Ryoka (Ryō ka)(りょうか) Dawning Griffin, or just Ryoka Griffin, is a human, who just like Erin, was teleported to the otherworld from Earth. Her refusal of leveling up and getting a class makes her an interesting woman in the eyes of many.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Ryoka has a distinctly Asian/Japanese appearance, with long raven-black hair, bright green eyes[2] and tanned skin. She is very tall with a height of 6'1[3] and has an athletic build. She isn't wearing any shoes, as she prefers to run, or walk barefoot.[4]

When her long hair doesn't cover her ears, it becomes noticeable that her left ear had been torn in the past, as the lower part of her earlobe is missing, and the remainder had healed jaggedly around the round gap.[5] That isn't the only thing she is missing; Ryoka has also lost two fingers of her right hand (pinkie and ring fingers specifically).[6]

Likes and dislikes[edit | edit source]

She enjoys running, and not talking to people. Her hobbies include running, hunting and sports shooting. She also attended martial arts classes since she was eight[7], achieved 4th Dan in Muay Thai but she liked Parkour even more. Growing up, she spent lots of time reading and on Youtube videos and video games.

She loves songs she can run to, a huge fan of rock and an enemy of pop, techno, and opera. Favorite artists include Meatloaf, Imagine Dragons, Fun, Lady Gaga, and Five for Fighting.[8]

She is averse to alcohol,[5] but likes coffee. She hates dogs,[9] especially the ones who interfere with her running.[10]

Background[edit | edit source]

Ryoka was either born in New York City[11] or in Oakland, California.[3]. Either way, she considers herself a girl from Ohio.[5][12] She's half-Japanese, born to an American father and a Japanese mother. Due to little interest in the Japanese language, Ryoka can speak the language only a bit.[13] She comes from a rich family and "enjoyed" a diverse and good education; but on the same time was a problem child, antisocial and regularly aggressive towards persons of authority, including her Dad. She still hates older men, as they remind her of her father[3], who is a fairly powerful figure in both politics and business at her home.[14]

She attended many schools, including boarding schools, but wouldn't fit in there: She was kicked out of two high schools. When she was abducted from Earth, she would have been a freshman in college[5][7] and in Columbia University.[8] There, she was accepted with a Track and Field scholarship, specializing in the 400-meter run. She had a 3.89 GPA average and refused Mensa membership.

Chronology[edit | edit source]

Volume 1[edit | edit source]

When she was teleported to the other world in October 2016,[12][15] she appeared in the middle of a crowded street in a human city in northern Izril while she was out jogging; only having her wallet, her watch and her iPhone with her.[5] She decidedly wanted to avoid spilling her knowledge among the locals, so that she wouldn't influence the natives in any way. So she became a runner around the southernmost cities of the human part of Izril.

Her sudden appearance, her barefoot running and her becoming the fastest city runner around Remendia and Wales attracted the attention of several people, including Magnolia Reinhart, who tried to gather information from Ryoka but failed to even guess her homelands. That made Magnolia even more determined on interrogating Ryoka, who was severely injured after being bullied by 'fellow' runner Persua.[16] Magnolia offered her to take her to a healer, knowing that fixing the broken leg would costs hundreds of gold coins.[17] However, Ryoka had recently made the acquintance of the Horns of Hammerad, who could help her out by taking her to Liscor, where she met Ceria's former co-student Pisces. He healed Ryoka for only 40 gold coins, much less than a high-level healer would have charged for a [Restoration] spell.[8]

Ryoka was then blocked by the Runner's guild until she would agree to meeting Magnolia again, which Ryoka staunchly refused. Instead, she took a request to run into the highly dangerous High Passes, where she met Teriarch who gave her the quest to find Az'kerash for a delivery.[18] Ryoka accepted, but first asked the adventurer Ceria about how to do magic, and it turned out that she is able to perform a little.[19] Ryoka, in a bad mood, then dueled both the adventurers Yvlon Byres and Calruz, which didn't go too well for her.[20]

Desperate again and disgusted of herself, Ryoka set out past Liscor for the Bloodfields, but couldn't find anything there... except the willpower to run back to Liscor and search for her (hopefully) friends, if they would even have her after the bad impression she left with them. Ryoka was totally crushed to learn that the Horns of Hammerad utterly perished in their expedition into the Ruins of Liscor just days earlier.[21]

Volume 2[edit | edit source]

Just in that situation, Ryoka got an invitation to a magical Group Chat and learned that she is by far not the only person from Earth stuck in this foreign world, and that there are other groups, either meaning ill or well, who are after them, probably for their secret knowledge. This group chat changed Ryoka's entire outlook, since she now knew she needs to cooperate with others and prevent the worst. After Ryoka recovered from that discovery in an inn on the wayside, the [Innkeeper] Erin Solstice revealed that she is from Earth as well.[22]

Ryoka impressed on Erin to keep their secret about their common origins. After being told by Pisces that Ceria might still be alive, they mounted a rescue expedition into the ruins to get her out.[23] Then, the Named Adventurer Gazi appeared and tried to kidnap both girls, and they only narrowly escaped that fate.[24]

