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Apr. 26th, 2017 10:57 pm
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⌈ PLAYER SECTION ⌉

Player: Stark
Contact: [plurk.com profile] starkxravingxmad
Age: 29
Current Characters: Shin-Ah [personal profile] farseen


⌈ CHARACTER SECTION ⌉

Character: Robin
Age: Early-Mid 20s
Canon: Fire Emblem: Awakening
Canon Point: End of Chapter 21

Background: Link here.

Given the way the players decisions can change small details about the character and how the story ends, I wish to clarify a few things: Robin is a male, and and I am leaving the details of his marriage ambiguous for the sake of simplicity. I will also leave the nuances of Chrom's marriage in canon (and, subsequently, who Lucina's mother is) ambiguous if it ever comes up in gameplay. Along this line, if a Morgan arrives in a future app cycle (or any other children who want Robin as their father) we can hash out the details as a cast at that time.

Personality: Although he is described as being the most mysterious among the Shepherds due to his lack of memory and shrouded origins, Robin is a congenial individual and a creative tactician whose strategies-- though called 'crazy'-- are unparalleled in their brilliance and effectiveness. Despite his amnesia, Robin doesn't angst over it. Instead, he cherishes each of the friendships he's made since joining the Shepherds, and the memories he has made has become his new narrative in his life. He is highly perceptive of the feelings of the people around him partly in thanks to his strategic mindset, and he is able to see through ruses or cut to the heart of the issues bothering his comrades in the span of a few conversations. Additionally, he is highly tolerant of the variety of quirks among his peers and is willing to play along with them-- even when it takes a physical toll on him. In his campaign to get fit with Sully, for example, he went and devoured a handful of the same seaweed that had given Sully severe digestive problems because she didn't use the supplement as directed. Sharing the pain with her only felt right in his mind, especially since he was the one who provided the seaweed in the first place!

However, there are also times when the antics of his fellow Shepherds do drive him to exasperation. Gaius and his repeated offers of sweets to placate imaginary threats of blackmail after Robin caught sight of his prison tattoo is an example, for Robin wouldn't have mentioned the tattoo to anyone even without the offers of honey cakes and custard pies.

He is fond of reading in his free time and, despite his tactical capabilities, has been known to lose strategy games because of his unwillingness to sacrifice a single pawn in order to win. This tendency shows in his battle strategies, where he relies on diversions and deceptions like allowing half of a naval fleet to go up in flames after ensuring all of the soldiers were safely aboard other vessels in order to make their enemies believe they have actually won the battle-- when the reality is actually the reverse. He cares deeply about his companions, but is also proud of his skills as a strategist; losing repeated chess games against Virion is enough to make him feel dejected, even though it's his care for the lives of everyone in the army that has allowed the Shepherds to come as far as they have.

Beyond his tactical skills, Robin also has his insecurities regarding the more mundane aspects of life. He isn't terribly confident in his cooking abilities despite his willingness to eat darn near anything that's placed in front of him, and there are points when he questions whether he actually belongs by Chrom's side.

The reveal that Robin was born to be a vessel for the Fell Dragon Grima was a crushing blow to his spirit that shook his confidence even in himself. The suggestion from Lucina that Robin may indeed be the one to deliver the killing blow to Chrom-- and become history's villain that causes her bleak future-- didn't help in this matter in the least. His trust in himself, and whether or not the rest of the Shepherds could even trust the hands of someone whose body could be taken over in an instant and used against them, shook Robin to the point that-- depending on player choice-- he was willing to let Lucina kill him to prevent that fate from happening. Chrom's kind support despite the dire circumstances of having lost the Fire Emblem to the Grimleal helped Robin reaffirm the truth for himself.

Because, no matter what one future may dictate, it is only one future. 'Fate' wasn't something that controlled their lives, but something that was in their hands. They had already changed 'fate' through the bonds formed with Chrom and the rest of the Shepherds, and 'fate' could be changed again by their will.

Abilities: Robin is a versatile person to have by your side on the battlefield both due to his combat skills and his analytic talents. Being both a swordsman and a mage capable of a variety of elemental magic, Robin also has a keen eye for analysis that allows him to understand the core of his enemies with only a glance. The latter is partly to explain the gameplay mechanic of how the Player is able to see the specific stats of friendly and enemy soldiers on the field, and see the odds of winning an encounter before making a decision. These skills play a large role in Robin's ability to create clever strategies that seem outlandish at a glance but somehow manage to work out in the end despite how dire the odds are.

