- "No, I fight for my father and for peace. You think yourself better because you have more coin but you strive for peace through control. Humanity deserves to be at peace because they want to be, not because they are forced to be. That is why I fight, Kiyohara."
- ―Kurosawa no Rōnin to Kiyohara no Iehira, 1087
|Kurosawa no Rōnin|
November 27 1062
c.1129 (aged 67)
Kurosawa no Rōnin (1062 - c.1129) was a Master Assassin and later the Mentor of the Japanese Brotherhood of Assassins during the Heian period. Born into the Japanese Brotherhood, he was an ancestor of Horatio Pierce.
He assassinated the Grand Master of the Japanese Rite of Templars, Kojiro no Umon in 1090 and discovered a Piece of Eden that had the potential of heavily changing the tide of the Assassin-Templar War in the Modern day called the Source of Eden.
Early Life Edit
Rōnin was born to Assassin Kurosawa no Takeshi and a Chinese mother. Rōnin's mother died during childbirth which led Takeshi to become somewhat of a cold man, although he still loved his son and vice verse. From the age of five, Takeshi trained Rōnin in Assassin ways, from free-running, stealth and combat.
From a young age, Rōnin discovered he had a sixth sense that allows him to see greater than any normal person, a skill his father also received, they call it 'the Sight' (an early term for Eagle Vision).
In 1071, at the age of ten, the Grand Master of the Templar Order; Kojiro no Umon killed Takeshi in his home in front of Rōnin's eyes. Kojiro, being an honorable man, Samurai and Templar decided against killing him and gave him a chance to grow up and earn his revenge. That same year, he was adopted and trained by the Assassin Mentor of the Japanese Brotherhood by the name of Shidō-sha, becoming his greatest student and surpassing his own father.
Becoming an Assassin Edit
At the age of eighteen, in the year 1080, Shidō-sha had taught Rōnin everything he could and thus he was then indoctrinated into the Assassin Order by completing the ritual by obtaining his Hidden Blade and severing his ring finger.
Shidō-sha congratulated Rōnin on becoming a full-fledged Assassin and that he was one step closer to avenging his father, Rōnin thanked Shidō-sha and told him that he was also like a second father to him by simply raising him, feeding him and providing him with a home. After their heartfelt moment, Shidō-sha went on to give Rōnin his first Assassination target; Fujiwara no Kenshi, the Empress consort of Japan and a secret Templar.
Fujiwara no Kenshi Edit
In 1084, Rōnin travelled to the palace of Emperor Shirakawa at nightfall, where he killed the guards without gathering the attention of the Emperor and the Empress. He used his free-running skills to scale the palace and enter the quarters of the Emperor and Empress, Rōnin ripped the duvet off the bed and realized there was a decoy in the bed. Becoming alert immediately, Rōnin swiftly but barely dodges what would have been a fatal attack from Kenshi, Rōnin attempts to swipe at her with his Hidden Blade but she ducks in time and kicks him onto the bed before fleeing through the window.
Rōnin jumps out of the window and follows her closely. Kenshi stops on a rooftop before attacking Rōnin once more, he blocks several attacks with his katana before disarming her. Rōnin attempts to deliver a fatal blow to her but she swiftly avoids the attack and rushes behind him and kicks him in the back causing him to fall and drop his sword, Kenshi goes to kick him but he gets up before she can and punches her in the gut, staggering her, before proceeding to stab her in the neck.
Kenshi curses Rōnin for what he's done, stating that she had children. Feeling deep sympathy for the children, he apologizes to her for orphaning her children but does not regret assassinating her, she was a Templar. Kenshi curses him once more as she joined the Templars to make a better life for herself and her children before succumbing to her wounds.
Attack of Kojiro Edit
Upon returning home, Rōnin reported of Fujiwara no Kenshi's death to Shidō-sha to which he congratulated him on his success. Moments later, an Assassin reported to Shidō-sha that the Templars were attacking the Assassin's village, the three urgently ran outside to see various Assassins engaged with the Templars, Shidō-sha then killed the Assassin who warned them of the attack. Shocked and confused, Rōnin demanded to know why he just did that, Shidō-sha explained that he knows the face of all Assassins that serve him and he's never seen the one that he's just killed. Rōnin comes to the conclusion that the Assassin was a Templar in disguise, Rōnin and Shidō-sha then proceed to join the battle.
