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This is a picture of a character I made while watching Rurouni Kenshin. His name is Ken Masuta, which literally translates to "Sword Master."

Many years ago, Masuta fought in a revolution against the Shogunate government. Having no real support for either side, he worked as a mercenary for whoever paid him the most. He killed many of the shogunate’s warriors, earning himself the title, “Nitokashi the Manslayer.” This title came from his uncommon Daisho technique called Nitoken, where a swordsman uses both a Diato and Shoto. His weapons of choice were a Katana (Daito) and Wakizashi (Shoto). When the imperialists claimed victory, he disappeared, and Nitokashi the Manslayer became a story, then a myth… and finally a legend. Recently, he has come out of his disappearance, as a wanderer. He has taken an oath to no longer kill, and uses reverse-blade swords, forged by his father. He saw Himura the Battousai undergo a similar oath, and found him as a role model of sorts. But this does not mean he cannot be set off. Once a manslayer… always a manslayer.