Name: Kozenji Tanko
Gender and Race: Male Kieron
Birth year: 405 AH (After Hakkon)
Birthplace: Ioya, Amanta
Height and Weight: 5' 8'' 160 lbs. (Well-muscled)
Hair, Eye, and Skin Color: Short spiky black hair , brown eyes, light skin
Distinguishing Characteristics/Appearance: He has no real scars, save for one on his right bicep where a wolf scratched him during his third monster hunt. He wears a tan fighter's uniform with no sleeves, like a gi, bound with a beige sash instead of a belt. He also wears light brown fighter's boots and has two stud earrings made of a rare hardwood known as Living Diamond (a gift from Risonen and Kilewa for his 21st birthday.) in his left ear.
Magical Focus and Source: His focus is his bo staff Wakaba, his source being himself.
Personality/Life History: The Tanko family once lived in the lands in the northern region of Norynn, but traveled to Amanta, then Ioya, before Kozenji was born. They had brought bits and pieces of their old home with them, and taught Kozenji all about his culture, their beliefs, and, for him, most importantly, their martial arts skills. The Tanko family had been one of the families that trained the royal guard in their home of Seramasa before Kozenji's father got a request from an old friend who now lived in Ioya. The request was that he come and train the village fighters in his martial arts, even a watered-down version would do. The couple packed up their bags and made the trip, not knowing that the night's passion before leaving had conceived Kozenji. Not long after they arrived they realized that she was pregnant, and half-a-year later he was born. His father was exceedingly proud to be an important man in several places of the world, but he was even more proud to be a father. Later, when Kozenji was two, his mother had a second son, Shinho, and the two brothers became very close.
At a young age, somewhere around four, Kozenji was started on his training to become the next generation of the Tanko family to know the true Tanko style alongside his younger brother. Kozenji took to it like water, but his father noticed that Kozenji also had slight magic skills that seemed to grow stronger when he was near the young tree that had been planted there not long after their arrival by the villagers as a welcoming present. Plans were made, and after contacting the Mentars, a family of hortimagi, came and chopped off a part of the tree, shaping it into a small bo staff for the young Kozenji for his fifth birthday.
It was on the day that this occurred that Kozenji came to meet the two boys who would become his lifelong friends and companions. The Mentar's son, Risonen, had wanted to come along, and had brought his friend, Kilewa Soryu, who was visiting Risonen. Kozenji had never met them before, because he was constantly training and had never wanted to go into town, preferring to continue to practice his moves. After a small while of feeling each other out, the three became inseparable to the point where the villagers could not mention one without mentioning the other two.
Kozenji's new staff that he received on his birthday was a staff of living wood that he named Wakaba, or "Young Leaf." It was attuned to his body, a fluke that his mother attributes to when she pricked her finger tending it while pregnant with him. Whatever the case, it became an integral part of his training, as he learned to make Wakaba grow and shrink, heal and twist, until he knew everything about his new partner around the age of nine.
During this time, Kozenji and his friends, also known as the Trio, had begun training together, with aspirations of becoming Ioya's premier monster hunters, protecting the village from harm. They soon found that their skills complimented each other, for Kilewa was defensive, using his flute to conjure walls of ice and obscuring mists and fogs of both water and darkness, Risonen's hortimagi heritage lent him all the plants of Norynn as weapons that he could toss or command from a distance to deadly effect, and Kozenji's skills as a martial artist kept the enemy away from his friends. After several years, near Kozenji's 18th and Risonen's and Kilewa's 17th birthdays, the three of them had polished their skills so much that the old guard, with decades of monster-hunting under their belts, allowed the three to join them on hunts before the usual age of 22. They excelled at destroying monsters, and had defeated the aces of other towns in team competitions each and every year after they had entered the hunter group. What they lacked in brute force they made up for in their strategies, which used their bond and trust to allow them to pull off crazy or even dangerous strategies without taking a single wound.
A few years later, the Trio was reminded that Kozenji would need to be leaving to go on the traditional rite-of-passage for the village. The rite, carried out on the man's 21st birth year, consisted a trip around the world to visit the towers of the Four Knights located on each of the four continents. This serves to remind Ioyan men about the perils of being divided and the power that arises when people stand together. However, Kozenji opted to pass up becoming a man for a year, until the three of them could do it together.
Kozenji's personality is surprisingly immature, given his upbringing as a martial artist. He is disciplined, respectful, and just, but around his friends, he acts like he was sixteen again. He is wildly protective of those close to him, even to the point of giving their occasional love interests the "I'm watching you." gesture, which has scared away quite a few, much to the chagrin of Kilewa and Risonen. He himself has always desired someone to love, but has never truly found that person in Ioya, man or woman. His problem is that he has always been the dominant person, and that left him feeling pressured even more, due to the fact that he is also the heir to the Tanko style. It is not that his family is placing the pressure on him, his brother is perfectly capable of taking over should he choose to pursue other paths, but he himself has placed this pressure to perform on himself. He has never had a relationship with someone who was dominant, and therein lies his problem, he is a (grudging) submissive who refuses to give in to his desires.
He has a dated sense of humor and cares not too much for his personal appearance, for why care when training/ fighting monsters will just get you dirty again? The one exception is important events/appearances, at which point he is meticulous about every detail, right down to hairs out of place on his head.
His family is known far and wide, and occasionally he had to leave with them to visit important people around the world, which meant that he saw more of the world by eleven than many people see in their whole lives.
Kozenji has an even temper, but he gets rabid when he gets hungry, so his friends make sure that doesn't happen... unless they need it to, such as for a battle. In this way it is both a weakness and a tool.
One major flaw for him is his naivety, which is balanced by Risonen's common sense and intelligence, but of course only when Risonen is present. He also knows almost nothing outside of martial arts and etiquette, since anything not pertaining to those were mostly forgotten as being useless trivia. He would have forgotten much of his schooling too, if it wasn't for Risonen pointing out that the heir must know more than just those two fields in order to be the best, and even then he only remembers bits and pieces. He relies instead on his friends to remember that stuff for him. He has a terrible sense of timing, and a worse sense of direction, of which only the latter is canceled out by Kilewa's expertise with maps and Risonen's knowledge of indigenous flora, the former being something beyond the feats of mortal men to fix.
Current Situation: The Trio is on their way to the Tower of Death, their first stop on their journey to visit the towers. They have just passed through the small village of Kelama, and are on their way to the tower.
Howdy! Just popping in to post another character profile, this time, it is Kozenji Tanko. I churned this out in a couple hours, and spent some time polishing, but it's far from perfect. I will probably edit it later, as needed. Until then, I welcome any critiques or questions! :D