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Atreyu
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Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:02 am
Race: Human
Renown: 0
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Atreyu (WIP)

Atreyu
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Name: <full name etc>

Race: Human

Date of Birth: 4th Trial of Vhalar in Arc 700.

Marks: None

Factions Joined: None

Languages Spoken: Fluent = Common / Broken = Xanthea


Appearance

Atreyu stands approximately 5'9' with a slim to medium, well toned build. Black hair is cut short, though only enough to keep out of his exotic dark brown eyes. He is consistently clean shaven, with a sturdy looking, squared face and jaw line. His stance conveys a since of quiet power in his shoulders and even when he looks down in reverence and humility, it is always from a place of respect rather than subjugation.

Atreyu can usually be found wearing the traditional garb of his order, consisting of a cross between a regal priest's vestments and hood, a monk's flexible leggings and arm guards, and a traveler's boots, gloves, straps and pouches. The vestments are a combination of button-up and buckled, hinting at a distant yet ornate origin in design. They form the majority of the ensemble in white with a small red triangle pattern lining the edges including the collar, cuffs, and waist. The sleeves and cuffs are wide, yet flow easily with the wearer. His hood is similarly wider than usual, and when pulled fully over his head, will help obscure his face or shield his eyes. The interior is red, and the fabric itself is thick and study to help weather the elements, endure long periods of travel, and provide a small degree of protection in a fight. The top itself extends into layered, coat tail-like portions at the waist which reach down to the shins in the front and also in a separate but expanded across section in back. The black pants are slightly loose fitting to allow for ease of movement and flexibility. Worn, brown leather leg guards are strapped to the thighs and knees, ending in cloth and leather boots which extend up to his shins. The brown leather gloves he wears are finger-less, possibly not by design, but allowing him to perform delicate procedures as needed in the field. The pouches Atreyu wears are usually at the hip or can be exchanged for a larger satchel secured at the rear. When carrying the tome of his order, it will be strapped to his back by a thick, ornate strap slung over one shoulder and down across his chest.

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Atreyu
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:02 am
Race: Human
Renown: 0
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Personality


Atreyu is most commonly seen in quiet contemplation. Though he rarely meditates, he often spends his time pondering deeper questions about himself and the world around him. Recent events have forced him into a life he never anticipated, and he many times will seem like a fish out of water, stumbling through social and cultural norms, leading to prompt apologies and repeated bowing in embarrassment. By himself he is more secure, but his questioning and self-critical nature leads him to always wonder if his is the correct path.

To strangers he is nothing if not soft spoken and gracious, but among friends he speaks more freely. In spite of his rigid physical and mental standards for himself, he does in fact enjoy some fun now and then, though for him some company and being included in merriment is enough. He is proportionally more introverted in large crowds, preferring smaller gatherings of people he knows well.

He was raised on the philosophies of the order under principles to do no harm, heal the wounded, defend the innocent, and practice self restraint and control. Though he closely follows these teachings, he realizes there is a difference between following dogma and truly understanding the principles. He strives to learn and experience what these tenets of his order mean first hand. Some of the teachings of his former master he is more hesitant to subscribe to, such as the disdain for immortals, such that he would prefer to make his own judgments should he meet one in person.

Though he is a healer by trade, Atreyu wishes he could do more as the members of his order once did, and while he doesn't fully understand it, he is torn between regretting being denied the Graft spark, and being self assured that he can use his skills in medicine to accomplish his mission. In spite of the fact that his master left him, Atreyu will soundly deny this is the case and insist that it was his own choice to run away, though not even he can say for sure if this is out of some misbegotten desire to preserve his master's honor, or if he feels responsible for the desertion.

In battle his discipline and life of intense training serve to remove all distractions and inner conflict, allowing him to focus on the fight at hand. It is because of this that he often prefers to clear his mind training or sparring, particularly when heavy thoughts weigh on him, so it is no surprise that he will many times thank sporting challengers for the opportunity to fight, not just for the chance to self improve, but also to put his mind at ease.

While Atreyu's motivations are solidly grounded in altruism, he also values pragmatism, rationalizing that he is of no good to anyone if he starves. As such he is not above charging for services or advice, though only if prearranged and not of a dire nature. He will never hesitate to provide aid to the injured or sick, even if they can not pay, but should a mercenary require his talents on a expedition, Atreyu makes sure there is monetary compensation. These funds are used to support himself and also to maintain his stock of medicines.

