Not unlike ordinary chi, Devata Chi functions as a powerful metaphysical, binding force of near-limitless potential. Characteristically different from ordinary chi, as well as Yin-Yang Chi, Devata Chi is by nature, impossible to be harnessed by those naturally inhabiting the physical plane of existence. Incapable of manifesting in the physical dimension, it adheres to the fundamental laws of higher metaphysical realms where it is found. Originating from a mysterious metaphysical entity named "Deva Bhavana", Devata Chi possesses properties that appropriately differentiate it from all other types of chi. Unlike ordinary chi, it is not virtually omnipresent due to its natural inability to exist in the physical world. The stark difference between Devata Chi and other types of chi comes in the form of its ability to fully spiritually enlighten an individual in its presence, as well as render them immortal at the cost of stripping their ability to exist in the physical world. Interestingly enough, Devata Chi, due to its unique properties, is capable of spawning things from nothingness and it serves as the binding maintainer of the spiritual and existential balance between all metaphysical planes of existences and dimensions. As a result, Devata Chi is fundamental to the existence of all metaphysical dimensions. It is a very poorly understood type of chi, even more-so than Ying-Yang Chi. Instantaneously upon manifesting in the physical world, it transitions into ordinary chi. Along with Yin-Yang Chi, and ordinary chi, it makes up the Universal Chi that is ambient in all of existence.
History of Devata Chi
Deva Bhavana:A seemingly benevolent metaphysical entity of shrouded origins, it is believed that it was created much in the same manner that the Zenku was. A spontaneous event in the form of a natural response to the metaphysical imbalance long ago, Deva Bhavana was manifested from the ambient Universal Chi. Much like the Zenku, it is a living mass of chi that has taken corporeal form. An anomaly by nature, it functions as the source of all Devata Chi and is therefore, absolutely fundamental to the existence of all metaphysical realms. Due to being entirely composed of Devata Chi, the Deva Bhavana cannot exist in the physical world without having to manifest itself in the form of that which can exist in the physical world e.g an animal, human etc. Entirely powerless when roaming the physical world, the Deva Bhavana is said to spend the majority of its time in motionless meditation in a particular metaphysical plane of existence. Unlike the Zenku, it possesses a complex consciousness, often adopting neutral stances in the events of the physical world. Omniscient in its knowledge of Devata Chi, the Deva Bhavana is the active source of all things Devata Chi-related. An immortal, genderless being of unknown age, it is fabled by many misguided enlightened beings as being a deity of some sort. Often confused by the unknowing for a god, it has served as the basis for forgotten religions and mythologies. While very nearly all powerful in its home realm, the Deva Bhavana has assigned a variety of powerful guardians to serve as its protectors, for should it somehow be destroyed or tampered with, then the metaphysical balance of existence will crumble and lead to cataclysmic universal events. The Deva Bhavana is also responsible for the creation of new metaphysical realms.
"Translated to "Metaphysical Philosophy", Keijijogaku is an ancient religious philosophical tradition that encompasses a wide range of various customs and teachings. Centered around the concept of chi as a metaphysical, binding, and ubiquitous force of universal prominence, its various traditions, practices and beliefs largely stem from the early teachings of the legendary Seven Daimyo who are described as having possessed an understanding of chi that is rarely attainable. Modern Keijijogaku however, is said to be attributed to the refined teachings of the Keijijo Sanmittei, the official founders of the clan. Stressing spiritual harmonization with the world and its ambient chi, the religious philosophy is regarded not simply as a system of beliefs for the Keijijo, but as a guiding way of life. Almost entirely exclusive to the Keijijo Clan, Keijijogaku is virtually entirely significant to the lives and spirituality of every clansmen,disregarding very rare exceptions. Headed and taught by the Keijijo Elders, Keijijogaku is essential to the life of the Keijijo clansmen"
Fundamental Beliefs etc.
Keijijogaku possesses a variety of fundamental concepts that form the basis for the esoteric philosophical way of life. Above all things, chis is said to be of the utmost importance. Described as universal and of omnipotent depth and infinity, chi is regarded as the primordial, non-sentient, metaphysical force that is both the source and driving force of all that has existed, exists, and will exist. Universally essential for natural living things, it is believed by the Keijijo to be present in all natural living things, creating an innate metaphysical bond between all things that live. Stated as possessing no progenitor, chi is said to be universally eternal and the only true source of omnipotence. Traditionally, it is relentlessly insisted that chi is not a sentient entity, instead, a universal force of a metaphysical nature. Described as quintessential, Keijijogaku spiritualists believe that chi is absolutely essential for the natural state of the universe. Additionally, Keijijogaku practices the absolute rejection of deities and gods. Instead, it offers an alternative view, stating that what many believe to be gods and deities are in actuality, either extra-dimensional beings of great power, or transcendent entities that inhabit higher planes of existence. However, they are all deemed as not divine. Keijijogaku emphasizes that the only true divinity pertains to chi, a non-sentient force, and the only source of true divinity. As a result Keijijogaku rejects the existence of an absolute creator deity as well. Harmonizing with chi is a necessary practice that is achieved through spiritual meditation. By following the Keijijogaku path, it is believed that one can obtain true enlightenment and a peerless understanding and connection to the universe.
It is believed by a minority of Keijijo that the Zenku entity is the progenitor of all chi and thus predates creation itself. However, the widely accepted belief is that the Zenku is not the primordial source of all chi. Instead, an alternative is presented that suggests that prior to the Zenku's existence, the omnipresence of chi governed a universe overflowing with life, generating a cosmic imbalance. A spontaneous reactionary response from the universal chi resulted in the creation of a demonic metaphysical manifestation known as the Zenku. The primordial source of Yin Chi and Yang Chi, its existence was said to have imbued the universe with a wealth of Yin-Yang Chi, Yin responsible for creating life, Yang responsible for causing death, creating a balancing cycle in the universe. However, this view also claims that the Zenku's existence is no longer necessary for this balancing cycle to occur, stating that Yin-Yang Chi has since been hardwired into the fundamental essence of universal chi. While this view is largely accepted among those who follow Keijijogaku, it is rejected by a select few. However, an aspect of the Zenku that is accepted by all is that in spite of being directly created from the essence of chi, it is not divine like that which created its form. It s instead, said to be metaphysical in nature, and is viewed not as a demonic deity, but as a metaphysical catalyst that was necessary to establish the current fundamental spiritual laws that govern the universe.
The Seven Daimyo are sad to have been prophets of Keijijogaku, following an informal form of the philosophical religion. Their understanding of chi cemented the development of Keijijogak at the hands of the Keijijo Sanmittei who are viewed as prophets of the religion as well. They are respectfully thanked in ceremonial prayers in the Daimyo and Sanmittei temples, but are not worshiped as deities. Worshiping is not an aspect of Keijijogaku, the intellectual study of chi and meditation being its supposed equivalent. Keijijogaku is taught by the Keijijo Elders in the Daimyo and Sanmittei temples as part of their obligation as the clan's theocratic spiritual guides. The following are other beliefs that are fundamental to Keijijogaku:
Kankyō e no keii:A practice that is characterized by spiritually respecting nature and the environment, it is achieved only through isolated meditation in the nexus of nature, a metaphysical state of mind defined by attaining a genuine and powerful link to the distinct chi found in nature. This is necessary as it is an initial step in harmonizing with the totality of chi.
Rikai:This is an intellectual practice that is described as indulging in a variety of studious experiments and observations of chi and its fundamental workings.. The intensive studying of various philosophical concepts and amassing knowledge, it is a necessary step to achieving enlightenment with chi. The studying of metaphysics etc. is designed to imbue one with the necessary knowledge to properly comprehend and understand the true fundamental nature of chi, almost ensuring spiritual enlightenment.
Rakuen:In Keijijogaku, there is no Hell nor Heaven as it is traditionally thought of in Western religions. Instead, the religious philosophy teaches that where one transcends to is entirely dependent on their closeness to universal chi. Rikai is necessary to obtain an intimate understanding of chi and establish a close spiritual relationship with the metaphysical force. Should one possess a powerful spiritual bond with universal chi, they are upon death, not risen to a heavenly realm, but their spiritual consciousness is instead made a part of universal chi at its nexus. Achieving this form of absolute spiritual connection to universal chi releases one's spiritual consciousness from earthly pains etc. granting them what is believed in Keijijogaku as true paradise.
Zetsubō:Much like Rakuen, Zetsubo is what the Keijijo believe to be Hell. It is not a fiery dimension of eternal suffering. Instead, it is described as a spiritual state of mind characterized by great mental and spiritual despair and suffering that continually plagues one's disembodied spirit. This eventually leads to what the Keijijo believe to be the worst pain and ultimate form of suffering which is complete detachment from universal chi, resulting in a state of mind of absolute mental suffering due to being forsaken from chi. This state of mind is known as "Oblivion", a conscious state of nonexistence. Zetsubo is for those who have completely forsaken their connection to chi. Alternatively, those with an ordinary connection to universal chi are trapped in a cycle of rebirth until one either increases or forsakes their connection to chi.
Ikikata:The path of life that the Keijijo take, it is characterized by a life of martial discipline, the relentless training and practice of martial arts being seen as a method of obtaining greater control over chi and strengthening one's bond with universal chi. One is instructed to adhere to patience, spiritual refinement, and rational thought. Ikikata stresses the enjoyment of physical life.
The various moral beliefs and ethical values of Keijijogaku are unlike those in many of the world's religions and philosophies. They are not the conventional moral beliefs that the common man agrees with. While the preservation of nature is key to strengthening one's spiritual bond with universal chi, Keijijogaku Ethics details that one must always take the course of action that benefits the majority. As a result, this places the Keijijo's ethical values in a space of moral ambiguity. Should the eventual result of an action or a series of actions ultimately benefit the many, be the actions as morally questionable as they may be, it is the logical course of action to take according to Keijijogaku Ethics. It is stressed that the world is not black and white, and is populated by shades of grey as well. It is also stated that morality is subject to change and that it is not absolute like a universal physical law, as well as being relative and alternating between cultures etc.
Places of religious and philosophical significance, the Keijijogaku Temples are infrastructures built in zones of spiritual concentration. Harboring immense importance to the Keijijo, there are a variety of different temples, serving different purposes. All temples are decorated with unique candles lit by esoteric flames that metaphysically stimulate the spiritual chakra-points of those nearby in order to achieve superior spiritual harmonization with universal chi. All Keijijogaku Temples are headed by the Keijijo Elders however, the most important being the Keijijogaku Elder Temples. Meticulously decorated with Keijijo Geijutsu symbols and brlliant architecture, the Keijijogaku Temples are as follows:
Daimyo Temples:Equal in size to the Sanmittei temples, the Daimyo temples are infrastructural buildings in which the Keijijo clansmen give their thanks to the teachings of the Seven Daimyo. This is accomplished by spiritually paying their respects to statues of the legendary Daimyo. Several temples have been erected, however, certain temples may pertain to a specific Daimyo, the followers of said temple believing that whatever technique is attributed to the Daimyo will bring them closest to universal chi.
Sanmittei Temples:Temples dedicated to spiritually paying one's respects to the Keijijo Sanmittei for developing Keijijogaku into what it is today, the Sanmittei temples are used for meditative sessions of spiritual significance, similar to prayers, these meditative sessions are designed to aid visitors in harmonizing with universal chi and establishing a more intimaterelationshipwith the non-sentient metaphysical force.
Keijijogaku Elder Temples:Religious infrastructures where Keijijo clansmen of all ages are taught the origins, fundamentals, and all things pertaining to the Keijijogaku religious philosophy. Headed by the Keijijo Elders, these temples are the most frequented as clansmen go there to seek spiritual guidance from the Elders who serve as the clan's theocratic leaders. Using the Book of Keijijogaku which is fabled to have been written by the Keijijo Sanmittei, the Elders teach and spiritually enlighten the Keijijo.
There are alternative views to Keijogaku. The most prominent being that universal chi creates an omnipotent metaphysical entity by establishing a chi-based bond with all existing living things, and that divinity is nonexistent as opposed to the fundamental life-force of living things. Another alternative view is that the Zenku is the nexus of universal chi manifested in a neutral corporeal form without the divinity of universal chi.
A very poorly documented type of metaphysical energy, unknown to the majority of even the chi-sensitive Keijijo Clan, Yin-Yang Chis is by far the most inaccessible of energies, virtually nonexistent in the mortal plane by natural means. All Yin-Yang Chi originates from the primordial metaphysical manifestation known as the Zenku. Both demonic and divine by nature, the Zenku entity predates creation itself and is the undeniable progenitor of all existing metaphysical energies in the world. The primordial source of all chi, its spiritual existent was necessary for the creation of chi in the infant world. While largely known for being the bottomless origin of all chi, the Zenku is the existential source of the excessively esoteric Yin-Yang Chi. Absent in both the physical world and the majority of the known metaphysical planes of existence, Yin-Yang Chi is characterized by peerless exclusivity. A continuous natural generator of Yin-Yang Chi, the Zenku monster lacks the appropriate intellect and consciousness required for masterful harnessing of the exotic metaphysical energy. Absolutely fundamental for the continued existence of the rare Yin-Yang Chi, the Zenku entity, as frighteningly powerful as it may be, was seen as a key to ultimate power by those aware of Ying-Yang Chi. Thought of as a mere conduit, a medium with which omnipotent might can be obtained, several attempts have been made to capture the monstrous entity.While largely unsuccessful, those who have succeeded, sought the power of Yin-Yang Chi by binding the Zenku entity to their chi, effectively sealing it within themselves, at the risk of eventual soul corruption and annihilation. Inevitably destroying all who chose to steal its power, the Zenku was eventually targeted by the dynasty of divine swordsmen known as the Espadas. Sealed within one of the Espadas, the Zenku granted him a wealth of abilities, and in particular, immortality. Upon the Espada's impending defeat as his soul was continually corrupted by the demonic entity's presence, it was intricately sealed within a specifically constructed urn, designed for the sole purpose of containing the monster. This led to the effective termination of all Yin-Yang Chi. While a recent, incomplete revival by a sect of rogue Keijijo Elders was conducted, it was only Yin Chi that found itself generated by the incomplete Zenku, its remaining entirety, utterly fundamental for the complete creation of Yin-Yang Chi.
