Sketchinoda are a team of three reality warpers: Hagane Kumaga, Coleen Kurugi, and Alvin Himmelskarte. Each have various abilities and roles within the team. They are, officially, mercenaries, but a lack of brutality or actual knowledge of the business leaves them with little actual jobs to do, so they spend the majority of their time chilling out in their office, waiting for a client to come with a job that needs doing.
Despite the biological differences, it is often commented that they all have the same eyes despite the varying colours, as seen in the photograph above. They are all half-siblings, having been born of the same father, Jardsam Shinoda. As such, the are part of a species known as Shinodaborn.
The three of them were kidnapped at very young ages by an organisation named Getshinoda, and were raised in a concentration camp with several other Shinodaborn until escaping in 2012. Since then, they struggled to make a living for themselves before meeting their elder brother, SamJaz, and taking leadership roles in the Empire. When not serving in the Empire, the three members of Sketchinoda seek out other Shinodaborn, hoping to keep them safe from their enemies and unite them in their cause.
Each Shinodaborn has abilities based around two emblems, and can summon their signature weapon, or their Sketch, at will. Their Sketch is unbreakable and has magical properties, and can only be wielded by themselves. This is a manifestation of their abilities as a Shinodaborn- a hybrid child of Jardsam Shinoda. As a species, each member has emblems and sketches, an immunity to telepathic and chromatic interference, and impressive healing rates, amongst other abilities.
As a Shinodaborn advances in their abilities, they are able to generate a second layer of skin that takes the form of body-hugging armour. Despite being of multiple colours, these are collectively known as a Black Carapace, and these can have varying abilities. All of them provide protection from the environment and in combat.
Listed here are only the few that affiliate themselves with the name, Sketchinoda, as well as a number of other Shinodaborn.
Emblem: Deconstruction and Reconstruction
Sketch: Kodo Rasen
Hagane Kumaga is the designated leader of the group. While not the most level headed, she is certainly the most self-motivated and courageous member of Sketchinoda. She has the ability to carry out any chemical reaction she desires, including reforming matter at an atomic level and converting energy into matter, and vice versa.
Hagane has a near-photogenic memory, and is a huge database of scientific knowledge. Every chemical reaction or transmutation she performs is reliant on her own knowledge of chemistry and physics. She is able to carry out complex mathematical problems in her head at incredible speeds, which enables her to perform complex procedures, such as converting the surrounding energy and dust molecules into large physical matter and launching them at high speeds.
Personality wise, she is cool and calculating, despite her tendency to fly off the handle, earning her moniker 'Hag'. Her outbursts are usually shortlived, and are often kept inside and noticeable only to her teammates. She will always analyse a situation before making a decision, and will often use underhanded methods to ensure survival or success, though preferring to stay on the morally clean side of the line.
Her Sketch, Kodo Rasen, is a red lance that spirals into two prongs. It has the ability to make matter and energy spiral around it, making it a natural railgun when thrown. Rasen can also able to obtain the genetic data of any biological life form it pierces, allowing Hagane to create short-lived homunculi based on that life form.
She supports the team's lack of income by working part-time as a college lecturer, already holding three PhD's in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry.
Group Affiliation: Sketchinoda
Avatar Appearance: Asuka Sohryu, Kurisu Mikase,
Ability Name: Precipitate Solved
Emblem: Song and Show
Sketch: Record Gear
Carapace: Black OR White
Coleen Kurugi is the Lancer of the group. Her cool personality often leads her to insulting others, but in her mind that is how friends are. She is constantly ripping into those she cares about, tearing others down as a form of humour. However, those she cares about recognise this as such and often reciprocate, often leading to something slightly more advanced than a schoolyard 'Yo Momma' fight. She can appear androgynous, especially when wearing baggy clothing and sunglasses as she often does, and she often adds to the confusion with her swagger and masculine manner of speaking.
