Okay, so here's the deal.
-Alicia and Machinae are being dropped entirely. I can't motivate myself to play them again, and they didn't make enough progress to merit shelving. If I ever want to pick them up again I'll just re-register them.
-Instead, I'm rebirthing Duke and Pianissimo, who I also have no motivation to play again, to create these two.
Name: Andrew Vang
Appearance: Andrew is an unassuming man, shorter than average at only 5'8". He is thinner than average as well, but desperately tries to hide this by wearing very baggy clothes. His light brown hair is just long enough for him to have considerable trouble keeping it under control, leading to it usually having the messy appearance of having just gotten out of bed. His eyes give a matching impression, being heavy-lidded and looking half-shut even when he is wide awake. In color, they are green, but few people would be able to pick that out from a glance. His skin, however, is not particularly pale, but is nonetheless still very light in tone despite several valiant efforts to get a decent tan.
Andrew always wears clothes a few sizes too large for him, usually consisting of baggy jeans and a black shirt featuring some nerdy catchphrase, under a navy blue hoodie, with the hood up at almost all times. He also wears glasses with liquid crystal lenses, and brown boots with soles that have almost entirely worn through.
Personality: Andrew likes to build. More specifically, he likes to rebuild. He has made a small business out of reconstructing and restoring damaged or deleted programs and navis, no questions asked. Though he calls this a business, others would call it an obsession, as when he's working he tends to forget everything else around him, and can go for two or three days at a time without sleeping or eating more than random snacks. He has a strong belief in doing good through this obsession, which he believes justifies the lengths he goes to, but his policy of taking any job no questions asked has attracted some less than above board clients. Andrew has a history of being oblivious to this, though he has recently started to catch on.
Despite looking in many ways like a nerd and a shut-in, Andrew is more than capable of being outgoing. Though he prefers to stay at home most of the time, he does not by any means shy away from social situations, or for that matter the outdoors. In fact, he prefers to be outdoors, even if that ultimately amounts to wasting hours working while sitting on a bench or under a tree. He tends to be cheerful and optimistic in demeanor, and more than a little naive for his age. When not showing off his technical knowledge, he tends to come off as rather dumb, but will occasionally show flashes of insight with uncharacteristic cynicism. Or perhaps he simply chooses to be oblivious most times.
PET Modifications: Andrew's PET is a mess of upgrades and addons. The original base PET is older than Andrew is, and rather than buy newer models as they came out he upgraded the individual parts as needed, creating something that functions like a latest model, but if not for a case and screen shield would fall apart faster than a Jenga tower.
Appearance: The current appearance of Eidolon is the end result of the restoration of a deleted navi called Arsinoe followed by several upgrades performed by integrating the data remains of other deleted navis into the core program. Though much of Arsinoe is still present in the appearance, large parts of it have been damaged, which some of the upgrades have attempted to repair or cover up.
Eidolon is a slender humanoid navi of 5'7" net equivalent with an appearance of not being entirely solid. Her skin, going far beyond pale, has an appearance resembling fogged-up windows, and in some places can even be seen through to a small degree. Her eyes, when not covered, are inverted from what would normally be expected from human eyes: black surrounding white irises. The irises glow brightly in even the slightest reduction from natural light, prompting them to be covered most of the time. In contrast, her hair is an erratic mix of dark gray and red, uneven in length with the longest parts falling just past her shoulders. The remains of her original outfit, a low-cut midnight blue evening gown that accentuates her curves rather well, are tattered and torn in many places, most noticeably across the stomach and in the fact that the dress is at least five inches shorter than it used to be. Though the original navi wore court shoes, Eidolon goes barefoot. Her feet have even less presence than the rest of her, often appearing to fade into nothing past the knees.
Her arms have a similiar problem, but rather than simply fading into nothing they dissolve into junk data along the wrists and hands. For awhile, they were wrapped in what appeared to be red wires to contain the bugfrag remains, but following a recent upgrade the wires have been replaced by the black armored gloves of Pianissimo, which cover her arms up to the elbows. Similarly, a deep cut in her neck has been covered up by the remains of a deep crimson scarf, although what little is left of the scarf makes it look less like an accessory and more like what it was added to the appearance for: a wound dressing. The visor that covers her eyes comes from a different source, the remains of a Techari-created navi called Preon. The visor is solid metal on the outside, but transparent from the inside, allowing Eidolon to see clearly while still covering the glow of her eyes.
