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Name: Shing Meteoryte
Age: 16
Gender: Male
Height: 5'6"
Body Type: Slender
Weapon of Choice: Sword + buckler combination
Image Song: N/A

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History:



Personality:

( Note: Much of the information for Shing's personality is taken from his original canon, Tales of Hearts; that said, his personality doesn't really deviate that much in Melody of the Abyss. )

You know those people who wear their heart on their sleeve? Those persons whom you can just tell what they're feeling just by looking at them? Yeah, you can make a case that Shing is one of those people. What you see is what you get with him -- he's very kind, very sweet and compassionate. Genuine, really.

Before we go further into Shing's own mindset, though, we'll need to start by explaining a few things first. In Shing's world, Celirand - and thus, the world that Tales of Hearts is set in - a person's heart is one of the most important things in that world, and is often referred to as a Spiria. It can be said that one's Spiria makes up the very core of one's being - it is very much alive, constituting the foundation of what a person is, what they have become, and what they will be. These Spiria take on the physical form of a series of beautiful, multi-faceted crystals called Spirune.

... if you can feel the undercurrent of unbearable cheesiness in the above explanation, you're not alone. Get used to it, 'cause it's here to stay. It's because he has such a strong Spiria, thus, that Shing himself is able to shine as a person. His kindness, gentle demeanor and optimism stem from a belief in the inherent good in people; that is, that no matter how despicable a person may be, that they can be redeemed. As such, then, he's often the one who tries to hear people out and empathize with them, trying to give them a chance and - in the case of Chalcedny - call people out as needed to try and correct them if their intentions are good but misguided. When Sheera locks him and the party in her house in Norquin - Kohaku's and Hisui's hometown - under the belief of trying to protect their home as per Iola's last request, he's able to get through to her via relating his own desire to protect Kohaku however he can. After they defeat Creed Graphite, the man responsible for the entire mess on Celirand in the first place, he begs of him to come with them to the new world, again noting that he could easily have become Creed himself if he hadn't met Kohaku, Hisui and the others. Some people might consider it cheesy, or overdone, or even outright naive of him to try and reach out to everyone he meets - for Shing, though, it just works because it's a very visible sign of how connected he is to the people that he cares about.

That ability to empathize with people becomes very important plot-wise - to further elaborate, in-game there are the people who have the ability use Soma - weapons that can only be wielded by people with strong Spiria. These weapons provide its users with abilities that are reflective of their emotional strength and take on suitable forms based on the person using it. Soma users can use Soma to Spirlink with people - that is, to go into people's Spirune and figure out what the hell is going on in there if something's gone terribly wrong. In Shing's case, his Soma - Asteria - takes the form of a sword-and-buckler combo that grants him the ability to use Light artes ( as if to highlight his Messiah-like protagonist status in game ). And his ability to Spirlink with people and draw out their hidden sadnesses, frustrations and fears coupled with his ability for great empathy make him a very powerful and very strong Soma user, and he's often seen going out of his way to help people with their problems - such as Beryl with her insecurities about believing in herself, for example.

Of course, one has to be very careful when Spirlinking with someone, because if you do it wrong then their Spirune has a real chance of breaking - which is initially what Shing believes happened the first time he attempts to Spirlink with Kohaku. To make it up to her and her brother Hisui for shattering the thing, he takes it upon himself to locate the remaining pieces of her Spirune - and it's really during this quest that Shing's best qualities are brought to the forefront. As noted before, he goes out of his way to help anyone he meets ( especially beautiful women, as instructed him by his grandfather ) - and more often than not he ends up getting hurt or otherwise risking his life in the process to do so. At Mt. Grim, Shing stays behind to make sure Kohaku's able to get off the mountain safely even though it's being destabilized in a landslide thanks to their fighting Peridot earlier. At the Odett sluice gate outside of the lakeside city of Charault, after Empress Marin del Paraiba - Chalcedny's love interest, incidentally - opens the gate and jumps into the ensuing flood, Shing jumps in after her to rescue her even though there's a very strong risk of him being swept under by the current. The most prominent example of his desire to help people, though, is when he sticks around by Kohaku's side even after she reveals that he doesn't owe her anything - in fact, she broke her own Spirune herself - just because not only is it the right thing to do, but because he wants to.