Cole suffers from Synthesia: An neurological disorder in which the stimulation of one sense manifests itself in multiple senses. For Cole, she can see sound. growing up, she thought this was an ability, linked with her actual power, and caused by her red eyes. However, her red eyes are only because she's Albino, part of the reason she almost constantly wears sunglasses and dyes her hair. Her favourite hair colours are blue and blonde.
Her ability lets her use music to manipulate the world around her. With the right beat, pitch and lyrics, she can make trees uproot themselves and dance, she can make sky scrapers rise from the ground, she can launch energy blasts at blinding speeds and accuracy. However, all of these are dependant on the song and will fade away once the music stops.
Her Sketch, Record Gear, takes the form of a vinyl record resting on a large red gear. She can summon two at the same time, and float under her hand until thrown. She fights using them as Chakram, and they return to her hands after being thrown. Using Record Gear, Coleen can jump in time by spinning the discs with her fingers. A jump is usually between a split second or two seconds, forwards or backwards, like a CD when it jumps a beat. Intense disk scratching can cause further jumps or create paradox clones of herself.
Coleen is able to generate two Black Carapaces- one white and one black. The White Carapace allows for greater time manipulation, while the Black version increases her physical combat abilities.
She supports the team financially by working as a DJ
Group Affiliation: Sketchinoda
Avatar Appearance: Rei Ayanami, Dave Strider, Xenovia
Ability Name: Orpheus Drop
Emblem: Creation and Transportation
Gainen Medal: Defender
Alvin is the self-designated slacker of the group. He is just too chilled out to give a crap about anything. He's very happy to go with the flow, let others do the work, and to enjoy his own thing. He is a very talented gymnast, and is gifted physically in speed, stamina, and strength, but he just doesn't care about anything.
He will, however, stand up to the occasion when required. His ability is to create pocket spaces, whole universes, at will, and portals within them. When inside these worlds, he can enter a trance-like state where he can fly, move at incredible speeds, withstand incredible damage and manipulate the world around him at will. He can matter out of nothing, and relocate it as he pleases, an ability he himself views as cheating. However, outside of these worlds, he is powerless aside from his physical abilities. Many of these portals lead to a beach by default, and he has to make a conscious effort if he wants the portal to lead to a specific location other than a beach within these worlds. Despite the encouragement from his teammates, he refuses to rename his ability, declining the alternative names of Edencraft, or Minescape. Time in these worlds is relative, and can spend multiple hours there resting in the space of a few seconds in the real world.
Alvin is an expert survivalist. One could dump him in the middle of the woods without his abilities and he will have built a wooden cabin and a complete toolset by nightfall. By the end of the second day he will have mined coal and iron ore from the ground, built a furnace, and would be forging steel tools to build a stone house, which would be complete with crude plumbing and electricity by the end of the week, even making glass from the natural sand. It is in these kind of wilderness situations that Alvin displays his true prowess, an expert craftsman, miner, woodsman, even as a builder and architect. Alvin is happiest when it is him against the wild, braving nightly swarms of zombies, giant spiders and other unnatural beasts in his own world instead of developing skills to survive in metropolitan society.
Alvin's Emblem and Sketch are unusual when compared to those of his teammates. While Hagane and Coleen name their powers after their Emblems, Alvin names his power after his Sketch, the portal. He can create multiple portals at will, in the world around him and into his own world. He uses these to great effect in battle, warping around the battle field, opening portals to lakes of magma above his foe, and redirecting attacks. His Black Carapace is blue, and allows Alvin to survive in any environment, including underwater, in extreme heat, pressure, or even the cold darkness of space.
While undergoing training under Gen's master Reiji, Alvin obtained a Gainen Medal that granted him the power to heal others and generate barriers. He has only unlocked two of a possible total of ten skills from the medal, and these abilities will show themselves as time goes on. Current skills include:
· 1. Kiko Bun’ya: Armor Field, a flat surface capable of withstanding 10 tons of force.
