Karou is a relatively small woman who looks remarkably young with her slim frame and long black hair pulled back in a blue ribbon; however, her daring blue eyes reveal knowledge and struggle of many years. Although she is most comfortable in a kimono, her normal attire has become well worm armor mixed with various objects of magic. While she often wears a shy, yet sly smile, she does have the temper that is common to one who wields large amounts of mana. Here is a glimpse into her story, her moments. Kaoru is a person who defines her life, experience, and personality through moments. Her memories are held through the thought of the moment that lead her to the critical points in her life. To understand Kaoru, you must begin with her moments . . . That first momement occured when a small, chubby little girl wielding a stick like a wooden practice sword peered in the Dojo of her father's dojo and began learning the family legacy. From that momement Kaoru became a fighter and later would become a master of the family fighting technique of Kamiya Kasshin Ryuu. As she followed the path set by the wondering eyes of a child, she learned the philosophy of Kamiya Kasshin Ryuu which would become the background of her personality. Kamiya Kasshin Ryuu is a fighting style that instructs the fighter in defense and disabling an enemy. It requires that the fighter never use anything but blunt disabling weapons; however, it instructs the fighter to use those weapons to the fullest extent of the figher's power, including using whatever weapons possible. As Kaoru grew up and the chubby child transformed into a young woman, her stick was exchanged for a bamboo practice sword, and the charm of Kamiya Kasshin Ryuu changed from just the family tradition to a question of how to apply that tradition. She had many soul searching conversations with her father in the dojo. In the end his struggles with power hungry students and powerful rich parents left Kaoru with a feeling of a clear division between good and evil; her father always remained true to his philosophy and did not give into the demands of those parents and students. Good and evil were black and white, and as her father demonstrated it was an easy and clear line to draw. She determined that she would be the justice between good and evil, dividing them with the slap of her bamboo training sword. Kaoru's father tried to explain to his daughter that there would be greys in life, but he died dreading the moment her innocence would dissapear. Kaoru inhereted the family dojo along with the mastery of Kamiya Kasshin Ryuu. She trained a modest number of justice oriented students making enough to survive and keep up the family dojo. Before she could ever prepare the next shattering momemnt of her life came. This time the encounter occured with suprised young woman, who followed the movements of a valient Ruroni. Kaoru encountered a man who defended the weak and seemed to be the epitome of good. Since he was a wanderer of sorts, she offered him a place to stay. He became her trusted friend, companion in arms, fighter of justice, and much more. Kaoru was in love. Not only was the mysterious samurai on the side of good, but he even wielded a sword without a killing blade. Unfortunately, that encounter lead to the destruction of Kaoru's innocence. For one day duty called her wandering Ruroni back to his path, and that night Kaoru learned about good and evil and the greys between them. On a moonlit night of May 14, Meiji 11 as fireflys danced about them, Kaoru's samurai explained a past filled with evil that had almost destroyed him. She could not believe that her powerful, stong justice fighter was evil. Then he grabbed her in one last embrace and told her that duty calling him back was also likely to bring back the past and the evil. He then turned and walked away. In that moment Kaoru's world shattered, and she prayed for an escape. Her innocence could not comprehend that her samurai had been evil, and worse that as a part of his duty, he would return to that evil. That moment took Kaoru from her world and left her in Nilgiri. Although only 19, when she was transplanted into her new world, Kaoru was no longer the innocent, and her once cheerful blue eyes now hardened to the world, taking in only the reality and ignoring the people and emotions around her. Suprisingly, Kaoru took to the new world, even finding an ideology and lifestyle of sorts that fit into her mastery of Kamiya Kasshin Ryuu. She became a cleric, one of the lesser followed traditions of the world at that time. She then wielded her chosen weapon of that world, a staff and trusted only in the justice of the fight. She determined that justice was a fair fight, separating the just and the unjust by the winners and losers. Kaoru's adventures in the new world began fighting simpler creatures. She often journeyed to an old keep that was prone to being invaded by rats. One of her journey's to that keep taught her a new form of justice to her fight, when she attacked a rat who wielded magic. His justice was one of retrieving an attacker who flees, and although she was not the loser of this justice, she learned that fate has a way of granting its own justice. Kaoru during her journey's began to trust in this justice of fate, and so when one day a new spell offered her a new insight she trusted fate. Not long after learning a spell that granted her the ability to see aura's, Kaoru encounter a warrior with a blue (good) aura that matched her own, and although the bawdy, loud Nuriko was a sharp contrast to the quite cleric, they made quite a team. Also, Kaoru finally began to trust. Suddenly the world was simple again with good and evil determined by the blue and red of individuals auras. Or, so Kaoru thought. But the bawdy, rough-housing, flirtasious warrior granted Kaoru not only friendship, but a lesson long needed and a moment long deserved. The duo did large amounts of damage to a nest of spiders and a den of flinds, and even took out that rat with magic, who Kaoru was embarassed to discover just how easily he fell. On one of their typical journeys they encountered a tall powerful warrior with long silver hair. Nuriko, being her typical flirtasious self, startled Kaoru by walking right up