Sarugaki NaokoScreen Name:
Naoko's entire life seems to revolve around video games, often by necessity if nothing else. Born sickly, she was always behind the curve when it came to developing. She walked late, and spoke later, but took to reading and writing quite well for a sickly child. Unable to participate in things like sports, and too independent to fall in with many social clubs, she turned to video games to escape from what she viewed as a cruel and unfair world. Though she's known she is gay since puberty, she's kept such a fact entirely to herself. Lacking close friends to confide in, and worried about what her rather traditional parents would say, she is instead content to mostly just fantasize and sneak candid looks at others. She gets along well with her father, who works hard to provide for her family, but her mother makes it no secret that she'd have preferred a more traditional daughter.Personality:
While she doesn't dislike grouping up with others, she views being able to stand on her own as something praiseworthy, and tends to respect those that really put the effort into learning the games she plays. To her, it's not about numbers but skill, being able to tackle challenges beyond one's level and gear is the sign of a true pro. She pushes herself hard and is super critical of her own actions, though she tones it down and doesn't hold others to her standards. People that mock her for playing games, the people who say 'it's just a game' or 'get a life' annoy her to no end. To her, video games are her life. Outside of SAO, all she has waiting for her is more doctors appointments and boring days alone at school. She can be cold and distant at times, but most of that is a lack of confidence. She often doesn't know what to say, or how to act, and is instead content to follow and observe in social situations.Appearance:
(Without the cat-ears, most of the time) For the most part, she wears light clothing that doesn't limit her mobility. Most often the majority of the weight she carries comes from her numerous pockets and pouches on her belt, containing every useful item she can think of 'just in case'. She's thinner than she should be, mostly due to a lack of exercise rather than any sort of dieting, and as such she isn't as happy with her bust as she could be. Her legs are her best feature, but even they are rather slender and elegant, rather than the fit muscular ones she'd love to have. She dyes her hair to remove herself further from her real world self, partly out of fear that anyone from the real world will recognize her. It's a stupid fear, but she clings to it along with the hope that she may strike up a romance at some point. (Or rather, that a romance may fall in her lap. She's far too cowardly to go looking for one.)Preferred equipment type:
Naoko makes use of light armor for maximum mobility, preferring to avoid hits rather than blocking or parrying. She uses a dagger for much the same reason, and is always over prepared before leaving town, a habit she picked up early and carried over into SAO. No matter what she expects to find on a journey or quest, she's always sure to bring healing items, antidotes, and myriad other useful but situation items.Play style:
Naoko has two main methods of fighting. The first, employed when she encounters a new monster for the first time, is a very cautious and evasive type of combat style. She'll harass a monster with damage while keeping her mobility up, attempting to bait it into using all of its attacks. Once she gets a feel for how a monster functions, what its tells are and how to dodge each attack, then she'll switch to properly killing it. She's a perfectionist, and will often grind the same monster until she has it completely memorized and can kill it without taking damage in return, if at all possible.