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Musical Score:
o Ryugu-jo / Day
o Ryugu-jo / Night

For those regarded as warriors,
when engaged in combat
the vanquishing of the enemy can be the warrior's only concern.

The Renchishin Clan
[Military Family of Sunagakure]

Suppress all human emotion and compassion.
Kill whoever stands in the way,
even if that be the divine creator, or the Kazekage himself.
This truth lies at the heart of the art of combat.

Bumon (Military Family) of Sunagakure, the Renchishin are a minor indigenous populace of Shinobi within Kaze no Kuni with lands near the outskirts of the village. Acclaimed for their services under the Kazekage, the Renchishin are a Clan of warriors identified by their striking physical prowess and are unified by a cultural code of conduct. Bujutsu – The Warrior’s Art – replaces the theory of Nindo – The Way of the Ninja –, which commands an ideology stressing a moral code of loyalty, frugality, martial arts mastery and honor unto death. Though Bujutsu are personalized manifestos for each Renchishin, the ideas of the Clan are most clearly illustrated by the family’s founder thousands of years ago:

“Hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto.
Hitotsu, makoto no michi o mamoru koto.
Hitotsu, doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto.
Hitotsu, reigi o omonzuru koto.
Hitotsu, kekki no yu- o imashimuru koto.”

“First, seek perfection of character.
First, protect the path of truth.
First, foster the spirit of effort.
First, respect the rules of etiquette.
First, guard against impetuous courage.”

The prefix Hitotsu (translated as one or first) is used to indicate that all five principles are equally important. This code can furthermore be described in a few words never overlooked by the family: Courage, Justice, Mercy, Generosity, Faith, Nobility, and lastly – Hope. As such, they’ve bloomed into esteemed Taijutsu artists who’ve showcased an array of original devastating techniques and skill. Their primary focus in the village’s development arrived as being the vanguard during War times as well as producing tacticians talented in combat theory and execution.


Characterized by their brown skin and varied styles of darker hued hair originating soft curls, the most definitive aspect distinguishing a Renchishin are their resonating ruby eyes, which persist as a dominant genetic trait regardless of whether or not a Renchishin marries outside the Clan. These natural ruby irises exude a fierce bravado linking them to the foundation of their lore: battle. Unwavering, piercing, unshakable and confident are only a few words used to decipher the feeling of gazing into a Renchishin’s eyes. As such, the ruby eyes of Clansmen have become a highly sought-after jewel to treasure collectors, Missing Ninja and black-market specialist.

The nature of traditional Renchishin garments stems from ancient text, which exemplifies an illustrious set of clothing derived by the martial arts. The colors often range in hues noted in shades of dark and soft blues, deep yellows, oranges and sand browns, neutral variations of black, with occasional white trim. As such, alternates of changpao and qipao stylized clothing – alongside robes, scarves, bandage and head wraps, as well as free-flowing loose pants – litter the Clan’s compound. Warriors are uniformed in sashes and segmented plated armors (so their movements aren’t as restricted) together with waist length cloaks and, at times, secure their heads with straw hats. Aesthetically in culture, architecture and general visual style, the Renchishin Clan resemble most feudal warrior and Monk monasteries, which roots them deeper in their accepted dogma of life.

Renchishin culture and rhetoric emphasizes the notion of honor, respect, and spiritual growth either through the philosophy of combat or other tropes of existence; the concept of the famed Vayu Kai stems from these beliefs. Contrary to popular belief, the Renchishin are rather peaceful and friendly people who remain thoroughly focused on honing their abilities. As such, various forms of meditation and extensive training regimes have adopted themselves into their daily routine. Often, Clan members deem it polite to bow – whether it is a deep bow from the torso or nod of the head – when greeting each other.

As a noteworthy establishment of Sunagakure, the Renchishin’s main objective is to protect the things and people they trust: by any means necessary.