As a note: despite being a vessel for the Fell Dragon Grima, Robin is not able to learn dark magic skills by ordinary means.

Beyond his skills as a warrior, Robin is also an avid reader with a fondness for history-- although he will read fictional works that strike his interest. He is also excellent at understanding and befriending a variety of people from all different backgrounds and winning them over to his side with his kind and open-hearted personality.

Alignment: Piphron-- simply because it's his trust and faith in his friends that ultimately allow him to keep his life depending on what the Player chooses the ending to be. This is reinforced in his appearances in other media, where he can be heard making declarations about how his bonds with his friends literally give him strength.

On the negative side, I'm also choosing this because his trust in himself both as a tactician and an individual wavers quite a bit later in canon... but, it's also through his belief and trust in his friends that he finds the strength to trust himself again.

Other: While Robin is technically a vessel for the dragon Grima, this status doesn't give him any special abilities beyond what is specific to the narrative. It shouldn't effect normal gameplay in this context-- although Robin may still have his nightmares and occassional bouts of migraines if there is an appropriate trigger within gameplay.

Addition, Robin's suceptibility to having his actions being controlled with others will likely be a non-issue. In canon, the ones who have this capacity are those who are directly connected to his origins or those who are directly associated with Grima. In practical play within a game, only a player character with sufficient reason and who is more powerful than those who can do this in canon would be able to do something similar.

Robin himself does not have the capacity to control others in a similar manner.

⌈ SAMPLE SECTION ⌉


General Sample: Link on the TDM

Emotion Sample: With Penelo and With Allura.

Questions: N/A
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PLAYER
YOUR NAME: Stark
18+?: Yes
CONTACT: [plurk.com profile] starkxravingxmad
CHARACTERS IN GAME: n/a
RESERVATION LINK: n/a

CHARACTER: CANON SECTION
NAME: Robin
AGE: Unspecified; Assumed to be in his early 20s
CANON: Fire Emblem: Awakening

CANON HISTORY: Link here.

Given the way the players decisions can change small details about the character and how the story ends, I wish to clarify a few things. Firstly: Robin is a male, and unmarried for the sake of simplicity. I will leave the nuances of Chrom's marriage in canon (and, subsequently, who Lucina's mother is) ambiguous if it ever comes up in gameplay. Along this line, Robin has yet to meet his child, Morgan, or any other children that he may have with whomever his wife ends up being.

Secondly: I wish to play it so that Robin made the decision to deliver the finishing blow upon Grima himself-- at the cost of his own life, unless his bonds with the rest of the Shepherds is strong enough to allow him to continue with his life.

CANON PERSONALITY:

SKILLS/ABILITIES: Robin is a unit of the Tactician class-- meaning that he is skilled with swords, elemental magic, and has a keen eye for analysis that allows him to understand the core of his enemies with only a glance. The latter is partly to explain the gameplay mechanic of how the Player is able to see the specific stats of friendly and enemy soldiers on the field, and see the odds of winning an encounter before making a decision. As a note: despite being a vessel for the Fell Dragon Grima, Robin is not able to learn dark magic skills by ordinary means.

To make play easier in a game, I will not be playing Robin beyond his base class.

In addition to the combat skills, Robin also has two class skills called Veteran and Solidarity-- both of these skills allow paired up and adjacent allies to have a higher rate of EXP gain and an increased chance of landing a Critical Hit or of evading a blow. In narrative practice, these can be extrapolated as being an extension of Robin's pedantic habits and his gregarious, open nature.

Beyond the class related and combat skills, Robin is also an avid reader with a fondness for history-- although he will read fictional works that strike his interest. He is excellent at reading and befriending a variety of people from all different backgrounds, and the people who encounter him generally have a positive opinion of his nature.

CHARACTER: AU SECTION
AU NAME: Robin Thorrsson
AU AGE: 30
PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES: Besides the fact that Robin is obviously older than his canon counterpart, his hair and eyes are also a natural brown and build is somewhat more solid and muscular than it would be in canon-- thanks to a lifetime with a proper diet and his military training.

Additionally, he doesn't bear the Mark of Grima on his right hand.

AU HISTORY:
AU PERSONALITY:

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