The Aeon Quisling, A.K.A. Karakuriya

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The Aeon Quisling, A.K.A. Karakuriya

Post by Karakuriya » Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:55 am

For twelve years, I was a normal girl, living with my parents in the subburbs. My father was a famous-but-not-too-famous geneticist, and my mother taught piano out of our home. At an early age I could sing, dance, play the violin, and recite just as well as any young overachiever. My parents were very proud.

Then things started to go wrong--not badly, just... I felt like I was slowly fading away. It wasn't that I failed to impress people with my talents, but that they failed to notice when I was around. My choreographers and concert directors stopped casting me, wagging their heads sadly, sighing that I had lost my stage presence.

Either because of or in spite of my shrinking from the public eye, I began to "act out"--that's what the therapists call it: had my tongue pierced, wore provocative clothes and make-up, braided my hair and dipped it in Kool-Aid... It didn't matter. I just looked like a different kind of normal thirteen-year-old. But the fact that I didn't get the weird stares they did bothered me.

I told my parents about it, and they weren't concerned at all! They assured me that there was nothing wrong with my performances, that I wasn't losing my talent. But they weren't immune to the effect. I heard them whispering excitedly to each other when they thought I wasn't around, about how proud they were and about family traditions.

When I was fourteen and my grades started to slip at school, my mother told me she had a surprise for me. We packed a lunch, got in the car, and headed east. She said we were going to visit Paragon City and that we would meet my father there. She was beaming the whole way, musing vaguely about my grandparents, who I'd never met until they were very old.

The last thing I remember was this horrible sound--like someone crushing a soda can inside my skull.

I woke up in the hospital, one unlike anything I'd ever seen before. There were doctors and machines all around. Everything I could see and hear and touch felt--I don't know how to describe it. Blue? And sharp.

They asked me how I got there. I said I thought that maybe I was in a car crash. Where was my mom? All that stuff. They said that I had been found unconsious outside the door to the emergency room, and that it had taken their best cyborg specialists to put me back together.

I was shocked--so angy I couldn't breathe. They had made me into a cyborg just to save me? What kind of place was this? One of the doctors shook her head. No, I was in a mostly robotic body when they found me, all full of holes from tubes and bruised from fending off the gangs on the streets. But now I was good as new, except that some my prosthetics, like my right eye and arm, were too advanced for them to fully repair.

By then, a year had passed since the accident, but I had only spent a few weeks in the hospital. Where had I been? Far from home, with no sign of my parents, in this new body... Who am I? What am I supposed to do now?

I can't remember what my parents' names, what they looked like, or where I lived. I can't even recall my own name. An etched metal plate under the skin on my left forearm says "Quisling model, Aeon series," so that's what the doctors took to calling me: the Aeon Quisling. It sounds like a superhero or something...

But I soon discovered that Paragon City is the perfect place for a name like that. And out of the hospital, with room to stretch and jump and run, I found that I might be kind of good at that sort of thing. My body responds as fast as I can think, and I soon found that two long, retractable blades extending through the palms of each of my hands are great for fending off bad guys.

Although I never would have wished it this way, my invisibility problem is gone. I even met some kids from Saint Joseph School and enrolled there. Everyone is special in some way and very nice, so hope I can be happy there.

I'm not sure how I've managed to move on with my life so quickly. It might be shock. Or it could have something to do with what was in the part of my brain that was cut out to accomodate the cyberbrain. The robotics are weird enough but... Part of me isn't me anymore, and that's really scary.

Who ever did this to me will pay. I'll use their tool against them.
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Post by Karakuriya » Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:55 am

Name: Aeon Quisling; responds to "Aeon," "Quis," or just about any shortening (although she thinks "Aeon" sounds a bit presumptuous to use among friends)
Age: 15-ish
Origin: biomechatronic prosthetics and genetic manipulation (Science)
Abilities: melee combat and super-human reflexes (Claws/SR Scrapper)
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hair: ashen auburn
Eyes: green
Skin: fair
Custody: ward of the state

Although she is technically a cyborg, not much of her is completely biological anymore. She has most of a human brain intact, her minor organs have been overridden or removed, and major organs and muscles have been enhanced. Her bones and sensory organs (skin included) are fully synthetic. As a result, her body has been modeled after an unnatural ideal of femininity, and she wears it awkwardly.

She is generally a very shy girl, overly polite, and humble about her abilities. While sharp and intelligent, she doesn't question authority and is prone to inexplicable compulsions due to her cyberbrain programming. This may also account for why she nonchalantly brushes off questions such as where the money to fund her medical bills and tuition is coming from.

She is rather prudish, but for the lack of pubescent hormones, rather than for moral reasons. However, due to her psychological dissociation from it, she is not often mindful of her body and can be insensitive to her affect on others and naive to their non-verbal cues in return.

