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Hearts Under Blades

Hearts Under BladesSafe / Tame (14)
Title
Hearts Under Blades
StatusUnfinished, no ongoing development
Play timeUnknown
DeveloperLeading Scientists Games
PublishersLeading Scientists Games

Description

You play as Shouka, a sheltered young samurai from a wealthy noble family, on your first venture outside your family's lands. You've been summoned to accompany two imperial officials and a group of seven other young samurai on a tour of the empire. The rumor is that one of the officials will be promoted soon, and the journey is a trial to choose his replacement. On this journey, you will be faced with conspiracy, deception, and dark magic, all of which could change the face of the empire forever.

The player will have the opportunity to forge lasting relationships with a planned selection of ten characters. These relationships can be romantic, platonic, or even political, depending on who you chose and the actions you take. But be careful, the life of a samurai is filled with risks, and every choice carries consequences. Not every ending is a happy one, and the honor guiding your actions can mean the difference between life and death!

[From Leading Scientists Games]

Protagonist

Ohtori ShoukaSafe / Tame (14)
Ohtori Shouka

Description

A sheltered young samurai from a wealthy noble family, this is Shouka’s first venture outside his family’s lands. He’s been summoned to accompany two imperial officials and a group of seven other young samurai on a tour of the empire. The rumor is that one of the officials will be promoted soon, and the journey is a trial to choose his replacement. On this journey Shouka will be faced with conspiracy, deception, and dark magic, all of which could change the face of the empire forever. Luckily, Shouka has a wide array of skills to help him face nearly any challenge.

The Ohtori are renowned for their magical abilities, and Shouka is no exception. Like the rest of his family, he is able to call on the forces of nature for help. He is also one of the more scholarly members of his family and has studied a number of different subjects, gaining knowledge of healing and medicine. He has also received training in the basics of swordplay, though his skills are untested.

[From official site]

Main characters

Hakutsuru RyuichiSafe / Tame (14)
Hakutsuru Ryuichi

Description

One of the highest-ranking magistrates in the realm, Ryuichi truly looks and acts the part. Once famous for slaying demons and dark mages alongside the magistrate Jojima, Ryuichi now puts his energy into the politics of the Imperial court. He puts a great deal of emphasis on appearances, and tries to stay on the cutting edge of fashion. He sees navigating the intricate flities of court as an art, and it is one that he has mastered. He is a smooth talker with a seemingly endless list of powerful connections.

Despite his current focus on court politics, Ryuichi is still a magistrate, and can be a formidable fighter when the situation calls for it. He carries a pair of legendary blessed blades that have been passed down through his family, supposedly given to them by the gods, capable of cutting through even the strongest demon’s armor.

[From official site]

Hanare HitoshiSafe / Tame (14)
Hanare Hitoshi

Description

Hailing from a prominent naval family, Hitoshi is an expert sailor. Even at his young age, he is often tasked with commanding one of the patrol ships that ensure the defense of his home islands. He is also a skilled archer with impeccable aim, trained to take out targets on the decks of enemy ships with ease.

Boisterous and rough around the edges, Hitoshi loves to tell stories and crack jokes, and is rarely serious. He hates the responsibility that comes with his status, and especially hates his older brother Hirotaro, who abandoned the family and left Hitoshi with all the duties of the eldest son.

[From official site]

Himiko KaoruSafe / Tame (14)
Himiko Kaoru

Description

Though her family is known for the brutality of its military victories, Kaoru is a shy girl who values learning and spirituality. She chose to become a shrine maiden rather than a warrior, baffling her family. She is trained in exorcism, and has learned a few combat spells at the insistence of her father, though she has never been in a fight to have to use them.

Always respectful and polite, Kaoru is a pleasure to be around, if a bit naive. She is by far the most sheltered of the group, having spent most of her teenage years on her studies. She is fascinated with the history of the empire, and is always willing to share her favorite tales. Despite the seriousness of the journey for which you’ve all been summoned, the part she most looks forward to is making new friends.

