Reira is 7 years old, and and her background contains near explicit mentions of child abuse/manipulation and children in warfare. Details are such that she still struggles to a mild extent with PTSD, but over all when the topic of both her 'homeland' and even her past outside of Arimoi come up, players should know that there is risk of such topics coming up. If you wish to discuss or avoid such things, leave a comment below; I will be more than happy to help steer things away from painful matters!
Beyond that, here's my own stance on doing the following to Reira. (It probably goes without saying that Romance is. A big no deal unless you're in the 6-10 age range, in which case sure go for it hold hands and eat ice cream!)
Fourth-Walling - To a minor extent; I'd prefer nothing like 'OH YOU PLAY YUGIOH!'. Stick with 'duel monsters' recognition, and don't say anything like 'ARE YOU AN ANIME??' and we're good.
Backtagging - ALWAYS GOOD, Always happy to backtag! Handwaving is a thing I'm good to work out with other players as well, of course.
Hugging/Grabbing - She can't put up much resistance, but be advised that she'll react accordingly if she feels uncomfortable herself.
Injury - Anything too dire, and I'd rather we plot it out, but in general as long as I'm given fair heads up through tag narrative, I'm fine!
Mind Reading/Similar - Once again, just give a heads up, and I'll decide if it's a good idea or not. Depending on what's being 'read' however, I might send a message myself to warn about the Above Possible Issues.
As of Intro, Reira's right arm from the elbow down has 'changed'; the four bracelets representing the Natural Energy Cards have melted into the skin, until only the stones and their surrounding patterns can be seen. The arm itself is also far bulkier, clawed and scaled like Zarc's own.
She was formerly covering this arm with one of Yuusei's gloves, but because of how the bracelets melted through to her arm, her sleeve from just past the elbow down is missing, and visibly 'burned' off. She also carried her deck in her shorts pocket, and has her duel disk on her left arm. Typically, she's carrying a small pack with food, even now.
Now that more changes have come in however, Reira has stopped hiding them. She has two large 'wing-like' horns rising from her head to resemble Zarc's 'ears', and Zarc's eyes sit just beneath her own. Her arms and legs are bulky and scaled, like dragon's, and on her dueling arm four gems representing the dragons are embedded in it. She has a long, whip-like tail of 3.5 meters in length, with the first .5 at the base being covered in numerous violet and white feathers.
At the moment, she is aware of her 'Name' (Kaachoufuugetsu), but not her Sigil. She is able to teleport to whatever and whoever she imagines in her mind's eye leaving a cloud of dust, feathers, petals, and wind in her wake, and additionally has access to magic-though uncontrollably so.
She currently resides with Yuusei in his store-loft, and has been regularly pilfering furnishings for it. She has also stolen a golden comet chicken and named it 'Ray'.
Player Contact: usagisquared
Character Name: Reira Akaba
Character Account: soft_focus
Character Canon: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V (SexswapAU; See History Note)
Character History: NOTE: While it is unconfirmed and subbers are assuming male for the moment, a series of reveal tropes and language tropes combined have swayed me to the opinion that Reira is (at least biologically speaking, since they'd be entirely unaware of what 'the difference' was) a girl.
Full list of points however are: Reira, first off, is very much considered a girl's name in Japan. The romanization used for it in series (Layra) is also a girl's name, and even the dub name, curiously enough, is considered at least 'Neutral' (Riley).
Second, the 'hair reveal trope' Reira used when declaring themselves as Ray (Reira allowed Ray to possess them for the battle with Zarc) is almost exclusively reserved for women when used in anime-especially with a series like Yu-Gi-Oh.
In addition to this though, Japan doesn't really use gendered pronouns...Ever. In fact while it's clear from the animation that Reira was meant to be hiding someting, it's unclear if gender was that thing, since Reira quite likely hasn't actually been referred to even as, specifically, more than a 'sibling' so much as a brother. The time someone asks Reiji if they ARE his brother in fact, Reiji prepares to correct them for some reason. Most assume in the context and timing that he would have said 'actually, Reira is adopted'. But late series it's made clear that saying as much would have been out of character.
The final nail in the coffin however are these two points; first, more vaguely, after Reira's reincarnation in the series, they're re-introduced in a pink baby carriage...once again a colour-match trope displayed more exclusively for girls when it comes to series like Yu-Gi-Oh.
More importantly though, Reira switches from 'Boku' (Which tomboyish characters in anime use anyway, so it's often used as the 'could go either way' indicator) to 'Watashi'. While some say it could be a final nod to Reiji (who uses Watashi as a businessman), this occurs when Reira fully takes identity and choice upon themselves. They have already accepted that they have disagreements with Reiji, and even that they'll likely never see them again. More likely, this is thus Reira switching to something that they are more comfortable with, much like how they finally abandoned their sweater and hat.
TL;DR, I'm going to be apping Reira as Female, with a note considering them AU unless otherwise revealed, since subbers and viewers at this point are cautiously assuming the reveal means nothing. (Which is fair it. Is kind of a child so having this kind of discussion makes some folk feel super awkward.)
✥ Reira was born in a wartorn country that had been ravaged for decades, where her parents died at a young age. Headcanon states this location to be 'Donbass, Ukraine', due to existing educational aid efforts Japan made to this currently turmoilous area IRL when these episodes aired.
✥ For an unknown amount of time after being discovered and captured by foot soldiers, Reira was used as some form of 'tool'; as emphasis was placed on the fact that she could be given any order and still follow it, headcanon states she would have been primarily used to slip into enemy territory and gather information.
✥ When Reira is approximately 7 years old, Himika Akaba obtains knowledge of her abilities through some unknown method, adopting her in order to be used as a 'weapon' against Leo Akaba.
✥ Reira is trained through programming from cables and wires and soon officially exposed to the duel scene via the Junior division of the Maiami championships. During this time, though she expresses severe anxiety and hesitation toward most actions (and especially toward her new 'mother'), it is revealed that gestures of kindness and gifts from Reiji cause Reira to brighten and smile the minute he shows any form of genuine pride for her skills.
✥ Successfully coming out as the champion of the tournament, Reira sits in on Reiji's observation of the backdrop to the Junior Youth battle royale, formed to distract the audience from an unexpected attack from Academia. Reira watches as those who will be chosen to become the 'Lancers' manage to defeat and subdue the forces.
✥ Reira is introduced to the remaining lancers as an additional member, with the others immediately showing mixed feelings of doubt.
✥ Transport to the Synchro dimension unexpectedly causes everyone to appear in separated groups. Reira in particular finds herself with Yuuya, Shingo, and Serena. Immediately anxious without her brother present, the arrival of Synchro Security doesn't help- Security begins to overwhelm the group, but a group of duelists on motorcycles jumps the barricade and carries the four off.
✥ They're left at Crow Hogan's home, where they meet both Crow, and Crow's adopted children. Still frightened by the unfamiliar surroundings and people, Reira takes to sitting at the side, refusing to speak with everyone for a while.
✥ After a few days, Reira begins to open up-when Crow's friend Shinji arrives with sweets for the children, Crow asks if Reira wants some. Rather than immediately shying away, she quietly asks if it's an ‘order' before joining the children. When Yuuya and Crow begin an argument (smiles or food bringing happiness first). Reira anxiously refuses to pick a side, so the two start a duel.
✥ While the duel is occurring, it seems Shingo and Serena had attracted the attention of Security; everyone is immediately captured and arrested. At the last minute, Tsukikage spirits Reira away to safety and a reunion with Reiji. She stays quietly at his side until he is able to strike a deal with Synchro's council of elders.
✥ The deal being all of the lancers needing to prove themselves by participating in the Friendship Cup dueling tournament. As usual she watches the duels at Reiji’s side.
✥ When the time comes for her turn however, she runs away, finding Yuuya's room and clinging to him in fear. She refuses because her opponent would be Shinji-who gave her candy. After quietly confirming so and after ordering Tsukikage to take her place, Reiji moves to leave...sparking the fear that she has angered the person she has come to love into abandoning her. Reira runs to beg forgiveness, only to hear directly from him that he is proud of her taking a stand.
✥ When Tsukikage's duel begins however, Reiji's words to the council cause her to fear that Tsukikage is 'replacing' her in importance. She mentally curses Tsukikage, who does indeed lose- but becomes anxious when Reiji claims it was part of the plan.
✥ After the duels for the day are over, Reira and Reiji join the council, as well as Jack Atlas (the current reigning champion) for dinner. Jack notes that Reira was meant to duel, stating that he saw himself in Reira's eyes and came out from such a state with nothing but his own strength- so if Reira herself had a goal to accomplish, '[she] must not falter!'
✥ The speech not only moves Reira to focus more heavily upon herself, but allows her to understand Jack’s views. The next day, when Tsukikage escapes from the 'Underground' to pass Reiji information about what is happening, Reira apologizes then declares she wishes to help fight Academia properly- and needs Tsukikage to pass a message to Yuuya. The message is what she learned from Jack-that Yuuya must find his own unique meaning and power, rather than copying what others have done for him.
✥ Jean-Michel Roger of the Synchro Security Bureau starts to rebel against the Council and imprison them within the building. Reira and Reiji are both seemingly trapped, but Reiji begins a duel against those barring the way when Serena and Yuugo finish their match-Reira is ordered to use the chance to escape...and most importantly to keep Serena from being taken underground.
✥ Reira arrives just as Security doses Serena with nerve gas- but in time to duel them for the sake of keeping Serena out of their hands. The tournament continues alongside a covert invasion from Academia.
✥ When Academia locates them, Reira defeats three of Obelisk Force soldiers soundly to encourage Tsukikage to leave and get the rest of the Lancers. Unfortunately, after nine more soldiers, Reira begins to weaken and suffer a PTSD break, hallucinating the soldiers as the gas mask-wearing men from her homeland. Yuuya arrives on a D-Wheel to enter the duel and protect him and Serena, but is soon forced into a duel with Barrett. Reira is unable to face the additional soldiers that arrive- but Sora steps in to stop them.
✥ More people enter the fray; as all four of the dimensional dragons belonging to the facial doubles come on the field, Reira begins to sense their great rage and energy, and grows terrified. Yuzu arrives just in time for her bracelet to force Yuugo and Yuuri out of the dimension, calming most of the air. Reira is helpless to keep a defeated Barrett from warping Serena to the Fusion dimension, while Sergey steals Yuzu away.
✥ Because Sora tried to protect them, Reira clings to him, having become attached to him. It is revealed that in the meantime, Commons has now started a rebellion however- the riots to trigger another form of Reira's PTSD relapses; the girl nearly rushes to join the fray, snarling that she'll 'destroy all of them', but she is picked up and prevented from this by Shun, who calms her down then brings them all to the Council building. Reira is allowed to rush forward and reunite with Reiji by hugging him tight.
✥ The tournament is still on; Reira faces some of the Security officers still trying to capture them, forcing herself to conquer her fear and PTSD relapse in order to successfully defeat them and impress Jack-who is watching from above. She then witnesses Yuuya challenge Jack for their final match, and as the two duel, Reira leaves with Reiji to charge after Jean-Michel.
