Height: 5'10'' Mass: 164 Ibs
Build and Skin Colour: Kichiro's physique and build aren't heavy or wide, but is incredibly well toned from hours of intensive and repetitive training. After a bit of time in the sun, he now has very lightly tanned flesh-colored skin. Facial Features and Eye Colour: Kichiro has a handsome, if rather sharp face with a defined jawline. He has a fairly rugged nose, with a very well defined bridge and a medium tip, prominent cheekbones, but thin cheeks. He has bright orange eyes, with a few lines of deep, blood red in a radial pattern around the cornea. Hair Colour and Style: Kichiro has brilliant white hair, with a slight orange tinge to it. He keeps it about 4 inches long and jelled into a faux-hawk, as well as unusually long sideburns that reach 3/4 of the way to his jaw. Clean shaven face.
Distinguishing Features: Red genetic tattoo with the kanji for “Luck” over most of his back. Smiles most of the time.
Kichiro lives by the expression, “Go with the Flow”. He is passive, relaxed, tries to keep things cool and keeps a serene air around himself. He's fairly social, and enjoys the company of almost anyone reasonable enough. Kichiro has a very caring and tender personality, the main reason he joined as a Star Army Caretaker, and would rather give someone a backrub than fight them. He also has a terrible gambling problem, and never knows when to quit, and worse, doesn't seem to get fazed when he loses large amounts. Regardless, he always does his best to make the people around him feel at ease, and carries himself with a cheerful expression and a positive outlook on life.
Loyal to a fault, Kichiro tends to get over attached to the people around him, refusing to see them hurt and absolutely despises immoral or ruthless beings. These two are the only things that can break him out of his serene state. When this happens, he becomes an extremely fierce and passionate person.
Likes: Gambling, Water, Fishing, Good Food, Keeping Things Cool, Helping People Dislikes: Immorality, Neko Supremacists, Getting a Bad Vibe Goals: See Where Life Takes Him
The son of a professional bodyguard and a seamstress, Kichiro was born into a the real middle class. They could never afford anything special, but it was a good life. He grew up on a house by the ocean, and learned to love the water, a trait that persists today. His life mostly comprised long hours of training with his father and doing odd jobs around in the city, but he had no real direction to his life. His brothers were fairly successful in their careers, so his parents turned their attention to him.
At their urging, he was to find a job or get out of the house. Rather than just wait around, he decided to join the Star Army of Yamatai, like his brother Jirou. He enlisted as Star Army Caretaker, preferring a career helping people.
With the Species Restriction Act, Kichiro had to transfer to a new Yamataian body or end up in the reserve. He opted for the Soul Transfer, and had a symbolic genetic tattoo inscribed on his back. He still continued the arduous training regiment he followed since he was young, to maintain his physique.
After arriving on his first assignment, Kichiro introduced himself to the Asuka's CO, Kage Yaichiro, and Minori Yuki, his fellow Star Army Caretaker on the vessel. After encountering the Mishhu battleship, Yuki and Kichiro found themselves treating patients with only basic medical techniques, but managed to be largely successful in these endeavors.
Back at Hotaru, Kichiro prepared a large meal of sukiyaki and tempura to celebrate the new year, though he spent much of the time working, and couldn't really enjoy the break. He became lightly enamored with his co-worker, Minori Yuki, after they had a chance to enjoy part of a meal together, but that was cut short during the SMX attack on Hotaru, after the Hanabusa Clan's betrayal of the 5XF.
The events set in motion by the Hanabusa Clan brought a large force of Mishhu, which placed the recovering Fifth Expeditionary Fleet in a precarious position. As many were celebrating the new year, Kichiro included, stations were temporarily left unattended and many crewmen had gotten themselves quite drunk. To remedy this, the Star Army Caretaker, along with Yuki stocked up on Contraveisalgia Tablets and rushed to deliver them. Neither Kichiro nor his fellow Star Army Caretaker had much of a part in the battle after this, however.
As the dust from the attack settled, Kichiro was one of many to volunteer to go out in a shuttle, to the aid of the survivors left in escape pods and wreckage. Though in a disadvantageous position, lacking a spine interface and only knowing basic shuttle controls, he managed to keep the vehicle steady and pull in survivors while Minori Yuki treated the injured being brought aboard. Most notably, he and Yuki were the first of the Asuka crew to meet the sprite Kage Kasumi "Mist", who would later receive a probationary rank on the ship. For their efforts in the rescue operation, both Yuki and Kichiro received Combat Lifesaver Awards and promotions.
The mission finally finished and the alert level on Hotaru dropped, Kichiro found the nerve to ask Yuki to continue their meal, only at the Kyoto Steakhouse. They prepared themselves to enjoy a meal together, but events seemed to place themselves in the way of their growing relationship and they had to return to duty. In an uncharacteristic fit of anger, likely caused by hunger, exhaustion and frustration, Kichiro struck a wall with his first, at the shock of Yuki. After an apology by Kichiro, they hugged and had a romantic moment together, and quickly made their way to their new assignment, the YSS Akigumo.
As they made their way abard, it was decided that they should take a quick bath, then eat to regain their strength. The young Yamataian wasn't particularly gun-shy about seeing Yuki naked, while the opposite could be said of his fellow Star Army Caretaker. They washed off first, before finally entering the bath, where he made an admission of his feelings for Yuki and they embraced tenderly. Unfortunately, the sudden arrival of Kage Kasumi "Mist", who was on her way to wash up as well, interrupted them before they could begin. Afterwards, they ate a meal in the Akigumo's Wardroom together before taking a quick, much needed bout of rest on one of the couches.