Nature of Yin-Yang Chi
With no natural source other than the Zenku beast, Yin-Yang Chi's rarity is indefinitely extreme. Generated solely from the Zenku, it is the most exotic of metaphysical energies, possessing unique properties. Unlike ordinary chi, it is not produced by chakra-points. It is the energy that is fundamental to the Zenku's existence, generated and invisibly radiated from the entirety of the entity's physical form. Yin-Yang Chi is encompassed of complimentary (not opposite) forces of nature, one cannot exist without the other. The following is further elaboration on Yin-Yang Chi:
Yin Chi:White in color, Yin Chi when properly harnessed, grants the wielder total mastery over the fundamental forces of life, enabling them to achieve any number of effects ranging from imbuing inanimate objects with a life-force (chi), reviving the deceased, creating souls, to extending lives and a variety of life-based effects. While still capable of destructive capacity much like most forms of energy, Yin Chi requires an intimate knowledge of the workings of metaphysics to wield masterfully.
Yang Chi:As opposed to Yin Chi, it is black in color, symbolizing the darkness of what it represents. Granting the wielder total mastery over the fundamental forces of death, it typically enables the user to manipulate the souls of the disembodied, communicate with restless spirits, offer guidance to the afterlife, cause death, decompose souls, absorb souls and far more.
Yin-Yang Chi:When combined, Yin-Yang Chi not only grants the wielder, true immortality, but enables the user to bestow the gift of immortality on others as well. It also enables the wielder to will life-forces intoexistence. Harnessing Yin-Yang Chi without some sort of metaphysical connection to the Zenku leads to rapid corruption of one's soul and metaphysical essence. Without the required expertise in the field of chi etc. Yin-Yang Chi is no more effective than ordinary forms of energy.
Advantageously positioned atop a colossal cliff looming over the enemy opposition as it ruthlessly lays waste to legendary Impero Neji's prestigious squad of seasoned warriors, a stunned Ishin quickly regains his composure and self-control. The initial shock of witnessing the once god-like Neji in an unfavorable position had waned substantially. "I'll isolate the old man from the battlefield", Ishin affirmed. With a throw of peerless precision and thunderous speed, the prodigious Keijijo master accurately had one of his specialized Keijijo Geijutsu Kunai land two feet from Neji's right. Relying on his revered Eikyo talent, Ishin telepathically contacted the battle-fatigued Keijijo Grandmaster, "Don't question my request, just do as I say. There is a kunai on the ground to your right. Grab it". Quickly catching sight of the described blade, a heavy-breathing Neji desperately snatched Ishin's trademarked weapon from the battle-scarred wasteland. And in an abrupt heartbeat, the Keijijo Prodigy relied on his personalized kunai's Keijijo Geijutsu symbols to teleport his clan's longest living Grandmaster to his location atop the monstrous cliff. Panting heavily upon arrival, an unpredictably optimistic Neji pathetically dropped to a single knee.
"I'd have thought that with your god-like power, the enemy wouldn't stand a chance.. or was it all simply the stuff of legend?", Ishin questioned as Neji received much needed medical assistance from the surrounding squad members. A fatigued chuckle acted as the precursor to the experienced Impero's response, "... No it is not the simple stuff of legend my boy. Had I still been in my prime, I wouldn't even need a squad. But even I cannot defeat old age. My chakras are sealing themselves, I can sense my chi... it is waning", Neji admitted, blurred vision having impaired his uncharacteristically fruitless attempt at battle. "My mission here was not to fight. I had come with an espionage squad. They are not suited for war. We simply came to gather information on our enemy's goals. I am too old to fight, surely even you realized this?", Neji asked rhetorically. Admittedly disappointed, Ishin disregarded Neji's physical uselessness, "Perhaps. But you aren't completely useless to me. Though your body isn't capable of sustaining strenuous usage of such chi, your reserves are still much larger than mine", he pointed out, having devised a plan to defeat the enemy forces. Soon however, their presence atop the cliff was unsurprisingly detected .
A rain of arrows and bladed projectiles threatened to dramatically lessen Ishin's own squad as a considerable portion was graphically slaughtered in a brutal act of violence. "Elemental fighters, with me. We are to encase a large portion of the army in a massive dome of water. We will envelop the dome in a thick outer shell of ice to prevent any escape attempts. On my command", he ordered, "Now!". Simultaneously, colossal volumes of water was produced through a combination of teamwork and Ishin's prodigious elemental talents. Encasing more than half of the opposing army in a dome of water, a large thick sheet of hard ice was formed on the dome's outskirts, preventing any potential escape as enemy opposition drowned to death. Having exhausted a great deal of chi due to the recent technique and previously conjuring a vast forest of dense flora, little option remained, and drastic measures had to be taken. "Even in old age, your chi reserves are still greater than all of ours combined", Ishin began, "My men understand what I must do next, and surely, you will too". Taking the Keijijo Geijutsu kunai from the ancient Grandmaster, Ishin mercilessly slit a prepared Neji's throat.
"Your contributions to the Keijijo are impossible to forget. Your prowess as a martial arts god in his prime has become the stuff of legends. But now in your old age. You are nothing but a pathetic shell of your former self. You are no longer fit to remain Impero. An Impero is the apex martial artist of the Keijijo, possibly even the world. Tis best you remain a memory. Your spirit will live on in the mask, the Keijijo Geijutsu tattoos on your arm will ensure that", Ishin stated, his potential remorse over recent actions, powerfully restrained by a newly birthed Messiah complex. "Maybe... had you attempted to do this years ago... I would have killed you", Neji smirked, fully comprehensive over Ishin's course of action. "I will win the Kami no Ken tournament and become Impero. It is my destiny. I am the future of the Keijijo. I am absolutely necessary for its survival. Even you know that I am the Martial Arts Messiah. I'll be greater than you. And in order to do that, I must learn all of the martial arts and techniques that exist in this world and beyond, and in order to do that, in order not to fail like you and be defeated by old age, I must become... immortal".
Embracing death, Neji's spirit was transferred into the iconic Impero Mask. Administering a series of rare Keijijo Geijutsu symbols on Neji's pale body, Ishin spread an empty white scroll across the top of the cliff as arrows and enemy projectiles continued to be fired in his direction. "Cover me! Use what little chi you have left", he spoke, requesting assistance from his squad members. With Neji's blood on his index finger, Ishin flawlessly drew the very same Keijijo Geijutsu symbols on Neji's body on the scroll. Metaphysically transferring the fallen Impero's truly god-like chi into the characters on the scroll, Ishin calmly put on the Impero Mask for the first time in his storied life. The energies of Neji's powerful spirit burning a prominent scar on Ishin's face as it is transferred into the mask. Fearlessly dropping into the blood-stained battlefield, Ishin lay the scroll across the ground before him, enemy forces questioning him, "Who are you?", garnering a simple yet arrogant response, "The Keijijo Messiah". In a flash, he vanished, teleporting from his location and back to Reisho, leaving his squad and the enemy opposition to perish as the scroll released a truly monstrous explosion of Neji's chi, a testament to the fallen Impero's untapped power.
Violent war commences with the careless spilling of blood as screams of terror and pain run rampant in the cold air. Tasked with leading an elite squad of elemental Keijijo clansmen into battle, Ishin is quickly contacted by the Keijijo's trusted spies, informing him of their enemies' impending plot to invade the secluded Reisho monastery complex. With invaluable information in his possession, the prodigious Keijijio takes his men to the open battlefield where they aid in the intense clash of unmatched combat forces. "Do not engage in close combat", he ordered, intent on achieving success with nonexistent casualties. As enemy opposition fearlessly march towards them, an instinctively confident Ishin orchestrates his squad's attacks, "All of you, envelop the enemy in a thick cloud of dust. Next, disrupt their flow of chi to confuse their senses". Rendering their opponents in a temporary state of vulnerability, Ishin then orders his squad to lay waste to their immobilized opposition with a colossal wall of collective flames.
Burned to ashes, the first wave of enemies was methodically destroyed. Relying on his esoteric Shinwa-Sei technique, the Keijijo Prodigy conjures a single black crow from his right palm. Sending it in search of any approaching enemy forces, he turns to his squad to discuss potential tactics. "Our enemy doesn't have knowledge of chi techniques. That's why they intend to invade Reisho, to obtain our knowledge. What they do have however, is numbers. We will fight smartly, conserve our chi and use the most effective strategies", he demanded strictly, "The next wave must be dealt with stealthily. We will use Wood Yoso to erect a very large and dense forest here. We will use our elemental prowess to merge with the trees as our enemy approaches. Unable to detect us, they'll be easy for us to assassinate stealthily. The forest should make it difficult for large numbers to pass through". Within half an hour, the nearby crow detects approaching enemy forces, instantly alerting its conjurer. With a nod, he along with his squad, erect a colossal forest of dense flora, intended to not only limit the movement of their opposition, but to provide an environmental damage as well.
As masters of Wood Yoso, they are famed for their legendary ability to bend a landscape's relief and appearance to their absolute will. Gesturing for his men to elementally merge with the surrounding trees, they wait for the inevitable arrival of their opponents. Hours pass and soon enemy forces trek into the chi-infested forest. Utilizing this advantage, the Keijijo make short work of their opponents, suffering little causalities as they stealthily assassinate them. Quickly however, the future Impero is telepathically contacted by an alarmed Impero Neji, "Ishin my brother! Come quickly to my location! I am on to the east of your location. I can sense your chi, but I fear that mine is waning", he admits before his telepathic link is abruptly disrupted. With the knowledge of his Grandmaster's unfavorable situation, Ishin instructs his squad to follow him as he heads for Neji's location, unknowingly selecting a course of action that will forever change his cryptic destiny.
Finally arriving atop a cliff that oversees Neji's location, Ishin, to his horror, sees the articulated slaughter of Neji's severely diminished squad. And while they attempt to defend themselves in vain, the opposition's immense numbers were simply too much. Once celebrated as a god among men, Neji has sadly been rendered no more than a pathetic shell in his old age. Mentally and physically, he has slowed down. A sight that somewhat shocks and perhaps even induces fear into the heart of Ishin. For if Neji, the Keijijo's most powerful Impero in all of history with chi reserves unmatched since the Seven Daimyo themselves, has been defeated so clearly by the sands of time, what hope is there for a mere prodigy?
An unanticipated mass gathering of the battle-seasoned Keijijo's elite clansmen had seized all attention from the lengthy period of unimpaired peace. Among the gifted martial geniuses was a younger Ishin, thousands of years prior to his ascension to the apex position of undisputed authority within his legendary clan. Organized by the admirably wise Keijijo Elders and its aged yet highly revered Impero, Neji, the abrupt assembly's sole intention was to voice the unheard outbreak of unforeseen war. "Brothers", began the clan's longest living Impero. "Our enjoyed times of peace have come to a saddened end", Neji announced amid mass confusion and growing concern, "The neighboring clans have experienced a drastic hunger for power. Their thirst for the knowledge of not only the Keijijo secrets, but of those of our sister clans has left us with little choice". The uncharacteristically grim expressions cast over the ancient faces of the Keijijo Elders as they stood in eternal silence behind their respected Impero made clear the undesired situation at hand.
"It is with great sorrow that I announce our forced participation in this war. Soon they will reach the gates of our home. To protect our children, this is what we must do", Neji concluded cryptically prior to departing to his quarters for further preparation for the Keijijo's impending participation in the bloodthirsty war. "We have been tasked with duties uncharacteristic of our nature", stated one of the Keijijo Elders as she addressed the increasingly rowdy Keijijo crowd with instinctive despair regarding their current situation. "To select participants for war was never the duty of the Elders. But alas, we are left with little option. All of you are Keijijo Elites. The very best that the clan has to offer. Despite your skill, it would be foolish of us not to say that most of you will sadly die fighting for your brothers", she continued, an atmosphere of tense silence enveloping the hopeless scene. "Pray that the Daimyo be with you as you fight for the future of the Keijijo... for never in the clan's history has a war of this magnitude ever plagued us". Requesting that those in attendance begin their inevitable preparations for the upcoming war, the Elders departed.
Having matured since his aged humiliation during the previous Kami no Ken tournament, Ishin focused heavily on the rapid refinement of his prodigious skills and renown combat prowess. Fully aware of his highly coveted talent, the future Impero's willpower and determination was entirely imbued into the unquestionable protection of his clan. However, as the inevitable commencement of their participation in the war approached, sensations of nervousness and subsequent doubts in self-confidence had briefly overcome him. Surely if Neji, arguably the clan's most powerful Impero of all time saw the seriousness of the situation and accepted his potential death, then he must be no more than a common soldier, no different than anyone else. Unsurprisingly though, the quick assignment of Ishin as the army's general was sufficient enough to instill within him his characteristic confidence and composure. Tasked with leading his clansmen into battle alongside Neji, Ishin waited for the fated day to arrive, unaware that at the war's conclusion, he would carry with him a constant reminder of it for the rest of his life.
A clan that strongly treasures its secrecy and exclusivity, the Keijijo Clan's fabled teachings are virtually unheard of to those outside the martial arts world and those lacking in knowledge of Asian folklore. They have an established rule against sharing their various secrets and knowledge with those outside the walls of their monastery compound/complex, Reisho. Very few exceptions can be made to this rule, and in order to fully enforce it, every member of the Keijijo Clan is identified by a special chi-imbued tattoo of the clan's iconic symbol. The chi establishes a powerful link between the tattoos and the clansmen's chakra-points. The symbol, is used on their weapons etc. as a sign of pride and respect to the clan's storied history.
