Sample Application: Komachi Onozuka

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Sample Application: Komachi Onozuka

Postby Komachi Onozuka » 17 Jan 2011 04:47

Name (Full name please): Komachi Onozuka
Canon Appearances (e.g. Game or Book): Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Shoot the Bullet, Scarlet Weather Rhapsody (Playable in Hisoutensoku as a carryover character from SWR.)
Species (e.g. Faerie, youkai, human etc.): Shinigami

Why are you interested in playing this character?

My first introduction to Touhou was as a result of a picture I found of Komachi. It was a serendipitous find, to say the least. The picture intrigued me, but I simply passed it off as an artist’s OC… Well until I Googled it anyhow. So yes, she is a favorite character. It should also be noted that I find her personality extremely amusing, even, and especially, for a Death God.

Describe the character's personality. Please do not limit yourself to one or two personality trends.

What is probably most well known about Komachi is her tendency to skip work. This doesn’t mean she’s lazy, only that she lacks diligence when it comes to her job. Her frequent breaks leave her no shortage of work.
She doesn’t like those who commit suicide. They disrupt the cycle of death, judgment, and rebirth, as well as prematurely burdening her workload. She will cast these souls into the Sanzu.

What is most likely less known to the inhabitants of Gensokyo is that she is a generally affable person. She is friendly and good natured, as well as assertive and straightforward. Although it is almost always in good nature, she has no issue with speaking her mind. She likes to tell anecdotes, and loves to talk. She spends much of her “free time” wandering, and speaking with the people she encounters.

She greatly enjoys ferrying the older spirits because they often have many conversation points and stories to tell. With the spirits of children and youths she’s likely to carry on a completely one-sided conversation, due to their lack of knowledge and experience. Still her job is to ferry the souls, and she takes them all just the same.

Describe your interpretation of the character's powers and special abilities. How does she make use of her powers, and what are its limits? You may cite canonical source material, but don't plagiarize.

Manipulation of Distance- This power can affect both actual and perceived distance. She can directly change the length of a path. The way in which the path can be change depends on the wealth of the soul that travels it. For a wealthy soul, meaning one who is truly loved and will truly be missed, the path can be shortened. For a poor soul, one who is despised, the path can be lengthened. She cannot prevent one from reaching their destination, except a spirit she throws into the Sanzu River.

She can make it appear to one that they are not moving at all, even if they are getting closer or moving further away from a location. Again, she cannot prevent them from reaching their destination, but they may not even know they arrived until they are right on top of it. This tends to be a terrifying experience for the victim, and she will not often do it.

Spirits of the Sanzu- The spirits she transports across the Sanzu River are bound to her while they await judgment in Higan. She has the ability to call them to her aid in battle. She uses these spirits in both her spells cards and some of her danmaku. She has been a ferryman for a very long time, so despite her work ethic it can be assumed that many spirits are bound her in this way. With the back-up of spirits awaiting judgment in Higan the number of them she can call may seem endless. None of the spirits she uses in her attacks are destroyed. They simply return to Higan to continue to await their judgment.

Pittance of the Dead- the price to cross the Sanzu River is “all your worldly possessions.” For a spirit this is usually the six coins left given to them when they die. A ferryman judges the wealth of the spirit based on how much love the spirit was given in life, but there is, in truth, a small monetary exchange. The coins of the dead are special. When given to the ferryman they are imbued with a small portion of her power. In a moment of need she could use one to give a small use of her manipulation of distance. More often than not though, she will throw them for use in danmaku and spell cards. With the power of distance the coins have they can be thrown while still being on her person at the same time. This is a technique the mastered to adhere to the spell card rules, while not losing the money Higan needs to uphold the bureaucracy of death.

Shinigami’s Ferry- The ferry of a Shinigami is a unique craft. It is inherently bound to its captain, and as such will answer anytime the captain calls to it. Like any boat, using it on land will wear down the hull, but Komachi has mastered a technique that will use souls to keep it afloat. The boat must be sculled like a normal gondola, but it can be moved very fast. As these are issued from Hell she must be careful with it, but she has been known to use it recklessly at times.

Reaper’s Scythe- A Shinigami’s scythe is an extension of their bodies. You will never a Shinigami without it, nor will you the see the scythe without the Shinigami. The scythe holds the Shinigami’s power to bring death. When a Shinigami greets the recently deceased hey must use the scythe to sever the spirit form the body, only then will the dying truly be dead. As a ferryman this falls outside of Komachi’s jurisdiction. As such her scythe has a wipsed curve near the end of it, making it unsuitable for cutting. It is carried as a part of her being more than a tool. While it can still preform the function of a reaper’s scythe, it is more difficult to use in this fashion, and would only be done if absolutely necessary.

Describe your interpretation of the character's history. You may cite canonical source material, but don't plagiarize.

