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(Based on the actual historic Shinsengumi.)

The Creation of the Shinsengumi

After Japan opened up to the West following U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's visits in 1853, its political situation gradually became more and more chaotic. The country was divided along various lines of political opinion; one of these schools of thought (which had existed prior to Perry's arrival) was sonno joi: "Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarians." Radical followers of this ideology began to commit acts of murder and violence in Kyoto, the imperial capital. In 1863, hoping to respond to this trend, the Tokugawa Shogunate formed the Roshigumi, a group of 234 masterless samurai (ronin), under the nominal command of the hatamoto Matsudaira Tadatoshi and the actual leadership of Kiyokawa Hachiro (a dynamic ronin from Shonai Domain). The group's formal mission was to act as the protectors of Tokugawa Iemochi, the 14th shogun, who was preparing to embark on a trip to Kyoto.

The Roshigumi, as stated above, was funded by the Tokugawa regime. However, Kiyokawa Hachiro's goal, which he revealed following the group's arrival in Kyoto, was to gather ronin to work with the imperialists. In response, thirteen members of the Roshigumi became the thirteen founding members of the Shinsengumi.

The Shinsengumi members were originally also known as the Miburo, meaning "ronin of Mibu," Mibu being the suburb of central Kyoto where they were stationed. However, the reputation of the Shinsengumi became tarnished quite early on, and their nickname soon changed to "Wolves of Mibu" (pronounced the same). Shinsengumi could be translated to "Newly Selected Corps." (Shinsen means "new chosen (ones)," while "gumi" translates to "group," "team," or "squad.")

The original Commanders of the Shinsengumi were Serizawa Kamo, Kondou Isami, and Niimi Nishiki. At first, the group was composed of three major factions: Serizawa's group, Kondou's group, and Tonouchi's group (members below). However, Tonouchi and Iesato were assassinated shortly after its foundation.

After the elimination of Tonouchi Yoshio and his third faction, the group was composed of just two factions: Serizawa's Mito group and Kondou Isami's Shieikan members, both based in the Mibu neighborhood of Kyoto. The group submitted a letter to the Aizu clan requesting permission to police Kyoto, and to counteract revolutionaries who supported the emperor against the Tokugawa shogunate. Their request was granted.

On September 30th (lunar calendar August 18), the Choshu clan were forced out of the Imperial court by the Tokugawa regime, the Aizu clan and the Satsuma clan. All members of the Mibu Roshigumi were sent to aid Aizu and help keep Choshu out of the imperial court by guarding its gates. This caused a power shift in the political arena in Kyoto, from the extreme anti-Tokugawa Choshu forces to the pro-Tokugawa Aizu forces. The new name "Shinsengumi" was said to have been given to the group by either the Imperial Court or Matsudaira Katamori (the daimyo of the Aizu clan) for their job in guarding the gates.

The Shinsengumi's greatest enemies were the imperialist-supporting ronin samurai of the Mori clan of Choshu (and later, former ally Shimazu clan of Satsuma.)

Ironically, the reckless actions of Serizawa and Shinmi, done in the name of the Shinsengumi, caused the group to be feared in Kyoto when their job was to keep the peace. On October 19, 1863, Shinmi Nishiki, who was demoted to sub-commander due to a fight with wrestlers, was forced to commit seppuku by Hijikata and Yamanami. Less than two weeks later, Serizawa was assassinated by Kondou's faction under Matsudaira Katamori's order.

Extra Information:

At its peak, the Shinsengumi had about 300 members. They were the first samurai group of the Tokugawa era to allow those from non-samurai classes like farmers and merchants to join. Previously, Japan had had a strict class hierarchy system. Many joined the group due to the desire to become samurai and be involved in political affairs. However, it is a misconception that most of the Shinsengumi members were from non-samurai classes. Out of 106 Shinsengumi members (among a total of 302 members at the time), there were 87 samurai, 8 farmers, 3 merchants, 3 medical doctors, 3 priests, and 2 craftsmen. Quite a few leaders, such as Yamanami, Okita, Nagakura, and Harada, were born samurai.

