pulling him urgently through the woods. They were on foot for hours when Sae was finally able to process what was happening, but he didn't grasp the full gravity of what had been lost. He assumed the tribe had made it to safety as he and his brother had. He chattered nervously at Li as he always had, complaining of hunger, thirst, exhaustion, and pain. With Li ignoring him, Sae only spoke more and more in the hopes of provoking a reply, when finally, Li snapped. His brother unleashed a flurry of insults and painful truths--such as the fact that their mother was dead. As he endured the verbal thrashing, Sae caught sight of an Ixal scout. With his brother's attention stolen from their surroundings, the beastman gravely wounded Li. After a moment of frozen disbelief and fright, Sae managed to kill the creature, but the damage had already been done. Li was suffering, and on the verge of death.
"Words for a Life" (Sae P.O.V.)
Knowing that his chatter had drastically lowered Li's guard and resulted in what appeared would be his death, Sae begged for forgiveness. He bargained with the goddess Menphina to spare his brother's life in exchange for a vow of silence. Li did not recover immediately, but he calmed considerably, and Sae went to work dressing his wound with whatever he could find in the vicinity. Some days later, Li recovered well enough to continue along to seek refuge. The minutes-older twin insisted that Rakka'sae needn't take his vow seriously, but Sae held firm to his belief that Li was only spared because he made that bargain. There was tension between them from that point onwards, but despite it, Sae remained silent.
They found themselves in Gridania, where they were forced to quickly adjust to city life. They poached in the Shroud to feed themselves, but eventually started to take odd jobs in exchange for Gil, which was something their tribe very rarely dealt in. Li was frugal, but Sae couldn't grasp the value of money, and spent the entirety of their Gil on several occasions. As the years stretched on, they had survived between the cusp of poverty, and well below it. When Li took dangerous work in Ul'dah, Sae was implicated and unable to save himself. As a consequence, Li gave up his work and they returned to the safety of Gridania, where they both continued taking odd jobs. Sae and Li both eventually learned tradeskills that vastly stabilized their earnings after some reckless investment.
Today, they are still barely above the line of poverty, but they make ends meet. Now they are struggling to pay off a debt to an Elezen benefactor who spared them the coin to see to Sae's expensive back surgery.
Rakka'sae Kuhn (left) and his twin, Rakka'li Kuhn (right) circa 1572 by DimmerMeerkat
||Tall for a Miqo'te; Estimated ~5'8"
||Mussed Fur, Uniform Color, Uniform Girth, Long, Deep Royal Blue
|Head / Facial Features
||Neat, Long, Often Tied Back, Deep Royal Blue with Violet-Blue Accents
||Standard Adult Miqo'te Facial Markings, White Face Paint Along Jaw, Black Teardrop Tattoo on Forehead, Scar on Left Cheek
||Mussed Fur, Uniform Color, Deep Royal Blue
||Depending on his moods, Sae can be entirely transparent in posture and expression. Normally, if he is alone, he may appear relaxed or even lethargic, with a lazy saunter and an easy posture. In crowds or in front of strangers, he fluctuates between introverted and curious, either tight-shouldered and cautious, or investigative and animated. When he is angry, he can be sulky or explicitly standoffish. The fold and movement of his ears, and the sway or stillness of his tail are indicators of moods that he rarely thinks to hide. When he was mute, he only used hand gestures to communicate, but did not know or understand any formal sign language. He was more keen to engage in a constant game of charades. Now that he speaks, he still tends to gesture as he does so out of habit.
||Because he used to be mute, he has learned how to control his expressions by sheer will, whereas he has less thought for and control over his body language. If he's in a mood that he doesn't want to be read, he affects the opposite. Otherwise, he is animated with his expressions, from shy grins to cocky smirks, piteous frowns and curious stares.
||Physical habits that Sae possesses are subtle, but ever present. For instance, he tends to avoid his brother's eyes, a habit that he is only slowly overcoming. Exceptions come only when they are fighting or when consolation is needed. Otherwise, he will almost always look away, or at Li's forehead. This habit formed after Sae made his vow of silence, a result of the guilt he felt for being the cause of Li's near-death.
||Sae began to learn to read and write two years after the Calamity. He is mostly self-taught, and as such he still cannot write very well. He is a slow and sloppy writer, and holds his writing utensil incorrectly, fist entirely closed around it. He presses too hard, often resulting in bleeding ink and torn paper. As he writes, he normally lowers his face to within inches of the surface he's scrawling on. He was only taught that the letters had names and a specific organizational order three years later.
||Sae enjoys touching and being touched. He can be downright affectionate, especially with women, and sometimes he borders on annoying with his violations of strangers' personal space.
Together since birth, Sae cannot imagine his life with Li. He admires him greatly, though they are prone to sibling rivalry and disagreements. Li is Sae's best friend, although they often fail to understand one another. He loves his brother dearly, but is also intimidated by him from time to time.
Having met her at an unexpected gathering at a tavern, she was among the first that Sae began to use his new-found verbal abilities. He was intrigued by the seemingly perpetual blush on her cheeks, and her tale about suffering amnesia. In the meetings following, he learned that she was being pursued by dangerous people, and he offered his bed to her in the event that she needed a place to stay in Gridania. To ensure her safety, he has enlisted the help of the former Soliloquy patrons Daghbheri Himalspyr and Kannadi Albedo, procuring a linkshell for the woman. For his hospitality, she has offered help in watching after Lhei Nizhoni. In the midst of all of this, Sae also developed arguably romantic feelings for Lyrielle, and she is the first he has ever promised to commit to as an exclusive lover.
A young girl that Sae is protective of. He thinks she's a touch immature and holds nothing in the way of lust for her, but he does feel like a protective older brother. He often worries for her safety and well-being, and frets when she is lost, reckless, or enduring overly harsh criticisms from her real older brother. He genuinely enjoys her company and likes to play with her as though he too were a child.
