Three Feet from Death
Water Shugenja of the Lion Clan
- Height: 5’2”
- Weight: 109 lbs
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Brown
- Skin: White
- Sex: Female
- Age: 14
- Homeland: Lion Lands,
- Caste: Samurai, Shugenja
- Schools Attended: Kitsu Shugenja School
- Residence: Lion Lands,
- Known friends: none
- Known Enemies: none
- Honor: 6.5
- Status: 0.0
- Glory: 0.0
- Back Mon: Lion Clan
- Front Right (guides the sword): Kitsu Shugenja School
- Front Left (closest to the heart): Kitsu Family Mon
- Koku: Bu: Zeni:
Precise Memory (3 points)
Elemental Blessing (Water) (4 points)
Sage (4 points)
Read Lips (4 points)
Can’t Lie (2 points)
Antisocial (2 points)
GM Special (4 points)
A: I belong to the proud clan of the Lion.2. What family do you belong to?
A: The Kitsu family, descendants from Akodo’s daughters with the creatures for which our family is named.3. Are you a bushi, a shugenja or a courtier?
A: The Kami have seen fit to bestow on me the fate of communing with and paying homage to the ancestors.4. How would others describe your appearance?
A: My appearance? I suppose I would best be described as petite of build. The hair that frames my face is dyed the rich gold of my clan’s colors, with the rest left it’s natural black. I feel as though I carry a fairly serene presence and my robes are simple and plain.5. What is your primary motivation?
A: To venerate my ancestors and all the paragons of the Lion Clan. I seek to leave footprints behind in this life that will make them proud. There is no greater purpose than this, for through my actions and connection to the ancestors I can bring honor and strength to my clan and my family.6. Who is the person you trust most in the world?
A: My grandmother. Kitsu Maya. Her spirit still speaks to me and her guidance and wisdom are invaluable.7. What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
A: My greatest strength lies in the immeasurable strength of my ancestors. Those of my clan are brave, virtuous, honorable and wise. With their guidance and aid, I feel I have the potential to overcome any obstacles set in my path – should I be wise enough to listen. My weakness? My limited experience of the world that lies beyond the Lion lands. I have read many tales on scrolls and in tomes, but reading about something cannot adequately prepare you for truly experiencing them. This is something I look forward to rectifying.8. What do you think of Bushido?
A:9. What is your opinion of your clan?
A: They are mighty warriors indeed, that is what the Lion are known for, after all. The Akodo are fine leaders, striving to maintain the balance between exercising the mind as well as the sword arm. If only our entire clan sought this balance, we would truly be unstoppable. The Matsu, as fierce as they are, perhaps give themselves over too much to their love of battle. I believe they could use more time in meditation. The Ikoma are our brethren, keepers of our physical history. But I feel their talents are wasted, there is much more they could contribute to the clan if they left their own libraries long enough to actually see the world around them. My own family tends to fall victim to the same ailment. This is something I hope to influence for the better for those that come after me.10. Are you married? (Or arranged to be married?)
A: Yes, I am arranged to be married. The details have not yet been worked out, though I am confident the Elders will choose me a fine match that will bring honor to my family and my clan.11. Do you have any prejudices?
A: Those that shun the ancestors of course. So much wisdom at your fingertips if you but look at the rich history that preceded you. Only a truly foolish individual would forsake their ancestors and choose to walk blindly. Ronin that choose to become what they are of their own volition are a special brand of fool.12. To whom do you owe the most loyalty?
A: A good question. I of course favor the spirit of my grandmother, but I do not know that it means I owe her the most loyalty. Perhaps the Kami will give me guidance on this the next time I commune with them, but I thank you for giving me something to ponder.13. What are your favorite and least favorite things?
A: My favorite and least favorite things? I confess, there is little I look forward to more in the year than the Bon Festival. Though with the events that transpired this past year, it only serves to make the ceremony that much more significant next year. Least favorite? I cannot abide lying. It seems a fool’s weakness, that. No good comes from it. We all reap what we sow and I for one, would not want to reap deceit.14. Do you have any recurring mannerisms?
A: My posture is likely quite distinct, especially around those who are of different castes than I. I often stand with nearly perfect posture and my hands folded in front of me, lost beneath the fabric of my robes.15. What about your emotions?
A: Emotions are a part of life, of living. We experience the world around us through them. Though they should not rule our minds or our actions. That is how fear and hate breed and fester, like a wound. It’s a fine line to walk, embracing our emotions without succumbing to the temptations they often offer, but it is necessary to achieve balance.16. How would you handle a subordinate’s improper behavior?
A: It is not my place to do so. I will simply alert them to their misstep and hope they choose to rectify it on their own. If not, I know their next life will reflect their behavior accordingly.17. How would your parents describe you?
A: Likely as an apt and eager student of my school. I completed my gempukku and was found worthy to continue on my path by the ancestors of my family. I can only hope this brought pride and honor to my parents.18. What is your highest ambition?
A: My family is vastly different from the rest of the Empire. In our blood is the magic of one of the first five races. Our seclusion is necessary for the work we do, but I think perhaps it is time that we experience the world for what it is, rather than through scrolls and meditation alone.19. How religious are you?
A: a faint laugh I serve my clan as a priest, offering spiritual guidance. Without my beliefs, I am nothing.20. How will you die?
A: Death is something that shouldn’t truly be feared. I have faith in my abilities and myself, so when I do meet my end I will be embraced by all those that came before, taking my new place at their side.