Origin of the Sun
A Goliath who is son of great blacksmith and a pupil of a legendary samurai.
CLASS: Fighter (7), Paladin (2)
BACKGROUND: Soldier (Samurai/Blacksmith)
ALIGNMENT: Lawful Good
STATS: STR (20), DEX (14), CON (18), INT (10), WIS (11), CHA (13)
Languages: Common, Giant
Armor: All Armor, Shields
Weapons: Simple, Martial weapons
Tools: Dice Set, Smith’s Tools
PERSONALITY TRIATS: Fuji has a competitive nature; however he is gentle around civilians and animals. He also seeks precious metals to forge great weapons and armor for his allies.
IDEALS: Seven Principles of Bushido: Rectitude, Courage, Benevolence, Politeness, Veracity, Honor, Loyalty.
BONDS: “It is not by a Samurai’s title that makes him great but by his deeds. Do not dishonor him.”
FLAWS: Fuji is strong, skilled and has a good heart but he is not the brightest or the most cunning. He believe in the phrase “actions speak louder than words.”
Chapter I: Kilimanjaro’s Daisho
At the highest mountain peaks of the Northern Mountains—far above the slopes where trees grow and where the air is thin and the frigid winds howl—dwells the reclusive goliath Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro was a blacksmith by trade and quite a skilled one in his craft. Warriors from across the region would come to have weapons mended and forged by his skill. Kilimanjaro also had an only son named Fuji who would watch these great warrior’s visit his father and hear the stories they told about glory, justice, righteousness and honor. Of these warriors there were none that Fuji admired more than the elite warrior class that were the Samurai. Fuji would tell his father that he would one day be a great Samurai himself and he too would have stories of glory and adventure to tell his father. Kilimanjaro was aware that most Samurai were of noble decent or a part of a warrior family/clan and that for Fuji being a blacksmith’s son would not be granted the status of Samurai unless he was granted the title from a ruling daimyō in the region.
Kilimanjaro traveled to Hōritsu Castle to see the ruling daimyō of the north, Saizuchi Hajime (Human). Kilimanjaro pleaded with Saizuchi to have his son to be allowed to be trained and taught in the way of the Samurai but Saizuchi was far more traditional than most and would not have a common artisan’s son be trained and given the rank of Samurai. Saizuchi’s brother-in-law Seijûrô Sagara (High Elf) heard Kilimanjaro’s plea and approached the goliath as he exited the castle walls. Seijûrô Sagara was the most skilled and respected of all of the samurai and he offered a deal with the renowned blacksmith. “If you can forge me a weapon worthy of my power and status as a samurai, I will train your son in our way and if he proves himself one day then even the shogun themselves would have to grant him the title.” Kilimanjaro returns to his forge in the northern mountains and from what seemed like days without sleep he worked on a weapon worthy of Seijûrô. Weeks later Kilimanjaro travel’s to the Sagara dojo and presents him not with one sword but with two. Kilimanjaro had forged Seijûrô a beautiful Daishō set which was a shortsword katana with discipline “規律” engraved on the handle and a longsword odachi with strength “力” engraved on its handle. The swords looked as if they belonged together like two brothers, an oldest and youngest standing side by side. Kilimanjaro knew that a Samurai wields two swords and Seijûrô was so ecstatic by the blacksmith’s presentation that we would keep his promise and train Kilimanjaro’s son in the way of the Samurai.
Chapter II: Fuji and Kenji
Fuji was now at the age of 13 when he started his training under the instruction of Seijûrô; however Fuji was not the only one for Seijûrô’s youngest son Kenji was also a student in the Sagara dojo at the time. Seijûrô had 2 sons and a daughter (Half-Elves). The eldest 18 year old son was Saito Sagara who was a prodigy of his generation and already a Samurai within Hōritsu Castle. Kenji was the younger son at the age of 12 who had high admiration for his father and brother and dreamed of being a samurai as they are. Seijûrô’s only daughter Kaoru who was only 3 years of age at the time. Fuji was gentle but competitive as is a Goliath’s nature; however Kenji was filled with hyperactive burst of energy and always had a never give up attitude. When it came to swordsmanship Fuji style was of power and control; however Kenji’s was of speed and cunning. Even though they we’re opposites in many ways they both became rivals for they both shared a dream to be the best samurai that they can be. Seijûrô trained them both in the Seven Principles of Bushidō . Fuji would train every day at the Sagara Dojo and then every night go home to his father’s forge and learn the blacksmith craft as well. Kenji however who came from noble blood was receiving an education in learning reading, writing and religion while Fuji learned his father’s craft. As the years passed the two pupils developed their own individual styles but still held their pure heart. They became closer than friends and never showed a dimmer of their warrior spirit. Seijûrô honestly did not know if Fuji would ever have the title of Samurai but he knew that no warrior would surpass him in spirit.
Chapter III: The Shogunate and the Dragonborn Khan’s War
In a faraway continent lived a ferocious dragonborn regime that conquered many kingdoms. Its leader, the ruthless and legendary Moghdul Khan (Dragonborn) had his eyes to the east to expand his empire. One day the great dragonborn Khan wrote to the emperor and his shogunate informing them that he expects to receive tributes and taxes from his kingdom. Moghdul received no response. Enraged the dragonborn ruler dispatched a fleet of his warship to teach the impudent provincials a lesson. The shogunate heard word of the dragonborn’s invasion and began to mobilize. The shogun informed their daimyo to rally all their warriors and prepare for the war that was upon them.
