Suzume Hachi School:
Suzume Bushi SchoolRings:
Air 3 (Reflexes3, Awareness3), Earth 2(Stamina2, Willpower3), Fire 2(Agility 2, Integligence2), Water 2 (Strength 2, Perception 2) Void 2Skills:
Calligaraphy 1, Kenjutsu (Katana) 3, Lore History 1, Lore Theology 1, Perform Storytelling 1, Lore Nature 1, Meditation 1, Etiquette 2, Atlethics 3, Defence 2, Horsemanship 1, Iajutsu 2, Jinjutsu 2, Kyujutsu 1, Etiquette 2, Horsemanship 1, Games: Go 2Technique:
All Things In time (p225)Advantages:
Sacred Weapon Kakita Blade  (If I get GM approval)Disadvantages:
Insight: 137 = Rank 1
Equipment: Light Armour, Sturdy Clothing, Daisho, Yumi, Bowyer Kit, Willow Leaf Arrow (x8) Traveling Pack:Cooking Pot, Chopsticks, Blanket, Miniature Go Set, Small Tent, Spare Kimono and Sandles, Whetstone, A weeks rations, Shovel, Rope, 1 Koku
Experience: 40 (12 to bring Reflex to 3, Etiquette 2(3), Athletics 3 (6), Defence 2 (3), Horsemanship 1, Kenjutsu to 3 (5), Iajutsu 2 (3), Jinjutsu 2(3), Kyujutsu 1, Games Go 2(3) (39)
Clan: Sparrow, Family Suzume, Bushi
How would others describe your character:
Suzume Hachi appears to be a somewhat shy on first approach and naive to how the world really works, as to whether this is a part of his upbringing that he will shed or he really has no natural inclinations towards politics is yet to be determined. He is always very well groomed and very methodical in his approach to things. His clothes are stout but worn, it is unlikely to find him in silks, though this is likely because he may not be able to afford such luxury. He has a tightly trimmed mustache and goatee.
Thankfully does not follow the Sparrow stereotype of long winded story telling, though he does however always listen very intently to stories and will often request stories from a skilled storyteller.
Suzume's primary motivation:
To serve the Emperor with honor, he will of course have deep regrets if he is ordered to against his Clan but will do so if it is the Emperor's will. He does want to represent his Clan and show them that though the Sparrow may be a Minor Clan and with little infuence they should still be respected as warriors.
Who is the person your character trusts most in the world:
Suzume Miko, this is Hachi's female cousin. They have not spoken in over three years except by letter. Hachi is a lonely child but Miko is like a cousin to him, they spent their early childhood playing in the fields. She is currently studying with the Fox Clan Shugenja as she displayed the potential to be a Shugenja, a Fox Clan Shugenja offered to assist in her education, they have kept in contact by letters.
What is your characters greatest strength and weakness?
Hachi's greatest most admirable strenght is his disciplined, humble nature. His greatest weakness is his one for women, although he isn't prone to taking them to bed as some men are wont to, he does find women he is attracted to, whether physically or mentally, some what distracting. He's also more suceptible to having his ear bent by them.
What does Hachi think of Bushido:
Honesty is the least important aspect of Bushido in his mind although Hachi would likely never say so out loud, he wont lie strictly speaking but he will choose his words carefully and leave himself room to wiggle if need be. Lieing isn't a concept he has huge experience with however and isn't all that good at even being misleading. Duty is the most important aspect.
Hachi' Opinion of the Sparrow
He believes the Sparrow clan have a purer version of what it is the Samurai should be, they serve the Emperor, Samurai must organise the Empire for the Emperor and serve him in all things. How many other clans could work such harsh land and guard but never use the rich lands they must never use as set aside by the Emperor. He is proud that his Clan has never failed in this task and has helped guard the sacred plains himself.
Is your character married?
