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Old Nov 18th, 2022, 09:36 PM
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Hibiscus, Ronso Gunstriker

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Name: Hibiscus (Sheet - WIP, pending ability scores). No longer has a family or clan name as explained below.
Race: Ronso
Class: Gunbreaker (Gunstriker) [*Depending on how Ability Scores are sorted, it might instead be Samurai 1|Gunstriker 2, fyi]
Physical TraitsFearsome: (Chosen Alternate Racial Trait) Hibiscus gives off the first impression, typically, of being someone who has lived through some adversity and tore through it mercilessly to emerge alive. These days, it wouldn't be inaccurate to ascribe to him "Resting Killer Face".
Hornless: (Chosen Alternate Racial Trait) Hibiscus was de-horned against his will just shy of two years ago, and while he does his best to conceal the stump at the peak of his forehead, beneath a fringe and protective headgear, the fact his horn isn't openly on display is a dead giveaway to all Ronso, and all non-Ronso are familiar with the race, that his is missing.
Ripped: Nothing helps galvanise the soul or bolster determination like the motivation of vengeance, and it's hard not to develop muscle after strenuous activity - especially if that activity is completed in heavy armour with a sturdy weapon to heft around.

Mental TraitsImpulsive: Perhaps sometimes verging on foolhardy, Hibiscus has been raised in a community where trusting one's gut instinct is encouraged. As such, he has a "strike first, ask questions later" mindset.
Magehunter: (Chosen Alternate Racial Trait) While he certainly won't spurn magical assistance or refuse to cooperate with spellcasters, Hibiscus knew from an early age that he would never be good enough to follow in his mother's footsteps as a revered mage advisor to his people. The recent de-horning trauma, perpetrated by a wizard previously unknown to him, has only served to add depth to the complicated relationship Hibiscus has around magic and its practitioners.
Proud: The loss of his horn is still a fresh, gaping wound in the side of Hibiscus' self-esteem, and although he feels humiliation in the presence of other Ronsos, he over-compensates around members of other races to protect himself from their scorn or jibes at being an exile.
Resolute: Hibiscus doesn't entertain notions of doubt, be it in his own course of action, or in forming first impression judgements of those he encounters. This stubbornness helped him survive the solo-trek out of his homeland when he was exiled, directly back to the scene of his shame so he could discern whatever clues he could of his assailant's identity.


Background: Hailing from the country of Ivalice, Hibiscus was raised in the Helion Peaks, a fiercely cold alpine region, and the source of the country's Ice Crystal. Although Ronso can be found in small diasporas throughout the land, the Helion Peaks boast the greatest numbers of Ronso tribes, each living in relative harmony with each other. Hibiscus is the first son of the current Otori Tribe Seneschal, Marigold, and being the firstborn of the tribe's foremost spiritual advisor to the Chief, he has never been under any illusion regarding the privileges and expectations heaped upon him in great measure. With only two siblings (twin girls, Peony and Daffodil), Hibiscus knew he had to excel in all things in order to safeguard his family's future prosperity. Unfortunately for him, Hibiscus was deemed as possessing almost no magical talent, rendering him ineligible to apprentice as his revered mother's aide. After the initial shock and shame of learning this immutable fact, Hibiscus consoled himself with the knowledge that both his sisters, who were summarily tested early to help his parents plan for future children if needed, were revealed to possess great arcane potential, and his father, Hanri, was a respected swordsman, so Hibiscus began his martial training under him, with the implicit understanding that he could yet bring pride to his family and clan by marrying well and serving as a bodyguard for his siblings.

In his early teens, Hibiscus was introduced to the youngest daughter of the Otori Tribe Chief, with whom he would later be expected to wed, as arranged by their respective parents. Cinder, two years his elder, seemed pleasant enough, and they got along in each supervised interaction politely, perhaps even amicably. Almost all things considered, Hibiscus and Cinder could have hoped to have a suitably happy life together, supported by the esteemed leaders of their community. It didn't ever occur to Hibiscus that, being quietly and most reservedly gay, could have interfered with the arrangement, because his own happiness was never a priority, not at any single moment throughout his entire childhood and adolescence. Certainly not when the pressure of duty had always been heaped upon him as a given. So naturally, he always kept those feelings to himself, and did his best to make Cinder smile or laugh when it felt appropriate, because that was evidently the right thing to do.