· 2. Chiyu Renraku: Healing Contact, wounds are healed or helped to heal, even removed extremities, only physical source damage, cannot heal mystical sources.
· 3: ?
· 4: ?
· 5: ?
· 6: ?
· 7: ?
· 8: ?
· 9: ?
· 10: ?
He does not have a job. When not in his own world, he just sits on his backside all day until they get a mission, much to the annoyance of his teammates due to the rich and fertile nature of his worlds, where he already grows fruit, vegetables, and mines for ores.
Group Affiliation: Sketchinoda
Avatar Appearance: Shinji Ikari, Bear Grylls, Rock
Ability Name: KaBeach
While the first three members of Sketchinoda share a common bond, there are other Shinodaborn that have joined their ranks in recent months. Here are a few of them, not including SamJaz, who is considered the head of the Shinoda clan and the eldest brother to all the Shinodaborn, or Kelly Malkin, for the same reason.
Arsenal Vetinari II
Emblem: Pockets and Blades
Sketch: Mage Circle
Geass: Memory share
Arsenal Vetinari II was a late addition to the team, joining after a battle in northern Africa with Alvin. He was born in the middle ages, and his mother died when he was young, when he was picked up by Arsenal Vetinari.
Having trained as a ninja and training his Geass, which he obtained from Arsenal Vetinari, Blondie made it to the present day through use of arcane chronomancy. He swore fealty to his past saviour, and accompanied him to assassinate a local warlord named Fabre.
Unfortunately, Fabre ended Arsenal's Code and killed him, and Vetinari died in Blondie's arms. Using his grass, Blondie absorbed centuries of Arsenal's memories, temporarily giving him a crisis of identity as he worked to figure out who he really was. With help, he chose the name Arsenal Vetinari the Second, and works to carry on the first's legacy of heroism.
Arsenal is a playful character, an odd mix of the memories of a disgruntled cop who spent too long on the job, and his current life as an excitable teenager who is seeing everything he remembered, but for the first time. He is often rebuked for taking things lightly, but is willing to shoulder all responsibility for any given situation with his classical non-chalance. He knows the worst humanity can do to him and can remember going through it. Fear has become something that happens to other people, and his sword hand is always twitching, ready to strike down injustice wherever he sees it.
He sees himself as a hero of legend, and often over-compensates to compare himself with such. He is the first to declare a heroic speech, utter a catchphrase, and bring hope to a stranded soul in need of assistance. His greatest fear (aside from his crippling phobia of bees brought about by being thrown into a massive beehive as a child, causing him to lash out overaggressively at the merest hint of their presence) is the thought that he will one day see an evil that he cannot fight, but must allow.
With Arsenal's Emblems, he can create pockets in reality where he can store anything, and is able to summon an unlimited amount of weaponry from these pockets. His actual weapon, his Sketch, however, is the creation of magical circles on the ground where he can unleash blasts of magical and elemental energies, as well as cast arcana magic. Despite his immense combat capabilities, he prefers to fight with sword in hand, often striking while declaring catch phrases with each attack. As of yet, he is unable to generate a Black Carapace.
Group Affiliation: Sketchinoda
Avatar Appearance: Owain, Guy Cecil
Ability Name: Hero of Legend.
Emblem: Touch and Go
Sketch: Outer Carapace
The first member of Sketchinoda Alexis met was Hagane, and at that time Alexis went by the name of Alice Vincentsson. She is astonishingly intelligent and combat capable, standing her own against the combined efforts of FCL. She was trained in hand-to-hand combat in the Dreadnought style of her father, a martial art mastered only by herself, Jardsam, and SamJaz, where one is trained to fight against armies using swords, axes, magic and guns.
She was born illegitimately to the Romanov house, the royal family of Russia, while Jardsam was living under the guise of Rasputin. While Jardsam normally leaves his children with the mother, her royal status as an illegitimate child caused Jardsam to take her with him on his travels after the assassination attempt on his life. Since then she has flourished into an accomplished fighter, mage and woman.
