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Kaikuro's Reference by AeolianMode Kaikuro's Reference by AeolianMode

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:bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: Acknowledgements!

The harp's visual design is courtesy of ~coutrama, who is a good friend of mine and has done a beautiful job in designing the harp. I merely inked over what ~coutrama already made so it would be in a consistent style- all credits go to ~coutrama for the beautiful design!

I have also redrawn the headshot turnaround, I think I like it slightly better now, but let me know what you think.

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:bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: CHARACTER INFORMATION

World-Specific Details
Former Accursed form: A snake
Level of Control when he was Accursed: Could transform by will.
Medallion Gift: Wisdom
Passive Medallion Magic: It replaces physical vision in right eye. If it were anywhere else on his body, he could still "see" out of it. It's extremely disorienting if it were anywhere else, though, so he keeps it parallel to his natural eye. The magic stops if the Medallion is removed, however.
Medallion Stage: Stage 2
Comfort with Medallion: Extremely comfortable. Never hides it or takes it off.
Communication with Medallion: Very poor. It does not glow very often. He almost always benefits from the vision it gives him, though.

Basic Statistics
Name: Kaikuro
Nickname: Kai
Meaning of name: Windstorm
Origin of name: Raisuranian
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Blood type: A
Astrological sign: N/A
Chinese zodiac: N/A
Element N/A
Nationality: Raisuran
Ethnicity: Raisuranian
Race/Species: Human
Sexual Orientation: Asexual/Heteroromantic
Current status (marital/dating): Single
Political Party: Exclusivist Medallion-Bearers
Police/Criminal/Legal record: -Removed for spoilers.-
Social class as a child: Middle class
Social class as an adult: Low-middle class
Birth date: Aerai 27, 6547
Birth place: Sencere Taoul, Raisuran
Current residence: Doumaar, Lemaar
Occupation: Herbalist
Title/Rank: N/A
Hobbies/Pastimes: Music, painting
Talents/Skills/Powers: He has a Medallion of Wisdom. Further information on his Medallion's powers, beyond the provision of vision and lightning, are -removed for spoilers.-

Past History
Hometown: Sencere Taoul, Raisuran
First Memory: His mother would wear lavender-scented perfume. She would play her harp for him during harsh blizzards, while he curled up near a fire.
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her; how/why: When he ran away from his father's home, subsequently meeting Indara. His mother/son relationship with her remains to this day.
Other memories/events that still affects him/her; why/how: -Removed for spoilers.-
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why: He treated Indara very poorly in his early childhood. Remembering the sorts of things he did and said causes him to cringe. He intensely regrets his decisions when he became part of an Aeraidan cult.
Biggest role model and why: Indara, because of her selflessness and her passion to be the picture of love to all she meets. He wants to be just like her.
Biggest disillusions from childhood: Kaikuro's childhood was, in his opinion, filled with falsehood. He struggled with moral labels; he did not fully understand good and evil, believing the world more grey than black and white, and due to this lack of moral distinction, he made many bitter mistakes.
Backstory: -Removed for spoilers.-

Physical Characteristics

Height: 5'4''
Weight: Under 100 Pounds
Posture: Stiff-jointed
Build: Scrawny
Skin: Pale
Hair: Black
Widow's peak: No.
Ears: A little too large for his face, and red around the edges.
Eyes: Right eye is gone. The socket of his skull is devoid of muscle, filled in with flesh. His left eye is a dull brown. The shape of his eye is a bit narrow, with many folds, and bags underneath.
Nose: His nose angles to a point, with a very thin bridge. It can be described as a hawk's beak.
Mouth/Lips/Teeth: He has thin, pale lips, forming a rather straight line for his mouth. His teeth are naturally imperfect, somewhat crooked. His two front teeth have a noticeable gap between them.
Face shape: Angular. His cheekbones are sharp and prominent. He has a very thin face, and his jawline is not very strong, and his chin is not very large.
Expressions: His expressions are typically subdued. He does not show a whole lot of emotion on his face, at least, not exaggerated emotion. He does use his eyebrows a lot, however.
Describe their smile: "Lopsided" would be the best way to describe this man's smile. He tends to lift just one corner of his mouth, his lips part just enough to show his crooked teeth.
Hands: Very bony, with sharp knuckles and prominent tendons.
Feet: Similar to his hands, larger than average, with flexible toes.
Glasses/Contacts: He wears his Medallion over his right eye, which provides a magical replacement to his vision.
Tatoos/Scars: He has a spattering of scars on the right side of his face, as well as his right shoulder and the right side of his back. It was the result of one incident concentrated to the upper right side of his body.
Ambidextrous, left or right handed?: Right-handed.
Distinguishing features: He wears his Medallion over his missing eye, and underneath it he typically wears some sort of covering over his scars. His thin body and sunken features make him easily identified beyond this.
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: He takes after his father in almost all regards.
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Practical
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: See visual reference.
Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe: He has something a bit nicer for formal occasions, which is not on the reference. I may draw it soon.
Jewelry and/or other accessories: Besides his Medallion, he does not have any jewelry or accessories.
Weapons: He has a set of dual knives with serpent-shaped hilts, -removed for spoilers-. He highly dislikes them, often considers disposing of them, yet they still remain tucked away in his home.
Health: Kai's health is very poor. He does not eat well or sleep well, and due to his self-hate, he does a very poor job taking care of himself. About 30 percent of the time he is spent suffering from one physical ailment or another, and 80 percent of the time he feels weak.
Hygiene: Despite his poor health, he does what he can to maintain his hygiene, simply because he cares to make a good impression on the people he is with. He values other people so much more than he values himself, that he wants them to be comfortable with him. Thus, he takes good care of his physical appearance.
Physical Flaws:Facially, he has crooked teeth, large ears, sunken eyes, and a nose that seems a bit too hooked. His body is too thin and weak. He has a spattering of unappealing scars on his face, back, and shoulder.
Physical Qualities: Despite his thinness, Kaikuro isn't necessarily ugly, though many would find him homely or somewhat unattractive. If he had better health, he would be more attractive. If his eyes weren't so sunken, he would look kindly and approachable. Unfortunately, right now, he just looks pathetic.

