West Koshu

Guide to Rank Progression in the Koshu-kai


What is a Shatei?
How does one become one?
What is expected of this Rank?


What is a Kyodai?
How does one become one?
What is expected of this Rank?

Irezumi & Sakazuki

What is Irezumi & Sakazuki?
How does one receive them?
Who must receive them?


Shatei Requirements

During their time as a Battei, the character will be expected to learn what it means to be Koshu-kai and all that entails. This includes, but not is limited to; indepth detailing of what the Koshu-kai are, expectations of the brothers in the organization, its history, the Code of Ethics, combat & defense, accompany their brothers on various missions, Eorzean & Hingan laws, among other things.

Once a Battei is deemed fit by the Oyabun to proceed to the next rank of 'Shatei', they will be expected to perform the following:

• Abide & understand the West Koshu Code of Ethics
• Attend their Sakazuki Ceremony
• Receive their Irezumi
• Cannot have a current infraction
• Must have attended at least 2 DMed Events
• Must be in the process of learning to protect & defend themselves

A Note on the above: The Sakazuki may only be performed by the current Oyabun of the family.To receive their aetheric Irezumi the individual must receive their ink from the resident Irezumi Master; which must be approved by the Oyabun.

The above may be altered or changed by officers at any time.


Kyodai Requirements

It is imperative to understand that Shatei to Kyodai is not a guarantee. Such positions are granted by the Oyabun only if the following are completed. Nevertheless, one must understand that there are some individuals who may never be Kyodai, dependent upon various factors.

• Must be able to show they are suitable as Kyodai
• Abide by the West Koshu's Code of Ethics
• Must be an active member of West Koshu
• Must have been with the family for at least 3 months
• Must have attended no less than 4 Social Events
• Must have attended no less than 4 DMed Events
• Must have a clear understanding of being Koshu-kai
• Must be able to prove they are capable of mentoring & leading
• Must have combat & defense training
• Must have Koshu-kai irezumi
• Must have partaken in sakazuki
• Cannot have a current infraction
• Are required to take the Kyodai-Assessment
• Are expected to help with the IC & OOC recruitment

Kyodai are Elder Brothers of the family and have different expectations than that of their Shatei counterparts. First, they must be highly active both ICly and OOCly. Attending Social Events and DMed events on a regular basis is required. Tenure; while important is not the most important requirement of becoming Kyodai.

Kyodai must pass an assessment both written & practical. (See info below.)

Kyodai are expected to have a distinct temperament for such a position. As such; immature characters, characters that constantly 'buck the system', or characters that create constant issues are not eligible to become a Kyodai.

Kyodai are expected to help IC and OOC recruitment; as such an online presence is very important as well as assisting Gashira with shouts in-game. Finally, Kyodai may receive direct missions from the Oyabun or Gashira in which they may lead should a Gashira not be present for the given task.

The above may be altered or changed by officers at any time.

Kyodai Assessments

The Shatei's process to become Kyodai; requires two 'assessments' or 'exams'. It is expected of every potential Shatei to understand what it means to be a productive member by the end of their tenure as Shatei. As such, the Shatei must show a competent proficiency in both a practical & written exam.

Practical Exam
The Kyodai 'practical assessment' involves 1 task and is 'public' to the family Unlike like the written portion; the 'practical exam' is administered by a Gashira chosen by the Oyabun. The one administering the test must receive approval of their exam by the Oyabun of the family. While each of these are individual; they are required to fill several goal-posts.

The 'practical assessment' must fulfill the following 5 objectives.:
1. Combat proficiency
2. Ability to work within a team
3. Ability to follow orders
4. Ability to lead
5. Juhin chosen-objective

Written Exam
1. Eorzean and Hingan rule of the land section.
2. A short, personal 'essay'.

This may include their thoughts upon the Koshu-kai code and how they incorporate it into their life, what they have learned since joining, and where they see themselves going from their current position, etc.

This exam is prepared and reviewed by the Oyabun, and is administered by the Gashira. Tests rotate and change as needed; preventing unfair cheating on exams. ICly they are not open-book exams.

