I had hoped to get a more exhaustive biography done before now, and I might before Tuesday, but until that time, he's the short notes.
You know this man :)
Hogasha Fumiki (f)
Fumiki is a brutal, course warrior who forces every ounce of effort from her peasants and soldiers. She is an accomplished athlete and warrior, as well as an adherent of impeccable hospitality. Made bald and heavily scared by the acidic slime of a vicious Oni, it is rumored she has turned to Sochu to ease the constant pain of her burns.
A withdrawn and even sinister man, Rosanjin is frankly a vain, competitive and boastful young man. He is, however a forthright and daring strategist. Poorly healed scars on his neck and throat render his voice husky and robs it of its force, a distinct disadvantage on the battlefield.
A ruthless man in his seventies and house head of the Hidoi. Ryoma blends a love of course comedy with a dedication to transcendent mediation in a wholly unique fashion. A Shugenja totally dedicated to the destruction of the Shadow, he has sacrificed friends, family and vassals to that end. Covered with mystic tattoos as a mark of his many spirit-pacts, his bald head and pencil-thin mustache strike an imposing figure in such an old man.
Hidoi Utako (f)
Hidoi Utako is a strange woman. A Shugenja distracted by odd theories about the nature of the Shadow, she is also erratic in her dealing with others. Basically cloistered, she has transferred day-to-day bureaucracy to her son and Imperial ministry, while the policies enacted remain hers. A woman used to getting her own way, she is still an honourable, dedicated, and faithful lord. Sickly since birth, she rarely travels, but her connection with the Kami is strong.
Hidoi Umeka (f)
Umeka is a reclusive woman, more concerned with her researches than politics. Little is known about her.
A stern warrior, Gempachi is a short-tempered bully. He is possessed, however, of a sharp and analytical mind, making him a fierce strategist. A powerful Oni crippled him in body, withering his right arm and reducing his stamina, but his mind is just as sharp.
Hidoi Chinatsu (f)
Chinatsu is another strange figure in a family of strange figures. Brilliant but unorthodox, she has flouted the law more than once and only just avoided stern censure by virtue of her position and the love of her troops. Possessed of unique views and opinions on honour and religion, she holds strong to her own code. As part of that code, she wares her hair long, down to her ankles.
Jun, leader of the Shitashii, is a relentless man, a warrior focused obsessively on the destruction of the Shadow. Horribly scared, his face a lattice of gashes and burns, Jun looks a wreck, but his prowess is undimmed.
Ryoichi is a powerful Shugenja, the most powerful in the kingdom. This power has made him vain and self important, but also daring, willing to use his magics in new and dangerous ways. His many spiritual connections influence his behavior, weighing him down with quirks and taboos.
Shitashii Euiko (f)
A good officer and a spectacular cavalryman, Euiko's grassy province provides the bulk of the cavalry for the kingdoms forces. Thin and fond of a drink, Euiko remains a steadfast military man.
Shitashii Chikuma (f)
Chikuma is a skilled blade-smith, one of the best in the Empire. A brave woman, and one that has fostered apprentices an the spread of her art, she is, however, plagued by paranoia and a tendency to brag.
A cunning and ruthless man, Denbe is intellectual for a Yu warrior, his prowess is undeniable. Favouring steady tactics and grinding assaults, his tactics are uninspired, he conducts himself with a humour that endears him to his inner circle. Unknown injuries robbed him of his voice, but magic replaced it, giving him an otherworldly air.
Shitashii Gemmei (f)
A dangerous woman, Gemmei is a skilled fighter that brooks no insult and cares little for the norms of society. Bedecked in charms and other trinkets, she wares her hair bald like a monk and follows numerous obscure rituals. Her province is a wild place, known to house bandits and other dangers.
A stringently honest and honourable man, Genichi is leader of the Shukan family. As befits his families tradition, much of his youth was spent at sea. Inclined to brag, his glorious career was cut short by a falling mast. To this day his broken back still troubles him, he walks with a distinct hunch and two walking sticks, but for all that he is still the greatest navel strategist the Yu have produced in a hundred years.
A powerful and scrupulously proper Shugenja, Ryo is also a priest, tending to the dead. Hair stained blur-green by his relationship with the sea, he spends much of his time brooding and researching magics of storm and wave.
Doi is a dilantte, a keeper of exotic fish and birds. Rendered vain by his fine looks, he also has a wide competitive streak and competes
empire wide in athletics and games of strategy.
A man of great spite, Gennai is also a superb sailor and captain. Long association with the sea has left him possessed of numerous superstitions, but he is unhindered but such quirks. Tall and imposing, he is one of the best captains the Yu can boast.
Kosho oversees one of the busiest shipyards in the empire and is obsessive about the design and performance of naval vessels. A difficult man to be around, prone to violence and legendary for holding a grudge. Judgmental and arrogant, he is, like most geniuses, the strongest judge of his own work. Tall like his cousin Gennai, Kosho is rakish where Gennai is broad.
A quiet spoken, introspective man, Dayu is not a sailor. He guards his people on the wall, rather than aboard ship, but brooks no talk of being 'landbound'. Steadfast and relentless, his scouts and patrols are among the best on the wall. He wares his hair long in the Makoto style, in honour of his late grandmother, a Makoto of high station.
(For the purposes of existing characters Hidoi=Kuni, Shitashi=Hiruma, Shukan=Kaiu, Hogasha=Hida)