to the warrior and beginning a conversation. Kaoru remained wary of the warrior who sported a bright red aura and even warned Nuriko. Nuriko just laughed it off and introduced Kaoru to Sephiroth. Much to Kaoru's concern, Nuriko and Sephiroth were two of a kind in their senses of humor and battle rage. The two became friends quickly, and the duo added a third to some of their hunting sprees. Kaoru struggled to understand Nuriko's blantant ingnoring of such a bright line as Sephiroth's red aura, but she didn't want to fight with her friend. So, Kaoru gave into the inevideble and joined in the two bawdy warriors friendship. In fact, Kaoru often was the but of jokes about Sephiroth borrowing Nuriko's cleric, but she learned to hold her own against the tall warrior. She even laughed and enjoyed herself, while keeping a cautious eye to the red aura, even when the person encompassed by that aura was kissing her best friend. One day Kaoru was disheartened to discover her friend was not around. Nuriko seemed to have disappeared, and even with her wariness about the Sephiroth's red aura, she ended up hunting with him. Nuriko left Kaoru with the ability to trust and a lonely heart, making it easier for her to cling to the evil warrior. Over the years, Sephiroth and Kaoru slipped into their own niches, and although they remained friends, they both had other things pulling them apart. Kaoru discovered a powerful cleric named Jasper who taught her how to better wield her powers, while Sephiroth became even more powerful and eventually won immortality. Kaoru, through Jasper's training, caught the eye of a goddess who had created a clan of clerics that fought for good. A clan that perfectly fit into Kaoru's world of red and blues and justice. Kaoru became the second member of Chaos, a group of clerics that would work to better Nilgiri through the powerful good they wielded for justice. The world seemed to finally being falling into place for Kaoru even though she missed her friend. Then a new friend entered Kaoru's life. Kaoru encountered a powerful young cleric named Tero, and before either of them realized it, they had become a powerful duo and close friends. In Tero, Kaoru found a hunting partner, confidant, and cleric match. Together they mastered the powers of clerics, and soon Tero joined Kaoru in Chaos. Together Tero and Kaoru cleaned up a great deal of the world by wiping out swarms of evil. They were a wonderful duo, and Kaoru owes much of her sucess to their partenership. About this same time, Kaoru's power and entry into Chaos had lead to more encounters with immortals, and she rediscovered Sephiroth in the form a powerful god. Old habits had long ago died and Kaoru was used to seeing this friend swathed in a red aura. Sephiroth and Kaoru renued their friendship and once again began spending time together. Kaoru was overjoyed and felt more than comfortable in Sephiroth's presence. They would talk for hours about occurences through out the land and every aspect of their lives. For Kaoru the relationship offered a solace of comfort that she had not known since childhood. Finally comfortable in her power, Kaoru was named noble, and suddenly became more aware of occurences in the realm. With the outstanding and just standards of Tero and Mandessa in her view regularly Kaoru began to notice many of the injustices of the realm. She noticed that while true clerics were a valuable part of a group, a number of warriors were now shadowed by vague zombie like clerics that seemed to have lost their humanity. These clerics were no-longer individuals, but instead, simply followed the orders of their warriors asserting no independence. Because of this Kaoru noticed that often clerics (and also other magic users) were ignored or taken for granted as a part of groups, not receiving the same compensation as other party members. Kaoru also noticed that individuals without name recognition also contributed to party's but were also often ignored. These and many other injustices she witnessed disturbed Kaoru. As a noble and a member of Chaos, she felt a responsibility to establish justice in these areas; however, she did not know how to combat these injustices with her staff. Kaoru turned to the only other method she knew. She lifted her pen and voice to Nilgirians, trying to point out injustice and encourage changes; however, throughout this process, and her years of fighting for justice in Nilgiri, Kaoru had practiced on injustice she would soon discover. It helped Kaoru to be able to discuss these injustices with others, who felt similar to her. Tero, other members of Chaos, other nobles, and many others expressed struggles with injustice of the world. But one voice stood out with surprise, although she shouldn't have been surprised she realized later. Kaoru noticed that Sephiroth, even with his red aura, practiced a strict standard of justice that was paralleled to that of herself, Tero, Mandessa, and even the long gone Nuriko. Finally Kaoru understood the lesson Nuriko had left for her, and what her father had tried to teach her. Kaoru thought of the tall silver haired warrior and understood that the world and its justice were not simple. In that moment Kaoru learned the lesson her samurai had known and that Nuriko had left for her to learn. Kaoru learned that the world can not be defined in reds and blues, goods and evils. She learned that what was important to her was justice, and that Sephiroth was more just than many of blue aura-ed indivduals walking around. Although they would always be blue and red, good and evil, she knew from their conversations that they would also always agree on justice and injustice. At first glance their loyalties and auras might seem to leave on opposite ends of reality, but for Kaoru in everything that mattered they were and are the same. Her only hope was that Sephiroth would return her feelings. You see, Nuriko may have flirted with Sephiroth, but Kaoru loved him. Kaoru happily awaits marriage to Sephiroth. She knows that like many others, she is imperfect and that her justice will always be far from perfect; however, She will continue to fight for justice, whether on the battlefield with staff and magic, or in the Nilgirian politics with her voice and pen.