L5R: As You Sow
Mercurial Crane Duelist
Asahina Hirui is the brother of Asahina Seirui. The pair are from a relatively low-status family in the Crane.
Hirui took up an interest in duelling, travelling hours to see his idols training in Kyuden Kakita. He trained by himself, his aunt not willing to pay for him to receive formal training and his family not well-known enough for him to be granted it in return for favour.
It was on one of his journeys to go and watch the duelling in Kyuden Kakita that he was met on the road by a group of duelling students on their way to the same contest. Mocked for his poor-quality blade and lack of skill; Hirui challenged the leader of the group to a duel to defend his honour.
Partly out of spite, partly due to a lack of training; his opponent didn’t pull his first strike, dealing Hirui a mortal blow. Once the news of her brother’s injury reached Seirui; she made the journey to Kyuden Kakita, hopeful that she would reach the city before her brother succumbed to his wound.
After his sister saved his life, Hirui swore to dedicate his life to repaying his debt to his sister. He took any jobs available in the city, working on farms, doing errands for merchants – until he had enough to pay for formal training as a duelist.
He has been travelling with his sister as her yojimbo ever since.