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Contest Entry: Toshihime by LadyYui Contest Entry: Toshihime by LadyYui
This is my entry for the contest currently being hosted on :iconazaleasdolls-lovers:. All three dolls were made using the Heroine doll game ([link]) by :iconazaleasdolls:.

The theme of the contest is to make your own Disney character and write a short story. Or, in my case, a rather long story. *lol* Thankfully, :iconmeinona: was kind enough to give me permission to exceed the word count since I promised to only submit one entry to the contest.

I chose to take a character which I played for 5 years in a living roleplaying game, and make a Disney version of it. This required massively condensing the story and taking a great many...liberties...with the setting and certain details. If you were a HoR2 player: I'm sorry, please don't kill me, and I understand if you read this and die laughing. XD

For the purposes of this story, the setting is very akin to the Empire of feudal Japan, but one in which magic is a reality (as with most Disney fairy tales). Please excuse the lack of cute little talking animals (the boyfriend suggested I give the heroine a tanuki for a pet, and if you know what one of those is, you'll understand why I told him to go DIAF) and random bursting into song and dance numbers (I'm an artist and author, not a composer).

Since the story is taking place in a foreign setting, I've included a brief glossary for the few Japanese words that needed to be included:
Samurai - a member of the noble caste
Iaijutsu - the martial art of drawing the sword ([link])
Dojo - a building in which people practice any martial art
Kata - a choreographed training exercise ([link])
Hime - princess or noble lady (usually added as a suffix to a female name)
Kami - the spirits of the elements of and of nature ([link])

And so...without further ado...I give you the story of Toshihime.

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Toshihime was a noble lady of the Emperor's court. She was beautiful, poised, elegant, and soft spoken...everything that a well brought up samurai lady was meant to be. In public. But Toshihime had a secret which she had hidden since she was a child. Under the cover of night, when no one was there to see, Toshihime practiced the art of the sword.

Toshihime's father was a master of iaijutsu, the art of the duel. He was master of the most renowned school in the Empire, but though he taught the finest duelists to be masters of the art, Toshihime was not among them. Even had custom considered such activity appropriate for a girl, her mother would never have allowed it. So instead she watched, and at night she practiced.

Ironically enough, it turned out to be the very thing which her mother didn't want her to do which ended up causing the realization of her wildest dreams. And very nearly destroyed the Empire itself.

For most of the young ladies of the Emperor's court, their goal was to secure an advantageous marriage, and the most coveted bachelor was none other than the Emperor's eldest son and heir, Kobashi. Known as the Lion Prince due to his long, thick hair which he dyed a brilliant yellow, and his startling amber eyes, he stood apart from all the other men at court due to both his rank and good looks. But while he had the choice of the all of the most beautiful women that the Empire had to offer, he found he had no interest in them. They were all the same, with their constant flattery and eyelashes fluttering from over the tops of artfully raised fans.

Late one night, during a particularly long and boring party, Kobashi managed to escape. Seeking to clear his mind, he sought refuge in the one place he was certain the ladies of the court would never look for him. But when he reached the dojo, he found his sanctum already occupied by a mesmerizing sight.

In the soft light of the full moon, a solitary figure moved in the slow, fluid steps of a practice exercise, a kata. The moonlight winked from the polished blade as it moved with perfect precision through the air. But it wasn't the flawlessness of the technique that captured the prince's gaze...it was the woman who performed it. She wore a simple kimono over loose pants, the sleeves tied back to stay out of her way. Her black hair was braided and tied up in loops, and refreshingly free of the usual gaudy ornaments he was accustomed to seeing adorning the court ladies.

Kobashi silently drew his own katana and slipped onto the mat. Approaching the mysterious woman while her back was to him, he raised his blade as the steps of the kata turned her towards him. The two swords came within an inch of each other, and their eyes met.

