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  1. Short and sweet: I'm looking for Clan Chiyo operatives, contracts, contractors, family members, and Kakikara villagers. Main families are Kaze (no relation), Josei, and Chiyo, but others do live in the village. And of course all of this is OOC Council of Elders: Chiyo Hayate - code name Storm, associated with the colour black Chiyo Akane - code name Crimson, associated with the colour red - The two have at least two foals, one of whom (Hitomi) is persona-non-grata in the village. Chiyo Fumiko Josei Mami Kaze Himeko - has at least one foal, married or mated to Kaze Ichiro Elite Shinobi: Kaze Ichiro Unknown Chiyo sibling At least one shinobi capable of bilocation, at least one capable of sending scrolls via Breath magic. Exiled Shinobi: Chiyo Hitomi - Code name Si Jin, contracted to protect a foreign prince. Current contracts: Hitomi is contracted to protect a foreign prince, was originally contracted to protect Ryuichi's prospective fiancée who is now Empress of Long Guo. It's complicated.
  2. Heyo forums! Been a little while since I've done one of these, but here's another relationship planning thread for my two most recently approved OCs. As always, here's a bit of background on the both of them: Yin - Qilin born in a small village in Long Guo. Attended the Fenghuang Monastery for a while in her teenage years, before ending up in Long Kong and joining the Triad "Divine Protectorate." Works as the Grass Slipper of the Triad, which is basically the negotiator and spokesperson for the group. Kamikakushi no Shinrin - an Okami Yokai who's been around for a long while. Doesn't remember much of his life outside of what he deems "his forest," which is located somewhere between Polohama and Kyoma (more towards the coast). He has a habit of "spiriting away" travelers that enter his forest - basically kidnapping them and keeping them around away from prying eyes for periods of time - but they are always cared for and returned to the forest edge in perfect health. He also has a dual identity as a Neighponese model that goes by the name Okami, who is infamous for not signing any contracts agency and instead just showing up for jobs whenever he feels like it. As for potential relationship ideas... Foalhood friends (Yin) - Basically a character that Yin could have met and befriended when she was still small. Only stipulation would be that the other character would have had to visit her hometown from time to time, as part of Yin's personality is dependent on her having been cloistered in her hometown for most of her young life. So no traveling on her end until she left for the Monastery. Childhood friend works best, as Yin would've been too lazy to actively form a negative relationship with anyone (unless said character was mean or insulting towards her brother, then she would very definitely have negative feelings towards them). Employers (Yin) - Even now as a member of a Triad, Yin will still take the odd job every now and then to pay the bills. Mostly, the jobs are used to get a feel of the area, learn all the current gossip, figure out how the shopkeepers and business ponies feel about the Triads, etc. Doing grunt work is a pretty good way to grab information from innocuous sources, after all. Basically anyone who has any sort of business in Long Kong, or anything that would require some light manual labor, could potentially be an ex- or ongoing employer of Yin. Victims (Yin) - The Triad is not a nice organization, no matter how it might get glamorized. I'd love it if there were some characters around who were personally victims of Yin's actions working on behalf of the Triad - as in, they got shook up because they'd failed to pay their "protection" fees on time, maybe some of their stock or stored goods got smashed up, or maybe their home ended up being "mysteriously" burned down after they stood up to the Triad the first time. Yin usually doesn't outright threaten others, and doesn't do the whole, "crack knuckles and chuckle ominously and grab shirts to threaten with a pulled back fist", or anything like that. She's entirely casual when she's face-to-face with someone themselves...but her actual retaliations can be felt and seen by everyone. Rescuer(s) (Kakushi) - Yokai are sometimes hunted and captured and sold as valuable pets, and considering that he is one of the rarer types of Yokai, Kakushi has most definitely had some bad run-ins. He's especially weak against ponies that have access to anti-magical spells or devices, since he's a naturally magical creature. It'd be pretty neat if there was one pony or more who came across some Hunters and a trapped Kakushi and helped set him free - perhaps even helped nurse him back to health if he was severely weakened and far removed from his home forest. Descendents (Kakushi) - Kakushi is old, old enough to remember a lot of the towns and cities before they became bustling centers of world-wide commerce. I'd love for some characters to be descendants of travelers that he had spirited away once upon a time, which could make for some interesting stories if/when the two ever meet. Maybe your character has a grandfather that everyone believed was crazy because he constantly reminisces about how he was kidnapped and looked after by a wolf when he was a wee lad traveling through Neighpon. Said