Build and Skin Color: Umeshu's smooth, wisteria colored skin is both unusual enough to grab attention quickly yet relaxing as a flower glade when one's gaze lingers upon it. Though always in good fighting shape, her Neko figure tends to lean towards the pleasingly plump side… much like her namesake.
Eye Color and Facial Features: Her round, sage green eyes are set in an oval-shaped face like a pair of unripe fruits.
Ears: Her Nekovalkyrja breeding is apparent, with ears that are a bit short and slightly furred along the edges and backsides the same color as her hair.
Hair Color and Style: Her long, naturally straight plum-purple hair is worn with bangs in a traditional hime cut, as well as a long ponytail held by a mottoi paper tie going down the back. She will elaborately french braid it from time to time for certain informal occasions or put it up in a quick bun while in power armor.
Personality: Somewhat shy but capable in a pinch, courteous in her speech, respectful and well-mannered due to her conservative upbringing, nurturing and supportive to others. Tends to hide negative emotions well, especially the deep-seeded envy she feels of her sisters' accomplishments. Though she likes to avoid violence, if forced to fight she will often unconsciously slip into her samurai training and breathe deeply, in order to focus into a time slowing warrior haze.
Created by the Ketsurui Zaibatsu, she has 2 other sisters (older Yuuki and younger Sanae).
She and her 'sisters' were originally created in YE 33 as part of a production run to replace some lost Ketsurui Samurai personnel in the Second Mishhuvurthyar War. They were all supposed to be relatively homogenous in appearance, however a glitch/operator error in the pigmentation programming system during the rapid growth cycle caused the middle child, Umeshu, to develop an unintentional purple coloration.
Though all three were put into training immediately together, the differences between them ran more than skin deep. Although capable of learning her intended combat skills and etiquette befitting a samurai, it was subsequently found after some time in training that Umeshu lacked the rigid personality and desire to fight of her peers. Without these things, her future prospects at Kyoto looked quite dim and as a result she became a bit depressed and withdrawn, feeling she would be cursed wearing white forever.
Fortunately, she did very well on tests of leadership ability and as a result was referred by the clan into a fresh class of students attending the Kyoto War College. Once settled into a more cosmopolitan, supportive environment that the military school offered compared to the samurai quarters, Umeshu flourished. She made friends quickly, and with the support of her new found Star Army compatriots graduated near the top of her class on Starship Operations and Communications. Although it was not achieving the dream of samurai-hood, she did finally feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride for the first time in her short life.
Things had turned around for her at last, but would her new captain be as accepting of this budding flower?
In YE 38, Umeshu was suddenly pulled off her assignment with Hanako's task force to return to Star Army and deliver a brief on the activities of new, invasive species to the Kikyo Sector such as the Rixxikor & Graxlat, whom she had encounters with both friendly and violent. As a result, she was offered the position of XO aboard the flagship of Orochi Squadron to participate in the task force inquisition effort to secure the southeast frontiers, exactly where there was suspicions by SAINT of these known Kuvexian allies once again up to no good. This mission was only made more difficult by the ominous presence of her older Yojimbo sister, Hashimoto Yuuki, who was Taisa Hatchimitsu's long time bodyguard and whom she technically now out-ranked…
Umeshu has demonstrated proficiency in all the Star Army Common Skills as expected of any rank-and-file soldier of the Star Army of Yamatai.
As a graduate of the Kyoto War College, Umeshu has received training on the fundamentals of leadership and command, and speaking in public. She is comfortable in filling a role of responsibility for the actions of those serving beneath her, and to effectively communicate what she expects of them to carry out mission goals and the orders of her superiors successfully. Umeshu is notably one of the first Star Army personnel to conduct successful public relations discourse with the insectoid Rixxikor on Higaflan, where other soldiers simply just shot them on sight.
Umeshu has basic knowledge in how to pilot the ship, use communication devices and operate the Kessaku Electronics System. She also has a very strong knowledge of the artificial intelligence on a starship and can utilize the MEGAMI to assist her operations on the vessel. She has displayed great versatility as a stereotypical 'bridge bunny', able to fill a variety of roles well. Umeshu was once complimented by a fellow crewmember and scientist for being particularly skilled with collecting SIGINT from enemy vessels, which may land her a career with SAINT's surveillance programs someday.
Although she never completed her formal samurai indoctrination past a trainee level, Umeshu is familiar with the basic techniques of using traditional melee weaponry such as swords, spears, staves, and knives in close-quarters combat. She actually is quite handy with a yumi, a longbow used in the nearly forgotten art of Kyūdō archery, and this also translates to her being a proficient marksman in general with a Nekovalkyrja service pistol. She is also fairly skilled in empty hand fighting, and generally favors the less violent judo and aikido styles of joint locks, throws and takedowns.
As an officer and former samurai trainee, Umeshu is familiar with the laws of the Yamatai Star Empire and Star Army history.
In addition to being well-spoken, Umeshu is versed in the ancient art of Yamataigo (邪馬台語) calligraphy. Thanks to hanging out with Jax and dealing with the Rixxikor more, she has been able to improve her Trade (language) with a more 'authentic' choice of words. She was also once complimented by a fellow crewmember and famous scientist for showing great promise collecting SIGINT from enemy vessels, which may land her a career with SAINT's surveillance programs someday.
|Shoi Kohosei||Promoted upon acceptance to Kyoto War College.||YE 33|
|Shoi||Promoted upon completion of undergraduate degree at Kyoto War College.||YE 36|
|Chui||Promoted by Hanako-Shosho of the YSS Eucharis, for conducting successful negotiations with the Rixxikor at Higaflan, and ensuring the ship and its crew's safe withdrawal with minimal casualties.||YE 37|
|Taii||Promoted by Hanako-Shosho of the YSS Eucharis, for going above and beyond during the mission to investigate and interdict the the Rixxikor colony vessel at Sbuhfaba.||YE 38|
|3,000 KS||Starting Funds|
|12,963 KS||+9,963||Salary for Jan-Aug YE 37 (Shoi)|
|19,605 KS||+6,642||Salary for Sep-Dec YE 37 (Chui)|
|39,605 KS||+20,000||Salary for Jan-May YE 38 (Taii)|