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Adhara

Maker:
Fantasia
Head Sculpt:
Vivian
Skintone:
Normal
Body:
Impldoll Realskin Starwoman MGB
Sex:
Female
  • Face-up artist(s):
    Raentheria
    Date of acquisition:
    Sep 14, 2017 (head), 1/12/2019 (body)
    Provenance:
    Head purchased secondhand on DoA, body c/o a local dealer
    Reason for choice:
    I needed an angular-looking female sculpt with realism that could match the Granado aesthetic
    Best Points:
    Head: very interesting face, to say the least
    Body: lovely resin color, great quality and poseability for the price
    Worst Points:
    The shoulders are quite wide. I personally don't mind it, but I can see how this would be an issue for some people. The torso part could also use some modding so as to further increase the posing capacity of the shoulder joints.
    Character was originally shelled as an Impldoll Azalea -- many of her pictures as such are still around.
  • Eyes:
    Silent Paradise FF17
    Wig:
    Handmade by yours truly
    Favourite colours:
    Red and black
    Fashion style(s):
    East Asian traditional, fantasy
  • Name story:
    Literally meaning "virgins" in Arabic, Adhara is also Epsilon Canis Majoris, the second brightest star of Canis Major. Her adoptive father first heard it from Arab sailors on the port and liked its sound, but his wife hated the thought of their stepdaughter having a "barbarian" name. To her dismay, the little child ended up answering more to "Adhara" than "Kaguya", but Kaguya -- "radiance" -- still became her legal name.

    Ozaki, or Osaki, refers to a weasel-like supernatural creature, not unlike a kitsune. Not native to Nagasaki, it used to be a derogatory nickname to emphasize her (and her adoptive parents') foreignness.
    Character age:
    Physically appears to be in the mid-twenties, but is much older than she looks
    Character gender:
    Ambisexual, but appears as female
    Offsite roleplay:
    This doll's character is not available for offsite roleplay.
    Detailed family tree here.

    Decades prior to the rise of the Tokugawa, Adhara was found as an infant by a childless couple who were barely scraping a living as itinerant peddlers. It was obvious to them that their adopted daughter was of supernatural origin: she played with fire and wind, and had even transformed into a beautiful feathered serpent several times. However, any inconveniences these entailed were offset by the unusual amount of luck that came their way, seemingly attached to the child. They became well-off enough to settle permanently in Nagasaki, where the flow of foreign goods was irresistible.

    The little family's quick rise in fortunes brought about rumors that they were keeping spirit weasels (osaki/ozaki) picked up during their travels, or that their daughter was one (or possessed by one), thus giving them the nickname which morphed into a surname of sorts. Even though the couple knew full well that this wasn't true, they did little to dispel the rumors so as to draw social outcasts and misfits to their side. Thus protected by superstition (and actual supernatural forces through Adhara), the Ozaki syndicate grew into a feared force in the Nagasaki underworld. But the fact that she was not human, and that she had no idea why she was seemingly abandoned by her own kind, was always at the back of Adhara's mind.

    When she first encountered Zhèng Guórén, a Han Chinese-Portuguese child who was trapped in Japan due to unfortunate circumstances, he was a scrawny street urchin with distinctive teal eyes and she had the appearance of a teenage girl (but was far older). Despite the age and social gap, they took a liking to each other. The young boy eventually trusted her enough to share his wish to be the best of the group of men he both feared and idolized: the police force who had once or twice beaten him on the street. Their meetings didn't last long, but it won't be the last time they saw each other -- in fact, she would later give him two children, a daughter (Kokiden) and a son (Kokichi).

    Note: Adhara's father was from the brood of Quetzalcoatl, and her mother was one of the kami birthed by Amaterasu from Susanoo's sword (who was later rejected by both). Adhara herself didn't make a big deal of this prestigious heritage, and rather preferred to distance herself from it due to how her birth mother was treated. Nonetheless, her estranged grandson (from her legal spouse) would later use it to boost his own status. The fact that Adhara favored another person as her successor, and the unexpected birth of her children fathered by Guórén, would set in motion a power struggle within the proto-yakuza collective. This would claim the lives of both Adhara's daughter Kokiden and Guórén's mother Fēiyàn.

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