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Character Development Meme Day 1 - Kai Leng
Day 1: Basics and Cosmetic
  • Age: 36
  • Date of Birth: January/6/2151 - Capricorn
  • Hair Color: Black with blue undertones
  • Eye Color: Electric blue due to Cerberus augmentations. Formerly a deep brown-green.
  • Skin Color: Tanned Honey, Chinese/German
  • Accent: None. Tends to avoid the use of contractions, however.
  • Height: 6’ 2”
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Tattoos: Oroborous, right back of neck, in black brush style. Black and red N7 on left shoulder blade. Barcodes on outer biceps.
  • Piercings: None.
  • Birthmarks: None.
  • Disfigurements: Rebuilt and augmented legs.
  • Scars: Many, such is his line of his work. Right shoulder blade, left rib cage, right arm near the elbow, down the left calf, shotgun wounds to back right thigh and left front shin.
  • Do they have any nicknames? Where did they come from?: None. (That he would admit or accept, anyway.)

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Alternative Message Post-Thessia

Subject: Offer Of Aid
Source: Salarian Union

Oh. You were hoping for good news, weren’t you? My apologies.

I retrieved something of yours during our fight on Thessia, Shepard. Don’t worry. I made certain it ended up where it was most useful.


Message Attachment: Extranet News Feed Link

“…C-Sec officials are investigating the apparent suicide of asari commando Aeian T'Goni, a patient at Huerta Memorial Hospital. T'Goni was receiving treatment in Huerta’s Psychotherapy ward, and was subject to standard restrictions as per safety regulations, including restrictions on possessing firearms. It is currently unknown at this time how T'Goni acquired the M-77 Paladin that she utilized to tragically end her own life.”

Citadel Defense Force - WAR ASSET UPDATED - Doctors at Huerta Memorial were discouraged by their failure to prevent the suicide of an asari commando in their care.

Character Development Meme Day 10, 11, & 12 - Kai Leng

Day 10: Relationships and History

What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? 

Leng was born in a poorer district of Shanghai, Chinese People’s Federation, to a mother of German descent and father of Chinese descent. His family was small, consisting of his mother, father, and paternal grandmother. Any inquiries after extended family were met with scowls and sullen silences from all three adults.

Money was hard to come by, and Leng’s father joined the Systems Alliance shortly after his son was born, during the push of recruitment during construction of Arcturus Station, he was subsequently stationed on Shanxi. First Contact occurred when Leng was six years old, his father becoming a casualty in the resulting war.

Despite support on the part of the Alliance, money was ever-tighter for the Lengs. He saw his grandmother’s health failing, and his mother's haggardness at working her multiple jobs, and the boy made the willful decision to grow up quickly to support both women. Leng took to pickpocketing and minor theft, rapidly becoming skilled out of need. He was inaugurated into Mehen at the age of twelve, a Shanghai pro-human gang that had been formed in response to First Contact. The Alliance became both his escape and solution once he falsified his records and joined the military at age sixteen. 

His grandmother lived just long enough to see her grandson marked a murderer. Mrs. Leng shunned contact with her son once he was convicted, returning all financial support he offered after he joined Cerberus. He kept careful track of his mother, however, manipulating events in her favor as he was able. She has since gone missing due to the Reaper attack on Earth, however, and her status is now unknown.

Leng and his mother’s last contact was one of raised voices and fists slammed down on tables, resulting in her being escorted from the facility’s visiting room. He is regretful at her inability to understand his reasoning behind his choices, but still feels an affection and indebtedness toward her. She, on the other hand, is horrified at what her son has become and has, in essence, disowned him. Leng’s main source of motivation is his belief that he is continuing the legacy laid out by his father, protecting humanity at any cost.

Day 11:

  • What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? He was a serious, fairly quiet child, with a certain air of determination about him. Leng’s favorite toys were a model one-man fighter and, if it can be called such, a short length of pipe. Leng preferred reading rather than games, and the other children in the apartment complex tended to leave him alone.
  • What did they want to be when they grew up? A soldier, like his father.

