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|Real Name||Shiori Hibiki (響詩織, Hibiki Shiori)|
|Arcana||II - The High Priestess|
|Birth Date||June 5th 1993 (Gemini)|
|Preferred Weapon||Bare Hands|
|Assignment||Gekkoukan High School, First Year|
|Persona - Pheme|
|Voice Actor||Haruka Tomatsu|
"I'm sorry, I, uh, I'm not doing a very good job of explaining this."
"I promise I will always be your friend. No matter what."
"That's, er... not very nice.""Um. Hallo."
Shiori would like nothing more than to live life at her own pace, slow and relaxed and with an absolute minimum of pressure. As a result, her grades as a first-year student at Gekkoukan High School range from indifferent to below average, and it is mostly due to a combination of luck and good cramming skills that she has not yet outright failed any subjects. She does have a love of knowledge and learning, although not necessarily what she actually needs to know. She will often amble up to eavesdrop on conversations that are really none of her business, and her nosey streak has gotten her into trouble more than once. Quite normal, quite generic, quite boring... but why does she seem to have a curious reluctance to talk about her past, and self-esteem low enough to elicit both pity and annoyance? Surely it's nothing serious... right?
Ask A Stupid Question, Picker-Up Of Unconsidered Trifles, Or So I Hear, Don't Say Lazy, Gossip Sponge, Undefeated Champion Of Rival Blazing Arcana Fighters IV, Curiouser And Curiouser, Perform: Piano, Why Am I So Useless, Epic Flail, Healz0r, Entirely Harmless, What's Your Name Again, Edna Mode, Reformed Rich Bitch
Short brown hair held in place with simple clips. Sleepy brown eyes looking at the world with mild disinterest. A short, slight frame. Unfocused, distracted... quite harmless, surely.
During school days, will be wearing a Gekkoukan uniform. On non-school days, probably blouse-and-jeans or an unobtrusive dress, along with a cute small bunny-themed backpack.
Her preferred colours are white, light baby blue or pink, dark browns, and black.
Whatever the occasion, will always, always have a small expertly-handmade black waist pouch just big enough to securely hold a pistol-sized object.
In the warmer months, Shiori will be wearing loose, light clothes, and if it gets hot enough, a sun hat. In cooler temperatures, her attire will range from a simple jacket, to an overcoat just slightly too large for her, warm mittens or gloves, and a hand-knit scarf.
Born to a well-to-do family, to corporate executive parents in a multinational corporation, Shiori has never wanted for anything. Her parents may have been more lax than they should have been regarding their daughter's studies, and appear to be content that at least Shiori is not failing class or falling into bad company... or at least so they tell her, with every sign of sincerity.
With her parents concentrating their hopes of a highly-successful offspring on her younger brother (although still assuring Shiori that they love her as she is), Shiori was more or less free to do as she pleased, and yet felt a nagging sense of discontent. Her relatively sheltered upbringing made her a poor judge of character, and one thing led to another, culminating in an incident near the end of middle school that Shiori still refuses to talk about. Strangely enough, few people remember or even know of Shiori's involvement in that incident, leaving her reputation more or less unscathed.
After that, Shiori moved to Iwatodai/Tatsumi Port Island to enrol in Gekkoukan High School. There, Shiori's grades have actually begun to improve, albeit slowly. (How she managed to qualify for Gekkoukan in the first place is a minor mystery.)
Shiori has a little brother in Junior High whom she is alternately fond of and irritated by, in the style of all big sisters everywhere. He is a great deal more industrious and responsible than his sister. After Shiori left to live in Port Island, they don't see each other very often, and calls are brief and deliberately nonchalant, but he worries about her in his own (teenage) way.
A couple of days after Shiori first moved into Port Island (to one of the student dormitories near the high school), she found herself in the Dark Hour, alone and helpless. It was only through luck and the efforts of SEES personnel also in the Dark Hour that Shiori managed to escape it mostly unscathed, particularly after meeting Takehito Kirikawa and Katsuya Suou.
After that experience, Shiori sought out SEES, in part to allay her fears of the Shadows and the Dark Hour every midnight. She obtained information on SEES from Takehito and Lucas Xavier; during the latter meeting, she also befriended Mae Ikina, Yasogami High School Student Council Vice-President.
Shiori arranged a meeting with Mitsuru Kirijo, and volunteered to join SEES, in order to protect innocents from the Dark Hour. She was formally inducted into the group after a short interview. Shiori was only mildly surprised to learn the true nature of Aigis and Koromaru.
As a member of SEES, Shiori has mainly accompanied the group on a few large-scale missions, but she has not participated in many solo or small-group excursions. Her first combat mission was against Strega, after SEES was led to an ambush by Wataru Hoshimoto (whom Shiori had last seen in the company of Lucas). There, she was part of the group that fought Jin Shirato and Natsuko Choukawa, although Takaya Sakaki appeared near the end to call a retreat. Bystanders Shiori encountered in that battle were Teddie, Tohru Adachi, Enoha Koinose, and Thora Kobayashi.
When Shiori was visiting Daidara Metalworks in Inaba looking for a weapon to help her against the Shadows, Yoshiro helped her find her current weapon, a combat flail with a studded (not spiked) head.
In order to gain more combat skills, Shiori sought Takehito, who is in charge of the kendo club, for instruction. Kirikawa drafted her into the kendo club, and paired her off with Naeka Asahara, who was also in SEES.
Lucas assigned Shiori to be Sayaka Takuma's guide, despite the latter being in second-year.
Shiori was not part of the SEES group that tried unsuccessfully to secure the Mask of Winter. Her confusion about the "mask" everyone was talking about was unhelpful.
When Miyuki was kidnapped by Strega, Shiori and Naeka asked Sayaka to assist in the rescue attempt in Lunarvale. At that battle, where Shiori met Strega members Tomomi Fujimori and Nagisa Renge, Shiori saw SEES almost wiped out by a concerted assault by Strega. That, along with the appearance of Thanatos from Minato Arisato, shook her belief in her own worth as a member of SEES.
After angsting about it for some time, Shiori agreed to be trained by Naoya Toudou in Lunarvale, where she was taught that true courage was not in succeeding, but in trying even though one may not succeed.
The next SEES mission was led by Aigis, with a team of Shiori, Kiyoko, and Deidra Doyle, to investigate reports of a monster wandering the Dark Hour feeding on people. They found a Wendigo, and were ambushed by Strega, consisting of Takaya, Tomomi, and Masaru Ikedo. Kaede Ikeda, as Murava, observed the proceedings and made herself known to the others, but did not participate. Other bystanders were Kagura Enjou and Anzu Momonoki, who seemed familiar with the Dark Hour, but did not seem to be able to do much about it. Shiori's classmate Anzai Mizuno was also present, and awakened to his Persona then. SEES defeated the Wendigo and drove Strega off, or at least survived until Strega left of their own accord.
After the battle, Shiori visited Inaba to sight-see, and encountered Masaru, as well as Yasogami High Student Council Secretary Osamu Tsurugi. With Osamu's help, Shiori managed to befriend Masaru.
Shiori was worried about Mae, who seemed to be paranoid and stand-offish, and made another, later visit to Inaba, where she met Haruka Tanaka, who was meeting Yosuke at the time.
Shiori was not part of the final battle against the Snow Queen.
Friends And Foes
As part of repayment for Sayaka's assistance, Shiori accompanied her and Naeka to purchase summer yukata now that the mystical cold front was over. Along the way, they met Osamu, and Sayaka wished to test her strength against Osamu's. Shiori agreed to referee the sparring match.
Partway through the duel, Sayaka's Persona materialized unprovoked and uncontrolled, and Osamu and Naeka brought it down, with Shiori providing what support she could.
Directly after that battle, Takaya and Tomomi attacked. Osamu managed to escape with the unconscious Sayaka. Shiori barely resisted Tomomi's call for her to join Strega, but Naeka was turned. For Naeka to prove her new loyalty, she had to stab Shiori, who had been knocked unconscious by Takaya's attack. Naeka made sure that the stab wound was survivable.
While Shiori was in the hospital, she was visited by Shuji Ikutsuki, Lucas, and Sayaka. Through it all, Shiori maintained that she believed Naeka to be merely "temporarily confused", and did not blame her in the least.
Some time after Shiori's release from the hospital, she visited Inaba again to check up on Mae, and was surprised to learn that Mae and Yosuke were officially dating. She also met Kenji Kurosawa, and learned that Mae had experienced a lot of problems related to the Other World that she did not want Shiori to get involved in. Nevertheless, Shiori obtained a promise from Yosuke for him to continue taking care of Mae.
An impromptu battle with Strega during the Dark Hour resulted in SEES capturing Naeka. Shiori took this opportunity to patch things up with Naeka. In addition, she tried to befriend Nagisa, who had visited the SEES dorm (although perhaps not for the first time) to check up on her former teammate. Nagisa was receptive, but vague about reciprocating that friendship.
