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Basic InfoName: Izumo
Race: Kitsune
Class: Bard
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Eastern or Western?: Eastern


Character Concept Theme Music Alternate Theme
Traveling bard based off the KoMuSou monks of ancient Japan. Plays the Shakuhachi (flute) with overall somber and calming effects. Primarily relies on the effects of his magic, specializing in enchantments and illusions. Also carries a traditional Naginata (Japanese pole-arm) for melee combat, if necessary. Has a tragic past where he lost his wife in an attack by Yokai, and thus devoted his life to battling the Yokai while sharing his musical gifts with as many others as he can along the way.


Description As a traveling bard from the far east, Izumo wears the traditional attire of a traveling monk, consisting of robes covering his torso and legs, with additional coverings of soft, leather bracers for his arms and the back of his hands (called Teko). On his feet he similarly wears the traditional Tabi-socks and traveling straw sandals (waraji), native to his homeland. From his neck hangs a pouch, displayed prominently on his chess, decorated with emblems of protection. Arguably the most striking feature of his attire is the basket hat, which covers his entire head, allowing for vision through the slits opened in front of the eyes and conveniently hiding his fox-like appearance from the non-Yokai inhabitants of the world.

Izumo comes across initially as an enigmatic character, since his face is frequently hidden behind his basket hat. This is to hide his fox-nature, since the general population typically distrust such creatures as they are considered the same as Yokai or monsters. Often quiet and reserved, he is caring and good-natured, exuding a serene calmness, which allows others to trust him. The somber, almost sad overtones of his musical performances produce calming effects, which cement the reaction of others towards trusting him. However, though he may thus gain the trust of others, he himself typically distrustful of strangers, initially. But then Izumo's lonely nature usually pushes him to eventually opening himself to trusting others, at which point he will start to remove his hat and show his face when in relaxed environments. Even still, this is usually done with the activation of magical disguise to take on the appearance of a human male. Only those that truly get to know him learn of his true nature as a Kitsune fox.


 

 

 

 

 

 


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Trait #1: Benefit(s): You gain a +1 trait bonus on caster level checks for your racial spell-like abilities as well as those from the Magical Tail feat. Additionally, you can select Magical Tail as a bonus feat whenever your favored class grants you a bonus bloodline feat, combat feat, or metamagic feat instead of the normal type of feat granted by that class. You cannot exchange specific feats granted by a class or race for Magical Tail in this manner; for instance, a monk cannot exchange his Stunning Fist feat for Magical Tail.Nine-Tailed Scion - You are talented with kitsune magic.
Trait #2: Benefit(s): You gain a +2 trait bonus on initiative checks.Reactionary - You were bullied often as a child, but never quite developed an offensive response. Instead, you became adept at anticipating sudden attacks and reacting to danger quickly.
Drawback(Flaw): Effect(s): You take a Ė2 penalty on Sense Motive checks and on Perception checks to see through disguises, and on saving throws against charm spells and spell-like abilities.Lonely - You are far too easily convinced of the friendly intentions of others.


Background
Izumo was born and grew up in the woods of Azuma, in the north-eastern area of Fhang Zhi. It was not until he had reached the age of 25 that he first stepped into a human settlement - the city of Jiaozou. Izumo had spent his life until then inhabiting the forests and meadows of the hills and mountains surrounding the city, never venturing near human civilization. Such was the way of the Kitsune, or fox folk, to shy away from humans and their distrust of the supernatural.

