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This is a Genjin (Japanese-themed) name. The surname is "Nadeshiko."

Nadeshiko Sugako (撫子寿賀子), also known by her royal style name: Yoake-no-miya Sugako Kojo (夜明けの宮寿賀子皇女), is an Imperial Princess of the Empire of Yamatai and the Fuso-born abjaksan of Marlakcor.

Her Grand Title is: Soshi-no-Teikoku Sumeragi-hime (素子の帝国皇姫/Imperial Princess of the Elements).

Sugako is also known by the nickname "Akatatsu Samurai (赤竜侍)", a sobriquet earned for her performance in a sudden battle during the Siege of Garvis of the Great Northern Aquilonis War.

During her time traveling following the war, she would sometimes use the cover name Toyotomi Chiyuki (豊臣 地湯き), which she also often used during her childhood when she snuck out of the palace for some fun.

She is also a kunoichi (a female ninja) of the Togo Ninja Order, currently with the rank of chunin.

Appearance

Physical

Sugako is an average human girl. She has a fair complexion and waist length black hair that she lets down most of the time, but puts it up in a ponytail before she goes off to fighting. After her father's funeral she cuts her hair short, both as a sign of maturity and as a sign of moving on.

Known Clothing

The mon of the Nadeshiko dynasty and Imperial Family, which she wears on all her clothing.

As a Princess of Yamatai, she normally wears flashy kimonos of various designs, all of which have the imperial family mon on them.

Her kunoichi attire consists of a black body suit with chest and wrist guards and shoulder pads.

When commanding armies in open battles, she would wear full samurai armor over her kunoichi attire.

During her brief stay in Bialidrak in late 2824ɪɴᴏ (4541ᴘᴄᴢ), Sugako wore a green Bialidraki dress gifted to her by Salim Al-Zayani, a tube-top with detached sleeves and pantaloons with slippers. Salim also gifted her with a necklace made of mostly with round beads and several magatama between them (around every six), and a dragon pendant. Save for the string, it is made entirely of fire red glass.

Salim also later gifted her with an antique gold ring with an opal that is mostly black with mixes of red, blue, green, and gold; the thick band also has writing etched on it in Jafrakibese script, which says "Kl bidayat nihayat wakuli nihayat bidaya (كل بداية نهاية وكل نهاية بداية/Every beginning is an end, and every end is a beginning)."

During her journeys after the Great Northern Aquilonis War, Sugako often wore a black bandana over her eyes to obscure them and give the appearance she was blind, mainly to hide her identity. She also did this during her childhood as well when she snuck out of the palace for some fun.

Personality

In her younger years, Sugako was a shy and timid girl. Due to a bad experience involving dragons and fire, she was afraid of both for a long time. After conquering her fear, thanks to Chiryoku (知力), Sugako became a more confident and courageous individual.

However, her newfound courage and her top-notch skills led her to become a tomboy, almost rejecting anything that defined an elegant lady of royalty, holding onto the notion of femininity only so as not to embarrass her family (and also to impress a man she had a crush on). She also became arrogant and impatient, and became quick to turn hostile to anybody she perceived a threat. She also constantly let her temper get the better of her, and didn't take kindly to betrayal. The only times she was able to swallow her pride was when she knew that to act in haste would put everyone in danger.

After the Incident at Mount St. Fleur, Sugako became moody, withdrawn, and despondent for a time. This due to her fear of losing herself again. But her sudden growing love for Salim Al-Zayani – whom she initially despised – along with her newfound spirituality led her to becoming a more patient and sensitive person.

Abilities

Having trained as both a ninja and samurai since conquering her fears, Sugako is a natural warrior, utilizing various combat martial arts that she's trained in all her life. Her overall fighting style is a Saotome-ryu (早少女流), one of the most popular fighting styles of Yamatai. Saotome-ryu is divided into two opposing styles and practitioners are meant to switched between one or the other depending on circumstance: The first is referred to as Onami-no-Chikara (大波の力), which mostly revolves around striking first to disable her opponent before they can can get the upper hand. The second is referred to as Zankyo-no-Chikara (残響の力) which is the opposite of Onami-no-Chikara and mostly revolves around turning her opponent's attacks back at them.

The disciplines that are her main specializations in her two fighting styles include ninjutsu and various taijutsuAikido, Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, etc.