Two years ago, on the cusp of Hibiscus' 18th birthday, he, Cinder and a small party of Otori retainers ventured on a traditional pilgrimage to the lowlands at the feat of the Helion Peaks, intent on locating omens of good fortune to bless their looming wedding day, and to learn from nature the names of their future children, according to the spiritual custom of Hibiscus' mother's bloodline. This journey, expected to take from anywhere between three days to two months, was cut short in the most terminal sense, for the Ronso fell prey to an ambush once they arrived in the foothills. A group comprised of a mix of Hume and Au Ra attacked without warning at twilight, slaying most of the Ronso in a sudden barrage of arrows and magical flame, including Cinder. Hibiscus, by quirk of fate, was merely knocked unconscious in the skirmish; he awoke in groggy pain, with eyes to blurry to focus, as a male Au Ra mage finished sawing off his horn. The Au Ra simply shrugged when he noticed Hibiscus was beginning to stir, focusing on finishing the horn removal before rendering him unconscious again with a muttered sleep spell.

The Otori Tribe did not take Hibiscus' distraught return with any measure of compassion. He was the sole survivor, after all, having failed to protect his betrothed, the other Ronso sent to escort them, or even himself. He was summarily cast out of the Otori, without even the opportunity to farewell his sisters, and with no other hope or contact available to him, Hibiscus turned his fear and anger into hatred that fuelled his every step, back down to the foothills and to the scene of the massacre, the bodies of the fallen turned carrion in his absence, to try and figure out who the attackers were and where they'd come from. However, he was simply not skilled enough to learn anything of value, no matter how much he wanted that knowledge. Hungry and alone, Hibiscus roamed aimlessly through the wilderness for a time, foraging to survive until he encountered non-Ronso civilisation, and began to build a semblance of a life for himself. He was among the first to take up the call to explore through the eerie portals that began springing up across the land, and by chance or destiny, Hibiscus' first foray through one resulted in him and a few others arriving in a safe, sound, and anticlimactic manner on the outskirts of the city of Ivalice, in the other world. There wasn't exactly anywhere or anyone else that particularly needed or wanted him, so he stayed, adjusting to a life with some more modern technology and taking up the profession of gunarm smithing, finding it fatiguing yet satisfying work.

Now, Hibiscus keeps an ear to the ground for potential work that might also prove fulfilling; he has spent enough time in one location for now, and is beginning to be overtaken with wanderlust. Whether this desire and restlessness will help him recover from his traumas, or find solace, or perhaps even exact revenge on the group of Ronso horn hunters, remains to be seen.

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Old Nov 24th, 2022, 12:15 PM
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A shame a couple of these posts were removed by their creators. Arc, I do believe the deadline was after Thanksgiving -- tomorrow. Am hoping RedLedger comes back to this, as well. They may be on vacation, let alone celebrating the holiday.
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A shame a couple of these posts were removed by their creators. Arc, I do believe the deadline was after Thanksgiving -- tomorrow. Am hoping RedLedger comes back to this, as well. They may be on vacation, let alone celebrating the holiday.
One was a duplicate post, so that isn't a big issue... But ya, seems the dancer withdrew.

But ya, being away for 10 days kinda isn't an optimistic sign of a game's survival. So here is to hoping, but not optimistic.
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Also hoping they show up, but I would rather not put all that effort into the character application if there isn't going to be a game.

At the very least, I learned about this FF d20 conversion, which is super sweet! I'll probably DM one irl or on here at some point.
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At the very least, I learned about this FF d20 conversion, which is super sweet! I'll probably DM one irl or on here at some point.
If you decide to run one on here, let me know. It seems like a fun system to try out.
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Old Nov 24th, 2022, 02:22 PM
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That'd be really cool if so, Arc! I'm hoping Red does return but yeah, it doesn't seem likely. If you are able and willing to run in their stead, sign me up. This does seem like a fun system, and I'm kind of impressed how they balanced Pathfinder 1e with the spirit and mechanics of Final Fantasy.
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There's a Red Ledger who posted a game for 3.5 DnD on mythweavers on November 17th. Could be a different person, but that is a particular name.
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Yeah, mine was a duplicate post (being both new on this site and eager typically results in these with newbies like myself thinking the first post was eaten, I suspect!). Hoping this magically still works out, but I'll be advertising an ffd20 game on MW in a few weeks' time...
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