Kuro Burazāzu: The Black Company
Zhang, formerly Yamada Akito, was born in a small village in a mountainous area of Dragonfly Clan territory during an attack by <enter>. Zhangs parents, Yamada Daisuke and Yamada Misaki were able to escape the fighting with the other villagers by seeking shelter in ancient caves poking out of the landscape. These caves were considered sacred sites in which the peasants typically did not trespass. While hiding out Misaki entered labor and produced a child. She named this child Akito, for Autumn, the next season to come and as a prayer for better times. Unbeknownst to them, this particular cave was a sacred site to the realm of Yomi and was a location where the two realms interacted with each other. Spirits in presence, offended by the act of childbirth, cursed the newborn in retribution forever ensuring the child would never benefit from the guidance nor status of ancestors. This act also caused a disturbance in the void. A wandering void elemental noticed the interaction and either has a pure whim or through some karmic force in the universe filled the void left by the disappearance of the Yomi from the boy. This caused physical changes in the newborn only minutes after being born. In the slight amount of hair the newborn had, the parents noticed a streak of purple start from the center of the right brow and continue through until slightly passed the top of his head, almost like a scar left by his early interaction with the purity of the universe.
While growing up young Akito always seemed to have his own methods and logic to the world which frustrated his parents to no end. Simple ideas and normal interaction sometimes seemed like foreign concepts to the boy, whereas sometimes exceedingly complicated tasks and concepts could be grasped easily. Rather than with words young Akito describes his thoughts as flowing rivers or beautiful forests, usually painting an image in his head and breaking it up into shapes and manipulating them. What Akito didn’t realize at the time was that in his mind was as small segment of the void. The flowing rivers and forests he saw so clearly was merely how his brain interprets, acts, and shapes the void. Due to this Akito sees the world in a truly different light and somehow always seems to either be distracted, or intensely focused on what appears to be nothing. His speech is often disjointed with statements spoken in the incorrect order, or near riddles which often elude normal logic.
Fast forward <x> years.
After leaving rokugan, young Akito was taken in at the age of 14 by an order of monks who found the young boy wandering quite contently though a section of forest they patrolled. These monks watched the boy for a period interact with his surroundings with the utmost ease, as if the two were one. A rabbit practically offered himself to the boy as he easily walked up to it, calmly picked it up and brought it to his camp. Once at the camp the boy easily slaughtered it quickly and humanely, and cooked it while humming a song. While eating the oyb was waylaid by two wandering rogues looking to earn quick coin and snag a fresh meal. The monks, about to interject, were surprised when they noticed an immediate change in the thugs demeanor quickly after the interaction began. Unbeknownst to the monk, the boy reached into the void surrounding the minds of his two assailants and eased the crashing of the waves, making the water recede. The monks, clearly impressed, also approached the boy and made their intentions known. The monks asked the boy, where he came from and who his parents were. He responded by stating that he came from the universe, and that is also where he is going. Realizing this was no normal child, the monks brought him back to their temple so he could undergo testing to determine if he should join the brotherhood.
Not understanding his true connection to the void the monks trained him in martial arts and taught him meditation and discipline. Through meditation young Akito was able to enhance his connection to the void and learned to better control his gifts. Time spent with the monks was good and a peaceful part of his life. Days were spent training, cleaning, sparing, and mediating. He always managed to impress with his insight. Who he impressed most of Elder Kido. The Elder taught him monk arts to bring him closer to the void and how to attune himself to it better.