He was given the name Li Qiang by his parents, the name means strength. Something he has shown and been a part of since his younger years. Showcasing some rather impressive feats of his might and strength as a person. Li Qiang may lack in some areas but in terms of strength, this is where he stands tall.
His name has come to reflect that and mean that for his people. Li Qiang is a name spoken in confidence as the man has yet to fail his people. Despite his own belief that he's done nothing but fail them.Age:
He is one of the few who remembers their time before they came to this place. Li Qiang is One Thousand Years old, while likely not the oldest of their people. His age and experience do come in handy from time to time. His age is a key to his success in the long run.Race:
Li Qiang like many of his people is a Soldier Suigura. He is someone who believes and studies in this way of fighting above all else. The race also is fitting given the name he has often attached to him as an alias.Rank:
He is the known King of the East, known for making a stand against the enemy in the homelands. Though it cost him dearly and some considered him and his kin mad for what they did. It was something that did lead to the safety of those around them.Alias:
He is famous for one that has stuck since his younger years. The Warrior King Li Qiang, he’s shown to be exceptionally skilled at fighting and warfare. It seems that he earned this title in large part for what his Origin is. He was also given the name Li Qiang the Crimson, due to his attire on battlefields and all things. The Red EmperorOrigin:
Li Qiang has the Origin of Warrior, something not many would expect or fully understand in its nature. But he represents it well and carries his origin like a pride of sorts. Warriors are few and far between in these days of politics and things. There is a place for word and one for the blade. Occupation:
His duty is first and foremost as a King, to rule his people with the best methods he can. But as for his second duty is that of a Warrior. He is a man who strives to be the best warrior he can. Not taking short cuts or practicing false pretenses or such things. He studies each thing with an open mind to better himself. Taking from what he believes is best to make it his own and develop into a refined warrior. He's said to of developed a martial arts form from fencing. Physical Appearance:
The first striking thing is his eyes of a grayish blue stand out almost hauntingly. Some people claim this is coming from his skill with the Mystic Eyes. But his eyes have always been this way. Making him out to be a bit scarier because the belief is he see’s everything. That it’s almost impossible to hide things from the male. His hair is white and messy for the most part, but he normally does comb it and keep it well kept for political situations. Showing that even a Warrior King understands the difference between the two worlds that linger. His complexion is something of a strange case of worlds for most who see him. He seems quite pale and unhealthy. Till his body is seen, due to his nature as a warrior. He has forgone the idea that a body must be a certain way. Training himself relentlessly as the protector and warrior for his people. He believes in defending the Sugiura people and using his skills to do so is all that matters. On his right arm symbols and markings can be seen on his hand and up his wrist. These markings are only visible normally when he wears his political attire which is listed below. He keeps his nails and body well kept showing few scars. Despite being a warrior he doesn't seem to carry any on him. While this is in large part a simple fact of who he is the larger sum. His body seem's to be something perfect that has been refined out of marble and other such things to create its proportions. Political Attire:
A red cloak is worn over his form, the cloak is crimson with black and gold symbols on the fabrics ends. Symbols of the sun among other things can be spotted along the outfit in the form of bronze medals. These are hung as a part of his clan's personal practice and beliefs. While he doesn't care for the cloak and dagger of things it does fit. On his wrist are several gold bracelets he wears that are often times covering his tattoos on his right hand. His other hand is often times exposed and free as well. Underneath the cloak, he wears a part of pants and martial arts style muscle shirt. It's buttoned up the middle and has little of his muscles under it. But it does serve the purpose that is set out for in this situation. He doesn't dress like this often or either way often. To his knowledge and belief, Li believes that men are equal on all sides. When a man steps onto the battlefield, they are not kings or queens. Rank means nothing in this place as all are equal.Warrior Attire:
The secret he doesn't let on is that he only dresses so showy for one reason. When he enters the fray and battlefield he can protect his men. By making enemies focusing on him and fighting as a true warrior King. Despite the title, he is far smarter than people believe. Along his back is a feathered style cloak that is Crimson. It is not easy to grab as it comes off and the feathers simply pull out. The outfit under it is a black suit of sorts that covers his frame. It's a type of light fabric that acts as chain mail among other things. This allows for him to be protected and guarded against most attacks. Over his frame in several locations are bronze pieces of metal. Around both hands are a style of bronze gauntlets. They act more like wrist guards but protect his fingers on the top side. A similar style is used around his feet and other parts of his body. On his left arm is a circle similar to a sun of bronze that seems weightless among other things.
