Human - Tsubame Ueda- [C-3] May 4, 2015 9:52:03 GMT -5
Post by Wicked on May 4, 2015 9:52:03 GMT -5
Name: Tsubame Ueda [First, Last]
With brown eyes, long black hair which flows down to her waist, and an olive complexion, Tsubame looks as if her family comes from Okinawa. Which is half true. Tsubame is in that awkward phase between her teen years and adult years. She's thin and lanky, and her teeth and nose are slightly crooked. She even walks in a pigeon-toed way. Tsubame does have a slightly muscular build, but her muscles appear stringy and ill-defined until she starts putting them to work. She can often be found wearing a welding mask, industrial apron and similar materials, or in her school uniform. When not at school or work she dresses lightly, wearing tank tops and jeans, then throwing her jacket on over it.
She often carries a blue toolbox, coated in stickers.
Though big-eyed and off-center, Tsubame is not a very affective person. She doesn't always emote the way people might expect her to. She's more likely to spring up or flail than smile if she's happy. She's more likely to smile and sit still than fidget if she's nervous. When she's angry she often looks more like she's grinning or laughing, and when she's sad she often looks more as if she's concentrating. All in all, she's hard to read by her face, and her posture, which is quite rigid, tells little more.
When Tsubame uses her reiryoku techniques, her energy appears as a mild yellow color.
Tsubame is friendly, flighty, and a little too straightforward for even her. Want a new best friend? Let her talk about her bike.
She's good at exactly four things: taking things apart, putting things together, hitting hard, and driving her bike. Tsubame's not a classroom person, and often ditches school to get more time in on her projects, and at her job so she can afford materials. Wants to design the hardiest energy-efficient engine out of Japan. Tsubame is results-focused, and takes the approach of "whatever works" rather than "whatever is accepted." As a result, a lot of her designs make little sense to people other than her, and her process is disorganized and often out of sequence. This holds true for a lot of things she does.
Genuinley amicable, Tsubame doesn't talk much and gets overwhelmed sometimes, but she loves meeting new people and hearing about their passions. Provided they aren't creepy. She finds it hard to contribute to conversations that don't interest her, and is more likely to sit by and take in whatever others are saying than ask a lot of questions. Speaking is still difficult for her, and so she avoids it until she's been brought onto her favorite subject: engines. She doesn't quite have a one-track mind, but it often seems like she does.
She doesn't get frustrated with machines because if it works, it's right. With language, just because she's gotten her point out doesn't mean it's been understood, and so she hates the subject. She's hard to read and bad at reading people. She's very naive and gullible, and tends to take people at their word and what she sees at face value. She's often quite direct herself, saying what she thinks is true without always stopping to think if it's polite. She doesn't like to bother people, or hurt them, and is actually very gentle. When she does slip up, she's often quite embarrassed and ashamed, and will apologize profusely. Likewise, though she enjoys Judo as a sport she's quite worried about actually hurting someone and doesn't like to do it outside of the controlled setting of a Dojo.
Though sometimes too blunt and literal-minded for others' liking, Tsubame is usually sincere. Her lies are pathetic, so she tends towards truth, and half-truths when necessary. She doesn't go around telling everyone that she can see ghosts and her favorite multitool is also a magical object which can grow and shrink depending on her own inner energy, but she doesn't deny it when she's found out. She's straightforward in speech to compensate for her illegible face.
Tsubame is very sensitive to sounds, smells, and sensations and to drown it out she often fiddles with puzzles or works on engines. Spiritual pressure is likewise a major disturbance to her, and she hasn't found any ways to ignore it other than to get to work. Once she's overwhelmed, it can take her a few hours or even a few days before she's really able to function again. Just picking herself up and dusting herself off doesn't seem to work with Tsubame. When she's overwhelmed, she can't physically make herself speak, and although she can still perform other tasks, she's more likely to forget things.
Tsubame is also a generally forgetful person, and does not always carry her multitool. She often forgets what she was doing, where she was going, and why she was doing it. More than that, she sometimes forgets to hold grudges against people she's angry with.