Truth And Trust
After hearing members of Strega invoke the name "Nyx", Shiori has been trying to find out who or what it was. She has thus far not met with a great deal of success.
Several chance meetings with Wataru Hoshimoto has made Shiori concerned for the boy, possibly because he reminded her of her own little brother. When Wataru allowed her into his personal space, Shiori sought out Lucas Xavier for advice on how to communicate better with Wataru. The conversation soon turned to their respective pasts, and Shiori ended up telling Lucas about That Incident in middle school; the only person in Port Island she had ever told it to. In return, Lucas told Shiori about his own past, and reasons for coming to Japan. Where before Shiori thought of Lucas only as an irritating and creepy person, now she understood him far better, and counted him as a trustworthy friend.
Shiori met Tom Magnusson working at Cafe Chagall, and later chatted with him at some length at Hagakure Ramen. She has some suspicions about why he is in the Okina City area, and has cautioned him against being too reckless, without giving away specifics. In that same conversation at Hagakure, Sayaka Takuma arrived with her maid in tow, and invited Shiori to her home. Shiori, despite being intimidated by the maid's cold glare, accepted the invitation. The visit itself was uneventful, but Shiori learned more about Sayaka's family life and traditions.
On the eve of her 16th birthday, Shiori happened to be on the scene when the Lucky 7 convenience store was attacked by Strega, led by Tomomi Fujimori (although Takaya Sakaki was also present). She failed to help prevent the Lucky 7 from being burned out, largely due to being cornered by Chiharu Satou for most of the fight. Shiori now feels guilty for not being of sufficient assistance to Ran Itoh, Hinata Itoh, and their half-sister Kanon Itoh.
The day after her 16th birthday, Shiori's younger brother Yuuki visited Port Island to give his sister her presents from home. After implying that Shiori might be better off at home rather than studying in Gekkoukan and getting hurt in all sorts of mad adventures, Yuuki had a verbal sparring session with Lucas Xavier while Shiori was out of earshot, and decided to let Shiori stay in Port Island for the immediate future.
In trying to investigate Strega's motives, especially regarding the demolition of the Lucky 7, Shiori found herself in a bad part of town, and was accosted by a strangely drugged-up punk. Tom Magnusson rescued her, and Shiori caught a glimpse of (but did not manage to meet) Azusa Shimegi, who had been hiding nearby.
Shiori was part of the SEES team that stopped the mysterious girl in black named "Aki" from taking over one of the Kirijo Group's laboratories, along with Thora Kobayashi, Naeka Asahara, and Deidra Doyle. Mitsuru Kirijo was already present at the scene when the spatial distortion "Aki" created occured, and joined the other SEES members after entry was gained. Together, they fought against Aki's minions, including a giant robotic toy mouse tank named Tesso, a Shadow Gigas, and a mysterious masked girl. Aki's motives apparently involved making a Christmas present (six months early) for her father from the spare and discarded robot parts used to make anti-Shadow weapons like Aigis. An unexpected intervention by someone who seemed to be Maki Sonomura (whom Shiori had never met before) saved the SEES members from an untimely end. Nevertheless, the masked girl managed to knock Shiori out cold for the rest of the night.
The next day, while recuperating from the mild concussion inflicted by the mysterious masked girl, Shiori was resting in Lucas Xavier's office when Wataru Hoshimoto requested advice on dealing with having a crush on girls. Shiori was stunned and astonished to discover that along with Sayaka Takuma's maid and Maki Sonomura, she herself was one of the girls Wataru had a crush on. The revelation left her with a strange and intense mixture of emotions, including embarrassed, delighted, flattered, confused, apprehensive, fearful, and oddly enough a distinct amount of guilt.
To thank Tom Magnusson for saving her, Shiori treated him to a meal at Johnny Roger's in Sumaru. There, they encountered Azusa Shimegi once again, although Shiori left the questioning and answering to Tom.
A couple of days later, on an idle sightseeing visit to Lunarvale, Shiori met and befriended Midori Nakashima, just before encountering (yet again) Azusa Shimegi. The parting was amicable and without incident, but Shiori was starting to get suspicious about the reporter never actually interviewing her straight-out, but instead skulking around in the shadows.
Shiori managed to meet Mae Ikina for a short while. Shiori apologized for digging so deeply into Mae's affairs, and promised to ask Mae directly for information next time.
Azusa Shimegi contacted Shiori urgently one day, asking to meet her. It turned out that Azusa had had a run-in with Midori Nakashima, who was a Shadow-possessed, and Azusa manifested her own Persona during that incident. Shiori attempted to answer Azusa's questions with limited success, and directed her to Lucas Xavier for further inquiries. Shiori also took heed of Azusa's warning about Midori, while privately deciding not to let it affect their friendship.
That night, Shiori helped Sayaka Takuma hunt down the "superboss" Shadow Sayaka had claimed was the very first Shadow the older girl had faced. The Shadow toyed with them before departing, but not before knocking Shiori out cold with overwhelming force.
This did not dampen Shiori's spirits the next day, when she met Wataru Hoshimoto busking in Paulownia Mall. She still had no answer for his confession, but she did admit that she was touched by how much he cared for her. After meeting and chatting with Kouji Kannazuki, Wataru presented Shiori with a cactus. Shiori accepted the present, and resolved to properly answer Wataru as soon as she could.
Shiori met Mae Ikina after the disastrous excursion into the TV World which Shiori herself was not a part of. Shiori resolved to assist Mae in any way she could, even if it would pit her against the rest of SEES. Shiori was also worried about the Shadow-possession of Osamu Tsurugi, but did not manage to obtain much information from that.
Shiori met Kenji Kurosawa, fresh from his TV World dungeon and with his own Persona, in Paulownia Mall soon after that. Also present were Wataru Hoshimoto and Youji Takita. Despite being initially frightened by Youji's delinquent-like manner, they parted as friends.
Shiori was not present when Wataru Hoshimoto confronted Minagi Shimizu, nor was she granted access when Wataru was confined in the SEES dorm "for his own protection". She did leave a get-well-soon cactus outside his door, however.
Shiori encountered Tom Magnusson loitering in the lobby of Gekkoukan, and volunteered to help him with his investigations, but Aigis vetoed the decision. In the subsequent confusion, Aigis punched Tom (over Shiori's protests), and bodily carried Shiori back to the SEES dorm.
Consulting with Lucas Xavier over recent events led to reassurances that Shiori had to do what she felt to be right. She also met with Itsuka Mizuhara at this time. Later, at the SEES dorm, Shiori met Akatsuki Enda and Misaki Toritsume, but not much came of that meeting.
Shiori met Tom Magnusson again at Naganaki Shrine a few days later, where she apologized on behalf of Aigis for the punch. Takehito Kirikawa was also present, and Shiori took the opportunity to resign from the kendo club, as she felt she was not of any use in that position. Shiori also reaffirmed her decision to help Tom with his investigation, even if SEES were to punish her for her disobedience to direct orders.
Shiori met Tom Magnusson and Azusa Shimegi at the Junes Food Court, where she told them everything she knew about the Dark Hour. She named SEES as the "good guys" and Strega as the "bad guys", but noted that there were independents operating in the area as well, and that not everyone in the organizations were the same.
Upon being summoned by Mitsuru Kirijo to account for her actions, Shiori tried to defend them, and managed to obtain a concession: only people who were already about to discover the existence of the Other World by themselves would be warned of the danger.
A SEES gathering, meant to be a meet-and-greet session between the older members and the newbies, turned into a shouting match as Shiori tried to defend her beliefs and her relationship with Wataru Hoshimoto. Shiori was left drained and depressed.
Things did not improve when she learned that Tom Magnusson had been thrown into the TV World. Igor had summoned her during a dream to the Velvet Room, and told her that she had to be on the team that helped rescue Tom. She was to turn on a desk lamp in his dungeon (which resembled an abandoned police station).
Shiori joined in the rescue team, and did as Igor requested. The desk lamp illuminated a picture of Farah Newman, although Shiori did not know her name at the time.
When the team reached the top of the dungeon, Tom Magnusson was facing his Shadow self. Tom's Shadow self declared Shiori to be of no more use to him, and literally tossed her aside, out into the mists of the TV World. In deep and crushing despair, Shiori stayed conscious long enough only for her Shadow self to appear and overwhelm her.
When a team arrived to rescue Shiori from her TV World dungeon, they found it to be strangely brief, almost as though the Shadow was eager to meet the others to explain its position. The Shadow revealed that it was responsible for the whispers of doubt in Shiori's mind, and told the others to leave, so that it could continue to "advise" Shiori. When the team refused, they battled the Shadow and defeated it. Shiori accepted that the choices she had made were her own, and she had to accept the consequences for them, rather than blaming them on her Persona or on other people.
