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Jiangzhenxiang

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a character in “Censer”, as played by bethelit

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"If a bird doesn't sing, kill it!"
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During the Sengoku era of feudal Japan, the sudden defeat of Oda Nobunaga sparked an uprising amongst the Owari Onmyouj. The Kazetani, a powerful Onmyouji clan, took advantage of the chaos to cleanse their faction of political impurities. In doing so, Nobuyuki Kazetani and his brothers formed unlikely alliances with warlords across the land. Strengthening their burgeoning influence came at a large cost, however. More than allies, they gained a host of enemies hungering for revenge.

Allies of the brothers’ victims saw the three not as lords but vectors of disasters, leading to strife and hidden political agendas. With treaties and alliances in flux due to the abrupt coup, clans and warlords on all sides saw fit to use the brothers to kill their enemies and solidify their holdings. Onlookers questioned the new Kazetanis’ loyalty and control of their clan. However, those who know the true extent of Nobuyuki’s stratagems know better than to test them.

Nobuyuki the Sparrow. Katsuhide the Falcon. Teruyuki the Crow. Like their former lord, they are known for their cruelty, and ambition to take flight. The brothers strive to create The House of Four Winds, the first national Onmyoji alliance. With Nobunaga’s legacy in ashes, they too must burn their names into history, or be struck down to obscurity.

Nobunaga once said, “If a bird doesn’t sing, kill it.” If the Kazetani do not perform, their sacrifices will be for naught.

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The Kazetani brothers of Owari.

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Controversy plagued the Kazetani brothers from the moment Teruyuki was adopted into the branch family. Though heavily monitored, the brothers soared through the ranks of their respective fields, but earned the ire of the main family once each brother’s genpuku occurred. Rather than follow the tradition of incarnating their Shiki as gods or men, they chose yokai, the harbingers of disaster. They were arrogant and defiant with Nobuyuki, the “ringleader” taking on Nobunaga’s name rather than his blood father’s. With Nobunaga's steel, the brothers forged their own path, moving the earth with smoke and fire.
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Conflict. It is the fire that fuels all.

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After cleansing their clan of impurities, the Kazetani brothers were suddenly called to arms to avenge their fallen lord, Oda Nobunaga. Marching on Yamazaki, the Kazetani brothers swiftly allied with Hashiba Hideyoshi against the treacherous Akechi Mitsuhide. Triumphing over the Mitsuhide army, the brothers quickly returned to the Owari province to see to re-establishment of the new House of Four Winds in the light of their massacre.

Ensuring order, they are now en route to the Kiyosu Conference, where Nobuyuki hopes to install more influence. By throwing their lot in with the charismatic and successful Hideyoshi, Nobuyuki manages to assert the continued respect of the Oda vassals. To further solidify their political position with Hideyoshi and the emperor, they follow Hideyoshi to Kyoto, where they are quickly embroiled in the imperial game.

While they positioned themselves within the imperial court, Shibata Katsuie and their opposition was gaining power. By taking Hideyoshi’s side, they had made a dangerous enemy of Katsuie and of Nobutaka’s retainers, which included the “Gashadokuro Onmyoji,” Kannari.

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Those who scar the realm and walk among us.

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Saniwa are an exclusive sect of Onmyouji, civil servants of a government-backed religious bureau. Saniwa in particular are professional practitioners favored by the Emperor.

Onmyouji were specialists in magic and divination. Their court responsibilities ranged from tasks such as calendar-keeping, divination, and protection of the imperial court. They could divine auspicious or harmful influences in the earth, and were instrumental in the moving of capitals. It is said that an Onmyouji could also summon and control Shikigami; however, only a true Saniwa could invoke one.

Unlike Onmyouji employed by the imperial court, Saniwa operated as a their own clan and political entity. They answered to the Kazetani clan and the House of Four Winds.

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Shikigami are familiars summoned by a Saniwa to do their bidding. They are born from inanimate objects, and can take the form of humans, ghosts, youkai, or oni.

They are be conjured during a complex ceremony and their power is connected to the spiritual force of their Saniwa. If the Saniwa is well trained, his Shiki can access the elements and manipulate them; however carelessness will lead to spiritual corruption. Normally shikigami are conjured to exercise risky orders for their masters, such as spying around, stealing and enemy tracking.

While Shikigami are powerful and terrifying, perhaps their most horrifying aspect is that they never act under their own will; they are slaves in the service of human magic users who tell them what to do. Modern day Saniwa refer to Shikigami as “Artifacts.”

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Bakemono are mysterious and abnormal monsters that plague the land. A bakemono is usually a living thing, though it can sometimes be used to signify yûrei, a ghost of a human being, or as a blanket term for all mysterious phenomena synonymous with yôkai, of which it is normally a subset.

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This roleplay is the prequel to The Weight of Soul (TWoS). While Kurayami Gatari is a private play, you can still apply anytime in TWoS's Sandbox for an opportunity to participate in our world. If you have questions about that -- please direct them to Bethelit, the head GM. She'd be glad to help you out!

The Weight of Soul: Kurayami Gatari (魂の重み: くらやみがたり - Tamashī no Omomi: Kurayami Gatari - ) is © to Bethelit, ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ ,and Miraclegem. Please do not steal any writing, code, nor edited images. All cg materials and artwork is © to the listed official series and their artist affiliates: Onmyoji, Ken Ga Kimi, and Touken Ranbu.

PLEASE DO NOT STEAL OUR CONCEPTS, WRITING, GRAPHICS, CODES, ETC. This whole project was created through an intense labor of love, and piggybacking on our ideas is rude, lazy, and bad form. How would you feel if something you poured your heart and soul got “borrowed” by someone else? Nobody responds well to that kind of offense! Cribbing coding aesthetics is especially not okay! It took Bethelit a half a year to develop the graphics and cs to where they are today. I understand we sound very strict, but we worked hard on this play, and we take plagiarism seriously. Plagiarizers and offenders will be immediately and severely dealt with. Please be respectful, thank you!
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