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Revised his history and personality descriptions and his likes and dislikes. Also added his priorities.Name:
Meredith Real Name:
Shang Hua 商华Style Name:
Bo Xi 伯熙Age:
Leslie (younger brother), Shang Zhang (father)Theme Songs: Her Sigh
, The Seven Travelers
, The Three IslandsAbilities:
Meredith uses magic based on the five Chinese elements. He can do a little bit of everything, but doesn't excel in any particular field. Only one type of magic can be used at a time.
-Fire magic conjures firewalls up to 7 feet tall in straight lines or encircling him. Beware, as this DOES set things ablaze. Firewalls disappear instantly if he switches elements.
-Water magic heals minor wounds (cuts, bruises, scrapes). He supplements his magical treatments with an expansive stock of medicines.
-Earth magic raises dirt walls up to 5 inches thick for defense. The amount of hits they can absorb depends on the quality of the soil (soft soils will take fewer hits than harder ones). He must be standing on top of or in contact with dirt for this to work. Earth walls disappear instantly if he switches elements.
-Metal magic controls weapons via levitation. At least one of his hands must be free to use this ability. A flying spear is his weapon of choice, but he can control metallic weaponry that isn't currently being wielded by someone else (e.g. he can't pull a sword from someone's hands, but he can pick it up if it falls to the ground). Only one type of weapon or one-handed shield be controlled at a time. Heavier equipment like giant greatswords and maces can't be controlled using this method.
-Wood magic detects useful items and materials. The spells only tell him the location of items, not why they're important or valuable. He mostly uses this to find rare herbs for medicine, though he'll sometimes find an odd artifact or two.
Since he relies so much on magic, his physical strength leaves much to be desired--he can only withstand a few melee hits. He doesn't have any training in wielding weapons without the use of metal magic, either. The most he would be able to do is swing them around randomly or hold onto them while switching elements.
-He always carries a spear and shield with him when out in the field.
-Meredith can make basic medicines to heal minor wounds (the same types of wounds as with Water magic). For more powerful remedies, he takes the raw materials he finds to specialists.History:
Meredith is the eldest son of Shang Zhang, a fairly successful merchant from the Amahara Gardens. He was training to continue the family trade until the raging war took its toll on their business. Fewer travelers passed through the area as the surrounding regions became more dangerous. Even though Shang Zhang stabilized their income by expanding their business to cover military supplies, bandits were still a huge problem. At the behest of his father, Meredith joined the Earthran army to support their efforts in returning peace to the land.Personality:
To make things easier for his clients and friends, he just goes by Meredith. Only people from his home region would use his style name.
Meredith is quiet and reserved, not going out of his way to speak with people unless it's about something work-related. He only opens up to acquaintances and close friends, being polite yet distant to everyone else.
He is very dedicated to his work, stopping at nothing until the job is done. More often than not, he'll lose track of time and of what's going on around him. He stays calm in stressful situations, carefully analyzing everything before coming up with a solution.
However, everything changes when it involves his family. He becomes even more silent and distant whenever his brother is around, mostly because anything he does try to say is quickly drowned out by Leslie's incessant babbling. Meredith quietly endures the pain and tries to ignore the chatterbox. If that wasn't bad enough, he always ends up having to save his brother from his own messes. He hasn't yet lost his patience, but there's a first time for everything...
Meredith's relationship with his father is just as troubled. He feels that he must obey his father no matter what. Any objections he does have wind up falling on deaf ears. He didn't want to join the army, but had to for the sake of revitalizing their business and protecting their homeland.
Nevertheless, Meredith is still loyal to his family and will do anything to protect them.
Meredith prefers to spend his free time alone, isolating himself to continue his merchanteering studies. He's confident in his book knowledge, but relies on it almost to a fault due to his limited field experience. On the rare occasion he does venture outside, he'll either be at the local tea house or out in the field searching for materials.
He doesn't like fighting and tries to avoid conflict if possible, but will defend himself if attacked. First he'll use ranged magic attacks, and if those don't work he'll switch to his flying spear.Priorities:
Family > Close Friends > Work and Studying > Friends and Acquaintances > Everything else > His own health and well-beingLikes:
-Successfully making a sale
-Collecting materials and items to sell
-Peace and quiet
-Fighting without a good reason
-Wasting things (food, money, etc.)
-Being mistaken for a woman
-Bandits and thieves
Character drawn and colored in PaintToolSAI