|Legal Name:||Sakura Takahashi|
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|Tribe:||Hunters in Darkness|
|Renown:|| Cunning: |
— Sakura Takahashi
Nature is a dichotomy, and so is Sakura.
There's something wholesome and rejuvenating about a woodland stream on a warm day, the nourishment of fresh fruit and the sanctuary of cool shade. Sakura is likewise pleasant and invigorating presence, a smiling young woman who'd be delighted to take you on a nature walk or otherwise provide encouragement. She wears a blending of practical and fashionable clothing, found in sundresses or hiking gear depending on the occasion. Sakura speaks animatedly with the faint hint of a Japanese accent, made significantly more prominent when she's conversing with her aunt, Lily Takahashi, whom Sakura often helps entertain guests when she's in town.
Nature is also ruthless, deadly, and uncompromising. Plants, seemingly placid and passive, are an ever active force that constantly evolves to find new ways to protect and kill, using poison or other specialised adaptations. All uratha know the ferocity of their own rage, and Sakura would say she has an honest, healthy relationship with being an apex predator. There are many reasons when taking a life is the correct, natural answer to a problem, but those moments can and must be carried out with dignity and respect. Its only natural then that Sakura prefers to strike in such a way that her prey is dead before they've realised they've been wounded. She speaks coldly, with ritual poetry to consecrate significant kills.
But most only see Sakura as a kind, bubbly, and occasionally chaotic lover of the outdoors. She's the kind of girl you can take home to meet your parents - and she'll put flowers on your father's grave when she kills him for being Claimed. Reserved and kind. Cold and ruthless. That's Sakura.
Wild Thing - Sakura can often be found in the 'wild places' of the world, be that deep in the woods or off in the Hisil. She's an excellent guide and tracker - perhaps she can help you?
Shinobi - Sakura might not be a literal shadow, but she's about as quiet as one can be. If you need someone to be watched or taken care of, there are few better suited to the task.
Climate Activist - Sakura's care for wild places extends into the mortal realm. She's an outspoken activist, horticulturalist, part-time zookeeper, and manages several apiaries. Positive action makes a difference.
Always On The Move - Sakura seems to have an energy that needs to be released sometimes - usually with exploration. If you're going for a day trip or away for the weekend, she's a keen travel buddy.
Deeds and Rumors
The Prodigal Daughter - Sakura is a member of the prestigous Takahashi family. She has some big shoes to fill, now that she's back from vacation.
Team Rat Priest - Sakura was part of the team that hunted the Beshilu Prophetess.
The Border Marcher - Sakura was one of the uratha who faced down the Pangean, almost dying in the effort to seal it within the Gauntlet.
The Witch Wolf - Sakura was abducted and tortured by the Bale Hound known as the Witch Wolf, along with Tajj and Salim. She joined the Keepers in the aftermath.
The Hive - Sakura faced down the idigam known as The Hive and survived.
"An unexpected surprise... Not unpleasant, just... unexpected. I suppose that is a testament to how sneaky she can be." - Maddie Wesson
"We've always had our wild ways and places, but for all of that, Sakura isn't wild. Isn't untamed. She is steadfast, comfortable, warm, the things so hard to find in this world where no moment of peace lasts terribly long." - Zoe St. Clair
"People are always talking about seeing someone at their worst or at their best. I do not think such things have the meaning you think they do. When the most extreme things have happened, you simply see truth. The wavering place between which someone might break, but something greater may come. I have seen them at this place, and I know they do not give in. That is the mark of the truly strong in my eye." - Salim Qadir
"She's steel hiding silk." - King