Tales of Symphonia: A New Tomorrow Minor Characters
The Oleander Twins, Zaul and Azura Gender: Male and Female Age: Age is a concept that no longer applies to them. Physically, they appear the equivalent of about 28 in human years. Race: Half-Elves Side: Pure Neutral...? Pretty much Neutral Good, actually. Weapon(s): None. At times, possibly whatever they can get their hands on.
Skills/Magic: None whatsoever. Due to...certain circumstances, they can no longer perform Artes. But they can still hold their own in pure hand-to-hand combat if need be.
Becoming omnipresent beings (which will be further explained in their Bio section) came with a catch. Nature chooses to recognize them as "dead", and dead beings can't utilize the life energy needed to fuel Artes independently.
Personality: Often bearing smiles that just might be smug, they both come off as easygoing. Though, Zaul tends to seem more serious than Azura, who shows a more playful side. They can be rather cryptic, appearing to know a lot of things our heroes don't (especially about what's going to happen next...), but choosing to withhold that information. They also appear to be quite affectionate with each other...
Bio: These two can't really be properly explained without dropping the major spoilers surrounding them...
Long story short, Zaul was of a secret guild called the League of Ethical Exsphere Testers, and his experimental Exsphere used to take the place of his right eye. Upon being found out by Lloyd, the guild reached a compromise with him—that for their leader, "The Doc", to continue his experimenting, he would never go public with his methods. After all, though ethical, there still was a risk of being misused.
Azura, on the other hand, is of a clan of nobles. Actually growing bored with the comforts of such a life, she decided to leave her home for a life of adventure. She ended up becoming a soldier who worked under the Midgard resistance forces being led by the Imperial Adepts of Izumo. She too once lost an eye (her left) in a skirmish, and became outfitted with an odd-looking and artificial (but working) one.
Zaul and Azura aren't really twins in the sense of biological brother and sister. Rather, they are genderbent versions of each other. The former is from Aselia while the latter is from Vanaheim.
Azura, who is of the present-time Vanaheim, was contacted by an underground organization of scientists from a bad future where Loki overthrew both the rulers of the countries and the Gods and is ruling over both Aselia and Vanaheim in vicious tyranny. So, suffice it to say, Azura was being guided by them to undo that future. They equipped her with the means to travel between both worlds without use of the Otherworldly Gate so that she wouldn't get caught too easily.
She was chosen specifically because she was observed to have "corresponding atoms" in Aselia—in the form of Zaul. In fact, it is that aspect that makes the devices work with her so easily.
Upon finding her male counterpart and cluing him in on the situation, he agreed to help almost without question. It helped that they formed a bond pretty shortly after meeting.
But somewhere down the line, the scientists of the bad future were found out by Loki, which led to the Oleander Twins' world-jumping devices becoming sabotaged. However, that actually worked out in their favor...the resulting accident caused the "threads" of their being to join the "fabric" of time and space. They have transcended its boundaries, as well as those of life and death. They are both dead and alive, everywhere and nowhere—that last bit meaning they are virtually omnipresent and can appear and disappear wherever and whenever they please.
That is also why they now have both their eyes. In the case of Zaul, the loss of his life renders him free of his Exsphere (which held his own life, since it wasn't cultivated on another's), and the state they attained allows them to make slight modifications to their appearance. Their previous loss is symbolized by a scar over their respective regained eyes.
Using their newfound abilities to view all the lines of possibility leading up to the undoing of the bad future, they use their observations to guide our heroes. However, they cannot be entirely open with their knowledge because they've found that their direct interference results in unfavorable results, or even the annihilation of reality in the future for some reason.
On the bright side, they truly don't have a lot to fear anymore. Their now paradoxical existences render them invulnerable and put them outside the grasp of even Loki's power. After all, you can't exactly kill what's already dead.
Other Notes: Both do indeed speak with a Southern American accent.
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:26 pm
Katrina Bryant Gender: Female Age: 18 Race: Half-Elven Werefolk (Tiger) Personality: Serious and observant, especially when it comes to her duties. Bio: Regal's daughter by adoption. While checking a branch of his company out in Flanoir, he went out for a leisurely stroll one night only to chance upon a weretiger family of three almost completely murdered by a group of townspeople. Apparently, one of them was bitten and turned by the only child, who was acting out of self-defense. Not at all enthused with his current state, that townsperson thought that killing the source of the "curse" would rid him of it. Regal intervened before they could lay harm upon the child, and after scolding the group of townspeople, decided to take her in. Other Notes: Her tiger form is simply that of a white tiger in appearance, though with a mane that resembles her hair and front paws that have retained the shape of functional hands.
Victor Sage Gender: Male Age: 60, although he appears to be in his early twenties Race: Human (1/4 Elf) Personality: Confident and steadfast. Carries a little of his father's snark and is a little cocky. Bio: The son of Genis and Presea. He became a revered lumberjack in the lumber industry like his mother when he was old enough, and now co-runs it with her. He also has a high reputation and influence on the town of Ozette. Though he is mostly human by blood, Presea's nature under the influence of her Exsphere coupled with the Elven roots of Genis' blood granted him slowed aging as well. Other Notes: Easily ticked off by remarks about how his hair is such a girly color.
