Chapter 41:

Character profiles (Bonus)

Tales of Virtual Shopkeeper


BONUS – CHARACTER PROFILES


Hello, it’s Kuru again! As this novel was submitted as an entry to the MyAnimeList x Honeyfeed contest, there is a(n admittedly slim) chance that it might be adapted into a manga. So I thought I’d include some character bios to help a potential artist capture my original vision better. (I suppose this could also be used to help fanartists get a better idea of what my characters look like, if they ever wanted to illustrate them for me. Wink, wink. ;P)

AUTHOR’S NOTE 1: IG = ‘In-Game’. RL = ‘Real Life’. If something isn’t marked as ‘IG’ or ‘RL’, assume that it applies to both versions of the character.

AUTHOR’S NOTE 2: When determining skin color, I used the Von Luschan Scale (VLS). I’m aware that it’s considered somewhat outdated now, but I wasn’t really sure what other scale I could use. (If anyone knows of a more ‘definitive’ scale, please feel free to let me know!)

AUTHOR’S NOTE 3: I didn’t include any of the minor characters, because I don’t really have a specific appearance in mind for any of them past what’s stated in canon.


MAIN CHARACTERS


YUU:

Name (IG): Yuu Watanabe

Name (RL): Yui Shiotani

Status: Alive

Class (IG): Shopkeeper

Age: Early 30s (IG), 17 (RL)

Gender: Male [he/him] (IG), Female [she/her] (RL)

Sexuality: Bisexual

Blood-type: A+

VLS skin-tone: 14

Hair: Messy shoulder-length gray hair (IG), Straight and long black hair (RL)

Eye color: Emerald green with a blue tint

Outfit (IG): Open green kimono adorned with numerous gold aiguillettes on the arms and sides, red-framed ovular glasses, tight gray undershirt, camo pants, white ankle socks, brown geta shoes

Outfit (RL): Green sailor fuku blouse, black-framed rectangular glasses, gray pleated skirt, pink and white striped pantyhose, black Mary Janes (School uniform) / White t-shirt, black-framed rectangular glasses, green miniskirt, pink and white striped pantyhose, black Mary Janes (Casual)

Likes: Utopia Online, stories, friendly customers, money, Utopian food, the color green, sexual comedies, big muscles, large buttocks and breasts, his father, Nagisa Mul

Dislikes: The beach, impolite customers, schoolwork, fruits and vegetables (except strawberries), the color orange, crime, his mother, Watashi


ASAMI:

Name (IG): Asami Usami

Name (RL): Bonabelle Ava Rabbitte [AKA ‘Bonnie’]

Status: Alive

Class (IG): Therianthrope

Age: 18

Gender: Female [she/her]

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Blood-type: O+

VLS skin-tone: 24 (IG), 30 (RL)

Hair: Long and messy blonde hair (IG), Medium-length blonde hair (RL)

Eye color: Sky blue (IG), Dark green (RL)

Outfit (IG): American-flag-print bikini-top, blue denim booty shorts, black fishnet tights, red slip-on shoes

Outfit (RL): Tight green sailor fuku blouse, red hairbow shaped like bunny-ears, gray pleated skirt, black fishnet tights, brown Mary Janes (School uniform) / Baggy orange minitop, red hairbow shaped like bunny-ears, unbuttoned gray shorts, black fishnet tights, red high-heel boots (Casual)

Likes: Rabbits, being thought of as ‘attractive’, the color orange, carrots, Yui Shiotani, Homura Usami

Dislikes: Homura’s ‘cheap parlor-tricks’, Orcs, standing for the American national anthem, Watashi


WATASHI:

Name (IG): 綿死 [Watashi] (Therianthrope) / 座敷綿死 [Zashiki-Watashi] (ghost)

Name (RL): Nagisa Mul [AKA ‘Nagi’]

Status: Deceased

Class (IG): Therianthrope (Watashi) / None (Zashiki-Watashi)

Age: Unknown (IG), 18 (RL)

Gender: Nonbinary [they/them] (IG), Nonbinary [he/him] (RL)

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Blood-type: B-

VLS skin-tone: Unknown (IG), 19 (RL)

Hair: Curly white ‘hair’ that covers the entire body [or, more accurately, it’s wool] (IG), Short and neat dyed white hair (RL)

Eye color: Red (IG), Black (RL)

Outfit (IG): White skull mask decorated with a floral pattern, black denim jeans, brown cowboy boots