For the space of two breaths, and then three, the two simply stared at each other. Then each stepped smoothly into the pattern of a new kata, one designed to be performed by two instead of just one. Like dancers they circled one another, swords flashing in the moonlight, their movements in flawless counterpoint with each other.

The kata ended as silently as it had been performed, the two katana sliding back into their sheaths with the faintest little 'snick' as each sword-master bowed to the other.

“Will you marry me?” Kobashi asked.

Toshihime smiled. “You haven't even asked me my name, your highness.”

The prince stepped towards her, closing the already short distance between them.

“To you, I am merely Kobashi,” he said, his lips curving into a smile to match hers. “And you haven't answered my question.”

Toshihime had to tilt her head back to look up at him now that he was so close. When the words had first crossed his lips, she had assumed he had only said it in jest. But the intensity of his gaze made her breath catch in her throat. Surely this had to be a dream, she thought, and a cruel one at that.

“Yes,” she finally managed to whisper. A tear glittered briefly in her eye before trickling down her cheek.

Kobashi reached up and gently wiped it away. “Then, my princess, I shall speak to my father...and yours...in the morning.”

He turned to go, but took no more than a few steps before turning back.

“You're right, though...I still haven't asked your name,” he said almost sheepishly.

She couldn't help but laugh softly. “It's Toshihime.”

The prince smiled. “Of course it is.” Then he turned again and disappeared into the night.

* * * * * * *

Toshihime had been shocked the next morning to discover that she hadn't been dreaming. Her father had been dumbfounded. Her mother had cried. Before the day had ended, a betrothal contract had been drawn up and signed. By the following morning, the court was alive with rumors. It was announced that there would be a special proclamation that evening. Gossip flew faster than the wind, and all were excited.

All except one.

Gintaku, commander of the Imperial army, was not at all pleased. As one of the few who had stood as witness to the contract, he knew that his daughter had failed to win the prince's hand as he had ordered. Now he would have to take a more...direct...approach. Messengers had been dispatched the night before, and everything would be in place. Tonight.

* * * * * * *

That evening, the court had gathered in their finest, and again Toshihime felt like she was dreaming. She stood beside Kobashi in the splendid new kimono that had been gifted to her by the divine Emperor. Black as ebony it was and embroidered with golden imperial chrysanthemums. With her hair braided and draped about her shoulders in coils decorated with a single golden flower, surrounded by the accolades of the court, she actually felt like a real princess.

And then her dream became a nightmare.

Toshihime knew the sound of steel being drawn like it was the sound of her own heartbeat. She turned, but felt like she was suddenly moving in slow motion as, from his position behind them, she saw Gintaku unsheathe his blade and then plunge it into the Emperor's back. She screamed, and time began moving normally again. The sound of more swords being drawn rang through the throne room, and everything erupted into chaos.

Kobashi drew his sword as the traitorous Gintaku pulled his from the Emperor's body and turned towards the rest of the Imperial family. As Kobashi stood between the murderer and his brother, young sister, and intended bride, he could hear the frantic chanting of his father's magicians, the priests who communed with the spirits called the kami, pleading desperately for their aid. Even as several of the guards who had betrayed their Emperor and sided with Gintaku advanced upon the dais, a wall of water erupted in front of them, barring them from reaching their intended victims.

But Gintaku remained, and his intent was clear. Glancing over his shoulder, Kobashi ordered the priests, “Get them out of here!” With a roar of fury, Gintaku charged, and sparks flew as swords clashed.

Toshihime felt hands on her shoulders, saw the other priests similarly laying hands on Kobashi's brother, Kobe, and little sister, Chisa, and suddenly felt a like an ice-cold fist had seized her heart and squeezed. She realized that Kobashi was buying them time, buying the priests the seconds they needed to complete their prayers. But with Gintaku pressing him ruthlessly, knowing as well as the prince did that the coup depended on no one on the dais escaping alive, Toshihime knew that none of the priests would be able to get a hand on Kobashi. Horrified, Toshihime realized that he was going to be left behind.

