[FFXIII/-2] That Lazyass fal'Cie Called Yojimbo Nov 11, 2012 21:03:33 GMT -5
Post by Mikel, Shion, Felix on Nov 11, 2012 21:03:33 GMT -5
Name: Call him by whatever you want--he has not used his own name in such a long time, that he has quite possibly forgotten it.
Age: Older than dirt
Height/build: 5’11” with a muscular build when in human form. When in fal’Cie form, he is only a mere 6’5”. Yojimbo may stand as one of the smaller fal’Cie to be found roaming Gran Pulse
DoB: A long long time ago, in a steppe far away.
Race: Pulse fal’Cie
Weapon: Kozuka, Wakizashi, Zanmoto, Daigoro
Level (human form): 60
Level (fal’Cie form): 85
Special Skill(s): Gill Toss, Swordsmanship, Dual Wield, Capable of (but not always willing to) turn humans into l’Cie.
Sentinel: Provoke, Challenge, Steelguard, Mediguard, Element Guard, Entrench, Vendetta, Fingeward, Deathward, Reprieve
Commando: Blitz, Ruin, Ruinga, Launch
Medic: Cure, Esune, Raise
Synergist: Protect, Shell, Veil, Vigilance
Magic: Poison, Blind, Paralyze, and Doom.
Familiar: Daigoro - A companion fal'Cie that is, more or less, an extension of Yojimbo's own power. It can inflict Poison with its bite. Usually, Daigoro takes the appearance of a normal dog, but it can also transform into a mechanical form. Additionally, Yojimbo can absorb Daigoro into himself--a process in which Daigoro manifests as the samurai’s swords. Also, there is a rumor that Daigoro is capable of taking a humanoid form, as well.
Appearance: Physically, he is among the smaller fal’Cie, and is comparable to the size of a tall human. He tends to take on the appearance of a human male--specifically, a wandering samurai that can be easily mistaken for a hobo. Usually, it is the appearance of a middle-aged man, but he has appeared in both older and younger forms. Although he does have a mechanical fal’Cie form, it is one that he rarely uses. When he does take to his fal’Cie form, he remains in a humanoid shape, but his appearance can be likened to that of a cyborg.
Personality: Be it by malfunction or design, Yojimbo can be counted among the more eccentric, yet peaceful, fal’Cie--one who is excitant on the fringe of fal’Cie behavioral patterns. Yojimbo is not a fal’Cie known to rampage, nor to create havoc across Gran Pulse. Quite the opposite--his directive ensures that he operates as counterbalance to the more chaotic and destructive fal’Cie. Just as there are malevolent forces within nature, so too exists those that are benevolent. Within this framework, Yojimbo was made to be a keeper of Natural Order and Balance. Created as a sentinel, Yojimbo’s holds an imprinted drive to protect the weak creatures of his jurisdiction. Created as a guardian fal’Cie, his directive is to regulate the population of the local wildlife and fauna. He protects those who are threatened by extinction, or culls the excess when certain wildlife grew so numerous that they themselves became a threat to the ecosystem. Some of this culling may include turning human hunters into l’Cie, with the focus of eliminating such imbalances.
Unlike other fal-Cie--particularly the ones of Cocoon--Yojimbo does not treat humanity as pets. Nor, like many other Pulse fal’Cie, does he ignore or act hostile towards them. If anything, he may treat humans as children or students.
In general, his attitude toward humans tends to float somewhere between neutral to curious to protective. The only time he may act against them is if they pose a threat to him, or if they grow to such a large number that they too will need culling--or at least, that is what his original directive would have him do. He is so old now, though, that such things seem keep less of a hold on him. As time passes, when it comes to performing the duties of a fal'Cie, he seems to be getting more and more lazy. Additionally, he is not really the delegating type either, since making l'Cie is also too much work for him to bother with--or this might be the reason he would give aloud. When he’s not in the mood of making a l’Cie, he will probably set out to do the task himself... eventually. However, completion of the task may take a few decades or centuries or millennia to get done.
Incidentally, he is a fal’Cie possessive of a strange sense of humor, perhaps born from his existence as an protector; wherein, he spends the majority of his time simply observing the lives of both creatures and mankind. When interacting with humans, he takes on the guise of a wandering samurai. His mannerisms can often seem absent minded, as though his thoughts are somewhere else. In speech, he can be slow to respond. Sometimes his words may be direct and to the point; but then again, he is just as likely to answer questions with what sounds like old proverbs and philosophical explanations. And sometimes, his responses that don’t seem to fit the question, at all. Usually, he is aloof, and prefers the peace of solitude over company. Choosing to live out the rest of his existence as a hermit, he does not really care about the affairs of other fal’cie, or of humans. However, if anything, he may have a soft spot for Shion--the Haerii villanger whom he had reluctantly taken on as an apprentice in swordsmanship (See Character Profile: Haerii Zuiun Shion).
“Yojimbo,” a fal’Cie who was created with the original directive of being a Sentinel of Order, can be likened to a lone watchman who patrols the Haerii area and the Archylte Steppe. Sometimes he may venture further (especially in the post-merge world). In the early centuries of his existence, he may have been more involved in the execution of his directive, and made humans into l’Cie with little care toward how it affected them and their families. However, as eons passed, his once strict adherence to his directive had waned.
Perhaps due to the eccentricities of his old age, or maybe from boredom, he stopped following the apathetic behaviors of the Pulse fa’Cie. Or it might be due to the protective nature of his directive, that the apathy held in the Pulse fal’Cie does not hold as strongly within him. Although he is not prone to interfering with humanity as the Sanctum fal’Cie were, either, he has occasionally come to the aid of humans--usually children--in instances where one might find himself separated from his hunting group, and fall under danger. It was during these times that he would approach them under the guise of a wandering samurai. Overall, though, he leaves humanity to their own devices, and rarely gets involved. But, if he is directly sought out, he may entertain their presence.
He prefers not to turn humans into l’Cie. In more recent centuries, he has come to rarely ever brand a human with a focus that he is capable of handling himself. In the few recent instances in which he had turned a human into a l’Cie, these humans are usually given the focus of protecting a target, or eliminating a Cei’th that threatens their village. One example of him creating a l’Cie would be the time that he turned a Haerii villager into one, so that the young human could eliminate the Cei’th called Zenobia. In the case of branding Shion, Yojimbo had branded the boy because the boy had asked him to do so. Even then, it was with some warning and reluctance. Over the short years in which Yojimbo had watched the once boy grow into a man, his initial amusement towards the boy had grown into a fondness. When Shion demanded the power of a l’Cie, Yojimbo was disappointed in the boy’s haste and shortsightedness. When he turned the boy into a l’Cie, thus sending him to his unending death as a cie'th, the fal’Cie found himself deeply saddened. After that, he pretty much stopped in his limited interaction with humanity. Then, in the following centuries, he ceased almost all function, and fell dormant.
It would not be until after the Fall and the Merge that he was forced to interact with humans once again. An archeological team had encroached upon Yojimbo’s resting place within the Heirii ruins, and captured the dormant fal’cie that they had discovered. Among the humans that found him was a man who seemed intent on dismantling and studying the technology from which Yojimbo was made. Yojimbo was thus relocated to a research facility for further study. (The Daigoro component, however, was never found. It might have ended up somewhere else during the Merge. Without Daigoro, Yojimbo might not be able to access his full power.)
As of yet, the researches have not figured how to dismantle the odd fal’Cie. Also, according to sensors, the fal’Cie is starting showing signs of low-level activity. This may mean that a part of Yojimbo is still active, or that he may soon awaken from his slumber.