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What is Bio of the Month?
This is a forum contest made for the purpose of showcasing how well a member can produce a unique character biography (bio). Generally speaking, these are akin to character info pages found on various wikias or even AnimeBase's own RP bios. These should include basic character info as outlined below, in addition to a custom-made character backstory that details their life.​
How do I go about making a bio?
Begin by picking a character that is not canon to whichever series is being featured. Alternatively, a character can be made entirely from scratch in terms of appearance and related images. Either way, the next step is to decide upon a description of their personality. Lastly, entries are obliged to integrate at least one storyboard element into their bio history. Using more storyboard elements in a tactful manner will of course be more rewarding but in general, quality should come before quantity. Throughout this entire process, keep in mind the use and positioning of any images or text. BBCodes provide for a variety of formatting options, which can make the bio look nicer or better organized.​
What is the ideal length for an entry?
The written portion should be in the range of 500 to 2,500 words but longer isn't always better.

Is BotM a role-play (RP) contest for the RPers?
No, this contest is open to all members. And individuals do not need to know anything about the NRP in order to partake.

If I have questions or suggestions, where should I post them?
The most suitable place would be this very thread! @ the host so they are sure to see.​

Link to bio: Isabella Uchiha V - The Blind Arc
EXAMPLE #1:


Bio Information

Name: Issabella
Nickname: Scarlet Uchiha
Gender: Female
Age: Wouldn't you like to know?

Personality: Isabella Uchiha is a force to be reckoned with, both in fighting prowess and intellectual capabilities. Her preferred fighting style is Genjutsu, and she became a master illusionist, being able to not only use the arts efficiently and fluently, but also imbue her powers with heavy psychological manipulation beyond the normal scope of the techniques. She values intelligence over brute strength, and prefers to play and trick her opponents, playing mind games with them, instead of merely overwhelming them with powerful ninjutsu.

Because of this, Isabella is prone to pursue several different personalities and attitudes, showing only what she feels is most fitting in order to manipulate her opponent’s emotions. Yet, even in all her different personas, the arrogance and superiority she has ever since she was a child gave her a very high pride in herself, such so that she usually reverts back to a more royal and cocky persona, rather than the more subtle and feeble ones. Her pride works as a double edge sword, because she truly fears humiliation, of skill, intellect or sexual nature. Also remnants of her past, death is preferable to the loss of her freedom, so much so that she repudiates anything to do with fate and destiny, doing everything on her own terms.

To say her defeat to Uchiha Madara broke her would be an euphemism, but after her mourn she became stronger than ever, more focused and determined. She would hunt this man down the bottom of hell, and she became an unstoppable storm.



Bio History

The First Great Ninja War

Wake up and smell the blood. As she opened her eyes, all she could see was red. Her belly had been pierced by Amenonuhoko. A tall man stood at the other end of the extended naginata, several meters away from her.
As the blade retracted, the man stood there, slightly baffled. The red was not just from the oozing pool of blood around her. Dark, flickering hairs swarmed around her, burning with all the coldness of hell, as a red hand swatted the spear away. The ominous being glared at the man once, while simultaneously nurturing and protecting Isabella. It lasted but a second, but it was enough for Isabella to escape with her life.

The whole battlefield swarmed with voices, as Izuna and Goro flew to her side, pushing Bishamon, the Sage of Earth away. It took her a while to understand. She had planned everything has Kiri's Head tactician. Alucard, the First Mizukage, had entrusted her with the plan. As the air of Iwa filled up with the cold freezing water of thei village Mist technique, they'd get caught off guard. She would defeat Bishamon herself, but everything took a turn for the worst.

She was sure of herself, as Bishamon attacked from atop the village walls, she had expected him. Calm and collected, she erupted a tornado of wind and lightning, that doused out the walls of the gigantic earth maze he had erected. The whole field had been turned into a blazing hot field of molten rock, and the lightning both cooled and devastated it away, creating a large black and charred platform where they could stand. Bishamon had heard her call, and, lifting a tongue of magma from the pool, which carried him from the walls down to the new field, before turning into a large shinto god, deity of fire and earth.

As Teca growled, Isabella flicked her swords, and an heavenly light shone down on the god, slaying it where it stood, banishing him into the abyss of death. But Bishamon had not hesitated in taking that window. From the bowels of the beast, and encased by the heavenly light, Bishamon burst through, with insane speed, punching at her chest. She coughed, but was not taken aback, and plunging the handle of right sword on to Bishamon's wrist, deflecting him away, while swiping the blade across her chest piece, slashing it away.