Other Characteristics
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Balanced
Describe their mannerisms/poses/movement: He is self-conscious and his gestures tend to be focused inward. For example, he crosses his arms and legs often, and he slouches when he sits.
Describe their walk: His stride is careful, slow, and deliberate. He pays close attention to the world around him, and tends to look around a lot when he walks.
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: He is very careful about keeping a tight schedule. He goes about his day with rigid order and hates spontaneity. He is also obsessively clean and keeps rigid order in his home.
Speech patterns: He has a prominent stutter, which worsens depending on how nervous he is. His stutter rangers from getting stuck on certain words, to repeating sounds over and over.

His "normal" stutter: "Where is e-e-everyone g-g-going? Nervous stutter: "Wh... wh... where is - where is e-e-everyone g-g-g-going?"

Unique phrases: When he is flustered, he tends to say, "oh- oh- oh dear."
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: When he is particularly upset, he sometimes curses in his native language. His "favorite" native swears are "kaoec" and "baentuhie".
Write a piece of dialogue that this character might say (can be between someone else): "Um... I d... I d-d-don't think this is a... a v-very good idea... We should go."
Describe their voice: Mostly middle-pitched and gentle. His voice is typically clear, without any graveliness or frogs in his throat.
Describe their sleep patterns (light/heavy sleeper, no sleep, sleeps too often, etc): He's a very light sleeper, and he wakes easily. It takes a while for him to fall asleep and he wakes too early to be healthy.
Describe their eating patterns/diet (What do they eat, how do they eat, how often, are they picky, high, low, or average metabolism): He is a vegetarian, and he is also a teetotaler. He tends to skip meals, surviving on very little. Because he has a low metabolism, he is able to maintain this lifestyle without starving to death. As a consequence, however, he is constantly weak and frail.
Describe their house/dwelling: He lives with the dragon Indara, who has a very comfortable and homey residence. Though she is naturally a disorganized person, her house maintains tidiness due to Kaikuro's tendencies to clean things and keep his surroundings organized and precise. Between Indara's inviting interior decorating and Kaikuro's organized mannerisms, they have a very comfortable home.
Describe their bedroom: He makes his bed every morning and doesn't leave things all over the floor. Indara furnished his room comfortably, but if he had his choice, he would live on the bare minimum. If Kaikuro were to live on his lonesome, his house and room could be described as depressingly bare and rigidly organized.
Describe their daily rituals: He wakes up much too early, makes his bed, washes his face, gets dressed, and skips breakfast. He goes straight to work, arriving early, tidies the shop, and tends his gardens, picking various herbs. After work, he goes to the market, buys food for himself and Indara and returns home. He spends the rest of the daylight hours drawing or painting. In the evenings he sometimes goes to the tavern and plays his harp. He will eventually return home at night, eats something, and goes to bed. He may or may not eat lunch during work hours.

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: He is very smart and a deep thinker to a fault.
Known languages: Raisuranian, Lemaarian. Raisuranian is his first and primary language, and he thinks in this language. He stutters in Raisuranian as well as Lemaarian.
Long-term goals/desires in life: He is motivated intensely by personal redemption. If he cannot feel as though he has redeemed himself, he wants to die. Sometimes he attempts suicide, but these attempts are circumvented by his Medallion.
Short-term goals/desires in life: He wishes to fulfill his services to the king, and do whatever he asks of him. He believes that if he follows everything the king asks of him without question, he will achieve his redemption. -Further information removed for spoilers.-
Secret desires: He doesn't want to admit it to himself, but he really wants a woman to love. Unfortunately, he tells himself he doesn't want to be loved back, to the point of believing it.
How self-confident is s/he?: *snort*'s Kai. He is very much the opposite of confident.
How do they see him/herself?: -Removed for spoilers.-, Kaikuro spiraled into intense self-hate. He realized the errors of his ways, and he realized that the life he had was an undeserved gift- a gift he is too guilty to bear. He hates himself with a passion.
How do they believe s/he is perceived by others?: He is very self-conscious and always wonders how he is coming across to others. He is inclined to believe other people dislike him, too, unless it is obviously otherwise.
What is the character most proud of?: Kaikuro tries not to admit that he's ever "proud" of anything, but if he decided to be completely honest with himself, he would admit that he sometimes takes pride in the rare moments he is able to help other people. He quickly tries to pound away the feelings.
What does s/he like least about his/herself?: Everything. Well, that's a bit of an overstatement. The thing he hates most about himself is his history, and the consequences of his past actions. This spills over into hatred for his physical body.
How do they express themselves?: He expresses himself as clearly and honestly as he can. He sometimes bottles up his feelings to keep them from spilling over into other people, but if he is probed or questioned, he will "uncork" his deeper feelings and concerns and speak honestly. Otherwise, he tends not to dwell on darker concepts. Instead, he expresses himself with an air of calmness, tact, and clarity.
Is this character generally dominant or submissive?: He is submissive. He is willing to do whatever is asked of him (provided it is within his moral realms.) He folds to the requests and desires of other people to make them happy.
Describe their level of patience: He is extremely patient in most situations, and extremely impatient in others. He is patient in dealing with people, he is willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, and he is able to keep his calm in the midst of explosive and unruly personalities. However, in stressful situations, he is impulsive and acts without thinking.
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?: He is ruled by emotion. This is why he is sometimes patient and impatient. With people, he is emotionally calm and has a very clear head, because he highly values other people much more than himself. When he is in a stressful and dangerous *situation*, he loses his calm, panics, and acts without thinking, often placing himself in much worse situations than when he started. This is also due to valuing others more than himself, and his tendencies to self-hate. Emotion dictates almost everything he does. He throws logic out the window when he is stressed.
Most at ease when: He is more at ease when he is in a small group of close friends. Being with someone else makes him more at ease than being completely alone.
Ill at ease when: He dislikes being in crowds, and he doesn't like to be in cramped spaces, caves, or hot weather.
Describe his/her sense of humor: There are rare moments when Kaikuro can be funny on purpose. However, it is usually subdued, and it takes people a moment to realize he was being funny. Otherwise, people more often laugh *at* him than *with* him, which embarrasses him.
If granted one wish, what would it be and why?: -Removed for spoilers.-
Character/Personality/Mental/Social Strengths: He is a good listener, and thus, people find him a good source to confide in when they're having trouble. He is known to give thoughtful, encouraging advice and is very gentle in his approach to people. Despite his stutter, he argues with intellectual clarity, and maintains a respectful and civil air during a debate.
Character/Personality/Mental/Social Flaws: He becomes overwhelmed in crowds, is challenging to deal with in stressful situations, and it takes a patient person, in turn, to deal with him in the darker stages of depression.
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Humility
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Most likely, envy. This is because he is envious of people he wishes he could be, living lives he never got to have.
Biggest Vulnerability (non physical): If he is ever described as being a burden, or blamed for hurting someone else, he is severely crushed.
Optimist or pessimist: Pessimist.
Greatest fear: Harming an innocent.
Other fears/phobias: Note to readers: I believe there is a distinct difference between "fear" and "phobia". I believe, personally, that people are too quick to label a regular fear as a phobia. There is a difference, and it is severe. There are degrees of severity of phobias, as well.

