Kagurabue - A tradinational flute that is played with gentle breaths, and produces a low clear low tone. Kawabata likes to play it now and then to pass the time and clear her mind.
Kawatab's weretiger side isn't something she shows off very often, partially because she'd much rather use her weapons than claws. But also because the parasitic armour under her skin causes great pain when she shifts, so she only does so under extreme duress. Something about either her bloodline of tiger or perhaps the parasitic armour makes it very difficult to tell that she isn't as human as she looks, and the added strength of her bloodline is not something she tends to rely on, prefering her speed and skill with her swords. But, when the time comes to cut loose, she's more than willing to shift and rip and tear. She's also rather addicted to catnip, even smoking it while in human form, it mellows her out and lets her relax while feeling like she's floating.
Kawabata also has access to a variety of katanas that she has aquired over the years, seemingly to have one for every occastion and element. She carries them in a special backpack that has an Endless Bag woven into it, allowing the bag to be just large enough for her to reach back and drop something inside, but not be so bulky as to hinder movement or get in her way in general. Any weapons she seems to call from thin air is just her using a summon spell she knows to call the weapon she wants to her, when she's done with it, she can just drop it back into the bag and call up something else.
1) Arriese Glaive - Arriese Naginata
2) Sapphire Sword - Sapphire Katana(Ice)
3) Blade of Dancing Heat - Wakizashi of Dancing Heat
4) Phoenix Blade - Phoenix Katana (Fire)
5) Radiant Sabre - Radiant Katana (Light)
6) Kaze’s Wakizashi - Kaze's Katana(wind)
7) Thyella, the Twin Blades - Thyella, Twin Katanas(Lightning)
8) Veille Mbanja x2 - Claws in Weretiger form
9) Ethreal Bow - Yumi( Bow Length: 7 feet, Arrow Length: just over 3 feet each)
10) Wyvern Bone Blade - Wyvern Bone KatanaKawa's Oni Mask, she wears it sometimes when she's on a job, all depends on the situation and the client's tastes(Clink for pic)
Used on her Ataiyan Katana or Wyvern Bone Katana when the time calls for it.
1) Siren's Shell - Minor Water
2) Miasma Orb - Minor Poison
3) Benitoite - Minor Earth
4) Grinning Skull - Darkness
Kawabata was born and raised in a land to the east of Parvpora, while not a large land, perhaps twice the size of Itjivut, it is a beautiful and lush land. Divided into territories governed my different families, who all answer to one High Emperor or Empress who help with disputes, Kawabata’s family one of the higher families in the territory she was born in. Her whole family are born as weretigers, she had a younger brother and an older sister, all of them raised with swords in their hands the moment they could grip a hilt. However, her line of weretigers don’t really come into their own with their change until they hit puberty, then it hits like a run away dragon crashing into an airsoft.
When she turned 8, like her siblings, she was sent to a special school to hone her fighting skills, having proved herself in the trials thanks to training from her parents and grandmother. The school refined her skills and gave her the knowledge to use a naginata and a yumi bow, allowing her to be more versatile. It was also here that some of her latent magic was discovered, like her ability to call up an item she owns, like her sword, out of thin air. This to was added into her training, along with an odd ability to call up a heavy fog in the area to act as cover.
She was a late bloomer into puberty, it not starting until she was in her 13th year, but it hit her like a brick wall. In her society a female’s menstrual period is celebrated as a sign of a girl becoming a woman, however, it is also seen a deeply private experience due to the pain involved. As such, all women are able to take advantage of privacy huts for their time each month should they wish. Food and water is brought to them and placed in a special portal that can only be opened from one side at a time, allowing full privacy along with enchanted one way windows so they can still see outside and have natural light. Small fireplaces with chimeneas are there for cooking and heat in colder months.
For women from the time they start puberty until around the age of 20 or so their menstrual period also forces a shift to their weretigers, almost at random. Kawabata, for example, in one 3 day stay in a hut shifted nearly a dozen times back and forth leaving her utterly exhausted and in even more pain. So from when she was 13 until she was 20 Kawabata would feel her time start and seclude herself in a hut, her older sister having done the same thing and she was a great help to Kawabata for getting through these times with advice.
