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Taikari Sanhea is a mercenary and the former key member of the Hopebringers. Following the deaths of her former leader and her crush, she retired from the team's ranks, and is currently finding work as a law enforcement officer while trying to figure out what she, or anyone, can do to stop Tobura.

Appearance

Taikari is a woman of average stature who wears her black hair in a short cut. Her expression is usually stern and cold. However, all this is rarely seen, since she is almost never seen without armor on due to insecurities and paranoia. In the rare instances where she isn't wearing her armor, she's usually wearing a bulletproofed vest or similar protective gear, along with at least one gauntlet from her armor.

Personality

In her early years, Taikari was a brutal and merciless person, with no qualms about betraying and manipulating those around her to achieve her goals. To this day, she still retains something of a violent streak, and is prone to lashing out when she needs to relieve herself of pent-up rage. Her time as a hero mellowed her out a little, but she retains a cold, stern outlook and a preference for more underhanded tactics.

A life spent surrounded by danger has left her paranoid about her personal safety - something which was enhanced after the events in the Ring of Blood - and she tends to get skittish and easily startled when she doesn't have at least some form of weaponry and armor. The last outing of the Hopebringers also instilled an overwhelming sense of pessimism and skepticism in her. Though she still does her best to make the galaxy a better place, she has trouble believing that anyone can do anything about larger threats such as Tobura, and is prone to doubting the validity of legends about ultra-powerful weapons or god-like beings (like, for example, the Titan).

Abilities

Most of Taikari's combat abilities come in the form of her suit of armor. It has always been a state-of-the-art killing machine, but since becoming an officer of the law, she has augmented it with new features that grant it options for nonlethal takedowns when needed.

  • Flamethrower: The flamethrowers on either one of Taikari's wrists can unleash streams of flame, igniting her surroundings.
    • Red Flame: Taikari's flamethrowers can also fire Red Energy flames, which cause burning pain without dealing any actual damage. Ideal for nonlethal combat.
    • Blue Flame: Taikari's flamethrowers can also fire Blue Energy flames, which crystallize over time to lock enemies in place. Ideal for nonlethal combat.
  • Nanite Weapon Assembly: Taikari can use a swarm of nanites housed inside of the suit to create either nonlethal or lethal weapons in the middle of combat. She can only form the nanites into weaponry that she has downloaded schematics for into her armor, meaning she's unable to just conjure whatever weapon she wants in the middle of combat. Additionally, if she is separated from a nanite weapon, she won't be able to use those nanites in assembling future weaponry, preventing her from creating bigger or more complicated weapons unless she can retrieve them.
    • Dual Pistols: Taikari's preferred weaponry is a pair of lightweight blaster pistols. They're small and simple enough to be usable even with a minimal supply of nanites, but highly accurate and deceptively powerful.
    • Force Blaster: A short, shotgun-like weapon that fires off an explosion of energy from its barrel. Perfect for warding nearby enemies away.
    • Darwinian Assault Weapon: An energy rifle with both semi- and fully-automatic firing modes. It can be further augmented mid-fight by using additional nanites to create a scope, tripod, or other attachment.
    • RPG: A large rocket launcher with a sci-fi aesthetic. Since this weapon fires solid rounds instead of energy blasts, it depletes Taikari's nanite supply with each use, so she saves this for particularly durable targets.


History

Early Life

Taikari was born to two soldiers of Neolight Station's military. However, they had debts to a gang in the city that were left unpaid, eventually leading to them being murdered in front of a six-year-old Taikari. She'd be scarred by these events, and would run away from home. Eventually, a mercenary for hire found her while on the job and took her in, for he also had a score to settle with this gang.

Taikari learned various combat skills from her adoptive father, culminating in her realizing that the only way to live in the Zalvar sector was to take shit from nobody and to always be prepared for a fight. She'd keep these skills in mind as she entered the world of mercenary work, and would eventually take on a job to kill her adoptive father. Thanking him for his lessons, she'd kill him simply because of the lessons he taught her: to always take on jobs that pay well. He'd understand the situation knowing what he'd taught Taikari.

The Silent Scythe

As she took on more jobs, Taikari would make a name for herself. People called her the "Silent Scythe" due to her tendency to take out her foes quickly and violently. Whenever she entered bars, people would pick fights with her due to them recognizing her armor. All of them would fail to defeat her and would suffer immense injuries. Taikari would also attract the attention of numerous gangs throughout the sector who sought to kill her due to her tendency to kill the people that offer her jobs should they offer a bad deal.

At some point, Taikari stole a cargo ship and began to outfit it with weaponry, so that she could utilize it for space-based jobs.

Zalvar Online

Taikari would pick up a job to obtain some information from pirates on Scakomia, before finding out it concerned a desert planet with ruins on it. Believing that the ruins could hold valuable goods, she betrayed her employer and decided to visit the planet. On the way, she was confronted by her rival Kalgosh, but the two of them both crashed on the planet.

On this planet, known as Keranor, Taikari formed a team to find the ruins, consisting of the Catonea grenadier Keraniza, the saff sniper Gralnin, and the volant warrior Zerrik. The group would stumble upon Kalgosh and some allies of his on the way, but would leave them for dead, with Taikari in particular dealing with Kalgosh. Within the ruins, a robot was reactivated, and the group would later decide to bring it to its original owners.

However, Taikari's group was later intercepted by the Circle of Shadows, who Kalgosh was now the leader of unbeknownst to them. They'd try to evade the Circle, but would later confront them on the planet Wyunvar. There, Kalgosh, now known as the Soul Grazer, would face off against Taikari, but she'd escape and join the Vanguard of Spirits as a general.

In The Shadow Of An Empire

Taikari firmly established herself as one of the Vanguard's finest generals, winning many key battles. Her team would later be assigned to bringing the krexxon empire into the war, leading to a journey to Krexxak itself. Despite managing to get on the emperor's good side, the krexxon empire had been plunged into civil war, thanks to the Circle of Shadows's meddling. The Circle wanted the location of a planet that held a zalvosh superweapon. Said planet was actually Ascerth.

Taikari would forge a close bond with Keraniza during this time as they fought against the Circle of Shadows, primarily the Soul Grazer's five lieutenants known as the Acolytes of Nihility. During a pitched battle, the Acolytes would manage to secure Ascerth's location, leaving Taikari and the rest of the Vanguard to try and stop their plans.

Hour of Reckoning: Part 1

Taikari was present as the main leader of the Vanguard of Spirits' ground forces on Ascerth, helping to secure the superweapon.

Ghost Story and its aftermath

TBA!

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Trivia

  • Taikari was inspired by both Samus and Fera, as well as Boba Fett from the Star Wars franchise.
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