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Character: Koumei Ren
Canon: Magi

  • War (7)
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    Rank: Bishop
    Specialization: Scholar + Alchemist (Bomb Creation)

    New Weapon: Hokuto Shichisei-- An arm mounted repeating crossbow with a quick reload time that can fire a maximum of 3 bolts at a time after mastery of the weapon. It can use multiple different kinds of bolts, but it defaults to Holy-typed energy shots that can potentially stun or temporarily decrease the enemy's accuracy due to the blinding light. The user can change the typing of the mana at will, although he needs to understand how the elements interact with different kinds of opponents. Besides the offensive, it can be used to deliver healing magic to allied units on the field. It is retractable in design so that it can be hidden under the sleeves of its wielder should it be necessary.
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    ☄ First Impressions

    ♚ VISUAL: 'Unassuming' is the best word to describe Koumei. He is quiet and polite regardless of the manner or relative social standing of the person standing before him, and he will treat everyone equally.
    ♚ FASHION: Comfort is what Koumei primarily seeks in all of his clothes, and he is notorious for not necessarily keeping his clothing finely pressed or undamaged. When left on his own, he is liable to choose vibrant colors or patterns regardless of whether it is in fashion or not, but he somehow manages to make it work.
    ♚ DEMEANOUR: There are moments when his politeness seems a bit contrived, and moments when it is amply clear that there are things that he is decidedly not saying and will refuse to offer clarification on. Despite his relative youth (28-30, depending on canonpoint), he carries himself in such a way that a well seasoned politician and soldier might. Also, there is an air of weariness about him at times, as if he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders.
    ♚ AURAL: His voice is provided by Satoshi Hino in the Japanese version, and by Ethan Murray in the English dub. The unassuming air of his demeanor carries over in his voice as well, as he is quite plain spoken and puts on no airs for anyone. His voice veers on the higher end of the baritone range, and the omakes note that he is a fairly decent singer when he is given the opportunity.
    ♚ OLFACTORY: Dust, old documents, and pigeon feathers are dominant scents on his person. Mingled with that would be the variety of scents used in the methods of laundering clothes and perhaps incense lingering in the air, depending on where he has wandered that day.
    ♚ MENTAL INFORMATION: He has no telepathy, and no ability to shield himself against it.
    ♚ MAGICAL INFORMATION: Koumei himself has no magical capabilities of his own, and his energy stores are just enough that he is only able to support the powers of a single djinn at a time. The Djinn herself, Dantalion, may be a presence that could be detected if he is carrying around the feathered fan that serves as his Metal Vessel-- but, only then. Her magic is considered a subset of Light Magic, although her specialization is teleportation via portals.

    Despite not being a practitioner, Koumei has studied the science behind various magics. Whether this shows up or not to characters with the ability to sense magical influences can be left up to the player on an individual basis.


    ☄ OOC

    ♚ BACKTAGGING: Always
    ♚ FOURTHWALLING: Please, no. Koumei would not appreciate it. However, noting his similarities to the historical figure, Zhuge Lian, might amuse him.
    ♚ PHYSICAL AFFECTION: Go ahead and try. Koumei will tolerate most forms of physical affection, including excessive clinging, although he may politely turn the other party away if they try to offer a kiss.
    ♚ PHYSICAL VIOLENCE: Go ahead. Koumei himself has little ability to retaliate unless he has his magical artifacts with him, but he may suspect such a thing as a possibility if it is something that will happen. As a tactician and general, he's more than well aware of how many are after his head.
    ♚ RELATIONSHIPS: I'm down for shipping, but it will have to be something that the other party is willing to commit to a long narrative to. Unless he's in a memory loss situation, Koumei's perceptions of relationships are colored by his experiences as a prince and what he has witnessed within his own family. He is not a character that will jump into casual relationships on a whim.


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    Subject Line: Application | Koumei Ren | Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

    OOC
    Name: Stark
    Age: 28
    Contact: plurk @ starkxravingxmad
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    IC
    Name: Koumei Ren
    Canon: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
    Canon Point: Chapter 303
    Age: 30
    Gender: Male
    Species: Human
    Appearance: Link here.

