Yamashi

 
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History in Brief

How Humans may know of him

Current situation

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Appearance

Personality

Number of tails

Proficiencies

Family

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He was a *big* kitsune. That would be the first thing that anyone who saw him would think. The next thing would probably be, what the hell was that spear thing he had slung over his shoulder. All in all, he was just a touch over six feet, with an air of solidness and sheer muscled mass that almost no one associated with kitsune. The spear was fully as thick around as most men's wrists, the bladed tip ended in a nearly foot long wicked curve of metal that was somewhat similar to a spear, but was heavier than most were used to, and the other end was capped with a heavy, wicked bolt of patterned metal. The whole thing looked like it should have been too heavy to move easily, but any fighter of any particular proficiency could look at his fluid movements and the easy drape of his arm over the haft, and would know he could move a lot faster with that spear than they would have otherwise estimated. He was dressed in neat, close cut dark olive grey garments clearly tailored to him and what obviously must be his fighting style. He was slightly travel worn, but in no way unkempt. Further startling was that he, unlike most kitsune, had a fine cover of fur along every visible length of skin. Short fur, obviously, that left his features patterned in the fox's colors and design. He only showed a single tail, but it was fuller and longer than the local foxes, the length of it nearly two thirds of his height, something much closer to the actual relative length of a fox's tail to their fox bodies. He blandly ignored any stares, and for the most part seemed to know where he was going, though he obviously paused from time to time to glance about lazily for landmarks.

Someone finally gathered the courage to tentatively ask him if he needed help finding something. He grinned a large, toothy grin that unconsciously displayed sharp teeth somehow without frightening the person and gave them a polite bow. "I'm after looking for a friend of mine, is all. Don't be minding me overly much, I get close enough and I'll be after smellin' 'em. Thank ye, though."

 

Names

Chihi no Yamashi. Though it has been a couple hundred of years since he actually resided in Chihi, he has never officially changed his name and he makes it quite plain to any denlord whose lands he resides in for any amount of time that he has no intention of doing so.

Though the sounding of the name has not changed, he has changed the symbols used to represent his name. For much of his early life, he was Yamashi (mountain, persimmon). Once he became a Chronicler, however, he changed it to Yamashi (mountain, written record).

Sometimes, in extremely formal situations, he is referred to by his title - Historian [rekishika (rekishi= history, ka = person/person who does), Chronicler (nendaiki hensha = chronicle compiler), or Recorder. One would call him Historian if they meant to imply that his visit is passive - he happens to be there and isn't trying to record something. Chronicler is perhaps the most correct and formal. Recorder would be a polite insult, as the mundaneness of the term implies that anyone can do his job. (I'm inclined to just use Nendaikika for the more formal version, because I like the sound of it, but I'm not entirely certain that it "flows" right in Japanese)

 

History in Brief

Yamashi was born into Chihi, and is one of the famously large-framed foxes of that clan. He was the top student of Ginyue’s father before the clan war that decimated the Chihi and Modoku dens. His father was one of Lord Chihi’s guard/advisors. Both father and son survived the conflicts. They spent the few years directly afterwards trying to track down the missing heir of Chihi, and then once she had been found, providing protection until she was brought to Chigonoha.

At Chigonoha, Yamashi met with some of the records keepers whose jobs focused mainly on trying to identify human spirits. These record keepers had copies of records, correspondence, battle reports, and any other written work found on the dead and dying of the battlefields. They used the records to try and match spirits up with their names, in hopes of helping spirits to move on. While there, it became apparent that Yamashi had an extraordinary sense of balance and a tendency towards unbiased reporting and a fantastic  mind for details and history.

From there, especially since his den was virtually non-existent, it wasn’t too surprising to anyone that he was eventually named one of the five official Chroniclers of kitsune history.

His work takes him many places, as he records events and happenings in the kitsune lands. He occasionally researches into events taking place in the human lands, but he has not gone out of his way to learn of events among the humans.