The legendary Keijijo Clan's mysterious origins are not entirely clear and remain a topic of debate among the clan's respected elders and philosophers. While there remains very little evidence in regards to the clan's infant years, it is commonly agreed that the clan's origins begins with seven warriors of legend, each being one of the very first to expertly harness the metaphysical powers of chakras. The Seven Daimyo (Seven Lords) as they were called, are said to have come together many thousands of years ago in what is now known as Japan. Their destined encounter with one another originated as a result of their shared desire to bring forth a new era of peace and understanding in the warring world, an era that could only be created through reaching their sense of metaphysical enlightenment. Each Daimyo was said to have been peerless masters of their chosen self-taught metaphysical disciplines, all seven, born with an unnaturally high number of chakras and immense chi-reserves. Hebi and Inu's expertise lied in their affinity with nature's animal and the self-taught ability to conjure esoteric tattoos of mystical powers. Chie's mastery of chakra however, rendered her a master of the mind, a specialist in the creation of deadly, almost inescapable illusions. While Chinmei's skill granted her an unmatched mastery over a series of armed self taught chakra-based martial arts. Yuansu's gifts were said to have been her mastery of nature's various elements (water, air, fire, earth, and lightning). Yurei was the most elusive of the seven, capable of manipulating the metaphysical energies of his body to render himself intangible, and through his expert knowledge of the body's various chi-producing chakra-points, developed a deadly soft style martial art designed to brutally manipulate these vital points. The final Daimyo, Aizen, possessed the rare and then unique ability to unlock the chakra-points of the body that remain 'hidden', thus granting him an immense overflow of chi, dramatically enhancing his physical and mental attributes.
With their unique talents and abilities, all attainable through the mastering of one's chakras and 'chi', the Seven Daimyo intended to end the violent times of war between the various clans in their homeland by offering to teach the various clans their many esoteric arts, in an attempt to stabilize the balance of power between them. Having managed to persuade the warring clans to cease their hostility towards one another through the offering of their metaphysical abilities, the Seven Daimyo had successfully created their desired era of peace, spreading religious and spiritual messages of peace and harmony pertaining to chakras and chi. However, the supposed peace was to be brief, and upon their death, the clans' growing desire for power drove them to commence in yet another era of war, with the intention of stealing the martial secrets of other clans in order to establish themselves as a martial superpower. Fortunately however, in these dark times, remained a group of three that were among the finest students that the Seven Daimyo had taught across the various clans. They were known as the 'Keijijo Sanmiittai' (Keijijo Trinity), Natsu, Nohara, and Sarutobi. The only living students of the deceased Seven Daimyo to have truly reached a state of spiritual enlightenment, the Keijijo Trinity had become fully aware of the growing power-hungry nature and megalomania of the existing clans that had learned under the Seven Daimyo. It had become clear to them that the power of chakras was beyond the common man's understanding and the danger it posed to the world should its knowledge become global was too great to ignore. And while incredibly powerful and skilled, even they would be unable to meet all the clans in battle simultaneously. And thus, they cleverly orchestrated a meticulous plot involving the careful assassination of the clans.
Convincing certain members of the clans through hypnotic suggestions, the Keijijo Trinity received aid in stealthily using poisonous liquids, gases and various other methods in the silent assassination of the clans. And while some shared their concern for the nature of these clans, the bulk of their aid had come as a result of their hypnotic abilities. Successful in their plot, the Keijijo Trinity and their followers preserved the various texts and scrolls containing the treasured knowledge and teachings of the Seven Daimyo. They shared their teachers' dream of a world of peace and thus formed a secluded clan of martial artists in the hopes that through enlightening others, this dream will become a reality. Naming their clan 'Keijijo' not after themselves, but after the word's meaning (metaphysical) due to the nature of their combat arts and teachings, the Keijijo Trinity established a strictly enforced rule that does not grant entrance into the clan to outsiders, with very few exceptions. With a vast monastery complex hidden in the forests of Japan, the Keijijo Clan's activity had begun. However, to further preserve their secrecy and exclusivity, the Keijijo Trinity established the clan's primary home in a mysterious dimension of spiritual significance, accessible only through an enigmatic gate in the most secluded area of the monastery compound 'Reisho'. In order to differentiate themselves from the common man and other martial arts clans, the Keijijo Clan began using their symbol as tattoos of chi-based origins that identify them.
While this is the most widely accepted origin of the Keijijo Clan, a select few of its scholars, philosophers and clansmen do not support it, suggesting that the Seven Daimyo are figures of mere myth and only serve to add a sense of fascination to the clan. They believe that the clan's true origins can be traced back to the Keijijo Sanmittai and that prior to their existence, there were no such individuals like the Seven Daimyo, who they believe, were created alongside this story of warring clans to maintain order in the clan and prevent any potential megalomaniacal acts.
Under the leadership and wisdom of the Keijijo Sanmittai, the clan found itself enamored with an era of martial innovation and prosperity, resulting in the improvement and evolution of the teachings of the Seven Daimyo. Additional elements were created and placed alongside Yuansu's five elements. These additional elements include, wood (a mixture of earth and water), lava, and san (a highly corrosive mixture of water and fire). These elements were created and mastered first by historic Keijijo Clan member, Mei who was famed as the most innovative and creative member of the clan at the time. Aside from her combat-oriented genius, Mei was also hailed as the most powerful member of the clan during her time and a natural born leader. However, these times of rapid progression came to a steady halt as the Keijijo Sanmittai had approached the end of their lives. On their deathbeds, they combined their efforts and powers with some of the clan's most talented members to create an iconic mask that was imbued with their consciousnesses and spirits so that whoever wears the mask will be granted access to their knowledge and wisdom and able to communicate with them. This was done in order to ensure that the clan will always benefit from their eternal wisdom and never stray from their path and prevent the possible reckless global distribution of the clan's teachings. Prior to their deaths, the Keijijo Sanmittai made clear that the mask was to be given to the clan's chosen Impero (leader), and thus the mask was named the 'Impero Mask'. An alabaster mask with an artistic design, it was made from an incredibly hard substance for the rigors of war. And as the Keijijo Sanmittai's lives ended, the time to select the clan's first official Impero was at hand.
Almost immediately after the deaths of the Keijijo Sanmittai, Mei volunteered to act as the clan's interim Impero, confident in the prowess of her leadership skills. And while she was supported by a number of clansmen for her undeniable power, skill and intelligence, disputes soon emerged among several clansmen who believed that they too were fit to lead the clan. As a result of the growing complications, Mei's main rival at the time, an eerie, inappropriately slim martial artist named 'Oni' proposed that a fighting tournament be held, and that the victor would be crowned Impero. With the clan in agreeing to Oni's proposal, the Kami no Ken (God Fist) tournament was created. Indeed, many elite clansmen entered the tournament only to be vastly outclassed by the infinitely talented Oni and Mei. And as the final round approached, Mei was set to do battle with an overconfident Oni. Prior to their battle, the clan's favor increasingly titled towards Mei not only for her leadership, but because of her compassion, many deeming Oni 'apathetic' to the clan's problems, citing his cold disposition towards the deaths of the Keijijo Sanmittai who's interest in the clan had emerged only when the opportunity to become its leader was presented. Many began viewing him as an opportunist, seeking only to gain the various combat-related secrets and knowledge of the Impero Mask for the purpose of experimentation, as well as gaining influential power in the clan's ranks. Come the day of the final round, Oni's supporters were nonexistent and after an intensely fought battle, he was dealt an eventual defeat by the tournament's winner, Mei. Humiliated and enraged, Oni swore revenge on the clan prior to mysteriously disappearing, with all unable to locate him. Many years after Mei's crowning as the clan's first Impero, many believed Oni to have died, however, there remained a select few who still believed that he was alive and well, plotting his eventual revenge on the Keijijo Clan.
Countless years afterwards, Mei's prosperous time as Impero was reaching its conclusion as she felt her once vibrant chi waning in her elderly state. Aware of her impending death, Mei asked that like the Keijijo Sanmittai, her consciousness and spirit be transferred and sealed into the Impero Mask. Meeting her request, the clan's elite members combined their abilities with her's and did as she had asked, thus creating the optional custom of having an Impero's consciousness and soul transferred into the mask upon their death. The now traditional Kami no Ken tournament had arrived to bring forth the clan's next Impero. A powerfully built martial artist named Shinma put forth the single most dominant display in Kami no Ken history, effortlessly outclassing the tournament's competitors with his herculean strength. Famed as one of the physically strongest members of the clan, Shinma was undoubtedly the most physically imposing Impero in the clan's history. His time as Impero however, was plagued by cryptic events that some say involved the brief return of Oni. Several clansmen, particularly young teenagers had mysteriously disappeared at the time, particularly during the night. Witnesses claimed to have seen an odd spectral figure in the shadows that abruptly extended tendrils or its arms to capture victims. Many began believing that this was Oni taking revenge on the clan. Soon the clan was overwhelmed by soul-gripping fear, forcing Impero Shinma to investigate these strange occurrences. With a selected squad of the clan's very elite members, Shinma confronted this eerie antagonist in an abandoned temple in Reisho, dedicated to the ceremonial worship of the Seven Daimyo.
Fearlessly engaging this entity in battle, Shinma was victorious. However, what he had seen and learned during the battle prompted him to upon his death, lock away a part of his consciousness so that a portion of it remains inaccessible to the clan's next Impero. The reasons for this decision remain unknown to all, except the Keijijo elite present during Shinma's battle. Interestingly enough, these elite clansmen would go on to become the elders of the clan during the next Impero's reign. Agreeing to remain silent and never share what they knew of the event, these elite clansmen would never relinquish their dedication to Shinma. Following his death, the next Impero was a woman named Lian. She like all the Imperos before her, had won the Kami no Ken tournament, but is unique as she was the only Impero to have ever been challenged for the title. A husky clansmen, Shin, challenged Lian to combat, and though he fought with immense pride and skill, he was soundly defeated and exiled by the no-nonsense Impero. Swearing to return in order to challenge the Impero, Shin departed. Lian is also famed for being the Impero to have developed the Keijijo Clan's organisational system. Following her death, man Imperos had come and gone. The most memorable being Neji. A very powerful fighter, arguably the most powerful Impero that the clan had ever seen, Neji found fame in the battlefield. Protecting his clan from numerous invasions and remaining undefeated for the remainder of his life, Neji was celebrated as a god among men, a combatant of truly unparalleled skill. As a result of his seeming invincibility, Neji's death generated shock-waves across Reisho.
Many were left in disbelief from his death. And briefly, the clan became difficult for the elders to control without the influence of an Impero as the Kami no Ken tournament was being organized. Upon the tournament's commencement, the clan was given a surprise introduction to young prodigy, Ishin, who despite still being a teenager, believed he could compete against the very elite of the clan. Sadly, he was swiftly defeated in the first round and his elimination was without question. As a victor was crowned and yet another Impero had been named, a time of relative peace had come. Unfortunately, this very later came to an end as the Keijijo Clan found itself immersed in a war between various other Asian martial arts clans. Leading a powerful unit of the clan's elite in a memorable battle, an adult Ishin fought alongside the Impero of his time and attained victory, however, the result was not entirely pleasing as the clan proceeded to lose their longest living Impero to the battle, and Ishin himself sustained a horrific scar on his face. At the conclusion of the war, Ishin was hailed as a gifted war-hero. With the Kami no Ken tournament on the horizon, Ishin entered once again, this time however, dominating throughout the entire tournament in a virtuoso display of artistic martial arts mastery. As a result, Ishin had become the only Impero to participate twice in a Kami no Ken tournament, failing to win the first, but winning the second. With the consciousness, knowledge and spiritual energy of the past Imperos imbued within the mask, Ishin was granted access to a mass of wisdom and combat experience. Mysteriously though, a portion of the mask's contents remain a secret even to Ishin himself, incapable of accessing them. And unknown to all, only the clan's elders know what is being kept secret for so long, and why.
The Keijijo Organisational System
Founded by one of the less liked Imperos in the clan's history, Lian, the Clan Hierarchy is an organisational system that fully explains the various positions of significant authority in the Keijijo Clan, as well as other as other aspects. This ranges from the leader of the clan down to the lower less-politically relevant positions. They are as follows:
The Keijijo Impero (Grandmaster):
The undisputed leader of the deadly martial arts clan, the Keijijo Impero, commonly shortened to simply 'Impero' is widely recognized not only as one of the most powerful and skilled members of the clan, but a spiritually enlightened individual as well. Holding a certain degree of political influence and authority in the Keijijo Clan, the Impero is however, not an absolute position and may be stripped of their power by a unanimous voting from the clan's elders. Tasked with the protection of the clan, the Impero is generally an incredibly powerful martial artist with immense chakra control and chi reserves. Aside from maintaining the safety of their fellow Keijijo Clansmen, the Impero's responsibilities also include the regulating of the clan's traditions and maintaining its cultural integrity and value. Viewed as an individual of spiritual significance and wisdom, the Impero is often a source of guidance during troubled times, sharing the wisdom and knowledge of the past Imperos imbued within the ceremonial Impero Mask. Among the Impero's other responsibilities are finalizing any decisions made the elders or at the very least offering constructive suggestions. While tasked with making certain decisions as well, the elders have to likewise agree to the Impero's decisions in order for it to take effect. Possessing the power to exile any member of the clan that causes significant disruption, the only Impero to have ever exiled a clansman was Lian. An Impero may also be challenged for the position of the clan's leader, however, the only Impero to have ever been challenged during their reign was Lian who managed to defeat her opponent. Interestingly enough, the current Impero, Ishin, is the only Impero in the clan's history to have participated in two consecutive Kami no Ken tournament, losing the first, but winning the second in spectacular fashion. Perhaps the most neglected duty of the Impero is to lead the clan into battle in times of war. This is due to the relatively peaceful nature of the dangerous family of martial artists. The Keijijo Impero is immediately identified through the distinct Impero Mask. It serves as an item of great spiritual significance to the clan, and worn by every single Impero during official duty. The mask itself was crafted from a special chi-enhanced material that renders it durable enough for the rigors of battle.