    History/Background: Link to the Wiki

    Since the wiki isn't completely caught up with current information, I will elaborate here:

    During the three year time skip after Kouen, Koumei, Kouha and Kougyoku lost the Civil War against their adopted brother Hakuryuu, the three princes were branded as traitors. However, although Hakuryuu was still influenced by the darkness in his soul after he cursed his fate and place in the world, he still found it in his heart to show mercy to his brothers. The execution of Kouen, the named ringleader of the 'rebellion' and the man who should have been king, was entirely staged through the efforts of Aladdin, and the alleged 'exile and imprisonment' that Koumei and Kouha were sentenced to was a life on the isolated Samon Island with several people on hand to aid them, and regular supplies being sent via ship from the Kou Empire. This decsion may or may not have been influenced by the love Kouen showed to Hakuryuu even after all of his plans had been smashed into dust-- a love that was expressed by using the healing powers provided by the Djinn, Phenex, to restore Hakuryuu's lost legs and arm at the expense of his own-- but, that is an analysis for another place.

    While it's unknown how Koumei survived the javelin that gutted him at the climax of chapter 277, we do know that he was somehow allowed to be healed by the magicians already present on the battlefield, despite the obvious loss they had suffered. And, during the three year timeskip, Koumei-- who had always devoted his entire mind and spirit to the war effort at the expense of his physical capabilities-- suddenly found that he needed to now be the almost literal arms and legs of his Brother and King. When we catch up with the brothers in chapter 294, we see Koumei working on unloading the boats with the scar on his chest plain for all to see. Alibaba, who was declared dead three years before and had somehow managed to avoid this fate through the plotting of Aladdin, the Magi Yunan, and the possible interference of the deceased Magi from the ancient world of Alma Torran, had become Prime Minister of Kou in the short time after his revival and had come to the island seeking ideas on how to restore the fallen empire's ailing economy.

    Hakuryuu, who had made this complicated arrangement for his brothers, was no longer the Emperor of Kou. Instead, the youngest and least prepared of the Ren family royals, Kougyoku, was the one wearing the crown. The brothers and Kougyoku were all aware of what had taken place, but the masterful planning of Sinbad had made it all but impossible for them to communicate. Although Koumei, Kouen and Kouha were more than aware of the poor economic straits that their once thriving nation was in, there was literally nothing that they could do.

    That is, until Alibaba managed to twist Sinbad's words around enough to allow Koumei to return to Rakushou, the Capital, with him. With his hair shorn, his Metal Vessel taken from him, and forced to hide his identity behind a title and his face behind a mask, Koumei did return to Kou in order to help his baby sister fix the mess that was wrought equally by both Sinbad's new world order and her brothers' mistakes. Before departure, Kouen confessed that, had they ultimately won the war and conquered the world, he would have stepped down as king and passed the crown to Koumei, declaring that he himself was a man more suited for war. Koumei would have made the better peace-time king.

    This information, one of the few scraps that Koumei didn't know about Kouen's plans, was a surprise....even if the information was useless in the current world.

    After all, he and Alibaba had an empire to revitalize.

    Everyone but Kougyoku's direct retainer Ka Kobun saw through Koumei's ruse immediately, but they played along with the charade for the sake of the Empire's future. With the help of Alibaba and the people who had remained in Kougyoku's service in Rakushou, he was able to help form a strategy that would set Kou onto a proper path. However, in doing this, he also revealed the darker secrets that the Kou Empire's military had been keeping:

    Namely, the Magic Research Facility, and the project to revive the dead to use as soldiers in future campaigns.

    Although not a magician himself, Koumei had been the man behind this project since his youth. Koumei had been a brilliant person even as a child, and Alibaba notes that the world may have ended up in a different place had Koumei been born a few years earlier. And, while he shows disgust at the thought of using the dead as soldiers, the resident researchers in the facility make it quite clear that they didn't share the sentiment. In fact, Koumei himself expresses confusion at Alibaba's feelings, for the soldiers were proud of being allowed to volunteer for such a project. They couldn't think of a more noble cause for the bodies of their departed souls to be used for.

    While Alibaba goes out making economic agreements and deals with the surrounding countries, Koumei works on refining the tools based on the 'Eight Trigrams Magic' as he termed it-- and, it is thanks to his understanding of Space-Time Magic because of the powers he was able to access through the Djinn, Dantalion, that they were able to come up with a means of easily transporting goods without having them spoil during shipping. Strategically placed targets for the use of the teleportation magic would have been installed around the world, had Sinbad not gone out of his way to spread false rumors about Kou's military revival.

    At the end of chapter 303, they had been summarily been defeated in a battle of wits with Sinbad....but, Alibaba makes it plenty clear that he has another plan up his sleeve.


