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senpaisbxtch2 hours ago
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Ahaha senpai u wanna hold my hand sometime? It's free馃憠馃憟
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slouchingtowardbethlehem7 hours ago
Pseudomonarchia Daemonum
Moved over from AO3 as this felt more appropriate given the format. The following is the part in a series of posts about All Things Truly Wicked, an (hopefully upcoming...) fan fic project of mine that I've been mulling over for a few years now.
"For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail." - Poverb, possibly German in origin
Aishi Family History
The modern Aishi family are descendants of Kimiko Aishi, daughter of Minoru Aishi and Naruhiko Yoshihara
The Yoshihara clan, though the line is currently extinct, is attested to in records dating back to initial conflicts with the Mongol-descended Yuan dynasty of China and its attempted invasions of Japan during the 1270s as sword smiths who provided weapons to the defenders - the victory in 1274 was seen as proof that the gods had blessed their contribution and it would be a point of pride for decades afterwards
Despite being eventually eclipsed a short time later by the more famous son of Sagami province (now modern day Kanagawa prefecture), Masamune, in weapon crafting they were known for their fair and honorable dealings with any who walked through their doors
Indeed, though they were never amongst the most well known names in their field, their clientele always swore by their efforts - so much so that the then powerful Mayumi clan, a cadet branch of the infamous Takeda family, took a shine to them and declared in 1467 that they would forever have a benefactor in them
With the collapse of the Ashikaga shogunate鈥檚 authority precipitating the warring states period (1467-1615), the Yoshihara eventually abandoned making blades themselves and took up arms to assist in the power struggles that wracked the country for nearly 150 years, initially as proof of their loyalty to the Mayumi daimyo or feudal landholders, but later as a way to improve their social position by becoming samurai in their service
Though the samurai were mostly a hereditary position this official status somewhat weakened during this time period due to the social upheaval it caused and was sometimes a way for those of lower births to make names for themselves; I figure it鈥檚 a fairly realistic development to have the Yoshihara family make this transition given that they鈥檙e already in good with their social peers, even if they provide an essential service for any given war effort
The Yoshihara became a prominent military family under Naruhiko鈥檚 grandfather, Shinsuke (1476-1524), who was one of the many sons coerced into service but proved very cunning and brilliant on the battlefield and surprisingly worked his way up from being a common foot soldier
The land that Buraza Town sits on today was originally gifted to him as samurai by his daimyo, Motohiko Mayumi - both as a sign of respect and fear that in a time of ever-changing loyalty his thoughts might wander to throwing in his lot with someone else (also a testament to his skill as while reciprocity existed between both classes, it was something only the most powerful were allotted)
Despite this, he did not find much time to enjoy his holdings; for most of his lifetime, the estate was run by his wife Kirie (1467-1518), a shrewd and clever businesswoman that caused it to become an attractive destination for peasantry by playing up her husband鈥檚 legend as a way to offer them shelter from the constant warfare that plagued the rest of the country
The military life proved so taxing that it would ultimately end up taking his life - always a sickly child, constant stress, illness, and various minor injuries would take their toll on him and he passed away peacefully in his sleep in 1524 on a rare bit of downtime between campaigns at age 48
His son, Tsurugi (1508-1558), and Naruhiko鈥檚 father, had a far different character
Born just 10 years before his mother鈥檚 death, he was an only child who had the reputation among the Yoshihara servants as being a particularly melancholic, but studious, child who seemed to want to do anything but practice with swords, etc.