First meeting her due to his patronage to the Soliloquy Tavern, Sae quite enjoys Xenedra's affections and companionship. He is taken with her strength, not worrying as he does with other Seeker females, that she might be subject to strange Seeker customs. He celebrates her freedom from what he believed to be her Nunh, and remains her shy adorer, out to please her in any way he can. It could be said that he fell in love with this woman, with no desire to keep her all to himself, but a desperate desire not to lose her to her tendency to commit to one man. Since she has taken up an exclusive lover, Sae has been less-than-cheery, and wary of any male she might be seen in the company of.
Meeting him first through the free company, Sentinel's Ark, Sae more or less dislikes this man. He has accepted that his brother will continue to interact with him, but Sae doesn't quite know what to make of him. He is hot, then cold, having attacked Li on at least two occasions in front of him, then sincerely apologized while offering sensitive information about himself that could be used against him.
Knowing her through his brother, Sae has come to think of Kaahi as something of a sister. At first, he spooked this Keeper girl with his unwanted advances which provoked a violent reaction from her, after which he decided it was better to keep his distance. He enjoys teasing her and thinks she is something of a brat, but ultimately likes her.
After a few unpleasant encounters, he has labeled this one a dangerous stranger. He believes she may be mentally unstable and harbors defensive hostility for her. He has tried to overcome this due to his brother's strange trust for her, but he is ever wary. She hasn't done anything further to convince him that she is totally insane, but she's done little to assure him otherwise as well.
A woman who's a little rough-around-the-edges, Sae quite liked that she still thought of lovemaking in the same way that he did, and he was happy to join her almost immediately upon their first meeting. He learned that she has children, and that she leaves males to raise them, finding that a little strange.
He met this Hyur woman when he overheard a conversation about the strange cultures of Miqo'te. Feeling he had been misrepresented, he interjected and educated her and her friends about Keeper culture. Since then, they have met a few times over, and he is rather fond of her. Like Lyrielle, he is very interested in her, but isn't certain how exactly to court a Hyur.
The elder brother of Lhei, this man frustrates Sae. Between his verbally abusive behavior towards his younger sister, and his tendency to be overly aggressive, Sae is often on the defensive around him. Because Sae has heard rumors about Tempering, he strongly believes this fate may have befallen Reis'a and Lhei's mother, but Reis'a stubbornly denies it. Sae and Reis'a have come to blows before.
He took an immediate interest in her, fond of her flustered reaction to his advances. He counts her among his friends, and has hope that she will not succumb to her own Seeker culture, or the city lifestyle, both of which he finds terribly oppressive. He cares for her and has enjoyed occasional tumbles with her. He also rather enjoys when she teases him.
Intrigued to see another Keeper in his least favorite city-state, he approached this one with friendly intent. When he realized she had some sort of agoraphobia, he decided it was best to deal with her in a more intimate setting. He tries hard to keep her calm, but is unsure of how. He is, regardless, very protective of this one.
Intrigued by this Highlander woman, he enjoys teasing her in a flirtatious manner. He finds it difficult to engage her for long before she's irrevocably distracted by something. He thinks of her in an endearing manner, as she's always rather perky, and he rather likes her body too.
Meeting her through his brother Rakka'li, Sae is friendly to and with Kassandra. His overt advances that he often unleashes on the opposite sex are reigned in some for this one, as he worries Li would be offended if he were to try to persuade Kassandra to tumble with him, but he welcomes her affections regardless.
His former free company leader, Sae respected this woman. He is not yet aware that she was transformed from a Miqo'te to a Hyur, and it's not likely he would recognize her. He liked her ability to lead and her innate strength.
Considering him a learned man, Sae respects this man but has seen little of him since their first meeting. He was looking forward to learning how to read and write from him, but has since taken up instruction with Lyrielle instead.
Charmed by this shy Hyur, Sae rather enjoys her. She has an interesting talent that amuses and concerns him simultaneously, and a sweet disposition that he is rather fond of.
Sae cannot remember how exactly he met Vash, but he as seen the Seeker man out on occasion and would consider him an acquaintance. He is one of the few Seeker men he's met that has been easy-going and laid back rather than aggressive and posturing.
Sharing some in common with this Keeper male, Sae feels comfortable with him. He thinks he shares much more in common with his older brother, but is pleased to know another one of his own, and a male to boot. He hopes to see him again.
After an awkward initial meeting with this one, Sae learned a fair bit about her. Initially drawn to her because she was a Keeper, he has met her on several occasions and become quite playful with her, developing what he would consider an easy friendship.
An able-bodied and hard working Roegadyn woman. Sae is impressed by her size and has a surface attraction for her. He is slightly intimidated, however, and he feels sad that she was once a slave against her will.
Charmed by her appearance, Sae was pleased to learn this Keeper girl also had tribal roots. He was disenchanted, slightly, to know that she'd allowed herself to be claimed by a male, against what Sae would consider a part of their culture, but is still intrigued nonetheless. He desires to know more about her, but finds her rather elusive.
A strange Miqo'te that Sae barely knows, he is intrigued by her face painting and mismatched eyes. He knows little about her other than that she has a sister that she hasn't seen for some time. She seems timid.
Having never dealt much with Roegadyn people, Sae finds Fearless to be a curious wonder. He considers him a friendly acquaintance who he is always pleased to see when out and about. Around Fearless, he is free to act childishly, for which he is thankful.
Having met this once mute Lalafell while lost in Ul'dah, Sae was immediately intrigued by the man. Arguably the first Lalafell to engage him in conversation, Lainseworth is someone Sae would consider a friend, though he knows very little about him, yet.