Name: Selena Onyx (Selena means moon in Greek, Onyx is a black stone, but also referring to the Greek word “nyx” which means night)
Species: Faunus (Moth)
Colours: Black, purple (Byzantium), silver, mahogany
Influence: I really don’t know. Maybe she has the Butterfly effect?
Personality: She is mute by birth. Communicates with her friends and family through a sign language similar to ASL. She always has a notebook with her to communicate with others by scribbling or writing down what she wants to say. Ocean is good in sign language, because he can see what gesture she is doing, even when he is not looking, whereas Sina is too impatient for long talks in sign language.
Even if she could talk, Selena would prefer to stay silent most of the time though. If there is someone more introvert then Ocean, it is her. People act like she was invisible some time, because she is so quiet. She loves to watch people from the distance and by this she learned a lot about human relationships, which makes her able to kind of read people. She seems slow, but she just takes time to think a thing completely through before she talks about it.
Her fighting style is defensive, she prefers to fight from the distance or sneak up on her opponents. Would not attack if not attacked first or told to do by a team mate.
Appearance: She has long, black hear with a purple shine. Usually wears it in a long braid on her back. Has dark skin und light, almost white eyes. (Maybe silver eyes, ‘cause I would like her as a teacher for Ruby).
Her Faunus traits are her feathery moth-antennae. They are purple with silver tips and she moves them depending on her mood just like Blake moves her ears.
She almost never wears shoes. Wears a dress with a complicated green and white pattern, a belt pouch made of light brown material and, sometimes, a black robe with a silver brooch. She has a ring made of mahogany wood with silver ornaments and her emblem, the scattered moon of remnant sitting on a stalk as if it were a flower.
She is left handed.
Weapon of Choice: Mirror shards
Two silver and black slingshots that also can be used as daggers.
How is having two slingshots useful? Because of her trained manual dexterity Selena can hold one slingshot in each hand and load and bend the slingshots with the other hand, accomplishing a good hit rate.
Why not use guns? Slingshots have the great advantage that one can use almost anything as ammo. Guns need bullets, so u either need to craft them on your one or buy them. With a slingshot u can use stones or steel balls as well as raw dust pieces to make decent damage, but u can as well use sand or dirt as ammo to blind an enemy or u can even throw small items (such as healing potions for example) to your teammates.
This weapon is best used to distract or incite a single enemy so u can sneak up on them and surprise them with a stealth attack.
Skills: She is deft and stealthy, which helps her in hand on and combat as well as in using her weapon as well as in avoiding attention in every day situations.
Has increased smelling ability as well as haptic abilities because of her antennae. Her eyes can see in the dark like other Faunus’ eyes, but she is a bit far-sighted.
She is trained to read people’s body language, because she rather stands apart and listens when other people talk than participating in their conversation.
When she is older, she will know everything about herbs and spices and a bit about medicine.
Semblance: Colour Reading
Selena can see “the colour” of ones Aura, in other words the character and the mood a person currently is in. This means she can see at first sight if a person is rather introverted or extroverted, relaxed or ambitious etc. She can draw her conclusions from what she sees and try and guess the semblance a person has, but she will just have a vague idea.
She can see the mood of a person, if she watches them, so she knows if someone is calm, exited, sad, angry, if someone is hurt or if someone’s Aura is about to break.
When she really knows somebody and concentrates on him or her, she can get an idea of what he or she is thinking. Like, she can see whether someone thinks about food, his family, his enemy, his past etc., so she can`t really read someone’s thoughts, but again can gain some vague ideas about it.
The more she focusses on her semblance and the more information she wants to collect about people, the more Aura it costs her. She cannot totally blend it out, though, she always sees the main colour of people’s character.
History: Her parents both were oryx-type Faunus, so they were expecting to have a oryx-type child. When Selena was one and a half years old, it was clear that her little antennae could not be some kind of misshapen horns, so the father left her mother. (I don’t know how important monogamy is to the people of Remnant in general, since there is barely any problem with Ruby and Yang having different mothers, but to this father it surely was an important issue.) It is not clear, if her mother did indeed cheat on her husband or if their child is just a whim of nature.