Just as the chanting reached its pitch, Kobashi glanced a final time at his family and beloved, and in that moment of distraction, Gintaku's blade arced down and savagely tore into the prince's chest.

“KOBASHI!” Toshihime shrieked, hand outstretched and straining towards him even as the priest's hands held her tight and the air around them shimmered and began to blur. The force of the blow knocked the prince back, and before everything around her faded, Toshihime felt the touch of silk in her hand. She clenched her fingers tight, and then the palace was gone.

* * * * * * *

As the world came back into focus, the sounds of more screams and shouting assailed Toshihime's ears, but the only thing that consumed her attention was the form sprawled just a few feet from her. Her fingers still gripped the golden silk of Kobashi's kimono, and she used that grip as leverage to pull herself to him. Fortunes be praised, she rejoiced, he still lived!

“Help! Someone help!” she cried, tearing her eyes from Kobashi's face long enough to look around. She didn't recognize the large hall or most of the people clustered around them. One of the few she did know, though, one of the very priests who had ensured their escape, knelt on the prince's other side. He touched his fingers to Kobashi's chest, but then sighed. Meeting Toshihime's pleading gaze, he mournfully shook his head.

“No...oh please no...” Toshihime said in a choked whisper.

“'H-Hime...”

Kobashi's faint voice refocused all of her attention again on his face. He struggled to raise a hand to her, and swiftly she clasped it in hers. Tears flowed freely down her cheeks.

“M-my...'Hime...” Kobashi murmured, clearly struggling to speak. Straining with what little strength he had left, he pulled his other hand up to join the one she already held...a hand which still clung to the hilt of his katana. He pressed the handle into her palm, curling her fingers around it and covering them with his own.

“You...you know...what to do...” he said, the words growing fainter and fainter. A ghost of a smile curled his lips for the last time. “My....'Hi...me...”

With a sigh, his eyes closed and he was gone.

* * * * * * *

The priests had taken the Imperial family to the one place where they felt certain would be safe. The small castle was high in the mountains, and was the home of Kobe's and little Chisa's grandparents. The sudden appearance of the small party and subsequent death of Kobashi had thrown the normally quiet household into turmoil. Over the following hours, Kobe and the priests explained as best they could what had happened, including who Toshihime was and what had been announced just that evening.

The body of the prince had been taken away to be prepared for funeral the next day, and Toshihime had adamantly refused to leave him. She clung to the sword which he had pressed into her hands, and no one had thought to even attempt to take it from her. It wasn't until almost dawn that a single old servant woman ventured into the little shrine where Toshihime had remained in vigil, and persuaded her to allow herself to be washed and changed into the clean clothes she had brought.

Toshihime found herself alone again in front of the bier, now clad entirely in white, the color of mourning. Her long black hair, no longer braided and tied up, had been brushed out and tied back in a simple foxtail which fell all the way to the floor behind her. She still held Kobashi's sword, and his last words to her echoed in her thoughts. She did, indeed, know what she had to do. With trembling fingers, she removed the sword's sheath from where it had been placed beside him and slipped the blade into it before tucking it into the sash around her own waist.

It wasn't long before others arrived to pay their respects, and though many frowned or looked startled to see Toshihime wearing a sword, no one said anything about it. Finally, the body was brought out and laid upon the pyre which had been erected in the courtyard. The priests said their prayers, and just as the first flames began licking through the carefully piled wood, Toshihime approached.

Though many wondered what she was going to do, some even believing that she was about to cast herself into the fire and join her betrothed, no one attempted to stop her. In a single, fluid motion Toshihime drew the sword with one hand as with the other she reached back to grasp the long tail of her hair. The blade flashed in the firelight, and in one clean cut the tail fell free. She flung the hair onto the pyre as many of those gathered gasped, for what she had done was something which only wives were expected to do. Sheathing the sword, she withdrew a strip of golden silk from her sleeve and tied it across her forehead to hold back her now shoulder-length hair, then turned to face the crowd.