Around his torso is wrappings of bronze as well. By making himself the target he is able to fight enemies without worrying about his friends. Li Qiang has always been of a mind to challenge and handle situations on his own. Around his neck is a choker with spikes also made of bronze that stands out. But part of his entire attire is to stand out on purpose. Finally and likely the most noted thing is the Crimson gem in the center of his chest. It has seven bronze pieces of metal in different sizes around it forming a heart of sorts. It's unknown entirely why his combat form takes this appearance. Or what purpose this gem and those pieces serve overall. Li doesn't generally tell people his secrets or practices without reason. His belief and ideals are something that the man much like his attires. Can change and be affected by his experience in this world.Residence:
Qiang's home should be noted as the Palace of the Eastern Suigura. Often spending his time among generals and those who would serve him. His duty as a King often requires him to remain in such a place. Attending balls and other such royal rivalries that simply drive him insane. The upper echelon of people seemed to of lost their taste for blood. In his eyes, they've fallen to be mere cockroaches scurrying around his throne. Desiring to nibble and bite at pieces of the scraps from his table. Instead of grabbing the God given the right to a better thing. Such pathetic beings often times merely tire him. Thus his true home of residence lays in the Palace's royal section. Away from the Throne and such tiresome people. While he has no relatives or family left. It can be noted that while alone he trains or reads. What quiet time he is allowed is spent in meditation thinking about threats. Those who may cause the Suigura to fight again for their home. What sort of friends lurk in the dark ready to pounce. If he lowers his guard again like so long ago. If he pretends or acts like safety is here because others believe it so. This residence is his palace of peace and tranquility away from the masses and their noise.Frequent Locations:
One thing has remained the same and constant within his life of strife and pain. Qiang trains for perfection to find the readiness to fight the tides of war again. The Li Clan once fought to give an opening for them to have a future. He prepares himself to do a similar feat this time but for here. Qiang intends not to buy time unless he must with noble sacrifices or such things. As a warrior King, he could only do a single thing for his people. In this nature, he can be found in the training hall constantly training. Either his body, energy, or mind as he practices with weapons. He's a martial master using anything he can get his hands on.
PersonalityA Warrior's Heart:
Somethings aren't so clear or clean in this world. In the Li Tribe, it was made clear that one day a King would be born. One who embraced the Warrior's Heart to its completion. Qiang was that man who would take it to a place that no one had ever fathomed. Going further and beyond anyone in the time, he was born. From his time he could walk he embraced the culture of a warrior. Toning and working on his body, studying strategy and fighting skills. He sharpened his skills to dangerous levels even as a boy. Fighting all the time and developing a resolve to lead his people. Many believed the Li Tribe's patriarch was the King for some reason but that wasn't how it functioned in the East.
It was set completely different from the belief that a King was chosen based on the origin. They believed in the culture of warriors of being specialists in that regard. Fighting was their art and they were masters of it in several aspects. They were the ones who took to the field to fight and defend them. Qiang made his name and reputation as a man with the heart of a warrior known quickly. The perception of him was an effective defense and offense. People would mistake him as a youth without any experience. Thus trying to hold back against someone who was quite frankly a monster. He understands what it means to be a warrior truly beyond what anyone else would fathom. Even in his thousand years of life, he's never faltered from it. A man of the Li doesn't falter but it's beyond that. True Warriors must accept the consequences of choices made. They must be ready to handle and take whatever comes from it.
