Osog is the main religion of Aslann. It is widely practiced by 65% of the population. It is known as the Kari religion and is the basis of the Kari clans faith. That is, however, not why it is the main religion of Aslann. This religion revolves around the story of the worlds creation by the god Kazuma and ultimately about the ‘maker’. Practitioners of Osog are highly religious and place their god Kazuma and clan above all. Osog is practiced not just among the Kari, but other clans such as the Saitama and Anami. With an emphasis on living a proper and obedient life, remaining chaste until marriage, and giving yourself completely to clan and faith.
Omarith as of the future setting is no longer practiced in Aslann. It was known as the Hamara religion and died out during the early twentieth century. It revolved around the god Hisoka and was based on the belief that love can conquer all and that to be a better person you must sacrifice. It was not uncommon for practitioners to live a humble lifestyle and take jobs in fields that would better their nation. During its heyday it was practiced among 6% of the population of Aslann, but never in any formal temple setting. Practitioners of Omarith displayed their faith through good deeds, which was believed to allow them to stand at the side of Hisoka when their time came instead of being reincarnated over and over again as is the way of Osog and Esspersset.
Esspersset is actually the smallest religion in Aslann, despite playing a major part in the largest Aslann clan. It is practiced by only 1% of the population due to the stigma surrounding the God Rin. It is known as the Ishi religion and to this day is practiced primarily and privately among the Ishi clan. It is the only one of the four Aslann religions that actively worships at shrines and temples. Practitioners live a very ‘do what you love, love what you do’ lifestyle. Making it the only religion that focuses more on the individual’s path over what the god Rin requires. Still, among the Ishi, Friday is a spiritual day where many are seen at shrines and temples giving thanks to their god Rin.
Herda makes up only 3% of the modern religious population of Aslann. By the future setting it drops down to 1% and becomes known as a dying religion. It is often refereed to as the Waichia religion and practitioners in historical days went to war in the name of the God Ryozo. That was a time when Herda was really the largest religion of Aslann. It was only after the Kari Commander defeated the nation of Shimragata that Osog became the primary religion. You will not find practitioners of Herda in temples or worshiping at shrines. By the modern age and into the future, Herda has become a cult and is used by terrorist within Aslann to promote change.
Despite there being four major religions of Aslann there are other religions practiced such as the Christian faith, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. These religions in the modern period make up only 2% of the population, but gain in “popularity” as Aslann progresses. Additionally, 3% of the population do not worship any sort of God. Now, it is interesting to note that Tearra the Goddess does not have her own religion. Despite this, she is wildly worshiped by a number of clans including the Kensuku and she is featured prominently in all four major Aslann religions. She is the only one among the Gods that has shrines dedicated to her in all cities, towns, and villages of Aslann.
Kazuma was the king of the gods and do not be confused he is not benevolent. He was emotionless, caring little for the mortal realm. Represented by the earth and the might tortoise. Tearra once described him to Mikio as being incapable of feeling compassion or remorse. Two traits that are often displayed by those of his blood, the Kari clan. He was formidable, seemingly slow moving and yet the most efficient at all things. His bloodline, the Kari clan, are said to be able to do things that defy the laws of the earthly realm. In reality they are just able to replicate anything they see and hear and do it flawlessly.
Rin was considered a demon of sorts. As the God of death and keeper of the darkness, he was represented by the void and a great serpent. Like a snake, he ‘shed’ his skin giving himself a new life. Which is the basis of the reincarnation belief for both the Osog and the Esspersset religions. The Ishi clan is descended from Rin and some of them in the cases of Kuro, Mikio, Bak, and Kin are actually directly descended from Rin because he was their father. Rin’s blood gifted the Ishi with remarkable high-speed regeneration allowing them to heal quickly and live an extended life. That of course does not make them invincible as the mortal Rin learned quite violently.
