Shadowed Autumn Leaves
I see your truth, Quiet Storm. You show the world your eye.
- The Burned Man
Appearance and Personality
Yoritomo Ryurai is by all accounts a handsome man. He tends to keep his hair messy most of the time, but as it is short it cannot really look too unkempt. The same could not be said for his beard which he keeps quite clean. Ryurai is larger than the average samurai, with well defined musculature, owing itself to the hours upon hours spent training.
Yoritomo Ryurai wears the mantle of Kuge well for one only one generation removed from piracy. His mother, Yoritomo Togarinehime, had set his path from an early age to be that of a courtier. He carries himself with confidence and grace gained through years of training for the courts of Rokugan, aided by responsibility of representing his clan as well as his family. He treats all including those of lower status with kindness and respect, unless they prove themselves undeserving of both.
Ryurai’s father, Yoritomo Hideyoshi, was the younger brother to Yoritomo Naizen. In the time before they were members of the Mantis Clan he acted as Naizen’s Strategist, tempering Naizen’s ambition with level headed thinking. Since him and Naizen ceased their days of piracy Hideyoshi and Naizen adjusted to life among the Mantis Kuge better than expected. During Ryurai’s early childhood his father was a shining example of honor, martial prowess, and kindness. But that example was not to remain. Before Ryurai’s 5th year Hideyoshi took gravely ill with an unknown wasting disease. At first his breath became short and labored, and over time he became more and more easily fatigued. Within the year he was bedridden. But while his body was failing, he put his mind to work. Before he died, he wrote several letters to both of his children. They were his way of guiding them and leaving something for them to remember him. The letters contained everything from dealing with his wife (their mother) to dealing with combat situations, both in war and in court, both on land and at sea. Upon the completion of what he decided would be his final works, he breathed his last and died.
Yoritomo Togarinehime, Ryurai’s mother, is a critical woman possessed of a sharp tongue and an even sharper wit. Once a great beauty, moving deftly throughout the courts of Rokugan. Togarinehime was a woman whose forceful tones had helped moved forward several favorable dealings for the mantis clan. Many thought that the woman had no desire for husband or family. This idea was due to the fat that all advances and overtures aimed in her direction were treated as waves on breakers, on the rare occasion the suitor would push his luck, he was “treated” to a very public dressing down and ecouraged to never again entertain the idea of such a pairing. This continued until the day she met Yoritomo Hideyoshi, the man who would be her husband. The man, from the beginning, was very blunt with her and with his intentions. Those intentions were to both be her husband, he did this often by talking to her in a way overly familiar and calling her his bride, and his desire to coax that which he called the most elusive of flowers from her lips, a smile. At first she thought the man simply a brash former pirate trying at nothing more than to bed or embarrass her. Over time though, due in no small part to his persistence which she found quite charming, he eventually ground down the resistances that she had to the idea and began to spend time with the former pirate. They would eventually be wed, much to the surprise of those that knew her, and would have a family. I the remainder of their time together Togarinehime was by all accounts a stern woman but fair, all this however was not to last. When the wasting sickness that would eventually take Hideyoshi arrived, she began to become more and more overbearing and paranoid, and she acted as though those she cared about would be unable to survive the world without her.