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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Thank you for reading through this monstrosity! I hope you've enjoyed what you've read so far. Just a little not about me: I'm Shieke! I'm a soon-to-be college graduate with a degree in Web Development, and have a very busy personal life. I'm usually up later hours due to the schedule I keep. 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!
IC /=/ OOC
I am an experienced roleplayer, and there are few things thai anger me more than someone blending IC (In-Character) and OOC (Out Of Character) together. Because of this, I try my best to facilitate a strict separation between IC and OOC.
Communication is key. If there is a problem, I expect my partner to come to me with it so that it can be remedied. I am also flexible when it comes to OOCly influencing RP directions or character actions, but only if there is a legitimate reason. Those reasons may include triggers, hedging into content that is either inappropriate ot uncomfortable for an individual OOC, or OOC conflict between two or more parties.
I'm an Adult. Please be one, too.
I have many years of RP under my belt, and if that has taught me anything it's that not only do I prefer RPing with people over 18, but I prefer that those I RP with be able to employ reasoning, objectivity, and problem solving at an adult level as well. This helps when we're bouncing ideas off each other. Twelve is a perfectly acceptable mental age for fart jokes and stupid humor!
Please don't metagame
Metagaming and godmodding are not things that I enjoy, no matter what side of it I am on. It's not enjoyable when OOC knowledge is brought into IC situations to magically figure something out, or when other people have their choice or their ability to react to something taken away. Please don't be that guy!
|OOC Character Info
- 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.
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