|Age:||31 (mind) 12 (identity) 8 (body)|
|Family (or Creators):||Hikari Yuji (“brother”) Blues Arnoul / Catharsis Black (“brother”) Hikari Shigeru (“father”) Hikari Ryoko (“mother”) Kage Kasumi "Mist" (adopted daughter)|
|Height:||6’ 2”, or 188 cm|
|Weight:||167 lbs, or 75.7 kg|
|Organization||Star Army of Yamatai|
|Occupation||Star Army Starship Captain (10A) Starship and Vehicle Designer (05E)|
|Current Placement||YSS Sakura II (NG-X1-395), Third Squadron, First Expeditionary Fleet|
|Aliases:||Kouta Imai (Civilian Alias) Mr. Shade (Name on SS Thunderbolt) Mr. President (Project THOUGHT)|
Build and Skin Colour: Build is fairly average, yet healthy. Skin color is normal, slightly fair.
Facial Features and Eye Color: Yaichiro possesses piercing ice blue eyes, and his expressions tend to be more subtle than others. To those that know him well enough though, his expressions can have as much impact as one whose facial cues are more overt.
Hair Color and Style: Chestnut Blonde, only semi-short, very clean, but uncombed. His hair possesses a healthy shine to it.
Distinguishing Features: Yaichiro seems relatively normal, his facial features usually a bit on the neutral side, in contrast to what is going on inside of his head. He is capable of a very convincing poker face, though he is capable of giving a glare which can be equated to “looking through you”, when angered. His ice blue eyes are a reason for this. When caught off guard, he tends to give a look of surprise, which is indicated by the slight widening of his eyes, and a slightly more-than-neutral, puzzled, expression. When with those he trusts or is comfortable with, Yaichiro may allow further expressions to escape his face, though normally they will still be subtle.
Personality: Initially introverted and feeling limited by his origins as a “copy” of a being made from Soul Transfer Technology, Yaichiro's time in service has greatly changed him. Finding himself now in a position higher than his original, and realizing that he had become an independent entity, the constraints he placed upon himself began to vanish, and he began to see himself in a new light. He does NOT know if he has a “soul”, and his confidence can ebb and flow, but he is generally more confident in himself than he used to be. This being said, he is still prone to periods of depression and introspection over his place in the universe.
Yaichiro has a submissive side in addressing others and carefully attempts to honor the often confusing and non-rank guided chains of command he finds himself entangled in; but has gained experience in command when given to him, learning the various degrees of submission and dominance required by rank and circumstance. He is willing to take calculated risks in combat which may put him in harms way to complete an objective, which sometimes results in personal harm when he leaves the Engineering Block and enters a Power Armor. He has also demonstrated a willingness to assume personal harm to save a comrade's life when it is called for, even disobeying orders to do so.
Once isolated and unwilling to make attachments, Yaichiro managed to overcome this obstacle, adopting a shipless sprite as his daughter. Being responsible for subordinates has taught him the need for being a bit more flexible when called for. His ability to shift between modes of alert and rest has improved, and he is not quite as rigid as he once was. Still, he refuses drink, save when he perceives the situation to absolutely demand it – like when Ketsurui Katsuko-Taisho wished to share a bottle of plum wine with him.
Yaichiro used to vent aggression and agitation in combat and in training, but has shifted to using that energy as inventive fuel. He still trains his body enough to maintain his skills. He initially had two distinct combat styles depending on his level of agitation, which symbolized the two sides to his persona. However, they merged over time, more due to his stabilizing mental state than conscious effort. Of course, he has seen little actual combat, being a support role and focusing on mental advancement. His combat skills are little greater than they were after finishing basic training, and could be considered a key weakness. This is something he is attempting to resolve, by using a Comfort Bed as a prototyping and combat simulator.
When it comes to sexuality, Yaichiro is well endowed and quite capable. Appeals to him for such action may vary depending on his mood and thoughts at the time, but initially may result in surprise and mild embarrassment. His preference regarding dominance or submissiveness varies by situation.
