Age: ~96 years"It's only natural, I'm the strongest after all!"
Named for the river of the same name in Nagano Prefecture, Tenryuu was finished and sent out around 1918, designed as a flagship for destroyer detachments and created using British innovations improved upon during the alliance between Britain and the Japanese. She was designed for high-speed, reaching nearly 33 knots and easily able to keep up with other ships. However weapons were outdated by contemporary standards, equipped with a series of gun placements in fixed positions and no anti-air capabilities. She was assigned a position in 1919 as a flagship of her first destroyer fleet, and later went on to be attached to several other destroyer groups around the mid to late 1920s, also being frequently used as a training vessel and sortieing with her sister-ship, Tatsuta. Continuing to serve alternatively as a training vessel for the Imperial Navy and taking on more active duty, she was sent along with Tatsuta into war, eventually being equipped with AA guns in the early days of the conflict.
The battle of Guadalcanal served as her final stand on December 19th, after several destroyers following her had been sunk or damaged. The USS Albacore had fired three torpedoes, one of which struck Tenryuu in stern, sinking her once and for all. Re-awakened in the modern age, this time in human form, Tenryuu once again returned to her place as a flagship among new or hesitant destroyer fleets against the Abyssal menace, rejoining with her sister, Tatsuta and once again heading out to war. Seeing the Abyssal Fleets as something that should not exist, Tenryuu would hardly sit by and allow the enemy to overtake her, and with what pride she had left, she set out immediately after her awakening as a kanmusu to train the younger Destroyers of the naval base, with hopes that she could help turn the tide, no matter how small.
4x 14 cm/50 3rd Year Type naval guns,
1x 8 cm/40 3rd Year Type naval guns
2x Type 93 13.2 mm (0.52 in) anti-aircraft machine guns
6x 533 mm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes
As a shipgirl, a Light Cruiser, Tenryuu posesses a fair turn of speed when needing to go from place to place, her engines allowing her to move quickly across the surface of the waters she protects. Combat-wise, she tends to be very up-front in her engagements, often choosing to serve as a flagship and attack the front lines with considerable zeal. She's notable for charging into areas under heavy fire and not retreating until the battle's done, especially if Tatsuta's alongside her, as they have a very powerful synergy in combat. Naturally, because of this, she's very effective at chasing targets over long distances without tiring, hopefully leaving them either broken or fleeing in her wake. Her loud, brash and arrogant attitude paints her as a powerful warrior on the seas, and she tends to combine her unyielding attacks with intimidation and ambush tactics to get the better of opponents. That isn't to say that she's not supportive to members of any given detachment. With allies on her side, especially Destroyers, she devotes her time to protecting them as well as she can and not leaving anyone behind.
Her attack patterns are straightforward, usually opening fire with with a volley from her guns, a quick a torpedo salvo or, if she's particularly aggressive, an attack with the sword she carries. She seems to enjoy using torpedoes to blow her opposition out of the water, and boasts about their efficiency, while evidence suggests that her guns are a little slower than most Kanmusu of her rank. However, the one thing she does take pride in is her skill as a swordswoman, boasting about how she can easily slice through Abyssal ships without any trouble. This might be a slight embellishment on her part, but her blade is
rather deadly, and in the hands someone as determined, like Tenryuu herself, it might live up to this reputation.
Tenryuu's personality is often tough and prideful, usually trying to seem intimidating towards her enemies. She seems to enjoy such a reputation, often through smug smiles and her catchphrase 'Hehe, you scared~?'. Of course, her tough-talking nature leads to Tenryuu seeming like a bit of a bad influence, and her role in her previous life left her with a determined attitude, never wanting to retreat from a fight or anything else, until she claims victory. More over, she sees her stubborn nature as a sign of strength, taking very slight pride in her eyepatch, which represents a critical damage to a searchlight in the past.
Aside from her shouting, bantering and posturing, Tenryuu's rather personable, if a bit rough around the edges. However, one can't deny she's passionate about what she does. She can't always escape her gruff nature and speaks informally, even in the presence of the admiralty or trainees, employing crude humour and attitude to get her points across. In some ways, she figures she deserves to be able to speak casually as well as speak her mind, as she believes a lot of what should be said 'gets lost in all that damn formality.' Her loud and brash nature and her pride in battle has given her a reputation among the more impressionable kanmusu, especially destroyers, whom she feels most at home with. She often plays up her bravery so that she can make the destroyers under her command fired up and ready to fight, but shows a considerable amount of honest courage by taking on enemies head-on, happily mowing them down where she can.
Tatsuta: Tenryuu's sister ship. Tenryuu's tough and serious nature is often upset by Tatsuta poking into her business by cruel pranks and attempts to embarrass the cool and unflappable shipgirl. They get along rather well, despite this, and even Tenryuu's antagonistic feeling towards Tatsuta contains some grudging love for her. Of course, Tenryuu won't really admit it much, and she'll probably shout at you to shut up if you inquire, but it's quite hard for her to think about life without her sister alongside her, for good or ill.
The Destroyers of the Fleet: Too many to list individually, and she loves the hell out of them. In her life as a ship, Tenryuu had always been useful for training the navy and accompanying destroyers into battle, and her new life reflects this. Tenryuu has taken this sort of task upon herself as a guardian of sorts. As such, Tenryuu chooses to be sent out among them in order to protect and train them for future battles, taking their development very seriously. She's developed into somewhat of a 'big sister' role for the young ones and doesn't seem to mind being admired in this manner
USS Quicy: Sunk by Tenryuu during the battle of Savo Island.
USS Vincennes, Canberra and Astoria: Attacked by Tenryuu at Savo, along with other ships.
MV Ashun: Sunk by Tenryuu at Milne bay. Attacked it at port, so doesn't consider that victory a challenge.
USS Albacore: The ship which sunk Tenryuu. She doesn't want to be reminded about this one.