Her repertoire also includes:

However, she hardly ever gets a chance to use most of her skills in combat. Her mother also attempted to each her fan combat – tessenjutsu – but Sugako rejected it as she believed it "too girlish."

Sugako is also a soshijosei, meaning that she can manipulate the elements around her. As a soshijosei, she is a near-master in soshijutsu. While most soshihito can only use one or two elements, Sugako is one of the extremely rare that can use all four, though this is probably due to her being a abjaksan. Along with kazejutsu, mizujutsu, tsuchijutsu, and kajijutsu, Sugako is also adept at the sub-techniques such as chiyujutsu and furujutsu. She can also do raikojutsu and taikajutsu, but doesn't like using it since she has trouble controlling it. During the Incident at Mount St. Fleur, Sugako discovered her ability to use yoganjutsu, and during her brief stay in Bialidrak in late-Autumn of 4541 Sugako learned to use sunajutsu while practicing on the dunes. Recently, Sugako as also been learning to use kinzokujutsu, but is so far a novice.

Her soshijutsu style is called the "Tora to Iruka (虎と海豚/Tiger & Dolphin)." It is a dance-like style that incorporates tiger-like fierceness with dolphin-like gracefulness.

Sugako is also sesquilingual; her mother tongue is Genjingo and her second language is Zedylric, but she understands Faerish, the language of fairies, to a certain degree, but not enough to fully understand, let alone hold an actual conversation.

Also, during the Allied Occupation of Garvis in 2825ɪɴᴏ (4542ᴘᴄᴢ), Sugako discovered her fluency in Gargate, the language of gargoyles, from the sudden resurgence of memories from one of her past lives.

Equipment & Skills

Seishitsu

In addition to her abilities, Sugako also uses various tools. As a ninja, Sugako always keeps a set of kunai knives and shurikens, along with a pair of sai on her person.

Sugako is also an adept swordswoman. When she went off to war alongside her father, Sugako used a katana made of adamantite and granikimite, gifted to her by her fellow abjaksan, Ricus Steelfern, for her sixteenth birthday. This sword was broken during her confrontation with the traitor – and her former kajijutsu teacher – Osaragi Shigekazu during the Incident at Mount St. Fleur.

While briefly returning home from war in late-autumn 2824ɪɴᴏ (4541ᴘᴄᴢ), Sugako came into possession of Seishitsu, the legendary Zedylrian Steel katana forged by her ancestor, Shintoki-tenno (personal name: Yoshishige (至鎮)), the first Tenno of Yamatai and the first to hold any authority since the assassination of Mokuso-tenno (whom he was related to via the latter's great-grandfather, Byosaki-tenno). When she retrieved it, Sugako became the first to use it since Fukurai-tenno (personal name: Chikayoshi, the great-grandson of Shintoki-tenno), seven centuries before.

Sugako is also a skilled archer, and is capable of accurately shooting a target from over 300 meters away, depending on the quality of the bow. However, Sugako is not every adept at the use of black powder weapons.

Sugako is also an accomplished dragon rider, and is the master of a Hachukaji dragon named Entenka. Sugako was initially dead scared of dragons due to a traumatizing experience in her youth. But through the help of Chiryoku, an ancient dragon originally hatched and raised by Shintoki-tenno, she conquered her fear and Entenka has been her closest companion ever since.

History

Sugako was born in the Yamato imperial palace on Sanaetsuki 13, 2808ɪɴᴏ (Windoni 14, 4525ᴘᴄᴢ), as the second child and first daughter of Tasuhiko and Reiko, the then tenno and kogo of Yamatai.

Early Years

Going of to War

Post-War Adventures

Relationships

Name Relation Born Died

Family

Imperial Family
Although the current Imperial family of the Nadeshiko dynasty is legally a cadet branch of the larger Toyotomi clan, as well as descended from a cadet branch of the Oda clan, the members of the imperial household have no surname unless they give up their status or their status is revoked.
Musha-no-miya Hiroshige Koshi
武者の宮弘成皇子
Great-Uncle 2759ɪɴᴏ
4476ᴘᴄᴢ
Hiroshige is the younger brother of Gyoshi-tenno (魚翅天皇) – personal name: Fusazane (房実) – the former tenno of Yamatai. He is the uncle of late-Nintoku-tenno (Tatsuhiko) and Hironori, and great-uncle of Sugako and her siblings.

