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Character name: Sakata Gintoki; he goes by Gin-san pretty often.
Timeline:Manga chapter 399
Age: Likely late 20s, but his age is never specifically given.
~*Magical*~ abilities and strengths: Gintoki is a samurai and has very well-developed skills. Although he usually will use a bokuto (wooden sword) he has been shown to use a normal katana when he needs to truly defend himself. He has also been shown to be able to cut through things with his wooden sword. In his youth during the Joui war, he was known as Shiroyasha (the White Demon) and shown to be very destructive, slaughtering countless enemies by himself. As a swordsman, along with his strength he also shows speed and ingenuity in battle, along with an incredible ability to fight through any pain or injury. But he's not invincible.
How would they use their abilities?: Gintoki largely will use his sword only to protect his convictions and those people important to him. He'll also use it to stop others from doing bad things. It's very rare that he will even fight for fun, such as with members of the Shinsengumi. Still, as a samurai, if someone challenged him, he'd likely accept. He'd probably think it was stupid though, and we see from his 'duel' with Kondo that he doesn't really take it seriously.
He's definitely on the side of justice, though, and seems to like the idea of justice, and defending those who can't defend themselves. Just as potent as his sword sometimes can be the inspirational lecturing he tends give those who are doing wrong. He can cause quite a bit of destruction, but his reasons for doing so would be for the greater good; he's very unselfish when it comes to his sword.
Gintoki is about medium height and medium build, though he's physically strong due to his experience as a samurai. He has silver hair that is naturally wavy, which he gets mocked for quite a bit, and eyes that are a dull red and resemble 'a dead fish'. He is almost always seen sloppily wearing a yukata with a blue wave-patterned edge over black pants and a shirt edged in red, along with sturdy black boots. His bokuto, which is always with him, has Touyako (Lake Toya) inscribed on the hilt. He could be considered charming, with his relaxed personality that still manages to be confident, and just a bit boyish despite complaining like an old man.
Gintama is an AU (Alternate Universe) story set during the Bakumatsu era of Japan, or the final years of the shogunate. Rather than foreigners from the Western world, aliens from outer space have invaded and integrated themselves into society.
Gintoki is the owner of the Yorozuya, a word that means something similar to 'House of 10,000 (or many) businesses'. Basically, anybody can make offers to the Yorozuya, and they'll take the job which can be anything from finding someone's lost cat to standing in line to buy a new game system for a client, to even helping the Shinsengumi. On the surface it may seem like Gintoki is just trying to make a living in an era where it was, in historical Japan, often difficult for former samurai to do so. Despite this, the Yorozuya hardly seems to make enough money for Gintoki and it's employees, Kagura - a freakishly strong teenage girl who belongs to a clan of crazy stong aliens called the Yato - and Shinpachi - the son of a former samurai and the only straight man- to survive. This is something that the two kids remind him of often. Their relationship is very sibling-like, and they pester, nag, tease and argue with each other to no end. But as Gintoki himself says, life would be too boring without them.
Gintoki can be very lazy about traditional work, happy to do as little as possible for as much money as possible, even to the point of refusing a job because it might be too much work, or something he doesn't want to be involved in. There's really no reason to work when a person could be napping or enjoying the finer things in life, such as fantasizing about the attractive weather lady or building a careful chocolate stash. At the same time, money speaks to the Yorozuya, as we see when Gintoki is first hired by Hasegawa, and he often will accept money for any reason. Anything to buy his weekly Jump and daily sugar requirement; his favorite seem to be large ice cream and fruit parfaits.
However, there is much more to Gintoki than the lazy former samurai who mooches business space off of Otose, the owner of the building and a snack house on the first floor, as well as much more that the Yorozuya represents besides a struggling business. Although jobs don't always go as the client plans, we always see Gintoki resolving issues relying on his own personal convictions, or bushido, and that nearly always means the resolution is on the side of justice, on helping those who are in need, and generally doing the right thing. While initially refusing a job from a man who has no money, the moment Gintoki learns that he's dying in the hospital, he takes the man's job anyway and does what the man asks. Countless times we see Gintoki uses his business to help individual people, as opposed to his former comrades who seek major reform of the country and the bakufu, even to the point of complete destruction.
