Look towards the Horizon
The Warring States Period: Fierce warlords fought for control of Japan, and many would perish. When a warrior falls, where does the passion they once held go? Possibly into something dear such as a favorite weapon or heirloom. These heirlooms have been labeled as “relics”, and those that carry them are labeled as “Scions." Recently more and more of these special relics have been activating, signaling the start of a great change as ancient power meets the modern world!
Now For The Local News, 11/01/2017 The dust has cleared after a fierce clash against the rebel Ikko Ikki monks. Now, as a tense period of calm spread over the island nation of Japan the students of Edo Bugei must figure out how to proceed in life after experience such intense conflicts and such deep loss.
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Important Staff at Edo Bugei Academy.
Staff Name: Hosokawa Moritatsu
Description: Moritatsu is a bit of a serious person. Growing up in the famous Hoskawa clan he had a strict education. The Hosokawa clan have been in charge of the Bugei since it was first established so as the first son it was clear what Moritatsu's future career would be. Instead of fighting it or being spiteful of his destiny he instead carefully learned from his father how to run the academy. Having known all of the faculty, and being a former student himself, Moritatsu knows every in and out of both Edo and it's Bugei. His personality is very official and work oriented, but when all work has been completed he is very laid back and casual with the students. Sadly lost his wife and daughter to the Ikko-Ikki many years ago. During the Ikko invasion of Edo in 2017 he used his powers to destroy the Ikko's massive flagship and was rescued in his unconscious state by Kono-sensei.
Staff Name: Yagyu Koichi
Area of Study: Sword training and general melee combat.
Description: A young male in his mid to late 30's. Koichi is a direct blood relative of Yagyu Jubei, however, being from a branch family it means he is not able to be part of the shogun's official sword instructors. Instead Koichi has been spending the past decade as primary sword instructor of the Edo Bugei. He has a high opinion of both his family name and skills, but not to the point of arrogance. When he duels one can clearly see the confidence in his movements. His style has been nicknamed the flowing river. While his strikes are not particularly fast or strong, it is a constant series of movements that gives no room for rest and even less room for counter attacks. During the Ikko attack on Edo he was responsible for gathering the students in the training hall under the school and protecting the entrance with his twin blades. He managed to get the most kills of any Edo Bugei teacher.
Staff Name: Sato Mizuha
Area of Study: Archery and foreign language.
Description: Ms. Mizuha is the main kyudo, or "archery" teach of Bugei academy. She has long light-blonde hair and quite focused eyes. Though do to her archery her hair is usually tied back. She is often seen in traditional archery clothing. Relatively young her passion for kyudo is quite serious and she loves teaching it to others. Unlike most people who view the current Japan as either pro or anti Tokugawa she simply views Japan as it is. She does Kyudo purely for the love of it and could care less who she teaches it to. During the 2017 Edo invasion by the Ikko she used her awakening attack to destroy a cannonball fired directly at Edo castle. She was allowed to rest in the headmaster's office after.
Staff Name: Nabeshima Hideki
Area of Study: Artillery and Combat tactics.
Description: Hideki is the current riflery teacher at Edo Bugei. He replaces the now deceased Saika-sensei who lost his life in the earthquake event. A rival of Saika-sensei, the two nearly killed eachother in a duel 10 years ago. He is a quiet man often seen smoking with the blacksmith teacher Oda-sensei. He has never taught before and is still adjusting to the position. During the Ikko invasion of Edo he gathered as many students as he could in the Kyudo hall and defended the hall with his artillery students and his own guns. Badly burnt his hands and is still recovering.
Staff Name: Dr. Naganori Shirasu
Area of Study: Foreign Affairs and World History
Description: Shirasu Naganori, in what to him was another life, was a skilled warrior at close range combat. When he graduted from Edo Bugei he was considered one of the best non-scion combat student. Combat was never his passion, however. Naganori has always viewed the world as an amazing place to go and explore. He has recently returned from traveling abroad at the summons of Headmaster Hosokawa. During the Ikko attack he defended his students next to Yagyu-sensei with his own two hands.
Staff Name: Oda Nobukatsu
Area of Study: Smithing.
