Compact and slender, Shika cuts a boyish figure. Shika's smiling demeanour and confident bearing compensate for his average looks. He has an energetic, cheerful presence. Shika has dark brown eyes and his black, straight hair is cropped to a practical shortness.
Exuberant and gregarious to a fault, Shika genuinely enjoys friendship and developing rapport with colleagues. It should be of little surprise that Shika maintains many acquaintances in the Star Army, and that he is something of a harmless flirt. Despite being an extrovert, Shika is patient, generous and sensitive. He is self-confident yet not to the point that he is self-absorbed. As such he often finds himself lending an ear to others when they need someone to talk to.
These traits may come across as somewhat feminine, but they belie Shika's highly competitive streak and frosty discipline. He becomes an almost entirely different person when on duty. Shika is able to set aside his own feelings and act dispassionately. This is because Shika is an pragmatic idealist. While he may privately disagree with certain orders or policies, Shika complies with the chain of command because he ultimately sees the Star Army as a force for good.
Extreme sports, sesame red bean pastries, shore leave, bubblegum, building rapport with MEGAMIs, twentieth century music.
Pulling graveyard shifts on the bridge, hard rations, uppity officers, being constantly reprimanded for “showing excessive initiative in planning and executing recreational activities”.
Shika was born in Malifar, Yamatai. His family was one of the wealthy shipping clans. Naturally curious and notably gregarious even at a young age, Shika often accompanied his parents on trips on the boats and spent much of his childhood in the ports. Shika always fitted in school, although he had some problems focusing on his academics in favour of his social and sporting life.
Shika spent many childhood summers staring off into Malifar airspace, watching Star Army vessels claw through the skies for space, and dreamed of one day sitting in a starship bridge rather than a deep sea trawler. Indeed, Shika was different from most in that he never truly grew out of his dream to become a Star Army serviceman. Rather than pursue the expected traditional role as manager in the family business, Shika applied to join the Star Army as soon as he reached his majority.
Shika acquitted himself well in his initial employment training, with excellent aptitude scores and commendations for starship operations.
He briefly served in the Fourth Fleet, until being transferred to the YSS Eucharis.
Communication: Deemed highly proficient in all standard protocols and systems for communication in the Star Army. Shika is an articulate and a quick-thinking communicator. Shika is an exceptionally efficient hand at paperwork, having spent years attending to his family business' trade ledgers and ship logs.
Entertainment: Shika is a natural when it comes to entertaining others - or at least in taking their minds off pressing troubles. He has never failed to mime a particularly disliked officer in an accurate and humorous way, and is fond of relating funny Star Army anecdotes to pass the time. He is also an avid guitarist, with his own band of Star Army personnel (presently known as THE STARRY LAIKAS!, who specialise in covering twencen music – particularly David Bowie).
Fighting: Deemed competent in weapons, unarmed combat and power armour usage. Shika has never entertained much passion for combat and it shows in his average scores. Nevertheless Shika maintains a healthy respect for, and maintains a working knowledge regarding front-line combat techniques and equipment.
Mathematics: Deemed proficient in mathematics. Shika is easily bored by math, except when he observes the direct benefit of learning it. Suffice to say he will never make for a first-class accountant or statistician, but relevant branches such as quantum physics are of professional interest to him.
Physical: Deemed highly proficient in physical fitness evaluations. Shika often participates in intra-service games and sporting tournaments when such opportunities arise. He is an avid runner, rock-climber and swimmer, and has natural talent in team sports such as volleyball and basketball.
Starship Operations: Deemed highly proficient in bridge performance scores and evaluation of exercise records. Despite his seemingly laid-back personality, Shika has never drawn reprimand on the basis of poor performance in the bridge. He always drives himself the ten percent extra to produce results. Furthermore, his personnel file is marked by separate assessors for his natural talent for bridge-related taskings.
Technology Operation: Deemed highly proficient in OS usage. Shika has rated his cohort's top percentile in his MEGAMI assessments, and has an inexplicable custodian's passion for shipboard computer systems.
Akechi Shika is currently a Nitô Hei in the Yamatai Star Army. He receives a weekly salary of 75KS per week.
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