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Author Topic: Ryuuen Kirijo  (Read 1510 times)

Description: Warlord Prince. Summer Sky to Opal. Played by Rated Em.

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Ryuuen Kirijo
« on: Apr 09, 18, 11:01:25 PM »
The Basics

Character Name:  Ryuuen Kirijo no Ureshi-sa
Nicknames: --
Age and Birth Year: 52 (b. 142AP)
Race: Tacean (Short-lived)
Caste: Warlord Prince
Birth Territory: Tacea
Home Territory: Tacea

Birthright Jewel: uncut Summer Sky
Offering Jewel: cut Opal

Role: Otou-san of Ureshi-sa / Hinata's Dagger
Faction: Flower District of Ito / Kagen Clan

Appearance

Play By: Cha Seung-Won
Distinguishing Features:
    Always seen with a pair of thin-framed glasses, Ryuuen embodies the the life of a Otou-san of Ureshi-sa. He has aged well, not looking the fifty-one years that he actually is, and dresses fashionably.

Personality


Personality:
    Ryuuen is a Warlord Prince that is not held back by his Caste but instead strengthens himself with it. He finds delight in being able to protect and serve, riding the emotional highs that come from the known volatility of being a Warlord Prince and using them to his advantage. Where others have lost themselves to such, he knows no such fears. His emotions are his greatest weapon and he never hesitates to put them to use for his Queen, lover, and those of Ureshi-sa along with anyone else that is considered his.

    He carries himself with purpose and grace, the very picture of what a geisha should expect to age into. Ryuuen has cultivated a mystique over the years; the careful use of a secretive smile and glint in his eyes that brings people close to him but keeps them from truly knowing the Warlord Prince beneath. In truth it is because he always walks the line of his emotions, carefully balanced so that he never slips too far one way or another.

    His anger is often unexpected as he can go from seemingly calm to angry without notice. Ryuuen is a force of nature when his fury has been unleashed, single-mindedly focused upon dealing and taking care of whatever the problem is. It does not matter what the complication is, be it something relating to Ureshi-sa or to serving as a Dagger for Hinata no Kagen, the end result is always the same: everything is handled and put to rest. With this kind of focus comes pitfalls as Ryuuen is often unable to stop himself. He will continually throw himself into taking care of an issue, past the point that he needs to reign himself back in. This is why he relies heavily on those who know him best, trusting that they can do what it takes to pull him back down from his fervor.

    For most - those who only see him as Otou-san of Ureshi-sa - they catch only the pleasant Warlord Prince who is laughter and charming smiles. There are many who remember him from his youth, someone who was frequently sought out as a companion because of his personality. Yet they never know the truth of who he is, the male that is underneath it all.

    Beneath the charismatic mien is a man who is entirely dedicated to those that he loves and cares for. Behind closed doors is when those that are close discover his worries and fears; the things that he keeps contained and locked away. There is no place for them when only so many hours of the day exist and work is to be done. Instead he is has learned to appreciate those quiet, peaceful times for what they are and actively tries to ensure his loved ones do as well.

    Ryuuen is man who is full of life and not at all ready to admit that his prime years might be behind him. They are not, he says, because he is just now coming into them. With how he carries himself, how he presents himself to the world, few can argue that he is wrong.

