This ruined puzzle is beige

with the pieces all face down

24 August
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Name: Nate “Near” River
Series/Fandom: Death Note
Gender: Male
Age upon arrival: 18
Species: Human
Serial Number: 046723
Room Assignment: Section 10, Room 6


Near is a tiny thing, standing at full height, 5’ tall. He hunches very slightly though when he stands and more severely if he’s playing with a toy on the ground. He only weighs 88 lbs., giving him a sickly thin appearance. He has curly white hair that, if straightened, would probably reach down to his nose. He is very pale. To enhance his ghostly look, he wears long sleeved, long legged baggy white pajamas all of the time. His eyes are dark brown and usually appear to be devoid of emotion. When he sits in a chair, usually he has one leg pulled up to his chest. However, if given the choice, he prefers to be on the ground, again one leg pulled against his chest and hunched over slightly.


Near, despite his alias, has a very distant personality. Although many claim he lacks emotion, this statement is untrue. Near possesses the discipline to control his emotions and mask them almost completely. Sometimes, if one looks closely, Near’s emotions can be vaguely read through his eyes. Mostly, interest and curiosity can be seen, if any emotion at all. When Near speaks, he speaks politely and formally. However, he is blunt almost to a fault. Near views situations as big games. The people around him are his pawns, which is why sometimes he sounds as though he is talking down to others. Another thing about Near is that he is very deliberate with his actions. Near likes certainty. However, any good player of a game needs to take risks sometimes. Near prefers it when the odds are stacked highly in his favor before performing such a maneuver. Although this is the preferable situation, Near will also act if the consequences aren’t severe, even if the risk is deemed by him as high that he will not be correct. Near is also not below lying and stealing to meet his desired ends.


Near has no otherworldly abilities. However, he has an extremely high intelligence that is mostly utilized in manipulation and analysis. Near is very cunning and sly, using his persuasive abilities and subtle remarks to cause people to double-check what they’ve said, done, or thought. He has the uncanny ability of getting under people’s skin without saying or doing much, but merely his choice of vocabulary and the fact that he’s very blunt, which leads to others succumbing to emotions and making mistakes, allowing Near to slowly pick his opponents apart. Near thinks on his actions, carefully considering the situation from every angle. He doesn’t allow his emotions to manipulate him, which leaves him clear-minded to think with nothing but cold hard logic. Near is also skillful in the art of bluffing, thus forcing his opponent’s hand, or causing his opponent to once again, make a mistake.


Although Near claims to fight for Justice, he uses very unjust means of reinforcing this ideology. He lies and claimed to not be below stealing during the Kira case. Also, Near is not very physically fit, so most sorts of physical confrontation would end with his loss considering how frail he is. Near has poor social skills as well that can confuse other people and drive them away, causing his circle of allies to be very small. Not only that, but his cold personality and bluntness drive others away as well. He can also be seen as too cautious with his actions, analyzing the situation before doing anything about it. He sees life as a “game” with high risks, which can be seen as irresponsible on his part. He let most of the SPK be killed during the Kira case, but in this case, they were his “pawns”.


When Near was brought into Roger’s office that fateful day in early November of 2004, the last thing he was expecting to hear was that L, his predecessor, was killed by Kira, the mass murderer that L had been seeking. Although he had been surprised, he had not outwardly shown it. He dumped his completed puzzle onto the floor, all of the pieces scattering. His silent grief was almost immediately overshadowed with ice as he stated coldly, “If you can’t win the game, if you can’t solve the puzzle, then you’re just another loser,” while he began to re-piece the puzzle together. Mello, Near’s rival, left the orphanage after that, leaving Near to be L’s successor.