“I will not allow Ginkatu's treachery to go unavenged,” Toshihime announced. Stepping up to Kobe, she went down on one knee. “I swear to you, I will see you restored to the throne, even if it is the last thing I do.”

All eyes present locked on the prince who was now their Emperor. Though only just on the cusp on manhood himself, he seemed to those who watched to hold himself with the bearing of a man many years more mature. Respectfully, they waited to see how he would respond to this woman's audacity.

“Then go with my blessing,” Kobe said solemnly, to the surprise of the crowd. “Take any who will go with you, and may the fortunes and ancestors go with you.”

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And so it was that at first light the next morning, a small force of a few dozen mounted samurai rode out from the mountain castle. At their lead was a woman in white. She wore silver and white lacquered armor, and even her short hair had been bleached as white as the coat of the snow white horse on which she rode.

For months, she rode across the Empire, rallying support from the clans, and her small force grew from a few dozen to several hundred and then to thousands. And all across the Empire, even in the very heart of the Imperial capitol, a name began being whispered. Shirakiku, they started calling her, a name which meant White Chrysanthemum.

* * * * * * *

At long last, the time had come. With an army gathered and prepared to assault the capitol, Kobe emerged from the mountains, bringing with him those who had remained behind to safeguard him. He marveled at all that had been accomplished, but even he didn't expect the approach which Shirakiku proposed.

“While the army attacks and draws most of Gintaku's forces to the gates and walls, the priests will take myself and a small party into the palace itself. We shall strike at the traitor where he least expects it.”

The command staff had all appeared to find this the best strategy, and Kobe himself couldn't help but look with admiration on the woman who had inspired it all. And so he had insisted that he be among those that the priests took into the city. There had been objections, of course, quickly silenced by the reminder that if they failed today, it would hardly matter whether he lived or died.

The attack began at dawn. For all of that morning, and well into the afternoon, the strike force waited. By late afternoon, they finally received the signal from inside that Gintaku had returned to the palace, confident that the city would not fall. It was time. Shirakiku drew Kobashi's sword, and those who were to accompany her did the same, and the priests began their prayers.

* * * * * * *

Gintaku was crossing the courtyard of the palace when a strange distortion made the air in front of him ripple. He shouted to alert the nearest guards, and then a score of armed and armored samurai materialized before him. Even as his guards came running, all but two of the new arrivals spread out to meet them. Those two faced Gintaku, and he snarled.

“So, the whelp has returned!” he roared, glaring at the rightful young Emperor. “Welcome home, little Kobe...or do you now call yourself this 'Shirakiku' that I've been hearing about?”

Kobe almost smirked. “I'm not the White Chrysanthemum, Gintaku,” he said, and watched as a frown of confusion crossed the traitor's brow. “She is.”

Gintaku followed Kobe's glance, and met the gaze of the warrior who stood beside him. That she was a woman was obvious, but not even Gintaku's arrogance prevented him from recognizing that she was, truly, also a warrior. And though she wore armor, and her hair was now white as death, he recognized her, too.

“I see the little would-be princess has grown herself some claws,” Gintaku sneered.

“I challenge you, Gintaku,” Shirakiku proclaimed, stepping forward to place herself between the traitor and Kobe.

“Then you will die!” Gintaku roared, then charged.

Steel met steel with a shower of sparks as the two began their dance of death. Around them, the other skirmishes slowed and then halted as each side couldn't help but stop and watch and await the outcome. There was no mistaking that both were among the finest warriors any of them had ever seen. But as the duel progressed, the onlookers began to perceive something odd. Faintly at first, the woman in white had begun to glow. At first they thought it to be a trick of the light as the sun sank towards the horizon. But it continued to grow, becoming brighter and larger.

A particularly savage blow from Gintaku sent Shirakiku sprawling to the ground. She swung her sword at his legs as he attempted to press his advantage, but to those watching it appeared as if the light around her took shape and instead of a woman it seemed as if a great golden lion lashed out with one massive paw.

