They say first impressions count for a lot, and I guess that’s true, but the first thing anyone’s going to notice about Tiandao is how exceedingly normal it looks - there’s nothing immediately obvious about it that marks it as a Youkai/Yaoguai, let alone one of the most powerful. At a brief glance, it seems a lot like a human - somewhat tall and slender, pale skinned, dark haired, but just a human, all the same. If anything, it’d take a few seconds to sink in that what you’re looking at is very much not human, as one looks closer and notices many subtle wrongnesses.
The is a very subtle irreality about the Yaoguai of Perspective. Probably the most notable of these, is what’s been called in RP a “hyper-reality aura” - looking directly at it, the surrounding world seems to be in sharper focus, over-saturated with colour, and with the contrast dialled up somewhat. It’s like going from SD to HD.
In contrast to this, Tiandao itself is strangely lacking in reality - it has nothing in the way of mannerisms or subconscious actions; doesn’t blink, doesn’t even seem to breathe. Unless it specifically chooses to move, it doesn’t move, standing perfectly still (often with its eyes closed and a faint smile on its face), more like a photograph than anything else. The only part of it that stands out are its eyes, although it rarely opens them - they’re a bright green, and while they don’t shine, seem to do so, colour bleeding into their surroundings. Although at other times, its eyes seem to be blank white. On the rare occasion that it smiles widely enough to show its teeth, a careful observer would notice that they’re a little sharper and more pointed than those of a human - a rather visible indicator of what it actually is.
When it speaks, its voice is light, smooth, and unhurried, with a slight sing-song quality to it, slowly rising and falling in pitch and cadence. There is a slight humour in everything that it says, which rarely disappears, and indeed, it almost never seems serious about anything, making it quite difficult to tell when it’s being sincere. It tends to give the impression of knowing more, a lot more, than it lets on, as well, as if it’s privy to all the secrets, and everyone else is a bumbling fool to be taken by the hand and led onward.
A few notes: I play Tiandao as a sort of enlightened trickster; probably not a character likely to develop much - it’s already done most of its developing. At this point, it contents itself with playing with others, but usually in a roundabout way helping them. It’s very much given to pick and prod at other people’s flaws, but this is usually done out of a sort of strange altruism.
I’ve already mentioned before on IRC, but there were several inspirations for the character of Tiandao - chief amongst them Gin Ichimaru from Bleach, and Katz from Courage the Cowardly Dog, alongside various conceptions of sages and wise men. It’s not really “nice”, but it could probably said to be “good” in a larger cosmic sense.
It’s not a very overt character - even when exercising its extreme power, there’s very little to be seen; it’s all invisible forces and subtle alterations of the universe. The idea is to evoke a sort of low-key weirdness, to give the impression that just about everyone is somewhat out of their depth when dealing with it.
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