Vayu Kai
An ancient Renchishin practice whose linage stems as far back as the Clan’s creation, Vayu Kai – The Meeting between God’s Wind – is a traditional taijutsu duel within the ground’s plaza between two (or more) Renchishin, in the audience of Renchishin. These duels are used as a last resort when all else is insufficient to rectify a dispute, derived from the philosophy of fighting for one’s honor. Akin to a Sumo-wrestling contest where non-lethal combat is key, the winner of the duel is the last fighter standing in the ring. These duels are a popular method of resolving conflicts between Renchishin, as well as serve as a source of entertainment for spectators. Vayu Kai’s take place in the heart of Ryugu-jo: The Dragon’s Pulse.

Zan’ei Horimono
As a sign of respect and loyalty to their history, Renchishin are often noted to hold various decorative tattoos on their body that highlight aspects of their warrior culture. Ranging from full back murals to the most miniscule of quotes, most Clansmen have the household’s crest – the Banpufutou – inked on their person. No matter how large or creative their tattoos get, they’re usually easily obscured by an article of clothing, minus those bold enough to have a design in a revealing place.

Zan’ei no Mai
The Cutting Shadow Dance is a ceremony where the Renchishin float paper lanterns down the ocean located at Kaze no Kuni’s southernmost edge during its dry season. A tradition utilized to honor those who have passed; this ritual holds the belief that the floating lanterns guide the spirits of the departed back to the Elysian Fields: the final resting place for the souls of the heroic and virtuous.

Gen’ei-tatsu no Mai
The Phantom Dragon Dance is a festive celebration the Renchishin host as a means to commemorate and highlight their history. Merchant shops, food stands, brighter lantern lights and waves of smiling folk often occupy the compound during this time, but the focus of the festival comes from the entertainment. The Dragon Dance is performed by duo teams often well versed in both battle applications of the household who make shift dragons secured by poles and assembled by the joining of a series of hoops with attached sections accented by an ornamental head and tail piece at the end. These dragons symbolize the unification and harmony of the Ekitai-Kenfu and the Rittaisen, for the performers weave the dragons down the compound in patterns mimicking the kata of both styles. It is said that the name for the Ekitai-Kenfu’s Phantom Step was developed from this practice.

They may as well have been called “Ghosts”.
In the midst of the blood-soaked canvas of War,
they moved till the limits of their divine order.
And the people revered them in fear as they danced in a phantasma trance.
They were called The Renchishin.

The scriptures and scrolls with-holding information historically about the Renchishin is layered with pages upon pages of written text. A family of warriors who, in many cases, were once pondered to be a clan of bloodline, the eldest Renchishin came into existence over hundreds of centuries ago. With this being said, one may wonder when, exactly, they came to be. Historically, during the somber creation and founding of Sunagakure, there was, in many ways, a Renchishin lingering in the back-drop. But, the true notability of the Family doesn’t come from their unknown origin; rather, it emerges from their unshakeable presence in the country.

Said to be one of the eldest clan’s in Sunagakure, the Renchishin are a family bound by militant philosophies which bind them in an eternal hand-to-hand waltz with combat. They move with the conduct and finesse of true warriors, primarily being the ‘on-call’ Clan of Sunagakure, it isn’t ludicrous to presume that members of the Renchishin family assumed the front lines, bulk, or secret weapon (the more powerful members) to the village during War time. Essentially, that is all they’ve known. Life through battle, prolonged years of combat within the Phantom Realm (Battle Field) all in service to a village they’ve become endlessly loyal too.

Though one is not wrong to assume that the Renchishin Family’s codes were designed strictly to serve the reigning Kazekage, they are a group with multiple plateaus of thought, so aren’t as narrow minded as many may assume.

The Golden Age
The eldest Renchishin took in a great deal of limelight once introducing a certain form of combat to the reigning Kazekage of that time through a tournament-esque expedition. The Rittaisen was displayed as an empty-hand fighting system which focused on simultaneous use of defense and offense. The teachings allowed the practitioner to engage an enemy and subdue them with lethal force, characterized as a quick sweep of the limb which brought up a wide spectrum of up-rushing wind. This, in turn, as described by the opponent, somehow disbalanced them, giving the adversary ample time to close in on him in order to execute various other devastating taijutsu techniques. This one against many performance, or Kumite, was orchestrated by Renchishin Tsumetai, a man who, by this display, raised the Renchishin Clan from a minor noble family to one of the official military families of the Village. Though before this the family’s notability in the battle field were known by the Kazekage, this official display of skill was what truly gave the Renchishin a household name through Tsumetai’s example.