Hisoka by practitioners of the religion Omarith actually believe him to be the most powerful of all of the gods. He was the god of love and keeper of the hearts passion; though love is broad term. It was not as simple as the love someone has for another, but all love in all of its forms even for ones nation. It was said he was able to sooth anyone with a single touch, word, or a glance and ultimately control them. Represented by water and the great dragon, his blood was ultimately the creation of the Hamara clan. Though it is interesting to note that not all Hamara were born with what would become known as the “blood eyes” that allowed them to manipulate. By the modern age the last of the Hamara bloodline was found in only Abe Sosa.
Despite Rin’s envy, Ryozo is actually considered the worst of the gods. He had a temper most foul. The god of war and keeper of chaos as he was known, held sway over the minds of all living beings and caused many a war among mortals simply because it amused him. He could read minds, erase memories or change them, learn your every secret without uttering a word. Represented by fire and the powerful tiger, he often traveled to the realm of mortals, in sighting wars and conflict as much as he could. The Waichia clan is descended from Ryozo and the majority of them can read minds to some varying degrees, but very few of them are able to alter memories in the modern age. In the future time, the Waichia is the smallest clan and none of them have the power over the mind as they once did.
Tearra was the queen of the gods. She was beautiful and stood at the side of Kazuma. Represented by the wind and the great phoenix. Her eyes could see far beyond any realm to all possibilities, but she never interfered with the path of mortals and even the one that ultimately would hinder the gods. Every situation she handled with compassion, reason, and without emotion even when her heart was weeping. Her blood was actually the line of two clans. First, the Tylo clan which are born with Tearra’s all seeing eyes and the second the Sosa clan. Which is its own complicated story, but the short of it is that Tearra, much later in life purged her love for Kazuma and created Emi of the Sosa using that emotion.
The creation story starts with Kazuma. He is the king of the gods. Now it is important to note that the creation story differs slightly among the four major religions of Aslann. One clan sees it one way and another well you get the picture. One thing they all agree upon is that Kazuma is the beginning of life itself. He is the maker of all things, all worlds, all religions, all people.
Kazuma, however, hated himself. Despised portions of whom he was. These things over billions of years ate away at him until he decided he was going to purge those things he hated. First, he removed his lust. From this was created the god of love Hisoka. Then, he removed his gluttony and from it was born the god of war, Ryozo. Lastly, there was one part of him he loathed more than any other and that was his envy. From that, Rin, the god of death was created. Leaving Kazuma with his pride.
This did not solve matters, it only compounded the issue. Certainly Kazuma was no longer alone which he appreciated, but he was surrounded by the things he hated the most. At first he tried to ignore it and thus began the creation of the universe. Each star a part of him, but still he felt discontent. There was nothing that gave him joy or inspired him. In the end he could no longer ignore the worst parts of himself; his lust, his gluttony, his envy, and even his pride.
Kazuma waged war against the other gods upon Earth, hoping to destroy the parts of himself that he loathed. In the end, the might of Rin, Hisoka, and Ryozo toppled the king of the gods. As he knelt upon the ground, the sky grew dark and the heavens cried. That was when he noticed a small red flower had survived the assault the gods waged upon the Earth. Kazuma realized that there was still one part of him left to give. Born from that single stubborn flower was Tearra, the queen of the gods and their voice of reason.
The majority of the gods wanted to be worshiped. Kazuma, hearing the hearts of his fellow gods created the first people, the Shima clan. The teachings of the Shima tell many stories of the gods and the first shrines and temples built in historical days were created by this clan to honor them. From here, the other gods become petty wanting to be worshiped as individuals. Kazuma allowed them to do as they pleased, so they created over 5847 clans just in Aslann. Of course, this does not include all the other people in the world that were created long after. However, to put that in a bit of context, from a modern day perspective that is just over 18 million people roughly the population of Syria or Madagascar.