For you see Qiang has lead men to both victory and defeat. Made choices when they were harder to make than imaginable. Nothing compares to leaving behind people to die so others may escape. Often times he would put himself at the rear guard. To protect those lives that were precious. But once it became clear of his royalty for his nation. He was no longer allowed to be so altruistic for everyone. It had become a need for him and his clan to do what was required of them. They would lead the Eastern Suigura to a safety. They would continue and protect and be that clan. Qiang simply had to become something beyond just a simple warrior. He couldn't be mindless and hit things, he had to think. To find ways to be something more. Devotion and strength are something all warriors have. Qiang realized that mental stability and trust were important. So he began to forge bonds of trust and respect the code they lived by. Changing his process of thinking of that to a man who established himself more.
Warriors are a different type of people having the heart of one isn't something simple. A lot of people hear the term warrior and believe it means simple-minded thug or foot soldier. Someone who stands on the front lines without consideration. Growth and becoming a warrior that his people could follow. That called for so much more as his choices held a weight and burden to them. Akin to making a gamble of choices and studying his enemy. He began to truly gain the true aspect of a warrior as time passed. He became known for a reputation back then, now it's even stronger. As the man who came into battle prepared to kill thousands. He would defeat as many men as possible, acting as an Achilles for his kingdom. He would use his might and fight to stay the loss of blood for his Clan. While the Li Clan had always put its effort and blood into the east. It was well known that each member of the family was destined to be fighters of a high caliber. He was no different in this regard, Qiang was a warrior among warriors. A King's Wisdom:
Wisdom is a king's key to a future in most cases. Sometimes they earn it through study or other means. For Qiang, it was learned from failure and success. Learning tactically when to withdraw and when to fight. Learning that a warrior's honor isn't important for a king. That King's must adhere to a different set of rules than others. While a warrior on the field need worry of how he looks to peers. It's the King's duty to see the bigger picture and always look for advantages. To see the long-term strategy, not just the single battle they fight. Qiang's path to this it took time and many failures. He wasn't a King who's coat tails were built on success. He lost friends and people as quickly as he got them. He has suffered loss and dealing with things few others could imagine. He's seen the difference between a losing and winning battle. Qiang's gotten immeasurable experience from his days of old within that realm.
King's aren't born or selected by a people they are made. Through trial and error of their time ruling a people. No King is perfect or flawless nor can he please all people. What a King must do at all times is see that full picture others can't. Some warriors will scoff at the notion of a King of them. Someone who represents the warriors and the path they've taken. This isn't something that comes without purpose or principle. Qiang's had to learn and gauge what it means to be both. Understanding that a King is needed but so too is a warrior. Power isn't something that makes a man or King. You can be the strongest man in the world and still feel helpless. Qiang's experienced that before realizing even with his martial skills. That he cannot change some things no matter how he tries. Immaturity in his youth would often drive him towards blaming others. But quick realization that no one else is to blame for choices of others. You honor the sacrifice and road of blood paved for you.
But that is only one thing a King must observe that he realized in his time. Politics and other things are required of a King. Being able to speak and confirm when required. A king must be flexible and yet strong at the same time. It's a thing that truly requires patience as failure is a constant occurrence. Always will you find even in Qiang's court those who doubt or pretend he isn't good enough? Those who will speak and make idle chatter instead of standing firm. They are dogs with tails between their legs merely barking. This is all Qiang hears when he regards them. But at the same time, he takes each thing in and makes a mental note of it. but Qiang isn't without his supporters and bodyguards. People who stand alongside him in the carnage he's faced. Those would walk into hell alongside him with a grin. That is the company that this King keeps, he's a survivor of Carnage. One who's walked through the time training and doing everything in his power to protect the East.
