- "The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.
Tolerant like the sky,
all-pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way."
- ― Tao Te Ching
Athletically built slim, short, girl in her early twenties. She stands just over 5" in height and presumably no more than 100 pounds. Her complexion and facial features give away she's the offpsring of Chinese and African blood. Her short, dark brown hair is neatly arranged in equal side by side cornrow braids, running from front to back over her skull and ending in short braids of about two inch long behind the back of her head. A tiny piece of modern technology in the form of an iComm earpiece is plugged into left ear. She has bright, green eyes, which is slightly odd because it doesn't really match, genetically speaking, with the rest of her.
- "Shah muh, mon? Boo, nuh sweat. Us dance gonna be tight. Ai yah tien ah, it gonna kick shiny pi-goh! Mi hafta flash now, bless."
- ― Yang Guang in a day to day conversation.
Coming from the densily populated capital city on Beaumonde, of Chinese and Jamaican blood, Dash's speaking style is a mix of Mandarin, Standard English, Patois, and street slang. She matches and mixes elements from these sources liberally and oftentimes doesn't pay much attention to it. She refers to her manner of speech lovingly as Shinese (from Sunshine, the English meaning of her name, with the -ese suffix and without Sun, and also obviously wordplaying on Chinese). A liberal translation of the snippet above would be: "Sorry? Baby, don't worry. Our party will be great. Merciless hell, it's going to be awesome! But I have to go now, take care."
That being said, if the situation calls for it she's perfectly capable of sticking to a higher, more formal register, especially with the Mandarin language.
Speaking of that, she has beautiful handwriting and draws characters like she's never done anything else. The same can't be said about her mastery of the Latin alphabet, though. It's crude, clumsey, and only barely readable.
Yangguang is Mandarin for sunshine. Her legal name, as it appears on official documents, is 阳光 O'Sullivan. This Sino-Anglian fusion is also how she tends to write her own name, although fully romanized versions such as Yang Guang O'Sullivan are also acceptable.
"Dash" was the nickname given to her by her group mates when she was in the security training programme, on account of her being a fast runner and a well trained parkour practitioner. Sometimes she uses a Mandarin rendition of the moniker, 短跑 (duanpao).
O'Sullivan is the last name of her father, who is of mixed Irish and Jamaican Creole descent.
Dash is a proud, outgoing girl who mostly comes off as cheerful and enthusiastic, when she isn't being competetive. She likes to be to the point. Her sentences are usually short and direct. However, at times Dash shows to have a large vocabulary and a thorough understanding of how language works; she just doesn't choose to use that knowledge a lot. Human interaction amuses and fascinates her.
She believes strongly in the tit-for-tat principle when dealing with strangers, but once you've earned her trust she'll be loyal, reliable, and supportive. Physical possession isn't something Dash used to attach much value to, but that has drastically changed since she started to build a life of her own. However, she's easy about lending things to friends for an undetermined time.
Dash is (mostly) honest in the way she deals with people. Short of one or two exceptions, if she likes you she'll let you know, if she doesn't you'll be able to tell.
She's had a history of violence and aggression. People she's been in highschool with and children from her neighborhood alike would describe her as whimsilcal and spiteful. However, in recent years she has learned to deal with her inner rage and channel it to more positive purposes, most of the times.
Once she has set her mind on something, she's not likely to give up any time soon. Persistent, is the word, no matter how long it takes her.
- "Ready or not, here I come; you can't hide. Gonna find you"
- ― The Fugees — Ready Or Not
Faith, philosophy, and wisdom
- "Balance. Shine. Believe in yourself.
Control. Be dirty. Be resourceful.
Respect. Play safe. Teach and learn."
- ― Dash's philosophy in a nutshell.
Even though she is into taoism, Dash has on occasion stated that "I wouldn't call myself a taoist." She has admitted she subscribes to the belief that a sword carries the souls of those that died by it. All of her weapons have names, and she is convinced weapons develop some sort of personality over time. She doesn't gamble, because gambling relies on luck and she believes "luck ain't no balanced force."
Books she owns include (but aren't limited to) the following, all of these written in Mandarin:
- a copy of the Tao Te Ching;
- several works on taoism, introspection, meditation, and spirituality;
- some volumes by Xiang Yu, the warrior poet;
- Traditional Chinese Cuisine cooking book;
- several firearm maintenance guides;
- several engine maintenance guides;
Diet, drinks, and drugs
Dash is strictly pescotarian, which means she doesn't eat meat but fish is okay. She has a fondness for fresh vegetables and fruits, especially kiwi fruit, and she is generally obsessed with healthy food. However, she also loves Fruity Oaty bars and chocolate.
Coffee and alcohol are drinks Dash doesn't consume, but she likes sports drinks, fresh fruit juices, and chai. Products with names containing the words Light, Low Fat, Low Sugar, Zero, and similar, are avoided like the plague.
She doesn't smoke and strictly stays clear from recreational drugs. She tries to avoid painkillers and other medication as much as possible.
Quirks, trivia, blurbs
- Likes to call friends by nicknames.
- Has a bi-curious or heteroflexible orientation.
- No tattoos.