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January 22, 2008, 6:24 pm

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Miyagi Mei

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The daughter of a long line of Shinto priestesses, Mei has sworn to protect her adopted city of Washington from the dark godlings that infest it, feeding upon the greed and lust of those who live there. There’s just one little hitch…

Appearance
A younger woman, of obviously Asian descent, Mai’s limp, straight black hair and round, moon-like face are almost utterly unremarkable, noticeable only in comparison to the multi-racial sea around her.

Her clothing, too, is often unremarkable, the common plain shirt and jeans worn by so many other Americans, though she tends towards vivid, even iridescent colors in her dress. What does stand out, from time to time, however, is the pendant that hands from her neck at all times, only occasionally visible over clothing. It is a six-pointed star of gold inside a circle of silver kanji, declaring to those few who can read the archaic script her rightful position as a shrine-attendant of Atsuta.

History/Background
Born in Kyoto, Japan, to a family that had been attending to the Atsuta shrine there for many, many generations, Mei’s education as a child was somewhat unusual, containing as it did the many rituals and introductions to the occult that she would need to take up her later duty as a Shrine Maiden. Having shown a great aptitude for the knowledge, if not the practical portions, her Grandfather dipped deeper and deeper into the well of his own knowledge to teach her.

All of this, however, ceased shortly before her twenty-first birthday. In a fit of rebellion against her appointed position, she ran away with a man, a USAF officer who was reassigned to Washington, D.C. shortly after his wedding to Mei.

D.C, however, proved to be a frightful place for Mei, filled as it was with filled with spirits of greed, lust, and even terror, and it was one of these, she determined, that possessed a young thug one night and killed her beloved husband. She would see it through, using her proceeds from his insurance and pension, that D.C. was purged of these things. But she could not do it alone.

To that end, Mei has opened a shop in a small corner, not far from the National Park, where she sells trinkets to both tourists and locals. However, unlike the average ‘occult shop’, Mei’s trinkets, when held and used with belief, actually work. It is her hope, that by blanketing the city with enough of these, the containment of the spiritual menace can begin, and that later, she can find heroes to deal with the worst pockets of evil.

A small shrine to the local gods of politics and people is maintained at the back of her shop, and it is there that she recruits (relatively) friendly spirits to grant her trinkets power.

Roleplaying Notes
Because of the combination of her training and the vast gulf between her and her homeland, Mei can appeal to the spirits of this place, but she is unable to use any of the magic items they may bless for her herself - Though they hear her cries, she is a foreigner to them, and they will not grant her power. Because of this, she is forced to use her customers to get the job done.

Mei may serve as a source of occult knowledge and spiritual guidance to the PCs, but it is likely that she will have tasks for them to do in return for that knowledge…



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Voted Cheka Man
January 22, 2008, 20:28
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Great for a modern game. Of course New York would be full of foul spirits.
Voted valadaar
January 23, 2008, 12:27
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Neat - though the premise of her being a foreigner being significant to spirits seems a little forced.
MoonHunter
January 24, 2008, 11:54
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It really does not see forced to me. It is just not explained well.

Her "spirit" is actually "claimed" by the spirits of her Shrine. In short, she has a spirit "nametag". Thus, to the spirits of this place, she is "not their responsibility". If she was just from "somewhere else" the spirits of this place would, though the reverse might not be true. These spirits are used to the polypop of DC.

The local spirits of the some other place might not like foreigners (they of inappopriate blood). "The local gods won't work for you," as some Shinto Priests might say.

Of course, she does not identify with the region of DC "as her own". That alone could cause some of the interference.
Voted Ancient Gamer
January 24, 2008, 2:01
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I agree with Valadaar.

In the end this little NPCs is short and sweet. Its all I need as a GM, really. That is great.

Bonus .5 for making her believable.

4.5/5

Okay, NPC review over.
Voted MoonHunter
January 24, 2008, 12:00
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I am a big fan of Urban Fantasy and Modern Fantasy characters and books. Thus how could I not just gush over the character.

*gush*gush*gush*

Okay one complaint... The juxtoposition of the I am plain and I am vivid or the non descript, but I show up in the multiracial sea did not work for me. Nice idea, did not execute well.
Voted manfred
January 24, 2008, 17:30
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Another try: maybe she looks unassuming and average for the common man - but not for those with The Sight.

A good NPC for urban fantasy indeed.
Voted MysticMoon
April 18, 2011, 6:55
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I have always liked the concept of the genius loci, especially as portrayed in Shintoism. Good sub.

It might be good to clarify the limitations on receiving help from the local spirits. Is it because, as Moon says, she is already claimed? Must someone be born in DC and be specially trained? Or, would it be limited to descendants of the original tribes of the area?

Voted Mourngrymn
April 18, 2011, 9:05
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I find modern and urban fantasy hard to relate to personally, however I find that she is a breathing and believable person and could become a quest hub for budding spirit hunters.

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