Name: Maruko Kumai
World: Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
Height: 158 cm
Quirk: Bearserk, rage of the bear – This quirk is an exponential increase in one’s physical abilities under very strong/aggressive emotions, especially when enraged, and follows an inverse proportion in which more mind control means less strength, and the less one controls their mind, the closer to the maximum strength levels of their body they get. However, being in the berserk state for too long may damage the user’s body. Said damage is proportional to the amount of strength used. Also, possessing the genes of this quirk means the person has a tendency to get mad easily.
Still sitting on her bed, Maruko sighed. It was already time to choose which school she would attend to, and although she had one in mind, it seemed like a distant dream. Not because of money, but because of herself. And her damn destructive quirk.
Her hands grasped the backpack tightly, and the index finger’s claw got stuck to the fabric as she ruminated her thoughts. Her feet seemed heavy as she walked towards the entrance door of her house.
Today was the day. The final deadline her teachers had given her to make a choice.
And did she have the answer they wanted?
Even so, Maruko set out of home and ran through the streets towards school. Running would help her wind out a bit. However, as she was crossing one of the familiar residential streets, the ground started shaking violently. As the trembling increased, a loud sound came from somewhere nearby, and almost immediately, the screams, piercing through her heart with what could only be described as pure despair.
The earthquake lasted for a few seconds more, but not the screams.
She ran, wanting to leave that place as soon as possible. However, the screams cut the air again, piercing her heart with such agony that she couldn’t help but run towards their origin. When she got to the accident scene, Maruko could understand what had happened there through fragments of information she heard here and there from the crowd that quickly formed around an old house that crumbled down when the earthquake hit. Apparently, the one screaming for help was a wounded woman who had just been rescued, and that was restoring it with her partner.
“He’s still inside! My husband!” She cried out. “Somebody, please, save him!!”
“It’s too dangerous!!” A man replied, preventing her from running towards the house. “The structure is too unstable, it might fall down at any moment!”
Without even noticing, Maruko ran towards her:
“Do you have anything I can use to track his smell?” She asked.
“H-have this!” She desperately searched her pockets, and finally gave the schoolgirl a napkin. Maruko took it, sniffed it and ran towards the house.
“Wait!” Someone said, but the girl was already inside the collapsing building. There, among all the strange smells, she found the one she was looking for and ran towards it as the crackling sounds above her intensified. When Maruko got to the man, he was stuck under a collapsed wall, way too heavy for her to lift. For a split second, she though of leaving it to the pro-heroes. Then, the whole structure crackled and she understood it.
There was no time to waste.
And the only solution was to use her quirk.
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