Despite having what at the time was quite a large family, his reputation as a loner meant he was never particularly close to any of them, even after his father passed away several years later
His greatest desire in life was likely to be a monk but his family鈥檚 legacy left him with little choice but continue doing the bare minimum to serve the Mayumi family so as not to inspire their wrath
Indeed, though he seemed to possess little interest in his wife Hikaru (1508-1565), he would end up having three children with her - Naruhiko, Momoko, and Sayoka - toward the end of his life, likely inspired by the fact he felt he couldn鈥檛 escape his role as heir due to his father having no one but himself to inherit things
While possible he was closeted, it is also equally likely he desired to remain celibate as part of his interest in Buddhism in an attempt to eschew worldly desires
Hikaru herself was a stable, if unimaginative, unofficial leader in Tsurugi鈥檚 absence but at least had the wisdom to delegate tasks to those who proved themselves capable
However, a general lack of enthusiasm for warfare on Tsurugi鈥檚 part meant that Buraza Town could credit a serious amount of growth under his tenure - always attributed to his overlords, of course - since its status as a haven away from violence meant that its population could continue to grow unmolested
One of the most important contributions of this time period was inviting horticulturists to tend to a small copse of sakura trees nearby that he deeply loved when he inherited the property after his father鈥檚 death
By the end of his life, it had grown by leaps and bounds to be quite the spectacle and people would come from all over to watch the blossoms fall each year
Though he lived barely longer than his father, despite having a comparatively peaceful life, tragedy struck only a year later when Tsurugi suffered a severe stroke that left his left side nearly completely paralyzed - he died only two days later, though Naruhiko suspected his mother may have mercy killed him
Suspected because his mother herself would pass away a few years later - ostensibly due to a broken heart, but given his parents鈥 unaffable relationship, Naruhiko always felt it was more likely due to guilt over what was probably an assisted suicide
Given that Naruhiko would grow up to be a skilled, if not particularly brilliant, samurai he saw his dad giving up on life without purpose as an act of cowardice
Much like Tsurugi, Naruhiko was forced to grow up quickly to deal with the absence of his parents; however, unlike his dad, his personality was the exact opposite
Brash, but capable of great patience; not particularly studious, but erudite if the subject managed to catch his interest enough; lacked charisma, but could lead men into battle with the best of him if so called upon - he was someone filled with many contradictions
Likely due in part to the perceived weaknesses on display by his dad, Naruhiko was driven to overcompensate in proving himself to his peers
As such, he also took a fairly traditional view of societal affairs: the emperor served the gods, the daimyo served the emperor, the samurai served the daimyo, the peasantry served their societal betters, and women served men
However, despite his attempts at persuading his sisters Momoko and Sayoka to become 鈥榩roper鈥 upper class women they often resisted him - partly out of the natural squabbling of siblings and also partly because they themselves as being above such expectations (think the evil sister archetype you see in a lot of fables or fairy tales and you鈥檙e not off the mark)
Though nominally independent in most of his young adulthood, Naruhiko initially accepted his childhood betrothal to Tetsumi Oyokawa - an heiress from the neighboring feudal property Shisuta - even though he didn鈥檛 care much for her as a romantic partner
He was quite close to his mother Hikaru and since she had been the one to arrange the marriage he鈥檇 felt obligated to go through with it
His 鈥榝ortune,鈥 such as it was, changed when after returning home from a visit to a local shrine after a particularly wet morning Tetsumi slipped and cracked her skull against the nearby pond only a few months before they were intended to be married
Despite what his descendants鈥 actions might imply, it was indeed a simple accident - she was with a servant girl at the time who had briefly fumbled with her mistress鈥 robes and so caused her to stumble
Though he didn鈥檛 hate her a part of Naruhiko was relieved to be free from his engagement to Tetsumi
Without any close male relatives to step in and take charge of his home life, Naruhiko was left as master of his household, for better or worse
With their brother subjected to being called out to service at any moment, Sayoka and Momoko would be free to do what they wanted
Good from a rights standpoint - bad from the perspective of anyone who happened to get on their bad side
It was a frequent prayer among many of their servants that Naruhiko would find them husbands to get them out of their hair, but he never did find suitors Left to govern both his personal life and political affairs Naruhiko would end up making two crucial mistakes
The first being that, while not particularly dissatisfied working for the Mayumi family, he felt himself drawn towards daimyo Oda Nobunaga鈥檚 plan to bring an end to the long years of strife that had plagued the country for over a century (with himself as de facto ruler, of course)
This would create an immediate conflict of interest: his overlords, the Mayumi, were related to the anti-Nobunaga Takeda clan and so threw their lot in with them
