Lakai
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Lakai
Player: Hyperionwitch
Personal Data
Full Name: N/A
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Age: 31
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 131 lbs
Hair Colour: Black with a white streak
Eye Colour: Brown
Skin Tone: Naturally tan and a bit rough from wear
Biographical Data
Occupation: Assassin
Affiliations: N/A
Residence: A small house south of Castle Town
Birthplace: Southern Hyrule
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Older brother (Noirei)
Weapon(s)
A long, thin knife; various poisons
Magic
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Skills
Staying quiet and out of sight, patient, excellent at secret-keeping
Items/Equipment
Essentials like food, water, empty vials, and a cloak.
No additional notes available.

Lakai is a quiet, patient woman working as an assassin for Kinkeide, the Shadow Witch. Traveling from place to place working on jobs, she is most commonly found near Castle Town, just north of her small home.

Appearance

Lakai is tall and rather willowy. She is boyishly built, though her face, hair, and clothing are just feminine enough to counter her slimness. Darkly colored, her hair is black with a naturally white streak, and her skin is tan and worn from years of labor. She has a straight nose and slightly full lips that are seldom seen smiling. She moves smoothly, with decent posture and an unassuming gait.

Distinguishing Features

As mentioned, her main distinguishing feature is a thick clump of white hair near her neck known as a mallen streak. There are a few other strands in her hair, but most of it is centered by her neck. For this reason, she tends to wear deep hoods when doing her job, as she doesn't want to stand out.

Preferred Clothing

Much like her own coloring, Lakai dresses in dark clothing. She prefers a light, greyish dress and a black, woolen coat over black trousers and brown boots with square clasps. She usually wears a pale sash wrapped around a athicker brownish-grey panel that is tied around her back over her clothing, and she rearranges these pieces when she is doing work, as they functions as a decent sort of apron. The square clasps and pins on her sash and apron are "gifts" from Kinkeide, who wanted her to have some sort of livery (and she refused anything more elaborate).

Personality

A product of a somewhat tumultuous childhood, Lakai has come out on the good side of witnessing death and tragedy. Patient and unshakably calm, she is frequently described as solemn, with a stoic demeanor that is infrequently broken by a small smile. She is a woman of fewer words than many, always favoring a straightforward, honest approach to a conversation than a convoluted, wordy one. She is not a harsh individual, with hardly any temper at all, and at time she could almost be called kind, with a great deal of sympathy for people who suffer any sort of malady. For instance, when left to her own devices, much of her assassination work ends up centering around stilling those who clearly wish for death. Among other people, of course.

While she is not one for philosophizing, Lakai has very well-established beliefs about the world that have come from years of contemplation. She is happy to explain her point of view, as well, though she rarely tries to convince others of what she takes to heart. One of her big points, however, is neutrality and balance. She strongly believes that everything has a consequence—karma, if you will. Her particular take is a little unusual (see quirks), but it does help to explain her very neutral behavior, not one to easily become angry or cheerful, and not one to get very involved or stand completely back.

Not exactly wise beyond her years, Lakai is a surprisingly well-adjusted woman who simply has some strange personal beliefs. For the most part, people find her unobtrusive and a little serious at best, and sullen and dark at worst. She usually keeps to herself, but she is not averse to social situations if she must join in one. She is generally polite to those she meets, and she is a remarkably loyal friend if one can get to her. Among closer individuals, she is a little sarcastic in her sense of humor and always trustworthy with secrets. She professes (if asked) that she has never told a secret in her life, providing the individual wants her to keep the secret safe. That said, she has very few close friends as her manner tends to put people off a little. Her neutrality can seem heartless, and her honesty, while not said maliciously or even bluntly, is not always what people want to hear. She is capable in social situations, but she is by no means the most welcoming of people one could meet.

Likes

Peace and quiet, being able to help those in pain, dark colors, being private

Dislikes

Having to divulge secrets, killing people unnecessarily, excess

Quirks

Lakai's view on balance requires a little bit of elaboration. For the most part, it functions as karma—do something good, and something good will happen to you. Do something bad and you're likely to pay for it. It also addresses death and power, which is where it strays a bit from karma and heads into simple balance. Sick people die but new people are born every day, power can be obtained through evil means but good will find a way to balance it out (and vice versa), etc. This particular aspect funnels into her acceptance of being an assassin for hire. In her view, people always die and sometimes they die by human hands, but not all deaths are bad and not all deaths are good. Just as there are many people who long for death and pass happily on, at peace with themselves, there are plenty who are killed in cold blood. She may not enjoy killing when one does not deserve it, but it has to happen to balance out those who die well. She usually keeps this idea to herself, however, as most people find it to sound cold and uncaring. She, on the other hand, finds it comforting and natural, a reassurance of her place in the world.

