Character was originally shelled as an Impldoll Azalea -- many of her pictures as such are still around. In her L5R RPG self, she is named Bayushi Kaguya. This is her dormant form.
- Face-up artist(s):
- Modifications artist(s):
- Me (for arm scars)
- Date of acquisition:
- Sep 14, 2017 (head), 1/12/2019 (body)
- Head purchased secondhand on DoA, body c/o a local dealer
- Reason for choice:
- I needed an angular-looking female sculpt with realism that could match the Granado aesthetic
- Best Points:
- Head: very interesting face, to say the least
Body: lovely resin color, great quality and poseability for the price
- Worst Points:
- The shoulders are quite wide. I personally don't mind it, but I can see how this would be an issue for some people. The torso part could also use some modding so as to further increase the posing capacity of the shoulder joints.
- Fantasia Doll
- Head Sculpt:
- Impldoll Realskin Starwoman MGB
- Silent Paradise RT8
- Handmade by yours truly
- Favourite colours:
- Red and black, sometimes golds
- Fashion style(s):
- East Asian traditional, fantasy
- Name story:
- Kaguya (written as 香紅夜 -- "incense," "deep red," "night") is actually the character's legal name, but she is called "Adhara" by a trusted few. It literally means "virgins" in a tongue foreign to her birth land.
- Character age:
- 80+ in the Edo timeline, 28 at the start of the L5R timeline
- Character gender:
- Offsite roleplay:
- This doll's character is not available for offsite roleplay.
Relationship tree here.
During the late Sengoku period, an infant was taken in by a childless couple who were barely scraping a living as itinerant peddlers. It was obvious to them that their adopted daughter was of supernatural origin: she played with fire and wind, and had even transformed into a beautiful feathered serpent several times. However, any inconveniences were offset by the unusual amount of luck that came their way, seemingly attached to the child. They became well-off enough to settle permanently in Nagasaki, where the flow of foreign goods was irresistible. Her foster mother named her after the legendary Princess Kaguya from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, but the child ended up identifying more with a foreign nickname her foster father obtained from gaijin sailors at the port.
The little family's quick rise in fortunes brought about rumors that they were keeping spirit weasels (ozaki) picked up during their travels, or that their daughter was one (or possessed by one), thus giving them the nickname which morphed into a surname of sorts. Even though the couple knew full well that this wasn't true, they did little to dispel the rumors so as to draw social outcasts and misfits to their side. Thus protected by superstition (and actual supernatural forces through their adopted child), the Ozaki syndicate grew into a feared force in the Nagasaki underworld. But the fact that she was not human, and that she had no idea why she was seemingly abandoned by her own kind, was always at the back of Adhara's mind.
When she first encountered Guórén, a Han Chinese-Portuguese child who was trapped in Japan due to unfortunate circumstances, he was a scrawny street urchin with distinctive eyes and she had the appearance of a teenage girl (but was far older). Despite the age and social gap, they took a liking to each other. The young boy eventually trusted her enough to share his wish to be the best of the group of men he both feared and idolized: the police force who had once or twice beaten him on the street. Their meetings didn't last long, but it won't be the last time they saw each other -- in fact, she would later give him two children, a daughter (Kokiden) and a son (Kokichi).
Note: Adhara's father was descended from a Great Feathered Serpent known in Mesoamerica by many names (Quetzalcoatl and Kukulkan, to name a few), and her mother was one of the kami birthed by the Daylight Kami from the Storm Kami's blade (who was later rejected by both). Adhara herself didn't make a big deal of this prestigious heritage, and rather preferred to distance herself from it due to how her birth mother was treated. Nonetheless, her estranged grandson (from her legal spouse) would later use it to boost his own status. The fact that Adhara favored another person as her successor, and the unexpected birth of her children fathered by Guórén, would set in motion a power struggle within the proto-yakuza collective. This would claim the lives of both Adhara's daughter Kokiden and Guórén's mother Fēiyàn.
L5R RPG TIMELINE
See her Dormant Form for details.
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