Shadowed Autumn Leaves
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 be said for the state of his beard except for the fact that he keeps it quite clean. Yoritomo Ryurai wears the mantle of kuge well for one only one generation removed from piracy. Carrying himself with confidence and grace gained through years of training aided by responsibility; the 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. Ryurai’s father was a strong man in every possible sense of the word. Since him and Naizen ceased their days of piracy Hideyoshi and Naizen adjusted to life among the Mantis kuge better than any could have foreseen. During Ryurai’s early childhood his father was a shining example of honor and martial prowess. But that example was not to remain. Before Ryurai’s 5th birthday Hideyoshi took gravely ill with an unknown disease. At first his breath was short, and 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 died.