About Yamatori Daiki
Male Human Ninja 1
CG Medium Humanoid
Init +6; Perception +3
Acrobatics: +8 (1+4+3)
Sneak Attack: If a ninja can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend himself effectively from her attack, she can strike a vital spot for extra damage.
The ninja's attacks deal extra damage anytime her target would be denied a Dexterity bonus to AC (whether the target actually has a Dexterity bonus or not), or when the ninja flanks her target. This extra damage is 1d6 at 1st level, and increases by 1d6 every two ninja levels thereafter. Bonus damage from sneak attacks is precision damage. Should the ninja score a critical hit with a sneak attack, this precision damage is not multiplied. Ranged attacks count as sneak attacks only if the target is within 30 feet.
With a weapon that deals nonlethal damage (such as a sap, whip, or unarmed strike), a ninja can make a sneak attack that deals nonlethal damage instead of lethal damage. She cannot use a weapon that deals lethal damage to deal nonlethal damage in a sneak attack, even with the usual –4 penalty.
The ninja must be able to see the target well enough to pick out a vital spot, and must be able to reach this spot. A ninja cannot sneak attack while striking a creature that has concealment.
Poison Use: At 1st level, a ninja is trained in the use of poison and cannot accidentally poison herself when applying poison to a weapon.
Born and raised as an only child in the Oda province of Minkai, Yamatori Daiki learned two things: First, was how to farm rice in the family’s paddy. Second, much to the chagrin of his parents, was that he was really bad at being a farmer.
Daiki instead decided to explore other career paths offered in the feudal countryside, primarily that of a ruffian. As Daiki saw it, the area was already overrun with so many criminals, bandits, and yakuza that another one didn’t make much difference. So he learned the ins and outs of the streets, sneaking and stealing to survive - right up until there was an attack on his parents’ farm. Daiki arrived in time with help to get his parents to safety, but could not escape himself. That night ended with his home burned down, and his bloody pulp of a body lying amidst the ashes.
Days later, Daiki awoke inside an unfamiliar home, being tended to by a healer with an incredible tale. After retreating with his parents, his friends had contacted someone they had dealings with in the past: a samurai by the name of Harakama Misato. Misato ended up arriving in time to see Daiki to safety in the home of the family he serviced - that of Lord Kiguchi Tiyen. The same home to which his parents were brought, and in which Daiki now resided.
Kiguchi offered Daiki a choice - to take revenge and end up back within the underground, or to work under him and use his talents for something bigger. In exchange, Kiguchi would send Daiki’s parents to connections he had in the city of Sakakabe, where they could be set up with a new life away from the lawless Oda. For Daiki, the choice was not a choice at all, and he agreed to the terms, pledging his loyalty to the Lord, and his mission to bring independence to the provinces of Minkai from under the grasp of the Higashiyama clan.
Over the next few months, Daiki worked in tandem with Misato, honing his skills as an infiltrator, informant, and thief. Unfortunately, the world has a habit of playing cruel tricks on people. On an information gathering mission, Daiki learned that the Higashiyama clan had finally figured out the identity of the insurrectionist, Lord Kiguchi, as well as the location of his base near the Higashita coast. Abandoning the mission, Daiki raced back, only to find a pile of rubble. He was, once again, too late.
Before he could search for his Lord and Misato, however, Daiki was ambushed by a contingency force that had remained specifically for intercepting him. Barely fighting his way out alive, Daiki retreated deep into the Seseragi Forest before falling unconscious. He was tended to by the Kami of the woods, who kept him safe as he recovered. When he recovered, Daiki tried to look for his companions, but their rendezvous points only ever contained money. Now alone and hunted, Daiki made his way to the ports of Hiyosai on the advice of the Kami, and found passage on the sea to a place where he could start anew. A place that his Lord had always talked fondly of, and called a second home - Sandpoint, in the foreign land of Varisia.
Daiki is about 5'7", slim, with short, slightly curly, black hair. His eyes are a deep amber color, for which he at one point took on the name of Falcon. He has a small vertical scar running across his upper lip. Normally, Daiki wears one of a variety of colorful, wooden masks fastened after the likeness of animals he became close to while recovering in the Kami's forests. Barring that, he will wear a dark mask covering the lower half of his face. For now, he has abandoned the traditional garb of his home in favor of studded leather and more region appropriate clothing styles.
While Misato was a worshipper of the Tian Goddess Shizuru, and Lord Kiguchi was a worshipper of the foreign Goddess Shelyn, Daiki has worshipped the mysterious Kami of the land all his life, much like his parents. This was the reason they reached out to aid him in the Seseragi Forest. Nevertheless, Daiki holds great respect for the deities of his companion and Lord, and keeps wooden holy symbols of both, carved himself, amongst his possessions.
Daiki loves children, having never had siblings, and finds joy in telling simple stories with the help of his masks. Unfortunately, they seem to be afraid of him more often than not.
Daiki also enjoys dancing, but does not make a big display of it in public.
He really does not like the color green, despite jade being the most revered stone in Minkai.
Daiki has been in Sandpoint for a little over a month now, having lived mostly off money from secret caches. He is running out quickly, however, and has taken up trying to market small wooden sculpture and toys for children.
Daiki continues to offer small prayers on a regular basis to the Kami of this foreign land for their blessing, as well as those back home.
Lord Kiguchi is Tian-Min by heritage, but was actually born in Varisia. He is a distant relation of the people who once helped the Amatatsu family escape from Minkai. He was sent to estates in Oda for causing too much trouble in Magnimar.
Daiki's parents now happily run a small tea shop, and have not been found as being connected to Lord Kiguchi. They do miss their son, however. Once a month, they will host a small tea get together for all boys in the community that would like to attend to talk and share stories.