Kai suffers from severe ophidiophobia (fear of snakes). He panics when he sees them, and goes great lengths to avoid having to contact them, irrationally running in the opposite direction of the snake, or if he is in a confined room, places himself as far from the snake as he possibly can. There is a reason for the fear of snakes. Unfortunately, it is -removed for spoilers.-

He has a fear of tight spaces and a fear of caves, though neither of these are legitimate phobias. The fear of tight spaces is because of the various tiny places he has squeezed in to as a child in his snake form, yet he was not able to control his transformations, and he would turn back into a human at a bad time, trapping himself until townsfolk (or Indara) could find him and free him. His fear of caves is due to his time spent in the Tunnelworks of Aeraida during his involvement in the Accursed cult.

Emotional/psychological/social peculiarities: Kai is a peculiar man in general. Due to his life experiences, he has suffered quite a few traumas, both in his control, and out of his control. He lost his mother at a young age, and his father was an alcoholic. He watched his hometown attacked by Zairen's Accursed forces, and he's watched people cut down and burn to death. He is extremely scarred because of it, and these experiences initially led to his darkness, rage, and violent nature as a teen. He completely changed since then, but he still bears a heavy weight due to his complex circumstances, which shaped him into the complicated man he is now. He is difficult to understand, but he understands others.
Biggest regret: -Removed for spoilers.-
Other regrets: His treatment of Indara, the lack of love he had for his father in the midst of trials, the rebellion he expressed in his youth.
Biggest accomplishment: He wouldn't admit it, but he feels his biggest accomplishment is getting hired by Artonai as an herbalist-in-training.
Minor accomplishment: Any day he lives as a contributing member of Doumaar society is an accomplishment, especially as he is burdened every day with guilt and depression.
Musical talents/instruments: He can play the harp, lute, and violin. He can also sing.
Character's darkest/deepest secret: Kaikuro isn't the type of person who particularly wants to keep secrets. He is willing to answer any question he is directly asked. He doesn't want to openly explore topics of his history, however, but he won't be deceptive if he is asked. Further info is -removed for spoilers.-
Does this character have a deep/dark secret?: Yes.
What is the secret?: -Removed for spoilers.-
Does anyone know about it?: Yes.
Who knew about the secret?: Indara, the Aeraidan Council, the Doumaar Council, various Aeraidan Citizens
How did they find out?: -Removed for spoilers.-
What was the result of the secret?:</b> Indara was heartbroken, but still loved him. The council wanted to execute him, but couldn't, due to -removed for spoilers.- Olgrich pardoned his crimes and gave him a new life. Any new people who learn of the "secret" in the future are likely to be faced with a darker side of Kai to consider, and to ask themselves the same question he had been asking himself since the incident: does he deserve to live? And does he deserve to be loved and have friends?
Other/minor secrets: There really isn't any. Kai was a rebellious boy in his youth and he committed various minor crimes, though none of them are particularly noteworthy. After receiving his Medallion, he had a very dramatic change of character and perspective, no longer doing anything particularly worthy of secrecy.

Likes: Autumn, cats, sunsets, honey, painting and sketching, playing his harp, brief nature walks, cool weather, gardening, birdwatching, debating
Dislikes: He dislikes people who practice things he finds immoral, but he will still treat them well.
Color: Lavender
Clothing: His scarf
Place and why: Doumaar's various parks. They are peaceful and he likes to be among nature, without the danger of traveling out of the city gates to experience the forests and wildlife outside.
Room in the house and why: His room. When he is feeling the need to be alone for a little while and have some time to himself, he feels very comfortable in an environment he is in complete control of.
Food/drink: Honey, water.
Music genre: Traditional Raisuranian music.
Song and Singer/Band: His favorite songs include various Raisuranian folk tales and melodies. "Bands/singers" would probably be irrelevant, though he is always inspired by others who have musical talents.
Movie/Tv Show/Performance: N/A. Kaikuro doesn't really go to Doumaar theaters to watch performed drama and plays.
Actor/Performer: N/A
Book: He doesn't read very often, but he loves "The Legend of Naruion", a historical Raisuranian epic poem about the dragon king in the mountains.
Historical figure: Lord Kotiern, the previous king of the Northern Raisuranian provinces. He agrees with Kotiern's ideals and finds many of his achievements quite heroic.
Subject in school: Kaikuro was only schooled for a brief amount of his life in Sencere Taoul and Aeraida, but he quickly spiraled into rebellion. He is only barely capable of reading and writing Lemaarian, though he is competent in Raisuranian. He was not really schooled in much else beyond literacy and basic math. What he knows of history and culture are what he has learned in conversation or reading.
Animal: Swans.
Least favorite...:</b>
Clothing: Socks.
Place: The rowdier taverns Doumaar has to offer. He avoids them like the plague. He prefers more high-class taverns to play his harp in, even though he doesn't really buy anything there.
Food/drink: Meat, ale.
Music genre: He can enjoy any cultural genre, provided it was played with a talented hand and sang with a talented tongue. He thinks traditional Zepharrian music can sound appalling when not done properly, though.
Subject in school: He dislikes doing math, but he hasn't done much of it, so he didn't really learn it very well to begin with.

