Post by Moana on Aug 3, 2017 16:19:06 GMT -5
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Character Name: Moana
Type of Creature: Human
Rank: Force of Good
Movie/TV Series: Moana
Home Island: The Ocean
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Moana is a headstrong young girl who has always listened to her own heart - courtesy of her Grandmother. Stubborn and at times reckless, she will face any obstacle if it means achieving what she set out to - especially if it is for the good of others. Over the course of her journey to return Te Fiti's heart, she developed a strong sense of self - and her belief in her personal skill, friends and family is incredibly powerful. In order to help her achieve her goals, she has a number of skills learned over her short life.
Living on an island free of many more modern conveniences, Moana is a fantastic craftswoman and survivor. As a child, she learned how to build shelters, fix baskets, make fire and use the land around her to live. As a teenager, she became apt at fixing small, personal sea-faring crafts, most notably their sails.
Moana is an empathetic young woman, who has many of the great hallmarks of a leader. Even though she has constantly borne an inner calling to explore the world's seas, she has helped her chieftan father run Motunui, and more recently led expeditions from Motunui to explore further islands.
In doing so, she has shown herself to be an expert sailor, capable of handing sea-craft in a variety of conditions. Passed down through generations of her people, Moana also has the ability to 'track' and navigate the seas using the sky and stars - mostly from memory. This is an innate ability, and while she has received little training, seems to be one of her greatest strengths.
Though not a fighter, Moana has shown herself able to defend herself using a mix of clumsiness, luck, desperation and creative thinking - generally using her ship's paddle as her weapon of choice. That said, discussion and kindness are her first port of call in dealing with difficult situations.
Moana is almost always accompanied by Heihei and Pua - a rooster and piglet respectively. Heihei is little use,and requires a great deal of looking after, as he has a penchant of walking into the sea (and he cannot swim.) Pua is afraid of open water having been on an overturned boat when Moana first learned how to sail, but otherwise seems to aid Moana as best he can. Indeed, it seems as though he understands her in certain situations.
Moana has also displayed a symbiotic relationship with the sea - it having a mind of its own, often helping Moana and shifting about her. This is not something she can control: the sea itself choses whether to aid the girl or not.
Moana was born on the small Polynesian island of Motunui to its chieftain, Tui. Though formerly a sea-faring people, under the chieftain's rule, the inhabitants became reliant on the island's bounty and no longer journey upon the waves. Even as a young girl, Moana was drawn to stories of adventure, and indeed the sea itself. As a toddler, she was chosen by the sea to carry the Heart of Te Fiti - a stone stolen years before by the Demi-God Maui. Not realising its importance due to her age, she dropped the stone when pulled away from the water by her father - who then did his utmost to instill the quality of leadership in his daughter. He spent years explaining the importance of the island, convincing Moana to focus on her people's needs, and not the sea, a stark contrast to her Grandmother's advice.
Deciding to 'play her role', Moana worked on the island tirelessly, pretending to be satisfied with leadership and ignoring the call of the sea. However, when vegatation on Motunui began to die, infected with an unknown illness, Moana looked to the sea and suggested fishing as an alternative source of food. Unfortunately, Tui rejected her request, and Moana attempted to sail over the reef surrounding the island to search for fish. Her boat overturned, and she had to struggle back to shore. It, again, caused her to attest to her father's wishes to stay on the island.
Her grandmother, though, had other ideas. Knowing the island needed help, Grandmother Tala led Moana to hidden ships, located in a cavern behind a waterfall. On entering the cave, Moana discovered her ancestors were voyagers, sailing and discovering new islands across the world. Tala then went on to explain that they stopped voyaging because Maui stole the heart of Te Fiti, causing monsters to appear in the ocean. The lava monster Te Kā's darkness was the cause of the infection killing the vegatation on Motunui, and that only restoring the Heart of Te Fiti would save her people. Moana had the Heart of Te Fiti returned to her, Tala having found it years before when she had dropped it.
Shortly after, Moana's grandmother fell ill, and with her dying breaths told Moana to return the heart, and listen to the call inside her. Taking Heihei the rooster and departing in a 'drua', Moana set out to find Maui, the demi-god she believed would be able to help her restore the heart - as he was, as legend suggested, the being that stole it in the first place.
However, a terrible storm caused a tidal wave that flipped Moana's drua, knocking her unconsious on an unknown island. Upon waking, Moana found the island was inhabited Maui, who, living up to his tricky nature, trapped her in a cave and took her sailboat to search for his fishhook - desperate to escape the island he was stranded on. With help from sea itself, Moana was able to escape and catch up to Maui. Confronting him, Moana demanded Maui help her return the heart - though the demi-god initially refused, Moana's promise to help him find his fishook aided him in changing his mind.
