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Character Bio: Natoma

Please note: This bio will contain spoilers for the short story, In Her Sister’s Pose. If you haven’t read it yet, I strongly advise you to do so before checking out today’s bio.

Natoma (nah-tome-ah):

“Now is the only time that matters.”

Natoma, guard captain of Nettoh ProvinceWith the coming return of the Old Gods, many ordinary people will be forced into greatness. Unlikely heroes will rise.

Natoma is not one of these. No one who has met Natoma would ever call her “ordinary.” It was clear she was meant for great things from a young age.

Natoma is the younger daughter of one of the wealthiest families in all of Uranna, itself the wealthiest and most prosperous human nation. Growing up, she idolized her older sister, Abiri, a talented girl who had trained in athletics and martial skills from a young age.

One day, Abiri grew sick, and simply did not get better. Her father used his fortune to summon the best doctors and Healing wizards money could buy, but none could help her.

Abiri wasted away until her sickness claimed her, and Natoma was devastated by the loss of her beloved sister.

As a way to remember Abiri, Natoma took up the wooden practice sword Abiri had trained with and began practicing the same sword forms her sister had. She found that there was peace in the search for the perfect form, the ideal cut. It taught her to live in the moment, to not be claimed by the grief of the past or worry for the future.

Natoma’s entire life became a tribute to Abiri. She lived out her sister’s dream and joined the military as soon as she was old enough. There, her calm and focused mind, not to mention her uncanny natural talent with a blade, quickly sent her shooting through the ranks.

Natoma now serves as guard captain for Nettoh Province, the northernmost region of Uranna. This makes her one of the most important figures in the Urannan military. She was even awarded a suit of full plate armor as a mark of her position, a rare luxury in a world where most metal goes to forging war Automatons.

Natoma, guard captain of Nettoh ProvinceWealthy, talented, politically influential, and incredibly beautiful, Natoma is one of the most eligible bachelorettes in her nation, and she has been pestered by an unending stream of suitors since she was little more than a child. Thus far, none have succeeded in winning her over. She has long since lost interest in superficial things like riches, fame, power, or good looks. It would take something more to capture her attention.

Despite all her successes and all the prestige she has earned, Natoma has not allowed herself to be claimed by arrogance. Her worldview focuses only on the now, and she sees no point in boasting over her past successes.

Likewise, Natoma does not know fear, worry, hate, or resentment. She is a bright light, inspiring all around her. In the dark times that are to come, heroes like her will be needed to bring hope to humanity.

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Lore: Tyzu

Tyzu (tie-zoo):

Of the three worlds visited by humanity, Tyzu sits highest in the spectrum of worlds. It exists at a higher level of energy than humanity’s home world, Barria, and is an alien and savage place.

As a result of its high energy, everything on Tyzu seems to happen at dizzying speed, and one will find one’s strength increased many times over. Simply stepping forward will hurl you across the ground as if you had leapt with all your might.

Tyzu is a hot, steamy jungle world that teems with life, its air filled with the screeching and chirping of a million different birds and insects at all hours. It is covered by endless forests of trees thicker than a large home and taller than the mightiest Automatons. The wide spaces between these trees are shaded by the vast canopy, but even so, they are completely choked with shrubbery, vines, and other undergrowth.

Every inch of Tyzu is covered by a dense carpet of plant life. Even its oceans are so choked with seaweed and algae that they resemble a thick stew more than anything.

Tyzu is also home to innumerable species of alien mammals, reptiles, insects, birds, amphibians, and less identifiable creatures. In the high energy, even evolution is accelerated, and species can develop new adaptations in weeks, not years. It’s rumored that some creatures can even consciously control their own biology, allowing them to change their bodies as the situation requires.

As a result, new creatures arise regularly, putting Tyzu’s biosphere in constant flux. Life on Tyzu takes on a savage edge, as no species, no matter how formidable, is ever truly safe. Only the fiercest and most adaptable of creatures can survive.

Tyzu is home to some of the deadliest predators in the known universe, including the cunning double-jointed mammals known as the Stassai and the massive porcupine-bears known as the kulu’jula.

Tyzu is also wracked by deadly storms that are infinitely more powerful than their Barrian counterparts. What would be a hurricane on Barria is merely a light rainfall on Tyzu, and these storms can form almost instantly, leaving little time to find shelter.

However, despite all its savagery and dangers, Tyzu has much plenty to offer those who are strong enough to survive. There is never any shortage of fruit or wild game. It is far too chaotic for agriculture to be practical, but if anyone had the courage to overcome Tyzu’s dangers, they would never find themselves wanting for food.

Tyzu is a harsh mistress, but it has many gifts for those who prove themselves worthy of its challenges.

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