After recovering from her ordeal, Shiori followed Lucas Xavier and Wataru Hoshimoto on a fishing trip to Inaba's Samegawa River, in an effort to catch the Guardian of Samegawa. They managed to do so, but the Guardian had been corrupted by a mysterious influence, and they had no choice but to kill it. The Guardian left behind a large egg, which Lucas took back to his church, with the egg under Wataru's care.
Shiori's relationship with SEES improved slightly when she managed to talk to Akatsuki Enda about her doubts about being in SEES. Along with her friendship with Yuuka Chiba, Shiori seemed to be making a conscious effort to reach out to the rest of SEES. Akatsuki advised Shiori to seek advice from Mitsuru Kirijo or Fuuka Yamagishi on her newfound spotter abilities.
During a visit to Paulownia Mall, Shiori met Farah Newman for the first time, along with Azusa Shimegi and Fumiya Watanabe. The mall was suddenly attacked by a strange monster (actually Takahisa Kandori), which toyed with and threatened them. Shiori could not identify the monster as either Persona or Shadow. Afterwards, Azusa and Fumiya left, while Tom Magnusson helped evacuate Farah and Shiori. The attack seemed to have happened in a strange alternate dimension; after it was over, there was nothing odd happening in the mall, except the mysterious loss of an hour to those who had not been involved in the fight.
After that fight, Shiori found a note addressed personally to her, apparently from the monster. It warned her that when the time came (said time was unspecified, but implied to be in the near future), if she saw something coming up behind her in a mirror, she should run immediately. Shiori considered this to be stating the obvious.
Through some mysterious means, the note turned into an invitation to a SEBEC ball. This invitation appeared to be applicable to Persona-users, Shadow-Possessed, and those who knew about them. Shiori attended in her best clothing, in order to find out what SEBEC and Kandori were up to. There, she found Wataru Hoshimoto gatecrashing, albeit with the tacit tolerance (if not approval) of SEBEC security. Farah Newman was announced by Kandori to be the "matron" of KNOWS, allegedly a program sponsored by SEBEC for troubled youths. Strega also turned up (invited) to the ball, whereupon they spiked the punch with hallucinogens. Shiori did not drink the punch, but many other Persona-users present did, and the ball degenerated into a near-brawl. Shiori and Wataru evacuated, along with Tom Magnusson (who had missed most of the events) and Farah.
Shiori was not part of most of the events surrounding the Chariot Shadow. She did join the team that searched Tartarus for something that would help Minagi Shimizu divest herself of the Chariot Shadow. There, they encountered a strange strong Shadow, which claimed to be awaiting the coming of Nyx. Shiori made note of the sigil that the Shadow seemed to be making use of, as it had been used by Strega before.
When Ran Itoh and Shinjiro Aragaki were thrown into the TV World, Shiori wanted to join the team to help them, but was rebuffed. This also happened when Fumiya Watanabe was seen on the Midnight Channel. Instead, she was told to concentrate on her studies; she did so with the energy born from annoyance and frustration. As a result, she managed to score significantly better on her midterms here than ever before, although overall she was only average.
On visits to Inaba to de-stress, Shiori met Nanako Dojima, and they became fast friends. This would help when Strega attempted to steal television sets from Junes for their own purposes, as Shiori tried (somewhat successfully) to protect Nanako from Strega thugs. Wataru Hoshimoto and Shion Katsuragi were also present, but they failed to prevent Strega from making off with a few television sets.
Shiori met Blaise Cameron through Yuuka Chiba, where Blaise was introduced as Yuuka's potential love-interest. She was surprised when Blaise, in disguise, barged into Lucas Xavier's church to demand answers about dangerous organizations like Strega and SEBEC. Shiori could sense that Blaise did not have the power of Persona yet, and she worried for his safety.
This came to a head when Yuuka Chiba entered the SEES dorm in tears, revealing that Blaise was angry with her for revealing the details of his quest to SEES. Shiori confronted Blaise, and deliberately provoked him into hunting her down, threatening to reveal his information-gathering activities to his mother. Shiori hoped to show Blaise that he needed to trust others, or someone else would do what Shiori was doing, except for real.
Blaise cornered Shiori a few days later, and punched her, which Shiori awkwardly blocked, breaking her right arm. Shirou Sekigawa was present on the scene, and inadvertantly revealed his Persona to Blaise. However, Blaise had also mentioned encountering Takahisa Kandori and "snake-women", which Shiori had assumed to mean Azusa Shimegi.
Shiori and Blaise managed to come to a truce, after Shiori realized that Yuuka was deeply troubled by their conflict. Blaise had also calmed down, and after a long discussion where Shiori explained her motivations, they agreed to be friends... as long as Blaise did nothing to deliberately cause Yuuka to cry.
After Yuuka Chiba's initial confrontation and battle with Takahisa Kandori, Shiori has been even more worried for her friend. This took a strange turn when she encountered Kandori, along with the little girl in black named "Aki" (who had previously assaulted the Kirijo Labs), at the Junes food court talking to Wataru Hoshimoto while being trailed by Yuuka Chiba. Thanks to a misunderstanding, Shiori now believes that Aki is Wataru's little sister, through some complicated family connections.
Shiori was slow to realize Wataru Hoshimoto's disappearance, only linking a recent news report on the mysterious killing of five men amidst the debris of a destroyed guitar with Wataru after it was pointed out by others in SEES, particularly Aigis. Shiori was desperate to find Wataru's whereabouts; the only clue she had was that Wataru was seen teleporting away in the company of Aki. Shiori moved temporarily into Lucas Xavier's church, to await Wataru's return.
Shiori also met Wataru's mother, Hisoka, putting up Missing Person posters around Port Island with the help of the police. Despite Shiori's initial nervousness, Hisoka seemed to accept Shiori as Wataru's girlfriend.
Shiori witnessed, but did not actively participate in, a Persona Game organized by Blaise Cameron at an unnamed shrine in Lunarvale. While apprehensive of the possible results, after what happened with Azusa Shimegi, nothing seemed to happen at first. However, the group, consisting of Blaise, Shiori, Yuuka Chiba (participating), Minagi Shimizu (participating), Shiki Ichimonji (participating), and Hinata Itoh (not participating) saw a vision of a ghostly small girl with a teddy bear, who appealed for help from Shiki, called Minagi "Death", and called Blaise "scary". After that, a supernatural arc of lightning sent their consciousnesses to the realm of Philemon.
Philemon explained that they were part of a complex struggle between myriad forces, and that they had to decide which path they chose to take. All six agreed to help Philemon, with varying degrees of confidence. With that, they were returned to the shrine. Yuuka Chiba vacated the shrine hurriedly, and Shiori waited for Blaise Cameron to try to catch up with Yuuka first, before departing herself.
Shiori met up again with Yuuka Chiba at the church the next day. Yuuka revealed that she had argued with Blaise Cameron over the issue of trust, and in her haste, had left her Evoker with Blaise. Shiori convinced Yuuka to keep talking to Blaise, in order to try to work things out, as well as get her Evoker back.
After Minato Arisato ordered SEES to hunt down Wataru Hoshimoto without negotiation, Shiori discussed the matter with Akatsuki Enda, stating that either she had to find another way that Minato would approve of, or she would quit SEES. Akatsuki, who seemed to be suffering from some illness but trying to hide it from Shiori, nonetheless promised to do all he could to convince Minato to allow for negotiation with Wataru. Since Akatsuki was Shiori's last hope for resolution with SEES, she gave him her SEES armband for the moment.
Akatsuki later called Shiori, to tell her that she would be allowed to talk to Wataru if he showed signs of being willing to negotiate. Shiori was overjoyed, and promised to do her best to get Wataru back.
Shiori met Naoto Shirogane in Okina, along with Yoshiro Yoshino. While Shiori recognized Naoto as a Persona-user due to resonance, she did not recognize Naoto as one of the leaders of the KDA, or indeed as anyone significant, until Yoshiro expressed enthusiasm for meeting the "Detective Prince". Shiori asked Naoto to look into Wataru's disappearance.
Soon afterwards, Wataru Hoshimoto's mother Hisoka confronted Lucas Xavier at his church, and demanded to know about any new information on Wataru's location. Having narrowed it down to either Lunarvale or Inaba, due to the SEBEC presence at either location, Shiori and Yuuka Chiba inadvertantly revealed this to Hisoka. Hisoka chose to go to Lunarvale. Shiori, Yuuka, and Lucas chose to follow, albeit in separate decisions and by separate ways.
As such, all of them were caught up in the events of the Mikage-cho incident.
Shiori found herself in the East side of Mikage-cho, and was lucky enough to encounter Yuuka Chiba there as well. Together, they headed for a safehouse constructed by Yosuke Hanamura, named "Fort Junes". Shiori learned that the demons now infesting Mikage-cho were more intelligent than the animalistic Shadows, and could be negotiated with, albeit delicately and with unpredictable results. As she was still wearing a plaster cast on her right arm, Shiori was assigned to be the bookkeeper for Fort Junes.