Aeon's journey down the rabbit hole is collected in the thread story forum: Being and something else.
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Post by Kali Jade » Tue Dec 12, 2006 4:02 am

Welcome to St Joes Quis!
As the unofficial welcome wagon Id like to extend to you a bag of Salt & Vinegar chips and a coke.... oh umm.. can you have these? :)
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Post by Karakuriya » Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:43 am

Thanks Kali. I can have a little bit, I think. Er, I have to eat really healthy, like, Gatorade type stuff or my, um, biofiltering system? gets all full of crud. It sucks because I love caramel. :wink:

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Post by Blitzen » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:26 am

Heya. I'm new too, but welcome and hopefully catch you 'round school sometime.

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Post by Karakuriya » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:25 pm

Legal name: Violet Lam
Hero name: Aeon Quisling
Nicknames: Aeon, Vi, Quizzie, Quis (pronounced "quiz")
Date of birth: 23 August 1991
Age: 16
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 317lbs.
Ethnicity: 1/2 Caucasian (undisclosed nationality), 1/4 Chinese, 1/8 English, 1/8 Japanese, traces of predominantly ethnic Korean genes
Eye color: green
Hair color: purple (genetically dark brown with auburn highlights)
Supernatural origin: genetic manipulation
Supernatural abilities:
  • personal molecular excitation
    • -> refracting incoming photons
      • -> partial invisibility
      -> phasing molecules through other structures
      • -> evading projectiles or melee weapons
        -> phasing self through low-density substances
        • -> floating
Cybernetic abilities: "claws," improved speed and acrobatics, aided flight, laser beam eyes(?)

In only the past year, Aeon has suffered many startling changes, physically and mentally. Due to failed attempts to repair her retarded limbic system, she has been able to regain a significant amount of her memory of events prior to her appearance in Paragon City, and more is recovered every day as her still-developing brain adapts and remaps her lost memories. Most significantly, she recalls that she was, and still is, a subject of a project codenamed "Daedalus," in which target children implanted with sets of genes hypothesized to impart superhuman abilities are cyberized and further groomed to be "elite"--not necessarily combatively, but also in areas such as art, music, and etiquette. Aeon does not know why she was in the project or what was intended for her, but she recalls that she was one of the two surviving subjects of Generation Aeon, which corresponds to the model number of her cybernetic body, and thus her hero moniker. The only other subject of that generation was a boy named Sydney "Phoenix" Ashe.

Project Daedalus is still active, albeit underground, and Aeon has been repeatedly contacted by her controller, confirming many of her flashbacks, including those regarding Sydney, as true. It has been implied that neither of the subjects of Generation Aeon were intended to be operating independently in the field, but due to a raid on the project's facilities, resulting in Aeon arriving in Paragon severely injured, the project had rathered the subjects and their fates be thrown to the wind than to have them captured as evidence and corrupted, imprisoned, or destroyed. Additionally, she has learned that the project has, or had, loose ties to Crey Industries, mostly in the areas of genome research and nerve splicing. While she does not fully understand Crey's Revenant Hero Project, the name has cropped up multiple times in her search for clues about Project Daedalus.

Beyond the initial repairs Aeon received after the raid, she has lost her "good arm" (the broken-looking one) in combat, which resulted in her uncovering some of her latent inherent powers in attempts to compensate for her cybernetic body's shortfalls. She rediscovered an ability to camouflage herself, partially through speed and partially through bending light. In the same encounter, she also unlocked the uncanny, but related ability to "slip through" solid objects or otherwise evade blows she cannot normally dodge with speed alone.

Dr. Vosk, her body's original creator, was called in specifically to repair and upgrade Aeon after she had begun to sustain so much damage from combat, including a failed lung transplant, that she was relying too much on her emerging abilities and severely weakening herself mentally and emotionally as well. In addition to a new lung, she was given entirely new arms with vat-grown clones of her own muscles, new eyes and transmitter systems, the damage to her limbic system was repaired (although it still functions well under capacity), and her bones were infused with fifty more pounds of zirconium (on top of the previously added weight) to compensate for the stress of her growing speed. She also received upgrades to her firmware, including a path-finding algorithm for traversing urban landscapes at speed, a heuristic for analyzing the vital points of various non-human adversaries, and a toolkit for data mining. Finally, she received a suit of modified Crey armor, rather than having to rely on her battered monitoring suit's limited armoring capability.

Through all this, Aeon's personality has not changed drastically, although her thinking behind her behavior has. She has become preoccupied with the past, specifically the time before her "car accident" and interaction with Project Daedalus, feeling that her middle school years were, while difficult due to her emerging powers, the time when she was most herself. She constantly strives to be like the girl she remembers she was, but is often conflicted by the image that she had "died" in the car crash and is now just a ghost haunting a robotic body, even though this is not true. Her inability to feel any emotion strongly (beyond a vague existential terror) has compounded this feeling. In order to cope with a lack of emotional and moral investment, she strives to be honest and polite in everything, fearing that if she loses touch with her ethics, there is nothing stopping her from becoming a mindless assassin.