Eirwen, the Cold Violet Gender: Female Age: Unknown. Looks about 18. Race: Appears to be a Human/Yokai hybrid. Alignment: Chaotic Evil Weapon(s): Broadsword Skills/Magic: None whatsoever. Purely relies on her raw power, which is strangely immense for one of her stature (she stands at 5ft. even). Of course, her weapon slows her down considerably. Personality: Bat$#!+. F@%*ing. Insane. Works alone. Anyone who tried to work with her or implied themselves to be her sidekick just ended up getting killed by her hand. Bio: A mysterious woman who joined the ranks of Vidar's army solely for the enjoyment of killing. Rumor has it that she was the knight general of a now non-existent kingdom of the far north in Vanaheim. Why she settled for being a lowly foot soldier is anyone's guess.
The rumor has truth to it. Eirwen was the Knight General of the kingdom of Valiaridad, and sister to King Idourig at the time of its fall.
As Valiaridad was also Eloysio's birthplace, she at least knew of him in passing. His mastery in alchemy most definitely caught the attention of the kingdom, and she was the one to approach him on behalf of the king to request his services for the army. Unlike Midgard, though, they respected his decision to decline and left him in peace.
When Valiaridad came under surprise attack from Midgard, Eirwen commanded the army to defend the people while they tried to evacuate. She prioritized herself with protecting her family alongside her brother, as it was the so-beloved royal family after all. The people were pleading her to do so anyway. Valiaridad's forces, however, were too easily crushed by the sheer number and power of Midgard's forces. Even more tragic was that when the army fell, the majority of the kingdom's people sacrificed themselves to impede Midgard's pursuit of King Idourig. In the end, they too were unsuccessful. He and his family were slaughtered, and Eirwen survived only out of a sheer (and perhaps cruel) stroke of luck. She was thought to be dead when she was knocked off a cliff, but it was actually overlooking a densely forested area where the branches of its tallest trees helped slow her fall.
Though she was alive, she was clearly traumatized by her memories of seeing her family and the people of her kingdom slain. Though she walked about that forest in an aimless stupor, her anger, despair, guilt, and thirst for vengeance boiled and stewed inside her.
Eventually, she wandered into a cave when she heard a weak but mysterious call for help. It lured her into the cave by claiming it was a benevolent spirit trapped somewhere, longing to be free. It remarked that it could sense and understand her suffering and promised her the power to exact vengeance on those who wronged her. At the end of a cave, she found a massive black broadsword stuck in stone.
Unbeknownst to her, it was actually the soul of an ancient, psychopathic Yokai that loved to kill indiscriminately and reveled in the despair and rage that arose in response to it. It was sealed into the broadsword by a team of sorcerers and hidden away so that it would no longer roam about Vanaheim and spread its terror. But once Eirwen wholeheartedly agreed to forming a bond with it, it forcefully merged with her soul and suppressed her personality to take over her body. Its evil energy was so powerful that it even warped her body and made it take on Yokai characteristics.
Now able to traverse the world again, the ancient Yokai continued its rampage anew, though was more careful and discreet about how it left its mark so that it wouldn't draw too much attention to it.
Malachai Morghansson Gender: Male Age: Appears to be in his mid-30s Race: Originally Human, presently a Half-Elf. Explained in his bio. Alignment: Neutral Evil Weapon(s): Glaive Skills/Magic: Weapon Artes: Double Demon Fang, Crescent Strike, Beast, Demonic Chaos, Demonic Circle, Finality Punishment Spells: Aqua Laser, Flame Lance, Freeze Lancer, Thunder Blade, Freeze Lancer, Air Blade, Grave
Personality: Power-hungry, self-centered, manipulative. Can excellently pull off an upstanding, pleasant facade for personal gain.
Bio: The man who betrayed and murdered Eloysio over 4000 years ago. Prior to meeting Eloysio, he was a human who coveted power and the elven-bloods' slowed aging and ability to wield magic. He sought any way possible to be able to wield magic himself, but was unable to find anything that truly worked until he came across a forbidden magic technique that would enable him to infuse his soul into a wearable object. Once the object was worn, he would be able to possess the body of the wearer; at first they would believe to be his reincarnation, but once he fully took over he'd remember the truth and regain his past memories. Malachai chose to seal his soul into a ring with an Exsphere set into it, and carved a magical inscription upon it so that it would only work on elven-bloods.
He was at first drawn to Eloysio because of his remarkable skill in Alchemy, and worked his way into gaining his friendship. Eventually he saw the sheer power that Chiaro and Oscuro exuded and sought to take Eloysio's special collar for himself. He and a reluctant accomplice managed to subdue him by drugging his food and drink, and proceeded to murder him. But when he put on the collar, it destroyed his body—or rather, the body he had taken in that time—because of the differing mana signatures between it and his soul. Malachai's soul was then forced to retreat back into his ring. From there on, his ring and the Chiaroscuro Soul went their separate ways over time.
Throughout several incarnations he searched for the Chiaroscuro Soul collar with the hopes of figuring out how to disable it from destroying his physical vessel again. But up until present time, he was never successful. He has been keeping a low profile and discreetly pursuing Azriel Serafina, hiring mercenaries to go after her as he carefully considered the possibility of Chiaro and Oscuro recognizing him even after all this time. (And well...he definitely isn't wrong.)