Sample Application: Wriggle Nightbug

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Sample Application: Wriggle Nightbug

Postby Wriggle Nightbug » 30 Jan 2011 01:49

-Information about the character you are applying-
Name: Wriggle Nightbug
Canon Appearances: Imperishable Night, Shoot the Bullet, Interviewed in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red
Species: Firefly Youkai

Why are you interested in playing this character?

In the past I suppose part of my inactivity could be attributed to the demand of my previous two characters. Marisa is a popular character and my pace was too slow for her. Inversely, Double Spoiler had only been out for a few weeks when I took Hatate. She hadn't really received enough development at that point for people to really know what to do with her, including me. I believe Wriggle is more suited to my own pace. She's well known enough that others shouldn't have trouble interacting with her, but not in high enough demand that I won't be able to keep up with her.

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

ZUN states that Wriggle's special power is the ability to manipulate insects. However, in his usual vague fashion, it's never really explained how this ability works. Most tend to assume it's simply magic, but I wanted to take it in a bit of a different direction. The true answer is not magic, but biology.

While Wriggle looks human enough, If a skilled surgeon were to cut Wriggle's throat open, he would find a small gland just above her larynx that isn't present in humans. This gland creates pheromones that are released into the air whenever Wriggle exhales. Other insects can smell these pheromones and, depending on what they smell like, they can be interpreted as a message. Wriggle, while she isn't aware exactly how it works, has more or less conscious control over what messages these pheromones transmit, and it is through these messages she is able to "command" large numbers of insects in quite a wide radius.

Wriggle's power over insects is largely dependent on the pheromones actually getting to the insects she wants to call and, since the particles are airborne, how they get there is dependent on the wind. A place with a mild breeze is optimal for the distribution of her pheromones. Without the breeze, the pheromones would simply sink to the ground and only cover a very small area, but if it's very windy, the pheromones are often spread so thin as to be nigh-undetectable, and even if they were detected, flying insects would have a very difficult time actually responding to the call coming from upwind. Unfortunately, Wriggle's pheromones will not wake up insects from hibernation, so during winter, Wriggle is never seen with any insect companions.

In addition to her pheromones, nature has blessed Wriggle with various other abilities and skills retained from her time as a normal firefly. Wriggle has a pair of large, insect-like wings that she uses to fly. However, since it is the wings that allow her to fly rather than magic, they have a tendency to become numb and useless in the cold as the paper-thin wings are the first of her extremities to lose their body heat. The hairs on Wriggle's fingers and toes, extremely stiff and microscopically small, allow her to cling to even sheer surfaces like they were Velcro. Wriggle's antennae are sensitive enough to feel vibrations in the air, acting almost like sonar to let her sense approaching creatures. Then of course, there is Wriggle's most noticeable feature, at least at night. Wriggle has a small chitinous tail where a human's tailbone would be. Chemicals stored in the tail begin to stir when Wriggle becomes excited and the result is a warm, bio-luminescent glow from Wriggle's rear. Some, especially humans, find this feature charming, but Wriggle sees it as extremely embarrassing (Then again, it could just be Wriggle's flustered reaction to it that's charming).

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

Wriggle has a naturally aggressive and combative personality balanced out with a strong sense of responsibility and a hint of shyness. Left to her own devices, she is a quiet and unassuming individual, though she doesn't take insults well and is quick to pick a fight. True to her insect nature, Wriggle is easily surprised, but because of her antennae, it's very difficult to actually sneak up on her, so she is more likely to be spooked by sudden, unexpected movement. She quickly gets defensive whenever her subjects are concerned. Concerning humans though, Wriggle realizes that she should set an example for her subjects to follow and at least attempts to be polite to humans (at least the ones that don't purposefully kill her subjects), but sometimes her mouth gets ahead of her, especially if she's in a sour mood. In spite of her impulsive personality, Wriggle is actually rather intelligent and is one of the few youkai that can read.