✥ Yuuya wins his duel, but in the meantime, Reiji and Reira pursue Jean, who is dragging Yuzu with him and has defeated Sora and Tsukikage both. As they come to the chamber that Reiji will have to face Jean in, Reiji pushes Reira out of the room, Tsukikage and Reira remain locked out until the other lancers arrive supporting Sora-who is able to crack the system keeping the door shut.
✥ While Reiji locks Jean in a permanent loop that forces their eternal loss, Jean refuses to accept it. In a fit of mad rage, he activates a device that will open a wormhole through the dimensions, intending to throw the entire city into the void between them. Reira is nearly blown away with most of the others, but Reiji clings to her and keeps her from falling through, until the wormhole finally collapses and ceases to function. They are left unsure of where their friends have been teleported, and so decide to attempt to help rebuild the city.
✥ The remaining Lancers are encouraged, however, to continue their promised duty as 'Lancers'; defeat Leo. They travel to the Fusion Dimension and procure a speedboat. They rescue Gongenzaka, Sawatari, and Yuuya from pirate and eventually arrive on the island of Duel Academia. She, Reiji, and Sora charge ahead to the building itself, while the remaining duelists are directed to distract the soldiers that would have otherwise gotten in their way.
✥ Along the way, Reira and the others run into Yusho and Asuka-as well as Yuuri. Asuka and Sora lock themselves in the corridor with Yuuri so that the trio can still face off with Leo.
✥ Reira listens as Leo explains about the 'Original Dimension' then the history of Zarc and Ray. She becomes overwhelmed by the growing anger and darkness Zarc's counterparts are releasing into the air. The pressure of Yuuya going berserk under Zarc's darkness finally causes her to pass out, remaining that way even after Yusho forces the duel to end via illegal card.
✥ Reira wakes after coming into contact with Ray's spirit; and when she does, insists to Reiji that Ray wants to be revived in order to stop Zarc. The two argue about the matter, before Reira finally challenges her brother to a duel, with Ray's spirit at her side. Reira nearly beats him, but Reiji manages to win.
✥ Yuuri arrives through a broken wall and the two watch Yusho’s duel with Yuuri. It calms Yuuya, but Yusho is defeated in the end. Yuuya (merged with Yuto’s spirit) steps up to face Yuuri (merged with Yuugo) and defeats him, but Reira thus watches in horror alongside everyone else as Zarc's desires overwhelm Yuuya into assimilating the other counterpart and once more to become the 'Supreme King Dragon Zarc'.
✥ Reira manages to feel the presence of Ray again, and hears her voice as the attack begins; confirming with Reiji that Leo is still inside Academia, she rushes inside in order to find them, with Reiji forced to follow after.
✥ Leo intends to use the four cards that Ray used against Zarc, to redivide the dimensions; Reira begs for Reiji to save Leo to that end, claiming that if Leo truly succeeds in sacrificing himself, it won't make Reiji happy. Ray calls Reira to Arc-V, where the girl enters and meets with Ray's spirit. In order to bring Ray to Zarc, Reira tells her to use her body, and possess it.
✥ They move to face Zarc. Reira throws aside her hooded jacket and cap to reveal her hair and face in full, as well as Ray's presence. Together they manage to bring the 'Natural Energy Cards' Leo attempted to activate back onto the field. Yuzu from within Ray pleads for Yuuya to reawaken from within Zarc. He does and the Natural Energy cards are used defeat Zarc just as they had before.
✥ Reira however, insists that she will not allow Zarc to simply split into four with the boys again. While the four boys will exist, Reira forces Ray out and seals Zarc within herself instead, in order to house and be reborn with it when the dimensions re-settle into four.
✥ In canon, Reira succeeds; as the dimensions were already still divided when the duel ended, Reira is reborn an infant, but does not split into pieces, and more importantly, holds Zarc's soul deep within her own. Reira's canon point however is such that while she has successfully trapped Zarc within herself, she has not yet been reborn...
....The Joyous Order hit the Jackpot, apparently. But at least that means Reira has some nifty bracelets.
Character Personality: Reira's character arc in Arc V is a subtle one to start, heralded by the gentle surprise of an existing backstory, and then the strong astonishment of it being taken seriously. Initially assumed to be a frightened and shy child, it turns out that Reira carried far more weight than that in their past; in fact, due to Reira's background, she suffered from severe PTSD, displaying the 'Fawn' and 'Freeze' characteristics of child abuse. She was someone who, for the sake of protecting herself, came to 'forget' emotion, to forget what she desired. If she could carry out the commands of others, and stay alive, that was all that mattered, and this state left her in a perpetually dull-or at best frightened-state of mind.
Interaction with her adoptive brother Reiji, as well as Reiji's Lancers however, allow Reira to begin opening up. They teach her that not everything is 'orders', that it is okay to want things, and pursue those things. A key example of this is when Reira fearfully refuse to duel someone who gave her candy earlier in the series-Reiji has Tsukikage duel in her place, and Reira ends up frantically chasing after Reiji, pleading that she would do whatever he asked, if he could only not be upset with her. Reiji insisted that he was proud however-resulting in Reira's second canon smile in the entire series to that point.
Re-developing a sense of emotions was a rocky road for Reira of course. For a time she was severely jealous of Tsukikage, perceiving him as 'more important' than her to Reiji. After hearing Jack Atlas' words on chasing after what one desires and not giving up however, and after witnessing more duels on the race track, Reira comes to realize where such thoughts of jealousy were wrong. There is a constant back and forth that always ends in one thing. No matter how terrified or reactionary her PTSD episodes leave her, Reira wishes to do the right thing. She loves her brother-and she comes to love Yuuya and the others as well steadily gaining courage to face her enemies and block out the flashbacks of PTSD.
And she would do anything for her friends, now.
At the end of the series, Reira notably mirrors to an extent, how the character has developed in other games I have played in. Reira doesn't quite open up entirely, of course-but she begins to assert herself, and her beliefs, smiling and cheering more openly, but more importantly coming to recognize where a great sacrifice is necessary. Reira is, and always has been, an Empath. She is highly sensitive to the darkness in Zarc's heart, but more importantly, to the voice of Ray within 'ARC-V', and her trust in this voice propels her to chase after possibly the most difficult decision she's ever made. Throughout the series, Reira was defined by following Reiji. At the end, Reira makes the stand and choice to help Ray to stop Zarc for good by not only fighting Reiji, but defying the wills of nearly everyone present. It is fortunate that Reiji accepts this reality-it enforces what Reira is coming to know and realize, that a sense of self, and a sense of 'rebellion' for what they believe is right, is acceptable.
It costs Reira her life, as she tells Ray to use her body in the fight against Zarc, and then in the final moment as Ray is forced to return to ARC-V, use her body again to seal Zarc within her for good.
Wild ride that it is, over all, Reira is a quiet young girl, observant and intelligent where others have failed due to mistrust. For all that she seemed wary at the start of the series, Reira is capable of great trust, able to sense the good in others, and open herself to them in turn. Thanks to the coaxing of her brother and friends, she is more importantly beginning to harden her will to do good. To keep them safe, to keep their families safe, and to share 'smiles' and 'joy' with others, as Yuuya in particular so believed. Her fear for standing up for herself lingers, but only barely, as evidenced by the symbolic casting aside of her coat and hat. No more does she hide; instead, she stands and fights for what represents hope, and life, and love. ...Even if it costs her existence.
At the core, she is perhaps too kind. Reira did not hesitate to allow Ray into her body. She did not hesitate to seal Zarc, surprising even Ray-these decisions were her own, and she was aware of the consequences of 'rebirth'. It is perhaps likely she was aware the entire time, given her increasingly insisting words to Reiji that Ray was his real sister, and that he needed to forgive Leo (Reiji's father) for his actions. Once Reira was gone, Leo and Himika would be Reiji's family again, after all.
And Reira in the end, would far rather forgivness prevail, than subject others to the fear and lonliness she once dealt with.
BONUS: As Reira sealed Zarc inside herself before coming in, and Zarc is under typical circumstances 'inappable', here's a little bit on Reira's 'hitchhiker'!
Reira sealed Zarc within her body in canon, and beyond her canon point that soul is Very Much still there. They're trying to put it to rest now. Zarc however, is the originator of the boys Yuuya, Yuuto, Yuugo, and Yuuri; once a duelist who could speak to the spirits of duel monsters, and someone with desires as pure as Yuuya's own, a series of events would fling Zarc into crushing insanity, a great craving for power to satisfy himself where it could not. As Zarc dueled in the great battle at the end of the series, it is revealed that more than just going mad over appeasing a blood thirsty crowd, Zarc inherited the rage of the monsters he took with him when he merged his entire being with the dragons. He desires nothing more than the destruction of the world, and actively pursued it, his eyes set on nothing but becoming the ultimate thing in existence-the absolute 'ruler' and 'champion' of the razed land... 'As (the audience) demands'. To that end, he fears loss (and Death) above anything, childishly flying into rage when such a matter is brought to his attention.
Tl;dr audience cheers over him shedding blood, Zarc tries to ramp up the violence, dragons get upset, Zarc is already too lost in making a happy audience to notice, and now ZarcDragons becomes the ultimate in 'ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!?!!1!'
Noted Abilities: Reira retains a few abilities and objects coming in. First, her duel disk, which can project an action field and solid holograms; these are however, incapable of dealing actual damage. The 'En' Cards used to seal Zarc away have become one with her via the Four Bracelets, which will merge into her arm upon arrival. (It's ~Symbolic~)
Reira is a strong empath, sensitive to the darkness of negative emotions in particular, but also able to hear powerful spirits where others cannot. It is something limited to actual range however, much like a voice over the radio.
From Zarc, Reira inherits the ability to speak with Duel Spirits...but this isn't likely to do much, since chances are when your monsters are things like living swords and armor sets, they don't have much to say.
Monster Assignment: PLAYER PICK: Celestial
Formerly belonging to a number of others within Ryslig, the various hands it passed through each vanished until the castle itself seemed to vanish from the world as well. Standing some distance from the shore of Lake Dala in the middle of the water, the bridge that once led to it has even crumbled due to various events, most notably including the heavy rainfall of recent months loosening the earth supporting its already fragile pillars; from there it only took one wrong move from some monsters before it collapsed into the pool below.
Since then, however, its alternate entrance has been discovered; bearing an undersea tunnel to its basement, the kelpies Reira and Ron have since claimed it as their 'club house' (though if some other waterborne or even airborne monster claimed it for themselves, they would not likely argue). For the moment, the structure has little to lend to this fact; a few toys have been brought in, and the start of seashell collections and such, but otherwise much of what is inside the castle is the same as when it belonged to the original owners.
The Basement, compared to the rest of the castle, is quite large. Bearing many pillars to support the upper levels, much of it is water and 'shore', with just enough area that the beginnings of a laboratory had been started. The stairs leading upward can be found here, and they appear to take one into the main castle building, from which one can access the main floor, courtyard, and upper areas.
From the Courtyard in particular, the ruinous stump that is the bridge can be seen. Windows from the rooms nearby overlook this area, and thanks to a lack of attention, the foilage here has become overgrown and untamed-leading to only more wear and age on the already waterdamaged building.