Needless to say, his kindness and emotional strength do wonders to help him retain his optimism even as things become worse, all because he's able to see the good in people and wants to help others realize their own inner strength, much like he does for the people he meets when he's tracking down Kohaku's Spirune shards. It's because of his view of people that explains why he's so adamant about not harming people's Spiria, too, lest they get injured or worse. To explain further, in the world of Tales of Hearts, a person's Spiria is directly connected to their life force - so it's fine if he has to fight them, but outright killing them or destroying their Spiria is something he absolutely refuses to do since it goes completely against his philosophy of building people's Spiria up.

... that said, he's not completely flawless - if anything, he's also got a recklessly determined nature that, while good in some cases, can lead to a lot of trouble otherwise. In fact, during the same journey to track down Kohaku's Spirune he does quite a lot of reckless and very boneheaded things for the sake of returning Kohaku's emotions and her smile back to her. One of these prime examples is the aforementioned rescue of Paraiba at the Odett sluice gate - as Kohaku herself notes, Shing could have easily died had his rescue been unsuccessful. Another more hilarious example of this is in the hot springs town of Guse, when Chalcedny - their enemy at the time - drops by the hot spring to check on his subordinate, Peridot. Naturally, Shing thinks he's going to attack Kohaku and the others while they're in the bath, charges in there... and it ends about as well as you'd expect. Firsthand and secondhand embarrassment all over the damn place. Then there's that bit where Shing and the party confronts Chalcedny's squad - consisting of Chalcedny himself, Peridot and Byrocks - and Shing's plan? Well, in his words:

"Here's the plan: Charge 'em with all we've got!"

Then he goes right up to Chalcedny and smashes his berserk button by calling him out for sacrificing a girl's smile in order to save the world - and uncomfortably reminding Chalcedny of his own then-strained relationship with Paraiba. Yeah, smooth move, Shing. The phrase "leap before you look" more or less describes this guy all too well.

On top of that, Shing exhibits a brilliant lack of sense about how certain things work as a result of being stuck in one place for so long. One of these is knowing what to say and when to say it - as noted previously, he managed to piss Chalcedny off by blasting him about his relationship with Paraiba even though he doesn't exactly know the circumstances behind why it's so strained in the first place. Never mind that thanks to Shing's verbal smackdown Chalcedny does eventually realize he's right and, after they rescue her from some really nasty monsters that not only infect her but turn her into a monster, confesses to her - which helps greatly in saving her Spiria and turning her back to normal.

... yeah, did I mention that Tales of Hearts is not at all subtle about any of this? Yeah? Good. Anyway, back to the subject at hand...

Another instance of Shing's lack of brain-to-mouth control is immediately after the scene, where Paraiba admits she's known Chal since he was a baby, even going so far as to change his diapers. Shing, of course, then comments that she's seen his you-know-what as a result. You know, instead of trying to read the mood and not ruin the whole shoujo-esque love confession?

Then there's the skits. In one of them Shing unintentionally insults Chal for being so short after walking fast enough that Chal has to keep up. Said lack of social graces here nearly results in Shing getting his feet cut off by a very angry and embarrassed Chal. Then there's that one bit where he insults Beryl in a skit - again unintentionally - by commenting about her paintbrush Soma instead of having any compliments about her. Especially after calling Kohaku cute, Paraiba pretty, and Innes beautiful... Needless to say, it's not entirely unexpected since his habit of saying what he's thinking without actually thinking about it matches his simple-minded recklessness, but still, someone teach this guy how to read social cues already. Related to this, he also has no idea what innuendo is. Most notably, in-game Innes, one of their fellow party members, insults one of the secondary antagonists Kornelpine by calling him the guy with the small peanuts, an usual euphemism for a guy's parts... and Shing immediately gets the idea to ask Hisui what that means in a skit. It goes about as hilariously as you'd imagine.