Wriggle is somewhat torn on her opinion of humans. She recognizes them as an important part of an insect's life and holds a great deal of respect for them since many insects would have a hard time surviving without them, however she detests the way that they look down on her and her kind. Another thing that gets on her nerves is when people assume that she's actually male. Throughout the insect kingdom it's almost always the women that call the shots, so just because she looks and acts like a boy by human standards shouldn't give people the right to jump to conclusions so quickly, right?

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

One way or another, insects don't have especially long lives, so insect youkai of any type are a rarity and, at this point in time, Wriggle is the only one alive in Gensokyo.

As far as youkai go, Wriggle is quite young, only about 70 years old (though to any member of the insect kingdom, this is positively ancient), and so her power as a youkai is rather weak. Wriggle was alive during the flower incident of 1945, but at that time was still just another firefly, so at this point she hardly remembers that incident, much less comprehends the importance of it.

During the events of Imperishable Night, Wriggle sensed that there was something off about the moon that night. For whatever reason, the strange moon made the insects in the Forest of Magic go crazy. Wriggle was attempting to calm them down and make sure they didn't cause trouble in the human village. Wriggle could sense that there were humans traveling through the forest even this late at night and originally began following them to make sure that the insects didn't cause them trouble, but when she got closer, she could sense that there were youkai traveling with them. Wriggle saw this as very suspicious and attacked them, presuming that they might have some knowledge of why the moon was like this, but was handily defeated.

Wriggle decided not to get involved in the more recent flower incident on the basis that getting involved really wouldn't do any good. With this many flowers blooming, the insects would have much more nectar to eat this spring. No sense in looking a gift horse in the mouth, right? A week or so after that however, she was suddenly beset upon by a certain crow looking for her next prey (so to speak). She eventually drove Aya away, but not before she managed to get a few embarrassing photos of her.

Currently, she lives in the Forest of Magic and is most often seen near Marisa's house. Marisa can sometimes be rather careless when disposing of failed magical experiments and Wriggle needs to make sure that they don't adversely affect the insects or plants (since Marisa would certainly blast her into next week if Wriggle actually tried confronting her about it...).

Despite what some fans might think, Wriggle is not really associated with Cirno at all and, in fact, can hardly stand her presence. Only part of it has to do with Cirno's childish personality though. Wriggle's main problem with the fairy is that it's always cold when she is nearby.

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

Wriggle ultimately wants humans to have a greater respect for her subjects and recognize them as part of a necessary cycle. However, it's quite difficult to do this when there are many insects that are intentionally disruptive to humans, such as termites, wasps and mosquitoes. Wriggle needs to keep her title as Queen of Insect-kind to keep her subjects from actively harming humans, and to do that, there are times when she needs to hunt down those who would oppose her rule, particularly the ones that have become powerful enough to be considered youkai in their own right. She wants to become more powerful for the sake of the insects she wants to protect.

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?

Wriggle tends to take threats seriously and would likely get into a fight with the youkai. Whether or not she'd be able to win is another story entirely.

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

It obviously depends on the favor, but there would probably be no problem with her about it. Occasionally a few humans even seek her out and ask her to relocate a nest of insects from their home that they don't wish to destroy, which Wriggle is often more than happy to do.

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.

Wriggle Nightbug slowly trudged up the snow-covered steps to the Hakurei shrine, a thick silk cocoon wrapped around her shoulders like a large comforter. Her antennae curled up close to her head for warmth, but were still at least able to show her what her eyes could not on this cloudy night. While most insects hibernate during the winter (the ones that live that long anyway), Wriggle's youkai physiology made her slightly different. It wasn't that she *couldn't* hibernate but rather, she simply chose not to this year. A decision she was beginning to regret at this point, but she kept telling herself that it would all be worth it once she made it to the top of these steps. She shivered, shaking off the snow that had accumulated atop her head and shoulders, and let out a sigh, wishing that her wings would work in such cold weather. Why exactly was the Queen of Insects going to the Hakurei shrine in the middle of winter?

Because a brand new hot spring had just appeared, and Wriggle was going to be the first to soak in it!

