About Li Song
A long life...
Li's current incarnation has been around for the past 186 years and thusly lived to see Changdo at it's height of glory under the rule of the Eternal Emperor. Li always felt a strong connection to the Eternal Emperor as a fellow being of reincarnation. Irregardless, it was with great grief that they lost his guiding knowledge. Thusly it is, that even now he eagerly awaits the reappearance of the Eternal Emperor.
Having led a life through countless generations, Li feels a connection to history having been a part of much of it. While he does feel confined by it at times, he is a strong supporter of upholding tradition.
Li currently views much of the city as one might view their children having spent more time within the city than most would have in a lifetime. So eager to make their mark, whether be by upholding tradition or breaking it. He can only hope that he will help lead them down the correct path.
Unlocking the past...
From a young age, Li has been burdened by his past. Disconnected from the knowledge of his former lives, Li has often only had the stories told to him by his family of what he use to be like. Among the things shared with him were his great accomplishments, which have only served to make him feel as if his family continues to expect such great things of him.
These feelings of loss and expectation have led him to try an unlock the secrets of his past. To try and foster a connection once more with his past lives by expanding his mind and soul through the use of alchemy. While is considered to be an accomplished alchemist, it has only been recent that he has started to make advancements in his original goals. A new formula has led him to unlock memories of lives he does not normally remember. It's effects are fleeting, but real.
A new friend...
Within the gardens of the Song estate, a thresh often sits and sings. Often Li can be found there under the pavilion when the weather permits performing his duties while partaking of the bird's melodies.
As the story unfolds, and should Li be so lucky as to see level 2, the Li will come to realize that the creature has developed the ability to speak with him and it will be at that point in time that he takes it on as a familiar through the Bonded Investigator archetype.
A friend forgotten...
Among the items presented to him from his past life, none have held much of an impact upon him more than a golden pen upon which the likeness of sovereign dragons seems to be etched. Li goes no where with the pen and is hesitant to allow others to use it. He is not sure of it's significance, but hopes to one day better understand what it once meant to him.
While the pen appears to be a masterwork tool for calligraphy, it is in fact a kind of diminutive dragon known as a calligraphy wyrm. The wyrm was his familiar in one of his past lives and currently slumbers. Should Li be so lucky as to make it to level 7, the wyrm will awaken and become his familiar once more. The relationship will start out a bit rocky as Li comes to realize that his new familiar woke up in a ravenous mood and ate his old familiar.
Having not only lived through countless lives, but being of 186 years of age in his current form, Li has been accepted as a sort of Majordomo to the Song family. His knowledge of the families holdings and history make him a keen choice for such a position.
Li takes this responsibility very seriously and does his best to help guide his family into the future.
A jade jewelry box inlaid with two gold sovereign dragon motifs. A simple glance reveals that among the normal functionality of a jewelry box, it is designed to hold a single ring and a pen. Closer inspection reveals a locking mechanism behind where the two dragons meet. It's relatively easy to guess that the pen is the key if it is readily accessible. Once unlocked, the bottom slides away to reveal a journal holding details on the samsaran's past and current family. This box has served as a keepsake throughout the years for his various incarnations.
A ornate golden wedding ring designed to look like two intertwining sovereign dragons. Close inspection shows them to represent the same two dragons that are on the jade jewelry box. This ring has served as the samsaran's wedding ring for many of the samsaran's significant others. He continues to use the ring to show his eternal commitment not only to his current significant other, but to his past significant others as well. It also serves as a sign that his significant other accepts this. He does not hold onto the various rings he has used throughout the years, but instead has them buried with the significant other that he wore it for. This shows the deep connection between that incarnation and it's significant others.
A golden pen with images of what appear to be sovereign dragons upon it. The pen never seems to run out of ink when used by the samsaran, but will never write for another. Some believe it somehow feeds off of the samsaran, using his own blood as the ink it writes with. Others know the truth. The pen is in fact a diminutive dragon known as a caligraphy wyrm. The wyrm has served the samsaran as his familiar throughout various lifetimes. Currently it sleeps and it's true origins are unbeknownst to Li who believes it simply to be a magical pen.
The journal itself contains detailed passages about his late families, renditions of his past, and trinkets of sentimental value. Little does he know that each page has been altered by the sleeping dragon so that with the right word each page will shift into something else. Passages shift into renditions of the loved ones they speak of, while renditions shift into passages and renditions of secret loved ones.
Haiku about someone he loved:
Renditions of you,
Always take my breath away,
Yet never compare.
Samsaran alchemist (mind chemist | vivisectionist) | investigator (bonded investigator | majordomo) 1
LG Medium humanoid (samsaran)
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +9
AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 13 (+3 armor, +2 Dex)
Speed 30 ft.
Str 12, Dex 14, Con 10, Int 18, Wis 17, Cha 11