"Do it. Do your thing."
"What thing? I don't have a thing."
"You did it before. You had to learn how, right?"
"Actually, no. It just happened."
"How did you learn how to use a sword?"
"That just kind of happened, too..."
"So, you've never worked for anything, and basically, you're a cheater?"
Intuitive Aptitude is a passive supernatural ability to almost instantly learn skills without proper training. This can be anything from sword skills and martial arts to strategy and warfare. It is seemingly a rare power, as there are only two known users/species who have been shown to possess this power-- the Thunder Kitsune Kira Yukimura and the Dark Druid Jennifer Blake.
Users of Intuitive Aptitude Edit
|“|| "How is this happening? How are we in this place?"|
"You're asking me? A month ago, I'd never even touched a sword!"
Due to her Kitsune nature, Kira has the ability to instinctively and skillfully utilize her other powers, along with additional skills such as both armed and unarmed combat, without any training whatsoever. She first used this power in Galvanize, when she instinctively released foxfire to defend herself against William Barrow's attempts to electrocute her.
She used this power on numerous occasions in Letharia Vulpina, which was when she discovered the majority of her powers after the revelation that she was a Kitsune in Silverfinger. The first time was when she siphoned the electricity from a live wire at Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital after intuitively tapped into her superhuman agility and reflexes to jump on top of a moving car and backflipped before lightly landing on her feet on the ground below. The following night, she instinctively used a pipe to fight against the Oni with Scott McCall, utilizing her superhuman strength in the process. Her instinctive use of combat (both with melee weapons and without) has only developed since this point, along with her ability to control her foxfire and electrokinesis. She has been able to pick up new weapons and use them competently even without any practice, such as when she first used a sword in Letharia Vulpina, when she first used Allison Argent's mini-crossbow in De-Void, and when she first used nunchakus in The Dark Moon. In A Promise to the Dead, she was able to use her instincts to improvise and use a length of chain to fight against a Berserker, though the beast ultimately overpowered her.
However, Kira's intuitive aptitude can be limited by her insecurity about the strength of her powers, as she was unable to intuitively use her electrokinetic powers to cause a brownout at Eichen House until she was properly encouraged by Malia Tate.
|“|| "There was a girl... Years ago, we found her in the woods, her face slashed apart. That was you, wasn't it?"|
"Maybe I should've started with philosophers-- with knowledge and strategy."
After sacrificing a trio of "philosophers," Jennifer, a Dark Druid known as a Darach, was said to possess the power to intuitively understand knowledge regarding strategy and other aspects of battle. She later confirmed this in The Girl Who Knew Too Much, stating that she should have started with the "philosopher" sacrifices so that she could have used the knowledge and strategy to better plan the other sacrifices without being caught mid-way through.