Hito Yoshiro, Scion of Hachiman
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Character: Hito Yoshiro

Pantheon: Amatsukami

Player: Richard Greene

Deity: Hachiman


Supernatural History

Travels with the Band

This was the time of Hito's adventures as a Hero, and his ascension to the role of Demigod. From the initial meeting of Hito, Theo, Daniel Blake and Autumn in Mythic, across the world from New Orleans to London and beyond into the Mythic Realms.

Battles were fought against enemies from Magnus Riese and his Fire Children, to the horror of The Darkness and the mysterious Atlanteans (?) Adam and Eve. In the process the ire of the Titans Surtr and Erebus was raised, and their marks placed, to weigh heavily on Agent Hito. The Band encountered the terrible Ambassador of the Poison Sun, saw London swallowed under ice by Jack Frost and his ice-giant kin, travelled to - and helped destroy - the paradise of Prester John and crossed paths more than once with the mysterious Nidavellir Black Ops.

Throughout all this, agent Hito was determined to stay true to his belief in the rule of law and the American Dream. He fought to prevent malevolent influence from seizing control of the nation via Adam Schumacher's Presidential Candidacy. When the malevolent Mask, Dyri, threatened his home he fought to defeat the evil spirit and keep his mother safe. When the battle with the Shinigami came and went and the time came for Hito to take his place alongside his father in defending Yomi from the enemies of the Amatsukami, he left his homeland and went to answer the call of his heritage.

War in Yomi

This is the dark tale of Hito Yoshiro's descent into the Underworld and battles, suffering, family reunions and strife that he found there.


Personal History

Hito Yoshiro grew up in the shadow of his parentage. In his case, however, it was not his divine father's influence that shaped his life but that of his mother's family and his maternal grandfather. After his father 'Hiraku Manning' was apparently killed in a civil rights protest gone wrong, his mother Naokowas left a respectable widow and moved back into her family home with her father Takashi. As a child, young Yoshiro was regaled with stories of the wisdom of Japanese folklore and spirituality, of the bravery of its warriors and samurai and of the respectful and honourable men and women who made up this great nation.

What he saw, though, was a bitter old man cut off from his homeland and the world he understood. His mother was hushed in her stories of his dedicated, idealistic father and made to keep to her proper place instead of showing the free spirit he knew had once burned within her. All this made him determined to bury himself in the vitality and brash confidence of his home in the US. To his grandfather's endless annoyance he immersed himself in baseball, television and fast food. Not only that, he resolved to better himself and become truly a part of the American Dream, rather than simply a perpetual foreigner.

On one level, Yoshiro succeeded admirably. He worked hard, did well in his studies, was a star in his Little League team and never picked up more than a handful of racial taunts and jibes. On the other hand, he never really fit in with his peers either. While they were sitting back and enjoying Saturday morning cartoons he would be planning out his next batting strategy or meticulously sorting his comic book collection. He could never just unwind and relax, never manage the easy friendship and jokes that seemed to come so easily to the other kids. Even so, his dedication served him well in setting him up for his ambition to join the law-enforcement apparatus of his fine country. College went by quickly for him, although he was always better at completing his assignments than at enjoying the social scene. Even so, his firm beliefs served him well in debates and attracted like-minded folk, both friends and lovers. In fact he thought he had found the love of his life in the blonde-haired, blue-eyed WASP, Lane Saunders, only to be devastated when she finally left him, telling him she “couldn't handle being with a guy who never lightens up”.

Since joining the FBI, Yoshiro's career has been one marked by relentless attention to detail and an extremely thoughtful approach to problems. A frighteningly astute investigator, more than one of his fellow agents have wondered what would happen if he actually fails on an assignment and whether he could handle it. In truth, for all his successes, Yoshiro is beginning to wonder where his dedication has really gotten him. He feels more isolated and alone now than ever, watching over everyone else, but never really joining in.


