About me: Wani, or Tatsu, are mystic serpentine dragons that are often celestial emissaries of the divine, companion of storm and caller of rain. They possess the power to shift into various forms including humanoid and a combination of both dragon and human. They live in bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, ponds, and to a lesser extent, wells. They have the ability to summon rain, and during storms ascend to the heavens as bolts of lightning to bring news to the gods. The grandest and most earthly of these celestial dragons is Ryujin, God-Emperor of the Seas. Ryujin resides in a castle in Lake Biwa made from the most beautiful coral, shells, pearls, and jewels. With him are his wives, many concubines, daughters, countless graceful nobles, and servants in the form of fish and other aquatic and marine creatures serving under him. It is from this very king that the human emperors of Japan are descended. Within his possession are the oft coveted ebb and flow jewels which can control the coming and going of the tides. His power is great and his armies are vast, and should humans along the coast not pay him proper tribute when fishing from the ocean, his anger will be roused in the form of the most terrible hurricanes, floods and tsunamis taller than an 8 floored pagoda. No being near the sea or a body of water will be safe.
Wani in their very young forms resemble little more than koi with limited magic and transformation capacity, but with age their bodies become elongated and grow limbs. When they reach maturity at the age of 100, a Wani will ascend into their true form as a dragon and gain dominion over water. The purity of their bloodline and their relation to the dragon king Ryujin determines the strength of that power. No tatsu of at least 25% blood and more than 2 generations removed of the dragon king may call forth rain without permission. A child and grandchild can, but a great grandchild and beyond can't. Wani enjoy the worship and tribute of humans, watching their daily lives, shiny objects, music, poetry, fine arts, and the thrill of a hunt. They view humans much as human children view ants, as being less than them but still very much a fascination. Dragons can fall out of grace with the divine or become corrupted through wicked deeds, losing their ability to ascend to the heavenly realm and gaining yoki, a ravenous hunger, and thirst for blood in return. These are the bringers of plague and strife, draining liquid from rice paddies to bring drought and starve human settlements, inciting famine and war. The Corrupted are often still loyal to Ryujin.
In their true adult forms, Tatsu are described by humans as having the tail of a fish, the scales of a carp, the neck of a snake, the belly of a clam, the head of a camel, the claws of an eagle, the paws of a tiger, the ears of a cow, the eyes of a demon, the beard of a goat and the horns of a stag.
A few daughters of Ryujin have taken human men as lovers, always to tragic results. The human condition is transient of course, and those that do not stray, expire to trivial things or become disenchanted with their beloved's true form are liable to attempt to steal the alluring ebb and flow gems that would grant any mortal wielder immense power. Ryuhime Ku-no-Miya is not one of these daughters. She is scornful of the disrespect humans show for dragons, polluting their waters irreverently with waste, bleaching coral, over fishing, giving naught in return to pacify the ire of her Lord Father. She has already reached the age of 100 a long time ago. In her human form, Ryuhime appears as a beautiful young woman in shining robes, pearlescent white or pure ebony hair flowing to her ankles, and a scarlet huadian of a stylized kelp leaf upon her forehead. The tells that she is no mere human are obvious; her claws and eyes are golden, she possesses small golden forked horns that are slightly swept back atop her head, and occasionally a dragon's tail with iridescent white scales and white fur.
Who I'd like to meet: Inuyasha, Nioh, Sekiro, other period drama characters and yokai.