grandfather could have also been from anywhere in the world and was just visiting Neighpon at the time, so it's not only a Neighponese citizen that could have met Kakushi. Kidnapees (Kakushi) - In addition to descendants of ponies he's kidnapped, there can be some characters who themselves have been spirited away by him. Basically, anyone who has any reason to have been his forest at some point (either just passing by, or trying to harvest some of the trees, or studying the flora in the area, etc) is up for grabs. He mostly spirits away ponies that hold some interest for him, considering he began doing it to learn more about the pony world, and then later on just for his enjoyment. They're usually kept in his forest for a couple of weeks, sometimes months if he finds them particularly intriguing. If you're interested in your character having been a victim of his at one point, let me know and we'll talk it over - he doesn't spirit away everyone that enters his forest, but the possibility is definitely there. "Agent" (Kakushi) - Perhaps Kakushi first become discovered by one pony in particular, who either got him a modeling job him/herself, or encouraged Kakushi to get a modeling job. This person would probably end up becoming Kakushi's "agent", in the sense that he's the only one who knows how to get in touch with the model Okami, and gives him info on certain jobs he thinks he would be good for. This character could be almost anyone, whether directly connected to the modeling business (another model, photographer, agency associated, etc) or just a random stranger who ran into a disguised Kakushi, became friends, and first opened up the idea of starting modeling. This character may or may not know that Kakushi is actually a Yokai or not, but at the very least, they would have some sort of system to relay messages back and forth. ...That's all I can think of for the moment. As always, if you have your own plotting ideas when it comes to my characters, please don't hesitate to let me know! I'm not solely confined to these ideas. And of course, if you're interested in having a character or two filling out some of these roles, also let me know! Happy RPing! (Also, for anyone that's familiar with my Shogun recruitment thread, I'm not promising drawing of characters related to these two, that was sort of a special I had going on just for Ryuichi's associates. But I will say that I do have a tendency to randomly draw characters that I RP with often, just because I get to know them and become more familiar with them than what I just read off a profile. Sooooo...there's always that~)
  3. The Shogun wants You! Can't you just see how excited he is? With my new character being recently approved, the Shogun of Neighpon has been added to the RP boards - a young Ryuma by the name of Rakuen Ryuichi. Neighpon in an eastern country that boasts an impressive magitech force that is unrivaled by any other country, and balances tradition with ever increasing urbanization. The Shogun is the ruler of Neighpon, and looks to continue the prosperity of the country well into the future. And to do that, he's going to need help - lots and lots of help. As a leader of a country, I'd love to be able to set up a lot of different relationships for Ryuichi - some purely for business, others more personal. Because many of these relationships require a full-time commitment to the position or to Neighpon herself, a lot of them will require completely new OCs to be made. You can't have an Equestrian farmer serving as one of Ryuichi's council members, after all! The commute itself would be murder. If you do decide you'd like to take on one of these relationships but don't really know what sort of character to make, then let me help you with it! Don't be afraid to ask me questions, or to ask for help. Side Note: Though Neighpon is a country to the far east, its population mainly consists of pony species. Kirins and Ryumas are most commonly found on Ryushima, where their ancestors separated from Long Guo to unite on the island. This isn't to say that you can't have a Kirin or Ryuma from another part of Neighpon, not at all - just be aware that the majority of the population is pony, so you shouldn't feel obligated to make a Kirin or Ryuma unless you want to~ In any event, here are some of the relationships I came up with for Ryuichi. As with all my relationship planning threads, these are not the only relationships I'm open to - if you have something in mind that you don't see on this list, don't hesitate to ask me about it! _______________________________ Shogunate - The administration under only the Shogun himself, the Shogunate acts both as an advisory force and as a governing body of office. Though the Shogun's word remains absolute, delegation of various matters is hoofed over to the Shogunate, with the Shogun overseeing everything. Thus does the Shogunate act both independently and as the Shogun's personal council. With much of Neighpon's success resting on the military prowess of the country, most of the members of the primary Shogunate are focused on the welfare and maintenance of Neighpon's military might, and are the ones that speak directly into the Shogun's ear. More on the various Offices and what they do here. Machi Bugyō - The Grand Admiral. The highest authority along the military's chain of