The East is burning red, the passion of the King must forever have his spirit burning. If he is to rule he must be ready to take a stand and fight for his people. Warriors must burn in the hearts of all people and see this. Qiang isn't any different in this regard, his practice and belief have always been devoted to the singular cause. He may not be invincible or some unbreakable monster. But Qiang is the Warrior King and he will let the East Burn with his passion and fury. Let them feel and emerge ready for conflict and to push the Suigura people to stand again. He doesn't have a single bone in his body for backing down. Qiang may make shows of backing down or retreating. But every single thought is put towards the future. Everything is about the pride and honor for the Suigura. He won't allow them to be dishonored or retreat again. They won't fall from grace again. They lost one home so long as he's King another will not fall. That is a vow he swore as a King to his people and his friends.A Charismatic Fool:
To say that this Masquerade of a life has only developed a single side to Qiang is completely false. He's got a strange aura that just draws people in. But there is something about his personality that sticks out to those who know him. They want to cheer and root for him generally. Because he just has a way with words and how he does things. He can disarm people with just his personality at times. Showcasing a side few people would expect of a Warrior King. But for him, he's always believed that people are different and have layers. Broken dreams and other things remain completely submerged beneath the surface. While a layer on top is devoted to just trying to survive. People are complicated and diverse figures who can't be defined by single things. Qiang is no different he has a cheerful side even relaxed one. Showing off just how carefree and calm he can be. Often times carrying around alcohol with him during these times.
Showing himself to be a drunk to those who would see him in such a way. Perception is a powerful weapon, it's something that few people expect. When they see the serious nature it catches them off guard. But no side of him is unlikable. He's a good ruler and has always put his people first. Never pretending to forsake his principals for anything. Everyone has a reason to be who they are in Qiang's eyes. There are places one should wish for and one shouldn't in the darkest pits of the void. This is the common truth behind everything. Dream big but never give up reality for it's the battle worth winning. Qiang's personality is something that can't be expressed in one or two words. He's defined by action and everything he does. Devoting himself to the system and practice of waiting for the ideal moment. This is the reason he's decided to stay away from the world. To avoid getting involved till he was absolutely certain. That his people were ready for the tribulations and trials to begin again.Inner Awakening:
One doesn't live as long as Qiang has without baggage piling up. This is something that comes with the course and has never since been different or something else. He's spent a long amount of time by himself and away from the world around him. Meditating and training his mind along with his body. Qiang understands failure and has decided to learn from it instead of running from it. People can't grow without failure in his eyes they this to become more. His people failed tremendously in his eyes for that home world. They were unable to beat those enemies. He knows the conditions of their stay and hopes to make this world permanent for them. But for that, they need strength and something more. Intelligence and resolve to stand firm in the face of adversity and take it head on. This is what will define and mark him as a King. His ability to understand and take the time to himself whenever possible to search for answers within. To find a truth and practice his hand at getting even more.Night Terrors:
Some scars don't heal no matter how good someone is. It isn't a question of a person who can heal these injuries. Some experiences remain as nightmares and remain deep within the self-conscious of a person. Never fading away or departing their memories. This is simply the way things are in reality, Qiang while he is strong and doesn't show it. He suffers from night terrors and occasionally speaks in his sleep of them. But the way it happens isn't if ear, it's his endurance. An acceptance of pain that few others can take. This is why the man has built himself up differently from others. Qiang is known for being strong and capable by most who know of him. But every person has a soft or a burden they must bear. For him, it is the horrors of his past. The truth of the prison beneath his torment goes deep into the psychological abuse of a father. The practice of people trying to create something perfect. They only found that perfection is but a pretense, the fact is that no such thing exists. Instead, they made a simply damaged man.
Journal Entry"When I write my thoughts it's so rare, occasionally I forget people expect manners or tongue holding. When people come to see a King they expect something in their mind. Some self-serving thing that is supposed to be a shell for his people. It's a nonsense that they seem to construct out of fairy tails and dreams. The fact is a King needs to be much more than some bullshit thing of fairy tails and pixies. I don't approve of lying or stupid things like that. Legends and storytellers seem to have one thing in common. Different degree's of bullshit to add to their colorful portraits of things. People spread my legend speaking as though they were there. They make one man be one hundred, a child to be a hardened warrior. The fact is no matter the tongue or story, bullshit will always be that. Men don't need legends or things like that, nor do a King's people. Show them something beyond that, bullshit won't motivate or change things. I must be a King before a warrior, but I shall never let low my prowess. I will go past their legends and stories, destroying any claim they make. Men don't need some fantasy, they need the real thing. If I spoke of Hercules and of his fated legends or spoke of some other on earth. Does that make him appear mythically and shoot fireworks out his ass? No, it doesn't, the fact of the matter is I better or worse than legends. I am the Warrior King Li Qiang, and I don't intend to let some pretender write bullshit about me."
