Three Feet from Death
Scorpion Clan Courtier from the Bayushi Courtier School
- Height: 5’4”
- Weight: 156
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Black
- Skin: White
- Sex: Male
- Age: 18
- Homeland: Scorpion Lands, Ryoko Owari Toshi (SC 4)
- Caste: Samurai, Courtier
- Schools Attended: Bayushi Courtier School
- Residence: Scorpion Lands, Ryoko Owari Toshi (SC 4)
- Known friends: Unknown
- Known Enemies: Unknown
- Honor: 5.0
- Status: 1.5
- Glory: 2.0
- Back Mon: Scorpion Clan Mon
- Front Right(guides the sword): Bayushi Courtier School Mon
- Front Left(closest to the heart): Bayushi Family Mon
Paragon: Honor (7)
Black Sheep (3)
(Player gained knowledge goes here)
This small, nondescript man wears a wooden mempo (mask) which conceals all of his face except for his mouth and eyes. His mouth is usually smiling, and he always speaks in a friendly and conﬁdential manner, as one friend to another. He will make a point of introducing himself to everyone he meets, and will ask them probing questions about their goals, purposes, and past – but without ever stepping over the bounds of propriety. Anyone who speaks with Ejiro gets the unsettling impression that he knows everything about them.
A: I am a Scorpion Courtier.
2. What family do you belong to?
A: Why to the Bayushi Family, the lords of the Scorpion Clan.
3. Are you a bushi, a shugenja or a courtier?
A: A courtier from the the Bayushi Courtier School.
4. How would others describe your appearance?
A: Unwelcome most likely, for Scorpions carry a certain stigma to them because of our clan’s past. But that is not really what you are asking is it? I am of small build and when I wear my mempo no real distinct features. I carry my a full set of daisho with me at all times, though it is not required of me as a courtier to carry it I believe that it as much as any other feature of me is a part of who I am. Removing my daisho would be as unreasonable as removing one of my fingers. I wear my clans colors and I often carry a silk fan of fine quality bearing the mon of my family. Should anyone ask to see me without the mempo and I indulge them, I am regarded as handsome by most. I let my long black hair down in most atmospheres, wearing it neatly combed and straight. One thing that people have always remembered me for is my open and almost playful smile.
5. What is your primary motivation?
A: To live and to serve the Emerald Empire, and hopefully return the Scorpions honor to that of the other Great Clans.
6. Who is the person you trust most in the world?
7. What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
A: My honor serves as my greatest strength and as my greatest weakness, because of it I know I am living up to the code of Bushido and will prosper even if it is only in the next life. It also serves as a weakness because in my clan they are afraid that my honor is a burden to their loyalty to the Jade Empire, some feel that it is even a threat as they think I will abandon my loyalty in place of something I deem more honorable. They do not seem to understand that to honorably serve is also to loyally serve.
8. What do you think of Bushido?
A: Bushido is the code that all samurai must adhere to but unfortunately some do not, seeking a higher value in one part and forgetting other tenets. I find honor to be the easiest for me to keep and that it is a gateway to all the other tenets of Bushido. In that way myself and the Lion Clan are similar.
9. What is your opinion of your clan?
A: I feel that they are like lost children, they mean to do good in the world but lack the manners their parents would have taught them. Their ways are effective, but to what cost. I wish to bring more honor to my clan, but they reject me and remain with the old ways. Their loyalty to the Jade Empire is rivaled by no other, but their need to keep secrets and desire to remain separated from the other Clans will only hurt their cause in the end.
10. Are you married? (Or arranged to be married?)
A: I am arranged to be married to Matsu Hotaru, a Beastmaster of the Lion Clan. I am both happy and saddened by this fact. My clan wishes to erase me from them by marring me to a Matsu so that I will lose my last name, though this is meant to be an insult it is actually a great honor to be placed into one of the most honorable lines in the Empire’s history. Perhaps I will be more welcomed with them.
11. Do you have any prejudices?
A: I would like to say no but in truth because of my upbringing I tend to shy away from people at first and investigate as to who they are before I approach them. The Scorpion have taught me that knowledge is like a weapon, one that can never be removed even if in court. This lesson has stayed with me over the years. I am not fond of the Phoenix, they judge many based on out-dated stereotypes and cling to history as if it was a through guide to the future.
12. To whom do you owe the most loyalty?
13. What are your favorite and least favorite things?
14. Do you have any recurring mannerisms?
15. What about your emotions?
16. How would you handle a subordinate’s improper behavior?
A: Depending on the severity of the behavior, of coarse. I find that often times I will teach the subordinate of why their behavior is wrong and help them to correct the situation. I believe that a heavy hand on the servant will only cause them to be scared of you and fear is not loyalty.
17. How would your parents describe you?
A: To another Scorpion a disappointment.
18. What is your highest ambition?
A: I wish to continue to seek honor and to live up to the tenets of Bushido, perhaps my example will encourage others of like mind to see that one does not need to do great things to be honorable. And perhaps I can help lead my clan into a more understood light.
19. How religious are you?
A: I believe in the spirits and in the Kami, I also feel that it is good that all Rokugani are exposed to their lessons even if they do not believe in them. During discussions on religious topics we will often discover more about ourselves.
20. How will you die?