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Kou

"I'm hungry, is anybody else hungry? 'Cause I sure as fuck am hungry."

0 · 493 views · located in Edo Japan

a character in “The Seven Samurai”, as played by >Marionette<

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β—™β—™β—™β—™* Female...β—™β—™β—™β—™* 78...β—™β—™β—™β—™* 5' 8"...β—™β—™β—™β—™* 110 lbs....β—™β—™β—™β—™*Hanyō

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Imageβ—ˆ Rōnin β”‹ Mastery of the Katana
β—ˆ Nine Lives β”‹ Accelerated rate of healing
β—ˆ Alcoholic β”‹ Can probably drink you under the table
β—ˆ Quick as a Cat β”‹ The speed and reflexes of a Bakeneko



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PERSONALITY 》
Kou doesn't exactly stick out in a crowd, average would be the best word to go about describing her, especially considering her gender. In a positive light her appearance is that of a boy nearing adulthood who has the benefit of youth to appear slightly handsome. Her garb however doesn't exactly make her appear as any sort of bachelor that a young lady in search of a sweetheart would want to set her sights upon. Her gi isn't too shabby all things considered but it is clearly patched in a few places and old, she's a weary traveler with few funds to spare, and looks the part. A long time ago Kou pretended to be male and sported a shaved head, however that life is behind her. And while she by no means goes out of her way to mask her gender anymore she is none the less more often than not confused as male.

This misconception can help her get a job sometimes and really doesn't do any harm so she sees no need to correct anyone on the matter, usually anyway. She supposes she could dress up in a more traditionally feminine way, but that sort of thing seems unnecessary and too much of a hassle, she doesn't really know her way around femininity. A woman's clothes are much too restrictive anyway, it'd be a pain all around. In lieu of a shaved head Kou's mane now reaches pretty far, and she keeps it tied back in a simple manner, sporting fringe in a style common with young men of the era, furthering the illusion of her gender. One unique thing she does wear on her person is a string of monk's beads, either worn under her collar around her neck or wrapped around her wrist. They used to belong to the head nun of the temple Kou grew up in.

Kou is a peculiar person, and a normal life both would and wouldn't seem to suit her. On one hand she seems to operate simply, a rather lax and unconcerned common person with few regards and contented with life. Someone who doesn't really plan ahead and or concern themselves with big picture matters. On the other hand it soon becomes clear that Kou is unable to fit in with hierarchy and the natural order of things. She comes from a Buddhist background, and the nuns she was raised by treat everyone as an equal, so it is with Kou. If you're a shitty person, and most people born with authority are, Kou will call you on it. And no, she won't fall to the ground in a respectful bow either, you'll get a regular bow like every other person in the street. Bosses don't generally like her attitude and neither do any nobles she's been unlucky enough to pass on the road. Despite how much she doesn't like troublesome circumstances this sort of attitude is going to cause trouble wherever she goes eventually. She much too stubborn to answer to anybody, so she must make her own way.

With equality however does come a nice nonjudgmental view from Kou. People are weird, and in fact it's more weird for someone to not be weird, so whatever weirdo traits you have Kou is cool with. She has an ease in understanding people and their motivations that is uncanny and would be highly useful had she become a nun. Kou makes an excellent listener, and people tend to open up to her regardless of familiarity, her lack of judgement and genuine interest in what you have to say makes her a good soundboard. Kou is a calm and warm person that people generally like, and you can tell she likes you if there's a little mischievous teasing. She wouldn't really call herself a philosopher, and really wouldn't think to deserve the title, but it's what she is, and can end up offering humble advice and insight here and there. This brand of philosophy can be called wise by some and weird by others though, as the way she explains things can be construed as odd and counter to the current culture.

It's pretty clear by now that Kou definitely has a mouth and makes use of it, and when not philosophizing can often end up running it with witty jokes or sass depending on her happy or sour mood. The sass was more common with her younger self but the cheery joking and teasing more suits her older self, as it is often common people she interacts with now. If you're unlucky enough to land on Kou's bad side, something not easy to do (and something not achieved in years), you'll get the full brunt of her ruthless tongue lashing, as well as the more violent side of her personality.

There is a darker and considerably sadder layer to Kou than the easy friendliness (if generally lazy) exterior she exudes. Her past is a violent one, she pursued bloody revenge and got it, going against everything she was ever taught and smearing her conscience and hands with red. It's a stain that won't come out despite her attempts to free herself of it. She isn't even over the initial loss of her sisters and mothers, the added stain to their memory only adds to the pain. Revenge felt empty, and all the things she did leading up to that revenge wasn't worth it, but it molded her into a person she has to live with being now. Her skills include killing and violence, she's especially good at it, and what's more she feels a rush doing it. She shouldn't. The adrenaline is a rush that makes you feel alive, especially when you're feeling pretty empty and lonely, but it shouldn't be that way. What else is there though? A lack of close human relationships for so long has made her forget what it was like to really enjoy people on a personal level rather than from an objective or outside viewpoint. Or how even when you lose relationships you can develop new ones.

For Kou she stopped that process back when she was young, pushed people away and stuck to a singular goal, and after meeting it was left with nothing. Nothingness scares Kou, but it's what she feels often. Sleeping fills the nothing with dreams, alcohol makes the nothing whimsical, and violence chases away the nothing all together. And so you have her three big addictions, sleep, alcohol, and violence. She's pretty good about avoiding fights out of sheer principle, but sleep and alcohol she takes in gratuitous amounts. Perhaps Kou could settle down in a nice village and make friends, but somehow she's got it in her head that she doesn't really deserve to. Her opinion of herself is pretty low, and even beginning to make friends or having people be kind to her hurts rather than having the desired effect.

