Hachiman
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Do your duty today and repent tomorrow.
~ Mark Twain.

Although not recovered from his ordeal in Houston, Hachiman now strides the walls of the Poison Sun Ward, fearing treachery and destruction.

Born as the mortal son of the Empress Jingu, actually the Shaman Queen Himiko and daughter of Amaterasu, in the 3rd - 4th century AD. According to legend he was born after Himiko, in her guise as Empress Jingu, returned from her conquest of the three Kingdoms of Korea. He lived as the Emperor Ojin, reigning after her and ascending to the Heavenly Plains of Takamagahra by right of his Divine heritage after his apparent 'death'. During his reing he encouraged learning, inviting Chinese and Korean scholars to his court and has been credited with the introduction of writing to Japan. He was an accomplished strategist and a skilled archer, later being worshipped as their patron, and that of soldiers in general. A very popular deity, some counts place half the extant shrines in Japan as being dedicated to him.

Some legends claim that Hachiman was born with the tail of a dragon, and invented a new style of robe to cover up this monstrous feature. Given the power and responsibilities of the Tatsu, or elemental dragons, in the hierarchy of the kunitsukami, this may hint at a parentage somewhat different from that claimed of his mortal father as the Emperor Chuai. Regardless, Hachiman is the only one of the major Japanese Amatsukami, or gods of the heavens, known to have been elevated from Scion-hood to full status in the pantheon. This most likely gives him a unique perspective on the affairs of mortals and their concerns as seen by the Japanese pantheon. How he feels about the virtual exile of his mother Himiko by Amaterasu is also a matter of speculation. Given her activities outwith the bounds of Japan, one cannot help but wonder if Hachiman has more contact with his mother than the other gods of the Amatsukami would necessarily approve of.