Despite his nominal fealty, after back and forth letters for several months (even years) he would eventually pledge his loyalty to Nobunaga and even managed to participate in the last battle the warlord would ever fight: the Battle of Tenmokuzan, which saw the collapse of Takeda forces, and the end of the family
Naruhiko would be a victim of the fighting, however, as he was hit by an archer鈥檚 stray arrow after enemy lines were broken and died immediately in 1582; hours later, his new benefactor would also meet his end, though Nobunaga himself was done in by an assassin
Had he lived, he would鈥檝e aided Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of Oda鈥檚 generals, in his effort to unify the country
The second was that, in his village, there lived a very beautiful girl that he would fall in love with - and unbeknownst to the both of them, would lead to hundreds of years鈥 worth of misery
As a husband to Minoru, he is liable to be polarizing to a modern audience
On the one hand, his feelings for her were genuine and it is true that he lifted her out of a life of poverty
However, it is equally true that his courtship cannot be said to be consensual - samurai held enormous social influence, and especially so in a place that they owned, and resisting the whims of one could be a death sentence depending on their temperament
There is also something to be said that pursuing a teenager before she turned 18 is very unseemly, even if such things were more common in the past than we鈥檇 like Though not abusive as one might imagine many men in his culture in this time period might be toward women, it cannot be said he cared much for her obvious distress at being in an environment almost completely alien to her
Indeed, though he would be the one to teach Minoru how to read and write (partially out of anger at his sisters refusing to take on their social responsibility to their sister-in-law by teaching her things she would need to know to run a household, partly out of his own disdain for others not picking things up as quickly as himself), he never cared to read any of the poems she was fond of writing
Perhaps for the better, as many were coded to be about her unrequited romance with the local priest鈥檚 apprentice
In a sense, like many of the Aishi women who came afterwards, it might be said Naruhiko was more in love with the idea of love than he was her
The Aishi line, before Minoru, is not attested to and thus signifies that prior to her birth they lived in relative obscurity as part of the peasantry
Likely due to the fact that they were part of the burakumin class With the abolition of the caste system as part of the Meiji era societal reforms (beginning 1868), the burakumin were freed from being a group of people who filled various occupations related to death; the Aishi in particular were a family of butchers
Both Buddhism and Shintoism shun interacting with the dead but, of course, life necessitates that there are some who take care of such things regardless
Burakumin were considered the lowest of the low and it was said that if one so much as had their shadow cross that of someone in the upper classes they could be cut down where they stood without much consequence - discrimination towards them even continues to this day
Minoru was born in 1563 to Miho and Kanya Aishi and was their only child
Perhaps because of this, and the fact that despite their low standing in society Minoru was widely seen as being the most beautiful girl in their village (thus, a valuable bride-to-be someday), they doted on her as much as they could though it never spoiled her sunny disposition
However, Minoru鈥檚 early life was characterized by grueling poverty given the caste she had been born into and her family saw little of the prosperity that existed around them filter down to them
Aside from being able to do a little math, for example, she would not be able to read or write well into adulthood despite her love of stories and storytelling
She caught Naruhiko鈥檚 eye when she was working her family鈥檚 stall in a sequestered part of the town鈥檚 bazaar to help settle a dispute between two tax collectors - he was instantly smitten with her For roughly a year, after asking around Buraza, Naruhiko pursued Minoru鈥檚 hand
Despite the extreme social faux pas he was committing by going over someone of her rank, he would dismiss all arguments against leaving her be
After all, he was an indispensable part of his daimyo鈥檚 army and was the master of his household; any male relatives that would鈥檝e been near him were distant relatives still working the forge who were his technical subordinates
The dowries offered to her parents were greater and greater until they could not afford to turn down his offer
Partly due to the fact that it was more money than either Miho or Kanya had ever seen in their lives; even a small fraction of which could hopefully turn their dim prospects around by allowing them to strike out on their own and retire comfortably somewhere where people would be ignorant of their prior position
The other, equally practical consideration was that no matter where they went, they would not be able to provide Minoru a better life than she would have with Naruhiko
Minoru and Naruhiko were wed shortly after her parents鈥 assent - he 23, she 17 in an extremely muted ceremony given that neither wanted to draw more attention to what was quite a scandal than they had to
Immediately, neither Sayoka nor Momoko treated their new sister-in-law with any respect
Both out of resentment for the fact that they saw her as quite literally beneath them, the two of them were more than a little defensive of the fact that their influence in a patriarchal household, already hard pressed given their brother鈥檚 final say in all matters, would be stretched even thinner given that Minoru would have his ear in a way neither of them ever could