The Li ClanClan Information:
The Li Clan came about in the battlefields and earned a name for themselves in the sands of conflict. Known for devastating skills and prowess in that field. Li Jing the Clan's former Patriarch believed heavily in practice from the time of walking. The former home of the Suigura was an unforgiving place. Mistakes meant death and the difference between that and life were felt keenly. This clan was warriors and masters of the martial skills. They were considered one of the more formidable families in the Suigura resources. Due largely to tradition and strange practices. The Clan Leader did not act as a King but an advisor. This was the way they'd set up their system. The King had to represent something different from what Jing did.
Unlike many who would use it as an excuse to seize power, he and his wife Li Shu listened to customs. Customs were what made a Clan something different from the everyday thing. They obeyed and followed them closely never deviating from the call of the Li Clan. Prowess and the mastery of a warrior were what was needed. Not a political dictator something like that. No those who were from their lands knew the cry well. The Li Clan would act as a vanguard to that future if need be. But would not bite that hand without reason. They were both the guardians of the future and the rulers. They didn't envision Qiang being the son who would rule. He was born with the correct Origin and birth. Everything aligned and this was what lead to their downfall. The Li Clan decided to remain behind and face the Tig-Ani without any end. They would die a warriors death and provide a future for the Suigura. This was the price the Li Clan could pay honorably. In blood and skill, they would fight as long as lungs drew breath and bodies could move.Former Patriarch of Clan:
Li JingFormer Matriarch of Clan:
Qiang's father and former Patriarch leader of the Li Clan. He also served as an advisor and part leader for their people. While this wasn't a common occurrence for a King to not be his father. Jing seemed to wield his duty carefully and keep things calm. But given he was the Suigura of Harmony it is easy to understand why. Jing believed strongly that Harmony didn't mean survival. He knew what was needed and acted on that. He could keep peace and make sure things remained calm. But that wasn't what the King needed to be, the King needed something far greater. This wasn't going to do in the long term or even short. Qiang's father and he had a very interesting relationship. As when his father realized Qiang would be a King. The training his brothers and sister got was a walk in the park. Qiang's became a living hell in that way. His father decided to make his son undergo training of the most brutal fashion.
He did it to ensure his son was a strong King. He didn't want his offspring to fail after waiting so long. It can be said Jing lost sight of things and became passionate about this. With his wife by his side, it mattered little how often Qiang broke. They would fix him again and begin over once more. This was the process that would build a King among Suigura. Jing's faith in this wasn't misplaced but for Qiang, his father and he had an estranged relationship. He to this day suffers from night terrors of his father's actions. Suffering torture and other things to merely make him stronger. His father subjected him to experimental things to try and enhance the skills his son had. Going as far as to fight him without holding back when Qiang was only a small child. Qiang doesn't hate or hold a grudge against the man. For without him he wouldn't be who he is. Qiang has accepted the past and moved on from it. Unlike many who wear those irons to the grave, he's refused to be weighed down by them.Li Shu:
Qiang's mother the Suigura of Restoration, she spent her time some would think as a caring mother. But the fact was she used her powers to enable his father. She was a kind mother but understood what was needed. Making sure Qiang was taken care of in this aspect. In truth, his mother and father seemed to see the crown more after his birth. Some people even remarked their personalities had changed. To become something more calm and calculating. Seeing what needed to be done over what they wanted. In his time as a child, Qiang never was hugged by his mother or father. They saw him as a King and treated him distantly. His father would pit him against monsters alone. Allowing no one to draw a sword or help his son, this was simply the fact. This wasn't something Shu always agreed with as the two did argue sometimes. She would fight occasionally for her son's life to be spared from some things. Arguing the risk of losing him wasn't worth the training reward.
