Byakko and Clan Tora
The Tora Warband
Byakko might be mad. Even among a clan that so broadly venerates its totem, however, Byakko is accounted strange. Focused and intense, this young warrior fights with the ferocity of his clan but matches this with an uncharacteristic cunning. He is also daring beyond sense, for Byakko truly believes himself the incarnation of the White Tiger.
Said to possess a piece of the moon in its heart, this special kami supposedly provides its host with mystical protection. Any other who fought as Byakko fights would be called reckless of suicidal, but he absolutely believes himself protected and, so far, it seems true. This lunatic piety is strange, even among the Tora. Byakko might be mad. Then again, he might be right.
While Byakko’s total conviction that he is the Tiger reborn seems ridiculous to many it has been taken to heart by many young Tora who look up to him and are amazed by his combat prowess. Most Tora are inspired by his leadership and amazing level of skill and training, and none can gainsay his ability in the field.
Travelling inland from the east, is a great expanse of fields and lush forest that gives way to the foothills of the great Getsu-san, a mighty mountain that breaks the skyline from anywhere on Kagejima, named for the cool snow-capped lustre of its white peak – bright in the day, and reflective at night in the moon's glow.
The countryside east of the mountains is dotted with doughty villages spread amongst the edges of the great forests to the north and the broken lands to the south. The foothills yield great rewards to the industrious people there, both in mineral wealth, the black blood of the earth, and access to chemical ingredients in the manufacturing of powerful compounds used in making raw materials that fill the forges of the various clans. These are the lands of the Tora Clan.
The Tora are, much like their totem, a proud and haughty people, always ready to pounce, taking the initiative or advantage. Taunting and one upmanship are favourite pastimes among Tora youths. Challenges to a foot race or other contest of strength or agility are never far from coming. Not being able to give as good as you get, or not having a thick enough skin to laugh off the constant flamboyant bragging and bravado is a sign of poor sportsmanship to the Tora.
The Tora find it hard to understand or trust anyone who won’t fight for their ideas or express their emotions with passion. Honour is of extraordinary importance to the Tora, and they pursue it and defend it with the utmost of their fiery passion.
The Tora have applied their fiercely competitive nature to the arena of the mind in the same way that they compete physically. Combined with their mountainous homeland this inquisitive competitiveness has shaped the Tora into the preeminent smiths and alchemists in all Kagejima. Tora weapons are finely forged and their understanding of alchemical reactions is unsurpassed, leading them to make, not only the first firearms on the island, but the finest as well.
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