Sengoku Horizon

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, 04/01/2018 The Chinese delegation have now arrived at the city of Edo. They have come to learn more about the state of Japan, the Shogunate, and it's Scions. We will be having a Lunar New Year's celebration, a school dance, and a combat tournament with them!

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Feb 16 2018, 07:35 PM
Reika's breath fogged in front of her. She disliked being forced to go to school. She disliked all the stupid classes, and the annoying books and tests. Mostly, she just hated knowing she was being watched. She understood why she was...she was close enough to being a convict. Murder, assault, burglery, consorting with a criminal organization. She had enough of a rap-sheet to toss her into a prison for the rest of her unnatural life. She sipped the water from the bottle as she thought about it.

She sat outside the training area, on a bench. Sweat dappled her skin. She had been training, sort of, in the building. By sort of, she was forcing herself to try do some sort of established sword-style. Something...with a bit more structure and discipline in it. She had been, sorely humiliated in a class recently. Reika had been forced to do proper kendo, and was constantly beaten, even lashing out in anger. That had stopped...when enough people dog piled on her.

She grinned at that. She stood up, wearing nothing more than a training top and training shorts, as someone started to come into view. She stayed out watching and waiting to see who was coming, and maybe see if she might challenge them.
Feb 3 2018, 11:05 PM
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<span class="name">Kagutsu, Reika</span>
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• Edo, Musashi<br>
• 1st<br>

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• Bushi <br>
• Track<br>
• Fighting<br>

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<br>HAIR: Long and black, though it does appear slightly purple.
<br>EYES: Brown. Has contacts to make them appear purple.
<br>HEIGHT: 5'11”
<br>BODY TYPE: Muscular
<br>STYLE: Whatever clohes she's provided, or she's actually allowed to wear.
<br>OTHER: Irezumi on her back and shoulders. In battle, she likes to wear a pair of metal vambraces on both arms that have demonic iconography on it, and a headband with a pair of metal horns on it.

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Reika is surprisingly open and relaxed around people, despite her background. Though she is quite serious looking, if one were to come up and ask, she'd tell them anything they wanted to know. It's the fact that she seems always to have a “killy” face that probably keeps people away from her. That...and she doesn't seem to know when or how to smile. She's a dominate force on the battlefield though. There she seems to smile often, almost demonically.
<br>STRENGTHS: She has an unorthodox combat style, making it hard to be predicted in fighting. Her strength is also quite amazing, hitting like a truck, and relying on her muscles to see her through a fight.
<br>WEAKNESSES: Reika doesn't understand social norms. Namely, when to fib, or tell a lie. She's honest and very blunt about it. She lacks a formal education and actually hates schooling in general.
<br>LIKES: Fighting, and salty foods.
<br>DISLIKES: Book learning, most sweet treats.
<br>AMBITIONS: To be the absolute best fighter.

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WEAPON: A pair of katana.
<br>Special Purchase: Dark Ronin Outfit.
<br>RELIC: An oddly simple katana, it's tsuba is made to look like an oni with it's mouth opened. Etched into the blade is "the reflection of a demon is the reflection of a man with no limits."
<br>RELIC OWNER: Sakuma Morimasa
<br>OWNER HISTORY: A prominent retainer to Oda Nobuhide and Oda Nobunaga. Was a general for Shibata Katsuie, and was called “Demon Genba” due to his fighting abilities.
<br>Activated 1:Oni-katana : A blood red and black aura envelops the sword, and extends the reach of the blade up to 10 feet, for a single slice. (One turn cooldown.)
<br>Activated 2: Spite Furnace: Draws out power, and launches it as a ranged attack. A four foot wide energy blade is created and launched at the enemy. The attack travels up to 25 feet from Reika, before disolving. The energy is enough to cut through concrete and metals.(Three turn cooldown.)
<br>LOCKED Activated 3: Relfections of the Abyss: This is not really attack, so much as a counter. Reika blocks with her blade and then launches the attack with 2x the force back at the opponent. Can not counter Activated 3 abilities, or projectiles (arrows or bullets)(Five turns cooldown.)
<br>Passive 1: Perfect Ambidexterity: Reika can do any action perfectly with either hand, making her dual-wielding abilities quite impressive.
<br>Passive 2: Demon's Blood: The more damage Reika takes, the more furious and berserk she becomes. Physical limitations are released, and she draws out more raw physical her attacks increased damage. Damage is increased by a quarter of the damage received.
<br>LOCKED AWAKENED MODE COLOR: Blood red with flecks of black in it.
<br> Dance of Demons: Essentially Reika charges forward swinging her blades about, which allows her to carve her opponents with inhuman speed. It also allows for her to fire off a total of 7 Spite Furnaces in rapid sucession. Lasts for 3 posts, passive 2 no longer applies.</div>

