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Ways of the Samurai: Journey

Youkai

a part of “Ways of the Samurai: Journey”, a fictional universe by Skittle_Overlord.

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Youkai

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Skittle_Overlord on Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:57 pm

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γ€ŒIn the beginning of times, there was chaos, this is true for both the human and youkai realm. And for an age this did not change, until the wisest of the youkai decided to observe how the humans lived, and saw them at peace. The humans had found their order in the chaos. And when they looked back at their own encampments they were revolted, seeing that even the noblest of their kind were little more than savages without any stable home. They desired more, a better life than the violence they knew. The human realm already were working peacefully with one another and acted better than they. For humans to have the advantage over the youkai in this was an insult and danger to their kind.

With this in mind, the four most powerful clan leaders signed an accord bringing all of their allies in line under a more unified form of government. Rather dozens upon dozens of clans vying for a tiny piece of the available land, the four noble houses were created, to keep everyone in line and territories in equality. They built their way of life on a feudal system, one that would later be adopted by the humans. The clans provided protection and administration for those loyal to them in exchange for resources, loyalty and so on.

Political maneuvering and intermarriage is conducted between the houses to prevent further wars while still allowing for social mobility, and as one might expect. This has most especially benefited the Houses of the Sun and Moon. Generally when youkai intermarry, the child is of the father's race, which has led to a valuing of sons over daughters, much like in the human realm. However, most youkai will readily admit that daughters can make warriors and politicians just as dangerous as sons, unlike the human realm. An inter-species youkai marriage is not looked upon negatively. Still, the main family of any given house is likely to remain pure-blooded, and it is the branch families that bare the responsibility of political marriages to the other houses.
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γ€ŒThe ruling line of this house are white Kitsune, and their vassal races include those disposed to speed and cleverness. Bakeneko, Tanuki and the like all hail to this house. Though they have neither the largest nor strongest army, they produce tacticians and assassins like no other. And their ability to utilize guerrilla warfare is formidable. Additionally, like all nobles, the ruling family is a class of combatants all their own, much stronger than anything save other youkai royalty. They are called the house of the moon because of where they make their home. The land of night is where they thrive, a part of the youkai realm covered in the dim light of the moon and nothing else.」


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γ€ŒThe House of the Sun is ruled by Tengu, and its vassal types include most flying youkai and those species with higher-than-usual ability to manipulate ki, like Yuki-onna. It is their magical abilities that primarily keep the other houses wary of them, though they are also wise. Due to their wisdom they are often in friendship with those of the Moon House. Again, however, the rules are slightly different for the ruling class in that they are powerful combatants. They are called the house of the sun because of where they make their home. The land of the day is where they thrive, a part of the youkai realm where the sun always shines and it is always day.」


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γ€ŒThe House of the Earth is ruled by wolves, the Okami, and their subordinates are most often bears and oni, so it's natural that they have a reputation for being the strongest, most violent faction. As a rule, they aren't very smart or fast, but their loyalty, strength, and ability to coordinate as members of one pack makes up for it, and the sheer devastation they're capable of has ensured that their position as one of the four will never come into question. They are called the house of the earth because of where they make their home. The mountainous regions and the hidden valleys in them are where they thrive. Their fortress-like homes are impenetrable and they are famous for their metalwork.」


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γ€ŒThe House of the Sea is the most mysterious group, and the smallest. Their leaders are the Hebi, the snake youkai, any youkai affiliated with water is under their dominion. The palatial headquarters of the head house is underwater in the great youkai sea, and this alone makes it very implausible to attack them. They do not have the same concern of the other houses to remain strong, but it is noted that their ruling family is made up of strong combatants. Like other types of youkai, they can take more humanoid forms, but they don't often choose to, preferring more than the others to keep to themselves. It is also to be noted that arguably they have the most land, it is simply covered in water, and all bodies of water in the youkai realm are connected to one another through tunnels. The water of the youkai realm does not run salty, not even the sea.」
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Re: Youkai

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γ€ŒNo one is quite sure which realm came first, human or youkai. But regardless of facts the youkai enjoy boasting that they did and that furthermore they are far superior to humans. And this kind of conclusions wasn't difficult for them to make, especially with how weak and unvaried humans are compared to them. Humans couldn't even figure out how to cross realms on their own. Even though the youkai assume these things, they can not shake their occasional curiosity of the humans. And through this curiosity a few youkai have been known to make themselves known to the humans, and in earlier times it was a much more common practice. But not all youkai had kind intentions with this curiosity, deciding to interpret the human realm as a playground to terrorize in bloodshed. When the clans formed they put an end to allowing just any to wonder into the human realm for frivolous reasons. Restricting human hunts to times of war for the humans, when the youkai could go unnoticed. The youkai like the advantage they have over humans, that they know of their realm and that the humans know only what they let them know. It is a huge convenience that they can go from realm to realm freely and the humans have no idea how. Restrictions on going back and forth between the realms have tightened and loosened with the passing years- which has kept the oblivious humans of Japan questioning whether or not youkai even exist.
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To the humans youkai are legends and myths, with varying levels of actual belief, less so as time has reached the Sengoku era. Youkai are just stories to be told to the children to make them behave, they are objects to be painted and muses to write about, things of fantasy. Besides, with raging territory wars going on in this tumultuous era, who has time for stories and myth? That's all youkai have become to humans, myth.

There is such a thing as a half youkai, and the product of these unions are called hanyou by the youkai realm. These unions are extremely taboo and condemns the hanyou, and sometimes the parents, to death. This is part of the reason that the clans put restrictions on youkai crossing the realms, to prevent hanyou from being born. Back when there were no restrictions hanyou were more common and usually dangerously deficient. They were often either born with madness, deformed, or with abilities that would destroy both themselves and those around them. It is viewed that hanyou are a disgrace and abomination and belonged in neither realm. All youkai are bound by responsibility to destroy any hanyou they come across. And in this manner they were eradicated, and even humans do not know that they used to exist.
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