Trust is a very important virtue to Yaichiro. When it is honored, Yaichiro has proven particularly loyal. If trust is abused, however, friction builds up and Yaichiro will begin to show subtle signs of concern which only begin to hint at his thoughts. After falling out with Hanako, it took Yaichiro two years before he could recover from it and other issues stemming from the UOC split – and that was only because Hanako extended a hand and an opportunity to resolve the situation.
It should also be noted that after being emotionally wounded, Yaichiro tends to seek a position of lesser responsibility such as that he once enjoyed on the YSS Sakura. If he is comfortable with a position, he tends to stay there rather than advance, his sense of ambition in regard to promotion typically lower than that of other officers of his standing. Much of his advancement thus far is for his own technological accomplishments, the danger of the missions in which he has participated, and the fact he has served members of the Ketsurui clan specifically. Some of Yaichiro's lack of ambition to advance in rank may stem from the strange chains of command in which he finds himself, which tend to strongly favor experience and skill set over ranking.
Yaichiro has realized that he places a sense of belonging over his personal career, and that extended positions of front-line command lead to unhappiness for him. He has thus started to be more aware of this side of self, leading when necessary for the pursuit of a specific end, and that his lack of personal ambition made him incompatible with concepts of personal glory how much experience or skill he gained. For this reason, he decided to give up command of his ship even in the midst of what others considered a brilliant career.
Born to a relatively wealthy family in YE 10, Hikari Yuji had little to worry about as he grew up. The wars seemed distant to him, and his parents made sure his every need was fulfilled…he wasn’t spoiled, but he WAS cared for. He had a generally happy childhood.
When he turned 19, he was celebrating his birthday piloting his father’s shuttle, when a malfunction destroyed the ship. His parents quickly used ST data from his Yamataian upgrade to restore their son, as the odds of Yuji’s escape were almost non-existent…but about three hours after the new Yuji was regenerated, the original Yuji was found in an escape pod, and the new copy was booted out onto the street unceremoniously, much to his surprise, considering how kind they were to the original. Yuji doesn’t even know about the existence of his copy.
After renaming himself Kage Yaichiro, Kage meaning “Shadow” in contrast to Hikari, which means “Light”, Yaichiro enlisted in the Star Army, not for glory or prestige, but simply to have a purpose in life, which ceased to exist to that point.
When he finally found that purpose in the Sakura he began to adapt and eventually excel…to the point where he was noticed and forcibly transferred. This hurt him far more than he liked to admit, and had made him doubt his own worth once again. He's hoped that his time on Pisces would help him restore his confidence.
Unfortunately, Pisces was ill-fated from the start. After the arrest of a superior officer and the intervention of the command of two fleets, Yaichiro found himself one of only three active officers on an entire station, and the only one to handle day-to-day activities and behind-the-scenes administration. His repair skills on the YSS Asuka, a ship recovered by the YSS Sakura in his final days of that assignment, caught the eye of Taisho Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko herself, and he was promptly reassigned to the Fifth Expeditionary Fleet with his staff and his superior officer–turned prisoner–in tow.
Upon arrival, Yaichiro was promoted to Chui, instated as Director of the Starship Improvement Program, and given command of the Nozomi-class Scout YSS Asuka, NS-X5-23. After a few inventions and some classes at the 5th XF branch of the Kyoto War College, Yaichiro was promoted to Taii and given a crew, as well as his first mission. The bulk of the first incarnation of his crew were actually personnel from the ill-fated YSS Yugumo.
After successfully completing their mission and helping to fend off an attack by the Mishhu from Jiyuu in the Battle of Jiyuu, Yaichiro was given control of the YSS Akigumo in preparation for the assault on Bizranko, which never materialized. Once he completed his War College coursework, he was promoted to Shosa.
