So here's a character reference sheet of my Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds OC, Ember Crusades.
I revamped her character bakground plus I made a few changes on her design. She used to have a scarf draped around her neck, but it looks impractical since she runs a duel runner so I removed it. Apart from that, I made her hair a bit darker. I also made a long character background (but if I bring out the specifics, it would be longer xD)
As a young girl, Ember doesn't have a memory prior to her past, especially as of how she got in to Satellite. However, she knows that she has a necklace given to her by her mother and two cards (a synchro monster card and a tuner)- Holy Dragon, Guardian of the Heavens and Holy Ball - a memento of her father. However, she had a feeling that no matter what happens, she won't use the card in a duel even she is trapped in a corner.
While wandering into the dilapidated streets of Satellite, she was about to be attacked by some thugs but was saved by a young boy named Kalin Kessler, who was assisted in time by his father. The latter took Ember in his care, raising the two children for his own. Ember and Kalin became close, and the former was rather horrified by the rules imposed in Satellite as revealed by Kalin.
One time, the two had a duel. Ember was cornered as Kalin destroyed all her monsters. However, when when she drew her tuner and recalling her synchro, she hesitated and decided to surrender, much to Kalin's dismay. She revealed that she drew a tuner and that with her facedown, she can resummon Angel of Light. Then, by synchro she can summon her ace but she doesn't want to do it. Of course she wanted to beat Kalin but without using her ace. She was cut short when Kalin argued with her and that if she wanted to survive the dueling thugs in Satellite, she must summon her ace, no matter what; apart from that, he may not be always be around to be her knight in shining armor. Ember nodded, and decided that she will use her ace from them onwards, especially when driven into corner. She showed the card to
Kalin who later remarked that the card had a strange aura and power flowing from it. Ember shrugged claiming that it's just a duel monster card.
As they grew up, Ember eventually took a liking to Kalin, however she was appalled by the fact that he hates to eat breakfast. That is why she forces him to eat even if he tried his best to escape from the "cooking beast" (as what Kalin called her) and even if he uses his sweet talk to stop her from forcing him. This scene isn't really unusual for Yusei, Crow and Jack; with Crow remarking that his first impression of those two were a married couple. Upon hearing this, the two flustered and denied it.
The night before Kalin became obsessed with power, he confessed his feelings to Ember, promising that once he has conquered Satellite with the rest of the team, he will impose a rule to make it safer for her. However, he broke this promise and was rather unstable when he was bought to Security, declaring his vengeance on Yusei. Yelling to Ember that she must save him, Ember turned her back and walked out, crying to release how broken she was. Another was that she cannot help him escape Security because he deserved it and that she cannot help his vengeance against Yusei due to her respect to the former.
Few years passed, Ember eventually migrated to Neo Domino City by disguising her origins coming from Satellite. She had also aquired a scholarship in Duel Academy and in order to sustain her needs, she joined various dueling competitions and that she employed in a hobby shop. It was in a certain competition that she got her duel runner, however she modified the colors so that it would match her tastes.
She met Yusei again but was dismayed by seeing the mark on his face. However this was no indication of her disgust or whatsoever, she still treated him the way they were back in Satellite- but as a big brother type of relationship- which reminded her of Kalin. She had to urge to ask him about Kalin's whereabouts, in case if they were in the same Security but decided to stop herself from doing so.
When Rex Goodwin opened up the tournament, this was a catalyst for the reawakening of her synchro, Holy Dragon, Guardian of the Heavens, in synch with the appearance of the Signers. Ember and Holy Dragon began interacting with each other and dueled as "one", thus the two are interconnected. However, this was also a catalyst for the war between the Signers and the Dark Signers and the return of a man from the past rehaunts the present.
Ember became a Dark Signer due to the fact that by entering the darkness herself, she might rescue Kalin from his madness and might save Yusei from Kalin's plans.. However, the darkness consumed her heart, making her one of the Dark Signers. At the same, time her ace was consumed by darkness herself- thus becoming as Inferno Dragon, Guardian of the Abyss. On the bright side, Ember was defeated by Yusei himself but instead of a consequential death just as what would happen when Dark Signers lose (at the same time, under her ace's intervention again), Ember remained unconscious until such time when the Dark Signers were defeated.
After the Dark Signer incident, Ember resumed her usual life and usual routine- attending Duel Academy, working part-time, dueling, hanging around with Yusei and the gang, attending to her Duel Runner, etc. However, she didn't tell anyone, especially Yusei, Jack and Crow regarding the fact that she and Kalin have been in correspondence with each other, a few days after the battle between the Signers and Dark Signers. This secret was eventually revealed by Ember herself, when Yusei received a distressing letter from Barbara. The two journeyed to Crash Town, with Ember's full determination of waking Kalin up from his senses.