Likes:
  • Gossip - Most would consider that gossip is not worth the time, nor the trouble, but that is not Ryuuen. Gossip is an excellent source of information when one is able to gather all the versions of a story and use it to ascertain the truth of a matter. Carefully manipulating and using gossip to one’s advantage is also something that he learned well as a younger geisha. When one is part of the world that he is it is best to know how to navigate and use gossip to your advantage, using it both as weapon and shield as each situation calls for it. Yet there are moments when it is all about throwing shade around, simply to enjoy conversing, and he is always available for that.
  • Performance - The world is a stage and Ryuuen performs beautifully. He has learned from the moment that he walked through the doors of Ureshi-sa all the ways to carry and otherwise present himself to those that are watching him. There is a certain delight in being able to adjust and change oneself on the fly, becoming the Warlord Prince that they wish him to be. Sometimes this is a bit taxing, most never being able to see his true face, but that is for the best.
  • Geisha of Ureshi-Sa - Each and every geisha that passes through Ureshi-sa is a son of his. While some are more favored than others (like his successor), they are all loved regardless. Ryuuen only wants the best for his sons but it means that he expects the best from them as well. There is no other Otou-san more dedicated to his sons than him and it is readily apparent in how involved he is with each geisha.
Dislikes:
  • Hinata Coming Out of Retirement - His Queen, beautiful and strong, deserved her retirement. Hinata has given so much to Tacea, dedicated many years of her life to the land, and when the time came for her to retire he was happy that she would finally be able to relax. No one expected that madness would take Ishiyo no Izayoi or that she would take so many with her in said madness. What has been made abundantly clear is that Hinata must come out of her retirement because it seems that without her Tacea may very well fall apart. Despite knowing she can handle it, that Hinata is just as strong as ever, Ryuuen despises that she even has to take charge of the situation in the first place. His Queen deserves her peace.
  • Views on Homosexuality - As much as Ryuuen delights in his ability to perform, to craft a suitable personality for public consumption, he loathes that he cannot actually let certain aspects of himself be known. He loves Zhihao with every fiber of his being, has done so since he was a teenager, and finds himself irrationally angry sometimes that were he to be open about this it would cost too much. Those moments when he has seen females who are lovers and together in the open cause such a bitter heartache that he has to fight back the need to say or do something. He hopes that someday things might change but until then he has to push away his feelings and hide what is the most important relationship in his life from the public.
  • Mediating - Make no mistake, Ryuuen is extremely skilled when it comes to mediation. It would be hard to not be given his placement as a Dagger to Hinata no Kagen (he often was with her as support in her endeavors) and with his being Otou-san of Ureshi-sa (overseeing the geisha therein and working with clients). What he does not like is the frequency in which it is needed; how much that he is actually required to be there as a force of mediation. The world would be a better place were such things not required. As a final straw in his frustration with it: for all that Ryuuen has skill with it, he apparently cannot mediate where the matters personally involve him.
Fears:
  • The Fall of Ureshi-sa - One of the oldest and most popular okiya in all of Tacea, Ureshi-sa has a long legacy of training geisha that have found placement with Dragon Mothers and that is no different under Ryuuen's guidance. What concerns him is that there have been, in recent months, a handful of strange occurrences and attacks upon the property both inside and out. It's lead to an increase of protections but now he fears that someone has finally decided it is time for Ureshi-sa's end to come. No one is meant to be on top forever.
  • Losing Zhihao - Before Darkness bound him to Hinata no Kagen it was An Zhihao who brought calm to Ryuuen. The Prince was the one who helped him work through his anger and fury, finding outlets and directing it appropriately. No one, not even Hinata, knows him so intimately, nor has anyone been with him for so long. It is a terrifying thing to consider what will become of him were something to happen to his lover. While he has worries to a lesser extent about Hinata, Yumi, and even his protege Naoji, those are nothing to the consuming fear that can take him over at the slightest thought of Zhihao not in his life.
  • The Integerrum Becoming Regnum - With the utmost faith in his Queen, Ryuuen has no doubts that what she intends to do. His cause for concern is Seung Corro who is a legend upon the people of Tacea. It is very possible that he has been building up to this for years and has - with recent events - finally found his way to enact his plans and rise to power. For the first time in all his years of serving Hinata Ryuuen fears that his Queen may be wrong and that she has just handed Tacea to a man who could potentially destroy her and everything else held dear.
Craft Strengths:
  • Psychic Monitoring - From emotional states to the use of Craft around him, there is little that Ryuuen is not keeping an eye on. He has used this particular skill from a young age to navigate and handle situations towards a more favorable outcome. As he has gotten older it has become an invaluable skill ensuring that there are very few little details that escape his notice. From that slight spike in anger in a Warlord Prince riding close to the edge to the use of a Cooling Craft from a client that is overheated and does not want to say something, Ryuuen quickly acts and takes care of what needs to be done.
  • Modified Hunter’s Mark - Skilled as he is in Psychic Monitoring, Ryuuen has learned over the years to use it in conjunction with his Hunter's Mark. Capable of marking multiple people at once, though it must be periodically refreshed, Ryuuen makes use of this as both Otou-san of Ureshi-sa and as a Dagger of Hinata no Kagen. Once marked he is able to use it to not only ascertain a general location but also the most basic sense of their state of being. Some of his geisha think that he has a preternatural sense, there with them as things were starting to go sour, but the truth of the matter is that he simply blends his ability to sense things psychically with that of marking those under his care with Craft.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Clothing & Cosmetic Craft - One of the first lessons at Ureshi-sa, Ryuuen quickly realized that he had absolutely no talent when it came to working with cloth or altering his appearance with Craft. Not only is it a power sink but any and all attempts he made usually resulted in further damaging the fabric, when he worked with that, or making something dull instead of eye-catching when it came to cosmetic attempts. While he was teased for it as a youth, it now means that everything from simple clothing repair to how he puts himself together is by hand and so he always takes extra time that others might not.
  • Physical Enhancement - When he was younger Ryuuen was quick and nimble, able to use his jewels on the fly to enhance his strength and speed so that he was a force to be reckoned with. It is why he did so well and earned his place as one of Hinata no Kagen’s Daggers. Age and environment, however, have caught up with him. As his focus shifted and he specialized (as all Daggers do), Ryuuen became more attuned to the emotional needs and well-being of his Queen than her physical protection. As such he is no longer able to easily allot jewel strength to enhance himself, finding that it takes double what it once did, and leans towards him being more of meatshield than one of the Craft variety which is a touch embarrassing for a Dagger of the Dowager Dragon Mother.
Life Story