The members of the Shinsengumi were highly visible in battle due to their distinctive uniforms. Following the orders of Shinsengumi captain Serizawa Kamo, the standard uniform consisted of the haori and hakama over a kimono, with a white cord called a tasuki crossed over the chest and tied in the back. The function of the tasuki is to prevent the sleeves of the kimono from interfering with moving the arms. The uniqueness of the uniform was most evident in the haori, which was colored asagiiro (generally light blue, but can also be light yellow). The haori sleeves were trimmed with "white mountain stripes", resulting in a very flashy outfit, quite unlike the usual browns, blacks, and greys found in warrior clothing. In the midst of a fight, the uniforms of the Shinsengumi provided not only a means of easy identification, but also a highly visible threat towards the enemy.

(For this RP, all Shinsengumi Members will be in Kondou's Faction. This list will be updated once everyone has joined.)

Kondou's faction:
Kondou Isami - Commander (Kyoukuchou) - Normal Black Text Color (NPC)
Hijikata Toshizou - Vice Commander (Fukuchou) - Bold Black Text Color (NPC)
Yamanami Keisuke - Vice Commander (Fukuchou) - Italic Black Text Color (NPC)

Captains (Taichou) and Members:
- Miyazaki, Kaoru Amaya (3rd Unit Captain) (Artemis)
- Ayazu, Bael (3rd Unit Member) (MK)
- Utiba, Kenji (6th Unit Captain) (MK)
- Allikia, Shinta (Unit Member) (Aquanta)
- Ninau, Rui (Unit Member) (Silver)
- Miyazaki, Kusa Kabe (Shinsengumi Spy) (Artemis)

Others:
- Kurisutofua Zakashi.todorin (Akuma Shinzui Kyoukuchou) (Neo Zanther)
- Hukito, Dabido (Akuma Shinzui Fukuchou) (Neo Zanther)
- Kioko, Ishi (Shinobi Spy) (Neo Zanther)
- Kazunori, Gil Hisana (Akuma Shinzui Member) (Artemis)
- Eri, Yuka (Choushuu Loyalist) (Aquanta)
- Olka (Choushuu Spy) (Aquanta)
- Tricillia (Choushuu Assassin) (Aquanta)
- Diruk, Ayumu (Non-aligned Ronin/NPC) (Stevenson)
- Nyrock (Non-aligned Ronin) (MK)
- Katsura, Yuji (Non-aligned Ronin/NPC) (Shans)
- Katsura, Isumi (Non-aligned Mage/NPC) (Shans)
- Ninau, Honda (Non-aligned Shinobi) (Silver)
- Sakria (Non-aligned Shinobi/Demon Hunter) (Josiah)

Shinsengumi Rules and Regulations

The code of the Shinsengumi Regulations was most likely to have been written by Hijikata Toshizou. Truly, they are rules for Demons. The code included five articles, prohibiting the following:

1. Deviating from the samurai code of Bushido. (Which will be explained later on.)
2. Leaving the Shinsengumi.
3. Raising money privately.
4. Taking part in others' litigation.
5. Engaging in private fights.

The penalty for breaking any rule was seppuku (ritual suicide). In addition, the Shinsengumi had these regulations:

1. If the leader of a unit is mortally wounded in a fight, all the members of the unit must fight and die on the spot.
2. Even in a fight where the death toll is high, it is not allowed to retrieve the bodies of the dead, except the corpse of the leader of the unit.
3. The most prominent of which is this: "If a Shinsengumi member engages in a fight with a stranger, be it on duty or not, if he is wounded and can't kill the enemy, allowing him to run away, even in case of a wound in the back, seppuku is ordered."

Hijikata forced them to follow extremely strict rules to make the group reflect bushido (or samurai) ideals, and to create fear within the group so that they would absolutely obey the orders of Hijikata and Kondou. These rules are a major reason why they rose to be such a strong, feared force consisting of hundreds of expert swordsmen, each endowed with official sanction and an unflinching readiness to kill. Quite a few members were forced to commit seppuku for breaking the rules, or were killed for being spies.

The Samurai's Code of Bushido

Rectitude (Gi) - Rightness of principle or practice; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws; uprightness of mind; uprightness; integrity; honesty; justice.

Courage (Yuu) - The quality of a confident character, not to be afraid or intimidated easily but without being incautious or inconsiderate.

Benevolence (Jin) - A disposition to do good, charitable kindness, an altruistic gift or act.

Respect (Rei) - An attitude of consideration or high regard, good opinion, honor, or admiration.

Honesty (Makoto/Shin) - The act, quality, or condition of being honest; to be truthful.

