Rika Keigo's Backstory.

Name: Rika Keigo

Any other names: "Halfling" but this was used more as an insult then a term of endearment. As a young child her mother used to call her "ri-ri".

Age: 27

Sex: Female

Species: Half Elf. In elven culture, Rika's kind are considered an abomination, having both mortal and immortal qualities."Tainting" a generation's line with human blood is considered the worst kind of dishonour. Rika's mother was disowned and banished from her family after it was discovered that her child was not of 'pure' blood.

Powers/special abilities: Rika has enhanced movement and agility due to her elven heritage. Her hearing is also extra sensitive. These abilities make her a formidable sword fighter. Following a tragic incident, a magical mutation developed in Rika that allows her to utilise a unique branch of magic known as memory heart magic. It is a form of magic born from the deepest level of regret experienced by the the noble hearted. This allows her to read, sense and understand the emotions and memories of others in unique manner. Although she is classed as a physic, she cannot read the minds of others without their consent. In it's final form, the user takes on the appearance of an Angel to defend their loved ones. However, one cannot utilise this form until they've fully come to terms with their guilt. Rika cannot use any other form of magic. Due to her slim frame, Rika can't take hits very well, and her physical strength and eyesight is only on par with the average human.

Height: 5'6"

Weight: Rika refuses to say.

Physique: Slim and slender. Her limbs are strong and flexible, but not particularly muscular.

Complexion: Extremely pale, despite long hours spent patrolling.

Hair: Spikey, short white hair with gold tips.

Eye color: Amber.

Any other notable physical attributes: Pointed ears, noticeably shorter then a pure blood elf. Carries a bound sword on her back, but refuses to fight with it, unless in defence of others. It is said that she carries the sword on her back as a reminder of her past sin.

Intelligence level: Emotional intelligence is high-Rika is very empathic person. Although her intellect is above average, most of her knowledge steams from things learnt from harsh experience.

Mental condition: Relatively neurotypical. However, retains lasting emotional scars, which are still in the process of healing.

Style of speech: Slightly formal when speaking normally. When she's angry or emotional her language becomes much simpler and cruder.

Religion: Agnostic.

Occupation: A former Salna City Knight. After resigning, she has retreated to Barton hoping for a fresh start. Is now employed as Lady Aimi's personal guardian knight.

Social status: Though her mother had once been an elven noble, Rika and her family would be considered outcasts in their native city. However in Barton, she is a respected and well liked member of the community.

Likes: Art, reading, singing, exploring, spending time helping and understanding others.

Dislikes: Racism, cruelty, corruption, religious extremists, misunderstandings.

Personality: Once upon a time she was a well intentioned, but naive young woman who despite her heroic ambitions, had an unfortunate way of getting tangled in misunderstandings, creating more trouble then she resolved. Following a tragic accident, Rika underwent a massive shift in personality, horrified by the consequences of her actions. Over time, through her experiences in counselling others with her memory magic, she has come to terms with her own traumatic experiences. While she is a kind, empathic individual, Rika is no fool, and has the perspective to see things as they really are. At times Rika can very hot headed, especially when defending beliefs she feels passionate about. Although claims to be an adamant pacifist, she is not beyond resorting to force as a last resort to protect those she cares about.

Ambitions: To repent for the sin she unwittingly committed and to find a new path in her life. She now serves as a guard to Lady Aimi, supposedly to "repay her debt".

Habits: Often stays up too late reflecting on matters.

Sexuality: Refuses to say.

Marital/relationship status: Single. Former lover Dr. Julius.

Known family/friends:
Family: Grandfather Fermere Locke (doesn't acknowledge her)
Grandparents: Kein and Yuna Keigo. (deceased.)
Mother,Leia Locke
Father:Kaji Keigo

Friends: Her Barton guild mates and Rka's former companions from her time as a knight, Capt Fran, Seth and Jonathan.

Closest Friend:
Lady Aimi Asogi.

Relationship to family/friends:
Family: Very close to her immediate family, particularly her father. Rika's mother's side of the family refuses to acknowledge their existence, and so they have no dealings with them.

Friends: Although Rika cherishes her friendships, she has lost contact with many of her companions from the past. That said, she has begun to forge new friendships in her adopted home, Barton.

Brief history: Rika Keigo is a former knight who once served her native Salna's law enforcement, the Salna Knights. For many years she worked tirelessly, believing that her efforts were for the greater good. One day, Rika was assigned a mission that would change her life forever. Under the orders of her superiors, Rika was tasked with wiping out a criminal gang's headquarters. Little did she realise that this group was employing children to do dangerous assassination work. During the raid, a terrible misunderstanding led to the accidental killing of an innocent boy. Rika, distraught and horrified by her actions, went to turn herself in. Much to her disgust, it emerged that the Salna knights had been fully aware of the gang's actives, and saw nothing wrong with eliminating the children along with their adult masters. Realising the true ruthless nature of the "Great Empire" she had been serving, Rika resigned, and fled to neighbouring Gaia, leaving everything she once knew behind her.

