Aftermath of the Divided Empire War
Duelist emissary to Crab lands
Name: Kakita Tsuyoshi
School: Kakita Bushi
Experience Points: 5
Taint: at least 0
Void Points Remaining: 2
Earth x 2 Level: 4
Earth x 5 Healthy: 10
|Wound Level||Penalty||Wound points per Level||Wounds cumulative to level|
Rate of Wound Heal
Stamina x 2 + Rank: 5/day
Current Heal Rate: 5/day
Modifiers: +4 from School Tech 1
Current Initiative: 4k3 + 4
Type/Bonus: 20 from Reflexes, 5 from armor, misc. from Stance
Reduction: 3 from armor
Current TN: 25 + stance
Attack Roll: 5k3
Damage Roll: 5k2
Bonus: Includes +1k0 to attack from Prodigy advantage. May spend a Void point to increase damage.
Attack roll: 5k3
Damage roll: 4k2
Bonus: Includes +1k0 to attack from Prodigy advantage. May be used as a thrown weapon.
|Dueling Phase||Without Void point||With Void point|
|Focus:||6k3 (with emphasis)||7k4|
|Strike:||8k5 + 3||9k6 + 3|
Skills and Advantages
|Etiquette||Y||Awa||3||7k3||R3: +3 to Insight|
|Iaijutsu||Y||Varies||2||(3+trait)k(trait)||Workup in Weapon section|
Advantages (Exp) – Explanation
Prodigy [physical] (12) – +1k0 to all school skill rolls
Touch of the Realms (Toshigoku)[spiritual] (8) – 5 feet of extra movement when approaching an enemy to attack
Weight: 162 lbs.
Hair: Black, straight, shoulder-length after topknot
Father: Kakita Mugetsu (deceased)
Mother: Kakita Kiyomi
Grandmother: Kakita Noriko
Direct lord: Kakita Hikaru
School sensei: Kakita Shigeru
Marital Status: Single
Light armor (+5 ATN, 3 reduction, stealth/athletics TN +5)
Rank 1: Way of the Crane
Iaijutsu x 2 added to the end of all initiative rolls
Add +1k1 plus School Rank to all attack rolls during Center stance, and for one round after (in addition to normal bonus from Center, if applicable)
Game of Twenty Questions
What clan do you belong to?
The Crane clan.
What family do you belong to?
The Kakita family.
Are you a bushi, shugenja, or courtier?
How would you describe your appearance?
My sky-blue kimono is embroidered with accents in the shape of cranes, sparrows, and other avian creatures in a lighter shade of blue, poised in various states of motion. Their blue matches the blue of my simple silk obi, tied in the traditional style of the duelist, a small netsuke kept inside which bears a single cyan bead at each end of its delicate cord. My daisho is held loosely in this obi, kept to my front as is proper. My hair is straight and black, what is not tied at the upper back of my head falls behind me to the level of my shoulder blades. My skin is not as fair as that of my friends among the Doji, but you would be hard-pressed to find any battle scars or scratches or blemishes. My geta are stiff and wooden and unspectacular, a show of my great humility.
Who do you trust most in the world?
The Emperor and our great Clan Champion notwithstanding, my trust falls to Mirumoto Sakai. We have met several times over the course of our lives, and he is the closest thing I would consider to a peer that I have in the empire. His dueling skills closely parallel my own, and the strength of his stance shows his growth in skill alongside my own development as a duelist. Were we to find eachother on the same side on the field of battle, I would know that our fates were shared without question.
What is your greatest strength and weakness?
My greatest strength, greater even than my ability with the katana, is my ability to treat others with respect, even those from the other Great Clans, without expecting anything in return. The Doji life is a hard one, and their burden is great, now moreso than perhaps any other time since the fall of the Kami. But they are pushers of men, and do not understand the Bushido tenet of compassion as I do.
My greatest weakness is my loyalty to my clan. We are great and mighty, and I owe much to them, and to all our ancestors. But my path is not theirs, and theirs is not mine. To my family I have unending respect and devotion, but to the clan at large I give service in pursuit of duty but not loyalty.
What do you think of Bushido?
Bushido and the Tao are two paths to the same end, and neither lays the road well enough to be considered alone. They are to be kept in mind when acting upon one’s destiny, but blind adherence to either will lead to ruin—as it has for the Empire in times recent.
what is your opinion of your clan?
We in the Crane are hypocrites, pursuing back-room deals in the name of Honor. We strive to reach perfection, but so few of us are destined for perfection in anything the Empire needs.
Are you married?