Honor (Yo) - High rank or respect, Dignity; reputation as a good person.

Loyalty (Chuu) - Unswerving in allegiance, faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government, faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due, faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product.

Wisdom (Chi) - Having gained knowledge, understanding, experience, discretion, and intuitive understanding, along with a capacity to apply these qualities well. It is the judicious application of knowledge.

Notes on the RP Itself

Here is the profile. You may put whatever you wish into it. A little extra description on each part of it shall be written below the profile itself.

Character Profile

Name:
Race:
Gender:
Age:
Class:
Division/Unit: (For Shinsengumi Members.)
Appearance (Can include any of these:)
Hair, Eyes, Height, Weight, Features, Markings, Clothing, etc.
Weapons:
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc:
Personality:
Text Color:

Name: Can be any name that you wish to have. But please, do not use actual historical members like Okita Souji or Nagakura Shinpachi. Come up with your own creative individual.

Race: Yes, you may be another race besides that of a Human. But please, do not do any God-like crap. That will tick me off.

Gender: Male or Female, or perhaps you'd rather be Ambiguous, which is fine too.

Age: I'd suggest no one be younger than 15 and no older than 35.

Class: All right, this is where it gets extremely complicated for me. There's a large variety of what you can be in this RP.

Shinsengumi Member - You can be a Unit Captain, so long as no one else has already claimed the Unit that you want to command. Or you can just be a normal member within one of the units. Either is fine.

Choushuu Loyalist - Perhaps you want to be a Choujin Ronin and murder people in the name of the most exhaulted Emperor. I say go for it. Gives the Shinsengumi someone to fight.

Shinobi Spy - Also known as Watchers, spies can be used on both sides or maybe even in a third party outside of the Shinsengumi and Choushuu. They're trained in Ninjutsu and more often than not, live as other people within their society. While in disguise, they try to gain valuable information from the enemies for their masters.

Page - For those of you who don't want to be actively involved in fighting, you can be a Page, or servant, to your master. Your job would include doing things like serving tea, doing laundry, or mopping the floors of the training hall. But at least then you'd have a chance at knowing everyone where you work.

Third Party - Okay, so maybe you don't want to be part of the Shinsengumi or Choushuu. Well, that's fine. You can be a seperate group. Like an extra villian who might be against both of the first two parties mentioned. It's totally okay. You can have magic and sorcery or summoning abilities or whatever you wish. But, as I've said, please no God-mode crap.

Extra Classes: Book Keepers for the Shinsengumi, Ronin who no longer have Masters, Merchants or Store Owners, Courtesans, etc.

It takes all kinds. ~ Especially for this sort of RP.

Division/Unit - Mainly for those who are in the Shinsengumi.

Appearance - The usual things. Hair, Eyes, Height, Weight, Features, Markings, Clothing, etc.

Weapons - Will most likely be a katana or wakizashi (short katana). Or both, for those of you who wish to dual-wield. You may have your character carrying other things, such as smaller concealed blades or exsplosives.

Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc. - I will allow any Style from this era, including those from the following Meiji Era as well. Some of the more famous are: Tennen Rishin Ryuu, Houkishin Itou Ryuu, Jikishin Nitou Ryuu, and even Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu. I know just a little bit about some of these so I'll put up what I do know...

Tennen Rishin Ryuu - Rare Sword Style, used mainly by Shinsengumi superiors.
1. Technique - Hiraseigan - Put the left shoulder back and right foot forward, while pointing the tip of the katana/shinai/bokuto up and to the right. Delivers a deadly blow capable of breaking through chest armor.

Jikishin Nitou Ryuu - Two Sword Style, must be ambidexterous to use it.
1. Technique - Kagemawashi - Shadow Swirl, using both blades.

Some Other Things About Sword Styles/Stances:
1. Shomen - To aim for the head from the right.
2. Dou - Aim for the body from the left.
3. Joudan - Upper body stance.
4. Seigan - Stance used by those of a shorter stature against the taller.

Personality - The personality, attitude, behavior, etc of your character.

Text Color - The color of text that you will be posting in.

(Sorry about the long boring history lesson, everyone, but I felt that it was vital to the RP's structure. Anyway, I'm not really placing too many restrictions on what you can be, do, or what have you. There probably will be some mature themes like Violence, Blood, Gore, Death, Language, Alcohol, etc. But we should try to keep these all to a very low minimal. Aside from that, here are some things that I thought would be cool to include in the RP's start.)