Family:
Mother: Unknown Blood Female
Father: Unknown Blood Male

Lover: Zhihao An (53 - b. 141AP) - Prince - Tiger Eye to Summer Sky

Ureshi-sa:
Previous Otou-san: Ryutaro Kirijo (55 - d. 173AP) - Prince - Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk*
Son: Ryuki Kirijo (22 - b. 172AP) - Warlord - White to Rose
Protege: Naoji Kirijo (26 - b. 168AP) - Warlord - Blood Opal to Green**
Geisha: Kanji Dojima (31 - b. 163AP) - Warlord Prince - Yellow to Tiger Eye**
Healer Chie no Kagen (?? - b. ???AP) - Healer - Rose to Opal**
Weaponsmith: Son Mi Moon (86 - b. 108AP) - Black Widow - Rose to Blood Opal** (reduced from Purple Dusk to Sapphire)

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History:
    It does not matter where and who Ryuuen Kirijo came from. Abandoned to a temple, left there as an unwanted son, his earliest years were filled with an emptiness he could not explain. One that was only enhanced as the pressures of doing well weighed down upon him, the expectation that he would not forever be part of the temple. As a Warlord Prince he was guaranteed a jewel and that he would earn a place within an okiya.

    Fortunately this proved true. Ryutaro Kirijo was touring temples, picking those that were best and brightest in his eyes, and taking them with him to become geisha. It was with wide-eyes and nervously clenched hands behind his back that he felt the first touch of the man that would be his Otou-san. A gentle hand that rested upon his hair, the man told him that he would be coming with him and being part of his house.

    Only, of course, if he was willing to work and prove himself worthy.

    Ryuuen, even then, pledged this would be the truth. The temple left behind, the young Warlord Prince found himself a home within Ureshi-sa in the Flower District of Ito. It was in those first few days that he meet Zhihao, a Prince who was also training at Ureshi-sa. Only a year older than him, An Zhihao quickly became his closest and dearest friend. They both had skill and capability when it came to their training as geisha, Ryuuen often using the older male as a guide post for what he should be expected to do.

