The Samurai Sorcerer

Before becoming the Samurai Sorcerer, Howaito Heddo (November 1869 – October 1926) was a student of the famous samurai Yamaoka Tesshū, from whom he learned the mysterious combat style of Itto Shoden Muto-ryu—the art of no-sword (sometimes called dim mak). Shortly thereafter, Howaito was appointed as chief security officer to Japan’s emperor. But then power passed from the hands of the samurai statesmen to a more western-style national army and Howaito was forced to become a wandering ronin, tossed about like an ocean wave from master to master.

But it was only when he was recruited by an assassin’s guild called Black Dragons that he found a cause worthy enough to apply his furtive skills. Because of Howaito’s special talent to make his victims appear as though they had died from natural causes, he quickly ascended the ranks to become the Dragons’ finest assassin. But when foreign dignitaries and liberal politicians began to die at the most opportune moments, the emperor grew suspicious and had Howaito hauled before him. The emperor had known all about his former bodyguard’s unique ability. But since there was no physical evidence to convict him, the emperor had him exiled instead.

With nowhere else to go, Howaito accepted his cousin Nokouchi’s invitation to join him in the United States where he found gainful employment in Boston as the personal bodyguard and assassin for Dr. Crandon and his wife, Mina.




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