Gintaku jumped back, his eyes widening as he, too, saw the image of the lion overlaying the woman. And in that brief moment, Shirakiku lunged up from the ground and drove her sword up and through Gintaku's throat.

The courtyard fell silent as the light faded and Gintaku fell to his knees and then toppled over, his body sliding from Shirakiku's blade. She turned, looking for Kobe, then knelt before him.

“It is done,” she said.

The courtyard erupted in cheers. The cheers grew and spread as those those in the palace and outside the palace gates heard of what had happened and spread the word on.

Drawing her to her feet, Kobe met Shirakiku's eyes, and said quietly, “You have saved me, and my Empire. I know I can never compare to Kobashi, but...would you marry me?”

Though his question had been intended for her ears alone, a hush fell over those nearest which rapidly spread until all those within sight watched and waiting to see what she would say.

“Is it Kobe the Emperor who asks, or Kobe the man?” she finally replied.

Kobe shook his head. “I would never force you, 'Hime,” he said.

A small, sad smile touched her lips. “Had my Emperor asked, I could not have refused. But I am Kobashi's wife, now and forever.”

Kobe nodded, and then his and everyone else's eyes widened as a golden light appeared in the courtyard behind Shirakiku. She turned to see what they were looking at as the figure of a man appeared in the radiance.

“Kobashi...” she gasped.

The glowing spirit of the prince smiled and held his hand out to her. “Will you come with me, my princess?” he asked.

She smiled, her face alight with joy and eyes glittering with tears. She took his hand, and the golden light which surrounded him washed over her. As it passed, her armor vanished, replaced by a brilliant gold and white kimono, and her hair grew long, though it remained white. Kobashi drew her close and embraced her, then both turned and smiled at Kobe.

The young Emperor bowed, and all those present followed suit.

“May the fortunes and ancestors bless you,” they said in unison, and Kobe straightened.

“Behold, my people!” he proclaimed. “Before you stands Emperor Kobashi, and his Empress, Toshihime! May they reign in glory in the celestial heavens until the end of time!”

The crowd roared in approval, but Kobashi and Toshihime no longer had eyes for anything but each other. As the light swirled around them, carrying them up to the heavens, Kobashi at long last kissed his bride.

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Outfit 1: Toshihime in the kimono the Emperor gave her for the betrothal announcement.

Outfit 2: Toshihime after she cut her hair and became Shirakiku, the White Chrysanthemum. (Reference for the lion head: [link] and reference for the samurai armor: [link])

Outfit 3: Toshihime after she took Kobashi's hand and joined him in the Celestial Heavens.
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FedhaGrulo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just beautiful, one of the best stories I've read in ages! 
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it! *^_^* :hug:
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
How good are you with comics?
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know, I've never tried. *lol*
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Well, I want to learn more about the story.
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe one day I'll be able to stop working and have time to actually get the full story put together. Sweating a little... 
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
How good can you draw?
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL...in order to draw well enough to do a comic, I would need the aforementioned time to practice and work on it, which I sadly do not have.
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Can you simply draw?
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Drawing something which I would feel comfortable sharing takes time which I just don't have right now. =(
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kitty678 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is REALLY good... How did you make the armor on the Heroine Dress-Up? I can't find that.
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^_^ The armor was made by layering lots and lots of the silver coins and then overlaying the coins with one of the little lace trims and then trimming edges with the small silver beads. It was more than a little time consuming. *lol*
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TheWriter1919 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you win! This is the best story I've read so far!!! :D
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. ^_^
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TheWriter1919 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously though, that was wonderful, it made my heart cry :D
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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AslanDaughter Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
That is amazing1 How long did it TAKE you?
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. :hug:

