The Dragon's Vengeance

Session 1-1

Soon after his Test of Fire and Water, with nothing but the more traditional clothes provided to him by Harmonious Crane, and a sword at his side, Kurosawa Takehiko began his quest for revenge. His first goal was to reclaim his stored money from his days as a hitman, which was kept in a safe in the Yakuza communal apartments. With no means of transportation, him and Yamazaki Shizuka walked through Japantown, past the sick and dying on the street.

When he reached the apartment, he met 3 teenage Yakuza recruits. They mocked him for his choice of clothing, and told him to get lost. He responded by attempting to disarm one of them, though he only succeeded at elbowing him in the nose. As their conversation continued, the kids soon realized who he was, 2 of them running away in fear. The third stood, scared but ready to fight. Kurosawa threw him to the ground with a leg sweep, and the kid ran off as he tried to help him back up.

Making his way inside, he walked past the kids fighting, heading up to his apartment. He saw a few small children standing outside of his old room, telling each other to go in, talking about the ghost that lives in there. Going inside himself, he found nothing more than a few cigarette butts and empty bottles. His safe was tampered with, but its contents were untouched.

Heading back downstairs, he heard shouting from the landlord Goro, asking who was up there. Upon seeing Kurosawa, he tripped over himself trying to get back to his office, only to be slammed into a wall by a spinning kick to the head from Kurosawa. Kurosawa dragged Goro back to his office, trying to wake him back up. Yamazaki offered Goro some of her blood, healing some of his wounds. Injured, but able to act, Goro tried to crawl to his own safe, only to be grabbed by Kurosawa. After roughing him up a bit, he got Goro to tell him who messed with his safe, and what happened to his bike. Yamazki stayed to watch him as Kurosawa went to the garage attached to the building.

Back in the corner of the garage sat his bike. Two teenagers were messing with it, one of them wearing Kurosawa’s old helmet.He scared these two kids away as well, getting his bike and helmet back. Going back inside, he found Yamazkia had managed to make Goro open the safe, finding some more money, a small revolver, and some documentation with vague information about Yakuza imports, talking of drugs and something unspecified.

Not wanting to stand out as he walked around, he took some of his old clothes from his room, and stole from some of the kids to find something for Yamazki. Since there were no girls living there, she had to wear whatever they could find that would fit. With nowhere else to go, he went to Yamzaki’s apartment to hide his money. It was decorated in dead flowers and the colors black and blue. While somewhat off-putting, Kurosawamade a joke about it, brushing it off, and heading out to learn more about the Yakuza’s activity in the past year.

Kurosawa decided to hit up some bars that Yakuza members often frequent, looking form some information. Most people were dismissive of him, telling him nothing or to get lost. He eventually encountered a member of Saito-kai, who mentioned the incorporation of his group into Oshiro-ikka. After further questioning, the guy started to get suspicious, and left. Encouraged by his Po, Kurosawa threw a cup and the guy, and took him out with a spinning kick.

Left without answers, Kurosawa went to the Slumbering Dragon Temple to ask Savage Mantis for advice. He reminded him of his place in the Celestial Bureaucracy, his mandate from God. He found her words enlightening, reaching a deeper level of understanding in his Dharma. Encouraged by his newfound understanding, he went back out to find information on the Yakuza, trying to lie this time to get the info. When put on the spot, he said he came from Tanaka-gumi in Japan, forgetting Tanaka-gumi was one of the 4 clans in San Francisco. Realizing there was something off with Kurosawa, the Yakuza member sent him to the back alley, into an ambush.

Two men in the alley failed to get the jump on Kurosawa, and it lead to a bloody fight. When one of the two made Kurosawa drop his sword, it forced him into fire soul, leading to him killing all 3 of the men, cutting off one’s leg and decapitating him before he hit the ground, impaling the one he had talked to originally, and decapitating a third he left bleeding on the ground. Disappointed in himself, he returned to the Temple, look for some kind of penance.

His Po mocked him for seeking absolution, questioning why he cared about those 3 men he killed. There were criminals, they attacked him, he relished in their death, the Po certainly did. He told his Po how foolish it was, the revenge is more than killing people over simple grievances, and to punish those responsible for his condition, he had to have a plan. He slept at the temple for the night.

