Member No.: 30
Joined: 1-August 11
Name: Ota Xi
Age: 17 (January 2nd)
Saturn has always been a planet of darkness, mystery, secrets, and prophecy.
The Xi family and the To family had been in a companionship of sorts for generations, but as both had been lucky enough to have only sons for their children, they had never cemented it with the bonds of marriage, until finally, the To family had a daughter. Qxili was a beautiful woman, in all aspects of Saturnian culture. She was born eleven years before her future husband, Ix, leaving a gaping hole between them that was never closed. She was chosen as his main caretaker through his infancy – up until he was five and she was sixteen, she spent every waking hour with the infant/toddler. He was instructed as the head of the conglomerate families from then on – Qxili was left to her own devices, and by the time he turned sixteen, she was addicted to a good chunk of the drugs on Saturn and had graduated the University of Saturn with a degree in Galactic Communications, making her a perfect diplomat for the dark planet. She wouldn't tell anyone's secrets, because then they would tell hers.
Shortly after their marriage, it was discovered that Qxili was pregnant. This was a joy to both families, but when it came to light that the child was not her teenage husband's, the drama got a bit out of hand. At some point, in the midst of the disapproving family members coming to chastise her and tell her she was a worthless whore, she overdosed on pixto, a common Saturnian drug that she'd been addicted to for years. The incident left her in the hospital for nearly three months – had it not been for her tolerance that had built up over time, she'd have been dead within three minutes of use. She delivered her still-born son three months early, and with that, came the ill omens of the future of the family.
Four years later, when Ix was twenty and Qxili was thirty one, it was discovered that she was once again pregnant. This child was in fact Ix's, and the news was taken with joy. Their first child was a girl named Ox. She was bright and happy and exceptionally smart, and she was her father's pride and joy. She lived to the age of six, when she was killed in an equipment malfunction in the grain fields, where she wasn't supposed to be playing. This changed Ix forever – he was no longer the semi-carefree man he'd been, but a man who had loved his child and lost her suddenly, violently, tragically, and was left with a wife who didn't seem to care. Qxili had been on a trip to the Moon when her daughter had died – she didn't come back early, didn't even make the trip to her daughter's funeral.
Two years later, they discovered that they were once again pregnant, this time with a son. Ix tried his hardest to distance himself from his wife, during and after her pregnancy. He'd spent years loving his daughter to have her ripped away. His son was named Ta, and soon after his birth, his mother once again left for another planet, and stayed gone for the majority of her son's short life. Ix and Ta managed to coexist as a family unit, but the few times that Qxili came home, she somehow managed to pit son against his never-offending father. He lived to be sixteen, when he overdosed on the same drug that had killed his older half-brother before birth. Once again, Qxili never bothered to come back for her child's funeral. She had no care for the people she'd left on Saturn, and at some point, also had a Mercurian eye-enhancing surgery that allowed her to venture into sunlight, along with multiple skin treatments that kept her from burning. It was in this way that she managed to stay gone for another two years after her son's death.
At forty four years old and with no heir to his family's name, Ix had already decided that for the rest of his natural life, he'd stay as far from his wife as he could. He had never wanted to marry a woman so much older than him, and for the past twenty eight years, it had caused him nothing but pain. He consented to meeting her one last time, in which she managed to talk him into staying with her. He regained his mind the following morning, and three months later, on Earth, Qxili learned that she was pregnant at fifty five years old.
Ota was born six months later, a very sickly baby. Qxili had undergone a rehabilitation program while pregnant, and the couple had reconciled to a certain point. They agreed to raise their child together. The effects of the drugs that had basically stayed in her mother's system for years had a major effect on her body – she was born at a mere 4.6 pounds, despite not being premature, which was a miracle in itself. After her birth, the doctors estimated that she'd live for only hours – so a year later, when she was finally let out of the hospital, her parents finally named her, after both of her elder siblings. A conglomerate, Ota.
After that first hard year, her family was quick to betroth her to the first family that offered – a high-standing family. Throughout her whole adolescence, Ota had only met her fiancé three times, and two of those times were as a very small child. Her mother, despite rehabilitation, fell back into the trap that is the drug cartels on Saturn. She left more and more often, but always seemed to come back within two months, mainly to visit her daughter. Ota idolized her mother from a very young age – she loved her father dearly, but she saw him almost as rarely as her mother, and her mother was just so much more interesting to the young girl. She was frequently ill as a toddler, and had it not been for her grandmother that constantly nursed her back to health, she would probably have died before she hit the age of five.
Qxili Xi loved her daughter, it seemed, enough to take her on a trip to Earth with her when the girl was healthy enough at five years old. Ota was exceptionally smart – she'd inherited whatever it was that allowed her sister to be so intelligent as well. She was as resilient as her brother, who had also been sickly. She seemed to be the best of both of her siblings, and it was in that manner that she managed to alienate her father from a very young age.
The trip to Earth was a catastrophe. Ota, not ever really understanding the difference between her mother's eyes and her own, woke up earlier than her mother and went out to watch the sunrise. The five-year old's screams were heard throughout the whole building, sending multitudes of people rushing to the roof. Qxili was mortified – now, in front of all of her friends, Ota had made it look like she was a bad mother. She was quick to blame Ix, despite the fact that he'd never really had anything to do with her. As soon as she was sure her daughter would survive the pain, she sent the girl on the first ship back to Saturn, where her father was left with the burden of a little girl who was blind.
She learned in the next year, while her eyes were healing, to sort wheat by feel alone. She was great at it, even as young as she was, and her father was glad that she had something to do. Her tiny hands were perfect for the job. She spent hours a day in her room, in the blackness that she'd grown to hate, listening to her only entertainment – her telescreen, mounted on the wall behind her, which responded to her voice commands.
It was in that same manner, sitting, eyes closed, silently, in her room sorting the masses of grain that always seemed to re-spawn as she worked, that she discovered what she assumed to be her mother’s death. It was a message on the network, telling of the tragic suicide of an “elderly” woman from Saturn. Her eyes had long since healed, but she hadn't ever quite gotten over her hatred of the total darkness that fell when she closed her eyes... Even so, she didn't cry over her mother's supposed death.
She still continued to work on her studies as much as she could, and mastered Terrestrial via lessons over her telescreen. She then started on Venusian and Uranian, which she's still in the process of studying. She discovered that she loved cultures – her education as a girl had been enough that they knew she was exceptionally brilliant, but the degree to which was unknown until she turned thirteen, when she took a placement test and scored in the top three percentile on all of Saturn.
Her father had spent years distancing himself from her, fearing that she'd die and leave him alone, but after his wife's disappearance, the pair of them found comfort in the presence of the other, knowing that they were really alone together in the universe. Ota worked hard, and managed to keep her studies up as well as keep assisting her father with the sorting of the more expensive grains, the ones that couldn't be sorted mechanically.
When she turned fifteen, the day that she got her letter of invitation to Telordya University, Ota was terrified. She wanted to get off of Saturn, yes, but to return to the very city where she had nearly lost her vision, where her mother had supposedly killed herself… It scared her.
She decided to face her fears, however, and departed on the day of her sixteenth birthday for Earth. The departure was oddly emotional, for both herself and her father. For the first time in her memory, her father touched her – he hugged her. It was also the first time since she was five that she could remember feeling enough of a strong emotion to actually cry. She hadn't cried when she believed her mother to be dead, but she cried when she had to leave her father alone on that dark planet.
She arrived three days later on Earth, where she was promptly dumped on her own. She'd never really worked with others before, save the random few that she managed to befriend. She'd never experienced racism, so when she was told that the youth hostel she'd been referred to wouldn't take her because she was Saturnian, she was at a total loss. She sat out in the rain for hours, until she was discovered by a young woman named Avetea Kaiz, who took her to her tiny apartment in Treq. The next morning was chaotic – a stranger appeared, and in a flurry of pain and remembering, Ota Xi was awakened as Sailor Saturn, Goddess of Ruin and Rebirth and Death and Destruction.