Eventually, the broken-hearted half-elf stumbled across the Church of Seidh, a peaceful sanctuary situated on the outskirts of Barton. It was here that she came in contact with it's leader, the wise high priestess, Lady Aimi. After hearing Rika's tale, Aimi offered her amnesty and the chance to repent and rebuild her life. During this time Rika stayed under Aimi's protection and learnt how to control her memory magic properly. With Aimi's guidance, friendship, and wisdom, the young woman utilised her powers to help counsel others in Barton who were suffering. Through helping others, Rika came to terms with her own trauma and foraged new relationships with the the people of Barton. Despite her dark past, Rika has become a respected member of her community.

A year after Rika's arrival, Lady Aimi decided to try and extend the Church's amnesty efforts beyond Barton, to help those who were caught up in Gaia's many violent conflicts. Moved by her mission, and grateful for Lady Aimi for helping her overcome her tragic past, Rika offered to accompany her, as Lady Aimi's personal guard. Aimi agreed, and Rika became re-knighted under the tile Golden Champion to the Lady of Light. Although Rika claims that she wishes to "pay her debt", to the kind priestess, many suspect that she just wishes to protect her one, true friend in the world.

Rika's theme song


Teenage Rika

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Adult Rika

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High Priestess Lady Aimi.


The Tale of the Halfling Heroine

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Report | 04/20/2014 10:24 am


I love your avatar. emotion_kirakira

normally that sort of thing I'm like "oh look another one of those"
But for some reason yours really sticks out to me!


Report | 03/17/2014 12:20 pm


Thanks for the post tip.
Magnificent Moonbeam

Report | 02/24/2014 7:38 am

Magnificent Moonbeam

I'm well, had some RIG luck lately. How about you?
Magnificent Moonbeam

Report | 02/24/2014 2:00 am

Magnificent Moonbeam


Report | 02/05/2014 8:23 pm


Haha, nice. At least yours appear to have a relative sense of theme about them. That's interesting though; I almost never see/saw anyone use those eyes too often. Needless to say, we've both improved tremendously at avatar creation over the years. xD

Yes, and yes! I thought Graphic Communication Design would be good because it was relatively creative but also like you said it encompasses a broad range of potential careers, which would be nice. Buuut I wasn't loving it so much, so I switched. Video Game Design is a lot more narrow obviously, but I think it's better for me. I'd love to be able to contribute to some more family-friendly games, lol. That's my personal crusade. Yeah you're definitely in a good program to get lots of diverse experiences! I totally agree about those worthless groupmates. xD I'm working on a big group project right now ( which is why I've been so slow to respond, btw, so sorry about that ^-^'' ) but I'm having frustrations of an entirely different kind. Two of my groupmates are like.. lacking in basic intelligence. IDK how to say it without being mean lol, but they just don't seem to understand anything about anything. And also this program is extremely male-dominated, and I'm pretty sure half of my group does not take me seriously as a human being. So that's cool. Like I KNEW that mindset existed, but I think I was in denial about it until recently. For example, one guy in my group kept repeatedly explaining the word "multiplayer" to me, like I had no idea what that word might mean. I could like physically feel the ulcer forming every time he started speaking to me.

Haha, I'm glad you agree about dA! That's just how I always feel. xD Good luck on your sketchbooking quest! You will have to let me know how it goes. A mascot competition? That sounds interesting. Oh haha, well being bored is a good excuse to creep on random people drawing. It's hard to blame them. But at least you weren't.. idk.. writing down your heart's deepest secrets, or something. sweatdrop

Report | 01/31/2014 10:09 pm


Oh no it totally doesn't lol, I just pulled that out of thin air. Er well maybe it does, but if it does it's a happy coincidence. I see, I see. Haha yes the storyline.. I don't even know what's going on anymore. So yeah, that's probably the best way to go about backstory-making. I've never really found a good way to tie Nasyiri to the Gaia world. I knew I sorta wanted to, so I didn't tie her to anything else, but she's sort of floating wordlessly at the moment. xD That sounds like a fantastic thread! I wish I'd seen it! Haha great minds think alike, clearly. I'd love to see any of your ancient avatars, if you ever come across any.

Oh I feel you there. I'm downright mean to myself about my own art. Media and graphic design, you say? That's cool, I did graphic communication design for two years, myself. Dem group projects. I think I ran into the same problem, lol. ( Then I bailed outta that program and switched to video game design so I could draw wizards and knights and stuff all day. >u>'' ) Right dA is such a depressing place. In the beginning it always inspires you to work harder and get better and then like 5-10 minutes later you just find yourself crying softly in a corner somewhere. But yeah carrying a little sketchbook around with you is a good idea. Oh no! People creeping on your sketching because of the tiered seating, that's terrible. xD I would flip out if that happened to me! If that many people were watching though you must have been dropping some skilled doodles, right?

