A Ketsurui Samurai is one of the warriors that serve the Ketsurui Clan. The Ketsurui have maintained power as the ruling family of the Yamatai Star Empire for nearly the last three decades and are highly respected. Their warriors are highly able and trained in both melee and ranged combat and follow strict standards of dress, appearance, and etiquette. Ketsurui Samurai are born into their profession but are not required to stay in it. Each new-born samurai takes an oath to defend and die for the Ketsurui clan after their one-year of initial training. Prior to YE 40, all Ketsurui Samurai were considered officers and were able to command Star Army personnel if need be.
As of YE 40 - after the events of the Shadow Viper Rebellion (during which a group of rogue samurai attempted to kill the Empress of Yamatai) in YE 38 and the resulting loss of both their trust and prestige - the Samurai have effectively become an entity completely separate from the Star Army of Yamatai. They have become a private security force - essentially composed of civilians - for the Ketsurui Clan only. Those still within the Samurai were given options of how they wished to move forward. Many retired, some of the Samurai opted for ritual suicide, and many others remained either within the Samurai House as the security force for the Ketsurui Clan or went and enlisted within the Star Army of Yamatai as full-fledged members that were allowed to keep their current ranking. Any Samurai that opted to join after YE 40 were stripped of their rank and moved back to Santô Hei per the orders of Chujo Ketsurui-Chinomai Minori. Any Samurai that stayed as employees of either the Ketsurui Clan or Star Army of Yamatai were allowed to keep their NH-33 (Eihei) bodies; those that didn't however, were forced to relinquish their bodies and transfer into other bodies offered by Yamatai to its citizens.
Ketsurui Samurai are very standardized. One can expect a samurai to be a NH-33 (Eihei) Nekovalkyrja with pale skin, long black hair, Japanese facial features, a short white yukata, red hakama, all very well-kept and crisp, a katana, and a black Nekovalkyrja Service Pistol, Type 27. All Ketsurui Samurai are also trained in the use of Mindy M2 Power Armor. The samurai are not allowed to leave the palace without wearing their uniform. Some of their customs include never eating in public, never showing affection in public, maintaining a high standard of language in speech, and never putting their sword back into their sheaths without drawing blood.
The following is a list of notable Samurai characters present within the setting.
Ketsurui Samurai have four “ranks” — Trainee, Journeywoman, Samurai, and Daimyo.
Samurai have various classes that provide added authority to their ranks. The value of various classes depends on what the Daimyo or council consider a class to be worth. Common classes include:
|“On ships of strength and precious beauty, A warrior goes to do her duty, With strength, wisdom, and loyalty, And the spirit of certain victory…We thank our masters, the Ketsurui Clan, for this meal we are about to receive and the life we have that lets us do so; for it is this great clan whose noble leadership ensures not only the survival of the empire, but its purity and goodness as well. Let the Ketsurui fight against evil as vigilantly as we fight to protect the Ketsurui, and may their spirits watch over us as we watch over the living.”|
|The samurai ate quietly, so long as no one was watching them. If any eyes in the room were looking towards them, they would stop and wait for the person to look another direction. Apparently, it was part of their etiquette not to be seen eating in front of others.|
The following is a list of skills known to all Ketsurui Samurai.
A Ketsurui Samurai is familiar with radio operation and procedures and can make transmissions to and receive transmissions from other characters through telepathy, starships, and power armor, under any conditions. A Ketsurui Samurai is fluent in both Trade (language) and Yamataigo (邪馬台語), and is skilled at producing calligraphy in both languages.
All Ketsurui Samurai are masters of melee combat. Each is skilled and experienced in combat both in Yamatai-like conditions and in zero-gravity, with and without weapons. Weapons she is expert in include energy pistols, swords, spears, staves, knives, and power armor. Ketsurui Samurai are also trained with grenades, rifles, machine-guns, and a variety of randomized exotic weaponry.
A Ketsurui Samurai is capable of operating any computer system that uses the Kessaku OS, found on all Star Army starships. She is proficient in entering and/or searching for information.
A Ketsurui Samurai receives basic mathematics training up to algebra and trigonometry.