    Personality: Unassuming in both appearance and demeanor, Koumei is far from what people would expect of the Second Prince, Head Military Strategist, and General Commander of the Kou Empire's Western Army. As one of the key political figures in an Empire which plans to unite the world under a single culture and king, Koumei is the one who single-handedly instituted the laws that assimilate the countries and kingdoms the Kou Empire has conquered, and has come up with ruthlessly brilliant military strategies with one goal in mind: minimize casualties on all sides, and ensure that this is the last war that the world will ever have to face-- even if that means sacrificing the pleasantries of life in the short term in order to ensure a peaceful outcome in the long term. Although he is shabby and unkempt from the immensly long hours he pulls for the sake of his country's goals, he is ever polite and even graceful in manner when it is called upon. Everyone, from the lowliest foot soldier to his esteemed elder brother, is treated with the utmost respect. Examples of this manner of address include how he refers to his elder brother, Kouen, as Ani-Ou -- 'My Brother and King'-- and how he refers to the First Princess and daughter of the previous Emperor, Hakuei, as 'Princess Hakuei' or 'Lady Hakuei' -- though the latter may partly be out of longstanding habit from their childhood, as their political positions reversed during that period. Even the exiled prince of one of the countries conquered by Kou, Alibaba Saluja, is referred to as 'Lord Alibaba' although the young prince has technically been stripped of all titles and ranks. When sending an army of over 700,000 soldiers out to a battle that they have an equal chance of winning or losing, he leaves them with one short and humble request: 'Please win.'

    His humble nature and his intellect are his true strengths. Although he is the holder of a Metal Vessel that lends him the powers of the Djinn, Dantalion, his powerset isn't one that is meant for combat. Rather, it is best used in the same way he builds his strategies-- to minimize casualties and ensure a swift victory. He is plain-spoken, and puts on no airs when he speaks, although he does have a tendency to be painfully blunt and a known habit of making up outrageous lies for the sake of aggravating his elder brother and attempting to shirk duties for a variety of lazy and selfish reasons. The Metal Vessel that he carries, and the fact that he had to have conquered a Dungeon to gain it, both serve as a reminder that Koumei is one of the many King Vessels in this universe...although, like Kouen, the man who could easily stand as Emperor had affairs played out as they were planned to, he doesn't seem to actually want the title of King. Rather, he is content to follow the lead of his elder brother and take any measure possible in order to minimize casualties in the outcome-- the brutal battlefields he observed with his brother at a young age, when the previous emperor was still alive, seem to be a major influence on this ultimate goal.

    Beyond his intellectual capabilities and his odd, unkempt grace, it's important to note Koumei's love of his family which drives him on and off the battlefield, and how he prefers to judge a person by their actions rather than their societal status. The last two traits are seen across the board among all of his brothers and sisters that we have seen on-screen-- though the family is large and spread out across the regions, broken up in places by differing politics and machinations that are happening behind the screens, nearly all of the siblings have shown the utmost level of trust and support with one another. During Hakuryuu's Coup d'Etat of Rakushou and the subsequent Civil that tore his family apart, each one of the Ren siblings deals with it in their own way. Although it hurts Koumei more than he is willing to let on, he is aware enough of how emotions can cloud a general's judgement that he chooses to put his own feelings about it to the side. With the survival of his family and country at stake in the battle that ensues, there is no room to be questioning and second guessing himself. And, although he informs everyone that they'll know that the battle has been won when they're holding Hakuryuu's head, it's clear that he has already considered the pain that such an outcome will cause for his country and his siblings that survive.

    But a tactician can't worry about his own feelings. He has a grander scale to consider.

    After the three year time-skip and the extended break after a lifetime of waging war, some of Koumei's more dour mannerisms have morphed into something closer to a grave conviction. He no longer makes attempts to shirk his duties, and indeed now sees it as his responsibility to be the near literal arms and legs of the now gaunt and sickly Lord Kouen. Furthermore, though he hasn't forgotten the pain of his defeat against Sinbad's interference in the Civil War with his adopted brother Hakuryuu, he seems to bear the very scar that should cause him shame with a degree of pride, for he makes no effort to cover it while he works on unloading the ships.

    A further sign of his conviction is the fact that his hair, once a glorious ponytail of immense length, is now entirely shorn off. Instead, now he sports a hair style similar to that of the late Ren Hakuren-- the cousin who was murdered by the dark Magi, Arba, well over a decade earlier, the man whom he admired, and the man who he politically had to follow in the footsteps of. Although he doesn't have near the humor that Hakuren expressed, Koumei has also let his guard down some. He is more apt to show his dorky side in private conversations, which is mostly expressed in an innocent awkwardness that is oddly endearing.