command, barring the Shogun himself, the Machi Bugyō is an extremely experienced veteran who has faithfully served in the military. He or she gives the Shogun counsel on military action, and is in charge of every branch of the Neighpon military. Gijutsu-sha - The Tech Mage. A unicorn, kirin, or similar magical engineer which extreme expertise in the art of magitech. The Gijutsu-sha is responsible for overseeing the use of magitech, especially in regards to ethical concerns over new magitech developments, and advises the Shogun on which area of magitech to invest government capital into pursuing. Ōmetsuke - The Overseer. The Ōmetsuke is involved in the monitoring and policing of high ranking city officials, including the daimyos of Ryushima and the various governors appointed to colonies. With the responsibility of keeping some of the most powerful individuals in Neighpon under control comes the dual-service of rooting out rebellion and disloyalty to Neighpon. The office of the Ōmetsuke thus has a shady reputation for subterfuge and government spying. Karasu - The Raven. Otherwise known as the Spymaster, the Karasu is a master of ninjutsu who operates behind the scenes to gather intel from both inside and outside of Neighpon. However, the Karasu also has a hidden history in committing acts of bribery, spying, and outright silencing, in order to advance the will of the Shogun and Neighpon. In times when the Karasu's more questionable services are not required, he or she uses a network of intelligence to gather delicate information, for better or for worse. Gaikoku Bugyō - The Ambassador. Though Neighpon is a self-sufficient country with the tendency to rely solely on herself, the Shogunate is not blind to the need of the Shogun to maintain political ties with foreign countries. The Gaikoku Bugyō is the utmost advisor on all foreign affairs, and often personally travels to different lands to act as an ambassador and diplomat for Neighpon. Hatamoto - The Honored. A position that once held great political meaning, the Hatamoto is a peerless samurai who has been honored by the Shogun as an exemplar of Neighpon. In the present time, the position holds no power in and of itself. However, the Hatamoto is looked upon with great respect, and serves as a physical symbol of the inclusion of ancient traditions in the future of Neighpon. The Family of the Shogun - Though not strictly mentioned in Ryuichi's application, there is more than enough opportunity in his history for siblings and other family members. Ryuichi was the first born son, but many others might have been born after him, up until his mother's death - so siblings ranging from young stallions/mares right down to infant foals are applicable. His father is also still around, and as the husband of the previous Shogun, retains a position of respect in the Palace Castle, though he holds no power in and of himself. (Update: The immediate family of the Shogun is now closed! If you're interested in some sort of relative, let me know, but there will be no other OCs that are Neighponese royalty and an official part of the Shogun's family.) The Shogun's Household - Every ruler needs a retinue of servants to attend his every bidding, and Ryuichi is no exception. Servants, cooks, post, scribes, librarians, entertainers, minor counselors - you name it, there's probably a position for it! The Shīrudo - Meaning 'shield', the Shīrudo is the Shogun's personal bodyguard - after all, he may have entire armies at his disposal, but a pony in Ryuichi's position can never be too careful. The Shīrudo stands watch over the Shogun at all times, and is someone that Ryuichi trusts implicitly. The two of them have a very close relationship, akin to siblings, and his bodyguard is one of the few ponies Ryuichi drops all pretenses with and is able to fully relax around if they are by themselves. The Shīrudo is also the Head of the Guard, a position that oversees all the guards stationed within the Palace Castle. Raijū's Caretakers - Named after a beast from folklore that was said to descend from the sky during great lightning storms, Ryuichi's personal golem requires intensive care from an entire team of trained and experienced individuals. The Kansei is in charge of the whole team, while various duties are divided amongst the ponies. While Ryuichi is the construct's ultimate master, Raijū's care taking team works closely with the goliath in order to keep it in prime condition. The Kansei, in particular, is the only pony that has been specially permitted to issue it battle commands, in order to test its power usage, compatibility, and learning curve. Hot Springs Owner - Though there are undoubtedly artificial hot springs in the privacy and security of the Palace Castle, there's simply no imitating the original. Ryuichi used to spend time in time around Mount Kaminichi as a foal, and still rarely as an adult. I like to think there was a particular hot springs/inn he paid favor too, and got to know the owner before he became able to spend less and less time there. He might have even hidden his identity in order to enjoy the hot springs like the average tourist...never mind the bodyguard that never strays too far from his side. Potential Bride-to-Be - As with any pony in such a position, the issue of securing the line of succession becomes paramount the older Ryuichi