[ Real Name: ] An Xin
[ Alias: ] Tao Mei Liu
[ Gender: ] Female
[ Age/Zodiac: ] 25/Monkey
[ Height/Weight: ] 165cm (5’5”) / 45kg (100 lbs.)
[ Appearance/Attire/Distinguishing Features: ]
An Xin has beautifully haunting eyes which are atypical for women from the Central Plains; these are her best facial features besides her rosy lips. She has long black hair but usually keeps it down and neat in the front, but strands in the back are braided. She usually wears some sort of headdress accessory. Her outfits are simple yet elegant. She wears earthly and neutral colors most of the time and nothing too flashy. She has a pair of pointy-toe, knee-high brown leather boots that she sports quite often.
When she was young, she was very mischievous and climbed some trees. She fell and hit her cheek against some rocks. This is why she appears to have a dimple on the left side of her face; when seen from afar it looks like a dimple, but it is actually a scar.
[ Demeanor: ]
An Xin is independent and has a strong will. She has a weird but fiery temperament and an immense dislike for males who make a pass at her. She comes off as rather arrogant. She is intelligent but inpatient and often acts on feelings instead of thinking things through. She is the only daughter in her family, thus she is spoiled and doted on by everyone in her family.
[ Martial Arts/Techniques/Training: ]
The Way of the Shadow
-Consists of Stealth Arts, Assassin Arts, and Internal Power Cultivation Skills (passed on to women only)
Silent Death (Assassin Arts)
-Its techniques are for small and medium sized bladed weapons.
-Its techniques focus on quick and lithe moves, and target vital organs.
-When fully mastered, the art form looks like someone dancing.
Shadow Principle (Internal Power Cultivation Skill)
-This technique is incomplete because the original manual was lost. Only the basic stances are left.
-It amplifies all aspects of the Way of the Shadow.
Silent Steps (Stealth Arts aka Qing Gong)
-These series of techniques are elegant yet effective as the Way of the Shadow was passed down only to female practitioners. Once fully mastered, the user’s qing gong elevates to incredible levels. It is said that a master of this technique cannot be heard nor their footsteps be traced.
[ Internal Power/Qing Gong: ] 4 (Has average internal power)/7+ (has exceptional qing gong)
[ Weapon(s): ]
-Twin Blades (twin curved long daggers with a detachable chain that can link both at the hilt)
-Chain (Can be used as a whip and make trip and capture attacks)
[ Background History: ]
Her father was never around always running around on government business. She is the only daughter in the family and is often doted upon. Her father is a Han military and government official and her stepmother is a daughter of a Korean government official. An Xin is literate; she was taught by her father’s sworn brother, Imperial Scholar Tian.
She was a good but spoiled child up until her mother’s death. Her father remarried but her personality changed. She was still spoiled but was often rebellious and mischievous. At one point, while being followed by her maids, she climbed a tree and slipped. She feel upon some rocks thus scarring her left cheek, however it does not resemble a scar rather it resembles a dimple. She also does not know how to cook. She recently learned how to make only Char Sui Rice.
Her father and stepmother arranged for her to marry an official’s son; she never agreed nor met the guy. However, before that could happen, she ran away and befriended Tao Mei Liu, a Korean pugilist, who now resided in the Central Plains. This pugilist took her as a student and taught her everything she knew about “The Way of the Shadow.” Upon her master’s death, she took her name to disguise her true background and honor her master by keeping her legacy alive and joined her group, The Elite Seven, which consist of seven elite pugilists from Korea and China. She is the youngest and newest member.