Tamori Taka: Corrupted innocence and a refuge in literature

HS Wift

I have been HS Wift for the longest time now, through some of the darkest hours I have known, and it warms my heart to know that the light that led me through lives on still.

May it never die.


Taka enjoyed her lessons. Her teacher, Tamori Fakura, some distant relative of her father's, was a prominent shuganja, historian, and was one of the leading crafters of fireworks in all of Rokugan. He was a wise man, who didn't judge Taka for the colour of her eyes. Under his tutelage, Taka and her classmates learnt the basics of Samurai culture, of Rokugani history and of courtly etiquette, preparing them for when they would go on to learn one of the Samurai disciplines.

After their lessons the children would go out and play, chasing each other and playing games as children are wont to do, though Taka's every attempt to engage with them was always rebuffed. The other children learnt early that she was different, and they didn't trust that.

Isolated and alone, Taka found solace in the village library, in scrolls and books from ages past. She lived the lives of great heroes, and lost herself in mythology. Where the present failed her, the past invited her with open arms.


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