After a shoreleave, the attack on Halna prompted the cession of the UOC from Yamatai, and Yaichiro was one of 12-13% of people who stayed with Yamatai. His motives included supporting the fragile progressive movement within Yamatai from Uesu and his supporters, who believed in the old way. As such, his support for the UOC never ceased, but he felt he could do more good from the Yamataian side, and believes Yamatai to be salvageable with the assistance of Empress Himiko.
He returned from the UOC a self-made multi-millionaire, no longer in want of anything material. Still, he elected to return to the Star Army of Yamatai to contribute to and improve the interstellar community and shield the new Imperial policy of improvement from Uesu's supporters.
Yaichiro became the Chief Engineer of the YSS Eucharis, and after a brief reunion with his CO, Hanako, she was captured, and Yaichiro participated in an operation to recover her along with the Eucharis' crew. This involved a car chase, wading through ineptness at Pisces, posing as a civilian while infiltrating Nepleslia, and getting blown apart by 20~30 Black Faction Power Armors. He narrowly survived, his mind transferred into a new body two minutes before his halved and burned body ceased to function by the new medic, Konoka Miyazawa.
In the meantime, Yaichiro began his own observation initiative independent of the Star Army of Yamatai. Over several months, he obtained the YSS Nishitama and her logistics ship the YSS Atlas. He placed it in service providing additional civilian housing to discharged veterans while in orbit around the Sanctuary in Ketsurui Military Sector. From this otherwise inaccessible vantage point orbiting the core of the KMS, Yaichiro initiated an office of observation, to observe the KMS' loyalty to the Empire, determine Uesu's location if possible, and pinpoint any military or political threats to the intergalactic community; including the Empire itself. This action was because Yaichiro had no trust of Uesu, who obscured the truth of the Plagues for 22 years, and feared that he may become the greatest threat to peace in the universe with the departure of the Mishhu if not watched. With the Mishhu return and Uesu missing, combined with the fact that his anger would change nothing, this office was reorganized into a simple R&D division operating out of Nishitama within two years.
It was in YE 30 that Yaichiro successfully pushed for reforms in the Laws of the Yamatai Star Empire, extending the document by three to four times in length. While most of it was well received, Hanako disagreed with Yaichiro's efforts to give non-citizens from other races some basic civil rights. While Yaichiro eventually won, it put a strain on their friendship, which was further strained because of Hanako knowing of Yaichiro's opinion of her grandfather, Uesu. Combined with the fact that the Eucharis' XO, Kurusu Misaki ( 来栖美崎 ) emitted a hidden yet consistent animosity toward the Engineer due to his familiarity with her love interest (Hanako), Yaichiro realized that the Eucharis was not a home he was welcome to like Sakura once was. He could not go backward, to his dismay.
While he would serve one more mission on the Eucharis, he was offered a position by Katsuko, now a Ketsurui, to help with the 7th SF's formation. Planning to accept this temporary position, Yaichiro intended not to return to Eucharis; completely uncertain about his future in the Army beyond that temporary assignment.
In this uncertain time, Yaichiro still planed to develop his own projects. While publicly advancing what would become the Colonization Project of YE 30, he developed Project THOUGHT in a more covert and small scale fashion.
The 7th SF's formation stalled, and Yaichiro was reassigned to Kyoto, acting as the Curator of the YSS Sakura Museum which he had recommended and designed. His responsibilities through YE 31 and into YE 32 had been minimal, though he'd continued his education and physical training. He attempted no contact with Hanako in that time, feeling generally unwanted and electing to let the woman move on with her career. This combined with his daughter's homeland being occupied by the NMX left Yaichiro with a constant depression, though not enough to interfere with his duties.
Assigned to the Eucharis as an adviser in YE 32, he finally began to patch the damage that had been done to their relationship and resumed serving. Project THOUGHT entered its second phase and Yaichiro's daughter even managed to successfully escape to Yamatai and contact him before rejoining the Star Army. Yaichiro also filled the duties of an Engineer, and participated in the rescue of several personnel from the YSS Fredrick which had been destroyed on transporting him and another crew member to the Eucharis.
