THE QUINCY TEMPLATE
I. Basic Information» Name:
Alastair Albrecht Eisfluch» Titles:
The Vandenreich, Sternritter» Physical Appearance Description:
At a glance, Alastair is a tall young man with an athletic build and a mop of fiery red hair atop his head.
Alastair's bright red hair is certainly the first trait that anyone would notice when looking at him, it is an unnatural shade that seems to resonate with the heat that he can exude during moments of particular exertion. In his youth, before he had begun to develop into his Quincy powers, and even at present-day following periods of prolonged stress, his hair has a muted auburn colour. His hair is styled, or rather left almost unkempt, in a messy bob that stretches down his back whilst the fringe cuts off at eye-level.
His facial features are sharp and boyish, with high cheekbones and a delicate nose, whilst his lips are thin and do not easily suit a smile. An alabaster complexion only serves to amplify his face's dominating features - a pair of vibrant rust-coloured eyes that appear almost red when contrasted with his pale skin and combined with his ginger hair. Alastair could certainly be considered handsome, though his lack of facial hair means that he looks young for his age. A warm gaze serves to mask the cold demeanour that appears to come effortlessly to him, a fact he does not seem to mind.
Standing just shy of 6'3", with a slender build that favours agility over strength, Alastair certainly casts an imposing figure by stature alone. An upbringing spent devoted to physical training and a spartan diet has left him with a sinewy build, honed for his preferred style of evasive and explosive movements in combat. Certainly, his body lacks most of any trace of excess fat or muscle, like anything unnecessary has been burnt away by regimen and temperance.
When it comes to casual wear, Alastair is a fan of modest clothing that shows as little skin as possible. Jackets are a common staple of his outfits, from a blazer in summer to long coats in winter, and he prefers achromatic colours to lively ones. As far as accessories go, he does not take a particularly excessive approach though one key detail is that he tends to wear gloves regardless of the season.
Alastair's combat outfit is not a far cry from his typical casual ones, consisting of a double-breasted white coat with golden tassels and trimmings worn over a dark shirt that clings tightly to his supple frame. Matching, equally body-hugging, white pants cover his legs and end in black military boots with thick soles. A thick belt wraps around his waist, from which hangs most of his equipment including a Quincy pendant in the shape of a cross. This cross motif is repeated across the back of his jacket, and branded in black upon the back of his white gloves. All this is wrapped under a hooded white cloak that runs down to his ankles, fastened around the chest with a golden pin emblazoned with the symbol of the Vandenreich.» Physical Appearance Image:
II. Personality Traits» Personality:
Alastair would likely be considered cold and collected, a reflection of his pale appearance, though there is an underlying heat that might bubble over during a particularly trying event. He is level-headed and enjoys simple pleasures rather than grandiose designs, an example of such would be his love for watching the sunrise and set whenever given the opportunity.
His identity as a Quincy is also a large part of Alastair's life. It was the livelihood of his parents, and he was indoctrinated into the family mindset as soon as he began to develop spiritual awareness. His disciplined attitude comes from this upbringing, almost every day of his life was strictly regimented until he finally reached an age to set out on his own. For better or worse, he's never had a problem with this authority or leadership. Content to take orders or give them out without feeling a need to push one way or the other.
Exploring the world led Alastair to embrace elements of escapism that he had eschewed before, he allowed passion to creep into his heart and that served to bring him out of his shell a little. One would be remiss to call him a socialite, but he did his best to make up for the time he had lost cooped up in his family estate. Such a change did not come without flaws, though, and there can be moments where his calm nature shifts toward aloof arrogance. Since joining the Vandenreich, Alastair has only grown more wilful and devoted to his duties. He takes pride in his work, striving for perfection in every task, though he is guilty of holding others to these same high standards.
III. Character History» History
Alastair was born in Germany, the youngest of three children born from the union of Johan and Elizabeth Eisfluch and the couple's only son. Johan and Elizabeth were both Echte Quincy and, as the couple's eldest son, it was his solemn duty to continue their legacy and take up the Quincy mantle. The Eisfluch line could reportedly trace its lineage back to the time of Yhwach, and they were rich and aristocratic - owning a considerable estate on the outskirts of Hamburg and several more properties across the country and overseas.
His earliest years were perhaps the easiest, pampered and doted on by his parents as they waited for his latent abilities to manifest. Alastair wanted for nothing, having servants to attend to him at a moments notice, but this would not last forever and he was blissfully ignorant of the loneliness that loomed over the path that he was destined to follow. No expense was spared on his education either, tutors brought in from across the continent to teach a wide variety of subjects from history to mathematics to etiquette. He was raised to speak both German and English, the native language of his mother, taking a preference for the latter though remaining fluent in both.
It was during his seventh year that Alastair began to experience strange dreams, visions that he couldn't quite explain, and it was also around this time that he first became truly aware of the spiritual world. He had been instructed at length about this by his parents and acknowledged that this was the beginning of his training as a Quincy. His lessons continued as normal, though suddenly there were extra subjects related to all the skills he would need to be a successful Quincy. Chief amongst these additional lessons was archery, at which the young Eisfluch proved capable, though he soon requested classes on martial arts and swordplay as he found both to be more interesting.
