Uesugi Katsumi, The Sword Saint
Character Name— Uesugi Katsumi
Concept— Last of house Uesugi, a clan of skilled and noble warriors, given the task of protecting the Kojima line. However poor their family might be (the only property of value being the weapons of her great great grandfather, blessed by her ancestors long ago, which are wielded by the greatest warrior of the clan), they are given great respect by their people for their skill in battle and their strict devotion to their duty. Katsumi's mother died in childbirth and her father could not bring himself to choose another wife. Instead passing along the training of his fathers on to his only child, even though tradition demanded he pass his mantle onto a son. Katsumi took to the training very well, seeing it as the only way to impress her father. The years passed with mind numbing sameness, the training leading to a mutual respect (if not friendship or love) between Katsumi's father and herself, until the day came for Katsumi to replace her father at the side of the current lord Kojima. Many people saw it as a bad omen that the protector of their lord was a women and they were soon proven right in their concern. Lord Kojima was banished by the Emperor shortly after Katsumi took her place at his side. The public reason was unimportant and quickly forgotten, the actual reason being the amount of popularity that Lord Kojima was gaining among the people. Lord Kojima accepted the banishment and took his people across the seas seeking peace and a new home on the isle of Fomoria. Lord Kojima didn't find the peace he sought. Upon arriving on Fomoria he found the island torn apart by waring factions and the land where he and his people had just started to settle became a battlefield between the local lord and monsters from the forest. Kojima decided to ally himself with the local lord, though he was a barbarian, he was better than the monsters that were butchering Kojima's people. The battle that followed claimed the lives of a great many of his warriors and he was soon struck down despite the best efforts of Katsumi. As he lay bleeding he dismissed Katsumi from his service, not wishing to suffer the final dishonor of dying next to a woman. Katsumi obeyed her lords wishes and left the battlefield. Knowing that Kojima had a young son at the time, she decided that her last task before cleansing her families honor would be to relay the message that his father had perished in glorious combat. Upon returning to the village she found it under attack from monsters that got past the battle lines. She set upon them, rallying the villagers and dispatching the creatures. Word soon reached her that the battle was a draw and her people would be in danger if they stayed where they were. Finding no men of proper station to advise the new Lord Kojima, she lead Taiki and what was left of her people to the town of Springdale seeking shelter.
Lifepaths— Born Warrior, Provincial Kohia, Bushi, Bushi, Senpai Bushi
Age— 25


Wi Pe Ag Sp Po Fo
B6 B4 G6 B6 B7 B6


Hea Ref MW Ste Hes Res Cir Multi. Honor Shame
B7 B6 B12 B10 2 B4 B3 x3.5 B6 B5
PTGS Su: B4 Li: B7 Mi: B9 Se: B10 Tr: B11 Mo: B12

Skills— Anma Massage G4, Armor Training, Butsudo B4, Calligraphy B4, Cooking B4, Etiquette B5, Field Dressing B4, History B4, Instruction B5, Intimidation B6, Jujutsu G7, Kenjutsu G10(+2D with Kuro Kiba), Kyuba-no-michi, Kyudo G7(+1D with Shi no dīrā), Literacy B4, Meditation B4, Musical Instrument B4, Naginata-jutsu G6, Observation B6, Poetry B4, Riding B7, Singing B4, Soldiering B4, Warcraft B5


#1 I shall live by the Code of my fathers or die upholding it
#2 A warrior with no Lord has no purpose
#3 Combat is the best way to settle disputes
#4 I was shamed by my Lord's dismissal, I must work hard to redeem myself and my family

The Code

Courage to do what is right, on or off the battlefield
Respect for one's parents, ancestors, and betters
Honesty even if it leads to death
Loyalty to one's Leige Lord, family, and friends


#1 Draw Kuro Kiba when combat begins
#2 Place hand on Kuro Kiba if I, my people, or my Leige Lord are insulted
#3 Interpose self between Leige Lord and enemies when combat begins
Gear— Ancestral Weapons (Kuro Kiba, Shi no dīrā), Tanto, Naginata, Silk Kimono, Traveling Clothes and Gear, Court Finery, Prayer Beads, Sandlas, Superior O-Yoroi (functions as superior chain mail)
Affiliations— 1D Clan Uesugi
Reputations— 1D Greatest warrior in the service of Lord Kojima, 3D Kensei
Relationships— Liege Lord: Kojima Taiki (Minor)
Spells or Rituals
Traits— [Char] Honored, [Dt] Buke, [Char] Aggressive, [Dt] Family Heirloom (Ancestral Weapons), [Char] Proud, [Dt] Fearless, [Dt] Quickened Pulse, [Char] Reckless, [Dt] Kabane, [Dt] A Womans Honor, [Dt] Yumi-ya, [Dt] Drop Dead Gorgeous, [Dt] Entrancing Beauty, [Dt] Preternaturally Calm

Melee I M S Add VA WS Strike Dist
Kuro Kiba (Named Tachi)23 5 10 15 2 3 Slow Long
Wakizashi 5 9 13 2 2 Fast Short
Tanto 4 8 12 1 2 Fast Shortest
Naginata12 5 10 15 2 3 Fast Longer
Bare Fisted 4 7 10 2 1 Fast Shortest
Ranged I M S DoF VA Reload and Acquire Range Effects
Shi no dīrā (Azusa-Yumi)13 4 8 12 1-2 I, 3-4 M, 5-6 S 2 7 Optimal +2D to Positioning. Extreme +4D to Positioning, -1 to DoF, +1Ob to shooting tests. Max. Range 300 Paces

Weapon Notes
1 Two-handed, may not be used with a shield2 May Great Strike3 Spirit Weapon, which may affect creatures with the Spirit Nature trait
+1 VA included for Power > B7

Attribute Tests:

Health Steal Will Perception Power Forte Agility Speed
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Circles, Resources & Skill Tests:

Circles Resources Read Write
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
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