The Keijijo Elders:
A group of highly respected theocratic individuals in the clan with several leadership duties, the elders are usually individuals of perfect spiritual enlightenment and relevant wisdom. Usually composed of the very elite masters of the clan, the elders combined are famed for being a unit powerful enough to defeat even the Keijijo Impero. While not every elder is a master or even a martial artist, they are all undeniable experts and philosophers of various spiritual concepts. They are known to possess a vast knowledge of chi, chakras, and several other metaphysical concepts that present some form of relevance to the Keijijo Clan. They are tasked with resolving social disputes in the clan, as well as maintaining order and the clan's cultural heritage. They are also responsible for the erection of temples for the worship of the legendary Seven Daimyo. Usually very old, the Keijijo Elders always predate the current Impero. Their wisdom is to be offered to the Impero for aid in certain situations as well. They share the responsibility of making important social decisions that are finalized by the Impero and vice versa. However, the elders do not possess the power necessary to exile any individual from the clan, though they can strip an Impero of the title and reduce them to an ordinary clansman. Their lower duties include offering spiritual guidance to troubled clansmen who are unable to meet with the Impero. During rare times, when a prodigious child in the clan is identified as an authentic genius of immense, possibly Impero-level potential, the elders are tasked with replacing the child's teachers with a selected group of elders in order to properly nurture potential talent. The elders are also the ones responsible for the Keijijo Tatoo that identifies every member of the clan. Past elders are also responsible for the creation of the Impero Mask. Mysteriously, a few of the current elders are known to have been with Shinma when the past Impero investigated the ominous occurrences in the clan said to have been caused by Oni. They possess a portion of information regarding the event that they have sworn not to reveal to anyone, including any Imperos after Shinma's time, stating that it will disrupt the era of peace and stability. Additionally, the Keijijo Elders are tasked with promoting any elite member of the clan to the rank of 'Elder' when they feel a replacement is needed.
The Keijijo Clan Elite:
A squad of elite martial artists belonging to the Keijijo Clan, they are powerful masters of the clan's techniques and combat arts and act as the enforcers of the clan's various rules. Aside from maintaining social peace, their other priority is to accompany the Keijijo Impero into war and other perilous situations. The Keijijo Clan Elite are greatly respected for their incredible combat prowess, and should some of them vastly exceed expectations, they may be promoted to Keijijo Clan Elders. The leader of the Keijijo Clan Elite is commonly referred to as the "Sosu (Prime)". Other than being the Keijijo Elite's leader, the Sosu's authority is identical to that of the rest of the Keijijo Elite. Additionally, the Keijijo Clan Elite function as the teachers for the younger clansmen and even select several pupils to accompany them during missions to instill practical experience in the students. Clansmen who are not made Keijijo Elite usually remain common clansmen with passable amounts of skills in the clan's esoteric fighting styles and techniques. Functioning as not only the enforcers in the clan, they are tasked with being the clan's military force during times of war. With a large number of individuals having managed to become elites, their numbers are vast. The Keijijo Clan Elite are usually split into two colossal groups. One group remains with the primary duty of acting as the clan's enforcement while the second group acts as teachers for young students as all children are to learn the basic skills of their clan. Under this second group of the Keijijo Elite called "Keijijo Michibiku", various under eighteen tournaments are arranged to properly test the skills of the students and depending on how they perform, they can progress and become Keijijo Elites themselves.
Keijijo Martial Arts
Famed as "The Clan of Infinite Skills", the Keijijo Clan specializes in countless esoteric martial arts, techniques and other combat-related practices. Having evolved greatly since the time of the Seven Daimyo and the Keijijo Sanmittei in particular, several new martial arts etc. have emerged due to the continued innovation and progression of the clan. The basis for every technique etc. remains the mastering of one's chakras as well as their chi in order to become skilled enough to practice the various exotic arts of the legendary Keijijo Clan. These martial arts, techniques etc. are as follows:
Yoso no Ikari (Fury of the Elements)
Created by one of the Seven Daimyo, Yuansu, and perfected by Keijijo's most innovative Impero, Mei, Yoso no Ikari is one of the primary combat arts in the deadly clan. One must learn to establish a spiritual link with their various chakras and allow their chi to grow through intense meditation. Only through focusing one's metaphysical energy into harmonizing with the element one shares an affinity with can the mastering of Yoso no Ikari begin. While many usually master one elemental combat art, it is entirely possible for one to master at least two which requires a great deal of chakra control. It is also possible to master all five of the basic elemental fighting styles, however, in order to do this, all of one's chi and chakras must be oriented towards establishing metaphysical links to the elements, rendering it impossible to master any of the other Keijijo combat arts due to the amount of chi consumed and the number of chakras being used. Aside from this, there are five basic elements of nature that are potentially accessible to all, these elements are: Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Lightning. However, due to the genius of past Impero, Mei, newer elements have been introduced by cleverly combining existing elements in a precise manner to create these new elements. The new elements created by Mei were Lava (a mixture of earth and fire), San (a corrosive mixture of water and fire), and Wood (a mixture of water and earth). Due to being enhanced by chakras and chi, these elements are stronger than their natural counterparts and capable of effects that natural elements cannot achieve. The elemental martial arts are as follows:
Fire Yoso:The martial art focusing on the manipulation of chakra-chi enhanced flames as well as the fire in one's ambient environment, Fire Yoso is one of the most offensive martial arts of the Yoso no Ikari branch. Fire is the element of power and life, seen as both a destroyer and a bringer of life. It represents the wild uncontrollable nature of the element, as well as its warmth and life-giving properties. Fire Yoso is characterized by an intensive attacking style and incredible fast-paced series of overwhelming explosive attacks. The style optimizes a powerful and continuous offense. Defined by overwhelming opponents with intense barrages of fire before the finishing move of the combo is delivered, it is one of the most aggressive martial arts in existence. Colors of the flames can vary by user. While most Keijijo clansmen are capable Fire Yoso practitioners, they mostly use orange or yellow flames compared to the rarer white, blue, green, red, and black flames. However, green and black flames are said to possess unique characteristics. Green flames are said to possess healing qualities while black flames are said to possess a chi-draining property. While the element of fire is usually employed through combat oriented movement, certain users of this ability employ it differently, often manipulating the flames in simpler manners, particularly by breathing fireballs, streams of fire etc. as well as altering the shapes and other characteristics of their shapes. While intensive and offensive in general, Fire Yoso can be employed with great finesse and liberal movement, an alternative style that puts emphasis on internal force.
Water Yoso:Water Yoso is mostly fluid and graceful, acting in concert with the environment. Other less prominent Water Yoso fighting styles, however, are more rigid and straight. Water Yoso practitioners deal with the flow of energy; they allow their defense become their offense, turning their opponents' own forces against them. Water Yoso's core strength lies in its great versatility. Rather than supporting a separate set of offensive methods, it employs defensive techniques that can be transformed into attacks and counters - defense into offense. Instead of simply deflecting an attack, Water Yoso practitioners' defensive maneuvers focus on control, achieved through turning an opponent's own strength against them, rather than directly harming the opponent. Additionally, Water Yoso is at times used to create ice or snow. The manipulation of water is quite versatile, ranging from the creation of various colossal water-based concstructs etc. to the more complex ability to manipulate the moisture in an opponent's skin. The elite Water Yoso masters (including the current Impero, Ishin) are capable of hydrokinetically taking control of the bodily fluids coursing through an opponent's body for a variety of purposes such as internal manipulation and violent contortion of the body. Those born with a greater number of chakras and more chi than normal are capable of producing more water than most.
Earth Yoso:This chi-based martial art grants its users the geokinetic ability to manipulate earth and rock. Earth is the element of substance and nature. The core principle of Earth Yoso is patiently waiting for the precise moment to counterstrike. This fighting style places an equal amount of emphasis on both defense and offense. Generally placing heavy focus on strength, Earth Yoso masters are usually quite muscular and powerfully built fighters with a greater amount of chi focused on their physical chakras. Certain rarer styles require the user to be mobile when required and not traditionally rooted to the ground. Those who practice Earth Yoso are capable of seismically detecting vibrations in the ground to perceive objects, people, and other aspects of their environment, essentially acting as sonar, but through the earth itself. The development of one's physical attributes is also important due to the level of endurance needed for effective use of this fighting style. It is the least purely used elemental combat art of the Keijijo Clan.
Air Yoso:Granting its users the aerokinetic ability to manipulate and control currents of air, the key to Air Yoso is relentless flexibility and finding and following the path of least resistance. This martial art is notable for being almost purely defensive, as well as the most dynamic of the traditional five elements. Air Yoso practitioners can overwhelm many opponents at once with large and powerful attacks that could prove fatal. As the element of tranquility and dynamism, Air Yoso practitioners manipulate air unencumbered by the ground or any other environmental factors and use their own momentum as a weapon, evading attacks with astounding agility to tire their opponents out or building up massive inertia for explosive gusts of wind to make their counterattacks finishing moves. When resorting to physical confrontation, these martial artists are able to harness the immense and intangible power of wind. An air-based fighting style that either involves speedy striking that internally shoots air pressure into an opponents body for internal damaging purposes or using air to further augment one's combat-speed in order to overwhelm opponents with frightening speed and reflexes, Air Yoso is one of the most widely used elements. By concentrating a mass of air mixed with immense amounts of chi, one can deliver potentially devastating attacks that may even cause fatal damage.
Lightning Yoso:The single most destructive element in the legendary clan, Lightning Yoso grants its users the metaphysical ability to masterfully control and manipulate chi-chakra enhanced lightning with a large percentage of combat-oriented movement or other through alternative methods. When in intense use, Lightning Yoso releases a continuous surge of either blue, white or yellow lightning from the user's body, depending on the lightning's intensity as well as the amount of chakras and chi one possesses. The colossal amounts of electricity flawlessly compliment the user's physical attributes as they are dramatically enhanced by the pulsating aura of crackling electricity. Speed in particular is impressively enhanced to limits currently unknown. Lightning Yoso electrically stimulates the user's nervous system, exponentially speeding up the neural synapses, substantially amplifying one's reflexes. The extent of the speed granted by Lightning Yoso has been tested many times and is constantly said to enable the user to either match or exceed the speed of lightning itself. The aura of lightning is not theatrical, serving a purpose in defense, enhancing the user's durability and rendering them highly resistant to electrically-based attacks. It is a fighting style that prides itself over a highly offensive nature governed by overwhelming speed and tiger-like ferocity. The style is characterized by fast flurries of lightning-enhanced strikes and brutal grapples and throws. The user's own physical strength is enhanced as well. Whenever accessing the power of this exotic martial art, the user's eyes become devoid of pupils and irises, instead pulsating the lightning-based energy of the chi-enhanced aura. Elite masters of this combat art are capable of more advanced manipulation of lightning. Ishin himself was said to have once split a lightning bolt in half with a single strike whilst enhanced by Lightning Yoso.
Lava Yoso:One of the rarer elements that are accessible to Keijijo clansmen, one must be a master of both Earth Yoso and Fire Yoso to use this ability. Less than a martial art and more of an ability, Lava Yoso does not grant user's the ability to manipulate lava in one's ambient environment. The lava is chi-chakra enhanced and created by the user through their metaphysical connection to the elements necessary for Lava Yoso. Users are said to being capable of spitting and literally spewing lava from their mouths and or nostrils.
Wood Yoso:Another rare element, one is required to have mastery of both Earth Yoso and Water Yoso to access this ability. Wood Yoso grants its users the ability to both manipulate and create wood, trees, as well as other aspects of trees such as flowers and seeds. Interestingly enough, while Wood Yoso grants its users the ability to manipulate wood and trees in their environment, portions of the user's own body may be turned into wood as well. The wood that is created by the user possesses the unique ability to absorb the chi of the opponent once physical contact between the opponent and the wood is achieved. More skilled Wood Yoso users are capable of creating trees of great sizes as well as grow them or manipulate them to diverse shapes and to serve battle-oriented purposes. The wood created by Wood Yoso users is said to be much harder than ordinary wood due to being enhanced by chi. It is commonly said to be extremely hard, even by superhuman standards. True masters of this element like the current Impero 'Ishin' are capable of creating entire forests within hours, and miniature forests in minutes. The extent of Wood Yoso masters range from the ability to create weaker wood-based clones, gigantic wood-based constructs, and the creation of colossal flowering trees that produce highly poisonous pollen capable of inducing temporary paralsysis to those without a superhuman immune system. It is said by certain elders that due to the prowess that Wood Yoso masters possess, they can alter the very shape and nature of their battlefield.
San Yoso:Like Lava Yoso, San Yoso is the rarest elemental combat art. It is a corrosive mixture of water and fire that cannot be truly oriented towards the creation of an actual fighting style. An ability that is only accessible through the mastering of water and fire, San Yoso is implemented much like Lava Yoso in the field of battle.
Said to have been created by two of the Seven Daimyo, Hebi and Inu, Shinwa-Sei is a metaphysical technique that enables its user to manipulate and or conjure the creature one shares an affinity with. Hebi himself is said to have had a powerful link to serpents and was thus capable of summoning a gigantic fighting serpent into battle to aid him in battle as well as conjure several smaller serpents such as snakes as well as take on their characteristics and transform himself into what legend says is an "immortal fighting snake-like demon". Inu on the other hand possessed an affinity to wolves, granting him the ability to communicate with them and take on several wolf-like characteristics as well as managing to merge with nearby wolves into a massive two-headed wolf-like beast. Throughout their time together, Hebi and Inu through practice and training with their students helped develop the Shinwa-Sei technique. Users of this technique are able to communicate with, at times conjure, take on the characteristics of, as well as other abilities pertaining to the animal or creature they possess an affinity to. A rarely used technique due to the reliance of a partner in battle, it is not the most treasured ability in the Keijijo Clan. The current Impero 'Ishin' shares an affinity with crows, granting him the ability to conjure a flock of crows as well as communicate with the crows in his environment. Additionally, he is capable of taking control of them, using them for espionage as hardly anyone suspects a crow of such things.
Created by Chie, one of the Seven Daimyo, Eikyo requires a great amount of mastery over one's Sahasrara chakra point. Because this chakra's primary function is detaching one from illusion and obtaining a higher consciousness, it grants (when properly mastered), a wealth of mental-abilities. In addition to the enhancement of one's mental faculties, it enables a user to disrupt the flow of energy in an opponent's chakras, thus causing great sensory confusion. Aside from this, it grants the user the ability to cast powerful hypnotic suggestions, illusions and other telepathic abilities such as taking over the body of another individual. Chie herself was said to be such a powerful Eikyo master that her illusions seemed so real that even other Eikyo masters were unable to differentiate them from what was real and what was not. Powerful Eikyo users are capable of causing immense mental trauma to opponents by casting certain mental and telepathic illusions that may grow so severe, opponents can be placed in comas.Elite Eikyo masters are said to focus entirely on Eikyo which grants them enough time to focus on the progression of their mental prowess. Some are said to have become so powerful that they can create entire illusionary worlds with which to trap an opponent's mind in where they have full control of the environment and whatnot. While a mere illusion, it is quite powerful. Due to the limitations posed by Eikyo as dedicated users are unable to master any other of the clan's skills, there are very few Eikyo users.
