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The Kaijitsu Family
History of the Kaijitsu Family
By 4652 AR, four of the five royal families of Minkai had been destroyed. The last of the royal families, the Amatatsu family subsequently retreated from Minkai, fleeing over the Crown of the World, the inhospitable northern continent at Golarion’s north pole.
When the exiled Amatatsus emerged from the Crown of the World and staggered into the Linnorm Kingdom city of Kalsgard, their numbers had been reduced to a small fraction of a once-grand dynasty. The Amatatsu’s knew that Kalsgard, the de facto trading capital of the Lands of the Linnorm Kings and the Avistani end of the Path of Aganhei, would be the obvious place to look for them. Exhausted, depleted in numbers by their trek, and bereft of funds, they had to find some means to finance their escape farther south before being discovered by their pursuers. The oldest survivor of the journey, a young man named Tsutoku, took over responsibility for the family and their heritage. Seeing no other options, Tsutoku sold the family’s heirloom sword, the sentient katana Suishen, to a local collector in order to raise the funds to continue the journey south. Tsutoku intended to return and buy back the sword after the family was safely established, but the opportunity would never arise. Suishen remained in the hands of its new owner, Fynn Snaevald.
Under Tsutoku’s leadership, the exiles stealthily integrated into an alien society. In order to finalize their hidden exile and throw off further pursuit, the Amatatsus changed their family name to Kaijitsu, and the exiled royals chose new names and switched their order to match Avistan’s naming conventions. Thus did Amatatsu Tsutoku became Rokuro Kaijitsu. Using some of the money they’d received from the sale of Suishen, the Kaijitsus secured a home in the small town of Brinewall and paid to have the only remaining proof of their royal lineage, the Amatatsu Seal, held in a magical Warding Box that blocked divination magic in a secure vault under Brinewall Keep. The Kaijitsus became merchants and glassblowers, hoping that the very idea of a royal family changing its name and working as common merchants would be all but unthinkable to those who pursued them.
Eventually, the Kaijitsus’ artistry and skill at glassblowing attracted the attention of several merchant nobles in Magnimar, who offered the family a small villa if they would relocate to the larger city and join Magnimar’s growing aristocracy. Rokuro Kaijitsu accepted the offer, reasoning that belonging to Varisian nobility could only further hide the truth of his family’s legacy from the pursuers. Rokuro left most of the family servants and business concerns (including the Amatatsu Seal) safe and secure in Brinewall, but moved himself and his wife to Magnimar. Over the next several years, the Kaijitsus had a son named Lonjiku, helped found the town of Sandpoint, and saw their fortunes as minor nobles in a frontier town rise.
It wasn’t until Rokuro turned 60 in 4687 that he finally allowed himself to believe that the he and his family were no longer in danger. With most of Rokuro’s business concerns focused in Magnimar and the recently founded town of Sandpoint, he decided to return to Brinewall and recover the Amatatsu Seal. He also brought his son Lonjiku with him, finally ready to reveal to him the family legacy. As father and son arrived in Brinewall, a series of powerful storms hit the Varisian coast. Rokuro loaded his extended family, servants, and all his belongings onto three ships, but the storms prevented their immediate return to Magnimar. Stranded in Brinewall for days, Rokuro agonized on how best to reveal the family legacy to his son, and this hesitation soon stretched Lonjiku’s patience beyond its limits.
Long frustrated at his father’s silence regarding his ancestry, Lonjiku took matters into his own hands and opened the Warding Box containing the Amatatsu Seal—and in so doing, exposed the seal to magical observation. Horrified that this act might have alerted the pursuers, who would undoubtedly come to Brinewall to finish things off, Rokuro ordered his bodyguard Tsutamu to organize the return to Magnimar with his family and belongings, then to prepare for a new relocation farther south. Once he could be sure that the opening of the seal’s case had gone unnoticed, Rokuro would follow. As the three ships sailed south into the storms, Rokuro returned the Amatatsu Seal to its Warding Box in the secure and hidden vaults below Brinewall and alerted Brinewall’s commander, Andril Kortun, that dangerous foes might soon strike.
The pursuers swept into Brinewall, using the storms still pounding the town to great advantage. They devastated the town, setting its buildings on fire, and by the time the castle’s troops were organized to launch a counterattack, the pursuers were already inside the castle walls. They murdered the entire population of Brinewall in less than an hour, so quickly that they didn’t discover the hidden vault that held the Amatatsu Seal. Rokuro was killed in the battle, and Brinewall was abandoned quickly afterward.
Upon learning of the loss of her husband’s three ships at sea, Rokuro’s wife had committed suicide. It seemed as if the Amatatsu family line had been wiped out. However, not all of the Kaijitsus perished in the storms—Lonjiku Kaijitsu survived after spending several weeks adrift in the Varisian Gulf, and eventually returned to Sandpoint to rebuild his family.