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Shufen Yang



Shufen Yang
Basic Information

Bender type: Earthbender
Title: Iron Sparrow
Alignment: Orthodox Good
Current age: 32
General Status: Alive
Gender: Female
Sexuality: Heterosexual
Height: 5'7
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown


Appearance

Shufen has long dark brown hair tied back in a ponytail or bun, but always with her iconic bangs on either side. She also wears glasses to treat a minor visual impairment, but can generally see well without them. For most of her duties she's happy to wear a relatively simple blue business suit, along with a light grey trench coat. However, for field work Shufen has a custom set of RCPD armour, modified for her personal style.



Personality

Contrary to the stereotypical image painted of the RCPD, Shufen strives to be a model police officer, upholding the law and protecting the citizens of Republic City. She actively hates people who abuse their authority and power, and has repeatedly refused kickbacks from individuals who want her to look the other way, going so far as to have them arrested for bribery. Shufen's by-the-books attitude has polarised her colleague's opinions of her, either commending her for her integrity, or despising her for interfering with their kickbacks.

Shufen is committed to doing the right thing, and deeply believes that upholding the law is for the good of all people. She is a skilled detective, having solved several cases during her career and knows the city like the back of her hand. While combat is not her main skill, she is a talented earthbender and capable of metalbending, though she usually holds that back as a trump card. Shufen focuses her plans for long-term goals, and often has several fallbacks in place when strategizing.

In person she's kind and surprisingly humorous, and is a warm individual who enjoys life, but when on duty she adopts a more pragmatic and calculating attitude. Despite her generally friendly demeanour, Shufen is quite capable chewing out individuals, particularly junior officiers who have broken protocol and don't expect any consequences. More often than not, she dislikes compromising and insists on having things done her way, making her somewhat stubborn.



History

Born in Omashu, Shufen is the second child of Jia and Tai Yang. She and her older brother Chen inherited their parents' bending ability and each exhibited the gift around the age of five. Originally Shufen was a carefree girl who didn't have much direction in life and preferred to live in the now with her friends. One day she and a group of school friends were kidnapped and held for ransom by a group of thugs, though it was never made clear who they were working for. Unable to fight back, Shufen and her friends were powerless to escape and feared for their lives. Fortunately for them, the local police force had worked quickly to track down the missing girls and rescued them before it was too late. Following her rescue, Shufen became enamoured with law enforcement and finally had a motivation in her life. She became driven towards the aspects that made up a respectable policeman, enrolling with the academy when she turned 18. Shufen proved to be an excellent potential investigator, passing her exams with flying colours, though it took her more practice to become trained at using her metalbending in combat.

After graduating, Shufen took a position with Omashu's police force, eventually being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant of the OPD. While she enjoyed her job, Omashu was too familiar for her, and she felt that she needed to find somewhere new. She decided to put in a transfer for Republic City, hoping that a new city would be a more exciting and fresh environment to work in. Shufen's idealistic opinions remained unshaken, despite the attempts of more shady elements to persuade her to look the other way. Her new found popularity with the people and law-abiding police made it difficult for corrupt officers to have her removed, cementing position in the RCPD as a trusted officer. Despite several officers protesting her position behind her back, Shufen's hard work with the RCPD earned her the rank of senior inspector.

Following the death of former chief Zheng Shan, Shufen was promoted to chief of police due to her pristine record and heroic work during the crisis. Several senior officiers expressed their dismay at Shufen being promoted over them, but little protest was actually made given the disorganised state of the force at the time.



Powers

Earth Citizen
Initial Powers
  • Earth Bomb

The user can send a small boulder flying in any direction once struck which breaks apart into many smaller projectiles when it hits something.

  • Earth Smash

The user is able to crush or even shatter anything made of stone without any force required.

  • Earth Shield

The user is able to create a small wall made of stone which can be used to defend or obstruct a path.

  • Earth Levitation (Passive)

The user is able to cause earth to levitate allowing them to use any earth they control as a moderate defense or even to allow time to prepare an attack.

  • Compression Control (Passive)

The user is able to compress earth into a much denser state allowing them to harden soil or stone for stronger offense or defense. The user must take time to compress the earth.

Basic Powers

(Note: Once a power is chosen, it cannot be changed.)

  • Earth Launch

The user is able to create jets of stone out of the ground which can be used to launch things into the air as well as a sort of spring to soften falls from high distances. (Achieved after 1 week)

  • Fissure

The user is able to create small fissures by striking the ground which produce tremors in order to disorient or even knock over others. (Achieved after 2 weeks)


Stone Guardian
(Achieved after 1 month)
Initial Powers
  • Earth Launch

The user is able to create jets of stone out of the ground which can be used to launch things into the air as well as a sort of spring to soften falls from high distances.

  • Rock Gloves/Shoes

The user is able to create gloves and shoes out of stone to be used for enhanced melee attacks as well as used as projectiles to bind others. The user can not use any other form of earthbending while controlling the gloves or shoes.

  • Earth Armor (Exclusive to Stone Guardian)

The user is able to surround their entire body in gem which enhances their melee attacks as well as defends against attacks against them. The user is slowed considerably while wearing the armor. Users also have the option of coating their bodies in regular stone, this armor would reduce mobility restrictions, stone would be easier to gather than crystal and stone is obviously easier to break than crystal.

  • Earth Sink (Exclusive to Stone Guardian)

The user can sink enemies and objects into the ground, trapping them within the earth. Sinks take a moment to form and only a maximum of two can be sustained at once. Requires line of sight.


Advanced Powers

(Note: Once a power is chosen, it cannot be changed. Also, Master level powers can only be achieved after 7 months and require 2 open power slots.)

  • Seismic Sense (Passive)

The user is able to sense their surroundings by feeling tremors in the ground. This allows the user to 'see' with their earthbending in a large area around them.  (Achieved after 2 months)

  • Metalbending (Passive; requires 2 open slots)

The user is able to bend metal. Metal is significantly denser than stone and in turn makes the act of bending it take longer than if it were stone. The user may only metalbend one object at a time, the size of the object does not matter nor do any other objects connected. (Achieved after 7 months)



Weapons

  • Custom Armour
Often concealed under her trench coat, Shufen has a custom metal suit of armour that she can manipulate to her needs, it protects her vital organs, shoulders, neck, arms and legs. The armour is segmented and made of a layer of metal on top of a base of thick leather. Several pieces can be rapidly detached to form flechettes or other small projectiles, typically Shufen uses sections from her shoulders or arms, but has also modified her boots for surprise attacks.
Like regular metalbending armour, Shufen's has a reel of metal cable running through each arm for mobility and offence, but a set of secondary reels are also built into the armour and are launched from her waist. By using the secondary reels, Shufen can anchor herself or move about while keeping her arms free, or use her whole body to bend all four reels at once. Unlike other senior officer's armour, Shufen's does not use retractable blades.


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