A group of distinct martial arts founded by Chinmei, Aizen, and Yurei, Dengen focuses on the heavy consumption of chi. As a result, those who generally practice the Dengen branch of Keijijo martial arts usually possess an incalculable number of chakras and immense chi reserves. Through Chinmei, a unique armed fighting style, particularly a complex enhanced kenjutsu style in which the blades of one's swords are charged by chi produced by one's chakras was produced. The style places emphasis on speed, finesse and a balanced blend of attack and defense. It is commonly referred to as Keijijo Dengen Kenjutsu. Yurei on the other hand developed an esoteric fighting style that while lacks a significant defense, it is incredibly deadly. Relying on the ability to to use one's chi in order to turn intangible to evade incoming attacks. For offensive purposes, the martial art focuses on exotic pressure point strikes not only in the user's biological vital points but their exposed chakra points as well. By injecting one's own chi into their opponent's chakra points via stabbing finger-based strikes, users of this fighting style are capable of internally dismantling their opponents through an immeasurable number of effects. This martial art is called Naibu Dengen (Internal Power). The final fighting style, developed by Aizen is called Gaibu Dengen (External Power). A strong body of immense endurance is required for Gaibu Dengen due to the amount of chi and chakras required for such a fighting style. It is the single most chi-consuming fighting style of the entire clan. Designed to induce great external damage, Gaibu Dengen places immense emphasis on on meeting an opponent's incoming force with equal or greater overwhelming force. As a result of its physically demanding nature, the continued refinement of one's physical prowess is necessary. A hard style, Gaibu Dengen is designed to shatter bones and utterly pulverize the opponent with monstrous physical power. It is a very dominating style that focuses on immense power and surprisingly, overwhelming speed. The fighting style requires for one to possess an above-average number of chakras and immense chi reserves as one is required to augment their physical attributes with their radiating chi, creating a violent aura of energy all about them. This technique enables the user to briefly surpass their physical limits.
Keijijo Geijutsu (Keijijo Art)
A skill possessed by nearly every member of the clan, however, very few have been able of achieving mastery with the chakra-chi based technique. Keijijo Geijutsu is the ability to administer tattoos or symbols of metaphysical power on both non-living things, and living things. The most historic use of Keijijo Geijutsu was in the creation of the Impero Mask. The Keijijo Sanmittei combined their Keijijo Geijutsu mastery with that of the elite's at the time to create the distinct symbols and patterns on the Impero Mask that allow a living thing's consciousness and spirit to be transferred into the mask. While basic skill of the ability is generally used to enhance objects or living things by imbuing them with amounts of chi, true masters of this technique are capable of accomplishing more complex feats. The administering of Keijijo Geijutsu tattoos on living things are more complicated then doing so to inanimate objects as one is required to align the tattoos along the chakra-points controlling the desired effect that one wishes to achieve. A simple example would be the desire to increase an individual's physical attributes, this can only be done by placing the tattoo along the physical chakras of the target. Additionally, using this technique consumes a great deal of chi from the person performing it, rendering it useless to use the technique on one's self with the desire to increase power. True masters of this technique are capable of achieving physical immortality in a way. By administering these tattoos on living things with a portion of their chi (essence of living) imbued into it, they can manifest from the tattoo on said living should the user die in his/her body. However, if the living thing with the tattoo is killed or dies naturally, then the effects of the tattoo become nonexistent. One of the more advanced effects that can be achieved is teleportation. A user can teleport to the location of anything with a tattoo that they have created due to the metaphysical link shared. As a result, the user is also capable of teleporting anything with a self-created tattoo to his/her location. Each member of the Keijijo Clan possesses a basic tattoo of the clan's symbol. The chi imbued within it allows for the easy metaphysical identification of fellow clansmen as outsiders may attempt to replicate the tattoo's appearance. The most practical battle-oriented effect that is commonly used is mainly used by Shinwa-Sei users to increase the power or certain ability or attribute of whichever creature they conjure or share an affinity with. Additionally, certain tattoos with the chi-based essence of one's abilities may be used on others to grant them the abilities of other clansmen, however, this particular practice is frowned upon and viewed as unethical experimentation. As a result, most Shinwa-Sei users are adept users of Keijijo Geijutsu. This technique was famously created by Hebi and Inu.
Chakras and Chi
Both chakras and chi are fundamental to the various philosophies, living styles, and practices of the Keijijo Clan. Due to the spiritual significance of these metaphysical concepts, both are highly revered and important to the clan. Chi and chakras exist in every living thing and are the generates of an individual's essence or life-force. Fundamental to one's life, the complete absence of chi in particular will result in death. While every person possesses a degree of chi and chakras, most ordinary people are limited to the seven traditional chakras and possess unnoticeable chi reserves. Genetically, the Keijijo Clan possess an above-average amount of chakras and chi in comparison to the common man. While genetically evolved to possess large amounts of both metaphysical phenomenon, the Keijijo Clan stress the basic teachings that revolve around improving and mastering one's chakras and chi reserves. Only through deep spiritual meditation and rigorous mental training can one truly unlock their hidden chakras and increase their chi reserves. While there is a standard view on both by the clan, a select few elders hold different sets of beliefs regarding chakras and chi. Both are entirely necessary in order to use even the basic technques and martial arts attacks that the clan has developed. Chakras and chi are described respectively as follows:
Chakras:The existence of chakras is fundamental to the function of chi in the body. Nexuses of metaphysical energy (chi), they are intricately connected to each other in a network of various chakra-points. Traditionally, it is taught that there are only seven chakras in the body, however, recent studies by the Keijijo Clan have seemed to confirm the theory that there are countless other 'hidden' chakras in the body that many are incapable of accessing. It is said that those who can fully obtain control of every single chakra in the body are individuals of perfect enlightenment. Alternatively, there is a far less popular theory that suggests that there are no additional chakras and that chi produced simply increases as training enables the seven chakras to generate more metaphysical energy. A newly developed theory, certain elders have suggested that neither of those theories are correct and that there are in fact eight chakras in the body, the eighth chakra being unlocked only when the remaining seven are fully mastered. It is believed by a select few that unlocking the eighth results in a dramatic and massive increase in the production of metaphysical energy. Certain chakras in the body deal with different aspects of a person. Chakras that produce chi for physical purposes are known as 'Physical chakras', chakras that produce chi for mental purpose are known as 'Mental chakras', while chakras that produce chi for spiritual purposes are of course, called 'Spiritual chakras'.
Chi:This is said to be the metaphysical or biophysical energy produced and linked by the various chakras in the body. Like chakras are to chi, it is fundamental to the functions of the chakras in the body. Described as the essence and life-force of a living thing, chi is the source of life and its complete absence in an individual results in immediate death, and because of this, those with immense chi reserves tend to live much longer than those with less. Through proper mastering, chi is said to grant users a wealth of superhuman abilities. It is said that one can learn how to 'shape' and manipulate chi into different things such as elements of nature etc. While it is widely accepted as being the metaphysical energy produced by the body, certain elders in the clan believe that chi is not unlike a force of nature, a sentient force of infinite energy that if fully harnessed, can grant unimaginable power. This view however, is consistently dismissed. A number of effects can be employed through the use of chi. One for example is able to walk on water by emitting a constant stream of chi beneath their feet and using the repelling force to walk on the water. The flow of chi in the body can be impaired by accurately striking the various chakra-points in the body which may interrupt or even sever the link between the nexuses of energy.
Important Figures in Keijijo History
The Seven Daimyo
Seven warriors of legend who are widely believed to have been one of the very first to harness and master the power of chakras and chi. Powerful martial artists who encountered each other through a mutual desire for peace in a warring ancient world, they spread their message of peace by teaching the warring martial arts clans their metaphysical secrets, optimistically hoping to help them achieve spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. Their combined power was of such a high standard that some in the Keijijo Clan today even regard them as mere myths. It is said that they died without successfully achieving their long-term goal. Individually, the Seven Daimyo were immensely powerful, with many suggesting that any one of the Seven Daimyo would have been capable of simultaneously defeating every Impero to have ever existed. Chie is constantly cited as being the most dangerous of all the Seven Daimyo, her exceptional Eikyo prowess was said to have rendered her the most feared of all the Seven Daimyo as her illusionary and mental might was virtually demonic. Despite how many had feared her during her time alive, Chie was described as a rather sweet elderly woman of unparalleled wisdom. However, she was a no-nonsense woman who was merciless on the field of battle. She ruthlessly deteriorated the minds of her opponent and spread waves of fear to her enemies. Hebi and Inu were said to have been inseparable, sharing a brotherly friendship with one another, and together they developed the Shinwa-Sei technique of conjuring animals and mythical creatures to aid one in battle. Both were known for being incredibly ferocious and relentless on the field of battle. Noted animal lovers, they had numerous pets that they would instruct for combat-oriented purposes. Unfortunately, due to their elusive natures, very little is known about Chinmei and Yurei. Yuansu is was known as the most headstrong and decisive of the Seven Daimyo, so much that she was almost as feared as Chie for her brutality and fearlessness. The creator of Yoso, Yuansu was an individual who felt an empathetic connection to nature and felt spiritually drawn to the elements. She was however, outside the battlefield, a very charismatic and friendly woman with a motherly attitude towards the environment. The final Daimyo, Aizen was the most serious as well as the most silent of all seven. Incredibly powerful and the most physically dominant combatant of the legendary seven, Aizen was the creator of the Gaibu Dengen fighting style under the Dengen branch which he created with Chinmei and Yurei. Aizen was the most focused of all the seven, constantly immersed in training and the perfection of his physical prowess.
The Keijijo Sanmittei
Former pupils of the Seven Daimyo, the Keijijo Sanmittei were stated as being the only students of the Seven Daimyo who had truly achieved spiritual enlightenment. Natsu, Nohara, and Sarutobi were perhaps the most dedicated students of the Seven Daimyo, as they not only became incredibly skilled martial artists, but individuals of great wisdom and spirituality. It was through them that the Keijijo Clan was created. Upon the passing of the Seven Daimyo, a war had commenced between various clans that were once taught by the Seven Daimyo, each clan hungering for more power through the continued mastering of metaphysical martial arts. Seeing the impending danger that this posed to the world, the Keijijo Sanmittei through the elaborate use of their Eikyo skill as well as verbal persuasion managed to convince several members from the different clans to partake in an orchestrated assassination that would bring upon the deaths of all the power-hungry and megalomaniacal clansmen. Preserving the various texts and scrolls of the Seven Daimyo, the Keijijo Sanmittei founded the Keijijo Clan, establishing a vast but highly secluded monastery compound in the wilderness of ancient Japan where they would continue to share the beliefs and teachings of the Seven Daimyo, hoping to one day bring forth the era of peace dreamed by their former teachers. Incredibly powerful, the Keijijo Sanmittei were said to have been true grandmasters of the clan's esoteric martial arts and techniques. Under their guidance, the Keijijo Clan progressed rapidly, however, towards the end of their lives, they feared that without them to guide the clan in the future, their fellow clansmen would follow the wrong path and share the clan's treasured secrets which would endanger the world, as the common man was not ready to wield the power of chakras and chi. This concern prompted them to create a mysterious mask with the assistance of the clan's elite members. This mask was to be imbued with their spirit and consciousness so that its wearer would be able to communicate with them and access their respected wisdom. Asking that the clan select a leader to wear the mask, the Keijijo Sanmittei passed away. Very little is known about them as individuals.
The very first Impero that the Keijijo Clan had ever had, she was an innovator and one of the most creative Keijijo of her time. She is famed for being a master of Yoso and creating the additional three elements of Wood Yoso, San Yoso, and Lava Yoso. She was an unorthodox martial arts master who after the deaths of the Keijijo Sanmittei, volunteered to be the clan's leader. And while she had gained the favor of many, disputes emerged among several individuals who felt that they too were deserving of becoming the clan's leader. Her most notable opposition however, came in the form of Oni, a manipulative man with the desire for power and influence. As a fighting tournament was proposed by Oni, all agreed and upon its commencement, it was clear that both Mei and Oni would meet each other in the final. And as the two did battle in the final stage of the tournament, Oni put forth a display of techniques and martial arts unheard of even by the esoteric Keijijo Clan. However, through her ingenuity and talent, Mei managed to defeat her unpredictable opponent. Recognized as he victor of the tournament, she became the clan's first Impero and wearer of the Impero Mask. Under her leadership, the clan remained relatively peaceful. She is noted for being the first Impero to engage in the practice of requesting that upon her death, her consciousness and spirit be transferred into the Impero Mask like the Keijijo Sanmittei. A versatile combatant, Mei was known as being very compassionate and concerned with the problems of the clan. She cared deeply for the clan and has numerous times during her life stated that she was willing to sacrifice her life for the clan. An intellectual, she fought not with her strength, but with her creativity and intelligence, enabling her to outwit her opponents. A master strategist, she was fond of planning prior to engaging in battle to put her intellect to full use. She was very confident and a tad haughty.
One of the most dangerous individuals in Keijijo history, Oni Keijijo was a very powerful martial artist, a true master of techniques and fighting styles so unique and unpredictable that they were unheard of in the clan. While not much is known about the details of his combat prowess, Oni was noted for possessing self-taught techniques and using his own chakra-chi based martial arts that he created through 'research'. It is even theorized that Oni was capable of utilizing the Yoso of an unknown element that only he can access. His skill and might are held in high regard as he was supposedly stronger than Mei, only losing to her due to her cleverness and methodical tactics. Famed as the originator of the Kami no Ken tournament, Oni proposed that it be created in order to properly select the leader of the clan. After his defeat to Mei, Oni swore revenge and disappeared, never to be seen again, except for alleged sightings. He was described as manipulative and shadowy, a man of his own intentions with the hunger for power. During his teenage years, it was said that Oni supported the belief that chi is a sentient force of limitless energy. Additionally, he also believed that should there be a great enough mass of chi in an area, it can take corporeal form. During the leadership of Impero Shinma, there were several alleged Oni sightings, although the lack of evidence made these claims difficult to believe.
