Category Archives: Island Reptila

The purpose and sovereignty of Island Reptilia as well as details on the Kirin Nation.

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.

Oda and Hideyoshi

I decided to do something different when I got down to discussing the parents of my main kirin trio from the Island Reptilia stories. I’m dedicating this post to their fathers, Oda and Hideyoshi. As was written in the posts dedicated to two of the kirins individually, Oda is the father of the twins Murasame and Muramasa while Hideyoshi is the father of Masamune. Looking back, these two stallions are similar but radically different in how they saw their sons. Let me get this started by talking about Oda.

Oda is an orange-and-carmine stallion with diamond eyes and black hair. He held an unknown position in his herd and was bonded to Mai. Oda was a well-respected kirin whose flaws led him to his demise. I see him as an Anti-Villain because his fear of Muramasa and drive to kill him are justifiable. A power like Muramasa hasn’t been seen in All World since the original kelpies, horses that housed that power, and were killed for it, only for it to backfire. Oda, however, didn’t know that killing a creature with chaotic evil would bring them back as a kelpie-like creature. He was genuinely happy when his wife told them she was expecting his child and was doubly so when it was discovered she was carrying twins. It all changed when the twins were born.

Oda wasn’t present for the birth (as it’s custom among equines that mares birth in solitude) but when Muramasa’s power manifested two minutes from birth, he could sense and came to investigate. He came into the birthing thicket to see Mai trying to recover from the pain of delivering a colt with chaotic evil powers. The boy’s strength was flowing unchecked from  him because he was A) too young to manifest and B) unable to control it. Oda, understandably, saw his younger son as a threat to both himself, Mai, and Murasame. He tried to kill him there but was stopped by Mai who threw herself between them, citing she would die first. Oda, feeling betrayed, yielded to her desire. He sealed Muramasa’s power away until he had grown old enough to control it. He broke off his Bond with their mother (equivalent to humans getting a divorce) and didn’t involve himself with his family (including Murasame, the “safe” son).

It’s speculated that Oda had planned to somehow circumvent Mai’s wish for him not to kill their son himself because he arranged for Muramasa’s death twice. The first time was when the twins turned ten and they were at the right age for power manifestation. Oda sent for Sovereign Quetzalcoatl to be present, hoping to startle/scare the amphithere into killing the boy for him. Quetzalcoatl unknowingly thwarted that plot by bringing his apprentice, Prince Masamune, with him. Oda had rumors of Masamune’s harmonious good power but initially thought that it was simply Hideyoshi being a braggart in his pride of his son. When it turned out that Masamune had such a unique power simply because of Muramasa’s existence, Oda knew that his attempt failed. Quetzalcoatl encouraged the Prince to subdue the power that flowed unchecked from the ten year old colt.

Oda received another embarrassing blow when the Sovereign rebuked him for keeping Muramasa a secret from him. It’s generally believed that the Sovereign was made aware of the original kelpies and how they came to be. By keeping Muramasa a secret from him, Oda had unknowingly put the Island in danger had he succeeded in snuffing his life out. After that spectacle, Oda decided to just do it himself. He gathered like-minded stallions in the herd and went after Mai, who caught wind of the plot and spirited both her sons from the forest. It’s unclear if Oda would’ve killed Murasame or not but it’s safe to assume that he would’ve gone through the boy if he protected Muramasa. Their father was so dead set on his goal, he underestimated Muramasa’s desire to protect his twin. He was killed when the colt unleashed a large amount of power out of fear. He was throw back into a tree and impaled through the neck on a low branch. He died instantly in a rearing position. He was 255 years old and his power is unknown.

Hideyoshi is a grey-and-black kirin with ruby eyes and Curtains That Match The Window. He was Masamune’s predecessor as Viceroy, explaining his earlier title as Prince. He’s nearly the opposite of Oda when it came to his own son, Masamune.  The Prince manifested his power at the correct age but it came as a surprise to the Temple Herd when it was comprised entirely of pure light-based magic, known as harmonious good. The bigger surprise came from the revelation that Masamune was the only practitioner of such power that could use his light for a weapon. Other light-based powers come with a secondary power for offense. Hideyoshi had always wanted his son to take the titles his parents held so things between them were already strained by the time Masamune manifested his power.

Hideyoshi’s main flaws are the fact that he has trouble accepting differing opinions but he’s also a good negotiator when it comes to diplomatic affairs. He also has high expectations of his son that Masamune resents as much as he does his father. Even to this day with him older, wiser, and more accepting of his destiny,  Masamune’s resentment of his father has led him to refer to Hidesyoshi by name instead of Father out of spite the whole time. Another redeeming quality of the former Viceroy is that he truly loves his son. He just has trouble expressing it correctly. They both mended some fences in the wake of Yuri’s death but it also meant that other things would strained between them without her to keep the peace.