Yaichiro was made privy to the events of the previous mission by Jalen Sune, notibly his Mindy's sensor data, and found the response time of the Mishhuvurthyar strange. Finding out that the mission was SAINT-assigned, Yaichiro reactivated BAD Office to make sure that information leaks were not in the Nishitama area. His suspicions were furthered during the next mission when the CFS of the Eucharis collided with that of an NMX craft, an occurrence with infinitesimal odds without precision foreknowledge on the enemy's part. Yaichiro was injured on this mission by an enemy sniper, taking a face and chest full of shrapnel and serious energy burns to the neck – due to the fact that he exposed himself to the enemy to allow survivors of the YSS Freedom stranded on the HX-13 to board the shuttle in comparative safety. Due to this and other considerations, he was promoted to Chusa.
At this time, however, he also attracted the attention of SAINT due to the reactivation of BAD Office. An investigation was initiated and his loyalty again questioned. How much of it is legitimate questioning and how much is a result of his suspicions toward SAINT itself were determined, and Yaichiro was unaware that Helen managed to gain basic information on Project THOUGHT and its earliest prototypes by accessing his personal items. Information on Office 8412 was not found, aside from one entry making reference to it by its unofficial name of BAD Office.
Yaichiro then participated in Task Force Torch's investigation into the UOC Blackout, a force which consisted of the Eucharis and 35 other craft at the very end of YE 32 and into early YE 33. After a skirmish with an NMX Scout Ship which attempted and failed to prevent the recovery of a Chibi-MEGAMI probe dropped off by the Miharu years earlier, the Eucharis and the task force went to Mitsuya to investigate there. They found a world which had been extinguished of most life and rendered radioactive in places, the only survivors some slavers and slaves – including the younger sister of a fellow Eucharis Engineer. After their location was confirmed by another scout ship, a force of 140 NMX vessels arrives and caused massive damage to Task Force Alpha and the Eucharis' Power Armor Bay and Armory, causing the loss of many of the more classic elements of Power Armor hardware aboard. After a battle on the planet to safe the slavers and slaves, the Task Force managed to escape…but with heavy losses. Only a fraction of the ships returned, including the Eucharis, and forcing them to leave many escape pods around Mitsuya and at the NMX' mercy.
The data from the Chibi Megami and the NMX' ability to simply appear undetected in ambush revealed that the Stellar Link Siphon – a system which Yaichiro himself had designed for power generation, had been refitted and was being used to subjugate the area and continue the blackout. Inwardly shaken, Yaichiro found himself having to contend with his own creations being used by the NMX – notable because it was through fear of a similar occurrence which had initially driven him to more secretly develop his more advanced designs through Project THOUGHT.
After changing the focus of the next mission from Lor to Jiyuu, it was noted that the system was unstable with damaged UOC and Lorath ships. After locating the Stellar Link Siphon, Hanako charged in and ordered a deployment of a Power Armor team, which Yaichiro was part of. Yaichiro had not been informed of just what or where the mission would be and thought it planetside, causing him to send an urgent communication of surprise when they charged against the station without verifying if it was in UOC or NMX hands. He was talked down and criticized for this action, though his outburst was caused by something deeper – a complete failure as an Adviser to be aware of Hanako's plans and recommend alternatives – something which Helen had taken up in a defacto role. He felt worse when Helen led the team and made calls which he had moral contest with. While it ended well enough for the team, in spite of his loss of limbs to teleport Micheal Papadopoulos-Hei and Inoue Kiko-Hei out of the combat zone, he had distinct moral concerns and concerns about his role aboard the Eucharis. While he as made an uneasy peace with Helen, he is still concerned.