gets. Thus are mares often brought into his presence as potential consorts, to become the future bride of the Shogun. Hopeful mares are able to present themselves voluntarily and at will, though some mares of notable beauty, lineage, or status are specifically sought out by the Palace Castle and humbly asked to present themselves as a potential bride. Even if the Shogun finds favor with a mare however, she is not immediately forced to become his bride. The two spend some (carefully supervised) time together over a long courting process, in order to determine compatibility and devotion. Golem Trainer Idol - Ryuichi has a particular love for Golems and the Polohama Dome. A veteran Golem Trainer (or a newly rising prodigy) is sure to have perked his interest during his youth, and further into his adult years. No doubt he would have invited said trainer back to the Palace Castle on several occasions, the two of them perhaps even becoming friends over years of interaction with one another. Foalhood Friends and Acquaintances - After the appearance of his cutie mark, Ryuichi began spending more time out of the Palace Castle alongside his mother. He could have potentially met and befriended any number of other characters at some point or another, forming lasting friendships with some. It is most likely that a foalhood friend was someone who was raised inside the Palace Castle alongside him (the child of a servant, for example, or a high ranking noble) but not entirely necessary. Said foalhood friend could even be his present day bodyguard, or could simultaneously fill another position on his staff. Military Friends and Acquaintances - Ryuichi spent two years in the military, and though he was kept stationed safely in Kyoma and safely out of harm's way, he would have undoubtedly made some friends while he was essentially "just one of the guys". He served in the Air forces of the Neighpon military, but could have easily mingled within the other branches. Dissenters - While most have accepted the new Shogun with little fuss, there are some who call his overall lack of experience into question, and feel the Ryuma far too young to be in such a powerful positions. Others still are discontent with seeing a Ryuma or Kirin on the Seat of the Shogun at all, and consider it an insult to the, by far and large, pony population that founded the country to begin with. What any dissenters might be planning to do about their concerns, however, is a mystery, and entirely up to you... _______________________________ Phew! Okay, that's it...for now. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Gratuitous applause? Direct them all at me, please! Here are the characters that players are so far interested in apping/taking, so you guys can see who's already working on what:
  4. Greetings! While I’m no stranger to OOC threads, this is the first time I’ve done anything of this particular sort. So then, let’s cut to the chase; my newest OC is no other than Yù Yuè — the Empress of Long Guo — and I’d like to see plenty of relationships established between her and other characters. Since she comes from a new land we’ve just released, this will mean that in many instances, you fellow players will have to make new OCs entirely from scratch. However, for those who want opportunities to RP with the Empress and weave stories for our new Eastern realms, well this is your big moment! Here is a general list of the sort of relationships that I’d like my Empress to have. These suggestions are by no means the only ones possible, so lemme’ know here or through PM if you have something unique in store. Due to the unique nature of this thread, I encourage players to promote prospective characters that are not yet apped. ----------- The Imperial Secretariat - This body of five high-ranking ministers serve as Yuè’s personal advisers on all matters of state. Each of them would have served under her late father and are highly experienced at their administrative jobs. More likely than not, an adviser will likely question whether Yuè is fit to be an empress or not. Regardless of their feelings towards Yuè, they are expected to strictly obey courtly protocol and decorum in her presence. The five positions in the Imperial Secretariat are as follows: Chancellor - The chief adviser. A scholarly mandarin who would have needed to pass many imperial examinations and kiss up to all the right officials to earn a post in the Imperial Palace in Huangjing. Runs everything that’s not directly handled by the other advisers. War Adviser - A general or admiral of some sort who has participated in many campaigns. Oversees the armed forces of Long Guo. Revenue Adviser - Their accumulated wealth earned them this position. Responsible for collecting taxes and handling state revenues. Spiritual Adviser - A Master of the Harmonious Path; preferably from a branch that doesn’t promote asceticism. Highly skilled in dragonbreath magic and is a purveyor of mystic wisdom. Manages court ceremonies and diplomatic affairs. Most likely to approve of Yuè as the Empress. High Censor - Head of the Imperial Watch. Must be comfortable with issuing morally questionable orders when necessary, and keeps certain secrets hidden from the Empress herself (and her late father before her). The Imperial Family - Yuè already has a twin brother, but there are still plenty