Inside the building's Main Floor itself, there are a number of rooms with relatively destroyed furnishings and ruined wallpaper scraps. Some show evidence that they were being repurposed into living areas; others in particular have been made into more elaborate forts by the boys, creating various chair and desk tents that they crawl around with relative ease next to the adults. There is also, most notably, a kitchen; though the old-style ovens and fire bits have definitely not seen use for some time, same as the water pump (which currently spews some sort of green sludge if someone attempts to use it).
Entering the Second Floor, there is access to a few bedrooms and likely living areas. Much like the ones below however, they're ruined beyond recognition, and while one may have been some sort of 'trophy' room with hunting prizes, what has been preserved there is still quite ruined by age, being dusted and browned on all edges. (The various displays of fencing frogs and otherwise accurately presented creatures of both mundane and abnormal origin however are nonetheless still 'cool' to look at, even if it looks like someone may have messed up a few times with the stuffing process)
Towers face the opposite end of the courtyard, flanking the bridge stump. Since there are two, the boys have rather cleverly both claimed one for themselves-even if one of them prefers staying in the other's most of the time. Each tower contains a large bedroom itself, with windows facing the courtyard and only the courtyard. They also seem to have stairwells that immediately access the water, much like the castle basement, making immediate entry to one or the other quite easy.
There is no modern plumbing or electricity in the castle at the moment, however; lighting must be done with torches and lanterns, while the toilets are very much a straight-forward 'drop into the lake' matter (though thankfully there is still a pipe sending such things in a specific direction). Maybe it's a good thing the kitchen pump is backed up with algae.
REIRA AKABA | KELPIE
Wings ● A hold over from her time and purchase while a Wendigo, Reira has two large blue feathered wings on her back. Typically remaining folded, she sometimes uses them to give herself an extra boost on both land and under water, the resulting pressure from each flap propelling her greatly. These wings are present on all of her forms. After her trip to Lake Fors however, she had to regrow these wings within the Arcade; as a result, a large portion of them are made of metal, with feathers dangling off.
Thick, Seaweed-like Hair ● As a Kelpie, Reira's hair and wool grow relatively quick-however, it is also very seaweed like. Her wool in particular is a green coloured form of red algae-her hair, now able to remain long and moisturized outside of the water in the meantime, is actual sea grass, and even bears flowers in it at times.
Patterned & Tinted Skin ● Matching his hair, Reira's skin has taken a greenish tint, with a few lighter splotches over her body every now and then. This patterning and colour is matched by the short and 'grass-like' fur on her legs, which (like her hair) grows relatively quick. Shearing this fur, in fact, allows to make for very nice, and incredibly waterproof wool.
Thick Nails & Hooves ● Reira's legs are like Alpaca legs, and thus, she has hooves just as she did while a wendigo. Her finger nails however, are certainly not claws; while not normal, they are merely thicker, and darker, as if her fingers are 'hooved'. This is more evident in her Centaur form; where her fore-limbs and upper hands both become four to three fingered, with the final joint appearing to be 'hooved'.
Taller Stature & Gangling Limbs ● Reira is a full foot taller than he was as a wendigo, bringing her to an astonishing 5'6'' (and growing) in her typical form. Her height, curiously, does not change while a Centaur-but her anatomy is quite visibly 'stretched', with her torso barely appearing any longer than it originally did while her limbs are in contrast quite gangling.
Pointed Ears & Alpaca-like Features ● Reira's ears are pointed-but not only that, they are very long. Sitting where human ears would be, they flop downward like some young Alpaca's do, and are covered in the same grassy fuzz that her legs are. Aside from this, Reira has rather inhuman eyes, bearing not only a slightly elongated pupil, but impressively long lashes on top of that. Her nose, as well, is somewhat flattened, and occasionally she twitches it out of nervousness.
Sharp Needle-like Teeth & Heightened Senses ● Hidden within Reira's mouth are a set of incredibly sharp and needle-like teeth, easily able to tear and shred at prey; combined with this however, are fairly heightened senses. ...Or at least underwater. Above water, her hearing is quite good, with her ability to see in the dark not quite on par with her original wendigo self, but still better than they would have been as a human. Beneath the water it's much the same however, making it easy for Reira to navigate the depths.
Seaweed Tendrils & Sticking Skin ● Running down along her back and gradually growing longer until they hit the bottom, Reira has a large number of tendrils, almost like a mane. The clutch near the end are so long that they often coil into a 'tail' of sorts-but make no mistake. Once she's in her Centaur or Horse form, these tendrils are much more massive, and their prehensility can be used more effectively to ensare prey. (In her regular form, they're better off for mundane matters)
While her tendrils are a bit awkward to use in human form, they are not her only tool for drowning. Reira has a sticking skin, and if touched and shocked all in one go, whoever is touching will find themselves stuck! This stickiness is absent from her wings, and she can release the hold if calmed down.
Her other form however, is possibly her greatest form for traveling about, and one she's relatively comfortable in. Her centaur form is a true blend between her alpaca self and human self, with wool and tendrils crawling up her upper body like velvet. Her face is far more visibly changed in this state, and she can even bring her arms to he ground for a sprint.
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REIRA AKABA | WENDIGO
CURRENT INFORMATION | TRANSFORMATION COMPLETE
● Death — Wendigo are undead, and Reira is no different. The first time he died (which counted for his change total), he simply experienced slow heart failure, passing in his 'sleep' beneath a tree. The second however (which is counted), he was swallowed whole by Hiro while the boy was a faerie--as a result, he soon became crushed under his own unintentional magic, and revived hours later in the fog as a Wendigo again.
● Elongated Fangs — As a Wendigo, Reira's incisors in particular are long and sharp; while all of his teeth leave a mark, his incisors are so large that his mouth has internally formed itself around them. Each one is over an inch long, and they're perfect for holding prey in place after he catches them.
● Clawed, padded hands — While teeth help, Reira's claws are vital for his skills as a hunter--as well as his desire to play. His hands are padded almost like a bear's, with large, thick claws at the end. These claws do not retract--and in fact the quick within them runs right near to the tip, making it difficult to get them any shorter than they already are. Despite this, Reira seems able to handle delicate actions with his hands very easily.
● Antlers — Where many wendigo have antlers bearing at least three points, if not a full rack, Reira's antlers are those of the Pudu deer; single spire growths that only sit a few inches long, these antlers are good for single strikes to the gut, but not much else! They won't be growing any larger either, nor will they ever gain additional points.
● Deer Ears/facial features — While most of his face remains his own, Reira bears a set of large furry deer ears which swivel toward most sounds that catch his attention. His nose is also padded similarly to a deer's now, but most notable are his tear ducts; pudu scent mark using tears, and Reira's ducts have changed accordingly, creating a very distinctive look to his eyes.
● Fur over Body — Aside from his face, as well as his throat, Reira is almost entirely covered in fur. This fur is largely brown, with an underside of cream, but it carries a 'chinchilla effect'. What this means is that much of the fur seems to gradiate, with the brown in particular showing off this effect. A pattern of cream and silver also runs over his arms and back however, blending with the 'fawn spots' he has all over it. This pattern is more obvious in the winter, when he has more fur over his body.
● Long tail, Thick mane — In addition to the thick fur covering him, Reira's hair has also become fur--silvery, with the same chinchilla effect, but far thicker and longer. This fur creates his mane, and it grows as far down as the middle of his back, between his wings and bone spikes. His tail is also incredibly long; longer than he is tall in fact, though it only exceeds this length by a few inches. The tail is fluffiest at the end, and it moves according to his emotions--but more chiefly, aids in balance while climbing, flying, or even running.
● Bone Spikes — While he formerly had an impressive set of them across his back, Reira's wings have since replaced most of them. Now, aside from the overgrowth of spikes from his spine, he also has rather impressive prongs coming out from his shoulders, near the neck; it is almost as if they are making up for his lack of antler points! Eeriely, it resembles a collar of bones.
● Hooved Feet — In addition to restructuring themselves more like a deer's legs, Reira now has feet replaced by hooves--technically standing on his toes now. It means no shoes, and Reira can't say that he minds!
● Golden Eyes — Reira's very eyes have changed colour, a feature more notable than even the slight widening of his irises. The gold, curiously, is the exact same shade that Shun Kurosaki's own eyes took; a brilliant colour that shines in the dark, creating an eerie effect when light hits at the wrong angle.
● Mountain Rune — Reira bears a rather curious set of runes which are difficult to notice; various locations over his body that would have lined up with medical sensors are marked with a circular patch of colour, with all of them connected by lines. In the darkness, if they have been exposed to enough light, they give off a faint glow--so faint that the human eye cannot detect it.
● Wings — Having enjoyed flight as a fairy, Reira requested wings of Tikbalang; as such, his former 'wing-like' bone spikes have been replaced with broad, enormous wings capable of carrying his weight through all forms. These wings resemble those of the goshawk, and allow for easy maneuvering through the woods that Reira so frequents. However, they are largely silver and blue in colour, even bearing spotting along certain parts of the back to match his fur. Alongside all of this, his mountain rune has spread to his wings; each one bears a large 'Eye' that is only ever clear in night.
● Increased Strength — As a monster, Reira's strength has increased significantly; while he certainly cannot face an adult monster on his own, he could easily battle with the average human, or even as many as four to five depending on their size and weight! At the least, he can lift a car (if he tries at any rate).
● Heightened Senses — Reira's senses have been improved across the board for the most part thanks to being a wendigo; scent, hearing, and even taste (though the latter just means he prefers meaty dishes). The best of all however are his eyes; sensitive to the slightest movement in the dark, he may not be able to see especially far, but he can certainly see everything around him in clearer detail than most any other.
● Paralyzing Stare — Wendigo have a unique ability, one which Reira has as well. By making eye contact, he uncontrollably instills a great amount of fear in the other until he blinks, locking the victim in place with cold terror.
● Immunity to Cold — Being corpses covered in fur, it isn't surprising that Reira is immune to the cold. While the cold brings no ill effects to him however, he still dislikes it quite a bit ('warm' is nice, 'cold' is 'empty'), which prompts him to seek the warmth out long before the cold.
● Icy Touch — An ability that Reira very rarely exhibits, his Icy Touch manifests largely in his feet and in his bite; aside from causing frostbite in a wound if he holds a bite for too long, ice also comes from beneath his feet if he stands still for a certain period of time. It also trails behind him while he runs, though this ability seems to only trigger while he is running.
● Hunger Cravings — Unlike most monsters, a hunger for human flesh is not the only hunger Reira experiences. While he requires the meat all the same, eating it at least twice a month, he in fact craves food constantly--a craving that can never be sated, in fact. For the most part, he eats other meats when he can, though he keeps loose record of portions and timing so that his starvation does not end up bloating him.
● Sunlight Weakness — While Reira's eyes are highly tuned to the darkness, it brings an incredible drawback with the sun; anything brighter than the light of dawn and dusk could potentially blind him, and strong streetlights are even painful to stare at. To counter this, Reira wears goggles, which allows him to wander about during the morning and afternoon hours; since they cannot prevent the searing pain of High Noon however, he tends to sleep through that period of time, also sleeping through the latest hours of the night. He is thus considered crepuscular.