[From official site]

Imai JinSafe / Tame (14)
Imai Jin

Description

Jin comes from a line of merchant warriors known as much for their shrewdness in the marketplace as their skill in battle. The Empire’s largest army for hire, they must recruit and train warriors as well as raise the money to keep them fed and equipped. Being a merchant is not a respected profession in the empire, but Jin never seems insulted by the treatment he gets, and he sees no shame in putting business first.

Jin seems to face most troubles with good humor, and is often amused by the way he is underestimated due to his looks. Despite his hulking build, Jin is a well-read and philosophical thinker who always has words of wisdom to offer in any situation, though they are sometimes cryptic. He is generally friendly on the surface, but beyond that he is distant and reserved.

[From official site]

Kimen GenjiSafe / Tame (14)
Kimen Genji

Description

Born into the danger and intrigue of the realm’s most infamous ninja clan, Genji was trained as a spy from childhood. He is a master of stealth and deception, though you wouldn’t know it from his flashy apearance and forward manner. With his razor wit and ever-present smirk, Genji is as much a courtier as he is a spy, but he has an excuse.

In his adolescence, Genji found himself on the other end of the hostage trade with Sayuri, where he picked up many of the habits of court during his stay with her family. He always flirts with and flatters everyone he meets, and no small number of naive nobles have fallen victim to his charms. Sometimes the mask he wears is the only reminder of where he really comes from, and the danger he poses.

[From official site]

Minamoto SayuriSafe / Tame (14)
Minamoto Sayuri

Description

Beautiful and enigmatic, Sayuri is an expert player at the social and political games of the court. She comes from an extremely wealthy family, and it shows. An enthusiast of the finer things in life, she is always up to date with both fashion and gossip, and never misses a chance to display her talent for poetry.

As a child Sayuri was traded as a “hostage” with the child of an infamous ninja clan to ensure that no hostilities would break out between the families. She spent several years there growing up, and though she was eventually returned to her own family, no one is quite sure where her loyalties lie.

[From official site]

Ryuuha JojimaSafe / Tame (14)
Ryuuha Jojima

Description

Despite his no-frills appearance, Jojima is one of the highest-ranking magistrates in the Empire. He and the magistrate Ryuichi made names for themselves slaying monsters and hunting demon summoners early in their careers. With the threat of dark magic waning, Jojima has shifted into the role of detective, obsessively focused on bringing the Empire’s enemies to justice. He has no patience for the formalities of court, and pays no heed to the toes he steps on when seeking the truth.

Jojima has a fearsome reputation as a duelist, and most of those offended by his behavior choose simply to endure it for fear he will challenge them to a duel they cannot win. He is seen as mysterious and strange by some, calculating and cold by others. Regardless of his lack of social grace, Jojima is good at what he does and consistently gets results.

[From official site]

Shoren RenjiSafe / Tame (14)
Shoren Renji

Description

Extremely skilled at hand-to-hand combat, Renji has studied martial arts since she was a child. Her father runs one of the most renowned dojos in the land. She has many elaborate tattoos, as is the custom of her family; they claim it helps them channel their ki and strengthen their techniques.

Along with her martial prowess, Renji has a nearly infallible memory. She never forgets a face, and can memorize anything she reads down to the last word.

Androgynous and intimidating, Renji is uninterested in making friends or socializing in any way. She is distant and fatalistic at the best of times, and the only person she seems to want to spend any time with is Magistrate Jojima.

[From official site]

Tomoe KyokoSafe / Tame (14)
Tomoe Kyoko

Description

Next in line to be the head of her family, Kyoko comes from a long line of women warriors known as much for their fierceness as their grace in battle. Despite her small stature, she is truly a force to be reckoned with. She is the highest ranking of the group aside from the Magistrates, and many people call her “Princess” Kyoko. She will not tolerate disrespect.

Due to her responsibilities within her own family, Kyoko is not considered a serious candidate for magistrate. Even so, being asked to partake in this journey was a great honor she
could not refuse. She views it as an chance not only to test her mettle, but an opportunity to fulfill one of her biggest obligations to her family: finding a husband so that she can
produce an heir!

Her horse is Ikazuchi Kasai, a mighty stallion. Legend has it that he is descended from a horse given to her ancestor by the Emperor himself.

[From official site]