From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
OOC: Fighting Gold was my first new character created specifically for the Everlasting server, and has quickly become one of my favourites and most played characters on the server. That's something which was a bit unexpected, as she originally started as little more than a name grab to pay homage to my favourite anime/manga series, but she very quickly blossomed into so much more. So experiencing the ways this character has grown and developed from absolutely nothing has been one of the best times I've had roleplaying in a long time :) -@Arctique
Marigold Kingston is the runaway daughter of two rather influential figures in the hero world. Her father a powerful magi working for the Midnight Squad, and her mother one of Vanguard's top engineering experts. Smothered by the high expectations of her family, Mari fled to Paragon City in hopes of finding true freedom.
There she's known as "Fighting Gold", a free spirited rogue that constantly dances on the line of hero and villain depending on her whims. A girl that wants nothing more than to let nobody dictate her path, and to find her own way in life.
"Mari is the SINGLE MOST beautiful person in the world and I will PERSONALLY fight anyone who would even think about disagreeing."
- Kimiko Matsuoka (Rebelle), who may have a slight bias on the matter.
Physical: Marigold is as most would agree, a very pretty young woman, and she knows it. Though somewhat short in stature, she often hovers a foot off the ground to make herself appear taller than she really is. Her figure is somewhat slender, yet curvy in all the right ways. Her skin is a bit pale, but not deathly so, with a healthy glow to her otherwise light complexion. One of her most recognizable features is her hair; Light blonde and grown down to her hips, though usually left in a state of chaotic disarray as if she just has a permanent case of "bed head". She will every once in awhile pull her mess of hair up into a ponytail, pigtails, or a pair of tied buns, but more often than not she just leaves it worn down in its messy state. Her light blue eyes typically have a disinterested look behind them, which paired with her usual lack of smile tends to give her a slight case of "resting bitch face". Marigold also has several piercings as a display of her "punk attitude", including multiple rings through both ears, as well as a matching pair of golden studs through her tongue and navel. On her 25th birthday she got a tattoo of a star on the back of her neck, imitating the "Joestar birthmark" from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
Clothing: What really helps Mari stand out in most crowds is her keen eye for fashion. Her wardrobe is as expansive as it is expensive, much of her clothing being high end brands made of top-quality materials... Almost none of which she's actually paid for, often choosing to simply shoplift from fancy fashionable boutiques to fill her closet. Though her preferred sense of style tends to lean more towards either "punk" or "goth", Marigold has been known to frequently mix things up and experiment with new styles ranging from fancy dresses, to one time when she'd just randomly decided to wear a cowboy hat and cowboy boots to Pocket D. Most of what she wears, she often accessorizes with that punk attitude in mind with studs, spiked chokers and bracelets, and chains. The majority of her wardrobe also seems to maintain a black and gold colour scheme, with gold clearly being her favourite colour to no one's surprise. One of her most treasured pieces of clothing as a heavily customized leather jacket with a studded collar and cuffs, with several custom designs painted onto it: The name "Fighting Gold" across the back with an image of herself in full costume with some bizarre dynamic pose, as well as "黄金の風" on the right sleeve and "スタープラチナ" on the left.
Costumes: Just like with her casual attire, Marigold keeps a wide selection of varied costumes that she wears while out on the prowl as "Fighting Gold". These costumes cover a wide variety of styles from spandex tights, to practical yet stylized combat gear, to high tech suits of powered armour. The most frequently used of these costumes is one she refers to as her "Stand Suit". An unusually designed skintight black body suit with a zipper down the front, worn with a golden pair of high tech gauntlets and matching boots with a variety of functions such as amplifying her electrical magic and using small hidden thrusters to boost her flight speeds. With this suit she also usually wears a full helmet with a white visor and large ornate golden horns, the inside of which containing several screens providing her with a tactical HuD along with other useful features in combat... As well as some less useful in combat like a built-in music player. How she manages to get all that hair inside her helmet is one of the world's unsolved mysteries. These high tech elements of her costumes all appear to be completely custom made, unique gadgets of her own designs; Though a keen eye may notice many technical aspects of those gadgets share similarities with equipment used by Vanguard.
