Build and Skin Color: Kaede is not very tall, but she has slender built with very well defined muscles. Her skin is pale according to style liked so well in Yamatai.
Eyes and Facial Features: Not going to out of the norm, Kaede has non-exotic diamond shaped face with defined cheekbones and a little bit of a overbite. Her eyes are blue coloured in shape of an almond. Her thin lips have pinkish colours.
Ears: Upon joining the military Kaede got an upgrade of a neko style ears with outer black fur.
Hair Color and Style: Kaede has very dense and slightly wavy dark hair. It's colour would be best described as raven. It reaches just up to her scapulae. Hair can be combed into many hairstyles, but Kaede just usually lets it hang with singe braid on the side.
Distinguishing Features: On her left upper side of her back is a genetic tattoo of small nightingale-like bird trying to land on a branch of a cherry-blossom tree. The bird is whitish in colour with few red spots on his wings. On her right forearm where her skin was pierced by Tamahagane clan pin, she got gene-tattooed a kanji for Faith.
Personality: Growing up with man who was businessman first and father second was not easy. Success was more important for her father then Kaede was, which of course had impact on her. He always forced her into things and dictated her life, which gave her a little rebellious side to her. She never did much else against him, like directly opposing him face to face as she is still somewhat afraid of him.
Being always told what to do and trying to do opposite had another side-effect though. Kaede sort of lost track of what really she wanted to do. Most of her life she just tried to not be used by her father, that she did not get to think of her own wishes. This gives her trouble deciding what to do with herself.
As far as her relations with other people go, she tend to be polite. Kaede did grew up among richer class and it rubbed off on her. She is used to higher class good and military life was a little hard on her at first.
Above everything she values her clan though (not her father), she wears Tamahagane pin whenever she can and is faithful to her clan. She does try to think of Star Army the same, but that does not work as well, because she was forced to enlist by situation rather then her own choice.
Tamahagane Shigeo - father, former COO of Tamahagane company, 49 years old Tamahagane Cassanra - mother, deceased, would be 45 years today Rest of Tamahagane Clan.
Tamahagane Kaedo was born in YE11 to successful businessman of Tamahagane clan and his lovely Nepleslian wife Cassandra. While her mother was still alive she was the one who spent time with Kaede to raise her. Shigeo, Kaede's father spend more time on business and his work. He never got time to build any relationship with his daughter.
Then his wife died. He was left with daughter he did not cared too much for, who he was supposed to raise now. For him child was something needed to keep the blood-line going. He planned for his wife to raise her. Since then Kaede spend most time with her nanny or personal tutors. Later she was always sent to expensive high-class boarding schools.
As member of Tamahagane clan she took interest in most notable products of their company. Their swords. Since early years she started taking lesson in swordmanship. Kendo, kenjutsu even occasional lessons with some of Tamahagane samurai's.
Her father noticed this later and though of way to use this for his business. Whenever new sword has been made, he made his daughter promote it. She was brought on most of the occasions and was made to do exhibitions using her swordwomanship. Little by little, she started being goods for her father. As soon as she noticed that she started to hate the fact.
She had little to no freedom to do her own things. By his words he as her father knew what was best for her and for the clan. That was why usually she was either in school or on business trips with her father. That was ultimately what made her to start rebel against her father whenever she could.
She ran away few times, grabbing some of the family money and hiding in the in the town of Kyousou, but was always quickly found out. When her father started to paint his daughter as virtuous maiden, when she was in high-school to raise his image she went and slept with classmate. She dated him for about a week until her father found out again and moved her to different school.
She tried to ran away few more times, but mostly just running to spend some times with Tamahagane Makato who was her relative. Once or twice when she spend time with Makoto, who lead Tamahagane samurai's and who she looked up to, Kaede got to meet even Tamahagane Mai who was agent of SAINT back then.
Her father always found her and got her home. Her escapades were getting even more bold, like when she shaved her head and tried to post as punk-like girl to embarass her father even more or when she slept with one of her bodyguard right after one exhibition.
Upon finishing college she wanted to join the Tamahagane company and try to work with swords, but her father forbid it. He needed her even more, he was about to finish an important deal and as a chip he used her daughter. The other businessman wanted to tie his family with Tamahagane clan and Shigeo was happy to marry his daughter to the businessman's son if it meant that the deal would be done.
Upon finding out about his, Kaede got furious. She once again ran away, but Shigeo did not make much of it. He let her be for several days, before visiting Makoto. Makoto told him, that Kaede did indeed came to him. They had a lengthy talk and then she left of to enlist in the Star Army. This time it was Shigeo's turn to be enraged.
Shigeo tried to use his contacts to cancel Kaede's enlistment, but that was beyond his power. At least he tried to get her into some safe posting, especially once she heard she became member of infantry. It was at this time when Tamahagane Mai got involved. Upon being contacted by her father Makoto, she made sure that Kaede's posting was not messed with. As she was at the time director of SAINT already she had much more pull in the SAoY then Shigeo could ever want.
Kaede meanwhile joined the military and got herself into live she could never imagine before. In past she was mostly pampered, being used to having servants and bodyguards. No such thing was possible in the army. Here she was just on of many, she had exactly same class and status as everyone else. It was tough on her, but she believed it was better then getting married to man she never met before.
The way she was acting also earned her a nickname. Ojou. Her heritage and the was she acted, made it clear to other recruits that she was in no way normal girl. Still she did get away without most of the bullying that could normally happen, because she did not act as if she was better then others.
Still she managed to complete her training and awaited her first assignment.
Kaede is familiar with basic radio operation and procedures and can make transmissions to and receive transmissions from other characters through headsets, starships, power armour, and shuttles in both combat and non-combat conditions. Kaede is fluent in Nepleslian and Yamataian. She can speak and write both correctly and efficiently and can write reports, fill forms, issue orders under fire, etc.
Kaede received hand-to-hand combat training, followed up with a rigorous training program. She is skilled and experienced in combat both in Yamatai-like conditions and in zero-gravity, with and without weapons. Weapons she is trained in include energy pistols, rifles, sword, grenades, knives, and power armor. She is agile and quick combatant well versed in use of Power Armour. She can do precise maneuevers while wearing a power armour.
Kaede 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.
Ojou received basic mathematics training, to including up to algebra and trigonometry.
Since young age Kaede was trained with various swords. Namely Katana, wakitashi and short tanto-blades. She knows how to wield them efficiently. Her focus was mainly on katana and she even got some training from Tamahagane Samurais. Her strikes are very fast and precise, while she is also very good in defense. Upon joining star army she got more training with long blade, now more focused on killing and disabling enemy. In war there is not place for honorable duels. You either kill the enemy or he/she kills you.
On college, Kaede studied metals and metallic elements. In future she planned to work in Tamahagane clan and make new and better swords. She knows how metals behave and how to shape them or meld them into alloys.
Swordmanship does not only require strong mind, but also strong body. Kaede trained faithful to these teachings. She is a good runner. She can either sprint fast or run at longer distances. She also knows some acrobacy and has good sense for balance, knowing that if you fall on the ground in fight you are good as death. Her basic training in the Star Army forged this skill even further.
Kaede made it through the additional training in use of explosives and weaponry utilising explosive shells. She can now use these with ease. She also learned about buildings and where to set explosive the best to bring structures down and how much of explosives to use. She has basic knowledge about bomb defusal and can create home-brew explosives.
Tamahagane Kaede has the following items: