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Compatibility Key:
♓ -- "Perfect". The fusion is so in-sync that they could well exist as their own being!
★★★★ -- Incredibly Compatible. The fusion can last for a very long time comfortably, and withstand severe stress.
★★★☆ -- Very compatible. The fusion has a comfortable existence, and can somewhat withstand severe stress
★★☆☆ -- Average. The fusion can last for hours at a time, and battle under moderate stress.
★☆☆☆ -- Slightly compatible. The fusion can last for a little while, but only handles small amounts of stress.
☆☆☆☆ -- Minimal compatibility. This fusion is the result of duress, or a mistake, and holds only due to negative influences.


BLACK STAR SAPPHIRE )





BLUE APATITE )




IRON ROSE )
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CHANGES


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• Scales begin to manifest, starting along arms, back, & shoulders.
• Nails darken & harden, becoming claws.
• Muscle begins to build up, & tongue begins to extend and become lizard-like.
• Smaller toes begin to fuse.




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• Skin begins to grow scaled over the legs and lower arms, while scales over the shoulders and back grow more 'thorned' and prominent.
• Toes fuse completely.
• Tongue reaches full length, and teeth are replaced with sharper ones.
• Cravings for human & monster flesh begin to manifest.




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• Skin over entire body is now scaled; 'thorned' horns of scales grow prominent enough to be mistaken for actual horns on the head.
• Hands and feet become like those of an actual lizard's, making walking somewhat awkward.
• Muscle mass reaches its peak, and resistance to pain develops.
• Overall skill in climbing and leaping is enhanced, and hunting instinct begins to develop.




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• Wing-like Protrusions grow out.
• Lack of biological needs (including sleep, eating, and breathing) kick in.
• Fatal weakness to flame kicks in.
• Hunting instinct and cravings for flesh are at their peak.



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NOTE: Hopefully soon there will be a better navigation system between links, but for now, this should be fine!
NAVIGATION

Yuuya - Berry   Griet - Utsuho   Ruby - Akoya   Sunset Shimmer


Yuuya to Berry ) Griet to Utsuho ) Ruby to Akoya ) Sunset Shimmer )

NAVIGATION

Yuuya - Berry   Griet - Utsuho   Ruby - Akoya   Sunset Shimmer








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INBOX

CEREALIA

Name: Noboru Gongenzaka
Age: 14
Occupation: Student/????

Key Items: Duel Disk | Duel Monsters Deck
Iron Geta + Sash

'You have reached the man, Gongenzaka! I am currently unavailable however, so leave a message, and we may speak later!'

VOICE TEXT VIDEO
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Applicant Info

◎ Name: Usagi
◎ Journal: n/a
◎ Contact: Plurk: usagisquared

Character Info

◎ Character's Name: Noboru Gongenzaka
◎ Character's Canon: Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V
◎ Character's Age: 14 (Potentially 15; birthday unknown)
◎ Canon Point: Episode 51
◎ Background/History: Here!

◎ Is the character a hacker and/or do they have a sixth-sense?
While it can be argued that Gongenzaka has a certain sense for other's presence due to the events of a one off duel, I will say 'No' for now, for that same reason.

◎ Personality:
Gongenzaka is one that the fandom could describe as a 'large teddybear', for a number of reasons, chief of which is his kindness. Strong and bulky as he appears, he is one who finds needless fights absolutely 'unforgivable!' (as he himself would say), viewing the targeting of weak to be dishonorable and 'unmanly'. He may not view pity as a strong trait, but one can certainly not say he isn't sympathetic to those who are in danger somehow, sticking his neck out to protect those he cares about without question, and often becoming so wrapped up in worry for those people that it affects his personal judgment significantly.

As a student of the 'Gongenzaka Steadfast Style Dojo', there is a particular regimen and set of beliefs which have further shaped Gon's personality; he is one who believes in a steadfast spirit, unflinching in the face of what comes--as noted above, there are times when this falters, namely moments where he becomes consumed by worry for his friends (largely Yuuya)--but beyond this, Gongenzaka is able to remain sternly focused on what is important, observing and learning in a fight so as to counter skillfully. He trains diligently to hone his strength and spirit, and when he feels that there is not enough to be found from solitary work, he is humble enough to realize that another person--even a rival, or former opponent--who has displayed great strength is one from whom it is worth honorably requesting assistance and tutelage. Such exchanges are not treated lightly either; his respect is such that he will literally bow to his knees as he makes such a rare request, an incredibly strong motion where he is from.

Steadfast and firm as he is in his beliefs, he is thus also flexible; recognizing his own faults and preparing to accept them in order to make effort to overcome them. He also seems to enact good judgment surrounding the flaws of others close to him, to an extent; he recognized that Yuuya's own attitudes after the canceled duel against Reiji were in poor taste for example, and thus, further realizing that Yuuya's teacher in dueling, Shuzo, wished to duel sense into Yuuya, did not intervene, even aiding Shuzo in the act. Furthermore, looking upon the practices of his own duel school, he recognized that their current methods could not remain exactly the same over the course of time, making efforts to not only train himself but also create a technique that meshed into the existing style fluidly.

In addition to his steadfastness, there is a strong belief in acting as a 'true man', fighting 'man to man' 'fair and square', with no holding back regardless of the opponent--as he himself states, to pity the opponent or hold back against them is to show a lack of respect for them, which is reflected in his deck--it is 100% composed of monster cards, reflecting his personal emphasis in trust and belief in both friends, and in his own deck. He holds great care for the rights and opinions of others, with even deeper care for those close to him. What matters most is the emotional and physical for Gongenzaka after all, with the well-being of his friends placed far ahead of his own. Even his speech carries this--others have noted that his phrasing and speech patterns can occasionally be thought of as 'old man-like', while in the more general sense, his emphasis on the importance of honorifics carrying a strong effort to respect and extend politeness to others.

This sense of care toward others can perhaps backfire on him; he has been shown to be quite selfless in a team match, defending his partner against otherwise unfair strikes without flinching, and then with his own loss passing the baton to them with absolute faith. He has even taken pillars across his back for the sake of his friends, and while his strength has shouldered this damage thus far, there is no doubt that he would risk his very life or even sacrifice it if it meant the chance his friend would survive.

As serious as Gongenzaka is, he is also an impressively emotive person. Seriousness has its place after all, and very often outside such situations--and even, to an extent, during--his expressions are wild and varied. Speaking for the 'serious' aspects, Gon's expressions of sternness or dedication can be misinterpreted by some as anger, his eyebrows furrowing deeply, and his face drawn tight. True rage, for Gongenzaka however, carries with it volume--moreover, it would be against his very dedication to 'Steadfast Style' to simply let loose and run wild; unless already provoked into panic, Gongenzaka channels his anger into his actions, into his dueling and into what is right. He speaks firmly, never backing down--and as for what could draw his ire to begin with, it is most certainly going to be matters tied to the honor or wellbeing of his friends and their associated belongings (such as You Show, Yuuya's school), or matters of dishonor as displayed by others (Notable examples including the behavior of Ankokuji Gen, or in a more obvious case, the one who pursued You Show relentlessly to clear their own name of mud, 'Akaba Himika').

As noted, these are still his more 'serious' traits. Speaking on Gongenzaka's actions toward his personal, and more emotive self, he has been seen easily becoming flustered and irritated over matters that rudely catch him off guard, before swiftly calming himself from the shock. In such states, he occasionally stutters his words, or perhaps even loses them completely out of shock alone--examples of such cases are first where he was referred to as an outsider in response to the offer to aid You-Show in a demonstration match (an example of his flustered state, likely because the most on the line was his own excitement--which left him protesting as he was forced out the exit), and then later when the same term was used to shut him out from a competition to decide to school's fate (which notably bears the question of honor attached to it, and is a case where his fluster was accompanied by stuttered and red-faced protest).

In addition to fluster, he expresses excitement, and elation, openly. Beyond a wide smile, events which are particularly moving--such as the recovery of a friend, a friend's success over an absolutely pivotal match, or scenes of dramatic exchanges of strength or will--even bring Gongenzaka to tears, with him often specifically pulling Yuuya close for a crushing embrace if the matter concerns him directly. Not to say that he does not have more muted ways of displaying this excitement--in the very same moment as one such crushing hug, he had, seconds prior simply smiled proudly, shaking hands with his friend. Such a smile is one that he displays almost constantly as he watches his friends duel to their fullest, both out of the desire to cheer them onward, and the recognition that they themselves have a burning spirit driving them in that moment.

For all that he cries in moments of emotional movement or happiness, he does not seem to cry when he is sad; if anything, his sadness is the quietest emotion he displays, seen in silence, and it may as such in fact be that we have not seen him properly sad--each time it can clearly be seen, the emotion is coupled with panic, sprung through worry for his friends, or perhaps even shame for himself and his own perceived weakness.

Weakness, to Gongenzaka, is 'unforgivable' within his own practice. As noted far above, he will go so far as to humbly request instruction from his enemy if he feels that their knowledge and strength is the key to moving on, and he would certainly not push the matter if the request were refused (at least not beyond, if at all, a slight protest). His exclamations, serious or not, carry volume and presence with them, many of them speaking of typically 'masculine' traits--such as a burning spirit, a look in a duelist's eyes; a "request of a fellow man", a steeled heart, and so on. In some ways, particularly coupled with his ever constant 'I, the man, Gongenzaka!', this manner of speaking can be seen as almost antiquated, and certainly dramatic, but they are things which Gongenzaka speaks of with no shame, meaning every word from the bottom of his heart.

In summation, Gongenzaka has a heart of gold, and a soul of iron. He is fiercely protective of his friends' honor and well-being, fighting for them all while respecting their true strengths. He recognizes where their strengths may falter, actively making motions (passive or otherwise) to help them overcome this; he recognizes incredibly where interference or space is needed, and acts upon these decisions whole-heartedly. More importantly he is able to identify where his own strength is also lacking, bearing the humility needed to ask others for assistance. He has little patience for acts of brutishness and dishonor, and treats his opponents with respect by battling with all his power, responding to such 'unforgivable' acts with a determination to overcome those people in a proper fight, with his words uttered as firmly as his stance upon the ground.

To those close to him, he expresses great joy over their success, often moved even to tears by their words and actions--he even pulls his absolute best friend for crushing hugs at various times, though a handshake is the more (ahem) 'manly' of options he uses in serious context; to cheer on his friends however needs no such holds barred however, and he will openly proclaim his support for them. While he can grow momentarily flustered when confused or caught off guard (one notable instance being when his attempts to make sense of a dire situation between three others consistently ended with no sense at all), he does his absolute best to make sense of the situation before him and adapt to it, remaining absolutely steadfast in the face of adversary. True, he may falter in this due to concern for his friends--to a near fatal extent in fact, with such worries absolutely consuming his focus--but in the end, he believes in his friends as much as the monsters in his deck; carrying for them an unwavering faith that always pulls through.

◎ Powers/Abilities: Incredibly strong (albeit within human limits). Able to draw cards with enough force that gusts of wind blow back against whatever stands within a 10 foot radius (This is not enough to blow someone over, but the clothing responds as if someone were walking through a strong gale). Seems to have a higher than average level of pain tolerance, given that he withstands a shocking blow by merely gritting his teath and 'bearing with', where all others went so far as to have the wind knocked out of them and collapse.

◎ Weapons & Other Special Inventory: Duel disk and deck; the duel disk projects a solid vision hologram from the cards; specifically in this case 'Solid vision' means a hologram that can bear presence and cast a shadow, but otherwise causes minimal harm beyond perhaps a sting or shock. (Notably, within Gongenzaka's series, anything that does more than this outside the presence of a solid vision field--which a duel disk cannot create on its own--is referred to as causing 'real damage' for this reason.)

The cards in his deck include Synchro monsters, which--given his tutalage from an LDS student, would be summoned with similar 'energy read-off' (Though how relevant this fact is to Cerealia itself is unknown, as within the series there has been little more to a 'strong reading's meaning beyond 'it's strong'.)

CEREALIA-Specific

◎ Element: Earth (STEADFAST AS A MOUNTAIN)
◎ Sense: Touch -- He seems to be fairly physical; so while he's certainly observant, Touch still feels better for him than sight.
◎ Seven Character Traits: [Humble - Protective - Honorable] [Selfless - Worrying - Panic-prone] + Emotive

Samples

◎ First-Person Sample:

[The feed opens to a rather imposing looking young man, his arms crossed, and legs similarly positioned. Evidently, he has the Cerevice hovering at a steady height, and the camera picks up not only on him, but a few objects set upon the ground. One looks to be a deck of cards, with a single white/silver edged one flipped face up. The other is some sort of other device, which, next to the Cerevice, seems almost bulky in comparison.

That is not what is important here. Gongenzaka faces the screen, and with a clear voice, begins.
]

To those of you who have found 'Duel Monsters Cards' within the 'ViViD' game, you may have noticed that some appear to resemble this. [He holds up the silver one.] This is a 'Synchro' monster, and they cannot be summoned without proper care.

[The card is set back down, and he closes his eyes.] ...That in mind, it has come to my attention that aside from I, the man Gongenzaka, there has been no one else with pre-existing knowledge of these cards...there have been others of my world experienced in Fusion, or XYZ summons, but none for Synchro.

Therefore! [Oh- He's gotten quite loud all of a sudden, a fire in his eyes.] To those who wish to learn these ways, I, the man Gongenzaka, offer whatever instruction you need! Come to this location with your cards, and ready your spirit!

[.........It........................it's just a card game isn't it..? He's so fired up about this...]

◎ Third-Person Sample:

It is...different, in some ways, and yet in others the same. The sparseness is similar; in his own home, there was little of note within his bedroom after all. A futon for sleeping, closet for clothes, and then a small table upon which important things such as his deck and duel disk sat. Most training supplies remained within the dojo his family ran, after all, and so beyond what was needed outside this--papers, and books for school, as an example--there was nothing.

Yet there was more in the apartment, even without the 'holo-gm' active. Desk and chair instead of small table and cushion. Bed, side table, and this was only the bedroom. It was an apartment after all, which meant all the necessities of life, and all the things that a bedroom on its own did not require, and the basic furnishings of a 'western home'.

When it came to it in Gongenzaka's opinion, the apartment here was still yet 'plainer'. There were no touches of life to its appearance, no small additions or collections to give the character of the owner. He placed his duel disk and deck--both of which had of course been on his person when he arrived, and both of which, of course, yet remained just as important as ever--onto the new side table, and, staring at the lamp found himself closing his eyes in silence.

Supposedly, that 'holo-gm' could be used to manipulate this room if he provided enough credits. Or rather, he could get furnishings and similar, and go from there. Sitting on the bed and crossing his legs however--an odd feeling, given the difference between the futon he was used to, and the mattress he had been provided--he found he could not think of a way to make this apartment truly feel like 'home'.

Perhaps he would start to change the room's appearance after all, later. If at least to make it a little more familiar, with wooden floors and tatami mats, seat cushions and lowered tables in the place of what was provided. Perhaps he could do that, and slowly add in those things that spoke of home.

His arms crossed however, he sighs. To dwell on what has happened and what now occurs is to become stagnant and succeed in nothing. It would be to spit on the faces of the momentarily lost--and what a strange thought that is, momentary, and yet it gives enough hope at least that he can one day see the faces of his father and friends, friends beyond the small few that made it here, again. It would be to hold no respect for their hopes, their dreams, their futures that had been so swiftly torn from their hands...

If any were to enter the apartment now, it would seem as if Gongenzaka were meditating. Perhaps he was--with his hands now held flat, palm to palm, and his eyes closed shut as if in slumber. As he meditates on these matters of the familiar and otherwise however, he can at least tell himself this; he cannot allow himself to be consumed by grief for what has happened.

He must focus, absolutely, on instead preparing for what could yet come.

◎ Is your character retaining any previous game memories? No
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NOBORU GONGENZAKA
PLAYER NAME Usagi
CONTACT INFORMATION [plurk.com profile] usagisquared
CHARACTER NAME Noboru Gongenzaka (otoko, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V)
Age 14
Gem Hematite, located over the heart & visible through a tailored hole in the jacket.
Permissions Gongenzaka is quite strong, so if anything, you might want to check your own muse before going after say...a fist fight. On that note, light meta in the way of recognizing the duel monsters game, as well as tame levels of violence (a punch to the face, etc) are fine. Anything worse, I would rather plan it out.
NOTES Only standard warnings here, but if there is anything you would like to address regarding Gongenzaka, as well as any threads, please say so here!
ABILITIES
    Shapeshifting
    Fusion: Notably trained with Rose Quartz, allowing slightly above standard control in this skill.
    Weapon Generation: Great Shield (Absorbs and rebounds energy after taking 10 hits OR at Gongenzaka's discretion before that time.)
    ☆ Shield Upgrade: Shield now absorbs and rebounds physical damage as well as energy based attacks.
    ☆ Enhanced Body: Gongenzaka's physical strength and stamina have been enhanced to the level of a standard gem being, granting impressive strength in particular.
    ☆ Hot Body: Able to increase the heat of his body to a flammable point, without actually creating flame. (If he touches something especially flammable however, it will catch fire.)

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Player Info:
Name: Usagi
Timezone: PST
Contact: Plurk: Usagisquared

Character Info:
Name: Noboru Gongenzaka
Age: 14 (YEP)
AU/PG/CANON/OC: Canon | Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V

Summary: 
  • Once upon a 'before the series started' there was Gongenzaka--designated best friend of main protag--as seen by tiny Gongenzaka defending tiny Yuuya (protag) from bullies and shit.

  • Because even as a tiny ten year old THE MAN GONGENZAKA acts with all the honor of his dad's steadfast dueling dojo.

  • After a few years of awesome protective bear friendship Yuuya seems to accept that Gongenzaka duels with only monsters and it works. Everyone else is very surprised because that should not work.

  • Gon's buddy managed to unintentionally invent Pendulum Summoning, and after the rollercoaster of resulting events Gon ends up part of a small match to keep Yuuya's school from getting absorbed by LDS--super big dueling school that's decided 'well hey new summon, gimmie'.

  • He ties which is kinda bad because. They were already tied and he was up last. So he goes off to train because HE NEEDS TO BE STRONGER IF HE'S GONNA PROTECT SHIT.

  • Gon goes to get training in 'Synchro summoning' from Yaiba, AKA 'guy he tied with and LDS' top synchro student'.

  • He succeeds REALLY WELL--duels Yuuya and loses but he still qualifies for the World Tournament so w/e.

  • Fated match with YUUYA'S BULLY and also FORMER DOJO STUDENT happens. He OTK's that jerkface good.

  • Qualifies for the third round with ease, but then THE PLOT happens; Gongenzaka briefly embodifies the entire fandom with his confusion.

  • Third Round Battle Royal goes down--Gon loses in his Tag Match, and while hunting for another opponent, ends up having to hold down his possessed friend. (Yuuya no-)

  • He and a bunch of others keep Yuuya in check until he passes out and come to his senses--but after that it's time to deal with the non-competitors they saw earlier too.

  • Gon goes with Yuuya to find their other friend, Yuzu, to warn her--finds 'Yuzu' battling those non-competitors with a bunch of competitors.

  • He goes and joins the fight, taking the penalty LIKE A BOSS before giving everyone just what they need to win BECAUSE HE IS GREAT AT TEAMWORK.

  • Since they all won they go to watch Yuuya, who went to duel their (not so friendly) friend Sora; but the Battle Royale ends before it wraps up, so Sora teleports the heck out.

  • Gon finds out Yuzu is not Yuzu. She's some chick named Serena--Yuzu's missing, and now there's a war and hey Gon you're a Lancer now. Also your friend is now heartbroken.


Gongenzaka can be described as a 'large teddybear' for various reasons, chief of which is his kindness. Imposing as he appears, he is one who finds needless fights 'unforgivable!', viewing the targeting of weak to be dishonorable and 'unmanly'. He may not view pity as a strong trait, but one can't say he isn't sympathetic to those who are in danger. He sticks his neck out to protect those he cares about without question, often becoming so wrapped up in worry for them that it cripples his personal judgment.

As a student of the 'Gongenzaka Steadfast Style Dojo', there is a particular regimen and set of beliefs which contribute heavily to Gon's personality; he's one who believes in a steadfast spirit, unflinching in the face of what comes. There are times when this falters, such as while consumed with worry for others, but beyond this Gongenzaka is able to remain sternly focused on what is important, observing and learning in a fight in order to skillfully counter. He trains diligently to hone his strength and spirit, and when he feels his own limit is reached, he's humble enough to realize that another—even a former opponent—is one from whom it is worth honorably requesting assistance. Such exchanges are not treated lightly; his respect is such that he will literally bow on his knees before them.

Steadfast as he is in his beliefs, he is also flexible; recognizing his own faults and preparing to accept them in order to make effort to overcome them. He also seems to enact good judgment surrounding the flaws of others close to him; he recognized that Yuuya's own attitudes after the cancelled duel against Reiji were in poor taste for example, and, realizing that Yuuya's teacher Shuzo, wished to duel sense into Yuuya, did not intervene—instead aiding Shuzo's actions. Furthermore, looking upon the practices of his own duel school, he recognized that their current methods could not remain exactly the same over the course of time and made efforts to not only train himself but also create a technique that meshed with existing style.

In addition to his steadfastness, there is a strong belief in acting as a 'true man', fighting 'man to man' 'fair and square', with no holding back regardless of the opponent--as he himself states, to pity the opponent or hold back against them is to show a lack of respect, which is reflected in his deck--it is 100% composed of monster cards, reflecting his personal emphasis in trust and belief in both friends, and his deck. He holds great care for the rights and opinions of others, with even deeper care for those close to him. What matters most is the emotional and physical for Gongenzaka after all, with the wellbeing of his friends placed far ahead of his own. Even his speech carries this--others have noted his phrasing and speech patterns to sometimes be 'old man-like', and his emphasis on the importance of honorifics carrying a strong effort to respect and extend politeness to others.

This sense of care toward others can perhaps backfire on him; he's been shown to be quite selfless in a team match, defending his partner against otherwise unfair strikes without flinching, and then with his own loss passing the baton to them with absolute faith. He has even taken pillars across his back for the sake of his friends, and while his strength has shouldered this damage thus far, there is no doubt that he would risk his very life or even sacrifice it if it meant the chance his friend would survive.

Stern as Gongenzaka is, he's also incredibly emotive. Seriousness has its place, and outside such situations--and to an extent, during--his expressions are wild and varied. Speaking for the 'serious' aspects, Gon's expressions of sternness or dedication can be misinterpreted by some as anger, eyebrows furrowing deeply, and face drawn tight. True rage, for Gongenzaka, carries volume--moreover, it's against the 'Steadfast Style' to let such rage loose; unless already provoked into panic, Gongenzaka channels his anger into his dueling, and doing what is right. He speaks firmly, never backing down—and if angered, it's likely tied to the honor or wellbeing of his friends and affiliated belongings (such as You Show, Yuuya's school), or matters of dishonor displayed by others (Notable examples including the behavior of Ankokuji, Himika's actions toward You-Show, and most recently, Sora turning people into cards.).

Regarding Gongenzaka's actions toward his personal, more emotive self, he has been seen easily becoming flustered and irritated over matters that rudely catch him off guard, before swiftly calming himself from the shock. In such states, he tends to either stutter or lose his words--examples of such cases are first where he was referred to as an outsider in response to the offer to aid You-Show in a demonstration match (an example of his flustered state, likely because the most on the line was his own excitement--which left him protesting as he was forced out the exit), and then later when the same term was used to shut him out from a competition to decide You-Show's fate (which notably bears the question of honor attached, and is a case where his fluster was accompanied by stuttering red-faced protest).

In addition to fluster he expresses excitement, and elation, openly. Beyond a wide smile, events which are particularly moving--the recovery of a friend, a friend's success over a pivotal match, scenes of dramatic exchanges of strength/will—can bring Gongenzaka to tears, with him often specifically pulling Yuuya close for a crushing embrace if the matter concerns him. Not to say that he does not have subdued ways of displaying this excitement—seconds before one such crushing hug, he had smiled proudly, shaking hands with his friend. Such a smile is one that he displays almost constantly when watching his friends duel to their fullest, both out of the desire to cheer them onward, and recognition that they have a burning spirit driving them.

Though he cries in moments of emotional movement or happiness, he doesn't seem to cry when he's sad; his sadness is the quietest emotion he displays, seen in silence, and it may even be that we have not seen him properly sad in series--each time it can clearly be seen, the emotion is coupled with panic, worry, or perhaps even shame for himself and his perceived weakness.

Weakness, to Gongenzaka, is 'unforgivable' within his practice. As noted above, he will go so far as to humbly request instruction from his enemy if he feels that their knowledge and strength is the key to moving on. His exclamations, serious or not, carry volume and presence with them, many of them speaking of typically 'masculine' traits--a burning spirit, a look in a duelist's eyes; a "request of a fellow man", a steeled heart, and so on. In some ways, particularly coupled with his ever constant 'I, the man, Gongenzaka!', this manner of speaking can be considered dramatic, but they are things which Gongenzaka speaks of with no shame, meaning every word from the bottom of his heart.