    Furthermore, despite everything that happened, he seems to carry a small torch of hope in his heart. While he's a man who has literally lost everything he has spent his lifetime working toward, he understands that he can't linger on these losses. The fact that he still lives and breaths alongside his brothers is beyond any of his predictions-- and, although the new mercantile economic system is completely counterpoint to the near socialistic economic system he had built for the Kou Empire, he seems to have taken the words Alibaba used to chide him three years earlier to heart:

    "Express your feelings to the people alive now, instead of waiting to do it in the future."


    Skills/Abilities: Physically, Koumei is a very ordinary human being who isn't very strong when acting on his own. On the basis of him being the second prince of an expanding empire and the fact that he has been present on battle fields at least as a non combatant since he was as young as 10 years old, it's easy to assume that Koumei has had some form of combat training like his brothers and male cousins-- most likely with a bladed weapon, although the fact that he doesn't regularly carry one would infer that he isn't very proficient at it. Furthermore, given the Kou Empire's access to an extensive amount of information when one takes into consideration the technological restrictions of the universe-- and Koumei's sharp intellect-- it's reasonable to infer that he has had a more than standard education for the era...likely with a focus on military history, mathematics, economics, law, and other subjects that would be regarded academically among The Classics. Furthermore, it's also reasonable to infer that he has reading proficiency of the Torran Language, an ancient language that is all but dead in this universe that is taught to those of Royal ancestry and is present in every single Dungeon that has appeared in the world. Although the fervor of his study is nothing when compared to his brother, Kouen, his flexibility of mind could only have been honed by these studies.

    That said, he is the man behind the former economy of the Kou Empire, and the complicated systems he set into place, though distasteful even to him in some areas, was nothing short of effective in protecting the masses and allowing civilization to flourish. Of note, no one starved and no one wanted for the basic necessities while he was in charge-- and the economy was only one part of what he was working on. He was also in charge of a vast area of study regarding magic and it's potential military applications, and he approached the work with the clear mind of a scientist despite being incapable of using magic himself. As the study of magic was looked down upon in the Kou Empire in favor of military power, this hidden department that he ran was a military secret of the highest degree. Koumei himself was considered something of an oddity and maverick for even supporting it.

    Despite his meager physical skills, Koumei shines as a military tactician and political advisor. His skill with negotiations and ability to understand people is how he has managed to help his brother conquer much of the known world in a short span of time, and his memory for details as they concern the grander picture is nothing short of impressive. Where Kouen is the charismatic military leader that the Empire needs, there is no doubt that he would not have been nearly as successful without Koumei by his side.

    What Koumei lacks in physical prowess, however, he makes up for with his skill and efficiency in utulizing his Metal Vessel to the fullest of his capabilities-- although it is noted that he can't do anything combat-wise without it. The Metal Vessel is symbolic of his pact with the Djinn Dantalion, a spirit capable of manipulating what is known as Space-Time Magic. In his full Djinn Equip, Koumei takes on the form and physical characteristics of Dantalion and is capable of opening portals that connect one area of space to another within a short distance in a move known as Dante Al-Thais. With it, he can transport object and people between locations, redirect potential damage upon an area (though this is noted to exhaust him), and combine the full force of multple attacks onto a single point. Though he rarely would do such a thing, Koumei has been known to transport entire mountains upon a monsterous foe in an effort to stop the creature. More minor abilities of all Metal Vessel users in their full Djinn Equip include limited flight, the ability to restore their inherent Magoi through exposure to the same natural element, and the ability to use an Extreme Magic that is wholly unique to them-- although Canon has not revealed the specifics of Koumei's Extreme Magic at this time.

    Koumei is noted as being one of only three people in the Magi universe who is capable of using this sort of magic; the other two are the late Magi Scheherezade of the Reim Empire and the Magi Judar, who is currently missing after being declared MIA and returning back to the realm of the living alongside Alibaba.

    Not that he has access to any of his magic in Enripse, of course.
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    Applicant Info

    ◎ Name: Stark
    ◎ Journal: [personal profile] starkxravingxmad
    ◎ Contact: Plurk @ starkxravingxmad
    ◎ Current Character(s): n/a

    Character Info

    ◎ Character's Name: Koumei Ren
    ◎ Character's Canon: Magi
    ◎ Character's Age: 27
    ◎ Canon Point: Chapter 277
    ◎ Background/History: Link to his article on the Magi Wiki
    ◎ Is the character a hacker and/or do they have a sixth-sense? No, not in the least.