Outfit (RL): Green gakuran, gray necktie, black uwabaki shoes (School uniform) / White button-up shirt, gray necktie, black pants, brown shoes (Casual)

Likes: Himself, cotton, the color black, the color white, Yui Shiotani

Dislikes: Himself, ImagineTech, Utopia Online and everyone who plays it, cops, the color gray, people he views as ‘inferior’, his father, Homura Usami


AYA:

Name (IG): Aya Murphy

Name (RL): Dorothy Aya O’Dougherty

Status: Alive

Class (IG): Rogue

Age: 19

Gender: Female [she/her]

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Blood-type: O-

VLS skin-tone: 24 (IG), Unknown (RL)

Hair: Messy shoulder-length light blue hair (IG), Unknown (RL)

Eye color: Brown (IG), Unknown (RL)

Outfit (IG): Silver breastplate and pauldrons, black undershirt, blue knee-length skirt, black nylon bike shorts [as of 10th Purchase], blue bridal-gauntlets, brown belt and sheath, white kneesocks, silver solleret shoes

Likes: University school, talking to people, learning Japanese, bread, shamrocks, her lucky underwear

Dislikes: Speaking Japanese, alcohol, being called a pervert


HOMURA:

Name (IG): Homura Usami

Name (RL): Homura Usami

Status: Deceased

Class (IG): Witch

Age: 1000 (IG), 19 (RL)

Gender: Female [she/her]

Sexuality: Asexual

Blood-type: AB+

VLS skin-tone: 14

Hair: Straight and long black hair (IG), Straight, shoulder-length brown hair dyed red at the bottom (RL)

Eye color: Red

Outfit (IG): Purple witch’s hat with a black hatband, black facemask, red minidress with a purple trim, black cape, brown boots

Outfit (RL): Green sailor fuku blouse, black eyepatch [19th Purchase only], black cape, gray pleated skirt, baggy thigh-high white legwarmers, red Mary Janes

Likes: Utopia Online, playing pretend, capes, magic, cartoons, cats, Bonabelle Rabbitte

Dislikes: Being told what to do, people underestimating her intelligence, Nagisa Mul, Watashi


SUPPORTING CHARACTERS


KAGUYA:

Name (IG): Kaguya Fujiwara

Name (RL): U-Online://char/001-kaguya.dat

Status: ‘Alive’

Class (IG): Princess

Age: None

Gender: Female [she/her]

Sexuality: Asexual

Blood-type: None

VLS skin-tone: 12

Hair: Medium-length black hair with an oversized upwards facing cowlick

Eye color: Light brown, bordering on red

Outfit: Silver tiara, red cheongsam dress with golden accents, black detached sleeves with red trim on either end, black knee-high socks, brown sandals

Likes: Walking around aimlessly, helping other players, Yuu Watanabe, GaRam Mul

Dislikes: Players who break the rules, Mao


~SCHRÖDINGER~:

Name (IG): ~Schrödinger~

Name (RL): Tetsuo Izayoi

Status: Alive

Class (IG): Therianthrope

Age: 18

Gender: Male [he/him]

Sexuality: Homosexual

Blood-type: B+

VLS skin-tone: 14

Hair: Shoulder-length straight cream blond hair (IG), Unknown (RL)

Eye color: Red (IG), Unknown (RL)

Outfit (IG): Translucent gray full-body unitard adorned with a white thigh-length tunic, red chest armor with the Crimson Kings emblem painted on the left pec [as of 16th Purchase], detached white sleeves, red fake nails, brown belt wrapped around the abdomen, white socks, brown sandals

Likes: Cats, his sister, knives

Dislikes: Being mistaken for a woman, dogs, Yuu Watanabe, Kaguya Fujiwara


MAYOI:

Name (IG): Mayoi Oda

Name (RL): Mayoi Oda

Status: Deceased [ghost]

Class (IG): None

Age: Ageless, stuck at 12-years-old

Gender: Female [she/her]

Sexuality: Unknown

Blood-type: None

VLS skin-tone: 3

Hair: Short black bob cut hair

Eye color: White

Outfit: Open pink furisode with yellow embroidery floral pattern, blue onepiece competitive swimsuit, pink and yellow striped hair sticks

Likes: The Fantasy Shoppe’s storage-closet, pulling pranks

Dislikes: Being dead, people thinking that she isn’t a real zashiki-warashi, Watashi


KIRAN:

Name (IG): Kiran

Name (RL): Ryuuhei Miiki [AKA ‘Mii’]

Status: Alive

Class (IG): Villager

Age: 18

Gender: Female [she/her] (IG), Male(?) [he/him] (RL)