Very little happened to the crew of the Akigumo, as the 5XF's planned Bizranko Assault was instead replaced with a diplomatic meeting with Uesu pending disturbing revelations about The Plague that had secured Yamatai's power in the sector and pushed the rise of the NH-series androids on. The crew of the ship, as well as those of a great many of the other ships of the Fifth simply waited on standby, while being faced down by the slightly outdated but deadly guns Kitsurugi Uesu's massive half a million ship fleet. Unsure of what to do, Kichiro made an ST backup, and brought coffee to Minako-shoi, the temporary CO of the ship as Kage Yaichiro was at the meeting.
With a full day on Yamatai, Kichiro brought Yuki to his hometown of Aomori, where they shopped a little bit and enjoyed windsurfing in the waters of Aomori bay. It was shortly before this that they met up again with Kage Kasumi "Mist", and the ship's operator Kotonoha Miyako, who expressed shock when Kichiro soared overhead on his board due to an experiment with his gravity manipulation. He remained relatively uninjured after the impact, and the damages he caused were easy to pay for.
Shoreleave ended, and the crew of the YSS Asuka eventually found themselves on the YSS Yugumo II, another Takumi-class vessel with a new assignment. Plans for a joint venture with the Lorath were made, and Taisho Motoyoshi Saito came to meet the CO and XO of the ship. Kichiro spent most of this time in meditation, and manning the Medbay when Kage Kasumi "Mist" departed to see her father. Unfortunately, plans were dashed when an unfortunate series of events triggered the long established separatist elements in the UOC, resulting in independence and the return of all Star Army equipment. Even Neko bodies were no exception, and Kichiro's love, Minori Yuki was one of those who had to switch over. Though she retained her Neko physical attributes, much to his delight.
With the change of regime, there were sweeping reforms in the former 5XF. The new UOCPF was formed and Kichiro, in recognition of his efforts in his duties and his constant striving to improve himself, was given the rank of Cadet and a new position as a Medical Officer.
Communication: After receiving basic courses in the operation of communications gear, Kichiro is able to utilize all common communications systems available to Star Army personnel, and can use similar devices employed by other agencies. He is fully fluent in English and Japanese.
Fighting/Physical: Kichiro is fully proficient with most melee weapons and firearms and can fight well under most conditions. He specializes in close quarters combat, with his training both with the Star Army and at home with his father. His personal style involves fighting with a pair of Chinese Dao swords in a particularly reflexive and adaptive way. He is extremely fit, from hours of intensive training, focused on building his endurance and speed. He also thoroughly enjoys the water, knows how to swim properly and surf, to some extent.
Technology Operation: Kichiro is proficient with the Kessaku OS, found on all SAoY systems. He is able to search for and enter information. He knows how to get what he needs from computers, but little else.
Knowledge/Mathematics: Kichiro has been formally educated algebra, trigonometry and has received basic courses in Calculus. He also tries his best to calculate odds when he gambles, but this skill is still years in the making. As well, he has picked up Law and History as extra courses, in the hopes of eventually meeting the requirements to become an officer. He also understands a vast number of philosophical topics, mostly around Zen Buddhist and pacifist ideologies.
Cooking: Kichiro knows how to cook palatable dishes, in a variety of styles, specializing in mostly in Japanese and European cuisine. His main courses are something impressive, but he still has a bit of a tendency to burn his pastries.
Humanities: Kichiro is very familiar with psychology and counseling. He is able to comfort and reassure most crew members with problems, but on the other hand, tends to give either overly direct or rather cryptic advice. He also understands psychology in combat, and can use this to his advantage.
Entertainment: Kichiro has a certain flair with sleight of hand, and likes to experiment with different tricks. He isn't exactly a professional, but can pull off some spectacular tricks. He is also an excellent masseur, a skill he picked up while treating sparring partners with sore muscles. This particular skill has earned him quite a few friends among his fellow recruits.
Medical: Kichiro has made basic qualifications as a medical officer, and has personally downloaded a large amount of relevant data on the matter into his mind in case he finds gaps in his learning. While he may not be as good or as experienced as many enlisted medical staff, he does his best and makes up for it with good bedside manner. Understands first aid, basic field surgery and common pharmaceuticals.
Total Cost: 500ks
Description While wandering around Hotaru Star Fortress, Kichiro came upon this set Chinese Falchions, which he immediately had to purchase. They are surprisingly ornate, and very durable, but were not upgraded very much. The blade itself it curved outwards, while the handle curves inwards. There is no crossguard to speak of, except for a small protrusion between the blade and the handle. There is also a ring right at the base of the handle allowing him to spin the blade, or draw it out quickly using only his fingers. Effectively speaking, they suit Kichiro's defensive and adaptive sword style very well.
|Promoted to Nito Hei|
|Pay Sept-Nov 28||+300KS||2800KS|
|Promoted to Nito Heisho|
|Pay Nov 29 - Dec 20||+600KS||3400KS|
|Pay Dec 20 - Dec 27||+200KS||3600KS|
|Pay Dec 27 - Jan 4||+200KS||3800KS|
|Pay Jan 4 - Jan 11||+200 KS||4000KS|
|Pay Bonus from Kage Yaichiro||+2000KS||6000KS|
|Shoreleave Expenses/Pay Jan 12 - Feb||+1500KS||7500KS|
|Transfer to UOCPF; Ranked at Cadet|
|Starting Bonus from UOCPF||+2000 HS||9500HS|
|Pay Mar 25 - Apr 21||+2000 HS||11500HS|