It doesn't help, then, that she finds herself compulsively manipulating people in order to win their trust. It may simply be a paranoid feeling she has because of her inability to feel sympathetic toward her friends, however. Perceiving herself as insincere leads her to observe others as reacting to her "fake" self rather than the girl she wishes she was, furthering the disconnect she feels. Regardless, she has become close friends with Misericorde and Veritas Nox and is trying to forge friendships with more of her peers, although the attempt often makes her uncomfortable.

Suffering limited hormone activity and lacking reproductive organs, Aeon has still been unable to grasp her peers' preoccupation with romantic interests. Consequently, she can be naive in her interpretations of romantic implications, and her sense of humor can seem rather dry and overly-intellectual. She understands the jokes her friends make; she just doesn't find them very funny. In attempts to fit in, she occasionally tries at sexually-themed witticisms with varying success. Mostly these situations are awkward, as she associates things of a sexual nature with the image her overly-developed body portrays, which is something she is still attempting to come to terms with. As such, she is extremely sensitive about insinuations that she has a crush on anyone, and on Misericorde in particular. She simply doesn't have the capacity to be romantically aroused, and while it's embarrassing to admit, she would prefer that to accusations of jealousy toward Mis' girlfriend, Francis Cross.

A recent accident during one of her missions left Aeon incapacitated for the better part of a month, her active consciousness trapped in a data network while her brain was thrown into a stasis to preserve her deactivated body. She was rescued by Nox, but the act of separating and rejoining her disparate existences, as well as integrating the trauma of a month of isolation and sensory deprivation, has left her feeling very unsettled and raw. Her philosophical interpretation of the event, however, has had an even greater effect on her.

Aeon sees most everything from the paradigm of her "shrinking sickness." Even before her cyberization her powers were beginning to emerge, uncontrolled and potentially dangerous. The dogma of Project Daedauls leads her to believe that the transplanted genes that carry the Shrinking, since they make up her still-biological brain matter, have poisoned her consciousness and forced her to make decisions that have lead to sin. One of these acts was the deletion of the machine-trapped "copy" of her consciousness--she believes that the copy carried a shard of her soul and with it her supernatural speed; because, since the copy was split, she has been unable to access that ability. She does not hate Project Daedalus for granting her this dangerous tool; in fact, she longs to be a part of the project proper (as opposed to being kept in the dark as she is currently), eager for guidance regarding her powers. Rather, she understands that it was not their intent to leave her to fend for herself in the field, and that it is her job to do as well as she can and to follow her controller's orders, mostly to ensure her own safety.

After this most recent breakdown, Misericorde has advised Aeon to step outside her head and focus on being a high school kid, since she tends to over-think things. Since doing so, she has become generally more optimistic and outgoing--much, much less of the wet blanket she has become to be known for. She is unsure whether or not this new attitude is "legitimate" or just another character the robot plays, but she has vowed to herself not to dwell on it. As a result, she has become competent and confident in developing her newest ability: phasing through solid objects--just in time for the Rikti invasion.

Only hours after the first sign of the invasion, Aeon's controller contacted her with the orders to do her part to drive the aliens away from various and specific regions of Paragon City in order to facilitate the ferrying of Project Daedalus' Generation Beâtus into the city for safety. And, as a parting gift, Dr. Vosk sent her one last item: a new set of armor, plasma-resistant for fighting the Riki, and equipped with special joints to minimize restriction and wear.

While in the warzone, she crossed paths with Phoenix Ashe, only to learn that she had been looking in all the wrong places for him--he was, in fact, a villain, even more infamous that she imagined. He hinted that the project had produced yet another generation before even their own, something Aeon is just now beginning to recall.

On that same mission, Aeon was to personally escort one of Generation Beâtus through the secured zones of Paragon, leading to the revelation that Project Daedalus is no longer based in Paragon, but the Rogue Isles. Currently this is a sufficient explanation as to why information about the project has been restricted from Aeon, a hero. This blow plus ultimately failing her escort mission has caused Aeon's core personality to withdraw further, and she is losing her resolve to keep up her life as a student and a hero, sensing that she will soon have to return to Daedalus to, if anything, uncover what has been kept from her.

Now that these major revelations have seeped in and she has had time to reacclimate to her powers, Aeon has begun to remember many of small details about her past life. For example, she has recently recalled her birthday and her mother's maiden name, which she now uses legally in place of her hero moniker--although she lets her teachers and peers go on calling her whatever they like. This recent rediscovery is part of a packet of memories of her mother speaking about her side of the family. Aeon's grandfather was the son of a comfort woman during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, so the Cantonese surname of Lam, being both arbitrary and common, is another blockade in the search for her family's origins and ties to Project Daedalus.

