Honor & Steel: A Legend of the Five Rings Living Campaign
"fully competent" magistrate
A most unorthodox phoenix, martial where most of his family is courtly and militant where most of his clan is pacifistic. If not for the good fortune of being born into a family of some influence and connection he would be leading a very different life. However destiny had other plans and he pursued the path of a yojimbo when a fateful drafting of his services by a passing emerald magistrate forever changed his path. After an investigation into recent peasant uprisings came back to the handiwork of the well connected son of a local daimyo abusing the lower class the investigation was declared closed and the abusive Shiba was order to pay a small fine. Kenji however called him a disgrace to Bushido and challenged him to a duel over the slaughtered and abused heimin, and emerged victorious killing his opponent. The present emerald magistrate sanctioned the duel which protected Kenji from arrest but did nothing to stop the enmity between him and the new enemies he had just earned. As a ‘reward’ that oddly distanced him from his family and Phoenix lands and despite an ineptitude for all forms of investigation his family saw fit to not only arrange for his services to be put to use in a posting within the Crane’s holdings under a daimyo of relatively little renown. A marriage has even been brokered for him to bring renewed friendship between the Asako and Kakita lines. Whether by newly developed skill, fortune or a mere failure by his superiors to notice his incompetence, Asako Kenji has acquainted himself well with his new position, even solving some of the relatively minor crimes and scandals that have come his way. Ever since he has arrived at the province he is shadowed by his faithful assistant Kokora, a young samuria-ko and somewhat mysterious ronin. When not consumed with his duties he puts his training with the Shiba to good use and serves as the faithful yojimbo to Doji Hirai, a relatively newly assigned courtier from Otosan Uchi and Kenji faithfully aids the Dai Doji Hatamato in all tasks, a relationship that has seen him rewarded with prestige and station, his appointment as nikutai evidence of that. A post that he hopes to make use of in the coming summer as he seethes at the Lion encroachments.