Things Atreyu likes


Days off
Winning a difficult match
Fruit
Small gatherings of friends
A mixed drink which would require the addition of a tiny umbrella
Healthy living
Respectful people
Organized spaces
That female guard with the fire in her eyes who patrols his street
Reading
Story telling
Clean laundry
Puppies

Things Atreyu dislikes


Needless harm and death
Inner turmoil
Uncertain purpose
An empty stomach
That very bottom part of a banana
Committing social faux pas
Greed of the wealthy
Those street performers who play really loudly
Horses struggling in swamps
Bullies


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Atreyu
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:02 am
Race: Human
Renown: 0
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

History


Tales of the order's origins are scarce at best. The sacred texts detailing its beginning were lost to fire, but what little can be pieced together from other sources tells a story of a group of monks which split off from their home temple in Viden roughly between 550 and 570. The popular theory is that they originally belonged to Ulyne's Menochoros school of martial arts, as their fighting style closely resembles the Viden born discipline. The circumstances of their departure from the school is a mystery, but no attempt was made by Viden to hunt them, nor any record of dishonor or banishment brought against the monks. The story within the order indicates that a senior ranked member of the Ulyne school reached a level of enlightenment which compelled him to go out into the world and use his healing gift with Graft to tend to the sick, protect the innocent, and teach virtues of balance and harmony. A handful of pupils followed him and together they set out on a mission of peace.

For a time the order enjoyed a period of prosperity and success, brokering peace among warring lands, offering aid to impoverished communities, and halting the spread of virulent diseases. However, all things eventually come to an end, and over time the stories of the order took on a darker tone. Tales of murder and horrors lurking in the shadows started to circulate, some too fantastical to be believed, others ringing with frightening truth. Then, shortly after arc 700, the order went completely silent.

Atreyu was too young to remember it, though sometimes he still dreams of a great fire taking the temple, and his master carrying him away into the wilderness. His earliest waking memories are, not surprisingly, of training. In contrast to the generosity and compassion that he was taught, his master was relentless in the teachings and fighting style of their order. Every day was a test of mind and body, all expectations were perfection. Hidden within these harsh lessons were greater fragments of wisdom and humility. In time Atreyu began to grow curious about his origins, the origins of their order, and why they seemed to never venture out into the world and carry on the mission he had been taught. The rebuke to these inquiries were usually harsh and painful, the message always the same. "You are not ready."

Still, persistence was an area in which Atreyu excelled, and eventually his master relented and unveiled a prized relic of their order, The Book of Names. This sacred tome was an index of all order members and their deeds. A detailed chronicle spanning the roughly 150 arcs of the order's history, the tome weighed 60 pounds and measured 3' wide, 4' tall, and 1/2 foot thick. Bound in leather with ornate patterns and clasps, the once beautiful book had endured all kinds of weather, but worst was the fire damage which had warped and blackened its covers. Flames had completely claimed the pages closest to the beginning and end of the tome, and scorched the edges of all the rest, yet in spite of all this the book endured. The master told his pupil that all the answers to his questions were within those pages. Atreyu didn't fully understand what that meant, but poured himself into the the text in hopes that he'd find what he was seeking. The Book of Names was sacred not just in terms of being a relic of the order, but because it was proof of each member's existence. Upon full initiation, the monk's vows included namelessness, a practice which allowed one to perform acts of altruism with no direct recognition for one's actions. Good was to be done for its own sake. The Book of Names was the private exception to this, where their works were documented and their names remembered. To this end, the master charged Atreyu with guarding the book at all costs to preserve the memories within.

As the arcs passed, Atreyu realized he was overdue for his full initiation, prepared to risk all to receive the Graft spark and lose his name for the sake of carrying on the order's mission. He argued with his master that if he was not ready now, then when? Three arcs had come and gone with the master denying him full rites. He had redoubled his efforts for excellence in combat, committed every lesson to heart, and was ready to travel the world and help those in need. He only lacked the spark. Worse, he had begun to recognize that this same fact weighed heavy on the master’s own soul. Atreyu couldn't understand his master’s hesitation, but privately wondered if he was somehow unfit to receive the gift from the old man. Not strong enough, not wise enough, lacking a purity of heart. As if sensing his pupil's troubled heart, the master confided that the choice to withhold the Graft from Atreyu was his own. He told his student that there was a darkness coming which he could feel in his bones, and that tomorrow Atreyu's next lesson would begin. The following morning, Atreyu awoke to find the camp empty save for some supplies and The Book of Names. Atreyu searched for trails for his master, but the old man seemed impossible to find.

It has been a little over an arc since Atreyu found Rharne and traded most of his belongings for a living space. An arc since he took on the role of assistant for a healer within the Dust quarter, attempting to learn everything he could about medicine and anatomy, resolved to do the work of his order even if he lacked the spark. In his time in the city he has used any coin he could spare to purchase books on medicine, herbalism, pressure points, and in his more selfish moments, fantastical stories of heroes from far away lands. The rest of his time is spent either in training or volunteering to help the poor. The Book of Names he guards closely, and returns to it now and again in an effort to gain some insight into his origins or what happened to his brothers and sisters. Undeterred by the challenges before him, he holds out hope that the truth will reveal itself to him in time.


