Name: Jin Bei Fong
Ethnicity: Earth Kingdom
Primary Tropes: Replacement Goldfish
, Lady of War
(larval stage), Technical Pacifist
, and Little Miss Badass
Jin Bei Fong has had it good. Massively rich, loving parents. Occasionally bossy but generally cool older sister, cute little brother, and the single most Bad Ass earthbender alive, ruler of Omashu, as her Great-Grandmother. To top it off, she's the first person in the family since her great-grandmother to show any ability to earthbend at all, a fact that immediately netted her a lot of attention.
And training. It started early, and picked up fast.
Her great-grandmother chose to supervise her training personally, and she's a harsh taskmistress. Between training and natural aptitude, Jin was displaying skill and power that put many adult practitioners to shame, and attending stuffed animal tea parties afterward. She was well on her way to being the finest Earthbender of her time (assuming her positively ancient great-grandmother kicked it eventually). Then she picked up a hobby: Swords. Her great-grandmother's consort at the time was a swordsman of some skill, trained under a truly great swordsman who played a key role in ending the Great War alongside Avatar Aang.
What started as a hobby grew into something more, to the point that she would attempt to skip her earthbending lessons to practice the blade with any palace guards she should convince to spar with her. At one point, on her eleventh birthday, her great-grandmother taught her a great secret skill she had invented, hoping to revitalize her interest with something new and interesting, and that she could relate back to swords: The ability to bend metal.
This ... backfired. Once she got a grasp on metalbending, Jin decided she wanted no more to do with the 'inelegant' and 'brutish' art of earthbending, and actively resisted attempts to further her training, while pushing harder than ever with her sword skills. It was during one of these attempted training sessions that she first saw the new Avatar, Kyandra of the northern water tribe, and Long'Mao of the holyshitlookatthemusclesonthatguyhe'sohotsqueee!.
She formed a friendship with the two during their stay for the young Avatar's training, and when Kyandra and Long'Mao departed, she followed. Essentially. There's a ridiculous chain of convoluted events in there, but she basically ran away to help the Avatar, help the helpless, and hone her skills with practical experience.
Jin fits into a weird place in the Avatar Group. Long'Mao and their evil sociopathic waterbender will kill someone without a moment's hesitation, if it seems like the thing to do (and for the waterbender, it usually does), Kyandra and their firebender are firmly in the "Do whatever it takes to survive and accomplish your goal." Camp, while Jin is all alone waving a little "Killing is wrong, period." flag from the end of her sword. She disarms, she disables, she knocks out, but she doesn't kill and she doesn't bend.
Her refusal to bend is one of many sources of tension with the crazy murderous waterbender of the group, a boy named Ozurai. The two genuinely, deeply, and thoroughly hate each other, and if Jin was even slightly less solid on her 'no killing' stance, she'd have slit his throat in his sleep a while back. He harps on her about her bending, taunts her for her refusal to kill, and goes out of his way to kill people she's attempting to disarm and disable when things get rough. It's only a matter of time before one of them pushes the other a little too far, and things get really, really messy.
On the opposite end of that spectrum is Long'Mao. Her original reaction to him notwithstanding, the two have settled into a sibling-esque relationship. She maintains a very minor crush on him, and he does his best not to exacerbate it, while going farther out of his way to protect her than anyone else, as he's settled on her as a replacement for his dead little sister.
Long Story Short: Jin had it good and threw it all away for adventure. She's a technical pacifist in a group of skilled killers, and she makes it work. And she deliberately antagonizes a murderous sociopath.
Jin and Long'Mao are particularly interesting to me. They were both made out of a few random tropes with characters build around them, in this case Replacement Goldfish
, Technical Pacifist
, and Little Miss Badass
. She's also one of the only unabashedly good
characters I have, with hardly any gray in her, while most of my characters are dark gray to black with tiny slivers of white morality. I'm fairly pleased with her, although the really good stuff, when her morals are really put to the test, is yet to come. And I can't wait.
Take one life to save several? Or risk several by refusing to kill one? The choice is coming, and I can't wait.
... Actually, I can. I'm pretty patient with that kind of stuff.
Edit: Why no, I don't
grasp the concept of 'brevity,' why do you ask?