Yashima Core Characters and Background lore. (Click here for Expansion/Crossover Characters)
The world got ugly. Humans took all that was good, stripped it bare, and hungrily sought more. As people grew in power, they destroyed more and more of the planet. When the crack in reality happened, those that survived mostly believed that Earth had finally had enough and decided to fight back. Others were not so sure, but since everyone struggled for life, the spark that started the end was never actually discovered.
As humanity began to die off, the rest of nature grew in strength. Many cultures, often thought of as silly and arcane, had always believed that all living things had a soul. It was now, at the twilight of the age of man that they finally were given empirical proof. One religion had called them kami, the spirit of all living things. Before long, everyone could see these kami, from the smallest puff of seeds on a dandelion to the vast expanse of an ocean, each part of nature had its own spirit protector.
Miraculously, a small number of people left could communicate with the kami. Of these men and women, many were feared by the kami and instantly destroyed. A small precious few had the patience and humility to approach the kami and bestow the proper honor upon these spirits. Their humble plea kept the fragile tether humans had to existence.The kami were supplicated enough to add their strength to help rebuild the planet. The agreement was that humans would help all of nature, not just their own kind. Humanity was happy to comply.
These first decades showed the dominance of the kami over humans. Their power would overtake the man or woman whose strength and abilities would magnify tenfold, but whose will was totally submissive to the kami. The world was rebuilt, but many people became little more than puppets. They died early and hollow.
Slowly the tides turned and as the Earth healed, men and women learned to pick their kami partners carefully. Their hard-won knowledge was shared in loose alliances, that eventually became schools of training. After centuries of great deeds and devastating power struggles, kami and humans finally found a balance. Humans had begun a dynasty; it was the new age of mankind. The head of a kami school became the ruler of their land. Only the wisest and most experienced were allowed to rule, and they did so to prevent those out in the wild lands- people who could not see, or rejected kami- from bringing back the destruction of times past. This golden time was not without its wars, but each time the uncivilized fought for rule by blood and violence, the kami and the masters would join to subdue the wild horde.
Now we are in the next age. The world has been tamed again. Kami and the masters rule the land in feudal principalities. Peace has reigned for a long time, and the Earth is whole and beautiful. But time has a habit of repeating past sins. It has been so long since man has fought for power, and the kami have forgotten why they feared and hid from them centuries ago. Masters have been ingrained in the ritual of nobility and honor of their tradition, but have forgotten the reason behind them. They have begun to fight for honor, rather than for betterment of the world.
Some kami masters begin to think it is time for an emperor, a greater leader, and they think on themselves to be that one person to rule the whole world…
Daughter of Grandmaster Takeshi of the Temple Wakahisa, Akiko had been groomed to be a kami master since birth. For generations her family controlled the temple of Wakahisa and run its militant force. She could trace her lineage to every leader of the temple for the last two hundred years. In addition to might, the Wakahisa know their ties to the land run deep and defend the earth and their people with an earnest love. They are well loved and respected in return. It had been Akiko’s parents greatest hope that their daughter would carry on their family’s glorious tradition. That was until the lord of Oshiro, Hikaru’s house, encroached upon their land. When Akiko’s mother went to settle the dispute, she was killed. Since that time Takeshi has been unapproachable and Akiko was left to repiece her shattered life.
For a time she floated along, sad and anchorless, until the first time she gave herself to the phoenix kami. From that time until now, Akiko has only become more and more obsessed with the immortality of the phoenix, especially as she gets closer to the age her mother was at the time of her murder. Akiko has gone too far, giving too much of herself to the kami spirits she binds with. Emotionless, heartless, callous, Akiko cares only for self-progression… the rest of the world could burn for all she cares. Akiko’s power is fueled by rage and she enjoys setting things on fire. She leaves a trail of ash behind her as she battles through the land of Yashima alone.