On their journey to retrieve the fishhook and return the heart, Maui and Moana grew closer, the former teaching the latter how to navigate the sea, and they saved each other from a number of enemies - including coconut pirates and Tamatoa the crab (the being in possession of the fishook.) Upon finally arriving at Te Fiti, the lava guardian Te Kā quickly attacked the pair. Maui was overpowered and his fishhook was cracked. The strength of the attack threw the drua far out to sea. Fearful that returning to fight Te Kā would destroy his hook and lessen his powers, Maui abandoned Moana, believing her quest a failure.
Distraught, Moana begged the ocean to take the heart and choose another person to return it to Te Fiti. The spirit of Tala, reincarnated as a manta ray, came to Moana and encouraged her to find her true calling within herself. Inspired, Moana retrieveed the heart from where she'd thrown it - to the bottom of the sea - and returned to Te Fiti alone. Maui, having had a change of heart, returned just in time to distract the lava demon Te Ka, but his hook was destroyed in the battle. Realizing that Te Kā was a corrupted Te Fiti without her heart, Moana asked the ocean to clear a path to Te Kā, in order for the girl to approach her. Moana then sung to help Te Kā remember who she truly was - a being of creation and life, not one of death. Te Ka allowed Moana to restore her heart, transforming her back to Te Fiti. Upon her return, Te Fiti gave a new boat to Moana and a new magical fishhook to Maui, before returning to her island form.
Moana bid farewell to Maui and returned to her recovering island with Heihei, who managed to survive the ordeal. On her return, the villagers of Motunui and Moana - who had become their new chief - begun to voyage the seas once again, setting sail in search of new islands.
Existing as voyagers, only temporarily making their home on islands they encounter, the people of Motunui are constantly travelling the seas, looking for places to settle. Moana has taken it upon herself to led exploration parties, heading the searches for suitable lands. As such, she spends a great deal of her time on the seas of Rohandor, exploring the new and interesting worlds she encounters.
Moana is most at home on the sea, and long periods of time on land can serve to make the Motunui native restless. Generally, short trips on the waves cures such feelings.
She jolted awake with a gasp, eyes wide despite the sun's harsh rays. Almost instantly pushing herself into a sitting position, she looked about her with a sense of urgency; large, brown eyes tracing the length of the unfamiliar shoreline on which she found herself. At first, her mind was blank, memories hazy, unable to recall how she'd come to be sprawled out of a foreign shore – a shore unlike any she'd ever seen. Instead of sands or slabs of hard, volcanic rock, jagged flints littered the expanse, sharp under her fingers, like the scales of a giant, stone fish. Everything looked grey, drained of colour and incredibly bleak.
Moana found the shore only more so when her gaze finally rested upon her drua.
The vessel, her transport that bore her over the waves, had looked better. Both hulls were scraped badly – no doubt from being forced over shingle, and its cream sail had been torn in two. The mast itself hung at a funny angle, and the rudder had splintered. A few feet from the boat lay an oar, snapped clean into four uneven pieces.
It was seeing the destruction that reminded the young explorer of the events leading up to the present. She had been sailing – she so often was. The sky had been clear, the open water calm. It had been a shock when waves had surged – no storm clouds over head – and a swell had taken hold of her ship and wrested it from her control. Moana remembered the height of the wave, the sheer speed at which it carried her and her craft. She remembered bracing herself, huddling her companions close to her chest and trying to push them into the craft's hold...
Her companions. Where were they?
Her heart pounding in her chest, the young girl scrabbled to her feet, not caring that her bare soles might get cut and nicked upon the shards of stone under foot. Fighting off the momentary dizziness that gripped her, she sprinted toward her seafaring craft as fast as she was able, stumbling as her limbs at first resisted the sudden movement.
“Pua?! Heihei?!” She shouted louder than she'd expected, though the sound was still drowned out by the crashing of waves. Soon enough, Moana was dragging herself up onto the drua, clambering over its damaged shell, and diving toward the wooden hatch that led to the limited storage space the vessel possessed. Pulling it open with a strength born of desperation, she peered into the shadowed space, terrified of what she might find.
Two faces looked back at her – one of a worrisome pig, the other a blank, uncomprehending stare belonging to a rooster. With a long, loud sigh of relief, Moana collapsed into the space herself, gathering both the creatures to her. The pig, Pua, were he able, would have clung to her, and instead chose to nuzzle against her bronzed skin. He hated seafaring anyway, and such happenings were the reason why. Heihei, on the other hand, just sat there, eye's bulbous and a little crossed, his only movement pecking at Moana's hand from time to time.
Clinging to both for a good few minutes, overjoyed for their safety, it was only then that the girl looked up toward the mast overhead – and indeed to torn sail. Groaning, the girl flopped onto her back, releasing the animals, arms and legs outstretched in a starfish shape. Scrunching up her face, she raised a hand quickly and scrubbed it. “Great,” she muttered sarcastically, more to herself than anyone else, though Heihei squawked loudly.
Moana wasn't sure if he was agreeing with her or not. One thing she was sure of: her father was not going to be impressed.
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