Taro "Ken" Yamada [birthname: John Kenneth Smith]Gender;
you trust school gossip. [Is actually bi.]Age;
Pale blue.Hair Color/Style;
Mid-short length dyed blonde hair. More appropriate for a rebellious Japanese high-school punk.Tattoos, scars, or other distinguishing marks;
Miscellaneous scars scattered on shoulders and back.Student or teacher?
FacultyTeacher of/Student of?
YesJob position/title if you have one;
The TowerSummon Persona Preference;
Evoker gunOther Means;
Summoning Daedalus has an additional effect on Ken: his internal body temperature will increase over time, up to dangerous levels.Persona Name;
DaedalusPersona Appearance;Powers and abilities;
Medium Stamina; low physical attack; medium physical defense; high magic defense and attack; and extremely high speed. His abilities with magic are essentially non-existent. Its greatest abilities are passive. Its skills decrease over extended battle and its weak points start opening up, making it I’ll suited for attrition. It is Absorb wind, Weak Light, and Weak Fire. (Parenthesis denote skills that will weaken over time bracket denote skills that can be obtained/evolve given experience/)
Garu (Garula) [Garudyne]
Sonic Punch (Swift-Strike)
(Endure light) [(Survive Light)]
(Dodge Physical) [(Evade Physical)]
[(Wind Boost)]Persona Lore/History;
The great craftsman and artisan of Greek mythology: father of Icarus; constructor of the labyrinth.Weapon of Choice;
; “Some folk call it a sling blade. I call it a Kaiser blade. Mmhmm
.” Even before he realizes he’ll need a weapon, Ken always carries a boxcutter with him out of paranoia or, as he says, “for security purposes”.Skills;
Running, tolerating pain, and being delusional (if that last one counts). He is thought to be unable to speak Japanese by the students, and plays along with that misconception while at work. He also much more intelligent than most know, but only when he “feels like it.”Hobbies;
He own small collection of pirated Slasher Films, Torture Porn, and Horror B-Movies.Likes;
Smoking, drinking, pranks, being wrong, magic (both illusions and fantasy), being alone (for now...)Dislikes;
The DPS, rumors, drugs, dumb people, pushovers, police, not being in control (for now...)Quirks;
Ken chain smokes. However, he refuses to touch anything but ones she rolls herself. He also grows his own tobacco and won't use commercial cigarette paper. (leading to smoking some... interesting improvisations).Ons;
see O/O's though he is more the "daring type"Offs;
Ken is a very complex individual. This is largely due to the fact that certain aspects of his personality are nothing short of inseverable complexes. He is an unstable pendulum constantly in motion, going between the extremes of a deterministic need for order and outright nihilism. But unlike a pendulum, he doesn't submit to inertia and will change position through inadjacent space.
The former side of the dichotomy is Ken the Conspirator: constantly in search for clarification and underlying meaning. However, this operation takes place within himself on a spontaneous basis, knowing things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, nor with much detailed knowledge of whatever subject is currently at hand. He finds himself to be right, not always, but often enough; and he usually knows it. However, should the answer he possess not be acceptable, he will make
one that he finds acceptable via conspiracy. Not stupid "event" conspiracies -- he couldn’t care less about the grassy knoll -- but systematic super-conspiracies. He has his own pet theory of an organization that, for lack of their actual name [he thinks they don’t even use one themselves], he simply refers to DPS. The DPS is the biggest conspiracy organization in the world, and there is nothing too big or small in scale for Ken to lay blame on them. [Spoiler alert: the DPS isn’t real.]
The latter side is the Last Man as interpreted by Nietzsche. This is the rarer of Ken’s two extremes. When there is no apparent answer, his answer is proven wrong, or there is no conspiracy to cover an unacceptable one, he completely loses faith: believing in no purpose, no meaning, and no redeeming features of life. This is the part of him that committed suicide twice.
Sometimes he fancies there to exist something almost consequential within his reality and being saved by such grace -- ultimately dismissing such ridiculousness with a laugh. Most of the time, though, Ken is in a compromised medium between the two, one that resembles a cross of absurdism and hedonism. The one thing he refuses to indulge in is hope, thus abstaining from anything more than what a meaningless existence provides.Personal History;
Ken's father, Sampson, was a war veteran. The night he was born, his father was overseas, under fire from an ambush by the enemy. When his father was relieved from duty, he came back slightly changed. As souvenirs he brought with him a diagnosis of PTSD and bits of shrapnel in his knee. At a young age, Ken himself was diagnosed with a few personality disorders. Sampson started using this as a new opportunity. You see, they were poor, and the medication was covered by insurance, his self-medication with morphine was not. This habit was the only thing that made him feel as he did before the war. He withheld the medication from Ken and used it to help afford his drug habit. Of course, Ken started acting up in home and out in public. Sam tried at first to get his behavior in order, but he was difficult to manage. Eventually, Sampson found it most effective to use force. As it started out, it might even have been viewed acceptable, and Ken’s mother didn’t do anything. But Ken started acting out even worse than before, partly in response to the punishment, and partly from growing more passively aggressive. It only escalated from there; the addiction and the abuse.
At one point, Ken impulsively took a large amount of the medication and the morphine while his parents were away. That was his first suicide attempt. He had been extremely lucky and survived without much permanent damage. However when his father had found out, he assaulted him to the point of passing out. When he woke, he found himself admitted to a hospital for blunt force trauma. He was taken from Sampson's custody and admitted for a time for mental rehabilitation, during which his parents divorced. He was released to his mother’s care. As if in apology, she spoiled him. Not in material goods, they didn’t have any for that. But he was under an extreme laissez faire guardianship. Oh, they had rules: a curfew, expectations, standard for grades. Ken made it a point to break every single one of the. Why not? She would never blame him for it. It was all because she did nothing to stop Sampson. He started hanging with a different crowd and eventually told his mother that she was going to give permission for him to drop out of school. She objected and tried reasoning with him -- he just needed to finish the senior year! Ken cursed and punched out the drywall. Her mother was shocked. Ken recognized the face: it was the same face ad whenever she saw her husband be violent toward her or their son. And once again she did nothing to protect Ken.
After dropping out, he took up a series of jobs, putting the money into savings rather than compensating expenses for his mother’s care. Not long after his 19th birthday, his sobbing mother delivered the news: Sampson had died after having his second heart attack. Ken never laughed so hard in his life.
"Did you hate him that much?"
"Of course not,” he replied, “...but I hate losing."
It wasn't long after that he packed up and left in the night without a word. He withdrew his savings exchanged it to yen and took the first one-way flight to Japan.Dungeon Theme/Creatures that inhabit it;
Well that took much longer than expected. -.-;