Hideyoshi and Oda are considered rivals, especially when one thinks that Oda was just as qualified for the Viceroy position as Hideyoshi (as kirins are handpicked by Quetzalcoatl to serve as Viceroy). They were also childhood enemies. When Hideyoshi got the position, things between the two were more antagonistic than ever. The Viceroy openly stated to Quetzalcoatl’s face that he thought Oda was a fool after his death, even going so far as to spit on his corpse. He aided in the failed attempted to save Mai’s life when she peeled off from her sons to face their pursuers. He shares the fear of Muramasa with Oda, but wasn’t so foolish as to attempt what he did. Whether or not he knew of the kelpies on the Continent is something he doesn’t discuss.

Hideyoshi has a power that hasn’t been seen before in a kirin. He holds the power to permanently copy another kirin’s power (dead or alive), able to copy a limitless number. The only two powers he cannot copy are the unique powers held by his son and Muramasa. He tried on both but failed. He demonstrated his power to copy a dead kirin’s power on the stallions who chased Mai and her sons. He only copy a newly dead kirin because as the body deteriorates, the magic leaves. When he manifested his power, it was decided within the Nation that it was ethical for him to copy the deceased. Quetzalcoatl is slightly wary of that but lets Hideyoshi do as it please. It’s likely he didn’t copy Oda’s power given the rivalry/emnity between the two.

Next post will talk about the mothers, Yuri and Mai.

Masamune the Harmonious One

Masamune is one of my more important kirin characters and another personal favorite. He’s a white-and-silver stallion with gold eyes and Curtains That Match The Windows. As noted in the title, his personal power is that of harmonious good (pretty much means it’s purely light-based). However, his power is a bit funky. Other kirins in the past and present have light based powers but only Masamune can weaponize his.  Other kirins with light-based powers can’t do that. Their powers are strictly healing. They often have a secondary power they can use offensively.

Masamune was born 700 years ago to Viceroy Hideyoshi, the ruler of the Kirin Nation, and Yuri, second to Sovereign Quetzalcoatl. His father had always wanted his son to take on the roles of both Viceroy and the second to Quetzalcoatl. Both are prestigious titles, with Viceroy ranking below Quetzalcoatl’s second. Masamune grew to resent that within his fifth year. The manifestation of his unique power at the age of ten made things between him and his father deteriorate even farther. The Prince felt that both Hideyoshi and the herd was against him. The only one who seemed to care about Masamune’s choices was his mother, Yuri. She encouraged him to follow his own path.

Masamune’s past is something he doesn’t care to discuss much. Quetzalcoatl had come to his herd (which is based in Temple forest where Temple itself stands) when he was seventeen. Yuri had asked him to come meet her son and the Sovereign was observant of how he and his father were so antagonistic to each other. Quetzalcoatl asked the Prince to come to Temple for training. The amphithere sensed that Masamune was fighting his destiny at that point because at that point, no one knew why Masamune had such a power of harmonious good. The Prince agreed, dying to get out from under Hideyoshi’s thumb.

Several years later, tragedy struck. Yuri, Masamune’s mother and strongest supporter, was killed by a saltwater crocodile in the river that ran through Temple Forest at the age of 400 years old. The death devastated Masamune to the point where he almost lost the will to live. The tragedy also deeply affected Hideyoshi and it brought him and his son to understanding. Things are better between them now but their relationship is still slightly strained due to Hideyoshi butting into Masamune’s affairs.

Masamune took his parents’ titles not long after Muramasa’s power manifestation, bringing to fruition Hideyoshi’s ambitions. By that time, Masamune and Quetzalcoatl had already been told of  the impending birth, the reason harmonious good resides in the new Viceroy. The two kirins met face-to-face for the first time when Muramasa and his twin brother turned ten. The connection the two made with their eyes was what broke the seal on the chaotically evil power inside the colt. Quetzalcoatl and Masamune inadvertently thwarted Oda’s plan for the Sovereign to kill the boy when Masamune used his power to subdue the chaotic evil flowing unchallenged from the red-and-carmine colt.

The Viceroy has never been known to have many friends or court any mares in his long life. When he was a teenager, he strongly suspected the only reasons females, outside his mother, came to his defense against those who would tease him relentlessly because of his power and his father’s high expectations was because they wanted to get close enough to him and be named his Lady. Same went for males who stood up for him. They just wanted a lofty position of power, like a general or some sort. Because of that notion, true or not, Masamune came off as antisocial.

Under Quetzalcoatl’s tutelage, he has reined in his antisocial tendencies and has opened up to others more. He sees the Sovereign as a father figure and Big Brother Mentor. Quetzalcoatl, in turn, came to see the kirin as his own son. His relationship with the twins is different for both. He’s on brotherly terms with Murasame and he’s patient with Muramasa, who likes to pick fights with him in a bid to overpower him. He’s not as hotheaded as he was in his youth and he exudes an air befitting his reputation as the Harmonious One. He’s grown kinder and more compassionate than he used to be in his youth but he still holds others at a distance until he judges their intentions of befriending him. Next post will talk about the parents of Murasame and Muramasa, with the one after that discussing Masamune’s parents.