Though most of the credit was bestowed upon Tsumetai, he never once went taking acceptance without giving recognition to a figure he saw as a mother: The Warlord, as she was known by many, but to the Clan, her name was Renchishin Mitsuko. She was his mentor, a woman he fought numerous battles with side by side and become her protégé in time. Notably, Mitsuko held a great influence to the Renchishin Family due to her overwhelming dedication to the Taijutsu craft, the Clan, and Sunagakure. Yet, reality became a fickle of distorted thoughts and beliefs which fueled the Renchishin Warlord’s department from the village as a Missing-Nin. Ultimately, she signed a contract with the Reaper once being faced in battle and was killed fighting her protégé. But, though her sudden betrayal to the Clan hurt its members, Tsumetai swiftly brought joy back to the family through his achievements while alive.

Both Mitsuko and Tsumetai built a strong foundation for the Clansmen before passing on in life. Like always, the Renchishin family found their members on call of the Kazekage during times of war, or even, times of peace. But, it was in this shower of battle that yet another interesting figure materialized to imprint his name into the mind of History. The Spear.

The tale of this Renchishin is primarily used as a set-up story for the next, since; the two were father and son. This specific family member, Renchishin Muneichi, also known as The Spear came to be as the tides of the Shinobi Wars were beginning to lessen. His significance stems from an applicant of battle that was soon to be implemented into the arsenal of the Clan: the Ekitai-Kenfu Buki Kakkou: Imon no Arekuruu Kaze kyou Mizu (Fluid Fist Style Weapon Form: Tale of the Raving Wind and Water).

As told by Muneichi himself. Truth stemming from history has it that there were indeed two Renchishin twins who held two variant spears styles, though the names were the same, these two family members took it upon themselves to teach the late Muneichi both forms. His notability comes from the lethal combination of the spear styles used in unison with the Rittaisen. With these applications under his belt, the Kazekage began to specifically call for him (at a young age) to lead many head on battles and missions due to his seemingly divine skill with the spear. Still later, he soon stood as one of the individuals the advisor’s of Sunagakure would speak to before sending troops out. After serving many years to the village and shortly before his death, Muneichi passed on both the knowledge of the Spear style (and spear style) to his newborn son.

Interlude: The Ratsuichi Age
Creator of the infamous Ekitai-Kenfu system of fighting, the stunning son of Renchishin Muneichi served as one of the most versatile Renchishin to have ever come to existence. The persistent gaze of a real combatant resonated from the eyes of this individual as if the east were burning red, his skill level gaining the recognition of his fellow shinobi like a grasp characterized like a vice. But, though his presence was undeniable, documents that speak on the actual life of this glorified Renchishin warrior are extremely sparse. With an origin shrouded in mystery (no Renchishin Female was noted to claim Ratsuichi as their son), Ratsuichi, like most other Renchishin kids, grew up within the family walls and was put through harsh training regimes in order to prepare him for a lifetime as a Phantasma.

As he grew learning both the Spear style of his father and the Rittaisen, his skills developed so quickly that, at a young age, he took on the role of his deceased father to occasionally instruct the Renchishin Dojo. After so, there is a lapse in records, which reform a couple years in the future where Ratsuichi was titled the best warrior from the Renchishin Clan. This tide-bit of information comes as a short summary of unimportant words which were dismissed by the Kazekage either due to Ratsuichi’s boldness and courage, or, his sudden decision to leave Sunagakure to embark on a Warrior’s Pilgrimage during a time of peace in the world. Where he traveled and whereabouts were also unknown (even to the Renchishin Clan’s secret chronicles that contained lengthy passages on other members). But, once he resurfaced. He resurfaced with a famous quote:

