Yuri and Mai
Here’s part two of my kirin trio’s parents. This is about their mothers: Yuri, mother of Masamune, and Mai, mother of Murasame and Muramasa. Let’s begin with Yuri since facts about her are few and scattered.
Lady Yuri was the wife of Viceroy Hideyoshi and Quetzalcoatl was her immediate superior in the Island’s hierarchy. As such, she was the most powerful kirin on the Island, as the Sovereign’s second ranks above the Viceroy. She was a green-and-emerald mare with gold hair and blue eyes, making her similar in appearance to Quetzalcoatl himself. Yuri and Hideyoshi had been bonded for about fifty years before she was appointed the second to Quetzalcoatl. She gave birth to Masamune when she was over a century old. The exact age she was is unknown. Her power is also unknown at this time.
Yuri acted as the mediator between her husband and her son. Whenever the two came to blows verbally, she was always there to step in. More often than not, she would take Masamune’s side, knowing it was unfair for Hideyoshi to expect him to take on two roles he didn’t want. It was her unshakable stance on many issues that attracted Quetzalcoatl to her potential as his second. She was kind, serene, but strong and not easily cowed. Her best friend outside Hideyoshi was her superior.
Yuri’s life came to a tragic end when she was 400 years old. She was down by the river when she was attacked by a 17 ft. long saltwater crocodile (which can live in fresh water). The crocodile dragged her into the river but Yuri, in true kirin fashion, used her powers instinctively to save herself. Her cries of pain and fear alerted the herd nearby and brought Hideyoshi, Masamune, and some others to her rescue. While they managed to drive the crocodile off, it was too late. Yuri was grievously wounded. The damage was such that the healers couldn’t heal her fast enough. But even as she was losing blood, she remained serene, telling her devastated son to remain strong and to keep moving forward and telling her husband that she always loved him and to stop pressuring their son. She passed away ten minutes after being rescued. When Quetzalcoatl got the news, he was just as devastated as the herd and didn’t take another second until Masamune revealed his intention to take her place.
Mai is the twins’ mother and I will be the first to admit I originally intended her to be the one to reject Muramasa, instead of Oda. However, I ran into a block about what other mare would take the twins in so I relegated Mai’s original characterization to Oda, instead. I think it’s because I find it hard to believe a maternal creature would reject her own offspring, particularly creatures who think like a human. It also fits in with Oda better, too. He was named after Oda Nobunaga who history says was quite brutal during the Sengoku Era of Japan while acting idiotic to throw off his enemies. He was also rather bizarre in his youth as well.
Mai was a yellow-and-brass mare with orange eyes and straw blond hair. She was the one who named her sons after their birth and Oda walked out on them. She kept Muramasa safe from the rest of the herd and would pay the ultimate price to save both twins from their deranged father. After she spirited her sons from their forest and noticed they were being pursued, Mai turned back to face them head on when Temple Forest came into view. The battle went mostly unseen by her sons and most of the pursuing kirins had been run off by Mai, who had killed several others, by the time Quetzalcoatl and Hideyoshi arrived. Her power was fire and one of the images the twins have of that day so long ago was of their mother surrounded by a corona of flames. The mare herself was lacerated and broken from the battle. She died begging Quetzalcoatl to protect her sons and not knowing that Muramasa had killed his father. There is no doubt that she still loved Oda even after he abandoned her and their sons, because she understood him better than anyone else.
Mai was buried in a corner of Muramasa’s garden, tucked away among many flowers her son grew over the decades. The twins remember her fondly and never forgot the lengths she went to keep them both safe.