Build and Skin Color: Ume is a bit more muscular than most neko but still very shapely. Her skin is a purple tone that is not too dark, and is how she got her name Ume, which means plum.
Eyes and Facial Features: She has almond shaped 'tareme' style eyes with a mint green color. Her face is heart shaped and she usually looks like she's enjoying herself.
Ears: She has cat style ears with fur covering their backs.
Hair Color and Style: Her rustic orange hair goes just past her chin, she often times leaves it unstyled in a mess of frizzy curls.
Distinguishing Features: Ume has genetically encoded tigers stripe 'tattoos' on her face in the shape of narrow bands going form the side of her face and tapering to a point before reaching her nose. Since it's a genetic coloring the 'tattoo' is simply a spot where her skin is a few shades darker.
Personality: Ume seems to always be in a good mood, constantly energetic and lively even in the midst of battle. She has a very sociable nature and will talk to people rather easily even if she doesn't know them. Her disposition is often mistaken for just being 'naive' but behind it all she's fairly mature. Recently she has become very open with her emotions and wont hesitate to display then when not in combat. She also has an almost motherly sense about her when it comes to protecting comrades from harm and will become rather offended if her teammates are mistreated.
Ume was manufactured by Star Army as part of a test program by Shinken Initiative
Ume handled her basic training without serious problem , however afterwards she was given more detailed training in hand to hand combat as well as melee weapons combat, primarily sword usage. Though she is to serve as a soldier, a large emphasis was put on her value as a personnel guard to take advantage of her protective personality.
During her training her instructors thought it would be appropriate to have a constant supply of plums on hand for her considering her name. This however led to her soon coming to dislike plums because she was eating them nearly every day. The biggest problem in her training though was during her socialization stage, she did not like to wear underwear bottoms so she would often discard them, those a little extra time was needed to help her understand decency. She still doesn't wear any normally, but now she puts some on before swimming and doesn't take them off in public if she has to have them on.
Somewhere along the way Ume developed an interest in board games. However she could not get the instructors to play with her and most of the neko were too busy with their own lessons to play frequently. This led her to start playing board games alone when she couldn't grab anyone to play with her. Technicians have wondered and checked if this is signs of a possible mental problem or if she just really likes board games, thankfully it turned out to be the later and she is perfectly fine mentally.
Ume was given her first assignment a crew of the YSS Soyokaze, which had the primary objective of searching out and removing any NMX that were hiding out in Yamataian space. The ship's first mission was to head to a moon orbiting a gas giant, where an old NMX outpost was. Arriving in the system they found more resistance than they were expecting, and the infantry squads had to be hot dropped to the outpost.
The squad made it down to the planet but were greeted by hostile Power Armors before they could get their bearings. Misato Suzume was severely injured during this engagement and had to be rushed out of the combat site. This caused some problems among a portion of the infantry as they were a squad that was supposed to patrol and clear the surface with Misato leading them, while Riko Bors took a squad to the lower levels.
Seeing no one take charge of the surface squad Ume decided to take charge herself so that they could finish the mission. Thankfully everyone knew what to do without much of any guidance and they managed to clear out the 'welcoming party'. However being too caught up in securing the area, Ume did not advance the team quickly enough to stop a shuttle launch with most of the NMX personnel escaping.
Realizing there were still more on the surface Ume took Meiko Lee and Gargandottir Kioko with her into the hangar to clear it. Though Ume sustained severe wounds in order to take out a high caliber turret, the area was cleared of NMX hostiles.
During the repairs of the Soyokaze after the battle above the outpost, a strange outbreak of what appeared to be a virus spread throughout the ship, catching Ume as well. She ended up in quarantine with other's who were infected just before a mass outbreak happened.
After the outbreak was settled and the virus cured it was decided by the test program that Ume should be reassigned to a ship that might be able to more readily use her sword expertise in different environments to get more conclusive results.
Ume's service to the Ryujo did not last long. The first mission had a rather unexpected start and went south quickly. In light of this her handlers at Shinken decided that she needed to be called back once again for more training, however this was to make up for her tactical training that was overlooked in the original program.
The Shinken Initiative had planned to make their big public reveal so in order to prepare for it, all of Ume's generation were recalled for further training. Before they had all been specialized in seperate things, but with this 'final' training they were to rise up to a master level of aptitude to demonstrate the full potential of Gendaijutsu.
During this time Ume got to have many straining matches agianst many different people in order to practice, but the bulk of her training was either against Kazue Sonohana in personal combat, or dealing with out numbered situations with a variety of weapons load outs. The reason for this was to target and fix Ume's weakness of a straight forward combat style the would result in her rushing forward only to result in a difficult situation for herself.
In early YE 39 Ume was assigned to the YSS Kaiyo after having completed her training. However before she was able to properly deploy she was recalled for an emergency deployment, she was to fill a vacancy on a planetary assignment with unexpected casualties that needed to be replaced for a time. While there Ume encountered Kuvexian forces and sharpened her skills in real combat.
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