    During his training it was discovered that Ryuuen was particularly skilled when it came to tracking and monitoring situations around him, able to pick up subtle cues and otherwise that would enable him to turn things around in his favor. It came as something of a surprise when he was more defensive than offensive, only lashing out when there was no other route available. His temper was something he tried to keep a handle on, often losing it and having to rely upon his training as a geisha and the steadying influence of Zhihao as a friend and confidant.

    During his early teenage years was when he was named a potential successor for Ryutaro. It earned him a last name - at least one he felt proud of - and he became Ryuuen Kirijo.

    His teenage years were fraught with nerves and unease as he was an unbonded Warlord Prince. Despite the Queens that came through the doors of Ureshi-sa, the Darkness had not seen fit to bind him to one. His uneasiness only grew, making him more easily agitated, when he did not experience his first Rut until he was nearly eighteen.

    Sometimes it happened, sometimes those Warlord Princes in training did not find a Queen or a fixation upon a suitable female. Instances like this were prepared for, another brother of the okiya stepping in and helping them through it. The Rut was given focus in sparring, physical exertion, and other such things to ensure that it was not simply aimless and wanton destruction. This could only be done by another male that was trusted by the Warlord Prince as those that were unknown could just as easily cause further agitation and bring forth disaster.

    It was Zhihao, whom he had grown close to over the years, that had stepped up and aided him, sparring with him and helping ensure that he did not mindlessly destroy. This became less of a concern in his nineteenth year as Hinata no Kagen came to Ureshi-sa. In that moment, lying eyes upon the woman that would unify Tacea, he found his Queen. To his joy so did Zhihao. It came as no surprise when they both competed to become Daggers for the future Dragon Mother and found their places within her Court. Their contracts firmly in her hand, Ryuuen settled into his life as a Dagger and further refined his abilities while serving his Queen and Tacea. Where she needed him, he was there, serving as quiet voice in the back of her mind as he kept tabs on the psychic pulse of those around her as she mediated or otherwise dealt with situations.

    Away from Ureshi-sa what had started there blossomed into a relationship while serving Hinata. Both Zhihao and himself kept up the appearance of being available, though their loyalty was to one another, because societal expectations were that this was how it was. This is what lead to Zhihao being approached by Eri no Kagen, a Blood female and daughter of Hinata, and taken to her bed. It was in 172AP, after ten years of service, that Yumi no Kagen was born as a product of that brief relationship.

    Yet with his Tang heritage and Eri's own motivations, Zhihao was not allowed fatherhood and he worked to try and keep it secret as the other wanted. Not that anything remains secret long between a Queen and her bonded males, Hinata eventually learning the truth. There was no change, Yumi staying with her mother and Ryuuen spending the next two years easing worries. Everything, in it's own way, worked out.

    At first, after Eri's death, Yumi remained where she was but then her Caste manifested and Hinata acted. Still it was complicated because Zhihao could not reveal himself to the toddler. To do so could lessen Yumi's standing, the Tang not held in the highest regard as a people of Tacea. His blood would be seen as weak and, of course, a child could not be trusted to keep such a secret.

    It made Ryuuen's heart ache to know that Zhihao could not be the father he wanted to be. So it was in his place that he did so, doting on the growing Queen as if she were his own daughter (and, in truth, as Yumi grew older she often believed that to be the case).

    Ryuuen's life, stationary at the Court, was not to remain as Ryutaro Kirijo became ill. Call back to Ureshi-sa, it was made clear that Ryuuen was expected to take over if the worst happened. The worst did happen, Ryutaro’s death coming in the late hours of the night. So the Warlord Prince found himself no longer simply a geisha or a Dagger of the former Dragon Mother but Otou-san of Ureshi-sa.

    In the years that had passed, before he had been called back to Ureshi-sa, a young male had been left on it's steps. A little Warlord that had been Naoji. The young male caught Ryuuen's attention, took to his training with an ease and grace that was enviable by his peers. That his Birthright was a Blood Opal was also of note, marking that he would find himself in service of a Court once his training completed.