Day 12:

  • Describe their best and worst memories from childhood.

It is his fourth birthday, and his father is home on leave. He can hear his father talking with his mother and grandmother in the other room, but he pays them no mind until he hears his own name. Curious now, he edges around the corner, watching the adults with  one eye, thinking himself invisible. His father calls to him, holding out a hand. He shakes his head and grins, pulling back coyly. But, his father is too quick for him, wrapping a hand around his stomach and lifting him up.

He giggles again, kicking his feet in the air simply for the pleasure of doing so. His father holds him to his chest, and carries his son out onto the apartment’s small deck, surrounded by walls of city.

There. Something different. White. Floating. The boy reaches for it, little fingers clumsy and unwieldy, the other hand gripping his father’s shirt. He misses. His father opens his mouth, tongue out, and catches some of the white on his tongue. He echoes this action, his father tilting them to the side, aiming on his behalf, and one lands on his tongue. It is cold and tastes of Shanghai smog, but this in no way diminishes his wonder. He laughs, and tries to catch another.


He is no older than six, small feet flying under him as he runs, shrieking childish glee at the darkening sky. He races the setting sun home, long shadows licking at his toes.

As soon as he steps inside, he can tell something is wrong. His grandmother, at the table, crying. His mother on a vidcall talking to a stranger. Grandmother holds out her arms, and he goes to her. She pulls him to her breast. Normally, he would squirm to escape her but this time he is curious.

He asks, and she explains in as simple terms as she can. That is when he first becomes aware of turians, though not by that name, and of the attack made on the colony of Shanxi.

His father’s post.

“Your father, child. He’s dead.”

And knot of hatred, far too much for one so small, ties itself into his heart.


Kai Leng - Day 12+345+6, 7+8+9

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Rannadril Ghan Swa Fulsoom Karaten Narr Inoste Cien

Nickname: Inoste or “Inny”. (Very rarely called by given name, Cien, and usually only by family members.)

Species: Salarian

Gender: Male

Birth Place: Karaten Narr District, Fulsoom City, Nation Ghan Swa, on the planet Rannadril

Age: 13 (In Earth-Standard Years, roughly equivalent to age 26 in human lifespan.)

Height: 6’ 4"

Weight: 130 lbs

Specialization (Class): Sentinel, with offshoots of Infiltrator

Biotic: Yes

Talents/Skills: Singularity, Warp, Throw, Overload, Cryo Blast, Disruptor Ammo, Tactical Cloak

Occupation: Salarian Special Tactics Groups, serving since 8th birthday. Spectre Protégé  to Agent Saren Arterius, serving aboard Lacrimosa.

Rank: Lieutenant Commander, Biotic Designation

Preferred Weapons: M-6 Carnifex Hand Cannon, M-12 Kassa Locust

Speech Style: Clipped and sparing, cutting out flowery or unnecessary language to ensure the most rapid communication possible.

Sense of Humor: Sometimes childish and immature but never cruel.

Temperament: Polite and easygoing when comfortable, fidgeting and rapid speech when uncomfortable.

Sexual Orientation: Not entirely applicable, as salarians tend to mate for breeding purposes only, rather than personal preference. Capable of enjoying friendships with either gender of any species, however.

Hobbies/Interests: Building card houses. Has become an accomplished at cooking both levo and dextro cuisine, taking extreme enjoyment in managing the Lacrimosa’s kitchen.

Physical Appearance/Quirks: Dark-to-medium blue skintone, with blue STG biotic squad markings on his horns and at his chin.

Views on Other Species: Views asari in general in a positive light, due to having close friendships with several asari over his lifetime. Nervous in the proximity of krogan, batarians, and vorcha out of habit and an aversion to becoming a target. Has a reasonable appreciation for all other species, though a tendency to become slightly frustrated with elcor speech patterns.

Character’s Song: Hold Your Colour - Pendulum 

Medium: Twitter

Background: It is unclear exactly how Inoste’s egg became exposed to element zero required to initiate the process of the fetal construction of element zero nodules in his body. More precisely, the Inoste family has not issued any sort of formal statement on the topic. Despite this, the possession of biotics has significantly shaped his life ever since.

Inoste’s biotics were discovered by way of his friendship with a visiting asari matriarch’s small daughter. He was promptly whisked away for training despite his young age. This distanced him from his friends, brothers, and any sort of support structure he might have otherwise formed as a child. The intent was to focus him with more single-mindedness on his training and instill greater loyalty to his mother, Dalatrass Inoste Jeil, the only other individual he was able to interact with beyond his teachers during his training. Due to the rarity and highly valued status of salarian biotics, Inoste was subjected to additional mental conditioning for filial piety. Unfortunately for him, however, Inoste Jeil finds any motherly affection she might possess for her son far outweighed by his usefulness and desirability as a bargaining chip with other salarian families. Inoste has never recovered from his deep-seated revulsion and fear of his mother, it combatting with the forcibly imposed sense of loyalty and respect.

Inoste found no small measure of relief upon the Salarian Union’s request that he join the Special Task Groups’s extremely small biotic unit on his eighth birthday. For the first time in his life, Inoste was among peers and fighting for a purpose. He reveled in the comparative freedom of military life, and rose quickly through the ranks to the position of Lieutenant Commander.

The majority of his tours of duty focused on gathering intel on the human supremacist terrorist organization, Cerberus. After getting pinned down by enemy fire in one such mission, Inoste was rescued by the asari matron Virala Arida and allowed to temporarily remain on her ship. The Reapers invaded Earth and Palaven shortly afterward, and the Salarian Union was paralyzed with indecision, issuing no orders to STG agents. Through Virala, Inoste was recruited to serve on the Lacrimosa with Council Spectre agent Saren Arterius as his superior officer. Life aboard the Lacrimosa proved to be even more unfettered than his time in the STG, but as much as he tried to disregard it, Inoste was still subject to the wishes of his family and his Dalatrass.

Inoste Jeil summoned her son to Sur’kesh to complete the arrangement of a breeding contract with the Linron bloodline. A contract which would have subsequently brought about an alliance that would have greatly strengthen Linron’s political stance. Inoste balked at the prospect, knowing full well that a union between the two families would only result in a detrimental effect on the war effort against the Reapers and resenting his proposed role in the further undoing of his species. Saren Arterius was instrumental in ending breeding negotiations with a bold stroke, evoking his Spectre status, claiming Inoste as crewmember and protégé.

Codex Entry : Ships and Vehicles : 黑暗 (Hēi Án)

The Hēi Án is a specialized stealth fighter of Cerberus make, personalized for Cerberus assassin Kai Leng. It was developed shortly after the SSV Normandy SR-1 was drafted, implementing many of the groundbreaking techniques used in the construction of the deep space stealth frigate. The Hēi Án is classified as a highly-modified H-21 Adder, and, unlike most two-man fighters, comes equipped with a comparatively large element zero core, FTL drive capabilities, and lithium-based heat sink stealth system. These enhancements make the Hēi Án optimal for long-distance reconnaissance missions, and therefore ideal for the Illusive Man’s personal assassin.

黑暗 - Hēi Án - (Chinese) Dark, Darkness, Shadow, Obscured, Hidden, Concealed, Incomprehensible 

Character Development Meme Day 13 & 14 - Kai Leng

Day 13:

  • Where (and when) did they grow up? Shanghai, Chinese People’s Federation. Early 2150s.
  • How did they view it as a child, and did that change as they matured? He marveled at it when he was very young, thinking that each light in every window stood for another life, another person. As he grew, he lost his wonder. Other people became resources to keep himself and his family alive. Buildings, alleys, busy streets, all memorized, became enemy territory, escape routes, places to hide.
  • How do they feel about the place now? A vague sense of loss. Shanghai was one of the first cities to fall to the Reapers.