"When we fall in love / We're just falling / In love with ourselves / We're spiraling" -- Keane, "Spiraling"

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Post by Karakuriya » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:38 pm

Legal name: Violet Lam
Hero name: Karakuriya, SL 40
Nicknames: Vi, Aeon, Kaku
Date of birth: 23 August 1991
Date of rebuild: 23 January 2008
Model: Daedalus Alpha-17: Quisling III, A.K.A. Aeon Quisling v3
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 110lbs.
Ethinicity: 1/2 Norwegian, 1/4 Chinese, 1/8 English, 1/8 Japanese, spliced-in genes of Korean origin
Eye color: neon green (genetically hazel)
Hair color: predominantly purple (genetically dark auburn)
Supernatural abilities: spiritual pattern manipulation -> incorporeality, invisibility, minor illusion creation; spiritual dissociation
Cybernetic abilities: internal arsenal of blades, standardized data interfacing, improved durability, precision chemical state control

Upon Violet's return to Paragon City, she adopted a new hero moniker: Karakuriya. She still responds to her model name, though her memory of events before her rebuild date is fuzzy and it's clear she's keen on leaving that life behind her anyway.

An in-depth update will follow the completion of the arc in the fiction forums. Sorry I'm behind.

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Post by Karakuriya » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:26 pm

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| npc =
| image = Image:Violetlam2007-8.jpg‎
| imgwidth = 268px
| caption = Violet's photo in the 2007-2008 Annuus.
| handle = Karakuriya
| player = [[User:Karakuriya|@RedTeapot]]
| origin = Science
| archetype = Scrapper
| powerset = Claws/Super Reflexes Scrapper
| level = 43
| fullname = Violet Lam
| patrolname = Karakuriya (formerly Aeon Quisling)
| nicknames = Vi, Aeon
| age = 17
| birthdate = August 23rd, 1991
| schoolyear = Senior
| species = Human (clone, cyborg)
| height = 5'2"
| weight = 110 pounds
| eyes = lime green
| hair = Brown
| marks = purple
| nationality = American
| ethnicity = Norwegian, Chinese, English, Japanese
| birthplace = upstate New York
| hometown = somewhere in Pennsylvania
| residence = girls' quad 5
| relatives = [[Sylvia Lam]] (mother), [[Johannes Quisling]] (father)
| relationship = dating [[Thunder Cascade]]
| quote =When old age shall this generation waste,<br>Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe<br>Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,<br>"Beauty is truth, truth beauty," - that is all<br>Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.<br>''~ John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
| activities = Orchestra (first violin), Sun Salutations
| memory = dancing with Dominic at the Lizard Lounge
| likes = Latin dancing, carbonated drinks, Tchaikovsky, Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga S/S '06 collection
| dislikes = slacks, being avoided, History, girlfriends, Malta sappers
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[[File:Karakuriya.jpg|thumb|Violet's photo in the 2006-2007 Annuus.]]

'''Violet Lam''', also known by the hero alias "'''Karakuriya'''" (formerly "'''Aeon Quisling'''") is a seventeen-year-old girl who has attended [[Saint Joseph School]] since the winter of [[2006]]. She is a cyborg created by a program known to her only as [[Project Daedalus]], but she has escaped their care twice now, if not their influence. She is generally quiet and well-mannered, though she has a cynical streak and can be very sarcastic, while in her better moods she is flirty and a gossip. She fluctuates between a seriousness about her studies and hero work and a graceful nonchalance in social interactions. The concept of beauty is a preoccupation of Violet's; she is an accomplished violinist and takes great care in her appearance and poise. Her choice of appropriate attire is often questioned, but Violet disregards the argument on the basis that the majority of her body is synthetic.

This demeanor has only been the norm since Violet's recent return from [[Project Daedalus]] in April of [[2008]]. Prior to her departure in January or the same year, she suffered a chronic chemical inhibition of her lymbic system and several psychological and social disabilities as a result. Known then by the name "Aeon," she was extremely shy, lacked self-esteem, and had difficulty understanding her powers and reconciling her many memory blanks. For those who knew her well, this change was drastic.


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*her parents, her innate metahuman abilities, and the extents of her cyberization are not common knowledge


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*manipulation of noumena (including her own self and other beings-in-themselves), manipulation of some electromagnetic radiation
*intangibility, flight, invisibility, and some chameleon effects

==== Common Knowledge ====

It is common knowledge that Violet is a cyborg--her self-healing polymer skin (which is slightly cooler than human skin and sprouts no hair) and various data ports are noticeable, and she makes no qualms about admitting to being more than human. Since her most recent rebuild, she now sports carbon fiber bones which bring her weight back into human normal range. She is not a strength fighter, so she has yet to have any breaks. Violet's most defining aspect is a cyberbrain that has replaced her hormone-triggered systems with an electrical impulse one. Thus she has a fully customized set of internal organs wired into the system and designed to be efficient and nearly wasteless. The upgrade also required an enhancement to the timing of her nervous system and musculature, so she is superhumanly quick, though not as fast as dedicated super speeders. The cyberbrain allows Violet some other perks in memory, calculation, reconnaissance, and the ability to interface with machines, though she is not reprogrammable, nor is she a practiced hacker and does not rely on these abilities.