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<br>FAMILY: (If you have faceclaims in mind please note them.)
<br>• Ito, Ken 34(abandoned her) tall, black hair, brown eyes
<br>• Ito, Hana 36(abandoned her) short, black hair, brown eyes

Reika was born to uncertain parents, in the slums of Edo. They had barely enough to feed and care for themselves, and a child only brought more strain. She remembers very little of them, as by the time she was 5 years old, she was an orphan on the streets. She learned the streets quick, and how to go unnoticed or move quickly. By the time she was 7, she was already beating up small kids for food. She was mean, serious, and very physical. She would watch from neighboring buildings at the Edo Bugei students. She mirrored their movements, and taught herself how to hold a sword. She used these skills to beat up others, and take their money or food. Eventually, she caught the eye of the local Yakuza, seeing in her an enforcer that would be doubted.<br>
<br>When she was 10, she was brought along on her first job. Armed only with a boken, the small time group thought little of her. When it was done, none of them could hold anything in their hands, their arms were broken and they were beaten and bruised. She was a big hit in the Yakuza, and was quickly given to others. She was used like a tactical device. Head in through the front door of an establishment that owed her boss money, give them the ultimatum, and when they refused...beat them badly, and take the money anyways. She honed her physical capabilities quite well against bodyguards and other thugs, and she developed her stances by continuing to watch the students in their sparring and training. She had no fantasies that she would ever be there, amongst the rich and noble. As such, she didn't care about the formalities of a fight, and had no honor. The winner, was simply the last person standing.<br>
<br> Eventually at the age of 15 she had become an extremely prominent enforcer in the Edo Yakuza. She was respected, and feared. By this time she had garnered the attention of the local authorities as well, with several charges of assault, and a few cases of actual murder. She didn't care though, they couldn't touch her. But the Yakuza was feeling the heat, badly. They plotted to remove her, so they brought her down to a ware house where they were accepting a shipment of weapons. It was there that destiny would intervene on her behalf. When she was attacked by the other Yakuza members, she grabbed one of the katanas that was nearby. It sparked, and shook in her hand, like something wanting to come to life. A scion's weapon...her weapon. With katana and boken in hand, she killed every single member there. When authorities arrived, it was a mess. She was covered in blood, and over a dozen bodies were laid out around her. Of course, she was ready to kill her way out as well. Of course, that was stopped when some Hattori shinobi showed up. They proclaimed her a scion, and therefore under their jurisdiction. She was rushed off, and for a year trained and tutored under the guidance of the Yagyu clan before being sent off to the bugei, the same school she had watched when she was younger.

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Feb 7 2017, 10:35 AM

Sweat dripped from her brow as she stabbed out. Her breathing was a bit labored. Pain raced up her shoulder, and she winced. She stopped and steadied herself. It was a bit late, which was perfect in this case. Normally she didn't mind practicing or training around others. But after the attack on the Shogunate...she couldn't bring herself to let others see what had happened to her. It wasn't like it was shameful or anything. But she was still a woman, and still had a lot of pride in her appearance. Now...she felt almost like a leper.

The doctors did an amazing job. She never doubted that, nor was she mad at them. The fact that her skin was merely discolored, instead of a throbbing nasty looking scar was testament to their skill. Still, it was enough for people to instantly notice. She bit her lip as she moved over and sat down on one of the benches. She had taken to practicing when no one was in for that reason. She didn't want people to be put off by such a thing. It covered the top of her left should and a bit of the front and back of it. It then traveled up her neck, and onto her face.

Thankfully the hair hadn't been completely damaged and it was growing back. Small mercies really. But then, she had expected to lose the eye and even the ear in her, rather stupid, attack. The fact that her left eye was a slightly lighter color due to the damage was fine. It hadn't been damaged in any real way, well in any way that impaired her vision. It seemed like she merely got off with discoloration. The real problem was that for now, she was still in a bit of constant pain. Which she thought some training would help get over it.

So here she was, in one of the practice gyms. Hair pulled back, to keep it out of the way. She was bare foot, wearing some plain cargo pants, and a tight fitting sleeveless shirt with no mid-rif. She had a wooden replica of her weapon, something she had had made by an artisan. She needed to be as close to her actual weapon. She took a drink of the bottle of water and damped the towel across her before stepping back on the mat for another hour of working out.
Jan 7 2017, 10:31 PM
She took a deep breath. She exhaled, and fought down a swirl of emotions. Everyone got nervous their first time on stage. This wasn't nerves, this was a swell of pride. She knew...she knew she was out there, in the crowd gathering around the stage. The last act had finished, and it was her turn. This was what she had wanted. She had done acts, plays, and even song in front the student body dozens of times in her three years at being the Edo Bugei. But tonight was beyond special, it was magical.

