Oderint Dum Metuant (Coven)

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Affiliation:  Oderint Dum Metuant (Coven)
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Gender:  Male
Birthdate:  August 14, 1979
Age:  43



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Oderint Dum Metuant (Coven)
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Kon'nichiwa and welcome to my profile. My name is Tommy and I been here on VR for some time now. I used this profile layout and theme before on different accounts but it's one of my favorites so I decided to resurrect it and use it again. I enjoy reading and watching anything having to do with medieval Japan and the Samurai in particular. I am very fond of the Taiko drums which just seem to speak to a part of my soul. For those that don't know Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum ("shime"), to drums as large as a car (the "o-daiko"). The most common drum size in taiko is the "chu-daiko" which is the size of a wine barrel. With this account I decided to do a whole Samurai theme because I totally admire the code and virtues they lived by. There were seven official virtues which are as follows: righteousness, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty. (Piety, wisdom, and care for the elderly were unofficial virtues). By following these virtues a samurai would maintain both honor and political power in Japanese society. Below I listed a few of my favorite movies, books, music and video games which were influenced by my love of the Samurai. I also included a very brief description of Bushido and the Samurai and how they influenced Japan. If I may, let me talk about myself for bit. I am totally a product of New York and still make my home in this wonderful state. I love all the New York sports teams and I totally love the New York Renaissance Faire, which I try to see at least once a year. I would like to tell you all that I am independently wealthy and have retired but that would be a lie of course so let's just say I still have to earn a living somehow.

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I love Italian food and pastries, which I grew up on. There is nothing like a good home cooked Italian dinner, forget about it :) There is also nothing like a good Italian woman. I believe the Gods created these beautiful Italian Goddesses because they loved mankind so much and wanted them to be happy upon this earth :) (Shhh, I'm just saying that to get in good with my old lady...LOL) My favorite colors are blue, black, red and gold. Most of my profiles incorporate the use of those. I'm a big cat lover so of course lions and tigers are among my favorites. I swear to the gods if I watch another werewolf movie where it gets hit by a car and the stupid person gets out to see if it's dead or not, I will totally jump out a window. I dislike loud and obnoxious people. I don't like bullies at all and I can't stand people that scheme behind your back, while acting like they are your friend. We ask ourselves why can't there be world peace, simple answer; it isn't in mankind's nature. 70 people can't get along on VR without fighting in journals so how will 7 to 8 billion people ever be able to without fighting. As for myself I like everyone until I get provoked, which I will never forget but maybe someday forgive. I tend to avoid all drama associated with VR and enjoy doing my profiles and leveling up my low level accounts. As of now I'm recruiting new members for my Coven, since Cancer's great Coven purge of 2021. I have been engaged three times but never gone through with the actual marriages; maybe that says something about me and commitment, I do not know :) Thank you for visiting my profile and best wishes to you and your families....Always remember if you fall seven times make sure you stand up eight.

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Shogun by James Clavell
Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era by Eiji Yoshikawa
Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan by Eiji Yoshikawa
The 47 Ronin Story by John Allyn
Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
The Taiheiki: A Chronicle of Medieval Japan by Helen Craig McCullough
Cold Blood: Yamabuki vs. the Sword Master by Katherine M. Lawrence
Cold Rain: Yamabuki and the Warlord Prince by Katherine M. Lawrence
Cold Heart: Yamabuki vs. the Shinobi Priest by Katherine M. Lawrence
Cold Sake: Yamabuki vs. the Undead by Katherine M. Lawrence
Winter Raven by Adam Baker
Raven's Sword by Adam Baker
Heart of the Ronin by Travis Heermann
Sword of the Ronin by Travis Heermann
Spirit of the Ronin by Travis Heermann
Autumn bridge by Takashi Matsuoka
Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka
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Seven Samurai(1954)
Throne of Blood(1957)
The Hidden Fortress(1958)
The Tale of Zatoichi(1962)
Zatoichi's Vengeance(1966)
Zatoichi's Cane Sword(1967)
The Last Samurai(2003)
47 Ronin(2013)
Lone Wolf & Cub
Pray For Death
The Octagon
Enter The Ninja
Revenge of the Ninja
Lone Wolf McQuade
TV Shows

Cobra Kai
Kung Fu
The Master
Walker, Texas Ranger
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
The X-files
The Tudors
Marco Polo
The Bastard Executioner
Ash vs Evil Dead
The Last Kingdom
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Shogun: Total War
Total War: Shogun 2
Rome: Total War
Medieval II: Total War
Empire: Total War
Napoleon: Total War
Total War: Rome II
Total War: Attila
Final Fantasy
Mortal Kombat
Street Fighter
Killer Instinct
Ninja Gaiden
Bushido Blade

Within Temptation
Iron Maiden
Led Zeppelin
Guns N' Roses
Judas Priest
Pink Floyd
Black Sabbath
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Samurai (SAM-er-eye) were Japanese warriors who were revered for their skills as warriors, but also for their distinct influence on Japanese fashion. Samurai first appeared in Japan as early as the eighth century c.e., but they truly rose to power in the eleventh century as elite warriors in service to their feudal lords, or daimyos. Other samurai served as guards of the imperial palace. The samurai were accorded special status after about 1600. They alone had the privilege of wearing two swords, they married only among their own class, and they passed their privileges on to their children. The word samurai literally means "to be on one's guard." The samurai, or warrior class, replaced the court nobles who had once surrounded the ruler. These nobles had always worn ceremonial clothing and lived a very formal existence within large castles. The rulers understood that the samurai were strong and wise and capable of forming their own armies and taking control of the country. To keep the power of the samurai in check, the rulers encouraged the samurai to live by elaborate rules about dress and behavior. Samurai lived by a code of honor known as Bushido, the way of the sword. Loyalty, truthfulness, sincerity, and readiness to die for honor were its main attributes. The samurai also became very dedicated to ceremony and to acquiring and displaying meaningful colors, fabrics, and styles. Samurai were dressed for speed and travel. Their basic uniform had wide hakama trousers, open halfway down the leg and ending above the ankle. The under-kimono of the samurai could be slipped off for a sword battle, while remaining secured at the waist by the hakama's hard waistband and ties. The overvest had impressive winged shoulders and was sleeveless, so that the samurai looked both grand and dangerous and was able to swing his arms around with his two swords.

