Rider Name and Lore Voting is LIVE! Cast your vote from the Top 10 submissions for what Name and Lore you think this Rider should take. Voting will be open from today (3/15) until next Friday (3/22), so be sure to get yours in before then!
Top 10 Submissions:
1. Harukaze, The Silent Flute
Abandoned as an infant at a monastery in the misty mountains, Harukaze grew up among warrior monks, learning to fight as well as scriptures and art. She loved to play the flute at sunset, sitting on top of the oldest cherry tree in the monastery. One particularly mild evening, she was dozing off when the monks were attacked by a criminal group. Helplessly, she witnessed the massacre of everyone she ever knew, held back by the last and only order the monks conveyed to her through furtive looks: stay hidden. Survive for the sake of them all. When the criminals left, she wandered among the monks, crying. After the funeral rites, she made a vow to remain silent until she could avenge them all. She left the monastery with only her flute, her weapons, and one red string from each of the monks she loved. She painted her face and wore white as a sign of mourning. Voyagers report that sometimes at dusk, the wind carries the lament of a flute deep in the mountains, or a glimpse of a beautiful woman in the mist.
2. Chiyome, Night Wind
Born with elven features, Chiyome was abandoned by her family for fear of being an omen of ill fortune. Little did they know, a ninja clan rumored to reside in the Sacred Ridge took her and raised her in secrecy. Now a full-fledged ninja, Chiyome is known throughout the clan for her exceptional stealth and swiftness which granted her the title “Yokaze” (meaning “Night Wind”). Unlike most ninjas, she has chosen to walk the path of righteousness and will grant safe passage to people who traverse the Ridge - especially families, because she knows how it feels to have none. However, no evil-doer has passed without punishment, for Chiyome will come as silent as the night and as swift as the wind.
3. Kayda, Little Dragon
Kayda, whose name means “Little Dragon”, is an unusual Yōkai who comes from a distant land, as the story goes. Truthfully, not much is known about her, except that the early Dragon Riders noticed her snuggled in the nest of the wild dragons. The dragons didn’t allow the riders to go anywhere near the elven babe as the dragons knew she was not kin to the land and feared what the riders would do with her. The early riders attempted to keep an eye on the elven child as she grew up. As she got older, however, it became more and more difficult for the riders to document her actions and abilities. To this day, the story goes that, because she grew up with dragons and had the ability to control the wind element, she learned to fly and fight like a dragon. She unleashes her shuriken in the same manner a hunter dragon unleashes fireballs. It is said that the last thing one will ever hear is the sound of the wind picking up just before they are found dead with the same mysterious wound in the center of their chest.
4. Kurochi, The Twilight Watcher
Kurochi is a beautiful raven-haired agent who spies for intel and is also the lover of Ronin’s rider. When the news of the Samurai’s death reached her, she locked herself away so no one could reach her. A week later she emerged, her hair seemingly greyed from the stress and shock. Driven only with vengeance and revenge, she began a personal quest to find and eradicate the ones responsible for her lover’s assassination.
5. Tomoe, Wandering Avenger
Tomoe was expected to act pretty and aloof in her old life as a geisha, but after a band of rogue samurai massacred her hometown, she trained herself to become a lethal assassin. Wandering the land, Tomoe seeks to find those responsible for killing her family and bring long-awaited justice for those who have been heedlessly slain.
6. Kazane, Maiden of the Shrine
Since the dawn of time, the land of the Sacred Ridge has been watched over and nurtured by the Goddess of the Sun, Amaterasu. Upon her passing, legend says a race of warriors was born of the wind and sea to be appointed as the guardians to the Goddess’ shrine, and among them is Kazane. Running through the misty mountains, she hunts the souls of those who dare disturb the sacred burial grounds, with movements as silent as the wind from which she was born. With a presence as delicate and unpredictable as the fleeting cherry blossoms, travelers beware: she is the maiden of the shrine, yet her blades show no mercy.
7. Hana, The Grace of Spring
As a child, Hana watched the cherry blossoms move gracefully on the wind as they fell towards the earth, lingering on the breeze to rise back into the sky. The clan to which she belonged brought dragons into battle so they could overwhelm their opponents on the battlefield. Amongst the horrendous dragons that ripped up the battlefield, Hana stood out on her dragon. The memories of those cherry blossoms in her childhood influenced her long after she became a warrior. She commanded her dragon with a swiftness that belied her brutal nature. Striking swiftly in conjunction with her dragon, one might be reminded of the cherry blossoms Hana watched as a child. Through the haze of dragon fire blossoming in great eruptions on the field, Hana on her dragon are a sight to behold. Every year, when the cherry blossoms fall, Hana is sure to be found observing and taking in their movements, feeling the wind in her hair. The quiet of the mountains, in sharp contrast to the battlefields and deft movements of her dragon, brings about the feeling of spring.
8. Lóng Zhànshì, Elven Dragon Tamer
Lóng Zhànshì (meaning “Dragon Fighter”) is an honorable title given to a female dragon tamer who is able to tame, ride, and command the best of dragons from the misty mountains. Only every few generations does a female elf from the Tribe of the Misty Mountains get chosen to select the most promising young dragons that will become fierce and deadly warriors of the air. She is masterly trained in ninja martial arts and as swift and smooth in fighting as a soft night‘s breeze. As long as there is Lóng Zhànshí the misty mountains, the elves will be well protected and guarded by Dragons that govern and command their realms.
9. Mikaze, Eternal Guardian
Age-old legend tells of a lost shrine high in the mountains of the Sacred Ridge, its location long forgotten even by the dragons once born to protect it. Every night, Mikaze keeps her vigil upon its steps, armed from head to toe with weapons blessed by the shrine’s spirits. Untouched by the winds of time, the lone guardian defends the holy site against any who should seek to claim its secrets for their own selfish gain. But surely, these are no more than children’s tales.
10. Nozomi, The Secret Princess
Born the illegitimate daughter between the Emperor of Japan and the Elven Princess of the misty mountains, Nozomi hadn’t the fairest start. The day that the watchful Empress discovered her husband’s unfaithfulness, she scalded the child’s face with hot water in her fury, claiming her ‘unsightly’. Nozomi ran away from the castle with her mother to the mountains where the Elven kingdom awaited them. To conceal her burns, Nozomi covered her face in war paint. In bitterness, she trained; she trained in stealth and combat alongside her mother, preparing herself and her people for the day that she could get revenge against the Empress for the scars that remained on her face, forever reminding her of what’s hidden under the purple and white.