During the fall of Hellscraper, she came to realise her father's intentions and broke away, siding with Coleen Kurugi to escort the other princesses out of the tower. Seeing the strength of SamJaz, she followed him alongside her other half-siblings and was a key figure in the training of the Astartes in the young Empire. Her own Sketch, the outer Carapace, was instrumental in the development of the Astartes armour.
Personalitywise, she is very competitive and loves to excel. She carries a dignified grace befitting her status as a royal, even when getting her hands dirty. She is very to the point and blunt, though loves to discuss slightly irrelevant trivialities, such as the etymology of people's names, or different forms of philosophy.
Alexis' emblems are Touch, and Go. She can use any part of her body to grip and touch as if it were fingers. She can hear, see, taste, feel and smell through any part of her body, and has incredible grip, from holding swords with her thigh to scaling buildings with her fingertips. In addition, she can put any stationary object into motion with a touch, and control its movements by will until it comes to rest.
Her Sketch, the Outer Carapace, is a black skintight bodysuit with points of light dotted around her body. These lights are actually mixture devices similar to Jardsam's pencil, although much less powerful. These emitters can temporarily edit the laws of physics in the space around Alexis, as well as manipulating objects around her. Because her Sketch is so similar to the Black Carapace, her actual Carapace is underdeveloped, and does not cover her arms or parts of her waist.
Nickame: Tsar Girl
Group Affiliation: Sketchinoda
Avatar Appearance: Miya Hisau, Reika Shimohira, Asagi Igawa
Ability Name: SecondSkin
Emblem: Holes and Seals
Sketch: Binding Lashes.
Diane Reid grew up in the same Shinodaborn concentration camp as Hagane, Coleen and Alvin, but was unable to escape with them two years ago. However, she recently managed to break out with Daniel Davies, and together they seek out the old friends that were luckier than they were.
A kind, compassionate girl, she was often the foil to Hagane's direct nature, and was seen as a beacon of light in the prison that they called home. Some theorised that this excessive openheartedness of Diane's being the reason that she cannot form a Carapace over her heart- it always splits at the navel and meets up again behind her neck, where it ties her hair into a bow. For some unusual reason, generating her Carapace also destroys any fabric covering this area, and thus her heart is always exposed when she fights.
Diane's emblems, Holes and Seals, allow her to create holes in any non-living matter she can see, even tunnelling through mountains with ease. She can also seal holes, though this requires a touch to do so.
Her Sketch, Binding lashes, takes the form of two leather belts protruding from her lower back, near her kidneys. She can control these whips by will, and they can extend for up to half a mile in length. Incredibly strong and fast, they can slice through flesh and lift several tonnes in weight effortlessly.
Group Affiliation: Sketchinoda
Avatar Appearance: Raira Ria Soreru, Whinry Rockbell, Heledd
Ability Name: Poke
Emblem: Chaos and Domination
Sketch: Cloak of Shadows
Carapace: Deep Purple
A late developer and thus a late arrival to the concentration facility, Daniel remembers his life before being stolen in the night, and as such, fought the hardest against their kidnappers. He was often kept in punishment facilities, and was unable to escape with Alvin, Hagane and Coleen, and his opportunity wouldn't come until much later, when he lead the mass- outbreak of Shinodaborn into the world.
Closing himself from the world after being taken from his family, Daniel became a brooder, one to lock his emotions away while wearing them on his sleeve so all the world can see how much pain he's feeling inside. Using his powers of chaos, Daniel bleached part of his hair white, symbolic of the emotional death that fills his world of angst.
Though his emotional choices are somewhat amusing to others, his ability in battle is no joke. Having power over Chaos and Control, Daniel can freely manipulate the forces of chaos. In addition, he is able to slow the passage of time to a near halt, and move objects through sheer force of will.
His Sketch is a black cloak formed of torment, which allows Daniel to teleport short distances when he covered himself with it.
