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Some parts have been taken from my past applications from here and here.

Player Information

Name: Auste
Age: 21
AIM SN: truthstealer
email: thistledream [at] gmail [dot] com
Have you played in an LJ based game before? Yes.
Bonus: How did you hear about Siren's Pull? Through my friends, who are also into LJRP (and who are also in SP).

Character Information

Canon Source: Ace Attorney
Canon Format: Video game
Character's Name: Larry Butz
Character's Age: 25

What form will your character's NV take? His NV looks like the Steel Samurai (, complete with Samurai Spear, which is the stylus. It can be mistaken for a figurine from afar, but the control buttons are generally pretty obvious. The NV is as big as his hand.

Character's Canon Abilities: Causing trouble wherever he goes, if that can even count as a canon ability Though often deemed a nuisance by his peers, Larry does try to do whatever he can to help his friends (although he'll get discouraged easily when he gets the vibe that they don't want him around). His unwavering loyalty and persistence are assets...and sometimes, causes of his downfall. Even if a recent breakup with a girl turns him into a nervous wreck, he picks himself up afterward and shows up again as if nothing happened.

Talent-wise, Larry is an artist. He can make clocks in The Thinker's image - and they're so good that they don't even look like clocks at first glance. Back in elementary school, he showed aptitude for paper crafting, besting Miles Edgeworth of all people at it. Larry was also the erstwhile apprentice of Elise Deauxnim, famous in the children's book industry, even assuming the pseudonym "Laurice Deauxnim" while honing his drawing skills. He got better in the end anyway, before deciding to play the Steel Samurai at a live show.

Clumsiness aside, he may actually show some acting potential; Edgeworth himself admitted that he was "moved" by Larry's performance as the Steel Samurai, although the prosecutor had no idea who was under the mask at that time.

He can be pretty good with kids, too.

Conditional: If your character has no superhuman canon abilities, what dormant ability will you give them? The power of forgetting. Touching a person's forehead will temporarily erase one specific, recent memory (like where someone left their car keys), although it will return after a few moments. In its weak, raw form, Larry can't choose which memory to target (although usually it will be a memory within Siren's Pull) . But if he discovers this ability and trains properly, he can learn how to pinpoint which memory he will take, and take it away for a longer time - perhaps for days or even weeks. And in a more advanced form, this ability can affect more significant memories, such as personal experiences and relationships with others. However, he can never permanently erase a memory.
Weapons: Larry typically has no weapons on his person whatsoever.

Character History:, but I've also written out his history while applying for another RP:

Phoenix, Larry and Miles were classmates in elementary school. In the fourth grade, Phoenix was accused of stealing a student's lunch money, and in their class trial, it seemed that everyone was convinced that he did it. However, Miles - the victim - objected and pointed out that there was no definite evidence to blame Phoenix for the theft. Larry agreed, and after Phoenix was exonerated, the three boys became friends. In fact, Phoenix named Miles and Larry as inspirations for becoming a defense attorney. However, after the incident that cost Miles his father, he moved away, presumably leaving Larry and Phoenix behind.

Fifteen years later, Larry was on the chopping block as the prime suspect in the murder of his erstwhile girlfriend, Cindy Stone. Phoenix, who had become a lawyer but had yet to take on a case, stepped up (with help from mentor Mia Fey, of course) to defend his friend. The trial ended in favor of the defense, and Larry's name was cleared. In return, Larry gave Phoenix a clock - but not just any clock. It was a clock he had made to look like The Thinker, which would later on become the deadly weapon in Phoenix's second case.

Months later, Miles sat in the defendant's chair with the same charges against him, and Phoenix chose to become his attorney. At that time, Larry was working as a seller of Samurai Dogs at Gourd Lake - and of course, had another girlfriend. According to him, on the night of the shooting, he had encountered a problem while inflating a Steel Samurai doll, and it was propelled into Gourd Lake with a loud bang that had been mistaken for a gunshot. His testimony helped establish the fact that there had been more than one gunshot, casting further doubt on the prosecution's case. Later on, Larry helped Phoenix tell the story of how they knew Miles to Maya Fey, and continued to support them until Miles' acquittal. In the end, the three childhood friends were "reunited", and the shadow of the case, as well as the related DL-6 incident which took Miles away from Phoenix and Larry, was dissipated. Plus, Larry confessed to a crime he committed a long time ago - he was the culprit responsible for taking Miles' lunch money, and paid him back. It just goes to show that even though it was a decade and a half late, and Phoenix ended up on the hot seat for nothing in that classroom trial, Larry did own up eventually.