Japanese Honorfics

Honorfics:
-san - Formal for Mr. Mrs. or Ms.
-kun - Used at the end of a boy's name, to express endearment.
-chan - Used at the end of a girl's name, to express endearment. But can also be used for little boys, pets, or between lovers.
-sama - Used to confer great respect.
-dono - Means, "Lord." Used to confer utmost respect.
-sensei - Normally used for a master of something. Like Okita-sensei.
-Sempai - Addresses your seniors.
-Kohai - Addresses those of a lower station.
-[blank] - Also known as Yubisute. If you address someone without an honorfic, it can mean that you've grown very close to one another or that you're simply trying to insult that certain someone.

Other Terms:
Cho - Measure of distance. Equal to 109 meters or 358 feet.
Dojou - Martial Arts Training Hall
Fusuma - Sliding doors used to seperate rooms. Constructed of lightweight wood and opaque decorative paper. Also known as a shoji.
Hitokiri - An assassin, literally a "man slayer."
Ishin Shishi - Loyalists or pro-Imperialist patriots who fought to restore the Emperor to his ancient throne.
Ken - Measure of distance. Equal to 2 meters or 6 feet.
Shinai - Bamboo practice sword.
Bokuto - Wooden practice sword.
Shuriken - Metal throwing stars.
Tatami Mat - A standard way to measure room size in Japan.
Kenjutsu - Art of the Katana.
Sakabatou - Reverse Blade Katana.
Zanshin - Remaining completely wary even when your opponent has fallen.
Sakura - Cherry blossoms.
Sake - Rice Wine.

Kendo Armor: (Used mainly when training against a stronger opponent.)
Men - Helmet
Dou - Chest Plate
Tare - Waist Protector
Kote (Wrist) - Gloves/Guantlets

(Please, feel free to expand on whatever has been written thus far in the OOC.)

Here are my Profiles.
Name: Miyazaki, Kaoru Amaya
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Age: 19
Class: Shinsengumi
Division/Unit: Third Unit Captain
Appearance -
Hair: Long black
Eyes: Purple
Height: 5 ft. 8in.
Weight: 131 lbs.
Clothing: A snow white yukata with a black obi, unless he's on duty.
Weapons: Katana and Wakizashi.
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Tennen Rishin Ryuu
Text Color: Indigo

Name: Miyazaki, Kusa Kabe
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Class: Shinsengumi
Division/Unit: Watcher/Spy
Appearance -
Hair: Short Black
Eyes: Green
Height: 5ft. 7in.
Weight: 130 lbs.
Clothing: Can be absolutely anything, since he's a spy.
Weapons: Wakizashi, Kunai, Shuriken, Tantos.
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Trained in the Shinobi Arts.
Text Color: Red

Name: Kazunori, Gil Hisana
Race: Cat Demon
Gender: Male
Age: 17
Class: Akuma Shinzui Member
Appearance -
Hair: Long Green
Eyes: Golden with a cat pupil.
Height: 5ft. 8in.
Weight: 134 lbs.
Clothing: Dark blue kimono worn beneath dark blue hakama, with a black haori over it all. No shoes, as his toes have claws instead of toenails. The same applies to his fingers, claws instead of fingernails.
Weapons: Fangs, claws, katana, and kunai.
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Tennen Rishin Ryuu
Personality: Somewhat feral, but always obeys his commander.
Text Color: Purple

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Name: Ayumu Diruk
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Class: Non-aligned Ronin
Division/Unit: N/A
Appearance -
Hair: Black Ponytail
Eyes: One, Purple
Height: 5 ft. 10in.
Weight: 142 lbs.
Clothing: Gray yukata with a black obi.
Tattoo: Green monkey on right hand.
Weapons: Wakizashi.
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Reverse grip (I don't know if there's a japanese word for it, honestly.
Text Color: Olive.