Group Affiliation: The darkness of his agony.
Avatar Appearance: Nameless
Ability Name: Chaos Control
Emblem: Black Ice and Glass Butterfly
Sketch: Obsidian Ballgown
Like Daniel, Yancy remembered memories of her childhood before being taken to the concentration camp. She was raised amongst French nobility in the years before the revolution, living the finest live that could be provided as the daughter of the king's most favoured mistress, then to be taken from that life into the life of a test subject as an insult too much to bear.
Yancy became obsessive and possessive, using her glass butterflies to observe the world outside. While many of the other Shinodaborn would gather and listen to stories of what she saw, but there was one set of stories that she kept to herself. Stories of a prince from a distant land that escaped his throne, and was hero among heroes.
She promised herself that she would marry that man, and upon escaping the concentration camp with the others, she headed to London immediately.
Yancy's two Emblems are very different, and do not compliment each other as obviously as other Shinodaborns do. Black Ice is an offensive Emblem, allowing her to create and manipulate black, glasslike material that does not shatter or melt. Despite being room temperature, Yancy insists on calling this Black Ice. Glass Butterfly, on the other hand, creates invisible, glass butterflies that fly throughout the world, allowing Yancy to observe through their eyes. Over the years, she has created so many that she can know where anyone is on the planet so long as they are standing outside.
Her sketch, Obsidian Ballgown, encases her in thousands of blades forged of Black Ice, making a razor sharp armour that slices anything she touches. She skates through the air at high speeds, moving with great accuracy to dice her enemies into bloody chunks.
Group Affiliation: Arthur Cromwell
Avatar Appearance: Kuroyukihime
Ability Name: Snow Princess
Emblem: Wiretap and Staticfeet
The second Mira escaped the facility, she hopped onto a wire and surged her way into Berlin. Landing in the middle of the city, she smashed an ATM machine, frying the CCTV in the area and taking €7,000 in her shirt. A change of clothes and a hot meal later, Mira found work in the Balmung branch of the Bounty Hunter Association, passing the initial exam with flying colours and earning a bronze rank.
This job met a lot of her needs. It paid, it allowed her to keep her own hours, and it let her enjoy the thrill of the chase and inhales the fumes caused by scorched flesh before handing the prize over to the mark. She quickly settled into a familiar routine. She'd wake up in the afternoon, eat some food, collect a target from the BHA, capture the target, take the money, get drunk of her head and enjoy a few men. Occasionally she'd shake things up by taking her kit off for the Bombshell of the Month specials.
This was her life, and she couldn't be merrier, at least for the portions of it when she wasn't sober or worshiping the porcelain goddess, bringing up offerings of her half-digested meals. The party life was ruining her, and another bounty hunter, an axe woman named Ninja, took it upon herself to drag Mira to some semblance of sanity.
Mira and Ninja soon started working together on their bounties, and together they dominated the streets of Berlin. Though Ninja had no supernatural abilities beyond her inhuman skill with her axe, Mira made up for it with her skills as a Shinodaborn. While her Sketch was simply two electrically charged shortswords, Mira's emblems allowed her to cling to any surface, be it wall, floor or ceiling, though static electricity, but far more impressive was we ability to transform into a spark of electricity and travel along any conductive surface, collecting information into her mind as she travels.
Group Affiliation: BHA
Avatar Appearance: Sakura Iwaga, Seras Victoria, Ennis
Ability Name: Jolter
Emblem: Liquid Spider and Shadowsneak
Sketch: Fullmetal Jacket
Unlike many of the other Shinodaborns listed here, Darren grew up with his liberty. Born to a now retired member of Mi13, Darren was protected from the Getshinoda organisation, and had a relatively normal, if fatherless, childhood. He's a fan of music, especially metal covers of mainstream songs or anything from the 80's. He's upbeat and sarcastic but has a strong sense of duty that led him into the London Metropolitan Police.