Sexuality: Heterosexual (IG), Homosexual (RL)

Blood-type: AB-

VLS skin-tone: 26 (IG), 30 (RL)

Hair: Very dark spiky brown hair swept to the left-hand side

Eye color: Brown

Outfit (IG): Tight white t-shirt that exposes the midriff area, thick black-rimmed square glasses, ill-fitting tight blue jeans, red sneakers (Debut) / Silver metallic chest armor and shorts, thick black-rimmed square glasses, black pantyhose, red sneakers (Current)

Outfit (RL): Unknown, only ever shown wearing a tight pair of frilly white brief-style underpants

Likes: Her avatar’s body, the beach, Lyre Sonnet

Dislikes: Her real body, people finding out that she’s actually a boy


KYOUTAROU:

Name (IG): Kyoutarou Kitamura [AKA ‘Kyou’]

Name (RL): Kyoutarou Kitamura [AKA ‘Kyou’]

Status: Alive

Class (IG): Therianthrope (Former) / Shopkeeper (Current)

Age: 26

Gender: Male [he/him]

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Blood-type: O-

VLS skin-tone: 4 (IG), Unknown (RL)

Hair: Short purple curly hair that covers the eyes (IG), Unknown (RL)

Eye color: Unknown

Outfit (IG): Black kimono, white ankle socks, brown geta shoes

Likes: Attractive female avatars, videogames, cartoons, living alone

Dislikes: Ghosts, horror movies, the landlord, getting a real job


ROSE:

Name (IG): Rose_the_Deathbringer

Name (RL): Zoe Komeiji

Status: Alive

Class (IG): Crusader

Age: 17

Gender: Female [she/her]

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Blood-type: B-

VLS skin-tone: 14 (IG), Unknown (RL)

Hair: Short and messy red hair (IG), Unknown (RL)

Eye color: Brown (IG), Unknown (RL)

Outfit (IG): Metallic red bikini top with a gold trim and the Crimson Kings emblem painted on the left breast, red bikini shorts, red pauldrons, translucent black bridal gauntlets, translucent black kneesocks, black garter straps

Likes: Romance movies, action movies, axes

Dislikes: Sexual comedies, Yuu Watanabe


REX:

Name (IG): REX (Crusader) / Smooth Criminal (Necromancer)

Name (RL): Rintarou King

Status: Alive

Class (IG): Crusader (REX) / Necromancer (Smooth)

Age: 19

Gender: Male [he/him]

Sexuality: Bisexual

Blood-type: A-

VLS skin-tone: 29 (IG), Unknown (RL)

Hair: Short and spiky blond hair that points upward (IG), Unknown (RL)

Eye color: Brown (IG), Unknown (RL)

Outfit (IG): Red cuirass with the Crimson Kings emblem painted on the left pec, red cuisses, gold sollerets (REX) / Red breastplate with the Crimson Kings emblem painted on the left pec, black turban and facemask, black pants, red metal boots (Smooth)

Likes: Fame, power, money

Dislikes: Politics


MAO:

Name (IG): Mao

Name (RL): U-Online://char/666-demonking.dat

Status: ‘Deceased’

Class (IG): Demon King

Age: None

Gender: Female [she/her]

Sexuality: Pansexual

Blood-type: None

VLS skin-tone: 14

Hair: Messy shoulder-length gray hair

Eye color: Emerald green with a blue tint

Outfit: Purple bikini armor with a gold trim, black cape, black bridal gauntlets, purple garterbelt and stockings

Likes: Death, destruction, strong challengers

Dislikes: Weak challengers, Kaguya Fujiwara


MUL:

Name (IG): 물 가람 [GaRam Mul]

Name (RL): GaRam Mul

Status: Deceased

Class (IG): Inventor

Age: 50

Gender: Male [he/him]

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Blood-type: AB+

VLS skin-tone: N/A [Dark green] (IG), 19 (RL)

Hair: None (IG), Short gray hair that’s balding at the top (RL)

Eye color: Unknown (IG), Dark gray (RL)

Outfit (IG): Golden business suit, circular wireframe glasses with opaque white lenses, white undershirt, red tie

Outfit (RL): Black business suit, white undershirt, red tie, white ankle socks, black slip-on shoes

Likes: His job, the ImagineTech VR headset, money, buttocks, his son, Satou Tajiri, Kaguya Fujiwara

Dislikes: People who fail his routine tests, Watashi

Kuromaru (クロまる)
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