Originally Posted by Renchishin Ratsuichi
"I have protected myself in violent times with my spear (Name of Spear; Susamajii Ryuu). Now that we are in a time of peace and our weapons have all been destroyed, if I am unarmed and meet the unexpected. . .how shall I defend myself?”
The Down Fall
The downfall of the Renchishin Clan came once one of their most noteworthy members, Renchishin Ratsuichi, betrayed Sunagakure. The motive was, and still is, unclear to those of the family. Yet, Ratsuichi’s defection brought on a great change in the family’s standing with Sunagakure and the Shinobi world. Renchishin Mitsuko’s betrayal actually paled in comparison to the magnitude of this sudden change. Unjustly, scrolls containing the secrets and teachings of the Ekitai-Kenfu were utilized as bargaining tools, both sold and shipped off for usage to other country’s which generated a great deal of profit to the rogue Ninja. He moved like a ghost, or a thief at night, notably snatching the life from every member of the Renchishin Family who had even remotely learned anything regarding the Spear Style of his father.

Sunagakure sent out Hunter Nin and Renchishin alike, attempting to capture Ratsuichi to question his cause and punish him for his actions. But, with the skill level he held, Ratsuichi became extremely elusive and avoided capture. This sudden betrayal kicked the family back many years, bringing shame upon their name and what they were about.

Interlude: The Byproduct
Renchishin Ratsuichi, the Clan’s most formidable Missing-Nin, was never captured and whereabouts were never found. This produced an aftershock which the Renchishin were unable to evade. Having such an acknowledged component to their History fade into the darkness of betrayal cultivated a new found jagged look towards the family. One of their two core applicants of battle slowly became common knowledge to those who weren’t apart of their Clan, and, on top of this, the morale of the members swiftly sank to the ranks of depression. Too much faith was gambled with a great leader such as Ratsuichi, so, with him being the primary spokesmen for the Clan and suddenly becoming a Missing-Nin, the eyes of the Shinobi world turned against the Family.

Literally seen as untrustworthy pieces of trash, relations between the Renchishin, Sunagakure, and the Shinobi world became thinner and thinner as the years pressed on. Slowly but surely, the members of the family became distant to their Shinobi ties, the light once seen fueling their drive dwindled until, ultimately, the clan disbanded. Though their name was still known throughout the village, these shinobi abandoned their family grounds and, in the same breath, sealed away their final taijutsu secret (The Rittaisen) deep within the ruins of their housing.

From this point on the shame caused by Ratsuichi plagued the family for years on end. The members became lazy, unmotivated and sluggish in skill. Though, admittably, a core sect of Renchishin stayed true to their shinobi roots, the majority simply fell victim to a languid demeanor. This propelled a seemingly endless cycle, where the next generations of Renchishin took on the traits of the last, embracing their afflicted roots before littering themselves in various spaces in the world. Within this lull of time which spanned over decades, the continuum of sand locked within an hour glass froze the family in their position.

A Renchishin Recession.

Fainéant, stagnate and unavailing, the Renchishin became a folk-tale whisper pass the lips of the world. Dematerializing and melding with the fabric of the masses, they lay dormant, listlessly dancing in their Phantom realm, void of recognition and battle as a whole for an extended period of time. This was until, hundreds of years later, someone came and rekindled hope.

Epilogue: The Rise
Against the canvas of the night,
appeared a curious celestial phenomena
cultivated from the finest caliber of warriors. . .

A Renchishin not born by the Clan name, yet, wielding the flag of Ratsuichi upon his back. The shackles that once bound the family to their continuous fate were cast off once this male appeared, catching help from the Juuichidaime Kazekage, Arisugawa Enzan, these two men created a collaboratory effort, which, began to collect the Clan to their feet. The true name of the primary suspect is unknown, yet, his originating whereabouts trace him back to the streets of Mist Village. The Tenryuu appeared in Sunagakure many a year ago wandering in a desert storm and was both housed and adopted by Renchishin Maitoko. Fueled by his new-found home, this Renchishin grew through the ranks of a prideful family that acknowledged his fierce eyes and skill.

Seemingly a phantom at first, cruising through the Genin and Chuunin rankings, Hitoko soon found a place along the best of Sunagakure’s shinobi as a Jounin. Gaining the title ofCelestial Dragon, he found himself baring witness to new changes happening within the village. The death of a Kazekage, the battle with Suna no Soushuku, his survival and numerous amount of missions gained the attention of the new Kazekage, who, while dubbing him Shinrai, came with a proposal:

Originally Posted by Arisugawa Enzan
The Renchishin are a family to be commended, then, for bringing up someone like yourself. According to the records, they were a well established clan once upon a time. If it would mean producing individuals like you, Hitoko-kun, how would you like your clan revived? As the Kazekage, I would do my best to promote the wellbeing of your family and nurture it to prosperity."

