Shadowed Autumn Leaves
I see your truth. 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. Yoritomo Ryurai wears the mantle of Kuge well for one only one generation removed from piracy to the vaunted position of Kuge. Carrying 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 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.