Jiyu (Deceased... again)

Undead Ronin Warlord

Undead Ronin General
Air: 2 Earth: 5 Fire: 3 Water: 5
Reflexes: 3 Agility: 4
Initiative: 6k3 Attack: Katana (6k3)
Damage: Katana (10k3) Armor TN: 25
Reduction: 3
Honor: 5.5 Status: 0 Glory: 3.6
Taint: 5.0

School/Rank: Tawagato’s Army/Maho-Bujin 1, Insight Rank 3
Advantages: Heart of Vengeance (Mantis), Hero of the People, Tactician
Disadvantages: Social Disadvantage: Ronin, Dark Secret (Born Peasant), Dependent (Little Sister), Shadowlands Taint
Techniques: The People’s Will—When Jiyu spends a Void Point to add a bonus of +1k1 to any Skill or Trait Roll, he also adds his Honor Rank to the total. Carve the Crimson Road-Jiyu’s raises are based off his Taint rank (5) instead of Void (none). He gains 5 extra unkept dice on damage, and can make Extra Attacks with 2 raises instead of 5.
Shadowlands Powers: Power of Jigoku-Jiyu gets +5 to all physical-based rolls. Thy Master’s Will-Jiyu is an intelligent undead under the sway of the Shadowlands. Undead Strength-Jiyu does not suffer wound penalties. Unholy Stamina=For all intents and purposes, Jiyu needs no sleep.

Skill Name Rank Trait Roll Emphases and Mastery Abilities
†Battle 5 Per 10k5
†Defense 2 Agi 5k3
†Etiquette 1 Awa 3k2
†Investigation 3 Per 7k4
†Kenjutsu 4 Agi 7k3 +1k0 Damage
†Spears 1 Agi 4k3
†Athletics* 2 Agi 5k3 +5 TN
Games: Shogi 1 Int 4k3
Games: Go 1 Int 4k3
†School Skill *Low Skill

Light Armor, Sturdy Clothing, Katana, Traveling Pack, 1 koku


Jiyu was the son of a simple farmer, toiling to provide food for the Mantis clan. That changed 10 years ago when the farm had a rough season and—after taxes took their toll—there was not enough food for the peasants. Jiyu’s parents sacrificed their own food to keep their son and daughter—Jiyu’s younger sister Aiyu—fed. It wasn’t long until starvation claimed both the young ronin’s parents.

No one else in the village was willing to starve to feed the pair, so a 10-year old Jiyu took his infant sister and left, wandering the Isles of Spice and Silk, stealing food when he couldn’t get any gifts from strangers. Eventually, he ran in with a group of ronin.

These men were different than the samurai his family had served, and much different than the bandits that occasionally raided. They fought for the people. For whatever could be paid, they would help defend peasants, or even put down their katanas and pick up farm tools to help with harvest. They never seemed to grow bitter if they were now and again chased away by the very people they had helped. This group understood the peasants’ poor life, and simply did what they could to help.

A decade later, Jiyu now leads the group. He has recently begun a peasant revolt, riding in to protect villages from bandit attacks or samurai tax collectors, then adding them to his growing army. His force has become a thorn in the side of Kousei, the local lord.

That was then. This is now.

After he was assassinated by Kakita Sanjuro, the energies of Jigoku beckoned to Jiyu through the nearby Spirit Scar. It promised his spirit the freedom of his people if he would just allow the Taint into his soul. So strong was his anger towards the Samurai caste that he quickly agreed. He now leads an army of peasants and undead.

Jiyu (Deceased... again)

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