Born to Gyan and Hideki Ueda, Tsubame's household was always somewhat divided by the culture of her mother, a well-educated punjabi engineer from a wealthy family, and her father, an over-qualified Okinawan construction worker with multiple degrees in philosophy and world religion, the first of his family to attend university. By age five, Tsubame was diagnosed with a developmental disorder due to her delayed speech. Her dad cut into his construction work to home-school her, since her mom's job in chemical engineering paid better and was quickly deemed more important. Due to the nature of her father's work, he had often been exposed to hollow attacks, an unwitting obstacle to the monsters who often lurked around recently cleared lots, and he was knocked around a few times without ever knowing. This is the most likely source of Tsubame's spiritual powers.
A superstitious man, when Tsubame was able to communicate that she could see ghosts, her dad quickly believed her. Already homeschooling her, he decided to attempt to give her an education on folklore. Unfortunately, none of it was particularly interesting to the young Tsubame and she ignored many of his lessons until a later date. He taught her to be respectful of any spirits he might come across, and to wear a tag to ward off dark spirits and demons. This was never very effective, since Tsubame's presence was still attractive to hollows in search of an easy meal. Several times she was saved by shinigami without even knowing.
She did not particularly like to study with her father, who frequently put more emphasis than she liked on language skills and subtext. She liked him more as a dad than as a teacher, and often told him as much. But Hideki was careful not to leave his daughter isolated, bringing her not only to various therapies but also to a local Judo studio and various programs through the library and district youth center. Tsubame hated almost everything, except the Judo, which involved working with her hands and exerting lots of energy. She stuck at the same studio for several years.
But all of these activities cost money, and with only one parent working full time her family was under a lot of stress. Tsubame picked up some extra money by working for her uncle, Kazuka, at an auto repair on the lower side of Karakura town, but her dad still needed to go back to work. By the time she was fourteen she had re-enrolled in public school and her dad worked as many contracts as he could fit in to cover their expenses. They grew a lot lighter when she turned fifteen, earned her second dan, and took up a job at her dojo.
Shortly after re-enrolling in school, Tsubame's ability to sense reiatsu expanded to a greater knowledge of her own spiritual energy. The more in touch with it she became, the more busy the town around her seemed. It became overwhelming for her, and to shut it out she started ditching school and spent more of her spare time working on repairs at her uncle's shop. It was a lot easier to drown out the sensation of screaming souls and howling hollows when she was peering under the hood of a car, or picking at a broken engine and trying to breathe some life into it. There was no way for her to explain this to her uncle or father, so she just let them believe she was choosing to slack off, that school was too hard. And to an extent it was, since she could never seem to stay on top of her classes.
Her father was quite exasperated with this, and promptly told her that she had to pick up her grades so she could get a proper job. She didn't see the point, since she could already make minor repairs to cars and bikes and was getting better every day. She wasn't anyone's favorite judo teacher but she was reliable and gave good demonstrations, so she wasn't concerned about work.
Her grades continued to slip as she discovered her fullbring, with her multitool suddenly gaining new attachments she had never installed, and devoted more time to incorporating them into her tinkering. Her family wasn't happy with her shying away from schoolwork in favor of auto repair, with the exception of her uncle who encouraged her to focus on what she liked and excelled at. Eventually, because she couldn't keep her grades up, Tsubame's instructor banned her from the dojo so she would have some motivation to pick up her grades.
Rather than do as her family and teachers intended, Tsubame continued practicing on her own time while constructing what she considered her magnum opus: Tobiei, a blue motorcycle fortified with reiatsu. Her uncle was so impressed, not even knowing about the reiatsu used to fortify it, that he essentially clapped a hand on her shoulder and called her an artist. He had helped her put it together, but it was the first bike she had ever completed and it was quick and hardy, and stylish enough that hardly anyone could tell she built it herself. And though he wasn't aware of it, Tobiei was her first reliable defense against hollows, a way to easily get away without bothering with untied shoelaces or backpacks. Just hop on, turn the ignition, and drive.
When Tsubame did attend school, she was often teased by her peers and teachers for her manner of speaking, and for her literal mindedness. While she never got into any fights, fearing she might injure her opponents, she did start to shirk away from her classes and make petty attempts at revenge, such as unscrewing the bolts on a neighbor's chair and later thumbing at her multitool to show she had done it. On one occasion a classmate followed her to work and cornered her, pulling a knife and demanding she do as he said. This was the sole occasion she ever used her Judo on another person, hooking her arm under his, dropping them both to the ground, and promptly locking and breaking his arm. The next time she came to school, she was reprimanded for starting a fight and her classmates no longer mocked her, or interacted with her at all. They went from thinking of her as an easy target to someone who would be easily provoked. This led to Tsubame further distancing herself from her school life, only really appearing for major presentations and tests while the rest of the time she either hung out in the vicinity or contacted her teachers through email.
She still works at Ueda Auto, her uncle's workshop while finishing up school with below average marks.
- Swordsmanship - Intermediate
- Martial Arts - Advanced
- Electronics - Advanced
- Medicine - Beginner
- Speed - Advanced
- Power - Intermediate
- Stamina - Intermediate
- Intelligence - Advanced [In the sense of her savant skill]
Was able to see spirits from a young age. Her father was attacked by hollows multiple times before her conception, often because his construction sites were located near places where plus souls lingered.
Discovery of Powers
Generally was more observant than most people, had sharper senses than people around her which were attributed to her disorder rather than any sort of special ability. These became gradually stronger as she developed a sixth sense for reiatsu and other spiritual happenings. These increased over time as she got older and was exposed to more spiritual events, and she became able to use her reiryoku as an energy source as well as manipulate mechanical objects. Once aware, Tsubame was able to tinker with her own energy as she had with her machines until her fullbring manifested.
Fullbring: Tool Shed
Tsubame carries a small multitool, coated in stickers from fruit, anime, pokemon, and her uncle's shop. While she can use the tool for its intended purpose, as a corkscrew, a small socket wrench, a flat head screwdriver and a knife, she's also able to use several attachments that most definitely did not come installed, including a small laser made of reishi where her flashlight once was, good for binding mundane objects so strongly that they won't simply decay away. She can shrink and grow her multitool at will, from its normal length of six inches to a greater length of twelve and a smaller length of two. When dropped it will slowly move towards her without her action, making it hard to lose track of or leave behind. (And yet she manages.)
In the simplest sense her laser can strengthen or weaken reishi bonds, making it ideal for fortifying mundane objects by strengthening their seams, and taking them apart for needed repairs or inspection.
She also has a wire which allows her to convert her reiryoku into a form usable by machines and chemical processes.
Tsubame's Tool Shed has several pieces she hasn't quite figured out yet, and can't even open, but so far one pattern is clear: Tsubame's Fullbring is not built for combat. But it does grant her a myriad of creative possibilities, which she has only just begun to unlock.
Tool Shed includes the following mundane pieces, which can never exceed the length of her multitool:
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- Octagonal Screwdriver
- Flat Knife
Other Specialty Items
Tobiei - Eagle Ray; Her Baby - Tsubame rides a custom, fortified motorcycle around town, having built it with the help of her uncle. Her Fullbring was used to help seal it up tight. It can handle absolutely nasty crashes, and come out with just a scuffed-up paint job, but a shinigami or arrancar worth their salt could probably trash it (if they wanted to crush her soul). The paint is a bright turquoise color with a yellow stripe across the hull. She's got several compartments on the back for her books, groceries, and other things she might pick up throughout the day. The bike itself is quite bulky, with room enough for two or three people to ride. Tsubame has been able to run the engine with her reiryoku in place of the battery or gas tank, but taking her bike any further than a kilometer will drain her almost completely. When riding she wears a brown leather jacket and a turquoise helmet with a yellow dash across the top. Upon closer inspection, it's very clear, she's put stickers on the sides of the helmet as well. Her proudest accomplishment in creating Tobiei is not the fact that it can withstand a collision with a truck, but instead that it maintains its excellent mileage at 250 KM per hour.
She named her bike because she's a huge nerd.
Kikkou - Tortoise Shell - Tsubame's brown leather biker jacket has similarly been fortified with reiatsu so she can trust it won't get utterly shredded every time she hops on her bike to escape a hollow. Like many biker jackets, it's well padded to help lessen any injuries she might receive from falls, but it won't prevent her breaking her bones. Her helmet, which is turquoise with a yellow dash across the top, is made to shatter to disperse the impact of a fall and thus has no fortifications.
She named her jacket and helmet because she is a huge nerd.
Ofuda - A charm - A small black tag on a brown leather cord, often hidden under her shirt. The tag has white kanji inscriptions which are too small to read. Whether or not this actually works is well beyond Tsubame, but her father gave her an heirloom he said would repel evil spirits. The short answer is, it doesn't do anything to repel hollows. If nothing else, she likes the look of it, and so she fortified it with her Fullbring to make it harder to damage.
Abilities, First Stage
Tool Shed - Welding Iron
- Description of Attack - While it looks like a flashlight, Tsubame's Welding Iron is actually more like a blow torch than anything else. She uses it to strengthen or disrupt the reishi bonds within an object over a period of time. By running her reiatsu through the flashlight, it focuses into a laser and is used to either strengthen or weaken the reishi bonds of any inanimate object, mundane or spiritual. It is extremely hot to the touch, and so Tsubame herself must be careful when using it.
Generally this can be used to pick at the seams of existing objects, and it can easily take apart simple things like phone cases or mundane door hinges, but it's not as easy to pry apart metal, and living objects are burned rather than opened.
A brief list of things Tsubame has modified: her necklace, her motocycle, her jacket, her bedroom door, her phone, her school bag.
- Type - Activation
- Range - 1-5 cm, Contact
- Limitation - Slowly drains her reiryoku as she uses it, giving her a maximum of ten minutes working with her welding iron. Her creations are thus far very simple and mechanical rather than complicated. Generally used to fortify and break down existing objects. Would not be usable on a living object like a zanpakuto, and does not work on most barrier spells. The laser can cause burns to those who touch it, including Tsubame herself. Objects that Tsubame fortifies are not indestructible, but they require spiritual energy equal to or greater than what Tsubame put into creating them.
Higher tiers can easily destroy Tsubame's creations, whereas those at her own level may have to put some effort into it. Lower tiers may struggle or pool their efforts if they wish to destroy Tsubame's work. Something like Tobiei, which has been worked on for hours over the course of a month, would be very difficult to destroy without a technique or tool that similarly disrupts the bonds in reishi, although higher tiers can often disrupt the bonds simply by exerting more energy than could have been put in at any one time. Lower tiers can pool their resources with others to do so, or they can gradually alter the seals over time.
In disrupting reishi bonds, Tsubame likewise cannot take apart anything with a soul, such as a zanpakuto or another person's fullbring. Plants generally just get burnt and wither. When taking apart metal or stone, Tsubame does not have much control over how the items split unless she forged the seam herself.
Those of higher tiers can resist the damage from her laser, whereas those of the same tier may get stung and have moderate burns on them. Lower tiers can potentially lose a finger. Tsubame does not, however, use the laser for combat. In order to activate the laser she must be holding her multitool.
Needless to say, Tsubame can not fortify her own multitool. She can not fortify living things, although she can torch them
[NOTE: Items Tsubame modifies will be requested as specialty items via the Kido application section].
Tool Shed - Spark Plug
- Description of Attack - A thin, curly black wire can be pulled from the multitool and attached to an adapter, exposed piece of wiring, or an engine. With it, Tsubame can transmit her energy through mundane objects to make mechanical and electrical processes faster, or to catalyze chemical processes such as combustion. She can also use it to give someone a brief jolt of energy, though doing this repeatedly is not advised and she's too scared to try it. The wire is much longer than Tsubame could ever really use, at 40 meters.
Presumably Tsubame could jolt an enemy too, but as the wire retracts when not pinned down it's hard to set up the right circumstances. Tsubame is also capable of using the wire as a rope, provided she continues to hold the multitool.
- Type - Activation
- Range - Contact, the wire is 40 meters at its max length.
- Limitation - As this is simply a conductor for Tsubame's natural energy, she has to expend her own energy to keep an object running. Giving a car a jump start or a jolt to her buddy isn't a huge deal, but keeping her motorcycle running has the potential to suck her dry. Generally if she doesn't either pin the wire down or hold it, it will retract back into the multitool, meaning it has almost no offensive capability. She must be holding her multitool to activate this ability.
