I'll post my boy in this thread as well, since I did the same for the first 4 OCs I've put on here.
[NAME] Persimmon Coral.
[SPECIES] Faunus ("Bird of Paradise").
[OCCUPATION/EDUCATION] First-year student at Sentry Academy.
[COLOR THEME] (Pastel) Orangered.
[REFERENCE/ALLUSION] A Phoenix.
[PERSONALITY] On the surface, Persimmon seems very confident and friendly. And why wouldn't he be; he's got excellent fighting abilities, a crazy powerful semblance, and very good looks. However, though the friendly part is genuine, his confident attitude is partially make-believe; Persimmon may even be trying to fool himself. In actuality, he has a certain fear of abandonnement; that if he isn't perfectly up to his peers' standards, they'll stop liking him. He comes across as a tad arrogant because he tries to convince others (as well as himself) of the fact that he's a top tier student and friend, but he's actually quite humble regarding his own abilities; though this will only really show once someone gets to know him better. He's an insanely loyal friend - albeit maybe because he's always afraid to lose his friends or their respect - and would do anything for those he cares about. He's got a very selfless, heroic side, that unfortunately doesn't get to shine very often because of the mask of haughty overconfidence he puts on.
[LOOKS] (NOTE: as usual, the way the weapons are drawn here is no longer entirely accurate, and the 'weapons' section has a more up-to-date representation of them.)
An objectively handsome young man, Persimmon almost permanently has one eyebrow slightly raised in a flirty manner. His pastel-orange-colored hair, its length just past the ears, is slicked back with only a single lock flicked forward. His burnt-orange-colored v-neck t-shirt has a print of his emblem in black. He wears an opened, deep cherry-red jacket over it, which is white on the inside. Its buttoning point has three white, rectangular patches on the left side reminiscent of decorations on marching band uniforms. Its collar has three rounded outward extensions on each side, their white inner color decorated with a yellow core. Near the end of its sleeves, it has three similar extensions hanging down on each side with an equally yellow core, here reminiscent of fringes. His baggy, black pants have these same tripartite extensions on each side's calves, again with yellow cores. His wide, double-holed white belt is not functional, hanging loosely around his waist, along with a decorative golden chain. Almost obscured by his long pants, Persimmon sports black army boots. Extending from his tailbone, if not tucked into his pant legs, two thin strands sprout, both about as long as Persimmon's fully extended legs. On either tip sits a pretty feather, mainly orange in color, yellow as it nears the middle, and a deep, maroon purple in the center. The bottom part, where it attaches to the strand, has some feathery fluff with the same color as its center. They are reminiscent of the pretty tail feathers on a bird of paradise or a peacock, though not any specific species has this exact type, shape and color. Phoenixes are sometimes drawn to have similar tails.
[BACKSTORY] Originally from Mistral, Persimmon grew up alongside Cole Drop, one of his closest friends who's also currently attending Sentry Academy. However, being a faunus, Persimmon grew up scared of rejection and hate. For this reason, he always tucked his tails into his pant legs in order to hide the fact that he is, in fact, a faunus. As time went on, he grew increasingly embarrassed to admit to the racist Cole that he wasn't actually human like he is, and hid this fact from his best friend all this time. Meanwhile, he had to watch Cole bully, belittle and beat up other faunus, in his mind unable to act because it'd reveal that he is a faunus himself. He appreciated Cole's friendship a great deal, but having to see him act that way with other faunus tore his heart in two. He masked his ever shrinking self-image with overly confident behavior, which matched nicely with Cole's attitude. When the duo caught wind of Sentry Academy, they ever so confidently decided they could take on the challenge of attending such a tough, combat-focused school. Persimmon passed the entrance exam with flying colors, despite not being aware of what his semblance was at that time. As teams were formed, Persimmon became the leader of team PSTL, with Sky Nimbus, Thea Mint and Lily Lavender as his teammates; all of whom are faunus. Cole embarassed Persimmon for his teammates, belitteling him for the fact that he had to lead faunus, and Persimmon's teammates rejected him as their leader because of his affiliation with Cole. In a desparate attempt to win back any form of appreciation from his peers, Persimmon revealed his tails in front of all other students. Though shocked to see that he wasn't actually human, Persimmon's teammates quickly adjusted and, over time, have come to trust Persimmon as their leader a great deal. Cole, however, felt gravely insulted and betrayed. What was meant as an attempt to show Cole that he has been best friends with a faunus all his life, and thus that they can't be all that bad, ended with Cole only growing more hateful, believing this event proves even more that faunus are all liars that are not to be trusted. But Persimmon hasn't given up on his best friend.
[WEAPONS] Flickering Feathers:
Surprisingly light, they are a pair of folding submachine guns, and work and fold up just like one. Their models most closely resemble a Magpul FMG-9, with additional orange accents on the grip, around the blade, and on the trigger. Additionally, when looking at it folded out in submachine form, the back half has a big axe-like blade pointed upwards. Meanwhile, the barrel-ended half has a handle at the top to carry it around when folded up. When folded out, it can be swung like an axe, in addition to being used as a submachine gun. When folded up, holding the grip, it can be used like a big meat cleaver.
[EMBLEM] Two identical, but mirrored shapes, resembling Flickering Feathers' blades, angled slightly downward and pointing outward, nearly touch in the middle. From the points on each side that nearly touches the other, a thin strand sprouts outwards, toward the shape opposite to it, and comes back around as it goes down, a bit like a half-circle. An egg shape with a pointy outward end is horizontally angled, and connected at the end of both strands. Together, the twice-crossing strands resemble Persimmon's tails and feathers, and the blade shapes are reminiscent of wings, vaguely giving the general idea of a bird with its wings outstretched. It's the same shade of orangered as Persimmon's overall color theme.
[SEMBLANCE] Rebirth: On the conditions that he is fully conscious up until the last moment, has generally high levels and control of aura, and has a strong desire to live/fulfill something in this world, Persimmon can, upon instant death, resurrect spontaneously. His appearance and condition will be identical to his state mere moments before death. The reborn body will, however, immediately fall into a coma for as long as it takes the brain to reprogram itself and its memories. While his body is burnt up to a pile of ashes and reborn instantly in a blaze, all knowledge that Persimmon had before 'death' has to be processed all over again. This comatose state can last up to 3 weeks, and leaves Persimmon completely vulnerable. Death while in this state is not reversible.