While her healing is the reason that Qiang is alive today. It took stamina from his body for her to heal him. This wasn't a cheating of death, she wasn't someone who could undo that. That wasn't something even she could do. Qiang and his mother relationship were estranged due to the nature of his parents. While he wears the clan name like a badge of honor. He's accepted that his parents didn't act as such. They acted as those raising someone for a position. Grooming someone to do something they wouldn't. His mother and he may not have hugged or spent any time together. His mind is what it was, he'd of broken eventually and died. If not for other members of his family who stepped up. They knew how to shield and help him along without breaking him. They would aid him when his parents suspected nothing. This was the role his siblings played. Shu had some ideas on it but said nothing to Jing. To Qiang, this was the one act of love his mother displayed towards him since his birth.Li Fu:
His eldest brother, the Suigura who was born of the Origin of Earth. Or something that meant his brother could manipulate and control such things. Fu and Qiang shared a close bond, Fu would protect Qiang in his own ways. Making sure his brother was trained well enough. Not going to the extremes that his father would in torturing him. Fu made sure that something of a fatherly influence existed for Qiang. Something outside the terror that his father often put him through. Fu was the one who came when the night terrors of torture started. He was the one who argued with his father to stop treating Qiang like a King and more a Son. This was why he held a close bond with his brother. Fu was the light which kept the dark world of his childhood illuminated. This is something that hasn't changed then or now. Fu acted as the father for Qiang when no such being existed, the defender against the parents. He was a sturdy protector against the dark world. Really living up to his title as the Suigura of Earth.
Even when his life drew to a close, Fu was someone who made certain things were ready. In the Li Clan, it was best to describe him as the Earth beneath or the foundation that kept them together. This was simply the truth and way of things when it came to Fu. Qiang will always hold and respect his eldest brother for what he accomplished. Managing to hold a broken family together for so long with just his brother and sister. Fu may have been the rock of that trio, but he didn't ever think of himself as better. He merely conducted himself in a way that was admirable to Xiang. He never seemed to falter or lose his way, something about that spoke to his little brother a great deal. While Xiang doesn't know if his brother survived that fatal encounter so long ago. He does harbor some hope that if anyone could make it and lead through such a hopeless situation. But even if he could return to their world and destroy the enemies. It is unlikely that his brothers and sisters would forgive him for dishonoring them.Li Tai:
Tai was the brother, he acted that part often. Despite being the middle child of the pack, he didn't showcase anything less than his best. He was a carefree spirit that Qiang got along with well. His brother taught him that no man is a mountain. That they must bend and show something else to be beyond what this world considers normal. No man can bear the burden of eternity and this world. This isn't a comic book or some joke that people cannot see. King's must be everything and nothing at the same time. Tai taught him that with his nature of how he handled things. His nose for the truth is what alerted his siblings to the truth. To the torture that Qiang underwent to be a good ruler. Humans have their own policies and suigura have theirs. Law's and such while they do exist not to the extent mankind has them. His brothers and sisters decided to handle the matter personally. They would raise an alternate route for Xiang. A place of peace and hopefully a good king could remain in.
At the end of things, it didn't matter, however, Tai much like the rest of his family seemed different. They all knew what needed to happen for the future. For the Suigura to leave this world without opposition would take brave men and women to take a stand. To move forward and bear the burden of a cross on their shoulds. Xiang knew his family understood this wasn't a winning battle. It was one to buy time and give a chance. This was a fight where they die at the end and their story comes to a close. This was the nature of the sacrifice the Li Clan made for the Suigura people. It wasn't meaningless or pointless it was their investment into the future. Somethings Tai would say had a toll you had to pay. Every bridge has its toll keeper and sometimes the price is blood. The Sugiura's new chance and freedom was such a price Tai and his clan believed. Xiang loved Tai the most since they were the youngest of the clan. This doesn't do justice ot the nature of their bond entirely. Li Xiuying:Chen Tai:Liu Kong:Tian Xiang:Liu Chao:Hans Reimann:Kamui CruorEastern Suigura Kingdom:Western Suigura Kingdom:Northern Suigura Kingdom:Southern Suigura Lands:Vanguard:Gotei United:Iramasha Union:Shadow's Fall:The Kokuryuteshi Empire: