Out of Character Information player name:
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In Character Information character name:
The end of Slayers NEXT; to be precise, right at the moment the Lord of Nightmares takes over her body.character's age:
16. powers, skills, pets and equipment:
For physical items, she'd have what she had on her when she tumbles through the world; her sword, her outfit complete with magic amplifying jewels (feel free to let me know whether these would still actually amplify her abilities or not), and a pouch of gold coins and jewels tucked into a pouch on the inside of her cape.
Lina describes herself as a first rate swordswoman, which is probably true. Though she's nowhere near the skill level of geniuses like Gourry and Zelgadis, she's been properly trained and relies on her swordsmanship nearly as often as she does her magic and canonly she's shown to be more than able to dispose of ten or so standard thugs on her own without ever using any magic whatsoever.
The primary reason I believe Lina has learned swordsmanship in the first place is not only to supplement her magical skills but because while every magical spell grants the caster a sort of barrier while casting, most of these barriers can't actually reflect, say, a sword strike. Fortunately most of her magic spells don't actually require that she do this; the more proficient she is in a spell the less reliant she is on the necessity of incantation, magical circles and other trappings. So essentially in any situation she has the ability to analyze the situation to determine which would be more practical-- though her magical expertise certainly outshines her sword skills.
There are three branches of magic in Slayers: black, shamanistic and white.
Black is Lina's forte, and there are very few black magic spells she can't cast. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the only reason she wouldn't
be able to cast a black magic spell would be simply not knowing it. Black magic tends to end in outright destruction, complete with massive and searing explosions, or curses. Lina typically sticks with explosions. It derives it's power from the mazoku part of their world, as mazoku have incredibly large pools of power that can be tapped into or summoned via specific spells. Gaav Flare would be a prime example of this, which directly summons the power of the mazoku Gaav himself. Lina's primary spell, the Dragon Slave, is one of the strongest known black magic spells. It has the power to easily level half of a city, and requires that Lina call upon the power of the Demon Lord Shabranigdo to do so. An interesting note is that this spell is also effective on mazoku, as Shabranigdo himself is more powerful than all mazoku currently in existence.
Shamanism is actually subdivided into five categories: fire, water, air, earth and spirit. These attacks won't hurt beings on the Astral plane as they're purely elemental, but they do a good number on anything that lives on the mortal. She can cast most shamanistic spells, though she's no master of the field. Lina was forced to choose between the Dragon Slave and Ra-Tilt, the most powerful of the shamanistic spells. She chose to master black magic to gain control of the Dragon Slave because "it's flashier." When using shamanistic spells Lina prefers to use fire or earth spells; Fireball and Flare Arrow are her most common attacks. She's also very fond of Dil Brand, an earth spell which explodes the ground at someone's feet and sends them flying into the air. Spirit magic is a little different. Spirit attacks are similar to black magic in that they're effective on the astral plane, but unlike a black magic spell they'll only
hurt someone on the astral plane. Any human in the line of sight won't be affected by the spells at all.
White magic is not Lina's forte, mostly because you have to become a priest or priestess to be able to cast any of the really good spells. White magic draws from the power of holiness or gods such as The Dragon God Ciefied or any of the four dragons he later split into. White magic is extremely powerful and spells like Resurrection, while not actually capable of bringing someone back to life, can bring someone back from the brink of death as well as restore lost limbs or internal organs. Lina's own white magic spell arsenal consists of the basics: healing spells, sleeping spells, lighting spells. White magic also has the most powerful defensive spells, which again, Lina can't cast.
As all of these abilities are canon, I don't really see the need to add alternate powers. If an alteration is necessary, I think it'd be interesting to swap her strengths. Instead of being proficient at black magic, she's now proficient at white magic.canon history:
First, let me give you a basic backdrop of Lina's world: there are four pillars, sometimes called staffs, that stick out of what they call the Sea of Chaos; analogous to their version of a Universe. On each of those pillars (which are perhaps more analogous to galaxies) are four planes, each containing their own world. We know that Lina's world is known as the Red Orb, and that they know next to nothing about the other worlds save that they exist. Canonly we only have information on one of the other planes existing on the same staff, which we learned about from Hajime Kanzaka's Lost Universe
. The other two planes, as well as all the others on the other pillars, are completely unknown to us.
The Sea of Chaos is created by -- and rumored to actually be
-- the Lord of Nightmares, the most revered and feared being in Lina's world. This'll be important later, promise.
Back to the pillars. On each of these pillars there is a demon and a god. In Lina's world the demon is The Demon Lord Ruby Eye Shabranigdo, and the god is the Dragon God Ciefied. Long ago Shabranigdo and Ciefied fought in a great war and eventually Ciefied split himself into four dragon pieces to more effectively fight back against Shabranigdo. He succeeded in reducing the Demon Lord into seven shards, which were hidden throughout the world.
This becomes largely relevant in season one, where our spunky heroine is fortunate enough to encounter one of said shards.
Lina'd been largely wandering the world for a few years. There's a gap in canonical history where I make a series of assumptions that seem most plausible, but aren't strictly canon. When she was young and living with her parents and older sister in Zefilia, she played a prank on her sister that ended in sisterly terror the likes of which the world had never seen. What was done was never explicitly stated, but Lina left and hasn't seen her sister since. In the OVA's we see her at about 12/13 wandering around on her own, having had magical training and having been awarded a cape and colored title by this point. I assume she was sent to a magical academy to train for two or so years before being released upon the world.
She spent the time thereafter wandering with various companions, mostly Naga during the OVA's, and during the first season she's spent some time working up a reputation as a bandit robber. She'd raid bandit camps, steal their valuables and raze their base to the ground. This is precisely how she caught the eye of Zelgadis, working for Rezo the Red Priest at the time, who was interested in a statue she'd stolen by happenstance. Rezo was blind, and despite being known as one of the great sages of their era and a gentle, good soul, craved sight enough to risk destroying the world for it. He eventually was able to use the statue to unseal his eyes, which is when it was discovered that one of the pieces of the Ruby Eye Shabranigdo had been sealed behind them. Lina, along with her companions, fight and manage to defeat Shabranigdo by using a highly dangerous spell known as the Giga Slave. That'll be important later, too.
It's in season two that we -- along with Lina -- start to figure out what the Giga Slave is all about. While the spells I've mentioned before all pull from specific species or elements, the Giga Slave pulls from the power of the Lord of Nightmares herself. It therefore is the most powerful spell known in the Slayers universe, and as such is incredibly dangerous to wield. In the first season she'd actually used the improper incant ion and later reflects that it's a miracle that they survived it at all. After some study she learns how to summon it properly but vows not to, being fully aware of the Universe-ending power a spell that calls on the Lord of Nightmares herself could cause.
Enter Hell Master Phibrizzo. Phibrizzo kidnaps Lina's friends and threatens to kill them if Lina doesn't summon the Giga Slave. His goal is to destroy the world; envelop it in chaos and return it to it's "natural form." This is precisely what would happen if Lina lost control of it-- the Lord of Nightmares would possess her body and their world would cease to exist. Having done the terrifying research, Lina know knew this. Phibrizzo begins to kill her friends one by one, the last one being Gourry, who it's strongly hinted at especially in this season that she has romantic feelings for. Before he can kill Gourry, Lina relents and summons the spell. The last thing she experiences is the spell slipping; the knowledge that she's failed as she fills herself slip out of her body and watches the Lord of Nightmares possess her. Knowing she's failed, she finds herself tumbling through a gate that would lead her to the world of the Scorched.personality:
Lina's a hothead. She's not at all "ladylike" and has been known to shoot fireballs first, ask questions later. She's painfully intelligent, though, which makes it a shame when she lets her anger get ahead of the rest of her. She's perfectly capable of thinking things through rationally as she's had to do when fighting "big bosses," but she's also a fan of overkill. When not out searching for treasure she buries herself in libraries of books, always looking up new ways to learn how to do what she does better. New spells are especially interesting to her. She also loves working out puzzles. Lina loves a challenge and is more than a little competitive.
