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What does your character's Semblance express?
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:53:54 PM »
So with S5 EP4 out for all, we now know a bit more about the logic and theory behind Semblances. To quote Lie Ren:

A common philosophy is that a warrior's Semblance is a part of who they are.
Some say your personality and character can define your Semblance, while some claim that it's the other way around.
Of course, there are still many who don't see a connection at all.

The episode goes on to discuss how Semblances get unlocked -- intense stress, being struck by lightning, that sort of thing -- and that they can even evolve over time. Until this episode we've all been pretty much in the dark about the rules and nature of Semblances, so now that we know a bit more it's good to evaluate the Semblances our characters have and talk about the basis, unlocking experience, etc. Some profiles already have the info, sure, but one way or another it's an interesting and telling aspect of character creation. (And I'm totally not trying to give Vision more data or anything... ^_^;)

So, what does your characters' Semblances express about them, and how did they unlock this distinctive power?
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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 04:10:42 PM »
Sophea: Her semblance speaks to her meticulousness. She discovered it while getting the vitals of a patient.

Mao: Hereditary unfortunately. Hasn't been unlocked.

Aurelia: Her semblance speaks to her resilience (even if she wouldn't admit it herself). Unlocked when she encountered an opponent stronger than her at combat school.

Izumi: Her semblance speaks to her internal explosiveness (despite being fairly calm to the rest of the world). Unlocked during a sparring session with her foster father.

Airi: Her semblance represents her desire to rise above those around her. Unlocked shortly after entering school under the Bicardi name.

Avery: His semblance represents his desire to drag people down to his level. Unlocked after he bombed out of a tournament.

Yu: His semblance speaks to his creativeness. Unlocked during training at combat school.

Suna: His semblance represents his desire to discover (what may be buried beneath the sand). Unlocked during an adventure as a child.
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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 04:12:12 PM »
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Shiro and Blanc are waiting for my rework, so I'm pretty sure I'll be changing things, that's why I won't be talking about them. Valentine is waiting for approval but I'm certain most things will stay the same way, so I'll talk about her instead..


Valentine's Semblance was unlocked when her parents were killed in front of her by criminals. She suffered a psychotic break when she was unable to process the death of her family members, and  it was her brain's way of protecting her sanity. To a degree. She didn't want to believe her parents were dead so she made the corpses into Marionettes with her Semblance to trick herself.

Since her Semblance has to do with blood, it also symbolises that people are able to experience pain if you think of wounds, which ironically she is unable to feel anymore.
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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 06:15:59 PM »
Gray Speaks to his aggressive nature by dropping his greatest defense in exchange for boosting his offensive capabilities. Unlocked during his time in the White Fang when he was at his most willing to hurt people.

Alizarin Tie to personality unknown. Discovered with his method of keeping safe by means of making others afraid.

Cerulean Speaks to his own self reliance. Rather than having an ally in another person he fights alongside another of himself. Discovered during a sparring match at Signal.

Fallow Further ties to dust. Dust was his whole life so it didn't surprise anyone that his semblance would be dust based. Discovered at home prior to working with criminals.

Revya Speaks to the numerous defining moments in his life when he was forced to be a passive observer. His semblance temporarily forces the same helplessness upon the victim. Discovered after learning of his brother's demise.

Sandy Speaks to his roots as a scavenger and even more specifically his experience of being ambushed by Shenzi. Discovered while training at Oasis.
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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 06:30:54 PM »
Nathan: His absolute will. If he sets out to do something at all cost, nothing will be able to stop him.

Camelia: Her generic somewhat controlling behavior when placed in a leader position, I guess?

Anna: Dunno. Guess it's about how observant she is.

Brock: His complete inability to get dragged down by almost anything. He'll take it, possibly feeling hurt, then will absorb whatever knowledge he can use before getting over the emotional burden in record time.

Helena: Her unfailing desire to help everyone and everything.

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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 07:32:17 PM »
Setsuna: His desire to be there for anyone at any time possible, and never be too late to protect the innocent. Developed during Signal training.

Tina: Partly developed during gaming--to never be unaware of her surroundings. Fully developed during shooting practice.

Tieren: His will to use his anger as a tool against his foes instead of his friends. Developed during training with his father.

Kei: Partly his will to adapt and partly his fear of needing anyone's help ever again. Shows signs of extreme independence as it rounds his fighting style out with no need for outside help. Developed in Haven Academy.

Lunae: Both the desire to spend less money and experience more explosions. Developed during shooting practice (for shooting, read blowing everything up)

Graham: Represents his headstrong personality being a double-edged blade. Developed during training with his father.

Jocelyn: Her desire to never see anyone else hurt and being able to do nothing about it. Developed during extensive experimentation and training with her mother.
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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 08:41:37 PM »
Gavin's comes from a desire to go out into the world and be a huntsman, a literal desire to explore the world and bask in the sun, and a metaphorical desire to bask in the glory of being one of the heroes he admires, I'm pretty proud of the meaning for it, honestly!

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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 08:55:13 PM »
Calen's semblance is all about staying in control, a futile but character defining driving force for my spooky not quite skeleton. And as for discovery Calen first made progress towards his semblance when play-fighting with his siblings. Although initially it was little more than absorbing the recoil of blows.