Simple pleasures: Cats, tea, and sunshine.
Greater pleasures: Walks in the park, being with close friends.
Where does this character hang out?: Various parks and occasionally higher-class taverns. He prefers Doumaar's parks, however.
Where is this character's dream place to live?: He's living there now, in Doumaar. He feels highly privileged to be a citizen of the capitol city and living with his surrogate mother in a comfortable home.
Motto/Personal quote: Life isn't fair, that's why I'm alive.
Mode of transportation: On foot. He can ride a Taaracht (bulky cow/bear creature), but he doesn't like it very much.
Most prized possession and why: His Medallion. Like most Medallion-bearers, he values the trinket as he would his own soul.

Emotional Characteristics
Describe character's sense of morals: Extreme. Kaikuro is one of the most morally conscious people alive. He can be described as a bit extreme and takes things too seriously, but he would disagree- in fact, he would say it's impossible to take morality "too seriously". The world is black and white to Kai, and nothing in-between.
What do they consider taboo (something they personally would never do): Have sex outside of wedlock. Kai's terrified of that.
Describe character's etiquette: He's perhaps a little too rigid in formal situations. In informal situations, he loosens up only a little. He picks up on subtleties from other people, and at the same time, he can be a bit too subtle, himself. He is not a blunt person and he approaches people gently.
Describe character's sense of self-control: He is very controlled when dealing with people, but when he is stressed, he can snap and do stupid things. Still, he is not particularly known to get angry very easily, and when he does get angry, most people would find him *very amusing*, not intimidating. Still, instances of anger are few and far-between. Kai is known to be a very gentle, controlled person.
Spontaneous or structured?: Structured
Instinctual or logical?: Instinctual
How does this character act in public?: He tolerates, but dislikes, crowds. When he's dealing with larger groups of people, he can be a bit rigid and too formal. He's very self-conscious in public and tends to isolate himself from large gatherings of people, migrating to corners and more isolated locations.
How does this character act in privacy?: He is much more comfortable in small groups of people he knows well, opening up much more than normal. He will relax, find a comfortable spot to sit, and he's content to talk for hours.
How does this character act around strangers vs. how they act around friends?: He's very friendly towards both- in fact, in one-on-one situations, he treats strangers as though he would treat a friend. Still, he is slightly uncomfortable around those he does not know well, and he always assumes that they think poorly of him. He still does what he can to make them comfortable and treat them respectfully. He tries to refrain from talking about himself to strangers, unless he's directly asked a question. As for friends, he is much more familiar with them and tends to open up to them. He will open up about himself more, and talk about how he is feeling about things.
How does this character act around family?: He doesn't have any blood relatives living where he is anymore. His only "family" would be Indara, and he both loves her, and feels like a burden to her. He wants so badly to make up for the cold and heartless things he has done to her in his youth, and he feels guilty for continuing to rely on her for housing. Still, she is the only person he will really spill his deepest feelings to. While he will talk about things to close friends, he always holds something back. To Indara, his emotions tend to gush forth in a big, blubbering mess.
How has this character most changed from youth?: </b>A lot. A whole, whole lot. In fact, most of this profile deals with how much he's changed. I would be redundant to continue to explain it.
How have they remained the same?: There's actually not very many aspects of Kai that have remained the same, though there are a few. For one thing, he will always be an artist. For another, he will always be an introvert. Of course there are more, among minor likes/dislikes and tastes in other things, but a big part of Kaikuro's character is dealing with the fact that he has turned a 180, so most of him has changed.
Has this character dealt with the loss of someone they knew?: Yes.
Whom?: His mother.
How has it affected them?: It was a severe emotional scar, and it tore him and his father apart. It was the catalyst to Rao's alcoholism, and that was the catalyst to Kaikuro running away from home and becoming extremely rebellious.
How does this character deal with or react to...:
He panics in dangerous and stressful situations in which other people are involved in them, acting on impulse and tending to throw himself into a bigger mess than when he started. If he is alone and in danger, he normally just accepts the situation and lets himself get hurt.
Rejection: He alternates between a mentality of, "I deserve this", to sadness. He doesn't like to be rejected by people, but at the same time, he tells himself he deserves to be rejected and doesn't deserve friends to begin with. It hurts all the same.
Fright: Normally he tries not to be afraid of things, because he thinks he should die in the first place, but he can't help his phobias. He reacts in panic when in the midst of a phobic situation.
Change: He doesn't like change in his outside environment. He likes to feel like he's in control of his situation and his schedule, and he likes to know what he's doing next.
Loss: It tears him apart.
Sex/Flirting: Kai's a virgin, and he never "flirts".
Pain: He stifles his reactions to pain. In fact, he tries very, very hard not to sqeak, yelp, curse, groan, complain, or generally agonize over physical pain. He sometimes fails, of course, but he really, really tries not to show any sort of reaction to pain.
Stress: He panics in a dangerous stressful situation. In a non-dangerous stressful situation, he stutters to the extreme, paces, plucks at his hair, and generally jitters a lot.
Peer pressure: It's very hard to put "peer pressure" on Kai. His morals are extremely strong, and he will refuse to do things that he deems are wrong.
Guilt: It tears him apart. He's completely crushed by guilt.
Being wrong: He will admit to being wrong, and he tries not to have pride in situations, though sometimes he does feel a little bit pride-hurt at being wrong. He likes to argue things, and ask questions, and make people think, but when he's been proven wrong he does feel a bit put off. Still, he won't communicate that feeling and he will admit to it without hesitation.
Being criticized: He'll fold to criticism, and it'll also hurt his feelings a little. Still, he will rarely argue with it or try and defend himself.
Being insulted (superficially: name calling, etc): He'll roll with it. It'll hurt his feelings a little, as it would anyone, but he won't defend himself or fight back. He'd react similarly in "bully situations", if he were punched or even mugged, he won't fight back.
Offending others: He panics, offers bucketloads of apologies, and does whatever the heck he can to make up for it, to an obsessive extent. He HATES bothering other people.
Praise: He tries to brush it off and politely disagree. He really doesn't want praise to get to his head and make him see himself as anything higher than he really is.
Being loved: Similar to being praised, though to a much greater extent. Plus, it depends on the type of love. "Friend" love and "motherly/fatherly" love, he will cherish, but at the same time, feel undeserving of. "Romantic" love, he short-circuits and implodes. If someone expressed romantic interest in him, his entire world gets flung upside-down in a cycle of "oh-oh-oh dear what do I do about this!? I should be very, very loving but I don't want to be loved in return!" He would shower the person with love and affection and feel very, very guilty for getting it in return.
Being hated: It hurts his feelings, but ultimately he tells himself he deserves it. He will still treat the person who hates him very well, even to the point of being willing to save them if they were in danger.
Humiliation:He feels very, very embarrassed and tries to get out of the situation as quickly as possible. (Kai, did you fart? You did, didn't y- hey, where are you going?)
How does this character express...:
Anger: Most of the time, he keeps anger extremely subdued. He takes a deep breath and lets it go away. Only very, very rarely will he lose his temper and "explode", though Kai explosions tend to be amusing and funny to everyone witnessing one, because he is not violent or mean to anyone. Usually, he simply flails, yells rather stupid-sounding things, and then feels embarrassed.
Sadness: He tends to bottle them up, try not to express it, and talks about it with Indara or one of his closer friends if the subject comes up. Otherwise, he bottles it up, and when he's alone, he feels overwhelmed (depending on the severity). In the darker ranges of depression, if he is alone for too long, he may attempt suicide.
Fear: See "Fright".
Happiness/Excitement: Kaikuro is not always a depressing or sad individual, in fact he expresses joy, happiness, and excitement quite often. In fact, more often than his sadness and depression. He likes to talk about what makes people (and himself) happy, and tries not to explore darker and uncomfortable topics in the company of others.
Love (Consider the 'Five Languages of Love'): If he were to get in a relationship with someone, Kaikuro's love language would be "words of affirmation", and he would be best at responding to "deeds of service".
Lust: Kaikuro does not lust after people, as he is largely asexual. If he were to be lusted towards, he would be extremely uncomfortable and try to avoid that person. (He would still be nice to them and treat them well, though.)