    The years since his taking over Ureshi-sa have mostly been quiet, Ryuuen splitting his time between the okiya and serving his Queen. Underneath his guidance the okiya became more profitable (it did not hurt that Hinata no Kagen was a patron), training and seeing geisha sought out by to serve with a frequency not seen in decades. He took pride and found joy in each and every geisha that trained under his roof and continued to do so while serving his Queen.

    What brought him even more joy was that his Queen was going to finally be able to retire, to find the peace and relaxation she deserved. More importantly: his lover, Zhihao, might find the same as well (even if he suspected such idleness would drive him batty). That all came crashing down with the madness of Ishiyo no Izayoi and the destruction of not only her Court but the loss of many lives.

    The dust is just now settling and Ryuuen is left knowing one thing: Hinata and what is left of her Court will be picking up the pieces.

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Ryuuen stormed into the room, despite knowing it was improper, and came to stand expectantly while Hinata finished speaking to the courtiers. The look that he was given said that that was for the best but the truth of the matter was something else.

He was here to ensure his Queen took a break whether she liked it or not. While she was not quite to her sixties yet, it was unfathomable that she would simply not take a moment to breathe. As the courtiers left, giving him looks as if he were in trouble, Ryuuen paid them no attention. Instead his eyes never left his Queen, always focused upon her, and it was when it was them alone in the room that he finally moved forward.

Promptly to sit next to Hinata, draping himself across her lap and immediately plucking her hand up to put into his hair. When he felt fingers scratching at his scalp he let out a pleased sigh, eyes sliding shut.

Thirty minute break, he told her along the thread of Summer Sky she shared with him and Zhihao. I require this. As it was eating at him that she barely had a moment to breathe and he was not above pushing his need to look after her to the front front. Especially when it meant that she would heed him to look after him, as a Queen did to look after her bonded.

Beside, continued Ryuuen, we can discuss the atrocious outfit that I just saw leaving the room. How are you not blind, dearest Queen? I think I may have to return to the Healer to get my eyes checked once more.

Her laughter filling the room brought a smile to his face.

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Re: Ryuuen Kirijo
« Reply #1 on: Apr 09, 18, 11:02:48 PM »
can i get a descent check <3?




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Re: Ryuuen Kirijo
« Reply #2 on: Apr 09, 18, 11:17:05 PM »
Ryuuen will descend Two ranks.
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Re: Ryuuen Kirijo
« Reply #3 on: Apr 09, 18, 11:54:48 PM »
per this purchase, can i get a birthright roll of R-SS-PD-O? (and subsequent offering?)

and five ally/fam rolls pls?




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Re: Ryuuen Kirijo
« Reply #4 on: Apr 10, 18, 07:54:36 AM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Summer Sky Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with a cut Opal Jewel at your Offering.

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Congratulations!



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Re: Ryuuen Kirijo
« Reply #5 on: Apr 10, 18, 04:43:24 PM »
*clutches precious BO-G ally roll to chest*

summer sky to opal is apparently the trend for tacea, lol




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« Reply #6 on: Apr 15, 18, 04:40:58 AM »
Approved for Tacea/Wanted ad purposes! :>





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Re: Ryuuen Kirijo
« Reply #7 on: Apr 15, 18, 04:46:32 AM »
with additional stamps from leez (zhihao <3) and zen (hinata <3), ryuuen will be ready for review!




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« Reply #8 on: Apr 15, 18, 05:01:13 AM »
Amazing. Wonderful. A lovely, perfect son! <3 (AKA: all Hinata references are a-okay~)





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« Reply #9 on: Apr 15, 18, 10:43:46 AM »
Added to the queue, pending the requested approvals.
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Re: Ryuuen Kirijo
« Reply #10 on: Apr 15, 18, 11:13:18 AM »
References to Zhihao are all a-ok. :)




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« Reply #12 on: Apr 16, 18, 07:07:29 PM »
changes done, some adjustments made, and ready for another go ~




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