Takahane Michiharu

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Takahane Michiharu
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Character Information
Full Name Takahane Michiharu
Nickname(s) Taka
Race Au Ra
Subrace Raen Au Ra
Gender Male
Sexual Orientation Pansexual
Relationship Status Single
Nameday 31st Sun, 2nd Umbral Moon
Age 24
Guardian Suzaku, The Vermilion Bird
Birthplace Othard
Occupation Enchanter, performer
Family
  • Mother: Kana Haruta
  • Father: Takahiro Haruta
  • Siblings: None
  • Children: Akira Michiharu


General Information

Takahane Michiharu is a man of principle. Raised in Hingashi and transplanted to Kugane, his behaviors are steeped heavily in tradition, and though his training is not necessarily exclusive to the Eastern nations, he is well-learned nonetheless. A merchant and a performer, Taka makes his money where he can. He is a lover of the arts and all things magic, and has made a bit of a name for himself as a master enchanter.

Appearance

Standing at just a hair under seven fulms (or a few inches over it if his hair's up in its spiky tail), Takahane is your classic male Raen--lean, long-limbed with golden scales and a pair of large horns that extend outward and down rather than forward. His skin is the color of potter's clay, and his pine-colored hair is streaked with blonde. His face is narrow, well-manicured brows arched serenely over a pair of upturned eyes that seem to match his hair somewhat--grass green, with golden limbal rings. With an elegant nose and a pair of full lips that tend to naturally rest in a bit of a frown, he looks every ilm the well-bred, ponderous man.

His manner of dress tends to be fairly traditional if he is found in Kugane or anywhere else in Othard, but it is not uncommon for him to dress in the Eorzean fashion from time to time. This is usually indicative of his catering to an Eorzean crowd. He is rarely seen without a pair of bronze-rimmed pince-nez perched on the bridge of his nose.

Personality

Personality Traits

  • Idealist
  • Theatrical
  • Energetic
  • Educated
  • Studious
  • Helpful
  • Joker
  • Warm
  • Caring
  • Friendly
  • Persuasive
  • Genuine
  • Passionate

Mannerisms

To anyone meeting Takahane for the first time, he can come off as a bit silly or overly friendly, but that, it seems, is merely part of his salesman's facade. To those who know Taka well enough, he becomes a bit more reserved, though he retains a genuine warmth and approachability regardless of who he's with. When he is talking about things he is passionate about, he can be fairly excitable and animated, but otherwise he simply gives off the impression that he cares.

Philosophy & Ideals

Taka is an idealist. He believes that everyone, regardless of age, race, or caste, should be working to constantly better themselves. Those who do not are, to him, either ignorant of their own potential, unwilling to accept that change is a constant thing, too full of themselves, or too lazy to care. In his mind, nobility, wealth, and respect should be earned and not inherited by birth.