"Good choice" Bishamon voiced, as he pivoted and launched his foot sideways. It was a good choice, for, as soon as she slashed it off, the chest piece turned to stone, and so would have she had that technique touched her skin. Ducking downwards, she opened her arms out, using her swords to shake Bishamon's foot hold, and slip him into a backwards fall, directly onto Teca's open fangs.

"Your technique requires a cool down, bad choice for you" Liliana spat, but Bishamon was not phased and, as he fell backwards, a blade pierced through his robes, and, sinking into the ground, pushed him upwards in it's extension. In a graceful motion, he swung on top of the spear's grip, and stood there, in a sage-like pose. He skin started to glow, and chakra spilled out of him, stiffening him and hardening him like stone, while flowing like sand.

"Amenonuhoko Mode" He whispered, and, almost like an afterimage, he split in two, one standing in the spear, and the other shot right at her leg. It broke immediately, pushing her back. But he would not end there. He jumped to her back and kneed her, pushing her into the staff of the weapon. She hit her head and was launched away. Bishamon walked up to the spear and tore it out of the ground, wielding it directly. But his wince did not go unnoticed.

"That drains you" She coughed.

"Doesn't matter. You had great potential, but you can't attack my village and go unpunished"

"We'll see about that" She said, with a devilish smirk, as her eyes turned red with 3 Tomoes. And then, she shouted. Bishamon's War Cry, his own technique, threw him out of the loop for an instant, allowing her to gain the upper-hand, and pushing one of her swords through his left calf. He cried out and stroke at her chest with the spear, but found nothing but black charred rock in her place. She could react better now, and she was cleverer. The more time it took, the more wore out he was. But she got cocky. Suddenly, in a tug of war, Bishamon extended the spear. But, it grow the opposite side. The exchange was far too fast, they were moving at already insane speed. It wasn't until she whimpered that Isabella knew that his target was not her, but Teca. Stunned by the impaled fox, she breathed in once, and, in mid air, was impaled herself. She heard nothing, she felt nothing, she eyed only her companion, her friend, struck by her own cockiness.

As she re-opened her eyes, she was safe back at home. The war was won, and tales of how she defeated the infamous Bishamon, the Earth Sage, First Tsuchikage spread like wildfire. She had unlocked her Mangekyou Sharingan, and saw her Susanoo for the first time, even if just for a glimpse. But, the cost of that, was her dearest most precious friend. Teca had died.


The Genesis of the Genjutsu

The outcome of the War shook the world once again, and the Red Sovereign, Nexus of the Cruel Eyes, once again re-shifted the order. Following Kiri's victory, it was broken down and it's members distributed across the world. The Great Balance. Izuna became the second Hokage, and Iwa retreated upon itself, honing it's members in seclusion from the rest of the world. This was a time of great loss for Isabella, and while dust settled, her mind never did. She become colder, more distant. Her battle with the former Tsuchikage brought upon a great change within her. Theirs had been a physical battle, and, until then, she had been a physical battler. Her love was Taijutsu, and she excelled in that. But her loss was not physical, her loss was psychological. That's what Bishamon used to break her. She was young, naive. Her tactics lacked experience and lacked the poisonous sting of emotional and psychological manipulation. Before Emperor's scheduled departure from Kirigakure, Isabella came to him, and the first of the Genjutsu Sennin heeded her call.

And so, once again, she made plans to cause another War. These were more elaborate, more complex. And despite their infamy as a village of traitors, their power was still substantial. They joined forces with Iwa and Konoha, the lone wolf and the sheep, and initiated the plan of the Three Fronts, attacking Suna and their previous allies, Kumo from 3 directions each. The plan though, was to bring the 4th Front, unbeknownst to their allies, and bring with it the final seal of the Deadly Barrier that would destroy each village, and all the ninja inside, friend or foe, leaving Kiri as the sole victor once more. This War, the Second Ninja World War, became known as the worst failure in the history of the world, ending with Hasashi of Kiri performing a magnanimous Shinra Tensei on the village, by accident. But, to Isabella, it deepened her love for the other realm, the realm of illusions. She retreated and started studying the complexities of the human psyche, and, through various missions and events, she sew the seeds that turned her into the force she became.

And while that was happening, something was brewing in the shadows. Taking everyone by surprise, Konoha was attacked, and destroyed. The culprits was a small gathering of powerful ninja, lead by one man, the Pervy Sage. This was the second coming of the Akatsuki, a mythical organization of the first ages. And as it rose, many of the strongest warriors in each village deflected, and the world was in shambles. Goro Kaguya, Akiza Uchiha, Yard, Xylon, many joined the Akatsuki, slashing their banners and donning the crimson clouds. But this would not stand, and as the Akatsuki rose, so did the weakened villages. And an alliance from the likes no one had seen in ages was created, joining members of all 5 villages against Akatsuki. And Tasogare was created, which targeted and hunted the members of the criminal organization.

