Shadowed Autumn Leaves
“You will not provoke me into killing you swiftly. No no no. It will be slow and agonizing, and all the while I will force you to watch what I will do to all you hold dear.”
Appearance and Personality
There are many ways to control others, and Yoritomo Azula is well versed in nearly all of them. Azula exudes power and dominance in a way few others can. She is supremely confident in every setting, whether social or martial, and not with out reason; she is a shugenja capable of exotic and mysterious magics, an indomitable force in the courts, and a formidable presence on the battlefield, on land or at sea. Azula is tall and slender, slight of build, but monstrously strong in spite of her frame. Her hair, clothes, and accessories are always impeccable, always displaying her message; I am in control, both of myself and my surroundings.
“Oh, I’ll show you lightning.”
Azula grew up on a remote island far from the centers of political and military power of the Mantis. Early in her life, she was trained as a bushi. While she was strong, and excelled at the bugei arts, it was her ability to control her peers through intimidation and fear which most impressed her sensei. When she turned twelve, she dramatically discovered that she possessed the voice, and was immediately moved to the Yoritomo Shugenja School. While she had trouble adjusting to her new surroundings, her family insisted she stay. After her gempukku, she served in the First Storm, and then in Broken Wave City. While she has accrued many enemies, few remain that would stand against her.
From Shishinza’s Dossier
If I had to use a single word to describe Yoritomo Azula it would be dominant. If I could use two then the second would be dangerous. Azula possesses a beauty which she will wield like a blade. She possesses a powerful ability to traffic with the kami, and a willingness to use that power as a weapon. I’ve also seen the woman, small and lithe as she is, crush the skull of a ronin who insulted her with her bare hands. Azula is in charge of the lion’s share of Yoritomo mercantile interests within the city, and none of her merchants have ever left her patronage. Despite her ruthlessness, Azula is careful to appear to obey all laws at all times, and has been generally beyond legal reproach. I must admit I tried hard to reprimand the shugenja-ko after an incident between her and a former yoriki of mine, but all of my investigations into her business and personal practices turned up no evidence of wrongdoing. Perhaps all her mercilessness and dominance is a smoke-screen, or perhaps she is simply very careful. Azula is feared and in some cases hated because of an incident between her and Shiba Morikatsu.