Violet's primary method of dispatching opponents is by twin long daggers, either held or locked in line with the bones of her forearms. She has ten of these daggers holstered in various positions on her person, though she draws them so quickly, it is uncertain how. Most commonly, her primary two shoot into her hands from the underside of her forearms. Violet defends herself less by blocking and more by dodging, using her hyper-tuned reflexes and software systems to avoid melee weapons, bullets, and even explosions. She is resistant to psychic and mental attacks, though she is weak to intense electromagnetic radiation and electric shocks, as they seem to hamper her ability to perceive or maneuver around hazards. Finally, Violet can utilize an "overdrive mode," during which she somehow evades nearly all incoming attacks, becoming a veritable machine of whirling blades, though once her resources are exhausted, she is completely vulnerable.

It is difficult to make sense of what is going on when Violet is in combat. All the grace and poise she carries in every day life is maintained, and she utilizes an unnatural flexibility in evasion. It could be that she can be extremely quick in limited bursts, employing an "afterimage" effect, because often it seems as though projectiles, especially, simply pass through the space she is occupying without contacting her at all. An added effect to the strangeness is that Violet appears to move without regard to gravity or wind resistance, and sometimes without inertia. Especially in flight, she makes no physical indication of the source of her movement, simply sliding through the air as if by telekinesis.

It is clear that Violet has had some martial arts training, and even though she can eschew momentum, utilizes principles of ''tai chi chuan'' to conserve energy and use opponents' strength against them. Her use of her blades, however, exhibits obsessively trained amateurism, especially as she likes to draw the left one in reverse.

Violet relies heavily on not being hit in the first place. She does bleed and has a field kit for patching her skin. However, she occasionally has to check into the hospital for larger grafts and the replacement of muscles and organs; she has admitted that clones of all her constituent parts are housed with Project Daedalus and can be shipped out should she require a transplant.

It is believed by the population at large that all of Violet's exhibited abilities are the result of her cybernetic prosthetic devices alone.


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*self-healing polymer skin, carbon fiber bones, polyurethane joints, enhanced musculature and nervous system, cyberbrain, ten long knives concealed within her person

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Violet switches up her costumes and armor quite often, though she always favors light equipment, often to the point of not wearing much at all. She claims it aids in her evasion, as there is "less matter to drag around." Regardless, she is not often without a very large black scarf that is tipped with red at its pointed ends and wrapped around her in various configurations. She also wears a chunky visor with a single fish eye lens; it is not clear how this helps her see at all, though it apparently carries some handy reconnaissance software packages that interface directly with her cyberbrain.

In combat and out, Violet always wears heels of at least three inches in height, supposedly because her feet were built that way.


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=== Plot summary ===

==== Common Knowledge ====

She was born on August 23rd, 1991 somewhere in upstate New York and grew up in Pennsylvania with her unmarried parents. Her mother quit social work to teach piano out of the family home, and her father was largely absent from her life due to his career in genetics that kept him in Hong Kong and the Koreas for months at a time. To avoid prying questions and stigma on that topic, Violet was given her mother's surname of Lam. She does not remember much of her early life, and fine details, especially, are impossible to recall. She does know that her mother taught her how to cook and play piano and guitar, and pressed her to take lessons in the violin, voice, ballroom dance and ballet, and theater from a very young age.

At some point in her tweens, Violet began to rebel against her goody-two-shoes upbringing, wearing provocative clothing, piercing her tongue and navel, dying her hair, and experimenting with alcohol. Because she excelled at the violin, she began attending summer music camps a few years early and it may be partially to blame for the change.

Violet does not speak at all about a period of time between her 14th birthday (late [[2005]]) and when she first appeared in Paragon City, orphaned, abandoned, and no longer fully human. It is implied that she spent this time in the care of Project Daedalus, though for what purpose, she has yet to say. Supposedly, "something" went wrong at the compound in Paragon where she was kept, and she was jettisoned from the project, suffering some brain damage from an impromptu memory wipe. The event left her with extensive amnesia and uncorrectable damage to her lymbic system.

The next two years were spent uncovering the origins of the organization that bore her, and while Violet has not had much to say on this topic, either, she clearly no longer carries a large amount of animosity toward them, regardless of the trauma she suffered. Perhaps she has simply bought into the project's dogma, or she had been brainwashed in some way, but when living with her damaged systems became unbearable, she opted to return to the project. She expected the repairs and rehabilitation to take three months, though she was gone for over four. Violet has not made known why she returned to school and hero work at all, especially since she appears to be more enmeshed with Project Daedalus than ever, now serving as a recruiter. She hints that she could have stayed with the project indefinitely, but something happened to sour her disposition toward them, even if she could not bring herself to war against the organization as she once had. This has also changed her relationship with [[pw:Crey|Crey Industries]], as she no longer stands vehemently opposed to unethical scientific inquiry. Rather, her new crusade seems to be against the destruction of knowledge--she now refuses to burn files and erase databases, leaving this to her superiors to do for themselves.