Quirks

  • Often taps his bottom lip or rubs at the back of his neck while thinking.
  • Prefers to have his back to walls rather than an open room.
  • Smiles a lot. He's a merchant, what do you expect?
  • Hums or whistles when he's happy.
  • Is excitable when it comes to talking about enchanting, magic, or performing.
  • Likes to show off his magic skills.
  • Has to fix his clothes if they are askew. He sometimes does this to other people, too.
Likes Dislikes
  • Jokes: Particularly bad jokes or puns.
  • Magic: He finds all forms of magic fascinating.
  • Performing: Mostly feats of magic or song.
  • Tea: He adores most teas.
  • People: He just likes people!
  • Matchmaking: Taka likes to set people up with each other if he thinks they're compatible.
  • Buzzkills: Particularly hecklers and people who do it for fun.
  • Nobility: To an extent. He dislikes the concept of nobility more than actual nobles, unless they act entitled.
  • Wearing hats: They bother his horns.
Skills Education
  • Enchanting: He is a master enchanter, and sells his services.
  • Magic: He is adept at casting various forms of magic, though he does not publicly announce such skills. The schools he is familiar with are general aetheric channeling, conjury, thaumaturgy, white magic, and black magic. He is not familiar with summoning, though he has studied its concepts.
  • Swordplay: He has become adept at swordplay in the style of the Crimson Duelists as well as other advanced fencing techniques.
  • Writing: He is very well-educated in his letters, and can write in Hingan/Doman and Eorzean common.
  • Etiquitte: He has been well-trained in formal etiquette... whether or not he uses it is another story.
  • Magic: It is clear that he has had a very thorough education in various magical arts.
Strengths Flaws
  • Social Navigation: Takahane can navigate most social situations very well.
  • Relatable: Taka is very good at sussing out what people are feeling or what they need and relating to them.
  • Secretive: He's very good at keeping secrets.
  • Persistent: If Takahane wants something, he fights hard for it.
  • People in Need: He can't help himself when it comes to helping others. He will often go out of his way to do so.
  • Intimacy: Taka is very good at making acquaintances and friends, but very bad at becoming emotionally intimate with anyone. He has his reasons.
  • Meddling: Because Taka likes to put people together, he often meddles a little too much in their personal affairs. He means well!
Fears Favorites
  • Abandonment: Because of his past, he has harbored a fear of being shunned, disowned, or abandoned. He will often go out of his way to please people because of this.
  • Defamation: He would rather die than be defamed, and it is another reason he is so very accommodating.
  • Intimacy: He feels like getting close to someone is the catalyst for losing them, so naturally he's afraid to get close to anyone. He'll pretend he's close to people to the high heavens, though!
  • Tea: Oolong
  • Food: Steamed dumplings
  • Color: Cerulean
  • Animal: Yanxian tigers
  • Activity: Reading
  • Game: Jigsaw puzzles
  • Holiday: All Saint's Wake
  • Place: Kugane
  • Thing to Wear: A pair of well-tailored pants and a well-fitted robe.

Early Life

Childhood

Takahane was born in Hingashi to the noble House Haruta. As the only child of Takahiro and Kana Haruta, Takahane grew up in the lap of luxury, himself being groomed to take over as head of the family someday. This meant that his schooling began at a tender age, where he began to learn how to read and write, proper manners and etiquette, and how to present himself as a noble, yet remain humble in doing so. Suffice to say, children are children and are wont to do what their smaller minds believe is fun or right. Therefore, as a child Takahane struggled to maintain propriety and misbehaved more than his parents desired.

His parents hired a samurai to begin training Takahane, thinking that not only could he learn how to defend himself and others, but that it might focus his energy elsewhere and curb his misbehaving. Of course, stories of samurai had reached his horns, but Taka still viewed this as a form of discipline and punishment, and balked at the training. It was around that time that he began to grow curious about magic, and his parents told him that if he studied the sword then, he could study magic in a few years. Thus, Taka threw himself into his training with his samurai tutor.

Adolescence

Coming soon!

Adulthood

Coming soon!

Recent Times

Takahane has secured his place as a merchant in the Kugane markets, and owns his own stall there, where he sells enchanted merchandise, offers his services for more complicated enchantments, and advertises himself as a performer. Recently he has been between the markets and the Hausuganji Estate, working as a contractor for its kifujin, Natsu Gunji.

Common Uncommon
These are rumors that are easily overheard or public knowledge. Use them freely!*
  • "Hey, that's the guy that sells enchantments in the Kugane markets! I hear he's good." - Kugane Resident
  • "Michiharu-san is a stage magician, isn't he? I heard he's performed for nobles." - Kugane Dockworker
  • "Apparently he likes the Eorzean horse-birds so much that he styles his hair to look like their tailfeathers!" - Kugane Marketgoer
  • "He's always carrying around a sabre. It's a weak weapon, if you ask me. Then again, I hear he's really good with spells." - Tavernkeep

* Some rumors may be partially or entirely untrue.

These rumors may take a little digging to find. Use sparingly or ask permission before use.*
  • "I don't think he has any family or friends. I never see him with other people." - Fruit vendor in Kugane
  • "I hear one time he won in honorable combat against a Sekiseigumi." - Kugane Taverngoer
  • "Doesn't he use some sketchy magic? I heard somewhere that not all of his enchantments are over the table, if you know what I mean." - Tailor in Kugane

* Some rumors may be partially or entirely untrue.

Rare Player Character
These rumors are very difficult to find. Ask permission before use.*
  • "His parents were important; I think they were Bafuku." - Doman Traveler
  • "I'm pretty sure Michiharu's not his family name. He looks like someone else I've seen before." - Doman Traveler
  • "Isn't that the guy that had a falling out with one of the Sekiseigumi over a girl? Or am I thinking of someone else?" - Young Samurai

* Some rumors may be partially or entirely untrue.

These are rumors made by other characters. They are color coded for common, uncommon, or rare.*

* Some rumors may be partially or entirely untrue.

Relationship Status Key

  • Romance
  • Attraction
  • § Complicated
  • Friend

  • Good Standing
  • Poor Standing
  • Neutral
  • Uncertain
  • Deceased
Close Friends Family
  • Megotama Rokuyo

    Takahane first met Megotama when petitioning for a contract job for Natsu Gunji, a lady of some influence and wealth. Megotama is a royal guard and Natsu's House guard. The two became close, and now share a relationship that is still in its young stages.

  • Liu-Lin Hua

    Liu-Lin and Takahane first met when Taka visited Yanxia after being disowned by his family. After learning of the urgency of Liu-Lin's situation, he helped the Hua Dynasty's second son to Kugane and secured for him a place among the group of Doman refugees that were headed to Eorzea. The two have kept in touch, Taka giving Liu-Lin updates from Kugane when he does not have the ability to visit Eorzea.

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  • Akira Michiharu

    Takahane's Adopted Son. Akira is a Raen boy of eight summers that was orphaned at age five and has survived in the streets of Kugane. Taka adopted him after having befriended him.

  • Takahiro Haruta
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    Takahane's Father. The two have a very strained relationship. It wasn't always so, but events that led to Takahane being disowned fanned the flame of unrest between the two. Is there a chance for redemption? Perhaps, but it may take a very long time and a lot of patience on both ends.

  • Kana Haruta
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    Takahane's Mother. Though she has never been as rigid and proud as Takahiro, she is also one to go along with her husband's decisions. Because of this, Takahane has no idea what his mother thinks of him.

Friends Acquaintances
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Artwork

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Likely Locations Affiliations
  • Kugane: Likelihood: High (especially the marketplace or taverns/teahouses.
  • Hausuganji Estate: Likelihood: High, usually in the later evening hours.
  • Yangxia: Likelihood: Medium-low. He sometimes travels.
  • Ul'dah: Likelihood: Low.
  • Limsa Lominsa: Likelihood: Low.
  • Gridania: Likelihood: Low.
  • Coerthas: Likelihood: Very low.
  • Kugane Merchant's Guild: Member, registered merchant.
  • Kugane Mummer's Guild: Registered performer.
  • Hausuganji: Contractor.

RP Hooks

  • Enchanter

    Takahane sells his services as an enchanter to anyone who needs something enchanted. His big sellers are bags, writing implements, and domestic cleaning supplies. If you need an item enchanted or are looking for a very special gift for someone, you can always come to his stall in the Kugane Markets!

  • Stage Magician

    Takahane sells his services as a performer--particularly a stage magician. If you need a performer like him, you can always come looking; he advertises this along with his enchantments at his stall in the Kugane Markets.

  • Disowned Nobility

    Takahane was disowned by his noble parents and changed his name when he came to Kugane. If you want to be someone who might recognize him or knew him as a child, let me know! I'd be happy to share details with you.