Career History

Given his successes working for the Bureau on his early cases, Yoshiro was transferred to working on a number of high-profile organised crime and drug-related cases. Working with the other agents there helped him to hone his people skills. One Agent in particular, Marla Gutierrez, told him that:
"No amount of savvy at investigating makes up for an Agent that can't talk to the people he's supposed to be protecting"

He took the lesson to heart, even if he never managed to be quite the people person that Marla was. In time he came to be assigned to a task-force assigned to targeting high-profile organised crime figures and their organisations. He took command of a small-unit force designated 'Echo Squad'. A crack squad with military and special tactics training, they moved in to help the FBI bust those criminals who thought they were above the law.

Case Histories

Dunbar Armoured

  • Officially the largest bank robbery in US history, the Dunbar Armoured case was Agent Hito's first major assignment for the Bureau. The mastermind behind the theft of over $10 million dollars from an armoured car facility, Allen Pace, was identified after an associate of his, Eugene Hill, was apprehended due to a careless mistake and confessed, naming his associates. Although they had the confession, the Bureau agents still had to substantiate it and gather evidence to convict Pace. Working under Special Agent Daryl Dumond, Agent Hito worked tirelssly to assemble the financial records and surveillance information that ensured Pace's conviction. In the actual arrest of Pace, he was able to restrain the one-time safety inspector before he could reach a concealed firearm and initiate a shoot-out with the arresting agents. Following this, he was qualified as a Special Agent and transferred to to the task force under which Echo Squad were positioned, although not yet as their commanding officer.

John Wayne Airport

  • A little publicised but highly succesful mission, this operation involved the interception of a large quantity of cocaine being moved in via the John Wayne airport in Los Angeles. Following a minot tip-off, Special Agent Hito was able to uncover word of a shipment being brough in through the Orange County airport as a result of a disruption in the drug traffickers normal trading routes. The drugs were being shipped in from a Colombian Cartel to their local representative, Felipe Montejo. After a week long stake-out surveilling Montejo, Agent Hito was able to trace the incoming shipment to the small airport and a group of baggage handlers that had been paid off there. Once it became evident that Montejo's men ahd access to para-military level weapons provided by their Colobian connection, Echo Squad were attached to the raid to ensure that the FBI and police forces would have sufficient firepower to deal with the gang members. Careful preparation, including placement of several small explosive devices on the baggage carts to be used in off-loading the drug shipment and careful placement of Echo Squad snipers, meant that the interception was achieved with a minimum of casualties.

Detroit Partnership

  • The first major case that Agent Hito headed up in command of Echo Squad was pursuing an ongoing investigation into the Tocco mafia family. Although originally based out of Detroit the so called 'Detroit Partnership' had looked into branching out into Las Vegas under auspices of Boss Tony Tocco. Following the prosecutions against the family in Detroit, Agent Hito headed up an investigation into Boss Tony once again trying to branch out into other avenues of business for the Family. After a prolonged investigation, involving extensive work by undercover operatives in a Nevada Militia Group called the 'Blaze of Freedom', Agent Hito uncovered a plan to illegally purchase and resell military weapons from a US army quartermaster, Larry Zito. A member of the militia, Zito was planning for the coming Rapture and was willing to exchange military-grade weapons for cash in order to further prepare for the End of Days. Following the purchases made under Boss Tony's orders, Agent Hito was able to lead a raid on a Detroit warehouse and recover the weapons, as well as to implicate almost a dozen members of the Partnership. Sergeant Zito was handed over to be dealt with by a military court of justice, but Boss Tony pled guilty to a lesser charge and ultimately received only an eighteen month suspended sentence. The operations of the Partnership were, however, severely curtailed by the loss of manpower.