Afterward, he was been forced to put that aside to help handle the Gartagen First Contact, as he awaited Hanako's decision regarding his place and future aboard the Eucharis. However, his future would take an unexpected turn. After a sudden mission to aid Gartagens fighting the NMX at Ether, where he stayed behind and participated in repairs rather than seeing field action, he received a series of communications from Katsuko, who was building the Seventh Fleet. He was offered a position, and Katsuko strongly hinted at interest in a romantic relationship. When Hanako learned of this, she promptly reassigned him not out of dislike or malcontent, but to push him to advance his own stagnant career. Yaichiro quietly left the Eucharis at the very first opportunity due to the scheduling, the third time he'd done so from one of Hanako's ships. He felt conflicted, still liking Hanako, but knowing the woman to be married to her ship and cause.
Yaichiro would be delivered to a waiting and anxious Katsuko, who would bestow upon him the role of Flag Aide, Chief of Engineering for the Fleet, and Yard Master of Production Bay Seven or Hotaru Star Fortress. 1/16th of the Ikoi's production capacity was granted to him; Katsuko, himself, and those he wished being the only ones permitted entry. After obtaining consent from Katsuko, Project THOUGHT personnel and former Fifth Expeditionary Fleet Starship Improvement Program personnel still loyal to the empire would be consolidated at Hotaru Star Fortress. The Tsubame project in particular was migrated over quickly, due to a dedicated Hayabusa squadron being present. Yaichiro would spend time with Katsuko on and off duty, even being promoted to Taisa quite quickly. He would still be a but confused and have a lingering one-way attachment to Hanako, though he felt himself being receptive to Katsuko's advances.
The officer would not sit idly, however, participating in a literal suicide mission to obtain data on the captured Xylar system's forces. Donning a new body and a new persona, Blues Arnoul-Chui, Yaichiro would cast aside critical memories which would cause security leaks within the Army if captures and boarded a damaged hayai to be killed for the sake of intelligence gathering. This was done to prevent the needless death of a freshly cloned crew, which he saw as throwing lives away without giving them the right of choice. This feeling was respected, and he participated in the mission in a sub-par hayai due to be decommissioned. The scope of the mission changed, however, when an NMX captured Star Fortress revealed itself, causing the officer to challenge it in the battered Hayai. The craft would narrowly evade destruction to get in the shields, and then charge the fortress and self-detonate. Damage was inflicted, destroying battlepods and dealing damage to the Star Fortress’ Production Bays, hopefully well in excess of the resources lost in the to-be-decommissioned craft. Blues, however, was captured by an NMX Line Battleship.
As his still living altered self was captured, a Yaichiro with complete memories as of just before the start of this mission was brought back, in an NH-31M body.
Not long afterward, Yaichiro was assigned as the CO of the YSS Sakura II Plot and the 1XF's Third Squadron. Upon taking on two of his crew, he promptly deployed for the Himiko area to clean up after the culmination of the Tachibana Incident and tend to wounded and destroy the remaining SC Agent. The operation resulted in combat with a Yui-class Privateer Variant, a reserve ship which attempted to defend said building. While trying and failing to effectively battle the YSS Sakura II and the YSS Unicorn II, however, the remainder of the Second Squadron destroyed the target. The Yui-class was heavily damaged and lost an engine, but its bridge was destroyed from within by Rei Tanaka, a spy planted by SAINT proper. The loss of the command staff caused a mutiny, which caused much of the crew to surrender and the remainder to fall. A Yuletide celebration, including dare lottery, was started after the lottery. Tanaka-Hei would later join the crew.
After a flurry of crew joining and some leaving in an attempt to get a cohesive team together, a mission to UX-10 I came through to prevent the raiding of ruins and the investigation of their murder of a member of the SSS. A number of officers and soldiers were late to the briefing for assorted reasons with varying degrees of legitimacy. The YSS Sakura II and Third Squadron would deploy to UX-10 I, in what would be the first fielding of the Keiko Thought Armor and the Ke-V6-2A "Hayabusa II" Starfighter. The result of the mission was a resounding success, Yaichiro commanding a mission which led to the destruction of all enemy combatants and the capture of the enemy ship and its crew with no losses or injuries. This was in part due to the infiltration efforts of Tanaka-Hei, for whom a new kind of medal was created to recognize her efforts.