5 years later, Near finally gathered enough information on the Kira case to really make headway. He met with the President of the United States to tell him that Kira’s weapon was a notebook of death, or a Death Note. Considering he started with absolutely no information, Near gathered this data relatively quickly and incorporated the help of the FBI, CIA and a new task force, the SPK (Special Provision for Kira). Near then confronted the new “L”, proclaiming that he knew this L was a fake. He watched and observed the new L (Light Yagami) mess up with the kidnapping of Sayu Yagami in order for her kidnappers to obtain the notebook. He was trying to gauge the competence of the new “L”. (It turned out, as Near’s hypotheses predicted, that the kidnappers were indeed led by Mello.) He wanted to see the other in action before he decided how useful the Japanese Task Force would be to his game of capturing Kira. Unfortunately for the Japanese Task Force, Near came to the conclusion that, since the kidnapping went so well in favor of Kira, who shouldn’t have really played a part in the kidnapping scheme, Kira and the Japanese Task force were at least accomplices. This meant that Kira was the head of the Task Force, thus the Second L was Kira. Although Near claimed that the chances this was true were 7%, he also stated that if they were wrong, they “could simply apologize”.

A few days after this, the President of the United States announced that the U.S. would not support any more attempts to stop Kira. Near, though furious inwardly, kept his emotionless exterior as he became even more resolute to stopping Kira and opening the eyes of the world to the atrocities Kira committed.

Near was not surprised when one of the SPK members, Halle Lidner, was being forced to show a now scar-ridden Mello to the SPK’s headquarters at gunpoint. After a tense discussion with a lot of gunpointing, Mello and Near exchanged some information. Near was told some more of the Death Note’s otherworldly properties, and how one could see a shinigami if one was to touch the notebook. Also, he told Near that one of the rules of using the notebook was fake.

After much banter between Near and the second L, Light Yagami, one of the Japanese Task Force’s men, Aizawa, decided to contact Near with some information regarding Kira suspects from the past. From the information given, Near deduced that Kira was in fact, Light Yagami, who was the second L as well. Aizawa also began to suspect Light once again as Kira, as L had done previously. Thus, he decided to keep surveillance over Light and to search his house for the notebook. However, Light was a step ahead of him. He had Misa, his girlfriend and former Second Kira, send the notebook that she possessed to a loyal Kira followed named Mikami Teru. Mikami was then given the responsibility to pass judgment on criminals so that there was no notebook to be found that could be related to Light.

Meanwhile, a new “spokesperson” for Kira was found, Takada Kiyomi. The purpose of the spokesperson was to hand down the word of Kira to the public using mass media. Because Light has had previous relations with Takada, it was decided that he would attempt to manipulate her in order for the Task Force to gain more information. Meanwhile, Near was moving his pawns over the gameboard as well, sending SPK member Halle Lidner to be one of Takada’s bodyguards. Also, Near figured out that Mikami Teru was the one carrying out the role of “X-Kira”. He was the one making the judgments as Kira would, but was not the original Kira. Near studied the way Mikami actively participated in Kira discussions in public, as well as forging the connection between Mikami and Takada through public debates. Near then sent another SPK member, Jevanni, to tail Mikami. Because Mikami stuck to a daily routine, it was easy for the SPK to monitor him closely. Through careful observation, the SPK realized that Mikami left the notebook unattended for hours at a time while he worked out at a local gym. Little did the SPK realize that the notebook Mikami was actually carrying on his person was a fake.

Near had Jevanni analyze the notebook on several occasions whenever the chance could be had. There was a clear pattern—just as Mikami followed a strict schedule for daily life, he followed a strict schedule for carrying out his judgment in the notebook. Every day, X-Kira filled one full page of the Death Note with the names of unfortunate criminals—no more and no less. It was then that Near decided to put his plan into action. He knew that a person could be manipulated by the Death Note for up to 23 days. After Jevanni touched the notebook, Near decided that he would meet “L” in 24 days, so long as Jevanni was still alive by then. He then had Jevanni replace pages of the Death Note with regular notebook paper and called “L” to schedule an appointment with him. It was decided that everyone from both parties, save Misa Amane, who was in Near’s custody at that time, would meet in a warehouse on the Daikoku wharf called the “Yellow Box”. There was only one doorway into it. Near claimed that this meeting would bring an end to the Kira case, and that he had something to show “L”. Also, someone other than L was to bring the Death Note with them to make sure that it wasn’t left unprotected during the meeting. Both parties agreed to these arrangements.