In the morning, Yamazaki was waiting for him, unable to find him last night. Kurosawa had a new plan, he would look for a Yakuza member, and force the information out of them. He went down to the Chinatwon market, where he knew a Yakuza patrol could be found, the same one his was part of when he first joined. When he saw the patrol, he could tell it was lead by the same man that taught him in the first place, his leader on his first mission. Kurosawa paid off a stall vendor to call him a thief, getting his old trainer to chase after him with one kid. Kurosawa led himself into a corner, and revealed his identity to his pursuers. The kid ran off, and Kurosawa end up in a stalemate, guns drawn.

Kurosawa tried to convince his old trainer that he was set-up, that Oshiro Hiroto had the old leader killed to take his place. Why else would Kurosawa have killed Yuuto and Daichi? They were like his family, he had nothing to gain from it. As it seemed he was getting through to him, his trainer took a few fruitless shots at him, receiving an injury of his own in the return fire. Kurosawa cashed him down, and took him out with a leg sweep, questioning him at gun point. He told Kurosawa about the incorporation of the smaller families, and about Mori-kai fighting back. Kurosawa planned to let him live, but his Po’s thirst for revenge was greater, forcing him into shadow nature. With the Dragon in control, he killed his old trainer, one of the kids with him, and injured the third as he ran off. His vengeance sated, the Po retreated, letting Kurosawa back in control to deal with the consequences.

Session 1

Got his money from the the apartment
Assaulted Goro
Found vague info on Yakuza
Got special bike
Went to Yamazaki’s apartment
Went to get info on Yakuza families, got into a fight
Increased dharma learning from Savage Mantis
Tried info again, got into a bigger fight, killed 3 people
Argued with Po
Went down to the chinatown market with Yamazaki
Found his first trainer, sort of questioned him, learned about the incorporation, lost his shadow roll as he tried to spare him, killed him, one of the kids with him, and shot at the last kid running away.


Life and Betrayal

Born in Japan, Kurosawa and his parents moved to America when he was young. Circumstance wasn’t in their favor, and both of his parents died soon after coming to the US. Takehiko was sent into foster care, moved from family to family, only speaking in Japanese to those families he disliked (which was quite a few).

It wasn’t until his teenage years that a middle-aged Japanese man, Oshiro Hiroto, wanted to adopt him. Oshiro’s motives were not altruistic; being a Yakuza lieutenant, he wanted young men to use as foot soldiers for the organization. Oshiro took Takehiko to Oshiro Daichi’s (the leader of the Yakuza in San Francisco) home on the cliff-sides.

From then on, he stayed in Yakuza-protected housing downtown, being trained as a grunt for the organization. His first task was getting protection money from a China shop, led by a more veteran member of the Yakuza, and armed with bats. This went on for months, until Takehiko showed his prowess in battle against a gang of hooligans. With his willingness to kill for the organization and his combat potential, he began to receive training as a hitman. This training continued for over 2 years.

His first job as a hitman was back at the China shop he went to for his first mission in the Yakuza. The owner, Mr. Tang, stepped over the line, threatening Yakuza members with a shotgun. Kurosawa dealt with them without remorse, killing both father and son, sending a message to everyone else who may oppose the Yakuza.

His assassinations go on for another 4-5 years, with the targets becoming either higher stakes, or more morally questionable as time goes on. The Yakuza has you killing women, children, unarmed men, and so on. It is always done in the name of the Yakuza, and always comes with a sizable pay out. Kurosawa cares little for the people he killed, most of them not even becoming a memory to him.

One night, rain battering against the buildings, Kurosawa was given a new target, directly from Oshiro Hiroto himself. He was sent to the Bronze Dragon in Chinatown to kill an unnamed target. Early 20’s, Japanese, and what he was wearing was all Kurosawa was told. He went down to the restaurant, found his target out in an alleyway, and carried out his task without hesitation. It wasn’t until the task was down that he realized who he just killed, Oshiro Yuuto, the son of the Yakuza boss.

Kurosawa rushes to Oshiro Daichi’s home, currently devoid of guards. He rushes to Oshiro’s office, to find him faced away from the door, staring silently out the window. He doesn’t speak, or even acknowledge Kurosawa’s presence. It isn’t until Kurosawa turns his chair around the he sees the blood. Oshiro Daichi has been shot in the head. Both the Yakuza boss and his son are dead.