No, and I do not search for a wife. The duelist’s life is a solitary one; perfection of my craft leaves no time to spare for giving proper respect to another in the manner of marriage. I am in the last segment of my life, living every moment with the somber understanding that I exist as the edge of a blade, and shall never survive to contemplate the great teachings in a monastery.
Do you have any prejudices?
I do not have prejudices; only proper understandings of the way people are. Peasants are dirty and without foresight, eta are cowardly, courtiers are eta in fine clothes who smile while performing their acts of cowardice.
To whom do you owe the most loyalty?
To my family—first my lord Kakita Hikaru, and then my grandmother, Kakita Noriko, then my mother, Kakita Kiyomi. Then the rest of my Kakita brothers and sisters.
What are your favorite and least favorite things?
Persimmons, while not common in the parts of the Empire I travel most often, have a shape and taste that never fails to surprise and please. Among my least favorite things I would count sailing in open waters, a necessarily messy business that is often better avoided.
Do you have any recurring mannerisms?
As do many bushi, I often withdraw my arms from my sleeves as I walk. To my disgrace, I sometimes find myself resting my hands at my obi’s level under my kimono, protruding my elbows unfashionably out, giving my kimono a slightly pointed appearance at the sides. Less embarrassing is my tendency to crack my knuckles before I eat—I’ve learned to do it quietly for grace in courtly settings where necessary.
What about your emotions?
Beneath my cool exterior I am shamed to admit there bubbles a certain rage. I cannot place its source, or when it began, but for a very long time I have carried with me a level of resentment and self-righteousness unbecoming of a samurai. I learned very quickly to keep it under control, but in moments of weakness or drunkenness it has reared its head. That is not to say that I am frothing for a fight all the time—I enjoy the moments of serenity as do my fellow duelists and artists, and few things compel me more strongly than the sight of a noble child caring for one of lower station out of the kindness of his pure heart.
How would you handle a subordinate’s improper behavior?
The child who is never corrected will never learn. On the other hand, deliberate failure to maintain the dignity of samurai must be punished harshly, so that the neighbors can hear and know that you are not a negligent teacher.
How would your parents describe you?
My mother finds it difficult to refrain from doting on me as on a child, and no doubt she would describe me pridefully in similar terms. My father, were he alive, would no doubt say—correctly—that I have much yet to learn, but that I will become a duelist certain to bring the family glory. I am not certain either of them knows me as well as my sensei Kakita Shigeru, who understands that I have challenges in myself to overcome, and has spoken of me to his peers as “honorable, but fit for a different life than we can teach for him.”
what is your highest ambition?
Were everything to go as I would see, I would stand at the Emperor’s right side, in the armor of the Emerald Champion, at the center of a new and unified Empire.
How religious are you?
I would make a strange choice for a monk, to say the least. My belief lies not in the omnipresence of the ancestors—though their influence is undeniable—or the elemental kami, or even in the Tao. My conviction lies in the moment between life and death between warriors, and between warriors’ swords.
How will you die?
I believe my fate lies with Mirumoto Sakai, at the end of his blade. But that is not how it shall truly end. My life’s end will come when my family is threatened, and I must lie down my life to cut down foes until my heart’s rage overcomes my blade’s purity and I stand before Emma-O’s judgement.
Do you have an ultimate goal?
My goal is to refine the art of the duel to such a state that I am able to protect my family from all who attack it, leaving us free to develop and perfect arts of all sorts in peace.
What is your secret, and what will happen if it’s discovered?
In my drunkenness one autumn evening, I illegally and informally dueled—and killed, it hardly needs be said—two samurai as I stumbled on the streets in the lands of the Lion. If there were any witnesses they have not come forward yet, and the names of the samurai are unknown to me, but their lord certainly knows and the already tenuous relations between Crane and Lion would be stressed to the point of unnecessarily involving our Great Clan into the Empire’s war.
What do you think of the political climate in Rokugan?
In a word, inhospitable. The courtiers’ rather deliberate misinterpretation of the Bushido tenet of courtesy leaves them unable to permit the slightest misstep without a challenge, and their mistreatment of the Bushido tenet of honor leaves the challenged unable to simply apologize. It is no surprise that the empire erupted into war when it did.
What do you do to relax?
I have learned the ways of the tea ceremony, and when able, I enjoy practicing it with company. when alone, I have found that ikebana is an excellent way to return my mind to the spirit of the earth while simultaneously maintaining my skill in finer movements.
If you were given a koku, how would you spend it?
A new kimono. Fashions do not stay still for long, and keeping up to date is important for my duty to the family. If that were already considered and dealt with, I would seek an ikebana master to study under.
Do you have a stereotypical view of the lower classes?
Yes. The Crane peasants in particular are better than those of other clans, but peasants they are nonetheless.