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As a caveat, realize that these are kitsune that I developed for the
various events I participated in. I'm going to focus mostly on the ones
that ended up getting a lot of attention. A greater majority of the
kitsune are in the Chigonoha den or Yagiri den, simply because those two
dens were the ones where most of the interaction with humans took place.
There is a little bit of Chihi, but Chihi is almost a sub-location of
Chigonoha. Of course, there are also several silvers, as well as some of
the people at Temple.
I'm going to try and present much of the information in as much
absence of the game I was in as I can (though characters like Ki, who I
actually played in a flash-back game are sort of difficult to portray in
total absence of those games), because later sessions of the game had
quite radically different details than the cannon line. We followed game
events, of course, but as any long-going RP group knows, our details and
scenes didn't always completely fit smoothly into the cannon line.
When I'm listing the names, if the names are in Japanese, I
generally have a kanji set for them. Yes, I speak Japanese. I will put the rough
translation of the kanji in parens. I have added a
Names page to show the Kanji for my character's
names and also give you a discussion on kanji, kanji readings, and
linguistics/pronunciation. For reference,
names like En'arashi (with the wonky use of an apostrophe midway
through) are separated out like that on purpose; it's a distinction
between two different sounds. It's not a pause, just me being anal about
differences between the two symbol sound "n" and "a" and the one symbol
(Blood Leaf) - located in the area between and around the Lake of
Sorrows and the Red Lake. Other than being a training area, the den
tries to help the ghosts in the area move on.
- DenLord - En'arashi (Fire, storm)
- Karai - previous DenLord of
Chigonoha; En'arashi's first mate, deceased
- DenMother - Kaikahun
(Blossoming Flame), sometimes just called "Kai" (ash).
- Ikoma Norituri - the DenMother's
- Ki -
Oldest non-silver kitsune in the realm and holds significant social
status as a result. He is the DenMother's Tree guard.
The DenLord's children - in order of age.
- Koten - (flame, sky/heaven) first
son. In charge of the seasoned scouts, always the first person to
- Kokka (bone fire) 2nd son. In
charge of keeping track of supplies.
- Moesashi (ember) - 3rd son. Works
most often with border scouts
- Heizan (calm/cold) - 4th son. In
charge of keeping track of the various kitsunes' trainings. Probably
the closest to a headmaster of the training groups.
- Nenmu and Muka (burning dream and
dream flame) - twins, 5th and 6th sons. Neither has a very good grasp of reality, and
so neither has any particular responsibilities. Both Dream. They
don't experience each other's discomforts, but what one knows the
other knows - unfortunately, this isn't easily used because of their
mutual difficulty in making sense of the real world.
- Kasai (fire, especially a large
fire) - 7th son. In charge of new trainees.
- Yokaze (Night wind) - only child of
En'arashi and Himitsu; half black, half red fox making her fur a
black cherry red. Hates politics, but as a direct line of Inari, she
can't entirely avoid them.
The DenMother's guard
- Fire - Cha (tea) Cha likes tea. A
lot. She travels around just to try new tea or different mixes. She
grew up in some of the coldest climes imaginable, surrounded by Ice
Maidens. As such, even mildly warm weather irritates her, and in
such weather she tends to... dress down. It doesn't bother the
kitsune, who smile and enjoy the show, but it would certainly
- Wind - Fuu (wind) Fuu's the
perpetual nanny, and usually is called on to be a wet nurse if a
child needs one for some reason. Fuu's cheerful and optimistic in a
way that would be irritating to most anyone other than children.
She's also a disaster in the kitchen - Ki swears that her mere
presence can ruin a batch of food.
- Earth - Ishi (stone) Ishi might as
well be a boulder, he is short and stout in a way highly unusual for
kitsune. He's probably got the most human sense of humor, and he's
not particularly curious for a kitsune.
- Water - Ash; Ash as in the type of tree.
Ash is half-kitsune, but unfortunately cannot pass as human. He is
covered from head to toe in short fur patterned the colors of a red
fox, and though he has no tail he has the talon-like claws and sharp
teeth of a fox. He's about 80, though he looks to be young 20's
still. He has no ability with the kamigami, but he learns at a speed
that even most humans would be impressed with. He has memories of
being chased as a child, so he's acutely embarrassed to show himself
around humans and would take pains to always wear full armor (which
incidentally has a mask as part of the helmet) around humans. He has
an older brother, Yamashi,
who is not attached to any particular den.