==== Uncommon Knowledge ====

[[Project Daedalus]] is a department of a mysterious organization called the [[Icaria Foundation]]. The Daedalus branch specifically handles the monitoring, cyberization, training, and deployment of the foundation's specially engineered cyborg agents. Established in 1984, the project is still in its infancy, having created five generations of agents, only two of which are active as yet.

As [[Generation Zero]] is made up of modified recruits, [[Generation Aeon]] consists of the first prototype agents to be engineered completely from genetic scratch. The generation's 20 subjects were created from five donor strains, each exhibiting a wide array of powerful and difficult-to-manage mutant abilities that the foundation saw as desirable could the genetic expression and the effects be controlled. Due to the volatile nature of the mutations, the survival rate of the generation's subjects was poor and only dwindled as the years wore on. As of 2008, there are only two subjects remaining, [[Sydney St. John]] and [[Violet Lam]], both from the [[Minerva Strain]]. Violet is considered the only success.

Each subject began with a genetic basis taken from two members of the foundation who volunteered to raise the child as their own until it came time to hand her to Project Daedalus for cyberization. Violet's host parents are the doctors Johannes Quisling and Sylvia Lam, although Quisling had little hand in Violet's upbringing. The genes of the donor strain, carrying the mutations responsible for expressed meta-human abilities, were spliced into the child's genome, and a lab-grown embryo was implanted in the host mother.

Aside from the parents being members of the Icaria Foundation, the children were raised without intervention, though encouraged to hone their natural talents in the fine and martial arts. The fickle strains of Generation Aeon, however, saw most of the subjects fail before birth or in infancy. Miraculously, the entire Minerva Strain survived ten years without incident, and Violet was fourteen before Project Daedalus preemptively stepped in to ensure her survival.

The purpose of the cyberization process is two-fold. The obvious end result of the extensive cybernetic enhancements is a super soldier who is custom tailored from systems that best utilize her abilities to cosmetic preferences. The secondary effect of such extensive prosthetics is a dissociation of the subject from her body, mentally and even spiritually. Invented and developed by Dr. Quisling himself, his Transcendence methodology, of which cyberization is only a step, frees the subject's soul from her corporeal form, allowing it to be transferred to another vessel, such as a clone or a cybernetic brain. This is the crucial attribute that sets Project Daedalus' engineered meta-humans apart from the rest, and the method, following the Greek myth of Daedalus and Perdix and the latter's feat of transferring an immortal soul into a machine, is how the project got its name. The method has saved Violet twice now from being overcome by her abilities.

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Violet spent around a year at in the care of the project and successfully underwent her first round of cybernetic implants: a largely synthetic body built around her original nervous system. During her stay, she grew close to her only surviving "sibling," [[Sydney Ashe]], though she quickly began to eclipse him in power and ability, putting strain on their friendship. Further stress was caused when the [[Generation Zero]] sisters [[Molly]] and [[Primavera]] adopted Violet as a field apprentice into their ''ad hoc'' "recruitment" team called the [[Tea Party]]. Extremely new to the philosophies and methods of Project Daedalus, Violet was largely shaken by the experience which comprises the largest body of repressed memories she still carries.

The new agent's tutelage was abruptly ended, however, in a Longbow raid on the Daedalus compound. Rather than destroy herself as evidence, Violet fled, setting off a network of proximity-triggered detonators in her brain, effectively erasing all of her memories regarding the project as well as many details of her background. The fail-safe also deactivated her partially cybernetic lymbic system, the triggering mechanism of her abilities.

Under the hero alias Aeon Quisling, Violet spent the next year recovering her memories and tracking down Project Daedalus while they continued to monitor her through scheduled, involuntary rendezvous. However, despite all that the project had done to her, Violet could not bring herself to stand fully against them, having subconsciously absorbed much of the dogma and feeling desperate for a family and a place to belong. Eventually, when she had sustained enough irreparable physical damage and mental unrest to render her current life unbearable, Violet made arrangements with Sydney, whom she had been contacting more frequently in the field, to be returned to the project's new compound for repairs.


=== Hero career ===

[[File:Karakuriya warzone.jpg|thumb|Karakuriya's first glimpse of the Rikti mothership.]]

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=== Traits ===

;Setting:[[tvtropes:DeadAllAlong|Dead All Along]], [[tvtropes:EarnYourHappyEnding|Earn Your Happy Ending]], [[tvtropes:GreyAndGrayMorality|Grey and Gray Morality]], [[tvtropes:HighOctaneNightmareFuel|High Octane Nightmare Fuel]], [[tvtropes:HumansAreBastards|Humans Are Bastards]], [[tvtropes:InTheMouthOfMadness|In the Mouth of Madness]], [[tvtropes:TheBeautifulPeople|The Beautiful People]], [[tvtropes:TrueArtIsAngsty|True Art is Angsty]], [[tvtropes:YankTheDogsChain|Yank the Dog's Chain]]