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It was a warm, spring day - a little after his 25th year - when he encountered his first human. That day, he was in full-fox form and had ventured beyond his normal range, to the very edge of the forest where the pine trees gave way to a vast meadow. Picking his way carefully among and over the fallen logs buried within the wild grasses, Izumo froze when he suddenly found himself face to face for the first time with an actual human! The Lady Miyako had ventured just into the edge of the woods to gather some of the wild berries, which grew there. At once, Izumo was intrigued by this beautiful creature, the likes of which he had never before seen. At first he scampered back to the forest edge, and hid among the trees. His curiosity got the best of him, however, and so he followed her for a while, watching her from a distance, keeping just out of sight so that he could see her, but remain himself largely hidden. As the evening drew near and she prepared to leave, he sat and waited to see where she would go. "I live just beyond the meadow," she called out to him. Why did she speak to him? How did she know that he would understand? Overwhelmed with curiosity, he paid her a visit that night - the first of many.
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The Lady Miyako lived in a dwelling, with her ailing mother, which was located on the rural outskirts of the city of Jiaozou, bordering the forest. When she was younger, her mother had told her stories about the fox folk. The people of the city were afraid of the supernatural creatures, calling them Tricksters and ďevil spiritsĒ - Yokai. But those that lived in the country-side, closer to nature, knew otherwise. Her mother taught her that foxes were sacred guardians, Kami - humanityís protectors against the truly horrible Yokai that dwelled in the dark and sought only to harass good people... or worse. Thus, when she saw the fox that day at the edge of the woods, she knew it was a good spirit when it chose not to attack her. Seeking the favor of such a charming Kitsune, she decided to invite it to her house, that she and her mother may gain its protection. After some time, Lady Miyako and her mother came to accept Izumo for what he was, a Kitsune. As their relationship blossomed, and Izumo revealed his true self to her, the two were wedded in ceremony with Izumo adopting a human disguise so as to avoid the distrust and persecution of the surrounding villagers. Izumo became adept at maintaining his human visage when in the presence of anyone except his wife or her mother, for the human population of Fhang Zhi would not otherwise allow a Kitsune to roam the city streets, fearful and distrustful of their nature as kin to Yokai.
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Izumo adopted the profession of a Bard, gaining accomplishment as a master of the Shakuhachi (flute). His performances, augmented with his innate magical abilities, would often take him on extended trips away from his home. During one such trip, he chatted with the patrons of a local inn and heard the stories of a Nue - a Yokai that has the face of a monkey, the legs of a tiger, the body of a Tanuki and the front half of a snake for a tail. The Nue was said to have been recently attacking the nearby area surrounding the city of Jiaozou. A wave of dread overcame Izumo as his thoughts flew to his wife, in their home on the outskirts of Jiaozou. He quickly departed to rush back to his home, to ensure she was safe.

What he found was devastating. His wife was in their home, which was all but demolished in an apparent attack by a large beast. Izumo found her body, cradling her mother in her arms, both having been mauled viciously by the tell-tale claw marks and snake bites of the Nue. That evening he dressed their bodies in the white robes reserved for the departed, and with the cremation of their house along with their bodies he sent their souls to rest peacefully in the next world. As he watched the house burn along with the body of his lover, he wished desperately that he also could cross over and be with her! It was not yet his time, however. He needed to attend first to a little matter of the earthly realm of Fhang Zhi: to track down and kill the monster responsible for his personal tragedy and to ensure that no others would suffer the same fate as he did at the hands of such evil Yokai. Adopting the attire of a Komusou, he vowed vengeance against the demons and monsters, seeking solace only in what little comfort his music may bring to those fellow-victims and weary travelers he'd meet along the path on his quest for vengeance.


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Old 05-31-2019, 01:59 PM
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Strange, let me stop you there. You seem to be reading the traits wrong. Traits are sorta like 'mini feats' and drawbacks are 'mini disadvantages'. Look through the lists and find what works

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BasicsName: Hastahili
Race: Aasimar [no subrace]
Class: Cleric [Channeler of the Unknown]
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Western
DescriptionWhen someone who has little experience with the stranger and more mystical races of Golarion is told of the origins of the aasimar and asked to offer their guess as to how such people might appear to be, the result is likely not so much different from how Hastahili truly appears. Although recognizably of human stock, his flawless skin has a hint of silver, and his blonde hair verges toward the shimmer of gold in the right light. His eyes, too green to be uniquely human, are akin to gemstones.