Taking a puff of his pipe, he grinned characteristically.

"I don't mean to turn your family into a factory, but Sunagakure could use more people like you, Renchishin Hitoko. We are in very trying times these days, but unfortunately we lack Shinobi with the natural capacity you have for this line of work. Don't get me wrong, there are many outstanding Shinobi in Sand, but..."

His voice trailed off for a moment.

"We need more than 'outstanding' to hope to defeat the Priests."
Hitoko’s guard was dropped:

Originally Posted by Renchishin Hitoko
To revive the Renchishin Clan would be quite an extensive task, Enzan-san,

Hitoko sat up in his chair, propping an elbow on the table before cooly seating his head on the palm of his hand. Those slender fingertips moved individually to accommodate Hitoko’s pose. Ring and pinky fingers were curved near the top of his lips while index and middle finger caressed a temple,

The family holds a lot of history, values, and applications for Taijutsu as you can see from the Ekitai-Kenfu. Honestly, if you are truthfully willing to help the Family onto their feet, then, who am I to be the billion pound weight at their waist?
With this discussion and the accommodation of the Kazekage’s help, Hitoko, in turn, took it upon himself to make sure that the Renchishin Clan sprang back on track. The mountains which held the Renchishin Grounds were scaled, the sealed scrolls holding the Rittaisen were found and unbound. And, finally, the mysterious boy from Mist Village used both his determination and will to bring back the Renchishin Clan from its hundreds of year’s long hiatus.

Quotes taken from Thread:
Rise of the Faithful

Notable Family Members

Renchishin Mitsuko - The Warlord
Legendary Sunagakure Soldier. The founder of the Rittaisen system of fighting and first to earn significant prestige within the Clan through it. A fierce female combatant, Mitsuko is credited for holding the direct line of blood connecting her to one of the seven founding Renchishin who helped cultivate the style’s back-bone. Helping advance the taijutsu further, her presence in War has brought about much folklore and guidance to many members of the clan.

Renchishin Tsumetai - The Prestige
The founder of the Renchishin Family’s Rittaisen Dojo and the protégé of Renchishin Mitsuko, Tsumetai was the first to officially introduce this empty hand form of combat to the Kazekage in an expedition to showcase the efficiency of a Renchishin in "on the field" battle situations. His appearance in battle served to warn the enemy of oncoming doom.

Renchishin Muneichi - The Spear
Credited for learning and combining two different Spear Styles utilized by twin Renchishin Kangan and Karan, Muneichi became the creator of the Ekitai-Kenfu Buki Kakkou: Imon no Arekuruu Kaze kyou Mizu (Fluid Fist Style Weapon Form: Tale of the Raving Wind and Water). With this spear based style used hand-in-hand with the Rittaisen, Muneichi introduced a new system of fighting into the Renchishin household. It is said that he held a divine skill with his spear, named the Susamajii Ryuu.

Renchishin Ratsuichi - The Boss
The official records of this Renchishin is very sparse, so, very little is known about his actual life. The successor and son to Renchishin Muneichi, Ratsuichi is one of the most romanticized shinobi within the family’s folklore primarily because of his sudden defecting to the Clan and status of Rogue Ninja. He took on the mantle as the second individual in the world to ever wield the Ekitai-Kenfu’s Weapon Form in battle, while, is credited for utilizing the teachings from the Spear form and the Rittaisen to create the infamous Herutsu Nentou Roku Kyohaku Ken (Heart [and] Mind Six Star Fist). Or, as it is known now as: the Ekitai-Kenfu.

