(all IC dates calibrated to our Campaign, not WOTC standard dates. They can suck it.)
In the year 1158 of the Imperial Calendar (IC = 1357 DR), the seven “Drops of Rain” (and a Mantis ally) depart from Nichibotsu Fusheru aboard a Crane trade junk for the west. Among this group is Bayushi Kangashita, a Scorpion Samurai/Monk. This is his story…
Kangashita (Kang) is the sixth of seven children born to Hudeo and Jocayda (originally a Kakita of the Crane clan). Their first three children, Soro (M, 1126 IC), Tanube (F, 1127 IC), and Galya (F, 1129 IC – remains Crane) were born before the Scorpion Clan Coup in 1130 IC. After its failure, Scorpion children were sent to live with the Crane, by the Emperor’s edict; these Bayushi stayed with the family of Kakita Fumasu, Jocayda’s father. Hitomoshi (F, 1132 IC) and Tapenka (M, 1134) were born while part of the Scorpion clan walked the Burning Sands, and these two have taken the Senpet adulthood rites and remain with the desert people in the Burning Sands. Kangashita was born in 1138 IC, while the Scorpion traveled the Burning Sands as allies, rather than captives, of the Senpet. His younger sister, Herakau (F, 1141 IC) was also born during their stay in the Burning Sands. The family was officially reunited in 1147 IC, when the Scorpion Clan returned to the Empire to help end the Sprirt Wars. Soro and Tanube have rejoined the family, Galya remains a Crane, but they often travel to Crane lands to visit with Kakita Famusu.
Upon returning to Rokugan, Kang was enrolled at Honor’s Lesson Dojo. Here he studied for 2 years, practicing to become an honored samurai of the Scorpion clan. While he was near the low end of his class with regard to weapon-play, he excelled at athletics and courtly pursuits. At his gempukku (coming of age) ceremony, Kang answered the questions of his sensei with poise and detail, and he earned his first mask. In providing that mask, the sensei also proffered a bit of wisdom: “The world ahead is full of paths, some for the good of the family, some for the bad of the empire. Your masks will protect and hide you from those that would seek the true you. Let it not also hide your true path from the path that you tread.” So excited was Kang in receiving his first mask that the wisdom was nearly lost on him. When he completed his study at Honor’s Lesson, and was ready to join the ranks of the Scorpion Battle Samurai, Sensei Soshi Tishi repeated the wisdom for him. And so, Kangashita saw the truth, that by the sword on the plains of the Lion was not the best way he could serve the clan. Though Samurai, his legacy would not be defined by victory in battle, but by a different kind of victory, the victory of the court. That was the plan of the Scorpion.
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