Muramasa the Chaotic One

Muramasa is a recent character to the All World mythos. He’s the younger twin son to a pair of kirins named Mai and Oda. His older twin is Murasame. He’s a red-and-carmine kirin with navy blue hair and orange eyes.

Muramasa has had terrible luck ever since he was born. Every kirin has some sort of power and Muramasa was unlucky enough to be born with chaotic evil power. He’s insane as a result and his birth nearly killed his mother, Mai. A kirin’s power manifests when they turn ten. Muramasa’s, however,  manifested just moments before his birth. The twins’ father, Oda, had it in for him from that day on but he didn’t make a move until a few days before the twins turned ten. Oda instead invited Sovereign Quetzalcoatl to inspect the foals due to manifest and tried to startle Quetzalcoatl into killing the boy for him when the time came.

Quetzalcoatl threw a wrench in that plan by bringing along his apprentice, Prince Masamune, son of the Viceroy. Masamune was born 200 years prior and manifested harmonious good. Muramasa’s power had been under seal for ten years, a final favor to Mai from Oda before he broke their Bond. The seal had weakened all those years and broke the moment Muramasa and Masamune made eye contact. Oda’s plot fell apart when Masamune revealed that he was born and given his harmonious power for the sole purpose of subduing Muramasa’s chaotic evil. Quetzalcoatl rebuked Oda for not coming to him as soon as the twins were born and letting him know. He then told Mai in secret that if she felt her sons were in danger, to bring them to Temple about sixteen miles away.

A few days later, Oda moved against his sons. Mai rushed them from their forest while he and a gang of kirin stallions pursued them. Mai, Murasame, and Muramasa were about a mile from Temple Forest when she pulled back to fight off their pursuers. She ordered her sons to keep running. Oda and two others broke from the fight Mai engaged and went after them. The boys ran straight to Temple’s door and started pounding the door with their hooves. Muramasa looked back to see Oda and the other two gaining on them and the colt panicked. For the pure reason of wanting to protect his twin brother, the Chaotic One unleashed a huge wave of his power. The trio of would-be killers were caught in the wave. Oda was blown off his hooves and was impaled on a low lying branch. He was killed instantly. The two with him escaped with various injuries.

Quetzalcoatl and Masamune, who heard the twins’ cries for help and felt Muramasa’s burst of power, came out to see the colts on the ground and Oda dead. Realizing what was happening, Quetzalcoatl flew off in a rage to see to Mai, leaving the Prince to watch the boys. Mai paid the ultimate price to protect her sons. She survived long enough to beg Quetzalcoatl to protect her sons and then she died. The loss of their mother and the utter confusion of why their father tried to kill them made the twins human enough to cry, long before they were able to take a human form.

Muramasa is a quiet sort of insane being. One could say he’s a high-functioning psychopath. His Meaningful Name comes from the infamous Japanese swordsmith of the same name. Muramasa blades had a reputation of being bloodthirsty blades while the master himself was said to be a little off his rocker. It’s said that Ieyatsu Tokugawa, founder of the Tokugawa regime, forbade his samurai from owning Muramasa blades. The kirin Muramsa is quite insane, due to his power, but his imposed isolation has kept him from acting on impulses to kill, barring a particular incident.

Muramasa also invokes the trope Even Evil Has Standards. He does has some morals, even though they tend to get twisted around depending on stimuli. For one, he will never intentionally harm his brother, Murasame. He possess a green thumb unheard of in such a being as he. He keeps a large garden for his own use and, in his own words, says that the flowers make him feel at peace. He has grown and cared for them almost as soon as his parents died. It came to the Sovereign’s attention when he returned with Mai’s body to see Muramasa mechanically trying to keep alive a single tawny day-lily that was starting to wither in an unused courtyard.

Since then, Quetzalcoatl provided the troubled youth with flowers to care for as well as the use of the courtyard for his garden. Muramasa does have a sense of joy and pleasure in growing things almost as if to prove he’s not dangerous, even though he knows full well that he is. His desire to protect his garden has had disastrous results in the distant past. A gang of bandits broke into Temple to ransack it and their entry point was the garden. Muramasa had been away at the main building of the Temple complex and he returned to see a majority of his garden destroyed. The bandits were still there destroying more and the stallion went berserk. He slaughtered the gang without mercy. It took Masamune’s power to knock the crazed Muramasa out. Quetzalcoatl is still plagued by nightmares from time to time of the carnage, worse than any battle he’s fought in his long lifetime. No Kill Like Overkill is the trope.

Muramasa is capable of love but it’s often overshadowed by his insanity. He did have feelings for a kirin mare who came to Temple with Murasame after a mission. The mare, named Katana, had a silent crush on Masamune but she eventually grew to love Murasame. The red-and-carmine stallion was left with a broken heart on having lost Katana to his brother. He has since been introduced to a blind mare named Kaya who’s unique power allows her to “see” the life force or power of another magical being. I’m stuck on that story so I don’t know how to bring them closer.

Muramasa is a character I pity as much as my near-immortals. He has minimal control over his power and generally has a rotten lot in life. But he’s one of my favorites and I hoe to finish the stories with him in them.