Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
Dragon Clan Daimyo
Hitomi was not the archetype of Dragon, cryptic and ultimately inscrutable. She was plain and simple revenge. Her teachers remarked on her drive, her passion, and her complete lack of fear. They also showed concern for the lack of any emotion other than pure rage. Hitomi was slender, yet muscular, with a finesse balance between speed and strength. Hitomi did not wear “feminine” clothes, she dressed in white when she was not in her armor. She moved gracefully, but alertly. Hitomi seemed two-dimensional because she was single-minded, having no problem with cutting down those who stand in her way.
Hitomi would often watch her brother, Mirumoto Satsu, train in the dojo. Sometimes he would even tell her stories from the Dawn of the Empire, such as when Shinsei first came to Hantei when Hantei was at a loss of what to do about his brother Fu Leng. And how Togashi had listened to Shinsei’s words, gone into the forest and sat, saying “I will not move until I understand.” For ten days Togashi sat like this, and eventually Shinsei came and sat with Togashi, leading Togashi to finally understand. Hitomi took these stories to heart, and she loved her brother even more for telling her them.
Togashi Gaijutsu was believed to have been Hitomi’s grandfather, although it might simply have been an affectionate term a young child used for an elder. Gaijitusu tattooed Hitomi when she was around seven years of age.
Death of Satsu
In 1118, when Hitomi was only a young girl of eight, her life changed drastically the day her brother faced Hida Yakamo in a duel. It had been believed that Yakamo had slighted the virtue of Satsu’s fiance, and Satsu challenged Yakamo to a duel. Yakamo accepted and promptly smashed Satsu in the head with his tetsubo, killing Satsu. The assembled court were shocked, and Hitomi’s father cried foul, but no one would challenge Yakamo again. The eight years old Hitomi stepped forward, and picked up her brother’s sword. Yakamo smacked the blade aside and placed his tetsubo on top of her head saying; “I won’t kill you now, little one, but you will remember that I could have.” She accused Yakamo of cheating.
Hitomi’s father was Mirumoto Shosan, the Mirumoto daimyo. After the death of Satsu, Shosan had become a shadow of himself, and when he reached his retirement age the family was led by his brother Mirumoto Sukune until Hitomi would be on age. The event had brought ill health to both her mother and her father. When her mother died, her father committed seppuku.
At the time of her gempukku she chose the name Hitomi, believed to be after the Lion heroine Matsu Hitomi.
She shaved her head to demonstrate her dedication to bushido, the way of the warrior. The Dragon Clan Champion, Togashi Yokuni, gave Hitomi the command of an army as a gift, and bestowed upon her the Ancestral Sword of the Dragon Clan.
Hitomi’s Gempukku Poem
“Truth’s path is a sword
The blade cuts my palms and heels
Still I will not fall”
Following the death of her brother, mother and father, the Dragon Clan Champion Togashi Yokuni had begun taking more notice of the young Mirumoto Daimyo. In addition to allowing her to retain the position of daimyo he granted her the gift of a magical tattoo. She received it the night of her gempukku ceremony. The tattoo was on her back, and no-one knew of its existance and as such the image depicted was unknown.
Hitomi’s cousin Mirumoto Yukihira contested the daimyoship. Hitomi challenged Yukihira for the position and won, becoming the next Mirumoto Daimyo.
During her time as Mirumoto Daimyo, it was well known that she had little care for the position. Her brother, Mirumoto Daini, was more suited to the position and would frequently handle things in her stead. Hitomi made so few appearances in court at this time that she was referred to as Togashi Hitomi by some courtiers.
Winter Court – 1120
In 1120 Shiro Mirumoto held the Imperial winter court. During the event Shosuro Nimuri stumbled upon Togashi Hoshi in his true dragon form, and to cover his secret Hitomi beheaded the courtier in an impromptu duel. Her younger cousin Mirumoto Miyoki had been an unexpected witness and Hitomi ordered her to assume responsibility of the murder. Kitsuki Yasu quickly edicted Miyoki was the culprit and the sentence was to be killed as a common murderer. Just before Yasu executed Miyoki, Hitomi appeared and modified the sentence to another worse one, to live with her shame as ronin. Bayushi Rishu, the Scorpion representative, initially objected her decision, but Hitomi easily outmaneuvered him with steeled words. Before the night Miyoki had been moved by ise zumi to Kyuden Togashi, where she became Togashi Miyoki, a Tattooed Monk.
Since the day of her brother’s death, Hitomi had a burning hatred for Hida Yakamo, blaming the Crab not only for the death of her brother but her mother’s failing illness and death and her father’s seppuku shortly thererafter. The only thing Hitomi wished from that day on was the death of Yakamo by her blade. Hitomi would repeatedly seek out Yakamo and attempt to fulfill this desire.
Taking Yakamo’s Hand
In the 18th day of the Month of the Rooster Hitomi exacted vengeance upon Yakamo in the Imperial City. Disobeying orders she challenged Hida Kisada’s son, and during the duel Hitomi removed his hand. She had to be dragged away by fellow Dragon to prevent her from bringing shame upon her clan. Kisada was furious and demanded her life but the Mirumoto refused.
Just before the Battle of Beiden Pass Yokuni ordered her to transfer the command of her army to Toturi, giving her the Dragon Fan of Command. Hitomi’s anger towards Toturi was barely contained, but she agreed to serve his command.
Hitomi’s Severed Hand
During the Battle of Beiden Pass, Hitomi again sought out Yakamo. Hitomi sought to finish off Yakamo, but Yakamo proved victorious, crushing her hand and the Ancestral Sword of the Dragon Clan. In the confusion of the battle Hitomi barely escaped with her life, and when she was believed dead her brother Mirumoto Daini took the position of Mirumoto Daimyo.
Following her believed death at the Battle of Beiden Pass Daini assumed official leadership of the Mirumoto. Hitomi’s cousin Yukihira usurped Daini from the position of Mirumoto Daimyo shortly after, and Yukihira would hold this position until the end of the Clan Wars when he was challenged by Hitomi for the leadership of the clan. Yukihira’s own father, Mirumoto Sukune aided Hitomi by lending her his katana, and Hitomi won the duel, killing Yukihira.
Hitomi assumed the Mirumoto Daimyo position once more.
Empress Bayushi Kachiko had saved Hitomi’s life at the battle, having one of her minions whisk Hitomi away to safety. Kachiko gave Hitomi the Obsidian Hand to replace her lost hand, planning for Hitomi to win the Test of the Emerald Champion so Kachiko could have some control over the Emerald Champion. Hitomi became darker and more brooding, and her sense of honor diminished.
Test of the Emerald Champion
In the Test of the Emerald Champion held in 1127 Hitomi was defeated by Doji Satsume. Even with the ancient power of the Obsidian Hand, Hitomi was unable to defeat the Iaijutsu Master, and only the magic of the Hand was able to save her life.