Some of the clans created by Hisoka were the Misomoto, Amano, and Yamada who are all known for their love in excess. Ryozo created hundreds of clans that actually included the very religious Anami, as well as assassin clans like the Maiba, Saitama, and Kensuku. During historical days all of these clans were known for their love of war. Interestingly enough, Ryozo was also known for the creation of Cho. He (Cho) came about because Ryozo loved mortal women and bedded quite a few of them. Cho sired 100 children whom ultimately became the Takahashi clan. Rin along with Tearra and Kazuma, actually did not make as many clans as Ryozo and Hisoka. Rin created the Zenaku, Shinohara, Sato, and was instrumental in pulling demons from the void that he called the Nakamaru. All of these clans were devoted to the forbidden arts of “magic”. Tearra, created a single woman know as Emi, who would become the matriarch of the Sosa clan. Additionally other clans were created in unique ways. The Sweela for example were assassin created by the Nakamaru using one of Emi’s sons who had Shima and Sosa blood.
Some of the gods were not content, they were plotting against each other and messing around with the lives of mortals just because it amused them. Ultimately, the gods each fell from the heavens and become mortals. This starts with Ryozo, during one of his mortal encounters he is manipulated by a demon of the Nakamaru called Kisho. This incident led to some dire consequences and ultimately 500 years of wars for mortals. Ryozo changed. Before this, he was just amused with mortals. He saw them as play toys, but after his manipulation he would kill them just because he could. Entire clans were wiped out just by Ryozo alone.
Tearra was disgusted with Ryozo’s behavior. No longer could she see reason and allow him to continue to treat Kazuma’s world with such disrespect. She used the bulk of her power to cast him from the heavens. Hisoka, felt that this course of action by Tearra was uncalled for and instead of standing among the heavens with his brethren he left. Casting aside his immortality and accepting the life of a mortal. With three gods in the heavens this is where the four major religions begin to disagree.
Omarith, the Hamara religion actually states that Hisoka left the heavens first and that his power was so strong that it affected even Tearra and she followed him from the heavens. Thus, the two become mortals. Though ultimately he had no interest in Tearra and denounced her affections resulting in Tearra crying on the shrine of Hisoka where the death god Rin, rapes her.
Herda, the Waichia religion, depicts Tearra as a vengeful and jealous goddess. Due to Ryozo’s lecherous ways Tearra becomes angry and cast him from the heavens, cursing him to a live a mortal life. It is believed that Tearra had never stepped foot on Earth since her creation and even though she cast him from the heavens she was so in love with him she would grace him with her presence through many decades. While Kazuma cared little for what his queen did, Rin the god of death grew jealous of Ryozo having the attention of the goddess. Wanting to possess, he ultimately takes her upon a shrine.
Osog and Esspersset, have several things in common regarding the creation of the world and the god’s history. What differs between these two religions and what Omarith and Herda practitioners believe is that Kazuma did actually care about the actions taken by his queen.
The manipulation done by Kisho ultimately tainted Ryozo and when he returned to the heavens this infection spread to the other gods. Tearra, grew angry with Ryozo over his callous behavior toward mortals and cast him from the heavens using all of her power. Hisoka was disgusted by her action and walked away from the gods, excepting mortality. Tearra, followed him though it was simply to get him to see reason, but Hisoka refused. Conflict erupted in the heart of Tearra and she often sought out Ryozo for forgiveness. This angered Kazuma. Normally a god of little emotion he felt cast aside by his queen. So, he sent Rin to the mortal realm to punish and retrieve her so that she might understand that engaging with Ryozo in any form was going against him.
Rin was the most unstable of all of the gods and lost his battle to insanity due to Kisho’s poison. When he found Tearra he took her upon one of the many shrines dedicated to the Gods. Tearra did not beg, weep, or ask her king Kazuma for forgiveness. Instead, she prayed to him that he would make her mortal and allow her to bring life into the world. Kazuma was so moved and broken by her request that he granted it and from her was born Soti of the Tylo and Mikio of the Ishi. Rin returned to the heavens.
This, is where Osog and Esspersset practitioners disagree. Osog believers say that it was not what Kazuma had wanted. That Tearra was simply to be punished and returned to the heavens. While Esspersset believers say that Kazuma had told Rin to defile the body of the goddess so no mortal would look upon her with love again. Whichever interpretation you prefer, Kazuma attempted to cast Rin from the heavens so that he might smite his mortal form down. Either because he was angry or because he wanted to be the only god, regardless, Rin was unwilling to become mortal alone dragged the king of the gods to the Earth thus sharing the same fate.