● Silver & Fire Weakness — Wendigo are weak to silver much like weres are, but without blood to carry toxins along, the burning sensation it brings is far stronger. Prolonged contact causes first a rash, and then a serious rot that cannot be easily healed thanks to being undead! Fire however, is far worse; being too close leaves effects similar to a sunburn, and if Reira were to be set aflame, he could burn to ashes within mere moments!
● Pudu Deer Form — Matching the antlers upon his head, Reira is able to take the form of a tiny Pudu fawn--a creature no larger than a kitten. This deer has been nicknamed the 'Andean Mountain Goat' however; so not only is Reira able to run at remarkable speed like this, but he can climb in places where flying is otherwise impossible, just like when he's in normal form. His clothes are not lost when taking this form either, which makes switching shapes far easier now. While in this form, his eye-spots are still present on the wings, but his rune shifts to instead also show an eye similar to that of 'CC One-Eyed Past Eye' over his thigh.
● Fog Form — In stark contrast to his normal form, Reira's rarely seen Fog Form (as his alliance with the 4th God makes this an optional change) is nigh demonic. His mane thickens to the point where it could rival a lion's, and his tail gains a matching silver tip, with bone spikes even creating a sharp spur within it. The spikes on his back become wild and untamed, and come out from even his wings, which still manage to retain flight capability. The weight however forces him to slouch; so even while he gains a foot in height and an added point to his antlers, he still seems to stand at the same height as before. What stands out most however, is his face and pattern. His face itself extends into a full deer snout, with his teeth becoming too large for his mouth to remain closed. Instead of the playful mosaic he normally carries for patterning, his fur goes black and white over the face and middle, resembling a skeleton--a look that naturally draws the eye to his own in the fog, guaranteeing the paralyzing stare has some effect.
● Fourth-Alterations — As a loyal follower of the Fourth God, Elias attempted to try to remove the multitude of problems with Reira's Fog Form in addition to weakening its influence; he unfortunately had to 'trade off' as a result. While Reira does not take Fog Form as a requirement, he now takes it as he approaches a Berserk Point in his hunger, and the form itself has changed significantly; bearing metal plates and cogs to make his movement easier, as well as a ticking clock over where a once beating heart would have been.
● Cybernetic Appearance — As a symbol of his alliance to the 4th God, Reira's runes now resemble the very cables and sensors they represented; these cables are constantly aglow with a neon effect, though his fur tends to dampen the intensity of them.
● 4th Granted Ability (Minor): Vocal Mimicry — One of the abilities granted to Reira as a follower is the ability to mimic other voices, twisting sounds he has heard into new phrases. The downside is that a static-like effect occasionally comes over the voice, revealing it to be a possible false lure.
● 4th Granted Ability (Standard): Frost-Like — A powerful ability, Reira is able to take the form of an icy wind, and even move about while doing so; however, he cannot take things with him, and worst of all, the combined energy it takes to perform this spell along with the immediate emptying of his stomach leave him on the brink of a Hunger Rage; if he does not eat within 24 hours of using this ability, he will enter a Berserk State. Additionally, he cannot re-use the ability until he has eaten.
● Adept Ability: Zombie Creation — Having ritualistically achieved Adept Status before the God's Reform of their gifts, Reira also has the ability to take a bite out of a freshly killed corpse and command it until the sun rises. This gives a total limit of approximately six hours, and while he does not have to kill the body himself, he has yet to use this ability. When time runs out, he feels impressively hungry.
coinscurrent: 100 | spent: 210
☠ death countdeaths: 2
1st changeHeart stops, now needs Flesh | June 28 2015
Teeth & Antlers begin growth | June 29 2015
Hooves for feet
2nd changeTail begins growth; 6in long | July 14 2015
Teeth & Antlers still growing
Gains travel form; Pudu fawn | July 14 2015
(Takes form when startled)
3rd changeTail grows to full foot long | July 25 2015
Hair replaced by fur, leg
fur reaches knees
Legs more deer-like
Antlers velvet & full size
Teeth replaced, growing in
ears start to point
Cold immunity kicks in
Velvet growth over deer ears | July 27 2015
Nails sharpen into claws,
grow along with other
Heightened senses start
to develop, as well as
takes travel form when
alarmed, but controls
when to turn back.
4th changeTail grows to length of 2 ft | Aug. 14 2015
'Mane' grows 4+ inches,
fur reaches thighs
Legs now final shape
Antlers shed velvet
Fangs are now at full length
Ears fully deer-like
Senses heighten more
Night vision slightly improves,
eyes adjust slow to light
Pupils widen slightly
Claws grow swiftly
Claws reach full length, and | Aug. 18 2015
Darken to solid black
Irises begin going gold
Silver weakness at peak
Begins controlling travel
Hunting instinct begins,
in the form of 'play'
5th changeTail grows to length of 4 ft | Aug. 30 2015
'Mane' grows 4+ inches,
fur covers legs
Fur coats lower back
Hands are padded &
Forearms are furred
Ears gain mobility
Senses heighten more
Night vision greatly improves,
eyes sting in bright light
Antlers in full form
Bone growths come in
Paralyzing Stare trait is in | Sept. 1 2015
Irises become half gold
Fire weakness begins
Near total control over travel
Hunting instinct is strong,
able to catch small game
Last changeTail bulks up, +bone growths | Sep. 12 2015
Mane grows along back,
fur gains pattern
Eyes are 'Shun Gold' &
gain deer traits
Claws merge with fingers
Nose is deer-like
Senses & weaknesses
reach their peak;
sunlight forces Reira to
Prefers fresh, raw meats
Bone growths trail down back | Sep. 12 2015
Fur covers whole body
Fire weakness begins
Absolute control over travel
Hunting instinct is strong,
able to catch most game
|273 ITHAQUA ST. APT 16|
|THE BUILDING||FLOORPLAN & DETAILS||MINOR ROOMS||MAIN ROOMS||THE BEDROOMS|
|♦ NEIGHBORHOOD & NEIGHBORS|
♦ GENERAL BUILDING DETAILS
♦ TOP FLOOR
♦ THE ROOF
|♦ APARTMENT LAYOUT|
♦ WALLS & FLOORING
♦ UTILITIES OF NOTE
|♦ FOYER & ENTRANCE|
♦ STORAGE & LAUNDRY
♦ LINEN & FABRICS CLOSET
♦ GREAT ROOM
|♦ KURT'S ROOM|
♦ REIRA'S ROOM
The neighborhood Kurt and Reira live in is considered a relatively 'safe' one as far as humans go; ordinarily this would make things a bit more awkward for monsters, but it seems that Kurt's immediately passive nature may have swayed the neighbors somewhat--useful, when a horseman decides to suddenly make your apartment building symmetrical instead of asymmetrical and blocks off someone's fancy penthouse balcony. It seems said neighbors are alarmingly fine with this however (likely because they have...Another. Balcony.); they in fact have set up a system to string a clothes line between the windows so that both sides can dry their laundry easier.
Kurt overall leaves a continually pleasant attitude in the building, and has a habit of joining in with the small parties hosted for the residents; whether or not the residents themselves are counting on him to keep other monsters at bay is unknown. As it is, these parties are generally hosted in the building's rec room, which is located on the main floor; other rooms down here are simply other apartment buildings, as well as the landlord's office. Originally the building, as noted above, was asymmetrical, with the landlord's own home forming a sort of penthouse at the top. The building itself is about 7 stories tall (not including the initial, department level), and the numbering system for apartments is...odd.
Rather than the expected system of Floor number-0-apartment number, apartments are instead numbered 'bottom to top' (so the lower apartments begin with 7, the second floor with 6, and so on). Since Kurt's apartment technically wasn't part of the initial plan, it thus takes a number according to the floor beneath it, which had five rather large apartments; '1-6' (or '16' as it is listed on the address boxes). The Landlord's apartment is simply numbered '0'.
Aside from the penthouse, the upper floor originally only had an elevator, as well as a staircase, which was formerly locked for safety reasons. Only the elevator needs a key now, while a gate has been set between the Landlord's apartment and the remaining hall; stairs to the roof are on the other side of this. Compared to Kurt's apartment, which was added to fill the small space this left on the otherwise asymmetrical building, the Landlord's apartment was quite large; double, if not more than double, the size, though considering the fact that he is a married man with children, this is likely understandable. As it is, it is implied that the penthouse has a back entrance, as there are occasions where the gate is left untouched for a number of days. (The gate as well is coated in silver; the landlord may say he trusts his neighbor, but safety comes first!)
At present, only the landlord has access to the roof. There really isn't anything up there anyway, though. ...Yet...
|FLOORPLAN & DETAILS|
Kurt's apartment is a somewhat cramped space, made doubly so by the fact that both he and Reira are wendigo; for Kurt this means twisting his head awkwardly through each door, and fumbling with his legs, while Reira himself simply has less room to really move around (the advantages of being small). In order to have the space for a 'great room' (chairs, coffee table, etc), the kitchen counter has a small set of bar chairs along the side where the two eat. The apartment otherwise has a tiny storage area, small bedrooms for each, a washroom, and then finally a balcony from which they dry their laundry.
Since the apartment was 'commissioned' by Tikbalang, the interior design is needless to say...his choice. Curiously enough, the papering in Reira's room is still somewhat fitting, being covered with blue carousel horses. The papering in other rooms run from horse heads to strange spiralling patterns whose details are difficult to make out without staring for hours on end.
Only rooms without wallpaper along them are the back wall of the Kitchen--which is instead tile (some of which are marked with hooves), and the bathroom, which also has tile along the walls near the shower. The flooring in those rooms is tile as well; in the other rooms however, it is hardwood, which makes it a bit tricky to walk around (hooves do not have much traction on such smooth surfaces at all!!)
An unfortunate and unexpected backfire came with the apartment, one which didn't quite manifest until later, is the windows. The landlord prides his building's ability to give the tenants as much sun as they need, which means as many windows as is structurally sound. As Kurt and Reira are both Wendigo, this is an impressive issue; Tikbalang left them no curtains, which means that unless Kurt fixes this issue quick enough, they'll risk going entirely blind just by opening their eyes during the daylight hours.
As with most homes in Bavan, electricity runs through the apartment, along with plumbing. Water and power are thus both utilities that Kurt is required to pay to the Landlord, (with rent being another matter altogether). The pipes, thankfully, have no issue--though using the stove gets a bit tricky when it's open flame, and you are fatally weak to fire!!
Currently, while they have electricity, they do not have a television, or nearly as many lamps as noted on the floorplan; they do however, have a radio, which is often tuned into certain story-programs.
The entry to the apartment is curiously spacious to some perhaps, or at least until one actually sees the wendigo both standing there. The hall is thankfully wide enough for a naga to pass through, though really if you can't pass through that, you can't pass through the door. As both residents are wendigo of course, there is no shoe rack; there is, however, a bristle-hedgehog, which was given to them by one of the apartment residents as a move-in gift with the idea that they could use it to scrape off any grime from their hooves. (It works.)