Somewhere in the crowd, Sayuri's little sister was standing there. She was going to see her big sister up on stage, for the first time ever. A tear streaked a bit down her cheek, and she wiped it away with the back of her hand. She breathed in through her nose, and exhaled through her mouth again. Her breath misted a bit, in the slightly cold air. It just reminded her how cold it was in her outfit. It was a variation on the female school uniform, with a slightly longer skirt, and bit more ruffles and lace, knee high leggings, and a better sense of color.

She laughed inwards at that. She spun a bit and enjoyed how the skirt swished a bit more. It hadn't taken the costume department much provoking to make such a thing, they seemed to enjoy her coming in and requesting things now and again. As the announcer gave Sayuri her introduction, she clicked back into professional mode and strode onto the stage. She bowed and thanked the teacher, before taking the microphone.

"Goooood evening EDOOO!" Her voice carried through the microphone and out through the speakers, they had been tuned so even the people at the far back could hear the singers up on stage. She smiled at that. It never failed to thrill her, knowing that people wanted to hear songs....her songs even.

"It's been a...very difficult year. The Earthquake and loss of classmates, friends, and family. The attack on the Shogun, and the loss of another classmate...and the injuries suffered by those who fought." She nodded her head, feeling a pang of shame there. She wasn't really a fighter, and hadn't been asked to go on the escort mission.

"But...we are strong. This new year, we pledge ourselves to get stronger. We will all strive to reach our goals, no matter the tragedy." She smiled, not sure if she was getting to the audience or not.

"Many of the students from the Bugei know me, or have at least heard of me. I am of course referring to the name that's spread, Princess Snow Black. I don't mind, I have even taken the name as something to be proud of. Many believe me to be a rock of strength, even though I'm not a Scion. Many might look up to me." She exhaled, trembling a little. She could already feel her own emotions bubbling over.

"However, tonight...there is someone very very special to me in the crowd. Someone who fills me with strength. Someone who's own strength allows me to give voice to my emotions, and sing my heart." She looked out into the crowd and smiled, knowing she was there right then and there. "This song is dedicated to you."

She took a step back and sighed, mastering her emotions. As the piano begin, her voice rang out into the cold evening.

"Someone calling you. Someone calling you. Can't you hear the voice?" She took a breath. "Now it's time to go. Can't you hear the voice? Now it's time to go. Show your bravery." As the music switched and shifted, and the guitar rift tore through, she switched the mic off and tossed it aside. The curtains came up and the rest of the band was there, as she began to dance. Her voice cutting in, but it was the movement of her body that was her own focus.

Song: Canaria's Song, Time to Go
Jan 5 2017, 07:27 PM
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• 21 AND Female<br>
• Niigata, Echigo<br>
• 3rd Year<br>

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• Artisan <br>
• Chorus Club<br>
• Drama Club<br>

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<br>HAIR: Black
<br>EYES: Red. Sayuri wears contacts that change her color, from their normal light green.
<br>HEIGHT: 5'4"
<br>BODY TYPE: Average
Sayuri actually prefers her school uniform, finding it comfortable and rather fashionable. When occasions call for it, she will put on a full kimono with the Uesugi clan symbol emblazoned on it. She generally stays away from it, as it feels a bit snobbish to her...and is too restrictive. Other than that...anything that flows and spins well suits her dancing needs, and to a lesser extent her martial arts.

She also tends to wear glasses when in her room alone, giving her eyes a rest from the constant contact use.
<br>OTHER: A small scar on the bottom left of her stomach.