Through the end of YE 35 and into YE 36, Yaichiro would oversee training operations from the bridge of the Sakura II, as well as vacation on Hanako's World. It was after this that Yaichiro's depression hit a new low. After the murder of the second Jo Midori by the manipulation of the first, and his placement of the former's children in his home, he realized that he was not content even though he had wealth and a brilliant career. He was fundamentally submissive save in cases where he had a specific intent, and command was simply incompatible with his true desire – to find a place where he belonged. Unable to feel at home in his own ship and agitated, he contacted his superior, Hanako, for advice and to surrender his command. It was at this point he was reassigned to a new post, and awaited his replacement. The craft would vacation again on Hanako's World during this time. Yaichiro would be reassigned to Star Army Logistics as Commander of the Jiyuu Fleet Depot, a position which he would hold through YE 39.
Through YE 39 and into YE 40, Yaichiro would work on a program that would see the creation of the Plumeria-class (2D) Medium Gunship and the Chiaki-class (1B) Escort Destroyer. He would also secure the rights to the older part of Tokyo that he had helped design and create years before and start a decontamination and reconstruction project. In YE 40, the first of the Plumeria-class (2D) Medium Gunship were completed…as the YSS Sakura II Plot. Yaichiro would re-assume command of his old ship and the 1XF's Third Squadron to both prove the new design and participate in the Kuvexian War. This would ultimately be proven successful in the defense of Cosmos Star Fortress in the Scrapyard System, in which Third Squadron successfully assisted in the defense of the system against overwhelming odds due to a change in tactics and the ship's increased capabilities, as well as unlikely assistance from obsolesced Elysian Celestial Navy assets. The Sakura II would then stop off at Tsubomi to give gifts to children for the Year-End Traditions, where Yaichiro would dress as Father Yule.
In YE 41, Yaichiro would then take the squadron to the Splrug System to investigate possible sabotage of the black market by Kuvexian forces. After retrieving a boobytrapped escape pod containing his informant and 'brother', his ST semi-clone Blues Arnoul / Catharsis Black, he had his ship track the likely enemy to a rag-tag operation in the Higaflan System. After finding proof they explicitly intend to use their eggs as biological weapons against Yamataian planets, the Sakura II attacked an orbital shipyard and ships meant to distribute the eggs. The planet was returned to its YE 37 state after the Eucharis' departure, to the hands of more peaceful Rixxikor farmers, after a campaign involving jerryrigged fusion bombs, troll posts on the planet's internet, malware, and copious mounts of adult content.
In YE 42, Yaichiro starts to reconnect with Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko, who confesses her love for him. Yaichiro, being a man confused by love and such, responds in an honest but awkward and uncertain manner. She is unlikely to give up, however, gifting him a care package of alcohol, a ship, and a residence. He was also returned to the service of the First Expeditionary Fleet under her command. He was once more made Katsuko's Flag Aide, stationed on the YSS Tokyo.
Yaichiro is connected to:
Yaichiro is trained and well-practiced in the theories, implementation, and use of many systems and technologies. He has a well-rounded electronics knowledge, and a strong grasp of quantum computing. He is up to date in the technologies of most unclassified and semi-classified Star Army Vessels, Fortresses, and Power Armor; as well as certain UOC technologies. His skills also extend to any Project THOUGHT systems and software, which he has had a personal hand in the design of. He can also use and service obsolete and general purpose craft.
In addition to being able to access systems that utilize tactile controls, mental transceivers, or telepathic interface technologies; Yaichiro is equipped with a SPINE since his upgrade to the NH-31M(Upgraded) Minkan body.
Yaichiro is aware enough of mathematics and physics and their applications to utilize them in a design capacity, capable of computing algebra, trigonometry, scalar, vector, force calculations, scales, angles, tolerances, and other such skills. His training at the Kyoto War college has expanded this knowledge to finer detail, and he has since applied these skills in the design of many devices and programs.