From sunrise to sunset, these lessons became the sole occupant of Alastair's time. General education was slowly factored back in favour of further devotion to his Quincy duties, at which he continued to excel, and he soon came to be heralded as a prodigy. The routine was all he knew, no social skills to speak of beyond those that his parents deemed unavoidable and no friends barring his sisters and the servants' children. He came to accept these as the facts of life, for he did not know better and was still young and impressionable, and so he was moulded in his parent's image. The perfect Quincy is what they desired, and so Alastair resolved that he would try his utmost to make their dreams come true.
Time rolled by eventually, childhood years turning into teenage ones, and Alastair grew into a respectable young man. A gifted Quincy, adept in the use of his Spirit Weapon, and the pride of the Eisfluch family. But, as he grew older, he began to appreciate all that he was not. There was a world outside the family estate that he only saw through tinted lenses, his future was to protect the innocent people and yet he had also strangely been distanced from them. Others might have rebelled against this restrictive system, but Alastair instead decided to embrace it and push through to the conclusion.
By the time of his 18th birthday, he had reached this culmination of his studies. There was little more his parents and tutors could teach him, it was time to head out and walk his own path. He bid goodbye to his family, gathered all the equipment that he might need for his work, and set off on a journey of his own making. Alastair travelled across Europe and beyond, working dead-end jobs to pass the days whilst the nights were spent honing his craft against real opponents.
It was this solo work that eventually caught the eye of the Vandenreich, an organisation of Quincy whose influence spanned across the globe, and Alastair in turn inevitably found his way to their door. Their goals and ideas aligned with his own and a recommendation from his family was the foot in the door that he needed, beginning his service as a Soldat in the Jagdarmee shortly before his 20th birthday.
With three years of service under his belt, Alastair had moved into the Sternritter division on the recommendation of the Grandmaster himself. Admirable service had won him this place of honour amongst the elite company, but he would be tested before the year was out when the fourth world war began in earnest. Joining the campaign to reclaim America from Shadow Fall, in which the Sternritter were instrumental in driving back the Unholy Union. He experienced the driving back of the demonic forces firsthand, both the good and the bad, and found that it only hardened his resolve to drive back those infernal scourges.
IV. Equipment» Equipment:
Other than his Vandenreich equipment, Alastair carries nothing else of particular note beyond menial personal effects like a phone, watch etc.
V. Natural Abilities & Skills» Skills: Spiritual Awareness:
The pure-blooded son of two well respected Echte Quincy, Alastair has been in tune with the spiritual world for as long as he can remember. Detecting subtle changes to the spirits in the nearby vicinity has become a part of his everyday life, and it certainly plays an important role in his work with the Vandenreich. Close Range Specialist:
Atypically for a Quincy, Alastair has always possessed a natural talent for swords and melee combat. He has honed his swordsmanship from a young age, alongside martial arts lessons and Quincy training, and refined his skills under the tutelage of some of the finest human swordsmen that money could buy. His abilities have been put to the test recently, during the fourth world war, when he partook in the taking of America against Shadow Fall.Kissed by Fire:
For as long as he can remember, Alastair has had an affinity with the element of fire. He prefers hot drinks, warm baths, and tropical climates though these are perhaps only natural choices. He can withstand a notably higher heat threshold than the average human, though not to the point where he could be considered resistant. This phenomenon can also be combined with his Quincy training to heat the latent Reishi in the atmosphere to the point where it could warm his body in a cold environment, though he is not at a level where this could be considered useful passively in combat.
VI. Quincy Skills & Abilities» Quincy Skills: Hirenkyaku:
Of all the Quincy techniques, this is the one that Alastair would consider himself most proficient in. Speed is a vital part of his combat style, moving swiftly to both evade attacks and outmanoeuvre his opponents often being the difference between life and death. From an early age, his training focused upon studying this skill in particular even to the point of neglecting other skills in his arsenal.Blut:
Coming from a line of Echte Quincy, Alastair's abilities to use Arterie and Vene are of the same calibre as any trained pureblood. His tendency to pursue close-ranged engagements and willingness to engage in melee have made them a key part of his skillset, and engaging either form has made clear their value in both mitigating and dealing damage.Wolke:
Though knowledgable of Ginto and many of the Quincy arts that rely upon them, Alastair is only particularly skilled in the use of Wolke. Constantly moving around the battlefield to find a position with which to strike from advantage can sometimes end up with the Quincy having to endure harsh falls that would have been hazardous if not for the ability to soften their landing.Leiden Hant:
Having been able to summon his Spirit Weapon from a notably young age, it was only natural that Alastair soon moved on to using the Leiden Hant to master summoning his weapon in its most powerful state.
VI. Spirit Weapon» Spirit Weapon Name:
Falke» Spirit Weapon Appearance:
The binding element of Falke is the grip, as the design remains relatively constant whilst the rest of the weapon can change to suit Alastair's needs. The core appears as a dull bronze handle shaped in the fashion of a grip moulded perfectly to fit his fingers alone, though despite it's metallic colour remains lightweight enough for the Quincy to wield it with an artful finesse. From this base, Reishi coalesces to form either the limbs of a short bow or the blade of a sword that runs to a similar length as one half of the bow form.
In a direct comparison, the bow form is the more powerful of the two. This is because it requires a considerable amount more Reishi than the blade which can be used effectively in lower Reishi environments even whilst wearing a Leiden Hant. Though able to attack over distance, even the short bow performs better in close quarters engagements where Heilig Pfeil can be fired in rapid succession with minimal chance for opponents to dodge and evade.
» Spirit Weapon Abilities:Blitzfeuer (Flash Fire):
- Blade and Bow:
Focusing upon the Heilig Pfiel as it is released, Alastair can gather the Reishi nearby to superheat the arrowhead as it flies through the air which causes it to emit a blinding light upon impact and pierce through tougher materials than his average arrows would be able to.
The range of the attack is also reduced, maxing out at around half that of his traditional bow attacks, and - whilst the ability can be executed at point-blank range - Alastair is no more resistant to the blinding light than his opponents.Entladungsstreik (Discharge Strike):
A forceful blow made in either bow or blade form, that is made with the Spirit Weapon itself rather than launching a projectile from it. In essence, it serves as a close-range burst attack that releases some of the Reishi stored in the weapon itself and can be used for several utility purposes.
Using Entladungsstreik in bow form consumes enough Reishi that the weapon forcibly degrades into the blade form, whilst using it in blade form instead releases a blast that propels Alastair back as an emergency disengagement tool.
Regardless of which form the technique is used in, the next few attacks that Alastair unleashes will be at reduced power until he is able to refocus upon his glove and restore the weapon to its fully powered state.
VII. Quincy: Vollständig» Vollständig Name:
Phönix, der Feuersouverän» Vollständig Appearance:
Der Feuersouverän is still a Vollständig in its infancy, Alastair having only achieved the form a handful of times, but it changes his appearance in its own unique fashion. A pair of bright orange wings sprout from Alastair's back, whilst a similarly styled halo manifests above his head. White flames also appear to lick at the extremities of his clothing, though the cloth remains unaffected.» Vollständig Abilities:
The Feuersouverän grants similar benefits to other Vollständig; including improved Reishi manipulation, greater spiritual awareness, increased strength and durability, as well as flight. Though it also enhances his latent ability to manipulate fire.Flammenkranz (Wreathed in Flame):
Alastair also exudes heat from his body, his porcelain skin seeming to glow white-hot whilst his hair flares an even brighter shade of red. Without proper precaution taken or an innate level of resistance, it would leave serious burns were someone to touch his flesh with their own and could potentially ignite flammable objects upon contact as well.
Water is, rather naturally, the greatest weakness of this form. Simple rainfall will hamper Flammenkranz's effectiveness, whilst a dousing by a significant amount of water could abruptly end the Vollständig state altogether or even knock Alastair out of the fight entirely for several posts.
Further unique abilities are unexplored as of yet.
VIII. Quincy Skill SheetGeneral Skills
- Durability: Adept
- General Speed: Adept
- Strength: Beginner
- Weapon Skill: Adept
- Blut: Adept
- Quincy Spellcraft: Adept
- Reishi Absorption: Adept
- Spirit Weapon: Advanced
- Willpower/Determination: Adept
- Mental Deduction: Adept
- Focus: Advanced
IX. Roleplay Sample» Roleplay Sample:
As the first cracks of dawn began to crest the distant horizon, illuminating the vast cityscape before him as they did, Alastair Albrecht Eisfluch loosed a quiet yet satisfied sigh. He was resting upon the railing of a balcony several stories from the ground, a vantage point from which he could cast his gaze upon the nearby blocks without drawing too much attention to himself. Below, the city itself began to come awake with the sun.
But it was not the hustle and bustle of the morning commute, no, it was the drums of war that rang out loud and clear. The light from the rising sun spread further, revealing that the cityscape was not quite so beautiful. Some buildings were derelict, others deformed and crooked, and plenty more lay in complete ruin, but still Alastair savoured the view. He had hardly expected that his first visit to America would be quite like this, but the world had gone mad and the duty now fell to him to restore some semblance of order. A hand wrapped around the pendant at his waist, fingers running over the all-too-familiar cross pattern with practised ease, as he cited a quiet prayer.
His morning ritual completed, Alastair turned back from the balcony and ventured back to his impromptu quarters. They were modest, at least by the standards that he had grown accustomed to on his family estate, but certainly functional. He had only just begun to pull his shirt over his head when the sound of footsteps approaching warned him that this was not going to be another quiet day. As expected, the wrapping of a hand against his door soon followed. "Orders from Vandenreich command, Sub-Captain."
Called the voice from beyond the threshold. It was one of his Soldats, were he to guess then he'd have gone for Lukas Beringer, which was at least a small comfort over an alternative from their allied contingents."Enter."
Alastair acknowledged, turning away from the door as he continued to dress. He heard it open quietly, shutting again without much of a sound. "Report, Beringer. Tell me what the Grandmaster has in mind for the day, and don't spare a detail."