Acceptable RP Unacceptable RP
  • Action & Adventure
  • Some horror/thriller
  • Slice of life
  • Noble/House
  • Performance/Storytelling
  • Romance
  • ERP (ONLY in the context of a relationship or story development)
  • Excessive Gore/Violence
  • Random ERP
  • Anything that takes RP decisions away from a player (e.g. Godmodding, forced conflict)

Player Info

I'm Shieke! I'm a Web Developer and have a very busy personal life. I'm usually available in the mid-to-late evening. I love meeting new people and I don't bite (maybe). I also enjoy cats, otters, geckos, cross-stitch, general nerdery, and singing in my nonexistent free time. I look forward to talking with you!

My Policies

  • I (Mostly) Adhere to Lore

    I'm not a lore nazi! For the most part I am a lore-abiding citizen, but there are occasionally situations in which I will bend lore to suit the story's needs. These are typically things that have little or no official lore already established, are vague in their definitions and could possibly be implemented in different ways, or simply things that are heavily theorized, as that is not official lore. If lore is revealed that contradicts a story or character concept that is already out there, I will try my best to fit it into current lore, but that may not always be possible.

  • IC ≠ OOC

    I am very good at separating IC (in-character) and OOC (out-of-character). The way that a character of mine is feeling is not necessarily the way that I am feeling, and I will never intentionally color IC interactions with my OOC mood. I expect anyone that I RP with to make an effort to separate IC and OOC to avoid awkwardness or hurt feelings down the line as a result of character interactions.

  • Communicate, Please

    I try to make the RP experience as fun as possible, but there are some times where behind the curtain talk needs to happen. I don't require a lot of frequent updates, but I do expect to be informed if there are plot developments that would affect my character(s) or if there is an OOC reason you need to back off from the RP. I'm a very understanding person, so never be afraid to approach me OOC!

  • Metagaming and Godmodding are Bad, Mkay

    I don't like it, and it could end an RP partnership if it's done to me or my characters. If you don't know what these are, here's a simple definition of both:

    • METAGAMING: Using OOC knowledge of a situation to dictate your character's IC actions when your character has no knowledge that would actually cause them to perform said actions. A good example would be a character giving someone directions to a locale that they do not even know exists because the player knows where it is.
    • GODMODDING: A player taking control of a character that is not theirs; specifically someone else's PC (player character). This includes a multitude of things. It could be a player's character inflicting a wound on another person's character without permission ("Billy hits Bob, and Bob loses his thumb"). As a general rule, it's not in good taste to control other peoples' characters unless they say it's okay and approve everything that's happening.
  • Let Our Partnership Be Equal

    I'm not interested in a situation where someone just wants a side character for their story. I prefer to have an RP partnership that is equal--maybe one of our characters is more powerful, wealthier, or has more connections than another, but that does not reduce other characters to side character status. Please be respectful of the people around you and know that they're here to share in the experience, too!

OOC Character Info Links
  • Friendly: Sometimes Taka comes off as overly friendly. He might even flirt. If you are uncomfortable with this, please let me know!
  • Regarding Magic: I play Takahane as highly skilled when it comes to most forms of magic. This is because his backstory dictates that he has had "a good education." Read this as "a noble's education." He has had access to quite a few resources for the study of magic. He also flaunts magical cantrips quite a bit, as it is part of his nature.I will never use his magical ability to take advantage of important situations.
  • Regarding his noble birth: Taka is disowned by his House, but that may change in the future. Many noble RPers use that status as a wall to inhibit interactions. Taka will interact with anyone.
  • Tumblr: My tumblr blog, which houses all of my many FFXIV characters.
  • Carrd: My Carrd site that has a shorter description of my FFXIV characters. It may or may not have more up-to-date information.
Wiki Info Credits
This wiki page is updated as the character's story changes.

Last Updated: May 9, 2019

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