"I need to concentrate on this spell, so kindly shut up... Generals."
Shashi's family have lived on Hinoiri for a while, producing many scholars and mages. As soon as Shashi's talent was discovered, he was placed in training to become a Gate Mage, and quickly proved to be a bit of a prodigy and invited to the largest school in the capital. It was here he met Ravi Falk, the only other person at his level in his age group. Shashi graduated and was given a position at the palace, one that Ravi declined without giving a reason. Shashi considers his job as recognition of his talent, taking it quite seriously.
Shashi is quiet, and generally keeps a cool facade, with maybe a couple of sarcastic comments muttered under his breath. He does want to be seen as an adult, so will keep things professional then, even though he might think many adults aren't any better than his peers. He does respect skill, though, so will be slightly warmer to people he sees as having some great talent, though he tends to see other gate mages as possible rivals or benchmarks. Has problems just relaxing instead of working on improving himself.
Gate mage, powerful enough to serve as the focus for inter-world travel, though he still needs amplification (the Hinoiri palace has a room designed for this) or other mages in the background. He has some healing abilities, but lacks the finesse to do much more than throw magic at a problem. Shashi is also naturally pretty bright outside of magic, and has sharp hearing.
"This way is more fun. Besides, this job has better benefits."
Philandre was the unexpected third child of a Selkie merchant family -- his mother was in poor health and died shortly after he was born, despite any efforts at healing her. He didn't get along with his father at all, and had only a distant impression of his two older siblings. As a result, he left home as soon as he was able (liberating as much money as he could), and made his way to Hinoiri. He was able to buy a place in the military academy with the money and his small talent for magic. It was there that he was recruited to join the Fellowship of Starlight, an illegal organization that fought against the spirits, mostly by targeting calling mages, and using all sorts of unsavory methods. It was a good part of cronyism with Fellowship members in the military that caused him to rise so fast, in addition to the need for Hinode natives in military intelligence.
Philandre is an expert at masks. He keeps a number of layers between himself and the world, as a result of working intelligence and being part of an organization that could well get him executed if anyone found out about his membership. Outwardly, he pretends to be happy-go-lucky and rather flaky, with a rather large libido and a bit of a creepy side -- competent enough to keep his job, but not so competent to seem like a threat. Most of these traits are exaggerated -- Philandre is a man of strong emotions (though he usually does only let the positive ones through his mask). Philandre would rather you see a stereotype (either 'harmless flirt' or 'creepy-but-isolated sociopath') because it is either safer for him, or won't betray any of his fellows.
Philandre is a fanatic about his beliefs (the idea that every spirit and sprite on Hinode is out to keep the mortals in a state of ignorant servitude and all calling mages are either dupes or collaborators), and honestly thinks that anything he does in the name of them is for the greater good of all mortal life on Hinode and Hinoiri. He is also quite clever, which is why he pretends to be flaky. He has all the morals of a cat when it comes to his cause -- there's very little he won't do to advance it, and usually the reason he isn't doing it is more practical ('that would blow my cover') than moral ('hurting people is wrong').
Philandre is an extreme extrovert and is rather social, so most of his hobbies involve going out and being around people. He also enjoys theater. He is an exceptionally skilled spy when he wants to be, and has a good knowledge of tactics.
Philandre is a piss-poor elemental mage, but he does do a good light spell. As a selkie, he does have an alternate form, which he can access via a sealskin he normally keeps with him in his pack.
AGE: early 30s
"Well, if you want something done- [transmission terminated]"
Delwyn was born the only child to the Hinoiri Royal Family. His mother -- the previous Lord of Hinoiri -- raised him to follow in her footsteps. Delwyn also had an intense scientific curiosity to find out why his world lacked magic, when the neighboring world, Hinode, was full of it. He also learned much about the construction of magic-based items. It was then that he met the traveler Elise Connor, bartered for lessons on her strange world and how to use her ship. A legal loophole in Hinoiri law allowed the government to seize Elise's ship -- which created bad blood between the woman and Delwyn's family. With the death of his parents when he was 15, Delwyn took on an unexpectedly strong role as the new lord, promoting the development of the middle class as opposed to the nobles. He continued to pursue his natural philosophy, eventually coming up with a plan to restore the magic of Hinoiri.
Delwyn is devoted to his duty -- and he sees his duty as keeping order in his homeland and bringing order to the uncivilized abroad. He sees himself as deserving of power, both political and magic, but also sees power as being firmly wedded to responsibility. He is a very restrained person with a firm sense of justice and his own code of honor -- if you are a law abiding citizen, then he will treat you fairly and kindly, but if you are an enemy of the state, he will have you killed. He tends towards the Machiavellian approach of politics, but there are some means he will not employ -- the killing of innocents being one. Delwyn tends to be a workaholic on his pet projects. He is very focused, and will skip meals and sleep to give himself more time for them or the task of governing. He mistrusts nobles and most other elves, seeing them as trying to manipulate him. That does not stop him from being polite to them -- good manners are important, after all.
Magical armband, allowing him to absorb and release magic. Good hearing.
AGE: mid 20s
Rikayo "Riki" Darenka
"This is a bad time to mention I flunked Self Defense three times, right?"
The son of a Darynese politician, Riki has a rather privileged upbringing. In addition to being quite comfortable with aliens, he can also speak English, though his accent is a bit heavy, and his grammar is very formal. He is also the first known Darynese with active psonics, and one of only a few trained Darynese psis. Because of the lack of psis on Daryn, he was sent to Earth at age 12 to learn more about his abilities. After getting his degree in Astronautical Engineering at the young age of 20, something that very nearly burned him out, he was ready to see the universe.
In the Phoenix Dawn comic, he joined the Star by Star Exploration Program and became the engineer of the Ankaa. On its maiden mission, an accident sent it into another universe, where magic was the order of the day.
Riki is pretty easygoing, though a bit spacy. He is scrupulously polite, but this is more conditioned reflex rather than an a natural trait. He has no ability to read people whatsoever, which he only partially compensates for by psychic empathy. He dislikes being along, though he feels most comfortable in small groups, not large ones. He is quite proud of his own abilities, and tends to be open to the point of showing off about his own psionics, art skills -- he's a hobbyist artist -- and his intelligence/scientific knowledge. This, combined with his lack of empathy, can make him sound pretty condescending. He's rather organized and driven when he has a project, but without one, he kind of drifts.
Telepathy/empathy, minor telekinesis, untrained precognition. In the Phoenix Dawn comic he gains healing and summoning magic.
AGE: early 20s
HAIR: Light Brown/Red