Physically, he was the strongest fighter in the clan's history. He was so physically dominant that during his participation and eventual victory in the Kami no Ken tournament, he put forth the most dominant display in its history. He was noted for being the only Impero who did not learn Yoso. Instead, Shinma relied solely on the physically demanding fighting style, Gaibu Dengen as it perfectly compliments his immense physical attributes. Additionally, Shinma was also a master of the less used Keijijo Dengen Kenjutsu armed fighting style. While he was a truly remarkable warrior and skilled in all physical aspects of battle, it was his strength that remained his greatest attribute. His strikes were said to have been imbued with so much power that he was capable of creating colossal fissures, shattering glaciers and many other legendary feats of striking strength in particular. However, while his prowess as a warrior was highly respected, his time as Impero was plagued by strange occurrences said to have been caused by the brief reemergence of Oni. Shinma fearlessly investigated this situation with a group of Keijijo Elite and eventually confronted the source of these occurrences. And while he managed to defeat the unknown entity, what he had apparently discovered was to remain a secret as he demanded that those who had accompanied him never speak of what they had learned. Upon his death, he agreed to transfer his consciousness and spirit into the Impero Mask, however, managed to lock away a portion of his memories in an inaccessible part of the mask so that any Impero after him never learns of what had transpired. Shinma was noted for being very calm and patient.
The most temperamental Impero in Keijijo history, she was a woman not fond of nonsense and was governed by a serious demeanor of regalia. Famed as one of the greatest Wood Yoso masters in the clan's history, she was the first Impero to ever be challenged for the position during her reign. Accepting the challenge, she defeated her opponent, a husky warrior named Shin who she then proceeded to exile from the clan for challenging the authority of the Impero. Shin himself was a common clansman with delusions of grandeur, and while surprisingly powerful for one who ranks below a Keijijo Elite, he fought valiantly against her. She was the least liked Impero in the clan's history. Lian was the founder of the clan's organisational system that deals with the Keijijo Hierarchy as well as the powers held by certain positions etc. She is noted for being the shortest living Impero, having lived for a very short time. Her Wood Yoso prowess in particular is what she is most remember for. She was known for a Wood Yoso technique that she trademarked which involved converting her fingers into sharp metaphysically enhanced wood-based claws that were so unnaturally sharp, she was capable of slicing through even the blades of the strongest swords. Despite being the least liked Impero, Lian does have a strong following in the Keijijo Clan, particularly those who practice Wood Yoso.
Arguably the most powerful Impero of all time, Neji was also the clan's longest living Impero. A master of Lightning Yoso, Fire Yoso, all of the Dengen martial arts, an adept user of Eikyo, and a master of Shinwa-Sei, he possessed a wide variety of skills and abilities that he could call upon for aid in battle. Famed for participating in memorable battles, Neji was celebrated as a god among men who's prowess in combat neared that of the Keijijo Sanmittei. His abilities of such quality that current Impero 'Ishin' has even stated that his abilities pale in comparison to those that Neji possessed in his old age. Due to the fear of his immense fighting power, Neji's reign as Impero was largely peaceful prior to the commencement of an abrupt war between several Asian clans that included the Keijijo Clan. The war said to have broken out due to the growing desire to establish one dominant martial arts clan. Sadly, the war had taken place during Neji's old age and he was eventually killed on the field of battle as he fought alongside current Impero 'Ishin' who himself sustained a horrific scar on his face in spite of wleading his unit to victory. Neji's death had a profound effect on the clan. A thousand years later, his successor 'Ishin' remains one of the longest living Imperos. Known as very wise and humorous, Neji was a man who greatly enjoyed the gifts of life and stressed the importance of happiness. He too supported the belief that chi is a sentient force of energy. Neji was known for wearing a personalized mask-like cloth over his face when not wearing the Impero Mask.
A prodigious genius born into the legendary Keijijo Clan of esoteric Japanese martial artists, Ishin Keijijo was upon birth, immediately identified as a unique individual, a class above the rest. Born with an unnaturally numerous amount of chakras erratically distributed across his body, his monstrous chi-energy was granted a fluid unimpaired flow of harmony in the young boy's body. A genius that graces the clan once every generation, Ishin's training commenced at an age earlier than traditionally dictated by the Keijijo Clan's customs. Progressing at a frightening rate, the talented toddler was without hesitation praised by his fellow clansmen as the best his generation had to offer, a rare talent, even by the naturally talented ranks of his storied clan. Taught exclusively by the secluded clan's wise elders, Ishin's dramatically growing talent allowed for the quick identification of his spiritual affinity to the element of danger and destruction, lightning. This was soon followed by the introduction of the various chakra-based techniques and martial arts that his clan became feared for practicing. However, Ishin's highly elevated rate of martial progression soon bestowed upon him an inflated ego and a snobbish sense of superiority and arrogance upon becoming a teenager.
Soon however, a powerful dose of reality was to be given to the cocky youth. Dark times of sorrow and tragedy loomed over the clan as the storied life of its aged Impero (Grandmaster), Neji, had come to an abrupt conclusion. A man once thought to be unbeatable and a god among men had sadly fallen victim to the inescapable claws of death. With this death, came a period of excessive mourning and emotional turmoil within the clan. The elders alone were unable to maintain balance as the Keijijo Clan became increasingly disorganized and unfocused, the death of one of their most celebrated Imperos had fully overwhelmed them. A year afterwards, emotional reserves had been exhausted, logic had returned and the need for a new Impero was an inevitable eventuality. The traditional Kami no Ken (God Fist) fighting tournament was after many years presented before the follow clansmen, its victor would become the undisputed leader of the fabled Keijijo Clan. Ignoring the elders' pleas and orders with apparent disinterest and teenage rebellion, Ishin had entered the tournament, arrogantly believing himself to be the future of the metaphysical martial arts clan. Set to do battle against the very elite combatants in his clan, Ishin, against his own hopes and aspirations was soundly defeated in the first round of the Kami no Ken tournament. Deemed too young to continue, he was not granted his second match and was swiftly eliminated from the tournament. Humbled and with a bruised ego due to the surprising loss, Ishin discovered within himself, the soul-scorching ambition to become the very best fighter that his clan had ever laid eyes upon, and thus, continued his rigorous training.
Thousands of years later, as the Keijijo Clan found itself immersed in a war between several other Asian martial arts clans, an adult Ishin alongside the clan's Impero, led a powerful unit of the clan's elite combatants in a legendary battle of mythological proportions. Unfortunately, though victory had been claimed, the battle resulted in the death of the longest living Impero the clan had ever had and the violent scarring of Ishin's face. With yet another Kami no Ken tournament on the horizon, Ishin's continued refinement and training of his mastered skills saw no conclusion as his new-found desire to be the messianic leader that his clan required in these dark times emerged. Entering the Kami no Ken tournament, master Ishin captivated the attention of his fellow clansmen with various virtuoso displays of his cinematic martial arts mastery and the sheer brilliance of his nigh-peerless combat prowess. Dominating the tournament unlike any who have participated in it before, Ishin was crowned as the Keijijo Clan's undisputed Impero and awarded the single iconic mask worn by every past Impero. With the consciousness, knowledge and spiritual energy of the past Imperos imbued within the mask, Ishin was granted access to a mass of wisdom and combat experience. Mysteriously though, a portion of the mask's contents remain a secret even to Ishin himself, incapable of accessing them. And unknown to all, only the clan's elders know what is being kept secret for so long, and why.
While concerned with the concealed portion of the Impero Mask, Ishin's main priority remains maintaining the prosperity and secrecy of the Keijijo Clan, as well as seeking out his own personal enigmatic goals.
While the exact origin of the legendary martial arts clan has remained a heavily guarded secret by its current Grandmaster with the assistance of several other fabled martial arts clans, it is believed to have been founded by legendary martial artist, Meili Yuansu. Born many thousands of years ago, Meili was born to a family of respected martial artists in an undisclosed Chinese village. While openly acknowledged for her divine beauty, Meili's most prominent feature were her monstrous chi reserves and innate martial arts prowess. With the latent ambition of surpassing the boundaries of martial arts at the time, Meili chose an unorthodox approach towards extending her combat prowess. While still physically conditioning her body for the rigors of intense combat, she placed greater emphasis on the development of one's inner chi. Upon her departure from the village, Meili commenced an extended period of deep meditation which resulted in the exponential growth of her already colossal chi reserves. Achieving a state of tranquility, Meili harmonized with the world around her, eventually establishing a powerful chi-based link to the planet itself which granted her the now forgotten ability to manipulate all four of the world's traditional elements of air, earth, water, and fire. It was upon the discovery of her exotic abilities that she devoted an incomparable amount of time into developing elemental martial arts. Combining numerous philosophies and techniques from various martial arts, she developed four self-taught elemental martial arts, one for each element. These four elemental martial arts are Huo Yuansu (The Element of Fire), Shui Yuansu (Water Element), Tu Yuansu (The Element of Earth), and Feng Yuansu (The Element of Wind). Interestingly enough, it is claimed by some that Meili herself had developed an incomplete fighting style that involved the manipulation of all four fundamental elements of nature. Very little is known about this hypothesized martial art that Yuansu scholars claim was called "Jingsui (Quintessence)". It was during this period that the Shui Yuansu sub-branch, Hongse Yuansu was created by unknown Shui Yuansu practitioners.
Her ridiculously high chi reserves dramatically elongated her lifespan in addition to exponentially slowing down her aging. This development enabled her to continue improving and refining her self-taught martial arts which naturally led to the mastering of the elemental martial arts. Choosing to live her life in seclusion from most people, she found solace in nature where she continued to improve and refine. It was this choice that led to the creation of the Yuansu Clan, for during the time that she was gathering food for the winter, Meili encountered a group of abandoned young children who had lost themselves in Ancient China's dense forests. Readily adopting the children as her own, she taught them her elemental martial arts for the sole purpose of self-defense. However, due to not possessing abnormally high chi reserves like their mother, the children were only capable of learning one of the legendary martial arts each, with the element most similar to their core personality aspects being the only they could master. As the children aged into adults, they brought abandoned children into their family and along with their mother, Meili, they instructed these children in the exotic elemental arts. This practice inevitably led to the creation of a large martial arts clan that taught their secrets only to those they deemed worthy and righteous. The Yuansu Clan was born. Establishing their monastery deep in undisclosed Chinese forests, the Yuansu Clan lived in seclusion, away from the greed and lust of the common man. At the age of 950, Meili passed away. In order to honor her memory, her children built a colossal stone statue in her likeness. Prior to her unexpected death, Meili Yuansu had created the Tu Yuansu sub-branch "Yuansu Fennu (Element of Fury)" that boasted relentless combat-based ferocity and overwhelming offensive maneuvers. She also served as the stepping stone for the further development of 'complete chi' which in itself is the perfect combining of one's inner chi with the environment's external chi through countless years of intensive meditation. Meili's death caused shockwaves across the world of martial arts and in particular, the Yuansu Clan itself.
The Yuansu Clan Assassination
Years after the death of legendary Meili Yuansu, the clan experienced a period of despair and grief. The loss of Meili, their very first grand-master and the single most enlightened individual in the fabled clan's history, radiated devastatingly across the entire clan. Under the leadership of two new grand-masters, both under the Water Branch (Shui Yuansu), the Yuansu Clan's teachings became increasingly unguarded and more open to outsiders seeking power and in exchange for tutelage, they promised gradual political influence across Ancient China to the selected Shui Yuansu grand-masters. As the amount of outsiders being accepted into the clan continued to elevate exponentially, a degree of concern began to manifest within a small number of Elders, a Tu Yuansu master known as Lian Yuansu, and Impero himself who had been training in the clan for years prior to Meili's inevitable death. While certain Elders showcased xenophobic tendencies, Impero and Lian's intentions were purely out of concern for the secrecy of the clan's teachings and to a greater degree, the potential threat that widespread knowledge and practice of the clan's metaphysical martial arts posed should they be abused by megalomaniacs for selfish political and social purposes. Initially voicing their concerns to the then living Shui Yuansu grand-masters as well as the majority of the Elders, their suggestions of further seclusion were instantly dismissed by their superiors. Intending to forsake their concern, they were soon compelled by separate incidents to proceed with a drastic course of action. The Elders themselves claimed to have had a vision of Meili Yuansu herself, pleading that they do whatever is possible for maintaining the secrecy of the clan's knowledge as well as the prevention of global disaster should the spreading of Yuansu knowledge become rampant. Impero and Lian themselves were convinced to proceed with their concerns at the sight of a student openly admitting to his desire to use his eventual Tu Yuansu mastery to ruthlessly conquer most of Eastern Asia.
Sharing Meili Yuansu's unorthodox ethical views involving doing morally questionable activities and actions for the greater good, regardless of whether or not one's personal reputation is tarnished in the process, Impero and Lian secretly met with the clan's elders as well some of its premier members who shared their concern. Meticulously plotting the saddening demise of their beloved clan for months, they met in secret while being careful not to divert suspicion onto them by portraying their meetings as meditation gatherings. Sharing Meili's philosophy that one must at times sacrifice their own ethical beliefs for the good of mankind, none of these selected clansmen displayed hesitation as they proceeded with the perfection of their assassination plan. Meeting for the final time for what would be thousands of years, Impero and his fellow clansmen selected the following night for the cautiously planned assassination of the Yuansu Clan. Through the elusive utilization of poison in meals and beverages, unapparent odorless poisonous gases, and unparalleled assassination skill, Impero and his allies successfully carried out the destined assassination of every single other Yuansu Clan member. Prior to that fateful night, the Impero that currently lives was not familiar with existence. Upon carrying out the assassination, he personally took it upon himself to forsake his own moral beliefs for the good of mankind, believing that his ethical obligations to humanity are far greater than what the world perceives as evil or unjust. Destroying most of the texts that contained knowledge of the ancient martial arts, Impero and the surviving clansmen went their separate paths, opting not to remain in the monastery which they left intact to honor Meili's memory. They spent the remainder of their time apart from each other, never meeting again until a common ambition drove them to meet with each other years later. After the eventual rebirth of the clan two thousands of years prior to the modern era, knowledge of the assassination was shared in order to teach clansmen of their history.