of other potential family members to be apped. Yuè’s mother is still alive, and there are plenty of older half-siblings as well sired by her late father (from a different mom). In one capacity or another, a half-sibling ought to legitimately claim greater aptitude to rule than their younger sister, although each would also have a fatal flaw that made their father reject having them on the Dragon Throne. I imagine that one or two of them REALLY want to become the next ruler... no matter what it takes. The Imperial Household - Hordes of servants are required to keep the Imperial Palace as a beacon of Imperial majesty; from artists and dancers, to hoofmaidens and guards of the Watch. Directly supervising them is a Chamberlain, a veteran at the job who enjoys closer personal access to the Empress than even the Chancellor. All Household members are also expected by tradition to strictly obey courtly decorum in Yuè's presence. NOTE: no servant should be an actual eunuch, although they are free to have the mannerisms of one. Prospective Consorts - It is only logical that many would want Yuè’s hoof... in marriage. She’s the most eligible bachelorette, after all. Likely, many who wish to seek the heart of the Empress will do so with less-than-noble intentions, although there are probably also a few with genuine unrequited feelings for their beloved Empress. High Society - The rich and famous who are lucky enough to be granted entrance into the Imperial Palace for select occasions. Most likely reside either in the Inner Ward of Huangjing or a posh neighborhood in Long Kong. Except for a few cultural differences, they highly resemble the high society of Equestria. Fellow Monastery Students - Yuè and her twin brother spent their adolescence learning with the Fenghuang Monks. Yuè would have gotten to know many students there. Older students may have acted as mentor-figures during her early days as an initiate. Younger ones may have had the honor of being mentored by Yuè herself. Anyone at Fenghuang would have gotten a positive impression of her. Monastery Tutors - Likewise, Yuè would have made a positive impression on the Masters who live as monks at Fenghuang Monastery. Perhaps one or two monks still keep in touch with the Empress. Childhood Friends & Acquaintances - Yuè didn't confine herself to the Imperial Palace in her pre-adolescent youth, so she would have met various Long Sun either in Huangjing or the secluded Fenghuang Valley village where her ex-consort mother moved to. Yuè would also be known to additional Fenghuang Valley locals once she became a Harmonious Path initiate. Enemies - As a new empress, Yuè will likely encounter opportunistic foes of all sorts. Frontier barbarians, triads, cultists, ninja, coup plotters... the list of potential threats goes on and on. Allies - Of course, the Empress will have to rely on all sorts of allies outside her Court. Serpent Dragons, characters who'd be right at home in a wuxia-inspired setting, even foreigners from across the sea... Yuè will need everyone she can get for the conflicts to come..... APPED CHARACTER ROSTER: ----------- I hope that didn't overwhelm you all, haha. But yes, tell me if you have a different sort of relationship with the Empress in mind.
  5. I've given up controlling my urge to make OCs, so here are four more OCs that could use some planning. However, two of them aren't going to get much planning because they were both pretty reclusive growing up, so this thread will be more focused on the other two. As always, feel free to give me your own relationship ideas, either on this thread or through PMs! Daahir N'em - Abada that was born and raised in Unyasi with his sister. Makes regular ventures into Zebra settlements, most notably Mti Nguvu, to trade and barter for supplies. Lives in the Brakenweald jungles. Lien Mei - A Qilin that spent her foalhood in a rural rice paddy village in the Far East, but moved to Whitetail Woods in her adolescence. Currently lives in Garden Gait and has only really visited pony cities once or twice. Riff Raff - A not-quite adult Diamond Dog whose pack lived in the Roundbottom Hills nearby Ponyville for a long while, but migrated to Gaberott in the middle of Raff's puppyhood. He's since moved back to the outskirts of Ponyville. Revenant - Born and raised in Trottingham as Northern Star, his family was fairly well-off and reflected such. North joined the REIN in his early adult years, until he grew disillusioned about Equestria's government and turned up MIA during a mission. He ended up joining WRAITH and currently serves as an Elite Operation within the organization. And for relationship ideas: Foalhood friend (Mei, Raff, Reve) - As always, having a foalhood friend is a good relationship to have, though any potential friends have a few stipulations based on the character. For Mei, her foalhood friend need to either be another Qilin or a Whitetail Deer who lived in Whitetail Woods (or potentially another deer species, like a Peryton). Raff's friend would need to be another Diamond Dog, either from his pack or one from Gaberott. Reve's friend (he would have been known as North, back then) needs to be from Trottingham, or would have at least been able to visit Trottingham often. Friendships can either be entirely friendly or friendly rivalries (only for Mei and Reve). Familial relationships (all) - I'm always open to other people apping family characters or having my characters be included in a family, especially sibling characters. But in the case of these four characters, their backstories are pretty integral into either their current situations or their character, so I'm not willing to change up their back stories too much. Daahir has a sister he's living with, and the other three have been specified as being the only child in their families, but the latter point can be easily changed if anyone is interested in apping a family member. The only stipulations would be that Raff is the youngest sibling in his family, Reve the oldest, and Mei could be on any end of the spectrum (but is probably the oldest). Friendlies (Raff) - As he's currently just scavenging for food while he sits and waits for his rescuer to make an appearance, Raff could use someone in Ponyville who perhaps caught sight of him one day, questioned him a bit, and began making it a point to bring him food and other supplies every so often. Raff would undoubtedly be very grateful and loyal to this pony, considering them his good friend and probably following them around like a little puppy when able. We could even play the angle of Raff's overall affectionate nature being more than this pony bargained for, though Raff would remain completely oblivious. Procurer of supplies (Daahir, Mei) - Daahir, especially, would need someone to regularly trade with. In his case it would need to be with a Zebra, since he's not really comfortable interacting with other species on a regular basis. For Mei, she probably had to trade and buy gardening supplies to start up her greenhouse in Garden Gait. Tools, fertilizer, maybe some rare flower seeds, etc. This character would have had to have been in the vicinity of Garden Gait though - from Whitetail Woods through to Canterlot, as it's possible Mei could briefly travel to Canterlot for supplies every once in a while. Rescuer (Raff) - Raff became separated from his pack during a terrible storm, and was subsequently saved by a passing pony who I'd love to be a played character instead of just a NPC. The mare cared for Raff through the night, but became frightened the next morning by the howls of his Diamond Dog pack and left, leaving behind a blanket and stuffed toy that have been Raff's signature items. He moved back near Ponyville to try and find this pony, but no luck so far. This mare (or stallion, though if it's a mare Raff will most likely have a puppy crush on them) could be literally anyone, so long as it'd make sense for their character to look after a Diamond Dog pup in the middle of the woods (though if it's a mare, I'll probably be picky about who it is, because again, puppy love). Mentor/Tutor (Mei, Reve) - Both Mei and Reve underwent some tutelage in their adolescent years, Mei for her aromatherapy practices and Reve for general schooling. In Mei's case, she learned a lot from the deer she lived with, but she most likely learned some of the finer points of botany from a deer or pony who specialized in that area of biology itself. Again, that deer or pony would have had to either lived in Whitetail Woods or Garden Gait, or simply stayed there for an extended period of time before moving on. Reve's studies were geared more towards general school stuff in order for him to do well, get into a good university, etc. It would just be interesting to have an older character able to reminisce on how much potential North had, how sad it was that he went missing, and potentially wonder what in the world went wrong to turn bright young North into sadistic and ruthless Reve if the two ever meet up. Victims (Reve) - I didn't really give much thought to North's younger years, but I imagine he was something of a two-faced rapscallion, showing the face of a bright and promising young colt to the adults while being a blight to some of his peers. Maybe there are some ponies out there who were bullied or 'put in place' by Reve when they were younger - nothing exceedingly dramatic, but enough for them to be wary of or dislike the young colt. I'd also be open to recent or current victims of 'The Revenant', if anyone wants to plan some specific hurts that the WRAITH operative has inflicted upon them or their loved ones. Pack (Raff) - Just looking for general pack members Raff could have, maybe even the Alpha of his pack. They'd either have to have been a part of Raff's pack, or maybe even some Diamond Dogs from Gaberott, because Raff would probably start thinking of the general community of Gaberott as his pack even if they aren't part of his immediate pack that used to live in Roundbottom Hills. Ex-partner/Squadmates (Reve) - Reve was part of the REIN before he defected, it'd make sense for him to have former partners that are either still in the REIN or retired to civilian life. This could also include the pony (ponies) that saved him from a collapsed building while the squad was on a recon mission, the same one that resulted in the scarring over Reve's left ear and neck. Reve would have been a pretty laid-back and charming guy, so the squad probably had positive interactions with each other, though members would have started to notice a change in Reve before he went MIA. Aaaaand, that's all I've got at the moment. Again, feel free to suggest your own ideas, I'm open to them!