In addition to the hedge hog, there is also a small coat-rack; once again, there is little here, save for raincoats for both, and eventually a winter coat for Reira, as both boys are immune to the cold (but in the case of the latter, still fond of heat).
The storage closet is a tiny room, which can barely be considered 'storage'. Inside there is a small washing machine which Kurt managed to scrape together the funds for, along with other cleaning tools such as a broom, mop, and vacuum (for rugs). Because of this however, Kurt has to essentially empty the closet in order to do laundry.
The second closet in the foyer is more likely intended to have been where coats ACTUALLY went, but Kurt instead uses it for other purposes; in addition to storing any spare linen for the bedrooms, it is where the vast majority of the fabrics for his side job are kept, stacked neatly and organized as best as possible. Towels, however, are kept in the bathroom..
Just barely large enough to perhaps sit a chair on the one side, the balcony is used mostly for laundry purposes; after the apartment appeared there, the Landlord created a deal with them, stringing a long clothes-line system between the two railings. As a result, they occasionally either gain or lose a shirt.
The washroom is a simple one, with the bare basics enclosed inside; there is a shower/bath off to the side, and across from the sink can be found a small closet, within which towels and other supplies such as for cleaning can be stored. Since Reira and Kurt are both furred, and Kurt in particular stands firmly by the idea of keeping clean, they go through a lot of shampoo to say the least.
Aside from everything, there is also a small stool folded beside the sink, which Reira uses to be able to use it and see in the mirror.
The kitchen is somewhat narrowly fashioned, with things arranged such that it is impossible to walk around anything when the oven door is open; there are a number of cabinets within the tiled area of the room thankfully, and the sink is just large enough that a large pot can be set inside for washing (though it is still quite awkward).
The counter with the sink built into it is wider than normal however, as it is also what serves as the kitchen table. On the wood portion of the 'kitchen', there are three bar-chairs lined up along the counter, where people can sit and eat. Rather unfortunately, as with most any area of the house, there is a window shining directly onto said counter--and the glass balcony door is just behind them.
Attached to the kitchen, the great room is by far the most well lit room in the apartment, much to Kurt's eventual chagrin. It is loosely furnished when the apartment is first acquired--there is a loveseat, and two matching chairs, both patterned with a design of plants which rather curiously resemble horsetail grass. There is also a tall radio, which stands between the doors to Reira and Kurt's rooms, and behind the loveseat is a desk and chair where Kurt is able to do much of his sewing work (most particularly after he gets a sewing machine.
Eventually there is also a floor rug, a coffee table, a number of lamps, and a television here as well, along with a small bookshelf.
Kurt's bedroom is patterned with another curious and unknown wallpaper, and rather unfortunately for him is also the bedroom with the most windows. It came with a cushioned bench in one of the corners, with shelves in the base--the bench being built in completely. Aside from that, he has his bed, wardrobe for clothes, and a small dressing table/desk with a stool, where paper work and such is often done if he wants Reira to be unaware of his actions. There is also a side table, and eventually an accompanying lamp; though there is not much room to store anything on it.
Reira's room is about as large as Kurt's, with half the risk--literally, it has half as many windows thanks to the fortunate fact that it is located between Kurt's room and the washroom (Though the washroom itself still remains the only room in the apartment without windows). Inside Reira's room is much the same furnishings as in Kurt's; there is a wardrobe, a dressing table/desk with accompanying stool, and a small side table with a lamp. Reira's bed however is far smaller than Kurt's, as the boy will never have need for anything larger than a child's bed. It has also been curtained; both beds are four posters. Additionally, instead of a corner bench as in Kurt's room, Reira's room has a rocking chair in the corner, and Kurt often finds himself falling asleep there when trying to keep an eye on Reira.
Bucky said a handler is someone who you're loyal to, that's really strong. Since loyal means someone you trust, that means Niisama is probably mine, right? Niisama isn't here, but if he isn't there I'm supposed to listen to what the Lancers say, and if the Lancers aren't there, I listen to these people instead, since I live with them right now. So that makes them handlers too, I think.
Even though they aren't the ones I'm supposed to listen to, a lot of these people helped me before. I also see some of them a lot, so if I have to, I'm okay with listening to them too.
I didn't talk to these people very much, but I know their names. I will probably talk to them more some other day, maybe.
I've seen these ones before, but I don't know who they are, not really. Maybe I can ask later.
People I don't like at all... ...Also people that I've been told to stay away from. ...There's only one right now...
|Graveyard Arrival (Top Level)||June 8 | 2015||Bavan Cemetary|| ||(138)|
| • Reira meets who he calls 'the Red Star'|| || ||Bucky Barnes||(3)|
| • Reira runs into Naomi|| || ||Naomi||(18)|
| • Reira meets another monster, named Skye.||June 11 | 2015|| ||Skye||(20)|
| • Reira meets Kurt after plenty of searching.|| || ||Kurt||(40)|
| • Lost in Bavan, Reira gets food from Kaito||June 14 | 2015||Bavan City||Kaito Kuroba||(35)|
| • Reira meets Harry after losing Kurt & Bucky|| || ||Harry Dresden||(21)|
|Reira meets Coulson, after he escapes a shallow grave.||June 8 | 2015||Bavan Graveyard||Phil Coulson||(18)|
|Reira meets Jon Snow, actually helping this time.||June 8 | 2015||Bavan Graveyard||Jon Snow||(6)|
|Reira finds another grave, meeting Joan||June 8 | 2015||Bavan Graveyard||Joan Watson||(2)|
|Searching in crypts, Reira meets Dante||June 8 | 2015||Bavan Mausoleum||Dante||(13)|
|Canvasing the grounds, Reira meets Kaito||June 8 | 2015||Bavan Graveyard||Kaito Kuroba||(30)|
|Reira searches some crypts with Mairon||June 9 | 2015||Bavan Mausoleum||Mairon (Sauron)||(10)|
|Reira meets David, but gets separated unfortunately.||June 12 | 2015||Bavan Mausoleum||David Xanatos||(14)|
|Mistaking her for a duel monster, Reira meets Amethyst.||June 14 | 2015||Bavan Graveyard||Amethyst||(3)|
|Reira helps Wesley out of a tomb.||June 16 | 2015||Bavan Graveyard||Wesley||(7)|
|Reira gets a teddy from Kurt.||June 14 | 2015||Castle Logan||Kurt||(19)|
|Reira settles into Castle Logan||June 14 | 2015||Castle Logan|| ||(118)|
| • Reira explains 'Duel Disks' to 'Red Star'|| || ||Bucky Barnes||(38)|
| • Reira teaches Kurt about Duel Monsters|| || ||Kurt||(55)|
| • In the evening, Reira and Kurt chat.|| || ||Kurt||(25)|
|Skye brings Reira to Bavan||June 18 | 2015||Skye's Home|| ||(23)|
| • Skye meets Kurt, plans are made.|| || ||Skye & Kurt||(8)|
| • Skye, Bucky, & Reira make soup|| || ||Skye & Bucky||(15)|
|Meets 'Lil Gideon' in a park.||June 18 | 2015||Bavan City||Lil Gideon||(2)|
|Reira finds Yuuya.||June 18 | 2015||Bavan City||Yuuya Sakaki||(12)|
|Forest Song (Top Level)||June 20 | 2015||Lager Woods|| ||(5)|
| • For a drop of blood, one coupon.|| || ||'The Plants'||(5)|
|Yuusei is encountered in the wood||June 21 | 2015||Lager Woods||Yuusei Fudou||(14)|
|Reira keeps Kurt from breaking his nose||June 21 | 2015||Lager Woods||Kurt||(11)|
|Coulson & Reira try leaving the woods.||June 21 | 2015||Lager Wood||Phil Coulson||(12)|
|Bucky & Reira discuss 'orders'.||June 21 | 2015||Lager Woods||Bucky Barnes||(16)|
|Reira meets Steven (& his Tree Mom!).||June 21 | 2015||Lager Woods||Steven Universe||(4)|
|Reira meets Hiro Hamada.||June 22 | 2015||Logan Woods||Hiro Hamada||☠|
|Jon Snow is encountered again.||June 27 | 2015||Logan Woods||Jon Snow||(5)|
|Reira watches Robb tend his wound.||June 21 | 2015||Lager Woods||Robb Stark||☠|
|Reira explains his 'orders'.||June 23 | 2015||Skye's Home||Skye & Bucky||(21)|
|Reira attempts to locate 'Red Star'||June 27 | 2015||Online|| ||☠|
| • First, he asks Skye|| || ||Skye||(4)|
| • Next, he tries Coulson|| || ||Phil Coulson||(7)|
| • Reira finally goes to the 'source'.|| || ||Bucky Barnes||(24)|
|First changes hit, and Reira 'dies'.||June 28 | 2015||Lager Woods||Kurt & Bucky||☠|
|More changes come during the Fog||June 30 | 2015||Bavan|| ||☠|
| • Fitz helps Reira relearn walking|| || ||Leo Fitz||☠|
| • Kurt realizes Reira craves humans.|| || ||Kurt||(23)|
| • Reira shares fish with Coulson|| || ||Phil Coulson||☠|
| • Skye realizes Reira is a Wendigo||July 2 | 2015|| ||Skye||☠|
|Jon is encountered in the fog||June 30 | 2015||Bavan||Jon Snow||☠|
|Reira mistakes Theon for his brother||July 1 | 2015||Bavan||Theon||☠|
|Reira meets Chilton||July 1 | 2015||Bavan||Frederick Chilton||☠|
|Bucky & Reira wake up at noon||June 30 | 2015||Bavan||Bucky Barnes||☠|
|Reira brings Yuuya to meet the others||July 4 | 2015||Bavan||Yuuya, Kurt, Bucky, Skye||☠|
|Reira meets Ilia online||July 5 | 2015||Network||Ilia (NPC)||☠|
|Kaito is 'allowed' to break into the castle||July 11 | 2015||Network||'KID'... & Hawke||(9)|
|Reira warns Robb about the 'Break In'||July 12 | 2015||Network||Robb Stark||(4)|
|Jon and Reira talk about brothers (and 'Arya')||July 10 | 2015||Network||Jon Snow||☠|
|At the lake, Reira meets 'Arya'||July 10 | 2015||Lake Dala||Jeyne Poole ('Arya')||☠|
|Reira gives snake tips to Robb||July 8 | 2015||Castle Logan||Robb Stark||☠|
|Reira during the Truth Event||July 8 | 2015||Bavan & Castle Logan|| ||☠|
| • Kurt flees from Reira|| ||Castle Logan||Kurt||(16)|
| • Skye & Reira talk before flying.||July 9 | 2015||Castle Logan||Skye||☠|
| • Yuuya runs into a 'chatty' Reira||July 12 | 2015||Bavan||Yuuya Sakaki||☠|
|Yuusei is found on a streetlamp||July 9 | 2015||Bavan||Yuusei Fudou||(11)|
|Reira meets Stan Pines||July 15 | 2015||Lake Dala||Stan Pines||☠|
|Reira finds Ilia's Bakery||July 12 | 2015||Bavan||Ilia (NPC)||(10)|
|Reira meets a monstrous Ward||July 14 | 2015||Bavan||Grant Ward||☠|
|Fitz is found soaked and human-y||July 12 | 2015||Bavan||Leo Fitz||☠|
|David & Reira talk about 'soldiers'.||July 11 | 2015||Bavan||David Xanatos||☠|
