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Dao Nguyen - Kanto Minister of Defence by AriadneArca Dao Nguyen - Kanto Minister of Defence by AriadneArca

Full name:
Dao Nguyen
Age: 40
Height/Weight: 5’6”, 10st
Hometown/Region: Pewter City, Kanto
Job title: Politician, ex-lieutenant of Kanto Military

Extra items: Her canesword, and a small pistol, always loaded; she jokes that there’s always the chance that Mew might have a change of heart.


On the job, Dao is straight-talking, disciplined, dependable and occasionally a little blunt. Off the job, she is relaxed, amiable and generally easy to get along with, though she has a somewhat unsettling habit of cracking really blackly humorous jokes and then laughing to herself as everyone else stares. Others’ opinions on her as a person generally don’t bother her (in fact her reaction to such things is generally amusement); however, she does find it hard to take when people - especially other soldiers of rank or experience greater or equal to her own - criticise her on a professional level. She has a habit of adopting a slightly condescending attitude to people vastly younger or less experienced than herself, though she's aware of this problem and is actively trying to suppress it.

Her view on the war is a practical one - she knows that the Johtoans aren’t all baby-eating monsters, but she also knows that they are the enemy and she believes that if they are left unopposed in their bid for world power status, Kanto will not survive long.

She sees Pokemon as tools. She doesn’t hate them or fear them, she may even have a slight fondness for her Pokemon, but she certainly wouldn’t feel any grief if they were killed - only the annoyance that one might experience upon being deprived of a reliable weapon.


Daughter of an Orre immigrant and a Mt Moon miner, Dao has always been very proud of her home country. She grew up in the midst of the Great War, and while she wasn’t old enough to fully appreciate the consequences of what was going on, she saw the respect and honour that was accorded to the soldiers, the suffering heroes of the country. When she was older, a fuller understanding of the true horrors of the Great War tempered her excitement about the military but did not dissuade her from wanting to join up, which she did at the age of 17.

As a soldier between the wars, Dao spent a lot of time patrolling the border between Kanto and Johto. She was involved in several skirmishes before the outbreak of the new war, which the generals at the time excused as “isolated incidents” - her large facial scar was obtained in a scuffle with a Johtoan “freedom fighter”. She proved herself a smart and responsible soldier, and gradually rose to the rank of Lieutenant.

When the Pokemon-Human Integration Program was first established after the invention of the Pokéball, Dao was one of the first participants, primed to lead the new recruits in adjusting to their new partners.

Unfortunately, when war broke out, Dao was one of the first casualties. Her leg was fractured in several places and was not set correctly, leaving her with a pronounced limp and constant low-level pain. She was forced to return home, very disappointed at being unable to serve her country.

It wasn’t long, however, before she found her new calling in politics, campaigning for and then winning the position of Minister of Defence.

Tumblr - [link]


- Has a campaign manager, Lyle Dawson, and an intern/secretary, Daniel Parker.

- Is a trained swordsperson and archer. She used to be a superior swordsperson, but her leg injury has slowed her down; now she’s equally proficient at both skills.

- Does not approve of the use of Psychic types in battle. At all. She’s always going to be slightly guarded and suspicious around people who use Psychic types.

- She’s seen her fair share of xenophobic prejudice over the years, but she’s generally philosophic about it. She doesn’t agree with discriminating against people on the basis of their home region. She’s a big believer in actions defining a person, and if they’ve joined the Kanto army, that’s all she needs to know... in theory, anyway. Practically speaking, she knows it’s sensible to keep a closer eye on soldiers who originate in Johto. But that doesn’t mean she has to like it.

- She drinks to be sociable, but you’ll never see her drunk.

- Badge design: [link] by *Silver5


QUAN | Onix | Adamant | Sturdy | Male

Given to her at the start of the Pokemon-Human Integration programme, the Onix was seen as a risky subject for such early trials, but the massive creature quickly took to Dao. In the war, it functioned mainly as her steed. Its face was injured in the same attack that broke Dao’s leg. Quan is rather slow to react, but when it gets moving it is an unstoppable force.

HAI | Spearow | Brave | Keen Eye | Male

Hai was given to Dao soon after Quan due to her success with the latter. In battle, it would circle Dao, flying in to deflect attacks as she went in for the strike with her sword, and now functions as a bodyguard of sorts. It is exceptionally quick, and not much gets past its sharp eyes.


Tournament: :iconend-run--pokemon-oct:

Dao is © me; Pokemon is © Nintendo.
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catandcrown Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does she approve of dragons? because if so, shes got morts vote.
AriadneArca Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She disapproves of the tragic lack of dragons in the military :|c
catandcrown Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she has my vote. * tears in eyes as he salutes *
Suicunesrider Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist
OMG the onix.... I want to hug it~
AriadneArca Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear he is not unlike a marshmallow under all that... rock and... more rock.
Suicunesrider Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist
lol yush.... ^w^ I will happily hug the big rocky stone~
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