Some of the major clans that are no longer considered pure have mated with people that do not have the unique abilities associated with the gods or any of the 5847 pure clans of Aslann. Let’s take the Takahashi and Kensuku for example. These two clans are very large within Aslann. Together they are larger than the biggest clan, which is the Ishi clan. Unfortunately, both of these clans are called mesho, which means “tainted blood”. The Takahashi, due to its origin story, is descended from the god Ryozo. However, Cho bed anyone he wished regardless of them being from one of the 5847 clans of Aslann. Due to this, anyone from his bloodline is considered impure.
The Kensuku on the other hand are a bit different. They were created by the god of war Ryozo and were one of the “pure clans”; the 5847 initially created by the gods. These clans, were special because the gods paid attention to every little detail in creating them and gifted each clan with abilities to make them uniquely different from any mortals created after. This was a design of lessees and betters because the gods felt there should mortals strong enough to rule rule over other mortals. The Kensuku, however, never believed in this. One of the few clans that actively worshiped Tearra, who was known for her reason and compassion, saw all people regardless of their status as being no less or no better than the next person. So it became quite common after their enslavement by the Shima, for the Kensuku to openly engage in relationships that further tainted their image among the pure-blood clans.
During the days of the Kari Commander, the Yamada clan became very important. They were sought out due to their unique abilities to see the blood linage of anyone in the world. So, perspective unions would be brought before the Yamada with hopes of finding out whether or not there was blood purity (5847 clans) or the blood of the gods. This made the Yamada very popular and very wealthy and ultimately, they were the reasons that many pure-blood clans were destroyed as they willfully lied to clans to taint a bloodline. Their work with helping clans put them in a seat of power during the modern day and also made them hated.
A lot of why this becomes important to some clans over others is because of religious beliefs, upbringing, and the values of the clans involved. The Kari and Yamada for example are two clans that place a high burden upon their people for blood purity. The Yamada for a very superficial reason and the Kari due to their unrelenting belief in their god Kazuma. Other clans, like the Sosa and the Hamara were so strict about it that by the modern age, both clans were dying out. The Sosa, because of the unique abilities and wanting to preserve that and the Hamara because they simply hated all of the other clans, but were unwilling to bed “outsiders”.
Not all clans felt that way. For example, throughout the history of the Ishi, there has never been a single one born without the Ishi eyes and abilities. While the Tylo clan has also sought out individuals who are not of blood purity and have exhibited the eyes of the goddess. A perfect example of the latter is Agito Tylo, who is considered tainted blood. His mother was from Aslann, but her clan was not one of the initial 5847 and thus she does not have any unique abilities. Despite this, Agito was one of the most powerful of his generation.
The Exiled Prince series is broken up into three aspects of time. The past which is often referred to as the historical period, the present which is the modern age, and the future which is …. the canon. When I am referring to the historical period that can be any time prior to the date of the modern age. So, for example if the modern age begins in 1954, then anything prior to that year is considered historical. Now, the present or the modern age is pretty deceptive. In context, The Exiled Prince story was first posted on blogger back in 2010 and Tationy was sixteen years old at the start of that story. In reference to time that would be the height of the modern age and the future takes place a 162 years from that point in the modern time.
Tationy’s point of view is fairly non-existent within the series. This is because she is really difficult to write for. For example, let’s say I am writing from Kuro’s point of view. When you talk to someone, you generally are engaged in the conversation. You are thinking about what you will say next, maybe you noticed something different about the person you are talking to, or perhaps you are agreeing or disagreeing in your head. This is normal. This is what people do. So, if Kuro and Hiko were having a conversation it would play out very naturally, we would learn his thoughts and his feelings.