When she was 20 she was betrothed to a young man of her age from a family in a neighboring territory. This was an arranged marriage thanks to her parents, but, after a year of getting to know the young man they did end up falling for each other. It was also when she found out that, despite being 20, her forced shifts while menstruating did not stop, this was tacked up to be due to her late start in puberty. So she still had to use the huts.
At some point when she was 21 she was infected with the parasite that would become her living armour under her skin. For a few months she was always fatigued, and would fall asleep in an instant given the chance, becoming lethargic as the parasite sapped her strength to quickly grow in her body. By the time the healers found the problem it was too late, the parasite had spread through almost all of her body and removing it would kill her. This type of infection was rather frowned upon in her community, but the worst was that when she shifted forms it was enormously painful as the ‘armour’ plates had to split and crack to allow her body to change. Her screams could be heard a good way from whatever private hut she was in, and instead of looking down on her for having that ‘disease’ they pitied her for her pain, and sort of started to respect her more for going through all of that and not giving up.
When she was 22 she started to notice that her tiger form fur was starting to lighten, the orange over the next few months turned white. Knowing this was an ill omen among her people Kawabata had to start taking every precaution to hide that from people. Because everyone knew of her parasite issue, it was easy enough to excuse herself from any training, saying that she wanted to train her human self more since shifting now could be a hiderance in a fight. This was thankfully an acceptable excuse to many and she got away with it for a while.
When she was 23 her period came sooner than expected and she almost didn’t make it, suddenly going from being ok to being in much pain. Her parents were out, but her siblings were home so they helped her to privacy, but hew body started to change just as they reached the hut. Screaming she changed, knowing now that her secret would be exposed to her sister and brother, who could only stare as their sister writhed in pain as her skin sprouted that ill fated white fur.
Thankfully for her their promised to keep the secret for her, until her brother drunkenly spilled it to her parents. Expecting to be outcast instead their all agreed to keep it a secret and help her hide it. Luckily by the time she was nearly 24 the forced changes had nearly stopped and she was able to fully control her shifting at will like the rest of her family.
Nearing 25 she was staying at her fiancé’s home for a few months, since they weren’t married she had to stay in a separate room. But, love would win out and he would sneak his way in every couple of nights so they could be together. One evening Kawabata made a nasty error, they got drunk together and made love. In the grip of ecstasy they decided to shift into their weretiger forms to continue, only for her love to step back when he saw the ill omen of the white tiger before him. That quickly ended the mood and the night.
The next morning it seemed he was unable to bring himself to love such a ‘creature’ as his family referred to her as. She was dually sent home in chains, which her own family took offence to. However, now that the news was out there was little they could do. She would either become an outcast, imprisoned or just executed depending on what a gathering of elders from other territories decided.
Before they could make that decision Kawabata decided for herself; she would go into self-imposed exile to save the honour of her parents. Her parents weren’t happy about this, but there was a chance their daughter could be imprisoned or killed, so at least this way she would still live and maybe one day reunite with them. The evening before the decision from the elders would be made Kawabata gathered a few things, a single katana from her collection, her wakizashi, some gold and her bottomless bag that she had turned into a slim backpack.
With help from her siblings and her parents acting as distractions when needed Kawabata made her escape to a friendly territory. While they would not harbour her because of what she was and what that could bring to their doorsteps, they didn’t stop her from travelling through their lands to the coast. From there she used her gold and got on a boat, using her combat skills to hire out as a mercenary to make money.
Over time and as a few years passed she made her way to Canelux, having fully embraced the mercenary lifestyle of travelling around for work and spending her money in taverns and brothels.
Some of her Tattoos and their meaning:
On Kawabata's right leg she has a full sleeve of a Japanese dragon around wrapping around her leg with flowers and cherry blossom accents. She gained this when she had proved her strength and determination in combat to her people. The cherry blossoms give her tattoo a bit more femineity to show her pride n being a female warrior when other had tried to hold her back from her chosen life.
On her left thigh she had a Kabuto helmet, this given to her upon attaining the full rank of samurai, the style and colouring of it matching that of her house, a symbol of pride in her family. Even after all these years away it still holds those meaning to her. On her calf is a black and white phoenix, to symbolize her new life away from her home land and her family, the black and white shows the mouring she thinks of daily for those that she cannot see anymore in this new life.