;Origins:[[tvtropes:EvilutionaryBiologist|Evilutionary Biologist]], [[tvtropes:LegoGenetics|Lego Genetics]], [[tvtropes:MagicFromTechnology|Magic From Technology]], [[tvtropes:OurGhostsAreDifferent|Our Ghosts Are Different]], [[tvtropes:PhlebotinumRebel|Phlebotinium Rebel]], [[tvtropes:SoylentGreen|Soylent Green]]

;Daedalus-related:[[tvtropes:AmazonBrigade|Amazon Brigade]], [[tvtropes:CainAndAbel|Cain and Abel]], [[tvtropes:DefectorFromDecadence|Defector from Decadence]], [[tvtropes:HanlonsRazor|Hanlon's Razor]], [[tvtropes:NiceJobBreakingItHero|Nice Job Breaking it, Hero]], [[tvtropes:NotSoDifferent|Not So Different]], [[tvtropes:NoteToSelf|Note to Self]], [[tvtropes:TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness|The Omniscient Council of Vagueness]], [[tvtropes:XanatosSucker|Xanatos Sucker]]

;Personality:[[tvtropes:AffablyEvil|Affably Evil]], [[tvtropes:BewareTheHonestOnes|Beware the Honest Ones]], [[tvtropes:BrokenBird|Broken Bird]], [[tvtropes:DefrostingIceQueen|Defrosting Ice Queen]], [[tvtropes:DontYouDarePityMe|Don't You Dare Pity Me]], [[tvtropes:FreudianExcuse|Freudian Excuse]], [[tvtropes:GreenEyedMonster|Green Eyed Monster]] (literally), [[tvtropes:InnocentFanserviceGirl|Innocent Fanservice Girl]], [[tvtropes:JadeColoredGlasses|Jade Colored Glasses]], [[tvtropes:RobotGirl|Robot Girl]], [[tvtropes:WickedCultured|Wicked Cultured]], [[tvtropes:WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity|With Great Power Comes Great Insanity]], [[tvtropes:WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds|Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds]]

;Social:[[tvtropes:CapuletCounterpart|Capulet Counterpart]], [[tvtropes:CherylBlossom|Cheryl Blosson]], [[tvtropes:EvenTheGirlsWantHer|Even the Girls Want Her]], [[tvtropes:HopelessSuitor|Hopeless Suitor]], [[tvtropes:TheRedSonja|The Red Sonja]], [[tvtropes:UrbanLegendLoveLife|Urban Legend Love Life]], [[tvtropes:Yandere|Yandere]]


=== What's in a name? ===

With the extensive and reoccurring neurological damage Violet has suffered since her abilities first manifested, it is a wonder that she has retained a relatively functional psyche. However, at her core Violet is utterly delusional, and the points at which her world align with reality are largely coincidental. Indeed, along with her memory, her very identity is fragmented, though she is rarely conscious of the partitioning her ego was forced to undergo in order to cope. While each of the partially-formed alters identify as "Violet Lam," each has an internal alias by which Violet's internal monologue tags them.


;Shrinking Violet

:Prior to being complicated by the manifestation of her abilities, Violet was a bright an well-adjusted child. With the onset of her "Shrinking Sickness," and the deterioration of the barriers between her body, mind, soul, and the rest of the world, however, she began to take on ghostly qualities that, if left unchecked, were estimated to be fatal for the girl. Despite these unfortunate circumstances, Violet considers the girl she was, prior to Project Daedalus' explicit tampering, to be her original and core self, elevated in memory so far as to be unattainable. As far as Violet is concerned, this core "died" in a symbolic car accident, and only exists in written and audio transcript.

:Appearances: [[post:18734|"Ultraviolet"]]{{dot}} [[post:38926|"Dust&nbsp;to&nbsp;dust,&nbsp;part&nbsp;2:&nbsp;Art&nbsp;wasn't&nbsp;quite&nbsp;crime,&nbsp;crime&nbsp;not&nbsp;quite&nbsp;art"]]{{dot}} [[post:50101|"Feast&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Winter&nbsp;Solstice"]]


;The Rogue

:While Violet has never been fundamentally shy, her unchecked powers presented as a degree of meekness. Rebelling against her new nature as a spiritual wallflower, the Rogue was born from an experimental number of tween years spent in music camps with peers significantly older than herself. Brash and over-sexualized, Violet reasserted her ego and was able to stave off the onset of the Shrinking's final stages.

:Appearances: [[post:50101|"Feast&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Winter&nbsp;Solstice"]]


;Seventeen

:If Violet's original personality ended in a fatal car wreck, her brain's next conscious thought belonged to Seventeen. Born in the Project Daedalus compound and called "Alpha-17," she had yet to suffer any memory loss, but the trauma of the Shrinking and her interception was enough to largely dissociate Violet from everything she had known up to that point. Psychologically cut off from her past, much of Violet's rehabilitation and training only served to traumatize her further, though she did eventually find herself falling for her [[Minerva Strain|strain]]-sibling, [[Sydney Ashe]]. Seventeen elected to receive cybernetic prostheses that would ground her in reality and temporarily halt the Shrinking's progress.