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Name: Yuka, Eri
Race: Human
Gender: Female
Age: 24
Class: Choushuu Loyalist
Unit: Assassin
Appearance-
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Long Yellow
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 103 lbs.
Tattoo: A large Black dragon on her back. The symbol from a past memory.
Clothing: A long black Kimono with red hearts outlined with white diamonds all over the clothing.
Weapons: A Katana, 2 Wakizashi's (One on the side, the other hidden). 2 Tanto's (Both are hidden). 12 Shuriken's.
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu, Houkishin Itou Ryuu.
Personality: Feels at peace when she dies. Just wants to protect what she cares for and kills anything and anyone that gets in her way.
Text Color: Blue



Name: Allikia, Shinta
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Age: 17
Class: Shinsengumi
Division/Unit: Member
Appearance -
Hair: Black, short in the back, long in the front
Eyes: Green
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 124 lbs.
Clothing: A black yukata. If in battle, wears lighter clothes
Weapons: A Katana and a Wakizashi.
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Tennen Rishin Ryuu
Personality: Likes to sleep and fight.
Text Color: Blue

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Name: Bael Ayazu
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Class: Shinsengumi Samurai
Division/Unit: 3rd
Hair: Midlength, tied up in a ponytail, brown
Eyes: Dark Blue
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 196 lbs
Features: Muscular
Markings: Healed cuts all over his body.
Clothing: Black traditional samurai clothing
Weapons: 4 different katanas upon his body, 1 basic which dangles from his belt on his right side, 1 smaller yet sharper blade which is sheathed in a hidden holster strapped to his right leg, 1 dull blade which dangles from his belt to the left, and 1 larger blade in a sheath slung over his shoulder, on his back. Also carries a dagger, expertly hidden.
Personality: Stoic, Quiet
Text Color: Dark Blue

Name: Kenji Utiba
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Age: 21
Class: Unit Captain
Division/Unit: 6th
Appearance
Hair: Long, light brown
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 143 lbs
Features: Slightly paler skin
Clothing: Traditional Shinsengumi white robes
Weapons: 1 single katana dangling from the waist, and longbow and quiver strapped to back.
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Deadly accurate at long range
Personality: Quirky, Happy, Easy to get along with
Text Color: Dark Cyan

Name: Nyrock
Race: Human
Gender: Human
Age: 42
Class: Un-aligned Ronin
Hair: Short Black
Eyes: Red
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 199 lbs
Clothing: Light armor at all times
Weapons: A specially modified
Personality: Cocky
Text Color: Dark Red

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Name: Kurisutofua Zakashi.todorin (normally called Zaka)(dot so it doesn't censor)
Race: Half Human, Half Demon
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Class: Commander of the Akuma Shinzui

Appearance:
Hair: Black Hair with two Red Streaks, one on each side of his head.
Eyes:green with a yellow line in the middle of each. Normal Puples.
Height: 6' 2''
Weight: 180
Clothing: More or less similar to the Akatsuki robes. Diffrent members of the orginization have diffrent patterns depending on rank. His is the orginal red clouds.
Weapons: Staff with a demon figure on top. Katana is hidden in the shaft and can be brought out when needed.
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu sword style and can summon minor demons and fire in diffrent forms.

Personality: He is mostly kind but always on guard. He can be uncarring and ruthless if he needs to be.
Breif Bio (do need one): Leader of the Akuma Shinzui (Demon Spirit) he deems himself the new Empior of Japan and on his way to dethown the current one and expell and stop any attempt of the outside world trying to influance Japan. He's willing to make alliance with others who think the same way but will do so if he really has to. Doesn't like the way the Shinsengumi are terrorizing the people. Still he won't attack them unless he has to.
Text Color: Orange

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Name: Dabido Hukito
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Class: Akuma Shinzui
Division/Unit: Fukuchou
Appearance:
Hair: Black
Eyes: Green
Height: 5' 10''
Weight: 180
Markings: Scar near his left ear.
Clothing: Black Robe with Red Clouds. Only two people have this pattern.
Weapons: Katana x 2
Styles:Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu
Skills:Good Leadership
Abilities, Techniques, etc: Has some magical abilities
Personality: Set back but serious when needs to be.
Text Color: Orange

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Name: Ishi Kioko
Race: Human
Gender: Female
Age: 23
Class: Akuma Shinzui
Division/Unit: Shinobi Spy
Appearance:
Hair: Black
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5' 5''
Weight: 120
Clothing: Typical clothing for blending into the city
Weapons: Several conceiled small weapons and a Wakizashi
Styles: Will get back on this one
Skills: Usuall Spy skills
Abilities: Very good at hidding and not being seen or noticed. Also is used to scout and talk to potential allies.
Techniques: Ability to transfer any of her knowedge to an insect and have it travel to anyone she needs it to and then give the knowedge to the person who gets the insect.
Personality: Serious. Not one to joke around.
Text Color: Pink

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Me too... Japanese history's great. Japanese history's great, but... long post is long.