Description: A non-scion blacksmith from the infamous Oda clan. Nobukatsu is a rough guy often seen taking smoke breaks with the rifle teacher Nabeshima-sensei. Neither of them truly feel like they are use to being teachers. Oda-sensei is incredibly strict and can seem forceful at times, though this is only because he wants to shape the school's blacksmiths into the best smiths they can possibly be. He views his teaching style as doing to his students what he does to the raw metals he starts with when crafting his weapons. Durring the Ikko attack on Edo he took up a snipping position to defend the headmaster's office and the resting Mizuha-sensei.
Staff Name: Kono Ayumu
Area of Study: Pottery, Drama, and Performance.
Description: Born with a male name Kono Ayumu is a rather odd member of the Kono clan. Unlike most of the Kono who choose to be quiet and refined Ayumu is very outspoken and bold. She prefers to put her work in the spot light and very loudly draw attention to her crafts. She was hired as the Bugei's fine arts professor for her extremely unique style and energetic nature. During the Ikko invasion she went with the headmaster to destroy the Ikko's massive warship.
Staff Name: Kurita Aki
Description: This young woman is the current medic of Bugei Academy. She has long black hair and an overworked look on her face. While she seems serious and has skill her medical abilities are not always up to the level of some of the student's injuries. This is due to the shogunate believing that if the students are able to get easily patched up from any injury then they will not learn how to properly defend themselves. Also teaches medicine crafting. During the Ikko invasion of Edo she was in the underground training area taking care of injured students and trying to keep the students calm.
Elite Students at Edo Bugei. These men and woman represent the most powerful students of the academy.
Shinobi Elite Students: Haruno Yuuki
Description: Some would consider Yuuki a bit stuck up. She enjoys formal settings, formal attire, and etiquette far more than most students. She is extremely formal when speaking yet dead silent when carrying out her missions. Unless most of the shinobi students at the academy she doesn't hide her name or her track at the school, instead standing out and almost daring others to challenge her. In combat she is ruthless and tends to be against taking prisoners. It is believed she belong to neither the Fuma nor the Iga but instead one of the lesser ninja clans.
Sniper Elite Student: Kiryu Rai
Description: The academy's current gun master studying directly under Saika-sensei. She has become extremely well versed in hiding herself and shooting targets from a distance. Not much is known about her unfortunately. She is extremely quiet in conversation but tends to hum very upbeat pop music to herself. She is very loyal to the Tokugawa and possesses a large fondness for cats. Comes from a low ranking family.
Combat Instructor Elite Student: Tachibana Ryu
Description: Ryu holds the title of best martial artist in Bugei having won the contest every year since starting his second year. He has a very vibrant personality and is usually seen being lazy or skipping class. He is from a branch house of Kyushu's Tachibana clan.
The important military leaders of the country that live inside Edo Castle. Next to the Imperial Family they are the most powerful people in the land.
Shogun: Tokugawa Hiroaki
Description: The current military leader of the country. While his job is to handle military affairs for the Emperor, it is widely accepted that the Tokugawa hold all of the Japan's real power. He is a kind man who has grown up knowing mostly peace. While he is stern it is simply because of his position. He chooses not to often be in the spotlight in order to not try and seem more powerful than the emperor. Though at national holidays and festivals he will make an appearance. In fall of 2016 he was badly injured by an Ikko assassination attempt. When the Ikko army finally assaulted Edo he and his family hid underneath the castle in the sacred relic vault.
Shogun's Wife: Tokugawa Ima
Description: The shogun's first wife. She is the main wife of the shogun and is easily the most powerful woman in all of Japan. She is old and extremely refined. She focuses heavily on culture and refinement. She even makes the shogun's other wives bow down when she walks through the room in order to make her place above them as clear as possible. A strict but kind woman she has a sharp tongue and is not to be trifled with. During the assault on Edo she and her husband hid underneath the castle in the sacred relic vault.
First Princess: Tokugawa Chiyo
Description: The eldest of the Shogun's daughters. She is a strong girl who seems to command a large presence about herself. It is said that even some of the Iga ninja fear her yelling and commands. Many believe she'd have made a better samurai than a noble woman.
Second Princess: Tokugawa Eiko
Description: The second eldest of the Shogun's daughters. She is a kind girl who was unfortunately crippled at a young age due to a riding accident. A young man with striking red hair is often see pushing her wheelchair and talking with her. Many speculate it to be Hattori Keiichi, the current head of the Hattori clan.
