In the last days of the Southern Revolution
, Amakuni was one of the chief sword makers for the south. One day at the end of the fall campaign, he and his son witnessed a general and his soldiers returning from battle. Neither the general nor any of his men gave Amakuni any sign of recognition as they often did after battle. Having always taken this as a sign of appreciation for his work, he noticed most of the soldiers carried broken swords.
Determined to make things right, Amakuni and his son gathered and examined many of the broken blades. Upon examination, he found that many of the blades had been improperly forged, and broke upon striking the weapons and armor of the enemy. Tears filled Amakuni’s eyes, and he said to himself, “If they are going to use our swords for such slashing, I shall make one that will not break.”
Amakuni and his son sealed themselves in their workshop and for seven days and nights they prayed to the gods. They then set to work with the best iron they could obtain and spent a month working at their seemingly impossible task. When they emerged, gaunt and tired, they had a single edged blade with curvature.
At the time, all the other smiths thought them mad. But they set about sharpening and polishing the blade and making more like it. Spring came and with it a new campaign against the north. When the soldiers returned victorious, Amakuni counted all of his curved blades still intact. As the general passed, he smiled at Amakuni and his son, saying “You are an expert sword maker. None of your blades have failed us.”
From that day forward, Amakuni’s curved blade design has been the standard of the southern states. Though numerous improvements have been made since his time, most of them are simply refinements of Amakuni’s original design.
No one is sure how or when Amakuni died, but in Tetsuriku he is considered the patron god of sword smiths. It is said that those who pray to Amakuni and show true passion for their work forge swords that are nearly unbreakable.
Prayer reaction: Prayer is usually before forging a blade. Armory skill: +1 at 15, +1 for every 2 points above 15. +1 For Southern cultures, with additional +1 for Tetsurikan. +1 if attempting to improve ones own designs, with an additional +4 if offering includes remains of a sword the supplicant forged that failed in battle. -5 for Lao. -2 if forging weapon for personal profit.
On any favorable result, grants +1 to armory skill for a single project and allows instant learning of up to +2 armory skill (provided the character has the points to spend). On a critical reaction, may grant blade -1 to break. At GMs discretion, may grant perk “Amakuni’s Secret”: When forging a southern style curved blade, you may improve its durability. By saying a prayer to Amakuni, you may take any number of -5 penalties to your armory checks while forging the blade. Each -5 penalty grants the finished blade -1 to break, and +1 DR and HP.