M I N U G A H A N An o t s e e i n g i s a f l o w e r
P E R S O N A L D E T A I L S
Full Name - Tanaka, Yaya. 田中やや.
Age - Nineteen
Gender - Female. She/Her.
Occupation - Herbalist & Healer Apprentice.
P E R S O N A L I T Y
Yaya never quite grew out of her why, why, why phase. Inquisitive to a fault, Yaya often finds herself questioning anything and everything around her. It can be quite annoying to the other villagers when she's constantly poking her nose in their business. Almost nothing happens in Heiseina without Yaya knowing, her curious nose leading her towards all the gossip. Mostly, though, her questions are geared more towards the universe and how everything works - where did magic come from? why are Yokai different from them? what's beyond the valley?
Nothing is fun without a little bit of imagination. Despite being a woman grown, Yaya has her head in the clouds most of the time. She can be seen traversing the village, eyes glazed over as she runs into anyone and everyone, and the villagers cluck their tongues in condescending affection. Yaya isn't having fun unless she's concocting scenarios of adventuring fantasies about what is beyond the valley. Or riding a dragon, because that would be fun, too.
Happy! Happy! Happy! Lots of people think there is nothing going on between Yaya's ears because she's so cheerful all the time. But, Yaya just doesn't like letting life get her down. She lives a comfortable life with a loving father and she gets to spend all day searching for herbs in the valley, what did she have to be sad for? Yaya is a ball of optimism, shining on Heiseina like an obnoxious little sun.
S K I L L S E T
Yaya was trained to be an herbalist in order to help her father find medicinal herbs for his healing. Because of that, Yaya can pick out almost any herb and tell you the uses of it. She is quick to identify plants and roots and flowers, can even put their uses to practice.
Though she is only an apprentice, Yaya is rather good at healing others. Currently, her job is to help her father during major surgeries, and help with the small scrapes and cuts that come their way. Despite being proficient in medicine and doctoring, Yaya cannot use any Signs to help like her father can. The only thing she has been able to use is the water Sign in order to soak bandages, clean wounds, and, well, give the patient some water.
Sometimes herbs are in difficult to reach places, and Yaya's body has become accustomed to reaching those places. Her legs are strong and her grip is sure, Yaya is proficient at climbing and hiking. She has a lot of stamina and can climb for long periods of time. Just don't ask her to run, please, she doesn't have the lung capacity for it!
Yaya is a rather plain girl as far as most are concerned. Her black hair is straight and usually pulled back into a ponytail, with straight bangs framing her black eyes. Her skin is tan from spending most of the day outdoors and often she comes home with tan lines from her yukata. Yaya is taller than most of her female peers, being of five feet and eight inches, and her body is toned from hiking for herbs. For the most part, Yaya doesn’t concern herself with pretty outfits, but she can’t resist plucking flowers and tucking them into her hair or obi.
There is something deeply ironic about being the most proficient healer in Heiseina and being unable to save the one most close to you. Of course, the irony is lost on Yaya and her father, Hanaoka, as most tragedies are.
Hanaoka liked to call Yaya his miracle, her name given to her to signify double prosperity. And she was a miracle, in the way that only newborn babies that outlive their mother can be. Hanaoka’s wife died during childbirth, and despite having all his knowledge of medicine, Hanaoka failed to save her. So, she’s a miracle, and Yaya preens under the compliment despite all of its implications. She’s only a miracle because her mother died.
But Yaya doesn’t think about that and some may joke that Yaya doesn’t think at all. They’re wrong, of course, because Yaya thinks. She thinks only in the way that philosophers and scientists and adventurers can think. She thinks like she’s ravenous, consuming knowledge and demanding more. Because the only thing that drives Yaya more than her thoughts is her need to know. Yaya wants to know the secrets of the universe, the world beyond the valley, the truth behind magic. She wants to know the history long hidden and stories only Yokai can tell.
She can’t know, though. Yaya is bound to Heiseina and her duties as a gathering herbalist as well as an apprentice to her father. That doesn’t stop her from pretending she’s venturing into the wild as she picks and plucks herbs, or that she’s scaling the tallest mountain when she’s climbing up the crags for only the hardiest of roots. It’s not much, but her imagination keeps her preoccupied enough. Her father sometimes criticizes her for being too naïve, and seeing the world through a child’s eyes when she’s a woman grown. It is mainly out of concern, as her father knows how being a healer can change someone, but Yaya ignores him.
Yaya can’t say her life is the worst. She’s happy helping people, and she is quite the social butterfly when it comes to the other villagers. Everything is mostly good. Mostly. Because for all the good she can do with her medicinal and herbal knowledge, Yaya knows she could do better with Signs and she can’t do them. Yaya has an astonishing ineptitude for magic and it took her longer than it should have to learn one Sign. Yaya doesn’t know what’s more crushing, the fact she can’t help people more or that she’s so close to answering one of her questions and she can’t do it.
The only Sign that Yaya knows is Water, it's weak at best but it comes in handy when a rag needs to be wetted or a patient is thirsty.