Shiori was present when Daigan entered Fort Junes, but declined to participate in the fight afterwards, fearing that she would only be a hindrance. Shiori also learned that Aki had effectively total control over the reality of Mikage-cho's East Side, when Yosuke Hanamura convinced her to provide Fort Junes with running water (which Aki created to be literally running, requiring chasing down and subduing before use) and electricity.
Aki informed the inhabitants of Fort Junes that they had to breach the demon-infested subway tunnels to reach the West Side and defeat Captain Rebellion, or the rest of Japan (and possibly Mikage-cho) would be destroyed by a nuclear attack ordered by Ambassador Jordan Thorman. She also told Shiori, offhand, that Wataru Hoshimoto was in the East Side of Mikage-cho, but warned Shiori cryptically to "be nice". Shiori resolved to search for Wataru actively.
After Aki left, the others returned from battling (and evidently losing to) Daigan. Shiori was introduced to Tohya Kidzuki. A strange version of Maki Sonomura also entered Fort Junes, claiming that Lunarvale had always been Mikage-cho, and the demons had always been there, albeit not in such numbers or ferocity. She also claimed not to have been in the hospital before, which made Shiori very confused. Maki was insistent that the group help defeat Takahisa Kandori, who was implied to be across the subway tunnels as well. Maki did not give any details on why Kandori had to be defeated, but since the group had to cross the subway tunnels anyway, this was placed under consideration.
Along with Yuuka Chiba, Lucas Xavier, Deidra Doyle, and Yosuke Hanamura, Shiori entered the Fulfilled Dreamhouse that Wataru had been sensed in. There, she found Wataru Hoshimoto in a recreation of his idea of a "perfect family", with Yoh Hoshimoto, Hisoka Hoshimoto, and "lots of friends". Aki was also present, as Wataru's "little sister". The rescue team attempted to convince Wataru that this was not real, but Yoh and Wataru attacked them. While most of the others concentrated on Yoh (with Yosuke distracting Aki), Shiori tried to reason with Wataru. Unfortunately, she lost her temper, and Wataru, backed into a corner, was pulled in by the Shadows, re-emerging trapped in one. Having dealt with Yoh, the rescue team defeated the Shadow possessing Wataru, and saved him. Wataru, along with Hisoka, were helped back to Fort Junes to recuperate.
Memories In Moonlight
Shiori was placed in charge of the rearguard spotter seat during the East Side's attempt to break through the demon hordes in the Mikage-cho subway tunnels. The Demon Plow Alpha (as Yosuke Hanamura named it) was too powerful for any of the demons inside to cause any trouble for, and it only stopped after it crashed into the cars the people from the West Side had driven into the tunnel at around the same time. Shiori, groggy from the impact, managed to greet a few people from the West Side, notably Minato Arisato and Yu Narukami, before passing out. Thus, she missed the confrontation and complications with the Captain Rebellion plot involving Shiki Ichimonji(?) and Dark O.
When Shiori woke up again a short time later, she was back at Fort Junes, having been carried there by Yu Narukami. Yosuke Hanamura and Yukiko Amagi were also present, when Fort Junes was visted by Takahisa Kandori. Kandori did not want to fight, but instead provided a great deal of information on their situation in Mikage-cho, including the true nature of Aki, Mai, and Maki Sonomura, as well as the DVA system, which was held in the Captain Rebellion base in West Mikage-cho. To free themselves from the barrier, Kandori indicated that the "second-best" way was to prevent any of Maki's selves from reaching the DVA system, as well as to stop themselves from destroying any of Maki's selves.
The being that took Yoh Hoshimoto's appearance arrived outside Fort Junes to claim Wataru Hoshimoto once again. Shiori and Wataru were there to meet him, as well as Wataru's mother Hisoka, Lucas Xavier, Yuuka Chiba, Minagi Shimizu, and Yu Narukami. Aki was also present, but Yu convinced her that what she was doing was wrong. Aki relented, and tried to banish Yoh, but it did not work due to some outside interference. Yoh attacked the group, forcing Aki to join them temporarily. Minagi escorted Hisoka back into Fort Junes for safety.
In the end, Wataru Hoshimoto accepted that his brother's memory should be laid to rest, and dealt the final blow to the shadow of Yoh Hoshimoto. In doing this, however, he appeared to first lose his Persona, and then lose his life. Shiori wept over his body as Wataru hovered between life and death, and she barely noticed Aki departing after harsh words and recriminations from an avatar of the Ideal Maki Sonomura. Shiori had to be led back to Fort Junes, catatonic.
It took Yuuka Chiba to snap Shiori out of her despair. Shiori had lost her voice due to the psychological trauma of seeing Wataru comatose. When Yuuka finally convinced Shiori that she had to move forward, Shiori managed to speak again, but it would take some time before she recovered fully. Shiori was given a choice between going to the assault on the DVA system in the Captain Rebellion base in the West side, or the Harem/Karma Queen in the Karma Palace in the East side, since both had a good chance of lowering the barrier around Mikage-cho.
Shiori chose to go to the Captain Rebellion base where the DVA System was held. There, along with many others, she helped deactivate and dismantle the DVA System, freeing Maki Sonomura and Shiki Ichimonji. Nevertheless, she was gravely hurt by Aki, and barely survived the fight. While the others were celebrating the reunion with their friends, Shiori felt like an unwanted outsider. Her mood was also not helped by knowing that even with the DVA System destroyed, Wataru Hoshimoto was still in a coma.
Abruptly, the entire Mikage-cho group were deposited back in the "real" Lunarvale, with the events of the previous two weeks wiped from most of the rest of the population, other than a select few who had participated in events (mostly due to possessing a Persona or Shadow). Shiori was confused, but upon learning that everyone was all right, immediately visited the Kirijo-run hospital in Port Island to finally have her plaster cast removed. As such, she returned to her room at the church quite late, after taking a very long shower.
She did not go to school the next day.
Searching For Peace
Shiori still did not go to school for the next few days. She caught up with Shirou Sekigawa in Okina, and later Yu Narukami, Aigis, and an unfamiliar Seven Sisters student named Lisa Silverman in Sumaru. Through it all, Shiori found that her voice was still mostly lost, and it would take some time before she fully recovered.
She met Sayaka Takuma in Port Island. Sayaka had been worried about the disappearance of so many of her friends, and Shiori reassured her that they were all mostly fine. Sayaka confided to Shiori that she was getting more uncharacteristically angry, and had started hearing voices; Shiori warned her that this may be due to her Persona becoming more unruly, but due to the inability to speak, could not explain in detail.
Shiori visited Wataru Hoshimoto at the hospital in Lunarvale (now restored to normalcy), where they met a cheerful and ambulatory Maki Sonomura. Shiori nervously (and silently) wished the other girl well, believing that Maki had reconciled with all the parts of her psyche, and unaware that Aki was still at large. Shiori spent some time with Wataru, worrying over the fact that he still had to answer for the incident which led to the death of five men.
Akatsuki Enda summoned Shiori for a meeting, where he told her that her actions in Mikage-cho had proven that she did not need to stay in SEES, as she had shown herself to be independent and strong enough to succeed on her own. With some prodding, Shiori finally decided that she would be happier out of SEES than in it. However, she made Akatsuki promise to look after Yuuka Chiba.
Yuuka herself heard about Shiori's decision to quit SEES, and offered to house Shiori at her parents' home, where Sayaka Takuma was already staying. Shiori was originally reluctant to bring potential danger to Yuuka's family, but Yuuka told her that having a spotter in her home would be a good way to protect her family. Shiori accepted the offer.
During a visit to Wataru Hoshimoto, in custody for the Quintiple Murder case, Shiori met Naoto Shirogane there as well. As Naoto began interrogating Wataru, Takahisa Kandori interrupted them, and made Wataru an offer: join KNOWS in exchange for freedom and training in controlling Agravain, or remain in custody and be experimented on and dissected by the JSDF. Wataru accepted Kandori's offer, and Shiori could not think of a reason to stop him in time.
Shiori reported this to Yu Narukami, who was also with Yuuka Chiba at the time. In her distracted state, Shiori ignored Azusa Shimegi and Ichiya Chigiri, who were also present. Yu gave Shiori access to the KDA private boards, and promised to help her retrieve Wataru.
A Voice Alone
Shiori's voice recovered at a steady rate, and now that the stress of being in SEES was gone, she seemed noticeably happier.
A startling discovery of a rumour in Sumaru revealed that Shiori, Yuuka Chiba, Lucas Xavier, and a mysterious "Fishy" were implicated as suspects in the murder case involving Wataru Hoshimoto, as the general public could not believe that a single thirteen-year old boy could kill five men at once. Shiori's alibi was solid, as she had been working at her part-time job when the murder happened. However, she was worried about the others.
Especially Yuuka; Shiori discovered that Yuuka was feeling extremely depressed, to the point of passive suicide, and tried to cheer her up. Unfortunately, Shiori could only resort to veiled blackmail: if Yuuka committed suicide, Shiori would follow her.