He is quick to champion those in need, but has the wisdom as well to recognize that the true villains are not always the obvious ones. He plays every bit the hero, standing on the front lines against the darkness with ready steel and spell, channeling the power of the heavens ... well, or something ... against his foes. And yet, he fights with a The archetype gets proficiency in a single weapon, which may be exotic. I'm leaning falcata here, but I'm open to fiddling with this until I have to finalize a sheet.strange weapon of uncertain origin, and seems to flinch unconsciously at the drawing of longswords. And in the most quiet of moments, Hastahili seems prone to looking over his shoulder, at least metaphorically, as if something was.... somehow not quite right with his surroundings, or his actions. Or himself.
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Something...Something had gone wrong with the world.

The sun tired of the ungrateful sky and turned back along its path. Against the distant ground of the eastern horizon, it cracked like an egg against the earth. The broken yolk-yellow light spilled out across the land and revealed monsters where the darkness could not hold. All that was built was torn down, and what should never have been made was forged anew from the dust. There was no heat left; all was fire.

The death rattle of the dying echoed in the long dark beyond the stars. It was heard, and Something came to sweep away the pieces of what the world had been.


Hastahili awoke. The dreams still plagued him, but he was growing accustomed to them. No, this morning, his slumber was disturbed by a visitor, bringing news of a call to arms. A distant land, beset by monsters, desperate for foreign aid. A distant land... far to the east.

Hastahili readied himself for the journey.
 
MechanicsTraits: I like the idea that this causes him nonlethal damage not because it is somehow "exhausting" as the trait describes, but because there's something subtly ... disconnected ... between his racial origin and his current power.Celestial Community [racial], Sacred Conduit [faith]
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Name: Sohalia

Race: Vanara

Class: Acrobat Rogue

Alignment: Neutral Good

Description: Despite her short stature and wiry build, Sohalia possesses just enough feminine curves that it is rare that she's mistaken as either male or a child. She keeps her cream colored hair cropped short so that she doesn't have to worry about it when she flips and tumbles about. Her ears and most of her face, hands and hand-like feet are free of the soft layer of ivory fur that covers the rest of her. Sohalia's amber eyes usually sparkle with mischief, amusement, or both. She likes to dress in styles that offer a great deal of movement yet retain a degree of flash and functionality.

Trait(s): Hard to Kill, Light Sleeper (regional)

Drawback: Unlearned

Eastern or Western?: Eastern

Background: A lot of Sohalia's childhood was listening to her maternal grandmother's tales of woe from her own life in a country called Fhang Zhi. She was grateful that growing up in Ghinda she free of the all of the fear associated with being mistaken for, or considered, Yokai. Though her life was fairly simple as a fruit merchant's daughter, she honestly didn't mind. She could often be found in trees, harvesting fruit, or practicing yoga or tumbling about when at home. On the road and in larger villages and cities, she would spend time with some friends she'd made among the street urchins of the various locations her parents went to sell their wares, practicing the skills that kept them alive, when she wasn't helping her parents or practicing yoga.

One day, in the largest city that her family traveled to, she was spotted demonstrating a simple contortion to some of her street friends by a troop of entertainers. The acrobats watched as she continued to demonstrate some rather simple moves she'd either come up with or had taught herself after watching others. They seemed impressed and one later approached her parents with an offer to teach her more. To give her a chance to see more of the world, something she'd confided that she'd like to do one day to her mother. After some debate, they decided to leave the option up to Sohalia since the girl was nearly fourteen. That day changed the direction of her life.