"Worry about Mari? No, no, we don't need to worry about Mari, bitch does a good job at being just fine."
- Mike Ramiro (Mike Ramiro), completely unaware of Mari hovering right behind him while saying this.
Attitude: A free spirit is what really defines Marigold's personality. She's a girl that's determined to march to the beat of her own drum, even if that beat is a bit off. A rebellious young woman with a clear disdain for any sort of authority, which to her is more or less just anyone that tries to tell her how to live her life. Despite all this and the standoff-ish vibes her usual expression may give people, Mari is surprisingly friendly and laid back when meeting new people. Even to those she expresses a clear lack of respect for, she may still joke and make small talk with as if they were good friends... Though she does make her lack of respect for them very, very clear in these cases. Her sense of humor also seems to lack an "off" switch as no matter the situation, Marigold is likely to inject it with a large dose of deadpan sarcasm, geeky references to anime and video games, and dumb memes. However, underneath all the snarky comments and youthful rebellion still lies a big heart. Due to her incredibly sheltered upbringing not allowing her to make many friends, Mari values the friends she has now above anything else. Though she may often make crude jokes a their expense, she would gladly fight the world for any single one of her friends.
Morality: Chaotic Neutral best describes Marigold's morality. As stated above, she has very little respect for any form of authority and will not think twice about breaking laws to get her way... Or she's just as likely to break those laws just to spite those imposing them on her, as she's been known to commit acts of theft and vandalism just for the hell of it. Though while she's not above lying, cheating, and stealing to get what she wants, she just as often will lend a hand to people in need or take matters into her own hands to fight injustice in the world. Constantly skirting the line between good and bad, Marigold just lets her gut decide which side she'll fall on and always follows her whims above all else. One thing of note is that despite her willingness to commit crimes and dish out her own vigilante justice... Marigold has never killed another human being. She fears the ways that crossing that line may change the way she looks at her fellow man.
Flaws: She has none! Just kidding. Nobody's perfect, and while Marigold may often seem to believe she's the exception from that, she can be an incredibly flawed person. That very same confidence often being one such flaw, as she has a habit of overestimating her abilities or underestimating the danger of a situation. Her overconfidence isn't just in her abilities, but the things she says as well. Marigold will rarely ever doubt herself, always believing herself to be in the right, or that a plan will succeed simply because it's one that she came up with... Even when it's clear as day that she's completely wrong. This can become incredibly dangerous when combined with her very impulsive nature. When making decisions, Mari will always just go with her gut and act before really thinking things through. Her choices can also be very easily swayed by her emotions, especially when it comes to her strained relationship with her family... Leading to her taking irrational actions that just make a bad situation even worse. Marigold also tends to find herself lacking in ambition, despite her obvious talents. Instead she is usually content to just make trouble with her various skills and never seems motivated to do more than that until a situation raises some personal stakes for her. In that sense, she can be a bit selfish and self centered.
"I don't get it big sis, why are you reading these books backwards?"
- Dahlia Kingston (Myosotis Scorpioides), upon seeing her sister reading manga for the first time.
Professional: Technically speaking, Marigold is completely unemployed. Her primary sources of income are... Well, crime. When she finds herself in need of quick cash, she will often team up with her partner Kimiko to rob a bank, a jewelry store, or some sort of local gang hideout to fund her rather expensive tastes. She's at least found quite a lot of success in her "line of work", able to keep her pockets lined with enough cash to afford an incredibly luxurious penthouse apartment in Founders Falls. Despite being at odds with her parents over their desire for her to follow in their footsteps, it seems a lot of their teachings have stuck with Marigold, leading to her still pursuing the academic interests of sorcery and engineering that they originally pushed upon her. She finds plenty of enjoyment in learning new spells, tinkering with unfamiliar technology, and generally improving her skills in both fields. She'll just always insist that she's doing it because she wants to, and that her parents had nothing to do with it. Her dream job if she were to choose one, would be to make a living as an artist publishing her own manga series, and has been sharpening her artistic talents to one day pursue this goal... When she has the time for it in between battling cosmic horrors such as The Unnamed at least.