Questioning by Naoto Shirogane further confirmed Shiori's innocence, and Naoto decided to recruit Shiori into the KDA, to prevent recruitment by Takahisa Kandori into KNOWS; this was seen as a problem because at the time, Shiori was no longer in SEES, but was not part of any organization, and her boyfriend was about to be recruited into KNOWS.
In the meantime, Shiori managed to meet Nanako Dojima again, reassuring her that everyone who was in Mikage-cho was all right. She also met Lisa Silverman, and suggested that Lisa and Chie Satonaka teach Nanako self-defence.
Shiori took part in the KDA rescue of Akimoto Nagamori from the TV World, originally having tagged along for training purposes, when Teddie detected Akimoto's dungeon. Having had to leave the TV World seconds before the fog lifted and the Shadows went berserk, Shiori lost track of Akimoto, but learned later that Aigis had left her abandoned but relatively unharmed in a section of the sewers.
Yuuka Chiba admitted to Shiori that she was in something like a relationship now with Lucas Xavier, which startled Shiori greatly, as Shiori still believed that Yuuka retained some affection for Blaise Cameron. Yuuka hotly denied this, and Shiori had to settle for making Yuuka and Lucas promise never to hurt each other.
Soon afterwards, Shiori was rescued during an inadvertant trip during the Dark Hour by Blaise. Blaise told Shiori about his mother's kidnapping by mafia elements, and that they wanted him to somehow retrieve the DVA system. Blaise had no intention of doing so, but he wanted to try rescuing his mother some other way. Shiori took the chance to inform him of Yuuka's depression and rejection, and forced Blaise into promising to at least talk to Yuuka. Shiori believed that Blaise would at least help keep an eye on Yuuka.
Unfortunately, her plan backfired, as Blaise and Yuuka had an argument that ended in Yuuka losing her temper and getting suspended from school. Shiori tried to apologize to Yuuka, but ended up preventing her hasty suicide. Filled with guilt for causing this situation, Shiori contacted several others, asking them to keep an eye on Yuuka.
Also, at the urging of the rest of the KDA, Shiori finally returned the Guardian of Samegawa to Inaba.
A Voice Unheard
Shiori ran into Blaise Cameron, who accused her of sending Sayaka Takuma after him. Despite trying her hardest to convince him otherwise, Blaise cut off relations from her, and forbade her from helping rescue his mother.
Shiori confronted Sayaka, choosing the Dark Hour for this, to minimize the number of witnesses. Shiori demanded an explanation from Sayaka, who claimed good intentions in wanting to keep Blaise away from Shiori and Yuuka. Incensed, Shiori provoked and goaded Sayaka into attacking, taking the hit passively, in order to show Sayaka that what she did hurt Shiori greatly. Unfortunately, Yuuka Chiba witnessed the tail end of this confrontation, and Shiori was hard-pressed to explain her action. She did tell Yuuka that Sayaka was probably in more need of companionship than her.
A comfortable home life and overall lack of ambition has left Shiori unmotivated, in the strangely unsatisfied way of someone looking for a purpose in life they can really get behind, and running on autopilot until then. She certainly doesn't care enough to actively seek out that purpose; she's content to wait for it to come to her... which, since she came to Port Island and joined SEES, it has. Even after she left SEES and joined KDA, she had managed to create enough bonds of friendship with others that she alights on a new problem or worry nigh-constantly.
Shiori is intent on doing the Right Thing, almost to the point of obsession. She seems incapable of leaving a problem alone, even though it technically has nothing to do with her. This has caused conflicts with a great many people, both allies and enemies and those she claims to want to help. Nevertheless, an innate core of stubbornness and sheer bloody-mindedness has made Shiori determined to Help Others, no matter the cost to herself.
Something she does take an active interest in is gathering information, and she might even have a promising future as an investigative journalist if she put her mind to it. As it is, she is interested mostly in gathering information for the sake of curiosity, of which she has an abundant amount. She doesn't really do anything with that information, preferring to keep it to herself. Simply knowing things and learning about things, especially things few other people know, is enough to give her a thrill. She's only slightly better than most in keeping secrets, as she might not blurt it out unless directly asked (or threatened), but her body language is distinctly untrained, and often painfully obvious. Her most common gesture is to clap her hands to her mouth in the Speak No Evil pose. This is apparently unconscious, and happens every time Shiori is about to say something she knows she will regret.
Shiori is not very brave and not very athletic, but she has surprisingly good reflexes. She is also quite speedy, mostly in a direction away from danger. She believes that there are a great many unexplainable things in the world, and so seeing something bizarre may alarm and surprise her, but usually not to the point of panic. She will, however, try to find out as best as she can what that strange thing was, and why it happened.
Shiori tries to act indifferent about it, but she does maintain her appearance as much as any other teenage girl. She has felt feelings that may or may not have been the faintest beginnings of a crush before, but nothing has yet made her heart skip that proverbial beat... until she met Wataru Hoshimoto. Even now, she still doesn't know if this counts as true love, but from what she can tell, it's probably the real thing.
The incident in middle school had changed Shiori's personality drastically, if anyone around her even knew of or remembered her old self. Now, Shiori tries her best to be nice and kind to everyone she meets, and to make as many friends as she can. In fact, her desire for friendship and the acknowledgement thereof often gets to the point of being needy.
Shiori also has the sort of low self-esteem that can get irritating very easily. She doubts herself, and believes herself to be unworthy of anything and everything. Everyone else is better than her in every way; everything she does is useless and pathetic. If one is not careful, the conversation will soon turn into a full-blown whine.
Despite all of this, during times of stress, when Shiori accidentally lets her guard down, some glimpse of her old personality may show. Shiori is never proud of these moments, and tries to hide her old self as much as she can.
For as long as she can remember, Shiori has had the same sort of hidden second thoughts that everyone has; the sort of tiny voice that tells you to touch that wet paint, or to call in sick to sleep in, or that your finished masterpiece is not as perfect as it could be... Ever since the incident in middle school, though, that tiny inner voice had turned nasty. And ever since Shiori moved to Port Island and experienced the Dark Hour for the first time, the inner voice has grown louder, more persistent, and oddly more coherent... until Shiori encountered her other self in the Midnight Channel, where it was revealed to be her Persona, on the verge of becoming a Shadow. Thanks to the help of her friends, Shiori overcame her doubts, and accepted her other self back into her.
Now, Shiori is moderately more comfortable with who she is, although she relapses now and again. She is more assertive and confident, but still tries to be as nice and harmless as she can. Unfortunately, her obsessive need for friendship and companionship has not changed.
Shiori tends to feel like an outsider and a stranger, no matter where she is, except for her own hometown. This has led to more than a few social conflicts. While in the Okina area, she is compulsively reluctant to make any place she lives in her own. This has applied to her original dorm room, her SEES dorm room, her room in the Church of the Holy Trinity, and her temporary room in Yuuka Chiba's home.
A winged woman, her own eyes shrouded with a veil, but hundreds of ghostly eyes on every rustling peacock-like feather. Surrounded by an aura of whispers and rumours in every tongue, informing and gossiping and babbling. She sings, and the song dances across the battlefield, inspiring allies and enervating foes, as spells and secrets are named and heard.
Pheme is mostly oriented towards support and debuffs. Pheme is also an analysis/spotting-type Persona; after her experiences in the Midnight Channel, Shiori has been able to utilize her spotter skills far more effectively than before.
|Attack Name||SP Cost||Effects||Description|
|Bewilder||10||STRDOWN Damage||Pheme sends a tendril of whispers towards the opponent, disorienting them.|
|Dark Dodge||0||Passive||The darkness of chaos and the unknown is a constant foe.|
|Full Analysis||8||CURSE LUKDOWN||Pheme focuses her attention on the opponent, helping Shiori guess their next move.|
|Ghastly Wail||17||AREA PHYSCOST Damage||A scream of rage that shatters psyches.|
|Healing Wave||12||AREA HOT||A gentle, refreshing breeze.|
|Mystic Boost||0||Passive||Shiori's greater attunement with her Persona allows her to use her abilities to greater effect.|
|Soul Break||10||MAGCOST||A dischordant noise slams into the opponent, making concentration more difficult.|
|Spirit Drain||11||DRAIN Damage||Pheme reaches out with her shroud of whispers, sapping the opponent's vitality to bolster Shiori's own.|
|Third Eye||7||DEKAJA||Pheme sees through any advantages the opponent may have claimed, rendering them ineffective.|
|Trafuri||6||AREA INACCURATE||A wave of whispers confuse any enemies, allowing Shiori and her allies respite or escape.|
Pheme deals with sound and words and conversation and gossip, in that order of detail (from most obvious to least obvious). Shiori gives off resonance like any Persona-user with an awakened Persona, and makes no effort to hide it.