Kurosawa has little time to process his feelings about this, as he hears a sound behind them. Thinking it was Oshiro Daichi’s killer, he draws his sword, and turns to strike his target. His sword stops suddenly, with the loud clanging sound of metal clashing with bone. His eyes were met by the gaze of a creature made of jagged bone, empty voids of darkness in place of eyes. Using some sort of dark magic, the creature made Kurosawa’s bone explode, then disarmed and impaled him with his own sword.

Blood spilling from his mouth, and vision fading, Kurosawa saw Oshiro Hiroto stood behind the creature.

“I am afraid you have been misled. Daichi’s time had come to pass, and while I shall miss my brother greatly, he was standing in the way of progress. There are things in this world beyond your understanding, Takehiko.

“No ill will was meant towards you, we just needed someone to blame for all of this. If anything, it was a testament to your loyalty and skill as an assassin; I knew you would complete your task, without hesitation. With Yuuto and Daichi dead, I can take my place as head of the Yakuza.

“It is a shame you must die, you were like a son to me. “

Oshiro Hiroto left the Kurosawa to the demon’s mercy. The creature lifted Kurosawa from the ground, took him into the pouring rain,and dropped him over the railing, wrenching his sword from his gut as he fell.

Kurosawa crashed hard into the dark water below, and everything faded to black.

The Second Breath

It is unknown exactly how long Kurosawa spent in Yomi Wan, but it surely felt like eternity. Torture and damnation unending, the pain of the Thousand Hells cleaved away at Kurosawa, leaving nothing but hatred and revenge. The Dragon rose from his torment, with a thirst for vengeance. Nothing could stop the Dragon, not even Yomi Wan. The P’o clawed it’s way from hell itself, dragging Kurosawa back into the world of the living. He awoke at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, but hell itself couldn’t stop him, the immense weight of the water was nothing to him at this point.

He was back in the living world, but he wasn’t himself, he was a Chih-mei, a horrible creature forced to each flesh for the Chi it provides. He eats and eats, time passing in a haze, leaving Kurosawa with little memory of this time. One night, he encounters someone who isn’t afraid of the monster he is. With inhuman speed, they are upon him, slashing him apart with bones of blade extruding from their arm. Everything is dark once more.

He awakens in new clothes, in a Kuei-Jin temple in the heart of Chinatown. There, Harmonious Crane, the caretaker of the temple, began to teach Kurosawa about the way of the Kuei-Jin. IN the temple, he met his future Wu member, the Kuei-Jin seer and spirit talker, Yamazaki Shizuka.

He learned the strengths and weaknesses of the Kuei-Jin, the ways of Yin and Yang Chi, and the spirits of the world. Over time, he begins to manifest and learn the disciplines of the Kue-Jin, beginning with Yang Prana, then Jade Shintai, and eventually, Demon Shintai.

His knownledge of demon Shintai came suddenly, the Dragon forcing its way to the surface, taking control. Subdued by the elder Kuei-Jin, it was decided he finally needed a Dharmic path. With his violent life, and powerful P’o, it was decided he should follow The Howl of the Devil-Tiger:

1: Ride the Demon, do not let it ride you.
2: Glory in the fires of the flesh and the passions of the soul.
3: Teach others to live joyfully through pain.
4: Throw fear into the flames and encourage others to do likewise.
5: Do not hesitate — act!
6: Seek out the brightest embers and feed them until they become bonfires.
7: Meditate upon the flash of passion, the dazzle of its afterglow and the darkness that follows.
8: Be cultured in your passions and magnificent in your evil. Any imbecile can act like a madman; it takes true wisdom to become a devil.

More months passed, his training complete, his Dharmic path chosen, Kurosawa was ready for the Test of Fire and Water. The Test is a time of celebration, as well as a time of judgment, it is when the elder Kuei-Jin decide if the hin (non-persons, term for unproven Kuei-Jin) are ready to be considered members of Kuei-Jin society, or if their Second Breath was a mistake.

There where many tests Kurosawa faced, a show of disciplines, the ability to control his states, knowledge in his particular skill set (martial arts and sword play). In his attempt to show Demon Shintai, he managed to subdue his P’o, channeling its power without letting it take control.

With his final tests complete, Kurosawa and Yamazaki become a wu, almost like a Kuei-Jin family. Now, Kurosawa is unleashed upon the world, given a lifetime to settle his debts before he must aid the Kuei-Jin in their cause.

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