Family Matters

Mother:

  • Hito Naoko
  • Growing up in her father's house, without any close female relatives, Naoko was forced to take on the role of 'woman of the house' from an early age. She had other children to play with, as long as her father approved of them as being from good and respectable families, but rarely had much time to herself. She learned the art of calligraphy beautifully, often spending her few free hours in the attic of their small home drawing out and illustrating stories of virtuous princesses and noble heroes. Although she spent several years working in the family shop with her father, she eventually saved up enough money to enroll at an Arts course at one of the local colleges. Althlough Takashi was unwilling to lose his helper and housemaid, friends of the family pointed out that an education in artistry was highly appropriate for a respectable young woman. With a certain amount of gruff pride in her acceptance to the course and her hard work in getting there, he agreed to let her go.
  • Going to art college was a frightening and also liberating experience for the shy young woman. Although she avoided the wild party antics of some of the students, she was enthralled by the movements for womens emancipation, for peace across the world and for probing the deepest recesses of the human mind and spirit. If not for a 'chance' encounter with the dashing young 'Hiraku Manning', she might have remained on the fringes and eventually returned, somewhat wistfully, to her old life. Instead, he slowly brought her into the activist circle, and convinced her to fan the fires of her own convictions. With him, she came to respect her own opinions and have the confidence to stand up for what she believed him. When he courted her, so smoothly that even her father could not refuse him, she was deliriously happy. Their marriage was a traditional Japanese affair, but their honeymoon to Hawaii would have been a spectacle that would have shocked her conservative father to his core.
  • When she lost her beloved husband in a peace protest that ended up becoming a tragic accident, Naoko was heartbroken. It seemed she had lost the love of her life, as he ran to evacuate a building that hard-line anti-goverment protestors had planted a bomb in. Even her young child was only a token of what she had lost. In the midst of her grief and despair she was swallowed up once again by her father and his strict ways. The fire and determination that her husband had kindled in her ebbed away to a dull ember. She raised her son with love, but always with a hint of sadness as well. The only time her former fierceness could be seen again was when she defended her son's fascination with all things American. Her life might have passed her by, but she would never allow anyone to deprive her son of the right to live his life his own way.

Maternal Grandfather:

  • Hito Takashi:
  • Takashi was born in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan in the early days of the twentieth centruy. He moved to California with his parents when he was only a young boy, joing the community of Japanese immigrant farmers working there at the time. As he grew into adulthood he saw laws enacted that banned the Japanese from owning land in the state, and later even from emigrating to the US. As and Issei, a first generation immigrant, he believed in solidarity with his fellow Japanese, especially against the often hostile local farmers in California. He built up a resonable business for himself before WW II, but was essentially bankrupted by the Japanese American Internment that occured during the war, being forced to rebuild his fresh produce shop from the ground up after being stripped of it during the war years.
  • Bitter and cynical about the Westerners, he lost his two eldest sons to illness and accident. When his daughter, Naoko, was born, her mother died in childbirth. He was determined to raise her as a proper Japanese woman and to keep her away from the corrupting influences of Western culture. As she grew up, he made it clear that he expected her to take her mother's place in caring for him and for their household. Equally, he made it clear that he would expect her to marry a good Japanese boy, preferrably one from the old country, and continue their fine family traditions. Her marriage to 'Hiraku' was one that he was dubious of, given the man's apparent Western affectations, yet he could not find fault with his courtship or the respect that he paid to Takashi as his bride-to-be's father. Her liberated ways after her marriage were a constant source of annoyance to him, as he believed she was betraying her roots and shaming him.
  • When her husband died, Takashi asserted his paternal rights and brought himself into her household, essentially taking charge of her once more. Although he played on her guilt to look after him in his waning years, and on the need for a strong father figure for her young son, he knew that she never again respected him the way she had when she was younger. He drank increasingly heavily, at what he saw as the failure of his parental duties in bringing her up, and at his own sadness at losing somne of the love and respect he had once had from her. The wilfullness of young Yoshi did nothing to improve his temper, and he could not recognise the same stubborness in the child that was so manifest in himself. As time went by, he became an increasingly withdrawn and sake-sotted old man, living in dreams of past glory.