Report | 01/26/2014 5:11 pm


A mystery indeed. Maybe whatever the genetic weirdness is that caused the heterochromia also occasionally causes bi-chromatic hair. >o>'' (I always kind of fancied that that probably has some connection to Nasyiri's magical capabilities, too. But I haven't properly thought it out.) Oh haha really? It does seem like you've got a very developed little story now. Are the bits about the Gaiaverse (like the Church of Seidh) things you found in the site's actual storyline (hahaha) or did you come up with them yourself? Oh, High Priestess Aimi is very pretty. I love her color scheme. Interestingly, I was also obsessed with the color blue when I joined. But apparently I went the route of Alcoholic-Lizardfish-Mutant-Futuristic-Paladin: Denim-and-Spandex Edition. (It's so bad I'm past ashamed and actually just kinda proud of it, tbh.)

You're welcome! Eh, all of us could stand to improve, I suppose. That's why I never browse dA anymore. It just reminds me of how much better I could be. xD Challenging yourself is always a good thing, as long as you go into it accepting that it will take some failure before the success happens. Or, you know, a LOT of failure, if we're talking about armor. xD I'm currently trying to master Varian Wrynn's armor, and it's going.. terribly. Because yeah, the shaping always seems weird. I think it'd be easier if I could see a crazy suit of armor up close irl, to learn how it all works. Hmmm, I'd say the best way to learn to draw anatomy is just to draw tons of people from life. (I go sit on the beach or by the pool a lot and draw people there; they don't move around much and you can pretty much see their entire anatomical structures.) But there are also a lot of books that I've found helpful. Dynamic Anatomy by Burne Hogarth is a good one. That's true! I really love watching artists draw, too. Though I myself NEVER let people watch me draw, so.. >o>

Report | 01/25/2014 2:37 pm


^-^'' I'm glad you got a laugh out of it lol. Oh goodness I'd love to see a doodle of that ogre. Yes she has an orange tuft. But shhhh, I'd thank you to keep the secret. xD I keep meaning to come up with a plausible reason for it, but nothing has come to me. (Let's be real, I keep meaning to come up with a whole backstory, but that hasn't happened either!) /fail. Woooah, that's a fantastic story! About how she became a half elf, I mean. Does that person have any idea how influential they were, I wonder? Were the avatars you played with before Rika also character types? I tried a lot of "characters" before Nasyiri but none of them lasted too long. I think the closest I came to being happy with one of them was a dark elf assassin girl. But to be fair I was going for a WoW-style Night Elf Rogue, which wouldn't have been good long term for a Gaian OC, I don't think.

That's a very good-looking sketch! I lke it, thanks for showing me. ^-^ That's all true about precision and whatnot. I'm not necessarily bad at anatomy, but it's much easier to draw well-clothed people. Especially when I'm coloring. It's much easier to color a lot of smaller sections than a few larger ones, for me. But yeah it doesn't seem like that line of thinking is the dominant one. Though I guess there are some complex subjects that I'd say are more difficult than simple outfits. Armor is one of them. xD I don't think I really understand how it works, so it's tricky for me. I always love hearing different artists' perspectives on the subject. It's crazy how many different workstyles and approaches people have.
Celestine Ravencroft

Report | 01/24/2014 4:29 pm

Celestine Ravencroft

I love the avi! I think the new direction you are taking with your OC is really good too.

Report | 01/22/2014 3:08 pm


He didn't, thank goodness! I was doing art for him and had only just finished up that blasted tail when he told me he was considering losing it. I'm very glad he didn't, else I MIGHT have had to introduce his face to the back of my hand. >:[ Haha that is true, although a gruesome green ogre in a frilly dress is a fun mental picture. xD I see, I see. Checkmate was/is a really nice item. I can totally see how it would inspire you! And lol I can't imagine Nasyiri without an oversized magical hat either, which is okay because she has a stupid orange tuft of hair smack on the top of her head that I prefer to keep hidden. sweatdrop It is funny how much influence one item can have on characterization. I'm glad for it though, for sure. I was a hot mess before this character.

Haha, really? I'd like to see one of these slapdash doodles sometime, if you'd be so inclined! I think there's a happy medium somewhere in there that involves time and observation and also decisiveness and efficiency. I'm a bit too far in the time and observation. I'll try and rub some of that off on you, and you can rub some of your speediness off on me, 'kay? xD Mmhmm mmhmm if I finish it, I'll be happy to show it! I'm busy with schoolwork and a contest piece atm but I'm trying to put some work into it still. Weirdly, I've always found highly simple subjects to be a little harder to draw than subjects with a little more detail to them. Empty space throws me off a little bit, I think.


I am currently liquidating my inventory to buy art. If you're an artist, and you're accepting gold commissions, please send me a PM. Thanks!