Saffron's semblance although similar to Calen's in some ways is more descriptive of her endurance, willpower and sheer single minded determination. Being one of the defining tools in her arsenal it's sad that she discovered it amidst an episode of racial abuse which is all to common in Atlas. Although she refuses to see it as taking strength from her trauma, that would give her abusers too much credit, it's undoubtedly influenced the path she it on.

Amarant I'm less sure about. His semblance is a reflection of his desire to make the world work, to accomplish that you need to know why everything acts like the way it does. As for how it developed I'd imagine it would have felt like Newton with gravity or Einstein with relativity as in at one point everything just started to make more sense.



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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 03:15:44 AM »
Razzy's semblance is as bright and cheerful as he is. He often uses it to entertain his friends or some local kids. He loves bringing a smile to people's faces. He actually discovered it at a very young age, and entirely on accident, while playing with his friends.

Janna's semblance represents her protective instincts. She'd rather die than let her comrades be hurt. She unlocked her semblance while training with her old teacher.

Reggie is temperamental and quick to anger. His semblance often acts as an embodiment of that - you could also say that the pressurized 'shell' it creates is like a barrier between him and others, who he sees as lower than him. He unlocked the base form of his semblance in a fight where he had his ass handed to him by a bunch of thugs.

Anza's semblance isn't just useful in combat - it allows her to quickly turn her attention from one thing to another and tell how she should act: whether she can go wild or if ahe should stay classy. She unlocked her semblance soon after she picked up archery.

Silica likes being alone every now and again, and her semblance lets her do so by taking up an entirely different appearance. She can also use it to trick people and straight up manipulate them, something she is hardly opposed to. Her semblance was unlocked under the guidance of Marvin Royale.

Rufus grew up on the streets, and he grew up rapping. He always wanted to be 'a voice for the voiceless'. Now he can be as loud as he wants, and he wants to be loud. His semblance was unlocked during a hella fire rap battle.
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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2017, 05:09:30 AM »
I suppose I should toss mine into the mix, too.

Rory :: When you don't feel safe in your own home, it's natural to seek out safety elsewhere... and if you don't find it, to retreat inward. Rory's Semblance stems from his desire to shut out the world, to feel safe within himself -- and like Rory himself, this Semblance (and the safety it offers) is far from perfect.

Sean :: This one is a case of "which came first, the chicken or the egg?". Sean has always been a bit of a firebrand, wanting to bust out of the "safe" shell of his restrictive home life and leave his mark. His desire to live dangerously, to drink in experience, and to "break free" factors into it a lot -- his personal philosophy sees a lot of similarities between a life well lived and an explosion, viewing both as brief but intense sources of "light" and "heat" that return to dust and ashes in the end. It's hard to say whether he had this perspective before discovering his Semblance, developed it afterwards, or if the entire thing occurred in parallel.

Alec :: Alec's Semblance stems from a youthful belief in strength, to put it simply. Hard life experience, however, has taught him that strength is not enough on its own, and as his own prowess has faded with age so too has his Semblance begun to dim. That said, in moments of dire need it's still there for him -- an old man's act of desperation born from a young man's wish to take on the world.

Cordell :: Ah, Cordell's "treasure sense". This Semblance was born out of hard experience during her early days of piracy, the stress of a raid mingling with the urgency of finding both "the good stuff" and knowing where threats were going to come from. Experience has honed it into a true sixth sense, but at the outset it was a confused glowing garble in her mind (along with an intense headache).

Micah :: When the defining moment of your childhood is being pushed into a campfire and covered in life-changing third degree burns, it leaves marks both physical and mental. In some ways that fire is still burning its way through Micah's soul even decades later, but he's learned to make use of its byproduct. "Where there's smoke", after all...
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Baker / Retired Huntsman: Alec Chadwick, owner of 'Fabled Goods' bakery

Pirate / Freelancer: Captain Cordell of the Red Corsair ~ Available For Hire!

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Micah Sere AKA "Prowler" ~ Danger, Avoid If Possible

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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 12:19:58 PM »
Juno: the strength and stubbornness to be unwavering in the face of danger, to act as the wall that protects those who cannot protect themselves from the creatures of Grimm. He gained his semblance in a fight he could not win, and the only reason he and the person he fought to protect survived was because my the assailant fled.

Nebu: Her light is small, weak, and distant, like that at the end of a tunnel. But who knows what her semblance will become once she works off her inhibitions and truly develops the power of her light.
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Re: What does your character's Semblance express?
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2017, 02:00:27 PM »
Love this question Riven.

Bastet :: Outside of expanding her artistic abilities Bas is a very simple woman, she doesn't overcomplicate any other parts of her life. At the end of the day, it was just something that she learned whilst training.

Diana :: Diana's discovery was a very gradual thing. The key factor of her personality was empathy, though it may very well be that it was her semblance that made her so empathic. Simply put she has the ability to combine her aura with someone else, she has learned how to give others her Aura as protection but initially it was far less practical. An aura is the manifestation of the soul, the most basic part of what makes a person who they are, using her semblance Diana could get a feel of their 'soul'. Never anything specific but Its hard to not be empathetical when you can literally experience a different point of view.

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