Her fighting style and custom weapon change with each upgrade, either overwritten by that of the new navi's data or integrated with what Eidolon currently uses. As of her latest upgrade, Eidolon uses Pianissimo's weapon: an eastern-style sword with a solid ebony blade. Whatever her weapon, though, Eidolon gives no outward appearance of carrying one outside of battle, and appears to summon it by pulling it directly out of her chest.
Personality: Much like her PET and physical appearance, Eidolon's personality is something of a patchwork. Though the personality that resulted from Arsinoe's restoration as Eidolon is still the strongest, pieces of other personality traits occasionally surface. There appears to be no particular pattern for these, or even explanation. Noticeable traits like Pianissimo's deadpanning are more easily defined, but just as commonly something less distinct will surface, such as an irrational flash of anger. Eidolon has enough control over these that she can avoid expressing them outwardly if she chooses, but not to prevent them from appearing entirely.
Without the extra bits and pieces, Eidolon is a soft-spoken and gloomy navi. She is rather cynical, and rarely sees a bright side in any situation. Though not entirely self-centered, she doesn't go out of her way to satisfy the needs of anyone but herself, taking a "do whatever" approach to everything else. She tends to be distant with others, but doesn't go out of her way to drive them away either, and tends to warm up to them the longer she interacts with them. This is a process that needs to be repeated, however, since as soon as they part and meet up again, Eidolon goes back to being chilly and distant. At a glance, she doesn't appear to have anything she likes or hates. She does, however, have a soft spot for jokes and pranks, which leads Andrew to suspect that one of the unidentified navis incorporated into Eidolon may have been a prankster in life.
Custom Weapon: Pianissimo's former weapon, the black blade Silencer. Eidolon changes weapons and styles with each major upgrade, this being the latest one. The weapon did not fully survive the transition, though, and the formerly keen edge of the blade is now riddled with glitches.
Signature Attacks: Sigs coming later
A bit of history (the short version): The navi now known as Eidolon was originally a telekinetic navi by the name of Arsinoe. From what Andrew could tell, Arsinoe was at least three times older than him and had been in his family for most of that time. He came into possession of the navi when he started high school. Just in time for him to graduate, however, Arsinoe was deleted. Unwilling to part with her and simply get a new navi, Andrew gathered up the remains and worked for days on end on restoring her, eventually giving up on repairing all the holes in her program and merging the remains with those of an apparition-themed navi. From this merger, Eidolon was born. Andrew considered this his first success and started taking jobs restoring other deleted navis and programs, despite Eidolon's core program and body still being heavily damaged in its own right. Eventually, he used pieces from a navi far beyond repair, one so far gone that he never learned the name of it, to patch over the holes.
Two years later, he received a request from a contact known only as Metropolis, to restore a navi known as Preon. He did so but, amazed at the work that went into the navi, also copied some of the core components to upgrade Eidolon with. Instead of the usual payment from the Preon job, however, Metropolis sent him the remains of the navi Pianissimo, along with the chips and upgrades his operator used and a note saying that both operator and navi had been killed in an accident and that he was free to do whatever he wished with what was left. Though the note was unsettling to say the least, Andrew jumped on the opportunity to upgrade Eidolon one more time, creating her current form.
And doing this at the same time:
Description: Natural.GMO is an approximation of Arsinoe's original appearance, with some enhancements based on upgrades since becoming Eidolon. The skin and eyes become more natural, reverting to a lightly tanned tone and hazel respectively. Her hair becomes more smooth and even, making a consistent shoulder length, but keeps the mixed gray and red colors. Her dress is restored to a like new state, her legs become fully visible, and she wears the heeled shoes that Arsinoe always wore. Similarly, the injuries to her arms and neck are gone in this form, removing the need to be covered up. As such, all the accessories: gauntlets, scarf, and visor, are not present. The downside to appearing alive and intact, though, is that this appearance file comes with no battle data, and must be deactivated for Eidolon to fight.