After killing various Templars, Rōnin is alerted to the presence of Umon Kojiro's presence. Rōnin loses all senses and enters a blind rage and immediately begins hunting him down on the battlefield, killing all Templars in his way. He finally makes his way to Kojiro, who is in combat with Shidō-sha and is about to defeat him, Rōnin attacks Kojiro but is easily bested by him. With Rōnin on the ground and a blade to his throat, Kojiro recognizes Rōnin and congratulates him for assassinating Kenshi, confused, he asks Kojiro if he's here to avenge Kenshi. Kojiro laughs and tells him that he has better things to do than to be avenging members of the Templar Order, he's looking for an artifact.
Rōnin claims he knows nothing of any artifact which leads Kojiro to state that Rōnin has no use. Before plunging his sword through Rōnin's throat, an Assassin attacks him with a throwing knife causing him to call a retreat.
Kiyohara no Iehira Edit
In 1087, three years after the attack on the village. Rōnin trained day in, day out to better his skills for when he faces Kojiro in combat again, in the meantime, he assassinated several Templar targets and their allies for information on the artifact Kojiro is searching for.
Rōnin was notified by Shidō-sha that the Templar, Kiyohara no Iehira of the Kiyohara clan; Kojiro's second-in-command and confidant was apart of the attack on the village and that he may know something about Kojiro's search. Anxious to know as many details as possible, Rōnin asked where he was located. He was informed that Iehira was located in Kanezawa. Rōnin headed for Kanezawa on horseback immediately.
Upon arriving to Kanezawa in August 1087, Rōnin was aware of the Gosennen War currently going on which he could use to his advantage in killing Iehira. Rōnin spent the whole day tailing and spying on individuals connected with Iehira, with this information he learned from tailing and spying. Rōnin went to Minamoto no Yoshiie, a relative and enemy of Iehira, Rōnin was attacked by Yoshiie's guards but he disposed of them easily. Impressed with his skills, Yoshiie granted an audience with Rōnin, he then proceeded to tell Yoshiie's whereabouts and that he will be accompanying them in the attack.
With the help of Yoshiie and his brother Yoshimitsu and Fujiwara Kiyohara, Rōnin accompanied them when they laid siege to Iehira's camp from August to November. In the final battle, Rōnin located Iehira and assassinated him among the chaos. Iehira laughed at Rōnin, calling him a fool, assassinating without a cause, Rōnin quickly rebuffed this statement by telling him he fights for his father and peace. Iehira tells him peace can only be achieved through control, Rōnin asks if that has anything to do with the artifact Kojiro is searching for. Iehira confirms this and tells Rōnin that he looks for the source, confused by the vague statement, Rōnin asks what the "source" is but Iehire dies before he could explain further.
Source of Eden Edit
- "(This? This my boy is the Source of Eden. The most powerful Piece of Eden in existence, it is a rock from the stars that comes to us every 700 years or so. Inside this rock is raw, unstable energy that the Ones Who Came Before used to create their other Pieces of Eden.)"
- ―Kojiro no Umon, translated from Japanese, 1090
In late October, Rōnin had made his way to Sakai and through the local residents, he learned that their was an ancient temple that housed dark magic. Rōnin knew that the "source" was located there, he made his way to the temple and discovered the entrance with his Eagle Vision. Upon entering the temple he noticed the interior had strange markings and glowed an odd color, he remarked it as if it were from another world.
Suddenly, he was attacked with a blast of glowing energy, while he was not killed or seriously injured, it hit him hard enough to daze him. There, he saw Kojiro with the "source" and suddenly felt he was unable to move any muscle in his body except from his mouth, Rōnin demanded to know what was happening to him. Kojiro proceeded to explain to him what the glowing rock in his hand was and who the Ones Who Came Before were as well as the Pieces of Eden.