It wasn't as though Wriggle hadn't heard the rest of the story though, about the earth spirits that had appeared when the geyser erupted. It seemed dangerous, but Wriggle wasn't terribly worried about it. One of the perks about being an insect youkai was that Wriggle knew all the best ways to hide from predators and was in fact quite good at it (she had to be to have lived this long in the first place!). Since she didn't have to worry about the earth spirits, Wriggle could relax in heavenly warmth for the entire winter! Not to mention that she could just steal food from the miko's storehouse if she ever got hungry (Wriggle had no qualms about stealing from this particular human. This one deserved it for what she did to her the last time they met face to face...)

As she reached the top of the steps, Wriggles eyes lit up (as well as some of her other parts, though it was hard to tell under the cocoon comforter). It was beautiful. Evidently the miko had already expected guests and had prepared the hot spring accordingly with towels and even sake. The steam that rose from it was like millions and millions of tiny angels ascending to heaven. Wriggle could feel the warmth even from this distance. There was no sign of any earth spirits, and judging from the look of the tiny house behind the shrine, it seemed as though the miko had already gone to sleep. It was almost too good to be true! Wriggle immediately threw off her comforter cocoon and began to strip as she half jogged, half skipped towards the blessedly warm waters. But for some reason, as she approached, she felt that something was missing. She looked down.

It was the ground that was missing.

Wriggle was unsure of how long she had been falling, or how far she had fallen. All she knew was that she was having the worst headache she had ever experienced and... oh, of course, her shirt was still halfway unbuttoned. Oh well, she seemed to be hanging upside-down and all the blood had rushed to her head anyway, so it saved her the trouble of blushing if should someone find her like this. Why was she hanging upside down in the first place? Wriggle tried to right herself, but found that both her arms and her hair were stuck in something that prevented her from moving. She sighed in aggravation, now fully aware of her predicament.

“So this is how it ends? Caught in a giant spider web, waiting to be devoured?”

“Yup~”

“I can't believe I fell for such an obvious trap...”

“Yeah, me neither. You oughtta pay attention to where you're going.”

“Oh, if I could only have gotten to jump in that hot spring ju-ge-dj-da-bu-”

Wriggle frantically tried to cover herself up (quite difficult considering her arms could hardly move), turning her head toward where the voice had come from as best she could. The terrifying figure crawled across the web on hands and knees, an angel of death with golden hair that wore a hoop skirt the color of soft earth. Wriggle could see the hunger in her eyes as she crawled towards her, hanging from the web by her feet to look her in the eye. The spider woman's soft fingers stroked Wriggle's chin as she hung there and gawked speechlessly. “I'm Yamame... it'd be cool if you could stay here for a while,” she said, “There's gonna be a feast, you know.”

Wriggle swallowed hard, trying not to think of what the main course could be, though she was all too sure it would be her if she didn't think of something quick.. “T-thank you for the offer, miss, b-but I really have to
be goi-” She was interrupted by a loud crashing noise followed by what almost sounded like a little girl crying. The spider lady turned her gaze downward (or upward? It was hard to tell from this position).

“Sounds like I have some more guests,” she sighed, “I'd better go greet them, I guess. Don't you go anywhere~ I'll be right back.” With a wink, the spider lady dropped from the web and down into the black abyss below. Wriggle let out a sigh of relief.

“Okay... now how are you gonna get out of this one, Wrigs?” It was a good question. No use in simply stripping since it wasn't just her clothes caught in the web... but that gave her another idea. It was still a bit early for her to be doing this again, but what other choice did she have? Wriggle's arms began to twitch profusely as she hoped she had the time to finish... and within a few minutes, she felt herself break through. She slid her arm out of it's old skin and began to tear at the other arm, then at her chest, face and legs. Soon, she had completely shed her skin and was finally free. She'd have to leave her clothes, but it would be easy enough to get her silkworm friends to spin some new ones once she was out of this pit. Wriggle carefully hopped back onto the nearest cave wall, trying her best not to land back in the web. Barely managing to land safely on the wall, she clung to it and quickly climbed up, not once looking back.
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