Tationy’s mind does not work like that. In fact, all Tylo minds do not process information naturally. For Tationy, she would not be there. Yes, she would be answering the questions or talking normally, but her mind would be on millions and billions of different things. So, where Kuro might be thinking ‘Wow, did Hiko get a hair cut?’ Tationy would be all over the place. One minute she might be examining Kuro’s tie and wondering where he got it and literally the next second she might be watching a squirrel crawl across a tree branch. Then, seconds later laughing in her head about something someone who does not even exist yet is saying. Her mind is the epitome of chaos. Which unfortunately makes her very hard to write for because she is extremely random. Due to this, we will never learn about her through her, we will learn about the millions and billions of other things going on around her.
There is quite a bit of unrest among the clans during TEP Reality. After the death of Miso Yamada in the modern time, there was no leadership to unite the clans. Which ultimately started wars between them. Clans such as the Zenaku absorbed the Maiba, the Kari waged war against the Shima and ultimately took their fortune, the Yamada began to fight from within due to the succession of Tationy to Matriarch. The majority of the Yamada did not want that to happen and ultimately Anjou Yamada, as the voice of his clan, refused to announce her as Miso’s successor. There were several attempts on her life which were ultimately thwarted by the Kari. Due to this, clans that were once allies fractured and the nation became segregated with clans dominating particular territories.
Miso the previous Matriarch of the Yamada clan died when Tationy was sixteen years old. Despite being her successor, Tationy’s reign as matriarch lasted a whole five seconds. Just long enough for Anjou to tell her that she was to be Miso’s successor and then add in that he was not going to announce her as such to the Yamada. By the start of TEP Reality, Tationy is not the Matriarch of the Yamada. The clan is in the hands of Wen, the granddaughter of Anjou.
Kuro ultimately became a far different character in the Prequel then he was meant to be. The true version of him we will see in TEP Reality is closer to what readers experienced in TEP and TEPR. So, in a way these changes do affect him probably more than other characters we have seen. The biggest change is his age. In the prequel he was 18 years old. In the original TEP story he was over 200 years. Kuro is a character that is directly descended from the god Rin, so he is very old when Rin was still in the heavens and I wanted to get back to that with him and his brothers. I feel as though in the Prequel, who he is as a man due to his length of time walking the earth was lost.
As for the state of the Ishi, they are the largest of the “pure” clans. They control the second largest city of Aslann which is Mount Celiabai. They are by far in the best possible position compared to other clans in the series, for the most part. Due to the death of Jin, Kuro is made Elder of the Ishi by the start of the Reality story. A position that ultimately was meant to go to his brother Mikio.
Tearra and Kazuma are always a part of the story as well as the other gods. The reason for this goes back to the religions of Osog and Esspersset. The world was created by the gods. What both of these religions believe is that when you die, you go to purgatory where you atone for your mortals sins, before moving on to the land of souls. Once in the land of souls, you wait to be reincarnated. The gods who eventually become mortal, also go through this. Kazuma is reborn in the body of Kari clan members who bare his mark. Tearra is sometimes a man and sometimes a woman depending on whom she has chosen to be reincarnated in, but she is the only god that tends to be reincarnated outside of her blood. She has been Shima, Yamada, Amano, and several other clans. Ryozo and Hisoka tend to be reincarnated in those from their bloodline, but they can be from a number of clans including the Kari, Sosa, etc. Rin is always Ishi, but in a lot of ways he is also a predator to his blood.
In TEP Reality, the gods for the most part have been reincarnated. Tearra was reincarnated in the body of Tationy Tylo. Rin actually did battle with his son Mikio, both of whom died. Mikio was resurrected and Rin piggybacked his way to mortality. Kazuma is in the body of the Kari Elder, Somè. Hisoka was last in the vessel of Abe Sosa. Due to there being no reincarnate of Hisoka, it is assumed that the Hamara bloodline is non-existent and Abe is dead. Ryozo has been reincarnated in the body of Chochi Waichia.