EDIT: Okay, here we go.

Name: Ninau Honda
Race:
Human
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Class: Non-aligned Shinobi
Appearance: Short Dark Brown Hair. Ahoge. Light Blue Eyes, and... glasses? Well, ifJincan do it, so can he. Honda's just kind of as nerdy as you can get in Meiji era-Japan.
Weapons: Wakizashi and some Shuriken.
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Honda's mostly a bookworm, but... Ninjutsu for Dummies prooved to be much more potent than he thought it would be.
Personality: Generally composed and carefree, the only thing Honda really cares to do is read. He took up Ninjutsu just so that, if he did get dragged into the war (which he finds rather silly), he wouldn't necessarily die. Although he was quite sure that the whole mess would end quickly when his sister went off to join the Shinsengumi. Which side would win, well... that's a different story.
Text Color: Gray


Name: Ninau Rui
Race:
Human
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Class: Shinsengumi Member
Division/Unit: I dunno... it doesn't really matter, does it?
Appearance: Long, dark brown hair in a ponytail. Blue eyes. Flat chest, and generally... masculine-looking. Wears typical Shinsengumi haori and hakama with tasuki, although she's... dyed her formerly light blue haori purple. Which probably didn't go over well.
Weapons: Three Katana
Styles, Skills, Abilities, Techniques, etc: Santoryu! A Katana in each hand and one in the mouth. Techniques include Onigiri (charging and slashing with three swords simultaniously), Tatsumaki (swirling three-sword doom), and Sanjuuroku Paundo Hou (Long-ranged, typical anime air-slicing attack)
...I know, it's not Meija-era approved, but... pleasepleaseplease can I have my One Piece reference?
Personality: Rui's energetic and rarely serious. She has a bit of trouble with the 'Rei' aspect of Bushido and for some reason refers to everyone as '-kun', regardless of standing or gender (--so not a nod to Sogeking--)... But she's determined to bring the Shinsengumi to victory in whatever struggles they come across. That emperor was a jerk.
Text Color: violet

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(All right, we now have more than enough characters to get started. But first, just a few quick notes to a few of you.)

(Stevenson: It's completely all right if you don't that much about Japan. Who knows, maybe you'll pick a few things up from this RP!)

(Neo Zanther & Silver: You two can just edit in your profile in your last posts, and feel free to jump in whenever you're ready. I'm certain nothing big will have happened by the time you do.)

(Aquanta: I know where you got the name Shinta from! Hehehe.)

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This lone boy...
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Grass for his pillow.

(~Manyoshuu - Vol.9 - No. 1,790)

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Clouds colored black and various shades of gray and white shrouded the evening sky. Heavy rain was falling upon the village of Mibu. It was the middle of summer so there was no cold bite to the wet weather. But the combination of heat and moisture had stirred up a slight mist. Even if one ventured outside with an umbrella, the mist would still wash them clean. This was the case of one such Ronin.

Miyazaki Kaoru held an umbrella in his right hand, steadying it above his head so that the rain could not reach him. But the mist had already dampened his long dark hair and light yukata so that both clung loosely to his face, shoulders, and arms. His wooden geta sandals provided no cover from the rain for his feet but they were raised high enough that he wasn't sloshing through mud with every step. Nestled in the crook of his left arm was a small white paper bag with the top folded closed. One could only wonder as to what the bag contained.

He slowly walked up to the front gates of the Shinsengumi Headquarters, passing by the marker which was hung upon the door. It indicated that this was the "Yagi Residence." Within its walls rested the temple, kitchen, dining hall, training halls, and living quarters of the Miburo. The young man made his way across the stone path that led to the living quarters. As he stepped up onto the front porch and beneath the awning, he lowered the umbrella. Once it was properly closed, he gently shook the excess water from its surface. Large droplets of rain splashed to the ground.

"Oh my... I'm so glad that it's summer or I would have certainly gotten sick.", Kaoru said softly as he stood outside and watched the downpour.

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A voice familiar to Kaoru rose from behind him. The stern voice of Kaoru's closest friend and top member, Bael. "Yes. It IS a good thing it is summer." The larger man said, leaning against the doorframe of the door behind Kaoru. "You're late once again, Ru-sama."