Fuji was 20 years old when news of the war came. He and Kenji with their passionate warrior spirit wished to fight at their master’s side when the war began. Seijûrô was honored but he knew that Fuji as an artisan’s son would be sent in the front lines and killed by the force of the dragonborn army. Seijûrô convinced Fuji to join as his unit’s blacksmith and be able to fight by his and Kenji’s side. Fuji was resilient at first but is easily persuaded by his master’s words and enlisted as Seijûrô’s army blacksmith. Four years had passed. Fuji was able to fight alongside Kenji, Seijûrô and his warrior troop which included his eldest son Saito. Fuji gained the respect of many and was seen as a warrior instead of a blacksmith in these four years of battle; however no one shined more than Seijûrô’s eldest son Saito who became known as Ryuu Koroshi for his ruthless attacks on the dragonborn. Saito began to change battle after battle and started showing his bloodlust and his craving to kill. Seijûrô witnessed of how Saito would ignore the safety of his fellow samurai it meant claiming the glory of victory (the event involved Fuji). The night before the final battle Seijûrô ordered for Saito to return to his position at Hōritsu Castle for his dishonorable display and Saito left would great anger and fury.
It was morning of the final battle in a grand green valley of grass and large stones. You could hear the roaring of the dragonborn troops and the great flapping wings of grand dragons. On top of the hill stood Moghdul Khan, larger in size than the average dragonborn, scales of lime green and eyes of yellow. He looks as if he was shaped in the image of the draconic gods themselves and with one great roar his draconic horde charged. The shogunate’s army stood their ground and charged with their great spears on horseback, followed by the samurai on foot with their swords ready to strike. Fuji and Kenji among the infantry charged with Seijûrô Sagara directing with a great battlecry, his sword waving in the air and his red armor shining in the sun. With the sounds of clanking steel, and the heat of dragon’s fire the loss was great on both sides. Fuji and Kenji fought side by side but Sagara was nowhere to be found. Hours had passed the then a horn was blown and a retreat was called from the Shogunate army. Moghdul Khan’s horde followed for even though he had taken the field he showed no mercy and crushed the remainder of the stragglers and took no prisoners. The grassy field had all been turned to ash and the valley seemed as if it transformed into the fiery pits of hell itself. The valley by that day was called the Valley of Jigoku .
Chapter IV: The Aftermath of Jigoku
After the Battle of Jigoku the shogunate gave into the dragonborn Khan’s term for payment of taxes and tribute. The casualties were great, and when the time came to collect the dead one of the bodies found was of Seijûrô Sagara. His body was surprisingly not scourged by dragon fire when he was found but he had received a stabbing blow in his back. Kenji wept of father’s body in Fuji’s arms and gave him a proper burial and ceremony near the Sagara dojo when they returned home. The daimyō Saizuchi Hajime was of course present at his brother-in-law’s funeral. He had found out that Fuji the blacksmith’s son was trained as a Samurai even though he forbid it all those years ago. Kenji plead to his uncle that Fuji was a respected soldier, fought with honor in the war and had a heart of a Samurai. Saizuchi ignored his young nephew’s words and said he must atone for his father’s dishonor. He then ordered Fuji to return to the northern mountains and never return to his domain again. Fuji returned to his father’s forge in the mountains to the north overlooking Saizuchi’s domain, month’s later he heard word that Kenji had performed Seppuku to atone for his family’s honor. Fuji with great sadness for his friend remained by his father’s forge vowed never to pick up a sword again.
Years passed and Fuji was now at the age of 28. A stranger visited his father’s forge with a package for Fuji with a note on top. The note reads:
“It is not by a Samurai’s title that makes him great but by his deeds. Do not dishonor him.” – K. Sagara
The package contained Red Ō-yoroi Armor, an Odachi with strength “力” engraved on its handle, and a letter from Takeshi Tadadar.
Seven Principles of Bushido
1. Rectitude. Correct judgment or procedure for the resolution of righteousness. “To die when it is right to die, to strike when it is right to strike.”
2. Courage. A virtue only in the cause of righteousness. Death for an unworthy cause was termed a dog’s death. “It is true courage to live when it is right to live, and to die only when it is right to die.”
3. Benevolence. Love, affection for others, sympathy and nobility of feeling are regarded as the highest attributes of the soul. “Benevolence brings under its sway whatever hinder its power just as water subdues fire.”
4. Politeness. A poor virtue if it is actuated only by a fear of offending good taste. Rather it should stem from a sympathetic regard for the feeling of others. “In its highest form politeness approaches love.”
5. Veracity. “Truthfulness.” Lying was deemed cowardly, and it was regarded as dishonorable. Indeed the word of a samurai guaranteed the truthfulness of an assertion. No oath is necessary. “Propriety carried beyond bounds becomes a lie.”
6. Honor. A vivid consciousness of personal dignity and worth is implicit in the word honor. “Dishonor is like a scar on a tree which time, instead of effacing only helps to enlarge.”
7. Loyalty. Only in the code of chivalrous honor does loyalty assume importance. In the conflict between loyalty and affection the code never wavers from the choice of loyalty. “A samurai was obliged to appeal to the intelligence and conscience of his sovereign by demonstrating the sincerity of his words with the shedding of his own blood.”