Akiko’s father, a man once dedicated to his people and the land, is rarely seen and always covered when in public. It’s rumored that Takeshi’s a leper or perhaps that he died long ago and the temple is hiding this fact. Darker whispers say that like his daughter, he has spent too much time with powerful and dangerous kami to get his revenge on Oshiro by overtaking them in the running to become Emperor.
While we are still finalizing artwork for these we wanted to give you a little teaser on some of Akiko’s battle deck abilities.
*Battle Card Art not final
She waddled forward a few steps, her eyes somber, chubby cheeks no longer full of smiles and coos. Then she tilted her head to listen.
From a pile of corpses came a moan.
She walked forward to the mass, and peered into the pile of the dead. Somewhere in the middle a man was close to the end. Her eyes met his and she nearly fell climbing over corpses to reach him. Gently taking his hand she patted it as her mother often did for her at bedtime she gently spoke, “Shhhhh…. cwose your eyes. Go to sweep. It’s time for rest.” And with those gentle words, the man died.
Then she calmly walked back to her father, caked in blood and gore, but none of it soaking into her soul. She looked up at her father and said, “You are a bad man. Take me home.” There was nothing more to say, and so she never spoke to him again.
At the youngest age possible she joined House Oshiro. It had been a beacon of light since the cataclysm and has provided the people peace and aid in humanitarian forms: medical treatment, food & water, building shelters. Her calm demeanor and singular focus on helping others could have made her a target of petty jealousy.
Over the years several people took her desire for love and peace as weakness and have tried to control her. All of them have become her most ardent supporters. Hikaru set off into the world to restore order and balance and bring light to the people. She yields to power of light to heal herself, blind her enemies and purify the world around her. Some wonder if she instils a compulsion to love her as well.
While the houses say the world has become civilized, he has seen the savagery due to the lawlessness of the land. He was a metal worker. His affinity with kami was proficient enough that he could have become a master, but he had met Keira and knew no greater honor than becoming her husband.
They had lived happily, if simply, in their home surrounded by children and full of love for each other. The killers who took them away had worn masks, but he knew they were trained. Only one with knowledge of tome lore could keep him rooted to the floor watching helplessly while they tore his family apart and his humanity from him.
In a haze of rage Kenta fought seemingly for nothing other than to show that he was the strongest. No matter where he was or who the target, his rage obliterated everything, his sanity, his humanity, and his sorrow.
Eventually Kenta realized he would have to align with someone to avoid the same fate as his family. He would never be accepted to a house, with his skills learned so late in life and so raw in practice. Moreover, he thought of the day he discovered what house had been the root of the evil. It would seem a waste to kill every living thing of an organization he belonged to, so joined and is a member of House Akuto, a group of mercenaries and dilettantes.
Kenta takes trophies from the masters he defeats and uses artifacts of the old world in combat as he has possibly the loosest binding to the kami spirits, he is untrained, an unbalanced force seeking only to bring order to the land to prevent others from suffering as he has… and to eradicate those who would bring suffering.
It is not publicly known what happened to Rosamu’s temple, only that it was completely destroyed while he was on his journey. Without any answers, he was left the sole survivor of Temple Ise. Rosamu had forgotten the faces of the man and woman who had brought him into this world long before. A lesser man would have broken under the strain and sorrow, without any support and with such great loss, but Rosamu has become strong without support of a house or temple. He has wandered alone in meditation through the lawless lands developing a greater bond with the kami, seeking to understand them, and perhaps make them his new family.
As for his temple, there are rumors it was destroyed by a short-lived collaboration of the other houses & temples due to the fact that Ise was almost assured that it would rise to the position of Emperor or Empress. While that level of power is unimportant to him, Rosamu’s ultimate goal is to bring back the glory of his temple. If taking the lone path to become leader will help him rebuild his family, that’s a sacrifice he may be willing to make.
Rosamu is a man of little words and few possessions. Unable to afford a sword, he has mastered the ability to fight using a length of chain which he found during his journey.
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