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.: Dragon of the Shadows :.

9 March
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[ Tenten RP journal played by tao_empress at asphyxia_rp with PB Mika Nakashima. ]

I may not be popular
I may not be the one all the guys want
But I can still kick your butt
And that's all that matters

Let the games begin.
.: Who I Am :.
Originating from a middle-class background, Tenten knows the meaning of hard work and dedication. These principles she puts into every aspect of her life despite constantly being underestimated by her opponents. However, she has learned to utilize that to her advantage, often times using it to help her deceive and overwhelm her adversaries. Often overlooked by others but always a presence, whether in the lives of all those around her or just in general, she serves as a maternal figure and puts forth an even mix of determination, confidence, and respect to all those around her (when she receives the same in return) with an ever mellow attitude. She provides a quiet comfort to anyone she comes across. But only those who prove worthy of her trust are privileged to such kind treatment.

To enemies, strangers, and all those who would seek to oppose those that she chooses to align herself with, Tenten is relentless and unforgiving, cool and calculative with an aggressive drive that could match or surpass any she comes across. Knowledgeable in the art of weaponry, she has the use of a wide array of weapons at her disposal, coupled with amazingly perfected accuracy that can be attributed to her promising advances in math. Until a person gains her trust, she is cold, constantly defensive and suspicious, all of which are the lingering effects from years of living within the biased class system of Spirix with the rich and wealthy receiving homes with the purest of air while the less fortunate struggle to survive with what little oxygen is given to them along the outer ring and lower levels, though she appears to have a soft spot for mistreated women and lost souls. Tenten is not exactly anti-social, but she has a tendency to blend into the background, which in turn actually aids in her observational skills and gives her an advantage when she needs to walk among the unknowing citizens of Spirix.

At first glance she does not seem the type to willing join such an organization, something that becomes more prominent as one gets to know her on a more personal level. But Tenten values honor and respect above all else as well as a want for equality among the classes. And will not hesitate to fight for it. While mostly reserved (blending into the background), she is certainly one of the more aggressive kind of girls, which more than likely keeps her stuck under the label of tomboy. More of a jeans and tee kind of girl, Tenten is always ready to get down and dirty with the guys. But that’s not to say that she doesn’t have the capacity to be feminine as well when the mood strikes her. A typically average girl in a not so typically average world, her only noticeable flaw would be the lack of confidence concerning her love life. Not one to go searching for a relationship, she is at a loss when one comes looking for her. And as comfortable as she is with the boys, it’s a whole different story when faced with one she actually likes in that way.
.: Where I've Been :.
A lot of aspects of Tenten's life is a balance of parallels.

In a city filled with tainted secrets and hidden truths, Tenten had known from a very early age that not everything was what it seemed. For the most part, both her parents belonged to the strict codes of the working class, which kept them from having to live in the deep slums of the city where oxygen was nearly nonexistent, although it was still a hard-pressed struggle to survive. Her mother, Mei, made her living as a school teacher, sometimes offering piano lessons or private tutoring on the side for extra money. Her father, Shirou, was an inventor and artisan skilled in crafting beautiful works from steel and wood. His specialty: weaponry. Because of this, Tenten likes to view herself as being well balanced between the logic if reality that her mother taught, and the fantasy of creativity that was her father's livelihood.

Both were very rewarding professions, though they were also very fickle as well, providing only just enough of an income to scrap by with the basic necessities of life. And they were still far from a life without fear of slow suffocation. They still struggled to survive on the low oxygen levels along the outskirts of the city, something Shirou constantly commented as being ridiculous. And so, it was not uncommon for Tenten's father to rent out his services to a more unconventional crowd of clients. His main and most profitable benefactors: The Underground Organization, though understandably his connections to them were a close-kept secret.

It was from her father's interactions with them, his involvement with them, that Tenten became more aware of the true state of the city and its functions, though she would not make full sense of it until she was older and much more knowledgeable of how the world worked. In an attempt to at least divide her attentions, Mei thought to teach her daughter the finer points of the piano. And from there, her love of the classical music and instrument was born. So, at the young age of three, Tenten began her lessons and continued them with a love and talent that held no comparison in the young girl's life. Amid the poor existence and constant struggle to catch her breath, she had the love of the piano to get her through the days.

Unfortunately, it did not last.

At the age of ten, her mother died most unexpectedly during child labor. The child, a boy, was lost not too long afterwards. The causes were never clearly explained to her, although the young girl had her suspicions. Normal life was hard enough without the proper levels of oxygen. Pile on the additional strain that came from childbirth, and it was a recipe for mortality. And as far out as they lived from the Spire, it had been a difficult task in finding a hospital in time before the labor began. Understandably so, Tenten never took another piano lesson in her life simply because they were too painful to continue with someone else. But on occasion, when the mood strikes her -- when the nostalgia gets to be too much to ignore -- and when she could gain access to one, she has been known to practice the familiar pieces that had take up so much of her childhood.

However, losing her mother was most likely the main driving force behind Tenten developing a closer and closer connection to Shirou's work, ultimately bringing her closer to the Underground Organization. And despite all his efforts, she could not be deferred from it. And so, for his piece of mind and to ensure that she would be able to fend for herself should the need arise, Tenten was enrolled into several disciplines of martial arts courses.

For the next nine years of her life, she spent her spare time working and learning alongside her father, studying his craft and making it her own. It is from him in which Tenten gained her knowledge as a weapon specialist, mastering the use of every and all form of weaponry from the orders Shirou had received in his business. And steadily, the two became more closely tied with the rebel Underground Faction, providing them with the weapons necessary to continue their silent fight. And sometimes (without her father's knowledge), Tenten would put in her own time working as an insider and informant within the city.

For the good of the cause and hopefully with the prospect of finding a solution for them all.

At the ripe age of nineteen, coupled with her training in the martial arts, she had become a force to be reckoned with. But first and foremost, she was the pride and joy of her father’s heart. So it was a tragic blow when he had been found dead and murdered on the floor of his shop. It is still unknown for sure who had done it or their motive for doing so. And frankly, it did not matter much to Tenten. That had been the final straw and had been the deciding factor in Tenten becoming a more active member of the Underground organization, working as a weapon specialist and agent.
.: How I Move On :.
Now, two years later at the age of twenty-one, with the exception of those closest to her, Tenten has grown up with the tendency to be distant from others. This not only has to do with the secretive nature of her involvement with The Underground, but for the simple fact that she fears losing someone else she cares deeply about. She has seen a number of men battle and die right in front of her eyes, sometimes in her arms; great people who have earned her respect and who were not too proud to give the same in return. Despite the dangers, Tenten still insists on living on the edge of the city where the oxygen levels remain low and growing lower with each passing day. Growing up under similar conditions, the young woman has her ways with dealing with such problems. For the moment, she has no clear or immediate goals set in her mind other than working loyally with The Underground until their goals are achieved, though she still holds resentment for the one responsible for her father's death.