Shiori is now aware of Persona resonance, and her spotter abilities let her notice people with Personas or Shadows, assuming they are not deliberately hidden. She is still relatively inexperienced, and may often mistake a resonance for another.
Shiori's method of sensing resonance is through sound, as a whisper in her mind. She can be distracted from reading a resonance (especially in noisy areas), and multiple resonances in one place can confuse her.
Shiori had learned how to summon other Personas very early on, during a dream-visit to the Velvet Room. She tends to stick to Pheme, however, as she feels less than comfortable with switching to different tactics, save in the most dire of situations. In addition, switching to another Persona would reduce her abilities to sense Personas and resonances dramatically.
- Nigi Mitama: Retired. Shiori had learned several hard lessons on how familiar the Persona was to her enemies; specifically, the familiarity with its weaknesses.
- Pixie: Awarded during a dream-visit to the Velvet Room. Shiori has been keeping it as her primary backup plan.
- Lilim: Obtained after gaining much insight into the viewpoints of Lucas Xavier. Now retired, after Shiori began feeling slightly uncomfortable about what the presence of this particular Persona meant for her own personality.
- Parvati: Obtained via insight into her own nature, as well as from her friendship with Yuuka Chiba. A good all-rounder, albeit best suited as a team center.
- Jack Frost: Obtained after a friendly Jack Frost in Mikage-cho gave Shiori his card of power, which Shiori later exchanged for a true Persona in the Velvet Room. Replaced Lilim as a "stand and fight" Persona.
Background Assets And Miscellany
Shiori can probably get quite a lot of pocket money from her parents if she has to, but she hasn't done so yet beyond her current very generous allowance (which allows her to live without worrying about most basic expenses, and indeed quite a few luxuries). If she does ask her parents for more money, they will expect an explanation.
Since coming to Port Island, Shiori has been a regular customer at Cafe Chagall at Paulownia Mall, particularly for their cakes. (She has no real opinion on their Pheremone Coffee.) Recently, she has taken a part-time job at Cafe Chagall, despite prior misgivings about working for a place she patronizes so much; the employee discount may have been a factor. Shiori works as a waitress, but ever since the cafe put in a piano, she has been spending more and more time playing tunes.
Shiori is not particularly skilled with computers. She can use them to do homework, and she half-heartedly maintains the usual social networking stuff that is the latest fad, but that's about it. She owns a consumer-level laptop.
Shiori is very, very good at arcade fighting games. She is not so good at quiz games. She is downright pathetic at UFO catchers.
Apart from arcade games, Shiori's other hobby is needlework, ranging from sewing to knitting to embroidery to quilting. She is surprisingly skilled at this, largely because this is her default method of procrastination.
Since Shiori has lived a sheltered life (her family has several servants, including maids and a butler), she cannot cook. Her attempts are not toxic as such, but more along the lines of someone completely inexperienced, and quite scared of the process of cooking, such as cutting knives and hot oil.
Shiori is ambidextrous, but with a slight preference for her right hand. Her left eye is dominant. Her eyesight is normal, but her hearing is noticeably more sensitive. She does not have perfect pitch, but (classical) musical training has given her the ability (among others) to distinguish between tones fairly easily.
Shiori has no sense of direction. She navigates primarily by landmarks and familiarity.
Shiori's brother is named Yuuki (響悠希, Hibiki Yuuki). He is two years younger than his sister. Scoring exceptionally in academics and athletics, with an active social life, Yuuki seems to be perfect compared to his sister. Strangely, although he has been confessed to several times, he has politely but firmly turned every one of them down.
Shiori's parents are her father Hironobu (宏信), vice-president of the sales department of the Tokyo headquarters of a large multinational corporation, and her mother Ritsu (利津), public relations director of the Saitama headquarters of an international hotel chain. Of her extended family, the only one of relevance to the MUSH is her father's younger brother Daikichi (大吉), a photographer for Reuters.
Shiori's father's family possesses "old money", while her mother's family made their fortune after World War 2. Neither parent are in their respective family business.
At Gekkoukan, apart from those already involved in the world of Personas and Shadows (ie Player Characters), Shiori has many acquaintances but few friends, keeping mostly to herself while keeping an ear out for the latest gossip and rumours. Of these friends, the one she seems most comfortable with is French foreign exchange student Andre Roland Jean Gerard, who prefers to be known as "Bebe". Shiori meets him often as part of Fashion Club activities, and she looks forward to Bebe's patter during their activities, since it distracts her from the rest of her worries.
Shiori melts in the presence of cute pets.
Ever since the Mikage-cho incident, Shiori has been mostly vegetarian, although this is not strictly enforced. She tries not to eat any meat that looks like meat, meaning food prepared with animal-based cooking oil and concentrates/essences are fine, as are eggs. This is due to squeamishness over the provenance of the various "meats" in East Mikage-cho, which were implied to have come from dead demons.
- 0 - THE FOOL
- Minato Arisato - Field leader of SEES. Shiori is uneasy around him, at first because of Thanatos, and later because Minato had made his opinion of Shiori as a liability to SEES clear. Minato dislikes Wataru Hoshimoto, and because of that Shiori is predisposed to be wary around Minato. Now that Shiori is out of SEES, this dislike may be more apparent.
- Yu Narukami - Field leader of the KDA. Shiori respects him for leading the KDA, and appreciates that he seems much less strict than Minato Arisato. She tries to help him out as much as she can.
- I - THE MAGICIAN
- Yosuke Hanamura - KDA member. Shiori's first friend from Inaba, and the first person she thinks of if she needs to contact the KDA, or ask about happenings in Inaba. During the events of the Mikage-cho incident, Shiori was highly impressed by Yosuke's achievements, and sees him as something of a role model and leader.
- II - THE HIGH PRIESTESS
- Miyuki Yoshida - SEES member. Shiori has been trying to be a closer friend to Miyuki, especially after she noticed some curious similarities between Miyuki's drawings, and those of the popular shoujo manga artist "Miyuki Yamoto".
- Naeka Asahara - Shiori's first friend in SEES. Was also in the kendo club. Shiori never lost faith in her friend, even after Naeka was temporarily turned to Strega. Shiori trusts Naeka implicitly, and hopes Naeka feels the same way.
- Yuuka Chiba - SEES member. Shiori is happy to consider her a friend, perhaps even a very close friend, especially after Shiori's recent alienation from much of SEES. Shiori seems to have taken it upon herself to protect Yuuka's happiness, and is prepared to go to extreme lengths to do so. Shiori is currently staying in Yuuka's home, and is uneasy about bringing danger to Yuuka's family. She is even more worried about Yuuka's apparent suicidal tendencies, and has mobilized people she trusts to keep an eye on her.
- Yukiko Amagi - KDA member. Helped rescue Shiori from her Midnight Channel dungeon. Has extended an open invitation to Shiori for the Amagi Inn.
- III - THE EMPRESS
- Mitsuru Kirijo - Leader of SEES. Shiori is gradually trying to think of Mitsuru as a person, rather than some impossible perfect ideal. Still a little intimidated by Mitsuru in general.
- Tomomi Fujimori - Strega member. The closest thing to hatred Shiori would feel. Tomomi had subverted Naeka Asahara, and had otherwise had a negative impact on many people Shiori cared for. Tomomi has also apparently guessed the nature of Shiori's shameful past.
- IV - THE EMPEROR
- Naoya Toudou - Darkside, from St. Hermelin. He helped Shiori get over her initial depression about being useless, mainly by engaging her in mock-combat. Shiori thinks he's a nice person, despite his scary demeanour.
- Akatsuki Enda - SEES member. One of the very few senpais Shiori trusts in SEES. Has turned into a sort of sounding board for Shiori's gripes and whines, which Shiori is extremely grateful for. Akatsuki convinced Shiori that she would be happier outside SEES.
- V - THE HIEROPHANT
- Mae Ikina - One of Shiori's first friends in the Okina area. Shiori had originally wanted her to be under the protection of the KDA, but Mae's own decisions resulted in Shadow-Possession. Shiori still considers her a friend, but as with all Shadow-Possessed, the friendship is nervous. Mae is Yosuke Hanamura's girlfriend.
- VI - THE LOVERS
- Blaise Cameron - BROKEN Blaise now wants nothing to do with Shiori, Yuuka Chiba, and Sayaka Takuma. Shiori is both stricken by the rejection of friendship, as well as incredibly frustrated by Blaise's stubbornness.
- Megumi Mushikabe - Assistant teacher at St. Hermelin in Lunarvale. Shiori met her during the Mikage-cho incident, when she visited the alternate version of St. Hermelin High School. Megumi helped her get cleaned up, and lent her a spare St. Hermelin uniform, which Shiori now wears in Mikage-cho until the barrier goes down.
- VII - THE CHARIOT
- Aigis - SEES member. Shiori is terrified of Aigis, mainly because of Aigis's apparent constant unrelenting contempt for Shiori's actions. Shiori would like to make up and be friends, but she fears Aigis is not interested. Even now that Shiori is out of SEES, she still feels intimidated.