Phoenix and Larry crossed paths again while the former was working on the Mask*DeMasque case. Larry was working at KB Security then, and claimed to have seen the defendant, Ron DeLite, in the building at the time of Mask*DeMasque's latest heist and the murder; he even had evidence in the form of Ron's wallet and key card. However, he also admitted to not being at his post during his shift - because of, as usual, another girl. Only this one happened to be taken, and his boyfriend taught Larry a lesson he would never forget...for a little while. Larry was pretty ashamed of this, though; he can long for women who are already taken and sometimes doesn't take notice of that fact.

Larry tried his luck next as an artist under the tutelage of famed children's book illustrator Elise Deauxnim, and tagged along with her to Hazakura Temple, taking pride in his "talent". There, Larry not only ran into Phoenix, Maya and Pearl Fey, but also Iris, the beautiful and gentle nun who became his next love interest. He went as far as to write a blackmail letter just to meet with her, which only scared her so much that she (supposedly) never left her room, even as Elise was killed.

At that time, lightning struck the bridge over Eagle River, setting it on fire. When Phoenix crossed the wreckage to get to Maya, who was undergoing her spirit medium training on the other side, he fell into the river. Larry failed to catch him in time, and went to get help. After Phoenix was rushed to the hospital, Larry called up Miles, who would stand in Phoenix's place as Iris' defense attorney - and who would discover Larry's "blackmail" letter (and scold him for improper letter writing). However, there was one thing Larry would not tell Miles - "something interesting" he had seen on the night of the murder. But when he took the witness stand and faced Miles' cross-examination, he divulged the fantastic sight he had seen - a body flying over the blazing bridge, immortalized in his sketchpad. Not only that, he had also found the bloody crystal that was once part of Elise's staff, which was beside the bridge instead of at the courtyard - the perceived scene of the crime.

Larry even took Pearl into the shack he had turned into a makeshift art studio, shielding her from Phoenix's prying, as she fearfully harbored a secret that could make or break the current case. Unlike many people, who are exasperated by Larry's futile attempts to make himself useful, Pearl appreciated him and his proposal that they would stay in a worn-down shack and have stale potatoes. He may not have much common sense, but he knows how to treat children well.

During the second trial, Phoenix revealed that because Larry had been lying on his back when the lightning storm occurred, his drawing was upside-down, and the body - Elise Deauxnim's body - was originally on the other side of the river, and was transported via one of the support wires. The pendulum plan had worked - and became the key to further unlocking the case. Though his theory seemed ludicrous at first, it soon made sense once Phoenix figured out why Larry had drawn it that way and believed that his friend wouldn't sketch a complete lie.

During a show at the Allebahst Embassy not long after, Larry found work as the Steel Samurai. There, he ran into Miles, who was working with Franziska von Karma, Detective Dick Gumshoe, and Kay Faraday to solve the mystery of Manny Coachen's murder. Larry reminded Franziska of her so-called "promise" to pose for his book entitled "Franzy's Whippity Whip Trip" - and needless to say, he was turned down and whipped soundly. In fact, he had been asking her to pose for him ever since the Hazakura Temple case despite all the whipping; that's how persistent he can get. Actually, the first time Larry met Miles was while wearing the Steel Samurai costume, and he gave the prosecutor an autograph, whose value rapidly decreased once Miles found out who the Steel Samurai really was. But Larry didn't seem to be affected at all when Miles berated him for getting into another sticky situation and for being the Steel Samurai.

Larry was accused of killing Ka-Shi Nou a.k.a. Mask*DeMasque II in the embassy because the weapon found at the scene (though not the actual murder weapon) was the Steel Samurai sword, and because of Larry's suspicious actions, which were once again due to a girl he liked. Mindy, who plays the Pink Princess, had caught his eye, and he had wanted to surprise her by climbing down his chimney like Santa Claus. But his plan went awry when a love letter he had sent beforehand ended up in the wrong hands - in Wendy Oldbag's hands. She had subbed for Mindy, and instantly came to the conclusion that she had a stalker. Luckily, Miles was able to prove Larry's innocence - as well as the fact that he does crazy stunts sometimes, such as diving into fountains to retrieve his Iron Infant prop.

However, Larry proved himself by reappearing at a vital moment - just as Miles was backed into a corner by a criminal mastermind. He had finally found the Iron Infant - which, along with its whereabouts, became a vital piece of evidence that gave Miles an advantage. In fact, at first it almost seemed like Larry was only jubilant at having found the Iron Infant, but unwittingly helped solidify Miles' accusations against Quercus Alba.