Author Of:
Heihou (Art of War)

Renchishin Crest
An essential aspect of a Renchishin is baring the Flag, or, Crest of the family upon a noticeable article of clothing on their body. Mostly worn on the Shinobi’s back, this Crest symbolizes more than their ties to the Family. Like the Hitai-ate the flag also represents their alliance to Sunagakure. The actual designs of the two crests bare more meaning then one would naturally think. Collectively, there are two birds, two base (large) grains of sand in the shape of leaves, nine medium leaves of sand, thirty-six inner specs of sand, and forty-one outer specs of sand.

The Crest carries the name: Banpufutou, generally meaning that the one carrying the flag is a ‘Mighty Warrior’, or, fierce combatant. The two birds located symmetrically in the center illustrate a Yin and Yan factor, the relationship between the fighter and opponent (whether the opponent be the fighter themself or an opposing force). The two base grains of sand accommodate the greatest battle applicants of the Renchishin: the Ekitai-Kenfu. The nine medium leaves of sand represents the Individual’s unique set of special abilities and skill. The thirty-six inner specs of sand are the internal factors of the Shinobi, representing Chakra orientated skills such as Ninjutsu or Genjutsu. While lastly, the forty-one outer specs of sand depicts the External skills of the Ninja, bluntly, Taijutsu Ability.

The second Crest carries the name: Ikkitousen, meaning that the warrior baring this flag holds the ability to ‘match a thousand combatants’. This alternate form of the Renchishin Crest was first seen worn upon the back of the famous Renchishin Ratsuichi while single-handedly keeping an enemy force at bay with only the usage of his spear. Divine Warrior finesse, many may think that the storyline behind this crest is fully romanticized, when in truth, the stories told are those sketched into history. Nevertheless, this crest illustrating greatness is only given to a ‘select’ few of the Renchishin family. In this current age, Renchishin Hitoko became the first to bare this crest in years – which was then established to be worn by the Renchishin Elders.

Living Space // The Dragon Quarters

Fort Dragon Fang

After the destruction of their clan grounds during the infamous Jail Break incident, the Renchishin sought to construct a gate devoid of flaw. Opening the gap locked in the east of Sunagakure, wedged in the cradle of sandstone valley, the Renchishin successfully erected a wall stretched across a narrow path between parallel mountains. Known as “Fort Dragon Fang’, the entrance to Ryugu-jo is a massive stronghold composed of said colossal barricade, as well as patrol/archery/watch posts and positions, shinobi quarters, training halls, supply tunnels and an immense main tunnel that runs through the hollowed length of the installation.

With revised principles modeled after ‘The Gauntlet of Sunagakure’, any who wish to pass between the village into the Clan grounds must first go through this fort. This landmark occupies the south wall of Ryugu-jo, overseen by Renchishin Eiki, an elder of the Renchishin clan known as the ‘Dragon King of the South Wind’. As such, the entrance and exit of Dragon Fang is hosted by two gates: Kanganmon and Karanmon, the Wind and Water gates named after the spear wielding twins of Renchishin lore.

Sculpted after a customary Monk monastery, the Renchishin city is a tight-knit, expansive network of houses outlining and enclosed within the eastern mountain range of sandstone valley. Most of the buildings are interlinked by an extensive collection of enclosed, or sometimes open, overhead skyways: a series of passageway footbridges that spans from one building to the other over the city’s four main streets. The grounds itself is accented by lanterns, some which are strung across wires hung from building to building, with various temples, lecture halls, training halls and a plethora of merchant stands stretched amongst its span. The social structure of itself is divided into three different classes:

Full Citizens of the Renchishin Family
The true warriors of the Renchishin Family, these are the people dedicated to the craft and art of the Shinobi. Phantoms of batlte, the scriptures say, for their undying service to Sunagakure meant that they were obligated to scale the rankings of a Ninja.

Non-Citizens of the Renchishin Family
Though they bare the description of ‘Non-Citizens’ they are still apart of the family and aren’t looked down upon in anyway, shape, or form. People who fall into this category are generally merchants or craftsmen. Usually holding some skill in the Shinobi crafts, they are used as light infantry and auxiliary roles on campaigns if needed.