- Sayaka Takuma - BROKEN After deliberately goading Sayaka into attacking her, Shiori is asking herself whether it was worth it, or if she just antagonized a close friend for no good reason.
- Fumiya Watanabe - Shiori tried to warn him that trying to find out too much about the Other World would be dangerous. He didn't listen. Shiori wanted to help rescue him from the TV World, but was forbidden from doing so. Shiori still intends to make up for it somehow.
- VIII - JUSTICE
- Osamu Tsurugi - Shiori met him when trying to befriend another member of Strega, Masaru Ikedo. While Masaru was the one to reveal the existence of the Other World to Osamu, Shiori had confirmed it, and so now that Osamu is Shadow-Possessed (albeit through no direct fault of Shiori's), Shiori feels guilty.
- Nanako Dojima - Shiori met her while shopping at Junes. She knows Nanako is closely-affiliated with many KDA members, even if she didn't know the details. Shiori worries greatly about Nanako's safety, especially since not only is her father a police officer, but Nanako has a tendency to get into trouble due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Shiori feels especially guilty for being caught up in the Mikage-cho incident along with many of Nanako's friends, leaving her lonely for two whole weeks, and her eventual apology was awkward but heartfelt.
- IX - THE HERMIT
- Azusa Shimegi - Shiori originally refused to answer Azusa's questions about the Other World, and then felt guilty when Azusa asked Midori Nakashima instead, and eventually became Shadow-Possessed due to that. Shiori has been trying to make amends for her perceived negligence since then. Shiori has tried to keep out of Azusa's way since then, especially since she heard that Azusa may have thrown in her lot with the NWO.
- X - WHEEL OF FORTUNE
- Yoshiro Yoshino - SEES member. Shiori had been trying to help him in little ways, after the two were placed together in the same group for extra lessons to make up for their grades. Recently she has been confused and hurt by his constant rejections, and while she wants to make up and be friends, she doesn't know how. An attempt, utilizing Yoshiro's apparent hero worship of the Detective Prince Naoto Shirogane, may be working.
- Ran Itoh - SEES member. Shiori respects Ran for being friendly in SEES, which is a rarity for Shiori. Shiori had wanted to be a closer friend to Ran, but their schedules seem to conflict too much. Now that Shiori is out of SEES, this may never happen.
- Naoto Shirogane - Leader of KDA. Naoto recruited Shiori into the KDA, mostly to keep an eye off her, and to prevent Takahisa Kandori of NWO from doing the same. Shiori only recently heard of Naoto's reputation as the "Detective Prince", but can see how it was obtained, and respects Naoto greatly for that.
- XI - STRENGTH
- Tomonari Sandou - SEES member. He helped Shiori get over her initial alarm and fear of Personas and Evokers. Shiori still has a standing promise to help him clean out a shrine.
- Kenji Kurosawa - KDA member. Shiori had met him while looking for Mae Ikina one day, and was surprised by the oar he carried around. She befriended him more out of curiosity than anything else, but found him to be a good person.
- Enoha Koinose - Employee at Inaba's Yomenaido Bookstore. Shiori finds her a good conversation partner for topics that Shiori would rather not discuss with those too close to her.
- XII - THE HANGED MAN
- Wataru Hoshimoto - Ever since the proposal by cactus, Shiori has been going out with Wataru. She finds him to be a sweet boy underneath his cold vacant demeanour, and feels sorry for the loss of Wataru's brother so long ago. Shiori worries incessantly over Wataru's safety, especially since he likes to go out and hunt Shadows alone. After Wataru's disappearance and murder of five men, however, Shiori followed a lead to Lunarvale, where she was caught up in the Mikage-cho incident. Shiori is happy that Wataru is alive, but apprehensive about his arrest for murder, and even more so by Takahisa Kandori's recruitment of him.
- Takehito Kirikawa - SEES member. The first person Shiori met in her very first Dark Hour in Port Island, and the person who saved her life from the Shadows at the time. Shiori still feels a debt to gratitude towards him.
- XIII - DEATH
- Chiharu Satou - Strega member. Shiori's only encounter with Chiharu had been during a Strega attack on the Lucky 7, but for some reason Chiharu seemed to be fixated on Shiori...
- Shirou Sekigawa - KDA member. While Shiori encountered him in passing earlier, they only really began talking in the middle of the Mikage-cho incident. Shiori finds him to be helpful and competent.
- XIV - TEMPERANCE
- Shiori has yet to have a meaningful relationship with anyone with the Temperance arcana, except possibly for:
- (Bebe) - Real name Andre Roland Jean Gerard. French foreign exchange student at Gekkoukan. Club leader for the Fashion Club. Not played.
- XV - THE DEVIL
- Lucas Xavier - Pastor of a church near Paulownia Mall in Port Island, and guidance counselor for Gekkoukan. Shiori had originally been annoyed by Lucas's habits and smug demeanour, but after a significant conversation in which she learned of Lucas's past (and revealed her own), she has begun to trust him, at first warily, but now implicitly. Shiori still gets irritated by Lucas on a regular basis, but now it is a sort of irritation between friends, rather than the more hostile annoyance previously. Lucas is still Shiori's first choice for confidant and advice-giver, especially concerning Wataru Hoshimoto.
- Itsuka Mizuhara - SEES member. Shiori had met her when Itsuka first joined SEES, but the two drifted apart after that, due to conflicting schedules. Itsuka was part of the team that rescued Shiori from the TV World, though, and Shiori is more than willing to accept Itsuka's offer to rekindle their friendship.
- (Yuuki Hibiki) - Shiori's brother. Unplayed.
- XVI - THE TOWER
- Masaru Ikedo - Strega member. Shiori's first friend from Strega, and the one she learned the most on how not to say anything sensitive around, since any reminder or mention of their respective organizations' antagonism might set them off.
- Thora Kobayashi - KDA member. Shiori is scared and intimidated by Thora's size and ferocity, especially since Thora seems to have little patience for much of anything. And yet, Shiori finds herself fascinated by the cases Thora gets involved in, and impressed by Thora's strength of character. For her part, Thora seems annoyed by Shiori's spinelessness.
- Himeru Namikawa - Darkside. Shiori was originally intimidated by Himeru's blunt and harsh manner, but she has been slowly learning that Himeru often does not mean to be so scary. Shiori is open to being friends with Himeru, but is nervous about accidentally doing or saying something wrong. Occasionally, however, she gets annoyed by Himeru's harshness.
- XVII - THE STAR
- Teddie - KDA, technically. Shiori has learned about Teddie's nature mostly through reports and Wataru Hoshimoto's friendship, but based on her meetings with Teddie in person, Shiori still suspects that there is someone inside that suit, or controlling it remotely.
- Hinata Itoh - SEES member. Shiori often feels overwhelmed by Hinata's bubbly enthusiasm, and while she would like to be a closer friend, Hinata's pace of life is just too fast, too fleeting.
- XVIII - THE MOON
- Shiro Koda - A student at Gekkoukan. Shiori first met him during her first Dark Hour, where he had been rescued (albeit roughly) by Takehito Kirikawa, along with the others. She had later tried to warn him about the Shadows and the Dark Hour, but been rebuffed.
- Haruka Tanaka - A tabloid reporter who asked about the Other World. Shiori refused to tell her anything, fearing for any information leaks. Shiori never saw Haruka again, and Shiori fears that Haruka had run afoul of the darker side of the Other World. Haruka's lack of communication was a large impetus in Shiori's attempts to warn people about the Other World, without actually saying anything incriminating.
- Midori Nakashima - Strega member. Another of Shiori's "friends" in Strega, except that Shiori feels slightly more comfortable (if still very nervous) around Midori than around Masaru Ikedo. Shiori knows, through second-hand reports, that Midori is Shadow-Possessed, and so Shiori is careful to keep conversational topics to the mundane and non-controversial. Midori's behaviour is odd enough for Shiori to have convinced herself of Midori's Shadow-Possessed nature, despite the lack of resonance.
- Farah Newman - NWO member, employed by SEBEC to oversee KNOWS as Matron. Shiori knows Farah primarily as Tom Magnusson's girlfriend. Shiori knows Farah has a painful past, and Shiori believes that Farah always means well. However, Shiori has grave doubts about Farah's involvement with SEBEC, and specifically Takahisa Kandori: Shiori doesn't think Farah is a traitor to Tom, but Shiori does suspect Farah may be either blackmailed, trapped, or in way over her head. Subsequent conversations have only reinforced this impression.
- XIX - THE SUN
- Tom Magnusson - Private detective. The only one Shiori had directly informed about the Other World in detail, against SEES orders. She had felt guilty enough about his subsequent entry into the TV World to join the team rescuing him. Since Tom's rescue, Shiori had been more open around him, as he obviously already knew about the Other World.