:Appearances: [[post:19045|"Ashes,&nbsp;Ashes,"]]{{dot}} [[post:29839|"Dasein"]]{{dot}} [[post:31677|"Mauvaise&nbsp;Foi"]]{{dot}} [[post:37597|"Dust&nbsp;to&nbsp;dust,&nbsp;part&nbsp;1:&nbsp;Old&nbsp;alchemy&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;brain"]]{{dot}} [[post:38926|"Dust&nbsp;to&nbsp;dust,&nbsp;part&nbsp;2:&nbsp;Art&nbsp;wasn't&nbsp;quite&nbsp;crime,&nbsp;crime&nbsp;not&nbsp;quite&nbsp;art"]]{{dot}} [[post:39070|"Dust&nbsp;to&nbsp;dust,&nbsp;part&nbsp;4:&nbsp;In&nbsp;the&nbsp;bloodlit&nbsp;dark&nbsp;behind&nbsp;her&nbsp;eyes"]]{{dot}} [[post:46798|"Welcome&nbsp;to&nbsp;the&nbsp;doll&nbsp;house,&nbsp;part&nbsp;3:&nbsp;Le&nbsp;jardin&nbsp;secret"]]


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;Aeon

:Appearances: [[thread:1637|"Being&nbsp;and&nbsp;something&nbsp;else"]] up through [[post:46957|"Welcome&nbsp;to&nbsp;the&nbsp;doll&nbsp;house,&nbsp;part&nbsp;4:&nbsp;La&nbsp;nausée"]]{{dot}} "The&nbsp;Stroop&nbsp;Effect"


;Chroma

:Appearances: [[thread:1637|"Being&nbsp;and&nbsp;something&nbsp;else"]] from [[post:47050|"Welcome&nbsp;to&nbsp;the&nbsp;doll&nbsp;house,&nbsp;part&nbsp;5:&nbsp;Les&nbsp;demi-vierges"]]


;Karakuri

:Appearances: [[thread:4405|"A&nbsp;Young&nbsp;Lady's&nbsp;Illustrated&nbsp;Primer"]]


'''''The remainder of the section is deprecated.'''''

As incestuous and derivative as [[Project Daedalus]] is, it is unsurprising that this girl's many (external) aliases fit the trend.

;Alpha-17
: The first name by which she was ever known, as the eighteenth subject (numbered 0 through 19) of the alpha generation ("[[Generation Aeon]]") of Project Daedalus.

;Violet Lam
: All of the subjects of the first two generations were codenamed after flowers, and the four subjects of [[Generation Aeon]]'s [[Minerva Strain]] took the names of purple-hued flowers: [[Iris]], [[Lavender]], [[Aster Ashe|Aster]], and Violet. Violet is the youngest of her strain. Lam is the surname of Violet's host mother, Dr. [[Sylvia Lam]].

;Shrinking Violet
: A nickname as given by her fellow subjects from Project Daedalus.

;Chroma
: Violet's code name as part of the [[Tea Party]], along with [[Molly]] and [[Primavera]]. Following the scheme of heroines from cyberpunk literature, Chroma is the Internet alias of the character Kusanagi Motoko from Masamune Shirow's ''Kōkaku Kidōtai''.

;Aeon Quisling
: Violet's first hero alias, taken from her body's "make and model." The original title "Daedalus Alpha-17: Quisling I" was shortened in-house to simply "Aeon Quisling": Aeon from the codename for the alpha generation, and Quisling from the subject's patron, Dr. [[Johannes Quisling]]. As patrons are assigned on a one-to-one basis, "Alpha-17: Quisling" is redundant. Because of this, she has also been known as Violet Quisling. It is a coincidence that Violet's patron is also her host father.
: Her current model name is Daedalus Alpha-17: Quisling III, or Aeon Quisling v3.

;Karakuriya
: The name Violet took for herself when she returned from her rebuild and rehabilitation in the winter of [[2007]] and [[2008]]. ''Karakuri'' is a Japanese term for a mechanical device meant to tease, trick, or surprise, specifically in ''karakuri ningyou'', automata from 18th and 19th century Japan. The suffix ''-ya'' can denote a thing that exemplifies the qualities of the root word--that is to say ''karakuri''-like, or ''karakuri''-ish. Violet takes the alias to be tongue-in-cheek.


== Fiction index ==

[[thread:1561|Student Information]] - Violet's introduction and out of character developments throughout her career at [[SJS]].

All of Violet's fiction and major cameos are indexed by two forum threads, chronicling the two phases of her life since enrolling in [[SJS]]:
* [[thread:1637|Being and something else]] - Aeon Quisling
* [[thread:4405|A young lady's illustrated primer]] - Karakuriya

An annotated synopsis of each chapter may follow eventually.


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"When we fall in love / We're just falling / In love with ourselves / We're spiraling" -- Keane, "Spiraling"

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