A retired general, and a hero of Yamatai's last war with Tianchao, he later came out of retirement to serve as a general after Nintoku-tenno's death during the conclusion of the Siege of St. Croix in the Great Northern Aquilonis War.

Tatsuhiko
竜彦
Father 2780ɪɴᴏ 2824ɪɴᴏ
4497ᴘᴄᴢ 4541ᴘᴄᴢ
Tatsuhiko was Sugako's father and a former Tenno of Yamatai.

In his youth before his ascension to the throne, he was known as Unabara-no-miya Tatsuhiko Kotaishi (海原の宮竜彦皇太子) as the Crown Prince of Yamatai.

He was the elder son of Gyoshi-tenno (2753 – 2807ɪɴᴏ/4470 – 4524ᴘᴄᴢ), whom ruled from 2781 – 2807ɪɴᴏ (4498 – 4524ᴘᴄᴢ), and Ichigo Kogo (苺皇后) – born Shiawase no Moroko (幸せの諸子).

Tatsuhiko died in battle at the end of the Siege of St. Croix during the Great Northern Aquilonis War.

He named three eras during his reign Asatsuyu (朝露), Tanrei (端麗) & Horyu (鳳竜), and the start of last one coincided with the beginning of the Great Northern Aquilonis War.

After his funeral, he was given the posthumous name Nintoku-tenno (仁徳天皇).

Reiko
怜子
Mother 2783ɪɴᴏ
4500ᴘᴄᴢ
Reiko Kogo – born Tsuyusaki Reiko (露咲怜子) – is Sugako's mother, as well as the mother of her older brother and her four younger siblings.

She married Tatsuhiko when Gyoshi-tenno still ruled, and became Kogo (皇后/Empress) upon his accession to the throne following Gyoshi-tenno's death.

Following the death of Tenno Tatsuhiko and the ascension of her eldest son to the throne, she becomes known as Reiko Kotaigo (怜子皇太后/Empress Dowager Reiko )

Hidehiko
秀彦
Elder Brother Shogatsu 5, 2803ɪɴᴏ
Haneyan 9, 4520ᴘᴄᴢ
Hidehiko is Sugako's older brother, the eldest of the imperial family children, and a former admiral of the Silver Arrow Armada. He succeeded their late-father as the Tenno of Yamatai, as Tenno Hidehiko, following Tatsuhiko's death at St. Croix.

Prior to his ascension, he was known as Raizo-no-miya Hidehiko Kotaishi (来ぞの宮秀彦皇太子) as the Crown Prince of Yamatai.

The first era of his reign is termed the Kaihei (海兵) era.

Isamu-no-miya Haruhiko Koshi
武の宮治彦皇子
Younger Brother Kodzuki 17, 2811ɪɴᴏ
Opesagyr 22, 4528ᴘᴄᴢ
Haruhiko is Sugako's third-born younger brother. He was considered the heir to the throne before Hidehiko returned.
Suzuka-no-miya Natsuko Kojo
涼風の宮夏子皇女
Younger Sister Aidzuki 5, 2812ɪɴᴏ
Yuisk 8, 4529ᴘᴄᴢ
Natsuko is Sugako's fourth-born younger sister.
Hizashi-no-miya Atsuhiko Koshi
陽射の宮篤彦皇子
Younger Brother Iwaitsuki 1, 2815ɪɴᴏ
Jesoran 4, 4532ᴘᴄᴢ
Atsuhiko is Sugako's fifth-born younger brother.
Ushio-no-miya Himeko Kojo
汐の宮姫子皇女
Younger Sister Kangetsu 4, 2817ɪɴᴏ
Lanayan 9, 4535ᴘᴄᴢ
Himeko is Sugako's sixth-born younger sister and the youngest of the imperial family.
Zen-no-miya Hironori Koshi
善の宮浩徳皇子
Uncle 2782ɪɴᴏ
4499ᴘᴄᴢ
Hironori, the younger son of Gyoshi-tenno and Ichigo Kogo, is Tatsuhiko's younger brother and the father of Nadeshiko Natsumi/Nadia d'Lafayette.
Nadeshiko Akitoshi
撫子明俊
ناديشيكو أكيتوشي
Kangetsu 18, 2825ɪɴᴏ (?)
al-Tashmus 20, 2010ʙᴀ (?)
Lanayan 18, 4543ᴘᴄᴢ (?)
Nadeshiko Akitoshi is Sugako's Genjin-Jafrakib son with Salim Al-Zayani. The son Salim never got to see, he was conceived just as the allies began their campaign from St. Croix to Garvis, he was born some months following the victory at Garvis, and just a couple following the liberation of Roislueur.
House Lafayette
Nadia Florence d'Lafayette
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Cousin Rasanova 10, 4526ᴘᴄᴢ
l’Chaleur 10, 1093ᴅᴇ
Fuko-no-miya Natsumi Kojo
風子の宮夏子皇女
Kadzuki 6, 2809ɪɴᴏ
Nadia d'Lafayette, a princess of both the Soleillienne-Yamato royal/imperial families, is Sugako's cousin and the younger half-sister of Veronica d'Lafayette.

