|Full Name:||Eleanor Klein|
|Age (Birthdate):||18 (October 3)|
|Hometown:||Klein, in the west of Meria Boule|
"Hm? Terribly sorry! I must've been lost in thought."
Honored graduate of Sielje's sorcerous academy and daughter of a high noble family of Meria Boule, Lady Eleanor Klein has to all accounts lived something of a charmed life--or else, maybe she /is/ the charm. She spends little time in her family's holdings overseeing the western port of her home nation, though. Apparently not content for leisure or cloistered study, this wry, friendly young sorceress has joined the organization known as ARMS, despite her own noble connections and lack of military experience. Indeed while she's quite knowledgeable and even pleasant, she's rather easily distracted, entirely living up to the absent-minded academic stereotype. That makes for a question the rumors can't answer, though: exactly what is this bright young sorceress /doing/ in another noble's private army?
Raised in a position of privilege, Eleanor was considered an extra blessing; not only the first child of her parents, but an elf, clearly good fortune. This would set the tone for much of her life; the heiress to the Marquessate of Klein ahead of the younger siblings she would gain in short order, she knew from an early age that she would grow into many responsibilities. She also displayed clear talents for knowledge and learning, as well as the mystical arts; years before most of her peers would even make the /attempt/, the young elf passed the placement exams for Meria's preeminent preparatory school, Arcadia Lyceum.
Schooling would be the nature of her life for most of it thus far; from being the youngest in all of her classes at one school, she was accepted at eleven into the Sielje Academy, where she would study Crest Sorcery among other things. By fifteen she was a graduate, and moved on to performing research at the Academy as a Crest Sorceress in her own right, and asssisted many archaeological expeditions in the Great Sea. This would introduce her to Drifters.
Amidst a number of terrible accidents among her colleagues, Eleanor would abrubtly go on sabbatical from her studies, returning home for a time. She was invited at seventeen to the changed ARMS after its tragic beginnings as a founding member by Lord Irving Valeria, though many would wonder why she'd agree. But there was the matter of actually joining them to come...
Chapter 2, Act 1
The arrangements having already been made to join ARMS early--Eleanor being among the earlier recruits Lord Irving Valeria contacted--it was meant to be a trivial thing that, now that her previous expedition had ended, she was going to be joining them in the upcoming operation against Odessa, meeting the other members finally and bringing with her an addition. Things did not go to plan; her ship delayed, Eleanor found herself in Spira with the rest; the fact that she /technically/ wasn't a Drifter made no difference to Vinsfeld's magic and plans.
Eleanor came to on an island, in the midst of jungle. ...But life on and around the sea wasn't strange to her, so while she tried to figure out what had happened, she found /people/, and soon was trading on her knowledge of ships and a bit of barter to secure passage to the nearest large port, in hopes that an urban center would at least give her a place to start. She did not /immediately/ make friends, having to learn quickly not to show her ARM even moreso than back home, but her magic at least proved helpful.
Once in Luca, she knew she was awaiting a meeting soon--and after wandering through the awful heat that after days was really catching up with her, she met Marivel, and so began to gather with the other members of ARMS. Soon after, she heard reports of a strange 'machina woman', and managed to link up with Zhang Xiu Mei again, her best friend, who had supposedly fought down from the Highroad. The noblewoman would do a little exploration to find where her friend had been, run into a very unpleasant bird and a few pig men, make a couple of friends, and discover Blitzball.
In the wake of the fiend attack on Luca, Eleanor--who had already decided it was time to get to work on their mission, both of diplomacy and of action--would have to plot her next move. From here with ARMS, she was part of the consideral upheavals that would result.
She participated in the ill-fated Operation Mi'ihen.
She fled the city during the Invasion of Luca.
She was a part of the radio tower on the Thunder Plains, and the recovery of the Guts-Dozer.
And of course, she was at the battle that became a great multi-way clusterfuck at Macalania, taking a great injury in the flight from Odessa's forces that Marivel and Avril Vent Fleur were able to (separately) heal enough for her to get by. She ended this by finally escaping Sin's presence via the Elw teleporter at the end of Lefay, having traversed it with Varius and thus Xiumei.
Skills, Powers and Abilities
Eleanor is not only possessed of a significant academic education, but she is also an accomplished sailor, a decent shot, has a good throwing arm, and of course, is a Crest Sorceress. She's also quite fashionable!