She moved into her dorm room around a week later, and that day turned into a chaos as well. She'd met Haiden Osiaan during her stay with her best friend – otherwise known as Sailor Uranus, Haiden had once raised Ota, in her past life. She was already having trouble adjusting to suddenly having this massive amount of responsibility and the painful memories when suddenly they were jump-started when she discovered that her roommate's brother was none other than Ruro Shoban, the reborn form of Prince Endymion/Chiba Mamoru.
It got even crazier when she met her suite mates, Raen Mars and Ushriya Deva. After a while, it became obvious that they were Sailor Mars and Sailor Moon, respectively. Things calmed down a bit for a few weeks after that went down, until October, when Ota met the reincarnation of her past daughter and her soul-bond/past husband, Jace and Mai Luciys. Finally feeling complete and far more sure of who she was and who she had been, the couple moved along with their relationship. Ota became a happy mother to Mai, whom she loves more than life itself. There wasn’t much in the way of development after that until December 31st – New Year’s Eve. In an accidentally drunken stupor, Ushriya accidentally spilled all of their secrets to Ota’s roommate Amisi. Paired with the fact that her very obnoxious and potentially dangerous betrothed-since-childhood drug-addict fiancé decided that January 1st would be a good night to pay her a visit, it got very stressful. After he kissed her, hit her, and tried to attack her daughter, Jace came to the rescue – unfortunately for Qa, his stupidity and lack of any brain resulted in him attacking them again. He couldn’t be let loose due to the danger to Ota’s father, so he was dealt with accordingly.
It was through that incident that she discovered that Sailor Pluto, otherwise known as Justice of the Peace Esuna Elian, had drawn up the papers for she and Jace’s marriage. As of December 28th, they were technically married in the eyes of the Regime, despite all manner of obstacles that the Plutonian woman somehow just bypassed. Around late May, Esuna gave the little family her old apartment so that they’d have some more room, and that is where her life is now. Very happily married, with a beautiful daughter, several dogs, and about to start her third semester of TelU.
Having spent months now dealing with others on a social and friendly basis, Ota has grown significantly in that area. Prior to her coming to Earth, she had spoken to very few people – now, though it does require some effort, she can strike up a conversation with a stranger, as long as they’re not weird or look at her funny. She’s gotten very sick of the racism that she’s been constantly accosted with, even going so far as having waiters or waitresses deny to serve her – she’s pretty prepared now to start actually commenting on the ridiculousness of it. She’s slowly merged some of Hotaru’s sociability with her own, which has made this whole transition period much easier. Having actual friends to talk to, though, has also helped immensely. She’s come to understand most humor, though things do still go over her head quite often, especially when it comes to Khonsu and almost everything he ever says.
She’s discovered that she is not required to listen to Mirrikha and Hotaru, nor do what they would have done. They talk to her often enough that she's beginning to know them as people, and she no longer has that problem of thinking that they're all the same person - she's come to realize that they're all individuals, and that she does not have to live her life the way that they want her to. For example, Mirrikha has pressed for a literary degree in the university. Hotaru puts in for law or something equally Hotaru-esque. Ota, though, is currently thinking about linguistics, because who are they to tell her how to live? Despite that, though, there is a very easy atmosphere in her mind – at least, when Hotaru isn’t murderous and Mirrikha is fully sane.
She still has issues with being totally blind, mainly because of that year of blindness. She also now has the issue that she’s trying very hard to remind herself of whatever powers Hotaru and Mirrikha had that she hasn’t been able to tap yet – it’s very frustrating to her, the fact that while they showed her all of their memories, they won’t divulge their secrets.