Stress: See above.
Dislike (of a person, thing, or idea): He does dislike people sometimes, but he doesn't let that change how he treats them. As for things or ideas, he avoids them intensely if he dislikes them.
Approval (of a person, thing, or idea): He doesn't like to believe or think that a person needs his "approval" to be treated well and accepted.
How does this character generally express themselves?: He is intelligent, and he is able to communicate well. However, he tends to hide and bottle up darker emotions and only expresses them to people he knows well. Sometimes, his art and music provides a release.
What does this character think/feel about...:
Extremely important, and required for sex. It is the most wholesome, safe, and honorable way to start a family, and makes life for the couple and their children much easier than an alternative.
Children: He thinks children are great, but he's uncomfortable around them. He doesn't know how to deal with children and he is very awkward with them. Some of them find him awkward, too, though others find him fascinating and ask him way too many questions.
Family/Family Values: He thinks family is extremely important. His own family was so broken, however, he is sometimes envious of those who have had a good family life. He believes a healthy family is the foundation to shaping an individual, and believes it is the most important aspect of a child's life.
Children/Youth: See "Children".
Old age: He hopes he won't live long enough to find out what it's like to be old. However, he greatly respects the elderly and finds them fascinating to talk to.
Sex: Save it for marriage, and don't do it with him. He's uncomfortable about the very idea of sex, and he is largely asexual. If he were ever married, however, he would have sex, if not solely for the benefit of his wife.
Love: Very important to him. He loves many people. A romantic love, however, while possible to manifest in Kai's heart, would leave him short-circuiting and largely not knowing what to do with himself.
Friendship/Other relationships: Also very important. He highly values his friends and sees them as undeserved gifts.
Homosexuality: He thinks it's wrong, and somewhat gross, though he won't treat a homosexual any differently than someone else. He might tell them that he thinks what they're doing is wrong, but he wouldn't say it out of hatred or malice, he would just express his opinions on the subject and leave it at that. Whether or not a homosexual would be offended by Kai depends on the individual, and he would feel terribly if he offended one.
The opposite sex: He's only slightly more comfortable with women than men. He's more emotional than most men and he feels that men misunderstand him more often. Due to his experiences in life, he has been shaped differently than most men as a person, and thus, he approaches, and is approached by, women more often and more easily.
The same sex: He is only slightly less comfortable with men than women. Even so, some of his best friends are men- he deals best with personalities who are either more thoughtful and gentle, or who are laid-back enough to not care so much about how emotional Kai is. Many men just find Kai ridiculous and over-the-top.
Money/Material things: He doens't have a lot of money, and he rarely spends it on things that entertain himself. He is more willing to give money away than spend it on himself. He doesn't really value material possessions very much and doesn't think them all too important.
Politics: He's a little detached when it comes to politics. In his past, he was a bit extreme, but lately he tends to stay out of civil affairs.
Religion: "Religion" does not exist in Ailevian. Everything in the story is spiritual, so the characters have no distinction between what is "spiritual" and what isn't. It is simply how the world works. They don't have a word for "spiritual" and they don't have a word for "religion". There is no such thing as "gods", and it is not a concept that has been invented by the peoples. However, different characters have different beliefs on what is true about their world, therefore they have differing viewpoints on life. There is a reason why the story works this way; however, I will not explain it at this time.
Destiny/Duty: He wants to believe everyone has a purpose and a reason to be alive, but when it comes to himself, he wishes he was never born.
Magic/Myth: Since magic exists in Ailevian among all Medallion-holders (and everyone is or was a shapeshifter), there's not much to be said here. "Myths" exist, though mostly as fairytales and fictional legends, not supernatural forces.
Racism/Races in general: Ridiculous. Humanity and dragons are on the same level and should be treated equally.
Science/Technology: Amazing. He's very thankful for its existence and progress in society.
Nature/Animals: He loves nature, and he likes animals, in particular, cats and birds.
Modernity: Comfortable. He likes to be in places he understands. If he was in a situation where he had to rely on outdated technology he would feel rather out of place.
Antiquity: Fascinating. He likes to learn about things of the past.
Their past: Hates it, hates himself, wishes he wasn't born. It would be redundant to explain why.
Their future: Uncertain. He isn't sure what is going to become of himself or what the king has in mind for his future, but he will follow the king's orders without question.
Their role in society/job/etc: Unimportant, just as he wants to be. He has no desire to be anyone grand or significant, and he is content to be a simple working-class citizen of Doumaar.
Drugs and alcohol: Hates it. He avoids both like the plague, and wishes others would do the same.
Killing/Murder: Sends chills down his spine to think about. He avoids killing, even if most would say it's a justified cause. If he were in battle, he would avoid killing someone. If he were in a situation where he was defending someone else, he would do so in a way that would avoid killing the enemy- he would attempt to incapacitate them in any way other than ending their life.
Education: Very important to society, though he never got a good one, himself. He still turned out alright in terms of intelligence, though.
The foreign/unknown: He wishes to understand it. He is not afraid of the unknown and wants to learn more.
How does the character view life?: He extremely values the lives of others, but does not value his own.
How does the character view death?: He wants to die. However, the king brought up an interesting point that has had him thinking for a very long time: the king said that death is a good thing to those who have a Medallion. And Kai believes he doesn't deserve a good thing. So, does he really want to die? Is it escaping what he really deserves: a life in suffering? He struggles with the concept of whether or not he deserves to die, teetering throughout his life.
How does the character view society?: Every society differs. However, he finds it largely important and thinks that the best way to survive and thrive is within one.
How does the character imagine his/her own death?: He wants to die by sacrificing himself to save someone else. That is his ideal death, but he'll be content with however his end manages to come.
What does the character want out of life?: He wants to redeem himself, if it's even possible.
What does this character consider 'success' to be?: When thinking in terms outside of himself, he thinks having a loving family and close friends means that one has succeeded in life. However, he sees his personal success very differently. He has succeeded if he feels he has been redeemed.
What would the character like to change in his/her life?: His history. He wishes he could wipe it all away and start over.
What motivates this character and why?: Redemption. I'd be redundant to explain why.
What discourages this character and why?: Battling with his depression and whether or not he should die is a constant struggle, and he oftentimes feels hopeless.
What makes this character happy and why?: Being able to encourage others and make his friends feel comfortable and loved is the epitome of Kai's happiness.
What makes this character sad and why?: Being unable to help others leaves him feeling inadequate and useless.
What makes this character angry and why?: Injustice, and subsequently being unable to stand up for those who are being wronged. Sometimes, others can make Kai angry if they try very, very hard, though this side of Kai's anger is more amusing than not.
What humiliates this character?: The most basic aspects of his humanity: sweating, gas, hunger grumbles, hiccuping, yawning, sneezing, vomiting, excrement, drooling, having a runny nose, stuff like that. He gets embarrassed about all of it if any ever happens in the presence of another, to an extent most would find amusing. Beyond that, he's also humiliated on a deeper level about his history, currently most of it centers on his treatment of Indara, which he remembers with bitter regret and many facepalms.
What most describes this character's personality?: Words to describe his personality would be: Self-Sacrificing, Gentle, Patient (with people), Neurotic, Depressing, Insightful, and Uptight.
Psychoanalysis (Describe why they act the way they do): Kaikuro is, by and large, an ISFJ. (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging.) He wasn't always an ISFJ, though- his personality changed along with significant developments in his history and relational experiences. His primary motivation that defines his character is redemption of past wrongdoings. He takes morality very seriously. A more in-depth psychoanalysis would take a lot of time, and this profile has already gotten long enough as it is. xD
Does it stem from childhood or an event, or chemical?: All of them. I believe that a personality is formed from all factors, examples being relational, psychological, and environmental. Everything has played into how Kai has developed as a person.