Roughly two thousand years prior to the modern era, enigmatic Impero met with the other surviving members of the Yuansu Clan under unknown circumstances. It was at this time that Impero had begun wearing his now iconic mask. With the objective of bringing forth the rebirth of the clan under their guidance, they returned to the abandoned Yuansu monastery. However, before their goal could be achieved, five of the six members passed away due to old age. The youngest however, remained, she was a beautiful Chinese woman named Lian Yuansu. To this day, she is the only woman other than Lara Kelly with which he shared true love. Still driven to revive their clan under new guidance so that their secrets remain unknown as intended by Meili herself, the two resurrected the practice of adopting lost children and teaching them the ways of the Yuansu Clan. Both Lian and Impero functioned as the clan's grand-masters. It was throughout this period that Lian created the most complex and difficult of sub-branches for Tu Yuansu, Yuansu de Naixin. She discovered the basis of this self-taught fighting style during a session of meditation in which she involuntarily detected underground vibrations during a state of spiritual enlightenment. Due to her combat-oriented mind and undeniable perception, she saw the potential in this and eventually developed an entire Tu Yuansu sub-branch dedicated to the exploitation of Tu Yuansu practitioners to seismically sense vibrations in the ground. For this she openly became a celebrated figure among her clansmen. However, a few hundred years into their leadership of the Yuansu Clan, Lian mysteriously disappeared prior to informing Impero that an apparition resembling Meili had visited her.
Unconvinced that Lian had died as suggested by many, to this day, Impero believes her to be alive somewhere, his assumptions are correct as Lian still lives in an undisclosed otherworldly location. Left to lead the clan on his own, Impero brought forth an era of great prosperity for the clan, establishing an effective hierarchy for the clan involving several elders, masters and Impero himself. Restoring most of the lost information that had been destroyed during the assassination of the clan members many years ago, Impero managed to portray the clan as 'dead' for many years in order to ward off any potential megalomaniacs. Only the ancient martial arts clans closest to the center of the world of combat were told of the existence of the Yuansu Clan's existence, while the rest believed them to be the topic of fabled legends. Recently however, Impero has brought about the somewhat public reemergence of the Yuansu Clan in the world of martial arts. His daughter Rubina is one of the clan's most prominent members, having broken numerous records and attained a level of great expertise prior to reaching adulthood. Her abnormally high chi reserves have led to many calling her the 'Second Coming of Meili'. Her inevitable creation of two incomplete yet highly effective Huo Yuansu sub-branches, Ziyou Yuansu (Element of Freedom), and Wudao Yuansu (Dancing Element) respectively, led to further acclaim by her clansmen and Impero himself. Being under the current leadership of cunning Impero, the Yuansu Clan upholds its traditions of not sharing their exotic teachings to outsiders with very few exceptions as the normality is for their teachings to be available only to those born into the clan.
The Grandmaster is the premier leader of the Yuansu Clan and is tasked with the protection of the clan as well as maintaining its traditions and prosperity. Prior to finalized decisions, suggestions have to be approved by the Grandmaster. However, the Grandmaster is not an individual of absolute authority, quite the contrary actually. All decisions by the Grandmaster have to be revised and agreed upon by the Elders otherwise, the decisions are not finalized. The Grandmaster is also officially recognized as the clan's most powerful and skillful member. The Grandmaster is also tasked with representing the clan in any official gathering involving other martial arts clans. The position of Grandmaster is one that is awarded upon democratic voting by clan members. Should the clan members feel that the Grandmaster is abusing his/her power, they may be removed from their position. The Grandmaster has the power to exile any ordinary clan member, and the position is usually given to a highly respected member of the clan. The position is not one centered around authority, it is also an indication that the elected clan member's skill has transcended beyond mastery. There can be more than one Grandmaster. Currently, there is only one Grandmaster (Impero). The Grandmaster while a peerless master of his/her respective Yuansu Branch, is expected to have immense knowledge about all of the other branches and sub-branches.
This is a group consisting of several theocratic leaders in the Yuansu Clan. Only the very elite Yuansu masters are chosen to be Elders. They are tasked with bringing forth issues within the clan to the Grandmaster and solving them with his/her assistance. Their secondary objective is maintaining the cultural heritage of the clan and officially awarding lower clan members the rank of master. Their other duties include reviewing the Grandmaster's performance each year, and determining whether or not he/she is fit to remain as Grandmaster. Currently, all of the Elders are coincidentally Feng Yuansu masters. The Elders are selected by a unanimous of all the existing Yuansu branches. The Elders also decide on whether or not to teach their clan's ways to an outsider seeking tutelage.
The Yuansu Branches
In total, there are four Yuansu branches. One element for each branch. They are the Fire Branch (Huo Yuansu), Water Branch (Shui Yuansu), Earth Branch (Tu Yuansu), and Air Branch (Feng Yuansu) respectively. While they greatly differ in styles and traditions, they each place great emphasis on chi control. Practitioners of these exotic martial arts are required to have massive chi reserves and thus are required to go through a period of heavy and prolonged meditation in order to establish an innate connection with one's inner chi as well as the chi in the environment. Upon achieving the necessary level of chi-control, Yuansu practitioners are told to establish connections with the elements most alike to their core personality aspects. The Elders are tasked with going through the process of placing people in their respective branches. While not necessarily part of the clan's hierarchy, one representative from each branch is selected by the Elders to lead their respective branches and bring forth problems etc. they are facing to either the Elders or in some cases, even the Grandmaster. These representatives are usually the most skilled and wisest of their branches. These are the following branches of Yuansu:
(Translation "The Element of Fire"): Huo Yuansu is one of the most advanced chi-based fighting styles in existence, available only to few who have ascended beyond the rank of a master and are recognized as grandmasters (in general martial arts). Yuansu utilizes chi to establish a mystical connection between one of the four traditional elements to the martial art's practitioner. The element chosen is always the one most similar to the user's most prominent quality. Fire is the element of power and ambition, tempered by the will to accomplish tasks. Huo Yuansu is a fire-based martial art that is characterized by an intensive attacking style and incredible fast-paced series of overwhelming explosive attacks. The style optimizes a powerful and continuous offense. Characterized by overwhelming opponents with intense barrages of fire before the finishing move of the combo is delivered, Huo Yuansu is the clan's most relentless and aggressive fighting style. However, unlike past Yuansu practitioners who harnessed the element of fire, Impero does not employ yellow or orange fire in combat. He has advanced so significantly in the art that he instead uses blue fire and more rarely, white fire which he describes as being more intense and potent than the other colors. While an explosive style of combat by nature, Impero differs from other Huo Yuansu practitioners as he uses a more precise method of his fire-based Yuansu martial art, preferring to battle using only two fingers rather than a closed fist or an open palm. All fire-based Yuansu masters are capable of generating lightning but so far Impero is the only one who can redirect lightning bolt directed towards him with a series of hand motions. Huo Yuansu places importance on the development of all types of chi: inner chi, external chi, and 'complete chi'. There are several incomplete sub-branches of Huo Yuansu that have been developed by Impero's daughter, Rubina:
Ziyou Yuansu (Element of Freedom):While Impero's Yuansu style focuses more on technicality, finesse and at times explosive power, Rubina is different. She has managed to develop two unique Yuansu branches of her own which she has yet to perfect. The Yuansu Prodigy's first and main branch focuses heavily on liberal movement and stresses overbearing, internal force. It puts great emphasis on animalistic ferocity and has no fixed stance. The lack of a stance coupled with it's extremely liberal nature renders it extremely difficult to read and copy due to it's ridiculous unpredictability. This unorthodox style requires an impressive amount of agility, equilibrium, and speed to perform as it's usefulness lies most prominently in the fighting style's quasi-acrobatic nature. An emphasis on the use of parkour is also made by Rubina herself, exercising maximum freedom and unrestrained movement. When used properly by a sufficiently skilled fighter, this style is exceptionally effective to such an extent that even Impero (a Yuansu grand-master) himself cannot predict or read this particular Yuansu style.
Wudao Yuansu (Dancing Element):Starkly different from Ziyou Yuansu, Rubina has developed an as of yet, incomplete Yuansu fighting style that she has named 'Wudao Yuansu'. Placing more emphasis on fluidity and versatility, this particular style utilizes a unique dance-like form that flaunts grace and elegance. Wudao Yuansu focuses on the flow of Rubina's chi-energy inside her body which with the correct movements enable her to swiftly transition from defense to offense. With this fighting style, Rubina employs versatile defensive techniques that can instantly alter into attacks and effective counters. These maneuvers are unorthodox for Yuansu practitioners as Rubina's style focuses more on control, specifically the flames she generates as opposed to relying on immense destructive force and relentless attacks.
(Translation "Water Element"): The Shui Yuansu is mostly fluid and graceful, acting in concert with the environment. Other less prominent Shui Yuansu fighting styles, however, are more rigid and straight. Shui Yuansu practitioners deal with the flow of energy; they allow their defense become their offense, turning their opponents' own forces against them. Shui Yuansu's core strength lies in its great versatility. Rather than supporting a separate set of offensive methods, it employs defensive techniques that can be transformed into attacks and counters - defense into offense. Instead of simply deflecting an attack, Shui Yuansu practitioners' defensive maneuvers focus on control, achieved through turning an opponent's own strength against them, rather than directly harming the opponent. Rubina herself has taken great inspiration from the Shui Yuansu fighting style for the development of her Wudao Yuansu martial art. Shi Yuansu practitioners also place great emphasis on the development of external chi which is usually accomplished by meditating near bodies of water so that a chi-based connection with water may be established as soon as possible, and places an almost nonexistent amount of importance on inner chi. As a result, Shi Yuansu is useless when far from any sources of water. Shui Yuansu practitioners tend to be very calm and loving individuals which an altruistic concern for others. Due to the existence of its sub-branch Hongse Yuansu, Shui Yuansu is viewed as the most dangerous and powerful Yuansu Branch. It is also very versatile however, as the hydrokinetic ability to manipulate water and bodily fluids presents numerous medical-related abilities that can aid in healing. The following is the sub-branch of Shui Yunasu:
Hongse Yuansu (Red Element):The very elite Shui Yuansu masters are capable of hydrokinetically taking hold of the various fluids contained within a living organism's body and then manipulate them to control the movement of their intended target. They use this skill to powerfully manipulate an opponent's blood as well. The forms and styles used by these elite Shui Yunasu practitioners are very similar to how a puppeteer controls a marionette, in particular the hand shape and movements. Hongse Yuansu seems to require a more rigid and abrupt form of movement. The control and manipulation of fluids within a person's body can have many different effects; for instance, Hongse Yuansu could be used to crush a victim's internal organs. In a similar manner, it could be used to pressurize, boil, or cool the water inside the body of an opponent, killing them in the process. Lastly, the technique could even be used to completely extract water from one's body, imitating the technique used with plants. Interestingly enough, Hongse Yuansu could be beneficial in healing, as it could be utilized to maintain gashes and wounds, as well as prevent loss of blood. More so, it could be used to alleviate blood clots and internal wounds, and can prove to be beneficial in life-or-death situations. Also, it could help in cardiac arrest, as it can be utilized in helping the heart beat if it were to stop by moving blood into and out of the heart. Hongse Yunasu practitioners are capable of levitating their victims in the air in a similar way that Shui Yuansu practitioners can lift water. Additionally, this dark sub-branch can be used to knock its victims unconscious. Impero took inspiration from this deadly martial art to develop his gauntlets. His gauntlet's ability is stronger than Hongse Yuansu due to its power-source. Due to the deadliness of Hongse Yuansu, it is often referred to as the most powerful and lethal fighting style of all the Yuansu branches. This sub-branch's creator is unknown.
(Translation "The Element of Earth"): This chi-based martial art grants its users the geokinetic ability to manipulate earth and rock. Earth is the element of substance and nature. The core principle of Tu Yuansu is patiently waiting for the precise moment to counterstrike. This fighting style places an equal amount of emphasis on both defense and offense. This is also one of the most diverse of the Yuansus fighting styles, ranging from the most commonly used Tu Yuansu styles which involve waiting to strike with underlying force, the other rigid and merciless styles, as well as more fluid ones. Generally placing heavy focus on strength, Tu Yuansu practitioners are relatively muscular. Certain rarer styles require the user to be mobile when required and not traditionally rooted to the ground. Tu Yuansu masters are capable of seismically detecting vibrations in the ground to perceive objects, people, and other aspects of their environment, essentially acting as sonar, but through the earth itself. Tu Yuansu practitioners are usually bold and confrontational, often without fear. They hold Lian Yuansu in high regard as one of the greatest historic figures in their respective branch as well as the creator of its most useful sub-branch. While Tu Yuansu practitioners are not as spiritual as Feng Yuansu practitioners, they do place emphasis on chi development, however, in a much more external manner than an internal one. Due to the very nature of Tu Yuansu, they are incapable of using this martial arts style when not in close proximity to earth or rock. The development of one's physical attributes is also important due to the level of endurance needed for effective use of this fighting style. Tu Yuansu places greater importance on the development of external chi which is the ambient chi in one's environment, while placing minimal important on inner chi due to a connection to earth and nature being required to succeed. The following are sub-branches of Tu Yuansu:
Yuansu de Naixin (Element of Patience):While the basic elements of Tu Yuansu involve a degree of patience and sharp perception due to waiting for the correct moment to strike, no matter how minuscule the moment may be, Yuansu de Naixin further elevates these basic principles. Yuansu de Naixin places great emphasis on rooting one's stance as a strong chi-based connection to the earth is required. One's feet must firmly establish themselves with the earth, and while mobility is to an extent encouraged, the greatest aspect of Yuansu de Naixin lies in perception and patience. This fighting style is available only to very few elite Tu Yuansu masters. This fighting style involves using the characteristic Tu Yuansu ability to seismically sense vibrations in the ground. Every grounded movement and step generates subtle vibrations in the ground which can be sensed by a Yuansu de Naixin practitioner. Upon sensing a vibration which indicates that defense has been forsaken for offense by a fighter, Yuansu de Naixin practitioners counter with an attack that boasts underlying force and exploits the opponent's temporary lack of defense. The movements of Yuansu de Naxin are distinct from Tu Yuansu as it is not rigid and militaristic. Its movements are precise, technical, and raw, placing importance on both technique and simplicity as counter-striking requires as much time as possible. As a result, this is a very difficult fighting style to use effectively, let alone master. This also indicates that Yuansu de Naixin is completely useless when one's feet are not in contact with the ground due to its reliance on the sensing of ground vibrations. Yuansu de Naixin is said to have been created by Lian Yuansu herself.
