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Artist: Carrotwine - Song: Dark Side Of The Road
He listened intently; for him meeting people and gauging them was best. He couldn't tell a person's thoughts from across some computer or long-distance means. Even reading a file on them didn't paint a picture of now. Files were of the actions taken and duties they held. Yoshitsune had fought as Jaeden Crow for a long time. He decided he would share his past with Hime. He'd told the story fairly often, but for her, this was an exception. He watched them bring other Food and teas out as he smiled a bit. "I am grateful for your companionship and trust. I'll repay it in kind by telling you my story. Not old people are left to tell it anymore, and the files on me don't likely have all the facts."
He thought back on the Crow and the legacy he held. "My original name was Jaeden Crow, a family born from the Rukongai's further districts closer to Zaraki."
He said, reflecting on the District where practices of a tribal nature had taken place. Inhumane things were every day as bottles of soda in a store. "The Clan had a tradition; children were left in a place hollows spawned. Those who survived were...worthy of living in the Clan."
He said, considering the moment and those who died, Yoshitsune had often thought back to those days remorsefully. Almost wistful in what had been done to him and the other children. "Food wasn't fit for humans or even animals to eat. I think out of thirty, only six children, including myself, made it back. It was difficult for me at the time, and to this day, I visit a graveyard I made for those who didn't. Though as age comes, I forget their names and faces more."
His life wasn't some great thing where progress had been made. It was a dark and twisting place that went on and on. "As you may imagine, the family disintegrated, and many wars of succession and leadership struggles came to a final conclusion. A choice was made by myself and the few remaining. To join the Gotei, I was granted the rank of Captain after some work."
He reflected on Squad Nine. It was a place he went to on occasion. He paused, considering the last parts as he sighed. "I was arrogant and brash in my youth, believed I knew better than others. I went to confront a being who was beyond my abilities then or now to confront. It was then I hollowfied, gaining a new presence."
He brought his hand outwards, summoning his mask. Yoshitsune took to hollow powers like a fish to water. For some reason, these connected with him intensely. "I was dismissed from the Gotei and sent to join the Vizard Corps, their Leaders Zin and Colin helped me find a new lease on life. Though my regrets and problems did remain under the surface. I had a tremendous amount of guilt. I forged shackles of my own making with emotions I never confronted."
He smiled as the mask vanished, and he began to accept further truth. "Eventually, before I returned to the Gotei entirely, I confronted my emotions and regret. And then set out to rebuild my life and the Kobayashi sought me out. I challenged the Captain of the Combat Division, he didn't show up. And so I began restructuring and fixing the systems there."
He said, finishing his story sipping the tea now in front of him.