Only those members who meet the above criteria are accepted as Kyodai. The practical assessment is required to be roleplayed through and may not be a short story, unlike the written-portion. As such, it is important to understand that these tasks are individual and may change as the wind seems wont to do.

Regardless of whom creates the assessments; they are approved by the Oyabun before they are assigned. These tasks must be completed within one (1) OOC month.

Irezumi & Sakazuki


What are irezumi?: Yakuza tattoos, that are special and individual to each yakuza member. Many irezumi have intimate meanings to a yakuza member and they are never the same from member to member. They may have designs like koi, dragons, namazu, oni, geisha, etc.

West Koshu's Irezumi: The Koshu-kai's irezumi are crafted with sumi-inks purified with aether-infused water and will be typically off-screened by tebori-master Hattori no Kanekage. They are icly required to proceed forward beyond Battei-rank. Should a family member ever leave West Koshu they will aetherically fade with the loss of membership.

However this is not known in-character. OOCly we would like to make it clear that this is not something that is permanent should your character depart the FC itself. All irezumi are individual to the character but must be approved by the Oyabun. Concept and thought must be placed into the irezumi, ie. what they look like, where they are located, what they represent and how they tie into their Limit Break (explained below).

Spell Cache & Limit Break: The irezumi of the Koshu-kai have a unique characteristic. Koshu-kai's irezumi stores laden aether within their inks allowing the user to summon forth a burst of energy which allows them to perform a "special move" or "finishing move known as a "Limit Break". Each Limit Break is unique to the individual and are precious to the user; meaning an individual only houses a single "spell".

OOCly they must be approved by the OFC core as a whole. Limit Breaks may only be used upon landing a critical attack or defense (a natural 20). The Limit Break may only be used once per session. So even if you roll three (3) nat-20's in a game, you must choose one of them to utilize your Limit Break. Be creative, use that noggin! But please remember, should the OFC believe it is too OP we will request a rewrite. Finally, once approved the Limit Break cannot be changed, it is a permanent skill. So think wisely.

When Will it Happen?: The day after the Shatei's sakazuki ceremony. It may be rped out but this requires scheduling with Hattori. Alternatively it may be off-screened if preferred. You, the player, are welcome to commission an artist within or outside of the free-company for your characters' irezumi. Again; it has to have significance to the character and must ICly tattooed by Hattori.

For What Purpose?: Unification and ensuring that a potential yakuza member does not back out of their promised role. And because, let's just flat out admit, they're pretty badass looking.


Once a Battei has successfully completed their probation; they must now await the unspoken appointed hour in which they must complete their Sakazuki Ceremony. No one, but the Oyabun knows the appointed hour in which a Battei may take the final steps in officially becoming Koshu-kai.

Upon the day of the Sakazuki Ceremony; the family will be called on to enter the room in which the ceremony is performed. Each member of the family must wear appropriate void-blue Hingan-garb emblazoned with the family's namazu Kamon.

The brothers and sisters of the family must take seat among each other; while the to-be Shatei are expected to sit in the traditionally kept zabuton for the Oyabun, Komon and Gashira. These cushions are set adjacent to the Oyabun upon the raised tatami mat at the head of the assembly. It is then, when all are present; that the ceremony may begin.

The Ceremony is of strict Hingan tradition and silence must be held over the proceedings; save the Atsukai; 'Moderator' who oversees the ceremony.

The appointed Gashira will be expected to be the only speaker within the room as the Atsukai; 'Moderator'. Their task is to explain the ceremony's process and significance; as new brothers and sisters may be among those gathered.

As like the Atsukai, the Shikan, 'Chronicler' is one of the appointed Gashira of the family. It is their task to prepare and pour a single choko of sake for the ceremony, assuming there is only one Shatei to be named. The Shikan's task includes giving proper offering to the Kami, deceased members of the Koshu-kai once a Battei has become Shatei.

While we will not go into specifics concerning the ceremony here; as to keep it something of a surprise, you may read further into Sakazuki-goto and its significance within Japanese Culture at the following link: >Sakazuki-goto<