Lakai has a great dislike for magic in general. Kinkeide, her employer, has offered on several occasions to try teaching Lakai shadow magic, but she staunchly refuses. It is her belief that magic is an unearthly power that gives individuals an overly powerful advantage over the natural world, and as such it is likely to have unfortunate consequences like a shortening of life or an uncontrollable accident. She would never stop someone forcibly from using magic, but if one is close enough to her, she is almost certain to state her beliefs on it as a warning.

One of her biggest secrets is the location and identity of her brother. As she still keeps in touch with Noirei, he is perfectly aware of what she does for a living and, after some time, has come to accept it. However, she has asked that he lie low so that Kinkeide cannot use him against Lakai. She accepts death as a natural and sometimes good thing, but that doesn't mean she wants her employer running around trying to kill her only living relative. And since she is so excellent at keeping secrets, not a soul outside of her home village knows about Noirei, and the villagers won't talk either, at her brother's request.

Background

Lakai grew up in a small village in Hyrule, living with her parents and her older brother, Noirei. She lived a fairly peaceful life until she was about five, at which point her mother fell ill and passed away. This was her first experience with death, and it was surprisingly calm. Though she didn't understand it at the time (she was a young child—mostly she was distraught that her mother was dead), her mother was at peace with her death when she passed on, something which stuck with her until she could properly process it as an adult. Her second experience with death came only a few years later, when a bandit broke into her family's home and robbed them, accidentally killing her father in the process. This was far more traumatizing, as she and Noirei could not even say goodbye to him, so it was at this point that Lakai began to stew on the incident.

Noirei raised her for a few years, finally sending her off into the world when she turned seventeen. By this point, Lakai, filled with teenage energy and determination, became hellbent on finding the bandit who murdered her father and ending his life as payment. Through a series of completely botched investigations (you can imagine—she was a teenager who spent most of her time in a small village), she finally stumbled upon the man's home, but her attempt to kill him ended poorly, the man escaping and Lakai badly injured. She hobbled back to the small house she had moved into after leaving her family home and, when she had healed up, set about learning to be a proper assassin. She was embarrassed by her failure and determined to do this job properly—and aside from that, she hadn't gotten a real job yet and she figured she could kill two birds with one stone.

By the time she was twenty-two, she was a fairly competent assassin—by no means an expert, and far less experienced than she thought herself, but competent enough. Once more, she set out to find her father's murderer, and this time she was swift in her search. She descended upon the man in his bed one night, just about to plunge her knife into his heart when he groggily woke and saw her standing above him. She froze up, ready to flee if necessary, but the man simply sighed and told her to go on. She frowned and asked him why, as she wasn't sure why anyone would willingly let someone kill them. He explained that years of thinking on what he did, after being attacked by her the first time, allowed him to really understand what it was he did to her and her family. He felt remorse for killing over something so trivial, and he had come to terms with the fact that his life must end to pay for what he did. It was a very solemn evening when Lakai resolved to, much less viciously, end the bandit's life.

While she remained an assassin, this event affected Lakai in ways she could not have predicted. She contemplated the idea of payment and karma, remembered her mother's peace with death, considered what effect something so momentous could have on people and the world, and other sorts of deep concepts she had never even touched before. She began to formulate her theory on neutrality and balance, and over time she became the woman she is today, calm and patient, readily taking life from those who no longer want it and stealing it from those who must balance out the more willing.

A few years after her incident with the bandit, when she was just coming to terms with her newfound outlooks on life and death, her paths crossed the Shadow Witch Kinkeide, and the witch was just looking for someone to help her out as a bodyguard and assassin. Kinkeide informed Lakai that she had hunted her down to hire her as a personal hireling. Naturally, Lakai turned her down immediately—she had her own ideas of what her place was in the world, and she did not think it would be helping this obnoxious woman. Kinkeide did not take no for an answer, however, and immediately began threatening Lakai, using shadow tricks to intimidate her and telling her of her abilities to shadow walk and sneak up on the woman in the night. It would be a good number of years before Lakai would come to terms with her own death, and she was still scared of the idea at the young age of twenty six, so she reluctantly agreed. Five years of working for the woman have dulled her distaste for the job, however, and now she has resigned herself to playing her individual role in the world while guarding and working for Kinkeide.

Affiliations

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Allies

  • Kinkeide - Her employer, Lakai acts as her personal assassin and self-declared advisor, though the latter is mainly due to Lakai's habit of being completely honest with Kinkeide, regardless of what she wants. While she may not enjoy everything the woman has her do, she accepts it as her place in life and her duty to keeping things in balance.

Enemies

Certainly she has some, but it is unlikely they actually know who she is.

Combat

Lakai tends to avoid combat entirely, as she is by no means a talented fighter. The most she does has to do with assassinations, and she prefers to use poison on her victims to avoid excess violence and messiness. If she must use her long knife, she aims for lethal targets and ends the struggle as quickly as she can.

Other Notes

None at the moment.

Roleplay Notes

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Trivia

None at the moment.

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