Relationships with Others
Relationship skills: He has good people skills and makes friends easily with those who can understand him and put up with how emotional and deep-thinking he is. He most easily befriends people who are likewise deep-thinkers, or people who are laid-back enough not to care about how ridiculous he can be.
Loves: He loves a lot of his friends, though it is not romantic.
Lusts: N/A
Crushes: N/A
Girlfriend/Boyfriend(s): N/A
Other lover(s): N/A
First crush...: N/A
How did it start?:</b> N/A
Best friends: Kaabel Sori
Friends: Due to a formatting issue, I need to rebuild this later.
Confident/Mentor: Indara, sometimes King Olgrich
Hates: He doesn't really *hate* anybody.
Dislikes: He dislikes people who practice things he finds immoral, but he will still treat them well.
Rivals:He doesn't really have any.
Pets: Indara doesn't mind him bringing home the occasional street cat- he currently owns four. They are all named after tea.
What kind of person would s/he consider to be the perfect partner?: A woman who is patient and able to put up with him when he enters the darker stages of depression, and is able to lift him up out of it.
How is s/he perceived by...:
Strangers see Kai as an unusual man, even among those who have only seen him in a crowd and never actually talked to him. Some find him off-putting and strange, others are curious about him, some are able to detect how unhealthy he is and feel sorry for him.
Friends: His friends sometimes teeter between feeling pity and sympathy towards him. They value him and cherish his kindness and gentle conversation. Sometimes, though, he can get a little tedious, but they still like him and understand his flaws. They wish they could do more to help him and encourage him and keep him from beating himself up all the time, but they understand he has gone through a lot. They might not know everything about him, and they may sometimes find themselves nosey or curious about his experiences in life. They suspect he has been deeply traumatized and they are usually patient with him. They are largely comfortable around Kai. They like him and respect him.
Coworkers/Colleagues: Kai is sometimes hard to work with because he takes things a little too seriously and beats himself up too much. Still, he is a hard worker and a respectable man. His boss, Artonai, finds him one of the best employees one could have. He arrives early, leaves late, works hard, and is honest. There's not much to complain about when dealing with Kai, even though he sometimes gets stressed out and overburdens himself. The worst part about Kai as a worker is that his health is so poor, sometimes he misses work or feels ill during work. These instances are not extremely common, but they do happen more often than most people. For the most part, Kai is liked by his coworkers and his boss.
Lover(s)/Partner(s): N/A
Family: Indara loves Kaikuro unconditionally. Even though he has given her a lot of grief in the past, she sees how much he has changed and wants nothing more than to help him change even more, for the better. She wants him to love life, to become happy and break free from the chains of depression. She knows everything about him, from his childhood to his adulthood- she has watched him grow up and is closer to him than anyone else currently alive. Due to losing her baby boy in her past, Indara has since connected with Kaikuro- she considers him her son, though he could never replace the one she lost, she loves him just as much.
What happens to change this perception if at all?: Nothing, really.
Is s/he judgmental of others?: Yes.
To what extent?: He is judgemental of others' moral state, however, he doesn't let it change how he treats them. He slaps "good" or "evil" labels on people and refuses seeing people as anything in-between. He is extremely black-and-white morally.
Describe their sense of trust: He trusts easily, because he feels he's got nothing to lose, and he shouldn't try to protect himself from being hurt. He would rather trust and be hurt, then not trust and never have friends.
What type of individuals does s/he like or associate with?: He associates well with deep thinkers. He enjoys deep conversation and sharing thoughts about life, the universe, and everything.
How do they treat members of the opposite sex?: He treats women with a bit more care and respect than men, and even then, he already treats men well too. Women, even moreso, because he understands them to be generally more emotional and valuing the words of others.
How do they treat members of the same sex?: He treats men well, though he is just a bit more uncomfortable with them, as he feels they can misunderstand him and his words. Still, he doesn't really treat them all that differently.
What do family/friends like most about character?: His love for others and his selflessness. They find him inspiring and respect him.
What do family/friends like least about character?: His self-hate and poor health. They wish he would not be so depressed and start taking care of himself.