Ethnically Genjin-Gallique, she was born from an affair between Sugako's uncle Hironori, Tatsuhiko's younger brother, and Delphine Marie-France d'Lafayette, the younger sister of Soleil's King Justin III (Justin Edgar-Fabian d'Lafayette), who was the time married to Germain Paul-Antoine d'Adhemar.

Nadia is also known by her Genjin name: Nadeshiko Natsumi (撫子夏美), or by her Yamato royal style name: Fuko-no-miya Natsumi Kojo. Due to the circumstances of her birth, she is regarded as an outcast among the Soleillien royal family and Soleillien high society in general, buts is fully recognized and welcomed as a member of the Yamato imperial family irregardles of it.

She owns a pet phoenix named Juliana. A powerful fire mage, later is her life she is known by the nickname "Phoenix Queen."

Friends & Allies

Entenka
炎天下
Pet dragon Kadzuki 1, 2818ɪɴᴏ
Rasanova 5, 4535ᴘᴄᴢ
Entenka is Sugako's dragon, a red Hachukaji. Entenka was part of a clutch of magical eggs that rested at the bottom of a pool guarded by Chiryoku in extinct volcano Mt. Hirotomo.

Sugako's father brought her before Chiryoku to help her get over her fear fire and dragons, a gamble which succeeded. Sugako was then asked by Chiryoku to pick out one of the eggs and Sugako found herself drawn to Entenka's. Entenka hatched and, at twenty-five feet long and already able to fly (an exception to the natural order, as Entenka was part of a magical clutch), they rode out of the volcano and into the sky together. They've been close companions ever since.

Entenka is firefly loyal to Sugako and remains docile around her, even though he has since grown to full-sized flying reptile capable of killing Sugako in a snap.

Ricus Steelfern Former Love Interest Scriampi 3, 7065ᴄᴛ
Opesagyr 18, 4522ᴘᴄᴢ
A leprechaun fairy and the abjaksan of Alfheim.

Sugako was at one point in love with Ricus; before he and Sugako went off to war, he revealed that he was engaged to another, breaking Sugako's heart.

Sugako and Ricus didn't see each other again for more than a year until they reunited towards the end of the Siege of Garvis.

Al-Zayani clan
Salim ibn Rashid ibn Azhar Al-Zayani
سليم ابن راشد ابن أزهار آل زياني
Late-Fiancé, would-be husband al-Tansib 15, 1989ʙᴀ
Gopaco 16, 4521ᴘᴄᴢ 4542ᴘᴄᴢ
Salim was the Taj Emir (تاج امير/Crown Prince) of Bialidrak, and the great-grandson of the former abjaksan of Aquilonis, Abdul Sahrawi, via his mother's side, before his death. He is also the father of Sugako's son, Akitoshi.

Salim was, at one point, Sugako's fiancé. Initially, Sugako hated Salim and only agreed to the engagement after Salim "blackmailed" the alliance by suggesting Bialidrak could ally with Umdar instead.

Salim's attitude and perspective changed when he saw Sugako stop a volcano during the Incident at Mount St. Fleur; and because of his change, even Sugako found herself falling in love with Salim during their time together during their brief spell in Bialidrak. They fully realized and consummated their feelings during the New Year's of 4542, becoming engaged for real.

Tragically, the union was not meant to be, as Salim was slain in a duel of champions during the Siege of Garvis, late in the Great Northern Aquilonis War. Shortly after the war, Sugako gave birth to the child they conceived during the campaign to capture Garvis.