She takes other people's kindness very seriously, but can't really take compliments in a way people should, it just hurts, all of it does. You can imagine a person tries to avoid hurt, and this is true with Kou's behavior. Maybe she can just avoid it all if she travels far enough, maybe she can find something to make it all better, who knows. Either way Kou will restlessly trudge on town to town, doing what good she can in whatever small way to atone for her perceived sins.

One could go on and on about Kou but illustrious words are generously wasted on her, she blends in with the crowd as an unassuming young man, nothing more and nothing less.

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HISTORY 》
Kou doesn't know too much about her heritage, she knows she was left on the doorstep of a Buddhist temple by a woman in white, and that one of her parents was not human. This is all, and honestly she's made her peace with this information, she remembers fretting over it when she was younger but understands now that it's useless wondering over such matters. She hopes that the woman who left her had better luck in her life after freeing herself of the burden of raising a child. Kou remembers fondly that the nuns never made her feel unwanted, at least the woman had the good sense to put her where she would be loved and cared for.

For the first fourteen years of Kou's life, she was bald, like the nuns of the temple. She did chores, meditated, and was taught medicine. The nuns were kind and wise, understanding of everyone and welcoming of hurts and pain. People came to them with hurts physical and emotional alike, and the nuns turned no one away. It was here that Kou learned to treat everyone as an equal, it was here that Kou learned kindness and generosity. Kou was proud that she was to become one of them, the path of Buddha suited her well, and already she was turning into the temple's most notorious nun. Unfortunately the path of Buddha was never Kou's destiny, as war ravages the many provinces of Nihon it ravaged her's as well. One night, some men from an invading army attacked the temple, desecrating it and the nuns inside.

The soldiers played with them for days, and from her hiding spot Kou heard it all, those prayers the brave nuns chanted to get through it are forever seared into her memory, as are the screams of pain. Eventually the soldiers were done, and they left nothing but a burning temple and dead nuns behind them, that, and a lone child who would later become their doom. Vicious fury, running both hot and cold took over Kou's personality. She swore revenge, it was not the way of the Buddha, but it would be her way now. Kou was too bloodthirsty to see reason or be grateful that she was left alive, she was now too filled with hate to rebuild the temple and honor the memories of her sisters and mothers. Something she regrets now that it is too late to turn back.

If Kou wanted revenge, she would need to learn the way of the sword, Dōjō did not accept bald orphans, at least none of the ones she begged would, so Kou found another way. Joining a yakuza army was the solution she was looking for. Gōda Daizō and his yakuza took her in, she had to lie about her gender and age to train as a swordsman, but that was not too difficult to do since she had only some fuzz on her head and was boyishly skinny and tall to begin with. Daizō gave people like her a second chance and life, she could have rebuilt herself anew there, but instead she trained and fought like a demon. Kou kept her head bald, to remind herself of her goal, getting stronger was her only concern, which was why she frequently pushed people away and ignored them. Several times she got into trouble for speaking against authority with a sassy mouth, but the punishments did little to phase her.

Kou would come alive in battle, it was where she let out her anger and anguish, which was vast, and thus she earned her nickname The Bloodthirsty Monk. Had she been of average strength Kou might have never even gotten a nickname, but Kou's ability with a sword was anything but ordinary. She learned at an alarming rate, and applied all she learned with frightening precision. It was not all talent, certainly some of it must be attributed to her constant and devoted practice, but the speed with which she learned would not have been possible if she were not a natural. The gang's policy altogether wasn't bad. Distributing money and supplies to the poor was satisfying, and almost reminded her of where she came from, almost.

Later, around age 18, Kou learned who the men that attacked her temple called master and why it is they did what they did. It was to make a point, it was for intimidation. It was to get at the Daimyō who resided over the territory at the time. It was political. It was not a good enough reason. In her fury Kou decided that the Daimyō Tatsumaki would suffer death as well, he had succeeded in taking over the territory but he would not live long enough to enjoy it. Kou deserted Daizō's yakuza to finally realize her revenge. She succeeded too. It was quite the thing, a feat of both stealth and strength, but in the end it wasn't nearly as satisfying as Kou had thought it would be. In fact it was utterly disappointing. Kou regretted the act almost as soon as she finished it, she could feel the souls of the nuns cry for her. She could see herself clearly now, the blood on her hands and malice in her heart, it was a gruesome taint.

Kou has not stopped wandering since, never staying in one place for too long, running away from her memories and regrets. Or trying to anyway. Her hair grew long and she grew up. With Kou's fury, which had defined her for so long, gone, all that was left was emptiness and lack of purpose. Wandering soon became her way and with it she began to find herself again. It was not easy climbing out of the deep depression she was in but protecting the innocent sure helped. That's what Kou did now, she set herself on helping villages and doling out justice to the vile. Money is hard to come by, especially since a good portion of the people she helps are poor, leaving her unable to ask for payment without feeling unbearably guilty. Mostly Kou gets by hard times by asking only for a good meal. When she does have money it is usually invested in sake. She lives a ridiculously simple life now.

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*Character sheet inspired by Maccotango, and Aethyia.
*All Credit belongs to them.

So begins...

Kou's Story