One more note about Shing that is both a strength and a weakness is that he more often than not wears his heart on his sleeve, which makes it particularly easy to tell how he's feeling at any given moment. It's a strength in that it shows people that he's genuine, sweet, and easy to get along with even if he doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. It's because of his openness with his emotions that he can connect to people easily, such as getting Beryl to trust him after he charges into her Spiria without thinking or when he convinces Kohaku that he's helping her out of his own volition even after she reveals she shattered her own Spirune, as mentioned previously. On the other hand, though, his openness makes it easy for him to become too lost in his own emotions. The biggest example of this is when he allows himself to be overwhelmed with rage at being confronted with Incarose - which leads to a lot of problems going into the second act of the game. Namely, his mother, Dona, and Kohaku and Hisui's mother, Iola, and their party sealed Creed Graphite ( the aforementioned antagonist of the game ) into his Spiria - and the power of his rage allowed him to break open the seal. Oops. In another moment, seeing Kohaku and Hisui with their aunt remind him of the fact that he's essentially alone in this world now that his family is all dead, leading him to retreat into himself for a good moment while the other party members are celebrating. However, he does get better at being able to control his emotions as the series progresses, though when he gets beset with emotions he at least knows enough to talk to other people about them even if he's not particularly up to it.

Really, the point of all of this is that what you see with Shing is really what you get - he's very open with his emotions, quick to befriend people and is the kind of person who has no problems with befriending people. Not only that, he's the kind of person who tries his hardest to see the good in people, even if sometimes he fails due to them being too far gone to reason with. It's all of this that ultimately defines who he is, an individual with a strong Spiria and great emotional strength who truly cares about everyone and anyone he meets. His optimistic and compassionate nature is the essence of the kind of person Shing is.

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. .. does being completely and utterly useless at understanding innuendo count as a special ability? No? Okay...

Battle
Class: Fighter
Range: Close-range
Weapon of Choice: Sword
Sub-Weapons: Buckler ( Because bashing people in the head with a shield totally counts as a weapon, right... )
Armor of Choice: Light Armor
Accessory: N/A

Shing has access to numerous and powerful offensive/defensive abilities known as artes that he can use. Being more of a brawler than a magic caster, his Artes are mainly physical in nature, with a few defensive artes thrown in for good measure - all of them are linked to the Light fonon, in contrast to his being the vessel for the power of the Dark fonon sentience.

Artes

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Character name: Shing Meteoryte
Series: Tales of Hearts
Canon point: Post-Game

Summary:

History
  • A general overview of both Tales of Hearts and Shing's character can be found on the appropriate pages at the Aselia wikia. For a more detailed explanation of the events in-game, I've written up a fairly long and snarky summary of the game events here, which can be viewed as needed.

Personality

You know those people who wear their heart on their sleeve? Those persons whom you can just tell what they're feeling just by looking at them? Yeah, you can make a case that Shing is one of those people. What you see is what you get with him -- he's very kind, very sweet and compassionate. Genuine, really.

Before we go further into Shing's own mindset, though, we'll need to start by explaining a few things first. In Shing's world, Celirand - and thus, the world that Tales of Hearts is set in - a person's heart is one of the most important things in that world, and is often referred to as a Spiria. It can be said that one's Spiria makes up the very core of one's being - it is very much alive, constituting the foundation of what a person is, what they have become, and what they will be. These Spiria take on the physical form of a series of beautiful, multi-faceted crystals called Spirune.

... if you can feel the undercurrent of unbearable cheesiness in the above explanation, you're not alone. Get used to it, 'cause it's here to stay. It's because he has such a strong Spiria, thus, that Shing himself is able to shine as a person. His kindness, gentle demeanor and optimism stem from a belief in the inherent good in people; that is, that no matter how despicable a person may be, that they can be redeemed. As such, then, he's often the one who tries to hear people out and empathize with them, trying to give them a chance and - in the case of Chalcedny - call people out as needed to try and correct them if their intentions are good but misguided. When Sheera locks him and the party in her house in Norquin - Kohaku's and Hisui's hometown - under the belief of trying to protect their home as per Iola's last request, he's able to get through to her via relating his own desire to protect Kohaku however he can. After they defeat Creed Graphite, the man responsible for the entire mess on Celirand in the first place, he begs of him to come with them to the new world, again noting that he could easily have become Creed himself if he hadn't met Kohaku, Hisui and the others. Some people might consider it cheesy, or overdone, or even outright naive of him to try and reach out to everyone he meets - for Shing, though, it just works because it's a very visible sign of how connected he is to the people that he cares about.

