How We Roll Winner
At one point when he was close to finishing his training, he asked Suji if he could go down from the mountain to explore the outside world.
She gave him a pretty cryptic answer, but what she meant was that although he could defend himself, he might not be able to protect someone he cared for.
But since he was pretty young at the time he didn't get it, so he went down from the mountain anyway.
I call his appearance at this time the "Scholar."
He went exploring and that kind of stuff, and got along fine.
At one point though, he noticed this girl (who was a Demonslayer) fighting a group of enemies.
Those enemies were from a rival sect of some sort, and she was pretty close to being overwhelmed.
He decided to interfere (although he hadn't finished his training, he's extremely powerful) and saved her life.
I don't write love stories so I'm not sure how it's supposed to go, but they started traveling together.
The quote from the narrator is that "The Deathking claims they were only friends, but anyone could look at their faces and instantly tell."
The Demonslayer girl had a very special sword.
It was actually a pair of swords but with only one sheath.
Soon, she trusted Rukan greatly, enough that she let him use one of the swords.
And so they fought together.
[someone asked what her name was]
In Rukan's lore, she isn't named.
She only appears in flashbacks, and Rukan won't name her
I think her placeholder name for now is "Memoria", but it's highly unlikely that's her real name
As for the reason Rukan refuses to name her . . .
Rukan's style's true strength lay in the fact that at its peak, he could flawlessly complement another's fighting style.
But since he hadn't quite completed his training yet . . .
Although together this Demonslayer and her extremely powerful companion were close to undefeatable, there would eventually be an enemy they could not defeat.
The battle happens off screen.
She is mortally wounded and Rukan holds her in his arms.
With her dying breaths, she asks him just to move on without her, and not to let her death weigh him down.
He only responds that he would cherish their memories together forever.
When she dies, he completely ignores the presence of the enemies and walks away with her body into the rain.
Twelve days later, Rukan returned, wielding both of her swords.
The blood of those enemies washed away in the rain.
Later, Suji saw Rukan return.
He said nothing, only cremating the Demonslayer's body and scattering the ashes in the lake of the mountain which he and Suji resided (it's called Death God Mountain)
The Demonslayer's swords would later became the Twin Swords of Reminiscence, and they are the Ninth Sword in the Nine Swords of Heresy.
Rukan stayed and completed his training.
Since he learned how to dual wield two swords in the space of twelve days, his favored weapons (in Fantasy Past at least) were Mujihina and Jihibukaidesu. Aka the Merciless and the Merciful respectively.
A greatsword and a rapier, dual wielded.
Since it was raining when she died, he learned how to conjure rain using Taoist magic.
No take that back, it was a special kind of qigong that used rain as concealment.
When the rain comes and blurs the landscape, you know that the Northern Ghost is coming.
Once he completed his training, in Eastasia he was the Northern Ghost in the land's Invincible Five.
The Invincible Five include Rukan Shikura, the Northern Ghost; Sariel Shadowlight, the Western Foreigner; Long Shewang, the Southern Nomad; Hollow Lake, the Eastern Emperor, and Qing Liu, the Central Exile.
How powerful was Suji when she was alive? Can't say for sure, since when Rukan's story starts, she was already dead.
The Dark Fearclaw never left behind any records that we currently know of detailing his relationship with Suji, and she hasn't said anything about it either.
However, part of Rukan's swordplay techniques that he learned involved fighting alongside a partner.
Although he dual wields Mujihina and Jihibukaidesu in the picture, (and most of the time by himself), its true strength was in the partner aspect.
When Suji was able to gain a physical body, she would be that partner for that swordplay technique.
She'd wield Jihibukaidesu in her right hand, and Rukan would wield Mujihina in his left hand.
Also as part of the stance, she would often stand on his shoulder.
When Rukan fights solo, the Swordplay of the Deathking's Eleventh Implementation, Level 2, is renowned to be so fast and so -- I guess you could say "ambidextrous" or "independent" that most opponents could swear they saw two people fighting at once instead of just one.
Eleventh Implementation Level 2, aka "Condor Hero and Dragon Maiden Heart Sutra"'s double vision illusion isn't just for show; the user him/herself gains enhanced perception as though there were a second person watch his/her back.
and should the need to fight alongside others arise, Rukan would be able to flawlessly complement another's attacks with his own.
As far as I know, Suji hardly ever fights independently; whenever we do see her fight, it's always with Rukan.
. . .
All she's said so far [about her past] is that when she was really young, she was "rescued" by the Dark Fearclaw but she died.
The Fearclaw felt guilty over her death, so he brought her back in a noncorporeal form so she could still enjoy a second chance at life.
"Rumors abound" that it was probably some kind of war Fearclaw was involved in, though it was not the Disciples of Crizox.
Whether she was wounded or ill, we don't know yet.
in other words, I haven't come up with that part of the story yet lmao
Nine Swords of Heresy
The Nine Swords are Rukan Shikura's nine iconic weapons. The word "heresy" is derived from the Latin word "haerticus," which means "choice." Indeed, the Nine Swords vary greatly in terms of usage, design and abilities. The first eight are grouped in pairs:
Mujihina and Jihibukaidesu comprise the balance between Power and Elegance,
Malleus and Corpsemaker comprise the balance between Purity and Corruption,
Chokutanto and Malady Crossbow comprise the balance between Closeness and Distance,
Wooden Sword and Jade Flute comprise the balance between Physical and Magical, or Constance and Variation.
The last sword, the Twin Swords, symbolizes Unity.
While as the Deathking he uses the Nine Swords often, later he uses more common weaponry and those he trusts most use the Nine Swords instead.
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