In summation, Gongenzaka has a heart of gold, and a soul of iron. He is fiercely protective of his friends' honor and wellbeing, fighting for them all while respecting their true strengths. He recognizes where their strengths may falter, actively making motions (passive or otherwise) to help them overcome this; he recognizes where interference or space is needed, and acts upon these decisions whole-heartedly. More importantly he is able to identify where his own strength is lacking, bearing the humility needed to ask others for assistance. He has little patience for acts of brutishness and dishonor, and treats his opponents with respect by battling with all his power; responding to such 'unforgivable' acts with a determination to overcome those people in a proper fight, his words uttered as firmly as his stance upon the ground.

To those close to him, he expresses great joy over their success, often moved to tears by their words and actions--he even pulls his best friend into crushing hugs at times, though a handshake is the more 'manly' of options he uses. To cheer on his friends needs no such holds barred however, and he will openly proclaim his support for them. While he can grow momentarily flustered when confused or caught off guard (one notable instance being when his attempts to figure out a dire situation between three others consistently ended in 'nonsense'), he does his absolute best to make sense of the situation before him and adapt to it, remaining absolutely steadfast in the face of adversary. True, he may falter in this due to concern for his friends--to a near fatal extent in fact, with such worries consuming his focus--but in the end, he believes in his friends as much as the monsters in his deck; carrying for them an unwavering faith that always pulls through.

Gem Considerations: 'Hematite'

In the simplest form of Symbolism, Hematite is connected to grounding, manifestation, protection, and focus. It harmonizes mind, body, and spirit together, allowing one to live in balance.

It's also very yang-affiliated (Rather appropriate for THE MAN, GONGENZAKA), and is seen to help come ot terms with mistakes while accepting them as learning experiences. Stimulating concentration and focus, it seems to, for the most part, have effects harmonious with Gongenzaka's personality; already brimming with courage and will, it does however, also promote the pursuit of more intellectual fields. As such, he may find himself dedicating his efforts not merely toward his usual dueling and protective measures, but also to more technical studies. Additionally, as the stone is thought to have a particularly strong protective quality in the case of timid folk, he may find himself a little more intune to those who are in need of protection.

Located above the Heart, this stone's position not only becomes appropriate to the character (with his steadfast soul, his dedication and emotion being such a huge part of him), but also to the gem itself. Hematite is additionally associated with blood, and in fact dyes water with the colour red when certain varieties are immersed in it.

Power considerations:
  • Healing

  • Damage Mirroring

  • Weapon Materialization: (Semi-size altering shield, rectangular)


So ahahahah having powers AT ALL is going to be super new for Gongenzaka that's for sure; part of him is going to certainly want to master them, at least enough that he doesn't cause any harm to anyone, the other part is. Definitely going to be rather worried about it overall. That said, he is Gongenzaka, and he is STEADFAST-! He will prevail, and learn, because it's important! Yes!

More on the powers themselves now. Hematite, in addition to being associated with blood, is also associated with purifying blood. However, since the gem is also thought to heal the spirit, I've decided that healing here is a rather emotionally related ability; rather than healing major wounds or similar, he'll gain the ability to calm people by touching them and focusing. Now, technically, this works by gradually slowing the heartrate to a more regular pace--reduce the stress, the panic, etc etc...so he could probably heal a good number of other things provided it was connected to the heart rate, or the flow of blood! (For now though, it starts out as an emotional point, what with him already having served this role a few times in canon by holding his friend back.)

Damage mirroring is something that will be linked very specifically to his shield; in canon, Gongenzaka utilizes a 'monsters only' deck in Duel Monsters ('Yu-Gi-Oh!' IRL); these monsters focus for the most part on using their defense as their offense, and can be summoned in defense mode as part of this. Thus, rather than simply protecting others with his shield, Gongenzaka will be able to store power absorbed by it, and then in turn reflect it back. Eventually, this will extend to solid weapons and attacks as well, actually creating solid holograms to deal similar damage back! (It's going to take a lot of practice and learning to get there however.)

Tied into damage mirroring, is his weapon, a large manipulative shield; needless to say, if Gongenzaka does not have his shield out, he will not be mirroring any damage; as such, both the summoning of the weapon, and the mirroring of damage, will begin as the mere power of weapon summoning.

Sample: Here! (Note: The test thread here was created before certain questions concerning Gongenzaka's gem were answered; hopefully this does not pose any issue in the legitimacy this thread holds as a sample.)






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