And those former comrades of Gintoki's lead to a much darker past than his more light-hearted existence with Shinpachi and Kagura, with whom his relationship is very familial ( it's very obvious he cares about them deeply and would do anything to protect them), reflects. We know nothing about Gintoki's actual family; he was found by Yoshida Shouyou, a teacher and samurai, on a battlefield, taking food from corpses and protecting himself with stolen swords. It's pretty obvious that Shouyou-sensei was the most important person to Gintoki growing up, and was a model of protection and care and kindness and strength to him. Although it's hard to say given the limited background information that we have, Shouyou is someone that Gintoki relied on and someone who never disappointed him, living according to his convictions to the end, much like Gintoki tries to do. It's natural that Gintoki's desire to protect his soul and the souls of those who can't protect themselves stems directly from Shouyou's teaching, and it's a big part of what motivates Gintoki in everything he does with the Yorozuya, and everything he does in life.
"From now on, you will swing that sword. Not to cut down your enemies. Not to cut away your weaknesses and protect yourself. But to protect your very soul." -Shouyou-sensei
Doing this is likely, to Gintoki, to feel as though it's the only way to honor and repay his teacher, who likely served as a familial figure to Gintoki as well, having no family of his own at all. We don't know how, but it's clear in the series that Shouyou was killed, which led to at least 3 of his former students joining a 20-year conflict against the Amanto, aliens that invaded the earth. It's clear that they joined what's called the Joui war in the final years of the conflict, when it quickly became looked they had no way to defeat species' with such advanced technology. During this period Gintoki was known as Shiroyasha, or the White Demon; his swordsmanship was highly feared, and the destruction he caused was devastating.
While it's not clear when or why he stopped fighting and left the war against the Amanto, his reasoning is hinted at during a flashback with Katsura, one of his comrades and one of Shouyou-sensei's students. As they are surrounded by Amanto, Katsura says they should commit seppuku and die honorably. Gintoki's reply is one of the most well-known quotes from the series: "If you have time to fantasize about your beautiful death, then why not use that to live beautifully until the end?"
This is clearly again in reference to Shouyou-sensei's teachings, Gintoki believing that his teacher would much rather have him survive than die for something like honor. Gintoki doesn't seem to care too much about honor; killing himself rather than surviving for the sake of others would seem very selfish to him, especially since his life was given to him by Shouyou-sensei, and he's going to treasure it. To Gintoki, dying isn't much of a victory, even if he has shown himself to be self-sacrificing when he isn't sure there's another way to protect those he wants to protect.
In his life at the Yorozuya, as far as we know none of Gintoki's acquaintances and friends know about his dark past. Despite the occasionally nightmare about past battles, he's definitely left the past behind as far as he's able to, to the frustration of former comrades Katsura and Takasugi, former students of Shouyou-sensei who seek the dismantling/reform of the Shogunate and it's destruction, respectively.
For a man who largely acts like he doesn't want much to do with others, Gintoki sure manages to get into others' business pretty effortlessly, and he will help them tenaciously, with that indomitable soul of his. He also manages to get involved with his former comrade again when Takasugi plans to assasinate the Shogun by using a local inventor, Gengai, whom Gintoki ends up befriending. Takasugi also deliberately makes use of Amanto technology in combination with swords to form the Benizakura, a bio-mechanical sword. In their attempts to stop him, Katsura and Gintoki learn that their former friend has offered their heads to the band of Harusame Space Pirates, in an ultimate act of betrayal. It is here where we can truly see that Gintoki's actions after the Joui war are in complete opposite of Takasugi's; Gintoki tries to exist in the country on his own terms, where as Takasugi wants to tear down and destroy the country so it matches his own convictions. Both Katsura and Gintoki are concerned about their old friend, but despite this, claim that they will kill him if they need to.
