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 Post subject: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:31 pm 
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A lot of ingredients went into the making of Kenzo. Ask about them here! Or ask other things. They should probably be at least Kenzo related, though.



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
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I just wanted to say you were really lovely to rp with. The unexpected connection btween Ran + Kenzo was so much fun to watch blossom. Kenzo was always a great read :)



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:40 pm 
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Muhaki Ran wrote:
I just wanted to say you were really lovely to rp with. The unexpected connection btween Ran + Kenzo was so much fun to watch blossom. Kenzo was always a great read :)


Awww, thanks! Ran and Kenzo were a lot of fun together. It was great to bond over a shared love of nature, and an enjoyment of sending barbs at Yasu.

Make sure Ran sends back lots of letters, okay? Especially with animal information.



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
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What can I say, I bring people together.

*ships Ran x Kenzo*

Had some fun threads with Kenzo, thanks for them.



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:13 pm 
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Matsu Yasuhiro wrote:
What can I say, I bring people together.

*ships Ran x Kenzo*

Had some fun threads with Kenzo, thanks for them.


Alas, for any number of reasons, it is not to be.

Thanks for the threads!



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
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I'm curious what did go into making Kenzo? What was his backstory?



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:45 pm 
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Iuchi Ruqqayah wrote:
I'm curious what did go into making Kenzo? What was his backstory?


Well!

When I read about Iron Hearts, I wanted to do something a bit more modern. My other possible concepts were aether/kami scientist, and Indiana Jones style archaeologist. I decided on naturalist.

My favorite literary example of a naturalist, Stephen Maturin, gave me a few more pieces. I decided to drop the doctor bit, but kept the spy bit. At Kannon's suggestion, this ended up connecting Kenzo to Ryuden and Utsu. The painting thing was already part of his background, so now I had a painting teacher, too! Oh, and Maturin also carried a torch for a woman he couldn't be with; after some discussion with Utsu's player I decided to keep that part, too. And I'm glad I did, because that has been huge!

There were a few other bits. I gave him a tiny family, because family was such a big thing for my last two characters. Of course, this just made family a big thing for Kenzo in a different way. I came up with a few ideas of his travels, the "red raccoon", and stuff like that.

And that's how Kenzo got started! He grew from there, of course.



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
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I think you already know this, but I greatly enjoyed the story we built with Kenzo and Utsu. :D

I didn't think it would go the way it did when you suggested Kenzo's romantic interest in Utsu, as she certainly wasn't considering him anymore than a good friend and a nice playmate for the kids when he visited, but Kenzo was just so sweet. <3

If you had failed to persuade the Matchmaker away from marrying you off, how do you think Kenzo would have proceeded with his interest for Utsu, considering the early stage of their relationship at that point?



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
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Agasha Utsusemi wrote:
I think you already know this, but I greatly enjoyed the story we built with Kenzo and Utsu. :D

I didn't think it would go the way it did when you suggested Kenzo's romantic interest in Utsu, as she certainly wasn't considering him anymore than a good friend and a nice playmate for the kids when he visited, but Kenzo was just so sweet. <3

If you had failed to persuade the Matchmaker away from marrying you off, how do you think Kenzo would have proceeded with his interest for Utsu, considering the early stage of their relationship at that point?


Yes! As we've talked about, I'm just amazed at how these two characters worked so well together! And how everything developed; I didn't really expect it either. Thank you again for such a terrific story; I've loved these two together.

That's an interesting question! My thought is that it wouldn't have changed very much at all. You may have noticed that Kenzo is a bit of a scoundrel... as a result, choosing between love (even very early love) and duty (especially early shotgun-wedding style duty) wouldn't really be a contest. He'd still have cared more about Utsu than some rando that Odorihime decided he should be paired with.

This will probably be true going forward, too, if he ends up married in a later game. He wouldn't want to hurt his theoretical wife, and may even go as far as to be affectionate with her. But in a conflict between love and duty, well...



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
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A shame we didn't hang out more. We had a thread but it died pretty quick.

Did you plan that ship with Utsu early on? Or did things just happen that way?



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 Post subject: Re: Nature or Nuture? (Kenzo Q&A)
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Hida Ringo wrote:
A shame we didn't hang out more. We had a thread but it died pretty quick.

Did you plan that ship with Utsu early on? Or did things just happen that way?


Yeah, too bad!

Stuff with Utsu was very impressively not-planned. Like, I'm really amazed how well things worked out given that neither of us expected it going in:

Utsu was made without Kenzo existing. Kenzo was made without Utsu in mind; his sheet and initial background were all done before a connection with her was made. The connection was made at Kannon's suggestion.
Initially, they were just expected to be friends. I didn't come up with the idea for it to be anything more until Utsu fed a cat in front of him.
When I did come up with the idea, I only asked Utsu's player if it was okay if Kenzo had a thing for her. She said it sounded like fun. Note, we didn't say that they should have a relationship!
Then, at the garden party, the characters just worked so amazingly together. And they continued to do so in the thread they had the next day, where the affair actually began. And in every thread since.

So, yes! Not planned!



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