Standing at a very un-intimidating five feet and three inches, Ota isn't exactly the most formidable looking Saturnian you might ever lay eyes upon. She is very much the epitome of her people; black hair and eyes, completely white skin. Even her lips, where some Saturnian's retain some level of peach coloring, are white. She is monochromatic. Only under the most extreme situations did a blush ever tinged her cheeks, and even then, it was a very pale shade of pink... However, now that she's married and interacts with people on a regular basis, she finds that it's happening more and more often and that it's nearly impossible to hide. Jace in particular can make her blush very hard. She has an attractive body, even though she has usually kept it covered with unflattering clothing to hide her very sensitive skin from the sun - as her tolerance slowly builds, she's shedding layers, though constantly wearing the thin long sleeves and tights that have been manufactured for her race living on Earth has been a blessing..
She hasn't quite grown into her own body yet, making her appear a bit awkward at times. She's very healthy, even for a Saturnian, weighing around 100 pounds – more often than not, her people are under weight from drug use. Her youth is obvious in her face, though her goggles can make her appear a bit older. Since she's started eating more than just the wheat-based foods of her planet and spent far more time in the daylight, she's colored out some, though she's still transparently pale. Her hair, due to the sunlight's bleaching, is no longer such a solid black, but a mixture of the darkest of browns and blacks. She also has a significant amount more muscle, due to the fact that she's a soldier and it's rather important that she be able to handle herself.
Face Claim: Isabelle Furhman
Role Playing Sample:
No windows. Her sponsor on Earth had made sure that her home had no windows. She was pleasantly surprised by this, and as soon as she was certain of this, one pitch colored eye very slightly opened to bask in the darkness. Carefully, carefully, both eyes were opened, quickly adjusting to the wonderful darkness. The only lights in the entire apartment were the same sort that she'd had at home on Saturn; the barely visible, flickering flames that would grant little to no vision to those whose eyes were adjusted to the sun. It was also wonderfully cold in here; not so cold that she'd need extra clothing, but it wasn't warm, and that was another plus to this apartment. She must have gotten a sponsor that was used to dealing with Saturnians.
A quick trip around the small housing unit was all she needed to determine that yes, she'd been very lucky in her placement. She'd heard terrible stories about Earth, but thus far, they'd all been falsehoods. The few people she'd met hadn't been rude, as her father had told her, and the sun, though painful at first, wasn't bad if you only went out at night and didn't look at the damned thing. Those memories of her first glimpse of the sun were still painful, even after so many years away from it. The most uncomfortable sensation she'd experienced since she'd arrived had been the periphial glance she'd had of the sun, through her goggles; and it was only a burn and the memory of agony, not really so much pain as the natural instinct to avoid pain.
She walked into the room she was to sleep in, tracing her fingers on the wall. It was a comforting thing, being able to feel something stable, even though she could see again. That year of absolute nothing was haunting in her mind; she still felt a sense of panic when she actually closed her eyes to sleep. That was another reason that she so totally wore herself out before she went to bed... It made it easier on her. That suffocating fear was still a major influence in her life, even after so long. Even the pain from actually looking at the sun head on - the memory that was still so vivid and sharp in her head - was nothing compared to being afraid of the black. Thankfully enough, her eyes were adjusted to very dark places, so it was only when she could see absolutely nothing that the fear came into play.
It was late; even without looking at the small analog clock on the wall of the small bedroom, she could tell. Or perhaps it wasn't... The time differences from Saturn and Earth were incredibly large. It took nearly 30 Earth years to get through 1 Saturn year... It was going to be a very strange experience, living here. She couldn't believe that in less than three months there would be a 'season change.' The seasons on Saturn were very, very long; in her life, she'd only lived through three of the six.
She took off her shoes, sitting down on the rather stiff bed. It wasn't uncomfortable, but compared to her bed at home, it was... very different. A very wispy sigh lit from pale lips as she shrugged off her outer jacket, leaving just her long sleeved black shirt and pants. She only had about three hours before her first class began... Was that enough time for her to take a nap? She wasn't sure, but since her first class was Terrestrial Grammar with some professor who had probably never seen a Saturnian before in his life, she figured she'd better try. She was tired enough that she doubted it would be a problem.
And sure enough, as she cralwed between the blankets (she realized quickly after she got comfortable that they were imported from Saturn), she fell asleep, only to be awoken later by the alarm she'd set. Interesting sound it made.
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