Because he never had a family, the people close to him are extremely important to him, and much like a family to him, particularly Otose, Kagura, and Shinpachi. By extension, he has others that he'll do a lot for, such as Hasegawa and Otae-san, Tama and Gengai, Tsukuyo and those in Yoshiwara, and even a few unnamed idiots in the Shinsengumi. He comments that it's ironic that those without families understand what's important in a family better than those who have them. It's a particular sort of anger Gintoki feels, when he sees others betraying or failing to protect their those closest to them. We definitely see this with regards to Gintoki's interactions with Kagura's family; while he doesn't seem to dislike Kagura's father, Umibozu, there is definitely contempt for a man who would leave his own family behind. And in the red-light district Yoshiwara, when Gintoki and Co. help the courtesans there rebel against Yato clan member, Housen, we also meet Kagura's brother, Kamui. Kamui seems to be a cold killer who cares only about fighting the strongest, beating the strongest, and getting stronger to the point where he tried to kill his own father. This is practically the first thing Gintoki berates him for, pointing out the kind of person he must be to have tried to kill his own father and sister. Unfortunately, Kamui's only response to Gintoki is being excited to find someone new who is strong enough for him, and Kamui hopes to fight with Gintoki someday. When Umibozu tells Gintoki that Kamui wasn't always that way, and Kagura still hopes to save and change her brother, Gintoki is left without anything to say. When faced with the idea of having to fight with Kamui in front of Kagura, who still cares for her brother, the decision on what he will do is clearly very, very weighty.
At the same time, this gradually growing attachment and care for the people around him - no matter what he says, it's clearly there - is what draws so many to the often abrasive, bristly, lazy, sugar addicted ex-samurai, and he has people who care about him; Shinpachi and Kagura especially are visibly very distressed when he gets injured, and the same goes for Gintoki if anything happens to them. Because he can see the good in them, they can see the good in him too - Gintoki's shining soul. For now, it's one day at a time.
For the game, Gintoki will be keeping all if his memories from his previous time on the Thor. He just accidentally got left behind on the college planet, probably because he spent almost the entire month drunk. So far on the Thor he's moved to the Yorozuya and tried to run the business, though admittedly hardly anything has been done, especially since Kagura and Katsura left. He's also had a run in with Kamui and got kidnapped by space pirates. Just before leaving, he'd been speaking with Lady Une about why Kamui's Yato strength was gone and possibly how to keep it that way.
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The plugin is called FlamingFerret. Characters can make money by doing missions, working a job for an employer, or being self-employed/starting their own business.
1st person sample:
[There is a video feed; it's pretty hard to tell what's going on, but eventually the face of a man with silver hair shows up. There's the small beep of buttons being pressed, and the man frowns, annoyed at the device. The beeping continues. This goes on for quite. some. time. Then a series of 4-5 buttons get pushed at once, and then he does it again, looking mildly impressed. You might recognize the series of tones as the daily theme that plays before his favorite weather lady comes on the news.
Then again, there's a 99% chance that you won't. Done with that.]
Has anybody seen two kids running around? One of them has red hair and a china dress, and she probably has an umbrella.
The other looks like a pair of glasses.
Their names are Kagura and Shinpachi and tell them Gin-san is looking for them so they'd better stay in one place.
3rd person sample:
There wasn't a simple way to take so many things in, so at this point Gintoki decided to simply take things in one by one, walking slowly, shoulders slumped as he explored the largest space ship he'd ever experienced.
First. He had no idea if those kids were here or not. It's with reluctance that he admitted to himself that his first priority is to find them.
Luckily, priority number two had already been taken care of; he'd passed a few restaurants so far that looked promising as far as ice cream was concerned.
Number three, number three . . . he felt a little queasy thinking about it, but he was pretty sure that there would be no Jump in a place like this. No Jump. . . it was time he quit anyway, sure it was, but now that he actually couldn't have it, he wanted it, and he wanted it bad. It was like being in primary school, and the minute another kid took away a toy, even if you had all the other toys on the playground - or in the galaxy, as it was for him now - you wanted the one that was taken away more than all the other toys combined. You wanted it, you screamed about it, you probably tripped the other kid as he was running away, and you fought for it.
The only problem was. . . he just didn't know who to trip and punch right now.
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