Others of the Renchishin Family
Believe it or not, there are a hand-full of people living under the Renchishin grounds who are normal non-shinobi like those around the city. They also keep things balance, though their knowledge in combat isn’t as vast as the Ghosts or Phantasma, they still attempt to hold their own. Usually, they help out the Housing Area by farming.
Ryugu-jo and its four main streets branch out from the ground’s plaza, Ryu no Hyoushi, which lays smack dab in the middle of the city. As the focal point of the town, it serves as a compass to the three central landmarks the Renchishin have to offer.


The Dragon’s Pulse
Known as Ryu no Hyoushi, the Dragon’s Pulse is the central plaza of Ryugu-jo where the four streets join. Encircled by lanterns mounted on posts utilized to brighten the entire area at night, the Dragon’s Pulse is a mixture between a combat circle and dohyo – a sumo wrestling ring – composed of four concentric zones. The platform is crafted by sand brown hued clay and stone, with a radius that holds four consecutive circles donating each zone. The largest is marked by a bordered rim with a width of forty feet across, while the smallest circle – the Master’s Sphere – holds a diameter of ten feet. The center of the ring is marked by two white lines – named the shikiri-sen – and is also impressioned by a painting of Unryu-zu: the image of the Cloud Dragon.

The Dragon’s Pulse is where all the Renchishin’s major events happen, from the Vayu Kais to general announcements, and sparring to mass practice classes. Also, due to the set up of lanterns circling the plaza, it can be seen as a romantic attraction at night.

Jasmine Dragon
To the east wall is an exquisite, traditional tea shop ran by Renchishin Shitan, an elder of the clan known as the ‘Dragon King of the East Wind’. Two broad stone steps lead up to a small paved patio in front of the tea shop, where its elevated position upon the terrace provides a panoramic view of Ryugu-jo. Self-proclaimed as the ‘best tea shop of Kaze no Kuni’ by Shitan, the Jasmine Dragon is equipped with a spacious frontal dining room and a smaller working area and kitchen in the back. Though it’s a house dedicated to the selling of tea, it works as a fine restaurant and chess hub for the entire village.

Hall of Muk Yan Jong
To the west wall is a large training temple overseen by Renchishin Murai, the elder of the clan known as the ‘Dragon King of the West Wind’. As a clan always thriving to temper their martial craft, this Dojo is housed strictly of wooden dummies: Muk Yan Jong. As such, this corridor consists of 108 dummies that are set up to line the walls of each hall. The number of Muk Yan Jong represent 108 different striking techniques, where as big groups of training Renchishin are often seen moving down the hall and practicing their defensive and counterattacks on them in unison. The street this shop lives on is also occupied by different Inns and spaces utilized to shelter welcomed guests.

Garden of the Cloud Dragon
To the north wall is a large abbey featuring a half-circular promenade about a small pond surrounding a temple ran by Renchishin Sosekichi, the elder of the clan known as the ‘Dragon King of the North Wind’. Noted as the most recognizable structures of Ryugu-jo, carvings of floating dragon statues punctuate the long stretch of paved patio leading to the temple, which in turns serves as a beckon for more of the Clan’s traditions. Developed into a large lecture hall, the Garden of the Cloud Dragon provides a massive library in its space that houses old relics, scrolls and information on many items (from Renchishin lore to Sunagakure). At the pinnacle of the temple is a room overlooking Ryugu-jo, which is sanctioned as the meeting place for the Renchishin Elders and the head of the clan.

Elders of the Renchishin Clan
The 4 Dragon Kings

Renchishin Shitan // 5’5 // Rittaisen Tutor
Considered the highest authority of the Rittaisen, the Dragon King of the East Wind – Renchishin Shitan – is the smoothest operator of the elders. A Wiseman noted for his love for tea and an easier mold of living life, Shitan’s wisdom stems from grueling life experience combined with an affinity for spirituality and the development of oneself through the threshold of combat. He isn’t as eccentric or outlandish as his younger brother Murai, but holds a facet of charismatic tendencies that allows for humorous moments of feigned clumsiness undernoted by his hyper-analytical nature. Shitan has a deep sense of responsibility for those beneath the Kaze no Kuni wind, where he utilizes his skills to protect people from suffering – a general philosophy he bestows upon those of the Renchishin Clan. Though always found drinking copious amounts of tea, playing board games and dishing out advice at his shop the Jasmine Dragon, Renchishin Shitan’s ultimate goal is to help guide students into finding their own destiny in life through the Rittaisen’s rhetoric.

