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 Post subject: Shiba Isamu: Reluctant Explorer
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:26 am 
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Posts: 62
Gender: Male
Age: 21
Height: 5'8"
Body Type: Muscular
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Black
Marital Status: Single

Born into a relatively well off family within the Shiba, Isamu wanted for little as a child, except perhaps free time. His mother was an artisan of some note, specializing in both pottery and ikebana, while his father was much less well known, a calligrapher and painter who never seemed to gain much recognition. Under his strict artisan mother he was taught the many facets of Rokugani culture, with the intent that he would follow in her footsteps.

While he was not a terrible student, his mother soon became disappointed in him and his inability to meet her unrealistic expectations. This finally reached a breaking point when an unfortunate accident resulted in the young Isamu falling through a shoji and crushing his mother’s latest masterpiece. By this time she had borne a second son, one who seemed much more capable than their firstborn despite being 2 years younger. While his father was quietly sympathetic towards him, he could not stand up to his more famous spouse.Isamu was cast out, his father acting quietly to secure him a spot training as a bushi within a family dojo and getting him some money to keep him going.

Within the Dojo, Isamu trained hard and was acknowledged to have some skill, although his rough demeanor was somewhat at odds with the typically socially skilled Shiba bushi. His awful luck occasionally struck again, one incident resulting his sensei injuring him quite badly with a bokken that snapped when he blocked it, giving him a nasty gash on his torso as he stepped forward into the broken wooden blade.

After his gempukku he acted with honour and gained some notoriety in the defence of the phoenix lands. Fighting against the Lion he earned a reputation for being a stable force amidst the chaos, and incredibly stubborn. It wasn't the fact that he was never injured that impressed people, but the opposite. During the dragging campaigns and continual battles he was injured countless times, but he recovered quickly and was back at the front again within a day or two each time.

When he heard where he was being sent, all Isamu could do was shake his head and laugh internally at his bad fortune. While his traditional mother may not have liked him, she did instill in him the values of Bushido, and an appreciation for the firm structure that Rokugani society could provide. In his mind, all of the recent bad fortune of his clan was somehow the fault of the progressives within the Asako family, abandoning the old ways too quickly and causing the finely balanced structure of society to collapse.

While he has forgotten most of his mother’s lessons, he had always held onto the calligraphy, maintaining a small connection to his father who had tried to help him. His skill with the sword is decent, and he still has a basic understanding of most aspects of high society in Rokugan – enough to get by at least. Being sent off on a voyage that he believes is at best a pointless waste of resources and at worst inviting the collapse of society, he watches closely, expecting the worst at every turn. In his experience he was often right, after all.

Hooks:
- Ahaha... let's all point and laugh at the poor Phoenix conservative and his backward ways
- Need someone skilled with a sword? He's your man.
- Are you also a victim of the Lion's recent aggression? He definitely has some opinions about the current state of the world.



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Phoenix Clan Samurai • Reluctant Explorer • Ex-Soldier • Unlucky • Grumpy
Status 2.0 (Nikutai) • Glory 3 • Reputation 1 • Honor: Exceptional
Light armour, daisho, yumi (as appropriate), folding stool (often), small travelling pack odds and ends
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 Post subject: Re: Shiba Isamu: Reluctant Explorer
PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:46 pm 
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Isamu's squad
Comprised of 4 archers and 4 katana wielders together with a lone shugenja, the squad has seen action facing off against the Lion during their many attacks upon the Phoenix lands. They are roughly evenly split between men and women and all bear the Shiba name with the exception of the female shugenja who carries no family name.

Their traditionalist leanings are not difficult to spot, but like their leader they have accepted that they are here now, and intend to make the best showing of their family possible.



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Status 2.0 (Nikutai) • Glory 3 • Reputation 1 • Honor: Exceptional
Light armour, daisho, yumi (as appropriate), folding stool (often), small travelling pack odds and ends
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