Rōnin, using his intellect to his advantage, stated that if Kojiro is an honorable man he would release him and allow him to fight for his chance to live and for the Source of Eden. Kojiro, realizing his honor was in question, agreed to this and released him from the Source's grasp. Kojiro unsheathed his katana, leading Rōnin to do the same. The two engaged in combat, Rōnin proved his worth by simultaneously holding his own against Kojiro, who was one of the best Samurai of his generation and avoiding the attacks from the Source of Eden. Rōnin managed to disarm Kojiro, headbutting him and then stabbing him with his Hidden Blade.
Kojiro congratulated him for his victory and stated he was somewhat proud of being the catalyst into the forging of a great warrior. Rōnin was sickened by this fact and demanded that Kojiro not take pleasure in his compliments and reminded him of the fact that Kojiro killed Takeshi, Kojiro laughed and proceeded to explain that all of this, including Takeshi's death was because of the Source of Eden, he then asked what Rōnin would do with it. Rōnin rebuffed Kojiro and stated that he would hide the Source or destroy it. Kojiro later died and Rōnin gave him his final rites.
Rōnin left Kojiro's body in the temple, retrieved the Source and destroyed it.
Later life Edit
Rōnin returned to the Hidden Assassin village and informed Shidō-sha of Kojiro's passing. Because of this, Rōnin was given the rank of Master Assassin at the age of 28.
Rōnin went on to live a seemingly ordinary life, by Assassin standards. In 1092, Shidō-sha passed away from natural causes and made Rōnin Mentor of the Japanese Brotherhood. In 1095, Rōnin met a young noblewoman by the name of Hozumi no Oka, the two fell in love and married in 1097. They had two sons, Kurosawa no Kubo and Kurosawa no Tsuji who both went on to become Assassins. Rōnin continued to be an Assassin until he was physically unable to.
It is believed he died in 1129.
In 2017, Abstergo Industries, a front for the Modern day Templars, were searching for Sources of Eden for Project Omega, an operation to create their own Pieces of Eden. They abducted and forced Rōnin's modern day descendant, Horatio Pierce to relive Rōnin's genetic memories.
Although, since Rōnin destroyed the Source of Eden he encountered in 1090 it was a dead end for Abstergo and delayed their goals of New World Order, albeit temporarily.
Personality and characteristics Edit
Rōnin was raised from childhood in the Hidden Assassin village. He was a prodigy due to his quick-learning and his Eagle Vision but he did not let it go to his head and stayed humble due to Shidō-sha's teachings and wisdom. As a young man, Rōnin was blindly devoted to the Assassins and their creed and believed the Templars to be the root of all evil, although after assassinating his targets and pondering on their final words he learned life was no so black and white and that both the Assassins and Templars had their flaws. Moving on, he learned to not be so devoted to the Assassins and their ways and to be more empathetic to the Templar cause.
Rōnin was also known by many to be intelligent and cunning but also compassionate, even to the point of attempting to comfort his victims in their final moments. An example of this, is when he gave Kojiro no Umon his final rights, despite his hatred for him for killings his father.
Equipment and skills Edit
Rōnin was a Master Assassin, capable of remarkable acrobatic feats and trained in deadly combat, efficiency and stealth. Rōnin was an extraordinary swordsman as he was able to combat several Samurai at the same time, he also managed to defeat and kill Kojiro no Umon, who was not only one of the greatest swordsmen of his generation but also had a Piece of Eden in his arsenal at the time as well.
Rōnin also possessed Eagle Vision, a "sixth sense" or intuition that allows him to see a person's true intentions. Due to this gift, Rōnin had heightened intuitive abilities and senses, along with his sharpened fighting skills.
- Rōnin's name means "samurai with no lord or master", while Kurosawa means "black" or "marsh".
- Rōnin was 5'9" and weighed 160lbs.
- Rōnin's katana was retrieved and placed in Abstergo's Madrid facility in 2016.
- Due to Rōnin's high concentration of Isu DNA it was nigh impossible for an ordinary person or someone with a low count of Isu DNA to view his memories.