Personal: What any of Marigold's closest companions will tell you first and foremost about her interests is this: Mari is an absolute weeb. If any of the above information didn't give it away already, she has an intense fascination with anime and manga. Most prominently being her obsession with the series "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure". No matter what she's doing or who she's with, she will inevitably try to work in some reference to the series anywhere she can. What may be worrying to some around her is the way a lot of these references tend to come true to some extent, such as her encounters with the "Pillar Women" Rinad and Sukina, or the resulting awakening of her ability "The Runaway." Her love of Japanese media extends to video games as well, with much of her free time spent lounging on the couch and gaming with Kimiko. When it comes to these games, you could say Marigold is a bit of a competitive tryhard, and generally not all that fun to play them against. Her relationship with Kimiko has also helped her develop a deeper interest in music, having taken up playing the keyboard in Kimi's band, "The Fuck-Offs".
Pet Peeves: Marigold has two very large berserk buttons: Anyone that puts her friends in danger, and anyone that mistreats animals. She will gladly pick a fight with anyone or anything that pushes these buttons, even when anyone would tell you it's a fight she really should not be picking. As stated above she also does not have very friendly opinions of most authority figures, and in particular grows very irritated by the prospect of involving her parents in her life.
Thanks to her father's teachings and her own continued pursuits into the arcane, Marigold has learned several magical abilities that have proved incredibly versatile in both combat and her daily life. These include:
Elemental Magic: Lightning - Marigold's primary form of magic comes from a natural affinity for channeling a form of arcane electricity. Perhaps one of her most versatile abilities in combat, as she's managed to adapt this elemental control for a variety of applications. She's used her electricity as a devastating method of attack, a way to protect herself and allies from harm, a way to take control of a battlefield, or simply to add an extra bit of oomph to others' abilities. The golden arcs of her electrical manipulation have become a rather iconic part of her image, and are guaranteed to be seen in any fight she finds herself in.
Chronomancy - Another prominent feature of Marigold's skillset is a small selection of spells she's learned that allow her to bend the flow of time to her will... Partially at least. Unlike her high level of expertise with her elemental magic, she is still somewhat of a novice in the art of Chronomancy. The main application of it she has learned is an ability to freeze time for a very brief period, quite similar to the abilities of a particular iconic Anime villain. Other minor spells she's learned are an ability to place objects within a time stasis to keep them in an unchanging state (Most often used to keep food in her fridge fresh), an ability to revert small and simple objects to a past state (Mainly used for quick repairs of her equipment), and an ability to create a field within which she can freely control the time of day and season (Usually used to be able to have outdoor parties even in the dead of winter).
Item Enchanting -
Thanks to her mother's teachings and her own frequent tinkering and inventing, Marigold has built up an ever expanding arsenal of gadgets and weapons. Many of which are somewhat magitech in nature, combining both her skills in engineering and spellcasting. These include:
Cloaking Device: "Hanged Man" -
Arcane Energy Saber: "Chariot Requiem" -
Modified Arachnos Mace: "Tusk" -
Collapsible Grenade Launcher: "Killer Queen" -
Anti-Armour Beam Rifle: "Heaven's Door" -
On top of the variety of magic and weaponry at her disposal, Marigold has shown to be quite naturally gifted in a few ways and capable of learning several valuable skills. These include:
Fast Learner -
Arcane Knowledge -
Technical Knowledge -
Tactical Creativity -
"DUDE. YOU KNOW WHAT'D BE HILARIOUS? IF YOU LIKE, LET ME PUNCH YOUR DAD IN THE FACE? CAN I DO THAT?"