Day 14:

  • Do they, or have they in the past, had a mentor? If any fall into this category, it would be the Illusive Man.
  • What was their relationship with this person, and how has it changed since then? The Illusive Man’s relationship with Leng is highly complicated and difficult to classify. He owes the Illusive Man the debt of his life, and is bound firmly to Cerberus and its leader by complete loyalty and trust earned over many years of employment and a total appreciation of aims and goals. The Illusive Man knows everything regarding Leng’s past and present. In Leng’s eyes it is foolish and useless to attempt to hide anything from him. He is a figure representative of an ideal, someone to admire and seek approval from. None know Leng better. No other individual can cut so deeply or bolster so effectively with the issuing of a scant few words. Simply put, the Illusive Man owns Leng, through and through. And he is perfectly accepting of this.
  • What sort of education have they had? Do they want more? Leng’s education in the public school system was little more than a brief stint, ending when he joined the fellowship of Shanghai’s street gangs. That, and the Alliance, was his true education, teaching him how to stay alive. Public-domain classic books, available to anyone with an omnitool, were his intellectual mentors. Sun Tzu, Thoreau, Machiavelli, Bradbury, Doyle. These were his teachers and guides.
  • Who was their idol growing up? Who was the first person they fantasized about? His father and Jon Grissom were his ideals. If fantasized is meant in a sexual sense, the answer would be Chu-Hua, an older female member of the Mehen.


Kai Leng - Day 12+345+67+8+9, 10+11+12

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Character Development Meme Day 7, 8, & 9 - Kai Leng

Day 7:

  • Where does your character live? Private apartment on Cronos Station, Anadius System.
  • Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? It was built specifically for his requirements, as a result of his high standing in Cerberus.
  • How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Violently. Lethally, in the case of the intruder not being a Cerberus agent. Leta Weyland being the only notable exception, as the Illusive Man has had no reason to enter his quarters.
  • Describe the space. Leng’s quarters conform to the curve of Cronos Station, facing the system’s dying sun. A set of contoured, tinted windows stretches the length one side, taking advantage of the natural lighting. Room layout goes, from left to right, side-by-side in a row, bathroom, bedroom, living space, armory, kitchen. Omniboard newsfeeds along the walls are in stark contrast to the paper books and antique weaponry that shares the same spaces. Furniture and idle decoration is spartan, though what little that is there is of very high quality.

Day 8:

  • What are some of your character’s more notable merits and flaws (including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.)? How did they develop? How has this helped or hindered them in the past? 
  • Merits: Focused, confident, dedicated, ambitious. These developed primarily over the course of his difficult childhood on Earth. Leng has advanced far, due his dedication and ambition, and would not be where he is today without either.
  • Flaws: Workaholic, prideful, self-centered, domineering. Leng’s flaws have been mainly fueled by the manner of his solo work for Cerberus. They are occasionally a detriment in his interactions with subordinates, but have not resulted in significant consequences for him thus far.

Day 9:

  • How are they with technology? Skill at hacking is an assassin’s bread and butter. He does well enough to suit his purposes, though is not a savant.
  • Are they specially qualified in any particular field? Would they be considered at the top of the field? Infiltration, with an emphasis in assassination. Leng is absolutely at the top of his field.
  • Have they ever been publicly acknowledged for anything? (Ex. Nobel Prize) Nothing other than being a convicted murderer, no.
  • Is there anything they’ve deliberately sought to improve at? Leng seeks to improve in all aspects of his life, but has always been particularly focused on his combat abilities.
  • Do they speak more than one language? Yes. Mandarin Chinese and English. Any other languages are handled with auto translation.

Kai Leng - Day 12+34, 5+6

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