    ◎ Personality: Unassuming in both appearance and demeanor, Koumei is far from what people would expect of the Second Prince, Head Military Strategist, and General Commander of the Kou Empire's Western Army. As one of the key political figures in an Empire which plans to unite the world under a single culture and king, Koumei is the one who single-handedly instituted the laws that assimilate the countries and kingdoms the Kou Empire has conquered, and has come up with ruthlessly brilliant military strategies with one goal in mind: minimize casualties on all sides, and ensure that this is the last war that the world will ever have to face-- even if that means sacrificing the pleasantries of life in the short term in order to ensure a peaceful outcome in the long term. Although he is shabby and unkempt from the immensly long hours he pulls for the sake of his country's goals, he is ever polite and even graceful in manner when it is called upon. Everyone, from the lowliest foot soldier to his esteemed elder brother, is treated with the utmost respect. Examples of this manner of address include how he refers to his elder brother, Kouen, as Ani-Ou -- 'My Brother and King'-- and how he refers to the First Princess and daughter of the previous Emperor, Hakuei, as 'Princess Hakuei' or 'Lady Hakuei' -- though the latter may partly be out of longstanding habit from their childhood, as their political positions reversed during that period. Even the exiled prince of one of the countries conquered by Kou, Alibaba Saluja, is referred to as 'Lord Alibaba' although the young prince has technically been stripped of all titles and ranks. When sending an army of over 700,000 soldiers out to a battle that they have an equal chance of winning or losing, he leaves them with one short and humble request: 'Please win.'

    His humble nature and his intellect are his true strengths. Although he is the holder of a Metal Vessel that lends him the powers of the Djinn, Dantalion, his powerset isn't one that is meant for combat. Rather, it is best used in the same way he builds his strategies-- to minimize casualties and ensure a swift victory. He is plain-spoken, and puts on no airs when he speaks, although he does have a tendency to be painfully blunt and a known habit of making up outrageous lies for the sake of aggravating his elder brother and attempting to shirk duties for a variety of lazy and selfish reasons.. The Metal Vessel that he carries, and the fact that he had to have conquered a Dungeon to gain it, both serve as a reminder that Koumei is one of the many King Vessels in this universe...although, like Kouen, the man who could easily stand as Emperor had affairs played out as they were planned to, he doesn't seem to actually want the title of King. Rather, he is content to follow the lead of his elder brother and take any measure possible in order to minimize casualties in the outcome-- the brutal battlefields he observed with his brother at a young age, when the previous emperor was still alive, seem to be a major influence on this ultimate goal.

    Beyond his intellectual capabilities and his odd, unkempt grace, it's important to note Koumei's love of his family which drives him on and off the battlefield, and how he prefers to judge a person by their actions rather than their societal status. The last two traits are seen across the board among all of his brothers and sisters that we have seen on-screen-- though the family is large and spread out across the regions, broken up in places by differing politics and machinations that are happening behind the screens, nearly all of the siblings have shown the utmost level of trust and support with one another. At his current canonpoint, his family is being torn apart because of the actions of Hakuryuu, his younger step-brother, cousin, and the only surviving son of the former emperor. Each one of them deals with it in their own way, and, although it hurts Koumei more than he is willing to let on, he is aware enough of how emotions can cloud a general's judgement that he chooses to put his own feelings about it to the side. With the survival of his family and country at stake in the battle that ensues, there is no room to be questioning and second guessing himself. And, although he informs everyone that they'll know that the battle has been won when they're holding Hakuryuu's head, it's clear that he has already considered the pain that such an outcome will cause for his country and his siblings that survive.

    But a tactician can't worry about his own feelings. He has a grander scale to consider.

    ◎ Powers/Abilities: Physically, Koumei is a very ordinary human being who isn't very strong when acting on his own. On the basis of him being the second prince of an expanding empire and the fact that he has been present on battle fields at least as a non combatant since he was as young as 10 years old, it's easy to assume that Koumei has had some form of combat training like his brothers and male cousins-- most likely with a bladed weapon, although the fact that he doesn't regularly carry one would infer that he isn't very proficient at it. Furthermore, given the Kou Empire's access to an extensive amount of information when one takes into consideration the technological restrictions of the universe-- and Koumei's sharp intellect-- it's reasonable to infer that he has had a more than standard education for the era...likely with a focus on military history, mathematics, economics, law, and other subjects that would be regarded academically among The Classics. Furthermore, it's also reasonable to infer that he has reading proficiency of the Torran Language, an ancient language that is all but dead in this universe that is taught to those of Royal ancestry and is present in every single Dungeon that has appeared in the world. Although the fervor of his study is nothing when compared to his brother, Kouen, his flexibility of mind could only have been honed by these studies.

