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The Dead Moon

The Dead Moon


This is a romantic story, but one steeped in blood. Trust and betrayal are two sides of the same coin here. The heaven's may determine a man's fate, but it is his choice rather to follow it, or let it pass him by.

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is a romantic story, but one steeped in blood. Trust and betrayal are two sides of the same coin here. The heaven's may determine a man's fate, but it is his choice rather to follow it, or let it pass him by. Takashi Kien is a samurai, but not just any samurai--he is a fable Kensei. A sword saint. But that title is bought by the blood of his fellow man. The life of a warrior is one born in battle, steeped in pastoral tradition, and dies in honor.

Takashi Kien is a vassal of the Daimyo Noburu Takahiro. A powerful regional lord. As a Kensei, some samurai look to Takashi as a man of great repute. That his endeavors have led him on a path of great honor and steadfast conviction. Still, others see his abilities as that of a demon rather than a saint. They see him as a contrived plot to rule the lands under the iron fist of Noburu. But fate plays such a strange trick. Takashi is already married, but bears no heirs. The marriage was one born from an arrangement that their parents had set before them, and as an obedient son he took the mantle of husband and dutifully honored his wife. However, it isn't the fault of his wife--he simply feels his hands are too stained with blood and that he would never wish for the sins as a father, to be passed down upon those of his children. Nevertheless, when returning from a neighbouring land after a dangerous assassination Takashi meets a woman even he falls in love with.

Takashi doesn't know it yet, but the woman he's falling for and she surely is falling for him--is a kitsune. A fox spirit. Mischievous and kind. Powerful in her own right. She meets him under the guise of a geisha, in a popular resort. At first, her mission was to simply observe humans, search for the strongest one she could find to help her on her mission.. What was this mission? To bring him to the precipice of this world and the underworld in hopes that could bring Izanami, her goddess, back into existence. In Yomi there would be demons, true demons to be faced. Creatures of incredible power, that only the strongest could fight them. She didn't expect to fall for the very man he was sent to look for.

A long course of love ensued. The samurai frequented the resort she worked at, often after dangerous missions. Missions which left him battered and bruised. Missions which left is soul in tatters. She begins to suspect he is not happy with the life of a warrior anymore. But more than that, conspiracies were at work. his own lord sought his wife's hand. Takashi's wife was very beautiful, he lusted for the woman he was betrothed to. So to get her hand, he would first need to eliminate her husband. Joining forces with the very enemy he was sending Takashi to kill, they both lured Takashi out under the pretense there would be a great 'final' battle. In truth, his own lord was giving him up to the enemy to be killed.

Takashi would prove more capable than either of them had hoped. Yet in the end, Takashi is killed. But the Kitsune leads his soul to Yomi, there she stays beside him as a fox and not in her humanly shape. Takashi wakes up in a strange world full of terrors and choices. To get out, he must first past twelve trials. But along the way, he must save the souls of those around him as well as his own. The fox spirit guides and protects him in this world; she loves him. Along the way, he learns of one that might be able to help him find his way out so that his soul can finally rest in peace. Izanami. A single name amidst the chaos of the world. A single hope to see the one he loved in life again.

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- Be literate, use correct punctuation, and spelling.

- Write more than 5 sentences.

-Be original with character designs, I don't mind a few mundane things but really try to make the characters your own.

- Have fun. I might seem like a stickler but I'm not. I just know what I want.

- Be respectful. We all have creative ideas. We will like some and dislike others. But all ideas can be shared with equality.

- I am the GM. I have the last say so. I won't dislodge any ideas without consideration. However, if I say no, that means no.

- Knowledge and forethought. If you want to join this roleplay, at least come with knowledge beforehand. Not everyone knows all about Japanese culture, especially n medieval Japan, I know. But researching isn't that hard folks. If I see that you are at least trying but are struggling with something, I WILL help you out. Also, I like using Japanese words and phrases when doing something Japanese, I find it helps me learn the language easier. I'll put a small glossary up after my posts.

Characters to be played:

Takashi Kien- Seraph

Geisha/ Kitsune--Must have Japanese name. It doesn't fit if you have 'Sarah' or some other common name such as that in the middle of a Japanese infused story.

Wife of Takashi--Same goes for here.

Daimyo Noburu Takahiro


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