The relationship between Tearra and Kazuma is very complicated. The religions of Osog and Esspersset see the relationship between the king of the gods and the goddess differently. Osog believers see it as Tearra being willful and Kazuma being prideful and simply not being able to find their way to each other because they are unable to “see” the other in their mortal forms. Esspersset believers, feel that Tearra’s soul and that of Rin’s are connected through their sons Mikio and Soti, so Tearra will always find her way to Rin. Either way, the relationship between Kazuma and Tearra and their vessels Somè and Tationy will be a part of the story, but only in the context that Kazuma finds her willful and she is always doing things he disapproves of and that they never quite come together. We will see more of a focus on the relationship between Tearra and Rin, Tationy and Mikio which is even far more complicated because Mikio was the son of Tearra and Rin, but he is also the reincarnate of Rin. So, he is both son and lover to Tearra and gives him a deep connection Terra’s reincarnate Tationy.
The story will still be set in Aslann, but it will take place in Mount Celiabai the second largest city of the nation. It is Ishi territory known for its shipping industries. For the most part, the future Aslann will not look that much different on the surface from modern Aslann. However, the differences do come in the form of technological advances. Now, when you ask Bak what the future will be like during the modern age he shrugs his shoulders and says, ‘Probably like Star Trek’. The truth is that is not even close. While there are plenty of advances in technology and cures for diseases that have been discovered in 162 years they have not figured out how to teleport themselves from one place to another. TEP Reality starts at the beginning of the future age, which really is the height of the technological age of the world. At that point is when true strides in advancement begin.
We will still see very much of the clans and how they work within the story. We will get a different perspective though from other stories which were Kari-centric. The only Kari I intended to ever feature in The Exiled Prince series was Tatsuya and Hiko. Hiko was a filler character to Tatsuya who was a minor character to Oji and Takuya Waichia. In the stuff written prior to The Exiled Prince, Hiko was just the Commander of Aslann we never even knew his name and all other Kari were just faceless soldiers within the series. My hope is to get back to my original goal with The Exiled Prince Series, so canon wise Reality is closer to TEP and TEP-Reloaded and the stuff written prior to these stories, which were very clan-centric with a focus on the Ishi. Still, the Ishi are about the individual first and clan second, so we will get plenty of stories revolving around single characters that will help move the story along.
Imitso Encephalopathy is a progressive genetic neurological disorder that causes an advance stage of deterioration in mental faculties. All Ishi are carriers, but it is unclear why some Ishi over others have exhibited symptoms.
Initial signs come in the form of minor tremors particularly of the hands and feet, but it is also not uncommon to see excessive eye-blinking or other seemingly “mundane” nervous ticks. Due to the subtle nature of early symptoms, far too many Ishi go without being diagnosed. The harsher reality comes with later symptoms as the disease progresses to more advanced stages with includes aggressiveness, visual and auditory hallucinations, paranoia, mania, hyper sexuality, and delusions. Many Ishi choose suicide rather than live with Imitso Encephalopathy, so very few have gone through the full progression of all stages.
In the worst and final stage, the Ishi affected has become so incomprehensible, due to disconnected speech, speaking in tongues, or hissing. At this advanced stage, aggressiveness is heightened and violence is not uncommon. The Elder of the Ishi generally takes it upon himself to put down thee affected Ishi.
There is no known cure and nothing to slow the progression of the disease, however, Kin Ishi has been working to find a cure for the better part of his existence.
The characters of The Exiled Prince series are from a fictional nation called Aslann. As its writer, I wanted the names to sound “exotic” so many of them are made up or come from various cultures around the world including Chinese, Japanese, African, Italian, etc. Due to this, one of the common misconceptions about my story is that it revolves around the cultures represented by the names given to characters.
Each name, regardless of whether it comes from a specific culture, the Bible, or even one that is made up is chosen for its value to the character and not simply because it sounds cool or is pretty.
In The Exiled Prince series there were 130+ characters featured out of 445 characters initially created. Due to this we see only a very small portion of characters and clans so it is not uncommon for a single letter to crop up more than others such as K; Kuro, Kin, Kyo, etc. This might seem like a lot when taken out of context, but when you consider that there are well over 445 characters created for the series the amount of a single common letter for first names diminishes.
