Talim Character Debut: Soulcalibur II Voice (E): Hynden Walch (current)
Julie Parker (SC2)
Voice (J): Yukari Tamura Biography Age: 15 Birthplace: Village of the Wind Deity, Southeast Asia Birthday: June 15, 1576 Blood: Unknown Height: 4' 08" (144 cm) Weight: 93 lbs (42 kg) Family: Father / Sanput
Mother / Lidi
Grandmother & Village Elder / Kalana
Bird / Alun
Fighting Style Type: Elbow Blade x2 Weapon: Loka Luha & Syi Salika Discipline: Wind Dance
Biography: Soulcalibur II(top)Southeast Asia was thrust into an age of turmoil when Western Europe's influence began to spread across their lands. In one particular region of Southeast Asia lived a tribe of people who could control the winds. Talim was the daughter of this village's shaman, and she was reared to be the last priestess. During an era where faith in the Wind Deity gradually waned, Talim possessed unparalleled potential to be a shaman.
One day, four years earlier, as Talim read the winds just as she had done many times, a violent evil aura that seemed to devour everything in it's path surged into her body. Talim lost her consciousness and did not wake for days. The incident occurred the day the Evil Seed spread across the world. When Talim was 15, a westerner brought a peculiar metallic fragment. The westerner touted the object as a "vitality charm," but Talim immediately recognized the evil within the piece of metal; it was the same malevolent energy that she felt on the day she collapsed.
"I must return the fragment to its rightful place!" Talim exclaimed. The young priestess left on the journey, even though her elders were full of misgivings. Soon after Talim left the village, she senses the resonance of the same evil aura from other parts of the world. She knew that everything would soon be consumed by illness if the evil force continued to spread. Talim knew she had to find all of the fragments and seek their rightful place. No matter how far she was from her home, Talim could feel the wind. She was not afraid-no matter how long the journey, she knew she would be fine as long as the winds were with her.
Biography: Soulcalibur III(top)Ever since leaving the village for the first time, Talim followed the aura of the evil fragments. She eventually learned that the fragments belonged to an evil sword called Soul Edge. Although she was nervous about being in the outside world, Talim managed to collect several fragments.
Having sensed another source of evil energy, Talim traveled to a mountain range in a certain land. She gazed at the steep ravine and the giant flow of water wheels built in the flowing river. As if guided by the voices of the wind, she arrived at a small water wheel, where a group of small children lived. Learning that one of the children was ill, Talim entered. The aura around him was filled with waves of evil. Talim realized that the boy himself was giving off the evil aura. Talim asked the boy what was causing this, but the boy, who appeared to be the leader of the children, just smiled sadly at her. Talim could not just leave the boy in misery, so she decided to tend to him.
A young man visited the village about the same time that she had grown accustomed to life in the watermill. He was a cheerful young man, who carried a long sword. He went by the name of Yun-seong. He announced that he was gathering information regarding Soul Edge. Upon hearing this, Talim warned him about the dangers of the sword. The young man appeared to give in to her harsh tone, and decided to remain in the valley for a while, slyly waiting for an opportunity to gain information. At first, he made Talim apprehensive, but she sensed no evil coming from the young man, and eventually came to accept him.
The boy's condition eventually grew worse. The idea came to Talim, to pass the evil energy through her own body and out into the wind currents in the sky. The treatment continued for several days. The evil energy, released little by little, would be purified in the atmosphere, but the impurities that remained in Talim's body slowly piled up like sediment, eating away at her purity as a priestess. Her ability to read the wind grew weaker and weaker...
It was the first suffering she had ever experienced, and the greatest she could have imagined. She was losing a part of herself, something that had always been with her. Something more precious to her than words could describe. Seeing her sunken in sorrow, Yun-seong said to her, "There are some things you can't do anything about. When that happens, you just have to do what you can!" His words were mostly meaningless, but hearing him say them somehow gave her courage.
Despite her best efforts to treat him, the boy's health continued to worsen. His fever persisted day and night. He would not last long at this rate. Talim pondered releasing all of the energy to the wind at once. It would be more of a large-scale ritual than a treatment, and performing it with the impurities in her body would be dangerous. But still, it had to be done. The boy, however, flatly refused her idea.
"It hurts too much... my body, and the burden I'm placing on all of you, too. I just want it to end." The boy vented his anguish. It was Yun-seong who stepped forward to convince the boy, and stop Talim and the children from arguing with him. After a long conversation between the two of them, Yun-seong grinned and spoke. "I gave this little trouble-maker a good talking to. The rest is up to you." Talim embraced the frail body of the boy. "No matter how bad I feel, I won't give up. So I don't want you to close off your future, either..."
It was quite possibly a miracle. When the ritual ended, not a single remnant of the evil energy remained in either of their bodies. In the instant that Talim had opened the boundaries of her heart, overlapping her being with the serene winds that cross the heavens, something had flowed throughout their two bodies and exorcised the evil energy. And in that instant, she had seen it. Past where the winds blew, far to the west. A shining light had appeared. Overflowing water, pure blue sky, and a single sword. It was a beautiful and fleeting vision, like a crystal formed over countless ages.
"It's beautiful..." Talim murmured. Without even understanding why, Talim felt her heart grow hot. After watching over the boy to help him recover, Talim continued her journey, with the many thanks of the children echoing in her ears. Something waited for her in the west. Every time the pure breeze touched her, her heart fluttered with that premonition.
Biography: Soulcalibur IV(top)Amidst a blue light that brought to mind shimmering waters, a single blade shone brilliantly. Talim had only glimpsed the sword for one hallucinatory moment upon saving the youth who was being ravaged by Soul Edge, but it came back to her time and again in her sleep.
She had been passing her days with Yun-seong, a young man who was searching for Soul Edge. Despite countless efforts to preach the cursed sword's dangers to him, she could not be sure he had taken a single word seriously. Then, almost immediately after they crossed paths with Yun-seong's kinswoman, Seong Mi-na, he vanished. He must have sensed that Seong Mi-na would ry to take him back to their homeland and fled. "He's headstrong," Talim explained to Seong Mi-na," But he's a good person. In the end, I'm sure he'll make the right decision." And he'll want to make it himself, she added to herself.
She parted ways with Seong Mi-na and went on alone. Then, one night, she beheld countless lights shooting into the west. It was a beautiful sight, but Talim sensed evil behind it. Soul Edge had grown in power, and time was running short. From that day, the vision visited her more frequently. The sword whose power at first seemed so pure grew more formidable before her, until finally it seemed capable of wiping away all that existed around it. Talim grew anxious; power that great could only warp the balance of nature. As the winds circled the world, she could hear them screaming.
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