- Wood - Ki (tree)
One of the oldest living kitsune, he is enamored of Kaikahun though
she has already turned him down. He stays to protect her anyway. He
has a mixed Crane/Dragon style that he learned and developed in the
early years of the Empire. Ki doesn't dislike humans, but learned
early how painfully short their lives can be.
- Itoko (Thread child) of the
Ishigawa (Stone River) line- black fox, weaver. Itoko is painfully
shy, and the only one of her family to take to artistic pursuits.
Eventually, she marries a human Crane and moves to one of their
- Ginyue (silver moon) of the Chihi
line - red and gold, blacksmith. She'd be a hermit her whole life if
she could, and she's pretty grumpy about not being one. A little
surly in general, she's the sort of bodyguard who will scowl and be
pissy, then when everyone else is asleep, go about making sure
things are arranged comfortably. She's a good
cook, and she has a great many suitors who wish she'd just
learn to trust someone.
- Shouga the Denmother's younger
sister; youngest sister of Karai. She manages En'arashi's household
on behalf of her eldest (deceased) sister, since Himitsu lives so
Yagiri Den (night
mist) - Located in caves beneath the Seven Thunders Mountain. No one is
exactly sure what the den's focus is, though it has long been said that
the black foxes here guard something.
- DenLord - Himitsu (secret), black
fox, daughter of Inari
- DenMother/DenFather - Position is
- Wraith - In charge of the defenses.
She *hates* humans, living ones anyway, dead ones are good enough as
- Shade and Shadow - twins in service
to Himitsu. They don't have a clear distinction between each other,
though they recognize the difference between the two bodies. What
ones knows the other knows. They have a very good grasp on reality,
and are very devoted to Himitsu and Yokaze.
- Dokuyaku (Arsenic) - Wraith's
oldest daughter. Obviously, she's good at poison. She's also good
with healing herbs, but she's inherited her mother's sense of the
- Boshi (the record of name and life
written on a tomb stone) - Wraith's second child, son. Silent, and
relatively large for a kitsune, many make the mistake of thinking
him dumb. They don't usually live much past that.
- (Itoko at Chigonoha, Wraith's third
- Kyoufu (terror) - Wraith's forth
child. She's particularly good at casting illusions of fear, she can
pick out fears and amplify them. She's quite able to kill a person
with their own fears. She's also obscenely good with plants and when
she's not out terrorizing, she can be found deep in the gardens.
- Kutsuu (torment) - Wraith's fifth
child. Her specialty is torture, a bit more refined than her
mother's general gore approach. She also makes guards and shoes (and
sometimes the others call her "Kutsu" [shoe] rather than the more
physically in the kitsune realm)
- TempleMaster Li - she smokes,
curses, drinks, and is otherwise a terror to anyone of any other
monk-ly persuasion. She's also the only one who can manage Temple,
something that requires a massive amount of energy and elemental
control. She does not have a rear element. Despite the smoking and
cursing, she is quite knowledgeable but she doesn't often have time
to engage in philosophy with others. Inari specifically removed her
from her home den before the members died of a plague.
- Star - A relatively young kitsune
(not yet 200). Her parents were prone to wandering the empty
mountainsides and travelling out-kingdom and as such were often on
long trips. It was 30 years before anyone realized that something
must have happened to them on one of their trips, and another 20 before anyone managed to
actually find her. As far as anyone can tell, she's been a white fox
since her parents died in an accident when she was barely a babe.
She lived much of that 50 years in fox form, so she's especially
wild for a kitsune and has incredibly sensitive hearing. Her eyes
are purple, and she has a star-shaped tattoo on her forehead that is
inset with tiny, glittering minerals.
- Shiromei/Whiteeyes - He's Wraith's
brother-in-law, ironically. He's one of the older monks, and he's
sworn to only fight in self-defense or in the defense of someone
helpless. He dissolved into Fury sometime in his past, though it was
long enough ago that even those kitsune who know of his past do not
know when exactly it was, and he decimated two small villages.
Others managed to calm him, eventually, and once he returned to his
senses he was immensely remorseful. Most don't remember this, or
even know of it. Now, he manages a teasing, friendly atmosphere.
He's the only person who can tease Li with impunity. When the
kitsune become more open, he is assigned as a tending monk at a
small temple of Inari the human's built. As such, he is often an
intermediary - though most guests of the temple have no idea that he
isn't human, as he is very capable of maintaining a human illusion.
He has the ability to open gateways between temple grounds and the
Temple in the kitsune realm.