Hachi was previously bethrothed to a Fox Clan Shugenja, they had only met a few times but her beauty made him blush and that made her smile. Sadly she has not been seen in many years after she disappearred in the woods of the Fox Clan. She has been declared dead by her own Clan and with a heavy heart Hachi accepted that the woman with the ruby lips who he had thought would be mother to his children was dead. He did not love her yet but it was clear to most that they looked like their marriage would have been a happy one. Hachi still sometimes dreams of his bethroded, intense dreams and ones he rarely speaks of as it was things they had not yet done. It has been suggested to him that there would be worse things for him than to find a bride amongst those he meets, although the other members of the Legion will of course be likely richer than him those women who might dismiss a political marriage normally with a Sparrow will take not of the fact he has received the honour of joining the legion.
Does Hachi have any prejudices:
Hachi has no great love for the Crab but respects the task they take on and will give them some extra leeway as a Clan. He looks upon the Scorpion Clan with suspicion, they are the most corrupt clan it seems to him and he has lost several friends to their warriors.
Who does Hachi serve the most loyally?
Up to this point Hachi served the Sparrow Clan Champion loyally, in the small Clan Holdings he has had several opportunities to meet the Champion and even played a few games of Go with the man. Far away from his people and his Champion his loyalty may shift though as any Samurai will say when asked he will reply that his loyalty is to the Emperor.
What are Hachi's favour and least favourite things?
Hachi's guilty pleasure is spending time with beautiful women, this can take many forms from a simple game of Go to training. Sometimes when he sits with them he smiles though his mind has wandered to his lost Fox bride to be.
He dislikes courtly flamboyant events, he is too far out of his element and can't be comfortable.
Does Hachi have any recurring mannerisms?
Hachi will often stroke his beard when in thought over a conversation, playing go or examining battlemats. His own personal motto is "Obedience brings victory." When travelling he has a habit of looking at fields.
What are your characters emotions?
Hachi will most often laugh, it is the easiest emotional response to get from him generally speaking. Attractive women might find that blushes are just as common, without them necessarily trying to elicit that response.
How would Hachi deal with subordonates?
Hachi would probably say that he would seek to find the cause of the problem and why it had arrisen. In reality he probably wouldn't be quite as understanding as he'd like to think he would. He would be very strict in the event that they had tried to hide and cover up the infraction.
How do Hachi's parents view him?
Hachi is a lonely child and his parents adore him, his mother and father watched him leave pride visible on their faces. He has always been a deligent son. They had grown worried when the beautiful Fox had died, there son though not shirking his duties did not take to tasks with the same joy, that mood has passed for many months but his mother a Crane by birth worries that the women from the outside world might prove difficult for him to manage, especially those of the Scorpion who she has warned him away from, they would think little of manipulating him and she knows he would stand little chance against a skilled courtier.
What is Hachi's highest ambition?
He has already achieved a position in the Legion, although he would not be opposed to ascending rank he merely hopes to acquire honour for his Clan. He would be most pleased to one day stand before the Emperor in recognition of a life time honourable service, he would equally be pleased with either this or a meaningful death in service at some great battle after performing some remarkable deed... preferably once he has children to carry on his name. In other words he wants to see his name being pointed to and seen as an example for the Sparrow to be respected.
How religious is Hachi?
Hachi is religious to an extent but rarely visits a temple without reason. He prefers praying in the moment as he'd say and prefers meditation in nature. He used to visit temples a little more regularily but now he finds it hard to pray and meditate in them meaningfully, his mind tends to wander
How will Hachi die?
He will die because of a woman, he will die to defend a woman or because one manipulates him. He has romantic ideas of how men and women work out in real life, leading his nature to prove himself infront of others to be exacerbated by the presence of a woman he thinks might take interest in him if she sees him honourably coming to her aid. Perhaps this death will come in the midst of battle with no manipulation, moving to intercept an arrow meant for a comrades back before falling to the ground.
This is what I've come up with, I had hoped to take a Kakita Blade as a Sacred Weapon given the Clan's History and roots in the Crane Clan, a blade passed down through his family since they were part of that Clan. Technically I don't think it's legal but given the background it might be something our GM might consider.