That ability to empathize with people becomes very important plot-wise - to further elaborate, in-game there are the people who have the ability use Soma - weapons that can only be wielded by people with strong Spiria. These weapons provide its users with abilities that are reflective of their emotional strength and take on suitable forms based on the person using it. Soma users can use Soma to Spirlink with people - that is, to go into people's Spirune and figure out what the hell is going on in there if something's gone terribly wrong. In Shing's case, his Soma - Asteria - takes the form of a sword-and-buckler combo that grants him the ability to use Light artes ( as if to highlight his Messiah-like protagonist status in game ). And his ability to Spirlink with people and draw out their hidden sadnesses, frustrations and fears coupled with his ability for great empathy make him a very powerful and very strong Soma user, and he's often seen going out of his way to help people with their problems - such as Beryl with her insecurities about believing in herself, for example.

Of course, one has to be very careful when Spirlinking with someone, because if you do it wrong then their Spirune has a real chance of breaking - which is initially what Shing believes happened the first time he attempts to Spirlink with Kohaku. To make it up to her and her brother Hisui for shattering the thing, he takes it upon himself to locate the remaining pieces of her Spirune - and it's really during this quest that Shing's best qualities are brought to the forefront. As noted before, he goes out of his way to help anyone he meets ( especially beautiful women, as instructed him by his grandfather ) - and more often than not he ends up getting hurt or otherwise risking his life in the process to do so. At Mt. Grim, Shing stays behind to make sure Kohaku's able to get off the mountain safely even though it's being destabilized in a landslide thanks to their fighting Peridot earlier. At the Odett sluice gate outside of the lakeside city of Charault, after Empress Marin del Paraiba - Chalcedny's love interest, incidentally - opens the gate and jumps into the ensuing flood, Shing jumps in after her to rescue her even though there's a very strong risk of him being swept under by the current. The most prominent example of his desire to help people, though, is when he sticks around by Kohaku's side even after she reveals that he doesn't owe her anything - in fact, she broke her own Spirune herself - just because not only is it the right thing to do, but because he wants to.

Needless to say, his kindness and emotional strength do wonders to help him retain his optimism even as things become worse, all because he's able to see the good in people and wants to help others realize their own inner strength, much like he does for the people he meets when he's tracking down Kohaku's Spirune shards. It's because of his view of people that explains why he's so adamant about not harming people's Spiria, too, lest they get injured or worse. To explain further, in the world of Tales of Hearts, a person's Spiria is directly connected to their life force - so it's fine if he has to fight them, but outright killing them or destroying their Spiria is something he absolutely refuses to do since it goes completely against his philosophy of building people's Spiria up.

... that said, he's not completely flawless - if anything, he's also got a recklessly determined nature that, while good in some cases, can lead to a lot of trouble otherwise. In fact, during the same journey to track down Kohaku's Spirune he does quite a lot of reckless and very boneheaded things for the sake of returning Kohaku's emotions and her smile back to her. One of these prime examples is the aforementioned rescue of Paraiba at the Odett sluice gate - as Kohaku herself notes, Shing could have easily died had his rescue been unsuccessful. Another more hilarious example of this is in the hot springs town of Guse, when Chalcedny - their enemy at the time - drops by the hot spring to check on his subordinate, Peridot. Naturally, Shing thinks he's going to attack Kohaku and the others while they're in the bath, charges in there... and it ends about as well as you'd expect. Firsthand and secondhand embarrassment all over the damn place. Then there's that bit where Shing and the party confronts Chalcedny's squad - consisting of Chalcedny himself, Peridot and Byrocks - and Shing's plan? Well, in his words:

"Here's the plan: Charge 'em with all we've got!"

Then he goes right up to Chalcedny and smashes his berserk button by calling him out for sacrificing a girl's smile in order to save the world - and uncomfortably reminding Chalcedny of his own then-strained relationship with Paraiba. Yeah, smooth move, Shing. The phrase "leap before you look" more or less describes this guy all too well.