As was already mentioned previously: it was traditional that female family members would instruct younger women (especially in an era of arranged marriages) in how to help run a household but it was a responsibility that both of them refused
The only person who ever treated Minoru like a human being in her newfound home was her husband, who would often go away on campaign, and even then it was very one-sided
He took very little interest in her personal life; much of their free time with one another was usually Minoru ending up by his side at various important meetings or gatherings Naruhiko would be socially obligated to attend
Sex was one of the few times they were left alone together in private and even then it was more of an obligation for her than out of actual enjoyment
It is likely that any extra weight put on by the sudden influx of a stable food source for Minoru probably was a ploy on some level to get him to let his eye wander to other women - lithe being a Japanese standard of beauty - but it never did happen
Her only real solace, found in the moments of loneliness she experienced when away from her so-called family, was nature watching, especially studying birds, and writing love letters to the boy in the village who鈥檇 caught her eye when she鈥檇 believed she would never rise above her station in life
The boy, Seiji, was considered a promising young man who鈥檇 come to Buraza to act as an apprentice to the aging priest in the region who had no children of his own (either he or his wife, perhaps even both, being infertile)
Auspiciously, it was rumored, he was even a descendant of the great Abe-no-Seimei himself - or so his family claimed - and was thus a great honor to have him present
Abe-no-Seimei was a semi-mythical onmyoji (an occultist, of sorts) during the Heian period who has a similar position in folklore as, say, Merlin does in Arthurian legend
His prominence in life made it so that the office of onmyoji would be an official governmental one until, again, the Meiji reforms of the 19th century
Many stories exist that attest to his supposed magical powers and, supposedly, he even had non-human ancestry given his mother was believed to be a kitsune or fox spirit
Despite his supposed blessed heritage, it never got to Seiji鈥檚 head
He was the very model of chivalry and, of course, was the eye of many other young women in the Yoshihara lands
In spite of this he never took a wife while studying under his master as he believed it would distract him from his studies, much to the delight and chagrin of his admirers
Those that were jealous of him, though, were quick to argue how suspicious his arrival town was, especially given how cagey he was when talking about his life before arriving in Buraza - a conviction many felt was warranted given later events
Unsurprisingly, neither Seiji nor Minoru ever formally met Her status as a social pariah saw to that
Even if Seiji鈥檚 good nature overcame any kind of ingrained prejudice he might have for someone from her background, his desire to pursue a religious calling would see that her hopes would be dashed regardless Even when her marriage to Naruhiko was finalized, Minoru never dared to use her position to find excuses to visit the local shrine by herself
There were many individuals who saw her with complete contempt and disdain
They would be all too willing to spread malicious rumors of an affair; especially true if they didn鈥檛 like either of them
Instead, Minoru was reduced to writing how she felt into letters or even coded poetry that she would hide underneath the boards of her and her husband鈥檚 room
It was something that made her feel extremely guilty given that Naruhiko taught her literacy in the first place
Still, it was the one place she figured he would never check - especially if it were right under his nose
Minoru came down with morning sickness shortly before Naruhiko was called to go to battle (unbeknownst to the both of them, for the final time) in mid 1581
To her own surprise, she found herself feeling excited about the possibility of having a baby even if she didn鈥檛 much care for its father and the risks involved
A child, she reasoned, would love her unconditionally and thus be free from all the biases those around her showed her
However, Naruhiko made it fairly clear that he hoped the child would be a boy given the dearth of them in the Yoshihara household
Months later, had he lived, his hopes would鈥檝e been dashed as Minoru gave birth to a baby girl, Kimiko, on April 1st, 1582
Tragedy, though, would ensure that both of them would be wanting given that Kimiko would pass away only a few short months later
From a modern understanding, likely from SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) or some other, similar complication
The combined toll of losing her baby, along with the utter disarray that Naruhiko鈥檚 own death would cause their holdings, were enormous stressors given that she was now de facto leader of Buraza
Preceded, it鈥檇 been said, by a large flock of crows that moved into the areaTheir numbers would be an ever present sight as time went by and things worsened
For months, completely distraught, Minoru turned away suitor after suitor who wanted to enhance their own positions by taking her as a wife to get at the land Naruhiko鈥檚 family sat on In her grief, she spent more time praying than anything else
Mostly for forgiveness for whatever transgression she believed she鈥檇 committed to deserve such a fate
Darkly it was even thought that she sought ways to bring the child back from the dead
Further turmoil would erupt when, miraculously, her baby did appear again one day
Despite Kimiko鈥檚 small body being cremated and interred at her family鈥檚 private graveyard, she would appear alive and well without so much a word as to how Minoru had conjured her again and many felt she must鈥檝e paid a terrible price