She doesn't handle change well. She freaks out when she wakes up somewhere she didn't fall asleep in as demonstrated in canon. There have been a few times where she's been knocked out by a spell of some sort and woken up somewhere strange. She gets angry and frustrated when she's confused and usually confrontational. She's been known to march up to the nearest person and demand to know what's going on. Once she figures out what's happened, though, she adjusts pretty quickly. Part of being a traveler is that she can fairly easily adapt to wherever it is she finds herself.
Lina's also pretty emotionally immature. She'll tease someone else to no end about sex or having a crush on someone, but the second anyone so much as IMPLIES the same with her, she'll turn bright red, fluster, and possibly hit you.
She's rough, rowdy, and essentially the opposite of what you'd expect out of a female protagonist. Her morals are low and her scruples are even lower. She'll save any kingdom for a price, and believe me, her prices are high. She rarely does things out of the kindness of her heart, or because they're "right." She does however believe in a sense of an overall good or rightness despite pledging herself consistently to darkness with the various spells she casts. She'll also do damn near anything to save a friend, especially Gourry to whom she's grown especially close to over the last couple of years she's traveled with him. why do you feel this character would be appropriate to the setting?
Lina's got a great familiarity to magic, so I'd be interested to see what she could learn about this world's historical usage of it. Above all, Lina's a survivor and adventurer. She'd look at Anatole as a challenge and a mystery all wrapped up in one, simultaneously excited to explore it and aware of it's dangers, though the dangers could end up being part of the appeal.
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[there's some static; you hear an audio stream that sounds like a bit of scrambling and scratching]
-- the hell is this supposed to be?
[more rattling, and finally a video feed flips on. You see a giant red eye, and the camera slowly pans back. Bright red hair falls into view, along with a scrunched up face looking severely displeased and perhaps just a touch disoriented]
Some sort of lens... and this light switched on up here when I flipped this over here. Image transfer device? Sure beats the hell out of shamanistic spells and mirrors.
[mutters and runs a hand down her face] Alright, so. Waking up in a weird room I've never seen before after the crappy day to end all crappy days.
[she places the camera down on the bed, where it sort of rolls off to one side. She cracks her knuckles and faces the door]
Alright, time to bust the hell outta here!Third Person Sample:
When Lina awoke she was bathed in a cold sweat. She sat bolt upright, drenched in it and shivering from the dread slowly sinking into her bones. All too vividly she recalled why it was, precisely, that she shouldn't be alive. Why she along with everything and everyone she knew should've ceased to exist, why she shouldn't even be waking up.
But here she was, alive, in a world that was seemingly intact. Or at least in existence, which was still a pretty big step up from where she'd anticipated her morning would've been. Lina took a minute to calm her breathing, take slow breaths before swinging her legs over the side of the bed and standing shakily to her feet. It could've all been a dream. This wasn't the first time she'd woken up somewhere weird; maybe she and Gourry'd just gotten drunk again and managed to get into trouble somehow. Or maybe some weird demons decided to play tricks on her and dump her in a creepy doll house. Her life was defined by the weird and unusual, and this was absolutely no time to be freaking out over the fact that she was supposed to've just destroyed the world. Probably, anyway.
It was then that she really started to take a look around. It was a nondescript room, no forms of security that she could see. She wasn't detecting any wards or traps, but then if this was a demon world she might not've anyway.
At least she had all her own clothes on this time. She gave herself a quick pat-down and noted with relief that all her things were even still on her. Her sword, her pouch of money and jewels, even the power amplifiers she'd bought off of Xellos not too long ago.
Never one to fear the unknown, after a thorough examination, Lina knocked on her door. "Hello? Anyone out there!?" She cursed quietly to herself. She could always bust out of there if all else failed, and for a minute she considered it. But with the last incident with the Giga Slave still fresh in the back of her throat in the form of bile fighting it's way upwards, she swallowed and decided to go for the obvious. There's no way they'd be stupid enough to leave the door unlocked if she'd been kidnapped, but it was worth a try.
Lina turned the doorknob.Anything else?