Unlike most species of the world, Shinigami are not born or created. They simply exist. Long ago they set up a bureaucracy to handle the souls that would travel to the land of the dead for judgment. Komachi used to work here. She was clerk at the Ministry of Life Span. Her job was to calculate and recalculate the life spans of the humans living in the world. To her, the job was tedious and boring, and she always had a supervisor looking over her shoulder. Needless to say, she did not enjoy her work in the least. After centuries of dealing with the numbers and calculations, Komachi decided to put in for a transfer.

She was selected for the role of Ferryman by a young Yama, Shikieiki Yamaxanadu. Komachi was glad to have the new position. It offered her something she had been lacking in her previous job, freedom. She understood the job, and all Shinigami had the capacity to preform ferryman work. Most found it dull and lack luster, but Komachi wanted to see how much fun the world outside of Higan could be. Even better, the work was mostly unsupervised, so she could work the way she wanted too. She soon found, much to the chagrin of her new boss, that even a slow work pace would handle the majority of the work she had to do, and with the small number of Shinigami that were willing to perform the role of ferryman there was little insecurity in the job.

This however lead to the 60 Year Cycle. Her rate of work was slow, with frequent breaks, and every 60 years her area would experience an influx of souls. She thought nothing of them, and they always worked themselves out over time. That is until she met with the Shrine Maiden. This cycle Komachi was forced to preform her duties at a much quicker pace, to end the cycle. To refuse would be to incur the wrath of both her boss and the Shrine Maiden. But once this was taken care of, she returned to her preferred pace.

This event gave her the motivation she needed though to explore the areas past the Sanzu River. She enjoys finding new people to talk to, and new games to play. It has become common to see her around Gensokyo when she is on her “free time.”

What motivates your character? What do they have as long-term goals, even vague ones?

Komachi is most concerned with enjoying herself. Anytime she can get away from work to find something entertaining to do, she will do so. She also takes protecting the cycle of reincarnation very seriously, and will defend it at any time.

Your character was walking down the road one day and a noisy youkai approaches them and begins causing trouble, including making boasting threats. How does your character react?

Komachi is not quick to anger, but she does enjoy conversation. She would first attempt to chat with the one who approached her. Striking up a conversation, probably less for defusing the situation and more for simply the entertainment of speaking to the individual; would be her first attempt. Should this fail, and maybe even still if it succeeds, she might just take up the offender on that challenge. After all it seems like it might be a fun way to kill some time. Then again, other than the threats, she is likely to be the noisy one.

Your character meets an old acquaintance while running an errand; they approach and ask you for a favor. How does your character respond?

She is likely to attempt to help her friend if she can. Depending on the nature and urgency of the request, she might even stop working to help. But, let’s face it, that’s probably a pretty low threshold. Not only would she feel it’s the right thing to do, it would probably be fun to help, anyhow.

Describe a short scene of your choosing involving your character. This scene must include at least one line of dialogue originating from your character, and must have at least one other character present.

Komachi braced herself as her ferry ran aground. She carried her scythe in her right hand, and grabbed her skirt with her left. She moved slowly as she stepped over the bow. As her foot came down her tall geta sank into the silt river bank a bit. After she steadied herself on the bank, she sank the haft of her scythe into the dirt as well. Her tall shoes and large scythe made her an imposing figure. With her free hand she began to straighten the folds of her blue dress. She looked back. Still sitting in her boat was her boss, the Yama: Shikieiki. She had come along because she claimed to need something from the mortal world. Komachi just thought her boss was looking for a bit of time off. Either way it didn’t matter. The Yama had asked for a ride across the river, and Komachi had agreed to bring her.

This wasn’t really the time for that anyhow. So, as Shikieiki set about readying to leave, Komachi began to look for Spirits on the bank. She didn’t have to look far. When she turned her head to the right, she saw a spirit approaching her. She acknowledged the spirit, with a small smile and a nod. Her’s was the first judgment it would face. She would judge the worth of the spirit.

“Are you prepared to cross to the realm of the dead?” She asked the spirit. The spirit nodded in response. “Very well." The price for passage is all of your worldly possessions.” The spirit nodded again. As it reached its hand a small pouch appeared in it. She took the pouch from him, and tested its weight in her hand. There was no need to count the money that was in the pouch. She already knew this spirit was wealthy in the sentiment of its loved ones. This would be a short trip across the river. She tucked the pouch away beneath the outer layer of her blouse.

Shikieiki should have been done preparing to depart by now, so it was probably a good time to move the spirit on board. She turned and began moving back toward the ferry, the spirit in short tow. The Yama had just stepped off the boat, so Komachi shuffled the spirit aboard.

Before she departed Shikieiki turned to her subordinate. “Now, work hard Komachi. There is a lot to get done, and I can’t afford to have you slacking off.” Komachi nodded. She might have been offended, if she wasn’t already planning to skip out for at least a couple hours a little later. “Well, I’m off then. Don’t disappoint me.”

Komachi watched her employer leave, and then stepped onto her craft. With the haft of her scythe she pushed the ferry away from the shore. She looked at the spirit riding with her. *This is going to be a short trip; no doubt I can get some personal time in when I get back.*
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