3 days before the scheduled meeting, a monkey-wrench was thrown into the plan. Mello and Matt, (Matt being the third successor in line to succeed L. He was a friend of Mello’s), decided to kidnap Takada Kiyomi. Matt was cornered by Takada’s guards and shot to death, while Mello placed Takada in the back of a truck and forced her to strip down to her undergarments to make sure she wasn’t hiding a weapon. Unfortunately for Mello, Takada was hiding a scrap of the Death Note in her bra. She wrote his name down, since Light Yagami had told her his name and had shown her a picture of his face. Mello was killed by Takada and Light, realizing how dangerous the situation could be if Takada was found alive, decided to kill her off as well. Unfortunately, Mello and Matt’s intervention would be the key to Near unlocking the mystery to the Kira case.

Near contacted L as soon as possible, merely confirming that the date for their meeting be the same time at the same place. And so, both parties met in the Daikoku Wharf as planned. Near was wearing a mask in the likeness of the true L until it was confirmed that no one’s name had been written in the Death Note since everyone’s face had been revealed at some point or another except Near’s. After a half hour passed and no one was manipulated or killed, Near took the mask off.

He claimed to be waiting for someone to “complete their circle”. Mikami Teru opened the only door in the warehouse and peeked in to see all of faces of the people inside, writing down all of the names of the people in the warehouse except Light’s. After 40 seconds passed, none of the people inside died as would be expected normally from writing one’s name in the Note. Instead, Light Yagami proclaimed his victory which, in essence, was him admitting to being Kira. Near sent Jevanni and Lester to capture Mikami and with that, Light Yagami was cornered as Kira, all of the evidence piled against him.

The Death Note that Mikami held didn’t work because it wasn’t a real Death Note. The one he had been using in public was a fake. When Takada had been kidnapped, Mikami went to the bank to get the real Death Note out of his safety deposit box in order to kill her. However, Jevanni had been following Mikami and noticed that this was not part of his routine. And so, Jevanni discovered the real notebook and replaced it with a notebook that looked exactly like the real Death Note after he himself copied all of the names written down in the real Death Note to the fake one he planted back into the safety deposit box.

Thus, when Mikami went back to the safety deposit box the day of the meeting, he took out a fake Death Note and so it had no effect. Near held the real notebook and with that, Light and Mikami had nowhere else to go. The Kira case had been solved.


After the Yotsuba incident, L obtained the Death Note and went back to Wammy’s House in order to be where he felt most comfortable. He wanted to study the Death Note away from the Japanese Police Force. They weren’t very useful anyway.

Near had been following the Kira case from the start, gathering information on the causes and times of death of the criminals that were murdered. Anyone could see that it was the work of one person. Despite the fact that he was only 13 years old at the time, Near was making just as much progress as L was, though Near did not know this at the time. He knew that L was working on the Kira case. There was no way he wasn’t. The case had gained worldwide recognition and the only person who could possibly solve something like this was L.

However, L was not moving fast enough for Near. He was a hindrance. Near was the first in line to become the Successor should anything happen to L. L’s style, though Near mimicked it, was still far too slow for his tastes. Kira would end up murdering half the world by the time L had gathered enough evidence against him to bring him to trial should he ever catch him.

When L came home carrying a mysterious notebook, Near knew it had significance. On one of the very rare occasions that L wasn’t with the Note, (in the shower most likely), Near took the opportunity to sneak into his room and look at it, reading the rules quickly and ripping out a page of the Note upon learning its rules.

Yes, it all made sense now. He sat in his room with the single sheet of the Note. Everything fell into place: the strange experiments that Kira performed with the prisoners, the heart attacks, the criminals. With that sheet of the notebook, he could capture Kira in far less time than L could. L was just another loser. Efficiency was the key, and L was not efficient. He needed to be eliminated. All he needed was a name.

Near wrote down in the Notebook the name Quillish Wammy, stipulating that he call Near to his office, tell him L’s true name, and then let Near go, never mentioning a word to anyone else of the information he had released. He was to die 23 days later.

Near wrote down L’s name, L Lawliet, into the notebook, along with a description saying that he was to die 5 minutes after Watari (Quillish Wammy) in the headquarters of the Japanese Police Force where he was working on the Kira investigation.

24 days later, Near learned of L’s death and took the news very calmly, simply stating that “If you can’t win the game, if you can’t solve the puzzle, then you’re just another loser”. The timer on L’s turn had run out and it was Near who took his place.

Cue canon.


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