Renchishin Murai // 5’7 // Ekitai-Kenfu Tutor
The archetypical lecherous-perverted-old-man of the Clan, Murai’s slick and nonchalant overview of the world – a vision entailing that he were on an extended vacation in life – can only be matched by the open minded and generous mentality of his older brother Shitan. As the Dragon King of the West Wind who supervises the Hall of Muk Yan Jong, he’s dedicated the remainder of his life in two avenues: training his pupils and chasing skirts. He’s the type who enjoys the simple pleasures in life and is often recognized by his eccentric and carefree nature. Despite all of this, he’s meticulous in his training regime with wisdom which doesn’t escape his foresight. With a solidified will to die for an honorable cause, Murai has a soft spot for the people he fights for, since he considers them as his grandchildren. He’s considered the highest authority on the Ekitai-Kenfu.

Renchishin Sosekichi // 5’10 // The Desert Lotus
The protégé to Renchishin Eiki and overseer of the Garden of the Cloud Dragon, Sosekichi is an enigma the clan has come to cherish. The complete opposite in both philosophy and demeanor than his teacher, Sosekichi is a soft-spoken, kind hearted gentlemen who holds little care for his well being in the grand scheme of things. Geared toward helping others opposed to helping himself – which possibly stems from his subtle inferiority complex – his rarely ambitious attitude is rooted in pacifistic conduct, where he’d rather talk a situation out than engage in combat (and often still attempts to sort things out while amidst battle). This quality juxtaposes his actual skill, known as the ‘Dragon King of the North Wind’; Sosekichi is also considered to be the strongest warrior the household has to offer. He holds a direct tie to Renchishin Tsumetai’s linage with equal footing in both Ekitai styles.

Renchishin Eiki // 5’0 // Southern Wall of Ryugu-jo
The commanding officer of Fort Dragon Fang, Eiki is adhered as the scariest elder of the fold, which is emphasized by her title: Dragon King of the South Wind. With linage linked to the Renchishin Warlord Mitsuko, Eiki displays neither weakness in her actions or hesitation to take action once her mind, which is acutely decisive, is made up. With a mentality rooted in the ‘survival of the fittest’ philosophy, her uncompromising and abrasive sharp-tongue highlights a fearsome warrior whose combative nature heightens her commanding presence. Though iron-clad in mannerisms, she boosts a softer-facet, whereas Eiki holds a thorough understanding that she requires the support of her peers and subordinates to succeed. She thinks holistically of the Clan, which has garnered the undying loyalty and respect of those under her command through her ‘big sister’ leadership approach. Prone to take great risks to protect the lives of those who’ve placed trust in her, Renchishin Eiki is truly a conundrum of a warrior.

Battle Applications
The Renchishin Family actually hold a vast array of Taijutsu Styles created within their household, notably the Ekitai-Kenfu. This name actually refers to the family combat techniques of the Renchishin. Although Ratsuichi was one to rename the Herutsu Nentou Roku Kyohaku Ken into the solid name of Ekitai-Kenfu, the word itself actually isn’t dedicated to one form of combat, rather, it is an umbrella word for a collection of martial traditions that can all trace their lineage or techniques back to the Renchishin Family line, regardless of whether there is anyone practicing the style without the Renchishin family name. Furthermore, branched within their battling techniques the Renchishin hold a compilation of Two main styles:

o Ekitai Kenfu (Fluid Fist Style)

o Rittaisen (Three Dimensional Warfare)

Phantasma Warrior
Gain access to Stage I of the Rittaisen for free.
Primary: Physical or Chakra
Secondary: Physical or Chakra
Tertiary: Mental
Stat Merits: +2 Speed, +1 Control
Stat Flaws: -2 Willpower, -1 Tactics
A clan of warriors often described as Phantoms, the Renchishin pride themselves on their impressive skill in hand to hand combat. Strikingly fascinating intellectuals when it comes to on field battle as well, members holding this archetype seem most at home while fighting. And why blame them? They’re good at what they do.

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