    Despite his meager physical skills, Koumei shines as a military tactician and political advisor. His skill with negotiations and ability to understand people is how he has managed to help his brother conquer much of the known world in a short span of time, and his memory for details as they concern the grander picture is nothing short of impressive. Where Kouen is the charismatic military leader that the Empire needs, there is no doubt that he would not have been nearly as successful without Koumei by his side.

    What Koumei lacks in physical prowess, however, he makes up for with his skill and efficiency in utulizing his Metal Vessel to the fullest of his capabilities-- although it is noted that he can't do anything combat-wise without it. The Metal Vessel is symbolic of his pact with the Djinn Dantalion, a spirit capable of manipulating what is known as Space-Time Magic. In his full Djinn Equip, Koumei takes on the form and physical characteristics of Dantalion and is capable of opening portals that connect one area of space to another within a short distance in a move known as Dante Al-Thais. With it, he can transport object and people between locations, redirect potential damage upon an area (though this is noted to exhaust him), and combine the full force of multple attacks onto a single point. Though he rarely would do such a thing in context of being in Cerealia, Koumei has been known to transport entire mountains upon a monsterous foe in an effort to stop the creature. More minor abilities of all Metal Vessel users in their full Djinn Equip include limited flight, the ability to restore their inherent Magoi through exposure to the same natural element, and the ability to use an Extreme Magic that is wholly unique to them-- although Canon has not revealed the specifics of Koumei's Extreme Magic at this time.

    Koumei is noted as being one of only three people in the Magi universe who is capable of using this sort of magic; the other two are the late Magi Scheherezade of the Reim Empire and the Magi Judar, who is currently involved in a Coup D'Etat within the Kou Empire.

    ◎ Weapons & Other Special Inventory: The feathered fan which is his Metal Vessel; a spare change of clothes;

    CEREALIA-Specific

    ◎ Element: Air -- due to the classification of his Metal Vessel's Space-Time Magic as a form of Light Magic in the Magi-verse, and his overall astral themes.
    ◎ Sense: Tactile -- he's the embodimnent of the eccentric genius who forgets about his bodily needs and needs a literal shove to get moving at times. It suits him and much of his family
    ◎ Seven Character Traits: +Intelligent +Level Headed + Responsible +/-Utilitarian -Unambitious -Lazy -Blunt

    Samples

    ◎ First-Person Sample: TDM Post + Mai + Nakigitsune + Jade

    ◎ Third-Person Sample:

    Electricity.

    No one understood what a novelty this simple concept was unless they knew what life was like without electricity-- both the inconvenience of needing to heat your bath by a wood stoked fire (unless you had the good fortune of living near a natural hot spring), and the blissful peace of being able to see the immensity of the sky at night. Koumei heaved a heavy, weary sigh for the umpteenth time that night, and cast his gaze one last time over the brilliant lights that lined the street before slipping on his shoes and leaving the safety of his quarters in the dead of night. The eerie hum of the air conditioning systems of the apartment buildings still bothered him, even after weeks of being in this strange city, and Koumei's insomnia was at an all-time high with the artificial glare that slipped in through his windows at night.

    He was tired, both physically and mentally, and he had quite enough of all of this. Not only was he trapped in this land of technological wonder that made even countries like Magnostadt, with their infrastructure built upon the strength of Magic Tools and a tough government, seem almost backwards in comparison-- but, he had no resolution about the fates of his brothers, sisters, and the thousands of soldiers that he had sent into a battle that he wasn't even certain that they could win. The anxiety over his uncertainty of his homeland's fate in the midst of a civil war, worry for the safety of his family, and the blasted buzz that lingered as soft as a whisper on the edge of his hearing at all times all combined to leave Koumei in a sleepless, somewhat agitated state.

    And thus was the reason why he found himself at the general store at 3:47 in the morning.

    After hunting around the entire store for the lone clerk, Koumei finally found a bored looking young woman and approached her with all the politeness and grace that a man who had barely slept in a week could muster:

    "Excuse me. Could you help me find some crysanthemum tea?"

    It was a traditional remedy for insomnia in his country. Surely, a place like this would have it.

    ....

    The girl stared at him for a moment that seemed to last for an eternity, as if struck dumb by the question. Finally, she shrugged flippantly and waved for Koumei to follow her.

    A tour of the store later, and Koumei found himself being booted from the premisis with a box of 'tea' in tiny bags and a pot of violently yellow chrysanthemums. Koumei, too baffled and dazed to know how to react, couldn't even begin to verbalize his argument until he was almost out the door.

    "W-wait. This isn't quite what I was--"

    The door was slammed in his face and promptly locked-- and it was Koumei's turn to stare like a dumbfounded fool. Though he didn't put on airs about his rank within the Empire, this was still the first time that he, as the Second Imperial Prince, had been treated in such a way.