|Reira tries to help Coulson||July 11 | 2015||Bavan||Phil Coulson||☠|
|Looking for Kurt, Reira finds Bucky||July 9 | 2015||Bavan||Bucky Barnes||(30)|
|Reira finds Kurt, & they go back to Bavan||July 9 | 2015||Bavan||Kurt||☠|
|Finding Steven triggers travel mode||July 16 | 2015||Bavan||Steven Universe||(4)|
|Reira finds Pearl while stuck in deer form.||July 18 | 2015||Bavan||Pearl||☠|
|Kurt finds Reira dealing with antlers||July 15 | 2015||Bavan||Kurt||☠|
|KID succeeds in breaking in!||July 16 | 2015||Castle Logan||Kaito Kuroba (KID)||(6)|
|Reiji appears from within the woods.||July 18 | 2015||Castle Logan||Reiji (4th Wall)||(20)|
|Reira introduces Kurt to Reiji||July 20 | 2015||Castle Logan||Kurt & Reiji (4th Wall)||(7)|
|Reira shares news of Reiji's Arrival!||July 19 | 2015||Network|| ||☠|
| • Thank you for beds, Hawke||July 20 | 2015|| ||Hawke||(3)|
| • Kurt feels it's a bit late...||July 20 | 2015|| ||Kurt||(0)|
| • Reira arranges for Reiji & David to meet.||July 20 | 2015|| ||David Xanatos||(4)|
| • Yuuya 'congratulates' Reira||July 20 | 2015|| ||Yuuya Sakaki||(5)|
| • Bucky decides to meet Reiji too.||July 20 | 2015|| ||Bucky Barnes||(4)|
| • Kaito is genuinely curious.||July 20 | 2015|| ||Kaito Kuroba||(4)|
| • Skye considers meeting Reiji||July 22 | 2015|| ||Skye||(5)|
| • Coulson hears the news||July 24 | 2015|| ||Phil Coulson||(4)|
| • Fitz tells Reira about the ones he found too||July 28 | 2015|| ||Leo Fitz||(6)|
|Reira meets another Robb||July 22 | 2015||Castle Logan||Robb Stark (4th Wall)||☠|
|Reira encounters Owen at David's party||July 23 | 2015||Bavan||Owen (4th Wall) & David Xanatos||☠|
|Yuusei & Reira share human meatballs||July 23 | 2015||Bavan||Yuusei Fudou||☠|
|Reira searches for Reiji, but finds Bucky||July 26 | 2015||Bavan||Bucky Barnes||☠|
|Searching for Reiji again, Reira finds Shun||July 26 | 2015||Bavan||Shun Kurosaki (4th Wall)||☠|
|Shun brings Reira to Yuuya's home||July 28 | 2015||Yuuya's Home|| ||☠|
| • Reira & Serena cook human meat|| || ||Serena (4th Wall)||☠|
| • Turns out it was Yuugo's meat.||July 31 | 2015|| ||Yuugo (4th Wall)||☠|
|Reira's brother dies.||Aug 5 | 2015||Reira's Home||Reiji | 4th Wall||(26)|
|Yuuya finds Reira coated in dust||Aug 10 | 2015||Reira's Home||Yuuya Sakaki||☠|
|Reira mourns the loss of his brother||Aug 10 | 2015||Reira's Home|| ||☠|
| • Kurt tries not to leave Reira alone.|| || ||Kurt||☠|
| • Shun tells Reira what 'self' is.||Aug 13 2015|| ||Shun||(15)|
| • Kaito visits Reira in the night.|| || ||Kaito Kuroba||☠|
| • Yuugo returns for a visit.|| || ||Yuugo||☠|
| • Bucky & Steve arrive to babysit|| || ||Bucky & Steve||☠|
| • Fitz checks in on Reira|| || ||Leo Fitz||☠|
|Reira tries to get some of Lapis' food||Aug 11 | 2015||Bavan||Lapis Lazuli||☠|
|Gundam helps Reira leave a Tanabata wish||Aug 11 | 2015||Bavan||Gundam Tanaka||☠|
|Reira gets help when Kurt drives himself too far||Aug 15 | 2015||Bavan||Ed Elric and Kurt||☠|
|The fog brings forth a grisly dietary truth||Aug 14 | 2015||Bavan||Bucky Barnes||☠|
|Bucky sets up training days with Reira||Aug 16 | 2015||Network||Bucky Barnes||☠|
|Bucky teaches Reira to hunt and hide.||Aug 18 | 2015||Lager Woods|| ||☠|
| • The pick-up|| || ||Bucky & Kurt||☠|
| • Reira ambushes Robb|| || ||Bucky & Robb Stark||☠|
| • A rabbit is caught.|| || ||Bucky||☠|
|'Niisama' is heard on the radio.||Aug 19 | 2015||Bavan||Thomas Arclight (IV)||☠|
|Kaito finds Reira hiding.||Aug 20 | 2015||Motasvard||Kaito Kuroba||☠|
|Reira & Jon uncover a hidden basement.||Aug 20 | 2015||Motasvard||Jon Snow||☠|
|David & Reira search the basement more.||Aug 20 | 2015||Motasvard||David Xanatos||☠|
|Reira meets Fetch above the library.||Aug 22 | 2015||Motasvard||Fetch||☠|
|Stocke searches the post office with Reira||Aug 22 | 2015||Motasvard||Stocke||☠|
|Yuuya wants Reira to 'smile'||Aug 24 | 2015||Motasvard||Yuuya Sakaki||(13)|
|Reira runs the Wire Trap with Kaito & Killua||Aug 29 | 2015||Motasvard||Kaito Kuroba and Killua||☠|
|Shun calls in to make sure Reira is safe.||Aug 31 | 2015||Network||Kurosaki Shun||(8)|
|Reira feels David's riddle is 'obvious'.||Aug 29 | 2015||Network||David Xanatos||☠|
|Reira spies Yuugo outside his window.||Aug 30 | 2015||Bavan||Yuugo||☠|
|Delsin (a Crow) lands on the clothesline||Aug 30 | 2015||Bavan||Delsin||☠|
|Reira sits with Shun on the roof||Aug 31 | 2015||Bavan||Shun Kurosaki||(10)|
|Reira meets the 'voicealike'||Aug 30 | 2015||Bavan||Thomas Arclight (IV)||(15)|
|Reira tries to bring food home||Aug 31 | 2015||Bavan||Lady||☠|
|Why is Bucky Naked||Aug 31 | 2015||Bavan||Bucky Barnes||☠|
|Hiro is...Different this time.||Sep 1 | 2015||Bavan||Hiro Hamada||☠|
|Reira returns from Motasvard for Changes.||Aug 31 | 2015||Bavan|| ||☠|
| • Kurt & Reira reunite|| || ||Kurt||☠|
| • Kaito takes Reira out for some fun|| || ||Kaito Kuroba||☠|
| • Kaito faces the consequences|| || ||Kaito & Kurt||☠|
| • Kurt spends more time with Reira|| || ||Kurt||☠|
| • Reira spends the day with Robb|| || ||Robb Stark||☠|
| • David watches Reira for the day|| || ||David Xanatos||☠|
|Tadashi bumps into Reira in the street.||Sep 1 | 2015||Bavan||Tadashi Hamada||☠|
|Reira first meets Yuuto...in person.||Sep 5 | 2015||Bavan||Yuuto||☠|
|Reira misunderstands Wirt's point.||Sep 5 | 2015||Network||Wirt||☠|
|Kaito resolves to bring Reira to the beach.||Sep 5 | 2015||Network||Kaito Kuroba||☠|
|Skye returns to an oblivious Reira||Sep 5 | 2015||Bavan||Skye||☠|
|The Wardrobe opens to the 4th's Domain||Sep 7 | 2015||The Arcade|| ||☠|
| • Yuugo berates Reira for joining the 4th|| || ||Yuugo||☠|
| • Reira unintentionally gets Kaito enlisted|| || ||Kaito Kuroba||☠|
| • Yuzu tells Reira the risks of alignment|| || ||Yuzu Hiiragi||☠|
| • Shun bars Reira entry to the Arcade|| || ||Shun Kurosaki||☠|
|Yuuya learns about Wendigo Hunger||Sep 10 | 2015||Network||Yuuya Sakaki||(5)|
|Reira explains memory dissonance to Athena||Sep 11 | 2015||Network||Athena||(4)|
|Otacon & Reira discuss new powers||Sep 11 | 2015||Network||Otacon||☠|
|Reira learns about birthdays and is invited to one||Sep 11 | 2015||Network||Grantaire||☠|
|Reira returns to visit Ilia's Bakery||Sep 11 | 2015||Bavan||Ilia (NPC)||☠|
|Killua & Reira are after similar kills||Sep 11 | 2015||Bavan||Killua||☠|
|Reira wants to join the Stick Fight||Sep 13 | 2015||Network||Coulsand||(2)|
|Reira finds Bucky's cat in the new apartment||Sep 17 | 2015||Bavan||Bucky Barnes||☠|
|Reira talks to 'Jon' about family||Sep 19 | 2015||Bavan||Theon (as Jon)||☠|
|Marco tries drowning the undrownable||Sep 19 | 2015||Bavan||Marco Evangelisti||☠|
|Reira tells Harry about the 'Lying Fish'||Sep 25 | 2015||Bavan||Harry Dresden||☠|
|Reira attends Enjolras' birthday party||Sep 21 | 2015||Bavan||Enjolras & Grantaire||☠|
|Kurumi & Reira talk about Kurt||Sep 22 | 2015||Harvest Festival||Kurumi||☠|
|Pearl explains what Gems are||Sep 22 | 2015||Harvest Festival||Pearl||☠|
|Terezi & Reira make their way through the maze||Sep 22 | 2015||Harvest Festival||Terezi||☠|
|Reira & Mahiru argue over apple bobbing||Sep 23 | 2015||Harvest Festival||Mahiru Koizumi||☠|
|Kurt & Reira rest on a Hay Bale Ride||Sep 23 | 2015||Harvest Festival||Kurt Radcliffe||☠|
|Reira meets 'Frankie'||Sep 23 | 2015||Harvest Festival||Frankie (NPC)||☠|
|IV & Reira play games together||Sep 25 | 2015||Bavan||IV (Thomas Arclight)||☠|
|Reira briefly unlocks his Fog Mode||Sep 22 | 2015||Bavan||Shun Kurosaki||☠|
|David helps Reira make goggle lenses from troll crystal||Oct 11 | 2015||Bavan||David Xanatos||☠|
|Reira tries to save Sulley's hands||Oct 5 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Sulley||☠|
|Reira meets 'Natasha' (Black Widow)||Oct 5 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Natasha Romanoff||☠|
|Another Crow is encountered!||Oct 5 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Crow Hogan||☠|
|Matt & Reira find a laptop||Oct 5 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Matt Murdock||☠|
|Reira tells Lapis what her monster type is||Oct 5 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Lapis Lazuli||☠|
|Bee & Reira make a deal about annoying Goats||Oct 5 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Bee||☠|
|Kurt & Reira bring Shingo partway down the mountain.||Oct 6 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Kurt Radcliffe & Shingo Sawatari||☠|
|Reira & Fitz talk about antlers||Oct 9 | 2015||Bavan||Leo Fitz||☠|
|Kurt & Reira settle in with Tsukikage at home.||Oct 13 | 2015||Bavan||Kurt Radcliffe & Tsukikage||☠|
|Reira goes shopping!||Oct 14 | 2015||Bavan|| ||☠|
| • Yuuto & Reira look for goggles|| || ||Yuuto||☠|
| • Reira & Tsukikage go shopping together.|| || ||Tsukikage||☠|
|Tsukikage & Reira stop at a cafe||Oct 17 | 2015||Bavan||Homura & Tsukikage||☠|
|Tsukikage meets Robb, with Reira||Oct 17 | 2015||Bavan||Robb Stark & Tsukikage||☠|
|Changes hit on the mountain! FAERIE!||Oct 19 | 2015||Plaga's Peak|| ||☠|
| • Vanitas tries to eat Reira.|| || ||Vanitas||☠|
| • Blues catches Reira, and his things too|| || ||Blues||☠|
|Yuuya needs pants.||Oct 19 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Yuuya Sakaki||☠|
|Reira warns Shingo about the holes||Oct 19 | 2015||Network||Shingo Sawatari||☠|
|One faerie catches another!||Oct 19 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Newt||☠|
|David is a coyote now||Oct 19 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||David Xanatos||☠|
|Reira flies through Amethyst!||Oct 19 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Amethyst||☠|
|Yuuto gives Reira his cape to stay warm||Oct 19 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Yuuto||☠|
|Reira meets Enjolras once again||Oct 19 | 2015||Plaga's Peak||Enjolras||☠|
|Card House Camping Time!||Oct 26 | 2015||Tunn Island|| ||☠|
| • Reira discovers a mouth on his middle.|| || ||Tsukikage||☠|
| • Shingo catches Reira in his web|| || ||Shingo Sawatari||☠|
| • Reira learns more flight control from Shun|| || ||Shun Kurosaki||☠|
|Reira teaches Yuuto how to fly as a bat||Oct 26 | 2015||Tunn Island||Yuuto||☠|
|Jack the snake meets Reira's middle||Oct 27 | 2015||Tunn Island||Yuugo||☠|
|Reira finds that Bucky & Tsukikage already met||Oct 30 | 2015||Bavan||Tsukikage & Bucky||☠|
|Tsukikage's final changes bring Reira adept status||Nov 5 | 2015||Reira's Home||Tsukikage &Kurt||☠|
|Reira talks about those who are 'gone'||Nov 10 | 2015||Network||Lars||☠|
|Blue gets advice on hiding||Nov 11 | 2015||Network||Blue||☠|
|Reira talks about gods||Nov 15 | 2015||Network||Raphael||☠|
|Reira talks about gods||Nov 15 | 2015||Bavan Woods||Elsa||☠|
HOW'S MY DRIVING
* FOURTH-WALLING -- Rather not, she's got enough brainbreak to deal with
* BACKTAGGING -- Perfectly fine! Threadhops are also ok if all involved agree!