On top of that, Shing exhibits a brilliant lack of sense about how certain things work as a result of being stuck in one place for so long. One of these is knowing what to say and when to say it - as noted previously, he managed to piss Chalcedny off by blasting him about his relationship with Paraiba even though he doesn't exactly know the circumstances behind why it's so strained in the first place. Never mind that thanks to Shing's verbal smackdown Chalcedny does eventually realize he's right and, after they rescue her from some really nasty monsters that not only infect her but turn her into a monster, confesses to her - which helps greatly in saving her Spiria and turning her back to normal.

... yeah, did I mention that Tales of Hearts is not at all subtle about any of this? Yeah? Good. Anyway, back to the subject at hand...

Another instance of Shing's lack of brain-to-mouth control is immediately after the scene, where Paraiba admits she's known Chal since he was a baby, even going so far as to change his diapers. Shing, of course, then comments that she's seen his you-know-what as a result. You know, instead of trying to read the mood and not ruin the whole shoujo-esque love confession?

Then there's the skits. In one of them Shing unintentionally insults Chal for being so short after walking fast enough that Chal has to keep up. Said lack of social graces here nearly results in Shing getting his feet cut off by a very angry and embarrassed Chal. Then there's that one bit where he insults Beryl in a skit - again unintentionally - by commenting about her paintbrush Soma instead of having any compliments about her. Especially after calling Kohaku cute, Paraiba pretty, and Innes beautiful... Needless to say, it's not entirely unexpected since his habit of saying what he's thinking without actually thinking about it matches his simple-minded recklessness, but still, someone teach this guy how to read social cues already. Related to this, he also has no idea what innuendo is. Most notably, in-game Innes, one of their fellow party members, insults one of the secondary antagonists Kornelpine by calling him the guy with the small peanuts, an usual euphemism for a guy's parts... and Shing immediately gets the idea to ask Hisui what that means in a skit. It goes about as hilariously as you'd imagine.
 
One more note about Shing that is both a strength and a weakness is that he more often than not wears his heart on his sleeve, which makes it particularly easy to tell how he's feeling at any given moment. It's a strength in that it shows people that he's genuine, sweet, and easy to get along with even if he doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. It's because of his openness with his emotions that he can connect to people easily, such as getting Beryl to trust him after he charges into her Spiria without thinking or when he convinces Kohaku that he's helping her out of his own volition even after she reveals she shattered her own Spirune, as mentioned previously. On the other hand, though, his openness makes it easy for him to become too lost in his own emotions. The biggest example of this is when he allows himself to be overwhelmed with rage at being confronted with Incarose - which leads to a lot of problems going into the second act of the game. Namely, his mother, Dona, and Kohaku and Hisui's mother, Iola, and their party sealed Creed Graphite ( the aforementioned antagonist of hte game ) into his Spiria - and the power of his rage allowed him to break open the seal. Oops. In another moment, seeing Kohaku and Hisui with their aunt remind him of the fact that he's essentially alone in this world now that his family is all dead, leading him to retreat into himself for a good moment while the other party members are celebrating. However, he does get better at being able to control his emotions as the series progresses, though when he gets beset with emotions he at least knows enough to talk to other people about them even if he's not particularly up to it.
 
Really, the point of all of this is that what you see with Shing is really what you get - he's very open with his emotions, quick to befriend people and is the kind of person who has no problems with befriending people. Not only that, he's the kind of person who tries his hardest to see the good in people, even if sometimes he fails due to them being too far gone to reason with. It's all of this that ultimately defines who he is, an individual with a strong Spiria and great emotional strength who truly cares about everyone and anyone he meets. His optimistic and compassionate nature is the essence of the kind of person Shing is.
 
Powers:

As noted above, in the world of Tales of Hearts one's emotional strength is tied to the Spiria, which in turn affects the physical strength of Soma users like Shing. As a result, Shing has access to numerous and powerful offensive/defensive abilities known as artes that he can use while wielding his Soma. Being more of a brawler than a magic caster, his Artes are mainly physical in nature, with a few defensive artes thrown in for good measure - and all of them are linked to the Light elemental ( as one might expect from a protagonist like him ). A full listing of his Artes can be viewed here.

Outside of his capacity of wielding Soma, it is possible that his grandfather, Zex, also trained him a little in hand-to-hand combat - however, there's not enough information presented in the game to really confirm or deny this, so it's rather ambiguous if he'd be able to defend himself without Asteria. Either way, his combat prowess is enough that he can ward off monsters on the Bastion's Skyway, though he's definitely gonna need help if the fight drags on for long.

Another of his abilities is that of Soma Link - basically, Soma users have the ability to sense where other Soma users are based on the type of link they've formed with the other user. I note this mainly because there's already another Soma user - Kohaku Hearts - already in the game.

Power Limits
  • Arte Usage - each arte can be used only three times per day on the Skyway. Again, Shing's arte listing is located here for reference.
  • Soma Link - always on due to the personal nature of this ability.

Entry: Shing's certainly capable of making his way to the Bastion, though help is always appreciated! Bonus points if one of those helping him get to the place is his girl Kohaku.

Other:
  • Tales of Hearts is getting a Western localization, hence this is more of a footnote than anything - in the localization Shing's name has been translated to "Kor Meteor", which is an attempt to preserve the meaning of Shing's original name meaning in Japanese ( weapon of heart for his first name, and his last name being a reference to meteorites, solid fragments of rock from asteroids and comets ). Because the mun has more familiarity with the Japanese name than his Westernized name, his name will remain "Shing Meteoryte" for all RP intents and purposes.





HMD

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Hello, and welcome to the HMD post for Shing Meteoryte of Tales of Hearts!

I realize that playing him is difficult because of a lack of a proper translation for the game aside from a game script that was nicely provided by [livejournal.com profile] vesperia, so if there's any constructive criticism -- or even just a compliment -- that you want to leave here, go for it. Any comments that are either rude, hurtful or offer no constructive criticism are liable to be deleted.

Anon commenting is allowed, and all comments are screened. And a thank you in advance for taking the time to comment.
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Shing Meteoryte : ♂ : Level 45 : Specialist in swordsmanship and derpery.
... attached at the hip to Kohaku Hearts.
Unaffiliated. Arrived on Day 210.
Current Location: The Bastion

Shards, Abilities, Talents, and Items )
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Uh... is this thing on?

[Some tapping sounds as Shing pokes the device. Then.]

Okay! Um... I'm Shing Meteoryte, and I'm sorry for not answering, but I'm either busy or not here right now! So leave me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can, all right?

[CLICK]
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[Suddenly, the camera turns on to reveal a large view of someone's eye before that someone pulls back, revealing himself as one Shing Meteoryte. There's also a certain black-haired girl, Kohaku, next to him as the feed records.]

See? Now it's recording.

I see... and it says so since the red light is blinking, right?

Yep! Go on, say hello!

Ah... hi, everyone! Um... oh, my name's Shing, and I... well, I arrived more than a few weeks ago, but I guess I never really got around to actually posting until now, so... hello!

[There's a pause as Shing stumbles on his words, before he glances at Kohaku curiously.]

... uh, what else should I say?

[Suddenly, WATER. LOTS OF IT. There's the sound of the two panicking and screaming as [livejournal.com profile] idiotdetective[livejournal.com profile] kazumaai flee the scene, their raucous laughter slowly fading into the distance.

Meanwhile, the two on camera are still recovering from the water gun blast. WHAT DO.]

(( OOC: Yep, broke hiatus for this since it was too good to pass up. ANYWAY. REACTION POST ONLY! I will have a separate thread in the water gun log for these two if you want to take it there. :D

Also, red is Shing and purple is Kohaku. ))
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[ Character's Name ] : Shing Meteoryte
[ Character's Age ] : 16
[ Series ] : Tales of Hearts
[ Canon Point ] : Post-Game

[ History ] :
Here's a Wikipedia page on the plot... if this isn't enough I can also include a thing from my previous app that I typed up, if needed.