I wasn't really keeping track of the time as I worked, and I'm very good at losing track of time when I really get into doing something. I'd guess that between the dolls and the story, I put about 20-25 hours of work into the finished piece.
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AslanDaughter Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
20-25???!!! I only put around an hour into mine, and most of that was just the story!
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh...I'm a nit-picky perfectionist. ^^
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Death-obsession Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
ouah....so fantastic
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. ^_^
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Aurola-Seadevil Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
:iconfinallyplz: So... good...
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :hug:
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WhisperingWindxx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
PRETTY
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. ^_^
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amethystangel228 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Fantastic! I played HoR2 with my friends and I have to ask: Did you get to go through the final stages at Gencon?? I'd also love to know the full unaltered story of Toshihime!
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe...I played in the battle interactive and survived (by quite literally one hit point...stupid ashura encounter), but I was not the one person from my table to go on to the final showdown with Gintaku. Hence why I said that I had to take quite a few liberties in order to make this Disney-style version work. Toshihime's full, unaltered story is veeeeeery long and a lot more complicated...maybe one day I'll actually get it all written.
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amethystangel228 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
That would be pretty awesome. I remember that my friends and I were upset when we played the one where the princes died. Only two - technically three - of our party survived. One was a courtier, played by a friend that didn't get around too often. (We rarely count him because of that.) The other was a Crab bushi that survived because of Great Destiny, but then retired his character in favor of an investigator. The third was a "courtier" (he'd gotten special allowance to play the ninja class) that was given the task of dragging Chisa kicking and screaming from the cave. I miss HoR2 and Hobart! Their stories were so epic! We aren't sure how to feel about HoR3...the storyline just doesn't seem as well done and the people have been very rude to our GM so far about sending her the adventures.
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeeeeaaaah....the mod where the princes died was...decidedly less than fun for me. The only reason why Toshihime didn't die in that mod was because she'd been knocked unconscious in the previous fight and was being carried out by her yoriki. When the princes stopped to make sure everyone else could escape, Kobashi ordered him to get 'Hime safely out of there. We only lost one PC during the mod, and that was because he chose to stay behind with the princes.

As for HoR3...we only have 4 female GMs that request mods, and we are aware that two of them were having problems with Yahoo eating their emails. As far as I am aware, these issues have been resolved. If this is not the case, please let me know so that I can let Cat know (the campaign admins for HoR3 just so happen to be my IRL best friends).
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amethystangel228 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
All of ours except the survivors stayed behind with the princes. It was sad because I loved that character, but my new one ended up being her niece from the Crab clan. lol

I'm not sure what it is. I can ask our GM and see what's up. We haven't played L5R for so long because we've been without mods too. It's kinda sad because we requested the first mod or two right after they became available; we were looking forward to being more active in it! lol
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yahoo has had some problems eating emails, so if you are having a problem hearing back from Catlin about getting mods, just drop me a note and I can make sure you get them. I'd just recommend giving it about a week before making a mod request, though. We just finished getting home from GenCon, and she just started college classes today, and there'll be loose ends from the convention that need a few days to get sorted. After that, if there are problems, let me know.
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amethystangel228 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Alright. Thanks!
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keb17 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is amazing!!!!! I love how you decorated the backgrounds and the story is amazing too!!! good luck!
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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keb17 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome!!
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Bad--Wolf--Bay Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Very beautiful dolls! Great story, too, this should win 1st place :clap:
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. ^_^ And I can only hope...and keep my fingers crossed. *lol*
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Snow-Jackal Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was a wonderful story! You also managed to make me weepy! That's a fair complement! Well done and good luck on the contest!
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. *^^* Since this is the first time I've submitted anything with full fiction attached, I'm considering opening this one up for critiques...what do you think?
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Snow-Jackal Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure what would be critiqueable about it but if you feel it needs work, go for it! I was pretty delighted by it as it is! :D
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stargazzer1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What an amazing story! I thought it was really great! Good luck in the comp!
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LadyYui Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^_^ I'm glad you liked it. :hug:
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stargazzer1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! :)
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