As Stars' Fall, Does the World of Man Burn? : A Tale of Ten Falling Stars
A blunt man with a complicated relationship with the spirits
Appearance: Bald with a black mustache, braided into four long strands. Brown eyes. Three long scars along his scalp. Two silver teeth and a face pockmarked with scars on the left side.
Mother (Deceased): Botan
Father (Deceased): Hibiki
Children (Adopted): Yu (8), Ai (8), Mei (12)
Yarijutsu 3 (Emphasis: Naginata)
Lore: Spirits 3
Lore: Theology 1
Linguistics: 1 (Otomo)
Large, Touch of the Spirit Realms: Sakkaku
Bad Fortune: Lingering Misfortune
In a cabin next to a glacier-fed lake, Kuma was born. It was a difficult birth, as his spirit-touched lineage granted him great size, even as a newborn. His mother, Botan, may have died, if she did not share Kuma’s ancestor. As a child, whenever he went into town with his parents, his Large size meant that other adults thought him older than he was, and would place him in charge of the other children.
His heritage did not pass on many physical characteristics, mostly his size. Kuma did, however, inherit the dour and humourless attitude of the Orochi he knew as Grandfather. The region of mountains he called home were rife with trickster spirits from the realm of Sakkaku. These spirits found Kuma and Grandfather entertaining to torment. As he would lie in bed, kept awake by the Touch of the Spirit Realm Sakkaku, Kuma learned to lie like a trickster spirit, even if he did not have the disposition for it.
Drawing the attention of the spirits was not always so benign. The constant pranks of the spirits convinced the other villagers he was cursed. Kuma began to agree after a Kappa, drawn to the young man’s attitude and spiritual connection, attempted to steal him away. Kuma got away with only a slash to his head, but his mother and father were killed before Grandfather could intervene. Kuma spent the next few years learning what he could from the spirits from the Orochi before the spirit abruptly left. Seeking more instruction, Kuma set out downriver on a boat, along with a few other families. In a series of freak accidents, the boat sunk, killing all on board but Kuma and three children. Kuma resolved to adopt the children, despite being convinced of his Bad Fortune, and the Lingering Misfortune facing his journey.