Cinder, Kaijin, Ash from the Ember, Dust in the Wind, Descendant of the Peiji
   Though the Peiji clan went to its end after Genpei War, a member from it, Taira no Yorimori didn’t follow. Minamoto no Yoritomo spared his life for saving him before the war, letting him keep his land. In exchange, he and his descendant must send a family member who expert in fighting every 10 years to serve the Shogunate, which was, joining Hazama Gundan.
   Centuries after, the ruler of Shogunate changed, yet this contract went on. A Yorimori girl, who bear the hatred of her ancestors, now serve Hazama Gundan. She abandoned her real name, giving herself a new one: Kaijin, namely Cinder.
   "祇園精舎の鐘の聲、諸行無常の響き有り。 沙羅雙樹の花の色、盛者必衰の理を顯す。 驕れる者も久しからず、唯春の夜の夢の如し。 猛き者も遂には滅びぬ、偏に風の前の塵に同じ
   (The sound of the Gion Shōja bells echoes the impermanence of all things; the color of the sāla flowers reveals the truth that the prosperous must decline. The proud do not endure, they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind.) The Tale of the Heike, Story of the Peiji.
   She didn’t like the idea of dust. Her clan’s houses were destroyed by God-borns, with the power of Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun, thus, were burned down, so, Kaijin, or Cinder, she named herself.
   She mastered archery, in respect of an ancient Chinese archer Hou Yi, who shot down 8 Jin-wus, the Golden Ravens in Chinese, avatars of the Suns, from the sky; she mastered the power of fire, so when she face God-borns, she could send the pain of her long destroyed clan.
   She’s ready to revenge.

Hazama Gundan: Corps of the Rift
   The order to setup Gundans(軍団, Corps in Japanese) was issued under Taihō Code, requested by Mikado Monmu, at 703 AD, to levy citizens into defense forces for each kuni(namely Country, actually manors of Lords. Be noted the concept of Daimyo had not appeared yet at the time), including several hundreds to thousands of men. They were disbanded during the 11th century, with one exception.
   Hazama Gundan, unlike any other normal gundans, it didn’t recruit from normal citizens, but hand-picked from battlefields right after battles, for it was not established to protect kunis, but the Holy Palace, as an extra aid to Royal Guards.
   It was however destroyed during the Genpei War during the siege of Kyoto.
   After the war, Minamoto no Yoritomo had foreseen the Mikado might one day unleash the strength from his God lineage to reclaim his power, so, soon after Shogunate established, the new Hazama Gundan followed.
    The composition and purpose of Hazama Gundan had changed. It no more protect the Mikado, but protect from him. To do so, it involved individuals with supernatural powers or supreme combat skills. Sometimes, it involved more than just human. When the Mikado raise, Hazama Gundan was expected to put him and his followers down.


Next week: THE REVEAL!!!
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198: The skepticism is strong in this one. Takeo Taira, Hyousuke’s father in “Wolfbound.”

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Hajime, being the old fart that he is, still believes in asking for fatherly permission to marry his lover.. Takeo is shocked anyone would WANT to marry his youngest son. ^^;

Second expression of worry/relief not related to the shocked one–it’s his reaction to Hyousuke’s progress through his rite of passage trial. Stern as he is, he does care for the son that is more like him than either care to admit. D'awww..