The child, if a servant could stand to be in the same room as her, was said to be disturbing in nature as she was completely silent and still (almost like she was still a corpse at times)Many people who lived on the property itself would leave - including Minoru鈥檚 hated sisters-in-law - as they would find Kimiko too unnerving to be around
Not long thereafter, Minoru would end up taking her own life via seppuku
She鈥檇 been driven mad, the locals said, for whatever pact she must鈥檝e taken to bring the child back
When authorities attempted to take matters into their own hands and get rid of Kimiko themselves, though, there was no trace of her to be found
To make matters worse, this would precipitate a famine that would wrack the region and the prayers from commoner and noble alike would go unanswered as fields were ravaged by blight
The old priest, a victim of starvation, would entrust stewardship of spiritual matters into Seiji鈥檚 hands but the young man would prove incapable of being up to the challenge
No matter how hard he tried, he could not seem to rid Buraza of the curse that had befallen it (the various sightings of an albino fox in the area made the populace feel even further unease - it was if even the fertility god Inari had turned their back on them or was at least playing a sick joke)
White is the traditional color of death in many eastern Asian cultures
Kitsune are heavily associated with Inari and are said to be their messengers - likely derived from the fact that foxes are excellent mice hunters and thus will inadvertently protect rice fields
Eventually, he was run out by the locals once they were fed up enough with his repeated failures
Any second thoughts they might鈥檝e had were cleared once things began to turn around in his absence but the damage had been done - up until the 1970s, the old Yoshihara land would be swallowed up by time as people began to slowly trickle away from it
The region would eventually be bought by Saikou Corporation under their then newly created realty subsidiary for development; the modern Buraza Town is the outcome of this during the start of Japan鈥檚 20th century economic boom
The strange thing, though, is the presence of a lone sakura tree that sits just within the grounds of Akademi High School - a remnant of the once vast forest that Tsurugi planted
While some sakura trees can grow to be hundreds of years old depending on the species, the one present is estimated to be more than 450 and has shown no signs of being close to death It is considered a complete anomaly and custody of it is held in tandem between the Botanical Society of Japan, Saikou Corporation, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs
In spite of this, local legend has sprung up stating that if someone confesses underneath it then their love, just like the plant itself, will never perish; it is a popular spot among students at Akademi to try to confess any feelings they may have towards others there
Despite discussion about moving the sakura to a more secure location, as of 2021 it has not been touched due to fears that whatever unique conditions have allowed to live for as long as it has would be disrupted (despite all scientific evidence suggesting that there is nothing special about it at all)
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twilightfnafcity11 hours ago
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senpai x glamer
glamer is my oc she has a crush on senpai
glamer friday night funkin oc
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dami-4514 hours ago
Tenma find the basement:
Tenma: Daddy! (He's 4 years old)
Taro: What's wrong, my boy?
Tenma: What is this?
Taro: A basement.
Tenma: Why?
Taro: -Vietnam Memories-
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midfightfunkin15 hours ago
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Please like or reblog if you use.
Do not tag as kin as this is a fictive request.
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cryank16 hours ago
finished piece of the trackpad art!!!!
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asiandra-dash17 hours ago
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Pffft I drew him too far off to the side but idk how to move the dude without moving the canvas 炉\_(銉)_/炉 Ibis Paint how do you work
Also I'm not sorry
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lee-edits17 hours ago
Trans Senpai (FNF) Icons for anon!
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bunnypatrol19 hours ago
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a DTIYS and a continuation of the first chapter聽of strawberry boy
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bardivislak19 hours ago
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Idk man, some background and lighting practice. Honestly really proud of how this turned out, I鈥檝e never tried anything like this.
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nunemia day ago
My first time drawing something in Panty and Stocking style! It was originally gonna be boyfriend but i chose senpai instead cause he suits the aesthetic better!
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jaxieusa day ago
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I haven't drawn senpai in a while and @astr0meda's twin headcanon is fuelling me!!
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hallucinogeniusvmjpa day ago
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鈥淣o matter how many people, you may lose, you have no choice but to go on living. No matter how devastating, the blows maybe.鈥 鈥 Tanjiro Kamado
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