Arete Surinus is a small Elysian woman sporting a pretty face. Her little body seems to be quite strong for its size, though there are no apparent signs of extra, personal training in strength. Her body, possibly as a side effect of her height, is slightly plump and has a small layer of natural tissue1) under her skin in most areas of her body. She is, however, not overweight except when judged by the absolutely most cynical people.
Arete takes pride in her lack of height, and often attempts to exploit it to get around particularly difficult situations-like conflicts between other persons and herself. Saying that, she is quite loyal to people who do get close to her, or people who can show her kindness, and has been known to attempt to resolve things between those she calls her friends. Despite her slightly top-heavy appearance, Surinus takes pride in her endowment-though she is quite reluctant to truly take advantage of it even when an opportunity presents itself for immense personal gain.
She does hold grudges against other people, especially if they have not been, in her mind, appropriately punished for whatever wrongs they had committed. Arete often acts upon her grudges in a way that is typically discrete-minor, constant hassles such as deliberately misplacing items, or refusing to work together on team-building exercises. Despite her tendency to hold and act upon grudges, Arete will still listen to, and typically obey, direct orders from superiors-if just barely.
Arete was born to an intensely loyalist plebian family in YE 14, just two years before the start of the Third Elysian War, inside a city below Heavens. Though her family survived the invasion of the Heavens as well as their partial destruction with relative ease thanks to luck, they were nearly executed by a Yamataian patrol while attempting to flee the ruined city.
As she started to grow up, Arete began to feel quite at odds with her family-she did not share the same fear and distrust of Yamataians that her parents had accrued from the Third War, her feelings against the Elysian government increased when she was able to learn more about the Fourth Elysian War, and her home empire's drastic failures during it. By the age of fourteen, the young Surinus was angry enough at her hyper-loyalist parents that she had simply ran out in the night, preferring to live on the rapidly-expanding streets of New Elysia working and living under her own, personal rules.
Shortly into the Second Mishhuvurthyar War several years later, the young Arete posed as, and officially became, an Elysian refugee for Yamataian relief efforts, being migrated away from the assaulted New Elysia and taken to a small relief camp several kilometers away from Kyoto. Having already been raised effectively by herself for the past three years, miss Surinus exploited every advantage she was aware of for necessary provisions and spare clothing- her childlike form was an incredibly potent tool during these times, allowing her to appear much younger than she actually was.
After the Second Mishhuvurthyar War had ended, unlike many other Elysian refugees Arete remained on Yamatai, still relying on her nimble fingers and deceiving appearance for easy meals and shelter, even when proper employment had become available. It was not until an advertisement for the Star Army which had promised a steady source of food, clothing, and the like in a very direct manner-meals being provided to the soldiers, rather than money being provided for meals, for example-caught her eye that she had determined to have what she called “An actual job… And a way to prove them2) wrong.”
Shortly into her training, Arete abused part of the Army's healthcare system for easy, if fairly belayed, access to a Caelisolan body. Dictating her time in the army as a chance for a new life, miss Surinus took to her training in earnest. During her time at training, Arete met and befriended-or perhaps was befriended by-Rein Sif. Shortly after both of them had completed their training, both Arete and Rein were transferred to the YSS Aeon.
Arete Surinus has the following notable skills:
Arete went through standard training in the Star Army, specializing in the use of sidearms such as pistols.
As a technician, Arete Surinus spends a large amount of time maintaining an operational status for most technologies, including personal electronics(such as datapads), military-level electronics(Such as sensor packages and on occasion the MEGAMI), and vehicular/starship armor and hull. Her small body and nimble fingers allow her to work quite precisely with tools, especially for an organic being.
Being raised on her own for some time, Surinus has learned through both her own trials and technology-assisted searches how best to care for clothing and cook simple meals. She can ration food incredibly well, but falls short in quality for her meal preparation. With some help from her time at training, she has learned to launder and sometimes mend clothing to an adequate degree.
Having run away from her home when she was younger, Arete developed several methods to get something she wanted. Though rather unskilled at picking from pockets, the small woman's hands are faster than many people are led to believe, and she has managed to steal small objects that would otherwise be obviously seen through the clever use of varying distractions, typically improvised.
Arete Surinus is connected to:
Arete Surinus has the Star Army Standard Issue Items.
Arete Surinus currently has 3000 KS. This can be easily transferred into Aureas, as her personal account can be accessed through her card; this card sports a primarily brown color scheme with a mirrorlike finish. The card is, however, worn down from several years of use as Arete has not managed to replace it since she became a refugee.
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