Head Ninja: Hattori Keiichi
Description: The relatively young leader of the Hattori ninja clan. Like the Hattori leaders before him he is fiercely loyal to the Tokugawa family. Many rumors and legends surround Keiichi, such as he had an older brother but murdered him in order to take over the Hattori. One rumor states he is responsible for the second princess not being able to walk. A third says that due to not being able to use Hattori Hanzo's relic he is not even a true Hattori leader. Not many people know what Keiichi really looks like, and even the red headed young man next to the Shogun is said to be but a disguise. He is also said to often be seen in multiple places at the same time, one of them constantly being by the side of Princess Eiko. During the attack on the city of Edo he was unfortunately unconscious, having been badly injured during a top secret mission before the assault.
A group of shogunate assassins sent on classified mission.
Hitokiri Name: Shinji Haruko
Hitokiri Description: A boy similar to Kai's age only a year older at 23 bordering 24. He is a cheerful playful boy who tends to get into trouble. The reason of him being a Hitokiri id due to the fact he graduated with top marks in every class despite his weird boyish attitude. He also performed over 33 successful assassinations in his first year working for the Shogunate. Shinjis weapons are A small dagger, a Silver Revolver and a Long rifle. Non-Scion.
Hitokiri Name: Aizen Hazuro
Hitokiri Description: Aizen is the oldest current Hitokiri in Japan around the age of 34. He is extremely loyal to the Shogunate and has become one of the personal bodyguards and assassin for the royal family. Aizen Become a Hitokiri after graduating 2 years earlier then most Bugei students due to his pure genius. He has completed over 100 missions in his 15 years working for the shogunate. He has the current highest kill count of any Hitokiri sitting at 200+ confirmed kills. His main weapons are two Ninjatō. Non-Scion.
Hitokiri Name: Kamuyi Shingen
Hitokiri Description: Shingen is the second oldest coming in at 31. He is considered Aizen's partner as they work together often. These two were in charge of testing Kai and Shinji. Shinji likes to tease them both calling Shingen "Dad" and Aizen "Mom". Shingen is the warrior of the Hitokiri rarely using stealth at all and always rushing head first in battle with his trusted Ōdachi. Shingen also likes to Dote on Kai as he is the only other non stealthy Hitokiri. Shingen has singlehandedly taken down whole street gangs in open combat. Non-Scion.
Familiar faces that you will see around the city of Edo.
Description: One of Edo's most prestigious and oldest metsuke. Ajibana serves as the right hand to the minister of the interior. Often acting as a bridge between the Edo police force and the Bugei students he is a stern man who often has one hand on his sword. However, towards the Bugei students he tends to be quite kind. Unlike others within Edo's elite Ajibana had to work extremely hard to reach his senior position within the government and can sympathize with the struggles of the bugei students. During the Ikko attack on Edo he guarded Western Edo's bridge to central Edo with his life. He received multiple accreditation for his work.
Description: A young metsuke and father. Soujuro often has dirty clothing and old equipment.
Many often mistake him for having taken a vow of poverty in spite of his clear skills with a sword. Every penny he earns goes towards providing for his family and he tries to spend as little on himself as possible.
His job is patrol the government buildings in Western Edo and he does so every day without complaints,
in spite of the harsh treatment he receives from the other metsuke around him. During the Ikko's attack on Edo he joined Ajibana in defending the bridge into Central Edo. He has no received a high rank within Edo's central metsuke.
Imperial Court NPCs that live inside the walled city of Kyoto.
Emperor's Name: Emperor Go-Yon
Emperor Description: The current Emperor of Japan. A middle aged man with great authority. Even the shogun and every samurai lord in Japan bows to the Emperor. The Imperial line is considered directly related to the Goddess Amaterasu and the Shogun is considered to control affairs of the country for the Emperor. He is an older man who rarely leaves the guarded city of Kyoto. The entire province of Ise and the city of Kyoto don't serve the Shogun but instead directly serve the Emperor. After the massive Ikko attack on various parts of the country Emperor Go-Yon sent massive amounts of money and resources from the Imperial Court all over Japan.