- Misaki Toritsume - SEES member. Shiori has made some tentative overtures of friendship that had been favourably received, but so far Misaki's schedule had conflicted with Shiori's.
- XX - JUDGEMENT
- Height: 152 cm, or about five feet.
- Blood Type: O positive
- Hometown: Fukaya, Saitama
- Star Sign: Gemini, (Yin Water) Rooster
- Good At: Fighting games, sewing/embroidery/crafts, piano, calligraphy
- Okay At: Rhythm games, quiz games, ballet/general dancing, singing, first aid, swimming
- Bad At: Cooking, cleaning, UFO catchers, acting
- Favourite Food: Cake
- Least Favourite Food: Green peppers
- Best Subject: Japanese Literature
- Worst Subject: Physics
- Best Sport: Lacrosse (not that she ever tried it)
- School Clubs: Fashion Club
- Future Career Goals:
- Fashion designer - She hasn't actually thought about it, but she seems to be heading in this direction, assuming she survives.
- Journalist - She has a good memory for names and faces, even if she has trouble matching one to the other. She's also curious and nosy.
- Pianist - Classical or jazz. Shiori has been practicing her skills as a part-time jazz pianist in Cafe Chagall.
- Expression: 1 - Nobody listens.
- Charm: 3 - Hug her or strangle her.
- Courage: 1 - Run and hide.
- Knowledge: 2 - Eclectic.
- Academics: 1.5 - Seldom applies herself.
- Diligence: 3 - Sees things to completion.
- Understanding: 2 - Empathic, but terrible at subtlety.
- Stubbornness: 4.5 - Never give up!
- Obsession: 4 - Stalker.
- Whine: 4 - Stream of complaints.
- Impulsiveness: 2 - Thinks before she acts.
- Self-Preservation: 0.25 - Life isn't worth living.
- Gossip: 4 - Hears plenty.
- Rumours: 3 - Limited spread.
- Procrastination: 4.8 - Later, later.
- Arcade: 5 - Tournament champion.
- Cake: 3.141592654 - Pi.
- Hair Clips: Given to Shiori a long time ago, by the first crush she ever had. He was her brother's senpai in the Judo club. Now in university with a girlfriend of his own, and effectively out of Shiori's life, unaware of her unrequited feelings. Shiori keeps the hair clips as a memento of that time.
- Wristwatch: Analogue face, brushed dark grey, metal-link strap. Shiori's sixteenth birthday present from her brother; pricey, elegant, but incredibly sturdy.
- Backpack: Bunny-themed. Chosen for its cuteness. Not especially interesting or sentimental. The old one fell apart, and so Shiori just bought a replacement.
- First Aid Kit: Kept in her backpack. Always well-stocked. Shiori refills it after use from the Aohige Pharmacy at Paulownia Mall.
- Sewing Kit: Kept in her backpack. Used for patching up battle damage to clothing.
- Evoker Pouch: Black, handmade, with an interchangeable clasp (options include bunny, kitty, and Jack Frost). Originally for Shiori's Evoker, now she wears it out of habit. Sometimes empty, sometimes filled with other items.
- Cellphone: Clamshell design, pearl-coloured. Chosen more for its cute appearance than any features. Has the usual ability for messaging, emailing, taking pictures, and even making phone calls.
- Cellphone strap: Jack Frost design. Shiori has been thinking about replacing it, but hasn't gotten around to it yet.
- Compact: For touching up her makeup.
- Wallet: Usually with enough money to be a tempting target for muggers. Shiori has not realized the danger yet.
- Glasses: Special glasses created by Teddie for use in the TV World. They look kind of plastic and cheap, but are actually quite sturdy. Red-rimmed. Shiori keeps them safely in a (store-bought) case, which she keeps in her bag.
- Fishing Equipment: Brand new, and unused. Rod and tackle box. Kept in her room.
- Plushies: In her room. A couple of generic cute animals (kitty pillow and panda doll), and a Jack Frost plushie. The Jack Frost plushie was a present from Wataru Hoshimoto.
People Shiori will follow based on their leadership ability, in order of level of respect. People Shiori might follow due to personal relationships and attractions are not included.
- Yosuke Hanamura - During the Mikage-cho incident, Shiori had seen Yosuke rise from being a somewhat normal (if possessing special abilities) high school boy into a canny businessman, negotiator, planner, and leader. She believes, perhaps rightly, that without Yosuke, everyone in East Mikage-cho would have died. Shiori will obey Yosuke's orders without question: at this point, if Yosuke tells her to jump, Shiori will be half a meter in the air before remembering to ask how high.
- Yu Narukami - Other than being Yosuke's leader, Shiori also respects Yu for his trust in her.
- Akatsuki Enda - The one senpai in SEES who is able to question orders, and at least listens to Shiori, if not trusting her. Now that Shiori is out of SEES, this is even more pronounced.
- Takehito Kirikawa - Saved her life during Shiori's first Dark Hour, and seems to genuinely care for his students, especially the ones with supernatural abilities.
People Shiori has gotten pissed off at enough to slap.
- Blaise Cameron - For making Yuuka Chiba cry, and then trying to play it off as though it wasn't his fault.
- Wataru Hoshimoto - During the Mikage-cho incident, to snap him out of the illusion of his "happy" family.
- Yuuka Chiba - To snap her out of her suicidal impulses.
Shiori has been having recurring nightmares ever since that Incident in middle school, over a variety of issues. The major themes are:
- The middle school Incident, which she relives over and over again.
- Shiori's first Dark Hour experience, either as a participant (increasing her fear of the Dark Hour), or a detached observer (causing her guilt over not helping those in need).
- Tomomi Fujimori's Shadow form, which usually takes the place of the primary threat in the nightmares.
- Aki, a recent addition to the threats in the nightmares, often conflated with Tomomi's Shadow form.
- SEES turning on Shiori, attacking her for perceived sins, whether verbally or physically. Minato Arisato, Aigis, and Mitsuru Kirijo feature greatly.
- Shiori turning on her friends, unable to control her own movements. Possibly a consequence of her Midnight Channel dungeon.
- Mikage-cho, specifically the East side, which had been overrun by violent demons.
- Wataru Hoshimoto being killed or consumed by various threats, including everything listed here, as well as his own Persona.
The dreams do not seem to be deliberately instigated by her Persona.
Shiori has been trying to make herself too tired to dream, which has the side effect of causing her to doze off in class.
Further OOC Information
Blanket permission to +observe whenever Shiori is in a scene. In fact, blanket permission for OOC commentary.
With regards to resonance, assume that Shiori is not trying to hide it. She will resonate as much as the average Persona-user; the Persona will seem like it has something to do with sound, conversation, and rumours.
If you want to kill off Shiori, even if the situation demands it, I'd appreciate a warning OOC. Otherwise, please don't kill Shiori permanently.
Shiori may be considered Easy Pickings for an ambush. Feel free to do so (probably by prior arrangement, RP etiquette being what it is), but be warned that Shiori will pick flight over fight every single time, unless cornered with no other option, upon which she will probably surrender.
Shiori's name can be loosely translated to be "Poem Woven from Echoes" (Hibiki = 響 = echo; shi = 詩 = poem or verse; ori = 織 = to weave).
Similarly, her brother Yuuki's name can be translated as "Echoes of an Eternal Hope" (yuu = 悠 = distant or permanent; ki = 希 = hope).
It might assist in RP to remember that Shiori is trying (and often failing) to rise above herself, to be kind and helpful and caring to others, in order to put aside her original true self of a clingy, needy, jealous bitch.
- Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight OP - A Happy Life -- Opening theme
- Cardcaptor Sakura OST4 - Ashidori Karuku -- Decisions
- Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya OST - Itsumo no Fuukei -- Everday Life
- Mahoromatic OST - Take a Break -- Classroom
- Lucky Star OST - Ran ran ran dayo Lucky Star -- Social Link
- Camille Saint-Saens - Les Carnaval des Animaux VII: Aquarium -- Premonition
- Mai-HiME OST1 - Tokiiro no Mai -- Chase scene
- Shakugan no Shana OST - Danse des fee -- Exposition
- Moon Phase OST - Midnight Games -- Dark Hour
- Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya OST - Higeki no Heroine -- Shock
- Cardcaptor Sakura OST2 - RELEASE -- Pheme
- Mother OST - Pollyanna -- Image song
- Wild ARMs 3 OST - A Person's Warmth -- Tranquility
- Hidamari Sketch x365 OST - Waku Waku Hidamari Sou -- On a trip
- Zettai Karen Children OST1 - Gaki tte iu na -- Exams
- Moon Phase OST - Lemonade & Rice -- Lunchtime
- Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya OST - Mikuru no Kokoro -- Wataru
- Read or Die OST - Unequalled Wild Dance, The Sky Is Not Enough -- SEES
- Ace Combat Zero - ZERO -- Boss battle
- AIR OST - Natsukage -- Resolution
- Sora no Manimani ED - Hoshizuku no Surround -- Ending theme