At the point that Chihi is re-founded, he would return immediately to guard Ginyue. Similarly, if Ginyue ever became pregnant, he would return to guard the child. This does not necessarily mean that he would give up his position as Chronicler.

 

How humans may know of him

Honestly, few humans would see him. He occasionally makes his way under illusion to listen to tales of events in the Empire, but he doesn’t stick around long enough to catch much attention.

In later years of my story-line, Ginyue spends half a year among the humans when she bears a child to a clansman. Yamashi attaches himself to Ginyue and child, even through the times that she spends in human lands.

 

Current situation

He mostly wanders, and could be reasonably found in just about any location within Kitsune territories.

Rank and Status

Yamashi is one of the five official Chroniclers of History for the Kitsune. As such, he stands outside of most rankings. He can request housing be provided at any den that he overnights in or needs to stay in for a time. He is also always provisioned respectably by the various dens, though smaller dens with limited resources would only provide the basic necessities, while larger dens would help provide items that are more difficult to replace. As an official Chronicler, he is one of the few non silver kitsune who has full run of Temple when he needs it.

Since kitsune do not often reincarnate, nor have an afterlife, they have an intense fear of disappearing. Chroniclers, then, are revered because they will record events, ensuring that kits are remembered even if it is merely their names that get written down. If an event is recorded, it is understood that the Chronicler is unbiased and only writes what they see and understand, as well as explaining and detailing what they don’t understand about a situation. As such, most kitsune are unfailingly polite to Chroniclers, not because they will write something bad about them in history, but because the Chroniclers may decide to write someone *out* of history. This is a moot fear if the kitsune in question holds a key position or is instrumental in some way, but they have the fear nonetheless.

 

Appearance

His coloring is very red-fox typical, orange-ish red fur with typical patternings. His “normal” fox size is closer to the size of your average dog, and he can make himself half again that size. Most disturbing about this is that he appears to be a mix of fox and something not... quite... fox. Most foxes appear fine boned and slender, but his fox form is square and solid in a way that is something between a great cat and a wolf.

The most remarkable thing about his human form is that he tends to keep his fox coloring. His younger half brother cannot remove his coloring in his human form, so Yamashi has in the years since his younger brother was born, taken measures to help his half-kitsune brother feel more normal. Yamashi keeps short fur over his features even in human form, and, even more remarkable, in human form keeps his tail the same ratio size that he would have in fox form. This means that the tail is longer than his torso and the fur of the tail is long enough that his tail is almost as wide as he is. Kitsune who keep their tails to that ratio tend towards being intrinsic and highly traditional, but while Yamashi is traditional, he doesn’t dislike humans as a result of his outlook.

His human form is also quite large. He is easily six feet tall, and despite his years as a Chronicler,  he still sports the wide shoulders and muscles of a heavy spear wielder.

His one odd coloring bit is that his eyes are coppery. It is not the gold of the Inari line, but it looks just as metallic.

 

Personality

Yamashi is a relatively quiet kitsune, and while not precisely patient, he is very good at biding his time. He adores children. Most of his teasing tends towards gentle rather than harsh, and he is very amicable.

He tends to speak in a countrified version of Rokugani, all incorrect verbs and hill speak. He does it on purpose, a way of fooling others into thinking he is big and dumb. His written works are nothing but perfect grammar and precise, neat handwriting.

Number of tails

 

Proficiencies

His weapon of choice is the Chunqiu Dao, the large flat-bladed spear. He is ambidextrous, and can speak, read, and write several languages.

 

Family

His father died about fifty years ago, his mother died at his birth, and his father's second wife died about six years after she birthed his younger brother, Ash. Ash is his only living blood family, and the two brothers are surprisingly close considering their age differences.

Yamashi views Ginyue as part of his immediate family, but such sentimentality holds a firm second seat to his traditional place as her guard.

Tree

His tree is a persimmon (Kaki) tree found near the edge of what would be considered Chihi grounds.

 

 
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