Point in Canon: Post-Ace Attorney Investigations

Character Personality: Larry Butz is hopelessly romantic and romantically hopeless. He always has some new girlfriend who would eventually become an ex later on. After all, with his unwavering loyalty, uncontrollable impulse and clumsy naivete, it's very easy to take advantage of him and then leave him behind when he no longer entertains you. And when that happens, he breaks down into a sobbing, ranting mess...and eventually moves on to find a new girl. Then he'll be over the moon with his new woman, think that they have something between them, and the cycle repeats itself as Larry is devastated once more after a temporary fling that had been too temporary for his taste. He's an emotional rollercoaster, raving about something good one moment and then whining about being accused for murder (when he's not). For example, he constantly takes note of Phoenix Wright's and Miles Edgeworth's perceived "good luck" with the ladies; they have young female assistants tagging along with them on their cases, and their escapades as lawyers lets them meet interesting women along the way.

It's not just romantic relationships he goes crazy over. Larry will trip all over his own feet to follow his friends and do whatever it takes to help them, although all it takes is one slip of the tongue or a misinterpretation for him to start asking if you really are friends with him. But he strives to do his best - even when he knows that trouble is close by (and usually he doesn't). However, he can be very hesitant to divulge important information due to various reasons - others may not believe him, or it's just too...embarrassing. Sometimes it takes a bit of persuasion...or even spiritual magic.

His boyish nature contributes greatly to his extreme moods; he's a bit of a klutz who leaps before looking and is quick to jump to conclusions. It can take a while to get used to his train of thought, which is prone not only to derailment but also to insane turns that only he can make - and is powered by the insatiable desire to prove himself a reliable asset to anyone's circle of friends, or perhaps a boyfriend worth keeping. It sounds like an ordinary driving force...until you find out that Larry has once tried to get a girl's attention by writing her a fake blackmail letter, and even forgot to add a salutation. In short, when he sees something - or someone - he likes, he is very determined to reach the finish line, even if he does use unconventional (but legal and well-meaning?) methods. And yet...that doesn't stop him from being prone to bouts of spacing out and general cluelessness. Maybe he shouldn't have stopped at graduating from junior high.

But he's still proud of that fact and the things he can do (or thinks he can do). Though he'll rant about how he really IS a walking contradiction every now and again, it doesn't take long for him to pick himself up again and continue on his merry way, especially when he realizes that though his friends may seem distant at times and even unreasonable (though most of the time they don't mean to and are just being realistic, because Larry's way of thinking tends to deviate from the realistic), they're still around for him. He might even take them for a ride with him!

Small wonder, then, that ever since they were kids, "when something smells, it's always the Butz". Phoenix and Miles know it like a personal mantra and know enough to steer away from the source of trouble (even if he finds them anyway) - or to steer the source away from the trouble. But trouble or no trouble, Larry hardly changes, and remains always the cheerful but somewhat oblivious one eager to put a smile on anyone's face.

Character Plans: He might end up offering to teach people art, or look for a (STABLE) job in general. Overall he'll mostly just stick to the people he knows, bug them and then jump straight into their affairs. Larry won't choose a side; he'll just hang around until someone needs him. And, he will most certainly try to snag himself a new girlfriend while he's at it.


Writing Samples

First Person Sample
[Everything's quiet at first, until you suddenly hear a very loud groan and some grumbling on the side.]

Aw, man! They threw me out of the club! I didn't even do anything - I just went inside to look for models for my latest book, "The Bright Side of Siren's Pull", and then this big hairy guy told me, [Here, he makes a horrible attempt at mimicking a burly guy] "THIS AIN'T NO PLACE FOR THE LIKES OF YA."

THEN he threw me out! See? I didn't do anything! Why is everyone always out to get me like I did something wrong, anyway?!

Third Person Sample
Larry stared at the theater. Then he stared at the posters of upcoming productions...and realized that there were no plays right now. He shrugged; he didn't have anyone to watch with, and it looked like the theater was closed for the day. No good friends, not even a cute girl to take out on a date, perhaps to watch a romantic play where the protagonists live happily ever after and never break up...

The man walked away, the corners of his mouth turning down. No friends, no dates, and no inspiration. He had decided to take a walk to look for some ideas on what to draw since he had nothing better to do, and so far he found nothing (and nobody) interesting enough to immortalize on paper. For example, that condo could have been the subject of a painting if it didn't look like a bunch of monsters had decided to throw a monster party in it and then left it behind when they were finished. Other artists might have jumped at the opportunity to draw a dilapidated condo, Not Larry. At least, not now.

As he continued on his way, he passed by the fairground. Also closed, but he could have sworn he saw something - or someone - move close to the roller coaster. He stopped, trying to find it, trying to pinpoint its new location...


Oh well. Maybe he was so desperate for something to do that he was now seeing things.


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