While his mother thought that his abilities would be better suited to work in Mi13, Darren became a special operative in the police force, nicknamed the Brunswick Baton, after the silver star on the police uniform, or BB for short. Under this identity, he can act as a caped crusader of sorts, receiving intelligence from the other officers and striking where needed, much faster than Mi13 is usually able to respond to an issue within central London.
His two emblems grant him mobility only matched by Flowmotion practitioners. Liquid Spider allows Darren to grow additional limbs from his Carapace, which can extend for up to half a mile in length, which he will often use as grappling ropes or makeshift nets. Shadowsneak allows Darren to melt into whatever surface he is touching, and reform on the other side, like a blood cell squeezing through the lining of a capillary.
Most deadly is his Sketch, one of the most powerful sketches to ever manifest itself in a Shinodaborn- The Fullmetal Jacket. An infinite supply of weaponry drawn from the back, torso, legs and shoulders, the Fullmetal Jacket is a legendary item needed to fully master the Dreadnought fighting style. SamJaz, for example, only has possession of a partial replica of the FMJ. As a special favour, Darren received training from Reiko in the martial art, as he is the only one of the Dreadnought's founder's children to manifest the weapon needed to master the complete art. He is still learning, but is capable of fighting entire SWAT teams singlehandedly.
Group Affiliation: London Metropolitan Police
Avatar Appearance: Eikichi Onizuka, Military Venom.
Ability Name: Brunswick Baton
Emblem: Digidrop and Unknown
Elliott thought she normal was a human teenage girl who loved Muay Thai and Japanese RPG's until the first time she activated her ability. While browsing through the markets at Camden Town, London when she fell through a portal into a digital world, where messages and date took the form of monsters. Some were friendly, some were less so. This was her first encounter with anything even remotely Hidden World related, and she was understandably confused and distressed.
Thankfully, SamJaz and Hitomi were on hand to help out, and they were able to explain the situation to her. This was an amazing world, one Elliott was eager to explore and learn more about her abilities. After exchanging phone numbers and cat ears, SamJaz agreed to meet with Elliot again in the near future, as he had to get back to Wembley to oversee the sale of the spare room in his flat.
It soon became apparent, however, that despite training in Thai Kickboxing every week for the past year, Elliott had insufficient skills to defend herself in the monster-filled environments her ability placed her in at random intervals. Immediately, SamJaz began teaching her the basics of MP-based magic, knowing that this girl needed told to survive in this new world that was hiding in her own this whole time, and thus Elliott took her first steps into the Hidden World.
Group Affiliation: Kings Grammar School
Avatar Appearance: Rina Shinomiya, Eris Erotis, C.C.
Ability Name: Random Encounter
Emblem: Fistful and Equal Depth
Out of all the Shinodaborns listed on this page, Penelope is the most lethal and dangerous of all. With line of sight and by moving her hands, Penelope Jack can remove segments of your brain, tear out the structural support of a building, destroy an airplane, even crush a bridge, and she would not hesitate to do so.
Her first Emblem, Fistful, makes anything she touches with her hands become as malleable as clay. Her second Emblem, however, removes the limits of her depth perception. Just as one can raise their hands to the sky and imagine themselves taking hold of the moon, Penelope actually can, choosing to either tear a chunk of the moon out in her hand, or even take hold of the entire moon and play with it as if a tennis ball.
Her Sketch, worknet, summons a number of floating laptop computers that allow her to infiltrate almost any computer system on the planet,
Partially thanks to this power, Penelope grew isolated and uncaring, her mother's corpse rotting in her bedroom. By the age of nine, Penenlope had left home, and travelled the world, killing anyone in her way as selling her services to the highest bidder- not for the money, but because she loves the feeling of seeing all these terrorist organisations competing with one another- "Mommy loves me the best no she loves me more than you."
Aren't normal people adorable?
Group Affiliation: None
Avatar Appearance: Fumi Kanno, Ritsuko Kanou
Ability Name: Seize the Moon