|Age:||24 (born in YE 05)|
|Height:||5’6” (168 cm)|
|Weight:||140 lbs. (64 kg)|
athletic and muscular build, Caucasian skin tone
attractive Caucasian face, slim and prominent nose, sharp chins, deep blue eyes
blonde, flowing hair that goes down to the shoulder blades
always wears a gold-plated wrist computer on her left wrist
Everyone recognizes the traits of a true leader. A true leader can rally her soldiers to any cause, inspire loyalty among strangers, and affect lasting change through sheer will and charisma.
The Star Army of Yamatai is blessed with many people with such a gift. Aurore is not one of them.
The word most often used by Aurore’s peers to describe her is “annoying”. She is arrogant, bossy, rude, and inconsiderate in front of her subordinates, and is nauseatingly obsequious in front of her superiors.
To civilians, foreign dignitaries, and people with the same rank, Aurore somehow manages to act with decorum and professionalism. This only serves to lower the options of Aurore’s peers, since she is obviously capable of acting like a decent human being, and only chooses not to do so in front of people that she believes she can bully around.
Underneath this very unlikable exterior, however, is a woman who is ambitious, loyal, and brave. And even deeper inside is a lonely girl who has been taught her entire life that it is more important to be feared than respected, and more important to be respected than to be loved.
It should be noted that Aurore has been raised to believe that Nekos are mere tools, bred for war and fit for little else. Higher education had managed to undo most of her bigotry, but she still somewhat hold Yamataian colleagues in higher esteem, and consider Neko soldiers slightly more expendable than Yamataian soldiers.
It should also be noted that Aurore vastly prefers female company, if she had the choice. For the moment, those around her avoid her like the plague.
classical music, fine wine, puzzles, telling war stories, cute Yamataian girls
pacifists, racist Nekovalkyrja who think they’re better than humans
to become a Taisho, to be respected by her peers, to find a friend and confidante
A perusal of Aurore’s public records would reveal a fairly bland biography. She was born to a WickedArms executive (mother) and a professor of biology (father). The family was vaccinated in time and survived the Elysian plague. Aurore went on to have a fairly normal childhood in Tania, Planet Yamatai.
Her parents were well meaning, but perhaps their perception of the world was rather draconian. Aurore was raised to believe that life was about the survival of the fittest, that it was the way of nature for the strong to prey upon the weak. Her mother, in the course of her work, had adopted a rather racist world view toward Nekovalkyrja. She taught her daughter that while a few Nekos were especially made to be officers and leaders, the vast majority of Nekos were created as cannon fodder to feed the Empire’s war machinery, that they were bred to fight and die for the Empire, and thus deserve neither pity nor respect.
As a side effect of her mother’s racist instructions, Aurore became fascinated with war and all things military. And perhaps in an act of teenage rebellion, Aurore idolized Ketsurui Yui, and watched in rapture as the Nekovalkyrja warrior slowly engineered the ascendancy of the Yamataian Empire with the point of her sword.
When Aurore was 17, she enlisted in the Star Army of Yamatai. Her parents were both worried and proud, as parents were wont to be, and encouraged her in her military career. The bigoted beliefs that her mother had instilled in her were mostly erased as Aurore underwent basic training and then specialist training as a bridge officer. Due to her parent’s behind-the-scenes influence and her own competence, Aurore rose in ranks quickly. And while her commanding officers found her obsequiousness tiresome, they appreciated a soldier who always followed orders without question.
While Aurore fought in several battles and skirmishes over the years, her only claim to fame was at the Battle of Hoshi no Iori. Aurore was a Chusa by this time, and was the captain of an Arashi-class Escort vessel. With her ship severely damaged in battle and communications disabled beyond repair, Aurore ordered the ship to dock with Hoshi no Iori. Once docked, Aurore disembarked with several fanatical Yamataian officers, all clad in power armor, as well as the ship’s remaining complement of around one thousand Lamias. The ship was then ordered to take on as much wounded as it could carry and then flee the battle, carrying with it the crew’s ST backups. Their survival ensured, Aurore led her crew in a valiant (some would say reckless and unnecessary) last-stand against overwhelming Mishhuvurthyar forces. Little details are known about the last-stand, as there were no survivors.
After the battle, Aurore was brought back via ST technology, and promoted to the rank of Taisa.
Aurore’s recklessness has brought her some fame, especially among Yamataian civilians, but by this time, stories about her lack of civility toward subordinates had began to spread among the rank and file. As requests to be transferred out of Aurore’s command poured in, her own commanders began to consider her a liability. Since then, Aurore had found herself transferred to the Third Expeditionary Fleet, and away from the front lines.
Possibly impressed with her record and deeds, Taisho Henry Chen promoted her to Chujo, and gave her command of the yss_jal, the Yuumi-class Battleship tasked with protecting Anisa Star Fortress. In this capacity, Aurore received and escorted all dignitaries who visited Anisa, and, much to Henry’s relief, proved herself to be an able diplomat. It seemed that, while quite rude to her subordinates and nauseatingly obsequious to her superiors, Aurore was downright charming to civilians and foreign diplomats, regaling them with war stories and tall tales, both from her own experiences and the battlefield achievements of her colleagues.
As Taisho Henry Chen found himself stepping down from his post, he was faced with a dilemma. He desperately wanted to keep the important position in human hands, and the Nekovalkyrja in the upper echelons of Third Expeditionary Fleet’s command structure were inexperienced as commanders anyway. And as a fleet not actively engaging the enemy, Henry cannot exactly take his pick from the military talent coming out of kyoto_war_college. His only option seemed to be a veteran Yamataian commander with terrible human resource management skills.
And so, Aurore was about to find one of her greatest dreams realized.
Unfortunately, after a short period of service, Yui found her to be incompetent. Aurore was shortly thereafter kicked out of the Star Army.
Her current status is unknown, having been disgraced and fallen into obscurity. She is most likely living on Yamatai.
Aurore received hand-to-hand combat training, followed up with a rigorous weapons training program. She is skilled and experienced in combat both in Yamatai-like conditions and in zero-gravity, with and without weapons. Aurore is trained to operate energy pistols, knives, swords, grenades, energy rifles, and power armor. She favors and is extremely proficient with energy pistols and sabers.
Aurore enjoys physical exercise, and keeps herself in top physical shape via a strict training regimen, which involves swimming, weight-lifting, and running several miles a day. No matter where she is stationed, she would be a regular at the local gymnasium.
Aurore is well-versed in both the history and the laws of the Yamatai Star Empire. She also have a large repertoire of war stories, of which, a few are autobiographical, while many are pure fiction. Lastly, Aurore has read quite a few books on modern military strategies and tactics.
Aurore is capable of operating any computer system that uses the Kessaku OS, found on all Star Army starships. She is proficient in entering and/or searching for information.
Aurore enjoys public speaking, and is very good at regaling a crowd with a war story or rousing up their passions with a stirring speech. However, her interpersonal skills, while competent, get a little lax around subordinates. In other words, she acts like a jerk to her underlings. On the battlefield, Aurore is tactically shrewd but also ruthless and cares little for the lives of her soldiers, usually willing to achieve her mission objectives at all costs. It is therefore not surprising that she inspires little loyalty among those under her command.
Aurore is familiar with basic radio operation and procedures and can make transmissions to and receive transmissions from other characters through headsets, starships, power armor, and shuttles in both combat and non-combat conditions. Aurore is fluent in English and Japanese. (She learned Japanese to better flatter her Neko superiors.) She can speak and write both correctly and efficiently and can write reports, fill forms, issue orders under fire, etc.
Aurore has received intermediate mathematics training, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.