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Moriko "Riko Tsukioka

From Master Samurai to Master Thief

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a character in “Samurai 7: Of War and Honor”, as played by wolfangel26

Description

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A fairly slim figure, with an average height of 5'5". Her raven black hair is usually pulled back in a loose ponytail. As far as her attire, she's not entirely modest.

Here is a look at her outfit:

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Personality

Mischievous and light-spirited, Riko relies heavily on her quick wit and sharp observation to get her though the day. She's not much of a people person, and usually sticks to herself. Despite the horrors of war she witnessed in the Great War, she learned to move on. She still harbors pain from those days but she keeps it to herself.

While she is a thief, she's an honest thief to be exact. She never steals from those who can't afford it. She prefers much more high-priced targets, like the Nobuseri and the aristocratic class. But it's mostly for sport, to be truthful. She rarely keeps what she steals. Instead she leaves it for villagers...anonymously, however. If word got around of her generosity, it would only cause trouble.

Equipment

She wields a long spear but rarely uses it in battle these days. She has a sword from the Great War but has not unsheathed it since unless to clean it.

History

She grew up in a village far to the North, where the winters were harsh. She was born into a large family as the only daughter, and while her father did not wish it, she learned how to defend herself as well as her brothers. The Great War raged on south of their village, so for a time, she knew peace. Other then the occasional run in with bandits, her life was rather dull. While most girls growing up were taught how to tend the house and family, she slipped away to train with her three older brothers. While word of the horrors of war reached her home, it was simply rumors and hearsay. For eight years she paid little attention to it, until one day she woke in the middle of the night to the sounds of explosions and screams.

While she and her mother were instructed to hide with the other women, her father and brothers left with the other mend to defend the village. Resenting being left being, Moriko ran after them. It was the last time she saw her mother. By the time she reached the rest of her family, it was too late. Her brothers were dead, killed from the bombs of the ships. She saw her father weeping for his dead sons until he turned and was surprised that she survived. She never asked her father why she doubted she lived, especially after returning to the village and finding all the women and children gone. They had simply vanished, possibly sold into slavery or killed. She never got her answer.

Following the attack on their village, her father, a former Samurai himself who did not fight in the war, decided to train her. They traveled from village to village, with her father taking on jobs of protecting villages or acting as a bodyguard. While he tried to deter her from stealing, he saw potential in her stealth. Regardless, her father forbade her from taking part in the war, saying it would end one day soon. But it never did.

For seven years, they lived this nomadic life, until finally, her father succumbed to illness. The shaman of a village did her best, but he died over the course of a winter. While Moriko knew her father wished her never to partake in the war, her longing to bring it to an end proved too great. Despite her status as a woman, her skills were never questioned by those who wanted to live another day. Her abilities as a thief made her a valuable scout and assassin yet the horrors she saw....and did....still haunt her to this day.

She continued fighting for another seven years, until finally, after nearly two and half decades of endless fighting, the Emperor was victorious. Following the end o the war, Moriko disappeared into the shadows and so started her role as a master thief. The authorities have titled her "The Shadow Fox", yet comically do not know if her crimes are committed by a man or woman.

So begins...

Moriko "Riko Tsukioka's Story