This is simply a way to convert her spirit energy to a form usable by machines. She can do this for no longer than ten minutes, depending on the intensity of the energy she wants to exert.
When jolting people, Tsubame has been unable to zap anyone hard enough to really hurt them. Mostly just annoy them. Higher tiers would likely be able to tell that someone is projecting reiatsu into them, but they wouldn't feel any pain. Lower tiers might get a bit of a fright, but would not be harmed. Equal tiers would similarly get a jolt, but would not suffer any severe damage.
The wire can be broken by those of equal or higher tiers, and has no special properties making it particularly useful for tying. It is better for binding objects together than people.
Tsubame must be holding her multitool to use this ability.
Tool Shed - Unknown
- Description of Attack - A small needle, like an antennae, has recently opened on Tsubame's multitool, and while it often vibrates as she or others around her exert reiatsu, it does nothing. When left alone, the needle will turn towards Tsubame and slowly rattle in that direction.
- Type - Unkown
- Range - reacts to those within 5 meters, turns towards Tsubame provided she is within 10 km.
- Limitation - Not usable. Tsubame does not need to hold the multitool. The multitool moves very slowly, and crosses a distance of six inches over the course of an hour.
Abilities, Second Stage
Name of Ability
- Description of Attack -
- Type -
- Range -
- Limitation -
Nothing about that class was interesting, so Tsubame said nothing to her compatriot as they strode down the street. While Naoki went on and on about how frustrated he was with his group partner, Tsubame tried to listen. She really did. But every other word just seemed to fall on deaf ears as she keyed in on a despicable roar not too far away.
Like someone hadn't gotten their oil changed in decades.
"Ueda-chan, you said your uncle's looking for extra hands?" they said, rolling their neck and cracking their knuckles. "Because I'm not so bad with cars myself."
"He wants someone to man the register," she said flatly, still honing in on the crackling and sputtering off in the distance. How could they stand that? Truly despicable, what they were doing to that engine. "Only reason I work there is because I'm family, so I'm allowed to. You're not gonna be fixing cars."
"Or riding them?" he taunted, a grin creeping across his face. Tsubame didn't get it.
"Of course not. Why would you be riding them? They're not yours." He stared back at her, his brow furrowed. Tsubame kept walking, wishing she had just taken her bike today. But it was at her uncle's shop, and when she'd come to school this morning, Kazuka had given her a ride. "I guess sometimes we move them from the lot to the shop."
His grin returned, and Tsubame didn't really get what he was smiling about. That wasn't nearly far enough to enjoy the ride. And in a regular car, driving wasn't as immersive. Convertibles sometimes were entertaining. "Hear that? Like someone's torturing it."
That gave Naoki pause, and he stuffed his hands into his pocket as he cut in front of her, glancing over the street. "Torturing what?"
"Sounds like - smells like - someone needs an oil change. In 2006." She wasn't joking, she really meant it needed an oil change years ago. Absolutely not an exaggeration - she had no idea why Naoki was laughing. "If you're not gonna take care of it then take a bike."
"It's just a car, Ueda."
She grinned, but not because she was happy. She couldn't believe she was leading this guy to her uncle's shop. She had to turn him away now before it was too late. "It's a waste of a perfectly good engine. I can't believe you want to get into auto work if that doesn't bother you."
"I just need a job," he said, balking at her. Just a job. That was stupid, she thought, there were all sorts of jobs and he wanted to drive other people's cars and work on their engines when he didn't really care about cars. "You know. To pay for school? Rent? That stuff?"
"Oh," Tsubame said, gripping her backpack tightly. "Well I don't want to work with people who don't care about engines, so go somewhere else."
Naoki stared at her, cocking his head. "Are you kidding?"
She realized she was still smiling, and promptly corrected herself, forcing an unnatural frown that didn't look particularly upset. But it was enough to make Naoki cock his head the other way. That was something. "Of course not. I never joke about work."
"Yeah, you never joke," Naoki muttered, turning a corner and waving. "Later, Robot."
With a shrug, Tsubame continued on her way. Maybe he was thinking of androids.
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