The order's fighting style is a combination of philosophy and martial art, much in the same vein of Menochoros. This comparison is only further emphasised by the forms and methods used in combat, leaving little doubt as to its origin. The order's style uses the same palm, side hand strikes, and blocking, with focus on an opponent's face, throat, torso, wrists and elbow. Likewise, legs and feet are used in the same methods of kneeing, hooking, low kicks, and stamps targeting groin, shins, instep, and the back of the knees. Where the two styles diverge is in their aim, philosophy, and key components of form. In fact, many of these differences seem to mirror aspects of Da' Riya, such as the emphasis on doing no lasting harm, never striking first, and the use of throws and joint manipulation. Therefore, even if never explicitly stated, it is fair to say the order's style is a kind of hybrid of Menochoros and Da'Riya. Notable comparisons are as follows:

Menochoros teaches to always be in motion, allowing for greater evasion, but the order's style values stillness, reasoning that there is no need for the excess movement if you know who your opponent is aiming for anyway. "Let them come to you. See where they're going to strike. Only move as needed." The goal is to be as fast and efficient as possible, a necessity given that the art's primary focus is defense and so attrition is a valuable ally.

Menochoros has no compunction about killing or doing lasting damage when necessary, but for the order this is forbidden and grounds for banishment. Similar to certain variants of Da'Riya, the order's art prefers instead to inflict pain rather than outright injury, reasoning that pain is an excellent learning tool, and the bandit who feels a strong enough sting might reconsider their path in life, where as if the bandit dies then he would have learned nothing. Many point out the hypocrisy in using pain in an art which claims to do no harm, but the elders had always replied that pain was an essential part of life and growth, and that while they took no pleasure in inflicting pain on others, some bruises and a bloody nose were far preferable to the alternative. Even so, masters in the order consistently taught that there should always be balance, and that excessive pain should never be used when unwarranted. In very rare and extreme cases, it is allowed for one to use joint manipulation or locks to break arms or legs if an opponent is beyond reason and will not stop their assault on an innocent, the idea being to disable them and keep them from further harming themselves or others.

Yet another difference is in the art's aptitude for disarmament. A competent practitioner can counter and remove most kinds of weapons from an opponent in the blink of an eye, even going so far as to kick or toss the weapon to whichever location of the area would make the item most difficult to retrieve. This falls in line with the order typically not training with weapons, instead reasoning that by disarming their opponent, one is more likely to have an advantage in hand to hand. "If they place such faith in their blade, then one can remove that faith by removing the blade. Now they must learn to place their faith in their hands, and that is a lesson we are able to provide."

Yet another contrast to Menochoros is in regards to meditation. While the order uses meditation at times to clam and center oneself, it is by no means a primary focus of the discipline. Instead, training, sparring, or even simple rest and relaxation are used to help quiet one's mind, preferring the notion that true insight is not something to be found, but will come on its own. While respectful of the other arts, the order thinks that excessive meditation, particularly in pursuit of enlightenment, is a self defeating practice. "If one spends their whole life chasing enlightenment from the inside of a temple, the message they finally receive very well might be that they should get out more often." The elders reasoned that using that time to help others could grant far greater self discovery than meditation alone.

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Atreyu
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:02 am
Race: Human
Renown: 0
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Skills & Knowledges


Skills
Skill Total Points Proficiency
Unarmed Combat (Hybrid) - FT *Racial* (25/100) Novice
Endurance (15/250) Novice
Discipline (15/250) Novice
Acrobatics (10/250) Novice
Medicine (10/250) Novice
(0/250) Novice
(0/250) Novice
(0/250) Novice

Knowledges









Non-Skill


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Atreyu
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:02 am
Race: Human
Renown: 0
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Skill Point Ledger


Thread or Skill Name Points Adjustment Running Total
Starter XP +50 50
Unarmed Combat *Racial* -0 50
Discipline -15 35
Endurance -15 20
Acrobatics -10 10
Medicine -10 0
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Atreyu
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:02 am
Race: Human
Renown: 0
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Marks



This post will record any mark (Immortal Blessings / Curses) you might accrue as a PC.

A full list of Blessings & Curses can be found here
A Guide to Religion & Marks can be found here

When you are first awarded a mark, the awarding Prophet will give you the code to put in here.
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Atreyu
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Race: Human
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Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Possessions



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Wealth Ledger



Here, you record all your purchases - keeping a track of money going in and out of your character's account.
Item Adjustment Total
Starting Package +100gn 100gn
Purchase -10gn 90gn
Total Currency: 0 ON, 90 GN, 0 SN, 0 CN
When you need to put another row in there, just put this code in below the last /tr] and before the /table]

Code: Select all

[tr]
[td] Link to thread / Item [/td]
     [td] Adjustment [/td]
          [td] Total  [/td]
[/tr]
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Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:02 am
Race: Human
Renown: 0
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Renown Ledger



The person who approves your CS will award you "Starter Renown".

Useful Information : The Renown System Guide: here
Item/ Thread Renown Total
Starting Renown (determined by approving prophet) ...
When you gain more renown, just add the following to the table above, after the last /tr] and before the /table].

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[tr]
[td]Link to thread where renown is gained [/td]
    [td] Amount Rec'd [/td]
          [td] Total  [/td]
[/tr]
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Threads



Well done! This is the end of the CS. This post will be used to record past and current threads.
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