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And the temperature sinks . . . [Feb. 15th, 2005|04:11 pm]
Scarlet Shinra
I just passed Professor Hojo in the hallway on the sixty-second floor. I have been described as chilly, but that man makes even me shudder. Something about him has always really put me off, even when he was young. I think I must have met him when I was about four years old, when he was an apprentice to Gast. Gast was always friendly enough to Fussy and I when we were toddering around the building, but Hojo looked at us like we were in his way. Which, to be fair, I'm sure we were, but it takes a special kind of nerve to behave coldy toward the children of the man who funds your entire research program. Normally that would infuriate the boss man . . . of course, we all know Father, and Hojo is still here, which is telling.

I think part of what has always made me nervous about him is his affiliation with the late Sephiroth. What that affiliation was exactly is vague at best, but there are rumors . . . I'll say that I'm not surprised that a person who spent so much of his youth in the company of Hojo turned into a homicidal lunatic, and leave it at that.

As for Sephiroth, most of my memories of him involve the girls at my boarding school gossiping about him when his career was first taking off, during the war. His pictures were always in the paper, and he was very beautiful. Though I lived in the same building with him until I was six, I only saw him once. I was ten years old, home from school for one of the company 'balls' that some of the older Shinra staff may remember from the earlier years. I remember pointing him out to Fus - he was sitting across the room, silent and still, looking morose. He was young, and nothing like the mammoth warrior he later became - he looked rather fragile. I think I must have wanted to talk to him, but he had such a presense (or promise) among the Shinra people that it was far too intimidating.

I can't help but think that maybe the 'Sephiroth project' wouldn't have failed so spectacularly if Gast had been left in charge. I wonder why he left, and where he is now. All Father would ever say is that he 'went North,' whatever that means. I remember the day of his disappearance very specifically, though I was young, maybe only three or four years old. I wasn't allowed to leave my room all day, and I was locked in there not only with Nanny but with Fus, who was an infant and wailing constantly. There was a lot of commotion all night long.

It's funny, the things you remember about your childhood . . . but enough time wasted thinking about the past. Back to work.
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Night walks [Feb. 14th, 2005|08:29 am]
Scarlet Shinra
Anyone who resides in Shinra Tower has probably seen me wandering around at night. I don't suffer from insomnia; I'm usually just thinking about a work-related problem - a little stroll can help clear the cobwebs out of my mind.

In the process, I'm always finding places that I hadn't known about in little corners of the building. It's funny, because I've lived here for almost four years now, not to mention the time I spent here as a child. Last night I happened to find myself on the thirty-seventh floor, which is apparently where Shinra's lawyers reside. We have quite an arsenal of them, the best in the country, I imagine. Father wouldn't accept anything less, of course.

Their facilities are really very beautiful. State of the art computers, dark oak for the desks, and towering bookshelves in their cozy little reference library. I usually spend my research time in the executive libraries on the sixty-second floor, if not doing practical work in the lab. I can't say the law books really helped further any of my own research, but they were interesting to peruse . . . it's a talent I can't really imagine having, being able to argue well enough to persuade someone to change their mind, to see things my way. Even if the facts are on my side, I tend to lose my cool if I have to explain them to someone who doesn't easily comprehend that they are. I think this is a trait I've inherited from my father. Fussy has always been much better at keeping his head when his authority is questioned - or at least at appearing to.

Speaking of the men in my life, I haven't seen either in a few days. We have an executive meeting coming up this week, so I'll see Father there - who knows if Fus will show up or not. I have no idea how things are between them these days; I can't remember the last time I saw them in the same room together. Sometimes at night I sit in my apartment and listen for signs of them in their adjoining residences . . . last night someone took a shower, doors were open and shut, and one of them was playing opera.

It's a bit lonely at the top of Shinra Tower, to be cliche. I'll admit that sometimes, in my night walking, I'm not just looking for interesting cranies of the building or trying to get the blood pumping so I can come up with solutions to ballistics engineering problems - I also venture out of my office and apartment seeking conversation. Last night I ended up talking to that security guard on the sixty-third floor, as usual.

Sigh.

Back to the grind, as it were. I'm heading down to the weapons drafting room and I'll be there until lunch, if anyone should need to see me.
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An Introduction, OOC [Feb. 7th, 2005|04:33 pm]
Scarlet Shinra
Hello everyone! I just wanted to briefly introduce my Scarlet. I guess I should start out by saying that, with the mods' blessing, I'll be playing her as President Shinra's daughter and Rufus's sister. My reasoning behind this 'twist' is that this is the way I've always written her in fanfiction - it just seems to make sense. In the game, whenever we see the other Shinra execs around President Shinra or Rufus they seem nervous, on edge, and they're usually biting their tounges in favor of protesting some policy or decision. Scarlet, on the other hand, seems relaxed and open around both of them. This, in combination with what I always perceived as a signifigant age difference between she and the other execs, gave me the idea that she might be Shinra's daughter, or at least that it would work well. It opens up the possibility for some new drama, and really makes me enjoy writing both she and President Shinra a lot more (let's face it, Rufus was always fun to write!).

You can read the below history and character profile, but to make a long story short: my Scarlet is a lonely workaholic. She feels she has to overcompensate because she's afraid others will assume that she got her position with Shinra because of her family connection. She loves her father dearly, and is concerned about his obsession with the Promised Land and his growning faith in the unorthodox methods of Professor Hojo. She has a good relationship with her brother (pending the Rufus player's approval, ha), but there is a competitive tension between them.

She has the beginnings of a crush on Tseng; he reminds her a lot of herself, almost to an irritating degree. She pretends to find Reno and Rude's antics very annoying, but is actually amused by them, and when she comes down to the Turks' Employee Lounge to "get coffee" she's often really looking for some entertainment. She incorrectly calls Elena her secretary, which, I imagine, will annoy Elena greatly (I'd like to consult with her player about that sometime!). Heidegger and Palmer annoy her; she's well aware that they'd both like to see her gone. Professor Hojo frightens her; she fears that he's taking her father for an expensive ride, possibly taking advantage of his slipping sanity. Reeve's sincerity gets on her nerves.

I think I've covered all the major characters. Anyway, those are the relationships as I envision them now - if they conflict with anyone's characterization please let me know and we'll work it out.

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Also: if anyone has any doujinshi scans or artwork of Scarlet that they'd like to let me use for icons, that would be great! I take it that's the method we're using in this community, rather than making icons of celebrities or whatnot?
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