Yaichiro can repair and maintain electronics, scalar and vector computer systems, most starship and Power Armor systems, and other widely assorted equipment. This extends not only to recent Star Army equipment, but also obsolete and general equipment.
Yaichiro has an aptitude for innovative solutions. He has the ability to conceive and visualize concepts and build them into working designs, which he has done extensively. These designs are not always the most complicated, but tend to lean toward new ways of using new or existing technology to solve problems. Since YE 30 he has designed a myriad of technologies, from the simple to the complex. He has served in multiple positions specifically geared toward technological development for the Star Army, two of which have been fleet-level.
Yaichiro is trained in basic emergency medical care and first aid in humanoid life, especially Yamataians and Nekos. This does not extend into chemical treatments or a large list of medications, but setting damaged limbs, performing basic care, CPR, etc. He has researched digestive and mental processes to develop applicable inventions, but this is less for the sake of treatment and more for the sake of allowing his inventions to better work with their users.
Yaichiro is not a black belt; but has sufficient hand-to-hand fighting skill, as well as basic weapons knowledge. His fighting style can at times serve to confuse an opponent, and he can draw from an aggressive or a passive style. Over the years, he has grown to prefer tactics and strategy in combat over brute force.
Yaichiro is trained in basic survival skills, such as shelter construction, water discovery and filtration, hunting and foraging, navigation, and extending food, water, and air resources to their maximum. He is also aware of the chain of command and basic military operation. He has had to develop the ability to carefully balance responsibilities and dynamic statuses which go beyond rank, due to a history of unusual chains of command which may skip over other personnel or even be redundant and vary by situation and specialization. Rarely has Yaichiro been in a truly 'conventional' chain of command.
Yaichiro is capable of writing and speaking general humanoid languages that are needed within the Star Army of Yamatai, and has a working knowledge of radio and subspace communication and operation. He is also capable of basic levels of radio and subspace message encryption using computer systems. While not in the exact same vein as standard communications, Yaichiro seems to have a marginal ability to read body language, a skill developed by watching muscle movements and predicting moves in combat, but is regardless a potentially valuable tool in gathering unspoken information from people by determining truthfulness and intent in some cases. This skill, however, is not yet perfected, and is difficult to utilize against members of races with different body language and social development. He is fluent in Trade and Yamataian, has some lingual capabilities with the Lorath language, and has recently started investigating the Gartagen language. He can download languages as needed via PANTHEON, but this does not automatically make him fluent or innately aware of the language's intricacies.
Yaichiro is notably skilled at making images of ships, people, and environments that he has seen, as well as action shots. He can color them in an impressive way, having contributed a fair amount of art to the Sakura Imperial Museum in which he served as Curator. He is gaining constantly more skill in imagined or abstract art as well. He can also draw schematics and concept art with a high degree of capability.
Yaichiro's experience in command is substantial, and he has shown the ability to operate as a Flag CO multiple times. The logic he practiced as an engineer had lead him well in his command efforts, and his aptitude for bureaucracy is above-average. His assignments have even included being the Flag Aide next to the Taisho of a fleet. It should be noted that if a person is above him in a command structure, he often defers to them rather than risking contesting their authority – unless there is a major issue which is criminal or a clear and obvious risk to the mission. He is capable of stepping up to a more authoritative role if necessary and if a clear authority is not available, as shown in past emergency situations. Unfortunately, his personality is submissive in various respects, meaning that sustained periods of front-line command are difficult for him. He has not been able to move past this flaw with any amount of training or skill. His valuing a place to belong over his career has led to him actively pursuing ending his own front-line command, even when others would see him as a successful officer.
Yaichiro learned from the 5th XF's branch of the Kyoto War College about both the Empire's history and its laws. He also has a detailed level of technical knowledge, and has first hand experience with some of the major battles and political changes of the era. Some of this data is considered classified information due to the impact the information may have, the protection of Yamatai's technological superiority, or the simple fact that SAINT was connected to some of his missions.