She learned from Drifters on her archaeological expeditions how to handle an ARM pistol, and can equip them, but usually favors Technique-based weapons instead, in part because she is sort of noodly-armed and the recoil of heavier weapons is difficult to handle, in part because relying on ARMs is a little scandalous in her social circle, and in part because her best friend /really/ has ARMs fire covered.
Her preferred weapon aside from magical tools is the boomerang, specifically favoring the returning variety but capable of throwing all sorts of clubs and sticks reasonably well. She can use it to cut ropes or do other shipboard tasks at close range, or throw it at an enemy and expect it to come back. It is perhaps her only athletic talent.
More notably however, she is a Crest Sorceress, a graduate of the Sielje Academy and proficient in the use of all standard spells and Crests of that style, as well as at drawing out the power of items magical and mundane. She further specializes in a specific variant of Crest Sorcery involving a few special Graphs that she possesses, that alter the effects of her elemental spells towards subtler means aligned with the magic of Time. The truth is that she's better with subtle effects and support than she effer was with the grosser, flashier forms of magic, though she can throw a fireball reasonably well enough, and she's leaned into this talent, tending to carry with her magic of healing, buffing, and other helpful types. On offense she'd rather rely on friends, or perhaps a weapon or magical item that can replicate offensive effects for her. She can work the elements, heal wounds, speed and slow movements, and perform general feats of wizardry with grace and aplomb, and her Crest Graphs allow her to perform many spells in mere moments without needing to prepare a ritual environment.
The Mystic ability she learned as a Crest Sorceress, meanwhile, is a good portion of why she can use items as effectively as she can. She's trained to use Stuff, sure, to rely on things, but with her magical power she can draw out the essence of a thing, such as allowing a single heal berry to mend the wounds of many, or drawing out a magical stone's power to create an ice attack. Many more items than some people might realize have magical properties that she can draw on to perform effects; her preferred boomerang, in fact, has divination magic within that she can use to help her in dungeons. These effects are not usually huge, but they can be handy.
She also knows how to use a Teleport Gem properly, which means she is incapable of accidentally accessing the super secret trainer for Crest Sorcery. We better get a Lilka!!
Eleanor also has secrets. They are secret. Her habit of staring into space suddenly in the middle of conversations surely has no strange implications whatsoever.
|Name||Group||Crest Pair||Nora says...|
|Zhang Xiumei||ARMS||"Wing and Wing. I'm not sure I know anyone who thinks as much as Xiumei does."|
|Marivel Armitage||ARMS||"Fray and Geo. Marivel's fire is ancient, but you can still see it burning in her eyes. ...Besides, she looks good in red."|
|Brad Evans||ARMS||"Geo and Fray. Brad is a foundation on which others can rest, but he is not made of stone; I know there's a great deal within him. ...But, the craggy look quite suits him."|
|Acacia Saitani||ARMS||"Wing and Geo. Her keen insight is matched only by her capacity to hold up others, I think."|
|Ashley Winchester||ARMS||"Fray and Fray. His warmth practically radiates from him, by turns gentle and... He's a good man."|
|Clarissa Alwin||ARMS||?||"You know, I'm not quite sure. I feel like I'm missing something--but there's a good opportunity to find it now."|
|Ida Everstead-Rey||ARMS||"Fray and Muse. She does nothing by halves, but I worry for its toll."|
|Seraph Nimue||ARMS||"Wing, naturally. Hard to hang onto, but we would be much poorer without her."|
|Seraph Clarine||ARMS||"Muse and Wing. Her light is gentle, but with the weight of hidden depths."|
|Seraph Ragnell||ARMS||"Fray and Wing. Full of heat and fury, but with a mysterious storm within. I hope it's worth it, Lady Ragnell."|
|Kamui||ARMS||"Wing and Fray. Kamui is everything ephemeral and brilliant, a beautiful spirit."|
|Lilka Eleniak||ARMS||?||"I'm... sorry. I don't know what to say to make it better, but I know that she would be proud of you."|
|Avril Vent Fleur||None||"Wing and Muse. I'd... rather not speculate too much."|
Logs and Cutscenes
Chapter 2, Act 1 Logs
- 2019-05-01: Those Who Fight Further
- 2019-05-03: Otherworld (Side A)
- 2019-05-11: Force Your Way
- 2019-06-19: Swimming Lessons
- 2019-07-04: Within the Giant
- 2019-07-11: Gone With The Wind
- 2019-08-10: A Taste of Power
- 2019-09-04: Ganondorf 101
- 2019-10-11: What Was Lost To The Ages