- Kimiko Matsuoka (Rebelle), before getting to meet Mari's dad for the first time.
New, Better Family
- Jojo (Marigold's pet pug).
"NYEH HEH HEH HEH! Prepare for your doom, young Marigold! You shall not defeat me this time!"
Oscar D. Redd (Lord Dreadnaut), showing up to Mari's apartment to play Mario Kart.
Skeleton in the Closet
The Pillar Woman
Some quotes may contain foul language and adult humour! Reader beware.
- There are currently 7 versions of Marigold in-game: Fighting Gold (Level 50 Elec/Nin Stalker), Fighting-Gold (Level 50 Elec/Martial Dominator), Golden Wind (Level 50 BS/Elec Stalker), Overdriver (Level 50 Time/Elec Defender), Killer King (Level 50 Bane Spider), Eyes of Heaven (Level 50 Beam/EA Corruptor), and Marigold Kingston (Level 38 Street Justice/Elec Scrapper).
- Mari's favorite Pokemon is Mega Ampharos. Mostly just because of the majestic hair and Electric typing.
- Her parents currently have a bounty of £5,000,000 posted for Marigold's capture and return home to them. The bounty specifies she must be alive, and unharmed.
- A Praetorian counterpart to Marigold exists, under the name "Gold Requiem". Her Praetorian is a glimpse at what could have been, if she had chosen to follow her parents; Gold Requiem is a former IDF soldier, taking after her mother.
- Marigold has an in-universe Instagram account which she uses solely for uploading pictures of her pet Pug, Jojo.
Mari's Jojo References:
- Each of Mari's various aliases is a different Jojo reference. Fighting Gold is a reference to one of the anime's OP songs of the same name. Golden Wind is the Englished localized name of the Stand "Gold Experience". Overdriver is a reference to the the theme music of Joseph Joestar, "Overdrive" as well as a variety of attack names from Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency. Killer King is a twist on the name of the Stand "Killer Queen". Eyes of Heaven is a reference to the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure fighting game of the same name.
- Marigold shares her birthday with Jonathan Joestar, main protagonist for the first part of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. She also shares this birthday with her younger sister Dahlia, both born on the same date only two years apart.
- El Presidente, Mari's pet turtle, is based on Mr. President from Part 5 of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. This similarity is intentional in-character, as the main reason Mari used a turtle as the gateway to Memoirs was so she could reference this.
- Two of Mari's prominent antagonists, Rinad and Sukina, as well as the enchanted masks they use, are heavily inspired by the Pillar Men featured in Battle Tendency. This is a comparison frequently made in-universe, as Marigold and friends often refer to the two as "The Pillar Women".
- The Runaway is an even more direct reference to the series, as the ability is almost literally Marigold manifesting her own Stand. Though the details of its creation point to it being something else entirely underneath, for the time being it has been classified as being a genuine Stand like the ones seen in Jojo. Predictably, the idea of being able to call herself a legitimate Stand User brings Marigold some great joy.
- The robot dog given to her by Nameless Mystic as a companion for Runaway is named after the character Iggy from Stardust Crusaders. This name was one Mari had briefly considered for her Pug first, before settling on naming him simply Jojo instead.
Fighting Gold - Cover by L Lockser (Main theme. Obviously.)
Jojo Pose - by Apollo Fresh (Mari gag theme.)
Runaway - by Bon Jovi (The Runaway theme.)
Rebel Girl - by Bikini Kill (Mari and Kimi theme.)
Golden Sins - mash-up by LiterallyNoOne (Mari vs. Lord Dreadnaut theme.)
Chase - by Batta (Mari vs. The Unnamed theme.)
King Nothing - by Metallica (Mari vs. The Unnamed after gaining Lost Knowledge.)
Faceless - by Red (Dahlia and Mari theme, from Dahlia to Mari)
Hymn For The Missing - by Red (Dahlia and Mari theme, from Mari to Dahlia)