Nanami KazusaPhysical Description:
Nanami is a young woman with shoulder length dark hair, sun kissed dark skin, and almond colored eyes with epicanthic folds. Her small frame has an athletic musculature most associated with strong swimmers. While she is undoubtedly young, her body shows a certain degree of weather wear from the life she has lived. She often wears men’s clothing and conceals her gender.Affiliation/Title:
Nanami was the second child born in the Kazusa family of Kainishi, a small fishing village along the Estovad Seaside. Like most in her village, her family was fishermen and from an early age Nanami was expected to contribute. Like most children in that village, the best way for Nanami to contribute was by diving. The bounty at the bottom of the lakes, rivers, and sea that surrounded her village was for Nanami and her siblings to harvest. She collected seaweed, shellfish, lobsters, sea urchins, and even oysters.
While every once in a great while she would discover a pearl, by law all pearls belonged to the Queen and to do anything but hand them over to the Magistrate was considered theft. It was after her younger sister found a pearl the size of her fist that Nanami’s life began to fall apart. When they brought the pearl to their father, he believed that the local Magistrate would reward the family since the Queen would be certainly pleased. When Nanami’s father took the pearl to the Magistrate, and summoned the courage to ask for a reward the Magistrate ordered his hands removed.
With their father maimed and unable to handle the fishing nets, the primary burden of feeding the family and meeting the village’s quota fell upon her older brother. At the age of eleven, Nanami began working the fishing boat with her brother. By tradition, she was still too young to operate the boat alone, and so the family had to scrape by with only a single net in the water. Four months passed before their father died from infection to his wounds. Five years later her brother was “enlisted” into the Queen’s army when a rebellious army rose up to the south. Her brother earned honor for her family when he died in the first wave.
With both of the male members of the family gone, Nanami’s mother had no choice but to look for an alternate life for her daughters. Nanami’s younger sister was fortunate. Because of her age and beauty, she was bonded to an Okiya and began training as a Geisha. Her mother tried to find a good husband for Nanami, but without a dowry few were interested, and those that were Nanami refused to consider.
At the age of sixteen, shortly after her mother passed, Nanami began fending for herself. She became an urchin, and while many of the villagers took pity upon her and gave her what little they had to spare, many of the more affluent villagers scorned her. Nanami was resilient though. She knew how to harvest the sea and river beds, and she knew how to work a net and navigate a boat. When she discovered that many fishermen wouldn’t hire her because of her gender, she disguised herself as a boy. She learned how to avoid notice, act meek, and think fluidly. Most importantly, she learned to survive.
Over the last two years, she has become a type of nomadic fisherman. She had heard the hurtful things people had said about her so often that she eventually accepted and embraced them. Those people who called her a thief, she stole from. The people who called her a liar, she lied to. Those who showed her kindness, she repaid with hard work and loyalty.Strengths:
Nanami is a hard worker. She is intelligent, quick, strong willed, and resilient, and is capable of adapting to her situation. Above all else, Nanami is willing to do what it takes to survive. Weaknesses:
Nanami’s moral compass is a little skewed. She is, after all, willing to do what it takes to survive. She has heard the hurtful things people have said about her for so long that she has embraced them. She is spiteful and vengeful, and once she has made up her mind, she seldom reconsiders her actions.