Shadowed Autumn Leaves
“I do not know the identities of Hunger and Thirst. If I did, I would tell you without reservation. I want their heads as badly as you want mine, Utaku-sama.”
Appearance and Personality
Rugged and world worn, Kenseikai has the look of the pirate that he is. He carries well the scars of decades of hardship; starvation, flayings, malnutrition, diesease, and other trials which few true samurai ever witness upon themselves. Though he is berift of manners and social niceties, he is possessed of a rough sort of honor; a strong duty and loyalty to his brothers in the Kabutomushi no Kasai. That rough honor, however, does not appear to extend to his kaizokuban’s prey, or to proper samurai of the Empire.
As a gunso in the Fire Beetles pirate gang, Kenseikai is the commander of a small flotilla of ships which he utilizes for theft and piracy. Not above stealing away crew members as well as commodities from victim ships, his ruthlessness is above reproach. In his own words, he had nothing as a child. He was born ronin, and was abandoned at a young age. The Kabutomushi no Kasai took him in, taught him independence and strength, and in return he pledged his life to them as a samurai pledges his life to his lord. Kenseikai takes such vows seriously, and does all that he can, theft, murder, kidnapping, whatever it takes, to advance his gang above its rivals.
Defeat and Death
On the morning on the Twenty Fifth Day of the Month of the Hare, Kenseikai committed his flotilla of pirate kobune to attack a solitary Crane merchant ship near Heavy Iron Island on its way towards Broken Wave City. Sensing an easy victory, the pirate gunso pulled his personal ship, the Seeds of Despair, alongside the merchant ship. Unfortunately for him, the new Emerald Magistrates of Broken Wave City and their full complement of yoriki were on board. Not one to shy from combat, Kenseikai ordered his men to storm the other vessel, and met one of the Emerald Magistrates, Utaku Aeko, in a personal contest of iaijutsu. He was soundly defeated on all fronts; his men had been overpowered and killed, or had quit the field, his ship run aground and sunk, and himself, defeated and then saved from a watery grave by the very Unicorn who had just bested him. In return for the safety of his fellow pirates who had been captured, who had unbeknownst to him turned to shakuhachi players for the Magistrates, Kenseikai gave some information on his kaizokuban to his captors. When he was turned over to the local magistrates, he revealed nothing to them, even under torture. He was executed by Utaku Aeko for crimes committed against the Empire on the Tenth Day of the Month of the Dragon. He faced his beheading without fear, hesitation, or regret.