Sohalia spent the next three years traveling to several countries with them, including Fhang Zhi a couple of times. She was hesitant to return after the first time but decided to stay after the second. The young vanara had heard of a call for aid from a city called Jiaozou. After getting directions, she made her way there under the all too real guise of a traveling acrobat. As soon as she arrived, she offered her services, seemingly limited and relatively specialized though they are, to the defense of Jiaozou from Yokai in the hope that her actions might start a wave of support for positive treatment of all animal-like races that want to live peacefully alongside the human-like ones.
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Touketsu, Seekr, and Lentil, your applications are reviewed and they are fine!

Lentil Sponge, an Umi Bozu is a humanoid, not a serpent or dragon
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Touketsu, Seekr, and Lentil, your applications are reviewed and they are fine!

Lentil Sponge, an Umi Bozu is a humanoid, not a serpent or dragon
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Strange, let me stop you there. You seem to be reading the traits wrong. Traits are sorta like 'mini feats' and drawbacks are 'mini disadvantages'. Look through the lists and find what works
Thanks, Krow! I had indeed assumed the Traits to be like 5e.
At first glance, Iíll probably go with the two Kitsune racial traits, but thatís quite a long list! Iíll browse through in more detail as I work on fleshing out my Background.
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Touketsu, Seekr, and Lentil, your applications are reviewed and they are fine!

Lentil Sponge, an Umi Bozu is a humanoid, not a serpent or dragon
I'm sure I've seen descriptions of some being serpentine as well, which is why I included it. Changed it as per your suggestion!
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I'm sure I've seen descriptions of some being serpentine as well, which is why I included it. Changed it as per your suggestion!
Is that so? Iíve only seen it as humanoid or a blob
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Is that so? Iíve only seen it as humanoid or a blob
The early Edo Bakemono no e depicts the umibōzu as something like a dog/octopus hybrid. Virtually all later works made it a shadowy black (and often very large!) humanoid figure that half-emerges from ocean waves, leaving the nature of its lower half unknown.

The Legend of the Five Rings RPG and card game setting has had two very different takes on the umibōzu; one is basically a sea troll, the other is this giant vaguely humanoid monster -- made of seawater -- with a serpentine lower body.
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The legend of the 5 Rings, I first heard of it on Facebook, there is a group page of it. Pretty cool.
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Yūsha Munōna
”That was almost too easy!”

Race: Human

Class: Bloodrager (Spelleater)

Alignment: Chaotic Good

Description: An incredibly good looking young man, with a near supernatural physique, and affable personality, Yūsha has always had an easy time making friends. As a trusting, naive, simpleton, Yūsha has always had a difficult time knowing who his friends really were. His life as a mercenary was one of constant betrayals and being taken advantage of by leeches and parasites, a life that left him destitute and unappreciated by those around him. Despite this he maintained a positive outlook and a bright, infectious attitude. Tools that would help him when his destiny came calling.

Traits (2): Traveler of a Hundred Lands (regional/exemplar)

Drawback: Oblivious

Eastern or Western?: Eastern

Background: A burgeoning mercenary of natural skill and physical ability, Yūsha has traveled the breadth of the Fhang Zhi under the service of many masters. Unfortunately his extreme naivety has led him to the service of several masters most would consider dishonorable, or perhaps traitorous. After fleeing the battlefield after a failed coup (who knew the Warlord known as Bloodseeker was not the true disposed Lord of the land?), Yūsha found himself forced to seek refuge in an abandoned shrine, hidden deep within the woods. It was there, buried within the rubble that he found the hidden passageway to the secret altar, and made the Pact that would change his destiny.
This hidden shrine, a place of worship for the Azatas still contained an ancient power in need of a champion, Yūsha was a champion in need of a righteous cause and an honorable master. Together they shall bring light to the lands of Fhang Zhi, rooting out and destroying all Yokai who would dare terrorize or enslave the people.
Now, bonded to the Azatas, Yūsha heads out to the world once again, trusting in their guidance for the path ahead. And carrying a hidden power unseen in centuries. The age of the Yokai is at an end, the rise of the Azatas and their disciples has begun.

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So am I missing something from my app or is there a different reason I have not been changed to complete?
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