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Name: Raven (Reincarnated: )
Canon: Tales of Vesperia
Age: 35 (Reincarnated: 35)
Preincarnation Appearance: Here!
Any differences: His hair is shorter and he's generally more clean-shaven
Reincarnated History What happened to your character that got them to this point in their normal, human life?
First Echo: What caused their first Echo, and what did it give them? Players may choose events from the timeline or a canon reoccurence.
Preincarnation Personality: Raven is a man made of up so many layers, it's possible even he can't separate the truth from lies anymore. After his death and revival, he was so adamant that his past self was dead that his superior had to impose a different persona upon his to adopt. Still, as much as he likes to think he can, he won't let go of his past so easily.
While his psyche is not actually split, it can seem like that at times because he is such a good actor. In reality, the personas of "Schwann" and "Raven" become blurred the more he learns to accept himself as a person with a right to exist aside from regrets and old loyalties. In that sense, his personality has an almost circular development, but instead of falling back it still advances.
To lay out the details: as Damuron, a young nobleman, he felt out of place in the upperclass society he was born into, and flirted and did all sorts of undignified things like going out dressed as a commoner and drinking. In his early twenties and still unmarried, his father viewed him with scorn and embarrassment, and shipped him off to join the Imperial Knights so he'd no longer sully the family name. He was carefree, irresponsible, and lazy, seeing knighthood as an escape and not the real job it was--defending the people. However, meeting Casey changed all that. He began to realize that helping others wasn't done for glory or recognition, but simply to bring happiness to others. A selfish young man, he began to grow up a little and embrace that ideal, and with that finally acquired the sense of belonging he had been looking for all along.
However, all good things must come to an end, and with the Great War, so did Damuron's life. He was revived with an artificial heart, and not wanting to live with the memory of Casey dying to protect him, he instead clung to the persona Alexei created for him. Schwann Oltorain, a common-born knight. Noble, fearless, polite and composed, the ultimate ideal. But he couldn't throw away his past completely, no matter how much he insisted Damuron was dead.
The irony was that Schwann was a cover for the opposite of everything he stood for--Alexei sent him to gather information, as a spy. So he created a second person, one that could blend in with the common people without attracting too much attention. "Raven" was Damuron reborn: flirtatious, carefree, lazy and loud. A harmless fool, people would think. Or else they'd be too put off by his behavior to look for anything deeper--the perfect disguise.
The truth was, he was more at home as "Raven" than Schwann, but ultimately, deceit became as natural as breathing for him. The lies blurred together. By the time he joined Yuri and the others to keep tabs on the Empire's wayward heir, he was fully immersed in playing two parts off each other for the maximum benefit of his superiors, his own feelings aside. After all, what use does a dead man have for feelings?
A lot, in fact. Raven is one big mess of feelings, though what they are isn't always evident. At his core, he's a caring person, one who will complain and be lazy about little things but act quickly to help others when push comes to shove. He hardly ever expresses what he's really feeling, preferring to diffuse serious situations with a tasteless joke rather than make people worry. He places very little value on his own life, despite being afraid to die a second time. The first was bad enough, after all.
He plays up his age, even though at 35 he can hardly be considered old. However, the aches and pains he complains about aren't all fake, most likely. He can't handle cold temperatures because of his heart, implying that his body heat is lower than a normal person's. (on the flipside, he is perfectly comfortable in scorching desert weather.) Verbally, he puts his foot in his mouth often, and it's difficult to tell if it's deliberate or not. Despite the "fool" being a cover, he's been doing it for so long he hardly thinks about it.
As for his flirtatious side, his attentions are mostly toward younger women. While it was probably genuine interest in his past, now those actions are entirely superficial. He has no interest in a relationship or even physical intimacy, as anything of that sort would reveal the blastia replacing his heart. Even if his feelings gained substance, he wouldn't act on them for the same reason. As a result, he overplays the "womanizer" act to nearly atrocious levels, in a way that's designed to put people off rather than actually attract them to him. Sometimes this backfires, however.
In the end, while he tries to hold people at arm's length, he can't resist indefinitely. His nature needs people, which is why he grows so attached to Yuri's group, why he attempts to sacrifice himself for them despite betraying them first.Any differences: You are encouraged to deviate from the original personality in three or four major ways, with as many changes made to make their personality logical to the setting.
Abilities: Raven is an expert at using a transform bow, a bow that can fold into a short blade for close combat. Despite his constant complaining, he's actually quick and agile, and a good shot. He also wields a knife in his off hand, and fights with double blades in close quarters. Being a knight for much of his life, he's also decent with a sword.
As for unnatural abilities, he uses a bodhi blastia embedded in the pommel of his knife. It allows him to cast several wind-elemental spells, as well as conjure arrows made of energy, negating any need to carry a quiver. He doesn't use the blastia replacing his heart in battle except under extreme circumstances, as it tires him quickly and shortens his life span even further.
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