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 Post subject: Rosa and Her Shapely Ways (Q & A)
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:32 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Rosa and Her Shapely Ways (Q & A)
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:48 pm 
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Berena, my friend! Our exploration thread stands out as one of my favorite interactions in the game.

Are you likely to reprise her as a PC?

It seems like things have been working out for her, but her goals are big enough that it takes more than one game for them to be fulfilled! Will we see more about them going forward? How will she make them happen?



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 Post subject: Re: Rosa and Her Shapely Ways (Q & A)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:13 am 
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Utsu is envious of Belle's shapely rear. ;)

Did Belle ever consider converting others to the Kharsite faith?



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 Post subject: Re: Rosa and Her Shapely Ways (Q & A)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:23 am 
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Kenzo liked it when his snake was around my throat. *makes notes for future reference* ;)

Was fun Kenny-poo. Glad you decided to play.

PC? Probably not. Plan is to Asst. GM next time around so Kannon doesn’t have to repeat the ‘fun’ times of solo GM-ing. Besides... her goals are mostly fulfilled actually. Figure out what this whole ‘Explorers’ thing is about, confess her love and marry Saionji, have cool faith/empire scenes. Now she just gets to be attached with Saionji’s stuff going forward.

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It is a rather shapely ass. I’d want one if I were a girl.

She was willing to talk to anyone about it. So if they showed interest she would have. But she’s not a missionary per se.



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 Post subject: Re: Rosa and Her Shapely Ways (Q & A)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:38 pm 
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I'm sad she and Ru didn't get a chance to talk about Kharsis. Did you have details about her and Saionji's background?



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 Post subject: Re: Rosa and Her Shapely Ways (Q & A)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:41 pm 
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I do actually, yeah. Here's her backstory with deleted sections put back in. Saionji background parts are in italics.

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Muhaki Berena was born Bellena Rosa de Quijano de La Cuenca de Rubielos. She is the second of two children and the only daughter of Hortensio and Elena Quijano, rulers over the noble family of La Cuenca de Rubielos. The Quijano family serve as one of the 12 ruling noble families of Merenae, and derive their income and power from agricultural produce. Their homeland, named the Basin of Rubies, provides much of Merenae's cash crop production. The basin was famous throughout the global trading community for its olive production and wine production. The Quijano line was cordial with the Cornejo during their period of relative ascendancy at the beginning of interactions between Merenae and Rokugan. Through their connections the Quijano were also able to obtain silk worms and begin the process of developing sericulture, which now has a considerable footing in their lands. During the fallout surrounding the ousting of the Cornejo family from positions of power, the Quijano played the role of peacemaker. Refusing to side with either faction fully, they weathered the storm surrounding the coup and helped ease the country back into a normal routine once it had finished.

Bellena grew up as a small child in a home with loving and thoughtful parents. Her father Hortensio would spend as much time as he was able to with her, reading books and helping expand her knowledge of the world. She was raised in the faith of Kharsis, and instilled with a general sense of compassion and concern for the downtrodden. As she grew, Hortensio came to realize upon taking the mantle of the family patriarch that the world was changing significantly, and for the Quijano to survive they would need an advisor that could understand much of what was transpiring in the world, and help to guide the course of the flow of time in their favor.

Hearing of the events in the Burning sands, he elected to send his daughter to study in Medinaat-al-Salaam, one of the main points of intersect in the world, to help give her the best opportunity to learn as much as she could of the world and prepare for the future. While separating from her family at a young age was difficult for Bellena, she went to the Burning Sands carrying the same ambition as her father. Her father set up connections with the powerful merchant lords of the city to provide safety and security for her studies. She was also sent with a Merenaese bodyguard who trained her how to defend herself in the ways of her people. She grew up in the Tortoise compound of the city and became accustomed to their way of life. She studied diligently in the city throughout her youth, working under some of the most knowledgeable scholars of the Jewel. She learned of the various languages and cultures in the world, the principles of the natural world, the workings of astronomy and the skies. She excelled in her studies and showed exceptional ability to learn new things and critically appraise information as it was presented to her.

During her time in the city she was mentored by Agasha Buntaro who helped her develop her skills in Rokugani in a more organic manner. It was during this time, as a teenage girl, that she met his nephew, Muhaki Saionji, the man who would become perhaps her closest friend and ally. Saionji spent time in the Jewel after the Unicorn takeover as a liaison between the Tortoise and the Unicorn. He made occasional trips inland and during his stays the two developed a friendly relationship. Bellena at times helped to teach him, and at times they learned together of their new surroundings, developing trust and respect for each other during their formative early years. At the end of Belena's studies and her time in the city, Saionji and his ship were in need of a translator. Bellena received permission to travel with Saionji's fleet for a time, serving as a translator and cultural advisor. A title within the Tortoise had been granted to her father during the opening of trade relations between the Quijano and the Tortoise, one that she assumed when she joined Saionji's crew for the first time.

Following her time with Saionji, the island of Kameyama was in desperate need of specialists in linguistics and an understanding of nature. She wrote home asking for permission to continue her stay abroad, only to be surprised to receive a letter back informing her that her father had passed away. She returned home as quickly as she could, and spent several months contemplating her life path. She realized that she not only respected Saionji and his work, but truly loved the man and wished to support his aims in any way she could. After some discussion, her brother, mother and she elected to allow her to return to the Tortoise, at least for the time being. The potential benefit from her being close to the center of Tortoise power was enough to convince her brother it was acceptable for her to not return home quite yet. Her brother assumed control of the Quijano family affairs, and Bellena returned to Kameyama-jima to report to the port authorities for her duty. She was made the advisor of one of the port-cities on Kameyama and has lived on the island for the past few years serving the Tortoise and continuing her research and building her network.


Having need of news from the mainland, her superior has sent her to DGC to make contact with the Tortoise networks there and bring back an appraisal of the current situation. This will be Bellena's first experience on the Rokugani mainland, one she hopes will come and go with little disruption...



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