Some clans, but not all have unique practices when naming. The Ishi for example stick with simple names usually less than five letters because they are easier to say while the Kari chose names that are meant to represent the child’s future such as Hiko which means power in Maori or Tadayoshi which means loyal and right in Japanese.
The canon pairing for the TEP Series is Kuro and Tationy. In TEP the two ended up together and the God Rin went quite far to keep them from ever coming together again. The reason for this is that Tationy is the reincarnate of the Goddess Tearra and the God Rin wants her to come together with his reincarnate (which is not Kuro, but his little brother Mikio).
In the modern age of Aslann Tationy is reborn/reincarnated and spends the majority of her 178 years of life alone.
She is with Abe Sosa for one year when they were teenagers, Hiko Kari for four years before his death. Neither of these characters she marries and she has a son only with Hiko named Kazuma. She is taken care of by Tadayoshi (Hiko’s father and the reincarnate of the God Kazuma) who helps her raise his grandson for six years before he falls ill and eventually dies. Their relationship was quite complicated due to the God Kazuma and the Goddess Tearra so it is uncertain if the moment they shared was real or was based off the feelings of the two gods.
Tationy takes her son to the Kari village, where he is mentored by Semei Kari. However, Semei and Tationy do not “get together” until Kazuma is 16. So it took 8 years for their relationship to progress into something and by that point he had already become the new vessel to the god Kazuma, which starts the same vicious cycle over again that she experienced with Tadayoshi. The two were together for 19 years before a falling out divided them.
Abe and Tationy were just young, Hiko was a full-on business arrangement for the benefit of his career and profile, Tadayoshi and Semei were due to them both at one point being the reincarnate of the God Kazuma to her reincarnate of the Goddess Tearra.
On the flip side of this relationship, Kuro has never had a serious relationship with anyone except Tationy. He is old as dirt. He has been with tons of people who identify themselves as men, women, transgender, asexual, bi-sexual, gay, etc. This is a guy that does not see gender and has been pining away since the historical days of Aslann for Tationy who was actually a man trapped in a female body during those days called Tatsuya.
Every relationship he had after the death of Tatsuya (Tationy) was just a tryst; Abe, Hiko, Zen. His longest relationship (other than the one he had with Tatsuya/Tationy) was with Zen who was gay and broke off their relationship to marry a woman due to the values of the Kari. Tationy was 16 when she was with Hiko Kari. 162 years later her relationship with Kuro picks up. This was inevitable. It would happen regardless and is the true “canon” relationship for The Exiled Prince series.
A common question often centers around whom exactly is “The Exiled Prince”. In the historical days Emperor Miroku’s wife, Chilè, gave birth to twin children; a boy and a girl. The boy, who was born first was given the name Tatsuya. However, he was ill and did not survive. The second child was a girl. There were many complications during the birth, a struggle for the wife of Emperor Miroku and she had already been told she may not even be able to bring them to full term. A miracle they believed that either of them survived, but the line of succession could not be broken. Without a son, someone outside the royal family would seize control. Something that could not be allowed.
So, Emperor Miroku and his Advisor Jin did the only thing they thought they could do. Swore the Guardians of the Prince of Aslann to secrecy and raised the girl in place of her brother. She was called Tatsuya and never given a name of her own by her parents. The leader of her guardians, Atsuki of the Nakamaru, called her Tationy. A Shima word meaning exiled. Tatsuya/Tationy are the same character whether they are in the form of a woman or that of a man. They are “The Exiled Prince”.
Aslann has two primary festivals; Summer and Winter. The Summer festival is often called “the union festival”. It dates back to the historical days of Aslann, when clans would come together for the purposes of finding prospective mates. In the modern age this became more of a way for young people to socialize, though there were some clans that still used that time of year to seek out potential partners. This particular holiday varies due to time; historical, modern, future. During the days of old, those seeking and sometimes those not seeking would sign up for authorized events such as poetry reciting or horseback riding in the hopes of finding a partner with similar interest. Events lasted the whole week and included a nightly social gathering such as a dance or a meal where the entire nation was welcome to come together. It was the only time of the year in historical Aslann where clan lines became invisible.