* HUGGING/GRABBING -- She's nine and kinda frail so while she might protest lightly, it's not like much is stopping you other than her being 5'6'' now. THAT SAID.
* INJURY -- PM first if it goes beyond minor cuts and scrapes (so like broken bones or leeched energy). Goes without saying that any actual dying means heavy plotting.
* MIND READING/SIMILAR -- Reira has information revealed about her history that may be triggering in many ways, so it would be best to send a message before such techniques, so that things can better be worked out.
* ROMANCE -- She's nine at the moment, but if you're in her age window and just want to hold hands and hug, go for it?
As noted above, Reira has what may be a very triggering background, having lived in the core of a warzone from birth until just recently in her series. It should not come up, but if there are concerns even so, let me know.
Specific details on this matter include a risk of PTSD episodes; these would be triggered more often than not by the sounds of gunfire, presence of riot, etc. In the case of more environmental triggers (gunfire, sounds of explosion), as well as times of increased stress in response to violence, Reira's response is typically to panic, hyperventilating and freezing.
However, in the case of riots, and indeed moments of any conflict that could cause her to panic thanks to her Rysling experience, Reira may also charge, resorting to violence. While she has come to overcome many of these issues over time, there is still a risk of her being triggered, so please tread lightly and speak up if you wish to avoid these situations entirely.
Do you have questions or concerns about Reira's character? Potential squicks or phobias you wish to address so that they're avoided in the future? Leave a comment here, and I'll make sure to keep that in mind.
Additionally, if you wish to do some plotting beyond game events, you can leave a note here for that as well. Just leave a comment below, and I'll get to it ASAP!
Please note that this page will be updated as Reira's location, appearance, and deity alliance change.
Contact: Plurk (usagisquared)
Other Characters: None
Character Name: Reira Akaba
Age: 7 (Age vague)
Canon: Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V
Canon Point: Episode 58
Character Information: History Here!
Personality: Younger brother to Reiji Akaba, Reira is both alike and completely unlike the elder of the Akaba boys by far. What they share beyond physical traits is little; but it is enough. Highly intelligent, a heavy amount of expectations have been placed on him despite his age; as a student of LDS, he's become known as the 'gem of LDS' (being directly referred to as such)--a celebrated and powerful result of their classes--and beyond this, he is by far the youngest member of the Lancers Defense Selection, with all others of the 9-man team being between the ages of 14 and 16. Despite this strength however, it seems as if the path there has been relatively devoid of support outside his brother; he observes the sight of other children being cheered on and even encouraged after their loss, with a distant and perhaps even confused stare. It's a clearly foreign sight to him, one which he quickly turns away from at that time.
It can be difficult to gauge Reira's emotions with that in mind; though he speaks clearer and stronger when serious--something he seems to rarely do at all--his demeanor is typically very quiet and subdued. His words come slowly, and even hesitantly (with his words audibly coming across as such, and the translations of them being constantly filled with elipses and pauses). During duel chants and duels themselves he reacts just as minimally, even in combination with that stronger voice. His words are monotonous, and his expression almost permanently wide-eyed and blank. During a duel, very little if anything seems to phase him either--a likely product of constant training in LDS, along with the expectations of his mother and brother. Outside a duel, he's simply quiet; he scarcely vocalizes beyond short sounds (such as when he gestured to the collapsing Solid Vision Wall during Yuuya's duel against Security), restricting himself to stares and cries of alarm; the most he asks during this particular moment in fact is 'where's my brother?', and to even claim he utilizes gestures ordinarily would be somewhat false. Beyond his point toward the wall after all, he made no such motions.
Because of the subtleties of his emotions, it becomes very evident when he experiences them strongly--the key word being 'when'. When he smiles, it has so far been entirely restricted to events regarding his brother; he smiles and breathes with relief at contact with and encouragement from him after winning a duel--and even thanks the boy he defeats in the final championship duel after said boy compares him to Reiji, a comment to which Reira quietly says '...thanks' in response to. In contrast to this, he gave no response at all to an earlier comment from the same boy, regarding his fusion summoning skill; considering how many other adults have already regarded him as best of the best (News reporter on his debut, his own mother), it's clear that such comments are considered more typical, expected, if anything after all.
If there is one aspect of his personality that can be seen most clearly from the rest, it is his fear--something that is observed almost immediately by the main cast upon his debut. A state he seems to almost perpetually be in, Reira carries his teddybear constantly as security toward this. He is seen clutching it closely when his mother grabs his shoulder while bragging about how she's certain her son will win his next match, and only puts it down for a due--or rather, hands it to someone else without comment, expecting them to take it instead (this point alone outs him as a rather direct child when it comes to interactions, but he otherwise prefers minimum interaction, noted by how often in recent episodes he's simply sat off to the side in silence). When witnessing the crowds of the opening ceremonies for the tournament, as well as when in the presence of those who seem angry, Reira squeezes it tightly with both arms--expressions of clear terror over his face in these moments, his grip on the bear firm and unbreaking (he's been pulled around a fair bit with this thing still held close, though there is more to that below, as it was a more extreme case.)
This fear amplifies without the presence of his brother, as seen in more recent events. In both of the prior examples, Reiji is with him, albeit sitting and minding his own business. When he appears in Synchro without him however, his first instinct is to run from what danger appears, crying aloud in terror. His responses to when Yuuya (who of course is present) attempts to comfort him, are minimal at best. Yuuya's entertainment techniques are met with confusion and uncertainity, and while he obeys the other's request to 'hold tight' (with them riding on Yuuya's hippo in that moment), it is evident that Yuuya does not succeed in calming Reira down more than a fraction. While the boy clings to him in fear during those moments, and does indeed remain relatively close sometime after, he withdraws as soon as the danger has passed, again holding his bear close and his mouth shut. His comfort levels around Yuuya are thus truly 'minimal', even if it is a clear difference between the teen and the remaining people around--Reira still needs a nudge to be pulled to attention (Though this is more connected to his habit of staring off in thought), and still remains mostly silent in the other's presence when outside a moment of panic. He simply happens to tolerate more of that 'presence', and, perhaps, now carry awareness that Yuuya at least is someone he can hide behind if danger comes again.
Overall Reira seems to be a very shy, withdrawn child; he idolizes his elder brother, to the point that at the very mention of searching for him, he brightens enough to blindly follow for a way to him...and likewise, whimpers and quietly whines when restained from that possible reunion (as seen when Yuuya himself held the boy back for his own safety, after Reira attempted to follow Serena and Sawatari to find the man). His dependence on him is unmistakeable, leaving him desperate and skittish without the brother there. When it comes to himself, Reira reacts heavily to the comments other make about him as well, not wanting to be seen or watched--when he is first introduced to the Lancers and met with comments of incredulity (largely being statements concerning his age, and how it would 'hold the others back'), he voices no defense for himself, and even turns away in clear discomfort, trying to 'shut them out'. While this is also reflected in his monotonous, depressive voice however, this also means that any emotions he does display beyond it are immediately evident. He's frightened by conflict certainly (or at the least, the idea of capture, considering Security's statements for arrest immediately preceeded his mad dash away and into a wall), and perhaps even by expectations placed on him; during the start of his first duel it is obvious that he is uncomfortable with being there, and he does not even begin his match until catching sight of his mother mouthing an unknown statement from a window--a sight met with fear and widening eyes before he gets to it. (In contrast of course, both the sight of a 'CC' card, an archetype similar to his brother's 'DD' in naming convention, as well as the connected motion to search for his brother in the window and realize the other's presence, are what spur him to duel seriously, showing the clear gap between his perceptions of his brother compared to all others in that moment.)