[ Personality ] :

To sum it up, Shing is very kind and optimistic to a fault. He's willing to give everyone he meets a chance, even hearing them out and trying to understand their lines of thought and why they did what they did. He truly believes that there is inherent good in everyone and that even the most vile people in the world can be redeemed, no matter how despicable their actions -- prime examples of this in-game include when Kohaku's aunt tossed him into a cave and sealed the exit, and even when he tried to get through to the final boss Creed in the end. His personal mantra is to save anyone and everyone who is in trouble and that if it's a beautiful woman in particular, save them even if it costs you your life. He's also very much interested in strong, open Spiria and the like, so he goes out of his way to help anyone in trouble and open up their Spiria. And as if he couldn't get any more Messiah-like, he absolutely refuses to kill anyone. Ever. Sure, it's fine to defeat them in combat, but killing them is a big no-no, especially if they're a Soma user -- in his world, killing them would destroy the Spiria. He's also endlessly optimistic, as mentioned earlier. His optimism and determination is infectious -- he doesn't give up on any goal, especially if he knows that it's doable. He's also naturally curious, though that can be attributed to being stuck in one place for so long.

Of course, he's not without his faults -- thanks to being in one place for so long, he's a bit simple-minded. Needless to say, he leaps before he looks, always going for the direct route to any and all problems and ignores strategies and tactics. His naive recklessness has led him to do a number of stupid things like head-on attacks, rushing into the girls' side of the hot springs when he learns there's an enemy in there, jumping off incredibly tall towers... the list goes on. He also tends to speak what's on his mind without much consideration, too -- his lack of tact generally leads him to say things that either make people really angry or make the situation really awkward, which only adds to the exasperation of his friends (a good example is his commentary on Chalcedny and Paraiba's relationship after freeing the latter from Zerom control). He also doesn't understand sexual innuendo at all. Seriously. He also tends to suffer from bouts of loneliness, thanks in part to essentially being orphaned by Creed and his machinations, as well as seeing how his companions have living family members to return to. However, he has the ability to be able to learn from his mistakes, and after the incident with Incarose and Creed doesn't allow his emotions to get the better of him. Even when he's feeling upset at someone or is generally depressed, he makes it a point to be open about it and is willing to discuss how he feels with other people.

So, in general? He can bring out the good in people, and can persuade them to change their ways and convince them they can do good deeds despite their past actions. While it may not work on people who are already too far gone to save, more often than not he can open their eyes and encourage them to possess a strong will and spirit -- Spiria -- like he has.

[ Strengths/Weaknesses ] :

Admittedly, when he was setting out on his journey Shing wasn't all that good at using his Soma (read: weaponry) too well. Having traveled the whole world and having stopped Creed from destroying the world, though? Yeah, don't underestimate him. While he may not know magic, and his defense can be a bit bad, Shing is a decent fighter and really strong -- he's fast; he strikes hard and can deal a lot of damage in a short amount of time. His Soma is directly connected to his emotional strength, which means that he's got a strong spirit, as the personality section explains. (For specific artes that Shing can pull off, I'll just refer you to his Artes page on the Tales Wikipedia.)

Emotionally, Shing is definitely more complex than one might think. On one end, he's endlessly optimistic, outgoing, and very determined. He's also willing to hear people out and talk to them about their feelings, which makes him the kind of person you'd want to have as a friend. On the other end, though, he's stupidly reckless, has his moments of naivety and lacks tact when it comes to speaking with others. Oh, also, innuendo. What is it.

[ Other Important Facts ] :

As touched upon in the Wiki link, "Spiria" in this world refers to a person's spirit or heart, and "Soma" is a special type of weapon that's powered by a person's will and emotions. Shing can use his Soma and Spiria together to form a Soma Link Laser, which is often used to locate people with Despir sickness (a type of illness that's caused by emotional problems and results in weird creatures called Zerom running amok in a person's heart -- no, really) or his nakama. This ability is also what allows him to Spir Link with people and allow him to see into their spirit.

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Log sample from Ad Libitum.
Journal Entry Sample from Polychromatic.


[ Questions? Comments? Concerns? ] : None at the moment, no! Though I will contact if I have any.

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