For Isabella, this was the reunion with her childhood friend Scorps. And she had absolutely no idea what to expect. In truth, she didn't even know if he was alive or dead, after her attack. There he was, now older, more mature. He had close-cropped hair, and a lean yet muscular physique. And Isabella was cold and detached. She not yet ready to open up to him, or even apologize, but something did spark in the both of them. From childhood friends, in the midst of the hunt and her subdued and repressed emotional turmoil, they shared a night to forget and to remember. And that is when the Red Sovereign acted once more. As the Akatsuki was cornered down, they retreated into a growing metropolis. The ever raining city of metal, Amegakure. Akatsuki was now granted amnesty, and, in turn, protected the village.


The Rise and Fall of Isabella Uchiha

She wrecked havoc in the world. More than anyone in the world's history, Isabella Uchiha, the Bloody Demoness turned Queen of Bloody Mist, was arguably the greatest Villain of the Ninja World. Though it was still something of an argument, specially since, without a question, the myth of the Akatsuki was carved in everyone's mind. Isabella's power was such that it did not go unnoticed. The golden Sovereign, Roku Kiyoshi, Sage of Music, came to her, and challenged her to threaten the balance of the world. For all her villainy, she remained loyal, loyal to Kirigakure. He invited Isabella to join his ranks, the etch her name in the halls of the Sages, but to do so, she were to betray her village, and join Akatsuki as it's leader.

But she would not do that, not ever. And, a much funnier challenge, would be to fool the Golden Sage, and earn her name. And so she made plans. Publicly challenging Alucard, she attacked the village in dark and damp Winter morning. A beast of fungal matter grew from the Swamp and terrorized the village. It was, though, a ruse, for her to flee the village, where she challenged the Akatsuki members that had come to the Water country. The victory was quick and simple, but that was not what she was aiming for. She would not give a mere ring to the Golden Sage.

When she arrived at the ever-raining metropolis, she carried te mantle of traitor. She carried it as far as the top of the Spire, the tallest skyscraper of the city. And, there he was, the Sage of Strength, Gobi Gobletsson. And that's when the faithful battle ensued. Details of that battle have resurfaced again and again (and you can read all about it in Scorps FF, the Tale of Wesobi).In the end, with Gobi's ring in her thumb, and Vicent's toupe in her hand, and with her knew title, Isabella Uchiha, Sage of Deceit, leader of Akatsuki, she moved the Red Clouds into the Water Country and started the Golden Age of Akatsuki.

Many events came and went but the world, for the first time, seemed at balance. There were skirmishes and diplomacies, tortures and journeys, but the dynamic of the world did not change for many years. That is, until the Akatsuki decided to make one great step forward. To infiltrate and rule all of the villages. It began with Kiri and, in one fell swoop, Negative Knight became the Mizukage. From then on, all went to shambles. As the men were sent to Konoha, they found someone else had reached it before. Forcefully taking over the leadership, the indomitable Scorps became the Iron Ruler of Konoha, and, immediately then, the Blue Sovereign cast out the Knight. Suffering many losses, the Akatsuki decided, for the first time ever, to abandon their home village, and become independent. Severing the ties from Kiri, Lili founded the Dawn Tavern, piling it on top of the bones of those who dared oppose her, before spreading the news of the death of Akatsuki, and finding seclusion in the shadows of the world.

With the Akatsuki running the Bounty business in secrecy, the world once again fell into monotony. But this time, it was slowly inflating, with whispers of the promised Revamp. The people were unhappy and bored, and the events were meaningless. And every single village kept on waiting, and waiting. And then it came. The Dawn Tavern, thriving with success and activity, was attacked. Madara Uchiha of the Blue Sovereign, returning to the group he called family, stood before the Queen of the Uchiha and challenged her. The prideful demoness, undefeated for many years, accepted. And, in one misstep, she was defeated and blinded, robbed of her eyes in their most powerful form. With her scream, the world shook. The Dawn Tavern was no more, the Akatsuki changed, and the world went into turmoil. This war was like no other before it, there were no sides, no unity, no opposition. There was just battle, and death, the Endless War. And so, the world was ruled by chaos.
 
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So these are, as you mentioned, essentially like Ninja Info Cards and they aren't as fleshed out as RP Bios would be correct? @Pekoms
Just use the example of Lili's bio as a reference. The majority of each score hinges on the bio history.

For the template, you have to be able to edit into the words? Or can I use gfx and have an image as a whole?
At least for the time being, avoid having the bulk of text being an image.​
 
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