That same day, winter started, and Ryoka, trying to earn them more money, eventually left Liscor to make more serious preparations for her run into the south. She first turned north, pestered by Frost Faeries, and found the [Alchemist] Octavia in Celum,[25] from whom she ordered some potions, including a stink potion which she used to get to Teriarch again. Facing that strange 'elven mage' again, she renegotiated the deal with him.[26]

On her return to Liscor, she met two Couriers, Val and Hawk, the first of whom helped Ryoka to fight against the memory block with which Teriarch hid from Ryoka that he is in fact a mighty dragon. As she stayed at Erin's inn again, Ryoka also helped Erin holding an impromptu iPhone concert.[27]

Ryoka made a second attempt to complete her delivery to Az'kerash soon after, but was harrassed for over a week by Frost Faeries until she was rescued from an avalanche by Mrsha, a young Gnoll from the Stone Spears Tribe. Ryoka became friends with their leader Urksh and also reconcialiated with the Faeries.[28] On her way to Az’kerash she also met Ilvriss and Zel Shivertail battling each other, then she escaped the Necromancer[29] and also rescuesd Mrsha from the Goblin Lord. Two of her fingers were bitten off by a goblin, which is a lasting scar.[30] She got little rest afterwards, as she had to track down Erin just three days later, when Erin was abducted by Toren to Celum.[31]

Volume 3[edit | edit source]

In Celum, Ryoka and Erin had to stay for some days, during which time Ryoka got to befriend Ivolethe. Then, she got the chance to meet the reformed Horns of Hammerad in Ocre, but was pulled from their inn immediately by Ressa.[32]

She was brought to Invrisil where Lady Magnolia talked with her. Afterwards, Ryoka was allowed to study in her library before she got to know Laken Godart who was searching for help for Riverfarm. Ryoka agreed to help out and made a supply run right before Winter Solstice.

Volume 4[edit | edit source]

to be written Az'kerash's ultimatum. Death of Brunkr. Ivolethe "dies", but Ryoka was resurrected.

Volume 6[edit | edit source]

Ryoka stayed in Reizmelt where she met, among others, Farmer Lupp, Innkeeper Madain, Fistfighter Alber and enterprising Vampire Fierre, the latter of which becomes a closer friend.

On request of Lady Bethal Walchaís, Ryoka made a run to Walta, where she met Charlay; together with the Centaur she followed a request by Laken Godart who requested Ryoka to oversee his Unseen Empire. Ryoka persevered through the crisis there that involved Witch Hunters and Drake [Arsonist] laying a major conflagration, then returned towards Reizmelt where she made the attempt to free Magnolia's Earthworlders.

Volume 7[edit | edit source]

Weeks after sending Magnolia's Earthworlders to the south without guidance nor their electronics, Ryoka was ambushed by the Bloodfeast Raiders near Celum on her way to Teriarch from whom she hoped assistance. The Dragon gave her tips on how to see Ivolethe again.

Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Ryoka has intentionally prevented herself from leveling or gaining skills. She did however take a lesson in magic from Ceria[33] and learn a basic [Light] spell, without being constrained by the need of a [Mage] class. Ryoka has since spent time trying to learn/improve magic outside of the leveling system. She has had some success with a book on magic to teach apprentices that she acquired from Teriarch,[34] but encountered a mental block,[9] as her scientific background clashed with the mentality required to learn the magic in the book. She learned the basis of faerie magic and to 'See the wind' under the guidance of the Frost Fairy Ivolethe.[35] With practice she is able to control wind with finesse and strength, able to pick up and carry small objects such as caltrops, cause dust clouds, and blow at her back to increase her running speed.

Spells:[edit | edit source]

  • [Flare]
  • [Flashbang]
  • [Flashlight]
  • [Light]
  • [Noise]
  • A telekinesis spell - unknown name
  • A spell that blows air - unknown name

Natural Talents:[edit | edit source]

  • High natural capacity for magic
  • Willpower equivalent to [Indomitable Will] skill

Abilities:[edit | edit source]

  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Endurance running
  • Parkour skills
  • Wind Control

Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • iPhone
  • Bag of Holding - Artifact Class Item: Blocks wealth finding skills, can fit multiple chairs, a barrel of caltrops, contain more than 20 pounds of weight.[36]
  • Small Everfrozen Ice Statue of Ivolethe
  • Caltrops
  • Stamina Potions
  • Healing Potions
  • Stink Potion
  • Pepper Potion
  • Blaze Potion
  • Smoke Bomb Bag
  • Compressed Flour Bag

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Her middle name was revealed in Ch 2.35.
  • In Ch 2.00 she is revealed to have used the alias 'batman' in the Otherworlders group chat.
  • She got used to people mispronouncing her name from Ryoka to Ryoko.
  • In case she is still able to remember all of her encounters correctly, Ryoka has had sex three times since coming to Innworld, most recently with Relc Grasstongue.[37]

References[edit | edit source]

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