Azra bint Rashid ibn Azhar Al-Zayani
أزرى بنت راشد ابن أزهار آل زياني
Would-be sister-in-law al-Taelim 7, 1991ʙᴀ
Windoni 8, 4523ᴘᴄᴢ
Azra is Salim's younger sister, and the great-granddaughter of the former abjaksan of Aquilonis, Abdul Sahrawi, via her mother's side. She became Taj Emira (تاج أميرة/Crown Princess) of Bialidrak following Salim's death.
Rashid ibn Azhar ibn Abdullahi Al-Zayani
راشد ابن أزهار ابن عبداللاه آل زياني
Would-be father-in-law al-Tabrid 18, 1958ʙᴀ
Canagyr 21, 4490ᴘᴄᴢ
Rashid is Salim's father, the current Sultan of Bialidrak, and Sheikh of the Al-Zayani clan of the Jayida Dynasty.

Trivia

  • Even though Ichigo Kogo, Sugako's grandmother by her father side, was a member of the Yamato branch of the Order of Eden, Sugako never joined the order.
  • While Sugako was offered to join the Shoka Kunoichi (a women-only ninja order of Fuso), she chose the Togo instead.
  • Even though she's categorized as one, Sugako is not actually Marlakcese. She's only considered one by default as the Abjaksan of Marlakcor.
  • Sugako is the first Fuso-born abjaksan in nearly a millennium.
  • One of Sugako many predecessors, Chiyexi (翅夜蜥) was born in Tianchao during the Central, Western & Northern Dynasties period as the abjaksan of Marlakcor, yet died in Aquilonis. She was visiting the Garvin Empire at the time the stone sleep curse was cast on the Garvis clan, hence why, during the Garvis campaign of the GNAW, Sugako had memories of being in Garvis despite not being an Aquiline abjaksan and having never set foot in Garvis even once before in her life.
  • The varying birthdays/birth-years listed for Sugako, her family and friends are the same date/year on different calendars.
    • The nations and people of Fuso typically look to the Teikoku calendar in everyday life, but the Solramese and Luan calendars are also observed, mainly by foreigners living in one of the Fuso nations (Yamatai, Hinomoto, Mizuho & Ningyo Kazan).
    • The (?) next to the birthdays of Sugako's son, Akitoshi, indicate a working date until finalized.
  • Sugako's "Grand Title" is one of a long list of majestic titles referred to as a Migoto Shogo (見事称号). Such titles can be granted renowned individuals, people who have done extraordinary things; otherwise, Migoto Shogo are a customarily reserved for members of the imperial family, given to them when they come of age (Note: this is not a real Japanese custom, and, in-universe, children of Genjin culture come of age at sixteen).
    • If she were a boy, her title would be: Soshi-no-Teikoku Shoko (素子の帝国諸侯/Imperial Prince of the Elements)
  • Sugako is a Japanese name built with three kanji meaning "Mandatory, Congratulate, & Child". Nadeshiko is a fairly common Japanese surname and given name.
    • Her Royal Style name, Yoake – which means "dawn/daybreak" in Japanese – is based on a Japanese custom specific to the imperial family: The Imperial Family of Japan has no surname. Instead they are given a standard given name and a special title.
      • Sugako, like the rest of the Imperial Family, is commonly addressed by her royal style name; only her family and most intimate friends are allowed to call her by her given name, and their clan surname is never used unless they give up their royal status or it is otherwise revoked.
        • That said, Sugako herself dropped her royal style and began using her clan name, and occasionally a cover name, during her travels following the Great Northern Aquilonis War. She never actually gave up her royal status, nor was it ever actually revoked.
    • The addition of her title that follows her personal name, Kojo (皇女), is an honorific denoting an imperial princess, the daughter of the tenno or an imperial prince; the male variant being Koshi (皇子).
      • The title that follows her royal style name, no-miya, (の宮), is a gender-neutral royal particle that denotes a member of the imperial family.
    • Her nickname literally translates as "Red Dragon Samurai".
  • Her dragon's name, "Entenka," means "under the scorching sun" in Japanese.
Preceded by
Qian Wei
Abjaksan of Marlakcor
2808ɪɴᴏ (4525ᴘᴄᴢ) – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Fukurai-tenno
Wielder of Seishitsu
2824ɪɴᴏ (4541ᴘᴄᴢ) – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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