Yuansu Fennu (Element of Fury):This is one of the most aggressive and intense fighting styles in the entire clan. Putting undeniable importance in the development of one's physical attributes due to the excessive physicality of the style, an equal balance between speed, stamina, agility and strength is required. The style is purely offensive and greatly lacks in defense which is only supported by fast dodging. Yuansu Fennu is characterized by tiger-like ferocity and animalistic aggression. Designed to overwhelm opponents with intense barrages of rock and earth supported by relentless speed and raw power, this fighting style lacks grace and finesse, while makes speed, technique and power very prominent aspects. Mobility is very important and Yuansu Fennu practitioners do not require direct contact with the earth for effective use of this style as it consists of artistic areal dodging and speedy countering and dodging. However, like Tu Yuansu, close proximity to the earth is still required. This sub-branch was created by Meili Yuansu herself.
(Translation "The Element of Wind"): Granting its users the aerokinetic ability to manipulate and control currents of air, the key to Feng Yuansu is relentless flexibility and finding and following the path of least resistance. This martial art is notable for being almost purely defensive, as well as the most dynamic of the four elements. Feng Yuansu practitioners can overwhelm many opponents at once with large and powerful attacks that could prove fatal. Feng Yuansu concentrates on speed and evasion, forgoing a strong offense for defense. Though apparently lacking fatal finishing moves, it is the most dynamic of the Yuansu martial arts. As the element of tranquility and dynamism, Feng Yuansu practitioners manipulate air unencumbered by the ground or any other environmental factors and use their own momentum as a weapon, evading attacks with astounding agility to tire their opponents out or building up massive inertia for explosive gusts of wind to make their counterattacks finishing moves. When resorting to physical confrontation, these martial artists are able to harness the immense and intangible power of wind. Feng Yuansu practitioners tend to be rather peaceful individuals who opt to reason with others instead of resorting to violence. However, when provoked, they react with overwhelming power. Feng Yuansu practitioners put great emphasis on the spirituality of harmonizing with one's environment in order to achieve a stronger connection with one's chi, this often indicates that they meditate more frequently than other clan members. Feng Yuansu has no sub-branches. The Feng Yuansu practitioners put more emphasis on the development of one's external chi rather than developing their own inner chi, which usually implies that Feng Yuansu practitioners need a powerful connection to nature in order to become effective Feng Yuansu warriors. Due to a lack of sub-branches, Feng Yuansu is viewed as one of the weaker Yuansu branches, however, this is not the case a the explosive power of air can be used for a plethora of purposes. Interestingly enough, the possibility for sub-branches is very possible due to the potential that Feng Yuansu presents. Impero himself has suggested that Feng Yuansu could be utilized for lethal actions such as the merciless suffocation of opponents. Impero himself has theorized that a sub-branch of Feng Yuansu could be created by developing an air-based fighting style that either involves speedy striking that internally shoots air pressure into an opponents body for internal damaging purposes or using air to further augment one's combat-speed in order to overwhelm opponents with frightening speed and reflexes. The lack of a sub-branch in Feng Yuansu is possibly due to the non-violent nature of Feng Yuansu practitioners and their defensive mentality as opposed to an offensive approach to the elemental martial art. Feng Yuansu places equal importance on all types of chi, external, internal and obviously, complete chi (See Below).
(Translated "Quintessence"): This is a hypothesized fighting style said to have been incompletely developed by Meili Yuansu. To date there have been no Jingsui practitioners and there is no conclusive evidence of Meili's creation of such a martial art. Impero himself claims it to be impossible to develop in the modern age as no living individual possesses the abnormally high chi reserves required to be able to employ the use such a fighting style in battle. Jingsui is said to focus on the simultaneous manipulation of all four elements (fire, water, earth, and air) through the use of proper combat-oriented movements for the proper direction of attacks. As a result of its nature, Jingsui requires for the user to be a flawless master of 'complete chi'. While there is very little information on this fighting style as it is potentially a simple thought-provoking hypothesis, Yuansu Elders and scholars suggest that if it had existed, Jingsui would have borrowed elements from all of the Yuansu Branches and perhaps even sub-branches which would inherently render it the single most difficult Yuansu martial art to master. A monstrous amount of chi would be required for the successful simultaneous manipulation of all four elements with a master's precision. Scholars agree that if this fighting style did truly exist, then Meili herself passed away prior to the completion of its development and eventual mastering. This is universally accepted by the Yuansu Clan as the topic of mere legends and fables and perhaps even wishful thinking on the part of clan-based theorists. While Impero does acknowledge that it is possible for Meili to have at one point developed this martial art as to date, she was the only individual with high enough chi reserves to do so, he has argued that given her age at the time of death, it would not have been possible for her to master all four Yuansu Branches, create and master the Yuansu Fennu sub-branch and still master Jingsui as it would take many thousands of years to do so. In addition, the masked enigma having known Meili for years prior to her death, has never heard her mention nor display Jingsui so he suggests that it has never and will possibly never exist.
Chi is very important in the Yuansu Clan as it is the basis for all of its branches and fighting styles, without it, the various martial arts would be impossible to practice. While there have been disputes in the clan between calling it "chi" or "chakra", it is the most fundamental aspect of all the Yuansu martial arts. A connection with one's inner chi is required in order to become a Yuansu martial artist, however, there are different forms of chi-links for the various fighting styles. Typically, one is told to first meditate in an attempt to affiliate with their spiritual side and recognize their inner chi, and while a powerful connection to one's inner chi is not necessarily required for all Yuansu Branches, it is nonetheless encouraged. The connection to one's inner chi will instantly result in the chi-based connection to the user's destined element, be it fire, water, earth, or air. It is possible that with large enough chi reserves, one can potentially establish a chi-based connection with all four elements. However, such an individual has not been seen since Meili Yuansu herself. And while Impero's chi reserves are unquestionably colossal, they pale greatly in comparison to Meili's chi reserves. Meili herself was said to possses chi reserves greater than that of all the current clansmen combined. Interestingly enough though, many have stated that Impero's daughter, Rubina was born with an abnormally high amount of chi that is innately greater than even Impero's which suggests that the possibility of establishing a chi-based connection to all four elements is still an existent possibility. While chi is universally accepted as the most important aspect of the Yuansu Clan, it is used differently by the different branches. These are the three different types of chi:
Inner Chi:This is the chi that resides in one's body and spirit. It is the easiest of chi's to establish a connection with as it is within the user's immediate reach. Every single living thing possesses a degree of inner chi which renders it possible for anyone to embrace their inner chi. Huo Yuansu which deals with the element of fire puts great importance in the development of inner chi as it is uniquely the only Yuansu fighting style that enables the user to generate their own flames rather than simply rely on the manipulation of surrounding fire. Feng Yuansu also places much importance in inner chi, however, not as heavily as Huo Yuansu as it does not necessarily require the user to generate their own air. Tu Yuansu and Shui Yuansu place minimal to no importance in the development of inner chi.
External Chi:This is chi that does not inherently belong to anyone and is not innately connected to them. This makes it the most difficult type of chi to establish a connection with (when not including Complete Chi). External chi is the chi that is found in one's ambient environment and is thus referred to as 'nature's chi'. It requires immense concentration and control to establish a connection with. Tu Yuansu and Shui Yuansu place almost total importance on the development of external chi as the fighting styles require the manipulation and control of earth and water respectively in their immediate environment. Feng Yuansu also places a lot of importance in the control of external chi as it focuses on the manipulation of air currents rather than the creation of air.
Complete Chi:By far the most difficult of all the chi types to control and master, this is necessary to become a master of both Huo Yuansu and Feng Yuansu as well. This type of chi is identified as mastery and control of both inner and external chi and is required to be a Grandmaster as well as an Elder (regardless of one's branch). While Huo Yuansu does not put much importance on external chi due to a practitioner's ability to generate their own flames, the manipulation and control of fire in one's immediate environment is a useful skill and thus mastery of both external and inner chi is a requirement for the becoming of a Grandmaster of both the clan and the user's respective Yuansu martial art. The same is applied to Feng Yuansu. It places equal importance on both external and inner chi which allows the practitioner to generate air as well as manipulate surrounding air currents. For other Yuansu martial arts, this is not necessary, however the development and mastery of one's inner chi for Tu Yuansu and Shui Yuansu martial artists does have its benefits. It causes an enhancement of one's physical attributes.
Meditation is the key to unlocking one's inner and external chi or chakra. Thus, it is a fundamental practice in the legendary clan. It is only through meditation that one will be able to fully embrace their latent chi and spirituality. Typically the meditation usually takes up to a full year to establish a proper and effective connection to one's inner and external chi. A peace of mind and body is required to fully perfect this connection. Meditation enables Yuansu practitioners to become well acquainted with their core personality aspects which further aids them in establishing a connection with their respective element:
Fire is the element of power, willpower and ambition.
Water is the element of calmness, change and life.
Earth is the element of strength, heart, and courage.
Air is the element of tranquility, dynamism, and mobility.
Further meditation and concentration between one's inner and external chi is the step towards the development of complete chi and the eventual mastering of chi as a whole (Complete Chi). Thus, meditation is a requirement especially for Feng Yuansu practitioners and Huo Yuansu practitioners who have the desire to become grandmasters of their branches' fighting styles. The development and mastering of one's complete chi takes many years of dedication and concentration. Typically, due to their emphasis and focus on spirituality, most masters of complete chi have historically been Feng Yuansu practitioners as opposed to those belonging to any other Yuansu branch.
Important Figures in Yuansu History
The founder of the legendary martial arts clan, Meili is widely revered as the clan's single most important individual to have ever been a member. Considered the most powerful and skillful member in the clan's history, she was a peerless master of all four martial arts, Huo Yuansu, Shui Yuansu, Tu Yuansu, and Feng Yuansu. The very first grand-master in the clan's history, she is celebrated as the clan's greatest member. She is held in such high regard by the clan that she is to an extent, an absolute figure to them. It is known that prior to her death, she had an amicable relationship with Impero and held great trust in him as they shared very similar ethical and moral values. She was said to have wanted to train him herself in order to truly allow his potential to flourish, however, she passed away before Impero was skilled enough to be trained by a master. Statues of her have been constructed in her honor in the monastery. Prior to her disappearance, Lian Yuansu claimed to have been visited by an apparition of Meili herself which implies that she had a hand in Lian's unexplained disappearance. The circumstances of this visit have never been explained. There have since been no spectral appearances by Meili herself. However, Impero claims that he could potentially communicate with her after proper preparations are made. She was renowned for her peerless skill and divine beauty. While very little is known about her, Impero claims that she had a very motherly and calm personality. She is responsible for the creation of the Yuansu Fennu sub-branch and the first master of 'complete chi'. She was an incredibly powerful and skilled individual who is hypothesized by some to have created a unique fighting style based on the simultaneous manipulation of all four elements. Yuansu scholars through the employment of inconsistent sources, concluded that the hypothesized fighting style may have been called Jingsui. She was known to be a woman of moral ambiguity but possessed a loving and caring attitude towards her clansmen who she viewed as her children and siblings. While never outlawing its practice within the clan, Meili discouraged the use of a sub-branch as dark as Hongse Yuansu. She boasted immense wisdom and had achieved total spiritual enlightenment. She was a woman of humility and a natural leader. She was said to have thought of Lian Yuansu as a sister.
One of the six clan members who shared Impero's concerns regarding their open teachings, she assisted in the past assassination of most of the past clan members. After she, Impero and the other five Yuansu clan members succeeded in the assassination of their fellow clansmen, she parted ways with them and lived a nomadic adventurous life. A grand-master of Tu Yuansu, she and Impero became the reborn Yuansu Clan's leaders a thousand years ago. It was during her time as the clan's grandmaster that she began a romantic relationship with Impero. The two had grown quite close to one another and loved each other very deeply, almost unconditionally. She was set to bore him a child but suffered a miscarriage. While they had planned to spend the rest of their lives together, Lian mysteriously disappeared after speaking of a visit from an apparition of Meili Yuansu. While many have suggested that she is now dead, Impero believes otherwise. She is the only woman other than Lara Kelly who Impero has truly loved. However, due to having spent countless years away from each other, Impero no longer has these feelings for her and has moved on, finding love with Lara. She was known as a very powerful and skillful Tu Yuansu grandmaster. Impero has revealed that she was a bold, confrontational yet wise woman who knows no fear. While believed to be dead by many, she is actually still alive, however, her current whereabouts are unknown. Whether or not she will return to the clan remains to be seen. She is also revered as the creator and first master of Yuansu de Naixin, and one of the very few Tu Yuansu grandmasters to perfect what is known as 'complete chi'. Lian was distinct from most grand-masters due to her boldness, and willingness to speak her mind. She was a woman of intense focus who possessed an unmistakable ambition of elevating her already impressive combat prowess. The circumstances of her mysterious disappearance are currently not known. However, she is said to still be alive somewhere hidden from even Impero's detection for unknown reasons.
Impero's daughter, Rubina is one of the most gifted Yuansu practitioners of all time. At the age of seventeen, she is the youngest to ever achieve the rank of of 'expert' in the clan's history. The feat in itself is remarkable due to the immense difficulty in the progression of chi-based martial arts. Born with abnormally high chi reserves, even by Impero's standards, she is often referred to as the 'Second Coming of Meili'. She is differentiated from her fellow clansmen for her ability to project blue flames which was previously a technique believed to be possessed only by Impero. She is undefeated in Huo Yuansu fighting matches, the youngest to have an undefeated streak of 20-0. Nicknamed the Yuansu Prodigy, Rubina is known for her creativity and innovation, having already developed two incomplete yet highly effective Huo Yuansu-based sub-branches of her own. Referred to as a 'martial arts genius', the kind that is seen once in countless years, there are very high expectations for her. A select few of the Elders believe her to be Meili reborn as Impero's daughter. Even Impero himself has stated that after twice as many years in the clan, he was not even half as skilled as she was. Eerily enough, while a hair away from being a master, Rubina is already capable of generating lightning with even more precision than a Huo Yuansu master. Due to her social skills, charisma and undeniable Yuansu prowess, she is expected to one day replace Impero as the clan's grandmaster.