In the modern age the union festival was less about finding a perspective partner and more about being young. Long gone was the authorized events you signed up for and in their place are amusement park rides, contest, and live performance various musicians in Thacian City. Old clans such as the Yamada and the Kari would still use this time of year to find perspective mates, but would go about it in far more private gatherings within Meratoia. By the future age, union festivals have evolved quite differently depending on which clan territory they are held in.
The second festival is considered the most important of the two holidays due to its significance. It is celebrated the entire month of December with the first day being considered the day of mourning. The entire nation shuts down in remembrance of the day the last of the two gods fell from the heavens, thus changing the course the world would take. The people of Aslann place candles in each room of their homes and shrines as a blessing to the gods so that they might some day rise to the heavens again. The second day of the festival, starts the days of celebrations. Traditions for the festival of the gods varies between clans and religious practices. The Kari for example consider this time a year a time to relax and be social; casting aside their responsibilities and engaging each other with food, wine, and entertainment.
The Ishi on the other hand take a far more traditional approach to this time of year. Candles and lighting are moved to the yard and nightly social gatherings are held among Ishi families. Each Friday after temple, the entire family walks to the ocean and tosses flowers into the water as an offering to the goddess Tearra. Flower colors represent a different blessing you wish for the goddess to bestow upon you and yours. This time of year for the Ishi is regarded as the most important time to show unity and honor both the Goddess Tearra and the God Rin.
In the modern age only one percent of the population celebrated other holidays such as Christmas. As the foreign population expands into the future age, this number increases significantly and a market for decorations and holiday foods and ingredients booms.
Traditions generally vary between clans. For example, the Kari have a coming of age trial that sets young Kari boys on the path to become young Kari men. These trials are difficult with some facing failure and even death. It is a closely guarded secret among Kari men what the trials entail, but it is overseen by the Osoma a most revered member of the Kari. If the Kari boy passes his trials successfully he is given his Heroska (bracelet) signifying he is a man of the Kari with a voice among his people. The youngest known Kari to pass his trials was Zen Kari at age nine. While the Cartosta tribe of the Zenaku was known for removing the eyes of those that developed the Zenaku precognitive abilities during historical days and modern days. In the future age, they no longer remove the eyes, but continue to blind the seer in the belief that it heightens all the senses including the sixth precognitive sense.
Chosato is the most commonly spoken language and is considered the National Unified Language of Aslann. Foreign languages such as English are taught in some schools, though not all and make up only 3% of the spoken and written word. Each clan of the nation has its own language which they speak among their kin such as Corsog (Kari), Essh (Ishi), Nayta (Kensuku), Shanto (Shima), Oohsa (Yamada), Travita (Tylo), etc. While the story is primarily written in English all characters are speaking in their native clan tongues when among their own kin or the the Unified Language when among those not of their blood. Only with characters that speak English such as Kat and Ameya, would a native of Aslann speak English.
Hiko has plenty of bad habits that overshadow everything else. However, he does not have anything really quirky about him. He is kind of simple and straightforward type of guy. His grossest habit by far is the fact that he is a chain smoker and has been smoking since he was thirteen. When he was a kid, most of his hobbies centered around watching Scooby-Doo and fighting. His tendency for fisticuffs an early age might be considered weird.
Tationy is kind of a weird chick. When she was a kid she would ask all kinds of inappropriate questions. Most of the time never got any direct responses. She is pretty rigid, meticulous in every detail, and is very anti-gross. If she has to blow her nose she goes to the bathroom. That is the type of person she is so some people might think that is weird. Sometimes she might check herself subtly in a mirror to make sure she has no boogers in her nose and if she does she would quickly excuse herself. She was brought up among the Yamada who were very strict about appearances. When she was a kid, which is not that much different from when she is older she reads a lot, paints, plays piano, and practices making salves.