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<br>Sayuri at first seems a little aloof, like she's too good for most people. An heir of unapproachable nobility surrounds her, though she actually really isn't. It's the sort of status one gains by being the best at what they can do, and being rather pretty doesn't help. In fact she feels quite lonely sometimes, by how some students treat her. Like she's some sort of super idol that must be worshipped, and not approached. In reality...she is an extremely caring and compassionate person. She would gladly do anything for someone if they asked.
<br><br>Her greatest passions are singing and dancing. Whenever she is on stage performing she feels as if she could take a single step, and begin to fly. Following her own dreams, even against the wishes of her family, is what drives her onwards. The only thing that exceeds that, is her unbridled love for her little sister. She'd gladly face the scorn and hate of her entire family, face down a raging storm, and fight a Scion as long as her sister is happy and stands beside her. She is the one she derives all her strength from.
<br><br>Conversely anyone that hurts, threatens, or insults her sister would feel her unending wrath and hatred. She has been arrested on a few occasions for severely beating bullies that had picked on her sister. She has garnered a nickname from the color of her hair, her (apparent)icy demeanor, and singer of "Kuroyukihime" (Black Snow Princess). A title and nickname that she has taken upon herself.
<br>STRENGTHS: Caring and kind, strong willed, confident.
<br>WEAKNESSES: Her love for her sister, her compromised organ system, her inability to be told she can't do something,
<br>LIKES: Singing, Dancing, Her Little Sister
<br>DISLIKES: Not being able to sing, anyone who hurts her little sister, most of her family.
<br>AMBITIONS: Become a world famous entertainer

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WEAPON: Open Hand
<br>Styles: Sayuri has become adept in several martial arts. Namely that of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi. She has adapted these to work with her entertainment style, making them into dances.</div>

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<br>FAMILY: (If you have faceclaims in mind please note them.)
<br>• Uesugi, Itto father
<br>• Uesugi, Yae mother
<br>• Uesugi, Mizuhana little sister (playable)

Sayuri was born in Niigata, a healthy baby girl. From birth she had always had a strong will and determination. Traits her mother and father were extremely happy to cultivate. They wanted an heir of unquestionable standing and authority. What they would end up with, was someone that despises them. Something they could never plan on.
<br><br>While she was an exemplary daughter in every definition of the word, it would be the birth of her little sister that would change all that. Mizuhana was born sickly, and was considered to be too weak to be useful to the clan. However, from the very moment Sayuri saw her little sister she fell in love. She believed whole heartedly that as the elder sister she had to do everything in her power protect her little baby sister. Everything. She began to openly defy her parents, running to the hospital to stand vigil of her little sister, until she was forcibly removed. When her sister came home she made every effort to interact with the small little baby.
<br><br>Sayuri and Mizuhana grew so attached that their parents were afraid that Sayuri would somehow become corrupted. When Mizuhana fell deathly ill, her family had thought to let her pass. Sayuri could not believe it, and ran away from home. She disappeared at night and ran all the way to the hospital to sit at her little sister's bedside. She was shocked, to Mizuhana fighting every minute for her life, for her right to live. It was Sayuri who stormed into the doctor's personal office, demanding that he take her kidney to save her sister. It was in direct opposition of her parent's wishes, and when they found out she was there they rushed there to take her away.
<br><br>However, Sayuri would not leave peacefully. Kicking, screaming, and throwing curses loud enough to disrupt the entire hospital. The little 11 year old girl stood her ground screaming out that if no one else would, she would sacrifice everything for her little sister. She demanded, red faced and teary eyed, to be the donor to save her. The doctor's couldn't really refuse, as they were a match, and any longer of a wait could see the little girl perish.
<br><br>By the end of the night, two small girl's shared in the experience in being cut open. By the end of the week, both girls were healthy enough to return home, and one doctor lost his job. From that point on, Sayuri shielded her sister at every twist and turn, and the two were completely inseperable. However, just because Mizuhana had made a recovery did not mean that her parents accepted her fully as part of the family. But it didn't matter, the sisters had each other.
<br><br>In order to seperate them, Sayuri was sent to the Edo Bugei. There her parents had hoped that she would learn control and restraint, and become a fine warrior to take over the Uesugi clan. Instead, Sayuri spent her time perfecting her favorite thing, her voice. Half way through the first year, she had thoroughly impressed her classmates and many teachers. She was a natural singer and developed faster than most.
<br><br>At the Bugei she was forced to take combatitive lessons as well, but was allowed to take what she wanted. To that end, she developed a passion for martial arts, specifically forms that enhanced her dancing. It's fair to say that dancing and martial arts are no longer separate things for Sayuri, both being accentuated by her grace and agility. It was during the second year that she earned the title Kuroyukihime.
<br><br>It was during her third year that she gave the biggest slap to her family. They had found one of their precious relics, and tried to force a test on Sayuri. She lied and accepted it, only at the last moment passing it off to Mizuhana, without ever touching it. The relic reacted to her little sister, a ploy Sayuri had gambled on. She didn't know if it was because of her kidney inside her little sister...or if she truly was the match for it. Neither of those factors mattered to her though, now her family HAD to acknowledge the little girl they had given up on.
<br><br>Now they would be together at Edo Bugei.

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