The Scorpion's Sting
Soshi Shugenja School, Scorpion Clan
1. What clan does your character belong to?
2. What family does your character belong to?
3. Is your character a bushi, a shugenja, or a courtier?
A priestess, scholar, and illusionist.
4. How would others describe your character’s appearance?
Soshi Seiya is rather pretty, with dark reddish-brown hair, like burnt sienna, which is half up and half down with some elaborate hair ornaments. Her mask reveals her eyes but covers her nose and mouth with a translucent red gauze. The edges are embroidered in black silk.
5. What is your character’s primary motivation?
Seiya wishes to hone her skills as an illusionist so that she may eventually live two lives: one where she pursues her own pleasures, and another where she is acting in the official capacity as a Soshi shugenja.
6. Who is the person your character trusts most in the world?
Moto Ren. His straightforwardness and honesty appeals to her, and he has learned that the loyalty of a Scorpion, once earned, is precious.
7. What is your character’s greatest strength and weakness?
Seiya’s greatest strength is her ability to cast spells from memory surreptitiously. She will not reveal her connection to the spirits, leaving it to others to figure out. Besides, if they cannot tell she is a shugenja, what does it matter to them anyway?
8. What does your character think of bushido?
Bushido helps to preserve a civil society, which is important to the preservation of the Empire. However, they are more an ideal to strive towards than a rigid ruleset. Mortals are fallible, after all, and are wont to do as they please, but they should not be able to take advantage of bushido to harm others.
Seiya feels that the Scorpion are one of the few wisest clans in the Empire, who is willing to see things as they are and not some glimmering veneer of emerald. The Crane are perfectly willing to live happily in their dream world. The Dragon, at least, try to pierce through but are generally still hampered by ethics. The Crab and Lion see nothing besides from their singular focus on the enemy. The Phoenix drown themselves in knowledge and cannot see the world for what it truly is. The Unicorn and Mantis, I find, are the most pragmatic, and though they lack the sophistication to pierce the veil they do not let falsehoods and ethics bind them.
10. Is your character married?
Seiya is at an age where betrothal is likely imminent. The only thing stopping her marriage is likely her duties away from court. She is in love with Moto Ren and believes that as long as her giri keeps her from returning home she will be able to continue her affair with him.