    It wasn't worth the energy to argue. Instead, Koumei shifted the obnoxious plant around in his arms so he could squint at the pristinely wrapped 'tea' in the dim light.

    "....this can't be safe," he determined after a moment, musing over the tiny writing. "How can the tea brew properly in these tiny bags, and how are we supposed to tell what kind of tea it is?"

    A green was very different from an oolong, but apparently people who had wonders such as electricity didn't care about such nuances. A pity, really.

    Baffled once again by this weird world, Koumei trudged back off to his apartment to attempt sleep once again. The pleasant fragrance of the flowers was small consolation for this mess, but it was one that he would cherish for as long as the plant continued to bloom. It was the little things that mattered, truly.

    ◎ Is your character retaining any previous game memories? No
    dishevelment: (my brother and king)




















    DISPLAYING SUBJECT:
    KOUMEI REN
     
    Label: PRIDE RECORDS
    Band: COSMIC INDULGENCE
    Instrument: PIANO
    Fame Lvl: 0 (Power Lvl + Fortune Lvl) Current MP: 17 (50 spent)

    Short Description: ► 5'10", 145 lbs, with immensely long auburn hair and a darkly zen aura. Dedicated to his craft, fond of birds, but shies away from the fawning of his adoring female fans. He hides from the camera behind an ornate paper fan, but he is friendly and unfailingly polite with fans and paparazzi alike. Somewhat disheveled and doesn't sleep; is talented no less.

    Regains So Far:
    Duty -- Vague recollection of the battlefields on the Kanan Plains, where the warring countries of Go and Gai slaughtered each other, as referenced in Chapter 278 in a flashback.

    Duty -- Dream-recollections of the battle planning on the eve of the Civil War between the Western and Eastern forces of Kou; Vivid recall of Gakukin and Seishuu, members of Kouen's Household. No names attached except for countries, namely Balbadd. ► Love -- Recollection of a nervous, young Kougyoku. No name attached.

    Power -- Ability to generate multiple small orbs of glowing light. They do nothing but are pretty.

    Passion -- Recollection of Alibaba Saluja and his retort after discussing politics in Balbadd with Koumei, around chapter 210. No names, just a face, voice, and words. Reference to "Your Country."

    Duty -- Visual of Kouha and Kougyoku around chapter 267, during battle planning. Knowledge that Kouha is a boy. Understanding that 'Ren Kou-' is an integral part of their names.

    ► Memory -- Recollection of being impaled in chapter 277

    ► Memory -- Recollection of Djinn Equips...and Dantalion.

    ► Power -- Moderate Teleportation within visual range.

    ► Memory -- of his father's funeral, Hakuryuu's intervention to place Gyokuen on the throne, and of Kouen being his 'brother and king.'

    ► Trait -- Scars from his near-fatal injuries during the Kou Civil War, delivered by the hand of Sindria-aligned Takeruhiko, Lord of the Kina Kingdom

    Resources
    Activity Post
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    Magi Wiki
    PRIDE COMMUNITY DONATIONS JAR

    Contact Player:
    [plurk.com profile] starkxravingxmad

    IC CONTACT
    ► PHONE: 1-555-277-0271
    ► TEXT: 1-555-277-0271
    ► EMAIL: k.ren@priderecords.prc
    ► TWITTER: therealkoumeiren
    ► FACEBOOK: koumei.ren

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    ☆PLAYER
    Name: Stark
    Contact: plurk @ starkxravingxmad
    Other Characters: n/a

    ☆CHARACTER
    Character Name: Koumei Ren
    Age: 27
    Species: Human
    Canon: Magi
    Canon Point: End of Chapter 277
    Character Info: Link to article on the Magi Wiki

    Personality:
    Unassuming in both appearance and demeanor, Koumei is far from what people would expect of the Second Prince, Head Military Strategist, and General Commander of the Kou Empire's Western Army. As one of the key political figures in an Empire which plans to unite the world under a single culture, language, and king, Koumei is the one who single-handedly instituted the laws that assimilate the countries and kingdoms the Kou Empire has conquered, and has come up with ruthlessly brilliant military strategies with one goal in mind: minimize casualties on all sides, and ensure that this is the last war that the world will ever have to face-- even if that means sacrificing the pleasantries of life in the short term in order to ensure a peaceful outcome in the long term. Although he is shabby and unkempt from the immensly long hours he pulls for the sake of his country's goals, he is ever polite and even graceful in manner when it is called upon. Everyone, from the lowliest foot soldier to his esteemed elder brother, is treated with the utmost respect. Examples of this manner of address include how he refers to his elder brother, Kouen, as Ani-Ou -- 'My Brother and King'-- and  how he refers to the First Princess and daughter of the previous Emperor, Hakuei, as 'Princess Hakuei' or 'Lady Hakuei' -- though the latter may partly be out of longstanding habit from their childhood, as their political positions reversed during that period. When sending an army of over 700,000 soldiers out to a battle that they have an equal chance of winning or losing, he leaves them with one short and humble request: 'Please win.'