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Kaoru felt a smile conform his lips before he turned around to face his Koibito. He took a few more steps across the porch and placed the umbrella down so that it was leaning against the wall. It was best to leave it there in case someone else found themselves in need of it, or if he had to depart again. Though there was little chance of that happening. There was a delicious smell wafting upon the mist, signaling that it was dinner time for the entirety of the Shinsengumi. Well, tonight, the Taichou would have an extra special treat with his meal, as he still gently held the white paper bag.

"Gomen nasai, Bae-chan. I was on my way back but this little girl needed some help. Her kitten had gotten stuck up in a tree and so I stopped to help her get him down. As a small reward, she gave me some of her mother's cookies.", he paused, holding up the white paper bag. "Also, I was fortunate enough to recieve an umbrella when it started raining. Though, due to the mist, I'm still a little damp." He could tell simply from the tone of Bael's voice that he wasn't really angry at his failure to arrive before dinner time. "Just as soon as I've changed into a fresh yukata and dried my hair, we can leave to dinner, all right, Itoshii?" At that, he walked past the other and into the living quarters.


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(Koibito - Lover
Taichou - Captain
Gomen Nasai - I'm Sorry
Itoshii - Darling)

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Walking through the streets, Eri was as peaceful as she could be. She was still trying to see her target for tonight, but he was blocked by his bodyguards that thought she wanted something from him. Yes she wanted something, his blood on her sword, and his head a few feet from his body. She had to kill him tonight before the real action started. By killing one of the top people in the Shinsengumi, she could be having the best fun soon after. All she knew is that no one walked with him to the bar that was across the street, and in that street she would kill him with speed and a quick jab, he would be dead.

Just as she reached the next section of town she noticed something strange. Just as she looked up from just seeing the dirt in the street, she saw a guy saving a cat. Shoot, I better hide or get into the shadows, she wispered.

After awhile, she left the building she hide in and started to walk back the way she came. Her target will be dead before the next day.

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Bael chuckled gently at Kaoru, wrappin an arm around him, following him down the hall. "Fine, fine, itoshii." He said.

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Zaka stood ontop of a hill umbrella in hand. In the distance Kyoto was in his view. The rain made it hard to see anything clearly but he knew that somewhere in that town was his calling. He had been working his way over to Kyoto for awhile now, gathering up Ronin and anyone who could congure or cast spells of any sort who shared his views of the way Japan should be. His orginization of 333 was still growing but they had gotten most of what they needed in numbers. The thown would be his and noone had better get in his way, though he would hope the people who are siding with the current empior would put up some fight. He didn't gather everyone up for nothing.

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Kaoru was a little nervous as Bael wrapped an arm around his shoulders; he didn't want the other to get wet as well. But then again, Bael didn't seem to mind at all. The two of them walked down the hallway until they reached Kaoru's room. He placed his fingertips into the handle on the fusuma and slid it open with a gentle clacking noise. Once inside, the young man set the white bag down on a low table and walked over to his closet.

A clean white yukata was drawn down from one of the shelves and the damp one was discarded, leaving Kaoru in the nagajubon beneath it. He slipped the yukata on, retying the black obi around his waist. Then the Taichou picked up a towel and carefully dried his dark hair as best he could. Naturally, there was no way for it to dry completely with the damp weather, but it was better than leaving it to curl and tangle. After finishing and placing the used clothes in a small hamper, he turned to the other.

"All right. We can leave now.", Kaoru smiled, grabbing the bag of cookies before exiting his room once more. "If we're any later, I'm sure that Hijikata-san will be upset."


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Nagajubon - Robe worn beneath a yukata or kimono.
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Sleeping at the table like always, Shinta was quiet as ever. Even speaking, he was soft and didn't speak out of turn. His ways weren't not to talk, but to fight. He fought for a passion and loved it. As people started to come in, he woke up and smiled

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Bael waited for his captain to exit his room, patiently yawning, and sitting in a chair, eyes closed.

He stretched, hearing the yelling now.

"Kaoru, you're irresponsible!" "But Hijikata..." "No excuses! i'm tired of it!"

He sighed softly. Hijikata definitly needed to get that stick out of his ass. And soon.

He looked up as Kaoru came out, dressed and ready. He smiled, and stood up. "Let's go." he said, wrapping an arm around him once more as they moved.

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