A powerful ronin bushi


Hisao is a tall man with powerful shoulders, a fierce dark face, and eyes that seem to flash and glitter with savage laughter. It was a face to be dominated by, or to fight: never a face to patronize or pity. All his movements were large and perfectly balanced, like those of a wild animal, and when he appeared in a room, he seemed a wild animal held in a cage too small for it.

He is often seen with Natsuko and she seems to be the only person he trades words with.


Hisao was born a samurai, his father was a crab bushi of some repute. However, his father had fallen to the taint and choose to run and side with the Spider clan instead of seppuku. For such a crime his family was struck from the crab history and cast off as ronin.

Hisao left the crab lands with just his father’s ono and wits when he was just 11. A large and powerful boy he learnt to carry and then soon after swing the ono. Like a wild animal he would kill anyone for food or to better his lot.

This changed when he met a girl a little younger than him. Natsuko couldn’t restore his faith in humanity, but she did manage to cool his temper and see life in a new way.

When Ikoma Juro’s war party finally caught up with the ronin group, Ikoma Juro saw this young boy barely 15 years old cut down 2 well trained samurai with his brutal ono before being captured. Ikoma Juro was so impressed by the young man’s courage, he spared his life and that of the little girl he fought so hard to protect.

They were both taken back to Kurogane-Hana to be trained. Hisao trained with the soilders at Kurogane-Hana, but was soon expelled from the training sessions due to his roughness in the spars. He has since become the head of a small group of lion scouts, which he is to use to patrol the surrounding area and escort important personnel.

He is also a yo-jimbo to Natsuko.


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