Sex/Romantic Life</sup>
What do they consider to be a romantic setting/activity/date?: Taking walks together, especially in parks.

As for the rest of this section, it is largely irrelevant to Kai. He has no interest in sex, and he has never had sex, though he could be romantic (as he is straight). If he were married, then he would have sex, but other than that, he could be described as asexual. It is usually the farthest thing from his mind. Of course, like all people, he would think about it once and a while, but it isn't part of his life and isn't important to him.
What did they do on their first date?: N/A
How does a typical date go for this character?: N/A
How would they like to propose or be proposed to?: N/A
Has this character lost their virginity?: No.
Was it consensual?: No.
How sexual is s/he?: N/A
How does s/he feel emotionally after sex? : N/A
Does this character have self control around individuals of their sexual desire?: Yes
Does sex play an important role in their relationships and to what extent?: No
Turn-ons: N/A
Turn-offs: N/A
Fetishes/Fantasies/Kinks: N/A
Sexual peculiarities/flaws: N/A
Sexual perks: N/A
Sexual flaws: N/A
Usually on the top or bottom?: N/A
Dominant or submissive?: N/A
Have they ever impregnated someone, or been impregnated?: No.
Has s/he ever had intercourse or a sexual experience with someone of the same sex?: No.
Possible pscyhological reasons for their sexual fantasies/behavior: N/A

Immediate family members and their ages:
Father, Kairao: Deceased
Mother, Sairah: Deceased
(His uncles are not part of the "Kai" family tree. They were adopted, but they are listed here under their birth father's name as they prefer to be known by the Jai familiy tree.)
Paternal uncle, Jaierhin: 45
Paternal uncle, Jaierneth: deceased
Maternal aunt, Saithiea: 48
Paternal grandfather Kaikuro: 83
Paternal grandmother, Lailein: deceased
Maternal grandfather, Uliaroen: deceased
Maternal grandmother, Yaekilea: deceased
Ethnicity and/or species of the mother: Raisuranian, human
Ethnicity and/or species of the father: Raisuranian, human
Birth order: N/A
Extended family: I will build this later.
Any important/infamous/famous ancestors?: Yes.
Whom?: His granftather, who he was named after. He invented new kinds of weapons, forged from the finest of Raisuranian ore. To this day, Kaikuro Sr. remains in Raisuran as a respected blacksmith
How have they affected this character, or their life?: Not really. Kaikuro Jr. doesn't really know his grandfather very well. He's spoken to him a few times in his early youth, but after Sencere Taoul was attacked and his father took him north, Jr. never saw Sr. again.
Describe their ancestral history, if anything of particular note: Will build this later.
Birth parents:
Did this character know their birth parents?:
Are the parents still alive?: No.
Have the parents been separated either by choice or otherwise?: No.
Was this character raised by someone other than their parents?: Yes.
What happened to the birth parents?: His mother died and Rao became alcoholic, and Kaikuro ran away from him.
By whom were they raised and why?: Indara the dragon. She "adopted" Kaikuro for a few reasons: one, the boy needed her, and two, she lost a child of her own and Kaikuro fell into her life. She has a very strong maternal instinct.
What was the caretaker(s)'s relationship to the birth parents?: There was none at all. Indara "adopting" Kaikuro was a chance encounter.
At what age did the caretakers begin to raise this character?: Around age 10.
What effect has this relationship had on the character?: It has deeply impacted Kaikuro's life, though in his youth he refused to admit how important she was to him until it was too late. Now, he lives with constant guilt about how he treated her, even though he continues to live with her.
Are the caretaker(s) still alive?: Yes.
How did the parent(s)/caretaker(s) treat him/her growing up versus now: His mother and father together treated him as any parent should treat their children: with love, but they also were careful to train him and discipline him in loving manners. After his mother's death, his father became alcoholic and neglected him, sometimes verbally abused him, but never really hurt him physically.
How did this character treat his/her parent(s)/caretaker(s) growing up versus now?: He loved them when they were alive and together, but after Rao became alcoholic, he hated him, became rebellious, and ran away. However, -removed for spoilers.-
Did/does s/he have any siblings?:
Describe the family dynamic growing up: His father and mother were both working-class, but his mother worked from home. She dedicated a lot of time to Kaikuro, and when Rao was home, they shared many pleasant years together.
Describe the family dynamic now: Nonexistent. Indara is Kaikuro's surrogate mother now.
Family history (the family they were born and/or raised with): There's nothing of particular I can note without being redundant.
Has this character ever been married?: No.
Does s/he have a family of their own now?: No.