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Historically, samurai and geishas have been the two greatest influences on Japanese fashion and taste. Both had the status, visibility, and intelligence to cultivate distinctive colors, fabrics, and styles, changing them regularly to keep the public enthralled, much like today's rock stars or actors and actresses. Among the fashions that were developed by samurai in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the hakama, or trouser, and kataginu, a ceremonial ensemble with winged shoulders, are the most distinctive. In recent times, samurai fashions have been well represented in Japanese theater, such as No plays and Kabuki, and in film, particularly the historical films of director Akira Kurosawa (1910–1998). (A No, or Noh, play is a classic Japanese dance-drama having a heroic theme, a chorus, and highly stylized action, costuming, and scenery.) The samurai film, in fact, has had a wide influence throughout the world. Akira Kurosawa's legendary movie, The Seven Samurai (1954), was the inspiration for the light saber battles in the film Star Wars (1977) and its sequels. Samurai suits of armor, made of ceramic plates sewn together, were the inspiration for the military flak jacket developed by the United States Army during World War II (1939–45). Samurai wore distinctive top-knot hairstyles and wore bold crests on their robes. The samurai disappeared as a distinct class in the nineteenth century. In modern Japan some towns celebrate the history of the samurai by holding annual pageants or parades where participants dress in reproductions of historical samurai styles. The traditional practices of archery, swordsmanship, and martial arts all have their basis in samurai culture. Today, many practitioners of these disciplines are greatly respectful and knowledgeable about their samurai forefathers.

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Bushido was the code for Japan's warrior classes from perhaps as early as the 8th century through modern times. The word "bushido" comes from the Japanese roots "bushi" meaning "warrior," and "do" meaning "path" or "way." Literally, then, it can be translated as the "way of the warrior." Bushido was the code of conduct followed by Japan's samurai warriors and their precursors in feudal Japan (as well as much of central and east Asia. The principles of bushido emphasized honor, courage, frugality, skill in the martial arts, and loyalty to a warrior's master above all else. It is somewhat similar to the ideas of chivalry that knights followed in feudal Europe, and has just about as many bits of folklore — such as the 47 Ronin of Japanese legend — that exemplify bushido as the European counterparts do of their knights. Principles of Bushido A typical list of the virtues encoded in bushido includes righteousness, courage, benevolence, respect, sincerity, honor, loyalty, and self-control. The specific strictures of bushido varied, however, over time and from place to place within Japan. Bushido was an ethical system, rather than a religious belief system. In fact, many samurais believed that they were excluded from any reward in the afterlife according to the rules of Buddhism because they were trained to fight and kill in this life. Nevertheless, their honor and loyalty had to sustain them, in the knowledge that they would likely end up in the Buddhist version of hell after they died. The ideal samurai warrior was supposed to be immune from the fear of death. Only the fear of dishonor and loyalty to his daimyo motivated the true samurai. If a samurai felt that he had lost his honor (or was about to lose it) according to the rules of bushido, he could regain his standing by committing a rather painful form of ritual suicide, called "seppuku." While western religious codes of conduct forbade suicide, in feudal Japan it was the ultimate in bravery.

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A samurai who committed seppuku would not only regain his honor, he would actually gain prestige for his courage in facing death calmly. This became a cultural touchstone in Japan, so much so that women and children of the samurai class were also expected to face death calmly if they were caught up in a battle or siege. How did this rather extraordinary system arise? As early as the 8th century, military men were writing books about the use and the perfection of the sword. They also created the ideal of the warrior-poet, who was brave, well-educated and loyal. In the middle period of the 13th to 16th centuries, Japanese literature celebrated reckless courage, extreme devotion to family and to one's lord and cultivation of the intellect for warriors. Most of the works that dealt with what would later be called bushido concerned the great civil war known as the Genpei War from 1180 to 1185, which pitted the Minamoto and Taira clans against one another and let to the foundation of the Kamakura Period of shogunate rule. The final phase of the development of bushido was the Tokugawa era, from 1600 to 1868. This was a time of introspection and theoretical development for the samurai warrior class because the country was basically peaceful for centuries. The samurai practiced martial arts and studied the great war literature of earlier periods, but they had little opportunity to put the theory into practice until the Boshin War of 1868 to 1869 and the later Meiji Restoration. As with earlier periods, Tokugawa samurai looked to a previous, bloodier era in Japanese history for inspiration — in this case, more than a century of constant warfare among the daimyo clans. After the samurai ruling class was abolished in the wake of the Meiji Restoration, Japan created a modern conscript army. One might think that bushido would fade away along with the samurai who had invented it, but in fact, Japanese nationalists and war leaders continued to appeal to this cultural ideal throughout the early 20th century and World War II. Echoes of seppuku were strong in the suicide charges that Japanese troops made on various Pacific Islands, as well as in the kamikaze pilots who drove their aircraft into Allied battleships and bombed Hawaii to start off America's involvement in the war. Today, bushido continues to resonate in modern Japanese culture. Its stress on courage, self-denial and loyalty has proved particularly useful for corporations seeking to get the maximum amount of work out of their "salarymen."

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