Short version: Crane Archer and Yoshi's (and Xiao Fa's?) latest project.
Long version: Grasshopper is about 15 years old and dresses as a student of the wandering path, and shaves his head. He is shy with adults, but loves children and animals and has a knack for finding wild creatures and nursing them back to health. He is healthy and clean now, but his wide, dark eyes, prominent cheekbones, and small stature suggest that he went hungry often during childhood.
Lijuan was raised in the servants' nursery of House Sung, a minor noble house in the Forest of Chin. She was just old enough to start work for the huntmaster when the house was brought down by intrigue. High Warlord Ze, the Overlord of the Forest of Chin was persuaded to award all her master's lands and retainers to House Zhen as "reparations" for an offense committed by the heir to House Sung. Caught speaking out against this change, Lijuan and "her" faithful dog Ho fled her new master in terror of her life.
For two years Lijuan lived off the land: hunting, gathering, and occasionally stealing to make her way. Li Merit caught her attempting to steal from the circus, fed her, and sent her away. Presumably alerted to Lijuan's presence by Merit, Yoshi encountered her shortly after her interaction with the circus. Yoshi patiently lured Lijuan into a meeting then demanded her service in repayment for her thefts from him. Lijuan is somewhat confused by this arrangement, but understands that Yoshi's idealism is providing her food and shelter and is anxious to keep these benefits.
When she departed the Butterfly Kingdom, Lijuan's dark hair was thick but short, raggedly covering her ears (she pins it under a hat when performing); it has grown nearly to her shoulders since then. She is no longer quite as skeletal in appearance as she used to be, but much of her (nearly new) clothing is now too short for her -- she has grown several inches since her arrival in the Butterfly Kingdom. She has filled out while traveling with the circus and it is now possible to detect traces of the wiry, energetic child she was and the compact, focused woman she may become.
Lijuan is a remarkable archer. She has a bit of "sneak", some training as a huntsman, and an ebullient personality.
As of Children of the Bamboo Foon Lijuan was age 15. At this time the party helped her fake her death, shave her head, and return as Xiao Fa's new (male) student Grasshopper. Grasshopper is following (or pretending to follow) the Selfless Path. His role in the Threefold Plum Blossom Sect is atypical; he prefers to practice his healing on animals, though he makes exceptions for children and emergencies.
- Blood of the Bear's Last Child
- The Child Emperor is no more,
- only the Child Emperor remains.
- "My guess, although I have not yet been able to consider it carefully, is that it means although the last Bear Emperor (the Child Emperor) is gone, you as his descendant are to be the Emperor of Children. But again, which Children and why, I do not know. -- Takanata
- "You have much still to learn. In order to go further on your path, go, and seek out six other masters of combat. No more than one should be in ranged combat; the others must be either masters of martial arts or of melee weapons. Study with each of them for at least one hour.
- "Then, go and teach what you have learned to a child, and have them demonstrate to me that you have taught them well enough to show that you have learned enough of the form."
- "When you have completed this with all six forms, meditate on the experience, and then come and tell me what you have learned." -- Master Zhou
Tentative ideas for future schticks
Orphan-net: Plus something to gather information, only usable in populated areas, only usable during the day. (Works with character concept but not with crane/archer.)
Urchins: Once per run, urchins do something useful. (Out of concept?)
Tracking: Something useful for collecting clues in a location, since we don't seem to have much of that in the party. Also train Ho to track?
Messenger: Travel from point A to point B to deliver a message, disregarding obstacles.
Aimed shot: When I roll doubles on my speed roll, I get an increased damage multiplier to attack in the doubled segment.
Detect Bad Guy: So that she won't accidentally mug good guys if she becomes a highwayman in the Forest of Chin.
Go For the Eyes: Like Got Your Nose, except involving a trained rodent.
Monkey is a Language (Min Su)
Scry: Fits with Crane?
Oracle: 1/run, spend a Chi to say something cryptic and true (power 4, frequency 1) (Melina)
Gotta Catch 'Em All: (Power 6, Frequency 4, Source 2, Concept 2)
Tentative list of inherent skills: Outdoorsman, Archery, Beastmastery, Huntswoman
Planned Expenditures: more martial arts, rope use, etiquette
Be ready to study with Ming Lieren.
Protective of Yoshi.
Not getting in trouble with Tokai Takanata/Yoshi.
"Make up for all the trouble you've caused."
Hatred of House Zhen.
Vindicating House Sung.
Guilty of various petty thefts, including theft of Ho.
Avenge and/or find parents & sister.
Protect the children.
Figure out who the lady in the painting is.
Don't get Master Zhou angry.
Meet the Large Whale Spirit and the Great Monkey Spirit.
Find a spirit and ask if it would protect an appropriately tattooed child.
Understand everything, with Xiao Fa's help.
Find a master archer to study with.
Heal the healthless.
Make it safe to drop the Grasshopper disguise.
Don't get recognized as Lijuan
Arrows (quiver and spare)
312 zhu in multiple locations
Fairly safe fountain fireworks
Bottle of medium quality plum wine
1 li, very shiny
Leftovers from most recent meal
Change of clothes
Dress clothes suitable to a retainer
Change of shoes
Warm, tidy, respectable clothes