Spiritual Characteristics
Religion: "Religion" does not exist in Ailevian. Everything in the story is spiritual, so the characters have no distinction between what is "spiritual" and what isn't. It is simply how the world works. They don't have a word for "spiritual" and they don't have a word for "religion". There is no such thing as "gods", and it is not a concept that has been invented by the peoples. However, different characters have different beliefs on what is true about their world, therefore they have differing viewpoints on life. There is a reason why the story works this way; however, I will not explain it at this time.
Does s/he believe in a god/goddess?: No.
What are his/her spiritual beliefs?: To describe his "spiritual" beliefs would describe his beliefs on life itself.
Is religion or spirituality an important part of this character's life?: No.
Superstitions: N/A

What if...:
...s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?:
A snake would be the obvious choice, as this was his Cursed form. However, for symbolic purposes, he would be some sort of bird. A crow or a swan comes to my mind. He might also be a moth due to his transformative life.
...s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: ...Oh my. I don't even want to think about it. XD
...s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: Hmmm... I don't know. A noodle? XD
...s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: ...Short-circuit and explode. Not really. He would probably try very hard to convince them not to live the way they're living, then he'd realize he was being a hypocrite, and be uncertain as to what to do about it. In turn, the other person would probably do the exact same thing, then feel like a hypocrite. Nothing would get accomplished, and they would both eventually give up.
...s/he became physically handicapped? What would they do?: He'd probably say he deserved it and suffer it out.
...s/he were placed in a new and unfamiliar environment/country/planet/etc? What would they do?: Short-circuit, have a crisis about his beliefs about life, the universe, and everything, become very depressed, have a hard time coping, then eventually come to terms with it and try to settle in and live the same way he always has on Ailevian.
...s/he was proposed to (if they haven't been already)? What would they do?: First of all, he'd think that'd be the man's job. Secondly, he'd probably short-circuit (I say that way too much), sputter and stutter and not say anything of particular meaning or intelligence, then he'd probably say yes because he'd hate to hurt her feelings. Assuming it's a woman. If it was a man, he'd have an even harder time with the situation and he'd probably refuse as gently as possible.
...s/he had a child (if they don't already)? What would they do and how would it affect them?: Kai had a complicated time with his own father. He'd be terrified that he'd mess up and not be a good father.
Create your own unique situations: I might do that later.
What song best fits this character?: Be My Escape, by Relient K. The style of music, not so much. But the lyrics are spot on. [link]
If you could compare this character to an existing character (physically or personality-wise), who would it be and why?:</b> I have... no idea. Really. If anyone knows a character that is Kai-like, let me know. I'm sure they are out there, I just don't read much or watch much TV or movies so I wouldn't be able to find one.
If you could choose an actor/voice actor for this character, who would it be?: If I were to choose an actor to portray Kaikuro, it would be Christian Bale solely for his role in The Machinist. He is unnervingly close to how I pictured Kaikuro. He just needs long hair, more facial hair, and perhaps a bit thinner, especially in the face. Otherwise, this is Kai. He even makes the same expressions I picture Kai making!

Voice would be Michael McGlynn, the head of the choir group "Anuna". In the following link, he can be heard singing and speaking. [link]

In this link, he sings solo, so it will be easier to hear him without the rest of the choir backup. [link]
Who/what inspired this character and in what ways?: -Removed for spoilers.-
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VinnyCrow Jul 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
I wanted to be sure I read everything before I commented, but I didn't have time to read it all in one go so it had to be spread over a few days. xD; But yeah, read it all!

First of all, I'm happy to see you fill out the profile form by =Fyuvix; it's pretty cool, and Fyu's a wonderful person with a lot of fun insight on OCs. It's great to see a thorough profile like this of Kai, and reading it was interesting because the information is a blend of things I all ready knew and things I'm aware have been adjusted for his new backstory/etc; it was just neat seeing what's the same and what's different like this, and there were a few things here and there I didn't know at all. Reading through it I also picked up on a few things I didn't quite notice about the character before as far as symbolism/meaning/ties to reality goes, but a public comment isn't the best place to discuss that, especially if you care about spoilers. xD

As for the reference, hnnngh-- I all ready told you how much I love this! I'm so happy with the style you've developed here, and like I said, I really hope you stick with this and use it throughout your artwork. Definitely my favourite depiction of Kai you've ever done; I just love everything about this-- the way you've drawn his face, the colour schemes/designs you've settled on for his clothing, the body type-- it all turned out so wonderfully.
AeolianMode Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CruelComediette Jun 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I READ IT ALLLLL. My god, I'd hug him but he'd snap like a twig....

Waiiit.... 30% suffering, 80% weak? 10% suffering AND weak, the poor guy! D:
AeolianMode Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*cooks an entire batch of cookies for you* Congratulations on reading my GIGANTIC WALL OF TEXT. I'm so glad you read it all! :D

...I have to do this 4 more times for all my characters. xD


eheheh. Yeah. Kaikuro's a physical mess. XD He needs hugs, though! ...gentle hugs. >.>

he's such a woobie xD
CruelComediette Jun 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hahah, I'm attempting this for my characters. It isn't going too good... my main male is an overdramatic mental mess and explaining his thought process is like playing a hack n' slash game on the hardest difficulty :XD: We shall combat the wall of text!!
Golly that was long, I almost forgot the sassy thing I was going to say :P

Anyway, his stance in the outfit panels makes me think of a 'Kaikuro Dress-Up Game' xD
AeolianMode Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Me too xD

...I should make this a reality ohmygosh o.o
I'd play it.
But only if I could make him look like Loki... or a Disney prince.
AeolianMode Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... *thinks about Lokai*

...*brain explodes*
Kaikurloki, God of... Wisdom?

This is what his voice would be-
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