Reformed Ninja mystic
“Masa” was a ninja or shinobi. Following a huge battle, he chose to follow a different path and left Nippon.
As an initiate of their secret ways [GM:Sorcerer with Invisibility and Enchant Weapon] Masa expects to be followed and executed for desertion.
Since coming to England he has assisted Dr Dee with interpretation of some ancient Oriental scrolls relating to Dee’s projects.
Hattori Masashige was born on 20th April to Hattori Yasunaga and his wife Nagayasu (nee Okubo) in the Iga province of Nippon in the year 1580; steeped in the traditions of shinobi teachings and way of life, his family ensured that he followed his elder brother Hattori Masanari into the life of a ninja.
- Masashige uses kuji in as part of his magic use and, along with the hand gestures, uses oils and salves he creates himself,
- The ingredients for the magic components cost the amount that magic components do but he uses his Knowledge (Chemistry) skill to create the magic components from the mundane ingredients,
- The ingredients can be sourced from most Oriental populations of a certain size – I leave that up to you to decide but I’m thinking along the lines of Liverpool or bigger should have enough oriental immigration to have a Chinatown area that can supply the ingredients whereas Devizes will not,
- Some of the smaller markets will mean that the purchases may stick in the minds of the retailers such that Masashige may be remembered as buying them,
- Tokugawa will definitely have sent one or two oni after him that should be able to track him down eventually by tracking the specific ingredients being purchased in smaller communities.
While the kuji-in have no unique relation to ninja techniques, the shinobi traditions are steeped in esoteric Buddhist beliefs, especially Mikkyo. The kuji-in are used in a number of their meditations, both those related simply to their religious practice and those dealing with their martial arts; In Japanese, the nine syllables are: Rin, Pyo, To, Sha, Kai, Jin, Retsu, Zai, and Zen and have the following interpretations:
Rin – Strength
Pyo – Channel
To – Harmony
Sha – Healing
Kai – Sense of Danger
Jin – Reading of thoughts.
Retsu – Control space and time.
Zai – sky or elements control.
Zen – enlightenment.
Note that the syllables are shortened forms, and there are also longer, Japanese mantras that go with the same mudra. As to why there appears to be no correlation between the mudra and mantra and the representative deities is unknown at this time.