    His humble nature and his intellect are his true strengths. Although he is the holder of a Metal Vessel that lends him the powers of the Djinn, Dantalion, his powerset isn't one that is meant for combat. Rather, it is best used in the same way he builds his strategies-- to minimize casualties and ensure a swift victory. He is plain-spoken, and puts on no airs when he speaks, although he does have a tendency to be painfully blunt and a known habit of making up outrageous lies for the sake of aggravating his elder brother and attempting to shirk duties for a variety of lazy and selfish reasons.. The Metal Vessel that he carries, and the fact that he had to have conquered a Dungeon to gain it, both serve as a reminder that Koumei is one of the many candidates to be King in this universe...although, like Kouen, the man who could easily stand as Emperor had affairs played out as they were planned to, he doesn't seem to actually want the title of King. Rather, he is content to follow the lead of his elder brother and take any measure possible in order to minimize casualties in the outcome-- the brutal battlefields he observed with his brother at a young age, when the previous emperor was still alive, seem to be a major influence on this ultimate goal.

    Beyond his intellectual capabilities and his odd, unkempt grace, it's important to note Koumei's love of his family which drives him on and off the battlefield, and how he prefers to judge a person by their actions rather than their societal status. The last two traits are seen across the board among all of his brothers and sisters that we have seen on-screen-- though the family is large and spread out across the regions, broken up in places by differing politics and machinations that are happening behind the screens, nearly all of the siblings have shown the utmost level of trust and support with one another. At his current canonpoint, his family is being torn apart because of the actions of Hakuryuu, his younger step-brother, cousin, and the only surviving son of the former emperor. Each one of them deals with it in their own way, and, although it hurts Koumei more than he is willing to let on, he is aware enough of how emotions can cloud a general's judgement that he chooses to put his own feelings about it to the side. With the survival of his family and country at stake in the battle that ensues,  there is no room to be questioning and second guessing himself. And, although he informs everyone that they'll know that the battle has been won when they're holding Hakuryuu's head, it's clear that he has already considered the pain that such an outcome will cause for his country and his siblings that survive.

    But a tactician can't worry about his own feelings. He has a grander scale to consider.

    ☆INTERSTELLAR
    Genre Preferences: Rock, Indie, Folk
    -- as a note, I'd prefer that he not be placed into something with anti-establishment themes

    Choice Instrument: Guitar (Electric or Acoustic), Piano, Synthesizer, Strings

    Rockstar Persona: Koumei Ren is a 20-something musical genius of humble background, who found himself shot into the limelight because of his participation in an Americana Idol-style competition that he took part in under his family's insistence. Though his presence is just as humble as his background, his talent once he has the instrument in hand is what makes him sparkle on stage -- critics say that his touch makes the instrument seem to come alive, and he's earned the favor of eclectics and artistic types across the board. Due to his lazy, apathetic nature that much prefers keeping to himself over being on stage, he has a noted habit of avoiding solo interviews and hiding behind a decorative fan that was a gift to him in his teenage years when he is out in public-- a habit that lends an air of mystery to him, and he would rather be the back-up musician for a much more charismatic frontman when on stage. 

    Insomnia is a noted problem for him, a problem that he only exacerbates through the copious use and abuse of caffienated beverages, expensive cigarrettes, and his habit of locking himself in his room and practicing his instrument for hours on end. His dedication to his craft lends itself to his unkempt appearance, which may or may not be cultivated due to the combined influences of his own laziness and the boho fashion culture that still exists on the fringes of society. His fans find his self-effacing nature endearing-- especially the exhuberant young women, who have affectionately dubbed him 'Mei' and like to imagine that they would be the ones who bring this quiet and somewhat mysterious artist out into the light.


    Ideal CR: Sibling-like interactions of both the cuddly and bickering variety, comedic situations where his deadpanning could stand on its own or he could be the straight man,  people who beat the NEET tendencies out of him or won't tolerate his outrageous lies.

    Writing Sample:

    Yosuke on the TDM

    Sala and Judar on the TDM

    Itachi on the TDM


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