Ryo is a sharply drawn character, his features dictated by an almost animalistic cunning and, at times, even the underlaying glossiness of a lazy house-cat. His eyes are a cutting presence, sharp pupils almost as stunning as an actual feline's. Meanwhile, the boy's sandy blonde hair droops in short layers around his round face, converging in a myriad of dirty blonde and black near Ryo's scalp. A stout nose, flat mouth, and pair of thin eyebrows complete the boy's features, providing Ryo with the face of a rather cold, handsome predator. Still, humanity pulls at his appearance, coming out in the common display of thin bags under his striking eyes; a parting gift from one too many sleepless nights.
Ryo's body is fit, thin, and somewhat short; the boy having grown into the below-average height of 5' 5". He enjoys wearing loose, comfortable clothing, much like that of a black T-shirt under an open red jacket. However, Ryo is also known to keep multiple garment layers on his person at all time, due to an innately poor amount of blood circulation through his body. Thus, to counteract this usual frigidness, Ryo may wear a short-sleeved shirt, an opened long-sleeved shirt, and even a thick jacket all at once.
Ryo is a stark maladaptive perfectionist, having been known to possess tendencies towards forming high standards for what he must accomplish and competing for success with others. Though such a drive and ethic to succeed can be very beneficial in many places, including academics, it commonly takes a toll on Ryo's health. Insistently is the boy known to lose sleep in order to make time for educating himself on how to progress and improve. As well, even though Ryo knows his physical and mental boundaries very well, he shows a constant need to push himself to the very apex of those indefinite divisions. Goals and clear objectives may become obscured by very minute, imperfect details in the boy's mind, causing him to improve upon the smaller picture, instead of the larger. Furthermore, due to this complex, Ryo has developed a lack of self-confidence and self-preservation. Failure is a large enemy of Ryo's, but he keeps himself moving, always improving and pushing himself intently to those perfected standards.
Even through the tolls of such a continuing endeavor for improvement, Ryo is never one to be seen doused in self-pity; As said, he strives every day to become increasingly better in who he is and what he does. As well, Ryo is a rather friendly and proper person despite his looks. Though not exactly talkative, the teen is not an introvert in any regards to the word. He is very well-speaking, and extremely adult in his speech and mannerisms. As well, he is very well educated, and thus enjoys discussions on a wide-array of topics. Yet, like any other teenager, Ryo is susceptible to small emotion instabilities every once in a while. He is quite well at keeping these occurrences under wrap, however. All and all, Ryo is a good, stable, and slyly charismatic friend that tries a great amount too hard to prove both his worth and that he'll eventually succeed.
- Summon Fox Spirit, Akane; Ryo is able to summon a female fox spirit by the name of Akane. The spirit inhabits the body of a small, white Arctic Fox with black face markings and a scarlet collar with her name's Japanese character printed upon it. The fox has no other differing physical nor magical attributes to that of an Artic Fox. It does, however, have the ability to exhibit humanoid intelligence, speech, and personality. Akane's personality can be summarized as a mature authority figure, making sure everything is kept in line and going according to a moral code. Ryo cannot summon the fox more than five feet away from him. As well, he must have line of sight to where he is to summon the spirit. Finally, if there is no immediate space nor visible space to summon the fox into, Ryo is unable to summon Akane. The fox spirit is able to refuse to be summoned and can teleport back into the vessel of Ryo's body at will. If the physical manifestation of the spirit, or the "fox", is to die, the spirit is returned to Ryo's body and cannot be summoned for another three hours.
- Summon Fox Spirit, Hoshi; Ryo is able to summon a female fox spirit by the name of Hoshi. The spirit inhabits the body of a small, white Arctic Fox with black face markings and a navy blue collar with her name's Japanese character printed upon it. The fox has no other differing physical nor magical attributes to that of an Artic Fox. It does, however, have the ability to exhibit humanoid intelligence, speech, and personality. Hoshi's personality can be summarized as a fun loving and joyful spirit, delighted by the content and prosperity of others. She is a great lover of children. Ryo cannot summon the fox more than five feet away from him. As well, he must have line of sight to where he is to summon the spirit. Finally, if there is no immediate space nor visible space to summon the fox into, Ryo is unable to summon Hoshi. The fox spirit is able to refuse to be summoned and can teleport back into the vessel of Ryo's body at will. If the physical manifestation of the spirit, or the "fox", is to die, the spirit is returned to Ryo's body and cannot be summoned for another three hours.
