Matsu Hotaru

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Dramatis Personae


  • Height: 4’10”
  • Weight: 102 lbs
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Skin: White
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 16
  • Homeland: Lion Lands, Tonfajutsen and Crossroads Castle (L3)
  • Caste: Samurai, Bushi
  • Schools Attended: Matsu Beastmaster School
  • Residence: Lion Lands, Lookout Mountain (G8)
  • Known friends: Akodo Takaaki
  • Known Enemies: none
  • Honor: 5.6
  • Status: 3.0
  • Glory: 1.0
  • Back Mon: Lion Clan
  • Front Right (guides the sword): Matsu Family
  • Front Left (closest to the heart): Matsu Beastmaster School
  • Koku: 4 Bu: 1 Zeni: 1


Touch of the Spirit Realms [Chikushudo] (5 points)


Bitter Betrothal [An unknown Scorpion] (2 points)

Lost Love [Akodo Takaaki] (3 points)

Small [Height: 4’10”] (3 points)

Fascination [Music] (1 point)

1. What clan do you belong to?

A: I belong to the proud clan of the Lion.

2. What family do you belong to?

A: The Matsu family.

3. Are you a bushi, a shugenja or a courtier?

A: I walk the path of the bushi.

4. How would others describe your appearance?

A: Most note my obvious small frame, especially noticeable when around my typically taller family members. My black hair is almost always styled in a neat braid, typically interwoven with ribbons of my clan’s color when attending court. My eyes are a deep, honeyed brown and high angular cheekbones are framed by the shorter strands that escape the confines of my braid.

5. What is your primary motivation?

A: To learn from the examples set by the namesake of my family, Lady Matsu.

6. Who is the person you trust most in the world?

A: Akodo Takaaki. Even though our families are always competing, we were both able to put that aside, sharing a unique bond that made us both that much better and that much stronger. We met when we were too young to understand the rivalries of our families, akin to that between siblings. Fortunately as we grew up, we grew ever closer. He would share his knowledge of tactics with me, though he only recently was accepted into the War College. In turn, I shared what I learned; the intricate process required to forge a bond with my lion. I am both proud of him and happy for him that he achieved acceptance to the school he has desired to attend for a long time.

7. What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?

A: My greatest strength is my dedication. Once I set myself to a task, I will see it through to the best of my ability, no matter what obstacles I must overcome. I do not loathe or shrink away from the challenges, I am grateful for them. It is how I can always push myself and always strive to be better. My weakness? I would have to admit that my temper has gotten the better of me on more than one occasion. It’s something I’ve tried to stay aware of and keep in check. I cannot let my emotions rule me overmuch, lest they be the cause of my demise. Fortunately my time at my school has taught me patience and that even the strongest of emotions have their proper time and place.

8. What do you think of Bushido?

A: Honor is more than a tenet, it’s a duty and a privilege. It is something no one can ever take from us, but it is one of the most fragile things we possess. Without honor, we are no better than the oni. Compassion is a worthwhile tenet, one that should always be taken into consideration, but there are times where compassion cannot be appeased. Samurai are born for war. Compassion is often swept under the rug to make room for victory in battle.

9. What is your opinion of your clan?

A: I am blessed to have been born into a clan with so much rich history. The Lion’s role as right hand of the Emperor, or Empress as the case may be, is one of dignity and honor. I do however believe the occasional infighting between families within the clan is foolish. We should learn from each other and be strengthened by our subtle differences rather than torn asunder because of them.

10. Are you married? (Or arranged to be married?)

A: (in a begrudging tone, almost curt) I am arranged to be married.

11. Do you have any prejudices?

A: I have been taught that prejudices can be costly. In general it is never wise to underestimate an opponent, or prejudge them.

12. To whom do you owe the most loyalty?

A: There are so many I owe loyalty to, it is difficult to select a singular person that stands out above the rest.

13. What are your favorite and least favorite things?

A: My favorite and least favorite things? Let me think… I can say without a doubt music is something I have a soft spot for. I confess I have developed somewhat of a fascination with it over the years. My lioness, Anju, is also among my favorite things. Her companionship is a constant reminder of who I am and who I must strive to be. When it comes to things that I find to be my least favorite? Idleness. Of both the hands and the mind. They are a waste of what should be a valuable asset to the Empire.

14. Do you have any recurring mannerisms?

A: I have a tendency to toy with the base of my braid on occasion and it is something I attempt to control.

15. What about your emotions?

A: My emotions? I do what I must to retain an honorable composure, though blatant disrespect is far more difficult to tolerate. Fortunately my duty to my clan keeps my personal and foolish impulses in check. Snide comments, the type typically made in the courts are easy to ignore, for their words often betray their ignorance or envy.

16. How would you handle a subordinate’s improper behavior?

A: I would only allow those I trusted to serve me, therefore they would already know how to handle their failings depending on the situation at hand.

17. How would your parents describe you?

A: I hope they would describe me with pride in their voices. I strive to live up to their expectations of me, being the only child, but I know they were disappointed when I didn’t begin my training until age eleven. My father insisted I was a prodigy but my small stature hindered me and that took some extra time to overcome. Luckily, they were both very pleased when I was accepted to the Lion Clan’s Matsu Beastmaster School and even more so when I received my invitation to the Tournament of Samurai.

18. What is your highest ambition?

A: I hope to bring honor to my school, serving as an example of their teachings and what we are capable of. The Matsu Beastmaster School has much to offer the Empire and it is time we demonstrated our value to the other clans.

19. How religious are you?

A: I believe faith is important and I do attempt to pray and give proper respect to all aspects of religion. The Celestial Order exists for a reason and of course the duty to one’s ancestors is sacred. That being said, I strive for balance in all things, though some times are more challenging than others.

20. How will you die?

A: I believe I will die when I have satisfied the goals set for me. When my time comes, I will be ready to face it with the knowledge that I lived honorably.

Matsu Hotaru

Three Feet from Death Serenafaye