Because of this, her mother became a withdrawn but hard-working person. She still loved her daughter, but she had difficulties to show it.
Selena turned out to be mute when she was five years old and still not spoke one word. They found out that it was some sort of neurological problem, but they could not fix it in menagerie. The only thing Atlas did to help them was to give them a technologically outdated device that could measure the brainwaves of a person through some electrodes on the persons head, proceed it and give some emotionless computer-voice as output. Selena hated it, because it was uncomfortable, creepy and hard to control, so she never really used it.
She hated Adam from the beginning, because she was able see what bad person he is.
Adam on the other hand never liked her for being so silent, boring and, in his eyes, useless. He wanted to kick her out of the “team”, he wanted to form a Team with Blake, Ocean and Sina, that he wanted to call Team “ABOS” (a boss), because he wanted to rule beacon like a boss. Ocean had to stop him several times when Adam tried to bully Selena out of the team, whereas Sina would just laugh about the stupid Team name (“it’s not even a colour, douchebag!”).
Likes: Ocean, starring at the moon, fruit juice, juggling (another way to train her dexterity), drawing in her notebook, the woods at night, fireflies, nice smells
Hates: Adam, crowded areas, people staring at her, alcohol, seeing someone hurt, snow, people trying to touch her antennae
Trivia: Her team-move with Ocean would be called “Blue Morpho” (like the blue Butterfly). It is a simple move, both of them would focus on one side (usually Selena would take the left side because she is left-handed) and defend every attack by using their semblances excessively to predict every move of the enemies, even if there is a large number of them, allowing their teammates to rest, regain some energy or to prepare more attacks. Ideally, Ocean and Selena would even be able to start counter attacks and to push their enemies back.
Her team-move with Sina is called “Silver Thistle”. It is a finishing move, with Selena marking and blinding an enemy who is almost out of Aura with a silver colour bomb, which is a sign for Sina to constantly follow the enemy, while Selena is trying to stun the enemy by hitting them with electric dust or just hitting their legs with stones from her slingshots.
She has no team-move with Adam.
Add. Theory: Faunus Genetics is explained by Qrow in a WoR episode, but it is a bit more complicated than that.
When two Faunus with the same animal trait have a child together it is likely to have the same trait. This makes sense. Similar Genes, similar offspring.
When a human and a Faunus have a child, it has the same trait as it’s Faunus parent (maybe in a milder form?), which indicates that Faunus Genes are dominant.
When two completely different Faunus have a child, it could have any animal’s trait. But why? In my opinion, Faunus DNA is somehow instable, which allows the DNA of other animals they came in touch with (by ingestion or touching or breathing something in that contains the animals DNA) to be collected in a pool of genetic information on an extra chromosome. Grimm, Plants and Bacteria have different DNA than animals, so they would just “not fit” into the Faunus DNA.
So, what happens exactly when a Faunus has a child? At first, their “active” DNA is checked for compatibility with the “active” DNA of their partner. The active DNA contains information about the animal, the position of the visible trait, the further metabolic consequences, the habitat of the animal, the class of animal etc. If the active animal DNA is the same in both parents, the child will have the same traits as their parents.
If some information differs, the silent extra DNA pool will be searched and the information that does not fit will be filled with the next random information that does fit the rest of the information. Example:
Oceans mother is a Faunus with the information: Orca, fluke instead of human feat, ocean, likes fish
His father has the information: Seagull, wings on back, ocean, likes fish
It is very likely that their child lives somehow near the ocean and likes fish. The other information is not clear. Narwhale information fits, but it requires both parents to have come in contact with narwhale DNA, which is easy If they swam anywhere in the northern sea.
It is harder for totally different Faunus to get children, because they would have the have a fitting passive genepool, which also would explain why there are so many cat and dog Faunus.