This combination of traits leaves him confused about the bonds between others and their friends, and especially about the idea of encouragement or happiness in the face of a loss; such things are what he has regarded with blank staring from afar after all, both after his duel, and even during it. Confusion aside though, these are things he clearly gives much thought toward; at the very least, combined with the many observations his brother has had him sit in on (key of which being duels concerning those of other dimensions), he is viewed as being capable of giving deeper thought into situations--his brother clearly holds his strength in high regard (even stating aloud that he considers the boy of equal strength to the other Lancers), and tells him to in particular observe a duel between duelists of Fusion and Xyz closely, as the 'fate of the world' itself rests upon it. Outside the statements of others, we have his very path of sight--the most noted being his stare to his brother's hands when a duelist on the screen they observe explains (brags about, really) the violent nature of the Fusion dimension. Reiji's hands tightened in their fold and trembled; a sight which Reira did not at all miss, and in fact stared at for some time, clearly taking the response into consideration.
Close as he is to his brother, separation does not become him. While he does at least seem slightly more open to other people, most obviously Yuuya thanks to the attack from Security, he does not tend to approach anyone on his own, and if anything is more inclined to curl into a ball off to the side to be alone with his bear. Being willing to be near and hold onto Yuuya is clearly not something that comes hand in hand with trust; not when each of Yuuya's dueling techniques are met with his questioning stare. This is a child who is asocial to a fault, drawing responses of confusion from others around them early on (in particular, the children he dueled in his first two matches viewed him as being weird), and otherwise fading from view when allowed (noted particularly by his background-sitting in recent episodes)...
However, given how little people have been letting him do that in most recent episodes (key being not only Yuuya, but also 'Amanda', a young girl living with Crow, the man who rescued the group and let them into his home), it's evident at least that he'll at least slightly begin to open up to others.
...Even if 'opening up' simply means displaying more than neutrality in their presence.
5-10 Key Character Traits:
- Mistrustful (slow to approach/believe others)
- 'Shadowy' (tends to trail after people when with them)
Would you prefer a monster that FITS your character’s personality, CONFLICTS with it, or EITHER?
I'm fine with Either, but I would appreciate the change even more if it could be associated physically or thematically with Reira somehow.
Sample 1 TDM with Bucky Barnes
Sample 2 Top-level TDM Post
Sample 3 TDM with Harry Dresden
Contact: Plurk | Usagisquared
Name: Reira Akaba
Age: Vague; assumed 7-8
AU/PG/CANON/OC: Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V (Canon)
- Reira was born a few years before his father abandoned the family for the Fusion Dimension; how much he's aware of is unknown, but it's implied he's afraid of his mother--so the two points could be connected.
- From a young age it's clear he adores his brother though, as evidenced by his love for him now; this drives him to duel to the best of his ability in the 'Junior' level tournament, going from hesitant to steady and strong in his duel with 'Ayu Ayukawa' once he realized his brother was watching.
- In the middle of the tournament (before his other matches)--as well as throughout it--Reira visits his brother in his 'observation room', where Reiji, watching the duels as well as his brother's reactions to them.
- During one in particular--a duel outside the tournament, in the middle of a park at night, Reiji specifically tells him to watch close, as 'the fate of their future rests upon it'.
- Following this, Reira continues to pave his way through the Junior tournament, displaying the ability to summon using Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz summons--something his final opponent, Tatsuya, accurately predicts of him.
- When Tatsuya voices this prediction, he notes (after his loss) that it's much like Reira's brother, Reiji; Reira smiles shyly at this and goes to meet with Reiji, carrying his trophy.
- Instead of finding Reiji in his observation room, Reira and their mother end up watching Reiji duel against Yuuya Sakaki instead, the latter having challenged him in a rage over the 'test' that the battle royale had become (which had cost others their 'lives' in a sense).
- After the duel was over (Reiji having won), Reira is made a 'Lancer' by him; he is quietly presented to the other Lancers by Reiji.
- Though he prepares to leave when hearing many make comments on how he can't be strong enough to fight with them, and is only a child, Reiji announces that he is just as strong (if not stronger) than all of them.
- From here, they make the trip to Synchro Dimension--however, Reira is separated from his brother en-route, and appears in 'Commons' with Yuuya, Serena, and Shingo Sawatari.
- Their arrival is greeted with 'Security', and when he tries to flee from them in fear, he's blocked by a wall they summon, leaving Yuuya to try and comfort him while also struggling to convince the others not to so hastily start dueling the police there.
- Despite Yuuya's attempts to keep him calm, and perhaps even happy during the encounter, Reira remains incredibly anxious and frightened; this isn't helped when the walls fade to reveal more Security officers, and especially not by the sudden arrival of Crow's gang, who snatch him and the others up by the arms to carry them away by D-Wheel.
- Reira spends three days in this place, scarcely if ever speaking. When he finally does, it's revealed that he seems to view things with an almost soldier-like lens; he asks Crow, who told him to go eat, if the statement is 'an order'.
- Soon after this, Crow and Yuuya start arguing over what's more important (Food or Smiles), and attempt to gain Reira's support for their own side while dueling. The duel is interrupted when Security arrives to successfully arrest everyone however...
- Everyone but Reira, who in the chaos is whisked away to an unknown location by the ninja duelist 'Tsukikage', another of the lancers.
Relatively little is known of Reira's origins for certain, beyond the fact that he's Akaba Reiji's younger brother by a number of years, while remaining old enough to have been born some time before his father left their family without warning. His age unknown as anything beyond 'obviously elementary school level', Reira--like his brother--is something of a prodigy, and by the events of Arc-V is already haild as LDS' 'precious gem' despite his age. This skill is clearly seen in his mastering of all three standard Special Summons; Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz, and it is during his tournament debut that he displays this.
While clearly frightened at the tournament, his mother's implied instruction (Reira does not move forward to his first duel until catching his mother's seeming expectant glare from a distant window) prompts him to move forward, but it is his brother's encouragement which drives him to duel with his full ability. After facing Ayu Ayukawa using Fusion summoning to move to the second round, he proceeds to defeat Futoshi Harada using Synchro summoning--between this time and his next duel, he observes other duels with his brother, in secret, from Reiji's 'observation room'; during this time it's implied that Reira is already somewhat aware of the dimensional threat he will be expected to face, with his brother even saying at one point 'watch carefully--the fate of our world rides on this'. (This awareness can be somewhat supported later on, when his mother takes him up to the observation room herself, as well as just before his third match where her words that 'everything will go as planned' prompt him to hold his teddybear close in unease.)
Following his third match against an unknown duelist, Reira faces Tatsuya for the championship match of the Junior Cup, defeating the boy in a close fight using Xyz summoning. His success earns the comment that he's 'like [his brother]' from Tatsuya, a fact that gives Reira a slight boost of confidence before he leaves with his mother to show Reiji the proof of his success.
It is not long after this that the remaining tournament matches are cancelled, with the announcement that the dimension is now preparing for war coming forward. The remaining participants of the Junior Youth competition are hailed as the soldiers who will move forward to their defense, 'Lancers', but when the duelists gather before Reiji in preparation to take this step, Reiji announces that there will be 9 of them rather than 8--Reira will also be coming. Protests that Reira is merely a child are met with two facts from Reiji; the first being that Reira's strength, supposedly, matches or even surpasses their own, and the second being that they will not be heading to the battlefield just yet. Instead they are to head for the Synchro dimension, in order to hopefully make an alliance.
While they leave as one however, the group arrives in separate locations; Reira in particular finds himself with Yuuya, Shingo, and Serena--his brother nowhere to be found. Already frightened by this fact, the appearance of Synchro dimension's police force ('Security') work him up even further, prompting Yuuya to do his best to both protect and ease his worries via 'entertainment duel' tactics against the opponent. While it works to an extent, this inevitably fails, moreso when Shingo's bragging about their duel methods give the enemy key information on their tactics, and when Serena refuses to go through with a plan to flee with Reira for the boy's safety ('I won't run! I can take everyone on!').
As luck would have it, Yuuya's failed destruction buys enough time for 'Crow Hogan' to enter the area, he and his gang whisking the four away using their D-Wheels. They would be taken to Crow's home, where they could be safe. While Serena and Sawatari would leave and return constantly over the next three days to search for Reiji, Yuuya remained there and kept Reira there as well, despite the boy's occasional attempt to follow suit. Eventually, 'Shinji' (one of Crow's friends) appears with candy--after asking Crow if the request for him to join the others and eat is an order, Crow tells him 'yes', and so he eats without question. After this, Yuuya and Crow try to convince him to support their side of an argument over what's more important, but he looks to the side each time, nervous and unwilling to get involved. The duel is interrupted in the end, and in the chaos caused by Security arresting everyone, Reira is snatched away by the ninja Tsukikage.
Gem Considerations: 'Blue Chalcedony' (Teardrop Cabochon, Back)
Blue Chalcedony specifically is a stone of calm, and comes in varieties of blue and baby-blue. Combined with the popular teardrop cut it's often put in, and it suits Reira as he is now, with his rather depressive but overall subdued attitude. There is more to this stone however, which gives Reira a strong goal to work toward; Blue Chalcedony is said to aid others in overcoming anxiety and stage fright, allowing them to speak louder and clearer. It would help Reira to gain confidence in himself and his actions, speaking clearly even outside a duel and approaching others on his own terms instead of hiding in fear.
That said, it'll be on the back, mirroring his habits of hiding away from most things.
List Three Powers You Would Like Your Character To Have:
- 'Blink' (Right Eye)
- 'Wink' (Left Eye)
- Mirror Gems
Reira's never obviously had any sort of power, so it'll be a very scary experience for him, one that he'll likely need a lot of help with--both in mastering the power and in accepting that he has it. His abilities have been drawn largely from the nature of his deck in the series; monsters which copy other monsters, disable them, and more importantly combine their power with those enemy monsters to create a greater strength of their own. As he has a good deal of trouble making eye contact with others, his abilities will be extremely difficult to abuse as well, so please keep this in mind.
'Blink' and 'Wink' as I called them are both the same in action, but have opposite effects. If Reira makes eye contact with another gem (or possibly a gem beast), and blinks his right eye like a camera shutter, he can mirror one of their abilities as his own. The drawback to this is that he does not copy their experiences; which means he is left to figure out how to utilize the power on his own. This power lasts until he blinks at another gem, or until he sleeps.
Same as with 'Blink', if Reira uses his left eye rather than his right, he does not absorb a power but instead disables it. Esepcially strong or latent abilities (IE: Fusion) may not be completely disabled of course, but they will become more difficult for the victim to utilize. This only affects one gem/gem beast at a time however; so it again either wears off if he blinks another gem, or if he goes to sleep.
That said, if he blinks the same gem twice, the power reverses; a stolen power is thus 'returned', and a negated one is thus 're-activated'.
His third ability is a very unique one--Reira can create mirror doubles of gems he's currently blinked (so there's a limit of two), each carrying one of those gem's powers. Reira could potentially even fuse with these doubles (though only with one, as two becomes too much to handle)--provided he has enough confidence to manage the fusion. This fusion isn't the same as an 'actual' one, as the 'other half' is relatively mindless. (If Reira obtains an ability THIS way however, he DOES gain the knowledge of how it works, which is largely the point of using the clones in this manner). As a side note, the clones are less durable than standard gems; if struck through, or over the 'copied gem', they dissolve and cannot reform.
(And in case the npc-ing in thread one takes away-)