History Before Arrival:Akane and Hoshi wrote:
Akane on the left, Hoshi on the right
Ryo was adopted into the rich Mataashi family on December 13, 2005, 4 years after his birth. His adoptive mother and father were both medical professionals in the field of cardiac surgery, and thus could sustain a rather wealthy state of life, filled with the privileges and opportunities one could imagine an orphaned boy would be proud to have. One of these privileges was that of a sky-high educations, straight from adoption. Ryo was educated in an esteemed private school provided to him by his parent's wealth, and there rose his awareness for the addictivity of perfection. Pressured by expecting teachers and parents alike, Ryo was introduced into a competitive environment against the other students that swarmed his prestigious school-grounds. Academic, social, and athletic prowess were quickly required to excel in the boy's circumstances, and thus came a flood of dedication and work from what many would consider extreme for a toddler. For, indeed, his parents expected much from the small Ryo. They found it pleasing to see their son so occupied and needy to work; it showed he had the will to succeed, and they hoped all this preliminary effort could set the stage for a bright future in both education and intelligence. Through athleticism alone he was conquering his bad blood circulation, making his body more adapted to the slight deficiency of warmth that his parent's medical aid alone could not cure entirely. Therefore, they egged him enthusiastically on wards, loving and hopeful he would be a star among the galaxies.
Ryo was most definitely a star in and outside of school, that is true. As Ryo grew, his parents rewarded him more and more for pursuing improvement. He became strong, educated, and continuously showed other children up through his developing perfectionist dedication. His athleticism and service-hours grew as well; everyone loved the little-boy-wonder named "Ryo Mataashi", with his quick wit and reflexes. Sleep was lost, on multiple occasions, but Ryo kept onward in becoming and molding himself into an apex predator. His parents and colleagues, even through these occasional declines of health, still thanked and admired him for what distinguished gusto he put into his training. Of course, even with most of his time poured into engrossed development towards his and his parent's perfect goals, Ryo's personality did not suffer; though somewhat silent, those who approached him were greeted with a polite and quick-witted young man.
Towards the end of middle-school, Ryo had seemed to have grown up too quick. The boy was well versed in an extreme amount of adult subjects, philosophies, discussions, and had no need to be pushed any longer by his infatuated parents; he was pushing himself, automatically, to his own perfection. Bags became almost permanently glued to Ryo's eyes about the end of his 8th grade year, the lines seemingly implanting themselves into his facial structure. Neither the boy nor his parents gave this any heed. All seemed well for Ryo as he entered his High school year, ready to combat and destroy the competition of students as he rose through the ranks and into academic success. Something, however, soon tore this narrow-minded fate from the boy; the emergence of his meta-human powers. Ryo's parents were stunned when the boy confessed he possessed abilities. They knew what meta-human powers were, but never expected them to emerge so late into their son's life. How could he possibly continue being so extremely successful with a handicap like this? Most meta-humans were known to possess deadly abilities, what normal, prestigious college or institution of fragile sciences would allow that? Though Ryo tried to explain his dilemma, his mother and father had become so engrossed with needing their son to succeed so highly that they thought a foreign blemish of any kind called for a kind of disaster. They could not allow their, and their son's, future being twisted and changed so heavily by such a thing as that.
Thus, Ryo was cast out of his house and onto the far-away campus of Searchlight. His parents reasoned that he was to go and educate himself in his abilities far away from where he could impact the reputation of his family, where he could bring himself up, once again, to the status quo of perfection everyone demanded. He was not to use his family's last name, obviously, and thus he has enrolled himself as simply "Ryo Ma".
Ryo, currently, is learning to live with the fox spirits that supposedly plague his maladaptive idea of success. They are, of course, one of the only vaguely familiar things to him at searchlight. He does this while in a subtle state of depression, his self-image cracked by the stain his parents quickly cast upon him and his powers. He does not feel very comfortable using his powers publicly, and it will take awhile for both his self-esteem and knowledge of his powers to grow. He is still fairly open to the people around him socially, however, and awaits for a friendship to form between him and another student so he may gain a better grasp of the school.