I'm a decent player but notoriously bad at things that have happened to me in the past as I always focus on the characters personality and attitude going forward rather than what has happened in the past. I'll jot my idea down, if you're interested at all I can expand on it but I'm a far better player than I am a writer...
My idea + rough background:
Tsi Oda, Oriole Shugenja and someday artificer.
Tsi Oda was born a simple ronin, his father Oba the Blacksmith claims his mother was a samurai who stopped by their small village outside the capital city one winter, pregnant and ashamed to tell her family. Oda took in the young girl and kept her warm and well fed over the winter. She gave birth and fled before the snows melted leaving him to raise the young Ronin she named Oda. Growing up he learned to work alongside his father making simple implements for the local farmers before he left his father to pursue an apprenticeship in the arts of togi, or sword polishing. A far more fitting occupation for a ronin than repairing farming implements. When a young ronin named Xen had him polish a sword and noticed Oda singing softly to the blade and appearing to chat with it he mentioned the oddity of it to a ronin named Zutaka who would later become Tsi Zutaka when he was recognized for his service. During the formation of the Oriole clan he pledged fealty and was accepted as Tsi Oda as a young untrained shugenja.
Lacking a formal school of their own Oda was quickly fostered to the
|Free raise for craft spells seems useful for a Tsi Shugenja but I'm not married to the idea. |
for training. Oda recently graduated and was invited to the first winter court of Empress Iweko along with Tsi Zutaka.
His personality is a that of a young man, a bit insecure about his humble origins if he thinks people look down on him or pity him for it yet fiercely driven to succeed and become worthy of his adoption into the Tsi. He dreams of being able to discover knowledge that would allow him to unlock the tsi blades his adopted brothers have crafted. (I'm fine with the goal of making magic swords being an IC goal that doesn't happen IG). He takes great pride in working with those of lower status as he remembers growing up one of them himself, he's quick to temper if samurai mistreat them harshly.
Earth 3, Water 3, Artisan: Togi 3, friendly earth kami that likes to live in his Wakizashi. Ally Oriole clan daimyo too if you think it'd be a good one to pick, not sure if we're heading off into the wilderness with zero further contact or not. If so he'd be background info instead of an actual ally. Brash (not a wise idea but it fits the char).