The Mystery of her Ace
At first, Holy Dragon, Guardian of the Heavens, may seem like an ordinary synchro card. However, it was later revealed that the dragon was also the guardian/ protectress of the crimson dragon, sealed in stone tablet. Also, Holy Dragon was responsible for her lost memories and her transportation to Satellite. The dragon became one with Ember as they became partners, and as shown in the Dark Signers arc, it transformed into its dark counterpart- Inferno Dragon, Guardian of the Abyss- when Ember became a Dark Signer. Her ace had actually a missing partner too; turns out it was possessed by Ember's missing twin, Neon, who was currently on a different team in the pro circuit.
The Other Half
Before the WRGP tournament, a mysterious masked duelist has been broadcasted all over the world who competed for the Championship match. When he won, he finally removed the helmet that overshadowed his face and revealed to be a young man bearing resemblance to Ember, calling himself as Neon Crusades. He was also looking for his missing twin-named Ember Crusades, who he knew was still alive. Ember's reaction was shock, for she never had a memory of him. In order to confirm whether this was true or not, Ember decided to confront the young man and instead of a lovable reunion, ended up in a duel between the two siblings. Another thing that astounded Ember was that her ace claimed that Neon possessed the missing counterpart- that is, Skull Dragon, Guardian of the Netherworld. As they duel,
Ember slowly remembered the actual events prior to her childhood twelve years ago, with Neon asking why on earth would she abandon him and telling him how bitter he had been without her, where the hell had she been,and why the heck did she forget him. Ember was distracted with this, especially that even if she slowly remembered some memories, it wasn't well arranged in place. She couldn't defend her stand with those memories all mixed up, at the same time couldn't think well in the duel. When Holy Dragon and Skull Dragon clashed against each other, it was here that Ember had recalled everything and defending her stand, awakened a new version of Holy Dragon- Sacred Shining Dragon, Guardian of the Skies- thus defeating Neon's ace.
After the duel, Ember and Neon shook hands with each other, although Neon was saddened by the fact that his sister lost her memories about him. Ember assured that probably it was for her own good, after all, it happened because Holy Dragon rescued her during the time when she was about to be killed as well. Neon embraced her for a long time, declaring that they'll be opponents again during the WRGP tournament and hope that during that round, he would win against her.
The Lost Memories
Ember's father (an archaeologist) discovered the stone tablet of a dragon with angelic wings in one of his expeditions and somewhat in a trance had a conversation with each other where it declared that his daughter shall own her in a form of a monster card. Both she and the dragon shall assist the Signers, as is their destiny, and at the same time the dragon shall protect the girl from the upcoming danger and misfortune that the family was about to face. After that, Dr. Crusades questioned the dragon but said no more. It disappeared in a blinding bright light that flashed before his very eyes. He opened his eyes and slowly he stood up. He looked at the stone tablet before him but it was long gone. A duel monster card was on its area instead, in correspondence to what the dragon said to him in the trance. He later gave it to his daughter who was celebrating her 6th birthday with her twin, Neon. On that happy occasion, correct to what the dragon had declared, a misfortune befell their family- Dr. Crusades, his wife and some guests were murdered, while the two children were safely locked up in their rooms due to the fact that they were opening their gifts. Ember had heard screams and wanting to figure out what had happened decided to go down the stairs but knowing Neon who wants to tag with his sister all the time (plus her big sister instincts shouting that Neon must stay) lied to the latter by telling him that the boogey monster (Neon was a scaredy cat) was around and will eat younger brothers, locking him inside the room. Ember was horrified to see that the people, especially her parents were brutally murdered, lying down on the floor with blood splattered across it. She was spotted by the murderers and was about to get killed to if weren't for the Holy Dragon intervening for her sake; blinding the murderers and transporting Ember to Satellite. In this process, Ember lost some of her memories especially the trauma
she had seen that cold, bloody night and lost the memory of her twin. At the same time, Ember felt distant towards the card especially when using it in duels. She recovered all her memories in a duel between her and her twin, Neon. However, the two siblings are from two different sides in connection to the WRGP tournament.
Towards the Future
Ember decided to continue her studies and pursue her dream as a lawyer, and then stay in Crash Town in order to restart her relationship with Kalin, despite Neon's protests (the jealous baby bro).
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, Yusei Fudo, Kalin Kessler, Jack Atlas, Crow Hogan (c) Kazuki Takahashi
Ember Crusades, Neon Crusades, art (c) me