Yaichiro was taught the ins and outs of public speaking from the 5th XF's branch of the Kyoto War College, and has learned to carefully word his sentences when wishing to convey or downplay certain pieces of information. He can also emphasize and draw attention to the points he wishes, and manipulate the flow of a conversation. However, he feels that these skills can be misused, and tries to use them responsibly. He finds extended leadership for its own sake to be difficult to provide unless he has a specific cause, but can do well when he is truly needed.
His time in the UOC has given Yaichiro a more solid political stance, though consequences of his political beliefs have tempered his advocacy to a level of balance. This political stance has already resulted in the heavy revision of Yamatai's Unified Law. While not a professional politician, he attracted the notice of Taisho Shimizu Akina for his efforts and also managed to get a basic set of civil rights recognized for all peoples in the Yamatai Star Empire, regardless of citizenship status. His beliefs, which could be defined as progressive, lead him to support some Himiko-era reforms. Encounters with the old pre-Himiko officers with Neko-supremacist beliefs, complications on handling NMX Nekos in light of the new laws he put forth, and the danger to the UOC's citizenry from the NMX and from within all serve as constant reminders to analyze his beliefs.
In regards to politics as a science; Yaichiro has grown to recognize politics as both a tool and a danger in regard to the military's relationship with the citizenry, the government, and even with other nations. Katsuko's rise and fall as Empress could both be attributed to political maneuvering by multiple factions outside the Empire. While Yaichiro dislikes the misuse and misdirection of politics, he recognizes that when utilized ethically, they are an essential tool for any organization to use and a threat to be on constant guard against. His experience with politics brought him into conflict with Ketsurui Hanako at one time, however, and he has developed an aversion to participating in the process unless he feels it necessary.
Yaichiro has a large array of items owned, from tiny items to entire cities.
Old-Style Weather Uniform
2 Old-Style Star Army Exercise Uniform, Type 29s
1 Yukata outfit
Clothing of other Militaries:
All items in the section below come with a belt pouch, case, sheath or holster as applicable.
These items are expendable and can be reissued whenever needed. These will not need to be returned.
Personal Weaponry and Tools
Personal Assorted Salvaged (Lower Priority Items)
Power Armors and Small Craft:
Kage Yaichiro is currently a Taisa in the Star Army of Yamatai. He has a monthly salary of 13075 KS.
|3000 KS||Starting Funds|
|3,700,000 KS||Assorted Inventions|
|195,009 KS||Assorted payments, items, and ships|
|500,000 KS||Gift to mist (daughter)|
|485,000 KS||Bought a home in Kyoto|
|1,150,000 KS||Assorted MFY Inventions|
|323,000 KS||Ayame-class Vessels and Remnants|
|18,000 KS||6 LAMIA|
|4,000 KS||Duffels of random items|
|55,000 KS||Various Starships and Parts|
|56,000 KS||Various Starships and Parts|
|700,000 KS||Various Starships and Parts|
|425,000 KS||Various Starships and Parts|
|120,000 KS||Gifts for Eucharis Crew|
|850||Gift from Sune|
|18,000 KS||SS Atsureki|
|350,000 KS||Salvage Purchases|
|100,000 KS||Salvage Purchases|
|100,000 KS||NSP Type 33C payment|
|170,000 KS||Gifts for Eucharis crew|
|600,000 KS||Salvage Purchases|
|2,500,000 KS||Licensing of Soyokaze|
|70,000 KS||Gifts for Sakura II crew|
|47,000 KS||Purchased salvage|
|100,000 KS||Given to Midori 2's children|
|4,000 KS||Paid for passage on Reichu's ship|
|25,000 KS||Paid for materials|
|10,000,000 KS||Sold stuff to Akemi|
|13,853,000 KS||More stuff sold to Akemi|
|1,000,000 KS||More a Warehouse to Taro|
|1,620,000,000 KS||Sold various SSCC and Livestock to Yugumo Corporation (about 1/200th IRL value)|
I hereby opt out of adoption. This character cannot be reused by someone else even if I am not active on the site.