And here's my first character. Feedback would be very much appreciated, just keep any criticism constructive, there's a button if you just want to say I suck.
Name: Bennu Huma (Two early names for a phoenix)
Hair Color: Bright red
Eye Color: Yellow, sometimes compared with the eyes of a hawk
-Faunus traits: Bright red and yellow feathers in his hair and down his arms; pupils become vertical slits in bright light
Weapon: Talons of the Phoenix; Two one-handed khopesh (sickle) swords. Each sword can be infused with Fire Dust, causing the blades to burst into flames and allowing the wielder to send out short bursts of fire with a cut or thrust. The sickle portions of the blades can be launched forward and then retracted like grappling hooks, allowing the wielder to cover ground quickly or snag and draw in an opponent.
Semblance: “Rebirth” Originally this Semblance was seen as a handicap, as Bennu was unable to manifest a defensive Aura. However, after a particularly intense training session led to Bennu getting a deep cut, it was discovered that his healing Aura was far stronger than normal, as the cut healed in seconds and seemed to have no ill effect. Additionally, he found that after healing from a significant wound, he became faster, stronger, and more agile for a time, although he became exhausted after the effect wore off. While little deliberate testing has been done on the upper limits of this ability, due to the fact Bennu must be wounded to trigger it, the broad strokes of its power and limits have been worked out through observation. Bennu’s Aura, while incapable of manifesting as a defensive shield, is far more effective at healing than that of even an exceptionally strong Huntsman. It has actually been speculated that it is always active to some degree, as a blow that would stagger or stun an ordinary person has little effect. Once wounded, Bennu experiences a brief surge of Aura that quickly heals even serious injuries, and then exhibits greatly increased physical attributes. The more grievous the injury, the stronger he can become, although this also causes the effect to wear off sooner and leaves him in a much more exhausted state. Thus, while a shallow wound will only give him a slight boost, that boost can last up to 10 minutes without significantly impairing him afterwards; while receiving a deep wound to the abdomen will result in a massive boost that will last for roughly a minute and leave Bennu exhausted, possibly to the point of fainting. It is unlikely this semblance would allow Bennu to regenerate a severed limb or survive an immediately fatal wound (heart, head, neck).
Symbol: A phoenix rising from flames
Fighting Style: Skirmisher; With close-combat weapons and no defensive Aura, Bennu relies on quickly finishing a fight while being quick and agile, dodging around attacks and using his Talons to deflect what he can’t dodge or to pull him out of trouble with the grappling hooks. Unlike many Huntsmen, Bennu uses light armor: a leather cuirass, bracers, and greaves. The armor pieces are not actually meant to stop a direct attack, instead they are meant to deflect a glancing blow and take most of the damage from a direct hit, causing only a shallow wound that will quickly heal and trigger Bennu’s Semblance. Despite the benefits of deliberately taking a deep wound to strongly activate his Semblance, Bennu avoids doing this unless he is certain he can then immediately bring the fight to a close in response. While Bennu can generally overwhelm an opponent quickly, particular after his Semblance has triggered, if an opponent can withstand his onslaught they will likely gain an advantage once his Semblance wears off. One interesting characteristic of Bennu’s Semblance is that his feathers glow red once it triggers and the glow grows stronger as he receives a larger boost and then wanes as the boost wears off.
Personality: Good-natured, outgoing, upbeat, and strong willed, Bennu has steadfastly refused to be ashamed of the fact that he is a Faunus. Knowing that there would be people who would look down on him and expect little from him, Bennu strives to be able to meet and exceed any challenge or obstacle put before him. While this has made him strong and smart, as he spent most of his youth training and studying, it also means he can be reckless at times. While not impulsive or easily goaded, once Bennu has committed to something he does not back down easily, even if he is in over his head.
History: Bennu was not born into the Nomads but was instead born in a small settlement of Faunus that had settled in Atlas, hoping to start a Dust company that would allow them to provide Menagerie with a source of ethically produced Dust. Unfortunately, Jacques Schnee worked hard to block this, creating a great deal of bad feeling on both sides. Eventually, inevitably, the enmity between the settlement and the people Jacques sent to block their operations drew the Grimm. A patrol of Nomad Hunters were the closest ones to the attack and the first to respond, but by the time they arrived nearly everyone was dead or scattered. After destroying the Grimm, they searched the ruins for survivors and found one, a young Faunus boy. Bennu. With all of the other settlers either dead or scattered, a couple from the patrol about to retire from active service took the boy in. The couple retired from hunting and took over a successful shipping company the Nomads had been running for years, adopting Bennu as their son.
While his home life was comfortable and happy, he was ostracized by his peers, most of whom were the children of other successful business owners. The parents of those children had little use for Faunus besides as a source of cheap labor, and this attitude typically carried over to their children. Despite the fact that most people treated him with attitudes from dismissive on down, Bennu maintained a positive outlook and a determination to be a great Hunter like his adoptive parents. Ignoring the slurs directed at him, Bennu dedicated himself to being the best he could be, to proving that those who looked down on him were wrong. Despite having no defensive Aura, he trained hard and overcame this weakness to become one of the brightest Hunters in training among the Atlas Nomads, eventually being nominated team leader of his training team.
Traveling with his team to watch the Vytal Tournament at Vale, Bennu witnessed the Fall of Beacon firsthand. As the Grimm and White Fang began to flood the city, he ordered his team to spread out and protect the people of Vale. As he worked to evacuate citizens, he encountered a group of White Fang led by Adam Taurus. Adam was disgusted to see a Faunus defending humans, just as Bennu was disgusted to see Faunus involved in an atrocity like this. They fought, and while Bennu’s Semblance let him hold his own he knew he couldn’t beat Adam. Refusing to surrender, Bennu fought Adam for as long as he could before, reaching farther with his semblance than he ever had before. Finally, his strength at its peak but draining quickly, Bennu collapsed a damaged building between him and Adam, preventing Adam from pursuing the fleeing citizens. Barely conscious, Bennu managed to get an SOS signal out to his team before collapsing. After spending two weeks recovering his strength, he learned that the Nomad councils were still split on the issue of the White Fang, despite their involvement in the Fall. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, he split his team in two, with him and one other tracking evidence of White Fang activities on Menagerie while the other two attempt to gather more information on Adam’s allies, hoping that at least one team can find enough evidence about the White Fang’s activities to convince the councils to take action.
Appearance: On first seeing Bennu, a person will notice one of two things: either his feathers or how well-dressed he is. Bennu dresses casually but well, with a button-up collared shirt in a color that accents his feathers, typically red, and pressed khakis. His hair is well kept and cut to accent his feathered crest.
Quote: "Go ahead. Tell me I can't succeed. Tell me I will never be good enough. Tell me all the things I can never be, all the dreams I can never achieve. That's all just fuel for the fire. The more you try to tear me down, the more determined I become to prove you wrong."